Beneath its battle-scarred exterior, Berlin oozes with mystery and excitement. More on blending in: How not to look like a turista in Singapore Six cities you should explore on a bike Forking my way through Europe: the Spanish connection How not to look like a turista in Paris Touted as the zeitgeist for the 21st century, the seductive German capital beckons travelers with its atmosphere of change and creativity. In this metropolis, pushing boundaries is the lay of the land. Converting fallen GDR structures into hip hangouts, urbanites use the city’s scar-laden landscape as their canvas for expression and experimentation. It's no surprise that artists and writers from all over the globe flock to this transient hub to make their dreams a reality. Twenty years after the fall of the Wall, Berlin has transformed itself as the world’s political, economic, and cultural nerve center. Europe’s most restless state liberates long-held desires and buried impulses, … [Read more...] about How not to look like a turista in Berlin
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How many of us have encountered these frustrating situations? Scenario 1: You are exhibiting at a travel fair and your customers have spent hours there to decide on destinations and travel packages. But before your customers can confirm their booking, they have to join a snaking queue to pay a deposit because there are a limited number of payment counters on site, and the transaction process is slow. Scenario 2: You have a line of customers queuing at your counter to make payment for their lunch order. The bill for the customer that is currently first in line is $6.70, and you can only accept cash at your food stall. You can’t help but notice that your customer is self-conscious as he fumbles for notes and coins in his wallet to pay you the exact amount, while the hungry diners behind him look on in frustration. Scenario 3: Your staff is at a customer appointment for an aircon maintenance service and the serviceman is waiting outside the customer’s door as the customer has … [Read more...] about How does DBS MAX help businesses address customer service woes?
Multicultural Singapore, home to hundreds of thousands of expats and transients from every corner of the globe, has a way of allowing tourists to blend in almost seamlessly. You could be gawking, jaw on the floor, amid a crowd at the latest Moshe Safdie stunner, for instance, and not feel a twinge of self-consciousness because, well, everyone else is doing it. At the Jewel Changi Airport — a seven-storey, glass-domed enclosure that, almost inconceivably, combines a futuristic mall and airport complex with Jurassic World-type atmosphere of a misty rainforest, complete with a water feature called the Rain Vortex as a centerpiece — everyone is a tourist beholding the city-state’s newest architectural prize. In other words, you can try not to look like a tourist but often there will be little point to it. Instead, to derive more value from your visit, direct your energies at recognizing how residents operate. Other places to check out in Singapore: Mark Justiniani … [Read more...] about How not to look like a turista in Singapore
IT'S NOT A PREGNANCY SUPERFOOD Being pregnant is a good excuse to binge on durians, right? You might have even heard that the King of Fruit is a highly nutritious superfood. There is no scientific proof that durian is a pregnancy superfood, says Dr Goh Shen Li, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in SL Goh Women's Clinic at Mount Alvernia Medical Centre D. IT'S HIGH IN SUGAR AND CARBS Go ahead and enjoy it if you like, but exercise moderation. "That's because durians are high in sugar and carbohydrates - just five medium-sized seeds contain about 160 calories, more than a 330ml can of cola which has 140 calories," Dr Goh shares. That is also why expectant women who have gestational diabetes should stay away from the fruit. IT CAN HELP YOUR UNBORN BABY GAIN WEIGHT, BUT... But being a high-calorie fruit, taking durian can help your unborn baby gain weight if he is small due to poor maternal weight gain - and not due to placental or umbilical cord problems, Dr Goh adds. Check with … [Read more...] about Eating durian during pregnancy: What you should know
All male Singaporean citizens and second-generation permanent residents must serve in the Singapore Armed Forces for at least 24 months. While many gain valuable lessons from their service, such as teamwork, responsibility, and time management, it is true that one receives minimal compensation and experiences limited freedom. However, how does Singapore's obligatory military service actually compare to those of other countries? HIGHEST MONTHLY ALLOWANCE While Singapore's monthly allowance is the highest at face value.Currently, Corporal First Class, the highest rank for enlistees, receives S$670 a month. In comparison, in Korea and Taiwan, equivalent ranks receive S$487 and S$317 respectively. However, when comparing monthly allowance to GDP ratio, it becomes evident that Singapore's salary structure is lower relative to its average income. For example, relative to its GDP, Singapore's ratio stands at 9.56 per cent, which is significantly lower than Korea's 12.99 per cent and Taiwan's … [Read more...] about National service forces: How does Singapore compare to South Korea and Taiwan?