Kenny Ong Contributor

Kenny Ong

Kenny lives in Singapore and was a multi-hyphenated brand consultant-strategic marketeer-PR practitioner before he realised he is even better at not doing much. He now spends his time not thinking about it and tries to do as little as possible. He is Piscean, if that helps.

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If you buy this house, its female owner may marry you too

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By Kenny Ong in News on Friday 27 March 2015

Indonesian woman Wina Lia wants to sell her two-bedroom house in Sleman, located near the Javanese city of Yogyakarta. Her property has a small fish pond, a spacious backyard, and if you like, she can come with it too. Her online ad states that it is for sale at US$76,500 and that ‘Buyers who don’t negotiate the price can ask the owner to marry (terms and conditions apply)’.

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These women apply breast milk on their faces to avoid turning red

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Friday 27 March 2015

We have read about breast milk being used for jewellery and lollipops. Some bodybuilders swear they build muscles faster when they consume it. So why should we bat an eyelid if breast milk is touted as a nutritious facial of late?!

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It took one man, 33 years and plenty of stones to build this stony palace in France

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By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Thursday 26 March 2015

Ferdinand Cheval is one postman who stumbled upon an odd stone of unusual shape in April 1879 and decided there and then to collect stones and build his dream palace in his garden. What he didn’t bargain for was the time he needed to complete the project – 33 years!

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Plants and animals intertwined with negative space produce these awe-inspiring art pieces

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Thursday 26 March 2015

When you look at Ellen Jewett’s work, you’ll appreciate that her ‘creature’ sculptures are intricately layered inside out with an astute accumulation of numerous tiny components, many of which are microscopic representations of plants, animals and objects.

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Would you like to live on an island with 10,000 kilos of fish swimming around you?

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By Kenny Ong in News on Thursday 26 March 2015

In Hungary, a small house on a small island located right smack in the middle of a 120-square-meter man-made pond is up for grabs. Well, maybe not for you and I who don’t care much for isolation but certainly for fishing lovers eyeing the 10,000 kilos of fish swimming happily in the pond. There are carps, breams and sturgeons galore, swimming happily about with nary a worry in their world till doomsday comes.

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These small prayer nuts are able to capture, in a nutshell, biblical scenes with amazing precision

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Thursday 26 March 2015

Some collectors are going nuts over these intricately carved prayer nuts depicting biblical stories. Once owned by wealthy Europeans, they were designed to be worn on a rosary or a belt. They could also double up as pomanders when fragrant substances are left within them.

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This couple intends to get married 38 times in 12 countries over 6 continents

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By Kenny Ong in News on Wednesday 25 March 2015

By the time you read this, American couple Cheetah Platt (30) and Rhiann Woodyard (32) have already exchanged their wedding vows multiple times in Colombia, Spain, Ireland, Morocco, Egypt, Kenya, India and Thailand. They intend to get married a total of 38 times, in 12 countries, over 6 continents.

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This man returned to his hometown with high levels of radiation to look after its abandoned animals

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By Kenny Ong in News on Wednesday 25 March 2015

The disastrous meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant occurred with the devastating Japanese tsunami in 2011. While the approximately 15,800 residents of Tomioka, a town located in the Futaba District, fled from their homes, one man decided to return instead so he can take care of the animals that were abandoned. Some of the pets were still tied up by their previous owners.

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This man owns as many as 150 beds from the Qing and Ming dynasties

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By Kenny Ong in News on Wednesday 25 March 2015

In China, one Chongqing resident by the name of Lin Zeliu, age 44, has spent about 3 million yuan (US$479,350) over the past 25 years on his collection of 150 antique beds. They were made and slept on in the Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1636 – 1912) dynasties.

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Using only the sun’s energy, this plane might just fly on and on forever

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By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Tuesday 24 March 2015

A significant milestone in the field of aviation has arrived. Taking off on March 9, two Swiss explorers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are ready to break a record for being the first to fly around the world, propelled only by the power of light.

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Would you take a selfie to make a purchase of whatever you want?

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By Kenny Ong in Tech on Monday 23 March 2015

In the near future, we may just be paying for stuff by taking a selfie. This was what Jack Ma of Alibaba, China’s e-commerce giant, postulated at the recent CeBit 2015 conference in Hannover, Germany. He sees it happening with an app that validates mobile payments by matching a photo taken by the user at the point of purchase to a stored profile photo.

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Spotted: Spider-Man feeding the homeless in Birmingham at night

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By Kenny Ong in News on Monday 23 March 2015

Spider-Man comes to life in Birmingham, UK two times a week, between 9pm and midnight local time. In reality, he’s actually one anonymous 20-year-old man who puts on his Spider-Man suit to deliver sandwiches that he buys from supermarkets to local homeless people.

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These socks will bring on the sushi cravings whenever you put them on

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By Kenny Ong in New Fashion on Saturday 21 March 2015

Oh boy, this would surely bring foot fetish (or is it food fetish?) to a whole new level. Fresh from the sushi carousel, these delicious-looking sushi socks are made in Toyama, Japan.

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You will be touched by these two eco-lovers: one blind and the other with no arms

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By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Friday 20 March 2015

Jia Haixia and Jia Wenqi, both 53, have planted 10,000 trees together in Hebei, China. Haixia is blind in both eyes and Wenqi is a double amputee with no arms. Their friendship was formed 10 years ago when they could not find jobs due to their disabilities.

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This bridegroom created a magical wedding setting for his bride

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Friday 20 March 2015

For his own wedding, artist and designer Benjamin Shine created two sculptures of his and his bride’s profiles gazing at each other, with both extending to long sculptural ribbons that spiraled in and out of the trees in the forest where the wedding was held. The ribbons, in turn, directed his wedding guests right up to the ceremony’s seating area.

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