Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Let’s face it, not everyone has Justin Timberlake-type game. Some of us even find it hard talking to friends of the opposite sex let alone trying to flirt with that cute guy/girl at the bar. Don’t worry; let the resident Casanovas at MYC! be your wingmen (or women) and spruce up your game a little..
For The Ladies!
- Be positive
A positive demeanour goes beyond just walking and talking positively. Just enjoy being you. Men are more attracted to women who actually enjoy their life, and not count the calories in your salad. However, if you do get that first date, don’t drone on and on about how you enjoy life (blah, blah, blah...).
- Get noticed.
How is a guy going to fall for you if he doesn’t even notice you! What you wear and the way you look is also important. Trust, me a well dressed lady never goes un-noticed.
- Be approachable.
Guys are weary around women who look defensive and intimidating (Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned after all). Flash a smile, loosen up and bait him to come talk to you and soon you have him eating out of your hand!
Be an apple-polisherThrow him a compliment.
Everyone likes compliments and guys are no different (we like to hear how awesome we are)… just make sure you’re genuine about it. Contrary to popular belief, men can sense insincerity.
- Establish a common interest.
He’s approached you and small talk had been exchanged. Now establish a common ground - music, dance or even your ever-growing Robert Pattinson poster collection. Establishing a common interest allows him to feel comfortable around you, immediately earning you brownie points.
For The Dudes!
- Dress to impress.
No girl is going to give a second look at your tattered t-shirts and never-been-washed jeans (no matter how much you argue it’s vintage). We’re asking you to dress well, but keep the penguin suits in the fridge where it belongs…and oh, run a comb through your hair.
- Make the first move.
There is a fair amount of chivalry in approaching the lady first. Forget the pick-up lines, those are cheesy. Just say hi and be confident about it. Ladies like a confident gentleman.
- Be charming.
Having a sense of humour is usually the best way to attract a lady. Charm her, compliment her and make her laugh. You’ll find that it really does go a long way. But…..
- Don’t be desperate.
Don’t try too hard. That’ll just tick her off. Make a couple of jokes and if you don’t get a response, just play it cool. It’s time for you to do some damage management and move on…
- Don’t buy her affection.
Giving a gift to that girl you like in class the first time is sweet. The hundredth gift, now that’s just annoying. Instead of just buying her stuff, make her something, learn the guitar and sing her a song or prepare lunch for her. Something money can’t buy is always more impressive!
Guys, you need all the help you can get…
Women are hard to read, but here are some stuff they don’t tell you…
ü They like the chase…you chasing them
ü Things that are “OK” are probably just fine (not awesome)
ü We WANT you to have your “guy time”
ü You can’t brag to your friends about them, but they can tell theirs about you
ü Though they say it’s for “your own good”, they want you to dress well to make them look good
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Since the band's dropping by this Sunday, we begged Warner Music Malaysia (thanks Nina, we wuv u) to let us drill some questions into Switchfoot member Jerome via email, and lo and behold, he answered every question! WOohoo! Thanks Jerome! Here's the unedited, uncensored and unreserved emailer with SWITCHFOOT! Woots!
expect from us is a good ole' fashion rock show.
2)What’s different about your upcoming new album Vice Verses and how is the general direction of the album?
We definitely were more direct as to which songs we wanted on the album. That gave us time to really explore how to creatively create the song in a unique way. Some songs were built on just drum and bass, while others were built on us playing the song live together and building from that. It's definitely a direction in which we haven't gone before but we're glad we did.
3) Any expectations for any track in Vice Verses to top “Dare You To Move?” What do you think was the success factor in that particular track?
"Dare you to move" is a special song that a lot of people really connected to when they heard it. I believe there are songs on the new album in which I feel a lot of people will be able to connect with.
The great thing about having your own studio is that you're not pressed for time to get things done. We can go in there and record something and take our time doing it. Plus, it also serves as a place we can rehearse and to store all our gear at.
5) Everyone make mistakes along the way. What mistakes have you guys made in the previous albums and how has it contributed to a learning curve/improvement to Vice Verses?
I'd like to think that the mistakes we made were "good" mistakes, such as accidentally creating a great guitar tone or finding a drum fill that fits a certain part of the song, or simply playing a part that you would never really think about playing and pleasantly find out it was instrumental in making the song what it is.
6) You guys had always disagreed with the moniker “Christian Rock Band”, citing that “it’s a faith, not a genre” ever since you guys debuted. How do you generally react nowadays since it’s been many years down the line with that label?
It really has not changed much. We stand firm in the fact that it's a faith, not a genre.
7)Jon released several solo projects. Were there any elements or songs that you brought over from your solo projects into your studio album?
8) Your music has evolved significantly since 1997. You once quoted that Dave Grohl was your influence for The Beautiful Letdown. It’s been 8 albums down the road. Who do you think is your major influence for Vice Verses?
I think we've grown exponentially since then. We're 8 albums in, and I think the fact that we have been through life a bit more and have grown up a bit more, you can say is a big influence in the creating of "Vice Verses"
Don't get too caught up in the next big show. Enjoy the "now". Your last show might just be the best show of your life whether it's in front of 5 people or 1000.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
A No-Nonsense Guide To Being A True Blue Malaysian
Ever find it hard to fit in here? Believe it or not, there are proper procedures to go through to be truly deemed a true blue Malaysian…Beware my friend, it’s not easy being us…
Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow
People eat to live, Malaysians live to eat! Char Kueh Teow,
Laksa. All these words are supposed to trigger the saliva glands automatically before you can even say “flapjack”. The first step to be Malaysian is to make FOOD your motivation in life! Drive for 2 hours to look for the best sate in town, or practice in front of the mirror till you have perfected that longing look on your face when you friend is eating steaming hot Curry Noodles. Remember that skipping a meal is a taboo (unless you’re saving stomach space for an upcoming buffet, in that case the Kiasu factor overrides the Food factor). Nasi Lemak, Assam
Drive Like A Malaysian
It’s a non-spoken rule that you cannot deem yourself a DRIVER till you’ve drive on Malaysian Roads. Of course, in
, you aren’t a proper driver till you learnt to curse words like “*%#(*%$” and “)$*%$*&*$%” when you’re driving. Malaysian drivers like to drive in the emergency lane (watch out for police blocks and police cars), and one’s gotta have superb lane cutting skills when you wanna drive on our streets. How? You slowly ease to the left in front of a car, and look the other way and “pretend dunno, pretend dunno!” Malaysia
Our Road, Our Rules
We’ve got our own rules, don’t you know? Malaysians like to go by the traffic light rule – Green means go, Yellow means speed up, Red means drift, drift, drift! Remember, it’s all at your own risk, ya? Double parking is also a unique Malaysian skill, where your mission is to squeeze your car into every single nook and corner you can find at the parking lot. If there was an Olympic event for Doulbe Parking, Malaysians are a shoo-in to win hands down. Practice with a smaller car first, then proceed with bigger sedans. Remember that scratches are definitely a guarantee till you reach perfection.
We like extra syllables in our conversation, so feel free to add extra Lah, Leh, Liao, Lor or Ah at the end of every sentence. Speaking like that makes you feel more at home and familiar with that person. If not, they’ll most prob call you a snob. Pronounce your R’s as L’s and enunciate every word harshly. Watch more Phua Chu Kang and practice this on your local mixed rice stall “uncle ar, gif me cheaper la….”
Tak Paham Bahasa
To you noobs, this means many of us don’t understand the language. If they say “No Littering”, it means you litter right beneath the signboard itself. If it says “No smoking”, feel free to smoke and add to the irony by smoking right under the signboard itself. In fact, you know what? Don’t bother learning to read Bahasa and just do what you feel like. It takes a whole lot of courage and guts to go against what the sign says and do just the opposite.
There’s even a term invented for our concept of time – Malaysian Time. Note to yourself that you’re NEVER, EVER in any case come early unless it’s to queue up for a big sale or freebies. Feel free to be AT LEAST 15 minutes late, and if the person you’re meeting call you up, repeatedly say to him/her “I’m coming, I’m coming” although you’re still at home watching your TVB dramas.
Yes they do, and when there are road accidents, it’s an unspoken rule that you’ve gotta travel at 10km per hour, slow down as much as you can to take a look and if you can, take a picture! If you wanna be true Malaysian, stop your car behind the accident site and stand from afar and take a look. It’s also advisable to take down the plate number of the car involved and buy lottery, Toto, 4D or “ma piao”.
Never Buy Malaysian
It’s a simple rule of thumb. Anything that is “Buatan
”, we never buy. It could be cars, accessories, local products, we’re staunch supporters of foreign products and never our own local products, unless money is a driving force. Also, ever wonder why Malaysian women have great, broad shoulders? It’s from the exercise they get from pushing and wrestling the opponents during the Malaysian Mega Sales carnival. That’s when they come out in big bunches to hunt… Malaysia
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
HAIR SHINE TIPS
Dream of that lovely shiny hair that makes all girls go green with envy? Now, you can have them in a jiffy! Here are a few tips to share:
If you have FINE HAIR
A shampoo that has wheat proteins and polymers as ingredients will coat the hair shaft and make it appear thicker and smoother. Make full use of volumizers as they’re light enough to deposit a light mist of shine in droplets on the hair without wilting it.
If your have NORMAL HAIR
Shampoos with silk amino acids are your best friend as they add softness and repairs the hair structure from within. Also, check out shampoo with Lecithin to restore the hair’s textures. To add more shine without the excessive weight, you can opt for gels and creams, but remember to lightly pat them over your head only.
If you have THICK, COARSE HAIR
You may have the most stubborn of hair, but use it to your advantage by using shine enhancers made from old-fashioned pomades. They not only work to deliver the shiny, smooth hair, but also helps moisturizes your dry, frizzy ends.
Strawberry Hair Mask for extra shine!
1) Mash eight strawberries together with one tablespoon of mayonnaise.
2) Wash your hair and massage the mixture into your hair.
3) Cover with a shower cap, and then a warm towel. Wait for 10 minutes.
4) Wash out the combination and the mix rich or acidic berries will leave your hair both conditioned and with rich gloss.
THE RIGHT WAY TO WASH YOUR HAIR
Washing may be something that we do almost naturally, but what we always forget is that our individual strands of hair are very delicate. Here is a step-by-step guide on the right way of washing the lovely locks…
1) Comb out the tangles before wetting so that it wouldn’t worsen once it’s wet.
2) Wet hair thoroughly. The best would be to wet with warm water to open the cuticles and wash all the oil and dirt off.
3) Pour a dollop a shampoo in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and then apply to scalp. Applying to the ends will dry your hair’s ends and cause it to weaken and split. Don’t tangle your hair on top of your head.
4) Rinse the shampoo off. More often than not, shampoo for the second time for the shampoo to treat the hair. This time, let the shampoo sit in for a couple of minutes.
5) Rinse completely with cold water to close the cuticles and adds shine to your hair.
6) To get rid of excess water, squeeze the water out. Do not pull or tug as hair is most delicate when it’s soaked.
7) Apply a dollop of conditioner and put it along the hairline, nape and ends of hair. Pile your hair inside a shower cap and let it sit for 10 minutes.
8) Rinse it off completely again with cold water to close the cuticles. Use gentle strokes of your fingertips to get rid of excess conditioner.
FUN HAIR FACTS
1) Hair is composed of 50.65% carbon, 20.85% oxygen, 17.14% nitrogen, 6.36% hydrogen and 5.0% sulfur.
2) Darker hair contains higher levels of carbon than blonde hair.
3) Hair grows approximately 1.5 inch per month. Hair growth occurs fastest between the ages 15 and 30, and grows faster on women.
4) Hair is shed on a daily basis, up to 150 hairs per day.
5) The number of hairs on the head vary with the hair’s natural color. Redheads have about 90,000, Black around 108,000, Brown 140,000 and blondes not only have more fun, they have more hair of up to 140,000.
6) Dry hair can stretch up to one fifth of its length before breaking. Wet hair can stretch up to 40% - 50% its length.
7) Ask your stylist to color your canities and trim off your trichoptilosis. Canities is the technical term for grey hair and trichoptilosis is for split ends.
8) Hair is as strong as aluminum as it can hold one third of its weight in absorbed moisture. If all the hair on your head were woven into a rope, it could support suspended weight up to 2,000 pounds.
9) Grey hair is the result of your hair no longer producing melanin.
10) Drinking lots of water can prevent your hair from looking dull, limp or oily.
11) Pulling out 1 grey hair doesn’t cause 7 to grow back. It will however cause damage to the root, preventing any other hair to grow back.
12) Do not have your hair permed, colored, cut or styled during your period as the high levels of estrogen may cause the outcome to be less than expected.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
So you want a day off. Let's take a look at what you are asking for. There are 365 days per year available for work. There are 52 weeks per year in which you already have 2 days off per week, leaving 261 days available for work.
Since you spend 16 hours each day away fron work, you have used up 170 days, leaving only 91 days available. You spend 30 minutes each day on coffee break which counts for 23 days each year, leaving only 68 days available. With a 1 hour lunch each day, you used up another 46 days, leaving only 22 days available for work. You normally spend 2 days per year on sick leave.
This leaves you only 20 days per year available for work. We are off 5 holidays per year, so your available working time is down to 15 days. We generously give 14 days vacation per year which leaves only 1 day available for work and I'll be darned if you are going to take that day off!
Irony isn't it? HAHAHA..
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Admit it, we all love our heroes, with all their superpowers, grandeur and skin-tight suits. Still, we are here to pay homage to the unspoken characters that existed to make the heroes look oh-so-splendidly good – THE VILLAINS! Here’s our take on why they’re equally awesome and what would happen if they used their powers for good!
The evil robotic shape-shifting Megatron held Shia LeBeouf like a little fly in the movie. Already in existence for gazillions years, this cannon blasting villain delves deep into evil schemes to destroy the world. His troops are called The Decepticons, and like their names, they’re as evil and destructive as ever!
What if he turns good?
Are you kidding me? He would definitely overtake Optimus who, let’s face it, is kind of a softie. Megatron can use his cannon blasters to blast the bejeezus outta other villains!
Though he’s recognizable in his jet form, the original version sees him as a Walther P38 pistol.
The Joker (Batman)
“Why So Serious?” Heath Ledger left while making that line his legacy. With his wicked
smile, the psychotic clown was the one who adamantly fights Batman in many occasions! All this and he doesn’t have super powers! He kills people for fun, toys with Batman Glasgow
What if he turns good?
The world will be a happier place…really! Look out Patch Adams! Since The Joker is really crazy and really funny, he may do well as a stand-up comedian or maybe an extreme park proprietor? Either that or he’ll end our misery for us, and the population will die in smiles.
The Joker was reportedly (so far) to have killed 2,000 people! Yet he always manages to get away from death sentences by the reason of insanity.
Snakes may slither, but the Venom can do it better! The non-solid formed liquid villain is Spiderman’s arch enemy, and depends on a human host for it to gain a full form. The more hateful the human host is, the stronger Venom gets. Unfortunately for our friendly neighborhood Spiderman, Venom seemed to take a liking for him as human host. Imagine if Venom gets hold of Magneto! All hell will break loose!
What if he turns good?
He can possess convicts and make them help the blind cross streets or pick up trash in the community. Better still, they can take over the bodies of terrorist leaders and make them surrender! Genius!
The venom may seem indestructible, but it is vulnerable to loud noises such as the clanging of church bells!
Magneto (X Men)
His power involves generating magnetic fields and control existing magnetic fields, which the megalomaniac does with precision and power with a wide range of effects. The X Men’s arch rival has no limits to his powers, even levitating buildings and objects in his deluded defense for the Brotherhood of Mutants. Heck, he’s even got Wolverine in a bind!
What if he turns good?
He can stop world destruction! No more asteroids heading towards earth, and no more Godzilla or King Kong climbing up our building and cities! He can even stop torpedoes and bombs! Somebody make him World President!
The limit to his power is unknown, but previous challenges had shown off his limitless powers but the current occasion where his strength really shows is when he uses his to power to move asteroids!
YOU can be a HERO too!
You may not dodge speeding bullets or leap over buildings, but you can be a hero in your own right too!
ü Be an environmental hero! Do your bit to save the environment!
ü Always be helpful at all time, and you can be your own neighborhood hero
ü Make a difference in the world, or with the people around you
ü Be true to yourself and never forget where you come from
ü Always make sure you lead an honest life
ü Never be afraid to stand up for what is right
ü A hero is always humble and never boast though he could have
ü Self-improvement is always needed to be a better version of yourself!