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Sunday, July 25, 2010

who wears it better?

Ladies and Gents, we have another epic A-list battle on our hands. Our dueling divas -- Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna -- were both spotted out wearing the same striking Lanvin dress. Question is ... who wore it better?

Jennifer Lopez in London, April 28, 2010. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Rihanna in West Hollywood, July 19, 2010. Hellmuth Dominguez/PacificCoastNews.com

Back in April, J.Lo donned the Lanvin frock for the London premiere of her romantic comedy, "The Back-Up Plan." Accessorizing with a wide belt, Lanvin necklace, black Ferragamo heels, and a Jimmy Choo clutch, the actress topped off her look with a fab beehive inspired by the Lanvin models who walked the runway at the Paris Spring 2010 show.

Lat Monday, Rihanna stepped out in the same one-shoulder gown for a dinner at AGO in West Hollywood. Still rocking her signature fire engine red locks, the "Run This Town" singer kept her look simple with nude heels, a narrow belt, and barely any makeup.

Besides the fact that this dress conjured up fond memories of Jacobim Mugatu's "Derelicte" fashion line in "Zoolander," the gown looks amazing on both ladies. I love that Ms. Lopez had the confidence to rock that cool, retro hairstyle as it lends her an old-school Hollywood vibe, and her figure-flattering belt accentuates her curves in all the right places.

Rihanna dressed down her gown to perfection for a Monday night out on the town. Love that she kept it low-key. The only drawback with the "Rude Boy" diva's outfit is that her narrow sash doesn't give quite the same hourglass definition as La Lopez's wide belt.

So for me, Jenny from the Block wins this battle royale. Mugatu would be proud!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Charice Pempengco goes under the knife for "Glee" role

By Agence France Presse

Teenage Philippine singing sensation Charice Pempengco has caused an Internet uproar after having cosmetic surgery to improve her looks ahead of her debut on top US television show “Glee”.

The 18-year-old, known simply by her first name, had botox injections and minor surgery in Manila at the weekend to narrow her rounded face, with the procedure filmed and broadcast afterwards on a national television station.

“It’s one of the big preparations we are making for ‘Glee’ and of course I also want to look fresh on cam,” Charice said in a TV interview as she defended her decision to have cosmetic surgery at such a young age.

Fans, however, flooded the star’s official website, www.charicemania.com, as the issue became a hot Internet topic, with many lamenting the fact that she felt pressure to alter her face.

“At a very early age, she was made to feel inadequate and was told time and time again that, although she had a killer voice, she did not possess the looks to make it as a ‘star’,” a fan using the name Marie wrote on Charice’s website.

“I can’t even begin to imagine what that did to this child’s self-esteem.”

On another fan site, www.charicemusic.com, there was more concern for Charice.

“I hope she doesn’t change or undergo any more treatment and change herself… she’s just fine as it is… listen to yourself and not be affected by other opinions,” wrote a user calling themselves Mirana on that site.

Charice’s procedure was a top-10 global topic on the social networking site Twitter at one point this week.

Her plastic surgeon, Vicki Belo, said the procedure was meant to sculpt Charice’s naturally rounded face.

Belo said the botulinum toxin injections, which immobilise some muscles, would not have any effect on Charice’s voice.

The diminutive Filipina first gained global renown through video-sharing website YouTube and has since become a favourite of US TV talk show queen Oprah Winfrey.

“Glee” is an hour-long comedy series that follows an optimistic high school teacher as he works with a group of outcasts to revive the fortunes of the school’s performance art club.

Filipina inherits millions of dollars in Singapore

By Agence France Presse

A devoted Filipina maid inherited six million Singapore dollars (more than $4 million) from her late employer after more than 20 years of service, a newspaper report said Wednesday.

“I am the luckiest maid in Singapore, with or without the money,” the 47-year-old single woman — identified only by the pseudonym “Christine” — told the Straits Times in an interview.

The maid refused to be named in public for fear of possible threats to her life in the impoverished Philippines, where wealthy people have been kidnapped for ransom and some killed by their abductors.

The windfall, including cash and a luxury apartment near the Orchard Road shopping belt, came from the estate of her employer Quek Kai Miew, a medical doctor and philanthropist who died last year at 66.

The maid had also taken care of the doctor’s late mother, and was told that she would be a beneficiary of her employer’s will when it was drawn up in 2008.

“There were no secrets between us. I was not surprised at all when she told me how much I was going to get,” the maid recalled.

“Christine” was devastated when Quek died a year ago, as the two were inseparable, and temporarily moved in with the doctor’s nephew for solace.

“It was heartbreaking for me as I saw more years with Doctor Quek than with my own mother. I would break down every time I thought about her. I could not be by myself,” she said.

“I was always beside her. Wherever she went, I was with her.”

The maid, who is now applying for permanent residency in Singapore, said her newfound wealth had not changed her lifestyle.

“I do not really think much about the money I got. I just live my life as I did before, and not as a rich person,” the maid, dressed simply in a blouse and slacks with short-cropped hair, was quoted as saying.

“I am still who I was before. I cannot behave differently because I have money now. Even my Filipino maid friends here still treat me the same.”

Nearly 200,000 foreign maids, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia, work in affluent Singapore, which has a population of five million.

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toughie and the rain....

It was one of those rush days because it was a Monday morning and it was raining. It was a perfect day for judging people by how they look as everybody was going about their business in the rush hour. It was drizzling and , after dropping my grade 2 kid at school, I was heading back home when I passed by several scenes that caught my attention. One of these was the father-and-daughter scene in which I instantly made a summary of what my eyes saw at that time. The tough-looking father (with mustache and muscles) was dropping his daughter to school and their means of transport was a motorcycle. The 13-year-old girl was holding an umbrella which protected her head from the rain but whose legs were all splattered with mud. The tough-looking daddy was using his hanky to wipe the mud off her daughter's legs. I found this touching for in the mind of the dad must have been this thought: "since I could not afford a car in which to protect my daughter's legs from being splattered with mud, I must do this..."

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Pink Halo-halo premiers July 11, CCP

All ye residing in Metro Manila or anywhere near it, you are invited to watch the premier of indie film and Cinemalaya entry, "Pink Halo'halo" which had its location shoot in Masbate, the third poorest place in the Philippines. Find time to watch it!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

hair spa at El Frisco, Dumaguete City

I just had my hair spa done by a hair specialist at El Frisco, Sta. Catalina, Dumaguete City and I am so satisfied with everything. The medicine used was imported and the result is just perfect. My hair now looks like it has been rebonded, and I like the smell of the medicine used. Hair spa, when done right and with the right material will turn your hair into a bouncy, lovely, glowing beauty.