Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
It had been almost 3 years using the Nokia N71 and i think its time to change. As for me, i suck at buying phones. I'm fickle and choosy at the same time. So i found my baby, like i found Mr. Boyfy!!! Thank you Pa :)
Parjo and Sue with their parents
Amin and Zuen with friends
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Paulina Porizkova (the one in purple) among the models
This season ANTM featured a new judge, Paulina Porizkova, the beautiful legendary supermodel. And then, there's the fashion and runway guru Miss J. Alexander and MY, sizzling hot photographer Nigel Barker. Isnt he beautiful ?
The ANTM 10 models
Marvita : The airhead comeback.
Lauren : The quirky girl, awkward punk girl with bad runway walks but photogenic
Stacy Ann - The sweet doll-faced.
Whitney : Poised and proud plus-size. I like her a lot!
Katarzyna : Gorgeous, Eastern European look, the sexy stunner.
Anya : The unique accent ice princess
Dominique : Tranny-look model whose strong and selfish.
Kim : Reese Witherspoon look-a-like
Amis : The crazy, happy-go-lucky model.
Aimee : The pretty red-head with porcelain skin.
Claire : The 24 year old mom
Atalya : Pretty face but with little potential.
Allison : The eating disorder and exercise freak model.
Fatima : The Somalian girl a.k.a Miss know-it-all
I have a great feeling for Whitney, Katarzyna, Anya, Aimee and Stacy-Ann . They're just my fave's. Can't wait for more drama in the house of models and not forgetting credits to Christian Marc, the abso-fabolous hair stylist and Sutan the fierce-ly fabolous makeup artist.
First they made their way to NYC for their new crib, the house of models. Absolute stunner and again environmental -friendly. (Sorry but no pics for this :)
Aimee and her Badgley Mischka walk
There, there, it was the girls first walk. How cute is that? And they got landed their shinny feert on The Badgley Mischka Fashion show at the heart of NYC. The runway was at Times Square!!!!
Amis being fashionably homeless by Sarah McColgan
As for the photo shoot, it was "Homeless for Fashion". The girls had to send a message on homeless youth. The judges thought Amis was lost. She was supposed to be lost and in pain. She's homeless right?
Top Model Makeovers, from blonde to redhead, redhead to raven black,brunette to blond. Long hair short, short hair extended.
Elle MacPherson and Mr. Jay Manuel
For their photo shoot this episode, Elle Macpherson, yes, i repeat Elle Macpherson surprised the girls at a photo shoot and which they model her new line of lingerie.
Lauren and the Brooklyn Bridge by George Holz
After looking thru, i find Laurens picture is concealed and less revealing than the others. Sorry guys. But hey, the judges thought it was the best photo!
Turn up the heat, or you'll get cold! The girls went to the fire station for a fiery runway 101 with Mr J Alexander due to some mis-walks at the Badgley Mischka Fashion Show at Times Square. The girls needed help from runway diva, Mr. J. They can be pretty but not all know how to walk!
The fiery outfit
It's was actually a practice for the next challenge of the Tuleh Design Fashion Show. Winner of the challenge, Katarzyna and two friends got to do a photo shoot of Lot 29 advertorial for Seventeen Magazine advertorial with Jaslene (ANTM Cycle 8) .
Anya with 'em hogs by Trevor O'Shana
"Where's the Beef?" - The models hit the meat-packing district for an unusual photo shoot on America's Next Top Model. The girls were to pose with lines of hogs, wearing a great wardrobe out of meat, euww. Utterly provocative! But look at Anya and her meat. Look how classy she played with it :)
Benny, Vendela and the troops
You all know your ABC's but what about the 3 C's? Commercial, couture and catalogue. (Yay! I remembered). The girls were sent for a posing class with the posing instructor, Benny Ninja and supermodel Vendela. I totally adore Benny Ninja, not for him but his passion for posings, duuh.
Claire and Stacy Ann doing their thang!
The Battle is on. You better bring it to the center. and WORK! For the challenge, the girls had been divided into 2 teams and they were supposed to battle with each other as well as applying what they have learnt earlier. The 3 C's? The battle was held in Brooklyn. The winning team went to the Swag Tent, the celebrity gift sweeps for celebrities before an award and what not. The place you can take whatever you like? OMG, i want to be on the winning team! But the best part was the best poser gets a trip to Bora Bora, that's even better!
Stacy-Ann and her paint by Peter Buckingham
"Beauty shots with paint" - The girls had to a close-up shot of their face with dripping colourful paint on . Absolute charm. I actually loved the idea. And the outcome of it. However, there was a great joke with Fatima who accidentally forgotten to shave her armpit! OMG, totally dysfunctional. Need a shaver Fatima?
(...to be continued)
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
At the departure hall with brother, Edros
Upon arrival at the Polonia Airport, Medan, we were greeted by Edros' girlfriend, Hanan and her cousins, Putri and Cindy. We were starving for food due to the long wait so we went to some stall with 2 guys singing, seniman jalanan, as i might call it. We were entertained and i'm tired and happy as well. Just can't wait to get to Polonia Hotel and start snoozing.
The very next morning, after breakfast we headed off for some shopping but i did not like it as shopping there were not as much fun as i had in Jakarta or Bandung. We had an early lunch as to proceed with our trip to Lake Toba which will take us 5 hours of winding and bumpy roads to get there.
On the way to Lake Toba.
It was a long journey to Lake Toba. I hated it so much that i promise not to go again anytime soon. We stopped a few times and i felt like throwing up most of the time. When we reached Lake Toba, it was around Maghrib, and checked in at Inna Parapat Hotel. It was the best hotel Lake Toba has, but trust me it looked so old and eerie the time i arrived. So 80's. Perhaps, it was the lighting, cos the next morning when we went for breakfast, it was all okay. Who wouldnt be more happier to wake up with such beautiful green scenery. I felt like i was in one of the Lord of the Rings trilogy set!
From the Balcony
Breakfast was okay. Some bihun and an ommelette. I couldn't stand the local breakfast of fried rice and local dishes. It's breakfast-lah! Our plan that morning was to go to Samosir Island, the place of Batak. The once cannibals. Believe me, it my brother was not there, i wouldnt dare. Takut, ok?!
the slow-moving boat
To get to Samosir Island, we had to get a boat. There's free shuttle via a slow-moving boat complimentary to our hotel room. The boat takes up to 30 pax and the problem is, that it will take us forever. So, no thank you for the boat ride.
We chose to go by the speedboat which we had to hike some long flight of stairs to get there. For a fee of IDR400,000 (around RM150) we took the speedboat which took us around the lake and to Samosir Island in a matter of minutes, 15 minutes to be exact. Its all 'bout the money, baby!
First we went to 'Batu Gantung' (Hanging stone), which was one of the attractions there and it came with a story behind it. It was said that a princess was to wed a prince, but she wanted to marry her lover. She ran away from the castle with her puppy and slipped down the cliff. Her leg was stucked to the tangled roots and she ended up dying there with her puppy. Hmm, some kind of story, eh?
on the speedboat
Then, we proceed to the beautiful Samosir Island. The well-kept beauty of mother nature. Samosir Island, the home of the Batak, greeted with greens everywhere, no skyscrapers, just trees and hills. So fresh. Like Edros said it looked like we went back in time to the land of dinosaurs.
We hired a tourist guide at Kampung Tomok (Tomok in Batak language meant Fat) in Samosir Island for a fee of IDR100,000 (RM35) to show us around. The place was full of culture. Full of colours. He, first, took us to the market. The place where u can find just about anything to bring home as souvenirs for family and friends. From keychains to batik, t-shirts to sarongs.
at the market with Edros, Rosli and Hanan
He also showed us the Rumah Batak (House of Batak) which is similar to the Minangkabau houses in Negeri Sembilan. That day, i knew why the houses were built in such a way. The Bataks believed that the roof meant that they hope the future would be better than it is in the past generations. If you realised the Batak dance, the would also hold their hand together hoping that their future would be better than the past. Hmm, really?
In front of the Batak house, there was a mannequin of a man in Batak costume. It was believed that the mannequin was made for their King to reminisce the death of his second son.
Notice for the show
The mannequin can actually dance with the help of the Bomoh or witch doctor, like wayang kulit, for a fee,but this one is far better. It can dance with the soul of the second prince if the Bomoh does his mantra and with pretty lady dancers to dance with him. If there weren't any pretty dancers, he would not dance. The tourist guide asked us if we wanted to watch the show. I was like OMG, noooooooo. Seriously, it freaked me out!
Later we moved on to the Museum where all the historic items were on display. The Batak had a symbol which is the lizard and 4 Boobies, yup Boobs! They believed that they were like lizards who will live anywhere or sumthing like that and the 4 Boobs were the symbol for wealth, health, faith and i forgot cos the thought of Boobs as symbols were hilarious. The Batak believed that no matter how pretty a girl may be but if the boobs were small, they are useless to wed. They'll be fed with herb soup to make it bigger. Hmm. The Batak love chubby ladies with big boobs. Whatever!
The selempang or shawl
After that, we went to the cemetery of King Sidabutar. To enter we were suppose to wear a shall over our shoulders to respect the dead. I had goosebumps when i entered the place. I did not dare take any pictures here as it was too eerie. However, there was a tale of a lady which had her statue carved of stone on a King's stone coffin.
It was his first love who was taken away by another King whom used black magic to wed the lady. Out of love, the Batak King asked the old people to neutralize the lady with white magic, but failed to do so as it was told that both magic had made the lady went nuts. She ran away from the village and was nowhere to be found. Some believed that she ran to the woods and died there. Some believed that she drowned herself in the lake. I pitied the lady as a victim of the two Kings.
Inna Prapat Hotel
After that, we headed home. From afar i saw Inna Parapat Hotel and Home sweet home. My tummy was growling for food and we headed to the town which was five minutes by AngKot (Angkutan Kota) the local van/bus at IDR2500 (RM0.90). We had Nasi Padang and Terong Belanda juice. In Indonesia especially the suburbs, you can hardly find anything else than Nasi Padang or Indomie.
At the hotel, we met Nia a cute little girl who occupied the room next to mine. We managed to get a picture after calling her a few times. he was rather shy. Then, we headed to the lake for the evening activities which involved jet ski, and other water activities, too many to name them.
6th July 2008
We had to wake up early morning as Pak Yussuf, our driver for the day will be arriving at the hotel at 8am. There was no breakfast buffet so we had to search for restaurants and ended up eating Indomie Goreng for breakfast. It was not a good idea to eat Indomie before travelling the bumpy and winding roads. Most of the time i felt like throwing up. Leaving Lake Toba was hard as i had embrace the beauty of mother nature. Nevertheless, i would not want to live there too.
Before heading to the airport, we managed to stop by Grand Palladium Mall for lunch. And i was so happy that at the restaurant they served Burger! I had Cheeseburger, lemon tea and some ice-cream sundae for RM10?!
As usual our flight was delayed, again, by an hour but its okay cos i can't wait to get home and step on the land of Malaysia. Im thankful to be Malaysian, for the yummy food, for the great and convenient tolls (even though the price of it is seriously expensive), for the great roads and great transportation.
Please note: i still dont agree with our "beloved Badawi" and other Ministers whom asked us to change our lifestyle when they do not queue for bus/LRT/Star, they have drivers to wait for them in their Beemers or Mercs, a garage-full of cars, and escorted by police. They obviously do not wear non-branded items, They obviously shop at StarHill and Pavillion or Paris or Milan itself. They do not eat Ubi Kayu or any sorts of such potatoes, they do not shop for groceries, they do not pay tolls and petrols. Everything is paid for by the people. Where do they spend their money then? Yet they tell us to change lifestyle? Hmm think bout it.
Anyways, i'm happy with my trip to Medan so I'd rather not spoil it :)
Friday, July 4, 2008
Hmm, I hate it how time goes so slow when I'm being unproductive especially but it goes on full speed there's tonnes of job to be done. I bet for those of you who knows what I'm talking about would agree, yes?
Have a great weekend friends! Hope i will do too :)