Friday, December 12, 2014

When An Artiste have Haters, Does that means he's finally Famous? (Yeah, more famous than you trashy news portal - jealous?)

Yes, I have finally arrived.


I thought my Best of 2014 Top Ten list was going to be the last blog entry for the year.

I was wrong.

I was googling online for my name "Kris Law" and discovered Kris Lawrence was the first name to appear instead - how come? I suspect it must be due to his unverified Wikipedia entry. So if you guys are searching specifically for ME - the REAL Kris Law: you need to type KRIS LAW BMW. Then you will get the top links that's really mine.

As I was scrolling down at my list of links, suddenly I discovered an article thrashing about me! When you have HATERS, does that mean you're finally FAMOUS? I discovered this hateful online article about me that was published THIS YEAR for a short film I did 2 years ago! If I'm such a terrible actor, then why BMW awarded me a Best Actor title? This bad article only means 3 things:
1) My performance is very memorable
2) My fame is seriously noticed
3) My value as an artiste increased

The writing on this article feels like it comes from a young, inexperienced writer. The website is not a reputable news website so be forewarned. Read about my "terrible acting" here:

http://buzz.viddsee.com/talent-house/

I'm no stranger to being the topic of trash talk. Local tabloids like KOSMO!, Harian Metro and The Star have written awful things about me before - but it was like circa 2009! I haven't received bad publicity since then, as far as I know of (maybe they have published without my knowledge, since most negative stories are like that)....until this article came along. You can say I have been generally been low key until 2010 when I starred in KFC World Cup TV commercial and of course 2012 when BMW Shorties announced me as their Best Actor contender.

As in life, we must accept the good with the bad. People who thinks I want to be famous is so wrong. You can keep the fame and give me the money. Reporters and editors of such trashy news websites have not even the basic common decency or even the respect for discriminated artiste like myself to even enquire about my current state. All they care about is generating hits for their news portals and making themselves feeling superior when they belittle my achievements. All I can say to this type of local news portal is keep on writing all the trash about me all you want to. You think little people like myself is an easy target because I tried harder than most? The truth is in Malaysia, discriminated actors like myself can never make a decent living. It's fine, I've accepted the fact and moved on. Go ahead and write all the thrash you wanted to.

I am Titanium and my face is thicker than your Iphone 6 Plus!



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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Best of 2014 - Top Ten Articles of the Year



I thought I always write crap - but my readers keep coming back again and again to read them. Thanks to all my readers here, my writing seems more valuable than ever!

In my head, I'm already in the year 2025. Again, I want to say "Thank You God!" that 2014 is ending. This is my second official listing of Top Ten articles in my blog. The first was here. This is really a nice way to end the year for me at least. I get to see where I've been and get a bird's eye view of my life for the year. There's a few "missing" articles in which I kept from being published due to its precious value and timing. Just be patient, maybe one day it will appear. This Top Ten listing also helps me to know what all my readers worldwide are really into - what kind of topics that interests them the most and which is not. Fot those of you with a discerning eye, you would notice that I've changed my header title by removing the word "Working" to "Discriminated". I feel this change should be done earlier when my blog was conceived and it's change is a more accurate reflection of my life and journey as an artiste right now.

Let's start from the bottom (click on the title to go to the article):

10) The Strand @ Kota Damansara Review

I haven't been to that shopping complex since I wrote a review on it. I'm sure much have changed. Sorry I wouldn't go all the way there to check out their festive displays due to the location. I'm sure my readers find this review helpful, or else it won't even make it into the Top Ten. All I can say is when you do get there, you must take a piss.


9) Asus Transformer Pad TF700 Review

I have to add a few "cons" about this product, since I've already am quite familiar with it by now. It HEATS UP most unexpectedly! I don't know whether it's my fault or the product's fault, a few times has happened when it feels so hot! I tried to remember to turn off the wi-fi connection when not in use. But just yesterday, everything was switched off, STILL it heats up. I could actually fry an egg on it. Thankfully, it still functions after I rebooted it. But downloading speed for this device is slower than a tortoise.

IT Products
Samsung M3 External Hard Drive
Samsung Service Centre Review
Asus Transformer Infinity Review
How to Increase Storage Capacity of Smart Devices
Shopping for Electronics as a Way to Shorten Learning Curve
Shopping Tips for Electronic Gadgets
Music Player Review
Tips to Better Touchscreen Care
The Best Tablet
PC Fair Review KLCC
Smartphones Unveiling Event
Launch Event - Pikom ICT Capsquare


8) Year of the Horse Chinese New Year Display

Among the so many festive displays I've reviewed, this one managed to make it to the Top Ten. Is it because Chinese New Year displays are more creative than other festivities? Possibly. My readers love creativity and seeing all these beautiful Chinese New Year displays really inspire them.


7) Shopping for the Ultimate Messenger's Bag

What an adventure I've got for getting the "perfect" messenger bag. Of course I did not reveal the brand name of my bag. But it took me a lot of self-searching to feel the bag and gauge the way it moves around my body. This could very well be the catalyst to my fashion writing. This is another new category I'm into this year:

FASHION/ART:
Project Runway
Messenger Bags Special
Tips for Buying Shoes (Sneakers)
Stuff Magazine 9th Anniversary Party
Myanmar Art Review
Student Art Fair



6)  A City Guide's Comparison for Tourists: Chin Woo's Swimming Pool

Please support Chin Woo Association, specifically by swimming there. The extra one ringgit is nothing compared to the peace of mind you'll get. This place is still my choice for exercise due to the size and depth of the pool  - not too big until I get tired of swimming my laps and not too small either until I get bored. It's simply perfect size.


5) The Spendthrift's Tips - Spending for Value (Part 1)

I was very "poor" this year, still am actually. What to do when work is not given even when I have the capabilities and credentials to back me up (hence, the title change from "Working" to "Discriminated"?) So spending is also reduced drastically and am more critical of what to buy. I think I'm not the only ones here, and that's why this article proved to be quite popular with my readers. I hope it helped them in some way for savings and spending. The only new splurge I have for this year is fashion.


4) Permata Sports Complex Review - Penang Travel Series (Part 3)

Fill a need when there is one. No one actually cared to write a review on this place, and imagine the hits I've received! My readers love all the juicy and gossipy bits, I can tell. By all means, it's still a unique place to swim - if you can take in the huge size of the pool.


3) Cris vs Kris - The KFC World Cup Advertising Campaign

This happened only ONCE every 4 years. I don't know even I will be here the next World Cup. At least I got associated with this worldwide phenomenon in some way.


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2) The Violent Nature of Malaysian Society

A society needs a commentary to write about them. To be a mirror to reflect the nature of where it is heading. Unfortunately, the truth isn't always pretty. Malaysians are descending into a place where the most common denominator becomes the most highly placed like race and religion.



And finally, the number ONE spot goes to.....


1) Social Bigotry at Kelana Jaya Swimming Pool

The reason so many readers related to this article is because of HONESTY. I can tell you right now that this incident at that place happened to many other swimmers too besides me, and I am the ONLY one who dared to tell it as it is - because it's the truth. That's why readers can relate to how I feel and treated. Being treated rudely and roughly is unacceptable especially in any establishment where you have to pay! The other places that rude treatments can be expected is Mamak restaurants, especially the ones near stations LRT Taman Bahagia and LRT Star Cahaya. The supervisors there are rude, not the waiters and servers - so aim your judgement only at the right assholes.

For example, I was at the Mamak restaurant nearby LRT Cahaya. I was waiting for my friend, so I told the waiter to wait for a while before I order. A few moments later, I heard loud banging of chairs behind me. Then comes the blady supervisor in his shirt and pants acting out his dissatisfaction by "arranging the chairs" into the tables, approached me to ask for my order again. Then he dared to say to me "no free waiting" in which I stood up and retorted "Hey, is this the way to talk to your customer?" I ate there before and swear never to go again. The only way to stop these rude treatments is to boycott these places - let them lose business. Any deragotary labels you have on this type of rude, macho bullshitters are totally deserving.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Bond 24's Title is SPECTRE - Great Things to Come!

Watch any James Bond movie and immediately you're transported to another world. The history of the franchise is so rich - almost any actors in the world would die to be part of it! Take for example the rumors swirling about the casting of the movie. I'm so glad the producers finally revealled the principal cast - and they're all amazing actors, especially the new actors being welomed into the Bond family.

1) Monica Belluci
She's the most underrated actress of all time. I've first seen her acting in Malena - in which she didn't talk much, but most of her expressions are pulled back with a lot of rich undercurrents. Then in Matrix Reloaded - her cool demeanour is used again in the scene where she exchanged a kiss with Neo was simply masterful. It must be great casting to have her - for she possesses all the classic Bond lady qualities - dark, mysterious eyes that breathes sexuality no word can describe. Her casting as the next Bond Girl would break all conventions being that a Bond Girl has to be of certain age bracket (25-40). Now anyone, regardless of her age can still be a Bond lady!

2) Christoph Waltz
This man has been working for 30 years in theatre, just only to break out into film when Quentin Tarantino brought him to international stardom in "Inglorious Basterds". His performance in that movie was superb in that he's able to combine refinement, class, humour and evil in such a delicious way that his Oscar win was truly deserving. I really admire this man for he's not your typical Hollywood hunk-sort, but an actor that looks very much like me - except I'm way younger than he is. If he turns out to be Blofeld in Spectre, I would definitely cheer for him!

3) Lea Seydoux
I first saw her in Mission Impoosible and almost gagged when she appeared in Blue is the Warmest Color. The lesbian sex scene was so real and raw, it really turns my eyes around and out. She's really a talented young actress in that she can act so tomboy-ish and yet still feminine. Great future ahead for her!

Other than that of course you have Daniel Craig as James Bond and director Sam Mendes helming the movie. This upcoming movie promises to deliver once again having all these wonderful and reputable actors. I certainly can't wait for Spectre to come out next year in theatres! Another wonderful ensemble by the producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, in which I'm certain will bring tremendous enjoyment and entertainment for James Bond's fans everywhere!

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Angry Birds: Red's Mighty Feathers
Survivor Reality Show
Skyfall movie review
Pacific Rim and Lone Ranger
In the Mood for Love vs Belle Du Jour
Book Review: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Power of Joyful vs Joyless


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This is the Christmas season and what better time to write about JOY! I was walking around the city area and encountered some parts of it that seems so dull and sad - meaning there's no Christmas displays whatsoever. Now is the time to spot which places are unfriendly and rude because it's so clear and distinctive due to the emptiness of any Christmas decorations. I have a foreign friend who came visit KL, and she agreed with me when I told her it's safer to visit only places with Christmas decorations. Like the vibrant shoppers traffic at colorful Pavillion and Lot 10. I believe people wants to experience joy in their lives - so it's only natural that they go to places that looks joyful. Outward appearances aside, joyful people also shares the same characteristics that lets them live life to the fullest.

The main reason why so many people are incapable of experiencing joy is because of incessant greed. Greed sets them down. People who are incapable of feeling true happiness is psychologically linked to their own obssessive compulsiveness that others are taking something away from them so they justifies that everything is their right. It's a form of paranoia that pulls its intended victims down - a complete opposite of joyful people which moves forward and upward. Malaysia is wrong when its ministers divide its people based on ethnicities- like race and religion. I know its your nature to discriminate - why not discriminate based on attitude (especially your own)? The correct yardstick in dividing this world of people is simply between those with joy and those without (the joyless).

Take me for example. I'm all about joy. In the face of intense discrimination, I find my joy always wins. Not many people can stand me. They are afraid by my expression of joy or are intimidated by it. But it's all their fault, not mine. Nobody causes their own misery and joylessness except their own discriminating ways. It takes a strong man and woman to handle me. No wonder this type of joyless incompetents are rude, uncouth and always using religion and race to broadcast their aggression. This type of people do exists, and they're living just next door to you. Racism is real and don't think just because you profess your beliefs in 1Malaysia, racism will cease to exist. I realized in the years of being an abandoned and discriminated artiste in Malaysia that there's a much more effective way in countering social discimination - simply be joyful.

Racists, you think you're more macho, shout through your lungs and people will be afraid of you? I pity you because you're only miserably joyless. Their own greed is already so ingrained into their pysche that no one can ever makes them joyful again - like a bottomless abyss. Don't even try to help extremists become joyful by watching their movies or buy products endorsed by them - you're only contributing more to their coffers of self-perpetuated grandeur and paranoia that other people are out to take from them due to the past - a joyless way to justify their greed. But what sets a true joyful person apart from them?

1) Joyful people spreads more joy
Joyful people don't discriminate you based on race, religion, sexuality, how you look or even financial and education background. They are simply happier people who smiles from the heart - simply because they don‘t discriminate! They see people around them as equal and treats them with dignity. Other people who are around joyful people will always feel joy themselves too if they're open to it. They also befriends people who experience joy like they do and stays away from those who are incapable of it. Joyful people are simple - direct opposite of joyless people who spreads hate, suspicion, blame and more complications. Joyful people knows when they spreads joy to others, they will receive joys in untold ways and value.

2) Joyful people are more successful
This is because they do what they love. They don't do it for the money. They have faith that their dreams will come through. They live day by day taking little steps in achieving their goals. Their goals are not demeaning anyone on their race, achieving financial targets or which contract to win but are more than their selfish ambitions. They want to make a dent in the universe. They want change that will enables everyone to experience joy based on equal human rights for everybody and through their work - whatever it may be. True success is not measured by how much you have or how high your position is over others - but by how much joy you feel. That's why not all rich and powerful people are happy. A person can be poor but still be rich because the quantity of joy he helped spread. I feel joy when I contributed my thoughts here for the benefits of my readers.

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3) Joyful people spends more
They don't keep their money tightly but prefers to spend on things they believed in or have some deep unexplainable connection. Economy thrives on joyful people because what they spend is not based on greed and political connection. They spend because they believe in the potential of what could be - a better future for everyone, social justice, equal rights for all humanity. People without joy always dislike spending and prefers to stay at home. Joyless people are only out to get money, position, justifies their wrongdoing in the name of race and religion - or fantasizing and propagating about the afterlife like a prophet. These are the two extremes that joyless people are stuck in - money and religion. This type of joyless people wants everything for free, at a discount or some special price only for them. Joyful people don‘t care about discounts or the over-rationalization about their special rights and value for money - they simply spends.

4) Joyful people are stronger (lives longer)
They are unafraid of intimidation or threats of any kinds because they believe in themselves. They have the self-esteem that shows everything will be alright despite their current circumstances. They are not easily fooled by what their "leaders" propagated or shouted in the media. They are not paranoid about other races or blame others when they failed. They take full responsibilities for their own lives and lives independently from any influences of institunionalized religion and race-based politics. This is because joyful people knows anything that's institutionalised by law is only a way to make greed and corruption seem lawful and acceptable. Joyless people would constantly shouts and demands things be given to them. Joyful people are simply contented with the joy they have inside - not outside. And this joy is what makes them stronger.

5) Joyful people can live without
They don't need friends or relatives of the same race and religion to be around them all the time - they can choose to either live with or without them. Being alone is a choice and joyful people thrives in solidarity because they're more creative. They love themselves by giving time for their own personal growth. They can live without institutionalished racism, religion and discriminatory laws. They're not obssessive compulsive about anything or having someone all the time because they already knows they have God who is higher than themselves and will never abandons them. They know religion is a private matter and therefore practises it quietly without the urge of shouting or screaming down onto others. They know everything in this world is a temporary lie concocted by greedy men to fool them into fighting for their own selfishness - therefore REFUSE to be part of it. They prefer not to have any special privileges whatsoever because it always come with more responsibities and with strings attached.

Most importantly, joyful people lives on FREEWILL because nobody can take that away.


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Sunday, November 30, 2014

2014 Mega Malls Christmas Display - The Losing Looks List (Part 2)

To even receive a mention on my yearly list is a coveted position.

Imagine the publicity received from my blog and the good it'll do for your business. When you win, you're happy. But when you lose, it should only propel you forward - to better your design and creativity. This is a fair and honest review. I received no sponsorship or fees of any kind when writing this review. It is only meant to uplift the sophistication level, creative quality and encourage originality in your mall's presentation.

The Christmas season is the most competitive shopping season ever. With the burgeoning numbers of malls sprouting everywhere in KL, your centre display just have to stand out. If not, you will lose shoppers traffic. A great display will do wonders for your shopping mall branding because it shows you care about your shoppers' experience. You may have a good display this year, but next year who knows? One day you're in, the next day you're OUT!


1) Berjaya Times Square
The first casualty of the holiday season is Berjaya Times Square. What happen to you? I was expecting great things from you! But all you did was put a giant wooden barrel with the huge christmas tree inside. You already have the best location in the city. Why not put in more effort in grandeurizing your Christmas display at the centre court? The giant wooden barrel just screams cheap and cowboy country to me. Or is the Christmas tree taking a bath in the barrel?







2) KLCC
KLCC is not consistent with its displays and bordering almost to boredom. They do have some interesting idea like the candy structure that juts upward. But the execution is done incompletely and could potentially be an eye sore. The rest of the elements like the giant Christmas tree and presents are done to the death - so nothing new or original here. I know I share the same initials as you but that doesn't mean I'm biased. Sorry.



3) The Curve
I've been to The Curve many times but never bothered to take any pictures. Their centre court display never pique my interest mainly due to its conventional looks. The Christmas display at the centre is mainly a wooden house that's built up on a stage. They don't set out to create a visual statement, which they should considering how much space is wasted on unnecessary ornaments.


The only visually striking piece is the reindeer structure made up entirely of silvery wires and reflective lights. Unfortunately, it's the only piece that's worth capturing my admiration. The whole presentation have so much potential to be visually more original but they tend to stay within the box. I must give credit to their Christmas program which is heavy and full of activities.


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That's all for this year's Christmas display review, folks! Forgive me if I didn't mention your mall - wherever it may be. May we all forgive and forget each other's wrongdoings and betrayals. Life is too short to live in anger, suspicion of others and hate. Don't ever feel alone or unloved or unwanted - there's always someone in the same or worser situation than you do. If you are from an uncaring family background or lost a father - I know how you feel. If you are discriminated in any way be it your race, height, sexuality or how you act - I know how you feel. Just persevere and pray that things will change soon - they always do! Remember what God says in the Bible "Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you"  Knowing this then let us rejoice and gives joy to each other!



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Friday, November 28, 2014

2014 Mega Malls Christmas Display - The Winning Looks List (Part 1)



I'm so happy this year is ending.

I've survived my first hospital operation, betrayal (and discriminations) of all kinds and a no lucrative acting offer whatsoever for this year. Truly, I deserved to treat myself just to be able to go through that. I just want this year to be over with so I can forget everything about it and start anew. Forgive and forget. To reward myself for being a survivor, I bought another super expensive "stuff" from Isetan. Last year I didn't buy anything so this year I'm allowed to double splurge. I truly loved the Isetan Christmas shopping bag. It has an paintbrush art of a deer. The top handle is made of green strings which reminds me of a branch from a christmas tree. Isetan has been around for a long time, way way before H&M. Want to know what I bought inside my shopping bag? You'll just have to finish reading until the big reveal (or not) at the end of Part 2!


1) Pavillion
I have to give Pavillion the credit for being the first shopping mall to have a grand Christmas display, way ahead of its other competitors. I walked through using the skybridge to another shopping mall, Suria KLCC and they only just preparing the tree where else Pavillion already have a full blown Christmas look already. The stoop leading down to the centre court of Pavillion is covered with a wave of lights. The animatronics Santa Claus moves like a robot to greet shoppers at the entrance.


A giant red ribbon stood above the stoop, with stairs leading down to the centre court is simply wonder-like. If I'm a child being carried by my father, I would be in such amazement upon seeing that ribbon since 3 when he passed away. I would definitely want to reach out and grab it! The whole Christmas environment simply brings back childhood memories. The whole look is very immersive and spectacular. Job well done, Pavillion!


Special Mention: Sembonia
Strolling inside Pavillion, I have to give credit to Sembonia for having a very clean and crisp window display. The whole window display is made up of geometric shapes - one giant circle with 5 triangles inside. The red foreground gives breathing room to the eyes and this shows restraints on the branding design. The giant circular shape is meant to show the christmas ball with the ribbon at the top. Inside they showcade the products - albeit very quietly. Overall, the effect is very pleasant and eye-catching. Good job, Sembonia!



2) Nu Sentral
This is their first ever Christmas display and their first time ever to make it into my list. From the KL sentral monorail station, you are greeted with the lighted gateway, feels like a wedding entryway which may put the feeling in a slightly wrong context. There's the traditional Christmas tree. Nothing special, but it does puts you in the holiday mood. On the other extreme, this could be the hidden doorway into Moria where you must speak friend and enter like in the first Lord of the Rings movie. Their effort is there, but needs a more identifiable design that's more focused or risk it being all over the place.


Nu Sentral has a huge centre court. The playful objects on display like the decorated snowmen - one in jester and the other in red soldier uniform immediately evokes a playful fantasia to the visiting shoppers. The spherical glass-like object with the christmas tree inside is meant to portray the snow glass effect.
This one is quite unique, but I wish they have some floating snow inside the sphere so it becomes more believable.

The whimsical christmas feeling is captured quite interestingly through these colorful snowmen. The rabbit creature is seen coming out from the blue-suited snowman, referencing the magician or the mad hatter. It is seen carrying a string attached with the red Christmas ball. The entry to the courtyard is greeted by the trumpeting snowman in red. There's a second sphere-like object (not meant to be a snow glass) in red linings which is a little ambiguous to me. Ambiguities aside, the whole presentation is saved by these character-centric snowmen.



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Christmas 2011 Display
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Fashion Sales Preview Party


3) Fahrenheit
I love Fahrenheit, mainly because they have been fairly consistent good in their displays. Although at the time of writing this, they still haven't complete the whole look. This is also why they're in the third place of my list. Their completed look is going to be Hello Kitty and Teddy Bear-centric, trust me. Nothing new, but the execution of their "Christmas tree"-shaped as shown in the pic resembles some form of new concept. Notice the piling up of boxes with a teddy bear inserted in the middle. The giant balloons pulling up the teddy bears is something that would appeal to the kids, but not so much the adults.


4) Avenue K
Avenue K is also fairly consistent, but this time the scale of their display has shrunk considerably. They focused mainly on the cool attitude of Santa Claus wearing his cool shades, but funnily he's on top of an automobile, not his sleigh. Modern day Santa Claus? The reindeers are wearing a jet-propelled jacket to make them fly. I have to give them kudos for trying to be funny, but funny alone doesn't get you to the top of my list.



5) Quill Mall
We have another new entry this year. Please welcome Quill mall into the list. This is their first festive display so I promised to be gentle. The concept is clear here - candy wonderland. But being clear in your concept could take in the risk of being appealing to only one particular group - children. The concept is not sophisticated enough to appeal to the adults, and hence the last placing in my list this year for the winning looks. The concept borders almost gimmicky and seem like something I've seen before. The concept is not executed enough to be immersive, because the experience centers only around the "candy factory". The effort is still good and deserves a mention in the winning category.

The outward vicinity of the entrance is a good place to lure outsiders into the mall. The mall is still new and the location is not as centred around nearby to the other competitors like Pavillion - so they actually need to work harder to bring in the traffic. Maybe next year, we'll see something even grander.








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Saturday, November 22, 2014

H&M - Glamorous Fashion Meets Affordable Pricing

H&M shopping bags - it could be
made from better material.


Christmas comes early for me.

A lot of people are incapable of experiencing real joy. Best to avoid such people for they are not good for you and would bring you down. As for me, it seems that all I want to experience is joy all the time! I cannot seem to get enough of it. I would spend all my money in H&M if I'm not living in a hot tropical climate like Malaysia. They've been in Malaysia slightly over a year now and expanded really fast with so many outlets in the city already. Their extremely bright red neon lights feels like the headlights of a Broadway show in New York and it beckons you to enter for some kind of show! And what a show it is - glamorous clothings at such affordable prices. The location of their stores are right in your face - easing busy city folks to identify their recognisable brand on the spot in this crowded city.

Certain fashion designers let the fabric speak to them. Interestingly, when I saw the trench coat at H&M, it seems to be speaking to me instead! It's like some psychic connection one gets when meeting your true love. Or some kind of mysterious spirit that comes out and get you!
Clothes, shoes and accessories are extremely personal purchase. I don't usually splurge a lot of money on fashion - but when I do, it definitely means something to me. The last jacket I bought was from Romp and it was made from jeans fabric. Since then, I've been scouring around the malls looking at clothes, and mostly dismissing them as unnecessary, outdated or too expensive. But when I see the trench coat being advertised and price appears together on the billboard, it all seems to fit! This is the secret of effective advertising - product that meets a need at affordable price points. H&M seems to be able to hit that sweet spot - balancing between quality and price. And you can take action right away after seeing their advertisement for their stores are everywhere!

I know in hot weather Malaysia, rarely people wears any fancy coat of any kind. Except for the ones in the office, a good corporate office coat would make a man or women look more "professional". I think that is supposed to be called a jacket, and not a coat. But in Malaysia, these two terms seem to be one and the same! One cannot really think too much about the conditions when the love for fashion takes total control. Who cares if I'm not wearing this trench coat right away? I could just keep it for the next time I'm out of the country.

Socks - snug fit into my feet
without being seen on my sneakers.
Throwing all caution to the wind, off I entered into the H&M main store at Lot 10 and was pleasantly surprised by the good range of clothing available there. Since I have an objective in mind, this makes my visit easier, less complex and more focused. This way, I won't be swayed by the excitement of any new designs that might come across my way. I can easily dismissed all these other fancy clothings and set my mind on the trench coat.

Once I set my mind on anything, there's no turning back! I'm that determined. That first visit at H&M, I try to gauge the right coat size for me. Usually, I'll go for the smallest size because most clothings may expand and become loose after being worn after a long time. But this is a trench coat we're talking about here where I'll be wearing another layer of clothing. Still, I tried to find out what is the smallest size available there. It's interesting to note that they carry European sizes ranging from 42, 44 until 50. There is no size 43. I'm really curious to know why they don't carry that size, as I am curious to know why certain sports apparel outlets do not carry shoe size 8.5 (UK). The smallest size usually sells fast mainly because a majority of Asians have smaller frames.

Before purchase, I like to
snap a pic to see if it actually
looks good on me.
Shopping for clothes is always an adventure for me. When I found out the coat size I wanted wasn't available, I went to enquire the salesperson. The salesperson over at H&M, Lot 10 are not as diverse as you may think. Curious and curiouser. But I'm fine with communicating my needs to anyone, regardless who they are. Thankfully, they're nice salespeople, and not the dowdy and lackaidaisical sort. The cashier at the main counter would call up the other outlets around KL for me to enquire for my size.

So for the mean time, I'm free to explore other options. The first place I decided to go was back to the small boutique I purchased my faux-fur coat for my BMW Film Awards Best Actor awards ceremony. I like the salesperson there because this Chinese guy was extremely energetic and listens intently to every word I said. But when I visited there the second time, he was not around. Sadly, they don't sell trench coat either. I wasn't in a hurry to get that one since I already got a Burberry in storage, so I took my sweet time to actually walk around to find out other stores that might carry the item I wanted. This is not an impulse or must-have purchase. I took my sweet time, no hurry.

How interesting it was to discover that only top luxurious brands like Burberry, Zara and others carry trench coats in their collections. The fabrics are heavier and more luxurious. The best thing is the price that ranges from RM500 up to RM5000! Other cheaper, non-luxurious labels don't carry any of it at all! There's one or two small boutique shops in Sungei Wang Plaza that does, but their options are extremely limited. They either carry one design or one size only that's always the one on display! Oh no, I cannot buy like this. I've tried online stores and browsed through some of the collection, but somehow I have an uneasy feeling of buying a personal item there. To be fully invested in purchasing a trench coat, I would need to wear it a few times and twirl around a few hundred times more just to see if it feels right. I simply cannot order one online and wait for the parcel to arrive ONLY to discover that something was wrong with it and ask for a refund. And there's always something wrong.

Soon, this staircase will be
in my New York penthouse.
Finally, I've made my decision to stick with H&M brand. It seems like the right thing to do since they have stores like everywhere and their clothes are simply glamorous! I did took a tour around each of their outlets and you'll be surprised that these other outlets don't even carry the same one design when the main outlet does. I gave up for a while in looking for it, for I really have no urgent need in getting one anyway. I just let it stall and stall and stall. Slowly, I began to have doubts about even getting a coat. The weather in KL is so hot and who in their right mind would get a coat anyway, right?

Then comes the rainy weather. I do a lot of commuting and when it rains outside, the inside of the train can feel extremely freezing cold. From one end of the city all the way to Kelana Jaya, the last stop - be prepared to witness the changing weathers from cloudy to fierce storms and sudden sunshine. It's a schizophrenic weather spectacle outside the train. All of these in just a single trip! The weather is crazy and unpredictable here! The one skill I have is I'm able to detect a rain coming way in advance. I don't know why I'm always up from my bed, changed and got out of the house right before the downpour starts. It's a strange power but I can smell a rain coming way in advance.

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Their entrance is shouting at
you to come in.
Afer stalling a few weeks from any purchase, I saw a host of new arrivals through the H&M electronic billboard. The designs on it looks amazingly good which prompted me to visit the main store again. Great clothes sells fast here. By the time I went there, my size were all snapped up. The supervisor informed me that they usually carry 2 pieces for each size. (I'm quite doubtful about this for I've seen sasquatch sizes totalling more than 5 for a single design piece) Feeling frustrated, I tried on their other designs. Some coats were extremely heavy to wear but looks fabulous. I'm more practical in that sense that I would give it a pass for I don't want to feel tired just wearing that piece. Another one was extremly plain in comparison with the previous designs I put on - but was lighter. Unfortunately after trying it all, not even one piece which compels me to buy. On the way back to the cashier, I accidentally spotted one design on the mannequin that resembles more on what I saw on the billboard. That design is the one that captures what I really want. Why hadn't the salesperson brings me that design to try on earlier in the dressing room? I simply pull it down and took it with me to the dressing room. I tried it on in the dressing room and everything just looks beautiful, practical and just perfect!

H&M Men's shorts are
too "long" for my taste.
Can't they make
it shorter?
The length of the coat reaches right around my knee area. The fabric is definitely lighter than the other coats I've tried on earlier. There's a belt to tighten my waist aplus a hood that can be detached with a zipper! The hoody feature really surprises me because then it can acts like a raincoat too. There's another zipper pocket at the top of the breast area where it's just an ideal location where I can slip in my passport or card without reaching for my bag and scouring for it. My mind then shifted to began to create what sort of fantasies I could carry off wearing this trench coat when I was standing in front of the huge mirror. I could wear my skimpy shorts and tight shirts on the inside without being ogled by dirty thinking pedestrians on the street. I could even wear nothing inside and reveals a leg or two to whet the appetite of coming attractions. This trench coat is also mainly for protection too from perverts searching for a prey. Great, I'm getting it.

But not yet. It doesn't carry my size! So the cashier enquired everywhere for me for my size. No one should wear anything bigger than their actual size - it just makes that person look lumpy schlumpy. Its simply not right. In my heart, I've readily submit myself to fate after all the adventures I've been through in finding this trench coat - if there's one right size meant for me then it shall be so. Fate seems to agree with me and there's actually the one and only left! All the way at One Utama outlet. I commanded them to immediately reserve that one for me. Its only reserved for 24 hours. The most magical thing about that day I made my purchase at that outlet - it was their 1st anniversary. But that outlet didn't have any promotion or celebration of any kind, but I bought it anyway. Fate indeed does exist in meeting the coat you deserves.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Ultimate 7-Point Guide to Winning "Project Runway" for Aspiring Designers Everywhere (Updated Exclusive!)



Are you an aspiring fashion designer from New York, Sydney or as faraway as from Vancouver? You have my deepest respect because you go after your dream! Firstly, I have no interest in being a fashion designer even though I share the same birthday as Giorgio Armani. But that doesn't mean I don't watch Project Runway. I'm a huge fan of Project Runway and have accumulated a keen eye in judging the best runway fashion, thanks largely to the show. I've also accumulated a range of tips that hopefully will help ALL future designers out there who plans to make it at Project Runway. I hope you'll find these tips useful in your journey to winning the grand prize and finally have your own brand. I wish you all the best!

The other reason I wrote this article to help other designers out there is because I see the similarities between them and myself, an artiste. Besides acting, I also writes and the tension a writer feels when his work is being judged is exactly the same as a fashion designer's at Project Runway. So I do put myself in the designers' shoes. It is not easy being a designer! You can go poor for years and years and still not make it. Getting into Project Runway is truly a wonderful opportunity for you. I have starred in reality TV shows before, and I know having a camera on you during the competition is not easy. The most difficult part, I feel is during the judging on the runway - and truly I salute your courage and perseverance to withstand the criticisms and listen to what the judges' have to say. OK, let's get started!

66% polyester, 44% cotton
1. Fabric Choice is Everything
Upon qualified to be in the show, it is already understood that you have the potential to be a great designer. But that is simply not enough in helping you to create the best fashion for the runway. Your fabric choice is everything! That's why knowing which fabric works best for what kind of design is most valuable. You have basically 30 minutes to select your fabric choice, so make good use of that extremely short time for shopping the best fabric you can! It's highly unlikely you'll be given a second chance to go back to Mood (unless it's a Heidi Klum challenge, in which she is really understanding and gives the designers extra cash to re-design her dress in the Klum Challenge episode) So have A LOT of fabric knowledge! When it comes to fabric, you must also know what colours work best and your fabric manipulation skills.

2. Design Fast
The designers will often have either half an hour to an hour to come up with their designs on the initial stage. Really think about your design and whether you can accomplish them with your fabrics. Some designers make a huge mistake of being overly ambitious and comes out in the end with a tardy design that may references to a kitchen apron, flamenco's dress or a pregnant housewife. It's not entirely their fault, but it shows how faulty and gullible their thinking can be. You must also take into consideration the challenge requirements. For the latest season of Project Runway, I have to give kudos to Kini Zamora for really working very fast. In the first half of the season, his designs were really good. But I suspect he lost steam and failed to keep his creative momentum towards the finale. A lesson to be learned from this is you need a balance. No doubt it is important to design fast, but you also have to build your momentum (not kill it with exhaustion) with each design until the finale where you finally blooms with the best runway show collection possible.

3. Never Underestimate the Competition
One of the biggest obstacle all designers faced upon being confirmed for the Project Runway show is EGO. When you put a bunch of designers together, most will talk about their past accomplishments and which celebrities they have designed for. The reason for the ego is very much to differentiate themselves from the competition - which is perfectly understandable and a great entertainment for viewers at home (like myself) to watch how they bragged and then brought down to eat some humble pie when their over-the-moon bragging does not traslate to a great fashion on the runway. One example is Korina Emmerich, whom I thought have the best articulation when on camera - the way she talked was so good and clear, but NOT the way she looked down upon her competition - for example Sandhya Garg. She underestimated her capabilities, but Sandhya won the first challenge. So be humble. If you cannot keep your bragging mouth shut, be like Mondo Guerra. He was so focus and couldn't care less about the competition around him. He just keeps on working quietly and showcases his best works.

My Point of View
"I'm a size 2, baby"
4. Have a Point of View
Stand for something, or you'll fall for anything! This saying is even more relevant in the real-world fashion industry because you simply have to stand out. Take me for example. When I first entered a local Idol-like singing contest, I know I'm not the best singer out there, or even the most good-looking. So what do I do?  I have a point of view! And this doesn't have to be complex - it's actually very, very simple! I put on my now, world-famous Golden Shorts. Same thing with fashion designers. Your point of view have to translate into your designs and believe me - that's what Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen and Michael Kors are looking for! Your point of view is precious - that is if you even have one. If you don't, then please develop one. The world is full of copycats and mediocrity, and it's easy to drown in the same thing. The wonderful premise Project Runway can offer you is to give you a chance to actually develop a point of view in the course of the competition. Take Sean Kelly for example. I couldn't tell what his point of view was at the beginning of the show. He didn't acknowledge Kini's bulk of the work during their winning team challenge in the Alternative Wedding Dress episode when Sean only did one piece - the pants, when Kini did the rest of the 4-piece in total! Sean was named the winner quite unfairly in my opinion, and not Kini. But when in competition, an open-minded designer would see the cross-pollination of ideas across each others' designs on the floor.

Cross-Pollinate Ideas
I was truly appalled again when the judges select Amanda Valentine's fringe-like dress as the winner in the "Going to the Movies" episode. It's an Unconventional Materials and Group challenge. I suspect Sean got inspired by her hippie fringe dress that instant and decided it's a safe bet to put the fringe design ALL OUT for his winning runway collection at the finale. Smart guy with a definite winning point of view. I have to give credit to him because he picks up ideas from other designers too and store them for future challenges. Like during the Samsung Rainway Challenge, Sean really shows his mettle with a white dress with color dye inside. So when the model walks in the Rainway (meaning runway with showers of water on it), the water would cause the dye to open its color on the dress, creating a pretty transformation from white to a colorful dress. He won again for that challenge, even though the dress is not avant garde. I suspect he mirrors his Caesar's idea from Amanda's Cleopatra idea from that same challenge into the finale. But don't cheat, because audience at home with a keen eye like me can spot. And it might not be good for your image in the future when the person you failed to acknowledge his contribution like what Sean did to Kini in the team challenge- failed in the end. I cried when Kini's aunt hugged and sang a traditional Hawaiian chant to him as a form of comforting closure for him after he lost in the finale. Simply heart-wrenching. I wished I have someone to sing and comfort me too when I failed - which was a lot!

Accessories and Styling matters too
5. Every Challenge Counts 
In Project Runway, I know it's not easy to have one challenge after another coming your way. You might think - should I just get through in the first half of all the challenges, then truly go all out on the second half to ultimately get into Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week? From my experience, I believe you should not be extreme in that sense, but balance yourself out by making each challenge counts. You may excel in the Unconventional Materials challenge, and so you wait to show your best until then. But why? You may not even be here when that particular challenge comes! Don't be foolish and be selective of which challenge you want to excel in. Each challenge is an opportunity for you to showcase your BEST and put your name out there. Take into account too the non-designers field of expertise like styling of your model's hair and make-up, accessories and the way the clothes would move on the runway. All that would accentuate the look of your designs and make it even better. Like Heidi Klum said "One day you're in, the next day you're out". So take every challenge like it's your last and stop bitching.

6. Have a Theme with Scope of a Story
This tip is when you finally got into the Final Three of Project Runway, and going to create your 10-look collection. In all the winning designers' collection, I discover almost all of them have one thing in common - a theme. A theme for your collection is not merely a one-word description or some frivolous untangible concept. The theme needs to have a scope that covers depth and with meat you can actually chew! Your theme is what inspires you to create the 10-look collection. Take this year's winner Sean Kelly. He has the best theme out of the others - "The Betrayal of Caesar" His whole collection's design is pretty simple. His signature fringe look is apparent in all his 10-look. But the showmanship of his collection was exceptionally outstanding! There's a STORY you can follow through his collection - firstly the all white fringe dress to show Caeser's ascension into power, then in the middle a touch of red fringe to signify his assasination and finally a grand ending of an all-orange fringe dress. Another great example was Seth Aaron's finale show titled "German-Russian Military" where each piece was a show-stopper with influences of the military in the form of leather, strong construction and never-before-seen silhouettes. (I would wear his designs) When you're standing in front of the judges to explain your designs, some great articulation skills can go a long way - but at the same time your clothes must be able to stand on its own and speaks for itself. Try to stay away from any ethnic-based themes like Native American or Southeast Asian. Remember Patricia Michaels, finalist Season 11 and Andy South, finalist Season 8?

Listen and Learn
7. Listen to Judges and Mentor
Listen to your clients especially in a client-specific challenge. Listen to the judges and mentor too. Always remember the judges and mentor in Project Runway are there to help you. Somehow I still love the American-produced Project Runway series because of such warmth and care exuded by the mentor Tim Gunn and the host Heidi Klum. Compared to the Australian and Canadian-version of Project Runway, there still lacks some connection to me because of how distant it feels (at least to me) between the mentors and the designers. But I do love the first season's opening montage of Project Runway Canada when Iman shows her acting skills by monologuing "Tempers will flare. Hemlines will fly. Because fashion isn't always pretty".  If you have the chance to enter between Canada and US, go for the US one because the judges there really appreciates risk-taking and new ideas. New York is still the fashion capital of the world - and having Nina Garcia, Michael Kors or Zac Posen giving you critiques would truly help in advancing your design process. Still, I find Zac Posen a little too pale and twinkish-looks on screen, and that sometimes make me want to giggle more than actually sit up and be serious in listening to what he has to say. Compares to the other judges like Michael Kors and Nina Garcia with their tanned, seasoned and beautiful skins, I tend to listen to them more seriously. I never see the judges saying mean things to the designers except only on their design creations. I noticed how sharp Nina Garcia's critiques can be, but it was done only in the Close Looks section (where the judges touch and feel up-close the design creations) when all the other designers are sitting in the lounge. Though I may be wrong because I'm only a viewer at home, but basically the judges and especially the mentor have mutual respect for the designers. Tim Gunn is the oldest cast member of the show and truly one of the most valuable asset because his feedback to help better the designers' creations is a great source of inspiration. I hope he'll be around for many more seasons of Project Runway. I enjoyed his motivational quotes to the designers like "Persevere" and "You have a Make-it-Work moment". And Heidi Klum too, with her great body and high-pitch cheery voice each time she appeared on the runway to present an intro of new challenge to the designers always perks me up (and some other places too).

There you go, future aspiring fashion designers - 7 ultimate tips in helping you make it to the top of the fashion industry! I wish you all the best and maybe one day I get to fly to New York and buy one of your creations.

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