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 …

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Bangkok shouldn’t be good for expats — but it is (BBC Capital)

Many expats try to overlook the more unseemly elements of life in Bangkok, like its sex industry. (Credit:Quynh Anh Nguyen/GettyImages) At face value, Bangkok shouldn’t be a great place for an expat assignment. The threat of political instability is the highest in the region, next to Indonesia. The Thai economy continues to be outshined by neighbours: growth projections for …

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No, you can’t say that: Adjusting to taboos when traveling, and a bit of Thailand

After many years of travel, I have learned, for the most part, that the usual things you carry with you on your journey -- that laundry list of gadgets, toiletries and clothes -- is not nearly as valuable abroad as having a good sense of tact. Our first steps in a new place are often …

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