That is a fashion question that is often the biggest to young girls. How to hold your hair in a bun? How to wear the right pair of heels without stomping on your date’s feet when Teenage Dirtbag plays on the stereo? How to match my pink corsage to my date’s awfully dusty yellow tie?
How to go together to school in the dark to eat sausages when there’s no place to sit and dance until I can dance no more in my Esprit? What to tell “Whale” when I have had such a packed day only resting my feet in my blanket, and my head in A Tale of Two Cities sounds the most amazing idea?
So many questions, so little time. It’s like your always up for a test in school, even when it’s nothing academic, it’s simply prom. This is why it’s always great to think about the biggest school party of the year, all-year round.
The idea behind this #fashionpolaroid was to demonstrate how fabulous a prom is. Wear a bold pink taffeta-style evening dress and pair it with shimmering Cinderella slippers to prom. Then accessorize the whole look with glittering earrings but go easy there because I don’t like fashion that’s too layered with shiny expensive things.
About the makeup, make sure that it is understated because I find that so beautiful on the catwalk or in a couple of my favourite magazines, such as Female Malaysia and Harper’s Bazaar. Looking glamorous “on your prom day” isn’t easy but it’s what I love to do so I choose a whole lot of nudes and rose-tinted shades for beauty. Happy Prom!
Nigeria is a country that is usually associated with colourful adventures, from jollof rice to masquerade jumping. But now it is also connected to a new brand of superheroes, inspired from Batman and Superman.
A local startup from Lagos, Nigeria that made its debut in 2013 to address a gap space in their market over non-existent African superhero tales, decided to sketch out a new generation of localised avengers. The founder, Jide Martin, as a young child would always base all of his decisions in life re-imagining it in Gotham City or Metropolis and what either of the superheroes that call it home, would do if they were faced with such a situation.
The primary character is Guardian Prime, who hides his identity from the public. A fashion designer by daylight, and a crusader by night, the comic has evoked sentiments such that bad things only happen, according to Prime, when people stand by and do nothing and this is not what a Nigerian is. Nigeria is warped with a lot of troubles and thus it needs a superhero: this is where Guardian Prime comes in. He was drawn with that thought in mind, that he is a hero, who will see through every trouble if you have faith in what you do, if you have faith that what you do will make a difference to Nigeria and enshrine the country in the minds of people, around the globe.
There is also Hero Generation, filled with a myriad of characters, each displaying different kinds of powers and abilities. Max Speed is a rich boy that has an anger management problem that is nothing worth joking about, PowerBoy is a boy from the military and quite tough, and Nutech is a nerd. Although, Hero Generation is most certainly informative, the idea of Guardian Prime as the ultimate superhero of Nigeria sounds more appealing because the land needs one strong hero that Nigerians can put their trust in and identify with in times of grave trouble.
Hero Generation is certainly colourful enough because of the character depiction there: glorified identities like that do exist in the world and they are identified as superheroes. However, Guardian Prime is the essence of Nigeria – it is what makes people recognize Nigeria as a country that has the power to do something about the wrongs in their African society, rather than act helpless because they are alone in the fight against the bad guys. As an alternate course of history in Nigeria, sometimes the superhero can also be the bad guy: this is demonstrated in Eru, a very interesting bad guy. Eru is a lecturer, who works in the daytime in Lagos University but as night comes he distorts into the very definition of everything scary in the world. Why? Eru is tied to the ground by a promise that he must terrorise the night and punish innocent people.
Arabic countries have long suffered from disappointments: since the fall of Ottoman rule in the region, there has been a lot of talk about how imperial rule breeds suffering. In those days, a spectacular course of friendship was charted with the fellow French Empire to rule but I believe this would never have been the right choice for the British Empire (or in the Middle East, the Roman Empire). Our history suggests that we prefer to be rare, we like to dominate independently and we like to be hostile towards all competition, no matter how small; the British and Roman Empires have been good Imperial forces in the world, so snobbery is a natural characteristic to our brand of Imperialism.
Disappointments for the Arabs began when in the early 16th Century, the Ottomans conquered the region at large: this book, to an extent, focuses on the modern consequences of tyrannical Ottoman rule in the Gulf and the following few centuries are given a brief introduction and nothing else, so that as readers, we can focus on the brutal stories from an Imperial rule more. The tyranny was so profound, the only way the Ottomans could rule was through taking away of rights, rather than exercising law to settle local disputes, like in the Roman Empire. People lived in fear of their government, who would as the story goes sometimes threatened royal subjects with brutish behaviour, as one ruler after another exhibited their mannerism of governance, never doing too much.
Soliman the Magnificent, was one such ruler who was selfishly magical in portions of the Arab world, as an Ottoman ruler but most of his days were coloured with hostility coming from the Portuguese and French Empires. In the book, you also meet the heroic Ahmad al-Jazzer, the former governor of Damascus (then inclusive of Israel and Palestine), a defender of Beirut, and a soother to Mount Lebanon. Meanwhile, local rulers such as Daher al-Umar and the Mamlukes of Cairo grew into singular (and thoughtless) rulers, who captivated the Arab world. Decades of corrupted rulers, who used national wealth to feed their greed, many of which so badly lost their trading posts in Israel they permanently retreated, saw the Middle East shape up to be a region greatly distrustful of the United States of America. After emerging through bloody and very tough battles (Algeria), learning to put their faith in local Islamists (such as, the Muslim Brotherhood) instead of isolated nationalism in governance, for it in the past breeded repression, the Arab world emerged stronger in places and freer in others.
Arabs soon began to learn of the ways of their European rulers, their connections to technology, and how they materialised trading posts with Europe for the Arab world. Railways and telegraphy enshrined Ottoman rule in the early 1900s in the Gulf, further strengthened by the arrival of the British after the Ottomans lost to them in the First World War. There was great hope and exuberant democracy put on display by the former President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson and Arab nationalists, and mysterious words were spoken by British politicians but then it all came to a bitter end in the fifties/sixties as the Arab world lay in the dust with their dreams. Pan Arab-nationalism was replaced by local nationalism in countries such as Egypt and in 1948 Arab rule was defeated in Palestine in the absence of realization of that colonial dream. The Arab world was treated as a profitable source of national wealth for the British and it still holds true today. It is a lucrative source of trading power and the modern Arab world is incomplete without talks of foreign (policy) involvement, without talks of intervention in conflict zones. The book helps you realise that in the Middle East responsible power and politics, demonstrating leadership is a necessity, both for the Arabs and for Arabic countries.
Lebanon is a place of constant struggle, owing to regular negligence from so many Western voices. They fail to intervene when required and when the going gets tough they even run out of the country, with their tail between their legs as fast as they can – this is the most pathetic display of democratic urgency, I have ever seen. In this book by the London Times correspondent Robert Frisk you will meet a British man who remained in Lebanon since 1975 to report back on the local carnage as most of his contemporaries fled and his thoughts on the conflict.
There is always war in Lebanon, there is too much violence to deem acceptable, and it all seems so never-ending. Tragic personal stories weave a Lebanese tapestry of a war in the book that is emotional and relatable: colourful and ethnic, people are caught up in no man’s war. Nationally, chieftains, private armies and even sects only really care about their inner turmoils at being unable to rule, while the United States, who leads in global affairs, falls short at intervention or peacekeeping efforts spectacularly in Lebanon.
The book is a rare find and you will find yourself unable to tear yourself from it because it is such an absorbing story: what is happening to Lebanon? Lebanon’s tapestry gets darker and more dangerous by the minute – so much savage accounts of an ethnic war as a decade ends in dust because of betrayal and mirage. Political troubles in the tapestry is spelt out by excellent war reporting and as a reader you slowly learn about the importance of good diplomacy in the world: the more we bravely talk of Lebanon, the faster the salvation will be for the Lebanese and the more it’s national history will chart a path of a glorious victory over negligence (and young ruffled innocence).
The Miley Cyrus Drama Over Liam Hemsworth Ends In Tears…For “The Princess Bride-To-Be”
When Liam Hemsworth called off the engagement with Miley Cyrus, millions of hearts broke around the world. But in retrospect you have got to respect Hemsworth’s decision and he probably did the right thing – Liam’s family breathed a huge sigh of relief when Miley Cyrus was no longer slated to join in with the Hemsworths as a “celebrity Mrs.”. The two met each other whilst filming The Last Song and they instantly started going out. Liam was constantly quiet about the relationship as Miley became an annoying one-person jukebox about her “romantic equation” with Liam for anyone who has no other choice but to listen to her pike about how lucky she is…in love, in the most absurd way imaginable.
The relationship would hit the rocks from when it began in 2010 and finally ended for good in mid-September 2013 – the two admittedly did step out on the RC a lot, as Miley evolved from a songstress to an arm candy for the Hollywood heartthrob, with no hesitation at all. Throughout it, Liam was busy stepping out of his house for that necessity: promotional work for films and he has rarely been spotted with her, except for that one random house visit while they were dating.
I bet that was scary for “the Miley Cyrus team” to have in the gossip pages but what are you gonna do? Liam could see what Miley is like and it turns out, he simply wasn’t going to publicly be with her (in Gucci), for a long time. I must say though what was more shocking was how Hemsworth could never put a stop to Miley always going on and on about their relationship despite his public lack of interest in joining Miley in her “ridiculous, solitary (and a little bit mad) childish behaviour despite her age”. So….why did the couple break up then?