February 28, 2009

I am ICÔNE: xHaute_Couturex

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Although the February ICÔNE has already been silent for weeks now, (which is the reason why this post was delayed), Yna, or more popularly known as xHaute_Couturex had been of the many silent and yet uber special people at Stardollandia.
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Let's join Yna as she takes us around the wonderful places in her scenic home land... the Philippines.
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Jeepneys are the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines. They were originally made from US military jeeps left over from World War II and are well known for their flamboyant decoration and crowded seating. They have also become a symbol of Philippine culture.

The word jeepney is usually believed to be a portmanteau of "jeep" and "jitney".

Another word for jeepney is fierra but it's almost never used. It is best known in a song called Ang Fierra ni Juan Ay May Butas Sa Gulong (The Jeep of Juan Has A Hole In The Tire)
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Rizal Park is situated in the heart of the city of Manila, Philippines. It is at the northern end of Roxas Boulevard, overlooking Manila Bay.

Rizal Park's history began in the early 1800s during the Spanish rule. While Manila's social and business activities were confined within Intramuros, a small area just south of the walls was cleared to prevent sneak attacks from the patriotic natives. The area was shaped like a small moon (lunette) and thus was named Luneta. The Park was also called Bagumbayan (New Town) in Spanish colonial era, and later known as Luneta.

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Pahiyas Festival is a colorful feast in honor of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saints of farmers, as a thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. Houses along the old streets of Lucban are artistically decorated with agricultural harvest, and of the very unique highlight of the festival, the "kiping". It is a wafer made up of rice that comes in different colors. The Lucbanons come up in different designs every year, as they showcase their artistic talents in decorating their houses.
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The Paoay Church is included in the Unesco World Heritage list.
Construction of the church started in 1704 and was completed in 1894 by the Augustinian friars led by Fr. Antonio Estavillo.
It is probably the best-known “earthquake Baroque” church in the Philippines. Large coral stones were used for the lower level while bricks were used for the upper levels of the church. The walls are 1.67 meters thick and are supported by 24 carved and massive buttresses.

February 21, 2009

Scenery Drama

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I love making sceneries.

But throughout my Stardoll existence, I have only made a few. Am guessing I just wasn't challenged enough to make something different. And Stardoll's options then were, shall we say graphically disappointing.

Not anymore!

Recently, illustrations are more refined & varieties are wider which now, presents countless possibilities. And with the re-release of my favourite POP ART Scenery, my interest in conceptualizing another scenery was reborn.


As I was making one, I noticed that I was alone.


ZERO. Just celebrity dolls.

Who wouldn't want to be beside a celebrity (even in a scenery!)? but uh, I wanted to include some friends. And I am pretty sure I have a handful of them.


So, can I just say "Why?"


You can just imagine how frustrated I was when I found myself with no one but grey lines on a white canvass.

So, instead of sulking at this glitch, I just thought of putting myself, myself AND myself in my scenery.


Or click THIS

Not so bad, no?

Narcissism aside, this turned out quite well BUT it would've been F.I.E.R.C.E if my friends were there where all of us are posed differently just like the one I did.

Style_Magazine pioneered the dolls that are posed other than that of our usual through her magazine. And we all know how amazing she does them! Steelone is another great revolutionary artiste!


I haven't seen anyone try to do this on a scenery were manipulation through programs are disabled. I was curious if this was possible & surprisingly it can be done!

I was thinking of putting up a Scenery Contest. No no not the usual flowers & fairy kinda. What I was thinking focuses more on how our dolls can have different looks & poses. Hair & all.

If we have enough fierce competitors who are challenged by this, I will push through.

Tell me, good idea?