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Squeal Your Heart Out at These Dog Cafés in Bangkok, Thailand

Dogs are truly man’s best friend. Where else can you find a pet that’s as unnervingly loyal? However, if you aren’t lucky enough to own one of your own, you can still get your fill of cuteness — right here at these dog cafés in Bangkok!

Take your pick and get ready to squeal with joy.

Big Dog Café

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As the name suggests, the dogs at the Big Dog Café are of the bigger variety. And boy, are they huge! Cuddle up with Alaskan Malamutes that, when standing, tower over the average human; Old English Sheepdogs with strings of hair in their eyes; gentle Central Asian Shepherds; eager Airedale Terriers; impossibly furry Chow Chows and more. The dogs are released in batches and are all incredibly friendly — they’ll run right up to you for a pat, sniff, or cuddle.

You might also chance upon some rare breeds, such as a Russian Wolfhound, an Afghan Hound, and a Komondor. Other smaller breeds are also present at the café, such as Pomeranians, Corgis, and Westie Terriers. 

Make your reservations via their Facebook page for the timings of 9.30-11.30am, 12-2pm, 2.30-4.30pm, 5-7pm, or 7.30-9.30pm. The entrance fee of THB199 (~SGD8.70) includes a welcome drink.

Address: 88 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10310, Thailand

Corgi in the Garden

If, however, your affections tend towards dogs of a smaller variety, the Corgi in the Garden café might be just the place for you. Surround yourself with 12 little bundles of fur that go by the adorable names of Porkchop, Salmon, Babycorn, Buttercup, and more! Watch as they bound up to you with goofy smiles on their faces, or bribe them for a selfie with treats that you can purchase from the café. 

So how did this corgi café come about? The owner used to own two corgis, who then gave birth to a litter of three puppies. Little did she know that one of her dogs would then go on to have a surprise litter of seven puppies, bringing the total to a whopping 12 corgis altogether! The owner wanted to keep all the dogs and hence decided to open Corgi in the Garden, where her beloved corgis can continue to bring joy to all who visit.

The entrance fee of THB250 (~SGD11) includes a drink; top up an additional THB100 (~SGD4) for a piece of cake as well. Make your reservations via their Facebook page for 1-hour slots at 10.30am (weekends only), 12.30pm, 2.30pm, and 4.30pm.

Address: 338/1 Kallapaphreuk Road Bang Wa, Phasi Charoen, Bangkok 10160, Thailand

True Love at Neverland

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Huskies have a piercing blue gaze that can stop anyone in their tracks. Get up close and personal with these majestic creatures at True Love at Neverland, a café that’s home to over 25 huskies! The huskies are separated into three different pens — they belong to separate ‘clans’, so we were told — and visitors are free to rotate between the pens. The huskies are surprisingly endearing, with many willing to rub up close against your shoulders or plop down in front of you for a belly rub. 

The true highlight is at the end of the session, where you’ll get to watch the huskies being summoned for their meal. Besides the huskies, you’ll also get to play with a Japanese Akita, a Shih Tzu, and 2 Australian Shepherds. 

Slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis, The ticket counter opens at 11.30am daily, for 2 sessions a day. The first starts at 12pm, with playtime from 1-2pm; the second starts at 3pm, with playtime from 4-5pm. The ticket costs THB500 (~SGD22), inclusive of a drink and choice of food or ice cream cake.

Address: 153 Soi Ari Samphan 2, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

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Alternatively, if you prefer to just be surrounded by dogs, dogs and more dogs — no matter the breed! — you can also head to the Dog in Town or House of Paws cafés. Dog in Town has more than five different dog breeds, whilst House of Paws offers more than 10 different dog breeds. You’ll also be glad to know that House of Paws is the only dog café to be located in the heart of the city.

Indeed, Bangkok doesn’t have to be all about shopping or eating. Fall in love with the dogs at these cafés, who will be all yours to love and cuddle — even if just for an hour or two!

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Football In The Time of Corona

The electrifying atmosphere filled with chants and uplifting vibes is what makes live football matches a treat to watch. Sadly, ever since the UK has been hit by COVID-19, all football matches have been held under close doors much to the dismay of EPL fans.

The EPL has also taken a financial hit of almost £1 billion (S$1.76 billion) as a result of empty stadiums and reduced commercial contracts. Not all hopes are lost fortunately as there will be changes in the coming 2020 – 2021 season. 

Thankfully, things are set to improve in the upcoming season. Even though matches will no longer be held behind closed doors, the entire 2020 – 2021 season will be played in reduced capacity stadiums and crowd sizes. However, a senior UK government health official has warned that these could be further affected if chanting is proven to increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Crowds are returning to sporting events in England, which include a cricket friendly at The Oval and the World Snooker Championship happening the week after. Professor James Calder, who chaired the cross-sport working group with the UK government and health officials on the return to sport, has told BBC Sport that sports events are highly unlikely to have full capacity crowds this year.

He shared that he would be very surprised to see a full-capacity stadium back this year. Only with a vaccine and a high take-up rate of that vaccine would make the stadiums brimming with die-hard fans once again. He was, however, open to the possibilities of teams playing in front of reduced crowd size.

Professor Calder has collaborated with various sporting bodies on the different phases of protocols that enable a return to sporting events from lockdown a possibility. He has since lauded the teams’ collaborative effort which resulted in an earlier than expected resumption of sporting events.

He also revealed that experiments are currently underway to determine if droplet spread is increased by chanting and singing — a staple in EPL matches, and therefore a greater risk of coronavirus transmission. 

“We need to know, actually, does it matter if you’re shouting, how far will those droplets spread?” he said. 

“At a football or a rugby match, the fans are going to be shouting and chanting and singing, I hope, and we need to be sure that the people in front of them are as safe as possible.”

“Now if there is no massive droplet spread, well OK, we can keep within the social distancing that we’ve put down for, say, the Crucible and The Oval. But if it is a problem, then we need to rethink the social distancing within the stadium, and that becomes very difficult,” he elaborates further. 

That being said, Professor Calder believed more information is needed before we see smaller crowds where chanting is common, such as football and rugby matches.

He also pointed out that it would be easier to see women’s sport bounce back faster to nearer a normal capacity than men’s football because venues are not often sold out.

“We can actually promote these sports far more easily and actually get a fanbase going, so I think it’s an opportunity for sports to change the way they are looking at things.” he continued. 

Most recently, Surrey’s two-day friendly against Middlesex at the Oval garnered 1,000 attendees while the same number will be able to watch the second day of Warwickshire’s pre-season derby with Worcestershire on Tuesday.

There are more trials scheduled for this weekend when the ECB’s four-day Bob Willis Trophy begins with 2,500 spectators allowed to attend each day at The Oval and Edgbaston.

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Meet JJ Lin’s All-Singaporean Esports Team

JJ Lin’s Team Still Moving Under Gunfire (SMG) has released their roster for the new first-person-shoot game, Valorant by Riot Games. The list of players comprises of an all-Singaporean team, consisting of veteran professional players of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. 

Mandopop megastar singer JJ Lin founded the esports team, along with veteran Dota 2 player turned coach, Kenchi Yap. Team SMG won first place in TheGym MY/SG Final Countdown: Causeway Cup, CSGO2Asia Grassroots Cup and GeForce Cup Pacific Singapore Qualifier. 

Born out of his love for Dota and esports, JJ Lin brought his passion and love for gaming to a professional level, with various teams playing competitively under his belt. Team SMG was established in 2017 and is a premier esports organisation in Asia, with teams in China and Southeast Asia. Mandopop megastar singer JJ Lin founded the team, along with veteran Dota 2 player turned coach, Kenchi Yap. JJ Lin has provided support to official Dota 2 events such as the Shanghai Major and DAC Major as a guest performer and is currently heavily involved in the development of his esports teams. His aim is to bring esports to greater heights, utilising his influence in pop culture as leverage. 

Team SMG gained popularity after its big win at the Arena of Valor International Championship with their Taiwan based team. In 2018, the esports company moved into Player Unknown’s Battleground (PUBG) with a Shanghai-based partnership team. In 2020, team SMG announced that they had signed on ‘Makan Cendol’  to compete in Mobile Legends Bang Bang, an online mobile battle arena multiplayer game. The acquisition of ‘Makan Cendol’ is part of Team SMG’s strategic venture into Southeast Asia’s competitive esports scene.

Armed with teams competing in Mobile Legends Bang Bang (MLBB), PUBG, and PUBG Mobile, Team SMG’s new foray into Valorant territory is not unfounded; with the addition expanding Team SMG’s esports presence in SEA, with now teams in Shanghai, Malaysia, and Singapore. 

Valorant was only recently officially released at the beginning of June 2020 but has already grasped the attention of several esports organisations, unveiling rosters consisting of former CS:GO professionals. Lin’s team consists of: 

  • Captain Sha ‘ZesBeeW’ Mohtar;
  • Coach/Manager Kenneth ‘Colbat’ Ho;
  • Danyal ‘Kama’ Heng;
  • Alex ‘falfalfal’ Cheng;
  • Xavier ‘LEXY’ Lee;
  • Chun Ting ‘Divine’ Yeoh; and
  • Syafiq ‘Aeozora’ Anuar.

Before Valorant, several team members were former CS:GO pro players, with Captain ZesBeeW being a previous CS:GO e-athlete for Malaysia’s Team XCN and JYP Gaming. ZesBeeW also captained the Resurgence CS:GO team, and played with falfalfa, LEXY, and Divine, before its disbandment. 

Previously a professional PUBG player, Aeozora had played the battle royale game for four years and competed in the PUBG SEA Series 2020, alongside the Aerowolf Pro Team. Aeozora has since retired from PUBG and now focuses on Valorant.

Moving into Valorant territory, the team has already dominated the community tournaments, such as BRSG Valorant Community Series and the Stay Home Challenge Breaker. They will make their competitive debut in the Lenovo’s Rise of Legion: Valorant July 2020 tournament, running from 27 July to 1 August, when the finals take place. More information on the competition can be found on the Lenovo Legion website. 

Lin has called the Valorant squad a ‘milestone in my esports journey, one that is very close to my heart’ in an Instagram post announcing the team. 

The Valorant team is the first Singaporean team of SMG.

SMG has rosters that compete in other games, such as Mobile Legends, PUBG, and PUBG Mobile, based in Malaysia and China. 

In his Instagram post, Lin also mentioned his vision for esports in Southeast Asia.

“Like these boys, I started gaming as a past time. But this past time evolved into my passion and global vision in esports, and I strive to nurture home-grown talent in this burgeoning esport scene.” 

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Daigo Umehara, The Greatest Fighting Game Player of All Time

Daigo ‘The Beast’ Umehara is a 39-year-old Japanese gamer who specialises in 2D arcade fighting games. He has won six Evolution Championship Series and $175,659.82 in prize money so far. Daigo Umehara is one of the most famous Street Fighter players across the globe, considered the best player globally. Daigo is also currently the holder of a world record for being “the most successful player in major tournaments of Street Fighter” in the Guinness World Records. Daigo’s recent win at the Street Fighter V tournament has traction in the media, but his age has caught the most attention. 

Being 39 and winning a championship might seem impressive, but winning at street fighting games for someone of Daigo’s calibre isn’t all that unexpected. Daigo has been in the fighting-gaming scene for 20 years. 

Daigo was endearingly referred to in the Japanese media as “the god of 2D fighting games” before singing on a sponsorship deal with Mad Catz. This American company produces entertainment products marketed under Mad Catz, Game Shark, and TRITTON. His love for fighting games grew since he was a mere ten-year-old boy, with his first two games being Street Fighter 2 and Fatal Fury: King of Fighters. Through challenging other players in Street Fighter 2 (Champion Edition), Daigo discovered his preference for competing with other players. 

Daigo’s recent win in the latest Capcom Cup East Asia has brought him more spotlight in the media. In the match, Daigo competed with several talented Street Fighter V players, including the revered Street Fighter legend Hajime ‘ Tokido’ Taniguchi and Korean Hyung-suk ‘Verloren’ Gong. Daigo beat them both in his journey to the Capcom Cup qualifying match and did not suffer a single loss, until his last opponent, Keita’ Fuudo’ Ai, fought his way to a second set in the grand finals. Ultimately, The Beast won an incredibly intense competition with some of the best FGC pros in Asia. 

The focus on Daigo’s win was distracted by his age, with a lot of fixation on him being 39 years old, yet winning a Street Fighter tournament in 2020. For someone of Daigo’s calibre, however his win shouldn’t be much of a shock but more so something to expect of him. His earliest tournament win was during the 1997 Vampire Savior event hosted by Japanese video game magazine Gamest. Daigo’s successive wins included Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Capcom vs SNK 2, Guilty Gear XX, Street Fighter IV, and the most recent Street Fighter V

Coming in second next to Justin Wong in the Evolution Championship Series titles; he has won six EVO championships with his legendary performances in the biggest tournaments globally. More impressively, Daigo cinched two victories at Super Battle Opera, which is now defunct but once highly regarded as the most prestigious fighting game competition in the world at its inception.

His skillset, coupled with his 23 years of experience, would set him up for success. Daigo implemented a few tactical methods to help him secure his win during the tournament. For instance, he would opt for maximum damage combos that would provide him with the life lead, and force his opponents into playing against his defence. His ability to read his opponents well also plays to his advantage, along with his fluid conditions: he never stays in one position for long, often toggling between offence and defence, confusing his opponents. 

Daigo’s impeccable performances throughout his gaming career have brought him regular participation in tournaments, having been in at least one each year since the start of his gaming career in 1997. His success in his Street Fighter career has also earned him entry into every Camcom Cup since the game’s release in 2016. 

The esports industry’s strong fixation on youth and how to exploit it might have made Daigo’s win come as a surprise. After all, what’s a 39-year-old doing, winning video games designed for young ones? But Daigo is a living example of how age does not define anything. His past experiences in fighting games and current win in the recent tournament showcases and represents what esports truly is about at heart: a foundational passion for gaming that isn’t found in other competitive sports. Daigo Umehara might have shocked the world recently with his stellar performance in the Street Fighter tournament, but he has been and will continue to be, a legend in 2D fighting games. 

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Here Are 10 Attractions in Singapore That Have Finally Reopened

As part of the Singapore Tourism Board’s efforts to resume attraction and tours operations, here are 10 attractions that have finally reopened in Singapore! 

Universal Studios Singapore

If you’ve always wanted to visit Universal Studios Singapore without having to wait in line for forever, now may be the best time to do so. USS has reopened to visitors on 1 July 2020 with revised timings and enhanced safety measures in place. Until further notice, the theme park will only be open from Thursday to Sunday from 2 pm to 9 pm. 

However, guests can purchase a Priority Entry Special add-on on top of their ticket for only SGD 9 to enter the park as early as 12 pm. Priority Entry pass holders will be able to dine in at select restaurants and enjoy exclusive Meet and Greet experiences!

S.E.A. Aquarium

Likewise, S.E.A. Aquarium has also revised its operating hours to contain crowds and are only open from Saturday to Tuesday from 10 am to 5 pm. All ticket reservations need to be made online to ensure everyone’s safety. Despite stricter protocols in comparison to the pre-COVID days, you can still marvel at the beauty and abundance of sea creatures that call the S.E.A. Aquarium their home. 

All shows, meet-and-greet and public feeding sessions have been suspended until further notice. 

Singapore Zoo

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The Singapore Zoo is happy to welcome guests back to enjoy a meaningful wildlife experience in a safe and pleasant environment. To adhere to enhanced social distancing measures, the park is currently only operating on 25% of their usual capacity and requires online bookings to be made prior to the date of visit. 

While not all activities are available such as feeding sessions, there is still much to discover in this wide, open playground for the young and the young at heart. 

River Safari

Asia’s First and Only River-Themed Wildlife Park has also made it to the list of attractions that have reopened to the public. Say hello to the gigantic and friendly manatees in the Underwater Gallery or perhaps embark on a boat ride adventure on the Amazon River Quest, designed to simulate a journey along the Amazon River. 

Shows are currently still operating but have a limited capacity of up to 50 people as part of Safe Management Measures. 

Night Safari

You can finally catch a glimpse of majestic creatures of the night at the Night Safari for discounted prices when you buy tickets online or apply for a membership pass! To celebrate the reopening of the World’s First Nocturnal Wildlife Park, local residents can enjoy 1-for-1 beer and house wine deals at the famous Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant where you can also try their new Bulgogi Burger. Cruise the park on a comfortable 40-minute guided tram tour that will take you through the depths of the park to get an up-close experience with the animals. 

In line with the park’s safe distancing measures, the Thumbuakar Performance, Evening in the Wild Unique Dining Experience, and Keepers’ Chit Chat have been suspended indefinitely. 

Jurong Bird Park

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Don’t miss the chance to see the majestic Philippine Eagles that have just landed on our shores last May 2020 as well as the iconic pink flamingoes at the Jurong Bird Park. The park resumed operations on 30 July 2020 and is finally ready to welcome guests with open arms once again. 

Unfortunately, token feeding at the Waterfall Aviary and Bird Photography has been temporarily suspended. But attractions such as the High Flyers Show and newly opened zone, African Treetops remain open for visitors. 

Bounce

If you’re looking for something more fun and energetic, look no further than Bounce. This indoor trampoline playground is a great training ground for aerial aerobics enthusiasts or simply those who want to unleash their free spirits and just have fun. Enjoy their two-hour Superpass promotion for only $29 and go wild at practising your freestyle skills, or jump as a group of four and save with the 4some ticket!  

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Super Sessions, Saturday Night Jams, Sunday Escapades, birthday parties and corporate bookings have been suspended temporarily. 

Gardens by the Bay

New visiting guidelines have been set in place for guests who will be entering Gardens by the Bay. Locals can now enjoy the indoor gardens once again and enjoy a calming experience as you revel in the abundance of nature. The Flower Dome is now officially reopened, while the Cloud Forest looks forward to welcoming the rest of the public on 6 August 2020. 

Besides the indoor gardens, other parts of Gardens by the Bay remain closed until further notice. 

Art Science Museum

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Alongside Gardens by the Bay, the Art Science Museum is finally in full swing once again and is back with exhibits, screenings, and special events available in the museum as well as online. 

The Museum’s box office will be open for visitors to purchase tickets but online bookings are highly recommended. Public exhibits like the ‘Future World – Sliding through The Fruit Field’ and ‘2219: Futures Imagined – Blooming and Everything But Gold’ is temporarily unavailable. 

Zero Latency

Zero Latency Singapore brings you the ultimate virtual reality experience that can take you absolutely anywhere. As the largest VR gaming arena in the country, expect high-intensity gaming that will definitely get your adrenaline going with their available games like Undead Arena and Zombie Survival. 

To keep in line with safe distancing requirements, each session is limited to a maximum of five players to prevent cross-contamination within different social groups. 

Other attractions that have reopened include the Casino at Resorts World Sentosa, Madame Tussauds, as well as Sands SkyPark and Observation Deck at Marina Bay Sands. 

We know that this isn’t much yet, but it’s definitely better than nothing. As we begin to roam around these attractions, remember to keep practice social distancing and don’t forget to enjoy!

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Heads Up — Bali Might Be Reopening to Tourists in September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has evidently changed different aspects of our lives and forced us into a ‘new normal’ indefinitely. It has also put a halt on some of our plans, including all our travels that we had planned for this year and the next. With many international borders still closed, it’s almost impossible for us to travel outside of our cities during this time. 

But here’s some good news, finally. For those itching to head to the beach to catch a few waves or simply bask in the sun, Bali is planning on reopening their borders for international tourists this September.

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According to Mr I. Putu Astawa, head of Bali’s tourism agency, they have set a goal of reopening its borders to international travellers on 11 September 2020 but this is still “subject to approval from the national government”.

In early July, Bali began their three stages of reopening by slowly opening tourism sites for their residents, followed by allowing local tourists from other parts of Indonesia to enter since 31 July 2020. If overseas tourists are permitted to enter in September 2020 by the national government, this would be their third phase of reopening. 

This comes after the announcement in May by the Indonesian Tourism Ministry of their plans to launch a promotional campaign to revive and breathe new life into major destinations in the country. This includes the cultural capital of Yogyakarta, the exotic and understated Riau Islands, and of course, Bali. 

Tourism is at the heart of what keeps the economy of Bali going with its overseas visitors in the millions each year. In 2019 alone, there were 6.3 million international tourist arrivals, making Bali the most popular destination for tourists in Indonesia. 

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Bali is absolutely loved by many for a plethora of reasons. The first and most obvious reason is the abundance of pristine beaches on the Island. From popular sights such as Kuta and Canggu beach to more remote areas that are only known by the locals, each beach in Bali has its own distinct charm. Whether you’re looking for a beach to jump off of cliffs, to swim in the crystal clear waters, or just lounge in the sand, you’ll end up finding one that you love. Or perhaps, falling in love with each one you visit. 

Besides their lush white-sand beaches, Bali is also considered one of the best surf destinations in the entire world with at least 60 surf spots. Veteran surfers and beginners who are looking to learn the water sport never fail to turn to Bali as their go-to playground. The Island boasts many world-class surf breaks and perfect waves all year round, which always keeps surfers coming back for more. 

Above all of that, visitors love the Balinese hospitality and culture that is deeply engraved in every corner of the Island, from their people, their food and its natural beauty. Most people who have visited Bali agree that the locals are incredibly friendly and will make anyone feel right at home. 

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In order to prevent imported transmissions of the virus, visitors are required to be tested negative for COVID-19 before their scheduled trip and need to have additional documentation. 

With the pandemic gravely affecting the tourism industry in Indonesia, many locals in Bali have also suffered. With no certainty on when this will end until there is a vaccine for COVID-19, there is a need to reopen the borders for tourism activities to keep the economy running. 

Despite finally reopening for tourism, Bali Governor I Wayan Koster mentioned that they may have to close certain areas of the Island if ever inspections spike again. The local government has established several guidelines for travellers coming from abroad that include wearing masks and social distancing, and seek their cooperation during their stay in Bali. 

If we want to enjoy our visit to the ‘Island of the Gods’ to the fullest, let’s do our part to practise the guidelines set in place to keep ourselves and everyone around us safe. But as much as possible, steer clear from non-essential travel if you can. Let us wait out the storm and travel once we’re finally in the clear.

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8 Hotels in Singapore That Have Reopened for All Your Staycation Needs

Everyone probably had travel plans for this year that will not be happening any time soon and have to be put on hold due to the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean we cannot satisfy our hunger for adventure or a much-needed break right here on our shores. Staycations are in and we got you covered. 

Here are eight hotels in Singapore that have opened their doors once again for guests to finally enjoy that staycation that they deserve. 

Capella Singapore 

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Nestled within 30 acres of lush rainforest, Capella Singapore has introduced enhanced staycation experiences for their guests through their range of Manor Experiences. Two of their most popular Manor options, the Capella and Contemporary Manors are located in the fringes of the estate and are complete with outdoor terraces and rainforest showers that mirror a tropical, backcountry escape right here in sunny Singapore. 

Marina Bay Sands Singapore 

Marina Bay Sands has also made it in the list of hotels that have reopened for tourism. Iconic attractions like the sampan ride and world-famous infinity pool are also open to the public but visitors are still encouraged to practice safe social distancing measures. Marina Bay Sands guests can also enjoy 1-for-1 cocktails at Adrift until 31 Dec 2020 as well as discounted treatments at Banyan Tree Spa. 

The St. Regis Singapore 

Located in the heart of Orchard Road, the grand and luxurious St. Regis has a range of enticing offerings for their guests’ perusal. Instead of just dining credits, they are offering $100 worth of stay credits in their Distinctive Luxury Deal that you can use for dining-in in their restaurants, room service, as well as their spa treatments. On top of that, their signature butler service will also be available for all your staycation needs. 

PARKROYAL on Beach Road 

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Uncover special staycation room rates at PARKROYAL on Beach Road. Frontline healthcare workers and Pan Pacific DISCOVERY members can enjoy an additional 10% savings on room rates and 30% savings on all food and beverage services. If you wish to step outside for a walk, you can also take a stroll down Haji Lane or even pay a visit to the Bugis Street to treat the inner shopaholic in you. 

Fairmont Singapore 

For those are bringing their children along on their staycations, good news — kids stay for free at Fairmont! Guests can enjoy the Upsizes Staycation Offer with S$150 worth of credits and vouchers that can be used throughout the establishment.

The Warehouse Hotel 

This heritage hotel by the Lo and Behold Group has nailed down its design and aesthetics. While most hotels and resorts that we know of here in Singapore take on a more tropical feel, The Warehouse Hotel has a more rustic and industrial-chic touch to it. Their room options include the Warehouse Loft and Warehouse Sanctuary with a seamless design and ambient lighting, that truly embodies an oasis of calm. 

Amoy Hotel 

Relish in the beauty of modern living spaces with Chinese heritage accents at Amoy Hotel. This hotel has retained and maintained the oriental charm that they’re known for through the architecture, decor, design, and even their dining experiences. Guests can enjoy a modern yet traditional stay in their Cosy Single and Double Deluxe rooms with built-in amenities such as a hairdryer, iron, a 32-inch LCD TV, and a complimentary minibar. 

Hotel NuVe

If you’re looking for something on the more affordable side, Hotel NuVe is the ideal place for you. From $80 a night, you can enjoy a fully-stocked complimentary in-room minibar in the NuVe Classic, NuVe Share, and NuVe Family rooms as well as complimentary room decoration upon request. They are also offering other amazing deals such as their long stay promo, early bird promo, and last-minute promo. 

All of these establishments have been given the SG Clean certification, which means that their hygiene and sanitation measures have been inspected and given the green light to operate from trusted assessors from the Singapore Tourism Board. With that, you no longer have to worry and all you have to do is sit back and relax. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg and today, there are over 100 hotels that have reopened for guests to enjoy. To view the full list approved and certified hotels, click here

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Popular Hiking Trails in Singapore

It’s easy to think of Singapore as a glittering metropolis, a city filled to the brim with gleaming skyscrapers and bustling air-conditioned malls. However, despite its conspicuous lack of mountains — with the 164-metre high Bukit Timah Hill being its sole claim of fame — Singapore turns out to be a city with more than just a few surprises up its sleeve!

Yes, it may be modern; and yes, it may be all shiny and new, but contrary to popular perception, there are actually plenty of opportunities to enjoy the wonders of nature right here in our little red dot. And what better therapy is there than to bask in the sunlight and breathe in all that fresh air? 

Here are a couple of top hiking hotspots in Singapore that are suitable for all ages:

Green Corridor

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Previously functioning as a railway track, the Green Corridor has since been transformed into a scenic hiking trail. The route acts as a connector of sorts for multiple green spaces, such as Clementi Woodlands, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, and the Kranji/Mandai Mangrove and Mudflats. 

The entire trail is 24-kilometres long, allowing you to take your time to appreciate the lush flora and fauna — with lots of scenic views to boot! — along the way.

How to get there: 7-minute walk from Hillview Station, with the starting point located next to the Rail Mall.

Southern Ridges

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Stretching over a length of 10 kilometres, the Southern Ridges’ Marang trail starts at Mount Faber Park and weaves through Telok Blangah Hill Park, Hort Park, Kent Ridge Park, and Labrador Nature Park. 

Look out for the Forest Walk and Canopy Walk, two elevated walkways that take you through a secondary forest canopy; the Sembcorp Forest of Giants, home to 600 giant trees that tower up to a height of 80 metres; as well as the iconic Henderson Waves Bridge, which is Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge. 

How to get there: 6-minute walk from Harbourfront Station, with the starting point located at the Seah IM carpark.

Macritchie Reservoir Park

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Boasting trails that range from 3 to 11 kilometres in length, Macritchie Reservoir Park has something for everyone. You’ll encounter all sorts of terrains here — take your pick from easy boardwalks, muddy routes, and rocky paths that snake through the trees. See you can spot any of the park’s teeming wildlife, such as long-tailed macaque monkeys, flying lemurs, and pangolins along the way!

One of the highlights is the HSBC Treetop Walk, which is the cherry on top of a long, rewarding hike through the park. The 250-metre long free-standing suspension bridge reaches a height of 25 metres — seven storeys high! — at its highest point, and offers stunning bird’s eye views. It’s best reached via a 1.5 to 2-hour hike from the Venus Drive Carpark or, if you’re feeling ambitious, a 3.5 to 4-hour hike from Lornie Walk. 

How to get there: 14-minute walk from Caldecott Station; or take buses 52, 132, 163, 166, 167, 855 and 980 to Venus Drive for the Treetop Walk.

Pulau Ubin

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Enjoy a nostalgic blast to the past at Pulau Ubin, an island home to one of Singapore’s last surviving kampongs. Experience the rustic charm of little villages, wild greenery, and perhaps, even a wild boar or two!

Hike along the boardwalks of Chek Jawa Wetlands, which can be reached via a 40-minute hike from the jetty. The Wetlands boasts six different ecosystems, which are best seen at low tide. In addition, don’t underestimate the short but gruelling 15-minute hike up Puaka Hill, where you’ll be able to enjoy spectacular views of the Granite Quarry. 

How to get there: 15-minute bumboat ride from Changi Ferry Point Terminal.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

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Bukit Timah Hill is Singapore’s highest natural hill, with the 1.4 kilometres journey to the top requiring about 40 minutes to complete. Be prepared for a good workout; the trail is a steep incline most of the way, topped off with a flight of uneven stairs just before the summit. 

The nature reserve itself contains approximately 40% of Singapore’s flora and fauna, and comprises one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. The hill has a historical significance to it as well, as it was once used as part of the British military’s defence against the Japanese Army in World War II.

How to get there: 10-minute walk from Beauty World Station.

Lace up your hiking shoes and cancel any weekend plans — there’s really no better time to get out there and start enjoying the great outdoors!