From Lee Hsien Loong to Hello Kitty: Asian personalities take on the 10-year challenge to show they do not age much at all

Nadya Hutagalung and Hello Kitty took on the #10yearchallenge, and it seems both did not change at all.
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A viral photo challenge on social media has taken on a life of its own as more and more people are using it to show what a difference a decade can make.

The #10yearchallenge – which started off with Facebook users re-posting their profile photos from 10 years ago – has not only sparked jokes about technology, environmentalists are now also taking the opportunity to raise awareness of how the Earth has been affected by human actions in a short period of time.

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Celebrities, politicians and even fictional characters have also jumped on the bandwagon, reminding the Internet just how much things have changed (or stayed the same) since 2009 – the same year that Barack Obama became US president, Michael Jackson unexpectedly died and Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed a plane in the Hudson River.

Singapore’s city centre alone has seen drastic changes to its skyline in the past decade.

Marina Bay Sands was still being constructed in 2009.
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An evening view of the Singapore skyline less than 10 years later.
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But for many personalities in Singapore, Malaysia and other parts of Asia, the challenge has only proven how time has got nothing on them.

Here are some of the best #10yearchallenge posts Business Insider Singapore has seen.

“My hair is greyer and thinner, but I’m still enjoying what I do,” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said of his photo comparison.

Veteran actor Zhu Houren took the challenge up one notch by posting a photo of himself as a young hunk 30 years ago.


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One of Malaysia’s most famous models, Amber Chia was still single and without children in 2009.

Malaysian actress Nora Danish used the challenge to remind herself of her blessings.


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2009 & 2019 💜 #10yearchallenge #blessed

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Hong Kong superstar Sammi Cheng also joined in, saying that the real change was not physical but in the heart.

Asia’s supermodel Nadya Hutagalung posted a “more than #10yearschallenge” photo showing herself looking exactly the same.


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Ok ok a little bit more than #10yearschallenge 2007-2018 #jumpingonthebandwagon #whatswiththehands ?! #always

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1990s baby-faced star Jimmy Lin posted photos of himself announcing the birth of his son Kimi in 2009.

MMA champion Angela Lee was just 13 years old in 2009.


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#10yearchallenge Spot the difference 🧐😏 Betcha can’t tell… 🤫🤭

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Crazy Rich Asians star Michelle Yeoh is still rocking black leather.


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😎 #10yearchallenge

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The world’s most famous cat stayed as cute as ever.


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Still cute 💖 #10yearchallenge

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So did Singapore radio DJ Glenn Ong.


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Like Chinese fine wine! 😝 #10yearchallenge #ilovesingapore

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And only in Singapore will you find cars that can join the challenge. This Facebook user sums it up perfectly: