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Young actor Marcel Chandrawinata is singling out his mom as his personal hero.

“People can say that it’s clichéd, but my mom is my hero,” said the 25-year-old, who was born to German mother and an Indonesian father.

“I was born in Germany. After giving birth to all her kids, Mom moved with Dad to Indonesia. She didn’t have relatives or even a friend here. She stayed here for us, even though she didn’t have anyone to talk to and she couldn’t even speak Indonesian,” Marcel said.

Marcel said that he’s not embarrassed that some people have called him a momma’s boy. “It’s okay when people say that. The important thing is that I’ll always be there for her.”



Source: The Jakarta Post



Inul Daratista says that she feels glad for her dark skin and that she is not interested in skin-whitening treatments.

“I love tropical-colored skin. It contains more vitamins, provides better protection — and just looks better than Caucasian skin. I think it’s a huge mistake when you want to whiten your skin. People with olive and brown skin should consider themselves lucky,” the 33-year-old dangdut singer said, as quoted by

Inul said that she often treats herself to a body scrub and avoids spending too much money at beauty salons. “I use body scrubs, but just the cheap ones. I don’t like to go to salons. I just do it at home.”

“The best thing of doing it at home is that you can do it while watching over your kids,” said the siren who shot to fame years ago with her sensuous “drilling” dance (goyang ngebor).

news source: The Jakarta Post

photo credit: kapanlagi


Sophia Latjuba apologizes from her Los Angeles home for a tardy email response. Her former husband, Michael Villareal, is out of town and she is on mommy duty 24/7 for their young daughter.

“I am a walking zombie at the moment, which kind of fits the whole Halloween theme,” the model and actress jokes.

There is a lot to occupy the 42-year-old at present. Apart from raising Manuella, 7, and her older daughter, Eva Celia, 20, who is studying music at college in Hollywood, the Indonesian-German is also pursuing her love of yoga and penning what she calls a no-holds-barred autobiography.

Oh, and she is also changing her famous name.

A couple of months ago, she quietly revised the surname on her Facebook account and BlackBerry profile to “Mueller”, her Austrian-German mother’s maiden name. Except for her friends, few members of the public know about the change.

Sophia’s explanation of her decision could be called a complicatedly cosmic one. She cites the approaching end to the Mayan calendar and tremendous shifts in the world. The new cycle dawning is an alignment of the feminine and masculine, she believes.

“To celebrate this, I want to honor my female ancestors and therefore use my mother’s maiden name,” she said, adding it is not a rejection of her paternal descent.

“I am extremely honored for having used my father’s family name for 42 years, and people will always remember me that way. My grandfather, [diplomat] Mahmud Latjuba, was a wise, intellectual, honest and honorable person, and so was my late father, and the name Latjuba has opened so many paths for me.”

She acknowledges the “rather impulsive decision” is proving a much more complex bureaucratic process than she expected. But adopting a new name is also an opportunity to start afresh at this new point in her life.

“The name has become so attached to myself, the fame and all, and I am in the middle of detaching myself from all these layers. It’s like shedding half of my ego. I’m finding my true self. It’s a new beginning.”

Starting over also comes with her recent divorce from Villareal after seven years of marriage. She says they remain good friends in jointly raising Manuella.

“Of course, it’s a huge adjustment for me, so I’m trying to focus my energy on both my daughters and they’re a big help in making things easier.”

Her typical day entails waking up early at 5:30 a.m. for silent time with coffee, the daily newspapers and reflection on the previous day’s events. She then does “Mommy duty”, getting breakfast ready for her daughter, driving her to school and then taking a yoga class. For the rest of the day, it’s more of the same — pickups, cooking and homework.

She moved to Los Angeles in December 2008 to escape the stresses of living in Jakarta. Today, she calls her relationship with the city “love-hate”. On the one hand, it’s a beautiful city and brimming with opportunities, but it’s also intensely impersonal and superficial, she said.

Still, she always believes there is a reason for everything.

“This city has taught me tremendous patience and strength, especially realizing that no place is perfect. And I’m extremely proud of myself for living through the ups and downs and still holding my chin up high,” she said.

“I have also learned how to become comfortable with myself being alone, that I don’t need to be surrounded by people to feel complete.”

She seems constantly hungry to learn — about herself and the world — despite her public persona as a beauty who can sit pretty with the world at her feet. It may seem mercurial, but there is a searching, almost restlessness in her explorations. “I feel it’s driving me nuts sometimes,” she said.

The first time I interviewed her, she was cooking a roast as a confirmed meat eater; in a subsequent interview, she was studying holistic therapies and had become a vegetarian. She asks what books I like; her first choice is German literature, the complex language that intrigues her.

Moving to Los Angeles has given her the chance to nurture her passion for yoga — “sometimes I do believe that the universe brought me to this city for yoga only”.

“It has stirred up my energy so much — remember, energy can be very fierce and very gentle at the same time. I have come to know my body and own it, be comfortable in my own skin. I’m finally learning to love myself.”

It’s a statement that may sound hollow coming from many men’s fantasy woman of the 1990s, but she insists it’s true.

“What I mean is that I kind of never had a good body-mind connection. Plus I was a very insecure person to begin with. Maybe that’s why I’m comfortable being in showbiz, which gives me a great ego-booster. I can’t believe I just said that!”

She is planning to return to Jakarta in mid-November to take care of the official details of changing her name and catch up with family and friends. She misses certain aspects of life in the capital, food in particular, but says she cannot imagine returning.

“I also miss not being recognized. It’s not because I’m being narcissistic here, but being recognized reminds me of all the hard work I did in my life, and fame just came with it. I miss hanging out with my friends and having a good laugh.”

She is excited about writing her autobiography, to be written in a novelistic style and coauthored with her friend, leading celebrity biographer Albertheine Endah.

“It will be sensational. I plan to keep it real and honest, whether people like it or not.”

It’s another step in her journey of life, wherever it ends up taking her and whatever peaks and valleys emerge along the way.

“It’s a learning process. If I don’t get it here and now, I will try better in the next one,” she said.



source: The Jakarta Post


Ayahanda dari aktris bersaudara ternama asal Taiwan, Barbie dan Dee Hsu wafat pekan lalu setelah berjuang melawan kanker hati. Ibunda Barbie dan Dee Hsu memberikan konfirmasi mengenai kematian suaminya melalui pesan singkat. “Bapak Hsu telah meninggal dunia dengan tenang. Ia ditemani oleh ketiga putri dan menantunya. Dia pergi tanpa ada penyesalan”.

Jasad ayah Barbie dan Dee Hsu disemayamkan di rumah duka dan akan melakukan pemakaman dalam upacara agama Katholik yang sederhana. Orangtua Barbie dan Dee bercerai saat keduanya masih kecil. Tetapi baik Barbie dan Dee tetap berhubungan baik dengan kedua orangtua mereka. Ayah mereka bahkan hadir di upacara pernikahan Barbie tahun lalu dan mengikuti acara keluarga.

Meski sudah mendapat perawatan kanker hati, tetapi kondisi ayah Barbie dan Dee Hsu semakin memburuk sejak bulan lalu dan sempat dirawata di rumah sakit. Karena kondisi ayahnya yang memburuk, Dee sempat dikabarkan menunda pekerjaanya di Cina bulan lalu. Dia juga membatalkan sesi rekaman untuk acaranya ‘Mr Con & MS Csi’.

Menurut manajer Dee, Qiao An, Barbie dan Dee setiap hari mengunjungi ayah mereka di rumah sakit sebelum meninggal dunia. “Tolong jangan ganggu Dee seama beberapa waktu. Terima kasih atas perhatiannya,” ujar Manajer Dee, Qiao An.

Sepupu Dee mengatakan bahwa ayah Barbie dan Dee tidak menjalani pemeriksaan rutin dan itu yang membuat dokter sulit untuk merawat penyakitnya. Pihak rumah sakit juga menolak untuk mengungkapkan dengan detil penyebab kematian ayah Barbie dan Dee. Hanya mengatakan bahwa ayah Barbie dan Dee sudah cukup lama menderita kanker hati.

Sumber: xinmsn



Anggota S.H.E, girl band asalTaiwan, Selina Jen, menceritakan tentang kecelakaan yang ia alami saat syuting film di sebuah acara di stasiun radio.

Selina mengungkapkan bahwa ia mendapat nama panggilan setelah kecelakaan yaitu “Fire Phoenix” yang berarti bahwa ia akan menjadi lebih kuat dan memiliki imej baru setelah kecelakaan.

Penyanyi ini juga memberikan komentar menganai Ham Yu yang dengan berani kembali ke lokasi syuting pasca kecelakaan. Ham menderita beberapa luka bakar dan keadaanya sudah membaik.

Saat ditanya apakah Selina memiliki keberanian seperti Ham, tiba-tiba air mata Selina mengalir tanpa bisa ia tahan. Anggota girlband lainnya, Hebe Tian dan Ella Chen langsung menenangkan Selina dan mengatakan,”Kami akan selalu menantinya”.



Sumber: asianfanatic


Mata kanan Kevin Cheng terluka. Jaringan pembuluh darah di matanya pecah saat sedang syuting drama ‘IP Man”. Semua pekerjaanya langsung dihentikan dan ia terbang ke Hongkong untuk mendapatkan perawatan dan operasi.

Virginia Lok datang ke rumah sakit Tsuen Wan Adventist untuk mengurus surat-surat rawat inap Kevin Cheng. Dia mengatakan,”Saya mendapat telepon dan mengetahui kalau Kevin cedera. Dia sedikit kesal mungkin karena rasa sakitnya dan harus kembali ke Hongkong sendiri. Karena kecelakaan itu, Kevin kehilangan jutaan dolar Hongkong karena pekerjaanya dibatalkan”.

Kemarin, pukul 1 siang, Kevin mengenakan penutup mata dan kaca mata hitam di dalam ambulans yang membawanya ke rumah sakit. Saat wartawan bertanya soal kecelakaan itu dan apa yang sebenarnya terjadi, Kevin tidak menjawab. Tetapi, tidak lama Kevin bersedia diwawancara melalui sambungan telepon. “Aku mendapat 10 jahitan dan dokter berkata ia menggunakan benang yang sangat tipis sehingga bekas jahitannya sangat tipis. Karena itu saya banyak mendapat jahitan. Aku rasa, pekan depan jika mataku sudah tidak bengkak lagi, aku bisa bekerja lagi. Karena kecelakaan ini, pasti berdampak pada syuting film. Beruntung syuting serial ini sudah hampir selesai. Aku akan secepatnya kembali dan menyelesaikannya. Tidak ingin terlalu kuatir dan berfikir banyak. Ini sudah terjadi maka aku harus menghadapi kondisi ini!”

Virginia mengatakan bahwa Kevin tidak perlu melakukan operasi untuk menutupi lukanya tetapi ia harus kembali untuk membuka jahitan operasi pekan depan. Teman baik Kevin, Ben Wong akan menemani Kevin ke rumah sakit. Saat ini Kevin dalam keadaan baik dan tetap tampan meski ada bekas 10 jahitan di matanya.

Sumber: asianfanatic

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