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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