Elderly women playing a game of croquet in a courtyard in Hanoi's Soc Son district. AFP
Best known as a historic pastime among Europe's upper crust, croquet has found an unlikely fan base among Vietnamese retirees eager to fill their diaries and move their limbs.
"We don't have to move a lot when playing croquet... and it also exercises our brains.
Playing on the dusty grounds of a pagoda on the outskirts of Hanoi, a handful of elderly players — one as old as 93 — gather most afternoons for a friendly match.
Tran Thi Than, playing croquet in a courtyard. AFP
"We don't have to move a lot when playing croquet... and it also exercises our brains," Nguyen Van Tuu said from the dirt pitch in the capital's Soc Son district.
The game first emerged in the 19th century, quickly becoming popular among moneyed classes in England and later embraced more widely as a leisurely garden hobby.
Duong Van Chat, 92, waiting for his turn to play croquet. AFP
While little-known in Vietnam today, croquet was transported to Soc Son in 1996 by a local official who wanted to give the retirees something to do.
It's become a permanent fixture for the seniors there, who play with handmade metal and wood mallets and balls imported from China, keeping score on a rudimentary leader board.
"We're addicted to this sport," said former soldier Le Thanh Do.
Elderly people playing a game of croquet in a courtyard. AFP
"If we can't play because of rain, we really miss it and hope for a dry day," the 66-year-old said.
Physical exercise is an everyday affair for seniors in Vietnam, who fill the city's many outdoor exercise parks and Western-style gyms.
With the country's retirement age set at 60 for men and 55 for women, there is no shortage of time for seniors seeking fulfilment in their twilight years.
"It relaxes our spirit," said Do.
They have few places to practise, no government funding and little public support, but Vietnam's first national skateboard team are carrying high hopes of winning medals for their country.
The salt farmers of Hon Khoi rise before dawn as they have for generations, fanning out across shallow seawater pools in southern Vietnam to harvest the precious mineral, hoping for a better season than the last.
If you have run out of ideas for things to keep yourself entertained with offline, it is now time to turn to these interactive online games which will definitely make social distancing easier.
The mystique of Japan's once-feared covert warriors, spread by films and fiction, is embodied today in the world's first winner of a master's degree in ninja studies.
Taiwan's trendiest couple these days are neither young celebrities nor teen influencers -- they are an octogenarian duo who run a mom-and-pop laundry service and have become an online sensation by modelling abandoned clothes.
Being overweight or obese increases general risk factors including type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, some types of cancer such as breast and bowel, and having a stroke.