A small restaurant in Taipei is selling some beef noodles at NT$10,000 (~USD330) per bowl.

NT$10,000 beef noodle at 688 Beef Bowl restaurant in Taipei
The NT$10,000 beef noodle (Image via Xinhuanet)

The restaurant is named “688 Beef Bowl”, and is located at Taipei’s busy Zhongxiao Road. The restaurant has been operating for 18 years and most of their beef noodles are priced around NT$150-300… the expensive noodles are only sold on limited basis and need to be pre-ordered.

I am not sure why the beef noodle cost so much; it seems like it’s not using special ingredients… the high cost was probably attributed by the quality of the beef. The restaurant owner has spent 5 years to search for the high quality beef to make this beef noodle… and a nice piece of beef could be really costly, obviously.


Japanese jazz pianist Yosuke Yamashita, in fireproof gear, played a piano which was set on fire in front of some 400 audience on Mar 8, 2008.

Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita playing fiery piano
Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita playing the fiery piano (Image via Xinhuanet)

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A Chinese man has rescued a seven-year-old boy from a pond, 20 years after rescuing the boy’s father from the same place. [Hat tip to Spluch]

Wang Weiqing, 58, of Beicheng village, China’s Guangzhou Province, was walking along the pool with his own grandson when he spotted a boy struggling in the water and saved him.

Chinese hero who saved father and son 20 years apart
Mr Wang telling his heroic stories (the kid is his grandson, not the rescued boy)

When the grandfather of the rescued boy arrived, he was amazed to see the rescuer was the same man who saved his son, the boy’s father, from the same pool 20 years ago.

Like father like son… thank goodness the saviour was around for both occasions.

A 999-metre long wedding dress was recently exhibited at a shopping mall in Dalian, China…

999m wedding dress displayed in Dalian, China 999m wedding dress displayed in Dalian, China
The 999m long wedding dress on display [Hat tip to Cri]

The red dress was purely hand made and took three months to be completed, with dozens of decorative phoenix figures knitted using golden yarn and jades.

Keepers at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo have been honing their skills in a drill aimed at capturing animals on the loose, in case of a big earthquake. The drill seems a bit bizarre (but fun) though…

Zookeepers in Japan have only had to deal with three escapees in the last 40 years. Well, I guess it’s better be safe than sorry. [Hat tip to Neatorama]

The Intermediate People’s Court of Guangzhou, China, has began (on Feb 22) rehearing of the case of a 24-year-old Chinese who was sentenced for life imprisonment for taking cash from a malfunctioning automatic teller machine (ATM).

In April 2006, Xu Ting found out that an ATM of Guangzhou Commercial Bank was deducting only 1 yuan from his account for every 1,000 yuan withdrawn. Xu subsequently withdrew 175,000 yuan (US$24,000) in 171 transactions while his friend Guo withdrew 18,000 yuan.

Guo was jailed for a year after turning himself in while Xu remained on the run for a year before being caught in May 2007. He was sentenced to life for theft in the first trial in November 2007.

The sentence sparked an outcry from local media and legal experts. Many people said Xu did not deserve the life sentence, and I agree. [Xinhuanet, via Asianoffbeat]

What he did was wrong… but life sentence? You got to be kidding me. Hope that Xu will get a fair punishment at the end of the retrial… I guess with so many media attention, the court would make a more reasonable judgement this time.

Malaysian police have arrested a thief who fell asleep after broking into a house.

The burglar helped himself to some homemade cookies and promptly dozed off on a bed, scaring the occupants when they returned home from weekend shopping.

V. Sathya, 39, and his family had gone shopping for Chinese New Year goods. His 9-year-old son was shocked when he entered his room to see a man sleeping in his bed.

“He shouted and ran out of his room. Even then the burglar did not wake up and carried on sleeping while holding on to one of my wife’s purses,” said Sathya. [Thestar]

The family then called the police, who shook the burglar from his slumber and took him away.

Seriously, how tired (or stupid) could he be?

Hime & Company, a small women-employee-only marketing firm in Tokyo is offering its staff a ‘heartache leave’ to take paid time off after a bad break-up with a partner.

Broken heart
Image courtesy of Pierangelo

“Not everyone needs to take maternity leave but with heartbreak, everyone needs time off, just like when you get sick,” CEO Miki Hiradate said.

Staff aged 24 years or younger can take one day off per year, while those between 25 and 29 can take two days off and those older can take three days off…

“Women in their 20s can find their next love quickly, but it’s tougher for women in their 30s, and their break-ups tend to be more serious,” Hiradate said. [Reuters]

Besides this unusual ‘heartbreak leave’, the company also offers its employees ‘sales shopping leaves’ for two mornings off twice a year so they can race to stores to hunt for bargains.

Not too many lucky ladies are enjoying the benefit though; the company has only 6 employees at the moment… I bet they are a bunch of happy 6 fellas.

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