Alastair Hughes Freelance
Stories by this contributor.
11 January 2013
This is my fifth Christmas of turkey with rice and soy sauce, as I reflect back on another 12 months in the Asia- Pacific real estate market and think forward to 2013.
06 January 2012
This is my fourth Christmas in Asia and I am learning that the property markets out here don’t stand still for very long — 2009 was an earth-scorching “bust” when values fell by up to 60%; 2010 enjoyed a rapid recovery when office rents rose by 40% in some markets.
17 December 2010
When I moved to Asia in December 2008, the markets were in freefall. The west’s financial typhoon had crossed the Pacific, wrecking Asia’s export market
15 December 2000
When I first saw Stanley Kubrick's futuristic film 2001: A Space Odyssey, I was just a lad and couldn't believe that such a distant year would ever arrive.But in just a few weeks, scarily enough, I will be toasting 2001 along with the rest of you.Looking back, I can now see why an internet year is described as the equivalent to three months of 'earth time'. On that basis, my virtual self has certainly aged fourfold since December 1999, an effect which unfortunately seems to be rubbin