Three Southeast Asian countries are among the top 15 destinations by international tourism receipts, according to the latest statistics by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). Ranked 11th, Thailand leads the pack with $26.3 billion followed by Malaysia (14) with $18.3 billion and Singapore (15) with $18 billion. The worldwide ranking is topped by the
The fiscal network: In what appears to be a strategic move to reduce his tax bill, Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin renounced his US citizenship in anticipation of the social network’s initial public offering last month. Though he made his decision late last year, it was only made public last month. Brazilian-born Saverin moved to the US
Con Dao has shed its gruesome past to emerge as one of Vietnam’s most tranquil island destinations
$1’450: The grant awarded to Gran, a nine-year-old Afghan boy found to have a birthmark on his chest that resembles the map of Afghanistan. The former beggar will also receive monthly donations to help him finish school.
Filipino director Yam Laranas is making headway in the United States after his horror flick The Road became the first Filipino project to get a US theatrical release. The movie begins with the reopening of a 12-year-old cold case following the disappearance of three teens on an abandoned road, and soon begins to unravel backwards
Good: The Philippines’ government is rewarding poor families who send their children to school and for regular health check-ups. The conditional grant pays up to $33 a month to three million families to provide food, medicine and school supplies. Bad: A virus not seen in Cambodia since 1990 has re-emerged in the country and is said to be
Habib Salim Alatas, the Islam Defenders Front Jakarta branch chief told the Jakarta Post that Lady Gaga is not welcome in Indonesia. Her concert this month has been cancelled after the national police refused to issue a permit allowing her performance. It is reported more than 50,000 tickets, totalling nearly $2.5m, were sold for the
Serious music fans may have to turn not just one, but a number of blind eyes in the direction of Jason Mraz in order to enjoy his laid-back, 70s-infused soft rock. That trilby he insists on wearing, for example, grates immediately and his pleasant vegan sensibility screams Californian hippy drip. However, few artists have enjoyed
Investors hungry for Singapore’s Kay Lee Roast Meat Joint will have to dig deep to raise the S$3.5m ($2.7m) asking price for one of the city-state’s most popular Cantonese-style restaurants
Running for a mammoth eight months until Christmas Day 2012 at Singapore Art Museum, Panorama: Recent Art from Contemporary Asia offers a window on the explosion of art produced in Asia since 2000. Featuring artists from Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, among others, Panorama charts issues affecting the continent such as social and political
Malaysia gets its very own Lamborghini
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen likens himself to an angel (Deva) in the Buddhist pantheon in a speech about the country’s political future.