Gains in the region came off the back of the surge on Wall Street in the last session. All three major U.S. stock indexes recorded gains of around 1.7 percent on the release of robust jobs data. The Nasdaq composite, in particular, hit both intraday and closing highs on Friday.
Data released on Friday showed that the U.S. economy added 313,000 jobs last month, above a forecast of 200,000 in a Reuters poll. Wage growth, however, rose 2.6 percent on an annualized basis, coming in below expectations.
The solid job creation numbers and lower-than-expected wage growth eased worries about the Federal Reserve's rate hike trajectory.
"Fears of four rate hikes from the Fed this year have receded while risk sentiment is back firmly in the ascendancy — for now at least," Ray Attrill, head of FX strategy at National Australia Bank, wrote in a morning note.
In currencies, the dollar index, which tracks the U.S. currency against a basket of rivals, traded at 90.034 at 3:15 p.m. HK/SIN.
Against the safe-haven yen, the dollar was a touch softer at 106.63, having gained last week on geopolitical developments concerning U.S.-North Korea ties. The Japanese currency also came likely came under pressure after comments from Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Friday were seen as dovish by markets.
The Australian dollar last traded at $0.7870.
On the commodities front, oil prices gave up some gains after bouncing in the last session from recent declines. U.S. West Texas Intermediate slipped 0.23 percent to trade at $61.90 per barrel after settling more than 3 percent higher on Friday. Brent crude futures shed 0.15 percent to trade at $65.39.
In individual stocks, Newcrest Mining fell 4.59 percent after the company said in an update that its fiscal 2018 guidance would be "adversely" impacted after identifying a breakthrough of tailings material at its Cadia mine.
Elsewhere, shares of Prada listed in Hong Kong bounced 14.2 percent by 3:28 p.m. HK/SIN after the luxury retailer said it expected to return to growth this year.
Meanwhile, Singapore-listed Noble Group surged 27.07 percent by 3:17 p.m. HK/SIN. The company said in a release that it had not paid the coupon due Mar. 9, 2018, with respect to $750 million notes due on Mar. 9, 2022.