Celebrate 2017 in Singapore!

Singapore, a modern city island, is now a popular site for travellers during New Years. With its artsy restaurants, famous clubs and sandy beaches it should be a goal for all on their traveller’s bucket list.

Here are some of the best of Singapore during this festive.

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Wishing Spheres
This Annual tradition is one of Singapore’s New Year Eve’s highlights. Recently reaching national recognition, people from all around the world come to write their wishes and aspiring goals to float in the marina bay. In recent years, numbers as high as 25,000 light up spheres have been used. Once written on, the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown crew anchor the spheres in detailed shapes. This task is no small one, with the total preparation taking up to 10,000 hours.

It’s a privilege to serve the community this way- to be a part of the team that brings so many people together to celebrate and usher in the New Year.

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1919 Water Boathouse
For those looking to get a front row seat of the spectacular wishing spheres and NYE fireworks, the 1919 Water Boathouse is the place. A relaxed restaurant with savoury seafood and hand-selected wines, the building is held in a historic colonial heritage site, known in the past as one of Singapore’s busiest ports. Along with the great food is a rooftop panoramic view of the light show light show.

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Sentosa
A smaller island located south of the city. This little chunk of land holds a big reputation. Each year over 12 million tourist visit and has it own Universal Studios. It also has a 2km beach, 14 hotels and 2 golf courses. During New Years, Sentosa comes alive with music, competitions, and lavish food. Head over to the beach for a 12-hour neon themed party. Or for a louder party come earlier in December for club Zouk’s crazed beach party. One of the biggest in Asia with tens of thousands of people.

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Zouk
Zouk is the French world for party and if anything that is what these people know. Originally established in 1991 it is decorated with awards. Such as Singapore’s Tourism Board’s Best Nightspot Experience which it has won 6 times. It is also ranked 6th best on DJ Mag top100 clubs in a global 2016 poll. Zouk has 3 different themed rooms: its club, with a large dance floor and state of the art sounds and lights; the Velvet Underground, a more relaxed lounge with house and soul music; and lastly, Phuture, an abstract futuristic bar with hip-hop and R&B. It is one of the oldest and most popular clubs and to some Singaporeans, it is seen as a right of passage for the younger crowd.

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Singapore Flyer
Escape the New Year’s Eve craze and head to the Singapore Flyer. This 165 meter Ferris wheel is the largest in Asia. It was the largest in the world until the High Roller in Las Vegas was made with a height of 167.7 meters. The observatory is located in the heart of downtown Marina Bay which allows for a grand viewing of the countdown fireworks and if you’re lucky of a glimpse of Malaysia and Indonesia on the horizon. The Flyer also serves food and champagne.


This photo of CE LA VI Club Lounge is courtesy of TripAdvisor

CÉ LA VI
Another French named club, CÉ LA VI translates to “This Is life”. This dancing heaven demands a more luxurious crowd. It is located 57 levels above the ground at 200 meters. With this view, attendees are at eye level to the stunning display of New Year’s fireworks. Along with the view, CÉ LA VI is known for its award-winning modern Asian Cuisine with culinary artist awaiting your every wish. Under their website, they brag of their “Globe-spanning culinary adventures in a spectacular setting. Cocktails that concoct magical spells – transforming surprising ingredients into unexpected treasures”.

Let us, the locals show you how to have an awesome time in Singapore to open your 2017 with a bang! Talk to us now at askus@ladyredot.com.


josh-may Hello! I’m Josh and I’m a journalism and business student from the U.S. I grew up near Boston but now I’m living in Thailand. In the past I’ve been a ski instructor, waiter, and camp counselor. Now I’ve taken up the pen and want to develop my skills as a writer. I got hooked on traveling last December. I found the microscopic image of my town and realized how much of the earth I hadn’t seen. Since then I’ve had a fire in my belly to see and do as much as I can. My experience here in Thailand has been so great and now I’m eager to share and inspire others to get out, it’s worth it! You can keep in contact with me at LinkedInUpwork or Facebook.

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Free-ish Activities When in Phuket

Many think that tourism has spoiled Phuket and made it a little too ‘commercial’ for what it used to be a laid back little village. Despite the booming tourism in Phuket, there are still somewhat free-ish budget activities to do when you are in Phuket. Come and join me while I share my secrets with you.

Rent a Bike
Only about 100 baht (2 dollars) a day, renting a motorbike can end up being the best part of your trip. If you’ve always driven a car, riding a bike will make the landscape come alive. You’ll notice places you would have otherwise missed. Although be careful, Thai traffic can be hectic. If you’ve never ride one, ask the renter to teach you.

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Beach Hopping
Phuket has over 30 beaches. With crystal blue water and tropical weather, they have been ranked some of the best in the world. There’s the bustling Patong beach with jet skiing, surfing, and parasailing; or if you’re looking for something unique stop at a local restaurant and ask around. If you’re lucky you might end up getting the directions to a secret beach.

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Bang Wad Dam
This reservoir has a refreshing 6k loop. For those tired of beach hopping take a jog around Bang Wad to clear your head. The loop with a scenic opening then goes through the woods. It’s also a popular place for fishing and to hang out with friends at night.

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Promthep Cape
The cape is located at the southernmost point of Phuket, out looking the Andaman Sea. A popular tourist’s attraction, at the top of the Promthep viewpoint you can get an 180° scene of the adjacent island and sea. Go there during a sunset for a humbling picturesque experience.

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Big Buddha
There’s ‘big’ in the name but it’s hard to fully grasp the size of this Buddha statue unless you see it in person. At 45 meters tall and sitting on a hill, this site can be seen from all around the island. The view outlooks Chalong Bay, Phang Nga Bay, Kata Bay, Kata Noi Bay and others. It is a larger than life representation of the Buddhist values of moral happiness and peace on earth.

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Chalong Temple
The most visited temple on the island, Chalong Temple is like walking into an ancient museum. It has many smaller temple nearby all decorated with vibrant colours. Tourists are allowed inside but you must respect their traditions: people should wear clothing that covers their shoulders and pants. In each room, there are paintings and monk statues. At the top of the temple, you can get a view of each of the smaller temples in the area.

Walk Around Phuket Town
Most known for its artsy coffee shops and bars, Phuket Town also has some really historic sites. Dating back to the 19th century, the architecture is a site to see. This area is also a hotspot for some live music and local festivals.

Potong Clubs – People Watching
For all the nightlife people, Bangla road is the place for you. Clubs and bars have free entree but drinks are quite expensive. So don’t go into a bar but you can walk along as if you’re on a mission. After every five steps, a promoter or stripper will try to suck you into their bar so walk fast. And with the beach so close after a night of dancing, you can head towards for a swim in the sea.


josh-may Hello! I’m Josh and I’m a journalism and business student from the U.S. I grew up near Boston but now I’m living in Thailand. In the past I’ve been a ski instructor, waiter, and camp counselor. Now I’ve taken up the pen and want to develop my skills as a writer. I got hooked on traveling last December. I found the microscopic image of my town and realized how much of the earth I hadn’t seen. Since then I’ve had a fire in my belly to see and do as much as I can. My experience here in Thailand has been so great and now I’m eager to share and inspire others to get out, it’s worth it! You can keep in contact with me at LinkedInUpwork or Facebook.

Why I love China so much

If you have been a long time reader of mine and been religiously following my articles around the blogosphere, you’ll notice that I treat China like my third home. First home shall always be where I can from – Singapore. Second home is where I am residing now – Malaysia. Read on and I’ll tell you why China fascinate me so much.

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People

Many have the wrong perception of the Chinese folks in China due to news reporting some Chinese kid vandalizing historical monument or the loud brash ways that the Chinese scream at each other when they are actually talking or Chinese defecating on the streets in broad daylight. It’s all true but those people are not even representing 1% of the whole China population! They are actually really nice and helpful. Slow to warm but full of culture, these folks really deserve you to take notice of them because you can learn so much from their cultures.

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Culture
Talking about cultures. Their history goes way back to centuries. As much as you love your kings, queens, princes and princesses, the China has a colorful history of Emperors and his accompanied royalties including eunuchs and concubines. Think China, you’ll think of Great Wall of China but the country is way more than that. There are the Terracottas in Xi’an, the Forbidden City in Beijing, the 3 Confucius Sites in Nanjing, Mogao caves in Gansu and I can go on and on and on..

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Places of Interest
Even you are not interested in history and prefer something newer, there are plenty to feast your eyes upon. From Shanghai’s The Bund, Hangzhou’s Westlake, Suzhou’s Gardens, Harbin’s Ice Sculptures, Chengdu’s Panda Camp and much more!

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Oh.. Food
One of my favorite topics is food. I come from a multiracial country where food is experimented with different kinds of spices to excite your tongue, bursting with different flavors. So trust me when I say China has really good food. I’m in love with their hotpot in the winter, Sichuan Sour Hot Noodles in the spring,  Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumpling) in the summer and Xiao Long Xia (Small Crayfish) in the autumn. Each province has their specialty, if you are there, be sure to ask a local on their specialty or ask us!

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Nightlife
Only in the bigger Tier 1 cities like Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, they don’t lose to their Asian counterparts when it comes to their clubbing scene. You may think that the Chinese are a shy conservative bunch, wait til you immerse in their nightlife! From hot popular clubs like Vics in Beijing to members only exclusives cigar bars, to gay-friendly bars like Heaven in Shanghai, you will have your choice to pick and rotate every single night.

So tell me with such fascinating booming country with so much to offer, why not scoot off to China for a week?

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Only the Hottest Clubs in Taipei

The Chinese in Taiwan really know how to dance and head bob their way around lonesome nights. Of all the clubbing places I have been in different Asia countries, I find that Taipei has one of the most happening clubs around. Of course, their competition is pretty fierce among the clubs, each of them with their own unique selling points from bringing big international acts, to having young and pretty mei meis (妹妹) erm hemm, female wait staff to competitive drink prices are enough to knock those which are not on par down the drain in a few months time.

Here are some of the hottest clubs in Taipei, not all of them I have to patronize but word of mouth do go round pretty fast and yes, they are that good to reach my ears in Kuala Lumpur!

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Elektro

They bring in some of the coolest international DJ around but most importantly, the locals says if you ever want to experience nightlife in Taipei, Elektro is the place to be. Situated on the 6th floor of Taipei’s clubbing mecca ATT4Fun in the bustling Xinyi district, Elektro pulls no punches when it comes to music. You will find sweet young early twenties deck in their mini dresses jiggling to the tunes. You probably have no chance to grab a seat as the place gets crowded even before 11pm.

Club Myst

One of the longest standing clubs to my knowledge, this club is definitely a competitor that gives Elektro a run for its money. Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest and you might expect to have to line up for a while outside if you arrive after midnight so try to get it early. Very spacious dance floor, probably one of the biggest on Taipei. They have an outdoor deck for you to go out and get away from the thumping music if it gets too much for you, and from there you can see the view of Taipei 101. The music choice is similar to that of Elektro’s but I think there are more hip-hop and R&B mixes whereas Elektro is most of the time solely EDM.

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OMNI Nightclub

A pretty newcomer to the scene in comparison to the two big brothers above. Here is where you get 70% foreigners and the rest are Taiwan mei meis probably trying to hook one up as their boyfriends. Surprisingly courteous staffs for a club and the prices were pretty reasonable. As for the music, it was good. A lot of EDM and hardcore music.

Halo

Another great club is Halo, located at Taipei’s clubbing mecca ATT4Fun. Everyone who has been there, came back to tell me they have an awesome experience there. The crowd was mostly foreign. Music is mostly American pop ranging from hip hop to Taylor swift. So your nightly ritual dance in the shower while belting out “Shake It Off” will come into good use now. The best thing about Halo is definitely their outdoor area. There are some seats and plenty of room for you to enjoy the spectacular view of Taipei 101. This is one club I can’t wait to go and sweat it out one day!

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Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

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