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Monday, March 29, 2010

On Short Hiatus

Dear Readers,

We would like to appologise that we will be on a short hiatus due to some unforseen circumstances. We will be back shortly.

Thank you and Have a Nice Day!

Fashion Republik

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Hot Air Balloon Festival 2010

What a colourful day it must have been for the Hot Air Balloon Festival 2010 held in Putrajaya. Exactly what happened, sad to say, we don't know.

Spotted all these lovely pictures on Facebook this morning and it was unfortunate that we did not even know the festival took place last weekend! However, here are some pictures of the event, courtesy of Shermaine who had a great time enjoying herself that day.





What beautiful pictures to look at on a Monday afternoon, right?

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

How to Apply Your Makeup by Julia Anderson


Basic makeup steps are no longer a new thing to most females. However, there are still girls who are strungling to get the right steps to basic makeup.

For instance, just weeks before, we were wondering what are the steps to basic makeup as all we do before heading out of the house is lining the eyebrows, smooch some lipstick and thats it! (we know, damn jakun right!)

In order to find out the right way and the simplest steps to basic makeup, we thought MAC could enlighten us with this but to our dismay, the girl who attended us gave us a look of disgust. Why? Because we dont know the simple steps to basic makeup and she didnt even bother telling us which caused us not to walk into MAC ever again.

Upon remembering this just a while ago, we decided to check via the Internet and boy, we should have gone to Women's Web instead because there, we found 5 simple steps to basic makeup!

Step 1: foundation
After cleansing, toning and moisturizing your face, apply a small amount of foundation to the tip of your index finger, dot on forehead, nose, cheeks and chin then blend in an upward and outward motion without leaving a line. Be sure to apply foundation over your eyelids and blend without leaving a line. Glance in the mirror to ensure there's no line. You can use a concealer to cover imperfections such as blemishes and dark spots. You can use our NATU-CLEAR to remove dark spots, even skin tone and skin discoloration.

Step 2: translucent powder
Using a powder brush, apply translucent powder in a downward motion for a smooth finish. Translucent powder helps eye makeup and blush to go on smoother and blend better. It also keeps your face looking fresh and your makeup will last longer.

Step 3: eye makeup
Starting at your lash line, apply your base color first, then apply your crease color in the crease area. Apply your highlight color in the highlight color area, below the brow bone. Finally, blend the colors with a cotton ball or your fingertip to remove any obvious line. If the colors are too bright, tone them down with a little translucent powder then apply your mascara, and using downward strokes, dust your entire face with translucent powder.

Step 4: blush
Your blush should go on the apples of your cheeks to radiate when you smile. It should go no closer to your nose, but directly beneath the iris of your eye—below nostril-level and into your temple hairline. A good blush brush that's tapered for precise placement, is a must.

Step 5: lipstick
Define the outline of your lips with a professional lip brush or lip liner pencil that closely matches the color of your lipstick. Then apply your lipstick and blend the liner with a lip brush. Start from the center working outwards.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Too Hot To Handle by EUPHORIA Ministry of Sound & A Shopaholic's Den


Where haute couture meets the best of music all in one venue

EUPHORIA by Ministry of Sound presents “Too HOT 2 Handle”
Join us for a day of fashion, beauty and style at the trendiest club in town! Amidst the fantabulous shopping, get treated to sizzling performances, mini makeover workshops, awesome lucky draw prizes, best dressed prizes and more lined up for a marvelous girly day out!

Check out what we have in store for you:
Lucky draws
Goodie bags
Best Dressed Award - So be sure to dress up ladies!
Dance performances
Fashion shows
Special appearance by Shawn Lee
Stand a chance to won Jason Derulo’s albums and posters
And so much more!

That’s not all!

Ladies VIP Card
Flash your Ministry of Sound - EUPHORIA Ladies VIP Card at the entrance to enjoy excellent privileges!
Priority shopping - You get the 1st pick at everything!
Free flow of Beefeater cocktails
Complimentary manicure & pedicure
Complimentary eyelash extension
Complimentary hand and head massage
Exclusive discounts with participating vendors

Don’t own a Ministry of Sound - EUPHORIA Ladies VIP Card yet? Sign up for one now

Organizer & Sponsors
This event is brought to you by Ministry of Sound - EUPHORIA and our lovely hosts of sponsors:

CANON:- Official Camera, because we know how much you love to camwhore!
Warner Music Malaysia:- Official Music, bringing you the best of music with Jason Derulo’s goodies!
B.liv:- Official Skin Care, we just got to look fabulous, starting off with our skin!
Redken:- Official Hair Care, because it’s one of our very important asset, no?
Beefeater:- Official Beverage, what better way to shop than with a cocktail in hand?
Playstation:- Official Game Console, because we love shopping and gaming too!
Celebrity Fitness:- Official Fitness Center, keeping in shape, yes we must!
TruDtox:- Official Health Supplement, looking good and in good health is what’s important!
A Shopaholic’s Den:- Official Shopping Organizer, bringing you all your shopping needs under one roof!

With such a great host of sponsors and organizers, how can you miss out on this awesome fashion event ladies? See you there!

- This is a strictly 18+ event (by month)
- There is no entrance fee for this event

This event is brought to you by EUPHORIA by Ministry of Sound, with A Shopaholic’s Den as the Official Shopping Organizer

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Work & Play by Willoway

We totally love the name they picked for themselves. Willoway introduced themselves just a few days ago and we checked out what they had to offer to all the girls in Malaysia.

We noticed that there's a mix of both vintage and trendy outfits and being new in this line, they certainly hit the right sense of stlye in the fashion scene and we couldn't contain our excitement to share with you what we found, like a few little girls finding a few pieces of treasure by the shore.


This is a rather unique piece of chiffon top to wear. Stylish if it were to match with a high waisted skirt of pants, totally suitable for work and extremely comfortable looking as it looks real breezy! Definitely our pick for work!


Magnificient! We love how this dress portrays quirky and fun while keeping you stylish and trendy. Always the best to wear on a Bad Body Day. When you feel like crap in the morning where parts of your body doesnt seem the way they were the day before, it is always good to have this in your wardrobe so to hide all the uneccesary bulge from being bloated in the morning or during.. you know.. that time of the month.


By far our favourite piece from Willoway. We love how it flares out on the shoulders. That little ribbon is just one of the most gorgeous detail on the dress and boy, we've always loved the colour combinaton of pink and grey and not to mention that this dress has got the cut to show off those lovely curves of the body. So fun to wear this on a date! Bet he will love it too!

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Have a Little Fun while Running Your Own Business


Online Boutiques are popping into the scene faster than ever! We've got so many new ones that online shoppers now have such a wide variety of fashionable wear to choose from and we take that as a good sign that Malaysia has (finally!!) evolved and is playing a big part in the online scene around the world.

In case you didn't know, online boutiques in Malaysia were first introduced back at 2006. Few of the oldest online boutiques we have now is Shopaholics Unite and Clothes Bucket of which we can recall. Like any other businesses, it is really hard to maintain an online business if there's no ample time and to keep this business running, it is not as easy as popping a peanut. Therefore, many of those who have decided to open one now, will have a much slimmer chance of making it big compared to starting one 4 years ago as there were less competitors around compared to now.

What you didn't know about managing an online boutique? It's not just picking out clothes from a supplier and start cam whoring in front of the camera that will bring you further into this scene. It is about the love, the passion, the fun, the whole process of maintaining a smooth and efficient way where at the end of the day everything is felt worthwhile when you know that your customers are happy with their purchase and service they got from you.

There are online boutique owners who mainly started the business just to make a few bucks. Yes there are but sadly, majority of them who only care about money in this business will not go as far as the ones who do it for a whole lot reason because this is a heart and soul business.

Here is a great list of things to know of how to handle an online business of your own. Not only for online boutiques, but for other businesses as well.

1) The most important thing is that you believe in what you are doing. Have a vision to where you would like to take your business to and make that happen. This will definitely keep you on track to where your business will be and also to motivate you further in life.

2) Make sure you like what you are doing as well. Always remember that in a job or your own business, to like what you are doing is to feel less stressful, less like work and more like play. The more you do it the happier you'd get because doing what you like or love will only push you further and to see that at the end of the day that's what you've achieved so far and that will give you the self satisfaction you need to look forward to another day in life.

3) Be fair. The saying "customer is always right" will never bring your business far down the road. All you need to do is be fair to them, understand where they are at and decide from there. If you allow the customers to bully you into giving discounts or free stuff, always remember that this is a business you are running, there are terms and conditions and there are also a standard that will maintain the image of the business and of you, the owner as well. So be fair and if the customer is just too much, you decide if you want to deal with this or find it not worth your time at all.

4) Be professional. Never ever back out from a mistake or something you dont want to deal with. Always solve an issue and never leave it hanging. Reputation will be jeopardize and therefore, causing you your business.

These are the 4 main advice that were given based on our experience in life. They might not be your way on how to handle a business but this is what we believe in and what we would like to share. With that, we wish all of you the best of luck!

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Nothing Like a Steamy Cup of Coffee..

Ohh, yes! Coffee is one of the world's favourite cup of drink to have for breakfast, lunch, tea and in some other countries, supper as well.

It's always coffee that we longed for in the morning and usually for those who stay up late for study or work.

The saying goes "What you don't know won't kill you" but it is likely advisable that we should know some of the health benefits and risks involved consuming coffee on a daily basis.


Here are all the information gathered from Wikipedia, which we thought to be quite useful for all of us to know, especially for those who are extremely dependant on coffee to stay awake.

The Health effects of coffee have been studied to determine how coffee drinking affects humans. Coffee contains several compounds which are known to affect human body chemistry. The coffee bean itself contains chemicals which are psychotropics for humans as a defense mechanism of the Coffea plant. These chemicals are toxic in large doses, or even in their normal amount when consumed by many creatures which may otherwise have threatened the beans in the wild.

Coffee as a stimulant
Coffee contains caffeine, which acts as a stimulant. For this reason, it is often consumed in the morning and when feeling tired. Students preparing for examinations with late-night cram sessions frequently use coffee to stay awake. Many office workers take a coffee break when they have low energy.

Recent research has uncovered additional stimulating effects of coffee which are not related to its caffeine content. Coffee contains an as yet unknown chemical agent which stimulates the production of cortisone and adrenaline, two stimulating hormones.

For occasions when one wants to enjoy the flavor of coffee with almost no stimulation, decaffeinated coffee (also called decaf) is available. This is coffee from which most of the caffeine has been removed, by the Swiss water process (which involves the soaking of raw beans to remove the caffeine) or the use of a chemical solvent such as trichloroethylene ("tri"), or the more popular methylene chloride, in a similar process. Another solvent used is ethyl acetate; the resultant decaffeinated coffee is marketed as "natural decaf" because ethyl acetate is naturally present in fruit. Extraction with supercritical carbon dioxide has also been employed.

Decaffeinated coffee usually loses some flavor over normal coffee. There are also coffee alternatives that resemble coffee in taste but contain no caffeine (see below). These are available both in ground form for brewing and in instant form.

Caffeine dependency and withdrawal symptoms are well-documented.


Reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease and Dementia
Several studies comparing moderate coffee drinkers (defined as 3-5 cups per day) with light coffee drinkers (defined as 0-2 cups per day) found that those who drank more coffee were significantly less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease later in life. A longitudinal study in 2009 found that moderate coffee drinkers had reduced risk of developing Dementia in addition to Alzheimer's Disease.

Reduced risk of gallstone disease
Drinking caffeinated coffee has been correlated with a lower incidence of gallstones and gallbladder disease in both men and women in two studies performed by the Harvard School of Public Health. A lessened risk was not seen in those who drank decaffeinated coffee.

Reduced risk of Parkinson's disease
A study comparing heavy coffee drinkers (3.5 cups a day) with non-drinkers found that the coffee drinkers were significantly less likely to contract Parkinson's Disease later in life. Likewise, a second study found an inverse relationship between the amount of coffee regularly drunk and the likelihood of developing Parkinson's Disease.

Cognitive performance
Many people drink coffee for its ability to increase short term recall and increase IQ.

Likewise, in tests of simple reaction time, choice reaction time, incidental verbal memory, and visuospatial reasoning, participants who regularly drank coffee were found to perform better on all tests, with a positive relationship between test scores and the amount of coffee regularly drunk. Elderly participants were found to have the largest effect associated with regular coffee drinking. Another study found that women over the age of 80 performed significantly better on cognitive tests if they had regularly drunk coffee over their lifetimes.

Analgesic enhancement
Coffee contains caffeine, which increases the effectiveness of pain killers, especially migraine and headache medications. For this reason, many over-the-counter headache drugs include caffeine in their formula.

Coffee intake may reduce one's risk of diabetes mellitus type 2 by up to half. While this was originally noticed in patients who consumed high amounts (7 cups a day), the relationship was later shown to be linear.

Liver protection
Coffee can also reduce the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver and has been linked to a reduced risk of hepatocellular carcinoma, a primary liver cancer that usually arises in patients with preexisting cirrhosis. The exact mechanism and the amount of coffee needed to achieve a beneficial effect are as yet unclear.

Coffee consumption is also correlated to a reduced risk of oral, esophageal, and pharyngeal cancer. In ovarian cancer, no benefit was found. In the Nurses Health Study, a modest reduction in breast cancer was observed in postmenopausal women only, which was not confirmed in decaffeinated coffee. According to one research, coffee protects from liver cancer. Another preliminary study found a correlation between coffee consumption and a lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

According to the longitudial study led by Esther Lopez-Garcia of Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, coffee reduces the incidence of dying from heart disease.

Coffee is also a powerful stimulant for peristalsis and is sometimes considered to prevent constipation. However, coffee can also cause excessively loose bowel movements. The stimulative effect of coffee consumption on the colon is found in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee.

Practitioners in alternative medicine often recommend coffee enemas for "cleansing of the colon" due to its stimulus of peristalsis, although medicine has not proved any benefits of the practice.

Contrary to popular belief, caffeine does not act as a diuretic when consumed in moderation, and does not lead to dehydration or to a water-electrolyte imbalance; current evidence suggests that caffeinated beverages contribute to the body's daily fluid requirements no differently than pure water does.

Coffee contains the anticancer compound methylpyridinium. This compound is not present in significant amounts in other food materials. Methylpyridinium is not present in raw coffee beans but is formed during the roasting process from trigonelline, which is common in raw coffee beans. It is present in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, and even in instant coffee.

Prevention of dental caries
The tannins in coffee may reduce the cariogenic potential of foods. In vitro experiments have shown that these polyphenolic compounds may interfere with glucosyltransferase activity of mutans streptococci, which may reduce plaque formation.

Coffee consumption decreased risk of gout in men over age 40. In a large study of over 45,000 men over a 12-year period, the risk for developing gout in men over 40 was inversely proportional with the amount of coffee consumed.


Over 1,000 chemicals have been reported in roasted coffee, and 19 are known rodent carcinogens; however, most substances cited as rodent carcinogens occur naturally and should not be assumed to be carcinogenic in humans at exposure levels typically experienced in day-to-day life.

Gastrointestinal problems
Coffee can damage the lining of the gastrointestinal organs, causing gastritis and ulcers. The consumption of coffee is therefore not recommended for people with gastritis, colitis, and ulcers.

Anxiety and sleep changes
Many coffee drinkers are familiar with "coffee jitters", a nervous condition that occurs when one has had too much caffeine. It can also cause anxiety and irritability, in some with excessive coffee consumption, and some as a withdrawal symptom. Coffee can also cause insomnia in some.[citation needed]

Like tea, coffee causes staining of the teeth.

A 2007 study by the Baylor College of Medicine indicates that the diterpene molecules cafestol and kahweol, found only in coffee beans, putatively raise levels of low-density lipoprotein or LDL in humans. This increase in LDL levels is an indicator that coffee raises cholesterol. The Baylor study serves to link cafestol and kahweol with higher levels of cholesterol in the body.

Paper coffee filters have a property that binds to lipid-like compounds which allows it to remove most of the cafestol and kahweol found in coffee. Brew methods which do not use a paper filter such as the use of a press pot, fail to remove any cafestol and kahweol from the final brewed product. In contrast, drip brewing with a paper filter removes most of the cafestol and kahweol from the coffee.

Blood pressure
Caffeine has previously been implicated in increasing the risk of high blood pressure; however, recent studies have not confirmed any association. In a 12-year study of 155,000 female nurses, large amounts of coffee did not induce a "risky rise in blood pressure". Previous studies had already shown statistically insignificant associations between coffee drinking and clinical hypertension. Effect of coffee on morbidity and mortality due to its effect on blood pressure is too weak, and has not been studied. Other positive and negative effects of coffee on health would be difficult confounding factors.

Effects on pregnancy
A February 2003 Danish study of 18,478 women linked heavy coffee consumption during pregnancy to significantly increased risk of stillbirths (but no significantly increased risk of infant death in the first year). "The results seem to indicate a threshold effect around four to seven cups per day," the study reported. Those who drank eight or more cups a day (64 U.S. fl oz or 1.89 L) were at 220% increased risk compared with nondrinkers. This study has not yet been repeated, but has caused some doctors to caution against excessive coffee consumption during pregnancy.

Decaffeinated coffee is also regarded as a potential health risk to pregnant women due to the high incidence of chemical solvents used to extract the caffeine. The impact of these chemicals is debated, however, as the solvents in question evaporate at 80–90 °C, and coffee beans are decaffeinated before roasting, which occurs at approximately 200 °C. As such, these chemicals, namely trichloroethane and methylene chloride, are present in trace amounts at most, and may not pose a significant threat to embryos and fetuses.

Iron deficiency anemia
Coffee consumption can lead to iron deficiency anemia in mothers and infants. Coffee also interferes with the absorption of supplemental iron.

Coronary artery disease
A 2004 study tried to discover why the beneficial and detrimental effects of coffee conflict. The study concluded that consumption of coffee is associated with significant elevations in biochemical markers of inflammation. This is a detrimental effect of coffee on the cardiovascular system, which may explain why coffee has so far only been shown to help the heart at levels of four cups (24 fl oz or 600 mL) or fewer per day.

The health risks of decaffeinated coffee have been studied, with varying results. One variable is the type of decaffeination process used; while some involve the use of organic solvents which may leave residual traces, others rely on steam.[citation needed]

A study has shown that cafestol, a substance which is present in boiled coffee drinks, dramatically increases cholesterol levels, especially in women. Filtered coffee contains only trace amounts of cafestol.

Polymorphisms in the CYP1A2 gene may lead to a slower metabolism of caffeine. In patients with a slow version of the enzyme the risk for myocardial infarction (heart attack) is increased by a third (2-3 cups) to two thirds (>4 cups). The risk was more marked in people under the age of 59.

A Harvard study conducted over the course of 20 years of 128,000 people published in 2006 concluded that there was no evidence to support the claim that coffee consumption itself increases the risk of coronary heart disease. The study did, however, show a correlation between heavy consumption of coffee and higher degrees of exposure to other coronary heart disease risk factors such as smoking, greater alcohol consumption, and lack of physical exercise. The results apply only to coffee filtered through paper filters, which excludes boiled coffee and espresso, for example. Additionally, the lead researcher on this study acknowledged that subsets of the larger group may be at risk for heart attack when drinking multiple cups of coffee a day due to genetic differences in metabolizing caffeine.[citation needed]

The Iowa Women's Health Study showed that women who consumed coffee actually had fewer cardiovascular disease incidents and lower cancer rates than the general population. For women who drank 6 or more cups, the benefit was even greater. However, this study excluded 35% of its original participants who already had cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases when the study began. Since participants were all over the age of 55, no good conclusion can be drawn about the long term effect of coffee drinking on heart disease from this study.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

A Little Inspired by Alice in Wonderland!

We got inspired with all the magic in Alice in Wonderland that we had to do a mix and match of this from Polyvore.


We love this!!

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Get To Know The Characters Behind Alice in Wonderland


UNDERLAND, says screenwriter Linda Woolverton, is a part of the earth. “But it lies somewhere far beneath our world. The only way to get there is to fall down a rabbit hole.” It is the same fantastical land that Alice visited as a child, but she misheard the word “Underland” and thought they said “Wonderland.” Alice, now age 19, heads back down the rabbit hole and though she has no memory of her previous adventures in Underland, she is reunited with its inhabitants, including a swashbuckling Dormouse, an off-his-rocker Mad Hatter, a grinning Cheshire Cat, a caterpillar called Absolem, a beautiful White Queen and her spiteful older sister the Red Queen. “Time has passed,” says Woolverton. “The Red Queen rules the whole land. It’s under her thumb. And the people of Underland need Alice.” Underland has come upon hard times since the malevolent Red Queen took over the throne. It is, however, a truly wonderful land, which might explain why the girl who mistook it for Wonderland has been called upon to help return it to its glory. But, says Woolverton, “Underland has always been Underland since the Beginning, no matter who sits on the throne. It will remain Underland until the End.”


ALICE (Mia Wasikowska) is a 19-year-old woman contemplating her future. An independent soul, she feels trapped in the narrow-minded views of women in aristocratic Victorian London. Alice Kingsleigh is uncertain how to balance her dreams with other people’s expectations. Following the death of her beloved father, she attends a garden party with her mother and sister, although, unbeknownst to her, it’s been planned as her engagement party. Just as the arrogant and dull Hamish Ascot proposes to her, Alice spots a White Rabbit wearing a waistcoat and pocket watch scurrying across the grounds. She rushes off after the furry fellow, tumbling down a rabbit hole and into Underland, a place she first visited as a child (and called Wonderland)—though she has no memory of it or its inhabitants. Alice nevertheless reunites with her childhood friends, including Absolem the caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and of course, the Mad Hatter—and seeks her true destiny. “In the beginning, Alice is very awkward and uncomfortable in her skin,” Wasikowska says. “So her experience in Underland is about reconnecting with herself and finding she has the strength to be more self-assured in figuring out what she wants.”


THE MAD HATTER (Johnny Depp) doesn’t just wear his heart on his sleeve—his ever-changing moods are quite literally reflected in his face and his attire. He’s been anxiously awaiting Alice’s return and is, arguably, her one true friend, believing in her when nobody else does. He is fearless, going to great lengths to protect her at his own risk. Once the proud hat maker for the White Queen, the Hatter has been affected by mercury poisoning, an unfortunate side effect of the hat-making process, and isn’t altogether well. “I always saw the Hatter as kind of tragic,” says Depp. “He’s a victim in a lot of ways. The mercury has certainly taken its toll, but there’s a tragic element to his past in this particular version that weighs pretty heavily on the character.”


IRACEBETH, THE RED QUEEN (Helena Bonham Carter) is the tyrannical monarch of Underland. With her oversized head, fiery temper and propensity to scream for people’s heads to be chopped off, she rules her subjects through fear. “She’s got emotional problems,” says Bonham Carter. “It takes nothing, practically, for her to lose her temper. Her tantrums are that of a two-year-old.” Her younger sibling, the White Queen, has designs on the throne and crown that Iracebeth once stole from her.


MIRANA, THE WHITE QUEEN (Anne Hathaway) is the younger sister of the Red Queen, and while she appears to be all sweetness and light, beneath the surface there’s a hint of darkness to her character. “She comes from the same gene pool as the Red Queen,” says Hathaway. “She really likes the dark side, but she’s so scared of going too far into it that she’s made everything appear very light and happy. But she’s living in that place out of fear that she won’t be able to control herself.” When Alice returns to Underland, the White Queen takes her under her wing, offering her protection, although her motives aren’t completely altruistic.


TWEEDLEDEE and TWEEDLEDUM (Matt Lucas) are rotund twin brothers who constantly disagree with each other and whose confusing chatter makes little sense to anyone but them. When Alice arrives in Underland, she looks to the Tweedles for guidance. Innocent and infantile, adorable and sweet, they mean well but are of little real help since they speak in weird rhythms and riddles. “I imagine them as naughty Victorian children, with their hand in the honey jar,” says Lucas, the British comedian and actor who plays them both. “And so I have made them quite child-like, which does come naturally to me, because I’m a big kid anyway.”


ILOSOVIC STAYNE, THE KNAVE OF HEARTS (Crispin Glover) is the head of the Red Queen’s Army. Seven feet, six-inches tall, with a scarred face and a heart-shaped patch covering his left eye, Stayne is an arrogant, tricky character who follows the Red Queen’s every order. He’s the only one capable of pacifying her and calming her dramatic mood swings. “I am the marshal element for the Red Queen,” says Glover. “The Red Queen has a fair amount of short-tempered reactions to things that people do, and so my character has to be quite diplomatic.” His darker side emerges in the shadows of the castle hallways.


CHESSUR, THE CHESHIRE CAT (voice of Stephen Fry) is a dapper tabby with the ability to appear and disappear. He is all calm, casual sensuality with a seductive grin that masks his cowardice. It’s the cat’s disembodied head that first appears to Alice in Tulgey Wood after she’s been attacked by the vicious Bandersnatch. He offers to purify the gashes on her arm by licking them. Alice declines, although she allows him to lead her to the Hatter’s Tea Party where the Hatter blames him for deserting them on the day the Red Queen seized control of Underland. Using his skills and the Hatter’s coveted top hat, Chessur later finds a way to redeem himself.

McTWISP, THE WHITE RABBIT (voice of Michael Sheen) is always worried about being late, always in a hurry, always rushing about. Charged with finding Alice and bringing her back to Underland so that she can fulfill her destiny, he shows up at her garden party in an effort to lure her back down the rabbit hole. “He’s a warm character,” says Sheen, “but, at the same time, he can be quite fussy and quite strict with Alice as well. He has an edge to him, a nervous energy, always feeling like he’s behind time. Time is very important to him, but he’s quite brave when called upon.”


THE BANDERSNATCH is a disgusting, drooling, foul-smelling creature with a big filthy body and the squashed, teeth-baring face of a rabid bulldog. A swipe of his long claws leaves Alice with a rather painful reminder of the Red Queen’s horrible reign.

MALLYMKUN, THE DORMOUSE (voice of Barbara Windsor) is a swashbuckling mouse in Underland who wears riding breeches. She refuses to believe that the White Rabbit has found the right Alice, the one who can help return Underland to its true splendor, and is only too happy to poke poor Alice in the ankle with a hat pin when Alice insists she’s only dreaming. But the tough little mouse comes through in a pinch when Alice is threatened by a clawing creature called a Bandersnatch. Her loyalty to the Hatter is unmatched, and she willingly faces the prospect of death to stand by him.


THE MARCH HARE (voice of Paul Whitehouse) hosts the Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties at his Hare House. Paranoid, anxious and slightly insane, he constantly wrings his paws and ears and has a thing for tossing teapots and other items. He has a penchant for cooking and is one of the few Underland inhabitants to escape the Red Queen’s clutches all together.

BAYARD THE BLOODHOUND (voice of Timothy Spall) is an unwilling accomplice to the Red Queen’s forces, fearful that his imprisoned wife and pups will be injured if he doesn’t do Stayne’s bidding. He proves to be secretively loyal to the Underland Underground resistance, becoming both Alice’s ally and a rather convenient transportation system.

THE DODO (voice of Michael Gough) is one of the first residents of Underland Alice sees upon entering the fantastical world. One of the oldest Underland inhabitants, the Dodo wears eye-glasses and carries a walking stick. Both quiet and wise, he stops his friends bickering over Alice’s true identity by suggesting they bring her to the even wiser Absolem.


ABSOLEM, THE CATERPILLAR (voice of Alan Rickman) is the all-knowing and absolute guardian of the Oraculum, an ancient document that depicts every major event, past, present and future, in Underland’s history. Alice is taken by the White Rabbit and the Tweedles to meet Absolem, so that he can ascertain whether she is, in fact, the real Alice who first visited Underland as a child, the Alice who is destined to help them. They find the bulbous blue caterpillar atop a mushroom in a mushroom forest surrounded by misty smoke. Several times Absolem challenges Alice to come to a better understanding of herself, forcing her to face the difficult question: “Who are you?"

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

BAND AID FOR HAITI - A Collaborative Effort Between and Karyawan

2crank_0 the world’s latest online music portal in collaboration with Karyawan is organizing a charity event to raise funds for the reconstruction efforts in Haiti. The charity concert is scheduled for the 6th March 2010 at Laundry, The Curve, Mutiara Damansara from 2pm till late. This music event will host between 12-15 bands and/or artist from different background and genre performing a 20 minutes sets each.

All proceeds will be channeled through UNICEF and Mercy Malaysia as they are the beneficiaries for this fund raising efforts. is an online music portal that offers music downloads for independent musicians from all around the world. Apart from providing this platform for musicians, we also promote these new independent musicians who are members through music events. This gives them the opportunity to gain experience and improve on their acts as well as interacting and reaching out to their audiences.

Hazmi Yaacob the Managing Director of sees this as an excellent opportunity for music to be used to help others in need. Barely 5 months old, has moved in leaps and bounds and has captured the interest of new and upcoming artist community from around the region.

Dato' Freddie Fernandez, President of Persatuan Karyawan Malaysia says that Karyawan also shares the same views that music can help to raise awareness and more importantly cuts across all borders. "Music has always been one of common interests that the world shares; therefore the Artists of Malaysia through Karyawan have decided to lend a hand to help those in need in this effort by" says Dato' Freddie. He further added that this effort will also signal the start of a partnership between Karyawan and to promote new music.

Among the companies already committed to the cause are Bentley Music, Red Bull, Rip Curl,, Nuffnang, Rentak Sejuta, Junk Magazine, Genting Berhad and Laundry Bar as venue sponsor.

Sponsorship is by supporting the bands and the artists. The contributions range from RM3, 000/- and above to support per performance of the band and/or artist. The more sponsors and supporters we have the more performances the bands and artist will provide at the event.

Among the names already confirmed are well known personalities and bands such as Maya Karin, Radhi O, Republic of Brickfields, Saturnine and introducing the great new bands from 2crank such as Johnny Comes Lately, Zul King, Cynosure, An Honest Mistake and many more.

Guests can also donate at the venue through the various collection points and be a part of this effort. Everyone is welcomed.

All contributions and sponsorships are to be made in favour of Persatuan Karyawan Malaysia, Maybank Acct: 5122-3133-8338. For more information on how your company or you can support this event call Izzy or Pauline at 03-7726-0077 or get on line to or just log in to and become a member.

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