Focus Asia-Pacific

Asia's business, history, technologies and trends.

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Focus Asia-Pacific

Covering Asia's business, technology and trends so you can travel and do business with ease.


Monday Sep 12, 2022

Two stand-out countries in Southeast Asia are Vietnam and Maylaysia, however, both are vastly different from one another. Vietnam is a fast-growing developing nation whereas Maylaysia is more developed, more diverse, and outfitted with modern intrastructure. Gerry of Nomad Elite has spent much time in both countries, so I wanted to get his opinion on the pros and cons of each country so you can decide which country is a better fit for yourself.  

Sunday Aug 21, 2022

Gerry didn't have much going for himself at a young age. He grew up in a small town in Austria and dropped out of school at age 15. He worked at dead-end jobs including as a waiter, at McDonald's fast-food, and bagging groceries at his local supermarket. A friend introduced him to digital marketing where he learned the ropes and eventually traveled the world building a million dollar digital marketing agency as a digital nomad. Meet Gerry of Nomad Elite and learn his extraordinary story against all odds!  

Wednesday Aug 03, 2022

Tin Nguyen had a typical immigrant story growing up in America, where early in life he pursued academics which lead him to attending The Citadel, a prestigious military college in South Carolina. After a brief military career fighting in Afganistan and Iraq, he worked as an FBI agent. His police work lead him into cybersecurity, and Tin ended up moving to Saigon to co-found a Polarisec, a cybersecurity company in Southeast Asia. I sat down with Tin to learn more about his intriguing story.  

Sunday Jul 31, 2022

Long-term Saigon residents must decide what's the most suitable area to live. Most foreigners choose to live in Thao Dien, the expat community. Some people hate it; some people love it.  Today, Guillaume and I discuss the pros and cons to help you decide if its the right place for you.

Sunday Jul 24, 2022

Despite attending high school and college in the USA, Huy Le decided to move back to his native Saigon, Vietnam after college graduation. Hear why he chose to move back, rather than stay and look for a job in the US. Huy also discusses what he likes and dislikes about each country.

Sunday Jul 17, 2022

Phan Thiet and Mui Ne are two coastal towns over overlooked by many tourists. Guillaume and I discuss what is there to see and do.

Saturday Jun 04, 2022

May witnessed the White House's full-court outreach to Asia, first with the US-ASEAN special summit held in Washington D.C., followed by President Biden's overseas trip to South Korea and Japan where the US unveiled the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework. What does all of this mean and will it be effective? Andrew Hupert of Globalization2.0 and I discuss these issues and what recent events mean for US-Asian relations.    

Sunday May 15, 2022

US President Joe Biden hosted the US-ASEAN special summit last Thursday and Friday, May 12-13 in Washington, D.C. Here are my key take aways and analysis from the two-day conference.  

Sunday May 08, 2022

Since becoming a digital nomad in 2015, CJ explains why Saigon is the best city in Southeast Asia. He discusses the pros and cons of living in Vietnam's largest city and gives his advice for those just starting their journey.

Sunday Mar 20, 2022

Thai Binh and nearby Nam Dinh are two provincinces and towns near the Red River valley, the birthplace of Vietnamese culture nearly 2,500 years ago.  I took the two hour car ride from Hanoi and stayed over night to conduct a factory too. The following is a summary of trip and impressions of this city and region.    

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