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Low Lai Chow

Low Lai Chow is a spacebar invader and freelance writer from Singapore. She travels light and is working on exercising demons from her past.

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Forget the coffee machine, this device lets you microwave your next espresso

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products, Tech on Friday 18 April 2014

Coffee perks us up, so why go to all that trouble to toil away at a coffee machine on lazy mornings when you can take just 30 seconds to microwave a shot of espresso? Seems like a no-brainer.

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Know your whiskey: an educational chart

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 16 April 2014

Pop Chart Lab has returned with a comprehensive chart universe that neatly breaks down varieties of whiskey, so whiskey lovers and casual consumers alike can sort out just what kind of whiskey they like — and find more to down.

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Italian police has launched an app for you to help them find stolen art

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 16 April 2014

Now, for something we never saw coming: after recovering stolen artworks by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard, the Italian police have announced their new app that anyone can download and capture pictures of artworks they suspect are really stolen. These pictures will be scanned by Italy’s heritage police against their stolen art database — the […]

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IKEA meets monorail in Japan, transforms it into comfy pad

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Tuesday 15 April 2014

Carpets, cushions, sofas, funky lamps, coffee tables and all: when IKEA opened a new store in Tokyo near Tachikawa station, it decided to launch the store by giving the monorail a makeover with its home decor and furnishing products. There is but just one question on our minds: where’s the bed for a full-length subway […]

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Wordy alphabet sandwich stacks 26 food toppings from A to Z

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 15 April 2014

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Nick Chipman of Dude Foods actually created a sandwich with 26 toppings, each spelling out a different letter of the alphabet. Here is the full breakdown of the ingredients: Avocado, Bacon, Cheese Doritos, Egg, Fish sticks, Garlic bread, Ham, Italian sausage patty, Jalapeño peppers, Krispy Kreme doughnut, Lettuce, Macaroni and cheese Noodles, […]

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Abstract art paintings masterfully painted with food

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Monday 14 April 2014

Beth Galton has dissected all types of food to show us their cross-sections in pretty impressive detail. Now, with the help of food stylist Charlotte Omnès, she has applied Rothko-like strokes to delightful effect on everything from P&J canapes to ketchup-spattered cold cuts in her Series of Textures project. These would go so well with […]

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Shades salvaged from skateboards

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Monday 14 April 2014

Wow, skateboarding-loving duo Jon Winfrey and Ryan Vecchiarelli, the guys behind Colorado-based operation Eqo Optics, actually salvage old and battered skateboards to give them a second stab at life in the form of polished colorful sunnies with glare-free polarized lenses. Too cool for words.

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This soda-dispensing vending machine in Seattle might potentially be haunted

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By Low Lai Chow in Uncategorized on Monday 14 April 2014

What a find: a soda machine located in an obscure part of Seattle’s Capital Hill has been around for a decade and a half, with one slightly disconcerting detail: no one knows who stocks or maintains the damn thing. It even has a button you can press to get your hands on a mystery drink, […]

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Single woman’s hilarious holiday snapshots with fake mannequin family

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Saturday 12 April 2014

This is brilliant: 14 years ago, Colorado-based art director Suzanne Heintz decided she had enough of her mum asking when she was going to settle down and get married, so she went ahead to buy herself a mannequin husband and daughter. It’s a hoot looking at Heintz’s insanely huge grin as she poses for these […]

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Finally, a gigantic nest-like chair fit for catching some caveman winks in

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Saturday 12 April 2014

Remember the time your ancestor climbed into a pterodactyl’s nest and had the soundest sleep of his life? No? Neither do we. Well, maybe Floris Wubben — who designed this nest-like chair out of wooden branches for aMAZElab — does. The form is interesting, but we’re not sure it looks very cosy at all. The […]

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This next-gen music speaker is really just hollow bamboo

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Saturday 12 April 2014

A power-free speaker that thrives on natural acoustics to amplify music from your phone? Yep. Handcrafted out of sustainable bamboo, the iBam, as its name would suggest, promises to provide an instant audio boost to any phone when you slip the latter into it. How ingenious.

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Stunning hybrid animals that could only exist with taxidermy

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 11 April 2014

According to Stephen Paternite, his taxidermy sculptures allow him to experiment with, and document evolution. The fascinating works combine materials either found in their natural environments or purchased through taxidermy supply, fuse natural parts like claws, skulls, feathers and antlers with other forms to create new hybrid animal species. The one of the robocat — […]

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These cups will remind you that you might be a fashion victim

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By Low Lai Chow in New Fashion on Friday 11 April 2014

Ooh, we are really loving these. Israeli designer Yael Kristal redesigned these coffee cups — complete with uncomfortable stiletto heels, constrictive bangles and piercings — to wake people up to the sobering idea that they might really be fashion victims. Very clever.

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We could read the classifieds all day if more ads were like this

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 11 April 2014

Colombia-based creative Felipe Salazar has possibly nailed down the best classifieds ad we’ve seen ever. Done for a kitchen design company, the subtly tweeked text shows up the outlines of a kitchen peeping through these busy lines. Plus, it actually makes us even want to read the classifieds at all, which is quite an achievement.

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Seriously, why clean your windows when men in kilt can do it for you instead?

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 11 April 2014

Would you like some window cleaning? How about some panache with that? Well, you can now engage the fun and friendly services of Men in Kilts, which promises ‘proud, kilt wearing professionals’ who will turn up at your residential or commercial property and clean away.

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