Metal Revolution: The Eight Metals That Shaped Society
The discovery of metals revolutionised civilisations. Making up around 25 percent of Earth’s crust, they have shaped the way we live and governed our development and progress as a society
The Battle For Earth's Rare Metals
We’ve come a long way since our ancestors discovered copper and fashioned the first rudimentary metal objects. In recent decades, we have put the rarest metallic chemical elements to use in the most exotic applications, from smartphones to fighter jets. These abundant but highly dispersed, difficult-to-extract metals – the rare-earth elements – have become one of Asia-Pacific’s most important strategic resources.
Staying Tough: The Metal Element
Valued for their strength, durability, versatility and electrical conductivity, metals make up an important part of our society. The material of protective shields and the sharpest of swords, metal represents solidity, strength, persistence but also rigidity. Yet unbeknown to many, metals are intricately entwined within our bodies and more than just being the material of products, metal is the element of life.
The Future Of Metals
Today, metals are found in our most sophisticated technological innovations and have become essential elements in maintaining our high-tech way of life
Discovering The Wrecks Of The Philippines
The Philippines is one of the largest archipelagos in the world. With more than 7,600 islands, the country is a diver’s playground, catering to divers of all skill levels. It is also home to some of the most exciting wrecks, some of which can even be dived by beginners. Join us as we reveal the mysteries of three of the country’s best wreck dive sites.
The Fabled Realm Of Suvarnabhumi
Cloaked in mystery for centuries, Suvarnabhumi has been the subject of much debate among scholars and historians alike ...
With Rolex, The World Is Your Oyster
The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster. But more than just a word on a dial, it is a philosophy that embodies the company’s vision and values.
A Quick Guide to Central Asia
Celebrating Nowruz - Central Asia
Get a glimpse of ancient cities along the Great Silk Road, bask in the nomadic culture and Soviet heritage, and experience the vast mountains and steppes of Central Asia. Each of the five “stans” has much to offer, especially in times of celebration
Question And Answer On The Mountain
Translated from Chinese
Spirit possession rituals have an unsettling link to our cultural past
Battle Of The Hemispheres
The Northern Hemisphere refers to the half of the planet that is north of the equator, while the Southern Hemisphere is everything south of the equator. Some continents run through both hemispheres. All of Europe and North America are in the Northern Hemisphere. Also in the Northern Hemisphere is almost all of Asia, as well as the majority of Africa). The Southern Hemisphere encapsulates all of Antarctica, South Asia, approximately one-third of Africa, all of Australia and approximately 90 percent of South America (below the mouth of the Amazon River). The North Pole, of course, is in the Northern Hemisphere, while the South Pole is at the most southerly part of the Southern Hemisphere.
Meet Me In The Middle
Walk with us through the centre of the planet
Stay Grounded: The Earth Element
Earth is the planet we call home. But earth doesn’t necessarily always represent the physical planet, but also that part of us which is stable, solid and dependable. Earth is the realm of abundance, prosperity and wealth. It is a personality trait and a vital element.
Burning With Desire
The status of fire as a component of life can be found in the philosophy of ancient cultures in Asia. Fire has a symbolic function in many of the continent’s – and world’s – religious beliefs, and it is used in celebration as well as mourning. Fire’s dual nature can be associated with purification processes; whilst for others, it is seen as the thing that needs to be extinguished. For some, fire is regarded as life-giving; whilst for others, fire is connected with destruction. It must also be noted that the symbolism of fire extends well beyond the realm of religion and has inspired other areas as well, including the occult, literature, and art. And the results are nothing short of enchanting.
RABINDRANATH TAGORE (1861–1941) was a Bengali poet, author, composer and painter. Best known for his poetry, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, becoming the first non-European to do so.
Fire Festivals Of East Asia
From daily rituals through religious festivals to cultural celebrations, East Asia is blessed with numerous rich traditions full of colour, drama and exuberance. No more is this true than with the region’s spectacular fire festivals, destined to ignite that spark on your next travel adventure.
Fire Festivals In Asia
“Chaharshanbe Suri is the symbol of good health, cultivation, light, and purity to Iranians.”
Folk Tales of Asia
The stories that make us
The retelling of Asia’s iconic folk tales
Daggers Forged In Fire
Of the countless weapons bought and sold every day around the world, relatively few can be considered a valued part of a cultural heritage. Fewer still are thought to contain some element of the supernatural.
The Light That Never Goes Out
The mysterious hillside with an inextinguishable natural fire
Playing With Fire: The Fire Element
Fire has always provided one of the most prominent metaphors, spanning different peoples and cultures. This significant element represents purification, destruction, power, energy, and transformation. Moreover, thanks to its versatility and practical uses, harnessing fire was an important milestone in early human development.
The Economic Impact Of COVID-19
Since the SARS outbreak, China has grown from the world’s sixth-largest economy to the second biggest today. The country has been a key growth driver worldwide, with the International Monetary Fund estimating that China alone accounted for 39% of global economic expansion in the past year.
Army of Angels
Afghanistan’s community midwives
Reading The Novel Coronavirus
The new year began with a shocking start for everyone as the infectious 2019 novel coronavirus swallowed China and the rest of the world. While China remains the country hardest hit by the outbreak, several countries across Europe, North America and especially the Asia-Pacific have been reporting hundreds or even thousands of cases, with the worldwide total surpassing 100,000 by early March.
Asia has both the highest and the lowest points on the surface of the Earth, has the longest coastline of any continent, is subject to the world’s widest climatic extremes, and, consequently, produces the most varied forms of vegetation and animal life on Earth. In addition, the peoples of Asia have established the broadest variety of human adaptation found on any of the continents.
Great Poets All Over The World Have Written About Rivers, And Why Not?
Great poets all over the world have written about rivers, and why not?
The Water People
Powerful, purifying, and mysterious, water bodies play a vital role in many cultures and religions. Some live and die by the waters, and some believe the deep blue is home to gods and goddesses. Others look to the waves in search of the spirits of their deceased loved ones. The waters bring people together to pray to higher beings, and the high seas.
Island Nations Of Asia
An island country is a nation that is made up of one or more islands, or land that is surrounded completely by water. Around one-fifth of Asia is made up of island nations, and while island countries are typically small with low populations, some, like Indonesia and Japan are notable exceptions.