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Global crowdfunding company launches Airfunding CARES



















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AIRFUNDING, a global crowdfunding company donates care packs to typhoon Rolly's hard-hit areas in Cagsawa, Albay in the Philippines.

Airfunding, a global donation-based crowdfunding platform launched its Airfunding CARES campaign in the Philippines.

As the Philippines is currently battling the after-effects of the destructive typhoons Rolly and Ulysses, Airfunding, a global donation-based crowdfunding platform recently launched its company-sponsored charity drive named Airfunding Cares, to help people affected by natural calamities and the global pandemic crisis. A recent relief effort was sent to Cagsawa, Daraga, Albay in the Philippines to help families hard hit by typhoon Rolly. Airfunding sent "Care Packs" to more than 100 families and distributed bread among young children in the streets leading to the area.

"These typhoons are devastatingly destructive, and our hearts goes out to millions of affected. Although our effort may not be enough, we are trying our best effort to bring in more help through donations from our millions of supporters across the globe"






Airfunding Cares is committed to raising $ 10,000 to help more people in the Philippines especially the Cagayan and Tuguegarao province who suffered the most because of the flooding brought about by typhoon Ulysses.

In addition to the company campaign, the site has also received more than 100 new projects for the same cause. Filipinos from all over the world created fundraising project on www.airfunding.net Airfunding is a fundraising platform that specializes in small-scale projects made by individuals, groups, or local NGOs, for a personal cause, community initiative, an event, or just anything that needs funding. It's a keep-it-all crowdfunding platform, so project owners keep the entire amount collected even if the target hasn’t been met.

Why keep-it-all platform? " We believe that even a small amount of money would be a real help to project owners. That’s why we decided to make a keep-it-all platform. Our business model relies on tips from the supporter. It’s essentially just a commission but, when you support a project you can choose to tip a percentage of the amount." - says Ryosuke Abe, CEO of Co-Founder of Kiheitai Inc., the parent group for Airfunding.

There is help beyond borders and barriers, Airfunding has over 10,000,000 supporters around the world and can be accessed in 200+ countries. Airfunding is free to use, anyone can register and start creating projects in less than 5 minutes. Airfunding hopes to attract more Filipinos to create more projects, whether for personal, for the community or for any cause (so that the world will see and send their support).

Koh Samui's Private Villa Beachfront Chai Talay Estate Unveils New Look and Enhanced Health and Wellness Experiences


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Chai Talay’s beach front private villas and 4,000 sq. ft. fitness centre now at the forefront of luxury on this idyllic tropical island

Koh Samui’s exceptional private villa estate ‘Chai Talay’, located on the island’s peaceful and stunningly picturesque Lipa Noi on the west coast, is ready to welcome back visitors following an extensive upgrade across all aspects of its luxury private villa experiences.

Baan Kilee is the larger (8 BR) of the two expansive villas which make up this exclusive 5-acre beachfront estate which, along with adjacent smaller villa Baan Ora Chon (5BR), has undergone extensive renovation of bedrooms and living areas giving them both a lighter and more natural contemporary look, using up-cycling and sustainable materials throughout.

One of Samui’s larger private villa resorts, Chai Talay is highly sought after for extended families and group of friends, corporate getaways, wellness retreats, and for glamorous beachfront weddings and events. 






Villas are fully staffed with a staff to guest ratio of 1:3 with resident chefs and private butlers on request, and offer a combined 12 deluxe bedrooms and suites which can sleep up to 30 people, and accommodate events of up to 150+ people. Villas can also be booked separately for smaller groups of 4+ with other 5 star villas nearby for weddings and events.

Chai Talay has also enhanced its position as Samui’s best private villa health and wellness venue, with extensive training grounds, a world class indoor – outdoor gym, new spa menus and bespoke fitness packages which are tailored to clients’ specific requirements, whether it’s a family holiday with a wellness orientation, a corporate group or specialized fitness retreat.

What sets Chai Talay Estate apart in Samui, is its world-class, fully-equipped indoor-outdoor 4,000 sq. ft. training gym which is set amid 3-acres of manicured yoga lawns, and organic gardens. Here, top wellbeing professionals conduct fitness groups, team training, yoga, Pilates and other activities.

A decade of hosting their own 2-3 annual fitness retreats has also enabled Chai Talay to perfect its popular programmes for up to 40 people - the only time the rooms are rented on an individual basis.

Chai Talay also enjoys a close relationship with nearby “Anahata Welless and Orion Retreat Centre” wherein guests can join yoga or mediation classes, juicing or healing retreats, or visit their specialist practitioners such as acupuncturists, or else book them to train In the privacy of their villa at Chai Talay.

The estate’s extensive lawns and gardens filled with tropical plants and fruit trees, lily ponds, and manicured lawns sloping gently down to the white sand beach, provide an exquisite backdrop to this exceptional health and wellness experience, and make a great playground for kids of all ages.

Two beachfront swimming pools, a 22m lapping pool, feature submerged sun loungers, kids pools, swim-up bars and an abundance of inviting spots to relax and enjoy the mesmerizing views of Five Islands or watch one of Samui’s spectacular sunsets, before enjoying a movie under the stars.

Health and well-being extends well beyond the gym at Chai Talay: its own abundant organic gardens now enable resident chefs to deliver delicious healthy, farm-to-table menus with more than 20 varieties of home-grown fruit and vegetables and to offer In-Villa cooking experiences for all ages.

As travellers turn their focus to health and safety, the villas of Chai Talay Estate promise a supremely peaceful, private and safe environment in which to embrace a healthy, outdoor lifestyle. The expansive private villa estate with its 50-metre absolute beachfront is self-contained, offering everything that a guest could want on site with little need to venture from the villa unless perhaps for a beach walk, bike ride or boating trip.

Both Chai Talay Villas have won SHA accreditation - and guests can determine the level of service they prefer. Upon arrival, staff ensure social distancing protocols and will sit with you to agree on the level of service with which you feel comfortable. Maids are dedicated to individual rooms and each villa has its own van and driver.

A strong commitment to sustainability is at the heart of everything that happens at Chai Talay Estate. From the outset, owners have sought to lead by example in ensuring a sustainable environment in Koh Samui. Efforts to reduce its negative footprint from early on, introduced a zero tolerance ‘single-use plastic’ free policy and guests are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles and be conscious of their environmental impact during their stay. Chai Talay Estate is a committed member of the local Samui community, working with many local charities involved in feeding the people of Samui during these difficult times, as well as supporting a number of ethical elephant sanctuaries suffering through the lack of tourists since Covid.



For images of Chai Talay Estate:

Baan Kilee Dropbox

Baan Ora Chon Dropbox

Chai Talay Estate Dropbox



Booking Information | Rates | Offers | Contact Details:

Sample Rates 2021( with Max discounts applied)

Baan Kilee – USD1600 ( 4 BR – low season) up to USD 5,400 (8BR- high season) for 2 nights

Baan Ora Chon – USD800 ( 2 BR- low season) and USD2,400 for ( 5 BR-high season) for 2 nights

Chai Talay Estate – USD 2,400 ( 6 BR – low season) to USD7,800 ( 13 BR – high season) for 2 nights. Long stay deals apply.



Booking Chai Talay Estate

https://www.chaitalay.com/2021rates

Email: bookings@chaitalay.com



Chai Talay website

https://www.chaitalay.com

https://www.facebook.com/chaitalayestate



Weddings & Events

Weddings, private gatherings, events, and retreats start at USD 1,200 (subject to 7% tax) for up to 80 guests and USD 1,500 (subject to 7% tax) for up to 150 guests.

For more information, contact Chai Talay Estate.



Special Offers (Please enquire. Conditions apply)

First Right of Refusal – we don’t take your money until we know you can travel

30% off on all rates, for all bookings until 01 July 2021( conditions apply)

45% off for all last minute local bookings (within a month of travel)

Return Guests – we have free nights programmes for all return guests during this period.

Refer a Friend – Stay with us anytime until July 1, Refer a Friend, earn free nights.



Address: Lipa Noi, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

Tel: +85290992016 | +85290992016




Contact: Tina Atkinson

tinajatkinson@gmail.com

Tel: +852 9099 2016 [Whatsapp]

Tugade leads DOTr team in inspections of seaports, airports over long weekend



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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) took advantage of the long weekend - which ends on Monday with the marking of Bonifacio Day - to conduct a series of inspections of seaports and airports in Samar, Cebu, Aklan, Tacloban and Dumaguete.

On Saturday, 28 November, Team DOTr's first stop was Calbayog, Samar, where Secretary Arthur Tugade led the inspection of the Calbayog Airport to check on the progress of its construction. The construction of the new Calbayog Passenger Terminal Building, as well as the widening/expansion of its runway and apron shall be completed in December 2020.

After inspecting the Calbayog Airport, the transport chief and other DOTr officials proceeded to conduct an inspection of the Manguino-o Port, also in Calbayog, Samar.

“It is important that we inspect these airports and seaports, especially those that were in the path of the strong typhoons that recently barreled through the country. We must make sure that operations in these facilities will not be disrupted, and that these are safe for operators and passengers to use,” said Transportation Secretary Tugade.

The Manguino-o Port was previously damaged by Tropical Storm Tisoy, and will undergo rehabilitation starting December 2020.

Rehabilitation works will cover the construction of a continuous Ro-Ro (roll-on-roll-off) ramp and a new Port Operations Building. Partial operability is slated before the end of 2021.

After inspecting the Calbayog airport and Manguino-o port in Samar, Secretary Tugade, along with other DOTr officials, immediately proceeded to Leyte to check on the progress of the Tacloban Airport Development Project.

Upon arrival in Tacloban, Secretary Tugade met with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) project management office and the contractor of the New Tacloban Airport Development Project, for a more comprehensive update on the project’s timeline and deliverables.

During the meeting, it was disclosed by the contractor that the original contract duration for the construction of the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) of the Tacloban Airport is 540 calendar days, which means it will only become operational by the 2nd quarter of 2022.

Knowing that the project is of prime importance to the citizens of Leyte and nearby regions, Secretary Tugade directed the contractor to reduce the contract duration to 270 days, through the implementation of 24/7 work schedule. The contractor agreed and committed to submit a revised implementation and catch up plan to CAAP by next week.

With this development, the new passenger terminal building of the Tacloban Airport is expected to be operational by the third quarter of next year, instead of the second quarter of 2022.

The DOTr Team also visited the Tacloban Port in Leyte to check its status and the ongoing developments, giving Secretary Tugade an opportunity to interact with port employees. He conveyed his appreciation for their work and reminded them of the need to be take care of the vital facility and to serve the people well.

“Tulong ko, ituloy mo,” Secretary Tugade told the PPA employees, as he reminded them that his sacrifice, together with that of other DOTr officials who were working and inspecting projects even during long weekends, is his way of helping other Filipinos develop their respective communities.

The DOTr Secretary reminded PPA employees that as members of their own communities, they should also continue pursuing this cycle of helping one another by paying it forward.

After Tacloban, the Team flew to Bantayan Island in Cebu, for their last stop of the day, to inspect the construction works at the Bantayan Airport in Cebu, where Secretary Tugade noted that the airport’s runway is now 100% complete. The airport’s perimeter fence is also about 75% complete.

The transport chief said the total project is now about 85% complete, with the last stages of concreting the 1.2-kilometer runway extension estimated to be completed by the end of the year.

“We will finish before the end of the year," Secretary Tugade noted.

On the 2nd day of inspection, Team DOTr landed in Dumaguete to inspect and check on the progress of the Dumaguete Airport Development Project.

Secretary Tugade and his team of officials inspected the newly-completed expansion project of the airport’s Passenger Terminal Building, as well as the asphalt overlay and shoulder grade correction of its runway.

After inspecting the Dumaguete Airport, Team DOTr then conducted a flyover inspection of the New Siquijor Airport, whose Passenger Terminal Building, Powerhouse and Vehicular Parking Area were completed last 30 October 2020.

After the fly-over inspection of Siquijor Airport, and to cap off their hectic weekend work schedule, Team DOTr led by Secretary Tugade, inspected the progress of work being done on the Kalibo International Airport Development Project in Aklan.

The DOTr team underwent a walk-through of the Kalibo Airport work area, and inspected the site development works for a new apron, taxiway, Passenger Terminal Building, Vehicle Parking Area, and the Airport Access Road. This development project is expected to be completed by July 2021, with the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) improvement project now 98% complete, and will be ready for operability before the end of this year.

Although not included in their itinerary, Team DOTr decided to seize the opportunity to conduct a surprise inspection at nearby Roxas Airport in Capiz to check on the progress of the ongoing site acquisition.

Upon landing, the transport chief and Team DOTr were welcomed by Roxas City Mayor Ronnie Dadivas, Pueblo De Panay Inc. CEO Jose Neri Ong, and Roxas Airport Manager II Cynthia Aspera.

The Team made the rounds at the Roxas Airport facilities, and also checked the proposed site acquisition for expansion. The team also inspected the completed asphalting of the runway shoulders and strip grade correction. The initial phase of Roxas Airport Development project was completed last 2019.

Joining Sec. Tugade during the week-end inspection were DOTr Usec. for Finance Garry De Guzman, Office for Transportation Security (OTS) Administrator Usec. Raul Del Rosario, DOTr Chief of Staff and Asec. for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Santiago, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippine (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco, and DOTr Asec for Aviation and Airports Jim Melo.
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