While the pandemic has made life hard for nearly everyone, those in the entertainment industry haven’t had it easy either. Unable to get work, they’ve resorted to other means.
Malaysian singer Karen Kong (龔柯允) recently revealed how she’s been surviving the pandemic. Surprisingly, her saving grace has been durians.
Karen has been staying in Hong Kong for several years now. She married her hairstylist boyfriend Adam in 2017, and has continued growing her singing career while there. However, during the pandemic, she revealed she had no work and therefore no income. Luckily for her, she found an alternative.
“I met the owner of the Malaysian Musang King Durian Garden while filming,” Karen said during a live broadcast event with fellow singer Elise Suen (孫儀凌). “By coincidence I started selling durians and the business was good.” Karen explained that even when she participated in “National Stars III (全民造星)” last year, she had zero income. “I rely on the durian business to help my life now,” she explained. “(Even now), I’m still selling durians,” she added cheerfully.
Recently, Karen announced she had joined the “Sky Team Entertainment (天盟娱乐)” group. On 23rd April, she thanked the members and imported some Musang King durians for them to try. “Durian delivered (for) afternoon tea,” she wrote on her Instagram. “I wanted to share it.” Karen also jokingly said she was worried the whole company would be “leaking gas”. “Fortunately, the police did not ask me what I wanted to do with a durian knife!” she exclaimed.
Karen also shared that her cat likes eating durians. “It is good at eating it,” she said with a laugh. “But that’s not good, (it shouldn’t) eat the goods.” Elise recommended trying Karen’s durians, clearly hoping to help boost her friend’s business.
The singer clearly has other talents aside from her voice. She may not have ever known about her business skills if not for the pandemic. Hopefully her business continues to do well!