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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; MH17 shot down in Ukraine; there’s also Flight 222 that crashed into buildings in Taiwan; and now this.

My deepest condolences, and 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.

A Tale of Two Koreas

An infographic by The World Weekly which shows some differences between North Korea and South Korea. The peninsular was divided into two after World War II as a result of the Cold War. They are still in confrontation these days.

North Korea vs South Korea infographic

PETRONAS Deepavali – The Light Within

A short, light-hearted movie by Malaysian oil and gas company PETRONAS, in celebration of Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights in 2014. Happy Deepavali to my Hindus neighbours and devotees worldwide.