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In recent years companies have shift a large part of their attention from traditional marketing tools such as TV commercials & magazine advertisments to Social Media. Known as the "Blogger Outreach," these corporations look out for active bloggers to promote their brands and products, and create more awareness with their readers.

However, some look upon bloggers the wrong way. I am referring to beauty bloggers in particular. Anyone can be a beauty blogger - just start a blog and post an entry about a product or advertisement an ongoing promotion etc. But we shall leave this discussion for laters.

Some corporations think that by gathering a bunch of beauty bloggers for a tea session, give away a bunch of products and expect us to do damage control for them. Some might think it is a win-win situation - bloggers get FREE stuff; the companies get to save themselves a whole wad of cash, because publication and advertisement cost money.

I was in attendance at such a gathering and was uber disgusted. Sugarcoating your words, and getting a bunch of ladies to "clear the air" for you. Oh and as a 'token of appreciation,' they throw in a bunch of their products for us to try and expect us to come up with a review within a short specific amount of time.

You don't have to be a genius to figure out what's going on - the company had faced a recent scandal and tried to harsh down the situation in the shortest time possible. We are not talking about whose at fault here, the product or a particular group of irresponsible media. They don't matter in this discussion.

As I was saying, there's a recent crisis going on and as such, a gathering was organized at the very last minute. The organizer jumped straight into the main topic without a proper introduction of the brand - threw in a news article of the said scandal, assuring us that there is nothing wrong with their products.

Please DO NOT FLAUNT your wealth! It is arrogant to be showing off your social status. I get that you know so-and-so from a major corporation and you can afford to advertise your products everyday for months at a time. You don't have to harp on it every second. It also shows in your attitude - your sincerity with bloggers like me. "Oh, here are some samples, take it all so we won't need to lug them back." WHAT THE HELL? And given your wealthy status, I guessed it probably slipped your mind to provide a PROPER PRESS KIT?!

Many of the beauty bloggers that I know are well-educated women. We are not bimbos with the only knowledge of applying colors on our faces. We have brains to process whatever brainwashing broth you're trying to brew.

Anyone can be a blogger. Start a blog and work on your area of interest. I have come across numerous beauty blogs that are simply just a platform to get free products. They use the word "FREE" so freaking -freely- that it sounds very offending.

I speak for myself - when I review a product, I give my most honest opinions. My readers agree with that, having sent me emails and telling me about how they love certain products I had reviewed prior. If I like the product, I will state so, and that goes the same for the ones that I don't like. If I encounter a breakout, I will not hestitate to voice out my opinion.

Like many, I do my research online to read on the raves and boo-hoos of a product that I wish to purchase. Companies moderate reviews, so it is hard to judge how good the product is based on the comments at their websites. This is where beauty blogs come in, bloggers like me review products that we have actually tried and tested, and then share with our readers on the products' pros and cons.

Do not expect me to, for lack of a better term, "apple polish" just because companies give me products to try. I am not obligated to write postive reviews, because this is not how I do things here. Readers look upon reviews and take your opinions into consideration for a reason. They value your views enough to purchase a specific product, the least you want to do is mislead them with bogus reviews.

However some blogs that I have come across don't seem to function the same way. And I'm talking about blogs started by Singaporeans so-called "beauty bloggers." When you are given a product to review, it means removing the plastic packing, open up the lid and ACTUALLY USE THE PRODUCT! One blogger whom I had attended the same event with, posted up a "review" two days later and proclaimed that she had been using the product for five days! Guess what, all her reviews at her blog are positive. Obvious, much? Another blogger was even more ridiculous - she got a full set of skincare products and posted a review that SAME night.

When it comes to skincare, it takes two weeks to a month before you can tell if the product is effective or not. Although things might work differently with makeup. How in the world can you tell if a moisturizer or serum is good for you after using it once or twice?

If a couple of words/sentences consitute to a review, then why do some of the other genuine bloggers even bother to try the products? There is always a risk of a breakout should the product doesn't agree with our skin. In a sense, we are like guinea pigs, or maybe "Guinea Bloggers."

And I would like to emphasize that getting free products doesn't give anyone the right to call a beauty blogger "Cheapskate." I resent the fact that some bloggers putting the word "FREE" everywhere on their blogs. "Free Massages! Things I get for Free! Free this, Free that!" What's worst is that when I am offering my readers a chance to experience a therapy treatment, other bloggers who are offering the same treatment goes all "FREE MASSAGE! COMMENT IF YOU WANT FREE MASSAGE" blasted all over their webspace. It makes you sound CHEAP, and directly projecting the same image to me and my blog!!

Thank You for reading. I hope this entry will have you understand me better. I intend to blog, review and share stuff as long as I have readers. Having such bloggers that "spoil the market" is absolutely unacceptable! Guess being a Libra and expecting things to be on the same scale-level makes me a bitch sometimes, but that doesn't mean I am wrong.

I would like to apologize to my body for keeping such angst within for so long, hence my recent breakout. It feels good to have said my piece and release the "heatiness" out of my system. Let's all enjoy some Milo time, which was taken earlier this afternoon~.

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I rarely keep track of the gossip scene, especially the ones in Asia. The headlines themselves are enough to make me grimace; misleading and over-exaggerated. I was just reading up on the press conference for "Ip Man 2" and questions were asked about Donnie Yen's personal life. 1 meager on-topic mention and the rest of the article...go figure. Dear Macho Man, I don't need to know about you buying tampons for your wife. Ahh~ imagine him in a middle of a duel with Sammo Hung and shout "CUT! I need to go to the supermarket and buy tampons!" The horror of horrors - that image will pop up in my head whenever I watch "SPL" or "Ip Man 2."  (TДT)

Same thing - if I show up to talk about "Fright Night" and you ask if 2012 is going to happen, I will set harpies on you! Didn't your lecturers teach you to STAY ON TOPIC when writing thesis? TSK!

Of course, there are scandals that are too hard to miss, unless you spend 39 days on some 'ulu' location vying for a million dollars. That's a different story. Sidetrack: JT, you are the dumbest contestant yet; who gives the immunity idol to a villain and expect him to keep his word?!

When my friend tried to do some gossiping last night over at MacDonald's, I almost wrote her off but it turned out to be something disgusting enough for me to blog-rant. This despicable man who called himself Wing. What kind of a name is that? Maybe he meant to pronounce it as Wayne in Cantonese or he just simply likes to eat chicken wings... I don't know nor do I want to find out!

Apparently, this douchebag made a disastrous joke on April Fools' Day by posting intimate photos of his ex-girlfriend. Is he trying to be the next Edison Chen or what? Wait, there's more - he publicly said she wasn't chaste when they did the deed.

It's bad enough for a guy to brag about his "prowess" to his peers, but to the enthusiastic media and general public?  If any of my exes dare to mention the slightest thing about me to anyone, it will be some ferocious creatures a trillion times worst than harpies that I will set on you! Mark my words♥

Someone needs to explain to me what's the fun of camwhoring yourself in your birthday suit. Unless you're trying to capture yourself basking the glow of motherhood like Demi Moore, that I approve. I'm starting to sound like an old fogey - is this the norm now? If so, I rather remain a spinster!

According to my friend, he's not all news-worthy prior. Well well, dear friends, let's give a round of applause and welcome the latest Media Whore, Mr Wing. cluck Cluck CLUCK!!!

Pimping yourself out to the media isn't exactly new, the objective is to stay in the spotlight. Often for the wrong reasons. Anyone remember the "commando" frenzy starring Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears? And those perverted photographers...they keep aiming and shooting at their crotch areas, why the hell weren't they arrested?

You don't really need to be a real celebrity to front the tabloids covers, as long as you have something DELICIOUS to entice the appetites of the masses. Start preparing your womb so that it can churn out 8-10 babies at one go, everyone will want to find out EVERYTHING about you. Once the moolah starts coming in, you can have all the plastic surgeries you want to make yourself look like a real superstar!

When you have those 8 cash human cows, secure a reality show and then in order to get ratings soaring high, have your Snorlax of a husband to admit an affair with a dumb blonde. After getting your divorce details splashed on every magazines, remember to inform the public how long you have remained celibate, like what the now-ex-Mrs Snorlax did.

If all else fails, take a cue from the Heene family by hiding your kid somewhere on Shutter Island and then set off a hot-air balloon.

The methods mentioned above have been tried and tested(not by moi!) and proved to be very effective. Otherwise, latch yourself to a man of status and try not to lament how wrinkly he is. He will probably summon whatever energy he has left and smack you across the room. Ooh, another great reason to stay in the spotlight, no?

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For those who knows me well, I don't do New Year countdowns. Couple of minutes before the clock turns 00:00, I would jump into bed with my pillows under and over my head, waiting for the world to rapture. I believe the end of the world will happen. Someday. No one can predict the exact date, but it will happen. It did with the dinosaurs, so it will happen with the human race. My fellow Aliens, you better watch your behinds or you'll be hopping "OUCH" all over the place!

Since we have no idea when Judgment Day will happen, I assume it will be the time when everyone's making merry and busy bragging about their pretentious resolutions - that's when the cunning Hades convinces shiny Zeus to let loose on humanity and punish us for the slaughtering of dolphins, the decaying infrastructure and education system etc.

So if my calculations are right and when TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) eventually happens, I rather die in my soft bed than getting into a stampede with herds of drunk banshees running nowhere to save their lives. 

Everyone seems to believe the Mayan prophecy, that 2012 is the end of the world. December 21st, 2012 to be exact. Now, the Mayan's concept is just an ancient pre-science interpretation of time. 2012 is when the Mayan calender ends...the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. I can't wait to hear from the horse's mouth -those promoting these nonsense- the lame excuses they can come up with as to why the world didn't Ka-Boom!

2010 sure started out with a bang(no pun intended), with major weather problems, HUGE earthquakes, the Sun getting all fired up, volcanoes erupting etc. And here's my original intention of what I meant to blog about: Charities and raising funds to help those caught between in the clashing of the Titans *roll eyes*

I used to volunteer to paradewalk around my neighborhood to sell flags in my school uniform. Back then, we were raising funds for the Singapore Red Cross Society. When I say "back then", gosh, people were damn generous BACK THEN! I have uncles and aunties slotting money notes into my tin. Without any hesitation. These days, before you can even finish asking "Hi, would you like to donate to...," people on the streets will shoo you like a fly! 

To be honest, I don't blame the current mentality of my fellow Singaporeans. Everyone was willing to fork out some money to help those in need, eg. the sickly folks who couldn't afford to pay for the extravagant hospital bills, and the lonely elders being sent to nursing homes. But of course we need to have some black sheep to "balance the society."

I hate those unfilial pricks who send their parents away to be taken care of by unrelated but kind volunteers. What, you can afford thousands of dollars to employ a maid to babysit your kids but can't do the same for your aging parents?! Don't get me started on those who gradually stop paying bills - as a result, these nursing homes are appealing to the public for donations to keep up with their daily expenditure.

No thanks to a particular Buddhist monk who misappropriated funds, everyone have become conscious, "Where do my 50 cents go ah? You better make sure you don't go buy some club membership OK?" Personally I do not know any monks, other than those who knows Shaolin Kung Fu living in the fictional world of TV. I must say, this one sure knows how to live life to the fullest - luxury cars, race horses, club memberships. Maybe we should all go be monks and nuns, eh? I really want to use his head as a gong! F!@#$%^&

When it comes to charity shows, TV stations like to use celebrities as the main draw. Some years ago, having them performing stunts was a sure-win way of raising quick money. The more dangerous, the BETTER. These executives like to hang some celebs upside down like monkeys, or have them dressing up as Buddhas and jump over the Great Wall <-that's what I would like to see but no one else thought of that!

With the economic downturn, those TV bigwigs know that the secret of making money for charity is to minimize outlay. Preparation works for those dangerous stunts cost alot of moolah too. So what do they do? Get people to sing. Or maybe get them to do the Macarena and sing, whichever works better and faster to get the cash cow mooing. I know, the whole "let the music heal or touch your soul" sounds cliché.

The bigger the celebrity they managed to 'secure' for such fund-raising events, the more willing they should be to give their time for free. What the public look for from them are passion and the willingness to use their influence and contacts to appeal to the masses for donations. And it is the quality of time they give that makes a difference.

I'm sure there are many celebrities out there who are passionate about good causes and willing to give their time without demanding a fee. At the other end of the spectrum, there are those who rely on such events to create publicity for... themselves. Need I remind you about the recent charity fraud?

No matter how well-off you are, its the thought that counts no matter how many coinsmuch the amount is. But please do not lie about the millions of moolah you've donated, like "Paper Zhang!" And I can't fathom how some celebs can be so stingy with their money - sure you have to do your hair and go for facials, upgrade your living conditions blah blah... that amount of money you're donating, I can double that sum and I'm just a simpletini. Go figure.

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Just take a good look at today's TV schedule! (|||」`□´)」

I know: the Olympics only happens once every 4 years. So is the World Cup.

A local sports channel was set up only to be shut down a few years later.
So what? That doesn't give an excuse to deprive people like me of other programs.

大家看单单是今天的电视时间表! (|||」`□´)」

我知道奥运会是每4年举行一次. 世界杯也一样.


Back in January, I was on a search for the book "Four Trials."
None of the bookstores I regularly go to has it. Now it no longer matters.

When faced with allegations that John Edwards had an affair and might even fathered a child.

His reply:
"I've responded, consistently, to these tabloid allegations by saying I don't respond to these lies and you know that."

He finally admitted to having an affair last week. I was disappointed.

This incident reminded me of the Jackie Chan's 1999 scandal. Till today he has never officially acknowledged his daughter. When he'd admitted to having an affair, all he could say was "I've committed a sin, just like every other man would."

That comment made me mad, to the point that I no longer respect him as a person. Sure, I still watch his movies' re-runs on TV, but they are unrelated.

Yes. No one is perfect. But literally dragged every man down with him is despicable!

早在一月份, 我到处在找这本《Four Trials》.
但是我常去的书局没售卖. 现在想起来,还真是幸运呢~.

John Edwards面对有关外遇,甚至有私生女的指控的时候,他的回应是:


上个星期,他终于承认的确有外遇. 哎哟~ 令我感到很失望.

这件事让我想起成龙1999年发生类似的事件. 今时今日,他尚未承认他的女儿.
当他承认有外遇的时候,他说这么一句话: "我犯了每个男人会犯的错."



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I have been looking for this book for years but have been out of print.
This book was published in 1983, the year I was born.
A friend just informed me that this book have been republished.
Hope the local bookstores will have it in stock☆

I don't get why a group of inhumane people would picket at one's funeral.
He is just an actor who played a gay cowboy in a movie.
These are the same group who picket at funerals of soldiers who had died in the wars of Iraq, who said they are turkeys instead of heroes.

The head of the cult so-called church is the splitting image of Henry Kane.
No wonder...

Many people will cheer at his funeral when he dies.
Expect a huge media coverage when that day finally arrives.

I don't hate homosexuals, nor am I one.
If any member is reading this, feel free to drop by my funeral.

Seriously, why do such ridiculous people exist in this world?!



邪教 所谓的教会的首领跟长的一模一样.




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