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jetstar MAGAZINE

MAY 2016

MAGAZINE

DARWIN I SIEM REAP I DA NANG

The best spots to swim, sail and snorkel in Australia's lively outback beach town MAY 2016

RAISING THE BAR Bartenders reveal where to ďŹ nd the best cocktails

ANGKOR WONDERS Step into the past at Siem Reap's incredible temples

INSTAGRAM ENVY Where to snap the perfect shot in delightful Da Nang


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Fresh flowers have

Amazing powers

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

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INSIDER

22 I INSTAGRAMABLE

37 I BEAUTY ON THE FLY

54 I PHOTO ESSAY

Snap some envy-inducing travel pics in Da Nang

Pucker up with these lipsticks

Explore Cambodia’s temples

9 I IN PROFILE

26 I TRADITION TALKS

Meet French musician, Raphaël, who is touring Singapore

12 I THE HOT LIST

COVER ILLUSTRATION LUKE LUCAS

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29 I WHAT’S IN MY SUITCASE? Take a peek inside the suitcase of travel writer, Georgia Rickard

14 I NEWS

30 I HOTEL TREND

What’s hot and happening this month

Tempting cooking classes across the network

16 I POSTCODE

32 I MASTERCLASS

A visit to Taipei’s cultural district, Da’an

Meet Margarita Forés, Asia’s best female chef 2016 winner

19 I 5 OF THE BEST

Foodie delights at Bali’s Ubud Food Festival

We explore sake making in Japan

Events across the network

Hotel beauty treatments in Hong Kong

80 I THE LAST WORD

35 I SHOP IT Summer shoes to wear now

INSPIRE INFLIGHT 40 I DARWIN BY THE WATER

64 I Jetstar news

The best swimming, fishing, snorkelling and sailing

66 I A day in the life

47 I BARTENDERS TALK Top bartenders reveal their favourite drinks, bars and what we should be drinking now

67 I Winners – #StarJourneys

68 I Where we fly


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Welcome I From the CEO

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Thank you to all the moms out there!

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t Jetstar, we’re proud to share with you that many of our female cabin crew managers flying with you are moms! Back in 2009, Jetstar Asia introduced a part-time cabin crew programme to offer them flexibility in their schedules and the programme has become a magnet for experienced ex-cabin crew to return to the workforce. CSM Roslinah Wilson is a great example of a Jetstar mom who returned to flying. She joined Jetstar because she loves her role and the predictable schedule that allows her to come home every day! We also have pilots who are moms flying you to your

favourite destinations. First Officer Amandine is one of our flying moms and she’ll be back on duty once she’s rested from her maternity break. If you’re thinking about what you should get for your mom in May, check out the Jetshop catalogue: you may just find her the perfect gift! So to all moms on our flights, we want to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day. We hope you enjoy our service and we wish you a safe flight.

Barathan Pasupathi CEO, Jetstar Asia Airways


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Bravo! An opportunity to say thanks

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At Jetstar we have a program where our team members highlight the exceptional work of their colleagues.

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t’s called Bravo and it’s designed to showcase the big things, as well as the small, that our team members do every day to help you enjoy a safe and hassle-free journey with us. Over 12 months, we receive more than 8,000 Bravo entries. From those, my team and I have the honour of choosing annual winners: a select group whose actions represent the very best of Jetstar in their service delivery to you. As part of their prize, our annual winners Anita and Johan from our team in New Zealand,

Lisa and Jess from Australia, and Stephen, Mayu and Anand from Singapore joined Nana and Tadahiro in Tokyo for a holiday with their loved ones. It was our opportunity to say thank you. Partners, children, parents, best friends joined our winners – many for their first trip to Japan. I was lucky enough to spend an evening with the group and hear how passionate they are about delivering exceptional service to you. It’s on special nights like this that I’m particularly proud of our team, and what we’re achieving together. Programs like Bravo are all part of our goal to deliver not just low fares, but great service and fun times, too. I hope you might have the opportunity to meet Anita, Johan, Lisa, Jess, Stephen, Mayu, Anand, Nana or Tadahiro on your travels with us, and that you experience many Bravo moments on your journey today. Safe travels,

Jayne Hrdlicka Jetstar Group CEO

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

Snaps in Da Nang p22

Shaking things up!

Bartenders talk p47

Sake makers p26

Share your Jetstar journey with us! FOLLOW: @jetst

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Gourmet delights Masterclass p32


In May, Buddhists celebrate Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death on Vesak Day. They give offerings at temples, eat vegetarian meals and release caged birds and turtles into the wild.

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WHEN THE FRENCH COME TO TOWN FRENCH MUSICIAN RAPHAテ記 IS IN SINGAPORE THIS MONTH FOR THE VOILAH! FESTIVAL. WE SPOKE TO THE AWARD-WINNING MUSICIAN AHEAD OF HIS PERFORMANCES


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I’m delighted to come over and play for the people here

This is your first Asian tour – welcome, we’re very excited you’re here! What do you most – and least – enjoy about touring new places and performing for new audiences? It is exciting for me! Music and concerts are my life and I love travelling. Doing these shows in Asia is a perfect combination of both. What I least enjoy about travelling is being away from my family. But my wife and kids are accompanying me in Singapore this time, so it is just perfect.

You’ll be accompanied by Marc Chouarain on the piano during this tour – have you worked together before? What can we expect from your shows? I have been touring with Marc since my last album and we’ve done a lot of shows together. He’s a great musician with a strong classical background – playing alongside him is always an adventure.

This time, we are performing an acoustic set, and we are making the concert an elegant one for people to enjoy. I might even wear a tie!

Your musical influences are David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Alain Bashung, among others. Why do you find these artists inspiring? Those artists are great songwriters with unlimited imagination. They also have the incredible voices; their voices move me the most.

You’ve released 11 albums: which albums are you most proud of and why?

I released three in 2015 if you include the soundtrack for the French movie, Les Cowboys! My favourites are Super Welter, a kind of experimental pop album produced in 2012; Solitude des latitudes, a 2015 live album; and Caravane, a 2005 album. My favourite song is probably Le Bar de l’Hôtel from the 2010 album, Pacific 231.

an award is obviously [related to] some kind of vanity, but it still feels pleasant to have your work recognised.

You’ve won many awards, including France’s most prestigious Victoires de la Musique – how does it feel to be an award-winning musician? Are awards important to you?

Raphaël will be performing at the Alliance Française Theatre on May 15 and 16 for the Voilah! French Festival Singapore 2016; the festival runs until May 31. For programme information and tickets visit voilah.sg or peatix.com

The pleasure of receiving

Is this your first time in Singapore? What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re here? Yes, it is my first time in Singapore, and I’m just delighted to come over to play for the people here.

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Bye bye, winter, hello summer!

This month, celebrate the start of spring at the Sapporo Lilac Festival, val, indulge in French culture at Singapore’s Voilah! festival, or join the party at Macau’s Feast of the Drunken Dragon.

Treasures of the World in Singapore Until May 29

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More than 230 treasures from The British Museum will be on display at the National Museum of Singapore until the end of the month. The artefacts on display represent more than two million years of culture and history. The oldest, a stone hand-axe from Tanzania, was made around 800,000 years ago. Other iconic pieces include items collected from across South-East Asia by Sir Stamford Raffles.

Penang International onal Dragon Boat Festival ival May 28–29 Teluk Bahang Dam, Penang, Pulau Pinang

Local and international teams take to the water to battle it out for the top spot. Now in its 37th year, the festival is one of Penang’s favourites. penangdragonboat.gov.my

For more information, visit nationalmuseum.sg

Three Macau festivals in a day May 14 Traditional Macau comes to life with three celebrations on one day: the Feast of Buddha, Tam Kong Festival and the Feast of the Drunken Dragon. The latter is perhaps the most interesting: inebriated men dance their way from the Kwan Tai Temple, through the streets and markets of Macau, while waving wooden dragon heads and tails.

Voilah! Until May 31 Francophiles will be in their element during Voilah!, Singapore’s annual French festival. Over seven weeks, more than 40 events will take place across the island, from French gastronomy to film and music. Turn to page 9 to read our interview with French music sensation, Raphaël, who will be performing on May 15 and 16. For more info, visit voilah.sg

Sapporo Lilac Festival May 18–29

The festival takes place at Odori Park from May 18–29 and at Kawashimo Park from May 28–29

The Sapporo Lilac Festival marks the transition of seasons, welcoming the end of a long winter and the beginning of a warmer time. This year, the festival is being held across two parks: Odori Park, home to some 400 lilac trees, and in the lilac forest of Kawashimo Park. At Odori Park, lilac seedlings are given to visitors, and a music programme and outdoor tea ceremony are guaranteed to keep you in celebration mode. At Kawashimo Park, festivities include a lilac tour, a workshop on pressing flowers and a photo competition. welcome.city.sapporo.jp/event/ spring/sapporo_lilac_festival


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On the radar

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

Hello Kitty Singapore

For the love of Bangkok Bangkok is the second most-liked destination on Instagram, according to a report by airport-transfers website hoppa.com. Hong Kong inspires the most scenery posts, while Phuket ranked first for the most food shots.

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Mark your calendar On May 18, the worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day. Established in 1977, International Museum Day was created to help increase public awareness about the role of museums in the development of society and preservation of culture. Last year’s event involved more than 35,000 museums hosting events in some 145 countries, including China, Hong Kong and Macau. For more information, visit network.icom.museum/ international-museum-

Asia’s best female chef winner, Margarita Forés

Hello Kitty lovers are in for a treat with the opening of Hello Kitty Orchid Garden at Changi Airport (Terminal 3) this month. Themed around the world’s most famous feline, the café emulates Singapore’s ‘garden city’ with lush greenery and orchids, while the menu includes all-day breakfast and Kittythemed desserts including sundaes and waffles. There’s also a retail corner with Singapore-exclusive merchandise. HelloKittyOrchidGarden.com

Celebrating Indian food in Bangkok Bangkok’s Gaggan has won the top spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for a second year running. Managed by chef Gaggan Anand, the restaurant draws inspiration from Kolkata’s street food, reinterpreting Indian cuisine with modern techniques. Other standout winners on the 2016 list include Asia’s best female chef winner, Margarita Forés – read our interview with her on page 32.

Uber on two wheels Uber has made its first foray into two-wheel transport with a pilot motorbike-taxi scheme in Bangkok. Motorbikes have long been a popular mode of transport in the city, and now Uber is offering passengers the option of being collected on one from their office or home. But Uber won’t have a monopoly on the market – strong competition is expected to come from Singapore-based Grabtaxi. Watch this space!


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Adrift’s Maine Lobster

LUNCH IS SERVED Forget bonding with your colleagues over sad sandwiches: go for one of the luxe set meals at Marina Bay Sands instead Since it opened in Singapore in 2010, Marina Bay Sands (or MBS for short) has become known for its landmark facade, now as iconic as the Lion City’s water-spouting Merlion. And while selfielovers (and celebs) head to its famous Infinity Pool on the 57th floor for a mesmerising view of Singapore’s skyline, foodies book – way in advance – tables at the many celebrity restaurants at MBS. But you don’t really need a special reason to dine here. Here’s our hot tip: grab your colleagues and go for one of the value-for-money, insta-worthy set lunches.

ADRIFT Celebrated L.A. Chef David Myers’ cooking is

Clockwise from top: Adrift Maine Lobster; Spago’s big eye tuna tartare cones; Sky on 57’s wagyu beef; Sky on 57’s interior

this is a very good place to impress your client and secure that business deal.

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inspired by his travels across the world. It’s no surprise, then, that Adrift channels the vibrant ambience of an izakaya, a casual Japanese gastropub. Mixing fresh Californian produce with an Asian twist, diners can expect small plates, salads, seafood and meat grilled over bincho charcoal on a traditional robata grill. A two-course set lunch is priced at S$38 and a three-course set lunch at S$48.

SPAGO We may not be able to score an invite to the official afterparty of the Oscars (chef Wolfgang Puck has been the event’s caterer for 22 years), but we can still try his farmto-table cuisine. Priced from S$55 for a twocourse lunch and S$95 for four courses, the options are many and mouthwatering. Think chicken laksa spring roll, grilled Angus beef burger and homemade sorbet. Hint:

When it’s Asian food with an unexpected twist you’re craving, celebrity chef Justin Quek can make it happen. A threecourse (S$55) or fourcourse (S$65) business lunch will have you devouring Jerusalem artichoke velouté (a soup with smoked bacon and black truffle cream), Australian 120-day grainfed striploin and Maori Lakes lamb shoulder braised with Chinese spices. And, with an unbeatable 57th-level view, you may never want to return to the office.

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Dynamic Da-an Take a breather in Taipei’s Da-an District. Here you’ll find large parks and vibrant markets… and can recharge with tea, a whiskey or some spicy noodle soup!

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Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Built to memorialise Chiang Kai-Shek, the Nationalist leader, the Memorial Hall is now used more for its gardens, pavilions and open space. It faces National Concert Hall and the National Theatre, both examples of grand Chinese architecture. Climb the Memorial Hall steps for a view of the sunset or changing of the guards. No. 21, Zhongshan South Rd, +886 2 2343 1100; cksmh.gov.tw/eng/

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Flower Market Taipei residents flock here every weekend to enjoy nature in the city. As many as 200 vendors from all over Taiwan transform the car park into a strip of greenery lined with rare orchids, towering fruit trees and well-shaped bonsai. If jewellery is more your thing, head across the street to Jade Market, which extends another block. Both markets are open weekends from 9am to 6pm. Jian Guo South Rd, under the overpass, between Ren Ai Rd and Xinyi Rd.


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...where Taipei residents go to lose themselves... it’s all you can read, 24 hours a day

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Eslite Bookstore Eslite is where Taipei night-owls go to lose themselves in their favourite tomes: here it’s all you can read, 24 hours a day. The five-storied shop offers a quiet alternative to Taipei’s thriving nightlife and has become a popular spot where the young and hip sit next to the elderly at long reading tables. You’ll also find a café, food court, art/performance spaces and boutiques. No 245, Sec 1, Dunhua South Rd, +886 2 2775 5977 ext 250; eslite.com

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Mazendo Restaurant Meals here range from noodles in mala, or “numb and spicy,” broth with beef slices, to the milder consommé with braised beef shank (NT$200/S$8). Mazendo has been serving up bowls of these favourites since 2010, while the thin-skinned dumplings are attracting a younger crowd. The emphasis is on natural ingredients and making every dish from scratch. No 24, Lane 280, Guangfu South Rd, 24, +886 2 2773 5559; mazendo.com.tw

WORDS & PHOTOS NANA CHEN ILLUSTRATION GRACE LEE

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Da-an Park Da-an Park’s 26 hectares of green space boasts an ecological pond with an island that’s home to rare birds, egrets, ducks and turtles. A bamboo forest and banyan trees provide perfect places to perambulate, while the amphitheatre – a popular spot for picnics and events – hosts music and other performances year round. It’s not unusual to come across musicians jamming here. No. 1, Section 2, Xinsheng South Rd, +886 2 2700 3830

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Wistaria Tea House Wistaria is set in a century-old Japanese house. Chow Yu, the second-generation owner, converted the former meeting place for cultural and political icons into a teahouse in 1981. Guests visit for the local Taiwanese teas. It retains the cosiness of a home, and the sitting room looks out onto the garden and wisteria vine, as old as the house itself. No. 1, Lane 16, Sec 3 Xinsheng South Rd, +886 2 2363 7375; wistariateahouse.com

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MOD Public Bar MOD’s Hsiao Da Bao never thought his idea of bringing a few whiskey lovers together would result in him owning Taipei’s longest-running hotspot for single malts. Bar snacks here include an array of homemade dishes, while cocktail lovers rave about The King’s Valley – a tipple made with Old Parr scotch, Cointreau, Curacao Bleu and lime juice. No. 40, Alley 4, Lane 345, Sec 4, Ren-Ai Rd, +886 2 2731 4221

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Spa sessions If you’re after some extra spa-rkle or just a bit of post-flight pampering, look no further than Hong Kong and its magnificent day spas ibrant and known for its lively food scene and endless shopping options, Hong Kong is the perfect place for some pampering. And with most spas operating until 11pm (and some even later), securing an appointment is a cinch. We reveal our five favourite spas.

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1. THE ORIENTAL SPA, LANDMARK MANDARIN ORIENTAL 5 Connaught Rd, Central, +852 2522 0111; mandarinoriental. com/hongkong Best for: an indulgent escape Treatment: Natural Bissé Perfect Ten Diamond Infusion Facial (90 minutes) Price: Monday to Thursday HK$2,800 (S$495); Friday to Sunday HK$2,950 (S$522). This ultimate skin-plumping session caters to the driest of complexions. Surrounded by opulent 1930s Shanghaistyle décor, an experienced therapist follows 10 essential steps to turn back time on skin’s essential ageing biomarkers by up to four years. First a resurfacing peel gently removes dead skin cells

and debris. This is followed by a replenishing mask and a luxurious massage with a special diamond-infused cream. The result? Radiant, glowing skin. 2. BLISS SPA, W HOTEL 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, +852 3717 2222; w-hongkong.com/en/ bliss-spa Best for: a quick fix Treatment: Pedi-colada (75 minutes) Price: HK$650 (S$115) We promise you will love the playful vibe and blissful feel-good factor of Bliss Spa. With its signature brownie buffet, R’n’B music and friendly staff, Bliss is the perfect space to soothe your body and soul. Pamper yourself with their signature pedicure, which features a sumptuous pineapple and coconut oil milkinfused soak, a sugar scrub to remove calluses, a hot stone massage and your choice of polish. All this while sipping on a virgin piña colada and watching a movie or admiring the stunning views over Victoria Harbour and West Kowloon.

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energy levels. Coupled with the brand’s signature shea butter, skin is left supple and nourished. We guarantee you’ll float out of the spa feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. 5. THE PENINSULA SPA, THE PENINSULA HOTEL Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui, +852 920 2888; hongkong. peninsula.com/en/ spawellness/luxury-spa Best for: re-setting your body clock Treatment: Peninsula Sleep Ceremony (120 minutes) Price: HK$2,500 (S$442) No time for jet lag? No problem. This two-hour

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3. I-SPA, INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, +852 2721 1211; hongkong-ic. intercontinental.com/spa/ Best for: the gents Treatment: Recharge and Refresh (90 minutes) Price: HK$1,830 (S$324) We recommend sending the man in your life straight to I-Spa – one of the few spas in Hong Kong that adhere to feng shui principles for positive energy flow and optimum relaxation. A double-duty beauty, the treatment starts with a hot stone massage to relieve back muscle tension and reduce stress before a purifying facial with natural organic ingredients to replenish thirsty skin, improve texture and minimise pores. The finishing head massage will make him a spa convert. 4. SPA L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE Shop 3, Star Crest 9, Start Street, Wan Chai, +852 2143 6288; hk.loccitane.com Best for: bang for your buck Treatment: Signature Shea Nurturing Massage (90 minutes) Price: HK$1,350 (S$239) If you’d rather save your cash for a Lane Crawford splurge, you can try this more

treatment will help you with your long-haul lethargy. Performed in serene candle-lit surroundings, the treatment starts with a bath infused w ith a relaxing blend of essential oils including sandalwood, rose geranium, frankincense and myrrh to calm your mind and soothe sore, tired limbs. From here your therapist will take you through some effective breathing and meditation techniques to release anxiety and restore energy. Then you’ll move onto a hot stone massage to relieve muscular tension and rebalance the body, while a relaxing facial and scalp massage kiss the last of your stress goodbye.

3 accessible alternative to the high-end hotel spas. With lavender and complimentary petit fours adorning each treatment room, you’re transported to Provence from the moment you step inside the door. L’Occitane En Provence’s signature massage uses relaxing strokes and hot stones to remove knots and boost

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BA NA HILLS Just over an hour southwest of Da Nang lie the lush Ba Na Hills and the world’s longest single-track cable-car system. Travelling some 5.8km, it passes over dense jungle and waterfalls. @leesahohh

DA NANG’S TOP 10 INSTAGRAM HOTSPOTS

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MARBLE MOUNTAINS This cluster of five marble and limestone hills, each named after the elements – Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth) – are a haven of grottoes and caves. @maxine_storm

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DA NANG CATHEDRAL At almost 70m tall with a bold facade, this cathedral is possibly the city’s most striking feature. The weathercock on top has earned it the nickname Con Ga Church (or Rooster Church).

Vietnam’s Da Nang – the halfway point between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City – has become an unmissable cultural hotspot, with spectacular bridges and sculptures and a far-reaching coastline

HAN MARKET Also known as Cho Han, this busy market isn’t for the faint-hearted: it offers an overwhelming sensory experience. Head here for an #instaworthy pic of bright fruit, rows of fabric and buckets of dried shrimp.


DRAGON BRIDGE

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At 9pm every Saturday and Sunday, this bright-yellow dragon is lit up in neon before spouting water and spewing fire from its head. For the best view, head to one of the cafés along the eastern bank.

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CAO DAI TEMPLE The temple’s interior is a mix of pastel and gold with dragon-encircled pillars and traditional Cao Dai imagery, including the ‘divine eye’ symbol. Prayer time is noon each day. @phimic

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Founded in 1915, this museum holds the world’s largest collection of Cham artefacts from the fifth to the 15th centuries: there are more than 300 pieces.

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CHINA BEACH During the Vietnam War, Da Nang’s sweeping coastline (now known as My Khe) was given the name China Beach. White sand, blue water and bamboo fishing boats are a constant across this dreamy stretch, and April to July is the best time for swimming.

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LADY BUDDHA Perched above Son Tra Peninsula, the 72m-tall Bodhisattva of Mercy – also known as Lady Buddha – is crafted from one piece of marble and houses 17 floors, each dedicated to a different buddha.

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

CITY BY NIGHT From the Asia Park skywheel, aglow with neon lights and mirrored in the surrounding water, to Hàn River Bridge and its technicolour cables, Da Nang by night is well worth a snap. Luxurious skybar SKY36 is a great vantage point.


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Thinking about taking your little ones on your next trip? Practised family traveller Jayne D’Arcy knows how to make it an adventure you’ll all enjoy


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here you are, seated in the middle of the plane, surrounded by children crying and getting increasingly restless. “Oh no!” you think to yourself. “How did this happen to me?” There’s only one problem: they’re your children. Before you rule out travelling with kids again, just think: travelling with children takes you out of the mundane day-today routines and into something entirely, and excitingly, new. There are new beds to jump on, new types of transport to negotiate and new people to meet. It’s a great way to get to know your kids better, no matter how little they are, and it’s fun seeing how they respond to new things, like tropical fish, snow, trying new things to eat

or getting undivided attention from the locals. But a bigger family does require extra planning and consideration.

Things to check • Are their passports valid? Take photocopies, too. • Will you and your children need vaccinations or medication for your destinations? Are they too young for them? If they are, check with your GP in advance, so you can change your destination. Or if you are good to go, get the vaccinations done early, so that they are out of the way. • Don’t forget to check your travel insurance policy – some individual policies cover dependant children (check the policy for age limits). If you’re travelling with children or partners make sure everyone is covered under a policy.

• Pack your kids a wardrobe of stain-hiding, dark-coloured clothes. • Avoid taking precious items – will the second favourite toy do instead? • Pack a notebook and coloured pencils for any unavoidable waiting times in airports or train stations. • Will your destination have your kids’ favourite formula/nappies/muesli bars? Take your own if you're not sure. • Will you need to bring or hire a car seat? • Instead of packing your own, can you buy a cheap stroller at your destination?

On the road • Slow it down a notch. Dedicate a few hours a day to the kids. Play in a playground, or just kick

back in the hotel, resort or by the pool. Let them unwind and relax too. • Don’t expect them to love new foods instantly. It’s not a major parenting worry if your little one won’t eat the local food (even if it’s a pain). Have a backup snack in your bag. Simple, plain rice, fruit or crackers can fill the gap if there’s nothing of interest on the menu for them. • Pack the backpack essentials: sunscreen, hat, tissues, snacks, water and bandaids. And the solution to kids acting up on the plane? A brand new, never-seenbefore gift (say, a mini Etch A Sketch, or toy plane) saved for take-off might just be the trick to stop the tears.

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JAPAN’S HISTORIC BREW WITH A HISTORY SPANNING THOUSANDS OF YEARS IN JAPAN, SAKE REMAINS ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST DIVERSE AND POPULAR DRINKS, STEEPED IN PLENTY OF TRADITION

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s the cultivation of rice made its way from China around 300BC, the first primitive incarnations of sake began to take root in Japan. The concept is believed to have begun with kuchikame no sake ('mouth-chewed sake'): grains of rice were chewed and spat into a tub, where enzymes from the saliva converted the starches into sugar and allowed the mixture to ferment and turn alcoholic.

remains embedded within Japan’s religious rituals and festivals: at Shinto wedding ceremonies, the bride and groom exchange cups of blessed sake, taking three sips from three cups to represent the new strong bond between the couple.

A refined taste Often incorrectly referred to as rice wine or a distilled spirit, sake is actually a brewed beverage – closer to beer

A devoted following As centuries passed, the idea of a rice-based alcoholic beverage began to be refined. Between the 7th and 13th centuries, sake was produced by monks at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples – developing techniques still used today. Sake

Sake remains embedded within Japan’s religious rituals and festivals

in production – but drinks like a wine. A larger variety of rice, sakamai, is used; the husks milled away from the pure starchy centre, removing the fats and proteins unnecessary for alcohol production. There are six common sake categories – junmai is the traditional style, milled to leave 70% of the grain and is the most full-bodied sake, with a dry flavour. The more premium sakes are junmai ginjo, usually with around 60% of the grain remaining, or junmai daiginjo, with 30–50% remaining – resulting in delicate, smooth and aromatic notes. Another style, honjozo, generally includes a little distilled alcohol, producing a lighter sake. Thankfully, the fermentation process has evolved since the days of chewing and spitting. After the polished grains

Sakes to sip on... HOURAISEN KUU JUNMAI DAIGINJO Brewed in the Aichi prefecture using very soft water from a local mountain, Sekiya Houraisen’s premium daiginjo is refreshing and smooth, using rice polished to 45%.

GEKKEIKAN SUZAKU JUNMAI GINJO Best served only just chilled, this sweeter sake with a creamy body is the perfect partner to barbecued meats.

FUKUCHO JUNMAI GINJO Made by one of the few female toji in Japan, Miho Imada, this ginjo has clean and smooth fruity flavours. Hiroshima’s Fukucho brewery is known for its elegant sake produced in small batches.

FUKUNISHIKI JUNMAI A full-bodied sake from the Hyogo region, it’s rich and buttery with roasted notes.


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are washed, soaked and steamed, koji mold – a special yeast used to start fermentation – is sprinkled over the rice. The mixture is then carefully brewed at just the right temperature with yeast and water.

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Water works A good brewery relies on the quality of their local water source. One of Japan’s most famous sake breweries, Gekkeikan, is located in Fushimi, a district of Kyoto and popular sake brewing area due to the highcalibre groundwater. In a similar way to wine, sake brews can be affected by the terroir (natural environment) of the region. While rice is easily transported and not often locally sourced, water can change a brew’s flavour and mouth-feel, offering smooth or hard, delicate

or full-bodied nuances. Gekkeikan draws groundwater from a local ancient stone well and the water has just the right amount of minerals from the well’s granite layer.

It’s all in the process!

Love local It’s not just water that has influence; the toji (master brewer) brews their sake specifically to match the local population’s appetites. Gekkeikan’s Shinji Tanaka says: “Our sake pairs well with traditional Kyoto dishes, influenced by Imperial court and Buddhist 27

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Left page: filling bottles; this page clockwise from top: the sake-making process in action; sake on display; the harvest

(vegetarian) cuisine. It reflects the characteristics of Fushimi’s groundwater as well as the region’s food culture.” From the Imperial past to today’s buzzing restaurants and izakayas (pubs), sake's traditions mean it remains a key part of Japan's culture. While its complexities can seem intimidating at first, the realities of drinking sake are very simple: just take a sip to start exploring.

INTERESTED IN SAKE? The Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum in Kyoto is open to visitors and offers insight into the sake brewing process. Exhibits include the tools used to make the brew, as well as historical mementos. For more information, visit http://www.gekkeikan. co.jp/english/kyotofushimi/ museum.html


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Pieces that go from day to night are space-savers!

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The stylish nomad

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We take a peek inside a travel journalist’s suitcase and find it’s all about minimalism and double-duty clothes, shoes and bags

Georgia Rickard Travel journalist

My years of working as a travel journalist have turned me into a minimalist packer – I keep a toiletries bag ready to go at all times and have two separate kits for my make up: a ‘home’ kit and a ‘travelling’ kit. Anything that can do ‘double duty’ gets a place in my bag. My black swimming costume is a basic one piece from American Apparel, but works well as a bodysuit

underneath wide-legged pants. Similarly, the Seed white lace top is actually a one-piece with shorts, but looks equally good paired with a skirt. My little Burberry satchel goes from day to night with ease, just like my tan flats. When it comes to beauty, I’m a big fan of Australian products, particularly those that contain native ingredients. My skincare regime is entirely Aesop

(I love their sunscreen). My Lumira parfum is a firm favourite – my 50ml bottle goes everywhere with me, as does my travel candle by Ecoya – it’s small and weighs next to nothing. I love exercising and my Missoni towel doubles as a yoga mat as it’s quite ‘grippy’. And I wouldn’t be a travel journalist if I didn’t pack my camera – if you didn’t capture it, did it really happen?


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LET’S GO BACK TO (COOKING) SCHOOL RESTAURANTS AT LUXURY HOTELS CAN BE ATTRACTIONS IN THEMSELVES. HERE’S WHERE YOU CAN COOK YOUR WAY THROUGH YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY

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t Basilico, Regent Singapore’s Italian restaurant, head chef Luca Beccalli and executive sous chef Angelo Ciccone offer cooking classes that will help you add an Italian flavour to your next dinner party. Thankfully Basilico isn’t alone – where there are hotels, there are cooking classes to be hosted.

A taste of Thailand You’ll be spoilt for cooking class choices in Thailand. The Siam in Bangkok has been attracting the culturally inclined for decades thanks to its picture-perfect location – right on Chao Phraya River and between some of Bangkok’s must-see attractions, such as Vimanmek Mansion and Dusit Zoo. And, since it

Culinary creations at Oriental Thai Cooking School

started hosting cooking classes with executive sous chef Damri Muksombat, there’s another reason to visit. Chef Damri talks students through Thai cuisine’s distinctive blend of hot, sour, sweet and salty flavours while on a morning visit to the local market. It’s here that budding cooks learn how to pick fresh, seasonal produce. Back in the hotel kitchen, they learn how to transform these ingredients

into delicious (and seasonal) Thai dishes. The best part, some say, is when students get to enjoy the fruits of their labour – and a welldeserved tipple – on the hotel’s private pier at the end of the class. You can also head about 20 minutes south-east to Mandarin Oriental, home of the Oriental Thai Cooking School. The school opened in 1986 and offered the first cooking class in Bangkok; these days, chef Narain Kiattiyotcharoen conducts the course. More than 8,000 cooking aficionados have taken part in the classes, which place a great emphasis on the ‘prep’ stage – learning how to grind pastes, chop meat and veggies, deep-fry and stew to encourage flavours to flow through the dish. If you take part in a class here, you’ll be in for a surprise;


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chef Narain says “the menus change periodically to reflect the availability of seasonal ingredients, or significant Thai festivals”. Meanwhile, over in Phuket, The Village Coconut Island’s cooking classes are held at the hotel’s beachfront Tamarind restaurant. Chef Burin Sae-ueng guides students through one of three Thai menus, depending on the produce available. Lessons are a two-hour affair (aided by a glass of house wine) and are manageable for even the most nervous would-be cooks; kitchen staff walk around the room and assist anyone who needs help.

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Ubud experience If you’re in Bali, head to Ubud’s Kamandalu resort – a luxurious eco-friendly villa set in lush, terraced grounds – for a traditional Balinese cooking experience. If you don’t mind an early start, sign up for the authentic Balinese cooking class, which kicks off with a visit to an Ubud market at 7.30am to buy the fresh ingredients needed. Starting back at the kitchen at 11am, the lesson goes for about three hours – you’ll be whipping up restaurant-quality mie goreng in no time! The resort also offers classes for four- to five-year-olds (Pumpkin) and five- to 10-yearolds (Sunflower) that focus on Indonesian or Western cuisine. Hong Kong caviar In Hong Kong, the plush Peninsula runs several types of cooking classes out of The Peninsula Academy, including the Caviar Connoisseurship (how to best source, prepare, enjoy and pair caviar with alcoholic beverages), A Gastronome’s Joy (how to make authentic dim sum with chef Henry Fong) and A Little Pastry Chef’s Adventure (a baking lesson open to kids aged four to 10).

Where to find them HOTEL METROPOLE Hanoi, Vietnam sofitel-legend.com/hanoi/en KAMANDALU Ubud, Indonesia kamandaluresort.com MANDARIN ORIENTAL Bangkok, Thailand mandarinoriental.com/ bangkok REGENT SINGAPORE Singapore regenthotels.com/en/ singapore THE PENINSULA Hong Kong, China hongkong.peninsula.com THE SIAM Bangkok, Thailand thesiamhotel.com THE VILLAGE COCONUT ISLAND Phuket, Thailand thevillage-coconutisland.com

Oriental Thai Cooking School (pictured below and top left), at Bangkok’s Mandarin Oriental, was the first cooking school to open in the city

Flavours of Hanoi Vietnam’s Hotel Metropole in Hanoi is known for the excellent cuisine at its Vietnamese Spices Garden restaurant, so it was only natural the hotel began offering lessons. Foodies can choose from three cooking programs: Discovering Local Flavor, which includes a market visit, cooking demonstration and lunch at Spices Garden; Gourmet Delight, including a market visit, cooking demonstration and dinner at Spices Garden; and Culinary Journey, which includes a visit to a traditional ‘rice cake’ village and local market, lunch at Spices Garden, cooking demonstration and food tasting. So the next time you’re craving a culinary crusade, look further into where you’re staying – chances are it offers much more than just a bed.

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MEET MARGARITA FORÉS, ASIA’S BEST FEMALE CHEF

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n 1986 Margarita Forés flew to Italy from her native Philippines to take a crash course in cooking. In just six months, she’d travelled across the country, soaking up the local markets, cuisine and culture. Fast-forward 30 years and la signora della cucina has been named Asia’s best female chef by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards. Brava!

Congratulations on being named Asia’s best female chef for 2016. What does this award mean to you? It’s a validation of all the work I’ve done for the past 30 years. This is a life-changer, and it really makes me appreciate all the challenges I went through to get where I am today. I guess being chosen makes me feel all the effort was worth it.

You travelled to Italy to learn how to cook – what drew you to Italy? I worked at the Valentino fashion

house in New York in the ’70s. That’s where I fell in love with everything Italy has to offer. There was a large influx of Italian businesses in New York at the time, and while I enjoyed the fashion part of it, the flourishing Italian dining scene got me fired up. Eventually, I found myself spending more and more of my free time cooking both Italian and Filipino food for friends. Finally I decided to pack my bags and go to Italy to learn about the cuisine first-hand.

Casa Artusi in Makati is your latest venture – can you tell us about it? This is the first Casa Artusi outside of Italy. It is a wellrespected Italian culinary institution, and I’m very proud to be representing an Italian culinary centre right here in the Philippines.


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Left to right: Pepato short ribs at Lusso; Alta’s Maja Blanca Moderna

You’re a very busy lady, with four of your own restaurants – Cibo, Lusso, Grace Park and Alta – under your belt. What can diners expect from your establishments?

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Cibo has always been about simple Italian café food done very quickly, and value for money. A lot of care needs to be taken in making a pizza or panini – people think they’re such simple, common dishes, but they must have the perfect balance of ingredients to be done right. Lusso is where diners will see my passion for preserving an old-world style of elegance. It has a style and ambience that was nearly nonexistent in the Manila dining scene, and that’s what I have been trying to push for over the past six years. Grace Park has a farm-to-table concept where we advocate not just organic produce, but also showcase the best ingredients from all over the Philippines. Alta is inspired by my travels abroad, and here I create modern interpretations of classic dishes that go beyond borders. Be it coq au vin or Hainanese chicken, I want to put my own stamp on the plate while being true to well-loved traditional flavours from around the world.

They may try to deny it, but every chef has a favourite dish. Which of yours should we absolutely try? The fettuccine with truffle cream and organic egg at Grace Park is pure comfort food. If you’re a meat lover,

go for the braised pork adobo at Alta, or try the Pepato short ribs at Lusso, or just try whatever you feel like – don’t limit your choices!

Other than your own, what are some of your favourite Manila restaurants?

Pappardelle with salted eggs, asparagus and truffle oil Serves 4 30g butter 100ml heavy cream Sea salt, to season 200g fresh pappardelle (preferably handmade the Artusi way) 15g salted egg, chopped coarsely 15g asparagus spears, blanched until just tender 5ml truffle oil 1. Place a saucepan over medium heat; add butter and heavy cream and cook until slightly thickened. Season to taste and set aside. 2. Cook fresh pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. 3. Drain, then add cooked pasta to cream sauce. Combine and transfer to a plate. Top with salted egg and asparagus spears. 4. Drizzle pasta with truffle oil and serve.

Choi Garden – it offers value for money and serves well-executed Chinese food. Sala is an enduring restaurant – you will always have a good meal and great service there. And 12/10; I find the work of Gab Bustos inspiring.

What’s your advice for budding chefs? A culinary education is a good start but it isn’t enough. Schools churn out pretty much the same graduates with the same skill sets; what will really set chefs apart is their own personal experience. If you want to be a successful chef, absorb like a sponge. Learn as much as you can, both from your home country as well as from your travels across the world.

So what’s next for you? I’d like to see some of my brands open in other parts of Asia – not so much for myself, more for our industry in the Philippines. I’d like our cuisine to be even more appreciated abroad. This will benefit not only myself, but also our farmers, artisan producers, local chefs and home cooks.

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Lush lipsticks Five of the best lipsticks to stash in your make-up bag when you’re travelling

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A quick slick of lipstick adds instant glamour to your look. Whether you prefer a bold hue or an understated shade; a stain or a sheer gloss, we’ve made finding your ultimate pout perfector a breeze. Take note of these tips next time you peruse the cosmetics counter.

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Opt for a creamy matte formula – these are budge-proof and won’t dry out your pout. Or try dusting translucent powder over your gloss, crème or satin finish lipstick to make it matte.

2. TRY A TREND: Korean gradient lips. It’s a more subtle take on an ombré lip and it’s a cinch to achieve. Start by applying a deep red or pink shade to the middle of the upper and lower lip. Then, apply a lighter pink hue or nude concealer to the outer edges and finish with a slick of pink gloss on the edge of your lip line.

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A solitary monk walks along a dirt path during sunrise at Angkor Wat, the millennium-old sanctuary of architectural and archaeological signiďŹ cance (photo essay, p54).

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DIVE INTO This outback beach town might be known for its open-air markets (and Australia’s best sunsets!), but there’s also an array of aquatic activities to be soaked up under its palm-fringed sky – not to mention a ‘winter’ climate that’s positively sultry… WORDS GEORGIA RICKARD

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This page: Sunset at Mindil Beach. Opposite clockwise from top left: The jabiru, Australia’s largest wading bird; Buley Rockhole; fun at Darwin’s waterfront precinct; Bare Sand Island; Berry Springs Nature Park; a safe spot to swim, away from crocs


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You may think it’s an odd idea to pack your flippers when you’re heading to the outback, but a number of wild waterholes here offer the chance to strap on your snorkel and get in touch with nature’s avid swimmers. Meet little native fish at Berry Springs Nature Park, or find bigger aquatic stars, like barramundi and turtles, at Howard Springs Nature Park. But the undeniable favourite snorkelling spot of locals and tourists alike is Buley Rockhole, a natural wonder found 90 minutes down the highway from Darwin’s CBD, at Litchfield National Park. Despite its name, Buley is not one rockhole but a series that cascade downstream, in shallow pools and deep dives, to create a natural-spameets-slippery-slide where you can happily spend a whole day flitting about. More amazing still is the unexpected aquatic world you’ll find beneath the water’s surface – how did so many little fish and shrimp find their way to the top of the Northern Territory?

LOCAL TIP Jen Pinkerton, writer “Buley is popular (read: it can get quite crowded). Get a slice of solitude by wandering down the new short walking trail between Buley and Florence Falls to find a couple of tucked-away spots complete with overhanging pandanus and shady nooks. Each time I’ve explored this path I’ve had a swimming hole all to myself.”

Best for… SAILING It is believed there are more than 200 shipwrecks sitting at the bottom of Darwin Harbour, including several from World War II (more Japanese bombs were dropped on Darwin Harbour than

on Pearl Harbour, believe it or not). If you prefer your history with a side of champagne, there’s no better experience than a sunset cruise with Sea Darwin. Plenty of operators offer sunset cruises across these parts, but Jim Smith – the guide and owner of Sea Darwin – with his small boat, capped tour groups and an obvious passion for his hometown offers a more intimate experience. The sparkling, wildlife-rich waters of the area don’t hurt, either – keep an eye out for pods of dolphins, turtles and the many birds, both migratory and endemic, found here. Dock at a beachside fish and chip shop where staff will pick up your order, then cruise off into the sunset, crunching on bits of puffed golden goodness as you learn amazing facts about your new favourite Australian city.

PHOTOS RICHARD L’ANSON, SHAANA MCNAUGHT, TOURISM NT, JENNIFER PINKERTON, ALAMY

Best for… SNORKELLING


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What about crocs? Good question. Crocs are found in most waterways throughout the Darwin area, in some cases only at certain times of the year. But your best bet is to only swim in areas that have designated ‘safe swimming’ signs. If you have any doubts at all, do not swim! Need more information? Call the Parks and Wildlife Commission in Darwin on (08) 8999 4555.

LOCAL TIP Sue Briggs, administrator “Most Darwinians have heard of the sunset tour, but you can also take a cruise to the uninhabited Bare Sand Island, where huge mamma flatback turtles come to lay their eggs. I love taking visitors on this trip – I’ve lived in Darwin 20 years and I learn something new about my own environment every time.”

Best for… FISHING The Tiwi Islands – a hop, skip and a jump from Darwin via the ferry at Cullen Bay – are known for their cultural heritage and globally esteemed indigenous art – but most people don’t realise there’s fantastic fishing to be had here too. Only locals are permitted to fish the pristine waters, which not only ensures plenty of ‘barra’ (the local term for barramundi) but virtually guarantees your experience remains low-key and authentic. Thanks to restrictions, there’s only one operator offering fishing tours here, and that’s Tiwi Islands Adventures. You’ll need to stay overnight to really experience the area, but it’s worth it. Short on time? Darwin Harbour itself is also a fishing hotspot: all those shipwrecks have been adopted as reefs, creating ideal conditions for bounties of queenfish, tuna, mackerel, trevally, snapper and the prized black jewfish. There are half a dozen operators offering great experiences that will give you the chance to see most, if not all, of these creatures.

Take a dip at Berry Springs!

LOCAL TIP Bill Little, retiree Clockwise from top left: An 82cm barramundi caught in Darwin’s waters; Berry Springs Nature Park; cruising off into the sunset

“People reckon the best time of the year to go fishing here is ‘runoff’ season (March to April), when waters from the wet recede, pooling lots of fish into shallow areas – but the ‘build up’ season from September to mid-December is much more reliable.”

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Best for… SPOTTING CROCS The Northern Territory is home to more crocs than anywhere else on earth, so if you’re going to see one it’ll most likely be here. If your schedule is tight, make a beeline for Crocosaurus Cove, right in the centre of the CBD, where you’ll be able to watch them in their enclosures and swim with them too (it’s safe, we promise!). If you’ve got a whole afternoon to play with, you absolutely must take a jumping-croc cruise. This classic Darwin experience on the Adelaide River has all the right elements: pretty scenery, plenty of

bird life, entertaining commentary, and crocs – lots of ’em. Float by on murky waters, mere inches from their snouts, as your guide lures them in with hunks of raw meat, then watch as they leap powerfully from the water and snap those jaws onto their prize. It’s great fun with just the right amount of danger.

LOCAL TIP Dave McMahon, Arnhem Land adventure guide “There are a handful of operators that do jumping-croc tours, but I reckon the most authentic is the one at the back of Fogg Dam – Adelaide River Cruises. It’s a much smaller operation, run in a much smaller boat, by a guy who’s really passionate about crocs.”


COVER STORY I DARWIN Clockwise from left: A jumping-croc cruise on Adelaide River; Darwin City from above; Wave Lagoon at Darwin’s waterfront precinct

Best for… SWIMMING Darwin’s waterfront precinct is a relatively recent addition to the city, having only opened six years ago in a previously undeveloped area. But it’s since become a location of choice for a dip, since it offers something for everyone: a sparklingly clean man-made lagoon for the kids; an outrageously popular wave pool (with 10 different sets of waves changing every 20 minutes); a sectioned-off, croc-free beach area offering calm waters where you can paddle, splash and swim yearround; as well as serene lawns for those looking to just kick back, and ‘flyboarding’ (balancing on a board with a jetpack underneath it) and floating jumping castles for those who aren’t. Despite sounding like a manic place, the area is quite relaxed, particularly in the afternoons, when the daylight starts to fade and the staff at fine-dining restaurants encircling the beach prepare their candle-lit tables.

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Croc-free beach areas offer calm waters where you can paddle, splash and swim year-round

Lee Portelli, financial services account manager “When the sun starts to set, grab some takeaway to eat on the grass, or head to The Precinct Tavern – it’s really family friendly, and they’ve got regular live music on weekends. It’s also one of the few places that serves Darwin’s first local craft beer; ask for a glass of the One Mile Pale Ale – it’s awesome.”

Getting there Jetstar flies four times weekly from Singapore to Darwin. To book visit JETSTAR.COM

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Forget about frothy beer or house wine – Asia’s bar scene has exploded with local variations on old favourites and new concoctions that pair the traditional with the inventive WORDS ALESSANDRA BERGAMIN


Guests are more discerning about what they drink and appreciate drinks more

Bannie’s awardwinning cocktail, Hwa Chae

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hether it’s an infused aged arak; a mix of ingredients that speak to a city’s identity; or an appreciation of a fine whiskey, Asia’s new breed of bartenders are shaking up the cocktail world, turning delicious drops into drinkable works of art. From Penangites sipping on Moscow Mules to a growing trend of speakeasies across Bali, Manila and Bangkok, these seven bartenders know what to drink, where to drink it, and what we’ll be drinking in the future.

Bannie Kang, Anti:dote at Fairmont Singapore, Singapore Bannie Kang has been a bartender for close to six years: she got her start at City Space bar at Singapore’s Swissôtel The Stamford before arriving at Fairmont Singapore’s Anti:dote. She was recently named the emerging champion at the Bacardi Legacy Singapore Competition and will go on to represent Singapore at the finals in San Francisco. Bannie has also been awarded Best Female Bartender two years in a row (2014 and 2015) at the Singapore Bar Awards.

Where I drink I enjoy going to Operation Dagger on my days off.

Singapore in a glass My winning cocktail, Hwa Chae. It’s made from tropical ingredients including watermelon and pineapple, which are easily found in Singapore. It’s a great thirst quencher.

Cocktail of the moment The Negroni and Boulevardier. These two

strong and heavy drinks are popular requests at Anti:dote.

Cocktail of the future The 2013/14 trend was in molecular techniques, using dry ice and nitrogen, but we’re seeing a shift away from this. Guests are more discerning about what they drink and appreciate their drinks more.

Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore, +65 6339 7777; fairmont.com/singapore


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Kyaw Wanna, Union Bar & Grill, Yangon Kyaw Wanna, a bartender at Union Bar & Grill in Yangon, cut his teeth as a bar waiter at Yangon’s Savoy Hotel. He then moved to the United Arab Emirates, where he worked and trained as a bartender in hotels including Abu Dhabi’s Mafraq Hotel.

For a casual night out I enjoy going to 50th Street with friends. It’s a casual sports bar that also serves cool cocktails.

A tribute to Yangon The Pegu Club cocktail is iconic to Myanmar. It was invented at the Pegu Club in Rangoon (now Yangon) – a former gentlemen’s club – in the 1920s. It includes gin, Cointreau, orange curacao, lime

juice, Angostura bitters and orange bitters. A version of this cocktail can be found at Yangon’s Belmond Governor’s Residence and The Strand.

Union Bar and Grill, 42 Strand Road, Botahtaung, Yangon, +95 0 9250 355064; unionyangon.com

The Boulevardier cocktail at Mish Mash

Ben Ng, Mish Mash, Penang Ben Ng poured his first cocktail 14 years ago. Since then he’s worked in the UK and Malaysia, opened a bartending academy – Fluid Alchemy – and in 2015 was a judge for the Diageo World Class competition in Malaysia. He’s also the owner of Mish Mash, a European-inspired bistro bar that’s dedicated to the art of drinking.

The first cocktail I ever made A piña colada, but it didn’t taste very good!

The best of Penang’s bar scene My personal favourites are the Eastern & Oriental Hotel’s Farquhar’s Bar, which takes you back to the old British colonial days of Penang; ChinaHouse for its massive and unique multiple concept bars; and Bababar at Seven Terraces, which showcases a beautiful array of antique Peranakan furniture and ornaments.

Local favourites From what we serve at Mish Mash, Penangites are enjoying Moscow Mules and Negroni. Single-malt scotch whiskey is also catching on fast in Penang; there are quite a few serious connoisseurs and collectors. Bartender Kyaw has cocktail creation down to a fine art

The perfect cocktail in sweltering weather Mish Mash’s newest cocktail, The Redford.

24 Muntri Street, George Town, Penang, Malaysia, +60 17 536 5128

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Yukiyo with her award-winning cocktail, the Glorious Martini

Nihonbashi: one of the original favourites!

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With 20 years of experience, it’s no wonder Yukiyo Kurihara, bar manager at Mandarin Oriental in Tokyo, was named one of the world’s best bartenders in 2008 – joining the Tanqueray Guild alongside nine other bartenders from across the globe. At the Mandarin Oriental, she manages and trains an all-female bar staff.

Where I drink The Peak Bar at Park Hyatt Tokyo, Code Name Mixology and Bar BenFiddich.

Must-try at Mandarin Oriental’s Mandarin Bar Definitely the Nihonbashi, one of my original cocktails. It has two different coloured layers representing the concept of woods (green) and water (blue). Recently we introduced non-alcoholic cocktails by pairing juices together. I created these from scratch, too, so I really enjoy making them.

My homage to Tokyo The Tokyo G&T is something I’ve created at Mandarin Oriental. So guests can enjoy the ‘Japan-ness’ of the drink, I add yuzu liqueur, fresh yuzu juice and a dash of sweet sake.

Japan’s future cocktails Drinks featuring local Japanese products will be highly popular among Tokyo locals as well as overseas visitors. Personally I’m interested in using ingredients such as seaweed broth (dashi), kelp, wasabi, shiitake mushrooms and toasted soybean flour in my creations.

2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, +81 3 3270 8800; mandarinoriental.com/tokyo

Ayip Muhammad Dzuhri, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort, Bali Ayip Muhammad Dzuhri has worked in the industry for four years, spending three of those at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort. In 2015, he was crowned Indonesia’s Bartender of the Year at the Diageo World Class competition.

For a night out Baker Street Social in

Badung – it’s a great speakeasy.

Must-try at Sofitel The Frangipani Punch. It’s a tiki-style drink with a touch of Balinese flavour – the perfect accompaniment when basking under the tropical sun.

The Bali of cocktails One of my fellow bartenders makes a cocktail called the Base Genep Martini. It’s made up of six basic spices that are used in


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Balinese cuisine and represents the flavours of the gods in the sacred Hindu scripts. It perfectly represents Balinese culture and flavours inside a martini glass.

A nod to the traditional We are now using local flavours and ingredients. For example, we infuse arak and even age it in oak barrels. We are also using local herbs, spices and fruits to bring our cultural drinks to a new height.

Lot N5, Nusa Dua Tourism Complex, Nusa Dua, Bali, +62 361 849 2888; sofitel.com

Above left, inset: Mandarin Oriental. Below: Astrajingga, one of Ayip’s signature cocktails at the resort. It features rum, coconut cream, brown sugar and ginger syrup


Natakorn ‘Thumb’ Changrew, Perfume Fragrance Bar & Aromatic Cuisine, Bangkok Natakorn Changrew is an award-winning mixologist whose passion for bartending led him to co-found Bangkok’s Perfume Fragrance Bar & Aromatic Cuisine and, more recently, become part-owner and cocktail specialist at the soon-toopen bar and restaurant Bunker.

For a drink with the locals Skip the fancy bars and look for street-food restaurants, commonly

called rann larb. This is where Thai people, especially bartenders, drink local beer and whiskey while enjoying authentic north-eastern Thai food.

For a well-mixed cocktail The city can be divided into two sections: the Sathorn side and the Thonglor side. On the Sathorn side, Bunker offers vintage cocktails with an ingredientfocused twist, while Tep Bar has a cool adaptation of Thai infused spirits and traditional music. On the Thonglor side, Smith serves well-priced cocktails made by one of the cornerstones of

Thailand’s cocktail movement, Chanchai Rodbamrung.

For a taste of Bangkok Try my award-winning Umami Mary [Best Bloody Mary in South East Asia at the 2015 Diageo World Class competition]. It has many dimensions and flavour notes, can be consumed any time of the day, isn’t too thick and has a spicy kick. This is how I see Thailand: a country with many options and lots of contrast, and we definitely love our spice!

88/36, Soi Thonglor, Sukhumvit 55, Khlong Tan, Klong Toey, Bangkok, +66 2 714 8071; facebook.com/perfumebarandrestaurant A limited-edition champagnebased cocktail from Perfume bar features a top layer of nitro-frozen raspberry

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I see Thailand as a country with many options and lots of contrast


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Alyona’s got the right touch!

Alyona Vinogradova-Jeffery, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Manila Since moving from her native Russia to the Philippines in 2009, Alyona VinogradovaJeffery has worked as a bar consultant across Manila, twice competed in the Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year competition and is now the bar and beverage manager at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Manila.

For the love of bartending I love mixing drinks for different personalities, catering to their mood and preferences. For me, it’s not even a job anymore – it’s more a way of life.

A night out in Manila Speakeasy Makati in Alphaland Makati Place would be my first pick. Also, Blind Pig, Hooch, The Bonbon Club… I could go on forever.

A must-try at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse The Arugula Martini, a vodka-based cocktail with egg white, arugula leaves and lemon bitters. I love the satisfaction on our guests’ faces when they take that first sip.

Manila’s surprising cocktail culture When I arrived in the Philippines, it was extremely difficult to sell any of the cocktails I was making. Most people were drinking beer, rum and coke, or gin and tonic – but look at us now! The cocktails coming out of Manila are balanced, beautiful and a joy for everyone.

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Resorts World Manila, Newport Boulevard, Pasay, Manila, +63 920 821 9247; wolfgangssteakhouse.net

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This page Monks explore Bayon Temple, one of the most breathtaking religious masterpieces left standing in the world today. Bayon sits at the centre of Angkor Thom, a walled city that once served as the capital of the Khmer Empire. Opposite Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument, reflects in the shallow surrounding waters during a fiery sunrise.

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Step into the past at Siem Reap’s ancient Angkor Wat temple complex and discover jaw-dropping architecture, friendly locals, stunning scenery and a land that time forgot.

Angkor adventures

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Left A woman cycles along the road toward the north gate of Angkor Thom, one of ďŹ ve entrances connecting the walled city with the ancient city of Angkor. Middle A child sells bracelets, necklaces and other handmade wooden souvenirs outside Pre Rup, a 10th-century temple dedicated to Hindu god Shiva. Right One of the countless bas-relief carvings that adorn the outer walls of Bayon, depicting mythological characters, historical events and scenes from the everyday lives of the Angkorian Khmer.


A giant statue of Vishnu, draped in colourful cloth, stands at the western entrance to the sprawling Angkor Wat complex.

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Colourful adornments on this statue create a majestic sight at the entrance to the complex


Khmer children perch in a window at Ta Prohm, a labyrinthine, crumbling temple consisting of winding corridors and open courtyards, and made famous by Angelina Jolie’s Hollywood ďŹ lm Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

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Food lovers take note: Savour has an extended food festival series this year, with three specialist events. This month’s Savour Gourmet (May 12–15) is for serious foodies – sample exclusive creations at award-winning restaurants, sip cocktails or taste-test specialist products. Visit savour.sg.

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Inight I BRAIN TEASERS

QUICK QUIZ Get set to test your travel knowledge with this month’s quiz 1. In which Asian country were Tim Tams ďŹ rst marketed in a cheese avour? 2. Shinjuku and Shibuya are districts of which Asian capital city?

10. Of its seven Olympic gold medals, Thailand has won four in what sport?

3. What was the ďŹ rst liveaction Japanese TV show to be screened in Australia?

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9. In Japan, what would you do with an okonomiyaki? A) Eat it. B) Wear it. C) Drive it.

4. What is the traditional colour of a Chinese wedding dress?

11. In 1965, which country became the ďŹ rst to withdraw from the United Nations?

5. Which Hong Kong tourist attraction is less commonly known as Mount Austin?

12. Makruk is a game similar to chess, and is played in what country?

6. The ao dai is the traditional dress of which country?

13. Cambodia’s national bird is the giant what?

7. Set in 18th-century China is Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning ďŹ lm Crouching Tiger, Hidden what?

14. Since the 1970s, it’s become traditional for Japanese people to celebrate Christmas with what kind of fast food?

8. What colour is the star in the middle of Myanmar’s national ag?

15. Which country is home to the most vending machines per capita?

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Singlish ‘training’ in action! CHANGI BENEFITS!

Add even more to your trip Flying through Singapore Changi Airport has so many benefits, and should be a part of your travel journey, here’s why:

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On March 31, we ‘launched’ a campaign ‘introducing’ a new service onboard – and it really got the town talking! We said we were introducing Singlish flights for departures out of Singapore, as a way of offering a more localised service. A video – now seen by almost 21 million viewers – showed our cabin crew undergoing training for Singlish, and showed onboard announcements in Singlish. The media in Singapore were intrigued and we even managed to ‘fool’ many social media fans: it was indeed an April Fools’ joke! We certainly hope everyone got a good laugh out of it. While we’re not introducing Singlish on our flights, we’re proud to recognise the language as part of our unique DNA.

Seamless connectivity within Terminal 1, as all Jetstar flights depart from gates C or D. Head to Transfer desk C for your boarding pass if you haven’t received it. If time allows, you can hop around the three terminals (all connected via the skytrain) to explore the gardens, spas, cinemas, eateries and shops.

Great fares at your fingertips TWO MINUTES – that’s all it takes to score a great fare for your next getaway – with no stress! Sign up for Jetstar Price Watch and as soon as the price to your chosen destination drops we’ll send you an email alert so you’re one of the first to know. Price Watch is free and you can manage your Price Watch alerts by logging in and adjusting your preferences. Visit Jetstar.com for more information.

Transiting in Singapore is free and your checked bags will be tagged to the final destination at no extra cost!

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Inflight I INTERVIEW

had to be replaced in Jakarta due to the ingestion of volcanic ash inside the engines. The team worked for more than 18 days, over 12 hours a day, to complete the dual engine replacement. It was a tiring and stressful experience, but it also strengthened the team.

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What advice would you give to anyone who is keen to become a Licensed Aircraft Engineer (LAE)?

A day in the life Ever wondered what it would be like to work as a licensed Jetstar aircraft engineer? We meet Terence Tay and talk troubleshooting

What’s a typical work day? We work two rotating shifts of 12 hours, the morning shift from 9am to 9pm and night shift 9pm to 9am. Our work scope includes daily and weekly inspections, scheduled maintenance, pre-flight checks and defect rectification for our fleet of 18 Airbus A320s. Troubleshooting is a challenging part of the job – we are consistently rushing against time to rectify defects and ensure the airworthiness of our aircraft. It’s important for the engineer to work hand in hand with the flight crew; it gives us a

better understanding of the defects and how they occur. We also provide support to aircraft that break down outside of Singapore (this is known as aircraft recovery) so last-minute travel is also part and parcel of my job. We always aim to minimise the time spent defect-solving, yet also ensuring the airworthiness of the aircraft so that our flights can always depart on time – and this is done with a group of technicians. Our only priority is the safety of the passengers, crew and the aircraft.

What are the highlights of your job? There is a great satisfaction whenever I’m able to restore the airworthiness of an aircraft that requires servicing overseas. Sometimes the recovery will take weeks but when the aircraft safely returns, the effort is worth it. It also brings me great joy knowing that Jetstar aircraft are flying passengers to their holiday.

What are some of the most memorable moments of your career? It was my first aircraft recovery. Two engines

Being an LAE isn’t an easy path; we need to pass all the CAAS papers as well as an aircraft course which takes around two to three years, plus plenty of on-the-job experience. This is before we’re even able to sit for an interview where senior engineers will test us for knowledge. Maintaining a positive demeanour and a consistent 'can do' attitude will help you achieve the goal.

What’s your favourite destination to fly to and why? Taiwan. My wife loves the great food and shopping there! There are also so many night markets to explore.

What’s your favourite airport on the network and why? Singapore’s Changi Airport – it’s always nice to be home.


Inflight I STAR JOURNEYS WINNERS

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Marie Ann Bucao, @mari3_ann “Visited the Batu Caves and saw the world's tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, standing at 42.7m.” Batu Caves, Malaysia

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Anggita Larasati, @alsati “We can't stop shivering, but certainly don't wanna miss out on this awe-inspiring city view.” Hong Kong, China

Rinoa Imani, @trelovestotravel “Happy birthday month… cheers to friendship and more travels to come!” Myanmar

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Inflight I WHERE WE FLY

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

Tokyo (Narita) Fukuoka

Nagoya (Chubu)

Osaka (Kansai)

Wuhan Guiyang

Shantou Hong Kong

Hanoi Yangon Haikou Da Nang Siem Reap Bangkok Phnom Penh Phuket Penang Medan 68 Pekanbaru

Taipei Hawaii (Honolulu)

Manila

Ho Chi Minh City Kuala Lumpur

Singapore

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

Cairns Townsville

Cook Islands (Rarotonga)

Brisbane Gold Coast Perth Adelaide

Sydney Auckland Melbourne (Tullamarine) Wellington Christchurch Queenstown


DOMESTIC VIETNAM

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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 Operated by Jetstar Pacific

Kagoshima

Nha Trang Da Lat

Ho Chi Minh City

Flights operated by Jetstar Pacific (from 26 April) and are subject to regulatory approval.

Okinawa

Operated by Jetstar Japan

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND Auckland New Plymouth Nelson

Darwin

Cairns Townsville Hamilton Island Whitsunday Coast Mackay

Queenstown

Napier Palmerston North Wellington Christchurch Dunedin

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

Sunshine Coast

Ayers Rock (Uluru)

Brisbane Gold Coast Ballina Byron

Perth

Newcastle

Sydney Adelaide

Melbourne (Tullamarine)

Auckland

Melbourne (Avalon) Wellington Christchurch

Launceston Hobart Operated by Jetstar Airways

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 May 31, 2016.

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Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

08:15

CGK

09:10

SIN

13:35

CGK

14:30

SINGAPORE – MEDAN / MEDAN – SINGAPORE

SIN

15:45

CGK

16:40

1 hour 25 minutes (GMT+7)

SIN*

18:50

CGK

19:45

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

20:00

CGK

20:55

SIN

09:30

KNO

09:55

CGK

09:50

SIN

12:40

SIN

08:40

KNO

09:05

CGK

15:10

SIN

18:00

SIN

15:15

KNO

15:40

CGK

17:20

SIN

20:10

KNO

10:35

SIN

13:10

CGK*

20:25

SIN

23:15

KNO

09:45

SIN

12:20

CGK

21:35

SIN

00:25

KNO

16:20

SIN

18:55

M

T

* No Tues flight from 7 May - 31 May

SINGAPORE – KUALA LUMPUR / KUALA LUMPUR – SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE – DANANG / DANANG – SINGAPORE

1 hour 5 minutes (GMT+8)

2 hours 30 minutes (GMT+7) Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

18:00

DAD

19:40

DAD

20:20

SIN

00:10

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

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

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

10:45

DPS

13:30

SIN

15:10

DPS

18:00

DPS

14:15

SIN

17:00

DPS

19:15

SIN

22:00

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:10

KUL

08:15 10:40

SIN

09:35

KUL

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

KUL

11:20

SIN

KUL*

14:35

SIN

15:45

KUL

19:40

SIN

20:50

KUL

21:20

SIN

22:25

* No Fri flight from 7 May - 31 May

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

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN*

02:00

MNL

05:40

SIN

13:55

REP

15:10

REP

15:55

SIN

19:10

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

M

T

W

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

* No Wed flight from 7 May - 31 May # No Fri flight from 7 May - 31 May

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

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN*

08:55

RGN

10:25

SIN

17:05

RGN

18:35

RGN*

11:15

SIN

15:50

RGN

19:15

SIN

23:50

M

T

W

* No Tues flight from 7 May - 31 May

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

* No Sat flight from 7 May - 31 May

2 hours (GMT+7) Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

07:10

SGN

08:15

SINGAPORE – PENANG / PENANG – SINGAPORE

SIN

13:50

SGN

14:55

1 hour 20 minutes (GMT+8)

SIN

19:50

SGN

21:00

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SGN

08:55

SIN

11:55

SIN

09:45

PEN

11:10

SGN

15:35

SIN

18:40

SGN

21:40

SIN

00:40

SIN

15:10

PEN

16:35

SIN

19:30

PEN

21:00

PEN

11:50

SIN

13:20

PEN

17:15

SIN

18:45

PEN

21:40

SIN

23:10

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) Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

SIN

16:30

PER

21:40

SIN*

03:30

PER

08:40

PER

22:45

SIN

04:10

PER*

09:30

SIN

14:50

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

* No Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri flight from 7 May - 23 May and no Tues & Thurs flight from 24 May - 31 May

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

* No Mon flight from 7 May - 31 May

SINGAPORE – PALEMBANG / PALEMBANG – SINGAPORE

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

11:10

SUB

12:30 20:05

SIN

18:45

SUB

SUB

13:10

SIN

16:30

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

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

MEL*

12:15

SIN

16:50

SGN

07:10

SIN

10:10

SIN

11:00

SGN

12:00

MEL#

11:15

SIN

16:50

SIN*

21:00

MEL

07:20

SIN#

21:00

MEL

06:20

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

* Valid for 1 Apr - 2 Apr # Valid for 3 Apr - 30 Apr

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.


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Inflight I DESTINATIONS

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Manila MARISSE GABRIELLE REYES Food and travel writer; co-founder of plantbistro.com and liqmystick.com The best local hangout to take a guest to is… Thebar@1951, also known as Penguin Bar. It is one of the only dive bars still thriving in Malate. This neighbourhood bar offers

PHILIPPINES

eats and drinks on the cheap, chill bohemian vibes and some fantastic live jazz and blues. If you’re only there for a day, one must-do is... to discover the old city with local performance artist Carlos Celdran on his walking tour, “If These Walls Could Talk”. I love going to… The Henry Hotel, a boutique hotel

tucked away in a quiet part of Pasay. It occupies an old heritage mansion and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Even if you’re not staying the night, have a meal at Apartment 1B on the property. The most scenic spot in the city is… Sky Deck View Bar at Bayleaf Hotel. Here you can sip on a cocktail while taking in Manila Bay’s famous sunset. The best place to go shopping in my city is… Divisoria Market for a sensory overload – get ready to haggle. If you’re looking for a more relaxed

experience and locally crafted wares, Kultura has a beautifully curated selection of jewellery, home décor, food, clothing, and more. The best place for local eats is... Legazpi Sunday Market. Try regional sweet and savoury delicacies and produce grown by local farmers.


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Singapore MAXINE CHONG General manager, HEAT branding; heatbranding.com My favourite street in the city is… Hong Kong Street, now home to a few eateries and watering holes like 28HK, an award-winning speakeasy specialising in fine-craft cocktails and to-die-for truffle mac-and-cheese balls. There’s also Vasco

SINGAPORE

– an establishment that serves South American food and cocktails – and Bacchanalia, which creates exquisite modern European dishes using freshly sourced ingredients from an organic farm in Cameron Highlands. There’s something for everyone!

A local secret in town is... Kult Kafé on Emily Hill. It opened at the end of last year and is located in an old house in a leafy compound, with a roomy dance floor that also doubles as a performance venue for anything from DJ-led nights to poetry slams. The other ‘secret’ place is Dehesa on North Canal Road, a laidback drinking place with amazing small-plates. The best place for a drink or a meal with a view is… 1-Altitude on the rooftop of One Raffles Place, 282m above sea level. On very

clear days, you can see Malaysia and Indonesia. The music is super chill and the bar bites are absolutely delish! The best freebie a visitor can get in my city is… the nightly 13-minute light show by the Marina Bay Sands waterfront. Another even more breathtaking freebie is the TreeTop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir.


Inflight I DESTINATIONS

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Perth RIKI KASPI chef and owner at The Cooking Professor; thecookingprofessor.com.au My favourite street in the city is… Newcastle Street between Williamand Beaufort Streets – there are lots of interesting food venues (including my favourite, The Old Crow). And the back streets of Northbridge, with lots of

AUS T R A L I A little character houses combined with modern architecture. The local secret in town is... William Street Arcade, Northbridge. This is a wonderful hidden little spot with vintage clothes stores and small eateries such as Superstar Waffles. The best place for a drink or meal with a view is... The

Old Crow (172 Newcastle Street, Northbridge), for a meal of Cajun-style food, on the fringe of Northbridge. I love the chicken and “dirty” potato and the brussels sprouts! The staff are friendly and professional and the decor is homely, warm and intimate. The best freebie a visitor can get in my city is… the Twilight Hawkers Food Market at Forrest Place which runs every Friday night from 4.30pm to 9.30pm. It has the very best range of authentic hawker street food

along with free live entertainment – which is great for kids and families. We love the Moroccan shakshuka! The most scenic spot in the city is… Kings Park War Memorial – easy! Kings Park has so much to offer tourists and locals alike, it is a truly beautiful part of the world – and it’s free!


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Hong Kong RACHEL READ Freelance writer, editor and blogger; rachttlg.com If you’re only there for a day, one must-do is... to ride the Star Ferry. From the amazing view to the ferry itself, it’s a Hong Kong icon in every sense of the word (and super cheap!). A place in the city that visitors might not be aware of that

CHINA

I love going to is… Teakha Kitchen, a tranquil café in Shek Tong Tsui (HKU MTR Station) that specialises in tea and it does the best masala chai in Hong Kong. The best freebie a visitor can get in my city is… a visit to a museum (most are

free on Wednesdays). I’d recommend the Museum of Coastal Defence (one of HK’s best-kept secrets that’s mostly outside, so you can take advantage of some fantastic harbour views alongside the historical wartime structures), the Heritage Museum (which has a great exhibit about kung fu star, Bruce Lee) and the Museum of History (for a historical whistle-stop tour through the city). The most scenic spot in the city is… Tai O, a serene little fishing village filled with houses on stilts

above the water, fish and shrimp paste being left out to dry, and delicious street food stalls – a different, quieter side to Hong Kong that many people forget about. My favourite street in the city is... the Sai Wan Ho Waterfront for evening strolls and scenic views of the harbour. Also – any street with a wet market on it!


Inflight I DESTINATIONS

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Yangon SENG JA Human resource officer; yangonbakehouse.com The best attraction or local hangout to take a guest is… Rangoon Tea House, it’s decorated in the style of the ’70s. You’ll experience true Myanmar with black and white movies and traditional food. A place in the city that visitors might not be aware

M YA N M A R

of that I love going to is… the small town of Dala, which is right across Yangon River from downtown Yangon. You’ll see a slower, more rural lifestyle than that in the big city. The best freebie a visitor can get in my city is… a picnic at Inya Lake in the late afternoon. aftern er oon oon. Or go ffor or a jog

around Inya Lake in the early morning, or join one of the aerobics groups that meet from 6am on both sides of the lake. The most scenic spot in the city is… the Maha Bandoola Gardens city square downtown. From there, you can see the Sule Pagoda and the historic British colonial buildings, including Yangon City Hall and the High Court Building. My favorite street in the city is… 19th street, where you can get almost any kind of food and drink you are craving at reasonable

prices. Also, all the shops on the street are open until midnight. The best place for local eats is… Da Nu Phyu Daw Saw Yi because the restaurant serves fresh and tasty Burmesestyle cooking in a clean environment.


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Bali

INDONESIA

NATASHA WELSH Founder and designer of fashion label NATASHA and Kundalini Yoga Teacher; natasha.net.au The thing that may surprise first-time tourists… is how different Bali has become. I’ve been coming here for 20 years (and lived here for 10) and Bali today is a totally different

island. There are large international hotels, beach clubs, boutiques, world-class restaurants, bars and villas that have a combination of multicultural international style mixed in with traditional Balinese Indonesian culture – it’s extremely eclectic.

The most scenic spot to take a weekend guest is…. the Ubud area – I’m still in love with it. Sayan rice terraces and the arts and crafts villages in and around Ubud still feel like old Bali; it’s so charming and majestic. An underrated place is…. the mountain and lake

district up around central Bali for a visit or stay. The Bedugul and Mount Kintamani areas are cooler and abundant with vegetable, flowers and spice crops, coffee plantations and amazing temples. It’s traditional, charming and scenic. A quiet place that deserves more attention is.... Amed, a beautiful little seaside town. It’s very quiet, still has pebbled beaches, local inexpensive places to stay and eat, and is a short boat ride across to Nusa Lembongan for snorkelling.


InďŹ&#x201A;ight I EVENT

The last word Food lovers jump on a plane to Bali and make your way to the annual Ubud Food Festival from May 27 to 29. There will be cooking demonstrations, workshops and special events, all celebrating the rich diversity of Indonesian cuisine. Visit ubudfoodfestival.com

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Jetstar Asia May 2016  

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

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