TRAVEL: How to Survive a Long Haul Flight

Tips for Surviving Long Flights

I count myself a tough cookie when it comes to flying long-haul. I have survived 9-hour layovers, barely missing my check-in, 6-hour delays, sleeping on airport sofas and even leaving my phone on the airplane. Yet, all of these are nothing compared to the challenge of emerging from the airplane after anything longer than a 10-hour flight looking immaculate.

Since my last trip to California in July 2015, it has been a while since I flew long distance – recent trips have been within Asia. With the upcoming Fiji trip on the calendar, I thought I would share this list of tips on how to survive on a long haul flight.

Travel tips How to Survive a Long Distance Flight

1. Get comfy

Dressing for a long-haul flight is an art. Not only do you have to survive the frigid cold in the airport and the airplane, you want to be as comfortable as possible too (no bandage dresses in hopes of getting an upgrade, girls!). Then, there is the challenge of doing all of that, AND being stylish. So, in my books, sweatpants are a big no-no. I tried it once and it looked like I was going to bed instead of boarding an airplane. The key to being comfortable and stylish at the same time? I count sneakers, stretchy jeans and a blazer/sweater or a leather jacket as the three must-haves in my travel style file.

Another travel hack to getting comfy on board a flight, is to look for a row of empty seats when the chance presents itself. This way you can stretch out when you sleep and get more space without bothering your neighbours.

2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

We all know that going into an airplane turns you into a prune, therefore it is no surprise that this is high on the list of things to do while on the airplane.  Aside from hydrating with water while on-board (yes, I am one of those pesky flyers that asks for water every 5 minutes), you might even want to hydrate and lotion up before boarding that airplane. It does wonders for your skin.

3. Charge everything

… and I mean everything – your phones, your tablet, your portable banks, your Kindle, whatever gadget you need to keep you entertained for the next 10 hours. Luckily most cross atlantic flights come with in-flight entertainment these days. However, if your flight does not come with in-flight entertainment, you will be glad that you brought a whole host of options.

I normally load up on e-books for any long haul flight, although I must admit, most of the time I end up doing the next thing on this list.

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OOTD: Military Mondays

REVOLVE Clothing Lacademie

REVOLVE Clothing Lacademie

The last 2 weeks have been highly eventful. We had our Indonesian partner from the Tex Saverio office fly into Manila. That meant 3 full days of back-to-back meetings and non-stop snacking. Things are starting to pick up and certainly moving faster than expected. We are targeted to launch in June!

Revolve L'Academie Military Outfit

With my calendar packed to the brim with meetings and the summer heat upon us, balancing business casual means pairing a pinstriped top with denim shorts. 

Sneakers are still my go-to footwear these days. These cream-colored Chucks II landed in my shoe closet last month, and I have paired them with pretty much everything: dresses, jeans, shorts, skirts etc. 

Let’s talk sneakers for bit because I am a bit of a sneaker head. Aside from the extra cushioning in the Chucks II, the souped-up version of these Converse sneakers, dropped the signature red line on its exterior. 

REVOLVE Clothing Lacademie

If you prefer this look for a night time event, just switch up the denim shorts for regular jeans and throw on a pair of your favourite heeled pumps for an elegant and chic look.

Outfit of the day
Striped Military Shirt: L’Academie
Sneakers: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II in Parchment
Sunglasses: Sunnies

Photos by Hungry Geeks.

Celebrate with SM by the Bay

HV Manila SM Mall of Asia

Valentine’s Day, this year was a special affair for H and I. Aside from it being our first Valentine’s as a married couple, we went back to the place that we first watched the spectacular sunset together in Manila almost 4 years ago: SM by the Bay. It is hard to forget a sunset that painted the sky flaming orange, deep blue and pastel pink.

SM by the Bay

Our relationship status may have changed, but the sunsets at SM by the Bay sure haven’t. I have been going to SM Mall of Asia since my first trip to Manila, there is always so much to see and shop! However, it was only recently that I discovered the wide array of food options, entertainment and fun park rides at SM by the Bay!

SM Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia

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Art Fair Philippines 2016

Art Fair Philippines 2016 The Link

I love art, but I cannot for sure say that I am a connoisseur of it. Certainly, I can appreciate the effort, beauty and the creativity behind each piece. So after touring 3 levels of the Art Fair Philippines, I was inspired to create some art with the lines of the car park.

Art Fair Philippines 2016 The Link

I call it “Crossing the Line”. What do you think?

Perhaps I will leave the creativity to the professionals. Haha.

There was a good mix of both local Filipino artists, art galleries and international artists present at the 2016 Art Fair. Here are some of the awe-inspiring pieces at the 2016 Art Fair Philippines.

Art Fair Philippines 2016 The Link

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OOTD: Love Works in Mysterious Ways

Keeping to the theme of reds for the season, H and I decided to try out our first couple outfit for the Valentine’s festivities. Interestingly enough, we both had a deep red wine item in our closet, bought at varying times in our relationship. Him a pair of red pants purchased last year from Zara and me the signature pleated crop top from Innit Bangkok’s new 2016 Love collection.

Dinner at Unit 27 was a special affair – not only was there a special Valentine’s menu, we had friends visiting dine together with us. Pairing the top with the Lovers and Friends split maxi skirt and gladiator sandals kept the glam factor high yet casual for our date. Afterwards, Deadpool was our choice of a date movie. Not the most conventional of Valentine movie choices, but we definitely had a ball of a time.

Outfit of the day
Top: Innit Bangkok Red Wine crop top
Black Split Skirt: Lovers + Friends XOXO Maxi Skirt
Gold gladiator sandals: Glamorous
Black Bag: Chanel Cruise Collection 2015

OOTD: Spring Pink

Chinese New Year Spring Outfit

The year never actually starts until after Chinese New Year. Being Chinese, ushering in the New Year with a new animal usually means a change of luck – usually for the better. That being said, January is thus a “trial month” because nothing actually gets done until mid-Feb.

Spring Chinese New Year Outfits

The celebration of the arrival of Spring, is also a season of renewal. This, thus results in the yearly ritual of wearing new clothes from head-to-toe on the first few days during visitations. It was a bit of a mad rush this year. H and I only returned 2 days before the first day of the Lunar New Year and aside from shopping for new clothes, spring cleaning the house is another important ritual that happens before the New Year. There is much significance in throwing out the old to welcome the new; my wardrobe certainly subscribes to this saying seeing how it is already bursting at the seams.

Outfit wise, red is usually the popular color of choice. Bright colors are favored signifying bright times ahead. This year I decided on a pink jumpsuit appropriately printed with flowers. And, I even went as far as having flowers on my nails with DIY stickers.

I hope you all had a wonderful Lunar New Year celebration, because I certainly did by indulging my favourite CNY treat: pineapple tarts!

Here’s to the Year of the Monkey bringing us good luck, fortune and abundance!

Spring Chinese New Year Outfits

Chinese New Year Nail Art DIY

Outfit of the day: 
Pink jumpsuit: BaoGongZi
Brown belt: Dolce & Gabbana
White lace-up sandals: BeBe
Bag: Chanel Classic 2.55 Jumbo