Sunday, January 29, 2017

Stand up paddle boarding for kids with FILISUP

Stand up paddle boarding for kids with FILISUP

FUN IN THE SUN FOR WATERBABIES 

Now that summer is only a few months away in the Philippines, parents can encourage their children to try out different water sports, especially since this is the best and most fun way to fight off the heat.

There are also so many beautiful Philippine beaches and lakes to see in the country that families won’t be in want of finding a cool place to splash around.

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STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING FOR KIDS


Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) is becoming more and more popular globally, as it is one of the easiest water sports beginners can get into. In fact, FiliSUP  by Jose Antonio “Tono” Legarda has garnered numerous mini and eager participants.

Stand up paddle boarding for kids with FILISUP

Stand-up Paddleboarding is a good entry for kids to get into water sports as it teaches them how to maintain their balance and navigate the waters on their own.

In a way, SUP helps children understand the important of weather conditions and wind patterns, as these elements affect how they move on the paddleboard along the water.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS
OF JUNIOR PADDLEBOARDERS: 


Stand up paddle boarding for kids with FILISUP

1. Always make sure that paddle boarders are wearing life vests.

2. It’s best if children know how to swim before trying out Stand-up Paddleboarding.

Stand up paddle boarding for kids with FILISUP

3. Two heads are better than one! Stand Up Paddleboarding is a very social water sport so it would be more fun if a child is accompanied by their parents or other friends.

4. Make sure to bring along a tumbler of water to keep from being dehydrated. And since participants can choose how fast and how powerful they want to paddle their boards, entire families can set out on the water and just leisurely paddle along the water as parents bond with their kids, ensuring a simple yet fun way to enjoy the summer and live a #Travelife.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The world's most punctual airlines and airports for 2017



UK-based travel analysts OAG has just released its rankings for punctuality in the airline industry. Now you know which airlines to use and which airports to fly from if you need to get to your destination quickly.

The top airlines in terms of punctuality are: 

Hawaiian Airlines
Copa Airlines 
KLM 
Qantas 
Japan Airlines 
FlyBe 
Alaska Airlines 
Iberia 
Monarch Airlines
Singapore Airlines

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The top airports in terms of punctuality are: 

Tokyo Haneda (Japan)
Sao Paulo Guarulhos (Brazil) 
Detroit (USA)
Atlanta (USA)
Minneapolis (USA)
Seattle (USA)
Moscow Sheremetyevo (Russia)
Singapore Changi 
Munich (Germany) 
Phoenix (USA) 

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The top large airports in terms of punctuality are:

Surabaya (Indonesia)
Honolulu (Hawaii)
Salt Lake City (USA)
Brasilia (Brazil)
Brisbane (Australia)
Sao Paulo-Congonhas (Brazil)
Portland (USA)
Johannesburg (South Africa)
Athens (Greece) 
Copenhagen (Denmark)


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Vista Hideaway Phuket Patong MGallery opens in Phuket, Thailand

Vista Hideaway Phuket Patong MGallery opens in Phuket, Thailand

Set on a verdant hillside overlooking some of Thailand's best beaches, the prime location of Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong MGallery by Sofitel is the perfect setting for a private hideaway for families and couples seeking tranquil island adventure.

While drawing its inspiration from the traditional culture, arts and way of life of the local villages of Thailand, guests will find all of the luxurious comforts and amenities they have come to expect from MGallery by Sofitel.

ABOUT MGALLERY BY SOFITEL


Vista Hideaway Phuket Patong MGallery opens in Phuket, Thailand

MGallery by Sofitel are AccorHotels' collection of inimitably enchanting, unique boutique hotels offering havens for those who relish off-the-beaten-track experiences,” says Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels, Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia.

He added: “Our vision is to seek out singular destinations that offer a memorable experience and the natural beauty of Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong MGallery by Sofitel's surroundings, contemporary Thai design and warm hospitality defines the 'hideaway boutique hotel' concept.”

Hotel Manager Alberto J. Lugo-Vina added, “Avista Hideaway Phuket is a tranquil and serene sanctuary that encapsulates the essence of Thailand's rich heritage amidst awe-inspiring natural surroundings.

VISTA HIDEAWAY PHUKET PATONG MGALLERY
OPENS IN PHUKET, THAILAND 

Vista Hideaway Phuket Patong MGallery opens in Phuket, Thailand


The hideaway Thai village theme of the Avista Hideaway Phuket is featured prominently in the hotel's 150 rooms and suites, each infused with classic motifs and Thai-inspired interior décor of rich local woods and natural stones.

The family-friendly hotel also features three themed swimming pools with saltwater filtration system, a kid's club, games room, mini putting green and virtual golf game, spa, fitness centre, library, and business centre.

Vista Hideaway Phuket Patong MGallery opens in Phuket, Thailand
The aptly named Vista all-day-dining restaurant serves contemporary Thai and international cuisine, while Sizzle, the resort's rooftop steakhouse serves a variety of seafood dishes and the Rendez-Vue Rooftop bar offers an array of tapas and cocktails.

The Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong MGallery by Sofitel is 45 kilometres from Phuket International Airport and a five-minute stroll from Jungceylon Shopping Complex, numerous fine seafood restaurants and popular nightspots.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Shooting at Florida Airport causes chaos and panic



Just a few hours earlier, a lone gunman walked into Terminal 2 of the international airport of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, international airport, gateway to many Florida, the home of theme parks and amusement centers for travelers from abroad and their families.

Delta Airlines and Air Canada are some  of the major international airlines that use this Terminal 2.

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UPDATE ON FLORIDA AIRPORT SHOOTING

So far, according to unconfirmed reports, he has killed five people and injuring 13 in Fort Lauderdale International Airport's Terminal 2 before authorities were able to overpower him and further killings were averted.

The gunman got as far as the airport tarmac, according to eyewitnesses, so there were reportedly several injured and dead in the tarmac area itself.

The gunman has been identified as Esteban Santiago and he is currently being detained for interrogated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The safest airlines in the world for 2017



This post is about the safest airlines in the world for 2017.

The aviation industry website Airlineratings.com has just released its picks for the top 20 safest airlines in the world, and we at #Travelife Magazine, the leading travel & lifestyle publication, are very happy to note that most of these safe international airlines are our valued partners.

Congratulations to these safest airlines in the world.

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THE WORLD'S SAFEST AIRLINES FOR 2017


In alphabetical order, the safest airlines in the world are:

Air New Zealand
Alaska Airlines
All Nippon Airways (ANA)
British Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways
Delta Air Lines
Etihad Airways
EVA Air
Finnair
Hawaiian Airlines
Japan Airlines
KLM
Lufthansa
Scandinavian Airline System (SAS) 
Singapore Airlines
Swiss
United Airlines (UA)
Virgin Atlantic 
Virgin Australia


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Where to go and what to do in Hakodate


OF SECRETS AND MILES 

The cherry blossoms in Japan

The cover story for this issue of Travelife Magazine, one of Asia's leading travel publications for upmarket travelers, was shot in the lovely city of Hakodate in northern Japan in late spring just as the famous cherry blossoms of Japan were in full bloom.

The TRAVELIFE Magazine team took the new bullet train, opened just a few weeks prior, from Tokyo to Hakodate to explore this city that is truly a fusion of East and West because of its history and its strategic port location.



Then several months later, TRAVELIFE columnist MICHELLE BARRERA journeyed on her own to Hakodate via Tokyo to visit its most interesting places and to pen the main cover story.

TRAVELIFE Managing Editor CEIA YLAGAN adds her own thoughts from her visit.

TRAVELIFE COVER SHOOT IN HAKODATE

Travelife in Hakodate Port


Kevin Mara Lapena
Model

Bryan Arevalo
Photographer

Ceia Ylagan
Stylist


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JAPAN’S FOODIE HEAVEN 


We’ve placed Hakodate on the cover of Travelife Magazine because for several years running now, this northernmost island of Japan, as well as its last frontier, has been one of the hottest destinations in Asia – even in the coldest depths of winter.

However, most travelers have headed straight for Sapporo, gateway of most international flights to Hokkaido,  and for Niseko, one of top ski places in Asia. Niseko reportedly has the best snow in this part of the world.

Hakodate seafood market

In contrast, Hakodate, with its graceful neighborhoods and old-fashioned tram, as well as its amazing seafood market, have largely been given the miss, even if Japanese connoisseurs consider Hakodate’s seafood among the best in Japan.

 So we thought we’d shed some light on one of Japan’s top foodie places.

JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF THE WORLD 



As always, we’ve covered the rest of the world as well, including some truly exotic and interesting destinations.

Our adventurous Travelife columnist DONDI JOSEPH, who took a short break from writing to travel to the wildest parts of this world, has returned with a vengeance with a fascinating account of his no-frills adventure cruise to the Arctic, to as far as humanly possible.



Together with a group of equally passionate photographers, he boarded a Tall Ship to the edge of what we know of our world, which is about 1000 kilometers away from the North Pole.

His account is so compelling that even I, the die-hard luxury traveler, am considering ditching my usual favorite cruise lines like the Regent Seven Seas and Silversea, or the AMA Waterways river ship, for a chance to reach the edge of the world on a ship without 24-hour room service.

It’s not likely to happen, but the fact that I am even considering it sheds light on Dondi’s talents for persuasion.

FOODTRIPPING IN BARCELONA




TRAVELIFE Columnist Michelle Barrera not only pens the cover story for this issue, but she also writes about a food and culture trip to Barcelona that involved some cooking and some exploring of local haunts around the city.

She even took to a bike to explore all the nooks and crannies of beautiful Barcelona, having a grand time in the process.


THE GOURMET SAFARI IN AFRICA



Meanwhile, Travelife's food columnist JEROME MARTIN flew to South Africa for a safari with some buddies and ended up discovering how safari lodges have upped their game even further these days. He's used to luxury safaris so he's pretty jaded about the safari experience in general; but this time, he returned raving more about the great food on the hunt than about the exotic animals.

Or maybe this is just because his eyes were focused on the delicious and Instagram-perfect picnic spreads prepared by the rangers rather than on the lions in the distance. Either way, his stomach was full and his spirit happy over a stint in the great outdoors.



WHERE YOU SHOULD GO. NOW. 


Finally, Istanbul is a destination that is not on many people’s minds these days because of recent unfortunate events.

However, it should be on your bucket list if you still haven't been because this beautiful city, bereft of the usual gaggle of travelers, has now become the world’s best kept secret. Of course, there's been and these terrible events are keeping tourists away.

Dinner at Mezze by Lemon Tree
in Istanbul

Frankly, it's just a matter of knowing where to go in Istanbul and traveling smart: avoiding crowded places and public transportation when possible, and choosing hotels and itineraries wisely.

GREAT DISCOUNTS ON HOTELS & SHOPPING IN ISTANBUL

In Istanbul recently, living a Travelife

Almost all the wonderful hotels in Istanbul are now offering discounts. In addition, shopping is a bargain and the long lines to the museums are gone – for now. And yet Istanbul is still its usual intoxicating self.



And if you’re looking for a hotel that’s under-the-radar but over the top in terms of comfort and luxury, I’ve written about one of my favourites.

Wherever you are in this world, we wish you the happiest of holidays and another wonderful year, living a Travelife.



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Kerry Hotel will open in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong

The Kerry Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong
This post is about how the Kerry Hotel will open in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong this April 2017.

Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, Hong Kong's first five-star urban resort by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, is located on the picturesque waterfront of Hung Hom Bay.

ABOUT KERRY HOTEL IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, HONG KONG

Standing at 16 storeys by the bay, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong rises to be the latest icon on the Kowloon skyline, animating the waterfront and promenade with design excellence, and embracing the neighbourhood with activities and lifestyle enjoyment.

Designed by internationally acclaimed interior designer Andre Fu, the hotel offers 546 rooms and suites, with the majority commanding incredible views, designed to pamper guests with pure comfort and understated luxury.

HOTEL ROOMS WITH A VIEW IN HONG KONG

The Kerry Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong
Each room is fitted with floor to ceiling windows showcasing the magnificent Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong skyline.

Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong aims to build a vibrant hub where visitors and locals feel welcome and find many intuitive touches. With the most spacious hotel meeting space, expansive alfresco venues, wellness facilities, and trendsetting food and beverage concepts, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong is about more ideas, more fun and more room for life.

The Kerry Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong
The hotel is seamlessly connected to the rest of Hong Kong via MTR, ferry, a bus interchange station, taxi and limousine services, and only a short distance from the Tsim Sha Tsui East shopping district and attractions.

HOW TO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR THE KERRY HOTEL IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, HONG KONG

The Kerry Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong
Guests can book its exclusive opening offer on the Kerry Hotel website to enjoy the following benefits:

 · Complimentary upgrade to the next room category 
 · Or complimentary buffet breakfast for two persons per night  
 · Or 20 per cent off the Best Available Rate 
 · Two complimentary drinks at The Hung Hom Wine Bar per stay 
 · Complimentary initial minibar upon arrival per stay 
 · Access to the 24-hour fitness club facilities 
 · Use of the heated 25-metre outdoor swimming pool