The self-help gurus trading advice and inspiration for cash (Southeast Asia Globe)

The region’s swelling middle class is fuelling a rise in Southeast Asian self-help gurus dispensing motivation and advice Like many Filipinos her age in Manila, 24-year-old Maureen Usacdin wrestles with the daily struggles of city life. First, there is the notorious traffic, which pollutes her lungs and only promises to worsen as people pile into Metro Manilafaster than…

Education Malaysia: Formal Mondays

IN one of those “through the looking glass” moments I get being an expat in Asia, I was handed a student guide last week which outlined the enforcement of a “Formal Day” every Monday at the university in Kuala Lumpur I am (thankfully) leaving soon. The  rules of Formal Monday instantly struck me as being…

Kindergarten Commando

Fall in soldiers! Give me twenty — and while you’re at it, bring me those crayons. No. These tiny tots in fatigues aren’t gearing up for the front line (yet). “Nanjing Experimental Military Playground in Shanghai” is a kindergarten located on Julu Road that aims at disciplining all those punks you’ve been hearing about who…