This Winter Lodge In Hakuba, Japan Is Owned By A Singaporean

Singaporean Opens A Ski Lodge

We all grow up dreaming of achieving so many wonderful things in the future, but how often do we end up chasing these dreams?

Most of us get caught up trying to survive in the expensive country that Singapore is.

This Singaporean is different. She had a dream to run a ski lodge. And so, in a rather un-Singaporean way, she quit her job and did it.


Out of the concrete jungle

Ms Jane Killick, 29, has always been an avid lover of nature and snow, according to Today. For years, she had wanted to move closer to nature, but had been stranded in a marketing job.

Then she took a holiday trip to northern Japan, and her whole life changed.

While roaming the winter paradise of Hakuba village, she fell in love with a small lodge tucked up the Northern Alps of Nagano Prefecture.


Having always wanted to own a ski lodge, Ms Killick took a leap of faith. After returning to Singapore, she quit her marketing job, dug deep into her piggy-bank and purchased the lodge.

Blood, Sweat, Tears

There is no secret recipe to success of course. Even if there were, the main ingredient would definitely be hard work. Ms Killick’s success was no different.

A woman who didn’t know a single word of Japanese, Ms Killick found seemingly mundane tasks, like asking for directions, difficult.

She even had to take up various part-time jobs to survive and to keep her business upfloat.

She invested more than a year into developing the lodge to accommodate guests, adding bathrooms to each room and common facilities that guests could use to warm up after a cold day of skiing.



Was It Worth It?

When asked by Today in a phone interview about her experience, Ms Killick said: “There were many nights when I couldn’t sleep, because there’s so much to worry about.” For example, she was so broke that she once had to take food from her neighbour.

Despite all the hurdles that she had been faced with, she had no regrets. “These are challenges we don’t face in Singapore at all, and that is what I really wanted.”



Not surprisingly, her hard work and dedication have paid off, quite astoundingly. Her brainchild, Uchimaru Hakuba, opened its doors to guests last year — and just take a look at this dream home.





Uchimaru Hakuba

The lodge has been a hit among locals and foreigners alike. While Killick’s friends initially helped her promote the lodge, it soon became a hit online. The lodge has had a steady growth of followers on its Instagram and Facebook page.

Killick even managed to sell out all the rooms for a big part of the winter last year.

The occupants were also immensely satisfied with their stay at Uchimaru Hakuba. The lodge has a whopping 9.5/10 rating on

The most amazing thing about this all is that she virtually manages the lodge alone! Although her boyfriend does pitch in, Ms Killick does the bulk of the work, including the housekeeping and the bookkeeping.

Reviews have also poured in, all lauding the service at the lodge and some even mentioning Ms Killick herself.


Singapore Boleh!

It is rather heartwarming to see a fellow Singaporean following her heart and achieving such success. It really does show that anything is possible with passion and conviction.

We often get caught up in what we deem as a ‘practical’ way of life, and shove aside the dreams and aspirations from our youth. This comes at a price, and our job satisfaction may take a hit. In fact, a survey conducted in the Southeast Asian region last year, revealed Singapore to have the lowest job happiness numbers among our neighbours.

We could all learn a thing or two from Ms Killick about taking that leap of faith and turning our dreams into reality.

Alternatively, you can experience Ms Killick’s dream at Uchimaru Hakuba by booking yourself a room via the lodge’s website.

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Holland Village Walkabout Allows You To Enter Homes And Look At Art And Visit A Cemetery

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OH! Open House at Holland Village

As we venture into the bright future that is Singapore’s, many of us scramble to hold on to some remnants of the past. Naturally, companies like TheSmartLocal in turn organise events to remind us of art and our history.

Similarly, non-profit art organisation OH! Open House has been organising art walkabouts in neighbourhoods like Potong Pasir and Joo Chiat since 2009:

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These walkabouts focus on artistic infrastructure and unique oddities that many would not be initially aware of. And great lengths are taken to immerse goers into the neighbourhood they are exploring. In the case of Holland Village, participants will be allowed to enter some of these homes to get a glimpse of the art hidden behind doors.

OH! Holland Village

For every weekend in March 2017, Holland Village will take the spotlight.

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This time, the event will consist of three different 45-minute walks. Here are the places participants can expect to visit on the walks:

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Chip Bee Gardens

Since it’s technically not part of Holland Village, most of us easily overlook the gem that is Chip Bee Gardens. In fact, some may say it was the Orchard Road of British soldiers during the colonial times. Today, it’s lined with a plethora of Italian restaurants and art galleries that will appeal to every history hipster out there.

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Holland Drive HDB Flats

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It’s not just the exteriors of the HDB flats that will pique your interest. Judging by their previous neighbourhood walkabouts, you’d likely get to step into the intimate homes of some residents. By the looks of the past HDB tours done by OH!, it’s certain that one would be in for a surprise.

Hakka Cemetery

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According to the website, one would have to go solo for this cemetery walk in the evening. Don’t worry though, there aren’t many dead bodies buried here. Instead, the majority of gravestones cover urns not coffins, filled with the ashes of the dead. It’s interesting to note that this is also the last Hakka cemetery in Singapore, making it even more precious.

Holland Village Heritage Walk

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Being the deep bohemian enclave that Holland Village is, it’s no doubt that you’d be in for a cultural shock too. In a good way, of course.

For just $25 per pax, it almost seems regretful to miss such an opportunity. As you watch the hustle and bustle of the neighbourhood below, give some thought on the history that has allowed Holland Village to become the exciting area that it is today.

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10 Boutique Hotels For Refreshingly Different Staycations This Festive Season


Staycation-Friendly Hotels In Singapore

One of the simple pleasures in life is going on a staycation.

You rest on a bed of crisp, white sheets and a buffet spread of international cuisine awaits you every morning; there’s no need to feel guilty for not making the bed too.

But some of us are ready to move on from the usual hotels we spend our short getaways at.

Here’s a list of boutique hotels to help you plan your staycations this festive season.

1. The Duxton Club

The Duxton Club, A Luxury Collection Hotel is the first hotel of Marriott International, and it’s made its debut in Singapore in 2017.


Adopting pre-war colonial influences in its architecture, The Duxton Club occupies two shophouses The Duxton House on Duxton Road and The Duxton Terrace on Murray Street.



The Duxton House houses 50 guestrooms and features an all-day dining restaurant, bar and a private cigar room for those who appreciate the finer things in life. The Duxton Terrace hosts a larger number of guests with 138 rooms.

Name: The Duxton Club
Address: 83 Duxton Road, Singapore 089540
Contact: Email or Website

2. The InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay

The InterContinental at Robertson Quay boasts 225 rooms with InterContinental’s signature contemporary designs.


Your itinerary for the night doesn’t require any planning since the hotel is surrounded by a plethora of dining and entertainment options along the Singapore river.


Name: The InterContinental Singapore, Robertson Quay
Address: 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909
Tel: +65 6826 5000
Contact: Website

3. Andaz Hotel

Architecture lovers might want to keep a lookout for Ole Scheeren’s new work. The internationally-acclaimed German architect designed Hyatt’s latest five-star boutique  the Andaz Hotel.


The hotel is a part of a mixed-use development called DUO Singapore, and is part of a combination of retail, restaurants, bars, residences, and offices. For convenience, it also has a direct underground connection to Bugis MRT Station.


Andaz Hotel has 342 guestrooms, a rooftop bar with ocean views, and an infinity pool for you to take that Instaworthy shot. On top of that, it oversees some of Singapore’s popular tourist spots like Bugis Street and the Kampong Glam conservation district.

Name: Andaz Hotel
Address: 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354
Tel: 3100 0102
Contact: Email or Website

4. Hilton Garden Inn

A cheap thrill Singaporeans are guilty of is to visit Mustafa Centre at odd hours in the night.

Hilton Garden Inn is situated in the heart of Little India, making those trips to the all-encompassing 24/7 shopping centre fuss free.


This addition to the Hilton Worldwide brand features a 24-hour pantry Our Pavilion Pantry, and the Garden Grille & Bar to unwind at after a day of sightseeing at local attractions around the area  the Temple of 1,000 Lights, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and House of Tan Teng Niah, to name a few.



Name: Hilton Garden Inn, Singapore Serangoon
Address: 3 Belilios Road, Singapore 219924
Tel: 6491 0500
Contact: Website

5. Yotel

The trendy hotel recognised for its smartly designed and pod-like rooms landed in Singapore in 2017, as its first Asian flagship hotel.



Your entertainment and food options at Yotel are aplenty, as the cabin hotel will be located in Orchard, amid Singapore’s most popular shopping district.


The rooms here are inspired by first-class airline cabins and are lit with soft purple light.

Name: Yotel, Singapore
Address: 360 Orchard Road, Singapore 238869
Contact: Website

6. Sofitel Singapore City Centre

Sofitel welcomes a new addition to its chain of hotels in Singapore in the heart of Singapore, and this time it has 222 rooms.

A part of the new Tanjong Pagar Centre, the tallest building in Singapore, its facilities include a Virgin Active gym.




Meanwhile, the in-house restaurant, Racines — helmed by Chef Jean Charles Dubois — serves contemporary French and local cuisine.

Name: Sofitel, Singapore City Centre
Address: 9 Wallich Street, Singapore 078885
Opening: May 2017
Tel: 6402 8888
Contact: Email or Website

7. The Patina

The Patina at Capitol Piazza, the iconic building along Stamford Road finally opened in the second quarter of 2017. Not only is the hotel under the Leading Hotels of the World programme, it’s interior is designed by world-renowned Jaya International Design.


The Patina has a salt-water pool and features its signature restaurant ERU, a in-house bar ERUBAR, and PURE & Co., a boutique chocolate shop.


Name: The Patina
Address: 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
Tel: 6368 8888
Contact: Email or Website

8. Park Hotel Farrer Park

You don’t have to worry about walking long distances to get to the nearest MRT station at Park Hotel Farrer Park, as it’s planted atop Farrer Park MRT station and has 300 guests rooms.


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The hotel is linked to Farrer Park Hospital via a connexion, and an underground passageway that leads you to City Square Mall.

Name: Park Hotel Farrer Park
Address: 10 Farrer Park Station Road, Singapore 217564
Opening: 1 May, 2017
Tel: 6593 6999
Contact: Email or Website

9. The Warehouse Hotel

Built in 1895, The Warehouse Hotel sits where underground activities and secret societies were once prevalent in Singapore.


Just 37 rooms are featured in this hotel that sits by the river. They comprise 6 configurations, and our favourites are the River View Mezzanine and Warehouse Loft.


The River View Mezzanine has 2 levels and its own personal library; one of the largest rooms available at The Warehouse Hotel.

Find out more from MustShareNews’ first coverage of The Warehouse Hotel here.

Name: The Warehouse Hotel
Address: 320 Havelock Road, Singapore 169628
Tel: 6828 0000
Contact: Email or Website

10. Ascott Orchard

Linked to Paragon Shopping Mall at Orchard Road, Ascott Orchard is made up of 220 suites, ranging from studios, two-bedroom units, to penthouses.


The hotel brand is known for its premium residences and its amenities are family friendly. Ascott Orchard has its own children’s playground, pool and even baby sitting services!


Name: Ascott Orchard, Singapore
Address: 11 Cairnhill Road, Singapore 229724
Tel: 6540 1688
Contact: Website

Plan ahead for 2019

If your Instagram profile has been peppered with photos of the same hotels you’ve always done staycations at, take this opportunity to jazz it up.

While you’re busy planning those 2018 staycations, here’s how to maximise your leave in 2019, to get you even more pumped up for the year ahead.


Mark your calendars!

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Sentosa Staycations Will Be More Affordable From 2019

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10 Unique Features That Make Changi Airport #1 In The World

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Changi Airport Is The Best

On 1 July 1981, the very first flight to Changi Airport, SQ101, touched down from Malaysia — making Singapore’s dream of having its own airport a reality.

Almost 40 years later, Singapore is recognised as the #1 airport for the 4th-straight year, despite us being one of the 20 smallest countries in the world.

Wonder how we landed this award? Wonder no more. Here are some reasons why our airport has made its name worldwide, with the help of alliteration:

1. Wonderful Wi-Fi

Sure, many airports all over the world offer free wi-fi to its frequenters. But Changi Airport takes it to the next level by offering the use of Internet-enabled computers for free.

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Worried that your phone battery will drain whilst basking in the presence of the complimentary wi-fi? Don’t fret, there are also up to 800 free charging stations planted all over the different terminals.

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These services are not always available in other airports out there, making it difficult for passengers with long transits. Looks like Changi Airport’s approach to pampering visitors is obviously working.

2. ‘Mazing Movies

Who would’ve thought that you could Netflix and chill at the airport? Although some look forward to catching the latest movies during their flights, others aren’t fortunate enough to have that privilege.

The solution? Free screenings at the airport movie theatre.

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Singapore is one of the few airports that provide such a service for its passengers. In other words, Changi Airport knows what it’s doing.

3. Nature’s Nearby

After all the talk about the need to treasure our endangered species, it’s amazing that Changi Airport prioritises the preservation of nature, in all of its beauty.

Behold, the very first butterfly garden created in an airport:

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 That’s not all. Changi Airport boasts of various gardens such as the sunflower garden located in Terminal 2:

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Not only do these gardens provide scenic views for Instaworthy photos, they are the perfect spots to bring children for a fresh breath of the outdoors after being confined in their airplane seats for prolonged periods of time.

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4. Beloved Beds

Think back to your secondary school camping days, where you had no choice but to sleep on hard concrete. Sometimes, sleeping in other airports during long transits can very much feel like that.

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So it’s definitely comforting for passengers to know that Changi Airport has designated resting areas that have reclining chairs, deeming it as one of the best airports to take a nap during a dreaded long transit.

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Let’s not forget that they are also free-of-charge. Here are their locations:

Terminal 1: Snooze Lounge, Transit East, Level 3, Transit Area

Terminal 2 : Sanctuary Lounge, Transit North Pier, opposite E5, Transit Area; Oasis Lounge, Transit North Pier, Opp E11, Transit Area

Terminal 3: Snooze Lounge, Transit North Mezzanine, near to Singapore Food Street, Transit Area

5. Terrific Tours

Take a little trip around Singapore town in a Singapore city bus. Sound familiar? Well, Singapore is actually one of the few airports in the world that offer not only one, but two free tours for passengers in transit.

The City Lights and Heritage tour allows passengers gawk at the grandeur of the city or explore the historical sites around the country. This is accompanied by well-trained tour guides, assuring visitors of a high-quality experience.

Here are some photos taken by tourists on one of the tours:

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Since not many airports grant passengers such an opportunity, this service places Changi Airport much higher in the ranks. Good job, Changi!

For more information, click here.

6. Games Galore

Missing your XBOX 360 and Playstation back home? Changi Airport has got your back with its Entertainment Deck. It even comes with an XBOX Kinect!

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Gaming consoles not for you? Well, Changi Airport is the only airport with a LAN gaming cafe in transit.

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7. Sports Stop

For all the sports lovers out there, you haven’t been forgotten. It’s at Changi Airport that you’ll get to catch up on the latest football matches at the Xperience Zone at Terminal 2.

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Or, if you need to move around a little, there’s also a free swimming pool for you to take a refreshing dip to get rid of all that travelling stress.

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8. Art Attack

It’s very easy to overlook the aesthetics of any airport when you are in a rush. However, there’s something about Changi Airport’s artistic structures that make it hard to look away.

The “Kinetic Rain” installation is particularly enticing, especially since it is the largest kinetic structure in the entire world.

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Find it at Terminal 1’s Departure Hall or watch the entire display here:

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Another famous sculpture is “Going Home” located at Terminal 3’s Arrival Hall, which serves as a reminder of the importance of family and that feeling of going home to yours.

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If you’re more of a hands-on person, Changi Airport has art rubbing stations in ALL three of its terminals. Perfect for some family crayon time!

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Here are the locations:

Terminal 1: Viewing Mall, Level 3, Public Area

Terminal 2: Departure Transit Lounge South, next to the Orchid Garden, Level 2, Transit Area

Terminal 3: Next to the Fountain area, Level B2, Public Area; Departure Transit Lounge North, Outside gate holdroom B1-B4, Level 2, Transit Area

We think it’s wonderful that Changi Airport is taking the appeal of the arts so seriously, definitely much more than other airports out there.

9. Maximum Mugging

To many foreigners, encountering students studying at airports is rather strange. However, Changi Airport has picked up on Singapore’s obsession with studying, and houses many studying spots perfect for the everyday mugger, unlike other airports in the world. Here are some of the best spots to study!


This quiet cafe offers free wi-fi and charging ports, perfect for the everyday mugger. Located at Level 2 of Terminal 3, this 24-hour cafe is sure to help keep students awake and undisturbed.

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Krispy Kreme

The outlet is located at Terminal 2 and open 24/7 as well, with welcoming staff to serve any midnight study cravings.

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With a plethora of food chains and open spaces available for students to study and/or relax, no wonder Changi Airport doesn’t appeal only to travellers.

10. Shiok Shopping

Avid shoppers almost always look forward to the “NO GST”, duty-free deals during transit. At Terminal 2, The Shilla Duty Free store hosts 180 brands, making it one of the most accessible shopping stops.

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If you thought it couldn’t get any easier than this, Changi Airport has tax-free online shopping booths at all three terminals.

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It’s no wonder that Changi Airport is considered one of the best airports in the world to shop, according to Skytrax.

Changi Airport’s Achievements

As Singaporeans who grew up frequenting Changi Airport, we tend to take for granted how well-kept and developed our airport is. In total, the airport has won over 500 awards as of 2015 and yet still undergoes numerous renovations to better their services.

One of them is the development of the new Terminal 4, which you can read about here: The New Changi Airport Terminal 4 Is Basically Jaw-Dropping.

As we anticipate the upgrade of Changi Airport, we send our heartfelt thanks to those who painstakingly designed and built this airport to be the best in the entire world.

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New Atlas Bar In Singapore’s “Gotham City” Will Bring You Back To The Great Gatsby Era

Atlas Grand Lobby & Bar

We all like to feel classy sometimes. Already imagining champagne in your hand and chandeliers above your head? Well, we have just the fix for you.

Behold, the Atlas Grand Lobby & Bar.

Atlas Grand Lobby & Bar


With just a few weeks away from its opening, we are already envisioning guests crowding the place just for a taste of its five-star European concept.

Shades Of Gotham

Located at Parkview Squre, an impressive-looking building in Bugis dubbed “Gotham City”, the bar fits in perfectly due to its art deco interior and 1920s European vibe.

atlas bar gotham building


The building’s general manager Vicky Hwang told Australian Bartender that “every piece of furniture, every textile, the carpets, the marble” were all handpicked. In other words, a lot of effort was made to achieve such a beautiful concept.


The bar has an eye on becoming a popular tourist attraction to many over the world too, thus the moniker “Atlas”.

As it will be open from from 8am to 3am on weekends, it will undoubtedly appeal to the local crowd too.

Five-Star Service

Head bartender Roman Foltán assures guests of great service, saying: “We want to deliver a five-star service, with a lot of attention to the details and personalised service. At the same time, in a very relaxed, and a little bit cheeky way as well.”

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Mr Foltán will be serving alongside Ms Carla Soares, who will be the maitre d’. The pair formerly worked at Artesian, in London, which used to be ranked top in the list of the world’s 50 best bars.

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Local Touch

One may be wondering whether there will be any local influences, since the bar is located in Singapore, after all

Well, Atlas recently announced the addition of bartender Sim Sze Wei, formerly of Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall.

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Mr Sim used to front the locally themed bar in Singapore, so get excited to taste his cocktails with an Asian flavour.

Champagne For Days

Atlas will focus on cocktails, gin and champagne. They are even working with Britsh glassmaker John Jenkins to design a custom glass for their signature Martini. Talk about atas.

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The carefully procured champagnes (many from the famous Hwang family) will even be housed in a walk-in, rose-metal plated champagne chiller room behind the main bar, according to Mr Jason Williams, creative director of Proof & Company, which is behind the Atlas project. It even has a pillbox with a special light, because UV lights are a big no no. 

Who would’ve thought that being a champagne bottle would feel so good?

Lavish Interior

Before Atlas took over, the space was taken up by Divine Bar. From past photos of its lavish interiors, we can tell that Atlas is going to look like a throwback to The Great Gatsby, Leonard DiCaprio not included:





Obviously, there is a lot more to the Atlas Bar then they have revealed so far. Even their website is rather secretive, with only one page so far:

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A Sparkling Gem

All we really know for sure is that Atlas Bar looks to be a sparkling gem that will not go unnoticed when it opens this month.

So cheers to Atlas, and we hope to visit soon!

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Sentosa’s Hawaiian-Themed Beach Paradise Is Perfect For Water Sports And Exotic Feasting

Aloha Hawaii

Aloha! A little bit of Hawaii haven has landed in sunny Singapore in the form of Ola Beach Club.

Whether you’re looking to chill (or rather, melt) under the hot sun, seeking thrills to rejuvenate your weary soul or just want to spend quality family time with your loved ones, this Hawaiian-themed beach paradise is a one-size-fits-all attraction.

From adrenaline-pumping water activities that propel you 15m into the air to sipping cocktail and lepaking by the beach, the picturesque Ola Beach Club is a great place for a getaway.





Wet And Wild

For superhero wannabes, flying in the air is no longer an improbable dream.

Ola Beach Club has Asia’s first and only water-propelled jetpack thrill ride. Fly up to 9m in the air and at speeds of up to 40km per hour as you get to experience what it’s like being Superman for a day.

But flying doesn’t come cheap – it costs $228 for 45 minutes of wild jet-packing fun.



If that still isn’t enough to quell your thirst for adventure, you can try the Jetblade Thrill.

A water-propelled hoverboard-like device will be strapped to your feet, rocketing you up to 15m above water, enabling you to perform flips like this:





But if the Jet Pack and Jetblade Thrill are too extreme, there are more staid water activities like Stand-Up Paddling, Banana Boating, Kayaking and Donut Riding you can enjoy.





Exotic Eats

After burning off some calories via water sports, you can put them back on with exotic Hawaiian eats.

Don’t be surprised to find yourself subconsciously breaking into a traditional Hawaiian Hula dance after being overwhelmed by the mouth-watering Hawaiian flavours.

Kalau Pig Taco ($18)

Try guacamole and lomi tomato relish bathed in home-made spicy Hawaiian sour cream sauce, wrapped into a taco.

If that’s not enough to fill you up, you can add on fries and salad to complete your meal.



Ahi Poke Bowl ($20)

A classic Hawaiian dish, Ahi Poke (pronounced poh-kay) is a salad made up of marinated fish cubes.

This salad is highly customisable; you can choose your base (jasmine rice, brown rice, salad), flavour (kimchi, shoyu, togarashi) and 2 sides (ebiko, pineapple, guacamole, kimchi, pumpkin seeds, cranberry, pomegranate).



Lomi-Lomi Salmon ($16)

Petite sesame waffle cones hold shredded salmon tossed together with tomatoes.

These bite-sized morsels are a distinctly Hawaiian side dish – perfect for those who prefer something light on the tummy.



And how about these cocktails served in tiki-shaped mugs that are the embodiment of all things Hawaiian, as an accompaniment for your food?




Parties and weddings are also welcome – imagine holding your dream nuptials amid the sea breeze and therapeutic sounds of the crashing waves.



Family Friendly

Families with young kids won’t be excluded from enjoying the resort either.

There’s a nursing room, baby changing station, playpen and even a large family bathroom.

Where To Find It

The resort is located at 46, Siloso Beach Walk on Sentosa Island.

Visitors can take the Sentosa Express monorail to Beach Station.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 10am-10pm, Saturday-Sunday from 9am-10pm

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Mandai’s Eco-Tourism Hub Is Set To Open in 2020, And We Just Can’t Wait

Mandai Eco-Tourism Hub

Good news for nature lovers: Two new wildlife parks are coming to Mandai, and they are set to boost eco-tourism, as Singapore aims to become the leading nature hub in Asia.

The construction phase of the project was launched on Monday (Jan 16), with the first phase set to be completed in 2020.

Currently, the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari attract 4.6 million visitors per year, and they’re hoping that the rejuvenation of Mandai to be an eco-tourism hub will increase visitor numbers to more than 10 million annually.

Take a look at this video that Mandai Park Holdings released on Sunday (Jan 15) to promote this project.

New Attractions To Look Out For

Apart from the new Bird Park and Rainforest Park, which are projected to be completed by 2020 and 2021 respectively, there will be also be a nature-themed indoor attraction and eco-lodging.

Here’s a map showing where the new attractions will be located:



Bird Park

The new Bird Park will house some of the world’s most endangered bird species.

Visitors will be greeted by a majestic waterfall at the entrance as they begin to feast their eyes on a variety of exotic birds that are found in the rainforests of Africa, flooded savannahs of South and Central America and the Australian bushlands. Some species that we can expect are hornbills and birds of paradise.



The Bird Park will feature an underwater-overwater habitat for penguins, allowing viewers to see the penguins “flying” through the waters.



Rainforest Park

Starting from an underground cavern, visitors will walk their way up to the tree canopies at the Rainforest Park, as they experience the lavish flora and fauna of an South-east Asian jungle. Keep your eyes peeled and you may spot apes swinging from tree to tree!mandai eco-tourism park


Nature-Themed Indoor Attraction

After spending a whole day out in the sun, seek comfort at the nature-themed indoor attraction.




You can even book a hotel room at the Eco-Lodge to experience eco-accommodation – or just to rest your sore legs.

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We Can’t Wait

The opening of the new attractions may be a couple of years down the road, but we’re already eagerly anticipating them. It’s so impressive, other countries may go green with envy!



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Court Rules Mindef Is Not A Person And Can’t Be Harrassed, To Nobody’s Surprise

Mindef Isn’t Human

#QOTD no longer stands for quote of the day but question of the day. So, #QOTD: What is considered a human being? Well, apparently not the Ministry of Defence (Mindef).

The Court of Appeal ruled on Monday (Jan 16) that Mindef cannot invoke the anti-harrassment law against The Online Citizen, as Mindef is not a human being.

Well, duh.

What’s going on?

In case you’re lost in all this legal talk, here’s a quick overview of how it all started.

  • In 2011, MobileStats Technologies, owned by Dr Ting Choon Meng, sued Mindef for infringing its patent. This was because Mindef bought a mobile battalion casualty station (BCS) that supposedly infringed the patent of MobileStats Technologies’ Station With Immediate First-Aid Treatment (Swift) vehicle.
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Mindef’s BCS. Source

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MobileStat’s Swift. Source

  • Due to high legal costs, Dr Ting dropped the case in January 2014.
  • According to a note on Mindef’s cyberpioneer Facebook page, the “case was actually a commercial dispute between MobileStats Technologies and Syntech Engineers, which supplied the mobile BCS to Mindef”, i.e. — Mindef was merely the consumer, it said.
  • Mindef’s Facebook note also stated that the court had ruled that the MobileStats’ patent for the BCS was invalid, and revoked it.
  • In January 2015, The Online Citizen posted an interview with Dr Ting, where he made allegations against Mindef. Mindef sued the website and Dr Ting, invoking Section 15 of the Protection from Harassment Act (POHA)
  • According to Today, a district court granted the order but on Jan 16, that was overturned by the High Court, which ruled that the government cannot be considered a person. Thus, Mindef cannot invoke POHA.

What’s The POHA?

According to Singapore Statuses Online, the official website for Singapore’s legislation, here is the debated act:

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Basically, not only does it protect people from being harassed, it also protects them against wrongful statements.

You’re Not The Only One Confused

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While the court has clearly righted the wrongs in this case, Mindef doesn’t seem satisfied.

But hey, Mindef is a government agency, you would think one online article, which has already been judged to contain false allegations, would be just water off its back, right?

Not Helpless

Here are some words of wisdom from the judges, as reported by Channel NewsAsia:

“Mindef was anything but a helpless victim… It is a Government agency possessed of significant resources and access to media channels.”

The judges added that Mindef conveyed its side of the story through both traditional and online media, and that The Online Citizen included Mindef’s statement and the link to that statement in the portal’s article.

“Given all this, it is difficult to see what discernible impact the allegations and The Online Citizen’s publication of the allegations could have had on Mindef’s reputation or public image,” said the two judges’ ruling.

Moving On

Now that it’s been ruled that Mindef is definitely not a person, we hope this ignominious chapter can be closed and all parties can move on.

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10 Reasons Why Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2016 Is The Best Event To Ring In The New Year

Image by Marklin Ang, Courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority

Singapore’s most spectacular countdown celebration

Ever since its inception in 2005, Marina Bay Singapore Countdown (MBSC) has become the largest and most spectacular countdown celebration in Singapore, having attracted more than 300,000 people to the Bay on New Year’s Eve.

Jointly presented by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Urban Redevelopment Authority, here are 10 reasons why you should be at #MBSC2016 this year to create exciting new memories for the New Year ahead. We are sure that there is definitely something for everyone on 31 Dec.


MBSC2015 Photo Competition – People’s Choice Award Winner – Terryl Eugenio

1. It is the biggest, most dazzling New Year’s Eve event in Singapore

#MBSC2016 will be the 11th edition of this signature New Year’s countdown event – proving that these folks sure know how to make a memorable and lasting impression year on year!

2. The iconic location at the heart of Singapore

Held at Marina Bay — arguably the most iconic location in Singapore – this magnificent venue is a visible representation of Singapore’s remarkable transformation from a fishing village to a first-world modern metropolis.

3. Free musical performances at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Starting from 7pm, spend your last evening of 2015 with a myriad of performances by The Mad Company and Roze and the Family Soul, who will be dazzling the audience with popular music numbers to gear you up for the final countdown.

Head on to the Esplanade’s website here for the detailed schedule for the evening.

4. A waterfront bazaar along the promenade

Earn brownie points with your bae by taking him/her on a unique shopping experience as you stroll down the Marina Waterfront Bazaar at the promenade from 3pm all the way to 3am. You’ll be greeted with an array of handicrafts, collectibles, fashion apparel and accessories, party novelties and lighted gadgets. Oh, and not forgetting the actual food. Light refreshments are also available at affordable prices.

5. Concert at The Float (tickets required)

Featuring a star-studded ensemble of local artistes and international star Adam Lambert, this concert — organized by Mediacorp — will pack your evening with high-energy entertainment and excitement as you party it up to 2016 with them.

6. Countdown Animation Sequence at The Fullerton Hotel

Image by Andrew JK Tan, Courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority
Image by Andrew JK Tan, Courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority

A special light presentation depicting Singapore’s dynamism and vibrant future will be displayed on the façade of The Fullerton Hotel. You can look forward to stunning images that show our identity as a nation that grew from shophouses to the high-rise HDB flats we know of today, as well as the sprawling world-class city we have become. It will be shown hourly between 8pm and 11pm from 26 to 31 Dec 2015. On New Year’s Eve itself, the final showcase at 11.55pm will culminate in a countdown sequence to midnight.

The exact timings of the animation:
26-30 Dec 2015 – 8.15pm, 9.15pm, 10.15pm and 11.15pm nightly;
31 Dec 2015 – 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm, 11.55pm.

Image by Bryan van der Beek, Courtesy of Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Image by Bryan van der Beek, Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

7. 8-minute long fireworks display

End the year with a bang (literally) with the highlight of the evening: an eight-minute long firework display at the stroke of midnight. For the first time ever, this spectacular firework display — accompanied by a rousing musical score specially choreographed and composed by local music talent Julian Wong — will span the entire length of Marina Bay. And hey, this ensures that you will no longer be craning your neck just to look at a section of the fireworks anymore.

Image by Wesley Loh Kar Wai, Courtesy of Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Image by Wesley Loh Kar Wai, Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

8. The Wishing Spheres Project

Noticed the various wishing stations that were set up all over Singapore ever since mid-November?

Hopefully you have been duly penning your hopes and dreams onto those spheres, for 20,000 of those spheres will be set afloat onto the bay, and lit with coloured lights on New Year’s Eve to create a magnificent visual showcase. The installation represents the collective wishes by residents and visitors for Singapore’s future in the years to come. Did you know that there were only 2,500 wishing spheres back in 2005 during the first ever celebration? This installation has been a tradition of MBSC celebrations ever since.

9. A chance to win travel vouchers worth $5,000

We love competitions, and we love competitions with attractive prizes even more. This year’s Photo Competition theme is “A Better Future”, and participants are to submit photos of the various festivities and events of #MBSC2016 that reflects this theme. The photo entries should try to capture people celebrating the event, highlighting the kinship, friendship or community ties, as well as to reflect hope and anticipation for the nation’s future as Singapore journeys into the next 50 years and beyond. Participants stand to win attractive travel vouchers sponsored by #MBSC2016’s Official Airline Partner, Tigerair.

More details are available here:

10. It is the final Golden Jubilee event

And last but not least, this will be the last ever #SG50 (yes, we know you’re tired of seeing this hashtag too) event, and the start of a new chapter for Singapore. We are all excited about the infinite possibilities that 2016 will bring in.

With lights, music and action, what more can we ask for? Definitely the most unforgettable way to celebrate the start of 2016, and we can’t think of a better way to count down to the New Year than at #MBSC2016.


Gear up for the celebration by liking and following #MBSC2016’s Facebook and Instagram page, and stand a chance to win amazing prizes by participating in their weekly contests!

For more information, check out the website here for updates and detailed schedules.


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