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Can You Buy These Balenciaga Water Bottle Slippers?!

Is Balenciaga Selling Water Bottle Slippers For €895?!

Did Balenciaga just introduce water bottle slippers priced at €895?!

Take a look at the viral photos, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Balenciaga Is Selling Water Bottle Slippers For €895!

The Internet has gone crazy over photos of the new Balenciaga water bottle slippers, with comments like these :

“Bottle slippers? Balenciaga is testing how far people will go in the name of fashion” quip netizens as #Balenciaga Conceptualizes slippers made out of plastic bottles

#NEWS: Balenciaga releases ‘Bottle Slippers’ — with price tag of $1,000 USD, you coppin ??

Whose up for a pair of bottle slippers from Balenciaga? Only 895 euros

A number of fashion and celebrity blogs have also jumped onto the bandwagon, posting about these new high-fashion water bottle slippers.

 

Truth : Balenciaga Is NOT Selling Water Bottle Slippers For €895!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS on social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Balenciaga Water Bottle Slippers Do NOT Exist

First, let me just state that Balenciaga did not create any water bottle slippers. Those fancy and super-expensive water bottle slippers do NOT exist.

The viral photo showing that these bottle slippers can be purchased on the Balenciaga website for €895 was photoshopped.

That is indeed Justin Bieber in the photo below… but he did not model those bottle slippers either!

Read more : Did Justin Bieber Wear Balenciaga Bottle Slippers?!

Fact #2 : Balenciaga Bottle Slippers Were Created By neondazer

These viral water bottle slippers were just a concept created by a Russian artist / designer called neondazer (Max Arnautov).

He posted photos of the water bottle slippers, including the edited photo of Justin Bieber wearing them, on his Instagram on August 25, 2022.

Wassup hypebeasts, cop or drop? 😂

Meta-irony and metamodernism are best friends of modern fashion, guys. I guess this concept is meta-ironic towards Balenciaga, which became meta-ironic brand itself thanks to @Demna.

When this idea came to me, I thought: “So f*cking funny! But… I will not be surprised if Balenciaga gonna do something like that for real.”

They released earrings made of laces, destroyed Paris sneakers, a trench shitted by birds.. so this bottle slippers are fitting perfectly! Cuz it’s all about overconsumption and its fruits.

Campaign photo by: @Balenciaga
Model: @justinbieber

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The Famous Jesus Tree Of Lebanon Miracle Explained!

Take a look at the famous Jesus tree of Lebanon, and find out what’s the true story behind those viral photos!

 

Is The Famous Jesus Tree Of Lebanon A Real Miracle?

Pictures of the famous Jesus Tree – a tree that looks like Jesus crucified on a cross – are often shared on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, emails and elsewhere online.

These pictures are often accompanied by prayers and claims that it’s a true Christian miracle.

It really looks like Jesus crucified on a cross, doesn’t it? It would be quite a miracle if a tree actually twisted itself to look like that.

Or is it just pareidolia – the perception of a familiar pattern or image, where none actually exists?

 

The Famous Jesus Tree Of Lebanon Really Exists!

For Christians who need vindication for their faith, we have good news and bad news.

The good news is the Jesus Tree exists. The bad news is it is neither natural, nor supernatural. It is certainly not miraculous.

The Jesus Tree is the artistic creation of Lebanese poet, painter and sculptor Rudy Rahmè, who carved it out of a dead cedar tree in the forest of the Cedars of God (Al Arz el Rab) in Northern Lebanon.

Here is the original picture taken by louppe1 in June 2007.

Credit : Louppe1, 6th June 2007

On the 24 July 2015, when a James Morales took this picture below, and made it viral on Facebook by calling it evidence of “the power of God’s goodness…” :

Credit : James Morales, 24th July 2015

The truth and the far more mundane fact is that it took Rudy Rahmè 5-6 years to carve that sculpture. Here is a closer look at the sculpture.

Credit : Maria, 24th March 2014

Rudy Rahmè did not just create that famous Jesus Tree. He also carved Jesus’ image into other cedar trees in the Cedars of God.

Credit : Commons.Wikimedia.org

Credit : Commons.Wikimedia.org

 

The Jesus Tree Was Created By Man, Not God

Instead of misleading other people into thinking that the Jesus Tree is a supernatural or miraculous creation, we should give the artist Rudy Rahmè props for turning these dead cedars into such incredible works of art.

He is the true miracle behind the Jesus trees of Lebanon!

 

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Magic: The Gathering VR Art Exhibition : Don’t Miss It!

Don’t miss the opportunity to check out Magic: The Gathering VR Art Exhibition, which ends in a few days!

 

Magic: The Gathering VR Art Exhibition : Don’t Miss It!

Wizards of the Coast just launched “Magic: The Gathering Virtual Art Exhibition – 83 Artists Who Drew The World of Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty“.

Available across selected Asian countries, this Virtual Reality (VR) Exhibition allows you to experience the futuristic sci-fi plane of Kamigawa and enjoy the artwork and gameplay developed for the new set.

This interactive art exhibition can also be enjoyed online on a PC (Windows only), or using your own VR headset!

You can actively enjoy the art from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty through VR and gameplay elements, while interacting with other participants around the world remotely.

  • The coming-to-life concept art locations from the Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty story,
  • a new art viewing experience,
  • a 3D experience where players can summon creatures from cards to life,
  • a gallery with over 30 items of unpublished materials from the Wizards of the Coast Development Studio World Guide, and
  • a community gathering area for players to meet up virtually.

The VR art exhibition also features 134 pieces of card art from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty drawn by 83 artists. Among the famed artists are Tetsuo Hara (“Fist of the North Star”), Yoji Shinkawa (Art Director of KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS Co., Ltd.), Katsuya Terada (character designer of “Kamen Rider W”) and others.

 

Magic: The Gathering VR Art Exhibition : Where To Catch It?

The Magic: The Gathering VR Art Exhibition will end on 24 February 2022, so make sure you hurry!

Here in Malaysia, you can catch it  at selected Wizards Play Network (WPN) stores in the Klang Valley.

You can also catch it online here, but note that this online VR experience will only work with :

  • Windows PC
  • Meta Quest 2 (Oculus Quest 2)
  • Oculus Rift 2 / Rift S
  • HTC Vive / Vive Pro 1 / Vive Pro 2

And here’s a nice bonus – those who visit the exhibition will stand a chance to win a B2-sized poster signed by Tetsuo Hara!

The five lucky winners will be selected randomly upon completing the entry requirements.

 

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Entertainment + Creative Industry Reopens For Vaccinated!

The government just announced that the entertainment and creative industry can reopen for fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Entertainment + Creative Industry Reopens For Fully-Vaccinated!

On 7 September 2021, the government announced that the entertainment and creative industry can reopen for fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia, from Thursday, 9 September 2021 onwards!

  • Development and broadcast of creative content through recording or live streaming
  • Live broadcast or live streaming of information or entertainment with fully-vaccinated viewers up to 30% of the studio’s capacity.
  • Indoor and outdoor filming by fully-vaccinated individuals of the creative industry.
  • Indoor busking by fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • Lounge hotel performances by fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • Cinema activities for fully-vaccinated individuals, up to 50% of the cinema hall capacity.
  • Live performances such as theatre, musical, music and comedy (through pre-registration) with fully-vaccinated attendees, up to 30% of the premise capacity.
  • Art gallery viewing in exhibition halls, museums, and art galleries (via appointments) with guests who are fully-vaccinated, up to 30% of the premise capacity.

Even though the entertainment and creative industry is reopening for fully-vaccinated people, everyone must continue to maintain COVID-19 precautions, as vaccine breakthroughs can still happen. Please continue to stay safe.

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

More Privileges For Fully-Vaccinated People In Malaysia

Here are some other privileges for fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia :

Dining-In

  • proprietors should provide more outdoor dining capacity for better ventilation.
  • proprietors must verify that customers are fully-vaccinated, by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.
  • customers are allowed to bring children 17 years or younger to dine-in.

Sports + Recreation

  • Individual sports and recreation without physical touch, in the outdoors and semi-open spaces, are ALLOWED from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Permitted sports include jogging, exercise, tai chi, cycling, skateboarding, fishing, equestrian sports, archery, hiking, tennis (singles), badminton (singles), golf, motorsports and so on.
  • Dine-in is allowed in sports / recreation club house restaurant and cafe.
  • Customers are FORBIDDEN to use the changing rooms and shower rooms.
  • Picnic and camping are ALLOWED, including children who are 17 years or younger, subject to strict SOP compliance.

Night + Weekend Markets

  • Customers must prove that they are fully-vaccinated by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.

 

Fully-Vaccinated In Malaysia : Do YOU Qualify?

To qualify for the privileges above, you must be fully-vaccinated according to these requirements :

  • More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
  • More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.

In addition, these privileges apply to all states that have achieved adult vaccination of at least 50%.

For example, the Klang Valley achieved an adult vaccination rate of 64.7% on 14 August 2021, and therefore all fully-vaccinated adults in the Klang Valley can enjoy these privileges.

 

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Museum of Other Realities : How To Get It FREE!

Museum of Other Realities – multiplayer art showcase – is FREE for a limited time!

Find out how to get it FREE.. and TELL your friends!

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Museum of Other Realities

The Museum of Other Realities (MOR) is an immersive multiplayer art showcase in VR.

Step into a painting, surround yourself with fantastic sounds, experience art with your friends as it evolves and takes form.

The museum contains a growing collection of interactive art and experimentation, supporting artists who are challenging and redefining what is possible with virtual reality art.

Enjoy a collective multiplayer experience with old friends or make new ones in a gallery you can visit from anywhere.

 

Museum of Other Realities : How To Get It FREE!

Follow these steps to get Museum of Other Realities for FREE by 21 June 2021 (2 PM @ GMT+8)

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Museum of Other Realities page on Steam.
  3. Click on the green Add to Account button to add it to your Steam account.
    You can choose to install it now, or postpone the installation.

That’s it! It is now part of your Steam account, and you can download and install it anytime you want!

Don’t forget to also grab the FREE Immersive Arcade Showcase DLC for Museum of Other Realities!

 

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Photography Contest : Win Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro / Photo Printer!

In collaboration with the National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Xiaomi is sponsoring an online photography contest – Good Things During Bad Times!

Give it a try, and you could win a Mi 10T Pro smartphone, or a Mi Pocket Photo Printer!

 

Photography Contest : Win Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro / Photo Printer!

Xiaomi Malaysia wants Malaysians to appreciate the little things in life through their new Good Things During Bad Times photography contest, in collaboration with the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.

Just capture the positive side of your life during these unprecedented times, and share it with Xiaomi Malaysia and the National Art Gallery!

All you have to do is :

  1. Take an original photo that best reflects the contest theme.
  2. Post the photo on your Instagram Feed, with these hashtags and make sure your Instagram Profile is set to Public :
    #GoodThingsDuringBadTimes #Xiaomi #Mi10TSeries #BalaiSeniNegara #PowerYourCreativity
  3. LIKE and FOLLOW Xiaomi Malaysia’s Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/xiaomi.malaysia)

The top 25 entries will not only win great prizes, they will be displayed on the National Art Gallery of Malaysia’s website!

 

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro / Photo Printer Photography Contest Details!

For those who are interested to participate, here are the details :

Eligibility

The contest is open to any individual who fulfils these criteria :

  • Malaysian citizens aged 13 and above nly
  • Participants can use any camera and mobile phone
  • Participants can only participate by posting a photo on Instagram Feed
  • All submissions must include the official hashtags :
    #GoodThingsDuringBadTimes #Xiaomi #Mi10TSeries #BalaiSeniNegara #PowerYourCreativity
  • Only PUBLIC Instagram accounts will be accepted, PRIVATE Instagram accounts will not be accepted.
  • Participants must LIKE and FOLLOW Xiaomi Malaysia Official Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/xiaomi.malaysia)
  • Xiaomi staff, dealers (inclusive of Mi Stores, MEPs, Mi Zones and Open Channels) and their staff and relatives, are not entitled to participate.
  • Xiaomi Malaysia reserves the right to verify the eligibility of any participant, and disqualify any participant who do not meet the eligibility criteria.

Contest Period

  • Only submissions made during the contest period, and before the closing deadline, are eligible to participate :
    15 December 2020 (00:00, GMT+8) to 31 December 2020 (23:59, GMT+8).
  • Xiaomi Malaysia reserves the right and absolute discretion to suspend or extend the contest period for any reason at any time, without any liability.

Entry Submissions

  • There is no limit as to how many entries a participant may submit.

Prizes

  • Grand Prizes : 5 x Mi 10T Pro 5G (worth RM1,999)
  • 2nd Prizes : 20 x Mi Pocket Photo Printer (worth RM249)
  • All winners with submissions containing Xiaomi watermark will be entitled to a bonus prize.
  • Xiaomi reserves the right to replace any prizes with items of similar value without prior notice.
  • Prizes are non-refundable, non-transferable, non-exchangeable, and not redeemable for cash.
  • Any prize not claimed within 60 days of notification (starting from when the results are announced) will be forfeited. No alternatives will be offered.
  • Xiaomi Malaysia reserves the right to re-select the winners.

Winner Notification

  • Winners will be announced on Thursday, 6 January 2021, at 12:00 (GMT+8)
  • Winners will be notified and contacted through their Instagram account.
  • Prizes are not transferable nor exchangeable.
  • In the event Xiaomi Malaysia is unable to contact a winner within 3 working days for any reason, the prize for that winner will be forfeited with no alternatives, at the sole discretion of Xiaomi Malaysia.

 

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The Frame (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just unveiled the 2020 edition of The Frame – a lifestyle television designed for art lovers! Here is what you need to know!

 

The Frame (2020) by Samsung : For Art Lovers

The 2020 edition of The Frame is one of the three Samsung lifestyle televisions being introduced this year. The others being The Sero and The Serif.

The Frame is designed to appeal to art lovers, with a design that mimics the frame of an art piece. And it displays an art piece when you turn it off!

 

The Frame (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

Samsung summarises The Frame 2020’s KSP (key selling point) very simply – TV when it’s on. Art when it’s off.

Frame-look Design

The Frame is designed with an elegant, modern frame-look design that will blend in with your decor.

Samsung also offers a choice of four bezel colours to customise The Frame 2020. They are locked in place by magnets, so it’s really easy to swap them out whenever the need arises.

Art Mode

Instead of turning into a blank screen, The Frame 2020 automatically displays your personal art collection when it’s turned off.

You can subscribe to the Samsung Art Store to access over 1,400 art pieces from famous artists and galleries including Museo del Prado, The Albertina, and Saatchi Art.

You can also display your personal works of art or photos, which can be transformed using its six built-in filters.

100% DCI-P3 Colour Volume

Thanks to Samsung Quantum Dot technology, The Frame 2020 delivers a full 100% DCI-P3 colour volume, as certified by Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE).

It also boasts Dual LED technology to increase contrast based on backlight temperature for optimal colour tone.

No Gap Wall-Mount

Mounting on the wall using the Samsung No Gap Wall-Mount lets it look like a real work of art. And yet, it allows you to tilt it sideways, forwards or backwards.

One Invisible Connection

The Frame 2020 maintains its clean lines thanks to the One Invisible Connection, which eradicates the usual cable mess by using a single, thin almost invisible cable to connect to the One Connect Box.

Brightness + Motion Sensors

The Frame 2020 uses its brightness sensor to automatically optimise its brightness and colour tone for a natural look, irrespective of the lighting conditions.

Its motion sensor lets it detect your presence, to display artwork whenever you are in the room. And when you leave, it turns off to save electricity.

Adaptive Voice Amplifier (AVA)

The Frame 2020 monitors ambient noise levels in real-time to detect when they may interfere with your enjoyment.

When it gets noisy, it will isolate, boost and clarify voices or dialogue playing on the TV, so you won’t miss a thing.

Smart Connectivity

The Frame 2020 is a Smart TV with WiFi 5 (WiFi-AC) and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity built-in.

This allows you to connect your smartphone or tablet to it, mirroring its display or streaming content from it.

You can control it using either the One Remote Control, or the SmartThings app, or by Bixby voice commands.

 

The Frame (2020) by Samsung : Price + Availability

The Frame (2020) by Samsung is available in two sizes, at these price points :

  • 55-inch : RM 6,499 (about US$1,560 | £1,200 | A$2,157 | S$2,138)
  • 65-inch : RM 10,999 (about US$2,640 | £2,033 | A$3,650 | S$3,619)

 

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The Kremer Collection VR Museum : Get It FREE Now!

MOYOSA MEDIA is giving away The Kremer Collection VR Museum – a VR experience of eponymous private museum!

Find out how to get The Kremer Collection VR Museum for FREE, and make sure you tell your friends!

 

The Kremer Collection VR Museum

Art like never before. The Kremer Museum is an innovative new museum concept that combines the newest VR technology with world-class Old Master paintings.

The museum includes pieces by Rembrandt, Aelbert Cuyp, Frans Hals and many more Old Masters from the Dutch Golden Age.

Walk around a fantastic new space, where the balance between traditional museums and VR is represented through a new sort of architecture.

Be sure to check out Rembrandt’s “old man with a turban”, walk through it, and see the original back of the panel, to explore the work’s unique stamps of provenance.

Designed by architect Johan van Lierop, Founder of Architales and developed by MOYOSA MEDIA from the Netherlands, the museum features 74 Dutch and Flemish Old Master paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, and is accessible exclusively through VR.

Note : This game requires an Oculus Rift / Rift S VR headset.

 

The Kremer Collection VR Museum : How To Get It Free!

For a limited time, The Kremer Collection VR Museum will be free to download and keep from the Oculus store.

  1. Log into your Oculus account, or create a new one.
  2. Go to the The Kremer Collection VR Museum page, and click on the blue Free button.
  3. It will be added to your Oculus account.

 

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