Also from Andy Deemer…
The AsiaObscura Book
"Dancing dwarfs, Nazi cosplay, and children feeding tigers... phenomenal!" - Complex.com
The Stormglass Protocol
"A Bond adventure for kids... Undeniably entertaining." - Kirkus
"A brilliant twist on the classic theme... captivating." - ForeWord Clarion
"Action-packed and fast-paced... barrels along with a cheerful intensity and no shortage of middle-grade Bond-style adventure." - Publishers Weekly
Stormglass for the iPad
"Truly immersive. ★★★★½" - 148Apps.com
"Rich graphics, an immersive storyline, and puzzles that will have you turned upside down." - iDownloadBlog.com
"Pulls the genre out of its stationary roots." - JayIsGames.com
"Perfect" - The NY Times
"Terrific" - Entertainment Weekly
- Why Chinese People Eat Sea Horse
- Why Chinese People Eat Deer Penis
- 21 Amazing Bangalore Breakfast Dishes
- The Quirk of Bangalore Palace
- Why Chinese People Eat Ants
- Lucky Fruit (and Ain't So Lucky Fish)
- A Sweet New Batch of Indian Movie Posters
- Amazing Old Bollywood Poster Shops
- Be an Old Man, Have a Young Wife, in Laos
- Another Little Bangalore Boat Church
- The Romance Park of the Heart – an abandoned Beijing theme park
- Stepping on Human Skulls in Bangalore's Black Magic Graveyard
- Hello Kitty & Cuppuccino!
- 18 Terrible Moments from a Taoist Hell
- Celebrating Easter in China…
- No Panking!
- Keep the Evil Away For Chinese New Year
- Dr Shankar's Wonderful Collection of Brains and Other Medical Obscura
- The 38th Reich: Korean Nazi Cosplay
- Beijing's incredible (and completely fake) Disneyland
- Collapsing Caves, Dead Spelunkers, Corpse Robbery, and Big Mike's Mystery House
- A Museum of Nightmares in the Shadow of the Eiffel Tower
- All the Fortunes on Hong Kong's Temple Street
- Wonderfully Crumbling Old Cardboard Castle
- Fiendishly Fun Photo Ops at World Park
- Lady Di's Forgotten Career?
- Chinese Giant Salamander – a tasty treat!
- Why Chinese People Eat Snake as Medicine
- One Ghostly Cambodian Ruin
- North Korean traffic lights… um… robot ladies.
- The Ossuaries of Paris…
- Outsider Art Kangaroos at the Beijing Zoo
- The Disastrous Fall of Sanmao
- This Has To Be The Worst Massage Of All Time
- M. Deyrolle's Lovely Collection of Taxidermy
- Sifting Through Arthur C. Clarke's DVD Collection in Colombo
- Classic Chinese Torture Methods (and their cute names)
- Rediscovering Beijing: The Ancient Observatory
- Chinese Tunnel Warfare and Sexual Escapades, Together!
- Coolest King Photos, Ever
Category Archives: Holy Curiosities
If you're having any troubles with your eyes, head to the cliff-side Temple of the Eyesight Buddha on Mianshan Mountain to make your prostrations. After all, this Buddha would know - he has 5 eyes himself. But watch out, although he can cure diseases of the eyes, he is able to "perceive all things."
A $2 tuktuk ride from the ancient city of Pingyao 平遥, in the deserts of Shanxi Province, there's a wonderful little temple called Shuanglin Temple (双林寺). The name translates to something like A Pair of Forests Temple. Cute. Inside, though, you'll find a strange sight. Walk to the back, and you'll come across the Goddess Temple, ...
In Zhangbi, an ancient Shanxi village surrounded by sprawling factories, we just discovered the perfect antidote for bad ghosts... and it's.... Apparently, cypress! I'm not sure how prevalent this is across China, but every old Zhangbi door had a sprig of cypress shoved into it. "避邪," explained the guide Lucy, who had no idea how to explain ...
Michelle's spent a slew of Chinese New Years here in Beijing, but she's never seen these before -- 大头娃娃 (Dàtóu wáwá or Dai Tao Fut) -- incredible paper mache masks that we found in the back of a junk store, in Bangkok's Chinatown. In English, they're called Big Headed Buddhas, and for just a few ...
Wat Suwannaram, a 12th-century temple, is hidden on the far side of the river in Bangkok. It's remote -- no tourists, only two praying women in short skirts (they'd left their high heels outside.) The real draw here is the mouth-dropping murals, which tell the most bizarre and glorious tales. While we tiptoed ...
An hour east of Beijing on the 930 bus, you'll pass a couple of ominous industrial (nuclear?) chimneys. They're real big. Springfield Simpsons bastards, if you pardon my French. Hop off the bus, and sneak behind them. That's where you'll find the most charmingly bizarre guesthouse, The Tianzi Hotel (天子大酒店). Apparently, business was bad. The ...
An insane Thai artist, who resides somewhere between Henry Darger and Moebius the Frenchman, realized he needed to return to his hometown, Chiang Rai, and build a temple. Not just any Wat -- it had to be something bigger, something bolder, something more... white. It was to be the most renowned tribute ...
Out near the zoo, hidden in a dusty residential neighborhood, miles from the nearest high street, is a Chiang Mai forest. In the middle of that forest, lies this piece of majesty: Wat Umong. The koans, which you'll find nailed to trees at random, read like a stocking-stuffer self-help book. But they're great. Chickens peck ...