Big Fat Idiot Orders Flight Attendant to Wipe his Butt

Enormous American dickhead orders EVA Air (Taiwan) flight attendant to wipe his ass for him during a flight from LA to Taipei.

I’m going to put this one in the “Travel Tips – What Not to do” category.

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Boracay Closed to Tourism for 6 Months

Boracay in central Philippines and one of the most famous and well visited holiday spots in the country will be closed to tourism for at least the next 6 months.

With well over 2 million visitors in 2017 in an area of just 4 square km’s, Boracay has been getting increasingly crowded and infrastructure strained over the past few years. For those who’ve been there recently it’s, frankly, starting to resemble the Aussie Bogans’ playground of Kuta in Bali (The Ugly Australian is such a blight on our beautiful island neighbour that even Australians pause before booking a holiday there.”). To be fair, the issues in Boracay are related more to genuine infrastructure capacity, rather than the Aussie tendency to foul their own nests. But I digress…………

President Duterte issued the order in February (“I’ll give you six months……Clean the goddamn thing!”). Residents will be allowed to come and go, but both local and foreign tourists will be blocked at the mainland ferry port starting April 26. The nearby airports of Caticlan and Kalibo will continue operating as they are located on the mainland, but Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air have both confirmed they will offer refunds and rebooking.

Experience Cherry Blossoms in Singapore!

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Japan’s Cherry Blossoms are one of those ‘must do’ travel experiences for many people but, if you can’t make it to Japan at this time of year, you might still be able to participate in ‘hanami‘ in Singapore.

Marina Gardens by the Bay are holding their inaugural ‘Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) from 16th March to 8th April (9.00am – 9.00pm) along with a range of additional Japanese themed activities and display’s. Full details here.

Changi Grabs “Best Airport” Title for 6th Consecutive Year!

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Changi Airport in Singapore has held onto the top spot in Skytrax’ “Best Airport” survey for the 6th year running – incidentally, the only airport to do this since the annual survey began in 1999.

Asian airports dominated the top rankings, taking out 6 of the top 10 spots, with Munich, Heathrow, Zurich, and Frankfurt also in the mix. (Heathrow? Really???).

Local Festivals in the Philippines (18th – 24th Feb 2018)

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Boling-Boling Festival

Residents of the town of Catanauan in Quezon province dress up in any costume they fancy and roam around town. Some of them imitate personalities they like or someone they hate and make fun of them. The festival is said to serve as a symbolic spiritual cleansing in time for the Lenten season.

Feb. 19 to 23

Caragan Festival

The Aeta culture is celebrated in this festival in Mabalacat City, Pampanga province. Among the festivities include a job fair, bazaar, photo and art exhibit as well as a native games presentation. The festival also coincides with the town fiesta.

Feb. 21 to 27

Kalilangan Festival

A weeklong festival in General Santos City, South Cotabato province, coinciding with the city’s founding anniversary. Kalilangan was derived from the Maguindanaon word “kalilang,” which means celebration or commemoration. Activities include a fashion show, cultural workshop, concert, agriculture fair and a street dancing competition.

Compiled by Kathleen de Villa, Inquirer Research

 

Boodle Fight!!!!

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If you’re lucky and have been successful at making friends in the Philippines you may have the terrific experience of being invited to a Boodle Fight! Boodle Fights originated in the Filipino military when a big pile of food (rice, meats, fruits, vegetables) for the hungry men was served on banana leaves in the middle of a long table in the mess hall. There were no plates and no cutlery and the men simply grabbed what they could with their hands before the food ran out (hence ‘fight’). The tradition lives on and is about as Filipino a dining experience as you can get. The modern Boodle Fight is often an (extended) family affair and, if you’re fortunate enough to be invited to one, roll up your sleeves, leave your pretensions at home, and have fun!

Asia-Pac’ dominates world’s busiest air routes

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OAG Aviation Worldwide Ltd have just released their annual ‘Punctuality League’ report for 2017 which includes ranking for the busiest Domestic and International air routes.

Asia-Pac’ dominated with 7 of the 10 busiest domestic routes in the region, the top one being the trip between Seoul and Jeju – a small holiday island and UNESCO World Heritage site of the South Korean Coast.

Second was Australia’s Melbourne – Sydney route.

The full report is at OAG.