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In Focus: Singapore | By Peggy Lee, Hok Yean Chee & Chariss Kok Xin

The Republic of Singapore is a metropolitan city-state and island country in Southeast Asia with a total land area of an estimated 714.3 square kilometres. It is situated at the southern tip of the Malayan Peninsula, between Malaysia and Indonesia. With an economy supported by its growing population of approximately 5.7 million people, Singapore has witnessed remarkable record of sustained economic growth throughout the years and bolsters its role as a global commerce, finance and transpo...
Tags: Travel, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Malaysia, Republic of Singapore, Malayan Peninsula, Peggy Lee Hok Yean Chee, Chariss Kok Xin


Key Highlights In 2020 | By Peggy Lee, Hok Yean Chee & Chariss Kok Xin

The Republic of Singapore is a metropolitan city-state and island country in Southeast Asia with a total land area of an estimated 714.3 square kilometres. It is situated at the southern tip of the Malayan Peninsula, between Malaysia and Indonesia. With an economy supported by its growing population of approximately 5.7 million people, Singapore has witnessed remarkable record of sustained economic growth throughout the years and bolsters its role as a global commerce, finance and transpo...
Tags: Travel, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Malaysia, Republic of Singapore, Malayan Peninsula, Peggy Lee Hok Yean Chee, Chariss Kok Xin


H-Energy’s Former #Dubai-Based LNG Trading Unit Being Liquidated - Bloomberg

H-Energy’s Former Dubai-Based LNG Trading Unit Being Liquidated - BloombergA liquefied natural gas trading company that was until recently based in Dubai and part of India’s Hiranandani Group is being liquidated after it was determined that it can no longer operate, according to a letter to creditors seen by Bloomberg News.HE Mideast Ltd. had insufficient funds to meet its debts, according to the letter, dated April 1, seen by Bloomberg. The firm defaulted on at least $50 million worth of debt t...
Tags: Travel, India, Bloomberg, Malaysia, Dubai, Shell, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Petronas, Petroliam Nasional Bhd, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, H Energy, Hiranandani Group, Bloomberg News HE Mideast Ltd, Novato Investing Ltd, HE Mideast


Goldman’s #Saudi Investment Bank Chief Said to Leave for PIF Role - Bloomberg

Goldman’s Saudi Investment Bank Chief Said to Leave for PIF Role - Bloomberg Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s head of investment banking for Saudi Arabia is leaving to join the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, according to people familiar with the matter, the latest in a string of departures at the U.S. lender in the Middle East.Eyas AlDossari will join the Public Investment Fund to help work on new investments, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. Goldman Sachs ...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Softbank, Bloomberg, Malaysia, Credit Suisse, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Goldman Sachs, Goldman, Pif, Lucid, Saudi Aramco, Mohammed bin Salman, Mideast, Saudi Basic Industries Corp


Masdar taps new markets to double its clean energy capacity over the next 5 years | The National

Masdar taps new markets to double its clean energy capacity over the next 5 years | The NationalAbu Dhabi clean energy company Masdar expects a "sizeable part" of its renewable energy growth over the next five years to come from South-East Asia and Central Asia as it plans new projects to double capacity.The company will look to develop new projects in Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Taiwan. It is bullish about new opportunities in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Armenia.“Masdar is now a...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Armenia, Masdar, South East Asia, Central Asia, Petronas, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Taiwan Vietnam, NationalAbu Dhabi, Malaysia Vietnam Indonesia, Uzbekistan Kazakhstan Azerbaijan, Fawaz Al Muharrami


Global Culinary Icon Gordon Ramsay Partners Sunway Resort To Launch First Restaurant In Malaysia

Sunway Resort, the spectacular flagship of Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, has announced a ground-breaking partnership with Gordon Ramsay Restaurants to open the world-renowned, multi-Michelin starred chef's first-ever restaurant in Malaysia, marking the start of an exciting new era of international gastronomy for the country. Under the historic collaboration, guests at Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, the iconic lifestyle destination, will be treated to a blend of culinary brilliance and electric ent...
Tags: Travel, London, Malaysia, Michelin, Gordon Ramsay, Sunway Resort, Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, Gordon Ramsay Bar Grill


Saudis Slash Oil Supply to Some Buyers After Pledged OPEC+ Curbs - Bloomberg

Saudis Slash Oil Supply to Some Buyers After Pledged OPEC+ Curbs - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia slashed crude oil supplies to at least nine refiners in Asia and Europe after the kingdom volunteered to cut its production by 1 million barrels a day for February and March.Aramco will supply less crude as part of long-term contracts next month, giving some Asian processors as much as 20%-30% less than they had sought, according to company officials who received the notices but asked not to be identified a...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Opec, Malaysia, Aramco, State, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Bloomberg Saudi Arabia, OPEC Curbs Bloomberg


HVS Asia Pacific Hospitality Newsletter - Week Ending 8 January 2021

Brown Investments Acquires 55.65% Controlling Stake of Serendib Hotels, The Big Banana Set to Embark on AUD50 million Masterplan Over 20 Years in Australia, Tripartite Partnership to Launch Stimulus Recovery Plan Campaign in Malaysia, New MYR425 Million Ipoh Convention Centre to Boost Business Tourism.
Tags: Travel, Australia, Malaysia, HVS Asia Pacific Hospitality Newsletter Week, Brown Investments Acquires


Facebook’s Oversight Board announces first batch of cases, will consider matters of hate speech, nudity

Facebook’s Oversight Board, an independent body that reviews moderation decisions by the social media giant, has chosen six cases concerning hate speech by politicians, nudity, politico-religious speech, and “dangerous organisations”, as the first batch of cases it will review in the coming days. None of these cases concern India directly. The OSB was first proposed in November 2018, in response to several years of criticism faced by Facebook over its unsatisfactory content moderation activity. ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, France, China, Germany, India, US, United States, Malaysia, Brazil, Nazi, Hate Speech, Misinformation, Baku Azerbaijan


Poor cross-border transactions drives Visa’s poor Q4 earnings

Similar to its global counter-part Mastercard, Visa Inc. reported a 17% YoY drop in revenues and a 30% YoY drop in profits for Q4 2020, due to a significant fall in cross-border transactions between July and September this year. The company suffered a 38% YoY drop in cross-border payments globally in Q4 2020, while cross-border volumes excluding intra-Europe fell by 41% YoY, according to its investor presentation. “While our business drivers and financial results were impacted by Covid-19 in 202...
Tags: Travel, Credit Cards, Europe, News, India, Africa, Turkey, Canada, United States, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, Pakistan, Argentina, Earnings, Cambodia, Latin America


Apple App Store prices to increase reflecting 2% Equalisation Levy

Apple announced on Monday that prices of App Store products in India will increase to reflect a 2% equalisation levy, in addition to the 18% GST already being imposed. This will apply to prices of apps and in-app purchases, excluding auto-renewable subscriptions. India’s 2% digital tax on foreign e-commerce operators kicked in from April 2020. Prices will also change in other countries in response due to fluctuations in exchange rates of local currencies. Prices in Brazil, Colombia, Russi...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Europe, UK, News, Indonesia, France, India, US, Turkey, South Africa, Malaysia, Italy, App Stores


#AbuDhabi fund drops lawsuit against Goldman over 1MDB | Financial Times

Abu Dhabi fund drops lawsuit against Goldman over 1MDB | Financial Times:  One of Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth funds has dropped a lawsuit alleging Goldman Sachs bribed its officials as part of a “massive global conspiracy” that led to billions of dollars being embezzled from Malaysia’s 1MDB.  The news comes the day before the expected announcement of a long-awaited global regulatory settlement that includes more than $2bn of new fines for Goldman and a guilty plea from one of its Asian subsidi...
Tags: Travel, New York, Malaysia, Goldman Sachs, Abu Dhabi, Goldman, Financial Times, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Ipic, International Petroleum Investment Company


OECD warns of trade war without global consensus on digital tax, deal now possible in mid-2021

Disagreement over global digital taxes may result in unilateral taxes and increased trade disputes, triggering a global trade war that could potentially shave off 1% of the global GDP annually, the OECD warned on Monday. For now, 137 countries including India — collectively referred to as the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework for BEPS — on October 8-9 agreed upon the basic skeleton for any future agreement. Countries have agreed on key policy features and parameters for a future agreement, the organi...
Tags: Travel, Usa, News, Indonesia, France, India, US, Eu, Malaysia, Italy, Commission, European Commission, OECD, Taxation, Angel Gurría, Europe France


The 20 best democratic countries for Americans to move to after the pandemic, where the weather is decent and living is affordable

Ireland is one of the best countries for Americans to move to. Madrugada Verde/Shutterstock If you're looking to leave the United States — for whatever reason — this list could help you find a welcoming country that isn't too expensive to live in and has good weather. Business Insider ranked the best countries for Americans to move to — once travel from the US to other countries is permitted and the coronavirus is under control. To identify the best places, we looked at five metrics we thi...
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, News, Sweden, Australia, Germany, US, Trends, Strategy, Rankings, Eu, Spain, European Union, Cyprus, Features


The 22 Best Things to See and Do in Bangkok

Posted: 8/17/20 | August 17th, 2020 Bangkok. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s a vibrant, chaotic, international, funhouse. A city 600 square miles and with a population of over 8 million, you could spend months here and you’d still only scratch the surface. I’ve visited the city more times than I can count. I even lived there for a couple of years . I’ve watched the city change and grow in so many ways since I first landed here in 2004. While there’s not a lot of traditional t...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangkok, Chinatown, Jim Thompson, Unesco World Heritage, Buddha, Cameron Highlands, Buddhist, Rama, Khao San Road, Mark Wiens


KY eats – Kok Siong Nasi Kandar, Puchong

Nasi Kandar is one of those dishes that is perhaps taking a back seat when it comes to our national identity, everyone associates nasi lemak with Malaysia, bak kut teh with Klang, but most may not know that nasi kandar originates from Penang, with vendors on foot balancing a post “kandar” on their shoulder carrying rice & various other (usually) dishes such as mutton curry, fried chicken and so forth. Kok Siong nasi kandar, Puchong It is also one of the many must-have dishes when one visits Pen...
Tags: Travel, Tesco, Malaysia, Food Video, Penang, Eats, Selangor Others, Klang, Puchong, Nasi-kandar, Petai, Bandar Puchong, Pork Free, Sotong, Jalan Bandar, Kok Siong


Famous Putu Piring Tengkera Melaka

Famous Putu Piring Tengkera Melaka If you google Putu Piring Melaka, you can only find this place and this is as if there are no other putu piring places. This is the Famous Putu Piring Tengkera Melaka or Putu Piring Jalan Tengkera. The humble putu piring seller started in front of his house over 30 years ago before shifting to this shop. Putu Piring is originated from India and it is pretty popular food in Malaysia. However, in recent times you don’t find many people selling put...
Tags: Travel, Food, India, Malaysia, Headline, Melaka, Malaysia - Food, Putu, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Gula Melaka, Malaysia - Malacca, Putu Piring, Putu Piring Tengkera Melaka, Putu Piring Melaka, Putu Piring Jalan Tengkera, Tengkera Melaka


The Coolest Boutique Hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

While many travellers to Malaysia will flock to Penang, Sabah or Malacca, you must spend some time in the countries capital, Kuala Lumpur! A hotel sets the mood for your stay. You want comfort, a fabulous location, and personally, that little je ne sais quoi that turns a good experience into a great one, and a brilliant price always helps! While there are dozens of nice hotels in Kuala Lumpur to choose from why not add a level of chic-ness to your stay by staying in one of the coolest bou...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Japan, Hotels, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Marriott, Hotel, Chinatown, Destinations, Colonial, Malacca, Melaka, Penang, Bukit Bintang, Accommodation Review


Singapore Airlines To Launch Flights To Nowhere

Singapore Airlines To Launch Flights To Nowhere This is some travel news from our neighbour down south, Singapore. Singapore Airlines (SIA) to launch flights to nowhere. This means flights will depart from and land in Changi Airport from October 2020 in hope to give the airlines business a lift. As reported on The Straits Times, SIA is working towards launching this option for domestic passengers – dubbed “flights to nowhere” – by end-October. ( = window.a...
Tags: Travel, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Sia, Airlines, Headline, Singapore Airlines, Sarawak, Announcements / Press Releases / Statements, Others, Changi Airport, 288, PETALING, SIA Group, Singapore Tourism Board


Our September 11 2001 Experience in Sydney

Our September 11 2001 Experience in Sydney This is our first time blogging about Our September 11 2001 Experience in Sydney. If you know us close enough, we could have told you our September 11 2001 experience in Sydney. We were in Sydney at that time for a short semester break before flying to Melbourne. We were in Sydney staying with our cousin in downtown and around midnight, one of our friends who was in town too asked us to switch on the TV. Almost all channels were showing ...
Tags: Travel, New York, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Pentagon, Melbourne, World Trade Center, Headline, Australia - New South Wales, Ansett, Australia - Sydney, World Trade Center Ground Zero, Desa Park CityOktoberfest


MY JET Xpress Airlines Air Cargo Inauguration Flight to East Malaysia

MY JET Xpress Airlines Air Cargo Inauguration Flight to East Malaysia This is something interesting to share. During this COVID-19 pandemic, most commercial passenger airlines takes a big hit on their income as flying is restricted in Malaysia and most countries around the world. For the air cargo on the other hand is doing better in business compare to commercial passenger airlines. Recently, we were invited to witness the MY JET Xpress Airlines Air Cargo Inauguration Flight to East Malaysia...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, China, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Airlines, Airport, Headline, Kota Kinabalu, Sarawak, Klia, Announcements / Press Releases / Statements, Others, PETALING JAYA, Indochina, Brisbane Australia


McDonald’s Malaysia offers NEW Nasi Lemak McD with Rendang Ayam

McDonald’s Malaysia offers NEW Nasi Lemak McD with Rendang Ayam Good news everyone! McDonald’s Malaysia offers NEW Nasi Lemak McD with Rendang Ayam. Our favourite Nasi Lemak McD comes with savoury rendang ayam or together with with Spicy Chicken McDeluxe cutlet or Grilled Chicken Burger (GCB). This was announced last week at McDonald’s Putrajaya Precint two last week. The Nasi Lemak McD with Rendang Ayam and Nasi Lemak McD with Spicy Chicken McDeluxe cutlet or Grilled Chicken Bur...
Tags: Travel, Food, Youtube, Malaysia, Headline, Nasi Lemak, Announcements / Press Releases / Statements, Others, Halal Food, Bukit Bintang, McDonald, McDonald 's, Merdeka, Cendol, Gula Melaka, McDonald 's Malaysia


Foie Gras Salmon Meshi at Sushi Hiro Central Village Bangkok

Foie Gras Salmon Meshi at Sushi Hiro Central Village Bangkok There is one sushi restaurant that we often visit in Bangkok, it is Sushi Hiro. They have a couple of outlets in Bangkok and one of them is at Central Village Bangkok. What we like about sushi restaurants in Bangkok is they offer good quality foie gras in their menu. In one of our trips to Bangkok end of last year, we had Foie Gras Salmon Meshi at Sushi Hiro Central Village Bangkok. Foie Gras Salmon Meshi at Sushi Hiro ...
Tags: Travel, Food, Samsung, Thailand, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Headline, Bangkok, Macau, Thailand - Bangkok, Facebook Page, Hiro, OneDay Hostel Sukhumvit, Central Village Bangkok, Foie Gras Salmon Meshi, Sushi Hiro Central Village Bangkok


KY eats – Ichikakuya Ramen, Podium, UOA Business Park

Always on the lookout for a good bowl of ramen, I was recently intrigued by taufulou’s rave reviews about Ichikakuya Ramen, probed into it a little bit and realized that it is located at UOA Business Park, that big office building across from SS15 over Federal Highway, which is quite a convenient place for me to get to, so I thought we’d give it a try. Ichikakuya Ramen at the Podium, UOA Business Park The brand Ichikakuya is from Yokohama and is a relatively new establishment from only about 5 ...
Tags: Travel, Ramen, Malaysia, Japanese, Food Video, Eats, Foreign Food, Shah Alam, Yokohama, Federal Highway, Gyoza, Japanese Ramen, Jeanwooi, Chicken Oil, Pork Ramen, The Podium


Gender and Family Segregation Guidelines at TGV Mesra Mall Cinema

Gender and Family Segregation Guidelines at TGV Mesra Mall Cinema There will be Gender and Family Segregation at TGV Mesra Mall Cinema in Terengganu. This is posted by TGV Cinemas Facebook Page for the Mesra Mall cinema guideline as provided by Majlis Perbandaran Kemaman (MPK) Terengganu. ( = || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-8151989764334958", enable_page_level_ads: true }); Untuk makluman semua, kami di...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Muslim, Headline, Announcements / Press Releases / Statements, Others, Terengganu, Pisang Goreng, Malaysia - Terengganu, TGV Mesra Mall Cinema, TGV Cinemas Facebook Page, Mesra Mall, Majlis Perbandaran Kemaman MPK Terengganu, Mesra Mall TGV Cinemas Blue zone


New Hong Leong AirAsia Card BIG Points Earning Structure

New Hong Leong AirAsia Card BIG Points Earning Structure We blogged a lot about Hong Leong AirAsia Card because we are using it and it is really useful for us. One of the reasons we applied for Hong Leong AirAsia Platinum Card is their BIG Points Earning. On April 2020, there is New Hong Leong AirAsia Card BIG Points Earning Structure due to adjustment from AirAsia BIG as we were told. The following is the New Hong Leong AirAsia Card BIG Points Earning Structure. Effective 15 ...
Tags: Travel, Malaysia, Vietnam, Headline, Nasi Lemak, Airasia, Announcements / Press Releases / Statements, Others, Nasi Goreng, Pileh Bay Loh Samah Bay Maya Bay Hin Klang, BIG Points, AirAsia Hong Leong Bank Platinum Credit Card, New Hong Leong, Hong Leong AirAsia Card, Hong Leong AirAsia Platinum Card, Hong Leong Bank AirAsia Platinum Credit Card


Big Tech raise advertiser, developer fees in response to digital taxes in Europe

Several European countries — the UK, France, Italy and others — as well as Turkey, have in the recent past begun taxing technology companies, including the giants, with digital services taxes. Talks for developing a global framework for digital taxes fell apart after the US pulled out of negotiations earlier this year, stating that the levies discriminate against American firms and are unfair. European countries went ahead with bringing their proposed taxes into effect. However, American com...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, UK, News, France, US, Turkey, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Italy, OECD, FBA


Sunway Hotels & Resorts Signs 3-Year Agreement With Amadeus To Boost Efficiency And Customer Loyalty

Amadeus, an industry-leading provider of hospitality technology solutions, has announced a new agreement with Sunway Hotels & Resorts, one of Asia's most prominent international hotel groups, to deliver a comprehensive technology solution enabling them to streamline reservations and loyalty programs across Sunway's 11 independent properties in Malaysia, Cambodia, and Vietnam, as well as future developments which include a new hotel in Malaysia's southern state of Johor, scheduled to launc...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Johor, Sunway, Malaysia Cambodia, Sunway Hotels


Our ongoing list of how countries are reopening, and which ones remain under lockdown

Models present creations from the Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2021 men's collection in a live-streamed show at the university campus of the Humanitas Research Foundation in one of the first physical fashion shows since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, during Milan Digital Fashion Week in Rozzano, south of Milan, Italy, July 15, 2020. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, some countries are putting their citizens on various forms of lockd...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, UK, Science, News, Sweden, Supreme Court, Washington Post, North Korea, France, Saudi Arabia, China, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, Berlin


Kak Yan Nasi Campur Restaurant in Langkawi

Food has always been one of my weaknesses on all my travels and this time around, I will be highlighting the super-famous Kak Yan Nasi Campur Restaurant in Langkawi. Overall, when I visit a place, I make it a point to explore the very local food scene and these places are usually is local-famous. Most of the time, recommended by locals whom I work with.So, what is Nasi Campur? It is translated from Malay as mixed rice, where one takes a plate of white rice and adds in various dishes to create y...
Tags: Travel, Google, Malaysia, Waze, Melaka, Nasi Campur, Malaysia Asia, Langkawi, Langkawi Island, Sambal, Kuah, Pantai Cenang, Tanjung Rhu Resort, Famous Langkawi Food, Langkawi Attractions, Langkawi Food



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