Glammed Up for the Awards

It was a wonderful honour for us at Redbox Studio when I found out that I was nominated for the Malaysian Women’s Weekly’s Great Women of Our Time Awards (Science & Technology) category.

I got a call from Stephanie of Malaysian Women’s Weekly magazine the week before and all of a sudden I was flying into KL for the interview, photo shoot and video session. It was a beautiful surprise!

That was why I was missing from the office for a few days last week.

I felt terribly humbled of course that someone chose to nominate me for the award.

Anyway, I enjoyed the trip and the photo shoot. It was something different for me and such an adventure. Nic couldn’t take time off to go with me (he has a bunch of stuff to do in the office!) but I relished being on my own in KL. It had been sometime since I flew into KL for a whirlwind trip.

Met Some Famousness in KL

Did I tell you I was photographed by a famous Penangite and photographer extraordinaire, Mr Jen Siow? He helped me get over my initial shyness of posing about the hotel premises (a bunch of people were staring at me, and this included the staff of The Westin). I did feel a bit like a superstar what with my Farah Fawcett hair and makeup. Other than that, I was also taped for a video interview which would be played during the gala dinner on 15 August. Yup, I will be flying in for that event and I will be wearing a saree. Wouldn’t you want to see how I look in a sky blue saree tinged with silver?

The fun part was meeting 2 other ladies who were nominated too, Jennifer Hor of Jenlia Maternal Services Sdn Bhd and Woon Ming Ming of Gleneagles Hospital KL. I also got to meet the (partial) team of amazing ladies powering the magazine namely Rina (the deputy editor), Kar Yee (the project manager) and Geetha (the graphic designer). Plus I also met Alex, the guy who taped me and Mel, the chirpy gal who did my makeup and hair.

Oh More About The Great Women of Our Time Awards

According to the email from the magazine, The Great Women of Our Time Awards acknowledges and honours some of the country’s up-and-coming achievers. Its goal is to recognise excellence, leadership and performance across a range of categories, including arts and media; finance and commerce; education and public service; science and technology; health, sports and wellness; design and style.

Readers of The Malaysian Women’s Weekly together with community groups and professional bodies were invited to nominate candidates for these awards. (That’s how I got nominated!)

Criteria for nomination includes:

* A candidate’s contribution to growth and progress in her work-related field or organisation.

* A candidate’s efforts in putting Malaysia on the world map in the area of her work or personal interest.

* Her position as an inspiring role model to colleagues or co-volunteers.

* Her level of involvement in community activities to improve society.

* Her use of creativity or innovation to overcome challenges or obstacles in her life or work.

How Winners Are Picked and Why I Want To Win Bad
I heard that a judging panel will select 18 finalists (3 per category) who will all be recognised at a high-profile gala dinner and awards presentation on 15 August at The Westin KL.

Out of these 18 finalists, 6 grand winners will be picked to receive a commemorative trophy – the “Great Women of Our Time 2008”. Additionally, one of the six grand winners will also win a special award “Reader Vote: Great Women of Our Time, 2008” where she gets to donate RM5, 000 to a charity of her choice. (This Reader Vote winner will be selected based on a reader SMS poll.)

Do vote for me if you can! If I win the Reader Vote, I will donate the RM5,000 to The Montfort Boys Town – a place which teaches both boys and girls skills to enable them to earn a living. It’s an organisation Nic and I have been supporting for a few years now.

Catch my interview in the August issue of the Malaysian Women’s Weekly magazine!

To your own glammed up success,

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