Talk about putting the skeptics and naysayers to rest with one very heartwarming cross-straits trip. TW-actor Nicky Wu brought his C-actress girlfriend and frequent co-star Liu Shi Shi to Taiwan last week to spend Lunar New Year in his hometown. They visited his parents as well as spent time with people who are like an extended family to Nicky. Above is the pic snapped at a dinner attended by Nicky’s mother figure the godmother of Taiwan entertainment variety programs Zhang Xiao Yan. She is a familiar to any Taiwanese person as Americans would recognize Oprah Winfrey on sight. She’s hosted a successive string of variety and talk show programs and runs her own management agency that is uber-successful and twenty years ago she found three teenage boys and packaged them together to create the first modern day Taiwanese boyband in The Little Tigers. Nicky considers her his mentor and mother figure and she wrote after the meeting that it was the first time Nicky introduced a girlfriend to her and she was so moved by the meeting and how impressed she was with Shi Shi. Also at the girlfriend introduction dinner was Nicky’s fellow Little Tiger and A-list actor in his own right Alec Su, who is himself back in Taiwan recently to promote his movie Sweet Alibis with Ariel Lin. Alec and Nicky remain super close friends and Alec has been gushing in his own press interviews about how envious he is that Nicky found such a wonderful girl in Shi Shi. Other TW-celebs at the dinner are all part of the same agency including popular comedian and variety hosts Huang Zhi Jiao and Pu Xue Liang along with singer-host Zhang Ke Fan. It was Zhang Ke Fan who posted the picture above on his weibo with the compliment that Shi Shi was so beautiful even without a lick of make up on. TW-fans were the first to spot Shi Shi and Nicky in Taiwan even before this picture was released, with folks doing double takes in the touristy area of Tan Sui when spotting them strolling the streets and eating snacks. A fan asked to take a picture and Nicky sweetly declined asking for privacy and was seen very solicitous and protective of Shi Shi. Some pics are surreptitiously snapped by fans and posted online but for the most part they were left alone to be an ordinary couple out on a sweet date. At the rate these two are going, I’m going to predict wedding announcements by year end.