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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 Japan, there’s a sweets marathon where you can gobble up sweets and run

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 October 2014

Sweat is sweet! You can now sign up to go on a sweets marathon in Japan (take your pick from Fukuoka, Osaka, Tokyo, Chiba and Aichi), where you can run and indulge in sweets at the same time. Apparently, every 2-3km of the 10-km marathon route comes with feeding stations where you can tank up […]

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This cat-like mammal is riding buffalos and rhinos in the wild

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Wednesday 29 October 2014

When conservation group Wildlife Act inspected some recent footage from their wildlife-monitoring camera traps in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, they found something quite surprising.

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Infographic charts famous hookups of literary writers

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 29 October 2014

Thanks to this intriguing chart that links well-known literary writers to the other famous people they’ve slept with, whether they are politicians, socialites, Hollywood actors or of course, other writers, we now have proof that hooking up defies explanation. It’s also reassuring to see that writers can also be quite lucky (or unlucky?) in love.

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House has view trained on the horizon, reminds us to be optimistic

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 28 October 2014

Research and design firm PRAUD, started constructing the 120-sqm Leaning House in Chungpyong, South Korea in 2013, and finally finished the completion in August this year. The structure is designed to tilt up towards the sun, while the south-facing front windows are angled specifically to let in warm sun beams during the day. If this […]

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3D-printed cityscape and more: Vinyl records, reinvented by designers and artists

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Tuesday 28 October 2014

What? An entire cityscape conjured from a vinyl record and 3D-printed acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene? Singapore-based media artist Brandon Tay did just that with his artwork for Singled Out, a joint exhibition with 49 other designers and artists who all took inspiration from songs that positively impacted their lives to create these pretty cool art pieces out of vinyl records.

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Haha! This prank sees foodies fooled by McDonald’s food passed off as organic tapas

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Tuesday 28 October 2014

We may not be ardent fans of McDonald’s, but it’s still pretty funny to see how these guys from YouTube channel Life Hunters pranked food experts when they went to a food convention in Houten, Netherlands and passed off artfully-styled McDonald’s meals as classy organic tapas-like dishes.

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Exposed! Swedish scientists secretly race to hide Bob Dylan lyrics in research articles

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 24 October 2014

Haha, what a riot. Apparently it all started 17 years ago, when professors John Jundberg and Eddie Weitzberg from Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute titled their research article ‘Nitric Oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind’ (the latter half is a lyric from Bob Dylan’s 1962 song Blowin’ in the Wind).

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Best job perk ever? This creative agency sends its employees off with $1,500 budget to travel for inspiration

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 24 October 2014

What, for real? thinkPARALLAX, a creative agency based in Californian coastal beach city Encinitas, is giving each employee $1,500 to travel anywhere they like to in the world and get inspired. They even get an additional paid day off to do this. As the agency states on their site, the idea for this initiative hinges on having ‘happy employees… with energizing experiences that will allow them to continue creating exceptional work for our clients’.

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If Star Wars was part of everyday life

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 24 October 2014

Well, just how beautiful are these? ‘Very’ doesn’t even come close. According to Toronto-based photographer Thomas Daggs on his site, the series is reminiscent of his young imaginative mind as a young Star Wars fan, who, at the age of eight, saw elements from the trilogy everywhere he turned while growing up. These doctored images […]

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Electrifying photo series shows dancers leaving behind light trails in long exposure shots

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 24 October 2014

For Singapore-based photographer Tan Ngiap Heng, who has always been transfixed by dance and calls it a ‘lifelong obsession’, the exploration of the different dimensions of the dancing body has occupied his personal work for years.

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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

This article brought to you by amaysim

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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