Today’s doodle in South Korea celebrates Robot Taekwon V’s 38th birthday—a landmark animated film that was a smash hit among Korean youth in the late 1970s. This was one of Korea’s first home-grown animations that bore unmistakably Korean hallmarks, like a robot hero who could do complicated kicks from the traditional Korean martial art of Taekwondo.

To create a modern interpretation of Robot Taekwon V while remaining faithful to the original design, our doodler decided to recreate the robot using modern 3D software. We hope the doodle captures a bit of the excitement found in the film's animated action sequences and rekindles interest in Robot Taekwon V.

Posted by Heajin Lee, Marketing Manager, Google Korea

Today in Singapore, our homepage is dedicated to the 107th birthday of Zubir Said, a prolific songwriter of over 1,000 works. A self-taught musician, Zubir came to Singapore from Indonesia at the age of 21 to work as a composer, music teacher and part-time photographer. He is best known for composing our national anthem as well as the song for Children’s Day.

In 1958, a year before Singapore attained self-governance, the deputy mayor of the city council invited Zubir to compose a theme song for the council's official functions. The title, Majulah Singapura (“Onward Singapore”), was prescribed to Zubir, as this was the motto that was to be displayed at the re-opening of the city state’s famous Victoria Theater where the song would be performed for the first time.

Zubir spent a year working on the music and lyrics. He later used an old Malay proverb to describe his approach to the anthem: "Di mana bumi dipijak, di situ langit dijunjung", which today translates into the saying that when in Rome, do as the Romans do. For Zubir, this meant coming up with an anthem that was simple and could easily be understood and adopted by all ethnicities in Singapore. The result was an inspiring anthem with a refrain that quickly became popular with locals:

Let us all unite
In a new spirit
Together we proclaim
Onward Singapore

Posted by Sana Rahman, Communications Manager, Google Singapore

Here are eight things about Asia's interest in the World Cup that you might not have known:

1. “But I’ve always supported Deutschland”

These countries in Asia suddenly wanted to know about German flags. Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia were searching for the topic of German flags more intensely than Germany.
Searches for “flag of Germany” over the past 12 months in Asia

2. Indonesia searches for (almost) everybody

Here’s a chart showing Asia’s search interest in Germany. Indonesia’s one of the top countries.

This is a chart showing Asia’s search interest in Argentina. Nepal and Bangladesh are searching for the Argentina team the most. But Indonesia’s number three.
Now note Asia’s search interest in the Netherlands. And note Indonesia again.
And here’s Asia’s search interest in Brazil, which is in general higher than for the other teams in the final four. Yes, there’s Indonesia in third place.

3. Asia’s just not that into Asian teams

Japan and South Korea have the most search interest for South Korea. The rest of Asia? Not so much.
Asia’s search interest in South Korea’s team in the past 90 days
The world’s search interest in Japan’s team over the past 90 days

4. India’s just not that into football

If you think the U.S. is the country that cares the least about football (sorry, soccer), think again. India takes the top spot for shrugging its shoulders at the world’s most popular sport.

5. When it comes to injuries, incurred beats inflicted

Both Suarez’s bite and Neymar’s vertebra injury triggered a swarm of searches, but there were more searches for the Brazilian star’s back-breaking incident than even Suarez’s toothy foul that inspired everything from memes to bottle openers.

6. Classiest meme? World-Cup Tang poetry parody

Poems supposedly written by Chinese Tang dynasty poets Li Bai and Du Pu are trending when netizens rewrote them to make an acrostic that spelled out “Brazil suffers huge defeat in 2014”. Actually the poems were not written by Tang poets at all, but by football fans online who are waxing lyrical.

The line in blue is for the name of the poem “Touring Sichuan”; the line in red is for “Brazil”.

Searches for this poem actually spiked above searches for Brazil at one point last week in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

7. J-Lo, watch out for J-Ro

Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez, the striker from Colombia, trended across Asia. Taiwan’s netizens named him J羅, pronounced “J-Luo.” We can call him J.Ro though. Popularity for J.Ro has shot up past that of J.Lo globally. But even the Taiwanese nickname for Rodriguez is suddenly beating the global nickname for Jennifer Lopez.

8. Causation? Correlation?

Paul the Octopus was credited with picking winners. Mick Jagger got blamed for backing losers. The country with the third-highest interest in Paul the Octopus was India (which is amazing, given 4).
We've put together a public spreadsheet of the charts and data in this blog post for you to create your own versions.

Posted by Robin Moroney, Communications Manager, Google Asia Pacific

Today on you’ll find the first ever Google doodle designed by a Hong Kong student. We asked kindergarten to secondary school students of the city’s inaugural Doodle 4 Google contest in Hong Kong to come up with a design under the theme “If I were a green hero...”.

Wong Chiu-yung’s work was chosen among 3,500 designs that were inspired by solutions to make the world a greener place to be featured on the Google HK homepage for a day. Wong, a secondary six student at Pok Oi Hospital Tang Pui King Memorial College, wrote that as a green hero, she would do everything to live a green lifestyle. Her design emphasizes how water is a precious resource which sustains life and nourishes all that is on earth.

We’re inspired by the creativity and all the big ideas coming out of our first Doodle 4 Google competition in Hong Kong, and hope these encourage many more heroic green acts.
Winners of Hong Kong’s first Doodle 4 Google competition with Dominic Allon, Managing Director of Google Hong Kong.
From left to right: Wong Chiu Yung,  Chan Mon Chi, Mai Hau Yan, Dominic Allon and Chan Yan Wing.

Here are the doodles by all our finalists:

From top left to bottom right:
Winner of the Kindergarten Group — Chan Mon Chi designed a rechargeable car;
Winner of the Primary 1 - 3 Group — Mai Hau Yan’s doodle depicts various heroic green acts;
Winner of the Primary 4 - 6 Group — Or Pui Chi believes being a green hero means learning to love our natural resources;
Winner of the Secondary 1 - 3 Group — Chan Yan Wing wants to be a green hero by recycling and helping save endangered species

Posted by Dominic Allon, Managing Director, Google Hong Kong

Shoes that help with directions? How about a headband that monitors a user’s heartbeat and plays music to match their mood? These are just some of the neat ideas recently suggested and prototyped by women from Google Business Groups and Google Developer Groups from Colombo in Sri Lanka to Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines.

To coincide with our recent I/O developers’ conference in San Francisco, we held dozens of I/O Extended events across Asia, bringing together hundreds of tech enthusiasts for live streams of I/O, developer demos and hackathons. We challenged women attendees at nine of these events to consider how wearable technology could solve an everyday problem — we called this “Wonderful Wearables”.
Teams had an hour to develop, prototype, and pitch their wearable concepts. Below are some of their ideas:

  • Colombo, Sri Lanka: Multiple teams presented wearables that improve women’s safety, including a ring that allows users to make contactless payments so they don’t have to take out cash or credit cards in public places, and a bracelet that alerts users’ loved ones of their location and need for help upon trigger.
  • Cebu, Philippines: Health risks posed by rising levels of air pollution motivated one team to prototype a pendant that can detect pollutants and alert users if they are in a high-risk area. This concept would help concerned mothers identify safer and healthier places to live.
  • Zamboanga, Philippines: Instead of identifying a problem, one team spotted an opportunity: why not harness the strength of the strong sun in Zamboanga for something useful? Team SolarCap prototyped a hat that not only protects users from the sun’s harsh rays, but also serves as a solar-powered charger for people on the go.

Want to get involved? Women in Vientiane and Kota Kinabalu can take part in sessions this weekend, so sign up now.

Posted by Lindsay Taub, Google Business Group Women Program Lead

187 million voters are heading to the polls in Indonesia today, the world’s third largest democracy. In this year’s elections, over one-third of voters are casting ballots for the very first time. Many of them are quite tech and mobile savvy, which is why we’ve partnered with NGOs to encourage developers to create apps that provide easy access to information about the elections, the candidates, and their political platforms.

We’re also commemorating this occasion on with a special doodle that depicts a vote being cast in the Indonesian way — using a nail to punch a hole in the ballot paper, before it is folded and dropped into a box.

Throughout the day, check out our Elections Hub at to stay on top of the latest news and videos as the votes come in.

Posted by Shinto Nugroho, Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google Indonesia

In last week’s installment of World Cup search trends in Asia, Ben Kwon, a US-based follower of this blog, raised a good question: how do countries that aren’t playing in the tournament decide which teams to root for? Despite there being no homegrown teams amongst the semifinalists of Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and the Netherlands, World Cup fever is alive and well in Asia.

So, which of these four teams are most popular in which Asian countries?

We looked at Google searches as a proxy for fandom. It’s no big surprise that host nation and perennial futebol favorite Brazil is extremely popular across the region: from the Philippines to South Korea, the soccer samba-ists are the favorite final four team by far. But you might be surprised to know that Argentina has a legion of supporters in Bangladesh and India’s West Bengal—fans in that region have generally been split into two camps between the Latin American rivals.

The German national team outperforms the Netherlands in searches across the region. Particularly in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Hong Kong — where the black-red-gold jerseys have also all but sold out — the madness for the Mannschaft has spiked around every one of their games. But who knows, searches for the Dutch oranje might just surge if they ride their current underdog status to a victory against the Argentinians.

To our readers: what explains these search trends? Why is the South American rivalry playing out on the subcontinent? And what makes Germany so popular among so many Asian nations? We’re curious to hear your comments below.

Posted by Joyce Hau, Communications Senior Associate, Google Asia Pacific