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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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A visit to this Australian National Heritage national park provides an unparalleled rugged experience

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 October 2014

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Rising abruptly from the surrounding Western Plains, the Grampians (Gariwerd) is a series of striking and rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests rich in wildlife. A national park in Victoria, Australia, the 167,219-hectare (413,210-acre) park is 260 kilometers (160 miles) west of Melbourne and 460 kilometers (290 miles) east of Adelaide.

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Did you know the harvesting of marble would be this beautiful?

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By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Thursday 30 October 2014

I’ve always loved marble for its elegant nonchalance but boy, was I even more awe-struck when I chanced upon this short film directed by Italian artist and filmmaker Yuri Ancarani. I watched, utterly transfixed, at how marble is actually harvested at a marble quarry in the Apuan Alps, Northwest Italy, in such heart-stopping colossal slabs […]

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This former public bus in St. Petersburg is now a hip nightclub on wheels

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Thursday 30 October 2014

In its previous life, this Barbus Maxi was just an old and cranky Ikarus 280 public bus making its tired rounds around the Russian City. On its retirement, it was given a second chance, taken completely apart and relaunched as a mobile nightclub! The renovations included a dance floor, lounge, fully stocked bar and a toilet.

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A new Berlin Wall will come up on November 7

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By Kenny Ong in New Events on Thursday 30 October 2014

It has been almost 25 years since the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. An oppressive symbol of division, its removal in 1989 reinstated free access between East and West Germany. To commemorate this historical event, a 10-mile reinterpretation of the wall will be installed by light artist Christopher Bauder and film maker Marc Bauder on November 7.

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Would you buy this super eerie Romanesque mansion in Kentucky for US$1?

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By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Tuesday 28 October 2014

You’re too late. It has been bought by Oracle Design for this princely sum this year, which will see the ghostly mansion restored and redeveloped into apartments. Called the Ouerbacker-Clement House, this Halloweenish mansion was owned by a coffee merchant named Samuel Ouerbacker in the late 19th century in what was a very fashionable neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky.

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Get a kick out of watching 5,000 dominoes fall one after another

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By Kenny Ong in Video on Tuesday 28 October 2014

Watching FlippyCat’s domino videos on YouTube has been a guilty pleasure of mine. Guilty cos I get a sadistic high from seeing the carefully stacked dominoes topple most mercilessly within mere seconds! The latest offering uploaded this month is just as awesome as the rest. Called The Incredible Domino Tree Thing, there is a total of 145 bridges and approximately 5,000 dominoes involved.

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Want to know how to train a cat to sit in a certain spot? Do it with duct tape!

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Websites on Tuesday 28 October 2014

A Japanese cat blog called Guremike has been getting plenty of hits from cat lovers ever since pictures of how a particular kitty was circus-trained to sit inside a circle made from duct tape.

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This airplane safety video has to be the most epic ever made!

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By Kenny Ong in Video on Monday 27 October 2014

As the ‘official’ airline of Middle-Earth, Air New Zealand has gone all out to celebrate the third and final installment of The Hobbit Trilogy – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. In their latest inflight safety video directed by Taika Waititi, the airline has roped in Elijah Wood and Sir Peter Jackson in […]

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Get your adrenalin pumping when you dive with a shark just meters away at this seafood capital of Australia

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Monday 27 October 2014

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Sharks alive! This is the only place in Australia where you can get up close and personal with the super scary Great White Shark! We’re talking about Port Lincoln, located on the South Australian coast, with its growing international reputation as a blue water playground for yachting, scuba diving, tuna fishing, sea lion spotting and yes, shark cage diving for a real close encounter with the fearsome underwater predator. Movie buffs may be keen to know that parts of the movie Jaws was filmed here.

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These fun, quirky animal lamps make good use of old, recycled bottles

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By Kenny Ong in New Products on Saturday 25 October 2014

I’m always eagerly anticipating what’s next in Nishi Chauhan’s ‘Animal Farm’ series of lovable animal lamps that feature traditional craft revival and recycled objects. Well, look who’s knocking at the door? Called ‘Dunk,’ these new animal farm design of lamps taps into India’s exacting craftsmanship by adopting the wood lac-turnery craft of Channapatna in Karnataka, […]

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Woman rips apart ATM when it wouldn’t let her withdraw cash

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By Kenny Ong in News on Friday 24 October 2014

What do you do when an ATM wouldn’t let you withdraw any cash? I’ll roll my eyes, mutter an expletive under my breath and make a call to the bank’s hotline. Not this woman from Guangdong, China who literally took matters in her own hands and ripped the ATM apart!

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Celebrate with 80,000 bohemians at Sydney’s Newtown Festival on November 9

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By Kenny Ong in New Events on Friday 24 October 2014

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This is one Festival which showcases the best of local and national music, arts, entertainment, creative juices and finger-licking food. On Sunday November 9, Camperdown Memorial Rest Park will once again be transformed into a bohemian playground for all ages. This year marks the Newtown Festival’s 36th anniversary.

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The stuff people wear when they collect their lottery winnings

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Friday 24 October 2014

What do you get dressed in when you are about to collect your US$85 million in lottery jackpot winnings? It’s a no brainer, right? A bear costume, of course. Which is what this lucky Chinese man donned when he claimed this amount in the Shanxi province of China, incidentally also the third-largest jackpot in the history of the Shanxi lottery. Still keeping the costume resolutely on when he spoke to the media, the mystery winner said he spends about US$3,200 to US$4,900 on lottery tickets annually.

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This guy played The Star-Spangled Banner with a gun

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By Kenny Ong in Video on Friday 24 October 2014

Imagine playing your country’s national anthem with rifle shots on metal plates? That certainly sounds patriotic. Granted, the anthem may come in dribs and drabs, with pauses in between as you reload that rifle but one can’t deny it’s a rather unusual and memorable rendition. And no one gets hurt!  If you’re curious enough, watch […]

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This exhibition showcases intricate urban landscapes in repurposed and exotic woods

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Friday 24 October 2014

If you’re visiting the Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami, you wouldn’t want to miss a new exhibition titled Metros. Created by furniture-maker-turned-sculptor James McNabb, who is known for his interest in architectural shapes, his style of woodwork is a self improvised one that is being described as sketching with a bandsaw. Intricate sculptures the likes […]

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