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Little balls, big talent

By: Southeast Asia Globe - November 9, 2012

This month, the world’s very best footballers who aren’t quite good enough at football will clash in Bangkok. Of course, futsal is actually a vastly different game and its prime exponents are tremendously skilled athletes, but its global popularity would suggest that many still view it as ‘mini football’. Nonetheless, the Fifa Futsal World Cup

 

The art of saving

By: Southeast Asia Globe - November 9, 2012

A snip: “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Juliette Clovis is available for $2,280 Whether you are a young buck hoping for something to catch your eye, or a seasoned art buyer replete with cravat and mismatched blazer and trouser combo, the Affordable Art Fair Singapore has something to tempt everyone. Running from November 15-18 [...]

 

The Hong Kong connection

By: Southeast Asia Globe - November 9, 2012

As ties strengthen between East and Southeast Asia, Dragonair has expanded its Phnom Penh to Hong Kong service, now offering ten direct flights per week. “Hong Kong is a popular stopover for business and leisure travellers,” said Nicolas Masse, Dragonair Cambodia country manager. “The introduction of a second flight will improve Cambodia’s connectivity beyond Hong

 

Debt market on the up

By: Southeast Asia Globe - November 9, 2012

JP Morgan Chase has created a new team in Southeast Asia to focus on debt, highlighting the growing importance of the region and debt capital markets to investment banks in Asia, amid an explosion in bond issuance this year. The US bank will relocate its current co-head of high-yield and sovereign debt in Asia excluding

 

In brief: retirement in Asia

By: Southeast Asia Globe - November 9, 2012

They may have been the driving force behind the Asian economic miracle, but hundreds of millions of workers in Asia are facing retirement in poverty as governments in the region have failed to set aside enough money for their pensions, according to a book edited by the Asian Development Bank’s principal economist Park Donghyun.

 

In brief: adult-only tourism

By: Southeast Asia Globe - November 9, 2012

A rising number of luxury hotels and airlines in Southeast Asia are catering to adult-only tourism, due to rising demand for couples-oriented holidays. The Akyra Chura Samui is the second resort in Thailand to ban children under the age of 12. In July, Malaysia Airlines restricted children from sections of its planes on certain routes.

 

In brief: average wealth per citizen in Singapore

By: Southeast Asia Globe - November 9, 2012

A reduction in household financial assets dipped Singaporeans’ wealth by 2.5% to $1 trillion from mid-2011 to the middle of this year. The average wealth per adult in the world’s eighth richest nation fell 4% to $258,117.

 

Cambodia’s branded goods market

By: Southeast Asia Globe - November 9, 2012

$1 billion: The amount Cambodia’s branded goods market could be worth by 2020, according to Unilever Indochina Cambodia, a consumer goods company. Over the next seven years, the urbanisation of society, improved communications and transportation links, and increased awareness of products and desire for choice will drive the rapid expansion of Cambodia’s fast-moving branded consumer

 

Sound and vision

By: Southeast Asia Globe - November 8, 2012

  At a glance, it might be difficult to resist the temptation to come over all Indian mystic and pound out a cosmic rhythm on these handcrafted wooden beauties. But look again, for that is not a pair of tabla you see before you. It is, of course, actually a set of Limited Edition Philips