Chinese sneaker brand Feiyue started out providing the go-to footwear for Shaolin monks; the shoes were lightweight, supportive and cheap. Fast forward nearly 70 years and the martial art accessory has become a fashionable must-have - and the cause of multiple copyright disagreements. For the past year and a half, Beijing resident AJ Donnelly and his business partner Nic Doering have been working with the Shanghai-based brand to bring it back to its humble roots. Donnelly's story starts like that of many who encounter Feiyue in Beijing: he stumbled upon the shoes when he started his martial arts training at the Shaolin Temple in Henan province in 2015. The shoes, which were also a staple of the martial arts performers at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, are made using recycled rubber from the Shanghai Da Fu Rubber tire factory. Their Chinese name means "to leap" or "to fly over", though its slogan "flying forward" will be more familiar to people in the West. In 2016, Donnelly and Doering … [Read more...] about How Feiyue, shoes of Shaolin monks, are making a comeback
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Changing narratives make a fishy story Let us go back to the original version of this story when it first broke out in the media. While the Filipino nation was observing our Independence Day last June 12, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana broke the news that about 22 of our fishermen on board the F/B Gem-Ver nearly perished at Recto Bank located at West Philippine Sea. The Recto Bank is one of the islets located near South China Sea where our country has overlapping territorial maritime claims with Beijing and other country claimants around this area. Lorenzana disclosed that the Filipino fishing boat F/B Gem-Ver figured in a “collision” incident with a Chinese-flagged vessel, but that its 22 Filipino crewmembers were safely rescued by a passing Vietnamese ship. The Recto Bank is nearest to Palawan where the Western Command (Wescom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is stationed. “We denounce the … [Read more...] about Changing narratives make a fishy story
Porsche has been highly successful in the global market, including Thailand, with its Cayenne SUV model. While many may have wondered why on earth a famous sportscar manufacturer like Porsche would build an SUV with five seats, the strategy did what it was designed to do when the first Cayenne was launched two decades ago. The model introduced Porsche to a new market and was able to open up a much larger group of buyers, generating huge profits for the company. In Thailand today the Cayenne is probably the most popular Porsche – you can see them every day on our roads. The German sportscar brand has become a household name for those who want a luxury SUV fit for the family (which is definitely more likely to get a spouse’s approval than a two-seater sports car like the 911). Now in its third generation, the Cayenne offers a sportier look much improved over the standard version. Porsche calls it the Cayenne Coupe – it still has five doors, though, and competes … [Read more...] about The SUV that feels like a sports car
Will we be seeing Sharla Cheung on our screens again? It's been 16 years since the Hong Kong actress last appeared in Chinese movie The Sixth Sense. The 51-year-old, who relocated to Beijing, recently visited her family in Hong Kong over the Labour Day holidays. And her star quality hasn't diminished over the years, as she still drew eyes while she was out and about with a friend at Causeway Bay. When asked by Apple Daily whether she would be making a comeback, she gave a seemingly positive response. "I still have to work anyway. It takes a lot of time to learn and practise Buddhism, but my senior (who is also Sharla's boyfriend) said that I can do all of them together due to the worldly dharma law." "It means that you can do perfectly well in everything you do, then will it all be perfect. So I can still work." Since she bowed out of the entertainment industry, Sharla has been visiting monasteries in China and listening to Buddhist scriptures. Before fans get too excited … [Read more...] about Will Hong Kong actress Sharla Cheung be making a comeback?
Global food trends 2019: Fats make a comeback (Philstar.com) - April 30, 2019 - 4:26pm MANILA, Philippines — First, there were the Avocado Toast recipes, then came the Instagram-famous Unicorn Frappucino, and more recently those Poke Bowls that took the spotlight from chopped salad. Thanks to the Internet, all we had to do was type in a few words to discover what people all over the world are eating. But what food trends will be on the tip of our tongues and devour our social media feeds this year? This year may be the year of “Pegan” diets, faux meat snacks, super Chocho (Chayote), and the taste of the Pacific Rim, with more people looking to Pinterest to get their food inspirations. This was according to the presentations made by International Chef Gary Evans at the recent Tabasco TasteSetters Workshop. The two-day workshop was organized by premium food brand importer-distributor Sysu … [Read more...] about Global food trends 2019: Fats make a comeback