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Versatile Blog Award

14 May

 

Got tagged by http://beautyreviewsforu.wordpress.com/. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

RULES
1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging (or whose blogs you enjoy the most).
2. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
3. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
4. Add the Versatile Bogger Award picture to your blog post.

So here they are..

7 Random Facts About Me:

1. I LOVE popcorn! I can eat around 30 x 30 x 30 cm box full of popcorn daily. That’s why I was called “Popcorn Queen” when I was at dormitory house by my friends :D.

2. Some say I change my personality when I’m just wake up. A friend tell me it’s like waking up a lion from sleeping! Lol! It’s just I’m not a morning person..

3. I still love Disney. The characters, the movies, the music. Never fail to entertain me.

4. My nicknames are cat-related. Just because I have syllable “mi” in my name. So my friends call me “miaw” (me-ow in English) or nyao ( or ใซใ‚ƒใŠ, Japanese word for “me-ow”). But in fact, I’m allergic to cat. Ironic..

5. I’m terrible when it come to cooking. Having a bf working as a chef doesn’t help too, because in the end, he will always take care of everything..haha. Someday I’ll make a proper meal for him..someday..

6. Have a girl crush to celebrity who is combination of brain and beauty..such as Natalie Portman, Emma Watson, or Kim Tae Hee ๐Ÿ™‚

7. I used to apply concealer as my lip balm. No kidding. And furthermore, it’s not a lip concealer, but the usual concealer you use to hide pimples, spots, etc! I looked pale like a corpse, and I didn’t care. Geez, my #makeupfailure.

My Nominations:

1. blazebratcher.wordpress.com

2. bellacorea.wordpress.com

3. kelizabethr.wordpress.com

4. khamillion.wordpress.com

5. kayceegomez.wordpress.com

6. http://cheonsadiana.wordpress.com/

7. http://underscoredesigns.wordpress.com/

8. http://sartenada.wordpress.com/

9. http://onikchan.blogspot.com/

10. Cosmetic Candy

11. Universal Doll

12. Elle & Ish

13. Musings of A Muse

14. Pretty Mush Makeup

15. Nesssasary Makeup

Thank you again to http://beautyreviewsforu.wordpress.com/ for tagging me! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Java Jazz Festival 2012

9 Mar

Long time no post! I got too busy with work, and when I came home, the last thing I wanted to see is my laptop monitor, since basically I’ve seen it long enough at work. I know now, that you must pull some efforts to make such a good post, and therefore salute to all bloggers who can still manage to get everyday work and frequent blogging done.

But even if I was so busy, I still made some time to attend Java Jazz Festival at March 3rd! I wouldn’t miss it for good, not only because the ticket is quite pricey, but also I always love watching jazz performance :).

Any of you happenedย  to attend the JJF 2012 too? If you did, maybe you met me! If you saw a girl wearing white and black blouse, taupe flat shoes, looking around like she’s always lost, that’s me! ๐Ÿ˜€

So. Onto the festival. It’s where Jazz finds its home (that’s actually what’s written at the place..). Lots of jazz musicians from around the world perform here. Sometimes it’s not pure jazz, there’s other genres as well, like pop, RnB, etc.

The first gig I saw was this..

It’s Depapepe! Japanese duo guitarists..they’re basically pop musicians, but when it come to improvisations, it’s slightly jazz I think. (I am no expert at music..so my opinion here is just like other music enthusiasts :D)

They spoke English (and a bit Indonesian greetings) sometimes, but I understand them better when they speak Japanese, because their English pronunciation wasn’t too clear, but it’s what made them soo cute when they spoke like that! ๐Ÿ˜€

Then while me and my friends were walking around, we heard some nice tunes from one of the halls, and then we entered it..

They are amazing!

George Duke Trio. George Duke himself has been musician since a looong time ago. The songs were amazing (I thought it was RnB), it would make everyone feels so comfy and romantic. Too bad we came late..we could only caught 2 last songs! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Moving on..there was Mamas Gun, from UK. They are hybrid of Maroon 5 and Jamiroquai, I think :D. Pop and funk, very interesting to listen.

The vocalist always moving, that explains the blurry photo..

Sorry for the lousy photos..we never managed to get the best spot to get the beautiful ones, so all I could do was giving the camera to my bf (since he’s taller than me) and zooming to all the performers. This is the photo you’ll be viewing if taken from my view ๐Ÿ˜€

And then, The Manhattan Transfer..

Took it from a loooong distance..

What a soothing harmony. People in this hall was sit-watching, not stand-watching like the others, maybe because the songs they performed was so tender that it might be better to watched it while sitting (I didn’t mind at all, my shoes were killing me at this point!). I wonder how they preserve their voices so well that they still sounded just like the way they were on their golden era.

And those are the only photos I got for the performers. We did watched the other performers, like Raisa (Indonesian singer), Dave Koz (you must know him, right? That famous saxophonist), but the hall where they performed was so jammed with people, I barely can moved, so getting nice photos there is out of question. Unless you find photos of people’s back heads are nice :D.

There were actually others to do, like eating at the food area, getting photos at virtual stage, or shopping merchandises. This place (Jakarta International Expo) is huuge. Sorry for the lack of photos as I decided to watch performance as much as I could rather than spending the time for hunting photos.

This is what I mean as virtual stage..

No, he’s not having imaginary friend. So, the crew took our photos together with our own selection artist. It’s actually a template on Android based gadget, but it was so fun to do and such a funny memorabilia!ย  I did took my photo at the virtual stage, I just hoped the crew don’t forget to notify me about the result photo :).

Tips on Attending JJF:

1. Wear your most comfortable clothes and shoes. You will spend most of your time there standing and walking, and don’t forget the humid tropical weather at Jakarta. So you can wear something stylish, but make sure it’s comfortable enough for those conditions.

2. Never bother to bring your own bottled water. Unless you’re an expert at hiding them in your bag since the crews will examine your bag to throw that bottle away.

3. Make your own schedule of who you want to watch, including what time and where they’ll perform, so you won’t spend unnecessary time just to choose who to watch when you should come early to get the good spot at the hall :D.

So that’s my JJF experience. My first one, to be exact..and I hope I’ll able to attend the next JJFs!

Anyone interested too? ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Ban Bear Farms in Korea – Save Bears

8 Dec

Don’t you love bears? They are cute and have that special magnet to make you want to hug them :D.

I was curious about how Korean bear looks like, because in Korea, there are Teddy Bear Museum (will post later ;)),ย  very cute vector images of bears are featured at sign board at the mountain, and there were a lot of bear related souvenirs like little teddy bear charm wearing hanbok (Korean traditional clothes). So I thought Korean people must love the bears very much.

I searched at google, and found their pictures..

A bit unrelated, but this one remind me of my hamster, Stanley..

he's one fluffy puffy and healthy hamster ๐Ÿ˜€

The bears are cute, right? I got the first picture from moonbears.org. I thought this is just an organization providing information all about Korean bear. Hoping to see more cute photos of Korean bear, I found something I never imagined.

Apparently, the bear farms at Korea treat the bears poorly. There’s a story of Miracle, the lost bear. She ran away from the farm because sheย no longer able to cope with the pain of bile extraction and agony of mental terror. If you are a sucker for animal abusing like me, prepare your heart before reading these..

The bile farm is small, filthy and miserable for bears. For Miracle, it was a torture chamber. The couple fed her pigโ€™s food, and sometimes even meat from the flesh of other bears. All day and night she laid in her own filth, locked in a cage that was never cleaned.

All resident moon bears can be seen sitting in their own feces, looking utterly lifeless. The Farms 4 bear cubs live in separate cages from their parents and are 5 months old. Also present is one 3-legged moon bear that is kept isolated in a small cage- obviously traumatized, and moving endlessly, showing his temper. He is a young bear cub of approximately one year.

Farmer Lee has admitted to selling bears, regardless of age, to anyone who wants their gall bladders, their meat or their limbs. He doesnโ€™t consider their pain or death. For Lee and his fellow bile farmers, bears are not fellow Earth Beings; they are a commodity, a product to broker for personal gain. He feels free of moral responsibilities.

Just reading that makes me feel terrible :(. How come they did that? It’s so cruel..

Why can the bears live happily and freely in the forest, where they’re belong?

I don’t say that I’m an animal expert, or I treated animals better than anyone here, but I know what they do at bear bile farm isn’t right. It’s all wrong. It’s a practice that should never have started.

So we just sit,ย  hope they’ll be stopping soon, and do nothing? No! There is one easy way which you can contribute to save the bears, through signing the petition. Moonbears.org are holding a petition against South Korean goverment’s bear farming policy. It’s just few clicks away ๐Ÿ™‚

Sign the petition here.

By using a little of your time clicking and spreading the words, we can save Miracle and other bears to have a better life and future. If you want to know more about this campaign (and seeing pictures that make your heart crumbled..), donate, or volunteering, you can visit their website.

So let’s make a better world where human and animal can get along peacefully! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you signed the petition? Wow, great! Here’s something that the bear want to say to you:D

photo taken from moonbears.org, edited by me, but I'm sure they will say the same ๐Ÿ™‚