Monthly Archives: May 2014

Umami, the oft-maligned fifth taste sensation

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Human taste buds evolved with the ability to detect five distinct tastes. Salty, Sweet, Sour, Bitter and Umami. But what is umami ? Umami comes from the two Japanese words “umai”, meaning “delicious” and “mi”, meaning “taste”. It has long …

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Where’s the weirdest place you’ve ever heard Gangnam Style ?

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The release, or rather, the viral explosion of Kpop hero PSY’s new hit “Gangnam Style” was no small event, and I’m sure we all remember who first showed us the video on YouTube or the first time we heard it …

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Haru Japanese Festival in Saigon

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I met a new cosplayer from Saigon recently on Facebook. I met up with her to buy a set of maid ears for a friend’s birthday and she told me to come to the Haru Festival this week to take photos. …

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Florentijn Hofman’s giant inflatable duck comes to Saigon

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So, this month, Florentijn Hofman’s “art project”, the giant inflatable duck that tours the world (Asia mostly) baffling people made it to Saigon. It’s come down the coast, with a little time looking quite strange in Da Nang beside their new dragon …

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