Sunday, August 31, 2008

Guilty Pleasure...

With so many reality shows out there nowadays, it's fair to say that they've completely many people's lives/careers, whether you are a winner or a loser.

John Kenney, born September 26, 1981, in Branford, Connecticut, is an American model, best known as a contestant of Survivor: Vanuatu.

Kenney attended Branford High School, where he played basketball, lacrosse and baseball. He then attended college for two years at Northeastern University in Boston, where he studied Media Arts and Design. After college, Kenney moved to Manhattan, New York to pursue a modelling career. While there, he also modelled in Paris, Milan, Korea and Miami.

In 2004, Kenney relocated to Los Angels and worked odd jobs as a mechanical bull operator at a saddle ranch bar, construction worker and an x-ray technician. Finally when he saw the popular show Survivor on TV, he decided to audition and was immediately cast.




Although he became the eighth contestant to be booted from the series (despite his good looks and superhot body) this feature got the attention of big modelling agencies and he has since appeared on the pages of countless editorial magazines.

Recently, he's been shortlisted by DNA as one of the L.A. castings for the DNA Model Search 'o8. After seeing all the candidates, I must say it's a very tough choice to make but Kenney is no doubt one of my favourites! So if you wanna see him graces 'shirtlessly' on the cover of the upcoming issue of the magazine, then you know what to do, cast your vote HERE!

Apparently, if modelling doesn't succeed (which is quite unlikely), Kenney would love to eventually get involved with teaching art and film as he always considers himself an artist, particularly with computer graphic design.

Kenney describes himself as friendly, warm and a people person who at the same time is very competitive. He enjoys playing basketball, marathon running, travellin and hiking. And last but not least, Kenney is currently single and his hero is his mom. Awww...

Friday, August 29, 2008

The Morning After...

Last night, I went to see Jay Brannan's gig in London, and let me tell ya, it only costed me £8 (compared to £85 for Madonna) and it's worth every penny!

What impressed me most about Jay is the fact that not only he has a very good voice but he also looks so goddamn adorable in real life! With his angelic face and the cheeky little grin that you see from time to time, you just wanna give him a big hug and take him home.

On top of all that, he also had a very good sense of humour and was constantly joking and talking with everyone, even in the middle of the songs. Yes, he may not be as big as Madonna, but he has definitely won my heart over Madonna! I LOVE YOU JAY!!

Finally, just a quick remind to everyone that Jay will continue to tour around the world over the next couple of months. So what are you waiting for? RESERVE YOUR TICKET(S) NOW if you live in Dublin, Toronto, Montreal or Sydney because I can GUARANTEE that you will not be disappointed and will be damn impressed by Jay!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Give It 2 Me...

Don't stop me now, don't need to catch my breath, I can go on and on and on. When the lights goes down, and there's no one left, I can go on and on and on. Well, I think these two lines of lyrics really sum up Her Madgesty's STICKY & SWEET opening night in Cardiff on Saturday as it proves that she can definitely go on and on and on!

At the age of 50, it's impossible to deny that Madonna still knows how to kick ass with style and entertain a 40,000 crowd continuously for two whole hours. She looks stunning and simply untouchable!

Despite a late start (so what, I've waited longer for bloody Westlife) I truly enjoyed the concert from start to finish. The choreography was absolutely spot on, the lighting was perfect, the dancers were sexy and well performed. And on top of all that, Madonna sang amazingly well, danced well, and had an energy the others did not!

Having said that, compared to CONFESSIONS, I still think there are something missing about STICKY & SWEET. I mean, all the listed songs were brilliantly reworked (I especially loved the techno remix of Like A Prayer and a rock take on Borderline) but I was a bit disappointed that she repeated few songs from her previous tour.

Secondly, sorry to say but I just hated the rock version of Hung Up, it really ruined the song! And finally, it'd be nicer if Madge could interact with the audience a bit more, although at one point she shouted, "This is the bit where I take requests," and leaded us singing Express Yourself, then changed her mind. "F*ck that sh*t, I choose the songs."

Otherwise, STICKY & SWEET is a big hard 10 out of 10. And if you hold a ticket for one of her upcoming shows, all I can say is brace yourself for a sweet journey to remember!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

2night Is Gonna B...

Well, today is the 23rd of August 2008 and it can only mean one thing. It's time to get STICKY & SWEET with Madonna! Yes, after two years of long waiting, Her Madgesty will kick off her world tour tonight at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. And guess who will be jumping up and down in the Golden Circle? That's right, ME!

Sadly, although the scenes above will not be included in the concert (they are 'sticky' and 'sweet' right?) I'm sure tonight is gonna be a BLAST! Anyway, I'm off now! Have a great long weekend for those in the UK. Cheereo =]

You've Watched...

So, I was just wondering. How much porn do you indulge in on a daily basis? The reason I ask is that my internet server has restricted my bandwidth for the next five days because I've exceeded my daily limit of 500 Mb over the last five days and you wonder what I've been downloading (LOL).

To be honest, as much as I love porn, I don't look at it everyday or everytime I get on the net. But it's pretty damn close and I would still think I look at it a lot. I mean, how much porn is too much porn?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Like Me, Like Me Not...

It's a game all single gay men play. Human beings need to be liked. When we were young, we wanted the other kids to like us, we wanted to be popular, to be picked to play football, to be asked to the ball, to be asked to sit at the 'cool' table at lunchtime. Now that we are grown up we still want other boys to like us. We work out, wear nice clothes and say the right things, all in the hope that someone likes us back.

But it's all a game that you win when you find love. Some of us keep playing the game over and over without anyone winning at all. But if you do not play the game, you may never win.

So how do you know if someone likes you? Are there clear rules? Wouldn't it be easier if the person just said it out loud, "I like/love you!" But often confusion can lead to anxiety and even more games.

At the moment, I'm too confused to play the game. I'm just working on liking myself. Besides, I've always liked to play with myself and I was never the popular kid in school anyway =P

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Waxing...

Diego from Fratpad decided that his ass was way too hairy. Kelan and Chase claim to be straight but they sure had a lot of fun playing with Diggy's butt crack...



Seriously, why does Diego decide to do that? I mean, what a waste of a nice hairy ass! A hairy ass is a happy ass!

Monday, August 18, 2008

YET ANOTHER YEAR...

Yes, that's right, today marks the Second Anniversary of The Ministry of Pleasure =] Two years ago on August 18 I started this blog and I must to say that through blogging I've again come across a lot of nice, talented, wise, intelligent, witty and funny people all around the world and it has been an memorable year to me!

Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all who has been visiting, commenting, giving your lovely feedback on my ideas and photos and also has been helping me and encouraging me a lot in this amazing journey!

Unfortunately, I won't be able to offer you anything other than my sincere appreciation and some cupcake sticks. So please, make your- self comfortable and enjoy while I continue to fulfill your pleasure for another year!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Madonna Who...

You can't be serious! Even those who claim they have ears for classical music alone would be lying if they said they hadn't heard of Madonna.

On August 16, 2008, the world will have had five decades of the Queen of Pop. And going by the way she's still kicking up those well-toned heels on stage, we can probably look forward to five decades more!

So for those who just tuned in, here's a quick look at how Madonna changed the world.


She's Madonna by Robbie Williams

Born in Michigan, USA, on August 16, 1958 (to a French Canadian mom and Italian American dad), Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie moved to New York as a teenager in pursuit of a career in modern dance.

She joined a couple of forgettable pop musical groups, before deciding to walk down a path of her own making. The result was a self-titled debut album that took her straight to the top, and kept her there for a very, very long time.

Considering she moved to New York with a mere $35 in her pocket, it's easy to see why Madonna's rise to the top is so inspirational. It was allegedly the first time she took a plane, or even a taxi cab. And yet, a few years after moving out of her home town, she had a record deal with Sire Records by 1982.

With her second album, the unforgettable Like A Virgin, she conquered America. World domination would soon follow. Like A Virgin is now listed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the Definitive 200 Albums of All Time!



Once Madonna began, there was no stopping her. Hit albums seemed to pour out of her True Blue in 1986, Who's That Girl in 1987, Like a Prayer in 1989, I'm Breathless and The Immaculate Collection in 1990, Erotica in 1992... and on, and on.

How well have the albums done? Well enough to make Madonna the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, and the second top-selling female artist in the US.

The Guinness book lists her as the world's most successful female rec- ording artist of all time and the top-earning female singer in the world.

Then there's Madonna, the movie star. She has acted in 22 films so far, none of which have managed to be half as successful as her music. She did win a Golden Globe for her role in the 1996 film Evita, but that's about it.

Some of those films were so bad (Dangerous Game and Swept Away come to mind), they made a lot of critics try and convince her to stick to music alone. In characteristic style, she continues to ignore them all.

Early this year, she directed her first film, Filth and Wisdom and pro- duced and wrote I Am Because We Are, a documentary on problems faced by Malawians. This part of her story is clearly far from over.

Without Madonna, half the world's tabloids in the 1980s would have nothing to write about. Her work has always attracted controversy, primarily on account of its sexual themes and religious symbolism. She has managed to annoy religious leaders the world over, and doesn't look like she's about to stop doing so anytime soon.

Her first US tour, The Virgin Tour, got a lot of people hot and bothered. In 1992, she published a book of photographs, titled Sex, which generated a lot of negative publicity.

Then there's the speculation about her relationships with other women. In 2003, Madonna performed with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott at the MTV Video Music Awards and kissed Spears and Aguilera during the performance.

In 2006, she was criticised for wearing fur. That same year, she travelled to Malawi to help build an orphanage, and adopted a boy named David Banda Mwale, a move that led to legal disputes. There's also her devotion to the Kabbalah, and the criticism that has attracted.

We could go on. Madonna, however, doesn't seem to care.

First there was Dan Gilroy, in the late 1970s, followed by her collaborator Stephen Bray, the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, DJ Mark Kamins and musician Jellybean Benitez.

She married actor Sean Penn in 1986 and divorced him three years later, after beginning a relationship with Warren Beatty. More models followed, as did a basketball player, a rapper, and fitness trainer Carlos Leon who became the father of her daughter Lourdes Leon.

Madonna met English director Guy Ritchie in 1999 and bore his son Rocco a year later, after which they decided to marry. The press has speculated about the fate of the marriage lately, but Madonna and Guy insist their life as a couple is far from over.

Where do we begin? With the music we grew up to? The records she has set? The colour she brought into an otherwise staid entertainment business?

Let's just stick to her achievements, if only to prove we're not the only ones who think of Madonna as one of our biggest stars. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked her Number 36 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

In 2007, VH1 listed her eighth in the Greatest Women of Rock & Roll. In 2008, she surpassed Elvis Presley's record of the most top ten hits in the history of Billboard Hot 100.

Her Confessions Tour is the highest grossing concert tour by a female artist. In March, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In the years to come, we hope to see a lot more of Madonna. Will she surprise us with another stunning album? A book of photography? A collection of paintings? A film that wins her an Oscar? We don't know. We're just glad to have her around. Happy Birthday, Madonna!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Olympics Candy...

Alongside with diving and swimming, men's gymnastics is one of my most favourite Olympics events, not just because of their amazing skills/flexibility, but also to drool over their well-toned muscular bodies!

Well, today I've spent a couple of hours watching the replay of the men's individual all-around final of the artistic gymnastics event and I must say I've fallen in love with the French!



France's Benoit Caranobe competes on the rings, the horizontal bars and the vault during today's men's individual all-around final of the artistic gymnastics event.

Hiroyuki Tomita of Japan watches Sergey Khorokhordin of Russia compete in the pommel horse.

Silver medalist Kohei Uchimura of Japan (L), gold medalist Yang Wei of China (C) and bronze medalist Benoit Caranobe of France (R) pose with their medals after competing in the men's individual all-around artistic gymnastics final.

Benoit Caranobe waves and kisses his bronze medal after today's men's individual all-around final of the artistic gymnastics event. Awww, isn't he adorable?

Talking about adorable, our home-grown 18-year-old Daniel Keatings is quite a looker also! Sadly, he came in the 20th place overall. Oh well, I'm sure Daniel will make a come back in London 2012!