Ultra-rich Asians and Chinese citizens eye Singapore luxury homes amid coronavirus pandemic

In one of the latest big-ticket property deals in Singapore, a sea-facing bungalow in the exclusive residential enclave of Sentosa Cove was reportedly bought in recent weeks for more than $39 million by a Chinese national from Fujian Province. Closer to the city, This Week In Asia understands that a 5,070 sq ft luxury penthouse at South [...]

‘What is wrong with Indonesia’: Trolls flood Thai couple’s gay wedding photos with death threats in cross-cultural flame war

Suriya Koedsang pictured with his husband Bas at their wedding, in a photo that was uploaded to Facebook.Facebook When Suriya Koedsang uploaded photos of his wedding to Facebook on April 4, the 28-year-old Thai never could have imagined the hate his heartwarming post would soon receive from online trolls in Indonesia. Within days, the pictures of [...]

Fukushima surfer, shop owner alarmed at water release plan, fears ‘contaminated sea’

Koji Suzuki, 66, a surfer and a surf shop owner, holds his surfboard at Karasuzaki beach, around 30 kilometres (20 miles) north of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, April 16, 2021.Reuters Koji Suzuki's surf shop, which he first opened in 1989, was washed away by the devastating tsunami [...]

China’s Ant explores ways for Jack Ma to exit

A sign of Ant Group is seen during the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, on Nov 23, 2020.Reuters Ant Group is exploring options for founder Jack Ma to divest his stake in the financial technology giant and give up control, as meetings with Chinese regulators signaled to the company that the [...]

Crowded Ramadan bazaars in Malaysia leave many fearing a rise in Covid-19 cases

Visitors at the Kampung Pandan bazaar in Kuala Lumpur on April 17, 2021.ST PHOTO: SHANNON TEOH Visuals of packed Ramadan bazaars in Malaysia making the rounds on social media and messaging apps have stoked concerns of a surge in Covid-19 cases due to low compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs). Checks by The Straits Times at [...]

Influencer Yang Bao Bei’s Family Issues Public Apology For Her Suicide Attempt

Following Yang Bao Bei aka Kalysta (杨宝贝)’s shocking suicide attempt, the internet has been abuzz on what was the reason being her decision making. Her family also issued a public apology on her Instagram Story, explaining that they themselves are seeking answers about what had happened. “Sorry for the inconvenience caused. If you have any [...]

Malaysian Female Influencer Yang Bao Bei Tries To Jump Off A Building

There’s currently a viral video of a well known local female celebrity circulating online. Word on the street has it that the Malaysian YouTuber had tried to commit suicide earlier today (Saturday, 17th April), somewhere between 11am – 12:30pm. According to China Press, the woman had attempted to jump off a building from a 5th floor [...]

Cyclone destroys houses, cuts power on Australia’s west coast

Photos on social media and local broadcasts showed downed powerlines, debris and houses stripped of roofs and walls.Facebook/Andrew Marshall A tropical cyclone off Australia's west coast destroyed several homes and cut electricity to tens of thousands of people overnight before weakening in power on Monday (April 12) morning. Officials said around 70 per cent of the [...]

Malaysia’s AirAsia looks to delivery services as ticket out of aviation woes

With air travel crippled by the Covid-19 pandemic, AirAsia led by its founder Tony Fernandes – often touted as the “Richard Branson of Asia” – has been vigorously stepping up the budget carrier’s year-long diversification plan. As the pandemic’s true extent became apparent last May, the Malaysia-based regional budget carrier launched a food delivery business in Kuala Lumpur that [...]