Travel The World. The Late Charlie See Style. V.S.O.P Newspaper Cutting.

    The late Charlie See was the appointed Direct Representative and The Official Cameraman of Long Beach Beauty Congress. He had travelled the world from Borneo to Jakarta and Bali, then on to the European continent and even to Burma to witness Miss Burma contest in the 60s!. Among his travel was when he accompanied Gladys Zender, Miss Universe from Peru around the world on behalf of Max Factor, Hollywood.
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Miss World China 2011 Launching Event in Beijing.

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    Alexandria Mills and Miss World of the Miss World Chairman Julia Morley Were Organisation in Beijing on March 30th to Attend the launch of this year's national final for the People's Republic of China's Entry into Miss World 2011.

    This year's competition Carries three themes of "love", "green" and "happiness", and the eventual winner will hope to embody These three characteristics. The auditions, heats and semi-finals due to take place across the country over the coming months, with the final events Scheduled for August in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province.

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Zhang Zi Lin, Miss World 2007 In Her Latest Magazine Cover.

Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova in Ploy Gam Petch magazine.

Rozanna Purcell, Miss Universe 2010 Dress Rehearsal Photo.

Asian Model Search Malaysia 1994. Old Newspaper Cutting.

    Pertandingan ini telah dimenangi oleh Tan Mang Ling. Beliau yang lebih dikenali sebagai LING kini merupakan "muse" kepada Zang Toi dan juga supermodel terkenal di seluruh dunia terutamanya di New York. Jika pembaca semua lihat dalam gambar di atas, paling kanan adalah model terkenal tanahair iaitu Tengku Azura. Dalam pertandingan ini, beliau meraih tempat kedua di belakang Ling.

    Bahan oleh: AMET, Pelangi Beach Resort Lngkawi, Malaysia.
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New Things

    New Tables

    New Paintings

    New Blue and White Bone Inlay Boxes and Pink Inlay boxes too...

    Another new painting

    And another fabulous and very reasonably priced table

    It really is like Christmas at Black & Spiro lately with all of the beautiful new things we have arriving from our overseas suppliers and also our wonderful Australian suppliers too.  Here are a few things which just arrived in this week.  I am finding it hard not to take things home.  I whisked one of the new pink inlaid trays home with me yesterday and I am obsessed with it...almost as much as my garden!!!
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YUNA The Famous Malaysian Singer Met up With Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih.

Who Says Miss Universe Can't Go Nuts?...hahahaha

Dalia The Mermaid. Miss Universe Dominican Republic 2011. New Photos.


Miss Universe Mauritius 2011. Latest Studio Photo. Super Beauty.


    Miss Universe Malaysia Nation Wide Casting Call Continues to Historic Malacca – Will It Find The Girl Who Will Make History For Malaysia?
    Malacca, Malaysia, March 30 2011: The search for the next Miss Malaysia and MISS UNIVERSE MALAYSIA returns from East Malaysia following the second stop on the nationwide tour. This follows well-received stops in Petaling Jaya and Kuching earlier this month.
    Are you between the ages of 18 and below 27 as of February 1st 2012? Do you have a burning desire to see the world? A vibrant personality and being at least 163 cm tall is required as well.
    Well, if you meet those requirements then the MISS UNIVERSE MALAYSIA ORGANISATION wants YOU!
    The world’s premier and Malaysia’s most sought after beauty pageant title in the Universe! The Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation is seeking qualified Malaysian women to compete in the Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 national pageant and a new Reality Television Show.
    Featuring major changes to the way beauty pageants are held in Malaysia, the pageant seeks to identify and groom the next candidate to represent Malaysia at Miss Universe in 2012. The Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 Casting Call will be at the Ground Floor of Mahkota Parade on Saturday and Sunday (April 02 and April 03, 2011) from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Early birds stand a chance to receive a FREE make-over, courtesy of Xpression Master, Rimmel London and A Cut Above stylists!
    “We’re crowning Miss Universe Malaysia a year in advance from now on, to allow for more time to make her SHINE before she competes at Miss Universe. The candidates we found in Selangor and Sarawak were very talented – but we heard that Malacca was a historic location that is rich with talent and beauty. Perhaps the next world class talent is waiting to be discovered,” explained Andrea Fonseka, National Director of the Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation. Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 will be crowned in November this year. The 2012 Miss Universe Malaysia search also features RM200,000 in prizes and opportunities to the winning candidates.
    Celebrity, model and television personality Deborah Henry, who recently won the Miss Universe Malaysia 2011 title, will represent Malaysia at Miss Universe 2011 in Sao Paolo, Brazil on September 12, 2011.
    The nationwide search is the first step towards finding the next Miss Universe Malaysia candidate and ensuring that she continues to work her way towards becoming the FIRST Malaysian Miss Universe in history!
    This year also features the FIRST TIME that a reality television show will be used as part of the qualification process.
    Here’s how it works:
    ·         The national search will allow aspiring Miss Universe Malaysia’s to nominate themselves by having their pictures taken at the venues
    ·         The shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet the judges in Kuala Lumpur with the lucky 50 being selected for the next stage
    ·         The shortlisted candidates will then be placed within a sealed and secured SECRET location where they will undergo training, grooming and challenges – all on reality television (which we’ll reveal the details of later!)
    ·         The final 10 from this show will then be judged on Gala Night with the winner being crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2012

    Road Show Locations
    The Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 Casting Call pit-stops will continue on to three more stops after Malacca.
    The confirmed venues and dates are as follows:
    City                                         Mall                                         Date                           
    Penang                                   Queensbay Mall                    16 – 17 April 2011
    Kota Kinabalu, Sabah          1Borneo Hypermall              23 – 24 April 2011
    Petaling Jaya                         Sunway Pyramid                   30 April – 01 May 2011

    Qualifying Requirements for Miss Universe Malaysia
    The contestant must be between the ages of 18 and under 27 as of February 01 2012, non-married and non-Muslim. She must not be divorced; must never have been married or had a marriage annulled; and must not have had children. A Malaysian or Malaysian passport holder, she must also have a minimum height of 163 cm.

    For the latest information on road show venues, dates, times and other ways to enter the Search for Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 please visit or TWITTER @MissUniverseMY.

    For SPONSORSHIP and PARTNERSHIP opportunities please contact Stephen P Francis at for more information.

    Stephen P Francis / Michele Malini Mahendra
    Arcis Communications Malaysia
    P: +03.7805.7133
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Garden Pots Inside

    After planting a few little pots for my garden table on the weekend I have been thinking I might do a few more so that I can bring some inside to put on the table in our lounge room or to place down the centre of the dining table when we have people over for dinner.  I also love how they are placed on the bench in the bathroom I have posted above.  I think it would be a nice idea to find an old rack with perforated shelves {like Brooke's} so that I can store lots of potted up succulents and also my potted bulbs and herbs in the garden near our garden shed.  Lots to do!!

    PS.  If anyone is wanting to plant up some of these traditional little terracotta pots, I purchased mine from Bunnings.  I think they were approximately $2.50 per pot.  And if you live in Brisbane and want to purchase some bulbs then head to Bunnings as well.  Bulbs can be a bit tricky to buy here in Brisbane due to them not really liking our climate.   Oh and one more thing, if you want to plant some sweet peas you need to get them in this week if you live here!!  Mine were planted yesterday.  I can't wait to see them grow and flower over the coming weeks.

    PPS. I only know these things about when to plant etc. thanks to Merve, Uncle Robbie, my mother, my grandmother and the lovely man at Bunnings who is my new best friend.  What would I do without them!!

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Kate Plus 8 is BACK!

    cupcakeMAG gives you scoop with all things Kate and just how FABulous she is!  
    Check out the one on one chat with Kate Gosselin! 

    {All images courtesy of TLC}
    On Monday, April 4 at 10pm, TLC brings back all-new episodes of KATE PLUS 8. Excited yet? We are thrilled. The hour-long premiere episode follows Kate and her eight as they travel 21 hours across the globe to Australia – the longest flight they’ve ever taken. Read on to see what they have been up to as they have never stopped filming. Get to know Kate a little more - from her pet peeves to her style - Kate gives us a second look at her life. 

    In our interview we learned that Kate is only human as she confess to us that "My house is always somewhat 'clutter controlled', my bedroom/office is my 'dumping grounds' as I call it. It's always in half packed to go away mode and half unpacked mode... It's atrocious and I long for help in that arena...disturbing even on its best days..." She also filled us in our her newest pet peeves, " toys, snacks, cups, school paraphernalia, etc. rolling around my vehicle while driving" and like us, she probably couldn't survive without her iPhone. Kate is seriously an amazing mother and we were thrilled that she had a chance to fill us in on life. We just adore Kate and her amazing 8!

    1.) We have to say -- we missed YOU and are thrilled that Kate Plus 8 is back for a 2nd season. What can we expect to see this season? 

    We've not stopped filming at all so our crazily wonderful schedule has never missed a beat, but you can expect lots of travel to amazing places, some helping others, local history/education... Fun, fun, fun and lots of kid noise and mom's loud voice, as always! :)

    2.) Your latest book, I Just Want You to Know, how did that come about? It will be great for your kids to read and look back on one day. We loved the format of how you wrote it. 

    I Just Want You To Know was the combining of my journal I kept nearly daily while still married and before (Jon &) Kate plus 8 was a household name. It describes my struggles of that time with 8 young kids. Also laced into the book is a personal letter to each of my kids that describes them, my unique love for them, my challenges to them and my dreams for each of them. Overall, it's my favorite book I've written (on my own on my iPhone as I was traveling, no less) of my three. It's timeless and true and has surprisingly inspired moms all over to write a love letter to each of their children! Not intended, but a wonderful outcome! 

    3.) Over the years we have watched how organized you are and really, have to be. What suggestions do you have or what are some of your favorite tips to keep things organized?

    Do it now! If something needs to be labeled, taken care of, etc, do it now or at very least, keep a running to do list and make sure it gets on it now. My list is in the notes section of my iPhone and I have each week on it's own page with each date listed and things that need to get done on it daily (this mag interview was on today's list) as well as Target, Whole Foods list etc. I make lists! End of organizational story.

    4.) You are constantly on the go and always look so well put together. What is your go-to outfit?

    Aww, thanks. I go to: Jeans, a cute top and earrings and heels. Done.

    5.) Back to Kate Plus 8! How has the show changed? 

    Other than the obvious changes, the kids are growing up, developing friendships and schedules of their own, opinions, love of travel and knowledge and our life stress is changing in nature but constant so there's still lots of drama! Hopefully someday, you'll see me dating (gulp!) at some point... I'm moving towards considering a possibility of re-entering that world of dating... Maybe! {lol}
    6.) Are you glad to have the film crew back? I am sure the kids love having them!

    They've never gone and yes, we indeed love our friends.
    7.) You are one busy momma + have taught so many how you can balance + be a super woman. What's up next for you? 

    Currently I'm holding steady. However, I'm open always for more fun (I consider work fun... Love what I do!) and different new experiences in the media/TV world. I feel comfortable in my career and am constantly challenging myself to do more and do it well-- to the best of my ability! So, we shall see what 2011 brings my way!

    And lastly, get to Kate a little more! Read on to see just what who her latest love is....

    Likes: My dog Shoka -- I'm totally in love with him now (we got off to a rough puppy start but since getting him back, we are ALL in love with him). Very lucky he is part of our family. He absorbs worry and gives unconditional love!

    Dislikes: decaf coffee, cold coffee, coffee that is so strong I choke! 

    We seriously adore Kate (we need TEAM KATE shirts around here!) and can't wait for Season 2 of Kate Plus 8! Set your DVR's now and remember to watch Kate Plus 8 on TLC this Monday, April 4th! Check your local listings so you don't miss it! 

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Miss Israel 2011. Results and Winners Photos.

    Miss Israel Universo 2011
    Kim Edri

    1,75cm 18yo

    Miss Israel Mundo 2011
    Ella Ran

    1,82cm 21yo

    TOP 5
    Hani Maccabi
    Bar Marom
    Kim Akafi

    TOP 10
    Lia Mustayev
    Tal Avital
    Avia Harush
    Adi Roichman
    Adi Talias
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Haiz...Kalau Lah All Miss Malaysia Sehebat Nur Sajat,.....

    Kalau lah Miss Malaysia sehebat ini dengan muka ala-ala ratu alam fantasi, sudah lama Malaysia ni jadi "power house" ratu cantik dunia.

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