Iconic 132-Year-Old Raffles Hotel Restored in Singapore

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

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.

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: SATS Launches Ready To Travel 2.0 App

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

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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Holiday greetings: Happy Lunar New Year 2019

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Happy New Year to all the people from cultures that celebrate this traditional festival! And to all Chinese around the world, Happy Chinese New Year!

祝大家:新年快乐,万事如意。身体健康,心想事成!  明けましておめでとうございます。

祝大家:新年快乐,万事如意。身体健康,心想事成! 明けましておめでとうございます。

It’s the first day of the Lunar New Year. This year, it’s the year of the Pig, according to the Chinese zodiac.

May you and your family enjoy a healthy and prosperous Lunar New Year, and a blessed 2019!

Holiday greetings: Happy New Year 2019

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It’s 2019. Happy New Year!

White flowers at the Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka. Photo taken with Canon EOS R with RF24-105mm f/4L IS USM kit lens.

White flowers at the Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka. Photo taken with Canon EOS R with RF24-105mm f/4L IS USM kit lens.

Best Wishes for the New Year.

May 2019 bring new hope, great joy and fulfillment to you and your loved ones!

Ramen Revolution in Singapore Sentosa (27-29 July)

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Attention, Ramen lovers – Ramen Revolution reprises its large-scale outdoor ramen event at Resorts World Sentosa. The event is jointly organised by WATTENTION Singapore and SOZO.

 Highlights of Ramen Revolution 2018 include Kajiken offering a limited-run Okinawa Mazesoba and Men-Men Tei with their Jiro Style Aburi Chashu Ramen.

Highlights of Ramen Revolution 2018 include Kajiken offering a limited-run Okinawa Mazesoba and Men-Men Tei with their Jiro Style Aburi Chashu Ramen.

Get ready to tuck into 10 limited-edition bowls from your favourite ramen restaurants.

Each bowl of ramen goes for S$10 or more, and you can pay a little extra to top up with additional ingredients.

Participating brands will offer special dishes that are exclusive to Ramen Revolution 2018.

They will also be offering some of their ramen dishes from their regular a la carte menus.

Also, joining us all the way from Japan for the three-day event are Junk Story from Osaka and Men Dokoro Wakamusha from Saitama.

Participating brands at Ramen Revolution 2018.

Participating brands at Ramen Revolution 2018.

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#Rome2018Apr: Fontana dei Tritoni with Temple of Ercole Vincitore in the background in Rome. The Fountain of the Tritons was completed in 1715 while the Temple of Hercules Victor is a Roman temple dating from 2 BC.

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Photo taken with #Samsung S9 smartphone. @Samsung_sg #t4tSamsung #t4tSamsungGalaxyS9

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Settling down on this hot Singapore afternoon with some “#AlwaysSakura” #greentea, courtesy of @TWGTeaOfficial. The description says “The end of winter, heralded by the arrival of the first buds of Spring, is celebrated in this marvellous green tea. Blended with notes of cherry and sweet blossoms, this tea yields a fresh and elegant infusion.” I’m just hoping for some cool spring weather to go with this fragrant blend.

#tech4tea #aOfficial #ttm #ttmWP #t4tTWG

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#Rome2018Apr: Golden sunset at the Vatican, in front of St. Peter’s Basilica.

#ifa18gpc #IFAgpc2018 #t4tIFAgpc2018 #Italy2018Apr #tech4tea #ttm #ttmWP #ttmRome #ttmItaly #ttmVatican #ttmStPetersBasilica #ifa18gpc

Photo taken with #Canon 5DX Mark IV. @CanonSingapore #t4tCanon #t4tCanon5dxMkIV

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#Rome2018Apr: A day of walking and sightseeing in the ancient city of Rome to get the blood flowing in the veins after the long-haul flight from Singapore to attend IFA GPC 2018.

#IFAgpc2018 #ifa18gpc #t4tIFAgpc2018 #Italy2018Apr #tech4tea #t4tEvents #ttm #ttmWP #ttmRome #ttmItaly #ttmRomePlace

Photo taken with #Canon 5DX Mark IV. @CanonSingapore #t4tCanon #t4tCanon5dxMkIV

Insight Vacations partners AIQ to use Visual Recognition Technology

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The Insight Vacations 40th Anniversary (IV40) app enables users to scan photos to access additional information – on their smartphones – of selected European destinations that Insight Vacations offers.

“We are delighted to partner AIQ to interact with guests at the travel fairs. As Insight Vacations celebrates 40 years of innovation, we wanted to find a creative way to inspire travel and engage customers. We have been creating magical experiences for travellers and with AIQ’s Visual Recognition Technology, we have now managed to transform a visit to our booth into a magical experience with a chance to win prizes!” said Evon Ler, President, Insight Vacations, Asia.

“We are delighted to partner AIQ to interact with guests at the travel fairs. As Insight Vacations celebrates 40 years of innovation, we wanted to find a creative way to inspire travel and engage customers. We have been creating magical experiences for travellers and with AIQ’s Visual Recognition Technology, we have now managed to transform a visit to our booth into a magical experience with a chance to win prizes!” said Evon Ler, President, Insight Vacations, Asia.

The Visual Recognition Technology replaces the use of QR codes while the app enables companies to interact with their customers by embedding additional information on each still image.

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