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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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An oasis in the sky: Parkroyal on Pickering

By: Dene Mullen - Posted on: March 27, 2015 | Jet Set

Spectacular terraces brimming with plants encapsulate the ethos of one of the region’s greenest hotels

By Dene Mullen

Navigating one of Singapore’s famed hawker centres is easy enough. Up, down, up, down. Making a decision is not quite so easy. Laksa, char siew, hainanese chicken, hokkien mee. Hungry eyes begin to surreptitiously inspect other diners’ plates. Scanning for hints. Desperately seeking bee hoon.

Parkroyal on Pickering
Going green: Parkroyal on Pickering boasts 15,000 square metres of lush gardens, waterfalls and planter walls. Photo: Patrick Bingham Hall

A queue sends a clue. Twenty-five people can’t be wrong. They aren’t. The lor mee is exquisite: the noodles’ sauce is thick, sticky and a little bit sweet, just like it should be. Up, down, up, down. Searching for the exit. But that chicken rendang looks good. Oh, go on then.

Many people come to Singapore to shop, and sometimes to gawk at the most orderly, most 21st-Century city in Southeast Asia. They are missing the point. They should come to Singapore to eat. And to take their pick of some of the finest hotels in the region, of course.

Parkroyal on Pickering is a true landmark hotel in a city of landmark hotels. While passing by on Pickering Street, it is impossible not to wonder about this distinctive building, stacked like Balinese rice terraces, with foliage gushing out of every available orifice.

It is one of the region’s greenest hotels and, quite rightly, isn’t shy in flaunting it. The 300-metre-long garden walk is the closest guests will ever come to an ecological getaway in a five-star, city-centre hotel; an onsite horticulturalist is required to tend to the 15,000 square metres of greenery, which includes leafy monstera and fragrant frangipani trees. Just in case guests somehow overlook the hotel’s green credentials, each room contains a small, wooden ‘green cube’ that reminds guests of the separate recycling bins and specially calibrated water flow rate of the showers.

The rooms manage to continue the airy ambience so evident throughout the complex, with muted greens and elemental wood finishes providing a genuinely ‘organic’ feel. The 5th floor infinity pool gives unobstructed city views, while brightly coloured cabanas inspired by Chinese songbird cages provide a faultless spot to tend to stomachs bloated by lor mee and chicken rendang. This is exactly what the 21st Century should be like.

Parkroyal on Pickering
Photo: Patrick Bingham Hall

Greener than green

Parkroyal on Pickering’s green credentials run far deeper than recycling bins and green cubes. The hotel also features rain sensors to halt irrigation when rain is detected; more than half of the guestroom corridors are open-air, maximising natural light and reducing reliance on air conditioning; the car park includes charging points for hybrid vehicles; and the in-room control panel has an ‘eco’ button to raise the air conditioning by a couple of degrees.

Back to the island

One thing that Singapore does very well indeed is good, old-fashioned fun, and nowhere is it more concentrated than on Sentosa Island. Yes, it’s sanitised. Yes, it’s rather corporate. But it’s also pretty easy to forget about all that when you’re steaming down a racetrack carved into the hillside on the Skyline Luge or hurtling through corkscrews on the Battlestar Galactica dual rollercoaster at Universal Studios Singapore.

Best milkshake… ever?

Tired of Southeast Asian milkshakes that go heavy on the ice but light on the milk? Fret no longer dairy devotees, Fat Boy’s the Burger Bar is churning out some of the best shakes in the region. Thick, malty and richer than Tony Fernandes’ and Donald Trump’s imaginary lovechild, start with chocolate as your base and then add all manner of extras – peanut butter and Oreos are a good bet – to bulk it up into a true tastebud buster.

Parkroyal on Pickering
Photo: Patrick Bingham Hall

Cooking with a conscience

The superb tom yam seafood aglio olio is not the only reason for grabbing a bite at Eighteen Chefs. Founder and chef Benny Se Teo’s difficult past – he spent more than a decade in and out of prison – and his subsequent struggle to find employment inspired him to open the eatery. Now a successful chain with eight locations, Se Teo hires ex-offenders and troubled youths as he seeks to grant those on the margins a second chance.

Essentials

Tel: +65 (0)68 098 888. Website: parkroyalhotels.com/pickering. Rates: superior rooms start from SGD290 ($214) and feature views across China town and Hong Lim Park, or indulge in a spacious junior suite from SGD440 ($325). Suggested accommodation: splurge on the luxurious presidential suite, situated on the Parkroyal on Pickering’s top floor, which offers breathtaking city skyline views and a six-seat dining table.

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