13 May '11, 9pm

Pack mentality: After several years of tackling both city sights and beach vacays with my friends, and listening...

AS MOST travellers would agree, a holiday with good friends is a wonderful thing. Well, usually. My annual vacation with my bunch of pals is something I look forward to. Every April, we rally the troops and discuss where we'd like to go, take pains to co-ordinate our leave (never an easy thing), and meet online after work to choose the most optimal flights together. After several years of tackling both city sights and beach vacays with my friends, and listening to others moan about vacations with their buddies, I've come to realise there are certain annoying issues and situations brought on by travelling in a pack that are inevitable and simply irresolvable - even if you're the best of buds. There's the eye-rolling and barely disguised muttered grousing. And if somebody's feeling particularly prickly, an awkward "leave him alone" silence. The upside to these tense moments ...

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todayonline.com 17 May '11, 8am

TOKYO - In Japan, they are all ears for the latest in high-tech fashion. The stylish headgear, a set of white ears that mo...