Around the World by Private Jet – Luxury Global Tour by Aman

From 15 April to 6 May 2018, up to 16 guests can join this round-the-world expedition, travelling by private jet and staying exclusively in Aman properties. See Tokyo and Shanghai from a new perspective; relax on Vietnam and Phuket’s most secluded shores; embrace the majestic landscapes of Bhutan and Rajasthan; and explore the historic coastlines of Montenegro and Greece. Ending with a flourish at Aman’s Venice palazzo, this unprecedented journey is a Grand Tour for the 21st century.


The soaring lobby rises nearly 30m.

At the top of the iconic Otemachi Tower, Aman Tokyo enjoys views across the Imperial Gardens towards Mount Fuji. It is a serene retreat from the city – and ideally placed for exploring its vibrant heart.

Tokyo skyline views at dusk
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Enjoy two full days touring Tokyo and experience the best of its culture, shopping and dining, complemented by cocktails and a talk on the city’s history at Aman Tokyo.


See Shanghai from an entirely new angle at Amanyangyun, a historic, woodland ‘village’ on the edge of the city. Learn about its remarkable story as you explore the spiritual, park-like setting.

Antique Villa

 By day, delve into Shanghai’s historic and contemporary highlights, with the option to join private, expert-led tours exploring the city’s Bund district and Jewish history.



Backed by Nui Chau National Park, Amanoi enjoys spectacular seclusion on Vietnam’s east coast, with clifftop guest pavilions and a sophisticated private Beach Club.

Spa House

Relax on the beach, and swim or snorkel in the protected waters of Vinh Hy Bay – with the option to explore the dramatic coastline and the wildlife of the national park.




One of the most secluded settings on Phuket, Amanpuri sits in a coconut grove overlooking private Pansea Beach – the stepping-off point for water sports and cruises to secret coves and nearby islets.

Beach Path

Spend two days enjoying Amanpuri’s extensive facilities and unique dining venues, along with a complimentary massage and a yacht excursion to lunch in Phang Nga Bay.


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Thimphu lodge is one of five Amankora outposts across Bhutan, allowing guests to create their own journey through the Buddhist kingdom. Incorporating sophisticated accommodation and spa services, it is ideally located for exploring the capital.

View onto Thimphu City

Spend a day touring Thimphu’s monasteries, markets and museums with a private car and guide, who will create a tailormade itinerary for you.


Paro Destination Tigers Nest

Hidden in pine forest with sweeping views of the Himalayan valley, Amankora Paro lies at the confluence of a number of breathtaking hiking trails.

Paro Exterior

Rise early for the half-day hike to Tiger’s Nest – the fabled monastery that clings to the cliff face, 900 metres above the valley floor.



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Ninety minutes from Jaipur yet a world away from its frenetic pace, Amanbagh lies in rural Rajasthan. Set in lush gardens, the palatial property was designed in homage to the Mughal rulers who once hunted in the vicinity.

After exploring Jaipur’s shops and sights, discover the Alwar region surrounding Amanbagh – rich in wildlife and historic landmarks.



Arrival pavillion

A modern-day acropolis in the Peloponnese countryside, Amanzoe enjoys 360-degree views of olive groves and spectacular coastline, set within reach of Unesco-listed treasures of the ancient world.

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Relax and dine overlooking an Aegean panorama, unwind at the elegant Beach Club, and explore the region on a boat trip to nearby Spetses, with the option to head further afield into Athens.



Islet beach

Encompassing a fabled fortified island and a grand villa set in 80 acres on the mainland, Aman Sveti Stefan is the epitome of rustic elegance, with suites in historic cottages, a clifftop pool, private beaches and an Aman Spa.

Aman Spa

Take the short boat ride to Kotor, crossing a Unesco-listed fjord to reach the picturesque Old Town.




Aman Venice’s prestigious location on the Grand Canal is matched only by its ornate interiors, from the historic piano nobile to the exceptional guest rooms of this 16th-century palazzo. A mezzanine level conceals a boutique spa; outside, private gardens are undoubtedly the envy of Venice.

Lower Piano Noble

Explore the city’s historic highlights and contemporary art scene, before simply losing yourself in the maze of romantic bridges, waterways and piazzas.



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AirAsia Celebrates Inaugural Flight from Manila to Iloilo City



More air connectivity, world-class service, and low fares now available

in Western Visayas!

AirAsia is now flying to Iloilo International Airport, the primary gateway to Western Visayas and Panay region. The airline voted the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for nine years running flew its maiden flight from Manila to Iloilo yesterday with Dinagyang-themed festivities held at both Manila and Iloilo airports to welcome guests and passengers. Dinagyang festival is Iloilo’s most celebrated religious and cultural festival held every January.

AirAsia flight Z2 309, with pilot in command AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador left Manila on time at 2:15PM with 98% load. AirAsia’s iconic red plane was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute upon landing at Iloilo airport.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Dexter Comendador said, “AirAsia is now painting Iloilo skies red and we are here to provide only the best and world-class service that every traveller from Iloilo and the whole of Western Visayas and beyond truly deserves. Our brand of air travel is characterized by efficiency, innovative service culture, and unparalleled low fares.”

“Our commitment is to better connect secondary cities in the Philippines to ASEAN where the AirAsia Group has extensive network across all ten countries and even beyond including Asia, Australia, India, and many more.”


Government officials led by Senator Franklin Drilon who hails from Iloilo City, Provincial Governor Arthur Defensor, Vice Mayor Atty. Jose Espinosa III of Iloilo City, Mayor Ronilo Caspe of Cabatuan, Mayor Dennis Superficial of Sta. Barbara, Mayor Michael Gorriceta of Pavia, Regional Director of DOT VI Atty. Helen Catalbas, and Iloilo Airport Terminal Manager Mercine Reyes graced the welcome ceremonies at the Iloilo airport with AirAsia Philippines Chairperson Maan Hontiveros, AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador and Jeffrey Yao, Vice Chair of Philippine Business Bank, and representative of his father, Alfred Yao, one of the airline’s Filipino investors.

“We are grateful for the support from the government and local chief executives including those in the hospitality business, our hotel and travel agency partners, in crafting policies that truly support and promote tourism. Let us continue to work together to provide level-playing field, encourage fair competition that affords every traveller more and better choices, and enable the expansion of airline services to more communities,” Comendador added.


All AirAsia passengers flying to and from Iloilo also joined the celebration and received special souvenir items before boarding their flights.

To celebrate AirAsia’s newest flight, promo fares for Manila – Iloilo from as low as P990, all-in are now available for booking at from 2 October until 15 October 2017 and valid for travel starting 9 October 2017 to 31 March 2018.

AirAsia services Manila – Iloilo with three flights daily using the airline’s fleet of Airbus A320s that can accommodate up to 180 passengers.

About AirAsia Philippines:

AirAsia Philippines is a wholly owned subsidiary of AirAsia Inc. which is a joint venture company among Filipino investors Antonio O. Cojuangco, former Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao, Michael L. Romero, Marianne B. Hontiveros, and Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad.

AAP operates a fleet of 17 aircraft with domestic and international flights out of hubs in Manila, Cebu, and Kalibo.  The airline operates several flights to/from Manila, Davao, Cebu, Kalibo, Caticlan (Boracay), Tacloban, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Clark, and Iloilo in the Philippines with international flights to/from Shanghai, Taipei, Incheon (Seoul), Hong Kong, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Guangzhou, Vietnam and Singapore.

AAP is part of the AirAsia Group that has been awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for nine consecutive years running by Skytrax since 2009 to 2017.



About the AirAsia Group

AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with over 120 destinations. Within 15 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 350 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 170. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across all Asean countries and beyond. AirAsia was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for nine consecutive years from 2009 – 2017. AirAsia is the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement the I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all its prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database.


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AirAsia will Fly Manila – Ho Chi Minh City Starting this November




All-in promo fares from as low as P990 are up for grabs now at

AirAsia is introducing direct flights from Manila to one of the most vibrant and biggest cities of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, further strengthening the airline’s commitment as an Asean carrier.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “We are thrilled to announce that we will start servicing direct flights from Manila to Ho Chi Minh in November as part of our commitment to continue bringing the Philippines closer to neighbouring cities within the Asean region.”

To celebrate the announcement, all-in fares from as low as P990 for Manila – Ho Chi Minh route are now available for booking today until 8 October 2017 on and the airline’s mobile app.  The introductory promo fares are available for travel period from 17 November 2017 to 21 November 2018.

“AirAsia is the only airline that directly services all ten Asean countries with established operations in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Last year, the AirAsia Group carried 13.4 million people within Asean and we aim to continue bringing the region closer together via inter-Asean connectivity,” Comendador added.

AirAsia has been recently recognized for its outstanding performance in the Asean priority integration sector for tourism at the ASEAN Business Awards 2017 held in Manila with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally giving the award to AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes and 11 other winners from different sectors last September 6.

AirAsia services Manila – Ho Chi Minh route with three flights weekly or every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.

Vietnam offers travellers an opportunity to discover the country’s tradition that overlaps with French colonial influences and picturesque coastline. A visit first to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as ‘Saigon’), is the perfect starting point to explore southern Vietnam. This vibrant city is the centre of commerce and to get a good glimpse of its beauty, it is advisable to seat at a roadside café with a cup of Vietnamese iced coffee or ‘Ca Phe Sua Da’ followed by a stroll to famous architectural marvels such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Opera House, Jade Emperor Pagoda and temples.

To appreciate the local culture, travellers can sample a myriad of fresh produce and food offerings from Ba Chieu Market, a local market off the beaten path for the famous baguette sandwich, ‘Banh Mi’ or some ‘Com Tam’, a ‘broken rice’ style dish topped with grilled meat; or go shopping for various types of quality fabric at affordable prices at the famed Ben Thanh Market.  If you have an interest in history, visit The War Remnants museum or the famed Cu Chi tunnels for a glimpse into what life was during the war.

Flight Schedule for Manila, Philippines (MNL) –  Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (SGN)

Flight Number From To Departure Arrival Frequency
Z2294 MNL SGN 10:25PM 1:05AM Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
Z2295 SGN MNL 1:35AM 4:10AM Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

 Source: Press Release 


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AirAsia’s Red Hot Sale is Back, Fly from as Low as P17!



Up to 5 million promotional seats are up for grabs now at!

Book seats via or the AirAsia mobile app from 11 to 17 September 2017 for travel between 1 March to 21 November 2018 to enjoy fares from as low as P17.00* for flights from/to Manila, Clark, Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Bohol, Kalibo, Caticlan/Boracay, Tacloban and Iloilo.

Also up for grabs from as low as P1,290* are promotional flights to international destinations from the Philippines to Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Incheon/Seoul, Canton/Guangzhou, Shanghai, Macau, Singapore and Hong Kong.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “Now is the perfect opportunity for our loyal guests and Filipino travellers to connect from many places conveniently as we continuously add new routes and increase frequencies into our network. Exciting red hot deals await those who would like to travel overseas to over 120 destinations across all Asean countries, Asia, Australia and beyond.”

AirAsia is set to fly between Manila and Iloilo starting October 1 while direct flights between Davao and Kuala Lumpur will commence on December 21.

Promotional flights from the AirAsia group’s hub in Kuala Lumpur to Australia, Japan, Maldives and other destinations are also available.

BIG Members get to enjoy priority access and will be able to make bookings on and redeem flights starting from 0 BIG Points, exclusively via the BIG Loyalty mobile app from 10 September 2017 (0001h GMT +8). It’s free to sign up as a BIG Member via or BIG Loyalty mobile app to redeem promo flights during this promotion.

AirAsia Group Chief Commercial Officer Siegtraund Teh said, “AirAsia continues to grow with more flights to even more destinations, making travel easier. We want our valued guests to be able to take full advantage of our unparalleled frequency to new, exciting places, so it is our great pleasure to offer up to five million promo seats in our biggest campaign ever to help them on their way.”

For latest updates on promotions and activities, please follow AirAsia on Twitter ( and Facebook (

* One-way base fare excluding taxes and fees. Terms and conditions apply


About AirAsia Philippines:

AirAsia Philippines is a wholly owned subsidiary of AirAsia Inc. which is a joint venture company among Filipino investors Antonio O. Cojuangco, former Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao, Michael L. Romero, Marianne B. Hontiveros, and Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad.

AAP operates a fleet of 17 aircraft with domestic and international flights out of hubs in Manila, Cebu and Kalibo.  The airline operates several flights to/from Manila, Davao, Cebu, Kalibo, Caticlan(Boracay), Tacloban, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Clark and Iloilo in the Philippines with international flights to/from Shanghai, Taipei, Incheon (Seoul), Hong Kong, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, and Singapore.

AAP is part of the AirAsia Group that has been awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for nine consecutive years running by Skytrax since 2009 to 2017.

About the AirAsia Group

AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with over 120 destinations. Within 15 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 350 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 170. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across all Asean countries and beyond. AirAsia was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for nine consecutive years from 2009 – 2017. AirAsia is the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement the I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all its prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database.


* Source: Press Release 

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Win Free Tickets for Iloilo-Manila From AirAsia



Starting October 1, 2017, AirAsia Philippines is adding another domestic route, the Iloilo-Manila route, making AirAsia the latest airline serving the city and its neighboring  provinces. In less than a month, Ilonggos can now fly to Manila with 3x flights daily!

In partnership with Air Asia Philippines, I’m happy to announce that you too can win free roundtrip tickets for Iloilo-Manila and be one of the first to fly with AirAsia from Iloilo! Tickets are transferrable, therefore you can join on behalf of your family and friends!


Win one (1) Iloilo-Manila-Iloilo ticket from Airasia! Here’s how:

1. Like the following on Facebook:

2. Like and leave a comment on this post answering the question What do you want to see or do in Manila?” End with the hashtags #AirAsiainIloilo & #AirAsiaxValCaulin

3. Contest ends on Sept. 28, 2017 and the lucky winner will be announced on Oct. 1, 2017.

*Tickets are transferrable

*Ticket valid for the next 6 months.
Join now to win and fly with AirAsia!


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Food, Drinks, and Music at SPICY ELEMENTS



When you’re a certified sweet tooth, you don’t have to explain how you feel about spicy food. Yet, I have learned to find a way to embrace it – enjoying authentic spicy food. I have tasted Thai food and other spicy dishes that made me appreciate this kind of flavor, even find it delightful when my ears seem to exhaust the heat.

What I detest are those recipes that are not made to be spicy but transformed into something hot by simply adding a ton of chili. Cooking is a science, people! As I told someone who deconstructed a food into something spicy this way-  ” Why don’t just just chew a kilo of chili?”


In the Philippines, Bicolano dishes are known for their food that ” kicks”. This type of cuisine serves as a beautiful contrast to our usual sour or salty dishes. When looking for this kind of flavor in Iloilo,dine at Spicy Elements, one of the restaurants in Southpoint, SM City Iloilo.

This restaurant greets you as soon as you get out of the Cinema Level of the SM City Iloilo.

Dining at Spicy Elements

Perhaps the most common Filipino spicy food we know is Bicol Express and it is one of Spicy Element’s best sellers.



Though not part of the plan, I requested to try their Laing ( thank you chef!). The first time I tried laing was in Tagaytay and it was a total flop and it took me years to try Laing again but most of them were tweaked. I took the opportunity while at Spicy Elements to try authentic Laing.  This is Spicy Elements’ Laing con Lechon.



And it was the perfectly spicy but it became too much for me with the Bicol Express. Don’t fret, I just have low tolerance when it comes to spicy food. I know my husband ( who loves anything spicy) will love their Laing. I love how I can feel the texture of the taro leaves and the savory mix of the lechon kawali.

If you’ve been skipping Spicy Elements because you thought they only serve spicy dishes, you have mistaken. Well, me too – guilty! Spicy Elements has a wide variety when it comes to their menu. This is what we had with my fellow Iloilo Bloggers.




You see, their menu is not solely for spicy ones but if you crave for Bicolano feast, visit Spicy Elements. Let me show you what we had.

This is Chicken Galantina – an upgrade of our classic Embutido, I guess?



A sure winner if you dine with your kids – Backribs!



We also had Seafood Tortang Talong



Crab Relleno




A drink or two at Spicy Elements



When looking for a place to grab a drink in Iloilo without rowdy teenagers around, Southpoint offers the best place. Spicy Elements for me is the best place to enjoy music, drinks, and a good meal all in one.  They have a well-stocked bar to serve you different alcoholic drinks.

They let us try their two drinks – Beergarita and Bull’s Eye.

Good for sharing but I was the one drinking it. I love it!


This drink was new to me and it was fun learning how it should be drank. Basically you have two shots of vodka and Jagermeister with a big mug of beer. You either one of them and the other one goes down mixing with the beer. Drink your chosen shot and the beer mixture becomes the chaser. Cool eh?



If don’t drink, Spicy Elements offers non-alcoholic drinks with their milkshakes as must-tries.

When looking for a restaurant where you can stay longer over drinks and music, reserve a table at Spicy Elements! Thanks for having us!

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Davao-Kuala Lumpur Flights from AirAsia

Photo from AirAsia Facebook Page

AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost airline, has announced its latest route to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with four times weekly direct flights from Davao commencing 21 January 2018.

Operated exclusively by AirAsia Berhad (flight code AK), the new route marks as the fourth direct route from the Philippines to Malaysia after Manila, Cebu and Kalibo.

The launch event was attended by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Ambassador Alfredo Yao, one of the Filipino investors of AirAsia Philippines and AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said, “We see Davao City as a major point of growth in the international market, especially with agriculture being the city’s largest industry. Our aim for the city is also to grow it to become a hub for financial, tourism, service and education in Mindanao. The introduction of the direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Davao could not be more timely and is a key step in this direction to empower local players across various economic activities.”

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, who was one of the speakers at the conference said, “Davao has a special place in my heart. It was one of the first cities we flew to when we started our Philippines operations in 2012. In fact, Clark-Davao, which we pioneered, was one of the two maiden routes when we started AirAsia Philippines five years ago. Since then, we have worked to strengthen our network in Davao. In this year alone, we have launched new flights from Davao to Cebu, Palawan and Boracay, and enabled Fly-Thru via Cebu to international destinations such as Singapore, Taipei and Seoul.


“Today marks the start of the next phase of our commitment to Davao. We believe Davao has the potential to be the international gateway for Asean to the southern Philippines, beginning with this new route to Kuala Lumpur. We strongly support the development of cities outside Metro Manila, and we are confident that by increasing connectivity and accessibility to affordable air travel, AirAsia can help play a role in boosting economic growth in the south. We can’t do it alone and we need airports to share in the responsibility, but together we can make His Excellency President Duterte’s vision of a more prosperous Philippines come true.”

To celebrate the new route, AirAsia is all-in-fares from as low as Php99* one-way are available for booking from 21 July 2017 until 30 July 2017 for the travel period from 21 December  2017 to 28 August 2018. Visit or use the AirAsia mobile app on the iPhone or Android devices to enjoy the special promotional fares.

AirAsia Philippines (flight code Z2) currently operates several flights from Davao to Manila, Clark, Cebu, Palawan and Boracay.

Kuala Lumpur or “KL” is the perfect representation of the harmoniously multi-racial Malaysia. From its humble beginnings of a tin mining city, the ‘muddy confluence’ has progressively transformed into one of the most developed capital cities of Southeast Asia. Kuala Lumpur’s world-famous landmark, the Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC), and the surrounding attractions that host cultural elements from the various ethnicities represented in Malaysia are some must-visit sites when visiting the capital city. Places to visit such as the 421m tall KL Tower, Central Market (Pasar Seni), Petaling Street, KLCC, Malaysia Tourism Centre and Bukit Bintang are all accessible from the free GoKL bus. A day trip to visit other nearby attractions such as Port Dickson, Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands, Bukit Tinggi, Putrajaya, Batu Caves, and Sunway Lagoon are also ideal from the city centre.

Guests who wish to explore more of Malaysia can also take advantage of AirAsia’s domestic network to the idyllic resort island Langkawi; or fly further to the tip of Borneo Island Kota Kinabalu to marvel at Southeast Asia’s highest peak Mount Kinabalu, discover the mysterious Mulu Caves as well as dive into the world famous underwater world at Sipadan Island.

For latest AirAsia news, activities and promotions, please follow AirAsia on Twitter ( and Facebook (

*Promotional all-in fares quoted are for one-way travel only inclusive of taxes. Terms and conditions apply.


Flight Schedule for Davao, Philippines (DVO) – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL)

Flight No From To Departure


Flight Schedule
AK591 DVO KUL 1455 1845 MondayTuesdayThursdaySunday
AK590 KUL DVO 1025 1425 MondayTuesdayThursdaySunday


Source: Press Release 

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AirAsia Delights Guests with Gourmet Meals at Affordable Prices

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AirAsia  unveiled its latest in-flight offerings featuring the best of Asean flavours, savoury snacks, healthy food selections, variety of beverages, and special gift items and merchandise. The airline which has been voted the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for nine straight years formally introduced “Santan inflight menu and catalogue” at a press event held in Bohol in partnership with Amorita Resort.

AirAsia Philippines’ Head of Ancillary Karlo Sanchez said, “We are delighted to offer variety and only the best meals from across the Asean region including our very own Filipino Adobo. These hotmeals are available on all AirAsia flights across our extensive network in the whole of Asean, extending as far as India, China, Australia, Japan and United States.”

Among those featured signature dishes are Thai Green Curry with Rice, an aromatic chicken curry infused with authentic Thai spices served with fragrant white rice, Malaysia’s Nasi Lemak, Singapore’s Chicken Rice, and the Philippine’s Chicken Adobo.

AirAsia’s Santan menu is also adding a new dish for pasta lovers with Chicken Lasagne now available onboard and via online pre-booking. Chicken Lasagne is a tantalizing blend of classic creamy cheese and chicken with assorted vegetables adding a refreshing taste.

chicken lasagne KV

“Gourmet experience onboard doesn’t have to be expensive and as an added value for our guests, we are keeping our pricing at affordable levels and at the same time maintaining the high quality and flavour of all our meals,” Sanchez added.

Combo meals or hot meals with choice of drinks are priced at P180 only and to enjoy greater savings, AirAsia encourages guests to pre-book their meals or to purchase their meals in advance online. Guests who pre-book will be assured of meal availability and will enjoy priority meal service onboard.

AirAsia won the World’s Leading Inflight Service title at the World Travel Awards Grand Finals in December 2016, and was also honoured with the Catering Innovation of the Year award by Onboard Hospitality earlier last year.

Guests, media, and bloggers took part in a Santan food tasting session and interactive activities during the formal launch in Amorita Resort. AirAsia will also host food tasting sessions in select BPO offices and malls in Metro Manila.

Follow the AirAsia Santan journey through the hashtag #AirAsiaSantan and get the latest AirAsia news, activities and promotions on Twitter ( and Facebook (

Source: Press Release

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How to Get to Tibiao, Antique



Making a name for itself, Antique has finally caught the interest of travelers with Tibiao as one of its main destinations. Right now, Antique is an ” it” destination. Well, with photos of tourists enjoying a kawa bath sprawled over social media, it’s enough to pique our curiosity .

With no direct flights to Antique, and 3 other provinces sharing the same island, how can you get there?


Going to Tibiao via Kalibo

If you don’t have any plans to visit Boracay, you can easily reach Tibiao via Kalibo.


1.From the airport, charter a tricycle to Ceres Bus Terminal.

2. Take the bus going to San Jose Antique

3. Inform the driver or conductor that you heading to Tibiao ( they know exactly where to drop tourists off) for them to take note and you’ll not miss your stop. Or you can inform them to stop at Barangay Importante. Your landmark is the Petron Station across the corner leading to the barangay.

4. Take a single motorcycle to Barangay Tuno ( 70php). During peak season, you will see them crowding the corner, a big help to know your stop.

5. The motorcycle will shortly stop for you to register and pay the  environmental fee for 50PhP, before leading you to your accommodation or destination along Tibiao River.

Travel time – 2 hours



Going to Tibiao via Caticlan

Caticlan airport is the nearest airport to Antique. Its proximity makes Tibiao and the rest of Antique another side trip ideas for Boracay.


    1. From the airport, take a tricycle to the jetty port. Ceres buses are stationed right beside the jetty port. For those coming from Boracay, just exit the port and walk to the terminal.
    2. Follow directions #2-5 from “Going to Tibiao via Kalibo”. Bus fare – Php 100

Travel Time – 1 1/2 hours


Going to Tibiao via Iloilo

If you’re base in Iloilo, like you are visiting with your family in Iloilo, then this should be the only way you travel to Tibiao. Iloilo is the farthest entry port to Antique especially if you are going to Tibio which is already in the northern part of Antique, close to the Aklan-Antique Border.


    1. Go to Molo Terminal, pick a van or bus bound for Caticlan, Pandan, or Culasi. Don’t take the bus going to San Jose Antique or else you have to take another bus to reach Tibiao.
    2. Follow #2-5 of ” Going to Tibiao via Kalibo“. Take note that this route is the opposite way of Kalibo and Caticlan.

Fares –  Bus (Php110); Van ( Php200)

Travel Time – Bus ( 6 hours); Van ( 4 hours)


Which is the best way to reach Tibiao?

Given the travel time, I personally think Caticlan is the best way to reach Tibiao. It is accessible to both Boracay and Tibiao.

Most people think that to get to Antique, you fly to Iloilo but Iloilo is quite far- though the capital of Antique -San Jose- is closest to Iloilo. Of course, you are free to travel to Antique via Iloilo and explore the City of Love and its neighbouring attractions like Guimaras, Concepcion Islands and Isla Gigantes.

Kalibo is also another alternative. You can easily reach and there are more flights compared to Caticlan. If you are not going to Boracay, fly to Kalibo to reach Antique.

If you have questions or information to add, feel free to leave a comment! Appreciate it in advance.

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The Sad Fate of Tumalog Falls

Tumalog Falls is one of the top attractions in Cebu and one of the must-see falls. Located in Oslob, majority of visitors from the whale sharking watching proceed to this falls. Who can’t be bewitched with this charm?


But this was BEFORE. This is Tumalog Falls now.


If you have been to Tumalog before, you will surely find this heartbreaking. My parents who went to Tumalog Falls a few years back with my sister’s family were disappointed. I think their hearts sank that day.

 It was only drizzling. It seems like the water was just squeezed from its source.



We went there last December and it took me months to blog, hoping it will be back. I just checked latest photos of the falls and it is still the same.


Tumalog Falls turned false?

Back at the Whale Watching orientation pavilion, I saw the circular posted informing tourists that due to the low water supply at Tumalog Falls, they will no longer collect entrance fees. It was dated February 2016 and since it was almost 10 months prior, I thought the notice was void anyway. Besides, it was February, I thought t was due to the impending summer season.

I asked the habal-habal driver if there is still water and they said, ” naa pay gamay“. I read that some find that they are being cheated by the drivers but I can’t blame them. They shared to us how much income before and now that there are less tourists coming.

What happened to Tumalog Falls?


I think this is the question that any returning tourist will ask. The locals first told me it was due to El Niño but they knew I was not buying it. My father, who is a senior, full of wisdom, asked the locals if the kasili died.

Kasili is an fresh water eel that burrows the bottom of cave systems or springs, releasing more water. The elders will tell you that if you kill these kasili, you are killing the spring.  The drivers told my dad that indeed, a lot of dead kasilis dropped into the falls.

I also read online that a reservoir was built, cutting the water supply of Tumalog Falls.

Whatever the real reason is, I hope Tumalog falls can heal. If its man-made, I hope that it can be fixed.




I’m not writing this to discourage visitors


I shy away from writing negative posts. If you don’t like the place, I just don’t write at all, just like you close your mouth if you have nothing else good to say. So why am I writing this?

First, I want to set the expectations of the tourists. I read some bad reviews and I can’t really blame them. Tumalog Falls was such a beauty and in just a few years, it was all gone.

If you are curious and want to visit, go ahead. But this information will give travelers a choice to skip it if they feel that it’s not worth it.

Here I am capturing my parent’s disappointment. The presence of the bamboo indicates that this was a big source of water.


Also, I want tourist to appreciate Tumalog beyond the falls instead. I have seen some photos on social media about the falls. I don’t know if they really enjoyed it or they just pretend to be. We all know how curated and filtered experiences now with social media.

On our part, my kids enjoyed the place. I know they could have enjoyed it a million times.


My kids enjoyed the habal-habal ride too. If only I captured my youngest son’s expression while riding the motorcycle.

The lush vegetation around the falls is a relaxing place. I hope someone can have a brilliant idea on making the place worth visiting again even if Tumalog Falls can’t bounce back ( I hope it will!).


If you are visiting Tumalog Falls, set your expectations and enjoy it as what it is now. Make the best out of it. Let’s not discourage people from skipping it but let’s not sugarcoat it either.

If you came from Tumalog Falls with news that the water is back, please inform me!

Thank you so much for reading! XoXo

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