This Week in Travel: The Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is Suspended

“No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” — Lin Yutang

#1 Asia’s Biggest ‘Mannequin Challenge’ 

Who: Over 40,000 people.

Where: Jakarta, Indonesia.

What: There was complete silence when DJ Yves V took to the stage. Thankfully, it wasn’t a technical glitch. Festival-goers held their pose as the cameras panned over (although some people didn’t get the memo), creating the largest ‘mannequin challenge’ seen in Asia. If you missed the Djakarta Warehouse Project, with acts like Martin Garrix and Hardwell, be sure to look out for ticket sales for the next one. You could be a part of a big web trend.

#2 The End of Ringling Bros’ 146-Year-Old Show

120121-N-TC587-183 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2012) Color guard members perform during the pre-show at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus military appreciation night. This is the first color guard performance out of a 90-city tour for the circus. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Damian Berg/Released)
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Who: The ‘Greatest Show on Earth’.

Where: A final show will take place this May in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York, USA.

What: We may have grown up with the idea that a circus was great family fun, but boy were we wrong. The circus has been a subject of controversy for the longest time after animal activists raised awareness about the cruelty these animals face. “We tried all these different things to see what would work, and supported it with a lot of funding as well, and we weren’t successful in finding the solution,” said Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of the company that owns the circus, told AP. After some cities and countries banned the use of animals for entertainment, the circus was forced to announce plans to phase out and retire for good.

 #3 The Search for MH370 Called Off For Now


Who: Investigators from Malaysia, China and Australia.

Where: The countries issued a joint statement announcing the suspension.

What: It’s been almost three years since Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from the skies. The flight was en-route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China with 239 passengers and crew members on board. The investigation estimated to have cost USD 135 million, and to date, only pieces of debris have washed up on Reunion Island; a region of France in the Indian Ocean, and Africa’s eastern seaboard. “It’s not a closed book by any stretch,” Australia’s transport minister, Darren Chester said at a news briefing in Melbourne. “I don’t rule out a future underwater search.”

#4 Taylor Swift’s Home… a Historical Landmark?


Who: T-Swizzle.

Where: Her home in Beverly Hills, California.

What: Perhaps it was a rough 2016 for the star that had her attention more focused on home matters. The singer has been hard at work restoring her USD 25 million dollar home to its original 1934 condition. And apparently, she’s done such a terrific job that her home has gotten the seal of approval by the Beverly Hills Cultural Heritage Commission. All five members gave her their vote of approval (fans?). Once (or if) The Beverly Hills City Council gives Swift the thumbs up, the home will officially be turned into a national landmark. Looks like her “wildest dreams” may come true.

#5 Iniala Does it Again!  


Who: The kind of travellers that love staying in and relaxing.

Where: Iniala Shores in Phuket, Thailand.

What: Located 400m south of the original Iniala Beach House, these four newly launched units of 1000sqm 5-bedroom luxury beachfront spa and family villas have been specifically designed to provide the ultimate family retreat on the beach. These villas are housed within an exclusive private estate framed on one side by tall palm trees and the pristine Andaman sea on the other. Features include spacious high-ceiling living and sleeping areas, extensive outdoor sitting and lounging areas as well as an in-house private spa room and private infinity edge swimming pool.

Let’s do something fun this weekend

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Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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