Tuesday, 29 May 2012

How to keep a healthy relationship with your partner?

Guys today let’s talk about love, yes L-O-V-E with a big L.
When you’re in love everything may seem wonderful, perfect, shining…a real dream far from REALITY.
 If you want to keep these blinding stars in your eyes, here is advice you could follow to keep a healthy relationship with your girl/man.
Here we go guys!

1. Stay 2

Credit: http://www.lifemartini.com/how-to-make-a-long-distance-relationship-work/

Keep your identity: you are “you”.
Do not try to absorb your partner personality; doing it will only lead you in a cannibal relationship which means that you feed yourself of your partner personality. Be independent!
Don’t try neither to convert your partner ‘s personality to yours, accept her/his difference (Well, accept only the acceptable); don’t try to transform her/him into something else.

2. Communicate with her/him
 Credit: http://www.looplane.com/relationships/how-to-communicate-effectively-with-your-partner/

If you have something to tell her/ him do it! Don’t keep everything for yourself.
 If you think there is a problem be honest with yourself and discuss over it, do not ignore the problem.
 Communication is important to avoid misunderstanding, anger and frustration.
If you see your intimate got something that trouble her/him encourage him to convers about it.

3. Have your own space

Credit: http://www.coupdepouce.com/bien-dans-ma-tete/conseils-d-amies/devrait-on-regler-une-dispute-avant-de-se-coucher/a/41640

It’s totally understandable to spend most of your time with your other part BUT do not forget you have friends, family that shouldn’t be neglected.
Many think that they have to make a choice between their lover and their family/ friends...that’s totally WRONG. Just find a ingenious way of organizing your schedule that will allow you to share time with both your friends/family and your beloved.
If you are too possessive, please make an effort. Don’t imprison the other part.

4. Maintain the desire 

Credit: http://www.psychologies.com/Couple/Vie-de-couple/Amour/Articles-et-Dossiers/Amour-vrai-5-signes-qui-ne-trompent-pas

Always find ingenious ways to preserve the desire.
You can be together for a long time now so far that’s not a reason for you two to install in a routine.
Don’t be afraid to spicy your relationship in order to cultivate your sexual desire, that’s won’t kill you.
You can use games, make love in unusual places etc…there are various methods, just be a little imaginative.

5. Have fun
Credit: http://wheninromance.com/long-distance/long-distance-relationship-break-up-tips/

Be lovers but have fun like friends!
Do not hesitate to: laugh with her/him, tease (gently of course, don’t be too much) and have funny activities with your partner.
You don’t need to be always serious; trust me having fun like kids won’t hurt.

These advice won’t guarantee that ALL your days will be perfect/wonderful/ shining, let’s be realistic - we’re not in a fairy-tale- BUT they will definitely help you to improve / maintain a good relationship with your intimate.

See you guys ;p

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Sean Stone, the rising star

“It’s not about comparing myself to my father (Oliver Stone). My father is great. He’s a great director and I think he’s a great man in many ways and he lives his life now. What I can do is that I can take good advice from him. And I will become my own person and I will have my own stories and have my own vision.”

It was in a chill atmosphere that I met Sean STONE: Oliver STONE’s prodigy child and film director of Graystone, a horror movie based on a true story. Pretty busy with Graystone, the young film director still accepted to share his time with me to share about his passion, his projects and about Graystone of course.

Xavier Mah & Sean Stone at a cafe
 Xavier: First of all, thank you for your time. Well, please share with us what’s in your pipeline? 

Sean: Well, I’m finishing post-production of my film for Graystone.

It has been a long process. It’s based on true stories. My friends and I broke into a haunted mental hospital. We were looking for ghosts. And so we took those spirits in and made a movie. And it’s an independent film, very low budget, and documentary style. My father is also featured in the movie because the movie is based on a true story.

Directing the movie was a very long journey, trying to get the completion of the movie. When you are doing an independent movie, you have to find different sources, multiple investors and you must have a studio behind you to ensure you are led and get distributors to sell the in different distribution network.

So that film is my first feature and then whiles I’m finishing that, I’m watching a website called “filmbang.com”. It’s like a facebook for films. Filmmakers can put their products up no matter what level they are filming. You can put your trailer up and you can try to get some funds from users, fans. They can click if they like it so that will generate feedback and build up your fan-base, get eyes on your product. You can advertise in it basically before you are even ready to go to the market. So that’s like a phase.

Xavier: When do you intend to launch it?

Sean: We’re at the end of the production, which means that we have to basically take it and go out in the next few months and begin to territory.

You’ll never know in this market, there are a lot of factors and battles. The first one is the story and script, second is the production and the directing, and the third one is making the post-production, so that you can really sell the film, the fourth one is advertising and marketing.

Xavier: Do you think a film without branding, advertising & marketing will work?

Sean: I make a movie because I really believe the story is worth telling. Of course, I want the films to be seen and well received by the audience, but you’ll never know how big a movie is going to be. You know you can have a great movie, but without the audience, it’s not a complete movie. You will never know because the culture is changing constantly. What is popular in this decade alone is not going to be popular in the next decade. Their minds are changing, the world is changing. I think great stories are the one that last 30 or 40 years, or even 100 years later. 

Sean Stone
 Xavier: How do you cope all the tasks given to you?

Sean: Well, when I was in school, I always liked to study five subjects. Each subject was a completely different genre. I think you’ll have to be very disciplined in knowing you can do two things at the same time. On the same day, you can go from putting your energy into writing in the morning, and going meeting in the afternoon, and then completing visually at night, you can transition yourself, but you’ll just have to be careful about making sure that when you do something you do it 100%. Everyone has different strategies. I am not saying I am a bad actor but my interest is storytelling.

Xavier: What sort of storytelling?

Sean: Storytelling from the point of a writer/ director, like someone who wants to see a storyline comes true. So, I think if you’re an actor, I’m going to think of it the way a writer does. I’m going to envision the theme from the point of a writer: why is he saying this line, what is she actually saying, what are the emotions here, and that’s the way to be a writer.

You know when you write, you become the character of the story as you’re writing it. An actor should do the same thing. The fundamental is not that different. A great actor is also a great director.

Oliver Stone
Xavier: Is your passion inspired by your dad?
Sean: When I was a kid I was a little more for toys, like action toys. I used them to film a scenario. Each day was like a different movie. I made the movies with different toys. 

I was 7 years old when I was writing my first short film. I think I’d always wanted to be a writer. And you know when you were little, you don’t really appreciate what’s a director, you don’t really know what it is. It’s only when I was 15 or16 years old that I realized directors are like captains, like managers. They have to know the whole process and I thought I could handle that. It’s not really about the position but the personality: to be organized, visionary and time practical.

Usually, a real director goes through a process. When you’re in the process, you feel so exhausted that you never want to make the movie again but you just think there’s another story you have to tell. Writing is very hard and very intense but at the end of the day, your energy is not the same as what a director does.

Xavier: You grew up in that particular environment, your dad is a very successful person, are you pressured by that?

Sean: Well, I’m sure there are people, of course who are going to say: “his father is this, he’s that.” You know that’s the nature of life. If you’re scared, then you don’t deserve to do it. You really have to have courage to do something to battle. It’s not about comparing myself to my father. My father is great. He’s a great director and I think he’s a great man in many ways and he lives his life now. What I can do is that I can take good advice from him. And I will become my own person and I will have my own stories and have my own vision.            

Xavier: Who/What are the challenges? Sourcing for talents? Film writers?

Sean: Financing a film is always an issue. You know you have excess talent and you can get the name to pass your film and that can definitely help bring money. But it’s difficult to pass your name without money behind you. I think the biggest issue frankly is trust. 

When you’re coming up as a beginner filmmaker, no one knows that if they can trust you; they don’t know what you’re like as a director, they don’t know what kind of creativity that you have, the vision you have. It’s a confidence issue. Usually it’s hard for you to see young filmmakers who are under 30. It’s impossible for them to look someone who’s under 30 as really reliable. I think that’s the hardest part of film-making. You must show how independent you can be, take out a little money and make a product and sell it and it’s well done. Then actors will start to respond to work with you. Then crew will want to work, and then financiers will want to invest. All these things can only come at the point that they trust you that you’re able to pull it off. It also depends a lot on the scripts, you must have quality scripts. 

Sean Stone
Xavier:  What is your favourite genre?

Sean: Honestly speaking, I don’t like genres; I love mixing genres, for example, Graystone. It’s a psychological horror movie. It’s also quite funny because it’s about three kids, who don’t trust each other exploring about ghosts and there are a lot of stories about the tension and humour. 

Xavier: Are you looking into China market?

Sean: I’d love to do a co-production with China. And I’ve been discussing a project that would definitely be shot in China and have a story that relates the China culture and the US as a whole.

Xavier: What is your best experience in making film? 

Sean: In the middle of the night, running around trying to make things work. I think what is so exciting about film when you are doing, it that you’re doing it as it wasn’t for you. You love the idea of creating so much. Sharing with people is what makes film so rich.

Xavier: What do you intend to do in the next 5 years?

Sean: The next 5 years will be very important, as I’ll be continuing to make movies; I think 5 years later are going to be really turmoil; the world economy is in chaos. Make stories and enjoy creativity by seeing stories that make them think and challenge.

Sean Stone

Xavier:  What is your definition of fashion?

Sean: Fashion is your own identity in the world. It is how do you want people to perceive you.

Xavier:  Particular in any fashion?

Sean: I’d prefer jeans and a t-shirt. I don’t spend much time shopping. I wish I had the time, and money to do more shopping.

Official Lauch of MaudeKL

Courtesy of Diyana Rose, my good friend and one of the owners of MaudeKL, I was extended an invitation to Official Launch of MaudeKL.

Diyana and I talked about it few months back about the brands and store design & concept at Like Mom café. She shared with me her layout plan and ideas about her store. Diyana, congratulations on your new venture! She has been working earnestly to make this happen.

MaudeKL partner and founders, Shaz Rusli (2nd from left), Nia Rashid (front, black top & pants), Diyana Rose (3rd from right) with Harith Jasni (4th from right) and emcee, Nik Maihan Rossihan (next to Harith).
Let me give you a short introduction of MaudeKL. MaudeKL vintage-inspired fashion label was established on January 25th 2012 by fashion writer, Diyana Rose; marketing whiz, Shaz Rusli and avid blogger, Nia Rashid. All three friends are working full time while operating the online-based boutique and newly opened MaudeKL boutique in Damansara Perdana.

The launch was seen 10 casually wearable chic ensembles featuring flora and fauna motifs, styled by MaudeKL’s very own- Shaz Rusli to suit the brand’s vision in fulfilling today’s wearable fashion market and combining it with favourite classic trends from yesteryear.

MaudeKL fauna & flora themed vintage-inspired collection.
 “The flora and fauna collection is ‘hand-picked’ (mostly exclusive one-off pieces) imported from Thailand and Indonesia,” said Diyana.

After which, up and coming young designer, Harith Hasni, a 26 year-old graduate from KL Fashion Academy introduced 5 exclusive pieces of “MaudeKL by Harith” –using cotton plaid materials in classic black, tan and grey.

Maude by Harith collection is available for customized, bespoke tailoring.

The simply designed, vintage inspired collection “MaudeKL by Harith” is still in the midst of completion and is expected to be featured in another fashion showcase in Kuala Lumpur, by June.

For more information, visit MaudeKL.blogspot.com.

D-3A-07, Ritze Perdana Business Centre,
Bandar Damansara Perdana,
47820, Petaling Jaya, Sel.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Different Styles to Lace Your Shoes

Hi, friends! 
Bored of always lacing your shoes on the same way? Want to change the way you lace your shoes? So this article is for you.
Today let me share with you guys some funny and creative ways to lace your shoes.
Here we go!

Style 1: Ladder

1. The lace is run straight across the bottom and emerges through both bottom eyelets. 
2. The laces then go straight up and are fed into the next set of eyelets up the shoe. 
3. The ends are crossed over and are fed under the vertical lace section on the opposite sides of the shoe before going straight up and into the next set of eyelets up the shoe. 
4. At the top set of eyelets, the laces can once again cross over and pass under the straight section as shown. This not only looks consistent with the rest of the lacing but also forms a High Lace Lock, which tightens the lacing even more firmly.

Style 2: Loop Back

1. The lace is run straight across the bottom and emerges through both bottom eyelets.
2. The ends are looped back under the lace where it feeds under the side of the shoe. 
3. The ends are then crossed over each other, then they go under and out through the next set of eyelets up the shoe.
4. Steps 2 and 3 are repeated until both ends reach the top eyelets.

Style 3: Brush Walk

1. The lace is run straight across the bottom and emerges through both bottom eyelets.
2. One end of the lace (orange end) runs straight up the right side, is fed into and runs straight across the second set of eyelets.
3. Both ends now run straight up the left side, each skipping one eyelet before feeding in two eyelets higher up.
4. Continue running both ends across the shoe, then straight up two eyelets at a time.
5. At the top of the shoe, the laces end up on the same side and the shoelace knot is tied at that point.

Style 4: Saw Tooth

1. The lace runs straight across the bottom and the ends are fed into both bottom eyelets. 
2. One end of the lace (orange end) runs straight up the right side, emerges from and runs straight across the second set of eyelets. 
3. The other end (red end) runs diagonally underneath and, skipping the 2nd set of eyelets, emerges from and runs straight across the 3rd set of eyelets. 
4. Continue running each lace diagonally across and up 2 sets of eyelets until one end (orange in my example) reaches the top right eyelet. 
5. The other end (red in my example) then runs straight up the left side to emerge from the top left eyelet.

Style 5: Riding Bow

1. The lace is run diagonally and emerges from the bottom left and the top right eyelets. 
2. The top (red) end of the lace is zig-zagged from the top set of eyelets down to the middle eyelets in a similar manner to the Shoe Shop Lacing. 
3. The bottom (orange) end of the lace is similarly zig-zagged from the bottom set of eyelets up to the middle eyelets.

Style 6: Checker Board

1. Start with two pairs of different colour laces, preferably the wide, flat variety (I was lucky to receive two such pairs with my last runners!). 
2. With one colour (orange in my example), lace the shoe using either Straight (Fashion) or Straight (Lazy) Lacing. 
3. With the other colour (red in my example), start at the bottom of the shoe and weave the lace in and out of the other lace until you reach the top. 
4.Fold around the top lace and head back down, weaving out and in until you reach the bottom. 
5. Continue across the shoe until you're out of room or out of lace, whichever comes first. 
6. Tuck all the loose ends of the laces into the shoe.

Style 7: Lattice

1. The lace runs straight across the bottom and emerges from both bottom eyelets.
2. Cross the ends over and feed into the 4th set of eyelets up the shoe (skip past 2 sets of eyelets). 
3. Both ends now run straight up and emerge from the 5th set of eyelets. 
4. Cross the ends over and feed into the 2nd set of eyelets up the shoe (skip past 2 sets of eyelets). 
5. Both ends now run straight up and emerge from the 3rd set of eyelets. 
6. Cross the ends over, feed under and emerge from the top set of eyelets (skip past 2 sets of eyelets).

Style 8: Bi-Colour

1. Take two different colour laces, each a tiny bit longer than the correct length for the shoes. 
2. Cut them not quite in half, but offset by two or three centimetres. See below for how to calculate the difference in length between the two halves. 
3. Tie one shorter piece of one colour (orange in my example) and one longer piece of the other colour (red in my example) firmly together and trim off the excess. For extra security, add a dab of glue. Use the remaining pieces to make the bi-colour lace for the other shoe. 
4. Pull the longer (red) end out through the bottom right eyelet, feeding from inside the shoe, until you reach the joining knot
5. Now lace the rest of the shoe as per Straight (Fashion) Lacing.

Now you guys got the tips to adapt your lacing style according to your mood. Above just showed 8 different styles but mathematics tells us that there are more than 2 Trillion Methods of feeding a lace through the six pairs of eyelets on an average shoe.
Guys just imagine all the things you can do with laces.
A piece of advice? Do not hesitate to buy original laces to spicy your style!