ASEAN Life Vol: 3 June-July 2014

AN life #03 | Jun - Jul 2014 VIETNAM BRUNEI THAILAND CAMBODIA PHILIPPINES INDONESIA MALAYSIA BURMA LAOS SINGAPORE 9 Steps to Sell Your Home Fast Save thousands when buying home 6 things you must know before you buy a house 6 mistakes to avoid when trading up to a larger home EXOTIC, TRANQUIL, CAPTIVATING: THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF HOW TO BUY YOUR FIRST HOME VIETNAM PAGE 8 11 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE HOME INSPECTION COVER STORY The country is vibrant, radiating in the shimmering green and gold of its undulating rice paddies; beaches that glitter with sugary-white powdery sand; cities alive, vibrant and forging ahead --and along the way, their pagodas are still revered. The city attractions are exciting and intriguing, yet the most impressive are Vietnam’s spectacular landscapes. BUDI INDONESIAN HERO SOEHARDI AN SHOULD YOU OWN YOUR HOME OR RENT Page 4 In his 2009 CNN Hero of the Year video, Budi explained where the children came from. “Most of the children are left at the door of the orphanage. Most children are here because their mother passed away at childbirth, in extreme poverty, or the family had too many children… The children are not given up for adoption.” The 2015 ASEAN Integration: The Challenges, Expectations, Progress, and Outlook Page 10 Today, Southeast Asia is eyed as the region for growth opportunities in a world of economic upheavals. The ASEAN covers 10 countries and 600 million people, with $2.3 trillion combined GDP. The upcoming 2015 economic integration is purported to be a game changer. The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will create a single production base and 10 QUESTIONS YOU MUST ASK A REALTOR BEFORE YOU HIRE market, with free flow of skilled labor, investment, services, and goods. The 2015 ASEAN integration initiative envisions a consolidated entity that enables political, security, socio-cultural, financial, and economic integration. But how ready are the member countries for the planned integration and what have they done so far? The Korean Invasion: The K-pop Sub-culture and its Effects on Southeast Asia Modern communication technology has made it possible for people in different parts of the globe to access so many things virtually. One of the Asian phenomena that has been making waves world-wide is South Korean entertainment. to read this article please subscribe to In the beginning, Budi relied on his personal network for resources, such as the Fellowship of Christian Personnel, to help the orphanage. Budi made a quick list of the orphanage’s funding sources through the years. He wrote: “Average per month is 17 000 USD --- and most of them are from my salary as a pilot, from our houses that are rented out in Jakarta, room rentals generated from our house in Jakarta (so far, 11 rooms are rented out aside from the house rentals). Also from the home stay that we are managing in Kupang. 0 from the government. Occasional and adhoc donations from friends near and far. ” gold and silks, Hinduism and Buddhism into Malaysia, followed by traders from Arabia, bringing with them their Islamic practices and principles. Malaysia was already a cosmopolitan nation by the time the Portuguese arrived. Shop Over 100 Insurance Companies Auto, Motorcycle, Truck, Home, Fire, Business Insurance 1-800-281-6175 CA Dept of Insurance 0659943 8 Tips for making the most of your ira FOR MORE FREE REPORT VISIT The Hidden Treasures of Philippine Fashion THE BEAUTIFUL, COLORFUL, AND MULTICULTURAL MOSAIC OF MALAYSIA | PAGE 6 In Malaysia, different cultures have been mixing and meeting since the advent of its history, one that started 15,000 years ago in the Bujang Valley. It was the time when Indian and Chinese traders came to its shores, bringing Get a Green Card by opening a business. The Philippines, like most Southeast Asian nations, has a culture that was born out of many influences. Some of these influences are manifested in the arts, especially in fashion. The Filipino continues to create a name in the field of fashion, either as a model or as a designer. The country is known for producing rich and colorful masterpieces that range from simple garments using native materials to lavishly-decorated couture gowns.. to read this article please subscribe to | 1