Find the mistake

June 5, 2015 4:34 pm  /  Asia
Find the mistake

Inspiration can be found in all shapes and sizes – Bangkok is no exception. Over the years, I have been amazed by the sheer level of creativeness within the city. Tourism has pushed competition between artisans to a whole other level : you can find everything from lifelike monk statuettes, to suits that would make Don Cherry jealous (Hockey reference, for the Canadians out there!).

The world’s most optimized metropolis

May 20, 2015 10:27 am  /  Asia
The world’s most optimized metropolis

Being a fervent admirer  – and citizen – of Hong-Kong, it is particularly hard to concede points to its closest rival, Singapore. Growing up in Hong-Kong gave me a very pampered view on cities -I became used to being in multicultural, dynamic,  and thriving environments, and would settle for nothing less. I have since lived in France, America, and Spain, and became convinced that there is no place like home. I was wrong.

Singapore brings you the best Hong-Kong has to offer, with a whole new level of creativity. It’s the embodiment of our new UI-focused economy. Everything – from public transportation to Skyscraper airflow  –  has been meticulously crafted to provide the most favorable impact to the citizens as possible. The resulting increase in air quality, and overall satisfaction make it a city to be admired, not vilified for its authoritative government.

Welcome to Singapore, the city of life.

The face of resilience

February 20, 2015 10:05 am  /  Asia
The face of resilience

While wandering around Turtle Island, I met these lovely people – a young Cambodian girl, and her grandmother. At first, it was nothing more than a business transaction – I was thirsty, they had the coconuts. After a short discussion, they were curious about my camera, and started showing me stories of their own.

The girl’s father was severely wounded during the Khmer regime, the Communist party of Kampuchea in Cambodia. Part of a fishermen family, he was expropriated during the great famine (circa 1975), and partially lost his sight after several rounds of torture. He found a way to escape and swam to Turtle Island, a secluded, uninhabited island off the coast of Cambodia. He has since founded his own family, crafted his own boat and recreated an ecosystem he now calls home.

These stories are commonplace in Asia, which has been plagued with centuries of conflicts and instability. Although demons differ in shape, size and poison, in each of its countries, you will find some of the most resilient people.

Hong-Kong-the End of an Era

November 6, 2014 6:09 am  /  Asia
Hong-Kong-the End of an Era

Hong-Kong is a magical place. It’s a city where transportation companies issue public apologies for being a couple minutes behind schedule, where companies can be registered within 24 hours, and where hospitalization costs you a flat US$10/day. Most of Hong-Kong success is directly attributable to the United Kingdom: what began as a small fisherman island became one of the world’s largest export hubs.

How did they achieve this? One answer: smart planning.

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Cambodia, Asia’s Tiger Cub

January 6, 2014 6:01 am  /  Asia, Travels
Cambodia, Asia’s Tiger Cub

While we praise the rapid growth of Asian manufacturing powerhouses, we often lose focus on countries such as Cambodia. As a whole, this country is facing an uphill battle, against corruption, child labor, and widespread poverty.

Arguably the largest contributor to the Khmer economy, tourism has been fuelling local communities with a breath of fresh air. Angkor Wat, the world’s largest temple complex, is a sight to see – not only for its architectural grandeur, but for the opportunities it creates for the local population.

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