Category Archives: People

Bittersweet North and South Korean reunions

The last time Lee Hye-gyong saw her mom was when she was 16, almost six decades ago.  Now 75, she was given the chance to reunite with her family after the 1950-53 Korean war.  Her mom is 100.

Last month, 200 families from North and South Korea, 100 from each side, were randomly selected for a rare opportunity to reunite with long-lost loved ones.  But the briefness of it all made the meetings exceptionally emotional.

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“We had five reunion sessions in total, spending two hours with my sister each time, in addition to a one-hour farewell meeting,” younger sister, 62-year-old Lee Kyong-hee, said in her reunification story.  “The moment Hye-gyong entered the reunion hall, I recognized her immediately even though she looks very different from what I remember about her appearance.”

While some critics say these reunification programs are cruel because the meetings are so short and communication after the reunion is still banned, others insist that it’s a step towards reconciliation between the two countries.

Click here to watch a video of the reunions. Be warned, you need tissues for this.

Suzie

Japanese bodybuilders flex their muscles

Asian guys can be built too, you know! Just check out these male bodybuilders posing at the Japan Bodybuilding Championships in Tokyo last Monday. I think some of them need to work on their spray-on tans. Hot or not?

Emily

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UPDATE:

I just found a picture of their girlfriends on China Daily.

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Singaporean cabbie with a Stanford PhD

You can find still find yourself behind the driving wheel of a cab even after forking out loads of cash, and devoting a backbreaking amount of effort and time to obtain a PhD from Stanford. This happened to 57-year-old China-born Dr. Cai Mingjie, who resorted to driving cabs as a way to make ends meet after he was retrenched from his job researching cell genetics at a research institute in Singapore. After facing multiple rejections, he saw the taxi industry filled with job vacancies.

He also started blogging about his experiences. His latest post talks about getting an “indecent proposal” from a bar girl.

Fobber Amy and I are chasing our graduate degrees right now, so here’s to hoping that years from now, we’ll be on the career paths we wish to be on. If we ever do find ourselves in dire straits, the lesson to learn from Cai is to suck up your pride, and take on whatever job you can find.

Emily

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Meet Singapore’s Rick Warren: Pastor Joseph Prince

Formerly an IT consultant, Pastor Joseph Prince (originally named Xenonamandar Jegahusiee Singh) made a complete career change and founded the New Creation Church in Singapore. Today, the church has around 19,000 members, but his ministry doesn’t end in Singapore.  His sermons are now broadcasted weekly to millions of Ps-singlehouseholds across America, Canada, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South Africa.   In fact, I was flipping through some late-night television on my couch in Seattle, when I came across a broadcast of his sermon. Of course, the distinct Singaporean accent was what initially caught my attention.

Known for his personal and humorous style of preaching, his popularity has soared in the past few years. His recent book, Destined to Reign: The Secret to Effortless Success, Wholeness and Victorious Living was listed on Christian Retailing Top 100 Books. Making a generous SGD$500,000 (approximately US$360,000) a year, Pastor Joseph Prince just proves that making preaching a professional career may not be such a bad idea.

Check out one of his sermons here!

Amy

It’s a small world after all

What does a community of dwarves in China do to escape discrimination?  Turn themselves into a tourist attraction!  Whether or not the idea settles well with you, this community from thedwarf_1491953c mountain commune in Kunming, China decided to capitalize on their height instead of letting it be a barrier to social acceptance and employment.  Pay an entrance fee and you will get a chance watch these people dress up like fairy tale characters to entertain you.  Would you pay for this tourist attraction?

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Amy

Indian karate teacher crashes through 100 light bulbs

This Japanese TV program traveled to India to film Sanjay, a karate instructor, run through 100 cylinder light bulbs.  Another example of the ridiculously quirky (yet totally awesome) stuff that Japanese peeps love to watch…

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Emily

Wong Fu Productions unfolds evolution of “peace sign”

Ever wondered how we fobs managed to turn a simple “peace sign” into an entire collection of fobby poses?  Wong Fu Productions recently released a “mockumentary” to explain this evolutionary phenomenon.  I am a huge fan of these talented guys and I have to say, this video is one of my favorites.  Well done Wong Fu!

Amy