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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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In Japan at night, people are now putting their wallets to bed in special mini-futons!

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Wednesday 17 September 2014

There is now a new ritual among some Japanese before they get themselves into bed each night. They have to put their wallets into bed first. And not in any micro beds but specially made futons complete with mini pillows and cute bed sheets.

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This sidewalk is specially allocated for smart phone users in Chongqing, China

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By Kenny Ong in News on Wednesday 17 September 2014

If you know the number of times I’ve almost bumped into someone from behind just because they suddenly slowed down their pace while checking on their smart phones, you will understand how much I’m yearning for this to be implemented in my country.

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These beautiful ‘stairways to heaven’ makes the climb much less arduous

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By Kenny Ong in New Design on Wednesday 17 September 2014

Staircases are a necessary evil but do they have to look so utilitarian as well? Definitely not, according to these unsung architects and interior designers who have, thankfully, come up with such out-of-this-world staircases. Poring over the pictures of each, compiled by our friends at Bored Panda, makes me wanna scramble up and down on […]

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This hair stylist shaves hairy male chests into various iconic landmarks of the world

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 16 September 2014

British celebrity hair stylist Daniel Johnson, who has been clipping away at the hair of English football giants like Ashley Cole, Gareth Blue and Erik Lamela, is now channeling his hairy talent at what he calls ‘manscaping’ – the art of doing some pretty interesting things with chest hair.

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Man with severe cerebral palsy uses typewriter to paint breathtaking pictures

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Now here’s something that is just so inspirational and uplifting to come across. Paul Smith was born with severe cerebral palsy and this disorder makes holding a pen or brush an impossible task for him. However, as a young man, he discovered an unusual key to express himself. He taught himself to ‘paint’ by using just 10 of the symbol keys on a typewriter.

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This cute and furry caterpillar delivers a sting worse than a scorpion’s

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By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Do be a pussyfoot when you come across the puss caterpillar cos if you’re not careful about it, you may just yowl out loud. It looks so furry and nice to touch but beneath that cute exterior of pure innocence lies a potentially intense sting. It is a venomous variety of caterpillar that is especially common in Florida at this time of year. Under all that fur on the puss caterpillar are venomous bristles that break off into the skin when touched by humans and they cause serious pain.

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This guy can spin a frozen pizza into a microwave from across the street!

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By Kenny Ong in Video on Monday 15 September 2014

The internet is already filled with people putting their skills to stuff that are totally unnecessary and being celebrated for it. Surely one more wouldn’t hurt? In which case, how about a round of applause for this professional Japanese frisbee thrower who can hurl a frozen pizza into a microwave inside an apartment from across […]

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In Japan, mums get really competitive over how their kid’s bento box is packed and presented

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Thursday 11 September 2014

From a cultural perspective, the preparation of a bento, or home-packed meal, is a pretty big deal in Japan as it reflects how highly capable and super efficient mummy really is. The idea of a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich is alien when only the cutest lunchbox can past muster!

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These creative log pilers turned boring piles of logs into art

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Thursday 11 September 2014

Can you make mundane, laborious, and possibly back-breaking work fun? Well, these log pilers could, and some, like yours truly, may even view what they did as masterpieces of art. These unsung artists have patiently reviewed the different types, cuts, textures and colors of logs they have at their disposal and instead of merely dumping […]

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This unique festival lets you try out coffins, funeral clothes and makeup in preparation for your death

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By Kenny Ong in News on Wednesday 10 September 2014

So, how would you like to go? With growing interest in ‘shukatsu,’ a coined Japanese term that means activities to prepare for ‘one’s end,’ a ‘try-before-you-die’ festival called Shukatsu Festa has been steadily growing in popularity in Japan. The event this year attracted over 5,000 visitors, with 50 companies competing for their business. Many were eager to lie inside a coffin filled with flowers.

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This man spends 6 hours daily to put on his 645m long, 100-pound turban

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By Kenny Ong in Video on Monday 8 September 2014

If you think you have problems getting to work in the mornings, you haven’t heard this. Avtar Singh Mauni from Patiala, Northern India spends six hours a day getting his turban ready before he goes to his local temple. And the 60-year-old holy man may be on the brink of a world record, thanks to the 100-pound turban he puts on daily, a hefty and elaborate hair piece measuring 2,115 feet (about 645 meters) when unwrapped, which is the same length as 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

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Artist creates awesome anime artwork on a single Post-it note

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Monday 8 September 2014

I hate Post-its as they were often scrawled with ‘I want this by 10 am tomorrow’ when they arrived at my work desk, stubbornly stuck on top of a stack of files. If only they came in the form of Akira Nagoya’s beautifully cut artwork. The China-Born Japanese artist is a kakmikiri (loosely translated as paper cutting) master, and many of his designs are inspired by centuries-old imagery, such as the phoenix, or nature’s flowers.

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If you really can’t say you’re sorry, this Japanese company will do it for you

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Saturday 6 September 2014

If you, like Sir Elton John, feels that ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’, you’re probably not alone. Nobody cheers up at the thought of apologizing for one’s misdeeds in our personal and professional lives. But if you live in Japan, you can pay someone else to do it for you. And they can play a role while they’re at it, too. For example, these agencies you hire may send someone pretending to be your mum to apologize on your behalf and declare your wish to break-up with a clingy lover.

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2D drawings on the beach turns 3D with humans in them

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Thursday 4 September 2014

Public sand art on beautiful beaches has been amazingly done by many but they have always been about patterns and geometrics. Until Jamie Harkins, an artist and musician from New Zealand, came ashore and created these cheeky optical illusions and 3D images on beaches that makes us go WOW!

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Meet the most honourable fowl in Japan (but don’t expect to take its eggs out of the country)

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By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Thursday 4 September 2014

The Onagadori, also known as the ‘most honourable fowl’ in Japan, has been a bird protected by the Japanese government for many years. To breed the Onagadori properly, one must keep a number of roosters in tranquil, non-stressful, temperate conditions in order to select the birds with the best and longest tail growth. Indeed, their feathers must not be ruffled as more aggressive birds will destroy their own tail feathers if they are in distraught!

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