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    Chanel walks models through a tranquil cloister garden in Paris

    Chanel on Tuesday transported guests from the bling of fashion week to a herb-filled cloister garden where models showed off demure looks in black, white and grey in a nod to founder Coco Chanel’s early years in a nunnery.

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    Winning direct booking wars: Mint Hotels joins hands with Simplotel to overhaul e-commerce

    Mint Hotels, a chain of over 25 hotels and resorts across various business and leisure destinations in India and Simplotel, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company offering state-of-the-art e-commerce solution for hotels, have announced a partnership to drive three-fold increase in direct website bookings. Online is fast becoming the go-to channel for guests to book hotel […]

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    Weinstein must tread carefully in rape trial defense, experts say

    Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein will face the challenge of defending himself in his rape trial as he tries to undermine his accusers’ credibility without appearing callous to jurors, according to several legal experts.

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    Don’t judge people by appearance: Indonesia President Joko Widodo’s message backfires on social media

    JAKARTA – A comic strip posted on President Joko Widodo’s Twitter account that conveys the message of looking past appearances and instead judging people by their actions has been met with a less-than-favourable reception on social media, with many users pointing out the comic’s inherent irony in regard to the various instances of discrimination still plaguing the government’s bureaucracy.

    In a video that was viewed over 2.1 million times and retweeted by over 33,900 Twitter users as of 1pm on Tuesday (Jan 21), a man who appears to be a cartoon version of Mr Joko takes his grandson out on a trip aboard a commuter train.

    As they look for available seats on the train, the grandson is scared when he sees a man with dyed hair and dressed in stereotypical “gang” attire sitting across from him.

    “Grandpa, there’s a scary-looking man,” the grandson said.

    “It’s okay. Don’t be scared,” the grandfather replied.

    On the next page, an elderly woman is shown boarding the train when it arrives at a station. The man with dyed hair catches sight of her and tries to get her attention, prompting fellow passengers to suspect that the man is up to no good.

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    5 reasons why UNDONE watches make classy, customised gifts for someone special (including yourself)

    Here at AsiaOne’s Digital Culture department, you’d think that we’re all about the digitisation of every possible thing under the sun. But not everything has to be AI-equipped, 5G-connected, or internet-enabled. Honestly, a voice-activated kitchen faucet is a little overkill, no? 

    The march of technology, however, has been quite apparent in the realm of timepieces — smartwatches have effectively overtaken the sales of Swiss watches for years now. Thing is, not everyone wants to have a little vibrating computer strapped to their wrist reminding them that they could use a little jogging this week. Sometimes, all we need is to just an actual watch that actually tells time without being connected to apps, and with hands instead of a screen. 

    With that in mind, what can you slap around your wrist? Maybe you’d like something that’s a step up from cheap Casios and Timexes; maybe Patek Phillipes and Rolexes are way beyond your wallet’s reach. 

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    Oakwood Hotel & Residence Surabaya gets new GM

    Oakwood Hotel & Residence Surabaya in Indonesia has started 2020 with an announcement of its newly appointed general manager, Subendi. The city of heroes is a familiar place for the GM as he graduated with diploma in hotel and tourism from New Surabaya College and starting his early career as a telephone operator in 1996 […]

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    Tee off for free: CEO’s lost golf balls can make you winner

    Most golfers hate to lose an expensive golf ball. However, it is a different story for Mark Siegel, CEO of Golfasian. He really doesn’t mind, as he has a clever ulterior motive. The CEO of one of the most established inbound golf tour operators in Asia has devised a beautiful strategy to get it back. […]

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    Weather ‘merry-go-round’ poses new risks for fire-ravaged Australia

    SYDNEY – A “merry-go-round” of extreme weather was hampering efforts by firefighters in Australia to tackle unprecedented bush fires that have killed at least 29 people and devastated vast swathes of the country.

    Parts of the country welcomed heavy rainfall overnight, but authorities warned on Tuesday (Jan 21) that storms were bringing added complications, and the fire-danger risk could be elevated in the coming days.

    “It has been a merry-go-round of weather over the last few days,” the Bureau of Meteorology’s Mr Kevin Parkin said.

    “We have gone from fires and storms and floods, and giant hail – the size of limes… producing widespread damage – to fire danger escalating on our doorstep,” the senior meteorologist added.

    The country has suffered a collision of extreme climate events in the past week, with storms, lightning, thunder and hail battering areas in the fire-hit east.

    The bush fire season has been made worse by climate change, experts say.

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    Signs of life at ‘no-man’s land’ around Philippine volcano

    TAAL, Philippines – A desolate landscape of ash dunes and bare trees left by the eruption of the Philippines’ Taal volcano lay in contrast with a few signs of life at ground zero of the disaster on Tuesday (Jan 21).

    The island site was buried by massive deposits of ash when Taal erupted last week and remains under a mandatory evacuation order due to a feared bigger blast.

    Yet about a dozen white cows milled near dust-blanketed homes, and several brightly coloured boats were docked at the shore on Tuesday, according to an AFP reporter taken on a rare military flight around the area.

    Thin plumes of steam rose from the crater.

    Authorities have said any outward signs of an imminent eruption have been weak over the past several days.

    But scientists warn the volcano is still at risk of a major blast, and more than 110,000 people have taken refuge in shelters away from danger.

    At least 3,000 who lived on the island were ordered out, though many have made trips back to rescue livestock or fetch items from their homes.

    Houses were flattened or buried under the ash, though AFP saw at least one with a roof swept clean.

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    A&K pledges support for Australia

      Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) has pledged AUD 100,000 (USD 68,780.50) to support relief efforts in Australia. The donation, encompassed from the global network of offices and its philanthropic arm, Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP). The funds are being used to support Australian charities leading the humanitarian and wildlife relief efforts, including […]

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