At Famen, a sophisticated yellow robot prepares steaming bowls of ramen, up to 80 per day; cool, isn’t it?
Singapore Airlines announceda low-cost long-haul airline Scoot on 1 November 2011. Scoot air tickets will be 40 percent cheaper than regular airlines and will fly on long haul routes from Singapore, initially to Australia and China.
Scoot’s fleet is expected to consist of four Boeing 777-200. Its initial fleet would be acquired from its parent airline and reconfigured with a new seating layout. There are plans in place to have 14 aircraft by 2016.
Over the past several weeks, seasonal rains that are heavier than usual have resulted in widespread flooding in Thailand.
While the flooding is having some impact on tourists, most key tourist destinations and attractions throughout Thailand have not been affected by the floods and almost all remain open. The floods are mainly affecting the provinces in central Thailand and a few provinces in the North and Northeast. Provinces in the south of Thailand have not been affected by the floods.
Major tourist destinations; such as, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Sukhothai, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Pattaya, Ko Chang, Rayong, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, Ko Samui, and all provinces in southern Thailand are experiencing normal weather conditions for this time of year. [Read more…]
SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will add two new destinations to its network come October 2011.
Scheduled SilkAir passenger services to Bandung, Indonesia will begin on 11 October 2011, with scheduled passenger services to Changsha, China beginning on 31 October 2011, the latter subject to regulatory approvals. [Read more…]
Many people know Singapore passport holders can travel without many visa restrictions. The Henley Visa Restrictions Index tells how good it is.
The Henley Visa Restrictions Index is a global ranking of countries according to travel freedom their citizens enjoy. Henley & Partners has analyzed the visa regulations of all the countries and territories in the world. It has created an index which ranks countries according to the visa-free access its citizens enjoy to other countries.
This is the first time that a global ranking shows the international travel freedom of the citizens of the various countries as well as the international relations and status of individual countries relative to others.
Visa Restrictions Index
Find out foreign visa requirement for Singapore passport holders.
In Hong Kong, because of the space, apartments are small and expensive. Gary Chang, an architect, decided to design a 344 sq. ft. apartment to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls. He calls this the “Domestic Transformer.” [Read more…]
In 1969 a young Australian, John Rendall and his friend Ace Bourke, bought a small lion cub from Harrods pet department, which was then legal. ‘Christian’ was kept in the basement of a furniture shop on the Kings Road in Chelsea, the heart of the swinging sixties. Loved by all, the affectionate cub ate in a local restaurant, played in a nearby graveyard, but was growing fast…
A chance encounter with Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna led to a new life for Christian. He came to live in a huge enclosure and to sleep in a caravan at their Surrey home. Then in 1971 he was flown to Kenya, his ancestral home, and returned to the wild by lion-man George Adamson. Nine months later in 1972, John and Ace returned to Kora in Kenya. This clip is of their reunion at that time. [Read more…]
Finally, the massive Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea is almost ready to open its doors to guests after nearly two decades’ construction, according to Architizer.
The pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel is the largest building in North Korea and one of the tallest hotels in the world. It will open in 2012, 33 years after it was originally set to accept guests.
The hotel stood topped out but without windows or interior fittings for the next sixteen years. Construction resumed in April 2008 under the supervision of the Orascom Group of Egypt, which has invested heavily in the North Korean mobile telephony and construction industries. [Read more…]
If the world’s 6.9 billion people lived in one city, this is how large that city would be if it were as dense as Singapore. Check out how large would it be if it were as dense as Paris, New York, London, Houston and San Francisco. [Read more…]