Pan Lingling is on our cover for several reasons. #1. She’s a breast cancer survivor and, naturally, an advocate, and October is a month we want all women to remember to take charge of their breast health. #2. It’s our 21st birthday issue and we wanted someone who has graced our cover; and as we looked back at the different covers (all the way back to October 1997 when we first launched The Weekly), the endearing picture of the actress and husband Huang Shinan on our October 1999 cover stood out. #3. Lingling’s in the spotlight, along with actress Hong Huifang, for a much-publicised spat which has caused the friends to fall out. She’s refused to talk about it, and, in a way, I can understand why. Certain things in our cover story, “Never Giving Up”, pg 18, are telling. Lingling says she feels her time here is limited, so she wants to live her life as wisely as she can. “I have also learned to let things pass.” she says, and ends on an optimistic note with regards to the feud.
As mentioned, October is a month we want to raise awareness for breast cancer (we can’t do this enough), and we have more inspiring survivor stories in “Breast Talk”, pg 90. We share easy ways to detect the signs, the latest treatments, importance of checkups, as well as facts and myths associated with the disease – can handphones really cause it? It’s every woman’s must-read.
We know how crazy busy things can get for you… so this issue is filled with tips and ideas that are designed for the time-challenged. First, turn to “Ready, Get Set, Energise”, pg 85, for ways to fight fatigue, then check out the quickie tips for glowing skin, style confidence and ways to deal with exam stress – because we feel your pain. Get your copy of the October issue now!
– Editor-in-Chief Barbara Koh
PS Don’t miss “How To Be Colour Confident”, pg 118, featuring creative tips on adding colour to your home. You’ll be amazed what a simple splash of colour – be it with paint or new plush cushions – can do.