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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Sexually transmitted diseases (also known as STDs — or STIs for "sexually transmitted infections") are infectious diseases that spread from person to person through intimate contact. STDs can affect guys and girls of all ages and backgrounds who are having sex — it doesn't matter if they're rich or poor.

Unfortunately, STDs have become common among teens. Because teens are more at risk for getting some STDs, it's important to learn what you can do to protect yourself.

STDs are more than just an embarrassment. They're a serious health problem. If untreated, some STDs can cause permanent damage, such as infertility (the inability to have a baby) and even death (in the case of HIV/AIDS).

How STDs Spread
One reason STDs spread is because people think they need to have sexual intercourse to become infected. That's wrong. A person can get some STDs, like herpes or genital warts, through skin-to-skin contact with an infected area or sore.

Another myth about STDs is that you can't get them if you have oral or anal sex. That's also wrong because the viruses or bacteria that cause STDs can enter the body through tiny cuts or tears in the mouth and anus, as well as the genitals.

STDs also spread easily because you can't tell whether someone has an infection. In fact, some people with STDs don't even know that they have them. These people are in danger of passing an infection on to their sex partners without even realizing it.

Some of the things that increase a person's chances of getting an STD are:

  • Sexual activity at a young age. The younger a person starts having sex, the greater his or her chances of becoming infected with an STD.

  • Lots of sex partners. People who have sexual contact — not just intercourse, but any form of intimate activity — with many different partners are more at risk than those who stay with the same partner.

  • Unprotected sex. Latex condoms are the only form of birth control that reduce your risk of getting an STD. Spermicides, diaphragms, and other birth control methods may help prevent pregnancy, but they don't protect a person against STDs.

Preventing and Treating STDs
As with many other diseases, prevention is key. It's much easier to prevent STDs than to treat them. The only way to completely prevent STDs is to abstain from all types of sexual contact. If someone is going to have sex, the best way to reduce the chance of getting an STD is by using a condom.

People who are considering having sex should get regular gynecological or male genital examinations. There are two reasons for this. First, these exams give doctors a chance to teach people about STDs and protecting themselves. And second, regular exams give doctors more opportunities to check for STDs while they're still in their earliest, most treatable stage.

In order for these exams and visits to the doctor to be helpful, people need to tell their doctors if they are thinking about having sex or if they have already started having sex. This is true for all types of sex — oral, vaginal, and anal.

Don't let embarrassment at the thought of having an STD keep you from seeking medical attention. Waiting to see a doctor may allow a disease to progress and cause more damage. If you think you may have an STD, or if you have had a partner who may have an STD, you should see a doctor right away.

If you don't have a doctor or prefer not to see your family doctor, you may be able to find a local clinic in your area where you can get an exam confidentially. Some national and local organizations operate STD hotlines staffed by trained specialists who can answer your questions and provide referrals. Calls to these hotlines are confidential. One hotline you can call for information is the National STD Hotline at 1-800-227-8922.

Not all infections in the genitals are caused by STDs. Sometimes people can get symptoms that seem very like those of STDs, even though they've never had sex. For girls, a yeast infection can easily be confused with an STD. Guys may worry about bumps on the penis that turn out to be pimples or irritated hair follicles. That's why it's important to see a doctor if you ever have questions about your sexual health.

More Information
For more information about the signs, symptoms, and treatments of some common STDs, click on the links below.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Article derived from TeensHealth.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Sexual Attraction and Orientation

It's a natural part of life to have sexual feelings. As people pass from childhood, through adolescence, to adulthood, their sexual feelings develop and change.

Adolescence Is a Time of Change
During the teen years, sexual feelings are awakened in new ways because of the hormonal and physical changes of puberty. These changes involve both the body and the mind, and teens may wonder about new — and often intense — sexual feelings.

It takes time for many people to understand who they are and who they're becoming. Part of that understanding includes a person's sexual feelings and attractions.

The term sexual orientation refers to the gender (that is, male or female) to which a person is attracted. There are several types of sexual orientation that are commonly described:

  • Heterosexual. People who are heterosexual are romantically and physically attracted to members of the opposite sex: Heterosexual males are attracted to females, and heterosexual females are attracted to males. Heterosexuals are sometimes called "straight."

  • Homosexual. People who are homosexual are romantically and physically attracted to people of the same sex: Females who are attracted to other females are lesbian; males who are attracted to other males are often known as gay. (The term gay is sometimes also used to describe homosexual individuals of either gender.)

  • Bisexual. People who are bisexual are romantically and physically attracted to members of both sexes.

Teens — both guys and girls — often find themselves having sexual thoughts and attractions. For some, these feelings and thoughts can be intense — and even confusing or disturbing. That may be especially true for people who are having romantic or sexual thoughts about someone who is the same sex they are. "What does that mean," they might think. "Am I gay?"

Thinking sexually about both the same sex and the opposite sex is quite common as people sort through their emerging sexual feelings. This type of imagining about people of the same or opposite sex doesn't necessarily mean that a person fits into a particular type of sexual orientation.

Some teens may also experiment with sexual experiences, including those with members of the same sex, during the years they are exploring their own sexuality. These experiences, by themselves, do not necessarily mean that a person is gay or straight.

Do People Choose Their Sexual Orientation?
Most medical professionals, including organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association, believe that sexual orientation involves a complex mixture of biology, psychology, and environmental factors. A person's genes and inborn hormonal factors may play a role as well. These medical professionals believe that — in most cases — sexual orientation, whatever its causes, is not simply chosen.

Not everyone agrees. Some believe that individuals can choose who they are attracted to — and that people who are gay have chosen to be attracted to people of the same gender. No matter what someone's sexual orientation is, in some cases it may be affected by the life experiences that person has had.

There are lots of opinions and stereotypes about sexual orientation, though, and some of these can be hurtful to people of all orientations. For example, having a more "feminine" appearance or interest does not mean that a guy is gay. And having a more "masculine" appearance doesn't mean a girl is lesbian. As with most things, making assumptions just based on looks can lead to the wrong conclusion.

What's It Like for Gay Teens?
For many people who are gay or lesbian, it can feel like everyone is expected to be straight. Because of this, some gay and lesbian teens may feel different from their friends when the heterosexual people around them start talking about romantic feelings, dating, and sex. They may feel like they have to pretend to feel things that they don't in order to fit. They might feel they need to deny who they are or that they have to hide an important part of themselves.

These feelings, plus fears of prejudice, can lead people who aren't straight to keep their sexual orientation secret, even from friends and family who might be supportive.

Some gay or lesbian teens tell a few accepting, supportive friends and family members about their sexual orientation. This is often called coming out.

Many lesbian, gay, and bisexual teens who come out to their friends and families are fully accepted by them and their communities. They feel comfortable about being attracted to someone of the same gender and don't feel anxious about it.

But not everyone has the same feelings or good support systems. People who feel they need to hide who they are or who fear rejection, discrimination, or violence can be at greater risk for emotional problems like anxiety and depression.

Some gay teens without support systems can be at higher risk than heterosexual teens for dropping out of school, living on the streets, using alcohol and drugs, and even in some cases for attempting to harm themselves.

These difficulties are thought to happen more frequently not directly because they are gay, but because gay and lesbian people are more likely to be misunderstood, socially isolated, or mistreated because of their sexual orientation.

This doesn't happen to all gay teens, of course. Many gay and lesbian teens and their families have no more difficulties during the teen years than anyone else.

The Importance of Talking
No matter what someone's sexual orientation is, learning about sexuality and relationships can be difficult. It can help to talk to someone about the confusing feelings that go with growing up, perhaps a parent or other family member, a close friend or sibling, or a school counselor. It's not always easy to find somebody to talk to, but many people find that confiding in someone they trust and feel close to, even if they're not completely sure how that person will react, turns out to be a positive experience.

In many communities, resources such as youth groups composed of teens who are facing similar issues can provide opportunities for people to talk to others who understand. Psychologists, psychiatrists, family doctors, and trained counselors can help teens cope — confidentially and privately — with the difficult feelings that go with their developing sexuality. These experts also can help teens find ways to deal with any peer pressure, harassment, and bullying they may face.

Whether gay, straight, bisexual, or just not sure, almost all teens have questions about physically maturing and about sexual health (for example, avoiding STDs). It's important to find a doctor or health professional to discuss these issues with — someone who can provide reliable health advice.

Although sexual feelings and behavior are important parts of human development, there are still many unanswered questions about human sexuality. Researchers are constantly learning new information, and undoubtedly people will know more about sexual orientation in the coming years.

Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
Article derived from TeensHealth.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Is My Penis Normal?

Just about every guy wonders how he measures up in the "down-there" department at one time or another. Here's the lowdown for any guy who's ever worried about whether his penis is a normal size.

There's a fairly wide range of normal penis sizes — just as there is for every other body part. And just like other parts of the body, how a penis appears at different stages of a guy's life varies quite a bit. You wouldn't expect someone who is 11 years old to look the same as someone who's 19.

Guys normally develop at different times. Some may start developing as early as 9. Others may not start developing until 15 or even later. The age at which a guy starts to grow varies from person to person. It all depends on when he enters puberty and his hormones start doing their thing.

Growth in penis size is just one part of puberty, which also includes such changes as pubic hair development, testicular growth, muscle development, and a growth spurt. Late starters almost always catch up fine — they just reach full maturity a little later.

Penises come in different sizes, shapes, and colors. These traits are hereditary, like eye color or foot size, and there's nothing you can do to change them. Despite what you may hear or read, no special exercises, supplements, or diets will speed up the development process or change a guy's size. Also, like his feet, a guy's penis may appear smaller to him just because the perspective is different when he's looking down. And there's a lot less difference in penis size between guys when they get an erection than when their penises are relaxed.

In addition to size, guys also wonder about other aspects of how their penises look, such as whether the skin covering the penis is normal or if it's OK for a guy's penis to hang to the left or right (it is!). If you're concerned about how your penis looks, ask your doctor. Guys who are reaching puberty should have regular testicular exams, so that's a good time to ask your doctor any questions.

Taking a ride on the hormonal roller-coaster means lots of changes — and a lot of common worries — for both guys and girls. Just as guys may wonder about how their penises develop, lots of girls ask the same thing about their breasts.

If you're wondering about your development, don't try to compare yourself to your older brother or your best friend — they're probably at a different stage of development than you are anyway. The important thing to remember is that it's OK to not be a mirror image of the guy at the next urinal.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Article extracted from TeensHealth.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Is It Normal to Get Erections?

Yes. Erections are a perfectly normal function of the male body, especially in guys who are going through puberty.

What Is an Erection?
An erection is a hardening of the penis that occurs when sponge-like tissue inside the penis fills up with blood. Usually, an erection causes the penis to enlarge and stand away from the body.

Erections can go away on their own or after ejaculation, the release of semen through the urethra, the small hole at the tip of the penis.

Sometimes guys ejaculate at night while sleeping (these are called nocturnal emissions or wet dreams). Guys may have several erections and arousal periods while in the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep, the type of sleep in which most dreams occur.

What Causes Erections?
Although many erections are caused by sexual arousal, such as watching a sexy television show or fantasizing, many erections seem to happen for no particular reason.

So if you've had an erection in an odd or embarrassing situation — like right in the middle of a really boring history lesson — there's no reason to worry that something is wrong with you. Your body is just acting naturally for a guy your age.

Am I Getting Too Many Erections?
Because each guy is different, it's impossible to say what's a "normal" number of erections. Some guys experience many erections each day, whereas others may not experience any.

Hormones fluctuate with age, sexual maturity, level of activity, and even the amount of sleep a guy gets. Unless your erections are causing you discomfort or pain, don't worry about how many you get.

If you're concerned, talk to your doctor, who can answer your questions and probably put your mind at ease.

What Can I Do to Avoid Getting Erections?
Because erections usually aren't controllable, there's not much you can do to avoid getting them. Unless the penis is stimulated enough to ejaculate, time is the only thing that will help them go away.

As your hormones settle down and you advance through puberty, the frequency of unexpected erections and wet dreams should decrease.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Article originated from TeensHealth.

Monday, August 31, 2009

I'm a Guy… So How Come I'm Developing Breasts?

Ah, puberty. It can be a very interesting time in a guy's life, what with all the changes going on. In fact, it seems like every day something on your body grows bigger or hair begins sprouting somewhere. Each day brings a new change or two, and it can sometimes feel like it's hard to keep up.

It doesn't happen to every guy, but one of these changes can be the development of breast tissue. It's called gynecomastia (pronounced: guy-nuh-ko-mas-tee-uh) and it's completely normal — and almost always temporary. So how exactly does a guy happen to develop breast tissue?

What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition in which breast tissue forms in guys, usually due to normal hormonal changes during puberty. Hormones are chemicals produced by your body's glands. In a guy, hormones produced in the testicles are responsible for the physical changes that begin to take place during puberty — facial hair, muscle development, a deepening of the voice, and the lengthening of the penis, for example. Guys and girls produce both androgens (hormones that help develop and maintain male characteristics) and estrogen (a hormone that is responsible for most female characteristics).

Guys have mostly androgens in their systems, but they also have small amounts of estrogen. In girls, breast growth is caused by high levels of estrogen. Normally, when going through puberty, a guy's production of androgens increases significantly, whereas estrogen production remains low.

However, sometimes guys produce enough estrogen during puberty that some breast tissue develops. Breast tissue growth in guys can appear on one or both sides of the chest, and the breast area can feel tender. This doesn't mean you're turning into a girl or anything. It's just a minor change in your hormones as you begin to grow into adulthood.

How Common Is It?
It's estimated that about half of all males going through puberty experience some degree of gynecomastia in one or both breasts. Gynecomastia is almost always a temporary condition, and it's very unusual for the breasts to stay developed — they will eventually flatten out completely within a few months to a couple of years. It usually goes away on its own and no medical treatment or surgery is needed.

Even though it's just a temporary change for most teens, some guys with gynecomastia feel embarrassed or self-conscious about their appearance. Many guys find that wearing loose-fitting shirts helps make the condition less noticeable until the breast tissue shrinks over time. Surgical removal of the breast tissue is an option in some cases. If a guy finds his gynecomastia is bothering him, he can talk to a doctor about it.

Although the most common cause of gynecomastia is puberty, it can sometimes be caused by certain diseases or side effects of some medications. Using illegal drugs such as anabolic steroids, marijuana, or heroin can also disrupt hormonal balance and lead to gynecomastia.

There's also something called pseudogynecomastia (or false gynecomastia). This has nothing to do with puberty or hormones. It's just simply due to the fact that some guys have extra fat in the chest area, making it look like they have breasts. A doctor's exam can tell whether a guy has gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia.

If you're concerned or have any questions about gynecomastia, talk to your doctor. Keep in mind that temporary breast tissue growth in guys is a common part of puberty that will usually go away on its own.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Article derived from TeensHealth.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Male Reproductive System

The testicular self-examination (TSE) is an easy way for guys to check their own testicles to make sure there aren't any unusual lumps or bumps — which can be the first sign of testicular cancer.

Although testicular cancer is rare in teenage guys, overall it is the most common cancer in males between the ages of 15 and 35. It's important to try to do a TSE every month so you can become familiar with the normal size and shape of your testicles, making it easier to tell if something feels different or abnormal in the future.

Here's what to do:

  • It's best to do a TSE during or right after a hot shower or bath. The scrotum (skin that covers the testicles) is most relaxed then, which makes it easier to examine the testicles.

  • Examine one testicle at a time. Use both hands to gently roll each testicle (with slight pressure) between your fingers. Place your thumbs over the top of your testicle, with the index and middle fingers of each hand behind the testicle, and then roll it between your fingers.

  • You should be able to feel the epididymis (the sperm-carrying tube), which feels soft, rope-like, and slightly tender to pressure, and is located at the top of the back part of each testicle. This is a normal lump.

  • Remember that one testicle (usually the right one) is slightly larger than the other for most guys — this is also normal.

  • When examining each testicle, feel for any lumps or bumps along the front or sides. Lumps may be as small as a piece of rice or a pea.

  • If you notice any swelling, lumps, or changes in the size or color of a testicle, or if you have any pain or achy areas in your groin, let your doctor know right away.

Lumps or swelling may not be cancer, but they should be checked by your doctor as soon as possible. Testicular cancer is almost always curable if it is caught and treated early.

Reviewed by: T. Ernesto Figueroa, MD
Article extracted from TeensHealth.

Friday, August 21, 2009

How to Cook Jacket Potatoes

Doesn’t the smell of hot jacket potatoes drive you crazy? It is the perfect delicacy for veggies and can be taken with any other dish. Learning how to cook jacket potatoes is fairly easy. It can be done on a day when you are tired and not in the mood to prepare anything which is time-consuming. Jacket potatoes are very healthy also as they retain all the vitamins which would otherwise have been lost while peeling the skin. Not only are they healthy but they are also very tasty if prepared carefully. Let us learn how to cook jacket potatoes so that we can do it all the while in our homes.

  • You obviously need potatoes to cook the dish. Besides potatoes, you also need some olive oil and salt for taste. The potatoes selected need to be of good variety. You can choose from among Maris Piper and Desiree varieties. The taste of the dish depends to a large extent on the quality of the potatoes.

  • It is important to preheat the oven to about 375 degrees Fahrenheit before you get started on cooking the potatoes.

  • Wash the potatoes well so that it does not have any dust or dirt sticking to them. You can even scrub them well and give them a good rub with a kitchen towel so that they are well dried.

  • The olive oil is the next ingredient to be used. You can rub the outside of the potatoes with olive oil and salt. This will help the potatoes to cook faster and also get a brownish color. The jacket potatoes will both look better and taste better.

  • Get some skewers and suspend the potatoes on these skewers. You can do this carefully so that you don’t crush the potatoes or cause them to crack open. The skewers should also be of the appropriate size. Usually you can use the skewers which are used for making kebabs. The skewers should preferably be made of metal so that the heat is conducted to the center quickly and the insides also cook evenly and faster.

  • Place a shelf in the middle of the oven and then arrange the skewers neatly on it. It will take quite a long time for the potatoes to be baked. After about 2 hours or so, you can observe that the skins turn crispy and brown.

  • After all the potatoes turn crispy, you can take out the skewers carefully and place them on a tray. You can then slit the potatoes in two halves and make it fluffy with a fork. The potatoes can still be made tastier by sprinkling some olive oil again with some salt and pepper.

  • Close your eyes and enjoy this dish along with a salad. It does not have many calories and is good for your health.

  • You can now teach your friends how to cook jacket potatoes so that they too can have the pleasure of making and relishing this dish.

Article originated from

Thursday, August 20, 2009

How to Be a Male Model

Modeling is certainly an interesting but challenging career, especially for the male models. Still, people find interest in pursuing the challenging career in the fashion industry and look for information regarding how to be a male model. Although the life of a male model looks glamorous and full of fun, it takes a lot of hard work and devotion to be successful.

The basic instruction for how to become a male model is discussed here:

  • Before you enter into the fashion industry and opt for a modeling career, you need to identify the reason of your joining the industry such as whether you want to be in this line to make money, as a passion, or just to become famous. It will give you a defined direction to build up your modeling career.

  • The passion for becoming a model generally develops in a man in the tender age or teen age. This is the perfect time to build your physique and meet the industry requirements. Generally, the heights of the male models are above 5’10” and weight, below 175 pounds. As males get a break in the industry in the age ranging from 18 to 25 and can continue till they are 40 or above, they have a privilege to get a long time for their career. A perfect figure and, fit and healthy appearance can help them stay in the industry for long.

  • Apart from good height and physique, the face and talent are also crucial for a model. You need to take care of your skin and the face along with developing your acting and other talents that are vital for the industry.

  • If you have minimum idea about modeling you can discover the kind of modeling you are best suited for. Alternatively, you can ask an expert about the branch of the industry that is perfect for you to get started with. There are various kinds of modeling such as commercial, fashion and specialty. Each type modeling has particular requirements for the models.

  • Your portfolio can best represent you when you are going to start your career in modeling. In fact, anyone will recommend you to make an impressive portfolio if you seek advice on how to be a male model. Meet a professional fashion photographer to get several shots in different kinds of attires.

  • Try to collect every minute details of the fashion industry such as cloths, make up, etc.

  • Getting a right agent is the key to get into the world of modeling. The agent can give you ideas on different aspects of the modeling career and help to get a right job. Finding a reliable agent doesn’t come easy, but you need to be determined and persistent and show confidence in yourself to make a successful modeling career.

  • The secret of how to be a male model lies in being confident. Show confidence in whatever you have. The fashion industry is for people who have the potential to survive the failure. You may have to face a lot of problems initially, but if you have the real talent you can overcome the difficulties and become a successful male model.

Article derived from

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Anorexia former male model who weighs less than 100 pounds. Known as "Manorexia".

Gheez, luckily I wish to be fit not skinny. But even buff guy like him can be anorexic, uhh, I mean 'menorexic', I might...

Better not!

Look at him, he was so handsome and cool and used to have everything, but because of this sickness, he became like that.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Tagged by James


★ 张家俊

★ 以最真诚的方式达成所有愿望后吧…

★ 都一样重要,没有朋友人不稳定,没有爱情人不滋润

★ 尝试相信中…

★ 并不怎样

★ 告诉谁?看情况/对象而定

★ 别人的还OK,自己的再看看吧

★ 这是我的希望,但希望跟现实永远相反

★ 未知数

★ 可能吧,看情况而定

★ 看个人而定

★ 台湾、泰国、香港

★ 写下来后就肯定忘不了

★ 不一定,他不爱你挽回也没用

★ 星星

★ 爱谁?

★ 我喜欢的人

★ 对他好

★ 看着他

★ 沙包人

★ 可能

★ 钱财、名望、享受、注目

★ 自认是

★ 面包

★ 难过一阵子

★ 问个明白

★ 表白


★ 许元凯先生 (超爱他的名!)

★ 有三年半吧!

★ 朋友般的重要!

★ 朋友

★ 做他爱做的事

★ 酷 (刚认识他时还觉得他超‘串’的)

★ 又不是在选另一半,打什么分?

★ 关电脑

★ 王力宏吧

★ 秋与冬

★ 有

★ 不算少

★ 台湾、泰国、香港

★ 假情假意

★ 会(但选择不抽)

★ 会 (但没机会喝)

★ 不会

★ 还好

★ 有的玩,哪里都好

★ 不怎么喜欢

★ 自然醒

★ 阴天、雨天

★ 光年吧?


★ 没有BGM

★ 钱、学生证、照片、纸张、收据、等…

★ 自己

★ 寿司

★ 有

★ 废话!

★ 不会

61. 怎样才是真正的爱?
★ 见仁见智

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Too fat for Paris

Now the male models are losing weight to achieve the new boy body ideal: skinny, pale, feminine. Peter Munro reports.

David Sciola was too big for Paris. Weighing just 76 kilograms with a 32-inch waist (81cm), the 188cm-tall model tipped the scales in the French fashion capital.

Working abroad last year, he lost 6kg to strut the catwalks of Milan, but even that was not skinny enough for the Parisian scene - where lean is the new mean.

"In Milan, I trimmed down to about 76kg so I would fit the clothes. I am 6'2", so for me I would say that's underweight," he says. "Paris tends to be even skinnier than Milan. You've got designers like Dior who always go for anaemic, 17-year-old bodies.

"In Milan, I was staying with a guy who modelled for Dior. He was really skinny: he looked like he was going to die. He had been put on the front page of Le Monde for an article about skinny models and male eating disorders. But he assured me it was all totally natural."

As Sciola's size has diminished, so his catwalk stocks have climbed. The 23-year-old model and University of Melbourne media student says that three years ago he looked like a "meat head", weighing a relatively beefy 94kg with a 33-inch waist (83cm) and 42-inch chest (106cm) bulging from weight training.

"I went into Cameron's Models and they said you've got a good look, but you've got to lose weight," he says.

"I thought they'd probably like that big-body look and I would get a lot of work, but gradually I found out they don't go for buff guys."

Sciola has shed up to 18kg over three years, dropping weight training and starting to jog. He eventually downsized to an 81cm waist and 99cm chest. For him to make the cut for high-end fashion labels such as Armani in Europe, it was like a heavyweight professional boxer stripping down three divisions. But, in modelling, slight men punch well above their weight.

"I have never really been told I've been too big, but you work it out for yourself if you are going to castings and you are not fitting the clothes," says Sciola, now back to his Australian weight of 82kg. "I don't even go to Prada castings because I know I'm not going to get the work."

While critical eyes have been fixed on skeletal female models - with jutting ribs and collar bones, pencil-thin pegs and wan complexions - their male counterparts have been quietly wasting away.

As recently as 2000, it was fashionable for guys to come packaged with sizeable pecs, biceps and a six-pack. Now, they are shrinking before our eyes.

Fashion houses such as Dior and Prada have long promoted urchins and wraiths, and even the models for a recent Dolce & Gabbana show, for which buff boys are usually in vogue, seemed shrunken.

The new look can be called willowy or wasted, depending on your take. And it is spreading here, where labels such as Zambesi and Claude Maus, and fashion editorial magazines such as Russh and Yen have a preference for raw-boned men.

And it's going mainstream. Scrawn is the new brawn. And lean guys with chicken-chests and scrawny legs are starting to overshadow the beefcake boys.

Cameron's Models co-director Melinda Collette says skinny, geeky guys are now the poster boys for fashion's leading style makers, particularly from abroad. "We've had guys who are healthy, strapping lads who, if they want to go to Europe or America, have to stop going to the gym and start running to lose weight," she says.

"The 6'3" (190cm) buff model doesn't exist any more. I have one model here who is six foot with a 36-inch chest and a 32-inch waist, and next to him is one with a 34-inch chest and 31-inch waist. They're a lot leaner in the chest and shoulders than perhaps they should be. Formerly, these two guys would have been told to go off to the gym and get a chest, but now we are not so stringent about that."

Chadwick Models' Matt Anderson says he has taken on more lean young men to reflect the shift to scrawny in the male modelling world over the past decade.

"Now skinny guys are seen as being more attractive, which is good for me because I'm a naturally skinny guy with a 30-inch (76cm) waist and 40-inch chest," he says.

"We signed on a guy last week who is 16, tall, skinny, almost androgynous. He grew up in Broadmeadows and is the type of guy who would have been picked on his whole life as being quite scrawny and almost effeminate-looking.

"Now he will feel good about himself for the first time ever. Finally, he will feel, 'You're not a freak'."

Melbourne's market - mostly catalogues and ad shoots - still suits an athletic build, but designers and retailers are increasingly on the hunt for a hungry, underfed look.

Anderson argues this trend has taken the pressure off male models, who can now happily "stay their runty selves" rather than have to work at getting buff - a pitch that is hotly contested by body-image specialists.

"The types of guys being used now are way more reflective of the general population. Whereas 10 years ago, it was Adonis types with ripped (prominent) muscles and six packs," he says.

While, according to statistics, nearly two-thirds of adult men are over their healthy weight, there are plenty of naturally scrawny men out there, stepping out from the shadows and swimming about in their skinny jeans and Britpunk T-shirts.

Boki Milinkovic, 19, was street-cast for a fashion show for indie label Material Boy when he was in year 12 at school.

Since then, this 66kg uni student (6.3 feet, or 190cm tall) has worked his skinny butt off for other alternative labels such as Alpha60 and Mjolk, which has a following among frail but well-groomed bands including Franz Ferdinand and Scissor Sisters, as well as the scraggy rockers from Jet.

"I never had sand kicked in my face, but most of the scene is now based on kids that were picked on and who were not really that attractive in the media sense," Milinkovic says. "I'm pretty skinny, man, but I'm healthy skinny because I've been athletic my whole life.

"The whole rock'n'roll scene has been trendy for a while: the slim, nerdy guy is looking all cool now," he says.

It is like Revenge of the Nerds on the catwalk. Material Boy's Mic Eaton, a former surfer who has focused on designing since blowing out his knee on a wave, says modelling agencies such as Priscilla's in Sydney are starting to cater more for his label's long, lanky look.

His sample size is a 76cm waist and 86cm chest, which he says suits a younger generation of men more concerned about style than sport.

But if you are still to be convinced that scrawn is the new brawn, try this on for size. Eaton says the lean look is becoming so popular that it might be time for hip labels such as his own to actually upsize.

"I think I will be using fuller models for next season. I try to work against the trend," he says. "Last season, for winter, I did a silhouette change by using wider T-shirts and wider, pleated pants to give a shorter, stumpier silhouette - and it worked quite well."

Wrangler last year brought out a Stranglers fit for especially lean guys after discovering many of its male clients were buying women's skinny stovepipe jeans. Its menswear designer Andy Paltos says the lean look has filtered down from young rockers and European catwalks.

When Paltos was modelling in Melbourne a decade ago, his 81cm waist was considered pretty small. Now, when Wrangler fit out touring groups such as Kings of Leon, they work to 71cm fits.

"I think the whole rock'n'roll look, going back to the Stones, is timeless, but I think there's a line where you can be too skinny and look ill and wrong," Paltos says.

"I think the guys are getting too skinny. It's starting to look a bit too extreme, unhealthy.

"You can be slim and wear skinny, super-tight jeans and still have a bit of meat on your bones. But I've seen guys locally wearing skinny jeans who are so skinny it's too much. There's nothing on them: it's just bones."

Men's body-image specialist Marita McCabe, a professor of psychology at Deakin University, says the fashionably emaciated look is putting pressure on boys and men to meet an unrealistic ideal.

"If you are trying to attain a healthy body build, that is OK, but these bodies are so lean and so toned and that is what they see as being normal," she says. "What you are getting is men starting to engage in unhealthy eating and exercising practices to try to achieve those ideals."

Collette at Cameron's Models says guys don't need to work at being lean as much as women, who have struggled to achieve the atrophied, "heroin chic" body shape fashion catwalks demand. But she can foresee a time when male models start starving themselves to fit on catwalks and within magazines.

"I have not had any boys tripping over themselves to get skinny, but it will probably get to a point in maybe five years where you see boys living on coffee and cigarettes for fashion."

Article extracted from The Age.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tagged by James

These are my firsts..

1. Who was your FIRST prom date?
I did not attend my FIRST secondary prom, so no date.
I attended my FIRST college prom, as a committee, so no date also.

2. Do you still talk to your FIRST love?
I have lots of FIRST love, and yes I do.

3. What was your FIRST alcoholic drink?
If I am not mistaken, it was Mai Tai.

4. What was your FIRST job?
A promoter for Anakku baby product.

5. What was your FIRST car?
I am currently driving my mom's Proton Wira.

6. Who was the FIRST person to text you today?
Alan, asking me what am I doing.

7. Who is the FIRST person you thought of this morning?
Kenneth, course I am waiting for his reply since last night.

8. Who was your FIRST grade teacher?
谭彩莲老师 (Ms Tam) I guess this is how we write her name...

9. Where did you go on your FIRST ride on an airplane?
Perth, Australia, when I was 2.

10. Who was your FIRST best friend?
Kim Leong.

11. Where was your FIRST sleep over?
Kuching, during my primary school graduation trip.

12. Who was the FIRST person you talked to today?
My sister, waking me up to fetch her to Pyramid.

13. Whose wedding were you in the FIRST time?
My uncle?

14. What was the FIRST thing you did this morning?
Open my eyes.

15. What was the FIRST concert you ever went to?
LeeHom mini concert in Sunway Lagoon surf park.

16. FIRST tattoo?
Don't plan to have any.

17. FIRST piercing?
I'm targeting one of my ear.

18. FIRST foreign country you've gone to?

19. FIRST movie you remember seeing?
No idea.

20. When was your FIRST detention?
I'm a good boy, I don't need that.

22. Who was your FIRST roommate?
My shadow.

23. If you had one wish, what would it be?
Will be rich and famous.

24. What is something you would learn if you had the chance?
A lot: Photography, Thai language, Styling, Fashion, Designing...

25. Did you marry the FIRST person to ask for you/ you asked to marry?
I'm still under age.

26. What was the FIRST sport you were involved in?
Basketball? or Football?

27. What were the FIRST lessons you ever took?
Kindergarten class subjects.

28. What is the FIRST thing you do when you get home?
Walk into the house.

29. Who do you think will be the next person to post this?
You realised question 23, question 24 and question 29 (the current question) are a bit out of title? How would I know?

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Tagged by Darius

Pass the quiz to 10 ppl that you wish to know how they feel about you:

1. Darius
2. Zhen Jian
3. Siew Ho
4. Wen Yuin
5. Debbie
6. Jia Xin
7. Zi-Lynn
8. Celine
9. Samantha
10. Grace

1.What do you think about the person who tagged you? (Darius)
Cool awesome 'son' I ever had!

2.Who is no.7 having relationship with? (Zi-Lynn)
Not quite sure about it.

3.Who is no.9 having relationship with? (Samantha)
I never ask her about this question too.

4.If no.9 & 1 are together,will it be a good thing? (Samantha & Darius)
If the age gap is not a factor, I think it's ok since both of them likes anime.

5.What about no.1 & 5? (Darius & Debbie)
Well, possible also, if the age gap is not a factor (again).

6.What is no.3 studying? (Siew Ho)
Well, he is just a normal secondary school kid.

7.When was the last time you chatted with no.6? (Jia Xin)
Err, during the last Leo Event?

8.Does no.8 have any cousin(s) in his/her school? (Celine)
I don't know.

9.Will u woo no.8? (Celine)
It's a yes or no answer, so NO.

10.How about no.4? (Wen Yuin)
I treated her like a sister ler.

11.Does no.2 have any siblings? (Zhen Jian)
I suppose?

12.How did you get to know about no.3? (Siew Ho)
Through Darius.

13.No.4? (Wen Yuin)

14.No.7? (Zi-Lynn)

15.No.2? (Zhen Jian)
Through Darius.

16.Where does no.1 live at? (Darius)
Somewhere in Sunway.

17.How did you get to know no.10? (Grace)
Through Leo event.

18.Is no.5 the sexiest person in the world? (Debbie)
Hey, it's DEBBIE Okay?! Of course!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Tagged by Darius

People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs. Tag 10 people to do this quiz and those who are tagged cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by and cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by. Continue this game by sending it to other people.

Guess I did not pay attention when I was reading Darius blog. I didn't know it is a 100-question tag. It took me half an hour for this.

01. What have you been doing recently?
Resting at home, make sure I'm getting well.

02.Do you ever turn your cellphone off?

03. What had happened at 10.00 am today? 
Went to mamak for breakfast with mom and sis. 

04. When did you last cry? 
2 years ago. 

05. Believe in fate/destiny? 
I suppose, I've already throw my life to destiny. 

06. What do you want in your life right now? 
Freedom & Achievement.  

07. Do you carry an umbrella when it rains, or just put up your hood? 
I walk under the rain. 

08.What's your favourite thing to have on your bed? 
My pillow. 

09. What bottom are you wearing now? 
Comfortable white pants. 

10. What's the nicest text in your inbox say? 
Non, I suppose.

11. Do you tend to make a relationship complicated? 
I would prefer simple life. 

12. Are you wearing anything you borrowed from someone? 

13. What was the last movie you caught? 
Street Fighter.

14. What are you proud of? 

15. What does the oldest message in your inbox says? 
I've arrived, by sister.

16. What was the last song you sang out loud? 
Some random Chinese song. 

17. Do you have any nicknames? 
A lot, since Primary 3. Gayson was the last heard. 

18. What does you last received text message say? 
How are you, by Myers.

19. What time did you go to bed last night? 
About 11.57pm. 

20. Are you currently happy? 
Not quite. 

21. Who gives you best advice? 
Friends & Family

22. Do you eat whipped cream straight from the can? 

23. Who did you talk on phone last night?
No one.

24. Is anyone bugging you right now? 
Not exactly.

25.What/ Who was the last thing/ person to make you laugh? 
I don't remember.

26. Do you wear toe socks? 

27. Who was the last person you missed a call from? 

28.Have you ever had your heartbroken? 
Not exactly.

29. What annoys you most in a person? 
Annoying attitude. 

30. Do you have a crush on anyone? 

31. Have you ever done cocaine? 

32. What is the colour of your room? 

33.Would you kill someone you hate for a billion dollars? 
I don't mind, if I can escape the law.

34. Do you believe in the saying of: talk is cheap? 
I don't care.

35. Who was the last person to lie in your bed? 

36. Who was the last person to hug you? 
I don't remember.

37. Did anyone see the last person you kissed? 

38. Do you have a life? 
Not really.

39. Have you ever think someone died, when they really didn't die? 

40. What is the reason behind your profile song? 
Don't have one. 

41. Who was the last person you saw in your dream? 
Can't remember.

42. Last time you smiled? 
Today I reckon.

43. Have you changed this year? 

44. What are you listening right now? 
Voulez Vous.

45. Are you talking to someone when you're doing this? 

46. Do you walk with your eyes opened or closed? 

47. Is there a quote you live by? 

48. Do you want someone you cannot have? 
Guess so.

49. Have you ever played an instrument? 

50. What was the worst idea you've had in this week? 
No idea.

51. What are you doing last night at 11 pm? 
Checking my blog and was chatting with Darius.

52. Are you happy with your love life right now? 

53. What song best describe your love life? 

54. Does the person know that you like him/her? 

55. Who always make you laugh? 
Anyone funny?

56. Do you speak other language other than English? 
Mandarin, Hakka, Cantonese, Malay

57. Favourite website(s)? 
My blog.

58. What's your middle name? 

59. What are you doing tomorrow?
Probably going to jog.

60. What do you think you are like?

61. Who will you choose to die with?
The one.

62. Where have you been today?
Carrefour and at home.

63. What game do you play often?

64. Who are you missing right now?

65. If you have to choose between friend and love,who will you choose?

66. What are you doing right now?
Doing this tag while listening to songs.

67. Which primary school are you from?
SJK (C) Lick Hung.

68. Name 3 colours that you like.
Black,white and pink.

69. What emotion you like to show?

70. What is your life to you?
My life.

71. If you have something troubling you,what will you do?
Keep it in my heart.

72 Who did you last chat in msn today?
No one.

73. Who do you admire most?
No one.

74. Which month are you born in?

75. How are you feeling right now?

76. What time now?

77. What kind of person do you think the one who tagged you is?
He's a good, funny, nice friend. A good son. Prolly as lame as me cause we did this tag.

78. What colour did you use to dye hair?
Aunty Red.

79. Why are you doing this test?
Cause I was tagged.

80. What do you do when you're moody?
Shut up.

81. At which age you wish to get married?
Don't plan to get married.

82. Who is more important to you?
Myself beside my family and friends.

83. If today is the last day of your life,what will you do?
Do whatever I never did.

84. Who is the person you trust the most?

85. Do you believe in seeing a rainbow after a rain?
Saw it, a scientific effect.

86. If you have a dream come true,what would it be?
Fit body, good job, nice home, happy life.

87. What is your goal for this year?
At least a Distinction for all subjects.

88. Do you believe in eternity love?
Guess so.

89. What feeling do you love most?
When someone love me too.

90. Do you really think it's global warming now?
Guess so.

91. What feeling do you hate the most?

92. Do you cherish every single friendship of yours?
Of course.

93. Do you believe in God?
I believe myself more.

94. Who cares for you most?
Family & Friends of course.

95. What do you think is the most important thing in you life?
Friends besides family. 

96. What will you bring when you fight?
My total anger and a rock-hard fist.

97. What have you done regretted doing in your whole life?
A lot.

98. What would you feel if no one no longer cares for you?
The end of the world.

99. What if your boyfriend/girlfriend two-timed you?
I will say bye-bye.

100. How do you feel now?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tagged by so many people

Somehow, I was forced to do this. Wasted like 2 hours on this.

1) The person who tagged you is:
(1)Mun Suet

2) Your relationship with him/her is:
(1),(2)&(3) Friends I know through Leo Club

3) Your first impression of him/her is:
(1)Talkative? Actually not quite sure too, the first time meeting her was during her birthday 2 years ago, and it was in a dark basketball court. After that only realised that she became my classmate and found that she is... uhm, talkative.
(2)Just normal, not everyone leaves first impression to me. I forgot when or how we met though, just knowing that he is quite friendly and nice to everyone too.
(3)Know her through Leo Leadership Camp last year and yea, normal too. Hehehe~

4) The most memorable moments with him/her:
(1)The time when we fight? Her face expression.
(2)I don't really have a moment with him, yet.
(3)During the camp.

5) The most memorable thing he/she has said to you is:
(1)Gave me that stare, then turn away, and ignore me.
(2)Without a memorable moment, there's not memorable speech. LOL.
(3)She said I looked like the guy from Dance of the Dragon (if I am not being too perasan as I found this from her blog.)LOL LOL !

6) If he/she becomes yr lover, you will:
(1),(2)&(3) might, not will, I might think properly, do research, get opinions and consider about it.

7) If he/she became yr lover, what should he/she improve at:
(1)Be more polite, act like a girl and stop teasing me.
(2)If I choose him, means he need to be more manly.
(3)Not quite sure, she is still young though.

8) If he/she becomes yr enemy, what would you do:
(1),(2)&(3) If he/she is my enermy, then I will just ignore him/her. As easy as that.

9) If he/she becomes yr enemy, the reason will be:
(1),(2)&(3) I will not know about things which never gonna happen.

10) The most desired thing you want to do for him/her now is:
(1),(2)&(3) Get him/her a girlfriend/boyfriend.

11) Your overall impression on him/her:
(1),(2)&(3) Funny, nice friend to befriend with, sweet.

13) The characteristic you love most about yourself:
Managed to "forget and let it be"

14) The characteristic you hate most about yourself:
Like to procrastinate.

15) The most ideal person you want too be is:
Myself, seriously, even though I hated myself somehow.

16) For people that care and like you, say something to them:
If there's such people out there, I like and love you too!

17) Pass this quiz to 10 ppl who you want to know how they feel about you.
1-Mun Suet
8-Chern Lin
9-Chong Sheng

18) Who is 6 having a relationship with: (Grace)
Err... I actually suspected her with someone la, just that she kept denying it.

19) Is 9 a male or female: (Chong Sheng)
Male, obviously.

20) If 7 and 10 were together, would it be a good thing: (Joanne & Justin)
I doubt they know each and other even they are studying in the same college.

21) What is 2 studying at the moment: (Eric)

22) When was the last time you had a chat with 3: (Zi-Lynn)
3 days ago during Leo Idol.

23) What kind of music does 8 like: (Chern Lin)
I am not quite sure.

24) Does 1 have any siblings: (Mun Suet)
Yes, an elder sister.

25) Will you woo 3: (Zi-Lynn)
She is still young wor...

26) How about 7: (Joanne)
College mate? Can consider.

27) Is 4 single: (Darius)
I heard that he is getting someone real soon.

28) What's the surname of 5: (Fion)

29) What's the hobby of 5: (Fion)
Not quite sure about that.

30) Do 5 and 9 get along well: (Fion & Chong Sheng)
Of course! Like brother and sister.

31) Where is 2 studying at: (Eric)
Taylor's College Petaling Jaya.

32) Say something casual about your eyes:
Normal small eyes, dark, black & dull eyeballs, with additional eye bag and single eye-lid.

33) Have you tried developing feelings for 5: (Fion)
Err... nope.

34) Where does 9 live?: (Chong Sheng)
In PJ?

35) What colours does 4 like: (Darius)
I don't know ler... need to ask him first.

36) Are 5 and 1 good friends: (Fion & Mun Suet)
Of course la! Always have this pillow talk...

37) Does 7 like 2: (Joanne & Eric)
I doubt so too... even though they are from the same college.

38) How did u get to know 2: (Eric)
Through Leo Club.

39) Does 1 have any pets: (Mun Suet)

40) Is 7 the sexiest person in the world: (Joanne)
Well, what you think ler? Of course! Otherwise I will not say "can consider". (refer question 26)