Now you can Shazam your beer

This was originally published on Tech in Asia on Nov. 12, 2015. So many beers, so little time. With so many options between the hoppy, the fruity, the wheats, the stouts, the ales, the seasonal pumpkin brews – and boy, can those go either way – and splices you’ve never dreamed of, your next mystery bottle could either be sinfully good or horribly awry. Don’t you wish someone had told you before you opened it? It’s about time there’s an app for that. Letsee Beer, created by Korean startup Letsee for iOS and Android, uses your smartphone camera to scan…

[Editing] Two roads to art

The journey of an artist For an artist, sometimes the creative process is inspired by curiosity, wonderment, awe of their subjects or surroundings. Other times it is fueled by reactions to love, life, pleasure, pain, culture or society. This month, Groove Korea examines the journeys of two expat visual artists with very different approaches: one an optimist who finds inspiration in observing and embracing the world around him, the other a critic of society who practices no restraint in confronting the issues relevant to himself and his peers. Wherever the artists find their muse, two characteristics propel both of their…

Anita Alvarado: Chile’s Geisha takes a low profile

Published Aug. 7, 2008, on The Santiago Times   (Ed. Note: Anita Alvarado is most commonly known as the Chilean Geisha. From a poor background, she gavebirth to her first child at a young age and began working as a prostitute to support her child. In 1992, when she was only 19, she emigrated to Japan, where she continued to sell her sexual services, but quickly became one of Japan’s VIP prostitutes, involving herself with mafia clients and eventually marrying into money. She is a well known, controversial figure, often in the Chilean spotlight for being born a poor woman…