Esther Ng

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21 Places to Stay if You Care About the Planet

Travel<p>Sustainable, spectacular, and engaged with local communities, these lodges are tucked into some of the planet’s wildest places.<p>From a handful of rustic lodges committed to conservation back in the early 1990s, sustainable tourism is now transforming the global travel industry, and in the …

The army that conquered the world

The martial figures buried with the first Chinese emperor were discovered in 1974. But the tomb they guard hasn’t even been opened, writes Jonathan Glancey.<p>In March 1974, Yang Zhifa, a farmer, along with his five brothers and their neighbour Wang Puzhi, were digging a well in pomegranate and …

Archaeology

See This Incredible Artist Draw a Whole City From Memory

Genius<p>Diagnosed with autism at age three, Stephen Wiltshire is now famous for producing highly detailed scenes after just a brief glance.<p>Today, Stephen Wiltshire is one of Britain’s best-known artists. His commissions have a four- to eight-month waiting list, and videos of him sketching panoramic …

The World's "Mattest, Flattest Black" Acrylic Paint Is Available to All—Except Anish Kapoor

Artist Stuart Semple responds to Vantablack 2.0 with Black 2.0, making it available to anyone who wants it. Anyone, of course, but Anish Kapoor.<p>The ongoing saga over the artistic rights to Vantablack, the blackest black on the planet, continues. As a quick refresher for the uninitiated, British …

Artist Coaxes Plant Roots Into Geometric Patterns

Inspired by Charles Darwin's observation that plant roots don't just passively grow down, but actively navigate to seek moisture and nutrients, …

PSA: Using a VPN can protect your browsing history as Congress allows ISPs to sell it

Well, it’s official. Both the Senate and the House voted to overturn privacy rules created by the FCC, and your ISP will now be free to sell your Internet browsing history and location data to advertisers.<p>Internet service providers will have a few expenses to set off against this revenue stream – …

Privacy

Thierry Bornier’s Breathtaking Photos of China Will Stun You into Silence

Former fashion CEO Thierry Bornier quit his job and moved to Yunnan, China. The rest is magic.<p>Thierry Bornier is a French landscape photographer living in Yunnan, China. His photographs have been published by National Geographic and he has won numerous awards for his breathtaking aerials. But …

At 79, David Hockney Isn't Keen On Parties, But Still Paints Every Day

Painter David Hockney once said, "It is very good advice to believe only what an artist <i>does</i>, rather than what he <i>says</i> about his work." On Thursday in London, a major retrospective at Tate Britain will give visitors the chance to see 60 years of the English artist's "doings."<p>Oils, acrylics, sketches, …

The moment that changed Picasso

A short trip to an ancient village was the catalyst for a profound shift in Picasso’s work – but it is often overlooked. Alastair Sooke finds out more.<p>One day in June 1906, Pablo Picasso arrived in the ancient Catalan village of Gosol, high in the Pyrenees. A friend had tipped him off about this …

Art

The 20 best destinations to visit in 2017

From the charms of Chile to glorious Granada and the beaches of Bermuda, our experts select the 20 best destinations to visit in the coming months.<p>1. Chile<p>If Brazil owned South American travel last year, Chile takes over for 2017. Slowly, methodically, the continent’s most overlooked wonderland has …

Zucchini Fritters with Feta and Dill

5 stars based on 70 votes<p>The word fritter usually conjures up something heavy and deep-fried, but these zucchini pancakes are as light and delicate …

40 trips you should take before you turn 30

You're not young and free forever.<p>Your 20s are an ideal time to take on some adventure and travel to faraway places.<p>Chances are you'll end up having …

INSIDE SINGAPORE'S INDIE SCENE

Although Singapore’s at the nexus of different cultures—Chinese, Malay, Indian and the expat tribe—the high-rise, tropical city-state hasn’t—until …

5 of the Best Art Nouveau Buildings in NYC Photos

Art Nouveau emerged in Europe in the mid-1800s and at the time was considered quite avant-garde. The artists and architects behind the movement sought to highlight quality craftsmanship in an era when the mass production of cheap goods was on the rise for the first time. The perfect geometry of …

9 travel hacks you'll wish you knew all along

Travel can be tricky. Did you pay too much for that flight? Forget to pack some important items? What happens if your flight is delayed or canceled?<p>As always, knowledge is power. The more you plan, research and prepare, the better off you'll be. With that in mind, I've rounded up these nine tricks …

Beauty and the beast: How Switzerland inspired Frankenstein

When Lord Byron described the horror novel Frankenstein as “a wonderful work for a girl”, he wasn’t being patronising, just stating a fact. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was just 18 years old when she came to Lake Geneva and gave life to her “filthy daemon”. Two hundred years later, on the first warm …

Mother's Day Brunch: 15 Recipes That Will Wow Mom

If you really want to show Mom how much you love her, skip the crowded restaurants and make her a homemade brunch instead. From Blueberry Pancakes to Sausage Bread Pudding, all of these recipes are perfect for pampering the special moms in your life.<p><b>1. Blueberry Pancakes with Maple Blueberry …

Breakfast

Chinese archaeologists solve mystery of Beijing’s Forbidden Palace

Chinese archaeologists believe they may have solved one of the great mysteries of antiquity in Beijing – the site of the imperial palace of the Yuan …

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10 Ways To Spot A Truly Exceptional Employee

A recent international study surveyed more than 500 business leaders and asked them what sets great employees apart. The researchers wanted to know why some people are more successful than others at work, and the answers were surprising; leaders chose “personality” as the leading reason.<p>Notably, …

Emotional Intelligence

14 places in South-East Asia to see before it's too late

Big in China: Over-the-Top Marriage Proposals

The high stakes and high price of popping the question<p>Nothing says <i>Marry me!</i> like 99 iPhones—except, perhaps, 4,500 diapers. Or 99,999 chilies. These are some of the unusual tokens of love that prospective grooms have been flourishing in one of the world’s toughest marriage markets.<p>One Guangzhou …

Brides

Literary travel: around the world in 10 must-read books

Ann Morgan spent a year reading a book from every country in the world – 196 in total. Here she picks 10 favourites that vividly evoke the regions they describe<p>• <b>If</b> <b>you’ve read a book with a powerful sense of place or one that inspired you to travel, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below</b><p>In …

Books

What This Artist Does with Scars Is Beautiful

Hélène Gugenheim makes vulnerability—and healing—her canvas.<p>If bodies tell stories, scars are their words. Reading my own, I see a 2.5 inch-long healed gash above my right shoulder blade that tells the story of a regrettable tattoo, now removed, gotten in Amsterdam with a boyfriend past. A circular …

A Fascinating Look At The Toy Paintings Of Ancient Japan

Kyosen Kawasaki (1877-1942) was a Japanese watercolour painter who was prolific during the Meiji and Showa periods. He specialized in painting …

Japan

21 striking photos of ballerinas, what dreams are made of

Oct. 1 is World Ballet Day — a day to celebrate some of the most skilled and graceful dancers on the planet.<p>On Thursday five of the world’s leading …

7 incredible Japanese destinations that tourists haven’t discovered yet

Japan is often known by tourists for its most popular attractions, like Mount Fuji, the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, and its amazing shrines and temples.<p>But there's a lot more to the island nation than that.<p>We took a look at a Quora thread that asked, "what are some of Japan's best kept secrets," and …

The 15-Step Guide to Acing Any Job Interview

You’ve made it past the resume robots and the critical eyes of the recruiter to land an in-person interview. This is your chance — perhaps your <i>one</i> …

Employment

The Food Lab: Foolproof Onion Rings

Here's another exclusive excerpt from my book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. I hope you enjoy it.<p>The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science<p>$33.89from Amazon<p>At their physical core, onion rings couldn't be more different from fried fish. But at their philosophical core, …

20 breathtaking photos of palaces in India

Each is magnificent in its own way — whether it's the bright colors, archways and domes, or beautiful gardens.<p>Many of the palaces are still the official residences of royal families, while others have been turned into luxury hotels.<p>From the famous Mysore Palace to the floating Jal Mahal, here are …

Royal Family