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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

Posted: December 31, 2008 in Jokes, World
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Countdown to 2009

P/S: Last post of 2008, I’m off to celebrate the new year now~ (^_^)

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2009 Banished Words ListLake Superior State University of Detroit once again came out  for their annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. The 34th version of the list was released last Tuesday, which means, ‘It’s that time of year again,’ as reported by AP.

The school in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula selected 15 entries from about 5,000 nominations.

Despite the year’s economic meltdown (which itself wasn’t banished but don’t rule it out for next year), the most entries came from the environmental category; for ‘green’ or ‘going green’.

The list wasn’t overrun with politics despite the national election;  no “change,” for instance ;  but one simply couldn’t escape the critics’ wrath.

‘I’m a maverick, he’s a maverick, wouldn’t you like to be a maverick, too?’ offered Michael Burke of Silver Spring, Md., in his entry for the label embraced by unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

‘If I see one more corporation declare itself ‘green,’ I’m going to start burning tires in my backyard’, wrote Ed Hardiman of Bristow, Va., in his submission. Nominators also had their fill of ‘carbon footprint’; the amount of greenhouse gases an individual’s lifestyle produces.

Also knocked was ‘first dude’, a term adopted by Todd Palin, husband of McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

An emoticon made the list for the first time. The strings of characters used in e-mails and text-messaging commonly represent a face; like 😉 or :-0 ; but the school singled out an emoticon heart, formed with a ‘less than’ symbol and the number 3.

Think these gendarmes of jargon should ‘get a life’? Watch it, kiddo. That phrase was banished in 1997.

You can read the full article and the school’s 2009 Banished Words Lists here.

P/S: Malaysia is also famous for their ‘kiasu’-ness… Hurm, I wonder how it would be like if our ‘kiasu’ words like ‘-lahhh’ would be nominated for banishment? Any takers? anyhow, Happy New Year’s Eve Everybody!

No Undewear Party a Big No-No

‘A sex party is against our culture and religion and if it went on, it would damage the country’s reputation worldwide,’ Tourism Minister Azalina Othman said according to the New Straits Times newspaper.

Malaysian authorities have condemned rumoured plans for a New Year’s Eve sex party at a remote beach, while police warned the ‘no-underwear’ event could be a con job.

Newspaper reports said the party for the under-40s, to be held in southern Johor state bordering Singapore, was being advertised through a website that asked for 250 ringgit (72 dollars) as an entrance fee.

Party organisers had reportedly said that male guests were banned from wearing briefs to the event, while women were only permitted to wear G-string underwear which had to be removed after midnight.

‘The idea of organising such a party is far-fetched but the state Religious Department and local councils have all been informed,’ he told the New Straits Times, adding that authorities would be on alert.

P/S: WHOA~ (O.o) Happy 2009 New Year’s Eve~

Malaysia multi racial societyMalaysia has not suffered major ethnic violence since 1969, when riots fueled partly by Malay rancor over the Chinese’s wealth left more than 200 people dead.

Nevertheless, grievances between ethnic communities have occasionally sparked bloodshed. A dispute between Malays who celebrated a wedding and their Indian neighbors who held a funeral at the same time prompted violence that killed six people near Kuala Lumpur in 2001.

Therefore, Malaysia’s government plans to train special mediators to resolve disputes between neighbors of different races in a bid to prevent communal tensions in the ethnically diverse country, officials said Tuesday.

Wan Abdul Halim Othman, a sociologist who will be training the mediators, said the program will initially be implemented in urban areas where the risk of racial disputes is relatively high because many multiethnic residents live alongside each other.

The program would initially be rolled out in Kuala Lumpur, central Selangor state, northern Penang state and southern Johor state. If successful, it would be implemented nationwide.

Ethnic divisions have deepened amid increasing complaints by minorities about special privileges enjoyed by Malays in jobs, education and other areas. Some also say their religious rights have become secondary to Islam. The government has denied any unfair treatment.

About 300 volunteer community representatives would undergo mediation courses starting next month as part of the government’s efforts to curb racial and religious friction, said Azman Amin Hassan, director general of the National Unity and Integration Department to the AP.

P/S: It’s going to be a new year, new moon and new resolution. Come to think of it, my old one haven’t succeeded yet. Must get 4.0 GPA, must get 4.0 GPA, must get 4.0 GPA. Come on people, live in harmony. Treat others with respect and they will do the same to you.

HAPPY 2009 NEW YEAR’S EVE EVERYBODY! (^_^)

Great SkinGreat skin doesn’t require spending a fortune on some ‘miracle cream’ made from rare seaweed from the Arctic Circle! It’s all about simple good habits.

But let’s approach those habits from the opposite direction: What are the most damaging bad habits that we usually see pass through.

Taken from one of Dr. Leslie Baumann‘s article, I can assure you that you’ll never have a bad-skin day ever again

1. Using a cleanser with harsh detergents
Many people assume that the suds of their vigorously foaming cleanser are a good sign; surely they’ll leave skin extra clean. Unfortunately, copious suds are generally a sign that your cleanser contains a harsh detergent, like lauryl sulfate, that strips skin of vital lipids; And don’t even think about using on bar soap, that is a total no-no.

Instead, look for cleansers that contain fatty acids and will actually fortify your skin, like Dove’s ProAge products, or even simple cold cream. If you have particularly dry skin, Dr. Leeslie Baumann  recommend cleansing oils, which remove dirt and makeup without disturbing your skin’s natural protective barrier.

2. Not using a retinoid
Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is the only topical ingredient proven not only to prevent lines and wrinkles but to minimize the ones you already have.
Past the age of 30, try seeing a dermatologist for a higher-concentration prescription retinoid (like Retin-A, Differin, or Tazorac, for example), but there are also many great over-the-counter creams that contain lower concentrations of retinol like Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Night Cream, and SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0.

3. Spending too much on skin care Facial mask from any drugstore
Splurging on the beautiful packaging and luxurious scents of pricey boutique skin care lines can feel wonderfully pampering, provided you know that it’s absolutely not necessary for great skin.

In fact, many of great products are made by drugstore brands, because those companies have the large budgets for top-notch research and development. If you have to choose, put your money toward that prescription retinoid, and buy the rest of your regimen at the drugstore.

4. Getting facials
Yes, that’s right. You can strike facials from your skin-care budget and actually be doing your skin a favor! Studies show that as many as 80% of people break out after a facial.

Aestheticians often don’t know which products are right for the skin of each client, and may use ingredients that can worsen acne, or essential oils that tend to irritate sensitive skin. Even if you don’t break out, there are really no long-term benefits to facials.

5. Washing your face at the wrong time
Always wash your face after you rinse out your hair products and conditioner in the shower, never before.
Many conditioners contain pore-clogging isopropyl myristate and other hair products often contain coconut oil; both are common acne-causing ingredients that you don’t want to leave on your skin.

Sunscreen With SPF-156. Not using sunscreen every day
Not just for your trip to the beach. Not just during the long summer days. Every day. Yes, it’s important to be even more vigilant if you plan to spend lots of time in direct sunlight.

But incidental sun exposure typically accounts for more of our lifetime exposure to ultraviolet rays than those days at the beach. Walking to and from your car, dashing out of the office for a sandwich, or sitting outside for a few minutes adds up. Make sure you’re covered with at least SPF 15, every day.

Having a great radiant skin requires time and doesn’t work overnight. Take it step by step, though you didn’t achieve it right after tomorrow, gradually you will. Well then, what are you waiting for? put your lazy bum to work and get your skin looking healthier than ever for 2010 New Year’s Eve party!

P/S: I used to play hockey for my junior high and my skin was really bad that time. Big thanks to dearest mom for coming to my rescue. And yes, DON’T forget to wash your face everytime before going to bed!

Israel-Gaza Missile Raids

Israel-Gaza Missile Raids

In Gaza, two sisters were killed in an air raid as they were takng out the trash near their home in Beit Hanoun.

An Israeli woman tripped after she bolted out from her car. She was killed then by a missile launched by Gaza.

From the looks of it there’s no way of ending this battle between these two sides which both of them refused any notion of a ceasefire soon.

The United Nations has called for an immediate truce but to no avail when Israeli Minister, Meir Sheetrit, refused to do so with Hamas until the Threat of rocket fire had been removed.

Medical officials put Palestinian casualties since Saturday at 348 dead with more than 800 wounded. A United Nations agency said at least 62 of the dead were civilians. In all, four Israelis have been killed since the operation began.

Israeli warplanes pressed on for the fourth day with attacks on Hamas targets, killing 12 Palestinians. They included sisters aged 4 and 11.

Israel also kept schools closed within a radius of about 30 km (18 miles) from the Gaza border, citing concerns about further rocket fire. Residents were told to remain indoors and on the alert for alarms heralding incoming rockets.

Most Gazans in the territory of 1.5 million people, one of the most densely populated on earth, have stayed home, in rooms away from windows that could shatter in blasts from air strikes on Hamas facilities.

Israel declared areas around the Gaza Strip a ‘closed military zone’, citing the risk from Palestinian rockets, and ordered out journalists observing a build-up of armored forces.

Excluding the press could help Israel conceal preparations for a ground incursion.

Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction in fighting in June 2007. It has rejected international demands to recognize Israel, renounce violence and accept existing interim peace deals.

View the full article here.

P/S: Note in ‘marking’ your territory; DO NOT take a piss at a pole (it’s unhygenic), DO NOT barge into other people’s room saying ‘I want your room, get out!’, when clearly the room’s owner is bigger or older than you (it’s called ‘respect’). Try practising sharing and saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. When the owner of the place clearly said, ‘get out’, understand it and LEAVE them alone!. . . Just my two cents.

Happy New Year!

Don’t know where to go for this New Year’s Eve celebration? well then, taken from the associatedcontent.com, come celebrate and have an unforgettable time at one of these top 10 New Year’s Eve Parties in the world. People from all walks of life travel many miles to party at these events each year. Join them and raise your glass to toast to 2009!

Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a beautiful city and an excellent choice for celebrating. Remember to bring a jacket since temperatures are around 30F degrees, but this will give you another reason to stop by one of the many pubs to warm up. Bring your own fireworks or behold the many fireworks on Charles Bridge. You might want to bring earplugs.

Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay street party is one of the top New Year’s Eve parties in the world because the party packages are affordable and you get to drink some of the best whiskey the world has to offer. The Concert in the Gardens will feature performances by Paolo Nutini, The Hoosiers and Friendly Fires. Wild parties, parades, fireworks, concerts and much more!

Paris, France
The Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysses are where crowds gather around to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The Metro is free and will be very packed. People bring their own fireworks and shoot them so it can be a little dangerous, but it’s a beautiful and fun night.

Barcelona, Spain
Dance the year away with the locals at one of the many clubs in Barcelona. Don’t forget to eat 12 grapes for good luck for the New Year as many Spaniards do before midnight. Barcelona’s celebrations last all night long.

Sydney, Australia
Be amongst the first to see the New Year by going to a New Year’s Eve party in Sydney, Australia. You can party by the water or in a pub with locals. Watch the fireworks in warm weather since it’ll be summer in Sydney.

Tokyo, Japan
Many people celebrate in Tokyo by making a wish at shrines such as the Meiji Shrine. The Zojoji Temple Countdown is where visitors fly balloons and pray for happiness and peace. Trains do run a little longer for festivities, but stop from 2 am to 4am.

Rio, Brazil
Celebrate beachside where over two million people gather at one of the largest New Year’s Eve Parties in the world. It’s summer time in Brazil so you can enjoy a hot summer night with beach beauties.

Austin, Texas
Austin is known for its nightlife and its annual First Night Austin celebration is family friendly and offers great food, music and dancing. The streets are filled with people and the fireworks and art on display make this a favorite event.

Las Vegas, Nevada
Celebrate at one of Vegas’ clubs, hotels, bars, casinos or catch and amazing show. The strip is crowded with thousands of people celebrating together. Traffic can be hectic and crazy so try to get to the strip early since police blocks off the roads for a block party to remember.

Canada
Niagra Falls
This beautiful natural setting is what makes celebrating New Year’s Eve 2009 at Niagra Falls memorable. Watch a spectacular fireworks display over the Niagra Falls at midnight. This event is amazing and best of all it’s free!

Start of new semester begins in a couple of days for me. I hope that this new semester brings even more light and hopes to come. To all the freshies, welcome to your new world. Even when you’re feeling scared and intimidated by new guys,classes and situations, here’s how you can find your confidence!

She shows so much poise on the red carpet, you'd never know if she has the jitters.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE: Make an ENTRANCE

THINK: ‘I’ve done what I can to look my best.‘ Stop obsessing your outfit; there’s nothing you can do now anyway. Just focus on why you’re really here: to learn more and be successful. You just have to remember though, DO NOT overdress! you’re not going for a party you know.

DO: Smile! if it feels forced, think of smiling on the inside and you’ll start to beam on the surface. Then keep your shoulders down and relax, take a deep breath and walk through the doors like you belong there.

SAY: ‘Hi!’ to everyone you know. If you’re afraid that people won’t remember you, reaching out to other people first shows you’re not intimidated by them; even if you are. And don’t avoid halls where cliques hang out together either. Remember you can have your own group, too!

DURING ORIENTATION: Find Your GROUP

THINK: ‘It’s only one of those get-to-know-one-another sessions. Nothing to be scared about.’ Do not skip orientations! Be punctial and friendly. Make sure you join in the games and don’t be anti-social. Just have some fun, girl!

DO: Plan ahead. Walk the orientation hall with the guy/girl you sat or chatted with earlier. If she/he is alone, all the better! if you’re all by yourself, try to make small talk with someone who’s also alone. Chances are she’s glad you too the initiative.

SAY:I’m glad I met you!’ Tell your new-found mate that you’re happy to have made a new friend. Make positive and genuine comments about her clothing or personality. Remember to exchange phone numbers!

Paul Walker

His role as Dean Sampson in She's All That is the epitome of a jerk. Lucky for us, he's a great guy in person. Oh, how we adore this hunk!

IN THE HALLS: Ignore JERKY GUYS

THINK: ‘He’s just being immature.’ If his remarks hurt, remind yourself that his rude opinion isn’t necessarily for real (most times, isn’t!)

DO: Hold you head high, literally. As hard as it may be, look straight ahead and keep walking. Also, don’t shrink in any body part that he calls out. You shouldn’t change who you are or what you look like for one ignorant dude!

SAY: Nothing. If you don’t give him attention he wants, he won’t see you as ‘target’ in the future. Don’t be rude (like showing him the middle finger) because that’s just ill-mannered!

IN CLASS: IMPRESS you lecturers

THINK: ‘I’m going to work hard and finish my assignments on time’. Remembering how you made it through secondary school will motivate you to do your best, even in your toughest subject! if you think you can, YOU CAN!

DO: Get there early. Score a seat near the front (blame it on bad eyesight if you’re worried about looking like a suck-up!). Plus, don’t hesitate or feel shy to ask questions during lessons. It shows you’re listening.

SAY: ‘How was your weekend?’ Ask your lecturer that question after you say ‘hi’ to her. A friendly question shows that you don’t see her as just a meanie who can make or break your grades!

P/S: Remembered my first day. . . it’s kinda of a blur because were moving pretty fast to met the iternary for each day and boy it was PACK! but I enjoyed it so much nonetheless. (^_^)

I saw this MV once and the song just sticks to my head. I was a bit ’emo’ at that time maybe that was why I instantly love it. And still do. Just something I want share with you.

The opening scene begins with Nicole Scherzinger on the piano and slowly brings up the pace of the music video showing the girls. Takes up the music video is a lovely location of a desert. A nice touch with the use of animals such as butterfly, snake and even a wolf. The chorus gets the girls walking on a run-down road somewhere in a desert.

This is probably one of my most favorite music video of The Pussycat Dolls‘ album, Doll Domination. Beautifully done with all the scenes; putting an old pinball machine, the desert location -where’s that? loves it- the beat up old truck; and the girls also showed a good emotional playing it’s like you can ‘feel’ what they’re feeling at that time.

A story about a girl that couldn’t take it any longer in her relationship. Though she tried to work things out but just couldn’t get her boyfriend to understand. Though she loves him very much she’d just had to let him go because staying in the relationship still will only bring more pain to her.

The music video ends with Nicole Scherzinger again, playing the piano.

Want the lyrics? click here.

You can download the song here.

Disclaimer: By downloading the song you have agreed to delete it after 24hrs. This weblog will not hold any inconvenience happened later. Cherio!

Robert Pattinson haircut; before and after

The sexy vampire star from the recently out movie, ‘Twilight‘, Robert Pattinson has caused and uproar of his fans because of his new hair-do.

Once his perfectly tousled hair -which is perfect for vampiring- has been traded with a Marine-style crew cut.

Fans of the teen heartthrob has gone wild with frenzy on The Net after they found out that he has cut his hair -me too!-

Dubbed as ‘the world’s dreamiest hair’ by Hecklespray, if ever Robert Pattinson had a haircut, the fans would kill themselves.

Well, probably not. People.com has even posted a poll for opinionated hair-istas to vote on how they feel about the shorter more no-fuss look, perfect for typical Hollywood.

His perfectly tousled hair had landed Robert Pattinson for his hot role of the teen vampire, Edward Cullen.

There are even speculations as fans would give Pattinson a chance if he put on a wig instead or even forced him to don hair extensions.

If you think it’s only about his hair that has the fans all over him? think again. The Internet searches didn’t stopped on the hair, it extends to ‘Robert Pattinson Shirtless’,’ Robert Pattinson biography’ and even ‘Robert Pattinson girlfriend’. Quoted from AccessHollywood.com, he also said ‘Well, they’re in love with the character… I really don’t claim anything‘.

Well, it seems to me that Robert Pattinson might have a lot on his plate by now… and it’s not just about his hair.

P/S: Robert Pattinson’s hair reminds me of Patrick Dempsey‘s who played Dr. Derek Shepherd a.k.a McDreamy on the hit TV drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘. He had a perfect tousled hair too that drives me nuts just watching him… *starts to daydream, aaahh~