If Writing Was Like Acting, Would You Be a Hooker?

Posted by gurantar in Oct 27, 2010, under Fhm Magazine Articles

Writing is a tough business. Not only do you have to put the hours and effort in to create something worth reading, but you have to develop your skills. It’s a long journey, and you’ll take your knocks and learn things the hard way. Even then, you might never make a sale because your work isn’t ‘now’ or simply may not fit what publishers want.

And this got me thinking (especially after reading The Last Deep Breath by Tom Piccirilli)…it’s kinda like being an actor, trying to get that big break in Hollywood.

Where are you on the acting/writing scale?

THE RED CARPET

Everyone knows you. Your face is on the cover of every magazine. Universal are on the phone, and they want YOU as the new James Bond. Get your people to talk to their people. Do lunch.

Or, as a writer…

Hello, Mr. King, Ms. Meyer or any of the other writers found on every coffee table, New York Times Bestseller list or (heavens, you made it!) Australian bookshop shelf. We want something. Anything! Give us your shopping list! We’ll sell millions…. You don’t even need to try. Not any more*.

*Author note. I’m sure Stevie tries his very hardest still, and I constantly enjoy his work. And hopefully one day, Meyer will try and write something that doesn’t cause people to enter ‘the reading rage’.

THE B LISTER

Okay, so we aren’t exactly a starlet or Hollywood supremo, but we got some decent credits. You’re the guy that always gets to be the funny sidekick, despite the odd serious role, or you’re the gal who, far from making millions per movie, did get into the FHM top 20. You try so hard, and have the skill and talent to go all the way…but there’s always that one guy who gets the lead role over you! Call your agent.

Or, as a writer…

Congratulations! You’re Dean Koontz.

THE CULT ICON

It may have been one role, but the fans, they love you! Well, I say fans, I mean the geeks. Yeah, sorry, guy. The line will be a mile long at Splattercon, full of thick lenses, bad breath (and skin) and leopard print leggings. Y’all know they’re your biggest fan. Hell, you seen ma tattoo of ya face on ma inner thigh? Hyuck hyuck.

Or, as a writer…

Actually, you’re pretty well respected. A strong, loyal following of readers who will guaranteed buy your latest novel, and do their very best to spread the word of your greatness with the rest of the reading community (that’s the community of readers, not the community of Reading). Only problem is…you write horror? Or fantasy? Or sci fi? SPECULATIVE FICTION? Hmm. A spec writer who has the skills but will never be #1 in his field? Shit, you’re Dean Koontz again. At least you have the nonfic about keeping dogs. I bet King can’t write one of those…

What? The Dark Tower: Roland Get’s a Dog?

Bollocks.

WANNABE

Well, this coffee shop in downtown L.A is kinda like being an actor. No, it is. You have to pretend that you give a rat’s ass about what bagel you want and how frothy you want your chocamochachino. Just keep telling yourself…this is only temporary. Okay, the last few auditions didn’t get any call backs, and so far the highlight of your acting career was playing rapist #3 (and they cut your scene in the finals, the bastards), but you have another next week. Think positive. Keep going. You’ll make it!

Oh, and can I have a blueberry muffin too, please?

Or, as a writer…

Welcome to the slush pile, bitch! No way you can escape without waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and, well, you get the idea. Keep sending out those submissions and notching up those rejections. It’s what we all have to do. It’s bootcamp. It’s endurance training. It’s DO YOU REALLY WANT THIS? Cling to acceptances like life preservers in cruel seas. Keep going. This is only temporary!

THE ADULT FILM STAR

You think you can act…maybe…maybe not. You’re a little wooden, but that’s okay. We’re looking for wood! Hell, technically it’s still acting. You can tell your grandmother that you just landed a major part; you don’t have to tell her it’s in Ghetto Gangbangers 3: Back in da Hood. Just get on set, drop your pants, do your stuff and pick up your check.

Or, as a writer…

Okay, let’s see (strokes chin). Vampires are popular. Can you you write me a vampire book in the next 2 months?

What do you mean you don’t want to write a vampire book?

What? You have a revolutionary novel idea that compares the social and economic differences between the continents, and these concepts are addressed on a parallel dimensional level with a sympathetic protagonist?

No. I said vampires, dammit!

HOOKER

Yes, Hollywood is a cruel, cruel place. You arrived full of dreams with stars in your eyes…but the parts never came. Even the porn roles dried up once the heroine addiction kicked in. A girl gotta eat, and as that money your ex boyfriend owes you still hasn’t come through (a mix up with his account, he says), and the coffee shops all have workers who want to be in movies…it’s time for the oldest game in town.

Unfortunately, you were too young for the over 75′s mixed doubles table tennis tournament, so you became a prostitute.

Yes, the work is long and hard (or sometimes short and semi…and unwashed), but you get an honest day’s pay at the end. No, wait. Your pimp gets the honest day’s pay.

At least you still get to act, as faking an organism needs the timing and delivery of an Oscar nominee.

Or, as a writer…

I’m a writer. After all, I write. I must be a writer! Look here: I was in the Whatever Anthology #137. I got paid $5 in total, but the book sold for $30 a copy. Someone made the cash, and I’m just happy to be on board. Okay, the story wasn’t even edited, and it took five months of emails asking where my $5 was to finally get it, but it’s all part of the fun. You can’t expect perfection when the publisher is releasing an anthology a week, can you? They’re obviously very busy.

I’m a writer and I’m happy. Sigh…

Still want to be a writer? >

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Vida Guerra – Sexy Celebrity and Internet Superstar

Posted by gurantar in Oct 19, 2010, under Fhm Magazine Articles

Vida Guerra who was born in Cuba, moved to the United States at the age of 6 years old. She came to the states with her family and then settled in Peth Amboy, New Jersey. She was fluent in both English and Spanish and often teased about the size of her derriere. Growing up she decided to take swimwear and modeling and also appeared in some music videos. Her ex-boyfriend suggested she send some photographs to FMH Magazine for the “Honey Next Door”.

After doing this assignment for FMH magazine, she rapidly became a supermodel. Her innocent and cute looks attracted various types of people. Because of this, she received additional modeling opportunities. She was in high demand, as more people continually called for additional photo shoots. She became “FHM Model of the year” in 2004. Soon after that she was inside such magazines as DUB, Escape Smooth and Open your Eyes while also gracing the pages inside.

She continued to make appearances on Spanish television programs such as LaFlaca and El Gordo. She also became very popular in music videos like “Sake Your Tail Feather” “Workout Plan”. She also appeared in the films “Writers Block” in 2003, “Chappell’s Show Fake Preacher” in 2005 and “Dorm Daze II” in 2006.

Her camera phone was hacked in 2005 where various photos were posted on the internet and set worldwide. She was also recognized as one of the world’s most sought after names in 2006.

Now 2006 and after, Vida Guerra is continually one of the most searches females on the internet and has several fan and picture sites plastered across the internet. Even without being in the spotlight, her name and following is still an internet phenomenon.

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Purchasing Great Magazines As Presents

Posted by gurantar in Oct 13, 2010, under Fhm Magazine Articles

When purchasing a magazine subscription for a loved one or friend it can be difficult to know what is best suited to the person who you’re purchasing for. I’ve written the following article to help aid you in your decision. I hope this helps.

A magazine subscription can be a great gift for someone who is difficult to purchase for. Not only is it a present which will come month on month but everyone enjoys magazines.

For someone who enjoys fashion and celebrity gossip (possible younger woman and teenagers) a great magazine for the may be heat, grazia, closer or more. All these magazines appear to have the typical discussion topics; fashion, dieting and celebrities. This type of magazine may not be suitable for old woman who enjoy a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle. Obviously this type of magazine also wouldn’t interest the majority of men.

For a woman who’s expecting a new born or has recently given birth a great gift would be a mother and baby related magazine. This type of magazine will give reviews on baby products, answer any concerns or questions she may have and tips and advice for general care. Don’t forget that obviously this magazine wouldn’t be suitable for someone who actually has got children.

For young men the perfect magazine would be something similar to Zoo, FHM or Arena Homme Plus. Be careful with some of these magazines and so contain picture of a sexual nature. For younger lads this may not be appropriate or for other men it may offend partners or wives. Certain men’s magazines are aimed at informing men on fashion, fragrances and many more topics. Some magazines are purely pictures of a sexual nature along with car reviews. Choose wisely dependent on the recipient.

I hope this article has helped and don’t forget that when you purchase magazine subscriptions that you can save money with voucher codes.

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My Man Says, I’m Not Sexy Enough!

Posted by gurantar in Oct 11, 2010, under Fhm Magazine Articles

It is common knowledge amongst many men that when a superstar or celebrity takes their clothes off and poses nude in playboy, many of these men are interested in seeing the pictures. It is also common knowledge that not every man in the world buys Playboy magazine but many still see the magazine through a friend, relative or even a tamed down photo snippet in a national newspaper. There can be many positive things said about the Playboy girls and the Playboy empire but it isn’t just Playboy that gives these men this thrill. There are many other magazines too such as FHM and Maxim, they don’t show as much flesh but they are still classed as sexy men’s mags.

If the man in your life says you are not sexy enough, the first place you should be looking is in your man’s special man mag, look at the girls in there and see how they hold themselves and what they are wearing. Are they pouting their lips? Are their legs apart or together? Are they perspiring or sprinkled with water droplets? Are they standing with their heads held high in a sexy pose that shows their command like an Amazonian warrior? Whatever it is pay close attention to them and the way month on month the poses remain very similar, the girls sometimes change but there is almost always one common denominator and this common denominator, what is it?

The common denominator is that to be hot and sexy, Yes, you need to have a slim tight body (but not always curvy is acceptable nowadays) and yes, you need to know how to hold yourself in a pose but the one common thing in all of these pictures is the lingerie or sexy outfits. The outfits make the woman. If the women in these magazines were always naked, sure, your man may get a thrill out of it but most are looking at the mystique as well. Many men don’t necessarily want to see all 5 feet 11 inches of fleshy loveliness. Some actually want to see the woman with some clothing draped over her in the flavour of a babydoll, an uplifting corset, some tight fitting boy shorts or hot pants or pvc lingerie. Hot sexy lingerie is the key to their sexy successful pose. If you are a six foot tall beautiful blonde then this will obviously help in the sexiness stakes. However, the housewife, the girlfriend, the mistress who wants to stay sexy needs to check out her lingerie drawer and with this lingerie drawer stuffed full with all sorts of sexy lingerie she will never be short of an item that could resemble the FHM, Maxim and even the Playboy sexiness captured on film. If you stock up on your lingerie items (and keep them stocked up with fresh and new designs) there will never be another time your man can say you’re not sexy enough.

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Eat For Energy!

Posted by gurantar in Sep 02, 2010, under Fhm Magazine Articles

Do you need a coffee to wake up in the morning? Do you need a sugar hit in the afternoon to avoid the arvo slump? Well you are not alone. In our fast paced world, we all feel the need to be our best at every moment. We need lots of energy to perform at our best and it is easy to turn to artificial stimulants to keep us running at full pace, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Changing your diet can make a big difference to your energy levels. Below are some simple tips that will keep your energy levels up and raring to go.

Never Skip Breakfast

The most important meal of the day for energy levels. Eating breakfast will kick start your metabolism. The danger of skipping breakfast is that there is more chance of binging later in the day as your energy levels drop.

Eat small meals more often

Eating smaller amounts more often means that you are less likely to overeat.

Go easy on sugary foods

It may seem like a sugar hit mid afternoon will keep your energy levels up. The initial energy spike is soon followed by an energy slump as your blood sugar levels drop. Sugary foods provide little or no nutrients and contain empty calories, which does nothing for those trying to maintain a healthy weight.

Steady on the carbs

Having a meal piled high with refined carbohydrates can really cause your energy levels to drop. Eating large amounts of refined carbohydrates causes your insulin levels to rise and your blood sugar levels to drop leaving you tired and lethargic. Better carb choices are whole grain breads, brown rice and beans or lentils.

Eat iron rich foods

Women often don’t eat enough iron rich foods. Iron is important nutrient that helps with the quality of your blood and in return, your energy levels. Foods high in iron are lean meats, leafy green vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and molasses. Lesser sources are strawberries, green peas, chicken, salmon, almonds, avocados, egg yolks and wheat bran.

Eat protein

Adding protein to your daily meals is a great way to keep you fuller for longer and help keep your brain ticking over in the afternoon. Protein is the second most abundant substance in the body and is vital for all your organs, including brain function. In adults protein deficiency may result in lack of vigour and stamina, mental depression, weakness and poor resistance to infection. Try snacking in between meals on quick and easy high protein treats. Almonds, brazil nuts, pecans, walnuts, yoghurt, small tins of tuna and protein drink are all fantastic ways to keep your alert all day.

Drink plenty of water

Water is the most plentiful substance in the body. It is important in every function of the body, so making sure we drink enough water is crucial to having our body and brain working at optimum level. Most people don’t drink enough water. There are many symptoms of being dehydrated. One of them is tiredness. One way to work out how much water you should be drinking every day is to times your weight in Kilograms by 0.333 and that will be your amount.

Sleep plenty

Nothing beats 7-8 hours of sleep a night for feeling great all day. Aim for going to bed and getting up at the same time each day.

Exercise!

Boost your energy levels with a 30-minute walk three times a week. Three weights sessions per week will really get your metabolism charging and keep you feeling energised.

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It’s Time to Reward Your Staff

Posted by gurantar in Aug 29, 2010, under Fhm Magazine Articles

How’s this for an opening statement… “Australian workplaces have never been angrier or more disillusioned…” This came from an article in Australian magazine, BRW (July 22-28) by Leo D’Angelo Fisher, who was rightly pointing out that Australian workers are being pushed to their limits will little or no reward.

“Organisations are leaner and meaner,” he goes on to state. “More responsibilities are being shifted onto fewer shoulders; working hours are getting longer but salaries are not moving… And for all that there’s no thanks from the boss.” His argument, is that while employees were keen to pitch in and lend an extra hand during the tough times, now, companies are potentially “taking the piss”.

So isn’t it time you looked at the state of your staff? The signs of discontent are glaringly obvious. Excessive lateness, increased sick leave, increased absenteeism, excessive churn rates and the list goes on. I even heard a statistic quoted in the media that the average length of employment in one company by an individual is two to five years! Long term or lifetime positions are as dead as the Tasmanian Tiger!

Most employers scoff… I remember my boss once saying, “… if you walked out the door tomorrow there would be 10 blokes who could take your place in an instant.” But realistically, what is poor morale and the constant churn rate doing to your bottom line? It’s well documented that the cost of retraining and the loss of productivity in the first few months when replacing a staff member is huge… so why not do your best to eliminate it?

D’Angelo Fisher, further into the article does point out that there is “… no reason employers cannot make their workplace more fulfilling and envigorating,” he says. “Switched-on employers know that a satisfied workforce is more productive than disengaged one.” And that’s where a corporate wellness provider can help.

A good quality provider will come into your office and assess the health and well being levels of your staff. They will identify key areas where staff are really feeling the pinch (a recent survey by Corporate Wellness Australia revealed 53% of workers feel they are highly stressed most of the time!) and will provide a solution to suit.

Why not give it a go… I also just recalled a saying a mentor used to stress to me… “It’s always later than you think!” Don’t wait till your bottom line drops like a stone in a bucket!

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My Pageant Experience in Miss Universe Malaysia 2010

Posted by gurantar in Aug 27, 2010, under Fhm Magazine Articles

Finally, I’m home. The moment I stepped through the doors and put my luggage down, I was already thinking about work on Monday. It wasn’t an insane thought. Somehow, I knew that things were going to be different from this day on. After the pageant, I know I’m not the same person I used to be anymore.

It’s been a grueling month, but God has blessed me with great people who have supported me at work and the pageant. Thank you to my family, friends, and all my wonderful colleagues at Tune Group. Thank you for being a part of my life.

My pageant experience involved a lot of hard work, determination and a strong sense of self. There were 18 finalists. All of us met the qualifying criteria – height, beauty, intelligence, personality. The question is simple – who is better? You’d be surprised at the amount of fine detail the judges had to scrutinize to vet us through. It was a close call at my auditions. According to Andrea Fonseka, our national director, I messed up my audition because I was standing with stooped shoulders.

“You mean it wasn’t a weight issue?” I asked. Inwardly, I rejoiced. I’m not fat. I’m. not. fat. I’m not fat (I had to say it three times for emphasis)!

“No.” she answered. “You were standing like this-” Andrea leaned forward, imitating my slight slouch (I straightened my back immediately). “The other girl was standing like this.” Andrea drew herself up into a tall, perfect posture.

That point just hit me like a ton of bricks. I can be anal at times, but this called for the ultimate expression of perfection. It was then I realized how important the little things were. The art of presentation of feminine beauty in pageants involve poise, grace, class, elegance, and I can’t stress this enough: technique. The key word to mastering technique – practice. I learned my lesson well that day, and I did not take the tiniest of technical details in training during pageant week lightly.

There are the technicalities of pageantry we had to learn (which I stress again, is very important), protocols to observe; public appearances to make. None of us were exempted from the activities. We had to do everything we were told to do without having our own individuality drowned in detail. That was the only way we could stand out and demonstrate charisma in front of the judges.

We were primarily under Andrea’s tutelage in all pageant-related aspects, of which I’ve benefited greatly from. We were also privileged to have other esteemed industry veterans come in to train us as well. This is not an exhaustive list: for hair, we had Winnie Loo, founder and CEO of A Cut Above (she did my hair for gala night. thanks Winnie!). For our finals, we worked with Andrew, founder of Andrew’s Models (which is the top modeling agency in KL) together with high fashion models Tini and Sue. Andrew has little patience for slip ups, even minor ones. We had to pay close attention to him because he speaks so quickly and if you don’t keep up… For make up, we had industry veteran Taymie Chin. Then there was media training with Craig and Farrell of Orchan Consulting, Jahabar Sadiq, CEO of Malaysian Insider, Mr Wong Sai Man, Executive Editor of The Star, and Noorsila Majid of Daily Chili. I’ve been training under directors who are all perfectionists – and they pushed us because they want the best from us. Thank you for dedicating your time from your busy schedules to come in and train us.

Although pageant training emphasizes on our grooming, appearance, and public speaking skills, it is important to put our training in context. It’s also not just about glamorous parties and wearing gowns and jewelery that cost 10 times my annual salary. Our charisma, personality and intelligence, is equally, if not more important than our looks. Charisma is key in delivering stellar performances on stage – and Hans Isaac was right – half of us looked nervous during finals, and that lack of confidence can clearly be seen, ruining chances of victory, even though it’s just a split second flash of uncertainty across one’s face. It was the women who felt completely at home, in front of the flashing cameras and lights and the hundreds of people – it was them who owned the stage and they knew it. It shows in their smiles and their walk, and it is a beautiful thing to watch. Needless to say, it was a close call for the selection of the final 5 during the gala night as well.

I’ve learnt something about myself that night as I walked on stage. I realized for once, I was nervous. And it was at that moment I knew that I could not win, even though I may have scored in my pre-judging interview. I also realized I did not feel as much passion for modeling as compared to dance. Dance is, and always will be my first love till the day I die.

One thing I envy about our winner Nadine is she gets to have a personal trainer from True Fitness and she has to workout EVERY DAY to train for Miss Universe. I wish I had such a luxury (God willing, I will have my own PT one day). As Andrea mentioned, Miss Universe finalists are not beautiful waify models. They are beautiful athletes. Their bodies are lean and well-toned in demigod-like proportions with glowing skin that is to die for.

Now it’s back to the real world (or is the pageant actually real, and my life stuck in the Matrix?), where everyone isn’t constantly dressed to the nines in 6 inch killer heels, white teeth, perfect hair and make up, and maintaining gorgeous bodies. I know I have discovered so much more about myself and what I am capable of. Being a Miss Universe Malaysia finalist is an experience I will always cherish (notwithstanding the feet blisters, running on 3-4 hours sleep for a month, managing work expectations, and the constant pressure of competing with 17 other ambitious, beautiful girls). I am better person now from my pageant experience, and that new-found confidence and belief in myself is something that cannot be taken away from me.

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My Pageant Experience in Miss Universe Malaysia 2010

Posted by gurantar in Aug 27, 2010, under Fhm Magazine Articles

Finally, I’m home. The moment I stepped through the doors and put my luggage down, I was already thinking about work on Monday. It wasn’t an insane thought. Somehow, I knew that things were going to be different from this day on. After the pageant, I know I’m not the same person I used to be anymore.

It’s been a grueling month, but God has blessed me with great people who have supported me at work and the pageant. Thank you to my family, friends, and all my wonderful colleagues at Tune Group. Thank you for being a part of my life.

My pageant experience involved a lot of hard work, determination and a strong sense of self. There were 18 finalists. All of us met the qualifying criteria – height, beauty, intelligence, personality. The question is simple – who is better? You’d be surprised at the amount of fine detail the judges had to scrutinize to vet us through. It was a close call at my auditions. According to Andrea Fonseka, our national director, I messed up my audition because I was standing with stooped shoulders.

“You mean it wasn’t a weight issue?” I asked. Inwardly, I rejoiced. I’m not fat. I’m. not. fat. I’m not fat (I had to say it three times for emphasis)!

“No.” she answered. “You were standing like this-” Andrea leaned forward, imitating my slight slouch (I straightened my back immediately). “The other girl was standing like this.” Andrea drew herself up into a tall, perfect posture.

That point just hit me like a ton of bricks. I can be anal at times, but this called for the ultimate expression of perfection. It was then I realized how important the little things were. The art of presentation of feminine beauty in pageants involve poise, grace, class, elegance, and I can’t stress this enough: technique. The key word to mastering technique – practice. I learned my lesson well that day, and I did not take the tiniest of technical details in training during pageant week lightly.

There are the technicalities of pageantry we had to learn (which I stress again, is very important), protocols to observe; public appearances to make. None of us were exempted from the activities. We had to do everything we were told to do without having our own individuality drowned in detail. That was the only way we could stand out and demonstrate charisma in front of the judges.

We were primarily under Andrea’s tutelage in all pageant-related aspects, of which I’ve benefited greatly from. We were also privileged to have other esteemed industry veterans come in to train us as well. This is not an exhaustive list: for hair, we had Winnie Loo, founder and CEO of A Cut Above (she did my hair for gala night. thanks Winnie!). For our finals, we worked with Andrew, founder of Andrew’s Models (which is the top modeling agency in KL) together with high fashion models Tini and Sue. Andrew has little patience for slip ups, even minor ones. We had to pay close attention to him because he speaks so quickly and if you don’t keep up… For make up, we had industry veteran Taymie Chin. Then there was media training with Craig and Farrell of Orchan Consulting, Jahabar Sadiq, CEO of Malaysian Insider, Mr Wong Sai Man, Executive Editor of The Star, and Noorsila Majid of Daily Chili. I’ve been training under directors who are all perfectionists – and they pushed us because they want the best from us. Thank you for dedicating your time from your busy schedules to come in and train us.

Although pageant training emphasizes on our grooming, appearance, and public speaking skills, it is important to put our training in context. It’s also not just about glamorous parties and wearing gowns and jewelery that cost 10 times my annual salary. Our charisma, personality and intelligence, is equally, if not more important than our looks. Charisma is key in delivering stellar performances on stage – and Hans Isaac was right – half of us looked nervous during finals, and that lack of confidence can clearly be seen, ruining chances of victory, even though it’s just a split second flash of uncertainty across one’s face. It was the women who felt completely at home, in front of the flashing cameras and lights and the hundreds of people – it was them who owned the stage and they knew it. It shows in their smiles and their walk, and it is a beautiful thing to watch. Needless to say, it was a close call for the selection of the final 5 during the gala night as well.

I’ve learnt something about myself that night as I walked on stage. I realized for once, I was nervous. And it was at that moment I knew that I could not win, even though I may have scored in my pre-judging interview. I also realized I did not feel as much passion for modeling as compared to dance. Dance is, and always will be my first love till the day I die.

One thing I envy about our winner Nadine is she gets to have a personal trainer from True Fitness and she has to workout EVERY DAY to train for Miss Universe. I wish I had such a luxury (God willing, I will have my own PT one day). As Andrea mentioned, Miss Universe finalists are not beautiful waify models. They are beautiful athletes. Their bodies are lean and well-toned in demigod-like proportions with glowing skin that is to die for.

Now it’s back to the real world (or is the pageant actually real, and my life stuck in the Matrix?), where everyone isn’t constantly dressed to the nines in 6 inch killer heels, white teeth, perfect hair and make up, and maintaining gorgeous bodies. I know I have discovered so much more about myself and what I am capable of. Being a Miss Universe Malaysia finalist is an experience I will always cherish (notwithstanding the feet blisters, running on 3-4 hours sleep for a month, managing work expectations, and the constant pressure of competing with 17 other ambitious, beautiful girls). I am better person now from my pageant experience, and that new-found confidence and belief in myself is something that cannot be taken away from me.

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Dating Commando Tips – Online Dating Fraud

Posted by gurantar in Aug 19, 2010, under Fhm Magazine Articles

It seems that every year thousands of people fall victim to online dating scammers, and most don’t figure out what’s happened until the damage has been done and it’s far too late to do much about it. The scams are as wide and varied as the imagination will allow, but typically fall into four basic categories:

The Nigerian 419 eMail Scam

Travel Scam

Prostitution Scam

Phone Scam

The stories are almost too good to be true. A beautiful girl. She finds you so hot, so incredibly attractive; you have that certain kindness in your eyes and she can tell that you are a very good man who will treat her right. She tells you that she can’t live another moment without you and destiny commands you both be together. Sure, you might be in your late 60′s, broke, living in a trailer park with your mother. But none of that seems to matter to her…you are truly meant to be together.

But there’s a problem (often you are baited into the problem through the course of a few messages). And this is where trusting, kind gentlemen fall victim.

The Nigerian 419 Scam is one in which the person contacting you poses as some sort of official, either a government official, a lawyer, a doctor, a politician, or some other role that sounds credible, and represents themselves as being in control of millions of dollars. Millions of dollars that they can’t access without your help. Somehow, they managed to find you, and somehow you are the only person in the world that can help them access this vast fortune. The problem: there is a fee of some sort (finder’s fee, storage fee, pay-off fee, transportation fee, bank fee – insert your fee here) that needs to be paid first and they just don’t have the money to cover it.

If you “lend” them the money or pay the fee on their behalf, not only will they repay it to you when the fortune is released to them, they’ll also share the fortune with you as a reward for your incredible kindness.

The scam: There is no fortune. The person is lying to you. If you pay, you’ll never see your money or the so-called official again.

The Travel Scam works like this: You’ve signed up on a foreign dating site (or even a local one). You’ve met an absolutely gorgeous gal – the woman of your dreams. She’s so beautiful that she could be featured on the cover of Maxim or FHM. And the bonus – she’s fallen madly in love with you. Again, age or looks just doesn’t seem to matter because love can overlook anything, or so she says. After a few messages she tells you that she absolutely MUST see you. The problem: She doesn’t have the money to travel.

The scam: At some point she will ask you to help her to buy a ticket, or she will turn the tables on you and have you ask her if you can help buy her a ticket. And there will be some problem that prevents you from actually buying the ticket on her behalf and sending it to her. She’ll have to conduct the purchase transaction herself, either with your credit card number (you’re so damned trusting!) or with cash that you send her. Give up either and you’ll never see your money or the girl again.

The Prostitution Scam is probably one of the easiest of them all to spot. The girl’s profile will be racy beyond belief. She’ll definitely take pride in showing off her assets (tits and ass my friend, tits and ass) and she’ll discuss all the incredible sexual things that she loves without blushing for a beat. You’ll think you hit the jackpot! And again, age or looks won’t seem to matter much to her. The problem: Well, there isn’t really much of a problem. She’ll perform any sexual act you want.

The scam: You think you’ve found love, but she’s found a wallet. If you’re into paying for sex, then there’s not much of a problem here. If you’re looking for love, no matter what you pay her, you’re wasting your time.

And finally, the Phone Scam. This one’s almost as old as the Nigerian 419 Scam. You meet the gal of your dreams. Again, she’s beautiful beyond belief. Magazine quality good looks. And again, she doesn’t care one bit about your age or looks. The messages will be hot and steamy and she’ll really get a rise out of you (get it? A rise?) At some point she’ll tell you that you must talk, she craves the sound of your voice, she can’t continue to go on without hearing you live. The problem: She gives you a foreign phone number or a phone number with an unusual area code.

The scam: 900 numbers are not the only numbers that can charge you exorbitant per-minute usage fees. Many other numbers can be set up and the fees charged depend on the owner of the number. A short phone call can end up costing you hundreds of dollars and there won’t be much sympathy coming from the phone company.

As I mentioned, the scams are as wide and varied as the imagination will allow. But there is something you can do to prevent becoming a victim. And reading this article has been your first step. The next step is to recognize the patterns of the scams. Beautiful women that otherwise wouldn’t contact you on their own (without you first initiating contact). A lack of concern for age, looks, or distance. And believe me, a drop-dead gorgeous 20 year old Maxim model does NOT want to date a 45 year old balding overweight “dude” that lives in a trailer park with his mom. She falls madly, head-over-heels in love with you within just a few short messages. And there’s a problem.

If you see any of these signs, chances are it’s a scam and moving forward will only set you up as a victim.

To prevent falling victim, don’t give out personal information including your name, address, email and phone number, and for crying out loud, don’t give out or release financial information or send money! Do your research. If she gives you a phone number, Google it to see what comes up. Check out the dating site forums to see if anyone’s reported scams and what the nature of the scams are. If your contact seems to align with a reported scam…bank on it being a scam too.

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Dating Commando Tips – Online Dating Fraud

Posted by gurantar in Aug 19, 2010, under Fhm Magazine Articles

It seems that every year thousands of people fall victim to online dating scammers, and most don’t figure out what’s happened until the damage has been done and it’s far too late to do much about it. The scams are as wide and varied as the imagination will allow, but typically fall into four basic categories:

The Nigerian 419 eMail Scam

Travel Scam

Prostitution Scam

Phone Scam

The stories are almost too good to be true. A beautiful girl. She finds you so hot, so incredibly attractive; you have that certain kindness in your eyes and she can tell that you are a very good man who will treat her right. She tells you that she can’t live another moment without you and destiny commands you both be together. Sure, you might be in your late 60′s, broke, living in a trailer park with your mother. But none of that seems to matter to her…you are truly meant to be together.

But there’s a problem (often you are baited into the problem through the course of a few messages). And this is where trusting, kind gentlemen fall victim.

The Nigerian 419 Scam is one in which the person contacting you poses as some sort of official, either a government official, a lawyer, a doctor, a politician, or some other role that sounds credible, and represents themselves as being in control of millions of dollars. Millions of dollars that they can’t access without your help. Somehow, they managed to find you, and somehow you are the only person in the world that can help them access this vast fortune. The problem: there is a fee of some sort (finder’s fee, storage fee, pay-off fee, transportation fee, bank fee – insert your fee here) that needs to be paid first and they just don’t have the money to cover it.

If you “lend” them the money or pay the fee on their behalf, not only will they repay it to you when the fortune is released to them, they’ll also share the fortune with you as a reward for your incredible kindness.

The scam: There is no fortune. The person is lying to you. If you pay, you’ll never see your money or the so-called official again.

The Travel Scam works like this: You’ve signed up on a foreign dating site (or even a local one). You’ve met an absolutely gorgeous gal – the woman of your dreams. She’s so beautiful that she could be featured on the cover of Maxim or FHM. And the bonus – she’s fallen madly in love with you. Again, age or looks just doesn’t seem to matter because love can overlook anything, or so she says. After a few messages she tells you that she absolutely MUST see you. The problem: She doesn’t have the money to travel.

The scam: At some point she will ask you to help her to buy a ticket, or she will turn the tables on you and have you ask her if you can help buy her a ticket. And there will be some problem that prevents you from actually buying the ticket on her behalf and sending it to her. She’ll have to conduct the purchase transaction herself, either with your credit card number (you’re so damned trusting!) or with cash that you send her. Give up either and you’ll never see your money or the girl again.

The Prostitution Scam is probably one of the easiest of them all to spot. The girl’s profile will be racy beyond belief. She’ll definitely take pride in showing off her assets (tits and ass my friend, tits and ass) and she’ll discuss all the incredible sexual things that she loves without blushing for a beat. You’ll think you hit the jackpot! And again, age or looks won’t seem to matter much to her. The problem: Well, there isn’t really much of a problem. She’ll perform any sexual act you want.

The scam: You think you’ve found love, but she’s found a wallet. If you’re into paying for sex, then there’s not much of a problem here. If you’re looking for love, no matter what you pay her, you’re wasting your time.

And finally, the Phone Scam. This one’s almost as old as the Nigerian 419 Scam. You meet the gal of your dreams. Again, she’s beautiful beyond belief. Magazine quality good looks. And again, she doesn’t care one bit about your age or looks. The messages will be hot and steamy and she’ll really get a rise out of you (get it? A rise?) At some point she’ll tell you that you must talk, she craves the sound of your voice, she can’t continue to go on without hearing you live. The problem: She gives you a foreign phone number or a phone number with an unusual area code.

The scam: 900 numbers are not the only numbers that can charge you exorbitant per-minute usage fees. Many other numbers can be set up and the fees charged depend on the owner of the number. A short phone call can end up costing you hundreds of dollars and there won’t be much sympathy coming from the phone company.

As I mentioned, the scams are as wide and varied as the imagination will allow. But there is something you can do to prevent becoming a victim. And reading this article has been your first step. The next step is to recognize the patterns of the scams. Beautiful women that otherwise wouldn’t contact you on their own (without you first initiating contact). A lack of concern for age, looks, or distance. And believe me, a drop-dead gorgeous 20 year old Maxim model does NOT want to date a 45 year old balding overweight “dude” that lives in a trailer park with his mom. She falls madly, head-over-heels in love with you within just a few short messages. And there’s a problem.

If you see any of these signs, chances are it’s a scam and moving forward will only set you up as a victim.

To prevent falling victim, don’t give out personal information including your name, address, email and phone number, and for crying out loud, don’t give out or release financial information or send money! Do your research. If she gives you a phone number, Google it to see what comes up. Check out the dating site forums to see if anyone’s reported scams and what the nature of the scams are. If your contact seems to align with a reported scam…bank on it being a scam too.

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