Face Ad Rising

Advertisements have always been everywhere, using common medium such as tv, radio, Internet, magazines and the like.

These days, smart-thinking people have been using a not-so-common medium : the face.

Or maybe the legs.

Either way, the ad is highly visible in public, maybe even irresistible, and it can grab enough attention to make passers-by turn their heads. And today’s walking billboards also post photos of themselves on social media sites, thus generating even more traffic for the advertisers – the ones who pay for the ad space . (Adapted from Nikkei Asian Review).

This phenomenon is appearing in countries such as Japan, UK and even the States. Mostly done by young people for various reasons : students wanting to pay off debts or earn pocket money, a US mum auctioning her face space for US$10000 for a virtual casino advertisement, or just a Japanese fad.

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I love..er..Japanese “washlets”, do you?

Japanese toilets are definitely more advanced and exquisite than those in any other developed countries. It can spurt out streams of water automatically to wash your bum while playing some soothing music. The experience is hands-free and paperless. These “washlets”, as they are called, are common in Japan but not so in the States or elsewhere – I wonder why…

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The latest innovation coming on the market is from Lixil Corp. : a smart toilet with smart features such as stronger water flow, tankless ( yes, NO tank needed), and an ion generator that removes bacteria.

And oh, you can use a smartphone as a remote control. How cool is that!

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Do you know Vendée Globe?

The Vendée Globe is a round-the-world single-handed yacht race, sailed non-stop and without assistance. The 7th edition started Saturday, November 10, 2012 in Les Sables d’Olonne, Vendée, France, where it would also end.

The first to arrive at the finishing line on Jan 27th 2012 was François Gabart (boat name: Macif) who set a new Vendée Globe record with race time of 78 days 2 hours 16 minutes and 40 seconds. The interval of 3h17’ between his arrival and that of second-placed Armel Le Cléac’h ( boat name: Banque Populaire) is the shortest in the race’s history.

(Adapted from Wikipaedia and official Vendée Globe website)

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Christmas trams in Budapest

Three years after their inaugural season in 2009, 3 trams in Budapest once again lighted up the festive mood of the city during Christmas 2012. They were decorated with over 30,000 lights and operated from 4:30 pm onwards. They were an inexpensive way to go on a sightseeing tour of the city which was itself well-lighted up.

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watch Bolyki burst into song in the tram

Solar power for Mongolian nomads

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

– World Bank Vice President visits Mongolia and learns first-hand about support for the “100,000 Solar Gers” project target to deliver cheap, clean electricity to nomadic herders

Half a million people – covering half the rural population and 70% of herders – now have electricity through affordable and portable solar home systems
A new market for electronic appliances is helping boost the rural economy.

More on world bank website

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Saga International Balloon Fiesta 2012

The 2012 Saga International Balloon Fiesta began on Nov 3 2012 in Japan’s Saga City, featuring 100 balloonists from around the world, including Australia, China, Hungary, Poland, the United Kingdom and the Unites States.

The balloon competition with several awards was jointly hosted by Saga International Balloon Fiesta Organization Committee and other public or private bodies. It has been held every year in the city since 1980 and is the largest balloon convention in Asia. (Adapted from Xinhua News Agency.)

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