2nd December 2023 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong pop star Deep Ng has made a surprising career pivot, trading the glitz and glamour of the music industry for a construction helmet. This bold move comes following his departure from the Emperor Entertainment Group, with whom he had been associated for two decades.
Last year, Ng married Margiela Kwok, and the couple welcomed a child in March this year. With the added responsibilities of a new father, Ng felt the need to find a stable income source. His solution was unanticipated, but it has won him widespread acclaim for his humility and adaptability.
Ng has taken on manual labour at a construction site in Repulse Bay, a far cry from the celebrity lifestyle he had been accustomed to. He shared snippets of his day-to-day life on the job through a couple of short videos, documenting his daily routine which begins at the crack of dawn, much like any other blue-collar worker.
The videos depict Ng in a safety helmet and harness, viewing the sunset from the worksite with a broad smile despite the physically demanding job. He also shared a glimpse of his commute, where he is often seen catching up on sleep after a gruelling day’s work. “Every day after work, I look at this view, it revitalises me after the monotonous, boring, and rigid work”, Ng commented on one of his posts.
Ng’s schedule is not for the faint-hearted. He revealed that he leaves home between 6.15am and 6.30am for his 9-hour shift at the construction site in the Southern District. This new role, he insists, does not signify a career change, but rather a means to supplement his income and support his family.
When asked by a netizen if he was indeed working on a construction project, Ng humbly replied, “I’m not that able, just a construction worker!” The fact that he has willingly set aside his celebrity status to earn a living through manual labour is a testament to his humility and dedication. This move has earned Ng a wave of respect and admiration from netizens who commend his down-to-earth demeanour and the lengths he is willing to go to support his family.