Singapore Named Lonely Planet’s No 1 Country To Visit in 2015

Singapore Top Travel Spot

Lonely Planet has named Singapore as the No. 1 Country to visit in 2015. In its guide to top 10 countries to visit in 2015 - which includes Namibia, Lithuania, Nicaragua, Ireland, Republic of Congo, Serbia, Philippines, St Lucia and Morocco – Singapore is praised for our multicultural diversity and wide range of new attractions like National Art Gallery and Singapore Sports Hub.

We are thrilled that Singapore is given this worldwide recognition, and we are certainly keeping our fingers crossed that this will give our tourism a boost in 2015!

7 Things We Love About the Buffet at PARKROYAL on Pickering’s Lime Restaurant

Lime Buffet

Stepping in to PARKROYAL on Pickering is an experience so impeccable, and its grandeur is one-of-a-kind and unrivalled. This eco-friendly hotel – with a total of 15,000m2 of sky gardens, waterfalls, planter terraces and green walls – boasts a breathtaking metropolitan architecture that has completely changed the Singapore skyline.

Lime, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, is equally alluring. It is always a pleasant to dine and drink there, and be enraptured by the lush tranquility. The food never disappoints, and we could get used to a glass of its signature Limeade every day.

Lime Dessert Buffet

And what keeps our hearts is the lavish buffet spread that is nothing too exorbitantly-priced nor pretentious. Just good, honest food that fuels the soul.

Here are 7 things that we love about the buffet at PARKROYAL on Pickering’s Lime Restaurant.

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POSB Everyday Card Gives you 10% Cash Rebate on Weekends in October

POSB Everyday Card

If you are not already a POSB Everyday Card holder, October will make a good reason for you to own one. Weekends in October are made sweeter with 10% cash rebate on dining and online grocery shopping when you charge to your card, and these are savings in the most essential way.

All you have to do is to spend a minimum of S$300 (on Saturdays and Sundays) in October with your POSB Everyday Card.

Lobster

For those of you who are planning celebrations and feasts with your loved ones and friends this month, using your POSB Everyday Card is the best option because you get to enjoy the 10% Cash Rebate. The promotion also applies to online grocery shopping at Cold Storage, Giant, NTUC Fairprice, Sheng Siong, RedMart and GoFresh. So why not just consolidate a list of your daily necessities, order it online and enjoy the 10% Cash Rebate? The amount may be seem small, but you would be surprised by how it is actually a significant amount that could buy you a good meal!

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Tokyo Food Guide – 30 Restaurants & Cafes You Have to Visit

Tokyo Food Guide

Tokyo is every food lover’s paradise. Japanese food in Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind experience and delivered on a completely different level. Once you have had Japanese food in Tokyo, your life will never be the same again. The authenticity is that priceless and memorable.

With 13 three-stars, 59 two-stars, and 208 one-stars restaurant, Tokyo has no lack of Michelin star restaurants. However, Tokyo is more than just fine dining restaurants – from restaurants to cafes, sushi and sashimi eateries, tonkatsu restaurants and ramen parlours, it is really almost impossible to run out of dining ideas nor have a bad meal in the cosmopolitan city.

Here is our guide on where to eat in Tokyo, and we have included 30 of our favourite restaurants, cafes and local eateries that you have to try.

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SPG Triple Crave – Earn Triple Starpoints® on Weekday Dining

SPG Triple Crave

From now till 30 December 2014, SPG Triple Crave will give SPG members the chance to earn triple Starpoints® on food & beverage purchases of US$50 or above when dining at participating restaurants.

There will be over 1,000 participating restaurants and bars from Starwood Hotels & Resorts all over the world. In Singapore, there are 13 participating restaurants and bars from The Westin Singapore, W Singapore and The St. Regis Singapore, including Cook & Brew, SKIRT, Yan Ting, and our favourite buffet restaurant Seasonal Tastes where SPG members get 25% off.

Cook & Brew westin Singapore

With your triple Starpoints®, you can use it to redeem free night stays at your favourite Starwood properties, convert it to miles, redeem for air tickets, bid on unique experiences at SPG moments… There is no lack of options to reward yourself, and you truly deserve the treats.

And if you are not an SPG member yet, hesitate no more and register at SPG Triple Crave. The membership is free and it opens your world to infinite possibilities with the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide!

This post is brought to you by SPG.

Top 4 Reasons Why You Must Get The Citibank Clear Platinum Card

Citibank Clear Platinum Card

With so many credit cards in the market to choose from, it can be quite a headache to decide on which one to apply for. What we really appreciate is one all-rounder card that complements our lifestyle and rewards us for our daily expenditure, one that resides permanently in our wallet so that we can turn to it for any scenario – travel, dining, shopping.

The Citibank Clear Platinum Card gives you 5X Rewards (5 Rewards Points or 2 miles for every S$1 spend) on dining, overseas spend, and online shopping. While some cards reward you when you only charge for travel, dining or shopping, this card rewards you with all three!

Sri Panwa Ocean

Gone are the days when we’d stand at the cashier, ready to pay for something, only to hold up the queue by spending minutes recalling which credit card offers the best rewards for whatever we are buying.

Here are the Top 4 reasons why you must get the Citibank Clear Platinum Card.

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Belongings That Are Commonly Left Behind in Hotel Rooms

Hotel Rooms

We are always scurrying to leave and to check out of our hotel rooms. Speed packing is what we would find ourselves doing before we lug our luggage and close the doors behind us. And when we get home, we realise we have forgotten some of our belongings.

Does this scenario sound familiar? Well, it happens.

We spoke with some hotels’ housekeeping teams to learn more about the items that are commonly and frequently left behind in hotel rooms, and what to do to retrieve them in these unfortunate events. Have a read, make a checklist, and the next time you put up at a hotel, run through your list so that you will not have to leave behind anything.

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Club at The Hyatt: Enjoy 50% Dining Discounts at Grand Hyatt Singapore

Club at Hyatt

Regular readers and followers will know what big fans we are of the restaurants at Grand Hyatt Singapore. There’s the afternoon tea at 10 SCOTTS that we love, pizzas and pastas at Pete’s Place, local delights at StraitsKitchen’s popular uniquely Singaporean buffet spread, a round of BBQ buffet by the poolside at Oasis, and lunch at our favourite mezza9, the five signature restaurants at Grand Hyatt Singapore offer options for all occasions, and we can never get tired of dining there.

What if we tell you that you can get 50% discounts at all the restaurants in Grand Hyatt Singapore without any strings attached? How marvellous would life be? As a member of Club at The Hyatt, there are numerous dining benefits that you get to enjoy, including dining discounts of up to 50% at any of the five restaurants at Grand Hyatt Singapore, 15% off special festive menus and promotions, as well as additional privilege like complimentary parking of up to four hours. All these for just S$298 nett per annum for the basic membership.

Slow-roasted Beef Short Rib

And to make the deal an even sweeter one, get the membership card with a cheque book (with S$220 worth of dining vouchers that you can use at Grand Hyatt Singapore) at S$448 nett per annum. Needless to say, if you dine out or entertain your clients regularly, this is one card that you should definitely consider. The cost of the membership actually translates to greater cost savings. So essentially you are getting the card for free with a few visits to the restaurants.

Your Club at The Hyatt membership allows you unlimited dining benefits at mezza9, Pete’s Place, 10 SCOTTS, Oasis and StraitsKitchen. Single diners enjoy a 15% discount, while dining as a pair will entitle you to a whopping 50% off the bill, and 25% off if you dine in a group of four.

For more details on the dining membership, please contact Club At The Hyatt Hotline at +65 6416 7000 (during office hours from Mondays to Fridays) or e-mail [email protected]

This post is brought to you by Grand Hyatt Singapore. 

London’s Top 25 Independent Cafes & Coffee Shops

London's Best Cafe

We were in London for a week last month, and the sheer number of good cafes and coffee shops in the city amazed us. Some are like coffee institutions, some are casual joints, some make lovely outlets when you need a midday break, some are totally worth waking up for.

Whether you are looking for a nice spot to chill out and to have a light lunch, or to satisfy your caffeine addiction, here is our guide to London’s Top 25 Independent Cafes & Coffee Shops.

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Guide to Westgate’s Restaurants: The Dining Destination in the West

Westgate

Ever felt so discouraged by the potential crowd in town that you just want to escape to a neighbourhood mall for a lovely meal? And when you think of neighbourhood mall, do you think of limited F&B options and mediocre food? Because Westgate will so totally change that perception.

Since its opening last year, Westgate has been the mall of the West, and it has such a comprehensive F&B tenant mix that it is impossible to run out of dining ideas! Residents from the vicinity might have already discovered its amazing directory of eateries and restaurants, and non-residents also have every reason to patronise. Names that were previously only found in town have expanded their empire to the West, alongside new concepts and fresh finds.

From 1 to 31 October 2014, be part of Westgate’s Dine-out where you receive S$10 worth of Food Republic dining vouchers when you spend S$100. Plus, enjoy exclusive weekday deals at participating F&B outlets. Refer to westgate.com.sg for more details.

There is definitely something at Westgate to satisfy every craving and palate. The spacious mall is well-connected by public transport and has a huge car park to boast, and it offers options for various budgets and occasions. Whether you just need a midday cuppa, or looking for a place to dine, here is our guide to Westgate’s restaurants – undisputedly the dining destination in the West.

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Omotesando Koffee: One of the Best-Kept Secrets in Tokyo

Omotesando Koffee

Housed in a machiya (traditional wooden house) in the Omotesando neighbourhood, Omotesando Koffee is a small and simple space, and it feels as though you are having coffee in a neighbour’s house. It would appear that Omotesando Koffee is just like a normal residence from a first glance, but if you look deeper and step in for a cuppa, you will discover that it is really a space that houses one of the best-kept secrets in Tokyo.

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5 Ways Diners Can Be Better Customers

Better Customers

What ruins our mood most when we dine out is not the food, nor the ambience, but very often the service and attitude of wait staff. All it takes is a smile to set things straight; similarly, an unfriendly staff can spoil things with her rudeness, and an unhelpful staff can affect the overall dining experience.

Some time ago, we shared about what everyone can do to expect better service, and while more often than not, we complain about poor service when dining out, diners should also reflect and think about how we play a part in making the whole dining experience memorable.

Service is not just about the workers, but it also involves employers and customers. In this day and age, more is expected, thus more has to be given. As NTUC’s Labour Chief Lim Swee Say puts it: “The globalized world thrives on mutual dependency, mutual support and mutual acceptance. Good services beget good customers, and good customers beget good services”.

Today, we will like to elaborate with five more ways on how diners can be better customers.

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Famous Japanese Patisserie Henri Charpentier to Open in Singapore on Oct 9 2014

Henri Charpentier Tokyo

Whenever we are in Tokyo, we always make it a point to drop by Henri Charpentier to have desserts and tea, as well as to get some gifts in the form of madeleines, financiers and biscuits for friends.

Henri Charpentier is one of our favourite patisseries in Tokyo and it has exceptional desserts and pastries in a classy tea salon. We are thrilled that Henri Charpentier is opening its first overseas dessert salon in Singapore at Dempsey Hill on 9 October 2014. Besides its signature Crepe Suzette and cakes, the patisserie will also be serving exclusive Singapore-inspired desserts.

Win Air Tickets To Maldives with Insure & Travel Enhanced

UOB Insure & Travel

During the past few weeks, we have been playing UOB Travel Savvy Quiz to win air tickets to dream destinations like Seoul, Melbourne, Bali and Taipei. We always save the best for last, and from 29 Sep to 5 Oct 2014, the game is ending with a bang by giving away air tickets via Singapore Airlines to Maldives!

For those who have yet to play the travel quiz, this is your last chance to try your luck and challenge yourself at www.uobtravelsavvy.com to win prizes and air tickets. The travel quiz, as we have explained before, is really easy and addictive. There are a total of 30 questions which revolve around food, culture, costumes and landmarks and all you have to do is to choose the correct answer (out of two options) to the picture shown. The results will be judged based on your score and the total time taken to answer the questions.

UOB Travel Savvy

The top 10 highest scorers will win prizes and anyone who participates in the online quiz will be eligible for a lucky draw to win air tickets. Just remember that you are only entitled to win the prizes only if you have registered. So upon completing the game, please fill in your particulars to enter into the Hall of Fame and register for the grand lucky draw.

Another way to boost your chances of winning the air tickets to Maldives is by purchasing Insure & Travel Enhanced. For every single trip plan, you will receive 10X chances while each annual insurance plan will give you 50X chances to win the air tickets. If you make your purchase today (29 Sep 2014) at Insure & Travel Enhanced, enjoy a special 40% OFF your travel insurance plan by using the promo code <FB29>.

This is the last week for UOB Travel Savvy Quiz, so remember to play the quiz to win air tickets to Maldives!

This post is brought to you by Insure & Travel Enhanced.

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