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Singaporeans like to shop … online

Posted by jtsmyth8 on June 25, 2008

Singapore online shoppers spent 770.70 US dollars over a three-month period, followed by South Koreans who spent 707.50 dollars, the survey found.

It studied the behaviour of more than 4,000 people with bank accounts who used the Internet at least once a week, in Hong Kong, mainland China, Australia, Japan, India and Thailand as well as Singapore and South Korea.

Online shoppers in Thailand spent the least, at 406.30 dollars over the three months, while those in Japan spent 581.00 dollars, the survey said.

Shoppers in the region averaged 3.1 purchases during the period, it said. (story)

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South Korea big winners at Asian Film Awards

Posted by jtsmyth8 on March 18, 2008

South Korea dominated the Asian Film Awards for the second year running, with “Secret Sunshine”, a tragic movie about death and faith, taking home three top prizes including best picture.

“Secret Sunshine” — the story of a widow who moves to her dead husband’s hometown with her son, and then turns to evangelical Christianity when her child is abducted and murdered — also won for best director and actress.

South Korean actress Jeon Do-Yeon, who won the top acting prize at last year’s Cannes film festival for her performance as the suffering woman, again took home top honours in Hong Kong late Monday.

“This is beyond my expectations,” she said.

“Secret Sunshine” director Lee Chang-dong bested Taiwan’s Ang Lee, whose erotic World War II spy thriller “Lust, Caution” went home with just one award — a best actor trophy for Hong Kong veteran Tony Leung Chiu-wai. (story)

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Competitors converge on the Han River for record high wire challenge

Posted by jtsmyth8 on March 5, 2008

They came from all over the world, poles in hand, and feet ready to inch more than half a mile across a high wire strung over the Han River in a spine-tingling battle of balance, speed and high anxiety.

As part of its annual city festival, the South Korean capital staged Thursday what was billed as the world’s first high-wire championship, drawing 18 contestants from nine countries for three days of supreme feats of concentration.

Each acrobat must navigate the 1.2-inch-thick wire that spans the river, with the top prize of $15,000 going to the person crossing it fastest.

The contestants _ 14 men and four women _ include such masters of the high wire as Jade Kindar-Martin of Shelburne, Vt., a former Cirque du Soleil performer who once crossed London’s River Thames at a height of 150 feet, and Colombia’s Alan Martinez, who ambled across the Amazon.

They will face Adili Wuxiuer of China _ the world record-holder for distance who walked on a wire nearly a half-mile across the Chongqing Cliff at a height of 2,250 feet in 2003.

Organizers in Seoul said stringing the wire across the Han made it the longest-ever such high wire, meaning anyone making it across will break the record for distance. (story)

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Lin Dan loses match and temper

Posted by jtsmyth8 on January 30, 2008

World number one Lin Dan has refused to apologise for his part in an ugly scuffle with South Korea singles coach Li Mao during the final of the Korea Open Super Series at the weekend.Lin, beaten by Korean Lee Hyun-il in Seoul on Sunday, appeared to throw his racquet in fellow-Chinese Li’s direction after protesting a line call awarding a match point to Lee.

The hurled racquet sparked a shouting match between Lin and Li, and play was halted for about two minutes as match officials struggled to restrain world champion Lin. (story)

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Na Hoon-a drops trou to prove he’s still got “it”

Posted by jtsmyth8 on January 25, 2008

SHOW ME THE MONEY … shot. Haha! Do Korean scandals alway get settled by someone show up naked on live tv or is that just this one time? I gotta start paying more attention to those Koreans. YOU DONT BELIEF ME? AH? I STILL GOT MY BIG WEINER! LEMME SHOW YOU! Must not have been a pretty sight. The guy is old. Trust me nobody wanna see your wrinkly old pee pee. OK I believe you, no chop chop. It’s still there. fine pull your pants back up.

“South Korean crooner stunned a live, national TV audience on Friday by dropping his trousers and saying he was ready to prove he had not been castrated or dismembered in a love quarrel.Na Hoon-a, who can still fill concert halls with legions of his middle-aged fans, spoke at a packed news conference to deny rumours he had been castrated or had his penis cut off by a Japanese ‘yakuza’ gangster.

Media reports have said the gangster was angry the 60-year-old singer had a fling with one of his favourite South Korean actresses.” (story)

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