Just a comment on shopping Asia...Hong Kong specificly.
We were in Hong Kong for 2 full weeks...went everywhere...Great place, had a wonderful time, but NO bargains, not even from street venders. We found it to be very much like shopping in Europe. A very nice selection of goods, excellent quality, beautiful European style clothes and shoes. Hong Kong is about 8months to a year ahead of the U.S. in what is the latest styles...but there were no bargains!
We then flew for a quick tour of Manila in the Philippines. We stayed in the Makati district, which is a commercial/business area. We found some GREAT finds and good prices on everything. Much, much better than Hong Kong!
Some friends who just recently visited Singpore, said prices there were also very good.