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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
UB Pageant 2013: Omorfia
Holaaaaaa~ I just had one of the best weekends ever cos the past weekend was definitely one of the biggest highlights of my life. If you are wondering what happened last Saturday, it was the UB Pageant: Omorfia event held at Zouk and I'm proud to say that I was one of the five very lucky female contestants this year. I know I've been keeping my involvement in the pageant pretty low-profiled until the very last minute cos I was just very, very shy about it... Heh.
If you know me well enough, I have some serious stage fright, I always enjoy staying within my comfort zone that kinda makes me feel like an introvert or appear to be 'dao' (hostile) to others in some ways or another and I'm honestly very boy-ish too. Well, I am actually very 'lepak', be it the fact that I've got a very chill personality or the fact that my dressing is also as chill as my personality such that when I go to school, one of my friends asked: "Eh you going to the beach ah?!" cos I'm forever in t-shirts, denim shorts & slippers with no make-up on. Haha, oooops. I am really not very competitive by nature too. In fact, I kinda dislike competitions cos I feel that yes, as much as it brings out the best in people, it can also bring out the worst in them too so yeaaappp.
And the next question, you're gonna ask is: "THEN WHY WERE YOU IN THE PAGEANT?!"
Well, my pageant partner (whom I didn't know was gonna be my partner back then) actually persuaded me for almost a good week but to no avail... Until one of our good friends, Kenneth, called me up two days before the deadline and said: "I really think you should join so that you can have at least something to look back when you're done with your uni life." And right after that phone call, my OG mate called me up too. Apart from the fact that 3 people called me up to persuade me on the very same evening, I decided to go for it cos all thanks to Kenneth, he reminded me that I've missed out too much on my college life and I didn't want history to repeat again. Ever since I left college, I strongly believe that you're only young once and you should always live a life without regrets.
And yes, I'm so glad it became one of the many best decisions made in my life thus far (:
Here's a throw-all-the-way-back to our very first photoshoot session...
To our one-of-the-many-crazy-and-silly-trainings....
Just wanna take this chance to shout-out A VERY BIG THANK YOU to the very self-sacrificial council team behind the whole event! I seriously have no idea how they can juggle everything so well, between academic studies and planning, liaising with sponsorship and all the behind-the-scene hard work. Their positive energy, patience and perseverance that kept them going.... It's really admirable guys! <3
To our crazy hectic non-stop photoshoots weekend...
(I know I look really hideous with such thick make-up, shhh.)
To our very last day of training....
SO GLAMOROUS YES? WE KNOW. LOL.
And finally, the day we've all been waiting for..............
Please pardon our Au Naturel~ faces for our final rehearsal ^^
Just one hour before the start of the event.... *jittterrrrssss*
And to we're finally done with ALL our walks and waiting for results at the backstage!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(While waiting, of course we shall all camwhore duh?! Heh.)
I'm sure you can tell how much all of us have bonded and grow together through these pictures... And I really feel very proud of each and everyone of us. The fact that we all joined with zero catwalk experience to the day we're all runway-ready within a short 1.5 months... I honestly thought it was really commendable, don't you think so? (Ha, how thick-skinned of me) But yessss, I'm definitely gonna miss this bunch of happy pills every Tuesday and Thursday even though I was forever complaining about me being reallyyy tired. Thank you all so much for the silly fun and laughter! <3
If you're wondering what happened to my stage fright, honestly I wondered too. Cos surprisingly, I wasn't feeling stressed or scared that evening at all. Yes, not at all. I AM SO BLESSED. Before my very first appearance on stage, I told myself: Just enjoy the walk, Lin. And I really enjoyed it!! I returned and told my partner and the next few contestants, "OMG IT'S SO FUN!!!!!!!!" And I was forever prancing around (even with my gowns and heels) before every walks behind the curtains, heh.
And here are some photos beautifully captured by the event photographers...
(SOOOOO LOVING IT!)
Our very first appearance (casual walk) & our expressions.... LOL EPIC.
With mah beautiful beach babes!
Our themed-walk and we're the 'Light' team!
Behind that smile, you've no idea how worried I was while twirling around with my super long white dress. I could've stepped on my dress then trip and fall. Gawddddd, that would be so embarrassing! This is a little too much info but it doesn't help that I was having my period too. But phewwwwwwwwwwwww.... Once again, I'm truly blessed (:
Honestly, I've never ever imagined myself to join a pageant or strutting down the runway in a pair of 6 inches heels before.... From that fat & muscular little tomboy I was back in secondary school to the fat girl in JC who left the whole soccer team wondering: "Why isn't she in TAF club yet?" to how I've managed to do the walk that night.....
I feel really, really contented. (:
For the first time, I thought I look quite swaggggg. HEH HEH.
Definitely a different look from that usual sunshine smile!
And here comes my favourite moment: I was given a dare by the emcees to do a male catwalk and so.....
HAHAHAHAHAHA HOW HAN-SUMMMM~~ *smirkssss*
Truly blessed to walk away with two titles that night:
Miss Individual 2013 and Miss SIM-UB 2013. <3
This short but very hectic 1.5 months not only taught me how to walk confidently on stage but I've also learned a lot more than expected from this little episode of my life and here's something I wanna say to my younger self or rather, act as a self-reminder or to anyone out there who's as shy as me:
"Grab any opportunity that comes along your way. Get out of your comfort zone and push yourself to the limits. Stop self-doubting and start believing. The results don't matter so long as you give it your best shot. You only live once and don't forget, you're only young once. And this is the best time to learn and even make mistakes cos you know what? At the end of the day, nobody's gonna judge or scold you. Even if they do, nope, it doesn't really matter."
Once again, a big thank you to all who believed in me, voted for me and have supported me in every other way!
I really, really appreciate it. <3
And here's special thanks to:
My dearest bros, my sweetestttt IJ babies (who screamed like I'm a K-pop star for me!!) & my beloved UB-eers! Such a lucky & blessed girl to have all of you rooting for me that night, thank you so much!! <3
Last but not least.....
THANK YOU FOR BEING THE MOST PATIENT PARTNER EVER!!! - Queen Bee ^^
And oh yes, I believe 5 years from now, I can say that my uni life is pretty happening afterall. Heh heh.
Till then, xx!
Photo Credits: Our (Very) Talented Lim Yong Teck
& you may click HERE for more photos of the event ;)
I'm no angel, I'm just me
But I will love you endlessly.