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  August 2017  
  Asia's Theme Restaurants Offer an Unusual Bite  
  Asia's theme restaurants offer an unusual bite  
Asian based theme restaurants are blossoming, displaying a palette of weird and wonderful dining experiences that turn a quick bite into an unusually memorable sensation. Among the offers on the menu at Hospitalis are a blood transfusion, actually strawberry syrup, that goes into your eyeball dessert tray, called Organ Surgery Parfait, only one of the medically themed delicacies on hand served by a 'nurse'. You can also dine in a bus or an upside down house. Among these restaurants are those that draw on culture and tradition of long ago, that may have been slipping in contemporary memory.
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  The Homeland of tea  
  The Homeland of tea  
According to Chinese tradition tea is considered one of the seven necessities of daily life. The history of tea in China is long and complex as the Chinese enjoy the herbal brew for millennia. According to a legend, tea was first discovered by the legendary Chinese emperor Shennong in 2,737 BC. Today, the country is the world’s biggest tea producer, selling many varieties of tea leaves such as green tea, black tea, oolong tea, white tea and yellow tea.
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  Samaritans in Nablus  
  Samaritan community in Nablus  
Samaritans lived in several places in the Holy Land, extending from the southern part of Syria to northern Egypt. According to tradition, they are descendants of the Jews who were not deported when the Assyrians conquered Israel in 722 BC. Despite many hardships, Samaritans have been in this country for over 2,600 years and once numbered over a million. They have their own culture, heritage and religion. Today's community counts 803 members, half of them living on Mt. Gerizim near Nablus, the rest near Tel Aviv.
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  Chinese Martial Arts  
  Chinese martial arts  
The roots of Chinese martial arts can be traced back to the Xia dynasty more than 4,000 years ago. In ancient China martial arts had been attributed to military training, self-defense and hunting. Chinese martial arts have hundreds of different styles developed over the centuries with their own ideas and techniques. From the beginning, martial arts have been incorporating different philosophies expanding the goal from self-defense to health maintenance and self-cultivation.
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  Pine Tar Tradition in Finland  
  Pine Tar Tradition  
In Punkalaidun Pine Tar Master Valdemar Nummelin instructs his apprentice in the ancient tradition of pine tar making. They stack pine wood in a pit, cover it with moss and peat, then light the huge pile that will go on to burn slowly over the next three days. As the wood gradually decomposes, the tar pit master applies pressure to the natural fibres so it compresses and slowly disintegrates into 500 liters of sticky tar. The tar is used to protect historical buildings and traditional boats as well as to salve minor skin irritations or to flavor sweets, icecreams, and liquor.
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  Ageing Asia  
  Ageing Asia  
By 2050, the number of people over 65 in Asia is predicted to triple. While ageing populations are a global issue, Asian nations are at the visible forefront of the change. The Asian Development Bank says Asia's elderly population might reach nearly 923 million by the middle of this century placing the region on track to become one of the oldest in the world in the next few decades. Rising percentages of 'oldies', caused by increasing life expectancies and coupled by lower birth rates in many nations, are causing shifts in economic thinking and development.
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  Jaysh al-Islam's Military Academy  
  Jaysh al-Islam's Military Academy in Eastern Ghouta  
In 2011, the Jaysh al-Islam rebel armed group was formed as Liwa al-Islam and renamed after merging with other rebel factions operating around Damascus. In 2016, Jaysh al-Islam announced the establishing of a military academy which is conducted in cooperation with the Military Council for Damascus and its suburbs. Its goals are to graduate fighters with thorough background in fighting tactics, and to enlist its graduates in the newly formed Unified Syrian National Army called for by various rebel groups.
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  Fighting for a future  
  Fighting for a future  
In Sichuan, China, 40 Tibetan kids, all orphans of the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, are getting a new op-portunity. They now live in Cheng-du because of the efforts of their committed benefactor Mr. Enbo. He brought the kids away from poverty-stricken villages. At the Enbo Training Center these kids learn and train in Mixed Martial Arts and live together under the supervision of other people from Aba, who take care of all their necessities from meals to clothes and health assistance. Additional-ly, they learn the Chinese as well the Tibetan language.
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