From October 2012

Japan in a Day

I’m really looking forward to seeing Japan in a Day which opened last week at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Following last years YouTube film Life in a Day, Ridley Scott has worked with Fuji Television to create a documentary that provides a poignant snapshot of Japan from the perspective of its people on March 11, 2012 – one year after the earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear crisis that shook the country.

Reviews from The Hollywood Reporter and The Telegraph.

Unfogging Your World

An app which promises to “Remember everywhere you have been in your whole life journey” immediately makes me skepticism but ‘Fog of World‘ is actually pretty fun even if doesn’t quite live up to the hyperbole. The simple concept is that you start off with a world map which is covered by fog that only clears once you visit a location in person, as tracked by your smartphones GPS.

What you’re left with are inverse contrails criss crossing a map providing a visual record of exactly where you’ve been. The makers of the app have tried to gamify the system by awarding achievements which can be shared on a leader board. In other words, a travel egomaniacs dream.

Made in Taiwan, it’s a cute idea although I dread to imagine what this will do for your battery life.

The Dark Side of K-Culture

A few years back I wrote an article asking whether you could identify a persons race by by looking at their facial structure. To my surprise it’s consistently been the no. 1 viewed page on Randomwire ever since, racking up over 250 comments and much controversy. One of my observations was the growing propensity for South Korean women to get so-called “double eyelid surgery“, a type of cosmetic surgery where the skin around the eye is reshaped in order to create a western style upper eyelid with a crease from an eyelid that is naturally without a crease (a.k.a. “single eyelid”) as most Asians have naturally.

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Hong Kong Path 3

Apologies for the lack of posts recently, it’s been a turbulent couple of weeks in Hong Kong and I find myself at another set of crossroad considering my future here. The city is undoubtedly the most convenient I’ve ever lived in – great transport links, good public services, delicious food, nice people and super fast internet but despite all this I miss some of the challenge of living somewhere like mainland China where both cultural and language differences made things a bit more interesting. Read more