Category: Lifestyle

A Traditional Treat with a Modern Twist: Feet Haven opens 3rd outlet in Bukit Timah

Take any old-fashioned ideas of dowdy foot reflexology parlours located in obscure corners of old shopping malls and cast them aside. With the opening of Feet Haven’s 3rd outlet in Bukit Timah, the company is shaking off these outdated impressions and injecting a shot of fresh, youthful energy into the industry.

Along with café hopping, chilling out with tea and pastries, or spending the afternoon getting mani-pedis at nail bars-cum-cafés, Feet Haven is declaring foot reflexology a bona fide hipster activity to indulge in. Customers who are flocking through the door are young – typically in their 20s and 30s – card-carrying members of the generation who are spreading the word of this hidden wellness gem virtually and virally. And the trendy crowd approves: Feet Haven’s boutiques have received rave reviews among customers in the area and in the blogging community for its stellar foot reflexology and body massages.

Calming music and essential oil scents wafting in the air and free flows of beverages for customers come together to create a soft, intimate environment. But Feet Haven offers more for a discerning crowd who has seen it all. Fun daily status updates outside the shop and a cool, fresh interior style of clean walls accented by Polaroid shots and the work of independent artists and designers; shelves of books and magazines; and neutral, taupe furnishings make a welcoming, appealing impression.

Feet Haven’s 3rd Outlet at Bukit Timah is tucked away in a little recluse of Jalan Bingka, Bukit Timah, away from the hassle and bustle of the world.  Offering a whole range of services under one roof,  the company restores customers’ well-being and calm with their therapeutic services of body treatment and reflexology.

The locations of its current two boutiques are hipster-approved; instead of hard-to-find spots in veteran shopping centres, they are established in shophouses within the creative, trendy districts of Katong and Serangoon Gardens, sharing neighbourhoods with establishments like Cedele and Brotzeit.

Signature standout treatments include the 60-minute Shiok Feet Indulgence; 60-minute Shiok Basic Body and 45-minute Shiok Basic Blend of a shoulder- and neck massage coupled with foot reflexology. Feet Haven only hires senior, experienced masseurs who provide pampering sessions that have lulled many customers to sleep long before the treatment ends.

There is currently an opening Promotion. Customers can enjoy a 60 minute Body Massage for 1 Pax at $50 (Usual $68) or a 60 Minute Body Massage for 2 Pax at $90 (Usual $136)

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About Feet Haven Reflexology

Founded in April 2011, Feet Haven Reflexology is a boutique Foot Reflex spa offering foot reflexology and body massages to its customers. The premier foot reflexology spa located at 136 East Coast Road has received interest and support from residents staying in Joo Chiat, Marine Parade and Katong.

(Katong Branch, 136 East Coast Road, S428821, Tel 63447311)
(Serangoon Garden Branch, 4A Maju Avenue, S556682, Tel 62882314)
(Upper Bukit Timah Branch, 5 Jalan Bingka, S588899, Tel 64630506)

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Singapore’s lifestyle ranked the best for UK expats

expat-ranking-sm-compressedUK expats are urged to set sail for Singapore as research reveals it to be the most ideal location for those looking to move abroad.

The study found that overall, the Southeast Asian city state topped the charts when it came to the lowest levels of crime and unemployment as well as having the highest education standards and the most efficient healthcare system.

In total, the research by international removals specialist, 1st Move International, studied 18 countries, including less traditional destinations for UK expats.

Second and third to Singapore were Canada and Australia, which both scored highly for incomes and English reading, speaking and writing levels, but were let down by living costs, property prices and crime rates.

Spain, France and South Africa which all have high UK expat populations performed poorly, largely due to low incomes, high income tax, but also due to social factors such as unemployment, education healthcare and crime, but also English speaking levels, as did China, India, Brazil and Russia.

In number one ranking Singapore, take home pay is almost double that in the UK, due to higher average annual incomes and a lower top level of income tax (22% compared to 45%), a Brit earning the average wage in Singapore could walk away with £33,019.26* in their pocket every year after tax, almost double £18,497.52* in the UK.

The city state was also top when it came to healthcare. In Singapore, you can expect quicker diagnosis with better medical technology as well as shorter waiting times, quicker test results and better staff. Comparatively, the UK healthcare system placed 10 on the efficiency scale for the countries examined.

With a 2.1% unemployment rate, Singapore’s jobless rate is twice as little than UK’s figure 4.8%, leading to improved job prospects on top of higher incomes, in addition to the world’s best education system meaning a brighter future for expats looking to relocate their families. Topping the charts for unemployment were South Africa and Spain with 27.1% and 18.9%.

If that’s not enough, English is listed as an official language in the former British colony, it is also the language of business and government as well as being the language children are taught with in schools, making it easier for people from the UK to settle in.

The research

1st Move did the research by examining the figures on eleven different sets of data provided from sources such as: The OECD, UN, World Bank, Bloomberg, Trading Economics and Numbeo. The figures were then ranked by the most favourable results which provided an overall ranking table.

The data included looked at 11 different factors:

  • GDP per capita
  • HDI rank
  • Property price to income ratio
  • Average income
  • Income tax
  • Real income
  • English proficiency
  • Education standards
  • Food costs
  • Crime rate
  • Healthcare efficiency

How the other countries performed

At the other end of the scale, India, despite having the lowest cost of food for a weekly shop (£84.62) compared to £174.74 in the UK for a family of four, was statistically the worst location, with once UK expat hotspot South Africa and Brazil making up the bottom three.

Elsewhere other countries outperformed Singapore and the UK across different factors but overall, they did not perform as highly as a whole on the scale of liveability and the chance of better prospects.

USA (5th overall) had the best property price to income ratio but poor rankings on healthcare, education and crime let it down. Similarly, the UAE had strong economic appeal due to cheap property and the highest real income, due to no tax, however social factors had adverse effects.

Norway topped the scale on English proficiency and on the HDI index but unemployment, high taxes and living costs had negative connotations on its overall standing, dragging it down to 6th.

Spain, which has close to one million UK expats performed poorly, with annual wages lower than the UK’s, and 18.9% level of unemployment making the country not so sunny for people looking to emigrate for socioeconomic reasons.

 Jim Limerick, Owner, at 1st Move, said: “We were expecting to see the traditional destinations perform quite well, such as: the USA, Spain and Australia, but this wasn’t the case.

“Some countries did really well on certain things but there were factors on the data we examined which dragged them down. Singapore was consistently strong, making it appealing to potential UK expats on a wide range of financial and social reasons, which tend to be the main driving factors of people looking to emigrate from the UK.

“With more money in your pocket, no language problems and an average annual temperature in the high twenties, what isn’t there to love!”

Lalamove brings total funding to USD 60 million

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Lalamove, a Hong Kong based on-demand delivery company, completed its Series B Financing round, raising USD 30 million.

The Series B Financing round was led by Xianghe Capital, a Beijing VC firm founded by former Head of Baidu M&A, Mr Hesong Tang, with participation from Blackhole Capital and existing shareholders MindWorks Ventures, Crystal Stream and Thailand’s Asia Plus Group Holdings. The investment round exceeds its previous three rounds of financing, bringing the startup’s total funding to a combined USD 60 million.

With the investment, Lalamove will continue to expand aggressively in Asia, where it plans to launch in an additional 60 cities by the end of 2017. It already maintains the largest service area in Asia for intracity delivery, where its app connects users with more than 500,000 delivery drivers.

“Logistics is a big market – a USD 1.7 trillion market in China – and it accounts for up to 27 percent of GDP for some countries in Southeast Asia; it is underpenetrated by mobile internet,” Mr Shing Chow, Lalamove Founder and CEO, said. “Our users have said they want faster and simpler ways to send things in their cities and we have proven that we can help them deliver anything in less than an hour.

“The evolution of the logistics industry has not been as rapid as some other markets like communication, but we believe we are at a tipping point where transformation will now happen very rapidly. We will see some amazing companies built this sector.”

Lalamove’s fast growth was enhanced by key partnerships with the world’s foremost tech companies. In 2016, Lalamove partnered with LINE, one of the world’s leading mobile platforms, to develop the LINE MAN app, which gives users the ability to quickly purchase and receive documents, packages, food and grocery items in Thailand. The company previously developed enterprise solutions for Google and IKEA as well.

“In our two years of operations in Bangkok, Lalamove has become the city’s leading on-demand delivery app and we have witnessed significant growth both from users and drivers. This funding will not only enable us to expand to other cities, but also to offer additional services to meet the needs of our users and to further develop and upgrade the app with new features,” pointed out Chanon Klahan, Lalamove Thailand’s Managing Director.

“Lalamove is a textbook example of how the internet helped to improve a traditional industry,” Mr Hesong Tang, Founder of Xianghe Capital, said. “We appreciate the vision and determination of Mr Shing and his team, and believe this rapidly expanding company will become a hugely influential enterprise.”

Lalamove is not only the first real-time intracity logistics company, it is expected to become the biggest and most successful in Asia, and potentially worldwide,” said Mr David Chang, Founding Partner of MindWorks Ventures. “Intracity logistics is a high-frequency enterprise, and will become a very important traffic portal, ensuring its foothold in a massive global market.”

“We are excited to once again participate in this round of funding with Lalamove and to support their team to reach the next level of growth in Thailand and beyond,” added Asia Plus Group Holdings’ CEO Dr. Kongkiat Opaswongkarn.

 

Dine Inn’s First Community Event Presented a Galore of Home-cooked Goodness

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On 7 Jan 2017, Dine Inn welcomed the new year with their first community event at Ci Yuan Community Club! With 20 Dine Inn Hosts participating at this event to share their specialty dishes, this communal gathering brought together neighbours and food lovers living in the Hougang estate! Besides sampling scrumptious home cooked modern cuisines, family recipes, snacks and desserts, guests also took part in cupcake decoration and kay making workshops, as well as pick up tips from various cooking demonstrations.

Launching in end January, Dine Inn (www.dineinn.com) is an online platform dedicated to bring together the makers and lovers of food.  This project is the brainchild of Mr. Luke Lee and Chef Eric Teo, who believe that Singapore’s best kept secrets are hidden in plain sight.  Dine Inn is poised to open up a new horizon for consumers who crave for the sincerity and affection of home-cooked meals.

With 200 Hosts offering a variety of home-cooked cuisines from appetisers, entrees to desserts, guests have the option to dine in, have it delivered, self-collect or even have the Host cook at their place.

The Dine Inn website is scheduled to launch in end-January 2017 and the app in first quarter of 2017 on App Store and Google Play.

 

 

JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach debuts in Singapore

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JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the global luxury brand that is part of Marriott International’s (NASDAQ: MAR) luxury brands portfolio, is thrilled to debut the new JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach – the brand’s first hotel in Singapore. Located in close proximity to the Marina Bay entertainment and business districts, the new 634- room luxury hotel is poised to become an iconic lifestyle destination in the heart of Singapore’s arts and culture district.

“We are thrilled to welcome discerning travellers to this design-led landmark in the hub of Singapore’s arts and culture district,” said Derek Flint, General Manager, JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach. “We look forward to enriching guests with a truly luxurious experience and showcasing the warm, intuitive service that is synonymous with the JW Marriott brand globally.”

The hotel consists of both historic and newly constructed buildings with interiors designed by renowned French designer Philippe Starck and architecture by award-winning British architects, Foster and Partners. Complemented by a multi-million dollar collection of more than 30 works and installations by regionally and internationally acclaimed artists, guests can expect enriching and multi-sensory cultural experiences throughout the hotel.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a 7-metre video wall installation by South Korean artist Lee Lee Nam. The wall brings art to life through movement and technology with the use of the LED monitors as a canvas to create an artistic symphony. Additional works include the Donna a Cavallo, a lobby sculpture by the acclaimed Fernando Botero, and the Gorilla, a reclaimed scrap metal sculpture at the hotel entrance by Turner Prize winner Iain Nutting. Guest elevators are also an artistic expression with custom RGB wallpaper, and graffiti artwork by Milan-based art and design duo Carnovsky.

Set to become one of Singapore’s most coveted culinary destinations, JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach will feature a total of nine dining options. Akira Back, opened by celebrity chef Akira Back, offers modern Japanese cuisine with Korean accents and culinary influences from around the world. Beach Road Kitchen, an all-day-dining restaurant, features global cuisine and to-go items; Court Martial Bar and Media Bar offer cocktails in a refined cocktail bar and gastropub setting; and Tonic serves gin-based cocktails in an intimate environment. The remaining four outlets will open second quarter 2017.

JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach offers hotel programming and amenities to appeal to and nurture guests’ passions. In the lobby, guests can feed their curiosity in the Concierge Library – a social space hosted by the hotel concierge – and at the Activity Table, which offers enriching cultural programming such as wine and cheese tastings, coffee experiences, chef-led culinary events and more. Additional curated experiences include a hotel heritage tour showcasing the property’s historical significance and architectural brilliance.

The property also features a variety of wellness offerings including Spa by JW (opening second quarter 2017), a brand spa concept created to demystify and reimagine the spa experience with treatments based on four benefit states. Spa by JW comprises 10 treatment rooms, including two private and two express treatment suites. JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach also boasts two outdoor infinity pools, two sky gardens and a 24-hour fitness centre at Flow18.

Each of the 634 guest rooms and suites are fitted with a full array of modern amenities and smart technology including an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system, up to seven USB power sockets per room, and a Wi-Fi-enabled mobile phone that allows guests to receive calls anywhere within the property. The hotel also offers guest rooms with the female traveller in mind, featuring amenities such as a “boyfriend” shirt, facial steamer, hair straightener and more.

An ideal venue for any event, the property has 1,771 square meters of indoor and outdoor events and meetings space, including a 520 square meter Grand Ballroom housed in a 1930s historic Drill Hall and features a dramatic 11,520-light Forest of Lights design by Philippe Starck. The hotel’s 15 meeting rooms are housed in Assembly, one of the property’s restored historic buildings. Two additional events and meetings spaces are available in the NCO building and Ebb6.