AS Langkawi reopens its doors to local visitors from today, hotels and airlines are cashing in on the buzz by slashing their prices. The travel bubble has seen a surge in demand for flight tickets and hotel rooms. Kedah/Perlis Malaysian Association of Hotels chairman Eugene Dass said value-added packages providing late checkout or complimentary breakfast were being offered to attract guests. “Hotels are receiving an increase in reservations by 40% to 45% the past week, mostly from those travelling from Kuala Lumpur,” he said. Eugene reminded that holidaymakers travelling by land must show proof of documents such as tour package receipts to the police when applying for travel permits and when requested by enforcement agencies’ personnel. “Those flying there do not have to apply for permits from the police,” he saId. Tourism Malaysia northern region acting director M. Yoganthiran said the tourism sector in Langkawi was set to bloom after a long wait to reopen. “Langkawi is ... » Learn More about Langkawi, here we come!
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Covid-19 is truly the bane of our lives — our favourite National Steps Challenge Season 6 is cancelled. Since the National Steps Challenge won’t make a comeback this year, the Health Promotion Board has come up Live Healthy and Lumihealth, two fitness programmes to help Singaporeans tackle our WFH weight gain . Let’s dive in to see if we can score a free Fitbit or HPB vouchers this time round. HPB’s “free” Fitbit programme: Live Healthy SG The HPB has collaborated with Fitbit to come up with Live Healthy SG , which is sort of like the National Steps Challenge but with a Fitbit instead of a no-brand steps tracker. Participants will need to commit to one year of Fitbit Premium in order to get a free Fitbit. When paired with a Fitbit, Fitbit Premium acts like a sort of personal trainer on your wrist. You get access to personalised health/fitness insights and fitness programmes customised to you. Supposedly, these let you achieve better outcomes in the ... » Learn More about HPB x Fitbit’s Live Healthy SG: Is it worth signing up for a ‘free’ Fitbit?
CROWNING MOMENT President Duterte formally installs Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa as the 21st chief of the Philippine National Police on Friday. De la Rosa replaced Director General Ricardo Marquez, who retired from the service on Tuesday. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS DIVISION The new Philippine National Police chief yesterday gave police coddlers of drug lords two days to surrender or face the consequences of defying President Duterte’s merciless fight against illegal drugs. “Surrender in 48 hours or die,” Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa said in a speech during ceremonies for his assumption of office as the new PNP chief. President Duterte led the ceremonies, ordering corrupt policemen in a speech to resign, vowing “zero tolerance” for rogue law enforcers, and promising “to die” for those who do their duty honestly. “I will not run this country with a corrupt police,” Mr. Duterte said. Government officials, lawmakers and diplomats attended the event, ... » Learn More about ‘Surrender in 48 hrs or die’
Since workplace gatherings are not allowed now under the latest Covid-19 restrictions, we yearn for the good ol' days where we would go out after work for dinner, drinks and maybe karaoke. For those working in showbiz though — namely actors and actresses — it doesn't seem like people are all that sociable, according to Star Search 2019 winner Zhang Zetong. On the latest episode of the meWATCH talk show Hear U Out, the 28-year-old Malaysian actor spoke to host Quan Yi Fong and hesitated for a bit when asked if he has any friends in the industry. He answered in the affirmative, but Yi Fong wanted to know why he hesitated. "I never used to give much thought to the concept of friends. I thought of everyone as friends. After joining showbiz, I realised that's not the case. There's a distinction between friends and colleagues. Colleagues may have fun filming every day but we're not close like friends," he explained. Yi Fong shared that it must have been a culture shock because ... » Learn More about Zhang Zetong not used to how local actors simply leave without socialising after filming
Imagine this: You've had a great meal. You pay for it contactlessly, through your smart watch. You've paid on credit, and when the bill arrives and you make payment, it's done with a few quick taps on your smartphone, without a single sheet of paper needing to be printed. That's what the future looks like — for now at least — with Singapore's new digital banks in the picture. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has awarded four licenses so far, and more may follow in future. Hold on, you might be asking. That doesn't seem too different from what we have now, in 2020. So what's the big deal with digital banks, and what benefits might they bring, and what risks should we watch out for? We try to answer these questions. What is a digital bank? Existing banks in Singapore do already have comprehensive digital services, and many of its younger (or more tech-savvy) customers already do most of their banking online. But one of the requirements for these ... » Learn More about Fully-digital banks will launch in S’pore soon. Here are their potential risks & benefits.
Hand hygiene just got a lot more luxe. Within a week, local leather gifting brand Bynd Artisan went from crafting customised notebooks to European leather hand sanitiser holders. It was to keep its team of 12 craftsmen, half of whom are aged above 50, active and purposeful, says co-founder Winnie Chan. The bookbinding boss, who is in her late 40s, landed on the idea after buying hand sanitisers in bulk to distribute to her staff. Its senior craftsman later designed the mould for the hand sanitiser holders. That was before circuit breaker measures were first announced on April 3, mandating that Bynd Arti-san's five ateliers close on April 7. In three days, the team scrambled to pull together take-home kits for the craftsmen. Inside were punching tools, cutting boards, leather pieces and the holder mould to trace and cut out. On April 8, the team got on a Zoom conference call for a refresher on how to make the leather holders. Among them was its oldest craftsman, a ... » Learn More about From leather gift products to hand sanitiser holders: Allowing craftsmen to stay active and purposeful
Haven’t you heard? The National Steps Challenge Season 6 is about to begin, on Oct 1, 2021! This will run through March 31, 2022. Now heartland uncles and aunties will have something to do in between episodes of Vincenzo! If you have no clue what this whole “HPB step challenge” thingy is, but are intrigued by rumours of a free wearable steps tracker and shopping vouchers just for walking around , you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to tell you all about the HPB Steps Challenge, what free stuff you can get, and how to sign your lazy ass up. This article is NOT sponsored by the Health Promotion Board. Don’t anyhow say me. I’m just very committed to getting freebies from the government. Tell me all about National Steps Challenge Season 6! In case you’ve been living under a rock this whole time, the Health Promotion Board’s National Steps Challenge is one of the easiest and fastest ways to earn government-sponsored freebies. It’s free for all members of ... » Learn More about National Steps Challenge Season 6 – guide to registration, steps tracker collection & rewards
Global trade incentives being developed as ASEAN trade reaches far beyond its borders Economic ministerial-level consultation meetings between ASEAN and its partners – the US, Hong Kong, India, the European Union, and Russia – have been held via video conference in the framework of the 53rd ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting this week. In this article, we detail the new trade progress made between ASEAN and its major trading allies. ASEAN-US ASEAN members received a large amount of anti-pandemic assistance from the United States such as for COVID-19 vaccines. Ventilators, and personal protective equipment. The US was the second-largest trade partner for ASEAN with a total trade of US$309 billion in 2020, an increase of 4.6 percent from the previous year. Further, the meeting also highlighted the ongoing progress in implementing several important initiatives such as the ASEAN-US Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) and the US-ASEAN Expanded Economic Engagement (E3) ... » Learn More about ASEAN Trade Partners Meeting: Developments with the US, EU, Hong Kong, India and Russia
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg The Singapore Police Force has come out to throw in their support for the Gurkha who will be taking part in the Pocari Sweat Singapore 2.4km Run on Oct. 9 and 10, 2021. In a Facebook post on Sep. 16, the SPF said it supports officers like Subas Gurung, who is one of the fittest personnel in the Gurkha contingent here. He is one of the many officers "who train hard every day to keep operationally fit, in order to safeguard Singapore and her residents", the SPF wrote. The SPF also set the record straight by revealing that Subas last recorded a 6 minutes 58 seconds timing for his 2.4km run during his IPPT in July 2021, after doing 59 push ups and 60 sit ups, finishing with a perfect score. It was previously reported that Subas did 60 push ups and 60 sit ups before pulling off his sub-7-minute run. The SPF also emphasised in the post that Subas signed up for the run on his own accord, and he ... » Learn More about S’pore Police Force proud of Gurkha taking part in Pocari Sweat 2.4km run
Chinese netizens have slammed popular South Korean reality game show Running Man for placing the Chinese and Taiwanese flags side by side in a Monopoly-inspired board game, as the move suggested that the two are on equal footing. The words Beijing and Taipei were shown alongside the flags respectively. Many netizens were angered as the show, which has a global viewership of more than 2 million, supposedly advocated Taiwanese independence. They vowed to show their displeasure by boycotting it. China considers the self-ruled island to be a wayward province that has to be brought back to the fold of the mainland, and has not ruled out the use of force to do so. However, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said Beijing needs to accept that Taiwan is "an independent country already" . Calls for boycott as netizens accused the show of supporting Taiwan's independence Netizens took to Weibo with screenshots of the offending board game as soon as the particular scene was ... » Learn More about Chinese netizens vow to boycott South Korea’s Running Man for suggesting Taiwan’s independence