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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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A Joy to Fly / 3 destinations offering unforgettable travel experiences

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Posted on: March 15, 2019 | Travel

Fly SilkAir and experience darwin’s iconic summer festival

There’s no better time to visit the tropical north of Australia than during the Darwin Festival, where a festival wonderland awaits each August. The festival celebrates the quintessential spirit and energy of Australia, transforming the city of Darwin into a place of wonderful merriment, complete with outdoor concerts and eateries.

Just picture yourself at the festival: you are relaxing under the starry night sky in Festival Park, a stretch of green nestled in the heart of the Darwin Central Business District (CBD). You are wandering through the iconic bamboo stalls and bars, taste-testing snacks and meals cooked by local chefs and pairing each dish with Australian beers and wines. After a satisfying meal, you head to the Aurora Spiegeltent to catch the show LIMBO, a thrilling mix of cabaret, circus and acrobatics ­– a show so popular, Madonna saw it twice!

At the Lighthouse, a classic open-air venue, you dance the night away while listening to the hottest contemporary bands. Alternatively, if you’re seeking a change of pace, you can simply settle into one of the many theatres around the CBD to enjoy the very best of Australian acting and comedy.

Outside of the CBD, do not forget to explore the iconic activities on offer: fishing, riding helicopters, jumping crocodile and sunset cruises are available alongside the lively shows that celebrate the joys of life.

Darwin Festival is held from 8 to 25 August 2019. Everyone is invited to experience Darwin at its finest, so bring your family and friends! Visit the Darwin Festival page at darwinfestival.org.au for the events schedule. SilkAir flies five times weekly to Darwin, so make your bookings soon in order to soak in the great atmosphere at the festival. – Neil Arriola

Diving deep with Liveaboard Maldives

Eat, dive, sleep, repeat – this was my routine for eight days straight during my Liveaboard (LOB) diving trip in the Maldives. Not only a popular holiday destination for honeymooners, the Maldives are also a paradise for scuba diving enthusiasts.

The Maldives are renowned for their abundant marine life and robust reefs. The country is a prime destination for divers interested in seeing majestic marine creatures, which include manta rays, eagle rays and white sharks.

Of all the dives we did over the course of the week, my favorite were the two night dives. During the first, which took place on the third night of the trip, we swam with manta rays. The crew set up strong floodlights to attract plankton to the stern of the boat. After a few hours of waiting, three manta rays appeared just below the boat, feeding on the plankton and swimming gracefully. It was an awe-inspiring experience, watching the manta rays gliding through the water above our heads as we dove beneath them. The next morning, we continued our tour by observing manta rays as small, “cleaner” fishes consumed the dead skin and parasites that clung to the manta rays’ bodies and gills.

On the second to last night of the trip, we arrived at the famous Shark Point dive site to feed nurse sharks, which are docile creatures that are generally harmless to humans unless provoked. The dive master spread a mixture of raw fish and blood on a rock structure in the water, and almost immediately the nurse sharks flocked to the feed, nudging their way in between divers to reach the feed. It was akin to watching the National Geographic channel, but it was completely live!

Water currents can be strong at certain dive sites, especially at the deep channel dive sites where reef sharks and eagle rays are most easily spotted, so diving in the Maldives is typically recommended for more experienced divers with Advanced Open Water certification.

SilkAir and Singapore Airlines fly to Male daily – make it your next diving destination! – Chang Jin Jen

Bandung, where music fills the air

SilkAir branding and communications executive Pamela Yeo introduces Bandung, the capital of West Java.

A Google search of Bandung will tell you to visit the natural hot springs of Kawah Putih, to sip on coffee at one of the many picturesque cafes in the city, and to experience the extensive shopping scene – which has earned Bandung the title of the “Paris of Java”.

Yet, my favourite takeaway from my three-day long trip was the endless live music that filled the city. And no – it is not just your typical pop music blasting out of the city’s sound systems.

My trip began with café-hopping along Jalan Prego, a street near the Universitas Padjadjaran, which is one of Bandung’s top universities. Trees line both sides of the street, providing shade from the sun in this quaint student town.

Every café in the area has a different theme, while the many local fashion boutiques in the city are interlaced between the local eateries. It is rare to find live music in cafes in Singapore, but in Bandung, a stage being set up for a live performance is the norm.

The light mood created by the fun and interactive musicians at Lawangwangi Creative Space – a two-hour drive into the mountains – definitely sets the bar for my future café-hopping expeditions.

At almost every pit stop, we were greeted by a two- or three-piece band – be it at a visit to the outskirts of Kawah Putih, at the many street food stalls, at the tea plantation or the city’s various convenience stores.

Some make a living from singing, while others perform as a hobby. It was a unique experience to come across live music at such a high frequency. Apparently, most of Indonesia’s professional singers, bands, orchestras, music schools and even buskers started off in the musical city of Bandung.

Other than live music and cafes, massage lovers can rejoice at the number of parlours in Bandung. I had my fair share of full-body relaxation and foot massages at Yuyuantang Reflexology in Jalan Sukajadi. Down the same road as this renowned massage parlour, you will find Kartika Sari, a bakery producing the city’s best brownies and banana cakes – sure to delight both you and your friends back home! For flight schedules and bookings, log onto silkair.com today.