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The Green Tea Master
One of the world’s foremost tea sommeliers, Noriyasu Uejima has the unique ability to discern subtle differences in taste of green teas produced in different parts of Japan. He is also the only person to win Japan’s oldest tea tasting contest Tochakai with a perfect score.
This short film is produced by Japan Curator, a bespoke travel company that supports artisanal cultures and craftsmanship in Japan.
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Category: PeopleView entry
Name: Gerdie Hutomo
Title: Traditional Indramayu Mask Maker
Story: Portrait of an old man that makes traditional Indramayu Mask in West Java, Indonesia.
Category: PeopleView entry
Name: Tanmoy Thakur
Title: The Chau Dancers
Story: Chau dance is an Indian tribal dance form characterized by deft acrobatic moves and use of elaborate masks made from paper pulp and clay. The themes vary from religious stories , folklore to tales from daily life.These dancers are otherwise normal village people doing mundane jobs but once they done their masks they get transformed as if the spirit of the mask gets into them.
Category: PlacesView entry
Name: Marc Nair
Title: 10 Things To Do In Siargao
Story: We visit Siargao Island in the Philippines for the first time and discover a wealth of amazing experiences. Naturally, it is impossible to contain everything we've seen, heard and tasted, so we have narrowed our list down to ten things. Some are conventional, some quirky and some downright random. It was a short but intense trip and we can't wait to head back there again!
Kia Liang Tan
Category: PlacesView entry
Name: Kia Liang Tan
Title: Borneo- Kota Kinabalu
Story: My wife and I found paradise on earth in beautiful Borneo- Kota Kinabalu to be exact.
First off, we went jungle trekking and visited an Orang Utan sanctuary. Truly admire their efforts to nurse back injured and orphaned Orang Utans found in the wild. The baby Orang Utans swinging from trees and bonding with wildlife rangers were too cute! Views of South China Seas, far off islands and Mount Kinabalu from the canopy walkway were also breathtaking..
We also went for a nostalgic train adventure with the famed North Borneo Railway. Loved the colonial-style refurbished trains that seemed to come alive straight out of 1900s. Fantastic journey back in time passing by paddy fields, markets, small villages and Chinese temples. The traditional breakfast and lunch tiffin sets were delicious too. Choo-Choo!!!!
We also embarked on a river adventure down Garama Wetlands and chanced upon a troop of Proboscis monkeys. Some were sleeping with their eyes shut high, some goofing around, some were carrying babies underneath their bellies, and the alpha male folded his arms haughtily with his back facing us while perched precariously atop a swinging mangrove tree!! As the sun sets we dropped by a floating restaurant serving delicious local cuisine for dinner. Right after dinner we proceeded back up the river to view the fireflies in the mangroves… stunning. The mangrove trees looked like Christmas trees all beautifully lit up.
Borneo was amazing, can’t wait to be back!
Category: PlacesView entry
Name: Harold Genar
Title: Breathtaking Coron Lake
Story: We, Filipinos are notorious for having extreme levels of “pinoy pride”. This is the term we used to describe how proud we are of anything remotely Filipino. Anything made here in the Philippines or done by a Filipino, especially when recognized abroad, sets off a barrage of national pride for us. In a country as stunning and as naturally endowed as this, with such a richness of islands, it's something we must really much to be proud of.
One of places we take pride of having is in Coron, it is within the gorgeous province of Palawan. Perhaps the other major factor to thank for Palawan’s “best island” recognition, Coron boasts of similar gems as El Nido, Palawan, crystal clear waters perfect for snorkelling, powdery white sandy beaches, and inescapable picture perfect landscapes. As in El Nido, travellers can charter a small boat or join organized tour groups for a day’s trip including the most famous islands and lagoons. One stop that should not be missed by anyone visiting Coron is the breathtaking Kayangan Lake, dubbed the cleanest in the country and surrounded by stunning karst walls, truly a sight to behold, both above and below the water. It's something i wouldn't mind bragging. It’s not just a typical lake because its also rich in culture as it is taken care of by Tagbanua People, a tribe group who resides in Coron, Palawan. Aside from being mesmerized by the place, you'll also get the chance to meet people of one of ethnic group in the Philippines.
Category: FoodView entry
Name: Yunar Wahyudi
Title: Siomay Bandung
Story: Siomay Bandung, a classic traditional food which is historically adapted from chinese food called Shoa-Mau. The food came popular, not only in Bandung (West Java) but even around Indonesia.
Simple ingredients: tapioca and wheat flour mixed with mackerel to be steamed.
Additional ingredients are often included : potato, cabbage, tofu and boiled egg.
The peanut sauce is completing the serving, making it tasty that you want eat those pieces together with the sauce. With affordable price and wide availability, everyone can not miss this food once they are travelling to Indonesia.
PLACES: GARDENS BY THE BAY – URBAN GARDEN OASIS
Singapore’s iconic Gardens by the Bay is a spectacular nature park that brings to life the country’s vision of being a city in a garden. The most awe-inducing part of Gardens by the Bay has got to be its avatar-like futuristic glowing trees in the Supertree Grove. It’s a breathtaking sight to behold at night where a stunning lightshow brings the glittering giant trees to life in a celebration of music and colour.
- Angela Lim, CNA Presenter
FOOD: MUST-TRY STREET FOOD IN JAKARTA
In a country made up of more than 500 ethnic groups, I’m definitely spoilt for culinary choice here in Indonesia, especially street food. From meat soup and grilled chicken skewers called ‘Satay’, tomy personal favourite - ‘Ketoprak’, a combination of beansprouts, tofu, rice vermicelli, rice cakes, peanut sauce and crackers.
- Chandni Vatvani, CNA Correspondent, Indonesia
PEOPLE: SOCIAL ENTERPRISE KANDAMA COLLECTIVE TO #SAVETHEWEAVE
In an effort to #SaveTheWeave, fashion designer Victor Baguilat and his social enterprise Kandama Collective sells modern apparel featuring textiles woven by women from the Tuwali tribe in the mountains of Northern Philippines.
These women artisans are able to weave 8 inches of a detailed fabric in a day’s work, proof of the effort it takes to create the colorful patterns unique to the Tuwali tribe.
- Buena Bernal, CNA Correspondent, Philippines