“I started working in the media industry as an emcee. Then I got the opportunity to commentate on the Singapore Karting Championships. To be able to talk non-stop for hours about something, you have to know your subject pretty well. So, I started taking part in local leagues to try and understand what competitors go through. Surprisingly, I managed to get in a few wins and podium placements. This really spurred me and my then-boyfriend (now husband) to start hunting for sponsorships in order for me to join the Malaysia Championship Series.
I started at 30 and I’m now into my fourth year of racing. I don’t ever look at age as a reason to do or not do something. It’s just really all about your mindset. I often get asked questions about what it is like to be a woman in a male-dominated sport. But I’ve never really thought about gender in racing. It was just something I wanted to do. I’m a race car driver and I just so happen to be female.
It may seem like the barriers of entry for women who want to take up the sport are high. But to excel in any sport at the most basic level, all it comes down to is your willingness to put yourself out there and push your limits. Any sport takes time, so I’d tell anyone interested to not be too hard on yourself, be open to receiving feedback, and remember racing is a team sport and that it’s not about you.
On that note, the main theme in racing for me is the letting go of one’s ego. You can only truly make progress if you go through an almost purification of your ego. You have to be totally honest with yourself and focus only on how to get to your goal. To do that, you have to both go easy on yourself but also fully acknowledge your weaknesses. To move forward, you can only let go of your pride and not take any offence from feedback. The data never lies in my world. It’s a very raw process to live purely by data in order to improve. Being detached from your pride here is the key. Any time wasted on negative thoughts and ifs and buts is time taken away from being able to completely focus on the target. If anything, the real race is actually against your own mind.
The thing I love most about racing is that it has given me a strict life structure to follow. Motorsport has become a bit of a religion in my household. It always promotes positive and forward thinking. It also trains you to focus only on your own abilities and what you can control. As a bonus, you get to meet some really awesome, totally wicked people. They’ve become some of my best friends.
In the next five years, I’d like to think I’d still be in the realm of motorsport. You can continue racing till a later age – my husband has been professionally racing for almost 10 years. I see myself continuing to commentate and emcee for motorsport and automotive events. I don’t think anything will change, other than the fact that I’ll have a kid strapped to my back in a year’s time!
I have fairly neutral skin but it can lean more to the dry side as I spend a lot of time outside training. The temperature in my car can go up to 50 degrees celcius and I have to wear a fireproof racing suit, balaclava, and helmet so I really perspire a lot. I thus focus on keeping my skin clean from any bacteria and impurities, ensuring that it is hydrated and moisturized.
In the day, I wash my face with the Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser. I follow this up with the 1A™ All-Day Mask. If I am going out in the sun, I swap out the Allies of Skin mask for the SK-II Cellumination Day Surge UV, which has SPF30. I keep the Molecular Saviour™ Mist close throughout the day and when I’m traveling for an added boost of hydration.
I used to be quite naughty in the past and barely wore SPF. If I did, it was only if I was going swimming and I would just slap on whatever I had around the house. But over the years, I noticed that the skin on my forehead and around my eyes getting papery. That really was a wake-up call. Now, I like trying out different SPFs. I find this SK-II one slightly too oily for my face – it leaves a light film on my face and sometimes can pill slightly. I am always trying to find the one that will make me feel like I have nothing on my face. But I will use it until it’s finished and then get on the hunt for my next one!
At night, if I’ve got eye makeup on, I take it off with the Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser. I follow that up with my Aesop cleanser again, then spritz my Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour™ Mist and finish with their 1A™ Overnight Mask.
On a typical day, my makeup essentials are mascara, black kohl eyeliner and light foundation. I am currently using the Maybelline The Falsies® Push Up Drama™ Waterproof Mascara. I use that when I’m in my car too. I need my products to be totally waterproof in that kind of heat. I don’t want products to get in my eyes when I sweat and as I’m trying to focus. I don’t use any other makeup during races except mascara, but that’s purely so I can get good after-race pictures!
I normally use the Chanel Le Crayon Khôl in Noir but if I’m going to be out all day and playing sports then it’s going to be the Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in Matte Black. I have to train outdoors and do cardio in really hot conditions to get acclimatised to the temperature in my car, so again I need a good sweat-proof option.
I have to go from race-ready to camera-ready for my hosting jobs. I usually use a bit of the 1A™ All-Day Mask as a base, because I feel it helps my makeup stay fresh. My foundation is the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in shade Y325 Flesh, which is really hydrating and gives me a dewy glow. I then dab some of YSL’s colour correcting Touche Eclat Neutralizer in Bisque under my eyes. I usually use a touch of Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Color in shade Duo No.01 on my cheeks to add some life. I rarely use powder as I find it too cakey.
Depending on the type of event, I try to look as natural as possible, but I usually just play around with bold lip colours. I’ve been loving the Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle, which is the most vivid hot pink. If I have to do a more dramatic look, I usually gravitate towards shades of browns and beiges, with lots of bronzer. I’m fairly tanned so I like to emulate the J-Lo look! For my brows, I use Shu Uemura Hard Formula in H9 Brown. For my eyes, I usually mix the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette and the Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Tissé Essentiel. I sometimes throw in a little M.A.C Lustre Eyeshadow in Mythology.
I keep my hair tied up in a plait for races so it is easier to manage with my balaclava and helmet. Because of the heat in the car and all the sweat, my hair gets a bit frayed at the ends. I have fine, wavy hair and the heat can also make it frizzy and unmanageable.
Right now, I use the Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Repair range. It’s for very damaged hair and it has liquid keratin which helps to repair the hair structure and surface from within. I use the shampoo and conditioner from this range.
For added moisture and protection, I spritz generously with their Extra Care Purify & Protect Repair Spray, which leaves my hair softer and shinier.”