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The Economics of Social Escorts

Chiang Mai’s Third Wave Coffee Culture

<b>Here are some of our favorites within the city:</b><p><b>Ristr8to Lab</b> <br>Arnon Thitiprasert earned 6th place at the World Latte Art Championship in 2011, and went …

Coffee

The Media Circus Schools Us on the Cult of Celebrity

It is going to be hard for some to admit but the media circus that surrounded Schooling and his Rio butterfly win was a showcase of both national …

A Leap of Faith and a Measure of Luck: Eu Yan Sang’s Road to China

Old People Are Not Cute

A video featuring Francis and Marlow Cowan, an elderly couple taped playing a piano duet that amassed over 6 million views, attracted countless …

In 2 Minutes: Instagram Analytics for the Private and Paranoid

Did you know that based on your geotags, almost anyone can figure out where you live?<p>From your profile’s location page (3rd logo from the left), zoom …

On Ubud: Expats, Starbucks and McDonald’s

Before Julia Roberts solved her existential crisis in Eat Pray Love, Ubud was already a bustling destination for the wellness crowd, many of whom …

City Hacks: Chiang Mai

Bangkok’s cousin is often overlooked as a destination of choice, but the country’s northern capital seems to be ascending the popularity ranks of …

Asia Travel

On Being Last

It is satisfying being the last to try something new.<p>Salted egg yolk croissants, jogging around the central business district, quinoa. I’ve been the …

I Used Siri for a Week, This is What Happened.

Unlike an actual human being, Siri will never bring you a cup of coffee.<p>Instead, its uncannily human voice is always confident, always well-meaning, …

In 2 Minutes: Malaysia’s Controversial National Security Law

Taking a page out of President George W. Bush’s playbook, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has adorned himself with the “power of a king” through …

Sheung Wan and Beyond, a Global Tribe

The only thing more globalised than a cup of coffee are the shops that sell it. These days, whether you are in Singapore, Shanghai or Hong Kong, you …

Taxis Are Changing Perceptions of Design in Mumbai

<b>What made you take this up?</b><p>We have been trying to work with brands for a while now, but it hadn’t really worked out so far as we really wanted to …

Heritage Signboards: Sentimental or Offensive?

In most cases, the reasons are sentimental rather than aesthetic.<p>Some of these owners, like Sin Lee Foods’ Sean Lim, have grown up eating at or …

City Hacks: Osaka

Hacking

5 Times A Government Agency Totally Lost Its Chill

On July 24th, Al Jazeera reported the destruction of 100,000 satellites by the Iranian authorities as part of a crackdown on devices that deviate …

The Business of Guan Xi