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Philippine Internet slowest in ASEAN

Rosemarie Pendon, 24, lives in Lagro, Quezon City and has mobile broadband sticks from three different telecommunications networks (telcos) but none can provide a sufficient signal for her to connect ...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:25

The joy of traveling for the visually impaired

After a long and arduous climb one day in December 1981, Liza Maria Beh found herself at the top of Ayers Rock in Australia. While other hikers took in the scenic view of the ancient MacDonnell Ranges...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:24

Wine wizard’s sweet career ends on sour note

Rudy Kurniawan’s taste for fine wines, at least as he has told it, began in 2001 when he was 25 and at a birthday party for his father. There he swirled, sniffed, slurped and finally sipped a 1996 Opus One at a restaurant in San Francisco’s famed Fisherman’s Wharf.Before long, the Jakar...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:23

E-rickshaws take over New Delhi roads

Seventeen-year-old Mansi Sehgal gets into a three-wheel vehicle that looks a lot like Thailand’s tuk tuk, except that she is in West Delhi.The silver vehicle powered by a battery is an electric ricks...

Updated : 2014.07.15 19:59

Mumbai’s marginalized mums sewn up by Colours of India

Step inside Colours Of India’s boutique in Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur, and you’ll be mesmerized by its collection of clothing ranging from traditional Indian outfits to Thai silk A-line dresses ...

Updated : 2014.07.15 19:57

Tiananmen lost in history to today’s youth

Twenty-five years have passed since the Tiananmen Square crackdown on June 4, 1989.Undergraduate Ma Yan proudly lays claim to having taken part in a political demonstration before she was even born.An...

Updated : 2014.06.10 20:13

Where to ‘jam’ with Big Bang, 2NE1, Psy

Dongdaemun in Seoul is one of South Korea’s most popular shopping districts, while Gangnam draws many people who hope to get a glimpse of their favorite K-pop stars.These fans, however, should make Dongdaemun one of their first stops because it offers the latest attractions that will make...

Updated : 2014.06.10 20:13

Homeless in Kuala Lumpur

She refers to them as her “sisters” but the five women living with Ruby (not her real name) in her rented home in Petaling Jaya were homeless and living on the street when she invited them into her ...

Updated : 2014.06.10 20:13

Working for the right balance

The death of Pradnya Paramita in Jakarta last December kicked off a debate about work hours in Asia. The 27-year-old copywriter collapsed and died after allegedly working for 30 consecutive hours.In a...

Updated : 2014.06.03 20:36

Depression hits Chinese teenagers

Many teenagers, who live apart from their parents in China, suffer from depression and other psychological problems, and aren’t exposed to therapy, a recent study suggests.The research was conducted by a global group of psychologists on more than 300 left-behind children across the countr...

Updated : 2014.06.03 20:33

Ignorance of sex education has taken a high toll

Since the rape case at Jakarta International School, the past few weeks have seen headlines reporting more cases of sexual abuse against children.Many officials have waded into the debate, but their c...

Updated : 2014.06.03 20:32

Can’t stop the music

They say the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So when it comes to music, then surely the proof of the rhythm is in the live performance.Fans of CNBLUE swear that the Korean rock band is better a...

Updated : 2014.05.20 20:29

China deploys more ships in Vietnam waters

China has sent two more armed naval ships to waters surrounding the Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig illegally set up in Vietnam’s waters, according to a senior official from the Vietnam Fisheries Surveillance Force.When they arrived, the vessels removed canvas sheets hiding their weapons, inti...

Updated : 2014.05.20 20:29

Traditional Malaysian foods dying out

Ikan masak tanah liat (clay-baked fish), opok-opok (glutinous rice crackers), pulut kukus dalam periuk kera (pitcher plant glutinous rice), kebebe (mashed fruits in bamboo). Sound foreign?These are ac...

Updated : 2014.05.20 20:28

Asia banking on expansion

As a growing and increasingly affluent consumer class emerges across most of Asia, regional banks are focusing on extending their reach.Banks from almost every country in east and south Asia are plann...

Updated : 2014.05.06 20:12