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Showing posts from January, 2013

Inflight Entertainment

As anyone who has trawled through my photos would know, my favourite inflight entertainment is the window. But on those dark nights over the ocean when there is nothing to see outside and I can't sleep there is nothing better than watching a movie. It doesn't have to be a good movie; in the oxygen starved environment of an aircraft cabin even a bad movie can be enjoyable. Light , fluffy , mindless action , slightly crazy , it's amazing what is watchable at 30,000 feet up. What I don't want to watch, let alone pay for, are the entertainment offerings of the low coast carriers. I joke that on Jetstar it's always a Steve Carell movie, but at least their long-haul flights have free cabin screens, though movies about the invention of the windscreen wiper, endlessly looped Two and a Half Men and surf sports are not to my taste. Scoot have just posted news about their new inflight streaming entertainment where you can either bring your own device or hire an iPad

Booking Asia

The flights are booked, so are the hotels (mostly). Leave from work has been approved. Alex is busy telling everybody that he is going on holidays in two months; our lives have become a countdown to the next trip again. This was to be an adventure on low cost airlines. It still is, though the selection is a little reduced. You can hop between an amazing number of destinations across Asia using low cost carriers (LCCs) like Jetstar , AirAsia , Tiger and Scoot , not to mention others from Indonesia, the Philippines, Korea and Japan. It's not that I want to fly LCCs - give me a bit of luxury anyday - but they can be a lot cheaper if you book at the right time. The idea was to go to Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan and Japan before returning to Australia. The first bookings were with Scoot from Sydney to Singapore and Taipei to Tokyo. This is despite my not so great experience with them last year. The price was just too compelling and we felt the discomfort should be tolerabl