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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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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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Stunning pictures taken by animals equipped with cameras

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

Photographer Chris Keeney usually calls the shots for his images, but for his PetCam project, he took the unusual route of relegating the work of documenting everyday life according to 20 four-legged animals instead.

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Help the homeless: Buy a font made from their handwriting

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

This is such a beautiful initiative: the Arrels foundation recently partnered The Cyranos McCann ad agency for Homeless Fonts, where anyone can buy fonts based on the handwriting of homeless individuals. About ten homeless people have since taken part in the scheme so far. The funds go toward the Arrels foundation to benefit Barcelona’s homeless […]

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Move over cats, this kitty with no nose or lips is now ruling the Internet

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 20 September 2014

Have you seen Lazarus, the cat with a cleft palate? Rescued two years ago from the streets of Johnson City, Tennessee as a malnourished 10-week-old kitty with a mouth infection, he was given a second shot at life (he is now cared for by special education worker Cindy Chambers at East Tennessee State University).

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Hilarious! Chrome extension replaces all ‘millennial’ mentions for something more apt

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 8 August 2014

Like us, Denver-based Zeke Weeks seems a bit fed-up with all that hype about millennials. Unlike us, he’s got the programming chops to go ahead and create a Chrome extension, which, when installed on your browser, replaces any mention of ‘millennial’ with ‘pesky whipper-snapper’. This is something we never knew we needed, but on hindsight, […]

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Dirtiest moments of a spotless city, caught on camera

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Wednesday 6 August 2014

Despite its reputation for being a clean city, Singapore sometimes gets pooh-poohed for being a cleaned city instead, thanks to its relentless army of 70,000 or so cleaners islandwide that eradicate trails of trash left behind by its dwellers. An environmental group here, Waterways Watch Society, recently organised a photo competition to get Singaporeans to […]

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Now you can charge your phone with just your purse

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 6 August 2014

It all started when Liz Salcedo wanted to keep her phone charged. She created her first phone-charging kit with spare iPhone cables and a dock made from moldable plastic, cut the lining in a purse, and sewed the whole thing in. It was only when her friends and family kept asking her to fix their […]

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Need to clear unwanted vegetation? Rent a herd of hungry goats and make them happy!

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 5 August 2014

We know Chicago’s O’hare International airport got a bunch of goats to take care of landscaping last year. Now it looks like you can do the same with the help of Rent-A-Ruminant, a company located on Vashon Island in Seattle with a 120-strong herd of rescued goats.

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Aqua Golf lets you play golf like a frog: on land or in water

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 5 August 2014

If you are one of those golf-mad folks who have fantasized about playing a round or two of floating golf in your swimming pool or backyard, know that this thing now exists. With Aqua Golf, you can send the floating island green (a fantastic mix of foam, nylon and plastic) drifting away in your pool […]

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Cooking your dinner can charge your mobile device

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Tuesday 5 August 2014

What on earth is this witchery — a cooking pot that generates power to charge your mobile device while you cook your meal? We are not joking. The Powerpot is what it’s called, and it uses patented thermoelectric technology to create electricity from excess heat while cooking, which then goes into charging your device battery. […]

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Dessert furniture designed for sitting, not eating

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 4 August 2014

We love desserts. We love furniture. We love dessert furniture. There you have it. Can we move on and finally sit on all of these? Italian designer Diego Gugliermetto has a series of dessert poufs and sofas we really want to sink our bottoms onto, while Kabiljo’s cheekily-named Let Them Sit Cake is reminiscent of […]

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Got a call? Talk to the hand instead of the handphone

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 4 August 2014

Ever thought of answering a hand instead of the handphone? Why not do both? While Stephen Moore came up with a prototype of a cumbersome handset that can be plugged into a mobile phone or a PC, his creation never really saw the light of the day (it crashed on Kickstarter). Guess we’ll just have […]

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