Singapore is best place to do business

Singapore tops the ease of doing business chart for the ninth consecutive year. The ranking is featured in the Doing Business report, published annually by the World Bank Group which measures regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it.

The top 10 economies with the most business-friendly regulatory environments are Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Denmark, South Korea, Norway, United States, United Kingdom, Finland and Australia.

My country Malaysia is ranked at 18th, not bad at all. Economic powerhouse China is ranked at 90th.

World’s top 10 highest paid models 2014

The 10 highest paid models between June 2013 and June 2014 according to Forbes.

The list: 1. Gisele Bundchen ($47 million) – 2-3. Doutzen Kroes, Adrina Lima ($8m) – 4-7. Kate Moss, Kate Upton, Miranda Kerr, Liu Wen ($7m) – 8-9. Alessandra Ambrossio, Hilary Noda ($5m) – 10. Nadia Vodianova ($4m)

Gisele Bündchen has topped the list since 2007 and by a huge margin these days. The Brazilian is a highly successful businesswoman though, so large part of her income may come from her business instead of usual modelling works.

It’s also worth nothing that Gisele disputed Forbes’s figure late last year, but there’s little doubt that she’s the highest paid supermodel in the world.

Top 10 Chinese Tourist Cities

China Radio International, with support from the National Tourism Administration, has organised an online poll to pick the Top 10 Chinese Tourist Cities. More than five million votes were cast, and the winning cities were announced in early December. Below are some intros of the 10 destinations in none particular order…

Luoyang, Henan Province

Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang, China
Massive Boddhisatvas in the Longmen Grottoes. Image by Ishai Bar

Luoyang lies in the west of Henan, crossing two banks of the middle reach of Yellow River and is one of China’s Four Great Ancient Capitals. Its famous heritage sites include the Longmen Grottoes and the White Horse Temple. The city is also famous as a cultivation centre for peony, one of China’s famous emblems.

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Japan has highest industrial robot density

There are one million industrial robots around the world (as of Dec 2008), and Japan has the highest density with 295 robots for every 10,000 manufacturing workers.

Top 10 countries by robot density

Singapore and Korea are second and third respectively on the chart, but significantly behind Japan in numbers. Illustration by Mike Vella, more on IEEE.

Kim Tae-hee is Korea’s most beautiful woman

Actress Kim Tae-hee is chosen as Korea’s most beautiful woman in a recent KBS survey with 15,222 respondents. The top 10 in sequence are… Kim Tae-hee, Lee Young-ae, Han Ga-in, Song Hye-kyo, Kim Hee-sun, Son Ye-jin, Han Ye-seul, Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Hye-soo and Shim Eun-ha.

Actress Kim Tae-hee most beautiful Korean woman

[Update] Apparently there’s a poll for the guys too too, the top 10 are Jang Dong-gun, Jo In-sung, Rain, Bae Yong-joon, Song Seung-hun, Won Bin, Jung Woo-sung, Hyun Bin, So Ji-sub and Lee Byung-hun.