Friday, July 25, 2008

Ozmosis Day Spa RM50 Voucher

Ozmosis Day Spa RM50 Voucher: up for grabs…just post a comment or message me with your email or some mode of contact. If you can arrange pick up from me (at Glenmarie on weekdays) it would be good, otherwise I will just mail it to you. It's valid for 3 months from 24th July 2008. The spa is in Bangsar (contact details on website, click on name with hyperlink), nice poshy place and pretty expensive from what I hear. I just don't have the time for an all day spa and by the time I do, the voucher will expire… so I will do the world a favor. Anyway I have not been there nor tried their services and I am not affiliated with them at all.

I actually got this voucher (in a last night a party hosted by TSB at Bangsar, one of the outlets owned by Gastrodome (also own La Bodega, ring a bell?) Anyway I realize that I am way too old for crowded parties. But then again, half the people at the 'upstairs' party area were way older than me… so it's probably not age alone but more of a 'refining' and 'mellowing' of the senses. Besides, it was loud, hot, stuffy and people were just jostling for a bit of air. I can smell every body scent and feel everyone's damp skin as we squeeze past each other. This violates my personal space and I'm not sure if that's my idea of fun. Free booze and finger food galore does not appeal to me, unfortunately. But the party was a success from the overwhelming response, so kudos to Gastrodome.

So I now admit and confess that I am no longer a party animal. Sigh I think my idea of a party is a quiet dinner in a nice place with good friends and delectable eatables. Heck, at that moment I could actually think of a thousand things that I would rather be doing instead of partying …. Some of these would be ….

  • Watching DVDs in the comfort of my own home
  • Doing laundry
  • Cooking
  • Reading and re-reading books
  • Blogging
  • Sleeping
  • Washing car
  • Playing taboo at Champs

Don't get me wrong, I do like partying, but I'm really fussy when it comes to the crowd and music and 'space'. One of the best and most memorable parties I been too was the Salem Recharge (open-air of course) at Genting around 4 to 5 years back. That was what I call a real party. Cool air, plenty of space, great music and we had a nice sized group.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Get Real. Say No To FAKES!

I'm back!!! Oh gosh it's been so long. I really miss writing.

This issue has been bothering me, especially ever since I heard a discussion on this topic on a local radio talk show a week or so back. It saddens me that the "counterfeit" industry is going from strength to strength. Why? Because consumers are supporting them by increasing demand on these fake stuff. A few listeners actually called in and said that yes, they do and will buy fake designer goods as it is cheaper (duh) and looks as good as the real deal. It's true that nowadays they are so good you cannot tell the difference between them, unless you're a forensic scientist or something.

My stand? I am against all forms of piracy, especially on consumer and commercial goods. I do not understand the need to own a fake Gucci, Prada, Coach or LV merchandise. Quoting the radio deejay "You mean you would buy a fake just to give people the impression that you can afford a real one?" This is so true, it really speaks of pretentiousness and shallow-ness; giving a false impression! If you would not lie about yourself nor others, why would you want to give a false impression of yourself? My take is this, why would you spend 200 bux on a fake to give the impression that you can afford 2,000 bux? To show others that you have taste? To show others that you are financially sound? Buying a fake proves neither of the above. Some tai-tais out there buy loads of real stuff which are 'unbecoming' and yet loads of non-designer brands out there are actually classy and gorgeous; e.g. Zara, Charles & Keith and GAP. There is no need to resort to fakes. It is distasteful and embarrassing, not to mention illegal! Yes, that's right, it's illegal.

In Rome, if you are caught buying a fake from an illegal street vendor, the buyer will be arrested, not the seller! And I heard a radio caller mentioned that someone she knows was arrested at US customs for carrying a fake Coach bag. How embarrassing!

I am glad LV took a stand against eBay for selling fake merchandise online. This industry should not be supported.

In short, here are why I think consumers buy fake designer goods:
  1. To give an impression that they are 'someone else', richer, classier, more tasteful etc (wannabes?)
  2. They like the design of the real deal but are not willing to spend.
  3. They think designer bags makes them special or rich or whatever, if it's not YOU, it's not REAL. Be yourself. If you cannot afford it, don't fake it!
  4. They want to impress their friends. Face it, if your friends are familiar with the real deal, you would look like a fool, if they do not know any better, they are not worth impressing. Anyway your good friends would know the real you, whether or not you are deserving of it.
Here are some reasons why we should not support the counterfeit industry:
  1. It's illegal! Seriously!
  2. You can get caught and that is so low. I think they should eventually insert microchips into these goods so they can scan these bags at customs to weed out the fakers.
  3. It's so third-world! Come on, Malaysia is a developing country, if these activities flourish, how do we take us to the next level?
  4. It's unfair to the design houses as they lose out on royalties and their sales plummets, forcing them to hike up their retail prices even more, thus making these goods further out of reach. Imagine if you are the designer or brand owner!
  5. It's sad for those who own the real thing, as then people wonder if yours is a real or a fake! The authentic stuff lose value. So sad!
  6. Buying the real deal from an authorized store begets you fantastic level of service and after-sales services that you should not miss out on.
  7. Because nothing beats walking into a real store and buying the real deal.
  8. Because absolutely nothing beats HAVING the real deal.
Some interesting statistics:
  • It is estimated that 1 in 5 Chinese women (China) owns a fake handbag and usually that is an LV bag. (source:
  • A court in France has found eBay guilty of selling fake copies of designer goods on its web site. eBay will have to pay 40 million Euros to LVMH, a designer goods group. (source:
Now, do we really want to be a part of such statistic huh?

I know this one post here isn't going to change the world, but I hope to create some awareness. The sun would shine when our country put a stand against imitation designer products. It's bound to happen sooner or later, if we're taking a stand on pirated softwares, music and movies, it's a matter of time before this comes on the agenda. This calls for a 2 pronged approach to this problem; firstly crackdown the sellers and 'smugglers' and secondly to change the mindset of these consumers.

Take a stand, say NO to fakes. Get real.