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I am fuming mad after reading about online criticisms on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s post-baby bod.

For those not in the know, Us Weekly has summed up the media furor succinctly:

… Aishwarya Rai Bachchan … is being slammed in her native India … for not dropping her baby-weight fast enough, with many arguing the star … has a “duty” to her supporters to keep up her image … a site posted a video of the actress, juxtaposing images of her pre- and post-baby–overlaid with the sound of elephants trumpeting. The clip has been viewed more than 500,000 times.

The former Miss World recently gave birth to a baby girl, and many netizens in her country are outraged that she did not hit the gym against doctor’s orders or starve herself immediately after creating a human being.
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In one of the vile articles I stumbled upon, it called her “Aunt”, and stated (exact quote):

So, Aishwarya Rai can disappoint to her fans and followers at Cannes Film Festival 2012 red carpet because of her fatty body. Well, we have no any long relation with her body or sexy curves…

It also recently published another article titled, “‘Fat’ Aishwarya Rai at Cannes 2012: How she has been accused of betraying her country for failing to lose her baby weight, I quote (errors and all):

… she is the most beautiful, famous and popular woman in the world … Sorry for say that she “is”, we would like to call her “she was”. She was known as “America’s Angelina Jolie, she was known as UK’s Victoria Beckham, but now, she is only known as an “aunt”, “fatty aunt.”… Becuase her weight gain after gave birth to her daughter has decreased her personlity, look and fame.

I was stunned with disbelief after reading the hateful comments, many of which are from members of the same gender. It is sad and so unfortunate that women can be so cruel to other women. How is it that people like Posh Spice are now the benchmark for a celebrity’s post-baby bod?! Let’s be honest here – Posh is all skin and bones, and that is hardly attractive. I don’t doubt it must have taken a lot of hard work to get back to a size zero, but for Posh to debut her pile of bones so soon after the delivery of her baby clearly indicates where her priorities lie. Personally, I think it is selfish for one to sacrifice the health of her baby (not to mention herself) for media approval.

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According to Northern Voices Online, people apparently could not believe that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan would have the cheek to walk down the red carpet with all the “kilos of extra weight” on her:

Aishwarya Rai weight issue seems to have perplexed the whole nation … Following these reports of Aishwarya putting on weight when it was said that she would appear at Cannes and walk the red-carpet, there was sort of unbelief.

This is appalling and I am utterly disgusted. How can it not affect even the most confident of women? I can’t imagine how hurt Aishwarya Rai Bachchan must have been when all the nasty remarks made the headlines. She just had a baby for fuck’s sake, and her weight is, rightfully, the least of her worries and none of anyone’s bloody business! Her priorities are eating healthily and caring for her little one, and according to The Canadian Press, it looks like she is not one to succumb to pressure:

“I think in life it’s important to be healthy,” she explained. “I have always enjoyed my food and I have never been one for strict diets and I’m not taking any recommendations now either!”

She has admirably ignored the vicious remarks about her beautiful god-given assets, and gave her critics the middle finger by flaunting her healthy curves at Cannes film festival 2012. I couldn’t agree more with OneIndia’s article about changing attitudes:

It is an irony that people from Hollywood think that she looks stunning after delivery and are using the best adjective possible to describe her beauty, while in her own country, she has been slammed for putting extra pounds on her body … Well, It’s high time to change our attitude towards women and motherhood. And Aishwarya, we have just one thing to tell you – We love you the way you are!!

Sadly, one of the blogs I have enjoyed reading for a long time, Vanity No Apologies, also contributed to the negativity:

They [referring to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s stylists] have made sure to cover up every inch of her skin to hide those flabs. And I’m RELIEVED that she got rid of her hideous double chin.

The blogger also wrote:

Many predicted she would stick to Indian designers since if there is anything in the world that can make you look graceful even if you are fat, its Indian 9mm saree… I think the dress does a great job for her body..obviously nothing can hide the fact that she IS over-weight, so no point trying.

Needless to say, I have unsubscribed myself as a follower as I simply cannot support the blog anymore.

 

xoxo

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8-year Anniversary

This blog is on hiatus, as my husband and I are currently overseas celebrating our anniversary. We first got together, 8 years ago today.

We have never celebrated Valentine’s Day, as we feel it is a day glorified by retailers to charge exorbitant prices for gifts, meals and flowers. In the words of my wise husband, “Every day should be Valentine’s Day; there is no need to set aside a special day to show someone how much you love them”.

Therefore, there shall be no roses, no chocolates, and no cliché heart-shaped dust collectors. And that is just the way I like it! 😀

Back in 2 weeks! Bye!

 

xoxo

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Year of the Dragon

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It’s the first day of the Lunar New Year today, the first of fifteen days of celebration.

The Dragon is said to be the mightiest, most legendary and most auspicious of all the 12 zodiacs, and is considered to be ultimate symbol of wealth, power and success.

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According to the email my mother sent,

The Water Dragon, being a symbol of power of one of the most auspicious animals in Chinese horoscope, is envisaged to heal and protect from stress and chaos. This animal is said to have intelligence, patience and sensitivity which in turn provides motivation, discipline and reflection.

Let us hope the Year of Water Dragon will bring much-needed calm to places savaged by earthquakes, flood and extreme weathers in 2011, and restore fear and market uncertainty that plagued most nations when the world’s economy shifted. 

Wishing all my Chinese readers a prosperous and healthy Lunar New Year! 恭喜发财!

 

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Top 10 Blog Award

So, it’s been awhile, I know. I’m currently stuck at home with a fever and some funky throat thing that the doctor diagnosed as a ‘viral infection’. Whatever that means.

I thought I’d get to this, since my poor blog is looking neglected. I do have a ton of things to post, and I’ve been taking PLENTY of pictures with my spanking new camera, but alas, no time to actually sit down to write.

Okay, Susan from Darling Girl Cosmetics has tagged me for this award, and it’s quite sad because I don’t have a lot of people on my blogroll! Well, I do follow the ‘big name blogs’ but those people have been tagged like a million times…

Apparently, I’m supposed to list my Top 10 Cosmetics… but I don’t like that category as it’s too broad. I’m just gonna do Top 10 Make Up Items instead, and that’s really easy because I don’t have a lot of makeup at all (liar liar!). I’m going to make this purely about makeup – and to me that means eyeshadow, blush and lippies, nothing else – otherwise I’ll never be able to narrow it down to 10.

Here’s the list, in no particular order:

1. Silk Naturals – Tart Light Blush

2. Silk Naturals – Flare Blush

3. Silk Naturals – Sandy Eyeshadow

4. Silk Naturals – 5th Ave Eyeshadow 

5. Silk Naturals – Twister Eyeshadow

6. Silk Naturals – Ginny Liquid Wand Gloss

7. Darling Girl – Raspberry Beret Holo-gloss

8. Darling Girl – Willowdancer Liquid Kisses

9. Tarte – Blissful Blush

10. Lancome (Juicy Tubes) – Fraise Lip Gloss

Tag, you’re it!

Cait from Swatch Storm
Kristi from My Little Vanities
LT from Just L Tee
Aud from Lip Gloss Fiend
Jennifer from Jennifae’s Beauty Blog
Karen from Silk Naturals Mineral Makeup
Kim from Kimberella’s Story

So that’s 7.. I still need 3 more, so I’m going to cheat and tag Susan and Ki whose blogs I follow really closely (Errr you’ve already been tagged? Really? I wasn’t aware, sorry! *feign ignorance*). Lastly, in a desperate attempt to fill the last spot, I’m tagging my buddy Cheece, who I know will definitely see this. She doesn’t have a blog but who cares?? Use the comments field (and you don’t need to tag anybody lol)!

Rules of the Top 10 Award

1.  Thank the person who tagged you and link to their blog.
2.  Put the Top 10 Award logo on your blog.
3.  List your Top 10 cosmetics**.
4.  Choose 10 bloggers to tag, link to their blogs, and let them know.

** I know the rules say Top 10 cosmetics, but you can list your Top 10 whatever really, why restrict yourself?

 

p/s: I can’t wait for the weekend to be here… 😛

 

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Crazy shopping spree

Somebody I know is coming back from the US and of course, to me that meant ‘OMG a chance to save on international shipping’!

Naturally, I went a little overboard, for in the past 2 days alone, I’ve made large purchases at:

  • Opulent Alchemy (Thanks Ki!)
  • Abbamart
  • Epically Epic Soap
  • Chagrin Valley Soap
  • Zoya
  • Silk Naturals
  • Darling Girl Cosmetics

Granted, it’s insane to spend a few hundred dollars like that in such a short period of time, but I’m really happy because 1) I haven’t bought anything in months, 2) My birthday is in 3 weeks and 3) I’ve been working like a dog so this is my reward! After all, I’ve worked really hard since 2011 started and the salary I earn is enough to support the occasional splurge.

I can’t wait to receive everything!!!

 

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I apologise for the lack of updates. Unfortunately, work has been kicking my ass big time, and as I type this on my iPhone, on the way home, I can’t help but feel the urge to shred the thick stack of papers sitting on my lap.

Despite the higher-ups’ attempts to chip away at my sanity and suck the happiness out of me, I am comforted by ice-cream and makeup. All is good in the world.

 

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Re-organisation

I’m still testing different ways of organising my posts and laying out the info… it’s driving me crazy because nothing is consistent and everything is all over the place. I am determined to fix all the boo-boos soon and find my own style, but man, this is hard work! With a busy work schedule and *cough* so many shows on TV that need my undivided attention *cough*, I’m finding it challenging to update often.

I’ve still got thousands of photos to wade through. 😦 Procrastination is the key to staying sane! How on earth do bloggers do this every single day?!

 

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