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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 draw tourists, whose numbers the Abe administration ambitiously hopes will swell to 40 million by 2020. As the curtains fell on the Rio Olympic Games, one man stood out as the biggest star of the moment: Super Mario. Or rather, his alter ego, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. […]

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 a great deal of time constructing zip wires, jungle swings and rudimentary tree-top homes. But the Paynes never gave up on their childhood dreams of building elaborate houses in the trees, and have continued to design and build impressive, eco-friendly tree […]

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 in Japan – some might even say the world. Since his directorial debut in 1979, his gentle and whimsical children’s […]

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 little closer to finding an answer. Airline consumer complaints rose more than 20 percent for the first six months of the year, the Department of Transportation reported […]

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 the captain of the team who was holding the trophy dropped it on the floor by accident!

What other crazy million dollar bids you seen people snatch up before?  Share your stories below!

A Chinese Guan Vase of the Southern Song Dynasty is shown to the media in Hong Kong on Monday. The rare vase is expected to fetch more than 60 million HKD at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art Spring Sales 2015 which will take place on April 7. — PHOTO: AFP HONG KONG (AFP) – A simple Chinese vase made over 800 years ago and unveiled in Hong Kong Monday is expected to fetch HK$60 million (S$10.6 million) […]

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 to neighbouring India who is also over 1 billion people, China is light years ahead.

What’s your take on this?

 

A tourist and her daughter wearing the masks visit the Tiananmen Square. Beijing (CNN)If you live in China and haven’t watched — or at least heard about — “Under the Dome,” you must have been living under a rock. The almost two-hour documentary on air pollution in China produced by a famous TV journalist has quickly gone viral since its online release Saturday, clocking millions of views on various video sites and stirring ferocious debates across Chinese cyberspace. Here […]

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 do you think that would make people feel?    Common sense stuff I think.

Tourists snokelling at Pulau Perhentian in Terengganu, Malaysia. Authorities in the Malaysian state of Terengganu on Sunday said they would soon impose a dress code on female tourists as outlined by the state government. Now, it appears, however, that the plans were the result of a misunderstanding. Terengganu Chief Minister Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahma today clarified that the dress code policy would not be imposed, the Malaysiakini website reported. — PHOTO: TOURISM MALAYSIA The authorities in the Malaysian state […]

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 are literally thousands of islands — 7,107 at last count. All of these enviable factors would usually point to the perfect destination for a sailing trip, but the charter industry […]

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 isn’t readily available and many older […]

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 certain specialties that only taste their best in the place they were born. With 56 ethnic groups, eight recognized major cuisines and countless cooking styles, this menu of Chinese favorites could run longer than a finely pulled noodle. But these 14 dishes are almost guaranteed to waken the homesick bug in most mainland Chinese living or traveling abroad. […]

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