Located in the southern corner of Japan, the Okinawan Islands’ sub-tropical climate has created an archipelago that is surrounded by the bluest ocean and the greenest jungles, made even more resplendent by its ancient history and unique culture.
Words & Photography: Paul Dymond
Azure waters, palm-tree fringed white sandy beaches, and ever-so-friendly locals complete the picture postcard that is Boracay. Ranked among the most beautiful islands in the world, this gem in the Philippine archipelago is truly a slice of paradise.
Words: Chitra S Photography: Adam Lee
From leading technologies to jazzy fashions, Japan has been dominating the world stage from the middle of the 20th century. From hallowed customs and practices that have been refined over centuries to quirky and even bizarre expressions of mod culture, the charm of Nippon will last an eternity.
Words: Efi Hafizah Hamzah
To date, her hit song – World is Mine – has received more than 16 million hits on YouTube. She has appeared in a TV commercial for Toyota, which aired in the US. She is the star of her very own video game – Project DIVA and her concerts are often sold out. It’s hard to think of her as anything but human, but the hugely popular Hatsune Miku is a virtual creation, and very unlike you and me. The face of Vocaloid 2, a singing synthesizer application first developed by Yamaha, Miku is a virtual pop star with a fan base that can rival Justin Bieber’s Beliebers. Her creators, Crypton Future Media, explain the inspiration behind her birth, and what the future holds for virtual stars like Miku.
Compiled by: Kota Suzuki & Chitra S
You are bound to have seen movies where a gung-ho passenger leaps into action to safely land a wayward aircraft. But can just about anyone takeover the controls and guide a plane to terra firma with no prior training? Capt. Lim Khoy Hing sets matters straight.
There’s more to food than meets the eye. Not only does it nourish, food also has the power to bring together kith and kin together, changing strangers into friends and bridging cultural differences. Now go forth and travel, explore and eat to your heart’s content!
Words: Alice Yong
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