Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Bangkok Airport Closed

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport Partially Closed

Breaking News
Read more on IHT

Only one day after protesters blocked, the Prime Minister's office in Bangkok, thousands of anti-Government demonstrators today blocked the main entrance of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, according to IHT. CNN furthermore reports that protesters have broken through police lines, most likely to cause flight delays tonight and tomorrow morning.

This blog will not be posting updates. Watch CNN or something...

What a map!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Wind Power in East Asia

What's the current status of wind power in Asia? Are China and india the only countries with wind turbine developments?

Why aren't any other Asian economies investing into this
green source of energy?

What do you think will hap
pen in the future?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Map of East Asia

It's time. We need to show it to you again. It's the best map of East Asia on the internet.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

What Obama will mean for East Asia

What will the election of Barack Obama mean for politics, trade and the economy of East Asia?

Who will benefit and who will not? What will Obama do with the North Korea "dilemma"? How will relations between China and the US be in the coming years? Will Obama seek to increase US foreign investments in the emerging markets (Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, etc.)?

Please share your thoughts and comments with us.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Remembering Tim Russert

Source: Wikipedia

I woke up to the sad news this morning of the death of one of my favorite journalists - particularly regarding U.S. politics - Tim Russert.

Mr. Russert collapsed during preparations for his show "Meet the Press" at the NBC studio in D.C. earlier on June 13th.

With his extremely well-informed interviews, courageous questions to politicians and straight forward explanations and analysis, he will be remembered as the creme of the crop of US journalists of our generation.

Tim, you will be missed!!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Drawing East Asia - Submit your own map

Drawing maps can be fun ... and artistic.

East Asia Blog tried it (for about 10 mins) and here's the result

It's fun, and although this was completed at a tremendous speed, it should be fun to see if any psychologists can get anything out of this....

Please submit your suggestion.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Sichuan Earthquake, Western China

A series of earthquakes shook Sichuan Province this afternoon. The strongest measured 7.8 on the richter scale. Thousands have died, with even more injuries. Our prayers and thoughts are with those who were affected by it.

Tremors from a separate earthquake shook Beijing as well, with many people experiencing dizziness. No one has reportedly been injured in the nation's capital.

Have you been affected by the earthquake? Please send any updates.

As always, we recommend that you donate to Unicef as they usually have something creative and constructive to say/do.

Thank you.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Anti-France Sentiment in China - Care-e-Fooooorrreeeee

There's a lot of anti-Franceness going on in China these days. Quite ironic, since folks in the US seem to be getting on better terms with their love-hate relationship to their ever-romantic- farmerprotesting-escargo,cheese&wine'loving- "amis". following a barrage of anti-France/French SMS messages and various chinese blogs expressing their malice towards the French following the controversial torch relay in paris last week.

So these days, some of the more active bloggers/sms writers, or readers thereof ( or just people who feel a sense of purpose or duty to protest ), are holding vigils in front of the embassy in beijing and consulates around China, while more importantly, staging demonstrations in front of Carrefour supermarkets.

Now that's great....... I used to shop there..... Not anymore. .... Nope. ....Not after the lucky person number 1,000 drove his/her shopping over my feet while I was trying to navigate through the fruit and vegatable section of this enormously popular and crowded mini-version of walmart. Yes, people love to shop there (and piss me off in the process). ... Or was it because someone stole my shopping cart within me being in the store less than 10 mins - this happened twice in a row back in March...

Therefore you can say, I'm already holding my own anti-Carrefour protest. Not in regard to anything that happened in Paris ( i don't really care about that ) but because I'm tired of being pushed around by eager shoppers. But now that people are planning to boycott carrefour, this juncture would, also ironically, be a great time to shop there! Just me and myself!!!!! ... but then again, no ......... I don't want to find my self being chased down the streets of beijing by others than your ill-tempered beijing taxi driver (another story). so in other words. I'm just avoiding carrefour all together. Nothing against my french "ami" .... I guess it's just destiny....

what do you think? Have you seen any of these protest? are you a happy carre-one-two-three-four customer, or should I say "carre-free" (家乐自由)shop-till-u-dropper?

ps. If you have something serious to say about the anti-france issue, i'm sure you can post it at some other blog. I just want to be amused, that's all :-)

Monday, March 31, 2008


What's this got to do with East Asia?
Oooops... Hey, it's a Mazda..... It's Japanese..... and the owner sold it to move to China.....
Get outta here!

Kareta Di Mana?
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Rope+Board+Bucket = Shiny Facade

All you need is a) a bucket, b) a piece of wood (any will do) and c) lots of courage.

The result: a great way to clean the windows of this Chengdu restaurant.

December 2007
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IT Markets in China

What's more important? Groceries or Printers?
Chengdu Electronics Market, Dec. 2007.
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Friday, March 21, 2008

Taiwan Elections

Today, the people of Taiwan will vote to choose their new president to succeed to controversy-ridden Chen Shui-bian, the former mayor of Taipei (Taibei). Most polls still indicate that Ma Ying-jiu is likely to win, but recent developments in Tibet could - although unlikely - cause a last minute upset in favor of DPP's Chang-ting "Frank" Hsieh (or Xie in mainland Pinyin romanization), who is the former mayor of Kaohsiung (Gaoxiong). It should be interesting to see how the Mainland will react if Hsieh wins. My take: not much, as he also supports improved ties with Beijing. The International Herald Tribune has a good "info page" for newbies on the elections:

Here are some highlights:
- 17 million eligible voters
- There will not be much time to vote: polls will only be open during an 8-hour window (between 0800-1600 Taiwan time)
- The results should become available in the evening, Taiwan time.

I've attached two pictures from the internet to this post. Can you find the difference?