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No Hidden Cam for Edison

Posted by jtsmyth8 on June 2, 2009

After a long period of silence Edison has spoken up over the sex photo scandal. Looks like those lovely ladies knew exactly what they were getting into. He must be one smooth operator to get them to go along with getting photographed in compromising positions. Edison Chen reiterated that the photos were consensual and nothing deceptive occurred during his naked photo sessions. The new information came out during a CNN Talk Asia interview he gave recently.

“A Hong Kong computer technician was last month jailed for eight-and-a-half months for stealing the photos from Chen’s laptop when he sent it in for repairs, but it is still unclear how the pictures made their way onto the Internet.”


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Tokyo vacation might not be a good idea

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 5, 2008

Planning your next vacation? Perhaps you should cross Tokyo off that list. Recently a survey placed Tokyo as the most expensive city in Asia. The next most expensive cities were Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, and Beijing. Beijing’s rapid development and inflation has it quickly climbing the list. The HK dollar (tied to the US dollar) recently has become more expensive due to currency issues. The Korean dollar (down) has been attributed to lowered costs of cities in Korea. Other Asian currency have had a similar effect on their local economies.

The most expensive city in the world? Luanda (capital of Angola). Primarily an oil rich nation in south Africa ranked the most expensive due to costly consumer items enjoyed by wealthy expatriates.

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Less incentives for potential hires

Posted by jtsmyth8 on October 15, 2008

Tough economic times have forced companies to cut back on perks. Housing allowances, bonuses, and exclusive club memberships now no longer offered. Lengths of contracts normally 12 months are being shortened to 6 months. Now only positions deemed critical are interviewing job candidates. Traditionally a seller’s market has turned into a buyer’s market. Companies can afford to be more selective when hiring. This recession has forced even large companies into cost cutting measures to ensure long term financial stability. Despite the slowdown Asia tends to be more fiscally sound than the Amercas and even Europe. (more)

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Kobayashi takes down Chestnut

Posted by jtsmyth8 on July 28, 2008

A small but enthusiastic Singapore crowd got its first taste of professional eating as the sports’ two titans – Takeru Kobayashi and Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut – made their debut in the city-state.

About 300 competitive eating fans roared as local favourite Kobayashi of Japan slammed home five kilograms of chicken in 12 minutes in Sunday’s contest. California’s Chestnut was a distant second, munching down four kilograms.

“I’ve followed Kobayashi’s career on YouTube, so it’s really exciting to see him in person,” said Ricky Chen, a 31-year-old graphic designer.

The professional eating circuit, known as Major League Eating, was organizing its first contest in Asia, one of about 80 competitions a year in which “gurgatators” wolf down foods such as grits, sticks of butter, oysters, jalapenos and cow brains, all the while hoping to avoid the dreaded “reversal.” (story)

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B.ha bursts on to Singapore fashion scene in lingerie

Posted by jtsmyth8 on March 17, 2008

French lingerie label B.ha burst onto the Singapore fashion scene with an evening of runway glamour and champagne. The exclusive launch, held at the Ritz-Carlton, featured 46 sets of lingerie categorised into 4 themes – Sexy Glam, Romance, Essentials and Swimwear. An audience of 500 industry players, media, and VIPs attended the event.

Pronounced ‘bee-har’, B.ha means ‘brassiere’ and the label hopes to use Singapore as its launch pad to the rest of Asia. Launched in 1991, the label is an offshoot of established lifestyle brand Daniel Hechter. (gallery)

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