Archives for April 2010
Story of Gary Chang from Hong Kong, on how the architect transformed his tiny apartment space into a stylish, multifunctional, eco-friendly home. I’m amazed, though I would still prefer a simple spacious house over the cool gimmicks…
And the dude has a book collection that I seriously envy of. I always wanted a mini-library like that, but I’ve not been reading much (books) these days, as everything is conveniently readable online instead. Blame it on the internet lol.
[Video via Jellywoo1014@Youtube & Imprinttalk]
South Korean Oh Eun-sun became the first woman to conquer the world’s top 14 peaks after reaching the top of Annapurna in Nepal on Tuesday.
There are 14 independent peaks on earth over 8,000m above sea level (referred to as the Eight-Thousanders). Italian Reinhold Messner was the first to reach all the peaks in 1986. A total of 20 men and woman have completed the feat.
There are still some questions over Oh’s record though, as there’s dispute on whether the 44-year-old Korean has reached one of the tops in 2009.
South Korea is to bring in legislation to protect actresses after a survey by The National Human Rights Commission found that 60 percent of them said they had been pressured to have sex to further their careers.
The survey was conducted last year of 111 actresses and 240 aspiring actresses. 22 percent said they were “forced or requested” by their agents to provide sexual favours; more than six percent said they were sexually assaulted; 45 percent were forced to drink with influential figures; while 32 percent said they had experienced unwanted physical contact or sexual harassment.
In a separate survey last year, 19 percent said they were either forced to have sex with influential figures or witnessed their colleagues being coerced to do so; and 62 percent said they faced disadvantages for refusing such demands.
The forced-sex-for-career issue has been a hot topic since the death of actress Jang Ja-yun, who committed suicide in March 2009, while leaving hint that she might have been sexually abused by prominent figures in entertainment industry.
What makes me wonder though, is why seeking a new law to protect the actresses when the fundamental law is applicable. Isn’t it illegal at the first place to force people into unwilling physical contact, regardless of gender or profession? A law is useless if it’s not enforced properly; a new law won’t help much anyway.
And it’s not just the law; social education should also be emphasised imo, and that’s another long story. To simply put it, have the actresses done enough to protect themselves? And how many aspiring youngsters would still be willing to enter the industry despite knowing the not-so-hidden fact about this matter.
Japanese actress-singer Erika Sawajiri, 24, has confirmed on her official website about recent rumours on her (broken) marriage status. Translation via Japanzone…
“I wish to formally state that I, Sawajiri Erika, have decided to divorce my husband, Takashiro Tsuyoshi, and we are in talks under the auspices of my family.”
Sawajiri and Takashiro, 45, got married in January 2009. She didn’t state the reason behind the divorce, but many reports suggested that financial issues played a huge part.
The actress is returning into showbiz from her hiatus since 2007. She was in self-exile after being disrespectful to elder actors and media during a press conference; and respect is everything in Japan.
Japanese voted her as the most unlikable public figure in a magazine survey for three consecutive years after that. It’s not easy to make her comeback, divorce or not, but some companies will be willing to take the risk. She still creates a lot of hype for whatever she does, even if it’s a bad one.
Meanwhile, her husband has expressed shock about the turn of event as they were still celebrating Sawajiri’s 24th birthday together earlier this month. Life is full of twist.