Friday, July 29, 2011

K-pop enters European Market

It's a surprising to see many white European fans support k-pop (korean pop) world tour in Paris recently. Unfortunately, it's difficult to capture the American market due to different language, fashion and culture. Some of my American friends find the k-pop fashion is a bit 'childish.' I also won't be surprised when they think the k-pop male singers look like gays due to their appearance. They still fancy for American pop...

Are you planning to travel to South Korea? Here is one of the recommended attraction to visit: Changdeokgung Palace, UNESCO World Heritage in Seoul

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Why dogs bark?

Know Why Your Dog Barks

Photo: Thinkstock
Photo: Thinkstock

Where there are dogs, there's barking—a sound that can communicate a wide range of emotional states, from happiness to anger. When your dog barks joyously as you enter the house after being away all day, his bark makes you smile. But when a dog barks incessantly for no reason that you can see, it's easy to feel bewildered, annoyed, and frustrated. For every bark, there's a reason—and the more you understand about this natural behavior, the better you can control it.

Here are a few general facts to help you understand why your dog might have a barking obsession.

Born to bark
Some dogs seem to bark around the clock. Many of today's more popular smaller breeds were originally used as watchdogs by farmers. Though their occupations have changed over time (from watchdog to family member), their instinctive dispositions in many cases have not. Therefore, many of these dogs are genetically predisposed to bark at the slightest sound or vibration.

What can you do? Try training your dog to bark on command. This may limit his daily outbursts. Completely ignore him when he barks at other times. Any attention to him, even a reprimand to stop barking, can reinforce the barking behavior.

I'm guarding you
What does a good guard dog do when he feels his territory is being threatened? He barks. And since he may perceive that someone innocently walking by is a threat, he does what nature programmed him to do.

What can you do?
Try blocking his view of the street or property line. A more permanent solution will require diligent training while you are at home to ensure that he barks less during those times when you are away.

I'm bored, therefore I bark

Work and sporting dogs often bark due to sheer boredom. These dogs were bred to run around and work in the great outdoors. To make up for the lack of aerobic exercise, they choose to exercise their vocal chords.

What can you do? Try setting aside a couple of extra hours of daily playtime to help alleviate his boredom.

It's just nerves

If you adopted your dog from a shelter, it's possible that he may have a history of neglect and abuse. Through no fault of their own, these dogs were never given the opportunity to develop proper social skills early on. Thus, they bark a lot.

What can you do?
Try being very patient. These dogs may take a bit longer to train, but with a lots of love and extra care, in time they can come around.

More tips

These quick home remedies may prove very helpful.
• Use a word that lets your dog know you are not impressed by his barking. Words like "Enough!" or "Quiet!" work well. Use them sparingly, because if you say them too often he'll think you're barking back.
• To help your dog feel less lonely, leave a radio playing in the background. There are even special DVDs that have been designed to help keep dogs company when they're left alone at home.
• Give your dog a special chew toy BUT only for those times when you're leaving the house. When you get back home, "Mr. Special Chew Toy" goes back into hiding.
• Try keeping your dog in the calmest or quietest parts of your home.
• Keep the window blinds or curtains closed. The less he can see of the outside world, the less likely he is to bark.

The shakey-shakey can experiment

Find a metal or plastic jar that you can seal securely. Fill it up with some pebbles, loose change, or whatever you can spare around the house that makes a good rattling sound. When your dog starts barking just give the can a good shake. The noise startles him and breaks his barking cycle. When he barks again, give it another quick shake. Each time he stops barking, offer him praise. In time, he'll catch on.

Information courtesy of Mars, Incorporated and its Affiliates. All Rights Reserved 2011.

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Korean makeup secret to long, sexy and slender legs

Korean Celebs and the Secret to their Long, Slender Legs!
Korean Celebs and the Secret to their Long, Slender Legs!

Yesterday’s episode of SBS’s “One Night of TV Entertainment” covered the topic of female Korean idols’ extremely short outfits and the secrets to looking great in them. Korean celebrities are often seen donning short shorts or miniskirts in dramas, music videos, concerts, and at the airports. These dangerously short bottoms expose the celebs’ long and slender legs, making guys googly-eyed and girls green with envy.

However, many fans were probably unaware that body makeup is a key ingredient in creating the stars’ perfectly long, perfectly slender legs. The stylist explained that “leg makeup is vital” for any female celebrity who plans on wearing short shorts or miniskirts.

To portray bright, healthy legs, they must be fully moisturized. As a result, the first step in leg makeup is to apply ample amounts of moisturizer. Then apply a darker tone of foundation on the sides of the legs to make your legs appear slimmer. Lastly, apply a lighter shade of foundation and oil to the center parts of your legs. The stylist added, “You use up a lot of products [for leg makeup]. So for girl groups with many members, they tend to run out of products, which we normally would use for several months, within a week.”


Are you planning to travel to South Korea? Here is one of the recommended attraction to visit: Changdeokgung Palace, UNESCO World Heritage in Seoul

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Dog Brings Pool Inside

This is an unbelievable smart English Bulldog who decides to enjoy his water play in the house during the heat wave.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

China Bridge Collapse with Overloaded Truck

China Bridge Collapses Truck Overloaded With Sand Causes Baihe Bridge Collapse In Bejing

A truck overloaded with sand has caused a bridge to collapse in China - leaving a scene that looked like the aftermath of an earthquake.

The vehicle, which was weighed down with 160 tons of sand, crushed the Baihe bridge in Beijing's Huairou district.

The 230 metre structure can only support 55 tons and crumpled under the weight of the lorry as it tried to cross.

Officials have put in place and emergency repair plan for the crossing which opened in 1987.

Nobody has been reported injured but the driver was detained for questioning.

Liang Chaoyang, deputy director of Huairou road department, said: "We are going to build a contemporary road down by bridge for vehicles to pass."

Have you visited China? Here are some pictures of Forbidden Palace

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High Speed Trains Collided in China

Deadly train crash in China provokes outrage

By Adrienne Mong and Bo Gu

BEIJING--It's the kind of disaster that provokes deep sorrow, anger, and the shaking of heads.
Barely a month after China launched its much-vaunted Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail link, two so-called bullet trains collided near the eastern city of Wenzhou, south of Shanghai, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds more.

The trains that crashed are technically not part of the high-speed rail network that China has been aggressively building out across the country, but they are said to be the first generation of high-speed technology adopted by the Chinese.

Philippe Lopez / AFP - Getty Images
Chen Shengqiao, who lost his 12-year-old daughter Chen Yijie in the train accident, is helped by relatives as he cries after identifying her body at a crematorium in the town of Shuangyu on July 25.
It’s still unclear what exactly happened, but most reports say lightning struck a train travelling from Hangzhou to Fuzhou.  The train lost power and stalled on the tracks.  A second train travelling in the same direction then hit the first train from behind, causing two cars from the first train and four cars from the second to derail.  Two of the cars fell off the bridge, leaving a third dangling in the air

Although many people were horrified by the tragedy and the dramatic pictures, anger quickly set in.

“We are all passengers”
Widespread dissatisfaction and complaints were already brewing online days after the launch of the new Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail link.  In at least three separate suspensions of service just after its opening, several new trains were delayed due to poor weather, leaving passengers stuck on trains for hours without air conditioning after the power was shut down.

Saturday’s collision only fuelled simmering anger.  Very soon after the crash, Chinese Internet users found a link to a 2007 interview quoting He Huawu, a chief engineer from the Railways Ministry, “Our high speed train will not collide, because of our safety design.”  Zhang Shuguang, another chief engineer who appeared in the same 2007 report, was just suspended this year as part of a corruption investigation.

“This is a big slap on your own face,” said one new comment on the article.

“Thunder makes two trains collide.  A truck drives past a bridge, then the bridge collapses.  You get kidney stones by drinking milk.  None of us is exempted.  Today’s China is a train running in the thunderstorm, and we are not outsiders.  We are all passengers,” said one Chinese comment on Twitter.
Burying the train car that crashed into the first train triggered another wave of anger.  Michael Anti, a well-known blogger and news critic, said on his Twitter page, “I have never seen this.  Yesterday, the train was derailed, today the compartments are buried.  Every time there is a plane or train crash, the debris is usually collected and checked to find the cause.  Is the Ministry of Railways going nuts?”
His remarks were re-Tweeted many times over, with more people expressing shock and demanding to know why the car was buried.  In response, a Ministry spokesman, Wang Yongping, explained Monday morning that the crash site’s geography was the reason for the burial, that mud under the bridge made it difficult to retrieve the train car.

But Chinese netizens were angry, too, at the disrespect shown to the dead and injured.  “Can’t you just gather the passengers’ belongings and wait for their relatives to collect them instead of just burying them?  There may be clothes they bought together, pictures they took when they travelled together.  In the cell phones, there may be text messages they didn’t want to delete, video to record their lives, or even the last words they said before they died!” said another Internet user on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter.

A wrecked passenger carriage is lifted off the bridge on July 24.
The cost of speed
The crash also reinforced scepticism about recent Chinese claims that the country is producing the best rail technology.

Two days before Saturday’s crash, the state-run People’s Daily newspaper rebutted criticism of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail link crowing about its superior technology.

A Chinese Railways Ministry spokesman went even further, claiming his country’s high-speed rail technology was far better than that of Japan’s bullet trains or shinkansen.

In the aftermath of the crash, some Chinese reports suggested an about-face, pointedly saying the trains involved in the collision were not of original Chinese design but the result of joint ventures with Japanese and Canadian rail companies.

In Japan, where the shinkansen network has run for 47 years with a near-perfect safety record, local newspapers leapt into the fray.

“The fear that [the] Chinese high-speed rail system may be dangerous has become a reality,” said the Asahi Shimbun.  “The essential technology was not something they themselves had developed over many years, but instead collected from various countries which some pointed out was susceptible to causing troubles.”
While many Chinese reacted cynically—one person on Twitter swore never to fly on any Chinese-built planes—the rest of the world would be justified in worrying, too.

As our colleague, Ed Flanagan, has pointed out, this is the same country that has built a bridge that was just shipped off to Oakland to be used in an earthquake-prone region.

With additional reporting from Arata Yamamoto in Tokyo.

(Extracted from MSNBC Behind the Wall dated 25th July 2011)

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More fake Apple stores in China

China officials find 5 fake Apple stores in 1 city

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials have found five fake Apple stores in the southwestern city of Kunming, and ordered two of them to suspend business while they're investigated, a local government website said Monday.

Officials couldn't do anything about the other three stores — which prominently displayed Apple signs and logos — because they did not find any fake Apple products for sale, according to a report by a local newspaper posted on the Kunming city government's website.

The investigation follows a blog post last week by an American woman who lives in Kunming in Yunnan province, who stumbled across three shops masquerading as bona fide Apple stores in the city. She took photos and posted them on her BirdAbroad blog.

She said they were modeled on the company's iconic stores right down to the winding staircase and the staff wearing the customary blue T-shirts.

After the blog appeared on Wednesday, the Kunming Trade and Industry Bureau inspected more than 300 electronics stores in Kunming and found the five fake Apple stores, the city government's website said.

Calls to the Kunming Trade and Industry Bureau rang unanswered Monday.

The maker of the iPhone and other hit gadgets has four company stores in China — two in Beijing and two in Shanghai — and various official resellers.

The proliferation of the fake stores underlines the slow progress that China's government is making in countering a culture of a rampant piracy and widespread production of bogus goods that is a major irritant in relations with trading partners.

(Extracted from Yahoo News dated 25th July 2011)

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Fake Apple store in China

Entire fake Apple shop found in China

Courtesy Bird Abroad
It looks like an Apple shop. Feels like an Apple shop. But it's not!

BEIJING — Walk by the Apple shop in Beijing’s Sanlitun neighborhood any day and you begin to have an inkling of how popular this brand has become in China in just a couple of years.
Roughly 40,000 visitors a day enter Apple’s shops in Beijing and Shanghai — four times as many as in any of the Apple shops in the United States.

But such popularity can attract imitation that Apple might not view as the sincerest form of flattery.

An American living in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province in China’s remote southwest corner, came across a fake Apple shop.
That’s right.

An entire fake Apple shop.

“They looked like Apple products.  It looked like an Apple store.  It had the classic Apple store winding staircase and weird upstairs sitting area.  The employees were even wearing those blue t-shirts with the chunky Apple name tags around their necks,” writes the blogger.

But upon closer inspection, our intrepid fellow American realized, “A beautiful ripoff — a brilliant one — the best ripoff store we had ever seen (and we see them every day).  But some things were just not right: the stairs were poorly made.  The walls hadn’t been painted properly.  Apple never writes “Apple Store” on its signs — it just puts up the glowing, iconic fruit.”

Now it wasn’t clear to the blogger whether the products were fake, too, but they looked real enough.

But here’s the real kicker: Some of the staff appeared to believe they were really working for Apple.

We checked with Apple, which confirmed it does not have a self-standing retail outlet in Kunming, but it does have a reseller.  However, that reseller is nowhere near the "fake" shop mentioned in the blog.

Huge fan base
As with many American companies, China is a highly lucrative market for Apple. The company’s chief financial officer was quoted earlier this year as saying, of all the Apple outlets in the world, the China stores clocks on average the highest traffic and highest revenue.

On Tuesday, the Cupertino-based company posted record quarterly earnings, with China sales leaping a record 250 percent since last year and comprising a third of all Apple sales.

While Macs are popular with the trendy and design-oriented set in Beijing and Shanghai, the iPhone and iPad have become ubiquitous among well-heeled youth and business types in all major Chinese cities.
The sleek, stylish products have garnered such a huge fan base in China that quirky testimonies to its popularity are legion:
The release of the white iPhone earlier this year set off a violent frenzy in the Beijing store.  That same outlet is also where customers are routinely approached on the premises by resellers or scalpers trying to hawk iPads and iPhones acquired elsewhere or, more commonly, overseas (where the products cost much less than they do in China).

In fact, the practice of buying iPads and iPhones outside China to bring back into the mainland — for resale or for personal use — is so widespread that Chinese customs agents began imposing a 20 percent import tax on any travelers found with such items in their possession.

During Apple’s earnings call on Tuesday, Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said China was “very key” to the company's results.  He was also quoted as saying Apple hadn’t “learned to play perfectly” in the China market.

But it would seem that some enterprising Chinese know very well how to play in the Apple market.

(Extracted from MSNBC Behind The Wall dated 19 July 2011)

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