Selena Gomez Sexy Dress at VMAs – MoVernie Fashion Whuz Up!

Well….there were tons of controversial buzz last night at the VMA, hotbuzz from Miley Cyrus inappropriate performance to the usual headline specialist in Lady Gaga. And Wow! Even Selena Gomez made headlines with her outfit of the night. You can see for yourself in the photo below.

Souce: VMA

Souce: VMA

Honestly, I don’t see anything wrong with this dress. But I would prefer the designer of this dress to keep it simple and not left one of Selena’s chest semi-open especially we had seen the wardrobe malfunction of Janet Jackson long time ago at the Superbowl.

I think this dress with both chest being covered would have been much better for Selena visually. The colour and choice of material on this dress is perfect that would make Selena looks classy and elegant. Unfortunately, the designer wanted to create a buzz, a gimmick and to show case half of Selena’s chest with the see-through torso design. It’s not bad, but I prefer it to be covered.

Fashion critics, what’s your take on this dress? Love it or hate it? Let me know!

Too sexy for you? or just perfect?

Too sexy for you? or just perfect?

CraveTO

My crew and I attended the CraveTO event this past Saturday. What is CraveTO you asked? Well, CraveTO is an event with pops-up at the Toronto’s Historic Honest Ed’s Alley. With a purchase of a generous admission, people get to listen to “live” DJ music,  try various unique food items available around the Honest Ed’s Alley. Craft beer from various local breweries were on hand to showcase their own brewery taste. All food items were $5 or less and also $5 for each pint of fresh, ice-cold beer. I am a beer lover, so it was great for me to try the various local beer breweries that were on hand.

CraveTO had two sessions (day session and night session). I enjoyed my day session, especially with nice warm and sunny weather. Honestly, I had always heard great things about Honest Ed, how he gave out free turkey to the families in need during ThanksGiving Day. Also, the Honest Ed store is an important landmark and important history in the Toronto communities. Rumour has it that this historical landmark is now put for-sale for a potential make-over of this part of the community. Thus, events such as the 2nd edition of CraveTO may very well be the final chance for the community to come together and celebrate this cultural landmark before Honest Ed’s closes for good.

At the far back of the Honest Ed’s Alley, I saw two food trucks. They were the Buster’s Sea Cove that sells great seafood items such as lobster roll and fish tacos. If your taste buds want something sweet, there was a “Pretty Sweet” cupcake truck. There was Car2Go exhibit on hand to showcase the people how to rent a car and drive around the city in just a few minutes of your time to register and to book a vehicle.

Other food vendors that comes from various cultures were on hand as well. There were Ese (Classic Mexican); Kanto (Philippine street food); Gushi (Japanese street food); Pancho’s (Mexican bakery); Hot Bunzz (Internationally flavoured Chinese style brioche buns); Terra Nera (Sicilian experiences) and Ice Volcano (Liquid nitrogen ice cream creations).

To complement these awesome food items, Craft local beer breweries were on hand. As you know, I love ice cold beer and I am a HUGE supporter of local breweries. So, I got super excited when I got to try all of them. At CraveTO, there were HogtownLeft FieldKensington and Nickel Brook. For people such as my cameraman, he isn’t a beer drinker. Not to worry, Tromba was here to provide him with great Tequila experiences. So, he was quite happy!

All in all, it was a great day to attend CraveTO. It was a nice warm sunny afternoon. It was a great way to try unique food items that weren’t available in many other places around the city. We got to try various local breweries + Tequila experiences. Last but not least, after we were full, we went to explore Honest Ed to burn off some calories but also to walk through this historical store, just to feel some of the vibe this store has provide for many customers and its impact surrounding its communities.

See you at the next outing CraveTO. If you want more information, you can click here to visit CraveTO website. Follow them on twitter @CraveTO.

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MoVernie posing outside Honest Ed's Store

MoVernie posing outside Honest Ed’s Store

Honest Ed's Alley

Honest Ed’s Alley

Honest Ed Alley

Ice Volcano Ice Cream - Coffee Flavour

Ice Volcano Ice Cream – Coffee Flavour

My Judging Experience for Miss Asia Toronto Pageant

For the second straight years in a row, the organizer for Miss Asia Toronto Pageant has invited me to be back on the judging panel for Miss Asia Toronto 2013. Last year was a great experience for me. It was an awesome feeling when the contestant that you had chosen flew back to Hong Kong and competed for the Grand Finals which consist of grand prizes worth 3 Million HK Dollars (that’s about $500,000 CDN).

For this year, there will be three rounds of pageant contests. The first one was the preliminary round that was held yesterday in the west end of Toronto at Albion Centre Mall, which is populated by many ethnicities. I am quite happy for the choice of this venue location as it is important for Miss Asia to hold an event that is outside of the typical Asian venues, so that more people from the non-asian communities could learn and understand our culture more. Besides, the 20 contestants that were on hand yesterday came from different backgrounds. These girls have Asian Background from Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Jamaican-Philippines, India and Canada.

There were 5 judges (including myself) sitting at the front of the centre stage. The ladies were judged based on 5 categories 1) Appearance; 2) Dance; 3) Catwalk; 4) Speech & 5) Intelligence. First off, all the ladies wearing a nice, pure, classy dress and greet the audience. Then, one-by-one they do a catwalk with nice energetic music. Then, each of them have to do an individual 10s dance moves. Their beauty and amazing dances hyped up the crowd.

During the intermission, the special performer, Zeyon, a talented R&B, Hip-hop artist sang his two latest tracks. He is releasing his album sometime in October.

After the amazing performance of some R&B music, the ladies  changed into their cultural outfits. It was actually my favourite part as  they represent their own ethnicity. It was also a treat for me to see all the different outfits. The colours and the various outfits was able to showcase their beauties in a different light. In addition, they went through the Q & A segment where the two amazing Emcees, Mark Y & Sanjay asked the ladies a question. This is the segment that the judges evaluate their speech and intelligence.

Unfortunately, this is a pageant contest after all, some of them had to go home. 16 out of 20 contestants moved on to the semifinals which will be held 2 weeks later on August 24, Saturday at New Kennedy Square.

I will be on the judging panel for the semi-finals. It always great to see the progress and the growth by the ladies after 2 weeks of more training and hard work preparations.

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MoVernie Judging Tag

MoVernie Judging Tag

MoVernie getting ready to judge

MoVernie getting ready to judge

Cultural Dresses

Cultural Dresses

Cultural Dresses

Cultural Dresses

Cultural Dresses

Cultural Dresses

Cultural Dresses

Cultural Dresses

Cultural Dresses

Cultural Dresses

Cultural Dresses

Cultural Dresses

Miss Asia Contestants

Miss Asia Contestants

MoVernie vs Food – Amsterdam BrewHouse

I am a big fan of local breweries because I like to support local companies and I think they make great beer. So, I am always happy to see local breweries such as SteamWhistle, Mill St., Amersterdam are doing well and continue to grow and expand.

Amsterdam Brewery was always one of my favourite beer, it was once located at the old Bathurst & Lake Shore West location. But that warehouse location is now long gone, giving way to the ever new condo buildings that are dominating the downtown core.

Nevertheless, Amsterdam Brewery found a new venue location, which is even better and closer to the crowd. The new venue was opened recently on Canada Day, located at 245 Queens Quay West. Located close to the HarbourFront Centre and it stands close to the  nice Lake Ontario view. The moment you walked in, there are cool displays and exhibits everywhere that makes this place every bits of what a beer brewery looks like. It has 2-level of sitting areas, providing more space to accommadate more patrons. In particular, I really like the bar area. It has high bar stools to watch the big television screen. You can also view all the happenings in the long bar area and a long list of beer kegs ready for you to try. Most importantly, I can see the busy action of the semi-open kitchen area. They have a nice art piece that is made of beer lids, it’s quite cool.

In the old Amsterdam location, all we can do is buy cases of beer and there aren’t really any sitting area and there are no food menu. With the new location, food items are provided and the best part of the menu? They provide recommendations of the pairings of their own beer with the food items. It’s always great when you can pair the food items with the beer that they think will bring the best out of our taste buds.

We ordered a variety of Amsterdam beer for this night. We also ordered a pound of chicken wings in apple butter BBQ. Trust me, the sauce on the wings gave it an unique taste that is quite different from other restaurants. We also ordered scotch egg (see photo), which is house beerwurst sausage wrapped with a boiled egg. It’s quite an interesting food item, I must say.

I think it’s a great venue to host all kinds of parties. It is also a great team bonding activity for friends or co-workers to take a tour of the brewery and then finish it off with a nice dinner gathering with ice cold fresh beer and unique food items. I heard from our server that there is also a nice rooftop terrace area and a patio area. Unfortunately, last night, it was raining, so I hope to be invited for a tour or come back at another sunny day to check this place again. Overall, this will be one of my favourite new hotspots in town to enjoy fresh beer and hanging out with friends.

Click here to check out the Amsterdam website and details about their brewery tour schedules.

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Welcome to Amsterdam BrewHouse

Welcome to Amsterdam BrewHouse, 245 Queens Quay West

Scotch Egg
Scotch Egg