Tag: Asia

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Modern Toilet Restaurant interior decoration

“Modern Toilet:” Not Your Regular First-Date Spot in Taipei

The “Modern Toilet Restaurant” in the über-hip Ximending neighborhood of Taipei, Taiwan, is a pretty unique bathroom-themed food enterprise. This place has been designed to wow the Instagram generation with some of the most exciting and unusual bathroom twists you have ever seen. Here, the seats are real toilets, the menu is written on a toilet-seat shaped paper, and the waiting staff delivers little chocolate “poop” ice creams.

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Mural depicting the local tradition of bird-singing clubs, at Block 71, Seng Poh Road, Tiong Bahru Estate in Singapore, created by Yip Yew Chong.

The Dying Singaporean Tradition of Bird-Singing Clubs

No one is certain when the Singaporean bird-keeping tradition began, but most people will tell that it started in the 1950s with the British Armed Forces’ formation of the Singapore Cage Bird Society. As bird-keeping grew in popularity, travel guidebooks began to feature Singapore’s bird-singing areas, quickly turning them into tourist attractions that piqued the curiosity of visitors from around the globe.

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Plastikophobia art installation created by Benjamin Von Wong.

#Plastikophobia: An Instagram Trap to Raise Environmental Awareness

Social impact artist Benjamin Von Wong is back with another immersive art experience aimed at raising awareness about the harm of plastic pollution. After his #Strawpocalypse installation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Von Wong turned his attention to Singapore where he built #Plastikophobia, along with fellow artist Joshua Goh and social media strategist Laura François.

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Finolhu Beach Bubble Tent

Finolhu “Beach Bubble” Tent: For the Best View in the Maldives

As if a trip to the Maldives were not exotic enough, there’s a new unique accommodation on the island of Finolhu in Baa Atoll that’s sure to become a bucket list destination. Finolhu draws hundreds of visitors every year to its retro-chic, luxury resort complete with overwater bungalows, famed “1 OAK Beach Club” and popular “Fish & Crab Shack Restaurant.” Now, there is another room to book, and it arguably has the best view in the Maldives – the “Beach Bubble” Tent.

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Giant images of Chinese deities decorating the Tianzi Hotel In China’s Hebei province.

“Tianzi Hotel” in China: A Chance to Sleep in a God’s Body

While most visitors to China are eager to see sights such as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Xian Terracotta Army Site, and Shanghai’s skyline, those who venture further afield will be greatly rewarded. In China’s Hebei province, just an hour from Beijing, travelers will find the “Tianzi Hotel,” an unusual structure called the “Biggest Image Building” by the Guinness World Records.

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Artist Benjamin Von Wong's "Strawpocalypse" installation.

#Strawpocalypse: Using Art to Help Save the Environment

“It’s just one straw, said 8 billion people.” This line is what inspired Canadian photographer and artist Benjamin Von Wong to create his latest socially conscious art installation “The Parting of the Plastic Sea.” The stunning art piece is currently on display at the atrium of the Estella Place retail mall in District 2 of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, until March 24, 2019.

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Kazakh eagle hunter

Kazakh Eagle Hunters: Keeping a Centuries-Old Custom Alive

In the far northwest corner of Mongolia, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) across Russian and Chinese mountains from Kazakhstan, there is a community of 87,000 people that still live by the traditions of their ancestors. The Kazakh eagle hunters that inhabit these lands are descendants of Huns, and Turkic, Mongolic and Indo-Iranian indigenous groups who lived in this area.