Meeting The Sleep Doctor, Michael Breus, Thanks To Princess Cruises

Lantern Fullerton Bay Hotel

The gorgeous pool and the stunning view at Lantern, Fullerton Bay Hotel.

I visited Lantern at the Fullerton Bay Hotel recently, thanks to an invitation by Princess Cruises to meet the Sleep Doctor, Dr. Michael Breus. First up, let me just say that the pool where Lantern is located is GORGEOUS. And guests actually have a selection of sunblock and sun tanning lotions to choose from at the poolside! Unfortunately, we did not get invited to use the pool. 😀 So we could only try and escape the heat by getting a seat under some shade while the bikini babes soaked up the sun. That said, it was a very informative session as the Sleep Doctor, Dr Michael Breus, whom Dr Oz calls “MY sleep doctor”, helped shed light on many sleep-related concerns.

Fullerton Bay Hotel Swimming Pool

Full-sized sunscreen products for hotel guests to use.

Princess Cruises Singapore

I’ve recorded the main highlights of the session for your viewing pleasure, so go ahead and click on the play buttons below to watch the video clips! 🙂

If you’ve ever wondered how much sleep the Sleep Doctor gets, watch this video:

In this next video, the doctor shares about the effects of Caffeine, Alcohol, Exercise and Sunlight on one’s quality of sleep:

I think this is what we attended the event for – the Question & Answer segment. The good doctor answered every single question that the audience had…

In Part 1, questions were raised about how we can get better sleep while traveling (yes, lots of us have trouble falling asleep in a different bed), how much sleep adults should be getting, deep sleep vs interrupted sleep, and sleep deprivation.

In Part 2, the focus is on napping, sleeping after mealtimes, sleeping with a light on, etc.

In Part 3, it’s about people who are constantly “on call”, such as doctors, policemen and firemen, medicines for insomniacs, sleep disruption faced by ultra athletes, and how to select sleep trackers.

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All in all, I think it was a useful session. I did actually try to sleep with an eye mask on and used earplugs too, the night after hearing the Dr speak. However, it seems old habits die hard. 😀 As I don’t usually have trouble falling asleep, I think it doesn’t matter though.

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(Traveling Soon?) Cheapest Portable WiFi Router Rental @ 50 Cents Per Day!

We Go Native travel app

I’m used to paying at least SGD5 per day for wifi router rental when traveling overseas. So when my pal told me about the launch of the new Native Experiences mobile app and its launch offer of wifi router rental at 50cents per day (for up to 5 days)*, I signed up immediately! Japan, here I come! 😀 You may know all the benefits of getting a wifi router (no need to change SIM cards, can share among multiple devices / users, etc), but this particular wifi router can be used within the specified region. For instance, if you get the South-east Asia one, you can use the wifi router in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore – with one device, you can visit all four countries if you’d like! The North-east Asia wifi router will be valid for use in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Macau. And at 50 cents per day, seriously, just get it now!

(*After the 5th day, it’s SGD4.70 per day. Refer to the app for more details.)

Native iOS Android app

Available on both iOS (Native) and Android (Native Experiences).

Native is also backed by travel industry veterans, in particular Euro-Asia Holidays, which was established back in 1988 and has been a favorite of holiday goers since.

Now, you’ll want to HURRY because the launch price effectively doubles to $1 per day on 11th August. One dollar is still (dirt) cheap, obviously, but nothing beats 50-cent wifi, in my opinion. 😀

And while you’re at it, take a look at the experiences Native offers. There are also some Travel Revolution Fair Deals that you can still book via the app!

Travel Revolution 2018 Deals

Native Singapore

Just type in the country / city you’re headed to, and let Native show you what activities and attractions are on offer. Take advantage of the current National Day $5.30 promo (which ends on 12th Aug), that gives you a discount of $5.30 off any activity (limited to the first 250 redemptions)!

Euro Asia Holidays and Native travel app

The team behind the Native travel app, including the Events Management specialists from Marvele Group Pte Ltd and the travel industry veterans from Euro-Asia Holidays.

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Website: http://wegonative.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wegonative/

Download via these links:

Native App Store App Native Google Play App

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/native/id1410713362?ls=1&mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gonative.app

Singapore Airlines’ New Business Class and Suites Showcase

Singapore Airlines 787-10 Dreamliner regional business class

Before popping by Artbox Singapore 2018 the other day, I’d visited the Singapore Airlines’ showcase at Tanjong Pagar Centre. 😀 I think it’s a really smart idea to let more people experience what it’s like to fly via Business Class or Suites by hosting a roadshow like this. Now more travelers will know what they’re missing out on when they choose to fly Economy Class. Also gives them something to aspire to, e.g. “I’ll only fly via Business Class in future”. 😀

In the picture above, you see the New 787-10 Dreamliner Regional Business Class. The armrests are adjustable so you can get even more space (an extra 6 inches, or so I’ve heard). *I think the customised trucks are very cool but I think it doesn’t exactly give me the feel of being in an airplane, unlike the actual mock-ups which I’ve been in at the Singapore Airlines Open House event previously. Still, it’s nice that they allow us to have a seat and “imagine” we’re flying Business Class or in one of those fabulous Suites.

There are apparently Mickey Mouse toys for the young ones when they fly:

Singapore Airlines children's toys

Then there’s the new A380 Business Class:

Singapore Airlines new A380 Business Class

What I really love would be the Suites. Like they said, it’s just like a hotel room. You head in and you have a bed, an armchair and all the space you’d need.

Singapore Airlines new A380 Suites

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Besides offering to print your Instagram pictures taken onsite for free (you get a photo sticker), Singapore Airlines also has a Spin & Win game. My pal won a pen while I received an SQ luggage tag.

Singapore Airlines Spin and Win

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If you’d like to visit the roadshow at a location near your home / workplace, check out this link for more details: http://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/plan-travel/local-promotions/sg-premiumshowcase/

SilkAir Inflight Meals + Economy Class Review

SilkAir Inflight Meals +Economy Class Review

According to the in-flight magazine, SilkAir flies to 52 cities (and counting!) and serves over 300,000 meals on board every month. So, do the SilkAir inflight meals taste good? And what about the overall cabin experience, and the service from the cabin crew? Is SilkAir the “poorer cousin of Singapore Airlines” like someone commented to me recently? That’s what I tried to find out when we flew to Cebu on SilkAir.

BREAKFAST:

silkair inflight meal menu

It was either scrambled eggs with chicken sausage and potatoes OR minced chicken with rice. Definitely go for the former option. I found there was too little minced chicken on too much rice, and it wasn’t very tasty either. Add some chopped up chili padi maybe? 😛 I actually missed chili sauce a lot while I was in the Philippines.

silkair inflight meal

LUNCH:

silkair inflight food

We were told to choose between “chicken with rice or fish with potatoes”. He wanted fish (and I wanted fish too) so I went with the chicken. And he regretted his decision while I was like “wow, green curry!!!” The chicken with rice was MUCH better than the fish, which tasted like it was from a lousy caterer PLUS it was left to sit around till it got soggy. But the potatoes were good – it’s hard to go wrong with potatoes, really.

silkair inflight meal review

As usual, their bread and butter pleased him. And I really liked the sliced fruit – peaches and watermelon. Yum!

And besides the usual “coffee, tea or juice for you?”, there’s also the option (which the cabin crew don’t really tell you about) of wine, beer, and even vodka orange!

This is totally his. I don’t drink on flights. It’ll totally make sense to you if you encounter an emergency evacuation…

silkair free drinks

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As for the seats, I really don’t see any difference between these seats on SilkAir versus those on budget airlines. There’s also not much space for stuffing (slightly bulky) bags under the seat in front.

silkair economy class seat review

You can access the SilkAir inflight entertainment system via your own mobile phone or tablet but you will have to download their app. Too troublesome. I read the book I had with me – Joe Biden’s ‘Promise Me, Dad’ – and we also got to watch some cartoons, American Ninja Warrior and some funny videos.

No sound required as the images speak a thousand words:

silkair economy class

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Service was kinda bad on the flight to Cebu. A stewardess spilled some hot liquid on my arm (and disappeared without apologizing) and later dropped a pair of bread tongs on the guy seated in front of me. *sigh* The butter on the flight is good but the butter fingers are not appreciated. Then since we were seated at the back of the plane, even with the curtain drawn, we could hear the gossip going on… some bitching about passengers on another flight. Tsk tsk. I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t happen on a Singapore Airlines flight. So that comment about “poorer cousin” and all, I think there’s some truth in there somewhere.

The funniest thing happened on the flight back to Singapore, though. There was a couple seated in front of us and one of them had apparently ordered a cake to be served during the flight because the other person was celebrating a birthday. But the clueless flight attendant actually came over AND ASKED them if they had placed an order for cake before serving anything. Bam! Surprise gone. And some time after that, the stewardess came over and asked us to complete a survey, and gave us a pack of SilkAir playing cards as an incentive for doing that survey. THEN, get this… she gave the cake to the person in front, and presented them a similar pack of playing cards as a ‘birthday gift’ from the crew, and then asked them to fill out the same survey form! 😀 I was so amused. (Yay! I got a birthday gift too… eight months early!) 😀

I’m not sure what cabin crew life is like. Probably it’s really stressful and there might be a need to vent and release some of that pent-up frustration but that chatter should never reach the ears of passengers. I’m not sure if I’ll be flying with SilkAir again soon, but I’d most certainly like to get on a Singapore Airlines flight – there, I’m really made to feel at home without the risk of hot water spills and flying bread tongs. And definitely no bitching. Cheers to that.

5 Creative Ways to Preserve Your Travel Memories

Photojaanic

As someone who truly believes in the importance of work-life balance, I make sure that I set aside time for relaxing and having fun, as well as doing work. Travelling is one of the ways to refresh and recharge. From the adventures in places that are far from home like Bali, to the adventures here in my own city, there’s always something unique and memorable in each holiday. From photobook to postcards, there are many ways to preserve your travel memories.

That being said, sometimes the busy life and packed schedule makes printing photos a bit trickier, as there are more things on the to-do list with higher priorities. But with an online printing service, it actually takes a lot less time and hassle to print these travel photos. What’s more, there are more choices than just photo prints to bring your travel memories to life. Here are a few ideas of what you can do with your travel photos.

Travel Photobook

Photobook
If you’d like to keep detailed memories of your travel experiences, a photobook might be the best option for you. Not only do you get to print your photos, but you can set the layout and add text however you want it. Adding text will surely help you tell the story of your travel, and keep some extra memories that were missed by the camera. Whether you choose to arrange your photos chronologically to remember your travel just the way you experienced it, or if you prefer to arrange it according to a theme or highlights, a photobook is a perfect way to preserve your travel memories for yourself.

square prints travel

Square prints
The most versatile, and probably the easiest way to get your travel photos, is square prints. You can get as creative as you’d like with the square prints, from making a travel gallery wall, to creating a scrapbook where you can write down your fondest travel memories. The choice is yours.

Travel Postcards

Postcards
Postcards are classic items for travelling that you can also use as souvenirs. Rather than buying postcards with someone else’s photo on it, why not use your own photos? Printing postcards with your travel photos is not difficult at all. What’s even better is that you can write the story of each photo behind the postcard, either to keep for yourself or to send to your loved ones. Epic stories need to be written down and read.

Travel passport notebook

Passport notebooks
This is something every traveler will appreciate: a handy notebook to keep travel organised. Its use isn’t limited to travel-related things as you can use this to jot down everything from ideas to your to-do list. Having a notebook with your own travel photo will not only make it feel more personal, but it can also remind you of the good time you had during your travel.

wall art travel

Wall art
Sometimes, the best stories and memories need to be shared with your loved ones, and why not do so with your own photos? You can pick your favorite photo(s) to be printed and hung up on the wall. There are various types of wall art you can choose: from canvas prints, mounted prints, to posters – you are not short on options. If you’re up for a challenge, how about making a series of wall art from your travel? For example, if you’re a culinary junkie, you can make a series of unique dishes you found during your travel. Or if you’re into buildings and architecture, you can make a series of interesting buildings from different cities that you’ve visited. You can be sure that there will be many stories that can be told from these photos.

I hope these ideas can help you get creative with your travel photos! Don’t let them gather dust as your memories are too precious for that!

Author:
Dixie Thamrin
Content marketing writer at Photojaanic

Changi Airport Terminal 4 Open House Website’s “Technical Problems” Last Night

Changi Airport Terminal 4 Open House

Screengrab from the T4 Open House website

Like many other Singaporeans, I’m terribly excited about the Open House event happening next month at Changi Airport’s Terminal 4. There have been press reports about it and many people were eager to book their slots last night. For some strange reason, we could only make the bookings for the free tour from 0001hrs on 5th July, so many of us stayed up late last night just so we could be among the first to access the website and secure places for ourselves and our family members. *The Open House tours will happen daily from 7th to 20th August, between 9am and 6pm.

But the sudden influx of visitors past midnight might have caused the website to crash.

Some who were unable to access the site or complete the bookings took to Facebook to voice their concerns, prompting Changi Airport to issue an update that the site’s facing some “technical problems”.

Changi Airport facebook page

It’s definitely disappointing. It was entirely predictable that a large number of people would want to visit T4, especially since the Prime Minister himself has taken the tour and said he was “impressed”. So for the open house website of the World’s Best Airport to crash due to the overwhelming response (which could have been anticipated), I have no words.

Thankfully, there are lots of available slots for the public to choose from. And only a handful were fully booked when I checked this morning. *And the confirmation email apparently doesn’t get sent to your email inbox immediately. Expect to wait for up to a few hours before receiving it.

When organizing free events for kiasu and kaypoh Singaporeans, Changi Airport Group might want to note that an “overwhelming response” is to be expected. Either ensure everything runs smoothly, or not pick midnight as the time the website is open to reservations as the next day is still a weekday / working day! (@_@)

What’s New At Resorts World Genting

Resorts World Genting Tower 3

Before our recent trip to Resorts World Genting, our very last visit was a number of years ago. And when we went back this time, there was a new hotel tower at First World Hotel (bringing its total number of rooms to 7,351) and a new cable car system, among other updates! Though I detest long bus rides, I can easily be tempted to make another trip to Genting again as it’s now an even cooler place to be at… even if you do not gamble.

We stayed in room 28868 (how auspicious?) on the highest floor and found the room in Tower 3 to be very new and clean. That said, the pillows leave more to be desired but I guess it won’t matter to most folk, anyway. I was the only one sleeping in the room at night; my darling was busy earning some moolah in the casinos. 😀 I also love that you can order Motorino pizzas, meatballs, chicken wings, etc, with room service!

I’ve previously blogged about some new restaurants & cafes you need to visit. If you haven’t read the posts yet, click on the links below:

#1: Burger & Lobster

#2: Cafés Richard

#3: Motorino

This isn’t the best photo of their new cable car system, but I actually enjoyed the ride in the Glass Floor Gondola. A ride in one of the special gondolas with glass flooring will cost RM 50. The regular ones cost just RM 8. End to end, the 2.8km journey takes just 10 minutes, half of what the older cable car system took.

Resorts World Genting cable car

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At Sky Avenue, there’s so much food to indulge in. If I had to start (small) somewhere, I’m going back for more of Tokyo Secret’s cheese tarts. Freshly baked (and HOT), these yummy tarts will leave you craving for more…

Resorts World Genting Tokyo Secret

And oh… cheap(er) GongCha bubble tea too! 😀

Aside from eating and visiting the casino, there are more family-friendly games for those who are young and young-at-heart. We went to the arcade to play basketball and I also wanted to try my hand at fishing for a prize at the ‘duck pond’

I won’t play this game again… ever:

Resorts World Genting arcade

You pay RM 23.20 to get an arcade card with 20 credits. For this duck ‘fishing’ game, you’ll spend 4 credits, and get to fish out 2 ducks. I thought I’ll be sure to get at least one tiny, consolation prize with 2 tries. I got nothing. I’d rather have spent the credits on the basketball machines – each game there costs just 3 credits. 😦

Don’t want to spend any money? There’s always the lovely view to admire at the hotel. You’ll have to do that at the lobby though. The opaque hotel room windows cannot be opened more than, say, 4 inches.

Resorts World Genting review

For breakfast, there’s A LOT to choose from at Resorts World Genting. There are so many restaurants, eateries, cafes, etc. And of course, there’s The Food Factory for a buffet spread.

The Food Factory:

Resorts World Genting Food Factory

(above) The chef is cooking some carrot cake for our breakfast. Yum! The food factory can seat some 1,600 guests. Don’t expect gourmet meals, of course. Just eat for the purpose of satiety. When we were having our breakfast, we enjoyed items like scrambled egg, niang doufu (to pair with porridge), mini pancakes (plus a chocolate fountain), bread, pastries, etc. I love fruit so I was surprised to find that there was just one kind of fruit: yellow watermelon.

On the way home to Singapore, our coach stopped at the Awana rest stop. It’s not as busy as the one at Yong Peng, so the food at the canteen has been sitting around for a while, if you know what I mean. We happily stocked up on snacks at the store though.

Resorts World Genting bus rest stop

If you aren’t heading back to Singapore, but prefer to visit KL instead, you can take a bus to KL Sentral then a train to Pasar Seni to go to Chinatown. 🙂

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From Singapore to Genting, we took a coach from Golden Mile Complex. For reasons unknown to us, the coach from ‘The One’ was an hour late and the seats weren’t too comfortable either; you cannot have it recline much without ending up lying on someone’s lap. 😛

*Watch out for the Twentieth Century Fox World Theme Park that is slated to open later this year.

5 Reasons Retirees Will LOVE The Luxury Cruise Ship ‘Insignia’

Oceania Cruises

It’s not often one gets to board a cruise ship docked at Harbourfront just for a look-see, especially when it’s a LUXURY cruise ship. My pal Bosco and I got to do a tour of the ship, and enjoy a quick lunch on board, thanks to Sky Premium. Apparently, it’s an around-the-world cruise which starts and ends in Miami. See the world in 6 months on this cruise? Yes, sign me up… when I’m rich and retired! 😀 I certainly won’t mind being on this ship with lots of friendly, smiling crew. In fact, the ship can accommodate up to 669 passengers, and it comes with 400 crew members; so any time the retired ol’ me needs help, I’ll be sure to get it. 😀

Insignia Cruise Review

Here are 5 reasons why I think retirees will enjoy being on Insignia:

#1: The Chillaxing

Insignia Cruise

At the Sundeck on deck 11, you get to enjoy the blue skies, a good tan, and simply laze by the pool. If you don’t fancy swimming, there are two hottubs filled with saltwater (which might be better for your skin) 🙂 Also, there’s a new specialty cocktail every day at the pool bar. Hang on… I might not want to wait till I’m retired. 😀

Insignia Cruise Hot Tub

#2: The FOOD

Oceania Insignia restaurant

A little bird told me that Versace plates are used in one of the restaurants on-board. But you’ll have to make a reservation with your cruise booking (or immediately after boarding the ship) in order to get a table. *wink*

Insignia restaurant

Here’s the lunch we were treated to:

Oceania Insignia Reviews

What we had for lunch: (1) Maine Lobster and Daikon with Caviar, (2) Stuffed Provolone Cheese Pasta Purses with Butternut Squash Cream, (3) Pink Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Black Truffle and Foie Gras Demi-Glace, (4 *Alternative main) Den Miso Glazed Sea Bass, (5) Papuan Chocolate Volcano, (6) Petits Fours and Macaroons

I’d say it’s either hit-or-miss with our lunch menu that day. The lobster + caviar starter was, obviously, a delicious treat. The stuffed provolone cheese pasta purses which followed were slightly cloying and ‘jelat‘ after the first mouthful. The beef and fish mains were good. The Papuan Chocolate Volcano was a huge HIT, but the petit fours and macaroons left much to be desired. If this accurately reflects food standards on-board the Insignia, well, I guess passengers will quickly figure out what they should or shouldn’t order – after all, they’ll be on-board for a while.

Insignia has 2 specialty restaurants which require reservations. For Italian fare, head to Toscano, unless you’re craving for some good ol’ steak, in which case you should head to their steak house ‘Polo Grill’. At Toscano, staff will bring out a giant wheel of parmesan every night. The food is made fresh every night and it’s very fine dining with Versace plates, no less. There’s also vinaigrette and olive oil pairing, somewhat like wine pairing. 😀 The restaurant has some 8 selections of olive oil and 4 for balsamic vinegar.

At the Steakhouse (Polo Grill), you can indulge in some steak, lobster, crab, primerib, chicken, etc. There’s also a themed night depending on which port the ship is at. The chefs will procure the ingredients from that particular city for your meal.

*Ice cream is made on the ship every day too. There’s a range of sugar-free desserts at every restaurant, and they’re made to be suitable for diabetics. And the Insignia has begun serving vegan food too!

At ‘Waves’ located near the pool, you can grab some hamburgers, hotdogs, etc. In short, you’ll never go hungry on the Insignia. And on the rare occasion that you’ve missed a meal, fret not, as there’s 24-hour room service.

Special mention: the Papuan Chocolate Volcano is a must-try…

Oceania Insignia around the world cruise

#3: The Staff

The staff on-board the Insignia are very friendly, and always ready to greet you with a smile. They might also be able to call you by name by the end of the cruise.

Oceania Cruises

#4: The Pampering

Insignia Cruise Spa

Head to the Spa for everything from manicures to waxing, massages to haircuts. You can even get a new hair color here.

Oceania Insignia Cruise Spa

 

#5: The Entertainment

Oceania Insignia

What’s the point of getting on a cruise if there’s no entertainment to look forward to? On board the Insignia, there’s the gym, of course. For those who prefer more sedentary activities, there’s mahjong, card games, jigsaw puzzles, stage shows, art classes, and last but not least, THE CASINO! The casino is open only on seadays and remains shut when the ship is in port (it’s illegal to operate the casino when in port!)

From 7am to 10pm, head to the fitness center for spinning sessions, yoga, pilates, etc.

Insignia library

We did not get to visit the suites, but we did get a look around the library. There’s a beautiful hand-painted ceiling which you must see. The library looks very homey as it’s designed to look like someone’s living room – to be the passengers’ home away from home. There’s comfy furniture and a good selection of books. I’m told that because the seats are so comfortable, people come here to read, but they do also find themselves falling asleep here. 😀

Elsewhere on the ship, from 4pm to 5pm, passengers get to enjoy tea with a string quartet playing. There’s also a baby grand piano on-board (I hear they have a talented pianist too) and if it’s your thing, you can also indulge in some cognac and wine tasting. The Insignia is very atas indeed.

But the most important piece of information I noted during the tour of the ship is that the Insignia has very good Wifi, what with the new satellites they’ve invested in. And even if you’re not too IT-savvy, there are ‘Internet Managers’ on board to help you out every morning and afternoon.

If you’re a retiree with some extra cash to spend, I’d highly recommend you give this cruise a go. I think it’ll be fun, meeting other retirees from around the world and trading (life) stories. If you’ve not reached that (life) stage yet, then a cruise might get boring for you. True story: LOML and I were at Maldives some time back, and at the resort’s pool bar, he had one of every drink on the menu then went off snorkeling, following a baby shark back to where it came from. I sat on the beach, read a book, and occasionally wondered what would happen if he met the baby shark’s, well, parents. So if you and your partner aren’t ready for a chillaxing sort of getaway then the usual free-and-easy holidays which involve flying would be more suitable. (Less likely to see sharks too)

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Lots of thanks to Bosco from Hearted Moments Photography for these pictures 😀

5 Reasons To Sign Up For Sky Premium Membership

Sky Premium Singapore Media Briefing

Bluefin Tuna Cutting Ceremony @ Sky Premium’s Media Briefing

I attended Sky Premium’s media briefing this afternoon, and wow, I think this ‘membership services club’ might be something worth investing in. It’ll be launched in Q4 this year, and while there’s not a ton of information available at this moment, from what I saw today, I think many people will be keen to find out more about Sky Premium. So, very quickly, here are 5 top reasons that I think would entice people to sign up:

#1: Preferential rates from esteemed brands

Sky Premium offers members exclusive privileges for travel, dining, fashion and wellness. Some of these brands include FJ Benjamin, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, etc.

Also, members can look forward to exclusive invites to closed-door events, fashion shows, sake tastings, etc. They’ll also get access to business facilities at Sky Premium’s office.

Sky Premium Membership

Maguro Sushi @ Takujo, Emporium Shokuhin

#2: Panel Advisors: Allan Wu and Tan Min-Li

Sky Premium Singapore

Allan Wu and Tan Min-Li (background)

I guess you’ll be familiar with the hunky celeb Allan Wu. I’ve never heard of Tan Min-Li before today’s event though. Apparently, the lawyer is a partner of Colin Ng & Partners LLP. She’s won multiple awards for her legal work involving Corporate M&A and Capital Markets. She is also involved in film production and fashion. Both of these style-conscious individuals will be invaluable as advisers for Sky Premium.

#3: Members’ welcome package and exclusive portal

Members of the media were informed that the welcome package is “worth more than the membership fee”. At this point, I don’t know what’s in that welcome package, but I’ll update this post when I find out. 😀 If you were to sign up, you’ll also get access to the members-only privileges portal. <- I’ll be happy to check that out!

#4: Premium Member Subscription Cost: S$1,200 per year

I believe there is an “initial processing fee” which I’ve not been advised regarding. But it’s stated on the factsheet that there will be no additional processing fees as long as you keep up with your membership dues.

I believe S$1,200 per year is really quite affordable for the well-heeled in Singapore. In fact, they might even consider it really cheap. I know of some people who can easily spend that amount on just one meal. And $100 per month is even lower than membership fees at certain gyms. When there’s more information made available closer to their launch date, I’d highly recommend that you check out their website and/or make a few inquiries and find out more. 🙂

#5: Helmed by General Manager, Ms Margaret Koh

She has over 10 years of experience in the luxury service sector. Prior to helming Sky Premium, she was previously associated with luxury service organizations such as Banyan Tree Private Collection, Singapore Yacht Show and Raffles Marina. I think this means that great service and quality offerings from Sky Premium are just about guaranteed.

Find out more at: http://www.skypremium.com/official/

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Pictures in this blogpost are courtesy of Hearted Moments Photography.

7 Best Hotels In Kuala Lumpur Every Singaporean Should Visit

2016 is shaping up to be a very busy year, and much as I’d love to fly to some place far away for a long holiday, I guess I will have to make do with a short getaway closer to home. This post is about the 7 hotels in Kuala Lumpur that I have either stayed at, or am planning to stay at in the near future. I’m using the tentative dates of 8 – 10 April (*do note that weekend rates are usually higher than weekday ones) and I’ve taken the screenshots off Traveloka, which is an awesome site for booking hotels and/or flights because they provide the total fee (inclusive of taxes) upfront, so you don’t get a shock at the final checkout page. Psst… there are some cool discounts to be enjoyed too! 🙂

When booking hotels, I usually take note of a couple of things: user reviews, whether there is a decent-size swimming pool or not, and whether the hotel is in a convenient location. I’ve hand-picked 7 hotels in Kuala Lumpur that will cost between S$117 and S$329 per night. See if you like any one of them too! 🙂

In no particular order of merit…

1) Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

I simply LOVE that view of the Twin Towers. I’ve stayed in Hyatt hotel in Kota Kinabalu before, and I love the Hyatt experience. So this one is definitely on my to-visit list. The most affordable room rate is for the Grand Twin Room (for 2), without breakfast, at S$286.07. Sometimes there are even limited-time sales on Traveloka, so book as quickly as you can using the TravelokaQuick function. As long as your credit card details are saved in the system, the transaction can be done within a minute so you can secure your booking at a great price.

Here’s my screenshot of one such flash sale for Hilton, which is #2 on my list:

Traveloka Flash Sales

2) Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Hilton Kuala Lumpur

I like to compare prices between various sites and I found that Traveloka has a Twin Deluxe Plus promotion for Hilton Kuala Lumpur – for 2 pax, it’s S$196.19. A similar room cost S$206.48 on Agoda, when I checked on 30th March 2016. It’s just a few dollars, I know, but it all adds up in the end, no?

3) Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur

Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur

I need to be at that pool NOW! 😀 I think hotels should have great pools because they offer not just a workout, but also a place for relaxation. Another reason why I’d choose to book via Traveloka is because they do offer more choices for certain hotels. For instance, for Ritz-Carlton, there are 6 room types available on Traveloka (the cheapest costs S$329.08 a night), but only 1 room type available on Agoda (the Premier Suite at S$370 before tax).

4) Berjaya Times Square Hotel

Berjaya Times Square Hotel

Once again, I LOVE that view. I can never stand hotel rooms without windows, and those which frustrate me most are windows which overlook, say, someone’s backyard, or an abandoned building, etc. A nice view of the city or a lake never hurts! 😀 I stayed at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel last year and enjoyed the hotel’s proximity to the shopping mall which is huge, and I think I’ll be back again soon. The price is pretty reasonable – starting from S$117.66 on Traveloka’s website.

5) Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Once again, that pool looks irresistible. And as you can see from the screenshot above, room rates at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur start from just S$124.60. You can also download the Traveloka app (both Apple and Android versions are available) and enjoy paperless check-in when you reach the hotel. No time should be wasted so you can head to the pool as quickly as possible! 😀

6) JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur

JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur

Room rates at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur start from S$225.79. I’ve stayed at the Marriott hotel in Singapore, but I’ve yet to stay at JW Marriott’s hotels. So I look forward to checking out this one in Kuala Lumpur! 😀

7) Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

Le Meridien totally has a resort feel to it. I think sunsets by the pool, with a cocktail in hand, would be near perfection. Prices are not exactly cheap but I guess you just have to pay more for quality. If you are looking for hotel rooms that will fit nicely into your holiday budget, then go check out hotel booking sites like Traveloka, compare prices and find the best fit. For me, I think sites with clean layouts and which are user-friendly always get my vote. I really do not like hidden fees!

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If you have any other hotels in Kuala Lumpur that you’d like to recommend, or have me review them, please feel free to write in to me. 🙂

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