Saturday, April 4, 2015

4-Star Singapore hotel rooms are getting cheaper


Singapore hotel room prices are falling due to decreased number of tourist arrivals and increasing number of hotel rooms coming in Singapore market. This price fall is reflected in a study by online travel site TripAdvisor. The study found out that Singapore 4-Star hotel prices are now the 11th more expensive in the world, improved from 9th position of last year.

TripAdvisor Annual TripIndex Room Service report, released in April 2015, compared the hotel room service items (a club sandwich, dry cleaning one shirt and refreshments from the mini bar) and a one-night, four star hotel stays across 48 destinations.

According to the findings, a club sandwich costs $25.91 in a 4-Star Singapore hotel. A bottle of water from the mini bar costs $8.01 and a mini bottle of vodka costs $18.36. A can of cola costs $7.05 and a packet of peanuts costs $6.7. And on average, dry cleaning a shirt costs $16.96. (All these costs can be minimized by staying in a hotel near a shopping mall or at least a 7-11 outlet).

And on average, a 4-Star Singapore hotel room price is $264.35 for a one-night stay (you can always find cheaper on a room price comparison site like hotelscombined).

According to the survey, the best value for money destination is Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. An average total cost of above in a 4-Star Sofia hotel room price is only $133.86. The most expensive destination is New York in USA where the same items in total costs $580.51!

A 4-Star Hotel in Singapore (Bay Hotel Singapore)
A 4-Star Hotel in Singapore (Bay Hotel Singapore)
As total number of hotel rooms increased and the number of tourists arriving to Singapore is falling, expect better 4-Star hotel room deals in coming months.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Free Online QR Code Generator


QR Code (Quick Response Code) was originally designed for the automotive industry in Japan but became popular outside the automotive industry due to its fast readability and greater storage capacity compared to standard UPC barcodes. With the widespread use of mobile devices, QR codes can be read by almost anyone so they have also been a great general marketing tool for the public.

To use QR Codes, you need to first create them. There are some tools out there to do this. For example this free online QR Code Generator. It allows creation of static QR codes (data directly encoded in the code), dynamic QR codes (which is basically a link to content site) and QR codes for business. You can use these QR codes to collect marketing information, provide detailed information on goods and services on sale or advertising. For example you can create a YouTube video of a detailed product review and then use a dynamic QR code link to this video so that the potential buyer can watch a video about the product.

The online QR code generator by TrustThisProduct is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Vietnamese and Chinese.

The QR code generator is quite detailed. For example Static QR Code generator allows you generate QR codes for text, business card, SMS, e-mail, wifi access and web site links. For Business QR codes, you need to simply register free and use the generator.

This online QR code generator can be found at trustthisproduct.com Free qr code generator.

QR Codes can easily be used through smartphones.
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- Creating an image of uniqueness for each item of your product, making it stand out among the generics.

You can follow the company in Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TrustThisProduct.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

House Tutors Singapore


House Tutor is a recently launched online tuition agency which is quickly replacing all the traditional tuition agencies which conducted recruitment of tutors and parents via phone calls. The IT savvyparents find House Tutor a more convenient and fast alternativeto address the needs of their children.

How amazing would it be to chat with the tutors before engaging them? It will save us all the trouble of re-hiring again when we find that the tutor does not meet your child’s needs.

House Tutor has done just that by integration of a chatting platform within the website to promote communication between parents and tutors. Parents are able to ask relevant questions pertaining to the child’s weak subjects or how coaching is going to be conducted prior to hiring the tuition teacher of their choice.

House tutor Singapore - Private tuition in Singapore


House Tutor has also provided the tutors an amazing platform to build their profile with a certification verification system. Singapore tutors can now promote themselves as individuals using the House Tutor online tuition agency platform.

House Tutor provides tutor for 6 distinct categories:

1) Primary
2) Secondary
3) JC
4) Special Education
5) Arts
6) Coaches

You can visit them at http://www.housetutor.com.sg


Friday, March 20, 2015

Buying a used car and buying it from a Singapore exporter


Buying a brand new car is not a the best idea since the car is an depreciating commodity. Instead, buying used car usually makes financial sense if you make the right choice. A used car is cheaper compared to new card and it will usually also have low registration fees. But how to buy a used car? What are the things to do when buying a used car?

According to Absolute Motors, one of Singapore’s top leading exporters of used cars, you need to first check the history of the car. By using the car registration number, you can easily check the history of a car and see whether there is anything which significantly reduces the value of the car. The next step is test driving the used car to really see how good a used car is. Without test drive, you should not buy a used car.

You of course should also get the car inspected by a professional mechanic. There may be no problem in car's registered history, you may have loved it and the test drive may have been great. But a used car should pass this last test because a used car with any mechanical problem will cost you a lot of maintenance money and will be very difficult to sell later.  

Absolute Motor also advises to use the internet and try to look at reviews about the model of the car and also do not try to get very low on price and set your expectations right. Although they are cheaper compared to new cars, your intention should be buying quality used car.

It is usually cheaper to buy a used car rather than buying a new car. But you must know how to choose.
A used 2004 BMW 320I sold by Absolute Motors. 
And if you are looking for buying a used car from abroad, you can definitely look at Singapore used car exporters. Due to a special market condition in Singapore, Singapore is the second largest exporter of used cars in the world after Japan. Cars are exported to many countries, including Libya and Trinidad. The cars exported are relatively young and thanks to Singapore's excellent infrastructure and small size they usually are in well shape with relatively short kilometes accumulated.

If you want to know more about Singapore used cars for export and check the prices, visit Absolute Motors web site for information. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew health condition worsens


Lee Kuan Yew health condition has deteriorated further and former Prime Minister of Singapore remains 'critically ill' according to a new statement from Prime Minister's Office Singapore. "Mr Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the ICU and has deteriorated further."[1]

Yesterday, PMO has released a statement to announce that "Mr Lee Kuan Yew's condition worsened due to infection". Mr Lee, 91, has been hospitalised in the Singapore General Hospital since Feb 5, when he was admitted for severe pneumonia.[2]

Elected to Legislative Assembly in 1955 and becoming the first Prime Minister of Singapore in 1959 at the age of 36, Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew is widely credited with transforming Singapore from a relatively poor country to one of Asia's wealthiest economies. He has step down in 1990.

Mr. Lee was hospitalised at Singapore General Hospital after suffering a prolonged cardiac dysrhythmia in Feb 2013.

Meanwhile, rumour and fake news mill in internet is non-stop working and deceiving people. A fake Singapore government site was the last source in a serious "Lee Kuan Lew died" fake news and some international outlets like CNN fell to it. According to The Staits Times, Prime Minister's Office is lodging police report about fake website announcing death of Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Lee Kuan Lew died news by CNN
CNN was among several news outlets
which fell to fake news of Lee Kuan Lew's dead.
CNN later acknowledged that the death report was a hoax

Screenshots of the fake website started circulating on Wednesday night, leading some foreign media outlets to carry reports of Mr Lee's death, only to retract them later.

[1] - PMO Statement on Lee Kuan Yew's health
[2] - Mr Lee Kuan Yew remains 'critically ill'
[3] - PMO lodging police report about fake website announcing death of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

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.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel Staycation
Marina Bay Sands Hotel offers a unique experience with its SkyPark and Infinity Pool at the top of hotel towers.


See our Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore Staycation review here.