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“IBM Studios Singapore” opened in Watson Centre at Marina Bay

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

The new IBM Studios Singapore joins a global network of 30 IBM Studios and will create cognitive-driven digital experiences for the company’s clients.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam - Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies  - speaking at the opening of the new Design Studios Singapore during the launch of The Watson Centre at Marina Bay.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam – Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies – speaking at the opening of the new Design Studios Singapore during the launch of The Watson Centre at Marina Bay.

IBM today announced the opening of IBM Studios Singapore, a new design center to help clients reinvent their business for the digital age and develop individualised experiences through a combination of cognitive capabilities and experience design.

“Our designers work with clients through the customer experience from strategy, creative and design to scalable digital, commerce, mobile and wearable platforms. We sit side-by-side with our clients to invent and co-create personalised, innovative solutions using IBM’s leadership in cognitive, research and design to take digital experiences to the next level for clients,” said Stefan Hirsch, ASEAN Lead for IBM iX.

The announcement was made at the launch of IBM’s Watson Centre at Marina Bay in Singapore, and was officiated by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

Located in the Marina Bay Financial Centre, IBM Studios Singapore will serve as the regional hub and will host more than 100 designers and digital experts from IBM iX (Interactive Experience).

IBM iX provides next-generation services dedicated to digital reinvention and transformational outcomes.

Clients will work side-by-side with teams of IBM creative designers, researchers, digital strategists, analytics and cognitive solution experts to analyze their business challenges and co-create new business models and offerings.

IBM iX applies the principles of IBM Design Thinking, which takes a rapid prototyping approach to user-centric product development, as well as IBM Design Language, a framework to inspire bold and engaging experiences.

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Travel: Flying out from Changi Singapore to Fukuoka in Kyushu

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

The direct flight from Changi Airport Terminal 3 in Singapore took slightly more than six hours to reach the International Airport in Fukuoka, where we collected our rental car.

* All photos in this post were taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR and AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens.

SIA SQ656 flies 5 times a week direct from Singapore to Fukuoka - 0105 hrs to 0810 hrs. This is the golden sunrise from the plane's window.

SIA SQ656 flies 5 times a week direct from Singapore to Fukuoka – 0105 hrs to 0810 hrs. This is the golden sunrise from the plane’s window.

We paid for the air tickets using the UOB Prvi Amex card which entitled us to a free airport limousine transfer from home to the airport. We did have some problems getting them to change the date of the limousine to the correct day, but the service from the driver was excellent.

First thing upon arrival is to pick up the rental car. Take an free airport shuttle from the International Terminal to the Domestic Terminal and then cross the road.

First thing upon arrival is to pick up the rental car. Take a free airport shuttle from the International Terminal to the Domestic Terminal and then cross the road.

The flight itself was unremarkable and upon landing we promptly collected our rental car from Nissan Car Rental outside the Domestic Terminal.

First stop after picking up the car is to visit the supermarket to stock up on supplies, especially bottled drinking water.

First stop after picking up the car is to visit the supermarket to stock up on supplies, especially bottled drinking water.

First stop was the supermarket to top up supplies and to get bottled water, before heading to our first stop – Beppu – a seaside town 2 hours’ drive from Fukuoka.

We'd discovered CoCo Ichibanya during our visit to Kyoto and Nagoya some years back and the children loved it.

We’d discovered CoCo Ichibanya during our visit to Kyoto and Nagoya some years back and the children loved it.

We didn’t get far before we came across an outlet of the CoCo Curry house.

CoCo Ichibanya has since expanded into Singapore although we haven't had the chance to check it out back at home.

CoCo Ichibanya has since expanded into Singapore although we haven’t had the chance to check it out back at home.

That’s our favourite Japanese curry house so we decided to stop there for lunch – that’s the kind of flexibility that a self-drive holiday gives you – you can make unplanned stops at your whim and fancy.