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Twin air disasters threaten Malaysian tourism push

Petronas Twin Towers. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

An unprecedented second major aviation disaster in four months could further associate Malaysia with calamity in the eyes of travelers, observers warn, putting the tropical destination’s vital tourism sector at risk.

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Sex tax’ also applies to tantric massage–German court

Monika Kochs posing for a picture in her massage parlor where she offers tantric massages in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany. AFP

Tantric massages provide sexual pleasure and are subject to the same tax levied on brothels and swinger clubs in a German city, a state court said Monday.

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Legalizing sex work would slash HIV toll—study

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Scrapping laws that ban sex work would slash the number of HIV infections over the next decade, according to a study presented at the world AIDS forum on Tuesday.

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Bigger parking space for Chinese women drivers

A series of blog postings from the Beijing police department, aimed at women drivers, falls on deaf ears among some Chinese women who say they can drive just fine.

The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, signposted “Respectfully reserved for women”, and around 30 centimeters wider than normal.

Posted: July 19th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Ninja’ bus tour set to kick off in Tokyo

This picture taken on July 16, 2014 shows a member of a pantomime group Gabez in clad of ninja performing in a sightseeing bus in Tokyo during a press preview for the new bus tour to enjoy ninja acts on the street and the ancient shrine. Japan's travel agency JTB will start the new entertainment bus tour with ninja performances in Tokyo from next month. AFP

Japan’s biggest travel agency is launching a bus tour with some decidedly homegrown touches — a flying ninja and sword-carrying samurai.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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