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South Korea: Once viewed as old-fashioned, coffee delivery gains traction amid contactless trend

South Korea: Once viewed as old-fashioned, coffee delivery gains traction amid contactless trend

SEOUL: Coffee delivery services are not an unfamiliar concept in South Korea. Serving persons at tea houses, or “dabang” in Korean, used to deliver cups of coffee filled with sugar and cream on foot. Big-name coffee chains such as Starbucks and small independent cafes replaced such tea houses by offering curbside services and takeaway. But […]

Even amid virus fears, Koreans choose to dine together, separately

Even amid virus fears, Koreans choose to dine together, separately

SEOUL: After Yi Si-woo got off work last Friday, he hurried home to start preparing for a company dinner, cooking seafood risotto with fresh salad on the side. An hour later, the 24-year-old was joined by a dozen others in his studio with barely enough space for a smaller group, but none had to stand, […]

Military plays major role in Covid-19 prevention in Vietnam

Military plays major role in Covid-19 prevention in Vietnam

By Phong Lan Vietnam HANOI: While Vietnam has been praised by international friends for its first success in combating the coronavirus, not everyone is aware that the local military is making great contributions in preventing the spread of the deadly virus. With experiences earned from the SARS epidemic outbreak in 2003, the Southeast Asian country […]

Hanoi uses coronavirus discourage dog meat tradition

Hanoi uses coronavirus discourage dog meat tradition

By Phong Lan Vietnam HANOI: It was the death anniversary of Hanh Nguyen’s grandfather and the large family were having a big party together. Someone was asking why there was no dog meat on the table. The Hanoi man answered that from now on there would be no dog meat on his table anymore. “I’ve […]

No Ramadan bazaars in several states across Malaysia this year

No Ramadan bazaars in several states across Malaysia this year

KOTA KINABALU: The government of Sabah, the second largest of the 13 states of Malaysia, will not hold the traditional Ramadan bazaars this year in additional efforts to curb the COVID-19 outbreak. It is likely to join several other Malaysian states, including Kedah, Selangor, Terengganu and Melaka,that earlier this week  have announced that Ramadan bazaars will […]

South Koreans turn to social media challenges to beat coronavirus blues

South Koreans turn to social media challenges to beat coronavirus blues

SEOUL: When YouTuber Ddulgi uploaded a four-minute video on making dalgona coffee on the global video-sharing platform in mid-February, she did not expect it to turn into a mega-hit garnering over 3 million views in less than a month. Amid “social distancing” measures due to COVID-19, more South Koreans are turning to social media challenges […]

Lockdown declared in Pakistan’s Sindh Province

Lockdown declared in Pakistan’s Sindh Province

By Nasir Aijaz The AsiaN Representative Karachi: The Punjab government on Monday decided to enforce lockdown in the entire province for next 14 days to curb the spread of deadly coronavirus. The decision was taken by the cabinet committee. Earlier, the provincial government of Sindh declared lockdown across the province on Tuesday closing all the restaurants, […]

Korean internet cafés upgrade foods to lure hungry gamers

Korean internet cafés upgrade foods to lure hungry gamers

Seoul: Kim Ji-soo goes to a PC bang, or Korean-style internet café , once or twice a week to play his favorite online game, League of Legends, but there’s another reason to go there on late nights or weekends. After checking in at a self-service kiosk, Kim clicks on the “order food” button on the computer […]

South Korea going all-out to stem spread of African swine fever

South Korea going all-out to stem spread of African swine fever

Seoul: South Korea remained alert on Wednesday to stem the spread of African swine fever across the country after reporting its second confirmed case of the deadly animal disease at a farm near the heavily fortified border with North Korea. The new case at a pig farm in Yeoncheon was confirmed a day after another […]

The memory of Chuseok

The memory of Chuseok

By Pooneh Nedai Editor in chief of Shokaran magazine and publisher of Amrood Tehran: Chuseok is a great holiday for Korean people. It is the time for thanksgiving, respecting ancestors and reconnecting the family. I had the chance to see Chuseok holiday when I was in Korea in 2009. I had a one month stay […]

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