One of the last things I’d want to do in this world is disrespect local culture – and that goes beyond Viet Nam. I’d never grumble about the call to prayer in Indonesia, even if it does wake me up at the crack of dawn. Nor would I groan about the playing of the national anthem in parks in Thailand, even when it obligates me to stand there for three or four minutes, disrupting my outdoor workout. … [Read more...] about Do foreigners have the right to complain about countryside karaoke?
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Still, an average of 45 daily new infections has shown up there since authorities declared last month that all residents had recovered or been shown by testing to be virus-free. Outside, the daily average is just two local cases. … [Read more...] about Singapore grapples with coronavirus in migrant workers’ dormitories
60-year-old Nguyen Thi Tau and her four-year-old grandson, Nguyen Van Hao, live in a tiny house that can barely protect them from the weather. Tau doesn't have any land so has little income to raise her grandson while her health continues to worsen. According to Tau, her husband died many years ago. Her daughter got married twice and had a son. However, she left them long ago and hasn't contacted Tau. Tau's daily meals only consist of rice and some fish. "It’s thanks to the neighbours that we can have such a meal. Sometimes, other people gave us milk, making Hao really happy. He would cry when there was no milk but I couldn't do anything about it. Our lives depend on the kindness of our neighbours," Tau said. "This house feels like it can collapse at any time." Tran Van May, vice chairman of Hung Thanh Commune, confirmed that Tau is one of the poor cases in the area, but the local authorities can only help them so much. "I hope they will receive more help from kind people," … [Read more...] about Grandmother seeks help to raise small grandson
Rolled in rice paper, aromatic herbs and salad greens, the fish was well married with the unique home-made fish paste. Though the fish paste had a strong and special smell, I'm sure that once you taste it you will like it. Tantalising my taste buds, the fish was the highlight of our dinner. … [Read more...] about Try southern delights at one of Bình Dương’s “top ten” grills
British consumers earning 40,000 pounds ($51,250) or more after tax accounted for around 35% of spending in 2019, but 45% of the decline in the second quarter of 2020, a study of card transaction data by London Business School professor Paolo Surico and others showed. … [Read more...] about Fear and frustration: Europe’s wealthy keep wallets closed