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

  • More thought provoking stories that inspire
  • Independent, free and member supported
  • Vote for, pitch and commission stories
  • Member engagement with our journalists
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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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Ubud’s best places to eat, drink, shop and sleep

Posted on: March 23, 2017 | Featured

Our favourite spots in Bali’s cultural capital

The Night Rooster

Drink – The Night Rooster

When the guys at Locavore – often called Indonesia’s top restaurant – were looking for a head bartender, they never expected someone as uniquely talented as Raka Ambarawan. It was quickly decided that Raka’s creations deserved their own platform, and the Night Rooster was born. With unlabelled jars full of Raka’s fermented wonders lining the bar, each cocktail here continues Locavore’s concept of presenting local flavours in thrilling new ways. Try the Ashes, a robust concoction that includes Bulleit rye whiskey, Ketel One vodka and homemade fortified wine, and is served alongside a burning pine cone.


Eat – Indus

Is there a restaurant in Southeast Asia with better views than Indus? The competition is fierce, but we can’t think of too many. Set in an achingly beautiful Balinese villa – all crumbling statues and stone steps leading to romantic alcoves – Indus gazes out across a glistening valley of ridges and hills that seems to never end. The menu offers classic dishes from across the archipelago, with a focus on flavour rather than flamboyance. First timers can’t go wrong with the nasi campur – essentially a one-plate tasting menu that presents a variety of mains and sides huddled around a rice centrepiece.


Shop – WE’AR

When one goes to Ubud, one is expected to yoga – and there are few better options than WE’AR when it comes to supple, dynamic clothing. “Designed with movement in mind” is one of the brand’s mantras, but its output also takes in everything from jeans to jumpsuits. All of the clothing is made from ‘eco-preferred’ materials, meaning the environmental, health and social impacts of their growth and processing have been taken into consideration. WE’AR has three outlets in Bali, with the Ubud outpost situated almost at the confluence of two of the town’s biggest browsing streets: Jalan Hanoman and Jalan Monkey Forest.

The Kayon Resort

Stay – The Kayon Resort

In a destination bursting with luxury-branded resorts, the Kayon stands out for its independence and the personal touches that come with that. Perched high amid tropical rainforest, where the misty jungle is close enough to touch from your balcony, this resort, with its rustic-luxe villas, is soundtracked by the blissful hiss of the Petanu river, which runs alongside it. The River Edge Pool Villas, which blend local stone and whitewashed teak on the inside with private pools peering over the river on the outside, are the pick of the accommodation options.

Room 4 Dessert

Indulge – Room 4 Dessert

Celebrated pastry chef Will Goldfarb’s previous dessert bar in New York was the talk of the town before it closed unceremoniously in 2007 due to a clash with investors. But the Big Apple’s loss has been Ubud’s gain, and the sweet kitchen creations at Room 4 Dessert are as fantastical as one might expect from a chef who spent more than a year at El Bulli, the revered home of molecular gastronomy. On our visit the standout was named Infance, a sweet, tangy, chewy ensemble of toasted gelato, marshmallow, rice crispy, frangipani and fresh strawberry.