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Flydazee: Travel deals you shouldn’t miss!

Satisfy your wanderlust with these irresistible offers from Cathay Pacific, Silk Air, Korean Air, and more.

Welcome to Flydazee, the newest section of Zee Lifestyle Online! Here, we break the news and give the lowdown on ultimate travel deals sooner than you can say, “Take off!”

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CATHAY PACIFIC

Travel to Maldives with Cathay Pacific

Travel to Maldives with Cathay Pacific

With the popularity of their Buy 1 Take 1 offer, Cathay Pacific has opened its reservations line for a limited time, purely to entertain these bookings.

The Buy 1 Take 1 offer, exclusive to BDO Express and American Express cardholders, gives travelers their second ticket for free upon purchase of a ticket to any destination. Destinations include South Korea (from US $450), Australia (from US $950), India (from US $1,060), Maldives (from US $1,150), the West Coast (from US $1,290), and Africa (from US $1,896).

Free tickets do not include taxes and other surcharges.

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PHILIPPINES AIRASIA

Travel to Taiwan with AirAsia

Travel to Taiwan with AirAsia

Already known for being one of the world’s low-cost airlines, AirAsia further lives up to its name with a special promo exclusive for Security Bank cardholders.

Fly to their two newest routes, Taiwan and Singapore, for only PHP 1,369 and PHP 1,469 respectively. A trip to Kuala Lumpur will also set travelers back a cool PHP 2,669 only. Travel period is until April 30, 2017.

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PHILIPPINE AIRLINES

Travel to Singapore with Philippine Airlines

Travel to Singapore with Philippine Airlines

Do away with the stress of overpacking with Philippine Airlines’ Carry Over Checked In Baggage Allowance. Whether it’s packing everything you need for winter season OOTDs or making sure you have space for all your pasalubong, you can now enjoy a bigger baggage allowance for free. PAL will carry over your checked in baggage allowance from international to domestic travels without charge.

PAL also recently launched a direct flight from Cebu to Singapore—talk about the perfect excuse to shop until you drop without worrying about excess baggage going home!

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SILK AIR

Travel to Laos with Silk Air

Travel to Laos with Silk Air

With newly launched flights to Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Laos, Silk Air and parent airline Singapore Airlines take pride in flying to every country in Southeast Asia. Although there are no direct flights from Cebu yet, Silk Air still makes the hidden charms of Laos more accessible to people now, especially with trips to main hub Singapore starting at US $95!

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KOREAN AIR

Travel to Seoul, South Korea with Korean Air

Travel to Seoul, South Korea with Korean Air

You know how everyone likes to buy most—if not all—of their flights during the holidays? Korean Airlines proves it’s for a very good reason with their unbelievable rates. Book now until December 31, 2016 and fly from Cebu to Seoul starting at US $389, to Vancouver starting US $695, and to Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle from US $715. Travel period until April 30, 2017 only.

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BONUS! THE FLYTPACK

Flytpack Travel WiFi (Photo: Facebook)

Flytpack Travel WiFi (Photo: Facebook)

On a recent trip to Taipei, while everyone scoured the streets to look for affordable local SIM cards, my roommate Tricia Ivy Gullas (of The Freeman) introduced me to the Flytpack. It’s a personal wireless modem that lets users have unlimited mobile data over a secure network overseas. The device can accommodate up to five gadgets (or users, if you’re feeling generous), and also doubles as a power bank. With it, my Instagram posts are real time and I can check for directions without worrying about roaming charges! It’s THE ultimate travel essential, one I’m definitely getting for myself next time I take off. – Patty Taboada, editor 

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THROWBACK THURSDAY. Our Stylish Voyage on a Boat with Loida and Richard

FOR SAIL

With hosts Loida Montesclaros and Richard Forteau, we take entertaining to the high seas.

by Shari Quimbo photography Steffen Billhardt

The sky was decidedly gloomy on the Sunday afternoon Loida Montesclaros and Richard Forteau invited a small group of us for a sail, the clouds getting darker as I make my way to Porter’s Marina, where the Blue Planet was docked.

“Richard built the boat himself in Cebu,” Loida explains, going on to share that he was the former honorary French consul in Cebu. “It was built here, and I designed the interiors.”

All that work certainly paid off—Loida and Richard would often sail the boat out to different Philippine destinations such as El Nido, Siargao, Boracay and the Gigantes Islands in Iloilo. These could mean days-long journeys that sometimes meant dealing with some rough seas. Quick day trips, much like the one we were about to embark on, were also a regular past time.

Loida gives me a quick tour of the boat then shows off her tropical spread. With its bright blue and white floral seating, the cabin’s dining area is already a pretty festive site. “I wanted to keep it simple,” she tells me, arranging her fresh fruits around on the banana leaf-covered wooden slabs she was using as serving trays. “And I wanted it to look more local, more tropical. We are on the water, after all.”

The bamboo slats of the dining table were the perfect backdrop to Loida’s spread, which featured tropical fruits alongside an entire roll of lechon belly, fresh lumpia, empanada and steamed shrimp.

The highlight of the table, though, was the chicken liver pate, a dish that Richard makes himself. “Luckily, the French love to cook,” Loida jokes conspiratorially.

Finally, it was time to take the vessel out onto the high seas, and the group makes its way above deck to enjoy the view. The cool sea breeze was a bit stronger than usual, something that had to do with the dark rain clouds looming above us—something that would have deterred any other group, but not this adventurous bunch. Armed with a glass of champagne in one hand and a biscuit smeared with pate on the other, many stand against the railing, admiring the sight of the sky turning orange above the Mactan Channel.

And then it starts to pour. No matter, though—as the rain pounds against the deck, the party finds its way down below. A bottle of wine is opened, and then another, while a second pot of pate is transferred on a plate. Our captain waits until the waves calm before he brings us back ashore.

(This story has already been published in the printed edition of Zee Lifestyle Magazine’s November 2016 issue as one of the Entertaining Features on pages 82-85.)

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Culture

Experience authentic Korean Barbeque at Da-In Restaurant

Filipinos are crazy for Korean barbecue. As such, there are a lot of places that are offering Korean barbecue. But Da-In restaurant isn’t just one of those restaurants.

Located in Salinas Drive in Lahug, Cebu, Da-in restaurant is a joint project between the Creative Cuisine Group and Da-Won restaurant. With state-of-the-art grilling stations in each table and various Korean cuisines ready to be served, Da-In would surely sate your Korean barbecue cravings without any hassle.

Visit Da-In restaurant today!

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Head Up North, Where A Relaxing Escapade is in Store at Maayo San Remigio

On your next trip out of the city, head up North to Maayo San Remigio, where a relaxing escapade awaits.

Oftentimes, when it comes to deciding the next travel destination, the Northern part
of Cebu is overlooked in favour of its Southern end. The South boasts of sunny beaches,
cascading waterfalls and the popular whale sharks who have made its waters their home.
While these are beautiful aspects that the South has to offer, the North is just as—if not
more—abundant in offerings. The North’s natural scenery is relatively untouched, and on top
of that, it’s less likely to be flocked by tourists.

This means more opportunities for a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the
city. The roads heading North are long and winding, yet the beauty that lies at the end of the
journey proves that the trip is worth it. Knowing that, where does one go in the North?

Hidden away in the northern part of Cebu, Maayo San Remigio is a haven for those
who seek peace and serenity, making it an alluring abode for a sojourn on the island.

The resort’s guest rooms are vibrant and reminiscent of the Carribean.

Approximately a 3-hour drive from the city, the resort grants access to a tropical
retreat with a captivating beachfront setting—a charming destination away from the daily
hustle. Whether on its fine white sands and blue waters or inside the cozy rooms, Maayo
San Remigio is a delight to local and foreign tourists alike.

A newly-opened resort under Maayo Hotels flagship, Maayo San Remigio is a
destination that guarantees a refreshing, laidback experience, sure to wash away the worries
you brought with you from the city.

A clean white aesthetic is made tropical with bamboo accents and greenery.

It’s equipped with a mix of luxurious relaxation and wellness, fun and entertainment,
and enticing wining and dining options. This Caribbean-inspired resort is a serene hideaway
on a lush slice of tropical paradise with emphasis on ultimate comfort and exclusivity.

The resort’s location makes it doubly precious; scattered throughout the resort
grounds are viewing areas that grant you access to the sunset. Watch the sun sink down the
horizon by the infinity pool, on the beach’s shoreline, or atop the cliffside with the waves
crashing below. When night falls, the stars come out to dance across the clear skies, making
for an unparalleled stargazing experience.

Sunsets at Maayo San Remigio are a sight to behold.

Maayo San Remigio blends authentic Cebuano hospitality with its tranquil
atmosphere and exceptional design. Its well-appointed rooms and villas ensure a relaxing staycation, while its thoughtful amenities and facilities evoke a feeling of belonging in
paradise. The resorts brings the culinary excellence that is found in the Maayo Hotels brand,
creating palate-pleasing Filipino dishes with a modern twist. Complemented by the resort’s
wide menu of drinks—from juices to cocktails to shakes—one will truly enjoy a stay here.

So on your next trip out of the city, head up North to Maayo San Remigio, where a
relaxing escapade awaits.

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