Japan's anime power

Japan’s anime power

One of the most unique things in Japanese culture is the Japanese anime….from Super Mario to even Hello Kitty…this is one of the most coolest things you can find in Japan. Read on below on this unique report about anime.  Excerpt from straitstimes.com:   A portable shrine (above) decorated with Lucky Star anime characters. PHOTOS: YOMIURI SHIMBUN, LEE SEOK HWAI The country hopes to use the global attraction to its manga and anime to help […]

Is the treehouse the pinnacle of sustainable living?

Is the treehouse the pinnacle of sustainable living?

Have you ever dreamed of living in a tree house?  I mean a real tree house where you can actually sleep, and cook dinner!  This is so elaborate and mind blowing. Read on below, excerpt from cnn.com: Photos: Eco-luxurious tree houses around the world In an instant, plain-planked interiors propped in the trees transformed into faraway lands, forts and hideaways. Brothers Andy and Simon Payne were no different. Growing up in Kenya, the two spent […]

Hayao Miyazaki: Japan's godfather of animation?

Hayao Miyazaki: Japan’s godfather of animation?

If you LOVE Japanese Manga…then this is pretty cool…he is back! Read on below….expert from BBC.com: Miyazaki, 75, is the co-founder of Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli As Oscar-winning film Spirited Away marks its 15th anniversary with a re-release in US cinemas, the BBC’s Tessa Wong looks at the impact its director Hayao Miyazaki has had on the world of animation. It would be no exaggeration to describe Hayao Miyazaki as the godfather of animation […]

Have Air Travelers Reached Their Breaking Point Yet?

Have Air Travelers Reached Their Breaking Point Yet?

                      This is why I fly only Cathay Pacific, ANA, or Singapore Airlines… What’s your breaking point? When do you say “That’s it — I’m never flying again!” It’s no academic question for America’s airlines, which continue to provoke passengers with new fees, surcharges and rules. They want to know when their customers would rather stay home. As another summer winds down, maybe they’re a […]

Ancient Chinese vase set to fetch more than S$10 million in Hong Kong

[IN THE NEWS] Ancient Chinese vase set to fetch more than S$10 million in Hong Kong

  Are you serious?  This is insane!  A few million dollars for a small ‘ancient’ vase (Read the original article below).  Imagine if you were the winning bidder, and went up on stage to receive the vase, and then you tripped and dropped the vase on the floor. reddit ask  Damn that would suck big time! Ha! Its like that time I remember there was a hockey event and the team won the championship and […]

5 things to know about China's 'Inconvenient Truth'

[IN THE NEWS] 5 things to know about China’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’

This is not easy for China.  Their air pollution is quite bad…BUT..here’s the BIG BUT.  At least they are trying to do something. For a developing country of over 1 billion people, this is not easy, but I think they are getting the wake up call, especially if you can’t even see through the fog of pollutants in your very own capital city.  I really hope they can finally tackle this problem successfully.  When compared […]

Dress code for tourists: Places where you have to mind what you wear

[IN THE NEWS] Dress code for tourists: Places where you have to mind what you wear

I think the main thing is that if you are traveling to a country that has a religious or conservative view, its just about respect and just beware of how you dress.  No matter how ridiculous the law maybe, in the end you are a visitor to someone else’s country…so you need to abide by their laws.   Its like going to someone’s funeral and see someone wearing a tank top and flip flops, how […]

Palawan: Sailing's next great destination?

[IN THE NEWS] Palawan: Sailing’s next great destination?

Looks like I need to visit this place one day.  Amazing!  What amazing beaches have you been to before?   Read the full article below.   Pass Island – Palawan’s beaches, like this one on Pass Island, are usually deserted or, at most, sparsely populated. Coron, Philippines (CNN)You’d think that the Philippines would be crawling with yachts. The wind, particularly in the winter, blows strong, and reliably. It’s sunny almost all the time, and there […]

Tainan kitchen kings: Around Taiwan's food capital in 19 dishes

Tainan kitchen kings: Around Taiwan’s food capital in 19 dishes

  YUM!!! Danzai noodles – These oil noodles with minced pork and shrimp make one of the most iconic snacks in Tainan. Yes Taipei is the island’s most famous destination, but many of the dishes it was submitting were rooted from its oldest city, Tainan. Here, dishes are whipped up in makeshift kitchens and cheap food — particularly seafood — is king. The challenge is locating the best flavors in a city where public transport […]

14 foods overseas Chinese miss the most

14 foods overseas Chinese miss the most

Yes definitely as an overseas Chinese Canadian, I would say I miss all 14 of them =) I think no matter where you are from, you will miss your home town’s food.  But in the end, I still think mom’s cooking is the best!  Love you mom! Share your thoughts below in the comments.  This is an interesting article, read the article below. Ingredients are easy to transport, but feelings of home aren’t. Nor are […]

Tens of thousands of hopefuls hurl oranges at Hong Kong wishing tree

Tens of thousands of hopefuls hurl oranges at Hong Kong wishing tree

A family taking pictures of their wishes, which are tied to plastic oranges, in the remote village of Lam Tsuen on Feb 19, 2015. — PHOTO: AFP HONG KONG (AFP) – Carnivals and fireworks are Hong Kong’s trademark Chinese New Year celebrations, but tens of thousands of people also travel to a remote village to hurl oranges at a tree in hopes of making their wishes come true. In a tradition stretching back more than […]

In Asia, Tastes of the Sea

In Asia, Tastes of the Sea

Sushi in Tokyo The chef David Kinch writes about a meal in Tokyo that changed his mind about sushi. During a 2008 visit to Tokyo , a friend surprised me by taking me to lunch and walking me unknowingly into Sushi Mizutani. I had heard of its chef, Hachiro Mizutani, a one-time student of the legendary sushi chef Jiro Ono and a national treasure in his own right. Sushi Mizutani had recently received three Michelin […]

Big Yang Theory: Chinese year of the sheep or the goat?

Big Yang Theory: Chinese year of the sheep or the goat?

Is it a sheep or goat?  I thought it was always a goat!  What do you think? Happy Chinese New Year everyone! A woman takes photographs of sheep at a sheep cafe in Seoul on Feb 6, 2015. The coming Chinese lunar new year has stirred a debate over which zodiac creature – sheep or goat – is the correct one. — PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING (AFP) – Sheep or goat? China’s coming lunar new year […]

The search for Myanmar's mysterious Dhammazedi Bell

The search for Myanmar’s mysterious Dhammazedi Bell

Interesting, I hope they could find the Dhammazedi Bell and that will be a great news not only for Myanmar but also to the world. BBC News, Yangon As Jonah Fisher reports, some people doubt the bell ever existed, whilst others think the search is cursed The fate of the Dhammazedi Bell is one of Myanmar’s murkiest mysteries and for some Burmese a lifelong obsession. Four centuries after the world’s biggest bell was last seen, a […]

Living in: The world’s most visited cities

Living in: The world’s most visited cities

Time to plan for a trip but don’t know where to go? Here you go, the most visited cities! London, most visited cities The same attractions that prompt people to love visiting a city – top-ranked restaurants, vibrant nightlife, diverse neighbourhoods, iconic sights – can entice them into staying longer term. In fact, many of the world’s most visited cities, as ranked by 2014’s Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index released in July, are also popular […]

Kyoto's Sagano Bamboo Forest: One of the most beautiful groves on Earth

Kyoto’s Sagano Bamboo Forest: One of the most beautiful groves on Earth

Wow! This place is amazingly beautiful! Kyoto, Japan’s Sagano Bamboo Forest is often featured on website lists highlighting the most beautiful woodlands in the world. Hogon-in Temple is found inside Tenryu-ji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the five major temples of Kyoto, located near the entrance of the Sagano Bamboo Forest. Japanese macaques, or snow monkeys, are the most northerly-living non-human primates, say scientists. Mount Arashiyama’s Iwatayama Monkey Park is home to […]

Oversize Expectations for the Airbus A380

Oversize Expectations for the Airbus A380

To get a sense of the Airbus A380’s size and ambition, walk up the grand staircase of an Emirates version of the aircraft, past the showers and the first-class suites and then through endless rows in business class to the bar at the back of the upper deck. This sleek semicircle, alluringly underlit and fully stocked with pricey spirits like Grey Goose vodka, is undoubtedly one of the defining features of this aircraft, which can […]

And the world's best zoo is ...

And the world’s best zoo is …

Is your favourite zoo in this top 10 list? Number five on TripAdvisor’s list of top world zoos, Singapore Zoo’s popular Night Safari gets visitors close to a variety of nocturnal animals. Zebras, giraffes and tigers are featured at the St. Louis Zoo — #4 on the TripAdvisor list of top world zoos — which says it receives 3 million visitors annually. In Puerto de la Cruz on the Spanish resort island of Tenerife, Loro […]

Strong Quake Kills at Least 175 in Southern China

Strong Quake Kills at Least 175 in Southern China

Our heartfelt condolences on the loss… BEIJING — A strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing at least 175 people and injuring more than 1,400. About 12,000 homes collapsed in Ludian, a densely populated county located around 366 kilometers (277 miles) northeast of Yunnan’s capital, Kunming, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported. The magnitude-6.1 quake struck at 4:30 p.m. at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), according […]

Incredible photos of secret abandoned palaces

Incredible photos of secret abandoned palaces

Polish photographer Patrycja Makowska takes incredibly detailed shots of ruined buildings but refuses to divulge their location. Polish photographer Patrycja Makowska takes incredibly detailed shots of ruined buildings but refuses to divulge their location. Makowska began shooting about 12 years ago after visiting a ruined castle in Muszyna in southern Poland. Makowska says she doesn’t want people to find the location of her images because “these places are destroyed and devastated, it’s better for them […]

20 China travel tips that will make your journey easier

20 China travel tips that will make your journey easier

Bookmark these 20 useful traveling tips, will definitely make your trip to China easier and funnier!   Hitting the China travel trail doesn’t have to be a struggle if you arm yourself with the right knowledge. Shanghai taxi drivers don’t like small bills, such as 1 yuan or 5 jiao notes. Conversely, in northern and western China, expect market vendors to reject coins outright. You want rice? You gotta say it aloud. Rice is rarely […]

China meat scandal hits Starbucks, BK, Papa John's

China meat scandal hits Starbucks, BK, Papa John’s

Fast food for Wednesday, anyone? The Chinese meat scandal expanded to at least three new, major fast-food brands and one new nation on Tuesday, and more are expected to soon join the embarrassing fray. Burger King, Starbucks and Papa John’s all said they, too, have stopped using any meat from the suspect supplier. At the same time, the crisis spread to Japan, where McDonald’s confirmed some of its Chicken McNuggets were made with meat from […]

A 51-year-old male schoolgirl? Meet Tokyo's inspirational cross-dresser

A 51-year-old male schoolgirl? Meet Tokyo’s inspirational cross-dresser

Woohoo… Who is this pretty lady? STORY HIGHLIGHTS Japanese society is generally quite traditional and conservative Following an alternative lifestyle can be difficult, but Hideaki Kobayashi took the plunge a few years ago Dressed as a uniform-clad schoolgirl, he gets a lot of attention, both positive and negative He’s been held up as an example of being true to yourself Tokyo (CNN) — In Japan, a country where structure, conformity and security are bedrocks, it […]

And the world's best airline is...

And the world’s best airline is…

Here comes the world’s best airline, you might want to mark it down for your next trip. Lufthansa took 10th place in this year’s World Airline Awards. The airline is known for providing sleek economy seating with ample legroom. Comfortable with stylish fittings, Etihad airways offer business class seating to make you feel at home. The airline took 9th place in this year’s World Airline Awards. South-Korean based Asiana airlines has a five star rating […]

Coming soon? Standing instead of sitting on planes

Coming soon? Standing instead of sitting on planes

Wo… you are saying that we might need to stand throughout the whole flight?! “How was the flight?” Pretty soon, we may know better than to ask. STORY HIGHLIGHTS New university study calculates value of standing-room-only cabins on planes Vertical seats could lead to 21% increased passenger capacity and 44% lower ticket prices Airlines such as Ryanair have been touting the concept for years While vertical seat designs have been developed, none have yet been […]

Ferrari designer creates super luxurious Japanese train

Ferrari designer creates super luxurious Japanese train

Japan Rail East has called on Ferrari designer Ken Okuyama to create a 34-passenger luxury train. It will have only 10 carriages, including two glass-walled observation cars. Japan Rail East has called on Ferrari designer Ken Okuyama to create a 34-passenger luxury train. It will have only 10 carriages, including two glass-walled observation cars. Observation carriages are located in the front and the back of the super-luxury train. All suites will have a private bathroom […]

Fierce Typhoon Neoguri threatens Japanese island of Okinawa

Fierce Typhoon Neoguri threatens Japanese island of Okinawa

For those who are currently in Okinawa or going there these few days, do take note and be extra careful. But CNN International Meteorologist Ivan Cabrera warned that Typhoon Neoguri could still be cause for concern for Okinawa residents. But CNN International Meteorologist Ivan Cabrera warned that Typhoon Neoguri could still be cause for concern for Okinawa residents. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Typhoon Neoguri is expected to strengthen into a super typhoon It’s forecast to pass close […]

Geisha hunting in Kyoto: 7 things to know before going to Gion

Geisha hunting in Kyoto: 7 things to know before going to Gion

There are 7 things that you need to know about Geisha, let find out more from the post! Geisha are found throughout Japan, but Kyoto is considered the birthplace of geisha culture. The city’s historic Gion district is probably the most popular place for seeing geisha. Geisha are found throughout Japan, but Kyoto is considered the birthplace of geisha culture. The city’s historic Gion district is probably the most popular place for seeing geisha. There […]

Singapore gay rally draws thousands amid controversy

Singapore gay rally draws thousands amid controversy

Pink or white? What colour will you support? Participants dressed in pink enjoy a picnic before taking part in the forming of a giant pink dot at the Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park in Singapore on 28 June 2014. Pink Dot organisers said the rally drew around 26,000 participants An annual gay rally in Singapore has drawn thousands amid an unprecedented backlash from religious groups. Pink Dot has been held every year since 2009. […]

U.N. report: Our oceans are trashed with plastic

U.N. report: Our oceans are trashed with plastic

A Chinese boy runs along the trash-strewn beach along the sea coast in Anquan village, which is in Hainan province, in 2011. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Plastic waste in oceans is causing $13 billion of damage to marine ecosystems each year, new reports say Microplastics smaller than 5 millimeters, which are common in consumer goods, are especially dangerous The solution to the problem is increasing recycling and decreasing unneeded use of plastics Click here to read the […]

Can Vietnamese comics win readers' hearts?

Can Vietnamese comics win readers’ hearts?

Let read some Vietnamese comics! Share this page Delicious Digg Facebook reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Email Print Hanoi Nguyen Thanh Phong’s Dragon General The Dragon General is about a military leader who fought off a Mongol invasion Continue reading the main story Related Stories A boy held captive in wooden stocks stares straight ahead, his gaze piercing. In the background, a woman sits on a hammock fanning herself. The arresting image graces the cover of a […]

Japan passes law banning possession of child pornography

This is interesting, I find it strange why the law wasn’t passed and being executed earlier… But good thing is at least the parliament is now trying to do something to protect kids from child pornography. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Japan’s parliamentary upper house passes law to ban possession of child pornography Production and distribution were already outlawed Campaigners say the bill should have included sexually explicit anime and manga Industry says a ban on comics would restrict […]

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