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jetstar MAGAZINE

DECEMBER 2016

MAGAZINE

BALI I SINGAPORE I PENANG

SANDBOARDING JAPAN

WHERE TO GO IN 2017

DECEMBER 2016

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THE TRAVEL LIST

It’s time to get packing: follow in the steps of the jet-set and let them inspire your travel plans for the year ahead


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49 Gift must-gets

INSIDER

25 I WHAT’S IN MY SUITCASE?

06 I THE HOT LIST

The creative contents of singer Sam Rui’s luggage

60 I COLOURS OF PENANG 6 Stunning snaps from this cculture-rich Malaysian state

84 I TRAVEL TALES

Events across the network

The iincredible lengths a foodie will go to for a memorable meal

COVER: ARTWORK HE SHE IT THEY I PHOTOGRAPHY YIE SANDISON

26 I TRADITION TALKS 09 I NEWS What’s happening this month

Experience ancient Japanese customs at a tea ceremony

12 I POSTCODE

29 I 24 HOURS

Discover Jakarta’s most creative neighbourhood

Rich history (and a diamondladen temple) in Yangon

40 I WHERE I’M GOING IN 2017

15 IN PROFILE

32 I SHOP IT

Naiise’s founder talks design

Stylish Christmas presents, sorted

The cool kids share their travel must-dos. Start packing now

18 I HOTEL TREND Living luxe in Asia’s unique hotels

49 I BALI BY FARM 34 I JUST DESSERTS A festive dessert recipe with Oreos. Need we say more?

22 I INSTAGRAMABLE Hot Taipei spots from temples to tasty street eats

INSPIRE INS S

The undiscovered delights of Bali farmstays

INFLIGHT 68 I Jetstar news 69 I Quiz 71 I Winners – #StarJourneys

54 I BEST OF BUFFETS 37 I BEAUTY ON THE FLY Lush limited-edition buys

This silly season enjoy the finest fare in all-you-can-eat style

72 I Where we fly


Welcome I From the CEO

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

Welcome aboard

DECEMBER 2016

HARDIE GRANT MEDIA Managing Director Fiona Hardie

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Wishing you a happy holiday

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appy Holidays! If you’re looking to book your Jetstar flights for the yearend, Singapore and Hong Kong are the top two Southeast Asian cities to spend Christmas in. Catch the lights in the Hong Kong WinterFest where buildings along the Victoria Harbour are decked in twinkling Christmas lights. For visitors coming down to Singapore, whip out your cameras and enjoy the festive extravaganza of lights and activities along Orchard Road. With Christmas comes the custom of giving, and we are happy to share that our tradition of rewarding Jetstar travellers with the Jetstar ‘Gift of Giving’ travel vouchers is back. Jetstar travellers throughout Asia may just find themselves at the

receiving end of a gift voucher this season. For many of you, December is also a great time to plan for 2017. To get you started, our marketing team has put together a 2017 campaign to help you make the most of the seven long weekends in the year. As this is limited to only 20 customers, be the first to book it. You can read more about it on Jetstar.com. Once again, thank you for choosing to fly with Jetstar and we wish all our travellers a safe holiday filled with joy, love and peace.

Barathan Pasupathi CEO, Jetstar Asia Airways

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Welcome I Group CEO note

Season’s greetings from Jetstar

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During December, we’ll fly more than two million customers to where they want to be at this special time

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love spending time with my family and being outdoors, so naturally December is one of my favourite months of the year. You might be on your way to a family event or a holiday adventure right now. Maybe you’re flying to somewhere exotic like Myanmar, where Jetstar Asia has just added seven extra flights to each week. Perhaps you’re taking advantage of the four new international routes we’ve just launched from Vietnam.

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

Or you might be making your way to beautiful Tasmania, where I recently enjoyed an action-packed trip with my family. We have so many exciting destinations across Asia-Pacific and with our 10 per cent price beat guarantee on both flights and holiday packages, you can rest assured you’re getting the best value. This year, during December, we’ll fly more than two million customers to where they want to be at this special time. At Jetstar we consider that a real privilege. We know you have a choice and you’ve chosen us. In return, we’re committed to making your journey hassle free and enjoyable – from the moment you log on to Jetstar.com to book your flights, until the time you pick up your bags at your destination. I hope you enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. And may you have many exciting travel adventures on the horizon.

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Jayne Hrdlicka Jetstar Group CEO

The king of quirky

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On December 31, Hong Kong’s waterfront comes alive for the countdown to 2017. Victoria Harbour is the place to be for a festive atmosphere and the incredible 10-minute pyromusical display that will light up the skies. Get in early to nab a prime viewing spot.

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The hot list Watch a magical ballet, let your hair down with electronic music, and finish the year with a brilliant fireworks display in Singapore

Djakarta warehouse project December 9–10

The Nutcracker December 7–11

Email ticketing@singaporedancetheatre.com or call +65 6338 0611 for ticket enquires. To add a magical touch to the Christmas season, treat your family to this classic ballet by the Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT). It will feature colourful characters including the Sugar Plum fairy and the mischievous Mouse King. Tickets are available at all authorised SISTIC outlets and at the SDT office. singaporedancetheatre.com

djakartawarehouse.com

Did someone say party?

OSIM Sundown Marathon Singapore 2017 March 25, 2017 Asia’s largest night run – also Singapore’s first – returns to the F1 Pit Building next year. The OSIM Sundown Marathon Singapore 2017 includes 5km and 10km fun runs and more hard-core legs at just over 21km and 42km each. sundownmarathon.com

Siloso Beach Party

Symphony in the city 2016

December 31 Ring in the new year at Sentosa’s annual beach party in Singapore. Dance the night away and then enjoy a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. The celebration runs from 6pm to 6am and is headlined by Dutch DJ and producer Quintino. sentosa.com.sg/ silosobeachparty

December 10 This free event in Perth’s Langley Park is a treat for music lovers. Enjoy a night of classical and movie favourites performed by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) and the WASO Chorus. The night will end with a stunning pyrotechnics display. waso.com.au

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Join almost 80,000 revellers from around the world at this epic celebration of electronic music in the Indonesian capital. The line-up includes Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies, longstanding favourite Carl Cox, and electro house superstars Blasterjaxx, Yves V and Brennan Heart.

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Insider I NEWS

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

MANILA MUNCHIES

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If the thought of truffle fries or smoked ribs make you drool, then head to Communeaty Roces Food Hub in Quezon City in Manila. With a range of stalls selling tasty morsels from cuisines including Mexican, Japanese and American, you’ll want to make sure you arrive hungry. 120 Don A. Roces Ave, Manila

Get great discounts on Sentosa Want to enjoy a half-day escapade on Sentosa Island? Save money with Mastercard’s year-long discounts. Our picks? Go on the 30-minute Gogreen Segway Eco Adventure, move on to the MegaZip (and get a complimentary go on the MegaBounce trampoline when purchased as a package with your Mastercard), then enjoy 15% off your lunch at the Wave House Sentosa when you order from a choice of one soup or salad, one main and one choice of soft drink. sentosa.com.sg/statespecials/mastercardpromotions

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Tuck into Michelinstarred ramen

Adventures in Myanmar

Indulge in R&R at a zen Bali spa

Go hiking, mountain biking, stand-up paddle boarding and more, in and around Myanmar, and help the rural communities you come across at the same time. Myanmar Adventure Outfitters doesn’t just offer multiactivity adventures in a beautiful part of the world, it also creates economic opportunities and invests its profits back into those communities it operates in. myanmaradventure outfitters.com

After a long day of shopping or surfing in Bali, why not book yourself in for a pampering face or body treatment at Montigo Spa at the recently refurbished Montigo Resort in Seminyak. The peaceful spa provides a holistic wellness experience, with indulgent therapies like hot-stone massages, invigorating body scrubs and even lush couples’ treatments. montigoresorts.com/seminyak

Tokyo’s famous ramen restaurant Tsuta has opened its second branch at Pacific Plaza in Singapore. The only ramen eatery in the world with a Michelin star, it is known for its springy noodles and three soup bases: shoyu soba, made with black truffle oil; shio soba, which comprises a chickenseafood blend, rock salt, red wine and rosemary infusions; and miso soba. Each bowl comes topped with slices of char-siu (barbecued pork).


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BREAKFAST AT AH MENG’S MEET A DURIAN-LOVING ORANGUTAN AT JUNGLE BREAKFAST WITH WILDLIFE AT SINGAPORE ZOO IT’S NOT EVERY DAY (or everywhere) that you can have breakfast with charismatic orangutans. But you can enjoy this immersive experience at the Singapore Zoo. Held at Ah Meng Restaurant, the globally acclaimed, award-winning Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife gives you a view of the attraction’s iconic lush vegetation as well as an unbeatable view of its famous orangutans. While you indulge in a buffet spread of both Western and local breakfast dishes, you also have the opportunity to have your photo taken with the animals. There is an ongoing commentary on the plight of these

intelligent apes as the Singapore Zoo, which has successfully bred the largest number of orangutans in captivity in the world, hopes to reinforce the message of wildlife conservation. The zoo is home to 26 orangutans, eight of which are Sumatran while the rest are of the Bornean species. The zoo is also the first in the world with free-ranging areas where the animals can swing, climb and play in a treetop habitat.

The new gen One of these orangutans is Ah Meng, formerly known as Ishta. The first Ah Meng, Ishta’s grandmother who passed away in 2008,

was Singapore’s first non-human tourism ambassador and brought worldwide fame to the zoo. Being a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan, she also helped to create more interest in the plight of her species in the wild. The new Ah Meng was chosen to be the zoo’s latest animal ambassador as she bears a strong resemblance to her famous grandmother. She loves durians and is sociable, affectionate and patient. Ah Meng meets visitors four times weekly at Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife, in addition to selected photography sessions.

Book your wild breakfast Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife is held 9am–10.30am daily. It costs S$35 for adults and S$25 for children aged 6–12 years. Singapore Zoo admission charges of S$33 for adults and S$22 for children aged 3–12 years apply. Animal appearances are between 9.30am and 10am and the last buffet seating is at 10am. Contact +65 6360 8560 or email sales.reservations@ wrs.com.sg to book.

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Hanging out in hip South Jakarta Escape central Jakarta’s (in)famous traffic and head to its south where you can indulge in great food, unique shopping and artsy culture. We give you seven reasons why this is the capital’s coolest neighbourhood

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Gandaria City This mall doubles as a public art gallery, featuring impressive and iconic sculptures. The masterpieces by international artists include Great Gigantic Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama, LOVE by Robert Indiana and Dancers by Fernando Botero. The pieces are only cordoned off with simple velvet ropes, allowing aficionados to get up close and personal with their favourite art. Jl Sultan Iskandar Muda, Kebayoran Lama, +62 2129052888; gandariacity.co.id

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Lobby Lounge at Sheraton Grand Savour a special menu at the Lobby Lounge, which features an innovative Paired programme. Here, a selection of premium wines curated by Wine Spectator magazine and craft beers are paired to a specific tapasstyle plate that features locally inspired flavours. Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel, Jl Sultan Iskandar Muda, Kebayoran, +62 21 806 30888; sheratongrandjakartagandariacity.com


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Martabak Boss If the late-night munchies hit, make your way to this funky food cart. It offers trendy versions of a popular local snack, martabak – a pancake stuffed with various ingredients. The hipster interpretations of the dish here include matcha, red velvet and even durian for the adventurous foodie. Best of all, each martabak is cooked to order so you’ll get to savour it piping hot off the griddle. Jl Panglima Polim Raya IX No. 124, +62 21 27510559; facebook.com/MartabakBoss

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ARA Jakarta Fashionistas get a tasteful edit of some of the most promising homegrown designers and fashion labels at ARA Jakarta, a beautiful, light-filled space. Labels in store include Peggy Hartanto (think sculptural cocktail dresses) and Toton – (feminine designs featuring Indonesian fabrics) and modern monochromatic pieces by Fbudi to cater to every style sensibility. Colony 6 Kemang Unit 5-6, Jalan Kemang Raya No. 6, +62 21 29529958; arajakarta.com

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Letter D. One of Jakarta’s buzziest restaurants, Letter D is the brainchild of Chef Degan, a former judge on Masterchef Indonesia. To reflect the chef’s penchant for globetrotting, the menu features a blend of Indonesian and Thai cuisine, with a European touch. Be sure to order the salmon lodeh, where slow-roasted salmon is paired with a frothy Indonesian coconut broth to create the ultimate comfort-food dish. Reservations are recommended. Jl KH Ahmad Dahlan No. 16, +62 2172789111

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One Fifteenth Coffee Put this industrial-chic and Instagram-friendly café on your map when exploring South Jakarta. One of the first coffee shops to offer specialty coffee in the city, One Fifteenth Coffee boasts some of the best beans you can sample, both from Indonesia and abroad. There’s also a scrumptious menu of brunch food, sweet treats and local cuisine to complement your brew. Jl Gandaria 1/63, +62 21 7225678; 1-15coffee.com

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DIA.LO.GUE Visit this this multiconcept space for unique, design-centric shopping. It houses a retail store that features a wide variety of decorative and home decor items, stationery and jewellery, plus a gallery space that hosts a rotating roster of exhibitions by Indonesian artists and designers. A recent exhibition featured a retrospective of Indonesia graphic design. A laid-back bistro rounds off the facilities. Jl Kemang Selatan No.99A, RT.1/RW.2, Bangka; facebook.com/dialogueartspace

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HAPPINESS

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Give your loved ones something quirky this Christmas from Singapore design store Naiise

Chilli crab, er, cushion anyone?

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t started as a website, then as a pop-up store in January 2014. Today, Naiise (pronounced “nice”) can be found in six locations across Singapore, including an 8,500-sq ft flagship store at The Cathay. Founder Dennis Tay’s love for design was shaped during his previous role as the owner of a creative agency, and he is proud to now share his passion with others. Naiise is famous for its quirky and eye-catching products – think biscuit-shaped lamps and rocking horses – that range from home accessories and fashion to food. About 60% to 70% of the products are designed or created in Singapore, making Naiise both an early champion of local design and a popular destination for tongue-in-cheek souvenirs.

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Insider I IN PROFILE being able to come in and look at and touch the designs. The business just grew from there. Between March and October 2015, we opened five brick-and-mortar stores. We also have an online store (naiise.com) to give customers greater flexibility when it comes to buying and collecting their products.

Pick up a cool T-shirt (or three) at Naiise and (inset) Nom Nom Plush Curry Puff Cushion, priced from S$29.90

Any tips for buying the perfect Christmas gift? Get something that’s fun but also functional – then at least you’ll know they’ll use it. Here are some ideas: The Outlier’s Spicy Pork Cubes Canned Food Stool/Low Table (S$169), makes a bright statement for the home and Bigmouth Inc’s Birds Pool Party Beverage Floats (S$35.90) are great for pool parties. Both are available at Naiise. Surprise them!

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Our local brands take us back to our childhood How did Naiise start? Back when I was running a creative agency, I met many talented local designers who wanted to create and market their own products but were afraid shoppers wouldn’t be interested. I started Naiise for two reasons – one, I wanted to give these artisans a platform to showcase and sell their designs and give them exposure on an international level. And two, I felt we could all do with more well-designed products in our lives.

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Why is good design so important to you? It adds colour to our lives. It also solves problems, inspires innovation and makes life simpler.

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Naiise is known for products that evoke happiness. Should good design make you happy? Yes! Design doesn’t exist

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simply to fulfil a function or solve a problem. It has many intangible values, too, which we tend to overlook. Inspiring happiness in our customers is very important to us and guides us in everything we do. Tell us about the Singapore-themed products at Naiise. The demand for Singapore-designed and -made goods is on the rise as more people become aware of our local talent. Many of our local brands reference our culture and take us back to our childhood, like our ‘White Rabbit’ cushions, for example, which resemble the candy many Singaporeans grew up with; USB lamps shaped like iced-gem biscuits; and cups that look like they came from an old-

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fashioned Singapore kopitiam (coffee shop). What makes Naiise different from other gift stores in Singapore? We look at our products as more than just gifts. They’re inspiring, they fulfil some purpose in your life, they’re functional and they put a smile on your face. We also truly care about nurturing our designers and building our creative community, not just in Singapore but regionally.

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How did you grow Naiise to six outlets as of this June? We won many fans with our pop-up stores and found they appreciated a personal shopping experience. They liked

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Tell us about Naiise’s events, like your most recent in September – ‘I Eat Design’. Our events are about creating positive experiences for people, collaborating with like-minded creative businesses and bringing communities together to increase awareness of the design scene. ‘I Eat Design’ was a celebration of Singaporeans’ love of food. Visitors got to design their own edible creations like granola parfaits, attend foodrelated workshops and, of course, eat.

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The new luxe Say hello to the new breed of luxe hotels for the cool Instagram generation. From the #arty rooms and industrial-chic décor to sleek gadgets aplenty, you’ll want to like them more than once

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hether you’re a frequent business traveller, a holiday escape artist or a once-a-year sunseeker, your choice of hotel can really make or break your trip. And while once upon a time, reliable (but cookie-cutter) chain hotels were reassuring, we’re all looking for something a little more experience-driven in an era that’s fuelled by social media. Here’s our pick of seven cool boutique hotels that offer something besides a good night’s sleep – from a chocolate deli to Philippe Starck bathrooms.


Insider I TRAVEL TREND

From left (opposite page): Mira Moon’s entrance; sunset views from Luna2 Studiotel; fine dining at Macalister Mansion

BEST FOR QUIRKY CHARM: Mira

BEST FOR FASHIONISTAS:

Fly me to the moon… the Mira Moon that is. Mixing Chinese tradition with cutting-edge cool, this hotel has personality to spare. With a creative design based on the ancient myth of the MidAutumn moon goddess, unique touches abound – including bespoke peony wall mosaics in the bathrooms and flying rabbit lamps in the lobby – while rooms come kitted out with Handy smartphones, iPad minis and Apple AirPlay connectivity. The theme continues to the hotel’s Supergiant restaurant, which serves SpanishChinese fusion cuisine, while the leafy lantern-lit Secret Garden terrace is the perfect hideaway in which to enjoy a cocktail. Priced from HK$1,700 (S$302) per night, plus 10% service charge.

Pack your Chanel 2.55 and a string of pearls for a high-fashion sleepover. No less an icon than Karl Lagerfeld himself designed the Lion’s Seal emblem that features prominently throughout this 132-room, 16-suite neo-classical property located right in the heart of Singapore’s CBD. Beautifully restored under the watchful eye of renowned interior designer Isabelle Miaja, the “French heritage meets modern Singapore” space is comfortable, chic and sleek, with a raft of high-tech Apple gadgets in every room, including mini iPads to control entertainment and order room service. There’s even a signature SO Sofitel scent in the luxurious, complimentary toiletries pack. Très chic.

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Moon, Hong Kong

SO Sofitel Singapore

SO Sofitel Bangkok’s Park Lobby has some serious style cred

Priced from S$260++ per night.

BEST FOR CITY SLICKERS: SO

Sofitel Bangkok

Another high-concept hotel with serious style cred, SO Sofitel Bangkok is themed around the elements of water, earth, wood, metal and fire, with each carrying its own distinct look and feel. The theme extends all the way up to the rooftop, with the poolside Water Club and fire-themed Red Oven restaurant offering guests plenty of space to kick back and soak in the atmosphere. Luxe-loving gourmands, take note: the hotel has an on-site craft chocolate deli, Chocolab, while rooftop bar HI-SO’s

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private cabanas offer a sophisticated space for cocktails with a spectacular view. Priced from THB5737 (S$229) per night.

BEST FOR FUNLOVING SPACE CADETS: Luna2 Studiotel Bali

Ever wish your hotel room came with a large sprinkling of fun? Step right this way into this witty, cool and downright cosmic space in fashionable Seminyak. Each of the hotel’s 14 open-plan studios appears to be beamed in from the future, with Pop Art aplenty, vibrant accent colours and Philippe Starck bathtubs adding to the Jetsons vibe.


Insider I TRAVEL TREND Art – is every bit as Instagramable, while regular DJ gigs, a rooftop bar and art exhibition space all add to the hip and buzzing vibe. Hop onto one of the hotel’s purple bicycles to explore Jakarta further… the city is your canvas.

You’ll feel as if you’ve walked into the pages of a magazine

Stay here SO Sofitel Singapore 35 Robinson Rd, Singapore, +65 6701 6800; sofitel.com

SO Sofitel Bangkok 2 North Sathorn Rd, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand ,+66 2624 0000; sofitel.com The Silver Room at TUVE

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Away from your studio, the retro-inspired Pop! lounge bar is the perfect spot to sink a tipple before a movie at the Lunaplex. Priced from US$350 (S$483) per night.

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All rooms come stocked with Fresh toiletries and feature a customdesigned ‘Wunderbox’, which opens to reveal a desk, chair and mini-bar. Clutter is so last season. Priced from HK$900 (S$160) per night, plus 10% service charge.

TUVE, Hong Kong In a city filled with glitzy big-name chains, 66-room boutique hotel TUVE stands out from the crowd with a refreshingly sleek and simple style. Located in the quiet neighbourhood of Tin Hau, a short walk from bustling shopping haven Causeway Bay, TUVE’s pared-back aesthetic is straight out of a design magazine, with raw materials like marble, oxidised metal and gold-speckled concrete taking centrestage among its mostly monochromatic interiors.

BEST FOR STREET ART LOVERS: Artotel Thamrin, Jakarta

Fancy discovering the next Banksy… in your hotel room? In a unique collaboration with eight emerging Indonesian artists, Artotel brings striking street style into your luxury studio suite. The many funky design details in every corner look like they’ve sprung straight from a Pinterest mood board. The hotel’s restaurant ROCA – aka the Restaurant Of Contemporary

Luna2 Studiotel Jl Sarinande No 20/22, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 730 402; luna2.com

TUVE 16 Tsing Fung St, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, +852 3995 8899; tuve.hk

Mira Moon 388 Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2643 8888; miramoonhotel.com

Artotel Thamrin – Jakarta Jl Sunda No 3, Thamrin, Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 21 3192 5888; artotelindonesia.com

Priced from IDR845,000 (S$89.50) per night.

BEST FOR DOWNTON ABBEY DREAMERS: Macalister Mansion, Penang

Hotels don’t come much more exclusive than the Macalister Mansion, which boasts a grand total of only eight rooms and delivers colonial sophistication with a contemporary touch. Set in a beautifully restored 1900s manor, each unique room comes adorned with specially commissioned art. It’s hard to choose a favourite but Room 4, with its spiral staircase and cosy turret, is the perfect place to live out fairytale fantasies. Meanwhile, Dining Room serves innovative fine dining in a chic yet whimsical interior, while the outdoor pool’s swimup bar is just the touch of modern luxury every lord or lady needs. Priced from RM900 (S$299) per night.

Macalister Mansion 228 Macalister Rd, George Town, Penang, Malaysia, +604 2283 888; macalistermansion.com

Artotel brings street style and design details into your suite


“Top 10 Indoor Gardens of the World”

“World’s Largest Glass Greenhouse - Flower Dome”

- FoxNews.com

- Guinness World Records 2015

Christmas @ Gardens by the Bay

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay - Featuring over 1 million plants from 5,000 species Showcasing the best of horticulture, sustainability and architectural design, Gardens by the Bay has blossomed into a must-see destination that’s among the world’s top 20 most checked-in places on Facebook. Journey across Flower Dome to discover 9 different gardens from Africa, America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Marvel at the 35-metre tall waterfall in Cloud Forest and be amazed as you stroll along the mist-filled Cloud Walk and Tree Top Walk. Come, be inspired by nature where wonder blooms.

Merry Medley floral display Flower Dome • 11 Nov - 5 Jan Be enchanted by twinkling Christmas trees and fabulous festive flowers like Christmas roses, amaryllis and poinsettias. Experience the wonder of childhood as lovely ballerinas, toy soldiers and an angelic choir present a merry medley!

@gardensbythebay gardensbythebay.com.sg 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953


MIRAMAR ENTERTAINMENT PARK This entertainment park isn’t just one of Taipei’s largest malls: it’s also home to an IMAX theatre and a totally Instagramable, 70m-tall Ferris wheel. @fong_shin

TAIPEI’S TOP 10 INSTAGRAM SHOTS

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NATIONAL CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL This monument was built in honour of the former president of China. Visit the surrounding park where you can snap pictures of the intriguing architecture. @f_l_e_u_r_p

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YUMMY MARKET SNACKS Visit Shilin Night Market for its numerous stalls that sell all kinds of photo-worthy local treats, from skewered meats and oyster omelette to rice noodles and savoury dumplings. Yum.

The Taiwanese capital is an enticing mixture of old and new. When you’ve finished checking out the temples, memorials and monuments, head to the markets for tasty #streeteats, take a hike or ride a Ferris wheel

TAMSUI OLD STREET Located in the seaside town of Tamsui, about a 40-minute train ride from Taipei, this pedestrian street is well worth exploring for its handicraft shops, food stalls and trendy cafés.


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FUNKY STREET ART Taipei’s hip Ximending district is a mecca for graffiti artists. The best spot for a street snap is on Wuchang Street by the murals on the outer wall of the in89 Digital Cinemax theatre.

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Escape the city and try this hike, also called the Xiang Shan Trail. The view from the top – of Taipei 101 and downtown – is worth every steep step.

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TAIPEI 101

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LONGSHAN TEMPLE Built in 1738 by immigrants from Fujian in China, this icon has been renovated several times. Inside, you’ll find statues of deities, exquisite bronze pillars and eye-catching dragon embellishments.

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Have music, will travel Call it an occupational hazard. Singer-songwriter Sam Rui, who’s performing at Laneway Festival Singapore in January, just can’t leave home without her headphones

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WHEN WE GO ON FAMILY TRIPS, my brothers and I usually share a suitcase and even our clothing – so we can have twice the wardrobe with the same amount of luggage space. Some people take photos on holiday; I draw to remember the places I’ve been. It’s also why I collect sketchbooks. My favourite is this leatherbound one I got at a street market in China.

It’s tiny and not the most functional – but it’s so beautiful. Besides pens and pencils, I always bring gold acrylic paint as it gives an ordinary pencil sketch a polished, dreamy look – my signature style. My leather jacket and Dr. Martens are also musts in my luggage, because the jacket makes any outfit look more presentable when I have to meet people or play gigs, while the waterproof

Dr. Martens are great for walking in. They also give basic outfits a slight edge without making you look as if you’re trying too hard. I always pack my handphone and headphones so I can plug into Spotify Premium. I lose my mind when I’m travelling and don’t have music to listen to. For more information, visit singapore. lanewayfestival.com


Top to bottom: the tea ceremony at Osaka’s Tea Ceremony Waraku; a traditional dance is performed after the ceremony at Waraku

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PEACE IN A CUP A MORE CONTEMPLATIVE WAY FOR TRAVELLERS TO APPRECIATE JAPAN IS TO TAKE PART IN THE COUNTRY’S TRADITIONAL TEA CEREMONY – OR CHADO AS IT IS COMMONLY KNOWN

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olidaying in Japan can be frantic because of the seemingly endless options of good food and shopping. If this pace of indulgence is tiring, slowing down a notch with a traditional Japanese tea ceremony could be just your cup of tea.

Thoughtful tea The traditional Japanese tea ceremony (also known as chado, sado or chanoyu) is essentially

a meticulous ritual of preparing and serving powdered green tea (matcha) whisked with hot water that has been warmed by a charcoal

hearth to guests. It is generally served with a small sweet, such as red bean mochi rice cake. This ceremony was perfected in the 16th century by a tea master called Sen no Rikyū. He developed the ceremonial procedure and rules, the tea utensils and teahouse architecture based on the Zen Buddhist principle of wabi sabi, which is essentially an appreciation of life’s transient beauty. “The Japanese tea ceremony is the epitome

According to Ayako Fukui, owner of Tea Ceremony Waraku in Osaka, wellbehaved tea ceremony guests: ● Wear white socks in the tea room. This is because white represents purity, which is the ideal state of mind one should be in when taking part in the Japanese tea ceremony. ● Ask the host about the tea utensils, such as where they are from and who made them. Better still, make known your appreciation of the beautiful aesthetics of the tea utensils or tea room. ● Apologise for drinking the tea or eating a snack by announcing to everyone in the room “o-saki ni”, which means “excuse me for going before you”. There are many other rules, Fukui adds, but visitors are not expected to adhere to all of them. “We’re happy as long as guests are relaxed and enjoy the tea ceremony,” she says.


Insider I TRADITION TALKS At Kimono Teahouse, you’ll also learn how to tie and wear a kimono and how to make your own matcha

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The tea ce ceremony is th the epitome of h hospitality off h hospitality it lit b because it embraces the idea that every fleeting moment is precious because it might never happen again,” says Tomomi Matsumoto Law, co-founder and manager of Kimono Teahouse in Osaka. This is, perhaps, why a more formal version of the chado ceremony can last as long as four hours. The whole ceremony itself is carefully considered. A traditional service is usually in a specially designated room, lined with tatami mats and sparsely decorated with, for example, a piece of calligraphy and a minimalistic plant or floral arrangement. The

te master and guests are tea expected to move slowly and gracefully. Such strict decorum might seem stressful and intimidating. For example, folding the fukusa, a silk handkerchief used by the tea master to wipe (and symbolically purify) the tea scoop and tea caddy, requires about eight steps that must be followed with some degree of precision. And it’s not just the tea master who needs to remember the rules. Guests, upon receiving the chawan (tea bowl), need to turn the chawan clockwise three times before they drink, and after finishing, they have to turn the bowl

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anti-clockwise three times before returning it to the host. However, such exacting steps of chado have been known to bring about a sense of relaxation and clarity for tea masters and guests.

Personalising chado For anyone who’s new to chado, there are teahouses that help to make this ritual more accessible. At Kimono Teahouse, Law teaches guests how to wear kimonos and how to make their own matcha. Meanwhile Ayako Fukui, owner of Tea Ceremony Waraku in Osaka, hosts tea ceremonies at her family house in a traditional tea room. Her mother, a Japanese dance master, performs a traditional dance for guests after the ceremony. “Many of our customers say going for a Japanese tea ceremony is such a personal and informative way to experience our culture,” she says.

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In Myanmar’s history-rich former capital, you’ll see grand colonial-style buildings and an all-gold pagoda – and perhaps even tuck into some fried insects

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The Accountant-General’s Office is a popular spot for history buffs

Port Authority buildings. Many of these are covered on the two-and-a-half-hour walking tours organised by the nonprofit Yangon Heritage Trust, which run in the morning and afternoon three times a week. The tours cost US$30 (S$41) per head and all of the proceeds go toward conservation efforts for the city’s heritage sites. Contact: +95 1 240 544;

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9AM SOAK UP SOME HISTORY Once a glittering gem in the British Empire, the city has retained many of its grand colonial structures (and possibly has the most you’ll find in a Southeast Asian city). Unfortunately, a century of neglect has dimmed some of the shine, but if you walk through the Downtown region, you’ll spot the stately High Court, Secretariat and

Pick up souvenirs and snacks at the bustling Bogyoke Market

11.30AM SHOP, STROLL AND SNACK Bogyoke Aung San Market (formerly Scott Market) might be a bit touristy, but you’ll get a sampling of just about everything Myanmar has to offer in this 90-year-old complex. You’ll find stores selling local handicrafts, clothes, medicine and even precious stones. There’s a good selection of food, too. Musttries include local signature delights like mohinga, (a sweet and sour noodle dish), flavoursome curries and zesty Burmese salads. Address: Bogyoke Aung San Rd


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The glittering barge

Since you’re within walking distance of Kandawgyi Lake, be sure to visit Karaweik Palace. Although it operates mainly as a floating restaurant, the barge is so iconic that it’s been featured on local currency and incorporated into the logos of indigenous companies. The buffet is worth trying for the accompanying cultural show featuring puppetry and traditional dancing. Address: Kandawgyi Compound, Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township, +951 290 546, +951 290 547; karaweikpalace.com Enjoy yummy fare as you watch black and white local flicks at Rangoon Tea House

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1PM GRAB LUNCH AT A CHIC EATERY You’ll spot several roadside tea stalls during your trip, but get a taste of the city’s burgeoning hipster culture at Rangoon Tea House, which has been receiving good reviews in local and overseas publications. You might even see a celeb or two – actors Bill Nighy and Catherine Deneuve are rumoured to have dropped by. Focusing on Burmese foods and drinks with an international twist, the eatery’s bestsellers include samosas and chicken biryani. Address: 77–79 Pansodan St, +959 979 078 681; facebook. com/RangoonTeaHouse

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The pagoda is decked out in genuine gold leaf

9PM AFTER HOURS Still peckish? Where there’s nightlife, there’s good food. In Yangon, the 19th Street in Chinatown is where you’ll find street stalls selling delicious grilled meats and seafood as well as more adventurous snacks like fried insects. For the latter, Shwe Mingalar is a popular pick with its colourful racks of fresh produce. Besides barbecued food, the stall also serves up some tasty Chinese dishes and a lively atmosphere. Address: Shwe Mingalar, No. 105, 19th St

3PM BE DAZZLED Just a short cab ride away, Shwedagon Pagoda looks magnificent atop Singuttara Hill, decked out in genuine gold leaf and laden with thousands of diamonds. It has a 2,500-year history and is believed to house several holy relics, including Buddha’s hair. It’s also a great spot for people-watching, but if you visit, remember to dress modestly, keeping shoulders and above the knees covered. Address: Singuttara Hill, Dagon; shwedagonpagoda.com

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1. PAN PACIFIC SINGAPORE Manjari dark chocolate mousse log cake, red glossy milk chocolate and raspberry log cake, and fresh calamansi log cake, S$68 each, order at pacificmarketplace.sg and collect your cakes from Nov 18 to Dec 25 at Pacific Marketplace, 7 Raffles Blvd. 2. INNISFREE limited edition DIY Music Box Kit, S$10 each, from Innisfree at #01-63/64, Plaza Singapura. 3. JETSTAR Airplane Plush Toy, S$20, available on all Jetstar Asia flights. 4. CRABTREE & EVELYN All Butter Gingerbread Men, S$28, from Crabtree & Evelyn at #B1-26 Paragon. 5. BELLROY TRAVEL WALLET S$169, from Robinsons The Heeren at 260 Orchard Rd. 6. EIGHT & BOB Original Candle, S$110, from Escentials at #03-02/05, Paragon. 7. LACOSTE men’s polo shirt, S$199, from Lacoste at #03-07 to 11, Wisma Atria. 8. HUG A PORCUPINE Arctic Owl Brooch, S$29, from The Little Dröm Store at School of the Arts, #02-01 , 1 Zubir Said Dr. 9. JETSTAR Check-In Counter Toy Box, S$40, available on all Jetstar Asia flights. 10. LADURÉE Christmas macarons, S$42 for box of six, from Ladurée at #02-09 Ngee Ann City. 11. AVEDA Feeling Balanced Chakra Balancing Body Mists set of seven, 8ml each, S$112, from Aveda at #B2-33, Capitol Piazza.


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Phuket celebrity chef Tammasak Chootong presents his favourite sweet festive recipe for you to try at home

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Insider I MASTERCLASS Dine al fresco at Tammasak Chootong’s relaxed Phuket restaurant Suay

Whip the egg whites and lime juice. Heat up the sugar and water on high heat to reduce the liquid to produce a thick sugar syrup. Continue whipping the egg whites and pour the sugar syrup slowly into the stiffened egg white mix. Set the mix aside.

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Chef Noi’s delicious international cuisine

What’s a main without a sweet finish? chefs battling it out with challengers in the kitchen. When he’s at Suay, Chef Noi draws on his Thai heritage and German upbringing to serve contemporary Thai cuisine with international influences. Key favourites on the menu include the fresh tuna tartare (pictured left), served with miso lime and Isaan-style spices (THB259/S$10). The braised beef cheek is also a top seller at THB650 (S$26). It’s served with massaman curry, coconut gnocchi and edamame bean salsa. But what’s a main without a sweet finish? Here Chef Noi shares his favourite family sized Christmas dessert for you to make at home this festive season.

Baked Alaska with Baileys Irish ice-cream and ginger-vanilla syrup (serves 10)

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Peel and thinly slice ginger, and blanch in boiling water for 1 minute. Place ginger into a small pan with cold water and heat with sugar, glucose and vanilla bean (cut in half to scrape the beans out), and reduce until it’s a thick syrup.

60ml Baileys Irish Cream 500g vanilla ice-cream 10 Oreo cookies Combine the Baileys Irish Cream with vanilla ice-cream and mix well. Pull the Oreos apart to create a top and a bottom. Place all the cookie bottoms into individual round moulds (each the same size as the Oreo), add vanilla ice-cream into the moulds. Close with the top Oreos and leave in the freezer to set.

2. ITALIAN MERINGUE 3 egg whites 1 tsp lime juice 180g sugar 100ml water

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4. TO FINISH Take the ice-cream sandwich from the freezer, cover it completely with the Italian meringue, and then flame it with a kitchen torch to brown the meringue slightly. Lastly, serve with fresh berries, the mixed ginger-vanilla syrup, and a little of your favourite chocolate sauce.

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ith the new year fast approaching, we start to dream about where to travel in the year ahead. Perhaps you’re thinking of a beach escape, or a shopping holiday? Maybe you want to get off the beaten track and have a real adventure. If you can’t decide, let the jet-set and the tastemakers inspire you: here they reveal where they’ll be going in 2017.

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JOSIAH CHUA, 27, freelance stylist and designer Where are you planning to visit in 2017? Bali for its interesting cafés and wide assortment of food choices. I’m also the adventurous type and have been wanting to try the beach activities there.

What’s the coolest destination you travelled to in 2016? It happened to be the hanami (cherry blossom) season when I was in Osaka for work so the entire city was picture perfect. I am also a huge Harry Potter fan and, needless to say, I enjoyed myself at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studio Osaka.

What are some hip buys you got during your travels this year? An exquisite kimono from a vintage thrift store in Osaka. It is handembroidered with gold threads and the price was affordable.

If you had all the time and money in the world, what kind of a dream vacation would you have? I love theme parks and since you can’t possibly finish all the rides and explore the entire place in a single day, unlimited visits to any city with the coolest and wackiest theme parks would make the perfect vacation.

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YVETTE KING, 30, host of E! News Asia What’s on your mustgo-to list for 2017 ?

Excited to be in the office of E! News in LA – Yvette

Even though I lived in Australia most of my life, I’ve never been to New Zealand and would love to go there for the wineries and to try snowboarding. Boracay in the Philippines is next on the list as I get major travel envy when my friends post travel updates from the island paradise.

What’s the coolest place you travelled to in 2016? My job takes me to places and I have visited the Los Angeles set of E! News, hiked up to the Hollywood sign and hung out at Venice Beach. I also visited Seoul during summer and came back with more than a hundred face masks and funky beauty products.

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One of my many straw baskets from a recent trip - Melody

to Cuba, Havana, before it gets too commercial, and exploring more of Italy, specifically the Amalfi Coast, Rome and Florence.

What have you bought during your travels this year? I’ve been collecting a lot of baskets this year from all over the world. I use them as handbags to remind me of a journey from a particular travel experience.

What’s your dream vacation? I’d start by spending a month in Bali, which surprisingly, I’ve never been to, followed by Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Cambodia.

CHARMAINE SEAH-ONG, 33, co-founder of Elementary Co.

What’s your dream vacation?

What’s on your travel must-go-to list for 2017?

Iceland is mind-blowing, Pig Beach in the Bahamas is on my wish list and I can’t wait to get back to Hong Kong.

I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan so it would have to be Dubrovnik, the medieval town where most scenes in the series were filmed. The Croatian city is also right beside the Adriatic Sea so that’s a major plus point for me.

MELODY TAN, @meowiie, 23, social media content creator What’s on your travel must-go-to list for 2017? I’m really keen on going

What’s the coolest city you travelled to in 2016? I went on an all-girls trip to Bali with my girlfriends and explored neighbouring islands like Nusa Lembongan and


COVER STORY I 2017 TRAVEL I last visited Osaka when I was two and have no recollection of the place so I hope to go back there to bring back some memories.

Taking in the beautiful sights of the Indian Ocean – Charmaine

What’s the best city you travelled to in 2016?

I went to Tasmania for a work trip and ended up falling in love with the place – Lee Nusa Penida. There, I got to swim with manta rays and hiked [the equivalent of] 50 storeys down to the side of a cliff to a waterfall overlooking the Indian Ocean. The view was awesome.

Any cool buys from your travels this year? Vintage designer shopping is incredible in Tokyo and I managed to snag myself a silk Prada mini skirt that I really love for only S$200. I also got an outrageous Comme des Garçons tulle mini skirt with a long train for only S$100.

something I would want to do as well.

What’s the coolest city you travelled to in 2016? Tokyo, Japan, because I love the culture and shopping. Another destination that caught me by surprise was Tasmania, Australia. Its clean air, fresh seafood, friendly locals and out-of-this-world landscape make me want to go explore the rest of Australia.

What are some hip buys you’ve got from your travels this year? I don’t usually buy soft toys but a lavenderscented teddy bear from Tasmania helps me sleep better at night.

It was in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, that I was lowered 60m into the Goa Jomblang Cave by a group of villagers. The experience was both thrilling and exciting.

Any cool buys from your travels this year? My partner surprised me with a beautiful Ganesha (Hindu elephant deity) stone statue from one of the street vendors during a visit to the Borobudur Temple. It means a lot of me as I’ve been searching for [a statue like it] for quite a while.

What’s your dream holiday? I am up for all kinds of outdoor travel adventures so somewhere that lets me explore hidden caves and historical sites and try out white-water rafting at the same time will be perfect.

LEE TENG, 32, TV host What’s on your travel hit list for 2017? My sister is based in Perth, Australia, and she’s been bugging me and the rest of the family for a visit. Driving to Sydney and Melbourne while I’m in Australia is

JESSICA SINCLAIR, 33, co-founder of The Yoga Mandala What’s on your travel must-visit list for 2017?

Striking a yoga pose in the Goa Jomblang Cave – Jessica

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AARIKA LEE, 33, content creator and marketing director at Elementary Co. and musician What’s the coolest destination you visited in 2016?

We managed to get everyone into the water - Aarika

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The Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden in Chiang Mai - Charles

The porcelain cake stand I got from Hong Kong for my mom was really unique. It was an old blue and white china cake stand split down the middle – attached to another perfect half of an ornate cake stand.

What’s your dream vacation? It would be a road trip with my family in a caravan through New Zealand or California so my kids could experience camping and nature.

CHARLES LOH, 27, botanical artist at @mossingarden What’s on your mustgo-to list for 2017 ? Japan is known for

creative ikebana (plant arrangement) and architectural facades so I’m thinking of visiting the major cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka to get inspiration for my terrarium business.

What are your travel highlights from 2016? I’m not a beach person but I do like Koh Chang island in Thailand for its authentic vibe. It’s such an underrated place that you don’t see a lot of tourists there so I get to isolate myself away from the city life.

Any hip buys from your travels this year? I’m obsessed with plants but since you can’t exactly bring a plant back from another country without having to go through a lot of paperwork, I make up for it by sourcing for unique glass bottles.

SHERRY ANG, 30, founder of Sushi Burrito What’s on your travel hit list for 2017? I'd like to escape from the city and experience farm life in New Zealand and take in the country’s lush greenery and infinite landscape.

What’s the best spot you travelled to in 2016? Turkey was exceptionally breathtaking. I never knew a landscape as beautiful and natural as that of


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Whether it ’s winter or summer, the temperature in the Cappadocia cave houses is a constant 15°C at all times

A passing train in Sri Lanka - Gabriel

- Sherry

Pamukkale existed. And the Cappadocia cave houses wowed me with their structure.

Any exciting purchases? I picked up some rustic-looking furniture handmade by a local designer in Bali for my child’s nursery and I like that you can’t find it anywhere else.

What’s your dream holiday? I would love to go on a six-month holiday in a foreign country to experience the life of a local either by working or learning to cook the city’s cuisine.

particularly fascinated by the pair of [carved] lion’s paws at the bottom of the giant rock.

What’s on your travel must-go-to list for 2017? Definitely Oman, for its accessible desert, secluded beaches and intricate architecture. I’m also quite a foodie so its flavourful cuisine is something I’ve been wanting to try.

Did you pick up any hip buys on your travels? I purchased a pair of elephant-print sarong pants from my Sri Lanka trip, which unfortunately tore – and between my legs! – when I was capturing a shot of a passing train. I was lucky no one was around to see what happened.

DR GABRIEL WONG, 31, medical director of SL Clinic What’s the coolest city you travelled to in 2016? I was in Sri Lanka for a holiday and the 200m-high Sigiriya (Lion Rock) looked pretty impressive for something that was constructed in the 5th century. I was

HONEY LEE, 35, managing director of Heat Branding What’s on your travel must-go-to list for 2017? Ho Chi Minh City, Taipei and Osaka for the

authentic cuisine, local shopping and exotic adventures.

What’s the coolest city you travelled to in 2016?

Loving chilling out poolside - Honey

I’m usually a selfprofessed city girl but my best trip this year was to a beach in Langkawi with my boyfriend. The beach was quiet and intimate – exactly the type of romantic destination that we were looking for – and [our itinerary] even came with a customised barbecue dinner.

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What are some hip buys you got during your travels this year? I picked up a couple of designer goods for less than S$200 at the Lane Crawford and On Pedder outlet stores in Hong Kong. They are often located out of the city centres but they are my go-to places to score luxury pieces at a steal.

What’s your dream vacation? A month exploring New Zealand’s beaches, waterfalls, seafood and wineries would be a dream. The country is

Our romantic dinner was made better with a view like this - Honey also very scenic and I would take my boyfriend to capture all of the beautiful moments in pictures.


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Trees for days - Hirzi

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for a month in New Zealand to experience a simple lifestyle.

What’s on your mustvisit for 2017? I’m intrigued by historical architecture and charming buildings so Italy and Prague would be next on my travel list. I wouldn’t mind settling for Macau if time does not allow me to go too far as its unique mix of Portuguese and Asian culture can be quite fascinating.

What’s the best city or destination you travelled to in 2016?

HIRZI ZULKIFLIE @HirziZulkiflie, 27, actor and YouTube personality What’s on your travel must-go-to list for 2017? I hope to tour Scandinavia to see the Northern Lights and visit that side of the planet before climate change takes a toll.

I went on a spontaneous trip to Tokyo alone and was instantly drawn to the hip youth culture – street art, manga, fashion and cosplay. What came as a surprise was how I actually learnt to appreciate the old-world charm of Japan as I’ve always considered myself a fairly modern person.

What’s the coolest destination you travelled to in 2016?

Did you get any hip buys on your travels this year?

Knowing how exotic and picturesque Southeast Asia can be, I would like to go on a onemonth tour around the region. Vietnam, the Philippines...

I picked up this one-ofa-kind evening dress by a local designer at a flea market in London and I thought it was a good buy for something that is not mass manufactured.

What kind of dream vacation would you take if time and money were no object? wer Iw would backpack alone

Queensland, Australia, is magical. I went on a farm stay and also stayed at a villa up in the rainforest – the view was spectacular.

If you had all the time and money in the world, what kind of a dream vacation would you have?

Any hip buys from your travels this year? I’m more about experiences – an immersive theatre installation in New York is something I’ll never forget.


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hile Bali is synonymous with images of sundrenched beaches and coastal resorts, the ‘Island of the Gods’ has a whole other – largely undiscovered – side. Anyone who’s eager to get off the beaten path and experience a more authentic Bali can check into one of the island’s farm stays. From camping to luxury villa stays, these retreats cater to a range of interests.

A cultural immersion Imagine staying in the midst of a volcano, albeit a dormant one. This is the kind of experience you’ll get if you check into the Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, which is set on the slopes of Mt Batukaru in central Bali. Besides giving you bragging rights, your stay will let you venture out on trekking expeditions. As this is one of the most fertile parts of the island, the lodge is blessed with many natural attractions including lush rainforests and a tropical food forest of coffee, cacao and cloves. “We offer numerous guided walks and treks through the tropical rainforest, farmlands, bamboo groves, rice paddies and local villages or to the nearby Batukaru Temple,” says Sarinbuana’s co-founder Linda vant Hoff. You can also get a taste of Balinese culture by joining one of the retreat’s 11 workshops with activities such as

The property is situated amid mountain-fed streams and rice paddies woodcarving, cooking and calligraphy, as well as massage lessons. Nature lovers will be pleased to know Sarinbuana also offers tours of its one-hectare property where they can learn about the culinary and medicinal properties of more than 100 plants. The retreat’s kitchen makes the most of its location by preparing dishes – including vegetarian, raw and gluten-free options – with produce grown on the property.

Swim in pure spring water At Bali Eco Stay, you can drink straight from the tap in your bungalow. Why? Pure volcanic spring water is channelled

from the nearby waterfall to your bathroom and also to the retreat’s natural rock swimming pool. If you are thinking that this is a truly VIP experience, you’re right. After all, Bali Eco Stay houses just eight Balinese-style bungalows – each with its own distinct design. The property is also situated on the southern slopes of Mt Batukaru, amid mountain-fed streams and rice paddies. “When not putting their feet up, guests are welcome to enjoy one of the retreat’s numerous activities including a complimentary tour of our fish ponds, rice paddies, permaculture gardens and hydro generator,” says the


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Go on, chase some waterfalls retreat’s co-founder John Blundstone. “Agro-based workshops include coconut oil making, rice planting, basket weaving, Balinese offering making, bamboo craft and cooking local dishes with our own produce.” Visitors keen on more high-impact activities can opt for an eight-hour hike and an overnight trip to the summit of Mt Batukaru.

For coffee lovers Clockwise from above: the view from the verandah at Bali Eco Stay; waterfall at Bali Eco Stay; a tour of the gardens at Munduk Moding Plantation

Munduk Moding Plantation was set up to help preserve the verdant environment of North Bali while providing a base from which guests can experience this scenic part of the island. Located in the quaint village of Gobleg, which is 1,100m above sea level, overlooking the ocean and the coast of Java, Munduk Moding is also one of the only resorts on the island set on a working coffee plantation. “The property produces its own specialty coffee, and our guests can learn all about coffee growing, processing and roasting. We can also tailor our tours if guests are interested in a particular aspect of coffee production,” says Irene Roozen, the plantation’s co-founder. She adds that Munduk Moding also produces its own kopi luwak (from coffee beans that have passed through

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Top to bottom: one of the rooms at Bagus Agro Pelaga; a raw food wrap from Sarinbuana Eco Lodge

the digestive tract of a civet). Guests can enjoy Munduk Moding’s organic robusta and arabica coffee and kopi luwak at its MiMPi restaurant. With only 13 luxury villas and suites nestled within the lush vegetation of the five-hectare farm, guests are guaranteed both privacy and a taste of Bali’s rural life. Some of the natureoriented and cultural activities on offer include bird watching, horseback riding, Balinese kite-making and daily tours of the vegetable and fruit garden.

... guests are guaranteed both privacy and a taste of Bali’s rural life Get in touch with nature Set against Bali’s three most famous mountains – Mt Agung, Mt Batur and Mt Abang – Bagus Agro Pelaga is an eco-retreat inspired by Tri Hita Karana, the Balinese philosophy that highlights the importance of maintaining harmony among people, nature and the divine. The 18-hectare property houses 50 rooms and villas, and two restaurants. Anyone who wants to really embrace their surroundings can opt for the retreat’s camping package, which includes a tent, a pillow and breakfast. “Some of our more popular activities include jamu (traditional Balinese health tonic) making, the making of the daily Balinese offering known as canang sari, as well as demonstrations on coconut oil processing and palm sugar making,” says Luh Putu Sri Kasih, Bagus Agro Pelaga’s product manager. “We also offer tours of our organic garden where guests learn about the farming process from seeding to harvest.”

Sarinbuana Eco Lodge Priced from US$90 (S$122). A tour of the Eco Lodge gardens is included in the room price. All other activities and tours are at an additional cost. Jl Arjuna, Br. Biyahan, Desa Wanagiri, Tabanan, +62 828 9700 6079; baliecolodge.com Bali Eco Stay Priced from US$120 (S$166). Tours and activities are an additional cost. Kanciana Village, Desa Gunung Salak, Selemadeg Timur, Mt Batukaru, Tabanan, +62 573 8467 596; baliecostay.com Munduk Moding Plantation Priced from US$123 (S$171). The “MMP Experience,” which offers a range of activities, is included in the room price. Jl Raya Asah Gobleg, Banjar Dinas Asah, Desa Gobleg, Kecamatan Banjar, Buleleng, Singaraja, +62 81 138 5059; mundukmoding plantation.com Bagus Agro Pelaga Priced from IDR 210,000 (S$22) for camping and US$110 (S$152) for rooms. Activities and tours are at an additional cost. Jl Raya Puncak Mangu, Desa Pelaga, Petang Badung, +62 361 751 223; bagusagropelaga.com


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EAT, DRINK be and VERY MERRY ’Tis the season to ditch your portion-control plans. We round up the most decadent all-you-can-eat buffets across the region where you can truly indulge WORDS EVELINE GAN


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FOIE GRAS, 1FLOW TRUFFLES AND FREECHAMPAGNE Manila: Spiral at Sofitel Manila After its multi-million-dollar refurbishment in 2012, Spiral at Sofitel Manila takes feasting to a whole new level with its luxurious international spread which has strong French and Asian influences. Hailed as one of the most dynamic and interactive dining experiences in Asia, the awardwinning restaurant features 21

dining ‘ateliers’. Each of these food stations is an artistic delight for the senses as the country’s most masterful chefs meticulously prepare food before your very eyes. Be sure to drop by its artisanal cheese section and oyster bar. There’s also a French stove station that serves decadent gourmet treats including foie gras and truffleinfused dishes and roast meats that will impress even the most finicky and discerning palate. This festive season, diners get

to indulge in a smorgasbord of traditional treats including turkey with stuffing, ham, a host of seafood, herb-crust lamb and Beef Wellington, and also sip on free-flowing champagne while being serenaded by the renowned string quartet The Manila String Machines. Oh, and Santa pays a visit, too. PRICE: Christmas Eve Dinner PHP5,300 (S$152) per person; Christmas Day Brunch PHP4,750 (S$136) per person.


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You’ll be spoilt for choice at Yamm’s impressive buffet spread, which has garnered a number of accolades from local food critics. Its menu has a wide array of Western and Asian flavours, such as sushi and sashimi, foie gras and artisanal bread and cheeses, to name a few. But it is the signature selection of fresh-off-the-hook crustaceans that will set your heart racing. Tuck into an amazing range of succulent seafood including Boston lobsters, plump oysters, scallops, crabs and prawns. There are also live stations serving specialities like steamed grouper and stir-fried Kagoshima pork with black truffle pâté. PRICE: Festive buffet from HK$468 (about S$84) per person.

Left to right: Fill up on dumplings at Atrium; you’ll be in seafood heaven at Yamm

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PENANG: Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant at Bayview Georgetown Hotel

This December alone, Atrium at Crown Perth will serve up more than 1,600kg of prawns and almost 48,000 oysters, as well as 2,000kg of roast turkey, 1,200kg of ham and about 8,000 plum puddings at its festive buffet spreads. Phew. But that’s not all. The restaurant, which won the Catering Institute of Australia’s 2015 Gold Plate Award for Best Buffet Dining, will also pamper diners with an impressive dessert station decked out with traditional sweet treats like Christmas pudding, Yule log cake, a chocolate fountain and a display of gingerbread houses.

For added theatrics, Atrium’s masters of flavour will cook up a storm at various live cooking stations, serving up freshly made delicious pasta or spit-roasted meats. Vegetarian and glutenfree options are also available. On Christmas Day, diners can enjoy roving entertainment while children aged 12 or under can receive a gift from Santa himself. PRICE: Christmas Day lunch or dinner buffet AUD$195 (S$206) per adult, AUD$95 (S$100) per teen aged 13–17, AUD$45 (S$48) per child aged 4–12. Includes drinks.

Perched on the 17th floor of the Bayview Georgetown Hotel in Penang, Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant’s buffet dinner features an exquisite selection of Peranakan and local Malaysian delicacies, ranging from savoury creamy curries, otak-otak (spicy fish paste) and mee goreng (fried noodles) to desserts such as nonya kueh (traditional bite-sized snacks) and black glutinous rice porridge with coconut milk. As its name suggests, the restaurant revolves 360 degrees every hour from 7pm to 10pm, allowing you to take in the amazing


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Think Buffet Town has a great selection? Its festive menu adds to it with Christmas favourites

Eat here Spiral at Sofitel

Its signature selection of freshoff-the-hook crustaceans will set your heart racing vista of the George Town UNESCO World Heritage City and its port while savouring your meal. Then chill out with drinks and music at the restaurant’s open-air rooftop Sky Bar. PRICE: Dinner during the festive season is priced at RM110++ (S$36) per person.

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Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Pasay City, Manila, Philippines, +632 832 6988; spiralmanila.com

Yamm at The Mira Hong Kong Ground Floor Lobby, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2315 5111 / 2315 5885; themirahotel. com/dining/yamm

Atrium at Crown Crown Perth, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood, Western Australia, Australia +61 8 9362 7551; crownperth.com.au

Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant at Bayview Georgetown Hotel Bayview Hotel Penang, 25-A Farquhar St, Penang, Malaysia, +604 261 3540; 360rooftop.com.my

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SINGAPORE: Buffet Town at Raffles City

#B1-44E 252 Raffles City, North Bridge Rd, Singapore; +65 6837 3793; visit buffettown.com.sg

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sushi, and even a Coca Cola Freestyle drink dispenser which gives you 81 drink combinations at your fingertips. Because cherry vanilla Coke goes with everything. There are also action stations which feature freshly cooked and madeto-order dishes such as satay meat skewers, baked mussels, chicken rice and laksa (noodles in a spicy coconut broth). In addition to its regular scrumptious spread, the year-end buffet will also feature traditional festive eats like roast turkey, roast wagyu beef, Irish lamb stew, Christmas stollen and log cakes. A mini indoor play area will keep the kids occupied while you gorge yourselves. PRICE: Festive weekend lunch S$41.80++ per adult and S$19.80++ per child; festive weekend dinner S$52.80++ per adult and S$22.80++ per child on Dec 24, 25 and 31 and Jan 1.

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Live it up with oysters for brunch Eat here Riverside Terrace at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort Ground floor, North Building, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, 257/1-3 Charoennakorn Rd, Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand, +662 476 0022; bangkok-riverside.anantara. com/dining.aspx. To get there, hop on the resort’s complimentary shuttle boat from the Saphan Taksin BTS.

Start the new year on a high with a big brunch at Trader Vic’s, Bangkok

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BANGKOK: Riverside Terrace at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort Overlooking the famed Chao Phraya River and surrounded by lush greenery, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort’s Riverside Terrace is one of the best spots in Bangkok to enjoy an international buffet feast. Take in the unparalleled views of the river while enjoying a wide array of Eastmeets-West flavours. The buffet features open kitchens, sushi and Thai barbecue sections, as well as vibrant live entertainment like traditional Thai dance performances. This New Year’s Eve, enjoy special entertainment which includes a performance by the Grand Opera of Thailand and a

countdown complete with spectacular fireworks. Then kick off the new year with an international brunch buffet (noon– 5pm) at the resort’s Polynesian-inspired restaurant Trader Vic’s, which will serve up a special Oyster Shooter Bar and Bloody Mary Bar to celebrate the first day of the year. PRICE: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner buffets are priced from THB3,000 (S$119) per person; New Year’s Eve dinner THB10,990 (S$433) per person (includes drinks); New Year’s Day brunch buffet at Trader Vic’s is priced at THB3,500 (S$139) per person. Includes drinks.

Brasserie at Regent Taipei 1F Regent Taipei, No 3, Lane 39, Section 2, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan, +886 277 017 711; regenthotels. com/regent-taipei overlooks a lush garden, is all about drama and theatrics. Here, its theatre-inspired open kitchens serve some of the most refined cuisines from around the globe, including Japanese, Thai, Sichuan, Cantonese, American and Italian. Expect a full salad bar,

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made-to-order pasta and noodles, a succulent seafood selection and a grand sushi bar, as well as customisable desserts, allowing diners to request their favourite dessert toppings. Particularly noteworthy is its Gourmet Corner, featuring the restaurant’s reinterpretation of classic dishes by internationally renowned Michelinstarred guest chefs who have hosted events at the hotel. These dishes include King Prawn with Oxtail Barley inspired by Marc Haeberlin and Abalone with Truffled Butter Sauce and Bamboo á la Barigoule by the Ukai-Tei team of chefs. PRICE: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve lunch NT$1,390 (S$61) per person, dinner NT$1,880 (S$83). Christmas Day and New Year’s Day lunch or dinner NT$1,580 (S$70) per person.


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Left Mamak mee goreng at Sin Hup Aun Cafe. The ubiquitous mee goreng, a noodle dish, is a popular, hearty and satisfying meal. Middle The glow of paper lanterns can be seen at this Buddhist shrine. Right Mohamed Rawther, the owner of Ramzan Nasi Kandar restaurant.


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Brightly coloured joss sticks for sale. Opposite page: A vendor prepares Mamak mee goreng at Sin Hup Aun Cafe.


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Singapore’s annual beach dance party, ZoukOut, will seeI revellers flock to Explore INTERVIEW Sentosa Island on December 9 and 10. ZoukOut, one of Asia’s biggest outdoor dance music festivals, boasts a line-up of international and regional artists alongside awe-inspiring pyrotechnics and funky food stalls. zoukout.com

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Inflight I JETSTAR NEWS

Thanks for a great 2016 – here are some memorable moments! FEBRUARY Jetstar’s Good Luck Troupe brought Lunar New Year good luck blessings to four lucky families

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$2017 LONG WEEKENDS When it comes to booking a long weekend holiday, have you ever waited and procrastinated, knowing that flight fares and hotel rates will go up? We’ve all had that experience, so this December, we’re offering the ultimate solution to your long weekend travels. Follow us on social media to find out how we can solve this holiday woe for you (for Singapore departures only).

Who doesn’t need a long weekend away?

APRIL We told you we would be introducing Singlish announcements on our flights, and fooled many with this April Fool’s joke! Mingalabar Saw Jet Star – we welcomed the first baby born on a Jetstar Asia flight

JULY Jetstar Asia was ranked the best Singapore-based low cost carrier in Asia at the World Airline Awards 2016 In conjunction with Singapore’s inaugural National Reading Day, we introduced the Jetstar Big Book Swap, and launched the world’s highest book club

AUGUST Fool no more, Singlish announcements were heard for the very first time on 9 August, as part of Singapore National Day celebrations Best results ever achieved by Jetstar Asia and Jetstar Group

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QUIZ TIME Get set to test your travel knowledge with this month’s quiz 1. Which river flows through Bangkok? 2. Beginning with ‘S’, what is regarded as Fiji’s national dress?

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13. Located in the Northern Territory, what is the largest national park in Australia? 14. In which year in the 1950s was Vietnam divided into North and South zones along the 17th parallel?

5. Which Asian city’s public transport system includes a metro station named Roosevelt? A) Manila B) Kuala Lumpur C) Denpasar

15. In which Chinese province is the seaport of Shantou?

6. The annual World Solar Challenge is a race that starts in which northern Australian capital city?

17. Kowloon Tong is a 1997 novel written by acclaimed US author Paul who?

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7. On which of Japan’s four main islands is the city of Fukuoka located?

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12. Which of the five films in the Mission: Impossible franchise was directed by Hong Kong-based director John Woo?

16. How many storeys tall are the towers of Marina Bay Sands?

18. In 2007, which country set a Guinness World Record for the longest ever satay – a whopping 140m?

8. Open 24 hours, seven days a week, Taipei’s Eslite Dunnan was once named by CNN among the world’s coolest… what?

19. Myanmar’s national flag is comprised of how many colours?

9. Which of Australia’s major highways connects Darwin with Alice Springs?

21. Which Australian actor born in Perth starred in The Dark Knight, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and A Knight’s Tale?

10. In which Asian capital city is it possible to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral? 11. The Hang Seng Index is a stock market index based in which city?

20. What is the capital of Fiji?

22. Which Australian state is home to the country’s largest rock formation?

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QUIZ ANSWERS 1_ Chao Phraya River 2_ Sulu 3_ Tokyo – Tsukiji Market 4_ Indonesia 5_ A) Manila 6_ Darwin 7_ Kyushu 8_ Bookstores 9_ Stuart Highway 10_ Ho Chi Minh City 11_ Hong Kong 12 Mission: Impossible II 13_ Kakadu National Park 14_ 1954 15_ Guangdong 16_ 57 17_ Theroux 18_ Singapore 19_ Four 20_ Suva 21_ Heath Ledger 22_ WA - Mt Augustus


Inflight I BUSINESS TRAVEL

No pressure Flying for business isn’t as glam as some people think it is. Here are five pet peeves of corporate travellers and how Jetstar’s new FlexiBiz package has the solutions

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egotiating that business deal is tough enough. Yet some of us face even more issues when we are planning our business trips. For instance, clients may postpone meeting dates at the last minute. Or your meeting may end much earlier than you thought and you’d rather be home than waste precious hours at the airport waiting for your return flight. This is why Jetstar’s new FlexiBiz business package addresses these common peeves faced by frequent corporate travellers. Businesses

that sign up for a FlexiBiz bundle in the Business Hub at jetstar. com/sg/en/business can enjoy a whole lot of features – from just S$32 – that will make their employees’ trips smoother and more efficient so that they can focus on what’s most important: that multimillion-dollar pitch.

Pet peeve #1: Your overseas client pushes up your meeting slot or a presentation ends earlier than you planned. FlexiBiz fix-it: You can catch an earlier or later flight on the same day for free (subject to seat availability).

Pet peeve #2:

Pet peeve #4: Your

Your child has fallen ill and you can’t make your business trip. FlexiBiz fix-it: With FlexiBiz, there aren’t fees for date, time and name changes. Fare differences may apply.

boss needs you to hand-carry 10 sets of 100-page manuals to his counterpart overseas. FlexiBiz fix-it: You can take a second small under-seat item (read: a handbag or a small backpack) – which means you don’t have to check in that excess baggage and wait at the conveyor belt when you land.

Pet peeve #3: That business prospect you’ve been pursuing on the phone for weeks has a budget cut and decides not to meet you after all. FlexiBiz fix-it: You can cancel your flight for free and also get Jetstar credit vouchers that can be used on another flight over the next six months (because you will have better luck next time).

Pet peeve #5: You hate being seated at the back and being the last to disembark, because time is money. FlexiBiz fix-it: You can select an upfront seat for free.


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!

Alexander Paule, @alexpaule “Channelling the inner kid in me! About to ride this awesome cable car up to the mountain.” Ocean Park, Hong Kong

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about #StarJourneys SHARE YOUR GREAT TRAVEL SNAPS WITH US AND STAND TO WIN S$100 JETSTAR VOUCHERS. VOUCHERS! Simply tag @jetstarasia (Instagram), @Jetstar_Asia (Twitter) or @Jetstar Asia (Facebook) and include #StarJourneys in your photo caption. If your picture is featured in the magazine, you’ll win a S$100 Jetstar voucher that can be redeemed on Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Pacific and Jetstar Airways flights. We reserve the right to repost these photos on Jetstar Asia’s social media accounts.

Patty Quiazon, @pattyquiazon “The best things in life are the people we love and the memories we’ve made along the way.” Dotonbori, Osaka, Japan


Route maps I WHERE WE FLY

INTERNATIONAL Operated by Jetstar Airways Operated by Jetstar Asia Operated by Jetstar PaciďŹ c Operated by Jetstar Japan

Tokyo (Narita) Nagoya (Chubu)

Osaka (Kansai)

Shanghai (Pudong) Guiyang Shantou Guangzhou Hanoi

Phuket Penang Medan 72 Pekanbaru

Flights are operated by Jetstar Japan and commence 23 January 2017, subject to regulatory approval

Taipei

Hong Kong Haikou Sanya

Yangon Da Nang Siem Reap Bangkok Phnom Penh

Flights are operated by Jetstar PaciďŹ c and commence 2 December, subject to regulatory approval

Hawaii (Honolulu)

Manila

Ho Chi Minh City Kuala Lumpur

Singapore

Palembang Jakarta Surabaya Bali (Denpasar) Darwin Fiji (Nadi)

Cairns Townsville

Cook Islands (Rarotonga)

Brisbane Gold Coast Perth Adelaide

Sydney Auckland Melbourne (Tullamarine) Wellington Christchurch Queenstown


DOMESTIC VIETNAM

DOMESTIC JAPAN

Hanoi

Sapporo

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

Tokyo (Narita) Nagoya (Chubu)

Matsuyama Osaka (Kansai) Fukuoka Takamatsu Oita Kumamoto

Tuy Hoa Buon Ma Thuot

Phu Quoc

Kagoshima

Nha Trang Da Lat

Ho Chi Minh City Okinawa Operated by Jetstar Japan

Operated by Jetstar PaciďŹ c

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) Wellington Christchurch

Launceston Operated by Jetstar Airways

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 December 31, 2016.

SINGAPORE – HONG KONG / HONG KONG – SINGAPORE 3 hours 55 minutes (GMT+8)

JETSTAR ASIA SINGAPORE – BANGKOK / BANGKOK – SINGAPORE

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

09:40

HKG

13:40

SIN

15:45

HKG

19:45

HGK

14:20

SIN

18:20

HGK

20:25

SIN

00:25

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

SINGAPORE – HAIKOU / HAIKOU – SINGAPORE

2 hours 30 minutes (GMT+7)

3 hours 30 minutes (GMT+8)

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:10

BKK

08:35

SIN

07:30

HAK

11:10

SIN

09:00

BKK

10:25

HAK

12:15

SIN

15:55

SIN*

08:40

BKK

10:05

M

T

W

SIN

11:25

BKK

12:50

SIN#

12:40

BKK

14:00

SINGAPORE – PHUKET / PHUKET – SINGAPORE

SIN

18:30

BKK

19:55

1 hour 45 minutes (GMT+7)

SIN

19:10

BKK

20:35

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

BKK

09:15

SIN

12:45

SIN

08:00

HKT

08:45 09:20

BKK

11:45

SIN

15:15

SIN

08:25

HKT

BKK*

11:55

SIN

15:25

SIN

14:40

HKT

15:35

BKK

13:30

SIN

17:00

SIN

20:30

HKT

21:20

BKK*

14:40

SIN

18:15

HKT

09:30

SIN

12:30

BKK^

14:55

SIN

18:30

HKT

10:00

SIN

12:50

BKK

20:55

SIN

00:25

HKT

16:15

SIN

19:05

BKK

21:20

SIN

00:50

HKT

22:00

SIN

00:50

* Service from 12 Dec - 31 Dec # Thursday & Sunday service from 12 Dec - 31 Dec ^ Thursday service from 12 Dec - 31 Dec

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1 hour 25 minutes (GMT+7)

1 hour 45 minutes (GMT+7) Time

Arrival

Time

08:35

SIN

07:45

CGK

SIN*

11:00

CGK

11:55

SIN

13:05

CGK

13:55

SIN

15:05

CGK

15:55

SIN

19:15

CGK

20:05

SIN

20:30

CGK

21:15

CGK

09:15

SIN

12:05

CGK*

12:35

SIN

15:25

CGK

14:35

SIN

17:30

CGK

16:35

SIN

19:25

CGK

20:45

SIN

23:35

CGK

21:55

SIN

00:45

M

T

W

T

SINGAPORE – MEDAN / MEDAN – SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE – JAKARTA / JAKARTA – SINGAPORE Departure

M

T

F

S

S

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

08:10

KNO

08:45

SIN

10:30

KNO

11:05

SIN

15:10

KNO

15:45

SIN

19:30

KNO

20:05

SIN

20:00

KNO

20:35

KNO

09:25

SIN

11:55

KNO

11:45

SIN

14:15

KNO

16:25

SIN

18:55

KNO

20:45

SIN

23:15

KNO

21:15

SIN

23:45

M

T

SINGAPORE – KUALA LUMPUR / KUALA LUMPUR – SINGAPORE

* Wednesday service from 12 Dec - 31 Dec

1 hour 5 minutes (GMT+8)

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

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:15

KUL

08:25 10:35

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

09:30

KUL

SIN

18:30

DAD

20:05

SIN*

12:50

KUL

13:55

SIN

17:55

DAD

19:35

SIN#

17:40

KUL

18:40

DAD

20:45

SIN

00:35

SIN

18:00

KUL

19:05

DAD

20:15

SIN

00:05

SIN

19:40

KUL

20:45

KUL

09:05

SIN

10:15

KUL

11:20

SIN

12:30

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

SINGAPORE – DENPASAR / DENPASAR– SINGAPORE

KUL*

14:35

SIN

15:45

KUL#

19:20

SIN

20:35

09:55

KUL

19:50

SIN

21:00

13:25

KUL

21:25

SIN

22:35

2 hours 45 minutes (GMT+8) Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:05

DPS

DPS

10:45

SIN

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

* Friday service from 12 Dec - 31 Dec # Service from 12 Dec - 31 Dec

SINGAPORE – DARWIN / DARWIN – SINGAPORE 4 hours 30 minutes (GMT+9.5)

SINGAPORE – GUIYANG / GUIYANG - SINGAPORE

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN*

23:05

DRW

05:20

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

DRW#

06:00

SIN

09:00

SIN

10:40

KWE

15:05

KWE

15:55

SIN

20:45

* Monday, Tuesday & Thursday services from 12 Dec - 31 Dec # Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday services from 12 Dec - 31 Dec

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

4 hours 20 minutes (GMT+8) 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

06:25

MNL

10:00

SIN*

06:55

PNH

07:55

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

SIN*

16:35

MNL

20:10

SIN

13:25

PNH

14:25

MNL

10:40

SIN

14:20

SIN

18:30

PNH

19:30

MNL*

20:50

SIN

00:30

PNH*

08:45

SIN

11:50

PNH

15:10

SIN

18:15

PNH

20:15

SIN

23:20

* Friday service from 12 Dec - 31 Dec

SINGAPORE – MANILA – OSAKA / OSAKA – MANILA – SINGAPORE

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

* Service from 12 Dec - 31 Dec

3 hours 35 minutes (from SIN to MNL); 3 hours 55 minutes (from MNL to KIX) (GMT+8/GMT+9) Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

02:20

MNL

05:55

SIN

02:15

MNL

05:50

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

MNL

06:55

KIX

11:35

SIN*

12:50

REP

14:05

MNL

06:50

KIX

11:30

SIN

14:00

REP

15:15

KIX

13:05

MNL

16:40

REP*

14:55

SIN

18:15

KIX

12:45

MNL

16:20

REP

16:00

SIN

19:25

MNL

17:40

SIN

21:20

MNL

18:30

SIN

22:10

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

SINGAPORE – SIEM REAP / SIEM REAP – SINGAPORE

Departure

2 hours 10 minutes (GMT+7) M

T

W

* Service commences from 07 Dec

SINGAPORE – YANGON / YANGON – SINGAPORE 2 hours 55 minutes (GMT+6.5)

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

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN*

09:10

RGN

10:40

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN#

17:30

RGN

19:00

SIN

10:40

PEN

12:05

SIN^

19:15

RGN

20:45

SIN

15:10

PEN

16:35

RGN*

11:35

SIN

16:05

SIN

19:45

PEN

21:15

RGN#

19:40

SIN

00:10

PEN

12:50

SIN

14:15

RGN^

21:25

SIN

01:55

PEN

17:15

SIN

18:40

PEN

21:55

SIN

23:20

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

T

W

* Tuesday service from 12 Dec - 31 Dec # Monday service from 01 Dec - 11 Dec ^ Service from 12 Dec - 31 Dec

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SINGAPORE – PALEMBANG / PALEMBANG – SINGAPORE 1 hour 05 minutes (GMT+7)

SINGAPORE – PERTH / PERTH – SINGAPORE 5 hours 25 minutes (GMT+8) Time

Arrival

SIN

17:55

PER

23:10

SIN

02:20

PER

07:40

Departure

Time

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

13:25

PLM

13:40

PLM

14:20

SIN

16:25

M

T

W

T

F

S

SIN

02:10

PER

07:30

SINGAPORE – TAIPEI – OSAKA / OSAKA – TAIPEI – SINGAPORE

PER

00:10

SIN

05:25

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

PER

08:30

SIN

13:45

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

PER

08:20

SIN

13:35

SIN

07:10

TPE

11:55

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

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:10

SGN

08:15

SIN

14:00

SGN

15:05

SIN

19:20

SGN

20:30

SGN

08:55

SIN

12:00

SGN

15:45

SIN

18:50

SGN

21:10

SIN

00:15

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

TPE

12:45

KIX

16:15

SIN*

01:15

TPE

06:00

TPE

06:55

KIX

10:30

TPE*

07:00

KIX

10:30

KIX

17:10

TPE

19:30

TPE

20:20

SIN

01:15

KIX*

11:30

TPE

13:50

TPE*

14:50

SIN

19:45

M

T

W

T

S

F

S

S

* Monday service from 12 Dec - 31 Dec

SINGAPORE – SURABAYA / SURABAYA – SINGAPORE 2 hours 15 minutes (GMT+7)

SINGAPORE – PEKANBARU / PEKANBARU - SINGAPORE 1 hour (GMT+7) M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

11:55

SUB

13:25

SIN

12:55

SUB

14:25

SIN

18:40

SUB

20:10

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

09:25

PKU

09:30

SUB

14:05

SIN

17:30

SIN

13:25

PKU

13:30

SUB

15:05

SIN

18:30

PKU

10:10

SIN

12:05

SUB

21:00

SIN

00:25

PKU

14:10

SIN

16:05

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

SINGAPORE – SANYA / SANYA – SINGAPORE SINGAPORE – SHANTOU / SHANTOU – SINGAPORE

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

4 hours 5 minutes (GMT+8) Time

Arrival

SIN

13:45

SWA

SWA

18:30

SIN

Departure

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:00

SYX

09:55

17:50

SYX

10:50

SIN

14:10

22:40

SYX

12:00

SIN

15:10

Time

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

T


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

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

MEL

12:00

SIN

16:50

SGN

07:10

SIN

10:10

SIN

20:00

MEL

06:20

SIN

11:00

SGN

12:05

M

T

W

T

F

S

PERTH – DENPASAR – SINGAPORE / SINGAPORE – DENPASAR – PERTH

HO CHI MINH CITY – BANGKOK / BANGKOK – HO CHI MINH CITY

2 hours 35 minutes (from SIN to DPS); 3 hours 45 minutes (from DPS to PER) (GMT+8/GMT+8)

1 hours 30 minutes (GMT+XX)

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

PER

17:35

DPS

21:15

SGN

13:10

BKK

14:40

BKK

15:25

SGN

17:05

DPS

22:45

SIN

01:25

SIN

05:20

DPS

08:00

DPS

08:50

PER

13:20

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

S

Flight durations are estimates only, departing from Singapore. Information correct at press time. Operated by Jetstar Asia Airways Operated by Jetstar Airways Operated by Jetstar Pacific Airlines

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SAFETY, SECURITY & COMFORT Carry-on baggage Liquids, aerosols or gels (LAGs) must be in containers with a maximum capacity of 100ml each. Containers must be placed in a transparent resealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity not exceeding one litre.

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.

from the lower legs. During your flight, move your legs and feet three or four minutes per hour, and move about.

Cabin pressure Smoking Government regulations prohibit smoking on all flights. There are smoke detectors in all toilets and penalties for regulation breaches.

The importance of blood circulation and muscle relaxation during flights Compression stockings can assist in preventing swelling of the ankles and feet, and they may improve the blood return to the body

To “clear” your ears, try swallowing and/or yawning. When you are flying with an infant, give them a dummy or feed them during the aircraft’s descent. Sucking and swallowing will help the infant equalise the pressure in their ears.

Cabin humidity / dehydration Low humidity in the aircraft cabin can cause drying of the nose, throat and eyes, and can irritate wearers of contact lenses.

Do: • Drink water frequently. • Drink coffee, tea and alcohol only in moderation. • Remove contact lenses if your eyes are irritated. • Use a moisturiser to refresh skin.

Jetstar security policy Jetstar has a strict policy on denying boarding to any passengers who are inappropriate in flight or on ground in comments or behaviour. Jetstar does not accept any inappropriate comments as “jokes”. All matters are referred to relevant authorities for prosecution. Jetstar will seek to recover all costs incurred as a result of inflight incidents from those involved.


More legroom to be yourself. Because you can. Enjoy extra legroom* on our first and emergency row seats for a more comfortable flight! Rows 1, 12 and 13 at SGD32 or equivalent per seat.

*Please approach our cabin crew should you wish to upgrade your seat. Jetstar Asia Airways Pte Ltd BRN:200403570D.


Inflight I DESTINATIONS

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Singapore GAYNOR REID Vice president of communications, Asia Pacific, Accor Hotels; accorhotels.com The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest to is… Club Street. On the weekends the street is closed off to traffic, and restaurants set up their tables and chairs outside so there’s a lively buzz. It’s great for people watching.

SINGAPORE

If you’re only there for a day one must-do is to… take a walk around Gardens by the Bay then wander over to Marina Bay Sands and head up to the rooftop for cocktails at Cé La Vi. Finally, go to Artichoke on Middle Road for dinner. It’s behind a tiny

church, with a charming courtyard and excellent Middle-Eastern-meetsAsian cuisine. A place in the city visitors might not be aware of that I love going to is… MacRitchie Reservoir. There’s a treetop walkway in the forest canopy, where you can spot wildlife ranging from cheeky monkeys to giant lizards and beautiful birds. The most scenic spot in the city is… Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa. It’s perched atop a cliff overlooking sea – you feel like you’re on a tropical

island instead of just 15 minutes from the city. My favourite street in the city is… Keong Saik Road, a former red light district. It offers some of the city’s best bars and restaurants, including my favourite, The Library, a hidden speakeasy (you’ll need a password to get in). The best place for local eats is… Tiong Bahru – it’s a hip neighbourhood and a blend of East and West. You can get Hainanese chicken rice or char siew at the market and tasty Nyonya cuisine at House of Peranakan Petit.


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Bangkok ALANA MORGAN Director at Morgan Media and blogger at Paper Planes; morganmedia.buzz; paperplanesblog.com The best local hangout to take a guest to is… one of the Rot Fai markets. It’s usually easiest to get to the Ratchada location as it’s just near the Thailand Cultural Centre MRT station. You’ll find a ton

THAILAND

of food stalls along with bars, live music and shopping. A place in the city visitors might not be aware of that I love going to is… Baan Silapin, the ‘Artist’s House’ in the Phasi Charoen District. It’s a restored, traditional wooden house by a canal that shows what old Bangkok was like. There

are free puppet shows and other traditional arts and performances here, too. If you’re only there for a day, one must-do is to… schedule a walking or tuk tuk tour to see some of the sights and taste some street eats. The tours from Expique are excellent and pack a ton into one experience. The best place for a drink or meal with a view is... anything along the Chao Phraya River, or one of the city’s rooftop bars. Red Sky in Centara Grand at CentralWorld is impressive and I also love Scarlett Wine Bar at the

Pullman Bangkok Hotel G. It’s more intimate than many other rooftop bars and oozes style. The most scenic spot in the city is… the Rattanakosin district surrounding the Grand Palace.


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Hong Kong ANGELA TUFVESSON Freelance writer and editor; angelatufvesson.com The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest to is… the Lobby Lounge at the InterContinental in Kowloon to soak up spectacular views of Victoria Harbour. The afternoon tea is almost as good as the view.

CHINA

If you’re only there for a day, one must-do is to… eat dim sum. It’s the quintessential Hong Kong dining experience. I can’t go past siu mai (opentopped dumplings), lo baak gou (turnip cakes) and everyone’s favourite cha siu bao (pork buns). A place in the city that visitors might not be aware of that I love going to is… stunning Ham Tin beach, to escape

the masses and enjoy nature. Think white sand, clear water and, best of all in one of the world’s most densely populated cities, space. Bliss! From Sai Kung, it’s a 30-minute boat ride. The most scenic spot in the city is… The Peak, hands down. The view of the city

from the highest peak on Hong Kong Island is mind blowing. Take the tram or bus or, if you’re feeling energetic, hike up there. You’ll never forget it. The best place for a selfie or groufie is… the Big Buddha on Lantau Island, which stands at 34m tall. My favourite street in the city is… Shau Kei Wan Main Street East. It may not be as glamorous as some of Hong Kong’s more well-known culinary hot spots – but it makes up for this in delicious and authentic cheap eats.


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Kuala Lumpur NOOR Withlocals host; withlocals.com

The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest to is… the Perdana Botanical Garden at Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park. It’s also close to other attractions like museums, memorials, the orchid, butterfly and bird parks,

the National Monument and the National Mosque. The best freebie a visitor can get in my city is... the Dataran Merdeka Heritage Guided Tour, a free tour by Kuala Lumpur City Hall. This trail covers 11 heritage spots, with free entrance to the KL City Gallery and a ticket discount for MUD, a homegrown 60-minute musical about the history of the city.

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The most scenic spot in the city is… the Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant at KL Tower to enjoy lunch or dinner with a fantastic view of Kuala Lumpur. The best place for a selfie or groufie is... Merdeka Square, which is surrounded by colonialera buildings, and the Petronas Twin Towers which has been the main landmark of the city. The best place for local eats is... Jalan Alor if you prefer non-halal Chinese food or Kampung Baru if you prefer halal Malay food.

My favourite street in the city is… Jalan Hang Kasturi, where Central Market is located. This is where we can watch local artists showcase their artworks. A good souvenir to buy is… local batik (dyed cloth) with fancy motifs from Kraftangan Malaysia at Jalan Conlay.


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Perth EMILY CAI Founder of ONLYLUXE CLUB; onlyluxe.com.au

The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest to is… Cottesloe Beach. It’s located in Perth’s western suburbs and is one of the world’s most family friendly beaches for surfing, swimming and snorkelling.

AUS T R A L I A A place in the city that visitors might not be aware of that I love going to is... Bayview Park in Mosman Park. Shaded by gum trees and with elevated views of Perth, it’s a great spot for a picnic. If you’re only there for a day, one must-do is to… take a ferry to Rottnest Island

to see quokkas, which are only found in Western Australia. You’ll also be spoiled for choice with more than 60 beaches. The best freebie a visitor can get in Perth is… a run along the Swan River for postcard-perfect photos, with black swans on the shore of the river and the city skyline in the background. My favourite street is… Wolf Lane – it’s regarded as one of the best laneways in Australia. After a successful facelift, it fuses together bars, cafés and restaurants with

street art and is now a chic place for dining and shopping. The best place to go shopping is… Subiaco. Some the best boutique fashion shops and art galleries can be found on its leafy streets. A good souvenir to buy is… pearls from the Willie Creek Pearl Farm. The boutique store on Hay Street, Subiaco, has a great collection.


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Osaka CHRISTOPHER GREEN Business owner; jtechsolutions.com

The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest to is… the Ebisubashi (a bridge) area in the Namba district after dusk, to soak in the eclectic atmosphere of the backstreets of Japan. Walk down the covered Shopping Street towards

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Namba Station Plaza but make sure to turn off the main promenade to find small sushi shops or Japanese taverns. A place in the city visitors might not be aware of that I love going to is… the second floor of the Misono Building – it hides plenty of small bars and eating establishments. The best way to get around the city is… by taxi. Taxis are everywhere and often have an English point card for translating. However, in some areas there is nothing better than a walking route.

The best freebie a visitor can get in my city is… the Asahi Breweries Tour. Admission is free and you even get free beer tasting. You can book English guides, too. The best place for a drink or meal with a view is… Chotsugai on the 28th floor of the Hankyu Grand

building. At tables for two, both chairs face the most amazing view of Osaka. If you’re only there for a day, one must-do is to… visit Osaka Castle and Museum which houses original Samurai armour and a Golden Tea Room. And find somewhere to taste the two famous dishes tako-yaki (octopus balls) and okonomi-yaki (savoury pancake).


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WHEN A FOODIE FLIES

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I’M HARDLY PUNCTUAL. But when I have a plane to catch, I’m at the airport way ahead of schedule. I’m a foodie and I travel to eat. But my gastronomic journey doesn’t begin at my destination; it starts at the airport where I must factor in enough time before boarding to grab a bite. There’s something holiday-ish about tucking into a burger at 9am in the airport, and knowing that somewhere else in reality your friends and colleagues are stuck at their office desks. And while food snobs pooh-pooh airplane food, the sound of the trolley making its way down the aisle is music to my airpressure-clogged ears. I’ll stall my loo visits when meal service is about to begin. Where else can you make a split-second decision about going for “fish or chicken” and then gingerly peel off the steamy foil to see what lies beneath? It’s a lot like Christmas Day, really. The minute I check into my hotel room, I search for the room service menu. Reading it gives me a rush and lets me do a mental checklist of what’s available after midnight (in case I get

I must factor in enough time before boarding to grab a bite peckish) and what’s in the American breakfast set (Erm, just one miserable fried egg and oatmeal porridge? Nah). Outside of my room, I have no qualms joining snaking queues if doing so gets me dining – okay, bragging – rights. My record time? Two hours – in the wintry cold – before the Tim Ho Wan dim sum

eatery in Hong Kong’s Sham Shui Po opened. If I’m at a theme park, food carts, not the rides, beckon me. I mean, who cares about plunging down manmade waterfalls or pointing laser guns at 3D monsters when I can have pandabear-shaped buns or, in the case of Tokyo’s Disneyland, at least five flavours of popcorn (confession: I had every one of them in one visit)? Language differences also won’t deter me from getting my food.

In Bangkok, I made a buzzing noise and flapped my hands. My waitress’s face lit up and she passed me a jar of honey. In a small bar outside Tokyo, my husband and I wanted something other than chicken yakitori. So he drew a skewered squid on a paper napkin, showed it to the cook and we got our nicely charred, sea-salt-topped grilled squid. Now, who once said food is the universal language? I’ll buy that T-shirt any day.

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Looking out for the food trolley, queuing for hours on end and playing charades – just some of the things PEARLYN THAM will do for her meals overseas


Jetstar Asia December 2016