Also known as lotus shoes, these tiny shoes were made in China for a woman with bound feet, during the late 19th Century. The sole is made of layers of cotton and cloth pasted onto a wooden board and the upper is made of embroidered silk. Big feet were seen as ugly so a woman skilled in foot binding would start binding girls feet when they were between 5 and 7 years old. They would be bound frequently over a period of about 2 years until they were the ideal size of 3 inches. The heel needed to be full and round with the big toe coming to a thin point.
The latest shoes fashion in Japan , Walking tall and proud
For anyone contemplating marriage, here are six straightforward recommendations that will increase the chance of living happily ever after.
1) “Don’t marry the person you think you can live with. Marry the one you can’t live without.”
There’s great truth in this advice. Marriage can be difficult even when two people are passionately in love with one another, but it is murder when they don’t even have that foundation to build on.
2) Don’t marry someone who has characteristics that you feel are intolerable.
You may plan to change him or her in the future, but that probably won’t happen. Behavior runs in deep channels that were cut during early childhood, and it is very difficult to alter them. In order to change a deeply ingrained pattern, you have to build a sturdy dam, dig another canal and reroute the river in new direction. That effort is rarely successful over the long haul. Therefore, if you can’t live with a characteristic that shows up during courtship, it may plague you for the rest of your life.
3) Do not marry impulsively!
I can think of no better way to mess up your life than to leap into this critical decision without careful thought. Remember, the dating relationship is designed to conceal information, not reveal it. Both partners put on their best faces for the one they seek to attract. They guard secrets that might be a turn-off. Therefore, many newlyweds get a big surprise during the first year of married life. I suggest that you take at least a year to get beyond the façade and into the inner character of the person.
4) Do not move in with a person before marriage.
To do so is a bad idea because it undermines a relationship and often leads to divorce. Studies show that couples who live together before marriage have a 50 percent greater chance of divorce than those who don’t – based on 50 years of data. Those who cohabit also have less satisfying and more unstable marriages. Why? The researchers found that those who had lived together later regretted having “violated their moral standards,” and “felt a loss of personal freedom to exit out the back door.” Furthermore, and in keeping with the theme of marital bonding, they have “stolen” a level of intimacy that is not warranted at that point, nor has it been validated by the degree of commitment to one another.
5) Don’t get married too young.
Making it as a family requires some characteristics that come with maturity, such as selflessness, stability and self-control. It’s best to wait for their arrival.
6) Committed to each other for life.
Finally, the ultimate secret of lifelong love is this: Simply put, the stability of marriage is a by-product of an iron-willed determination to make it work. If you choose to marry, enter into that covenant with the resolve to remain committed to each other for life. Never threaten to leave your mate during angry moments. Don’t allow yourself to consider even the possibility of divorce. Calling it quits must not become an option for those who want to go the distance.
Every bride wants to show off her wedding jewelry on her big day. Wedding jewelry is a great way to spice up your wedding day. Be proud of the sparkle and the attention focus on you. Heard the phrase "queen for a day?" Chinese practically invented the idea of bride and groom being empress and emperor for the day.
In 1987, the UN General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. The date marks the 1987 signing of the declaration adopted at the International Conference against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, and its avowed purposed is "to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse."
Indonesian anti-drug activists shrouded to represent death perform during a small demonstration in recognition of International Anti-drug day Thursday, June 26, 2008 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The purpose of the campaign is to warn people about the danger of drugs. The other aim is to encourage people who are already involved in addiction to solve their problem immediately.
A 22-YEAR-old Vietnamese man has died months after selling his left kidney in neighbouring China through an organ trading ring. University student To Cong Luan, who went to China last year and returned home in April in a vegetative state, died in his home town in southern Ninh Thuan province on Saturday, the Thanh Nien (Young People) daily said. The student's father, To Cong Son, last month petitioned the Ho Chi Minh City police department and the prosecutor's office to investigate the case of Luan, who was also a haemophiliac, the newspaper reported. "The father called on relevant authorities to speed up a probe into the alleged kidney sale racket in China, which was the main reason for the young man's death,'' the daily said, showing a picture of the emaciated patient.
Mr Luan was sent home in early May from a Ho Chi Minh City hospital, and his condition improved for three weeks before sharply deteriorating shortly before his death, his father was quoted as saying. Earlier this year, police in southern Soc Trang province began investigating an alleged ring sending local people to China to sell their kidneys, but no results had been made available, the daily said. Currently, under Vietnamese law, the selling of organs is a crime.Desperate for money to support his pregnant girlfriend, Luan, a second-year student at the No 2 Industrial Technical High School, had sold his left kidney.
22-year-old To Cong Luan, pictured in April in Ho Chi Minh City, was in a vegetative state after allegedly selling his kidney in China
They stand in line in the stinking slums, their shirts lifted and arms raised to reveal the 13-inch long scars carved into their sides. Poor, desperate and mutilated - these are the human victims of the profitable trade in kidneys in the Philippines. For a cash payment of £1,000 - a fantastic amount in a country where 15million people earn a dollar a day - each of these "volunteers" has donated an organ to a wealthy foreigner.
Low-slung trousers are fashionable among some young people in US. These young men wearing their pants below the crack of their ass with a fancy belt. Louisiana and Florida town has banned the fashion. Don't wear your pants too low or be fined.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
I have interest in any sort of challenging outdoor activity, especially any related to nature exploration such as jungle trekking, rock climbing, snorkeling and diving. I also enjoy playing basketball, table soccer, participating in marathons, reading online journals and choreographing dance during my leisure time. Last but not least, I have a huge passion for photography and learning different languages and cultures, which became my main motivation to pursue my degree in Mass Communication and take Broadcasting as my degree major.
What is your career ambition?
TV host, film director and a successful entrepreneur.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment?
My proudest personal accomplishment by far is being the owner of an online fashion business, www.sisterlyvintage.com which was personally set up and handled since late last year. It focuses on the latest trendy clothing targeting female buyers in the age range of 18 - 26 years old. On a bright note, the business has not met its' loss and has been gaining profit up until today. Fingers crossed that the business will expand and this would be the stepping stone to my dream of having my own fashion line.
A total of 80 contestants will stay in HCM City Vietnam till June 24, then go to Hoi An Town (June 25), Hanoi (June 26), Ha Long (June 27-28) and Nha Trang (June 29-July 15).Besides participating in fashion shows, parades, on-the-beach and charity activities, competitors will go to some famous landscapes in Vietnam to make a 9-minute video advertising the host country’s tourism. It will be broadcast on the US’ NBC channel during the 2-hour contest on the morning of July 14 (Vietnam time).
Miss Malaysia, Miss Curacao and Miss Finland
Schedule of Miss Universe pageant in Nha Trang:
- June 29 evening: welcome party
- July 2 evening: swimsuit show at Vinpearland
- July 3, 4, 6 evenings: Gala Night
- July 8 evening: final performance
- July 13 evening: final competition
- July 14 morning: crown ceremony
The winner of the 2008 Miss Universe® Pageant, which will broadcast live on NBC July 13th from the Crown Convention Center in Nha Trang, Vietnam, will be crowned with the masterpiece which was designed by Rosalina Tran Lydster of Jewelry by Rosalina and Ms. Dang Thi Kim Lien of CAO Fine Jewelry. The crown, valued at $120 thousand dollars, is made of 18K white and yellow gold. It is comprised of over 1,000 precious stones; including 555 white diamonds (30 carats), 375 cognac diamonds (14 carats), 10 smoky quartz crystals (20 carats) and 19 morganite gemstones (60 carats). The colors of the jewels chosen for the crown have great significance. The yellow luster of the gold represents the prosperous thriving economy in Vietnam. White, light pink and cognac are the main hues in the crown which represent inspiration and feeling.
HOPE MISS MALAYSIA UNIVERSE WILL BRING IT BACK
Miss Universe: 15 contestants selected for final
The first official competition of the Miss Universe 2008 pageant took place on 9th July at the Crown Convention Centre in the coastal city of Nha Trang. Though called the preliminary or presentation night, actually the performance was the semi-final. Contestants had to try their best to show off their beauty and their charm to enter the top 15 candidates. They will be announced at the crown ceremony in the morning on July 14. The eighty contestants appeared in swimwear and night gowns.
Update: 14th July 2008
The top 15 beauties: Miss Venezuela, Miss Kosovo, Miss Vietnam, Miss South Africa, Miss Australia, Miss Japan, Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Italy, Miss Colombia, Miss Russia, Miss Hungary, Miss Czech Republic, Miss USA, and Miss Spain.
Miss Universe Final 14th July 2008
Miss Venezuela Dayana Mendoza, with her professional performance and self-confidence, was crowned Miss Universe 2008.
First runner-up: Miss Colombia
Second runner-up: Miss Dominican Republic
Third runner-up: Miss Russia
Fourth runner-up: Miss Mexico
Miss Friendly: Miss El Salvador
Best traditional costume: Miss Thailand
Best Laugh: Miss USA fell on stage
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman student Levy Li Su Lin was crowned Miss Malaysia Universe 2008, beating 13 other contenders. The 20-year-old representing Terengganu, who is also a part-time model, is heading to Nha Thrang, Vietnam for the Miss Universe 2008 Pageant in mid-June. The crowd favourite also clinched five of the 16 subsidiary titles at the beauty pageant held at The Gardens Hotel, Mid Valley. Her interpretation of the pageant's theme “Real women behind the beauty” won her rapturous applause.“Beauty must come in a whole package and it is just as its letters suggest –
T, tall that means standing tall and be confident, and
Y, yourself,” she said.
UPDATE: 30 MAY 2009
MISS MALAYSIA UNIVERSE 2009
KUALA LUMPUR: Newly-crowned Cute model 21 year-old JoannaBelle Ng Li Vun (C) was crowned Miss Malaysia Universe 2009 during the final pageant held at Royale Chulan in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur May 30, 2009. Crownd favourite, Cassandra Patrick (L), was justed first runner-up. While Claudia Tania Sibert (R) was second runner-up. The 2009 beauty queen JoannaBelle who hails from Kota Kinabalu in the Malaysian state of Sabah. She is of Chinese-Indian ancestry and will compete in 2009 Miss Universe Pageant. Miss Universe 2009 , the 58th Beauty Universe Pageant, will be held at the Atlantis Paradise Island, in Nassau, Bahamas on August 23, 2009. Dayana Mendoza , from Venezuela, winner of Miss Universe 2008 , will crown her successor in the event. Eighteen Malaysian women competed in this year's Miss Universe Malaysia contest. The event showcases the unrelentless efforts by the organizers to raise the standards of Miss Malaysia contest. They invited Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005 as one of the judges. Also former beauty queens to the contest and allowed them to share their experiences to the contestants.