Singapore Changi Airport Opens its 4th Terminal

One of the many things that I’m proud of being a Singaporean, is our World Class Award Winning – Changi Airport. I have the chance to visit the new Terminal 4 in August 2017. It is going to open on 31 October 2017 officially for operation.

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The new terminal is 225,000m2, which is the size of 27 football fields. It is half the physical size of Terminal 3 but able to handle 16 million passengers a year – about 70 per cent of Terminal 3’s handling capacity.

As Singapore is progressing into Smart Nation, most of the check in processes are going to be automated and self-help; leveraging on the use of technologies and digital innovation.

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After check in, I came into an area where there is an Immerse Wall showing a pane of high definition video of introducing some of Asia Countries with its unique representatives. I believe it does helps me to relax when there is a long queue for bags and body scan.

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In the Departure Hall, other than the usual duty free shops and restaurants, you feel very different from other terminals. Changi Airport Group has immerse Art and Peranakan Heritage culture as one of the focus architecture design in the new terminal. There is a Love Story Play that compose by Singapore own song-writer Dick Lee where you can sit back and enjoy while waiting to take off.

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As you continue to explore around, you get to see some artistic figures like The Travelling Family, an aluminium sculpture by Swiss artist, Kurt Lawrence Metzler and Petalclouds, a grand-scale kinetic sculpture. Quite a usual sight in an airport.

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The first airline that be taking off in Terminal 4 is Cathay Pacific. Others joining are Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, AirAsia, Cebu Pacific and Spring Airlines. Hence, the next flight, see you at Changi Airport Terminal 4.

I have quite an enjoyable open house, learning so much about the new terminal. Before I missed out, do watch out for the cleaning auto-bots. They are pretty awesome and adorable. Be sure to spend some time exploring the new terminal!

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IreneHi, I’m Irene. Born as a Sagittarius and living in the South of Singapore, I have been working in the Information Technology as a Business Product Manager for 8 years. Enjoying my scope that allows the challenge of learning new things every day as my role demands frequent business travels all over the globe. I have an adventurous bold soul that nothing can tie me down. When I am not sweating it out, I can be found chilling at a corner of any café, bury my head in a Sales Strategy or a Poem book, whatever my mood takes me. Besides being a yoga and gym enthusiast, my passion for travelling and planning travel itineraries show through friends who encourage me to share my travel experiences with others. Reach out to me @ irene@ladyredot.com for amazing impromptu ideas for your next trip abroad!

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10 Unique Things To Do In Singapore That Some Singaporeans Might Never Have Been To

Singapore is a country rich in culture and traditions. There are many touristic sights that are informative and hold a healthy recount of the history of the Singaporean people.

These sites have been preserved over the years to keep the history alive.

The 10 things include:

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  1. NUS Baba House

This magnificently restored Peranakan family residence which is managed by the University of Singapore. This abode is a historical depiction of Peranakan era with an intricate architectural plan of the habitat and antic carvings. To visit, you need to book online and only 15 people are allowed at a time. The tour is free.

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  1. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

The museum has two floors. The first floor has the general innate record of the world, whereas the second floor focuses in particular on the rich history of Singapore. The exhibits on the first floor are set in a way to communicate the account of how natural world around us developed.
The second floor has exhibits and stories about pre-colonial and post-colonial history of Singapore’s loaded biodiversity.

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3. The Intan

The Intan is a private residential repository, which brings out the loaded society of the Peranakan account. The tour guides are cooperative and well-informed and will lead you through the entire museum, explaining the Peranakan lifestyle and antiques put on show.

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  1. The Helix Bridge

The helix bridge is an architectural work of genius found by the marina bay. A great location for having family snapshot sessions because of the spectacular view it offers. The lights at night are a spectacle and phenomenal to experience.

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  1. Reflections at Bukit Chandu

Reflections at Bukit Chandu, a museum depicting Japanese war in Singapore. Put on show are the arms and military gear that the Japanese army used. Admittance to this museum is free.

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  1. Coney Island Park

Coney Island offers flora and fauna and for those that have an admiration for natural world will be precisely at place. The Park offers bird surveillance opportunities, picnic sites, sporting ventures and serene snapshot spots. If you are only out to enjoy nature in its rawness, park benches are available at various scenic points for your convenience.

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  1. The Southern Ridges

The Southern Ridges present a beautiful nature-walk spot within a city. It is a 9 km stretch with several exists should you opt not to cover the complete stretch. The view of nature from above is refreshing. The vegetation is inviting and the bird calls are calming. If you love nature, this is a fantastic place for you.

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  1. Chinese and Japanese Gardens

The Chinese and Japanese gardens are a stunning and serene place. You get to spot striking pagoda and Chinese and Japanese conventional buildings. You will also find a Turtle museum, a lake full of turtles that children will enjoy. The repository is called Bonsai museum which showcases small Japanese trees.

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  1. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

This Wetland Reserve is quiet and calm. It’s an excellent place to stopover if you love nature. The migration time is from Sept to Mar, which will give you an immense experience.

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10. Haw Par Villa

The gardens are devoted to two brothers who produced Tiger Balm, and the grounds were designed to recount of the story of the Chinese Gods. There are thousands of Chinese fashion figurines and ancient scene sculptures to be seen here. Entry into Har Par villa is free.
Singaporean tourist attraction sites are numerous and diverse. Every one gets to experience something that they truly enjoy. The sites are family friendly and informative. Prehistoric sites have been kept in impeccable state to facilitate the passing on of the rich culture like the NUC Baba House. Nature walk sites and reserves are also available for the great outdoor, some of which are easily accessible from the city.

Your visit to Singapore will be rich and packed with tours to undertake. You can contact us @ askus@ladyredot.com for more information.


KallyKally 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.

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

The Changi Airport – Why it is the Best Airport in the World?

Changi airport, Singapore, the world’s seventh busiest airport as we speak, is an award winning airport because it has the most excellent facilities which will make your transit one of its kind. Year after year, Changi airport receive awards for its world-class and efficient services and facilities.

Why Changi Airport Wins Award For Being The Best Airport Year After Year

Year after year Changi airport has been named the best airport because of the following reasons:

  • It serves more than 100 international airlines
  • More than 6,200 flights either land or depart per week
  • All its terminals – T1, T2, T3 and now T4 are fitted with essential traveler’s amenities that will make your travel easy and comfortable.
  • More than 550 internet and WI-FI access points.
  • A two hour Singapore city tour for passengers with more than 5 hours to the next flight

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Food In The Airport

At the Changi airport, there are some cafes and restaurants e.g. “Ah Kun” which serves international cuisines as well as local delicacies at affordable prices. One of the favourite local dishes for breakfast is Kaya Toast (a type of bread) and coffee. Another very typical local dish is rice noodles which are served with a coconut milk soup known as “Laska.”

Service In The Airport

At the Changi airport, you can get the best hotel services at the Singapore Airport Transit hotel. At all the terminal points, you can get excellent services such as relaxation facilities as well as hotel rooms.

To enjoy the hotel’s services, ensure that you have booked your room at least four weeks before your arrival at Changi airport.

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Facilities In The Airport

Some of the great amenities that you will find at Changi airport include the following:

Beautiful Indoor Garden
Changi airport stands out from the pack due to its green spaces that lead You through beautiful indoor gardens. The gardens are themed differently in each terminal. For example, T3 has the exotic and rare species of trees and butterflies while T2 has a sunflower garden with little pathways for you to wander around.

Swimming Pool
They have rooftop swimming pools with Jacuzzi from where you can watch the planes take off as you enjoy yourself.

Slide
At T3, you can enjoy the world’s tallest (12 M high) slide which rotates 6 M per second.

Self-service Kiosks
At T4, get yourself served at the biometric technology enabled kiosks.

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Wireless Connection In The Airport

Once you get at Changi airport, if you have a personal laptop or smart phone and you would like to use the internet services, you can access the free wireless internet all the minutes you will be at the airport at all its internet terminals. You will only need to register your device and access the unlimited internet.

Entertainment In The Airport

Next to the restaurants at the Changi airport, there are movie screening and TV programmes shows with comfy leather seats. You can purchase your cup of coffee or cold beer from the restaurant and then go to the entrainment section and take a seat in your desired position sit back and enjoy your movie or free to air TV programme of your choice.

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The New Terminal 4

The newly opened terminal 4 at the Changi airport is one of its kind. As soon as you check in at this terminal, all the services are automated for self-service thanks to the human-less technology. At various stations, there are face recognition points. At this terminal, you will only be served by someone at the security screening points. This is Singapore’s first terminal with multiple biometric stations.

The terminal has four major sections i.e. departure, arrivals, transit and boarding area. As you walk into the departure area, you will be welcomed with an empty space without any columns and a high ceiling that is fitted with skylights that are petal-shaped which allows natural light to come in. The arrival area, on the other hand, has a green theme with 16,000 plants on the facet of the exterior wall.

The terminal has more than eighty retails shops where you can eat any international cuisine or buy whatever global brand you would like.

Changi Airport is a tourist spot itself, deserves to spend a little more time before you board your plane back home.


Kally
Hi, I’m Kally. A Singaporean who has been relocated twice, first to Shanghai, now based in Kuala Lumpur. I have always been the avid traveller since young. I had my passport made even before I went to primary school! I travel extensively during my free time, either on tour groups or backpacking around Europe and all within the recent years. I am exposed to many different cultures and places, which allow me, to have the ability to look at many things and situation from various angles. Having gained 20 years of corporate world, I decided it is time for me to hang up my briefcase and heels to indulge my passion: Writing and Traveling. The two passions that give me pure enjoyment and liberation. As much as I enjoy traveling and writing, I strive on assisting people in making their lives easier. This is evidently shown in MiddleMe.net where I am the founder and editor. Allow me @ kally@ladyredot.com to help you to pen down your next trip abroad!

Romantic Activities In Little Red Dot

They say that keeping a relationship requires effort from the individuals involved and for some odd reason, people always seem to equate the word effort to the dreaded word “expensive”. Especially in a romantic relationship, exerting effort to show your partner how much you care does not necessarily mean that you have to spend all your life savings on one activity.

You are not required to take your other half on an expensive trip together or lavish him/her with pricey gifts. Sometimes, doing something as simple as watching the sunset together is enough to keep that romantic fire burning for the both of you.

On the other hand, money should not even be an issue if your goal is to honour your relationship by doing stuff together. So here are a few romantic activities that you and your partner can take advantage of in Singapore:

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On top of my list is, you guessed it right – watching the sunset together! I firmly believe that therein lies in each one us that alone, but an intense and profound connection to nature. Despite Singapore being a seemingly very busy city with people who look like they could never fit in a minute or two for trivial activities such as watching the sunset, there are a number of perfect spots for couples to go to, to spend a quiet time together marvelling at the setting sun. What better way to forget the frenzied hurly-burly of the city life and get all romantic with your partner without having to spend a dollar, eh?

One favourite spot for family and couples is the Henderson Waves – a place perched on an elevated height (perfect for sunset watching) and with a bridge that, like magic, lights up beautifully when dusk falls. Just writing about this wonderful place and thinking of spending an afternoon with my beau there is already getting me teary-eyed and making me feel all giddy and romantic.

There are other perfect places for sunset watching too, like the Ulu Pandan Reservoir where the sun kisses the massive water body before it rests for the night, spreading hues of yellow and orange and all other dreamy colours that sunset brings with it. There is also the famous Pulau Ubin Island – not only is it a favourite place for cycling, but it also becomes a paradise when the sun starts to dip.

There are a lot more fascinating places in Singapore you and your partner can visit where you both can spend a romantic afternoon watching the setting sun in all its majesty.

Another thing that couples can do together to spice up their relationship is to spend a quiet afternoon talking about just anything, and everything under the sun over a good cup of coffee in any of the small, comfortable and warm coffee shops tucked in the city’s less crowded corners.

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For one, there is the Whisk Café in 58 Seng Poh Road, a minimalistic café all washed in white – white walls, white pillars, white stools, everything in refreshing white. If you are looking for an old-school ambience coupled with delicious tasting desserts, the Carpenter & Cook will give you exactly what you are looking for. Their shop sports old benches and authentic cutlery that make for a lovely ambience.

A quiet afternoon spent inside these cosy cafés with your significant other will give you time to catch up amidst your busy work schedules and will provide you with the perfect venue to talk about things that concern your relationship.

I could go on and on, talking about the many romantic activities that couples can do together, but, at the end of the day, any activity can be romantic as long as both you and your partner decide to put your heart and mind into it. The main point I guess is being able to spend quality time with your significant other however way you want to spend it.

Over at LadyRedot, we can plan a romantic getaway, the special proposal even a celebration of your anniversary holiday. Just askus@ladyredot.com.


mish

Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Taiwan

Chinese New Year, one of the most important celebrations to Chinese all around the world. Whether you are in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore even in the States, you will probably be participating in some of the festive celebrations in your community.

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Background

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the first day of the Lunar Calendar but has no specific date on the Gregorian calendar. It falls anytime between late January and early February. In 2017, it falls on the 28th of January.

Aside from being the most important holiday in Taiwan, it also is the longest, being celebrated for 15 days. The official holiday, however, only lasts for a day or two dependable on different years.

Traditions

Prayers to the Ancestors
The festival is time for the Chinese people to honour their deities, so they go to temples and pray. They also offer sacrifices to their ancestors.

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Cleaning
Days before the New Year, the locals make sure to meticulously clean their homes to welcome good luck and get rid of evil spirits. The home cleaning should not be done on New Year’s Day, however, as doing so may deflect good luck and fortune.

Red
The colour red, which symbolises joy and fortune in the Chinese tradition, is widely used during the Chinese New Year. Locals decorate their houses with red posters with Chinese sayings written on them, put up red lanterns and wear red clothing.

Flowers and Oranges
In Taiwan, plum blossom and water narcissus are also used as decorations. Plum blossom symbolises courage and hope while water narcissus symbolises good luck. Oranges symbolise luck and fortune.

Loud Firecrackers
Setting off of loud firecrackers is also done, which is believed to ward off bad luck or ill fortune. The louder the firecracker, the more auspicious it gets.

Visits to Family and Friends
The Chinese New Year happens during the winter season and is the perfect time for the locals to enjoy their break and visit their family and friends. They enjoy good food with the company of each other and even go to tourist spots during this time.

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Red envelopes
Young children receive cash in red envelopes, called Ang Bao given to them by married adults. The adults, however, do not receive anything in return, as it’s not customary to give gifts to them unless the gift comes from their employer. It will be a denomination of even numbers like $2, $6, $8 and $10. The number 4 is deem unlucky by the Chinese.

Celebrations

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Bombarding Master Han Dan
This special ceremony is held in Taitung. A man is chosen to be “Master Han Dan”, the god of wealth. He wears a pair of red pants and holds a bamboo fan to shield his face. Four followers carry him on a sedan chair. The people will then throw firecrackers at him for abundance.

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Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival
Held on the same day as the Lantern Festival, the people visit Yanshui Wu Temple for worship. Fireworks will be set off on the ground level, rather towards the sky, like thousands of mini rockets launching towards you. It is considered lucky to be hit by one of the rockets. No doubt, it is absolutely dangerous and one must be well prepared to be suited up in a safety suit and helmet.

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Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
Held in Pingxi of New Taipei City, the lantern festival concludes the 15-day New Year celebration. The Kongming Lanterns were originally used to pass military secret messages, but are now used for festivals and celebrations. The lanterns are handcrafted using oiled rice paper and bamboo frame. The small candle inside it is then lit, and the heat it creates lifts the lantern up the sky. Most people write their wishes on the lanterns to send them to the gods above, hoping their wishes will be granted. It is truly a sight to behold.

 

If you like to experience the true local festivals, drop us an enquiry at askus@ladyredot.com for a chat on how we can help to create unforgettable memories for you.


mish

Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

 

 

Movies to Inspire Your Next Holiday

I get stuck in the rut on where and when to plan for my next big travel adventure so one tip, I usually turn to movies to give me great ideas and of course, who wouldn’t be tempted by the beautiful sceneries shot on the wide screen.

Toyko, Japan

Lost in Translation
The romantic quirky film surrounded by neon blinding light of fascinating Tokyo, combined with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, what’s there not to love?

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Tokyo Drift
Fast cars, pretty young girls, great action with a simple story plot that is easy to follow. Story follows a teenager becomes a major competitor in the world of drift racing after moving in with his father in Tokyo to avoid a jail sentence in America. As the cars speed by, you get the enchanting Tokyo in action.

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New York, America

Annie
The bubbly girl can sing! With a star performance by veteran actors like Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx (I didn’t know he can sing too!), it brings a refreshing take to the old but classic play and a new insight to New York.

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London, England

The Da Vinci Code
The modern day Indiana Jones, solving the world’s puzzle while avoiding capture by the bad and the good guys, and showcasing London’s finest at the same time.

Vienna, Austria

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
One thing I love about Mission Impossible and James Bond are the introduction of gorgeous cities all over the world. I just love how Vienna is shot beautifully over the action pack scene especially in front of the Vienna State Opera House.

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Morocco

A Hologram for the King
Although the story is based on Saudi Arabia, the background of the movie is filmed in Morocco, presenting some of the beautiful and breath-taking desert sights.

Italy

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Another action packed film but with a unique and interesting storyline, one that took me by pleasant surprise as the film spans over the romantic views of what Italy has to offer.

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Singapore

Hitman: Agent 47
This movie got all the people living in the tiny country excited because it mainly based its movie in Singapore.

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If these movies can’t set your heart pumping for the next travel, come and have a chat with us. We can bring you a different experience through our intricate and dedicated planning.


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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

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

Why Singapore is Perfect Location for a Pokémon Go Hunter

There is no denying the craze is everywhere even in the little red dot city called Singapore. I am still on the fence as to whether join the craze or be one of the late believers (I know eventually I will give up fighting against my curiosity and join the fans, meanwhile let me enjoy what little ‘me’ time I have left for myself before the craze take control of my life completely and utterly…).

As I found out from my friends who couldn’t stop gushing about the cute little monsters they have caught, I asked them what benefits could they have catching the Pokémons in Singapore versus those residing overseas. If you are a fanatic fan of this AR game, you might want to start packing your bags for Singapore…

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It’s a Small World Afterall 
Singapore is sooooooo tiny. You’ll be able to catch all the monsters within a total land area of 719.1 km (277.6 sq mi). Yes, we are a tiny country. So imagine all the monsters within the tiny area, makes it easier to collect them all, doesn’t it?

Really Short Distance
The mainland of Singapore measures 50 kilometres (31 mi) from east to west and 27 kilometres (17 mi) from north to south with 193 kilometres (120 mi) of coastline. So without traffic jams, on a normal day, you probably can drive from east to west in about an hour or so. That’s driving from one end of the country to other!

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Accessibility 
Singapore has subway (MRT) covering in most of the major districts that you will want to go. In case of places that are not within coverage, we will have buses. So you really do not have to do much walking in order to capture some exotic monster in an exotic area.

Humility 
Yes, our heat can kill! Walking under the sweltering heat can make you sweat a bucket hence be prepared to bring along a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated. But it definitely beats searching for that Pikachu in the winter, end of the night with the fierce wind howling and you wishing you are right in front of the fireplace, snuggling up to a cup of hot chocolate…

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Food Everywhere
Unlike some of the hunter friends who lamented that they sometimes had to pack their lunches (and dinner, shocking!) when they go on a full day hunt, Singapore has food and toilets everywhere. There is a reason why it is labelled as Food Paradise by tourists.

Safety
Yes, we found a dead body by a Pokémon Hunter too… But Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world so you can be venturing out at 3am, hunting for your favourite monster, the chances are higher that you will catch what you wish for (either a cold or a monster) than to be rob at knife point. This is a country where kidnapping and drug offences may carry death penalty and a country too, well know for canning if you are caught vandalising.

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Tempted to catch the next flight to Singapore? Let us help you find the cheapest flight and give you insider’s Pokémon tips, just by reaching out to us at askus@ladyredot.com!


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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

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com