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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 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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Would you eat what death row inmates had for their last meal?

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 23 September 2014

We’ve got to admit this is a bit morbid. Still, what an idea! Death Row Dinners, which aims to serve what prisoners on death row ate for their last meal, is a pop-up event due to take place next month in East London’s Hoxton Square.

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50 Cent by any other name? Make that Malaysian RM1.50

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

This snapshot of a Malaysian newspaper hat has hilariously valued rapper 50 Cent at RM1.50, has been making the rounds in my Twitter feed since yesterday. Looks like the editor took 50 Cent’s name quite literally and really wanted to to make sure the right currency conversion was in place. It’s just incredible. Can anyone […]

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Now you can stick a tongue into hot water and make tea

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Monday 22 September 2014

We’ve seen all types of tea infusers, but this one, we have to say, really takes the cake. You can now literally stick this red tongue into a mug water and drink tea out of it. Made out of food-grade silicone, the 3.5 x 1.5 x 4 inch tongue is dishwasher safe too. Which means […]

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Needy cat owners! You may be stressing out your cat

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 22 September 2014

The Guardian has published an article on how to spot warning signs of stress in your cat, and one of the top causes appears to be… needy cat owners who seek attention from their cats. Uh huh, that could be you. According to cat and human counsellor Vicky Halls, your cat didn’t sign up for all your people needs: ’In years gone by, I don’t remember people wanting or making such complex emotional demands of a cat.

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