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Make your own roti with the world’s first roti machine

Rotimatic

One of my favorite foods growing up in Singapore was roti prata. Every so often, I will find myself craving the yummy Indian fried flour-based pancake. The only problem is, it’s not always easy to find roti and my roti-making skills are definitely not up to par. However, I may have found the solution to my roti withdrawal. The Rotimatic is the world’s first fully automated robot roti-maker. Although it’s a bit pricy ($599), this device is fully automated and all you have to do is add the ingredients into the machine, plug it into an outlet, select your desired thickness, crispness and oil content on a small LCD screen, and leave it all to the Rotimatic to churn out your roti for you.

Unfortunately, the roti maker is currently “sold out,” and the initial run of Rotimatics won’t arrive in consumers’ hands until early 2015 because work is still being done to perfect its assembly line as well as getting U.S. certification. Feeling left out because you missed out on the pre-order? Just sign up here to get updates!

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Japanese World Cup fans clean up stadium after loss

There’s always stories of angry fans rioting and trashing cities and stadiums after major game losses. But not all fans are the same. After Japan’s loss in their first World Cup match against the Ivory Coast, instead of throwing a fit, the Japanese fans decided to clean up the stadium instead.

Apparently this isn’t an unusual tradition. Nicknamed the Blue Samurais, Japanese sports fans are known for cleaning up after sporting events at home and have shown the same etiquette at the World Cup in the past. Now how’s that for good sportsmanship?

Japanese fans clean up stadium

 

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Psy and Snoop Dogg get drunk togther in “Hangover” music video

Psy and Snoop Dogg Hangover

It has been a while since we’ve seen Psy bust out his crazy dance moves in an annoying catchy song. Good news for those who have been waiting: Psy recently collaborated with Snoop Dogg in a song called “Hangover.” The title of the song is pretty self-explanatory and the video features Snoop Dogg and Psy taking shots of soju, singing at norebang (karaoke), and getting wasted together. Throw in some random dance moves and you got yourself another viral Psy video. After one day, it already has over 9 million views. This song just might be the jam of the summer!

Taco Bell parent company to launch banh mi sandwich shop

Banh mi

Banh mi has become a pretty big deal in the past several years. This yummy Vietnamese baguette sandwich filled with pickled vegetables and meat has caught the attention of Taco Bell’s parent company, Yum! Brands, and they are planning on launching a banh mi shop in Dallas called Banh Shop. I wonder what banh mi chain, Lee’s Sandwiches, has to say about this. More importantly, I’m not sure if a company owned by Taco Bell would be able to produce the same quality of banh mi as your local deli. I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

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(Thanks, Thai!)

Chubby Korean baby shows off dance moves

Nothing says “aww” more than a chubby Korean baby shaking her booty to some music. Check this cutie out as she demonstrates that we have nothing on her when it comes to dancing! Gotta love those chubby rolls!

Bacon and mustard Doritos hit stores in Japan

 

Bacon and mustard Doritos

Most people agree that the Sriracha-flavored Lay’s didn’t live up to its hype, but Frito Lay’s Japan recently released a new flavor of Doritos on April 21: bacon and mustard. The flavor combination sounds intriguing to me. I’ve never imagined eating bacon dipped in mustard, but my guess is it would taste similar to a bacon cheeseburger. Apparently this flavor is supposed to appeal to the more “mature” palettes. I told Emily to get me a bag to try since she’s in Japan now so I guess I will have to wait to find out. If you are in Japan, make sure to grab yourself a bag of these limited potato chips as they are only being sold until August 11, 2014.

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Jackie Chan portrait made of 64,000 chopsticks

Jackie Chain chopsticks portrait

When I think of chopsticks, I think of two small wooden sticks used to eat my pho, sushi, ramen, or even spaghetti. But imagine combining 64,000 chopsticks together to create an art masterpiece! Hong Yi, who goes by the nickname ‘Red’, recently worked with Jackie Chan to create a portrait of him using just these disposable bamboo eating utensils. The Malaysian artist-architect spent a month collecting 64,000 chopsticks, in Zhejiang and in Beijing. She then tied them into different bundle sizes with strings, and then hung them on a steel frame to create what she describes as “a tribute to the life, art and cultural significance of Jackie Chan.” Check out her other mind-blowing creations, like her Yao Ming portrait,  here!

(Thanks, Ivan!)

This cheesy and cringe-worthy video is trying to “promote” Singapore

I love Singapore and I always recommend everyone visit at least once to experience its diverse culture, cleanliness, and amazing food. Unfortunately, I think the Singapore Tourism Board deterred some people from visiting after they released a very cringeworthy video aimed to bring tourists from the Philippines to Singapore. Thankfully, the video has been pulled from their site after receiving a lot of negative feedback.

You can still watch the video. However, I must warn you it’s pretty painful. Just wait until you get to the end…

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(Thanks, Rob!)

Japanese Starbucks coffee mugs give off trippy illusion

Nendo Starbucks mugs

If you’re a “half glass full” type of person, you just might love these Starbucks coffee mugs designed by Japanese designer, nendo. The mugs have designs at the bottom of them so that when they are turned or stored upside down, they appear to look as if they are actually full with a Starbucks latte, americano, or macchiato. This concept incorporates the company’s philosophy of being fulfilled and having a positive mentality. Unfortunately these awesome coffee holders are only being sold in Japan. I’m jealous of all the Starbucks drinkers over there!

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Adorable girl learns to say no to strangers

Teaching a kid about stranger danger has never been so cute! The viral video shows a Korean mom teaching her little one to say no to strangers if they ever try to lure her to go eat cookies, ice cream, or go swimming. While she’s tempted to say yes to an unknown person, her mom makes it very clear she must say no. It might take this cutie a few more lessons, but in the meantime we can’t help but admire those huge eyes and pinchable cheeks!

(Thanks, David!)