Top-selling guide for picking up women in Hong Kong becomes the target of Change.org petition

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Women of Hong Kong are none too happy about a bafflingly best-selling book that purports to teach men tips and tricks for picking up and having promiscuous sex with women in the Chinese autonomous territory. Get Laid in Hong Kong (at least the title is to the point) is a “sex tourism guide” of sorts for visiting western males that the pseudonymous author says is “guaranteed to get you laid.”

The book, perhaps in a sad reflection of the state of humankind, apparently hit No. 1 for Amazon sales in the “Asian Travel” category before it was briefly taken off virtual shelves due to backlash from Hong Kong women and an ongoing change.org petition.

Get Laid in Hong Kong was apparently written by a Chinese-American author calling himself The Lone Wolf Traveler. The product description on Amazon reads a lot like The Lone Wolf Traveler is hoping to cement some kind of reputation as a pickup artist with the book, however, claiming to offer, “tips, strategies, where to find the girls, how to contact them, and even what to say and do in order for you to get laid in Hong Kong!”

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We probably don’t need to remind you that this isn’t the first time that a “pickup artist” has found his game being shot down en mass by Asian women. Julien Blanc, one of a small circle of “professional” pickup artists that have managed to turn coaching their techniques into a lucrative career, was banned from giving his pickup “seminars” in multiple countries after video surfaced of him appearing to assault numerous women in Japan, in addition to making multiple disparaging and dehumanizing remarks about Japanese women in a video he himself posted to his YouTube channel.

Both Get Laid in Hong Kong and Blanc’s attitudes highlight a broader problem about the way Western males treat and view Asian women. You don’t need to look far on the Internet for instances of Western men proclaiming Asian women to be “easy,” or anecdotes of Asian women being harassed by Western men under the impression that Asian women are too meek to rebuff their advances, stories of women being attacked by a crazed assailant obsessed with Asian females, and you can even get your hands on a “memoir” of one man’s sexual adventures with Japanese women called—we kid you not—”Black Passenger, Yellow Cabs.”

Unsurprisingly, Get Laid in Hong Kong only further reinforces the stereotype, with the crux of the book revolving around the idea that just being a foreign, English-speaking male is enough to lure women in Hong Kong into bed. It further describes domestic workers from other parts of Asia as “hungry” for sex, and provides anecdotes of the author “gaming” girls working night shifts at 7-Eleven, as though the women of Hong Kong are fair game to be harassed at their workplace, in addition to out on the street.

Get Laid in Hong Kong is currently (at time of writing) on sale at Amazon.com. If the petition on Change.org has anything to do with it, however, it probably won’t be for long.

Chinese woman chugs entire $200 bottle of cognac that was too big for carry-on

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FoodBeast/Next Shark (by Riley Schatzle):

The security staff at Beijing Capital International Airport forced a woman into the ultimate drinking challenge when they refused to let her bring a $200 bottle of cognac onto a plane.

Last Friday a woman surnamed Zhao was on her way to Wenzhou when Beijing airport security stopped her for having a 700mL bottle of Rémy Martin XO Excellence in her hand luggage, reports the South China Morning Post.

According to China security provisions, however, liquids over 100mL are not permitted in carry-on luggage.

Zhao, 40, decided that a $200 bottle of cognac should not go to waste, so she drank the entire bottle to herself.

When she attempted to board the plane, however, the captain refused to let her on board because she was traveling alone and he was concerned that her condition would be a safety liability once on board.

According to a police officer on the scene, Zhao then began rolling on the floor and screaming uncontrollably.

One of the officers who took Zhao to a convalescence room told the Beijing Times:

“She was so drunk… she couldn’t even stand up herself. We took her to a room in a wheelchair so she could rest.”

Zhao woke up several hours after her flight departed, but she was thankful that the airport security took care of her and contacted her family who picked her up from the airport later in the evening.

Foodbeast: Watch this fhef’s intense method for seasoning a carbon steel wok

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FoodBeast (by Peter Pham):

There have been many suggested ways to season cooking equipment. In order to create a non-stick surface, a proper combination of heat and oil must be incorporated to correctly season a pan, skillet, or even a wok.

Watch this chef’s intense technique when it comes to seasoning a new carbon steel wok. Definitely not something we can do at home, but still fascinating to watch.

Stormzy drops a new freestyle for the adidas Originals by NIGO (Japan) release

After being featured on the latest adidas Originals by NIGO lookbook, burgeoning Grime artist Stormzy drops a new freestyle to commemorate this special occasion.
Titled “NIGO DUPPY,” the Croydon native’s 1 and a half minute freestyle is accompanied with the visuals above, that showcase him and his crew rocking some of the forthcoming collection’s apparel and footwear releases in and around London.
Look to purchase the latest collaborative release between the Three Stripes and Japanese style icon starting September 1.

This ‘Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’ wedding is both amazing and weird…

While Japanese traditional-style weddings are still popular, most newlyweds tend to tie the knot with weddings based on Western-style themes and traditions with the bride in a white, flowing gown and the groom in a sharp tux. But what about a wedding that’s espionage-themed?

That’s what this promo for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain attempts to showcase. The video hilariously chronicles the pair’s most important day, from the altar approach to the couple’s profile videos and even the banquet afterwards. The video peaks when the father finally gives away his daughter to his new son-in-law with a ceremonial PlayStation Dual Shock 4 controller, but to an incredibly confused caterer who has no idea what’s going on.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain releases on September 1 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Japanese artist HYdeJII transformed a Roomba into an art-making machine

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The iRobot Roomba has been given a new lease on life thanks to HYdeJII. The Japanese artist has transformed the humble house-cleaning robot into an art-making machine dubbed Mr.Head. Retrofitted with paint bottles and tubes, the design can zoom around a canvas to create its own unique pieces of contemporary art.

15 years old. Started creating works as a robot artist after being recreated a house cleaning robot manufactured by iRobot. Began painting in October 2014. His robot features allow him to paint with a unique and mechanical, geometric touch. “What is a robot’s identity, what is its sense of beauty?” He searches for an answer to these questions through his artwork. His most well-known works include Spring Worm Hole and Spring Starburst.

You can check out the paint-spraying Roomba in action below with behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of two of its most noteworthy creations.

Responding to a public appeal for help, netizens crack deceased Japanese grandfather’s cryptic code

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A Japanese net user recently shared a photo of a contract of some sort written in secret code on a piece of notebook paper. The document was discovered amongst a number of articles left behind by their grandfather, who passed away last year from a sudden heart attack. Unable to solve the secret message the poster put out a call to fellow netizens to see if anyone could help decipher the code.

The date of the contract when converted to the Gregorian calendar translates to March 4, 1966, and includes a line which stated that “even in the afterlife, the song will continue.”

There was initial confusion around the scribbled writing, as some people mistakenly believed it said “curse” instead of “song”. The contract then consisted of a series of numbers between the two parties. Perhaps it was a secret will or a love letter of a secret clue to future fortune?

Responding to the appeal for help, netizens weighed in with their opinions and theories. It was thought that the numbers should be read in pairs and that they somehow corresponded to the Japanese alphabet. Given the clue of “song”, many believed that the message consisted of lyrics and offered up a range of suggestions of musical scores and songs – including the Japanese national anthem.

The original poster then added that their grandfather was probably a student at the time of writing of the contract, based on the year he was born. Apparently he had been a student at Sugamo Junior High School – something which net users began to think could be relevant…

Unbelievably the code was eventually deciphered by a sole respondent. They confirmed that the message was indeed a song and, sadly, not a juicy family secret waiting to be told.

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What was the song? None other than the school song of Sugamo Junior High School where the grandfather had attended school.

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Panda Express kicks off food truck tour with “Orange Chicken Waffles” at LA’s Chinatown Summer Nights

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FoodBeast (by Peter Pham):

Panda Express is heading on a special cross-country tour in honor of its love for orange chicken. Using a customized food truck, the chain will be traveling to select cities giving away free samples of their original chicken recipe to fans and patrons.

The Chinese-food inspired fast casual chain will also be offering a limited Orange Chicken and Waffles dish. Now that sounds like something we’d follow a truck around over. Make sure to get there early though, because only 200 servings will be available.

The event will kick off on August 22 at LA’s Chinatown Summer Nights which starts at 5pm. Aside from giving away food, Panda will also host a variety of activities and cooking competition for fans to enjoy.

The chain will be sporting the hashtag #OrangeChickenLove for the promotion.

Covry Sunwear makes sunglasses that are made to fit Asian faces

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Huffington Post (by Madelyn Chung):

If you’re Asian, you probably know the difficulty of finding a pair of sunglasses that actually fits.

With our high cheekbones and low nose bridges, glasses seem to constantly fall down our faces, only to sit too tightly on our cheeks.

Well, a new sunglasses brand has the answer to all of our problems. Started by high school friends Athina Wang, 25, and Florence Shin, 24, Covry Sunwear goes beyond the standard fit to better complement diverse facial features.

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We were both frustrated with not being able to find sunglasses that fit us,” Shin told Cosmopolitan.com. “We always felt like we had to compromise the style, the fit, or the price.”

Using their backgrounds in fashion design and business, the duo developed a prototype over a year before coming up with the “Elevated Fit,” which features longer nose pads, reduced frame curvature and a narrowed nose bridge. They chose this name over “Asian Fit” because they realized people of all ethnicities also struggle with the same issues.

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Covry offers three styles: The Castor, Lynx and Vega, all of which are unisex and UV protected with polarized lenses and reduced glares. And the best part? They’re actually stylish, unlike the “Asian Fit” glasses offered by other brands.

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And it looks like tapping into this underrepresented market has paid off — Covry’s Kickstarter campaign has surpassed their goal of $18,500 and their stretch goal of $25,000. Now, customers can sign up at www.covrysunwear.com to be notified as soon as they’re available to shop. They’ll retail for $95 each.

We’re hoping that this solves sunglasses shopping, an experience that isn’t inclusive of everyone,” Wang told Mashable.

We say, it’s about damn time.

Adrianne Ho of “Sweat The Style” talks about her collaboration with PacSun


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Adrianne Ho is a model, healthy lifestyle advocate and founder of the website Sweat The StyleShe has developed a massive following based on her natural beauty, modeling prowess and ability to self-style incredible streetwear looks. Ho also has a line of activewear called Sweat x Sweat the Style and has recently announced a new collaboration with PacSun dubbed “Sweat Crew by Adrianne Ho.”

Consisting of mesh jerseys, bombers, hoodies and baseball shirts, the affordable collection is the personification of Ho’s self-made brand. In the interview below, she talks about working with PacSun and the current state of activewear, along with basic Instagram etiquette and the importance of living a clean and healthy life.

How’d this PacSun collaboration happen?
They just approached and wanted to create a brand together. It was a great opportunity because there was nothing out there that really spoke to me, so this is it.

What has PacSun has given you in terms of resources, and creative freedom that you haven’t been able to get from other outlets?
This collection is my collection; they were an amazing partner to come up with this brand. It’s going to be really exciting to see in stores. I think they have around 600 stores across the country. Being able to have that reach is great—a girl who might not necessarily buy something or even know what this brand is can actually discover it on her own, love it, and wear it.

Is there a specific woman in mind when you think of who’s wearing these clothes?
This is for everybody. Everything in this collection you could mix and match and it would look good. Red goes with camouflage, goes well with gray, goes well with black. Pinstripe looks good with camouflage. You can seriously get dressed in the morning with this collection blindfolded and you will come out looking good.

The big buzzword right now is “athleisure,” do you worry that people will try to categorize this collection under that?
This is sportswear. People can throw it into that category if they want because it’s a buzzword, but to me I would call it sportswear.

I don’t have anything against the word “athleisure”, because people need to have an aim to describe this movement and I think now everything is becoming so popular and people are getting more into health and fitness and style is reflecting on that. It’s a category of something that already exists.

People like something they can make into a hashtag.
Yeah, and for me this movement going to be here to stay. I think once you start living this lifestyle, you can’t really go back.

Health and wellness and fitness is a new status symbol. Everybody’s doing it, even Russell Simmons is on the yoga tip. How does that reflect what society values now and what the aspirations are?
I think nowadays people are really savvy and aware about their health and the way they want to live their life. Style and culture is only going to reflect how people live. I think that’s the driving force. I mean, everybody wants to look good, and the only way to do it is to take care of yourself. Eat well, exercise and put out the best version of you.

Female athletes like Ronda Rousey and Serena Williams, legends in their own right, are starting to become noticed by the fashion world. Why do you think female athletes have yet to be embraced in the fashion world the same way that male athletes are?
I think it’s only a matter of time. I personally love Serena, she was just in Vogue recently, and I think that female athletes are going to get more and more of the spotlight beyond their respective sport as time goes on. Growing up, girls are now going to have heroes to look up to, I think definitely female athletes are people that everyone—women especially, can aspire to.

Do you think it’s about time that Serena has her name on a sneaker?
Oh yeah, that would be awesome. She has a great sense of style. She’s very much her own person which I love about her. Tennis seems like a very conservative sport, so I love watching documentaries and seeing her and her sister come out with their attitude and their swag, making people do a double take.

Speaking of sneakers, what’s your current rotation looking like these days?
Huaraches—I have a pair with me right now. I got these on right now, they’re being released on Saturday, the NikeLab Free Inneva. I love these. Flyknits are always a fave of mine.

What do you think of the rumored Supreme Jordans? Would you rock them?
To be honest, I don’t have any Jordans. I didn’t really grow up wearing Jordans or playing basketball..

Air Maxes are seem more your lane.
Air Max, Flyknits, I really like an active sneaker that you can work out in or do exercise, not just basketball.

Do you have the Yeezy Boost 350s?
I have the grey ones.

What do you think of them?
They’re pretty comfortable, I wouldn’t go for a run in them. I think they’re cool.

What do you think of Supreme’s Fall collection?
Everything looks incredible.

Any favorite pieces that you saw and you were just like: “I need that?”
I have to take another look. Some of their jackets, like the one with the diamonds, looked really cool. It was a really strong overall collection.

Your social media following is huge and you get a lot of comments, and not all of them are the nicest. Is there a way you deal with thirsty comments on Instagram or did you develop a way to ignore that?
If there’s a mean comment I don’t think about it too much, I try not to. Positivity is my thing, if there’s one comment that’s a diss everyone’s going to stop and be like “What?” Overall, everyone that follows me and knows me has been super nice and supportive.

What’s a good guideline for a guy who wants to leave a complimentary comment without sounding like a creep?
I would say a good guideline would be asking yourself: “Would my mother approve?” Like, would you be embarrassed if someone else in your family read this comment? Then you probably shouldn’t put it up.

What’s been your biggest adjustment in moving from New York to LA? Do you have preference between the cities yet?
I think they’re both really important places. I think L.A.  is a little easier to keep your head down and work work work. When you go to New York you can mingle and interact and get inspiration and put everything out. For me it’s been important to have that balance.

What’s up with the Roots collab hinted at in your piece on The Coveteur, is that happening soon?
Maybe. You have to wait and find out.

Is there any advice you would pass on to a young person who wants to create her or his own brand some day?
Make sure your inspiration comes from within—something to do with your lifestyle, your history, your background, your personality, your story. Have a clear vision of when it comes out so it doesn’t end up falling into trends, which is something I hate doing. With this collection, I don’t see anything like this in a woman’s lane that’s similar at all. Maybe a couple seasons from now. Always be forward. That way if someone’s looking, following or getting inspiration from this, we’ll be on to the next thing, which is fine. You know when it’s from within your history, your background and everything. You have your clear vision and you can stick to it. Whether that’s sportswear or fashion. Know your lane.

Head to sweatthestyle.com to keep up with Adrianne’s projects.