….wild is the wind…creative freedom is the seed….
Time flies when we are having fun! I don’t remember how long it has been since Sustain-Able has been on the advisory board of KEBS. I just remember a moment in time, when I was walking down the road from my gym and bumped into Ratna Lama Ji. We had a really quick conversation and he showed me the building construction site for KEBS first school and told me he needed to furnish it. I was moving out of Nepal after completing some of my work with Rokpa’s women workshop and soup kitchen, so we made an arrangement. KEBS kindly named the library and their WWF’s club after my grandmother who had just passed away. I met some of the core members of KEBS and in the decades to come, ended up doing a lot of online strategic consulting with Rajendra ji.
Recently I was informed that apart from primary school + high school + 2 hospitals + care for the elderly, KEBS will start training in undergraduate studies! I was delighted and I thought it was time to write all this up and say a Giant: WELL DONE! to everyone involved!!!
KEBS board of directors have always been very supportive of my attempt to add “Girl Child education” to their core missions, given Nepalese society still emphasized the education of boys over girls, I look forward to a day when I see the first Engineer, BBS and BA female graduates from KEBS! I think the girls will enjoy the adventures to come and I hope that more scholarships will be available to orphans of both genders, but especially for modern Nepalese women! Empowerment begins at home! 🙂
I can’t imagine what KEBS will grow into in the next decade but I am so happy Sustain-Able was a part of its success from the very beginning and I can’t wait to see what KEBS will become in the future, working hand-hand with Sustain-Able! Congratulations!
This is what the main players in K.E.B.S academy have to say about KEBS:
Kumari Academy, popularly known as KEBS Academy, is a co-educational academic organization established in 2000 A.D. (2057 B.S). The organization runs under the management of Kumari Academy Pvt. Ltd. It is the socially and economically inspired and rapidly growing institution with the commitment to impart quality, competitive and good cultured education. Recently, the following programmes are being run under this organization:
KEBS Academy School Wing: From Kindergarten/Nursery to grade Ten(X) – Secondary or High School Level under SLC Board of Nepal.
KEBS Academy +2 Wing: Grade XI and XII (Eleven and Twelve) under the HSEB Board of Nepal.
KMC (Kumari Multiple Campus): BBS and BA under the Tribhuvan University (TU).
KEC (Kumari Engineering College): Diploma in Civil Engineering under the CTEVT.
This organization is located in the eastern part of Kathmandu at Tusal in a congenial environment between Hyatt Regency Hotel and Boudha Nath Stupa the holiest place of Buddhist people.
Pursuit of academic excellence is the sole purpose of life. With this belief, KEBS offers an educational environment that enables students as well as parents to understand the real education. That is how KEBS strives to create and keep a perfect academic atmosphere. It is a private co-educational institute meant for promising to develop the creative global citizen for the world. KEBS aims at offering students ample opportunities through multifarious activities to discover, enhance and refine their innate talents. All these facts give KEBS a vow to meet and maintain its aforesaid vision with its motto “Education for Social Transformation”.
Cecilia is a Hong Kong Chinese-Australian Social Entreprneur, Artist, Directors of NGO in Africa, South Ameria, Asia and California who really really likes to "tell it how it is", having travelled to over 40 countries around the world & seen some interesting things every so often.
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Like you I really hate the polution and smog in Kathmandu city and all the smokers! As an option to cigarette smoking or chewing tobacco,
it might be difficult but all health will be better if we recommend e-cigarettes to the chain smokers over there!
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For your fashion blog: My comments
empire waistline is not just for pregnant or fat chicks! That personal trainer is Wrong!
The simplest form of an empire waisted dress would be a babydoll, where the skirt part isn’t very tapered or seamed, rather seems to hang off the bust. A more classic/sleek/attractive form of empire waisting would be if the skirt part is tailored and fitted to the body. After following the bust line to a high waist, the skirt cut in a slim a-line fashion, not swirly or swishy or too full, but rather simpler lines.
Empire waisting can emphasize the bust area quite a lot, so if one is rather big chested or self-conscious about their size, this isn’t necessarily the best of styles to choose. Being as the rib cage directly under the bust is used as a waistline, it is a good style for people who have no clearly defined waist, as it has a narrowing effect.
Alright. I have tried my best to render a depiction of what an empire waisted dress might look like. There’s something a little off from the theory,if the bust is either too big or the waist too small or leg area not long enough, then I think you have to make adjustments so a few rules…then empire; it’s pretty good for the purpose except my NYC Design Tutor strongly disagrees. So I ended up trying to prove it in a study because they are also wrong, I know it when I see prejudice!
I have performed a massive scientific study (which consisted of approximately 10-20 of my friends who are men) on the topic of empire waisted dresses, and the opinion is unanimous:
Men hate empire waisted dresses.
For the most part, men don’t know the name of this particular style of dress. But, and I swear I’m not making this up, some of my subject actually said,” We sit around sometimes on poker night or watching football games and the bar and talk about how we hate this particular style of dress. Consider this recent conversation, which I overheard at the garage while getting my car worked on:
First mechanic: Hey Bob, you know what kind of dress I really hate? When the waist is way up here (gestering with hand in middle of chest, slightly above beer belly but slightly below breast-level).
Second mechanic: Yeah, those totally suck.
What makes matters worse is that all of the women (friends, girlfriends, etc) I’ve talked to on the subject seem to believe the opposite, that wearing an empire waisted dress is somehow attractive to men. This is not the case. The only times an empire waist is appropriate are
1) on sexy lingerie intended to come off anyway
2) on flower girls at weddings.
Now, don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a sexist “don’t wear anything men thing…it is really what they don’t like” w/u.
I post this information to you to bring about better understanding between the sexes. You can’t take comments of some ex-model Personal Trainer from NY as The Rule! Feel free to wear whatever you want! But heed my words: next time you are wearing something other than an empire waisted dress, ask a man (whom you are not dating) what he thinks of them (gesture like the first mechanic did, beer belly notwithstanding) and you’ll see….
Like any guy, that Osmeed is biased!
btw. I love your articles!
Okay….Louise May from NYC….
thanks for this really detailed thesis on Empire Waist design….
hmm…you put it in the wrong comment box….so now it is forever linked to Nepalese Kebs academy school and NOT to Osmeed’s dissertation about Ponchos…:) …for oversized ladies: https://ceciliayu.com/2012/11/22/plus-size-fashion-advise-from-a-top-new-york-personal-trainer/
I think this is the article you meant….and this is the “line” you meant, I know it well cos I got a purple velvet (modernised) version of this dress tailor made for a school dinner dance…it does give you tits were there is none…it was invented before the days of Wonder Bra, I guess??? 😀
Well. I’m sure your study is scientifically sound…but hey…Sweety, its ONLY FASHION…as you said, wear ever you like…provided it is fabulous and not disgustingly hideous of course…otherwise someone should just call the fashion police on them!
Not sure Fashion brings a better understanding between the sexes…that sounds like one of your NYC lecturers in fashion talking about the “history and 10 incorruptible rules of fashion merchandising”!
I think Zoolander brings a better understanding to FAshion and the underground world of Male Modelling….lol…
C’mon, will you enjoy it and stop taking it so seriously? btw. I hate Project Runway….Heidi Klum sounds like a Fashion Nazi…(oops no puns intended, don’t mention the war! 🙂 XX)….Please please can we all learn to laugh at ourselves in Fashion even in NYC!?!?
P.S I love your passion for empire line and next time your lecturer rants against it just go,”Well, it was good enough for f*cking Napolean and Josephine is French! So go talk to Bruno!”
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