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MAGAZINE jetstar MAGAZINE

JULY 2016

SINGAPORE I CHINA I TAIWAN

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Experience modern day sumo INSIDER 07 I IN PROFILE Meet the chef behind one of Singapore’s hottest restaurants

10 I THE HOT LIST Events across the network

12 I NEWS

COVER ARTWORK ELLEN PORTEUS

What’s hot and happening this month

24 I TRADITION TALKS

39 I SHOP IT

60 I PHOTO ESSAY

Experience the drama of modern day sumo in Japan

Stay stylish on the go with these versatile backpacks

Visit Taipei’s bustling Ximending neighbourhood

41 I BEAUTY ON THE FLY

84 I TRAVEL TALES

28 I INSTAGRAMBLE

Keep your cool while travelling with refreshing face sprays

Travelling with kids

The most pic-worthy spots in Malaysia’s diverse city of Penang

31 I WHAT’S IN MY SUITCASE?

The new, unique high tea experiences in Singapore

32 I HOTEL TREND

50 I STAYCATIONS

Cool concept hotels

Seriously indulgent Singapore staycation options for one

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34 I FOODIE FOCUS

Discover Bali’s hip Canggu

It’s time to devour Macau, starting with these hole-inthe-wall faves and traditional diners

21 I 5 OF THE BEST Taipei designers and trends

44 I HIGH TEA WITH A TWIST

Check out model Nadia Rahmat’s fashionable holiday essentials

15 I 24 HOURS Phuket spots you won’t find on the tourist trail

INSPIRE

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

56 I WINE REVOLUTION Discover the evolving tastes of Chinese wine

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 Sub Editors Sophie Hull, Nikki Wallman Editorial and Advertising Assistant Alana Young

Welcome aboard JULY 2016

HARDIE GRANT MEDIA Managing Director Jeff Trounce

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Exciting new Jetstar highlights and offers for you

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cross Southeast Asia, July marks the end of Ramadan and Muslims across the region are preparing to celebrate Hari Raya Puasa with family and friends. To support the travel demand of our customers in Malaysia and Indonesia, Jetstar has added 11 services from Singapore during this period. Many of our crew on board these routes are bilingual and will be able to help you with your travel requests, including introducing you to best-selling items in our Jet Shop or the new meal options on board our flights. That’s right – as of this month, you will be able to enjoy old and new meal favourites on board. Remember to order when you book your flight so you don’t miss out.

For Singapore travellers who are thinking of their next break, we’re happy to share with you Jetstar will start flying to sunny Sanya, also known as the ‘Chinese Hawaii’, from August 2016. Located at the southern tip of Hainan island, Sanya is wellknown for its balmy weather and pristine white beaches. Also renowned for being a duty-free shopping haven, the island of Hainan will certainly keep Singaporean shoppers returning every season. Thank you for choosing to fly with Jetstar and we wish you a safe flight!

Barathan Pasupathi CEO, Jetstar Asia Airways

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JULY HIGHLIGHTS

Shining stars

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Recently, 60 of Jetstar’s brightest minds descended on Melbourne to look to the future.

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epresentatives from our airlines in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan and Vietnam gathered to create a vision for the type of experience we want to be delivering to you in the year 2020. It’s funny because it sounds so far away! But cast your mind back to the last Olympics – just four short years. We pride ourselves on our culture of innovation, of it being part of who we are and what we do, so we trust in our people to anticipate your future travelling needs.

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

It’s important that we’re one step ahead, so that when you get there, we’re already waiting. Brilliant ideas came from a wide range of people and roles: pilots, flight attendants, airport teams, CEOs, technology and digital experts all had a say. So expect to see some exciting innovations between now and then, all designed to keep delivering on our commitment to give you a safe and hassle-free journey. But rest assured, the reason we’re here won’t change. We’re here to get you to more places, more often, thanks to our low fares and great customer experience. We always will be. Where will you be in 2020? Wherever it is, I hope Jetstar is part of the journey.

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Fin ind creative craf cr aftsmen in T Taiwan

Taipei style p21

Jayne Hrdlicka Jetstar Group CEO

George Town festivities p10

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The highlight of Fukuoka’s most popular annual festival, Hakata Gion Yamakasa, kicks off at 4:59am on July 15. Thousands of men will race through the streets carrying heavy decorative floats. There’s lots more to the festival, too – for more information, visit hakatayamakasa.com

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Cool Cantonese

Mitzo is not your stock-standard Chinese restaurant – and Nicky Ng isn’t your average chef icky Ng, executive head chef at Singapore’s Mitzo Restaurant & Bar, is all about reinvention. And in Singapore’s competitive dining scene, it’s the right attitude to have. On the island it’s all about what’s fresh, new and hot – and if you don’t tick the boxes, you’re out. Mitzo, under the helm of Chef Nicky, takes it one step further – it ignores the boxes. Following stints at then-Michelin-starred Hakkasan New York, as well as prestigious restaurants in Shanghai, Macau and Moscow, Chef Nicky is changing the way Singaporeans think about Cantonese food and how to behave at a Chinese restaurant. With two bars, a cocktail programme and curated music, Mitzo is a restaurant/bar/club like no other. See you there!

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Q Chef Nicky is changing the way Singaporeans think about Cantonese food

At Mitzo, we apply core principles and discipline of traditional Cantonese cooking in a modern context. The design of the space, the incorporation of a strong cocktail programme, the music and certainly the food, all contribute to Mitzo’s

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unique DNA. Through the innovative use of ingredients, creative plating and presentation, Mitzo dispels the notion of Chinese dining being stuffy, or a boisterous family gathering: diners can enjoy chic, Chinese fine dining at a restaurant that serves food that tastes as good as it looks.

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Once people enter the space, they feel they are taken to another world that is very unlike any other Chinese restaurant. The space is designed to be intimate, darker, slightly hip, and certainly a lot cosier than many Chinese restaurants. Despite the relatively large capacity of the restaurant, most diners hardly see more than 30% of the guests due to its unique spatial design.

What’s on the menu?

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Mitzo’s menu has a good balance of Cantonese favourites such as roasted pork and dim sum, as well as a slight twist to classics. More innovative dishes such as the golden fried soft shell crab with curry floss, and the wild mushroom and truffle bun, use unexpected ingredient pairings and flavours to enhance the dining experience. We frequently introduce seasonal items such as the ‘Ode to Spring’ menu, where we focus on edible flowers

From top to bottom: Mitzo’s stylish main dining area; the deep-fried dim sum platter; Mitzo’s special barbecued pork is a must-try dish

Creative dim sum are a hit at Mitzo and [the] presentation is meticulous. The key is to deliver great Cantonese food and to also keep the experience interesting and engaging for diners.

What’s a must-try dish?

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Our must-try dishes include the Mitzo special barbecued pork, which uses pork belly to give a melt-in-the-mouth texture and is also slightly caramelised to create an addictive crunch. Another signature dish is the black truffle crispy roast duck that entices diners with black truffle aromas – even before the dish lands on the table. The juiciness of the duck combined with the crispiness of the skin is

quite sublime, and our guests say it’s addictive!

With two bars, Mitzo takes drinks seriously. Why is this?

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Mitzo wants to be recognised for three things: great food and great drinks housed in a great space. Many Chinese restaurants only focus on food, and their drinks menu can be mediocre – this is a pity because beverages complete the experience. With a strong team of mixologists, an innovative cocktail menu and even curated music, we wanted to create a space that considers every aspect of the diner’s experience. With different bar concepts, we created

unique pockets of space where diners can feel comfortable having predinner aperitifs or postdinner drinks. A trip to Mitzo doesn’t have to start and end with just dinner.

What are your dining picks in Singapore?

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One of my favourite places is Eng Kee Noodle House in Bukit Batok: it serves some of the best wanton noodles in town. The noodles are springy and moist, and their chilli sauce is delicious. Though it’s a queue magnet, it’s a must try when in Singapore! Grand Park Orchard, Level 4, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore; mitzo.sg


INTERVIEW JOANNE BROOKFIELD


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The hot list

It’s time to play ball in George Town!

This month we celebrate the past at George Town Heritage Celebrations, the religious at the Muslim festival of Hari Raya Aidilfitri and the crafty at the Territory Made markets in Darwin

Sumida River Fireworks Festival July 30, 7.05pm

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Watch the Tokyo sky crack and pop with countless dazzling fireworks at Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai, the Sumida river fireworks festival. This historic summer festival is a Tokyo favourite and while the fireworks take place at two locations along the Sumida River, follow the crowd to the Asakusa station area for the best view.

George Town celebrations

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Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Territory Made pop-up market

July 6–7 This month Muslim communities celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri (also known as Hari Raya Puasa or Eid) to conclude Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. In Singapore, head to festivities in Geylang Serai Bazaar and the Kampong Glam area and in Penang you can’t go past the Ramadan bazaars selling sumptuous local delicacies.

Set dates April–September Darwin’s Territory Made pop-up designer market returns for its second season with a showcase of locally made wares including fashion, homewares, food and gifts. Territory Made takes place at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens once a month from April to September (see website for dates). territorymade.net

Penang’s George Town is celebrating its eighth anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, supported by the month-long George Town Festival. This year the festivities will centre around traditional sports and games, with plenty of hands-on activities and local history. heritagecelebrations.info


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

SINGAPORE’S NEW JEWEL SET TO FLY HIGH The countdown is on for the opening of Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport, the upcoming lifestyle destination at Changi Airport. Set to open in early 2019, Jewel will boast standout features including shopping, a hotel, gardens and the breathtaking 40m-high Rain Vortex – which is expected to be the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Changi Airport, one of the busiest in the world, continues its growth and is currently undergoing several major expansions in addition to the development of Jewel.

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Michelin releases Singapore site Ahead of the release of the Michelin Guide Singapore 2016 – the country’s first edition of the prestigious foodie bible – Michelin has launched a special Singapore gourmet lifestyle portal. The online guide is a first for Asia and reports on restaurant trends, chef interviews and Michelin guide news. guide.michelin.sg

SEASONS D’ANGKOR VILLA OPENS IN SIEM REAP

Renovations at The Strand Myanmar’s most historic luxury hotel, The Strand Yangon, is undergoing a complete facelift that will restore the hotel to its former glory. Originally constructed in 1901 in a classic colonial style, the hotel will retain some of its signature details such as marble and teak wood flooring while being given a contemporary feel. The refurbished Strand Yangon will reopen in November. hotelthestrand.com

Experience Bangkok’s top tastes

Singapore welcomes Hello Kitty

Bangkok restaurant Rang Mahal is one of the delectable restaurants featured in the Bangkok Top Tables 2016 guide by BK Magazine. Located on the 26th floor of the Rembrandt Hotel, the restaurant has received praise for its regional Indian cuisine including mughlai curries and tandoor dishes – an experience enhanced by live Indian music. rembrandtbkk.com

Hello Kitty lovers are in for a treat with the opening of the Hello Kitty Orchid Garden at Changi Airport Terminal 3. Themed around the world’s most famous feline, the café emulates Singapore’s ‘garden city’ atmosphere with lush greenery. The menu includes all-day breakfast as well as Kitty-themed desserts such as gelato, sundaes and mousse. hellokittyorchidgarden.com

Looking for a place to stay in Siem Reap? A new luxury boutique hotel, Seasons d’Angkor Villa, has opened in the heart of town. The stylish hotel, by hotel and hospitality management group Asia Initiative Corporation, is located just seven kilometres from Angkor Wat and is a short stroll from some famous sites: Pub Street, night markets, restaurants and malls. The onsite Seasons Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Prices start from US$49 (S$67) per night for a single room. seasonsdangkorvilla.com


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offer our pupils the same opportunity to learn and to grow from the wisdom of those who have gone before them. We are a co-educational Preparatory and Senior School offering an outstanding education for pupils aged 4-18.

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Phuket has become such a tourist hub that it’s easy to think you’ve ‘been there, done that’. Come with us and discover the island the way locals know and love it...

7AM BREAKFAST FIT FOR A KING It may surprise you to learn Phuket has a large Chinese population; the descendants of labourers who made the arduous journey from (mainly) the Fujian province to work in the island’s hundreds of tin mines (Phuket’s main source of income until tourism arrived in the late 1980s). As a result, Chinese traditions abound, including the morning ritual of dim sum. Enjoy the island’s finest at Ket-Ho Dimsum, a family-run restaurant in Kathu district, where tables are snapped up early and a steady stream of steamed delights emerge from the kitchen. Address: 48/13 Wichitsongkram Rd Contact: +66 81 538 9377; facebook.com/kethodimsum Fun fact: The lakes you see everywhere across Phuket are all former tin mines.

8.30AM TOURING PHUKET’S OLD TOWN Head to Old Town to meet your Heritage Trails Walking Tour guide (you’ll need to pre-book). We met with Chaya Na Takuathung, who was born and raised in Phuket (her father was one of the first chefs to serve Western food on the island). She has an infectious enthusiasm for her home, sharing stories of how she roamed the streets as a

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Top to bottom: The pretty streets of Phuket’s Old Town; Amulet Alley in Old Town; and (inset) dim sum at Ket-Ho

child; talking about what’s changed (and what hasn’t), and explaining the unique street food of the area. The walk takes in the 100-yearold shophouses found along Yaowarat, Thalang, Dibuk, Krabi and Phang Nga roads. Contact: +66 85 158 9788; phuketheritagetours.net

Did you know? In the heart of Old Town is Amulet Alley, where locals buy medallions that supposedly have magical properties, including the ability to ward off bad luck and ensure safe travel.


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1.30PM LUNCH AT PINKY’S After a morning’s sightseeing, it’s time to chill out with a well-earned lunch at Gallery Café by Pinky, a charming bistro occupying a historic shophouse, where an excellent range of sandwiches, salads, smoothies and its famous Eggs Benedict are on offer. When it opened more than five years ago, owner Pinky Jatikavanich was at the forefront of the Old Town’s transformation from a rundown area of derelict shops to a collection of cool cafés and art galleries. Address: 19 Yaowarat Rd Contact: +66 89 103 7000; facebook.com/ gallerycafebypinky Tip: Rather keep moving than sit down for a meal? Pick up a quick coffee across the road at House (54/2 Yaowarat Road, +66 88 241 1116; facebook.com/house542), where you’ll find the best flat white on the island.

3PM TATTOO TIME It may not be for everyone – but is there any longer-lasting souvenir than an amazing piece of ink? The best tattooist on the island is, without a doubt, Chart Khemthang. The award-winning owner of Golden Needle studio began life as a batik painter in rural Thailand, before a chance encounter with a tattooist inspired his new career. His sought-after skills mean he now receives regular invitations to be a guest artist in Europe. Address: 62/14 Chaofa Rd Contact: +66 76 246 461; goldenneedle-tattoos.com

Clockwise from top left: Gallery Café by Pinky; The Beach Bar; gastronomic delights at The Cove; Golden Needle Tattoo Studio

5.30PM SUNSET DRINKS While the bars up and down the west coast are well known, a favourite among locals is The Beach Bar, and you’ll find it halfway down quiet Cape Panwa. Facing the fleet of yachts moored in Chalong Bay, this simple shack by the water is loved for its friendly owners, cheap food and drinks, and – please don’t take offence – lack of tourists. Families with kids can feel free to let them run on the sand while everyone else kicks back and waits for the beautiful sunset. Contact: +66 87 893 5337; facebook.com/ thebeachbarphuket

7.30PM DINNER BY THE SEA You may be tempted to stay at The Beach Bar for dinner, but drag yourself out of your plastic chair to make the short walk down the road to The Cove, an amazing restaurant and bar that opened last year. It lends a touch of class to the southeast of Phuket and a decent wine list is accompanied by a menu of stunning seafood dishes, such as BBQ peppered tuna steak, and a range of woodfired pizzas. You can also stay in one of their boutique cottages. Address: 8/1 Moo.8 Tambon Wichit, Ao Yon Beach Contact: +66 62 242 3442; thecovephuket.com

Watch the sun go down (with a cold one in hand!) at The Beach Bar

Travel info Jetstar flies thrice daily from Singapore to Phuket. To book, visit JETSTAR.COM


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Charming Canggu Traditional but packed with cool haunts, this well-kept secret on the south coast of Bali is perfect for the entire family

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Samadi Bali This sanctuary is more than just a yoga studio, it’s a centre for alternative healing, too – offering life-coaching sessions, spa treatments and acupuncture. Then there’s a popular market every Sunday, where farmers and artisans sell their wares. Stay in beautiful accommodation here for IDR 1,000,000 (S$102.40) a night: you can practise yoga from the moment you wake. Jalan Padang Linjong 39, Echo Beach, +62 812 3831 2505; samadibali.com

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Deus Temple of Enthusiasm Set among the paddy fields, this multi-purpose space is where bike enthusiasts, surfers and the coolest denizens of Canggu hang out. It houses a bar, café, motorcycle workshop, surfboard factory, shop and art gallery. Here’s how to do it: shop, admire art, enjoy a meal, have a drink (or two!) and see their custom-made motorcycles. There are also countless events, including a wild Tatts and Tacos night. Jalan Batu Mejan 8, +62 811 388 315; deuscustoms.com

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Therapy day spa Hitting the spa always sounds like a great idea, and it gets even better when your massage session doesn’t break the bank. Priding itself on using only organic products, this spa has highly skilled therapists who will work their magic on every aching muscle. Choose from massages and scrubs, skin-brightening facials and manicures. A 60-minute full-body massage starts at IDR 250,000 (S$25.40). Jalan Pantai Batu Mejan, Echo Beach, +62 878 6213 7603; therapy.co.id


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Shop, admire art, have a drink (or two!) and see custom-made motorcycles

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Oshan Villas

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This collection of six villas offers the full (fancy) works – think butlers, in-room spa treatments and amazing views overlooking rice paddies. Each villa comes with a private pool, garden and four spacious rooms. Cycle to nearby Echo Beach, or request a tour to Tanah Lot for the epic sunset. Villa rental starts from IDR 7,000,000 (S$707.91) a night. Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Echo Beach, +62 819 9923 2001; oshanvillasbali.com

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Bungalow Living A treasure trove brimming with beautiful homewares, books, furniture and more, Bungalow Living has become the go-to spot to buy locally handcrafted crochet blankets and cushions. Take a break from shopping and have coffee and cake on their swoon-worthy verandah. Don’t forget to take a photo with their beloved mascot, Baby King, a chocolate Golden Doodle. Jalan Pantai Berawa 35A, +62 361 844 6567; bungalowlivingbali.com

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Nalu Bowls The refreshing (and totally Instagramable) smoothie bowls here are the perfect guilt-free snack. Named after the crew’s favourite waves from around the world, each bowl is made fresh at the counter and contains locally sourced produce and homemade granola. Try the popular Uluwatu Bowl: a dragon fruit blend topped with strawberries, mango, and coconut flakes, finished with a dash of apple juice. Jalan Batu Mejan 88, +62 812 3660 9776; nalubowls.com

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The Chillhouse This retreat is perfect for community-loving individuals who enjoy occasional story-sharing sessions with other travellers during meals or just chilling by the pool. Accommodation options range from single rooms to villas, all with hearty organic meals included. In-house instructors are on hand if you want to learn surfing or yoga, or go on a bike trail. Prices start at IDR 980,000 (S$99.70) for a single room. Jalan Kubu Manyar 22, Br Pipitan, +62 812 3958 3056; thechillhouse.com

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Splash Waterpark With five world-class water slides, a watery playground, a 25m lap pool, sun lounges, and food and drink outlets, this is where to spend an exciting day with the whole family. The Giant Racer – a 90m-long, five storey-high slide – is made for adrenalin junkies. Day passes are priced at IDR 300,000 (S$30.50) for adults and IDR 180,000 (S$18.30) for children. Jalan Pantai Berawa, Banjar Tegal Gundul, +62 361 848 3939; splashbali.com

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Taipei trends Once known more for producing computer parts, Taiwan is now churning out a new breed of designers who combine old-fashioned craftsmanship with modern vibes

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1. GREENROOM Address: 2F, No. 24, Sec. 2 Xinyi Rd, Daan District; grday.com Necessity is the mother of all invention, the saying goes... and Hao-Ming Yang is living proof of that. The accessories designer’s first creation was a cable wrap that he made after continually tripping over cables during his time working in industrial design and wedding photography. Former colleague Nagaaki Shaw soon came on board to help fulfil Yang’s vision of a company that would make leather accessories and bags in earthy shades, coloured with natural vegetable dyes, and GreenRoom

Ideas Cooperation was born. Bestselling items so far have included the leather DU (double use) Tote which can be carried by hand or worn on the shoulder (NTD13,000; S$544) and which takes 10 hours to hand-make. The worktable in the duo’s boutique allows customers to witness the entire process. Yang and Shaw also employ young students as interns, to whom they hope to impart the values of making things with their hands. GreenRoom has built a strong following among customers in Japan, Hong Kong, the US and the UK and also accepts custom orders – check out the website or boutique.

Clockwise from top: GreenRoom’s leather goods; luxury stationery from Y Studio Style; GreenRoom

ystudiostyle.com Available at: Tools to Liveby No. 15, Aly. 72, Leli Rd, Daan District, Taipei; toolstoliveby.com.tw Stationery design duo Yi Liao and Yanko are on a mission to save the dwindling art of handwriting through luxe stationery products. Their brand recaptures the romance of writing with ageless, masculine products made from copper, chrome and brass. Their rollerball pen (US$100; S$138), for example, is a tactile cylinder. “When you handwrite something, it shows responsibility and emotion,” says Yang. The pair also hold pop-up events to encourage handwriting.

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Address: B1F, No. 39, Lane 205, 5, Sec. 4 Zhongxiao E. Rd Daan District; facebook.com/FAITH.co.Ltd To say Kurt Chen loves wearing vintage leather and denim would be an understatement. Due to his passion for fashion, he opened a boutique stocking his own designs alongside denim brands he loves, such as Sugar Cane, Mister Freedom and The Real McCoy’s. When Faith boutique opened in 2003, the shop was so small only five people could fit inside. After working tirelessly for three years, Chen got a lucky break when London fashion agents visiting Taipei picked up Faith for import to the UK. The brand now has loyal customers all over the world who purchase through exhibition shows or his Facebook page. Faith’s clothing and accessories – reminiscent of vintage military or nautical uniforms – are now displayed beautifully alongside antiques and curios collected from Chen’s trips to Japan, the UK and Europe. Chen now makes prototypes himself and outsources orders to craftsmen, to boost jobs in Taiwan’s dwindling artisanal community.

café. The space is actually a haven for specs, which Glasense owner Salon Tiao lovingly calls his ‘frame studio’. The gallery-like store stocks a curated range of moderately priced eyewear in a relaxed atmosphere, free of off-putting hard sell from staff. Styles range from vintage-inspired through to experimental – and many are unisex. Customers are free to try on as many frames as they’d like before committing to buy a pair. The attentive Tiao then personally adjusts each pair of glasses. Like some of his contemporaries, Tiao has found a way to give back to society tthrough his business: every yyear, 25 pairs of eyeglasses aare donated to local visually iim impaired children.

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5. CHIEHMS Available at: Axes Eslite No. 88, Yanchang Rd, Xinyi District; facebook.com/AXES.eslite Fashion designer Pei Chie Chen graduated from London’s Central Saint Martins in 2009 and since then, she’s been inspired by the idea of Taiwanese architecture exposed to the natural elements. Her design process starts with the fabric – usually silk, viscose, cotton or polyester in earth tones – and her signature style is contemporary bordering on avant-garde. For Spring/ Summer 2017, she is playing with a colour combination of red, beige and blue. Her future plans include launching bridal wear and a collaboration with calligraphy master Dong Yang Zi. Key pieces include a flatcollar dress (NTD5280; S$220) and a versatile jersey t-shirt (NTD2980; S$125) that are currently available at Axes, a multi-brand concept store.

4. GLASENSE Address: 1F, No. 71, Lane 161, Sec 1 Dunhua South Rd, Daan District; glasense.com Given the queue outside Glasense, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the latest hipster

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SUMO SECRETS Experience the drama and tradition of modern-day Sumo in Japan

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heers reverberate around the Kokugikan arena, Japan’s home of sumo, gradually rising in intensity as several minutes of posturing come to an end and two near-naked wrestlers, both comfortably over six foot and 300 pounds, still themselves for a final stare down. Face to face and less than a couple of metres apart they crouch, ready to pounce, 11,000 voices urging them on. The arena erupts as the two men surge forward. Immediately, skull meets shoulder, both wrestlers reel back a few inches and then lunge forward again with a frenzy of slaps and pushes. It’s a violent, chaotic blur, and then as quickly as it began, it ends. A side step and a yank on a belt sends one of the wrestlers careening off the elevated dohyo (ring) and into the front row of the crowd. Someone in the posh seats just got squashed.

Scenes like this have played out in Japan for centuries, initially as a part of Shinto rites and festivals to pray for good fortune and bumper harvests, and then as a form of court entertainment. It wasn’t until the Edo era (1603–1867), when sumo was performed for the masses to raise money for such things as temple construction, that it began morphing into the sport it is now. Today, it’s a magnificent spectacle. And despite the occasional scandal, it’s still thriving.

The grand scale of sumo There are six 15-day grand sumo tournaments held annually in Japan, three at the Kokugikan in Tokyo (January, May and September), one in Osaka (March), one in Nagoya (July), and another in Fukuoka (November), where the best rikishi (sumo pros) slap, hit and smash into each other. Sumo admittedly doesn’t have the

A sumo match is often fast and fierce

widespread appeal of Japan’s de facto national sport, baseball, nor of the popular J-League and international soccer, but it still draws the crowds. Tournaments get morning-to-night TV coverage and the top fighters are household names (like famous fighter Hakuho from Mongolia), cashing in with TV commercials and having their romances covered in gossip news.


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Tokyo’s sumo heartland If you can make it, an afternoon at a sumo tournament is a window into Japanese culture like no other – awash with traditions, pomp and ceremony. Tournaments are frenzied: a match can be over in a second and rarely lasts more than 20 (in unusual cases it can last minutes, as tired wrestlers cling to each other catching their breath). A match is won when one sumo wrestler touches the ground with any part of the body other than the soles of his feet (usually he is knocked or thrown over) or is pushed out of the ring. But you can still experience the world of sumo outside the main tournament periods. The next best thing? Get up at the crack of dawn and take in a morning training session at one of the many sumo stables in Tokyo or Osaka that open their doors to guided tour parties (try Voyagin or Inside Japan Tours). Expect a couple of hours of watching wrestlers take part in a no-holdsbarred practice where you’re close enough to feel the vibrations of each and every hit. Another option is to pay a visit to Ryogoku, Tokyo, the site of the Kokugikan and the spiritual home of modern-day sumo. Before you even get out of the JR Ryogoku Station, it’s

obvious you are deep in sumo territory, with giant banners bearing the images of today’s top wrestlers hanging inside the ticket gates and posters plastered everywhere to advertise upcoming events. In Ryogoku, the sumo worship continues with small

A sumo tournament is a window into Japanese culture like no other...

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One thing no sumo can complain about is a lack of good food bronze statues on street corners, sumo posters and caricatures in shop and restaurant windows, and the most obvious of all – the Kokugikan looming large next to the station.

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Japan’s main sumo arena is eerily calm when there’s no tournament on, but its small museum remains open, with beautifully penned historic sumo documents, portraits of the sport’s legends and a whole lot of trophies. Its shop is open year-round too, and in a land where the giving of omiyage (souvenirs) is close to a national addiction, not even sumo escapes – if you need a cartoon sumo t-shirt, sumo key ring or something as bizarre as a traditional wooden ear cleaner with a small sumo dangling from it, the Kokugikan has got you covered.

Where to get chanko nabe in Ryogoku Chanko Kirishima j-kirishima.com Has English menus and English-speaking staff, which makes it one of the most accessible places to sample authentic chanko nabe. Chanko Edosawa chankoedosawa-ryogoku. com Also serves a range of izakaya dishes, so you can sample a variety of flavours and don’t have to go all-out on a single big hotpot. Chanko Kawasaki +81 03 3631 2529 Opened in 1937, this was Japan’s first chanko nabe restaurant. Go for a chanko course (4,900 yen; S$62), which includes a chicken chanko nabe and sides like yakitori.

Eat like a sumo Life for sumo wrestlers is hard. Think early starts for hours of intense, physically demanding training, chore-filled communal living that borders on military life and horrific injuries. But one thing no sumo can complain about is a lack of good food. The sumo lifestyle and need to bulk up (though there is no minimum weight requirement) has combined to give sumo a signature dish – an easy-to-make nutritious hotpot called chanko nabe. Unlike many other Japanese cuisines, there are no firm rules when making chanko: you simply

need a big enough pot for a tableful of wrestlers to sit around, a good soup stock (typically a fish-based dashi) that can be tweaked with such things as miso or soy, and a hearty mix of ingredients to cook in it – chicken, shrimp, fish, leeks, carrot, cabbage, anything goes. Visit Ryogoku and you’ll find dozens of chanko nabe restaurants – many run by former

Eat like a sumo with a pot of hearty, flavour-packed chanko nabe

wrestlers and brimming with sumo memorabilia – which typically serve more luxurious versions of the sumo staple. Some will specialise in high-grade chicken, others in seafood like giant shrimp simmered along with minced mackerel balls, while a few might simply appeal with the sheer size of their portions. Adding to the epicurean experience, chanko nabe restaurants serve their hotpots as part of a broader meal, maybe with some fresh sashimi of tuna bought at Tsukiji Market that morning; perhaps some yakitori skewers or a delicately flavoured tofu dish. And all of it is very likely cooked up by a cauliflowereared giant once cheered on by thousands at the Kokugikan. For information on sumo tickets, tournaments and the sumo museum, visit the Japan Sumo Association website at sumo.or.jp/en


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CLAN JETTIES Get to know Penang’s Chinese history with a visit to the clan jetties. These six jetties are flourishing communities with homes, temples, restaurants and shops perched on stilts, with roads and walkways constructed like a series of piers.

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Personality on the go

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I’M SUCH A SLOW PACKER – it’s horrible. I’m always triplechecking to make sure I don’t forget anything. I’m also fickle when it comes to deciding what clothes to bring along! My suitcase is usually filled with bits of my personality that I can take with me. For example, I love cats and have a cat-print toiletries pouch. And a hint of my loud dressing style can

be seen in the colourful outfits I [take] with me. My obsession with music means I have my Bose headphones, and I always pack something to read because travelling is one of the only times when I get to bury my head in a good book. One of my must-haves for any vacation is my furry blue bumbag from Singapore label YESAH: it’s a great conversation starter. The other things

that go with me on trips are my Himalaya Herbals skin cream because my skin gets dry so easily, The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter (I like smelling like chocolate – who doesn’t?), my Urban Decay Vice lipstick in F-Bomb for fancy nights out and a pair of stylish sunnies, which never fail to spruce up an outfit. I also like collecting photos of myself against a scenic backdrop.


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WHAT A NOVEL CONCEPT! A BOOKCASE THAT DOUBLES AS A BED, A 1930s SHANGHAI-ESQUE HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN BANGKOK AND A SWEDISH HOTEL IN PERTH – THERE’S A THEMED HOTEL FOR EVERY TASTE

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n a world of countless choices and competition, hotels now need to stand out in order to get your dollar. The choices these days, however, go above and beyond the now standard 200 thread-count bedsheets and buffet breakfasts and leap straight into Hello Kitty territory: enter the concept hotel, 2016’s hottest travel trend. Whether you’re a big kid at heart and just love the thought of being surrounded by Hello Kitty everything (that’s Grand Hi-Lai Hotel in Kaohsiung, Taiwan), or a 12-metre Godzilla head hovering above your bed (hello, Hotel Gracery Shinjuku in Tokyo), you’ll find a fun concept hotel to suit you.


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Having the best quality mattresses doesn’t mean guests will be satisfied... In Tokyo, the home of themed hotels and cafés (and the city to take tea with an owl or a cat), Tokyo’s newest concept hotel, Book and Bed, is a delightfully tame themed hotel where books rule and beds are of a secondary concern.

non-fiction Japanese and English books. It includes classic Japanese novels translated into English, design and photography books – and there’s even a mathematics section (in Japanese).

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A literary good sleep “The perfect setting for a good night’s sleep is something you will not find here,” says So Rikimaru of R-Store, the company that runs Book and Bed. “There are no comfortable mattresses, fluffy pillows or warm down duvets, but our guests have been content with our concept and service so far,” says Rikimaru. “We realised that having the best quality of mattresses doesn’t mean guests will be satisfied; we have something more to offer.” And Book and Bed has plenty to offer indeed, albeit a love of the printed book is recommended. The book selection – curated by Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers, one of Tokyo’s best independent book stores – is an eclectic mix of more than 1,700 fiction and

Choose your room There’s room for 30 guests (and well-behaved kids six years and older are welcome, says Rikimaru) and Book and Bed has been booked solid since opening in November 2015. It offers two types of accommodation. There are the ‘bookshelf beds’ (open wooden boxes located behind rows of books) that are pure novelty and the reason why you’d stay here; or upgrade to the ‘standard’ (120cm by 200cm) and skip the ‘compact’ (80cm by 200cm) for a more comfortable stay.

MA MAISON BOUTIQUE HOTEL, HO CHI MINH CITY Tried to make it to the south of France this summer and never got there? Hop a plane to Ho Chi Minh City and stay at the très chic Ma Maison for (almost) the same feel at a fraction of the price. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated with Provencestyle windows, tasteful Monet-style paintings and floorboards à la French farmhouse. Who needs France? mamaison.vn MISS MAUD SWEDISH HOTEL, PERTH If you’re secretly harbouring a love of all things Scandinavian, head to the very quaint Miss Maud in the heart of Perth for a little bit of Sweden. Apart from the old-fashioned staff uniforms, the decor and the breakfast smorgasbord of cold cuts, house-made Swedish muesli and Danish pastries, you’d hardly notice there’s a theme going on at all. missmaudhotel.com.au SHANGHAI MANSION, BANGKOK It may seem a bit silly to travel to Bangkok and stay in a Chinese-themed hotel, but Shanghai Mansion keeps good on its theme (from the water garden to the oriental four-poster beds) and the result is a tasteful throwback to the elegance of 1930s Shanghai. shanghaimansion.com

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Discover where to sample the most delicious clams and tacho in town!

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Devour Macau

Macau boasts gastronomic options from tiny alleyway pushcarts and 50-year-old local diners to Michelin-starred restaurants


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hile Macau doesn’t usually enjoy the same limelight as Hong Kong, the level of quality cuisine is on par – some may even say it’s better. Macau’s Portuguese influence, alongside the mixture of exotic spices that the colonial trade brought to the city, led to the creation of rich fusion recipes that are still used today. At home, much of the food is still made from scratch, with many grandchildren helping their grandparents to create family meals. Add to this an array of glitzy casinos and (reasonably priced) Michelin-starred restaurants, and you’ve got yourself a cultural gourmet paradise. Here's where to find Macau’s greatest bites.

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BEST CONGEE Cheng Kei Join the snaking queues for breakfast congee in a dark, narrow alleyway – Cheng Kei is literally a hole in the wall. Congee options include pork innards, minced pork or beef balls, and fresh fish slices. Looking for a big breakfast? Order the works with deep-fried dough fritters (MOP17/ S$2.90). Business opens at the crack of dawn and closes by 2pm.

Time to dig in? Cheng Kei 68 Rua da Felicidade, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, +853 2857 4310 4310

Pui Kei 25 Rua da Cunha, Taipa, +853 2882 7462

Nam Peng Café 54 Rua de Cinco de Outubro, +853 2892 1205

Portas do Sol 2/F, East Wing, Hotel Lisboa, 2-4 Avenida de Lisboa, +853 8803 3100

San Hou Lei 13-14 Rua do Regedor, Vila de Taipa, + 853 2882 7373

Riquexo 69 Avenida Sidonio Pais, +853 2856 5655 Luis Machado, president of Confraria Gastronomia Macanese (the Macanese Gastronomy association)

You’ve got yourself a cultural gourmet paradise... BEST PORK CHOPS Pui Kei This gem is easy to miss on the busy Rua da Cunha, where vendors peddle almond biscuits and other local snacks. While it’s famous for its walnut and raisin cupcakes, it’s the deepfried pork chops and curry beef brisket that keep regulars coming back to Pui Kei. The well-marinated tender Chinese schnitzel is best

served over al dente egg noodles marinated in soy sauce gravy (MOP25/ S$4.20). Top it with an egg, sunny side up (MOP4/S$0.70). The soup version is equally good, but eat it quickly to prevent your breaded chops from getting soggy.

BEST BREAKFAST SANDWICHES Nam Peng Café Step inside here and you’ll be transported

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back to the 1950s. Service is no-nonsense and only in Cantonese, and most of the customers here are octogenarians dining on their own, sipping on milk tea and reading the papers. The signature order is the Nam Peng sandwich, generously filled with honey ham, char siu (BBQ pork) and a big, fluffy omelette (MOP22/S$3.80). Finish your food order with a side of milk tea (MOP14/ S$2.40), the pièce de résistance of a Macau cha chaan teng (tea restaurant).

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Get in line for Macau’s best congee

Top to bottom: Pork chops at Pui Kei; Nam Peng sandwich at Nam Peng Café

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BEST DIM SUM Portas do Sol On Sundays, Portas do Sol is filled with local families out for weekly yum cha – so call in advance to reserve your spot. The restaurant has no windows and maintains a large floor area, giving off a charming 1970s vibe with velvet curtains and matching chairs. In addition to ordering dim sum (average serve MOP30/S$5.15), try the signature dish of crispy roast chicken served with pomelo (MOP180/ S$30.90).

BEST EGG TARTS San Hou Lei San Hou Lei in Taipa Village serves pork chop buns, instant noodles and a variety of tarts. The Portuguese tart (MOP10/ S$1.70) is your best bet: a

Macanese cuisine is an exciting fusion of flavours... flaky, buttery crust with the perfect consistency of egg custard – not too sweet, not too runny, with a good measure of wobble and a lightly torched top. Other tart flavours include coconut milk.

BEST MACANESE Riquexo When on the search for authentic Macanese food, you can’t beat Riquexo (which means rickshaw in Portuguese). Say hello to centenarian and former chef Aida de Jesus – known as one of the grand dames of Macanese cuisine – who

dines here often. For an introduction to the rich, complex flavours of Macanese cuisine, order minchi, a typical Macanese dish with minced pork and beef stir-fried with diced potatoes, soy sauce and spices; and repolho recheado, a dish of cabbage stuffed with ground pork and spicy sausage. Set meals from MOP60 (S$10.30).

BEST TACHO Carlos The crowd here is mostly Macanese, descendants of the local Chinese and Portuguese from the colonial era. Macanese cuisine is an exciting

fusion of flavours; and tacho, a distinctive winter stew, perfectly represents this. The flavour is rich; a melting pot of chorizo, cabbage, fish maw and lapcheong, or Chinese sausages, (MOP238/S$41). Other favourites here include the white wine clams (MOP138/S$23.80) and roast suckling pig over rice (MOP248/S$42.80). Finish your meal with a strong Portuguese espresso (MOP20/S$3.45) and serradura (‘sawdust’ in Portuguese) pudding; a light and airy dessert layered with whipped cream, condensed milk and finely crushed biscuits (MOP35/S$6).


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The current crop of refreshing, supercharged facial sprays have evolved from their humble H20-only origins to become a traveller’s best friend

THE DRY cabin air of a plane, coupled with limited packing space for your favourite products, can conspire to sap your skin of moisture and have you looking less than glowing. Luckily, the solution to your skin’s travel woes is now available in a quick spritz, thanks to a raft of next-generation facial sprays. These miracle mists are perfectly formulated for the demands of travel, packing a serious punch of super-ingredients (think calming heroes like aloe vera and rosewater; ingenious essential oil blends; and revitalising electrolytes) in a nifty, easy-to-use format. Thanks to these multi-taskers, you can prime and set makeup, freshen up, and moisturise your skin – all in a matter of seconds. The added bonus? Facial sprays are the perfect package for travelling, be it on your flight or stashing in your handbag so you can ‘hit refresh’ on the go. Win-win.

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HIGH TEA SINGAPORE DELIVERS ITS OWN TAKE ON AFTERNOON TEA, FROM DURIAN TREATS TO TRADITIONAL FARE UPGRADED WITH FUSION FLAVOURS WORDS ADELINE TEOH AND GRACIA PHANG

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here used to be a kind of glamour associated with gathering for a traditional high tea at a fancy hotel – but it seems locals and visitors are hungry for something more than what jam, cream and scones can deliver. As a result, afternoon tea has evolved to something bolder and totally Instagramable. Singapore, with its Malaysian heritage, Chinese influence and British colonial past, has morphed high tea into something truly unique. Popular high tea venues of the past delivered an oldfashioned style complete with classic porcelain teacup-and-saucer sets. Lately, however, Singapore has embraced its Asian roots, making fusion high teas the flavour du jour. There are Chinese dim sum platters (served with premium Chinese tea), Peranakan

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bites, Singapore food turned flashy and even a Chinese vegetarian buffet for a balmy afternoon. Oh, and a durian-only high tea buffet for hard-core fans of the thorny fruit. Besides serving up shareable morsels, venues have cottoned onto the publicity value of shareable images. While diners still critique the quality of food, the aesthetics have become

more sophisticated in line with the interest in Instaworthy dishes. We’re talking food served in gilded cages and even on laboratory instruments. Jaz Tan, owner of Fresh Fruits Lab (FFL), says her bistro is “artfully designed in a subtle laboratory style”. Competing with luxury hotels, as well as being located away from the city centre and main tourist hub, meant FFL needed a drawcard. The result: a laboratory themed, fruit-focused high tea. Tan changes the high tea menu every month to keep things super fresh, though the bistro’s picturesque rainbow cake remains a staple. As if to challenge the literal idea of a high tea, one hotel has decided to focus on serving coffee – cue InterContinental Singapore’s Not-AnAfternoon-Tea series at The Lobby Lounge. Feeling hungry? Here’s where to go for your next high tea (with a twist!).


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From left: Tian Fu Tea Room’s yum cha-style delights; The Clifford Pier’s incredible spread, complete with pork buns and macarons


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East meets West at Hotel Fort Canning’s Tisettanta Lounge

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Housed within the magnificent Fullerton Bay Hotel (where you’ll get a view of the famous Marina Bay skyline), The Clifford Pier offers a Singapore Heritage Afternoon Tea which includes 16 innovative treats reflecting the Lion City’s culinary past and present. We’re talking buttermilk scones with bak kwa (honeyed char-grilled pork slices most commonly eaten during Chinese New Year) jam and Kurobuta pork kong ba bao with mantou, in which highly prized pork from Japan is braised and stuffed into a soft steamed bun sandwich. The Singapore Heritage Afternoon Tea, S$45++ per person, is available from Monday –Friday 3.30–5.30pm, weekends and public holidays 3–5pm.

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High tea yum cha-style Sure, you can always have dim sum in any Chinese restaurant – but here it’s served not during lunch, but as part of the Imperial High Tea. The chefs hand make eight different delicacies daily – think siew mai (steamed pork dumplings), har gao (steamed shrimp dumplings), even Sichuan delights such as the minced meat glutinous rice dumpling wrapped in banana leaf, and the restaurant’s signature dessert of homemade beancurd with wolfberries. You get three kinds of premium Chinese teas in your set, too. Here’s the hot tip: most of the items served for the Imperial High Tea aren’t available on the restaurant’s à la carte menu. Available daily from 2.30–6pm, at S$30++ per person.

PACIFIC MARKETPLACE: All-out Peranakan

Peranakan food is known for being a (delicious) hybrid of Chinese, Malay and Indonesian influences. For The Peranakan Afternoon Tea, you get a host of tidbits in a four-tiered tiffin carrier (used traditionally in Asian cultures for packing food in pre-Tupperware days). Favourites include the colourful rainbow layered kueh and kuih pie tee (crispy pastry shells filled with sweet turnip, shrimp and crushed peanuts). The Peranakan Afternoon Tea is available daily from 2pm–6pm, from S$38++ per person.

TISETTANTA LOUNGE: East meets west

Hotel Fort Canning’s Tisettanta Lounge is a place that offers a beautifully balanced fusion in its tea set. While you’ll still nibble salmon sandwiches and macarons, you’ll also have a chance to savour local delicacies like curry puffs and mixed seafood pie tee.

Available daily from 3pm–6pm, S$25++ per person.

CASSIA: Luxe dim sum Cuisine purists should head to Cassia at Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa Island, where patrons can choose from a British or Oriental afternoon tea. Far from the standard dim sum you might expect of a Hong Kong teahouse, Cassia’s version adds a gourmet flourish: steamed buns filled with US Kurobuta pork and black truffle, siew mai finished with abalone, and lobster dumplings garnished with gold flakes – all accompanied by specialty Chinese tea. Available weekends and public holidays from 3pm–5pm. S$39.90++ per person.

LOBBY BAR: Japanese delights

Lobby Bar at Sheraton Towers Singapore offers a Japanese Afternoon Tea alongside oldfashioned English fare – but why


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Time for a little tea? THE CLIFFORD PIER Fullerton Bay Hotel 80 Collyer Quay, +65 6877 8911; fullertonhotels.com/ singapore/the-fullertonbay-hotel

TIAN FU TEA ROOM Parkroyal on Kitchener Road, 181 Kitchener Rd, +65 6428 3170; tianfutearoom.com

PACIFIC MARKETPLACE 7 Raffles Blvd, Marina Sq, +65 6826 8240; pacificmarketplace.sg

TISETTANTA LOUNGE Hotel Fort Canning, 11 Canning Walk, +65 6559 6795; hfcsingapore.com

CASSIA Capella Singapore 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, +65 6591 5045; capellasingapore.com

LOBBY BAR Sheraton Towers Singapore, 39 Scotts Rd, +65 6839 5625; sheratonsingapore.com

MARRIOTT CAFE Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Rd, +65 6831 4605; singaporemarriott.com

LINGZHI VEGETARIAN Velocity @ Novena Square #03-09/10, 238 Thomson Rd, +65 6538 2992; lingzhivegetarian.com

FAIRMONT SINGAPORE 80 Bras Basah Rd, +65 6431 5315; fairmont. com /singapore/

ARTEASTIQ Mandarin Gallery #0414/15/16 Orchard Rd, +65 6235 8370; arteastiq.com

opt for sandwiches when you can have sushi, sashimi and soba noodles with quail egg and fish roe? Not to mention sweet mochi (sticky rice cakes) instead of scones. Available daily from 2pm–5pm, S$36++ per person weekdays; S$40 per person weekends.

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Durian everything The name – Love for Durians High Tea Buffet – says it all. Expect a delectable array of durian desserts accompanying an extensive savoury buffet, from fried durian balls with D24 durian flesh oozing out of their crunchy golden-brown shells to the mini durian mousse in cups that combine velvety mousse with tangy raspberries. Love for Durians High Tea Buffet is available until July 31 from 3pm–5.30pm daily, from S$42++ per person.

LINGZHI VEGETARIAN: More than greens

The only restaurant we know of with a vegetarian high tea buffet, LingZhi Vegetarian is a household name for its vegetarian Chinese fare. Don’t expect just vegetables served in every style,

though; their changing menu includes dishes like pan-fried carrot cake, pastries with mock pork stuffing and steamed spinach dumplings. You can also order freshly cooked dishes like the restaurant’s trademark braised mushroom with spicy beancurd skin from the à la carte menu. Desserts include chilled beancurd and black sesame cream. The Vegetarian Hi-Tea is available on weekends from 3pm–5pm, S$14.80++ per person.

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FAIRMONT SINGAPORE: Precious eats

Although exquisite presentation like traditional tiered cake stands will always make an impression, a little gimmick goes a long way. Fairmont Singapore keeps customers sweet with the Anti:dote afternoon tea, which features tiny treats sitting like edible bling in a leather jewellery chest. Available Monday–Thursday 3pm–5pm, Friday– Sunday and public holidays 12pm–2pm and 3pm–5pm. From S$48++ per person.

ARTEASTIQ: Caged delights The food presentation here will make you want to whip out your phone for an Instagram snap. Why? Eight varieties of tea-time bites are nestled in an impressive two-tier golden birdcage-like stand (echoing the café’s wall décor of golden bird cages). The crowd pleasers are Viva Duck, a succulent smoked duck tortilla wrap with horseradish mayo, and the dainty,

The Westin Singapore has traded scones and tea for seafood and champagne. Instead of finger sandwiches, there’s a whole lobster thermidor and fresh oysters. And rather than a hot, leafy brew, you’ll get chilled Veuve Clicquot. But cake lovers needn’t despair, there are still sweet treats like profiteroles, green tea cheesecake, tarts and chocolates, too. S$85++ for two, includes two glasses of champagne. Available daily from 2.30pm–5pm. Reservations required. Lobby Lounge, The Westin Singapore, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, +65 6922 6988; thewestinsingapore.com

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crisp-crusted coffee-flavoured macaron with salted egg yolk custard filling. Plus, you get two teapots of specialty teas to wash it all down with. After your tête-àtête session, express your creativity with unlimited acrylic paint at Arteastiq’s Art Jam session at S$48 per person. Reservations for the High Tea and Art Jam have to be made separately. The Afternoon Treats is available daily from 1.30–5.30pm, at S$48++ for two.

There’s a focus on a good cup of java here at the InterContinental Singapore’s Not-AnAfternoon-Tea series at The Lobby Lounge. S$56++ per person, includes cocktail and specialty coffee. Available daily from 2pm–5pm. The Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Singapore 80 Middle Rd, +65 6825 1008; intercontinental. com/singapore

FRESH FRUITS LAB Expect a lab-inspired presentation here: get ready to snap photos of the pipettes of peach essence or a tripod of tiramisu. S$19++ per person. Available Tuesdays– Fridays from 3pm–5pm. 351 Changi Rd, Lor Marzuki, +65 6677 6741; ffl .com.sg


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ENJOY SOME ME-ANDME-ONLY TIME DOING WHAT YOU LIKE, WHEN YOU LIKE. THESE HOT STAYCATION (OR MINI VACATION) SPOTS IN SINGAPORE ARE THE WAY TO GO – WHETHER IT’S FREE MASSAGES AND MOVIES OR DINING CREDITS, THERE’S SOMETHING TO SUIT EVERY TASTE AND WHIM WORDS GOH YEE HUAY

e all love to go on a holiday – packing luggage, arriving at the airport and hopping onto the plane all make for a fun experience. But sometimes, our work schedules or family commitments mean we can only opt for a short staycation within Singapore. Or, perhaps you want some ‘me’ time while passing through the city. Here are hotels with great, unique perks for one.

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CLUBBING FUN FOR NIGHT OWLS Naumi Liora There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a good show or some great music on your own. Who knows, you could even make some new friends. At Naumi Liora, any two-person room booked directly through its website comes with free entry to hip underground joint Kyo, known for its progressive music and clientele of young professionals. That’s not all – until August 31, the hotel will throw in free entry to the granddaddy of all Singapore nightclubs, Zouk.

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For anyone who prefers a different kind of fun, a direct booking also comes with tickets to stand-up comedy shows at The Comedy Club Asia. Other freebies include liquor shots at the lobby from 4.30pm to 6.30pm daily, a complimentary mini-bar, and all-day treats like cookies, chips, ice cream and Nespresso coffee at the hotel’s snack corner – great for tackling those postclubbing munchies.

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Sometimes, all you want is to kick back and indulge in some five-star treatment. For a taste of the luxe life, check out Conrad Centennial’s Weekend Retreat package, which can be added to any room booking. The package comes with S$50 worth of dining credits, which you can use at the hotel’s restaurants – whether it’s Cantonese delicacies at Golden Peony, local and international cuisine at Oscar’s, or artisan sandwiches at The Terrace. Once you’ve wined and dined at the hotel, explore the Millenia Walk mall next door, with quality international dining options, from Swedish specialties at Fika Cafe & Bistro to wickedly decadent cakes at Patisserie G. Another perk: you can get a late checkout up until 3pm. This means more time to enjoy the complimentary breakfast and the room itself, which boasts a large marble bathroom with bath, choice of a luxury yukata or bathrobe, a menu of 15 types of pillows to pick from and a stunning view of the Marina Bay or city area.

Sometimes, all you want is to kick back and indulge in some five-star treatment STAY-IN MOVIE MARATHONS Wangz Hotel Here’s your chance to hole up in comfort and binge-watch your favourite films or television series. This boutique hotel’s ‘Wake Up With Wangz’ package offers a onenight stay in its Superior Room, which comes with a DVD player, Sealy Posturepedic beds, luxury linen, and selected complimentary snacks and drinks from the minibar – it’s a couch potato’s dream. The package includes a bottle of white wine and 3pm checkout (so you can stay in the lush beds longer!). It also comes with a free afternoon tea set at the hotel’s Nectar restaurant – perfect for an intermission – and continental breakfast. Should you feel the need


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for further relaxation in between movies, nip out to Nimble/Knead, a short, five-minute walk away, where you’ll get a discount on selected massages.

SOAK UP SOME HISTORY Amoy Hotel

RATES & DETAILS Naumi Liora Room rates from S$150++ per night. 55 Keong Saik Rd, +65 6922 9000; naumihotels.com/ naumiliora

From top to bottom: Nectar restaurant at Wangz; complimentary treats at Naumi Liora’s snack corner; the rooftop terrace at Lloyd’s Inn; AMOY Hotel lobby

Conrad Centennial Singapore Room rates from S$350++ per night. 2 Temasek Blvd, +65 6334 8888; conradhotels3. hilton.com Wangz Hotel Wake Up With Wangz package from S$218++. 231 Outram Rd, +65 6595 1388; wangzhotel.com

Attention history buffs and food sophisticates: this is the staycation for you. The Amoy has sought to retain the rich history of its surrounds by blending traditional Chinese-themed features and decor into its otherwise modern set-up. The hotel’s entrance is situated within the Fuk Tak Chi Museum, one of Singapore’s oldest Chinese temples, and guests have to pass through its grounds before emerging into the lobby. The AMOY Weekend Experience package offers you a chance to slowly soak in this unique atmosphere over a tipple and some good food. The deal comes with one night’s stay in a Deluxe Double Room and gastronomic treats including dinner at the hotel’s JIN Japanese restaurant, wine and a buffet breakfast. You can be assured of ace service, too – the hotel was voted Top Hotel in Singapore and Best Hotel for Service in Singapore in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards.

AMOY Hotel AMOY Weekend Experience package from S$268++. 76 Telok Ayer St, +65 6580 2888; stayfareast.com/ en/hotels/amoy

ENJOY SIMPLE DOWNTIME Lloyd’s Inn

Lloyd’s Inn Room rates from S$160++ per night. 2 Lloyd Rd, +65 6737 7309; lloydsinn.com

Those looking for quietude with perhaps some good books for company should check out this tranquil little gem. Situated in a residential area near the Orchard Road shopping stretch, it’s

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sufficiently tucked away to let you retreat from the hustle and bustle, yet close enough to shopping malls and amenities if you do feel like stepping out. Minimalism rules here – rooms are white-themed and uncluttered, featuring clean, simple design and lots of natural light. Those with a bigger budget can opt for the Sky, Patio or Big Sky rooms, which are more spacious and come with outdoor bathtubs. There’s a small, chic pool and a roof terrace where you can chill out with drinks and mingle with other guests. The hotel’s policy doesn’t allow the booking of rooms for parties, so you don’t have to worry about rowdy neighbours. 54

EMBRACE FITNESS FUN Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa Not willing to slack off on exercise, even when on staycation? Or simply in the mood for some sociable team sports? The Rasa Sentosa Resort has that sorted with activities for guests throughout each day, the changing programme including everything from water aerobics to beach soccer. Adrenalin junkies will be stoked to know that the hotel has recently added a Flying Trapeze Experience to its offerings, located at the nearby Siloso Beach (S$10). There, you can try out being a flying acrobat, sailing through the air and attempting various stunts at 8m off the ground. If you still have boundless energy to burn after all that excitement, head to the hotel’s watersports centre to splash around in kayaks and paddle boats, or head to the 24-hour gym overlooking greenery.

RATES & DETAILS Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa Room rates from S$350++ per night. 101 Siloso Rd, Sentosa, +65 6275 0100; shangri-la. com/singapore/ rasasentosaresort Rendezvous Hotel Rendezvous Weekend Getaway package from S$298++. 9 Bras Basah Rd, +65 6336 0220; stayfareast. com/en/hotels/ rendezvous-hotelsingapore Pan Pacific Singapore Room rates from S$390++ per night. 7 Raffles Blvd, +65 6336 8111; panpacific.com/ en/hotels-resorts/ singapore/marina. html

Jump for joy and get involved in the social team sports at Rasa Sentosa


Clockwise from left: Naumi Liora's lobby area; pampering at the renowned St Gregory Spa; sports at Rasa Sentosa; and (inset) the club room at Rendezvous Hotel

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a cushy room and plenty to occupy yourself with, the Rendezvous Hotel ticks all the boxes. The location of the hotel itself makes it a perfect base from which to visit some of the city's key museums such as the National Museum and the Singapore Art Museum. After you’ve made your rounds of those attractions, head back to the hotel and enjoy the perks of its ‘Rendezvous Weekend Getaway’ package. These include a free 50-minute body massage at the hotel spa and Golden Village movie tickets. Plus, you’ll get access to the exclusive Club Rendezvous Lounge, which provides all-day refreshments like coffee and tea, light bites in the afternoon and canapés and cocktails in the evening. You can opt for an early check-in at 10am or a late checkout at 4pm.

Indulgence for many people means being able to chill out and take their own sweet time – and the ‘Spa Escapade’ package at the Pan Pacific aims to provide exactly that luxury. The deal can be added on to your room booking, with a minimum of two nights’ stay required. This gives you plenty of time to unwind and enjoy the hotel’s five-star facilities, whether it’s the 24-hour gym, the steam rooms or the complimentary breakfast at Edge restaurant. The package’s highlight is a 60-minute aromatherapy or Balinese body massage for one at the renowned St Gregory Spa. And if you find yourself hooked on the spa’s pampering, you can always head back the next day for round two to try a body detox wrap, ELEMIS facial or perhaps a non-surgical facial lift.


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China has undergone a revolution – of the red wine variety. Boutique vineyards ds are now making a range of fantastic wines es that are winning global awards, writes Tom Pattinson 56

hat do you fancy with your meal this evening? A nice bottle of earthy French pinot? Or perhaps a fresh New Zealand sauvignon blanc? What about a Chinese Jia Bei Lan bordeaux? Yes, that’s right, China is making its own fine wine – and it’s starting to gain international attention. In a couple of years, a Chinese red will likely be on wine lists in fancy restaurants, five-star hotels and airline lounges across the world. Traditionally, China drinks a lot of beer (54 billion litres of the stuff was drunk in 2014) and baijiu (a very potent grain liquor). However, China is now the world’s largest red wine market, with 1.86 billion bottles of wine sold in 2013 according to Vinexpo/ International Wine and Spirit Research

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figures. And, after a downturn, import rates are again rising rapidly. Only 20% of wine consumed in China is imported, with the bulk being made domestically. Not only is the volume of Chinese wine being produced increasing but the quality is, too. Today China has an incredible range of high-quality wines that are about to take the world by storm.

A growing domestic market Until the 20th century putaojiu (literally ‘grape wine’) was rarely drunk in China. Although native grapes have grown for thousands of years, the first grapes for commercial winemaking were brought over from France in 1892 when businessman Zhang Bishi started the Changyu vineyard in the eastern Shandong province.


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Clockwise from top left, this page: barrels at Helan Qingxue; grape harvest time; Château Changyu Moser XV; misty scenes at the Chandon China vineyard in Ningxia; Pernod Ricard Ningxia

Currently, very few Chinese vineyards have the capacity, volume and sales license to sell their wine overseas. With demand expected to outstrip supply in China by 2018, now’s the time to get a taste of this burgeoning industry. Here’s where to try some of China’s best wines: KEMPINSKI HOTEL YINCHUAN 160 Beijing Middle Rd, Yinchuan, Ningxia, +86 951 516 5888; gha.com/ Kempinski The Kempinski is the epicentre of China’s wine industry, where vintners and makers meet dealers and distributors. The hotel itself has an excellent selection of local wines from Ningxia and across the country. SHERATON HAIKOU RESORT 136 Bin Hai Rd, Haikou, Hainan, +86 898 6870 8888; starwoodhotels. com/sheraton You can sample a wide range of fine Chinese wines here, including the Chairman’s Reserve from Grace Vineyards, alongside a line-up of international bestsellers. GUIZHOU NOVOTEL GUIYANG DOWNTOWN 8 Zhong Hua Nan Rd, Nanming, Guiyang, Guizhou, +86 851 588 1888; novotel.com No matter whether you’re on a business trip or enjoying an adventurous holiday, the Novotel Downtown has a decent selection of wines, which can be enjoyed on the 28th-floor wine bar with 360-degree views of the city. Ask for reds from Ningxia and Shaanxi.

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From left to right: Helan Qingxue’s award- winning Jia Bei Lan; Château Changyu Moser XV; Chief Chandon winemaker Gloria Xia

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While Changyu is still one of China’s largest wine producers today, the grape wine market was very small for much of the 20th century. As the 21st century popped its cork, a new, wealthier China was starting to learn about wine. An increasingly international, growing middle class wanted to show its level of sophistication, and what better way than with a beaujolais? An expensive bottle of Lafite on a dinner table was a sign not just of class but of wealth, too. Soon, bottles worth thousands of dollars were being gifted by businessmen looking to secure partnerships. Few understood, or cared about, the viticulture of the wine but between 2000 and 2015 China’s wine consumption increased by 60%.

Made in China China today has the second-largest total

The real challenge is about improving the story behind the wine. People drink the story... vineyard area in the world, and the Chinese consumed 155 million nine-litre cases of red wine in 2013 (compared with 150 million cases in France and 141 million cases in Italy). A massive 80% of this wine was made in China. Things have come a long way since China's first vineyard. Twenty years ago, Chinese wine was often cheap and mass-produced – and tasted like it. But by the late 2000s a number

of private vineyards, managed by Chinese vintners who had studied in Europe, began to produce wines in one of the many regions of China capable of producing quality wine grapes.

Getting on the map In 2011 a blind wine tasting took place, organised by the highly respected wine magazine Decanter. For the first time in the history of the magazine's prestigious tastings, a Chinese wine

won an award; Helan Qingxue’s 2009 Jia Bei Lan Cabernet won the ‘best red bordeaux varietal over £10’ category. The wine world went into shock. That wine is one of the more successful in China’s northern province of Ningxia. Walking through the musky cellars of the Helan Qingxue winery, winemaker Zhang Jing points out pictures on the walls of the desert that occupied these lands before grape vines were planted just 11 years ago. “Before winning the award, few people had heard about Chinese wine,” says Zhang. “They thought Chinese wine is not up to an international standard but when we won the award it changed the opinion of wine in China.” Since winning the


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award, restaurants and distributors from around the world have been enquiring about her wines, says Zhang. “We just are making small steps. We want more international people to know that Ningxia has the potential to make high-quality wine.”

Going global In Ningxia’s river valley of Yinchuan, low rising hills climb up to snowcapped mountaintops. The vineyards line mineralrich flood planes, and the hot summer sun helps to produce small grapes full of flavour. This naturally good continental climate, combined with a recent glut of awards, has drawn the attention of a number of international

players. French alcohol company Pernod Ricard (who produce the famous Australian Jacob’s Creek brand of wine) bought the Helan Mountain winery in 2014, and Chandon China launched in 2013. Chief Chandon winemaker Gloria Xia explains that sales of sparkling wine in China are growing even faster than that of table wine, and Chandon’s policy has always been to not export bottles but to export skills and technique. “Ningxia wine is as good as any global wine,” she says. “I think it has the potential to be up there with the best.” Vintner Lenz Moser is another strong believer in Chinese wine. He is a 15th-generation

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winemaker and started coming to China a decade ago. He launched Château Changyu Moser XV a year ago – a joint brand between some of China and Austria’s oldest winemakers. “Their ambition is to go global as they are the biggest and best already but it takes a bit more to go outside China as there is a lot more competition,” says Moser. He now spends three months a year helping Changyu on every step of the winemaking process, not only to increase the quality of the wine but to help them sell the wines at home and abroad. The real challenge? Improving the story behind the wine. “People don’t drink the wine, they drink the story,” he says.

“In terms of the image of China being the new epicentre of winemaking, I would say we are getting close and moving in the right direction. “The fruit is out there, the climate is almost ideal, the vineyards are 1O, 15 years old so it is a very, very good time. “In the next 10 years I can see China playing a major role in the international wine industry – that is inevitable.”

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This page A passerby, anked by street art, is dressed in the typical Taipei urban style that’s popular among teenagers. Opposite Top: These candles allow worshippers at local temples to light their incense. Bottom: Stacks of paper money are burnt as offerings to gods and ancestors. This is a common tradition believed to bring prosperity and fortune.


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A visit to the bustling, vibrant neighbourhood of Ximending reveals a visitor hotspot dishing up shopping and attractions alongside tradition and culture

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This small local temple functions more as a quiet corner for tea, rather than for worship...

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This page The self-proclaimed Ximending shaman offers blessings and healing with his wand in the pedestrian shopping area, for a small donation. Opposite Ximending Pu Der Temple is a small, off-the-map temple that’s used as a gathering place by locals.


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Left Keep an ear out for talented street performers. Middle One of the area’s many edgy alleys. Right Ximending is heaven for shoppers of all budgets.


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Inflight I JETSTAR NEWS

Hong Kong goes Midfield

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December babies was a hit for all

The celebrations continue for ‘December Babies’, one of our most popular campaigns yet. It launched in December 2015 to celebrate the well-deserved birthdays of December babies, as well as Jetstar’s anniversary. The campaign has now received five PR awards, recognising our efforts in effective and creative marketing. Thanks for all your support! AWARDS WON: ● Southeast Asia PR Campaign of the Year ● Best Use of Broadcast/Video ● Pr Promotional Activity of the Year ● Best PR Idea ● Best Use of Content

JET OFF TO SUNNY SANYA SUNN Sanya, known as the ‘Hawaii of China’, is a new Jetstar destination. From August 2, you can fly direct (in just three hours!) from Singapore to the southernmost point of Hainan. Here, you can chill at one of the top international resorts, enjoy the long stretches of white sandy beach and then feast on original Hainanese Chicken Rice! 3K881: Singapore–Sanya, 7am–10am (Tue, Sat) 3K882: Sanya–Singapore, 10.50am–2pm (Tue, Sat)

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

@jetstarasia

@Jetstar_Asia

We’ve recently upgraded our Hong Kong airport experience to provide you with even more comfortable arrivals and departures. Jetstar flights are now using the Midfield Concourse, a newly opened terminal to the west of Terminal 1. Accessible via the Automated People Mover system, the concourse has plenty of seating areas, restaurants, coffee shops and retail outlets. The next time you depart Hong Kong, spend some time checking out this brand-new space: departure gates are numbered 201 to 230.


Inflight I QUIZ

QUIZ TIME Get set to test your travel knowledge with this month’s quiz 1. Delicious fish amok is a regional staple in which South-East Asian country? 2. The world’s newest Disneyland theme park opened in which Chinese city in June 2016?

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3. Which island is smallest: Penang, Singapore or Taiwan? 4. In which Australian state is the famous Bell's Beach? 5. What substance is commonly applied to the surface of a surfboard for grip? 6. True or false: Japanese chefs who wish to serve the potentially toxic puffer fish, or fugu, must train in preparing the dish for two years.

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7. Is Raglan, one of New Zealand’s best-known surf spots, situated on the country’s North or South island? 8. In which year of World War II did Japan first attack Singapore? 9. Which band had a hit in 1963 with ‘Surfin’ USA’?

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10. Who was the first of the following Western pop and rock acts to perform in China? A) The Rolling Stones B) Queen C) Wham

13. What is the official currency of the Philippines? 14. In which Bond film does 007 surf a giant wave while endangered by a satellite weapon? 15. An award-winning 1991 film from Chinese director Zhang Yimou is Raise the Red... what? 16. According to Time Out magazine, which Japanese city has the highest number of bars, clubs and cabarets after Tokyo? 17. What is the stage name of 38-year-old Korean singer Park Jae-Sang? 18. Genting is the only place you can legally gamble in which Asian country? 19. Which country’s national soccer team is nicknamed ‘the War Elephants’? 20. Which of Indonesia’s largest cities is an anagram of named? 21. Due to its residents’ longevity, which southern Japanese prefecture has been dubbed ‘the healthiest place on Earth’? 22. In which film does Keanu Reeves play an FBI agent investigating robberies committed by a gang of surfers?

11. Vietnam is the world’s largest exporter of which variety of nut? 12. True or false: The film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me was released in Malaysia as Austin Powers: The Spy Who Behaved Very Nicely Around Me. 4

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1_ Cambodia 2_ Shanghai 3_ Singapore 4_ Victoria 5_ Wax 6_ True 7_ North Island 8_ 1941 9_ The Beach Boys 10_ C) Wham 11_ Cashews 12_ True 13_ The peso 14_ Die Another Day 15_ Lantern 16_Fukuoka 17_ Psy 18_ Malaysia 19_ Thailand 20_ Medan 21_ Okinawa 22_ Point Break QUIZ ANSWERS


Inflight I INTERVIEW

Yang Ming Hooi (far left) is passionate about safety!

operations safety wise. This could be through the occurrence reports or updates from the frontline staff – pilot group, cabin, engineering and ground operations.

What’s your favourite route to fly? The Singapore to Bangkok sector as it’s not too long.

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A day in the life We chat with 10-year Jetstar Asia veteran Yang Ming Hooi, Head of Safety, Quality Assurance and Security, about keeping passengers and staff safe and why Darwin is a holiday favourite

Tell us about a typical work day for you. The day starts with yesterday – it’s about continuous monitoring and management of any safety or security related issues that arise throughout a 24-hour period.

What are the first things you do on a shift? I meet up with my security manager to get a quick update of the ground as well as regional situations. It

could be brief updates of the departing flights, passenger matters and any security breaches.

to mitigate them in our daily operations.

What’s your advice for anyone who aspires to a career in aviation safety?

The close interactions of our team and the concerted efforts in addressing areas or cases that are potentially risky through a series of reports or hazards identified.

He or she must be passionate, should not be judgmental and have an impartial approach in resolving issues. Importantly, you have to have a good eye and ears on the ground – and the ability to sniff out potential areas of risk

What do you love most about your job?

What are some of the highlights of your job? Feeling the pulse of the [day-to-day] airline

Where’s your favourite place to go for a holiday? Darwin is one of my favourite destinations. The fauna and flora of the Darwin habitat is a big attraction that provides me the peace and beauty of the outback with modern facilities to go with it. People are friendly and importantly not in a hurry to go about their lives compared to those in other destinations.

What’s your favourite airport on the network? Next to Singapore’s Changi Airport I would pick Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport. It’s hassle free with regards to security screening and checking in processes.


Inflight I STAR JOURNEYS WINNERS

#StarJourneys Taken some great snaps during your recent Jetstar holiday? Post them on social media, tag 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!

Supapong Supantamart, @totospp555 “Despite heavy rain, I managed to find this beautiful place.” Yangon, Myanmar

Pang Hui Min, @pangzenator “Spent our last day in Myanmar learning how to whip up some delicious traditional cuisine.” Myanmar

Michelle Ang, @pinkmist02 “The iconic Angkor Wat is huge and intricately detailed.” Siem Reap, Cambodia

about #StarJourneys SHARE YOUR GREAT TRAVEL SNAPS WITH US AND STAND TO WIN S$100 JETSTAR 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.

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Katrina Paz Campomanes, @katmeifucan06 “Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.” Bali, Indonesia


Inflight I WHERE WE FLY

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

Flights are operated by Jetstar Asia and commence 2 August, subject to regulatory approval

Operated by Jetstar Japan

Tokyo (Narita) Fukuoka

Nagoya (Chubu)

Osaka (Kansai)

Wuhan Guiyang

Shantou Hong Kong

Hanoi

Hawaii (Honolulu)

Haikou Sanya

Yangon Da Nang Siem Reap Bangkok Phnom Penh

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Taipei

Manila

Ho Chi Minh City

Phuket Penang Medan

Kuala Lumpur

Pekanbaru

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)

Operated by Jetstar Airways Flights are operated by Jetstar Airways and commence 30 September

Wellington Christchurch

Launceston Hobart Queenstown

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Inflight I WHEN WE FLY

SINGAPORE – DARWIN / DARWIN – SINGAPORE

Jetstar Asia, together with Jetstar, operates more than 600 flights per week throughout Asia. Schedule is valid to July 31, 2016.

4 hours 30 minutes (GMT+9.5)

JETSTAR ASIA

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

23:05

DRW

05:10

DRW

06:00

SIN

09:05

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

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

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

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Departure

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:20

BKK

08:45

SIN

09:15

BKK

10:40

SIN

10:45

BKK

12:10

SIN

15:25

BKK

16:50

SIN

16:50

BKK

18:20

SIN

19:15

BKK

20:40

BKK

09:25

SIN

12:50

BKK

11:40

SIN

15:10

BKK

12:50

SIN

16:15

BKK

17:30

SIN

21:00

BKK

19:00

SIN

22:25

BKK

21:20

SIN

00:40

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:35

HAK

11:05

HAK

12:00

SIN

15:25

M

T

W

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

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

09:20

HKG

13:25

SIN

09:50

HKG

13:50

SIN

10:10

HKG

14:10

SIN

15:45

HKG

19:45

HKG

14:15

SIN

18:05

HKG

14:40

SIN

18:30

HKG

14:50

SIN

18:40

HKG

20:25

SIN

00:15

M

T

W

SINGAPORE – BANGKOK / BANGKOK – FUKUOKA

SINGAPORE – PHUKET / PHUKET – SINGAPORE

2 hours 30 minutes (from SIN to BKK); 5 hours 10 minutes (from BKK to FUK) (GMT+7/GMT+9)

1 hour 45 minutes (GMT+7)

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

22:50

BKK

00:20

SIN

08:20

HKT

09:10

BKK

02:15

FUK

09:35

SIN

15:00

HKT

15:50

FUK

10:35

BKK

14:15

SIN

15:25

HKT

16:15

BKK

15:15

SIN

18:40

SIN

16:55

HKT

17:45

FUK

10:35

BKK

14:10

SIN

11:10

HKT

12:00

BKK

15:10

SIN

18:40

SIN

20:30

HKT

21:20

HKT

09:45

SIN

12:40

HKT

16:40

SIN

19:40

SINGAPORE – JAKARTA / JAKARTA – SINGAPORE

HKT

16:55

SIN

19:50

1 hour 45 minutes (GMT+7)

HKT

18:40

SIN

21:35

HKT

12:40

SIN

15:35

HKT

22:00

SIN

00:50

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN SIN

08:15

CGK

09:10

13:35

CGK

14:30

SIN

15:45

CGK

16:40

SIN

18:50

CGK

19:45

SIN

20:00

CGK

20:55

CGK

09:50

SIN

12:40

CGK

15:10

SIN

18:00

CGK

17:20

SIN

20:10

CGK

20:25

SIN

23:15

CGK

21:35

SIN

00:25

M

M

T

T

W

W

T

T

F

F

S

S

S

S

M

T

SINGAPORE – MEDAN / MEDAN – SINGAPORE 1 hour 25 minutes (GMT+7) Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

09:30

KNO

09:55

SIN

08:40

KNO

09:05

SIN

15:15

KNO

15:40

KNO

10:35

SIN

13:10

KNO

09:45

SIN

12:20

KNO

16:20

SIN

18:55

M

T

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

SINGAPORE – KUALA LUMPUR / KUALA LUMPUR – SINGAPORE

Time

Arrival

SIN

18:00

DAD

19:40

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

DAD

20:20

SIN

00:10

SIN

07:10

KUL

08:15

SIN

09:35

KUL

10:40

SIN

12:50

KUL

13:55

SIN

17:55

KUL

19:00

SIN

19:35

KUL

20:40

KUL

08:45

SIN

09:55 12:30

Departure

Time

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

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

Time

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

1 hour 5 minutes (GMT+8)

Departure

Time

SIN

10:45

DPS

13:30

KUL

11:20

SIN

SIN

15:10

DPS

18:00

KUL

14:35

SIN

15:45

DPS

14:15

SIN

17:00

KUL

19:40

SIN

20:50

DPS

19:15

SIN

22:00

KUL

21:20

SIN

22:25

M

T

W

T

F

S

S


SINGAPORE – GUIYANG / GUIYANG - SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE – PHNOM PENH / PHNOM PENH – SINGAPORE

4 hours 20 minutes (GMT+8)

2 hours (GMT+7)

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

09:45

KWE

14:00

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

13:30

PNH

14:40 20:50

SIN

09:40

KWE

14:00

SIN

19:35

PNH

KWE

14:50

SIN

19:40

PNH

15:25

SIN

18:25

KWE

14:50

SIN

19:45

PNH

21:35

SIN

00:35

SINGAPORE – MANILA / MANILA – SINGAPORE

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

SINGAPORE – SIEM REAP / SIEM REAP – SINGAPORE

3 hours 35 minutes (GMT+8)

2 hours 10 minutes (GMT+7)

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

02:00

MNL

05:40

SIN

06:20

MNL

09:55

SIN

16:45

MNL

20:20

MNL

06:20

SIN

10:05

MNL

10:35

SIN

14:15

MNL

21:00

SIN

00:45

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

13:55

REP

15:10

REP

15:55

SIN

19:10

M

T

W

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

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

08:55

RGN

10:25

SINGAPORE – MANILA – OSAKA / OSAKA – MANILA – SINGAPORE

SIN

17:05

RGN

18:35

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

RGN

11:15

SIN

15:50

RGN

19:15

SIN

23:50

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

02:20

MNL

05:55

MNL

06:55

KIX

11:50

KIX

12:50

MNL

16:05

MNL

17:05

SIN

20:40

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

T

W

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

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

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:10

SGN

08:15

SIN

13:50

SGN

14:55 21:00

SIN

19:50

SGN

SGN

08:55

SIN

11:55

11:10

SGN

15:35

SIN

18:40

PEN

16:35

SGN

21:40

SIN

00:40

PEN

21:00

11:50

SIN

13:20

17:15

SIN

18:45

21:40

SIN

23:10

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

09:45

PEN

SIN

15:10

SIN

19:30

PEN PEN PEN

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

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

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

Arrival

SIN

16:30

PER

21:40

SIN

03:30

PER

08:40

PER

22:45

SIN

04:10

PER

09:30

SIN

14:50

Departure

Time

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

SINGAPORE – PALEMBANG / PALEMBANG – SINGAPORE

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:00

TPE

11:50

TPE

12:40

KIX

16:30

SIN

01:10

TPE

06:00

TPE

06:55

KIX

10:45

KIX

17:20

TPE

19:25

TPE

20:20

SIN

01:10

KIX

12:15

TPE

14:25

TPE

15:25

SIN

20:10

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

T

F

S

S

SINGAPORE – SURABAYA / SURABAYA – SINGAPORE

1 hour 05 minutes (GMT+7)

2 hours 15 minutes (GMT+7)

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

11:20

PLM

11:25

PLM

12:05

SIN

14:10

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

10:50

SUB

12:10 20:05

SIN

18:45

SUB

SUB

12:50

SIN

16:10

SUB

20:45

SIN

00:05

M

T

W

SINGAPORE – PEKANBARU / PEKANBARU - SINGAPORE 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

13:30

SWA

17:40

PKU

17:15

SIN

19:15

SWA

18:20

SIN

22:20

SINGAPORE – SHANTOU / SHANTOU – SINGAPORE 4 hours 5 minutes (GMT+8) M

T

W

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Inflight I WHEN WE FLY

JETSTAR

JETSTAR PACIFIC

MELBOURNE – SINGAPORE / SINGAPORE– MELBOURNE

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

7 hours 45 minutes (GMT+11)

2 hours (GMT+7)

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

MEL

11:15

SIN

16:50

SGN

07:10

SIN

10:10

SIN

21:00

MEL

06:20

SIN

11:00

SGN

12:00

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

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

01:10

SIN

04:55

DPS

07:35

DPS

08:30

PER

12:10

M

T

W

T

F

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.


Inflight I DESTINATIONS

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Osaka DANIEL LEE Publisher of Kansai Scene magazine; kansaiscene.com The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest is… Shinsaibashi. The area is a shoppers’ paradise by day, but by night it becomes an entertainment hotspot. It’s a fantastic place to eat, drink, sing and be merry until the small hours.

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If you’re only there for a day, one must-do is to… stroll around the Dotonbori area in Namba to get a quick fix of what makes Osaka unique. It may be crawling with visitors, but for good reason. Blade Runneresque neon signs and enormous mechanical models of crabs and

dragons adorning shop fronts await, as do steaming bowls of ramen noodles, souvenir stores and izakaya bars. Get a selfie in front of the iconic Glico Man neon sign. And duck down a side street and visit a peaceful Hozenji temple for a calm oasis among the hustle and bustle. A place visitors might not be aware of that I love going to is… Nakanoshima Park. It has an inviting green

space just beyond its rose garden. It’s a great place to have a family picnic and watch the boats cruise down the river. The best freebie a visitor can get in my city is… the monthly flea market at Shitennoji Temple in Tennoji on the 21st and 22nd of any month. It’s a wonderful place to pick up some antique knickknacks or old kimonos. The most scenic spot in the city is… Osaka Castle Park. The 400-year-old castle is surrounded by a moat, cherry trees and acres of green space.


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Singapore JANSEN SIAK, Managing director at Word of Mouth Communications; womcomm.com

The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest is… the recently refurbished National Gallery Singapore where you can admire the architecture, view the exhibitions and enjoy delectable food at

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some of the restaurants, such as National Kitchen by Violet Oon. A place that I love going to is… Natureland at Robertson Quay for a good, strong body or foot massage by the well-trained massage therapists, especially after a day of sightseeing. It is reasonably priced and open from 10am to 5am! My favourite street is… Arab Street – it has lots of cultural flavour with a vibrant vibe. You can relax in one of the cafés or visit some of the small independent retail shops selling

clothes, accessories and knick-knacks. Plus, it is a photogenic area with charming shophouses lining the streets and colourful wall mural art. The best place for local eats is… Tiong Bahru Market – some of the best local food is sold there. Try the famous char kway teow

or chwee kueh (a steamed rice cake with preserved radish toppings). The best place for a drink or meal with a view is at… The Lighthouse Restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel. You will be able to see the picturesque Marina Bay waterfront and skyline, and the restaurant serves a winning menu of fine Italian cuisine.


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The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest is… Marini’s on 57, one of KL’s highest rooftop bars. The view is seriously impressive, especially at night, and it is definitely the place to catch a glimpse of KL’s ‘in’ crowd.

If you’re only there for a day… head to Merdaka Square, situated in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It was here the British flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted on August 31, 1957 to mark the country’s independence. The square is surrounded by some of KL’s most beautiful colonial buildings. It’s a great place to while away an hour or two. A place in the city that visitors might not be aware of that I love going to is… the city’s last remaining patch of

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tropical rainforest, Bukit Nanas. Although just 11 hectares in size, it packs in an amazing diversity of flora and fauna. My favourite street in the city is… Bukit Bintang Street located within the Gold Triangle. It’s famous for shopping and entertainment.

This is the place fo for those on the hunt for fashion merchandise and accessories, IT products, designer brands and electronic goods. And at night, the street transforms into a mall where you can wine and dine alfresco in modern cafés and restaurants. The best place to discover a local secret is… Brickfields, KL’s official Little India.


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Ho Chi Minh City SHARYN NILSEN Blogger at Ho Chi Minh City Highlights; hochiminhcityhighlights.com

The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest is… the new Nguyen Hue ‘walking street’ in the evening. There are lots of good cafés, restaurants and bars in the surrounding streets

and some beautiful photo opportunities, especially when all the lights and fountains are on. The best freebies in the city… are the tours run by the amazing kids at Saigon Hotpot. They’re so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about HCMC and they’ll show you places you might never find on your own. A place in the city that visitors might not be aware of that I love going to is… The Long @ Times Square, at The Reverie Saigon. This elegant, Italianthemed bar runs between

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Don Khoi and Nguyen Hue streets. My favourite cocktail is the spectacular Flaming Lamborghini. Their pizza chef hails from Naples, so it’s not surprising their pizzas are scrumptious. The most scenic spot in the city is… the Saigon River at night. Take a leisurely

river cruise or look back at the city from Thu Thiem bridge. My favourite street in the city is… Don Khoi. It starts at the historic area near Notre Dame Cathedral and heads straight into the heart of the city, passing by galleries, shops, cafés and restaurants. It ends right by the beautiful Hotel Majestic.


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The best place for local eats is… Fervor Pop Up Dining, for an experience like no other. They turn locally sourced, indigenous produce into a degustation dinner. If you are lucky enough to be in town when they host an

AUS T R A L I A event, a Fervor dinner is a real treat. The best freebie a visitor can get is… a visit to the Fremantle Arts Centre. They curate wonderful exhibitions featuring local, interstate and international artists. On Sunday afternoons in the warmer months, they

throw free live music gigs on their front lawn. The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest to in Perth is… The Bird in Northbridge. This small bar plays host to heaps of up-and-coming local musicians as well as other events like Perth’s best storytelling night, Barefaced Stories. A hidden spot that I love going to is… Joe’s Juice Joint in Northbridge. Down an alley and then

a flight of stairs, this small bar is delightfully dingy. There’s a pinball machine, comfy booths and complimentary peanuts. The best place for a selfie or groufie is… Rottnest Island, with a native quokka (a small Australian marsupial) in the shot, of course! Yes, #quokkaselfie is a thing. The best way to get around the city is to… hop onto the free CAT (Central Area Transit) buses that take you around the CBD, West Perth, East Perth and Northbridge.


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Siem Reap PHALLY CHHEA Front office manager at Anantara Angkor Resort; angkor.anantara.com

A place visitors might not be aware of that I love going to is… Touich restaurant and bar. It has a solid selection of appetisers, grilled dishes and Khmer staples. The best freebie a visitor can get in my city is… to visit

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one of Siem Reap’s pagodas, including Wat Damnak, Wat Bo, Wat Preah Prom Rath or Wat Thmei pagodas. The monks are very welcoming. The best place to go shopping in my city is… Artisans Angkor, originally created to help young rural people find work. It showcases Khmer workmanship and is renowned for its stone and woodcarving, silver plating, and fine Cambodian silks. Take a free tour of the silk farm and learn about

the fascinating process behind the creation of silk, from silkworm farming and cocoon unwinding to tie-dyeing the threads and weaving. My favourite street in the city is… Angkor Night Market Street. It features more than 100 stores and is the place to buy souvenirs.

The best place for local eats is… 60 Road. I love sitting on placemats on the green grass under the moonlight while being served local barbecued beef. A local secret in town is… the shrine to Preah Ang Check and Preah Ang Chom, containing the statues of two sisters thought to have been Angkorian princesses. Our local people pray at the shrine daily for good luck and prosperity.


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WELCOME TO YOUR FLIGHT! I hope you’re off somewhere wonderful. Holidays are the best, aren’t they? Leaving all the responsibilities of real life at home while you party, sightsee, and indulge to your heart’s content… Unless you’re a parent, that is. See that couple in row three? The ones with the toddler who’s climbing the seat and pulling funny faces at the people behind? The mum’s probably wearing a harassed expression and a food-smeared top; dad may be earnestly looking at what to purchase from the bar menu – even though it’s 10am. I am that mum. I used to be a carefree traveller, roaming the world for both business and leisure. Now I’m hostage to a tiny human who can bring entire planes to a standstill with one wail and halt dinner plans with one missed nap. Of course, I love my son more than anything else in this world. He’s actually a pretty wellbehaved kid. I also have it from independent sources that he’s extremely cute. He’s fantastic with strangers, lights up a room and is developing into a great mimic. But

Now I’m hostage to a tiny human... children simply do not care whether you’re having a relaxing time, or whether the person in the seat behind them really wants to play peek-aboo (again). They don’t understand holidays are for sleeping in, chilling out, nice meals and sleeping in (did I mention sleeping in?). So I feel a sense of public duty to urge all child-free travellers to squeeze out every last

drop of freedom. Book that last-minute resort deal in Bali. Say yes to your friend’s wedding in Phuket. Cycle the temple-strewn plains of Myanmar. Trek the mountains of Taiwan. Soak languorously in a Japanese onsen. These aren’t just examples of the breadth of brilliant travel experiences available across Asia: they also involve things that’ll be in short supply once baby’s

on board: spontaneity, partying, travelling by the seat of your pants, adventure and relaxation. Of course, there’s a lot to look forward to: seeing the world afresh through your child’s eyes; sharing the immense fun and life lessons they experience through travel; the simple joy of cuddling on a comfy hotel bed after a beautiful day at the beach. Travel will never be the same again (at least while they’re little) – so you may as well throw one hell of a farewell party. Cheers!

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Avid traveller (and new parent) Nikki Wallman urges travellers to live it up before baby’s on board


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Jetstar Asia July 2016  

The July 2016 issue of Jetstar Asia's in-flight magazine.

Jetstar Asia July 2016  

The July 2016 issue of Jetstar Asia's in-flight magazine.

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