Zalora Opens ‘Offline’ Shop in Singapore, and Bhutan Gets Google’s Street View Treatment

Those are the subjects of a couple of stories I wrote last week. The first: Amazon may be planning to open a brick and mortar shop in New York City, but Southeast Asia fashion e-commerce startup Zalora has beaten them to the punch in Singapore. Zalora, which launched in 2012 and says it has served […]

It’s Been 5 Years Since We Adopted Our Dog, Ashley

August marked five years since we adopted Ashely, our beloved shelter dog. Here’s a pic from the day we took her home in Bangkok in 2009. She’s six years old now, as she was a year old when we got her. As you can see — and as I’ve noted in previous posts — she […]

Kenny G. Visits Hong Kong Protests

in Hong Kong at the sight of the demonstration. I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation — Kenny G (@officialkennyg) October 22, 2014 From our China Real Time blog today: Observers wondering who exactly the ‘foreign influences’ are that Beijing has so darkly accused of helping spur protests in Hong […]

NYT’s Roger Cohen, Writing from Singapore, on ‘Asia’s American Angst’

The New York Times‘s Roger Cohen, writing from Singapore, says Asia needs the United States to counter China. And it’s not getting that now. Further, a new, regionally assertive India under Modi is a long way off: Outside China, there is a consistent theme in Asia. It is concern that declining American power, credibility and […]

Neymar 4-0 Japan

Just very briefly: Yes, we were at the game here in Singapore last night to see Neymar single handedly demolish Japan and overtake Bebeto to become the Selecao’s fifth leading scorer of all time — at the age of just 22: Neymar scored all four goals as Brazil eased to a 4-0 friendly win over […]

Worth Reading: An In-Depth NYT Travel Story on Cuenca, Ecuador and the Country’s Southern Coast

Long-time readers will recall that about a decade ago I spent a year living and working in the fascinating, staggeringly picturesque city Cuenca, Ecuador, which is situated some 8,000 feet high in the Andean foothills. I loved my time there, met some great people who remain my close friends, and think of the country […]

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It took me an insanely long time to realize that these were in fact not tiny brontosauruses — Science Cat (@DrScienceCat) October 8, 2014 The Kitchen Network: America’s underground Chinese restaurant workers — The New Yorker Finding the Dinosaur: A ‘Step Brothers’ Appreciation — Rolling Stone You Call This Thai Food? The Robotic Taster […]

David De Gea’s Goalkeeping Masterclass Against Everton

David De Gea! We may've just witnessed the best goalkeeping performance we'll see this season. Final: Man U 2-1 Everton. #keepersunion — Newley Purnell (@newley) October 5, 2014 As I Tweeted on Sunday, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea was absolutely incredible in his team’s 2-1 victory over Everton. It was the kind of goalkeeping […]

U.S. Security Firm Identifies Android, iOS Spyware Targeting Hong Kong Protesters

That’s the subject of a story I wrote Friday: A U.S. mobile security firm says it has uncovered smartphone spyware aimed at pro-Democracy protesters in Hong Kong that comes disguised as an app created by a community of socially minded programmers. When activated, the Android app reveals the smartphone user’s geographical location, text messages, address […]