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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

AGORA Hospitality Group to open AGORA Place Namba in Central Osaka


A newly renovated four-star hotel just 3-minute walk from Dotonbori

OSAKA, JAPAN - AGORA Hospitality Group has added another four-star offering to its diverse portfolio -- AGORA Place Namba, Osaka. Strategically located in the heart of the city centre, AGORA Place Namba is only a 3-minute walk from Nipponbashi station and a 5-minute walk from Namba station as well as a number of popular attractions, such as - Dotonbori, OPA Shopping Mall, Takashimaya Osaka Department Store, Hozenji Temple, Shinsaibashi-Suji Shopping Street, the National Bunraku Theatre and more are all in walking distance, and must-see family destinations such as Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Kuchu Teien Tenbo-dai are also easily accessible by train and taxi.


The newly-renovated hotel is home to 232 smoke-free guest rooms of five different types, including triple and quad rooms perfect for couples and families travelling together, and comprehensive on-site facilities. These include self-service laundry facilities, a convenience store, free WiFi, pillow menu, multilingual staff and a 24/7 front desk. Its ultra-convenient downtown location, variety of room types, and remarkable experiences makes AGORA Place Namba the perfect base for business, leisure and family travellers to explore the city.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Som Tam & Champagne: akyra Thonglor Bangkok Hotel Elevates Thailand's Favourite Dish To The Highest Level Of Luxury


AKARYN Hotel Group, Thailand's homegrown five-star boutique hotel specialist, has revealed an innovative new menu that transforms Thailand's most popular street food dish into a luxurious and indulgent fine dining experience.

The Most Expensive Som Tam or Thai Papaya Salad with Canadian Lobster and Oscietra Carviar at Som Tam & Chardonnay Restaurant
Som Tam with Lobster and Carviar Pairing with Louis Roederer Champagne

akyra Thonglor Bangkok Hotel, the urban retreat in the Thai capital's hippest district, officially unveiled the new menu on 2nd August 2019 at Som Tam & Chardonnay, its vibrant dining destination which opens out onto an expansive pool terrace.

True to the restaurant's name, the new menu focuses on som tam, the celebrated spicy salad which is made using shredded green papaya, beans and tomatoes, blended together in a pestle and mortar with fish sauce, palm sugar, garlic and chili, and topped with peanuts. The expert Thai chefs at akyra Thonglor Bangkok Hotel have now enhanced this beloved dish by combining it with succulent Canadian lobster and oscietra caviar, one of the world's most prized varieties of black caviar.

To make this culinary occasion even more refined, guests can accompany it with a glass or bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne. Fresh and elegant yet rich and powerful, this beautiful bubbly cuts through the spiciness of the som tam. Alternatively, diners can select from three exquisite Chardonnays: Echeverria Reserva 2017 from Chile, La Chapelle 2016 from Languedoc, France, and Main Divide 2015 from New Zealand.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore and Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa Inspire Families To Journey Beyond Imagination

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore and Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa invite families on a 'Journey Beyond Imagination' to a world of adventure unlike any other.

Whimsical stay, play and dining experiences in Singapore to ignite imaginations and bring dreams and stories to life

From exciting outdoor activities to immersive indoor play elements, there are multitudes of offerings to suit every family's needs. Each are specially curated for young visitors and parents to embark on a creative journey of exploration and discovery together.

For a one-stop view of all the fun-filled activities and children's programmes available at the two Shangri-La properties in Singapore, a new content hub (www.shangri-la.com/journeybeyondimagination) has been launched.

Pivoted on the four key pillars - Stay, Eat, Play & Learn and Celebrate, the content hub is designed with a 'family-first' mentality, with each pillar offering unforgettable experiences specially curated for families. (Refer to Appendix A for more information on each pillar).

To sweeten the deal, members of Shangri-La's award-winning loyalty programme, Golden Circle, will have access to exclusive offers during this campaign, such as longer playtime and members-only entry rates at the indoor and outdoor play zones. Additionally, families will also get to enjoy member-exclusive room rates, stay credit rewards, and elevated experiences, such as a complimentary parent-child bake class with every party package booked. Members looking for dining treats also enjoy privileges such as 25% off and complimentary servings of gelato, ice cream and juices.

Golden Circle members enjoy access to exclusive privileges and rewards across Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts globally. For more information about Golden Circle or to sign up as a member for free, visit www.golden-circle.com.

A weekly prize of a 3-Day 2-Night Family Vacation at Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts in Singapore worth over S$1,100 each is also up for grabs in the month of October, on the content hub for guests who participate in a 'sticker book' activity.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Dorsett Hospitality International Presents Dorsett Discoveries, Promotes Hong Kong Art as Affordable Art Fair’s Exclusive Hotel Partner 2019

Dorsett Hospitality International is proud to be the Exclusive Hotel Partner for Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong, London Battersea Autumn and Singapore 2019. As part of their ongoing commitment to support local talent through Dorsett Discoveries which promotes and supports Hong Kong talent on a global stage. Hong Kong grown local artist duo Stickyline and Hong Kong Arts Centre alum Meko Cheng will create a vibrant, Hong Kong-inspired programming at each art fair. Following the fair, a part of the art installation will then be showcased at Dorsett Wanchai, Dorsett Shepherds Bush and Dorsett Singapore for the guests to enjoy.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hainan Dongfang Huanghuali Cultural Festival and the Opening of Sanyuesan Festival of Li and Miao

Amid the mellowing beauty of Sanyuesan, we express our gratitude to the rosewood. On April 7, the 5th Hainan Dongfang Huanghuali Cultural Festival and the 2019 Traditional "Sanyuesan" Event of the Li and Miao Nationalities in Dongfang jointly organized by Dongfang municipal Party committee and government and Hainan Radio and TV Station (Group) held a grand opening ceremony in Dongfang, presenting many wonderful theme activities.


The Huanghuali craft fair on site set 15 exhibition halls covering an area of more than 1300m2, providing a stage for more than 2000 eye-catching Huanghuali crafts.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Odette in Singapore Claims No.1 Spot at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 Awards

Odette is the first Singapore restaurant to take the top spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list

MACAU, CHINA - The 2019 list of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, was announced at an awards ceremony at Wynn Palace, Macao.

Odette in Singapore has taken top honours, succeeding four-time winner Gaggan in the No.1 spot. Serving Asian-inspired modern French cuisine, chef Julien Royer's Odette claims the coveted titles of The Best Restaurant in Asia, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, and The Best Restaurant in Singapore.

The 2019 list features 10 new restaurants, including a debut entry from Malaysia (Dewakan, No.46) and a new restaurant in the Philippines (Toyo Eatery, No.43). Host destination Macao counts Jade Dragon, rising eight places to No.27, and Wing Lei Palace debuting at No.36.

The winning chefs and restaurateurs celebrate at the seventh annual Asia's 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, at Wynn Palace, Macau.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

How to Conserve Water - Beat El Niño, SAVE WATER the Pinoy Way [Survive Water Crisis] - Infographic Video


Beat El Niño the Pinoy way. Here's infographic video on how to save and conserve water especially now that summer is on and water crisis is expected in city areas like Metro Manila especially higher areas like Mandaluyong.

 

 How to Conserve Water 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Kung Fu Panda Spectacular Live to Hold Global Premiere at The Venetian Theatre in Macao

Kung Fu Panda Spectacular Live to Hold Global Premiere at The Venetian Theatre in Macao

Five-Time Tony Award® Winner Susan Stroman Leads Star-studded Global Creative Team

HONG KONG, CHINA - Broadway Asia - one of the largest production, management and distribution companies in the global markets led by Executive Producers Simone Genatt and Marc Routh -- and DreamWorks Theatricals, a division of Universal Theatrical Group, today announced the launch of DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda Spectacular Live -- a thrilling new live action entertainment at The Venetian Theatre in Macao combining the best of Hollywood, Broadway and circus. The five-time Tony Award® winner Susan Stroman will bring her legendary talents to one of the most successful animated films of all time, Kung Fu Panda.

Kung Fu Panda Spectacular Live - David Thompson, Susan Stroman and Simone Ganett

DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda Spectacular Live
is set to transform the entertainment landscape in Macao. Building on the globally successful franchise of the beloved Kung Fu Panda films, the production has the wisdom, heart and humor of the world-renowned franchise, combined with the high-level design and impact of a major live action immersive spectacular resident show. "The production will be an exciting new experience for audiences of all ages -- as it incorporates storytelling, state-of-the art projection mapping and video design, immersive aerial and acrobatics as well as extraordinary puppetry and martial arts," said director and choreographer Susan Stroman. "The hilarious and heart-warming characters from the films will come to life in an extraordinary action filled live performance."

Friday, March 01, 2019

Tokyo is Asia’s best city for “bleisure”, reveals new study by The Economist Intelligence Unit


Image Source: Tokyo City Guide
  • Tokyo ranks first out of 26 cities in the region for its combination of business and leisure--or bleisure--appeal for travellers
  • Singapore, Sydney, Hong Kong and Melbourne join the Japanese capital as "five-star" bleisure destinations, based on a quantitative barometer included in the new EIU study
  • Shanghai and Beijing rank higher in the bleisure barometer than corresponding liveability measures suggest, propelled by rapidly improving business infrastructure
  • Some smaller Australian cities stumble on aspects like opportunity for cultural experiences for business travellers, despite high scores on rankings measuring liveability

Concept of bleisure is gaining traction, spurring the region's cities to better integrate opportunities for leisure amid busy business trips. The 2019 bleisure barometer: Asia's best cities for work and recreation, sponsored by All Nippon Airways, reveals that while Asia's best bleisure destinations provide the right balance of business activity, high-quality infrastructure and top-flight leisure experiences, a number of less obvious choices stand out as well.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Changes to the Australia Maritime Crew Visa MCV - Subclass 988 Online Application

This is to inform of the upcoming changes to the Maritime Crew (subclass 988) Visa (MCV) online application form, planned to commence from 2 March 2019.

The changes are expected to deliver a more streamlined application process, improve average processing times, and reduce the need to interact with the Department during the decision making process.

The changes will continue to ensure that the MCV supports industry as legitimate users of Australia’s visa system, while at the same time providing important improvements to the security of Australia’s borders.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

D-EDGE Hospitality Solutions: The Marriage of Technology and Marketing


Born from the union of Availpro and Fastbooking, D-EDGE proposes a unique suite of technology solutions to hoteliers to maximise their distribution revenues.

Availpro, a leading & highly acknowledged hotel technology provider, and Fastbooking, an expert in digital marketing solutions, are joining forces to create a new brand and a new value proposition for the hospitality industry.

With a portfolio of more than 20 solutions, a customer base of 11,000 hotels, and a large local presence in more than 100 countries in Europe and Asia Pacific, D-EDGE is the Europe's No 1 Hotel Distribution Technology provider and the World's No 3.

"D-EDGE is offering hotels one of the most exhaustive solutions portfolio on the market. We are convinced that technology and marketing should interact for successful hotel distribution. For hoteliers to remain competitive, it is crucial that they benefit from seamless solutions that cover the entire search and booking process." explains Pierre-Charles Grob, CE0 of D-EDGE and initiator of the Availpro Fastbooking merge. "By combining Availpro and Fastbooking expertise, we are able to offer complete end-to-end solutions to our customers and help them approach their distribution strategy in a comprehensive manner, while simplifying their lives."

Friday, January 11, 2019

Seafarer Visa Re-issuance Program (SeaVRP) U.S. C1/D Visa Guide and Information

A crew member serving onboard a sea vessel or aircraft in the United States needs a crew visa. Crew members of an aircraft or ship that will be transiting through the United States or its waters generally use a combination transit/crew visa (C-1/D).  Crew members who work aboard vessels within the Outer Continental Shelf, may qualify for a modified B-1 visa in lieu of a crew visa.

Manning agencies that lawfully operate within the Philippines can apply to join the Manning Agency Accreditation Program (MAAP) at U.S. Embassy Manila to facilitate the visa application of their seafarers.

Beginning August 14, 2017, the new timeslot for SeaVRP12 applicants is now 12:00pm.  The previous timeslot of 1:30pm will no longer be available.

All manning agencies must submit the electronic application (DS-160) form for applicants not later than five calendar days before the appointment date.

Manning agencies must cancel an appointment not later than 5 calendar days before the scheduled appointment date.

Please consult the U.S. Embassy holiday calendar to identify which days the office will close for business <https://ph.usembassy.gov/holiday-calendar/>.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Cordis, Hong Kong Successfully Achieved a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title for The Fastest Bed Making By An Individual (King Sized Bed)

Thomas Chow, Floor Supervisor
Cordis, Hong Kong is thrilled to announce that Housekeeping team member Mr Thomas Chow Ka Fai successfully achieved a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for "The fastest bed making by an individual (king sized bed)" on 22 October 2018.

According to the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ verification result, Thomas spent 69 seconds to make a king bed, which has broken the world record of " Fastest time to make a bed by an individual (king sized bed)".

Thomas Chow, Floor Supervisor

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Port of Geelong , Australia - Filipino Seaman Crew Change Guide & Port Information

Port of Geelong, Australia
Image Source: Geelong Port
Port of Geelong , Australia is located in Corio Bay, Victoria, Geelong Port is located 75 kilometres by road southwest of Melbourne and comprises 15 berths across two primary precincts, Corio Quay and Lascelles.

As the second largest port in Victoria, Geelong Port handles more than 10.5 million tonnes of product annually across a broad range of industry segments, including crude oil, wood-chip, fertiliser and break bulk cargo.


Port Name      : Port of Geelong
Country          : Australia

Nearest Airport (International)        : Melbourne International Airport (Tullamarine) Code MEL

Nearest Airport (Domestic)               :   none

Estimated time of travel from airport to seaport: around 100km from port

Possible Flight Route: to be updated

Visa Requirements:
IMPORTANT NOTE : The master/owner of the vessel is responsible for ensuring all sea crew and supernumerary crew (except Australian and New Zealand citizens) on international voyages to Australia hold a valid Maritime Crew Visa (MCV) and a valid passport before the vessel enters Australian waters.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Port of Annaba, Algeria - Filipino Seaman Crew Change Guide & Port Information

Annaba, formerly Bône, or Bona, town and Mediterranean port, northeastern Algeria. It lies near the mouth of the Wadi Seybouse, close to the Tunisian border. Its location on a natural harbour (Annaba Gulf) between Capes Garde and Rosa early attracted the Phoenicians, probably in the 12th century BCE. 

Port Name      : Port of Annaba
Country          : Algeria

Nearest Airport (International)   :   Algiers Airport (ALG)
Nearest Airport (Domestic)        :   Rabah Bitat "Annaba airport"  Code: AAE

NOTES: Local agent will need Flight details at least 96 hours before the flight to arrange all formalities with local authorites. Friday and Saturday is week-end in Algeria and no administration work. 

Also local agent will normally need at least 04 hours between the domestic flights to complete formalities with authorities at the airport.

Estimated time of travel from airport to seaport: to be updated

Possible Flight Route: to be updated.

Visa Requirement for Filipino Seaman / Seafarer: OK to Board Letter only (OKTB) for joining crew. For disembarking crew, exit formalities can be arrange by local agent with our local authorites.
Scanned copies of Passport & Seaman's Book of On-signers & Off-signers need to be sent to local agent for formalities.

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Yodi Insigne is one of those delusional sorts who imagines himself a useful contributor to the greater blogosphere (Well, that's what he's trying to accomplish).

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