Once again, a Southeast Asian beauty stood out. At the 2008 Miss Earth Pageant, Karla Henry of the Philippines won the coveted crown.
The Miss Earth pageant is an annual international beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness. The pageant originated in the Philippines in 2001 and is considered one of the 3 largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of participating countries alongside Miss Universe and Miss International.
Karla Henry, 24, won the title and was declared the first Filipino and Asian to win the Miss Earth title last November 9, 2008 at the Clark Expo Ampitheater in Pampanga, Philippines. Miss Henry beat 84 others.
We are very proud of you Miss Henry. You are a Southeast Asian jewel!
A Veejai Queen or a super talent girl... Paula Malai Ali has all the abilities to become more than that.
Born in Brunei, grew up in Malaysia and graduated in Singapore, she has numerous mixed cultural inputs and outputs to share to the world. Her voice is enough to seduce all men in the world and not to mention her beauty. And it is still a good news to all men in the world that she is currently single. What is more, the very good news is that she has an identical twin sister. So go home and prepare your CVs.
She is someone who is imbued with a great personality. She feels no stranger in every places she set foot and feels no pressure to new people she works with. She and her sister share the same dreams and work toward the same career. She values her twin as "the most amazing gift" from her mother.
In 2002, Paula married one prominent figure of Malaysia who is also a member of a Royal Family. He is the Malaysian film producer Tunku Azudinshah Tunku Anuar. But in June 2006, after 4 childless marriage year, they divorced.
She began her career as a guest at Channel V. Her talent and charm has promoted her to important position of the program. She is the presenter of the US BillBoard Countdown. Her fame spreads to every corners of the world and she is caught by many other TVs, who are eager to sign her for their service. She often depicts as Malaysian girl, due to her background. Even Paula herself admits that Malaysia is her root but also thanks Brunei for being her homecountry.
Finally, she is now working for ESPNstar and presenting mostly about Formula one racing.
Paula Malai Ali Othman is truly a noble Southeast Asian.
This time of the year, Filipinos celebrate the All Soul's Day or Halloween. This is perhaps one of the Philippines' most important holidays as we remember our dead loved ones and offer them prayers and respect.
But being the jolly people that we are, the Halloween here is always noisy. People from all over the place swarm over the cemeteries laden with foods, drinks and karaoke machines.
Some also bring tools to clean plots and tombs of their loved ones and gather for a feast after it. Filipinos also light candles on their doorstep in honor of their dead relatives for guidance throughout the rest of the year.
In the provinces, people prepare native delicacies like suman (rice cake) and bibingka.
Children also go to malls in their halloween costumes and ask candies and goodies from stores.
The Halloween in the Philippines has always been regarded as one of the country's most important holidays as families get together and remember the times when they're dead still lived.
It was early in the morning, perhaps 6am, that we were gathered at the Sisowath High School ground. The school principals then ordered students to find themselves a small-short stick fits enough for a small flag. After that they gave out number of flags, two kind of flags they are: the national Cambodian one and the Royal sign one. It is free-rule for students to handle both or just one of them.
Then we marched off the school, down to the quiet eastern road toward the park in front of the royal palace. It was 8 am and there were already countless number of people over there. We also noticed the Khmer Royal Armed Force there, they were to perform the national anthem and other important rhythm for this special occasion. The seats were still empty, however, because other students from other schools haven’t arrived yet. We found ourselves appropriate places to seat, hope for a full view to the palace, where the king would emerged. We were waiting for over an hour before a proper protocol started and we witnessed the biggest event of the year.
At near noon time, the king appeared at the upper front of the palace and made a speech. Every stood up and cheered our new king. Then, the balloons were released to help celebrate the king. Everyone was very happy to be at that special occasion. I don’t even believe that I could be there for such a great moment.
A few moment later, the whole gathering was dismissed. Everyone went home with pride.
Here are the pix: