Actress allows her writing talents to blossom for charity

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 March, 2009, 12:00am

She might have started her career in spooky horror movies directed by her fianc?e Oxide Pang Chun and his brother Danny Pang Fat, but Angelica Lee Sinje (pictured below) is showing a different side of her creativity with a new children's book, The Rosy Bag of Little Yellow Flower. It's a collaboration with cancer survivor and illustrator Montagut Chuen (or Montagut.C), who did the drawings while Lee wrote the tale. Proceeds will go to the Hope Education Foundation, supporting childhood education.

'I think flowers like roses are too elegant and fragile, but those little yellow flowers which live in the wild and survive through strong wind and storms, they are tough yet beautiful,' Lee said, explaining her story's allegory. 'And I'd like to take the strong survival instinct of these flowers to encourage children when they read this book.'

The Malaysian-born actress spent about six months working on it. For guidance, she turned to another movie mentor, Sylvia Chang Ai-chia. 'After I wrote the first draft, I e-mailed it to Sylvia and she immediately told me which parts I should edit or further develop. I think I wrote many, many drafts and sent them all to her, so I should say a big thank you to her.'

She isn't the only actress creating a children's book for the charity. Fellow ambassadors Gigi Leung Wing-kei and Charlie Young Choi-nei will follow suit soon. Lee will be signing copies of The Rosy Bag of Little Yellow Flower - in Chinese and English - at 2pm on Saturday at The Commercial Press' Tsim Sha Tsui Book Centre (Shop 213, Miramar Shopping Centre).