Kwok Fu-Shing, the youngest child of the family,
was born dark and thin, and weighed just under 5
pounds. He has 2 older brothers and two older
sisters who love him a lot. When Shing-Shing
was one year old, he became very ill. His
mother, Chuek Seun, was terrified and prayed to
the goddess for him to recover. Shing-Shing
eventually got better and Mrs. Kwok believed
that was a miracle. Perhaps this is why
Shing-Shing that we know today is so religious
and believes in the goddess.
Aaron's first crush was the year he turned
four. He had a crush on a girl in his class.
However, one day when he arrived to school
early, he did not see the girl. He asked his
teacher about that and the teacher told him that
she had moved away and was attending another
school. Little Aaron was upset and cried for
the whole morning. In a parent-teacher
conference, Mr. and Mrs. Kwok found out about
their youngest son's crush. When Aaron's
brothers and sister found out about his first
crush, they teased him endlessly for two years!
During his elementary years, Aaron was never
lonely. During his free time, he loved to play
games with his older sister, Kwok Fung Kwan.
Aaron remembers that one of his favorite
holidays was Chinese New Year. When he woke up,
he would play Mah-Jong with his older brothers.
Aaron laughs nowadays, remembering how he used
to be very obedient when relatives come over and
hoping to get red pockets from them. What did
he do with the money? Aaron said that one year,
he saved all the money and bought himself a
bicycle. That was the best present he has ever
During the school years, after
school, Aaron and his friends were not allowed
to leave the house. Aaron remembers that he was
wrapped around his mother's legs and stuck his
hands out the door to play "Rock, Scissors, and
Paper" with the other children.
Aaron mentions that as a young boy, his eldest
brother, Kwok Fu-Gen, was his best friend. Due
to strict family discipline, the Kwok children
were not allowed to go and play by themselves.
Therefore, his brother would take him to the
park next to their old apartment in Shaukeiwan
(Ming Wah Building). They would play ball
together. Shortly after entering the Hong Kong
entertainment circle, his brother died in a
robbery, and this incident had a hard impact on
him. He said this was his first time facing
death. However, the death of his brother didn't
make him scare of life. In fact, Aaron learned
to appreciate everything he has, and take more
risks for his dreams.
Aaron loves music and singing ever since he was
a little boy. The first song he has ever sang?
"Pai Pai Quo Sic Sui Guo"! Aaron laughs as he
recalls. This song was the first song he sang
when he was two. After that, you can say that
his music career launched and improved over the
At the age of fifteen, Aaron realized the
importance of money in one's life. He says that
one of the main reasons is due to the popular
(Sam Hui?) song at that time called "No Money No
Talk." One of Aaron's first jobs in the "real"
world was being a waiter in a Korean
restaurant. At first, he would carry 4 or 5
plates at a time. Aaron is the type of person
who likes challenges. When he got home from
work, he would practice carrying many plates at
once. Mrs. Kwok was very supportive of her son,
but at the same time, worrying that she could
lose some plates.
Aaron realized many things in his teen years.
Besides money, he also realized that looks are
fairly important too. The year he turned
sixteen, his second brother (the one who passed
away) was considered very handsome. At that
time, Aaron was very small and skinny. People
wouldn't give him a second glance. However,
Aaron was somehow asked to be part of two
commercials. That experience made him realized
he liked that kind of work, and he could make
good money at the same time.
Family Trade -
The Kwok's family tradition was selling and
trading jewelry. At the age of seventeen, Mr.
Kwok wanted Shing-Shing to learn how to trade
jewelry. Aaron didn't want to but agreed
anyways since his father told him to do so. The
first thing he had to do was learn how to trade
jewelry. He took a job at another store to
learn that. However, a couple days before the
start of his job, a few friends invited Aaron to
a boat party. Some sources says that he worked
there as a summer job. On the boat, he met a
very conceited foreigner that could kick very
high. Aaron hated conceited people. So to show
the guy up, he kicked higher than the
foreigner. Everyone, including Aaron himself
was amazed by the height of the kick. Other
sources say that the man told the manager and
Aaron later got fired. Two later, Aaron woke up
with a swollen leg. Doctors looked at it and
said it was an athletic injury of some sort and
he would have to rest for a week for it to heal
properly. He didn't even start his new job.
Aaron was supposed to begin work but the manager
of the jewelry store was very dissatisfied and
fired him over the phone.
Entering the World of TVB - In
1984, Aaron's friends were signing up for
auditions for new dancers at TVB. Aaron had a
low salary but was satisfied with the ways
things turned out because he didn't want to be a
jeweler like his father. This was his job for
three years. At the age of 19, a Mrs. Lam
approached Aaron and invited him to join an
acting class. He quickly refused, although not
because he didn't have any interest in it. but
because in his mind, he wasn't the greatest
dancer. He didn't want to start something new
before achieving the best he could. He wanted
to concentrate on being a better dancer as this
was his current job.
After a TVB show, Aaron met the first fans of
his entire career as a performer. As he was
going back to the dressing room, he saw several
female fans waiting for him, hoping to get his
autograph. This was the first time anyone
wanted his autograph. The fans said they were
his dancing fans, and liked him a lot. Aaron's
cheeks, at this point, turned very red and
blushing. The other dancers and singers who
participated in the show were staring at him and
those fans. At that time, Aaron was
embarrassed. He thought that the fans should be
waiting with hopes of getting the singers'
autographs, and not a background dancer, like
him. Those fans had written letters for him.
When he went home, he read them and felt very
happy. From then on, in TVB shows, he would
perform the best he could and trying not to mess
up. He knew, that among the huge crowd, there
was a little section cheering for him. He was
very gracious for their support.
On his twenty-first birthday, Aaron made a
wish: to be a star. He didn't want to be the
supporting character anymore; he wanted to be
the main character. After this wish, he made a
decision: to participate in the TVB acting
class. In 1988, he passed the class with flying
colors, and was ranked number one in the class.
Other than sporting events, Shing-Shing was
never first in anything. This made him
extremely happy. After that class, he starred
in a few television series, and then switched
his career base to Taiwan in 1990. The
Motorbike commercial in Taiwan scored a hit for
Aaron. It featured an extremely boyishly cute
Aaron chasing after a girl in a motorcycle. The
commercial created a huge hype, and girls ripped
off his posters on the streets to keep.
Grabbing the opportunity, music and advertising
companies offered Aaron with many contracts. At
this time, he also released his first music
album, "Loving You Endlessly," which of course
was a mega hit in Taiwan with 300,000 copies
sold in Taiwan alone. Seeing Aaron's success in
Taiwan, Hong Kong welcome the homeboy back
warmly, naming him one of the "4 Kings" of pop
During Canto pop golden era
throughout the 90s, the "4 Kings" had complete
control over the music scene. Besides Aaron,
these foursome include Andy Lau, Leon Lai, and
Jacky Cheung. each of the four had his own
uniqueness: Aaron was known as the "King of
Stage" for his gracious dancing ability; Leon as
"Prince Charming," the dream lover of young
girls; Andy as the "King of Cinema," whose movie
records garner the Guinness Book as the actor
with the most movies released; and Jacky, being
the one with the best voice, was known as the
"God of Song." Yet, beside being noticed for
their special talents, these foursome remained
indispensable due to their extremely good
looks. Ever since they won this foursome title,
every year, they'd control the music awards
ceremonies with each one of them bagging up the
most prestige awards.
Sometime during the mid 90s,
Siu Mei had a few problems with her job as a
director. Aaron, being a close friend, offered
a position to her as his manager...
TO BE CONTINUED...
**Credit: original script
Tracy Cheng, "Somebody Up There Likes Aaron",