Wednesday, June 18, 2008

My 1Borneo store wishlist!

need i say more?
Great clothes! Just waiting for the sales period hihihi

Feel like trying its famous celebrity fave lip balm

Gorgeous gorgeous shoes...
come here quick ya!
a brand in debenhams dept. store. i like it 'cos it has size for super petite girls like me!

famous us beauty chain store.i can just spend the whole day there!
Saw its mini booth in Tune Store last weekend. Haven’t try any of their products yet. I like their packaging though.

Yummy food in big portions!

It has opened!I like their reliable strapless bras hehe
Its range of red lippies eg Viva Glam are really HOT!

I adores its dresses, shades, earrings, and especially the knickers! Cute and naughty with bows, frills, and dangling jewelries hehe
It has a certain target market (A pair of jeans can cost about RM600), but I like their perfumes though…smells nice!

mmm shopping haven. It's more on the sophisticated side

Gorgeous heels...for those who likes quality
come fast! My foundation is finishing quick!

They serve great margharitas in big glasses. Memang ada kick!

My fave lotion brand. I swear by Rosewater and La Source

It sells everything from clothes to bags to accessories. A very colorful shop, perfect for the hip, the classy, and the casual

Sunday, June 15, 2008

hidup sheilas!

Boys and girls, give a big round of applause to another successful performance by the sheilas! It should be our 8th since our formation in year 2006. It was raining cats and dogs when I was rushing to atlantis (where the performance was held) from work and I was worried that my three skirts will be drenched and crumpled by the time I got there. However, with the help of my trusted little pink umbrella, I managed to bring my skirts into the restaurant safe and sound! Guess where our changing/waiting room was? I’d bet you never guess where. Yup, it was in the good ol’ washroom hahaha! The manager of the restaurant made a small partition there so that we needn’t change in the loos. One of us needed to keep an eye to avoid cheeky Peeping Toms while the other was changing! So yeah, basically we did 3 types of dances – the opening dance, the hip-hop belly dance, and the traditional belly dance. During our opening, I guess people were hungry and couldn’t wait to get their hands on the food, so the crowd was a bit quiet. But, after a few drinks and a hearty dinner, they got more responsive and clapped their hands as loud as they could whenever we went on stage to do our next performance. For our 3rd and final dance, we got to wear our (new!) skirts and they’re really sexy with slits on both sides way up to our thighs (Elizabeth hurley style) hehehe. I never showed so much leg before and nearly tripped on my own skirt! And after our final dance, we got the guests to join in and all volunteers were girls (c’mon guys! Be more sporting la). Surprisingly, one cute little boy was willing to join in as well. When I approached his table, he was like, ‘No no, I don’t want!’. After much encouragement from his family, then he agreed. Hehe, I know he wanted to participate in the first place, but mau pura2 act malu dulu! And the strange thing was? Right after our performance, suddenly everyone wanted to go back home…and it was only 10 plus. My partner said that they stayed on just because of us hahahaha. Memang betul tu!

Oh, and I wanted to comment about this salon I went nearby my workplace to do my hair for the performance. It was the closest to my office and the display of the salon looked attractive from the outside, so I chose it in the last minute. And the result was good! Initially, I wanted to do the normal, straightened hair since I had limited time. But then I saw one of the salon girls whose hair was wavy at the ends (kinda like the wavy, tousled look) which looked really nice on her. I thought she had a permanent perm or digital perm or something. Instead, she said that she only used the straightening iron which she kinda ‘ironed’ the upper part of the hair and twisted the straightening iron at the ends to create that ‘not so curly’ relaxed look. I tried it and I love it! ‘cos your hair looks more natural and doesn’t look overdone. I seriously recommend this salon to you girls out there. For a wash (use own shampoo), blow and set just cost me RM18! And the salon girls there have really good, stylish haircuts, so I think they have a professional hairstylist too. If you wanna pay a visit, it’s just behind the Liza Way boutique (beside Proton shop) in Api2 Centre. The salon is actually connected to the boutique so it’s like a boutique-beauty salon business.

It’s the middle of June now…and no public holidays around the corner, and that goes for July too. Sigh…can’t wait for my probation period to end early next month, so I can redeem free skincare products from the company I work for to cheer me up!

getting ready for our hip-hop belly performance!

our new (and sexy!) skirts for final performance.i luv my skirt!!!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Bad Luck Sunday

Such bad luck for a cheery Sunday. Not only our land cruiser broke down halfway to Keningau, we had to wait for 4 hours for the tow truck to come to our rescue and forked out RM450 for the towing fees. We missed the funeral, breakfast and lunch altogether, and spent the 4 hours sleeping and watching Tom & Jerry movies in the crusier (the only vcd we found!). Anyway, what’s happened has happened. Let me share with you some pics I took during the UPKO (United Pasok Momogun Kadazan Dusun Murut Organisation) Kaamatan held on the 30th last month.

I remembered on that day, the weather was really hot (in the afternoon) and the venue was at a field (Padang Besar Tamparuli). Then in the evening it started raining heavily. But that didn’t stop people from coming as there were lots of stalls selling all kinds of yummy food, both modern and traditional. And of course, there was the 40 lovely girls contesting for the beauty queen title. Mum was in the beauty contest committee so I got to see all girls backstage, up close and personal hehehe. All of them wore really fantastic, colorful costumes and towered almost a head above my petite frame (and I was wearing heels!). While I was busy taking pics of them with other pro photographers, one of them approached me and asked whether he can take my pictures. I was like, ‘Me?!You should be taking pics of them!’ And Mr. Photographer said patiently, ‘Yes, I have taken pics of them. I’d like to take yours as well.’ I was having doubts that this little man (around my height) could be some deranged lunatic just wanting to take pics of young girls for his own viewing pleasure. But then, he was wearing a proper uniform and that a pro-looking camera was hanging from one of his shoulders, plus he looked serious enough. So I agreed.

What I didn’t expect that he would be taking soooo many pics! It’s like he took about 100 shots of me only. When I asked him about it, he said he needed to take a lot of pics in order to have the perfect snapshot for his painting. That’s when I realized that he was a portrait artist and his artworks (watercolour paintings) have been displayed in the art gallery section in the Sabah National Museum. So I got excited la, ‘cos like, my face could actually be displayed on the walls of the gallery! Mr. Artist said that the next upcoming exhibition will be in August and if my picture is to be displayed, he will give me a call. He also asked whether I have done modeling before ‘cos seems like I know how to pose. Hahaha! Biasa la…I everyday posing in front of my mirror kan. Besides my face, he took quite a lot of pics on my abs too (I was wearing midriff-sort-of top that day). Thinking that it’s one of his creative concepts, Mr. Artist said that it’s part of the theme entitled ‘Crunch’. Crunch huh? All I can think of anything related to crunch is Coco Crunch hehe.

Anyhow, I pray that Mr. Artist will paint a very nice picture of me and display it nicely for everyone to see!

these nenek2 are waiting for their turn to perform a traditional ritual in welcoming the harvest

40 luvly girls crammed backstage. It's really heaty there...even the enormous fan doesn't help!

a view of the girls from the back hehe. I wanna do a Murut costume (the long sleeveless dress in the pic) for myself since I haven't got one yet!

busy memorizing answers for the Q&A session. Pakai A4 paper lagi tu hehe

the girls listening to a briefing on who's going to walk where on stage later on. I like this pic 'cos it shows all different costumes :)

this is rachael, my friend from my neighbour kampung. She's got the sunniest (and most charismatic) smile ever! When she smiles, it's like seeing the sun...seriously!

V and last year's winner, elizabeth. My God...I'm SO SMALL. and she said she looked fat...mana ada ohh!

the winner is from penampang, 2nd is from penampang, 3rd is from ranau. the winner is 1st runner-up for miss penampang, and the 2nd is 1st runner-up for miss sabah.yeahh...penampang girls rock!!

a very sweet girl with the poise, elegance, and a confident attitude. She deserved the title :)

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Masih Kaamatan Fever?

Hey guys! Didn’t get to blog for quite some time cos bz betul with kaamatan and office work after kaamatan (haiii!). Just got back from thanksgiving party for Stacy, our very own champion for AF6. Lupa nak bawa camera, so got one of the aunties’ camera to get a snapshot of me and the girl with her famous phrase “Alamak…terlebih sudah!” She’s still the sweet, down-to-earth girl (pakai baju kadazan lagi with tangkong and himpogot full set. Go gurl!) I know since she was a little kid. I wish her all the best in her career and that she stays true to her roots.

I took quite some pics during the May Kaamatan celebration. But I’m a bit tired now (non-stop going out! Mansau saja sia ni. Cam mana mau jadi isteri yang perfect kan), so I’ll just post up some. This was taken in Kg. Kiau, and its location is in Kota Belud, just before Ranau. Kg. Kiau is the hometown of our Komulakan Chief, Ewon. The road there was in good condition (better than gravel!), but there were some sharp turns where it felt like we’re on a rollercoaster ride! The weather there was very cooling, like in Genting Highlands, and the girls had such fair skin it made me (with decidedly tanned skin+zits) green with envy! The setting for the event was fairly simple, but everyone genuinely had fun, and I was there in the 1st place was because I was asked to be one of the judges for the beauty contest hehe. There were only around 8 contestants, so it was pretty easy to choose the winner! Ewon the chief had too much to drink (I think he hasn’t master the skill of drinking yet!) and he said a lot of funny things to me and kept on asking me to sing on stage. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any lyrics book and I can’t remember a phrase or two of any songs that I know. But the chief was adamant and was like ‘I offer u ok…RM200…no? Right RM1000 it is!’ Crazy…how to sing when I don’t know the lyrics?! So yeah…we had fun and left the place around 7pm. By that time the crowd were either dancing, singing, drinking, or trying to find their way home in the dark hehe. The journey back took about 2 hours plus. My driver for the day (Mac, another fellow Komulakan) was so knackered that after sending me back he got some sleep in his land cruiser first before heading back to home sweet home. Kesian hehe. Well…that’s the way of celebration :)

Anyway, will post more pics soon. I gotta hit the hays now…long journey to Keningau tomorrow. My family and I will be going to my aunt's funeral. For those who read 2day's daily express newspaper, you'll see an obituary for the late jane suleiman. She died of breast cancer at the age of 41. She left behind a loving husband and 4 children. It's sad and scary at the same time, 'cos breast cancer can just strike anyone at any age at anytime, just like that. I pray for the family so that they will be able to get through this painful process with utmost patience and courage.

Gosh, from now on I'm really gonna take gud care of my 2's and do the monthly breast examination regularly. If any of you girls don't know the correct procedure, better check with yr doc and ask her to do a demo. No time to be shy2 now!

the lovely (and fair) girls and boys doing the traditional Kadazan dance, the Sumazau.

the 1st unduk ngadau (beauty queen) for kg. kiau 2008. Muda lagi ni...baru 16-17 yrs old!

these girls are still young but they are very confident and have the attitude. Wish them a bright and prosperous future ahead ;)