• Gift-giving Culture in Asia

    December 24, 2018

    As we head into the festive season, we take a look at cultural differences when it comes to gift-giving in Asia. In most western countries, Christmas is the biggest holiday of the year. Beyond the midnight masses, decorated trees and carols, the holiday is known mostly for giving (and getting!) gifts. But beyond Christmas and birthdays, gifts aren’t really a

  • Food Driving Travel

    December 4, 2018

    Prawn Amok, Cambodia There are a number of things that are common to the human experience, but none has such an intense and ongoing fascination as food. Over the past several decades (and especially in the past few years) food has moved from a boring staple to a dynamic art form. (A similar assessment can be made of travel moving

  • Crazy Rich in Asia?

    November 5, 2018

    You might not be a crazy rich Asian, but you can act like one. If you’re one of those who pay attention to the global box office, you may have heard of the recent smash hit movie Crazy Rich Asians. It’s actually a fairly important movie, because it’s the first major Hollywood film with an all-Asian cast since the Joy

  • Best Season to Visit Southeast Asia?

    October 2, 2018

    When you’re off gallivanting around sipping G&Ts in a hammock on a beach (also known as doing research), it’s easy to lose track of – among other things such as time – the importance of actual networking. So, off Smiling Albino went to the fantastic PURE Life Experiences travel conference in Marrakech, Morocco, where we got caught up on catching

  • Redefining Hospitality

    September 10, 2018

    When one thinks of five-star hospitality, it often brings up images of decadent luxury, pillow menus, personal waiters, and perks that you simply don’t get in day-to-day life. Lobsters and peeled grapes, chauffeured cars and business class seats… sure, all of these things will make one feel like a king or queen, but we believe that hospitality is a very