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INSIDER 10 I THE HOT LIST

22 I BEAUTY

38 I PHOTO ESSAY

Fun events, from a riverside festival to a food fiesta

Shimmer and shine

Snapshots of beautiful Bali

23 I SHOP IT

46 I IF WALLS COULD TALK

Super sunglasses

Incredible street art and where to find it

12 I ON THE RADAR

COVER ARTWORK GREEDY HEN / THE JACKY WINTER GROUP

New stuff to try, including a cartoon-lovers’ cruise

14 I WHAT’S IN MY SUITCASE? Teresa Lim carries crafty tools to get creative when travelling

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24 I INSTAGRAMABLE Fun spots for holiday snaps in Okinawa

27 I 24 HOURS: PHNOM PENH

50 I HYBRID HOTELS The hotels with on-site activities and services, from a tattoo parlour to a chocolate factory

Tropical garden dining, creative culinary feats and rooftop bars

55 I COASTING ALONG

30 I IN PROFILE

60 I TREE HUGGERS

Phuket by motorbike

16 I POSTCODE The new look for the historic Bras Basah.Bugis precinct in Singapore

Curry puff daddy: the owner of Old Chang Kee

18 I FIVE OF THE BEST

32 I TREAD LIGHTLY

Highlights of Manila’s newest finance and lifestyle hub

Connect with locals and seek out eco hotels to be a good traveller

Soak in the natural surroundings and lower your heart rate with forest bathing

88 I TRAVEL TALES Sometimes shopping for a trip adds to the travel excitement

INFLIGHT 72 I Jetstar news 74 I #StarJourneys winners

76 I Where we fly 81 I Spot the difference 82 I Destinations


Welcome I From the CEO

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Welcome aboard JULY–AUG 2018

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We’re better for business travel

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etstar Asia operates two of the three busiest international airlinks in the world today. The Kuala Lumpur –Singapore and Jakarta– Singapore are two routes that are not only very popular with leisure travellers but also those travelling for business. In fact, on most early morning services, more than half of the travellers are flying for business purposes. Having operated these two routes for more than ten years, Jetstar Asia understands the needs of the business traveller. That is why we were one of the first low-fare carriers to have introduced corporate or business bundles to ensure we cater to the unique needs of these travellers. Today, the bundle is better known as the Jetstar FlexiBiz and it offers flexibility, speed and convenience for the Singapore traveller.

This month, we are happy to announce that the business bundle is now available for Malaysian and Indonesian customers to enjoy as well. Available on Jetstar.com, the FlexiBiz bundle allows the savvy business traveller to make changes to their flights on the day of travel, as well as take extra carry-on baggage and select an upfront seat at no extra charge. This bundle is not limited to business passengers but also available for leisure travellers who want additional flexibility and value in their travel ticket. We urge you to visit our website to learn more. Thank you for your continued support and please enjoy the fl ight!

Barathan Pasupathi CEO, Jetstar Asia Airways

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JULY–AUG HIGHLIGHTS

We’re here for you

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

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Our team is always here to help

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very single day more than a thousand Jetstar pilots and cabin crew members take to the skies to help get you to where you want to go. I want to share a story from this year to remind passengers of the amazing lengths our crew will go to ensure that everyone has a safe and pleasant flight – even when challenges arise. In February, a Jetstar flight from Honolulu to Melbourne was diverted to Sydney due to a medical emergency. One of our customers, Maree, was returning home from a holiday with friends in Hawaii to celebrate her 77th birthday when she suffered a stroke on board. Maree’s friend, Allison, was the first to notice and alerted our cabin crew, who quickly assisted Maree and notified the Captain.

Captain Peter Clements immediately contacted Sydney Airport – the closest at the time – to request a priority landing so that Maree could receive urgent medical assistance. Paramedics met the aircraft on arrival, and within just 90 minutes of suffering the stroke, Maree had gone from being at 43,000 feet to undergoing lifesaving treatment at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Just weeks later, the doctors contacted us to say Maree had made a near-full recovery, which was made possible by the quick thinking of our crew. Recently, Captain Clements and the crew had the opportunity to reunite with Maree and her friends, who thanked everyone involved. It was a very special occasion and a reminder of the important role our crew play each and every day. No matter who you are or where you’re flying today, our team is always here to help.

Gareth Evans Jetstar Group CEO

The reunion with Maree

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Teresa Lim packs... p14

A cartoon-lover’s crui cruise p12

Amazing i stamps p10

Stylish suitcase essentials


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SEE THE LIGHT For the last 10 years, the Singapore Night Festival has been giving the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct a whole new life. This year’s edition takes place 17–25 August, from 7.30pm daily. Enjoy street and music performances, late night events at the area’s many cultural institutions and watch the iconic National Museum of Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum bathed in ethereal interactive light installations.

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The hot list Dance all night in Bangkok, indulge in amazing food and wine in Perth and catch your favourite musicians in Osaka

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Until 31 Dec

The Darwin Festival will bring the Northern Territory’s capital city to life, with free outdoor events including dance, music and theatre performances, comedy and cabaret shows and visual art installations. Various locations around Darwin, darwinfestival.org.au

Forget emails and phone messages for a while at a two-part exhibition on the joys of post at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. See 200 handcrafted envelopes as well as the world’s most unusual stamps; such as hand-pasted, beaded ones from Singapore, chocolatescented designs from Switzerland and even a stamp printed on thinly sliced cork from Portugal. Admission is free for Singaporean citizens and permanent residents and from S$6 for tourists.

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Celebrate George Town’s past

The best of Aussie food and wine

Big acts in Japan

7–15 July It has been 10 years since Penang’s capital was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The commemoration event includes games, martial arts, cooking workshops and traditional performances. Head to the street festival and take a walk through heritage trails. George Town, Penang, gtwhi.com.my/gthc2018

24–26 Aug The Good Food & Wine Show in Perth is a great opportunity to sample local and international produce, from cheese to oysters, and taste splendid wines, beers and cocktails under one roof. You’ll also get to meet celebrity chefs and attend educational master classes. Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, goodfoodshow.com.au

Catch Beck, Chance the Rapper, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Nickelback, Flying Lotus, Nine Inch Nails, Pale Waves and other well-known acts at Summer Sonic Osaka, one of Japan’s most popular music events. Tickets start from ¥14,500 (S$180) for a one-day ticket. Maishima Sports Island, Osaka, summersonic.com

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You’ll cook like a pro after this

Festival with a cause 22–26 Aug Held in the coastal town of Sanur, Bali, the Sanur Village Festival celebrates ancient traditions and local food and arts. It’s also focused on environmental conservation, with activities that include beach clean-ups and the planting of coral. facebook.com/Sanurfestival

330 The number of retailers that participated in The Great Singapore Sale (GSS) last year. The 2018 GSS ends in August – get those bargains while they last. gss.sra.org.sg

Dance the night away 29 July DJ and dance festival Sensation originated in Amsterdam 18 years ago and is now held around the world. Don’t miss the Thai instalment, which sees the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) transformed into one massive nightclub. Be sure to follow the all-white dress code. A general admissions ticket is priced from 3,200 THB (S$134). BITEC Bangkok, sensationthailand.com

Food fiesta 13–29 July

The Singapore Food Festival celebrates what the island-state is best known for. Indulge in unique culinary experiences featuring traditional and modern cuisine, sample yummy street food, meet local and international celebrity chefs, and hone your food-prep skills at the many cooking workshops. Various locations, visitsingapore.com

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On the radar Retreat to a unique hillside property in Bali, learn about landmines in Cambodia, and set sail with your fave cartoon characters

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Later this year, Cartoon Network fans will get to cruise with characters such as The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10 and Adventure Time’s Jake The Dog on the Cartoon Network Wave. Expect 800 themed cabins and suites, along with 11 decks of shopping and entertainment. Join Jake and Finn in navigating a rope course or party with the Teen Titans at the Night Glow Party. Singapore will be its home port. cartoonnetworkwave.com

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Stay among the trees

Don’t wait in line, get online

Newly renovated, The Longhouse in Bali features just six bedroom suites, each offering amazing views from the hilltops of Jimbaran. To ensure a unique experience, no two suites are the same. The property has a vast infinity pool, a spa and a yoga pavilion. Prices start from US$160 (S$211) a night. thelonghousebali.com

If you’re Singaporean and headed to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, here’s some good news. The hotel recently introduced an Express Online Check-in service so you don’t have to wait in line at the check-in counter. Simply enter your details online within seven days prior to your arrival. Beating the queue means you’ll have more time to have fun. hongkongdisneyland.com

What’s brewing? Want to take your love of beer to the next level? Visit The Artist House in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, which specialises in beer and craft beer cocktails. Stylish and cosy, it boasts its own collection of Belgian beer, and hands-on activities where you can make your own infused beer, pair your favourite smells with craft beers and design your own beer labels. Cheers to that! mrtheartist.com

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SAIL WITH YOUR FAVE CARTOON CHARACTERS

We kid you not. The Gyu Bar Singapore, a 35-seater yakiniku restaurant, will treat you to your first cup of the day’s sake. The first step is pick your sake cup or glass at the Sake Glass Wall. Pair with a rice bowl such as the signature roast beef don (S$35) with Hokkaido slowroasted top round beef and onsen egg, or the Uni Wagyu Yukke Cone (right) – a rich combination of raw beef and sea urchin. Also, the specially installed ventilation system won’t have you smelling like a greasy grill.


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Get creative to connect with your destination

Threading new ground

Teresa Lim Embroidery artist, teeteeheehee.com

WHEN I SIT AT A PLACE AND STITCH, my eyes pick up so much detail and I listen to people talking. It is more meaningful to me than snapping a photograph and then walking away. When I enter a place and feel a sense of awe or connection, I take that as my cue to embroider. My boyfriend is more than happy to wait with me because while I

embroider, he reads or writes. We like to take our travels slow – it’s perfect. All my threads are stuffed into a box. I don’t like them rolled up neatly because looking for them when they are all tangled and messy helps with my (creative) process. On long flights, I embroider on the plane and use the cutter on my dental floss box to cut thread.

I also pack a good book to read, a notebook to record my thoughts and a stuffed pillow because I need something familiar. I pack my iPad Pro, which lets me sketch easily on the go, and my iPhone to keep in touch and take photos. And in every country I visit, I like to look out for McDonald’s because every place has a different sauce for Chicken McNuggets.

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Culture crawl With the new Bencoolen MRT Station, there’s fresh buzz in Singapore’s Bras Basah.Bugis historic precinct, one that’s already crammed with museums, art schools and temples, plus cheap and cheerful eateries and shops

This popular eatery is known for Indonesianstyle nasi padang, steamed rice served with numerous dishes. Try the rich curry chicken, begedil (potato patty) and, of course, spicy beef rendang. Wash it all down with a cold glass of sweet limau ais (iced fresh lime juice). 51 Bencoolen St #01-06, facebook.com/ pu3restaurant

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Set up by Singaporean bad-boy chef Bjorn Shen, this boisterous restaurant serves a rollicking mish-mash of Middle Easterninspired dishes and loud rock music pumping from the speakers. Expect the likes of burnt miso hummus and squid ink couscous. Reservations are a must. 161 Middle Rd, bjornshen.com/artichoke

The Bugis Street market may be teeming with kitsch souvenirs but if you prefer local flavour, head to the slightly scruffy Waterloo Centre. You’ll find contemporary knick-knacks and home décor, such as wheniwasfour’s tote bag shaped like a packet of Singaporean takeaway tea and The Farm Store’s cushions with a city skyline print. 261 Waterloo St

On the ground floor of creative hub 51 Waterloo Street lies a series of painted door panels. These depict long-lost scenes of 1960s life from the Bras Basah area. But step outside at the building’s Queen Street entrance and you’re back in the 21st century, with one wall covered in loud, neon street art that’s just as evocative. 51 Waterloo St and 222 Queen St

Singapore’s first container art space is a marvel at beating land scarcity in the tiny country. Deck is made up of 20 repurposed shipping containers stacked one atop the other and filled with galleries, a library, a studio, a gift shop and even a craft beer bar. Come here for photo exhibitions and workshops. 120A Prinsep St, deck.sg

Observe the cross-worshipping at the two temples on Waterloo Street – it’s a classic example of everyday life in multi-cultural Singapore. Devotees will first pay their respects at the Sri Krishnan Hindu Temple, built in 1870, before moving on to the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Buddhist Temple, built in 1884. 152 and 178 Waterloo St

This well-curated store is the brainchild of jewellery designer Carolyn Kan. Besides selling her popular Carrie K. jewellery, she stocks independent Singapore brands. Standouts include handwoven Eden + Elie jewellery, prêt-à-porter pieces by Thomas Wee and cult beauty products by Allies of Skin. 111 Middle Rd, #01-01, keepers.studio

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Food and arts in Manila A former camp named after revolutionary leader Andrés Bonifacio, Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is Manila’s newest finance and lifestyle hub

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It has become fashionable for designer boutiques to open cafés in major cities like Gucci’s Osteria in Florence, Blue Box by Tiffany & Co on Manhattan’s 5th Avenue, and Bulgari Il Ristorante in Tokyo. In Manila, homegrown fashion giant Bench serves up Filipino food in a trendy, tropical setting. Expect rice dishes and an all-day merienda, or light meal menu, featuring traditional snacks like palabok (rice noodles with prawns, pork and crackling), champorado (chocolate rice porridge), and sisig skillet (crispy pork dish with egg and citrus foam). Cool down with an ube halo-halo, purple yam shaved ice with sweetened coconut, beans, caramelised bananas, leche flan (crème caramel), nata de coco (coconut jelly) and coconut ice cream. The café is part of a three-level Bench flagship store, which also houses a hair and beauty salon. facebook.com/BenchCafePH

2. ART BGC MURALS A young city like BGC can feel cold with its new malls and towering skyscrapers. To give this emerging hub more soul and personality, the Art BGC


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Clockwise from far left: Doppel’s street artwork of Andrés Bonifacio; BCG Art Mart; the Flying Trapeze school; Bench Café

BGC quickly became an Instagram-friendly setting with quirky murals dog; and Sugar Factory, a Las Vegas candy store, restaurant and bar serving enormous milkshakes garnished with a unicorn lollipop, waffle cone and dulce de leche, and all in a mug sprinkled with caramel popcorn. shangri-la.com/ manila/shangrilaatthefort

Mural Festival was established in 2014. BGC quickly became an Instagram-friendly setting with quirky murals featuring a cat, an astronaut, Andrés Bonifacio, the Filipino citrus calamansi, the national flower sampaguita, and many others. With walls now filled, street art is expanding to rubbish bins, transformer vaults and sidewalks. artbgc.com

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3. TASTY, FUN FOOD Hotel food doesn’t have to be posh or serious. When Shangri-La at the Fort opened its doors in March 2016, they made sure they had restaurants serving cute fare. Think panda bear-shaped buns filled with custard and

salted duck egg at Canton Road; or ceviche and other Peruvian flavours at Samba. Kids and kids-at-heart will love the American import Pink’s Hot Dogs from Los Angeles serving The Hollywood Legend chilli

There’s nothing like crossing a bucket list item off your list. If you’ve always wanted to join the circus or fly, then head to Flying Trapeze and jump off the 7m platform. Trust the process, you’re in good hands. Flying Trapeze has experienced coaches to guide you every step of the way. It is the first and only fullscale flying trapeze rig in the Philippines. A two-hour class at Flying Trapeze promises fun for the entire family, but you must be over six years old to join in. trapeze.ph

5. BGC ARTS CENTER This new arts venue is a great place to feed your hunger for creative expression. There are weekend performances like an evening with Stella Abrera and the American Ballet, Monty Python’s Spamalot, and a Haruki Murakami Festival, with Japanese and Filipino jazz musicians bringing to life music from the famous author’s novels. Every third weekend, there’s a BGC Art Mart where artisans sell their handmade crafts, wearable art, sculpture and paintings. The best part: many of these events are free. bgcartscenter.org

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Shimmer & shine GET THE MIDAS TOUCH WITH SHIMMER MAKEUP 1. MAKE UP STORE Eyedust in Gold Glimmer, S$32, from Make Up Store, makeupstorecosmetics.com 2. 3INA Cream Eyeshadow, S$19, from 3INA, #B2-67 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn. 3. SEPHORA Shimmering Bronzing Powder, S$28, from Sephora. 4. ASTALIFT Flarosso Luci Highlighter, S$55, from Astalift, #03-30 Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Rd. 5. BY TERRY Glow-Expert Duo Stick, S$52, from Escentials, #03-02/05 Paragon, 290 Orchard Rd. 6. MAMONDE Flower Pop Eye Brick, S$32, from Mamonde, #B1-34 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Rd.

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1. FENDI sunglasses, S$650, from The Eyecare Initiative, #01-146 Tampines St 81. 2. FENDI sunglasses, S$450, from B.Spoke by Jamco Optical, #B1-99 Katong Shopping Centre. 3. GENTLE MONSTER Cobalt sunglasses, S$350, from Gentle Monster, #01-13 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn. 4. MOSCHINO sunglasses, S$425, from Capitol Optical, #02-09/10 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Rd.

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When crossing the curved IrabuOhashi Bridge, the longest toll-free bridge in Japan, you are sure to be mesmerised by the striking colours of the surrounding waters.

OKINAWA’S TOP INSTAGRAM SHOTS This Japanese prefecture is made up of more than 150 islands, each offering plenty to do, from hiking and parasailing to shopping and watching traditional dances

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GREEN SCENE On Iriomote, Okinawa’s second-largest island, head inland for some hiking or stream fishing, or just to take photos of the lush green rainforest to tag #naturalbeauty. @06.takazo

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FUN ON THE WATER Dare to try parasailing? Remember to get someone to photograph you in action as you soar high above the blue sea, supported by your rainbowcoloured parachute.

PINEAPPLE PARADISE The JA Farmers Market in Nago is the place to stock up on fresh produce, flowers, Japanese snacks and bento box meals.


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ROW YOUR BOAT Okinawa isn’t short of picturesque beaches, or ideal spots for all kinds of water activities. Outrigger canoeing is a fun way to explore the many nearby islands.

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The Southeast Botanical Gardens is a relaxing place to spend the day and take photographs of rare and exotic plants. You’ll also spot animals, like this cute squirrel monkey, in the petting zoo.

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ON TOP OF THE WORLD

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Make your way to the top of Mount Nosoko on Ishigaki Island, and you’ll be treated to a magnificent sight. It only takes about 45 minutes, and your effort is amply rewarded. 25

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A ROCKY ADVENTURE Cape Hedo, the northernmost point on Okinawa Island, is perfect for rockclimbing. The rock formations make for some Instagram-worthy shots, and the views get better the higher you go.

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TAG US Don’t forget to tag us @jetstarasia #jetstarasia when you’re sharing your travel snaps.

STEP BACK IN TIME At Shuri Castle, don’t miss the colourfully dressed dancers. This traditional dance is called the Ryukyu-buyo and you’ll want to take plenty of photos, thanks to the beautiful costumes and backdrop.

SEEING RED To get the best shot of Shuri Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stand a good distance from the entrance. From here, you’ll be able to capture the ornate façade with its Ryukyuan elements.


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Phnom Penh In Cambodia’s vibrant capital, traditional and modern living collide

BREAKFAST The early bird catches the worm and for most locals life is in full swing by dawn. Join the Cambodians who flock to upmarket Malis Restaurant, owned by celebrity Cambodian chef Luu Meng, to fuel up for the day ahead. Sit in the serene surroundings of the sprawling tropical garden and enjoy the popular morning dish of kuy teav – Cambodian noodles with pork. malis-restaurant.com

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MORNING The capital’s many markets, or phsars, bustle in the morning. Instead of tourist favourites Central Market and Russian Market, head to Kandal Market. Here, fish writhe in buckets, meat swings from hooks and fresh produce is sold from vendors crammed into a rabbit-warren of narrow alleys. Bargain clothing, electrical and household items and everything in between are also on offer for anyone willing to barter.

LUNCH Try creative fusion cuisine at China House

As a rapidly developing city, Phnom Penh is a foodies’ delight, packed full of eateries serving cuisine

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from across the globe. For culinary creativity, head to Chinese House. Overlooking the Tonle Sap River, the former Chinese merchant’s abode is now a stunning villa that serves fusion dishes spanning all continents. Try the black kingfish. chinesehouse.asia

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Spend the afternoon exploring the city by one of Cambodia’s oldest modes of transport – rickshaw. Grasshopper Adventures has devised an itinerary combining famous and hidden gems. The 13km route includes iconic buildings, coffee shops catering to the rising Khmer middle-class youth, organic farming initiatives and riding through the heart of local communities. Rickshaws are provided, with a downloadable tour and accompanying guides available through Grasshopper’s app. grasshopperadventures.com

Le Moon is a relaxed rooftop bar popular with young Cambodians wanting to kick back

EVENING Join the masses of Cambodians who flock to Sisowath Quay, also known as riverside, at dusk. Here young lovers look out across the Tonle Sap, fitness fanatics get active at aerobic classes dotting the promenade and locals play games. Le Moon is a relaxed rooftop bar popular with young Cambodians wanting to kick back with a post-work cocktail to enjoy the views as the sun sinks. lemoon.amanjaya-suitesphnom-penh.com

Top to bottom: Tour the city on a rickshaw; cocktails with a view at Le Moon

AFTER HOURS To miss out on Phnom Penh’s eclectic collection of bars

would be a sin, so stretch your 24 hours into the night. Bassac Lane is bubbling with action, with boutique bars and eateries lining the narrow alley. Live music often features in the central courtyard at weekends. Or soak up the city lights twinkling below and the soft sounds of music at Deva, a stylish rooftop bar.

Travel Info Singapore Phnom Penh up to two flights daily. jetstar.com


PUFF DADDY HAN KEEN JUAN GAVE UP A CUSHY JOB TO FRY CURRY PUFFS IN 1986 AND HAS BEEN SERVING UP THIS POPULAR PASTRY SNACK EVER SINCE f you have ever had an Old Chang Kee curry puff, you would have probably wondered what makes the fragrant, crispy pastry so addictive. But it’s most likely that you’ll never know why. The coveted recipe is locked away in a safe and accessed only by two people in the Singapore Exchange-listed company, one of them is owner and executive chairman Han Keen Juan. In 1986, he quit his high-flying job as a sales manager when the original owner of Old Chang Kee, who operated from a no-frills coffee shop near Little India, decided to give up his stall and return home to China. Today, the homegrown chain has 90 stores in Singapore and an overseas presence. From a central kitchen, the company churns out more than 50,000 puffs every day. The latest addition to his empire is the 50-seater Old Chang Kee Coffee House at Rex, the original location of Juan’s first stall, serving local faves and, of course, curry puffs.

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So you must be a curry puff lover. Whenever I’m hungry, the first thing I think of is our curry puffs. There’s a lot of nutrition: it has chicken, potato, eggs, pastry, it’s a meal in itself. But I took over this business not because I love eating curry puffs... I wanted to be a boss. Most other businesses would have required more capital. I also would not have sold something like char kway teow (a dark-sauce noodle dish served with cockles, Chinese sausages and beansprouts) because I would have to control the fire… there are too many conditions involved. You were working in an multinational corporation. How did it feel frying curry puffs in a coffee shop at the start? In a big company, I had a secretary and many team members. I only had to ‘arrow’ the problems to different departments. When I bought over Old Chang Kee, I took over the

old staff. If you told them that the food didn’t taste good, they would tell you to cook it yourself. This is why today, we have a central kitchen so that our food consistency is not dependent on any one chef or anyone’s mood. Besides the signature curry puff, Old Chang Kee also offers a lot more other choices such as fishballs and chicken nuggets. You have to grow with the market. You cannot expect someone who passes your shop every day to eat curry puffs every day. When we introduced limitededition curry puffs like the Chilli Crab ’O in 2014, the Chicken Rendang ’O in 2016 and, more recently, the Nasi Lemak Chicken ’O, we hoped to create a following, especially among younger customers. We sell these for just two to three months and we always experiment with local flavours.

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We always experiment with local flavours

Customers are getting more health-conscious. Is that a challenge for you? We have a strong research and development team so we source healthier oil from suppliers. Technology has also

helped: we have equipment that monitors when it’s time to change the oil and programs that ensure the precise temperature at which the curry puffs are fried – you’ll realise that our curry puffs are never oily, unlike those from other brands. If you could create just about any curry puff, what would it be? I’m Hainanese so maybe a Hainanese chicken rice curry puff.


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DO SOME GOOD WHILE YOU ARE ON HOLIDAY BY BEING MINDFUL OF YOUR TRAVEL CHOICES words suzanne sng

very decision we make as travellers has an impact — good or bad — on the place we visit and its people. To leave a light footprint, walk or cycle instead of using taxis for short trips; carry a water bottle rather than buying bottled water to reduce the use of plastic; respect the culture and history of the country; support a social enterprise; try the local produce; or simply, learn to say “hello” in the country’s native language. “How, where and with whom travellers spend their money have considerable power to effect change,” says Dr Steve Newman, the head of sustainability at the Banyan Tree Group. “Tourism can encourage peace, as well as social and environmental sustainability and resilience.” Here are four ways you can do good as you explore our planet.

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Go green in an eco-friendly hotel You can begin your journey as a good traveller by booking an eco-friendly hotel. BookDifferent (bookdifferent.com) has 7,000 hotels that are eco-certified, meaning travellers can be assured these hotels have a commitment to sustainable practices and provide high quality, nature-based tourism experiences. As the largest booking site of its kind, BookDifferent even shows you the carbon footprint of a night’s stay at your chosen hotel when booking. Most hotel chains have implemented green initiatives that remind you to reuse

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your towels. If, after hanging up your wet towel, you feel a twinge of guilt over that half-used bar of soap, then choose to stay at a Hilton hotel. More than 100 Hilton hotels in the Asia-Pacific region recycle leftover soap by sanitising it, then processing it into new bars, before distributing them to disadvantaged communities together with hygiene information. At Singapore’s Parkroyal on Pickering, going green takes on a new meaning. Its sky gardens, waterfalls and cascading greenery make it an oasis; but its green credentials extend beyond its foliage.

Left: Volunteering with Backstreet Academy and Banyan Tree Above: The Parkroyal on Pickering takes being green literally


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Leftover soap is sanitised and distributed to disadvantaged communities

Eco-friendly features include naturally ventilated external corridors and rain sensors that regulate the watering of its 50 plant varieties. Last June, it took the title of Asia’s Leading Green Hotel at the World Travel Awards for the third year running. Featuring a towering vertical garden made up of more than 8,000 plants, Hotel ICON in Hong Kong is another example of a hotel dedicated to sustainability and green initiatives. Run by Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management, this hotel has its own energyefficient cooling and heating system, features

natural lighting and ventilation, and has adopted sustainable practices such as a paperless check-in, a recycling program, a food donation program and a 100% electric airport transfer service. They’ve even ditched drinking straws in a bid to reduce the damage single-use plastics can cause to the environment.

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Airbnb (airbnb.com) or Couchsurfing (couchsurfing.com) – means you get to be a part of their daily lives. Engaging a local guide or driver can help you go off the beaten tourist path. You can try your hand at unusual activities through Backstreet Academy (backstreetacademy.com), which matches travellers to local artisans. The social enterprise, which Forbes magazine calls the “Airbnb of unusual travel experiences”, offers reasonably priced activities in 25 Asian cities. You could pick up kitemaking in Bali or pottery in Yangon. In Siem Reap, learn boxing manoeuvres from a grandmaster of Bokator, an ancient Khmer fighting form. In Phnom Penh, go fishing with a fisherman on a tiny boat, then feast together on your catch. Not only do these activities add to the hosts’ income, they also help preserve a way of life or elevate the standing of traditional crafts. Backstreet Academy’s founder and CEO, Jamon Mok, says: “Taking part in these activities gives travellers a whole new appreciation of the craft, the culture, the people. They see how they have helped their host by participating in an activity that takes nothing away from their enjoyment of travelling.”

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Give your time as a volunteer Voluntourism – when you do volunteer work while on vacation – seems like an admirable endeavour, but make sure you’re volunteering with ethical organisations. For example, orphanage tourism has become a lucrative scam in some developing countries, where travellers parachute in for a few days to care for children who may be exploited. There are also

some organisations who provide projects that take away from local workers, or that are not meeting the community’s true longterm needs. To make sure you are genuinely doing good, look for organisations that have deep roots in the community. One such organisation is World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, (WWOOF) which offers volunteers a chance to experience life on organic farms.

Left: Hilton hotels have a soap recycling scheme Above: Batik Boutique trains artisans from rural, low-income backgrounds


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In Okinawa, for instance, you help to plant rice or harvest its worldrenowned sea salt. Or you can work with cattle, do some beekeeping or pick mangoes in Darwin. No money changes hands and you learn sustainable ways of living, with food and accommodation thrown in exchange for your time and labour. In Siem Reap, the luxe Shinta Mani hotel group (shintamani. com) has a foundation which runs a hospitality school and a farming development centre, as well as providing medical check-ups to locals and

interest-free loans to local start-ups. Guests can help with its projects. Known for its green initiatives, the Banyan Tree Group gets its hotel guests involved in projects like coral conservation and turtle research. In conjunction with World Environment Day on June 5 and World Food Day on Oct 16 this year, its properties will hold activities such as mangrove planting, and delivering and serving meals to the local community. Banyan Tree’s Dr Newman, says: “Making challenges tangible, rather

than someone else’s issue from afar, reminds us of the importance of our everyday decisions. It also shows us that small changes collectively drive a large impact.” This kind of volunteering not only gives you the opportunity to help while on holiday, at its best, it can inspire long-term assistance and funding from new supporters.

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Clockwise from left: Experience life on organic farms with WWOOF; Batik Boutique in KL; Eden + Elie produces Peranakaninspired handicrafts

goes. But taking home a keepsake that provides jobs and training to marginalised groups, as well as helping preserve a traditional craft, can be more meaningful than plucking a factorymade fridge magnet off a souvenir shop display. And sometimes, even when buying beautiful products we think may be supporting local enterprises, the products may actually be mass produced overseas or made by exploiting locals with poor wages or unethical practices. Social enterprise Batik Boutique in Kuala

Lumpur trains women from rural, low-income backgrounds to produce batik items, with the sales benefiting more than 150 artisans. You can also take batik-dyeing classes to create scarves, totes or throw pillows. In Siem Reap, Artisans Angkor operates 48 workshops in 12 villages and offers free handicraft training to rural youth to preserve Khmer crafts, like silk weaving and stone carving. Its workshops, silk farm and boutiques also provide work for 1,100 people. Travellers can also sign up for craft workshops. In Singapore, social enterprise Eden + Elie partners with artisans with autism to produce Peranakan-style bangles, cuff links and more, inspired by the motifs, vibrant colours and intricate beading technique of the Straitsborn Chinese. Besides buying the trinkets, visitors can also watch the artisans thread the teensy beads at their workshop in The Enabling Village, which gives a deeper appreciation of their craftsmanship. But the most satisfying part is whenever you put on that memento, it may just remind you that you played a small part in being a good traveller.

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Below: Thrill seekers rafting on the Ayung River in Ubud. Right: A local daredevil jumps into a waterfall pool surrounded by lush cliffs in Sukawati.

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Clockwise from above Balinese are adept at motorbike balancing acts; ďŹ nd a slice of paradise with a boat trip to the Gili Islands; shop for colourful batik in Seminyak; if you get up early enough you may share a peaceful start with the ďŹ shermen.


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Left to right Find shade in a leafy coconut grove, then seek out a fresh coconut to drink; popular Seminyak Beach will put a smile on a surfer’s face, whether they are a beginner or a pro.


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Food for thought Michel Figuet, who shot these images of Bali, tells us where to eat on the idyllic island and more

Meeting new people is as exciting as meeting new landscapes. Anything related to travel, I like. New challenges are a good way to renew the way you look at things.

I love to wake up early in Bali. You see a lot more in the morning – people giving offerings to the gods or a solitary fisherman going to work to feed his family. I chill out during lunch hour at… Sari Organik near Ubud. This is a unique place; you need to get here by a narrow path

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I love the people, the energy, the landscapes as it is in the middle of the rice fields. The organic food here is amazing. For dinner, The Sayan House serves a mix of Japanese and South American food – think wasabi meets chilli. And the view at sunset is just wow! I also love eating on the beach

Brussels and Paris-based photographer Michel Figuet has worked with international magazines such as Conde Nast Traveller, Vogue, Elle and Marie-Claire, as well as brands such as Gucci, Valentino and Paul Smith. His repertoire is wide, consisting of portraits, fashion shoots, landscape shots and fine arts projects. at Jimbaran for the high quality of the seafood. Bali is famous for… its batik. There are different types so don’t hesitate to ask the shops or locals about the different meanings behind each. Gili Island is a little gem close to Bali, a hideaway where you can relax from the energy of Bali. I’ve also always been fascinated by lotus flowers and you can find them everywhere on the island.

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Travel Info Singapore Denpasar three flights daily. jetstar.com

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I visit Bali every few years After some of my friends moved there, I have been going to Bali every two to three years. I love the people, the energy, the landscapes and the food. The locals are very friendly. As long as you don’t assault them with your camera, they are happy to be in your photos. As in every country, say hello first, smile, engage the other person. My favourite picture from this photo essay is that of the waterfall. You feel amazing vibrations as you get closer to it and it makes such a powerful moment.


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2 4 1 BALI Quirky art Head to Kuta, Seminyak, Denpasar and Canggu to check out murals by artists like Ricky Afdi, Sleeck, Slinat, Dnztwo and Quint (photo 1). Many of these artworks are fun and whimsical, while others tell stories about the social and environmental issues facing Bali today. 2, 6, 7 HANOI Cultural trip Stroll along Phung Hung Street in the Old Quarter (photos 2 and 6) and you’ll notice a series of murals on the sealed archways of the railway viaduct. Most of these artworks depict scenes of traditional Vietnam. And don’t miss the famous, 6.4km-long mosaic mural on Hanoi Ceramic Road.

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3, 5 SINGAPORE Scenes from yesteryear Visit Tiong Bahru (photo 3), Amoy Street Food Centre, Haji Lane, Waterloo Street and Everton Park for murals that will take you back to what life was like in old Singapore. Highlights include Coffee Story by Yip Yew Chong, next to A.R.C. Coffee on Haji Lane, and Ice Ball by Yuen Kum Cheong (photo 5) at 51 Waterloo Street. 4 PERTH In living colour The city boasts several streetart hotspots, like 877 Albany Highway in East Victoria Park, which showcases a mural by Saner; the coffee stand on 30 King Street, whose front is covered by a mural by Daek William; and 296 Fitzgerald Street in North Perth, which has a pretty, pink artwork by Shime & Dash88 (photo 4). IMAGES [TOP LEFT] FACEBOOK.COM/ QUINTSTREETART, [BOTTOM LEFT] YUEN KUM CHEONG, PAINTER / MURALIST, SINGAPORE, YUENKCGALLERY.COM, [MIDDLE RIGHT] SOPERTH.COM.AU, [TOP RIGHT] NEWS.OTOFUN.NET

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9 MELBOURNE Laneway masterpieces Laneways and alleyways are the best places to spot street art here. Literature Lane features a recent artwork by Adnate, inspired by the blockbuster movie Black Panther; and Hosier Lane (photo 9), ACDC Lane, Croft Alley and Duckboard Place also display countless famous paintings.

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8, 10 HONG KONG Look on the bright side Check out Alex Croft’s colourful mural of shophouses at 43-45 Graham St in Central, the stunning Rainbow Thief by Okuda San Miguel on Man Fung Building (photo 8), and the Bruce Lee mural on Tank Lane in Sheung Wan (photo 10). 11 KUALA LUMPUR: Big and bold The most striking murals include Uncage the Beast by Kenji Chai, on the wall of The Bee, Publika; BRAVE by Anokayer and Yumz, which is visible along Jalan Pudu; and The Rodent Control, a commissioned artwork by Escapeva, at Seksyen 52 in Petaling Jaya (photo 11).

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12 MANILA: Larger than life The city is full of oversized murals, such as Pinumo by Ang Gerilya, which can be seen on the side of an apartment building on the corner of San Andres Street and Osmena Highway; Manpower by Kris Abrigo (photo 12), on 3rd Avenue in Bonifacio Global City (BGC); and Dating Tagpuan by John Paul Antido, on the back of the Uniqlo Building on 30th Street.

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HYBRID HOTELS These hotels show us how multi-tasking is done, proving that providing on-site activities or services makes these stays twice as fun words claire turrell

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illennials are said to be the generation that is changing everything, and that includes hotels. They want more than free wi-fi and fluffy towels – they want their holiday, and their hotel, to be unique and Instagramable. So hotel designers are now creating venues that will wow their ultra-demanding guests. These hotels are no longer just places to rest your head, they’re now art galleries, tattoo parlours and clinics. It’s so popular that a top luxury travel company named hybrid hotels as one of the hottest travel trends for 2018. We reveal some of the hybrid hotels that can be found on our doorstep.

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Try eco living If Robinson Crusoe had won the lottery, he would have built this. It started with a hotel, then they added a school, and now this bamboo metropolis found within Ubud in Bali features close to 15 homes. The Green Village, which was the idea of former jeweller John Hardy, has now expanded to include the Bambu Indah hotel, the Green School and an array of out-of-this-world villas. You can book

Left: See the eco lifestyle on a tour of The Green Village, Ubud This page: Phum Baitang’s restaurants use rice farmed on site

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into the hotel, which comprises 11 antique Javanese bridal homes, or if you need a little more space, you can stay in one of the villas for the real eco experience.

Find your inner artist The creative capital of Bali, Ubud, is about to get its own art hotel. Artotel Haniman is expected to launch this year, joining Artotel Sanur in Bali. The boutique hotel by the beach has not only invited local artists to each adopt a room and paint a bespoke mural

on the walls, but the Artotel Sanur team also host exhibitions in their permanent gallery Artspace and run workshops and masterclasses for guests and locals. You can expect the same when they open in Ubud.

Get inked Tucked away within The Siam Hotel in Bangkok, you’ll find Sak Yant Tattoo. More like a temple than a tattoo parlour, this consecrated room is where former monk Ajarn Boo inks guests with sacred Sak Yant tattoos.

One of Boo’s former clients is none other than Angelina Jolie. So while you might not have the awards, million-dollar pay packet or cheekbones, you can have the ink. These traditional hand-drawn designs that are imbued with blessings are tapped into your skin using a steel rod (formerly bamboo).

Work the land Away from the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap, you’ll find the boutique hotel Phum Baitang, surrounded by acres of rice paddy fields. But it’s

not just a representation of a traditional Khmer village, the staff also work the land. Guests get the chance to plough the fields with the help of a buffalo and can plant and harvest the rice. The resort’s rice is served in its two restaurants; farm to fork indeed. And don’t worry, if playing a farmer is not your idea of a holiday, the five-star resort has plenty of other attractions.

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Where to find Bambu Indah Banjar Baung, Desa Sayan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, bambuindah.com Artotel Sanur Jl Kusuma Sari No. 1, Sanur, Bali, artotelindonesia.com The Siam Hotel 3/2 Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal, Dusit, Bangkok, Thailand, thesiamhotel.com Phum Baitang Phum Svaydangkum, Sangkat Svaydangkum, Siem Reap, Cambodia, zannierhotels.com Six Senses Duxton 83 Duxton Rd, Singapore, sixsenses.com/resorts/duxton/ destination Nihi Sumba Desa Hobawawi, Kecamatan Wanukaka, Sumba, Indonesia, nihi.com

far more salubrious Six Senses Duxton created by celebrity designer Anouska Hempel. This new boutique hotel in Tanjong Pagar, Singapore, includes a traditional Chinese medicine clinic. Visitors are offered readings, health recommendations and a bespoke herb tincture. The minibar even speaks to your health, with daily health exilirs. The elegant hotel is no slouch when it comes to decor either; it’s bedecked in gold, black and yellow, with eastmeets-west style.

Chocolate. Need we say more? Sweet dreams are made of this. Located within

the grounds of Nihi Sumba in Indonesia is Chris & Charly’s Chocolate Factory. This fairy tale-like hideaway is filled with bubbling pots of chocolate. The team use cacao and coconut sugar from local Sumbanese plantations to create three different types of mouthwatering chocolate bars, which they sell in the Nihi Sumba Gift Shop. The profits from each bar sold go to the Sumba Foundation, which provides humanitarian aid through local, villagebased projects. Kids staying at the hotel are also invited to take part in cooking classes at the factory and make their own mini creations.

Opposite: Fancy an outdoor pool and on-site tattoo? Visit The Siam Hotel Above: Get a check up at the stylish Six Senses Duxton

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he scooter’s electric engine whirrs quietly as we twist the throttle and leave the curb behind. Riding two-up on the scooter we’ve hired from our hotel, my partner Sarah and I emerge from the quiet back streets of Patong in Thailand to join the steady flow of traffic on the beachfront strip. To the left, cafés, restaurants and bars disappear from view as we zip past. On our right; the sandy crescent shore blends into shimmering azure waters beneath the endless blue sky.

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the road winds its way through lush green forests before rejoining the coast on the other side. At Karon Beach, the call of the ocean is irresistible, so we kill the motor and track footprints through the powdery white sand down to the water’s edge. A pumping ocean swell gathers itself and dashes back to the beach with a hissing sigh; and as we wade out into the water, towering waves soon catch us and launch us back to shore. The warm sun and gentle breeze dry us off quickly as we jump back onto the scooter and hit the road in search of lunch. The well-known Pad Thai Shop on Patak Road is busy with locals and tourists alike and fills our bellies with generous servings of Pad Thai goong for just over S$2 a plate. After lunch, it’s not long before the


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ocean draws us back for another swim – this time at Kata beach. Although it’s just a five-minute drive down the coast from Karon, it’s surprising how different the two beaches are. Here, rather than battling against giant waves, we float gently in calm, crystal clear waters and admire the gently swaying palms along the tropical coastline.

Cruise to see views The road ventures higher into the mountains, but our scooter has no problem tackling the gradual incline. Karon Viewpoint offers the chance to take a quick break, stretch our legs and take in more spectacular coastal views. We reach Promthep Cape at the southernmost tip of the island around mid afternoon. Here we discover a circular Buddhist shrine surrounded by hundreds of brightly coloured elephant statues, and a lighthouseturned-museum playing host to a collection of historical maritime

artifacts. The cape’s viewpoint offers a magnificent panorama and a short trek down to the water’s edge. Homeward bound, we have one last goal in mind before making our way back to our hotel: dinner. Our go-to destination is the night market just outside the Banzaan Fresh Market. It’s the place to go for a quick and tasty street-food dinner. We wander from stall to busy stall, admiring the speed and skill of vendors dishing up fragrant bowls of soup, chargrilled satay, spicy vermicelli salads and platters of fresh sushi. Cheap, filling and totally delicious, it’s the perfect end to our adventurous day.

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want you to close your eyes, not talk and start to sense everything around you,” said our guide as we stood huddled in a bamboo grove in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. “I want you to listen out for sounds, and see if you can identify different scents…” At this point all I could smell was the pungent insect repellent I’d doused myself in earlier. But then I soon became aware of some rustling in the undergrowth. I peered out under my eyelids to see the scaly grey body of a monitor lizard near me. One by one the group sensed an interloper in our midst, and while we all signalled a non-verbal ‘eek’ to each other, we all valiantly returned to being focused on the task in hand or on the ‘present’. But to be truthful, if we weren’t as ‘present’, we might not have spotted this tiny Godzilla. We were taking part in the latest health and fitness trend to reach Singapore, forest bathing or shinrinyoku. Forest bathing isn’t new; it started in Japan as early as 1982. After all, the Land of the Rising Sun is one of the most heavily forested countries in

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the world, making it one of the best places to practise being in the presence of trees. There are now more than 60 shinrin-yoku trails in Japan. Japanese researchers from the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo have even proven that the art of mindfully walking through a forest can be beneficial to your health. Researchers believe this is because you are breathing in the natural pesticides released by the trees. The slow and mindful walk was also found to help lower heart rate and reduce stress. Today, this al fresco therapy is proving to be the perfect tonic for stressed-out millennials as forest bathing groups are popping up in forests and parks in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the US. It has also been adopted as a guest activity by some spas, as with the Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat in Siem Reap and L’Auberge de Sedona in Arizona.

A walk in the park, literally In Singapore, I signed up with Xiu Nature Connections for my own forestbathing experience. Over two hours, my nature therapy guide Yap You Min would put all of our senses to the test with an array of exercises. On a Monday evening I joined my group, which comprised Yap and Mark Goh, a senior school teacher from Singapore. Specialising in biology, he was intrigued by the idea of walking through a forest to de-stress and thought it might be a useful activity for his students. Yap took us on a trail at the Singapore Botanic Gardens that included walking in silence and looking for movement, whether it was the swans gliding across the pond,

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62 trees shedding their leaves or the birds getting ready to roost. We were also asked to treat the forest pathways as a living art gallery. We were encouraged to walk at our own pace. Then at points along the way, we gathered together and were given a ‘talking stick’, which we would hold in turns and then share our discoveries. At first she said we’d find walking at a slower pace difficult, but it wasn’t long before we were stopping and looking at everything within reach like inquisitive toddlers. After each of the five sessions, she would tap a mini woodblock with a mallet to bring us back together as a group. At the final session, we became so relaxed that a fire alarm would have been more useful to coax us from the contemplative spots we’d each found under a tree.

Learn to slow down While forest bathing can be done on your own, Yap explains why a guide is a valuable addition: “City people don’t know how to slow down. The

It wasn’t long before we were stopping and looking at everything within reach like inquisitive toddlers guide is there to set the pace. With the association that I’m part of, there is a logic to why we do certain things. We have to get them into the zone, which we do through small exercises to help you be present. And we have a tea and conversation at the end, as it’s to help realign you back to your usual life.” This was the first time that I’d tried forest bathing and I was smitten. I felt as relaxed as if I had just had a two-hour massage. My heart rate had slowed and any daily stress that had made me feel irritable had disappeared. While our stroll had taken us through a city park instead of a forest, Yap had still helped us find our moment of Zen. We were in no hurry to go back to our hectic lives. The three of us quietly drank our tea in the comfort of the forest and sat there till the sun went down.


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䎃傈劥ぐ⚡㖑倰鿪 ⠔剣♶ず涸特Ⱙ 鵓䱹㢙傈涸ⵌ勻կ 鵯傞⡹⠔㖈遳㣢溏錛瑬满嵮 邆涸㥎欰鵮腊⿬♸錞垷㣐 㼭♶♧涸䎧Ⱙ崞⸓ㅷ㽂杝 暵涸繠굹妇餿掆抠䠭「♸ ⠍♶ず涸㢙㷍կ

䱗Ɤ륫涸➃孞⵳ⱺ䏅կ 䏅㹻 鷥欽涸僽㣔搬ⲇⲏ罜䧭涸傈 ⯕ⱺ⟄䔲㷍涸宐卓⚹勞俱 属ꃁ猫碫㽠馄鵂猫կ 暵ⵆ 䲀虛虊蛚捃✌ㄤ⠏呔〡㄂կ 㖑挿 ⚎❩鿪〵⚎⼓靽⚥  歏霢  IJNJUTVEPDPN

鴝ꅿ귬鴝妇餿掆抠կ 傈劥ぐ 㖑㥵⚎❩ծ㣐ꢼծ❩鿪瘝㖑 雽㢴㖑倰鿪⠔剣㣐錞垷涸 掆抠邍怵կ 䲀虛⚎❩涸ꥎ歊 䊛掆抠㣐⠔㸐僽⚎❩剒㣐 㘗ㄤ衼ぜ涸掆抠㣐⠔⛓♧կ 㖈㢙傈㢹瑟♴錜餿槮樷 涸掆抠䗳㹁⠔僽嫳欰ꦼ䘍 涸絑⾎կ

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㥵卓霹僱㣔♶腊㼱✫埒蔄 㢙㣔勻ⵌ傈劥剒♶腊ꝡ鵂 涸㽠僽掆蔄 ⡹〳⟄㷖⛴䔲 㖑➃䰃♳⠛絡涸傈劥嵮邆 㖈掆抠邍怵䒓㨤⵸鷥㹁㥩 錜餿㖑挿䌄♳굹暟ㄤ㉷ꂊ

傈劥涸㢙㣔ꃎ掚ꦼ䔲♶㼱 ➃ⴀ꡶⿡鿪⠔䌄♧䪾䩏㶩կ ⡎㸐ꤑ✫嶊冖鍒掚㢪Ⱖ㹊 ⛲剣鄳껑涸⡲欽կ ❩䩏㛔僽 ⴯用✵䎃涸⠛絡䩏㶩 䏅կ 䏅ⰻ涸䩏㶩䚪碫籖㢴 康㹐〳⟄⿬錜䋗⩫㥵⡦⸈ 䊨ⵖ⡲䩏㶩⛲腊❵ 荈䩛絚䩏㶩♳涸 㕃呩⴯鸣⚁㾩 荈䊹涸䩏㶩 ⡤낉傈劥涸

Ⱃ桬㶩㢙傈굥䞔꧋䋑 嫦䎃Ⱃ剢涸痦♧⚡ワ劣⚎ ❩涸Ⱃ桬㶩䋑⠔⚿⸅Ⱃ桬 㶩㢙傈굥䞔꧋䋑կ 㖈鵯ꅽ腊 㢿餝✈㢙傈䗳㢊涸寐䨪굥 ꜊ծ鵮剣Ⱘ䔲㖑暵蒀涸繠굹կ 姼㢪鵯ꅽ鵮剣⚡杝暵涸⠛ 絡Ղ  䏠牟爢㢪䕎涸䕙蒀 蔄鲨⠔㖈䋑ⰻ康遤䔲♶ず 涸㼈䏈湱麁傞鵮⠔ぐ荈怵 㤉갉⛙邍怵鳅⸢♧殣կ 鵯⚡ 剣馰涸蒜傈嫦䎃鿪⠔エ 䒸鵛♰➃⚹劍♲㣔 涸蒜䎧鵮腊妇餿㣖 렽㣐ざ䧶ծⱺꧧծ莺 륫瘝邍怵կ

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嫦䎃剢傈僽傈 劥涸♫㢧蒜⡎➭ ⟌䎧牝涸倰䒭♸ 䠑⛐♸⼶➃ꬋ䌢 ♶ずկ 㖈⚥㕂♫㢧 僽⚹✫父宠䖤ⵌ㥩㪞 続罜㖈傈劥ⴭ僽父宠䗱 䡦腊㹊梡涸蒜傈կ 鵯㣔傈劥 ➃⠔㼜䗱䡦ⱗ㖈瀊瘄♳⫸ 僽昿嫢㸝䐀ծ㷖⚌鵳姿瘝搬 た㼜㸐⟌䭱㖈畾㶩♳䧴䫏Ⰶ 㣐嵳⟄宠䗱䡦䖤⟄㹊梡կ ♫ 㢧⵸㢧䧴䔲㣔傈劥➃⛲⠔ ⚿⸅♧禹⴩涸崞⸓⫸僽끩 䬘匠ծ♫㢧莺ծ鷥繠瘝⥂霆 雮⡹䏞鵂剒䘐热涸♫㢧

㢙傈ꣳ㹁涸⵳ⱺ ⱺⲫ〳〡涸⵳ⱺ絟㼆僽拧拧 㢙傈剒「妅鵓涸欫ㅷկ 鵯傞 䖎㢴䏅㹻鿪⠔䲀ⴀ㢙傈ꣳ 㹁涸〡㄂⫸僽ㆁ㺙檗ծ虊 蛚ծⳠ唄瘝կ ⡙✵⚎❩涸猽㺙 㛔‫א׫מ‬㛔㽠僽㣔㣔鿪㣐

䊩荛〸♫㢧蒜㖈傈劥僽父宠䗱䡦腊㹊 梡涸蒜傈雽㢴䏅㹻⠔㖈㢙㣔䲀ⴀꣳꆀ 〡㄂涸⵳ⱺ傈劥涸㢙㣔ꃎ掚ꦼ䔲♶ 㼱➃ⴀ꡶鿪⠔䌄♳♧䪾䩏㶩⡙✵Ȿ絵 ꣡鵛涸瀖㘽䀙僽鵛䎃掚꡶涸假康兞挿կ

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〵弩⻌嵳䁘⛓繠 鵴猌籖䘐涸〵⻌䋑⼓屠满⻌鿈嵳䁘絁♧騟䖃繠兞⵸鵳կ 鵯僽䔲 㖑➃剒㋐妅涸♧傈康騟絁溏嵳鸔罈遳く嵳됮㋒ㄳ㉰կ 驎满鲽 匠涸膃姿㖈嵳嵠㡮涸ꤙ⠶♴遤♧馫⡹劢剎⡤낉鵂涸嵳䁘⛓假կ 䗱⚥涸〵⻌⽪韌僽➊랅ꤑ✫넞 羷涸㣐嚁ծ掚ꢇ涸껗屎遳㢹 䋑ծ♶㢹㙹♧菚涸⥌⛐⼓Ⱖ㹊鵮 剣刿㢴䞞㋐涸騟絁կ ♴妃ⵌ〵⻌假康♶㧎 鷥䭊〥♧猫假康倰䒭➢帜宐ⴀ〄䗄满⻌ 鿈嵳䁘絁屠鸀⨢ꬑ♲蓏ծ瀖꡶ծꆄ㿋ծ♰ꅽ 瘝㖑⼓帿Ⰶ鵯❈⻌嵳䁘剒Ⱘ➿邍䚍涸㙹 ꞏず傞⡤낉㣔搬繠兞♸㖈㖑㾀字欰崞涸 礵䕙綫䕧կ ⻌嵳䁘㣐㢴侨涸㙹ꞏ涻〳歋帜宐畀䵨 ⛧Ⱆ鲨䧴㹐鵘⵸䖃♶鵂蕯罌ꆀⵌ❜鸑⤑ ⵄ䚍䒊雳假㹐〳➢帜宐䰦鵘畀⺫♧〵猙

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➃⚁鲨䧴雦玐鲨霼぀劼屠絁⨢殆♲蓏ծ瀖 ꡶ծꆄ㿋⿺♰ꅽ瘝⼓㚖涸兞挿♶➑〳蒜溁 傞ꢂ⿶腊❧「剒㸤侮涸嵳䁘굥⯕կ

鶴➃涸帜宐屎〡繠兞 帜宐僽雽㢴假㹐ⵌ〵⻌假遤涸䗳康⛓㖑 䵨⛧〵⻌䰦鵘帜宐絁⽰〳䫻鴪կ ⡙倴帜宐 屎ⴀ嵳〡帜宐剣满⚪㺢涸⾎〷〢鶺ծ꫽ 靬涸屎〡繠兞⟄⿺ぐ䒭罈遳繠굹㖈鵯ꅽ 屠满屎䁘侔姿䧴罏낏⛧荈遤鲨䠭「嵳굥 鲽䬌鿪僽♶ꝡ涸鷥䭊կ 鸔㸤屎䁘罈遳鵮〳 荛庋菺㣢䵨菺ⵌ〥♧⚡兞挿平➃瀦㣢饥


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♳涯蒀굥䋕鸣㘗涸騗嵳㣐咕 妇餿嵳兞կ 蕯倴⩹儻傞ⴔ鸣 霄鵮腊㖈咕♳錜餿满ぜ涸 帜宐傈衅Ⰶ㢹⛓た咕魧刿 剣❀䕙抧⯕猖⚹㢹儻㟞幑 嵠恟孞䜂կ

䎛㸝㹡䏈〡⵸⡹⠔〄梡㣐䱗 Ɤ륫䱗ꢭ涸➃惐㽠僽⚹✫ 满ぜ涸ꆄ㿋뚏聘罜勻կ 姼뚏 聘䶗涸뚏聘聘餘欫繠僽雽 㢴罈꺢굹㹐涸剒昶ꤑ✫뚏 聘⛓㢪䶗⡙鵮䲿⣘Ⱖ➭ぐ 蒀蝲䒭剣馰涸僽䟝銳㖈姼 欽귬〳䖤荈䊹畮蝲㼜鷥㥩 涸蝲肮荈遤畮鵳♶鵴㢅涸귬 ⾍ⰻ荈⸔䒭涸欽귬絑낉絟 㼆ꦼ䘍կ

䭆䫵嵳嵠㡮♸ㄳ㉰껺 ➢帜宐ⴀ〄屠满⻌鿈忡嵳 Ⱆ騟䖎䘯⤑〳ⵌ鴪♲蓏կ 㢙 㷍傞♲蓏涸崯宐弩僽雽㢴 䔲㖑㾀字㋐妅⵸䖃䧬宐嶊冖 涸胿㖑尪忢䎛ꢢ䎂湬㣔孞 兦剽傞腊妇餿廳覰涸嵳㣔♧ 絁䔲㣖꣉衅Ⰶ嵳䎂꬗傞忘 㣔㢧꣉껡儲刿僽⸓➃կ 崯宐 弩꣡鵛剣♶㼱鄳惂匧Ⱘ暵蒀 涸杝叿ㄳ㉰껧Ⳝ⛖嫦♧ꢂ 鿪剣㗂䭆㣐嵳兞荝涸꣉〵 挿♳♧匉껏ㅷ劅满嵳嶊熋 ♴⼯傞⯕〳靘➃欰♧㣐❧ 「կ 㥵卓♶䟝㗂㖈ㄳ㉰껧侮 ⚡⻌嵳䁘屠絁⛲ⴔ䋒剣雽㢴 遤⸓ㄳ㉰鲨㗂㖈ㄳ㉰鲨䲿 ⣘涸ꪪ㣔䏠⡙⼓㉧껏ㄳ㉰ 嵳굥䬌꬗罜勻꣋꣋嵠惐㡮 㽠鵛㖈羭鴝կ 

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DELIGHTFUL GIFTS FOR EVERYONE! JETSHOP

Simply pick up a copy of located in the seat pocket in front of you and start shopping now.

AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES Relax & Revive On-The-Go

LAMBRETTA Cielo34 Soft Pink Leather Ladies Watch

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO Feminine Miniature Kit


Explore I INTERVIEW

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JETSTAR NEWS 72 I MAPS 76 I SPOT THE DIFFERENCE 81


Inflight I JETSTAR NEWS

#JETSTARCHEAPESTRACE SAFFRON SHARPE WINS! or the first time ever, we had three influencers compete to spend the least money taking on an amazing city. Tough as it may seem, Saffron Sharpe @saffronsharpe managed to see and do Ho Chi Minh City for just S$32 a day, less than half of the given budget of S$68. Keiji Umehara @umeandhara went to Hat Yai and Koh Lipe, where he spent S$56 a day, and Thomas Kopankiewicz @blysk_tk checked out Yangon and spent just S$67 a day. Whether it’s having the best pho in Saigon, shopping for shoes in Hat Yai, getting immersed in some meditation at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, there’s something for everyone, so make sure you check out these awesome cities and beyond. Watch the three fun vlogs at bit.ly/JetstarCheapestRace. We’d also like to congratulate Ronny Indrawan for voting for Saffron in the Facebook voting contest; he has won a three day, two night holiday to Ho Chi Minh City.

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SAFFRON SHARPE

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KEIJI UMEHARA

THOMAS KOPANKIEWICZ


nd This Weeke looking fore adventur

FLY VIA SINGAPORE AND BE REWARDED JETSTAR X THIS WEEKEND ON CNA Looking for new inspiration for weekend getaways? Then don’t miss this new travel series produced by Channel NewsAsia, in partnership with Jetstar. This Weekend is a six-part series where presenters take on adventures in off-the-grid destinations around Asia. You can watch all the episodes on demand at channelnewsasia.com/news/video-on-demand/ this-weekend.

• Coral rescue in Flores, Indonesia with Roz Pho • Canyoning Da Lat, Vietnam with Khai Saharom (pictured above) • Biking in Mindoro, Philippines with Vaune Phan • Eco-tourism in Chambok, Cambodia with Thanuja Ananthan • River surfing in Riau, Indonesia with Su-Ann Heng • Whitewater tube rafting Bentong, Malaysia with Claire Jedrek and Yuey Tan

High Altitude Conference

See more of Asia with Jetstar and receive a S$20 Changi Recommends voucher when you transit in Singapore. If you have a return flight that requires a stopover in Singapore, present your itinerary at the iShopChangi counter to redeem the voucher to make your Changi Airport visit more rewarding. For more details, please visit page 64.

Asia’s first-ever inflight conference a success On Monday 14 May 2018, 3K204 departing Jakarta for Singapore carried a group of passengers very eager to talk to each other. These passengers, made up of startups and investors, were participants of Asia’s first-ever inflight conference – the Jetstar High Altitude Conference. The conference participants were treated to presentations by two industry insiders, and took advantage of the precious opportunity to network. We’d like to thank Tech in Asia for helping to make Asia’s first inflight conference a success, where great ideas can be given a boost at 36,000 feet.

FOLLOW US FOR TRAVEL, INSPIRATION AND MORE JetstarAsiaAirways @jetstarasia @Jetstar_Asia

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Inflight I STAR JOURNEYS

#StarJourneys

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1. Andrew Chee @ndrewchee “Worth waking up at 2:30am and waiting in the cold for more than an hour.” Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia 2. Cayenne Ho @cayenneho “At the heart of Naha.” Naha, Okinawa 3. Foong Yiwen @yiwenfish “Exploring secret beaches of Bali. Humans: zero.” Bali, Indonesia 4. Danyl Yang @winztagram_ “‘Go easy on yourself. Whatever you do today, let it be enough.’ - Tiny Buddha” Grand Palace, Bangkok 5. Tan Siliang @siliangg “Another mountain conquered.” Mount Batur, Bali

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.

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


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 WHERE WE FLY

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

Tokyo (Narita)

Zhengzhou

Nagoya (Chubu)

Osaka (Kansai)

Shanghai (Pudong)

Guangzhou Hanoi Dong Hoi

Chiang Mai

Yangon Bangkok

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Shantou

Okinawa Taipei

Hong Kong Haikou Sanya

Da Nang Clark Siem Reap Phnom Penh

Hawaii (Honolulu)

Manila

Ho Chi Minh City

Phuket Hat Yai Penang Medan

Kuala Lumpur

Pekanbaru

Singapore

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

Cairns

Cook Islands (Rarotonga)

Brisbane Gold Coast Perth Adelaide

Sydney Auckland Melbourne (Tullamarine) Wellington Christchurch Queenstown


DOMESTIC VIETNAM

DOMESTIC JAPAN

Hanoi Hai Phong

Sapporo

Tha nh Hoa V inh Dong Hoi Hue Da Nang Chu Lai Pleiku Quy Nhon

Tokyo (Narita) Nagoya (Chubu)

Matsuyama Osaka (Kansai) Fukuoka Takamatsu Nagasaki Oita Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki

Tuy Hoa Buon Ma Thuot Nha Trang Da Lat Phu Quoc

Ho Chi Minh City Flights are operated by Jetstar Japan and commence 6 September, subject to regulatory approval

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) Flights are operated by Jetstar Airways and commence 3 August Operated by Jetstar Airways

Launceston

Wellington Christchurch 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 31 August, 2018.

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

JETSTAR ASIA SINGAPORE – BANGKOK / BANGKOK – SINGAPORE

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:35

HAK

11:05

HAK

12:00

SIN

15:30

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

SINGAPORE – HONG KONG / HONG KONG – SINGAPORE

2 hours 30 minutes (GMT+7)

3 hours 55 minutes (GMT+8) Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

10:00

HKG

13:50

10:40

SIN

10:00

HKG

13:55

12:10

SIN*

15:45

HKG

19:45

BKK

18:20

HKG

14:50

SIN

18:40

19:15

BKK

20:40

HKG*

20:35

SIN

00:25

09:25

SIN

12:50 15:10

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:20

BKK

08:45

SIN

09:15

BKK

SIN

10:45

BKK

SIN*

16:50

SIN BKK

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

T

W

* No Sunday service from 1 - 31 Jul and 14 - 31 Aug

BKK

11:40

SIN

BKK

12:50

SIN

16:15

BKK*

19:00

SIN

22:25

SINGAPORE – PHUKET / PHUKET – SINGAPORE

BKK

21:20

SIN

00:45

1 hour 45 minutes (GMT+7)

* No Saturday service from 1 - 31 Jul

SINGAPORE – JAKARTA / JAKARTA – SINGAPORE 1 hour 45 minutes (GMT+7)

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Departure

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

08:15

HKT

09:05

SIN

11:10

HKT

12:00

SIN

13:25

HKT

14:25

HKT

15:50

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

08:15

CGK

09:10

SIN

15:00

SIN*

10:30

CGK

11:25

SIN

16:50

HKT

17:40

SIN

13:35

CGK

14:30

SIN

17:15

HKT

18:00

SIN

15:45

CGK

16:40

SIN

20:30

HKT

21:20

SIN#

18:50

CGK

19:45

HKT

09:45

SIN

12:40

SIN

20:00

CGK

20:55

HKT

12:40

SIN

15:35

CGK

09:50

SIN

12:40

HKT

16:00

SIN

19:00

CGK*

12:10

SIN

15:00

HKT

16:40

SIN

19:35

CGK

15:10

SIN

18:00

HKT

18:35

SIN

21:30

CGK

17:20

SIN

20:10

HKT

18:40

SIN

21:35

CGK#

20:25

SIN

23:20

HKT

22:00

SIN

00:50

CGK

20:00

SIN

* No Wednesday service from 1 - 31 Jul, 1 Aug and 29 Aug

M

T

00:25 #

No Tuesday service from 1 - 31 Jul and 28 Aug

SINGAPORE – MEDAN / MEDAN – SINGAPORE SINGAPORE – CLARK / CLARK – SINGAPORE

1 hour 25 minutes (GMT+7)

3 hours 40 minutes (from SIN to CRK) M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

08:15

KNO

08:40

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

02:15

CRK

06:00

SIN

09:15

KNO

09:40

CRK

06:40

SIN

10:20

SIN

09:30

KNO

09:55 10:20

Departure

SIN

09:55

KNO

SINGAPORE – CLARK – OSAKA / OSAKA – CLARK – SINGAPORE

SIN

15:15

KNO

15:40

3 hours 40 minutes (from SIN to CRK); 4 hours (from CRK to KIX) (GMT+8)

SIN

16:00

KNO

16:25

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

KNO

09:20

SIN

12:00

SIN

02:20

CRK

06:00

KNO

10:20

SIN

12:55

CRK

07:00

KIX

11:55

KNO

10:35

SIN

13:10

KIX

12:55

CRK

16:15

KNO

11:00

SIN

13:45

CRK

17:15

SIN

20:55

KNO

16:20

SIN

18:55

KNO

17:05

SIN

19:40

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

T

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

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

10:55

DPS

13:40

SIN

11:00

DPS

13:40

SIN

15:10

DPS

18:00

SIN

20:15

DPS

23:00

DPS

14:25

SIN

17:10

DPS

19:20

SIN

22:05

DPS

23:50

SIN

02:35

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

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

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:05

KUL

08:10 10:40

SIN*

09:35

KUL

KUL*

12:50

KUL

13:55

SIN

17:55

KUL

19:05

SIN

19:35

KUL

20:40

SINGAPORE – DARWIN / DARWIN – SINGAPORE

KUL

08:50

SIN

10:00

4 hours 30 minutes (GMT+9.5)

KUL*

11:20

SIN

12:30

KUL*

14:40

SIN

15:45

KUL

19:50

SIN

20:55

KUL

21:20

SIN

22:30

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN*

23:05

DRW

05:10

06:00

SIN

09:05

#

DRW

* No Monday, Tuesday and Thursday service from 1 - 31 Jul and 14 - 31 Aug

M

#

T

W

T

F

S

S

No Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday service from 1 - 31 Jul and 14 - 31 Aug

* No Friday service from 1 - 31 Jul

M

T

W

T

F

S

S


SINGAPORE – HATYAI / HATYAI – SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE – PHNOM PENH / PHNOM PENH – SINGAPORE

1 hour 30 minutes (GMT+7)

2 hours (GMT+7)

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

20:15

HDY

20:40

SIN*

07:00

PNH

08:05

HDY

21:35

SIN

00:05

SIN

13:30

PNH

14:40

SIN

19:25

PNH

20:40

PNH*

09:00

SIN

12:00

PNH

15:25

SIN

18:25

PNH

21:30

SIN

00:30

SINGAPORE – MANILA / MANILA – SINGAPORE 3 hours 35 minutes (GMT+8) Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

05:50

MNL

09:25

SIN

06:15

MNL

09:50

SIN*

17:25

MNL

21:00

MNL

10:40

SIN

14:20

MNL

10:40

SIN

14:20

MNL*

21:45

SIN

01:20

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

* No Thursday service from 1 - 31 Jul and 14 - 31 Aug

SINGAPORE – OKINAWA / OKINAWA – SINGAPORE 5 hours 10 minutes (GMT+9) Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

02:00

OKA

08:10

OKA

09:00

SIN

13:10

M

T

W

* No Friday service from 1 - 31 Jul

SINGAPORE – DANANG / DANANG – SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE – SIEM REAP / SIEM REAP – SINGAPORE

2 hours 30 minutes (GMT+7)

2 hours 10 minutes (GMT+7)

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

18:00

DAD

19:40

DAD

20:20

SIN

00:10

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

SINGAPORE – MANILA – OSAKA / OSAKA – MANILA – SINGAPORE

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

13:55

REP

15:10 17:55

SIN

16:40

REP

REP

15:55

SIN

19:15

REP

18:50

SIN

22:10

M

T

W

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

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

02:50

MNL

06:25

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

MNL

07:35

KIX

12:30

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

KIX

13:45

MNL

17:00

SIN*

08:55

RGN

10:25

MNL

17:40

SIN

21:25

#

2 hours 55 minutes (GMT+6.5)

SIN

T

W

RGN

18:35

11:15

SIN

15:50

#

19:15

SIN

23:50

M

T

F

S

T

W

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* No Tuesday and Saturday service from 1 - 31 Jul and no Tuesday service from 14 - 31 Aug

1 hour 20 minutes (GMT+8) M

16:55

RGN* RGN

SINGAPORE – PENANG / PENANG – SINGAPORE Time

SINGAPORE – YANGON / YANGON – SINGAPORE

#

No Saturday service from 3 - 25 Aug

Departure

Time

Arrival

S

SIN

09:45

PEN

11:10

SINGAPORE – PALEMBANG / PALEMBANG – SINGAPORE

SIN

16:00

PEN

17:25

1 hour 05 minutes (GMT+7)

SIN

19:30

PEN

21:00

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

PEN

11:50

SIN

13:20

SIN

11:20

PLM

11:25

PEN

18:10

SIN

19:45

PLM

12:05

SIN

14:10

PEN

21:40

SIN

23:10

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

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

Time

Arrival

Time

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

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

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN*

01:10

TPE

06:00

SIN

07:10

SGN

18:15

SIN

07:00

TPE

11:50

SIN

13:50

SGN

14:55

TPE*

06:55

KIX

10:25

SIN

19:50

SGN

21:00

TPE

07:00

KIX

10:25

SGN

08:55

SIN

11:55

TPE

12:40

KIX

16:30

SGN

15:35

SIN

18:40

KIX*

12:15

TPE

14:25

SGN

21:40

SIN

00:40

KIX

17:20

TPE

19:25

TPE*

15:25

SIN

20:15

TPE

20:20

SIN

01:10

SINGAPORE – PEKANBARU / PEKANBARU - SINGAPORE

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

* No Monday service from 1 - 31 Jul and 14 - 31 Aug

1 hour (GMT+7) Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:35

PKU

07:35

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

SIN

16:35

PKU

16:35

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

PKU

08:15

SIN

10:20

SIN

11:10

SUB

12:30

PKU

17:15

SIN

19:15

16:20

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

SINGAPORE – SHANTOU / SHANTOU – SINGAPORE

SIN

15:00

SUB

SUB

13:20

SIN

16:40

SUB

17:05

SIN

20:30

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T

W

T

F

S

S

W

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F

S

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4 hours 5 minutes (GMT+8) Departure

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Arrival

Time

SIN

09:40

SWA

13:50

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

SIN

13:40

SWA

17:50

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SWA

14:50

SIN

18:50

SIN

05:40

SYX

09:50

SWA

18:50

SIN

22:50

SYX

11:00

SIN

14:10

SINGAPORE – SANYA / SANYA – SINGAPORE 3 hours (from SIN to SYX); 3 hours 10 minutes (from SYX to SIN) (GMT+8) M

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Inflight I WHEN WE FLY

JETSTAR

JETSTAR PACIFIC

MELBOURNE – SINGAPORE / SINGAPORE– MELBOURNE

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

7 hours 45 minutes (GMT+11)

2 hours (GMT+7)

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Arrival

Time

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S

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Arrival

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MEL*

11:10

SIN

16:50

SGN

07:10

SIN

10:10

SIN*

21:00

MEL

06:20

SIN

11:00

SGN

12:05

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S

* No Monday service from 23 Jul - 31 Aug

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

Time

Arrival

Time

PER

17:50

DPS

21:25

DPS

22:15

SIN

01:00

SIN

05:00

DPS

07:40

DPS

08:30

PER

12:10

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T

F

S

S

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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.


Inflight I PUZZLE

Spot the difference Singapore National Day celebrates the anniversary of the country’s independence on August 9. This year’s theme, “We Are Singapore”, highlights the strength of the nation and its diverse cultures.

Can you spot the five differences in the festivities at Marina Bay?

ANSWERS 1_ Supertree added from Gardens by the Bay 2_ Banners beside flag change colour 3_ Boat appears in harbour on right 4_ Light balloons appear in middle of trees 5_ Building removed from right-hand side of image

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Singapore ROY LIANG General Manager, Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore, oakwoodasia.com/servicedapartments/singapore If you’re only there for a day, what’s one must-do? Visit the National Gallery of Singapore. Aside from being one of the oldest and most storied buildings in Singapore, it is also the perfect place to

begin exploring all other colonial architectural and attractions along the Singapore River. A secret place that I love going to in my city is… Keppel Island. It’s quiet, yet elegant and refined; the ideal spot for a romantic walk under the

stars. There are also great food and drink options. The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest is… Sentosa, because of the myriad attractions there. It is the perfect island getaway with a well-designed beach and Universal Studios. The best place for local eats is… Lau Pa Sat, situated in the heart of the financial district. The market’s distinctive octagonal

shape and ornamental columns were designed by British architect George Coleman. It’s accessible, full of delicious food and most importantly, open all day. The best place for a drink or meal with a view? Cé La Vi at Marina Bay Sands. Soaring 57 levels above Singapore atop the iconic Sands Skypark, it brings together all the ingredients for a fantastic night out: indoor and open-air bar areas, worldclass DJs, a menu of modern Asian cuisine and an unbeatable view.


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Kuala Lumpur

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SUGUMARAN RAMACHANDRAN Hotel Manager, Hilton Garden Inn Kuala Lumpur, hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com The most scenic spot in the city is… Skybridge at Petronas Twin Towers. And you can get the most scenic view of the city any time of the day from Taman Tasik Titiwangsa gardens.

The best place for local eats is… Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman Hawker Centre, Pasar Raja Bot Chow Kit, Bazaar Baru Chow Kit and Medan Selera Chow Kit – for local delights like nasi lemak (fragrant rice dish), curry laksa and wantan mee (wonton noodles).

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The best place for a drink or meal with a view? Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s Graze Restaurant or The Lounge. The hotel offers scenic views of the city. The best place to go shopping in my city is… Check out the latest textiles and clothes, and visit stores like Gulati’s, Euro Moda and Kamdar. Other options include the Kampung Baru Night Market for traditional Malay apparel, jewellery and handicrafts. If you’re only there for a day, what’s one must-do? Take the train to KL

Sentral to dine at some of the best known Indian restaurants in Brickfields, go to Bangsar for some coffee or shop at Mid Valley Megamall. Then take a stroll in Lake Gardens. A secret place that I love going to in my city is… My usual hangout place is Quivo Mediterranean Restaurant at Pavilion and 61 Monarchy for great cocktails and single malt whisky.


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Taipei RYAN TSAI Account manager, Klook Taiwan, Klook.com The most scenic spot in the city is… No place can compare with Taipei 101 Observatory. This is the best-known landmark in Taipei – you can book your ticket at Klook and skip the long queue at the ticketing counter when

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you get there. Another recommended scenic spot is Xiangshan or Elephant Mountain where you can view Taipei 101 and the nearby area. A secret place that I love going to in my city is… Xinbeitou, which is easy to reach by the train. It’s still in Taipei

City but you’ll feel like you have escaped from the bustle. I love to visit Thermal Valley. If you are only there for one day, what’s one must-do? Visit a night market for the most efficient way to try authentic Taiwanese dishes. If Shilin night market is too crowded, there are Raohe and Ningxia night markets. The variety of food at

these markets is beyond your imagination. Raohe is near the Rainbow Bridge which is a nice place for a walk after all that eating. The best place for a drink or meal with a view? The restaurant The Top in Yangmingshan has a great view of Taipei at night as well as good food and drinks. Prices can be a little high, but the romantic atmosphere makes it worthwhile. What’s a good souvenir to buy and where do I get it? Pineapple cake, especially from the brand Chia Te.


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Bangkok ROBIN KWOK Country manager for Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Airbnb, Airbnb.com The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest is… Khongsittha Muay Thai gym where I regularly bring guests to train with professional fighters in a fun and friendly environment.

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If you’re only there for a day, what’s one must-do? Visit Chinatown, where you’ll find amazing street food and stunning temples. I also recently cycled through Bang Krachao with my Airbnb Experience host and it was such a memorable journey – we rode through colourful sceneries of fresh foliage, wildlife, and charming villages.

The best place for local eats is… Supanniga Eating Room for delicious Thai cuisine with a twist. Or Thipsamai on Mahachai Road for one of the tastiest pad Thai noodles. The best place for a drink or meal with a view? Sala Rattanakosin or

Eagle Nest Bar. You can enjoy a riverside view of the sunset and the Wat Arun temple. What’s a good souvenir to buy and where do I get it? The King Power Duty Free stores at Bangkok airport have great curry packs that make perfect gifts. The most scenic spot in the city is… Bangkok is so full of energy, charm, and charisma – you can see so much just sitting in one spot. I’ll peoplewatch at an outdoor café in a neighbourhood like Thonglor or Ekkamai.


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Hong Kong DEAN DIMITRIOU, Hotel manager of The Murray, Hong Kong, niccolohotels.com/en The best place for local eats is… Fook Lam Moon. This Hong Kong institution serves dim sum and classic Cantonese cuisine. The best place to go shopping in my city is… the several small lanes that stem off Hollywood Road, filled

with creative boutiques, tailors, design shops and antique galleries. This area truly reflects the fusion of East and West that Hong Kong is known for. What’s a good souvenir to buy and where do I get it? For a gift with local flair, head to PMQ on Aberdeen Street, a historic building that houses art, fashion and design studios. The most scenic spot in the city is… Hong Kong Park.

Beautifully landscaped, the park is a green haven with meandering pathways and fragrant lily ponds where visitors can enjoy a quick respite from the bustle of city life. The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest is… Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan is a wonderful

introduction to the local culture and is one of the oldest temples in the city. The best place for a drink or meal with a view? Popinjays, The Murray Hong Kong’s new restaurant and bar, boasting modern European cuisine paired with fine wines and specialty cocktails. A secret place that I love going to in my city is… Asia Society, situated within former British military barracks, for its strong roster of exhibitions, curated talks and workshops.


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Sanya EDWARD YUAN General manager, The Sanya Edition, editionhotels.com/sanya The best place for a selfie is… On a yacht. Sail away to secluded beaches from the yacht club in Yalong Bay. The captains know best about the beaches and snorkel spots. The most scenic spot in the city is… Wuzhizhou

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Island. Tropical plants flourish; colourful coral reefs decorate the seascapes perfect for scuba diving; and the pristine, white sandy beach lines the northern part of the island. If you’re only there for a day, what’s one must-do? Nanshan Temple. It’s

famous for the 108m-tall statue of the bodhisattva Guan Yin. A secret place that I love going to in my city is… I like dropping by at Just Space, the art space located within The Sanya Edition where art exhibitions and forums are hosted regularly at its four art galleries. It’s a serene hideaway. What’s a good souvenir to buy and where do I get it? One of the local tribes, Li, is famous for the beautiful brocade made with their traditional techniques that have more than 3,000

years of history. The colourful textile is often made into clothing or decoration pieces, which are available at many local boutique shops. The best place to go shopping in my city is… Haitang Bay Duty Free Shopping Complex. The shopping mall is one of the world’s biggest duty free malls, with nearly 300 international brands.


Inflight I TRAVEL TALES

I buy before I fly

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THIS IS A STORY THAT WILL HORRIFY Marie Kondo, mother of modern minimalism. You see, I am a holiday hoarder. Case study #1: each time I head somewhere with the word “resort” in it, I have an urge to shop for, well, resort wear. Or, to be precise, new resort wear – because deep in my wardrobe, I already have a heap of crumpled sarongs, swimsuits with price tags intact, crushed sun hats and tangled goggles. But somehow before each beach vacation, I never seem to locate them and happily find a reason to buy more, which I will never wear anyway because I can’t swim and I don’t even like the sun or the sand. But how else can one prep for a stay in a seaside villa without a new bikini or sunglasses, right? There’s also Case Study #2 that involves us who live in the tropics buying warm and woolly things for a trip to somewhere wintry (with no chance we’ll wear them again unless we travel again). I already have a Jengaworthy stack of musty coats, jackets, sweaters, thermals, shawls, gloves, ear muffs and faux-fur hats. But when the time comes once a year for me to spend December abroad

I’ll realise suddenly that my thermal vest no longer fits, the magenta parka looks so 2017... in minus-degree weather, I’ll realise suddenly that my thermal vest no longer fits, the magenta parka I got last year looks so 2017 and that I really can’t live/ travel without the latest sweater with the cute Christmas cap-wearing unicorn. So, year after year, trip after trip, I add more

and more buys to my wardrobe, telling myself that this will be the year when I can finally do graceful backstroke in my new swimsuit or that I’ll be losing enough weight to slip into the pleather pants. I have realised why some of us are holiday hoarders. There is

something celebratory and endorphin-inducing about prepping for a vacation that you’ve spent some time and money planning. That feeling of childlike anticipation as you go about drawing up a list of to-dos and to-buys adds to the entire joyous experience of getting to the airport, boarding the plane… and starting your vacation even before you set foot in another country. But next time, maybe I’ll just revive my old clothes, or at least find them a happy home.

ILLUSTRATION KURT PARTON

Most of us shop till we drop overseas. But for PEARLYN THAM, the shopping starts even before the trip


Jetstar Asia July/August 2018  

The July/August issue of Jetstar Asia's in-flight magazine.

Jetstar Asia July/August 2018  

The July/August issue of Jetstar Asia's in-flight magazine.

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