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Thailand shines as movie location (video)

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Thailand, one of the most popular tourist destinations in ASEAN, is also proving to be an increasingly magnetic location for foreign films makers, as can be seen from the latest blockbuster "Lost in Thailand".
Indonesia tourism fears Miss World closing

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Heated debates on the Miss World beauty pageant slated to be held in September 2013 in Indonesia have caused concerns that the country might...

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What is the ratio between unemployment and corruption in ASEAN countries? This infographic shows the correlation between both factors.
The Philippines’ influential business families

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The Philippines’ business world is dominated by a handful of influential business families that have stakes in almost every aspect of the economy, from energy and media to real estate and manufacturing. An overview.
Photoblog: Southeast Asians in Buenos Aires

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Argentina is a nation of immigrants with foreign communities heavily marking its culture. Walking through Buenos Aires’ neighbourhoods brings to light that it also has a vibrant Southeast Asian community.
Photoblog: Bangkok, a serenade in red

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On May 19, 2013, around 26,000 followers of the Red Shirt movement gathered in Bangkok to commemorate the violent crackdown of a similar gathering 3 years ago. Inside Investor tells the photo story.
Angry Chinese destroys Maserati (video)video

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In what can be seen as a lesson for Asian retailers to pay higher attention to customer service, a wealthy Chinese had his new...
Behind the curtain: ASEAN’s 4 most secretive tycoons

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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.
Photoblog: The Philippines’ resurrection

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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.
Asia’s top 5 most nightmarish foods

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The Far East has long been known as a place where the boundaries of food aesthetics are regularly tested. Justin Calderon took a gourmet journey across the region and gulped down the weirdest dishes.
Confirmed: Malaysia fattest ASEAN nation

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Malaysia is the fattest country in ASEAN with its obesity rate on the rise, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said recently. According to...
The dark sides of expat living: 5 most disgusting drinks in Asia

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There are excellent alcoholic drinks to be found in Asia, and brands such as Singha have even launched a global expansion drive. However, be aware that some stuff leaves a foul aftertaste.
Which country is the luckiest in ASEAN?

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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.
Finally: Fast food on the table in Myanmar

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In its transition to become a 21st century economy, Myanmar now faces the advance of fast food companies trying to penetrate a market that...
Writing in Thailand: The perfect confluence

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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.
Wealthy waists: The role of fast food in Southeast Asia

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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.

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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.
Asian Food By Akibara

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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.