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We live in a Golden Age of acoustic and electric guitars — here are the latest models I've tested, from Taylor, Gibson, and Epiphone

Two great new guitars from Taylor. Matthew DeBord/Insider I recently tested new electric and acoustic guitars from Gibson, Taylor, and Epiphone.The Gibson story has taken a fascinating turn: after declaring bankruptcy in 2018, the iconic company has revamped its lineup and is now offering guitars at a wider variety of price points.Gibson-owned Epiphone has introduced two new versions of the Texan acoustic, a guitar made famous by Paul McCartney, who wrote "Yesterday" on the instrument in th...
Tags: Asia, Usa, Review, California, Montana, US, Trends, Features, Paul Mccartney, Nashville, Noel Gallagher, Guitars, Taylor, Oasis, Kurt Cobain, Marshall


Transformers Generations Selects WFC-GS18 Autobot Tigertrack In-Hand Images

Thanks to NimamaTF we have some in-hand images of the Transformers Generations Selects WFC-GS18 Autobot Tigertrack deluxe class figure. Announced in June, this figure appears to be shipping in Asia now.
Tags: Asia, Toys


Weekend Cooking: Instant Pot Asian by Patricia Tanumihardja

Today's cookbook review is for all of my fellow Instant Pot users. Patricia Tanumihardja's Instant Pot Asian (Tuttle, Sept. 1) is a great resource, even if you already feel comfortable with the electric pressure cooker. Tanumihardja, a food blogger for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, understands pressure cookers and is quick to tell you that the appliance is not for every dish. I appreciate that the recipes in this cookbook are a great fit for the IP; there's no cooking in the In...
Tags: Asia, Books, Tuttle, Beth F, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Patricia Tanumihardja, Tanumihardja, Indian Chicken, Biryani Rice, Lemon Teriyaki Glazed Chicken


“Camping” with the Prince of Wales through India, 1921-22

As senior correspondent of the London Times, Sir Harry Perry Robinson travelled the world in search of a good story. In November 1921 he was invited by the newspaper’s proprietor, Lord Northcliffe, to make a passage to India, following the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VIII) on his nearly five-month goodwill tour of the East. For Robinson, this was a poignant visit to the land of his birth, a place he left in 1861 when he was two years old.Correspondents like Robinson travelled with the pri...
Tags: Asia, Books, London, Featured, Wales, India, America, Post Office, History, Burma, Biography, Harry, Merlin, Prince Of Wales, British, Social history


The surprising allure of winter radishes you can grow in your yard

By LEE REICH Put a “wow” in your radishes by growing winter varieties. Winter radishes grow more slowly than spring radishes, requiring about two months to mature, and they remain crisp and tasty for eating throughout the winter. I’m not a great fan of radishes, but a few winter ones do add variety to what you can eat from your garden during the cold season. These radishes are also good pickled. The “wow” might come from the size of winter radishes. One seed catalog demonstrates the size of the ...
Tags: Asia, Gardening, China, Germany, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Oktoberfest, Sakurajima, Lee Reich, Home + Garden, China Rose Aomarukoshin, Schwarzer Runder


Matcha From Morning ‘Til Night

It is possible to consume matcha-flavored, matcha-infused, supplemented-by-matcha products from morning til night.  I know because I tried. RADIUS’s Organic Matcha Mint Gel Toothpaste is no longer listed on the company’s ALL PRODUCTS webpage.  Has it been discontinued?  This gel in brown tastes more coffee than tea, thus not so refreshing.  I am a fan of all dental hygiene products by Tom’s of Maine which has yet to introduce a matcha toothpaste. Let’s see how much lo...
Tags: Tea, Asia, Japan, Op-ed, Maine, North America, Tom, Mills, Matcha, Kellogg, Maeda, Kashi, Din Tai Fung, Calbee, l'Occitane, Ifang Hsieh


Earthrise Dirge and Ramjet Seeker 2-pack In-Hand Images

Thanks to tfcollect and HK-TF social groups, we have a look at even more of the newly released Transformers Earthrise just out in Asia. They have posted some in-hand images of the new Seeker two-pack with Dirge and Ramjet.
Tags: Asia, Toys, Ramjet Seeker


Earthrise Quintesson Pit of Judgment 5-Pack In-Hand Images

More in-hand images by way of SNS from the many new Earthrise and Generations Selects releases in Asia. The Quintesson Pit of Judgment set was reported to be offered as a pre-order for Hasbro Fan Expo in Hong Kong attendees.
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Toys, Hasbro


Earthrise Micromaster Astrosquad In-Hand Images

More in-hand images of Transformers Earthrise releases in Asia were posted to the HK-TF social group with a look at the Micromaster Astrosquad set.
Tags: Asia, Toys


Generation Selects Centurion In-Hand Images Now Available in Asia

Thanks to the Austin CH Ung‎ of the Transformers: Til All Are One group, we have in-hand images and news that the Generation Selects Centurion figure is now available at retail in Hong Kong. Sadly, the Hasbro Pulse USA exclusive figure is not scheduled to ship until October of this year.
Tags: Asia, Toys, Austin CH Ungâ, Hong Kong Sadly the Hasbro Pulse USA


The TT Modular Sling Pack 20 Gets a SILVER Score from NTOA

Tasmanian Tiger TT Modular Sling Pack 20 Miramar, Fla. (Ammoland.com) – Tasmanian Tiger®, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the US market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., is proud to announce that the TT Modular Sling Pack 20 received an overall score of 4.31 out of five from the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Member Tested and Recommended Program. NTOA Silver 2020 “This bag offers you the ability to set it up for whatever you need. If you are lookin...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Texas, Guns, US, South Dakota, Gear, MOLLE, Facebook Twitter, NTOA, Richard Lewis, National Tactical Officers Association NTOA, Proforce Equipment Inc, Tatonka GMBH, Miramar Fla Ammoland, TT Modular Sling Pack


What the United States can learn from Portuguese politics

Donald Trump’s Independence Day attack on the culture of inclusion and equality highlights a problem long with us. Far from being united by principles enshrined in the country’s origins, America has long suffered deep discord over what lessons to draw from the nation’s history and how to tell the story of our past. Conflict over the treatment of minorities – and the bounds of inclusion in the country’s imagined community – has punctuated American history since independence.   Even after the end ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Books, Politics, Featured, France, Africa, America, Spain, United States, Portugal, Donald Trump, Social Sciences, Trump, Democratic, France Portugal


Possible Transformers WFC Poster May Reavel Beast Wars Part 3 of Trilogy?

There is a possible image of a Transformers War For Cybertron "KINGDOM" poster going around that may reveal Beast Wars as part 3 of the Trilogy. This could very likely be fake judging from how early it is and the very low-quality image reported to come from Facebook and or SNS Asia but we'll leave it to the fans to see for themselves and know what's circulating.
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Toys


Tasmanian Tiger TT Modular Hip Bag Receives Silver Score from NTOA

Tasmanian Tiger TT Modular Hip Bag Miramar, Fla. (Ammoland.com) – Tasmanian Tiger®, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the US market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., is proud to announce that the TT Modular Hip Bag received an overall score of 4.14 out of five from the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Member Tested and Recommended Program. “Ok, let’s be clear, this Hip Bag is a fanny pack,” an NTOA Field Tester from Arizona started right off, but added, “Hav...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Florida, Guns, US, Gear, Arizona, Wisconsin, MOLLE, Facebook Twitter, NTOA, Richard Lewis, National Tactical Officers Association NTOA, Proforce Equipment Inc, Tatonka GMBH, Miramar Fla Ammoland


Keeping Cool: An Architect-Designed Ice Cream Shop in Vancouver

Mister Ice Cream in Vancouver offers the latest dessert craze—ice cream made to order using liquid nitrogen. (The technique has been popular in Asia for some time, say owners Michael Lai and Tommy Choi, and in San Francisco, Smitten Ice Cream is leading the charge.) Unlike readymade ice cream, which requires stabilizers such as eggs, the nitrogen technique mixes only fresh cream and milk with flavorings like sugar, salt, or chocolate. The ice cream, they report, is denser, smoother, and creamier...
Tags: Asia, Books, Restaurants, Canada, Vancouver, Kitchenaid, Minimalist, Marble, Vancouver Canada, Scott Scott, Yaletown, Kitchen Appliances, Design Travel, Scott Scott Architects, Fahim Kassam, Scott Scott Architects Above


Tasmanian Tiger TT Head Rest IFAK Receives SILVER Score

Tasmanian Tiger TT Head Rest IFAK Miramar, Fla. (Ammoland.com) – Tasmanian Tiger®, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the US market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., is proud to announce that the TT Head Rest IFAK received an overall score of 4.24 out of five from the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Member Tested and Recommended Program. “Having an IFAK readily accessible is always preferred. Keeping it visible and out of a truck or gear bag is a huge step i...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Florida, Guns, US, Ford, Gear, Arizona, Wisconsin, Facebook Twitter, NTOA, IFAK, Richard Lewis, Shooting Industry News, National Tactical Officers Association NTOA, Proforce Equipment Inc


Boox Poke 2 vs InkBOOK Prime HD

My Boox Monte Cristo 4 has become increasingly flaky, so I'm looking for a replacement. I could simply buy the MC5, but given that the MC4 only lasted about 18 months (and my prior Kepler Pro, from the same Kepler/MC series, didn't last very long either), and required manual install of an App Store, I'm looking for something different. I'm after a light/slim 6" 300ppi reader, with a flush bezel and android. I would consider a(n especially light & svelte) 6.8/7", but those seem to be thin on the...
Tags: Asia, Books, Nz, Europe US, Which one should I buy, Kepler Pro, Boox Poke, Boox Monte Cristo, Kepler MC, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome


Another Vanished Landmark

Apparently the iconic John Jovino Gun Shop in New York City went under last month, with the 'Rona being the straw that broke the camel's already-nearly-broken back."The rent, he said, is the number one reason for closing. And then the coronavirus, shutting down business. There's also the trouble with regulations, the slow-down in shipments of ammunition, and people buying on the Internet instead of from their local shop. Finally, Charlie said, “I’m old, I’m 74 years old, I was born in 1946, I am...
Tags: Asia, Guns, New York City, Tam, Charlie, Rona, Boomsticks, Suckage, Money Makes The World Go 'round, John Jovino


Transformers Studio Series Deluxe Leadfoot Coming Soon?

Thanks to a retailer AD posted by Hobbybase, we have news of the Transformers Studio Series Deluxe Leadfoot being offered as new release in Asia at least. This appears in a promo with the new Generation Selects figures as well, so it is very likely going to be announced for the USA soon.
Tags: Asia, Toys, Usa, Hobbybase


Asia Listings for New Transformers G1 Blaster, RED Generations Selects

Fans in Asia will be glad to know our sponsor RobotKingdom will be offering the new Transformers G1 Blaster, and RED Generations Selects figures overseasons for shipping October and November. See the full list below with links to pre-order them now.Exclusives Transformers G1 Reissue Blaster. Preorder.
Tags: Asia, Toys


A Tea Trading Company’s Daughter

A Tea Trading Company’s Daughter (茶行的女兒), first published in 2014 then a new edition in 2019, is a book written in Traditional Chinese by Taiwanese author Wang ShuWan whose father and uncle founded WenShan Tea Company – one of the six major exporters during the first half of the 20th century. The book’s secondary title on the cover reads, “Glimmer of a Tea-Scented Childhood.” The 200...
Tags: Tea, Asia, Taiwan, States, Kung Fu Panda, Wang, Chinese Nationalist Party, Ms Wang, Laura Childs, Taiwanese tea, Tea In Literature, Taiwanese Book, Tea Book, WenShan Tea Company, Tea Trading Company, Wang ShuWan


Where Writers Write: Clifford Garstang

Welcome to another installment of TNBBC's Where Writers Write! Where Writers Write is a series in which authors showcase their writing spaces using short form essay, photos, and/or video. As a lover of books and all of the hard work that goes into creating them, I thought it would be fun to see where the authors roll up their sleeves and make the magic happen.  This is Clifford Garstang.  Clifford is the author of the new short fiction collection, House of the Ancients and Other ...
Tags: Asia, Books, Singapore, United States, MFA, TNBBC, Clifford Garstang, Clifford Garstang Clifford, Turtle Valley


Prime1Studio ROTF Optimus Prime EX Versions 360 Previews

Thanks to Prime 1 Studio who have released a three new 360 degree previews of their Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Optimus Prime regular, EX Version, and EX Version Asia statues. Watch the videos that give us a full look from all angles of this stunning new statue.
Tags: Asia, Toys


Guide to Japanese green teas

In Timothy d’Offay’s book The Life of Tea, which he co-authored with Michael Freeman, d’Offay characterizes Japan’s love of green tea as a “near-obsession.” Well, that’s almost true. Japanese people actually drink more coffee than tea, according to Hiroshi Nishikawa, assistant director of the Tea Industry Development sector of Shizuoka prefecture’s local government. That certainly doesn’t mean tea is going out of style, though. Data from 2013 suggests that the average Japanese person drinks ...
Tags: Travel, Tea, Asia, Japan, China, Green Tea, Kyoto, All, Tokushima, Shizuoka, Kyushu, Eisai, Japanese green tea, Bancha, Nishikawa, Kyushu Island


iQOO 3 5G Transformers Limited Edition Mobile Phone Preview and Unboxing Videos

Just in from the interwebs are a handful of videos giving us a closer look at the iQOO 3 5G Transformers Limited Edition mobile phone that is just out in Asia. Get a look at the Transformers themed commercials as well as the full unboxing videos below to see what this special licensed edition has to offer.
Tags: Asia, Toys


Fewer Reminders of the Scars, Emotional or Other, with a Mask

Editors Note: this creative writing may or may NOT be true, but there is always a positive to the negative. Fewer Reminders of the Scars, Emotional or Other, with a Mask, iStock-Sergey Nazarov 687514866 USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- “Once upon a time” in a land far, far away, “the man” was struck on the side of his face with a hammer, back when he was in college. He was lucky in that the blow did not break his jaw or destroy any teeth. What it did do was cause the skin on his left cheek to rip apar...
Tags: Asia, Guns, Va, U S Air Force, Milwaukee County, Martel, Shooting Media News, Veteran Tributes, Major Van Harl, Van Harl, Van E Harl USAF Ret, Burlington Iowa USA, Air Force Bases, U S Army Infantry School, Cudahy PD, Van Harl USAF Ret


Blast From the Past: Chai Tea – Healthy Beverage or Guilty Pleasure?

With the wealth of valuable knowledge we’ve accumulated over the years, we feel that some previous posts are worth sharing again. Thus, Fridays are “Blast From the Past” – where we choose a T Ching post from this month but a previous year that we feel is worth another read and breathe new life into it. Enjoy! Originally Posted: May 2016 Contributor: Michelle Rabin The answer is Yes……and Yes. This question can be answered best by understanding more about the ele...
Tags: Tea, Asia, Blast From The Past, Wikipedia, Germany, Commission, Fda, Archives, Michelle Rabin, Generic License, Chai Chai, Ayurveda Masala chai, Vanessa Porter


Bear Biologist Makes Hyperbolic Claim about Bear Mauling and Lightning Strikes

Image courtesy Dean Weingarten U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- In a March 15, 2020 article about a bear encounter by Caroline Wellbery, a bear biologist makes a hyperbolic claim. It is not unusual for people to make hyperbolic claims about bears, which are not founded in facts or data. It is irresponsible for experts in the field to do so. From the washingtonpost.com: There is a bigger chance of getting hit twice by lightning, Craighead says, than being mauled by a bear. As with any statistical asse...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Guns, Department Of Defense, United States, Alaska, Arizona, Lightning, North America, Yellowstone, Caroline Wellbery, Gun Rights News, Hunting News, Dean Weingarten, Gun Watch, University of Wisconsin Pistol Team


International plants you can grow

Spring is well underway, and with it comes the growth of familiar regional flowers and foliage. But beyond the usual seasonal suspects, there’s a huge variety of plants from around the world that can transform your garden and whisk you away to faraway places. Expert plant cultivator or complete novice, the proven therapeutic benefits of being outside, combined with our desire to know where our food comes from, means that gardening is an increasingly popular hobby. Add to it the access we have...
Tags: Travel, Garden, Asia, Gardening, Florida, Texas, Australia, California, Mexico, France, China, Martha Stewart, Southeast Asia, India, US, America


COTINUS COGGYGRIA 'ROYAL PURPLE'

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' Commonly known as the 'Smoke Tree' due to the wispy, 'smoke-like' appearance of its feathery plumes, Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' is a popular, multiple-branching, deciduous ornamental shrub. The genus name derives from the Greek word 'kotinus' meaning olive.Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' was a selected cultivar raised at Lombarts Nursery in Boskoop, Holland, and introduced into the United States in 1953. Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Gardening, China, Britain, United States, Himalayas, Simon Eade, Garden Merit, Cotinus coggygria Royal Purple, Lombarts Nursery, Boskoop Holland



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