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Nepal Earthquake

The death toll following the earthquake in Nepal has risen to over 4300 and still rising. United Nations says that eight million people have been affected, and over a million need food aid. I’m not a religious person, pray if you wish (no sarcasm meant) but it’s more practical to send donation via relevant bodies.

Korea to ban young celebs in alcohol ads

South Korea has passed a bill to restrict people who are younger than 25-years-old from appearing in advertisements for alcoholic beverages.

The bill was proposed when figure skating star Kim Yu-na advertised for a beer in 2012, which created debates on how popular idols could influence young people into drinking, which is becoming a huge concern in Korea.

Koreans do drink a lot. Surprisingly they are not even in the top 20 when it comes to alcohol consumption per capita (data by OECD and WHO)… either the stats are crooked or those countries on top are in serious shit.

The biggest name affected by the news is popular singer IU who’s 21. There used to be more young idols involved (in alcohol commercials) but seems like most beverage companies are self-restraining in this matter for the past couple of years.

Not sure how much this bill could help regardless. Drinking culture in Korea is deeply rooted, youngsters have way too many channels (when they grow up, if not sooner) to get into the habit beside celebrity endorsements.

Indonesia AirAsia flight crashed into sea

Most of you should have read the news by now, that Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 (QZ8501/AWQ8501) had crashed into the Java sea on December 28, with 155 passengers and seven crew on board. [Update] No survivors.

2014 is a terribly sad year for Asian aviation. Malaysia Airlines MH370 is still missing, presumably in the Indian Ocean; MH17 shot down in Ukraine; there’s also TransAsia Airways Flight 222 that crashed into buildings in Taiwan; and now this.

My deepest condolences to the families, may the victims rest in peace.

Adolfo Farsari vintage Japanese postcards

Photos of Japan in late 19th century, produced by Italian photographer Adolfo Farsari [wiki], who arrived in Japan in 1873 and built a successful commercial photography business. Hat tip to LabaQ [Jp] and Rocketnews [En].

Adolfo Farsari vintage Japanese umbrella maker

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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.