Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Updates: Finally, Harrods KLCC is officially opened!

Harrods is finally opened its second retail outlet at KLCC Malaysia (after KLIA) on Saturday, 21st February 2009!

It is located at the corner lot next to Godiva (the chocolate heaven!) and even the lot is very small, the way of its cute and lovely interior decoration really made me want to have a permanent space inside..!

This new outlet has an in house little cafe and somewhat a luxury boutique with Harrod's merchandise including bags, bears, cookies and tea!

Therefore, my "journey" to KLCC will never be the same again!!:):):)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Malaysian Craft Promotion at Harrods

This is another good way to honour our beautiful batik at Harrods London!!

Malaysian craft works will be on display in London's Harrods from Feb 23 until March 28 in conjunction with the Malaysian Craft Promotion there, Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said today.

He said 3,173 craft products would be on display at the venue for the occasion and would remain there for another six months after that.

Harrods' customers would also have an opportunity to watch the process of making hand-drawn batik and also to try their hands at batik drawing and colouring, he told reporters at a preview of the Harrods Malaysia Craft Promotion at the Craft Complex here.

He said the Malaysian Craft Promotion in London would be opened by the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah.

Source: Bernama

Monday, February 9, 2009

2009 Grammy Awards Red Carpet Fashion

The scene on the red carpet of 2009 Grammy Award recently was quite safe and 'risk-free' to get a picture perfect. Here are my picks for some hits and misses during the red carpet arrival..

Miley Cyrus surprised many and succeeded in a simple yet sophisticated black one-shoulder Max Azria gown.

No doubt, I personally love Fran Drescher's black and white dress. It shows her softer personality and graces her body.

Katy Perry wore a skintight, blush-pink dress with ruffles down the front.Her stylist found the pink frock by Lebanese designer Basil Soda.

Kate Beckinsale gives us her best smile on the red carpet of Grammy Awards 2009. That's night she looked really gorgeous in strapless black dress by Reem Acra.

Sara Bareilles was "total perfection" in her pink dress by Louisa Beccaria with a bright red sash around her waist that matched her lipstick, said Suze Yalof Schwartz, Glamour magazine's fashion editor at large.

In a sea of black, Marisa Miller stands out with her strapless white mini dress. This girl is not afraid to don a little bling, and she uses her standout necklace to dress up the look.

Kim Kardashian shows off her sexy legs in mini baby pink dress by Maticevski and silver heels, she looked incredibly sexy.

LeAnn Rimes in Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti LeAnn Rimes' works the carpet in this simple but fun two-toned outfit. Leann Rimes reminded us a little bit of a modern-day Cleopatra in her blue-and-bronze dress.

Leona Lewis's dress by Randi Rham makes her looked fatter on the red carpet,while it is quite a stripperish dress for Kim Caldwell and Lisa Rinna's dress shows too much leg, too much clevage and too little class.

Jennifer Hudson in a white, silver and black color-blocked origami cocktail dress by Roland mouret; The top of Jennifer Hudson's frock was okay,but the middle ... not so much.
Adele's green and black getup doesn't please the eyes and too bad the rest of Adele's boring black ensemble wasn't as much fun as her green overcoat was!
Estelle looks like a space cadet who is just landed on earth! It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but Estelle's dress by our own Bernard Chandran definitely stood out in her futuristic silver frock and metallic booties.

Paula Abdul might get people talking with her sunshine yellow gown with overdone gold trim by Basil Soda.
For Duffy who is wearing Alberta Ferritti, this dress makes her look shapeless and old.
Carrie Underwood's gold and crystal slip gown by Zuhair Murad would look like she's wearing a curtain.

An extremely pregnant rapper M.I.A. deserved big props for not only showing up at the Grammys on her baby's due date, but also performing! Unfortunately, her blue flouncy frock by Manish Aurora was horrendous.
Bai Ling caused multiple cases of nausea upon arriving in this Pepto-Bismol-pink prom bomb.
Paris Hilton tries to make the Grammys "hot," but perhaps "classless" is a better adjective.
Well, hoping for a more stylish + unique fashion on the red carpet next year!
Source: just jared and e!online

To Bugatti Veyron with love..

You have a special and unique place in my heart. Everything about you is beautiful...

I know that you are the current fastest convertable car in the world with a dazzling speed of 253km per hour. Only a 150 of you worldwide, and with your price starts at 1.4 million Euros (USD2.2 million) making you one of the most expensive ones in the world...

I started to fall in love with you since I first saw you in 2005. At that time , the first one that catches my eyes was the 16.4 EB with sleek colour combination of black and maroon...

To me, you are an amazing art that ever made.You are stylish, sexy, and most definitely beautiful!!! You are the one of my dreams...

The thing I like the most is that I can dream of you.. :), and is that the dream is free!

Thank you Bugatti, thank you for giving me something to dream about. I will see you soon...:) :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Disney and I...

I love Disneyland, Disney movies and Disney songs since I was 4.

As a young girl I, of course, I loved Snow White and Cinderella. As all girls dream about finding their prince and to become the princess , I was also fall in love with Mickey Mouse and Pluto, Goofy and Donald Duck. The best part from Snow White that I will rewind every now and then is when Snow White sings her love story “Someday My Prince Will Come” to the 7 dwarfs in their cottage. As the years pass my love continues as I found new Disney movies to fall in love with like the Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, the Lion King and Toy Story .

Although I have been to UK couple of years back, at that time, it was too limited for me to travel to the nearest Disneyland in Paris.

Anyhow, I wish I am a Disney princess…..I love all the Disney classic songs as they always make me believe in a happily ever after.....

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Beauty of Negeri Sembilan's Adat Perpatih

Since I was a kid, I was exposed to history from around the world not only through reading but mainly by my own mother who is an avid history teller. I was so excited about to know on stories which most people do not bother to take notice of. Hence, I grew up with sufficient information on various world histories from British Monarchy and Kunta Kinte to our own Adat Perpatih in Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus ("State of Nine - the Special Abode").

Generally people know that every time a King dies, the throne will be passed on to the King’s eldest son or Crown Prince. Otherwise, if the King does not have an heir, then only the throne will be succeeded to the next line of succession.

Truly, as a Negeri Sembilan citizen, I was not surprised by the recent selection of the Yamtuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan as I realized on how the Adat Perpatih will be fully implemented on the Yamtuan selection process.

A beautiful Minangkabau royal palace at Pagaruyung
courtesy of Wikipedia

I excerpted the following fact which basically explains the origin of monarchy system in Negeri Sembilan:

Yamtuan Besar, also known as Yang di-Pertuan Besar, is the royal title of the ruler of the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan. The ruler of Negeri Sembilan is selected by a council of ruling chiefs in the state, or the datuk-datuk undang. This royal practice has been followed since 1773. This unique form of government later inspired the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, to implement a form of rotational constitutional monarchy for a newly independent Malaya. Thus the office of Yang di-Pertuan Agong was created.
**You may find out more info from Wikipedia

Negeri Sembilan is the only Malaysian state that still practices the custom of Adat Perpatih since the 14th century. History tells of two brothers - Datuk Temeneggong (the elder) and Datuk Perpatih - who were both of the same mother but different father had conflicting ideas and how eventually Minangkabau was finally divided into two lands. The areas were governed under two systems called Adat Temenggong and Adat Perpatih respectively.

I have always been fascinated by the fairness of Adat Perpatih. As for me the Adat Perpatih really uphold its principle feature of the matrilineal system in which the nucleus of the society is the female and her female offspring.

Wealth in Adat Perpatih is divided into four; harta pembawaan (wealth owned by the wife before marriage), harta dapatan (wealth owned by the wife after marriage), harta carian (wealth gained by the couple after marriage) and harta pesaka (inherited wealth).

These rules may appear strict but the beauty that lies behind it is noble and just. It is this rule that makes Adat Perpatih distinct from other systems.

It is amazing when history is not only created but turns out to be relevant to the present day.

All of us wish the new Yamtuan well and all the best! It has been a long 40 years wait indeed.

Source:Information from Warisan Diraja Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus and Wikipedia

Sunday, February 1, 2009

"Lucky" again!

This is really a coincidence where I'm falling in love again...with another "Lucky" song. My previous entry was about "I'm the Lucky One" from Anuar Zain. This time it's from Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat's song entitled " Lucky".

With those lucky titled songs starting to absorb my mind,emotion and soul; i'm just hoping that somehow my life also will be luckier!!

Lucky by Jason Mraz feat. Colbie Caillat

Do you hear me,

I'm talking to you

Across the water across the deep blue ocean

Under the open sky, oh my, baby I'm trying

Boy I hear you in my dreams

I feel your whisper across the sea

I keep you with me in my heart

You make it easier when life gets hard

I'm lucky

I'm in love with my best friend

Lucky to have been where I have been

Lucky to be coming home again

They don't know how long it takes

Waiting for a love like this

Every time we say goodbye

I wish we had one more kiss

I'll wait for you I promise you, I will

I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend

Lucky to have been where I have been

Lucky to be coming home again

Lucky we're in love every way

Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed

Lucky to be coming home someday

And so I'm sailing through the sea

To an island where we'll meet

You'll hear the music fill the air

I'll put a flower in your hair

Though the breezes through trees

Move so pretty you're all I see

As the world keeps spinning round

You hold me right here right now

I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend

Lucky to have been where I have been

Lucky to be coming home again

I'm lucky we're in love every way

Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed

Lucky to be coming home someday