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Square [ box ] Watermelon

Posted by editor On May - 27 - 2008

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This is a rather interesting find: square watermelon. I wish to be able to see it on a first-hand basis though, but they are not available in the US, and although they are available, it’s at approximately $83.00 each … so it’s rather expensive to consume one. So here’s part the story:

Farmers in the southern Japanese town of Zentsuji have figured out how to grow their watermelons so they turn out square.

It’s not a fad. The technique actually has practical applications. “The reason they’re doing this in Japan is because of lack of space,” said Samantha Winters of the National Watermelon Promotion Board in Orlando, Florida.

A fat, round watermelon can take up a lot of room in a refrigerator, and the usually round fruit often sits awkwardly on refrigerator shelves.

But clever Japanese farmers have solved this dilemma by forcing their watermelons to grow into a square shape. Farmers insert the melons into square, tempered glass cases while the fruit is still growing on the vine.

The square boxes are the exact dimensions of Japanese refrigerators, allowing full-grown watermelons to fit conveniently and precisely onto refrigerator shelves.

But cubic fruit comes with a caveat: Each square watermelon costs 10,000 yen, the equivalent of about $82. Regular watermelons in Japan cost from $15 to $25 each.

At $82 apiece, Winters said she didn’t know if there would be a market for square-grown watermelons in the United States.

read the rest of the story here

more from BBC Asia-Pacific:

For years consumers struggled to fit the large round fruit in their refrigerators.
And then there was the problem of trying to cut the fruit when it kept rolling around.

The farmer, from Zentsuji in Kagawa prefecture, came up with the idea of making a cube-shaped watermelon which could easily be packed and stored.

To make it happen, farmers grew the melons in glass boxes and the fruit then naturally assumed the same shape. Today the cuboid watermelons are hand-picked and shipped all over Japan.

But the fruit, on sale in a selection of department stores and upmarket supermarkets, appeals mainly to the wealthy and fashion-conscious of Tokyo and Osaka, Japan’s two major cities.

Each melon sells for 10,000 yen, equivalent to about $83. It is almost double, or even triple, that of a normal watermelon.

link: CNN, link2, link: BBC.

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The many shapes of brazilian wax

Posted by editor On May - 18 - 2008

It’s a usual thing to happen when a server hands on a menu to you at a restaurant or bar but menu for a brazilian wax? It is weird to see and experience it at first, but it really is helpful. Check this out:

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Now that I get used to the menu thing on brazilian stylistic choices such as heart shape, stamp, triangle, strip, square, you name it LOL 😉 this website even brings it further the male brazilian wax menu,… see it for your self here!

I hope no body takes it personal, I blog about this cuz I thought it might be a useful info for some and kinda silly funny thing to write about (*giggle*, I can’t stop)

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The other day I was trying to make my eyes appear bigger just like the make-up artist did for my wedding day, and as I researched I came across Jen’s blog, to my suprise she diligently put on this eyelid tapes and make-up tip tutorial, very useful.

Hey guys, just thought I’d do a little tutorial for the girls who are single-lidded and want to know how to apply makeup with eyelid tape. It seemed like a useful thing to do.

A little info to start with from Jen:

*What are single-lids and double lids? Single lids are eyelids that don’t have a crease above the lash line. Double lids do. There are many naturally double-lidded and single-lidded Asians in the world.

*What is eyelid tape? Eyelid tape is a small, curved strip of medical tape used to form a crease on the eyelid. Some say that it stretches out the lid, but I find that if you put some water on the tape at the end of the day, it comes off with no tugging.

And here’s the tutorial:

Step 1. First, apply the tape. Try to make it so that the crease is a natural size for your eye shape and size.

Step 2.
Next, apply highlighter (color 1 in the revlon palette) to the brow bone. Use a medium shade (color 3) and apply color to your lid above and to the outside of the tape. The color should fade in, about 2/3 of the way into your lid.

Step 3.
Add a darker color (color 4) as contour to your lid. Try taking a smaller brush and running it along the area right beneath your brow bone. It should almost make a “c” shape and the color is stronger at the edges, and blended in.

Step 4.
This is the key to looking natural! Take a black, matte liquid liner and draw a line that covers the space under the tape and also slightly on top of the bottom edge of the tape from inside to out. It is especially critical to cover the tape on the inner half of your eyelid, as this is the part most likely to show when your eyes are open. Be patient and take it slow since this part can get tricky!
Note: you can cover more of the tape with eyeliner for a more dramatic look, or cover it completely and put black eye shadow around the tape for a smokey-eye. Just make sure to match the liner on the tape and the liner on your skin so it is seamless.

Step 5.
Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler and apply Max Factor Lash Perfection Waterproof mascara to top and bottom lids. (I prefer to use the non-waterproof version on just my bottom lashes as it makes them longer and less sticky.)

Hope this will help
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Deceiving Beauty

Posted by editor On May - 12 - 2008

curse of the golden flowerI always wonder how to get that full breast look especially for tube dress. I went on for a deep shopping search just before my wedding, asking everyone I know just as easy as “Do you know how to get that full breast look like those women in The Curse of The Golden Flower?” haha it does sounds a little weird, no? But actually it doesn’t at that time though. Anyhow I finally find something called underbust corset, I was so happy that I found it I told my mom about it being the secret of getting the look of women in “Golden Flower” and interestingly she even bought one herself =D.

Anyone wanting that full-breast look, especially brides-to-be (gonna be great under a tube or strapless wedding gown) perhaps it’s good to try owning some of these from absolutecorsets or lauren silva

Related post: corset push-up

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Celebrity’s Beauty Secrets – weight management

Posted by editor On May - 12 - 2008

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celery juiceAny weight complaints at all? maybe should try some of these celeb tips. I actually did try the tea suggestion, and I didn’t figure out how it actually work till I heard that you actually need to drink at least a glass of tea before and after meal, not just as you like it. It really does work on that slimming process, cuz tea actually prevent absorption of food if you do take it before meal, and help faster digestion (throw out all those oil excess from food) if you take it after meal. Hope this’ll help. Opss ya about that Donna Karan’s blend, I do heard that celery can make you slim because the body takes more calories to process the digestion of celeries compare to the calories the celeries bring for the body, hmm confusing but it’s the truth =p (give it a try snacking those celeries for getting rid of those extra pounds, lol)

“Daisy Fuentes has a quick weight lose trick of drinking one liter of chamomile tea and one liter of water daily– the combination accelerates fat burning!Diana Ross stays in shape by doing her own housework! “Cleaning is a tremendous stress reliever and keeps my body taut, ” says Miss Ross.

Supermodel Giselle Bundchen stays shapely by pouring hot stuff on her food for a natural thermogenic burn.

Donna Karan does a quick slim down by blending cabbage, apple, parsley, carrots, and celery in a juicer and drinking it for a day or two.

Susan Lucci observes a Portuguese diet staple– she snacks on sardines because their omega-3 fatty acids are essential for smooth skin.”

Thanks to peertrainer for the info.

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