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jetstar MAGAZINE

APRIL 2017

DARWIN AFTER DARK Unforgettable night-time experiences

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HO CHI MINH CITY I DARWIN I SANYA APRIL 2017


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Outdoor adventures in Darwin

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36 20 I TRAVEL TREND

36 I JOURNEY TO JOY

Events across the network

These pet-friendly hotels will get tails wagging in no time

A personal tale of photographing the locals in Myanmar

08 I NEWS

24 I TRADITION TALKS

INSPIRE

INSIDER 06 I THE HOT LIST

What’s happening this month

10 I POSTCODE Diverse Osaka, which spans from ancient castles to glitzy theme parks

The ancient (and relaxing) Filipino art of hands-on healing

28 I INSTAGRAMABLE Pretty Perth, including a stunning coast and adorable creatures

COVER ARTWORK BRONWYN BANCROFT

12 I IN PROFILE Meet Cynthia Chua, queen of Singapore’s beauty industry

31 I FIVE OF THE BEST Ho Chi Minh City is a coffee connoisseur’s dream come true

15 I 24 HOURS What not to miss in the tropical paradise of Sanya, China

34 I SHOP IT

19 I WHAT’S IN MY SUITCASE?

35 I BEAUTY ON THE FLY

One businessman’s health and fitness essentials for travel

Compact fragrances perfect for travel

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40 I DARWIN AFTER DARK Unforgettable experiences in Australia’s Northern Territory

46 I FOODIE FOCUS Singapore’s sky-high dining with incredible views

50 I PHOTO ESSAY Statement-making phone cases

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Striking sights in Phnom Penh

76 I TRAVEL TALES Flying with kids is no child’s play, even with questionable online tips

INFLIGHT 60 I Jetstar news 61 I #StarJourneys winners

63 I Quiz 64 I Where we fly 70 I Destinations


Welcome I From the CEO

EDITORIAL For all editorial enquiries, please email Jetstarasia@hardiegrant.com.au Publisher Christine Dixon Managing Editor Justine Costigan Editor Pearlyn Tham Associate Editor Sophie Hull Art Director Dan Morley Senior Designer Sue Morony Editorial and Advertising Assistant Alana Young

Welcome aboard APRIL 2017

HARDIE GRANT MEDIA Managing Director Fiona Hardie

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Baby Jet Star turns one

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n April last year, Baby Jet Star was safely delivered on a Jetstar Asia flight when the mother went into labour unexpectedly after landing in Yangon. One year on, we are happy to report that both mother and child continue to be well as Jet Star turns one. We are proud of how our crew has also continued to keep in touch with the family in Myanmar. Please join me in wishing Baby Jet Star a happy birthday! Jetstar is also proud to announce that we are the first and only low-fare carrier to have a codeshare partnership with India’s second-largest airline, Jet Airways. This partnership will enhance connectivity for passengers travelling between India and Singapore to 11 destinations in Southeast Asia and Australia. This arrangement now increases

Jetstar Asia’s codeshare and interlines to more than 25, enhancing our Changi hub presence. If you are travelling soon, we encourage you to try the Jetstar mobile boarding pass option during your online check-in. Once you choose the option, you will receive an SMS to download the pass that will replace your physical boarding pass. It’s convenient and it works. The mobile boarding pass option is also available on Jetstar Asia flights from Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, KL, Penang and Phuket. Let us know your experience. Thank you for choosing to fly with Jetstar.

Barathan Pasupathi CEO, Jetstar Asia Airways

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So many experiences to discover

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One of my favourite things about travel is seeing all the different cultural traditions

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pril is one of the most popular times of year for travellers to take a break or embark on their next adventure. One of my favourite things about travel is getting out and seeing all the different cultural and holiday traditions across our network. For example, in mid-April, Easter will be celebrated in many parts of the world with a number of public holidays to mark the season and open up time to spend with friends and family. This year more than 630,000 customers will fly across our network over the Easter period and take advantage of our low fares

to 85 exciting and very different destinations. In Australia, many travellers make the most of the Easter long weekend, and with 400 domestic flights each day, and international destinations just hours away, it’s easy to see why. During April, travellers in Bali may have a chance to witness the colourful Galungan festivities, one of the more important religious periods observed by locals, where families get together to commemorate and pay respects to relatives who have passed on. In Vietnam, you may experience the conclusion of the Perfume Pagoda Festival, a Buddhist pilgrimage to the Huong Pagoda in the Huong Tich mountains where pilgrims seek blessings of happiness and prosperity in the coming year. Whether you’re on your way to explore the bustling markets of Singapore or ride the waves in Hawaii, we hope you enjoy your trip with us today.

Jayne Hrdlicka Jetstar Group CEO

Here are just some of the things we love in this month’s issue – enjoy!

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Pretty perfumes Easy-to-pack pa k scents p35

Filipino healing p24

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People out to play for the Songkran Festival on Silom Road, Bangkok. The water festival is celebrated across Thailand and will be held this year April 13–15.

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The hot list Live the high life in Singapore, get a taste of the Northern Territory and cheer on your favourite team in Hong Kong

Dreaming of owning this beauty?

Territory Taste Festival April 22–23 Daily admission fee from AU$25 (S$27); free for children under 12 years. Darwin Convention Centre

Sail into luxury April 6–9 The world’s leading yacht brands will exhibit their finest vessels at this event in Singapore – the epitome of the luxe life. Admire elite yachts and super yachts, and experience glamorous parties, fashion shows and fine dining. On land, a collection of the most prestigious supercars will be on show. ONE°15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove, Singapore; singaporeyachtshow.com

territorytastefestival. com.au

Get chef secrets here

Touch down in Hong Kong

Art that won’t break the bank

Water, water everywhere

April 7–9 Experience the excitement of watching the world’s best rugby players in action at the 2017 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. Twenty-eight teams from countries including Japan, Australia and New Zealand will compete in the premier rugby event, to take the title from the 2016 champions, Fiji. hksevens.com

April 7–9 Pick up a stunning piece of contemporary art from one of more than 40 galleries, with artworks starting at S$100 each. This event aims to make appreciating and collecting art more fun and accessible, with showcases by the artists, workshops, and a charity celebration. affordableartfair. com/fairs/singapore

April 13–15 Southeast Asia makes a splash this month, as water festivals ring in the new year in countries such as Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. In Thailand, the biggest celebration during Songkran is the water festival in Chiang Mai, where visitors can join the locals in the legendary citywide water fights. songkranday.com

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Sample mouthwatering local produce at more than 40 stalls, enjoy live music and attend masterclasses with awardwinning chefs. You won’t go thirsty with a huge beer garden, cider lawn and a dedicated champagne bar to choose from (and tickets even include two drink vouchers).


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On the radar

Exclusive lipsti ck in store now!

Be inspired for your next adventure with everything new and noteworthy across the Jetstar Asia network

GET THE LOOK A new Urban Decay flagship store has opened in Takashimaya Shopping Centre in Singapore. The store carries more than 500 products, and 10% of these are exclusive to the brand’s free-standing stores worldwide. To celebrate its launch, the store is selling the exclusive, limitededition Nocturnal Collection, including a sultry eyeshadow palette and lipsticks.

It’s high time for bubbly You’ll find Cru Champagne Bar and a stunning 360-degree view of the city skyline on the 59th floor of Centara Grand at CentralWorld Bangkok. With a menu of the finest champagnes – including an exclusive G.H. Mumm range – and fine dining options such as Caspian Sea caviar, Cru takes rooftop drinks to a whole new level, literally. champagnecru.com

ENJOY A NEW MAJESTIC STAY

Seafood by the poolside

Walk this way for history

Every Friday, from 6pm to 10pm, sit poolside at the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort and indulge in a seafood extravaganza. Bene Italian Kitchen will be serving fresh seafood buffets as well as á la carte dishes. Plus guests can choose from a drinks menu comprising more than 10 cocktails and mocktails. sheratonbalikuta.com/en/ forms/seafoodmartini

In Singapore, explore Little India’s history on the new walking trail launched by the National Heritage Board. Visitors can explore more than 40 sites with three specially curated routes, which tell you more about the culturally diverse communities that settled in the area and also about the local sites of worship. roots.sg/Roots/visit/trails

The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur has been unveiled as the latest addition to the Marriott Autograph Collection. Stay in the Majestic Wing, the original building of the iconic Hotel Majestic that has been restored, and enjoy 24-hour butler service, in-room continental breakfast and free wi-fi. majestickl.com

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Modern history One of Japan’s most entertaining cities, Osaka is fabulously diverse with historical gems like ancient castles and modernday wonders like theme parks and a mega town for techies

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Universal Studios Eight million visitors per year can’t be wrong. One of the world’s most popular amusement parks boasts the Wizarding World of Harry Potter plus exciting rides and shows for all ages. Get your tickets online and arrive at the gates before opening time to ensure you make the most of your visit; if you have the time, a two-day pass is recommended. 2-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, 554-0031; usj.co.jp/e

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Tempozan Ferris Wheel The 17-minute ride on this 112.5m-high ferris wheel offers stunning views of Osaka Bay, Mount Ikoma, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Mount Rokko. Take note of the wheel’s illumination colour which predicts the following day’s weather forecast: orange lights mean a sunny day, green lights symbolise a cloudy one and blue forecasts rain. The wheel is adjacent to the Osaka Aquarium, which houses a giant whale shark. 1-1-10 Kaigandori, Minatoku, 552-0022


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Den-den Town With more than 300 shops specialising in electrical equipment and Japanese anime, plus discount stores, this area (officially called Nipponbashi) is one of the city’s largest commercial districts and rivals Tokyo’s Akihabara as the best place to go for tech bargains. Pop into a maid café, a hobby shop or an amusement centre, and be sure to bring along your passport as some stores sell tax-free goods to tourists.

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Osaka Castle Built in the late 1500s by ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) is one of Japan’s greatest architectural wonders. The castle stands upon a mighty stone wall made of some 40,000 rocks, and boasts a roof adorned with golden sea creature ornaments. The surrounding park spans more than 100 hectares and is home to hundreds of beautiful cherry blossom trees that bloom during spring. 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, 540-0002; osakacastle.net/english

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Umeda Sky Building For the best views of Osaka stretching as far as Awaji Island, make a trip to the Floating Garden Observatory at Umeda Sky Building which is in the Top 20 Best Buildings of the World list by publisher Dorling Kindersley. This pair of 40-storey towers is connected to each other with bridges and an escalator. They house restaurants, a cinema and, of course, the observation deck. 1-1-88 Oyodonaka, Kitaku, 531-6023; kuchu-teien.com/index.php

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Dotonbori Street Reflections of dazzling neon signs bounce off the waters of the Dotonbori-gawa Canal, an area popular with food and theatre lovers. Promenades on both sides of the canal give way to restaurants offering the best of local Osaka and regional Kansai fare while theatres showcase traditional Bunraku puppet shows. There are small shops and cafés along the stone-paved Hozenji Yokocho Lane, as well as the 17th century Hozen-ji Temple.

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Spa World Japan’s onsen culture is well known around the world with healing (and relaxing) hot spring waters being the main draw here. Osaka’s Spa World is an eight-storey building that recreates baths and saunas from around the world, from Ancient Rome to Japan. It also houses a kids’ pool, waterslides, restaurants and a hotel. You’ll want to set aside time in your sightseeing schedule to unwind here. 3-4-24 Ebisu-higashi Naniwaku, 556-0002; spaworld.co.jp/english

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Learn about Chua’s latest beauty business

NATURAL BEAUTY BESIDES HER MANY SPAS AND SALONS, CYNTHIA CHUA, QUEEN OF SINGAPORE’S BEAUTY INDUSTRY, NOW HAS A PRODUCT RANGE MADE WITH PLANTS GROWN ON THE ROOFTOP OF A SHOPPING CENTRE – YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT 12

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o say that Cynthia Chua is a veteran of Singapore’s beauty industry is an understatement. In 1996, at the mere age of 25, she opened her first lifestyle outlet, Spa Esprit in Holland Village. In 2002, she introduced the little-known Brazilian waxing treatment to Singapore with her waxing parlour, Strip. This was followed by the opening of brow grooming salon Browhaus in 2004. That same year, she started to expand overseas in cities like London, New York, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Bangkok and Penang. In between, the aromatherapy enthusiast found time to launch a restaurant empire, a grooming salon for men, and a beauty grocery store, Beauty Emporium, all in Singapore. In 2015, she came up with the idea of making beauty products with locally grown herbs and flowers. The 46-year-old started a sustainable ‘beauty garden’ on the rooftop of Raffles City Shopping Centre, and, earlier this year, launched her Farm To Beauty skincare range.


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When we started out, we grew single crops on a big scale but unfortunately they succumbed to pests. We soon learnt to grow a variety of plants at different times to prevent them from being wiped out all at once. Growing plants on the rooftop was also

Tell us about y Farm To Beauty. Farm To Beauty products ucts ts are made with ingredients grown and harvested from our rooftop beauty garden at Raffles City Shopping Centre. I’m proud to be able to give our customers a bit of Singapore in every bottle, but more importantly, I want them to discover the beauty benefits that nature can offer.

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Growing your own botanicals for beauty is a lost tradition

How do you go about creating a product for your range? We work closely with herbalists and our partners at Edible Garden City, an urban farming consultancy. We decide on the product based on what we can grow in our climate and we experiment from there. I never imagined that we could grow calendula in Singapore, for instance, but after many attempts, we made it happen, and now you can experience the benefits of the herb in our Om, Calendula! Calming Cream. It has a wonderful, soothing effect on skin.

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What other products are in the Farm To Beauty range? We have an overnight mask called A Cool Aloe Cooling Gel – this contains aloe vera, which works brilliantly to calm irritated skin, [especially] after waxing. Our Ease Up and Calm Down drinking teas use ingredients like Mexican tarragon, passionflower, lemon

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balm and mint – each having a specific effect on the body. Passionflower, for example, has a sedative effect, while mint aids digestion. The products are handcrafted in small batches – why is this important to you? It gives us more control over their quality and allows us to monitor the effectiveness of the ingredients. The more we understand the ingredients, the easier it is for us to improve the product. And, if a product has been made by hand, you know that a lot of love and care has gone into it. Did you face any challenges getting these plants to thrive in Singapore’s warm, humid and unpredictable climate? Farm To Beauty was three years in the making.

challenging because it can get pretty hot and windy up there. At first we built a netting structure to shade the more delicate plants, but it didn’t last long with the strong winds so we started growing large fruit trees instead. As the soil tends to dry up easily, we also applied a mulching layer to protect against soil-water loss and

Farm To Beauty’s rooftop garden

installed an automated irrigation system to keep our herbs hydrated. Is urban farming sustainable? There are many passionate urban farmers around, but if we can’t monetise their crops then of course it will be hard to keep our local farming movement going. So we’re not just making quality beauty products; with Edible Garden City, we’re supporting a group that champions farming in land-scarce and importdependent Singapore.

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What are your longterm plans for Farm To Beauty? I hope that Farm To Beauty evolves from an urban farming initiative to an agricultural movement. That would be taking me back to my roots as my first business, Spa Esprit, originated from my love for aromatherapy, herbs and flower essences. Growing your own botanicals for beauty and healing is a lost tradition and I want very much to resurrect that.

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The perfect place to catch some sun

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SANYA This tropical paradise in Hainan is a heady mix of amazing beachfront attractions, natural hot springs, retail therapy and a vibrant traditional culture 15

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9AM HIT THE BEACH Yalong Bay is where you’ll find most of Sanya’s highend hotels and resorts, but it’s also the location of the island’s most beautiful stretch of beach. The sand along the 7.5km-long, crescent-shaped shoreline is soft and white, and the water, warm and clear. Find a quiet spot to relax and work on your tan, or try a water activity like surfing, snorkelling, diving, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding, offered by various businesses along the beach.

hot spring pool. With its Balinese-style villas, tropical landscape and natural stone features, the Pearl River Nantian Hot Spring Resort in Haitang Bay will make you feel like you are in a neverending tropical garden. It has pools of various sizes and you don’t have to be a guest at the resort to use the facilities. Entry costs RMB198 (S$40) per adult.

Did you know?

11AM RELAX IN A HOT SPRING Complete your morning with a soak in a rejuvenating

Hainan is home to many natural hot spring resorts. Mineral-rich hot spring waters have been said to soothe tired muscles and relieve minor skin issues.

Where: Tengqiao Expressway Entrance, Haitingwan Town, +86 898 8881 9888; nantianwenquan.com


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4.30PM GET SOME RETAIL THERAPY Sanya is famous for its pearls, teas, dried seafood and carved coconut handicrafts, which are widely available at street market stalls. But if you want to buy more than just souvenirs, visit Summer Mall, a modern shopping centre in Dadonghai. The six-storey building has more than 300 stores, selling everything from antiques and apparel to beauty products and home décor items. Where: Haiyun Rd, +86 898 8822 3333; sanyasummermall.com

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Ready for lunch? Check out the beachside noodle bar Mee & Mian at the Mandarin Oriental Sanya. Watch the chefs knead and ‘pull’ the noodle dough right before your eyes while you tuck into a bowl of handmade noodles (or la mian). The menu features a variety of traditional noodle dishes like niu nan mian, with slow-cooked beef brisket and bok choy, and mao er duo mian, noodles wok-fried with mushrooms, black fungus and tomatoes. Where: 12 Yuhai Rd, +86 898 8820 9999; mandarinoriental.com/sanya

2PM EXPERIENCE LOCAL CULTURE Get a glimpse into the daily lives of Hainan’s Li and Miao tribes at the Hainan Binglanggu Li & Miao Cultural

Hot tip: First Market on Hongqi Street sells tropical fruit, like jackfruit, carambola (also known as starfruit), guava, mangosteen and lychee, at reasonable prices. Why not buy some to take home?

Did you know? Ju Huang Cha Yu, a 2012 movie starring Hong Kong actor Aaron Kwok and Chinese actress Li Bingbing, was shot at Binglanggu Valley.

Travel Info Jetstar flies twice weekly from Singapore to Sanya. To book visit JETSTAR.COM

Heritage Park, or Binglanggu Valley for short. The expansive park, a 30-minute drive from Sanya, is made up of traditional villages, where these indigenous groups live and work. In addition to observing the tribes’ daily rituals, such as weaving, betel-nut picking and rice husking, you can sample local delicacies, watch cultural shows and browse the museum, which displays Li and Miao artefacts, costumes and artwork. Admission costs RMB120 (S$24.60) per person. Where: Ganzaling Natural Reserve, Baoting Li and Miao Autonomous County, +86 898 3866 1116; binglanggu.com

Dine surrounded by water and coral reefs at Sea Pavilion

Buy everything from antiques to apparel 7PM HAVE SUPPER IN STYLE The night markets are full of street food carts selling cheap local treats like barbecued meats, seafood porridge, Hainan-style rice noodles, and cold desserts made with coconut milk, tropical fruit and cooked beans. But if you want an unforgettable dining experience on the water (well, almost!), book a table at Sea Pavilion at the Intercontinental Sanya Resort. This restaurant is located just 100m from the shore and offers amazing views of the surrounding coral reef. This elegant venue serves seafood and Cantonese cuisine; if you’re dining with a group, indoor private rooms are available. Where: 1 Zhouji Lu, +86 898 8861 8888; ihg.com


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Tune out with quality headphones

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These tonics are Siak’s late-night saviours

Luxe essentials

PHOTO ROGER CHUA STYLING JONATHAN CHIA

Public relations veteran Jansen Siak is a serial traveller because going away lets him recharge and indulge in ‘me time’

Jansen Siak Managing director, Word of Mouth Communications, womcomm.com

TRAVELLING IS A WAY FOR ME to enjoy the food, shopping and nightlife overseas, and for me to catch up with my friends who live abroad. Some unusual things that I pack include my full-size Tempur pillow because it is so comfortable to sleep on. I’m also rather ‘oldschool’ and must have my handkerchiefs with me. So, if I am travelling for two weeks, I have 14 –

one for every day. Other essentials include an essence of chicken tonic drink which revitalises me in the mornings, a back massager because my lower back aches easily, and a candle or room spray to scent the hotel room so that it makes me feel more at home. Lastly, I have my crystal wand, given to me by my friend. I find that whenever I place

it in my drink for about 10 minutes, water or wine tastes better. The wand is said to be made of amethyst, red garnet and clear quartz which reportedly balance your wellbeing. And if there’s something that I love buying, it’s the Kamillosan herbal mouth spray from Bangkok. It soothes throat irritations and minor coughs, and my friends now swear by it too.


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HAVE FIDO, WILL TRAVEL MAN’S BEST FRIEND DESERVES A GREAT PLACE TO STAY. THESE PET-FRIENDLY HOTELS WILL GET TAILS WAGGING IN NO TIME

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oing on a staycation with your pet poses its own set of challenges, including finding accommodation that will house both your best friend(s) and you. Thankfully, with more people wanting to share their vacation experiences with their beloved fur kids, hotels are responding with more options. For instance, the Conrad Centennial

Singapore hosts about two to three pets per weekend while Capella Singapore, also a pet-friendly hotel, saw a year-on-year increase of at least five to eight per cent in 2016. But there are rules and extra charges to take note of. For instance, most hotels add an additional cleaning charge as the room needs to be properly cleaned of fur and dander. Your animal friends may also only be allowed in certain areas


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of the property. Most pet-friendly properties allow only dogs and cats – so those with other pets will have to check with the staff about the hotel’s policies. It is also worth finding out if there are size restrictions, especially if you have a large pet. Still, these are minor hurdles for devoted pawrents who wish to create lasting memories with their fur kids. Here are five hotels who’ll welcome you and your four-legged charges.

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Stay with up to two pets

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This luxury hotel in the heart of the bustling Marina Bay neighbourhood allows up to two cats or dogs, weighing up to no more than 34kg in total per Top to bottom: the pet friendly Fraser Suites Sukhumvit; Conrad Centennial Singapore; Oakwood Premier Manila

Find it Conrad Centennial Singapore 2 Temasek Blvd, Singapore; +65 6334 8888; ar.hilton. com/en/hotel/ConradCentennial-Singapore

Novotel Vines Resort Perth Verdelho Dr, The Vines, WA, Australia, +61 8 9297 3000; vines.com.au

A small pig called Chester has even stayed here

Chi 120 Residences 120 Connaught Rd West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong; +852 3962 0600; chi-residences.com/en/ residences/120

Oakwood Premier Manila Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center Manila; 17 ADB Ave, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines; +63 2 637 7888; oakwoodpremiermanila.com

Fraser Suites Sukhumvit 38/8 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Klong Toey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand; +66 2 207 9300; bangkoksukhumvit.frasershospitality. com

room. Water bowls and toys are placed in the room as welcome gifts and the hotel also offers an in-room dining menu for the furry ones. Although pets are not allowed at the hotel’s food and beverage outlets, executive lounge, gym and swimming pool area, and must be enclosed in carriers or leashed in public areas at all times, the friendly staff are accustomed to dealing with animals so you won’t feel out of place. Petfriendly attractions such as the Gardens by the Bay and Marina Barrage are just a stone’s throw away for when you want to take your dog out for a stroll. From S$300 per night plus a S$150 cleaning fee.

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Run, wild, run free Let Fido and friends run free when you stay at the Novotel Vines Resort

Perth in the winemaking region of Swan Valley, just 30 minutes from the airport. The petfriendly apartments, which provide food and water bowls, come with access to a yard for animal romps. There is also a covered sleeping area for outdoor creature comforts. There is no size or breed limitation here; a small pig called Chester has even stayed. From AU$350 (S$378) plus AU$20 per pet, per night.

RESIDENCES 3 CHI 120 HONG KONG

Pamper your pooch

For a longer stay, you can’t beat Chi Residences 120 Hong Kong, which offers you the option of in-room pet sitting and grooming services at an added charge. Upon checking in, owners are allowed to choose from a variety of amenities, including a sleeping

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pad, scratching board and hairbrush. There is only one one-bedroom apartment on each floor, so you won’t have to worry about your pet’s barking or meowing disturbing your neighbours. There is also no restriction on the number of pets per apartment or the size and weight, so those with

is a rare pet-friendly hotel in the city, which is why it sees repeat animal guests. Only dogs, cats and fish are allowed on the premises and only one dog weighing up to 34kg, or up to two cats, are permitted in each apartment. The homely apartments, featuring fully equipped kitchenettes and comfortable living areas,

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multiple animals can heave a sigh of relief. From HK$39,800 (S$7,233) per month plus HK$2,000 per month per pet.

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Tails of the city Pawrents will have to thank the owner of the Oakwood group, an animal lover who introduced pet-friendly policies to the group’s various properties. The Oakwood Premier Manila

It’s always playtime here offer sufficient space for animals and their humans, and your furry friends may just receive a small bag of treats when they check in. From US$105 (S$149) per night plus PHP 1,000 ($S28) cleaning fee.

Top to bottom: Chi 120 Hong Kong; Novotel Vines Resort Swan Valley; Conrad Centennial Singapore

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At Fraser Suites Sukhumvit in the heart of Bangkok, furry guests can also have the concierge at their bark

and call. Simply enquire at the front desk to get insider tips on where the best pet shops and vets are located in town to ensure that your pets receive the best TLC possible. However, do pack essentials such as food and water bowls and sleeping pads as the property does not provide these amenities. Still, the cheerfully furnished and airy studios and apartments will ensure both you and your animal companions fully enjoy your stay. Globetrotters will also be pleased to know that many of the properties run by Frasers Hospitality in other countries are also pet-friendly, making this a reliable option for jetsetting animals. From THB3,675 (S$147) per night plus THB5,000 per pet.


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ike many ancient traditions around the world, the popularity of Filipino ancient healing arts, known locally as hilot, has tapered off. Historically, a manghihilot (hilot practitioner) was sought out to treat almost every ailment – from broken bones to diabetes to coughs and colds. After diagnosing an illness or imbalance through touch alone, listening to the patient’s pulse, and/or laying banana leaves on the skin, the

manghihilot often will take a two-pronged approach to treat the patient: hands-on healing by way of massage as well as concocting herbal medicinal remedies. Because the approach of hilot is built on a belief in spirit as the source of healing as well as utilising the elements of fire, water, air and earth, it has, in modern times, often been dismissed as mere quackery. The rise of western medicine as well as the mass migration of provincial populations both overseas and to


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such a top seller at spas and people are not ashamed of it anymore,” says Brillantes-Turvill. “People used to say ‘if it’s Filipino, it’s not good enough’. But thank goodness that has changed.”

Clockwise from left: Nanay Lina demonstrates how to use the katakataka leaf; the Nilaib treatment; harvesting organic kale at Nurture’s farms; Nurture Wellness Village

Nurturing the path to wellness

cities has also impacted the art of hilot.

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Rediscovering a lost art It was only in the early 2000s that Catherine Brillantes-Turvill, the founding president of the Spa Association of the Philippines, worked with hilot experts Dr Bibiano Fajardo and Dr Jimmy Galvez Tan to define the Filipino healing arts and prove the science behind them. Filipino healing arts are largely traditions that are passed on by word of mouth, therefore, their quest took them to the far reaches of the Philippines. “We sent people all over the country to meet healers and learn from them,” says BrillantesTurvill. “In the Mountain Province, we discovered dagdagay which is an ancient method of foot

We sent people all over the country to meet healers reflexology that uses bamboo sticks.” Thanks to the research and subsequent books that were written on the Filipino healing arts, Brillantes-Turvill says that starting with Chi,

The Spa at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort, spas around the country slowly began to add Filipino healing methods to their spa offerings. “Hilot [in its massage form] has now become

As an advocate for Filipino heritage and wellness, BrillantesTurvill set up Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay almost 16 years ago. This holistic mountain retreat encompasses cosy hotel rooms and villas, a restaurant, organic farm, spa and wellness centre. More importantly, however, Nurture was a perfect platform to promote hilot and other Filipino ancient healing arts. A section of Nurture’s organic farm is called Botika ni Lola (grandmother’s pharmacy). It’s here where you’ll find an array of plants that have been used by local herbalists for centuries alongside plants that have been approved by the Department of Health for their therapeutic benefits. Nanay Lina Bay, Nurture’s resident albulario (herbalist), knows each of the plants here intimately and is an expert at extracting the healing properties of each. The plants include akapulko, which can be applied to

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Introduce the kids to organic gardening

and the signature Nilaib massage – a modern Filipino treatment invented at Nurture. The latter is a treatment where warm pouches of sand, lemongrass and sambong (blumea balsamifera) leaves are wrapped in banana leaves and massaged onto the body.

The need for heritage healing As people move away from provincial life and embrace a more westernised city life and as modern life becomes more chaotic and stressful, could it be that Filipino ancient healing arts are needed now more than ever? “It’s a waste (when) so many young people go into the city or go abroad and they forget about their heritage,”

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the skin to treat allergies, rashes and chicken pox; taheebo, which is made into a tea to treat urinary tract infections; and katakataka, which can be pounded to extract the juices and then laid onto the skin to reduce pain and swelling. Nanay Lina treats her family and friends only with herbal remedies. She believes that her grandfather, who apparently lived illness-

free until the ripe age of 108, is a testament to the power of Filipino herbal medicine. In addition to offering ancient Filipino herbal medicine, the handson healing practice of hilot is also offered at Nurture’s spa, with an entire menu dedicated to it. Offered here is the traditional hilot massage that uses banana leaves and coconut oil, the dagdagay foot massage,

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says Brillantes-Turvill. “If we don’t honour these traditional practices, they will be gone. My wish is that more would be done to instill more pride in the heritage of the Filipino in all of its aspects.”


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CHASE THE DEEP BLUE A coastal drive is a must when you visit Perth. If you’re lucky, you might come across crystal-clear rock pools like this one near Yallingup, an almost-three-hour drive south of Perth.

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CHEESE, PLEASE! Just a 25-minute drive east of Perth, Swan Valley is home to many artisanal food producers and chic eateries. This gourmet cheese platter tastes as good as it looks.

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From the traditional drip coffee sold at just about any eatery to hip new cafés filled with cool kids, Ho Chi Minh City is a coffee connoisseur’s dream come true 1. FOR SERIOUS COFFEE GEEKS Where: The Workshop Coffee, 3rd Floor, 27 Ngo Duc Ke St, District 1, +84 8 3824 6801; facebook.com/the.workshop. coffee With a wide variety of brewing apparatus such as Chemex brewers, cold drips and syphon equipment prominently on display on its shelves and counters, The Workshop Coffee means

business. It sources beans from around the world and its baristas are able to recommend the top brewing methods to coax the best flavour out of each roast. There is also an all-day breakfast menu, pasta and pastries, and snacks for those feeling peckish. With its high ceilings and free wi-fi, this airy industrial-chic café is also a good place to hang out for a few hours if you need to power up your laptop.

Where: Mockingbird Cafe, 4th Floor, 14 Ton That Dam, District 1; +84 9 0926 2161, facebook.com/ mockingbirdcoffee Located in a dilapidated building in the downtown area, Mockingbird Cafe is notable for its relaxed, homey atmosphere, thanks to the vintage wooden furniture and lightbulbs, and an assembly of cutesy knick-knacks and pages torn from fashion magazines serving as decor. The café offers a range of coffees such as café latte and cappuccino and there’s a selection of snacks including sandwiches and noodles. The view of the colonial-era State Bank of Vietnam building from the balcony adds to the oldschool atmosphere.

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Where: Cafe Tram, 100 Tran Huy Lieu St, Phu Nhuan, +84 9 3370 2230; facebook. com/tramtranhuylieu/ In bustling Ho Chi Minh City, where the cityscape is dotted with buildings and the streets see a constant flow of motorbikes, garden-themed cafés are a way for locals to escape the hustle and bustle. The picturesque Cafe Tram has so much lush greenery, it is hard to tell where the garden ends and the café begins. The sprawling café features wooden terraces, comfortable cushioned seats and Asian-centric decor such as oversized earthen jars, ponds and stone statues and busts. The menu offers the usual coffee varieties as well as an array of Vietnamese dishes.

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quenching in Ho Chi Minh City’s humid climate.

5. IDEAL FOR #OOTD PHOTOGRAPHS Where: M2C+ Cafe, 230 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, District 3, +84 8 3930 2886; m2ccafe.com Fashionistas and Instagram addicts, take note. If you are looking for a picture-perfect backdrop for your painstakingly styled #ootd (outfit of the day for the socialmedia shy) photographs, make a beeline for these Scandinavian-inspired interiors featuring lighttoned wooden laminate tables, funky chairs and a raw cement wall that will make anything you wear look even better. Besides a modern Asian fusion menu and excellent coffee made with beans sourced from Vietnamese farms, two private rooms on the property listed on Airbnb are for café junkies who want the experience of living with a local host and waking up to the aroma of freshly brewed java.

Top to bottom: Cafe Tram’s relaxing garden; jazz at Vung Oi Mo Ra; the trendy M2C+ Cafe

4. ENJOY LIVE JAZZ WITH YOUR CUPPA Where: Vung Oi Mo Ra Café, 1st Floor, 17 Ngo Thoi Nhiem St (alleyway 17), District 3, +84 8 2215 7813 Only the truly determined will find this hidden gem which is down a dead-end alley. Walk through the building’s kitchen and up a

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staircase to get to this café, which looks like you’ve stepped into an aunt’s living room, complete with fabric armchairs, delicate curtains and freshly cut flowers. Swing by at night, when the lights go down and the space is lit up with candles. This intimate, romantic atmosphere is perfect for its live jazz performances, which feature a rotating roster of Vietnamese musicians – all for only a small entry fee. Their iced coffee – a modern interpretation of the traditional drip coffee – is rich, sweet and thirst-


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Journey to joy A LONG-WISHED-FOR VISIT TO MYANMAR WAS THE CATALYST FOR A STUNNING NEW BOOK OF PHOTOGRAPHY

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losed off from the rest of the world for nearly 60 years, Myanmar has long intrigued writers, artists and travellers. When 19-year-old Australian Anna Swain stood on the Thai side of a bridge on Myanmar’s border in 1990 and was told she was not allowed to cross, it sparked a life-long fascination with the country. “Perhaps it was not being allowed in (I’ve never liked being told “no”) or maybe it was simply the mystery of an unknown land,” she says. But the opening up of the country and the more recent encouragement of tourism (despite travel being restricted to specific regions and cities) meant the call of a visit was impossible to resist. So, in 2014, Anna and her family set off on a six-and-a-half week journey through the country.

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Through the lens Inspired by everything she saw and experienced, Anna took more than 2,500 photographs. Going through these images on her return home to Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia, she realised that if she returned to Myanmar with a high-quality camera and a single-minded photography focus, she might be able to produce something really special. Six weeks later she was back in Myanmar, new Canon 6D camera in hand, on a mission to capture the country. Over a week she snapped more than 7,500 images. “I never staged a photo,” explains Anna, who is a self-taught photographer. “I would always ask if I could take a picture. Only two people said no. The generosity of the people I met was remarkable. They were as fascinated by us as we were by them.”

Clockwise from left: An afternoon visit with nuns in Bagan; a child plays in the watermelons in the market; a hill tribe mother with her child at Inle Lake; street life in Bagan

Travel info As she travelled throughout the country visiting Bagan, Yangon, Inle Lake and Ngapali Beach, Anna was invited into schools, monasteries, convents, and people’s homes. “Despite the language barrier, we were always able to communicate through mime, shy giggles and laughter,” she says.

Birth of a book On her return to Australia, an idea for a book began taking shape. The result is Burma: Tiffins, Nuns and Turmeric, a 250-plus

I never staged a photo... The generosity of the people I met was remarkable page coffee table book of photography, stories and recipes celebrating Myanmar’s sights, sounds and people, in all their fascinating diversity and colour. And its pages confirm the message: if ever there was a time to visit Myanmar, it’s now.

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The sun rises over the grounds of the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, a complex of buildings that has served as a royal residence for more than 150 years.

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DARWIN afterDARK In the day, Australia’s Northern Territory offers crocodile sightings, spectacular waterfalls and Indigenous art. But it’s a playground at night too, when you can experience everything from turtle nesting grounds to taco-flavoured beer WORDS PAUL EWART

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ast deserts, crocodileinfested wetlands, cascading waterfalls, ancient Aboriginal rock art and exotic wildlife aplenty – the rich red landscapes of Australia’s Northern Territory are straight off the pages of a beautifully illustrated storybook. For starters, it has the country’s largest national park. Covering 20,000sq km (that’s roughly half the size of Switzerland!), the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park found international fame after being used as a backdrop for scenes in the iconic movie Crocodile Dundee. Be awed by the masses of spectacular flood planes and sandstone escarpments, and countless plant and animal species. Litchfield is another local favourite. This 1,500sq ft park encompasses much of the natural splendour that is the Tabletop Range – a sandstone plateau surrounded by cliffs – and boasts waterfalls plunging into pristine pools. Whether you’re a firsttimer to the ‘Top End’ or a seasoned visitor, the capital city of Darwin is the ideal point to explore. There’s plenty of fun to be had, particularly at the newly redeveloped Waterfront Precinct – a AU$1 billion project that

took 15 years to complete. Here, you can work up a sweat on the running paths and bike trails, before cooling off in the wave-pool or the saltwater lagoon, where locals swim without the fear of becoming a meal for one of the resident saltwater crocodiles that populate the harbour. But if you prefer, you can also come face to face with these fearsome creatures right in the city’s main shopping district at Crocosaurus Cove. Home to some of the world’s biggest captive saltwater crocodiles, this attraction lets brave visitors lower themselves into the water in a transparent glass cylinder with the maneating reptiles in an aptly named ‘Cage of Death’ experience. Darwin’s importance during the conflict of World War II can be seen in the city’s nine military heritage sites. Two of the best are the Darwin Military Museum and the impressive underground

The park boasts waterfalls plunging into pristine pools Oil Storage Tunnels, which were constructed to protect oil supplies from being bombed by the Japanese. While there’s undoubtedly plenty to see during the day, the city comes alive in different ways once the scorching heat of the day subsides.


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Marvel at nature in Litchfield National Park

Given that the population here is the youngest on average in Australia, it’s no surprise that the nightlife scene in Darwin is vibrant. With a bustling evening market, a relaxed al fresco cinema and magical wildlife cruises, there’s plenty to see and do in Darwin after dark.

A NIGHT OWL’S GUIDE TO DARWIN Movies under the stars A few minutes’ walk along the esplanade and you’ll find the open-air Deckchair Cinema. Set on the edge of the harbour, the venue runs seven nights weekly during the dry season (April to November), showing a variety of films, with double features usually scheduled on Friday and Saturday evenings. Get cosy in one of the reclining deckchairs and pack a picnic, or take advantage of the licensed bar serving food on site. Watching the sun set over the ocean while munching on popcorn is definitely one of the most memorable cinematic experiences you’ll have.

To market, to market Left to right: See majestic turtles at Bare Sand Island; outdoor films at Deckchair Cinema

Mix with locals and fellow tourists alike, listen to busker beats, soak up the tropical night air and take in the aroma of satay

Make the most of Darwin’s warm climate by dining al fresco

and spicy noodles – all beneath the magical NT sunset. Held on Thursday and Sunday evenings from April through to October, Darwin’s Mindil Beach Sunset Market is a local institution. Two kilometres from the city centre, it can be reached easily via a walk or a short bus ride. Hundreds of stalls beckon with jewellery, clothing, Indigenous paintings, pottery and, of course, crocodile and kangaroo paraphenalia. Just like Darwin itself, the markets are a bona fide melting pot of cultures. The best example of this is in the mouth-watering array of food stalls, which serve up every kind of cuisine, from Australian and Thai, to Indian and Brazilian.

Eat up People of more than 50 nationalities call Darwin home, which is partly why the city is rapidly emerging as one of Australia’s top foodie destinations. And it’s a changing one too, with a new eatery opening almost every week.

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COVER STORY I DARWIN Top to bottom: Mindil Beach sunset markets; Little Miss Korea

For a casual lunch or a waterfront dinner, the Oyster Bar should be your go-to. Serving up some of the country’s best oysters, the restaurant has ample outdoor seating to make the most of its waterside location. For Asian fare, the recently opened Little Miss Korea is Darwin’s first DIY Korean barbecue, and its trendy, industrial setting will make you feel like you’re in a hip Manhattan restaurant.

Where to find DECKCHAIR CINEMA Jervois Rd, off Kitchener Dr, +61 8 8981 0700; deckchaircinema.com

Sink a sundowner

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LITTLE MISS KOREA Austin Ln, off Knuckey St, +61 8 8981 7092; littlemisskorea.com OYSTER BAR 19 Kitchener Dr, +61 8 8981 2242; oysterbar.com.au LOLA’S PERGOLA 48 Marina Blvd, Larrakeyah +61 8 8941 5711; facebook.com/ lolaspergola/ SEA DARWIN CRUISES 29 Stokes Hill Rd, +61 1300 065 022; seadarwin.com

See turtles at twilight Cruises run from Darwin Harbour all year round, but wildlife lovers will love Sea Darwin’s award-winning turtle tour in particular. Running from April to September around the full moon or new moon lunar cycle (which are the best times to spot the turtles), the eight-hour tour takes guests to the remote Njulbitjlk (Bare Sand Island) which is the nesting ground for several turtle breeds. Arriving in time for the sunset, you’ll be taken on a guided walk to see the magical egg-laying ritual. For those visiting later in the season, there’s even the possibility

MINDIL BEACH SUNSET MARKET Raffles Plaza, 2/1 Buffalo Ct, +61 8 8981 3454; mindil.com.au

of you witnessing baby turtles emerge from the warm sand.

BROWN’S MART THEATRE 12 Smith St, +61 8 8981 5522 brownsmart.com.au

Be a culture vulture The historic Brown’s Mart has been at the core of the local art scene for more than four decades. Providing an affordable performance space to local artists and arts organisations, this venue is also Darwin’s leading place for live music with local and visiting musicians performing here thanks to resident organisation, Happy Yess, a not-for-profit group run by musicians.

Our beautiful cover on Darwin this issue is an artwork created by Bronwyn Bancroft. An Indigenous Australian artist, Bancroft is a Djanbun clan member of the Bundjalung Nation. In a career spanning more than three decades, she has participated in hundreds of exhibitions, within Australia and overseas.

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It gets hot and humid up in the Territory so a beer or wine can go down very easily. And there are plenty of watering holes across the city, many of which are on Mitchell Street. But for something a bit different – and family-friendly – head to the carnival-themed Lola’s Pergola on Cullen Bay Marina, which opens only from Wednesdays to Sundays, so time your visit accordingly. For kids, there are various toys and rides to try, and for adults there’s an American diner-inspired menu and an ever changing list of craft beers on tap, including mango and taco – yes, you read correctly, taco-flavoured beer.


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Intimate dining, unforgettable view

Tips on dining in style ✪ BOOK IN ADVANCE Don’t even think about walking in and asking for a much-coveted window seat. Book at least a week in advance for prime seating areas, and at least a month beforehand for special occasions or if you are dining on public holidays or their eve.

Top to bottom: Acclaimed restaurant Jaan; carnivores will love Salt grill; Jaan’s delicate cuisine

1 SALT GRILL AND SKY BAR: Modern Australian fare; bird’s eye view THE VIEW: Located on level 55 of

Ion Orchard, this modern Australian restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling glass windows, which are two whole storeys high, offer diners spectacular day and night views of Orchard Road, Singapore’s prime shopping district, as well as the surrounding business district and Marina Bay Sands. All the tables in the main dining area face west, which means you’ll be able to view the stunning sunset wherever you’re seated. For the ultimate visual treat, ask for a table in the exclusive ‘bird cage’, which curves out and overlooks western Singapore. But skip this if you have a phobia of heights!

pan-roasted snapper with eggplant, coconut and ginger (S$52++). The dishes are best paired with wines from its 500-strong label wine list. Alternatively, complete your meal with The Australian, one of the restaurant’s signature house cocktails that is gin-based, and mixed with the chef’s special spiced syrup.

WHAT TO TASTE: Chef Luke Mangan

A Michelinstarred experience THE VIEW: From the elegant,

takes pride in serving the best Australian produce. Unique to the menu is a meat board that showcases a choice of premium meat such as freerange Australian Wagyu and grass-fed Great Southern Pinnacle tenderloin (S$79++ for 200g) ranging from three to six in marbling score. Once you’ve made your pick, your steak will be cooked to perfection. Other noteworthy dishes include the crab omelette with enoki mushroom and herb salad in miso mustard broth (S$33++), as well as the

intimate 40-seater on the 70th level of Swissotel The Stamford, one of Southeast Asia’s tallest hotels, you’re guaranteed postcard-worthy views of the city facing the Marina Bay and the South China Sea. The acclaimed French restaurant was awarded one star by the Singapore Michelin Guide last year, and was also Krug’s first restaurant ambassador in Singapore, an international network of restaurants recognised for being outstanding by the iconic champagne house.

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✪ ARRIVE AT THE MAGIC HOUR The early bird catches the worm or, in this case, the spectacular sunset view that such restaurants offer. Arrive by 6.30pm. Sunset time varies between 6.45pm and 7.15pm, depending on the time of year, according to Dennis Maulbetsch, sales and marketing executive (Asia) of Luke Mangan and Company which runs the Salt grill and Sky bar. ✪ DRESS FOR THE OCCASION Chances are, you will have to leave your flipflops and exercise gear at home. Most of the restaurants in this story have a smart casual or stylish chic dress code, which means no slippers, shorts or bermudas. The dress code for Jaan is ‘smart elegant’ which means long pants and covered shoes for men.

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Taste everything with Cé La Vi’s communal style WHAT TO TASTE: Formal French meals

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are known to be lengthy, multi-course affairs where diners take time to enjoy and savour their food. Keeping close to its French roots, Jaan does not have á la carte offerings but focuses instead on multi-course menus. We’d suggest going for the sevencourse Signatures lunch menu (S$158++) and 10-course Signatures dinner menu (S$298++), featuring seasonal and sustainable produce from around the globe. Noteworthy dishes on the menu include the Summer Violin Zucchini, an exquisite dish of Italian zucchini paired with burnt romero pepper, Cévennes onion and French chillies, as well as rainbow trout from Nersac, Western France, which is cured in a maple syrup, sea salt and Tellicherry marinade and paired with heirloom beetroot. Jaan boasts an extensive wine list of nearly 500 different labels from Old World and New World wines. It also includes a full range of Krug champagnes which you can pair with a specially created menu.

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CÉ LA VI: Communal

dining with city views THE VIEW: Perched atop the landmark

SkyPark Observation Deck of the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) integrated resort, Cé La Vi offers 360-degree panoramic views of the city’s skyline and the Straits of Singapore. Floor-toceiling glass panels in its multi-tiered indoor dining area let you enjoy a view of the gorgeous sunset wherever you are seated. Topping it all off is the spectacular visual treat from the daily laser light and water shows that run at 8pm and 9.30pm at MBS.

WHAT TO TASTE: Modern Asian plates – think classic recipes with a contemporary twist – are designed for sharing and served in a communal dining style that encourages everyone at the table to sample everything. Signatures include the roasted lemongrass chicken (S$34++) infused

Singapore’s tallest restaurant THE VIEW: This

with lemongrass and a seasoning blend of eggplant, zucchini and kaffir lime, and the grilled lamb ribs (S$48++), which are first braised and then marinated overnight with hoisin sauce and orange juice. Carb lovers will enjoy the marinated angel hair (S$22++), which is tossed with tobiko (fish roe) and a pinch of spring onions. For an upscale restaurant, its set lunch menus are affordably priced from S$38++ per person for a threecourse meal. However, a minimum spend of S$80++ per person is required for dinner.

lifestyle destination at 282m above sea level spans three levels and overlooks the iconic skyscrapers against the Marina Bay skyline. At this height, you’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of the Singapore Flyer, Chinatown, Singapore River and Boat Quay. The restaurant’s main dining area has just six tables by its windows, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to make an advance booking, preferably for the first dinner seating.


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Try exquisite delicacies such as Loch Fyne oysters, Jade abalone and foie gras

Where to find CÉ LA VI 57th floor, SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Ave, +65 6508 2188; sg.celavi.com ZAFFERANO Ocean Financial Centre, Level 43, 10 Collyer Quay, +65 6509 1488; zafferano.sg STELLAR AT 1-ALTITUDE Level 62, 1-Altitude, 1 Raffles Pl, +65 6438 0410; 1-altitude.com

WHAT TO TASTE: Like its top-notch views, the restaurant’s artisanal Australian menu is nothing short of stellar, and refreshed regularly depending on seasonal ingredients. Opt for executive chef Christopher Millar’s six-course Constellations tasting menu (S$120++ for six courses and an additional S$98++ for wine pairing) featuring exquisite delicacies such as sea salt Loch Fyne oysters, live Jade abalone and foie gras, and Carabineros prawns. For dessert, try the chocolate parfait, plated at the dining table by the pastry chef. The Constellations menu also includes an interactive element

JAAN Level 70, 2 Stamford Rd, Swissotel The Stamford, +65 6837 3322; jaan.com.sg SALT GRILL AND SKY BAR #55-01 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, +65 6592 5118; lukemangan.com/ restaurants/salt-grill-andsky-bar-singapore

whereby diners make a trip to the restaurant’s organic herb garden. There, they will be treated to lemon meringue prepared on the spot with freshly crushed lavender sorrel.

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Posh Italian nosh THE VIEW: At 43 storeys

above bustling Collyer Quay, this restaurant offers sweeping views of Singapore’s business district. It has 10 window tables, which are available on a first-come, firstserved basis.

WHAT TO TASTE: Made with ingredients from Italian growers, the dishes here are a modern take

on the classic flavours of Italy. Signatures include a decadent medley of foie gras, sous-vide honey pear, fresh berries and dark chocolate (S$32++), as well as poached and pan-seared Sardinian octopus served with roasted vegetables and salmoriglio dressing (S$42++), which is a Sicilian condiment of lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, oregano and parsley. What’s Italian cuisine without pairing it with a glass of good wine? Luckily, Zafferano offers a wine list of more than 250 premium labels from around the world including Piedmont, Tuscany and Veneto, as well as a variety of vintages. You may also bring your own favourite bottle on Saturday evenings without being charged a corkage fee (conditions apply).

Top to bottom: Cé La Vi; Salt grill; Jaan; Zafferano’s stylish interior

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Left A young boy at school as the afternoon sun sets in Phnom Penh. Middle A bamboo umbrella offers some relief from the scorching midday Cambodian sun at the 1920s Pavilion Hotel. Right A line of cyclos sits outside the Phnom Penh Royal Railway Station, the city’s main train terminal.


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International culinary stars come together for The World Gourmet Explore I INTERVIEW Summit in Singapore, on until April 16. Expect a host of gastronomic experiences, from cooking masterclasses to whisky tasting.

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Inflight I JETSTAR NEWS

STRAIGHT TO GATE IN RECORD TIME

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Happy birthday VALERIE! The Sim family’s holiday to Phuket got off to a great start as we threw a surprise mid-flight for mum Valerie. The crew arranged a cake, a hamper and a Jetstar greeting card, and got the pilot to make a special announcement, to the cheers of 179 passengers on board. We certainly hope Valerie and family enjoyed the early birthday celebration, and had a smashing school holiday in Phuket. Want to celebrate an occasion the next time you fly with us? Share with us what you have in mind at jetstarasiamarketing@jetstar.com and we might just be able to whip up a memorable inflight surprise for your loved ones.

How long do you usually take to go from the moment you reach Singapore’s Terminal 1, to the departure gate of your Jetstar flight? More than 50 competition contestants recently proved that with brisk walking skills and quick action, the journey can be completed in no time. On Friday 24 March, we turned the foyer of The Cathay building into a challenge ground, where participants had to complete three tasks before they could go straight-to-gate in order to win a three-day, two-night holiday to Phuket departing the same evening. See our Facebook page for event highlights, and to find out who won.

Get your walk on!

Do note that arrangements are subject to flight duration and on board safety requirements, and not all requests can be accommodated.

WELCOMING MORE QANTAS PASSENGERS Jetstar Asia and Qantas have expanded codeshare arrangements, giving customers more choice and greater frequencies for their flights to Asia. With the addition of 142 flights operated by Jetstar Asia, the number of codeshares has increased to 349, allowing Qantas passengers to fly from Australia to destinations such as Surabaya or Yangon, via Singapore, on a single booking.

VISIT US AND SAY HELLO ON SOCIAL MEDIA! facebook.com/JetstarAsiaAirways @jetstarasia @Jetstar_Asia


Inflight I STAR JOURNEYS WINNERS

#StarJourneys Taken some great snaps during your recent Jetstar holiday? Post them on social media, tag (Instagram) us at #StarJourneys, @jetstarasia (Instagram), or @Jetstar_Asia (Twitter) or @Jetstar Asia (Facebook), include a simple caption – and if we feature your picture you will win a S$100 Jetstar voucher!

Abul Ismail, @abul.ismail “Travelling makes me value other cultures more.” Hoi An, Vietnam

Lala Febriana Slamet, @lalafebr “We always love being there to enjoy our togetherness.” Singapore

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Supapong Supantamart, @totoxium “I’m living the coconut dream.” Phuket, Thailand

Esther Tan, @estherseb “Enjoying the old town with the classic boats, straw hats and old buildings.” Hoi An, Vietnam

Nia Bona, @iabona “Three of us at Maimun Palace.” Medan, Indonesia

Reamy Garcia, @reamblu11 “Happy Thaipusam to all our Hindu friends!” Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Inflight I JETSTAR NEWS

FLEXIBIZ QUIZ Win 1 of 5 $50 Jetstar vouchers

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Congratulations to all five winners of our March quiz where we asked readers to list all five benefits of the FlexiBiz bundle, designed to give business travellers the flexibility they need for their travels. The answers can be found in the half-page FlexiBiz advertisement in this issue. For the month of April, we’d like you to tell us, if you were a business traveller, which benefit you would find most beneficial, and why. Email your answer, including your full name and contact number with the title ‘Jetstar FlexiBiz Contest’ to jetstarasiamarketing @jetstar.com by April 30, 2017. Winners will be contacted via email. Terms and conditions apply.

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GOT MOBILE PHONE, WILL FLY If you’re travelling to cities like Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur and Penang, chances are you could have been given the option to use a mobile boarding pass after checking-in online. From this month, almost all our destinations will be mobile boarding pass-enabled, so give it a try and enjoy the paper-free experience.

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3 Use th U the mobile bil bboarding di pass to enter immigration and go straight to the departure gate This mobile boarding pass service is only available for passengers departing Singapore with carry-on baggage. If no mobile boarding pass option is offered, you can continue to use the PDF version of your boarding pass for Straight-to-Gate.


Inflight I QUIZ

QUIZ TIME Get set to test your travel knowledge with this month’s quiz 1. What is the capital city of Penang? 2. The world’s highest rooftop bar, 1-Altitude is located in which Asian city?

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3. Which world-famous energy drink originated in Bangkok? (A) Rockstar (B) Monster (C) Red Bull (D) Amp 4. When Portuguese explorers first spotted Taiwan from their ships about 500 years ago, what did they call it?

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5. The classic Singapore Sling cocktail contains gin, cherry brandy, Cointreau, DOM Benedictine, bitters, grenadine, and the juice of which two fruits? (A) Pineapple and lime (B) Pineapple and lemon (C) Lemon and lime (D) Lemon and orange 6. In which decade did the Thais begin using sawasdeekrap and sawasdee-kha as a greeting?

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7. What religion do most Balinese practise?

10. The Vietnamese city of Danang faces which body of water? 11. What is Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur most famous for? 12. True or false: Hanoi means ‘city inside the river’. 13. Of these national parks located in Australia’s Northern Territory, which is the biggest? (A) Kakadu National Park (B) Mary River National Park (C) Litchfield National Park (D) Djukbinj National Park 14. Where will you find Xifeng Hot Spring? 15. Which Asian city is set to host the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in August 2017? 16. How many bridges connect Phuket to mainland Thailand? 17. In what year was Burma renamed Myanmar? 18. What’s the official language of Taiwan?

8. Hong Kong is made up of how many islands?

19. True or false: Siem Reap’s Angkor Wat translates as ‘City of Temples’.

9. What is the animal on the Western Australian flag? (A) Kangaroo (B) Black swan (C) Emu (D) Crocodile

20. What is the national dish of Thailand? (A) Tom yam goong (B) Papaya salad (C) Pad Thai (D) Green curry

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QUIZ ANSWERS 1_ George Town 2_ Singapore 3_ (C) Red Bull 4_ Ihla Formosa, which means ‘beautiful island’ 5_ (A) Pineapple and lime 6_ The 1930s 7_ Hinduism 8_ More than 263 9_ (B) Black Swan 10_ South China Sea 11_ Street food stalls 12_ True 13_ (A) Kakadu National Park (it covers almost 20,000 sq km) 14_ Guiyang, Guizhou, China 15_ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 16_ Two 17_ 1989 18_ Standard Mandarin 19_ True 20_ (C) Pad Thai


Inflight I WHERE WE FLY

INTERNATIONAL Operated by Jetstar Airways Operated by Jetstar Asia Operated by Jetstar Pacific Operated by Jetstar Japan

Flights are operated by Jetstar Airways and commence 10 May (Melbourne-Ho Chi Minh City) and 11 May (Sydney-Ho Chi Minh City), subject to government and regulatory approval

Tokyo (Narita) Nagoya (Chubu)

Osaka (Kansai) Guiyang Shantou Guangzhou Hanoi

Hong Kong Haikou Sanya

Yangon Da Nang Siem Reap Bangkok Phnom Penh

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Brisbane Gold Coast Perth Adelaide

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Thanh Hoa Vinh Dong Hoi Hue Da Nang Chu Lai Pleiku Quy Nhon

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Nha Trang Da Lat

Kagoshima

Ho Chi Minh City

Okinawa Operated by Jetstar Japan

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AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND Auckland New Plymouth Nelson

Darwin

Cairns Townsville Hamilton Island Whitsunday Coast Mackay

Queenstown

Napier Palmerston North Wellington Christchurch Dunedin

Operated by Jetstar Airways Operated by Eastern Australia Airlines for Jetstar Airways

Sunshine Coast

Ayers Rock (Uluru)

Brisbane Gold Coast Ballina Byron

Perth

Newcastle

Sydney Adelaide

Melbourne (Tullamarine)

Auckland

Melbourne (Avalon) Operated by Jetstar Airways Flights are operated by Jetstar Airways and commence 4 April, subject to regulatory approval

Wellington Christchurch

Launceston Hobart Queenstown

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Inflight I WHEN WE FLY

Jetstar Asia, together with Jetstar, operates more than 600 flights per week throughout Asia. Schedule is valid to April 30, 2017.

SINGAPORE – HAIKOU / HAIKOU – SINGAPORE 3 hours 30 minutes (GMT+8)

2 hours 30 minutes (GMT+7) SIN SIN

Arrival

Time

07:20

BKK

08:45

09:15

BKK

10:40

SIN

10:45

BKK

12:10

SIN*

12:50

BKK

14:15

SIN

16:50

BKK

18:20

SIN

19:15

BKK

20:40

BKK

09:25

SIN

12:50

BKK

11:40

SIN

15:10

BKK

12:50

SIN

16:15

BKK*

15:15

SIN

18:40

BKK

19:00

SIN

22:25

BKK

21:20

SIN

00:40

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Time

HAK

11:05

HAK

12:00

SIN

15:25

M

T

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

10:10

HKG

14:10

SIN

15:45

HKG

19:45

HKG

14:50

SIN

18:40

HKG

20:25

SIN

00:15

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

08:20

HKT

09:10

SIN

11:10

HKT

12:00

SIN

15:00

HKT

15:50

SIN

15:25

HKT

16:15

SIN

17:00

HKT

17:45

SIN

20:30

HKT

21:20

HKT

09:45

SIN

12:40

HKT

12:40

SIN

15:35

HKT

16:40

SIN

19:40 19:50

HKT

16:55

SIN

HKT

18:40

SIN

21:35

1 hour 45 minutes (GMT+7)

HKT

22:00

SIN

00:50

M

T

M

T

W

T

F

S

M

T

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

08:15

CGK

09:10

SINGAPORE – MEDAN / MEDAN – SINGAPORE

SIN*

10:25

CGK

11:25

1 hour 25 minutes (GMT+7)

SIN

13:35

CGK

14:30

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

15:45

CGK

16:40

SIN

08:15

KNO

08:40

SIN#

18:50

CGK

19:45

SIN

08:40

KNO

09:05

SIN

20:00

CGK

20:55

SIN

09:30

KNO

09:55

CGK

09:50

SIN

12:40

SIN

15:15

KNO

15:40

CGK*

12:10

SIN

14:55

SIN

20:30

KNO

20:55

CGK

15:10

SIN

18:00

SIN

20:35

KNO

21:05

CGK

17:20

SIN

20:10

KNO

09:20

SIN

12:00

CGK#

20:25

SIN

23:20

KNO

09:45

SIN

12:20

CGK

21:35

SIN

00:25

KNO

10:35

SIN

13:10

KNO

16:20

SIN

18:55

KNO

21:35

SIN

00:10

KNO

21:45

SIN

00:20

#

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

W

1 hour 45 minutes (GMT+7)

SINGAPORE – JAKARTA / JAKARTA – SINGAPORE

* Service on 5 Apr - 26 Apr only

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SINGAPORE – PHUKET / PHUKET – SINGAPORE

* Thursday & Sunday services from 7 Apr - 23 Apr

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Arrival

07:35

3 hours 55 minutes (GMT+8)

SINGAPORE – BANGKOK / BANGKOK – SINGAPORE Time

Time

SIN

SINGAPORE – HONG KONG / HONG KONG – SINGAPORE

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Departure

Departure

S

Tuesday service from 7 Apr - 23 Apr

M

T

SINGAPORE – DANANG / DANANG – SINGAPORE 2 hours 30 minutes (GMT+7) Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

18:00

DAD

19:40

SIN

17:25

DAD

19:05

DAD

20:20

SIN

00:10

DAD

19:55

SIN

23:45

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

SINGAPORE – KUALA LUMPUR / KUALA LUMPUR – SINGAPORE 1 hour 5 minutes (GMT+8)

SINGAPORE – DENPASAR / DENPASAR– SINGAPORE 2 hours 45 minutes (GMT+8)

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:10

KUL

08:15

SIN

09:05

KUL

10:10

SIN

09:35

KUL

10:40

SIN*

12:50

KUL

13:55

SIN#

17:55

KUL

19:00

SIN

19:35

KUL

20:40

KUL

08:45

SIN

09:55

13:40

KUL

10:50

SIN

12:00

13:40

KUL

11:20

SIN

12:30

DPS

18:00

KUL*

14:35

SIN

15:45

14:25

SIN

17:10

#

KUL

19:40

SIN

20:50

19:20

SIN

22:05

KUL

21:20

SIN

22:25

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

10:55

DPS

SIN

11:00

DPS

SIN

15:10

DPS DPS

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

* Friday service from 7 Apr - 23 Apr

#

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

Thursday service from 7 Apr - 23 Apr

SINGAPORE – DARWIN / DARWIN – SINGAPORE SINGAPORE – GUIYANG / GUIYANG - SINGAPORE

4 hours 30 minutes (GMT+9.5) Time

Arrival

Time

SIN*

23:05

DRW

05:10

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

DRW#

06:00

SIN

09:05

SIN

09:40

KWE

14:00

KWE

14:50

SIN

19:45

* Monday, Tuesday & Thursday service from 7 Apr - 23 Apr

#

M

T

W

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday service from 7 Apr - 23 Apr

T

F

S

S

4 hours 20 minutes (GMT+8)

Departure

M

T

W


SINGAPORE – MANILA / MANILA – SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE – PHNOM PENH / PHNOM PENH – SINGAPORE

3 hours 35 minutes (GMT+8)

2 hours (GMT+7)

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

06:20

MNL

09:55

SIN*

07:00

PNH

08:10

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

SIN*

16:45

MNL

20:20

SIN

13:30

PNH

14:40

MNL

10:35

SIN

14:15

SIN

19:35

PNH

20:40

MNL*

21:00

SIN

00:45

PNH*

09:00

SIN

12:00

PNH

15:25

SIN

18:25

PNH

21:30

SIN

00:30

* Friday service from 7 Apr - 23 Apr

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

* Thursday service from 7 Apr - 23 Apr

SINGAPORE – MANILA – OSAKA / OSAKA – MANILA – SINGAPORE 3 hours 35 minutes (from SIN to MNL); 3 hours 55 minutes (from MNL to KIX) (GMT+8/GMT+9) M

T

W

T

F

S

S

SINGAPORE – SIEM REAP / SIEM REAP – SINGAPORE

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN*

02:20

MNL

05:55

MNL*

06:55

KIX

11:50

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

KIX*

12:50

MNL

16:05

SIN

11:35

REP

12:50

MNL*

17:05

SIN

20:40

2 hours 10 minutes (GMT+7)

* Saturday service from 7 Apr - 23 Apr

SIN

13:55

REP

15:10

REP

13:45

SIN

17:05

REP

15:25

SIN

18:25

M

T

W

SINGAPORE – PENANG / PENANG – SINGAPORE 1 hour 20 minutes (GMT+8)

SINGAPORE – YANGON / YANGON – SINGAPORE

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

SIN

09:45

PEN

11:10

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

15:10

PEN

16:35

SIN*

08:55

RGN

10:25

SIN

19:30

PEN

21:00

SIN

17:05

RGN

18:35

PEN

11:50

SIN

13:20

RGN*

11:15

SIN

15:50

PEN

17:15

SIN

18:45

RGN

19:15

SIN

23:50

PEN

21:40

SIN

23:10

2 hours 55 minutes (GMT+6.5) M

T

W

* Tuesday service from 7 Apr - 23 Apr

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SINGAPORE – PALEMBANG / PALEMBANG – SINGAPORE

5 hours 25 minutes (GMT+8)

1 hour 05 minutes (GMT+7)

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

16:30

PER

21:40

SIN

11:20

PLM

11:25

SIN*

03:30

PER

08:40

PLM

12:05

SIN

14:10

PER

00:05

SIN

05:25

PER*

09:30

SIN

14:50

PER

22:45

SIN

04:10

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

SINGAPORE – TAIPEI – OSAKA / OSAKA – TAIPEI – SINGAPORE

* Wednesday service from 7 Apr - 23 Apr

4 hours 45 minutes (from SIN to TPE); 2 hours 40 minutes (from TPE to KIX) (GMT+8/GMT+9)

SINGAPORE – HO CHI MINH CITY / HO CHI MINH CITY – SINGAPORE 2 hours (GMT+7) Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:00

TPE

11:50

TPE

12:40

KIX

16:30

SIN*

01:10

TPE

06:00

SIN

07:10

SGN

08:15

TPE*

06:55

KIX

10:45

SIN

13:50

SGN

14:55

TPE

07:00

KIX

10:45 19:25

SIN

19:50

SGN

21:00

KIX

17:20

TPE

SGN

08:55

SIN

11:55

TPE

20:20

SIN

01:10

SGN

15:35

SIN

18:40

KIX*

12:15

TPE

14:25

SGN

21:40

SIN

00:40

TPE*

15:25

SIN

20:10

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

* Monday service from 7 Apr - 23 Apr

SINGAPORE – PEKANBARU / PEKANBARU - SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE – SURABAYA / SURABAYA – SINGAPORE

1 hour (GMT+7) Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:35

PKU

07:35

SIN

16:35

PKU

16:35

PKU

08:15

SIN

10:20

PKU

17:15

SIN

19:15

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

SINGAPORE – SHANTOU / SHANTOU – SINGAPORE

2 hours 15 minutes (GMT+7) Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

11:10

SUB

12:30 20:05

SIN

18:45

SUB

SUB

13:20

SIN

16:40

SUB

20:45

SIN

00:05

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

SINGAPORE – SANYA / SANYA – SINGAPORE

4 hours 5 minutes (GMT+8)

3 hours (from SIN to SYX) ; 3 hours 10 minutes (from SYX to SIN) (GMT+8)

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

13:30

SWA

17:40

SIN

07:00

SYX

09:50

SWA

18:20

SIN

22:20

SYX

11:00

SIN

14:10

M

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Inflight I WHEN WE FLY

JETSTAR

JETSTAR PACIFIC

MELBOURNE – SINGAPORE / SINGAPORE– MELBOURNE

HO CHI MINH CITY – SINGAPORE / SINGAPORE – HO CHI MINH CITY

7 hours 45 minutes (GMT+11)

2 hours (GMT+7)

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

MEL*

11:10

SIN

16:50

SGN

07:10

SIN

10:10

SIN

11:00

SGN

12:05

MEL#

12:10

SIN

16:50

SIN#

21:00

MEL

06:20

SIN#

21:00

MEL

07:20

* Tuesday service from 2 Apr - 25 Apr

#

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Service on 1 Apr only

PERTH – DENPASAR – SINGAPORE / SINGAPORE – DENPASAR – PERTH 2 hours 35 minutes (from SIN to DPS); 3 hours 45 minutes (from DPS to PER) (GMT+8/GMT+8) Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

PER

17:50

DPS

21:25

DPS

22:15

SIN

01:00

SIN

05:00

DPS

07:40

DPS

08:30

PER

12:10

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

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Safety first Please ask the cabin crew for an infant seatbelt if your child is under two years old. Return the infant seatbelt to our cabin crew upon disembarkation. Sleeping on the aircraft floor is not permitted. Please read the safety instruction card in your seat pocket, noting emergency exits and location of life jackets. Please watch the safety

demonstration prior to take-off. In an emergency, the crew will give specific instructions. They may speak assertively and will require your cooperation.

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Danang LOI HO Tour and leisure manager, Banyan Tree Lang Co; banyantree.com/en/apvietnam-lang-co

The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest is… The historic town of Hoi An (pictured above), known for its eclectic display of architecture, ranging from Chinese

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shophouses and temples to colourful French colonial buildings. If you’re only there for a day, what’s one must-do? Head for the water as the beaches are great surf spots. Non Nuoc and My Khe are beautiful beaches. A secret place in the city that I love going to…

Chessboard Peak on Son Tra Mountain, where a statue of a deity sitting alone and facing a chessboard can be found. On days when the skies are clear, panoramic views of the city reward those who make the more-than-600m ascent. The best place for local eats is… Ba Duong, one of the best places for banh xeo, a fried rice flour crepe stuffed with bean sprouts, shrimp and mung beans.

The most scenic spot in the city is… Hai Van Pass. As you wind up the mountainous roads, the views of the sea are spectacular. The best place for a selfie or groufie is… Ngu Hanh Son, more commonly known as Marble Mountains. They are a cluster of marble and limestone hills with many caves, tunnels and shrines. The best place to go shopping in my city is… Han Market has hundreds of stalls and offers a fascinating glimpse into the local culture.


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Hong Kong VIVIENNE TANG Founder of Destination Deluxe; destinationdeluxe.com

The best place to go shopping in my city is… There are so many shopping malls in Hong Kong, but if you’re looking for something that’s a bit different from all the usual brands, perhaps

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PMQ will excite you. It offers local designers and labels you might not have heard of yet. A secret place in the city that I love going to… The Chi Lin Nunnery in Diamond Hill. It’s easily accessible via the MTR and offers a serenity that can hardly be found anywhere else

in this bustling city. Bring your camera for some Instagram-worthy shots. The best place for local eats is… Lin Heung Teahouse for dim sum. It’s a very local and raw experience. Being one of the oldest teahouses in Hong Kong, it’s definitely an eyeopener. The best place for a drink or meal with a view? Sevva is perfect for a pre-dinner drink. It has a huge terrace and offers a nice view of Central. What’s a good souvenir to buy and where do I get it? Hong Kong is all about

food, so take home some Chinese egg tarts. The best ones are at Tai Cheong Bakery on Lyndhurst Terrace. Be prepared to queue up. The best place for a selfie or groufie is… If you’re hunting for Instagram backdrops, head on over to the Sai Wan Swimming Shed. You might have to queue up for your shot though.


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Kuala Lumpur TRACY KHEE Director of public relations, The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur; ritzcarlton.com

The best place for a selfie or groufie is… The KL Tower Sky Box, which offers an exhilarating panoramic experience 421m above ground level with its glass windows and flooring.

The best freebie a visitor can get in my city is… The KL Forest Eco Park, the only remaining tropical rainforest in the heart of the city. It is considered the ‘Green Lung’ of KL. The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest is… Central Market, home

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to more than 350 shops selling handicrafts, batik, souvenirs, antiques, collectibles and more. The best place to go shopping in my city is… Starhill Gallery, which houses international designer labels and luxury watch and jewellery brands. What’s a good souvenir to buy and where do I get it? Royal Selangor’s beautifully handcrafted pewter products, ranging from photo frames to personal accessories. They are available in shopping malls such as Suria KLCC.

The best place for local eats is… Jalan Alor is uniquely Malaysian. The street is lined with food stalls serving local fare such as satay, barbecue chicken wings, fried noodles and grilled seafood. The best place for a drink or meal with a view? Nobu KL remains my favourite restaurant – it serves exquisite contemporary Japanese cuisine infused with South American flavours.


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Siem Reap POUR SOKHAC Journey planner, Sens Asia; sensasia.com

The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest is… For a casual day out, we go to West Baray. You can go swimming in the lake, relax on hammocks and take boat trips to an island temple in the middle of the lake.

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A secret place in the city that I love going to is… Mr Grill Restaurant is quite isolated from the bustle of the main areas, and has a nice garden and a friendly atmosphere. The best place for a selfie or groufie is… Angkor Wat is undoubtedly the best,

especially during sunrise and sunset. But it is very crowded and you’ll be lucky to get a selfie with only you in it! The best place to go shopping in my city is… For the greatest variety, the Old Market has local gifts, clothing and everything else. The best place for local eats is… The local restaurants in front of Angkor Wat are some of my favourite places to eat fried chicken or fish and Cambodian crab soup. They offer super views of Lotus Lake. The best place for a drink or

meal with a view? Yellow Mango Cafe serves authentic food and drink. Its location, next to Old Market and facing the river, is perfect for a relaxing time. What’s a good souvenir to buy and where do I get it? Silk items such as scarves and bags, and wood or stone Apsara statues. A top-quality shop to find these is Theam’s House.


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Singapore ANGIE YONG Manager, visitor experience, National Gallery Singapore; nationalgallery.sg

The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest is... National Gallery Singapore is a very special place, and I’m not saying this just because I work there. It’s such an experience exploring more than 1,000 artworks,

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housed in two historical buildings, that speak volumes about Singapore and Southeast Asia’s histories. What’s a good souvenir to buy and where do I get it? Visitors can visit Arab Street for a traditional sarong or baju. If you’re only there for a day, what’s one must-do? Join the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour to take in the sights of Singapore. You can travel around Singapore at your own pace and spend more time at spots that pique your interests.

The best place for local eats is… Joo Chiat Road offers the best local delicacies. It is brimming with local favourites such as laksa, bak kut teh, Hainanese chicken rice, Teochew porridge, and much more. A secret place in the city that I love going to is… I love

going to Changi Village as the area has a natural charm and is surrounded by greenery, a beachside boardwalk and repurposed army barracks. The best freebie a visitor can get in my city is... Take in the sights, sounds and scents of countless flora species at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Enjoy a free walking tour and look out for their special evening concerts.


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Perth GWYN DOLPHIN Tourism Western Australia chief executive officer; westernaustralia.com

If you’re only there for a day, what’s one must-do? If you’re like me and enjoy good food and wine, a visit to the Swan Valley is a must. Take a 25-minute drive from the Perth CBD and you’ll find yourself surrounded by

AUS T R A L I A award-winning wineries, breweries, gourmet treats and producers. The most scenic spot in the city is... The views of the iconic Swan River and Perth city skyline from Kings Park will take your breath away. One of the largest inner-city parks in the world (it’s bigger than Central Park in New York), it’s home to more than 3,000 flowering plant species. The best place for local eats is… The Twilight Hawkers Market brings the tastiest food from around the world to the heart of the

city. Located in the CBD, the markets run each Friday evening between October and April. The best place for a drink or meal with a view? A surge in venues opening along Perth’s idyllic coastline has provided the perfect opportunity to enjoy a meal while looking over the Indian Ocean.

Some of my favourites include The Shorehouse (Swanbourne), Odyssea (City Beach) and Bathers Beach House (Fremantle). The best place to go shopping in my city is... Head to the King Street precinct for designer jewellery houses.


Inflight I TRAVEL TALES

THE YOUNG ONES Flying with kids is no child’s play, even with online tips. Just ask Mag Teo, who has to survive a trip with her brood of four without her hubby

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THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PRIORITY boarding comes on, and I feel slightly smug as I see families rush to the front while I stop my brood from moving forward. I’d read somewhere online that I shouldn’t board early with a baby – why subject her to more antsy time in an enclosed space? I immediately regret my decision when my preschooler tugs at my top and does her pee-pee shuffle. The baby, in an I-can-do-anythingbetter-than-you flourish, releases a chart-topper of a fart that would make a diaper blush. By which time we are queuing with the rest of the passengers; me cursing myself for seeking, and trusting, internet advice. Once on board, I abandon my boys and dash to the restroom with the girls, thanking the aviation gods for the vacant loo. The older teen, with all the wisdom of his 17 years, has had the foresight to preload his music and anime series onto his mobile phone. We will neither see his face nor hear from him until we land.

The two compatriots belt out an unwelcome aerial anthem The younger teen, with all the wiles of his 13 years, has had the chutzpah to claim my iPad as his own. We will neither see his face nor hear from him too... until he realises it’s preloaded only with Korean dramas. As the plane takes off, the five-year-old is chatty and curious. I spend a good hour

fielding her questions on aerodynamics and barf bags, wondering when she would nod off. I’d read online that a wellfed child would sleep on a plane, and she’s had a hearty meal before our flight. The littlest one has been nursed to sleep but a wail from another cherub across

the aisle rouses her, compelling her to respond in kind, the two compatriots belting out an unwelcome aerial anthem. Her sister suddenly looks a little green around the gills, and most of her lunch makes a hasty exit, landing on my jeans. (Note to self again: do not listen to internet advice.) With two hours left, I guess I’ll just have to fly by the seat of my pants.

ILLUSTRATION GREGORY ROBERTS

WORDS MAG TEO


Jetstar Asia April 2017  

The April issue of Jetstar Asia's in-flight magazine

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