Saturday, May 29, 2010

My Blush Collection

I got some of these for a while. Nothing new purchased because I've only had 2 cheeks and God knows why I own that many blushers. I'm using them up like crazy, trying to get as much products onto my cheeks as possible. But man...! Do they take ages to even make a dent.

From top left, clockwise: Nars Orgasm, NYC Colour Wheel, NYC Cheek Glow, MAC Colour Forecast, ELF Blush and Bronzing Duo and Max Factor. 

Friday, May 28, 2010

World Cup 2010: Brazil to Play Zimbabwe in Friendly

Zimbabwe's Warriors will face world football heavyweights Brazil at the National Sports Stadium next Wednesday.

In a report posted by the Herald, the Zimbabwe Football Association chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya and Paul Leisegans, a representative of Kentaro, Brazil's sports agent, officially signed the contract that will take the Samba Boys to Harare for Wednesday's clash.

Zimbabwe minister for tourism and hospitality, Walter Mzembi, said Brazil's visit was a fulfillment of the objectives and tasks that cabinet had given his ministry, which included bringing at least one of the 32 World Cup teams to the country.

"It's now confirmed that Brazil will play Zimbabwe on June 2 in Harare.

"It's the fulfillment of objective number one, which was the luring of teams to come and play in Zimbabwe. The other objective was to increase the number of tourist arrivals in the country before and after the World Cup.

"Through our partnership with NetOne [mobile phone operator], we will also have fan parks with NetOne funding 16 public viewing points - eight each in rural and urban areas - but the aim is to have the fan park project spread to all the 73 districts.

"Luring teams has been a tall order from the time we travelled to Brazil, but as I have said before, if you lure Brazil you have lured the rest of the world.

The minister and Mr Leisegans insisted the costs of bringing the Samba Boys were not as high as the figures of between US$1.5 and US$1.8 million that had been thrown around.

"The deal is signed and we are all happy about it. We have come to a price that I know and I am certain that we are all happy about. The Government of Zimbabwe is happy and we are happy. The deal is 100 per cent confirmed.

"But it is far lower than the figures that have been reported," Leisegans said.

Dunga and his World Cup squad flew into South Africa yesterday morning with the Samba Boys immediately heading to their base within Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg.


Zimbabwe Arms to Leave Marange Diamonds Fileds

KIMBERLEY Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) monitor Abbey Chikane has urged government to put in place proper security measures at Chiadzwa diamond fields to facilitate the withdrawal of soldiers accused of gross human rights abuses.

Chikane said although there was need to remove the military, the process would have to be gradual to avoid the flooding of the diamond fields by panners and smugglers.

Pressure is mounting on government to demilitarise Chiadzwa diamond fields in a move that human rights activists say would stop gross rights abuses and stem the smuggling of gems by security forces and their cohorts.

The demilitarisation process could however be slowed down by official fears that the removal of soldiers, whose presence at Chiadzwa has been widely criticised amid accusations of serious human rights violations, could open the floodgates for panners to invade the area again.

Moves to demilitarise Chiadzwa came as more than 10 families from Chirasika Village in Marange face eviction without compensation to pave way for mining activities. Mutare Rural District Council last week gave the families a verbal two-week notice. This is contrary to KPCS's recommendations that evicted families should be compensated and moved to adequately resourced areas.

Chikane told journalists yesterday that he had convinced authorities that Marange diamond fields must be demilitarised, although gradually.

He said removing soldiers at once from unsecured areas would create a free-for-all situation. Gradual withdrawal was therefore the best option, he said.

"The general consensus was that although the area should be demilitarised, the army would have to remain until a conducive environment for Canadile and Mbada who have mining rights in the area has been created," said Chikane.

Chikane, who has been in the country since Monday to assess whether diamond mining in Marange met minimum KPCS requirements, said demilitarising Chiadzwa was under serious consideration, an issue which he said was critical to ensure Zimbabwe fulfils KPCS procedures.

* Zim Independent

Zimbabwe Police Free Gay Rights Activists

Two members of a Zimbabwean gay rights association have been freed from custody, their lawyers say.

They say the two are facing charges of possessing pornographic material and insulting President Robert Mugabe.

Ellen Chadian - administrator of the group, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe - and Ignatius Muhambi - an accountant - were picked up during a raid.


Homosexual acts are illegal in Zimbabwe but the group has been allowed to operate openly.

Magistrate Munamate Mutevedzi released the two on Thursday until a trial set for 10 June, when they will face penalties of imprisonment or a fine.

"The magistrate has released them on a $200 [£137] bail each," Dzimbabwe Chimbga, a lawyer representing the pair, told the AFP news agency.

New charge

Their employer said that the two were assaulted by police while in custody after their arrest last Friday.

The two were accused of insulting President Mugabe "The initial charges are that they were found in possession of pornographic material," Mr Chimbga said earlier this week.

"Now the police want to add a charge of insulting the president," he added.

Police told by AP news agency say that they had found a letter undermining President Mugabe during the raid.

Mr Mugabe has in the past described same-sex partners as "lower than dogs and pigs", but arrests of gays are rare in Zimbabwe, correspondents say.

Homosexual acts are illegal in most African countries.

Last week a judge in Malawi sentenced a gay couple to 14 years in prison with hard labour after they held a traditional engagement ceremony.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hello, Why Are These 18SX Flyers Here??

I'm so totally promoting this by posting these stuff on my blog. I don't feel "Ewww...." but rather "What The  __!??" and explore it further by reading the prices and stuff. And look, behind the pamphlet, you get to apply for the job too (both guys and gals) and you get a decent amount of salary (which is more than what I'm getting paid now!)
I'm so going to get shouted/critisized/ostrisized/condemned by this post. But don't care lah.. Its something that I'd never seen before in the UK and don't-even-think-about-it in Islamic country, Malaysia

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thousands of Carats of Diamonds Being Smuggled Out of Zimbabwe Field - Report

The Center for Research and Development issued a report saying employees of Canadile Mining, a partner in a joint venture with the government, and members of the military, have become the chief suppliers to illegal buyers

Thousands of carats of diamonds are being smuggled out of Zimbabwe from the Marange diamond field in the east of the country, a Zimbabwean research institute in nearby Mutare, Manicaland province, said Tuesday.

The Center for Research and Development issued a report saying employees of Canadile Mining, a partner in a joint venture with the government, and members of the military, have become the chief suppliers to illegal buyers who pay pilots to smuggle the gems out on their way to markets in China and Israel, among other countries.

The report came as Kimberly Process monitor Abbey Chikane pursued a second fact-finding mission in Zimbabwe, having declared that critical information was withheld from him by the government on his first visit. Chikane arrived in Harare on Monday and toured the Marange fields Tuesday. He was to meet Wednesday with a Cabinet task force responsible for Marange.

Center for Research and Development Executive Director Farai Maguwu told VOA Studio 7 reporter Ntungamili Nkomo that lack of security cameras at the Canadile plant in the Marange field made it easy for employees to loot the gems, and he said the Harare government must urgently move to put a stop to the plunder.

Commenting, analyst Joy Mabenge of the Johannesburg-based Institute for a Democratic Alternative for Zimbabwe said it is increasingly clear that elements of the Harare government do not want to crack down on Marange.

Mabenge told VOA Studio 7 reporter Sandra Nyaira that the country must be careful that diamonds being smuggled out of the country do not fuel conflict as has happened in other countries like Sierra Leone and the Congo.
* VoA

Zimbabwe Growth May Slow Without Reforms

Washington - The IMF on Tuesday urged Zimbabwe to take corrective measures to repair its economy and warned that without them economic growth could slow significantly this year undermining progress made so far.
In its annual review of Zimbabwe's economy, the International Monetary Fund said there were signs that economic and humanitarian conditions were improving following a decade of steep economic decline and hyperinflation.

After a contraction of about 14 percent in 2008, growth resumed to about 4.0 percent last year amid a pickup in manufacturing and services.

Meanwhile, most schools and hospitals have reopened and incidence of cholera has declined, the IMF added.

It said a track record of good policies will help restore donor funding to Zimbabwe and could eventually lead to the cancellation of the country's foreign debts.

Zimbabwe's economy has stabilized since a unity government formed by rivals President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai last year adopted the use of multiple foreign currencies to replace a worthless local dollar.

The IMF said the multi-currency system "would serve Zimbabwe well in the coming years."

It said the Zimbabwe dollar could be reintroduced once the government had established a track record of sound policies and adopted a framework focused on price stability.

The IMF report cautioned that the outlook for 2010 was "highly uncertain" and urged the authorities to reduce the wage bill and non-essential spending to preserve gains made so far.

* Angola Press

Umm, Yeah, Those Are My Lipsticks

I am officially a collector of lipsticks, and guess what, I don't really use them as much as lipgloss, but freaking weirdly, I have more lipsticks than those glossy things. I just love love my collection. I don't have a disliking for any of them except the bright red lipsticks from NYX due to my incompetence of choosing the right shade for my lips.

So, the low down for the brands are: Loreal, NYX, Barry M, MAC, PURE and Mentholeum (I hope that's how you spell it). My next goal?? NARS and Shu Uemura and more MAC of course.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I Really Like Those Shrines Part 2

Hello again... So here's the 2nd part of the Shrine trip.

That's a little shrine for the God Of King Of Cow, I think. Well, at least that's what written on top.
Holy Cow -__-''' (pun intended)

And those are real tortoise (can't believe that I actually have to look up for the spelling, my English ,**sigh...**)

And look at the Chow family there... Oh wait, and there's the Lim family beside it... Hi, Yang family... (sorry, no offence there, just that these surnames pops into my head, and what's more, it meant that you guys are long-lived ^__^)

When there's like a mourning for the deceased session going on, this thingy would be hanged in front of the house.

A very artisitc picture of me using my digital cam. And yes, my makeups melting at that time.

This is my favourtie picture. Look at all those mini statues of God. There are so cute at the same time powerful, I can't decide which.

So this concludes my trip to Tennoji. If you wanna have a look, just Google "Tennoji Osaka" and you will get to see where it's located and stuff. But if you want more personal info, just email me or leave me a comment, I'll get back to you.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I Really Like Those Shrines Part 1

This is gonna be a picture heavy post. And the next part of it too. So bear with me people as I wanna sort all of these pictures out and publish them to my blog for entertainment and remembrance purposes.

I felt that its been a long time since I ever write a long-winded ranting/babbling post. But I guess my readers doesn't need to know that how negative or a pessimist I can be, so let's just skip that.

And right now, my blog is steering towards picture-ism category. I just don't like seeing my blog bald without any colours in it. Weird huh!?

This is the place, call Tennoji. Its where all the humongous shrines (temple like) are situated and of course, you gotta be all respectful and exhibit proper etiquette or else you'll be condemn by the GOD or something.
So anyway, enjoy the 1st part. ^__^

That the ever familiar chinese characters. 

Hand washing place again.

Spot the similarity between Buddhism and this place?? The chinese writing, the God statues, and even the method of praying are like 88% the same. I could even pray to Guan Yin Pu Sa when I'm there.

Stay tuned for the next part. **You better be or my blog stats' going to drop**

Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai Heads To South Korea Seeking Investment

Western nations have withheld development aid pending more convincing reform in Harare while foreign investment has been discouraged by the indigenization and black empowerment program Harare is now deploying.

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was schedule to embark on Saturday on a trip to South Korea where he hopes to generate interest among investors there in opportunities in the Southern African country.

Western nations have withheld development aid pending more convincing reform in Harare while foreign investment has been discouraged by the indigenization and black empowerment program the government is deploying.

Both Mr. Mugabe and President Robert Mugabe have tried to reassure investors, but to little avail given the high level of uncertainty around the share stake the government will require to be allocated to black Zimbabweans.

Mr. Tsvangirai’s delegation to Seoul is to include Science and Technology Development Minister Heneri Dzinotyiwei, Energy Minister Elias Mudzuri and Small Enterprises Minister Sithembiso Nyoni of Mr. Mugabe's ZANU-PF.

Minister of State Gorden Moyo, attached to Tsvangirai’s office, told VOA Studio 7 reporter Ntungamili Nkomo that his boss is hoping to woo South Korean investors and strengthen bilateral ties with that country.

The prime minister's trip is seen as part and parcel of the Look East policy introduced by Mr. Mugabe in 2003 at a time when his government and the West were becoming increasingly alienated over human rights and other issues.

Peakford Management Consultancy Chief Executive Officer Albert Mandizvidza told VOA reporter Blessing Zulu that South Korean investors might want to put capital to work in Zimbabwe if the terms are attractive.

* VoA

Zimbabwe MDC Leader Bennett Recieves His Passport at Last

Mutare - The MDC announced that Tsvangirai’s top ally – Roy Bennett – yesterday received his passport from the Mutare Clerk of Court after his lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court Thursday seeking the immediate release of the passport from the AG’s office.

"The MDC treasurer-general and deputy agriculture minister-designate, Senator Roy Bennett was today given his passport back by the Clerk of Court in Mutare,” the party announced in a separate statement.

“The passport had been unlawfully taken from the Clerk of Court in March by one Michael Mugabe, a nephew to President Mugabe who works in the Attorney General’s," said the MDC.

The passport had been surrendered to the Mutare Clerk of Court as part of Bennett’s bail conditions before he was acquitted from charges of plotting to assassinate Mugabe at the High Court early this month after the state’s evidence was heavily discredited. The state has since appealed the MDC politician’s acquittal. – ZimOnline

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bentos Are The New Love

As you guys had known all these while, the Japanese really like to construct an attractive and colourful looking BENTO. Bento as in Lunch Box. The picture shown above are just some of them (because I'm too lazy to take the others, but trust me, its really really a huge bunch of variety here).

And what's even better is that they taste quite good too. Not your normal soggy tasteless takeaway food from any supermarket. And they really like mixing noodles/spaghetti with rice -__-''' its like a must....

And yup, I don't eat them cold -__-''' (no kidding, the Japs like their food cold).

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ever Seen 豆苗's Roots?

Call me a kampung gal (village gal) or suaku or whatever. But I was really really excited to see this in the supermarket. Not that its because this is something familiar, but its that it comes with ROOTS!!! OMG!!!!

And trust me, they look really really weird..

By the way, how do you say 豆苗 in English?? Google translate stated "pea sprout". I mean, huh?? Even worse using direct translation which arrived at the term, "bean seedling" -__-'''

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Food For Thoughts



It seems that I'm having this very notion right now.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Osaka Is Full Of Grey Buildings

This is another reason why I think I can't breathe in Osaka (I mean, excluding the fact that my work load pressure constantly pulling me down), because.... There isn't enough BLOODY TREES to provide oxygen for the whole population of 4 million (!?? simply guess) people.

And guess what? The Japanese like their buildings square and grey and high-rise. It becomes monotonous for a wee while.