1. Waffle Handle
If the far right photo is any indication, drunk Japanese kids are a hot mess. But don’t fret, department store Tokyu Hands has come to the rescue and designed a product to keep tipsy toddlers from absentmindedly ramming their corneas directly into door handles. Now little Miyoko can get drunk off her ass and bust her skull on a doorknob and just laugh it off as if she meant to do that — as is evidenced by her sloppy drunk thumps-up photo at the bottom. Great recovery, Miyoko. Kampai, girl!
2. Scotland to Singapore by Rail
When Cambodia backed out of the deal — when denied backing by the Asian Development Bank — to link their tracks to Thailand and Viet Nam, the oft-dreamed-of epic journey seemed a washout. Now, however, with China and South Korea tossing coins in the bucket it seems the Iron/Silk Road could soon be clacking along.
Where is this line and and how quickly can we get there?
4. Mrs. Brown
We spotted this at Siam Paragon Mall in Bangkok recently and when we remarked to the sales girl how shocked we were by this image, she simply smiled and said, “Oh yes, it’s a shock, so delicious.” Mrs. Brown looks as much like a black lady as Yul Brynner, in yellowface, looked like a Thai man*— wait, now we get it: this is retribution for The King and I*.
(*As an aside, the musical based on the supposed love affair between Anna Leonowens and King Rama IV is still banned in the Kingdom of Thailand. But cookies being sold with offensive blackface cartoons? Apparently, shockingly delicious.)
5. Les Misérables: the Movie
We thought the same thing: not that fuckin’ kid again. Yes, it’s Victor Hugo’s masterwork about a minor rebellion that’s pretty much the equivalent of Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo — a whole lot of hoopla for a minor historical event. While we found the popular long-running Broadway production equal parts terrific and soporific, the lush score surely cannot be denied. Indeed, we felt the concert stagings were superior.
We rolled our eyes with ennui when we clicked on this clip, but in the end some of us needed to dry our eyes with tissues. Yes, we’ve heard “I Dreamed a Dream” better sung by that Scottish woman with a face like a fistful of raw hamburger, but we’ve yet to hear it acted with such substance. Whether this will prove to be a brilliantly stirring film or just feel like a belabored schlock-fest told in real time remains to be seen, but so far, it’s certainly piqued our curiosity . (Click to see the trailer)