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Bacall Associates Travel Singapore: Touring the Top Destination of 2015

 

Singapore, in Malay, means “Lion City,” but it could also be called “Asia light.” There’s nowhere else where you can experience Chinese, Malay, and Indian cultures in such clean surroundings with an excellent public transportation system and hotels that meet Western standards. In addition, English is on the tongues of the locals and in the text of public notices and signs. It’s a convenient consequence of having once been part of the British Empire. For those reasons and many others, Singapore was declared the top travel destination of 2015.

Getting There

As a major Southeast Asian hub, Singapore offers easy travel by air, land, or sea from many cities around the world.

Singapore Skyline

 

By Air

After you deplane, you’ll understand why Changi International Airport often receives accolades as the best airport in the world.

  • Need to relax after your long airline trip? Lie down at one of the many of the full-body massage loungers available in the airport, or watch satellite programming from a video stations.
  • Get started on your shopping or catch a bite at over 300 retailers and restaurants.
  • Commune with nature by visiting gardens showcasing orchids, cacti, sunflowers, and more.
  • Watch films at a movie theatre, play video games on the entertainment deck, or let the kids loose on one of several playgrounds on-site.

These amenities are yours to enjoy even before you pass through immigration and customs. More fun awaits in the public areas, including the city’s tallest indoor slide and an aviation gallery with interactive displays.

The quickest way into town from Changi is on the Singapore MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). If you’re part of a group or toting lots of luggage, a taxi can be more convenient. Yet a third, and inexpensive, alternative is public bus 36. Also, if you have no luggage, you can take a free shuttle to the Changi Business Park.

By Land

Because Singapore rises from an island on the southern tip of the Malay peninsula, most land travellers arrive through the Woodlands checkpoint at the Causeway in the north. Another entry point is through Tuas in the west.

  • Long-distance buses are readily available, although no central bus terminal exists. In general, more money means a faster and more luxurious ride.
  • If a train is your preferred transport, you can disembark at the Woodlands for immigration checks.

By Sea

The city’s island location makes it a popular cruise stop for major international cruise lines. Star Cruises offers several itineraries to points across Southeast Asia.

  • Ferries to and from Malaysia and Indonesia dock at five ferry terminals, all of which have MRT or bus access to the city.

Essential Resources

The following lists some essential information you can use on your visit. If you have additional questions, find answers either on-line or in-person at the Singapore Tourism Board. Its visitors centres at Changi and several locations in town can help with Singapore hotel room reservations, attraction tickets, and tour bookings. They also offer free Wi-Fi.

History

Although the island was familiar to sailors as early as the third century A.D., legend has it that a local prince on a hunting trip founded the city in the 14th century after he encountered a lion-like animal. The less-romantic tale has the city being established as a trading port by Sir Stamford Raffles, then Lieutenant-Governor of what is now Bengkulu in western Sumatra.

 

Singapore village

The city prospered until 1942 when it fell to the Japanese, who remained in power until 1945. In 1946, Singapore became a Crown Colony that then merged with Malaysia in 1962. In 1965, the city separated from Malaysia to become an independent nation.

Climate

Located near the equator, Singapore basks in a tropical climate. Temperatures do not change much throughout the year, averaging 31 degrees Centigrade with a dip to 23 degrees at night. Expect rainfall nearly every afternoon and evening. November is the wettest month of the year, and February, the driest.

singapore outdoor fun

The monsoon seasons run from December to March and June to September, bringing with it thunderstorms that usually last under half-an-hour. However, the humidity can get so high that it can steam up your sunglasses when you walk from an air-conditioned bus to the sidewalk.

Getting Around

You’ll get around easily using the city’s public transportation system.

The extensive MRT puts most popular destinations within easy reach. You can buy a ticket for each trip, a top-up EZ-Link card that you swipe at entry gates, or a Tourist Pass that grants unlimited travel for one to three days. The trains are accessible to those in wheelchairs, dragging rolling luggage, or pushing strollers.

Taxis, which are scrupulously regulated, can take you where the subway doesn’t. Drivers must be Singaporeans who are at least 30 years old, speak basic English, and hold a vocational license. The meters tally a standard fare, but drivers can add surcharges, such as for travel during peak hours or after midnight, coming from the airport or travelling within the Central Business District, or using a credit card. You can ask the driver for an estimate of the cost before starting your trip. Then, get a receipt when you reach your destination.

The extensive bus system also accepts the EZ-Link card and, in many cases, the Tourist Pass. Otherwise, provide exact change to obtain a ticket when you board. You need a separate ticket for any of the private Hop-On/Hop-Off double-decker buses that ply the main tourist attractions, providing driving tours.

 

Singapore river taxi

Two companies handle commuting down the Singapore River. Their open-air bumboats run at 15-minute intervals during rush hour and 30-minute intervals at other times. Singapore River Cruise accepts EZ-Link and also has 40-minute cruises. With River Explorer, you can pay by the trip or spring for a day pass.

What to See

Each of Singapore’s neighbourhoods provides accommodations, eateries, shops, and sights of interest to any tourist. Pick any community to use as a home base, knowing that the rest of the city is within easy reach.

Orchard Road

If shopping for global brands is high on your To-Do list, then stay along the 2.2 kilometres of Orchard Road, the city’s most famous shopping thoroughfare. The temples, markets, and shop houses of the past have long-disappeared from to be replaced by glitzy hotels, cavernous eating complexes, and modern shopping centres. Choose the right accommodations and you’ll never have to venture into the heat of the sun. Just take underground passages to go from your room to different malls.

Orchard Road

ION Orchard is one of the area’s prime commercial meccas. The undulating glass facade and dedicated MRT stop easily distinguish it from competitors. Inside, you can browse through eight levels of luxury brands, including the largest Sephora store outside of France.

Take a break with Ion Sky, a viewing deck that’s 218 metres above street level. Its BEHOLD telescopes augment what you’re seeing with day and night views, historical pictures, and explanatory text. You can also descend to the basement level for a place at the 700-seat Food Opera, featuring a cast of 22 food stalls and four mini restaurants.

For more formal dining, Les Amis satisfies with classical French cuisine and over 2,000 wines, mostly from the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions. The restaurant has received numerous awards from the Forbes Travel Guide, San Pellegrino, and The Miele Guide. At Crystal Jade Golden Palace, you’ll most likely encounter a queue for its Hong Kong-inspired dim sum, while the Basilico Restaurant emphasises seasonal Italian fare either a la carte or in a buffet.

Colonial District

Most tourists remain within the confines of the Colonial District because it contains many of the city’s primary attractions.

 

Peranakan Museum

The National Museum of Singapore, which is the city’s oldest museum, is a must-see introduction to local history and culture. About six minutes on foot to the northeast lies the Singapore Art Museum, which collects modern and contemporary works from around the region. Nearby, stop for a drink at the Long Bar at Raffles, where the Singapore Sling was invented. Continue about a kilometre south to the Asian Civilisations Museum, a repository for materials from China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia.

Shadowing the riverbank is Clarke Quay, where historical warehouses have transformed into trendy restaurants and dance spots. Coriander Leaf Bistro, for example, delights patrons with dishes from India, Japan, Thailand, and the Middle East. Among nightclubs, Zouk tops the list by showcasing international DJs, as well as themed rooms. Other riverside haunts include the more laid back Robertson Quay to the west and Boat Quay across the river, known for its traditional Chinese shop houses, which have become pubs and eateries.

Another waterside locale is Marina Bay, which takes pride in the futuristic architecture of its buildings. The Sands Skypark towers over other skyscrapers and features an infinity pool and unmatched views of the city. Blossoming below are the 101 hectares of Gardens by the Bay. This centre for plant life hosts Mediterranean and subtropical flowers, as well as a cloud forest under gigantic glass atrium domes. If you’re not afraid of heights, walk among the 50-metre high steel treetops of the Supertree Grove. For even higher views of the city and the bay, Level 33 calls itself the world’s highest urban craft brewery from its perch atop the Marina Bay Financial Centre.

Chinatown

If you look beyond the hipster bars and fashion boutiques of Chinatown, you can still find tea houses and apothecaries in the historic shop houses remaining there.

 

Chinatown Singapore

 

The Maxwell Road Hawker Centre is considered by many to be the best food court in the city. Locals know that of its 100 stalls, the ones with the longest lines serve the best dishes. You can wait up to 45 minutes for some Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice or the thick and satisfying Zhen Zhen Porridge, made from rice and your choice of meat.

If you’d rather feed your spirit, visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, where ornate and colourful statues guard its revered treasure. The website features live streaming of services for those who’d like a look before making the trip.

To soothe your body, try some traditional balms, ointments, and oils produced at Chop Wah On, which was established in 1916.

Tea Chapter, which was once visited by Queen Elizabeth II, can educate you on the finer points of Chinese tea appreciation and sell you teas online or at its store.

Little India

Little India started in the 1840s as a horse race course. The pastime eventually gave way to the cattle and dairy trade, which was managed by Indian workers. When the animal trade declined, the workers remained to build commercial establishments, residences, and temples.

 

Little India, Singapore

The ornate Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, the most famous place of worship, is dedicated to the Destroyer of Evil. Although built in 1881, it’s surprisingly not the oldest Hindu place of worship in the city. That distinction belongs to the Sri Mariamman Temple, which came up in 1827 and is located in Chinatown.

If jet lag is keeping you awake at midnight, search for bargains at the Mustafa Centre, which is open 24 hours a day and sells jewellery, household appliances, clothing, electronics, and supermarket goods.

The Banana Leaf Apollo is only open for 12 hours a day. It serves favourites like Fish Head Curry, Chicken Masala, and Garlic Naan (a flat bread) and serves meals on banana leaves instead of plates.

Kampung Glam

The Malay word for village is kampong, which clues you in that Kampong Glam was the old Malay district. The Gelam(Paperbark) tree, which was important to shipping, once grew here in abundance. The neighbourhood attracts the followers of Islam from such national origins as Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Middle East as well as tourists of every religion.

 

Kampung glam singapore

For an overview of the area’s history and culture, visit the Malay Heritage Centre, which displays interactive exhibits in the former residence of a sultan.

The golden domes of the Sultan Mosque beckon the Muslim faithful to prayer five times a day. You’re welcome to take a tour with multilingual docents, but you must remove your shoes and, if you’re not properly attired, borrow a robe at the counter.

One of the local specialities is murtabak, a doughy flat bread filled with mutton or chicken, egg, and onion, and served with a side of curry sauce. Watch it being made on the ground floor of Singapore Zam Zam, or eat an order on the air-conditioned second floor. The long waits match the eatery’s longevity. It’s been around since 1908.

Northern Singapore

The green nature preserves of Northern Singapore offer respite from the centre’s steamy concrete sidewalks and crowded shiny skyscrapers. The Central Catchment Nature Reserve is the largest in the country, ranging over 2,000 hectares of forest. Forest trails, boardwalks, and a Treetop Walk let you experience the flora and fauna with minimal impact.

Central Catchment Nature Reserve

Most travellers to the area end up at one or more of these three animal parks.

  • The Singapore Zoo allows rain-forest creatures to wander their natural habitats but remain safely separated from visitors by ravines and moats.
  • The River Safari focuses on animals from six world rivers, including the Ganges, Congo, and Mississippi. Two giant pandas, gifted by China, make their home here.
  • The Night Safari is open only in the evenings so you can marvel at nocturnal creatures from Asia and

Africa.

Public transportation in Northern Singapore is spotty and time-consuming. The most efficient way to travel is by taxi. If you’re only heading for the zoos, Safari Gate offers dedicated bus service from several city hotels.

Sentosa Island

Deserving a weekend on its own, Sentosa Island is a resort island featuring attractions, hotels, restaurants, and a casino. Although you can reach it on foot, by bus, or by light rail, the most unique method is to take the Singapore Cable Car, which balances on a cable held up by high towers. Getting around the island means taking a bus that plies circular routes, or the beach tram that travels on the sandy shores.

 

Sentosa Island (Singapore)

 

Three attractions will please admirers of the life aquatic. The S.E.A. Aquarium displays over 100,000 marine animals in 49 different habitats. Adventure Cove is a water park that immerses you in a coral reef or tropical grotto. To personally interact with Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, participate in one of the programs at Dolphin Island.

The island’s largest attraction is Universal Studios Singapore, the Southeast Asian version of theme parks located in Hollywood and Orlando in the USA and Osaka, Japan. One ticket gets you into all the rides and shows in seven zones, including Hollywood, Ancient Egypt, and Sci-Fi City.

Other sights on the island include a 24-hour casino, beaches, historical forts, a trapeze school, and an evening water and light show. To avoid having to take out your purse at each point, buy a day pass to save time and money.

Events

Singapore’s many cultures promise a year full of varied festivals and activities. If you plan on visiting during these events, you’ll score the best accommodations only if you book far in advance.

 

Singapore National MuseumDuring Night Festival 2012

 

First Quarter

Traditional festivals crowd January through March, but because their timing depends on lunar or non-Western calendars, their dates are never fixed.

  • Chinese New Year brings out parades, fire crackers, and family feasting. Homes and offices burst with lanterns, ribbons, and symbols based on the Chinese zodiac animal that’s being honoured for the year.
  • Thaipusam is marked by a large and colourful procession to honour Lord Subramaniam, the ever-merciful god. Celebrants spend the month before consuming a strict vegetarian diet to help free the mind of material need and release the body from physical pleasures.
  • Art Week celebrates the visual arts with nine days of fairs, exhibitions, and gallery openings, which are attended by artists from 29 countries. The festival commissions special projects designed to explore local art.

Second Quarter

April to June sees the number of visitors soar as they attend international events set in Singapore.

  • During the Dragon Boat Festival, teams of 22 rowers from around the world paddle furiously in long, narrow boats that are beautifully decorated with dragon heads. Mesmerising drumbeats spur their path to ultimate victory.
  • The Great Singapore Sale offers two months of deals on every imaginable consumer product. Check out the website for a list of participating merchants and their offerings.
  • The World Street Food Congress brings up to 40 street food masters, and thousands of aficionados, to a gathering of treats from hawker stalls, street carts, and food trucks. A panel of speakers present on topics, such as the importance of street food and the challenges of operating a hawker stall.

Third Quarter

The secular and the sacred get their due from July to September.

  • National Day celebrates the country’s independence with a major parade, flags, performances, and a fireworks display.
  • The Singapore Grand Prix thrills crowds with nightly races of Formula 1 cars on the streets of the city. Spectator packages can include grandstand seats, pit passes, and hotel suites.
  • Feasting and new fashions highlight Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the end of Ramadan and its dawn-to-dusk fasting. Among the special dishes brought out for the festivities are rice cakes, spicy beef stew, and chili paste.

Fourth Quarter

October to December is not just about Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

  • Deepavali is the Hindu celebration of good over evil, heralded by the lighting of oil lamps. Residential doorways receive colourful pictures that are painstakingly created with rice, flour, or petals.
  • ZoukOut is the world’s only sunrise beach festival and is held at Sentosa Island’s Siloso Beach. An expected crowd of 40,000 dances to the electronic music performed by over 20 international and local artists.
  • From mid-November to the end of December, Christmas On A Great Street decks Orchard Road with decorated trees and thousands of lights. Staged areas encourage photography with visitors who can then share their efforts on social media.

Leny Parker aug 15 16, 03:58
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Vietnam Airlines Announces Business Performance For First Six Months Of 2016

Hanoi, 22 July 2016 – Vietnam Airlines’ Joint Stock Company (Vietnam Airlines) has announced the company’s business performance from January to June 2016.

In the first six months of 2016, the aviation market grew by 27.2 per cent compared to the same period last year, with a 37 per cent increase in the domestic market. This was despite the difficulties and challenges that Vietnam Airlines was faced with due to economic slowdown, instability and terrorism in Europe and overcrowded infrastructures, especially at Tan Son Nhat international airport.

In responding swiftly to these circumstances Vietnam Airlines has captured the strong growth of the market, adopting effective measures to improve its operations and make good use of favourable conditions. Thanks to these measures, the business has achieved positive results with a high growth rate over the period, exceeding the set targets. Key achievements to note include:

• In the first six months of 2016, Vietnam Airlines operated over 70,300 safe flights (an increase of 10.7 per cent from the same period last year); carried 9.65 million passengers (an increase of 15.5 per cent from the same period last) and saw transport on international routes increase by 6.9 per cent and on domestic routes by 21.1 per cent . The corporation also achieved a freight output of 124,800 tons, exceeding its targets with an increase of 18.1 per cent over the same period last year.

• The company’s total consolidated revenue is estimated at more than 36 trillion VND and pre-tax profits are estimated at 1,600 billion VND, reaching nearly 7per cent of the target set for 2016. The airline’s parent company recorded an estimated revenue of over 29 trillion VND and nearly 1,140 billion VND in estimated profits, reaching over 7 per cent of the target set for 2016.

• Vietnam Airlines also accomplished two major tasks. Its restructuring and acquisition was completed with the signing and receipt of the share transaction payment made by ANA Holdings, who officially became a strategic shareholder on 1 July 2016. On 12 July, Vietnam Airlines was awarded 4-star airline certification at the SkyTrax World Airline Awards event at the Farnborough International Airshow. The airline is now officially a member of the world’s leading 4-5 star carriers and has been recognised as one of the world’s top three most improved airlines.

Vietnam Airlines has achieved these positive results thanks to its efforts in creating groundbreaking developments, taking advantage of opportunities to grow, increasing profitability, improving service quality and enhancing business efficiency.

Over the next six months, Vietnam Airlines will continue to mobilise its resources to ensure safety and security and improve the efficiency of its fleet. It will also coordinate with the airlines of the corporation, its strategic partner ANA and other SkyTeam members in order to introduce to the market further excellent products that are well-priced and comfortable in transit, meeting the quality required of a 4-star service and the increasing needs of passengers.

Vietnam Airlines offers the UK’s only nonstop flights to Vietnam, operating daily services from Heathrow Terminal 4 to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Flights are carefully scheduled to offer convenient overnight journeys in both directions, and excellent onward connections via its comprehensive network of over 40 destinations in Asia, including 23 within Vietnam and Indochina, as well as China, Japan and Taiwan.

Return fares from Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City currently start from £396 per person, inclusive of taxes. For further information and reservations visit www.vietnamairlines.com or speak to a travel agent.

 


Leny Parker jul 27 16, 05:06
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Bacall Associates To be lost in the city of Singapore




We all work for something. Be it a want, a goal or dream, that we follow the same routine, drive the same highways a hundred or even a thousand of times, do the same thing over and over again to earn and simply enjoy our lives.

But there will be times when you will just feel tired, I felt tired. I wanted a break, a short vacation, but little I had known that I was out of time. Summer had grown to a close and I was left with little time to plan, prepare and ready myself. I was supposed to be relaxing, that was then that I found Bacall Associates when I was at my wit’s end.

Working for hours to free up the next days while preparing everything proved to be tiresome. But Bacall fixed everything. In the end, I was only able to bring a few clothes, basic amenities and needs and next thing I know, I was on a plane. They prepared me a schedule that I can chose to follow, contacted hotels and made reservations and basically everything that I needed to do but didn’t have time to.

It was an hour after dawn when I arrived, most attractions are closed for the next few hours, and I had nothing to do. I checked in the given hotel dropped of what little things I had bring and took a walk.

As I stroll, I bought off what I didn’t bring, like clothes, bought myself some comfortable sandals (all in which I brought home as souvenirs) and continued to let myself be lost in the city. Had a lunch in a local restaurant I had passed through when I strolled (I’d recommend the Bak Chor Mee) and ultimately enjoyed.

Days went pass as I visited tourist spots like the gardens, the man made waterfalls and a lot more that in the end I felt satisfied. It was relaxing. It was then that I decided that once a year or two, I will take a vacation, god knows where but thankfully there is Bacall and Associates to help me with that.


Leny Parker jun 28 16, 04:45
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Bacall Associates City break guide to Singapore



Because Singapore is celebrating its 50 year of independence with parties and openings aplenty (singapore50.sg). Come Q3-Q4, the six-starred Patina Capitol Singapore - with architecture by Pritzker Prize Laureate Richard Meier and interior by Jaya Ibrahim - will debut in two restored heritage buildings in the Civic District.

And in November, the National Gallery will open on the grounds of the city’s most iconic buildings - the former Supreme Court and City Hall; with a combined floor area of 60,000 sqm, it will house the largest collection of South-east Asian art in the world. Foreigners holding travel documents from certain countries require a visa to enter Singapore. See the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website.

Discover for yourself what life is like in one of the world’s most affluent cities. While S$500 a pop meals are not hard to find, it’s completely possible to eat like a king without spending more than S$5 to S$10 per head. Witness how the locals make the most of their lives in a city known for its draconian laws and apparently “unhappy” citizens. It will change the way you view the little red dot.

Weather-wise, there is no “best time” to visit Singapore. Known for its year-round warm and humid weather, the city’s temperature hovers between 24C in the mornings and evenings and about 31C in the daytime. From November to January, the temperature dips slightly with the onset of the wet monsoon season during which it’s wise to pack a brolly.


Leny Parker may 30 16, 04:58
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Bacall Associates Travel guide to Singapore



Singapore is a bustling hub of culture, food, and all around good vibes.  It’s the most modern city in Asia.  It’s vibrant, it’s energetic, and it always leaves me fascinated. If you think New York City is busy, just wait until you see Singapore.  People are always in a hurry and they walk really fast (they are actually ranked the fastest walkers on earth).  It seemed like everything was happening in fast motion, which always kept me on my toes!

What to do in Singapore? Just walk around the city and you will find unexpected treasures everywhere. I am talking about incredibly modern architecture, shopping malls with river boat tours running thru them, surprisingly cheap street markets, beautiful botanic gardens surrounding the city, hawker centers (huge outdoor food courts) on every block and much more.

Why is everything so clean in Singapore? Well, Singapore has some of the strictest laws in the world.  There are street signs all around the city reminding everyone not to litter, smoke, chew gum, run, spit, etc.  If you don’t follow the rules, then you must pay a steep fine.  But nearly everyone obeys the rules, which is why Singapore is also of the safest cities in the world. Everything from the metros, malls, restaurants and residential buildings are so clean that you can eat off the floor!

Despite being a densely populated city, the metro system is VERY easy to figure out and there are taxis all around that are pretty cheap to use. After being in Singapore for just a few hours, I was already confident enough to navigate myself around town.  All the signs are in English (and most people can speak/understand English), so it’s almost impossible to get lost.


Leny Parker may 26 16, 03:53
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Bacall Associates general thoughts on Singapore



If you think New York City is busy, just wait until you see Singapore.  People are always in a hurry and they walk really fast (they are actually ranked the fastest walkers on earth).  It seemed like everything was happening in fast motion, which always kept me on my toes! You might be surprised to hear that Singapore is a tiny tropical island, made up of 6 million people (75% Chinese).  It’s located just 80 miles north of the equator — so the temperature is always hot and humid.  It’s tropical location provides 17 nature reserves and more than 1.4 million trees!

Why is everything so clean in Singapore? Well, Singapore has some of the strictest laws in the world.  There are street signs all around the city reminding everyone not to litter, smoke, chew gum, run, spit, etc.  If you don’t follow the rules, then you must pay a steep fine.  But nearly everyone obeys the rules, which is why Singapore is also of the safest cities in the world. Everything from the metros, malls, restaurants and residential buildings are so clean that you can eat off the floor!

Despite being a densely populated city, the metro system is VERY easy to figure out and there are taxis all around that are pretty cheap to use. After being in Singapore for just a few hours, I was already confident enough to navigate myself around town.  All the signs are in English (and most people can speak/understand English), so it’s almost impossible to get lost.

In fact, the city just took #1 as the Most expensive city in the world by the Los Angeles Times.  Aside from street food, which is reasonably priced, you wouldn’t believe how a beer or alcoholic beverage costs… And if you want to rent a flat, then good luck finding a cheap price!


Leny Parker may 24 16, 06:03
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Bacall Associates things to do in Singapore



Most tourists tend to gravitate first towards the famed retail stretch of Orchard Road. Fine, get your fix of bold-faced names like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and every other couture label under the sun. When you've gotten that out of your system, dump your purchases back at the hotel and head out into the 'burbs where the real charm of Singapore lies. We're here to guide you to the top 10 places where tourists don't normally go; in short, the places where Singaporeans in the know live and play.

So, you've arrived. It's early and nothing really opens for business until around 11 a.m., so how are you going to kill time? Slip on the trainers and head out to the Botanic Gardens (open 5 a.m. to midnight). At this time of the day, downtown Singapore's last remaining green lung is a cool, bucolic retreat filled with joggers, dogs and tai-chi practitioners. Wander through the swaths of virgin rainforest (the main boardwalk through it is entered from Upper Palm Valley Road) and then take in the National Orchid Garden's many-colored collection of 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids. When you're done, drop into the food court near Tanglin Gate for a traditional local breakfast of soft-boiled eggs, coffee and toast slathered with coconut jam.

It may seem a little strange to head to a hotel to look at artwork, but the Ritz-Carlton is no ordinary hotel. The massive three-ton Frank Stella installation at the entrance and the pair of Dale Chihuly crystal glass sculptures that anchor both wings of the building kick off one of Southeast Asia's finest (and under the radar) collections of modern and contemporary art. The majority of the pieces were specially commissioned for the public spaces and guest suites. The treasures on view include Andy Warhol and David Hockney's exuberant colors, Rainer Gross's geometric compositions, Henry Moore's restrained monochromatics and the lush botanicals of Robert Zakanitch. It's all free to view, and you even get an iPod-guided tour.

Let the other tourist hordes charge over to the newly minted Peranakan Museum or the gloomy Asian Civilisations Museum. If you do only one cultural thing during your 24-hour Singapore layover, it must be a tour of the unheralded Chinatown Heritage Centre, where entire sets of bedrooms, kitchens and street scenes from the late-19th century and early-20th century have been faithfully recreated. It's an authentic slice of Singapore's history that's made all the more fascinating by the gleaming skyscrapers just a few blocks away. And if you must, pick up a kitschy souvenir from the gift shop on your way out.


Leny Parker may 20 16, 05:31
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Bacall Associates marketing plan using social media



Bacall Associates views social media as an excellent helping tool to several business owners. It can help you with your public relations as well as fostering your integrated marketing communication (IMC) plan. Bacall is known for their cost effective integrated public relations, marketing and sales campaigns in the United Kingdom, Asia like Singapore and Hong Kong.

It's critical to have an IMC plan first before you start communicating with the world about your company according to Bacall Associates. It may contain different approaches on how to communicate your business with your target audience. It can also be a powerful guideline to marketing teams during implementation to reduce any concerns and to prevent any internal disagreements between stakeholders.

Social media is considered essential to any IMC plan these days whilst your IMC can use several different communication mediums such as content marketing, public relations, advertising and social media. Bacall Associates found the impact of social media on the following areas, which proved that it could improve your IMC plan.

Public relations (PR)

Social media has lessened the pressure on PR pros over the past few years because it offers great benefit and easy accessibility to them. They can get a comment out within minutes of the news breaking with social media, its speed and relevance are really remarkable. Your social media audience should be connected to your sources.

Advertising

Social media made a huge change in the world of advertising today because it can specifically target your audience, easily measure your social media advertising ROI, and immediately make changes to your advertisements, that's why business owners put big advertising budgets on social media nowadays.


Leny Parker may 12 16, 04:23
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Bacall Associates tips for making travel more affordable



Some companies understand this need of every individual, that's why they're giving their employees free trips to help them rest for a while to help them work more efficiently once they return. However, not all companies are like this because they want their employees to work more for them but pay them less. That aside, Bacall Associates guarantee that traveling can be really inexpensive, and fun and rejuvenating at the same time.

Do you love to travel so much but you don't have enough time and money to do it? Worry no more because Bacall Associates will share some money-saving tips that can help you travel to the place you want. You can trust the organization’s judgment because it is a renowned boutique PR, marketing and sales support agency that specializes in travel at the top end of the market. After reading this article, you will never excuse yourself from traveling anymore.

Stay in youth hostels

If you’re a young traveler, it’s often a good idea to stay in youth hostels to save money. Don’t let yourself drown into the wrong ideas or myths about youth hostels because this kind of place allow young souls to see the world without spending too much money since they're inexpensive to stay in. You'll also get a chance to meet new people who are doing the same as you. But since you're staying in a youth hostel, you should practice extra caution because of safety reasons.

Book in advance

If you can handle your trip well in advance, then it's a good thing because this will give you the best pricing especially if you're going to travel during holidays. Bacall Associates always recommends booking in advance to make sure that you can get the best discounts where you can save up to 80%.


Leny Parker may 3 16, 04:13
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Tips for traveling in Southeast Asia from Bacall Associates



Don't be afraid to bargain

People at Southeast Asia are used to do this approach and it’s already a part of their daily lives. But most westerners are shocked to find out that this is considered a standard practice in the subregion. For them, it looks like an unfair deal to the vendors, but actually, it's not. Most of the time, the first price sellers said is worth more than the item's regular price, and you might end up overpaying. Some foreigners just accept the first price and never tries to disagree with that. You should try to adapt this manner since you don't want to pay more, right? It is not a confrontation, so don't be afraid, just talk with the vendor with a smile. Push yourself a little and you might find it fun after learning to do it.

Booking in advance is not necessary

It is probably tiring and stressful to go to different places at the same time and then going back to the hotel you're staying. If you end up in a certain area and fell in love with that place, and you wanted to stay a few nights in there, then it will be more fun to find a place to stay in that specific place. Your schedule can become flexible if you're not booking rooms in advance because you're the one to decide when and where to stay. But sometimes, booking ahead is a good idea if you're visiting a place during a major event, or if you knew you're going to be tired from a long flight, bus or train ride and doesn't have time to wander around.


Leny Parker mar 9 16, 05:08
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