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Chopard Happy Spirit 21/01/2009

Spirited Away with this beautiful fragrance

Chopard Happy Spirit *Who?* The womens perfume 'Happy Spirit' is produced by family run Swiss based luxury company Chopard. Known more for their watches and jewellery, Chopard has branched out to produce a tidy line of accessories. The perfume shares its name with one particular collection that Chopard offers. *Packaging and bottle* The box is simple and neat, it's whitish pink and has the words 'Happy Spirit' written on it. It should also note the size of the perfume that you are buying as well as the Chopard logo, the ingredients and everything else you'd expect to find on a perfume box. The bottle though is really something. It is really beautiful, unique and very romantic. The bottle is heart shaped and sits at a slant which is very pretty on a dressing table. It draws inspiration from their jewellery as the faceted opening mimicks a diamond ring; interwining gems, one white gem and one lilac one which you twist. The bottle itself is pinkish purple but clear so you can see the liquid through it. On the side it edge is written 'Chopard' in white script. *Smell?* Happy Spirit is one of their lighter fragrances, not at all as musky or as heavy as for example, Casmir. It is not too delicate or too floral either which for me, is perfect. It's fresh and easy to wear but with some dark undertones from the musk. My only hesitancy is that some may find it a little young or slightly too sweet. It's feminine and a perfect spring time fragrance although can be pulled off all year ...

Chinatown - Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur 14/01/2009

Chinatown : More than just a night market...

Chinatown - Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur *Intro* Chinese entry into Malaysia started as far back into the 15th Century although was not capitalised until the 19th Century where traders became interested in both the spice trade of the Melakan Straits as well as running Malaysia's tin mines - once the country's main source of income. The Chinese immigrants were hardworking, and today, Malaysia's Chinese are at the center of much of the country's commercial activity. It is for this reason that Chinatown in KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA is a integral part of the multiracial city. Located only minutes away either by LRT or car from the 'golden triangle', Chinatown is a jungle of hot bargains, fantastic street food and throbbing nightlife. It is, in essence, where shopping, food and culture collide in this amazing city. *What is it?* Although the most famous part of Chinatown is a road called Petaling street, Chinatown has more to offer than just that. Survey the side streets and you will find small restaurants selling the best local food such as noodles or satay or fish as well as carts selling fruit [dare you try the king of the fruits, the dorian?]. There's also a couple of big restaurants such as Nandos and Mcdonalds as well as a few high streets stores such as Guardian [our equivalent of boots]. Of course, it is also a district for tourists so here you will find many mainly budget accommodation places as well as a few local dwellings. There is also a massive bus depo there, allowing passengers to travel to ...

Panic! At The Disco - A Fever You Can 08/01/2007

Panic! If you don't have this CD...

Panic! At The Disco - A Fever You Can * Panic at the who? * Panic! At the Disco are a 4 piece band straight out of Las Vegas burning their way onto record shelves across the world. Original and accessible, their music perhaps rates better with those who are avid fans of bands such as "Fall Out Boy"** or perhaps even "Blink 182" due to their similar styles; upbeat with though provoking lyrics, rather than the contraversially more serious bands we can see today. However this might seem like a gross misunderstanding...which it is. To me P!ATD are as relevant to those of a more pop background as they are acclaimed by rock artists. The catchy background, tongue catching lyrics and general professionalism can be admired from all over the spectrum. As a band I guess they can be described as slightly eccentric; which is a refreshing break in what seems like a middle music ground. Examples of this behaviour can be seen in their music videos where they like to play dress up; often donning circus type outfits. I am also led to believe that their concerts also follow similar suit, which are always sold out now, by the way. Including smash hit singles like "I write sins not tragedies" and "Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking off her clothes", P!ATD's "A fever you can't sweat out" is to me THE best album out right now. Undeniably their fame has been echoed throughout the world, putting them number one on my music list of 2006! * Where can I get a copy? * I picked up my copy of "A fever ...

AIESEC 25/09/2006

AIESEC UK HOT TO GO!

AIESEC *AIESEC History* Picture the scene. It's 1948, Post WW2 and the world is an uneasy, divided and broken state of affairs. Many homes have been damaged, many lives are destroyed, buildings have collapsed, and public relations are left in shreds. Trust in humankind has hit rock bottom, and the belief in a safer world is pretty much non existent. But some students set to change all of that. *Laying The Foundations* Students in the countries of Europe (led mainly by France and Germany) began to question their current world, and the reasons for war. The explanation they came up with was a lack of understanding between races, genders, lifestyle and cultures. Their analysis was simple; the more we understand each other, the less we take offence, the more we can connect, the easier it is to communicate, and the less we find a need to engage in battle. Engaged in the belief of their idea, the founding members of AIESEC started to build the organisation between the years of 1946-1948. Their clear identity later established at the Stockholm Congress of 1949. They defined their goal as 'to ascertain the peace and fulfilment of humankinds potential', and set about it through exchange. *Building the steps* The first exchange was done in 1949 where 89 students embarked on an exchange. Not only did this signify a belief in the system, but it also defined exchange as the core activity of the organisation. From then on, more and more countries and students began to ...

Dial A Flight 03/04/2006

Review about Dial - A - Flight

Dial A Flight *Introduction* Today I regail you with a tale of woe; of incorrect plane tickets, lost luggage and incomplete hotel bookings. Of long international phone calls, unnecessary tramau and repetitive mistakes. Today I invite you to share my world of terror with Dial - A - Flight. *The first time* Having used this company for a few years now (for reasons I wish to cover below), I still remain unsatisfied, and disheartened with the service they provide. I first used them after receiving one of those packs through the post. You know, those glossy type things which boast beautiful pictures of places all around the world, with a less than glossy price tag attatched to it? Well I thought I'd give them a chance, and as I flicked through the pages, I discovered an inexpensive flight to america, which I wanted to go to see my auntie. Fantastic I thought. I called them up and was put through to an operator and he took me through every step of the holiday details. He told me the price of each thing I was inquiring for, and gave me other options to help me make the best available decisions. He was so good I even booked a villa in Orlando with him for a week! Afterwards, he both faxed and emailed me the confirmation and I thought I was all set. The airport however, completely disagreed. Upon arriving to the airport, I found the correct desk and booked in, thinking at no point would I run into trouble. And here was where it all began. Through an error unknown to me ...

Magpie (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Stephen Fretwell 18/10/2005

Fancy some Fretwell?

Magpie (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Stephen Fretwell *So, who is he?* Stephen Fretwell is the best thing to have emerged from Scunthorpe - a town he once described as 'having no soul'. After discovering that academia just wasn't his thing (he lasted a full two days at university!), he dedicated his life to music and fully funded his early stages of his career. At only 23, Fretwell is now signed to 'Fiction Records' and happily produced 'Magpie' at Abbey Road Studios. His influence comes from Dylan, The Beatles, Cohen and even Jazz although his sound is much more comparable to the likes of James Blunt, Francis Dunnery and Damien Rice. Although he dislikes this categorization, he likes being viewed as the next Ryan Adams or Rufus Wainwright… And being coined as the most promising singer/songwriter of his time, I'd agree with that. *Why did you pick it?* Well, I'll be honest; I wasn't all too keen on him when he first appeared on stage at Brixton Academy supporting the delightful Keane. In fact, from his wild mop of hair and his rather relaxed clothing, I thought he was just setting up the stage - how wrong was I! Despite his somewhat Hobo appearances, he sat down on the stool centre stage, strummed a few notes on his guitar and the audience was mesmerized. His voice is beautiful, his style quite contemporary, following the footsteps of Damien Rice/James Blunt yet more low key. (This avoids excessive repition in all high street shops!) I like this; I find it more special when many people haven't experienced his true ...

Hugo Boss In Motion Blue Eau De Toilette Spray 09/09/2005

Boss in motion sprints to the top

Hugo Boss In Motion Blue Eau De Toilette Spray *Why this one?* As a female, my opinion on this may seem a little askew, seeing as though it's a male eau de toilette. However, with a lot of male friends (I do go to school with a lot of them before you Ciaoers start thinking other things!), finding a popular, classy scent has become almost a hobby of mine. This particular scent especially worked its magic on a boyfriend, who loved this version (as well as the original); so much that it later became known as his signature scent. *Outside first!* The bottle itself is similar to that of an orange; so it's round, yet not totally spherical as the bottom is flat so it can rest on surfaces easier. It's coated in a blue metallic pain which gives it a younger feel to it I think, than other traditional products on the market such as 'Safari' or Calvin Klein's 'Escape'. The liquid is released by pressing your thumb up on the underneath; this isn't too hard to do (especially if you're suffering from arthritis) but means if you're transporting it somewhere, chances are that it won't accidentally spill on all your clothes. *What about the scent?* By all definitions it's a beautiful fragrance, balancing masculinity without being totally overpowering. Although I'm slightly more in favour of the original boss in motion, this works very well as it is a little less intense; especially in the summer, or in the day. The smell itself lighter than the original boss, boasting a slightly citrus-y hint as well as revealing some darker ...

Qantas - QFA 08/09/2005

My Quibble with Quantas

Qantas - QFA *Why Qantas?* As many of my friends on here know, I've just returned from a beautiful two week holiday with my dad in Singapore. Normally, my usual choice of airline is Singapore Airlines but as I was booking late (and found this option to be over £400 cheaper!); I decided to use Qantas for my journey provider. I was optimistic about the journey as I'd heard good things from them (through members from Ciao! amongst others), and thought that considering they were used to long haul flights, the kangaroo should be an expert when it came to flying. *What happened?* I don't really like writing negative things, but my flight experience was actually miserable. Let me talk you through exactly what happened….. Houston, we have some problems! 1) Grounding control - Yup, problems from the word go - my ticket wasn't issued in the correct name and so I had to endure a long hour wait at customer services to get it sorted as well as paying at £25 correction fee. The actual problem was that Dial-A-Flight (the travel operator) had misspelled a letter in my name, and due to enhanced security measures, this had to be corrected. They then contacted Qantas who said that they'd accept the name misspelled as long as a copy of the passport was attached, so they could make the provision for it before I travelled. This just wasn't the case - poor customer service and unfounded organisational links were the primary cause of failure, which I didn't appreciate as I had already been told it ...

General: Singapore 15/08/2005

I dispute Mr. Official Man - look around you!

General: Singapore "The only country in the world where everybody is happy doesn't exist - because everybody is dead in that country." - Singaporean official governing "Speaker's Corner" in Singapore (BBC World, "Simpson's World", Feb.2.2001) *Why Singapore?* As some of you may have read my other review 'Beyond My Control - The tale of losing a father', you will know that my dad doesn't live with me. Instead, he chose to live on the beautiful island of Singapore which means that I get to visit almost every summer- not bad eh? So anyway, having been there twice already, this year I thought I'd pop over again and see my dad, taking along my sister (15) and my cousin (12) - wish me luck, I leave on Friday. *Where is it?* Singapore can be found situated in south - Eastern Asia, in-between the likes of Malaysia and Indonesia. It is the name given to a few small islands, rather than just one single place, and is beautifully warm all year round, showing no variance in seasons! This year, I'm choosing to start my journey from Heathrow, terminal 2, with a £680 return ticket with Qantas to Changi Airport - this is a pretty good price as last year I paid over a grand for the same distance flight with Singapore Airlines! The flight is around 13 hours (and believe me, every single minute is felt… In fact, it hurts just to type it), and then it's only a short distance to my dad's house. Everything in the main island is easily reachable, as it only takes about an hour and a half to ...

Vilamora (Portugal) 14/08/2005

Not Sure-a? Choose Vilamoura!

Vilamora (Portugal) 'We (Portugal) were a world power for about 15 minutes' (see end ^) *Why Vilamoura?* Faced with the prospect of a long, easy summer after the gruelling 19 exams I had (yes, 19!), I thought it was the perfect opportunity to take a holiday with some of my close friends to somewhere slightly exotic, yet on a reasonable budget. Now, here's where I feel I'm cheating the place slightly by letting you all on a little secret - personally my first choice wasn't Portugal. I had a long list of places I wanted to try; Turkey, Majorca, Spain, Budapest, Greece, Italy… even Russia! But Portugal didn't find herself on the list for reasons, now, unbeknown to me. Anyway though, after much searching and realising it was getting late (December 04 by this point), I began to fully get my act together and search out some private villas with the capacity of up to 12 people - by no means an easy task I tell you! I did however manage to find this absolute gem of a place in Vilamoura - and so with a little consultation with the group (and the assurance it was a massive £1000 cheaper to rent!), I went ahead and booked it up. Flights and transfers then followed with the same private holder (he's a star I tell you!) And we soon found ourselves on board the plane on the 1st July 2005. *Where is it?* Vilamoura can be found situated in the Algarve (the extreme South of Portugal), in-between the likes of Albufeira and Amansil. It is the name given to the area, rather than to a specific ...

Tony Hawk's Underground (Xbox) 03/08/2005

Going Underground with Tony...

Tony Hawk's Underground (Xbox) *What is it?* Tony Hawk's Underground (THU) is a Neversoft created, skate boarding game that allows the player to be a particular skate boarder (such as Rodney Mullen or Jamie Thomas or more notably, Tony Hawk) and complete the various levels set out using skill, technique and advice given on screen. *Why did you buy it?* I have a long summer of nothingness ahead of me - ahh the life of a prospective uni student! - and so this looked like a good choice. I already have Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3, so I thought it would be nice to try a later version. *How much was it?* I purchased it 'preowned' from Game - 3 for £20 - it was £9.97 by itself. I know that you can buy it first hand from game, or another kind of games shop for around £30. Personally, I'd stick to the preowned. They're just as good as getting them brand new - and almost a third the cost! *Ok, what's the storyline* The one thing that sets this game apart from the rest of the series is the distinct story line that it follows… It starts off in the bedroom of your character who's dream is to establish himself as a skater, with only a beaten up board and the advice of your best friend, Eric. The player then gets the chance to choose to play as a well known skater such as Chad Muska, or create their own character using the very good selection of editing features such as differing facial features, a variety of clothes and all the choice of colours. Also, there is the option of downloading your ...

Top 10 Drinks Cocktails 01/08/2005

Seductive Serving!

Top 10 Drinks Cocktails *Introduction* This challenge has particularly taken my fancy as being the summer period; most people appear to be jetting off to luxurious places - where you can find some stunning drinks! Instead of just rattling off 10 (which I could do very easily!), I thought I'd put some thought into it, break it up into 10 categories and search for the most appealing drink that could win that category! I hope this helps your search for the best cocktail drink and that you can enjoy a few of these wherever you maybe this summer! This is also ideal for a party if you're having friends over! P.S.) It might be advisable to check out some member advice on cures for a hang over - you might need it! 1) Most Fruity: Finding something fruity in the cocktail realm shouldn't have been that hard, but trying to find one that buzzed something a little bit extra is hard work! 'Boos Bonanza' was the one that managed to shine through, winning our opening category. How to Make it: 30ml of Apricot Brandy 15ml of light rum 15ml of golden rum 15ml of dark rum 90ml of mango nectar 60ml of apricot juice 30ml of pineapple juice Pour all the ingredients into a shaker and mix well. Serve with pineapple leaves, mango, cherry and apricot slices as a garnish. 2) *Most Exciting* This category called for something unusual, something attention grabbing and something that had an interesting name! I also wanted something that used a lot of garnishing as with food and drink, ...

Moral Dilemmas 3 26/07/2005

Lying, Drinking, Springer... That's the life eh?

Moral Dilemmas 3 'As a Christian this should be easy. The principle is to keep it biblical, and 'Do unto others as you'd have them do to you'. Many Thanks to Supersexycoolchick for the creation of this quiz… DILEMMA 1). You're working as the main receptionist for a large factory. The boss has been looking for a bookkeeper for a month with no replies until last week when your brother lost his job as the firm he was with ceased trading, and his interview is this afternoon. Your boss is desperate, and you've put in a good word, even though your brother only has a years experience. The job seems his for the taking, until that morning someone hand delivers an application form. A quick glance reveals that this person is far better qualified and would be a real asset in any company. Do you give your boss the application form? RESPONSE I don't have a brother - so I'll change it to my sister. Hmm… a bookie isn't really that hard a job now is it? And sure, if my sister had some experience than that's better than nothing no? I'd have to 'accidentally' misplace it until after my sister's interview. That way if she fails then the other guy gets a chance. And if she succeeds, then I can hold it over her head for a long time…. *Wicked evil cackle* DILEMMA 2). Your friend tells you he thinks his wife's having an affair, but has no proof.. You think it's ludicrous as she loves him very much. You have a great deal of respect for them both. Then you see him with another woman, looking more ...

Big Brother 6 (2005) 19/07/2005

Is series six too serious for you?

Big Brother 6 (2005) *Foreword* After someone picked up on the fact I hadn't written a new review in ages, and after suggesting (well, I forced them to suggest) a particular topic, I duly accepted the challenge. So, I dedicate this to one of my favourite ciao-ers. Unfortunately, he seems to have left the site without any warning… and so this is in virtual memory of geordielad77. With love. xx *To Begin….* Cross-dressers? Secret Gardens? Witches? Fighting about mince meat? And these are just a few tactics C4 have used to engage the public into yet another (the sixth, in fact) series of the ridiculously addictive big brother! *So what exactly is big brother then eh? * Well, if anyone has read George Orwell - 1984, then they will know that big brother is a metaphor. It is a name for an all seeing sort of world where every moment is watched, viewed and more importantly scrutinised. Fast forward to 2005 and low and behold, we witness series 6 - with the house mates under surveillance, being watched and debated by the harshest critic of all time - us, the public! I'm not too sure of the origins of the show, but undeniably I think it must have been an experiment... you know, one of those things that sort of monitor what people do so we can find out strange statistics like how many pieces of a bread a person will eat in 2 weeks or discover that you are 1 cm taller in the morning than at any other time or the fact that the average taste bud will only survive 10 days! Ok, so I'm ...

Morbid Florist - Anal Cunt 26/06/2005

A what?!

Morbid Florist - Anal Cunt For those of you that haven't heard of the 'sensitively' named band 'Anal Cunt' then here is my heartfelt attempt at introducing you to them, and their CD, 'Morbid Florist'. Hold on to your seats…. You're about to enter their cruel world….. Brave Enough? Good…. *I'm sorry, who?* Yup, you heard right… Anal Cunt (AC from now on) is the name trio based band with the 1993 album title of 'Morbid Florist' - reissued in 1998. They're signed up to Relapse Records and consist of Seth Putnam on vocals, Josh Martin on guitar and Nate Linehan on drums. *Bizzare stuff, how did they come about?* A.C. began in March, 1988 in Boston, Massachusetts with the then lineup of: Seth Putnam on vocals, Mike Mahan on guitar and Tim Morse on drums - yup, you can see that they've changed. They basically started out with simple intention of producing one track- unfortunately for some, they stayed. The band has had a pretty rocky ride since the start… After a huge American and European tour in mid 1990's, the band split up, only to reform with a new guitarist in 1991. Again, they took another tour (do these boys just not learn?) and earned themselves a typical 'rock star' name - involving several clashes with the police! On the music scene, they also released a number of singles and compilations such as the Unplugged EP - apparently, the first acoustic recored by a noisecore band! However, another guitarist came and went (I'm not sure how many they went through!) but ...
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