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A Luxury Collection Hotel – The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok

Sponsored Review Bangkok, one of my favourite travel destination is only a 2 hours flight away from Singapore and with the cheap air fares nowadays, visiting Bangkok can be as good as making a impromptu trip over the weekends. During my recent visit to Bangkok, I was delighted and pleased to be hosted at The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit where we both experience a wonderful stay with them. Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel under the Starwood Hotels Group is located in the heart of Sukhumvit Road. Easily accessible through the sky bridge to the Skytrain at BTS Asok Station, the subway at MRT Sukhumvit Station, Terminal 21 (my favourite shopping mall), you are just minutes away to all the entertainment that the city has to offer! Oh, do take the train from the airport to the hotel as your save ALOT more time than taking a taxi. The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit combine modern elegance and luxury with the fascinating Thai culture. Enhancing the atmosphere of a luxury Bangkok hotel, vivid glass sculptures are displayed …

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Earn Bonus Points from IHG Rewards Club ‘Accelerate’ Promotion

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announces the upcoming launch of ‘Accelerate’, a promotion which offers IHG Rewards Club members the opportunity to earn bonus points faster than ever. This promotion follows a series of recent enhancements, including the introduction of a new top membership level, Spire Elite. IHG Rewards Club members who register for the ‘Accelerate’ promotion will receive personalised and tailored offers that would enable them to receive bonus points with each achieved offer. Non-members will also enjoy special rewards when they join IHG Rewards Club and enrol in the promotion. These new members will be awarded one free night at any IHG hotel in the world, when they book and complete 2 separate stays at any IHG property. New members can earn up to 2 free nights. Registration for ‘Accelerate’ begins today, 24 August 2015. To register, please visit http://www.ihg.com/content/gb/en/offers/falloffer/registration. Or visit http://www.ihgrewardsclub.com to sign up as a member.

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Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore marks last phase of Refurbishment with Interactive Art Showcase

Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore, which has entered its last phase of refurbishment, engaged the Band of Doodlers, a group of young local artists to doodle, draw and illustrate in an interactive art showcase over the weekend on its premises. Around 150 guests and members of the public attended the interactive art event at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore on Saturday, 15 August. Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore has undergone a major refurbishment, following the rebranding from Traders Hotel to Hotel Jen last year. Works started in December 2014 with the renovating of the Club Lounge, 15 Suites and 550 Guest Rooms. The hotel is now in the last phase of refurbishment with completion expected by end-November. The ground floor is the focus area for this last phase of refurbishment, and a large hoarding wall has been put up to close off the renovation space on the ground floor. The Band of Doodlers, a group of professional young local artists, was invited to illustrate and doodle over the 17-meter long hoarding. The group was engaged to mark the …

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ANA Announces Two New Star Wars™ Themed Planes

ANA, Japan’s largest airline, today announced that two more of its planes will be decorated with Star Wars characters as part of an agreement with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. BB-8, a brand new character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens scheduled for theatrical release in December 2015, will be displayed on the livery of the BB-8™ ANA Jet, a Boeing 777-300ER. ANA also announced the Star Wars™ ANA Jet, which will showcase both BB-8 and R2-D2 on the outside of a Boeing 767-300. These Star Wars themed planes will join the previously announced R2-D2™ ANA Jet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Through this combination of characters, ANA hopes to welcome more passengers of all ages from around the world. The ANA Star Wars planes’ will also display in-flight decorations, such as headrest covers, paper napkins and cups featuring Star Wars characters. ANA will also be the only airline in the world to offer all six of the currently released Star Wars films as part of its extensive in-flight entertainment options on international routes starting …

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Air New Zealand teams up with All Blacks for out of this world Men in Black safety video

Air New Zealand has teamed up with the All Blacks and an all-star line-up of international rugby greats to tackle the airline’s latest on board safety video, Men in Black Safety Defenders. Inspired by the Columbia Pictures global film franchise Men in Black, Air New Zealand’s latest safety instalment features All Black’s Captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter as Men in Black agents. Starring alongside the two long-serving All Blacks is Coach Steve Hansen, team mates Kieran Read, Keven Mealamu, Sam Whitelock and Israel Dagg who gets to test his vocals alongside Kiwi musician Stan Walker. American actor Rip Torn reprises his role as Chief of the Men in Black with Wallabies great David Campese, former England Captain Martin Johnson and former Argentinean Captain Agustin Pichot making cameo appearances. Air New Zealand Head of Global Brand Development Jodi Williams says the airline is Crazy About Rugby making the All Blacks the perfect partner for its latest safety offering. Men in Black Safety Defenders will be progressively rolled out across Air New Zealand’s fleet from today …

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Celerate Jubilee Weekend at Gardens by the Bay as Singapore Legends come to Life!

The mythical Merlion, the explorer prince Sang Nila Utama, Badang the strong man and the filial princess Radin Mas – see how these colourful characters of local legends are brought to life with the help of more than 8,000 orchids and plants in the floral display, “From Tales to Legends: Discover Singapore Stories”. “Singapore Stories” is just one highlight of the SG50 celebrations at the Gardens. For the first time, the iconic Supertrees will be transformed by stunning laser imagery in a special edition of the nightly “Garden Rhapsody” show. Topping off the festivities is ticketing promotions for both Singaporeans and overseas visitors. “Singapore Stories” Floral Display 31 July – 13 September 2015 Flower Dome Be wowed by a floral interpretation of 10 local legends – Tanjong Pagar, Redhill, Sisters’ Island, Bukit Timah, Pulau Ubin, Kusu Island, Sang Nila Utama, Radin Mas, the Merlion, and the Singapore Stone – designed by award-winning Singaporean landscape architect Damian Tang. Taking place in the Flower Dome, the beauty of more than 8,000 orchids and plants in a plethora …

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Gardens by the Bay and Au​demars Piguet unveil Singapore’s largest and only floral clock

As the nation ge​ars up to cele​brate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee this weekend, Gardens by the Bay and Audemars Piguet have come together to commemorate the occasion with the unveiling of Singapore’s only sizable public floral clock. Blending timekeeping precision with botanical artistry, the Floral Clock was unveiled by Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, together with Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, and Mr Oliviero Bottinelli, Member of the Board of Directors, Audemars Piguet Holding SA. Displayed prominently in the Gardens, at the intersection between the cooled conservatoires and the Supertree Grove, the seven-metre-wide Floral Clock draws inspiration from the signature characteristics of Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak collection and fuses traditional and contemporary landscaping elements in its design. Featuring tropical plants with coloured foliage and flowers, its plant palette will be refreshed regularly for the public to enjoy. (Please refer to the Appendix for more details of the Floral Clock.) “We thank Audemars Piguet for this wonderful addition to Gardens by the Bay on the occasion of Singapore’s Golden …

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Beach-Side Breaks: Holiday Inn Resorts across Southeast Asia and the Maldives offering up to 35% off

Holiday Inn® Resorts are making beach-side getaways even more manageable for families and groups of friends, with up to 35% off room rates at its resorts across Southeast Asia and the Maldives, for stays until 19 December 2015. Guests can enjoy a break with up to 30% off room rates including breakfast, with IHG Rewards Club members receiving an additional 5% off. With the discounted rates available at resorts across Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Maldives, families can enjoy plenty of time together during a sun and sand-filled getaway. On top of that the Holiday Inn brand’s signature ‘Kids Stay & Eat Free’ programme provides even more value for families taking a well-earned break. There are Holiday Inn Resorts in a variety of popular holiday destinations around the region boasting incredible settings including: Resorts in Phuket Phuket’s pure blue seas and stunning sunsets will always be a favourite for a beach-side getaway. At Holiday Inn Resort Mai Khao Beach families can take a stroll by the beach before diving into some traditional batik painting followed …

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VietJet Gives Away Complimentary Flight Tickets in Online Summer Promotion

Summers here, and to celebrate, Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company (“Vietjet”) will be giving away 500,000 tickets in a week long promotion starting from just S$0. The online promotion will run from Wednesday, 22 July 2015 to Wednesday, 29 July 2015 and is applicable to all domestic and international routes currently operated by Vietjet. The travel period for this promotion begins on 7 September 2015 and ends on 31 December 2015. Travellers can purchase tickets via the Vietjet website at http://www.vietjetair.com and payment can be made with major credit cards including VISA, MasterCard, JCB or American Express. Vietjet currently operates 150 flights per day with a fleet of 25 Airbus aircraft across 32 routes, domestically and internationally. Boasting a new and modern fleet, Vietjet features fast and easy check-in services, high quality onboard services and has recently partnered with Lotteria Vietnam to provide even greater choices to its in-flight meal offering. Terms and conditions apply: The ticket promotion applies to the basic fare and does not include the cost of prevailing taxes and fuel surcharges. …

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Singapore’s Iconic Cable Car Opens New Line on Sentosa Island

The new Sentosa Line, a $78 million investment, will now allow guests to connect from Merlion Plaza to Siloso Point, on the western tip of the island. In line with SDC’s constant efforts to refresh the offerings on the island, the new line is one of several infrastructural enhancements that SDC has embarked on to enhance connectivity and accessibility on the island. There are three cable car stations servicing the new Sentosa Line – the Merlion, Imbiah Lookout and Siloso Point Stations. Guests riding on this new line can conveniently make their way between the island’s many attractions and F&B offerings, while enjoying exceptional views over Sentosa’s tree canopy and Siloso Beach. Guests who wish to ride on both Lines are able to buy the Cable Car Sky Pass with an option to top up for unlimited rides. Overseas guests will enjoy a bonus because the new Sentosa Line will be included in the new Standard Sky Pass with no increase from the current price of $29, hence they get double the value with the Singapore Cable …

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Phare, The Cambodian Circus, Siem Reap’s most unique Entertainment

Sponsored Review Phare, The Cambodian Circus is one of the most unique, authetic top rated evening entertainment in Siem Reap. It is not just a circus like what you have in mind. Phare, the Cambodian Circus is a combination of theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell unique Cambodian stories. We’re lucky to be invited to catch the show as tickets are usually sold out pretty fast. You can either buy it onsite or book your tickets online here. The show we’re watching for the evening was Sokrias (Eclipse), set in a rural Cambodian village where a disfigured young man is rejected and ridiculed. He wonders why he is cursed in this way and seeks answers and help from the gods. They answer his prayers by transforming him into a beautiful woman who attracts the attention and desire of the village men. But they quickly discover there’s something evil behind the beauty. Based on traditional Cambodian folktales, Eclipse is a story of rejection, revenge, spirit possession and eventual forgiveness set to original music …

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Shinta Mani Club, A Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap

Sponsored Review Shinta Mani Club, an upscale boutique hotel located in Siem Reap gives me a wonderful stay on my first trip to Cambodia. All I can say is that i’m truly impressed with their excellent service! Shinta Mani Club is located within the township of Siem Reap and it’s just a 15 minutes tuk tuk ride from the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat. Upon our arrival, we’re given cold towels as the weather is really hot there and a nice chilling welcome drink. We’re also each given a mobile phone with sim card in it, where we can make phone calls in Cambodia, especially handy when you would like to make a reservation at a resturant or book your spa session, or if you are lost or having problems communicating to the locals on directions back to the hotel. :) Very nice lobby. Shinta Mani Club offer a total of 39 rooms in four categories of stylish accommodations, including Superior, Superior Poolside, Deluxe and Deluxe Living. We’re given the Deluxe room and I personally …

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Cafe-hopping in Taiwan – 9 September Cafe

Level Up! Darren bloggie is not only cafe hopping in Singapore, but is venturing out to other countries as well! :) First up on darrenbloggie, we have 9 September Cafe, located in Taiwan where it’s only open in September! haha~ nah… just kidding :P Located along the alley in Taipei city, this cafe is decorated in a woody and industrial ambient where you can see wooden crates and metal grills topped with lots and lots of flowers and plants which create a relaxing vibe ;) the cafe is seperated into indoor and outdoor seating, where you can spend an afternoon with a cup of coffee people watching or getting some inspiration. Let’s take a look at the menu Was there for the brunch menu and here’s what we’ve ordered. Every brunch set comes with either an americano coffee, breakfast tea, fresh juices or you may top up an additional NT90 for any drinks of your choice in the menu. I ordered the signature September Brunch set (NT340) which comes with a selection of bread, scrambled …

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Jetstar Asia to move to KLIA2 terminal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 8 July 2015

From 8 July 2015, all Jetstar Asia flights will arrive and depart from the KLIA2 terminal at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia. KLIA2 is located less than two kilometres away from the KLIA Main Terminal and is accessible from KL Sentral via the KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit. There is no change in the flight schedule, ground handler, check-in facilities or check-in timings. However, passengers transferring between KLIA Main terminal and KLIA2 will need to clear immigration and collect their checked bags before they can transfer to their next flight. Passengers are advised to check in at the airport at least two hours before departure and are reminded to allow ample time for their local transfers to and from the KLIA airport. Passengers booked to travel between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur on and after 2 June will receive an updated email itinerary to reflect the location of the new airport. The straight-to-gate web check-in services will continue to be available to passengers in the new terminal. For more information, visit Jetstar.com.

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InterContinental Dubai Marina opens in the heart of Dubai’s newest lifestyle hub

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announces the opening of InterContinental Dubai Marina, a 132 guest room luxury hotel with 196 fully serviced InterContinental Residential Suites in the centre of one of Dubai’s most popular and vibrant neighbourhoods. The hotel is a showcase of cutting edge design and décor, with bespoke modern art, design and sculptures throughout. With stunning views of the marina and nine restaurant and bars on offer, InterContinental Dubai Marina creates the perfect setting for guests to enjoy all that Dubai has to offer. Part of the Bay Central development, situated in Dubai’s newest hub for contemporary lifestyle in the heart of Dubai Marina, the hotel is located within walking distance of the Dubai tram and metro, and local tourist attractions including Jumeirah Beach Road and The Walk on JBR, which offers a variety of restaurants and shops is only five minutes away. The jewel in the hotel’s crown will be Marina Social restaurant – British, Michelin-starred chef, Jason Atherton’s first in the Middle East – which will open later in September 2015. The …

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Flowery Fun Times in the Gardens this June Holidays

Take a walk down memory lane this June Holiday and have some Flowery Fun Times at Gardens by the Bay! Starting 22 May, Gardens by the Bay latest floral display bring to life beloved characters from your favourite nursery rhymes. Come meet Mary and her little lamb, the old lady in her shoe, Old MacDonald with his farm animals and Humpty Dumpty before his fall. Other than the usual nursery rhymes that we are all familiar with, there’s also a section with nursery rhymes from all the different races in Singapore. Are you able to tell which are they from the display below? Can you tell which chinese nursery rhymes does this belong to? Buzz buzzz~~~ Amidst fields of Lupin blooms, Foxgloves and Delphiniums too, Wondrous characters and animals await to take you on a Nursery Rhymes date. “Flowery Fun Times” is the third of six chapters in Gardens by the Bay’s storytelling journey in 2015. This enchanting series of floral displays for the year will draw visitors into the magical world of folklore, legends, fairy …

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First Holiday Inn Express® Hotel in Republic of South Korea Opens in Seoul

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) has opened the very first Holiday Inn Express® hotel in the Republic of South Korea, Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro, located in the heart of the capital city. The 224-room hotel is nestled in a commercial and financial precinct between the Myeong-dong, Namsan and Dongdaemoon areas, known for their variety of shopping options and sites of cultural and artistic significance. Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro offers a choice of modern double-bed and twin-bed rooms, as well as free on-site parking. The hotel is easily accessible by public transport, located just one minute’s walk from the Euljiro3-ga station on the Seoul Subway Line, and is one hour from Incheon International Airport. Travellers keen for sight-seeing can take a leisurely 10 minute stroll to Bukchon Hanok Village, a preserved traditional village to capture a glimpse of what life was like in Joseon period. Further afield, guests can visit the famous N Seoul Tower at the top of Namsan Mountain to view the city from a completely different perspective. Those with a shopaholic streak …

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IHG Offers Guests Up to 30% Off Rooms Across All Hotels in Asia, Middle East and Africa

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced an exciting new advanced booking promotion across all its 251 hotels in the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region, from beachfront InterContinental resorts to city-centre Holiday Inn Express hotels. From now until 1 September, guests can enjoy up to 30% off on bookings purchased in advance for stays from 1 June to 4 September 2015. IHG® Rewards Club members enjoy a further reward of an additional 5% off – meaning a possible discount of up to 35% – as well as their usual membership perks such as free internet, when booking during this period. IHG Rewards Club, the industry’s first and largest hotel rewards programme, with nearly 86 million members, is free and guests can join at IHGRewardsClub.com, by downloading the IHG® app or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG’s more than 4,800 hotels worldwide. The programme offers industry-leading benefits, including free internet for members across IHG’s family of trusted hotel brands. Guests are always guaranteed the lowest price when they book directly with IHG, or …

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10 Things You Can Do at Changi Airport before your Flight

Have you ever wonder what you can do at the airport after you’ve check in for your flight? Or are you one of those that feel there isn’t a need to reach the airport too early, since all you need to do is check in your luggage and head straight to the boarding gate? You might want to reconsider after reading this ;) Changi Airport has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1981, when Terminal 1 first opened. Today, we have three terminals, with the fourth in construction and planning for a fifth. Being the sixth busiest international airport today, Changi Airport is a major air hub in Asia, serving more than 100 international airlines flying to some 320 cities in about 80 countries and handled more than 54.1 million passengers in 2014. A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 90 secs! WOW~ With about 350 retail and services outlets and 160 F&B outlets at Changi, Changi Airport is one of Singapore’s best places for shopping and dinning, as well …

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Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road Clinches Two Awards at the International Property Awards 2015

The 180-suite property has won a total of three property development awards in two years, affirming its world-class design and architecture. Following a rigorous judging process for the Asia Pacific International Property Awards 2015-2016, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road, Singapore is proud to be named Winner in the Singapore Hotel Architecture and Singapore New Hotel Construction and Design categories amongst some of the region’s most prominent developments. The awards will be officially presented at the Asia Pacific Property Awards Summit and Awards Gala dinner in May. Since its launch in May 2013, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road, Singapore has been one of the leading choices of accommodation for extended-stay business and leisure travellers to the city. Situated in the heart of the cultural enclave of Beach Road and at the gateway to the Marina Bay and Raffles Place Central Business Districts, the 180-suite property features a sleek modern exterior with a roof-top swimming pool and fitness centre which offers breath-taking views of the city’s skyline. Providing the perfect home-away-from-home living environment, each suite is furnished with a fully-equipped …

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