A rose by any other name... is still a rose. And so's the skin cream you've just spent a fortune on.
Judging by what I've been reading online, BB creams, an all-in-one treatment/moisturizer/makeup/sunscreen mashup that first gained popularity among Korean actresses and starlets and is now used by almost every other gal in North and Southeast Asia, is officially THE next big thing in cosmetics in the West. The popularity of BB Cream--the BB stands for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm depending on you speak with--is easy to understand. It's light, makes one feel and look great, and saves time, replacing 2 or more products with just one. That it's been touted as an "Asian miracle cream" also adds to the hype and cult appeal.
Myanmar has been pretty prominent in headlines around the world this past week for two reasons. The first is the recent trip to Thailand made by Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi--her first overseas trip in 24 years. The second is the discovery of a small primate fossil that is challenging the idea that, as some pop pundits love to decree, that we all originally hailed from Africa.
Growing up in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s, "made in Asia" always held a less than positive connotation. Back then, most people believed--mostly because of poorly-made electronics, cheap toys, cars that constantly broke down, and knock-offs--that anything coming out of Asia was simply sub-par.
Two weeks ago, the happiest place on earth got a whole lot happier. Tokyo Disneyland, in a move that surprised and delighted thousands across Asia, announced their support of gay marriages. While gay marriage is not currently legal in Japan, nor anywhere else in Asia, Mickey and his friends will, from now on, allow any gay couple to host their marriage ceremony on the grounds of the theme park and its resort.
Aun Koh is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Ate Group. Originally founded in Singapore in 2006 as a boutique consultancy providing lifestyle companies with innovative solutions for their communications and marketing needs, Ate has since grown into one of Singapore’s most dynamic and creative organizations. Today, Ate consists of 3 different private limited companies. Ate Integrated Communications; Ate Digital provides digital; and Ate Ideas.
Aun has worked for some of the world’s most well-reputed media properties, including the International Herald Tribune and Newsweek, and has also launched several impressive publications, including EAST magazine, an Asian regional lifestyle publication, and Shopping!, which won a Gold Medal for Best in Design at Publish Asia 2002. East, which was distributed across 13 countries, was called “Asia’s hippest magazine” by Asiaweek and “an Asian Vanity Fair” by Fortune.
Between 2004 and 2006, Aun ran the visual arts and literary arts divisions for the National Arts Council Singapore. Some of the projects that he oversaw include the Singapore pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the Singapore Biennale, and the Singapore Writers Festival.
Aun has covered the hospitality and F&B industries throughout his career. In 2005 and 2006, he researched and wrote all of the essays on hotel trends for Institutional Investor’s annual hardback World’s Best Hotels. In 2006, he helped write SingaporeChic. Aun has written three cookbooks, two for acclaimed and award-winning hotels or hotel groups (Six Senses and Chiva-Som). He also runs one of Southeast Asia’s most popular food blogs, Chubby Hubby (www.chubbyhubby.net), which at its peak got over 3 million hits a month from over 90,000 unique visitors.