ALTR Created Diamonds: A Glistening Innovation of the Gems

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A desire of a diamond is a testament to its craftsmanship—the polish surface, the delicate precision of the cut, the pristine crystal clarity, no wonder it can be sentimental when it comes to giving this gem to your beloved. ALTR Created Diamonds has sown this glimmer and reaped its benefits by enhancing it with technology. Amish Shah, the president of a forward-thinking jewellery company, made an appearance on the International Jewelry Fair at the International Convention Centre in Sydney on the 25th August to discuss the future of diamonds/ jewellery industry. Speaking to jewellery/diamond aficionados alike on his foresight on industry-disrupting technology, combined with his knowledge of consumer demand that propelled him to the frontiers of the jewellery/diamond business. Continue reading “ALTR Created Diamonds: A Glistening Innovation of the Gems”

Serenity In Shanghai: A Diasporic Afterthought

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It’s been eight years since I went back to Shanghai. It was as if time stopped and rewind itself back to 2010.

To the West, China is the semi-Orwellian superstate that has a knack for intense control over information. It presumed (by the West) that China’s tantalising soft influence will inevitably push their “tyrannical” agenda onto Australian politicians and brainwash them into puppets of their unworldly agenda. An impending superpower- in-training who is destined to surpass the US one day and strikes fear into the West. The list of idiosyncratic allegations goes on. Despite the West’s exaggerated portrayal of China in the media, it was the homeland of my birth givers, by default my home too.

Several events followed since my last visit in 2010; I’ve graduated from high school, got accepted into my dream course, Journalism at University of Canberra, got my first taste of emancipation and lived independently for a year, decided transfer back to Sydney, covered multiple events for Star Central Magazine, worked for the United Nations as an media assistant, became a “weeaboo” when I worked as the Public Relations and Community assistant at SMASH!, had multiple different part-time jobs to support my way through University–all them were short-lived, went to Mongolia for a Journalism placement and finally, I graduated with BMedia from UNSW.

Continue reading “Serenity In Shanghai: A Diasporic Afterthought”

When the Brush paints Oceania

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Originally posted the 15 December 2017 on Star Central Magazine 

The paint and the brush came together and illustrated a beautiful picture called the Oceania Women Opera, with recurring strokes of faith, heritage and music. Donina Va’a, Project Director/Lead Executive Pacific Women’s Professional Business Network INC and Maestro Iglese Ete, an esteemed composer, the said paint and brush, were the geniuses behind showcase on 30th November, held at the Chatswood Concourse. Amongst the bumbling audience were the Crown Group, which are the event’s primary sponsors, Lindt, Cerrone, Bite Size and Crunch Fitness.

The Oceania Women’s Opera is a tribute to two important academics, the late Professor Epeli Hau’ofa and the late Teresia Teaiwa, whose research in Pacific Islander culture is ground-breaking. Continue reading “When the Brush paints Oceania”

Pacific International Runaway 2017

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A Star Central Magazine Original Article 

“Witness the Movement,” is the tagline to the Pacific International Runaway. Those compelling yet straightforward three words encapsulate the importance of diversity, in the name of fashion. On the 21st October 2017, the movement has indeed sprung up again, bigger than ever, as it was held at the prestigious venue, the Star, Sydney. Amongst the many attendees that came to the event were notable Pacific Islander VIPs which include; Selena Short, CEO of Crunch Fitness, Caleb Jarvis of Trade Commissioner for Pacific Trade InvestAus and Her Excellency Hinauri Petana (High Commissioner of Samoa to Australia.), etc. Continue reading “Pacific International Runaway 2017”

Arias 2017: Bold Statements,Diversity and Rock’n’ Roll.

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Photo Credit: News.com.au Stars of the Arias: Vance Joy, Vera Blue and Isaiah

Award ceremonies are known for acknowledging an artist’s achievement, but it also a vehicle for change and bold political statements. This year at the Arias we see multiculturalism being embraced, diversity celebrated, blood sweat and tears rewarded. It was a chaotic day on November 30th, 2017.  The likes of Australian music royalty such as; PNAU, Amy Shark, AB Original, Dan, Jimmy Barnes, Kasey Chambers, Illy, Flume and Client Liaison, Peking Duk, Vance Joy,  graced the red carpet with their glittering and flamboyant presence.  It’s Star Central Magazine’s first coverage of the Arias. Continue reading “Arias 2017: Bold Statements,Diversity and Rock’n’ Roll.”