Boom Times For Vintage Baijiu, Chinese “White Lightning”

Vintage Bottles Of Maotai Selling For Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars At Auction

This bottle of 1958 Moutai sold last year for $220,000


With prices for Moutai (茅台), China’s most popular brand of premium baijiu (distilled sorghum spirits), spiking in recent months amid soaring demand and ostensibly dwindling supply, and rampant counterfeiting causing the company to release special imprints with extreme security features, the country’s fever for high-end Chinese “white lightning” is now starting to light up the auction market. Much as Chinese collectors have caused prices for favored wine vintages like Chateau Lafite ‘82 to skyrocket at auction in Hong Kong to “insane” levels, well-heeled Moutai lovers are bidding hundreds of thousands of dollars for rare vintage bottles, prices that only a few years ago would have seemed outlandish. In response to the swelling demand for 1950s and ’60s Moutai, domestic Chinese auction houses are now scouring the country, “Antiques Roadshow“-style, searching for old bottles.

Despite the far lower demand for baijiu outside of China — bottles of Moutai can be procured in New York’s Chinatown for around half of what they’d cost in China — in China rare or expensive bottles carry a prestige that’s hard to overstate. A recent article in the New York Times about the spiraling price and demand for Moutai in China neatly sums up the motivation that many in China have for sometimes spending the equivalent of the average Chinese laborer’s annual wage on a single bottle of spirits:

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Most Weird Dog Toys

Hot doll, Love Doll for Dogs

Dogs are species providing large sexual appetites such a can not be controlled easily. So such a is in artificial way to prevent dogs inborn character. The Hot doll is a normal way (and that much a beneficial one for dog’s health) to control its sexual impulses. This Love Doll for dogs is shaped to be grabbed only by the dog’s paws similar to grabbing female hips.

Hotdoll, Love Doll for Dogs


Grrrona Mexican Beer Dog Toy

Long Summer days kicking going back among a Mexican beer and a slice of lime. Summer bliss! Your pooch may sttink the present embroidered plush Grrrona toy featuring a squeaker inside for added delight + now toy is around in two sizes: Small and Large.

Grrrona Mexican Beer Dog Toy


Funny humungous lips.


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A Tiger in the Kitchen – Serge the Concierge

an article over on Serge the Concierge about Singapore Cuisine..

Food is part of the culture wherever we come from.

Some places have a more intense relationship than others with culinary delights, Singapore happens to be one of them.

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan took a break from her busy American life to reconnect with family and learn her favorite childhood recipes during an extended stay in Singapore.

She shares the experience and a few recipes in her memoir A Tiger in the Kitchen (Voice/ Hyperion, February 2011).

full article:

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Viva BananaMana!

A Punjapit Alliance plug for

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‘Tiger’ escapes at Tokyo zoo — later, removes its own head

Here’s a headscratcher: can you tell the difference between these two tigers here? More specifically, which is the real one and which is (shock!) the man in the fake tiger suit? It’s a puzzler, we know.

Okay, we’ll tell you: the one on the left is the fake one. Or so the guys at Tokyo zoo assure us, what with them using a man in a tiger suit to help prepare for a potential tiger escape.

It was all part of a drill in case of an earthquake – an earthquake that not only sees the ground shake, but the Siberian tigers in the zoo escape. They think of everything, those Japanese folk.

“This training was laughed at somewhat in the past but I think that all of the staff have taken this training seriously and everyone has done their best,” said training leader Kiyoshi Nagal.

70 members of staff were required to carry out the exercise, eventually ‘tranquillising’ and ‘capturing’ the costumed tiger (read: one poor zoo worker Shuhei Yamaguchi, 26) after an hour’s worth of silly buggers. Oh, did we say ‘silly buggers’? We meant ‘very serious earthquake preparation’.

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American Apparel is At It Again, Reveals Topless Ads for Swimwear

Oh, American Apparel. You are such a tease. One minute your models are bearing all, the next they’re covered up. You give us a topless model on horseback, or a girl with her pubes showing through lace panties, and then a photo of founder Dov Charney’s childhood darkroom and a story about his struggle with dyslexia. Aw. You keep us on our toes! And we like that.

But what most folks seem to love (or love to hate) are American Apparel’s more provocative, more gratuitously naked ads, like this one. It fits nicely into the brand’s canon of provocative ads, which dates back to 1995.

Another important question: how does one wear this bathing suit without flashing everyone?

Check out the full ad, out today. Apparently there are many topless poses one can assume in this bathing suit.

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Love Knows Not – What Time Is

from remora

to aniie

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12 Japanese students trapped in rubble in Christchurch, NZ

Earthquake in New Zealand. Photo: EPA

Twelve Japanese students from the Toyama College are believed to have been buried under the rubble after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand’s city of Chirstchurch on Tuesday afternoon.

A group of 23 Japanese students and college professors were in a language school when the building collapsed.

Nine students and one professor were rescued.

A Japanese teacher managed to e-mail her family via her mobile phone from beneath the rubble.

The earthquake has claimed at least 65 lives, but the death toll is expected to rise.

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Pardon Me, would you have any Pabst Blue Ribbon?

Somewhere over the Pacific, Pabst Blue Ribbon began putting on airs.

That reliably blue-collar Milwaukee lager, later adopted by unbearable hipsters on the coasts, has turned up in China. And P.B.R., best known in the U.S. for being the cheapest beer on the grocery-store shelf, has—like so many expatriates before it—taken the move as an opportunity to change its image. For a beer, that appears to involve an elegant glass bottle and a fantastically ridiculous price tag. One bottle: forty-four dollars.

Bravo to Danwei for the story of how P.B.R. has been reborn as “Blue Ribbon 1844” beer in China, advertised in magazines as a “world famous spirit” to be savored from a champagne flute. As a recent advertisement in Window of the South magazine put it:

It’s not just Scotch that’s put into wooden casks. There’s also Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer 1844.
Many world-famous spirits
Are matured in precious wooden casks
Scotch whisky, French brandy, Bordeaux wine…
They all spend long days inside wooden casks.


This is not the first time that P.B.R. has reinvented itself over the years. Since it got its start in the nineteenth century, it has pitched itself in various ways to workers, families, and sports fans—as this good roundup shows. But now, it seems, that a clever Chinese distributor has snatched up the license knowing full well about the Chinese fondness for trophies and ribbons. (See: Olympics, 2008). Alcohol, as I described in a piece on China’s love affair with wine, has become a prime tool for conspicuous consumption. And “Blue Ribbon 1844,” as its Chinese site assures us, has winner written all over it.

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Micro teahouse. Terunobu fujimori.


The academician and architect, , has observed that a teahouse is “the ultimate personal .” Its extreme compactness, which would at most accommodate four and a half tatami mats (2.7 square metres) or even just two tatami mats (1.8 square metres) of floor space, makes it feel as though it were an extension of one’s body, “like a piece of clothing.”…

Fujimori hires professionals to do all the structural and electrical work on his buildings but handles many of the interior finish details himself, with a motley group of volunteers that he calls the Jomon Company—so named for the Neolithic period of Japanese history and for the primitive tools they use to give Fujimori’s interiors a warm, roughed-up feel. Although he might have conceived and built this one all on his own.

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