Why I took 3.5 hours to dress up for an event

I normally take about 1.5 hours to make myself public-ready. This includes showering and washing my hair, blow-drying my hair, lotioning and sunblocking my whole body, putting on makeup, making my hair presentable, and putting on an outfit.

Yesterday, though, I took 3.5 hours to get ready for a Microsoft press event.

Microsoft hardware

And I wasn’t even fully ready after 3.5 hours. I had to do the last touches of my makeup in the cab because I was seriously late.

Tonging the hair

As you all know, I just did my hair at the salon. At home, after washing my hair, my temp curls disappeared and I realised that my new brown hair looks awful being straight. Which means I will have to curl it myself every time now.

Yesterday was the very first time I attempted to use a curling tong.

It was a disaster!

With the first tonging, my hair looked like this.

Bad hair

I tried different techniques on different segments of hair. Most of them turned out really bad. After 45 minutes, I looked like I had been electrocuted.

I tried straightening and recurling spoilt segments but it seemed like it didn’t work that way. The funny kinks refused to go away.

In the end, I gave up and tied my hair into a ponytail.


Blackening the eye

Besides having to make my hair look human, I had to blacken my eye.

The Microsoft event was held at Hard Rock Cafe with a rock theme and I was told to dress like a rocker. Supposedly, everyone in the Microsoft team and PR team would be dressing up. (Not the guests.)

So, I Googled “rocker makeup” and learnt that rock means black eyes, so I proceeded to give myself some.

Rock chick

This was another first attempt. I have never done rock makeup on myself before.

I have learnt over the years that good makeup isn’t just dabbing on the colour. It’s about blending. So I slowly and painstakingly blended the black onto my eyelids together with some white shimmer.

Half an hour later, I turned into a zombie.

Then I spent another half an hour trying to unzombify myself.

So, to hell with blending. In the end, it was just dabbing on the black.

Rock makeup

The final touch

Rocker is not my look of choice, but I have a number of black things in my wardrobe, so I dug out the most outrageous pieces I had.

This was at a time when the event was just about to start, and I was still at home fretting about my wardrobe.

Frantically putting stuff together, I concocted this outfit.

Rock outfit

It probably looks more goth than rocker, but I don’t have any rock stuff, really.

I took this punk-emo photo in the toilet, which I like quite a lot:

Punk emo in the bathroom

A picture after the event, practising drums at the studio:


It feels fun playing drums in an outrageous outfit!

A picture at the event, where I took a photo of me being captured by the new Microsoft LifeCam Cinema webcam. It’s a good cam, possibly the best out there now, if you’re shopping for a webcam.

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

Although I love playing dress-up with all kinds of looks, sometimes I wish I were a guy. Life would be so much simpler without having to tong hair and put on funny makeup.

I could have completed an entire video game in 3.5 hours!

I’m a bedroom rock star

The Goonfather was like a kid in a candy store.

The very moment Guitar Hero 3 for the PlayStation 3 became available, he grabbed one home and excitedly ordered me: “You have to blog about this!!!”

“I’m busy lah,” I said.

“BUT THIS IS GUITAR HERO 3!!!!!!!!” he exploded.

“I’m busy lor,” I tried again.

“BUT THIS IS GUITAR HERO 3!!!!!!!!” he broken-recorder-ed.


So this was how I came to be a bedroom rock star.

You can tell I was extremely resistant to the Goonfather’s efforts in forcing me to play and blog about it.

I used to go to the arcade and spend $50 a day playing Guitar Freaks and Percussion Freaks and Beatmania. (I also played Dance Dance Revolution, but don’t tell anyone I said that!!)

Yep, the Goonfather had to really drag me screaming to play his $150 guitar rock star game.

In fact, he also dragged his friends screaming into buying their own copy of the game so we can play together online.

We both like Midori the cute Japanese, one of the avatars you can choose in the game.

You get to choose an avatar and a guitar. After earning money from playing gigs, you can buy new avatars, new clothes, new guitars, new songs.

The avatars are ugly close-up but it doesn’t really matter too much because you don’t have the luxury to scrutinise faces when you’re thick into the game.

There’s also Casey, sexy rocker babe.

I don’t like the male avatars because they’re ugly. That’s why I’m not talking about them. The Goonfather was thrilled when he unlocked Slash from Guns N’ Roses but, in the end, he still went back to using Midori. Haha.

The game is exciting and the music is great. The loading screens have funny random messages to amuse you between songs.

The songs in the game are actual rock songs.

(Sorry for the warped screenshots. I photographed my screen from a weird angle.)

Guitar Hero 3 is really fun, but it’s only warm up for the real excitement coming up end of the month — Rock Band! I mean, that’s like the real deal. You get to co-op with your pals, each playing a different instrument or doing vocals. You can connect to people online or play in the same room together. How exciting is that??!

We’re hoping that the guitars in both Guitar Hero 3 and Rock Band will be compatible with each other. Then, we’ll have two guitars, which we need for battle mode, a super irritating mode because you can sabo your opponent and make his guitar strings break and stuff.


My rock star days are just beginning.