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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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Hadouken! Now you can shoot great balls of fire from your hands

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 24 December 2014

Yes, New Hampshire magician Adam Wilber has gone ahead and made what many of us has dreamt of in our youth: launch great fireballs from your open palm. How? The handsfree Pyro, a remote-controlled device that is worn on the wrist with four chambers for multiple shots. It retails for just over US$170 and ships […]

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Stephen Hawking wants to conquer the world… as a Bond Villain

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 24 December 2014

Haha! As if Stephen Hawking isn’t a marvel enough for pushing the boundaries in theoretical physics as we know it, he apparently revealed to Wired Magazine in an interview that his real-life image make him perfect to play the bad guy in James Bond flicks: ‘I think the wheelchair and the computer voice would fit […]

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You can now order hotel rooms to come to you, wherever you are

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 24 December 2014

This is really quite something: mobile hotel rooms that come right to you, wherever you are. Hotel chain Scandic has launched its Scandic To Go stays for footloose travellers who want to pick the exact spot to sleep at, wherever they are. It’s like camping, with the comforts of a hotel room: the 18-sqm air-conditioned […]

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Slayer cat has excellent taste in metal music

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Tuesday 23 December 2014

Youtube user InZane4all was catching a Slayer performance at home one day when he observed his cat Buddy on the couch with all eyes and ears on the TV as the metal band ripped into the slow burning strains of Seasons in the Abyss: ’What’s funny is how he looks so into it. I guess […]

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Fictional city map with streets and districts named after video games

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By Low Lai Chow in News on Wednesday 10 December 2014

Remember the Film Map? Dorothy has returned with another soon-to-be-legendary Game Map of an imaginary city made up of over 500 video game titles and various other geeky references.

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Heartwarming! China’s homeless embrace learning at Hangzhou’s open library

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By Low Lai Chow in News on Wednesday 10 December 2014

As China’s first library that opens its doors to all visitors without charging them for access, the Library of Hangzhou is said to be the country’s most open library as well as the ‘warmest library in China’s history’ by netizens. This open-ness has even led the library to be a haven for Zhejiang capital’s homeless […]

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Feeling alienated? This isolation pod will cut you off from the outside world at a snap

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 3 December 2014

Design student Eden Lew took inspiration from a sandwich wrapper he threw out to prototype a personal pod-like isolation cocoon for anyone to take a quick retreat anywhere. His target audience? Busy students and professionals who routinely find it hard to take a break from their work. Initially prototyped as an isolation pod for people […]

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Fact: The Ice Age happened in Australia, too

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel, New Eco on Tuesday 25 November 2014

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Think ‘ice age’, and you’d probably think about Antarctica. Maybe we napped our way through geography classes when we were young enough to be in school… still, who knew that there’s rather compelling geographical evidence to show that Hallett Cove Conservation Park has seen the ice age 280 million or so years ago?

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In China, you can rent well-suited white guys to attend your company events

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 25 November 2014

This is pretty fascinating: Mitch Moxley recently penned a first-hand account in The Atlantic about how white expatriates are now moonlighting as fake businessmen to add a bit of foreign allure to ribbon-cutting ceremonies and the such in China. As his Chinese-language tutor remarked, ‘Having foreigners in nice suits gives the company face.’

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Nick Cave has started a Museum of Important Shit… and you can be part of it

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 25 November 2014

Sure, we can laugh when a sandwich that’s been half-eaten by a celebrity shows up on eBay and sells for an outrageous price. But even rock musicians can be fanatical too. At some point in Nick Cave’s semi-autobiographical documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, Cave and fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis talked about how they once saw a foul-tempered Nina Simone went onstage and stared the crowd down, foreboding what was to be a miserable set — and then went on to stick her chewed gum on the piano, wiped her head with a towel, and went on to deliver an unforgettable performance.

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Women turning down marriage proposals in classical art paintings

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 25 November 2014

Got to love this collection of the women in classical art paintings rejecting prospective suitors, with hilariously dubbed subtitles by Seth D Michaels. Goes to show that classical art is not always about the male gaze but really open to interpretation.

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Are science students better at creative writing than art students?

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 25 November 2014

Irish writer Aifric Campbell, who has taught creative writing to London’s Imperial College science, technology, engineering and medicine students for the last three years, recently penned a column in The Guardian to vouch for their ability to write good stuff that often outshines creative writing students.

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Turning caskets into art

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 25 November 2014

It’s an intriguing art show all right, that’s what we can say of Boxes of Death, with 50 artists — from painters and graphic designers to motorcycle builders and tattoo artists — who, given their own coffin, wield full artistic control over what they want to do with it. Helmed by creative firm founder Patrick […]

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Goats balancing on wobby metal sheet prove they are better athletes than you

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Monday 24 November 2014

So us humans can walk into brick walls and manholes as we text… while goats out-perform us in everyday life — as this video of a bunch of goats gallantly balancing on a buoyant metal sheet clearly shows. We are properly ashamed of our lack of dexterity.

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Dollars per minute, in a chart

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 22 November 2014

If you’ve ever wondered about the costs of things, minute by minute, Lapham’s Quarterly has a handy chart that will face off seemingly random costs — such as how much you’re spending on a JFK-LAX air ticket ($1.05), how much Facebook is making ($2,834.86), and how much money the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing is […]

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