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Aussie grandma sentenced to death for drugs trafficking; claims victim of online scam

An Australian grandmother has been sentenced to death for smuggling 1.5kg of crystal methamphetamine while traveling from Melbourne to Shanghai. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, a 54-year-old Sydney resident, was in transit at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in 2014 when she was caught with a backpack filled with the drugs. Malaysian courts had...

Lawmaker calls domestic workers gathering on their day off a ‘nuisance’, urges the gov’t to act

A pro-Beijing lawmaker has demanded the government “find facilities or places” for domestic workers to...

Lawmaker calls domestic workers gathering on their day off a ‘nuisance’, urges the gov’t to act

Police: Corrupt officials ‘marry’ 300 Thai women to Indian men without their knowledge

Tourist Police said yesterday that about 300 single Thai women were the victims of a marriage scam that saw their names...

Police: Corrupt officials ‘marry’ 300 Thai women to Indian men without their knowledge

Yeap, Go-Jek is officially expanding into Singapore and other SEA markets

It’s goodbye Uber, and hello Go-Jek. The Indonesian ride-hailing behemoth announced its international expansion...

Yeap, Go-Jek is officially expanding into Singapore and other SEA markets

When Food Meets Art: What to expect at a food-art pairing dinner at Canggu’s Living Food Lab

File this one under “quintessentially Canggu” happenings: this weekend, a vegan chef will be taking an...

When Food Meets Art: What to expect at a food-art pairing dinner at Canggu’s Living Food Lab
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Horseback Hero: How one Thai monk saves animals from the slaughterhouse with Buddhism

Heroes come in different forms, and this one is a Thai monk on horseback who saves animals from being slaughtered with Buddhism.

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Big shows coming up on the island: Halsey, Fergie and more Bali music buzz

Big shows coming up on the island: Halsey, Fergie and more Bali music buzz

We’ve got some pretty big names coming through our live music scene in the coming months. First off, Bali has been announced as one of the stops on Halsey’s 2018 world...

When Food Meets Art: What to expect at a food-art pairing dinner at Canggu’s Living Food Lab

When Food Meets Art: What to expect at a food-art pairing dinner at Canggu’s Living Food Lab

File this one under “quintessentially Canggu” happenings: this weekend, a vegan chef will be taking an Indonesian artist’s paintings and interpreting them into...

Protected species including Javan langur, leopard seized from Bali treehouse tourist attraction

Protected species including Javan langur, leopard seized from Bali treehouse tourist attraction

Five protected animals of four different species have been seized from eastern Bali, for suspected illegal use as part of a tourist attraction from the Bukit Lemped Tree House in...

WATCH: 2.5 meter python pulled from car engine in Bali

WATCH: 2.5 meter python pulled from car engine in Bali

A car pulled over in Bali’s Sanur on Tuesday had to undergo some serious roadside service, of the reptile rescue nature. Footage taken on the Ngurah Rai By Pass, directly in...

Bali archaeologists find Japanese WWII shipwreck on Flores dive

Bali archaeologists find Japanese WWII shipwreck on Flores dive

Bali archeologists made an amazing find during dive in eastern Indonesian island of Flores this month: a shipwreck likely belonging to the Japanese army in the World War II era....

Robusta Cola? Coke to launch coffee-cola hybrid in Thailand

Robusta Cola? Coke to launch coffee-cola hybrid in Thailand

Ever mixed coffee and Coca Cola? Yeah, neither have we, and yet we’re about to get the chance to find out what it tastes like when limited-edition “Coke Plus Coffee,” a...

Bar 23: Cult dive bar celebrates ‘almost 10’ years with party this Saturday

Bar 23: Cult dive bar celebrates ‘almost 10’ years with party this Saturday

Longtime local favorite dive bar Bar 23 & Gallery is hosting a party on Saturday to celebrate the watering hole’s “almost tenth” birthday. “Almost ten”...

Police: Corrupt officials ‘marry’ 300 Thai women to Indian men without their knowledge

Police: Corrupt officials ‘marry’ 300 Thai women to Indian men without their knowledge

Tourist Police said yesterday that about 300 single Thai women were the victims of a marriage scam that saw their names listed by corrupt officials as the wives of Indian men...

Thai police arrest Swiss national identified as a global ‘top 10 collector of child pornography’

Thai police arrest Swiss national identified as a global ‘top 10 collector of child pornography’

Thai police arrested a 64-year-old Swiss national at his home outside of Bangkok yesterday, a man they labeled a “world’s top 10” collector of child...

Snakes Alive! Bangkok removed more than 4,500 pythons from homes last year

Snakes Alive! Bangkok removed more than 4,500 pythons from homes last year

While we’ve had about a dozen reports of snakes emerging from people’s toilets over the past few years, new statistics from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and...

Sun, sea, and spaghetti: Pasta on the promenade at Repulse Bay’s newest, Fratelli’s

Sun, sea, and spaghetti: Pasta on the promenade at Repulse Bay’s newest, Fratelli’s

It’s been a scorcher of a week in Hong Kong. On what was probably the hottest day in the entire month of May, if not the hottest day of the year so far, Coconuts HK went...

Jewelry store in TST’s Harbour City becomes latest victim of brazen smash and grab raid

Jewelry store in TST’s Harbour City becomes latest victim of brazen smash and grab raid

Police are hunting for the suspects behind yet another swift smash and grab robbery of a jewelry store in Hong Kong. Two robbers last night raided the Prince jewellery store in...

Lawmaker calls domestic workers gathering on their day off a ‘nuisance’, urges the gov’t to act

Lawmaker calls domestic workers gathering on their day off a ‘nuisance’, urges the gov’t to act

A pro-Beijing lawmaker has demanded the government “find facilities or places” for domestic workers to go on their days off, calling their use of the...

Customs nab man with smuggling blood samples into HK for tests linked to sex-selective abortions

Customs nab man with smuggling blood samples into HK for tests linked to sex-selective abortions

A Hong Kong man has been detained by customs authorities in Shenzhen for attempting to smuggle blood samples of pregnant mainland women into the city. The case, reported by...

Hongkonger among suspects in kidnapping case of Chinese tourist in Thailand

Hongkonger among suspects in kidnapping case of Chinese tourist in Thailand

Police are hunting a Hong Kong passport holder over the kidnapping of a Chinese tourist in Thailand, who was abducted from a Bangkok airport and held for two weeks, with the...

FPI ‘sweeps’ garment factory in Sukabumi to force employer to let workers go home early during Ramadan

FPI ‘sweeps’ garment factory in Sukabumi to force employer to let workers go home early during Ramadan

FPI back at it with their sweeps.

Parliament can’t finalize new anti-terrorism law revisions because it can’t agree on definition of terrorism

Parliament can’t finalize new anti-terrorism law revisions because it can’t agree on definition of terrorism

In the wake of last week’s horrific terrorist attacks in Indonesia, President Joko Widodo urged the House of Representatives (DPR) to push through a draft revision to the...

Go-Jek investing IDR7 trillion for Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines expansion: reports

Go-Jek investing IDR7 trillion for Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines expansion: reports

Indonesian ride-hailing firm Go-Jek is taking its rivalry with Singapore-based Grab to the regional stage after the former announced that it’s expanding to four Southeast Asia...

Two senior Banyuwangi lawmakers make bomb jokes at airport, claim they didn’t know it was against the law

Two senior Banyuwangi lawmakers make bomb jokes at airport, claim they didn’t know it was against the law

One made a bomb joke going through security and then the other one made a bomb joke upon boarding the airplane. Seriously.

Teenager threatens to shoot President Jokowi and burn his house down in viral video, tells police he was joking after arrest

Teenager threatens to shoot President Jokowi and burn his house down in viral video, tells police he was joking after arrest

A 16-year-old from Jakarta, identified by his initials RTJ , is under police investigation over a viral video in which he threatened to kill President Joko Widodo, which he later...

Aussie grandma sentenced to death for drugs trafficking; claims victim of online scam

Aussie grandma sentenced to death for drugs trafficking; claims victim of online scam

An Australian grandmother has been sentenced to death for smuggling 1.5kg of crystal methamphetamine while traveling from Melbourne to Shanghai. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, a...

Last Picture Show: PAS says that they will keep Terengganu cinema open

Last Picture Show: PAS says that they will keep Terengganu cinema open

Good news for Kuala Terengganu-area residents who still haven’t seen Deadpool 2: The newly elected PAS government (the conservative Islamist party) has confirmed that they will...

Almost RM130 million in cold hard cash counted from 1MDB-related condo raids

Almost RM130 million in cold hard cash counted from 1MDB-related condo raids

Police announced early this morning that officers tasked with counting the cash that was seized from the upscale Pavilion Residences last week have finally tallied up the...

The Nasi Lemak burger at Mickey D’s: Succulent sandwich, or gimmicky garbage?

The Nasi Lemak burger at Mickey D’s: Succulent sandwich, or gimmicky garbage?

In a month-long period that saw not only the toppling of the Barisan Nasional coalition government that had ruled Malaysia since the country’s inception, but also the...

Leading by example: Mahathir’s cabinet agrees to 10% pay cut to curb spending

Leading by example: Mahathir’s cabinet agrees to 10% pay cut to curb spending

Prime Minister Mahathir’s cabinet has agreed to take a 10% salary cut, leading by example in a bid to reduce government spending. The PM made the announcement at a press...

Guy live tweets what he says is infidelity drama overheard from Grab driver’s phone call

Guy live tweets what he says is infidelity drama overheard from Grab driver’s phone call

If you ever get caught in an awkward situation, remember that it’s probably not as bad as what this guy and his Grab driver went through. On Tuesday, radio DJ Jobim Javier...

HK lawmaker calls domestic workers gathering on their day off a ‘nuisance,’ urges the gov’t to act

HK lawmaker calls domestic workers gathering on their day off a ‘nuisance,’ urges the gov’t to act

A lawmaker from Hong Kong has demanded the government “find facilities or places” for domestic workers — including more than 100,000 Filipinos — to go...

Bye bye, Toast Box: Singaporean cafe closing all branches across Manila soon

Bye bye, Toast Box: Singaporean cafe closing all branches across Manila soon

Filipino fans of kopi tiam fare learned this week that popular Singaporean chain restaurant Toast Box will be closing all its branches in the Philippines. No more quick stops for...

What to do in Manila this weekend (May 25 – 27): Citizen Jake, Kehlani concert, Poblacion Summer Reggae 2018

What to do in Manila this weekend (May 25 – 27): Citizen Jake, Kehlani concert, Poblacion Summer Reggae 2018

True blue Manileños, recent transplants, and visitors to our city all know — there is never a lack of things to do in Manila. This is Coconuts Manila’s guide to all things...

Mind the gap: In the Philippines, language isn’t about words, it’s about class

Mind the gap: In the Philippines, language isn’t about words, it’s about class

The Learning Library is different from other tutorial centers in Manila. This isn’t immediately obvious upon entering its branch in Quezon City, an intimate space that includes...

Woman recounts how her alleged molester kneeled and begged on a bus after being confronted

Woman recounts how her alleged molester kneeled and begged on a bus after being confronted

A man was apparently arrested — and is currently warded in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) — for allegedly molesting a female passenger during a bus ride. The victim took...

Weekend Warrior: May 25-27

Weekend Warrior: May 25-27

A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Singapore. Friday, May 25 Artbox Singapore The pop-up market that got so much flak last year for its lack of crowd control is...

The Killers, Jay Chou, Liam Gallagher, and more set to perform at 2018 F1 Grand Prix

The Killers, Jay Chou, Liam Gallagher, and more set to perform at 2018 F1 Grand Prix

The Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix always causes some excitement around town when it comes around, mostly thanks to non-sporting events like the massive...

6-year-old boy dies after getting trapped under rear wheel of SMRT bus in Choa Chu Kang

6-year-old boy dies after getting trapped under rear wheel of SMRT bus in Choa Chu Kang

A kid died after being conveyed unconscious to the National University Hospital today due to injuries sustained from being pinned under a bus. According to various media reports,...

Yeap, Go-Jek is officially expanding into Singapore and other SEA markets

Yeap, Go-Jek is officially expanding into Singapore and other SEA markets

It’s goodbye Uber, and hello Go-Jek. The Indonesian ride-hailing behemoth announced its international expansion strategy that will see the company entering markets such as...

Myanmar warns Emirates over breach of no-fly zone

Myanmar warns Emirates over breach of no-fly zone

Myanmar’s civil aviation authorities have warned that they may take action against the airline Emirates over the entrance of one of its planes into the no-fly zone above...

Myanmar military newspaper apologizes for photo blunder, does not mention Kachin conflict

Myanmar military newspaper apologizes for photo blunder, does not mention Kachin conflict

Myanmar’s military-run daily newspaper Myawady has apologized for using a photo of fleeing refugees in Kachin State in an article about elephant tourism on Sunday. The photo,...

May 22 & 25: Expect power cuts in 23 Yangon townships

May 22 & 25: Expect power cuts in 23 Yangon townships

On May 22 and 25, between the hours of 9am and 12pm, the Yangon Electrical Supply Corporation (YESC) will be carrying out repairs to the electrical grid in 23...

Bodhi Nava: Paradise in Yangon

Bodhi Nava: Paradise in Yangon

Sunlight pours in through floor-to-ceiling windows, bathing a cool, concrete sanctuary at the base of Shwedagon Pagoda in a heavenly glow. But despite its hallowed location and...

Myanmar military uses photo of fleeing refugees to advertise elephant slave camp

Myanmar military uses photo of fleeing refugees to advertise elephant slave camp

Myanmar’s military-run newspaper Myawady published a photo on its front page yesterday showing displaced villagers in Kachin State fleeing across a river with the help of...

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Weekend Warrior: May 25-27

Weekend Warrior: May 25-27

A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Singapore. Friday, May 25 Artbox Singapore The pop-up market that got so much flak last year for its lack of crowd control is...

Big shows coming up on the island: Halsey, Fergie and more Bali music buzz

Big shows coming up on the island: Halsey, Fergie and more Bali music buzz

We’ve got some pretty big names coming through our live music scene in the coming months. First off, Bali has been announced as one of the stops on Halsey’s 2018 world...

The Killers, Jay Chou, Liam Gallagher, and more set to perform at 2018 F1 Grand Prix

The Killers, Jay Chou, Liam Gallagher, and more set to perform at 2018 F1 Grand Prix

The Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix always causes some excitement around town when it comes around, mostly thanks to non-sporting events like the massive...

Bar 23: Cult dive bar celebrates ‘almost 10’ years with party this Saturday

Bar 23: Cult dive bar celebrates ‘almost 10’ years with party this Saturday

Longtime local favorite dive bar Bar 23 & Gallery is hosting a party on Saturday to celebrate the watering hole’s “almost tenth” birthday. “Almost ten”...

What to do in Manila this weekend (May 25 – 27): Citizen Jake, Kehlani concert, Poblacion Summer Reggae 2018

What to do in Manila this weekend (May 25 – 27): Citizen Jake, Kehlani concert, Poblacion Summer Reggae 2018

True blue Manileños, recent transplants, and visitors to our city all know — there is never a lack of things to do in Manila. This is Coconuts Manila’s guide to all things...

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