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Year: 2017

HCMC – Saigon to everyone else

Vietnam was part of my growing up. The Vietnam war was on the TV news every night and on the front page of the newspaper every morning. My first political activity, as a schoolboy in my bright blue blazer, was to march in an anti-Vietnam War Moratorium march down King William Street in Adelaide. I left my Moritorium badge on and got sprung by my mother who happened to be on the same bus I caught home. (She didn’t disagree with the politics – just thought you didn’t need to protest.) Way back in 2003 The first time I visited Ho...

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Welcome to the new 2PAXfly

2PAXfly, like a gay divorcee, has had a bit of a make-over. 

We slung some starving artist a bit of cash and got a new logo, bribed some tech-heads to give us a new website platform, and sweet-talked our way into getting some cute graphics guy to do a redesign.

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Flight Review: Garuda Indonesia Domestic

Garuda Indonesia GA600 Jakarta (CGK) to Manado (MDC) July 28, 2016 Depart: 10:50 Arrive: 15:20 Duration: 3hrs 30mins Aircraft: Boeing 737-800 with NG Sky Interior Seat: Economy 36A   Despite a partial privatisation, Garuda Indonesia still remains a mostly government owned full service flag carrier. In 2010 Garuda joined the Skyteam Alliance and has continued to implement a fleet wide renewal program. Since then there have been a constant flow of improvements leading up to the airline being confirmed as a 5 Star Skytrax Airline in 2016. Garuda also recently won the coveted Skytrax award for the Worlds Best...

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How much difference does it make not to have to arrange your own Uber or Cab to the airport?

Part of the joy of first class travel – is that people do stuff for you. Except, sometimes they don’t. You see, to get the outsourced chauffeur service that is promised by Qantas for its first class passengers – you have to do a bit yourself. First, you need to know that this service exists. Second, you have to contact them – which thanks to the digital age, you can do via the Qantas website. When you go into ‘Manage Bookings’, it signals the possibility of the option – and if you click, it will either show or not show...

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