BALUCHAR, BANGLADESH: When Mohd Yusof came up to speak to us out of the blue, my younger colleague Chiew Tong burst into hysterical laughter. “I’m so shook,” she declared her excitement in typical Millennial speak.By this time, we were halfway through our production trip in Bangladesh and had gotten used to curious locals approaching us with questions about where we were from and what we were doing. What set Yusof apart from them was the accent. We did not expect - at the end of a long day in a small riverside village 30km south of Dhaka - to suddenly get a dose of home from a man who looked typically Bangladeshi but spoke fluent Singlish, ah beng-style. “I've worked in Singapore for almost ten years mah,” he explained, drawing another guffaw from Chiew Tong. In retrospect, we should not have been surprised. Baluchar, with a population of 100,000, may be a rural backwater, but one in three adult males here work abroad. And … [Read more...] about How Singapore left its mark on a backwater village in Bangladesh
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia saw an 18% year-on-year increase in cross-border capital for commercial property investments in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, placing it in the top 10 countries in Asia Pacific, according to independent global property consultancy Knight Frank’s 2019 edition of its flagship report, Active Capital. Knight Frank Malaysia executive director of capital markets James Buckley said overseas investors are carefully watching the progress of the new government who have made some encouraging progress in tackling corruption and cutting costs, particularly the renegotiation of Chinese-backed infrastructure projects. “With high supply in the office and retail sectors, we are particularly focused on alternative real estate sectors such as car parking, educational and logistics investment properties where the fundamentals are stronger. We have also seen good demand from overseas groups for hospitality assets. We anticipate that there will be increasing … [Read more...] about M’sia major cross-border capital recipient
Business More American millennials now subscribe to a video game service than to a traditional paid television service, according to a survey on Monday, as consumers favour new forms of entertainment that are shifting the broader media landscape. 11 Jun 2019 03:20AM (Updated: 11 Jun 2019 03:20AM) Bookmark NEW YORK: More American millennials now subscribe to a video game service than to a traditional paid television service, according to a survey on Monday, as consumers favour new forms of entertainment that are shifting the broader media landscape.About 53per cent of people born between 1983 and 1996 now pay for gaming services, versus 51per cent who pay for television, according to a survey from the accounting and professional services firm Deloitte.That is compared with Deloitte's survey last year, in which paid subscriptions among millennials werUSAe 44per cent for video games and 52per cent for television.Paid television through cable, satellite or fibre - for instance … [Read more...] about US millennials prefer video games to traditional pay TV
Excessive screen time: How bad for children? Is too much viewing of electronic screens bad for children? Yes, said the World Health Organization in a recent report. Yet it only partly answered the question. Screen time was correlated with quality sleep and activity for kids less than age five. “More is better,” a WHO panel of experts noted of restful sleep and physical movement for infants to toddlers. In sedentary moments, reading and storytelling with the caregiver was preferred. “Children under five must spend less time sitting and watching screens or restrained in seats,” WHO prescribed. “They should get quality sleep and time for active play if they are to grow up healthy.” Conversely, “less is better,” WHO said of viewing gadgets, playing videogames, and watching television. No more than one hour a day was recommended for the under-five age group. WHO frowned on more than an hour of restraint in prams, … [Read more...] about Excessive screen time: How bad for children?
After crying myself to sleep the first few nights, I soon learned to revel in my new persona — that of a superhero on a mission to eradicate shoplifters. Hockey player Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” The fact that he was from Canada is incidental and had no bearing on the unbelievable decision I made when I moved there two years ago. I felt life was, indeed, a sport, and so, armed with Mr. Gretzky’s wisdom, I took a deep breath and went for the shot. Not many people would, at midlife, uproot themselves from an already comfortable environment, not to mention a highly successful career and reasonable standing in Manila society, and attempt to create a new life from scratch. Never mind that the target destination was a First World country. The operative word here is “midlife” — when ways are set, habits formed and learning new tricks is a painful process. I was working for the biggest lifestyle … [Read more...] about From glam fashion maven to… OMG, a brave new life