Climate change refugees imperil Vietnam’s growth

International Monetary Fund estimates higher global temperatures, rising sea levels and climate-caused migration could cut growth by 10% by 2021 By Alan Boyd Climate change refugees are streaming out of Vietnam’s vital Mekong Delta agricultural region amid warnings of deep economic losses unless the government steps up its commitment to environmental sustainability. The International Monetary … Continue reading Climate change refugees imperil Vietnam’s growth

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Macau’s government – a cash machine that keeps on giving

If the annual cash payouts to residents ever stop, there might well be a social backlash By Ben Kwok To many outsiders, the people of Macau are a lucky bunch. Case in point, the government is always showering them with money. For the 11th consecutive year, Macau residents are to be given cashback. In the … Continue reading Macau’s government – a cash machine that keeps on giving

New Urban Agenda

The Asian Development Bank Institute explains the New Urban Agenda and the options for housing as more people move into cities By Matthias Helble Already more than half of the world population lives in urban areas and the trend to move to cities is expected to continue, until by 2050, the United Nations expects that … Continue reading New Urban Agenda

The Future of Agriculture – URBAN SKY-FARM

Source: APRILLI Seoul, Korea Vertical Farm, Agricultural Center Winner, Concept Category @ Green Dot Design Award 2013 Second Prize, Urban Concept Category @ Rethinking the Future 2014 Special Mention @ WT Smart City Award 2014 Finalist, Place by Design @ SXSW Eco Awards 2014   The Urban Skyfarm is a vertical farm design proposal for a site located in … Continue reading The Future of Agriculture – URBAN SKY-FARM

Little Singapore in Johor Bahru

So what makes a Little Singapore? Like all Little (something) places, it’s an extension of the society from which these people have come from, where many people from that country are found.  Perhaps one of the few Little Singapores is found around JB. Specifically City Square Mall in JB.

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The Heartlander Tourist

I’ve written about Little Manila, Little Thailand, Little Burma, Little India, Little Vietnam, Little China scattered throughout Singapore. Let’s flip things around and write about Little Singapore instead.

There are individual days in some major global cities when the Overseas Singaporean Unit brings the Singapore Day to town and Singaporeans from all over (sometimes a whole country/continent) congregate. But those are temporary events slated for a single day.

So what makes a Little Singapore? Like all Little (something) places, it’s an extension of the society from which these people have come from, where many people from that country are found.  Perhaps one of the few Little Singapores is found around JB. Specifically City Square Mall in JB.

JB City Square Mall 1Even then, this Little Singapore is one because of proximity. I don’t think many Singaporeans go to JB to meet other Singaporeans, there’s 2.5 million Singaporeans a 5…

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