Part­ner­ship in ac­tion

Action Asia - - COMMENT -

IN THE SUM­MER OF 1992, AN AUSSIE AD­VER­TIS­ING EX­EC­U­TIVE and a Bri­tish lawyer, both based in Hong Kong, started a new magazine. It was for peo­ple like them: peo­ple with money who wanted to in­dulge their sense of ad­ven­ture. If Lonely Planet was for peo­ple who can ‘get their lug­gage off a carousel’, Ac­tion Asia was for those who could get their lug­gage off the back of a yak, or per­haps off a stranger who’d taken their lug­gage off the carousel and was now run­ning for the near­est exit. As we mark 25 years of pi­o­neer­ing trav­els around Asia, what’s es­pe­cially hum­bling is how many of you have been with us for much, or even all, of that jour­ney. We heard a few weeks back from a Cana­dian, Aaron Mcbride, who in 1993/94, was an ex­change stu­dent in Davao City. There he joined DATBA (Davao All Ter­rain Bik­ing As­so­ci­a­tion) who we fea­tured in the June/july 1994 is­sue, in­clud­ing a pic of Aaron with oth­ers from the club. He bought a copy at the time but when that was re­cently de­stroyed, he wrote to ask for an­other to share with his chil­dren. Though we weren’t able to find a copy any­more, we sent him a scan of the cover and ar­ti­cle which he plans to have printed into a book­let. In con­trast, soon af­ter we got an­other re­quest, from a mother in the UK whose son Josh’s en­try in a lodge guest­book had been quoted in a story on the Danum Val­ley. He’d found out about the quote af­ter googling his name for a school project. We were only too glad to send him a copy. We’re thrilled and thank­ful to have such ea­ger read­ers of all ages, peo­ple whose own trav­els in­spire us in turn. If you have a spe­cial me­mory of Ac­tion Asia, we’d love to hear it.

Sin­cerely;

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