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Published: Monday January 14, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 5:48:51 PM

Of beauty and tradition

ORIENTAL elegance will prevail when 20 ladies vie for the coveted Miss and Mrs Cheongsam 2013 titles in Gurney Plaza’s tradition-rich pageant on Sunday.

The 10 finalists in each category are set to parade in exquisite cheongsams and espouse the virtues of the classic, figure hugging Chinese garment in the contest kicking off at 3pm at the mall’s New Wing Atrium.

Among those who made the cut after the audition round on Jan 6, were the mother-daughter duo of Tang Kim Yeng, 56, and Kee Aiwei, 18, from Sungai Petani in Kedah.

It all started when Tang, an administration supervisor, saw the event advertisement in the newspapers, and thought it would be a good platform for her daughter to gain some exposure and build up her confidence.

She prompted Kee, a business student, to sign up, who in turn suggested that her mother register as well. They both did, and were overjoyed to have qualified together.

“It was an eye-opening experience. The last time I joined a contest was in my primary school days, and I was feeling rather nervous on stage.

“I had mixed feelings when my number was announced, but my mother’s wasn’t until the last moment. I almost cried, thinking she didn’t make it, but luckily we both did,” Kee quipped.

Tang added: “Participating together means a lot to us. Winning would be a bonus, because we just want to join for the experience.”

Also making the cut was Fahyu Hanim Ahmad, 33, a sales executive.

She impressed the judges and audience alike by greeting them in Mandarin, which she had learnt from a friend the day before.

“I like exploring and learning more about new cultures. With the Chinese community gearing up to celebrate their New Year, I thought it would be great to join in the fun.

“I’ll do my best for the final but I’m just happy to be here,” Fahyu Hanim added.

The audition was held in conjunction with the launching of the mall’s Chinese New Year celebrations, which saw the Phor Tay Ex-Pupils Association troupe delight the crowd with cultural dance numbers.

State Local Government and Traffic Management exco Chow Kon Yeow officiated the event by placing a record atop a mock phonograph, together with the mall’s marketing communications manager Peter Chan.

Among other festive event highlights are the Lion Dance Championship on Jan 26 and 27, Wushu Competition on Jan 27, Chinese Calligraphy Contest on Feb 2, Chinese Orchestra Competition on Feb 3, and Nostalgic Shanghai Singing Performance by award-winning local singer-songwriter Yudi on Feb 7 and 8.

There will also be Chinese cultural performances and God of Prosperity appearances at scheduled times between Feb 2 and Feb 9.

Tags / Keywords: Community, News, Lifestyle, cheongsam and gurney

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