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  1. It’s no secret that the invention of instant ramen in Japan was a game-changer in modern Asian cuisine. Starting as a premium product that evolved into a cheap staple in every kitchen in Asia, instant ramen is now consumed all over the world. But there were a lot of socioeconomic and political factors that led to this innovation, which can be traced back to post-war USA.Instant noodles were created by Momofuku Ando, owner and founder of the famous Nissin company in Japan in 1958. Ando developed…
  2. The coronavirus took off in South Korea early in March after a mass infection at a church in Daegu under the Shincheonji sect, where one infected member managed to pass on her illness to thousands more as she refused to undergo treatment and testing multiple times, insisting that her religion made her impervious to disease.The infected members continued their daily life, travelling around the country, resulting in a sudden spike in numbers over the course of a few days. Numbers hit 7,400 on…
  3. As international travel and investment is on hold until the Covid-19 crisis passes, property companies are looking for what is going to happen when markets, hopefully, bounce back.Wealthy Chinese have long been reliable investors in the market, and looked to the UK, specifically London, as a stable and reliable point for investment.London was the top destination for Asian outbound capital in 2018, according to last year’s report from commercial real estate services firm CBRE.In 2018, 18 per…
  4. Rowan Blanchard, New York City’s most precocious 18-year-old, is already well-known for two seemingly opposing things – her intense activism and support for LGBTQ+ and feminism, as well as her brief stint on Girl Meets World.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Rowan Blanchard (◕‿◕) (@rowanblanchard) on Sep 15, 2019 at 5:58pm PDTProduced by the Disney Channel, the show was a coming-of-age sitcom about Riley Matthews (played by Blanchard), a typical tween navigating New York City and…
  5. Last December, restaurateur and chef Shane Osborn became president of the Hong Kong arm of Food Made Good, the world’s largest sustainable programme for the food industry which originated in the UK 10 years ago.Osborn’s aim is to get Hong Kong’s food industry on board with plant-based eating and reducing waste. “It's my job to promote the sustainable initiative and to get people on board to talk to each other, sharing ideas on what steps they can take to make their business more sustainable…
  6. China is embracing springtime, as the Covid-19 outbreak continues to slow. On Thursday, March 26, China reported no new cases of domestic coronavirus infections for the first time since the outbreak began, and recent new cases have mostly come from overseas, signalling that the worst has passed for now.But as more residents go outside and resume activities, a term that’s been discussed frequently in the media is coming to the fore, “revenge spending”. The phrase describes how shopping-starved…
  7. K-pop concerts, showcases and various other promotional events have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But that does not mean the industry is at a total standstill.Many established and rising K-pop artists, including Kang Daniel and Exo leader Suho, are ready to drop new albums in coming weeks, according to their management agencies.Kang's first EP, “Cyan”, dropped on March 24, officially bringing him back to the music scene after he suspended his show business career in December,…
  8. Just like the rest of us, luxury brands are feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic with many of their stores closed around the world. But they have also been generous in their contributions towards the fight against the virus. Luxury brands leapt into the fray early, donating to efforts to contain and treat the virus when it first emerged in China.Now that the panic over the virus’s spread has gone global, to the places where many of these brands are based, the number of brands…
  9. Often referred to as an enigma in Hong Kong’s entertainment world, Tina Leung Kwok-hing – widely known as Ti Na – led a colourful life both on and off screen. She passed away at the age of 65 in the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital on March 31, 2010, due to multiple organ failure.Throughout Leung’s cinematic career, mainly in the 1960s and 1970s, she made 54 films. Although she later left showbiz and engaged in different businesses both in Hong Kong and mainland China, her performances are…
  10. The actor Matthew Perry, one of six millionaire stars of the era-defining sitcom Friends, has listed his Los Angeles penthouse for an eye-watering US$35 million.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Matthew Perry (@mattyperry4) on Mar 2, 2020 at 4:47pm PSTPenthouse 40, also known as the “Mansion in the Sky”, sits on the 40th floor of The Century – a 42-story luxury condominium in Los Angeles. According to Money, Perry bought the penthouse in 2017 for US$20 million.The 9,290-square-foot…