Jun 29, 2010

Rainbows ♥

"I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is a sign of my permanent promise to you and to all the earth " -Gen 9:13


Of all days to not have my digital camera with me. :C
The photo taken with my phone camera pales in comparison to the actual rainbow Joyce and I saw on our way back from Cyberjaya.

A perfect full rainbow stretching from across the road, vivid and bright against an orange sky (it looks blue in the photos but the actual sky was a warm orange colour).
With a second less visible rainbow above it.


When I saw the rainbows, a smile broke from my face and I felt happiness exuding from within me.

We stopped the car to take photos. And I pranced around as the little girl within me felt a sudden sense of unexplainable joy and lightheartedness.

It's amazing how we find sheer bliss in the simplest things. :)

It felt like a hug from God to reassure me of His promises.

Hugs n Kisses,
Di


Jun 28, 2010

CLINIQUE Star Tour!

Makeover anyone? ;)

The CLINIQUE Star Tour 2010, in partnership with CLEO magazine (OMG!) is a unique makeover event that targets young, aspiring women aged 15 -25. Participants will be given a unique CLINIQUE experience that is fun, engaging and relevant! Best!


The Clinique Star Tour involves a mobile makeover truck with 8 make-over stations!!! *squeals* 

What's in for you?
A STAR TREATMENT!
Consultation by Clinique Experts
Makeup by Clinique Makeup Experts
Hair styled by Salon Espirit
Photoshoot (portrait) with a professional photographer (a copy will be printed for you)
Clinique Door Gift worth RM130
You get all this by buying an RM30 voucher.
Yes, seriously, only RM30. Super duper worth it!!! ;)


Besides a fun makeover, your best photo will be uploaded online to the Clinique Star Tour gallery. Once the tour is over, 25 finalists will be shortlisted for voting! The Top 3 girls will win RM5,000 worth of Clinique products AND be featured on the cover of CLEO magazine!

The Clinique Star Tour 2010 starts on the 3rd of July till the 2nd of August.
Here's the tour itinerary: (UPDATED!!!)
(Itinerary subject to changes so check HERE for the latest updates!)

What Time?
Shopping Malls:
11am to 7pm
Universities and Colleges:
10am to 5pm



This looks like it's gonna be a very very very fun event you won't want to miss out on. ;)

So, what's your STAR look? ;)

Hugs n Kisses,
Di

*IMPORTANT!*
The Clinique Star Tour 2010 is open to women aged 15 to 25 however, those who are under 18 will need a parent/guardian to sign a release form that allows the organizers to upload your photo online.

Do take some time to read the Rules & Regulations as well!


Many thanks to MyC! and FeeqSays Network! :D

Jun 27, 2010

Ginger sleeping

I can't help but try to capture Ginger's sleeping positions whenever I can. haha. :3





Hugs n Kisses,
Di

B2ST @ KL-Live

Attended the B2ST Showcase at KL-Live.

Highlight of the evening?

37 girls fainted while waiting to enter.
  • Out of which there was one girl who, while being carried up to a cooler area, had time to fix her hair.
  • Another closed her eyes (fainted dy mah) then opened her eyes to pick up her bag.
Of course, there were fans who really fainted thanks to hours and hours of waiting in the hot weather. Poor girls. :C

The B2ST showcase in a nutshell?
  • Waiting time was so bad we watched Spongebob cartoons on a friend's mobile phone and had to entertain ourselves to kill time.
  • On the other hand, or more importantly, B2ST gave an outstanding performance. *two thumbs up*


The showcase:
The show was supposed to start at 7pm but throngs fans were already lining up since morning.


Initially everything was fine and all the fans were waiting anxiously to watch B2ST perform.During that time I was busy contacting people to give them their passes. And camwhoring with some of them. haha.

Cute sisters Ina and Suriana. :D

With Shar :)

Almost forgot to take photo with Em. haha. 

Eventually, the long wait in the sweltering heat started to agitate the fans.

Those with B2ST T-shirts were suppose to enter first, BUT they only allowed a few in at a time and some weren't even wearing the B2ST T-shirts (which of course led to the crowd screaming angrily "T-Shirts First!!!" I would scream too if I paid RM80 for the T-Shirt and couldn't go in yet.).

The crowd at one point started shouting "REFUND REFUND REFUND!!!", booing and middle finger waving.

Some security guy shouted at the crowd that those without the shirts enter later and if there aren't any places left they won't be let in. (more booing)

Some ppl got so pissed off they threw the passes and left the place. And some fans (those without the B2ST T-shirts) were talking amongst themselves about whether it was worth waiting to go in or not.

Some even went opposite to KFC for dinner first and then came back and STILL couldn't go in yet.

Stampede nearly broke out when the fans pushed their way through and I saw a girl fall down from being pushed. Luckily her friends were around to help her up.

My friends and I decided to wait at a spot away from the crowd and only went in after everyone had already gone in. By this time, they didn't even check if we had passes or not.

Us. :D

Ivy's friends. :D

One of the most interesting part of the evening was when we went inside (around 8.50pm), the fans were screaming and singing along to...music videos. Yeap. SCREAMING at the top of their lungs. haha. Beast has an amazing fan base in Malaysia. :D When we joined in the fun, they were screening the music videos of 4Minute's Hot Issue and Muzik.

The emcee kept telling the fans not to push so that the show can start ON TIME.

Rightttt. The supposedly 7pm show started at 9pm and lasted less than an hour.


In between every few songs they had a mini Q&A session.


B2ST were amazing lah. It's really different seeing them perform live compared to watching them on Music Bank (not that I could see much since I'm short and fans kept holding up giant cards which blocked my view. /sad). They are very charismatic, deliciously good looking and dance superbly well. 


They sang 7 songs (if I recall correctly) and did an encore medley of Bad Girl, Mystery and Shock.


Two very lucky Malaysian fans got to take photos with them and one girl was serenaded by them! They sang the song Oasis to her. Lucky lucky girl. :)


Quote of the night:
"It's everyday I SHOCK okay? not Syok! Syok is Malaysian, Shock is Korean" - Emcee
erm, isn't shock an english word? hahaha. XD

B2ST's Malaysian fans were also amazing, knowing every word to every song (seriously, not just the English parts but the Korean parts as well!). They were also screaming at the top of their lungs continuously, showing so much love and support for B2ST. :) Which I hope would encourage them to come back to Malaysia and perhaps have a full concert this time.

Owh and B2ST ended the show with a cute "Terima Kasih!"  


Thank you Advertlets for the free passes!

Now can someone PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring in C.N.Blue, 2PM, MBLAQ, 2AM, KARA, SNSD, Brown Eyed Girls, 4Minute, BIG BANG, 2NE1, SS501 and SHINee??? PLEASE! :3

Hugs n Kisses,
Di

Jun 25, 2010

Eucerin Samples!

Remember my post on Eucerin AQUAporin ACTIVE?

Well, the generous people at Advertlets.com and Eucerin have given me some samples to give away!

The samples are so cute!  1" x 1" x 1" cubes. haha. I really like this packaging, much more luxurious and glamorous compared to the tube packaging. But of course, hygiene wise, I know a lot of girls who aren't fond of these kinda packagings. :C

I initially gave some of the samples out to family and friends. Let me tell you this (my mom's gonna kill me when she sees this post. haha. sorry mom!) I gave my mom a sample and now she's hooked! It was obvious she liked the moisturizer cos she came to my room and wanted to take more samples. =_="

She just (yesterday) took all my full-sized Eucerin AQUAporin ACTIVE range of moisturizers and placed them on the dressing table outside so that SHE can use it too. I kept them in my room initially because I was the only one using it. darn. lol.


My friend Joyce smsed me her feedback (I copied it word for word) after trying out the moisturizer:
"Just tried the moisturiser sample you gave me this afternoon. Very nice! I doesn't like oily stuff pad on my face de, surprisingly after I applied, I felt like there is a thin layer of powder feel which is no stickiness on my face! haha... Coz of all the other product I tried, all said non oily and sticky de, once I apply my face can see the layer of oil which almost can fried an egg like tat."



Want to try out the Eucerin AQUAporin ACTIVE moisturizer? This is the Light version. MY FAV ♥ ♥ ! haha.

As much as I would like to keep them all to myself... I'm willing to share them with you. Sharing is caring, no? ;)

So drop me a comment if you're interested in getting a sample, only catch is - You have to give me your feedback after trying it out. So simple. hehe. ;)

UPDATE: Oops, looks like all the samples have been given out! Thanks for the support babes! ;)

Hugs n Kisses,
Di

Jun 23, 2010

BEAST @B2ST Passes!

OHEMGEEEEEEE~

I knew BEAST @B2ST was coming to Malaysia in June but I gave up hope of going to watch their showcase because of various reasons.

And then Jason @mynjayz and Advertlets made my day. 

OMAIGAWD! Free passes to the showcase!!!!!!!

You can get some too! Scroll down to find out how! ;)


6 hunky and talented boys who called themselves BEAST will be in Malaysia from 26th June to 28th June 2010 for “Shock of the New Era” album promotion. Beast will perform and showcase their talent to Malaysia audience on 26th June with the one and only Shock of the New Era showcase.


'God-like DongWoon', 'Model DuJun', 'Muscle YoSeob', 'Sharp-eyed HyunSeung', 'Balded JunHyung', 'Sexy hips GiKwang' ♥ ♥ 




BEAST “SHOCK OF THE NEW ERA” Exclusive Showcase in Malaysia
Date: 26 June 2010 (Saturday) 
Time: 7.00pm
 
Venue: KL Live, Kuala Lumpur

Want free passes courtesy of Advertlets? Just drop me a comment! :D
Anyone can go, you don't have to be a blogger. ;)
It's that simple. :D

Tickets are limited so let me know ASAP!

SORRY FANS! Tickets from Advertlets have all been snapped up!

Thank you for responding, those whom I emailed but didn't mail me back, sorry the tickets have been reserved for those who confirmed with me.
Those who have emailed me their names with contact number, I'll be emailing you guys again soon to let you know what time to meet up on Sat. ;)

See you all there!!!
Woots! 

Hugs n Kisses,
Di

Jun 16, 2010

After 8 years...

Me thinks it's time to get some new ones...


Hugs n Kisses,
Di

Jun 13, 2010

Toy Story 3

Was invited to attend the media screening of Toy Story 3 in Midvalley Megamall last Friday. Syok!

* * * The Event * * *

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) have been invited by Walt Disney Studios to be the Main Presenter for on ground activities in Malaysia related to the release of Toy Story 3.

The ever bubbly and energetic Azura was the host of the event.

She gave out exclusive Toy Story 3 merchandise during a QnA session and got all of us shouting Buzz Lightyear's famous catchphrase: "To infinity, and beyond!" :D

Meet and Greet session with Buzz Lightyear and Woody!

Buzz and Woody were specially flown in all the way from Hong Kong Disneyland!

Don't worry, you get to meet them too! Buzz and Woody will make 5 special daily appearances to meet and greet the fans for photo opportunities at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 7.30pm.

CEO of Disney Malaysia and TM's Consumer EVP Jeremy Kung.

Leonard and us girls who scrambled up for a photo op. (Photo credit: Justin)


Advertlets gang. (Photo credit: Jason)

With Dila and her friend Kim.

With Justin and Wai Yan. Tickets and free popcorn+drink coupons!

With Angelina, Yasmine and guy stretching in the back. LOL.

Azura!!! :D :D :D Grew up watching her on Disney Buzz! :)

There's tons going on in Midvalley from the 9th to the 20th of June, in conjunction with the school holidays and the opening of Toy Story 3.

Meet and Greet sessions, The Woody Cowboy Dance Contest, My Favourite Toy -Reflex game, Puzzle game, Football Carnival for the boys, ‘Get Glamorous’ makeover for the girls, toys galore, movie vouchers giveaway and so much more!

It feels like Midvalley has been turned into a huge playground for kids and adults alike!

Thanks to TM, you can even stand a chance to win a holiday package for four to Hong Kong Disneyland!
OMG I want!

Head on down to Midvalley for more information or click here to view a pdf file of the school holiday promotions.


* * * Toy Story 3 - Behind the Scenes* * *

I'm sure everyone has been anticipating the opening of Toy Story 3 since the teasers were first shown in the cinemas. Especially the one of Rex and how everyone was in 3D but him. haha.

Emerson and I have been waiting and waiting to watch Toy Story 3 (Ampun maaf dear, I watched it first...but we'll go watch it together when it opens k? :D). Emerson even bought a copy of "The Art of Toy Story 3" and brought it back from the US for me to read. It's become a custom for us to buy artbooks of our favourite animations. :) Probably because I come from a multimedia design background and he is majoring in illustration. :D

Of all the artbooks Em has collected, I think the Toy Story 3 artbook is the most comprehensive.

From character designs to colour scripts, the book is packed with eye candy (for art lovers).

Dice Tsutsumi, the art director of Toy Story 3 is Emerson's idol. haha. He met Dice once in San Fran and was totally star-struck! After browsing through the artbook I can see why.

Dice Tsutsumi is a creative genius. Seriously.

Btw, I'm not advertising the book or anything k? Em bought his copy online in the US.
I really recommend this artbook for art lovers and those who love Toy Story (1, 2 and 3!). Every page is breathtaking. You can check it out at Borders MV... Basheer Graphics brought in the book already. :)

Peas, my fav new characters in Toy Story 3, illustrated by Daniela Strijeva.
They don't appear much, sadly, but when they do they are so freakin' adorable! 
(I hope they have plushies of these guys soon.)

The press kit we received came with a CD filled with behind the scenes photos, concept art and so much more. Happy happy joy joy! I'll post some here and share them with you. ;)

These are progression stills to show you how a scene is created from the start to the end. This will give you a rough idea as to how much work and effort is put into the creation of Toy Story 3.


This storyboard was drawn by Toy Story 3 story artist Jeff Pidgeon and is one of approximately 500 drawings done by various story artists in the final storyreel of Sequence # 300 - Warm Welcome, where the toys are welcomed by Lotso and tour the Butterfly room at Sunnyside Daycare.

This concept art piece was done by Toy Story 3 Art Director Dice Tsutsumi (omg right?!), showcasing the exploration of color and design of new characters and new environments.


This frame shows the camera and staging phase which precedes character animation, known as Layout. The set is not fully built at this point and is finalized once layout is finished. Some background toys are still not present. Set dressing is also not final and will be refined once animation is completed.


Final character animation poses. The primary and secondary characters are animated by keyframe. Hundreds of background toys are populating Sunnyside Daycare.


Final animation of the characters' clothes, which is animated by dynamic simulation.  In this shot, Barbie and Ken clothes are simulated.  This final frame shows the final shading (material textures) for the set and all of the surfaces have texture, color, patterns, and material properties that will respond appropriately when lit by the Lighting Department.


Amazing right? When we watch the movie, we seldom realize how much work is done in pre-production, production and post-production.


Sketches of Andy's age progression.
In the artbook there are age progression photos of the real boy Andy is modeled after.


Another amazing piece by Dice Tsutsumi - "Andy's World"


They even create a few prototypes of the characters!
I wonder if the plushies smell of strawberries too. hehe.


Tim Allen
Voice of Buzz Lightyear


Tom Hanks
Voice of Woody




* * * Toy Story 3 - The Movie * * *


Toy Story 3 is an American computer-animated 3-D film and IMAX 3-D film, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Toy Story 3 is directed by Lee Unkrich (the co-director of Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo and WALL-E), Pixar veteran Darla K. Anderson ("Cars," "Monsters, Inc.") produces, while Michael Arndt, Academy Award®-winning screenwriter of "Little Miss Sunshine," brings his unique talents and comedic sensibilities.


Synopsis:
The toys are back in town. To bring you down to the memory lane, Toy Story represented a major milestone in animated moviemaking, the very first Toy Story debut 15 years ago (1995), and Toy Story 2 released 11 years ago! In the new Toy Story 3, we have Woody, Buzz and the whole gang back to the big screen as Andy is heading off to college. The toys are worried about their future. Andy plans to put the toys in the attic, but his mom accidently throws them away. They end up being donated to Sunnyside Daycare where they meet new faces such as Lotso, a pink-strawberry scented teddy bear and a smooth-talking doll named Ken. The toys are making new friends in the daycare. But soon they realized Lotso has turned the daycare into a toy prison. Now together the toys must get back to Andy's house before he leaves for college.




My Review (No spoilers, I promise!):
If you've watched Toy Story 1 and 2, then you should know by now that in Toy Story, the plot remains the same. Toys get taken out of Andy's house, Toys go through adventure and fight bad guys to get back to Andy's house. This part remains the same...everything else is on a whole new level.


A few minutes into the movie and the audience are already laughing out loud. Toy Story 3 is filled with unexpected surprises and twists that will leave you in stitches.


Though the plot remains the same, the storyline is very well crafted. Witty punchlines, appropriate use of flashbacks and 'kan cheong' moments that keep you on the edge of your seat.


The animation, needless to say, is top-notch. I watched it in 3D and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.


The meeting between Barbie and Ken is epic-lah. These two provide endless comic relief throughout the movie. :) I'd watch Toy Story 3 over and over again just to watch the chemistry between these two. hehe.


Most of the characters we know and love are back, some characters are (sadly) gone and a whole array of new characters are introduced.


Overall, Toy Story 3 is indeed a very enjoyable movie with the right amount of humour and scenes that will tug at your heartstrings. Here's a tip: Prepare tissue. You're going to need it towards the ending. ;)

I enjoyed the show so much I begin to wonder what it would be like to be part of their world. I figured if I could be a toy, I'd like to be one of those Dollfie type of dolls. And, thanks to the wonders of photoshop...this is what I would look like (hehe):

(Ps. I won't be held responsible for any nightmares you get because of this photo. haha.)

I think my photoshop skills have gotten rusty. :C I couldn't find any good tutorials to follow so I had to slowly figure out techniques of my own to create a dolly look.

Owh and there's a reason why I made it a lil Spanish-ish. You'll find out once you watch the movie. ;)

Toy Story 3 hits Malaysian cinemas on the 17th of June 2010.



Owh and be on time, you don't want to miss the short animation, directed by Teddy Newton, at the beginning of the movie!



Synopsis:
When Day, a sunny fellow, encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly darker moods, sparks fly! Day and Night are frightened and suspicious of each other at first, and quickly get off on the wrong foot. But as they discover each other's unique qualities--and come to realize that each of them offers a different window onto the same world--the friendship helps both to gain a new perspective.

Thank you TM and Advertlets for the invite!



Hugs n Kisses,
Di


*All movie stills, progression stills, concept art, behind the scenes photos belong to Disney/Pixar.

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