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Miss Singapore Universe 2006 finals

Aside from being known as "Her Royal Tehness" at Youth.SG, NG YI QING also happens to be the resident suaku (slang for "mountain tortoise"). Having never watched a beauty pageant before, she tells us of her first time watching one on the telly... at some "Media Corner" in Mediacorp's West Wing.

Aside from being known as "Her Royal Tehness" at Youth.SG, NG YI QING also happens to be the resident suaku (slang for "mountain tortoise"). Having never watched a beauty pageant before, she tells us of her first time watching one on the telly... at some "Media Corner" in Mediacorp's West Wing.

I hate to admit this, but I’ve never ever watched a single episode of any beauty pageant, local or international. I cannot, for nuts, tell you who the past winners of Miss Universe are. Even names like "Cheryl Tay", "Bernice Wong" and "Sandy Chua" never rung a bell in my head in the past (keyword to note is “past”), only till now. Call me The Beauty Pageant Idiot but that was really who I am.

contestantsHowever, having caught all of the Miss Singapore Universe 2006 hype, I almost feel like a walking Miss Singapore Universe 2006 encyclopedia already. I can match the correct names to the contestant’s faces. I can even recall the occupations of all 18 finalists at the top of my head. For the first time ever, I actually know the ‘who's who’ in a televised competition. For the first time ever, I feel like I really know what's going on!

So you can imagine why I get my little moments of 'triumph' whenever I can answer any enquiries about the Miss Singapore Universe 2006. One brief 'triumphant' moment happened on Sunday night, when I was asked by another journalist about the contestants, while watching the live telecast.

Yes, unlike many of you, I did not watch the live telecast at the comfort of my own living room. Ivy and I actually managed to obtain media passes to the event! How very exciting, you say? Well, a little at first. For the excitement soon died down when I realized I seemed to be the only one decked out in tees and jeans. Every other guest was donned in glitzy gowns and swanky suits.

The plaque in its full gloryThat aside, wearing a media pass is not without its perks. We got to watch the pageant from a screen at a cosy corner located backstage. Now now, I highly suspect that this is no ordinary telly. It goes silent during commercials and regains its 'voice' during the show! Amazing, yes?

I also had the chance to share a tête-à-tête with two of the contestants' mothers at the couches. In all honesty, it was really heartwarming to witness the camaraderie shared by both mothers. There wasn't the slightest hint of intense rivalry nor was there any airs put up.

A few other Mediacorp staff joined us at the corner a while later. Being the friendly people we are (haha!), Ivy and I started chatting with them in no time. The casual talk turned interesting because we got hold of ‘inside’ information. For instance, did you wonder which jeweller was responsible for the contestants’ stunning (and blinding, may I add) gems? I might be wrong but there was much speculation that they were from Piaget. Well, if it's true - remember: you read it first here on Youth.SG. ;)

Ms Genecia Luo and Ms Carol CheongWe then started discussing who would be in the Top 10. Going “Oh shucks” at the bad answers, and hooray-ing at the good ones, we tried predicting again who the Top 5 would be after the Q & A.

At the end of the pageant, I managed to have a quick interview with the Top 3 finalists. In case you don’t already know who they are (shame on you!), they are:

  • Ms Carol Cheong, 24, our Miss Singapore Universe 2006
  • Ms Jade Seah, 22, first runner-up
  • Ms Genecia Luo, 23, second runner-up

More noteworthy was Genecia Luo expressing her hopes to advocate for more funding for VWOs (voluntary welfare organizations) now that she is one of the Top 3 winners. Amidst these hopes and aspirations, I threw her a simple random question – “Are you tired?”

“Yah, a bit” came the reply. Just a bit? I would be dead tired if I were her.

Ms Jade SeahThereafter I chanced upon Jade Seah, to check if she felt the least bit disappointed that she didn’t win. “No, not at all. In fact I’m more than happy to be second,” said Jade.

Finally, I spoke to the newly crowned Miss Singapore Universe 2006. A seemingly overwhelmed Carol Cheong said, “It’s a dream to be Miss Singapore Universe 2006. The whole thing seems so surreal. It hasn’t really sunk in yet. But I do know I need a good night’s rest...”

I nodded in sympathy, I needed one too.

“…And I haven’t had dinner yet,” said Carol. The girl was obviously still ecstatic over her win.

In reflection, after the celebrations and interviews, I can’t help but feel that these ladies aren’t that different from your typical Singaporean girl.

Yi Qing at one of her most retarded momentsThey have their ups and downs. They do make mistakes and they fumble a little under the immense pressure. They get cold and hungry. They are human.

But what really sets them apart from your average girl (or from me, at least) is ultimately their courage, determination, and that flat tummy I’d love to own myself.

This is one potential beauty queen you’ll never see, signing off. I need my beauty sleep now.

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