The July issue of That's PRD is out now – paper-and-ink-form citywide and in digital PDF form. Chief Editor Tom Lee introduces the magazine:
Ah, the heat of summer. The sweltering, smothering, smoldering heat of summer. It’s weather like this that makes one want to escape to island paradises, to far-flung lands where there’s nothing to do but throw back chilled cervezas and read an improving book or two. Yet, for those of us who don’t set our clocks by school time, there is no two-month holiday to savor. It really makes one yearn to chuck in the whole office job malarkey and take up a life of remote working.
Inspired by these procrastinations, this month’s lead feature is all about the good life – and by that we mean the life of digital nomads, those lucky individuals who take full advantage of our Internet-connected world to set up office in a rustic hut (that miraculously also has high-speed Wi-Fi) and work from wherever they want on the Earth. That’s not to say they don’t work full time; it’s just that they work full time from the comforts of an adorable coffee shop in rural Philippines or laid-back Thailand. Intrigued? Inspired? Turn to p10 to discover more about how you could make the dream a reality.
For those of us who follow the China zeitgeist, there is one big topic that’s on everyone’s lips: theme parks. With Disney’s mega new opening in Shanghai and homegrown giant Wanda throwing down the gauntlet, there’s plenty to be excited about for adrenaline junkies chasing the rush of a roller coaster and the refreshing splash of the log flume. Summer is typically the time to take advantage of an amusement park, and so this month’s cover story is dedicated to just that topic. Turn to p34 for not just in-depth looks at the Middle Kingdom’s new attractions, but also a rundown of the country’s top spots for thrills and spills.
Got some free time on your hands? Why not take up the art of origami? This month’s photo essay shows how one piece of paper can be transmogrified into something as detailed as the feathered wings of a bird or the pleated dress of an anime character (p14). Perhaps you're a foodie in search of that perfect loaf – with several new bakery openings in Guangzhou, we’ve ranked all the newcomers so you can target the best ones (p54). In Shenzhen, on the other hand, cool off with our picks of the chilliest treats in town (p54).
For once, July doesn’t herald the death of stage and sound. Indie rockers Surfer Blood are playing around China (check out p28 for our interview) at the same time as an exhibition on the genius of Leonardo da Vinci is opening for several months (p32).
Stay frosty, PRD.