Out and about… Sydney, Australia

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Also known as Harbour City, Sydney is the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia with an enviable reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful and liveable cities. Brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design, it is set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches. This makes it a popular tourist destination among those who like their balanced dose of city life and nature.

Bondi Beach

Derived from an aboriginal word that means ‘surf’, Bondi is Sydney’s most famous beach. With a crescent-shaped bay of powder white sand, a coastline that spans nearly one kilometre, and big waves that surfers love to chase, it is little wonder why both locals and tourists love coming here for a day of sun, surf and fun. Spanning the length of the beach are bustling cafes and restaurants, hotels and apartments with spectacular views, and shops that peddle souvenirs for visitors.

http://www.bondivillage.com

Sydney Opera House

The iconic building is considered to be one of the wonders of modern architecture: the structure’s sloping white roofs make the performing arts centre appear as if it’s a giant ship setting out to sea. The complex was completed in 1973, while a 2004 renovation added walls of glass to the reception hall, offering visitors views of the harbour. In addition to the 1,500-seat opera house, the centre features a concert hall and three other theatres as well as multiple bars and restaurants.

http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Built in 1932, the steel arch bridge that spans across the Sydney Harbour carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore. Standing 134m above sea level, it is the highest arch bridge in the world. Since 1998, the BridgeClimb has made it possible for hardy visitors to ascend to the top of the arch. Participants are equipped with protective clothing and secured to a wire lifeline during the three-and-a-half hour climb and descent. Go for the dusk session for lovely sunset views of Sydney Harbour.

http://www.bridgeclimb.com

Whale Watching

Where else in the world can you get the best of urban and wild-life, witnessing giant ocean mammals breaching while surrounded on every side by some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks? Sydney’s coastline is part of the annual Humpback whale migration paths from Antarctica to the Coral sea. From mid May to Early December they can be seen in the waters of the coast and on rare occasions swimming into Sydney Harbour itself.

Taronga Zoo

The Taronga Zoo is a must-do for animal and wildlife lovers in Sydney, as it features on of the widest range of animals on offer in Australia: over 2,600 animals on 28.7 hectares of land. Taronga Zoo’s 340 different species of animal are divided into eight zoogeographic regions and housed within numerous indoor pavilions and outdoor exhibits.

http://taronga.org.au/taronga-zoo

 

Need a place to stay in the city? Check out the offers at Fraser Suites Sydney, Australia, here: http://sydney.frasershospitality.com

Out and about… Glasgow, Scotland

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19.07.14-glasglowScotland’s biggest city has transformed itself from being the once mighty powerhouse of industrial Britain to a centre for commerce, tourism, and culture. Having been awarded the European titles of City of Culture (1990), City of Architecture and Design (1999) and Capital of Sport (2003), joining the UNESCO Creative Cities initiative in 2008, and being the host of the Commonwealth games this July, Glasgow’s top attractions unsurprisingly take a slant towards the arts and sports arena. Here are five things to check out while in the city.

The architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Go on an amble around the city to take in the designs of one of Glasgow’s greatest architects. While far removed from the bleak utilitarianism of Modernism, Mackintosh’s style of blending the functionality and practicality of modernist ideas with the flourish of Art Nouveau and simplicity of Japanese forms. Admire his distinctive designs at House for an Art Lover, Willow Tearooms, Queen’s Cross Church, and Glasgow School of Art, considered his finest masterpiece.

Glasgow Green

The most famous and oldest of Glasgow’s parks, “The Green” – as it is known to the locals, offers highlights such as the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, Nelson’s Memorial, and the Doulton Fountain. The park is also a major venue for concerts and open air events, so do keep an eye out for happenings that take place throughout the year. Make a pit stop at the West micro-brewery, housed in the old Templeton carpet factory for a pint and a schnitzel.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Housed within a beautiful 19th century Victorian building, the Kelvingrove has 22 themes galleries filled with over 8,000 masterpieces and cultural artefacts culled from all over the world. From art to armour, Dali’s Christ of Saint John of the Cross to a Spitfire fighter plane, the museum’s eclectic curation promises that there’ll always be something to impress visitors of any age.

http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/kelvingrove

Glasgow Cathedral

This Gothic landmark, thought to have originated as a sixth-century chapel, is the oldest building in the city. Sharing its courtyard is the St. Mungo Museum, named after the city’s patron saint and displaying art that illuminates the world’s religions. Behind the cathedral is the hilltop Necropolis, the resting place for tens of thousands of eminent Victorian Glaswegians, with beautiful tombs and elaborate monuments designed by architects like Alexander Thomson and David Hamilton.

http://www.glasgowcathedral.org.uk/

Hampden Park

Hampden Park is an iconic place not only for Glaswegians, but also for all Scots as it is home to the national football team. If schedule permits, try to snag tickets for a scotland game here. During the upcoming Commonwealth Games, Hampden Park will play host to the Track and Field Athletics competitions and the Closing Ceremony. The stadium is also home to the Scottish Football Museum, which tells the inspiring story of Scottish football.

http://www.hampdenpark.co.uk, http://www.scottishfootballmuseum.org.uk

Need a place to stay in the city? Check out the offers at Fraser Suites Glasgow, Scotland, here: http://glasgow.frasershospitality.com

Year in Review: Most Anticipated Concerts

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The middle of the year is here! We’re in the thick of work, and sometimes, we need a little entertainment to keep us going through to year-end. Here, we look at the most anticipated concerts/tours in the second half of the year. We also look back at the best tour/concerts since January 2014.

What: Moonshine Jungle Tour
When: June 22, 2013 – October 18, 2014
Who: Bruno Mars
What: The Neon Lights Tour
When: February 9 – May 17
Who: Demi Lovato


What: Ryan Tedder & Co.’s Native Tour
When: May 17 – August 30
Who: OneRepublic

What: Mr. and Mrs. Carter’s On the Run Tour
When: June 25 – August 5
Who: Jay-Z and Beyonce

What: The Where We Are Tour with 5 Seconds of Summer
When: April 25 – October 5
Who: One Direction

What: The pop star’s Prismatic Tour
When: June 22 – October 10
Who: Katy Perry

What: JT’s never-ending 20/20 Experience tour
When: July 9 – August 12
Who: Justin Timberlake

What: The Gospel Tour with Walk the Moon
When: July 18 – August 28
Who: Panic! At The Disco

What and Who: Queen + Adam Lambert Tour
When: June 19 – July 20

What: Demi: World Tour
When: September 6 – October 25
Who: Demi Lovato

What: Britney: Piece of Me
When: August 2014 – February 2015
Who: Britney Spears

No prizes for guessing who has toured the longest!

Happy Family Day, Vietnam!

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Guess what, Vietnam? It’s Family Day! We’ve put together some great activities for the whole family.

Boat trip

Boat trips are a must, especially with the kids! In Southern Vietnam, take a boat trip down the Mekong Delta. Alternatively, embark on a tour of the Saigon River via river cruise. If you are visiting Hue, explore the picturesque Perfume River.

Visit the zoo

Whether you’re visiting the zoo in Ho Chi Minh or the one in Hanoi, you’re bound to be impressed with the variety of animals. The Saigon Zoo in Ho Chi Minh is located near The Museum of Vietnamese and the Hanoi Zoo is located near Cuc Phuong National Park, which has a good selection of native Vietnamese animals in the wild.

Cook off

Stay in and whip up a family meal with the kids. Choose simple dishes like grilled chunks of lemongrass beef (thit bo nuong), grilled meatballs (nem nuong), or freshly steamed shrimp (tom) prepared with a fresh rice wrappers (banh uot), strips of pickled radish, herbs, sprouts and rice vermicelli.

A night out

Indulge at Dinh Cao Night Market. Expect Vietnamese seafood, meat grills and vegetarian dishes. Rest assured the entire family will leave with a happy stomach!

Hit the water parks

Grab the kids and splash around at one of the numerous water parks available for the family: Dam Sen Water Park in District 11, Dai Gioi Water Park in District 5, Ocean Water Park in District 7, and Water World in District 9.

Staycation

Most importantly, we would definitely recommend a staycation at our property, Fraser Suites Hanoi located at Syrena Tower on Xuan Dieu Street. Visit our website for more information and make reservations now! http://hanoi.frasershospitality.com/

Celebrating fathers

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dadIt’s Father’s Day and to celebrate, we look at the best and most quirky Father’s Day traditions around the world!

1. Thailand

Father’s Day in Thailand is rather known to be the celebration of the King’s birthday. On this day, the Thais dress in the colour of the King, pink, to honour His’ majesty!

2.  Brazil

In Brazil, Father’s Day is a day to fill the stomach! Huge feasts of roasted beef, chicken, sausage and pork – all to celebrate Dad.

3. Mexico

Mexicans celebrates their dads in the most active way! Every year, a 21-kilometer race takes place where fathers and family members participate.

 4. Germany

Father’s Day in Germany is mainly celebrated outdoors. Also “Man’s Day” in German, the day begins when men take a hike carrying with them wagons full of food and alcohol. Later, the men celebrate by passing the day in beer gardens.

5. Japan 

Flowers are a huge part of a Father’s Day celebration in Japan. Children also give their dads handmade beer glasses and Japanese candies or a box of Japanese sweets.

We hope you would already have something up your sleeves for your dads on Father’s Day this year! No matter how you might be celebrating it, Frasers Hospitality would like to wish you a good one, Dads!

Out and About: Manila, Philippines

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FA_PhilippinesThe Philippines is home to some of the world’s best beaches and dive sites. Palawan and Boracay take the top two spots here, leading with pristine sands and crystal clear waters. But it’s also home to a bustling, vibrant city – Manila. Whether you’re there for business or pleasure, we take a look at some top spots to visit in and around the city. There’s something for everyone!

#1: Intramuros

If architecture is your thing, this impressive citadel will pique your interest. The structure is a nearly three-mile-long circuit of stone that surrounds the district of Manila. It’s impressively hardy too, having withstood natural disasters and wars.

http://aroundguides.com/Manila/Intramuros

#2: Ayala Museum

Love museums? This is for you. The Ayala Museum in Manila chronicles rich Philippine history, including an exhibit about the development of Philippine maritime trade and colonial economy. Also on display are age-old objects from the country’s northern and southern cultural communities.

http://www.ayalamuseum.org/

#3: Marikina Shoe Museum

Heard about the lengendary shoe collection of the former Philippine First Lady, Imelda Marcos? Here’s your chance to behold her astounding 8.5 shoe collection. You’ll also find shoes worn by former Philippine presidents, vice presidents, senators and so on. There’s also information on artisan shoe making!

http://www.marikina.gov.ph/#!/Museum

#4: Binodo

Touted the world’s oldest Chinatown (400 years!) Binodo is located in the district of Manila. Here you’ll find herbal stores, restaurants and temples abound. Worth a trip if you’re looking for a taste of flavor.

http://wikitravel.org/en/Manila/Binondo

#5: San Augustin

San Agustin in the oldest stone church in the Philippines. It was built in 1589 and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993. Behold tall ceilings and beautiful architecture here.

http://sanagustinchurch.org/

Can’t wait to check out Manila? All the sightseeing is no good if you’ve no place to rest! Fraser Place Manila is a collection of luxurious apartments, comprising of one, two, three and four bedrooms – perfect for the whole family! It’s also located in the heart of the Makati Central Business District, so you’ll be able to get around easily to the city’s best entertainment and restaurants. Check out some stunning photographs of our Manila property below:

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Enjoy 10% off when you book a 3-night stay with Fraser Place Manila!

For more information about this offer, visit: http://www.frasershospitality.com/promo_popup.php?promo=2015.

For more information on our Manila property, visit: http://manila.frasershospitality.com/

Saving the blue

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WorldOceansDay1Did you know? Generating electric power produces more pollution than any other industry. By saving electricity, we can contribute towards saving our oceans. In the spirit of World Oceans Day, we’ve compiled a list of the world’s best beaches.

#1: Palawan Island, Philippines

Palawan Island is home to various beaches teaming with beautiful wildlife. In fact, Coron, on Palawan Island is listed as one of the top dive sites in the world for wrecks. Visit http://www.lonelyplanet.com/philippines/palawan for more information.

#2: Maldives

There are 1,102 islands that make up the Maldives, and all of these are unrivaled in beauty. It’s hard to pinpoint the most beautiful beach. Get to one of the many resorts on Maldives through Malé International Airport, located on Hulule island, next to the capital city of Malé. All resorts will do water or air transfers from the Male International Airport. Visit http://www.lonelyplanet.com/maldives for more travel information.

#3: Lanikai Beach, Hawaii

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Lanikai has 800 meters worth of clean white sand and clear blue waters. It doesn’t have facilities like restrooms or lifeguards, so come prepared with some water and towels to wash up after playing in the sea. Visit http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/hawaii/kailua/sights/beaches-islands-waterfronts/lanikai-beach for more details.

#4: Anse Lazio Beach, Praslin, Seychelles

This gorgeous beach is located on the northwest tip of Praslin and is surrounded by clear blue waters, thick green vegetation and dark granite boulders. There’s some good snorkeling to be had within the bay. Visit http://www.lonelyplanet.com/seychelles/praslin for more details.

#5: Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora is a collection of beautiful white sand beaches and gorgeous water spaces. It’s the destination for the world’s most famous people, including heiresses and movie stars. For more details, visit: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/tahiti-and-french-polynesia/bora-bora

Going green

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Door Hanger (Go Green)_Rectangular_V5_Path_FA 2At Frasers Hospitality, we care about our Earth. We do our part by being mindful of our carbon footprint, by recycling and conserving energy.  Here are some simple ways we can all preserve the environment – for ourselves, and our future generations.

#1: Don’t waste water

Turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth or washing your face. Over time, you’ll save tons of water!

#2: Once-a-week load

Only do your laundry when you’ve a full load. You’ll save both electricity and water. When we use less electricity, energy companies burn less fossil fuel to suit the demand.

#3: Change your bulbs

Energy saving bulbs may be slightly more expensive, but they’re worth the initial cost. They last longer and they’re more economical in the long run. What’s more – they go a long way towards saving our environment. Check out this energy saving light guide: http://shrinkthatfootprint.com/energy-saving-light-bulbs-led-cfl

#4: Bottle your own water

Think of all those plastic bottles of water going to waste! Around 90% of plastic bottles aren’t recycled, and these take years to break down. Carry around a reusable plastic or glass bottle for the day.

#5: Pay bills online

Many service providers offer the option of paper-less billing. Opt in and receive email notifications when your bills are due! You’ll be saving a countless number of trees.

 

Other than these tips and tricks, if you have any suggestions or ideas on how else we can reduce our carbon footprint, we would love to hear from you! Drop us a note on our Facebook page or in the comments below.

And the next time you’re staying with us, remember to tell us not to replace your linens! Do refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle to save our Earth for future generations.

Congratulations to our Sweet 16 contest winners!

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Frasers_Sweet16_Winners2To celebrate a wonderful 16 years, we launched a Sweet 16 contest on Facebook, asking our fans to name their dream holiday destination when they were 16. The response was tremendous! We would like to thank everyone for the contest entries that came through.

We are thrilled to announce the grand prize winner of the Frasers Hospitality Sweet 16 contest, Mr Paul Chua, who wins air tickets and a 3 nights stay at Frasers Suites CBD East, Beijing. We have also shortlisted 16 lucky guests who win a 3 nights stay in our Singapore properties.

Once again, congratulations to all!

Grand Prize Winner

Mr Paul Chua

Contest Winners

  1. Mary Colette H
  2. PH Ong
  3. Sing Ee Shawn
  4. Mustapha BenDaoud BenAhmed Barki
  5. Jeane Sinloong
  6. Weeqi Wee Qi
  7. Rodiah Eunos
  8. Missy Juliet
  9. Averie Li
  10. Siti Cat
  11. Eric Hinode
  12. Peter Lee Jerm
  13. Chong SH
  14. Xu Mei
  15. Chris Pui
  16. Justy Thomas

All winners will be contacted through Facebook. If your Facebook moniker is listed above, stay tuned for more information on how to claim your prize!

* All prizes must be claimed by 30 June 2014. All stays must be redeemed by 31 December 2014.

Best shopping spots in Dubai, Osaka, Beijing, London and Singapore!

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The mid-year is just around the corner, and it’s a good time to take a break before powering through the next half of 2014! Just in case you’re planning a trip, we’ve listed the top shopping events and spots to look forward to:

Dubai

Spurned from the very successful Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Summer Surprises is a held each year from end June to end August. During this period, there are sales in shops all over Dubai. In many of Dubai’s malls, there are also theaters, art galleries and child minding centers, just in case you’re all shopped out.

Osaka

America-Mura is primarily known as a nightlife spot, but it has a plethora of small boutiques that line the streets. There’s food, drink and shopping to be had! Another spot good for shopping is Rinku Town, a small city within Osaka Prefecture, which offers shopping and entertainment with a gorgeous view of the ocean. Worth a mention is Rinku Premium Outlets, which is home to over 150 stores.

Beijing

Keen on street shopping? Check out Nanluogu Xiang in Gulou, which is chockfull of boutiques, cafes, bars and souvenir shops. You’ll even find vintage wear and cool tee shirts along the way!

London

London is home to large glitzy shopping streets, including Oxford Street. This is where the largest brands have shop fronts, and is one of the most popular shopping destinations. However, if you’re looking for something more underground, try Portobello Market in West London, which has a wide selection of antiques, fruits and vegetables, fashion and second-hand items.

Singapore

Good news to all! The Great Singapore Sale is just around the corner (30 May to 27 July) and it’s safe to stay every store will feature a range of items on sale. It’s a good time to visit Singapore if you love shopping!

 

And of course, no shopping experience will be complete without a warm and cozy place to return to at night to rest and relax. For a list of Frasers properties around the world, visit: http://www.frasershospitality.com/our_properties.php. Let us make you feel at home during your mid-year holidays!