Elderly from South and North Korea to reunite after 60 years

Mr Jun Joo-eul, 86, poses in front of a rainbow-coloured wall decorated with messages wishing for the reunion of separated families of the two Koreas. He is an applicant hoping to get to attend the reunion that will finally take place next month.

In the early 1950s, families from the two Koreas were torn apart permanently by the Korean War.

Most of them have not seen each other in six decades.

According to New York Daily News, South and North Korea reached an agreement on Wednesday (Sept 8) to hold reunions next month so that the mostly elderly folk can meet their relatives from across the border.

This agreement has been viewed by political observers as an important milestone considering that the two Koreas almost came to blows just a month ago.

South Korea had unleashed vocal propaganda on North Korea, demanding that they apologise for planting landmines that had maimed South Korean soldiers.

North Korea ended up apologising, smoothing the situation over.

New York Daily News reported that these reunions will take place on Oct 20 and will last for a week at the Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea, according to Seoul's Unification Ministry.

One hundred people each from the two Koreas will be allowed to finally meet their loved ones from across the border.


Lee Duk-haeng (green tie), South Korea's head delegate and committee member of the South Korean Red Cross, with fellow South Korean official (pink tie), shakes hands with North Korean counterpart Pak Yong Il after their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas to discuss the reunion. PHOTO: REUTERS

BBC News reported that last year, a reunion was also set up by the two Koreas for their elderly in February.

On the day of the meeting, 82 elderly South Koreans, accompanied by 58 family members, went to North Korea by bus.

More than a dozen of them were in wheelchairs, and two travelled in ambulances as they needed medical attention.

These elderly cried when they finally met their loved ones, overwhelmed by joy.

Elderly South Koreans aboard a bus waving goodbye to their North Korean relatives as they leave last year's family reunion at the resort area of Mount Kumgang, North Korea. PHOTO: AFP 

Most of the people who applied to be part of this year's reunion are in their 70s or older as they are desperate to see their loved ones before they die.

As the North Korean government bans the exchange of letters, phone calls and e-mails, many South Koreans have no idea if their loved ones across the border are still alive.

According to the Korea Times, South and North Korea have made efforts to maintain the peace between them ahead of Korea's fall harvest Chuseok holiday later this year.

Source: Allkpop, Korea Times, New York Daily News, BBC News

New Face 2015: Sherine Tan

Sherine Tan.

Sherine Tan, 25


Sherin Tan says people mistake her to be a wild, crazy party girl. She insists she is just a “simple girl with a big personality”.

The 25-year-old auditor adds: “Regardless of what others think, I would describe myself as how my close friends describe me: friendly, sporty and cheerful.

“I have an easy-going personality and love outdoor activities.”

But she does have a pet peeve — people who are engrossed with their mobile phones while out with her.

“People are so attached to their mobile device that they can’t survive if they put it away for even a minute.

“I always say that they might as well not ask me to hang out if they are going to be glued to their phones the whole time.”


Get Sherine back in a good mood by taking her to MacRitchie Reservoir.

“This place is a good balance to the busy and hectic life in Singapore.”

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Outfit: Levi's

Shoes & Accessories: New Look

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Creative Director: Yeoh Wee Teck
Photographer: Jeremy Long
Writer: Teresa Lo
Layout: Billy Ker and Janessa Tan
Stylist: ZH Tan
Hair: Kelvin, Louis and Norman, Monsoon Group
Make up: Beno and Michelle, M.A.C.
The New Paper New Face 2015 finale will be held on Oct 1 at Takashimaya Square, Ngee Ann City basement two at 7.30pm.

Why did man bite off wife's nose and eat it?

This woman claimed she was the victim of her husband's vicious attack.

A woman from Dezhou, China, turned up at a hospital on Monday (Sept 7) with a huge chunk of her nose missing.

What she told police and medical personnel next was shocking.

She claimed that her husband had bit off her nose and ate it after he was furious with her treatment of him.

Mirror Online reported that the night before she was attacked, her husband had called her several times on the phone in the wee hours of the morning.

As she was tired from just having worked the night shift, she didn't answer the calls.

According to Shanghaiist, he then confronted her at work the next day and a heated fight ensued.

At one point, he grabbed her, locked his teeth into her nose and ripped it off.

He then swallowed it.

When the woman arrived at the hospital, doctors who examined her found that her entire nose, including the soft tissue was all gone.

China Jilin reported that when the doctors asked her if she had collected her nose so that they could reattach it for her, she informed them that her husband had eaten it.

She said that the police and her co-workers had tried to look for her nose in case her husband had spat it out but to no avail.

The China Jilin reporter who interviewed the woman took her to a plastic surgery clinic for doctors to assess the damage to her nose.


It was there that the woman opened up to the reporter about the how the relationship between her and her husband had soured.

She said that before she agreed to marry her husband, he had painted a vision of a comfortable life for her should she marry him.

He said that his two sons from a previous marriage were already married so she wouldn't need to take care of them.

After the woman married him, she got pregnant.

She claimed this was when her husband's bad side started to show.

She told China Jilin: "He told me to sell my son.

"He said that his two sons were married and he wanted me to look after his sons' children.

"I asked him, 'Do you think I married into your family to be your babysitter?

"'Make me sell my own son and then make me take care of your sons' children?" 

The woman claimed the couple had become estranged after the incident. 

Police have launched an investigation and are searching for her husband.

Doctors at the plastic surgery clinic advised the woman to get her nose reconstructed after three months. 

Source: China Jilin, Shanghaiist, Mirror Online

'Optimus Prime' has been switched off

A trailer truck carrying an illuminated Workers' Party (WP) banner and logo will not appear at the final election rallies tonight.

First seen on Friday (Sept 4), the truck had been seen at rally sites. On social media, it was soon dubbed Optimus Prime, after the big rig-like Transformers character.

The Elections Department has confirmed that the container was neither "initiated or commissioned" by WP.

The Straits Times reported Asiagroup, the company that owns the prime mover that transported the illuminated container on Friday soon terminated the contract once the nature of the cargo was apparent.

A spokesman said: "We would like to clarify that Asiagroup did not design the container or is a sponsor of WP's campaign.

"The company's prime mover is strictly for non-commercial use and definitely not for political purposes."

A different company was used to transport the container from Sunday onwards.

The Election Department said that those responsible for the emblazoned trailer have been advised that "such actions are in breach of the Parliamentary Elections (Election Advertising) Regulations and may also pose safety concerns given the crowds at election rallies".  

The unnamed people behind the trailer have said they will comply and  no further action will be taken by Elections Department and the Police. 

Del Toro to star in Star Wars sequel

Benicio Del Toro has snagged himself one of the coolest gigs in town.

The 48-year-old Puerto Rican actor finally confirmed to Spanish radio station RAC 1 that he'll be starring in the Star Wars: Episode VIII movie - a month after rumours of his involvement surfaced in August.

"Star Wars is coming up," said Del Toro, who will next be seen in the thriller Sicario, opening here Sept 17.

Del Toro added that filming will commence next March, though he stopped short of confirming if he's playing the villain.

The sequel to Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, which opens here Dec 18, will be directed by Rian Johnson.

Mad Men star and longtime girlfriend call it quits

Another celebrity couple have parted ways.

US actors Jon Hamm, 44, and Jennifer Westfeldt, 45, released a statement on Monday that said they were separating after 18 years together "with great sadness".

The pair, who never married, added they would "continue to be supportive of each other in every way possible".

Earlier this year, the Mad Men TV star completed rehab for alcohol abuse and credited Westfeldt for supporting him throughout his treatment.

Sia takes bold step into movie directing

Sia is to direct her frequent music video collaborator, US dancer Maddie Ziegler, in a new movie called Sister.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 39-year-old Australian singer-songwriter shared the news at the Venice International Film Festival, adding that she wrote the screenplay eight years ago.

Sia said: "I was too embarrassed to tell anyone I wanted to make a movie, because I thought it would be seen as a vanity project, because I am a singer... And then last year after I made the Chandelier video, I realised that I was pretty good at directing, so I felt a little bit braver."

Ziegler, 12, has starred in three of Sia's music videos, Chandelier, Elastic Heart and Big Girls Cry.

Season of the fruit cake

From green tea kumquat to orange apricot, refreshing fruity flavours are ripe for the picking this year

Mooncake season is back, and this year, the selection is fruitier than ever.

It seems the trend of going lighter has continued from last year, with many choices so bright and light on the palate, it's as if you've just eaten a snack.

Here are some fruit-filled mooncakes to try.


At Szechuan Court, the new mooncake is the Yuzu Passion Snowskin Mooncake ($68 for eight).

The yuzu is encased in a white chocolate praline, so it's a combination of sweet and sour.

Call 6338-8785 to order.


TungLok has two new fruit flavours, while retaining a best-seller.

The new ones are Banana Milk with Salted Caramel and Orange Apricot with Chocolate. The returning favourite is Durian with Chestnuts.

These are all going at $54 for eight.

You can get them from any TungLok restaurant, such as TungLok Seafood, Lao Beijing and Shin Yeh Restaurant.


Yan Ting is offering the perfect mooncake for those who don't like them sweet.

Its White Lotus Paste with Lemon Truffle Snowskin Mooncake ($73 for eight) is a break from the sweet flavours. The lemon provides a lovely balance - and is addictive.

To order, call 6506-6887.


One of my favourite fruit-based mooncakes comes from Xin Cuisine. The Soursop and Chocolate Crunch is a delicious blend of refreshing and sweet.

It's back alongside another favourite - Peranakan Durian Snowskin Mooncake, with its unique blue pea flower casing.

Both mooncakes can be purchased at $52 for six.

Call 6731-7173 to order.


Goodwood Park Hotel has two fruits in one mooncake. Its Pineapple, Lemongrass and Dark Cherry Snowskin Mooncake ($33 for two) is also one of the prettiest mooncakes this season, with its watercolour-inspired skin.

To order, call 6730-1867.


Peony Jade's fruity contribution is a range called the 4 Little Heavenly Kings Premium Fruitti Mini Snowskin ($76 for eight).

Three of these are new: Japan Kyoho Grapes, Peach-Passionfruit-Chocolate with Champagne Mousse centre and Chestnut-Salted Caramel.

The Honey Mango-Philadelphia Cheese is the flavour that returned.

For enquiries, call 6659-4159.


There are five new flavours of mooncakes at Grand Hyatt Singapore.

They are Thousand Flower Blossom Honey Truffle, Strawberry Lime Margarita Truffle, Black Sesame Buddha's Hand Truffle, Maotai Dark Chocolate Truffle and Peanut Butter Sea Salt Truffle.

Of these, the Strawberry Lime Margarita Truffle is the most refreshing.

Get them in a box of eight from $66, depending on your choice.

Call 6887-5492 for information.


The new range of mooncakes at Bakerzin - the Mini Momo Collection - has a unique shell made with butter bean flour.

The flavours are fun too: Osmanthus Lotus, Purple Sweet Potato and Water Chestnut, Egg Custard and Green Tea Kumquat.

The collection goes for $56 for a box of eight.

You can head for any of their outlets (locations include Jurong Point, VivoCity and United Square) to buy.


Faux Oriental fun

Poke salad

If you've travelled or lived in the US or Europe, you'll know that Chinese restaurants there seldom turn out to be good.

So when I was told Lokkee - the last offering from the TungLok group - was inspired by Chinese takeout food from these places, I thought they were loco. Why would you want to serve bad food on purpose?

Turns out I was wrong.

Lokkee is a kitschy faux Oriental place, with tongue firmly in cheek. Everything in the restaurant has an element of fun.

Look closely at their paintings and statues. Ask for wet wipes. You'll know what I mean.

Overall, the food is better than expected. The flavours are not as crazy as the decor implies but there is an element of surprise. Be prepared to be amused.


The gimmicky Awesome Flaming Pineapple Beef ($28) arrives on fire but that’s the only thing that’s exciting about the dish. The coconut braised beef came with a dressing that had a bizarre and unpleasant taste.


Poke salad ($16) has cubed tuna, salmon and avocado mixed with an addictive spicy sauce. It's refreshing too.


I love the Firecracker Chicken Nest ($24). The five spice-coated chicken pieces are crispy but retain its juiciness. When I returned unannounced, it was even better.


The Sichuan Mala Grilled Fish ($58) is the most expensive item on the menu but it is worth it. The heat builds ceaselessly. Expect your lips to be seared.


The Mapo Tofu ($16) is a must-try. The beancurd is silky and smooth, almost creamy. The hit of spices from the sauce is heavy but effective.

WHAT Lokkee

WHERE Plaza Singapura, #03-01

WHEN 11.30am to 3pm, 5pm to 10.30pm

CALL 6884-4566


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