Friends find the time to step in for Aarif at boutique's opening
They may have bodyguards and handlers to protect them from overly ardent fans, but even the most pampered of celebrities don't get special protection from the flu.
Star-gazers at Wednesday's opening of the Mido watch boutique opening in Causeway Bay had to swallow their disappointment when singer Aarif Lee Chi-ting's appearance was cancelled after he was admitted to hospital with tonsillitis.
The young heartthrob's friends - music producer Mark Lui Chung-tak and singer Janice Vidal - turned up in his place to reassure the crowd of Lee's condition.
'I think he caught the flu in Shanghai ... and last I heard he had a fever,' Lui said. 'But he'll live; it's not so serious. He's just playing it safe right now so his voice doesn't get damaged.'
Despite the lively lion dance and general shop-opening hubbub at the entrance, the conversation inside seemed to stay stubbornly on colds and germs.
'I just recovered from a five-day bug,' actress Janice Man Wing-san said. 'This weather is just so unmanageable. There's just no way to prevent falling ill.'
Lui, who has a three-year-old son, said the news of child deaths from scarlet fever was worrying, but he wasn't about to lock his son up at home for fear of infection. 'Kids will be kids - they like to stick their hands into everything,' Lui said. 'The most important thing is to keep good hygiene around [my son], and his natural immune system will do the rest to keep him healthy.'