Miss Universe Thailand stuns in barong Tagalog

MANILA – The representative of Thailand in the 65th Miss Universe pageant arrived in Manila on Tuesday evening wearing a stylish barong Tagalog outfit, a kind of traditional Filipino clothing.

Chalita Suansane took to social media to share photos of her in a modern barong Tagalog top decorated with a simple black belt, and white bell bottom pants.

“Safe and sound. Sawasdee ka & Mabuhay,” the 22-year-old Thai beauty queen wrote in the caption of one photo.

Suansane also shared a short video greeting of her on Facebook. “”Mabuhay, Philippines. I am Chalita Suansane para sa Miss Universe pageant. Maraming salamat po!” she said.

Two days before her flight to Manila, Suansane posted a photo of her with her 11 suitcases with the caption “Are you ready?”

Suansane is vying for the coveted Miss Universe crown set to be passed on by outgoing titleholder Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines on Jan. 30 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. YG/CDG

Source: TheNation

Enrique Iglesias to Cuba for new single

Enrique Iglesias has chosen Cuba as a destination for the filming of his new single Súbeme a la Radio.

Enrique is working on it with the reggae duo Zion & Lennox from Puerto Rican and Cuban singer Descemer Bueno. Enrique said this in a video on Twitter.

The artists take the accompanying music video on in Havana. Iglesias has worked with Descemer Bueno, for his single Bailando which came out in 2014.

The new single is the successor to the hit Duele el Corazón who took Enrique with Wisin. The Spanish singer has announced no album according to Billboard.

Star of Mariah Carey on Walk of Fame vandalized

The star of Mariah Carey on the Hollywood Walk of Fame defaced. The Los Angeles police on Sunday has included the declaration and commenced an investigation, reports TMZ.

Mariah Carey‘s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was vandalized over the weekend … in a much more subtle way than Donald Trump‘s.

A rep for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce tells us … they called the LAPD Sunday and they gave cops a lead — someone on Instagram claimed responsibility.We’re told it cost $1,500 to restore the star. Hollywood Historic Trust has already had it cleaned up.

Cops are on the hunt. They’re pulling surveillance video. The investigation is for felony vandalism.

No word if James Otis has an alibi.

Tourist looks for safety

Nothing adventurous, risky and dangerous. The average vacationer chooses for security during his vacation this summer.

Vacationers find this summer a sense of security on their vacation is more important than ever.

Of all consumers say 60% consciously paying attention to safety aspects when choosing hotel and destination.

“That has never been so high,” says director Kees van der Most NBTC Nipo, who did with trendwatcher Cherry Laboratory research on the travel trends this season. The results are presented today at the ‘Holiday Fair’ in Utrecht / Netherlands

Large guarded all-inclusive resorts and parks are responding with more and more facilities and entertainment indoors.

“Tourists are also in need of familiar places, which are also safer in their perception. Even retro places like Benidorm are back “, also Italy, the former Yugoslavia and Portugal are in demand.

Attacks make tourists wary.

Thailand – Southern provinces brace for further heavy downpours and landslides today.

Southern provinces brace for further heavy downpours and landslides today.

There are fears that the expected worsening flooding could be exacerbated by landslides in at-risk areas.

The 11 provinces are Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Phattthalung, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Trang. In Nakhon Si Thammarat yesterday, there was a landslide at the Thung Song-Ron Phibun section of Highway No 41, where motorists were forced to use one lane to transit the area.

Nakhon Si Thammarat International Airport also announced an additional suspension of services for today and tomorrow due to a flooded runway. Technicians are scheduled to inspect the runway and the airport’s electronics systems today.

Meanwhile, Lower Pak Phanang Irrigation Office director Kornnarom Wannakul said the Pak Phanang River basin was inundated with 1 billion cubic metres of floodwater, which would take up to 20 days to drain.

In Sichon district in Nakhon Si Thammarat, soldiers from the Fourth Special Warfare Camp yesterday trekked six kilometres to aid residents of Ban Huai Kaew (Moo 3), where about 50 homes were damaged by floodwaters and a bridge connecting the village to the outside world was destroyed.

In a separate assessment, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation chief Chatchai Phromlert yesterday said since January 1 the Southern floods had already affected 958,602 residents in the 12 provinces of Phatthalung, Narathiwat, Yala, Songkhla, Pattani, Trang, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumphon, Ranong, Krabi and Prachuap Khiri Khan. Only in Yala had the situation been resolved, he added.

Along with the 21 reported death as of yesterday, two people were missing while five state offices, 218 road sections and 59 bridges were damaged, he said.

At Bang Saphan Hospital, officials erected sandbag barriers and installed water pumps. Although the hospital was not flooded, its surgery and childbirth services were suspended as equipment was removed as a precaution, while 30 critical patients out of the 100 being treated at the facility were moved to a six-storey building on the hospital grounds as a precaution.

As rain continued yesterday, three reservoirs in Bang Saphan were at capacity, while the area’s Anubal Bang Saphan School was closed.

In Krabi’s Muang district, which was hit by flash flooding on Sunday, floodwaters receded yesterday and the bodies of two drowned men were recovered.

Muang Krabi Municipality mayor Kiratisak Phukaoluan said 400 homes in the area had been damaged, mostly along Klong Krabi Yai, where the flooding was more extensive than that seen during the 2011 floods. His office has set up a flood-aid centre at Thesabal 1 Talad Kao School. Khao Phanom district reported that a 60-year-old woman was missing as a result of Sunday’s flooding.

A traffic policeman in Muang Krabi, Sgt-Major Kritthanapol Samranjit, was swept away by floodwaters at about 9.15pm on Sunday after he saved a child from drowning, but he was found alive tangled in a bamboo stand at about 2am yesterday. The exhausted policeman was rushed to Krabi Hospital and released later yesterday.

In Trang, whose six districts were declared flood-disaster zones affecting 50,000 people, various state offices continued to remain closed along with 25 schools including the 1,800-student Saparachinee 2 School that was under floodwaters of up to three metres deep.

Source: TheNation

Famous ‘tunnel tree’ felled by rain

SACRAMENTO – One of the most famous trees in the United States collapsed after heavy rain storms.

The Pioneer Cabin tree has fallen! This iconic and still living tree – the tunnel tree – enchanted many visitors. The storm was just too much for it.

The huge Seqoia in Calaveras Big Trees Nature Park was a popular destination for tourists because a tunnel was made by the tribe. The hole was so big that a car could drive through and was carved 137 years ago.

Another photo from this morning at the Pioneer Cabin Tree shows the #21 sign that goes with the trail guide, along with the huge roots that were yanked out the ground. The tree will most likely remain where it fell, providing habitat for many creatures and slowly decomposing to improve the soil for future sequoias. Photo’s by Claudia Beymer

The last storm, the worst in a decade in the area, the more than thousand year old tree was eventually fatal, the park announced on Facebook.

‘La La Land’ waltzes to huge victory at Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES – Whimsical modern-day musical “La La Land” pirouetted its way into major Oscars contention Sunday as it swept the board at the Golden Globes, the glitziest party of the showbiz year.

Damien Chazelle’s nostalgic tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals picked up all seven of the statuettes for which it was nominated — giving the film momentum as it launches its campaign for next month’s Academy Awards.

    The film’s influence was felt from the opening moments of the three-hour ceremony — host Jimmy Fallon and a slew of stars got the bash underway with a parody of some of the iconic scenes from the movie, which is set in Los Angeles.

    “This is a film for dreamers,” said Emma Stone, who took home the prize for best actress in a musical/comedy for her role as aspiring actress Mia.


Malaysia – Carving out his own niche

Luthier Jeffrey Yong explains why he likes to use nontraditional wood for his guitars

Alder, ash, basswood, maple – these are just some of the woods used to craft the body of guitars. Malaysian Jeffrey Yong, though, has always preferred to use the tonewoods, as the cuts are known, from trees found in the region, and over the course of his career has crafted his instruments from the rain tree, rambutan tree, mango tree, rosewood, and cengal amongst others.

Now he’s hoping to try his hand at using Musang King, the wood of a type of durian tree.

Yong, 58, is one of the very few luthiers in the region. He has received various international awards and is often invited to exhibit his instruments overseas.

His career as a luthier started in the mid-1980s, the day, he laughs, when he realised he would never become the No 1 guitarist in the world. In 1985 he bought a set of equipment and started making musical instruments, travelling abroad to refine his skills and place orders for his materials.

“On one occasion when I was buying wood overseas to make guitars, the locals asked me why I was buying wood overseas when Malaysia is famous for exporting wood,” he recalls. “That really woke me up.

“At first my instruments made with non-traditional wood were treated with suspicion,” he says. “But as long as the sound produced is good, the process and raw materials are not important and musicians quickly came to understand that.”

The highest point of his 31-year career came when he won the top prize for a guitar made with rain tree wood in a contest organised by The Guild of American Luthiers (GAL) in 2006.

“It was like an athlete taking part in Olympics. Competing with so many others, I felt extremely small and never thought I had a chance to win.”

Yet Yong remains sad that despite receiving international recognition and fame, the majority of Malaysians do not know him. His Malaysian students make up only one per cent of his total students.

“A university lecturer told me that would-be luthiers are take to Japan to visit a factory manufacturing musical instruments,” he laments.

Yong describes making a musical instrument as similar to painting. “You need time and or inspiration. It might take two to three months perhaps even one year,” he says, adding that his classes do however enable students to make a guitar in two weeks.

In addition to guitar, he also makes the ukulele, sape and sundatang, traditional musical instruments from Sarawak.

One problem he faces is requests from people wanting tailor-made musical instruments. “They usually want a smaller musical instrument or one that fits their physical size. I always say no.

“Take a piano for example. A small child can play a standard size piano. He or she doesn’t need one made to scale.”

Yong is also the founder of Institute Guitar Malaysia and is often called upon to give lessons.

He tells parents not to just sign up their kids for classes for the sake of it nor impose their own interest in music on their children.

“The starting point for learning music is important. Let the children understand and like music. Don’t push them into sitting exam after exam. They play without knowing their mistakes. They can play difficult music pieces but they play without soul.”

He advises parents who feel their kids do have a talent for music not to rush them. “Don’t push them into attending music school. That will kill a child’s interest in music. Instead let them decide when they are ready.

“People tend to buy a guitar, learn how to play a couple of songs then complain that they are unable to make a living with music. They have never explored music in a professional manner. But you can make a career out of music. Music teachers, for example, have a good income.”

Yong is now planning to start classes in China, hoping to pass down his luthier skills to the new generation of Chinese.

Source: TheNation

Mariah Carey stopped on social media

Mariah Carey shows via her Twitter account known that for the time being to stop on social media.
She does this after the controversy that arose on her New Year performance on Times Square the was completely fallen into the water.

Maria Carey on Twitter

‘Memphis Depay engaged with beautiful Lori Harvey’

Playboy & Manchester United player Memphis Depay engaged with beautiful Lori Harvey.

It seems that the stepdaughter of presenter and comedian Steve Harvey has engaged to football player Memphis Depay (22).

Lori and the in Moordrecht (Netherlands) born Memphis be since early last year together. Lori came first into the picture during the farewell to the footballer at his former club PSV.
She then appeared as an unknown woman at his side.

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