Having a temporarily bigger chest is like a trip to Disneyland –when you get home, you miss it but you’re still glad it happened.
This is how local celebrity blogger Qiu Qiu described her A-cup assets, which she “enjoyed” for a year, thanks to a sponsored boob job last year.
She had, as a joke, asked for the freebie on her blog and was flamed by netizens.
The boob job she got was a series of filler injections which, she was told by her doctor, Dr Jonathan Lee, a leading consultant surgeon at The Aesthetic Studio, would last for two years.
But the pretty 1.73m-tall blogger, who weighs 47kg, admitted that she is now“flat”.
Still, Qiu Qiu, whose real name is Hong Qiu Ting, no longer hankers after bigger breasts.
Life is a bed of roses for her now.
Her boyfriend of seven years has proposed to her with a 1.03-carat diamond ring and she has snagged her first local movie role – in Jack Neo’s $3 million two-part army flick Ah Boys To Men.
The first instalment will be released here on Nov 8 and the second on Feb 7.
At the press conference to announce the movie yesterday, Qiu Qiu, 25, told The New Paper: “Before the boob job, I was flat. So I asked for A-cup breasts, and for the first time in my life I knew what it felt like to have breasts.
“I would look at them in the mirror every day and think to myself, ‘I’m sexy.’
“Now that they are gone and I’m back to my flat self, I do miss them but I’m just thankful and happy for the experience.
“People thought I wanted the boobs because I was vain. If that was so, I’d have opted for something permanent and bigger –B or C cups.”
Dr Lee performed the procedure for free while medical group Q-Med sponsored the gel filler.
Breast fillers cost between $8,000 and $12,000, depending on the amount of gel injected.
The standard procedure, which takes 30 to 45 minutes, is performed under local anaesthesia.
Qiu Qiu said she had to wear a sports bra for a week after that and her chest ached badly.
But the pain was well worth it because she could finally indulge in a lingerie shopping spree.
She recalled with a laugh: “When you have A-cup breasts, your clothes fit better and I even bought myself sexy corsets.
“I would massage them (her breasts) every day because if you don’t, they may get out of shape.”
She said she used to constantly ask her five sisters to let her feel their breasts because “I wanted to know what they felt like”.
“The funny thing was, I found out that even with A cups, you still can’t fit into sexy lingerie like corsets. There’s just not enough to fill them.”
Since then, Qiu Qiu has had Botox injections in her face and in March, underwent alarplasty to sharpen her nose.
Alarplasty surgery narrows too-wide nostrils and involves removing soft tissue and then suturing together the open area.
Qiu Qiu is now considering an eyelid procedure, but only when “my eyelids start to sag with age”.
But she has decided that there will be no more boob jobs – implants or fillers.
Besides, her fiance, a 40-year-old Singaporean photographer, thinks it’s “unneccesary”, she said.
Qiu Qui described how she was stunned by his marriage proposal.
He told her he was taking her and four of her friends to a food-tasting at The White Rabbit restaurant.
When the first course appeared, she was dumbstruck to see on her plate a jewel box and “Will you marry me?” written with dark chocolate.
She recalled: “When he got up, I thought he was going to ask me (to marry him) in person.
“I was so happy, I just said, ‘Can, can, can!’
“This means so much to me. Since young, I’ve always tried very hard to get guys’ attention but they never took notice of me.
“When I was in Woodsville Secondary School, I would run around the basketball court and act like a bimbo, shouting loudly in order to get the cute basketball players to notice me... They never did.
“My boyfriend will say that I was the one who chased him as I made the first move and asked him out for a movie.”
The couple will hold their wedding ceremony in December at the Skyve Elementary Bistro&Bar.
Qiu Qiu said she’s afraid to wear her engagement ring when she goes out as she “doesn’t want it to be stolen”.
The blogger comes from a humble background.
She used to live with her parents and five sisters in a two-room HDB flat in Jalan Besar. Now the siblings are supporting their parents.
And Qiu Qiu and her fiance moved into a Punggol flat six years ago.
In May, she made the headlines again.
Photos of her with fellow celebrity blogger Wendy Cheng aka Xiaxue and former The New Paper New Face winner Sophie Willocq surfaced on the Facebook page of political website Temasek Review with an invitation to caption them.
The photos, which were taken from the women’s blogs without their permission, showed them at a People’s Action Party election rally with the PAP logo painted on their faces.
The pictures drew derogatory comments on the Facebook page.
Qiu Qiu said she was hurt by the episode. She said: “I was upset because this had affected my family and their friends were asking them what was going on.
“I’m still angry that the whole thing happened.”
For now, she is focused on her budding showbiz career.
Qiu Qiu admitted she was nervous about her first movie role. She plays an NSman’s 18-year-old girlfriend in Ah Boys To Men and has a few spoken lines.
The movie, a take on national service, stars local actors Richard Low, Irene Ang and getai veteran Wang Lei.
Prominent local blogger Mr Brown aka Lee Kin Mun has also been cast.
Local director Neo, 52, was impressed with Qiu Qiu’s rookie efforts.
He told The New Paper: “I wanted to use fresh faces in this movie as it would be a challenge... “I didn’t consider Xiaxue as there was no suitable female role for her – it’s all about being in the army. I would like to work with her in the future if given the chance.
“I picked Qiu Qiu because she aced her audition and she has a big following on her blog."
Qiu Qiu has 10,000 followers of her blog and 20,000 followers on Twitter.
Neo summed it up: “She can act.”
This article was first published in The New Paper.