Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jennifer Lopez “How I Met Your Mother” Guest Star

2010 Times Square New Year's Eve

Jennifer Lopez has been confirmed to make a guest appearance in How I Met Your Mother.

The singer-actress will play Anita Appleby, a no-nonsense self-help author who teaches women how to retrain men through the power of denial. The episode is scheduled to air in March.

"We couldn’t be more excited about Jennifer Lopez joining us on How I Met Your Mother. We’re looking forward to a week of revealing outfits and sexy dance moves the likes of which this show hasn’t seen since Regis Philbin guest starred.” Executive producer and co-creator Carter Bays said in a statement on Wednesday.

The 40-year-old is also reportedly to gust star on Fox's Glee, playing the part of a cafeteria.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Split: Report

 RBrad Pitt Takes a Stressed Angeline Jolie Out in NYC!

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have officially decided to separate, according to reports.
The Hollywood power couple, who never married, have reportedly signed legal document in early January to share their fortune equally and custody of their kids.
Brad and Angelina fell for each other in 2004 as they filmed movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith. They have six children together – three of whom are adopted. Angelina will get full custody of the kids, but Brad will have full visitation rights, the News of the World reported.
The story that Brad and Angelina broke up were never absent from the tabloids since they were together in the past few years. The pair didn’t appear together at the Golden Globes Awards last week - even though Brad's film Inglorious Basterds was up for several awards.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Rihanna Performs “Redemption Song” on the Oprah Winfrey Show

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Rihanna performed Bob Marley’s classic “Redemption Song” to raise money for Haiti during The Oprah Winfrey Show on Wednesday.

The song is currently available for download on iTunes and all proceeds will help the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

The 21-year-old singer will be performing with Jay-Z, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Bono and The Edge at the Friday’s “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” telethon from London.

Check out the video below of Rihanna performing “redemption song” on oprah.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Mariah Carey "Brought Her Own Golden Globes" To Golden Globes Awards

Golden Globe Awards 2010 - RED CARPET
Diva Mariah Carey and hubby Nick Cannon attended at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel Sunday n Beverly Hills, California. The songbird's extreme low-cut black dress made her look very bootylicious. No wonder Starcasm.net wrote in a sarcastic tone, "She might not have won any awards.... but she brought her own golden globes."

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sandra Bullock Kisses Meryl Streep for Sharing Best Actress Award

15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Show

Meryl Streep (L) and Sandra Bullock had tied for Best Actress at the 15th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California on Friday (January 15).

Sandra Bullock, star of The Blind Side, shared an intimate kiss with Meryl Streep, star of Julie & Julia, as they accepted the award onstage.

"This is an honor." Bullock exclaimed after the kiss.

Later in her acceptance speech, Bullock said she and her co-winner have a lot in common, saying that she loves "food and $ex like Meryl. ... That's how similar we are. You guys just didn't notice it until now."

"Meryl is a good kisser." Bullock ended her speech by admitting.

15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Press Room

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Miley Cyrus Wearing Low Cut Dress On Date With Liam Hemsworth

Miley and Brandi Cyrus go on a double date to Katsuya

Miley Cyrus took her alleged boyfriend, Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, for some sushi at the Katsuya restaurant in West Hollywood Tuesday night.

The 17-year-old pop star flashed her black bra under a low-cut shirt while stepping out the eatery with her 20-year-old beau, The Last Song co-star, as well her elder sister, Brandi and a friend.

Is this outfit too mature for a teenager?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Google to Quit China, Fans Offered Flowers, Held Light Vigil at Its Beijing Headquarters (Pictures)




David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer, threatened in a blog post the search engine giant would quit the China market. Influential Chinese IT blogger Keso explicitly used Google Quits China as the title for a response to Mr Drummond's statement. Quite some of Google fans in Beijing offered followers and even held a small light vigil at Google headquarters in Beijing's Tsinghua High-tech Park upon hearing the distressed news.



The apparent reason, though as Drummond used six paragraphs of his nine-paragraphed article to explain, is what he said because Chinese hackers attacked its core infrastructure and tried to access the Gmail accounts of some Chinese human rights activists.

These were just too simple excuses. The four years of Google's existence as Google China in Beijing, was bumpy, inconvenient. It had to offer a censored Google.cn (or G.cn). Still the company was often screwed up by the Chinese government, especially in 2009 when it was accused of spreading pornographic contents not once but twice on some high profiled events.



David Drummond revealed Google is "no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn," followed by a much diplomatic toned sentence "and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all" before he finally acknowledged "We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China."

For those who are familiar with Google's situation, what David Drummond hinted can 100% certain that Google will pull out the plug from China.



In a report by Xinhua which is China's official news agency, the anonymous employee at Google Beijing Office said "No agreement will be reached with both sides refusing to give in."

Even though, some Chinese officials cast their doubts on Google's decision. "It is still hard to say whether Google will quit China or not. Nobody knows," a high-ranking official with China's State Council Information Office told to Xinhua in a telephone interview on the condition of anonymity.

Strangely enough, Guo Ke, a professor on mass communication from Shanghai International Studies University, told Xinhua it was "almost impossible" for Google to quit China. He believed "Google is just playing cat and mouse, and trying to use netizens' anger or disappointment as leverage." Nevertheless, it's true that Guo's viewpoint that Chinese Internet users are the real victims if Google quits China."

Images via Bonnae / Twitpic.com

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Megan Fox Emporio Armanii Underwear Ads Campaign (Pictures)

"Jennifer's Body" Hot Topic Fan Event

Megan Fox is replacing Victoria Beckham as the new face of Emporio Armani Women’s Underwear and Armani Jeans collection.

“Megan is young and sexy and has a lot of spirit. Both Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans are all about a youthful attitude, making her the perfect choice for the collections….” Giorgio Armani said in a statement.

The 23-year-old has already unveiled a series of black-and-white pictures of Spring/Summer 2010 campaign for the Italian fashion label.

The ads, shot by fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott in Los Angeles, will appear on billboards and publications in February.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Nicole Scherzinger Lewis Hamilton Split

Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton have officially broken up after 20 months of dating, reports said.

F1 Grand Prix of Hungary - Race
Nicole Scherzinger's boyfriend is no Lewis Hamilton any longer

The split was confirmed in a joint statement from their spokesman that read "Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton can confirm that they have decided to go their separate ways. The two of them have decided to focus fully on their careers and will remain close friends."

Nicole, the 31-year-old Pussycat Dolls frontwoman, and Lewis, the 25-year-old Formula 1 world champion in 2008, first met at the MTV Europe Music Awards in November 2007. They started dating in May 2008.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Photos: Sunset at Penang Teluk Kumbar Beach

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When going to Teluk Kumbar (also Teluk Gombar) in Malaysia's Penang State for a dinner at a sea-front restaurant yesterday, I snapped these two magnificent sunseting photographswith Nikon D90 digital camera plus Nikkor 24-70mm F/2.8 ED lens.

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Larger versions: Pic 1, Pic 2

Saturday, January 09, 2010

PICTUREs: Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX Lens

Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX Lens With Hood Vertical Front View
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Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX lens is an ultra-wide angle lens produced by the Japanese lens manufacturer Tokina Co. LTD for Canon- and Nikon-branded APS-C sized digital single-lens reflex cameras. Its price is much cheaper than that of the original lens with the same range manufactured by Canon and Nikon. Tokina 11-16mm lens is a wonderful lens (see reviews by Kenrockwell.com) for those who will make a lot of photographs on the landscape and high buildings. If seldom make super-wide angle shots, it's not recommended to buy it as this lens can seriously disproportionate a person in the picture when the angle is not right. Because as a newbie I didn't have much experience in this regard, it ruined a day of shootings when recently travelling to Malaysia's administrative capital Putrajaya. No need to say more, here are seven portraits of my Nikon F-mount Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 lens from various angles, hope they can be helpful for those photography enthusiasts who plan to purchase it.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Mariah Carey Blames Her Bizarre People’s Choice Awards Acceptance Speech For Champagne

People's Choice Awards 2010 - Show

Mariah Carey accepted the Favorite R&B Artist at the 2010 People’s Choice Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. last night (January 6).

The 40-year-old singer took the opportunity to explain her previous day’s bizarre acceptance speech at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. She said the drunk speech was due to enjoying some champagne with Precious director Lee Daniels.

We’d been sitting there celebrating this whole time, having little splashes, I hadn’t eaten, I pulled up, I didn’t want to be late so I rushed in, and that’s what it was.” the diva explained.

If people don’t understand me and just think I’m this girl that stands by a microphone and sings ‘Hero,’ then they’re definitely not going to get me,” she added.

Check out the Mariah Carey bizarre acceptance speech at the Palm Springs Film Festival.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Thai Hatyai Bird Nest Soup (7Ps)

A few years ago,I met a professor from the food science department in a university from China and asked her something about the swiftlets bird nests products promoted in the market.

Thai Hatyai Swiftlets Bird Nest Soup
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She told me although she couldn't say bird nests had no nutrition value but 100% sure that it must have been wildly exaggerated by the companies which produce the associated products or the salespersons who sell them.

Since then, I was no a believer in the products of Bird Nests. However, it is a huge industry in Southeast Asia where Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand are all major players.

Last February when traveling to Southern Thailand's Hatyai the city is famous for bird nests, I tried my luck for the first time at a specialty products shop. As shown in the photo above, such a bowl of bird nest soup cost me a whopping 450Baht, or ~12 US dollars. Truly speaking, my feel was that the much-hyped bird nest soup is not even better than the sweet white fungus soup. So, no big deal!

Monday, January 04, 2010

Tiger Woods Vanity Fair Cover Photo (February 2010)

Tiger Woods Vanity Fair Shirtless Cover Photo
Tiger Woods could be found on the February 2010 issue of Vanity Fair magazine!
The 33-year-old champion golfer is photographed shirtless and pumping iron on the new cover of VF.
The never-seen-before photo of a raw Tiger was taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz just weeks before his scandal that surfaced and spiraled out of control since last November.
Check out the full cover story of Tiger on vanityfair.com.

Light Bokeh Taken Using Nikon Nikkor 24-70mm/F2.8 ED IF Lens

Light Bokeh

Days ago I bought Nikon's high-end AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 ED IF lens for my photography hobby though my current skills are very poor. Tonight I tested the lens for the light bokeh pictures which were shot across the windows of my living room (see the overview below). The top image is the one I like the most.  The aesthetic quality of the blur from Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 ED lens is very entertaining.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Photos: Taiwan Band Power Station In Malaysia New Year Eve Countdown Concert

Power Station and Singer Tank Performing in Malaysia
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Taiwan rock band Power Station (Yen Chih-Lin & Yu Chiu-Hsin) as the VIP performers were singing at the New Year Eve Countdown Concert at the Queens Bay Mall in Penang, Malaysia on December 31, 2009. Among those who joined the free concert sponsored by the lottery company Magnum was their Taiwan fellow, singer Tank, aka Lu Jian-Zhong. The threesome performed the last few songs after their respective assigned section. The singers were cheered by about 20,000 fans.