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Friday, 15 July 2005

Short Talk:

My old computer hard disk is dead.

New 200GB hard disk drive: RM410.
Petrol to get to computer shop: RM5.
Banging into another car 'cos you aren't looking: RM900.
Getting an earful from the mother: Priceless.

There are something money can't buy.

For everything else, there's bad luck.

Miss Tourism Pageant 2005 Kuching Show

Just got back from the Kuching preview show of the Miss Tourism Pageant 2005 last night.
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I didn't even know this type of beauty pageant exist, until I caught the bunch of them having lunch at one of the hotel cafes. Miss Tourism is very similar to Miss World or Miss Universe, only less glitzy and particular emphasis is placed on the contestants tourism knowledge and background.
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Photos here will not be in chronological order or in context.

The Kuching 'Preview' Show was held at the Crowne Plaza hotel ballroom. The tickets are expensive at RM300 per person and are difficult to get by. I've called the organizers a few times before but they're unwilling to sell individual tickets as they'd rather sell by the table.
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I was finally given a chance to buy the elusive RM300 ticket at the door on the actual event. Having gotten into a minor car accident earlier in the day, I was hesitant to part with my hard-earned cash. So I tried a trick.

I put on my best dress shirt and tailored pants, wore a (borrowed) huge ass digital SLR camera on my neck, and at the actual event I walked into the ballroom confidently as if I own the whole freakin' place.
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No these are not the contestants. Its a warm-up show. I reckon if the bellydancers at the Bloggers.SG conference are anything like this, the whole trip to Singapore would be worth it.

I walked past the reception. No response.

Walked past hotel security. No reaction.

Walked past the organizers. Nuh-uh.

I found my table (they made a mistake by revealing my table number before I even got my ticket), pulled a chair, sat and started eating the shark fin soup and butter prawns they served. Still no dramas. People look at me as if its very common for strangers to share a table like that.

Yes you heard it right. I got to dine at a 5-star hotel, rub shoulders with snobbish socialites, and meet with 30 other beauty queens, all for abso-fucking-lutely FREE. FREE. FREE.

Thank you, lax security guards!
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The show opens with what the MC called a 'thoughtful and inspiring' speech by the Tourism Minister.

The minister's speech can be summed up as follows:
1. We're not here to see pretty girls, we're here to promote world peace and harmony.
2. Tourism is important so all the government money spent on this beauty pageant is worth it.
3. I got to see all these pretty girls backstage before all of you do, and I took pictures with all of them too. So obviously my balls are bigger than yours. (I'm serious. He did say something to that effect.)

Anyone wanna bet his stupid speech is gonna make the headlines tomorrow?
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Contestants appear in dazzling Sarawak cultural costumes. I like Miss Brazil. I wanted to ask her to show me her Brazilian wax.

Letting someone like me sneak into the Miss Tourism Pageant was the last of the organizer's concerns. A number of contestants have withdrawn or miss the show completely.
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Miss Venezuela looked fabulous in that pink empress outfit. I reckon she looks like UK singer Billie Piper.

Poor Miss Ethiopia for example, was quarantined at the KLIA because she can't produce her medical certificate and the officials here fear that she may have yellow fever or something like that. I think she's gonna be so traumatised that when she goes back, she's gonna have yellow Asian fever.
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Miss Pakistan doing the Bollywood dance.

Perhaps the most high-profile scandal was the one involving Miss Tibet. The Chinese government forced her to compete as Miss Tibet-China, but she refused and ended up withdrawing from the contest instead.
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Miss USA looks like she has a dislocated her hip bones playing the hoola hoops. Don't you think she bears an uncanny resemblance to Jessica Simpson?

Anyway, after the initial introduction of the contestants, a selected few were invited to perform their 'special talents' on stage. Most danced. Miss USA did it with the hoola hoops.

Miss Singapore was scheduled to do an Aikido martial arts demonstration. But when she stepped forth, she...
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... rolled on the floor.

... and again, to the left.

... then again, to the right.

And before you know it, its all over.
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I thought I came for a beauty contest, but I went to a dog-rolling contest by mistake.


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Miss Malaysia easily had the best performance of the night. She sang a rendition of 'In Your Head' 'Zombie' by The Cranberries and her vocals was simply awesome.

I shall upload the videos tomorrow or something.

The evening wear parade was next on the list.
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Miss China is damn skinny, but she got a nice albeit flat face though. I dig Miss Hong Kong's outfit (2nd from left) and Miss Brazil (3rd from left) looks fantastic in just about anything.

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Miss Slovakia on the other hand has a great body but a very 'plastic' face. I managed to snap a photo of her later in the hotel lobby.
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WAH! Look like she just walked out of a Barbie Doll box.
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This is that curvilicious Miss Belarus' back. I reckon she has the best dress out of all the girls that night.
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Miss Venezuela in her snake-print outfit. Miss Vietnam in the background. Why is it that all the beauty queens seem to hail from Venezuela?

I was looking forward to a swimsuit parade. Too bad with the conservative politicians in the audience I see a fat chance of that happening.

The next session of the show features the contestants in cocktail wear.
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Miss Brazil looking fabulously neon pink. Check out Miss Belarus in that black dress! She looked like she jumped out of a watch ad or something. Those two are definitely my favourites alongside Miss Venezuela. Miss Cambodia in the background kinda pale in comparison.
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Miss Romania looks like a total doll without Miss Slovakia's plasticky feel. What a queen.

That's Miss Russia by the door in the background. She's another one of those with a good body, but her face something wrong one.
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Miss Singapore Celest Foo definitely had the BEST evening wear of the night.

I spoke to Miss Singapore when I stalked bumped into the contestants during lunch a few days ago. That's how I remember her name. Its quite clear to me that she's not the most confident one of the group. She commented how intimidated she felt since the girls there are all so tall.

But Celest is very down-to-earth and I felt as if I was talking to my high school mate or something. There's no pretentious "I'm better than you" air about it. I like her.

The subsidiary title of Miss Damai was to be given out that night, but before that we were rudely interrupted by an intermission program.
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George Michael would be so proud of his sense of fashion.

Cheebye lah. Talk about from one extreme to the other.

The moment of truth. Who will win the crown of Miss Damai (whatever the hell that is)?
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Make a wild guess?




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Miss USA giving the look that says "Pick me! Pick me!"

btw, that's Miss Tunisia standing on the far right. Not Miss Tiuniasing ok.




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Congratulations Celest! :) You totally deserve it.

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Don't go using your special Aikido talent and roll back to Singapore now.

Coincidentally I'm in Singapore right now, looking forward to attending the Blogger.SG conference tomorrow. Pop by DXO at the Esplanade if you're in town alright.

This wraps up my account of the Kuching preview show. The Miss Tourism Pageant Grand Final will be held in Miri City on the 23rd July. I have my favourites - specifically Miss Brazil, Miss Belarus, Miss Romania and Miss Venezuela. I hope they win.
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Bye bye...

Well, who do you think should win?

76 Comments

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i am prettier than all of them. no need to say liao.

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great pics!! Clap clap

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Thanks Kenny,

Needed the eye-wash...

*scampers back to work*

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Wow. I was actually voting for Ms. Brazil. Yeah, I know, the typical hot latina babe, but heh.

Although, I think the other competitors must have been pretty angry at the fact that an Singaporean babe, from a nearby country lagi tu, won the competition, instead of them who flew in from so far away.

Oh, and you got free food! Wargh.

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you are one lucky b*st*rd!!

hey you called that DOG-rolling. you coming for blog con right, you wait ah!

p/s: the contents above are just fictitious. i DO NOT, i repeat, DO NOT bear any grudges against mr kenny/bigbird/bigcoconuts!

= )

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wow... masuk FREE ehh.. smart smrt

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hell, i'd have gone in for the free food, lolz. throw in a beauty pageant and you've got a great night! lolz. connoisseur of fine foods first, then of fine sights. after all, if can see but cannot touch, no point, right? might as well makan oso leh. lolz. very visionary post, kenny.

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hell, i'd have gone in for the free food, lolz. throw in a beauty pageant and you've got a great night! lolz. connoisseur of fine foods first, then of fine sights. after all, if can see but cannot touch, no point, right? might as well makan oso leh. lolz. very visionary post, kenny.

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At least only dog-rolling, didn't demonstrate doggy-style.I would have paid 3000 bucks to watch that.
How much you wanna bet that these contestants earned some more 'prize money' after the show... if ya get me...

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Eh, Kenny, what happened to you google ads?

Nice pics, how come no pics of Miss Malaysia?

Is she pretty? or just another ah lian...

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At least only dog-rolling, didn't demonstrate doggy-style.I would have paid 3000 bucks to watch that.
How much you wanna bet that these contestants earned some more 'prize money' after the show... if ya get me...

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You know why they picked Miss Singapore? So that they dont have to pay too much in regards to travelling expenses mah!! So near only!

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:PbPbPbPbP

Kenny, it seems that big balls and big cameras make everything free.

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Lucky you. :'[

You're like Solid Snake, sneaky and all. Snake would be so proud.

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told ya to concentrate on ya driving, rushing for a HDD to blog and thinking about potential blogging materials is hazardous to drivers.

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eh Kenny next time got this type of kangtao don't forget to ajak me as well le, we can take photos together mar. I will vote for Miss Vietnam, she's prety :)

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eh Kenny next time got this type of kangtao don't forget to ajak me as well le, we can take photos together mar. I will vote for Miss Vietnam, she's prety :)

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Kenny, you are truly one lucky basket. Miss Tourism or whatever is an excuse lah..it seems like beloved white hair & uncle george are choosing their 5th or 6th concubine. I have to admit those bodacious body of the contestants are really terror..my nose hasn't stopped bleeding yet:)

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Kenny, you are truly one lucky basket. Miss Tourism or whatever is an excuse lah..it seems like beloved white hair & uncle george are choosing their 5th or 6th concubine. I have to admit those bodacious body of the contestants are really terror..my nose hasn't stopped bleeding yet:)

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u....lucky....sodding...right.....bastard.

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Dear Kenny,

Erh.... for yr kind info, Cranberries never have the song called "In your head". I think u are refering to the song "Zombie".

Moon

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steady hands...

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Kenny, u used that trick to enter for free? You're brilliant (and lucky)!!!

You must be the new master of disguise. So tell me, how am I going to sneak my car in to do those daredevil stunts Proton does everytime they launch a new car model?

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POWER LAH KENNY! Like that also can! Woahaha!
Man I need a prop like a DSLR next time.

How come the belly lancers look more like bartop lancers?

I think Miss Malaysia's quite pretty leh!

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WOW.... Great pics man! All of them are so nice...

I like the Malaysian! haha.

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eerrr..who did the organisers think u r?..some photo-journalist izit?

maybe they know u r THE Kenny Sia...n can get free write-up mah...in Kenny's blog

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A very good coverage indeed...even better than our mainstream journalists...congrats on that...maybe you should consider a career change now to be a celebrity journalist/photographer. All the best on that.

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YAY...Congrats to Ms Singapore!! Miss Tiunasing also deserves a round of applause(all thanks to Kenny) hahaha :P

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kenny u not scared the organisers read yr blog then come n claim the 300 bucks? ;P

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hey was it u taking pictures at city hall mrt in singapore o.O ?

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U made a good pt.. That miss USA is Jessica Simpson's twins sister or wat?!

Btw, "keekkekkeke" is juz my "virtual laugh" lar.. KEKKEKEKEKE!!

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Sorry, forgot to put name, that Anonymous was me. ;)

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THANK YOU FOR THE EYE CANDY!

hehe..man, for someone who sneaked into a RM300 beauty pageant event with a bigass SLR, eat their expensive sharks fin soup, you're telling me you couldnt find ONE person to hold your SLR and snap a shot so that you could wrap your arm round Miss Slovakia???! You come too far to start being shy now boy!

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I think it's quite ironical that i have to find out from a malaysian blog that Singapore won a subsidiary title at a pageant :) What is a Damai anyway? *blur*

Miss Malaysia's quite chantik too leh!

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Duno why,i just wish to see how u look like during tat nite! must be very handsome,hehehe!

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hmm u sure it's ok to gloat about getting in free for the event so publicly? wait they track u down how? cos u so famous already. =D

But very nicely done indeed.

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who were the judges???? I bet they really enjoy the Aikido rolling ... I'm sorry, but Miss Singapore is just ok to me.

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Sound like u r selling credit card man....


Short Talk:

My old computer hard disk is dead.

New 200GB hard disk drive: RM410.
Petrol to get to computer shop: RM5.
Banging into another car 'cos you aren't looking: RM900.
Getting an earful from the mother: Priceless.

There are something money can't buy.

For everything else, there's bad luck.

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hahaH- u sure got balls walking in like that!! Ms. Brazil reminds me of Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls - Teenage Drama Queen) The judges choice of Ms.Singapore as the winner may create a controversy though, not saying that she is not good enough,she's beaUtiful, really- just that the foreigners may feel its leaning heavy on an Asian to win-

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miss singapore only looks good when her mouth is closed =P

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Er.... I think hor, the biggest ball should win.

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Hey Dud, Miss Slovakia, Miss Cambodia, Miss Tunisia,...I bet if you put your name on a banner, some one would walk out there with a Miss Kennysia. Should be a good prank to pull for the finals.

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uggh...miss singapore not that preety leh.......how bout miss Tess?

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nice pics yea. yea i agreed that ms singapore is not that pretty lahs (:

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Hey! I know some basics of Aikido as well. Maybe I'll become the next Miss Singapore for you to stalk.

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Yah just noticed some small minor errors in your Short Talk.

It's " some things" and it's "mother" without the aricle "the", unless you are referring to something abstract like "the mother of a convent", for example. :D

But hurray for Miss Singapore Tourism. haha.

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Holy moly. This is the greatest post EVER.

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Cut me some slack with the many mistakes in my Miss Tourism post, guys. :) It was written in a half sleepy state the day before I'm supposed to leave for S'pore.

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Wow .. nice pic ..
I like Miss Slovakia .. She looks great

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this is so odd. although i am a Singaporean, yet, out of all the contestants, there were definitely other contestants that should have won! how bias.

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What the hell is Miss Damai? I am a Singaporean, I didn't even know there was a Celesta competing in Miss Tourism. Btw don't you think that Miss Tourism must be someone with lot of confident, otherwise how is she going to convince? Height matters? I think it's more of the attitude!

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Man I knew I saw you that night snapping away with your camera. I wouldn't have recognised you had my sister no pointed out to me. Wah sneaking in free ah, smart b*st**d! Takes a lotta courage to do that too! I applauded you man!

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great pics.
ive been told its that sneaking in as a photographer really works.

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the foooooooodddddddddddddddd

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thats wat happen when u start becoming femes..fame start to fade. Expectation are higher.. its the best time to die as a legend.. just like Elvis and M. Monroe.. or u cud stay sexy like Tom Jones. Plis get those hair on ur chest man! Gudluck!

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thats wat happen when u start becoming femes..fame start to fade. Expectation are higher.. its the best time to die as a legend.. just like Elvis and M. Monroe.. or u cud stay sexy like Tom Jones. Plis get those hair on ur chest man! Gudluck!

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I am Miss Slovakia.It is very rude what I have seen below my picts.I had never ever any plastic surgery,and I am very natural.I guess I was the only one who went on stage without any earring or jewellery.The one who wrote these things does not knows too much about us I guess.I feel very sad why anybody write such bad critics about any contestants as they are all very nice people.Greetings from Judit

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she miss slovakia... i cut my that one...

anyway, nice post! you lucky man

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Miss Brazil is very beatiful, for me is number 1...tyy...

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Miss Brazil is very beautiful... she deserve win this competition! Good Luck!

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Just wanted to thank you for uploading the pictures of the delegates in the Malaysia
Miss Tourism Pageant 2005
We realize that everyone has thier favorite but we belive that all of the girls are beautiful and that each of them deserves respect as they are representing their countries.
This pageant gives several of the young ladies an opportunity to travel and compete in an international beauty pageant.
The Miss Universe Pageant System is so commercial that it leaves a lot of great young ladies out, as their sponsorship fees are tremendous.

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CAN YOU SENT ME THE DELEGATES NAMES FOR THIS YEAR MISS TOURISM INTERCONNETAL

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hi,i'm the one who will take part the contest this coming october...this my first participant..

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Does anyone know about the Miss Tourism Queen International 2005 which will be hold in China-Peking? Please let me know.

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how can we participate in the next edition

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I like miss of Mongolia. I think she is very pretty.

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omg miss singapore so ugly?! tho im a singaporean but still.... i think miss brazil is prettier.

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Hi,

dear I have to talk about Miss ********.

please give me ur email address or hit me a reply on my mail address if you dont want to share yours..

thanks

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most of your entries make laugh, thumb up, will blog hopping ur bloggie frequently to cheer me up ..muahaha

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please give me your number. thanks

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please give me your number. thanks

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i think the most deserving person would be you !
you got pass everybody for free !
how was de food ?
u didnt mention anything about that !
5/5? or 1/5?

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I love China because she is beautiful Miss China can Sex with you and isee ur COCK

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any colection for Miss Tourism Malaysia 2004?? also held at crown,Kuching.. while the preview was held at Miri,sarawak..

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