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ASIAN Geographic Issue 1 - 2015

ASIAN Geographic is the bi-monthly magazine that scours the region to bring readers the most compelling stories and images from the world's largest and most diverse continent. Readers enjoy a unique melting pot of breathtaking photography and in-depth features covering culture, nature, sustainability issues and exploration into the history of this diverse region. A regular 'Exploration' segment follows brave field editors as they travel deep into Asia's unexplored regions to take readers on a journey.

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Singapore
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English
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Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd
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1 min.
the 2004 indian ocean tsunami

What seemed like an ordinary Sunday on December 26, 2004, unfolded into a series of killer waves, wreaking untold devastation on a wide swath of coastline starting from Sumatra, Indonesia and reaching as far as Somalia in East Africa. One of the deadliest natural disasters in history, the South Asian tsunami was set off by a massive undersea earthquake, a few minutes before 8am local time. The magnitude-9.1 quake was the result of a 1,200-kilometre-long rupture along the seafloor southeast of Banda Aceh, the capital of the province of Aceh, Indonesia. While most earthquakes last only a matter of seconds, this massive earthquake endured for several minutes, triggering other earthquakes as far away as Alaska and causing the entire planet to move at least a few centimetres. Within a few hours, huge…

5 min.
nature’s lightning shows

My name is Jacci Ingham from Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory. I am a local Nature photographer and storm chaser who has a passion for Northern Australia’s weather and the great outdoors. Since I was a child, I used to dive into non-fiction books about climate and weather, the type of books that may be considered unusual for a 10-year-old to be so engrossed in. I have always been captivated by the mysterious nature of thunderstorms – they can be both frightening, yet very beautiful at the same time. My passion for photography comes from my fascination with Nature and an artistic side that I have had since birth. I have grown up in the Territory for most of my life and have spent half of it living in Darwin, the Northern…

5 min.
when bombay became mumbai the conscience of a city

Beautiful Bombay, the city of my childhood. I lived in an old bungalow on Cuffe Parade. Across the road were mangrove swamps, and there was an elevated pavement where my parents and I would take our dogs for an after-dinner walk. As we enjoyed the sea breeze, we could see Marine Drive and the entire bay. In today’s Mumbai, the bungalows of Cuffe Parade have disappeared, as have the mangrove swamps. Land has been reclaimed and filled with high-rise buildings, and both the view and the elevated pavement are gone. In many ways, this one street reflects the massive changes that have occurred in the city of Bombay as it changed to Mumbai. From a population of around three million in the early 1960s to 22 million today, this megacity has seen…

1 min.
top 5 products in mumbai

1 BOLLYWOOD MEMORABILIA Mumbai being the epicentre of the massive, immensely popular movie industry known as Bollywood, buying trinkets such as vintage posters, collector’s edition DVDs and T-shirts make for a unique souvenir iconic of Mumbai. Some stores even go to great lengths to produce trinkets, clothes and jewellery inspired by Bollywood fashion trends. 2 BOUTIQUE FASHION Mumbai is the country’s trendsetter when it comes to fashion. From stylish tunics and intricately beaded handbags to classy sandals and striking scarves, the offerings at Mumbai’s boutique stores are a fashionista’s dream. For those with more modest wallets, the bazaars of Mumbai aren’t far behind, with all the latest fashions up for grabs. 3 WOOD CARVINGS Places such as Mahim and Bandra Market in Mumbai are home to traditional woodcrafters and woodwork shops, offering intricately made wood…

6 min.
avalanche

I first learnt of avalanches and their dangers on a hot summer’s day, eager and ready to climb a volcano. There on the flanks of the mountain soaring above us, the icefalls and glacier mass glinted in the sun. Slightly brighter, but less crystalline, the fresh snow of the last few days decorated the mountain in an uneven coat. Avalanches had, until then, seemed like such an abstract concept, but we could see the conditions clearly: there were loose slabs of snow hundreds of metres long, clearly delineated by cracks and poised to slide down and bury anything below. We didn’t need to see the slabs themselves, however, to know that the risk of avalanches was high. Weather and terrain conditions guided our decision, as well as some official advice from…

1 min.
how it all began

2000 BC Frozen syrup is created in China using snow and salt as freezing agents. 500 BC The Persian Empire is introduced to frozen desserts via trade with China. The word “sorbet” comes from the Arabic sariba, which means, “to drink”. 400 BC The Arabs begin using milk and sugar as major ingredients in ice cream. They also invent a dessert made with rose water and vermicelli called faludeh. 200 BC The Chinese create another variation of ice cream, with milk, overcooked rice and spices, packed in snow to freeze. 8th century Sorbet is introduced to Italy when the Arabs conquer the island of Sicily, giving rise to the famous, semi-frozen Italian dessert granita. 10th century From being a luxury food for the elite, ice cream becomes widespread among many major Arab cities, including Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo. 16th century In Italy, sorbet…