- Calls for Betty White to introduce Obama at convention
- Raining cash
- All eyes on Asia in new travel series
Posted: 02 Sep 2012 08:42 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Social media users are petitioning to have Betty White introduce President Barack Obama at next week's Democratic National Convention.
Supporters of the move say the Hot In Cleveland star will be a good representative of older Americans following Clint Eastwood's performance at last Thursday's Republican National Convention.
"Clint Eastwood, the Republican's 'mystery guest' at the RNC, gave a bad name to older Americans everywhere with his absurd and awkward-to-watch introduction of Governor Romney," the petition reads.
"Governor Romney can have Clint Eastwood and his improvisational skills because President Obama has the one and only Betty White!" it adds.
Eastwood's bizarre, rambling address at the RNC became fodder for late night comics after he debated with an empty chair that he pretended was a stand-in for the Democratic president.
So far, the White petition on social networking site Change.org has drawn nearly 600 supporters.
White has publicly endorsed the president's re-election bid. The prominent animal-rights supporter also told Larry King in an interview this summer, that she was taken with first puppy Bo during a visit to the White House this year.
This isn't the first time White has found herself at the center of a social media campaign. In 2010, online petitions to get the sitcom legend to host Saturday Night Live resulted in a well received stint on the popular late night program.
Posted: 03 Sep 2012 02:01 AM PDT
It's so simple, Sure Can Win.
IT is going to be a long month of cash giving at Red FM with the latest contest Sure Can Win starting from today till Sept 28.
Following up from Cars & Stars and National Treasures Merdeka Hunt, Sure Can Win is the latest in a series of contests designed by Red FM to keep giving listeners exciting ways to win awesome prizes.
Red FM's Sure Can Win is the easiest radio contest to date. With RM100,000 cash and prizes to be given out, it wasn't easy for the Red FM team to figure out how to reward listeners without making it too complicated.
So the team got together, hashed it out for hours, and the end product is Sure Can Win. The radio station has designed a no-brainer contest that will leave everyone wanting to join in the fun.
From Monday to Friday at random times throughout the day, Red FM listeners will have a chance to grab cash and prizes by simply being themselves. Red FM announcers will be giving out descriptions of everyday people, profiles including age, profession, gender and even zodiac signs. Should you match the description, call in to 03-7728 1049.
The first caller through has to answer a simple question about Red FM. Daily, there will be one bonus hour and that is when listeners get a chance to double or even triple their prize!
With Red FM's Sure Can Win, there is no need to run around the city to find anything, no need to spend money to win money, and there is simply no need to embarrass yourself.
Just match the description and win. That's all Red FM is asking of you.
Some would say Red FM has gone mad, making it so easy to win but Ben Foo, Star Radio Group marketing director, says: "We know that most Malaysians work very hard to earn their money but sometimes the bonuses or increments don't happen, especially in these times. So, we wanted the same hardworking Malaysians to know that they can win cash just by being themselves when they listen to Red FM."
Don't miss your Red FM treat.
Red FM's Station Frequencies: Taiping, Kedah, Perlis and Pulau Langkawi: 98.1FM; George Town and Seberang Prai: 107.6FM; Ipoh, Perak: 106.4FM; Klang Valley, Negri Sembilan and Tapah: 104.9FM; Kuantan, Pahang: 91.6FM; Batu Pahat and Malacca: 98.9FM; Johor Baru and Singapore: 92.8FM.
Posted: 03 Sep 2012 02:55 AM PDT
Host Anita Kapoor goes on a quest to experience Asia's prosperity and growth in a new travel series.
MENTION Asia and most travellers would associate it with a myriad of cultures, ethnic groups, food and historic monuments. Besides its claim to fame as one of the most culturally diverse lands, Asia is now considered the fastest growing region in the world. Given its amply available labour and rapid industrialisation, it is no wonder why more foreign investors are betting their bottom dollar on the East.
"Asia has seen rapid growth. This continent is experiencing abundant lifestyle changes due to the new found prosperity in our backyard," says Anita Kapoor, host of TLC's (Astro Ch 707) new travel series Go Asia With Anita Kapoor, in an interview in Kuala Lumpur recently.
In the five-part series, the Singaporean host goes on a mission to experience the "new Asia" by diving into the innumerable lifestyles, which define the region. Supporting her in her quest are local "agent provocateurs", who provide their insider knowledge to enable Kapoor to discover hidden local pleasures not often experienced by regular tourists.
For Kapoor, Go Asia is best described as a lifestyle show that introduces different Asian cities in a refreshing light.
"Go Asia looks at the contemporary side of Asia. It zooms in on Asians who are involved in various activities that have helped changed the status quo of their cities. The crux of the show is to highlight traditional and contemporary aspects of what the region has to offer.
"Besides focusing on exotic angles, it gives a fresh perspective on Asians as modern and free spirited souls," says the friendly Mumbai-born Kapoor, who became a TV personality after winning Discovery Travel And Adventure channel's Search For A Host contest in 2003.
Kapoor's first stop takes her to Delhi, India, where she discovers how locals combine tradition with modernity through hottest fashion trends and hippest fine dining restaurants. She also visits a 14th century-built fort in historical town Neemrana in Rajasthan.
In the second episode, she returns to her birth place Mumbai to get a feel of its vibrant nightlife, style tips and bike ride around the city in the wee hours of the morning. There, she cuts a track in a recording studio as well.
Judging from our conversation, it appears that Kapoor tends to favour Delhi over Mumbai due to its charming people, culture, heritage and food.
"The British had conquered Delhi in the 17th century and left behind facades of their influences in colonial-style homes, monuments and the English language. While it may be a culture-rich city, Delhi is also known for its trendy young adults with a modern fashion sense," opines Kapoor who has fronted Bare Beauty, a Singaporean-made series on ancient Asian beauty secrets, and Exotic Escapades, a hotel in-house travel series.
In the third episode, she heads to Kuala Lumpur to experience the multi-cultural metropolis. Apart from setting her eyes on the nation's majestic Petronas Twin Towers, Kapoor also checks out the world's tallest statue of Hindu deity Lord Murugan in Batu Caves, Selangor. She then heads south to Malacca to experience the Peranakan culture and attends a punk rock showcase featuring homegrown band Moist.
Asked about her experience in Malaysia, Kapoor said: "Every country has its unique attraction, regardless if it is cultural or natural. Kuala Lumpur is on the cusp of something great. Besides historical monuments, there are many interesting aspects of the country which include a wide spread of food and people of diverse cultures."
After our capital city, she travels north to Bangkok to witness the rapidly evolving yet uniquely Thai culture, goes on a boat ride to explore mangroves and gets kicking at a Muay Thai class.
In her final leg, she travels to Manila where she encounters a city full of Spanish and Chinese-influenced performers, get a personal tour and history lesson from a Filipino actor, attends a Mad Hatter's (a character from fairy tale Alice In Wonderland) ball and learns how to prepare a Filipino-fusion organic meal.
Now that she has travelled far and wide over Asia, Kapoor can attest that South-East Asia is certainly a region that boasts a melting pot of cultures and thriving economy. With so much to explore, she can't wait to pack up her bags and continue her travels around other parts of the continent.
"In the past, Asians used to travel overseas to gain experiences in the West. Now, things have changed and and tourists are visiting Asia to learn more about our culture and traditions. I have met so many fascinating people during the show and hope to discover the hidden pleasures of Asia," she concluded.
Go Asia With Anita Kapoor premieres on TLC (Astro Ch 707) today at 9pm.
* Anita Kapoor shares tips to make travelling abroad easier and safer.
> Be aware of your whereabouts
If you are travelling alone, ensure nobody is aware that you are a solo traveller. Be polite but never too friendly as some people are unable to differentiate the distinction between politeness and friendliness.
If you are travelling to a remote location, ensure you are able to communicate with friends and family.
> Self defence
Travellers should have a few basic self-defence tricks up their sleeves. Travel in strength, not weakness.
> Read up on the norms of a conservative country
If you plan to travel to a conservative country, find out some of the cultural norms and traditions. Respect their dress code and practices. If you don't feel comfortable travelling to such places, avoid visiting them.
> Try to blend in with the locals
Try to dress up and wear clothes that enable you to blend well with the locals. If you want to have an authentic experience, dress up modestly so that you are able to go under the radar instead of over and stand out in the crowd.
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