First time I’ve seen a place in #Singapore where you can just throw trashes on the floor. 🙂 thanks to. @nicoleowx! (at Emerald Hill No 5)

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Beauty in East Asia means skincare, while in SEA it’s makeup: Hakuhodo

Interested in Asia? I found this interesting article from Campaignsasia.com that might be helpful.

ASIA-PACIFIC- East Asian women focus more on skincare, while makeup takes precedence in Southeast Asia, according to a Hakuhodo study on the perception of beauty products across 14 Asian cities.

Part of its Global Habit survey, which conducts around 900 interviews in each of 34 cities (more than 1,000 interviews in China and in India), this report spans 14 Asian cities in East Asia (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea), Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore) and India. 

The report polled the use of 21 beauty products including skincare and makeup and found that more than half were used by at least 50 per cent of women in Seoul, Hong Kong and Taipei. Women in Seoul use the most beauty products by far, with more than 50 per cent using 18 of the 21 products. At the other end of the spectrum, women in three Chinese cities, Southeast Asia and two Indian cities are limited to a few basic items.

One product stood out as almost universally used. Around 90 per cent of women in East Asia use facial cleansers and more than 70 per cent in Southeast Asia (except Jakarta where the figure is still above 60 per cent). Regionally, the lowest use of cleansers is in India, where only 40 per cent of women use them. 

Across Asia, Japan and Korea lead beauty fashions and trends. In Hong Kong and Taipei, women look to Japan more than local trends, but in Southeast Asia, beauty trends from Korea the West lead the way, particularly among younger women.

In China, Japan and Korea have roughly the same degree of influence in Guangzhou, while Korean beauty is the archetype in Shanghai and Beijing.

When it comes to choosing beauty products, price is a factor across all markets. This is combined in Hong Kong and Taipei with a demand for high quality. In Seoul, women care about brand reputation and environmental friendliness—a point of difference for the city. 

In China, women care about brand image, but also convenience and service, particularly in Beijing. In Southeast Asia, women in Vietnam prioritise packaging, Malaysian women require ease-of-use, and in Bangkok, innovation tempts women into buying. 

Son Tinh & Vietnam Beers

Beers are important part of a human’s life! (Please forgive that very biased statement! Haha) 

And as I explore Vietnam from South to North, please forgive me, but I didn’t find any difference between Saigon Beer and Hanoi Beer (and Saigon Beer Green and Red!). But I do find their difference among other beers that I’ve tried, they’re lighter and easy to drink. 🙂

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They’re the kind of beer that I would enjoy having in every meal, something to look forward to in every visit to Vietnam.

When we were in Hanoi, one of our friends invited us for a dinner in Highway 4. It was not just the weird food that I like about that Christmas Eve dinner but it was also the good company and the Son Tinh Premium Rice Spirits. It’s like a mixture of traditional and novel taste that complimented to the very fine Vietnamese food. I hope that this liquor will be one of Hanoi’s future tradition and that you’ll remember to try as you explore Hanoi.

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Fashionably Asian

I love being Asian. I love being Southeast Asian more because there’s something unique in ASEAN’s traditional clothes that I find so elegant and full of characters and stories of the past.

Fortunately, I met some interesting beautiful ladies that continuously sharing and wearing their love for their Southeast Asian culture. 

CAMBODIAN SILK.

Please don’t sue me for taking Jessica’s photo from her blog. Please. Jessicat fans. 🙂

I love Jessica. She’s a very vibrant, fun and smart (and hot!) Malaysian. I like how she tells her adventures everyday and of course meeting her personally is a different story, conversations are longer and more fun!

In the photo above, she’s wearing a handmade printed dress from Cambodia. Check out more of her fun adventures and style at http://thejessicat.com or in twitter: @ImTheJessicat.

INDONESIAN BATIK.

Don’t be deceived by the beautiful smile, she’s tougher than you think she is. Chichi is a very pretty legal counsel, blogger and my morning ritual buddy (Why do you straighten your hair and I curl mine? Haha). A day with Chichi means a day of non-stop laughter and conversation. 

She’s wearing her casual batik dress which I want to have (though I like this more. Can I have it Chi? haha)! 

Don’t miss things about Indonesia and Indonesian fashion & lifestyle by following Chichi at http://chichiutami.com or in twitter: @ChicMe.

BURMESE LONGYI.

Yatanar is a sophisticated young lady, full of energy and opinion. The first thing I love about her when we met was her eyes, then her shoes. Haha. Yatanar is wearing Burma’s traditional skirt, longyi, which I need to see and have for myself soon! 🙂

Don’t miss the latest in Myanmar’s blogging community, follow Yatanar in twitter: .

These ladies are definitely conquering the world in style, well, Southeast Asian style. So here’s my current ASEAN Style addiction. What’s yours?

This is my favorite suspense thriller travel video so far. Haha. I think it’s totally not making any sense but I just really love the fun. It was actually our anniversary trip last February and while in an island in Palawan, we just got so hooked in video editing that we even had a competition between the two of us. 🙂

Well, I like how Taku composed his video but mine was reblogged by Club Paradise (the island resort we’ve been) so I think I won. LOL.