Monday, August 15, 2011

My evolution.

** Update: New post below!

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I reckon I was a pretty cute kid when I was young…

Jing (left) and I on a merry-go-round!

I had slightly crooked teeth (but hey, it is charming in its own way), slightly small eyes that seemed bigger on little Hui Wen’s face than adult Hui Wen’s face, an adorable bob, and a shy smile for you if I like you.
So yea, overall quite a cute kid.

And then IT happened.

It happened so gradually that I didn’t even realize it… Started from me not really being able to see certain words on the blackboard, to having to really strain my eyes to read… to finally having to always move to the front to read anything on the blackboard. Friends asked me whether it’s time for glasses, and I brushed them off. Spectacles??? Me??? Yucks.

Until one day, it was time for the annual eye-check in school—where government nurses come over and make you read the letter ‘E’ in varying placements and sizes. And I could only read the largest ‘E’ on top of the chart. :O

By then, it was too late. My shortsightedness was already quite severe then (repercussion of being in denial that I needed glasses, and hence squinted and strained my eyes a lot); and before I knew it, I had spectacles perched on my nose. I was 12 that year.

Puberty happened soon after.

I put on weight (relatives called me chubby; friends called me plump; and boys called me fat), I had zits, and whoopdedoo, I had ugly black wire rim glasses which I hated with a vengeance.

I looked like that:

Round wire rim glasses (this was before Harry Potter was cool ok, so making it… NOT cool wtf). Check.
Bad teeth. Check.
Ugly mushroom hair (and what is that few strands of fringe doing on my forehead??!!!). Check.
Slightly overweight. Check.

I truly looked the worst in my entire life at that stage. T__________T To think that I was already wearing my favorite lilac tank top and pearl barrette in this picture. Can you imagine when I was not dressed up wtf.

I was 14 then.

And then, miraculously, when I was 15, my mom allowed me to get contact lens! And that’s when the evolution of Hui Wen truly began.

Tada! No more spectacles. (And if you look closely, you might be able to see my clear braces)

At 16, I got my braces.
At 17, I straightened my hair.
At 18, I started putting on concealer and blusher.
At 19, I was introduced to eyeliner.

And now, I look like that:

I honestly believe that getting contact lens jumpstarted the metamorphosis of me-- from an ugly duckling to an okay-looking swan (I wanted to say ‘fit bird’, which is defined as ‘A remarkably attractive young woman; i.e. skinny, long-legged, well-dressed, and potentially a high fashion model’ on Urban Dictionary; but I shall refrain, HEHE). Just by wearing contact lens, I felt much more confident, and it then happened very naturally—I started to take more and more steps to make myself look and feel better.

Which is why the Baush & Lomb’s “Take It Off” campaign is something that is really close to my heart!

The campaign basically encourages you to whip off your glasses, and take the plunge for a BRAND NEW YOU by putting on contact lens! All you need to do is to purchase one box of Bausch + Lomb contact lenses (either SofLens38 or SofLens59) , and submit a Before and After picture of you (with and without spectacles), and submit a slogan in no more than 10 words: "SofLens38 / SofLens59 gives me the freedom to look hot when I am…". You will be given a card that contains a unique serial number by the eye care professional at participating outlets, whereby 1 unique serial number = 1 contest entry + 1 vote.

There are some really awesome prizes up for grabs!

Besides that, you can also vote for your favorite (‘ugly duckling’ turned) beautiful swan! Voting period is from 1 August to 30 September 2011, and GUESS WHAT, the voter who casted the most votes for the winner of the contest with the most creative slogan wins the Suzuki Alto, worth RM55,000. :O :O :


Also keep a lookout for the Bausch + Lomb Cruisers as they arrive bearing gifts, including RM10 discount vouchers that you can use to purchase Bausch + Lomb SofLens38 and SofLens59. Click here to find out about where Cruises will be.

I’ve already gotten my Bausch & Lomb Softlens 38— all gung-ho to join the contest now. Don’t peek at my power, it’s rude!

Yes, I am blind as a bat without glasses/ lenses.

The lenses are so thin you could barely see it!

Which is really important to me, because my optician has advised me that my eyes are sensitive— they need to ‘breathe’, else they will turn red and irritated.

So now I am all ready to enter the contest! This would be my Before and After entry:

I know I am going to be a tough contender WTF, but try to beat me if you can! Go to for more information on the contest.

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mustardqueen said...

I think the Hoe clan is cursed with the "dark age" phase. We have came a long long longggg way wtf!

xiang yun said...

OMG AHAHAHAHA what a long way you've come! You look so gorgeous now T.T

Anonymous said...

I couldn't help but notice that you look like Kimora Lee Simmons's exec. And pretty that is.

Jing said...

Shit wei, i used to think u were quite pretty (Referring to 14 y/o), WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!


Long way my love, long way! :)

And my kiddy pic so cute! *picitttt*

Kim L said...

Hot transformation babe!! : )

The pic when you were 15, I had to do a double take, I thought it was Jing!!

revel in me said...

mustardqueen: How come brother Hoe skipped the dark ages FOL

xiang yun: Hahaha, SUPER long way man. T_T

v: How does she look like! I was trying to google her, but found no results! :P

jing: I used to think I was quite pretty too. -_____________- FML.. actually F my younger's self life WTF.

kimmy: Not hot transformation, more like hot mess WTFF

Anonymous said...

Confirmed you win

Anonymous said...

I googled and managed to find her on this

and her name is Tina Lee.

Go and have a look. More than a passing resemblance ;)

k said...

EH that picture of you is in kuching!!!

revel in me said...

anonymous: Confirmeddddd

v: Haha, at first I thought you're referring to the black woman wtfff. Is it 'cause we both have small eyes? :/

skim: Indeed it is! :P

smalls said...

as much as you thought u looked your worst, i didnt think it looked that bad ! still the same bright smile :)

Anonymous said...

hahaha no, not that one!'s because you both look fabulous! :D