Nomura Turns Positive on India Stocks as Headwinds Subside

Published on June 27, 2011. India’s economic headwinds are starting to “subside,” prompting Nomura Holdings Inc. to turn positive on the market on a one-year view. The brokerage is changing its “bearish” stance on the market amid the “significant” underperformance of Indian stocks this year and as inflation momentum shows signs of slowing, analysts led […]

Morgan Stanley Lifts Emerging-Market Equity Allocation

Published on July 4, 2011, and picked up by Financial Post and Today SG. Emerging-market investors should raise their stock holdings, Morgan Stanley said, citing “attractive” valuations and the prospects of a “stronger” second-half performance for Asian and developing-nation shares. The brokerage lifted its equity allocation to 56 percent of assets from the 54 percent […]

Indonesia Earnings Growth Spurs World’s Priciest Stocks as BRICs Retreat

Published on August 4, 2011. In a year when stocks around the world are getting cheaper, Indonesian shares are growing more expensive as surging profits lure Asia’s biggest investors. The Jakarta Composite Index’s 11 percent advance this year lifted its valuation to 15 times estimated profit, the highest level among 45 benchmark stock gauges tracked […]

Singapore’s Cost of Living Overtakes Hong Kong for First Time, Mercer Says

Published on July 12, 2011. Singapore overtook Hong Kong as a more expensive city for expatriates for the first time, driven by a stronger currency and higher rents, according to Mercer’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey. The island-nation was ranked the eighth-most expensive city worldwide, rising from the 11th spot last year following a “substantial […]

Bakrieland Says Dubai World Unit May Exit From Jakarta Real Estate Project

Published on June 22, 2011, and picked up by BusinessWeek, The Jakarta Globe and ArabianBusiness.com. PT Bakrieland Development, Indonesia’s second-biggest property developer by assets, said its partner Dubai World may pull out of a real estate project in Jakarta and expects a decision within three months. Limitless LLC, a property developer owned by Dubai World, […]

Loveliest Vision Far: Didit Hediprasetyo

A tribute to the feminine figure, Didit Hediprasetyo’s premier fashion show in the salons of Hôtel de Crillon in Paris showed a rare sophistication.

Published as the Fashion Special feature in PRESTIGE Indonesia, July 2010.

Where The Heart Is: Kitchenette

Published as the Dining feature in PRESTIGE Indonesia, June 2010. Kitchenette, the newest offering from Ismaya Group, aims to create that pleasant feeling of eating in the home of a good friend who also happens to be an excellent chef, writes Yudith Ho. With celebrated ventures like Social House and Blowfish already under its belt, […]

Reclaiming a Heritage: Aimee Dawis

Published as the Personality feature in PRESTIGE Indonesia, May 2010. Communications expert Aimee Dawis has dedicated her life to teaching and improving education in Indonesia. Recently, she published an important book about the Chinese-Indonesian community, writes Yudith Ho. “What happened to the Chinese-Indonesian community in May 1998 was terrible, but we should be more concerned […]

When Giving Becomes a Distraction In Indonesia’s Fight Against Poverty

Published in the Opinion column of The Jakarta Globe, September 24, 2009 On Monday, Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo hosted a major Idul Fitri charity event that involved 6,000 bags of essential goods and a total of Rp 240 million in cash handouts to be distributed among those who came to City Hall. Surely there were […]

Enchanted Toy Store: The Magic of Being a Child

Gloria Mills is the buyer and one of the founders of Enchanted, a toy store in the Upper East Side that strictly stocks no electronics or plastic. “Electronics, like game boys, are didactic. They tell the children what to do,” she says. “But with a dollhouse, you can turn it into a garage or a […]

Love Child: Cinta Laura Exclusive

Published in DA MAN magazine, August-September 2010 issue. Cinta Laura Kiehl found herself in showbiz via a series of fortunate events that began with a very unfortunate one. Five years ago, Cinta had an appendicitis attack, forcing her to rest for several months from her serious training as a budding swimmer and prodigious young basketball […]

Ringing up Memories of Brassies

Peter Warns is a member of the third generation of a family that has been buying, selling and restoring antique brass cash registers for decades. These “old brassies” are now treasured for their history and beauty as they were for their innovation and function almost a century ago. Read more about it at the New […]

Learning to live alongside coyotes

Published in The Riverdale Press, January 26, 2011 Coyote sightings have become a norm in and around Riverdale and on Saturday, Frank Vincenti, president of the Wild Dog Foundation, a non-profit wildlife education group, set out to explain how to live in harmony with them. As part of a presentation he gave in Central Park […]