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Low Lai Chow

Low Lai Chow travels light and is working on exercising demons from her past. Find out more about her at lowlaichow.com.

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True story: Astronauts had to go through customs after return from moon landing

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By Low Lai Chow in News on Saturday 4 July 2015

Coming back from that famous moon landing in 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins had to sign a US Customs General Declaration form to declare the moon rock and moon dust samples from their moon landing mission. Amusingly, the space trip was stated as a trip that started at the […]

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This Lego wedding cake really takes the cake

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 4 July 2015

What, a triple-tiered edible Lego cake?

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Hilarious illustrations of Sad Animal Facts

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Saturday 4 July 2015

This whimsical series of drawings based on depressing facts about animals by writer and illustrator Brooke Barker — who wrote (duh) and illustrated (double duh) everything — has been causing quite a storm of shares online. And for good reason too. It’s ridiculously funny while being well-researched. Just so you know, jellyfish are heartless creatures.

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These designers want to give you Good Fucking Design Advice

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 3 July 2015

There is good advice, and then there is Good Fucking Design Advice. Described on its website as ’serving the working class designer since 2010’, this cool store comes with beautifully rendered objects of desire keeps things real among all designers.

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Stunning urban art at Montreal’s street art festival, MURAL

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 30 June 2015

Montreal’s street art festival MURAL returned this month on Saint-Laurent Boulevard with 20 new works of visual art created on its grounds – we mean, walls – over a span of 11 days, culminating in the grand completion on June 14. It was business as usual as the boulevard was closed off between Sherbrooke Street and Mont-Royal Avenue for the annual spray painting update with the massive huge public art gathering and trigger-happy crowds snapping away everywhere.

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In China, a firefly-themed park just opened in Wuhan, Hubei

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 19 June 2015

Firefly lovers now have a destination to go to for their illuminating fix: the world’s first firefly-themed park in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province.

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In New Zealand, this neon green sulphur lake is straight out of a comic book

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 18 June 2015

The Devil’s Bath in Wai-O-Tapu, as people fondly call it may look like pure evil at first glance. It looks like the radioactive skeleton-melting lake straight out of a comic book. Except that it’s anything but: the lake actually gets its bizarre gleaming green hue from the floating sulphur deposits in it — it is […]

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This Japanese cookbook is full of recipes that use a condom

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 24 February 2015

You have got to hand it to the Japanese for pushing the ‘what?’ envelope further all the time. We’ve just learnt about an ebook co-created by manga writer Kyosuke Kagami called Condom Meals I Want to Make For You, which puts a culinary spin on promoting safe sex.

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Artist turns ordinary rooms into space-time warp universes

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 11 February 2015

Relying solely on optical illusions, Vienna-based artist Peter Kogler transforms ordinary rooms into space-time warp universes. Kogler turns flat, white surfaces into dizzying 3-D patterns simply by drawing curved, contoured lines that make viewers feel as if they’re being sucked into a swirling vortex – or another dimension.

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Wallets and pockets that scream ‘Danger – Keep Out!’

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Saturday 7 February 2015

Paying tribute to the ubiquitous ‘DANGER – KEEP OUT!’ signs that pepper the streets of Singapore, local designer Larry Peh came up with this cool capsule collection.

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Yes, Thailand’s government has built a robot taster to scrutinize Thai food everywhere

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging, Tech on Thursday 29 January 2015

Bad Thai food isn’t just disappointing, it’s an insult to Thai cuisine. Seems fitting, then, that Thailand’s government have set up a committee to deal with the waves of unauthentic Thai restaurants all over the world that fail to deliver the yum in their tom yum. One of the committee’s pet projects, is a $100,000 […]

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NASA gets us ready for space travel to newfound alien planets

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 28 January 2015

In a wonderfully geeky move, NASA has been releasing some vintage-inspired scifi travel posters from the fictitious Exoplanet Travel Bureau for newfound planets such as Kepler-16b (which, as they note, orbits a pair of stars like Tatooine in Star Wars), HD 40307g (dubbed a ‘Super Earth’ for its gravitational pull) and Kepler-186f (the Earth-size planet with red wavelength […]

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Even Ultraman needs to recharge his batteries in Hawaii

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 28 January 2015

There I was at the Honolulu airport when I saw these holiday snapshots of Ultraman vacationing on Hawaii on a wall. Looks like these pictures — along with a series of ‘vacation videos’ — are all part of the Ultra Hawaii tourism campaign last year, which hopes to revive interest in the islands among the Japanese […]

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It’s 2015, and nuns just wanna have fun… on your calendar

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 28 January 2015

If you’re one of these folks who don’t like a calendar and most certainly haven’t got one for 2015, the Nuns Having Fun calendar might change your mind. Whether they are at the carnival, jumping rope, on Vespas or playing the guitar, the joy on their faces is unmistakable.

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This website will save you from clickbait

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Tuesday 27 January 2015

Clickbait will be the death of us. Thank goodness there’s Saved You a Click, the snarky service that tells you exactly what you’re not missing out on when you don’t click obediently. Its Twitter feed is full of tweets that range from the hilariously obvious (e.g.  ‘It’s bad for you. RT @TIME: Bad news for […]

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