Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Miss World 2014 is Miss South Africa

Congratulations, Miss South Africa!

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss is the new queen of the world, while Miss Malaysia Dewi Liana Seriestha places in the Top 25 and wins the talent competition!

Rolene Strauss, a 22-year-old South African, has won the Miss World 2014 pageant in London, the organisers said in a statement released on Sunday Dec 14. Hungary’s Edina Kulcsár came second and Elizabeth Safrit, representing the US, came third. Miss World 2014 pageant was held at the ExCel Centre in east London.

Rolene Strauss of South Africa (centre) reacts after being crowned Miss World 2014. – Reuters/Toby Melville

Strauss is the third South African to hold the Miss World title and puts the country just behind Venezuela (6), India (5) and the United Kingdom (4) for total number of wins. However, South Africa does have the longest gap between wins – Strauss’ victory comes 40 years after Anneline Kriel inherited the crown in 1974. Penelope Ann Coelen was the first South African to win the pageant in 1958.

Miss World, the crowning moment..

Miss World (Miss South Africa) at the Oxford Debate. What a speech!

Meanwhile, Dewi Liana Seriestha from Kuching, Sarawak represented Malaysia. The 25-year-old performing arts student from ASWARA placed in the Top 25 and won the talent competition. Well done!

Dewi clinched the title after a live sing-off against Miss Scotland where she performed a stirring rendition of Don Juan Triumphant from the 1989 film adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera.

Other than classical opera, which she picked up at the National Academy of Arts, Culture & Heritage (Aswara) – Dewi can also sing in over eight languages including Tagalog, Spanish, Mandarin and Hindi.

Each year at Miss World the contestants are encouraged to partake in a charitable project which enriches the lives of others through hard work, selfless acts and fundraising.

As varied as the contestants themselves, the projects are inspiring to behold, and are their 'Beauty with a Purpose'. Although there are many great projects, only one can be chosen as the winner of the Beauty with a Purpose Award, an accolade presented at the Miss World Final, on Sunday the 14th of December.

This is Miss Malaysia's project.. Commendable!

More information on Beauty with a Purpose @ http://www.beautywithapurpose.com

(L-R) Miss India Koyal Rana, Miss Kenya Idah Nguma, Miss Brazil Julia Gama, Miss Indonesia Maria Asteria Sastrayu Rahajeng and Miss Malaysia Dewi Liana Seriestha react after winning the charity section of the Miss World 2014 pageant. – EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

Previous Miss Malaysia queens who won a Miss World placing include Deborah Henry (Top 16 in 2007), Arianna Teoh (Top 10 in 1997) and Rahima Orchient Yayah, the last Malay winner from Malaysia (Top 10 in 1994). Lina Teoh remains the most successful Miss Malaysia World, placing 2nd runner up at the Miss World finals in 1998.

- Med student, 22, ends South Africa’s 40-year drought at Miss World pageant
- M’sian beauty lets her talent shine

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale - Dec 5 to 16, 2014

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is back! Regarded as The Biggest Book Sale in the World, 3.5 MILLION books are available to book-lovers this time and for prices you can't find elsewhere. Books are going at between 75 to 95% discount! Book-lovers come from miles around, some even interstate. An event not to be missed surely.

So, hurry! 4 days left, ending on 16 December.

Location: MIECC@Mines (Mines Exhibition Centre) Here's a map to MIECC.

An idea of how huge the venue is.

Just like at supermarkets, trolleys are also available (albeit limited).

But then again do not despair as the Wolf provides boxes. Fans at the Sale can use the Customer Storage section beside the cashiers to stow unpaid purchases, then go back for more. Cool, eh?

Some like to bring their own bags..

Remember this book sale is around the clock, 24 hours, but rest assured food is available too any time you want it.

All images here are courtesy of the Big Bad Wolf facebook page.
For more information, check out the Big Bad Wolf facebook page.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Frolics - The Colors Test

Indeed, the colors you're attracted to say a lot about your personality and current emotional state. Pick the color combination that appeals to you the most to learn what makes you colorful.

Have a wonderfully colorful weekend, everyone!

You Are Colorful Because You Are Delightful

You are simply a joy to be around. You are cheerful, cute, and charming.

You truly respect and appreciate other people, and it shows. You are extremely non-judgmental.

You avoid confrontation, and you hate fighting. You try your best to make sure that everyone gets along.

Life is hard, so you try to be easy on people. More importantly, you try to be easy on yourself.

Have you taken the Socks Personality Test?

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Nice kitty

Cat goes green.. Nice!

From The Star:

Locals, who first spotted the feline in Bulgarian seaside town of Varna, had initially assumed that the cat was abused by vandals who had painted him green.

They even set up a Facebook group to catch the perpetrators.

However, it seems that the feline was sleeping on top of an abandoned pile of synthetic green paint in a garage.

It is believed that the paint gradually covered the entire cat, giving him unusually vibrant appearance.

It also seems that the colour is not coming off any time soon as each nap he takes just makes the colour stronger.

Based on reports, it is unclear to whether the green feline belongs to anyone or it is just another stray cat roaming the streets of Varna.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Frolics - The Socks Personality Test

An easy-to-take personality quiz this week. Pick the socks you fancy and let your choice tell about you. Talk about choices!

Your Socks Say You're Charming

You Are:

- Infinitely enchanting

- Simply amazing

- An incredible person

- A true star

Have you taken last week's personality quiz? What Animal Print Are You?