Sunday, February 22, 2015

Instagram Beauty Min Chen

Malaysian beauty Min Chen 明禎 has become a sort of celebrity in Asia when her photos in her Instagram account (Minchen333) wene viral. After becoming the "new favourite Instagram account" of Rocketnews24, many unusual photos of her holding onto things in her Instagram photos made her very famous. Of course the main reason for her to go viral is her cuteness otherwise there is hardly any other quality in her photos to deserve the hype. But thanks to the stupid obsession with cute and beautiful in this part of the world, she will enjoy her celebrity status for a while.

She has also surprised the fans recently when she has announced that she was dateless on Valentines Day and using dating application Paktor (do not jump to app blindly this may well be a viral advertisement campaign using a viral photo celebrity).

The online buzz on this South Korean-looking Malaysian woman (thanks to the popularity of K-Pop culture all beauties in Asia now has South Korean looks anyway) has increased as netizens realized that she has an equally good looking sister and a youthful mother. She lives on just the other side of the Strait in Johor Bahru.

Here is Min Chen's Facebook page.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6 in Singapore

Samsung Galaxy S6 is almost certain to be launched on 1st March 2015 at a special 'Unpacked' event by Samsung in Barcelona at MWC 2015. Korean electronic giant has just posted a teaser video for its March 1 event where you can have short glimpses to the upcoming Galaxy S6.

Samsung Galaxy S6 will probably be released in April 2015. Both Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5 were launched in April 2013 and April 2015. But still there are also rumours that Galaxy S6 can be launched as early as March 22.

Samsung Galaxy S6 price is expected to be higher than Galaxy S5. 32 GB Galaxy S6 will be USD 855, 64 GB will be USD 970 and 128 GB will be USD 1085.

There is no official information released about the smartphone but there are several Samsung Galaxy S6 leaked images circulating in the internet.

We wıll update this post regularly as more information comes.

Life of PI on MediaCorp Channel 5 timeline

Tonight MediaCorp Channel 5 is bringing Life of Pi,  2012 American 3D adventure drama film based on Yann Martel's 2001 novel of the same name. Life of Pi will be given in two parts : Part I will start at 7:15 PM and Part II will start at 09:30 PM, after the news.

The movie is about a boy named Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel who has survived a ship wreck with an adult bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Directed by Taiwanese-born American film director Ang Lee, Life of Pi received widespread critical acclaim, with praise directed towards the visual effects, Ang Lee's direction, David Magee's screenplay, Mychael Danna's musical score.

The powerful book turns into a master piece in Ang Lee's direction, who shows that 3D effects are not just for action adventure movies with almost no plot but can be used to create a strong story telling piece

Where to stay in Johor Bahru?

Johor Bahru (JB) is one of the most visited Malaysian destination for Singaporeans thanks to its proximity, easy access, plenty of attractions as well as cheap shopping and accommodation options. Although it is perfectly possible to visit JB and come back to Singapore on the same day, a more relaxed and different approach is to stay in Johor Bahru at least a night.

Thanks to the leisure and business visitors from Singapore, there are now plenty of hotels in JohorBahru to choose among. Here we have listed some of the best hotels in JB for you to choose among.

Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel - Located half an hour from the Senai International Airport, and just 10 minutes from Singapore, luxury Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel offers 5-star elegance and personalized service for its visitors. Equipped with a fitness center, pool and meeting event space, this Mariott Group hotel is located between Johor Bahru city center and the port of Pasir Gudang. The 5-star Johor Bahru hotel makes for a perfect weekend getaway.

Traders Hotel Puteri Harbour - This luxury 4-star Johor Bahru hotel is the first international hospitality brand in Nusajaya, strategically positioned in the heart of a 688-acre waterfront precinct. The hotel offers modern lifestyle components, world-class facilities and an excellent network of infrastructure. Traders Hotel Puteri Harbour is also close to renowned theme parks (LEGOLAND Malaysia and Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park) and Johor's administration capital, Kota Iskandar.

Legoland Malaysia Hotel - Legoland Malaysia Hotel is in the Legoland Malaysia Resort and offers the besr hotel to stay in Johor Bahru if you are visiting Legoland Malaysia. Dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 to 12, LEGOLAND Hotel provides a unique overnight experience in a LEGO themed environment.

Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru
Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru
Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru - Located in the Central Business District, within walking distance of the Persada Convention Center, the contemporary DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru overlooks the surrounding city and the Straits of Johor. Minutes away from Singapore Causeway, the hotel is close to shopping, dining, entertainment and Johor Bahru attractions, including LEGOLAND® Malaysia.

Tune Hotel Danga Bay - Located in Johor’s waterfront city, Tune Hotel Danga Bay is located just minutes away from great dining, shopping and entertainment for all ages! With 218 rooms, the hotel has 155 Double rooms, 63 Twin rooms, with 2 wheelchair-friendly Double rooms. Families can now enjoy the comforts of the new Quad rooms with a capacity of accommodating 4 occupants.

Thistle Johor BahruThistle Johor Bahru is a luxury 5-Star Johor Bahru hotel  all the facilities you could wish for, access to free Wi-Fi in guestrooms and public areas, swimming pools and health spa to restaurants and bars.

Legoland Malaysia Hotel
Legoland Malaysia Hotel

Rooms Boutique Hotel - Rooms Boutique Hotel is a contemporary theme boutique hotel in Johor Bahru consisting 34 unique rooms each custom designed for the ultimate exploration and pleasure. All the boutique rooms are one of a kind and you won’t find this in any other place. The hotel features a number of exotic rooms such as “The Capsule”, “Tilt Bed”, “The Platform”, “Hangin’ Bed”, “16 Mirrors” and “Aloft”.

The hotel is situated in Taman Johor Jaya which is home to numerous night life entertainment venues and restaurants. It is about 10 minutes drive from the Singapore/Malaysia causeway and the city, and is strategically located in between the Pasir Gudang Highway, Jalan Tebrau & the North-South Highway. Head round the corner to Taman Molek business district where a string of over twenty local and multi-national banks such as the Public Bank, Maybank, HSBC, OCBC, Bank of China operates. Huge shopping malls including Jusco Tebrau City, Tesco and Giant are only a couple of minutes drive away.

Bliss Boutique Hotel - Only 2 minutes drive to Johor Bahru City Centre and the CIQ (Customs Immigration & Quarantine) leading to Singapore, Bliss Boutique Hotel is 15 minutes drive to North-South highway. 20 minutes drive to Senai International airport and 10 minutes to Johor Bahru's ferry terminal. It is a stone's throw away to food courts, restaurants, fast food outlets,entertainment, wellness, sports and shopping complexes. Bliss boutique hotel has 16 Boutique Rooms, 30 Designer Rooms and a Luxury Suite. Have a date with us to experience our warm hospitality and uniquely designed rooms.

For a more complete list of JB hotels as well as details like price comparisons and customer reviews, check out the Johor Bahru Hotels page.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Singapore staycation deals 2015

Staycation in Singapore has been a popular way of making holiday for the residents and as in the previous years, many hotels are offering Singapore staycation deals in 2015. In this post, we have compiled some of the best Singapore staycation promotions for you.

With its lofty sky gardens and an exclusive rooftop Orchid Club lounge, Park Royal on Pickering offers its popular Weekend Wind-Down weekend staycation package in 2015. From 275 SGD per night in one of this hotel-in-garden's superior rooms, you will have access to modern and 5 star facilities of the hotel such as wellness floor with infinity pool, spa and a 300 meter walking track high above the street level.

Right next to Orchard Road, The Quincy Hotel has a popular weekend staycation package called The NEW Qool Weekend which includes:

- One night stay at The Quincy Hotel's Studio Room (twin-sharing)
- Buffet breakfast for 2
- All-day light refreshments by Dean & DeLuca and Modesto's
- Evening cocktails
- One bottle of red wine
- Complimentary in-room mini-bar
- Local calls
- Unlimited Wi-Fi access

5-Star Rendezvous Hotel Singapore is another centrally located Singapore hotel offering a weekend staycation package in 2015. Rendezvous Weekend Getaway deal starts from S$298 and offers 1-night stay in refurbished Club Room, 1-hr Thai Aroma Oil Body Massage, Exclusive access to Club Rendezvous lounge, Continental Breakfast, Daily comfort food, Free-flow evening cocktail & canapés and more.

Marina Mandarin Singapore offers a Singapore weekend staycation package which starts from S$258 and includes free parking, free buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi, complimentary upgrade of room. This is a weekend staycation offer so it is available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Pan Pacific Singapore hotel in Marina Bay area also offers a staycation package which is name SG50 Staycation which includes a complimentary breakfast for two, SGD50 daily in-house credit, internet access and 20% savings for dinner at Atrium, Edge, Hai Tien Lo, Keyaki and Pacific Marketplace.

Valid until May 31st 2015, Swiss Hotel Stamford Singapore offers long holiday weekend staycation package. The promotion is valid from Friday to Sunday, and Thursday, Monday or Tuesday on Public Holiday long weekends and includes :
- Overnight accommodation in a Classic, Swiss Advantage, Harbour View or Grand Room and 25% off regular room rates.
- 20% discount at selected F&B outlets.
- 20% discount at Willow Stream Spa for any 90-minute body massage treatments.

Grand Hyatt Singapore on Scotts Road is a very luxury Singapore hotel which also offers a weekend staycation package. WEEKEND 24 allows check-in to luxury accommodation in the heart of Orchard Road, and check-out after a full 24 hour stay. Exclusive to Grand Hyatt Singapore, book a WEEKEND 24 stay and enjoy 10% off room rates with complimentary buffet breakfast at StraitsKitchen for all registered guests, and internet access.

WEEKEND 24 starts upon check-in and ends after 24 hours, and is valid on Fridays and Saturdays only, with no minimum length of stay.

Set amidst the historic Singapore River and opposite of Singapore night life spot Robertson Quay, Riverview Hotel Singapore is a very nice staycation hotel. Its riverside location and proximity to Robertson Quay full of very nice restaurants, bars and cafes to spend the night (a more local and prime version of Clarke Quay). Great World City Shopping Mall and famous Zouk Night Club are also nearby.

The Weekend Promotion is perfect for a short stay-cation, getaway or stopover. The deal comes with 20% off room rates, free Internet everyday, free cancellation (until 12pm, 48 hours prior to arrival).

The fantastic view from Sands SkyPark and the experience of Infinity Pool 200 meters above the sky makes Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore one of the best places to spend your staycation budget, at least once in a life time. You will probably spend most of your time in and around the iconic 150-metre rooftop infinity pool with a bird’s eye view of Singapore. To enjoy it more, sleep and wake up early and swim at the pool opening hour. All pool with a fantastic view will be yours.

See our Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore Staycation review here.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong diagnosed with prostate cancer

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (63) has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and  will undergo surgery to remove his prostate gland on Monday 16 February 2015 according to a press release published by Prime Minister Office[1].

According to the press release, a suspicious lesion was discovered in MRI in January this year and a biopsy unfortunately showed that PM Lee has prostate cancer. PM Lee will go for the surgery tomorrow (Monday February 16th). The robot-assisted keyhole prostatectomy will be carried out by Prof Christopher Cheng, the lead Urologist at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

PM Lee is expected to recover fully.[2]

Lee Hsien Loong, the third and current Prime Minister of Singapore, and has been in office since 2004. He is the elder son of Singapore's first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is the development of cancer in the prostate, a part of the male reproductive system that helps make and store seminal fluid. Age is an important risk factor alongside genetics, diet and obesity. 99% of the prostate cancer cases are in males over 50 years old.

According to Prime Minister's office Data from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre show that patients with similar medical profile and treatment have a cancer specific survival rate of 99% at 15 years.

[2] - PM Lee diagnosed with prostate cancer

Monday, January 5, 2015

Spacious Professional Seminar Room Rental at Best Lowest Price!

Looking for an ideal venue to conduct your training session in Singapore? SHRI Facilities Rental is the solution, we helps you save time and money at the same time! Conveniently located at just outside the CBD area, and easily accessible via MRT & public transport. We offer an attractive
rates of $40-$55 per hour. We have had a total of 8 newly renovated training rooms in March 2014 with seating capacities from 36 to 85 participants. Updated weekly on room traffic.

7 Reasons Why Choosing SHRI Rental Facilities

1) We are not just a room rental company but a HR professional institute.

The Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI) is the only not-for-profit professional HR body in Singapore, representing over 3,000 human resource professionals. Founded in 1965, SHRI is committed to promulgating and maintaining high standards of professionalism in human resource management and development. We were around for a long time and conducted numerous
academy courses, professional training, memberships events and activities with these training rooms. Being newly renovated recently our training rooms will give user a better confidence for running their programmes.

2) We run daily maintenance on our rooms and facilities.

As a professional institution at Bizsafe level 3, we had had training officers, cleaners that run the daily training coordination and facilities area maintenance. We had fire exit door map in classroom for learner's instruction in case of fire mishap emergency. Our staffs had been participated in fire drill movements once a year. Fire extinguisher can be found within our training facilities. CCTV installed at corridor areas for safety and monitoring.

3) We are only asking a fraction of the cost!

SHRI offers the public user one of the best lowest rates compared to many room rental companies. You can take advantage of even lower room rental rate by signing up as our SHRI members!  Please check below table for our rates breakdown. If you are unconvinced, you may choose to do you
own research by keying in to google search. You will see a lists of seminar room rental providers in Singapore. Some of them were virtual office providers with office/ seminar room rental facilities. You may need to pay a monthly subscription fee to use their facilities. Some are offering a cost of between $49 to $200 for their seminar room rental. Hidden cost varies. SHRI is offering our seminar/ training rooms with minimum class size of 36 pax to maximum of 85 pax.

Our Rates: Weekdays: Only $55.00/ hour. Weeknight & Weekend: $70.00/hour.

With SHRI Memberships:
Weekdays: Only $40.00/ hour. Weeknight & Weekend: Only $55.00/hour.

*Interested in finding out SHRI Memberships?
Check out our new marketing blog: 

4) Our venue is at centralise location

Our location is at 2 Serangoon Road The Verge
(formerly known as Tekka Mall) Level 6 Singapore 218227

We are outside of CBD area.
Only 5 mins walk from Little India MRT Station

Professional Seminar Room Rental at Best Lowest Price!

venue to conduct your training session in Singapore

SHRI Facilities Rental Singapore

5) Our 8 rooms are newly renovated recently in 2014!

SHRI Facilities had done a major renovation in March 2014 in furnishing new chairs, improving carpets, wall structures, ceiling improvements, standardise the layout and pattern to professionally graphic standards. Stronger air-conditional. Designed to satisfy and further improve confidence of users both to the event organiser, visitors and candidates.

Check out room pictures at

6) We are available to assist you in your special seating arrangements.

You can chose to do your own setup in your booking room prior to your event. The cost is FOC.(free-of-charge) or you can request our services to help you to arrange your classroom setting at a minimum fee.

7) Customer Service

Our experience staff has the experience and expertise to assist you of your end to end needs in training and the type/ size/ design of the training room you are looking for.

Keen to Book a Room Now? - Use Our Easy Reservation Online Booking! Our 5-steps Reservation Process is designed to be quick, easy and

Simply bookmark and visit us often at

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Best happy hours in Singapore has an app now

I have recently written a blog post about HappyHour Singapore, a blog that aggregates the best happy hours in Singapore in a single place so you do not miss the next best deal if you follow the site regularly. At the end of the post, I have mentioned that a "Singapore Happy Hour App" will be very handy because it can provide notifications on the phone and you would not miss a happy hour when you do not visit the site for a while.

This app concept was probably already in the line when I wrote the article because now HappyHour Singapore has an app. Happy Hour SG - The Best Bars App is available in Google Play (currently only Android version is available but iOS version is on its way). Although the app offers tons of happ hour deals nearby, what we have here is a lot more than just a simple happy hour finder: Happy Hour SG - The Best Bars App is probably the best directory of bars in Singapore and is a must have for Singapore night life.

More than 500 bars and restaurants in Singapore with the available happy hour deals are in the database. You do not only get a very nice search facility which finds the bar for your taste and choice, it also has all the details such as location, opening hour and contact information. The application is map integrated so you can easily find your way around and plan your next pub crawl.

Map integrated Happy Hour SingaporeThe Best Bars App offers a very detailed database of bars in Singapore in a very accessible format.
The application also makes it very easy to find the best happy hours promotions in Singapore. So if you are living in Singapore (or visiting in Singapore) and you go out for night life, this is one of the must have apps in Singapore.

You can install the application to your Android phone here.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Frugal living in Singapore

Singapore is expensive and a difficult place to live frugal. On the other hand since it is expensive, it is important to live frugal in Singapore. If you live here long enough and are not on a fat expat package, you will (be forced to ) find ways to live frugal in Singapore. But for new comers, I have compiled a short list of money saving tips for new comers:

Rent the smallest possible place  - A new comer to Singapore usually rents. And thanks to his/her friendly property agent or the places he looks first (i.e. expats in Singapore web sites) they over-rent. If you are single and do not need a lot of space, you can rent a room instead of a whole house.

Rent public house not a condo - Thanks to the run down conditions of central public houses and lack of experience combined with the shyness of being in a new country, many also tend to rent a condo unit or room. Indeed, many new comers do not know that they can rent in public housing estates with a valid work pass. There are many very good HDB's in Singapore which comes with usually 60% rental price of the cheapest condo. You can basically rent a 1,000 sqft, 4 room, less than 10 years old HDB flat instead of squeezing yourself in a condominium studio (HDB 4 room flat in most cases will be cheaper).

Cook your own food - Do not follow the "eat-out" culture of Asia too long. Cooking at home is still much cheaper than eating in food courts and in most cases it is much healthier (although food courts are hygienic because of high cost of business in Singapore they tend to use the cheapest of the oil and not the best of the ingredients).

Shop online - Retail rent is expensive and brick-and-mortar shops will fully pass it to you. In the past decade you could be able to find everything online such as Amazon (free ships to Singapore), Lazada, Zalora, QOO10. This item is here because a significant number of us comes from countries where online shopping is relatively underdeveloped and unreliable. In Singapore, it is developed and usually reliable.

This is a short money savings tips list for frugal living in Singapore for new comers.
Do not smoke - Smoking kills and in Singapore it also burns your pocket. If you are smoking, this is a great place to stop it. Seriosly, I have seen many people stopped smoking in Singapore and indeed I am one of them.

Eat less meat - This is not only healthy, it is also quite cheap because the meat, especially the beef, comes from Australia and is expensive here.

Number 1 site in Singapore for education - Learning Courses

Most of us almost never think of further education in Singapore after we graduate from the main stream schools. Life usually weights in with its responsibilities such as a demanding job and family. Laziness also kicks in with the difficulty of finding a suitable something to do in the later years.

Most of us also think that after education courses are expensive, time consuming and difficult to find. But this is usually not the case. There are many further education courses in many areas and with short course hours. They also do not cost arms and legs. There are many cooking classes, dancing lessons, yoga sessions and arts classes falling into this category. Yes, you may have thought of a long term night class or online university for further education but now as the parent of yourself, you can take many small classes to learn something new, have a new hobby or even to learn something to start your side business.

Courses are everywhere but it requires some search to find them. In Singapore for example just googling gives many course ideas but plain google search is not refined enough. There is a better option though : Learning Courses web site. Learning Courses is the biggest directory of courses in Singapore and lists many courses such as Cooking classes, Dancing lessons, Photography courses, Professional Diplomas, Computer Classes, Coffee Brewing sessions, Make Up courses, Google Adwords, Marketing events, SEO courses, Golf lessons, Yoga sessions, Photoshop courses, Swimming lessons, Arts classes and many others.

Learning Courses does not offer these courses directly. Instead it is a listing for the courses. If you are also conducting a course in Singapore and want to list it in this directory, you can simply go to the web page and submit a new course.

Search for courses in Singapore
Learning Courses is Singapore's number 1 site for education.
In short, has got every kind of course listed out there. From baking to diplomas to photography to yoga classes. Just name a course in Singapore and you will probably find one there. What I suggest is also scroll through the courses without any filter to find a new and interesting course which you may have never thought of but would love to have.