The Globe as you know it is changing.
Coming June 2019

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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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Como Uma Ubud / A haven in Bali

By: Dene Mullen - Posted on: October 3, 2017 | Indonesia

A warren of stone walkways, lavish greenery and traditional thatched roofs set the mood at this holistic haven just outside central Ubud in Bali 

A sense of place

Small, stone garudas peer out from thickset foliage, giant lava stones protrude from the ground, standing guard in front of the lobby, and blocky Hindu shrines have become one with towering tropical trees. Como Uma Ubud pulls off the neat trick of offering quiet luxury while retaining its sense of place in one of Indonesia’s most spiritual towns. These Balinese touches form part of the retreat’s modern Asian aesthetic, where immaculate white loungers dot the poolside and water cascades down stylish natural stone walls, though such design elements never overshadow the gorgeous valley scenery and diverse greenery, both of which remain front and centre.

Beyond the gates

Walkways lined with green bamboo lead guests to their own set of white wooden doors, which part to reveal knockout villas split into two parts – the bedroom on one side and, across a small covered walkway, a huge bathroom with a standalone bath. Whitewashed wood and polished white terrazzo are the order of the day throughout, a design decision that brings calm to every moment spent in the villa – it would be rather difficult to be stressed here. Magnificent four-poster beds come draped in yet more white linen, while patio doors open onto small private pools just in case one requires that extra 10% in terms of unadulterated relaxation.

Feeling centred

At the heart of the property sits the 25-metre pool, surrounded by pristine lawns and shaded by towering banana trees punctuated by vivid pink kecombrang, a flower indigenous to Indonesia that is sometimes known as ‘porcelain rose’. The pool’s attendant Uma Bar is housed on the ground floor of a large balé pavilion, open on all sides, with a thatched roof and towering white pillars. Rows of reading material are joined by circular, brown leather daybeds by Balinese bespoke furniture masters Warisan to create an inviting spot for reading, thinking and leisurely drinking.

Finding provision

Kemiri restaurant is set amid some of the loveliest surroundings we’ve come across in Southeast Asia. Along with the verdant foliage that is Como Uma’s calling card, guests descend a stone staircase that overlooks a giant pond full of skittering koi in all manner of oranges and golds before being seated waterside. Breakfast is exceptional, with numerous Western à la carte options, though it’s the daily Balinese specials that stand out – grilled pork belly with a crispy fried egg and rice is still lodged firmly in our memory months after visiting.

A rush for the soul

The Como brand prides itself on its exceptional spa offerings; multiply this with a location in Ubud – arguably the yoga capital of the world – and Como Uma performs exceptionally in the wellness stakes. Free yoga sessions take place in a pavilion with sweeping views of the lush Tjampuhan valley and a soundtrack provided by the rushing Oos river 100 metres below, while Como’s signature treatments include everything from Asian-inspired massages to herbal soaks.