Saturday, December 31, 2016

Instagram beauty Francesca Tan

22 years old full-time blogger/model Francesca Tan is from Singapore and is listed regularly in Beautiful Singapore Girls To Follow On Instagram lists. According to her website, Francesca participated in the world’s most prestigious international modelling contest – Elite Model Look and clinched the title ‘Face of Make Up Store 2012′. As an Elite Model, she worked with clients like Samsung, Toni & Guy, Olympus, Volkswagen Singapore, Noël Caleb, Maybelline and more. She has also walked the runways for local and overseas designers such as Rêvasseur, Artelier Fang, Chun Ting Liu and Dusk Till Dawn.

You can find Francesca Tan's instagram account here itsfranxcesca. Her website is here

A photo posted by Francesca Tan 陈姿伶 (@itsfranxcesca) on

A photo posted by Francesca Tan 陈姿伶 (@itsfranxcesca) on

A photo posted by Francesca Tan 陈姿伶 (@itsfranxcesca) on

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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 2017. In this post, we have compiled some of the best Singapore staycation promotions for you.

You can of course always check HotelsCombined Singapore Hot Hotel Deals web page for the latest hotel deals to have a very nice staycation with good prices. But here, we will list some of the specific Singapore staycation packages.

Pan Pacific Singapore has been one of the most popular hotels in Singapore for visitors and locals as well. In celebration of  30th Anniversary, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city life with Pan Pacific Singapore 30th anniversary staycation offer including exclusive privileges such as SGD 30 dining credits, SGD 30 savings on spa treatments and breakfast at Edge. The offer is valid for bookings and stays until 31 March 2017.

Included in this package are :
  • Daily breakfast at Edge for up to two persons
  • Food and Beverage credit of SGD30 per stay redeemable at Edge, Hai Tien Lo, Keyaki, Atrium, Pacific Marketplace and Poolside
  • SGD 30 savings on all ala carte treatments (excluding rituals) at St. Gregory Spa
  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Access to round-the-clock fitness centre
Valid through March 31, 2017, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore offers Run Away from Home staycation package for prices starting from SGD 550 per night. 

If you are looking for a weekend staycation package, you can check Far East Hospitality's Weekend Getaways Weekend Saver promotion. With 10 distinct hotels offering 10 distinct experiences, you will surely find one that caters to your needs; be it a romantic respite with your other half, or a getaway with family and friends.

Village Hotel Changi is one of the Far East Hospitality properties where you can enjoy weekend saver promotion.
Marina Mandarin is another luxury Singapore hotel offering weekend staycation package. Package comes with free parking, free buffet breakfast, free WiFi and complimentary upgrade of room (Subject to availability).

Far East Hospitality's Quincy Hotel offers "Qool Weekend" weekend promotion, a couple staycation with fun activities. The Qool Weekend package includes:

- One night stay in Studio Room
- Buffet breakfast for two
- All-day light refreshments
- Evening cocktails (6 pm to 8:30 pm)
- One bottle of red wine
- Complimentary in-room mini-bar (replenished daily)
- Unlimited Wi-Fi access
- Movie Night by the pool (only on Saturdays at 9 pm)

You can also participate in one Qool activity (per room night stay): Chocolate Truffle Making class or Couple Art Jamming session.

Fake Bangkok Explosion News prompt Facebook Safety Check

Fortunately, the news about a massive Bangkok explosion on Tuesday night are fake. But the fake news were perceived so real that at about 9 PM, Facebook activated its safety check-in system for this "reported" explosion.

According to Independent, the safety check system was accidentally activated by a local and minor incident which is picked up by Facebook as a major incident because it was talked about a lot :
But no such explosion actually happened and the fake alert seems to be the result of changes that the company has made to its Safety Check feature. It appears to have been activated by a minor incident, reported only in the local news, where a man took firecrackers to a government building in an apparent protest.
That seems to have become seen as a major incident because people on Facebook were discussing it. Earlier this year, Facebook announced that it would be using people's posts to help decide when the Safety Check would be activated – meaning that it didn't necessarily need to be turned on by staff at the social network.
Source : Facebook Safety Check scares Bangkok residents with false report of major explosion

In Twitter, Bangkok Explosion has been trending and now the thread is full of messages calling it a hoax.

Fake Bangkok Explosion News prompt Facebook Safety Check
Fake Bangkok Explosion News prompt Facebook Safety Check
Facebook went further to say that the crisis was confirmed by media reports but the reports they are referring were themselves referring to a more than a year old article about bombing of the Erawan Shrine in 2015.

As of 10:15pm, the Facebook alert had been deactivated.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Centaur with a Stone by Dashi Namdakov on Orchard Road

I have recently photographed this stunning sculpture in Orchard Road Singapore. Created by renowed multidisciplinary Russian artist Dashi Namdakov, the sculture is named "Centaur with a Stone". Inspired by fantasy, folklore and myth, the Centaur with a Stone is a representation of independence and rebellion. Part man and part horse, the sculture exudes an impulsive and primeval power of these liminal beings and an embodiment of untamed nature.

Centaur with a Stone by Dashi Namdakov exhibited on Orchard Road Singapore.
Centaur with a Stone by Dashi Namdakov exhibited on Orchard Road Singapore.

Next Generation Advanced Planning and Scheduling for Manufacturing Webinar

ICRON Technologies, a leading provider of Advanced Planning and Scheduling solutions, has recently organized a webinar named "Next Generation Advanced Planning and Scheduling for Manufacturing" through its Singapore office.

The webinar covers the challenges in production planning and scheduling processes in modern manufacturing environment which led the development of Advanced Planning and Scheduling. Next, characteristics of a next generation APS platform are introduced. The webinar continues with a comprehensive demo of an actual implementation where ICRON platform performs mathematical optimization and scenario based Sales and Operations Planning, Capacity Planning and also detailed scheduling in a single implementation to cover tactical planning, operational planning and dispatching requirements of a company.

You can watch this 50 minutes webinar below. You can watch several advanced planning and scheduling features such as dynamic pegging, mathematical optimization based planning, scenario based planning, collaboration and state of the art user interfaces.

If you would like to see how Advanced Planning and Scheduling applies to Sales & Operations Planning, you can also watch the company's Optimization and Scenario Based Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) for Manufacturing Webinar presented by Associate Professor Caner Taşkın.

Elk by Dashi Namdakov

This stunning sculpture named "Elk" was on display on Orchard Road Singapore recently. Created by acclaimed Russian scupltor, artist and jeweler, Dashi Namdakov, it is presented in a realistic style that exudes strength, power of this magestic creature and a symbol of beauty in nature. Details on its antlers are reminiscent of sacred prehistoric cave paintings of hunters as a testament to the reverend status of the elk in Namdakov's culture.

Dashi Namdakov is a Siberian / Russian artist who infuses his expressive scultures with his distinct style reflective of his culture, heritage, mythology, beliefs and his nomadic upbringing in the ragged wilderness of the Asian steppes.

As an influential contemporary sculptor and representative of Asian artistic traditions, inspirations of Namdakov works are derived from ethnic folklore, spirituality and myths, which he expresses with a modern interpretation through his own method of form, movement and proportion.

Elk by Dashi Namdakov displayed on Orchard Road Singapore
Elk by Dashi Namdakov displayed on Orchard Road Singapore