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DID YOU KNOW: Fiji Island is a country on its own! It is made up of 333 islands, and only one-third are inhabited. Word has it that in Fiji villages, only the chiefs are permitted to wear sunglasses and hats, and the top of their hats are sacred.

A country that is so rich in culture, embodies strong camaraderie among Fijians, and a to-die-for scenery – one can only dream to be in Fiji right?

Here’re our Top 7 Activities for a Dream Beach Vacation – Fiji Edition!

1 . Helicopter tour:

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A backdrop like no other, a helicopter tour around Fiji will take your breath away. These thrilling aerial tours will cover the beautiful islands of Fiji such as Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands with exceptional customer service and safety.  This once in a lifetime experience will no doubt forge a memory that is unforgettable.

2 . Snorkelling

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Sail in the blue lagoon and explore the uninhabited beaches of Fiji Island. Your snorkeling experience will be nothing short of amazing when you’re sailing in the crystal clear Fijian waters.

3 . Quad Bike Tours

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From Mud Slinging to Cultural Discovery, the quad bike tours in Fiji covers an array of activities. Get ready to head up through the pine forests of the stunning Nausori Highlands, with plateaus overlooking the Mamanuca Islands. At the end of the tour you’d probably be covered in dirt from head to toe, but it’s definitely all worth it.

4 . Sky Diving

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Cited on TripAdvisor as one of the most exciting activity to do in Fiji, sky diving is not for the faint-hearted. You will oversee the stunning aerial views of azure waters, pristine reefs and white sandy beaches. This adrenaline-pumped activity will no doubt attract the thrill seekers, and we promise that it will be worth every penny spent.

5 . Fiji Liveaboard Diving

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You have not fully experienced the beauty of scuba diving unless you scuba dive in Fiji. Scuba diving in Fiji is rated amongst the world’s best – need we say more? Besides the commonly seen sea creatures such as turtles, snappers and jacks, you will be greeted with a plethora of other sea animals – most of which you probably never heard of.

6 . Fire-walking in Beqa

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Located just off Vitu Levu’s southern coast is Beqa Island and the surrounding Beqa Lagoon. Beqa island is home to a Fijian tribe called Sawau, who originated the traditional art of fire-walking. Be in the shoes of the locals for a day and experience this unique activity.

7 . Hike the Falls of Taveuni

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Also known as Fiji’s Garden of Eden, Taveuni Island teems with rare orchids, prehistoric tree ferns, tumbling waterfalls and natural water slides. Don’t miss out on the Tavoro waterfalls which boasts a 60-foot horsetail of clear waters.

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With our Top 7 Activities to enjoy while on your beach vacation, are you tempted to jet-set off to Fiji yet?

NuffnangSG is partnering with Fiji Airways and 6 Bloggeratis will be flying to Fiji to try out some of the above activities! 

Stays tuned to our live updates on NuffnangSG social media platforms from 29th June 2016 and experience the Fijian life with us!

@NuffnangSG

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Christina Lau
Nuffnang Community Team

Just last month, we were snorkeling with giant clams and soaking up the heat in Davao City with 8 of our Bloggeratis, exploring the eco-adventure side of Philippines.

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Our squad onboard the trip – Mongchin, Juli, Clara, Limaran, Shenny, Keline, Charlene and Jason – will be sharing their traventure (travel + adventure) over the next few days, so be sure to stay tuned for more on each of their blogs.

As for us, we will be sharing the things you might not know about Cebu Pacific and Davao City, so read on!

  1. Be sure not to miss out on the quizzes onboard Cebu Pacific!

Did you know, Cebu Pacific is Philippines’ largest airline that entered the aviation industry in March 1996 and pioneered the “low fare, great value” strategy?

We thoroughly enjoyed our flight on Cebu Pacific Air! We love how the airline embraces the Filipino’s culture of fun through their tongue-in-cheek advertisements, their interesting in-flight games (yes, more about that in a bit) and their pre-flight safety demo – dances that easily capture the attention of everyone on board.

Have you seen their punny advertisements?

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The in-flight games are random quizzes that the crew conducts after the take-off. The questions are usually simple trivia related to Philippines or the airline (e.g. how many emergency exits does this aircraft have?), or sing along contests.

These contests are usually held on international and domestic flights (with the exception of late night flights), so be sure to catch out the quizzes to stand a chance to win exclusive CEB merchandises. It’s always nice to join in the fun to minimize any flight jitters you have!

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Our bloggerati bloggers together with the friendliest crews and the hospitable pilots that flew with us.

We even had the opportunity to take small peek into the cockpit, which was an eye-opener!

CEB currently flies to 5 direct Philippines destinations from Singapore including Manila, Clark, Cebu, Iloilo and Davao.

Cebu Pacific Air flies from Singapore to the eco-adventure capital of Davao thrice weekly. Lowest year-round fares start from SGD 182. For bookings and promos, check HERE or call +65-315-80808.

2. Designated smoking corners

As a city with strong focus on eco-tourism, Davao prides itself in keeping the city a clean and eco-friendly place by limiting the smoking areas to small designated smoking areas outside public spaces.

Sometimes these small areas are cordoned off using bamboo sticks and ropes, which was an interesting sight indeed.

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A common question asked is why is such an extreme measure taken to prevent smoking? The anti-smoking ordinance was made, to protect public health and ensure that clean air is provided for the citizens of Davao.

Their studies show that many Filipinos have been affected by health problems caused by tobacco, and this number can be decreased by an immediate action of reducing smoking areas.

3. The paradise is VERY AFFORDABLE land & sea activities – 2 days of fun for under $100!

If you’re on a budget but still want to have a go with land & sea activities, look no further! We had so much fun overcoming our fears up in the air as well as deep in the sea in Davao, all at a very affordable price.

Here are some activities you can consider when you’re there:

a) Eden Nature Park

Eden Nature Park is a place for one to enjoy the flora & fauna in the Philippines – butterfly garden, flower garden and spice garden. But the highlight for us was the sky activities they offer – think sky cycling, ziplining and sky swing!

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Eden Nature Park – prices per pax

Guided shuttle tour- PHP 120

Sky Rider- PHP 150

Sky Cycle- PHP 200

Total “damage”: PHP 470 (approx SGD 14!)

Everyone has their individual fears – of heights or water – and this trip enabled us to set our personal challenges and goals through overcoming our fears.

You too can challenge yourself and we guarantee you’ll not regret the sky experience at Eden!

b) “Taklobo” Giant Clams Tour

After our exhilarating sky activities, we had a go with the sea activities.

Home to the marine life, the Giant Clam Sanctuary on Samal Island is an ongoing conservation Eco-Tourism Project which aims to promote biodiversity preservation, education, tourism & livelihood.

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“Taklobo” Giant Clams Tour – prices per pax

Entrance fee- PHP 100

Rental of snorkel gear- PHP 100

Rental of rash guard- PHP 100

Boat rental (up to 12 guests)- PHP 500

Total “damage”: PHP 360 (approx SGD 11!)

It’s a view not to be missed ;)

c) Maxima Aquafun & Canopy Tours

If you’re up for something more exciting, how does a 40m slide into the water sound? Yes you heard it right, the adrenaline rush down the 40m giant slide at Maxima Aquafun is certainly not for the faint-hearted!

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Maxima Aquafun & Canopy Tours

Day tour (Adults)- PHP 300

Day tour (Kids)- PHP 200

*includes lifebelt, tram ride, unlimited use of waterslide, water blob, jumping board and canopy walk on weekends

Total “damage”: PHP 300 (approx SGD 9!)

d) Davao Wildwater Adventure

Our last adventure of the trip was white water rafting along the Davao River – a 13 kilometres journey of being tossed around in the raft at rapids and swimming in the calm river.

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Words can’t explain how amazing the experience was.

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Midway through the rafting route, with the majestic sight of Mother Nature before us, we stopped over
at a pit stop for lunch and enjoyed the peace & serenity it brought us.

Davao Wildwater Adventure

Package rate of PHP 1700 per pax (minimum of 5 per group)

*includes transportation (From Crocodile Park to Rafting Area and back), lunch and refreshments, use of paddle and boat as well as Raft Guide

Total “damage”: PHP 1700 (approx SGD 50!)

e. Pressure Points Spa

If you ask us what is the best way to end our bloggerati traventure?

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Nothing better than a pampering massage of course. At Pressure Points Spa, we were warmly greeted by their hospitable service of the therapists and were also spoilt for choices on the array of services they offer.

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Holistic Body Massage- prices start from PHP 500

Foot massage- prices start from PHP 400

*Other treatments including foot detoxification, ear candling, manicures and pedicures start from PHP 200

Average “damage”: PHP 500 (approx SGD 15!)

All in all, the land, sea as well as the relaxation activities will only cost one less than SGD100. Where else can you get such a fun-filled activities at such an affordable price?! Need we say more?

For accommodations, we were treated with great hospitality at Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Davao and Seda Abreeza Hotel Davao, which were both located right next to convenient huge malls.

GIVEAWAY TIME!

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Our bloggers are having a giveaway where you can stand a chance to win yourself a pair of air tickets to Davao. Stay tuned to their Instagram accounts to find out how to participate in this contest!

Mongchin (Mongabong)

Juli (Bunbunmakeuptips)

Clara (Explodingbelly)

Limaran (Limaranagustina)

Shenny (Shennyyang)

Keline (Urbandollsg)

Charlene (Charlene22)

Jason (Jasonjuliuslim)

Good luck and MABUHAY!

For more visual updates of the bloggerati traventure, do hop over to #nuffnangsgxcebupacific as well as here for the official photos. Special thanks to Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Department of Tourism Region (11)- Davao for making this trip possible!

Madeline Chin
Nuffnang Community Team

Students probably have a love-hate relationship with the June Holidays. The longest academic holiday of the year, yet you’d be swamped with mountains of assignments and revisions waiting for you because exams happen immediately after.

Then again, taking a break is equally vital as your studies. Here’s what you can do during your June Holidays – whether you’re studying or not!

 

Free-Wifi Studying Places 

Explodingbelly, or Clara, feel your woes of looking for an empty study spot in your regular Starbucks or National Library to complete your tasks.

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A comprehensive list of 23 places to get your work done this June Holidays, Clara included both wifi/non-wifi cafes that you will be thankful for when you see eager students queuing up for a table outside National Library.

 

DBS Marina Regatta 2016

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Singapore’s ONLY urban pop-up beach, DBS Marina Regatta is back with more adventurous and exciting events for you. Catch live dragon boat races and with a lineup of up-and-coming music artistes, the DBS Sound House is perfect venue to unwind with friends over a pint of fresh brewed beer (with revisions under the way, of course. Priorities.)

Admission is FREE but it only spans over 2 weekends, so be sure to head over and have an epic time with your friends.

Dates: 28-29 May | 4-5 June 2016

Opening hours: 11am to 10pm

Venue: Promontory @ Marina Bay

Parents, you’d be delighted to know that apart from DBS Marina Regatta, our parenting blogger Kelvin, or more commonly known as Cheekiemonkies, compiled an exhaustive list of over 100 places that you can bring your children to this holiday. Head over to his blog and stay tuned to more of his recommendations!

 

Beerfest Asia 2016

For those above 18, this is for you. Beerfest Asia is back again, bigger and better than before.

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This isn’t your standard beer convention; with over 400 beers to choose from and a series of events lined up for you, Beerfest will be exactly where you need to be after a whole day of revision. Apart from the amazing live music at the background, you’d have a blast with the rest of entertainments such as stand up comedies, sample culinary offerings. All under the spectacular backdrop of Marina Promenade.

If you’re an UOB cardholder, do not miss out on their promotion here.

Dates: 16-19 Jun  (Thu – Sun)

Venue: Marina Promenade

 

Singapore Zoo – Ah Meng Zing Experience 

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Zoos never gets old, do they? With Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) constantly seeking new ways to enrich us more about animals, Ah Meng Zing allows you to learn all about saving animals and conserving wildlife.

Take part in their events such as Zoolympix and making your own animal-inspired crafts. Apart from Singapore Zoo, check out WRS’ counterparts such as Night Safari and River Safari for more activities!

Head over to their website to find out more. If you’re a NTUC, Passion or Safra Card member, you’ll be entitled to special discounts!

 

Safra Punggol Waterway Challenge

After days of revision and hard work on the books, this challenge is bound to pack you with endorphins to power through the studying.

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Ride, run and row along the scenic Coney Island and Punggol Waterway with your BFF or family members – different race formats are available for you to choose from. Head over to Safra’s website to find out more details on the race.

Registration starts on the 29th May 2016, so go register now!

Happy studying, and happy holidays! Time management is key, so do plan your time well and we hope you enjoy the activities suggested!

Christina Lau
Nuffnang Community Team

After a 20 year wait, Les Miserables is finally back, this time bigger and better than before. The new, reimagined version of this musical was first created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Broadway musical. This current version includes new sets, re-orchestrated music scores, and pyrotechnics. For those who are keen, Les Miserables will be showing at the Esplanade Theatre till 17 July 2016 and tickets are available HERE.

Now, for those of you who don’t know, Les Miserables the Musical follows the lives of several characters in the 19th Century French Revolution period, touching on topics of redemption, contradictions in friendship and love as well as survival of the human spirit.

Since its inception in the 1980s, Les Miserables has since taken the musical scene by storm. Originated from the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables was then made into a musical in 1985. It is undisputedly one of the greatest Broadway shows of all time.

Not only was the musical a hit, Les Miserables the movie, starring Hollywood’s greatest stars such as Russell Crowe, Anna Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried, scored 3 Oscars and 3 Golden Globe awards 2012.

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Despite its global fame, did you know that Les Miserables was once dismissed as “witless and synthetic entertainment?” For more, allow us to take you through 5 facts about the musical.

1. The early reviews of Les Miserables were atrocious

When the musical was first released in London’s Barbican Theatre, critics panned it. Newspapers such as The Daily Mail and City Limits called the musical out and described it as a “load of sentimental old tosh”.

Devastated, Producer Cameron Mackintosh made a trip to the box office only to find out that in less than 24 hours, tickets were already selling out fast. It was then that he decided to not take professional critics to heart and instead trust the power of word of mouth.

2. Today, Les Miserables is one of the oldest and most successful Broadway shows

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This blockbuster has won over 125 major theatre awards including an Olivier, 8 Tonys, a Grammy, and 5 Helpmann Awards. The production has played over 45,000 professional performances worldwide to a total audience of more than 70 million people – even more than the population of Italy.

3. There is only one place which still holds the original production

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Though different renditions of the play are still stellar performances which continue to touch the hearts of millions, the only place where you can still see the original musical is in London.

4. The singing you heard from Les Miserables movie was entirely live

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To amp up the realism, Tom Hooper, director of the movie insisted that the entire cast sing live instead of lip-synching to pre-recorded tracks. Even though the live singing did potray raw honesty to the movie, the cast had to prepare their vocals months before the actual acting. On top of that, stars such as Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman had a whopping amount of weight to lose before filming commenced. They really deserved their Oscars!

5. After a 20-year hiatus, Les Miserables finally made its way to Singapore with its latest production of Les Miserables

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Consisting of modernised staging, orchestrations and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this version of Les Miserables must not be missed!

This production has broken box office records America and in Canada for over three years, as well as in Japan, Korea, Spain and Australia.

Tickets have been on sale since November last year and will be available through all SISTIC channels. The musical will be held at Esplanade from 31st May 2016 onwards, with ticket prices starting from SGD58.

For more information, please head over to www.lesmis.sg.

This post is brought to you in partnership with Mediacorp VizPro.

Madeline Chin
Nuffnang Community Team

Singapore’s food scene has been on an all-time high recently; from salted egg croissants to the latest themed-cafes, even our Instagram feeds have problems keeping up. But hey, everyone loves a variety to choose from and I’m definitely not complaining!

In case you missed them out, we have sourced out some of the trendiest food and cafes that you can probably bring your date to, or even just a simple gathering with loved ones.

1.BAKE Cheese Tart

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Photo Credits: Misstamchiak

Originated from Japan, BAKE has been the talk of the town ever since it set foot in Singapore. I mean, why not? BAKE prides itself on only serving the “Best Cheese Tart Ever” and as far as cheese tarts go, it hasn’t disappoint yet.

Insider Tip: Avoid the long queues by buying your cheese tarts during off peak hours. Word has it that the waiting time for BAKE clocked up to 3 hours!

Aileen Lim for food blogger Maureen, more popularly known as Miss Tam Chiak has done a review on the various type of cheese tarts available in Singapore. Head over to Maureen’s website and find out more!

2.Prima Deli Salted Egg Yolk Cheese Tarts

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Photo Credits: Clara

Salted yolk crabs, salted yolk buns, salted yolk chips, salted yolk croissants… I can go on and on. But salted yolk lava cheese tart? This is a different ball game altogether. Our new foodie to the family, Clara, popularly known as Exploding Belly, swore by the buttery goodness of this tart. This local creation has won the hearts of many and will continue to win every salted-yolk lover’s heart. ;)

Insider Tip: Toast your tart prior to eating to savor the runny salted egg goodies!

Head over to Clara’s blog and be sure to follow her on Instagram! Don’t blame us if you salivate when you browse through her feed in the middle of the night though J

3.DC Comics Super Hero Café

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The recent Batman VS Superman movie has got us all hooked onto the DC scene and this DC-themed Café will definitely satisfy the after-effects of the movie. It features superheroes-themed food such as Hall of Justice Combo, Chicken Hawk Quesadilla, Aquaman’s Arrabiata and Batman’s Dark Knight Charcoal Burger.

What is there not to love? While the food in the café tends to be on the pricier side, the view from MBS will be all worth it.

Head over to Marina Bay Sands’ website to find out more about the café!

4.LePark

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Situated at the roof top of People’s Park Complex, Lepark is the ideal place to lepak (chill in Malay Language). Lepark serves amazing tapas-styled food as well as proper mains. If you’re looking for a chill night session, you’d love to know that Lepark serves an array of craft beers that is not your usual run-of-the-mill beers.

Insider Tip: Lepark even has live getai (song stages in dialects) sessions occasionally. Like their facebook page and stay tuned to their updates!

Jiehui, more popularly known as Miss Goob, went for a taste event for Lepark’s latest menu. Head over to her dayre and find out more about Lepark!

5.Pompompurin Café

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Photo Credits: Clara

Pompompurin cafe has been the latest craze as far as themed-cafes go in Singapore. Originated from Sanrio, Japan, Pompompurin is now ranked #1 most popular Sanrio character! From its entrance décor all the way to the smallest details such as seats and cutlery, Pompompurin Café is decorated beautifully with Pompompurin’s characters.

Clara did a review on this themed-café here. Read to find out more!

6.Timbre+

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Photo Credits: ShoutSg

As Singapore first container Gastropark, Timbre+ is an urban food hall that offers a diversity of restaurant-grade food and casual eats at affordable prices. With music and live performances, Timbre+ is the ideal place if you want a relaxing and chill session with your loved ones. The graffiti sprays and abstract arts inside the container definitely livens up the mood.

Do note that Timbre+ closes on Sundays and parking lots are extremely limited, so you might want to park at Fusionopolis or take the train to One-north!

Read more about Timbre+ here at Cheekiemonkie’s blog!

That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed reading about the latest food trends. Happy eating!

Rachel Heng
Nuffnang Community Team

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