I have always been a huge fan of Uber because when they first started out, they were so much better than Grab but truth to be told, Grab (and its fleet of cars and drivers) has improved dramatically over the years. With that being said however, Uber has always been far more superior at customer service - they actually read and reply to your feedback at lightning speed! Starting from 01 July 2016 (Friday), you will be able to utilise uberPOOL to get around - this is a service for pooling people who are heading down to the same place to save time and cost (as well as the environment!). Why bother you ask? Well, it's going to be cheaper than the usual uberX rates!
If you do not have an Uber account, sign up using my referral code UBERWHALE for a free ride (up to S$10)!
Using uberPOOL is relatively simple - you proceed to make a regular uberX booking but when uberPOOL is available, you will be given the option to select the cheaper alternative - it does seem like the more seats you require, the more expensive it gets (but still cheaper than uberX).
Here's how it works according to Uber:
Choose the uberPOOL option in the app. Enter your destination and request a ride. You’ll see your driver’s details straight away — name, photo and the details of the car. As with uberX, these drivers are have undergone an extensive screening process. uberPOOL will then match you with another passenger heading in the same direction:That passenger will either be in the car at the start of your trip, in which case you’ll see their name in advance; or Your driver will pick them up along the way, in which case Uber will notify you via the app. Whether you’re first or second into the car, Uber ensures that you’re never taken more than a few minutes out of your way. At the end of your trip, you’ll pay just like a normal Uber trip and receive an electronic receipt.
Sounds simple enough and I can't wait to try it out - oh and if you are sharing your uberPOOL experiences, be sure to leave an #uberPOOL hashtag for a chance to win some credits!
It has been one year since Ash & Elm was introduced in the iconic InterContinental Singapore which is located along Middle Road in Bugis. From now until 23 November 2016, indulge in a host of dining deals from semi-buffet lunches to daily dinner deals and even a bubbly brunch on Sundays. Find out all about the special dining deals at Ash & Elm now!
Singapore's most iconic hotel, the Raffles Hotel Singapore will be undergoing major restoration works beginning 2017 and the hotel has plans to close late-2017 for a grand opening in quarter two of 2018. The last restoration was conducted between 1989 and 1991 where the hotel closed for a full two and a half years.
One of Singapore's oldest (and definitely my favourite!) Italian restaurant, Pete's Place (located within the Grand Hyatt Singapore) has just gotten a brand new Chef de Cuisine - Chef Cataldo Chiloiro who has over 25 years of culinary experience under his belt. A newly-refreshed a la carte menu has also unveiled as part of this change.
Available on weekdays (expect Public Holidays) from 12PM to 230PM daily, enjoy a Dim Sum Set Lunch at Mitzo Restaurant & Bar from just S$28++ per person. Located within the Grand Park Orchard, Mitzo Restaurant & Bar is known for her classy dim sum and killer cocktails (alongside that famous char siew that everyone goes crazy for).
A management agreement between OUE Limited and Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd will set Oakwood to manage the brand new Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore (located at OUE Downtown) which is located in the Lion City's commercial district. This property will add to Oakwood's award-winning portfolio of the finest serviced apartments in the world.
The brand new Novotel Suites Hanoi has just opened in the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, and it offers travellers a brand new accommodation option in the heart of the city. Travellers will be able to choose from 87 spacious studios and 64 one, two and three bedroom apartments. The Novotel Suites brand offer suite-type units that are spacious and functional, and can be adapted into a working or reception area. The rooms, which accommodate up to four people, come with a kitchenette and several amenities that cater to all types of guests and for different lengths of stays.
In a world-first partnership between Qantas and Airbnb, Qantas Frequent Flyer members are now given the opportunity to earn Qantas Points whenever they book their Airbnb accommodation via qantas.com. All 11.4 million Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn one Qantas Point for every AUD that they spend on any one of Airbnb's 2.5 million accommodation listings across 191 countries.
The Hilton Singapore's il Cielo restaurant has been on my list of recommendations ever since I checked it out for dinner one evening during a media tasting. The poolside restaurant is also located on the roof so the view is actually quite nice but more importantly, the restaurant is actually running a pretty good Set Lunch special from just S$25++ on weekdays.
The beautiful Opus Bar & Grill located inside the Hilton Singapore is ramping up the steak offerings with a carefully curated selection of U.S. prime grade cuts from Greater Omaha in USA. This is one of the best places in Singapore for a charcoal-grilled steak especially when you consider the quality and value ratio (they do have some amazing promotions too like free-flowing wine for 2 hours).
AccorHotels has just named the Best Global Hotel Chain at the TTG Travel Awards 2016. This is the second consecutive year that AccorHotels has won the award and be sure to update yourself on the upcoming Le Club AccorHotels changes that are happening next year! Chairman and CEO Sebastien Bazin also won the award for being the Travel Personality of the Year.