Saturday, October 15, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.53 - Miss Singapore World 2011

Singapore is a bustling cosmopolitan city populated with high-rise buildings and landscape gardens. Brimming with a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture, Singapore is a dynamic city that’s rich in contrast and color. Located in Southeast Asia, Singapore has a land area of about 710 square kilometers, making her one of the smallest countries in the world and the smallest in the region. Although small in size, Singapore commands an enormous presence in the world today with its free trade economy and highly efficient workforce. Also, her strategic location in the region has enabled her to become a central sea port along major shipping routes. At present, Singapore’s population stands at about five million people, with English as the main language of instruction, and a mother tongue for each major ethnicity. Coming together as a society and living in harmony, there are four major races, namely the Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian. Singapore had been a part of various local empires since it was first inhabited in the second century AD. The British obtained sovereignty over the island in 1824 and Singapore became one of the British Straits Settlements in 1826. Singapore was occupied by the Japanese in World War II and reverted to British rule after the war. It became internally self-governing in 1959. Singapore united with other former British territories to form Malaysia in 1963 and became a fully independent state two years later after separation from Malaysia. The economy heavily depends on the industry and service sectors. Singapore consists of 63 islands, including the main island, widely known as Singapore Island but also as Pulau Ujong. There are two man-made connections to Johor, Malaysia: the Johor–Singapore Causeway in the north, and the Tuas Second Link in the west. Jurong Island, Pulau Tekong, Pulau Ubin and Sentosa are the largest of Singapore's smaller islands. The highest natural point is Bukit Timah Hill at 166m. There are ongoing land reclamation projects, which have increased Singapore's land area from 581.5 square kilometers in the 1960s to 704 square kilometers today. Some projects involve merging smaller islands through land reclamation to form larger, more functional islands, as with Jurong Island. About 23% of Singapore's land area consists of forest and nature reserves. Urbanization has eliminated most primary rainforest, with Bukit Timah Nature Reserve the only significant remaining forest. Singapore debuted in Miss World 1972 and reached the semifinals in 1976. May Hsu, Miss Singapore World 2011, will represent the city-state in Miss World 2011.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents May Hsu, Miss Singapore World 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
I am May Hsu, 21 this year. I graduated from a local junior college (Hwa Chong Institution) and am currently pursuing a diploma in biomedical science in Singapore Polytechnic. I love sports and am very active in netball. I had represented my school and my club. I love all things science and philosophy.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Singapore is a vibrant country on a beautiful tropical island with a population of approximately 5 million. Although relatively small in terms of land area, it is big in many ways. Singapore is a thriving cosmopolitan city that is brimming with diversity, as well as mulitiplicity of culture, language, arts and architecture.
Singapore is a food and shopping paradise. There are wide range of cuisines ranging from Chinese and Western food, to a variety of local cuisine, including Singapore's famous specialties like Chilli Crab, Hainanese Chicken Rice, and Laksa (rice noodles in coconut gravy with chicken, shrimp and egg as garnishing).
The country has been a favourite destination for tourists from the East and West due to her many attractions and security. More than that, it is home.
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3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
It is a great honour to be given this opportunity to represent Singapore. I hope to do Singapore proud.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO. I believe in living life to the fullest and staying happy each day. This song best describes my jovial personality and my positive outlook in life. "Everyday I'm shuffling".

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
Before embarking on this journey, a typical day would involve having an hour's swim in the morning before school. After school, I usually go for netball training for my school or club. I would go for a 30 min jog after my school training to keep my stamina in check for the occasional marathons that I like to take part in from time to time. Other times, I would be doing school assignments, visiting my aunt and going out with friends.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I see myself practicing medicine and contributing to the quality of healthcare in Singapore. I prefer to specialize in neuroscience because I see it as an urgent need in Singapore due to the aging population.

7. Which well-known person from your country you most admire and why?
Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister since independence. He contributes in the development of Singapore to a thriving economy in Asia today. As a leader he has to make tough decisions to resolve pressing issues affecting Singapore and Singaporeans. Despite getting on his years, he continued to contribute to our society and this is one of the reasons I am in awe of him. From him, I had learnt that to be a good leader, I must continuously pursue knowledge.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I would perhaps choose UK to live in. I like to gain new experience living in a different country. However, ultimately I would like to retire back in Singapore because this is where home is and this is where I feel safest and most at ease.

9. After the Sendai Earthquake, nuclear energy has become a focus of attention. Are you in favor or against the use of this kind of energy as a way to reduce the dependence on oil?
Nuclear energy is a dangerous form of energy when not managed well. Sendai Earthquake incident has shown the world how devastating it can be. However, nuclear energy can also be very beneficial to mankind as a alternative source of energy - to reduce the use of fossil fuel which damages the environment and contributes to global warming. Until we learn to manage nuclear energy well, I am not in favour at this point in time.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
Child negligence can be considered an act of cruelty. Not providing a suitable environment for an innocent child that one has brought into this world is being irresponsible. Every child deserves to be cared for.

11. What are your duties as Miss Singapore World?
To quantify it would be an arduous task as there are many aspects to being the Miss Singapore World, though the most important duties are to be of good character, to possess the charm, poise, personality and grace to portray Singapore in its best light.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
Social media enables my experience as a beauty pageant titleholder to be shared to others through my daily updates. The ease of video and picture sharing in social media is a good platform to share my thoughts throughout my journey.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
To be compassionate in our everyday life and live life without regrets, at the same time, not causing harm to others for my own benefit.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
It is to contribute to the healthcare of the world and hopefully to be able to place my name down in history along with esteemed and respected role models like Marie Curie.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Thank you all for taking the time out to know and understand Singapore and myself better. I hope to do well in the upcoming Miss World 2011 in London and to make Singapore proud. Please do show your support for Singapore!

and finally...
Personal Motto: To seek for the solution instead of merely pointing out the problem itself
Personal Goal: To be able to practice medicine and improve the quality of healthcare throughout the world
Personal Dream Destination: Where anyone needs me the most.
Favorite Food: Books, they are food for the mind.
Favorite Color: White
Favorite Song: One of us by Joan Elizabeth Osborne
Favorite Movie: Patch Adams
Favorite Book: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Favorite Singer/Band: Death Cab For Cutie
Favorite Actor/Actress: Edward Norton
Favorite Hobby: Reading while eating
Favorite Sport: Netball

Tan Yue Ni, Project Admin Limelite Productions
Raymund Ooi, National Director of Miss World in Singapore
May Hsu
, Miss Singapore World 2011

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