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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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Wine and dine at the bottom of a waterfall? Sure!

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Lunch is served… at the waterfalls? What? Well, not quite on the edge of one, but right at the bottom of it. The colonial-style Villa Escudero coconut plantation and resort in Laguna, Philippines, harbors a waterfalls restaurant where you can dine at a bamboo dining table just inches away from the falls, with crystalline spring […]

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Arresting street snapshots of San Franciscans

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Wednesday 30 July 2014

On his website, Troy Holden describes himself as ‘Snapshot photographer from San Francisco, California’: brief, to the point, and exacting in what he does well. He documents mostly the people of the city in candid, yet elegant shots, in stark black and white. According to a post about his work on Konbini, he’ll literally walk […]

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Fur-turistic, avant garde pet furniture for cats and dogs

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 30 July 2014

All right, we’ve just had about enough of dowdy, ugly, plasticky pet furniture that feels cheap and falls apart as quickly as when they are bought. For pets with a discerning taste for the avant garde and eclectic, we’ve rounded up our top avant garde furniture choices for your pets to herald in the future […]

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Yes, this app discreetly zaps out all traces of your ex digitally without the drama

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Breaking up in the digital age really sucks, so some kind soul in the world actually came up with an app to zap these digital remnants of your past love to smithereens. Well, sort of. Killswitch combs through your Facebook profile and removes traces your ex, whether it’s pictures, videos, wall posts or tagged status […]

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Set up this spherical pod as your office, why not?

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Wednesday 30 July 2014

The Archipod, we’ve got to say, must be the coolest garden office out there. The sphere-like design literally puts you in the centre of your immediate universe, the 2.9m-diameter space reaches up to a comfortable height of 2.5m, and it comes with a curved desk. The walls are double-insulated, the roof dome is made of […]

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Love selfies and toast? Make a selfie toast and get everyone to eat your face out

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 29 July 2014

Selfies. They just get deeper and deeper. Ridiculous selfie stick aside, you can now print a selfie of yourself onto a piece of toast. At least, this hellish invention by Vermont Toaster lets you do that.

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Venn Diagram pie chart… in a pie

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 29 July 2014

Sometime in June last year, Reddit user Rvenn, whose real name is Venn, had a friend bake him an actual venn diagram pie made up of, well, two intersecting pies. A fellow Redditor stole and reposted his picture of the pie a few days ago, which, ironically, was how we found out about it.

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IKEA uses stores in SIngapore to find new homes for homeless animals

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 29 July 2014

Swedish furniture chain giant IKEA has been recently experimenting with putting life-sized cardboard cutouts of actual homeless cats and dogs on its showroom pieces — such as couches and rugs — in Singapore, to get customers thinking about bringing a potential pet home. The cutouts come with unique barcodes that can be scanned with a mobile device to get instant information about the actual animal pictured.

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Crazy paper sculptures that stretch, collapse and twist like fluid

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Monday 28 July 2014

Beijing-based artist, designer and book editor Li Hong’s collapsible paper sculptures are shockingly good. He loves paper, collects it, and also experiments with forms to crazy, unpredictable effect. As he once explained to White Rabbit, ‘Paper — you can never predict what it will become in the end’. Looking at his works, we can’t quite […]

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Dad builds epic playground for kids

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 28 July 2014

A NASA scientist working as a research engineer in his day job took a couple of weeks and some metal, wood and cement to build for his kids a real-life MadCat straight out of Mech Commander in his own backyard. Actually, we’re not sure if it’s really for him or the kids. Then again, with […]

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Look, it’s Loch Ness hiding on your notice board

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Monday 28 July 2014

We have a special place in our hearts for sea monsters. And now we’ve found that Loch Ness, the king of all peekaboo sea monsters, may or may not be lurking in some dark lake in Scotland, but is definitely popping its bright green head up on cork notice boards everywhere.

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Hungry? May these Star Wars pancakes be with you

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Monday 28 July 2014

Pancakes. Mmmm. Star Wars. These nonstick steel Star Wars pancake molds make it easy for geeks to get their daily dose of galactic greatness every morning. You can choose to gobble down Yoda, Darth Vader or a stormtrooper.

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Behold, an app that cares for your cat using cat-face recognition

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 28 July 2014

42ARK founder Mu-Chi was prompted to build smart pet feeder, Bistro, when one of his cats was diagnosed with pancreatitis — something he could have known earlier if he had access to her eating habits. The intelligent feeding management tool helps cat owners monitor and control their cats’ eating portions. It even comes with cat-facial […]

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The majestic and billowing icebergs of Antarctica

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Monday 28 July 2014

Martin Bailey, who is based in Tokyo but works across all seven continents, is the nature photographer behind these statuesque shots of Antarctica icebergs. These are so, so beautiful we wish Antarctica was more accessible to us.

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Cats as famous fonts

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Saturday 26 July 2014

Buzzfeed reimagined cats as famous fonts a couple of years ago and while we’re only getting our paws on these photos now, it’s quite a marvellous collection. Of course, only the daftest feline expression would suffice for Comic Sans. Of course.

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