MICHAEL YIP

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I'm Michael Yip

I am a video producer and photographer by profession. As a photographer, one of my core skills is in dance event photography, as one of only a handful of photographers experienced in covering dance events, performances and portraits. I got a chance to countries around the Asian region capturing visuals to help participants of the events immortalize their moments. If you are interested in bringing me over to your festivals/events. Just head over to the contact section and drop me a message.

Through GEMNUINE - the idea co., my team and I also provides Brand Management and PR services. Our core expertise is in helping brands evolve and attract the current market. We also provides Digital Marketing and Management services, from web designs to social media management. Drop me an email today at mike@gemnuine.com and let us know how you want us to help you.

If you are stumped by the photo, yes, I dance as well, mainly Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango. I have since stopped performing due to injuries but if you are looking for performers for corporate events/functions/parties/festivals. Do drop me a message as well as I manages some of the dance teams that is currently making the rounds performing for various clients.


Education
Kolej Bandar Utama/Central St. Martin

Diploma in Arts and Design

Kolej Damansara Utama

Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering

SMK Damansara Utama

SPM


Experience
Photographer/Video Producer

MIKE YIP STUDIO

Branding and PR

GEMNUINE - the idea co.

Digital Marketing Solutions

Abood Media Sdn Bhd


My Skills
Photography and Video Production
Brand Management and Solutions
Public Relations
Digital Marketing Solutions

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Confirmed Bookings for 2018

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Confirmed Destinations for 2018

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Confirmed Dance Festivals for 2018

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Talks Confirmed for 2018

WHAT CAN MY TEAM DO

Photography and Video Production

As our core business, this is what we are good at, capturing visuals that brings out the best for your brand.

Branding and PR

Through GEMNUINE, we specializes in helping brands redevelop, redefine and create a comprehensive marketing strategies reach the target market.

Social Media Marketing

Abood Media Sdn Bhd's core strenght in Digital Marketing Services focuses on Social Media Management and promotions.

Web Design

We also design and revamp websites as part of Abood Media Sdn Bhd's services.

Live Event Streaming Production

As part of a new offering from MIKE YIP STUDIO and partners, we also provides Live Streaming services for Events through dedicated sites or onto social media platforms.

Efficient

We pride ourselves at being good and efficient in what we do and we always try our best to deliver services that exceeds our client's expectations.

I also blogs

Work Place Bullying | What can you do?


Currently, a friend is being harassed at work with the Head of Department and Directors unable to do anything about it even though they know it is clear cut bullying. That's the purpose for this post, what can you do to resolve this issue?

What most of us do not realise is the fact that there are various forms of harassments that we should start taking note of. Unfortunately, as far as Malaysian laws are concerned, the authorities only pay attention to sexual misconduct under the Employment Act. Other forms of aggressions have lesser attention in the eyes of the local legal system, but there are several existing laws that can be leveraged upon if the cases are serious.

Some scenarios are easy enough to be handled on your own. For example, if your colleague is always standing too close to you or are all touchy-feely, you can move away or make it very clear to them that you need your personal space through your body language.

Sometimes, confronting a co-worker if he or she is being a nuisance just once, will put an end to their antics. But if the matter persists, always seek your supervisor’s advice first. If that doesn’t help, approach your management. When those two don’t work, then move out to seek professional or legal help. This is because, most of the time harassment issues are isolated and can be resolved within the organisation.

Let’s take a look at the different forms of workplace nuisance that fall under the category of harassment.

1 Sexual harassment


This is undoubtedly the most common form of harassment discussed. Sexual harassment can be anything demeaning, offensive, suggestive or lewd to the opposite gender. Most cases in Malaysia involve female victims, but male victims are not unheard of.

Sexual harassment can take the form of verbal, non-verbal, psychological and physical. It can vary from jokes and jesting, to inappropriate touching or sharing of images on the surface level. Action can be taken against organisations that fail to act on complaints of sexual harassment from employees.

According to section 81F of the Employment Act 1955, an employer who fails to inquire into complaints of sexual harassment; inform the complainant of the refusal and reasons behind it; or, submit a report of the inquiry, can be fined up to RM10,000.

2 Threats, disruptive behaviours or misconduct


E-mails and phone calls that can be considered a threat, disturbing behaviour that disrupts the working process, and unnecessary pressuring of workers or co-workers that are serious to cause extreme physical, mental or emotional discomfort, can be considered as a form of harassment.

Keep a clear note of the five Ws and one H (who, what, when, where, why and how) because the last thing you want your management to do is to view your case as a non-threat.

3 Bullying


This term refers to acts of calling names, spreading rumours, damaging of personal properties, harmful or violent physical contact like fights, slapping and punching or non-sexual physical or verbal abuse.

Cyberbullying among colleagues, serious temper tantrums and unfair treatment by the supervisor, abuse of authority, open humiliation, and coercion to perform a task, can fall under the category of bullying.

In the United States, UK, Canada and other countries, action can be taken against co-workers or employers who resort to such acts.

Unfortunately, there is no legislation governing this portion of workplace harassment in Malaysia, but there are possibilities of victims taking action under the Defamation Act 1957.

They can also file a report for constructive dismissal and compensation with the Industrial Court if there are relevant and sufficient proof to convict the harasser.

4 Discriminative harassment


Exhibition of hostile behaviors centred on one’s beliefs, religion, skin colour, sexual orientation and disabilities, can also be demotivating and demeaning. Worse, it could result in extreme tension and unhealthy work environment.

Again, countries like the United States and Canada would not hesitate to act against co-workers or employers who discriminate based on these sentiments or social values.

There are no particular laws here in Malaysia to address such issues, but avenues that can be considered under the Penal Code include intimidation if the matter becomes a criminal case. Other labour laws which include unfair discrimination can also be considered.

Gender discrimination does carry some weight and is viewed more seriously as gender equality is a constitutional right. Gone are the days where this scenario only applies to women.

What can employees do?


1 Take action


Be bold and file a complaint or make that meeting with your human resources (HR) personnel happen if you are facing any form of harassment. Don’t underestimate your ability to change things, even if you are alone in your journey.

Follow up with your HR department if the matter is being investigated or if action will be taken. Suppose your HR department fails to provide you a satisfactory answer—after numerous attempts—have the courage to seek legal advice or make a police report if the matter is serious.

2 Speak to someone


The last thing you want to do is remain quiet about such issues like sexual harassment and bullying. By speaking to trustworthy colleagues, you are not only helping to address the matter, but may open up a can of worms which is a good thing in this situation. For all you know, you may have helped other people in the process.

You could also speak to your supervisor (if he or she isn’t directly involved) to rally some support or deliberate on ideas to tackle less threatening issues like emotional blackmailing or disruptive behaviours.

3 Know your rights


Read up. Have basic knowledge on labour, employment and management laws. It will help you determine your next course of action if you or your colleagues are affected. Knowing your rights is always a good thing even if your workplace is devoid of harassment issues.

4 Don't publicise the matter on social media


This could backfire on you. Apart from it breaching the code of ethics or your employment contract (when you share internal issues that could possibly compromise your company’s credentials), you are also opening up possibilities of lawsuits if the matter becomes public.

No doubt you will garner support from family and friends but professionally, it may do more harm than good.


What can management do?


Harassment issues can be minor but they have a tendency to grow out of proportion if no proper attention is given. It is the job of the HR management to ensure that the workplace is harassment-free. There are ample steps that the management can take to arrest this issue:

1 Have a strong complaints or suggestions box


Management should take this avenue seriously. Most employees, particularly those who are modest or reserved, will find it extremely difficult to share their situations openly.

Most workers may think that the management will always take the side of other management staff (in harassment scenarios that involve higher management personnel) and would be apprehensive in filing a complaint.

It is therefore important for management and HR divisions to be as welcoming as possible or let the employees know that they can be easily approached for personal discussions.

2 Take action


Yes, it takes time and effort, but it helps maintain a healthy environment when management takes action against complaints of harassment of any form. This also maintains the trust of your employees.

3 Be transparent, but protect complainants' information


Harassed victims need to feel protected and they can only rely on management to back them up if they are victimised in any situation. Management should let employees know that they can seek your advice and that their identities will be protected.

It’s not easy to work in an environment where the “harasser” and the “harassed” meet eye-to-eye all the time. Being transparent about such processes can help ease any form of hostility and maintain workplace harmony.

4 Have guidelines or code of ethics


Every organisation generally has ethics and rules for various employment aspects in place. Remind everyone from time to time about these guidelines and let them know that you do view harassment cases, whether sexual or otherwise, seriously and will not hesitate to take action, amounting to dismissal or other forms of legal address.

5 Have an in-house or external counsellor


This may sound like an additional cost but it may be necessary from time to time. If issues of harassment get out of control, your workers can suffer from psychological and emotional distress. If these issues are not addressed professionally, it can affect productivity and the employees’ mental health.

In addition, having a counsellor can help address problems especially if the nature of your business is highly stressful.

Photos | KK Latin Kiz Escapade 2018


The KK Latin Kiz' Escapade 2018 was held over the last weekend of June in the heart of Kota Kinabalu with an amazing turn-out despite being a small event (if compared to the bigger festivals around Kuala Lumpur). Amazing atmosphere with a fantastic organizing team that is on top of everything. Taking care of us from the time we touched down til us leaving.

Here's the photos from the 3 amazing nights of dancing and 2 days of fantastic workshops.


Workshops | Day 1 & 2



Party | Casual Friday



Party | Prom Night



Party | World Cup Night



That's all the collection for this festival, looking forward to the next festival to bring more wonderful visuals to all. If you would like to engage my service for your upcoming event, do drop me a message and we can discuss further from there.

Fragility of Cryptocurrency


Cryptocurrencies are not scalable and are more likely to suffer a breakdown in trust and efficiency the greater the number of people using them, the Bank of International Settlements (BIS)said on Sunday in its latest warning about the rise of virtual currencies.

For any form of money to work across large networks it requires trust in the stability of its value and in its ability to scale efficiently, the BIS, an umbrella group for the world's central banks, said in its annual report.

But trust can disappear instantly because of the fragility of the decentralized networks on which cryptocurrencies depend, the BIS said.

Those networks are also prone to congestion the bigger they become, according to the BIS, which noted the high transaction fees of the best-known digital currency, bitcoin, and the limited number of transactions per second they can handle.

"Trust can evaporate at any time because of the fragility of the decentralised consensus through which transactions are recorded," the Switzerland-based group said in its report.

"Not only does this call into question the finality of individual payments, it also means that a cryptocurrency can simply stop functioning, resulting in a complete loss of value."

The BIS' head of research, Hyun Song Shin, said sovereign money had value because it had users, but many people holding cryptocurrencies did so often purely for speculative purposes.

"Without users, it would simply be a worthless token. That's true whether it's a piece of paper with a face on it, or a digital token," he said, comparing virtual coins to baseball cards or Tamagotchi.

The dependency of users on so-called miners to record and verify crypto transactions is also flawed, according to the BIS, requiring vast and costly energy use.

It has issued a series of warnings this year after an explosive rise in cryptocurrency values attracted a wave of followers.

Agustin Carstens, general manager of the BIS, has described bitcoin as "a combination of a bubble, a Ponzi scheme and an environmental disaster".

The BIS has told central banks to think hard about the potential risks before issuing their own cryptocurrencies.

No central bank has issued a digital currency, though the Riksbank in Sweden, where the use of cash has fallen, is studying a retail e-krona for small payments.

The BIS also said in its annual report that effective regulation of digital coins needed to be global, targeting both regulated financial institutions as well as companies offering crypto-related services.

Grandparents Medical Advices that are lies


Growing up, we all experienced it (especially the Asian families), when we get sick or did something our grandmother doesn't like, she will throw out some medical "Facts" that makes us set things right faster than a lightning strike.

Did you experienced similar "advice" from your grandparents? Comment below and let me know what is the most common ones you get from your grandparents.

The following list explains the myths that just won’t seem to die.

Lie #1: “If you swallow chewing gum, it will never leave your body”

There are many variations of this myth. There are versions that specify the number of years it remains stuck in the body. There are those that say the gum gets stuck to the walls of your digestive system.

FACT: The gum will pass through your system and be excreted. Since it cannot be digested, it will come out whole as it was when it was swallowed. The chemicals that you cannot digest are those that give the gum its rubbery quality. But having said that, it’s not a good idea to swallow large amounts of gum anyway as there are cases of kids suffering from severe constipation after having swallowed too much gum.

Lie #2: “If you sit on a pillow, a boil will grow on your butt.”

This one is a Malaysian staple. In Bahasa Melayu it goes: “Kalau duduk atas bantal nanti punggung berbisul”.

This doesn’t make sense at any level but because it’s a scary enough thought, we still avoid planting ourselves on cushy pillows. A hundred years ago someone probably had some very nice pillows she didn’t want anyone sitting on and thought, “Why not scare the crap out of kids to stop them from squishing my pillows?”

FACT: A boil is an infected hair follicle. Technically, sitting on filthy pillows could cause boils but only if you did it buck naked.

Lie #3: “If you shave, your hair grows back thicker”

Nope, it doesn’t. It only looks that way. This might be right for the pubescent boy but only because puberty is making him more hairy. The act of shaving however, doesn’t contribute to thicker hair growth.

FACT: What might explain this phenomenon that many still swear by is that after shaving, stubbles appear which give the appearance of thick hair. However, once these stubbles start to grow out, it will be the same thickness as the hair before it.

Lie #4: “Eating watermelon seeds can cause appendicitis”

Appendicitis occurs when you have an infection of the appendix, which can be caused when debris is lodged in the tube-shaped sac. So, this “lie” should make sense, right?

FACT: Well, the answer is maybe. Some studies show there is a negligible correlation between swallowing fruit seeds and the onset of appendicitis. However, these studies do have their shortcomings as well. Therefore, it may be best to err on the side of caution and refrain from swallowing seeds. They don’t taste nice anyway. And definitely, don’t swallow durian seeds!

Lie #5: “Don’t give that kid candy or he will get a sugar rush.”

This is the biggest myth as many parents swear sugar is the culprit behind the hyperactivity of their toddlers.

FACT: This “sugar rush” state is simply not real. But it is still not a good idea to feed your kids too much sugar. Sugar addiction is a real threat to health and the rate of obesity among children and adults today is testimony to this. So, this just might be one of those white lies that we should keep alive.

Lie #6: “Chocolate gives you acne.”

Although this is a lie, don’t go grabbing that bar of Cadbury just yet. While previous studies have shown chocolate doesn’t cause acne, dermatologists point the finger at the sugar and fat content of chocolate, saying these ingredients can cause pimples. But this too has come under heavy criticism although subsequent studies show there just may be a link.

FACT: The jury is still out. Common sense says that if you experience a breakout after indulging in way too many Kinder Buenos, it’d be best to avoid them.

Lie #7: “Men don’t get breast cancer.”

This is a relatively modern myth. While the pink ribbon campaign to increase breast cancer awareness among women has been a success, men still often ignore early warning signs and are diagnosed only when the cancer is at an advanced stage.

FACT: Men also have breast tissue and after puberty develop ducts, lobules and connective tissues just like their female counterparts. The only difference is that women develop far more of these than men ever do. Even so, the male species can still get the same disease.

Lie #8: Vaccines can cause autism

This is a dangerous lie.

FACT: Vaccines do not cause autism. Vaccines not only protect the person who is vaccinated, but through the effect of herd immunity, has the power to eradicate diseases. No one who has been vaccinated has ever contracted polio and it would be a serious failure on the part of medical science if polio ever came back.

Lie #9: “Humans only use 10% of their brains.”

There’s a reason why people like this lie so much – it gives them some comfort that they actually have hidden potential.

FACT: Brain scans show that we use our whole brain pretty much most of the time. In fact our brain as a single organ consumes a high amount of energy given its relatively small size.

So how many of the above "advices" have you heard from your grandparents or aunties?

Restore accidentally deleted photos from iOS/Android


Accidentally deleted smartphone pictures are not irretrievably lost in most cases.

The Photos app on iOS devices, for example, has an album called “Recently Deleted” under the Albums tab. Deleted pictures and videos are stored in this album for 30 days before being permanently erased.

Those with an Android smartphone can open the Menu on the Google Photos app by tapping it or swiping the screen from the left side and then selecting the Trash icon.

Google Photos stores pictures for 60 days before they are permanently erased.

Japanese Passport Trumps Singapore to be most powerful in the world


The Singapore passport is no longer the most powerful in the world, according to the latest Henley Passport Index. Japan now occupies the top spot and its passport can be used to travel visa-free to a record 189 destinations.

Singapore is tied with Germany in second place as the passports of both countries allows visa-free travel to 188 destinations.

Third place is shared by six countries: one Asian (South Korea) and the rest European (Finland, France, Italy, Spain, and Sweden). The US and the UK are tied in 4th place, along with Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Portugal.

The fastest overall climber is the UAE, in 23rd place. It has ascended 38 places since 2008 and secured more new visa-waivers for its citizens in 2018 than any other jurisdiction in the world. The UAE is quickly closing in on the lead that Israel, in 19th place, has historically held within the Middle East region.

China has significantly strengthened its position on the ranking, climbing from 74th to 68th position since Q1 — although the country’s relatively low score of 70 visa-free destinations means it is still near the bottom of the North Asian regional ranking.

Malaysia sits at no. 9 at 180 countries alongside Slovenia and Hungary.

The Henley Passport Index, which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has recently been updated through extensive research to include eight new travel destinations.

It surveys a total of 199 different passports against 227 different travel destinations, including countries, territories, and micro-states.

Tun Mahathir on being labeled a Dictator


-THE DICTATOR-

1. People and the media never fail to point out that I was a dictator. I presided over an authoritarian Government of Malaysia for 22 years. Any mention of my name must be preceded or followed with the qualification “dictator”.

2. Looking back now, I realise why, as Prime Minister of Malaysia I was described as a dictator. There were many things I did which were typically dictatorial.

3. Actually I showed this tendency very early. Upon being appointed as Minister of Education, the first command I made was for the “Menteri” plate above the number plate of my official car to be ripped off. Maybe I feared assassination. I don’t know. But, unlike other democratic ministers I did not have the “Menteri” plate on my car.

4. I also demanded for a six men police escort. But they told me that a minister gets only one plain-clothed policeman. I warned them to wait until I became Prime Minister.

5. When I became Prime Minister I demanded for UTK (Special Forces) plainclothes escorts as well as ten outriders. They gave me only four. It was really not enough. I felt very unsafe. I had to look right and left and also behind to identify assailants early. Now that I am not the Prime Minister, you will not see my numerous bodyguards. This is because they are invisible.

6. In America I was surrounded by six burly secret service men. If anyone shot at me they would take the bullet. President Kennedy was almost saved by them. President Reagan was more lucky. I wanted the same body-guards at home. But there were no six-footers in Malaysia to absorb the bullets. I have to make-do with smallish Malay policeman.

7. Now I dare not get into a crowd. I don’t shake hands and selfies are not allowed. My invisible bodyguards check all cameras and hand phones of those who get within 10 feet from me.

8. As Education Minister I demanded that schools must not be named after me. All my democratic predecessors had schools named after them. One even had a school named after his wife.

9. I did not want schools to be named after me because dictators normally do not like personality cults. So when I became Prime Minister I did not allow my name to be attached to any building, road or public toilets. Now the Najib Government is doing me a favour. Reference to me in text books have been erased. Thank you Najib for being such a democrat.

10. To continue the narration about my dictatorship, upon being appointed Prime Minister I ordered the release of 21 political detainees, detained under ISA by my predecessors. This release was of course the tradition with dictators. Previous democratic PMs did not release any detainees. They in fact added more because that was the democratic thing to do.

11. But what about Ops Lalang. Well, Tun Hanif is on video to say that it was his decision. He was my security adviser and he said I could not countermand him. He says that as my security adviser, he decides.

12. It is not true of course. I went over his head and ordered as many people as possible to be detained and tortured. If he denies it must be because of bran. Still he does not seem to like bran.

13. Then there is Tan Sri Abu Talib, the AG in my time. He recently declared that I was not responsible for Tun Salleh Abas’ dismissal. This just cannot be true. Everyone saw how I caught hold of Salleh Abas by the scruff of his neck and threw him out of his court. I don’t know why Abu Talib should deny popular belief. Maybe I gave him bran. I don’t remember.

14. As wife of Prime Minister, Hasmah was also known as FLOMH (First Lady of my house). She was fond of pink diamonds and Hermes handbags.

15. She bought many of them in the flea markets in London and Hong Kong. She wore them around her neck, arms and fingers every day. There are lots of pictures of her, loaded with expensive jewels. No one can fail to notice that she was the wife of a dictator. She also has a food taster.

16. My children held high posts in the Government and UMNO. They naturally got Government contracts which they sold at good prices. That is why they are among the super rich. Unknown to anyone, Mukhriz has been appointed PH’s Deputy Prime Minister in waiting.

17. I set up five heavy industries and pocketed a good percentage of the capital. The money is kept in secret accounts in numerous banks. The accounts are so secret that I myself don’t know which bank. Not to worry. The police will find out. Another RCI can be set up.

18. Tun Abdullah and Tun-to-be Najib conducted a search for the money I had stolen. So far they have not been able to trace any. But not to be disappointed, Najib discovered that 30 billion Ringgit was lost by Bank Negara 30 years ago. Since I was the Prime Minister at that time, it must have been me who had stolen the money. So he set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry and sure enough I was found guilty.

19. I inherited from Tun Hussein a Boeing 737 business jet. It was big and expensive. So I decided to sell it and buy a smaller aircraft. I believe the savings went into my secret account. I don’t know where. There should be a police investigation.

20. As a dictator I made sure the Prime Minister’s residence in Putrajaya had a tunnel connecting it to KLIA. If anything happened I could escape through this tunnel to a waiting plane. Until now the tunnel cannot be found.

21. With the money I had stolen, I built two private palaces in Country Heights and the Mines. They are surrounded by high walls and guarded 24 hours a day by security forces. I also have fierce dogs. Anyone visiting me is frisked for weapons.

22. When I was about to retire, some people suggested that they build a memorial library for me. All American Presidents have memorial libraries.

23. I commanded as a true dictator that the memorial be dedicated to previous Prime Ministers also. I instructed that it be called the Perdana Leadership Foundation. The great achievements of all previous Prime Ministers must be kept there. Of course my record as a dictator is preserved for eternity there. All the valuable gifts given to me as PM, including 26 cars, are kept in the Galleria in Langkawi. Unfortunately the Government refuse to return them to me.

24. There are many other authoritarian acts perpetrated by me. But, to cut a long story short, as a true dictator I decided to resign. All dictators do this. Hitler and Mussolini unfortunately died before they could resign. Franco of Spain and Salazar of Portugal were about to resign when they died.

25. But I was lucky. I was able to resign before I die. This confirms that I was a true dictator. I ordered some ministers to rush up to me and cry when I made the announcement.

26. No one should know about all my authoritarian acts. It is sufficient just to state that I was a dictator. If asked why you say I was a dictator, just say everyone said so before. Therefore it must be true.

27. So carry on calling me an authoritarian dictator, a Mahazalim and Mahafiraun, who was undemocratic, and has become super rich through corruption. It is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

-Chedet-

Azrene Ahmad & Fazley Yaakob opening a can of worms on Rosmah Mansor



No sooner after the dust settled in the Malaysian 14th General Election, we have Azrene Ahmad (Rosmah's daughter from her 1st marriage) and Fazley Yaakob opening a big can of worm on Rosmah Mansor on Instagram and Facebook. For those that have not seen the postings, here's the screenshots of the texts that was shared.


We even have postings from the Son-In-Law. Fazley Yaakob.


The famous handshake that all of those she despises has encountered. Even Fazley wasn't spared. The one who introduced Fazley to her daughter and matchmade them together, but when things got serious and he asked for her daughter’s hand in marriage she said no.
Then she asked her witch doctors if we were good for each other. Her witch doctor said, “The boy is good for the girl and vice versa, but your power won’t work on them, his family has too many religious members of the family. For every son she has as a result of this union, your power will decrease”.

Guess what? All hell broke lose right after! 


And here's 2 final screenshots from Fazley's brother.









All these juicy story from her estranged daughter, along with quite a few videos that is available online, compiled together, it will definitely be a great horror story that will put Mona Fendi's tales to shame.



Yes, this is unlike me to post these stuff out there but heck, once in a while, it's hard to pass a juicy story like this that is worth sharing for all to read. Right?

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