Bruneian Miss Universe S'pore finalist shows how smart is the new sexy

5 October 2016 / 7 months 2 weeks ago

Constance Goh
The New Paper
Oct 4, 2016

Hazel was born and raised in Brunei by her Singaporean father and Bruneian mother.

She moved to Singapore after completing high school and pursued a degree in Mathematical Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, followed by a Masters of Science in Financial Mathematics at the University of Chicago.

Even with all these academic achievements, Hazel confesses that she is not a mathematics whiz, and that to her, intelligence is the new sexy.

What is one cause you would champion if you become Miss Universe Singapore 2016?

I would support the I Am Talented (IAT) programme. IAT helps students discover their talents in non-academic pathways, which is meaningful to me because, academically, I was a late bloomer, and I took some time before becoming interested in my studies. IAT is a great social empowerment initiative for youths to not only discover their strengths, but also hone their talent and overcome challenges.

What is your greatest asset? 

Perseverance. I have been told "no" many times, but rejection only makes me work harder and become a stronger person. I was bullied in school for my tan skin and awkward height, but now I think (they) are advantages.

Read also: Miss Universe S'pore finalist used to weigh 68kg and was rejected by modelling agencies for being 'too fat'

What is one food you cannot resist?

I cannot resist cheese, even the strong ones like blue cheese. I've always loved a variety of cheeses since I was little, probably because the texture is so creamy and delicious.

What about you is Bruneian?

My most Bruneian aspect would probably be how much of a homebody I am. Brunei is a dry country without any clubs or alcohol, and so I spent a lot of time with my family, and also hosting or visiting my friends at each other's homes. That's still something I enjoy and do a lot of even now.

What is it about coding that attracts you?

 There is something relaxing about isolating problems into little categories and solving them one at a time, and I experience that a lot when coding. The longest time I've coded non-stop was for six hours and that was to debug an error in my code.

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