In ASEAN, a highly potent cocktail blending the benefits of export-led economies and under-the-table government support throughout the bloc has bred a nebulous class of tycoons that prefer to enjoy their prosperity in secret.
While the Philippine stock index was hitting its next all-time high, Justin Calderon, our research analyst, went to Pampanga to see the reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus, including penitents that flagellate themselves.
To reach a state of national happiness, politics, the very nature of humanity’s will to guide and nurture, must play a part. Justin Calderon asks himself how this concept might apply to ASEAN countries.
A writer in Thailand must learn to adapt to uncertainties, the unspoken unknowns while striking the creative balance that musters the wherewithal to continue dancing between the fire and ice, writes Justin Calderon.
The economic rise of Southeast Asia has given vast swathes of the developing world increased disposable income to dine out more frequently and experiment with new tastes, such as KFC and burgers, writes Justin Calderon.
A great infographic that shows the main reasons why people from Westerns countries choose to retire in Southeast Asia. Plus a comparison of living and housing costs and crime rates of the most popular countries.
Southeast Asian nations are more likely to export less food in years to come as their urban populations are growing, which increases domestic demand, puts a strain on food production and requires more resources.
Bhutan’s fledging steps into the free market have allowed policymakers there to experiment with unorthodox ideas. The Gross National Happiness (GNH) is a suggested tool for guiding towards a more enlightened growth path.