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Favorite Actresses *Starring —–*

So after our holidays in October were scrapped off — yeah, originally we had two lovely holidays in the month of October (why would they scrape that off?, Man is entitled to holidays, ain’t it?) one on the 10th (Moi day) and the other 20th(Kenyatta Day), so 10th was scrapped I insist , and 20th was converted to Mashujaa day where we celebrate the lives of the people who fought for our independence (why didn’t they place a day like 30th October for that, it would’ve be more appreciative…lol)

In essence, this kind of holidays are spent indoors, save for those who go to the same park to witness the same event only with a different name … that is, it’s the same on Madaraka day, Labour day, Promulgation day, Jamuhuri day…it’s the same EVERYTHING…only the political speeches change to suit the day and climate *read political climate*. I even stopped watching it on T.V.

So this holiday fell on a Wednesday *YAAAY*, which makes the week shorter by a day…yeah that’s quite a big deal in a working nation. And it’s in one of my thoughtful instances, I got myself wondering who are my most favorite (preferably 3) actresses. You the know the ones who if I am going to buy a DVD or watch a film and they are starring I would automatically without a second thought, either buy it or go watch it respectively.

So here goes the short list :

Disclaimer :- The reviews supporting the movies “for those who haven’t watched them” are from Wikipedia, yes, I don’t know how to review a movie so I didn’t waste time trying to…lol, the ones I’ve listed are the ones I really enjoyed.

1. JULIA ROBERTS


Pretty Woman : – A romantic Comedy film, whereby the plot centers on down-on-her-luck Hollywood prostitute Vivian Ward who is hired by a wealthy businessman, Edward Lewis, to be his escort for several business and social functions, and their developing relationship over the course of Vivian’s week long stay with him.

Sleeping With the Enemy :- where she plays the role of a woman who escapes from her abusive, obsessive husband. She  then captures the attention of a kindly gentleman.

Pelican Brief :- It’s a Legal Crime Thriller, where she plays the role of a 2nd year law student, Darby Shaw and Denzel Washington as Washington Herald reporter Gray Grantham as they speculate who may have been behind some assassinations.

Erin Brockovich :- drama film which dramatizes the story of Erin Brockovich’s legal fight against the US West Coast energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

Eat, Pray, Love :- Whereby she realizes she is not getting what she wants out of life, and, after a painful divorce, sets out on a journey of self discovery that takes her around the world – Globe Trotting and Soul Searching.

Others :- Notting Hill , Runaway Bride , Duplicity , Valentines Day, Mona Lisa Smile

2. SANDRA BULLOCK


Speed :- An action/thriller film where an LAPD officer, Police Officer III Jack Traven, becomes the focus of a bomber and extortionist, retired Atlanta bomb squad sergeant, Howard Payne. After Payne escapes his first entanglement with Traven, he sets up a bomb on a city bus which Traven boards and must keep moving above 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) or the bomb will explode.

Speed 2 : Cruise Control : – It is a sequel to speed. Where this time, she is trapped on the Seabourn Legend, an out-of-control luxury cruise liner whose navigation computers were reprogrammed by a computer hacker, Willem Dafoe, setting the ship on a collision course with an oil tanker.

Miss Congeniality :- A police comedy film. ( The funny part being where beauty pageant coach Victor Melling (Michael Caine) teaches the tomboyish Hart how to dress, walk, and act like a contestant.)

Miss Congeniality 2 : Armed and Fabulous :- It was a sequel to the above.

The Proposal :- Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is the executive editor in chief of a book publishing company. Her subordinates dislike her because she is pushy and cold. After learning she is about to be deported to Canada because of an expired visa, she convinces her assistant, Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), to marry her ——> (Watch it if you haven’t!) – MY 2009 FAVORITE

All About Steve :- Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock), a crossword puzzle writer for the “Sacramento Herald,” is socially awkward and considers her pet hamster her only true friend. Even more, Mary has two real fascinations: words and her signature red boots. Because she has never dated anyone long term, her parents decide to set her up on a blind date. —- > (Wololo watch, it’s stupidly hilarious —- Conclusion, ” If you love someone, set him free; if you have to stalk him, he probably wasn’t yours in the first place.” LOL

The Blind Side :- It’s drama sports film. —-> Recommended Watch.

3. KATHERINE HEIGL


Knocked up :- the film follows the repercussions of a drunken one-night stand between Rogen’s slacker character and Heigl’s just-promoted media personality that results in an unintended pregnancy.

27 Dresses :- Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl) has been a bridesmaid for twenty-seven weddings. One night when she is attending two weddings almost simultaneously, she meets Kevin Doyle (James Marsden), who helps her home but disgusts her with his cynical views of marriage ——–> (Watch It!!— MY 2008 FAVORITE)

Ugly Truth :- romantic comedy film starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) is a morning show TV producer in Sacramento, California. Coming home from a disastrous date one night, she happens to see a segment of a local television show, “The Ugly Truth”, run by Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler), whose cynicism about relationships prompts Abby to call into the show to argue with him on-air. The next day, she discovers that the station is threatening to cancel her show because of its poor ratings ———> (Watching is a necessity, It was my 2nd FAVORITE 2009)

Killers :- It’s an action comedy film starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher. The film centers on a young woman who meets a guy who turns out to be a CIA assassin. (Hilarious especially on how clueless she can be!!!)

Others I fancy or like whichever sounds better would be:

Sanaa Lathan

Brown Sugar :- This film is the story of a hip-hop record executive and a magazine editor (who have been friends since childhood) becoming more than friends despite the fact that they’re both involved in other relationships. The story is based on the song, “I Used to Love H.E.R.,” by Common, a story of how a relationship with hip hop connects to a relationship between a man and woman. ——-> CLASSIC, you’ve got to watch it!

The Best Man :- A romantic comedy-drama film , uuuum can’t describe it, but it’s MY ALL TIME FAVORITE..can repeat it over and over and over again.

Love and Basket Ball :- romantic drama film, It is the story of two next-door neighbors in Los Angeles, California who grew up loving basketball and, eventually, each other.

Others : The Family That Preys, A raisin in the sun, Something New

Queen Latifah – *YIKES* did you know she is called “Dana Elaine Owens”?

Set It Off :- action/crime/drama film, which follows four close friends in Los Angeles, California who decide to plan and execute a bank robbery. They decide to do so for different reasons, although all four want better for themselves and their families. (CLASSIC)

The Secret Life of Bees :- Watch It!

Mad Money :- comedy-crime film —-> That you should just watch.

Taxi :- It’s a HAHAHA Funny Movie #Thatsall

Others: The Cookout, Last Holiday, Just Wright

Vivica Fox  and Gabrielle Union

Soul Food :- comedy-drama film, the film centers on the trials of an extended African-American family, held together by longstanding family traditions which begin to fade as serious problems take center stage. Tillman based the family in the film on his own, and Soul Food was widely acclaimed for presenting a more positive image of African-Americans than is typically seen in Hollywood films. (MY FAVORITE CLASSIC)

Two Can Play That Game :- romantic comedy film ——> that you should watch.

Deliver Us From Eva : If you haven’t watched…Watch. The title is a play on a line of the Lord’s Prayer: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Others :- Daddy’s Little Girls, The Brothers

Amanda Seyfried

Mamma Mia :- musical/romantic comedy, if you like musicals…you should watch it, otherwise…hehe

Dear John : – romantic drama-war film. It follows the life of a soldier (Channing Tatum) after he falls in love with a young woman (Amanda Seyfried). They decide to exchange letters to each other after he is deployed to the war —-> (It’s Woiye Woiye *tears*)

Letter To Juliet :-romantic comedyfilm. Sophie Hall (Amanda Seyfried) is a fact checker at The New Yorker magazine who dreams of becoming a writer, but her boss, Bobby, does not share her wishes. Sophie’s fiancé, Victor (Gael García Bernal), is about to open an Italian restaurant in downtown New York. To celebrate, the two go on a “pre-honeymoon” to Verona, Italy. However, Victor is very enthusiastic about, and busy with, finding the best wines and cheeses for his restaurant and, to Sophie’s disappointment, hardly has time for her. ——-> (Watch it, it’s like a Cindarella Story *happily ever after* but it’s fun to watch.)

Hilary Burton – aka Peyton Sawyer on One Tree Hill (she was my favorite), she’s also featured in “White Collar series – Season 2″

To be honest, I don’t really know the lives of all this actresses outside acting. I neither follow up on their personal lives nor have any particular interest in finding out or researching, unless it’s obviously plastered everywhere on showbiz news/tabloids *macho hayana pazia, meaning, eyes have no curtains literally*. It’s how they act and the roles they are given that get the better part of me.

Their characters in the movies, especially my favorites, to some extent influence me in one way or another … but the most amazing thing about them is that how they exude bubbly-ness, how they are full of life and how they adapt to their roles – It’s all just super amazing.

When I’m sad and I watch either of their movies…it’s an automatic jump-start to a whole new happy bubbly me. Yeah, small things make me happy. They define the kind of movies I would watch because they are all about the same theme ~~ romance, comedy, drama ~~ I’m quite the chiq.

I like movies, that make me go awwwwww, or make me chuckle or laugh to rib aches or if worst come to worst makes me have balancing tears, because I’m feeling sorry for the actor/actress. This is because sometimes I tend to put myself in the place of the actress. So if a movie doesn’t make me feel that way, chances are that I’ve not enjoyed it any bit.

Well, that’s just me in a nutshell.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood ~ Walt Disney

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Sneak Into *Tyler Perry*

So my curiosity has driven me to looking into an actor’s life. *Drum Rolls* TYLER PERRY!

Reference: Wikipedia

Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry, Jr. September 13, 1969) is an American actor, director, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and author. Already a successful artist in Southern theatre, Perry began to make national celebrity status in 2005 with the release of his first movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman. In 2009, Perry was ranked by Forbes magazine as the sixth highest-paid man in Hollywood. As of July 2009, Perry’s films had grossed nearly $400 million worldwide.

{Yikes, dude was in Forbes Magazine….wololo. Clearly he never has to sing “I wanna be a billionaire so freaking bad ~ Travie McCoy ft Bruno Mars” Especially the part that says “I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine.Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen”—>>>Oh yah, he’s Oprah’s very good friend, now maybe unless the Queen who i’m pretty sure watches his movies. Life is sooo fair….lol}

I mean I don’t do this everyday. But in this case I’m an avid  fun of all the movies Tyler Perry has Directed, Produced, Written and Acted. Basically I love the whole drama and how he actually takes up the situations that happen in real life and does a book or movie in that.

It’s one of those you-just-can’t-hate movies. As much as all the movies have the same theme : Dysfunctional families, forgiveness, cheating spouses, domestic violence, poverty and wealth, Parenting, Self worth, Unselfishness….I bet most of you have probably watched at least one Tyler Perry Movie. I can also bet that you have repeated them over and over…it’s alright it’s allowed…hehe.

I TOTALLY love his cross-dressing creation MADEA…that’s his identity. And I always want to hear what she has to say. The funniest was the botched Bible stories monologue in “I can do bad all by myself”- Here’s the conversation {You’ve gotta read it}

Jennifer: My Grandma Rose used to tell us to pray about things like this.
Madea: Then that’s what you ought to do, pray about it, talk to the Lord about it. He’ll help you.
Jennifer: Yeah but she only told us to pray. She never told us how. Would you teach me?
Madea: Huh?
Jennifer: Please!
Madea: Show you how to pray?
Jennifer: Yeah.
Madea: Oh, Lord, child, I ain’t talked to God since the last time I saw a cop in my rearview mirror. I guess I can try. You know the number?
Jennifer: The what?
Madea: The number. To call him. They say, “Jesus On the Mainline.” I don’t know the number. Okay, sit back. Bow your head. First, giving honor to God, to the head of my life.
[sings]
Madea: Father, I stretch my hand… to thee. Father God. God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God of Shadrach, Meshach and the billy goat, who was in the fiery furnace that they barbecued on the day of Pentecost when the Jewish people returned from the Sabbath day up on the mountaintop in Ethiopia. God of Mary J. Blige…
Jennifer: Madea, that doesn’t sound right. That’s not how Mama Rose used to do it.
Madea: You ain’t feel it? You ain’t feel the anointing?
Jennifer: No.
Madea: Alright. Well, look, I don’t know nothing about praying. But all praying is is talking to God and having a conversation with him. And at the end, you say the name of Jesus. That’s your stamp that will get it up there to him. You hear?
Jennifer: Okay.

Madea: You know who you remind me of right now? You remind me of Peter. You know who Peter was? Peter was one of the twelve disciplines. And they were out on a boat near an isle in the Greek Atlantic Ocean. And when they was on this boat, a storm rose up and the twelve disciplines, they got really, really worried and upset. They said, “Oh Lord, what are we gonna do?” and they saw something coming towards them that looked like a ghost. But it wasn’t a ghost. It was Jesus. And Peter said, “Jesus, if that’s you then let me come out to you.” You gotta be careful what you ask the Lord for. So Jesus said, “Come on out.” So Peter stepped out of the boat and was walking on the water.
Jennifer: He was walking on water?
Madea: On the water. He was walking on the water toward Jesus. Long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he stayed on top of the water. He took his eyes off him though. You know why? He got distracted. You know why he got distracted? See, this is what you got to do. When you got your eye on Jesus, you can’t get distracted by nothing. Jonah passed by in the belly of the whale. He looked down, Free Willy, with Jonah inside the belly and it made him distracted so he started to sink. He said, “Jesus, Jesus, help me.” Jesus said, “I can’t. I got to go to Calvary. I’m late.” So Jesus went on to the cross. He said, “Don’t worry though. I’m gonna send you a comforter. When the comforter come, you gonna be alright.” So he’s swimming. He try and swim. He was worried. And Jaws was coming. Spielberg did that Jaws thing. And he was surrounded. You know what happened?
Jennifer: What?
Madea: Just in the nick of time… See this is what I’m talking about, when you think you ain’t gonna make it, in the nick of time, something happens. Noah came up in the arch. That’s right, Noah came rowing up in the arch of St. Louis Arch. He pulled right up beside him. Peter got on there, he said, “Thank you for saving me.” Noah said, “No problem, man. It’s cool. What up, fool?” So he showed him around. Noah had turned the arch into a cruise ship cause he ain’t have nothing to do after he saved the world. Hey, you know who was on there? Eve.
Jennifer: Eve?
Madea: She was in the VIP section. And Peter asked, he said, “Eve, come on, go to the show.” So she went to see this show. They had tigers. You know, they had two tigers, two bears, two lions. You know how they had the male and the female. Well, Siegfried and Roy was there, and they had the two lions there. And them Lions jumped up and scratched Eve. That’s how Eve get them two paws there. You ever see Eve with the paws? She got two paws right there. Read your Bible some time, honey. Read your Bible.

{As in this was the funniest and I mean FUNNIEST ish ever, like *Roll On The Floor*DEAD* Kinda funny.} How the hell did Tyler come up with that. That’s ingenius…it’s funny is all im saying.

So yesterday as I was watching another one of his movies called “Something New”. Some funny thought just crossed my mind. And it got me wondering whether Tyler Perry  is married, if he  has children. You know the whole family set up. I’m not the kind of person who knows who’s dating who in the celebrity scene unless of course it’s the usual Jay-Z, Kanye, Will Smith whose lives are always splattered everywhere.

But I’ve never heard vibes about this guy ‘Tyler Perry’ and his personal life. So as my imaginations runs wild….I actually was thinking he’s married to some hot chiq, with kids jumping here, there and everywhere. Until I wiki’d.

As of 2010, Perry remains unmarried. He lives and works in Southwest Atlanta where he operates the Tyler Perry movies and TV studios. Perry professes to be a devout Christian.He has become good friends with Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith and Janet Jackson.

{Like seriously, I didn’t think so. I was expecting him to have a wife…more like Will Smith and Jada pinkett and not Oprah Winfrey and her dogs.}

Here is a listing of some of his movies:

  • I Know I’ve Been Changed (1998)
  • I Can Do Bad All By Myself (1999)
  • Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2001)
  • Madea’s Family Reunion (2001)
  • Madea’s Class Reunion (2003)
  • Why Did I Get Married? (2004)
  • Why Did I  get Married Too?
  • Meet the Browns (2004–2005)
  • Madea Goes to Jail (2005–2006)
  • What’s Done in the Dark (2006–2007)
  • The Marriage Counselor (2008–2009)
  • Laugh to Keep from Crying (2009–2010)
  • Madea’s Big Happy Family (2010)

As usual any succesful person has got haters and critics. So Tyler Perry has one. According to Wikipedia, which is the only source I could get credible data on him as I didn’t have much time for research…*It’s Never That Serious*

CRITIQUES

In September 2009, Jamilah Lemieux while thanking Perry for employing blacks in front of and behind the camera and for making work with humor and “positive messages about self-worth, love and respect,” she criticized him for making television shows “marked by old stereotypes of buffoonish, emasculated black men and crass, sassy black women.”

{Oh well, that’s what makes it kinda FUNNY and FUN to watch.}

She took him to task for his character of Madea saying that through this, “the country has laughed at one of the most important members of the black community: Mother Dear, the beloved matriarch. …Our mothers and grandmothers deserve much more than that.”

{Nooo Madea cannot be removed, she adds some sppice to the movies}

” She stated that blacks “have been fed the same images of ourselves over and over and over because they sell.” She felt that his success had been “mired with the worst black pathologies and stereotypes” and called on him to “stop dismissing the critics as haters and realize that black people need new stories and new storytellers.”

{Oh well, Now this is partly kinda true. But I think with the latest movie “Something New” he’s actually bringing forth something different, but anyway i’m one of the billions of people who enjoy watching his movies…critique or no critique}

Anyhow I think he’s movies no matter how repeateee they are, hey are always a breath of fresh air…ANd at the end of every movie I always get to learn something on the various aspects of life. I can repeat his movies coz they are supper funny. If you haven’t watched any of his movies..Try out just one…you’ll find yourself searching for the rest. But people have different preferences anyway.

{Basically, DON’T MESS!}

HAVE A BLESSED WEEKEND MY PEOPLE’S

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Madea: You know who you remind me of right now? You remind me of Peter. You know who Peter was? Peter was one of the twelve disciplines. And they were out on a boat near an isle in the Greek Atlantic Ocean. And when they was on this boat, a storm rose up and the twelve disciplines, they got really, really worried and upset. They said, “Oh Lord, what are we gonna do?” and they saw something coming towards them that looked like a ghost. But it wasn’t a ghost. It was Jesus. And Peter said, “Jesus, if that’s you then let me come out to you.” You gotta be careful what you ask the Lord for. So Jesus said, “Come on out.” So Peter stepped out of the boat and was walking on the water.
Jennifer: He was walking on water?
Madea: On the water. He was walking on the water toward Jesus. Long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he stayed on top of the water. He took his eyes off him though. You know why? He got distracted. You know why he got distracted? See, this is what you got to do. When you got your eye on Jesus, you can’t get distracted by nothing. Jonah passed by in the belly of the whale. He looked down, Free Willy, with Jonah inside the belly and it made him distracted so he started to sink. He said, “Jesus, Jesus, help me.” Jesus said, “I can’t. I got to go to Calvary. I’m late.” So Jesus went on to the cross. He said, “Don’t worry though. I’m gonna send you a comforter. When the comforter come, you gonna be alright.” So he’s swimming. He try and swim. He was worried. And Jaws was coming. Spielberg did that Jaws thing. And he was surrounded. You know what happened?
Jennifer: What?
Madea: Just in the nick of time… See this is what I’m talking about, when you think you ain’t gonna make it, in the nick of time, something happens. Noah came up in the arch. That’s right, Noah came rowing up in the arch of St. Louis Arch. He pulled right up beside him. Peter got on there, he said, “Thank you for saving me.” Noah said, “No problem, man. It’s cool. What up, fool?” So he showed him around. Noah had turned the arch into a cruise ship cause he ain’t have nothing to do after he saved the world. Hey, you know who was on there? Eve.
Jennifer: Eve?
Madea: She was in the VIP section. And Peter asked, he said, “Eve, come on, go to the show.” So she went to see this show. They had tigers. You know, they had two tigers, two bears, two lions. You know how they had the male and the female. Well, Siegfried and Roy was there, and they had the two lions there. And them Lions jumped up and scratched Eve. That’s how Eve get them two paws there. You ever see Eve with the paws? She got two paws right there. Read your Bible some time, honey. Read your Bible.

WamathaiEx *Event Review*

Speaking of firsts, this will be my first event review. I don’t even have the slightest idea of how to do it, but hey since I want to post it, might as well just write what I experienced.

WAMATHAI’S EXCLUSIVE, aka WamathaiEx is a spoken word gig that is powered by wamathai.com which from my point of view is a site  that hosts or features poems and short stories from different authors. According to his website, he’s collaborating with over authors at the moment.

CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE

Big Up to Wamathai for coming up with such an innovative channel through which the short stories and poem authors can gain recognition from the wider fraternity. Check this site out.

Also for promoting originality, and aiming to be the no. 1 source of original poems and short stories. For banking on creativity, I give you a 10 out of 10.

EVENT REVIEW

The event was held on the 5th of August 2010, at the VIP Secret Lounge. Wamathai.com had previously held it’s launch there, so it was easy to locate where the event was.

The advertising was widely done through the social networks, which is how I got to know of the existence of the event. They were charging Ksh 300. Well it had put a limit to the number of people who were to attend, I think 100. Brilliant idea because this is an easier group to manage. I would say they did their analysis well based on the 1st event (oh, this was the 2nd.) which was over-packed

The entry to the event was as smooth as it gets, it’s either you had a ticket, or you had booked in advance. It was pretty organized I must say.

I really liked their target crowd, they were all organized and clearly knew what they were there for. Basically, the first like 30 mins was for socializing around with the most HILARIOUS and amazing people, as they give time for arrivals which I found very considerate…lol, being african timers. Also as they set up and organized stuff.

Dela was the MC, she had quite some life…I liked. She makes you have psyche for the event and gives a head up for the person coming on stage.

STANDING OVATION – PERFORMANCES

@Antoneosoul doing what he does best - as we oogle *literally*

So there were “The songs that make your heart melt” from Jemedari and Antoneosoul … whoooa this guys can sing, no lie! Like you just want to shut up and just listen to them. Jemedari has this deep voice … yes deep bass-like, on the other hand, Anto has a mellow voice … i don’t know what to call it, if it was a girl it would be soprano (Plus I think he’ll be having a neo soul thingie at Club Sound every last Tuesday of the month). #TOOFRESH

Jemedari and his band "Skiza"

Then there are the poets who got me giving a standing ovation : Wanjeri Gakuru and Wanjiku Mwaura, this two ladies keep you’re ears and eyes glued to them #nohomo, by this I mean, the own a poem and present it to a non-poetic person like me and it sounds COOLEST, they put life to it, expression and gist. #ILike

Then there are this two gentlemen:  Kevin ‘Nemesis’ Gachuma and Daddie Marto. This dudes made me laugh off my chair…like literally. They are poets cum stand up comedians…they were imitating the likes of a 40yr old Kikuyu man trying to vybe a young girl, Kibaki and Raila conversing…then the killer is when Daddie or is it Marto was singing songs and joining them …i.e if they have the same beats or words PS: YOU NEED TO HEAR TO UNDERSTAND … I laughed to rib aches.


CONCLUSION

I’m speaking from a non-poetic point of view, I never thought I would attend a poet reading/recital and enjoy. The only poem I wrote, was a lame one on life…lol

WamathaiEx proved me wrong, that I can actually go for a poets events and enjoy to the fullest. They are funny, witty and hilarious. Trust me, it’s fun. Maybe you should just look out for the next one, which I bet is next month or soon, but I’ll let you know the moment it’s advertised, if I’m in the know.

Otherwise it was a job well done.. and I have no complaints. Though am sure with time it will get better and better.KUDOS!!

Lovely weekend my peoples.

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*