I'm super excited to present my very first pageant blogpost on the new blog! Don't worry, previous pageant blogposts can still be found in the old blog. I'm just very glad that it's pageant season again, a lot of the Miss Singapore pageants are either having their relative events or are having auditions too. But for the next few weeks, my focus will be on the Mrs & Classic Mrs Singapore Pageant.
Today's blogpost will be focusing on the talent segment that happened over the weekend, I'll be posting another post for the cooking competition next Monday and a collective vlog next week, so do keep a lookout! I definitely cannot wait for the finals in May!
This year's events were held at Our Tampines Hub, a change to the usual OneKM Mall (now Kinex). I'll admit it's a lot warmer because there's no air conditioning, but the space is definitely bigger and more open, which is pretty great because there's space for the public and supporters to sit, instead of just being able to stand around! It could be an optical illusion, but the stage seemed a lot bigger, which I'd say is fantastic for the talent segment, and the ladies have more space when they stand on stage too.
The day started off with 2017's Rachel Olivero sharing a few words, our emcee, Guan, passing a belated birthday bouquet to Angela, an interview with Michelle Hon (Mom of 3, mumpreneur and author) and Kenneth Choo (entrepreneur and author) and a demonstration with a Mayer set meal cooker. If you're wondering why there was a cooking demonstration, you'll find out in next week's blogpost ;) No spoilers!
A short intro for new readers!
This pageant is for married women, there are two age categories:
Mrs Singapore - Ages 25 to 44
Classic Mrs Singapore - Ages 45 and Up.
There will be three titles given out per category: Mrs Universe, Mrs Globe and Mrs Planet. These three queens will then represent Singapore in the respective international pageants!
For those who do know me personally, you'd know I've been trying SUPER hard to get my mother to join, and I was unfortunately, no where near successful. However, I'd say I have a good few more years to convince her again and again and again. Anyway, I'd say it'll be a lot of fun for the families, I noticed there were a lot of banners/posters this year in the crowd!
Also, Wix has this cool 'gallery' feature where I can put loads of photos into a little 'collage' instead of having a giant list of photos like I did in the old blog, I'm not sure if I will like this layout but so far, I'm quite liking it! You can definitely click on the photos and they'll expand, so not to worry. I'm not sure why I'm saying this now when I've been blogging on this platform for a good few months already. HAHA. But anyway, let's meet this years finalists for Mrs & Classic Mrs Singapore 2019!
Contestant No. 1: Li Min Hua
Just from a glance, she was one of the taller ones this year! She did a singing item for us, a chinese ballad, if I remember right. I definitely wished for something a little more upbeat since she was the one kick-starting the event! I'm not entirely sure why too, but I loved what she was wearing. I've been drawn to clothing items like that lately but I never brought myself to buying a piece. But after that, I just might go online and look for one that I might be able to pull off hahah.
Contestant No. 2: Lee Xiu Pei, Lilian
I loved her costume! It felt like ages since I've last danced contemporary (or at all) so it was nice to watch someone dance. Definitely enjoyed the sparkly element and the flowy skirt that looked great on stage!
Contestant No. 3: Jacinta Chan
Contestant No. 4: Ajita Bisht
I'm not entirely sure why, but right after Jacinta's performance, Ajita was asked to perform and the feedback was given to them together. Couldn't help but notice that their skirts were almost idential, but that's besides the point. Both of them presented their versions of Bollywood dances. Their approaches were pretty different as Ajita's piece seemed more upbeat!
Nonetheless, it was pretty enjoyable to watch. I don't know anything about Bollywood dance and to me, it's always entertaining and the costumes are always brightly coloured and pretty!
Contestant No. 5: Seraphina
I thought this was quite well thought out. She did an art piece incorporating the word 'lady' in different languages, to create a side profile of a lady. It was smart and relevant, plus the glitter at the end was pretty fun. Super similar to what Rachel did in her talent round, but of course, this was quite different. The only thing I was disappointed about was that some of the elements could not be seen too well as the markers were too light coloured. She did have a 'wanita' written at the bottom right, but you can barely see it in person, let alone on camera. Then again, it was interesting!
Contestant No. 6: Naazrina Kokholm
Naaz did a little singing tribute to her husband, which was pretty cute. I definitely liked her outfit, even though I was hoping for something more eye catching. Afterall, we're in a pageant and this is a good time to stand out!
Contestant No. 7: Josephine Lee
This was probably one of my favourites. I love a good martial arts demonstration. It's definitely nothing too insane, afterall she's a yellow belt and if I remember right, she started on the skill a few months back. So I think her breaking the boards on stage were pretty badass and I love it. Definitely inspired to go back into martial arts now, not that I got very far when I dabbled into it previously. But I am very inspired.
Contestant No. 8: Loy Shien Ling
Shien Ling sang her rendition of 'You Are My Sunshine' in both english and mandarin. If I remember correctly, she said she taught children and this song was something she sang to them often, so I'd think it's a piece of her, in a sense. She performed the song with her music teacher, I did wished she walked around on stage a little.
Contestant No. 9: Yuko Ashizawa
I was so excited for her performance! I saw her costume from far away and I love all these cultural dances because I've never done anything like it, so it was fun to watch. It was definitely interesting to watch, did I mention that she is SO tall, and she's quite a giggly person which is so fun to see. I'm very excited about her journey!
Contestant No. 10: Chai Woan Shuan
The next performance was also a dance performance, but clearly, of a different genre. I admire the costume choices made by the contestants of the Mrs & Classic Mrs pageants, really, it's just so out there and they just go all out with their costumes, it's amazing! Not everyone goes all out, but for those who do, never cease to amaze me.