Monday, November 23, 2015

GrabTaxi deactivated my account due to suspicious(!) activity

I have started to use GrabTaxi approximately 1 year ago and initially I liked an alternative way to call a taxi (in Sengkang, it is difficult to find a taxi, even if you call the lines). But since then, I have not used it frequently for several reasons such as Uber, the rude behavior of taxi drivers (when booked from GrabTaxi) and so on. Last time I remember was months ago.

Then last week, I suddenly got this message from GrabTaxi :
"We found suspicious activity after an analysis of the validity of your booking history. As this is against the code of conduct, we have to deactivate your access to the GrabTaxi app. You can appeal via this form: ...."
Suspicious activity? What? I don't remember anything. But then i googled for the message and found out a few people who had the same message after they did not take the car they booked. So I remember the last one.

I wanted to go from Compass Point to city and booked a taxi by GrabTaxi while I was in thw queue. Then the queue moved fast and I found a taxi and took it (it was very urgent). I opened GrabTaxi app but could not cancel the booking (the button simply did not work!). I tried many times and after that I called the taxi driver and apologized. He did not seem to bother a lot (queue for taxi behind me was long anyway). Maybe he was cheerful in the call but complained about me.

The only other problem I had was with a driver months ago which I did not bother to complain (instead I stopped using GrabTaxi as the first option to get a taxi). My daughter was sick with 39 degrees C fever and she was vomiting so we decided to go to KKH. I used GrabTaxi to call this guy. He came late, he stopped behind the apartment and insisted us to walk to him instead of him driving to lobby (later he drove to the lobby). He was rude and then when we wanted to put a bag on the front seat and he refused, we decided to pay him and left the car after going only 50 meters. Maybe it was not enough for him and after leaving a sick kid with 39 degrees fever, he also wanted to complain about me.

I realized the taxi drivers care much less about the service quality when they are called from GrabTaxi. So I started to use it as a last resort. But still it would be nice to have it.

GrabTaxi deactivated my account due to suspicious(!) activity
GrabTaxi deactivated my account due to suspicious activity
Anyway, I filled in the form but in internet I can see that they do not bother to reply you. If the "suspicious activity" is only the last transaction where I could not cancel a booking because of their app (I will assume this is the case until they reply my message), then I prefer to not use them. Anyway, I loved Uber and I started to use it instead of GrabTaxi long time ago. Hopefully their customer service is not as bad as GrabTaxi's. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

iPhone 6S in Singapore : Prices, Release Date, Contract Plans and specs

iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be released in Singapore on September 25th 2015.The new iPhone 6S prices are also released. iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models will be approximately $60 more expensive than iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S Plus.

SingTel, M1 and StarHub all released their price plans for this newest iPhone from Apple.

SingTel iPhone 6S price plans are not surprising and mainly follows the previous years. The cheapest monthly contract plan Combo 1 offers iPhone 6S 64 GB for $858 and iPhone 6S Plus 64 GB at $1,008 while the monthly payments are $27.90. The most expensive SingTel iPhone 6S contract is named Combo 12 and it offers all iPhone 6S and 6S plus types freely while montly payments are $239.9. SingTel iPhone price plans can be found here : SingTel iPhone 6S Price Plan.

M1 iPhone 6S price plans are also released and you can access them here : M1 iPhone Plans & Prices. M1 prices are $1 per month more pricier compared to last year.

For StarHub iPhone 6S price plans you can check StarHub iPhone 6S / 6S Plus Price Plan.StarHub’s 4G 3 plan would be the cheapest amongst all Singapore telcos.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Kids party planner Singapore

Birthday parties are an important way to celebrate your children. E MAGICAL MOMENT – a kids party planner in Singapore offers some of the most memorable and fun-filled party experiences in Singapore. We have something to indulge the passions and dreams of almost every kid, and those who are kids at heart. Let our experienced entertainers bring magic and creativity to your next birthday party.

We will amaze both kids and parents with our magic show. Magic brings a sense of wonder and can transport you to worlds full of imagination. This interactive, entertaining show is a real crowd-pleaser, and vibrant music adds to the energy. Plus, the birthday boy or girl will get to play a special role assisting the magician, and is sure to remember that experience for years to come.

We love to play and are ready to entertain even the youngest kids. Our birthday party packages activities are fun and energetic, and we do all the work! Enjoy Singapore's best balloon artists as they make balloon sculpture for each party guest, and then show their skill with some truly impressive designs that will keep everyone wide-eyed with wonder. Our magic show also include a comedy-filled magic show perfect for little ones. The magician will take part in the birthday cake-cutting ceremony as well, making this special tradition even more memorable.

Our birthday party packages are a great choice, and you can choose one that best suits your party needs, budget and time frame. Packages can include games, magic and games, and variety options. Choose from face painting, glitter tattoo or caricature as part of the variety package. We can also customize a birthday party that is perfect for your kid, and look forward to working with you to create your dream party.

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Find out more here at Singapore Kids Party Planner.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 release in Singapore

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 smart phone will be released in Singapore on saturday 15th August 2015 and the basic model price will be $1,088. This is different from the previous releases since Samsung was announcing new Galaxy Note models in Septembers and shipping them in Octobers (Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was announced in Berlin in September 2014).

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 features a 64 bit quad core CPU, 5.7 Inch QHD Super Amoled display, Android 5.1.1. Lollipop and comes in 32 GB / 64 GB memory and 4 GB RAM. Unlike the previous Galaxy Note models, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will not have removable batteries and will not feature microSD cards. And like Samsung Galaxy S6, this Note 6 model has glass and metal chassis.

Samsung has created this phablet market (large screen phones) but is losing ground to Apple's IPhone 6 Plus and some cheaper Android phablet producers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung Galaxy Note 5  

Thai women charged for insulting sexy dance in front of a temple

Two Thai women performing a sexy dance in front of a historical Thai temple,  Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya, charged for performing 'insulting' sexy dance. The five-minute video clip, which is posted on YouTube, shows Ms Thannicha Nampanya (27) and Ms Nitikarn Chotthanapongsathit (30) dancing in front of the Unesco World Cultural Heritage site. The women turned themselves in after the video went viral and charged with violating a section of the Ancient Monuments, Antiquities and National Museums Act.

The video shows both women wearing short red dresses and according to Rawat Prasong, the assistant governor of Ayutthaya, both their dance and attire were inappropriate.
Thai Police escorting the women to the temple for re-enacment. Photo Bangkok Post

mh370 latest news

The seemingly routine redeye flight of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370) from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8th 2014 has turned into a tragedy and one of the greatest mysteries of aviation history. MH370 has diverted from its route, crossed Malaysia and flew south into the wast South Indian Ocean. Since then only one sign of the flight appeared : a Boeing 777 flaperon found on Reunion Island has been confirmed, according to Malaysian authorities, from flight MH370.

August 13th 2015 - Zaaim Redha Abdul Rahman, a satellite communication expert, told Malaysia News Agency Bernama that he believes MH370 is largely intact and lying somewhere beneath the southern Indian Ocean. He believes the Boeing 777 sank into the ocean in one piece after probably floating for a while.
Speaking to Bernama in an interview recently, Zaaim Redha said his theory that the plane probably "glided down" was supported by evidence in the form of the integrity of the two-metre-long flaperon, which was discovered on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean and confirmed to be part of the missing MH370 plane. 
"It (the flaperon) was only slightly damaged and was just encrusted with barnacles. Its appearance indicates that it was not violently torn off from the aircraft's main does seem that it got detached pretty nicely at its edges," he explained.
Source : MH370 Plane Sank In Indian Ocean In Almost One Piece, Claims Satcom Expert
 If this was what happened, it would probably mean that someone has glided MH370 down to the ocean surface since a fuel deprives aircraft without pilot or auto-pilot would spiral down and nose dive into the ocean. A pilot should be in control because even with the presence of an experience pilot, the ocean surface landing of a large aircraft would be a devastating as seen in Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 crash video. The plane was hijacked and forced to divert to Australia. Although the pilot tried to explain the hijackers that the plane do not have enough fuel to fly to Australia from Africa, the hijackers forced the route. When the plane was out of fuel, the pilot tried to land it to the beach. The following sea surface landing was devastating because the plane did not have power to deploy flaps to reduce the landing speed. Of 163 people on board, 50 still survived the crash.

MH370 flaperon debris found on Reunion Island
9M - MRO, the missing Boeing 777 of flight MH370 seen above. Recovered flaperon is circled.
August 13th 2015 - Australian Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) has confirmed that Boeing 777 flaperon found on Reunion Island is from flight MH370. The wing part was discovered on July 29th. On August 6th, Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak confirmed that part of the flaperon found on the island was part of the aircraft.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

How to get to Singapore Zoo?

Singapore Zoo is probably one of the best tourist attraction Singapore offers to its visitors. Nested on 26 hectare wild park which is set in a larger rainforest reservation area on a peninsular in a large water reservoir, Singapore Zoo hosts many wild animals and attractions.

The easiest and most convenient way to get to the Singapore Zoo is Safari Gate. For $7 per adult and $5 per child you can get from city center to Mandai (where the Zoo is) and for $5 per adult or child from Mandai to the city. It passes through some popular and central Singapore hotels like Orchard Hotel, Marriott Hotel, Mandarin Hotel, SVC@Orchard, Orchard Plaza, Rendezvous Hotel, SAM/Carlton Hotel and Raffles City/Swissotel.

For Singapore Zoo bus time table and details of Safari Gate, you can visit Safari Gate web page.

Singapore Attractions Express (SAEx®) Service is another convenient and  popular way to access Singapore Zoo. 2-way trip between city and Singapore Zoo costs $10 per adult and $5 per child and you can also only purchase one way trip. SAEx buses passes through Orchard Hotel, DFS Galeria, Sheraton Towers, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mandarin Orchard, Concorde Hotel, Hotel Rendezvous, Little India Arcade, Gemini Travel, Farrer Park MRT Station, Quality Hotel and Ibis Singapore Novena.

For Singapore Zoo bus time table and details, you can visit SAEx Service web page.

Singapore Zoo is deep inside Singapore island but it can be relatively easily reached by public transport network. If you are planning to go to Singapore Zoo, you need to get at minimum an MRT ride and then change to a bus to reach to the Zoo.

The nearest MRT stations to the zoo are Ang Mo Kio MRT Station (NS16) or  Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT Station (NS4/BP1) on North South Line (or the Red Line as popularly known in Singapore). If you are coming from the city, the best is Ang Moi Kio MRT Station. This station is adjacent to a bus interchange from where you need to take Bus 927. The bus you need to take from Choa Chu Kang is 138.

On Sundays and public holidays, bus 926 also buses from Marsiling MRT Station (NS8) and Woodlands MRT Station (NS9) which are also closed to the Singapore Zoo.

Another way to access Singapore Zoo is to mix public transportation and SAEx (see above) and go to Farrer Park MRT Station and then get a SAEx bus.

If you are heading Singapore Zoo by taxi, you can calculate the cost by taxi fare calculator. Currently, taxi fare calculator shows a 24 minutes taxi trip which costs 15.28 Singapore Dollars from Orchard Hotel (a central hotel) to Singapore Zoo at normal flag down fare (no peak hour).

A sample taxi fare calculation for Singapore Zoo

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Violin animation : 80 years of Singapore history in 17 minutes

Have you seen The Violin by Ervin Han? The animation shows the journey of a violin through 80 years of Singapore history starting from 1939, a few years before the horros of Japanese occupation :
"Circa late 1930s, Boat Quay, Singapore. A young boy receives an old violin as a gift out of kindness from a foreign trader. From then on, it becomes a treasured possession as he teaches himself to play the instrument over several years, until it was lost during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. After the war, the violin was found by a man working for the British Military Administration and given to his young daughter. The girl learns to play it and becomes a renowned violinist over the decades. She eventually passes the instrument on to her grandson, an accomplished violinist himself, who restores it and performs in a concert by the Singapore River, where the violin started its unexpected journey nearly 80 years ago.
Throughout the film, the violin graces different stages of Singapore - both figuratively and literally – as we see a young nation’s landscape evolve from a bustling 1930s to the dark days of the Japanese Occupation, followed by the sweeping political changes that lead to its independence and finally, present day."
It is a very nice animation and it is especially meaningful to watch it in this SG50 weekend.
You can watch this 17 minutes animation below. Make it full screen.

Below is a scene from the animation. It shows 1930s Boat Quay Area.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Qlikview business intelligence for SAP

QlikView is one of the most popular business intelligence platform today. Its popularity is not an accident. With its super fast and user-friendly data discovery interface, rapid development cycle, fast response time, it provides a very capable platform to extract the hidden value in the enterprise data.

SAP is on the other hand one of the most popular ERP solutions in the market today. Although it also provides BI capabilities, many customers choose QlikView as their BI platform to extract data from SAP. With QlikView, you can consolidate information from SAP BI, SAP R/3 or any other data source easily and then search and analyze this data with Google-like ease and speed. QlikView also provides a QlikView Connector for SAP Netweaver which enables SAP customers to get easy and quick access to all the data hidden in different SAP systems in QlikView.

KMS, an authorized QlikView partner in Singapore is having a free event named "QlikView for SAP: How to unlock the value of your data hidden in SAP" on 13th August 2015, 9:30am - 11am, Singapore Management University. In this event several aspects and benefits of using QlikView as data analysis and business intelligence platform on top of SAP installation.

QlikView for SAP event in Singapore will present the benefits of QlikView BI platform for SAP users.

You can follow the link or image below for details and registration :

QlikView for SAP Event

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MH370 debris found on Reunion Island

Note : The part of the Boeing 777 wing found in Reunion Island is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370), confirmed the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

"It is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts has conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris [...] is indeed MH370," Mr Najib told reporters.
"We now have physical evidence that [...] flight MH370 tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean," he added.[6]

Despite the certainity of Najib's announcements, French authorities did not yet confirm that the flaperon is from MH370. They have just said the are very strong indications that it is from MH370.

Unfortunately, the confirmation does not mean that the crash site or the reasons behind the crash will be find any time soon. It will also not explain why a plane flying from KL to Beijing diverted all the way down to Indian Ocean.

Update : Debris found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion is "very likely" to be from the missing flight MH370, a top Australian official has told the BBC.[5] There have been only 5 hull-loss accidents of Boeing 777 during its history : one crash in 2008 in London, one in Cairo in 2011, one in San Francisco in 2013, MH370 and MH17 in Ukraine in 2014. MH370 is the only missing Boeing 777 jet and is the only one which had hull loss accident in Indian Ocean.

Update : "It is almost certain that the flaperon is from a Boeing 777 aircraft. Our chief investigator here told me this" said Malaysia Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi. Since there is no other missing Boeing 777, the debris may be from the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight.

Debris found in Reunion Island in Western Indian Ocean near Madagaskar may be from the missing MH370. The debris looks like a part from the wing of a large aircraft like Boeing 777, the type of the aircraft disappeared in March 2014.

Officials are cautiously optimistic and working on the part which washed off the shores of the island The debris was found off the coast of St. Andre, a community on the Reunion Island.[1]

The aircraft part shows sign of tearing off the wing and appears to be an inside flap from Boeing 777 wind. But it is painted white which is not consistent with silver color of such part in Boeing 777.

Malaysia meanwhile announced that they have sent a team to see if Reunion Island debris is from MH370 flight. "I have sent a team to verify the wreckage ... we hope that it can identify (the wreckage) as soon as possible," said Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai during a visit to the United Nations (UN) in New York. [2]

An US official told the Associated Press news agency that, based on the photos, investigators had a "high degree of confidence" that the part was a flaperon unique to a Boeing 777 wing.[3]

Given the fact that there is no other Boeing 777 is missing, the part is most probably from MH370 if the debris is from a Boeing 777.[4]

The part may also be from another tragedy. Yemenia Flight 626 has crashed near the north coast of Grande Comore, Comoros on 30 June 2009, killing the 152 other people on board.

Where is the suspected MH370 debris found?
Reunion Island is off the coast of Madagaskar Island which is off the shores of Africa. It is in the same ocean where there is an ongoing search for MH370 but thousands of miles away from the search site.

[1] - Debris looks like Boeing 777, could be MH370, says source
[2] - Malaysia sends team to see if Reunion Island debris is from MH370 flight
[3] - MH370 search: Experts investigate Indian Ocean wreckage
[4] - US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370
[5] - MH370 search: Reunion debris 'very likely' part of plane
[6] - MH370: Reunion debris is from missing Malaysia flight

AirAsia Promotion 2015 : 20% Off All Seats, All Flights

Budget carrier AirAsia is running a promotion where you can get 20% discount off your base fare for all flights. Valid for booking period between July 27th to August 2nd 2015 and for the tickets between 28th July to 30th November 2015, you can simply go to AirAsia promotion web page and select your seat to enjoy the discounted fares (except the embargo period).

It's no secret that Singaporeans love to eat and Malaysians are passionate about their food. Stretch your Sing dollar & go on a food trail with our 20% OFF All Seats All Flights! 
The promotion is not applicable to PT. Indonesia AirAsia (QZ) domestic and Surabaya to/from Bangkok flights and to all Sapporo flights.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Home solutions in Singapore

If you are looking for a home solutions provider in Singapore for services such as interior design, renovation, contractor repair works or handyman services for your home and office, you can visit JT Home Solutions, an e-commerce company providing one stop home solutions service.

The company, which also provides home wireless network design and solutions to your WIFI signal problems, is an authorized myrepublic partner in fibre broadband service. For those who may not heard about it, myrepublic is a Singapore based telecom company purpose-built for optical fibre NBNs (National Broadband Networks). The company is known as ones who launched Singapore and South Asia’s first 1Gbps fibre broadband plan under S$50. MyRepublic provides ultra-fast internet service to over 30,000 homes and businesses in Singapore.

The company also sells various IT gadgets so you do not need to shop for different components of a well functioning WIFI network.

One service which is quite interesting is the solution to your wifi problems. You may be paying for the top internet speed but for some technical reasons such as improper router configuration you may not using it to fullest. Or you may have some rooms and spots in your home where wireless signal is weak or for some infrastructure reasons, your internet is slower than it should be. These may be challenging and technically advanced problems to solve by ordinary flat owners but JT Home Solutions provides services to help them. For example in the portfolio of the company, there is a Yishun flat where laying a Cat 6 Network cable improved the internet download speed from just 70Mbps to 621Mbps or a The Peak @ Toa Payoh flat where a solution is provided to WIFI signal problem. You can get a free consultation for your home wifi network design here.

interior design, fibre broadband and wireless solutions in Singapore
JT Home Solutions provides interior design, fibre broadband and wireless solutions in Singapore.
You can access the company on JT Home Solutions web site or Facebook at JT Home Solutions Facebook page.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Unlock your seller business insights with Seller FootPrints

I always had a dream that I can quit my day job to work from home. I spent hundreds of dollars on all kind of systems, finding our businesses and different ventures to finally find a way of sourcing products cheap enough to be able to sell them on for profit. If you want to know what is the way to create successful e-Commerce business via Fortune 500 companies, find out about the SellerFootprints' team.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Turkish Restaurants in Singapore

If you are looking for Turkish food in Singapore, you can find some good options around Arab Street and Bugis Area but you also have some options outside these centers. Do not expect the rich menus you can find in countries like USA though, the menu is mostly kebab, doner kebab, kofte and pide based (these are also Turkish food but does not reflect the whole picture at all) and you can hardly find grilled fish, vegetarian Turkish food ( like bean based food) or even the classic Turkish dumpling Manti. Almost all of these restaurants are also halal certified so you will not find alcoholic beverages (with the exception of Deli Turk where you can taste Turkish food with wine or beer like you can do in Turkey).

Here I have tried to list the Turkish Restaurants in Singapore. If you think any restaurant or establishment is left out let us know.

Sofra Turkish Cafe & Restaurant
#02-42/43/44, Shaw Towers, 100 Beach Road, 189702

Centrally located on Beach Road in Shaw Towers, Sofra Turkish Cafe & Restaurant offers a rich menu from Turkish Cuisine with nice ambiance and good service. Highly popular, this establishment is serving Turkish food in Singapore since 2000. It has also a small mini shop where you can buy Turkish food ingredients and Turkish products such as olive oil, beans, Turkish cheese and some Turkish deserts. Try the Lahmacun (which is served on Mondays and Thursdays), Iskender Kebab.

Deli Turk Turkish Cuisine
162 Upper East Coast Road, 455259

There used to be a very popular Deli Turk Turkish Restaurant in Suntec City Tower 4 and this Deli Turk in Upper East Coast Road is a spin off that restaurant. If you are in the east and want to try out Turkish food, this is a nice option. Unlike many other Turkish restaurants, Deli Turk Turkish Cuisine offers alcoholic beverages so you can have the unique experience of drinking your wine, beer or spirit with Turkish food. Try the national drink of Turkey, Raki and national beer of Turkey, Efes Beer (Pilsener) and also several wine options.

Turkish Restaurant in Singapore

Turkish Kebab House
#B1-105, Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard, 038985

This small bufe in Suntec City Mall is a place where I regularly go because I visit Suntec City a lot and the food here is very good. Their doner kebab is very good and you can also have a few other Turkish food there. 

Arkadas Cafe
 #03-02, Fusionopolis, 1 Fusionopolis Way, 138632

Opened by a Turk after serving 22 years in Turkish Embassy in Singapore as a chef for ambassadors, Arkadas Cafe is definitely in a location which is not central but a visit to this small and nice Turkish restaurant is rewarding. Although main course is mostly limited to kebab and kofte, don't forget to try the houmus with pita bread which is really nicely done.

Alaturka Mediterranean & Turkish Restaurant
16 Bussorah Street, 199437

Most people head to Arab Street to eat Turkish or Middle Eastern food and Alaturka is one of the popular Turkish restaurants in the vicinity.

Cafe Le Caire
#01-01, 39 Arab Street, 199736

If you like Middle Eastern / Turkish Food, Cafe Le Caire is one of the good alternatives in the Arab Street vicinity.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Thailand: World’s greatest motorcycle touring destination?

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Let us allow it to be formal, lets? Thailand is among the world’s best motorbike journey locations. Numerous many years and a number of other thousand kilometers of fervent study have proved this to me, and every time I got down to strategy a brand new journey, or evaluation an current 1, I’m struck from the depth of encounters that a motorbike journey in Thailand affords.

Motorcyclists select a riding destination to get a couple of main factors:

1 - High quality of road surface and originality of the route

2 - High quality of all-natural surroundings for your motorcyclist to appreciate

3 - Solutions for your motorcyclist, like resorts, eating places, motorbike upkeep, and naturally, availability of fantastic bikes!

4 - Non-Motorcycling actions to mix using the journey like nearby festivals, actions and enjoyment, and so on.

Through the years, certainly one of my missions continues to be to advertise Thailand as being a world-class motorcycling location as well as in performing so Smiling Albino has discovered to mix these four factors having a degree of creativeness and enjoyable that's 2nd to none. In the event you really are a severe journey traveler or motorcycle fanatic, motorbike journey in Thailand ought to be in the leading of one's lifetime highlight reel.

Big Bike Tours Thailand

1 - Quality of street surface area and uniqueness from the route
You are able to generate on easy, thoroughly clean highways in only about any nation, but motorcyclists understand that the true magic is discovered around the back again streets, the farm streets and nationwide parks routes that tease the throttle and ignite the enjoyable. Thailand is just excellent within this regard. With sixty five million individuals along with a land mass approximately that of France, Thailand has a rare community of rural streets, nationwide parks, and concealed corners with blacktop tarmac which are a motorcyclist’s aspiration. Whilst obviously you will find obstructions (chickens, drinking water buffalo, canines, individuals, parades) the roadways in Thailand are motorcycle-friendly.

I have usually been delighted through the years that a few of the from the way in which routes on provincial maps frequently show to possess superb motorcycling circumstances and therefore are rarely traveled, without big truck and industrial visitors from the primary highways. The provinces of Chiang Rai, Loei, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Ubon Ratchathai, Khon Kaen, Si Saket and Mae Hong Son offer 1000's of kilometers of aspiration routes, numerous seemingly mild many years far from visitors and industrial automobiles. Actually, just 15kms northeast of Bangkok, with the Lad Krabang shortcuts in the direction of Prachinburi are a few outstanding, curvy streets amongst rice fields, coconut trees and smiling locals. You do not have to go much in the metropolis to know why  Thailand is really a fantastic motorcycling location. Ironically, political pork-barreling through the years has accounted for a few excellent streets within the impossible of locations. Who understood that far-flung corners of Si Saket, Ubon Ratchathani and Sakorn Nakorn experienced a huge selection of kilometers of undiscovered blacktop streets? I as soon as discovered a shortcut from Nong Khai in the direction of Nakorn Phanom in Thailand’s northeast and it felt like I used to be the very first individual at any time to journey on this ideal extend of black asphalt. More than an hour or so of bliss, seemingly nobody in sight. Thailand delights using these nice discoveries.

Thailand: World’s greatest motorcycle touring destination?

2 - Quality of surroundings for your motorcyclist to appreciate
When it comes to stunning all-natural surroundings, Thailand is blessed by mountains, rivers, forests and jungle. A mainly agricultural country outdoors from the money indicates that secondary streets, like those linking Chachoeng Sao to Prachinburi, or Khon Kaen to Udon Thani are flanked having a eco-friendly backdrop, smiling farmers, canals, and luxurious banana plantations on all sides.

Additional afield, in much less populated corners like Nan province, or northern Phayao and Chiang Rai, you are able to journey for an hour or so without passing a village whilst becoming charmed by two,000-meter higher mountains, dense forest, along with a stunning variety of twisty highland streets.

Motorcycling is so great which i have a tendency to ignore anything. Waterfalls, glimmering temples, nationwide parks and raging rivers abound within the much north, northeast and higher central locations of Thailand. Contact them espresso stops, or photograph opp’s, they are an excellent purpose to drag more than and marvel at exactly where you're and turn out to be a brief celeb for curious locals. Khao Yai Nationwide Park, for example, is Thailand’s oldest and 2nd biggest park. Set up in 1962, the sleek street via Khao Yai Nationwide Park is really a favorite among motorcyclists having a backdrop of evergreen forests and grasslands, also as almost 70 species of mammals.

Thematically, you are able to style a motorcycle expedition according to a few of these nearby phenomena. Smiling Albino as soon as developed a visit known as ‘The Angkor Road’, which loosely traces the traditional thoroughfare of historic stone ruins from Central Thailand alongside southern Isaan’s border with Cambodia all of the method to the Emerald Triangle in Ubon throughout the Mekong River from Laos.

Alongside the way in which we go to 900-year previous Khmer ruins that rival numerous of these noticed at Angkor, like Prasat Pimai, Phnom Rung, Prasat Muang Tam, and a few beautiful concealed gems like Sikhoraphum, Prasat Phnom Wan, Prasat Phum Pon, amongst other people. It's accurate that a few of the most opulent Khmer ruins arewithin Thailand’s borders.  This route also passes via a few of the much more surreal landmarks of south Isaan, like the famous bottle temple in Si Saket, built from 1000's of discarded beer, whiskey and soda bottles.

As befitting a motorcycle journey, this route also tends to make a significant try at musical publicity - particularly the north japanese Thai phenomenon of maw lam, an nearly hypnotic people rock-a-billy rhythmic occasion really worth the journey by itself. This sort of songs is 
usually performed in wood “roadhouse”-type institutions all through the north and northeast. For a few purpose, this energetic nighttime nation vibe in Thailand goes hand-in-throttle with rural motorcycle discovery.

An additional route, for all those needing much more factors that just the using, could be to adhere to the mighty Mekong River from certainly one of its northern factors, like Loei or Nong Khai province, eastward and after that south past Nakorn Phanom,

Mukhdahan, Ubon Ratchathani and after that bid the river farewell because it crosses Thailand for your final time and disappears into to Laos-Cambodia border. This can be a stunning 500-kilometer extend of street that requires the rider via a few of Thailand’s most charming riverside cities, some nonetheless in their authentic wood store-front condition, like Chiang Khan in Loei, or Khong Jiam in Ubon.

After traveling to almost forty countries, I'm able to attest that Thailand’s leading rides contend using the best streets anyplace on the planet.  Probably the most magnificent routes in Thailand would be the higher streets about Phu Chee Fah, Chiang Rai, Bo Klua, Nan, Phu Luang, Loei also as Doi Mae Salong and Doi Angkhang within the much north. These road-runner, cartoon-like streets merely delight the motorcyclist (or van assistance riders!) with completely beautiful mountain vistas and luxurious character. This is actually the Thailand we purchase in postcards, which will be the Thailand we market to our buddies, which will be the Thailand we want to protect. Cruise via it on two-wheels and it rekindles a adore affair having a location born to make sure you. You will find less finer stretches of street around the earth compared to the 80-kilomter aspiration route over the clouds from Tune Kwae, Nan, to Chiang.

Kham, Phayao, or even the mountain leading extend from Wang Saphung, Loei towards Lom Sak, Petchabun. Much in the recognized vacationer trails, obviously, these streets had been developed by motorcyclists!  You will find fortunately much more curves, twists and dips than would seem essential. It's pure using bliss and that i problem anybody to find finer streets anyplace.

3 - Solutions for your motorcyclist, like resorts, restaurants, motorbike upkeep, and naturally, availability of fantastic bikes!

Over all, this really is where Thailand truly sets by itself aside as being a supreme motorcycling destination. Whether or not a 90-kilometer trip, or perhaps a 300-kilometer large working day on large bikes, Thailand is full of concealed gems and boutique resorts to attach the dots from the journey. On current journeys we have stayed inside a personal royal villa around the banking institutions from the Mekong River, to luxurious golf resorts like Kirimaya Vacation resort in Khao Yai, to charming rural qualities like Bo Klua See Resort in Nan, or even the fantastic Phu Pha Nam  in Loei. These qualities can be found alongside a few of the nicest streets in Thailand, and arriving on two wheels delivers something uniquely enchanting towards the remain. Do a couple of working day rides and remain a bit longer. This is actually the Thailand I hope by no means modifications.

There are fantastic solutions for your customer and also the resident alike on the Thailand Motorcycle journey. We companion with personal motorbike golf equipment like our great buddies at Siam Wheels, also as trustworthy resources to rent out bikes on brief phrase journeys like Joes Bikes in Chiang Mai, Large Cycle in Udon,  ST Motorcycle in Chiang Rai, Bangkok Bikes and a number of other in between.

A great supply for common understanding on riding in Thailand and also the area may be discovered at GT Rider, and you will find excellent maps of each corner of Thailand, like the Roadways Team of rural maps, and naturally the groovy people at Groovy Map, and also the well-detailed PN Maps.
We've invested a while compiling a summary of trustworthy mechanics in places as much absent as Surin, Nong Bualampu, Phayao, Buriram, and Nong Khai, and it would shock you that you could get some Ducati services in Ubon Ratchathani, or tune up a Harley-Davidson in Udon Thani. This can be a motorcycling country, albeit generally on a lot smaller sized bikes (usually 100cc scooters), but nonetheless the solutions are available in the event you appear within the correct locations. We have transported motorcycles on trains, boats and vehicles so as to begin and finish the journey just in the correct location, Just in the correct second. Much better however, deliver a mechanic and bicycle assistance group alongside along with you and trip in fashion.

What bike to trip?  Certainly one of my favourites of late will be the Kawasaki 650cc ER-6n. This really is an excellent bicycle for motorbike touring in Thailand. Nimble, responsive, and fantastic in a number of weather and street circumstances, the ER-6n is good for just about any street trip within the kingdom.

Having said that, various routes need various bikes, and also the lengthy, winding streets of Isaan really are a delight on big bikes like Harley-Davidson’s. Smiling Albino groups up with Siam Wheels to supply the sole totally personalized, high-end motorcycle touring to supply all kinds of bikes starting from Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, Kawasaki, BMW, Hayabusa, Yamaha and much more. There's something thematic about cruising via Thailand’s “wild east” in Isaan on the chopper. Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda would concur, and also the nighttime songs vibe will entice you back again repeatedly.

4 - Non-Motorcycle Activities
Strategy a motorbike journey having a little bit of whimsical journey in your mind. Lately we took a bunch of eight riders in Nan Province white-water rafting as component from the journey, and also the yr prior to on the personal elephant polo session in Surin, or wine tasting in Loei at certainly one of Thailand’s rising vineyards, and naturally an excellent spherical of golfing right here and there. With a few preparing, you are able to achieve all these issues in a solitary journey (nicely, perhaps not the elephant polo).

On some routes like heading back again from reduce Isaan or south in the direction of Pattaya, the mountains satisfy the ocean by way of a sequence of back again streets, and also you can leap from bikes to some golfing program, and after that to some personal catamaran to get a sunset cruise and BBQ all inside a solitary afternoon. Logistics require some finesse, however the expenses could be a portion of attempting exactly the same trio of encounters in California, Australia, or Europe. The encounter is priceless.

High-quality motorcycle touring can and will be mixed with cultural conversation, along with an accurate appreciation to get an area and its individuals.  From Khmer ruins towards the distinctive meals and songs all through Isaan, to Thailand’s indigenous mountain peoples within the north, towards the numerous cultural kinds of the Lanna, Thai-Laos, and Thai-Shan areas of Thailand’s border areas. There's a mosaic of cultural discovery beneath the street map. Strap on the helmet and go discover it!

Every yr we host 3-4 motorbike journeys starting from 5-10 riders, and we carry on establishing the regular for unique, high-value motorbike adventuring. Greater than just fantastic streets, funky eating places, or perhaps a enjoyable songs pub, we attempt to weave all of it with each other right into a sequence of encounters that propel the motorbike adventurer into an encounter of the life time. Thailand was produced for motorcycling.  Get available on two wheels and uncover it!

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Birth of The Super Home

Over the last 20 years we have seen a huge increase in the number of multimillionaires and an increase in the billionaires. Mainly pushed forward by the massive growth in wealth from countries such as China, Russia,  India, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Qatar and parts of SE Asia.

Endemic with this new found wealth is greater spending and a huge increase in those who can afford the high end super luxury products available in the market place.  Luxury brands have definitely done well and as other western nations perhaps during recessionary times, tightened their belts, the new emerging economies spent more.

Many of the big names in luxury cars and luxury yachts now find new markets in these every growing economies. To be rich in China, Russia, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Thailand and India also means to have the money to buy the likes of Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Mercedes and Porsche. These and many more the symbols of success and the accoutrements of having money.

Next came the luxury yachts and this growing market has seen increased numbers looking for the next success symbol. With the amazing waters, beaches and islands in these parts of the world, to own a private yacht or super yacht is the next big thing. In the case of Russia, then it's to own one in Monaco, South of France, Thailand and other tropical places around the world.

The likes of Sheikh Khalifabin Zayed Al Nahyan, Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Andrey Melnichenko, Yuri Scheffler, Roman Amramovich, Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul Azziz, Emir of Abu Dhabi, Prince Al Waleed bin Talal all have their super yachts. Yet these are only a few and there are many celebrities, rock stars and business people too.

But until recently there was no super home. We had all heard of super yachts and we have all heard of mansions, palaces, castles and large luxury homes. However until the emergence of a small but highly imaginative designer came onto the scene, there was no mention of super homes. The term originated when Chris Asetti, the renowned luxury house designer, burst onto the scene with his spectacular 'Utopia', otherwise fondly referred to as The James Bond house.  It broke all the rules, created the Super home and singly handedly set the bar to galactic levels, for all future billionaire homes.

If you got the super yacht how can you not have a Chris Asetti Super Home. They go hand in hand with each other. At the time he had no idea the significance, but it soon came to light, Chris Asetti had created The Super Home. The perfect luxury house for a billionaire. And what was more interesting and surprising was there was nothing to touch it for sheer imaginative style, uniqueness and sheer out of the box "wow factor".

Yes for sure there were big, amazing houses before and some awesome luxury villas. But until Asetti's 'Utopia' was showcased, there was no super home. It was different. It was new. It was fresh. A combination of styles and ideas that blew everything else out of the water.

Since then Asetti have launched their gold collection of luxury homes and super homes. All the perfect place for a multimillionaire or billionaire to call home. The addition to the super yacht. You want that James Bond lifestyle, then Chris Asetti is the guy to provide it.
To get more info about Asetti visit:

How to find the perfect destination for your next corporate incentive event or teambuilding activity in Singapore

What to look for to nail down the best destination for such an event.

There are quite a number of factors that you need to consider before choosing a perfect destination for team building, or a corporate incentive event for this matter. However, working with an Events Company which is a specialized Destination Management Company (DMC) will help you a great deal, especially if you want to host your event in Singapore with all its countless great venues. At the end of the day, not only will you be able to save on money but also time. It goes without saying that the better the planning, the more successful the event will be irrespective of your unique needs.

It is important to note that when you work with a Destination Management Company (DMC) on your Incentive or teambuilding event, you will definitely be able to get the best destination in Singapore. It doesn't matter what your unique needs are, with professional help everything is as simple as counting 123. Here are some important points that experts will consider during this particular process;

  • Group Interest; a reliable company will start by looking at your group interest before anything else. In this way, they can evaluate whether you will go at historic places, or any other destination that will fully meet your unique needs.
  • Transportation; A reputable Destination Management Company in Singapore (DMC) will consider transportation options, so that you can reach your destination without any hassle.
  • Budget; An events company specialized on DMC Services for a country like Singapore as one of the most expensive countries, will try to help with budgeting and cut down costs at the same time offer high value to your company. In this way, you will be able to choose destinations that fall within your budget range without straining at all.
  • Destination appeal; This is a top priority whenever an incentive event destination is being chosen. And if you have no idea about great places in Singapore, then definitely experienced Destination Management Companies (DMC) will help you make a better choice. Therefore, consider consulting expert companies before deciding on your preferred destination.
  • Group Number; This is a vital requisite that every incentive event organizer must always have in mind. For this reason, make it a point to consult only a very experienced Destination Management Company (DMC) who based on your numbers can offer solid professional advice.

This said, it is of utmost importance you include all active members of your incentive group during the planning phase. This will not only make the right destination choice, but no member will feel left out. Above all, deal with Destination Management Companies (DMC´s) that have an excellent track record. If you choose to adhere to all important points that dictate the planning process, then definitely your incentive event will be a big success.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Immortalize Your Events With Instaroid – And Expand Your Brand Visibility Like Never Before!

These days, many people live by the principle “You Only Live Once”. Because of this, Instaroid gives your event guests the chance to immortalize their most cherished moments as they capture, print, and share photos at your event-- instantly.

Instaroid combines the nostalgia of Polaroid and the speed of Smartphone technology, giving your guests instant gratification with them seeing –and holding-- a branded personal souvenir of your event on the palm of their hands. Guests are also able to share these moments on their social space -- just as it happens.

For you, this means having the secret sauce that will spice up your event and keep crowds storming in.

And that’s not the best part. Photos captured and shared via Instaroid bear your personal brand. This expands your brand visibility across social media channels absolutely at no cost to you. Instaroid takes your brand farther than you had initially imagined!

A Fun and Quirky Way To Snap, Print and Share

Smartphone sales are estimated to hit 1.5 billion this year. With Instaroid, anyone attending your event that has a Smartphone becomes your brand ambassador. They will:

1. Snap photos at the event using their Smartphones.

2. Print their photos to have their own branded keepsake, instantly.

3. Upload and share these photos just as it happens.

Instaroid Box
The Instaroid box takes only 3 minutes to set up and 3 seconds to refill. Multiple printers can be setup in parallel to comfortably deliver the capacity required by large events such as festivals, conferences or outdoor events. Plus, it doesn’t need any software download or high speed internet to work. It’s all self-contained and ready for use.

While no special procedure is needed to operate it, Instaroid Girls can help you engage your guests at a public event.

If you would like to learn more about Instaroid, watch out 1 minute video that shows just how it work.

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 Free qr code generator.

QR Codes can easily be used through smartphones.
About TrustThisProduct

Thanks to TrustThisProduct service, manufacturing companies will be able to solve the following goals:
- Providing consumers with complete and accurate information about your product;
- Helping consumers make an informed choice when purchasing products;
- Increasing consumer loyalty to your brand;
- Improving the competitiveness of your products;
- Promoting your branded products on social networks;
- Providing an additional channel for promoting your products on the Internet from servers;
- Providing easily accessible ways for consumers to provide you with feedback;
- Obtaining information about the actual places where your products are sold;
- Obtaining marketing data about the consumers of your products (linguistic group, gender group, age group);
- Protecting your branded products against counterfeiting;
- 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

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

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

Life of PI
Life of PI

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

There is a more up-to-date version of this post here : Singapore Staycation Deals 2017

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.

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