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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Life in Monochrome : Purple

Life in Monochrome basically means "Life in just One Colour". Fashion Republik will be having this special feature every end of the month, featuring absolutely everything related to a certain selected colour and this month's "Life in Monochrome" happens to be Purple!!


*you may tag the cover of our May 09's issue on your blog!

We would like to Thank everybody who have participated in this new monthly segment. Featured articles were carefully selected based on Photography Quality, Exclusivity and Uniqueness.

These are the lovely Purple goodies we would love to share with everybody this May 2009!! Enjoy!!

Live your life in Purple!!

Alice Wonders, already a reputable name among blogshops which sells the trendiest and highest quality bags. Making a statement in bright purple, Purple Haze is a 3 in 1 sling, shoulder and clutch bag at RM95.

psst : They even offered our readers a special discount coupon. The code is rabbit88 and Hurry as this offer is only valid till 1st July 09

Shopping with a dash of love, a tinkle of passion and sprinkles of fun! is their tagline. Clothes For Fun's Suburban in Bold purple at RM42 is fun in every way you wear it. Be it off shoulder, on shoulder, or made to droop like how it is modeled. Fun and Comfy, totally their style!!



Something to accessorize your basic outfit. Gardrobe is selling this Purple Checkered Scarf for only RM18! Scarfs are every girl's need to spice up an outfit. A plain one works fine but we find that this checkered one will add a touch of class to any outfit!



Saving you some room for more, Itsy Beadsy presented us with a very unique ring which we totally love. A lovely touch of sweetness, Amethyst Sakura Ring is selling at RM29, which is made of clay with details of a sakura flower.


A little different from our usual Mod and Bold patterns, Lovely Lolittas brings you this sleek and elegant Toga Goddess for only RM80. This is a rather exclusive dress with mystique like prints and designed to fit all sizes , perfect for dinner and wedding ceremony.



If you got it, flaunt it! With Bikinis from Mischief Inc, you can now enjoy the sun, sand and sea the way it was meant to be. They've never failed to impress us every time there's an update and this featured piece is no exception. Basic Bikini Haute for only RM45 a set. A colour which spells our feminity.



No Plain Days, known for their candid and fun pictures, also carries a wide variety of fashionable clothings. They are set to make a statement in purple with this Pleated Mini Skirt in Purple for only RM28.



Freshly squeezed from Orange Little are a unique and irresistably simple pair of gladiator flats. Walk in a pair of Olivia's, all yours at only RM45.




Coincidentally having this month's monochrome colour in their shop name are Purple Peppermint! Here's a small tongue twister (say it fast!), "Our Purple Peppermint Pick is the Purple Double Ruffle Precisely Priced at RM55" It's something we would happily wear (like their every-smiley model!) while skipping down town!


Put on some make up, grab an evening clutch and you are ready to head out for the date you've been waiting for in Smashing Pit Stop's Purple Tulip dress for only RM55! We love how this dress puffs up at the bottom and with the waist sash that adds a touch of glamour to it.



The famous bandeau tubes are still a hit with the online comunity. Their evergreen reputation is further proved as they are still featured in Forever 21! Soul Chic has one in purple at RM48 just for you!


The Kooky Thing
, although famously known for their fine shoes, have brought in a stylish belt this time round and it is in Purple! Match a purple belt with either a Black, White or a Grey top and voila, watch em shine! Who says purple is hard to match? Get your Clement Clinch for only RM25!



Last but definitely not least are Vivacecabin's breathtaking Zipper Gladiator Heel! With its pointy heels and zipper at the front, we simply love it's provocative look, which adds a hint of exclusivity about them. And at only RM65, it's a small price to pay to stand out from the crowd!!



psst : they are also giving Fashion Republik's readers RM5 off for every purchase!

Want to be part of next month's "Life in Monochrome" issue? Email us and we will include you in our mailing list!!

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sneak Preview from Oh, Popsicles!

Here's some good news from Oh, Popsicles! - their imported collection will be up on Monday, 1st of June 09! Here's a sneak peek of what they have in store.



Did we just spot some zippers and studs? Hopefully they turn out to be juicy enough to satiate our fashion hunger. Let's look forward to the launch of their new collection.

Meanwhile, they have just updated their site with a spunky pair of caged heels (which are definite keepers!) and also a few pieces from their bold collection. Head on over for more fashion digs!

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Soak Your Skin in The Body Shop Skin Care Products

We so happened to be at the right place at the right time as The Body Shop is currently having MASSIVE SALE up to 70% store wide, except for some selected range of products.

The Body Shop is one of the best places where females and males get to indulge in their awesome skin care products and The Body Shop is serious about making our world a better place by ensuring that all of their products are environmentally friendly, all the way down to their receipt which is made out of recycled paper.

Obviously, we did not exit from the shop empty handed. Taking full advantage of the situation, we bought a bottle of shower gel, a bottle of body lotion and a stick of lip balm.



The Body Shop's Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel at RM24.50 after a 30% discount off RM35

The Body Shop has been buying organic honey from their Community Trade partner, North Western Bee Products, in Zambia since 1991. It’s one of the few honeys sold on the world market that is harvested from wild bees. The beekeepers provide living spaces for the wild bees by building cylindrical hives from tree bark, which are hung high in the trees. This traditional method allows the 6,000 beekeepers to grow their trade using natural materials that are freely available in their local environment. And don’t worry about the bees; a strong colony produces two or three times more honey than it needs.

We Love...the smell of this shower above all the other shower gels they had to offer. The first time we ever bought this was when this product was on sale as well, so we gave it a try. After that, there was no turning back. The Organic Honey which is one of the main ingredients, moisturizes and helps condition the skin. This is the best shower gel we would recommend if you were to go on a holiday because even if the weather is cold or hot, this baby will give your skin everything it needs.


The Body Shop's Japanese Cherry Blossom Puree Body Lotion at RM49.50 after a 10% discount off RM55.

The exotic and delicate cherry blossom flower has a beautiful, light, pretty floral fragrance. The deliciously decadent yet romantic fragrance used across this range has top notes of Fuji apple, Chinese magnolia and osmanthus flower, mingling with middle notes of star jasmine, Japanese cherry blossom and Japanese persimmon, and base notes of sandalwood, hinoki wood and fruity musk, combining to create the perfect floral fusion to delight the senses. Japanese Cherry Blossom products also include a rich assortment of natural Community Trade ingredients, which means that not only will you get the very best benefits for your skin, a community will benefit in the process.

We Love..the way it feels so soft on our skin, as the smell of cherry blossom literally lightens our mood and leaves our body with a refreshing scent. Besides smelling good, as mentioned above, this product by The Body Shop has all the raw ingredients from nature at its best and this gives our skin the vitamins it needs, especially during this time of the year when our weather is hot and dry.

The Body Shop's Cocoa Butter Lip Care Stick at RM17.10 after a 10% discount off RM19.

Experiencing dehydrated lips? This was recommended by one of the promoters at The Body Shop as a cure for cracked and dry lips. The ingredient of Cocoa Butter is an excellent moisturizer that melts at body temperature, leaving the skin feeling soft and silky smooth. True to what the promoter described it to be, it is a handy mini stick that offers extra-intensive melt-on moisture for the lips, thanks to its innovative concentrated format. Melts and glides over skin as you apply, leaving it feeling soft, smooth and supple.

by the committee of Fashion Republik

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THE MILK MAKEOVER by Mamie Lipari

What drink makes your hair shine, your teeth sparkle, your bones hard as nails, slims you and refuels your muscles after exercise? You may be surprised to find that the answer is skim or low fat milk. Milk is packed with powerful nutrients that can transform our bodies from the inside out. Most makeovers are temporary. The milk makeover results in long lasting health, stamina, strength and a radiant glow.


Let's start with hair. Drinking milk can make your hair look great. Ninety percent of our hair is made of protein. Milk is a good source of this protein, as well as lipids, potassium, calcium, vitamins A and B6. All of these nutrients help keep hair soft, shiny and strong.

Do you want a beautiful smile? Milk can help you get it. The calcium in milk helps build strong teeth and supports tooth remineralization or hardening. Milk also contains many proteins like "casein" that prevent cavity causing bacteria from sticking to your teeth. In comparison, sugary sodas and energy drinks can lead to cavities because of the sugar content.

Don't ignore your bones even though you can't see them. Our skeleton is a framework for our bodies. Eating calcium rich food like milk as you are growing helps build strong bones and may prevent the risk of fractures and osteoporosis, or bone softening, later in life.

Do you want a healthy slim figure? Daily consumption of skim or low fat milk helps you lose body fat and can prevent fat gain. The calcium in milk blocks parathyroid hormone, a natural chemical in our body that holds on to fat. When parathyroid hormone is blocked, there is an increase in the amount of fat that is burned. Thus, milk helps your body to burn more fat and calories throughout the day.

Which drink helps most to refuel our bodies after exercise and sports? Researchers at the University of Indiana found that low fat chocolate milk helps athletes recover from intense workouts when they need to refuel. After drinking chocolate milk, the time that athletes could continue exercising until exhaustion was similar or longer than sports drinks. The proteins and carbohydrates in milk help to refresh tired muscles. Chocolate milk was chosen because the athletes likes the taste. The same results are expected with plain milk.

So where does milk's magic come from? It comes from the important nutrients and vitamins inside milk:

1. calcium - milk is the number one source of dietary calcium in America and is necessary for strong bones, healthy teeth and burning fat.
2. Vitamin D - works with calcium to build and maintain strong bones
3. protein - helps to maintain strong muscles and hair
4. Vitamin A - important for eye, hair and skin health
5. Potassium - linked to better bone health and lower blood pressure
6. Carbohydrates - helps to refuel muscles


Want to experience the Milk Makeover for yourself? This healthy habit can be easily incorporated into your routine.

The current recommendations for daily intake of low fat or skim milk are:

For age 8 or less: 2 eight ounce servings for a total of sixteen ounces daily
For age 8 or older: 3 eight ounce servings for a total of 24 ounces daily

Here are some suggestions:

1. Drink milk instead of other beverages with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you are 8 years or older, this will satisfy the daily requirement for milk.
2. Add milk to your cereal, oatmeal, and even your soup; for example creamy broccoli .
3.Don't like the taste of plain milk? Flavor it with syrups or powders, or buy it with flavoring already added. But of course, there is less sugar intake when plain milk is ingested.
4. Products made with milk can be substituted for milk, such as pudding, yogurt, smoothies, low fat ice cream, or frozen yogurt.
5. Low fat cheese is also an option. How about a cheesy sauce for those vegetables? That increases the nutritional intake and tastes delicious.


So are you ready to try the milk makeover? Skim or low fat milk is a healthy, delicious beverage that can change the appearance of your entire body. From shiny soft hair and a beautiful smile to strong muscles and bones on a fit figure, make yourself over from the inside out with milk. You'll look great and feel so good!

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Master of Edge by Pumpkin

We have NEVER ever even thought that we'd fall for Caged Glad Heels like the ones Pumpkin brought in, but boy, when we saw those on their site, we went nuts just looking at how awesome they look! Ultimate Hotness!!


master of edge RM75

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Alice Wonders' MAD HOUR SALE



Breaking news!! This just came in fresh stating that Alice Wonders is having their FIRST EVER MAD HOUR SALE!

If you have been saving up to get a bag from Alice Wonders, Save No More!!
48 hours of Madness at Alice Wonders dot com from 30th-31st May 09, you'll get your chance to grab any bag at a cheaper price!!

Date : 30th-31st May 09
Venue : www.alicewonders.com
Time : 48 hours of Madness!!

Mad Hour Sales Schedule:
Saturday l 30th May 09
12-2am New Arrivals Special 20% Off
12-2pm RM45 Real Steal
9-11pm Designer Inspired up to 70% Off

Sunday l 31st May 09
8-10am Pursehook Buy 2 Get 1 Free
4-6pm Laptop Bags & Sleeves up to 30% Off
8-10pm Random Madness

Beware:
*FREE DELIVERY no matter how much you spend, when payment is made by 31st May 09!
*no discount coupons are allowed during mad hours

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Gemini Babe

Happy Birthday, Gemini Babes!
21st May-22nd June 09

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You are a natural networker and not only will you open doors for yourself, you'll happily pass on information that'll help others too - in fact, communication is your forte. You think more than feel your way through life and tend to avoid your emotions as well as anyone else's.

With your fun, happy-go-lucky nature, you take the party with you wherever you go and the more projects you have on the go, the happier you are. In fact your organisational skills and ability to sniff out a deal are impressive. With so many different kinds of friends, life is always interesting.

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With the attention span of a teenager, of all the projects you start, few of them get finished and as boredom hits easily, you're not above stirring up mischief and gossip just for your entertainment!

He needs to be the social king with a life that's busy enough to keep you entertained while keeping you on your toes. You're not against falling in love and enjoying romance but you like to take things slowly and will ALWAYS need space to be yourself.

Love Match : Aries, Leo, Libra, Saggittarius, Aquarius.

If he feels unsupported, he should stop worrying bout what others think and start being his own inspiration. Love may seem quiet but deep, powerful changes will be happening and by 9th intense passion will stir!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Stripe Control by CHANCE

Looking for something casual yet chic? Well, we so happened to come across CHANCE, an online boutique established December 2008. We were impressed by the way they modeled their collections. Each of them, paired perfectly from head to toe. It shows how they are focused alot on giving their shoppers ideas to match each top and bottom their way! A Wow factor, way to go girls!!

stripe control : top RM38 short RM49

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Pamper Your Skin at the Spa by Anna Lynn C.Sibal

Smooth, clear and flawless skin is an indication of good health, not just of beauty. Whatever lifestyle choices we make, or whatever forms of abuse we make our bodies go through, such as drinking, bingeing and smoking, getting stressed out lots of times, or lack of exercise and sleep, show easily enough on our skin. It is easy to tell if a person is not of good health: she always looks wan and sallow, her skin dry and flaking, and most likely sporting dark circles under the eyes. A person who is at the peak of health has smooth and soft skin that is alit with a rosy glow.

Many women go to day spas to pamper their skin and make them look nice and healthy. Spas have special treatments that can rejuvenate the skin, take the toxins out of the body, and make the skin look younger and looking fresh.

If you go to a spa to get your skin pampered, what treatments should you go for and what should you expect? Listed below are basic treatments you can find in a spa:

Facials. A facial is a way of deep cleansing the skin, removing the dirt, the impurities and the blackheads from the face. After a facial the skin of your face should feel clean, soft and hydrated.
Facial mask. The idea of the facial mask is to make your skin feel tighter, smoother and hydrated. It is also supposed to exfoliate your skin and remove the dirt and dead skin cells from it, as well as to treat acne. Facial masks are done by putting some substance evenly on your skin and letting it dry on the skin before washing it off. Facial masks are typically made of algae, seaweed and mud, but it can also be made of other materials.

Body scrub. A body scrub exfoliates and removes the dead skin cells from the body using different types of oils and salts. This hydrates and makes the skin of the body soft and smooth.

Body mask. Body masks are also used for exfoliating and for removing dead skin cells from the body. It works exactly the same way as the facial mask.

Body wrap. In a body wrap treatment, certain creams, liquids or a special mud is applied to the body. The body is then wrapped tightly and allowed to stay so for a period of time. A body wrap treatment is supposed to detoxicate the body, or maybe help the body shed off a few pounds.

Day spas also offer different kinds of massages to relax the body, to relieve it from stress and detoxicate it. Having healthy, glowing skin, after all, is an inside job. If you are feeling pain or stressed out, it is best to relieve these aches and pains through massage so the skin would look healthy and beautiful.

Visit a day spa and pamper your skin every once in a while. It will do your skin and your health a world of good.

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In Africa's Shoes

The Interact Club of SMK Asunta's International Understanding Day & Carnival is having a charity campaign, In Africa's Shoes.



They are aiming to raise a minimum of RM20,000 for the Cherish Uganda, a charitable organization in Africa, with the hopes of making a difference in the lives of kids who live with AIDS and in poverty in Uganda.

This event will be at SMK Asunta Art Gallery & Field, 20th June 2009 which is on a Saturday from 10am-12pm (IU Day- Expect shows, performances, videos in awareness of the poverty in Africa which will leave you in realisation of how lucky you really are) and 12pm-5pm (Carnival!A fun-filled day with mouthwatering treats and adrenaline rushing games awaits you).

YOU can help make a difference in their lives.

And by the end of the day, an awareness has been spread and all the fun you've had during the carnival will make these children smile. You'll have a reason to smile :)



If you are not able to attend the carnival, help them out with buying at least one tee which is selling at RM20 per piece and all the procedes will go toward the Cherish Uganda Foundation to provide a better life for the children in Africa.

For further info, head on to their facebook event page >>
or contact them at

Shivani Kharbanda - 016 2343078
Yeoh Pei Tsen - 017 3393777
Carrie Choo - 010 2262021

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Happy Cafe Kuchai Lama Kuala Lumpur

Sick and tired of the food in Old Town?

Hong Kong style cafe's with their weirdly named drinks and Chinese music getting annoying?
Want some food better than Mamak stall food?
Want to grab a cold bottle of cheaper than usual beer?


Well if you stay in Kuchai Lama then you probably know the place we're talking about that could be a solution. If you stay anywhere along Old Klang Road and don't know about this place yet, then here's a suggestion...

Head on to HAPPY CAFE!

With its tagline being "Your happy, happy place" it really does prove to be an ideal chill out cafe serving great food and cheap beer which is in no way adulterated!
Basically you get great food ranging from Chinese to Western, a good variety of Beers, in a nice Al-Fresco environment, all at Coffee Shop prices!


Butter Sauce Chicken Rice RM6.90

Some items from their menu which we consider highlights include their Grilled Lamb Chops, Grilled Dory Fish, Butter Sauce Rice, Mongolia Sauce Rice, and White Sauce Rice just to name a few. All between the prices of RM6.90 to RM14!
*tip: Order any item from their western menu before 9pm and you'll get free mushroom soup!

As mentioned earlier, good food isn't the only thing. Their beverages are awesome as well and their famous for being a place for cheap beer minus the crappy atmosphere of a coffee shop.
(when we say cheap we mean around RM1 or RM2 less than other locations)
Buckets from RM30
Bottles from RM8.10
There's even Kampai available, selling at RM8.70!

Don't expect too much from their service though. However there are 2 exceptionally helpful waiters there!

If you've been there before, do leave a comment and say what you need to say!

by the committee of Fashion Republik

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Yasmin by Nana G

With such simple details, comes a spectacular touch of a toga top. Made with fine silk, this piece is definitely comfortable to the touch. Elegant on its own, it is one of the nicest piece of toga we've came across. Yasmin was brought to you by Nana G's Spring Summer 2009 collection, a local boutique in Bangsar.


yasmin RM102

Exclusively modeled during their first Tea Party, this toga is perfectly paired with the high waisted pants, which is also selling at Nana G. The event was held to feature their 16 newest design for their Spring Summer 2009 Collection.

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DWEEY

We love cute stuff, and we're just going to assume that you do too!
So if our assumption is correct, you're going to really like what we've come across...

People, meet Dweey... An unusual looking Giraffe with a short neck and cool patterns on its body.

Dweey claims to be an explorer, and one that is curious about human being's!
Dweey's emotions, thoughts, and experiences are reflected on her changeable skin patterns which makes Dweey an interesting companion to have around!

Find out more about the very cute Dweey by heading over to www.dweey.com

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Sit Ups and Crunches, A No No! by Charles Inniss

Sit ups and crunches are not the best way to get a flat stomach. Actually, walking and running are the best stomach flattening exercises.

So many people make the mistake of slaving away on the floor doing thousands of crunches everyday in the hopes that it will give them a flat stomach. However, stomach exercises only play a small role in actually giving you a flat stomach.

The #1 myth in fitness is that you can spot reduce fat by exercising the muscles in the area that you want to lose fat from. This is known as the spot reduction myth. Our bodies naturally store more fat is some areas based on gender and genetics. Women tend to store excess fat on the thighs, hips, and stomach, and men tend to store excess fat on the abdomen.

The reason we store more fat in certain areas is that there is a higher number of fat cells in that area. There are not many fat cells in the hands, so you rarely see someone with fat hands unless they are really obese. So despite what the marketers try to convince you, you cannot spot reduce fat by doing targeted exercises for any area of your body, including your stomach.

Here's just a quick distinction between spot reduction and toning muscles or building muscles. You can definitely tone muscles or build lean muscles with targeted exercises. Let's say that your arms are not well developed and a little flabby. If you started doing arm exercises you would definitely tone and build your arm muscles.

The problem that many gym-goers face is that they have built their muscles through weight training exercises, but they still have a layer of fat covering up those muscles.

In order to get a flat stomach you need to take a comprehensive approach to fitness and perform weight training, aerobic exercise, stomach exercises, and eat a healthy diet. After eating a healthy diet, aerobic exercise might be the most important thing to focus on if you want to get a flat stomach because aerobic exercise burns tons of calories.

Walking and running both burn tons of calories and this helps you to lose stomach fat. I have never met someone who runs on a regular basis that was significantly overweight. And if you think about athletes, running is the secret to how they keep and get flat stomachs.

Every track and field athlete (with the exception of throwers like shot putters and discus throwers) has a flat stomach because they run all the time for exercise. Basketball players, soccer players, and tennis players run all the time and generally speaking they all have flat stomachs.

Running burns tons of calories and it is the best stomach flattening exercise. Running is way better than sit ups for burning calories. If you run at a 6 minute per mile pace, you can burn about 500 in 30 minutes. If you wanted to burn 500 calories doing sit ups, you have to do more than 2500 sit ups.

Assuming that you could do 50 sit ups every minute, it would take you 50 minutes to do 2500 sit ups-- and that's straight with no rest. I don't know of any athletes that can do 2500 sit ups in a row or even in a day, but I do know quite a few people that can burn 500 calories in 30 minutes running.

Now, if you have bad knees or can't run fast, don't fret. Walking is also a great exercise for people who want to get a flat stomach. Getting a flat stomach is all about burning calories and losing body fat. Walking 5 miles a day will burn about 500 calories. I don't know about you, but I'd rather walk 5 miles a day than do 2500 sit ups.

Okay, let's recap. You can't magically burn off stomach fat and get a flat stomach simply by doing stomach exercises. If you want to get a flat stomach, you have to lose body fat and lose weight. In my opinion walking and running are some of the best stomach flattening exercises, so aim for 20-60 minutes a day of aerobic exercises 3-5 days a week.


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Monday, May 25, 2009

Valeria by Dorfbury

True to their words, Dorfbury now model their lovely pieces upon the many others who have requested them to. Their collections are real simple yet outstanding. Thats how we love it.

This piece below is perfect for any occasion from casual outing to dinner at some fancy restaurant. It looks real sweet on the model and we know it will be on you too.

valeria RM40

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The Review of Angels and Demons

When Dan Brown's masterpieces "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons" were available on bookshelves some years ago, it created a controversy that very few books have managed to achieve... a form of controversy which further boosted the 2 novel's appeal and value. So compelling was it's story, that Christians around the world opposed it eventhough probably having read it for themselves! And even after author Dan Brown publically announced that it was all fictional, shockwaves could still be felt around the world. Till today, it is definitely recognized as one of the most brilliant pieces of modern literature ever written.



Recently, a film of the latter title was released as a sequel to the first 2006 Da Vinci Code film. (which we honestly felt was a letdown.) As it was Directed by Ron Howard, who was also behind the Da Vinci Code, you would expect that this 2nd movie be better than the first. Fortunately, it was... although only just.

Originally, the Angels & Demons story was written in a time frame prior to the Da Vinci Code occurences. However, the movie plot written by screenwriter Akiva Goldsman doesn't stay true to the original story. That prospect alone would put question marks on fans of Dan Browns novels. Not a good start.



The movie picks up from where Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) left off in The Da Vinci Code, having already built a reputation for himself as a "symbologist". In a nutshell, it's about a secret organization known as the Illuminati, trying to have their revenge on Christianity. This revenge comes in the form of causing all sorts of havoc in the Vatican city fusing technology and religion. Robert Landgon then comes in to save the day using his immense (sometimes unbelievable) historical religious knowledge to solve clues and puzzles (relatively easily) that ultimately lead to him helping to save the day.

The movie lacks depth as with the Da Vinci Code film: Situations seemed to be solved extremely easily, it lacked a "darkness" that the 2 novels originally had, and it just did not live up to what you would usually expect from a Tom Hanks movie. If anything, it felt like "National Treasure" (the one with Nicholas Cage) just on a more serious note. If the movie were summed up in 1 word, it would be PREDICTABLE, although there are some minor twists. (which were also quite predictable).

On the brightside... the cinematography is excellent, the filming locations are very picturesque, there's quite a bit of humour, and to a certain extent, it's a wee bit more "edge-of-your-seat" stuff as compared to the Da Vinci code. There's also some impressively good use of CGI and special effects, specifically refering to a certain explosion at the end of the movie which was nothing short of spectacular. But that's about it.

There's always a risk of not living up to expectations when making movies based on existing novels, comics, stories etc. Plainly because there is an expectation to live up to. Unfortunately, Angels & Demons rates as a mediochre interpretation of the novel at best. Perhaps if you view the movie as having nothing to do with the novel, then maybe you could credit it for the brilliant story entailing the illuminati, the Vatican's secrets and the fall of Christianity etc...
But in reality, the novel is the one which stakes that claim, which then leaves the movie with really nothing much going for it.

by the committee of Fashion Republik

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Go Wild For Cherry at The Body Shop Malaysia



The Body Shop now brings everyone the superb skin care benefits of wild cherries, introducing new Wild Cherry Bath & Body range.

A Perfect Gift for everyone!!

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Massive Sales at Oh, Popsicles!!


note : click on image to head on over to Oh, Popsicles!!

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Friday, May 22, 2009

The Delicious Group

The Delicious Group is the result of three people sharing a dream of creating a café that served wholesome good food with uncompromising attention to quality.

Where luxury is a DELIcious irony.

Delicious is distinguishable as an alternative to an eager growing multitude of avid food lovers in search of something different without having to compromise too much of personal taste and comfort. Trained chef’s at this café continue to master the high-wire balancing act of layering flavors, textures and techniques that have you playing bud guessing paroxysms until the last morsel of satisfaction.

As a scrupulous establishment, Delicious is savvy about how its menu works. It appeals to the adventurous spirit without requiring the untrained palate to have to perform too many somersaults. Delicious knows its flavors and strife to serve formidable and complementary dishes to entice the fastidious taste of the inner gastro-sensibilities in every food lover.



The café’s clientele range from the young and hip to the more family oriented often sees the wide range of get-togethers throughout the day. The simple nature of the café is not to be understated for its meticulous details in its outward presentation and inward disposition. The interior is a direct reflection of the food served – crisp and refreshing. Delicious sees to it that customers are in an environment that offers comfort and simplicity with a dash of refined décor that reminds one what differentiates the café to the masses.




Adorned with the organic décor of branched twigs where white caged nestlings hang over, the laid back and casual setting suggests a lazy afternoon but yet exhilarates the ease of conversations that sees the reluctance of hurried satiation. Bright and airy during the day in a comfortably spaced environment and mood lighting at night to ease one into rest and relaxation, the café exudes a sense of tranquility.

Some mistake Delicious café for a restaurant simply because of its refined dishes served in a cultured milieu. In an ever-competitive market where consumables are involved, the café is uncompromising in offering reasonably priced dishes without being frugal with its caliber of ingredients. After all, who says sensuous self- indulgence comes at a price?

Catering
They cater for all sorts of social functions, product launches, and any other celebrations you have in mind. Anything from an intimate dinner for two to a roaring party for two hundred.

For enquiries, please contact May Bloch at +6012 3107388 or email her at maybloch@delicious.com.my

for more info >>

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Rubi Shoes by The Luxurious Fashionista



Check it out, girls!! This is awesome news!!
Ms TLF is currently in Australia now and she is bringing in something hot from down under! Rubi Shoes!! Are they cute or what?

These shoes are so comfortable, you wont want to take them out!
How do we know? Just take a look at the soft fabric used and the variety of colours she has to offer that will practically drive you mad!!

Spoilt for choices..look at what she has to offer here >>

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Bunny Girl by Bunny Noo

As we were looking through some blogshops, we found this!
We were so drawn by this sweet checked piece from Bunny Noo and when we saw the status, it stated SOLD! (lucky girl...=X)

Anyways they still have it in Light Grey, you may try for your luck but we definitely would wanna stick to this piece. Why Oh Why!!


bunny girl RM38

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tuna Bay Island Resort Pulau Perhentian, Malaysia

Lying approximately 20km off the northeast coast of Terengganu, Pulau Perhentian consists of 2 islands (Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil) and is a haven for beach lovers who return regularly to enjoy its soft sandy beaches and laid back lifestyle.


The island has seen rapid development over the years with numerous resorts nestled among lush greenery all around the island. And although some of these resorts do lack in creating a sense of “paradise” for visitors, there are a handful which stand out from the rest, Tuna Bay being one such example.


The Tuna Bay Island Resort is located on the south west coast of Pulau Perhentian Besar and shares a stretch of beach with Mama Place, New Cocohut, ABC Chalet and Abdul Chalet (All of which are budget resorts). As congested as it may sound, Tuna Bay’s beach front still remains relatively private and the mentioned resorts surrounding Tuna Bay only accommodate a limited amount of visitors at any one time. Based on our experience, Tuna Bay probably stands above pretty much every resort around the 2 islands, even compared to the more expensive Perhentian Island Resort (However, Perhentian Island Resort does arguably have the nicest private stretch of beach in Pulau Perhentian)


With rooms from RM220 onwards or with various packages as an option, a stay with Tuna Bay is reasonably easy on the wallet as well. Ours was a 4 days, 3 night package which included boat transport services to and from the island, 4 meals a day, and 2 snorkeling trips. All within the region of RM800 per person including transport to the jetty.

The Tuna Bay experience begins the moment you set foot off the boat. Your arrival is greeted with warm smiles from the friendly staff and a nice cool welcome drink.


The footprints in the sand leading to the resort entrance urge you to follow them and walk up the steps leading to the reception area, where the warm wooden architecture provides a welcome shade. You walk in, sip on your welcome drink, turn around and then realize the breathtaking view of the South China Sea from the resort. You smile to yourself. Euphoria then starts to set in as the clear blue water shimmers under the sun light, the sound of gentle waves that wash corals and sea shells onto the soft bed of sand where deckchairs and umbrellas call out to you, inviting you to get a glass of Orange Juice, lay back and just chill out.
And then it hits you… that you have just set foot in paradise.

The cemented walkways leading to the chalets are intertwined, lined with sand and plants, with coconut trees that shade you as you slowly look for the chalet entrance with a room number to match the one on the wooden piece attached to the key you’re holding.

The key opens a sliding glass door, shaded by thick curtains on the inside which although do maintain privacy, really do not provide much sense of security. Fortunately, it isn’t something that plays on your mind too much.



The rooms are nicely sized, clean and exceptionally well kept, the bed has a nice premium touch reminiscent of more expensive hotels, the wooden flooring is solid and easy on the feet and everything works together to provide a nice sense of coziness. You basically get everything you’ll ever need in a room for a genuine island getaway. Unfortunately the rooms have rather thin walls so it’s best to hope that your neighbours don’t get too noisy for whatever the reason and the bathrooms are just average with room for improvement.

Fortunately, island getaways involve you spending more time on the beach than in the room, and that’s what exactly you should be doing.

The mid day sun does get slightly intense and is ideal for those looking for a good tan, but if you’re not a sun lover, then the trees and umbrellas will provide a welcome shade with deckchairs to kick back and relax on that are well made and in abundance.

Walking by the beach is no doubt relaxing as well, but the waves wash small corals and shells ashore which might be a little rough on the feet, depending on which part of the beach you walk on.

If for some reason you get tired of lazing on the beach (like that’s gonna happen), snorkeling is of course a highlight in Pulau Perhentian. And Tuna Bay has a good stretch of corals within 20m from the beach! If you’ve never hand fed a fish before, then make sure to bring some bread as you’ll find the fish that consider this stretch of corals home aren’t shy when it comes to getting close to humans for food!

There’s also a host of island hopping, jungle trekking, snorkeling and diving trips that can be comprehensively arranged at the in-house recreation centre.

These snorkeling trips bring you to some really good spots around the 2 islands, whiles the diving sites in Pulau Perhentian are among the best in the world. There are also some other dive centres flanking the resort which provide such services.

* Always be cautious when catching a public water taxi or accepting boat trips run by the locals, always ask the resorts’ advice when taking up such offers.

As mentioned earlier, the package we took up included 4 meals a day, and these 4 meals were absolutely fantastic!


Breakfast is served ala buffet, lunch includes 3 dishes with rice, local snacks and coffee/tea are served in the evening, and yet another 3-4 dish meals with rice including everything from fresh steamed fish, to fried calamari, to curry chicken are served for dinner. And yes, these meals are REALLY GOOD and worth looking forward to after a day on the beach. If that’s not enough then there’s a barbecue and grill section open during dinner time with a host of sumptuous items on the menu to spoil you for choice. An Ala carte menu is also available throughout the day so at Tuna Bay, you’ll never get hungry.

Tuna Bay’s aura of Paradise is even more evident at night.

Dining tables are lit with candle lights and the Tuna café area is lit up with a warm orange glow. The South China Sea is now dark and sits under a blanket of stars, making it a very, very nice place to be. And if you think that there’s nothing like a good cocktail by the beach, head on over to the Tuna Club.

With its wide range of beverages and cocktails mixed exceptionally and consistently well by an experienced barman, the Tuna Club is the perfect place to relax and socialize with fellow guests. There’s even Satellite TV available so you can catch your favourite sporting action, whiles sipping on a Pina Colada, by the beach!

Not something you get to do everyday!

If you want to take a night walk on the beach, there’s a jetty within walking distance which is accessible even at night and is apparently a good place to spot different varieties of marine life, even squids!

We managed to spot some interesting looking fish and crabs, but had no luck looking for squids.

As nice as it may sound, we have to admit that reality does take a few bites and there are certain aspects which might prove to be annoying to some:

1) The official check-in time at 2pm doesn’t work too well with the boat transfer schedules from the mainland jetty to the island. Depending on your luck (and resort occupancy), you might have to do quite a bit of waiting before you actually get the keys to your room.

2) The bus services to the jetty on the mainland are absolutely out of sync with the boat schedules and involve a lot of waiting.

3) The deckchairs on the beach are sometimes insufficient during peak occupancy periods.

4) Some rooms are located near the generator towards the rear of the resort which does make a notable amount of noise.

5) Electricity is turned off and on again in the afternoon for power saving purposes. So if you’ve left your air-cond turned on during lunch, you’ll probably return to find it turned off. However it is one of the few resorts which provides 24 hours of electricity.

Currently, Pulau Perhenetian still remains relatively free from the clutches of commercialization and retains its more “natural” charm as compared to some of the more developed islands in Malaysia. Tuna Bay also seems to have successfully adhered to that persona, offering a very simple yet relaxing experience at very attractive prices, as opposed to 5-Star luxury beach hotels which to a certain extent, defeat the purpose of an island getaway. But of course there are even better resorts with even nicer beaches… However, considering the price range, very few come close to what Tuna Bay has to offer.

As with everything, it all comes down to individual preferences. And if you want a memorable, intimate island holiday without having to come back and face the reality of a significantly empty bank account, then Tuna Bay fits the bill perfectly.

Their website provides a fantastic feel of what to expect on your potential holiday there.
Head on to www.tunabay.com.my to see what we mean and to find everything you’ll need to know if our review has convinced you to start planning a trip there!

by the committee of Fashion Republik

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POP III by Soak Republic

Bringing you awesome accessories, Soak Republic has yet again managed to steal our hearts with these!! Check it out, you guys!!

We'd say, go for the Net-like Ring!
Totally awesome cos its a Two Finger Ring. Now where can you find those??

POP III collection ranging from RM32-RM39

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Help Save Turtles with Just One Signature by WWF

The leatherback turtle is the largest of all living sea turtles and the fourth largest modern reptile behind three crocodilians.

The beach of Rantau Abang in Terengganu , Malaysia, had once had the largest nesting population in the world with 10,000 nests per year. However in 2008 only 2 leatherback turtles nested at Rantau Abang and unfortunately the eggs where infertile. The major cause for the decline in the leatherback turtles is the practice of egg collection in Malaysia. While specific nesting beaches have been identified in the region, leatherback populations in the Indian Ocean remain generally unassessed and unevaluated.

Recent estimates of global nesting populations indicate 26,000 to 43,000 nesting females annually, which is a dramatic decline from the 115,000 estimated in 1980. These declining numbers have contributed to conservation efforts to stabilize the leatherback sea turtles and move their species away from the current status of critically endangered.



In support of keeping the sea turtles away from harm, 21st April 2009, WWF Malaysia launched "Egg=Life" campaign which will pledge to

1. support laws that will ban the sale and consumption of all turtle eggs throughout Malaysia
2. support the call for comprehensive and holistic Federal legislation to conserve marine turtles
3. never consume turtle eggs, or trade in turtles or their parts


Anyone can sign up to support the campaign and help our marine turtles at wwf.org.my.

Each signature in support of WWF-Malaysia’s “Egg=Life” campaign will lend weight to efforts aimed at improving turtle protection legislation in Malaysia, and I hope that everyone will log on to wwf.org.my and help save turtles with just one signature.

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Brix by Clothes For Fun

Clothes For Fun has just updated with their latest collection of tops, dresses, belts and a lovely bag. What caught our eyes was the love at first sight for this bag.

Uniquely designed with bricks-like details, metal pleated straps, so Chanel!!
We pick the one in WHITE!!


brix RM73

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

10 Surprising Health Benefits of Sex by Kathleen Doheny

The health benefits of sex extend well beyond the bedroom. Turns out sex is good for you in ways you may never have imagined.

When you're in the mood, it's a sure bet that the last thing on your mind is boosting your immune system or maintaining a healthy weight. Yet good sex offers those health benefits and more.

That's a surprise to many people, says Joy Davidson, PhD, a New York psychologist and sex therapist. "Of course, sex is everywhere in the media," she says. "But the idea that we are vital, sexual creatures is still looked at in some cases with disgust or in other cases a bit of embarrassment. So to really take a look at how our sexuality adds to our life and enhances our life and our health, both physical and psychological, is eye-opening for many people."

Sex does a body good in a number of ways, according to Davidson and other experts. The benefits aren't just anecdotal or hearsay -- each of these 10 health benefits of sex is backed by scientific scrutiny.

Among the benefits of healthy loving in a relationship:

1. Sex Relieves Stress
A big health benefit of sex is lower blood pressure and overall stress reduction, according to researchers from Scotland who reported their findings in the journal Biological Psychology. They studied 24 women and 22 men who kept records of their sexual activity. Then the researchers subjected them to stressful situations -- such as speaking in public and doing verbal arithmetic -- and noted their blood pressure response to stress.

Those who had intercourse had better responses to stress than those who engaged in other sexual behaviors or abstained.

Another study published in the same journal found that frequent intercourse was associated with lower diastolic blood pressure in cohabiting participants. Yet other research found a link between partner hugs and lower blood pressure in women.

2. Sex Boosts Immunity
Good sexual health may mean better physical health. Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections. Scientists at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., took samples of saliva, which contain IgA, from 112 college students who reported the frequency of sex they had.

Those in the "frequent" group -- once or twice a week -- had higher levels of IgA than those in the other three groups -- who reported being abstinent, having sex less than once a week, or having it very often, three or more times weekly.

3. Sex Burns Calories
Thirty minutes of sex burns 85 calories or more. It may not sound like much, but it adds up: 42 half-hour sessions will burn 3,570 calories, more than enough to lose a pound. Doubling up, you could drop that pound in 21 hour-long sessions.

"Sex is a great mode of exercise," says Patti Britton, PhD, a Los Angeles sexologist and president of the American Association of Sexuality Educators and Therapists. It takes work, from both a physical and psychological perspective, to do it well, she says.

4. Sex Improves Cardiovascular Health
While some older folks may worry that the efforts expended during sex could cause a stroke, that's not so, according to researchers from England. In a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, scientists found frequency of sex was not associated with stroke in the 914 men they followed for 20 years.

And the heart health benefits of sex don't end there. The researchers also found that having sex twice or more a week reduced the risk of fatal heart attack by half for the men, compared with those who had sex less than once a month.

5. Sex Boosts Self-Esteem
Boosting self-esteem was one of 237 reasons people have sex, collected by University of Texas researchers and published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

That finding makes sense to Gina Ogden, PhD, a sex therapist and marriage and family therapist in Cambridge, Mass., although she finds that those who already have self-esteem say they sometimes have sex to feel even better. "One of the reasons people say they have sex is to feel good about themselves," she tells WebMD. "Great sex begins with self-esteem, and it raises it. If the sex is loving, connected, and what you want, it raises it."

6. Sex Improves Intimacy
Having sex and orgasms increases levels of the hormone oxytocin, the so-called love hormone, which helps us bond and build trust. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of North Carolina evaluated 59 premenopausal women before and after warm contact with their husbands and partners ending with hugs. They found that the more contact, the higher the oxytocin levels.

"Oxytocin allows us to feel the urge to nurture and to bond," Britton says.

Higher oxytocin has also been linked with a feeling of generosity. So if you're feeling suddenly more generous toward your partner than usual, credit the love hormone.

7. Sex Reduces Pain
As the hormone oxytocin surges, endorphins increase, and pain declines. So if your headache, arthritis pain, or PMS symptoms seem to improve after sex, you can thank those higher oxytocin levels.

In a study published in the Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine, 48 volunteers who inhaled oxytocin vapor and then had their fingers pricked lowered their pain threshold by more than half.

8. Sex Reduces Prostate Cancer Risk
Frequent ejaculations, especially in 20-something men, may reduce the risk of prostate cancer later in life, Australian researchers reported in the British Journal of Urology International. When they followed men diagnosed with prostate cancer and those without, they found no association of prostate cancer with the number of sexual partners as the men reached their 30s, 40s, and 50s.

But they found men who had five or more ejaculations weekly while in their 20s reduced their risk of getting prostate cancer later by a third.

Another study, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that frequent ejaculations, 21 or more a month, were linked to lower prostate cancer risk in older men, as well, compared with less frequent ejaculations of four to seven monthly.

9. Sex Strengthens Pelvic Floor Muscles
For women, doing a few pelvic floor muscle exercises known as Kegels during sex offers a couple of benefits. You will enjoy more pleasure, and you'll also strengthen the area and help to minimize the risk of incontinence later in life.

To do a basic Kegel exercise, tighten the muscles of your pelvic floor, as if you're trying to stop the flow of urine. Count to three, then release.

10. Sex Helps You Sleep Better
The oxytocin released during orgasm also promotes sleep, according to research.

And getting enough sleep has been linked with a host of other good things, such as maintaining a healthy weight and blood pressure. Something to think about, especially if you've been wondering why your guy can be active one minute and snoring the next.


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