Follow our CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more trending stories and videosSINGAPORE: Pierre Png is smoulderingly hot property right now, having a prominent role in the much-heralded film Crazy Rich Asians, which took in US$25.3 million (S$34.6 million) on its opening weekend in the US.But when he arrived for our meeting two days after the film’s red carpet premiere here, he looked exhausted – and even a little shell-shocked.Everything was only just starting to sink in, he confided – the film’s success, the part he’d played in it, and the magnitude of its significance for the American movie-making industry.With Crazy Rich Asians being heralded as a milestone for diversity and racial representation in Hollywood, one can only imagine that if the industry players who are riding on this hype really believe in what they are saying, more opportunities will arise in the near future for actors of Asian ethnicity to be cast in lead roles.And since … [Read more...] about Pierre Png: Singapore’s best bet for a bona fide Hollywood leading man?
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FOOD PICKS Food Editor Tan Hsueh Yun recommends: DELICIOUS AND VEGETARIAN Have you got friends who go meatless on Mondays? I do, and for many years, I would wonder, why? Now I kind of, sort of, get it. As I get older, and want to be kinder to my body, it makes sense to, as American author Michael Pollan writes in his 2008 book, In Defence Of Food: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." I'm not ready to give up meat but a vegetarian meal once a week is not difficult, especially when I can go to La Bussola in Portsdown Road for vegetarian and vegan Italian food. The restaurant opened about three months ago, and the people behind it are the owners of Pietrasanta, just across the courtyard. Chef Loris Massimini, 45, of Pietrasanta, says he was inspired to open La Bussola because he saw the good healthy eating can do. La Bussola's chef, Carlo Alberto Castellini, 36, went vegan six months ago and his blood pressure went down. Massimini's brother Giuseppe, 51, cut out red meat, started … [Read more...] about Life! Happenings Aug 11: A complete guide to what to eat, drink, watch and listen to this weekend
THE FIRST thing that strikes you about up-and-coming illustrator Phannapast Thaychamethakool is her style. She arrives for our meeting dressed in a long and loose black gown embroidered with fanciful birds of her own design and with a Chinese qipao collar that makes her seem almost ethereal. Her hair is short with blunt bangs reminiscent of a schoolgirl. She speaks politely and moves gracefully when asked to pose for our photographer. In short, she’s not unlike the fanciful illustrations of animals that have flowed from her pen and caught the eyes of several giant brands including Gucci and Instagram. Phannapast Thaychamethakool poses with her illustrated covers for Bang & Olufsen’s A9 speakers. /Nation:Tanachai Pramarnpanich Phannapast’s eccentric and brightly coloured beasts ranging from rabbits, peacocks, pheasants, parakeets and kittens to panthers, crocodiles and elephants are also dressed in fabulous costumes – sometimes in a qipao – … [Read more...] about Flights of fabulous fancy
Remember the two atomic bombs, designed by Los Alamos Laboratory, 'Little Boy' and 'Fat Man', which change the fate of two cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, during Second World War? Scientists from all around the world conducted detail studies on the radiation, which killed thousands of civilians, to understand the effects as well as to gain the insight into it. Even though scientists know that radiation exposure has harmful effects on humans, a Brazilian scientists group has achieved a major breakthrough during the study by using sophisticated technology and took a precise measurement of the radiation dose to which the victims were exposed and the effects of this exposure on DNA and health in general. The ongoing study was first started in the 1980s under the leadership of Sérgio Mascarenhas from University of São Paulo (USP). The study, entitled with "Electron spin resonance (ESR) dose measurement in the bone of Hiroshima A-bomb victim," was published on April 27, in … [Read more...] about Scientists analyse Hiroshima Bombing victims’ bone to measure radiation dose
North Koreaannouncement The weekend announcement from Pyongyang, one week ahead of the inter-Korean summit, galvanized the world. But it's time for a reality check By Robert McCoy April 23, 2018 4:41 PM (UTC+8) Share Tweet Linkedin Print Email Share 0 Comment 0 Nearly every major news outlet around the globe covered the Saturday announcement by North’s Korean Central News Agency that it will cease underground nuclear testing, halt test launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, nor use the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in Northeast North Korea at face value. Kim’s words have also played well in some political circles – especially the engagement-centric South Korean administration of President Moon Jae-in. US President Donald Trump also seems overjoyed at the news, though a bit more skeptical. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox But what exactly do those concessions so magnanimously made ahead of the … [Read more...] about Kim’s pledge: ‘Program ended’ or ‘program completed?’