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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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Mines in South Africa, visualised with what’s missing from them

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 21 January 2015

As South Africa’s first commercial mine, when the Blue Mine in Springbok started its operations in 1852, it paved the way for development as more mines – along with workers who settled nearby – opened. In recent years, the region’s inhabitants have been facing a much less illustrious future with the very last remnants of their copper deposits being mined.

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Holy smokes, Georgia boy gets trooper prosthetic from stormtroopers

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 20 January 2015

Is this the most heartwarming news we’ve seen all day? Yep. Liam Porter, a seven-year-old boy in Augusta, Georgia, recently received a spanking new 3D-printed stormtrooperRIT arm for his missing part of his left arm, from the 501st Legion, a group of Star Wars enthusiasts who do good in full trooper gear. 

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These colourful mountainous slopes in China make us want to run for the hills

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 20 January 2015

Somewhere in China’s Gansu province is Zhangye Danxia, an unusually colorful national geopark located in the northern foothills of Linze and Sunan counties’ Qillian Mountains.

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World coming to an end? Eat these Apocalypse Cakes

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 20 January 2015

Doomed? Eat cake. That’s the whole point of Apocalypse Cakes, the tasty cookbook collaboration between writer Shannon O’Malley and photographer Keith Wilson with recipes for 30 cakes to eat at the end of the world. With names like Fallen Angel Food Cake, Black Deforestation Cake, China World Domination Red Bean Cake, Impending Meteorite Rock Candy Cake and […]

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Guy wakes up from coma after smelling money

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 20 January 2015

A comatose man in Shenzhen, China, was apparently roused from over a year of unconsciousness by the unlikeliest of things: the smell of money. It all started when the hospital staff made the discovery that he really loved money, and started experimenting with waving notes and change under this nose soon after.

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In Singapore, you can join a lightsaber academy and battle on the streets

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 19 January 2015

Nope, we didn’t make this up: lightsaber battles are now taking place in Singapore every Saturday night under public train tracks in between two train stations in the suburbs, Ang Mo Kio and Bishan. Er, what gives? These guys are from the Saber Authority, a lightsaber ‘academy’ that brings in lightsabers and provides saberplay training […]

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Help! Cats are frolicking in your coffee

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Monday 19 January 2015

Somebody, please explain to us why these cute little cats are bubbling up in our cup of joe. It’s not the first time this has happened — we just didn’t expect them to come back and leave their paw prints in our drink!

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Mirror tea cup mimicks its surroundings perfectly

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Monday 19 January 2015

Japanese design studio D-Bros has created a mirrored-surface porcelain cup and patterned saucer set that ensures that the cup always matches the saucer. How simple and elegant. It makes for cool cups that are always updating their look no matter what surface they sit on.

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Yes, you can race coffins competitively in Manitou Springs, Colorado

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 17 January 2015

Coffin races? What? Every October, the annual coffin race is a star attraction in Manitou Springs, Colorado. It’s no upstart either — going strong into its 20th year in 2015, the race sombrely commemorates the memory of a certain Emma Crawford, who died from tuberculosis in 1891. Certainly doesn’t hurt that it looks like a […]

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Now you can take a course to become a morning person

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 17 January 2015

Sure, recent studies suggest staying up late has its perks for the smarts, but we all know waking up early means you get a headstart ahead of all these sleepyheads around you.

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Illustrated: All of David Bowie’s hairstyles from 1964 to 2014

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Saturday 17 January 2015

To mark David Bowie’s 68th birthday, illustrator Helen Green recently did a bunch of inspired drawings of all his hair styles from 1964 to 2014, showing how he’s rocked his locks for the last 50 years. A black and white art print of all the illustrations, if you so desire one, is now available on Society6.

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Look! An office you can slump all over anywhere sans tables and chairs

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 16 January 2015

Sitting down is bad for you, agreed? Dutch design firm RAAAF thinks so too, and they are now addressing this lifestyle hazard in the workplace with an office design that takes away chairs and tables altogether. The idea is to put up forms of varying slopes and angles for light leaning support, while encouraging workers people to move about as they work.

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Goodnight Brew: A children’s book about beer for grown-ups

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Thursday 15 January 2015

How wicked is it that author-illustrator Ann E Briated’s book, Goodnight Brew, is a parody of Goodnight Moon? Revolving around beer, the book, thanks to the whimsical illustrations, resembles a children’s book, but contains serious educational content to help less clued-in adults understand all they need to know about the pint they’re drinking. You know, […]

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Revenge bento art: Disgruntled Japanese housewives strike back at husbands and kids

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 15 January 2015

If this isn’t passive-aggressive, we don’t know what is. In Japan, bento-making is almost elevated to an artform, with housewives making sure the creative homemade lunchbox meals they pack for the family are as pleasing to the eye as they are to their appetites. This is often with immaculate prepping, cutting, sculpting and arranging the […]

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These sushi transformers are ready for a food battle

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 15 January 2015

Love sushi? Love Transformers? Then you’d like these. Two rival sushi tribes, the nigiri and makare, inhabit the planet of Sushilias — which all sounds quite banal until you consider the fact that this pretty much means sushi gets into combat mode as they transform into sushiroids. Got to love the Japanese for giving the […]

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