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Washington Monument to reopen May 12 after quake repair

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – The Washington Monument will reopen to the public on May 12, nearly three years after it was shut due to damage from a rare earthquake centered near the US capital. The 170-meter (555-foot) obelisk, a major tourist draw, […]
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The agony and ecstasy of Hong Kong’s extreme runners

(HONG KONG-AFP) – Hong Kong is known for its long working hours and rat-race lifestyle, but on the rugged trails of the surrounding hills extreme runners are driven by a different ambition — the ultimate ‘ultra’ experience. Defined as any […]

Bespoke bonding

Hong Kong – I flew halfway across the world, to shop… at H&M, I thought to myself as I waited in front of the popular brand’s largest branch in Central. I came here for my best friend’s wedding; but to […]

Post Script to Costa Concordia

THE SIGHT of the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia, listing on its starboard side after running aground in the tiny island of Isola del Giglio, Italy, sent shivers down my spine. It was the very ship our clan boarded in […]

China’s wealthy favor French brands for gifts

(HONG KONG-Relaxnews) – Gift-giving has long been an integral part of life in mainland China — regardless of the murky area of motives when it occurs in the world of business — and now a new survey has lifted the […]

Food agenda: Hong Kong Food Festival

(Relaxnews) – Hong Kong sends off the 2011 food year with a bang, hosting the country’s largest food show, the 9th annual Hong Kong Food Festival. Expected to attract a whopping 780,000 visitors, the expo is open to the foodie […]

Hong Kong culls chickens to battle bird flu

(HONG KONG-AFP) – Hong Kong culled 17,000 chickens Wednesday and suspended live poultry imports for 21 days after three birds tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu virus. Health chief York Chow announced the measures late Tuesday […]

Food agenda: Hong Kong Food Festival

(Relaxnews) – Hong Kong sends off the 2011 food year with a bang, hosting the country’s largest food show, the 9th annual Hong Kong Food Festival. Expected to attract a whopping 780,000 visitors, the expo is open to the foodie […]

Filipino skating star seeks glory on thin ice

By DAVID CASUCO LOS ANGELES –The image of a Filipino skater receiving a medal in the Winter Olympics does not have any shades of reality. Even in dreams, where the sequence of actions do not follow logic, the chance of […]

Tourism threatens Philippine primate

BY JOE SINCLAIR BOHOL (AFP) – The tiny creature turns its head slowly through 180 degrees and stares, boggle-eyed as another group of noisy tourists takes its picture from just inches away. This is the Philippine tarsier, one of the […]
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