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ASIAN Geographic 4/2019

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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8 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s note

“The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it, but is always breaking away from the present moment, and losing itself in schemes of future felicity... The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.” Samuel Johnson The momentous 20th year of ASIAN Geographic has sneaked up on us like the restless musings of a curious mind, miraculously taking shape on the whims of a flight of fancy. Over the past two decades, our curiosities have taken us from the meadows of Mongolia to the beautiful peaks of Mount Cook. In our journey through Asia, we have not tethered ourselves to the tried-and-tested but to our inner curiosities about life itself. How does behaviour evolve and change through the prisms…

1 min
asia without borders

In conjunction with celebrating 20 years of bringing Asia to the world, ASIAN Geographic is honouring the outstanding Asian brands that have made their presence felt in the region. As part of our celebrations, we are giving recognition to Asia’s best and most-voted local brands that are both innovative and transformative, and well poised to achieve greater growth in Asia and beyond. The most-voted brands will be lauded and celebrated at our ASIAN Geographic 20th Anniversary Awards Night in November 2019. OCTOBER (NO. 137 ISSUE 5/2019 ) Top 20 Most Influential Brands & Individual Awards in Asia 01. Cruises and Liveaboards 02. Fashion 03. Busiest Airports in Asia by Number 04. Outstanding Local Brands in Asia 05. Renowned Banks 06. Shopping Malls 07. Airlines 08. Spa Resorts/Villas 09. Hotels 10. Cameras 11. Mobile Phones 12. Watches 13. Mobile Apps 14. Food & Beverage 15. Sporting Goods 16. Most…

4 min
our achievements through the years

2002 ARK TRUST INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 1. Genesis Award AG (Bear Witness) No.7 Issue 2/2001 Text: Cortian Bennett, Photos: Paul Hilton 2006 ASIA TRAVEL & TOURISM CREATIVE AWARDS 2. Travel Photograph Scenic | Winner AG No.33 Issue 6/2005 Photos: Lester V. Ledesma 2009 MPAS AWARDS 3. Best Cover/Feature Story AG No.58 Issue 8/2008 4. Best Visual/Photography AG No.61 Issue 11/2008 MPAS AWARDS 5. Visual Photography of the Year AG No.69 Issue 8/2009 6. Feature Story of the Year AG No.65 Issue 4/2009 7. Best Front Cover Design AG No.65 Issue 4/2009 8. Magazine of the Year | Bronze ASIAN Geographic 9. Travel Magazine of the Year ASIAN Geographic PASSPORT 10. Best New Magazine of the Year ASIAN Geographic JUNIOR ASIAN PUBLISHING AWARDS 11. Best Design & Layout | Excellence AG No.70 Issue 1/2010 2010 WAN IFRA AWARDS 12. Best in Photojournalism AG No.64 Issue 3/2009 13. Best in Design | Bronze AG No.77…

1 min
what’s online?

Belitung – A Private Paradise Text Terence Koh Turquoise, crystal clear waters, beautiful marine life, pristine white beaches, delicious cuisine and aromatic artisanal coffee, Belitung is a spectacular island in Indonesia which offers visitors the unspoilt beauty of Bali in a secluded location just one-and-a-half hours from Singapore. Discover Belitung as we uncover the best spots and cuisine available on the island! http://bit.ly/2Txc2lR In Search of the Next Green Revolution – Advantage or Disaster Text Claire Maneja While there is no doubt that the Green Revolution staved off what would have been a catastrophic famine in the 1960s, the delirious joy that had accompanied the Green Revolution has given way to a sober assessment of its unintended consequences, such as the environmental and health impact of intensive pesticide and fertiliser use. http://bit.ly/33xkRR6 Gone : Trees as an Antidote…

3 min
best of picturesque 20 years

Revisited AG 126 Issue 4/2017 Title Behind the Curtain ... Life in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Text and Photos Eric Lafforgue A Kim Il-sung statue in Mansudae,Pyongyang. Thousands of North Koreans come to pay respect to the late leader every day, leaving flowers. Every tourist must do the same – and bow Revisited No.97 Issue 4/2013 Title Transforming Lives Art for human’s sake Text and Photos Vik Muniz As rare as once in many centuries, a great piece of art shows up, and not another word shall be uttered. The notion of autoteles, from the Greek, mandates that such a masterstroke is “complete in itself”, a universal concept that spawns higher understanding amongst even the weakest in society. Enter Vik Muniz. Visual artist, humanitarian and inspiration, Muniz began his career as a sculptor in the late 1980s. In 2010, the documentary film Waste…

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best of revealed 20 years

Revisited No.134 Issue 1/2019 Title The Reality of Recycling Plastic It is no secret that only 9 percent of our global plastic waste is recycled. The rest ends up in incinerators, landfills and our oceans. Knowing the identity of the plastic you use is key in making sure that more of what is used is successfully recycled Text Rachel Kwek While the RIC labelling system seeks to promote recycling by facilitating the separation of different types of plastic, the effectiveness of it is unclear. Awareness of the importance of knowing and categorising our plastic waste – as well as how to recycle – is still low amongst many Asians. I cringe each time I see people throw plastic straws, bags or food containers into the bin. Do we realise that our mindless consumption and insouciant disposal habits…