Replacing Wrinkles With Muscles: Chinese Senior Citizens Who Are More Athletic Than You

 

Whenever I spend time with family members in their 50s and 60s, they like to remind me that my 20s are my prime years and physically, things will only go downhill from this point on. They usually follow this up with horror stories about joint and muscle pain, but I won’t go into that.

Now as it turns out, if I were talking to some of the senior citizens in Beijing, China, the conversation would be very different. In fact, I may find a few who would challenge me to a push up contest. And trust me– they would win.

Head over to Beijing’s Temple of Heaven Park and you will see it covered in senior citizens. No, they’re not there peacefully feeding pieces of bread to ducks (which would have been my initial guess). They’ve taken over the jungle gym to work out.

And these aren’t just tiny, delicate work outs either. Men are doing sit ups while hanging from metal bars, women are jump-roping and just about everyone seems to be able to do pull ups better than I ever could.

You may be surprised to discover that many of these athletic senior citizens didn’t actually exercise before retiring. With a job to maintain and kids to raise, many admit to not even caring too much about their physical fitness in their younger years. Now retired, the senior citizens finally have time to focus on exercise.

As expected, China’s life expectancy seems to have benefitted from this senior citizen hobby. Huffington Post notes:

Despite rampant cigarette smoking, suffocating pollution and some ghastly food-safety scandals, China compares favorably with other upper middle income countries on life expectancy. At 75.2 years, China’s life expectancy currently lags only 3.5 years behind that of the U.S., despite China having around one-eighth of America’s per-capita GDP.

 

Check out this video below and see their athletic skills for yourself. Keep in mind that nearly everyone in this video is over 60-years-old and retired. In fact, the man in the beginning is 86 and ran a marathon just four years ago.

 

Kiosk Disguised As An ATM Machine Helps Indian Women Report Rape Without Fear

 

There have been countless efforts to try and decrease rape cases in India where terrifying studies show that a woman is raped every 30 minutes. Although all these efforts (such as as anti-rape clothing) try hard to change things, rape continues to be a very serious and prominent issue in India.

Although much focus has been on rape prevention, what about those who have already fallen victim to this unforgivable act? Apparently, they face a whole new layer of difficulties when they try to seek justice.

According to Think Progress, a 16-year-old girl in Calcutta reported a gang-rape to the police. As punishment, the men raped her again and burned her alive. It’s very likely that many women do not report rape out of fear. After all, these death threats are apparently quite common.

 

 

“Women were being denied a fundamental right because of this fear of going to the police. Why should they need someone’s help to do something so basic?” said Joydeep Nayak, a senior member of the police force in India.

Nayak decided to create an alternative to going to the police station. Her solution? She created an electronic kiosk that allows women to discreetly report abuse without fear of backlash. The “Instant Complaint Logging Internet Kiosk,” or “iClik,” resembles an ATM Machine and has been installed in a bank in Bhubaneswar.

Nayak has even addressed the illiteracy issue in India.  For those who are unable to write out a report, the kiosk also records audio reports and scans written complaints.

“My dream is to have a kiosk alongside existing ATMs, in schools, railway stations and bus stations, all over the country — so that women can walk in, complain and leave without any escort or hassles,” Nayak said.

So far, about eight to ten women use the machine every day.

 

 

Not For The Faint of Heart: Stomach-Churning Selfie Video On Top Of A Hong Kong Skyscraper

 

I’m not one who’s afraid of heights, but I certainly know my limits. This video, for instance, definitely goes above and beyond my limits.

This selfie video was taken by photographers Daniel Lau,  A.S. and Andrew Tso. It begins innocently enough by simply showing the trio eating bananas. The video suddenly causes all our stomachs to lurch by panning out and revealing that our innocent trio is actually sitting on top of a 1,135-foot-tall Hong Kong skyscraper.

Dubbed “The World’s Most Dangerous Selfie,” this video has already gained over 2 million views since it’s upload earlier this month.

 

 

Many of us may watch this video and shake our heads in disbelief, but for those of you who need more than 18 seconds to get your heart pumping, you can check out Daniel Lau’s instagram which features a number of gut-churning selfies on top of more dangerously tall buildings. Here are a few of our favorites.

 

 

Street Style With Korean Designer PARKCHOONMOO

 

Avant garde is meant to stand for an opposition to the norm in terms of both consumer and popular culture, but in a world where out-of-the-box innovation is now pushed as the “it” thing and everything is about being kitschy, I feel using that term isn’t suitable for describing the work of Korean designer Choonmoo Park.

Highly influential around the world, Park is described as being a leader in the avant garde category, but I see her as being conscious about her life experiences and translating them into a wearable collection.  With a background in industrial design studies, you can see how she applies the ideals of her previous education to her clothing. Industrial design rests on the ability to understand the relationships between form, function and products, and how these products are used within certain environments as well as the aesthetic appeal of them.  There’s an analytical approach to how Park designs her clothes.  No one can question the aesthetics and creativity of the line, but look closer and you’ll see the pieces with their complicated appearance actually have a graceful, unrestricted flow and are easy to wear.  Park never forgets the importance of functionality and kinematics.

Some may still prefer to describe her as avant, but I prefer the word experiential.  While based in Seoul, South Korea, Park has fans all over the world, and I found some great street style shots inspired by Choonmoo Park to share with you:

2NE1’s Minzy looks amazing in ParkChoonMoo’s previous fall collection.

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Here’s more designs from the PARKCHOONMOO collections.

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Finally, here’s designer Choonmoo Park.

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This Is What Happens When Americans Attempt To Learn K-Pop Dance Moves

 

After their amusing first-time experiences eating Korean snacks, the BuzzFeed staff took on a more adventurous–and slightly more exhausting–challenge: K-pop.

“Your upper body is stable, but your lower body is having a sex party,” casually explains BuzzFeed video producer Eugene Yang, completely poker-faced and effortlessly imitating “The Arrogant Dance” made famous by PSY’s “Gentleman.” He’s teaching the staff some provocative motions in BuzzFeed’s latest Korean-inspired video titled, “Americans Try K-pop Dance Moves.”

The staff learned–or attempted to learn–the moves for a handful of popular K-pop songs, including “The Butt Dance” (aka “Korean twerking”) by girl group Kara. They quickly realized that the art of K-pop dance is way more challenging than it actually seems.

 

“I’ve never felt more un-athletic in my life,” said one worn-out dancer. Another guy was more optimistic: “I didn’t do it well, but I had swag in my face, so I think it’s gonna sell.” And another just embraced his bad dance skills, admitting, “My whiteness is revealing itself right now.”

As exhausting as this dance session turns out to be, in the end, participants triumphantly exclaimed in unison: “Korea, hwaiting!”

This story was originally published in iamkoream.com 

 

 

Why Everyone is Falling in Love With This Talented Taiwanese Drummer

 

Step aside Ringo Starr and Travis Barker, we have a new favorite drummer in town. From the looks of things, she intends to keep her spot as a favorite.

Known to us by her English name, S. White, this Taiwanese jazz drummer and street performer has been turning heads and catching quite a bit of attention. In fact, her official Facebook fan page has nearly 200,000 likes. Now don’t let her youth and petite size fool you– White packs a punch in her performances.

She is often seeing laughing, singing along and bobbing her head while rocking out to everything from Crayon Pop to Lady Gaga. Many media sites have praised her on being such a “cute and pretty” drummer, but the reason she’s on our list of favorites is her undeniable talent and charm. Simply put, she has so much fun during her performances that we can’t help but smile along.

Check out some of our favorite S. White performances below.

 

The 25 Most Common Dance Moves In The Club

 

For todays #TBT, we bring you Celeste Chen’s hilarious list showing the 25 most common dance moves in the club. Although the video was uploaded over a year ago on April 2013, rest assured that these dance moves are still alive and well in 2014. In fact, the video is meant to showcase the dance moves in Singapore clubs, but it’s safe to say we’ve seen “The Worm” and “The Awkward” just about everywhere.

Check out the video below and let us know which move you’re most guilty of. 

 

 

This video has gained over 1.5 million views, but Celeste Chen is no stranger to online popularity. Chen is a well-known blogger based in Singapore and after 9 years of blogging, she has gathered an impressive fan base of 100,000.

“My readers are interested in what thoughts I have about the newest gadgets, food, fashion and travel,” Chen writes in her official page. “Follow me, as I show you along the way about my opinion of whats hot, and whats not.”

 

 

Adorable Asian Babies Who Dress Better Than You (PART III)

 

If there’s one thing our readers can’t seem to get enough of, it’s Adorable Asian Babies. We’ve showcased the cuties with puppies, in Halloween costumes and even squeal-worthy submissions from our loyal readers.

But a favorite among everyone seems to be the  “Adorable Asian Babies Who Dress Better Than You” series. Apparently, we all can’t get enough of tiny tots who dress better than we ever did back in the day.

Who am I kidding? Some of these kiddos still dress better than us.

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Rice Tales: Indian Journalist Tweaks Ice Bucket Challenge To Fit ‘Indian Needs’

 

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has flooded social media platforms for the past couple of weeks has, despite its charitable cause, stirred up controversy about excess and unnecessary waste of water. Some critics chastise Californians and point to the serious drought the state is currently facing, and others find fault with the participants’ lack of precaution and consideration for those living in conditions where water is dirty and scarce.

Without badmouthing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a journalist from Hyperabad, India decided to slightly tweak the original challenge into an “Indian version for Indian needs.” Instead of using ice, the latest Rice Bucket Challenge calls for participants to fill a bucket with rice and give it to those who are needy, raising awareness of hunger and scarcity of resources in India.

The challenge gets rid of the option to opt out of donating by pouring ice water on your head, and instead, ensures that the challenge focuses on the cause: helping those in need.

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The Rice Bucket Challenge Facebook page, which only launched a couple of days ago, has already garnered over 44,000 likes. The new-and-improved challenge was started by journalist (and, appropriately, an employee for a global rice research website) Manju Latha Kalanidhi, who is astounded at the wave the challenge has created, from India to the United States.

“It has a small incentive–post a photo and get liked…but from Sweden, from Australia, from America, people came up with their own little versions,” said Kalanidhi. “I sat up the whole night. Amazing to see the shares and the likes…It is like a social media tsunami. Exponential. It goes one, four sixteen…”

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This could potentially spark a movement of “rice bucket challenges” all over the world, helping the needy in poverty-stricken areas of China to the unfortunate living on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles. However, it is important to keep in mind that these social media-crazed, hashtagged challenges should not be a platform for participants to highlight their own act of generosity, but instead an opportunity to contribute individual efforts into a larger, worldwide movement for improving the lives of the less fortunate.

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Wait, MSG May Not Be So Bad After All?

 

If you think Miley Cyrus and Chris Brown have bad reputations, think again. They have nothing on the nearly 50-year-old bad reputation of MSG, otherwise known as monosodium glutamate. Interestingly enough, most people haven’t actually figured out why MSG has a bad rep.

Ask the average American about the substance and he or she will tell you that it’s bad for one’s health and should be avoided. But if you ask why, the conversation will probably be cut short. We’ve all heard the rumors of MSG being toxic, poisonous, cancerous, and may lead to fatigue and headaches, but where is the research behind it?

Turns out, this may have all been a myth.

 



There are multiple studies which actually point out that MSG is no more harmful to our health than plain salt. Sure, some people have adverse reactions to MSG and if it is not consumed in moderation, it will lead to discomfort (like most anything else), but as far as consumption is concerned, there’s not too much to worry about.

Reactions, a series which “uncovers the chemistry in everyday life,” recently did some research about MSG. The flavor enhancer was first discovered in 1908 by chemist Kikunae Ikeda. Turns out, the bad rumors began 60 years later when a scientist tried to pinpoint why he was experiencing discomfort after consuming Chinese food, naming his symptoms “Chinese restaurant syndrome.” Because of this, assumptions were made about MSG. Talk about jumping to conclusions.

Find out all the facts in the video below.