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Virtually Versailles: Digital Exhibition in Singapore (30 Nov – 6 Jan)

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

From 30 November 2018 to 6 January 2019 at ION Orchard, explore the wonders and relive the splendors of the finest in French art, culture and history dating from the 17th century to its present-day marvel at Virtually Versailles.

 

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By the invitation of ION Orchard, the Palace of Versailles and ESSEC Business School are showcasing the French arts, history and culture in the heart of Singapore’s shopping district, at ION Art and ION Sky.

The highly immersive and interactive technology brings you on an exploration of the Palace of Versailles.

An initiative by the Palace of Versailles and ESSEC Business School, supported by the Michelin Corporate Foundation and in partnership with ION Orchard, Virtually Versailles made its global debut in Singapore in celebration of the France-Singapore Year of Innovation (YOI) 2018.

Conceptualised by Lumina Live!, Virtually Versailles is the world’s first exhibition to distill the grandeur of the historical landmark entirely through digital assets, yet retain its magnificence thanks to collaborations with technological partners like Google Arts & Culture.

 

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The Ambassador of France, Marc Abensour, sharing the background of Virtually Versailles. It’s part of the France-Singapore Year of Innovation 2018 initiative to intensify cooperation in innovation between the two countries.

More details below from the press release.

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Zalora launches flagship pop-up store at ION Orchard in Singapore

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Zalora has launched its flagship digital interactive pop-up store at ION Orchard, extending its online fashion retail business offline into a traditional retail showroom, with a digital in-store experience.

The ZALORA Shop @ ION Orchard is located at #B2-04/05 and operates from 10 am to 10 pm daily till the end of January 2015.

The ZALORA Shop @ ION Orchard is located at #B2-04/05 and operates from 10 am to 10 pm daily till the end of January 2015.

The ZALORA Shop @ ION brings the online retailer to life by allowing customers to touch, feel and try on a carefully curated selection of exclusive brands.

They can choose from in-house label ZALORA, as well as global brands including River Island, Material Girl, Lola Skye, H.E. by Mango and Burton Menswear.

“ION Orchard is pleased to add the first ZALORA store to ION Orchard's exciting retail offerings. ZALORA’s proven track record of cult and favourite brands will surely be a hit with our trendy and fashion-savvy shoppers. The ION Orchard boutique will be a trendsetting concept which will offer the comfort of actual browsing through the racks of fashion and the ease of virtual shopping. This sits nicely with ION Orchard’s vision to create delightful and innovative shopping experiences,” said Chris Chong, CEO of Orchard Turn Developments Pte Ltd.

“ION Orchard is pleased to add the first ZALORA store to ION Orchard’s exciting retail offerings. ZALORA’s proven track record of cult and favourite brands will surely be a hit with our trendy and fashion-savvy shoppers. The ION Orchard boutique will be a trendsetting concept which will offer the comfort of actual browsing through the racks of fashion and the ease of virtual shopping. This sits nicely with ION Orchard’s vision to create delightful and innovative shopping experiences,” said Chris Chong, CEO of Orchard Turn Developments Pte Ltd.

With an entirely new click-and-mortar concept, The ZALORA Shop creates a seamless shopping experience through multiple touch points in a stylized and modern retail environment.

How it works:

  1. Specially curated products are displayed in-store and customers can pick out the items they want to try on.
  2. “Samsung is delighted to be the technology partner for ZALORA. With the GALAXY ALPHA 4G+, the functional beauty perfect for stylish fashionistas, shopping is now even more enjoyable for ZALORA customers,” said Eugene Goh, Vice President, IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore.To enhance the customer experience, the shop is equipped with the GALAXY ALPHA 4G+ and GALAXY Tab S (10.5”) provided by technology partner Samsung. Free WiFi is also available so customers can browse lookbooks for styling tips on how to mix and match pieces.
  3. Once they decide which item/s to purchase, they can scan the barcode and then proceed to the self-serve express checkout counters to process their purchases.

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New arrivals: LG G Pro2 Android 5.9-inch phablet in Singapore

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

The G Pro2 is LG’s latest flagship smartphone and will be available at all M1, Singtel, Starhub and other authorised LG mobile retailers at the end of March this year at a recommended retail price of S$828.

The LG G Pro2 is available in Titan, White and Red; at S$828.

The LG G Pro2 is available in Titan, White and Red; at S$828.

The LG G Pro2 features a large 5.9-inch Full HD IPS display and enhanced User Experience (UX) features.

LG G Pro2
OS Android 4.4 KitKat
Screen 5.9″ IPS Full HD
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Battery 3,200 mAh
Processor 2.26 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Camera Rear: 13MP
Front: 2.1MP
Video 4K ULTRA HD
Memory RAM: 3GB
Int: 32GB
Ext: microSD
Size /mm 157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3
Weight 172 g
Price S$828

It has a slim bezel of 3.3mm and a screen-to-frame ratio of 77.2 percent.

The G Pro2 is driven by a 2.26GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with Qualcomm Technologies Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB eMMC ROM, and microSD slot for additional external memory.

The smartphone runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS and is powered by a removable 3,200mAh battery.

The LG G Pro2 offers a richer, high-power 1W Hi-Fi sound that is 30 percent louder than the G Pro, delivering clearer sound with a more powerful bass.

To simplify the powering on and screen unlocking process, LG engineers developed a unique feature called KNOCKcode which makes unlocking and using the LG G Pro2 easier and more convenient.

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Travel: Planning an impromptu 2-week vacation in Japan – one week before

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

So we decided that there was a 2-week window to grab a quick break. But that’s like one-week away. Is it possible to plan the usual DIY self-drive holiday at such short notice?

Aerial view of Fukuoka, our gateway to Kyushu.

Aerial view of Fukuoka, our gateway to Kyushu.

The answer is yes, with the advent of the Internet. Here’s a recap of what I did for my own holiday.

First the obvious, decide how long you’ve got and where you want to go. In my case, we’ve long wanted to visit Kyushu in Japan, and the window of opportunity available was roughly two weeks.

If you’re thinking of visiting Japan, I recommend this site called japan-guide.com. It has comprehensive descriptions of popular tourist spots all over Japan, as well as travel tips for Japan.

Even more useful is its forum where vacation planners get their queries answered in detail with advice from a community of fellow travelers, as well as useful links to resources – such as timetables, rates etc – outside of the website.

Next book the air tickets. The availability and price of last-minute tickets usually determine whether your vacation destination will become a reality.

I use Zuji.com to get a feel of the airlines plying Singapore and the possible stops and the price range, then if there’s time, check competing sites or the airline’s website for better rates.

For Kyushu, it was pretty straightforward, only Singapore Airlines fly directly there from Singapore – to Fukuoka. It’s straightforward until you hit the SIA website. For a premier airline, it sure has a terrible website for bookings and reservations – plenty of long waits.

Next is the car rental. I use ToCoo car rental. It helps you check the rates for multiple car rental companies with cars available in the cities where you intend to pick up and drop off the car. But you’ve got to compare rates manually yourself.

Computing on the go

For computing, I’m bringing along the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook, a BlackBerry PlayBook, and the Seagate 1TB Backup Plus.

The X1 Carbon is sleek in design, wonderfully thin and light, yet powerful enough for surfing Web and running Photoshop and Dreamweaver CS6 for photo-editing and blogging back in the hotel room.

The 7-inch PlayBook keeps the children entertained with game apps, and serves as an e-book reader. Its biggest bugbear is that it’s the Wi-Fi version and does not have 3G, but I don’t use 3G data in Japan anyway.

To store and back up the 40MB RAW photo files generated by the D800, I brought along the 1TB Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive. The 2.5-inch plug-and-play drive constantly backs up the hard disk and makes posting photos online a breeze.

Usually, I pick up the car at the airport, drive off to the first destination and return the car at the airport I’m flying off from. If the pick-up and drop-off locations are different, check if a surcharge is levied and how much it is.

Finally, book the hotels. I know some Japanese so I used to browse Japanese booking websites and hotel websites directly, calling them on the phone for enquiries and reservations.

This time round, I discovered that my favourite accomodation-booking website for Europe holidays – booking.com – now has quite extensive list of hotels in Japan. Enough to find hotels that fit your budget in most places in Japan.

I like booking.com because of its clear information and easy booking. So even if you don’t know ANY japanese, you can still find and book accommodation easily.

Another website that I tried last year – hotels.com – seems to be only beginning to move into Japan, with poor selection and high prices. I’m hoping there coverage and pricing will improve over time.

Once you’ve gotten the flight, car and hotel bookings out of the way, what remains is the physical packing for the big day.

Support Team Singapore for 2012 London Olympics

Friday, April 27th, 2012

SingTel has just unveiled a 7.5m tall sculpture – the “SingTel Flame of Support”, in bustling Orchard Road to garner moral support for Team Singapore in the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games (27 July to 12 August).

Singaporeans can express their support of Team Singapore by pressing the button that lights up a portion of the sculpture.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (Minister for Home Affairs, Coordinating Minister for National Security and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council); Chua Sock Koong, Group Chief Executive Officer, SingTel; athletes Tao Li and Lim Heem Wei; as well as SNOC officials in from of the sculpture.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (Minister for Home Affairs, Coordinating Minister for National Security and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council); Chua Sock Koong, Group Chief Executive Officer, SingTel; athletes Tao Li and Lim Heem Wei; as well as SNOC officials in from of the sculpture.

The 7.5m sculpture is located outside ION Orchard. It weighs 1,500 kg and consists of more than 3,300 LED lights.

SingTel Flame of Support

SingTel Flame of Support

Designed by Jon Griffin of Brandspeed and the main contractor Light10 Industries, the iconic sculpture comprises of five wave-like structures designed to resemble exuberant flames, each representing one of the five Olympic Rings.

The interactive structure aims to ignite the nation’s passion in a collective declaration of support for Team Singapore.

If there are 200,000 presses of the button, the entire Flame will become fully lit.

The unveiling of the statue by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (Minister for Home Affairs, Coordinating Minister for National Security and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council) kicks off the 90-day countdown to the Games.

Hopefully, we can garner the 200,000 pledges of support by the Opening Ceremony of the Games on 27 July.

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