In the decade since Zygmunt Bauman made this comment about the ubiquity of the term "globalisation", the word has shown no signs of disappearing. The term is particularly prevalent in the context of the global financial crisis of 2008-09. We would thus agree with Bauman that globalisation is one of the catchwords of the age, and that no one is free from the effects of global processes. Where we feel further discussion is needed, however, concerns the question of whether globalisation"affects us all in the same measure and in the same way" (Bauman, 1998, p. 1). We argue that the precise effects of globalisation can only be understood through fine-grained research in localised sites. We are interested in how global processes play out in specific sites in East and Southeast Asia; focusing on local, interpersonal, intimate and, most specifically, embodied levels.