Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Holiday greetings: Happy New Year 2020

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

It’s 2020. Happy New Year! あけましておめでとうございます!

This photo was taken at the entrance of Mousehole, a little town near Penzance that's famous for its Christmas & New Year lights. Photo taken with Google Pixel 4 XL Android phone.

This photo was taken at the entrance of Mousehole, a little town near Penzance that’s famous for its Christmas & New Year lights. Photo taken with Google Pixel 4 XL Android phone.

Best Wishes for the New Year.

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Holiday Greetings: Merry Christmas 2019

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019

Here’s wishing everyone who celebrates Christmas a very Blessed Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Blue Drawing Rooms in St Michael's Mount in Marazion. Queen Victoria & Prince Albert (in the 18th Century) as well as Queen Elizabeth II & the Duke of Edinburgh in 2013 were in this room when they visited.

Merry Christmas from the Blue Drawing Rooms in St Michael’s Mount in Marazion. Queen Victoria & Prince Albert (in the 18th Century) as well as Queen Elizabeth II & the Duke of Edinburgh in 2013 were in this room when they visited.

May peace and love be with you always!

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Breaking News: Grab Hitch Hits Glitch

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Grab Hitch seems to have hit some glitches within their app with users being logged into the accounts belonging to OTHER users.

Update (1742H, 30 August, 2019)

Grab Hitch has sent out the following message to its drivers to reassure them:

“Dear Hitch Driver, earlier today we experienced an issue in our system. As a result, for a brief window of time some of you were shown another driver’s details in your profile. This issue has been fixed and we’d like to assure you that at no point was your wallet compromised or at risk. We apologise for this issue. If you have any questions please reach out to us via Help Centre in the app.”

Update (1310H, 30 August, 2019)

Around 1pm, the glitch seems to have been fixed by Hitch.

Kudos to such fast rectification!

Grab Hitch user logs into somebody else's account, views their wallet details. The right image shows some of the different user accounts that he was connected to.

Grab Hitch user logs into somebody else’s account, views their wallet details. The right image shows some of the different user accounts that he was connected to.

First reports of the Hitch Glitch came in around noon from users in Singapore.

A Grab Hitch driver had a confirmed ride from another driver in his account. To pick up or not to pick up?

A Grab Hitch driver had a confirmed ride from another driver in his account. To pick up or not to pick up?

Users were logged into the accounts of OTHER users when they get into the app.

The basic profile information eg. name, email and phone number remain correct.

But other information, such as the profile photo, car make & model, car photo, license number, confirmed rides reflected that of the “other” driver.

They could see the wallet details in these other accounts as if it were their own.

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Clarifications on Fitbit’s Collaboration With Health Promotion Board

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Both Fitbit and HPB have clarified that media reports that the Singapore government is planning to give away one million free Fitbit devices are not correct.

* This story first appeared in Haleness Me.

The “free” Inspire Fitbit HR tracker for the 1 million Fitbit Premium service subscribers that Fitbit is targeting.

The “free” Inspire Fitbit HR tracker for the 1 million Fitbit Premium service subscribers that Fitbit is targeting.

Both clarifications are very similarly worded and are appended below.

Essentially, the clarifications addresses two issues: who is actually giving out the free Inspire HR trackers, and whether other partners have been selected by HPB for other collaborations.

Below is Fitbit’s clarification.

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Fitbit Collaborates With Singapore’s Health Promotion Board

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Named “Live Healthy SG”, the population-based public health initiative with the Singapore Government is Fitbit’s first major integration of its digital health platform and wearables into a national public health program.

* This story first appeared in Haleness Me.

The landmark nationwide health initiative will be powered by Fitbit devices and its new Premium service designed to drive better health outcomes at scale.

The landmark nationwide health initiative will be powered by Fitbit devices and its new Premium service designed to drive better health outcomes at scale.

Fitbit is collaborating with Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) on the healthy population project in support of Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative.

“Live Healthy SG” was designed for Singapore by Fitbit to harness technology, behavior insights and analytics to help Singaporeans get healthier through meaningful and sustained behavior change.

Live Healthy SG will engage people of all ages and levels of health using Fitbit devices and its new Premium service, which is launching to consumers in select markets around the world this fall.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Signify launches Philips Hue Play Smart Light Bar

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Signify has launched the Philips Hue Play smart light bar which enables users to design and create the lighting effect and ambience of their desires within their living or work spaces. Prices below.

The Philips Hue Play is available in Singapore at Challenger, Courts, Gain City, SELFFIX, Telestation Go Wireless Gamepro and Tangs.

The Philips Hue Play is available in Singapore at Challenger, Courts, Gain City, SELFFIX, Telestation Go Wireless Gamepro and Tangs.

The light bars enable you to create an immersive lighting ambience by illuminating your living or work spaces based on the colours on your movies, the music you’re listening to, or the games you’re playing.

 

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Philips Hue Play can provide a more immersive gaming experience with the light bars.

The keyword here is “immersive”.

So if you’re watching a movie, the Philips Hue Play light bars projects colours corresponding to the scenes on the TV screen so that it feels as if the colours on the screens are spilling out of the screen and lighting up the walls and surroundings.

If you’re listening to music, the light bars can translate the beats into light effects based on pre-canned translation algorithms or in whichever way you want to customise.

And if you’re playing games, especially if you’re using gear with the Razer Chroma RBG lighting – eg. laptops, keyboards, mice and mouse mats – you can sync the light bars to show matching lighting effects that change dynamically during gameplay.

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Iconic 132-Year-Old Raffles Hotel Restored in Singapore

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

First opened in 1887 and declared a National Monument by the government on its centennial, the grand old dame has reopened on 1 August after an extensive 2-year restoration that began in 2017.

* This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

 

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Had a chance to walk through the charming grand dame of 1887 vintage on the Sunday prior to its reopening before the hordes descended.

The hotel now offers 115 suites in nine categories, including the Grand Hotel Suites and Presidential Suites.

The Long Bar – where the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented – has also been refreshed.

 

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At 132 years old, the newly reopened Raffles Hotel has certainly seen a large part of Singapore’s 200-year old history after founder Sir Stamford Raffles colonised the island. This statue of Raffles sits in the Raffles Arcade and will observe the progress of the nation going forward into the next 200 years.

A night at the hotel ranges from slightly less than S$1,000 for its cheapest suite, to almost S$12,000 for one night in a two-bed President Suite.

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New Arrival: StarHub Bundles ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 Router

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

The new router (usual price: S$399) will be bundled free with StarHub’s new “Turbo Gamer 2Gbps” plan – a 2Gbps fibre home broadband service with no service activation and installation fees.

ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 ASUS x StarHub launch event. (From Left): Desmond Soh (ASUS Singapore Country Manager), Anthony Wang (StarHub Assistant Vice President of Marketing), Yann Courqueux (StarHub Vice President of Home Product), Karl Chu (ASUS General Manager, APAC), Linda Chen (ASUS Business Unit Senior Director), Richard Chen (ASUS Product Director, Networking, APAC), Simon Tan (Nvidia, Director of Consumer Business, APAC South).

ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 ASUS x StarHub launch event. (From Left): Desmond Soh (ASUS Singapore Country Manager), Anthony Wang (StarHub Assistant Vice President of Marketing), Yann Courqueux (StarHub Vice President of Home Product), Karl Chu (ASUS General Manager, APAC), Linda Chen (ASUS Business Unit Senior Director), Richard Chen (ASUS Product Director, Networking, APAC), Simon Tan (Nvidia, Director of Consumer Business, APAC South).

StarHub’s Turbo Gamer 2Gbps is priced at S$62.90 per month, with the first two months free.

The 802.11ac Wi-Fi gaming router – ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 – is priced at S$399 but will come free with the Turbo Gamer 2Gbps subscription with StarHub.

 

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The new 802.11ac WiFi gaming router ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 from ASUS, offered in Singapore exclusively through StarHub.

Singapore customers – exclusively through StarHub – will be the first in Southeast Asia and fourth in the world to have it.

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Opening: Bountie Arena Esports & Gaming Venue In Singapore

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

The 6,600 square foot lifestyle venue will feature a 13-metre-wide high-resolution LED display and stage area for Esports tournaments and events, along with private training rooms and classrooms for Esports development.

Bountie Arena has launched its Esports & gaming Venue in Singapore at Fusionopolis.

Bountie Arena has launched its Esports & gaming Venue in Singapore at Fusionopolis.

At launch, the gaming and Esports facility will charge a promotional price of just one dollar per hour for users to access its facilities – which include an Atari pong machine, a PlayStation 4, two Pandora Box arcade machines and over 100 high specification gaming desktops.

The promotional price is valid for the first 2 months of opening and will be revised after that period.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary (SPS) for the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry of Transport Baey Yam Keng attended the launch as the Guest of Honour.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: SATS Launches Ready To Travel 2.0 App

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Ready To Travel, a travel app subsidiary owned by SATS, today unveiled the new features and services in Version 2.0.

This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

Ready To Go 2.0 puts social back into group vacations.

Ready To Go 2.0 puts social back into group vacations.

These include access to over 400 airport lounges worldwide and a new global bag-locate service that tracks and expedites the return of delayed baggage with a 96-hour guarantee – from the time the flight lands to baggage return – after which travellers will receive the pay-out.

The Ready To Go team (from right): Albert Pozo – Chief Digital Officer, SATS; Eileen Tan – Vice President, Consumer Services, SATS (Ready To Travel); Head of Marketing, Consumer Services, SATS (Ready To Travel).

The Ready To Go team (from right): Albert Pozo – Chief Digital Officer, SATS; Eileen Tan – Vice President, Consumer Services, SATS (Ready To Travel); Head of Marketing, Consumer Services, SATS (Ready To Travel).

With the new global bag-locate service – from S$6, travellers can insure 2 bags with a pay-out of up to S$2,200 per delayed bag.

Through Ready To Travel, the Bag Locate service provider works with the airline to locate delayed baggage, while sending email updates to the traveller.

More details below from the press release.

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