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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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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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That’s it, even museum artworks are not immune to selfies

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 27 January 2015

Olivia Muus, the brains behind Museum of Selfies, has been on a roll staging these pictures of characters in museum art taking selfies of themselves, as well as getting other people to stage them. She started the project after going with a friend to the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen and did one for fun.

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In Japan, competitive hole-digging is an actual thing

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Saturday 24 January 2015

Now this is new: an annual competition that actually pits teams against each other for digging the deepest hole as they build camaraderie. Though it sounds vaguely morbid: why dig a hole, if not to bury a dead body? In any case, the Japanese seem to take it very seriously, with 271 teams taking part in the 14th edition last year to win the coveted prize of a… gold shovel. Uh huh.

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These handy street interventions are really quite something

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Saturday 24 January 2015

French artist Chifumi Krohom  from Strasbourg, who lives in Phnom Penh, purports to have a taste for experimentation with no destination or purpose, which pretty much sums up the greatness of his larger-than-life wheatpasted works across Cambodia, Nepal, India, as well as Italy and France.

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Bewitching glass sculptures sandwich waters with landscapes

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 23 January 2015

Looks like we can’t get enough of Ben Young’s glass sculptures. Raised in Waihi Beach, New Zealand and now based in Sydney, Australia, the self-taught artist has been doing these for over a decade, drawing, cutting and crafting his works by hand, layer by painstaking layer.

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Salt flats are the stuff of dreams

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 23 January 2015

Who knew the salt flats of Salt Lake City, Utah, could be so beautiful? Julieanne Kost did. The photographer, who is also the principal digital imaging evangelist for Adobe Systems, captured these amazing aerial shots of salt flats near Salt Lake City, and the dream-like textures really make us swoon.

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Boat and bees on the roof, bed or hammock in your room? Take your pick at this hotel!

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 22 January 2015

Hotel Daniel Vienna, which features installation art by Erwin Wurm in the form of a stranded boat on the building, as well as bees on the roof (they make honey that go toward the hotel’s inhouse bakery treats), has something else that other hotels can’t beat: rooms with beds AND hammocks. Wow.

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The exo prosthetic leg is an exquisite work of art

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 22 January 2015

There are over two million amputees in the United States alone, while 185,000 amputations take place every year. Such is the inspiration behind the exo prosthetic leg designed by NYC-based industrial designer William Root.

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