In an era defined by fast-moving digital transformations and technological innovations, little did everyone know that hundred years ago, a Czech playwright named Karel Čapek had a prophetic vision of a sub-human life capable of performing the work of the world “robot”. To commemorate this centennial anniversary, the Czech Embassy in Manila in cooperation with Ateneo de Naga University Press is issuing the translation of “R.U.R.” drama by Karel Čapek in Filipino, where the world “robot” was used for the first time. The word “Rrobot” was first used in Čapek’s play Rossumovi Universal ni Roboti (Rossum’s Universal Robots), popularly known for its acronym R.U.R. It was staged for the first time at the Czech National Theatre on January 25, 1921 and has since been translated and performed in more than 30 countries. While Čapek was credited to be the first person to have used the term, it was his brother Josef, a cubist painter, who had come up with the term which came from the Slavic ... » Learn More about Czech classic ‘R.U.R.’ published in Filipino
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Classic cars are classified as a lucrative market. The financial technology company, Smart Asset, even reported classic cars as a good investment in 2021. HighLine Classics ( @highlineclassics ), a Ford Bronco restoration and build shop, is globally ranked among the top five Bronco shops. This title isn't a statement the team takes lightly, as the company's reputation speaks for itself. Founder, Josh Dougherty says he’s proud to say that his clients don't even visit the showrooms before ordering a vehicle. They’re so familiar with the care and craftsmanship the company is known for that they have complete trust in the final product. But what sets HighLine Classics product apart from other classic car builders? Let’s find out. Knowledgeable Leadership The HighLine Classics story starts with Josh Dougherty, who started his automotive career as a marketing executive in the tech industry. Dougherty says he’s always been an avid fan of collecting and restoring classic cars. After ... » Learn More about What Makes HighLine Classics the #1 Classic Car Builder in America
WELLINGTON: Chloe Zhao (Zhang Ting in Chinese) has become a huge international movie icon. She is the second woman and first Asian woman to win Best Director, at the 93rd Academy Award Ceremony for her film Nomadland. This should have been a major victory for China when a 39-year-old Chinese woman shatters glass ceilings to win a total trail of 58 awards. She should be the pride and joy of China, as a model of how the country’s top human talent are setting new global standards not only in tech but also in areas like the arts and film, often thought of as the cultural currency of advanced nations that have arrived. However, news of her award has been blocked in China. Her film, initially scheduled for a limited release in China in late April, has also been banned. READ: Commentary: Why is former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao’s eulogy about his mother being censored? CHLOE ZHAO IS NOT PATRIOTIC ENOUGH? What’s going on? Ms Zhao evidently loves her home country. In ... » Learn More about Commentary: Did Chinese censors just cancel Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland?
These kitchens in Singapore show that you don’t need upper cabinets to make your kitchen look fabulous. Rather than feel incomplete, they stand out in unique ways and allow other elements in the kitchen to shine. So you do you, and never let conventions dictate what your kitchen should or should not look like. 1. Lightbulb moment Filling the void that could have been upper cabinets with a gorgeous array of exposed light bulbs. Mood and practicality. Like the colours here in this kitchen, the choice here is vibrant and bold. 2. Light and airy Uppers are not missed in this clean and simple kitchen. Coupled with a sleek glass backsplash and a glass divider, the all-white space feels exceptionally light and airy. Subtle marble detailing on the quartz countertop lends just enough visual interest. 3. Green with envy Who needs upper cabinets when you’ve got such beautiful tiles to show off? This kitchen made use of two different wall tiles to keep things interesting. A ... » Learn More about 10 good-looking kitchens in Singapore with no upper cabinet
If you ask an entrepreneur about starting a business, they will probably tell you to search for the right business, check market trends and make sure that you optimise the flow of the market. However, when Sherrie Han decided to venture into the business of producing exquisite timepieces for women, things couldn’t have been harsher. You see, the timekeeper of Singapore wasn’t just planning to start her own venture but was doing so against market odds. “There’s no market for mechanical watches for women,” Sherrie was told. But that didn’t stop her from creating The Eliana Timekeeper, an exclusive watch microbrand for women that has been making waves amidst the pandemic. If you think that’s tough, Sherrie Han did all of this while holding her full-time job as a senior lawyer while also being pregnant with her second child. In a way, Sherrie has had three babies growing up in the past year and conquering new milestones. In the past year, The Eliana Timekeeper has turned out to ... » Learn More about Timekeeping like no other: Mumpreneur Sherrie Han is bringing proudly Singaporean handcrafted time
SINGAPORE: In this time of COVID-19, one topic of conversation has been television: What people are watching and how much they are watching. It begs the question of whether our isolation is changing the way we consume television. While streaming services are reporting universal booms in their subscription rates, one is rising heads and shoulders above the rest – namely Netfix with almost 16 million more subscribers since lockdowns began all around the world. Netflix has made US$709 million profit on their US$5.8 billion revenue. Their stock prices have soared since COVID-19 morphed into a global pandemic, as people turned to their televisions for comfort. While the firm pioneered the subscription video streaming model and has seen a steady climb in recent years with more original content and a migration of notable television series to the platform, no would could have predicted this freak surge in demand. READ: Commentary: Nowhere but up for Netflix after huge Oscar ... » Learn More about Commentary: The rise and rise of Netflix in a time of coronavirus
There are tentpole sale events consumers look forward to every year because one, they need the items being sold; two, they get more value for what they pay for; and three, the items they buy really add to and improve their quality of life. These can be said for the month-long SM Home sale this May, where top brands like Family Home, Royal Linen, Tiger, Home Gallery, and Chef’s Classics are selling at up to 50% off. This is major savings, a truly worth-it bang for your buck. More than 20 home brands are participating, which means homemakers, decorators, and contractors will have more options to choose from — perfect for those who need to buy a lot within a very specific budget that they need to stick to. Think of the month-long sale as SM Home’s way of giving value to your hard-earned money. This means they not only care about your home, but they also care about YOU, the person living in it, and your family. On top of the 50% off sale is the option to place your orders ... » Learn More about Limited time offer: Enjoy big discounts at SM Home this May
With all the buzz surrounding cryptos, you may have wondered if bitcoin’s worth it. The internet is filled with discussions regarding bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Regular folks turn into first-time investors as these digital assets become mainstream. Still, it’s wise to check everything available before investing in cryptos, including this article. First, we’ll explain the basics of bitcoin, such as its history and uses. Unlike most online sources, we’ll explore what motivates someone who invests in cryptocurrencies. We’ll show you the wise and poor reasons to get into the cryptocurrency markets. This will help you plan your investments carefully and find other ways to earn from bitcoin. The desire to invest in virtual currencies comes from a person’s mind. Everyone has different reasons to get into these crypto coins. If you understand why you want Bitcoin, you’ll see where you want the investment to take you. This will help you look behind the hype and invest wisely in Bitcoin ... » Learn More about Is Bitcoin a good investment?
SINGAPORE: Emblazoned with smiley cartoon rabbits and a bright pink background, the animated graphic on Chng Rui Jie’s online fund-raising page stands out from the other campaigns on the Giving.sg website. “Hungry EASTER BUNNIES thank you”, it is titled. In simple language, the 10-year-old Gongshang Primary School pupil writes that she loves rabbits, calls for donations and signs off as a “bunny lover”. This is just one of the 18 online campaigns Rui Jie has run in the course of the past year. Some, like this, have raised a few thousand dollars; others brought in more, such as a campaign she started for The Straits Times’ School Pocket Money Fund, which raised over $56,000 in six months. As of December, she has raised more than S$250,000. SHARING HER VOICE It started in the midst of the circuit breaker when Rui Jie’s father, Anthony Chng, had to move his fund-raising efforts online. The 45-year-old is the head of enterprise at Children-At-Risk Empowerment ... » Learn More about A 10-year-old girl raised over S$250,000 for charity online. This is how she did it
What do bebinca from Goa, India, canelés from Bordeaux, France and Portuguese queijadas have in common? They were all invented or perfected in convents. How did nuns start making such heavenly desserts? Many people say it’s because they had the luxury of time and space to perfect their techniques. But the answer probably lies in the abundance of egg yolks they were saddled with - egg whites were used to clarify wine, apply gold leaf to church altars, and starch the head coverings and habits nuns wore. Not only that, but many convents needed funds for preserving and repairing their buildings, so when the nuns were not praying, they toiled in the kitchen creating cakes, pastries and preserves to sell. Rita João and Pedro Ferreira, writing in the Portuguese pastry encyclopaedia Fabrico Próprio: The Design of Portuguese Semi-Industrial Confectionery, say: “These places of faith and seclusion were often true laboratories of creation, where the religious dedicated themselves to ... » Learn More about Nuns were in the habit of creating heavenly desserts, but how did convents become ‘laboratories of creation’?