19 May, 2006

Seoul: The Best Place for Nudity

Time has issued its best of Asia issue and the Nomad notes that it suggests Seoul offers the best location to be nude.:

Timecov WhiteWhen you do it for the first time, you stand there for mere seconds, thinking “I can’t believe this,” before scurrying for the cover of your fashionably minimalist bedroom. The second time, you force yourself to linger a little longer and at least take in the view. But well before your stay at the Park Hyatt is over, you have accustomed yourself to standing naked in a bathroom that comprises nothing but glass on three sides, situated above one of the busiest intersections of one of the busiest cities of the busiest continent on earth. Sustaining it all is the questionably held faith that the thin panes in front of you really are reflective.

Also curious, the list suggests Lahore in Islamic Pakistan as the locale for the best experience in a red-light district and megacity Tokyo as having the best fishing hole.
As such, it’s not so much of an objective attempt at naming the ‘best’ as it is a fluffy — albeit enjoyable — filler issue. In that vein, AP would welcome other suggestions for the ‘best’ in Asia. Surely readers are no less informed than the writers for time (although you will be unpaid).

by @ 11:26 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The PLA Blows

The People’s Liberation Army is continuing its recent tradition of posing for silly looking photographs.


Policemen inflate lifebelt before the arrival of the Chanchu typhoon in the Chinese province of Zhejiang.
(Via We Make Money Not Art)


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by @ 11:37 am. Filed under China, Asia, East Asia, Northeast Asia

Approval Ratings

Michael Turton notes that Taiwan’s Chen Shui-bian - in a survey of civic groups - has an approval rating in the single digits:

President Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) approval rating has dropped to a new low of just 5.8 percent, with 88 percent of respondents dissatisfied with the performance of Chen’s administration over the past six years, according to the results of a survey released yesterday.

The survey was conducted by the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) — the Democratic Progressive Party’s ally in the pan-green camp — on 69 civic groups from May 5 through May 12.

The respondents gave the administration’s overall performance a failing grade of 57.5 percent.

Meanwhile Indonesia’s Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has also :

Just 37 percent of the public approves of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s (SBY) job performance, the lowest rating he has registered in his 18 months in office, a poll has revealed…

The economy is the public’s greatest concern, with 73.9 percent saying they believed the Yudhoyono administration had failed to tackle the chronic problem of unemployment.

The poll also found 70.4 percent of respondents felt there had been no improvement in their household incomes.

Over 60 percent of respondents said they had experienced a drop in their purchasing power…

72.2 percent of the respondents said they were not impressed by the work of the economic team.

There is no need to fear for democracy in Asia. SBY’s ratings are still higher than those enjoyed by George Bush. Plus, Singapore’s People’s Action Party is still polling well.:

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by @ 12:15 am. Filed under Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Asia, East Asia, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia

K-pop Acronyms

In case you needed to know, Cathartidae brings us a listing of the abbreviations used by Korean pop groups.:

 Icsfiles Artimage 2006 05 12 C Ent Nws Lee LH.O.T. = High Five of Teenagers
JTL = Jang (Woo Hyuk) Tony Lee (Jae Won)
Fin.K.L. = Fine Killing Liberty
G.O.D. = Groove Over Dose
Baby V.O.X. = Baby Voice of Expression
N.R.G = New Radiancy Group
Swi.T = Song Will Tell
C&G = Chick & Guy
a.i.d.a = Angels in Distress and Anger
S.Z = Street Zine
P.L.T = Platinum
B.O.K = Boy of Korea
CLEO = Come Listen Every One
1Tym = 1 Time For Your Mind
S.E.S. = Sea Eugene Shoo
M.I.L.K. = Made in Lovely Kin
DJ DOC = DJ Dream of Children
HAND = Have a Nice Day
HOPE = Hoping on Passion Exist
D.bace = Divine Born Ace
KISS = Korean International Super Star
A-TOM = A Team Of Major
C.O.C = Cheerleaders of Charm
U.N = United N Generation
5tion = 5 True Image Of New
Q.O.Q = Quality of Quantity
T.T.Ma = Taste The Maximum
Roo’RA = Roots of Reggae
TRAX = Typhoon of the Rose Attack on X-mas
YG Family = Yang Goon Family
BoA = Beat of Angel
LPG = Long Pretty Girls
N.EX.T = New EXperimental Team

The picture used, , is of Lee Hyo-ri. She is currently a solo artist but was formerly a member of Fin.K.L
(Fine Killing Liberty? WTF?).

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by @ 12:08 am. Filed under South Korea, Asia, East Asia, Northeast Asia

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