Confession of an Asian StyleHolic

Bjork for Interview Magazine

I am just freeze. I am in a state of emergency when I saw the cover of Interview magazine.

Just look at Bjork. She looks mighty edgy with Jackie O hair, prominent cheekbone ad that mysterious smile(is it a smile?.. well.. this is Bjork anything can!). Assorted and visionaries!  Tyra should consider Icelandic Next Top Model, host by Bjork!

 Vogue cover maybe? Anna Wintour please consider! She looks good in Alexander McQueen , I don’t see any reason why she can carry other high fashion pieces!

May 31, 2009 Posted by | Anna Wintour | , | 2 Comments

No Vogue for Rihanna

It costs Rihanna Vogue cover after a hot nude photos of Rihanna and Chris Brown in a hotel room surfaced online.


Fashion and cheap nude photo can never be together!  Vogue Editor in Chief, Anna Wintour took quick action.  She said NO to Rihanna for a cover and a spread in Vogue. When Anna said NO, it means NEVER!

You may see models pose nude in a spread but that was done professionally.  It is for the sake of art. Kate Moss flat chest in Calvin Klein ad can never  be the same with Pamela Anderson big boobs in her infamous home video.

Once again, only Anna Wintour knows what is classy!

May 31, 2009 Posted by | Anna Wintour, Current issue | , | Leave a comment

Orang Utans in nappies?

Orang Utan

BUKIT MERAH, Malaysia (AFP) — A Malaysian orangutan sanctuary where baby apes wear nappies, sleep in cots and are cared for by nurses dressed in masks and starched uniforms has drawn the wrath of environmentalists.

At Orangutan Island in Malaysia’s north, tourists snap photos as they file past large windows looking onto a facility billed as the world’s only rehabilitation and preservation facility for the endangered primates.

Behind the glass, adorable baby orangutans like two-month-old Tuah lie swaddled in nursery sheets and cling to baby rattles.

“He is separated from the mother because his hands got entangled in the mother’s hair and was unable to breastfeed,” says the facility’s chief veterinarian D. Sabapathy.

Tuah lies calmly in his cot with his eyes wide open and hands across his chest, hooked up to cables monitoring his heart beat and oxygen levels, ignoring the passing parade.

But the care lavished on the animals, which are fed every two hours by a staff of seven nurses on duty round the clock, is lost on environmentalists who say this is no way to treat wild animals facing the threat of extinction.

Managers of the 35-acre island, which is part of a resort hotel development, say they aim to return the animals to their natural jungle habitat, but so far none have been released.

“It is ridiculous to have orangutans in nappies and hand-raised in a nursery. How are they going to reintroduce the primates back in the wild,” said senior wildlife veterinarian Roy Sirimanne.

Sirimanne, who has worked in zoos in Southeast Asia and the Middle East over the past four decades, said baby orangutans need to be with their mothers to learn survival skills.

“First, we need to save their habitat which is quickly disappearing. And it is the mother that will teach its young for the first four years or more on what to eat and how to look for food,” he told AFP.

“Keeping the orangutans in captivity on an island is not a conservation programme. It amounts to desecration (of the species) as it is nearly impossible to reintroduce them back to the forest.”

Experts say there are about 50,000 to 60,000 orangutans left in the wild, 80 percent of them in Indonesia and the rest in Malaysia’s eastern states of Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo island.

But Orangutan Island is situated in the north of peninsular Malaysia, far from the jungles of Borneo where the orangutan’s natural habitat is being lost to logging and palm oil plantations.

A 2007 assessment by the United Nations Environment Programme warned that orangutans will be virtually eliminated in the wild within two decades if current deforestation trends continue.

The Malaysian branch of conservation group Friends of the Earth said the best way to save the orangutan is to address rampant poaching and shrinking habitats.

“We are opposed to the orangutan sanctuary. We are opposed to this theme park resort having wildlife in captivity,” said its president Mohamad Idris.

“Captive-bred orangutans have no natural resistance against diseases, making them susceptible to diseases. Death is inevitable,” he said.

The centre’s veterinarian defended the facility, situated in the tourist town of Bukit Merah, which opened in 2000 and now houses 25 orangutans.

He admitted the centre had suffered a high mortality rate in its early days, with seven deaths of infant orangutans between 2000 and 2003, but said it had learned a lot since then.

“It is the pride of Malaysians and it is aimed at helping ensure our orangutans do not become extinct,” said Sabapathy.

He said the facility was originally stocked with orangutans obtained from the forestry department in Sarawak state on Borneo, who had been confiscated from individuals there.

“Now we can study the primate and collect data. The orangutans will eventually be returned to Sarawak. That is our objective,” he said.

Sabapathy said infants were only removed from their mothers if they were underweight, neglected and at risk of dying, and that some mothers raised their own babies, including one born in May.

“I will not be disheartened by the criticism,” he said. “We are not ill-treating them. People say the species is getting endangered but what are they doing? We are trying to increase the numbers in the wild.”

Nearby, 21-year-old nurse Nadiah Mohamad smiled fondly at one-year-old April who was rejected by his mother, and fed him with formula while four-month-old June showed off by jumping around her cot and pulling the bedsheets.

“I love them. It is like taking care of a small child,” she said.

When the baby apes are a year old, they are transferred to an “infant development unit” designed to teach them to live in the wild.

In another zone, enclosed with electrified barbed wire, adult orangutans are free to roam and build their nests in the treetops.

Most of the visitors, from Malaysia and abroad, are delighted to interact with the animals and are unaware of the criticism.

“I don’t think it is wrong keeping them here. It is a practical solution to save the orangutans and educate our children,” said 26-year-old Vikki Kendrick from Britain.

 Dayang utan

Well… I am not an environmentalist but I care about the earth. Caring about orang utan is not my expertise but put them on nappies? Erm… maybe they have valid reason.

My full support to the orang utan sanctuary especially when the ambassador is the sexy and stylish Dayang Nur Faizah as the as rehabilitation and environment conservation ambassador of the foundation.

If you want to go there, it is about 3 and half drive away from Kuala Lumpur. I’ve stayed in the resort before and it is not bad at all. Click here.

Watch Catherine Zeta Jones Visa commercial shot in Malaysia with the main casts Marina, Mardya and Tini, the orang utans!

May 31, 2009 Posted by | Current issue | | 1 Comment

Kumang Gawai

Selamat Hari Gawai to all my friends. You know who you are!

It must really fun and laugh in Sarawak. Everyone is enjoying the beautiful day with family and friends.

It is time for Kumang Gawai.

Let’s have a quick history lesson.  Kumang is the most popular and most frequently recounted female in Iban folklore. Kumang is also called Jawai and Sedinang. Kumang is the daughter of Beddang (father) and Sinjung (mother ). She had two brothers, namely Tutung Ulup Demung Bujang Lemandau Gendang and Rembuyan Aka Terikan Tali Ripang, and two sisters namely, Indang Mendung Kupak Kundung Tembang Embawang and Kelinah Ditelah Indai Abang. She is the consort of Keling Gerasi Nading Bujang Berani Kempang, Jelingau ke Betugau Mayuh Rambang, Keling Aji ke Bebini Rangka Tunang. She lived in Gelong Batu Nakung Nyinyit Nyingung Nunjang Nerabang.

She is an ideal woman, having characteristic and attributes of a truly happy, fulfilled, liberated, and extra ordinary. She is bright, talented, and full of wisdom, knowledgeable, full of energy, perfect housekeeper, prefect cook, perfect mother and perfect wife. She is a role model to her peers, and all things to all people. She is a woman of virtue and courteousness.

She was also a master of seamstress and weaver. Possessing such expertise and skills, Kumang was always consulted by fellow women in GElong and other surrounding territories for advice over weaving and basketry matters.    

The highlight of Gawai celebration is the traditional Kumang Gawai competition. It is a local traditional beauty pageant competition searching for a girl that is not only beautiful, brilliant, kind and with an image of perfect woman. She also should have a deep understanding about their custom and tradition. This competition is very different from modern beauty pageant where the contestants parade in evening gown or posing in two piece bikini. Contestant in Ratu Kumang Gawai will only parade in their traditional costume.


The first modern Kumang Gawai in Sarawak is Puan Senorita Linang. She was crowned for three consecutive years that is in 1966, 1967 and 1969. She is also represent Sarawak in Miss Malaysia Float Queen 1967 and was placed 2nd runner up after Miss Kedah and Miss Penang.




Puan Senorita Linang really proud about Dayak culture. You can ask her anything about Dayak traditional customs and believe me, you’ll get the answer!   

I met her and at 64 she is still beautiful. Her hair is nicely do and her fresh mani and pedi.  The way she talk and walk is really like a queen. She said being a Kumang Gawai the girl not only beautiful but she needs to know everything especially about traditional costume. According to Puan Senorita, joining Kumang Gawai is not only filling in the form but also the mental challenge because you’re representing the whole tribe.



She is currently a Manager and pioneer staff, Dayak Cultural Foundation Resources Centre. Her responsibilities are to preserve, revive and promote the authenticity of traditional  music and dances of the three communities namely, Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu communities.

She is also the person behind Ratu Kumang Gawai in Sarawak. As  one of the judges for the Kumang Gawai Dayak Beauty Pageant. Being the judge, it requires experiences and knowledge in the traditional costumes and must be able to make the right judgment in deciding who should be the winners. Well I have no doubt she has all that.

Truly a Queen.

As the saying goes, once a queen, always a queen.

May 31, 2009 Posted by | Current issue | , | 9 Comments

Forbes 2009 Skinny Tall Beauty Who Bank

 I don’t want to write much. Thanks to people like me, we buy when Kate Moss pose for the designer!

Brazilian rules the chart for the highest paid supermodels!

Position SuperModel Height Country Earning (USD) Major Source
1 Gisele Bundchen  179 cm Brazil 25 mil Versace, True Religion, Dior and Ebel
2 Heidi Klum 176 cm Germany 19 mil Diet Coke, McDonald’s and Volkswager, Germany Top Model and Project Runway
3 Kate Moss 171 cm England 18.5 mil TopShop, Versace, David Yurman
4 Adriana Lima 178 cm Brazil 18 mil Victoria Secret
5 Doutzen Kroes 180 cm Holland 6 mil Calvin Klein and L’Oreal
6 Alessandra Ambrosio 178 cm Brazil 6 mil Victoria Secret
7 Natalia Vodianova 177 cm Russia 5.5 mil Calvin Klein, Diane Van Furstenberg, Chanel
8. Daria Werbowy 180 cm Canada 4.5 mil Lancome, Louis Vuitton
9. Miranda Kerr 175 cm Australia 3 mil Victoria Secret, Maybelline 
10 Carolyn Murphy 175 cm USA 3 mil Estee Lauder
11 Emanuela de Paula  175 cm Brazil 2.5 mil Victoria Secret

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boy voted Prom Queen

Lesson to all beauty queen organizer, make sure you specified that you are looking for a REAL girl if you are looking for a girl. I repeat a REAL girl.

Sergio Garcia was voted as the Prom Queen of Los Angeles FairFax High School. He said that he is running for queen because he is so flamboyant. He was crowned while he is in his tuxedo and leaving  other final 9 contestants in tears!

This is not a new story for me. I know there are LOT of gay boys out there want to be crowned beauty queen but there are too afraid to be in evening dress. Now there’s a hope, you can be in your favourite two piece suit! All you need to have is a personality, confident, brain and know don’t answer my boyfriend or Stephen Sprouse LV if the questions is What is the most precious thing in your life.

But some say that kids vote for him because it is a joke. You know the Prom King and Prom Queen dance together in the end but Sergio said the winner of Prom King accept him and they dance together! 

Congratulation Sergio. You are beautiful. You deserved the crown!   

Listen to interview with Sergio

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Current issue | , | Leave a comment

Playing stylist with bestie…

This is my best friend Mimi with her husband which also my friend, Johar in a function in Kota Kinabalu.

The theme of the night is white. She wants to wear white but she doesn’t want to look overdressed and a very simple accessories.

So I play stylist.

So Mimi and I decided to blend white wrap top for quick slim look with a very simple with a bit of lux. The answer is cream pearl.

I love playing stylist.

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Women Fashion | | Leave a comment

The transformation of Adik Manja sequel

This is the epitome of transformation from the 70’s disco to 80’s shoulder pad era in Malaysia. I refused to go to bed even it was too late and I have to wake up early for school on the very next day. That is the power of Adik Manja!

This film was produced in 1980. No… I am not that old, I watched Adik Manja on TV and never on cinema. That’s also mean I am still a baby in 1980. I am not that old! :p

Back to Adik Manja. Directed by The story  revolved about  a young male teacher who teaches in all girl school. As usual there’s  a hot female teacher, who hate him but then they become lover, a bunch of naughty girls and irritating other teacher.

FYI, Adik Manja is the big winner in first Festival Filem Malaysia in 1980 with Best Script, Best Comedy and Best Supporting Actress.  Kudos to the director, Othman Hafsham.

The movie celebrates the transformation era.  It is shown in everything, from Noor Kumalasari  (Cikgu Sharina) kebaya to Dharma (Cikgu Azmi) tight pant and those glasses and hair do!

Dharma with (from left) Jihan, Kenchana, Rozita, Faezah and Fida.

Now they will be a sequel to Adik Manja stars Rozita Che Wan, Kenchana Dewi, Scha, Rozita Che Wan, Jihan, Fida and Faezah Elai. The storyline is about big eye lashes Principal Sofia (Rozita) in managing her student with the help of the ‘original; Adik Manja teacher, Cikgu Azmi!  I have a very strong feeling that Cikgu Azmi will not be wearing his tight pant anymore!

But what happened to the casts after 1980’s Adik Manja  ?


Dharma  Harun

Adik Manja elevates his name to become the most desirable man in early 80’s. He then stars in Mama oh Mama with Azean Irdawaty and a quite a disaster flick like Sikit Punya Gila in 1982. Critics (professionals and also my aunties) love him in Langit Petang and Ke Medan Jaya but follows are not so remarkable movies. He also one of the casts in Anna And the King.  Now, he is running his own business and penned scripts for telemovies and documentaries.  Dharma involved heavily in the sequel of Adik Manja where he is the script writer, producer, director and actor. Wow.. good luck!


You are probably born after 1995 or you’re living in Reykjavik for the past 35 years without any TV or internet access if you never heard of Noor Kumalasari. She is a supermodel, singer an actress and a legend. It is not too much to label her as legend because she is the one and only Noor Kumalasari! Those long legs, lanky body and perfect hair. Right after Adik Manja, she is in long lists of critically and commercially acclaimed movie like Tiada Esok Bagimu, Abang, Matinya Seorang Patriot Rahsia (I just love this horror!) and  Bayangan Maut (oh.. that Anna Wintour hair). Her final involvement with film is in Malay animation, Silat Lagenda. But no matter how good she is, she never won any prominent award!

 NoorKumalasari  choose  to leave movie business for good and to live outside the radar. But I am so happy when in one of the interview with Dina Malaysian Idol for Astro programme, she will be back only for Islamic concept TV show like a reality and such. I’ll be waiting!

Adibah Amin

Thanks to her irritating act in Adik Manja, she won The Best Supporting Actress in the very first Festival Filem Malaysia.  She stars in movie like award winning Hati Bukan Kristal and Mat Som.  In real life, she really can teach. Students choose her book if they want to learn English and Malay in a very easy way. A very shard and witty language columnist, she is once interviewed by AsiaWeek in 1999 and said she love English but she deeply in love Malay language. According to report, currently she is not in a very good state of health.

Watch this clip to bring back the memory. The movie was shot in 1979 or something but with a tiny weeny adjustment, the fashion is so 2009! In fact, you’ll look mightily trendy if you adapt the style.

Please pay attention to hair, kebaya, and glasses, top, pop bright knee length skirt and of course the tight pant.

If you can’t view it, click here

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Current issue | , , , | 1 Comment

Karl Who?

If I saw this bag at Carrefour, I definitely won’t give a damn. But when Karl Lagerfeld carrying his own eco bag, I just want it NOW….

How much huh?…

Lagerfeld Karl Who Bag

Karl Lagerfeld Bag

May 28, 2009 Posted by | Bag | | Leave a comment

Millionaires spending habit

It is so inspiring to read an article from Kimberly Palmer. It is not like reading that so called phenomenal Poor Dad Rich Dad book because each time I try, I catch zzzzzzzzzz because it is DAMN boring!

This is about how Oprah, Bill Gates and the rest spend.

Am I’m spending like a millionaire? Let’s see….







Millionaires can easily delay their need for gratification when purchasing  I can’t imagine delaying to buy that gorgeous TopShop shirt at 50% off.
Millionaires make living below their means painless My skin needs that expensive collagen facial! I am easily dehydrated. 
Millionaires are resourceful in getting what they want by carefully timing their consumer purchases Ok… I think I can. I am very resourceful. Like trying each of the jeans before buying one… or two… 
Millionaires don’t like wasting anything (especially money); Ohh.. That is so me. I won’t waste my money on cigarette and ecstasy pills. 
Millionaire sense of “self-entitlement” is highly minimized I don’t really know what it means. But Anna Wintour is so self entitlement!.. 
Millionaires spend..depending on what they are buying (think: appreciating vs. depreciating assets  Hugo Boss winter jacket is an asset!

May 28, 2009 Posted by | "Myself", Current issue | | Leave a comment