just a note for myself. and for you, who isn’t subscribed to PopIn, this awesome news feed site for young people (in 2 years time, i might not be eligible for that anymore. wow, how time flies.) i was their PM some time back. another word for free blogger of the week. but i had fun really. 🙂
first thing i wrote was ‘6 Sexy Icons that i would teh tarik with’.
(definitions of sexy and world and icons here are according to Mien at the time of writing this)
Zaitun Mohamed Kasim, better known as Toni Kasim, has been serving the community on a broad range of issues for more than 20 years, 15 of those years in Malaysia. She firmly believes in principles of justice and equality for all, regardless of differences in relation to gender, race, religion, sexualities, disabilities and access to wealth and resources. The rest of the bio could be found here: http://www.wci2.org/?p=96
Did I mention she also write, sing, dance and laugh a lot? She just oozes sexiness! she’s an icon to me because 2 minutes of conversation with her or just her ‘famous’ hug makes me feel so very loved and inspired that I can change the world. Toni Kasim passed away from cancer on June 4, 2008. Aku rindu kamu, Toni.
A tribute video of her by Malaysiakini:
2. Angelina jolie
if you don’t know who Angelina Jolie is, well then, I’d have to check your earth’s citizenship status. 🙂 she’s a beautiful, intelligent, outrageous actress (famous also for marrying another beautiful person and adopting many beautiful children) and also the goodwill ambassador for United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which for me, completely up her points on the sexy scale.
Here’s a video of her visiting refugees in Thailand:
Her bio could be found here:
3. Che Guevara
What can be sexier than a revolutionary who is a doctor who is a poet who freed a nation, Cuba from oppression? One person that my mother, my friends, artists and activists alike would all love (especially me)!! Well probably not my government but heck, you can’t please everyone. Unfortunately, he is no longer around. Che was executed by CIA-assisted Bolivian force on October 9, 1967 (aged 39).
Video of Che reciting a poem:
More of him:
4. Aung Sang Suu Kyi
Ok, sexy is probably not the right term to describe Daw Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient of 1991 and elected Prime Mininister of Burma in 1990 whom were then put under house arrest by the Military Junta to this day. She is actually more regal than anything else, but damm, her courage and perseverance and revolution are amazingly inspiring loh!
Michael Stipe of R.E.M agrees:
Aung Sang Suu Kyi speak of ‘ Freedom’:
5. Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr ran around naked on screen back in 1933, escaped from a powerful possessive husband, became a movie star in Hollywood and invented frequency-hopping, a technology ahead of it’s time that serves as a basis for modern spread-spectrum communication technology, such as COFDM used in WiFi network connections and CDMA used in some cordless and wireless telephones. If you are reading this online right now using your wifi, huge thanks to this sexy mama! She passed away on January 19, 2000.
Article on Hedy’s wireless:
A 5 mins video biography of Hedy:
Evelyn Beatrice Hall described Voltaire best in her biography on him with the phrase: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Which is now popularly associated with freedom of expression. Ok fine, it is not easy to see if the philosopher was ever sexy from the paintings of him but the te tarik session will still be worth it just to hear him speak cos I so tak guna at reading non-fiction (hereby request past PM Fahmi Reza to make docu about him cos he is already history, 1694 – 1778).
Summarized ideas of Voltaire and famous quotes:
2 of my favorite quotes:
‘All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.’
‘Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.’
Let’s end it with that shall we, let’s go out there and appreciate all the sexy, intelligent and wonderful people that are alive and around us tonight, see you tomorrow.