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Another Week, Another Awesome Addition Planned for Singapore's Airport

Where: Singapore
August 1, 2014 at 12:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s only been like a week since talked about the awesomeness that is Singapore’s Changi Airport, and now just days later there’s already new plans to introduce some even better additions.

Up next for the airport is some kind of billion dollar shopping dome, so that you can spend that extra foreign currency—or just swipe the credit card—before you head out of town. The whole thing is known as Project Jewel, and included in the construction will be five-stories of fancy pants shops as well as an indoor garden. The icing on the cake is the circular waterfall that will cascade down right in the middle of the whole building.

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Singapore's Airport Debuts a Food Court Stocked with Local Flavor

Where: Singapore
July 25, 2014 at 8:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

We can hardly keep up with how great things are over at Changi Airport, but yet again we’re ready to share some news about what fun stuff they’re adding to the terminals and concourses.

This week the airport is adding a little bit of the local foodie scene, as they’re taking a creative spin on the airport food court. The new options are all included within what they’re calling "Singapore Food Street," as they’re introducing 13 local hawker stalls right into the airport.

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Street Food Friday: Kueh, the Sweet Treats of Singapore

Where: Singapore
July 18, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties from around the world.

Last week we brought you the traditional delicacies of Vietnam and, this week, we skip to another part of Southeast Asia for the colorful treats of Singapore. Kueh, as they're called, are not specific to Singapore; these tiny desserts can be found in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Southern China, but each country twists the basics into their own recipes.

Kueh (or kuih and kue) is really just a broad term signifying small cakes, cookies, dumplings, pudding, biscuit, or pastries made from rice or glutinous rice. Like most kueh, the Singaporean variety comes with no specific or authentic recipe since most of the methods have been handed down from generation to generation, creating a unique taste from color to color. Traditionally handmade for special events like Hari Raya and Lunar New Year, kueh is sold in food hawker stalls all year round.

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Taking in the Pretty at Singapore's National Orchid Garden

Where: National Orchid Garden, Botanic Gardens, Singapore, Singapore
July 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Singapore might be synonymous with skyscrapers (many just tall, some tall and slightly mental) and shopping malls, but there is a place to escape the city and focus on things much smaller and delicate: the beautiful orchids on display inside the city’s National Orchid Garden, showcasing over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids.

Part of Singapore’s Botanic Gardens, which date back to 1859, it’s a perfect antidote to a few days of city life, whether you’re an avid horticulturalist or just appreciate the pretty. The small entrance fee (SGD5 / $4) is worth it, especially since access to the rest of the Gardens is free.

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Spending Money at Singapore's Airport Just Got Much More Rewarding

Where: Singapore
April 9, 2014 at 9:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

We consider ourselves pretty darn familiar with things related to travel loyalty programs. From airlines to rental cars we know most of the ins and outs about points, miles, and free credits. However, we do need to hit the books and study up on one of the latest options, as airports getting in on the loyalty scene is certainly new to us.

It’s the airport awesomeness that is Singapore’s Changi Airport that is changing up their Changi Rewards Program. Membership is free, and you’ll earn points for every dollar you spend.

Like most other loyalty programs, the folks at Changi have set up three levels: member, gold, platinum. Travelers can reach gold status by spending $4,000 within the year, and it’s a platinum card if you throw down over $8,000 (which can be easily done if you're in the market for duty-free luxury goods). The program offers up coupons and what not during the year, and the deals and discounts get better as you climb the loyalty ladder.

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Really, Singapore Isn't All That Expensive.

Where: Singapore
March 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Economist Intelligence Unit has just named their "most expensive cities" for 2014 and, knocking Tokyo from the top, the year's winner is Singapore. As the headlines around this ranking circulate, we feel it's important to note that this is for living in a city, and not simply traveling there. Singapore is actually one of the more affordable city destinations, and caters to all budgets.

For example, travelers can pay over $400 per night for a stay at the historic Raffles Hotel, or to splash in the famous infinity pool of the Marina Bay Sands. On the flip side, a night at one of our favorite hostels, the 5footway Inn, is only $25-$40. A room in a great boutique hotel will average $130 per night, but the big chains love to go luxe in Singapore with a $225 average.

Airfare is on par with average fares to London or Paris, even though with a trip to Singapore, you get thousands and thousands more miles for your money. Budget travelers should even keep a look-out for Singapore Airlines' occasional flight deals, like a recent one which offered US to Singapore in the airline's award-winning economy class for $999 roundtrip.

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: Chicken with Abalone on Singapore Airlines

Where: Singapore
January 30, 2014 at 4:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

Can we actually get lucky twice and score some tasty grub at 36,000 feet for a second time on the same airline? In short, yes. The Last time we were wowed by some delicious business class meals from Singapore Airlines, we were on the (then) world's longest flight, but the airline has delivered once again on a slightly shorter route.

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The Little Things: French Perfume on Singapore Airlines

Where: Singapore
January 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: L'Occitane en Provence extras in the Singapore Airlines Business Class lavatories.

An airplane toilet is decidedly not the place you’d most look forward to visiting, but there are some exceptions.

In this case, take the lavatories of Business Class onboard Singapore Airlines, which are stocked with more than the usual comb, toothbrush and razor amenities, but also with premium L’Occitane en Provence toiletries.

There, on a shelf near a fresh orchid, are three signature products from the French brand:

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The Wackiest Travel Story of 2013 is...

Where: Singapore
December 30, 2013 at 6:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

It was in early June that a normal Singapore Airlines flight made Instagram and, by extension, the internet, freak out. The flight—nonstop on an Airbus A380 from Singapore to London—encountered severe turbulence for only a few seconds, but it was long enough to shake the double=decker superjumbo aircraft into what looked like a junior high cafeteria food fight.

Now comes the extraordinary part of the story, as passengers managed to snap and share "before and after" photos of the scene. The photos went viral and, to the credit of Singapore Airlines' crew, the world was awestruck at the efficiency of the emergency management of the situation.

Of course it was such a chance occurrence—that this would happen to the world's largest passenger plane, that it would be on an airline most known for their prim and properness, and that it would be a story told completely through social media.

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The Best Travel Promotion of 2013 is...

Where: Singapore
December 30, 2013 at 2:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

It's tough to like an airport these days, let alone love one, but Singapore's Changi International Airport just kills it on so many levels that we have to hand the award for "best travel promo of 2013" to the marketing brains at SIN. This was the year they went above and beyond, attracting tourists book travel through their airport with the lure of free money.

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Singapore Airlines Hopes You Won't Be Able to Tell You're in an Airport Lounge

Where: Singapore
December 27, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (2)

Singapore Airlines is consistently ranked tops for luxury when it comes to their planes, service, and even their airport lounges. After this summer's announcement of a major update for seats in all cabins, it was only a matter of time until the carrier announced plans to similarly freshen up the environment of the lounges.

SIA unveiled the new concept for their airport oases at Sydney International. Tucked behind a customized batik screen and designed by ONG&ONG, the SilverKris lounge is modeled to convey a sense of "home away from home" with living room, kitchen, and dining room areas.

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Singapore's Changi Airport Only Plans to Get More Awesome by 2017

Where: Singapore
November 13, 2013 at 8:42 AM | by | Comments (2)

At this point everyone knows that Singapore-Changi Airport is consistently ranked one of the best airports in the world. They’ve got a movie theatre, they’ve got slides, and of course they have plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment.

As if it could get better, the airport has announced another expansion. This time it’s all about Terminal 4, as plans are heading off the drawing board and into construction mode. The fresh construction won’t be quite ready for your next flight through the region for some time, as the new airport expansion is looking to make its appearance at some point in 2017.

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