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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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Top five: Backpacker activities

By: Southeast Asia Globe editorial - Posted on: November 8, 2013 | Culture & Life

There are some things that travellers just love to do, and time spent “on the road” in Southeast Asia is the perfect opportunity for them to indulge their inner goon

Becoming hirsute

The pathological need to grow a massive beard while travelling in Southeast Asia seems to afflict most men in their 20s. Shuffling around with their new accessory, these furry fools no doubt imagine that they have cultivated an aura of mystery and wisdom. In reality they have simply cultivated dramatically reduced chances of having sex. Then there are the dreadlocked guys, truly the bottom of the traveller barrel, who attempt to channel Bob Marley but end up looking more like Mick Hucknall. A tip: If you’re Australian or South African, and have a suitably surfer-type disposition, you might be able to get away with it. If your name is Alexander and you went to a private school in Sheffield, you most definitely cannot.

“Doing” countries

How many countries have you “done”? Have you been to Bali? Yes? Well, you’ve “done” Indonesia then. What about the other 16,999 islands you ask? Pfft, don’t worry about them, dude – four days in a mushroom haze on Kuta beach certainly equips you with the knowledge and experience to bestow travel advice upon other backpackers, as well as make generalisations about a nation’s 247 million inhabitants based on the barman at your guesthouse and the guy who sold you a hammock on the beach. Following Bali, fly into Kuala Lumpur for a stopover – thus rendering Malaysia “done” – on the way to Siem Reap to “do” Cambodia, and then it’s onto Thailand, where Bangkok and Koh Samui await. Southeast Asia: done.

Carrying a guitar

Passport? Check. Credit card? Check. Guidebook? Check. Cumbersome musical instrument that I can’t play? Check. Quite why certain travellers feel the need to hoist an acoustic onto their back when they hit the road is one of life’s small mysteries. They probably think it will make them more popular. After all, who wouldn’t be drawn to a troubadour who prefaces every song with, “Erm… I think that starts with a… Hmm, nope… Bear with me…” The battered axe always requires an extended tuning session before a single chord is strummed and everyone on the beach knows that, whichever song they’ve requested, all they will receive is a solemn rendition of “The House of the Rising Sun” or yet another “Wonderwall” singalong.

Eating leftovers

“You gonna finish that, bro?” comes the familiar refrain. Suddenly your new friend’s earlier claim – while everyone was ordering – that he’s “not hungry” is exposed as a falsehood of the highest order, as he snaffles stray slices of cucumber and nibbles on discarded chicken bones before wiping his hands on his Beerlao vest with a satisfied smile. Of course, his three-dollars-a-day food budget rarely stretches to such transcendent culinary wonders as the unwanted herbs left at the bottom of a Thai green curry; not when there are AK-47s out there that aren’t going to fire themselves, and drugged tigers desperate to be pictured alongside a gurning simpleton. Albeit a gurning simpleton with a full belly, on your dollar.

Getting wasted

The traveller’s raison d’etre is accomplished with such verve, such élan, that it is difficult not to applaud. With most backpackers having honed their craft in their suburban hometown, Southeast Asia represents a blank canvas that can be embellished with a vibrant pallet of vomit, blood and Red Bull. There are myriad options for getting off one’s mash but, of course, there is one concoction that stands above all others: the infamous whisky bucket. A half-litre of the cheapest local whisky, a couple of Red Bulls and a can of Coke are all that’s needed to make any traveller’s night. As subtle as a drop kick to the face, as flavoursome as a poke in the eye, as memorable as… Erm, what happened last night?

Also view:

“Top five: Universities in Southeast Asia” – Singapore and Thailand lead the way when it comes to universities in Southeast Asia

“Top 5: songs inspired by Southeast Asia” – An eclectic selection of tunes that have their roots in the region

“Top 5: superhero social commentaries” – A peek behind the masks of comic books reveals much more than catching bad guys and leaping tall buildings in a single bound

“Top 5: female film directors” – Five women who have brought a feminine touch to the male-dominated world of movie making in Southeast Asia

“All the right grooves” – How a Balinese traditional wood carver became one of the country’s finest guitar makers