Whether you're religious or not, places of worship are usually on the bucket list when you travel to a new place. But after a while, maybe every temple, cathedral and shrine starts to look the same to you. Peaceful places for prayer with holy ornaments and symbols around. However, there are a few places which deviate from the norm and are bound to stick in your memory for a lifetime. Some may even make you wonder how anyone could ever pray in them. 1. DAINICHIBO TEMPLE - JAPAN Ever seen a mummy in the flesh? At Rysui-Ji Dainichibo Temple in Yamagata, Japan, come face-to-face with a mummified monk. This temple in Japan showcases one of 16 self-mummified bodies claimed to be living Buddhas. This act of self-mummification termed sokushinbutsu is believed to form a spiritual bridge between the afterlife and the living. The monks achieve this process through a 1,000 days diet of nuts, seeds and poisonous lacquer. They will then await death in an underground tomb to achieve eternal … [Read more...] about 10 weird and unusual religious sites you must visit in the world
JOHANNESBURG: Lions coach Swys de Bruin has returned to his post with the South African Super Rugby side after treatment for stress and says he is "ready to go" in his role as attack coach for the Springboks at the World Cup in Japan later in the year.De Bruin left the Lions' Australasian tour four weeks ago and returned to South Africa on the advice of team doctor Rob Collins, but says he is ready to coach the side against the New South Wales Waratahs at Ellis Park on Saturday."I got professional help. It (stress) is something I realise does happen‚ if you don't look after it. But I'm feeling so good," an upbeat De Bruin told reporters on Thursday."I think in most cases you don't see it coming. I take stuff to heart and I make stuff personal. It's not something that happens over a day or two, but comes over a long period."To pinpoint particular stuff is not going to solve anything. For me it's about how do I react when it happens. I'm getting professional help not to get over … [Read more...] about Lions coach De Bruin back at his post and ready for World Cup
By Katie Walsh Tribune News Service Thu., May 2, 2019 Hollywood loves a merchandising opportunity. And in recent years, there’s been a trend of turning merchandise itself into movies, which can then spawn more opportunities for merchandising, therefore creating an infinite loop of merchandising opportunities. The latest children’s toys sent into the movie-transformation merch machine are the colourful, blobby plushies known as Uglydolls, whose adventures feature in the new animated film UglyDolls. But for a film about outlandishly kooky dolls, the film sure is flat, listless and narratively bland. Directed by animation vet Kelly Asbury, the film has the “story by” credited to producer Robert Rodriguez, who, along with writers Alison Peck, Erica Rivinoja and Vivian Wang, cherry-picked every narrative trope from every animated movie ever. As soon as the film opens with a song by a cheerful hero describing their happy, utopian community and wondering … [Read more...] about UglyDolls is pretty unimpressive and pretty predictable
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?
Well, most of us. Even those who’ll lament the narrative’s end, but will be none the worse for wear and tear through eight seasons (make that nine years). Yeah, like Otso Diretso, plus 1. I can’t watch Episode 3’s original airing this morning, as I'll be involved in another annual ritual involving fiction and poetry. But I’ve been happily assured that Florentina Homes in Dumaguete has a cable TV local provider whose channels include HBO. And that I can even watch the 10 p.m. replay on HD at Gabby’s Bistro, with its wider screen as a Cignal recipient. So, like most of you who are GOT 8 (and Otso Diretso) fans, I should see who get killed off in the Great Battle of Winterfell. Should be quite a bloodbath, with blogging pretenders to three-eyed raven augury largely predicting that the Night King will take Game 1, and decimate Winterfell the way Thanos did the Avengers. Until his White Walkers claim a nine-dash line to include the Winterfell crypt, … [Read more...] about Who will survive ‘GOT’?