Flying with Jetstar Asia

About

Jetstar Asia Airways Pte Ltd (operating as Jetstar Asia) is an LCC based in Singapore. It is the Asian offshoot of Jetstar Airways, the low-cost subsidiary airline of Australia’s Qantas. It operates services to Asian countries like Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Its sister airlines are Jetstar Pacific and Jetstar Japan.

Website

I could say that it was relatively easy to navigate for a first-timer. I just had some difficulty searching for the specific dates that reflect their supposed seat sales. I initially thought it was all a joke, a come-on for suspecting buyers. You would have to come around again and again, just to realize that it’s only good for one-way tickets. But it’s still a bargain, nonetheless.

Booking

It was generally hassle-free. I was able to book two round trip  tickets bound for Singapore at around Php3,200 ($64) each. We got the confirmation page and reviewed all details. So far, so good.

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I had to check my email in just a few hours, and this is what I received:

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It also came with the official receipt and the breakdown of charges.

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Flight (MLA>SG)

We arrived a mere hour before the counters opened. I was surprised to see the queue of people. I thought it was for China Airlines beside ours, but I was wrong. All went quite fast and smoother than expected though. We then proceeded to immigration, then our boarding gates.

We were called to depart half an hour before time. It’s small just like other LCCs, and legroom was almost non-existent. Not that I cared about it. Seats were comfortable, and I was happy to be seated near the window.  Just a four-hour flight, I thought. We waited at the threshold for an aircraft to land before taking off. It was a little bumpy at first, but eventually became steady after a while.

As I got bored looking at the clouds, I glimpsed at the food menu in front of me. Only a slab of sandwiches were available, though. I instantly smelled it when the staff delivered it to our neighbor. It wafted in the air for some time, and I resisted to urge to order one. Damn.

Three hours and forty minutes passed.

We’re almost landing in Singapore. I immediately noticed their magnificent skyline and Sentosa’s merlion from afar. I got jittery and excited, but happy  that the rest of the flight went uneventful.

Flight (SG>MLA)

Here goes the disaster.

Well, not exactly. Sorry for my exaggeration. We were already inside the plane, comfortably watching videos on our phones when an announcer suddenly said that we have to go out and return to the airport terminal. Why? Yes, you’re right. The cliche technical malfunction problem. Do we have a choice? Of course not.

Everyone were talking out loud how incompetent the airline/staff was for not finding it out sooner,  and at the same time packing their stuff and starting to leave. We, too, headed our way.

We waited for about two hours (or more) until we were called again to board. My mind was wandering? Is this another plane now? I sure hope they fixed whatever problem there was.

My question was never answered. Not that I bothered asking anyone anyway. We were all probably tired, that’s why.

My rating (1-10)
 
Website: 8
On-ground crew: 8
In-flight service: 7
Seat comfort: 8
Cabin interior: 8
Cleanliness: 8
Punctuality: 6
Aircraft condition: 6
Overall rating: 8
Verdict
I would still recommend this airline despite the mishap we experienced. It offers cheap and reasonable prices, considering the destinations. Seats were relatively okay and in-flight staff were approachable. Their English is not that great but understandable. I wish I could recommend the sandwich but sadly, I didn’t try it. My bad. (Maybe I should, next time). But as with any other LCCs, do not expect much. You paid less for a reason. If you want more amenities, bigger legroom and a great flight experience, might as well spare more bucks for real airlines. Just my two-cents.
I hope this article would shed some light on those contemplating whether to jump on that next plane to Tokyo or Melbourne. Next on the list is Delta Airlines. Will update you on this soon enough. Carry on!
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End-of-the-Year party costume

One more week.

December 19th is fast approaching. And everyone’s been busy preparing for decorations, food, invites, presentations, and of course — costumes!

Our theme for this year’s party is …fantasy! It was supposed to be cosplay (costume play) but some disagreed due to costs. So yes, it was decided.

I eagerly scoured online for possible characters to play. I wanted something easy to find, cheap and instantly recognizable. It’s worth noting that Mickey Mouse is my favorite character. But I can’t play him (because he’s male?). So I chose his ‘wife’ Minnie instead!

Initially, I really wanted this:

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But then I realized it’s hard to find. And friends were telling me to customize instead by using home-made materials. Maybe this would suffice?

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That’s not me in the picture, by the way. I just wanted you to have an idea of what I will be wearing. What do you think? YAY or NAY?

Christmas in my Country

It’s almost December! And at the same time, Christmas is just around the corner. I can’t believe how time flies so fast.

Christmas is one of the most-awaited holidays here. We do it in such festive way. Giant decorations and lights surround streets and alleys. Super sale and huge discounts abound. It’s not hard to find wildly adorned structures, completely filled with Yuletide feels.

Now let me list down the popular activities/food before and after our Christmas:

Simbang Gabi (Night  Mass) – mostly practised because of tradition. Catholics and alike flock to churches all across town and hear their early lecture at roughly 03:00 in the morning. Other parishes also hold evening masses, though this is uncommon. After which, you can expect to be greeted with the salivating aroma of native delicacies such as bibingka and puto bumbong, among others.

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Bibingka – No Christmas is complete without this. My ultimate favorite:  bibingka! This one is traditionally cooked in clay pots lined with banana leaves. Basic ingredients include rice flour, egg, coconut milk, sugar, margarine/butter and water. Almost always, you’d see a slice of red salted egg and grated coconut as your topping.

Puto bumbong (Steamed glutinous rice) – Another popular in this season. It is colored purple (which looks yummy) which came from a mixture of sweet rice and black rice. It is usually served with butter, sugar and grated coconut. Yep, just like bibingka’s. Another must-try!

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Noche Buena – probably the most fun-filled event. What can you expect? It’s dinner time! That dinner before Christmas, that is. Exactly on the evening of the 24th of December. Everyone gathers around the table, ready to dive into an array of delicious foods and desserts. These would include, but not limited to, queso de bola (ball of cheese), spaghetti (or other type of noodle), fruit salad, and the famed ham.

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Gift-Giving – or we normally say Kris Kringle or simply exchange of gifts. I don’t know with the others, but we do this after the noche buena. I would usually prepare small gifts for my nieces and nephews, with (kinda) big presents for my brothers, cousins and parents.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!!! 

It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s supermOOn!!!

I just saw it. This morning. And I still can’t get over it. WOW.

I was planning to take a snap of it, but unfortunately, my phone’s battery was dead. Too bad.

The full moon of November 14, 2016 is not only the biggest, closest and brightest supermoon of this year. It’s the closest supermoon since January 26, 1948. That’s 68 effin years!

According to space.com, there are three supermoons this year. This one today was the second of the three. So what does that mean? I have one more chance to witness this phenomenon! And hopefully by then, I can catch a really nice photograph, print it out and plaster in my room.

What’s more, the full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034, according to a statement from NASA. I won’t have to wait for 18 more years. Yay!

 

Cute & Creepy Eats

So it’s that time of the year again! Amidst all the Halloween parties here and there, I have decided to gather some leftovers from the fridge. There were some pieces of hotdogs and marshmallows from the previous birthday bash.

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Popular finger food – hotdog & marshie on stick

Those were very popular among children. Now recently, while checking out some foodie blogs, I came across some fanciful desserts that are especially made during Halloween. I thought of giving it a try, considering the ingredients are all available within my reach.

First thing I tried was the cheesy fingers. It’s pretty simple! Just fry the dogs and cut a little in the midsection. I chose to put a slice of cheese to serve as the fingernail. Use ketchup as paste and dip.

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Second I did was the eyeball marhsmallows. I bought a pack of smarties for toppings and ketchup once again for the bloody drops.

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And here’s how it looked like.

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Again, these are all finger foods and can easily be consumed. I think this is perfect for Halloween home parties. Do you have any other flavorful ideas? Share ’em!

How to Avoid Burning Out

Essential tips to keep in mind; especially at this day and age.

MakeItUltra™

burnout.jpg“A good rest is half the work.” ~Buddhist Proverb

1. Remember why you started
What has inspired you to be on the path you are on? Anytime we forget our roots or the purpose for why we are in our current situation, it is easy to see our challenges only as difficulties. How many challenges have you overcome to get where you are? I am sure there are too many to count. It might be helpful to write down or say out loud the reasons why you started your endeavor. What was your intention? What was your goal? It is important for us to take a step back and remember who, what or why we decided to put energy into something.

2. You are not what you do
How do you identify yourself? Take a moment to reflect on how you describe yourself. Would you describe yourself as caring, generous or loving? Would you describe…

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Learning Japanese… the hard way

It’s been quite a while! I have been busy with extra-curriculars lately, that’s why. One thing I was working on was learning a new language: Nihonggo. And yes, I am an uber-beginner, like close to zero. Fortunately, there are tons of sites online for me to learn from. Honestly, I did have a hard time looking for the best, until my good friend recommended https://www.japanesepod101.comI checked it out, and found a lot of useful tools.

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I am currently done with at least 10 lessons out of 60 per season/module. And there are 9 modules each for absolute beginner, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. So imagine how long it would take to finish each. But after listening (or watching, if you prefer) to one audio lesson, I realized it’s not bad. Actually, it’s stuffed with all the relevant phrases one would need to survive daily activities. I am impressed. I continued and went along with the flow of the routine. I cannot say I am conversant yet (way too early for that) but I am definitely getting the hang of it. More practice, for sure, and I’d be better.

Is anyone else learning a new language now? Care to share handy tips & tricks? I’m all for it.

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IS IT ??!!??