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Malaysian astronaut to throw tea party in space

Malaysia plans to push the boundaries of space travel, by making a cup of tea. Malaysia will send its first astronaut into the heavens aboard a Russian rocket next year and attempt for the first time to make the nation's favourite hot drink, teh tarik, in space.

india Updated: Sep 04, 2006 15:25 IST

Cut-outs in clothing may be cool, but when in Asia, make sure they stop at your socks. Holes are the ultimate fashion faux-pas in this region, where taking off your shoes is a courtesy expected at social, religious and professional events.

"Asians routinely take off their shoes before entering holy places, such as temples, and the home -- it's a form of cleanliness, leaving the dirt outside," said Lee Wong, managing director at Asian Welcome, a Singapore-based relocation adviser.

"And because we know we're going to be removing our shoes, we're very careful about the state of our hosiery and our feet."

World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz made news and raised eyebrows this week when he was photographed stepping into a mosque in Turkey wearing gray socks riddled with holes.

First Published: Sep 04, 2006 15:25 IST