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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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Google Puts All 114 Singapore Hawkers Centres On The Map

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

For the first time, all 114 hawker centres in Singapore will be documented on Google Maps’ Street View by early 2020.

The Google Street View Trekker weighs 18kg and contains seven high-resolution cameras to create an immersive 360-degree panoramic view. A full charge of the trekker battery lasts for 6-8hrs.

The Google Street View Trekker weighs 18kg and contains seven high-resolution cameras to create an immersive 360-degree panoramic view. A full charge of the trekker battery lasts for 6-8hrs.

The initiative is a collaboration between Google and the organisations that are co-driving the nomination to inscribe Hawker Culture in Singapore on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Street View Trekker with representatives from Google, NHB, NEA and FMAS, at Chinatown Market.

The Street View Trekker with representatives from Google, NHB, NEA and FMAS, at Chinatown Market.

These organisations include the National Heritage Board (NHB), National Environment Agency (NEA) and Federation Of Merchants’ Associations, Singapore (FMAS).

 

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The aim is to document Singapore’s beloved hawker centres on Google Maps to make them discoverable to anyone curious about our hawker centres or looking for their favourite hawker stalls.

More details below from the press release.

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Opening: Dell Opens 3rd Exclusive Store in Funan Mall Singapore

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Dell’s third store in Singapore offers a full range of consumer and commercial products. This new store is at Funan Mall Level 3-30, the other two stores are in NEX and Plaza Singapura. Prices below.

 

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Dell’s third exclusive store in Singapore at Funan Mall #03-30.

The new store at Funan will house Dell’s current and latest products including the XPS, Inspiron, G Series, Alienware, Latitude, Precision, and the Vostro for small business needs.

Customers looking for Dell’s small business and commercial range of products will be able to choose and customise products in-store – this service was previously only available online.

 

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From L to R: Kshitij Aggarwal, Finance Consultant, Dell Technologies; Nigel Yip, Store Manager, Dell Technologies; Jarebb Chua, Country Manager, Consumer & Small Business, Singapore and Malaysia, Dell Technologies; Sandeep Mishra, Director of Consumer & Small Business Field Marketing, Dell Technologies; Satoshi Shirato, Director, Product Cycle Planning, APJ Dell Technologies.

There is an in-store working space equipped with docking stations and Dell’s latest desktops, coupled with complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi for on-the-go consumers to collaborate and interact as needed.

More details below from the press release about Dell’s new store at Funan Mall.

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IFA GPC 2019 – Global Press Conference for IFA 2019

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

The press conference for IFA 2019 in Berlin (6 – 11 September) was held at 11am today in Andalusia, Spain.

 

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Global press conference for IFA 2019 (6 – 11 Sep in Berlin) is happening right now here in Andalusia, Spain. Hans-Joachim Kamp, Chairman of the supervisory board gfu, Consumer & Home Electronics – shares major global trends of technical consumer goods (TCG).

Hans-Joachim Kamp opened the global press conference with the major trends for TCG.

He concluded that the Global Market for technical consumer goods was still growing, especially smart and connected devices are gaining importance.

Jens Heithecker, Executive Director (IFA) & EVP (Messe Berlin Group) announced that Sennheiser would be the first official audio partner for IFA.

 

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Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin says, “”Trust is at the heart of every relationship”

Dr. Christian Goke, CEO Messe Berlin, unveiled that Richard Yu, CEO Consumer Business Group, Huawei, would be the opening keynote speaker for IFA 2019.

He also announced that Cristiano Amon, President Qualcomm, would be the second keynote speaker for IFA 2019.

 

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Dr. Christian Goke, CEO Messe Berlin, unveils that Richard Yu, CEO Consumer Business Group, Huawei, will be the opening keynote speaker for IFA 2019.

Dr Goke next revealed that the Global Innovation Partner country for IFA NEXT in 2019 would be Japan.

Below are the details from the press release.

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IFA GPC 2019 – Day 1: Power Briefings from Brands & Analysts

Friday, April 26th, 2019

The first day of the IFA GPC 2019 comprises a series of power briefs by industry leaders and analysts on the latest trends and products in consumer electronics and home appliances. Here is a rundown on what transpired in those proceedings.

 

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Day 1 of the IFA GPC 2019 kicks off with the MC, Dave Graveline (right), handing the mic over to Jens Heithecker, Executive Director (IFA) & EVP (Messe Berlin Group), for the opening address.

This year, there are altogether 11 power briefings.

As I attend these sessions, I will post a brief synopsis of each session on Instagram and consolidate all the synopsis here.

So stay tuned!

Power Briefing 1

 

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Power Briefing by Philips on how to “#makeLifeBetter: From personal to personalised health”.

Philips is innovating in the field of data-driven insights into health, with its huge expertise in connectivity, big data and Artificial Intelligence. Announced was the Philips Sonicar Teledentistry Solutions. Philips Sonicare Teledentistry service provides patients with remote dental consultation from licensed dentists within 24 hours.

The Philips Sonicare app acts as a “virtual hub” for personal oral healthcare. Users can manage their complete oral care daily and share brushing data with their doctors, putting personalised guidance and advice at their fingertips.

Presenting was Marlies Cebetsberger, Personal Health Leader Philips Market DACH.

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Event Coverage: IFA Global Press Conference 2019 in Andalusia, Spain

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

IFA Global Press Conference 2019 is happening this weekend in Andalusia, Spain. I will be covering this consumer electronics and home appliances showcase, as part of a small group of media that the show organisers invited from Singapore.

 

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The venue for IFA GPC 2019 – the Barceló Punta Umbría Beach Resort near Huelva in Andalusia, Spain. Looking forward to the seeing old friends – both among the journalists as well as the brands at tonight’s welcome dinner & drinks.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

IFA this year will be from 6 – 11 September, 2019.

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Event Forecast: IFA Global Press Conference 2019 in Andalusia, Spain

Monday, April 1st, 2019

IFA this year will be from 6 – 11 September, 2019. As in previous years, the annual consumer electronics & home appliances show will be preceded by a preview cum global press conference for the media from 25-28 April.

This year’s IFA GPC will be in Andalusia, Spain (25-28 April, 2019). Venues in the past have included Hong Kong & Shenzhen in China (2016), Lisbon in Portugal (2017), and Rome in Italy (2018).

This year’s IFA GPC will be in Andalusia, Spain (25-28 April, 2019). Venues in the past have included Hong Kong & Shenzhen in China (2016), Lisbon in Portugal (2017), and Rome in Italy (2018).

IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin – international radio exhibition Berlin) is a global consumer electronics and home appliances show held annually in Berlin in September.

The IFA Global Press Conference (IFA GPC) that precedes the actual trade show attracts more than 300 journalists from over 55 countries.

Brands participating in this year's event include Philips, Sennheiser, Samsung, BVT, Haier, Hoover, Metz Blue, Plugsurfing, Skyworth, TPVision, Candy, Gorenje, Hisense, Safera, TCL; as well as research houses GfK and IHS Markit.

Brands participating in this year’s event include Philips, Sennheiser, Samsung, BVT, Haier, Hoover, Metz Blue, Plugsurfing, Skyworth, TPVision, Candy, Gorenje, Hisense, Safera, TCL; as well as research houses GfK and IHS Markit.

During the IFA GPC, some of the IFA exhibitors and partners get to show a preview of their IFA offerings and pitch to the international media what their brands offer to consumers.

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