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EDITORS NOTE Published on April 1st, 2012 So here we are in the April month! I have to be honest, there were so many things I wanted to do in this moth that I didn’t, but this month makes a new me and new oppurtunity the only person in my way is me! I’ve made the desicion to not make this month resolution, but to make work more consistent, and make drive and discipline number one on my list of actions. These are things I think everyone should have. Whatever it is that you want, build the drive, have the discipline and be consistent and your outcomes will be the outcome you want! For MODE, I’ve made the desicion to produce more content, not just for our reader, but for the MODE staff and myself. Studying and working on MODE is a learning process, and so fun!So why not keep it up? We’ll learn along the way and perfect our craft, you can never say no to that. So this month stay tuned for some great uniques and original content. All in all, improvinf oneself and learning from the year(s) past. I wish you all a Happy go Lucky, and we encourage your input to mold MODE for you! facebook.com/ModeMagazine

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Contents Drawing to communicate your ideas

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Health and Beauty

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Drawing to communicate your ideas

“ For me drawing is the magic connection between Gudrun Kloepsch. inspiration and expression. ” Jean-Charles de Castelbajec

1 Line-up illustration by For me drawing is the magic connection between Gudrun Kloepsch.

Article 3: Just Live

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AFLA : FAMILY , CAREER AND SPORT

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MODE 3D’s List Watch

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Check out : Starganza

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Article 2: The glass MODE house

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QUIZ : ARE YOU BURNING OUT?

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QA MEN

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QA SEX

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PROMOTION

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Drawing to communicate your ideas > The fashion figure

Drawing starts with imagination before it expresses itself as a practical means of generating or communicating an idea. In fashion this can manifest itself in a variety of ways that are linked to social, artistic and cultural values or influences. This chapter briefly traces the origins of fashion drawing since the late 19th century to its contemporary expression as the modern fashion sketch. The techniques and available art supplies are considered in relation to how fashion drawing has evolved over time as a hand-rendered practice. The sketching process and purpose of sketchbooks are also considered and visually presented to include examples of working drawings and rough sketches, which are taken from a variety of contemporary sources.

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1900s–1910s

A brief history Pochoir A labour-intensive process that was popular in France in the early 20th century, pochoir involved creating a colour print with a series of stencils in which each colour was vividly applied by hand. The numerous stencils had to be carefully placed in order to apply the individual paints (watercolour, gouache, ink) for colour separation. Gouache A type of paint that consists of pigment suspended in water. Gouache differs from watercolour in that the particles are larger and the ratio of pigment to water is much higher. It also contains chalk, which makes it heavier and more opaque, with greater reflective qualities.

From the mid-19th century onwards fashion interest publications such as La Mode Illustrée, Gazette du Bon Ton and Modes de Paris published increasingly sophisticated fashion plates of the styles that emanated from Paris. These drawings became important cultural markers of fashion in their own right and began to influence the aesthetic view of dress styles, as well as to communicate the ‘looks’ of the day to their readers. During the late 19th century, Parisian couturiers such as Charles Frederick Worth began to sketch their ideas for private clients. Typically these early examples of fashion drawings aimed for proportional realism, with the garment rendered in great detail.

Drawing to communicate your ideas

Tempera Tempera is a type of paint made by mixing powdered pigments with egg yolk. When dry, it produces a smooth, matt finish.

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At the turn of the century, while the prevailing look of the day was controlled by the constricting S-shaped corset, one notable illustrator with a distintive drawing style defined a look that was referred to as the ‘Gibson Girl’. His name was Charles Dana Gibson and his prolific pen-and-ink drawings were widely published and admired. Gibson portrayed an elegant, yet slightly aloof woman who has been variously described as taller, more spirited but altogether feminine. Following the extreme hourglass silhouette at the turn of the century, fashion details focused on the bust line; the introduction of the sheath corset influenced a new, more elongated silhouette. Fashion drawings were inspired by the art nouveau movement, with an added infusion of the atrical influences and the spectacle of the touring Ballets Russes. In 1908, couturier Paul Poiret commissioned the young print

1920s maker Paul Iribe to draw his gowns for Les Robes de Paul Poiret, published in 1909. Using the pochoir process, Iribe applied his vibrant colours to each print using stencils for each colour. It was the first time a couturier had looked to modern art to represent his creations and it redefined fashion illustration. Watercolour, gouache and tempera were all used during this period as drawings took on a more ‘painterly’ approach. Watercolour paper or lightweight card was frequently used to prevent the water-based media from buckling the paper. The resulting fashion plates presented vibrant colours and linear clarity.

During the 1920s the drawing style became more angular and linear in presentation, consistent with the changing silhouette and artistic move towards art deco. The new, ‘boyish’ figure appeared longer and leaner than before as the prevailing fashions changed. Drawings began to reflect a frivolity as the new ‘flapper’ silhouette took centre stage. With the corset abandoned, fashionable women bound their breasts and wore simple slips as the waistline relaxed to hip level. The Japanese kimono became an important stylistic influence and beadwork and fringing often adorned the otherwise simple shapes.

1 Example of a Gibson Girl illustration by Charles Dana Gibson. 2.Fashion plate by Paul Iribe from Les Robes de Paul Poiret, 1909. 3.Fashion plate by George Barbier from Gazette du Bon Ton, 1922.

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1940s

Drawing to communicate your ideas

1930s As the exuberances of the 1920s gave way to the sobriety ofthe 1930s, the fashion silhouette became more elongated, sensual and feminine. Drawing styles reflected the new mood, becoming softer and more textural, while proportions returned to a more realistic interpretation. The surrealist art movement influenced fashion illustration styles during this period, with some notable collaborations between fashion couturier Elsa Schiaparelli and artists such as Salvador Dalí and Christian Bérard, with whom she developed ‘shocking pink’ for one of her collections.

Drawings took on a more lifelike appearance and the popularity of bias cutting in rayon and silk contributed to a softer, almost slouchy silhouette. The emphasis on back detailing during this time, particularly on dresses, was reflected in the drawings; draping and surface patterns were rendered in inks, watercolours and gouache. Brush strokes became noticeably more enhanced and were used to great effect, in combination with colour washes, to soften the overall look. Women’s make-up was becoming more important as new face powders, mascaras and lipstick colours were developed and represented in the drawings, which exuded Hollywood glamour.

1 Fashion plate by Vionnet from the 1930s.

2. Fashion plate by from the

Chanel 1930s.

3. Christian Dior’s New Look from the 1940s.

The austerity of the early 1940s saw another shift in the silhouette, with hemlines shortening, hats taking on a new significance and shoulder pads adding emphasis to a squared-off shoulder-line. Utility dressing and ‘make do and mend’ became practical necessities. The scarcity of resources during the Second World War was reflected in a more realistic drawing style. Watercolour and gouache were still widely used to render accurate representations of fabrics, colours and prints. Shadow wash effects were sometimes added to enhance the visual composition. The introduction of Christian Dior’s New Look in 1947 changed everything and heralded a new femininity. Drawing styles became more romantic, with bolder, more expressive lines. Designers began to add fabric swatches and positioned the female figure centrally on the page.

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1960s

At the start of the 1950s women continued to wear variations of the New Look, with its emphasis on the small waist and full skirt. Gradually this gave way to different skirt silhouettes, including the new bubble skirt and the leaner, sophisticated pencil skirt. Strapless cocktail dresses were also popular, worn with structured foundation garments to control the silhouette. This style was accented by the new stiletto heel.

The 1960s gave full expression to youth-orientated pop culture as it swept across the pages of magazines, challenging the status quo and redefining accepted ideals of beauty. Quick-drying, felt-tipped marker pens were introduced during this time and were quickly adopted by designers. The effect on drawings was immediate and lasting as the new pens allowed sketches to take on a more spontaneous and energetic look. The new fashion model was portrayed as youthful and vigorous. Poses changed from being demure and sophisticated to spirited and hedonistic as they projected a new type of freedom for women. Instead of elegant brush strokes and back washes, drawings took on a more linear, geometric expression, enabled by the new felt-tipped pens. Mixed media drawings appeared, which used combinations of marker pens, pencil, crayon and watercolour.

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Fashion plate of red coat from the 1950s.

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Fashion sketch from the 1960s.

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A brief history > Art supplies for drawing

Drawings of this period, handled deftly through brush stroke and bold colour wash effects, exuded sophistication and elegance. Watercolour, gouache and inks were all used by designers and illustrators during this time. Towards the end of the 1950s bouffant hairstyles came into fashion and began to appear in sketches.

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

Prom Beauty Look of the Day: Lily Collins Lily Collins looked like the sultriest Snow White we’ve ever seen at the celebration of NYLON Magazine’s March issue on Monday night at Scarpetta in Beverly Hills, CA. The Snow White star (and rising It-girl) played up her eyes and prominent brows in a big way, keeping the rest of her makeup simple and understated. This smoldering smoky eye is perfect for batting your lashes at your Prom date— here’s how you can emulate Lily’s look for the big night:

Chanel Les 4 Ombres quadra eye shadow, $58.

This handy four-in-one compact offers every shadow necessary to achieve Lily’s smoky eye (and it will easily fit your handbag in case you need a touch-up later on in the night!). Define and enhance your eyes by layering on the different shades of shadow: begin with black and spread it over the lower eyelid, then gently apply the smoky, glittery shade on top across the lower and upper eyelids. Next, apply the silvery shadow to the outer edges of the eyelids and blend it into the creases. Finish it off by topping the silver with a

L’Oreal voluminous false fiber lash mascara in “blackest black”, $8.

Givenchy magic kajal eye pencil, $22.

Layer on a few coats of volumizing mascara for enhanced darkness.

Line your lashes and inner rims of your eyes with this creamy and long-lasting carbon black liner for added depth.

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JUST

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“all this searching for life’s meaning only left me confused.”

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OBSESSING OVER THE MEANING OF LIFE COULD BE MAKING YOU MISERABLE, SAYS SARAH RANAWAKE. A

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year ago, I found myself in a rut. I’ve always been a shiny, happy overachiever, so the malaise I felt was disconcerting. While nothing was really wrong, there was a sense of blahness that I just couldn’t shake. I was going through the motions ratherthan making the most out of life. And I didn’t like it. hanging out with one of my closest friends, who had recently been rediagnosed with

cancer, crystalised the situation for me. instead of falling into a heap, my amazing friend used the shit-sandwich life gave her as a springboard to give her an enriched sense of purpose and focus. marvelling at her awesome new approach to things, i found myself feeling both incredibly inspired and, to be honest, slightly guilty. so i went looking to inject some deeper meaning into my life by way of the multi-

billion dollar self-help industry. i started iQing episodes of Oprah and drank in her pearls of wisdom like i was lindsay lohan sans alcoholmonitoring bracelet. i read Eat Pray Love (bloomsbury, $24.99) even though i found elizabeth gilbert’s writing style annoying. i even fantasised about selling my apartment – the one i’d spent years saving a deposit for – and using the money to fund a sabbatical.

however, all this searching only left me confused. it turns out a life roadmap can’t be found between the covers of a paperback.

self-help or selfdestructive? psychologist meredith brown (lifeworks.com.au) has a few thoughts about why searching for a deeper purpose often

presents more questions than answers. “people have been philosophising about life for as long as humans have been capable of pondering the question of how happy they are,” explains brown. “however, in today’s world of consumerism and technology, gen y is faced with the difficult task of sorting through mixed messages about what contentment is and where it comes from. in some ways, the self-help industry is fantastic, but it’s also part of that mass of information you have to get through to find your own meaning and happiness.” brown also notes that rather than enhancing your life, the quest for deeper meaning might have the opposite effect. you could end up feeling inadequate and frustrated because you haven’t had an epiphany about your true purpose.“it can send the message that how happy you are is not happy enough,” says brown. “the self-help industry also encourages self-reflection. if you’re navel gazing, you should ask yourself, ‘does this fulfil me or is it making me ruminate?’. the latter is an unproductive process that continually feeds

it’s can’t get no satisfaction

recent research into life satisfaction has found that people who are actively grappling with meaning are suffering from elevated levels of anxiety and stress. melanie, 30, used to be one of those people. “i went through a period in my mid-20s when i started questioning why i wasn’t happier and more fulfilled,” she recalls. “i was trapped in a cycle of searching and stuck in my own head, which made me miserable and anxious. eventually, i realised i’m never going to understand the meaning of life and that i don’t need to. now i’m way cooler just living my life because it’s there.”interestingly, the same study also found that 35 per cent of people surveyed were “existentially indifferent”. in other words, they weren’t bothered by big questions and couldn’t give a damn whether their lives had a deeper purpose. these peeps were significantly happier than those searching for more meaning but were still yet to find it.

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MODE! Men this month

Name: Mohd Aflah bin Saidi Date of Birth: 27 March 1985 Place of Birth: Kerteh, Terengganu Was born in Kerteh, Terengganu, Mohd Aflah bin Saidi or also known as Afla is most known as a person who is brilliant in managing his career, sports and families. As for us, balancing life between career, sports and families is never easy. As for Aflah Saidi, he managed to balance his career, his sports and his families. Working in Bank Negara Malaysia for him is very challenging. He sometimes has to work over his normal 8 to 5 working hours and he might go outstation for a few days. Besides busy finishing his works, he sometimes also has to help out his friend with their works. So that makes him so busy to even have time for himself. As a sportsman, Aflah plays futsal, hockey and volleyball. He is the representative for his department for a tournament such as Piala Gabenor which held once a year besides other smaller tournament. The practices are held once every week. Monday is for futsal, Wednesday is for hockey and Friday is for volleyball’s training. So that gave us an overall look on how his days passed every day. Being brought up without a father has made Aflah very closed to his mother. His father passed away when he was only 8 months. He is the second child out of 6 siblings. Once a month, Aflah will make time to go back to his hometown in Terengganu to visit his family. His favorite thing to do is to teases his mother. Besides his mother, Aflah is also closed to his siblings. He is the person who the other siblings will find of they are in needs.

Mohd Aflah FAMILY , CAREER & SPORT

To fill his past times, he likes to hang out with his friends. Besides that, Aflah also enjoys shopping. To him, no matter how busy he is, he will still care and keep his looks. He does not want to be seen older than his age. It is human nature to look good. So do Aflah. If he has free time, he will hit the gym or even jog at Taman Tasik Perdana. Besides that, he will also visit the spa for sauna and facial. That are all he did in order to keep his life balanced and healthy. Love life? Currently, he is seeing someone. He is lucky to have someone who understands his life between his career, his sports and his families. He hopes that the relationship he is having now will last.

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Fun facts:

He likes a girl who can cook. He believes that if a girl gives t-shirt as a gift, the relationship will not last. He is a die-hard fan of Tottenham HotSpurs He loves to eat Ayam Masak Merah that is cooked by his beloved mother. He plays as a Goalkeeper for futsal, Right Defender for hockey and Spiker or Center for vol leyball. In hockey, Afla represent Bank Negara in KL League and USM Open in 2011 In volleyball, Afla represent Bank Negara in MAKSWIP game

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MODE’S 3D WISH LIST JUST A FEW MOVIES WE’D LIKE TO SEE CONVERTED TO 3D. LUCKILY, NO ONE PICKED THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.

ALADDIN

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

THE NEVERLAND STORY

CHOCOLATE LAND

JOURNEY

ONE FOR THE MONEY

LORD OF THE RING

THE EXOCIST

DID YOU KNOW? view of a drunkard - a blurry double vision 1. The earliest confirmed 3D film shown to a playing audience was The Power of Love in 1922, in Los Angeles. It’s the earliest known film in which Anaglyph glasses were used. The film is now unfortunately lost.

2. A 3D film viewed without glasses will look very odd, possibly giving you the point of

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that might induce nausea. 3. Back in the day, black and white movies were projected on screens coated with silver, which made movies exceptionally clear. And the term “silver screen” was born. Colour movies in 2D don’t need a silver screen. But 3D movies do for better images.

STARGAZER

It’s to the stars for you luck in the month ahead

LIBRA 9/23 – 10/22

CAPRICORN 12/22 – 1/19

SCORPION 10/23 – 11/21

AQUARIUS 1/20 – 2/18

Monday looks ripe for an epiphany -- it could be at work, or it could have to do with love! Getting some food for thought helps prompt it. Then, life’s a bowl of cherries, pits included, around Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The good news? There’s still sweetness to enjoy if you’re able to maintain a perspective on the whole. From Friday through the weekend, everything tastes better when you share. Let coworkers, family, friends and certain someones be your dining companions at life’s lovely feast. And if at all possible, do eat dessert first!

For best results on Monday, shift things around. Just a little change in your routine, your environment or the contents of your heart helps a lot. The stars highlight all things heart-related around Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, so take steps toward what you’ve been hoping for romantically, even if it involves moving into the unknown! Friday, it’s all about helping someone else fulfill a dream, or just pindown a more practical matter. And if you’re really gonna act on that impulse this weekend, be ready for anything to happen!

SAGITARIUS 11/22 – 12/21

If you find yourself thinking (or saying) ‘no way’ on Monday, back up and start again. Stretch your imagination and shake up that perspective -- around Tuesday and Wednesday, it’s crucial to recognize the power of the past, but move with confidence into your future. Life and love have some fresh perspectives for you on Thursday, Friday and Saturday if you’re ready, willing and able! A game or outdoor activity (under the stars?) can be a real bonding experience now, not to mention just plain fun. On Sunday, take a breather, and tie up a loose end or two

How’s that same old approach working? Even if the answer’s ‘pretty good,’ the stars suggest that a little change could make things even better as this week gets going. If an alteration makes you nervous, run it by someone you trust who’s doing well in the pertinent area. And -- don’t panic -something may come to an end this week, perhaps on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Transitions may be scary, but they’re necessary; trust in the wisdom of the universe. Sometime this weekend, the right thing is right there.

When you talk this Monday, people listen. And if you’re communicating something you’re passionate about, they’ll catch your fever! But things look hazier around Tuesday and Wednesday. Be careful when making arrangements, dealing with money, or listening to someone important now -- your head’s not quite in the game. You ought to be back in the zone sometime Thursday, and the following few days have all kinds of potential. Leave room in your schedule for following up on the great things that seem to pop up out of nowhere. Secretly, you’ve got everything to do with it!

PISCES 2/19 – 3/20

Work is much more fun in a pair or group on Monday, and it’s to your advantage to have the added motivation to stay on track. But around Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, you’re set to zoom ahead! Of course, knowing you and your generous ways, you’ll share the ride with those close to you, letting them in on your amazing energy, too. Take life -- and love -- to a new place now. A message may be mixed around Friday, but you’ll have better luck interpreting it -- or asking for some clarification -- this weekend.

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STARGAZER LIBRA 9/23 – 10/22

CAPRICORN 12/22 – 1/19

SCORPION 10/23 – 11/21

AQUARIUS 1/20 – 2/18

Monday looks ripe for an epiphany -- it could be at work, or it could have to do with love! Getting some food for thought helps prompt it. Then, life’s a bowl of cherries, pits included, around Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The good news? There’s still sweetness to enjoy if you’re able to maintain a perspective on the whole. From Friday through the weekend, everything tastes better when you share. Let coworkers, family, friends and certain someones be your dining companions at life’s lovely feast. And if at all possible, do eat dessert first!

For best results on Monday, shift things around. Just a little change in your routine, your environment or the contents of your heart helps a lot. The stars highlight all things heart-related around Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, so take steps toward what you’ve been hoping for romantically, even if it involves moving into the unknown! Friday, it’s all about helping someone else fulfill a dream, or just pindown a more practical matter. And if you’re really gonna act on that impulse this weekend, be ready for anything to happen!

SAGITARIUS 11/22 – 12/21

If you find yourself thinking (or saying) ‘no way’ on Monday, back up and start again. Stretch your imagination and shake up that perspective -- around Tuesday and Wednesday, it’s crucial to recognize the power of the past, but move with confidence into your future. Life and love have some fresh perspectives for you on Thursday, Friday and Saturday if you’re ready, willing and able! A game or outdoor activity (under the stars?) can be a real bonding experience now, not to mention just plain fun. On Sunday, take a breather, and tie up a loose end or two

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It’s to the stars for you luck in the month ahead How’s that same old approach working? Even if the answer’s ‘pretty good,’ the stars suggest that a little change could make things even better as this week gets going. If an alteration makes you nervous, run it by someone you trust who’s doing well in the pertinent area. And -- don’t panic -something may come to an end this week, perhaps on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Or maybe there’s something you should put an end to? Transitions may be scary, but they’re necessary; trust in the wisdom of the universe. Sometime this weekend, the right thing is right there.

When you talk this Monday, people listen. And if you’re communicating something you’re passionate about, they’ll catch your fever! But things look hazier around Tuesday and Wednesday. Be careful when making arrangements, dealing with money, or listening to someone important now -- your head’s not quite in the game. You ought to be back in the zone sometime Thursday, and the following few days have all kinds of potential. Leave room in your schedule for following up on the great things that seem to pop up out of nowhere. Secretly, you’ve got everything to do with it!

PISCES 2/19 – 3/20

Work is much more fun in a pair or group on Monday, and it’s to your advantage to have the added motivation to stay on track. But around Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, you’re set to zoom ahead! Of course, knowing you and your generous ways, you’ll share the ride with those close to you, letting them in on your amazing energy, too. Take life -- and love -- to a new place now. A message may be mixed around Friday, but you’ll have better luck interpreting it -- or asking for some clarification -- this weekend.


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? QUIZ

ARE YOU BURNING OUT?

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. IF YOU WORK REALLY HARD FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS: A. You know for certain you’ll get a promotion or a nice bonus. B. You’re not sure if you will get the credit but you will surely be hassled by jealous colleagues. C. The pinhead boss will work yoy 24/7 forever and without so much as a “Thank you”.

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. WHEN THE BOSS ASKS YOU TO COME UP WITH STRATEGIES FOR A NEW PRODUCT, YOU: A. Are so excited that you can hardly keep track of the brilliant ideas. B. Know you should be thrilled but you just treat it as any another project. C. Can’t be bothered so you lightly rewrite something you find online.

DO YOU WAKE UP ON A WEEKDAY FULL OF THE JOYS OF LIFE, OR FIND IT HARD TO SUM UP ENTHUSIASM AT ALL? TAKE OUR QUIZ AND DISCOVER AND DISCOVER WHAT YOUR BURNOUT POTENTIAL IS. BY ELLEN WHYTE

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e all have days when work is stressful. Mental health professionals warn that a bad working environment can be dangerous to your physical and mental health. Take our quiz and find out if your job is about to send you over the edge.

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. DESCRIBE THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH:

A. Interesting although a bit hectic sometimes. B. The same old boring routine. C. Soul-destroying, crushing, depressing, and utterly degrading.

A. Good people. In fact, many of them are friends. B. Draining. They always seem to wanr more from you. C. Brain-shatteringly awful.

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. LOOKING BACK OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS YOU CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT: A. You’re doing some good work and are feeling pretty good about it. B. You seem to have lost your groove and not sure how you can find it again. C. You have felt overwhelmed, unproductive, uninspired and ofthen on the verge of calling it quits.

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. YOU HAVE BOUTS OF COLD, THE FLU, TUMMY UPSETS AND OTHER MINOR ILLNESSES: A. Hardly or at the most, perhaps once a year if a bug goes around. B. Fairly often, especially when you feel stressed. C. All the time - and don’t ask about the headaches!

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. WITHOUT A DOUBT, YOU KNOW YOUR BOSS SECRETLY THINKS OF YOU AS: A. His/her second in command and help run the team one of these days. B. Compedent. Or at least you hope so. Now, you’re not sure. C. The enemy. He/she is threatened by you and that is why you never get what you deserve.

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MOSTLY A’s CLEAR SKIES You are enjoying work to the fullest. You see problems as challenges and have no hesitation in getting the most out of every day. You get along well with yoyr colleagues and know they like and respect you too.

MOSTLY Bs WARNING SPARKS You aren’t having a very good time, are you? Take stock of your situation and discover exactly what is bothering you. Then take proper action to rectify the situation.

. IF A COLLEAGUE WANTS. TO APPROACH YOU WITH A WORK PROBLEM, YOU: A. Are usually cheerful, approachable and helpful. B. Will help although you find it all rather mentally draining. C. Are certain to yell at her, so she probably won’t ask.

MOSTLY Cs IN PROGRESS You are cynical, apathetic and not enjoying yourself at all at the workspace. It is time you take a good look at what can be done to improve your circumstances. If you can’t see a way out, seek professional help.

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QA MEN David Smiedt tells you how to know your man

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QA SEX Dr. Cindy Pan MBBS serves up another month of sex-pert advice.

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My boyfriend has a married female friend he often hangs out with. He says there’s nothing between them but I’ve noticed that she flirts with him a lot. Should I say something?

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My boyfriend of two years doesn’t drink, he doesn’t like it when I drink and he doesn’t like being around drinkers. I have never been drunk but every two weeks I go out with my friends (without him) and I have a couple of glasses of wine. This has become a real problem for him and it’s starting to effect our relationship. What should I do? Two glasses of wine every two weeks is not exactly a drinking problem and while your man’s antialcohol stance is well-intentioned it is also totally unrealistic. This could be symptomatic of a deeper issues in your relationship and you may need to reexamine whether you are culturally or ideologically suited to each other. If the answer to that question is an instantaneous yes, then it’s time for an ultimatum. Either he becomes more tolerant or jointly reassess the future of the relationship. That may sound like an OTT reaction, but it’s not just a question of alcohol here. It’s a question of you having the freedom to make your own choices and he being able to respect them.

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No and kinda. You say you believe your man about this being a strictly platonic relations and if he, the women and her husband apparently have no problem with it, neither should you. What you’re seeing here is most likely not flirtation but two old friends doing what they do best. Being totally relaxed around each other.

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My father’s health is starting to fail him and he has seemingly “given-up”. Now, my normally energetic mom won’t do anything without him - so her zest for life is gone. How can I motivate them to start living again?

Don’t judge to harshly. The illness and medications could be sapping your dad and your mom is probably for the first time, contemplating life without him. If you want to do something for the both of them, try to provide a respite. Volunteer to look after dad for an afternoon while mom goes off and does something she enjoys with a friend.

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My husband and I are “best-friendsturned-lovers”. We have a great relationship but sex is... how shall I describe it... lacking in passion? Is it possible to create sexual chemistry?

If you never felt any mutual sexual attraction or chemistry it may be quite difficult to create. On the other hand if there was once chemistry and it has just died down, for example due to busy stressful lives, ill health or other external circumstances, then it may certainly be rekindled. Either way I am sure there are many ways you can improve your sexual connection and learn how to please each other sexually. Be open to trying new things and both of you should each be open to trying things your partner wants to try. Set aside sufficient time when you are both free of distractions, stress and other burdens and just focus on each other in a playful, light-hearted and loving atmosphere. You may both need to be open t discovering new sensations and experiences together and focus on working out just what delights each other most. Sharing, affection, kindness and emotional intimacy as well as plenty of foreplay will all set the stage for enchanced sexual chemistry and increase the chances of fireworks.

The hubby has had an addiction to porn for the longest time and now he says he wants to “quit”. Is there anything I can do to assist him? I think it is part of his personal journey. However, showing him you respect and support his decision is bound to be much appreciated. You may also wish to let him know that you are there and you are ready and willing to listen or discuss any issues. He may need professional assistance in which case you might suggest he seeks his doctor for a referral. I am jealous of my husband’s past relationships and feel redundant because he has done it with someone else. Please help me befoe I ruin this marriage. You need to remember that he is married to you. The past is just that, the past. Even if he has done similar things in the past with other women it doesn’t make what you do any less special. The basic acts may be the same but the quality and intensity of the sensations and emotions is possibly distinctly different. Think about why you might be feeling insecure and unless there is reason for concern, try not to worry too much. Focus on your present relationship with him and leave his past relationships in the past.

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