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Saturday, November 16, 2019

15 Tips On Travelling Solo [Single Travel] VIDEO


Travelling solo can be one of the most exciting, liberating and eye-opening experiences, no matter your age. It offers ample opportunity for self-reflection and growth and boundless freedom. It can also be daunting, especially if you’ve never travelled solo before. With that in mind, Lonely Planet reached out to our online community on Thorn Tree, Twitter and Facebook to compile a list of top solo travel tips from seasoned wanderers and wayfarers who have navigated their own paths across the world. 

Friday, November 15, 2019

The 'Greta Effect' on Travel [Megatrends on Tourism] - Greta Thunberg Climate Activism [VIDEO]




The Greta Effect, named after the teenage activist who has become the face of the Gen Z environmental movement, has been named one of the major "megatrends" expected to shape the future of travel. 


At the World Travel Market trade fair (November 5-6) in London, global market research group Euromonitor International released their annual forecasting report, identifying eight "megatrends" they predict will define the travel landscape over the next year.  

A megatrend is a trend with longevity, "representing a fundamental shift in behavior that is defining consumer markets." The report is based on research and input from 1,000 expert analysts. 

7 Most Amazing Forests In The World [VIDEO]



Seven Most Amazing Forests In The World
1. Crooked Forest – Poland
2. Black Forest – Germany
3. Sagano Bamboo Forest – Japan
4. Hallerbos Forest – Belgium
5. Lake Kaindy – Kazakhstan
6. Avenue of Baobabs – Madagascar
7. Gardens by the Bay – Singapore


Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Agnez Mo will join the stars at Madame Tussauds Singapore

Singer, actress and performer Agnez Mo will be the first Indonesian celebrity who will join the stars at Madame Tussauds Singapore!

Mo is the most awarded artist in the history of Indonesia, with a staggering collection of 170 awards. She will join the line-up of famous faces at the world-famous attraction and will be the first Indonesian star to be immortalised in Madame Tussauds Singapore.

"I was thrilled when I heard the news and am honored to be included. My future set in Singapore will show different iconic looks, where guests can re-create my look. Only at Madame Tussauds!" said Mo.

This Friday the 8th of November, the skilled sculpture team of Madame Tussauds will fly to meet Mo in LA to conduct a detailed sitting of more than 200 measurements. During the sitting, Mo will share LIVE updates via her Instagram (@AgnezMo), and she will do an IG Take-Over on the official account of Madame Tussauds Singapore (@MTsSingapore). Fans are encouraged to tune in and get involved!

Twitter: @MTsSingapore
Instagram: @MTsSingapore
Facebook: @MadameTussaudsSingapore
Hashtag: #MadameTussaudsSG


Madame Tussauds

Welcoming a fabulous 10 million guests though our world-famous doors every year, Madame Tussauds gives you the chance to experience the ULTIMATE fame experience. We have over 23 unique locations around the globe, from New York to Singapore, Amsterdam to Sydney - and of course London, where the story began. Throughout our 250+ year history, Madame Tussauds has brought to life thousands of celebs, stars and heroes - in mind-blowingly accurate detail -- giving visitors the opportunity to brush shoulders with their idols and LITERALLY reach for the stars!

About Agnez Mo:

Agnez Mo is a global superstar and the most awarded artist in Indonesia. Aside from her notable collaborations with the likes of T.I., Chris Brown and Timbaland, to name a few, she has amassed an incredible and dedicated following that includes 20 million on Instagram and 18 million on Twitter. Recently, she released her single "Diamonds" featuring French Montana, and earlier this year, she earned an iHeartRadio Music Award, further acknowledging her ever-growing international fanbase.

Merlin Entertainments plc

Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment. Merlin currently has different brands worldwide including Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND Parks and Resorts, Sealife and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Visit http://www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

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Monday, November 04, 2019

Crew Shore Leave Policy - Crew Change in New York, US Ports [Filipino Seafarers/Seaman Crew Replacement Updates]

On October 2, 2019, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office in New York announced a new policy restricting shore leave in the New York/Newark port area to only crew who have completed five contracts. According to CBP NY, this new policy is in response to the increased number of crew who have deserted during shore leave there. 

At this time we do not know how long this policy will remain in force, or the effect it might have on shore leave in other US ports. ECM recently checked with CBP Philadelphia, who advised us that a decision made by CBP NY denying a crew member shore leave would not necessarily mean that CBP Philadelphia would follow suit, should the vessel call at Philadelphia after NY. On the other hand, one of ECM’s clients recently had a crew member detained on board a container vessel and denied medical repatriation by CBP NY. 

The vessel then called at Savannah, GA where the crew member was prevented from off-signing by CBP Savannah, even though he had a medical issue for which a US doctor had recommended repatriation. In that case, CBP Savannah advised the vessel’s agent that the denial was issued because CBP NY had detained the same crew member in New York previously. Ultimately, each CBP office has full discretion to grant or deny shore leave and/or repatriation to a crew member in their jurisdiction, regardless of a US visa.

Tasting Kitchen (TK) Showcases the Year-round Appeal of Niseko

The latest edition of Asia’s leading epicurean lifestyle and travel magazine takes readers on a captivating four-season tour of Japan’s premier ski and leisure resort.


Tasting Kitchen (TK), Asia's leading epicurean lifestyle and travel magazine with distribution across Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau, has partnered with the Niseko Promotion Board to create North to Niseko, a special themed issue that was distributed at the G20 Tourism Ministers' Meeting. The annual global conference of tourism ministers and tourism-related organizations from the G20 countries was held on 25-26 October in Kutchan-cho, Hokkaido, at the Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono.

North to Niseko bursts with the vibrant images and insightful writing that award-winning TK is noted for. The issue highlights every aspect of the region's appeal, from its thriving arts and crafts scene to its burgeoning array of luxury accommodations, from picturesque farms and fishing villages to exceptional food and drink establishments. "Travelers to Niseko," says TK Publisher Mark Hammons, "are most often drawn by the region's famous winter activities, but, as we so delightfully discovered this past August, its outdoor lifestyle and dining destinations hold an equal allure."

TK Director of Photography David Hartung, Senior Writer Mamie Chen, and contributor Andrea Lo traveled to Niseko to explore the region's distinctive flavors and the work of some of its most innovative chefs, including Shinichi Maeda of modern Japanese restaurant An Dining. "Maeda's summer menu," writes Chen, "is a bountiful homage to the produce and seafood that Hokkaido is famous for."

Yuichi Kamimura of Niseko's Michelin-starred Kamimura is another featured chef, whose year-round seasonal menus make the most of the area's plenty. "In the winter," he says, "Niseko is so busy, and I love the energy and atmosphere. In the summer, I enjoy finding and cooking fresh Hokkaido ingredients -- how good is that?"

Of North to Niseko, Hammons remarks, "Food and travel are driving passions for TK's readers, and they are eager for both kinds of adventures. In this issue, we wanted to provide an exciting vicarious experience, and I'd tell our audience that the best approach is simply to read on, get inspired, and plan a Niseko journey of their own."

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Yodi Insigne
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).

He started blogging for three reasons:

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