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Friday, December 31, 2010

torah bright snowboarder australian players pictures

Torah Jane Bright or known as Torah Bright (born December 27, 1986, Cooma, Australia) is an Australian snowboarder. She turned pro at age 14 and finished fifth in snowboarding at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. She trains in Salt Lake City, Utah. She won gold in the 2010 Winter Olympics.Born to parents Peter and Marion Bright, Bright is the second youngest of five siblings. She grew up in Cooma, New South Wales at the base of the Snowy Mountains, and initially started out as a downhill ski racer. Older brother Ben picked up snowboarding and passed it on to Torah; as she has said, “I’ve never looked back.”

Bright uses a goofy stance and is coached by brother Ben. Older sister Rowena competed in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Bright enjoys basketball and rollerblading.[citation needed]

Bright is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as Mormons). “For me it’s just a way of life – I don’t drink, smoke, drink tea or coffee, or have sex before marriage. I’ve never drunk or smoked but I’ll go out to dance and stay up late and then drive home at the end of the night.”

Bright finished 30th overall at the 2005 World Championships in Whistler, Canada and was runner up for the World Cup title during the 2003–04 season.

Bright entered only two World Cup events during the 2004–05 season, both in February at the 2006 Winter Olympic venue of Bardonecchia. She placed third in both events, qualifying for the Australian Olympic team.

In 2006, Bright earned a silver medal at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. She returned the following year, winning the gold medal in the women’s superpipe event. She is the first Australian snowboarder to ever win gold at the Winter X Games (11), beating Winter Olympic medalists Gretchen Bleiler and Hannah Teter.

In 2007, Bright took first at the Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open in the women’s halfpipe, giving her back-to-back wins in two consecutive competitions. At the 2007 World Super Pipe Championships in Park City, Utah, Bright won first place, beating 2002 Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark. In late 2007, she made the podium for both events in the Roxy Chicken Jam, the final event in the TTR (Ticket to Ride) Snowboard Tour, where she became the 2007 TTR world champion.
torah bright
torah bright
In 2007, Bright took first at the Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open in the women’s halfpipe, giving her back-to-back wins in two consecutive competitions. At the 2007 World Super Pipe Championships in Park City, Utah, Bright won first place, beating 2002 Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark. In late 2007, she made the podium for both events in the Roxy Chicken Jam, the final event in the TTR (Ticket to Ride) Snowboard Tour, where she became the 2007 TTR world champion.

In 2010, Bright suffered two concussions while in training for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. She carried the flag for Australia at the opening ceremonies. Qualifying in the number one spot for the final, she crashed out in her first run down and as a result had to run first in the second run. She posted a score of 45.0 which remained the high score through the second run and became the fourth Australian to win a Winter Olympics Gold medal.

torah bright snowboarder australian
torah bright snowboarder australian

torah bright snowboarder australian players pictures

Torah Jane Bright or known as Torah Bright (born December 27, 1986, Cooma, Australia) is an Australian snowboarder. She turned pro at age 14 and finished fifth in snowboarding at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. She trains in Salt Lake City, Utah. She won gold in the 2010 Winter Olympics.Born to parents Peter and Marion Bright, Bright is the second youngest of five siblings. She grew up in Cooma, New South Wales at the base of the Snowy Mountains, and initially started out as a downhill ski racer. Older brother Ben picked up snowboarding and passed it on to Torah; as she has said, “I’ve never looked back.”

Bright uses a goofy stance and is coached by brother Ben. Older sister Rowena competed in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Bright enjoys basketball and rollerblading.[citation needed]

Bright is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as Mormons). “For me it’s just a way of life – I don’t drink, smoke, drink tea or coffee, or have sex before marriage. I’ve never drunk or smoked but I’ll go out to dance and stay up late and then drive home at the end of the night.”

Bright finished 30th overall at the 2005 World Championships in Whistler, Canada and was runner up for the World Cup title during the 2003–04 season.

Bright entered only two World Cup events during the 2004–05 season, both in February at the 2006 Winter Olympic venue of Bardonecchia. She placed third in both events, qualifying for the Australian Olympic team.

In 2006, Bright earned a silver medal at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. She returned the following year, winning the gold medal in the women’s superpipe event. She is the first Australian snowboarder to ever win gold at the Winter X Games (11), beating Winter Olympic medalists Gretchen Bleiler and Hannah Teter.

In 2007, Bright took first at the Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open in the women’s halfpipe, giving her back-to-back wins in two consecutive competitions. At the 2007 World Super Pipe Championships in Park City, Utah, Bright won first place, beating 2002 Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark. In late 2007, she made the podium for both events in the Roxy Chicken Jam, the final event in the TTR (Ticket to Ride) Snowboard Tour, where she became the 2007 TTR world champion.
torah bright
torah bright
In 2007, Bright took first at the Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open in the women’s halfpipe, giving her back-to-back wins in two consecutive competitions. At the 2007 World Super Pipe Championships in Park City, Utah, Bright won first place, beating 2002 Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark. In late 2007, she made the podium for both events in the Roxy Chicken Jam, the final event in the TTR (Ticket to Ride) Snowboard Tour, where she became the 2007 TTR world champion.

In 2010, Bright suffered two concussions while in training for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. She carried the flag for Australia at the opening ceremonies. Qualifying in the number one spot for the final, she crashed out in her first run down and as a result had to run first in the second run. She posted a score of 45.0 which remained the high score through the second run and became the fourth Australian to win a Winter Olympics Gold medal.

torah bright snowboarder australian
torah bright snowboarder australian

Dressing in heels

One of my New Year's Resolutions is to dress up a little more. For example, even just adding a pair of black heels to a regular outfit makes such a difference. Here, Susan Cernek looks so pretty. (And I love this Urban Outfitters pair.)

Are you making any New Year's Resolutions?

(Photo by Stockholm Street Style)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Panward

Beautiful Thai

Happy New Year 2011 - PH

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Taking the Leap of Faith

As I stood on the edge of the tower and knew it was time to take a huge leap of faith, what does that feel like? It wasn't a warm and fuzzy feeling. I had cold feet, I was perspiring, my heart was beating so fast, it almost flew out of my mouth. :P

For the new year, it is time to move forward, time for a 'change'.

"CHANGE is one of the most difficult actions for us to face. It means that we will step out of the
comforts of the old and familiar. Even if we haven't enjoyed the old way, it was still familiar. It is change that we hope for, that we ask for and desire, yet also fear the most. When we stand on the edge of the cliff, preparing for that big leap, remembering that we are here to fly can be the furthest thing from our minds. We fear the fall. We have choices. We can choose to leap and then we must turn to our faith, our knowledge within that there is a Higher Sense or Higher Power.


Life can be a riddle to be figured out. Life can also be a blessing to be shared with others and life can be a leap of faith."

Have faith, trust in yourself and take the leap!

Arghhhhhhhhhhhh.........



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First Commenter -

Baby quilts

Loving these beautiful baby quilts and stroller blankets. They're handmade and look so timeless.

P.S. An added bonus: You can hang them on your wall when your baby outgrows them. Sweet.

World's Population

Michael Seamans | Photographer

... Long time I didn't write

Image source: Valerie Fujita

Dear readers, to the oldest and the newest, it’s been a while I didn’t publish and I want to apologize, but I’m working hard on Tokyo Factory book and the pictures associated to it. At this time, we are still looking for an editor, but the first volume is almost finished and the second is already on its way (and more than well begun). My partner (and friend) in France, Alexandre Martinazzo, is meeting with a publisher next week to introduce our long investigation and our goal through this book, and I hope we will soon find a deal.


According to the whole writing (interviews, and texts by Alexandre Martinazzo) and original pictures (by me) and the images and illustrations database, each volume will probably end up with about 250 or 300 pages. And they would have ended with much more if we didn’t cut the interviews as some have been reduced to the half… But how possibly keep everything for a meeting that lasted for 3 or 4 hours when we had the chance that the people who we invited to this project answered so friendly that we had a cup of tea, and then a piece of cake and sometimes even had a so good interconnection that we had dinner together? So we had to keep the essential from our meetings and try to keep the writing of the interviews quite fair, so no one seems much more important than the other, because, we keep on thinking that everyone we met with Alexandre, was very interesting, that they all brought something to the project and that we spent a delightful moment with each of them, in their variety of characters.

If this project is taking us also a lot of time, beside the fact that the interviews are quite long, it’s because it touches our hearts and strong believes about the Tokyo (and Japan) we love and more generally about the world we live in, that our believes and convictions grew deeper, and that these people we crossed the path touched our heart very deeply.

I have to end on the subject of Tokyo Factory by saying that when we began the adventure, and although we were probably aware of more things than some people recently interested in Tokyo and Japan usually are - as we worked on some subjects since 2005-2006 through Alexandre Martinazzo’s web magazine Orient-Extreme - our pride made us thought that we would have more to teach than to learn... BUT, obviously, we learnt much more than what we expected and this learning we've been tought helped us growing up in our vision of Tokyo. Through our will to teach a bit more of the Tokyo we love and know, and about the questions we had and we were worrying and still worrying about, we've, ourselves, received education about this town and some of its people. Indeed, this investigation is the best lesson of modesty we could receive.

Regarding this blog, I will start again writing posts, but only once or twice a week, and much shorter texts than what I used to write. Because writing and investigating takes too much time, that life is short and I still have a lot of pictures to take and a lot of pretty other faces to meet. But at least, I can share some of the things I know or discover with you because I had great pleasure to talk with some of the girls reading me, and even encounter some. Therefore my writing will take a less insider point of view, more describing or purely informative, but I still want to share the things I love from this town and country.

Have all a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wave House Sentosa - WW

The FlowBarrel®

Welcome to flowboarding!

Wave House Sentosa opened in October 2009. I have not heard of them until I received their invitation to their 1st anniversary party and The International FLOW Championships which was held in October 2010. I couldn't attend because I had another function that weekend. They hosted some of the best flowboarding riders in the world. What a pity I was absent!

When I was invited to lunch at Wave House Restaurant in mid December, I was immediately attracted to the fun water sports before me.
So cool riding through the wave!

I was completely awed by The Flow Barrel®. 100,000 gallons of water per minute flowing as fast as 30 mph (48 kmph) curl over a surface that looks like a section of a skateboard park. The result is a perfect, endlessly tubing six-foot wave that has similar power and challenge to many of the waves breaking. It can give surfers up to 10-foot wave. Wow.


Watching the guests having fun on the The Flow Barrel® makes me want to take up the sports. It might take a while for me to flowboard standing up, (hopefully not to fracture some old bones along the way) but I can do this. kekeke.....

The Double FlowRider®

Kids can play too! They will love riding the Double FlowRider® on bodyboards, or play in the splash pool. To learn the skills they'll need on the FlowBarrel, the more daring kids can try flowboarding standing up here. Unlike the sea, this sports can be controlled and tailored to the ages and skills of the guests.  

The Double FlowRider creates a safe, non-curling, endless wave that is endlessly fun to ride. 30,000 gallons of water per minute flow as fast as 20 mph (32 kmph) over a plastic surface, like a wrestling mat, to generate a thin, fast-moving sheet of water. Riders can slide down and ride up the wave surface, and carve turns, emulating the maneuvers of other board sports.


The Wave House is not only about surfing, it also offers good food and drinks. I think it is also one of the coolest places to party. Visitors can head to the place to surf, chill out, dance and listen to DJs and Live Acts, while meeting like-minded people at the beach bars. psst... lots of pretty bikini babes and cool looking hunks.

Sentosa Island is one of the more popular tourists' spots in Singapore, but it lacks the waves which surfers longed for. With this fun house, visitors will find waves that can rival those along the reefs of Indonesia. Check it out, it is definitely a place worth heading to.

Wave House Sentosa
36 Siloso Beach Walk
Singapore 099007
Tel : 65-6377 3113
Tram: Imbiah
Open Mon-Thu,Sun 10am-12am; Fri-Sat 10am-3am



First Commenter-

My blog was hacked.

My dear readers,

My blog has been hacked, and someone is still messing with the blog coding. I wanted to let you know that I didn't write the "happy new year" post (which I've now deleted). If you see any posts over the next couple days that don't sound like me, they probably weren't written by me.

I'm figuring things out as quickly as I can; please hang in there with me!

Love, Joanna
P.S. Meanwhile, Toby and I traveled for 14+ hours today, including a scary emergency airplane landing in New Orleans. Acks, what a day!!

Update: Things seem to be back on track, whew! Thanks for your sweet comments!

Cowboy Taxis

A regular commentator on Pattaya Rag has advised me that he arrived with 2 friends at BKK around 9.00am and went upstairs for a taxi. A price to Pattaya was agreed but then taxi only went about 3 miles from the airport before the driver swerved off the highway and drove in to a back lot. He said 3 Thai men demanded full payment even though they'd only gone 3 miles. My friend and his pals refused to pay and the Thai guys eventually backed down. He's not sure what would have happened to a tourist travelling solo. 

I guess the only way to avoid this is to pay Bt3,000 for an official limo. Or at least take a photo of the car number plates with your smart phone and e-mail them to a friend for insurance. Make sure the driver sees you taking the photo. Might not help you but at least they'll find the driver!!!!!!! 

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When Is A Placebo Not A Placebo?

Irving Kirsch, best known for that 2008 meta-analysis allegedly showing that "Prozac doesn't work", has hit the headlines again.

This time it's a paper claiming that something does work. Actually Kirsch is only a minor author on the paper by Kaptchuck et al: Placebos without Deception.

In essence, they asked whether a placebo treatment - a dummy pill with no active ingredients - works even if you know that it's a placebo. Conventional wisdom would say no, because the placebo effect is driven by the patient's belief in the effectiveness of the pill.

Kaptchuck et al took 80 patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and recruited them into a trial of "a novel mind-body management study of IBS". Half of the patients got no treatment at all. The other half got inert cellulose capsules, after having been told, truthfully, that the pills contained no active drugs but also having been told to expect improvement in a 15 minute briefing session on the grounds that
placebo pills, something like sugar pills, have been shown in rigorous clinical testing to produce significant mind-body self-healing processes.
Guess what? The placebo group did better than the no treatment group, or at least they reported that they did (all the outcomes were subjective). The article has been much blogged about, and you should read those posts for a more detailed and in some cases skeptical examination, but really, this is entirely unsurprising and doesn't challenge the conventional wisdom about placebos.

The folks in this trial believed in the possibility that the pills would make them feel better. They just wouldn't have agreed to take part otherwise. And when those people got the treatment that they expected to work, they felt better. That's just the plain old placebo effect. We already know that the placebo effect is very strong in IBS, a disease which is, at least in many cases, psychosomatic.

So the only really new result here is that there are people out there who'll believe that they'll experience improvement from sugar pills, if you give them a 15 minute briefing about the "mind-body self-healing" properties of those pills. That's an interesting addition to the record of human quirkiness, but it doesn't really tell us anything new about placebos.

ResearchBlogging.orgKaptchuk, T., Friedlander, E., Kelley, J., Sanchez, M., Kokkotou, E., Singer, J., Kowalczykowski, M., Miller, F., Kirsch, I., & Lembo, A. (2010). Placebos without Deception: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Irritable Bowel Syndrome PLoS ONE, 5 (12) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0015591

Monday, December 27, 2010

Snowstorm!

Because of the crazy east coast snowstorms, our flight to New York yesterday was cancelled, so we're in L.A. for three more days. Hope everyone with travel plans is doing OK! What chaos! xoxo

(Photo by Mike + Doug Starn)

Paris Fashion Week SS 2011....Aymeline

Model Aymeline Valade after Balenciaga.
p.s. Hope everyone had a wonderful, safe Christmas wherever you were in the world. And, as always, I want to thank my awesome blog readers and especially all the people I have photographed over the last year- without all of you, my blog would be, well, non-existent! Thank you ever so much, and I wish everyone a very happy, healthy and exciting New Year. Bring on 2011 :))

Paris Fashion Week SS 2011....Evgenia

Evgenia Pavlin, buyer for Machiavelli boutique in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

Paris Fashion Week SS 2011

I think she was wearing American Apparel as she was handing out American Apparel goody bags to people before one of the shows.

Paris Fashion Week SS 2011...Bianca

Bianca Balti after Emanuel Ungaro.

Paris Fashion Week SS 2011...Taylor


Taylor Tomasi Hill looking immaculate, as always :)

Paris Fashion Week SS 2011....Ondine

French stylist, Ondine Azoulay. I think I recall a shoot for ID magazine in which Ondine styled a girl in the knitted Chloe sweater and skirt worn by Elena (in the post a bit lower down this page).
p.s. love the YSL bag!

Paris Fashion Week SS 2011....Giovanna


Giovanna in those Valentino shoes.