Sunday, November 18, 2018

SEAL Team’s Showrunner and Executive Producer John Glenn Reveals New Season Insights


Leading man David Boreanaz is back in his role as charismatic Bravo Team leader Jason Hayes in the latest season of AXN’s SEAL Team. Premiering November 28 at 9.45pm, the stakes are sky high for Jason and his elite team as they venture to Mexico, India and Nigeria to execute the most dangerous missions on earth.

“The unit learns that cartels have evolved since the days of Pablo Escobar,” season 2 showrunner and executive producer John Glenn reveals. “They’re smarter, tech-savvy and more violent, threatening civilians and the country’s stability.”

Glenn also hints at a character’s death that will have ramifications for everyone, especially Jason. “It’s devastating and presents him with a huge decision to make about who he is and what his future looks like,” said Glenn.
Fans of SEAL Team can also look forward to more of Lieutenant Commander Eric Blackburn, played by Judd Lormand, who becomes a series regular this season.

“What I love about Judd as an actor is his naturalness, his ease of performance and his ability to disappear into the role,” said Glenn. “Judd perfectly captures Blackburn as a compassionate advocate and vital leader for Bravo Team. His skill brings Blackburn into such three-dimensional life that we can’t imagine the show without him.

SEAL Team follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous missions that the country can ask of them. SEAL Team season 2 premieres 28 November, Wednesday at 9.45pm on AXN ((Singtel TV Ch 304 and StarHub TV Ch 511).

Monday, October 22, 2018

AXN Premieres Insidious: Chapter 3 for Halloween - The darkest chapter goes back to the beginning on Sunday, October 28 at 10pm

Go back to the beginning in this chilling prequel that takes place before the unforgotten haunting of the Lambert family with the channel premiere of Insidious: Chapter 3 on Sunday, October 28 at 10pm on AXN (Singtel TV Ch 304 and StarHub TV Ch 511).

When paranormal investigators Tucker and Specs team up with the psychic Elise to help a teenage girl contact her late mother, Elise is forced to venture back into The Further where she finds a ruthless supernatural entity craving the souls of the living. It's the darkest chapter yet in this spine-tingling portrayal of evil unleashed.



If Insidious: Chapter 3 is not frightening for you, start your Halloween right by tuning in to AXN from 9.50am with Supernatural’s crossover episode with Scooby-Doo where the brothers are transported into the world of Scooby-Doo and must attempt escape.

At 10.40am, join McGyver and co. as they explore the Bermuda Triangle to locate the son of the Vice President. Who knew Halloween could be this deadly!



From 11.30am, it’s time for some laughs with back-to-back airing of Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2! Voiced by Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler, the movies tell the story of how monsters can get along with humans.




At 3.05pm, it’s time for some real-life scares as we bring you some of the creepiest and scariest acts from Asia’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent! Expect to see acts like viral sensation The Sacred Riana and Magus Utopia while keeping your wits with you until the premiere of Insidious: Chapter 3 at 10pm.

For full programming schedule visit www.AXN-Asia.com or visit @AXNAsia on Facebook for the latest news on AXN.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali Presents a Vibrant Program of Dining Experiences

Preparations are underway at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali for yet another family-style festive season with a well-balanced program of activities and versatile dining experiences. There is something for everyone this year with family-friendly dinners and special activities just for kids.


The celebrations will start in a big way on Christmas Eve with a smart cocktail party at the Lobby Bar & Lounge. This gathering will invite in-house guests to connect and embrace the spirt of the season over themed drinks and light bites. A heartfelt performance from a local children’s choir will set the mood and Santa Claus will be on hand to greet the little ones. A delightful dinner on Christmas Eve will also be served under the stars in a refreshing poolside setting with great food and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. Appetites will be tempted by festive favorites and succulent seafood to the sounds of live music and a special fire dance performance. Engaging activities will keep youngsters amused during the evening with fun games and novelties. As an alternative dining option, Hamabe will be serving authentic Japanese cuisine with unlimited sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki and robatayaki tasting dishes. A la carte menus will also be available at Ikan overlooking the resort’s famed stretch of white sand beach, while Prego will ensure a flavorful Italian dining experience. For after-dark relaxation, the Beach Lounge will be open until midnight for adults only to enjoy drinks, shisha and chill-out tunes.


On Christmas Day, children will have their very own celebration starting off with a fun breakfast party in the balloon-filled ambience of Nusantara Room. There’ll be cool games, a magic show, a visit from Santa and activities supervised by the team from the Westin Family Kids Club. Parents are welcome to come along and join in the merriment from 8.00 am to 10.00. Christmas Day Brunch at Prego promises to be a lively affair featuring an extensive buffet of tempting dishes including a carving station that will have everyone coming back for more. There will be lots of carnival-style activities going on in the adjacent garden with balloons, magic tricks and photo opportunities. Santa is also expected to come by with his sack filled with treats. Guests have a range of different dinner options to choose from on Christmas Day. Hamabe will be pleasing palates with Japanese specialty dishes and an a la carte menu will be available at Prego. For something a little more refined, Ikan will present succulent seafood and other local flavors in an uplifting setting overlooking the gentle waters of the Indian Ocean.  


New Year’s Eve at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali will welcome guests to eat, drink and be merry with an ‘All Around The World Buffet’ paired with live music and entertainment. Prego will also be putting on a sumptuous feast, while Ikan will be going all out to celebrate the last day of the year with a Festive Starlight Dinner by the beach. To ring in the New Year in true style, Beach Lounge will be hosting an upbeat party complete with pulsating DJ music and dancing on the sand. There will be a midnight countdown while watching the firework along the coast line and the revelry will continue into the early hours.

Exclusive room package over the festive season come with an array of added-value entitlements. These include daily SuperFoodsRX breakfast, dinner on Christmas Eve and dinner on New Year’s Eve for up to two adults and two children (under three years of age). Other benefits such as full internet coverage, access to Westin Family Kids Club and WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio are all part of the deal. Prices start from just IDR 2,500,000++ per room/per night for a minimum stay of three nights. Terms and conditions apply.

Log on to www.westin.com/bali to find out more.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Perth 2018 - Day Trip To Fremantle


Word has it that you have not been to Perth if you have not set foot on Fremantle. Is that true?

Fremantle is known for its fresh seafood, fishing port and its rather dark history, just as the weather when I reached Freo (short for Fremantle)

We were not able to schedule a weekend trip due to several reasons. Hence, we had to go on a weekday when the Fremantle Market was not open. If you are in Australia, never expect anything to open every day, or open till late. If anything were to still open at 9pm, consider yourself lucky. Everywhere is pretty much dead after 8pm. This includes Melbourne and Sydney which I had witnessed.

It was rainy that day. The weather was erratic, it would rain for a few minutes, then stop for another and the cycle goes on. I should have known the weather better and brought a poncho like I always did for other trips. Perhaps, it was the universe of singing 'Feel the rain on your skin, no one else can feel it for you, only you can let it in!'

However, I was not in the mood to feel the rain on my skin because the weather was already cold, and I was suited up for a surprise that I have arranged personally. Getting wet was not an option.

We first went to the Fremantle Prison Museum. Because of the rain, we had to run from the station to Fremantle which is a stone's throw away.

Fremantle Museum has a wide range of activities, ranging from a normal 'prison' tour which cost AUD$22, to as extreme as its tunnel tour, where it involves going through dry sections of the tunnels on foot, before boarding replica convict punts to explore the submerged passageways accessible only by boat. The full package could be as expensive as AUD$200 and given the conditions of the 'historical' prison, it would be very bizarre to pay that much to enter a prison.

Convicts go to prison for free, why would anybody pay that much?


However, there are free sections that you could visit and find out more about Australian history. Although if you had analyzed it properly, some of them seem fabricated.

We also dropped by WA Shipwrecks Museum. Entrance is free while they accept donations to maintain their museum. It was not exactly a big museum, but there were a few astonishing a artefacts like the original stern of Batavia shipwreck which carried an archway that was supposed to be shipped over to Jakarta, Indonesia by the Dutch.


Finally, we went to Kaili's because that's where many would go to try the best of Fremantle's seafood! Everything there was fresh and tasted so good that when I got back, it felt like I would not eat seafood here anymore. It took me quite a while to go back to eating seafood here!


Then later on that day, one of my relatives joined us for dinner. Thank you so much for the churros treat! God bless! Our day ended taking one of the last buses back to Perth city, enjoying the long ride and city lights. Till then! Busy week ahead. 😁

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Perth 2018 - Exploring Mandurah Waters

It was a mistake to just make a day trip to Mandurah. I should have stayed at least for one night! Mandurah, located at the Peel region is known for its stunning sea sceneries, dolphin watching, and many other sea activities. Going on a tour around Mandurah waters on our own boat was just one the few things we did.


On our way to Mandurah, we dropped by Bunnings. With a tagline Lower Prices Are Just The Beginning, we went crazy over the myriad of DIY equipments and products available. It would be a cardinal sin to not buy something there! We bought an automated hose, water sprinkler system and a deluxe king's throne camping chair since we will be having a picnic soon. Extra luggage weight became secondary for a while and the main concern was how do we fit everything in the car?


We then headed to Mandurah boardwalk and explored Mandurah waters. The weather was delightful. It was cold despite the sun which makes dressing up and putting on sunblock a breeze because you did not have to sweat.

Hopeful to explore more of Mandurah in the future. Next time, I will probably spend a day or two exploring other parts of beautiful Mandurah! I am supposing this was just a preview trip. 😄

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Perth 2018 - Swan Valley

One of the many places that you must go when you are in Perth is Swan Valley. If you do not have a car, there are alternatives to choose from like taking a shuttle bus or even cycling. You will have to check it out!


As for us, we were lucky to have a car for the day because Swan Valley is massive, and there are many places to go to. Known for its vineyard, olive farms, and chocolatiers, it is an amazing place for you to explore and guaranteed you will be spoilt for choice. Many places to eat with a picturesque backdrop of nature!


The first place we went was Kafarela's vineyard. They are known for its non-alcoholic grape juice and they have a wide variety of grape juices. No one red grape is the same depending on where it was grown. Unfortunately, we came at an inopportune time as it was not the harvest season yet. The trip did no go to waste as we were taught how the grapes were harvested. On the upside, there was a part of it that was lined with cherry blossom. (I think?)


On the same day, we went to the House of Honey to get a taste of Australian honey. I personally love honey. I put them in my coffee, tea or make a cup of honey lemon mix. It makes a great thirst quencher. Remember, if you are making a honey drink, avoid using hot boiling water because it may destroy the essential vitamins in it.


The House of Honey was crowded that day with a busload of tourist. Everything at the tasting counter was pretty much a mess and of course, photo taking became really complicated and challenging! It came to a no surprise because it was a weekend anyway. All the staff were too busy to entertain everyone. Luckily, there was a cashier who helped us with our choices! I got myself a honeycomb that can be eaten on its own like a candy.


If you are at the House of Honey, pick something that has a lab tested rating. They have a rating that reflects that honey medicinal properties and could help cancer patients or remedy common illnesses like a cough or flu. Unfortunately, House of Honey has got no farm nearby, of course, due to safety issues like bees flying around while you shop! However, there is a display of live bees contained in an acrylic display for you to see! Just do not attempt to break it!


Then after we went to The Margaret River Chocolate Co. According to TripAdvisor that was the it place to go, but I was not feeling it. We looked around and nothing appealed us. We left and drove further up to Mondo Nougat and Morish Nuts.

It was not crowded, I am supposing they are not popular amongst tourist but, they give a certain local vibe - not the kind of over imported nougat we tend to buy at the groceries. They are still as Australian as other brands but trying out Mondo Nougat and Morish Nuts did not disappoint! If I had wanted to go to a crowded store, I would have gone to one in my backyard. I bought the soft nougat at Mondo Nougat because I do not want to hurt my jaw! They are way softer than Golden Boronia's soft nougat. At Morish Nuts, you could sample the flavoured nuts before buying. You will not get enough!


A day well spent at Swan Valley. Shops in Australia generally close early. We went back to the city after and had dinner at Ihsan. The cold weather made me want to eat something soupy!


More about my trip soon! Have a great week ahead!