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Up to 1,000°C, Firefighter Albert, 40 I feel: Lucky. The hottest fire scene I have been to was 300°C – not too hot, by our standards. It’s satisfying because we can save people’s lives. The uncertainty is the most dangerous part of the job. You have to be decisive –...
Aug 2 2007
“Cold noodles” sound like the creation of bad cooks and negligent mothers. The culinary lexicon of western chilled dishes seems to be limited to appetizers or desserts, never mains. Here in the Orient, noodles take center stage and the curious mesh of each cultural ingredient pulls you...
Aldo 7/F, The Ascott Sathorn Bangkok, 187 South Sathorn Rd., 02-676-6982. Open daily 11am-midnight. You’ve been a good boy or girl and sweated out every toxin in your body at the very intimate and international Cascade fitness club. Now you need to celebrate. If you’ve made a new friend...
Aug 2 2007
In honor of the Queen's Pier demonstrators,  we've written our own folk protest song...  It's odd in this modern era We're fighting as hard as we can To save a delapidated pier, a small bit of old reclaimed land. A pier seems a trivial thing    Not worthy of any big fuss...
Aug 2 2007
At last, a hip new spot on the Sheung Wan dining scene – a place called Graze (142 Bonham Strand, 2850-7766) just on the corner of Bonham Strand and Queen’s Rd., serving up some damn tasty sandwiches and international fare for a decent price. My new mate Claudio Dieli is the new chef at...
On average, I spend roughly $20 on bottled water each day. Call it a symptom of modern city paranoia, but if I could bathe in the stuff, I would. Its not that Hong Kong water is contaminated, but many of our pipes are old and rotting. If you’ve ever emptied out a water filter after a week...
Aug 2 2007
LEO (Jul 23-Aug 22) You’ve arrived at the recreate-yourself-from-scratch phase of your cycle. To celebrate, I’ve gathered three apt pieces of advice for you to scrawl on a piece of paper that you’ll put under your pillow. (1) “Almost everything comes from almost nothing....
Jul 27 2007
Fake brands might be your main reason for hitting up Shenzhen, but the real shopping lies beyond Lo Wu Commercial Center. Follow our guide for tons of electronics, cheap clothes and some of the weirdest products you’ll ever see. Electronics Street Formerly an industrial zone manufacturing...
Jul 27 2007
There’s a pretty constant rule in Shenzhen when it comes to food: it’s good, and it’s cheap. Cantonese cooking is rightly famous, but the local eateries don’t restrict themselves to one style. In Shenzhen you’ll find food from all over China – just a hop over the...
Jul 27 2007
WHAT TO DO Check out outer-space vegetables. Well, sort of. Ever since they developed a space program, China has been enthusiastically sending seeds to outer space in rockets. Head to the Shenzhen Outer Space Crops Park to check out the alleged final products. The 40,000-square-meter park is...
Jul 27 2007