Ready to have your heartstrings pulled? This ad for Google India will sure do the trick. The video, titled “Google Search: Reunion,” focuses on two men in their elder years who were childhood friends.
The men reflect on their younger years and on their forced separation due to the India-Pakistan partition of 1947. Thanks to technological advances, Google’s search system and their kinda grandchildren, the two are finally able to reunite.
Times of India claims that the ad went viral within a few hours of being released because it strikes such an emotional chord. They certainly weren’t kidding. The video has already gathered over a million views since its release yesterday.
Check it out for yourself and be prepared to find a smile on your face. Note: Turn subtitles on by clicking on the Closed Captioning option in the video.
Yesterday, BuzzFeed released a list called “27 Surreal Places To Visit Before You Die.” The list has already gained over 180,000 likes on facebook and for good reason. All of the locations are undeniably breathtaking.
We were pleased to discover that five of these locations were in Asia and we decided to take a closer look at all of them.
1. Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China
The Danxia landforms are sandstone formations most known for, you guessed it, their vibrant color patterns.The are located in a remote region in northern central China. The mountains and hills retain such color because Danxia landforms are composed of red sandstone. Mineral deposits were compressed into rock for 24 million years thus gaining a colors ranging from deep red to yellow and green.
2. The Hang Son Doong cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam
The Sơn Đoòng cave is currently the largest known cave in the world and is located near the border of Laos and Vietnam. It is five times larger than the Phong Nha Cave which previously held the record for being the biggest cave in Vietnam. Although it was created 2-5 million years ago, the cave did not become public knowledge until 2009. Inside, there is a fast flowing underground river as well as cave pearls the size of baseballs.
3. Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan
This popular tourist destination has been given the nickname “flower paradise” because the 32,000 square metres of flowers look amazing all year long. With each passing season, a different variety of flower will blossom throughout the Hitachi Seaside park such as the Nemophilas. The popular, blue flower blossoms annually during springtime.
4. Bamboo groves of Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan
These Japanese bamboo groves, located in Northwest Kyoto, are a tourist favorite. The gorgeous line of bamboo not only looks beautiful, apparently it sounds beautiful too. Amusing Planet notes “The sound of the wind in this bamboo forest has been voted as one of ‘one hundred must-be-preserved sounds of Japan’ by the Japanese government.” The bamboo in this grove is still used to manufacture various products such as cups, boxes, baskets and mats in the area.
5. Kelimutu crater lakes in Flores Island, Indonesia
Kelimutu is a small volcano central Flores Island of Indonesia. It has gained popularity because the volcano has three craters- each contain a lake with a different color. The lakes periodically change colors from red and brown to turquoise and green, independent of each other. The lakes are named Tiwi Ata Mbupu (Lake of Old People), Tiwu Nua Muri Kooh Tai (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Lake of Evil Sprits, or Enchanted Lake). The scientific explanation behind the colorful lakes chemical reactions from the minerals in the lake triggers by the volcano’s gas activity.
American journalist, reporter and television personality Anderson Cooper has been creating quite a buzz for himself for his live reports from the Philippines directly after Typhoon Haiyan.
The CNN reporter and host of is own daytime talk show Anderson Live, flew to Tacloban to report on the city most affected by the Typhoon.
His reports have gained quite a bit of attention because Cooper was not afraid to delve into the lack of aid and resources. He described the lack of government presence and the speed of aid.
Watch Anderson’s CNN segment below:
His report has caused a number of mixed reviews. Some were apparently upset over Cooper criticizing the Philippine government’s slow and inadequate efforts. Among those who disagreed with his sentiments was ABS-CBN newsreader Korina Sanchez.
During her morning radio show, Sanchez claimed that Cooper did not know what he was talking about. Philippine netizens, many of whom were facing the struggles that Cooper shed light on, were angered by Sanchez’s comment and pointed out that while he was out in the field gathering an actual account of the destruction, she was sitting sitting safely in a radio station saying that the state of things were not as bad as Cooper made it seem.
Others point out that her comment was for political reasons. After all, Sanchez is married to the Interior Secretary who heads the rescue and relief operations in Tacloban CIty. Citizens said she simply did not want to make it seem as if her husband was not doing an adequate job.
Because of this, many more netizens seem to agree with Cooper’s report.
Additionally, Cooper has been using twitter to share his thoughts and reveal the true state of the Philippines after the Typhoon:
Central Bureau of Investigation chief Ranjit Sinha is facing quite a lot of heat for a comment he made on Tuesday during a conference concerning illegal betting and gambling during sporting events.
Sinha tried to convey the idea that if the state could not control the gambling, then they could make some revenue by legalizing it. Innocent enough right? Unfortunately, he tied this along with a very inappropriate comment concerning rape.
If you can’t enforce it, it is like you can’t prevent rape, enjoy it. It is better to legalize it and earn some revenue rather than throwing up your hands.
As expected, this comment was met with outrage throughout India. Just this year, widespread protests occurred throughout India after a fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi. Clearly, this is an issue which should never be taken lightly.
The following day, Sinha tried to explain that his words were taken out of context. He issued an apology saying,
I gave my opinion that betting should be legalized and that if the laws cannot be enforced that does not mean that laws should not be made. This is as erroneous as saying that if rape is inevitable one should lie back and enjoy it.
I regret any hurt caused as the same was inadvertent and unintended. I reiterate my deep sense of regard and respect for women and commitment to gender issues.
Of course, many did not accept this apology and continue to protest. Several organizations such as the National Commission for Women (NCW) and All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) call for his resignation.
Additionally, they have plans to ask the court to draw up guidelines for action against public figures who make such remarks against women to avoid situations like this in the future.
“We will move court seeking the CBI director’s removal for his highly objectionable remarks. There is no point going to the government as they are unlikely to take steps against the CBI chief,” said AIDWA chief Sudha Sundarraman.
Kavita Krishnan, who is also part of AIDWA claims, “His explanation is making it worse. It is inadequate. By saying he was misinterpreted, he is trying to tell us we got it wrong. What he said is not a proverb. His statement endorses the analogy. Enough is enough. He must resign.”
For some, the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan is something distant and far from reality. An estimated 10,000 death toll is a number too large to comprehend and the 620,000 displaced residents are surely receiving aid, right?
Unfortunately, this is not exactly the case. Residents are in dire need of assistance, but there is simply too many victims and too little aid available.
Although Typhoon Haiyan is one of the strongest recorded typhoons in history, it is still receiving far less aid than Sandy and Katrina.
Huffington Post reported that the insufficient aid has caused chaos among the residents who are doing what they can to survive. Allegedly, eight people died, not because of the storm, but because people were desperate for food. Local authorities claim looters raided rice stockpiles in a government warehouse, causing a wall to collapse onto victims.
Many have gone to local airports to seek food, water and aid, but are left waiting for days.
When asked how she and her four children endured three days of waiting in searing heat and torrential downpours, Marivic Badilla, 41, held up a small battered umbrella. “We have been sheltering under this,” she said, tears streaming down her face.
In desperation, some Tacloban citzens have dug up water pipes to get water. Though there is no assurance that the water is safe for consumption, the citizens believe there is no other option if they intend to survive.
And if words are not enough to understand the full effects of Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines, these visuals will probably do it:
One of the world’s strongest recorded Typhoons recently plowed through the Philippines leaving catastrophic damage. More than 10,000 estimated people are dead and nearly 620,000 people have been displaced from their homes and communities.
Here are some ways you can offer your aid:
Philippine Red Cross is sending rescue teams to affected areas of the country. UN humanitarian response depot (UNHRD) have set up hubs with equipment to affected areas. The UN’s World Food Program is providing food assistance to families and children. UNHCRis providing emergency resources to the affected areas. Unicef‘s Philippine branch is trying to provide access to drinkable water, medical supplies, food and shelter. Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty, is accepting monetary donations as well as nonperishable goods such as children’s vitamins, rice, kitchen utensils and blankets.
A shipping company is delivering to the Philippines for free. Candlelight Vigils are being held in various communities to raise relief funds. Habitat for Humanityplans to offer shelter repair kits for families who need to re-build their damaged houses. Operation USAwill allocate donations directly to relief and recovery efforts.
Below are some of the heartbreaking images of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Warning: Some of the following images may be graphic.
A survivor stands in the wreckage of Tacloban city
A father looks over the body of his deceased daughter.
Bodies of the deceased wrapped in blankets in a damaged chapel.
A damaged village hall in Janiuay, in Iloilo province.
Homeless survivors take refuge in a damages jeepney.
Survivors wait to receive treatment and supplies.
Resident’s cover their face to avoid the smell of rotting corpses.
By now, you’ve probably heard about the Super Typhoon Haiyan that plowed through the Philippines earlier this week. While many people know that the typhoon occurred, we’ve come across a number of individuals who seem unaware of the details.
Maybe there has been so much information that you’re overwhelmed. Maybe you haven’t had the time to keep up with it. Or maybe you simply don’t have the heart to read into it. Whatever the reason, we’ve decided to compile a list of information regarding this tragic disaster to give you a glimpse of the aftermath.
1. This is one of the strongest Typhoons in history.
Hemispheric view of Haiyan (EUMETSAT Facebook page)
With sustained winds of 195 mph and gusts of 235 mph, Typhoon Haiyan is the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded and possibly the strongest recorded typhoon to have ever hit land. According to The Guardian, this is the third and strongest Category 5 typhoon in the Philippines.
Haiyan is the third Category 5 “super typhoon” to hit the Philippines since 2010. “In 2010 Megi peaked at 180mph winds but killed only 35 people, and did $276m in damage. But Bopha, which hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on 3 December, 2012 , left 1,901 people dead and was the costliest natural disaster in Philippines history at the time,” said Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at US-based Weather Underground in his daily blog.
2. There are more than 10,000 estimated deaths.
An estimated 10,000 people have died in one city, Tacloban, alone. Adding on to the results of the Bohol earthquake of Oct. 15 2013, nearly 620,000 people have been displaced from their homes and communities.
3. Entire cities were destroyed.
ABC’s South-East Asia correspondent Zoe Daniel described scenes of destruction in Tacloban.
Even to walk down the road is extremely difficult. You’re climbing over cars and buses that have been tossed by the wind and swept in by the storm surge.
“There are still bodies littering the sides of the roads that have not been collected. People are sheltering under whatever they can find. There’s a real sense of frustration among people because they don’t have enough food, they don’t have enough water.
4. Citizens call for immediate action.
A climate negotiator from the Philippines makes a tearful speech at the UN climate talks in Warsaw asking the word to take immediate action.
5. Some people can be cruel.
A teacher in Canada posted this cruel status in regards to the large death toll from the Typhoon. Her profile was deleted after quite a bit of angry backlash.
CNN is also facing its share of angry comments for its remark that the Philippines was “privileged” to have experienced such a storm.
6. And another storm seems to be on its way.
The earthquake in October left nearly 350,000 people homeless. Typhoon Haiyan increased that number to 620,000 and had more than 10,000 casualties. Now, another storm is headed towards the already weakened Philippines. The tropical depression named Zoraida is the 25th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.
7. So here’s how you can help.
There are a number of organizations providing aid to the Philippines who are looking for help/donations .
For about a decade now, a story has been making its way around a number of media sources. The story claims that a man sued his wife after she gave birth to an ugly daughter.
According to multiple sources, a Chinese man named Jian Feng was “horrified” when his beautiful wife gave birth to an ugly child. He suspected his wife of an affair because he could not see how the two of them could create the child. After tests proved that it was in fact their child, the husband discovered that his wife had undergone surgery before they met.
The man divorced his wife and allegedly sued her for $120,000 for tricking him into the marriage. The crazy part of this story? He won.
Thankfully, a number of media sources have stated that this story was probably a hoax and has been making its way around since 2004. Pictures have begun to pop up in an effort to make the story appear real (see below), but the following picture has been identified as a Taiwanese ad for plastic surgery. The caption reads, “The only thing you have to worry about after plastic surgery is the explaining you’ll have to do to your children.”
While we are relieved to discover that this tale may just be a hoax, we’ve discovered something even more shocking.
What could be worse than a man suing his wife over ugly children? What about men who whole-heartedly agree with and defend this act.
The blog Couples & Co describes itself as “a guide to a more blissful union & everything else… in between…” Though such a description doesn’t sound bad at all, their take on this story is quite unbelievable.
It has always bugged me the way women commoditise their bodies: slathering on cosmetics, changing their hair colour, getting boob jobs, injecting botox into their faces and the list goes on and on. Apart from the fact we’re told we men should not objectify women when women clearly are the biggest sexual objectifiers of their bodies, I found myself worried that such women have no honour. A big part about honour is honesty and a woman with a fake body is not being honest about herself. For me as a man, I look at a woman’s body and her features to guage how healthy she is physically and if she would produce good children for me because frankly I’m shopping for a good mother for my children.
The author then posts up the following picture of the wife before and after plastic surgery.
He then writes this inappropriate comment:
This woman frankly should not have been able to reproduce because she’s the carrier of genetic refuse. Think about it, would you want to have children with a haemophiliac, a person with Huntington’s victim or Down’s syndrome? Of course you wouldn’t, and not because you hate the person with the disease, but because you love your future children too much to put them through such torment.
We couldn’t believe our eyes. Surely this author must have been writing sarcasm, right? Surely he can’t actually believe that ugly individuals should not be allowed to reproduce, right? Unfortunately, the post showed no signs of sarcasm.
I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all let out an exasperated sigh at the toddler in front of us at the grocery story yelling to the top of their lungs because their mom isn’t buying them candy.
Oh to be young and unaware of what’s socially acceptable.
Buzzfeed recently asked how it would look like if this sort of behavior was done by adults. The results? Hilarious tantrums thrown over things that actually do upset us on a day to day basis.
Starring in this short is none other than writer and standup comedian, Jenny Yang. The Taiwanese American comedian was a top finalist of the California’s Funniest Female stand up comedy contest, and has performed at The Comedy Store, Improv Comedy Club and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
More recently, Yang is the producer of the first-ever all female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Dis/orient/ed Comedy.
Check out the Adult Temper Tantrum and learn more about Jenny Yang below:
Like what you see? Be sure to check out Jenny Yang’s official page here.
Over the years, you’ve probably seen Chinese artist Liu Bolin grow in popularity. Or rather, you probably haven’t seen Liu Bolin because his art pieces, which consist of him disappearing into intricate backgrounds, have given him the nickname “The Invisible Man.”
Liu Bolin’s style of artwork originally began as performance art from his solo shows in Beijing in 1998. By 2005, he began to work on his most famous series “Hiding in the City,” which addressed social problems due to China’s rapid economic development.
His art pieces, which are both amazing to look at and meaningful, have gained him international recognition and have been featured in a number of major contemporary photography festivals.
This month, Liu Bolin has blended himself into shelved lined with comic books as part of a series of performances in Caracas, on November 2013.
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