Friday, 30 December 2011

Bend and Snap- Elle Woods

So, i am officially 22 ! I should feel a bit older, but......nah the immaturity is still there :D I have to say it was a fantastic birthday !! I went to see Legally Blonde- The Musical and was amazed by the hilarity of the show. The casting was brilliant and the performances were endearing! Carley Stenson was absolutely perfect as the pristine blonde, Elle and you couldn't help but root for Emmit, played by Stephen Ashfield. It's made me want to see more shows ! Next on my list is Matilda- The Musical. Come on now, you know Matilda was a massive part of your childhood. I for one was determined to make things move with my eyes!
A great little touch was the Lola's cupcakes we enjoyed in the interval :) Yummmmm
Before the show, we had dinner at Smollensky's where we had an indepth chat about how much everyone had changed since school. Its the truth- me about five years ago??... You wouldnt have even known it was the same person. Attempting to head into the cut-throat world of entertainment, media and journalism was probably the last thing someone would have chosen for me. I'm glad i've come into my own, but i still have a long road ahead of me to get where i want to be. Niv and Laksh have also transformed into amazing confident women, and are really pressing on with their degree/masters commitments with passion and dedication. Im so proud of them ! We continued the chatter at Below Zero, with the most gorgeous delicious cocktails known to man !
Below you can see the gifts that i got for my birthday. Honestly, i feel so spoilt - But this day only comes once a year and every girl has the right to feel spoilt on their birthday ! Cannot wait for 2012, to see what it brings me :)
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Monday, 26 December 2011

I'm very proud to be British, and my brand is British- Victoria Beckham

I hope everyone had a great Christmas ! It doesn't quite stop there yet though- Boxing day sales start today ! Hello on-line shopping ! I wouldn't even risk it going out, as the onset of claustrophobia will probably destroy me :/ Other than that New Years is coming up as well ! 2012 is upon us, and if we go by popular media, it'll be our last year to live. So time to tick off those things from your bucket-lists.

As I said in my last post, the new issue of Asian Woman Magazine is now out and you can see the cover below. Make sure you pick yourself up a copy if you haven't done so yet. The cover featuring the 'The Only Way is Essex' girls caused a lot of controversy, which I wasn't expecting. I was actually quite pleased that they were on the cover as I personally felt they were representing multicultural diversity. However, there was a varied response from the media- from both Asians and non- Asians. There was an outcry from Asian girls who felt they weren't being represented, whereas the 'TOWIE' girls were questioned for their reasoning behind fronting a national 'Asian' publication.

I have to say that I am a bit shocked, with Emma West rallying her controversial opinions in the notorious 'My Tram Experience' YouTube video- and now the supposed 'racism' row over the 'AW' cover. Really? Do we still feel THAT unrepresented by our upbringing, that we need to vocalise them in such a manner and not give into the idea of living in unity? I feel as if the cover of 'Asian Woman' represents me down to a T. I am not merely a Pakistani girl furious at the lack of Asian role models in an Asian publication- And i'm not merely a British girl confused as to why people would feel the need to dip their toes in to other cultures. I am a British Asian
Editor of ' Asian Woman', Jay Wimal summed up the press coverage on twitter by stating 'On the one hand a lot of people are appreciating our mission to bring the beauty and appeal of Asian fashion and culture to wider audience. On the other hand it's also unveiling a mass of ignorant opinions that are at best irrelevant, at worst horrifically prejudiced'

On a happier note- My birthday tomorrow. Hell yes !
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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind- Mary Ellen Chase

It's been a chilled week at work. The new issue has been set off to print and will be arriving shortly ! However, the smoothness of the week wasn't before I heard the stories of two of the girls and the editor, working tirelessly throughout the weekend to make sure everything was completed. The tales included tonnes of caffeine, 2 hour sleep sessions and drifting off to sleep in the middle of saying something important. Ouch :/ They deservedly took a day off Monday to catch up on some sweet beauty sleep !

The next focus for the Asian Woman team is the Asian Bride Show 2012, being held in January. The sales team downstairs bore the brunt and were frantically in the process of doing their job. I helped out for a while, but I have to say that 'sales' is not really my fortay!- But I can't stress how important the sales team are for Asian Woman !

We also had our official office Christmas party at Funky Browns in Hornsey, North London. I had a great time socialising with everyone outside of work. However, i did happen to be extremely accident prone the whole night. I had a whole glass of Cosmo knocked all over me and spent a good while extremely sticky and wet ! Later on, i was very nearly scalded by an accident involving shisha!! Never mind though- i'm totally fine :D The worst i ended up getting was a huge hole in my tights. Needless to say i ended up sporting a very interesting look on the way home.




PS. Also check out my first article for Young Hollywood at http://www.younghollywood.com/scene/a-very-british-reality-three-american-shows-taking-the-uk-by-storm.html . More to come soon ! :) x
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Saturday, 10 December 2011

How tall am I ? Honey, with hair, heels and attitude i'm through this damned roof - RuPaul

It's been a really good week. Really good. Tuesday night was the Asian Music Awards Launch Party. I was told a couple hours earlier before the event, so obviously i wasn't prepared at all. No dress, no decent makeup, not so great hair...but hey ho- I had to make it work. After work we spent quite a while getting ready. After a spritz of dry shampoo and top up of makeup, we left. I borrowed some skyscraper heels, that i put in my bag. Once we got to the venue (Merah London)i quickly changed into my heels. Classy. Now, wearing those heels was another story. One of the girls Sami mentioned that something which was more painful than me wearing the heels, was watching me walk in them ! Shamefully, i agreed ! Ten minutes later, i thought it was dark enough in the club to change back into my boots without anyone seeing (it was strictly no flats policy for the woman). I didn't stay for long, but it was great to socialize outside of the office for a bit.

I also got an exciting email from Katie Marzullo of Young Hollywood located in Los Angeles. She had taken a look at my work and wanted me to start pitching ideas for the 'Young Hollywood' website. Immediately, my brain went into overdrive thinking about new ideas. I have thought of some ideas and have already pitched them to Katie. She has responsed with a go-ahead to start writing them up. Yay :)

Also, on Thursday i was given an opportunity to conduct a phone interview with Abhishek Bachchan for his new film 'Players' set for release early January. It was my first interview of this kind and it was pretty exciting. Although, it was scheduled for 12pm, but i actually ended up speaking to him nearing 3pm. Him and his 'people' were running behind schedule. The actual interview went well though. It was quick, but he was lovely and i got what i needed. I wasn't allowed to ask personal questions though so instead of asking him about his new born baby girl, i just congratulated him on behalf of Asian Woman Magazine.

At the moment I'm learning SO much and hopefully I'll get more opportunities like this in the near future !
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Saturday, 3 December 2011

In Hollywood, brides keep the bouquets and throw away the groom- Groucho Marx

The next issue of Asian Woman Magazine is nearly here, so the past 2 weeks has been a flurry of shoots and deadlines. Our premier photo shoot location was the awesome Grange St.Pauls Hotel, where we had shot before. For one shoot, we were at another Grange Hotel (they have about ten hotels in one area) and spent the day in the penthouse as our base. The view of Tower Bridge was absolutely incredible! We continually changed location within the hotel to get a range of backdrops and lighting.

The second shoot we were at our original Grange Hotel location. We took over the most gorgeous sparkling white beauty salon that had not been used for 2 years!! (Yes, we did the dust check with our hands- all clear). It was a great day and a surprisingly quick one too. It consisted of three models, 2 makeup artists and 4 looks. The jewellery shot was spectacular and gave witness to the most unique and enchanting rings, pendants and bracelets I had seen. I don’t know about everyone else but I have a slight obsession with skulls and snakes. Does that make me a freak? Possibly? But skull rings and snake bracelets were enough to fulfil my needs at the moment.

We also shot a range of other looks including a ballet- inspired brief. The poor model, Sandy stood there imitating ballet poses. Stupidly I thought she had prior dance experience. Immediately I felt for her, when she dropped her arms in agony and flung them in the air at every click of the photographer’s lens. It didn’t help that we were shooting that look in the hotels gym studio. I sat on the side on a fitness ball and looked on in amusement at the queue forming outside. We were nearing 6.15pm and that was the next gym class. Hurriedly we got the shot and called in a wrap. It was a great day, although wasn’t so great when both the straps of the bag I was carrying all the samples in, broke on the way home. I had to carry it in both arms like a loser and couldn’t exactly see where I was going due to it being SO HUGE. Awesome.

I also started working for The Models Portal as a studio assistant. I always have such a giggle working with Aleysha, the makeup artist, who does absolutely beautiful work- check her out at @AleyshaMUA and Marcus Flemmings, @MarcusFlemmings. My first day consisted of clients coming in, getting their hair and makeup done, and immersing themselves in a photo shoot consisting of three looks. We were located in studio 1_14 near Seven Sisters. Here is a link showing the quirky space we were working in: http://www.themodelsportal.co.uk/#/latest/4557538223/Behind-The-Scenes-HollywoodLand---Our-Latest-Shoot/498950. The owner of the studio was ace photographer Mariann Fercsik. I have never in my life met someone as genuinely nice, kind and funny as her. She was there for us whenever we needed, made us drinks and engaged us in hilarious chatter. I do hope we get to meet her again! However, I didn’t really enjoy walking past the studio labelled ‘Quarantine’ with the disgruntled barking dog, who seemed to sense whenever someone was walking down the corridor!

I also attended my second model casting. This was for a video shoot and catwalk. Seeing as it was an open casting, the range of people that walked in was very diverse. Whereas, there were many people just trying out their luck, there was a select few who proved to be exciting future talent. It was great to sit there and give my opinion on who I thought was exciting and not. It wasn’t so great however, when the casting director made me stand in the middle of a group of potential models to see how they flirted with me- all in the name of work of course! (Let’s just say I have never been snarled at in my life before !!! )

There are probably a billion more things I could write about, but I don’t want to bore you. So for the moment all I can say is keep your eyes peeled for upcoming issue of ‘Asian Woman Magazine’ set for release mid December!
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Monday, 14 November 2011

Working at The O2 for a Comedy Tour

I've been so incredibly busy, i don't think I've slept. Those handful of blurry dreams may just be me hallucinating. I have to say this past Friday was actually an INCREDIBLE day. The 'Allah Made Me Funny' comedy tour had finally arrived and i arrived at the Indig02 at roughly 1pm to help out. At first i couldn't find anyone and walked around in awe at probably the best food heaven in the world. Finally, i spotted one of the guys i worked with at Mumbai Rouge Artist Management a couple weeks earlier. Soon, everybody else started arriving with an influx of stress rising high !

I have to admit, it was pretty cool having a backstage pass. Whilst filling goodie bags, the American comedians casually walked in- Mo Amer, Preacher Moss and Azhar Usman. Hanging with them in the green room, they had me in fits of giggles straight away. It's weird to think they could ever be serious, they just seemed to make a joke out of everything ! Security walking around seemed cool too- one slightly dopey security man decided to give me company whilst working and engage me in an intense conversation about Kim Kardashian. Lucky I'm a fan eh? I also had a massive music technology lesson from the sound guy, who taught me how to use his intimidating looking music equipment.

It was all plain sailing until we found out that a massive WWE event was going on in the bigger 02 arena. This was evident when i stepped outside and saw the ridiculous crowds coming into the arena. The queue for the merchandise line alone was HUGE ! However, it came to our attention that the wrestlers were hanging out by their tour van out at the back. Using our backstage bands, me and a member of the comic entourage decided to try our luck in meeting them. Alas, our bands were a different colour to the WWE event. We were majorly busted and mumbled some excuse about getting confused over the venues. We were sent back through the WWE VIP walkway ( still no sign of wrestlers) back to indig02. Disappointing, but glad I'm not a wrestling fan otherwise i would have been seriously crushed !

The last part of my night was in the O2 box office being a Ticketmaster! Seriously cool and not something everybody gets to say they've done. Its incredible looking at the inner workings of such a huge arena. However, i did seem to struggle with my microphone skills a bit haha i.e.talking to customers with my microphone switched off! Hey, it's all a learning game ! I couldn't however stay for the main show as i had a family do- totally wish i could have! I headed up to the green room, where i got a massive thank you hug from Mo Amer and a quick validated speech from Preacher Moss about the US cities i should visit (His suggestion-New Orleans). It was incredibly thrilling to be heading home feeling content and helping out with a big show, that the people coming in would have the pleasure of witnessing!

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Behind the Scenes with Asian Woman Magazine

Tuesday was another shoot day for Asian Woman Magazine. The collection was for gorgeous indianwear, Flair Collections and the location was at the awesome Grange St.Paul's Hotel, with a fantastic bargain of St.Paul's Cathedral as a backdrop. Protesters, strikes and tents were nowhere in sight (okay maybe they were when we went to get lunch) but once inside, it was perfecto !

Marcus Flemmings was indeed the photographer again and he was accompanied by two make-up pros- Aleysha Mawani and Sejal Pandya. We also got to work with two super models, Kavita Dhaliwal and Aman Gill. The day ran without a hitch as we shot in Club 10 in Grange St.Paul's Hotel, before moving up to the Sky Bar on the Rooftop. That was spectacularly beautiful, with the scenery . It was however freezing and every now and then it began raining. The poor models had to get on with it and keep posing through the rain and we eventually got all the shots that we needed.

I have to say that working in this business, the hours are somewhat unpredictable. The rough estimate was for us to finish by 5, but i was heading to the train station nearing 8. However, i really do enjoy what I'm doing. Alongside everything i expected from this job, there is other stuff I'm learning such as lighting, angles, production etc etc. I'm like a sponge at the moment, wanting to get information out of every source possible. I even sit there and chat with the makeup artists about how they got into the industry, their inspirations and goals. I just want to know everything!

I do, however also want to carry on pursuing my writing work in the process, as i don't want it to get sidelined. I have been writing a few rough copies on fashion icons for Asian Woman and continue writing (in a completely different style) for Cent magazine as well. I want to enter more competitions and raise my profile through that arena as well. Every now and then when i get time, i scour the Internet for writing competitions that appeal to me. I don't want to enter any old competition just for the sake of it, or just because they are very well known. I know what i can write about with ease- I have my own niche and i was to pursue it.

In the meantime, i'm a happy bunny with my continuing intern work. Being unpaid is quite difficult and a bit of a struggle. Hopefully i'll get a chance for some paid work soon. I also feel like i'm neglecting friends and make as much time as possible to see them. It starts with heading to Essex this weekend for Jenny's 22nd birthday. I do intend on visiting Portsmouth uni friends in the future aswell !
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Sunday, 6 November 2011

If i'd observed all the rules, i'd never have got anywhere- Marilyn Monroe

It's been another hectic couple of days- and not in a bad way ! Since my last blog posting, I've attended Essex Fashion Week, helped out at a photo shoot, gained more 'writing' responsibility and secured another internship position !

Essex Fashion week was a lovely surprise outing.The girls at Asian Woman gave me this opportunity a couple days in advance,and i willingly took it. It was also a great way to connect with my old uni friend, Jenny. The show was great fun and it was great seeing local boutique businesses booming and fashion labels from other cities championing Essex as an emerging fashion powerhouse. Male brands such as Thomas Codd London and Brighterman also managed to bring in some showstopping talent, adding something different than glitz and sparkles.

This past Tuesday i got to sample being on location for a photo shoot. The campaign was for a cake company, yet the brief was to be very couture, high fashion -like a seductive 'perfume ad'. The setting was beautiful- a lovely hotel getaway in rural Guildford. The interior was gorgeous-very dramatic and made the perfect backdrop for a photo shoot. I had great fun helping out and working with the Editor and Fashion Co-ordinator of Asian Woman was amazing. It was also fantastic working with the photographer Marcus Flemmings, who has offered me an internship at his studio once a week. So I'm really excited to be starting that too !

I've really been busting out my writing skills as well, especially at 'Cent'. I've had to write articles about artist products, ambiguous film endings and the new collection of RADO watches. It's probably not what i would write about in reality or would want to write about in the future, but the techniques I'm learning is invaluable. It will most definitely help me with my future writing engagements. I do feel like working on 'Cent' magazine is more of a challenge to me, as the style of the magazine is something which is new (in fact quite alien) to me. However, the responsibilities I've been getting working there are put in place to help my career, no matter how intimidating they may be.

I find myself all over the place and in different ends of London during the week. It's tiring and i find the weekend a lovely welcome. However, no matter how much i conform to the tired looking commuters on the train after a long day, i love everything I'm doing at the moment !
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Friday, 21 October 2011

I don't think it's about entertainment. I think it's about being ourselves- Diane Sawyer

Hello everybody !! I have to admit, I've had a rather busy month ! I started out as an intern at 'Asian Woman Magazine' and from there i have had an incredible time experiencing different mediums of the media industry. So here's a little bit on everything I've done in the past couple of weeks !

When i started at Asian Woman I had on my shy persona, but that didn't last long as the girls that worked there were lovely company and they seemed genuinely interested in what i wanted to do and where i wanted my career to go. I mentioned that i liked the idea of being a writer, but i still enjoyed being able to immerse myself in the creative media industry which at times is reasonably hard to get into. The girls then mentioned that they helped out at Mumbai Rouge PR, once a week. If i was free the next week, i could come along - and i was free ! Mumbai Rouge was currently in the process (and still is) promoting the hugely successful 'Allah Made Me Funny' tour at London's O2 on November 11th this year. I was incredibly excited to help out with the promotion of this tour, as i had heard about this show being sold out two years ago at the London Apollo. I was invited back a couple times to the PR company, to continue helping out with the event.

At the same time, even though my internship at 'Asian Woman' was over, the girls called me back a couple days a week to help out with organizing locations for photo shoots. Boy have i seen some gorgeous places i would like to visit on the Internet, whilst working there ! ! ! Damn, maybe one day :-) During the next month or so is a crucial time for the team to shoot their fashion and beauty stories, to feature in the next issue for Asian Woman and Asian Bride, set for release early next year. So therefore, the process of casting for models began and i was invited along by Asian Woman's fashion coordinator , to be a part of the process !

For me, that was probably the best part of my intern work so far ! Rachael, the fashion coordinator and Marcus, the casting director from 'The Model's Portal', sat there in a room X-Factor style (not as scary as it seems ). There was a seat for me to complete the line up too, but I was only sitting for 50% of my time there, as my duties included welcoming the models, making them wait outside and fill out a form and calming their nerves ! Chatting to the girls was great- they were so nice and friendly with a real interest in pursuing modelling, either as a hobby or as a career. Some even striked up a conversation with me as to how i managed to get my intern work ! Inside the casting room, the girls shone (some more than others) and it was interesting seeing the range of personalities from the quirky to the seriously bizarre :/ ! All in all, i think we found some great girls for the new beauty and fashion shoots. The new publications are going to look amazing !!

Whilst still working for Asian Woman, i decided to take the plunge with other opportunities. I applied for an editorial internship with 'Cent Magazine'- a digital publication. The next day, they emailed me to ask if i could come in for a 'chat'. A couple days later, I left their offices in Bermondsey, London as their new editorial intern for 2 days a week. I've worked there a couple days so far, and although its very different from Asian Woman , i know I'll learn a lot from the job. Its more arts and literature based with an emphasis on 'thinking outside of the box', and i am basically in charge of my section- so I've had to step up to the plate straight away and contribute to the meetings, research people I've never heard about and come up with unique ideas with aspects of technology in it (seeing as IT IS a digital publication). It is daunting, but i think i can do it !

I also decided to take the plunge with my writing. On the Stylist Magazine's website, i saw a competition for aspiring reporters to write a news article about weird and wacky stories from around the world. I wrote one on my homeland, Pakistan. I emailed it to them and on the day of their deadline, i got an email back saying my news story had been selected to feature in their 'Elsewhere' page for their 100th issue, out early November ! Thinking about how millions of commuters everyday will see my entry (no matter how small it is ) is extremely exciting ! This has just egged me on to enter more competitions and really hope for the best !

Just writing about this, i know I'm blessed to have such an incredible welcoming to the industry. The best piece of advice I've got so far is from casting director and managing director of 'The Constant Group'-Marcus Flemmings, is ' now that your in this business, don't stop, keep going !'- And i totally plan too !
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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

I came like Water, and like Wind I go- Edward Fitzgerald

Some people follow fashion trends to be on par with the elite- living up to the latest replaceable slipping trend. Others fall at their ends wit spending too much time on the needs of other people that fashion doesn’t even feature in their social dictionary. In the utmost confusion of today’s varietal fashion trends, feeling like a ‘queen’ is somewhat left to the midst of Queen Latifah’s ‘Covergirl’ range- However, there’s a rise of a new type of fashion configuration- almost declaring an anti-fashion movement with its complete originality. Working with the great British context and the accustomed character we’re born with, is the fiercely fashionable trend of the ‘wind in the hair effect’.

For a society that would once stay indoors on a windy day with a hat pulled across their face, sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate- that hat has long been bared to the temptation of the exquisitely tossed mane, almost a sheath of protective sanctum. It can be viewed as an ornamental decoration, not so much as something you can just toss on which compliments an outfit-more like an extension of the original thrown together accessories. Something you’re born with and with a little bit of fire can rock out to a clean cut ‘cool’. Downplaying the accessorizing, it also fights for the attention of custom. The parallel to the clothes featured on Roberto Cavalli’s S/S 2011 collection features model heavyweight such as Laetitia Casta and Joan Smalls. They’re preened and perfected to find the right balance between the hair and the clothes, taking initiative from the craze that was once environmentally instituted.

The craze of the ‘wind in the hair’ has extensively been associated with high-calibre successful women. Suddenly, the embarrassing dash to catch the train can be viewed as a ‘moment’. A depicted fluttering montage of ‘the new woman’, supporting a flowing whimsical existence. Such the curiosity of this future of feminine sociology, that the dramatization of this different evolving trend has been imitated by the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce as performance art, in the form of hair tossing. The newly bred Willow Smith, also managed to conjure up pre-teen success with her sensationally hit single ‘Whip Ma Hair’, showing that people globally and of all ages can chronicle this idea of the drama-induced hair. And who can forget Tyra Banks? We’ve countlessly seen her reference this trend amongst young assuming models on her smash hit show –‘America’s next top Model’. Being in the business since she was 13, Tyra knows all too well about the aberration this fashion movement can make.

So, if the media make such an impact on us as theorists claim -and if our dearest mummy and daddy claim how much these assumptions are true- we are unapologetically socialised into this hairy fashion situation. Tamed with or without a hairbrush, and setting the heat by how fast we care to walk dependant on the weather and something we’re actually naturally born with? A complete underdog
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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see- John Whitehead




‘It’s not about the government telling people what to do. It’s about each of us, in our own families, in our own communities, standing and demanding more for our kids’,-Michelle Obama quoted over a year ago at the start of her ‘Let’s Move’ campaign about childhood obesity.

Mrs. Obama has done an extremely remarkable job of visiting schools, food manufacturers and retailers to reduce the amount of sugar, salt and fat in food products. The effect of which will most inevitably be felt on the newer generation. However the question still lingers- have we accomplished these healthy goals that the first lady adhered us to proceed in? I for one saturated myself in the realms of a highly processed diet dripping in weight gaining components. Selfishly, I consider myself the ‘lucky few’ who managed to invest in the right help at the right time. I now believe that trying to lose and maintain my weight isn’t a ‘diet’ or a ‘quick fix’ but it’s a ‘lifestyle choice’.

Nonetheless, there seems to be the comeback of the ‘traditionalists’. People who stick to their guns and gratify in the lifestyle they’ve immersed themselves in. Society has done an incredible job of giving us hope and the creative freedom of confidence - but it seems that it’s this very confidence that stops people seeing the harm that they are lapsing onto their children. There’s a belief in our own attitudes and feeding our children hearty meals that’s been in our family for years. Who would want to be undoing this hard work that the notion of family and support has carved together? Traditionalism will only be outrun by the futurism of tomorrow in the long run.

The younger generation of children and pre-teens harbour the hope we have left today. They’ve been caught in the middle of these supposedly positive healthy initiatives, the multi-billion dollar health and diet industry and the can-d0-no-wrong attitudes of their loved ones. At this age they’re stuck at the crossroads between the media’s pull and perception of gaunt happiness and fumbling around with the concept of whom they are, that they may well start to take some sort of leadership into feeding themselves foods that are precious to their body. Once they grow up and have children, they’ll hopefully have learnt the fundamentals of healthy eating and pass it onto their children without a hitch. Here’s to seeing, that the future won’t have the chance to be caught in the middle of the epic war battle with food that so many people get lost in nowadays, just because they don’t take time to stop and think.

A flourishing viewpoint is a crucial one as figures that were released in January from the World Health Organisation unveiled that 42 million children under the age of 5 are suffering from obesity worldwide- perhaps a negative consequence of direct globalisation. In the meantime, no matter what initiatives that will be put in place via food companies and school meal policies and by whom, the public won’t adhere to it.
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Monday, 26 September 2011

Caesar might have married Cleopatra, but he already had a wife at home. Theres always something- Will Cuppy

The big phat bollywood wedding. Not the civil ceremony. Not the Mehndi. Not the part where the aunties awkwardly dance and pat your head. But the part where the bride looks beautiful in red. The part where everyone looks on in stunned awe. A 5 tier cake. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the inspiration). Professional dancers this time. And the official stamp of approval.






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Sunday, 25 September 2011

I'm not being superficial, but looks do attract me from across the gym- Kiana Tom

I haven't updated my blog in a while, which prompted a sudden rush to fill in my existance for the past couple of months. I will do that, but in the meantime i came across some old articles i wrote for 'Pugwash' in my final year at Portsmouth. Instead of disposing them, i've decided to upload and record them here on my blog for future references. The first article I've decided to grace my blog is about my love affair with a certain health institution.

---Growing up, I was always the kid that did whatever it took to get out of P.E. Running around in the cold grizzly British weather, whilst competitive popular ‘mean girls’ shunned hockey sticks at my ankles didn’t really seem like my idea of fun. I just didn’t understand the enthusiasm in which some people forayed into the world of physical activity. On the flipside, talking to me today- I’m a completely different person. I still don’t compete in sporting activities, due to my sheer hatred of competitiveness and having all the fun sucked out of something that’s meant to be enjoyable. It’s all about doing it for myself. I mentioned that I hated competing with people, but when I compete with myself it’s a completely different story. I’m quite a deep and analytical girl and when it comes to working out and pushing yourself- sometimes you have to reach down to the deepest pit of your sanity to find strength. I’ve had days when I’m struggling to run even ten minutes, overcome with bouts of breathing troubles and having an internal war with myself, reinforced with a positive imaginary ‘Olympic’ victory if I finish (Hey, anything to get me through!). Yet I have other days when I can easily glide along for half an hour, smile on my face with a distant daydream in my mind. I don’t know how to control when I work efficiently at the gym and when I don’t. It’s an internal encounter every day. However, after a gruelling cardio workout, and a couple minutes of regaining my normal breathing I don’t think I’ve ever felt so alive. I don’t think my blood has pumped harder and I don’t think my overall stability has been better. It’s quite a euphoric time.
The connection I’ve formed with the gym is quite an attached one. I become a needy girl in a troubled relationship. I always need to go to the gym when I want to feel better about myself. Although, even when the gyms been bad to me on a particular day, I still go running back. I can’t control the urges and sometimes I feel like I’m too emotionally invested. Breaking up with the gym would devastate me. Some people turn to ice cream when they feel down and while I do consider myself a mighty foodaholic (which triggered the gym craze in the first place). I appreciate the fact that I need to feel better about myself, especially in the long term. I hate the feeling of eating a really scrumptious, yet highly calorific slice of chocolate cake and feeling good for a couple minutes. I would rather ‘kill myself at the gym’ as I put it and feel intoxicatingly blissful for the rest of the day. What started as a battle to shift a few extra pounds three years ago made quite an impression on me and I’m proud to say that this new lifestyle choice I’ve engaged in will benefit me in the years to come!
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Friday, 27 May 2011

I love life because what more is there ?- Anthony Hopkins

A bit of a delayed post, but with the final stretch of uni and making a wrap of everything in my life right now, i didn't get a chance to talk much about my brothers wedding. Sure i spammed people's facebook newsfeeds with countless pictures, but i really want to relive the photos again !
Plus, as everyone knows, this wedding wasn't it! Being Asian, we are not going to disappoint when it comes to throwing a big wedding parade. This was nothing in comparison to what will occur come September!















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Friday, 25 March 2011

Go big or go home- Eliza Dushku

If i wrote a book about my sensational escapades in the last couples of months, it would be a bestseller. Without even trying, it would hit all the right points that would turn it into a gripping read, past the dazed hours of bedtimes when your eyes won't quite hit the sack. Not that people really give a shit about my life and the drama it entails, but because of the value i place on each situation followed by the advice i would force myself to take yet miserably fail.

1) The course I've been doing at university has been a struggle. Choosing it three years ago was due to the fact that i had no idea what i wanted to do with my life. Older, wiser and with more time to think, i would have chosen another route to follow. Now, with my annoyingly chosen subject, it would have been wise not to leave all my work to the last minute. Library all nighters is what my life has resulted in nowadays, yet all's fair when you have someone as superb as you to give you company. This company is crucial as prolonged exposure to the library gives you severe effects on your mental well-being. For example, we're giving each other nicknames, talking utter nonsense about whoever we can imagine and the loos turns into a place of worship every 15 minutes. Facebook should also be turned off, but it won't. I will not let myself log out of Facebook in the library. Never

2) Me and the partner in crime Jenny have also had some downright minging men situations. I'm not going to turn all feminist and declare a downright hatred for men because i love men too much. I'm just annoyed at their inability to exert a sense of emotion over any situation that they've gotten involved with us in. It's not hard to think with your heart. I think us girls do that too much, yet boys think with their heads- long term commitment, what about my friends, would i have time for this, will our different interests and beliefs clash and collide, her friends will hate me........WHO GIVES A FUCK ?? Follow your fucking heart and let it fucking be. If not then don't tell us were beautiful and make us feel like a goddess for a day and then run away. Game plan ? Be honest from the very beginning- both ways.

3) When embarrassing moments become a part of your daily life, it's time to worry ! Never think you're the shit and walk like you own it, because take my word for it- there WILL BE the slightly sinister raised patch of ground that will eat you up alive and make you go hurtling down like never before. See someone you don't want to ? Looking up at the sky is still the best option. Spacey shit can be cool if you want it to be. Otherwise you're forced with the worlds most awkward acknowledgement of the other person who you have to greet. When people cross the line, balance it out and cross the line too. Plus, to that slag that randomly shoves you halfway across the dance floor, get all ghetto on her arse !

4) On a more serious note, to the friend who just gave up on life on her major FML day, tell her she deserves better and mean it !! ( I certainly do )- and when you engulf yourself to the deepest pit of your very own FML day, have a comfort in knowing that that very friend will make you feel like the fierceness you deffo are !
Plus when you see some creepy boy disaster hanging with some new chick, get up and show them what they're missing. Also, even with all this drama going around just remember to be a genuinely nice, friendly and giggly person. Contrary to popular belief, drama doesn't attract certain people- it just happens to everyone due to certain situations in your life.

On a final note- i would TOTALLY name this book- 'The Underdogs: take a look at me now' :D
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