國泰假期最新推出一系列聖誕精選套票,多個亞洲目的地包括曼谷、峴港、新加坡、宿霧、東京、大阪及峇里,只需港幣 3,990 起。當中兩大聖誕熱門目的地首爾及札幌,更已預留機位。

Cathay Holidays is now offering a series of Christmas escapes, starting from only HK$3,990, to destinations across Asia including Bangkok, Da Nang, Singapore, Cebu, Tokyo, Osaka, and Bali, with block bookings still available for popular places such as Seoul and Sapporo.

想過一個浪漫聖誕?可選擇聖誕熱點首爾。街道上充滿令你胃口大開的街頭小食檔攤,在冬天吃烤番薯和烤栗子最好不過。多款刺激動感的冬日活動包括滑雪、溜冰、冰上釣魚等,亦可令佳節更添樂趣。

Seoul is a special city in which to spend Christmas, and it can be very romantic! The winter street food – such as sweet potatoes and chestnuts – is one highlight, with skiing, skating and ice-fishing being popular pursuits in and just outside town.

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想過白色聖誕的話當然少不了札幌,除了於各大百貨公司、地下商店瘋狂購物,你亦可由札幌出發到附近的滑雪場,特別推介從市中心出發車程較短的藻岩山,你可在那裡找到小型滑雪道,適合一家大細享受親子時光!

Sapporo is, of course, famous as a fun winter destination, and being in the far north of Japan has developed into a city that is tailor-made for getting the most out of winter. There are plenty of cosy department stores, underground shopping plazas and even a ski resort right on the edge of town. Mount Moiwa is just a short bus or tram ride from the centre of Sapporo and has a small ski lodge and several slopes that don’t feature on the usual tourist itineraries, but which are ideal for families with different levels of skiing ability.

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現在就及早計劃!多款聖誕精選套票現可於網上即時訂購,立即瀏覽

So take a break this Christmas, and see what the region has to offer during the festive season. Please click here for full details of Cathay Holidays’ Christmas Specials and to make your online reservations.



圖片來源: 株式会社札幌振興公社 Belle 327@ 部落人生

Image Source: Sapporo Development Corporation, Belle 327@ 部落人生 

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With its beachfront location, a swimmable lagoon spanning 3,668 square metres of clear blue saltwater, and inviting pools, The St. Regis Bali Resort offers all that guests might desire in a tropical paradise. But of course, there is so much more. Exquisite dining with a view—al fresco or ensconced in a private gazebo. Cocktails in the classic King Cole Bar. Sheer relaxation in the Remède Spa, an exclusive destination with 12 treatment rooms, including two Spa Suites and island-inspired treatments using natural, healing ingredients.

"Anything outdoor?"

High or low tide, the resort’s sandy beach leads to refreshing ocean dips and snorkeling in crystal waters. The onsite Water Sports Centre is pleased to arrange snorkeling, kayaking, wind-surfing, canoeing, or kite surfing equipment for use at the resort.

Other activities include a fully equipped Fitness Center, reading in the resort’s air-conditioned and well-stocked Library, shopping for local and individually produced art pieces and jewelry or at La Boutique. Nearby, guests will find fascinating day trips, all easily arranged with the resort’s concierge.

"I want to go! Where can I find more information?"

Cathay Pacific Holidays is offering a 3-day, 2-night The St. Regis Bali Resort package starting at HKD9,410.  With 24-hour butler service, a  60 mins Aqua Vitale Sea Salt Bath Therapy and 1 classic afternoon tea at King Cole Bar for maximum 2 persons by departing before July 12, 2012.  Click here for more! 

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK : “And The Winner Is …”
Bewitching BaliOur winning image this week comes from Suwandi Chandra who rose to our “Monotone Magic “challenge — taking this hauntingly beautiful black and white photograph of the famed Lot Bali Temple during a stormy evening in paradise!  Suwandra used a tripod and long exposure to ensure that the sea was transformed into a ghostly “fog”, thereby focusing the viewer’s attention on the temple.  
Congratulations to Suwandi who wins a HKD300 cash coupon.
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If you would like to enter our Photo of the Week competition, watch out for the next call for entries (coming very soon — so keep visiting the blog!).  If your picture is selected we’ll publish it on Welcome Abroad and you will earn a cash voucher valued at HKD300..
PHOTO OF THE WEEK : “And The Winner Is …”

Bewitching Bali
Our winning image this week comes from Suwandi Chandra who rose to our “Monotone Magic “challenge — taking this hauntingly beautiful black and white photograph of the famed Lot Bali Temple during a stormy evening in paradise!  Suwandra used a tripod and long exposure to ensure that the sea was transformed into a ghostly “fog”, thereby focusing the viewer’s attention on the temple.  

Congratulations to Suwandi who wins a HKD300 cash coupon.

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If you would like to enter our Photo of the Week competition, watch out for the next call for entries (coming very soon — so keep visiting the blog!).  If your picture is selected we’ll publish it on Welcome Abroad and you will earn a cash voucher valued at HKD300..

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Chong, a runner from Hong Kong, entered the Bali Marathon on 22 April, 2012. Here, Chong shares his memories of the place, the people and the big race itself …


An Unforgettable Experience
“The Bali Marathon is definitely not ‘just another marathon’. It is memorable, beautiful, touching and so much more! And definitely worth the effort to plan a few  extra days’ vacation to enjoy the race itself set amidst the lush tropical beauty of Bali!”

"Balinese’s heart, soul and imagination created this unique event. And because we’re in the tropics, the race starts at 5am to avoid the worst of the heat. However, most Balinese wake up really early — even earlier than me — and their hand-held torches light the roads and protect you from the darkness."

"After sunrise, you arrive in the world of the movie Eat, Pray, Love.  Young Cu Scouts from Ubud villages cheer and clap their sticks for you. Some kids even run with you — to try and experience the marathon themselves with their little legs! This is what Bali is all about.”

"But the best is yet to come …"

Traditonal Values, Magical Moments
"We start with traditional Balinese theatre set on empty ground just outside a village. The Barong god who represents harmony and health fights with the Rangda god who signifies chaos and illness. Runners are welcome to join in and help the Barong god."

"You can feel the piety of the Balinese during the marathon. Balinese men hold and move huge statues of gods. And dancing for the gods is performed by beautiful young Balinese girls. Surely there is nowhere else except Bali where one can find such a unique way to celebrate a marathon!"

"If you’re planning to join the next Bail Marathon,  don’t forget to bring some money. If you feel hot, tired and thirty, the best solution is to visit a local store — and join fellow runners from Singapore, Australia, Britain and Malaysia  — eat ice-cream, take some group photos, and of course exchange Facebook contacts!"

"Fatigue is the easiest route to friendship, and ice-cream can lead your taste buds to heaven. So, let’s eat, play and run — in the tropical paradise of Bali."

Want to run overseas? Cathay Holidays is now offering two marathon packages. Please click for Gold Coast Airport Marathon 2012 and Sapporo Marathon 2012 for detail.

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