Night markets in Taipei have become famous for their snack selections, or xiaochi, literally meaning “small eats.”
The dishes may be little, but so are the prices, running around US$1-2 dollars. A fat gut never came so easily.
2. Sloth: Seoul, South Korea
Seoul’s Internet has been honed, sculpted, streamlined and sped up to such a degree that no one really needs to move, at all, ever, except maybe when the orc hordes descend in “World of Warcraft” and some rapid double-clicking is required.
South Korea has been ranked the 15th laziest country in the world (and the first in Asia) by The Daily Beast. And there’s every reason to assume they’ll get even lazier.
A recently proposed government policy seeks to advance digital technology in the capital, partly influenced by demand for online gaming and streaming video, and will take Internet speeds to 1,000 Mbps by 2012.
So if some of the 39 million connected South Koreans wanted to emulate their favourite national soccer heroes, they may as well just do it via “FIFA Manager.”
3. Pride: Manila, Philippines
Much is made about the loveliness of the Filipino female. But you wouldn’t know it by talking to the Filipino men — they’re too busy gazing lustfully into the mirror.
According to a study from Synovate, Filipino men are the most narcissistic in Asia. A whopping 48 percent consider themselves sexually attractive.
And if the ladies reading this think the guys’ encounters with the brow tweazers are for your benefit, sorry — nine out of 10 Filipino men polled said they liked to look good for themselves, not anyone else.
By way of comparison, just 25 percent of men in Singapore considered themselves sexually attractive, 17 percent in China and Taiwan and a measly 12 percent of Hong Kong guys think the same.
4. Greed: Shenzhen, China
The financial crisis is for suckers.
When everyone else was tightening the belts, Shenzhen carried on regardless, pumping out billions of dollars worth of high-tech products.
Shenzhen is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, with a provincial GDP of US$42 billion — that’s more than some countries such as Guatemala and Lebanon, and four times more than Iceland.
Meanwhile, China’s millionaires keep millionairing — it won’t be long before there are 1 million U.S. dollar millionaires in the country, guided by Shenzhen’s philosophy: if you can’t make a million, make a billion.
From gratuitous puke porn (and worse) to the barely titillating maid cafes, Tokyo is like a dirty old man in a teenager’s body. But one who celebrates his lewd desires with the gusto of an exhibitionist poodle on heat.
Head here to indulge your fetishes or simply to have yourself bathed by a pretty young thing in a uniform.
6. Envy: New Delhi, India
More Indians emigrated in 2010 than any other nationality in the world except for Mexicans, according to the World Bank’s Migration and Remittances Factbook 2011.
Some 11.4 million Indians headed elsewhere to find a better life, drawn by the lure of things done properly.
India, and its capital New Delhi, has the world’s worst case of grass-is-greener syndrome.
7. Wrath: Pyongyang, North Korea
Pugnacious, belligerent, quarrelsome … the North Korean capital is the moody adolescent of the continent. But unlike most spotty delinquents who express their angry insecurities by piercing body parts or coloring their hair, this one sinks ships and shells islands.
North Korea’s national sport is Taekwondo. If there’s a food shortage, the military get served first. Propaganda films talk of the “invincible power” of the North Korean army and posters in the capital state, “The way to peace is on the point of a bayonet.”
Its army comprises nearly 1 million troops, out of a nation of 24 million.
Still, the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il does claim to have made the world’s best ever golf score — an astonishing 38 under par on a regulation 18-hole course incuding five holes-in-one. And that on his first ever attempt, too.
“I wondered again why the right thing always seemed to be met with so much resistance, when you’d think it would be the easier path. You had to fight to be virtuous, or so I was noticing.”—Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen (via withstanding)
“you’re all that i hoped I’d find
in every single way
and everything i would give
is everything you couldn’t take
cause nothing feels like home
you’re a thousand miles away
and the hardest part of living
is just taking breaths to stay
cause i know I’m good for something
i just haven’t found it yet
and i need it
so…”—Mayday Parade - Miserable At Best (via heartbreakforsixseasons)
I’ve already come across many nice girls, all of them gorgeous in their own way, but like you, I am still searching. I don’t think it’ll be too hard, because I don’t really demand too much- after all, I am not looking for Ms. Perfect, I am looking for Ms. Right. Physically, you may be the simplest girl in the room, but there has to be that certain something about you that I find charming. It will be nice, of course, if you have positive attitude and an interesting personality. I hope that you can be understanding and supportive of the things I do and the things that are important to me. It will be great if you can make me laugh! There are no dull moments with someone that I know is funny. I want our relationship to be filled with excitement and surprises- I don’t want anything stagnant; I don’t want “just okay”. One of my weaknesses is the sweetness of a girl. If you can find a way to cheer me up after a long bad day, that would really make me feel good. I will also appreciate if you text me sweet stuff. I’d like to wake up to a good morning message from you, and go to bed at the end of the day after hearing you say goodnight. Another thing you should know: I believe that the best relationships always start from friendship. I want to be able to talk to you, be silly with you, and simply hang out with you. I want you to value the “friend” part of being my girlfriend. I also want us to share each other’s life, and I don’t want everything to be just about the two of us. I want our relationship to extend to other aspects of our lives, including our friends, family, and most of all GOD. A relationship will last only if we accept both the good and bad things about each other. Despite all the criteria I’ve mentioned above, I want to make it clear that I don’t want you to change a single thing about yourself just to please me. Losing your identity and turning into someone completely different is not necessary. Relax, I already like you, and I like you for who you truly are. I am looking forward to meeting you, and I know that one of these days, I will. I trust that we’ll find each other soon, and when that time comes, I know you’ll prove to me that you were definitely worth to wait.
Your Future Boyfriend,
god have plans why he took the guy who wrote the sweetest love letter.
I am supposed to be his future girlfriend. Chos! RIP AJ. :)