Thursday, January 29, 2009

25 Random Things About Me

I've been tagged by Irene, my sweet bride-to-be niece. Actually I don't really like this tagging stuffs, but she's so demanding and won't take NO as an answer! LOL.

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

If you don't have a blog but want to put this on your
Facebook, here's the guidelines: To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.

Let me get this started!
  1. I love traveling around the world and making friends.
  2. Right handed.
  3. I can't drive manual transmission cars. Learning still in progress, though.
  4. This blog was made on June 2004.
  5. I'm a crybaby. I easily shed tears when watch tearjerking scenes on movies.
  6. My eye color is brown.
  7. I drink (water) like a camel; approximately 8 liters everyday.  
  8. I have 4 other blogs from different blog hostings; Friendster, Multiply, LiveJournal and Blogger (the one publishing my writings but rarely updated). However this blog is the one and only blog I've been taking care of up till now.
  9. My guilty pleasure is strawberry cheesecake.
  10. Perfectionist.
  11. I'm lousy when it comes to grammar.
  12. Non-smoker.
  13. I have huge passion for fashion and make up.
  14. Workout junkie.
  15. I sleep without a pillow, cos it kinda makes my neck sprained when I wake up in the morning.
  16. I want to partner with my baby brother Andrew in Amazing Race Asia! Someday.
  17. I'm hesitant to eat bizarre food like snails, raw crocodile, snakes, sugar cane rats, etc. Yucks!
  18. I can easily forgive but I will never forget.
  19. I don't cook. Cos I can't, that's why. 
  20. Anti-backstabber.
  21. I wear sunscreen everyday before I go out.
  22. I'm willing to undergo LASIK surgery to correct my near-sightedness. 
  23. A cam-whore.
  24. I got lost on freeway TWICE!
  25. Two things I can't live without; cellphone and internet.

I'm not gonna force any particular blogger friends to do this. So it's all up yours. Anyone care to share?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Link Time!!!

(Image courtesy: Jaded4good.wordpress.com)
  • I have no idea about great Blogger widgets until I read this article. Do you recognize what's new on this blog sidebar?
  • Lipstick Jungle designer bags and clothes are stolen, eBayed by Stage Manager.
  • BagSnob warns you to stay far far away from Judith Leiber. It was a retail nightmare!
  • Mischa Barton is back with a vengeance! And this is exactly what will happen when you're too skinny; your dress can't stay up! I can't believe that she's been trying hard to be the next Lindsay Lohan, LOL.

If you want to share your interesting articles or request for a link exchange, submit your comment in this post or e-mail me.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Miss World Finalist Succumbs After Amputations

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. --Abraham Lincoln 

I would like to express my deep regret and sorrowfulness on the demise of 
Mariana Bridi da Costa. Although I didn't know her in person, I admire her spirit to fight for her life.  


Mariana Bridi da Costa, a 20-year-old Brazilian model who was a finalist of Miss World 2006, died on Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 as a result of complications from urinary tract infection


The course of her illness was swift.

In late December, she fell ill and doctors in her native state of Espirito Santo _ northeast of Rio de Janeiro _ initially diagnosed as having kidney stones.

She returned to a hospital on Jan. 3 in septic shock _ life-threatening low blood pressure _ from the infection that would force doctors to amputate first her feet, then her hands. Doctors said there was little they could do but pump drugs into her and hope for the best.

It was a nightmare scenario for anyone with an infection: Her body did not react to the latest and most potent drugs while the bacteria in her veins spread from head to toe.

In Bridi's case, the culprit was the bacteria
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is known to be drug resistant.

My heart goes out to the family.


Source and Source
Image Courtesy: TheSun.co.uk

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Chinese New Year 2009: Year of Ox

I still have a little bit of Chinese genes in my blood from my mom, that's why I'm so excited to have lots of annual celebrations! LOL. Since it's related to some sort of family traditions, it actually has nothing to do with luxury nor wild party.

My on-line buddy from Scotland, Bill, sent me this article (which all quoted from yesterday's Scottish broadsheet newspaper The Herald, btw) and asked for a thought. He also said that Scotland has quite a large Chinese community, too. 

Well, the fact is there's a Chinatown in most of the urban population worldwide, isn't it?

What's the story with... The Chinese New Year?

Whatever you do, put all your brooms and brushes in the cupboard, open every window in your house and don't - just don't - wear anything black. It's the Chinese New Year and you don't want to take any chances, do you?

The new year celebrations, which begin on Monday, are surrounded by superstition. The beliefs around brooms and brushes come from the conviction that you should sweep away the bad luck of the old year and then put away the brushes so you don't accidentally sweep away any of the good luck of the new year.

The windows in your house should also be opened to allow the old year to escape, and you shouldn't wear black because it is the colour of bad luck. Look out your red clothes, though. Red symbolises fire and will frighten off the nasty spirits.

Like superstitions everywhere, some people believe all that, some don't, but there is no doubting the bonding importance of the festival to Chinese people all over the world. The festivities start on the first day of the lunar month and continue for 15 days. The first week is traditionally a time for visiting friends and family and on New Year's Eve people gather for a big meal, often containing djiaozi, a kind of steamed pudding, or nian gao, a sticky rice pudding. Then, as the old 12 months melt into the new 12 months, families go outside and let off firecrackers. Evil spirits don't like firecrackers.

The celebrations end on the fifteenth day with a lantern festival. Hanging from trees or houses, little globules of light, some painted with images from Chinese legends, float in the air. As their warmth fades, the new year really gets under way.

This year is the year of the Ox. Last year was the rat and next year will be the tiger. It is said the year in which you are born dictates your personality: Oxen are hard-working and patient, which is promising news considering the new President, Obama, was born in the year of the Ox.

Where did it start? Something like this: the Buddha called for all animals to join him. Only 12 turned up and to reward them Buddha honoured each one with a year of their own. The sequence is as follows: rat followed by ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. 

No cat, you'll notice. The cat lost out because the rat didn't wake him up and sneaked off on his own. Which is typical rat behaviour. Dogs do well out of Chinese New Year, though: the second day of the celebrations is considered the birthday of all dogs and everyone is especially kind to them. Children do well, too. It is common for adults to give children red packets (note: red again) filled with money.

(the rest of the article just tails off telling people in Scotland where CNY celebrations will take place here). Hope this might be good enough for your blog!

Thanks for sharing
Bill! Honestly I didn't want to write a long posting for today, cos I'm sure I'm going to pretty much occupied with cleaning the house and preparing myself to say prayers at midnight. Oh, well. I'm gonna try to keep it simple.

On putting brooms and brushes in the cupboard, just like the article has mentioned, it's TRUE (as what my mom told me long time ago). That's why I have to clean the house a day before CNY. 

On picking RED as the IT color, I only know that RED symbolizes JOY/LUCK/HAPPINESS according to Chinese tradition. Never ask me if wearing BLACK on CNY will bring bad luck or not, cos I won't brave enough to give it a try! Seriously.

On the origin of CNY (the Buddha story), yes indeed. So I heard.

On big meal at family gathering and firecrackers, there aren't necessarily. We are supposed to gather at the oldest person's residence (of the family). If the host family are pretty wealth, they'll provide big meal. Otherwise, fewer main courses and cakes are serviced. No need to worry, the most important thing is everybody's happy for the day! 

Anyway the brown cakes on picture above (the one with red Chinese calligraphy on top) are one of the most common Chinese Cakes (we called it 'Kue Cina') for CNY.

On giving red pockets to children, I need to set something right. Terms of adults giving red pockets (they are called 'ang pao' in Chinese) to children is wrong, in my opinion. Adults who have married, that is, that allows to give red pockets; and not only limited to children, but to single adults as well. There's a myth saying that if single adults give red pockets, believe it or not, they'll get hard times finding their spouses. Basically 'giving red pockets' means sharing your wealth to others and generally, people who already get married are considered wealthy enough :P

It's about the spirit of giving anyway, you aren't obliged to. 

I guess that's all.

GONG XI FA CAI!  May the Year of Ox brings you joy, health and prosperity! --Devi Girsang

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Weekend Thought

No matter how old your husband is, don't let him steal your bloom and vigor!


Image courtesy: Bauer Griffin (via Snarkstress.com)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Indosat Launching Party: New BlackBerry® Curve 8900 & BlackBerry® Pearl Flip 8220

What: already mentioned above.
When: Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009.
Time: 7 PM - 10 PM
Where: DragonFly, Graha BIP 1st floor, Gatot Subroto 23 - South Jakarta. 

Joining Indosat-BlackBerry (isat-bb) has apparently given me a privilege to get invitation to Indosat Launching Party: "Fashion with Sound of BlackBerry Lifestyle". Thanks to Mr. Muha Yusuf! *wink*


Opening speech from representative of Isat-BB mailing list; Prayudi Aji Murtolo, MD.

The Models.

The CROWD!!!


Indonesian 'BlackBerry Icons' celebrities are given a new BlackBerry from Indosat; Maia Estianty, Dian Sastro, Nicholas Saputra, Darwis Triadi, Shinta W. Dhanuwardoyo (CEO & co-founder Bubu.com), Ian 'Radja' Kasela, Hedi Yunus and two other people that I forget the names (sorry!). NOT FAIR! :P


Performance by Shanty and The Dancers. She sang 4 songs for the night; Hanya Memuji, Deja Vu, Oh Kasih and Don't Stop The Music.

Unfortunately I didn't win any of the doorprizes (8320, Bold and Javelin). *sob* Never mind. I met lots of new friends there! And Hanzky too! :)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Flawless Auto Lounge *Picture Heavy*


What: Icha's 23th Birthday Dinner
When: Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 7 PM.
Where: Flawless Auto Lounge, FX F1 (First Floor), Sudirman - Jakarta.



Inside the Lounge:


Live music, few couches, low-temperature smoking areas and two gimmicks LOL. A yellow Ferrari F430 and a red 2-door Bentley Continental GT (not pictured).


Let's start with the drink first, since I heart their mocktails; they have a good one!

Left: Sober Sunday (mocktails) - Right: Strawberry Milkshake


**Special Menu of the Day**

EntrĂ©e 
CHEF TEMPURA SALAD
Prawn tempura covered with black-and-white sesame seeds and little baby green salad in mayo balsamic dressing.











Main Course

Left: Tenderloin Steak - Right: Salmon Black Pepper


Dessert


Left: Banana Lasagna - Right: Fresh Fruit Platter


OVERALL: Offering collection of wine and cigar, the place are allocated into 7 different areas; lounge & dining, wine lounge along with wine cellar, cigar lounge with cigar rack display, meeting rooms, bar, performance stage and car display. Food are so-so but the mocktails are fab! This lounge has a very low temperature (I believe around 15C/59F) so it's at your best interest, ladies, to wear cardigans or jackets. Unless, of course, you can stand the cold. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

YouTube Celebrities at Kollaboration 9



This is a proof of successful on-line marketing to gain fame as reputable musician. Instead of auditioning to get endorsement from record labels, each of them gain visibility showing their music talents on YouTube.


About Kollaboration (taken from the website): 
Kollaboration is an Asian Pacific Islander American/Canadian (APIA/C) organization and Movement that was founded in 2000 by Executive Director Paul “PK” Kim. Under the umbrella of ProKreation Productions --a cutting edge, pioneering production company promoting entertainment in the Asian American community-- Kollaboration became officially incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in January of 2006.

They may not be as fame as Rihanna or Chris Brown, but they have over 700,000 subscribers and their homemade music videos have been viewed over a million times. WOW! I believe you all know it isn't an easy job to satisfy on-line viewers. :P 

I knew this video and their history from Andrew at first time, and quickly fall in love with their amazing voices! Believe it or not, I didn't know the song until I listened this video LOL. In my opinion, their version of "Forever" song is better than the original one (performed by Chris Brown, check the video clip here).

I really wish to be there watching their live performance, too bad I can't make it. Does anyone want to buy me an airfare ticket? *finger crossed*


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Monday, January 19, 2009

Blaze at PERTAMINA: Accident or Conspiracy?

January 18, 2009 around 9 PM

Jakartans are outraged by the outburst and blaze of PERTAMINA Fuel Depot in Plumpang, North Jakarta. All of a sudden.

Estimated 5,000 kiloliters of 'Premium' are gone in the fire rage. No wonder lots of people have been queueing at the nearest gas station before 'Premium' become unavailable. Rumors and speculation are spread, not only in TV, since Indonesia will be running its Presidential election this year. 


Image courtesy: Detik.com

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Question of The Day

This question popped up in my mind after watching Pathology and I've been thinking about it since. Arrghh, somebody please let me know!

Are sex scenes in Hollywood movies for real?

You can leave a comment below or e-mail me ASAP. Thanks in advance!

***

Updated later on Jan 21 at 1:13 AM; I've been enlightened! Thank y'all for answering. For the other curious cats out there, here's the perfect answer of my Q-of-the-day;

Barenaked >> YES, it's real.
Full body contact >> YES, it's real. That's why they call it "professionalism".
Penetration
>> NO, it's just the angles of the camera. Otherwise they approve to spread STDs, LOL. 

Even on the kissing scenes, there's a strict rule; no French Kiss (no tongue involved). I rest my case.

OGGIX VS ShoutMix

In case you haven't noticed, I've changed my tagboard due to some technical problems.

So yeah, as you may all know that OGGIX has been undergoing some errors on its system. I don't know what went wrong, but it's been almost a month I couldn't leave any message on someone else's OGGIX tagboard. 

That wasn't the first time OGGIX went error I recognize. I thought it will be back to normal again in couple of days but well.. nothing happened. Right after Sasa complained about my tagboard, I gave up and looked for replacement. Believe it or not, when I was checking my OGGIX account to get some sort of announcement, I was shocked that all previous entries had gone! Sorry if I missed your blog URL but please don't forget to come back! *wink*  

Hence, as suggested by her I signed up for SHOUTMIX and quickly fell in love. Below are my quick review of the new tagboard;
  • Free tagboard with great features. There's also a premium one if you wish to upgrade :) 
  • Instant start and easy to use. Perhaps because it has fewer options of styles and colors.
  • Simple design; clean and neat.
  • Auto refresh updates per minute. You don't have to refresh the page to get the latest shout!
  • Quick login to delete/ban messages. Right on the box! So, beware you spammers!

Hopefully there will be no more errors. See you guys around the blogosphere ;)


P.S. What if I permanently remove the tagboard? Are you willing to leave a comment on the comments section? Please let me know.