Nona & Mateen's Fairytale Wedding

Thursday, April 25, 2013


If you liked Nona and Mateen's first wedding reception you would like their second one too but for different reasons. The first reception was elegantly traditional whereas the second reception which was hosted by Mateen's family was unique or as Malaysians would say 'lain daripada yang lain' (different than the rest) and a little 'out of this world' because its theme was 'Alice in Wonderland'! 

To be honest, I had no idea what to expect that night but I was mesmerised by how amazing she looked. What she wore were unlike any other wedding dresses I had seen in Malaysian weddings. Why don't you see for yourself?

Nona & Mateen's Traditional Malay Wedding Reception

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


I know most of my blog readers are women :) And women love wedding-related blog posts so I promised I'd share pictures from my friend Nona's wedding receptions.  In Malaysia it's common for the bride and groom to hold two wedding receptions - one by the bride's family and another by the groom's family. In Nona and Mateen's case they had three wedding receptions. I only attended the ones in Kuala Lumpur but I heard the reception in Sarawak was very beautiful too. 

This particular post is about Nona's reception. I would say it was a traditional Malay wedding especially in comparison to the one by Mateen's family and you'll have to wait to find out what its theme was! For now have a look at what I captured from Nona's elegant traditional wedding reception. 

Dove's Real Beauty Sketches - Men (parody)

Saturday, April 20, 2013


My previous post was about Dove's Real Beauty Sketches and a serious take on how corporations and the media industry control the way women think about their self-image. The parody above while being super funny (I laughed until tears came out) actually creates another criticism of the Dove ad campaign. 

Admit it ladies, when it comes to the physical appearance there is a lot more pressure on women than men. In general, of course. Metrosexuals not included. Women spend more on clothes, shoes, bags and skin care products. A lot more. Why don't we need an ad that tells men they are more handsome and dashing than they think? Why are men more likely to joke about their looks?

What Real Women Think About Dove's Real Beauty Sketches

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Real Beauty Sketches from John X. Carey on Vimeo.

Dove's latest advertisement has been floating around social media as of late. While I understand the jubilant reactions from women I couldn't help but feel something was a bit "off". The first thing that came to my mind was, "This is just another marketing tactic so people feel more positively about the Dove brand." As poignant as the ad seems this is precisely what marketing and advertising is all about  swaying consumer judgement about the brand and its products and ultimately affecting consumer behaviour. 

Yes, it's a well-produced ad but all I'm getting from it is: What you look like is important and it will always be important no matter what age you are.

Style Sunday: Femme en Fuchsia

Sunday, April 14, 2013

I think it's fair to say 2012 was the year of weddings. Well that's how it felt for me, at least! It really seemed like most of my friends chose the year 2012 to get married and the year 2013 to have babies :) It feels very surreal... but hey, more weddings meant more reasons to get dressed up!

For Nona's wedding reception in December 2012 I wore a fuchsia evening dress I had designed myself. It's a very simple dress but because of its attention-grabbing colour I only wear it to formal events. 

Femme en fuchsia (woman in fuchsia)


Colours of My Life Meets Little Life of Mine

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

In my three years of blogging I feel pretty blessed to say I've made many friends from all around the world and Amnah of Little Life of Mine is one of them. Who knew I'd actually have the pleasure of meeting this lovely Palestinian-American mama of three from California in person someday? Amnah and her family came to visit her sister Iman (also a blogger) who moved to Kuala Lumpur last year. God has a way of bringing people together, doesn't He? 

Iman planned a trip to FRIM (Forest Research Insitute of Malaysia) and gave Amnah a little surprise - ME! I was more than happy to meet them there because it would be a much more memorable experience than having a meal at some mall. 

(clockwise) Amnah and I on the canopy walk; Iman flashing us a peace sign at the waterfall; blue fern (I thought it had been spray-painted on at first!)

Be the Change You Want to See in the World

Sunday, April 07, 2013


And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why we need more women as writers and reporters. She reminds me of a 13 year old girl who once said to herself, "I want to be a journalist because I want to help people tell their stories."