Flying with Jetstar Asia


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.


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.


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.



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


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


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
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!

Sentosa  Island

It’s true. This island is awesomely huge. You could probably visit and enjoy all attractions in three days (or maybe two). Well, it’s my assumption. Me and my buddy decided we’d only take the cable car and go to the most-visited place, Universal Studios!

Although we encountered some difficulty locating the ticket counter, we eventually found our way and easily exchanged our vouchers. Let me tell you that I AM acrophobic (extreme fear of heights). And as they say, face your fear. Okay, I thought of this many, many times. I told myself I wouldn’t EVER ride rollercoasters and the like, but this is different (I hope). I will just try.



The entire “trip” took only 15 minutes, but it felt like a lifetime for me. You know what I’m talking about, right? But I survived! Should I rejoice? Maybe. I halfheartedly enjoyed the spectacular view from our seats. I was screaming for a while, then I kept talking to myself. I can do this, I can do this. And I did, I guess.

After that excruciating, nerve-wracking, and gut-wrenching (at least for me) experience, we walked along the crowd. We saw Madame Tussauds along the way, but only took a pic outside.



Then, we were instructed to take the monorail going to USS. It was really cute.



Finally, we’re almost there! But first….


And who doesn’t love chocolate? Especially Hershey’s?!? I bet.



We saw the big Universal globe. Again, one of those famous backdrops. Tell you more on my next post! 😉

The Airbnb Experience

I am sure that as of this writing, many people have already tried using Airbnb. It is a popular app for traveling. It offers cheaper alternative to posh hotels that is commonly chosen by frequent travelers. But times has changed. People are always looking for creative ways to earn and to mingle with different people from various backgrounds. I think it is a very effective and smart way of accomplishing these goals. And Airbnb makes it achievable.

I must admit that I was adamant at first. But since most hotels in Singapore are relatively expensive compared to that of Bangkok or Hong Kong, I might as well give it a try. I also managed to read some blogs to check out feedback from previous users. It was generally positive, although there were a few warnings. Not that I didn’t mind it, but I believe that each person would always have a different experience.After scouring the internet for news, I decided to see it myself.

And oh, the website was very inviting. It was user-friendly and had many options available. I especially was impressed with how they plan to resolve problems that may occur during the rental period. That’s inevitable, right? At least they have some contingency solutions.

Anyhow, I found a really good space. It was a private room. I didn’t want to rent the whole house for three reasons: [1] too big for the two of us, [2] more expensive, and [3] we might be sharing it with tons of other people and we personally would like to avoid that as much as possible. Although we are just renting the room, the entire house was at our disposal. We were able to use the kitchen (mostly for heating water), dining room, and living room. We had the T&B for ourselves, which was really good.


After a few exchange of  messages with the host, we finalized everything and went on with the payment. We paid a total of 102 euros. Yes, it is euros.


We arrived and left the apartment safe and sound. Everything went well. The hosts were nice people and really gave us the best possible experience. We never felt like guests. We were even offered dinner, at one time. Remember to keep the place clean before you leave. It is very important. You would want to make a good impression, because they will also leave a feedback on your account afterwards. That would make it easier for other hosts to accept your reservation next time.

So if you are looking for an accommodation on your next vacation, why not check Airbnb and see how it’s like. I sure hope you will have a wonderful time. Just choose wisely, okay?


The Klook Experience

Before I go and travel, I always make sure to do my research. A part of it includes making reservations to amusement parks, museums, and the like. Then I stumbled into one site that was mentioned several times by many users: Klook. They all gave positive feedback about it and assured readers it is legit. Yes, that’s one major concern for everything that you do online. How do you know if it’s real? Well, it won’t hurt to ask a few people on how it went out for them. Check out blogs (like this ;)). But do make sure they are reliable and credible to begin with. They must have the information and actual documents to prove authenticity.

I started off by comparing the price they offered against other online sites. They turned out to be one of the cheapest, not the cheapest. Not bad, though. I was thinking if it was too low, it might be more risky. You know, too good to be true. And after some inquiry and further readings, I made up my mind. I will try it!

I initially booked for two tickets to Universal Studios. Then, I followed it up with the cable car. I found it both amusing. Anyhow, after several verification (which I honestly think is good), I was able to reserve a total of four tickets.


We paid the amount of S$164 using a credit card. In less than 24 hours, we got this by email:



And then I was wondering, where are the tickets? Oh, it was in the spam mail! Goodness, I thought I was scammed (just for a bit).



The verdict? The transaction was hassle-free and went smoothly. We simply gave the papers to the staff on the turnstiles and were immediately given access. Same thing with the cable car, although it took us five years (!) to locate the redemption counter. Thing is, the Vivo City mall was still closed at that time. It was a little over 7AM, I think. That is why we had to go around and find another entrance up ahead to the 3rd floor where the counter is. We got lost in translation after several attempts to ask directions, too. Whew. But all’s well that ends well, as what they say. When it was our turn to get in the cable car, we did not have an inch of a problem. So again, I am recommending this website. It is LEGIT. And we had a really memorable experience. I will definitely use it again for my future travels.

I am inviting you now! Go ahead and click here! Enjoy!