Posts Tagged ‘ Asia ’

Comparing Global Beer Prices


I drink beer to supplement my bones with vitamin D and prevent bone degeneration. Saying that makes me feel I’m making a healthy lifestyle choice every time I pop a bottle. I could be, at least according to the International Journal of Endocrinology that had published a study on the health promise of beer (you can also check our previous infographic that matched beer against wine for health benefits).

But here’s the better news—beer can be dirt cheap in some corners of the planet. If you’re traveling and you enjoy a couple bottles of beer (and some more) after a day’s tour, our infographic will help you find the country where you can get really cheap “vitamin D shots”.

It doesn’t matter if you’re going to Central/Eastern Europe or Southeast Asia; both regions can get you drunk really cheap. Vietnam and Ukraine are the hands-down winners with beer at fifty nine cents per bottle. Other beer-friendly countries include: Cambodia, Czech Republic, China, Serbia, and Panama. Continue reading

World Cup 2014: The Dark Horses


Yesterday, we had a good look at the four teams most likely to win the upcoming World Cup. What we have yet to touch on is one of the most lively debates before any international tournament. Who will be the team who emerges from nowhere to thrill the crowds and cause a few upsets along the way? Is there a team from lower down the international pecking order who can surprise us all and go all the way? Usually there is at least one team who overachieves in these competitions, and calling them right is often the difference between winning and losing the fantasy football wars, so here we will look at four teams who could potentially go from dark horses to World Cup champions in the space of a few weeks in June. Continue reading

World Cup 2014: The Favourites


2014 is shaping up to be a great year for football. With exciting finishes ahead in the Premier League and La Liga, both of whom are currently topped by pre-season outsiders with only a few games to go, and a couple of exciting ties remaining in the Champions League, it will be a year to remember. There is, of course, a World Cup coming straight after the end of the club season, so quality football will continue well into the middle of the summer. Here, in the first of a two part special, we will examine the favourites for the competition, who look set to take Brazil 2014 by storm. Continue reading

The Globalisation Of The NBA


Brooklyn Nets kicked off the first global game of 2014 with a resounding 127-110 win over the Atlanta Hawks at London’s 02 Arena last Thursday.

Over the past 35 years the NBA have played 147 games globally, visiting 20 different countries including China, Germany, Italy and Russia amongst others.

Yet the globalisation of the NBA has extended far beyond bringing the game cross continent.  Continue reading

Pacquiao’s Success Offers Hope For Philippines


Boxing fans are eager to see what’s next on the cards for Manny Pacquiao after he defeated  Brandon Rios in Macau on November 23. For Manny and many Filipinos, more than Pacquiao’s pride was at stake in this match. The Philippines, battered by natural disasters and corruption controversies, is desperately in need of heroes. For many years now Manny Pacquiao played that role perfectly. Born in the humblest of circumstances, his rags-to-riches story is a constant source of pride and inspiration to Filipinos. And what a story it has been.

He moved to Manila at a very young age and worked at odd jobs to survive. He was too scrawny to fight professionally and it took many months of painstaking training using makeshift equipment before he was finally noticed by the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines and included in the national boxing team pool. Continue reading

Ten Crucial Moments In European World Cup Qualifiers


With the nine automatic 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualification spots sealed in Europe, plus the eight contenders in the upcoming play-offs known, for many it is hard not to think how different it all could have been.

The final matchday of the European qualifying campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup saw group winners Bosnia-Herzegovina,England,Russia and Spain join already qualified Belgium,Italy,Germany,Netherlands and Switzerland on the plane to Brazil. Continue reading

Life In A Day

National Geographic/ You Tube production

On the 24th of July 2010, more than 80, 000 people filmed their lives for a day. Ridley Scott and Kevin McDonald then spent the next year composing this film. The participants filmed life, as they know it. The participants also answered a few questions such as ‘what scares you?’ and ‘what do you keep in your pockets?’

Life in a day not only visits suburban America, but invites the viewer to a fly on the wall look at the lives of those in third world communities. Scott and Mc Donald play with the age-old idea of walking a mile in somebody else’s shoes. If you ever wished you could be someone else, this piece could prove fascinating. Among the memorable faces are a father and little boy who mourn their mother in a chaotic apartment in Asia and the lonely wife of a soldier in Iraq.

A few sequences remind us we are all the same at the core, such as the early morning scene at the start; globally everyone making breakfast and going to the toilet with puffy eyes. There are also stories that will prove individuality exists within us all or even those that provoke deep empathy at times. Viewer beware- there is a rather striking scene in which a worker at an abattoir shows us what it is really like to kill livestock.

As with all National Geographic documentaries ‘Life in a day’ is visually stunning. However, the directors decision to keep the overall tone light can make it feel a little manic as it slips quickly from a sad, to fast-paced happy tale. Editing 80,000 submissions must no doubt have been a daunting task, but this film could have done more at times; the polishing can give it an over-sentimental Kodak commercial feeling.

Life in a day redeems itself with its genuine truth; it appeals more to curiosity more than it plays on voyeurism. We are not just watching people; we are trying to understand them. The various clips give an insight into people’s lives and minds, but the viewer is then allowed form their own opinions.

Life in a day is a worthwhile watch for everyone, even the cynical people of the world.