Joanne Peh: Women are seen as ‘pleasure tools’ and they’re exploiting it

When Joanne Peh presides over the set of Last Madame, you can be sure she doesn’t do it in a metaphorical way.

As the owner, ringleader and chief seductress of the 1920s brothel in the risque Toggle Originals period drama, Peh leaves no one in any doubt about who’s running the show.

It comes as no surprise that in real life as well, CNA Luxury’s November digital cover star is every bit the independent woman – and she relishes the freedom to define that on her own terms.

“Sometimes, if we just take a step back and look at our own femininity, that could also be a strength on its own,” Peh said.

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Image: Joanne Peh

“As women, our strength is also in the fact that we are softer and more feminine, rather than trying to be strong and on par with the men,” she continued. “In fact, I think, leave that to the men. They can’t be soft and sensual like we can be.”

“I think we play a different role in society. That comes through in the show – you could say the women are seen as pleasure tools, but at the same time… women are using this softer side of them to be in a stronger position of power. That’s something we may forget in this modern time.”

Another thing she has in common with her character is that they both live by their own rules and principles. “I’m not afraid when people step on my turf and disagree with me,” said the 36-year-old. “I put them in their place.”

Perfectionism may well be the driving force behind her steady pursuit of excellence, whether it’s as an actress or as a person. After 17 years in the industry, and contributing to it in various ways, the biggest lesson she’s learned is to take every step fearlessly.

“When we are doing something for the first time or when there are no precedents, it will be challenging, and there will be setbacks and discouragement along the way. We have two choices: One is to duck our heads low and follow in someone else’s footsteps.

“The second is to push through in the face of adversity. The former isn’t any safer, because all of us have a unique code – what works for someone else may not work for us. The only way to get any kind of feedback for ourselves is to do it and then learn from it. I think it is important to develop a growth mindset.”

New Year message from Antonio Guterres



UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday said the United Nations will continue to bring people together to build bridges and create space for solutions in 2019.

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Image: Antonio Guterres

In his New Year message, the UN chief said the world is undergoing a stress test, as climate change is running fast, geo-political divisions are deepening, inequality is growing, and record numbers of people are moving in search of safety and protection.

Despite such challenges, Guterres said there are also reasons for hope, highlighting the progress made on Yemen talks, Ethiopia and Eritrea tensions, South Sudan conflict, and the Paris Agreement implementation.

“As we begin this New Year, let’s resolve to confront threats, defend human dignity and build a better future together,” said the secretary-general.

“When international cooperation works, the world wins,” he added.

Science, a Human Right


Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.

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Image shows Electric cars lined up at the official start of the Zero Emissions Race outside the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), Switzerland

By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

The Day offers the opportunity to mobilize all actors around the topic of science for peace and development – from government officials to the media to school pupils. UNESCO strongly encourages all to join in celebrating World Science Day for Peace and Development by organizing your own event or activity on the day.

The objectives of World Science Day for Peace and Development are to:

  • Strengthen public awareness on the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies;
  • Promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries;
  • Renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies;
  • Draw attention to the challenges faced by science and raising support for the scientific endeavor.

2018 Theme: “Science, a Human Right”

By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

The theme for 2018 is “Science, a Human Right”, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (art. 27), and of the Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers. Recalling that everyone has a right to participate in and benefit from science, it will serve to spark a global discussion on ways to improve access to science and to the benefits of science for sustainable development.

Marriage 101: The bitter Truth


1. There is nothing that threatens the security of a wife than the thought of another woman competing for the attention and affection of her husband. Nothing is more painful. Nothing is more disrespecting. Nothing is more insulting. Nothing is more belittling and degrading.

2. Marriage flourishes when the couple work together as a team; when both husband and wife decide that winning together is more important than keeping score.
Good marriages don’t just happen. They are a product of hard work.

3. Your children are watching you and forming lasting opinions on love, commitment, and marriage based on what they see in you. Give them hope. Make them look forward to marriage.

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4. Husbands: The reason why other women look attractive is because someone is taking good care of them. Grass is always green where it is watered. Instead of drooling over the green grass on the other side of the fence, work on yours and water it regularly. Any man can admire a beautiful woman, but it takes a true gentleman to make a woman admirable and beautiful.

5. When a husband puts his wife first above everyone and everything except God, it gives his wife the sense of security and honor that every wife hungers for.

6. A successful marriage doesn’t require a big house, a perfect spouse, a million dollars or an expensive car. You can have all the above and still have a miserable marriage. A successful marriage requires honesty, undying commitment and selfless love and Jesus at the center of it all.

7. Pray for your spouse every day; in the morning, in the afternoon and at evening. Don’t wait until there is a problem. Don’t wait until there is an affair. Don’t wait until something bad happens. Don’t wait until your spouse is tempted. Shield your spouse with prayer and cover your marriage with the fence of prayer.

8. The people you surround yourself with have a lot of influence on your marriage. Friends can build or break your marriage; choose them wisely.

9. One spouse cannot build a marriage alone when the other spouse is committed to destroying it. Marriage works when both husband and wife work together as a team to build their marriage.

10. Don’t take your spouse for granted. Don’t take advantage of your spouse’s meekness and goodness. Don’t mistake your spouse’s loyalty for desperation. Don’t misuse or abuse your spouse’s trust. You may end up regretting after losing someone that meant so much to you.

11. Beware of marital advice from single people. Regardless of how sincere their advice may be, most of it is theoretical and not derived from real life experiences. If you really need Godly advice, seek it from God-fearing, impartial and prayerful mature couples whose resolve has been tested by time and shaped by trials.

12. Dear wife, Don’t underestimate the power of the tongue on your marriage. The tongue has the power to crush your marriage or build it up. Don’t let the Devil use your tongue to kill your spouse’s image, self-confidence and aspirations. Let God use your tongue to build up your marriage and bless and praise your spouse.

Please, send this to as many couple as you know, love and care about…Also send to singles to help prepare their minds for marriage.

God bless you.


How To Die In Peace.

Who isn’t scared of death? Who doesn’t panic for the uncertainty that tomorrow holds for us all, in a world where everyday we live is a special gift? In the words of famous gangster rapper 50 Cent: …death gotta be easy, cause life is hard.

How can we Rest In Perfect Peace if we can’t die smiling?

Akon summarized the pains of living this “uncertain” and “hard” life in his music track “Ghetto”. The 43-year-old Senegalese-American said:

…No need to cherish luxuries
‘Cause everything come and go
Even the life that you have is borrowed
‘Cause you’re not promised tomorrow
So live your life
As if every day is gon’ be your last…

Good words of wisdom from the African legend. We’ve been advised to live our lives like everyday will be our last. In this way, it seems to me there’ll be no afterlife. Or rather, there’s no need to worry about what happens after we’ve lived “the worry-free life”, at least, we can push it forward until we’re done stomping and screaming “yeah” to the beats.

When the record stops playing, we all come to realize there’s more to life and reality than “the pleasures of the moment”.

Living everyday like it’s our last doesn’t mean giving up hope or living a “carefree life”; it’s about accepting death as a necessary end; It’s about peace of mind; it’s about preparing for the “unknown afterlife” so when it finally comes, even the people we leave behind will remember we lived well while we had the chance.

Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.–when the going was good–asked in one of their lyrics: …“Why am I dying to live, if I’m just living to die?” 

The late music icons rapped about hate, crime, discrimination, hardship and oppression in our society. They protested against police brutality, and talked about fighting the “elusive monster”.

Amid loss of hope, the lyrics ended with: “…I would NEVER wish death on nobody! ’cause there ain’t no coming back from that.”

Truth be told, life has never been a bed of roses.

War, anger, jealousy, greed, lust, hate, wickedness, lies, selfishness, apathy, love of money and hopelessness is killing us all. But we can’t give up on life notwithstanding the harsh societal realities.

There’s something we can do to change the course of an uncertain afterlife if we understand that “we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it”.

Follow PEACE with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.–Hebrews 12:14

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.–Psalm 34:14

China-India Peace Talks.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday called on China and India to continue negotiations to seek a peaceful settlement of boundary issues.

Li made the remarks while meeting with India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval in Beijing. Ajit Doval attended the 19th round of talks between Chinese and Indian special representatives on boundary issues last Wednesday.

According to a press release from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, both sides agreed to adhere to negotiations to settle the boundary question. They will make efforts to reach a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution.

Continue reading “China-India Peace Talks.”

Nature is Love.


The Second Jinxi Peach Blossom Festival in Tianjin on Wednesday, April 13.


Tourists visited in large numbers to catch a glimpse of the beautiful peach flowers in full blossom.

Some girls were dressed up as “flower fairies” to welcome the visitors into the loving world of nature.


Continue reading “Nature is Love.”

All you need to know about demilitarization in South China Sea


Image: Wang Yi (R), the Chinese Foreign Minister shakes hands with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop in Beijing, capital of China.

Wang and Bishop attended the third round of bilateral diplomatic and strategic dialogue in Beijing, China as the Asian country makes a call for joint effort to promote demilitarization in the South China Sea.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remark after meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Beijing.

The sit-down comes amid wide media coverage of Chinese missile deployment in the South China Sea.  Continue reading “All you need to know about demilitarization in South China Sea”