Singapore Thai Festival 2011!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

From the 23rd to 27th of June I went down...

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...for my first emcee-ing gig in Singapore!
Got to host the Royal Thai Embassy's Thai Festival 2011!

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Had the opportunity to officiate the event alongside Mr.Jitti Suwannik, the Chance d'affairs of the Royal Thai Embassy Singapore.

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Explaining a new eco friendly Mulberry 3D paint, made from plant fibres and made in Thailand!

And get some crowd interaction time with Singaporean masses :)

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But mostly, I was hosting their daily performances that was flown in to bring Thailand right to Singapore!

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Here, the dancers are performing the Ton Warachet dance, a display of 'enduring uniformity of step' ;)
Yes, I memorized my script well.

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And here, the male dancer is doing a slow and dramatic 'Angel Dance.'

I'm currently in love with all the sharp GOLD ornaments they wear with their cultural garb.
Dream of doing a shoot in it someday *fingers crossed*

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Also, enjoyed running their daily cultural inspired runways showcasing Thai textiles.
All clothes were brought in from a fashion house in Chiang Mai and prices were pretty crazy due to the fabric.


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Aforementioned Thai runway models and Ms. Buniga Chamsai, helping me host the Grand Lucky Draw! 
Someone won a 3 night stay at Rembrant Hotel Bangkok! #iwannakeepformyself

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So as you can see, I was mostly talking non stop.
They even prepared an array of loaded mikes for me just in case! ;p

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And it was pretty cool getting familiar with the sound system and how it works since I spent so many hours there.
Everyday I was on standby at Orchard from 11.30am and stayed till 8pm.

BUT STILL, I MANAGED TO SQUEEZE IN 2 PHOTOSHOOTS! :)



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Post work, I hit Seletar Reservoir to get some midnight shots!

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I know it looks bright, but we were in pitch darkness save street lamps.
That's Razin Razor and assistant of the day Firdaus, setting up while I ate my dinner; A banana.
I'm Spoilt, I know :)

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Thanks to Razin Razor's magnificent experimentative lighting, we got this sort of effects! :)
Mad lovin' but it still wasn't enough, so we hit his studio at Arab Street on my last night there..

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..for a Brie version of a Bridal Shoot!

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I don't know what happy brides are supposed to look like, obviously :)

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Thanks for working around my crazy schedule Razin :)
Check his work out here at his 13,000 fans and counting Razor I Razin Photography FB Page

And also, managed to squeeze in....

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...hunting for a proper modelling portfolio folder! 

I know, been modelling since 17 and never needed 1in KL since everyone knows everyone.
But I don't know anyone in Singapore so... :)


MRT'd all the way to City Link during my lunch break to visit Prints file shop not knowing they had one on the 4th floor of Ion :(

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Did all that so I could use another break to hit up Upfront Models agency and cast to see if they are willing to give a Chinese, American born Malaysian based Emcee/Model consideration.

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But even if I don't get it, at least I had the initiative to go all out of my way to try :)
I can live with that.

But still, the best part of my time away from what I love in KL...

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..is that what I love came to me :)
10 hour coach ride just to watch me work for a day!

Will be uploading more event pics to my FB Modelling Page so LIKE it to be updated!

HAPPY FALLING FURTHER AWAY FROM THE TREE, PILLOWTALKERS!
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Perception: You are what people think you are.

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Video of this entire post, for those who are blind and picture illiterate :)



I've been told a lot of things in my 23 years of life, from a lot of different people; Some who mattered, some who didn't. Not that it matters, because sometimes strangers are willing to tell you the things your friends think they are saving you from. But that's why they are friends.

Irregardless, I take everything with a pinch of salt, but like a pinch, it may be short but it is still sharp. You are what you believe you are, and what you believe you are is often what you are percieved to be. So, sometimes, you are what people think you are. Yes, not without some personal tweaking to what you intend to be percepted as but often the blanks between the projector screen and the white wall beckons shadows, cast by everything in between.

This is what I awoke to this morning, next to my Murakami and stuffed monkey named Monkey in French. This is what I awake to most mornings next to whatever is beside me, wherever I am over the years. Now I sit in a single lighted, windowless room, with every foreign trait I perceive myself to have and cross examine it's existance hoping that maybe, just maybe that will be it's unbecoming. I've been told a lot of things I know weren't and aren't true. I just need to get my mind to share my sometimes shaky convictions.

I'd tell you what I've been told but then this will be a pity post, which it is not. This is me telling you for everytime you've been demoralized or condescended, you should make it a point to NEVER let anybody feel the way you've been made to. If someone you love suddenly tells you that you are useless and then you feel angry because they've betrayed you and end up making someone else feel useless instead, you become exactly what you didn't have to be just because you were told you are. I know great people, who can light up the room, who can also send a waitress into tears for not understanding what he ordered. He says it is because he's been trained to be like that from work, for work, and somehow forgets how to turn it off when he's not working. I can only conclude it's because That has become him, a person who makes another person feel worthless. He says it doesn't matter, it's just a waitress. I instantly think of everybody who must have though, it doesn't matter, it's just Brigette. And thinking of that makes me cry.

You are what you are, and that is what you are percieved to be by people who matter and by people who don't. Not that it matters because your friends are saving you from that Truth strangers don't get a chance to tell you.

CHANGE SOMEONE'S LIFE TODAY WITH THE DECENCY EVERY INDIVIDUAL DESERVES AND BE CHANGED IN TURN.

Just my Monday Morning rant before I hit the gym and change what I can while I struggle with what I can't seem to.

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Daddy-less Dad's Day.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My dad got transferred to Jakarta this year
and between my mom shuffling back and forth, he comes back every so often.
But just so happens, not this particular weekend.

Thus, this is my first Daddy-less Dad's Day :(

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X'mas 1992

Will get to see you next week, maybe?
Till then, Happy Fathers Day, my super lame dad!
I appreciate the sacrifice of a good 18 years of your life to deal for our increasing needs.
Unlike mom, who has to sacrifice her whole life to deal with our decreasing needs.
You got off easy, old man. Hehe.

MUCH GREMLIN LOVE :)
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Sloane Clinic+Spa in KL!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Most people can tell just by looking at your face, what your skin woes are. I generally suffer from dull and dry complexion with the occasional PMS spot and of course the early signs of ageing.

*But Brie, you are only 22! What ageing!?*

Don’t believe me?
I'm going to show you a magic trick.

See this? This is the usual me you see in photos.

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Now see this!

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Told you. (Just lost 5 upcoming modelling jobs right there FML)

I've noticed these wrinkles on my forehead since adolescent and it has worsened over the last 2 years. I’ve used facial serums that cost more than gold and also done collagen stimulating procedures but to no avail :(
Thus, I decided it was time to get a proper consultation and treatment before it reaches a state of irreparability.

So it was just dumb luck when I was invited to SLOANE CLINIC'S soft launch in Maarof, Bangsar!

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Here is Heleness and I with Dr Low Chai Ling, owner of the famed Sloane Clinic/Spa franchise in Singapore*! She is a doctor and mother of 2! Believe it! #theworldisnotfair

*Their next outlet that will be opening is at Marina Sands, Singapore.

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SLOANE is known for their skin pampering facials (I SO WANNA TRY!) and also their non evasive, skin enhancing procedures such a laser treatments and botox.

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Me camwhoring in their powder room which comes equipped with touch up tools.

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Love how SLOANE not only has their own skincare products, but also their own mineral make up line!
Prices are laid out there too.


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Everything you try on can be purchased and I love how it's just left there for your perusal and not being pushed at you after your treatment. #hardsellsucks

Wasn't even done looking around before I was ushered by the friendly staff to the doctors office for my consultation!

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I like how they had proper diagrams and in depth explanations for every single query I had.
It's good to do your own research prior to any consultation so you are aware of whats what, as I generally do. While inquiring about face slimming, Dr Teh Siew Yen ran me through non invasive procedure results you could get by relaxing the jaw muscle.

However, the topic did get back to what I thought were wrinkles,
but were actually frown lines >>:(

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I suppose the years of being a worry wart (I frown in my sleep too!) has left me with a lot more muscle memory than I bargained for. It is really not about age, but about exaggerated usage of aforementioned forehead muscles.

The verdict was drawn:
I could do as many collagen treatments as I can afford and spend lavishly on products that aren't going to work because my skin is not old, it is just plain over used! SO BOTOX IT IS.


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I know it sounds extreme. I'm 22 and I'm getting BOTOX!
You get all these ideas of what it is, but what is it?

Muscle paralysis?
Rat poison?

Botox is a muscle relaxer and has several medical uses including to treat cervical dystonia, excessive blinking and squinting, achalasia and even pediatric incontinence. *all sourced from wiki*

And a year after I was born, in 1989, it was discovered that it could also be used to relax muscles on the face for months at a time. I found that when it came to frown lines, some people had droopy eyelids as an unwanted side effect if not administered properly.
Dr.Teh assured me she would stay well out of the area.

So, time to pop my botox cherry!

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They have these huge storage bags for you to put all your belongings in to be kept in a safe distance from you, for those paranoid of losing their handphones.

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Case in point, me.
Was holding my Iphone all throughout the treatment.

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20 minutes after numbing cream was applied, they tested by putting an ice pack on my forehead.
Felt almost nothing!
With that, marks were made and the doctor asked me if I was ready.

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I guess I was.
But.............I hate injections!
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So, really, I was being a big baby and all the attendants were laughing as I nervously joked that if I don't make it out alive, they should tell my mother I love her.
I also asked whether it will be painful, how long it will take and what to expect.....

I won't show you the injection pics coz I looked like a spaz.

But basically they had a vibrator on the other side of my face to distract me while the doctor quickly injected the botox while the nurse ice packed it before and after.

TOOK 4 MINUTES ONLY.
Felt so silly making a big fuss but what to do.
Thought I'd be getting a microdermabrasive face scrub when I came in, not a muscle relaxer!

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Met the girls outside and found a random rainbow on the floor that cheered me up :)
A sign maybe?

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You can go to Katherine Ng and Fay Hokulani's blog to see what they did at Sloane!
A lot less hardcore than me I assure you :)

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Was given printed post treatment care.
No alcohol, gingko or vitamin E for me to avoid rare cases of bruising!

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All in all, everyone left feeling satisfied with their treatments.
It always helps when you know you are in the hands of professionals, not aestheticians but real doctors!

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Andy Kho, our OP, started feeling tempted to try a treatment after photographing all of ours.
Thanks so much for the lovely pictures so I return the favor by posting this one of him vaining!

:P

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Last but not least, we were given goodie bags with luxury SLOANE skincare products to try out!

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Read up so much about them and can't wait to see some results!


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Once again, thanks to Dr.Low Chai Ling and Dr.Teh Siew Yen for having us.

The Sloane Clinic
79 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar
Tel: (603) 2288 1788
http://www.sloaneclinic.com/


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Stay tuned for my next post!
I'm doing a before and after video where I talk about my 1st botox treatment and also the SLOANE skincare product review :)


HAPPY FROWNLESS EXISTANCE, PILLOWTALKERS!
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Back from Black: Ain't bout length ;)

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I'd imagine this title attracted more than several racists, black guys who think they own the color and curious Asian girls :)

Ah, the fun.

But unfortunately, I'm talking about HAIR.
Specifically about how long I realized mine has become!



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May 2011.

I've waited so long for it to grow out! It's finally showing :)))


Ok, so my mane is not gonna give Rupunzel or pontianaks (A malaysian ghoul) a run for their money but for comparison,
here some pics from when my hair was short! 






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Christmas, 2008.

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2009


Once again, my short shag is not going to give Anita Sarawak, butches or chemo patients a run for their money but it is still the shortest I've ever had :)

Took long enough to grow out due to my regular trims and hair breakage.
Will be sharing some hair tips soon because nobody's constantly dyed hair is naturally shiny ;P

And to serve the sensibilities of this posts title, Back from Black: Ain't Bout Length, it WAS black.
And now it is just longer ;)


*snickers*


Happy Hair Growing, Pillowtalkers!
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