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My MARINA MANDARIN Singapore Experience @MandarinMarina

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MARINA MANDARIN is a five star luxury hotel in Singapore with an impressive view of Marina Bay. It’s an ideal location when watching shows in Esplanade, attending conventions at Suntec, or hearing the roars of the F1 cars during the Singapore Grand Prix Formula One race.

Here’s our Marina Mandarin Singapore experience during the #MigUpSG event in Singapore:

MARINA MANDARIN
6 Raffles Boulevard
Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Telephone: +(65)­ 6845-1000
Reservations: resvn.marina@meritushotels.com
General Enquiries: marina@meritushotels.com
FacebookMarina Mandarin Singapore
Twitter: @MarinaMandarin

Check room availability and Book the lowest rates from Agoda: MARINA MANDARIN

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Secret Hawker Canteen in Changi Airport! (Thanks @ChangiRecommends for the Makan Tip!)

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I was pleasantly surprised to discover this secret Staff Hawker Canteen at the Changi Airport Terminal 2 public area. Thanks to our friend Andrea of Changi Recommends for sharing with us this well-guarded makan tip in Singapore’s famous airport. 🙂

You’ve got to check out this secret hawker canteen on your next trip to the Lion City!

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GARDENS BY THE BAY Singapore: What’s the Best Way to Explore the Gardens? @VisitSingapore

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Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay is an award-winning urban landscaped garden featuring two cooled conservatories and the Super Tree Grove

GARDENS BY THE BAY
18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
FacebookGardens by the Bay 
Telephone: +65 6420 6848
Emailfeedback@gardensbythebay.com.sg
Websitehttp://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

Related Blog Post: GARDENS BY THE BAY: Singapore’s Iconic Super Trees, Cloud Dome, and Sleeping Child Installation Art @VisitSingapore

First timers may feel a bit intimidated to explore this vast garden. So since I’ve been here a number of times, I’d like like to share this guide to the best way to explore Gardens by the Bay…

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ISRAEL: “Thank You, Philippines!” (Why Jews have a Close Friendship with Filipinos)

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The Jewish Rescue

In 1939, President Manuel L. Quezon opened the doors of the Philippines to 1,300 Jews escaping the Holocaust in Europe before the war erupted. This started the close friendship of Jews and Filipinos, which is commemorated through the Open Doors Monument in Tel Aviv.

In 2013, a documentary entitled Rescue in the Philippines shared the untold story of this Jewish rescue in Manila. It was heartwarming to hear the stories of Holocaust survivors who were based in Manila and how Filipinos warmly accepted them like their own family. 

Charity Repaid

In November 2013, Danny Pins, who is the son of a Holocaust Survivor in Manila, Margot Casell Pins, joined the American-Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to be the first ones on the ground in Tacloban and help the Typhoon Haiyan Victims.

He wrote a beautiful story in the Wall Street Journal entitled: “A Christmas Story of Philippine Charity Repaid“. I was crying by the time I finished reading the article. 

In 2014, the Israelis also showed their support for our own kababayan Rose Fostanes to win the reality singing competition X Factor Israel. 

Thank you, Philippines!

This 2015, this close Jewish-Filipino friendship is the inspiration behind the Embassy of Israel’s “Thank You, Philippines!” campaign. It started with the launch of the commemorative Philippine-Israel stamp featuring the Open Doors monument.

On February 26 at 7pm, Rose Fostanes is leading the Thank You, Philippines Jazz Fest at the Music Museum to celebrate the historical friendship between Israel and the Philippines.

This year’s Jazz Festival coincides with the commemoration of the 70th year of the end of World War II, as well as the liberation of Manila. It will highlight the Philippines’ role in the rescue of 1,300 Jewish people from the Holocaust.

Join us as we celebrate this Jewish-Filipino friendship in this Free Thank You concert.

(To reserve tickets to the free concert, please call +632 883-9500 or email events.israelembassy@gmail.com no later than Monday, 23 February 2015.)

Here are some additional information about the “Thank You, Philippines” Banner Program…

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#Travel

SENTOSA SINGAPORE: 2014 Guide to an Awesome Sentosa Experience with DAY FUN PASS!

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(download Sentosa FUN Pass Brochure)

The first time I was planning my Sentosa Trip with the boys in 2013, I had a hard time because I was not familiar with the attractions and their proximity to one another. 

Sentosa is huge and it could be daunting just looking at the map, planning your itinerary and budgeting the trip for the family. 

I was planning to buy the Sentosa Day FUN Pass with a promise of getting access to 20 attractions with a caveat that you have to finish all of them in one day. I wonder if it was even feasible to hop from one attraction to another and enjoy it instead of just ticking them off a list.

After several visits to Sentosa, I would like to share with you how to maximize the BEST of Sentosa attractions with an effective 1-day itinerary at the most efficient cost.

Here’s the 2014 Planning Guide to have the most awesome experience at Sentosa using the Sentosa Day FUN Pass:

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SENTOSA: Asia’s First-Ever DC Comics Super Heroes Cable Car + Spuds & Aprons Experience @Sentosa_Island

READ: SENTOSA2014 Planning Guide to Maximizing the Sentosa DAY FUN PASS! 

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With the use of Augmented Reality, Singapore Cable Car launched Asia’s first-ever DC Comics Super Heroes-inspired cable car experience. Ride with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern to fight against evil and save the day.

Afterwards, you can eat at the new casual dining spot–Spuds & Aprons (which replaced the premium Jewel Box brand)–with a stunning vista of the relaxing greenery, a running cable car line, and an aerial view of the harbour.

DC Super Heroes Cable Car Tickets
Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa Island
Operating Hours: 8.45am – 10pm Daily (Last boarding at 9.30pm)
WebsiteSingapore Cable Car

Here’s our awesome Singapore Cable Car experience with the boys…

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SENTOSA: Inside the Sentosa Merlion’s Lair @Sentosa_Island @MySingapore

READ: SENTOSA2014 Planning Guide to Maximizing the Sentosa DAY FUN PASS!

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Situated just 15 minutes from Singapore’s city centre, SENTOSA is a home to an exciting array of themed attractions, award-winning spa retreats and resort accomodation, alongside lush rainforests, golden sandy beaches and luxury residences. 

We kick off this Awesome Sentosa Adventure series with a visit to the Sentosa Merlion’s Lair in Sentosa…

SENTOSA MERLION
Sentosa Merlion Park, Sentosa Island
Standard Rates: S$12 / Adult, S$9 – Child (3 – 12 years old
Operating Hours: 10am – 8pm daily (last entry 7.30pm)
Websitehttp://merlion.sentosa.com.sg/

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CHANGI RECOMMENDS: Best Mobile Data (S$10/day) & Last Minute Hotel in Singapore!

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I recently got stuck in Singapore with my 3 boys, and that’s where I discovered Changi Recommends, who helped us with our last minute hotel booking

Having data connection is crucial when you travel abroad, especially during times like this. I learned that Changi Recommends offers the best mobile data rate at S$10/day ( ~P350/day) when you travel to Singapore, which is better than local telco data roaming rates.

Check out Changi Recommends on your next trip to Singapore. This also kicks-off the Singapore series in OAP… 

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