Turning 22 & my kimbap experience!

This is such a belated post! YESSSAAAA, I am finally back! Have been so busy with endless tests, exams and projects but I’m glad to say that SCHOOL IS FINALLY OUT. Year 3, semester one flew by way too quickly. Was it because there was too much work? OR I actually felt that I learnt something useful? Maybe it was that I finally have the chance to do a module I really like for the first time in SMU? Whatever it is, it was definitely a love-hate relationship. Loving it because loads of work make time pass way faster and hating….the endless work… Proud to say that I finally had my fair share of staying overnight in school (ONCE) to finished up a project. Yeah it’s a little crazy but I’m guessing that’s uni life.

This semester was really really tough. The horrors of taking 5 modules for 2 consecutive semesters (it will be 3 soon), the horrors of having 4 presentations for 2 consecutive week (2 each) to the extent that I blanked out and blabbered nonsense during the presentation, getting a mere 3-4 hours of sleep for 3 consecutive days, a part-time job and many more…… Looking back, I wondered how did I even managed to survived this whole ordeal. Guess this quote comes in handy: What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger!

Back to turning a year older. I turned 22 two weeks back. No lavish party or anything. My 21st party was the most massive one I ever held and that could be it. Besides, my birthday always clashes with either exams or school holidays ever since.. primary school so MEH! Get a life!

As usual, I was expecting this year to be the same routine where I spend my time mugging at home/school for my finals. But surprise surprise! I was presented with the best celebration & birthday gift ever, ever, ever!! ^^

Appearing on National TV and teaching viewers how to make kimbap.

If you followed me on Facebook or Instagram, you might already know this! I couldn’t believe how lucky I was either! And I want to blog about the whole process in case I get diagnosed with dementia in the future and forget about this memorable event that was part of my life!

Diyana, the student producer from oktoLIVE! contacted me via Twitter and asked if I was interested to make kimbap on this kids show. My first thought was, why did she picked me of all people?! There are so many chefs/experts/koreans etc. in Singapore so why me? I was super surprised and  decided to find out more about it so we liaised via email. However, once the details were set, I was having doubts (LOTS of it!) about myself and hesitating to make a decision.

Firstly, finals were really close to the filming date. If I agreed to appear on the show, I would have to take one day off my studying break! The opportunity cost was way too high since I have 4 papers and they are content heavy ones. Would I be able to handle the pressure?

Secondly, it was a LIVE show. How could someone like me who have no experience do a live show? What if I starting cussing unknowingly? People are going to think badly of me and I’m just going to ruin the whole show. That was the worst scenario I could thought of.

Thirdly, am I really up for the challenge? I mean, I am just a random 22 year old girl (HAHA this cracks me up because it reminds me of someone) or in short, I am not even a chef/korean/expert or anybody so who am I to teach how to make kimbap?! And what if my kimbap fail on the show?? It’s gonna be so embarrassing!

After loads of thoughts, I decided to just do it. They always say “You Only Live Once” and this was so applicable to my decision! My friends were really encouraging as well saying that it would be a good experience and it’s not like I get to appear on TV everyday so why not? Besides, I had always wanted to participate in some kind of cooking show so taking up this challenge might means a step closer to my dreams!

Filming was set one day before my birthday. The preparation part was crazy. Woke up as early at 8am and started cutting, washing and cooking all the necessary ingredients. Took me 4 long hours to get everything done and I have to lug them to Mediacorp. The super long walk from the bus stop was bloody tortuous! Halfway through the journey, I was even wondering if I made the right choice…I was pretty sure I did in the end. Read on!

Two intern then came to picked me up and we proceed to the makeup studio to do my makeup!


The makeup artist was super enthusiastic and knowing that it was my first time appearing on telly, she tried to make me look as chio as possible!!! My makeup was so thick and since it’s also the first time I tried smoky eyes makeup, I was damn worried it might look awful! Like some evil villain or witch…. But thankfully, they looked pretty okay on telly. And I loved how well the makeup artist played with my hair! :D

I was hoping to see Elvin Ng or Romeo Tan but I saw George Young in the makeup studio instead. Heeeeee. ^^

Rehearsals next!! Two just to run through things and one full-dress. It took me a while to get used to things and I was quite nervous so I actually forgotten some of the steps and what I want to say! But since it’s only rehearsals, there are still rooms for improvement!

Getting ready!

LIVE audience/supporters started streaming in after the full dress rehersals!! I am so thankful to each and every single one of them!!!! Initially, I was worried that nobody would come because it’s the exam period and knowing the attitude of “smuggers” (exams always come first), it’s going to be really difficult. However, these people proved me wrong and shown me so much love and support on that day! I’m absolutely thankful to all who came down despite of their exams and hectic schedule! Love you all! :)

My audience on the left! 

When the cameras start rolling, there’s no room for mistake. That was what I kept telling myself. So I went out and say what I have to say and do what I have to do. Everything happened really quickly and smoothly. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought because I just have to be myself and let nature takes it’s course! But of course, at the same time, teach the viewers how to make the kimbap!

After the show, my whatsapp was flooded with the TV screenshots. Unglam shots included!! But still, thank you for your support from home!! The response was overwhelming!!

You always look fatter on TV. WHY CAMERAS, WHY! 

I wanted to make more kimbaps since they ran out so quickly! But sadly, not enough time as the crew needed to pack up and there’s the mandatory photo taking time!

Francesca and Nadiah did a really… “lol-ish” birthday card for me! Totally did not expect it because nobody calls themselves the queen please…. But I have to admit it’s really sweet and SO MUCH WIN! Thanks girls! :*

And more pictures at the reception. For memory sake!!

For the 1001th time, thank you all so much for coming! 

Verdict? It was an awesome experience and I have absolute no regrets taking up this challenge! It might cost me a day of studying but such opportunities are… rare. Personally, although I feel that studies are really important but there are times you have to cut yourself some slacks and do what you really like. Doing what I like keeps me alive. And I’m sure many agree with me on this! So come on guys, cut yourself some slacks when you need to!

Celebratory dinner at Fat Boys! The service staff had a good laugh at my birthday card!

And the surprise continues when I went back home and was about to sleep…

Looking terribly hideous but it was a sweet surprise afterall!

So this suspicious woman on the left started checking on me from afternoon by asking me questions like “Will you be in school tomorrow?”, “What time you going home?” and many other weird ones… I kinda guess that she’s going to pop by for a surprise so I told her off but she tried to brush in off by saying “No”. So I thought, alright, no chance since since it’s slightly past midnight! And just a few minutes after that thought, I received a phone call to open my door?!!!! SO YES, THIS WOMAN NAMED YUXUAN WITH HER LOVERBOY WAS ALREADY AT MY DOOR WITH A LOVELY BIRTHDAY CAKE!

-BRB while i wipe tears-

This year had been a really good year for me. Bits and pieces of my dreams are coming together and I must say that I have never felt so lucky in my life. The love and support I have received so far.. wow. Sometimes I wonder what did I do to deserve this. Maybe I used to be a servant in the past life so now I am claiming some of my rewards… Okay sorry it doesn’t really make sense but I’m so thankful! :’)

And always will be.

For those who are interested to make your own kimbap, you can check out the recipe HERE! I’ll upload the TV footage once the producers get them up on Youtube! You can have a good laugh then! :)

Last but not least, a big thank you Diyana and okto for getting me on the show! ^^

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