Feast Like A King On Board A Cruise, With These 5 Luxurious Dishes Approved By Royalty

You can scour the city to experience some of the finer things Singapore has to offer, but a chance to live like actual royalty will still be worlds apart.

From the view of our local life, gazing upon kings and queens on their regal thrones is a faraway concept. We can’t relate, but we’ll admit it’s fun to imagine what it might be like. 

If you want to get a taste of the high life, take to the seas and Dream Cruises will lay out a spread fit for an emperor. 

Their signature culinary extravaganza “Taste The Dream – Wine and Dine at Sea” returns this year with a royal spin, thanks to two internationally acclaimed chefs who’ll be making their debuts on board the Genting Dream and World Dream cruise liners.

In East-meets-West fashion, Chef Darren McGrady and Chef Ivan Li present two unique dining experiences to choose from, The Queen’s Feast and The Forbidden Banquet. The craziest thing is, they’ll be serving dishes that have been tasted and praised by the royals themselves.

In his 15 years of service at Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, Chef McGrady has been trusted with crafting the favourite foods of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry. He brings to the table some of his culinary wonders that have gotten their seals of approval.

Chef Ivan Li is just as impressive, coming down the line from his great grandfather who headed the imperial kitchen to the last Qing emperor. He’s now the second generation owner of Family Li Imperial Cuisine, a prestigious restaurant that has carried on the legacy feeding numerous dignitaries and celebrities since 1985.

Here are some dishes they’ll be serving at sea that are bound to make anyone feel grand.

Juniper Crusted Venison with Truffle Oil Risotto

Combining two of The Queen’s most favoured delights in one masterpiece, Chef McGrady’s venison takes your taste buds to the grounds of Balmoral Castle.

Queen Elizabeth loves a serving of game for her main courses, and this dish was prepared for her with the abundant venison on the Balmoral Estate.

If you’re a chocoholic, that’s one thing you can say you have in common with The Queen, before you get swept away by the surprising twist of a chocolate-infused grand veneur sauce topping this delectable cut of meat.

Another dimension of flavour comes from the fluffy bed of risotto it lies upon, made with wild mushrooms and truffles, and adored by Prince Charles.

Ballotine of Salmon, Tomato & Dill Mousse, Herb Marinated Lobster Tail

The life of royalty sure looks magnificent, but it isn’t all indulgence either. When Chef McGrady was the personal chef to Princess Diana at Kensington Palace, she had him turn her meals fat-free to help her maintain a healthy lifestyle, and he did this with her favourite tomato and dill mousse.

His new rendition does away with the full-fat mayonnaise and heavy cream, while it still packs a rich flavour and smooth texture.

Served alongside a fresh piece of lobster was just the way Princess Diana loved it. On top of that, guests will enjoy the addition of a supple ballotine of salmon, finished with avocado and caviar.

Bread and Butter Pudding

Chef McGrady’s bread and butter pudding was another dish famously treasured by Princess Diana. In fact, she loved it too much to keep it to herself and often raved to her friends that it was the best in the world.

It became so iconic that many have tried to recreate it, describing it as a heavenly cross between a traditional bread pudding and a crème brûlée, sprinkled with raisins and slivered almonds. But none can match up to the original, of course.

The treat gets sweeter as it’s drizzled with salted caramel sauce, and accompanied by the chef’s masterfully made drambuie blueberry compote and vanilla bean ice cream.

Mashed Green Beans with Minced Scallops and Ginger

If you’d prefer a taste of oriental grandeur, Chef Li’s imperial menus will take you deep into the Forbidden City. More than just delicacies, some of his creations are rightfully a work of art too.

Specially invented for Empress Dowager Cixi, who was a great lover of jade, this unusual appetiser is coined ‘Tofu of Jade’ for its distinctive pale green hue. Achieved by mashing green beans into a smooth, silky, curd-like texture, it truly shows that the simplest ingredients can be turned extravagant in the hands of a master.

Along with it, savour Chef Li’s delectable deep fried prawns wrapped with egg, and duck meat with sweet sauce.

Bird’s Nest with Pheasant Meat and Vermicelli

Just like it is today, bird’s nest has historically been prized in Chinese cuisine. Back in the courts of the Qing dynasty, it was one of the most highly favoured ingredients to use.

Bird’s nest with rock sugar was served to Emperor Qianlong for breakfast every morning, while Empress Dowager Cixi would request to have different dishes made from it on a daily basis.

Chef Li makes this dish even more classical with the addition of pheasant (we’d like to think of as the nobleman’s chicken), also another symbolic favourite of the royals of China.

Ready Your Crown, It’s Time To Set Sail!

If you’ve been holding out for the perfect opportunity to #treatyourself, it probably doesn’t get more luxurious than being served with the royal treatment out at sea.

Catch Chef Li on his voyage with World Dream from 13 – 20 October 2019, followed by his next sailing on Genting Dream, departing from Singapore for a 3-night getaway from 17 November 2019.

Chef McGrady embarks on Genting Dream from 11 – 13 November 2019, before he sets sail on two back-to-back sailings on World Dream from 29 December 2019 – 3 January 2020.

Besides a gastronomic experience, guests on the cruises can also enjoy a lineup of programmes including a Peking opera, British garden tea party, workshops and concerts on board.

To view the full menus and find out more about A Taste of the Palace, click here!

This article was written in collaboration with Dream Cruises.

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6 Experiences At This M’sian Island Paradise – And It Costs Less Than SGD100 To Fly There

When we think of an island getaway in Singapore, Sentosa immediately pops into mind. But let’s be real—with themed attractions and man-made beaches, is it really the natural beach getaway that we sometimes crave for?

While there’s Bali and Phuket, another little known paradise is Langkawi, also known as the Jewel of Kedah, Malaysia. Merely a 1.5 hr flight from Singapore (and usually less than SGD100 for return flight tickets), Langkawi is a duty-free island that receives more than 3 million tourists annually.

Lucky for us, another world-class hotel has joined the western coastline of Langkawi just recently. That hotel is none other than Aloft Hotel Pantai Tengah, which adds to Aloft’s fleet of over 150 hotels open in over 20 countries.

Having said that, the location of Aloft Hotel Pantai Tengah and personalised features of the hotel to its landscape helps it to stand out and hold its own charm and uniqueness.

On top of Aloft Hotel Pantai Tengah’s aesthetics and facilities, there are also other experiences that will make your trip to Langkawi a memorable one. 

1. Sail on a yacht out onto the Andaman sea and have a sunset dinner cruise

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Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah collaborates with local tours such as Crystal Yacht Holidays to provide guests with a chartered yacht experience, at a lower packaged rate.

The package is all-inclusive, with a BBQ buffet dinner, free flow drinks, and a salt water natural jacuzzi. The cool sea breeze and beautiful sunset is sure to melt your worries away and give you the recharge you need.

Tip: Be careful not to run on the yacht as it can get a little slippery. And try to get a good seat in front of the yacht for an unobstructed view of the horizon.

2. Experience a 4-hr jet ski adventure

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If you haven’t hopped onto a jet ski before, you’re missing out! It may look (and sound) scary at first, but the guide from MegaWaterSports (another partner of Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah) is very assuring.

He tells us that there’s nothing to worry about, as long as we maintain our speed and ride fast through the waves. The slower you go, the easier it is for the waves to jerk or knock the jet ski. But then again, who would want to go slow on such an adventure?

Our top speed on the jet ski is about 60km/hour, which is more than enough to keep that adrenaline rush, but also safe enough for you to not completely lose it.

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We make several stops throughout the 4-hour ride with our guide leading the way and also keeping watch on us to make sure we’re all comfortable on the jet ski. 

Each stop has a special experience, such as eagle watching, swimming in a part of the Andaman sea with an unusually high salt concentration, getting up close with the limestone formations, walking along a private beach, and more. 

Tip: Bring along sunblock because you’ll definitely be needing it! And don’t worry about getting your gadgets wet, your personal items can be kept in a waterproof bag in the jet ski’s front compartment.

3. Take a dip in the largest freshwater lake in Malaysia

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Dayang Bunting Lake is one of the stops during the 4-hr jet ski ride and it’s too interesting to not mention it as a separate point. The Island of the Dayang Bunting (Pregnant Maiden) is the second largest island within the Langkawi archipelago (fancy word that means group of islands) and it contains the largest freshwater lake in Malaysia.

The location of the lake is extremely unique because it’s right next to the sea, and only separated by a thin ridge of limestone. 

The name of the lake is inspired by a local legend of a fairy princess who married a human prince and got pregnant after drinking the water from the lake. The outline of the hills around the lake also resembles the shape of a pregnant maiden lying on her back.

Visitors can swim in the lake, rent a kayak or paddle boat, or just sit by the deck and dip your feet in the cool water. And we were extra, extra careful to not swallow any water from the lake. You know, just in case.

Tip: You have to climb up about 100 or so steps to get to the lake. It’s not too physically tiring and will take about 10 minutes.

However, there are a lot of wild monkeys along the steps who are curious and not afraid to grab your personal belongings, especially if you’re carrying food. They’re not aggressive, but it’s best to hold your things close to you and do not engage with them.

4. Dine on Malaysian heritage and Western favourites

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Nook at Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah is tastefully designed with an array of geometric patterns and bold matching colours. More importantly, their all-day dining offers a selection of Malaysian cuisine and some classic international favourites.

For dinner, we got to feast on some authentic Kelantanese dishes and I still occasionally have cravings for their white percik chicken (broiled chicken in sweet coconut gravy).  

Tip: Instead of taking cordial juice during breakfast, look for the fresh juice bar where they will mix fruits of your choice and you can have a customised fresh drink!

5. Chill at the only elevated infinity pool in Langkawi

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Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah currently happens to be the only hotel along the Langkawi Western coast that has an elevated infinity pool. There’s also a sunken pool lounge area and jacuzzis (inside large water features).

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Tip: Order a signature cocktail from the Splash bar to complete your sunken pool lounge experience. We tried the Passion Portion, Absolutely Fabulous, and Mojito Mix Berry—each priced about SGD6—no regrets.

6. Take advantage of Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah’s world class facilities

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After a long day of activities, Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah has the right facilities you’d need. With complimentary high-speed WiFi connectivity and 49” Smart TVs, you can choose to rest in your room (all of the hotel’s 208 rooms have its own balcony).

Or head down to the Re:mixSM lobby for a game of billiards and get a drink at the W XYZSM bar. If you’re hungry for a midnight snack, you can also grab something from the 24/7 grab-and-go Re:fuelSM. There’s also the fully equipped, 24-hour fitness centre, Re:chargeSM

Tip: If you’re travelling with kids and you want some alone time, take advantage of the hotel’s Kids Club that has board games, toys, art supplies and daily movie screenings.  Don’t worry, your kids will be under the supervision of trained talents there too.

Itching for your island paradise retreat? Get more information about Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah here, or email [email protected].

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Mark Your Calendars – These Are The 9 Long Weekends To Look Out For In 2019

We love the new year because we get to start on a clean slate. Everything resets – public holidays included. We thought, what better way to go into 2019 than by thinking about all the long weekends there will be, and planning ahead for your holidays.

Here are all the long weekends in 2019 so you can get a head start on your planning!

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Public Holidays In 2019

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The asterisk (*) means that the following Monday will be a public holiday.

In 2019, there will be a total of 5 long weekends but you can easily make that 9 just by taking a day’s leave. If you take leave on all the days stated below, you can expect a long weekend every month, with the exception of March, July, September and November.

1. January

Dates: 28 Dec – 1 January
# of days: 5
Take leave on: 28 December & 31 December

The New Year’s weekend is a long one, so if you’re hung over on New Year’s Day, at least you won’t have to report to work.

2. February

Dates: 2 Feb – 6 Feb
# of days: 5
Take leave on: 4 February

Chinese New Year falls on 5 and 6 February in 2019, so we’re getting a long weekend in February.

3. April

Dates: 18 April – 22 April
# of days: 5 
Take leave on: 18 April & 22 April

Thank God It’s (Good) Friday! Good Friday means we’ll be seeing one long weekend in the month of April.

4. May

Dates: 1 May – 5 May AND 17 May – 21 May
# of days: 5 days each
Take leave on: 2 May & 3 May OR 17 May & 21 May

May is the perfect time to travel because you don’t just get 1 but 2 long weekends in this month. Labour Day falls on a Wednesday this year, which means to make it a long weekend, all you have to do is book 2 days of leaves.

Vesak Day falls on a Sunday so the following day is automatically a holiday! A short trip out of the country, perhaps?

5. June

Dates: 1 June – 5 June
# of days: 5
Take leave on: 3 June & 4 June

The half point mark of the year brings one long weekend from 1 – 5 June, for Hari Raya Puasa weekend. To all our Muslim friends, now you know when to apply for leave so you can get ready for a weekend of feasting!

6. August

Dates: 8 – 12 August
# of days: 5
Take leave on: 8 August

In August, we celebrate the Nation’s Birthday, Hari Raya Haji as well as an extra long weekend, if you take leave on 8 August.

7. October

Dates: 25 October – 29 October
# of days: 5
Take leave on: 25 October & 29 October

Almost nearing the end of the year! As Deepavali falls on a Sunday, the following day is a holiday. Give yourself a pat on the back for working your a** off all year as November brings a 5-day long weekend if you take leave on 25 and 29 October.

8. December

Dates: 25 December – 29 December
# of days: 5
Take leave on: 26 December & 27 December

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Take leave on 26 – 27 December as a little Christmas gift to yourself, and you get to enjoy a 5-day weekend.

It’s never too early to start planning for your next vacation. Whether it’s a long trip overseas (be sure to schedule it over the long weekends), a short trip to Bangkok, or a staycation right here in Singapore, make use of this handy guide to make the best of the holidays in 2019!

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8 Best Places In Singapore To Stargaze And Catch The Lunar Eclipse

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If you didn’t already know, something big is happening this Saturday, 28 July 2018.

There’s going to be another LUNAR ECLIPSE happening! And not just any typical lunar eclipse.

Set to last 1 hour and 43 minutes from 3.30am to 5.13am Singapore time, this will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century and will be visible from Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe.

However, with Singapore being a well-developed city, our light pollution is intense, so it might be hard to find a good spot to get a good look and photo.

So here are some places that might be dark enough to enjoy the lunar eclipse (a.k.a blood moon) in all its scarlet glory.

1. Seletar Rocket Tower

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Located in Upper Seletar Reservoir, the Seletar Rocket Tower makes for a great spot to catch the lunar eclipse.

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The place is mostly secluded and it has 3 carparks a short walk away so it’s still accessible by car. Other than the lunar eclipse, it’s also a great place to catch amazing sunsets and stargaze too.

Address: Along Mandai Road Track 7, off Mandai Road

2. Changi Boardwalk

Changi Boardwalk is one of the more popular spots for stargazing and other astronomy-related pursuits.

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Stargazing parties are still being organised and held at Changi Beach.

It’ll be best to bring a party of people if you intend to go there for lunar eclipse because Changi Beach is infamous for being “dirty”, if you know what I mean.

4. Lim Chu Kang Cemetery

Another spot with great views of the moon and stars and a spook factor.

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However, Labrador Nature Reserve comes with its own spooky tales so tread cautiously.

Labrador Park Nature Reserve
Address: Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119187

6. Lorong Halus Bridge

The Lorong Halus bridge stretches over the Punggol Waterway and offers amazing views of the sunrise. It’s also great for stargazing and moon-viewing.

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If you’re in the far north-east, this is your best spot for all your astronomy pursuits.

7. Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is one of the least light-polluted places in Singapore, along with the Labrador Park Nature Reserve.

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Open fields for stargazing and moon-viewing are aplenty here. These include the spaces near the Eco Lake, Symphony Lake, Swan Lake, and the Bandstand.

Singapore Botanic Gardens
Eco Lake:
Enter via Bukit Timah Gate
Symphony Lake: Enter via Nassim Gate
Swan Lake and Bandstand: Enter via Tanglin Gate
Opening Hours: Daily: 5am – 12am
Admission: Free

8. Springleaf Nature Park

The Springleaf Nature Park is one of the top 3 least light-polluted spots in Singapore.

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It is popular among astronomy groups that organise stargazing parties.

If you’re looking for a quiet spot to observe the lunar eclipse in the North, this is it.

Springleaf Nature Park
Address: 1230 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 787129

So there you have it, 8 of the best places in Singapore to stargaze or observe the lunar eclipse. Remember to pack your cameras and telescopes!

Also read The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century Is Almost 2 Hours – Witness It In S’pore On July 28

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This New Shophouse Hotel In S’pore Doubles Up As A Co-Working Space For Entrepreneurs

With Singapore cementing itself as one of the hottest tourist destinations as well as a leading business hub in SouthEast Asia, our island country is no stranger to tourists and expats – which also means that we have no shortage of hotels, hostels and inns.

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Hidden away in a corner of Ann Siang Hill, a short walking distance from Maxwell Food Centre, is Tribe Theory Venture Hotel.


Tribe Theory Venture Hotel was created to be a place for entrepreneurs to have a comfortable and affordable place to stay, as well as connect and engage with like-minded people on the same entrepreneurial journey and work effectively.

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Conveniently located in the heart of the city, the hotel is within walking distance of the Central Business District, Maxwell Food Centre, and Chinatown which is home to Singapore’s first Hindu Temple as well as the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

The lobby is small but cosy. It is a shophouse after all.

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Checking in is made simple with an iPad for guests to input their details. (Did you know they accept payment in cryptocurrency too?)

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As you venture further into the hotel past the lobby, you’ll come across a giant world map on the wall to your right, with numerous pins by past hotel guests.

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Tribe Theory might be a capsule hotel, but it’s well-equipped. You’ll find the communal toilets and showers on the first level. There’s even a laundry area, because Singapore’s weather is notoriously humid.

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As you head up the stairs, you’ll be greeted by an intricate logo of Tribe Theory.

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There are 2 air-conditioned mixed dormitories that can accomodate up to 32 people comfortably in 28 affordable capsules.

If you’re wondering about storage, there are lockers provided for all guests.

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Each capsule is cosy and comes equipped with a backrest, a small safe, a backlight and a reading light.

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In the dormitory on the second level, there are 2 capsules that are bigger than the rest and can accomodate up to 2 people.

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Past the dormitory on the second level and up the stairs, you’ll be able to look into the double-height ceiling in the common room on the first level.

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Level 3 is where you’ll find the lounge which also serves as a breakfast area and co-working space.

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A simple, complimentary breakfast is available for guests and it comes with free-flow coffee, tea, milk and juice, because every striving entrepreneur needs fuel.

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Does this hotel not look incredibly cosy?

Tribe Theory Venture Hotel is a no-frills, entrepreneur-centric hotel that is easily accessible and affordable, so if you’re a budding entrepreneur travelling in or to Singapore, there’s no better place for you to stay.

Book your room here and we’ll see you at Tribe Theory!

Tribe Theory Venture Hotel
Address: 39 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069716
Contact no.: 6423 0237

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Why Book A Hotel Room When You Can Party On A Yacht For The Same Price?

Boat parties have long been an activity favoured by the high SES demographic.

There’s something about being on the ‘high’ SES (read: seas) that makes a party appear more lavish than it seems. Is it the sun or the sea breeze?

But that’s beside the point. Did you know that you can now rent a yacht for the same price as booking a lavish hotel suite?

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However, there are a few problems with the current process of renting a yacht in Singapore.

Firstly, finding a yacht owner who is willing to rent their yacht. The current process is to trawl forums or find a yacht owner by word of mouth.

Next is finding one that suits your budget and occasion.

This tiresome process is time-consuming and might ultimately come to naught in the end.

This is where Yachtly comes in.

Yachtly is Singapore’s first yacht rental platform perfect for a wide range of occasions and budgets.

It allows you to take your parties and special events out to sea, all while making the process of booking a yacht seamless and effortless.

Sailing Yachtly On The High Seas

I have to admit I’m a bit of a “suaku”. I’ve never been on a yacht in my life unless you count the Tekong ‘Penguin’ Ferry. Never thought the first time I board one will be for an office yacht party.

We boarded the yacht, a gorgeous Leopard 51 Power Catamaran, at One Degree 15 Marina.

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The first thing I noticed was the food.

Stacked trays of beehoon, fried rice, chicken wings, stir fried vegetables and samosas on the table at the back of the yacht.

Apparently, Yachtly has partnered with Halal-certified catering companies such as Neo Group and EZBBQ to provide either cooked food or barbecue food.

And that’s not all, some of the yachts might even provide complimentary BBQ services or BBQ rentals at a nominal fee.

You can also choose to bring your own food and alcohol on board. They even have a small fridge and microwave for you to store and heat up your food!

Just take special care and dispose your rubbish properly and NOT in the sea.

Now, being the “suaku” that I am, I scrambled up to the top deck and heaved a sigh of relief. It was better than I expected – breezy, spacious and scenic.

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After the captain laid the ground rules on board the yacht (No littering, no food, drinks, and wet people in the cabin etc.), we set sail out of the Marina and onto the high seas!

The water might be choppier on certain days outside of the Marina so ALWAYS follow the safety rules on board the yacht.

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So away we sailed towards Lazarus Island and dropped anchor within the cove, safely tucked away behind the island where the big scary waves can’t rock this yacht.

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Armed with a large unicorn float and the inflatable slide on board, one by one we jumped in.

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Not me. I was lying on the upper deck watching the sun set and the clouds go by.

If you’re wondering where the girls showered and changed, the yacht has 2 decent-sized bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.

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When the sun set, we had dinner and we heard a shriek. Someone found the karaoke machine in the cabin.

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The rest of the night’s activities comprised mainly of singing. Some in the cabin with the karaoke machine, and most of us on the upper deck with the acoustic guitar.

As we sang the night away, our yacht set sail towards Marina Bay Sands for a glorious view of the Singapore city skyline before looping back to One Degree 15 Marina.

Book Your Own Yacht, Airbnb-Style

The Yachtly website is reminiscent of Airbnb, in that the process of booking a yacht is simple and fuss-free.

Choose the occasion. Is it a family gathering, a wedding, a celebration party, or a corporate event?

Select the date that you need to charter the yacht.

Lastly, indicate the number of guests and hit ‘Enter’!

Yachtly will generate a list of yachts in their fleet that suit your criteria. You can even toggle the budget and select the yacht type!

They have yachts that can accommodate up to 50 people.

Their price range starts as low as $400 up to $10,000, depending on your criteria.

If you’re unsure at any point, Yachtly has a live chat function that you can access to speak to an agent immediately.

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The Ultimate Tourist’s Guide To Getting Around Singapore With Public Transport

As a Singaporean, I am proud to say that Singapore is home to the best airport in the world. If you think that the same pride extends to our public transport system, you are not wrong.

Despite recent performance issues, our public transport system is actually quite convenient and reliable. Places that aren’t accessible by MRT (Mass Rapid Transit), are covered by bus services that visit even the quietest neighbourhoods.

If you’re coming to Singapore for the first time, there’s an MRT station connected to the airport terminals to take you to the city centre, or anywhere else in Singapore for that matter.

But before you take the MRT or bus, you need a ticket or an EZ-Link card.

EZ-Link & Singapore Tourist Pass

Now you can choose to purchase a single trip ticket from the ticketing machine at the station but that’ll just be a waste of time if you intend to take public transport frequently during your time here.

Get yourself an EZ-Link card from the TransitLink Ticket Office. If you’re flying into Singapore, the nearest ticket office can be found at Changi Airport MRT station.

Other ticket offices can be found at these MRT stations – Ang Mo Kio, Bayfront, Bugis, Chinatown, City Hall, Farrer Park, Harbourfront, Jurong East, Kranji, Lavender, Orchard, Raffles Place, Tanjong Pagar and Woodlands.

For SGD$12, the card comes with stored value which allows you to use it immediately.

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The EZ-Link card is valid for 3 years so if you’re making numerous visits to Singapore, you can continue using it. That’s not all, certain places even accept payment via EZ-Link so it’s not just limited to public transportation fares.

Recently there’s been a trend of people using EZ Charms instead. They have the same function as an EZ-Link card, just that they’re much cuter. And they’re charms, like this cute Pikachu one that’s currently available at all Buzz outlets islandwide.

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But if you’re only in Singapore for a few days, you can consider getting the Singapore Tourist Pass which grants you unlimited rides on Singapore’s public transportation for the valid duration of the pass (maximum of 3 days).

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But the question is, which line to take? There’re so many options – East-West (Green), North-South (Red), North-East (Purple), Circle (Yellow) and Downtown line (Blue).

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All the lines are pretty straightforward. The signs in the station will indicate the final stop of the direction that they’re headed.

For example, if you’re going to City Hall station from Tanah Merah on the East-West line, then you should be taking the train headed towards Tuas Link (the last station on the West-bound East-West line train).

Most attractions in Singapore are within walking distance from an MRT station so you don’t have to worry so much about getting lost.

Taking The Bus 

Bus services here are extensive and they’re an economical mode of transport around Singapore.

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You can get yourself a brochure that lists all the stops for a particular public bus service, at the interchange.

If you’re planning to visit the tourist attractions, there are also “hop on hop off” bus services, although they’re pricier. You can find different “hop on hop off” bus tour packages here.

Taking A Cab

Cabbing is definitely the most efficient and fastest way to travel around Singapore. Cabs in Singapore go by the meter, and there might be additional surcharges depending on the time and location that the cabs are hailed.

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You can hail a cab almost anywhere. The best spot would be by the main road, although we suggest you do so at a convenient location so that traffic is not affected.

Alternatively, you can book a cab by calling the common taxi hotline at 6342-5222 or if you have any ride-hailing apps, those work here too!

Getting Around Singapore

Now that you’re ready and equipped for the public transport system in Singapore, it’s time to get exploring.

If you’re not sure where to go, check out our list of must-visit places in Singapore!

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Johor Is Building Its Own Queen Victoria Market And It’ll Feature Street Food And A Retail Bazaar

If you’ve ever been to Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market, then you’d know the struggle of having to contend with the limited options we have in our supermarkets.

The famous Australian market, spanning 2 city blocks in Melbourne, is a vibrant inner-city market that has everything from fresh gourmet food and produce, souvenirs, cosmetics and even clothing.

Soon, Singaporeans won’t have to travel all the way to Australia for the farmers market experience. That’s right, Johor will be getting their own version of the Queen Victoria Market.

A Farmers Market Experience Right Next Door 

Spanning 2.34 hectares (that’s slightly bigger than 2 football fields), the B5 Johor Street Market will house 168 retail spaces and bring job opportunities for 1000 local residents.

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Not Your Typical Cruise Themes

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The allure of a cruise is a popular choice for many travelers when planning a vacation. But not all cruises are alike. Some cruise lines revolve around an entire theme, some host theme nights and others cater to all types of people. Let’s explore.

Have you ever thought of going on a cruise that holds an international poker championship onboard? Well, it’s available onboard the luxury cruise liner Aegean Paradise. If ultimate leisure and gaming are your things, improve your performance and register for this year’s event, which is scheduled for December 15-17.

However, Aegean Paradise is just one of many examples of unique cruise experiences available. Theme cruises are another great way to combine your interests with a relaxing vacation, and can be a great option for first-time cruisers. Specifically, there are typically three types of theme cruises: The full-ship theme cruise, partial-ship theme cruise and theme-inspired cruise.

Full-Ship Theme Cruise – When selecting this option, be sure to select your theme wisely because it will set the tone for your entire vacation. On these cruises, everyone onboard can be a part of the themed activities and entertainment, which can include concerts, themed activities, competitions and the possibility to mingle with performers and guest celebrities. A popular choice is the “Top Chef at Sea” Cruise on the Regent Seven Seas. This cruise tends to appeal to a wider audience than some of the other ones out there.

Partial-Ship Theme Cruise – This is a great option that doesn’t overwhelm the entire ship. On these cruises, they have special interest groups that can purchase blocks of cabins, marketing to people who may be interested in an activity. These interests can range from knitting to scrapbooking to fitness to music.

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Theme-Inspired Cruise – A lot of cruise lines advertise theme sailings, but in reality, these tend to be a regular offering with some extra special interest activities, guest speakers or entertainment options. On these sailings, you may be able to enjoy a regionally-inspired wine tasting, guest musical performances, fitness and wellness specialists, educational lecturers and so much more. In 2017, the Seabourn Cruise Line added a “Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil”, which is meant to educate its passengers through classes and gatherings.

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Take a look at some of these popular cruise themes to think about as an option for your next cruise, or your first one for that matter:

  • Music Cruises such as the New Kids on the Block theme, Beatles tribute theme, Country Cruising theme and so much more.
  • Food and Drink Cruises such as Flavors of Europe, California Beer Festival at Sea and so much more. Many of these feature craft bears, brewing demos and food pairings to die for.
  • Celebrity Cruises such as the TMC Classic cruise, National Review cruise and the Baseball Greats Cruise.
  • Health and Wellness Cruises such as Yoga, Great Alaskan Marathon, Sober and Cruise for Diabetes.
  • Hobby Cruises such as Craft, Ballroom Dancing, Alaskan Photography Adventures and so much more.

As you can see, the options are endless. No matter the theme or cruise line you desire, similar options are likely available. So, do your research and find a cruise line and theme that is right for you.

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This Social Media-Centric Cruise Lets You Hang With Influencers At Sea – And Learn Some Of Their Tricks

If there’s one thing many of us millennials have in common, it’s wanderlust.

We’re constantly restless for our next overseas adventure, and having stylish influencers constantly flooding our Insta-feeds with glamorous snaps from their escapades really doesn’t help.

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If you’re long overdue for a vacay, or just need a break from the daily hustle of life, there’s a trip coming up in October you just may want to take.

AMco and Royal Caribbean International have partnered up to organise a social media-centric cruise package, and it will take place on the magnificent Mariner of the Seas.

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Surrounded by blue seas and plenty of sunshine and, this is the perfect weekend getaway – and a good reason to break out those breezy sundresses and cute bikinis!

Above all, you’ll want to get three things ready: Your camera, your phone, and your chargers, because you’re definitely going to need them.

Up Your Insta-Game At Sea

What exactly does a social media-centric cruise entail?

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Well, influencers, for one.

Aside from the usual entertainment options and outdoor facilities, interacting with influencers is a key part of the activities on board.

Meet And Mingle With Influencers

On board the cruise will be food blogger Alvin Lim of Alvinology, lifestyle influencer Maybeline Sim (@maybelinesim), and DiscoverSG’s very own ambassador, Phyllis Tan (@phyllisphyrris).

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Ever wonder what it takes to snap the perfect shot? Want to know how to make food look as good on the ‘gram as it does in real life? There will be plenty of opportunities on board the ship for you to ask the influencers yourself!

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Have all your burning questions answered as you mingle with them during dinnertime, or when you bump into them on board the ship.

Food Photography

Both on and off board the ship, there will be no lack of opportunities to put your newfound know-how to the test – one of them being the food on board.

You’ll be treated to a lavish spread on board the ship.

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At the Main Dining Hall, watch the influencers work their social media magic, turning out the perfect photos.

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Specialty lunch will also be provided at Giovanni’s table, where you can feast on a sumptuous spread of Italian, family-style food. Take note that additional charges apply.

Activities Off Board

On the second day, spend (almost) an entire day exploring the sights, sounds, and of course, delicious flavours of Kuala Lumpur.

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All guests will dock off at Kuala Lumpur. After an hour-long journey, you’ll be dropped off at Pavilion Shopping Mall in the famous Bukit Bintang area, from which you can wander off on your own!

Take this opportunity to visit Bintang Walk, a street lined with themed restaurants and cafes.

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While there, also make sure you see one of the world’s tallest buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers, in person!

Special Cabin Rates

Take your pick from the Balcony stateroom (SGD489 per pax before taxes & gratuities of $123pp; U.P. SGD519 before taxes & gratuities),

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the Oceanview stateroom (SGD389 per pax – before taxes & gratuities of $123pp; U.P. SGD509 before taxes & gratuities),

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and the Promenade stateroom (SGD389 per pax – before taxes & gratuities of $123pp; U.P. SGD509 before taxes & gratuities).

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To enjoy these special rates, email your particulars to [email protected] and you will be contacted shortly after for booking. Take note that these rates are valid only until 22 September.

With a gastronomic spread, round-the-clock entertainment and loads of picture-worthy moments, this is a voyage you don’t want to miss – and we’re sure your Insta-game will be all the better for it!

3 Night Kuala Lumpur Weekend Cruise
20 – 23 Oct

Day Port Arrive Depart Remarks
1 Singapore 1700 HRS Docked
2 Port Klang 0700 HRS 1900 HRS Docked
3 Cruising Cruising
4 Singapore 0800 HRS Docked

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