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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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In Brisbane, you can shop, dine and watch movies at an ex-prison site

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 14 October 2014

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The Barracks in Brisbane has its roots as the 1860 Brisbane Petrie Terrace Gaol, which was home to 96 prisoners in two cell blocks for two decades or so before it was forced to close from bursting at the seams with too many convicts.

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Monstrously good street art at Sydney’s Project Five Volume 6

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Monday 13 October 2014

Call it the grandaddy of Aussie contemporary street art festivals: the sixth volume of Project Five just hit the ground running, and from now till Oct 19, you can catch the exhibition at Darling Quarter’s high-traffic outdoor space OPEN in the Civic Connector. This article brought to you by amaysim

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Dine amongst strangers at this nomadic restaurant that never stops wandering

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 9 October 2014

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Hands up: would you dine at a restaurant that’s so secret, you don’t even know when and where it’s going to take place until you know it? If the answer is yes, Zingara is for you. The underground restaurant project, which runs in Melbourne, sprouted with friends entertaining other friends with good food and wine in a small apartment years ago, and is now an intimate speakeasy-styled monthly affair with a small group of strangers enjoying Italian cuisine in an obscure location.

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Bat lovers, you can now volunteer at a bat hospital in Australia

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Wednesday 8 October 2014

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You’ve got to love the Aussies for their love of all animals big and small, right down to bats! At Tolga Bat Hospital — which is not actually in Tolga, though it is also in Atherton — you can sign up to pledge your allegiance to the bats as a volunteer and care for bats in permanent care that are too injured (mostly from getting snared in barbed wire) to return to the wild.

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This cafe in Melbourne will lift your spirits with caffeine… AND lots of cats!

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Monday 6 October 2014

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Cats, cats and more cats. If you’re having a cup of joe in Melbourne and think you’re hallucinating way too many cats prancing about and stretching their paws out at the cafe, know that your coffee hasn’t been spiked. You’re probably just at Cat Cafe Melbourne in Queen Street, the first of its kind in the Australian city.

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Canberra’s buildings get painted with crazy light projections at night

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 3 October 2014

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Every autumn, Australia’s capital city Canberra takes on a different glow at night as its iconic attractions lend their facades to an invasion of architectural light projections and throw their doors open till late. Uh huh, that’s right, we’re talking about Enlighten, which comes with live performances, tours, talks, exhibitions, events and various surprising experiences.

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Dive in Rowley Shoals, the ‘secret’ Great Barrier Reef

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 2 October 2014

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All right, we all know about the Great Barrier Reef. On the other side of Australia in the west and south of the Timor Sea, there’s Rowley Shoals, which is a much less famous, but no less impressive coral reef system. It is made up of three atolls brimming with over 200 coral species and 600 tropical fish species.

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iPhone killer? The NoPhone allows you to stay connected with the real world!

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 26 September 2014

Described as a ‘technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact that allows you to stay connected with the real world’, the NoPhone promises to help wean you off your addiction to clutching on to ‘smooth, cold plastic… without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment’.

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Everyday objects, elevated to goofy greatness

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 26 September 2014

Yes, we’ve raved about Dominc Wilcox before: check out these smart GPS-navigation shoes and wearable nose stylus. Obviously his creative imagination is simply unstoppable: somehow we wandered onto his website and found a bunch of new exciting product designs.

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New best way to sneak a drink: Pass it off as sunscreen

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 26 September 2014

If you don’t know it by now, we can never resist finding new clever ways to beat security checks and smuggle a good drink anywhere we fancy. Our favorite gadget for doing this at the moment is the Sunscreen flask. Looking convincingly like sun protection, the flask holds 8oz of liquid, plus makes a ‘Sneaky […]

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Untranslatable words as pictures

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 25 September 2014

Footloose writer and illustrator Ella Frances Sanders has lived all over the world, so it was rather fitting that she somehow found a way to translate over 50 words without a direct English translation, in the form of charming illustrations for her book Untranslatable. These are so twee and so fun.

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Now you can channel your inner rock god while swatting flies

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Thursday 25 September 2014

Haha! This is perfect for us all who’ve ever dreamt of being a rock star, but never got to it, no thanks to, you know, a normal life and all that. Ryan Hanrahan and Bianca Riggio, the creative couple of design company Page Thirty Three, came up with this off-kilter design for a fly swatter.

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Thwarted in love? Agony App will solve your love problems

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 24 September 2014

Funny, there used to a Tumblr for everything in the world. Now it seems like apps are the new Tumblrs. Agony App, as the name suggests, promises to be the digital equivalent of Agony Aunt by harnessing the collective wisdom of other live humans to help you out with your relationship woes.

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Want a stranger to wake you up without the awkward morning after? There’s an app for that

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 24 September 2014

What? Or rather, should we ask, ‘Want?’ With Wakie, those who would have always dreamt about having a perfect stranger now have their dreams come true. You can either sign up as a sleepyhead, or, if you’re a good Samaritan, sign up to be a wakie.

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Prism coffee table puts rainbow cheer in your home

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 23 September 2014

We are taking our hats off to Maurie Novak of Melbourne-based MN Design for designing this crazily beautiful prism table. With colored elastic lines that weave and converge across the stainless steel frame and under the clear glass top, this visual spectacle from the 120cm x 120cm x 46cm table is always different, depending on […]

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