Coco Chanel & Nautical tops

French sailors and fishermen had been sporting Breton tops — striped sweaters made from tightly knit wool to protect them from the elements — since the 19th century. Style maven Coco Chanel, however, turned the cotton long-armed shirt with horizontal blue and white lines into fashion. Striped pieces appeared in her boutique in the society seaside resort of Deauville, in …

Love in the time of algorithms

It could be argued artificial intelligence is already the indispensable tool of the 21st century. From helping doctors diagnose and treat patients to rapidly advancing new drug discoveries, it’s our trusted partner in so many ways. Now it has found its way into the once exclusively-human domain of love and relationships. With AI-systems as matchmakers, in the coming decades it …

Closer to Oppa: Store sells candles with scents that smell like popular Korean celebrities

A Manila-based online store sells scented candles with a twist—resembling perfumes of Korean celebrities. Called 325handcrafted, the Instagram shop, launched in 2019, offers scented candles in adorable jar packaging. Among the bestsellers are candles featuring the scents of Korean actors Song Joon-Ki, Lee Min-Ho and Hyun Bin.There is also a candle for Jungkook, a member of BTS. Founder Melissa Kay …

Philippine restaurants Gallery by Chele, Antonio’s Restaurant land on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants top 100 list

In a historic first, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants unveiled the 2021 list of restaurants ranked from 51st to 100th. Two restaurants from the Philippines made it to the prestigious roster. These are Gallery by Chele in Bonifacio High Street Taguig City and Antonio’s Restaurant in Tagaytay which ranked 90th and 84th, respectively. Gallery by Chele, a fine dining establishment dedicated …

Banksy’s tribute to health workers sells for record $20 million at auction

A Banksy painting showing a boy playing with a toy nurse as a superhero sold for more than 20 million dollars, setting an auction record for the elusive British street artist. “Game Changer,” unveiled last May at University Hospital Southampton, paid tribute to the frontline workers of Britain’s National Health Service in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The black-and-white …

Meat-free spam

A major downside of a rise in sales of canned meat like Spam is the greater consumption of pork, which brings both ethical and environmental concerns. According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Koreans eat 31 kilos of pork per year, while people in China eat 24 kilos, both well above the international average of 11 kilos. Meat …

The evolution of Japanese manga

Megumi, a Japanese office worker, said she reads 20 pages of manga on her phone during her lunch break, and turned to the manga apps when stuck at home with her kids during pandemic lockdowns. She became “addicted” to and paid for hit Line Manga series “True Beauty,” about a young woman whose makeup skills make her popular with men. …

Japan’s teamLab melds museum and sauna in fresh digital art experience

A wall of flower petals bursts into a thousand fragments. A huge ball levitates in the air, turning from red to blue to purple. Hundreds of butterflies dart around a screen of tiny water particles. This is not a modern art museum, but the latest creation of Japan‘s teamLab collective of engineers, artists and architects, anchored around a maze of …

Happy birthday Ken! Barbie’s beau turns 60

Ken, fashion doll Barbie‘s long-term companion, turned 60 last March 11, celebrating the milestone birthday with a return to his original look. Toymaker Mattel has recreated a version of the first Ken doll, dressed in red swimming trunks, sandals and carrying a yellow towel on his shoulders. Ken, who was named after the son of Mattel founders Elliot and Ruth …