SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Phantoms, Ghosts and now Wraiths are stalking the streets of Asia and Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, the chief executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, could not be more pleased.
The top-end car maker, a unit of Germany’s BMW AG (BMWG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), still sees untapped potential in China – its No. 2 market after the United States – but hot spots in Asia include Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, Mueller-Oetvoes said.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – For someone with $55 million to spare on an egg-sized diamond, the world’s most expensive necklace is on sale this month at a jewelery show in Singapore, reflecting Asia’s growing appetite for precious gems and expensive baubles.
Known as L’Incomparable, the necklace created by luxury jeweler Mouawad features a yellow, internally flawless diamond of more than 407 carats suspended from a rose gold setting that is studded with 90 white diamonds weighing nearly 230 carats.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Chinese tourists are seeking more exotic locales for their trips as the popularity of most of their top 20 destinations soars, TripAdvisor said on Tuesday, reflecting the boom by the world’s highest-spending group of travellers.
The travel website said its data on customer searches showed people from mainland China still love to go to nearby Hong Kong and Macau for getaways and shopping, but are increasingly adventurous, with holidays in Asia, Europe and North America.
SINGAPORE, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The white exterior and spartan
grey staircase of Jian Yang’s tidy rowhouse give no hint of the
shock that lies within – a pink living room floor and his
collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls.
The 33-year-old Singaporean favours minimalist decor but the
Barbies and 3,000 dolls of other kinds dominate three sides of
the main room and spill over to fill nine mirrored cabinets in
his dressing room and the shelves of his study.
SINGAPORE, July 8 (Reuters) – American engineer Shane Todd
committed suicide in Singapore last year, a coroner’s inquiry in
the city-state concluded on Monday, in a verdict at odds with
his family’s belief that he was murdered because of his work.
The case had threatened to become an issue between Singapore
and the United States as Senator Max Baucus, who represents
Todd’s home state of Montana, had pressed for more American
involvement in the investigation.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore and Malaysia could face a bigger economic impact than from their worst air pollution crisis 16 years ago if slash-and-burn fires in Indonesia continue to rage in the coming weeks, turning off tourists and raising business costs.
Restaurants, tourist attractions and some other businesses are already feeling the pain as haze envelopes the Southeast Asian neighbors, from Singapore’s upscale shopping districts to Malaysia’s popular beach resorts.
SINGAPORE/JAKARTA, June 22 (Reuters) – Air quality in
Singapore improved significantly to “moderate” pollution levels
on Saturday, as Indonesian planes waterbombed raging forest
fires and investigators scrambled to determine the cause of one
of Southeast Asia’s worst air pollution crises.
Indonesia’s environment minister said eight domestic firms
were suspected of being responsible for the blazes on Sumatra
island that blanketed neighbouring Singapore in record levels of
hazardous smog. The parent companies of the Indonesian firms
included Malaysia-listed Sime Darby and Singapore’s
SINGAPORE/JAKARTA (Reuters) – Singapore’s pollution index climbed back to “hazardous” levels and air quality deteriorated in the Malaysian capital on Saturday as Indonesia came under heavy pressure to bring fires from slash-and-burn land clearing under control.
Indonesia has deployed military planes to fight the blazes on Sumatra island from illegal burning that typically takes place in the June to September dry season to clear space for palm oil plantations. The fires are unusually widespread this year and the smog is the heaviest in Singapore’s history.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Haze from fires in Indonesia blanketing Singapore could persist for weeks or longer, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Thursday, as the smoke drove air quality to “hazardous” levels and disrupted business and travel in the region.
Illegal burning of forests and other land on Indonesia’s Sumatra island to clear space for palm oil plantations is a chronic problem during the June to September dry season.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Technology start-up companies in Southeast Asia are building momentum but need more funding and success stories to really take off, three entrepreneurs told the Reuters Global Technology Summit on Wednesday.
With 600 million people, Southeast Asia has some of the world’s fastest-growing economies, a rapidly rising middle class and an enormous hunger for smartphones and other mobile devices. But it has yet to produce a huge social media or Internet company.