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June 15, 2008

Miss Malaysia Universe 2008

*Warning: Long post ahead!
I recently joined 13 other gorgeous girls in the pursuit of finding the new Miss Malaysia Universe 2008. 14 of us checked into The Gardens Hotel & Residences and embarked on a 10-day journey in hopes of being the next Miss Malaysia Universe. A few of the girls (myself included) were there for the experience, hoping to learn some beauty 101 and gain a good insight to what beauty pageants are all about.
Welcome dinner @ The Spread


Throughout my 10-day beauty queen “boot camp” (yes…it really felt like a boot camp!!), I learnt a lot on self presentation, appearance, poise, posture, speech and confidence. I had to pick up different sets of choreographies (there was always a different choreography per event) and catwalk moves hours before going on stage for public appearances.During this period, I also made good friends with some of the girls. My roommate, Elisabeth is really sweet and seriously loves to cam-whore. I think her cam-whoring rubbed off a bit on me after 10 days.

Miss Marigold Body Beautiful 2008 – Sports Wear Round
Wincci doing her winning parade

We were in Sungei Wang on the 24th May for the Miss Marigold Body Beautiful subsidiary title and Summit USJ on the 25th May for a few other subsidiary titles (lazy to list down all lah!). We had to get to the venues 2-3 hours before the real event to practice on the stage. This was to get use to the shape and size of the stage.

I felt weird and rather uncomfortable practicing in front of the crowd who were clearly enjoying themselves and taking pictures of us. At the end of the day, Wincci won the Miss Marigold Body Beautiful title. Congrats girl!

In Summit USJ, we had to do the same round of casual wear, sports wear and evening gown. This time, the choreography was different as there were quite a few mistakes made in Sungei Wang (choreography-wise and also parade). Also, the stage in Summit USJ was smaller and narrower making it harder to parade. Priscilla was crowned Miss Nelson’s Popular. She promised me free jagung for one year. 😛

Rehearsals were difficult; I dreaded them the most as I had a tough time keeping up with the pace. We were usually up at 7am and our day often packed with events, press interviews, photo sessions and of course, the obligatory practice sessions. We often wore thick make-up (concealer, foundation, loose powder, etc…) causing our skin to become dry and stiff.

By the time we were done with rehearsals, it would be late at night, sometimes close to 1am. Then there’s the daunting task of removing the inch-thick make-up and hardened hair-sprayed hair. After a shower and a generous slab of moisturizer (and for some girls, face mask), we’re in bed around 2-3am.

Obliging to a photo request

On the plus side, we had the opportunity of experiencing life as a mini celebrity. TV crews, media people, video and cameramen followed us everywhere we went, except in the changing room and backstage of course! Everything was paid for; we had the pleasure of staying in a 5 star hotel with comfortable rooms, great room service, good food (the buffet at The Spread is one of the best I’ve had so far, especially the breakfast!) and lovely hospitality.

We also went on the Superstar Aquarius on the 5th day of the pageant, courtesy of Star Cruises, one of our official sponsors. On the cruise, we were swamped by tourists wanting to take pictures of us, and with us. I felt like an artifact, or a museum display.

There was also a pageant preview show on board the cruise on the second night where two subsidiary titles were given.

The cruise departed from Penang, sailed to Phuket and back to Port Klang in 3 days. Don’t ask me how Phuket was, I only made it to the jetty! We were given an hour or so of leisure time to browse around for overpriced souvenirs.

Glutton in action 😛
Group picture with Captain Martin Van Der Berg, Eric Sia & Jackson Loy

This was my lunch on the last day of the cruise. I know it was a big plate. I was very hungry OKAY…plus I didn’t have to squeeze into a tiny bikini until the next evening so let me be! I had a very very good and fulfilling lunch. So did Lis! Hehe…..BURRP!!! ‘cuse me. 🙂

Obliging to a photo request with some of the crew members
Inside the cockpit

The day before the grand finals, we had to go through a closed door interview with the judges…clad in bikinis. The room was extremely cold that it felt like winter. While standing for the pre-judging, my knees were clattering so bad the judges notices it! I think most of the girls felt the same. The pre-judging wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The judges weren’t there to drill you with mind challenging questions, they only want to find out more about you.

With intensive training on catwalk, constant posture check, poise, gracefulness and self presentation, it was truly one hell of an experience; not an experience you can gain anywhere. One thing I don’t get till today is why the organizers kept placing good food in front of us and tell us not to eat so much. Hmmmph….how can?? I just dived into the pile of good food…nyek nyek nyek.

After the pageant ended, I’m very proud of myself having come this far and how much I’ve learnt and grown from it. I went home with more poise, better posture and best of all, more confidence. I took with me wonderful and painful memories (wearing 4.5 inches high heels for 10 hours++ a day!) and new found friends plus some goodies courtesy of our sponsors. Thanks to Wincci and Lis, I now know the power of make-up and what magic it can do…especially to my eyes!

And their crazy amount of shoes!! Like opening shoe shop… 0_0 To Wincci, thank you for lending me your heels (I broke mine backstage), non smudge eye-liner and teaching me how to line my small eyes. Pris, thanks for letting me use your stunning black evening dress and super-tight-until-can-die blue cocktail dress plus accessories to match.
And Lis, thanks for being a great roommate and for always being there to make sure I’m not flashing a boob or VPL (visible panty line), if my make-up is balanced or not (I’m not so skilled in make-up you see…) and for our great chit chat moments. 😉
rif, thank you for always being there throughout the pageant and for believing in me. I’m really grateful for the snacks and biscuits you bought for me knowing how hungry I would get late at night. Not to mention coming to Sungei Wang and Summit USJ to support me and also for buying me the lovely red evening gown. 🙂
William, thank you for your utmost support and guidance in helping me get to where I am today. Without your encouragement, I would never have had the guts to do this and make it this far.
Malcolm, your kepoh and thoughtful ways seem to help me a lot too. Thank you for the exercise books and feedbacks…and those much needed donut sessions. 🙂

Shum, Michael, Dan and Roy, thank you for coming to see and support me in Sungei Wang. Your loud cheers wiped away my fears and gave me a great confidence boost since it was my first stage appearance.

This pageant truly is an experience of a lifetime, and one I will cherish for the rest of my life.

*Not of the girls are from the states shown on our sashes. We are only REPRESENTING the states. Only a few of them are really from the state they represent.

14 Responses

  1. Priscilla Lee

    Ahems Ahems… we still got long way to go.. and if by any change you run out of food, i’ll always have a jagung stall for you..dun have to worry about the dress.. super thin must wear super tight dress la.. although its not dolce and gabana, fendi or banana, celaka or kanina.. but i glad you like it… looking forward to do food hunt with you again.. see ya soon

  2. Bangsar-bAbE

    Haha…ok. Make my jagung in a cup …with extra butter! 😀

    Can’t wait for our next makan session. See you soon babe. 😉

  3. am3lia

    hmm… think i prefer your ‘au naturel’ look. The poster colour-like make-up doesn’t flatter your features. 😛

    But glad you had fun & good memories fr the pageant. 😉

  4. MalcolmW

    quoting Priscilla Lee, “celaka or kanina”?!! 😛
    really got such brands?

    hey bangsar-babe, what can i say? after reading your blog, well, i guess miss porky has spoken. time to cut down on gourmet and join me back in our dirty dozen doughnuts extragavanza 😛
    oh yah.. i will start editing your pageant pics by tonight onwards.. i think you are still waiting impatiently over there 🙂

  5. Bangsar-bAbE

    am3lia – I think so too. Maybe because my eyes not big enough to carry off those colours. I would have preferred dark brown or deep purple. 😉

    Malcolm – Yes…I want them donuts! About time! Faster faster edit.. 😀

  6. Priscilla Lee

    hehe..got la… my uncle say got niama and tualampa… ahems ahems..i must maintain my gracefulness……not!!~

  7. wei jien

    your welcome, i will always support you but you stiil owe me for the snacks i bought for you. hehe. just jk. nice post and congrat on making it to the finals.

  8. Bangsar-bAbE

    Hehe…thanks ;P

  9. MalcolmW

    someone went to big apple without me.. notiiii notiiiii…

  10. Bangsar-bAbE

    Sorry la…couldn’t resist temptation…it was calling for me the other day. *Eat me! Eat me!* 😛

  11. Jeanious

    hey babe,you and your food!Haha its great knowing that you are really a food person too! guess i must ask you for ideas next time to have good cuisine:P Reading your blog is fun,esp the MMU stories lol,you and your food on the cruise and everywhere you go!

  12. Bangsar-bAbE

    Hey gorgeous! Thanks for dropping by.

    Ya lor…Everytime I go missing Elisabeth will go and find me at the buffet counter kekeke.. 😛

  13. * §ΰйпιΞ ☼ Śђάи *

    Sue Lyn ! ! !
    wow…u r really into food ler…hehe…so next time when i wanna to go for good food..i can ask u ad…u can become my food consultant ad…hehehehehe…..

    hmm..i din make it for the past gatherings…so…for the nex gatherings…remember to call me ya…hehehhe…

    by the way..u know William too..i also know him..he’s one of my ji mui’s best fren…hehe..doubt he still remember me la…heee…

    anyway….take care and see ya…

  14. Bangsar-bAbE

    Haha…of course!!

    From the way you see me eat during the pageant also can tell ma…I’ll be in my own ‘world’. 😛

    Sure…we’re going Jap buffet…will let all of you guys know la. 😉

    Ya…William’s a good friend of mine. He’s done so much for me. Dunno what I’ll do without him…kekeke

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