When you arrive in Manila's heat, pollution and traffic jams, it is difficult to believe that it was known as the "Pearl of the Orient". But when you enter the doors of Manila Hotel ...
Misery in Manila
The Philippines may not have a very large share of its population living below academically calculated poverty lines. But there is much misery in this country.
Strong Regulatory Push Can Jumpstart the Dormant Biomass Sector in Indonesia
A strong regulatory push can jumpstart the dormant biomass sector in Indonesia argues Frost & Sullivan's Harsh Thacker.
Cambodia: the ecotourism alternative
Our Paris-based culture correspondent, Angela Gosmann, has shared with us this interesting piece on ecotourism in Cambodia. It's great holiday reading for our Northern hemisphere readers and others to
Lessons from Singapore
Is Singapore a unique case of authoritarian capitalism? Or could it have lessons for us all? Mitchell Wigdor's book, "No Miracle", provides some answers to these questions.
Burma requires patience
Burma requires much patience to secure its developmental future, argued Asian Development Bank Vice President, Stephen Groff, at a recent Washington seminar.
Ethnic painting from Vietnam in Toronto
The return of Dinh Thi Tham Poong’s paintings to Toronto's East Gallery has been truly worth the wait. Her solo show opens this Wednesday, June 12.
Singapore’s growth story holds lessons for water-scarce China
Singapore’s leaders realised 40 years ago that it is much more expensive for a society to live in a polluted environment than a clean one, argue Cecilia Tortajada and Asit K. Biswas.
African growth with Asian characteristics
African governments are now turning instead to Asia as a partner in development, writes Amit Jain.
"ImaginAsian" painting exhibition in Toronto
"ImaginAsian", the latest show at The East Gallery in Toronto, is a splendid exhibition of three leading female artists from Southeast Asia.
Water in Singapore: the city-state that looks ahead
Singapore provides an excellent example of efficiency and sustainability in one of the world's best managed public water supply schemes, argues Dr Cecilia Tortajada.
Burma's troubled times
The year 2012 was in many ways the year of Burma, culminating with the visit of US President Obama. Burma is now experiencing more troubled times.
Vietnamese painting in Toronto
Toronto's East Gallery has an outstanding exhibition, "The Past is Present", of Vietnamese paintings by Ngo Van Sac. Do yourself a favor, and get down and see it before it closes on 5 May.
Philippines' "opportunity point"
The Philippine economy stands at an "opportunity point", where its improving policy environment is intersecting with a loss of competitiveness of some its neighbors, like China.
Singapore's migration dilemmas
Singapore has built its economic strength on the back of immigration. But now the city-state's migration policies are testing its society and politics.
Jim Rogers on Asia, Singapore and life
"Jim Rogers makes my head hurt", said Nobel Prize winning economist, Paul Krugman. Mine too. But his heretical thoughts in "Street Smarts" make for great reading.
Canada's Asian migrants
My taxi driver is a civil engineer from Iran. His gas station attendant is an accountant from Pakistan. This is Canada, a country that wastes its human potential!
Filipino-Canadian Theatre in Toronto
Last night's opening performance of Nina Lee Aquino's "Every Letter Counts" at Toronto's Factory Theatre was a stunning success. It is the "must-see" play of the season.
Malaysia's abuses of migrants' rights
Malaysia receives many migrants from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Cambodia. Sadly, many suffer deplorable migrants' rights abuses.
Philippines: Asia's new tiger economy
The Philippines' economy grew by 7.1% in the July to September quarter, surprising even the optimistic forecasters. The Pearl of the Orient is finally becoming an Asian tiger.
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