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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

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

ndp1One year ago with our bloggers and Netccentric staff while packing for SG50’s Funpacks
Credits: Dayre

It has been a year since us Singaporeans have celebrated our golden jubilee and we’re proud to announce that..
Netccentric will be partnering with National Day Parade again for SG51! :)

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Nuffnang blogger and alphas with Brigadier-General Kenneth Liow, Chairman of the NDP 2016 Executive Committee at SG 51’s NDP media event
Credits: Xinlin

Netccentric has been heavily involved in SG50’s NDP event – read all about it here at our CEO Boss Ming’s Dayre. It was a priceless experience to be a part of SG50; from packing the fun packs for the residents of Singapore to penning down sincere and thoughtful wishes, we definitely felt the unity and pride to be a Singaporean. Imagine the excitement that we get to partner with NDP again this year!

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Brigadier General Kenneth Liow, Chairman of NDP 2016 Executive Committee, starting of the media programme.
Credits: Xinlin

This year’s NDP theme will be Building Our Singapore of Tomorrow. As the name speaks for itself, this year’s National Day Parade calls on all Singaporeans to remain strong and work towards Singapore’s future as one people.

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Chelsea Lim, the brainchild behind SG 51’s logo
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This year’s celebration will be nothing short of amazing:

Unlike any other year where NDP is held at Marina Floating Platform or Padang, SG51 NDP will be held at the newly renovated Singapore Sports Hub after a 10 year hiatus which will allow 275,000 Singaporeans – double that of previous NDPs – to celebrate Singapore’s birthday together.

Apart from traditional favourites such as the Parade and Salute to the Nation performed by five F-16D fighter aircraft, this year’s celebration will consist of unmanned technologies, 3D projection displays, aerial displays involving performers and props, and indoor fireworks for the first time ever! Just like any other NDP, SG51 NDP will definitely be a memorable and meaningful to all Singaporeans.

Read more about our influencers’ experience during SG51 NDP’s media event here:

Xinlin – NDP 2016: Concept, Theme & Logo
Brenda – NDP 2016: Concept, Theme and Logo
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Stay tuned to Nuffnang’s platforms as we will be updating the latest news regarding SG51’s NDP!

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Rachel Heng
Nuffnang Community Team

We are always developing new things for the community and this time we’re sure it’s something all of you will appreciate!

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In this new era where everyone is surfing the internet on their smartphones more than on their computers, we thought we’d have an easier way for you Nuffnangers to earn from us.

Introducing the new Nuffnang Mobile Ads! We’ve integrated the ad units to be mobile-friendly and look awesome on your blog’s mobile website. Say goodbye to out-of-proportioned ads on your phone screen and hello to Nuffnang Mobile Ads that fits perfectly.

As much as we’d like to skip the technical parts, you have to follow the steps below to insert the mobile ads.

Here’s how you can insert the mobile ads into the Mobile Template of your blog-

  1. Copy the Leaderboard code from our Nuffnang Add Ads Page (Yes! The code can be used for mobile templates as well!
  2. Paste the code in your favourite editor (eg. WordPad, TextEdit)
  3. Add <b:if cond=’data:blog.isMobile’> before the code and </b:if> after the blog as shown below-
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    Go back to the HTML section of your blog and paste the entire code directly after the <body> element like in the screenshot below. You can search <body> by pressing Ctrl+F if you’re on a PC or Command+F if you’re on a Mac.

  5. 3After you’ve done that, go ahead and click ‘Save Template‘.
  6. Now, head on back to the ‘Template’ tab and click on the settings button under ‘Mobile‘.
  7. 4Under ‘Choose mobile template‘, choose ‘Custom’ and save your selection.

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Tadah! You now have mobile ads on your mobile website! Here’s an example of how the ads will look like on your mobile device:

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It’s so simple! Nuffnang Mobile Ads is definitely an easier and more efficient way to expose your ads to your readers, considering the fact that our phones are like an extra limb rather than a communication device, which will ultimately increase your Nuffnang earnings. Plus, with these proportioned ads, your articles are now more reader friendly. Woohoo!

We will be showing more campaigns on the mobile ads from now on, so hop on the wagon, Nuffnangers! Install mobile ads now so you don’t miss out. Be sure to follow us on our instagram and dayre for more updates.

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Christina Lau
Nuffnang Community Team

As the celebratory mood wears off from Chinese New Year and the recent festivities, we find ourselves back to the daily grind.

Seems like a while ago when we just kicked off 2016, but did you notice that we are already one quarter into the year?

Before you forget about the “travel more in 2016” resolution you promised yourself at the beginning of the year, let us give you some suggestions to some getaway locations to spend the upcoming long weekends!

For parents/students, you know it will come in handy for the upcoming March school holidays ;)

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While we have fewer long weekends as compared to the Jubilee year, taking strategic leave from work is still an option to allow a getaway :)

The MOST important travel tip: always try your best to book your air tickets 7 weeks prior to your travelling date to avoid price surges. A personal favourite of mine to check out flight prices is Skyscanner.

While not absolutely accurate, Skyscanner provides a general guide and saves you the trouble from going over multiple airlines’ websites. Do also remember to check out Scoot for their Tuesday deals or even Singapore Airlines for some super worthy travel promos!

Below are 6 different countries you can go to for a solo trip, trip with a group of friends or even a family trip.

1. Pattaya, Thailand

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A place that is increasingly gaining popularity, Pattaya is small town which boasts a lively nightlife apart from day activities such as parasailing and jet skiing. Before you jet off to the ever familiar Bangkok to satisfy the Chatuchak coconut ice cream craving, consider a beach holiday at this picturesque town.

Parents, you’d be comforted to know that Pattaya offers several kids-friendly activities! Our daddy blogger Kelvin had a blast with his children at the Pattaya Sheep Farm, for an entry fee of just $2!!

 

 

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Check out what Kelvin has to say about the trip to Pattaya. As a parent, Kelvin, or more commonly known as Cheekiemonkies, also understands the woes of going on a family trip, which is why he saved you the trouble and came up with a list of children-friendly countries to visit! Trust us when we say it’s super insightful.

2. Komodo Island

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While we’d love to have a long trip, our hectic schedule often does not permit us. If you are tied down with school/work commitments this March holidays but still long for a short break out of town, Komodo Island would be the ideal place for a short trip.

The surrounding waters of seagrass beds and coral reefs makes it THE perfect place to dive. Fancy an adventure yet don’t want to exceed your budget? We bet you’ll fall in love with this island.

Charlene, more popularly known as Iamchacha, shares her visuals on the world’s largest Komodo lizard (how do you think the island got its name from?)  be sure to read more on her adventure here!

3. Taiwan

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For the lucky ones out there who are able to free up more time, Taiwan is the one country that every shopaholic and street food lover has to go. Do we need say more?

Once again, it is pretty evident that Charlene loves Taiwan so much for she dedicated a tab specifically for the country itself. Check out more here for her latest updates – we don’t know any better way to introduce Taiwan to you!

4. Guang Zhou

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I know, why would I suggest this part of China instead of something more fanciful like Beijing?

That was what many of our Singaporean Netccentrics thought so too when they headed there for their yearly company retreat. Turns out, almost all of them enjoyed the trip and were pleasantly surprised by what Guangzhou has to offer.

Live blogging using the handy Dayre app gave us a more in depth understanding on Guangzhou’s culture.

Check out the Dayre posts of some of our Netccentrics’ entries at:

5. Cebu, Phillipines

 

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Cebu is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. If you’re willing to indulge in a more luxurious trip as compared to the countries aforementioned, Cebu should be at the top of your list.

While not as popular as Phillipines’ main capital Manila, Cebu offers an array of activities that are bound to keep you packed during your holiday.

Read more on the ever reliable Tripadvisor for the list of reviews that travellers offered when they visited Cebu.

6. Kukup

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A small fishing village in Johor, Kukup is famous for its open air seafood restaurants built on stilts over the waters.

If you are looking for a place for a get-together with a large group of friends yet do not want to spend too much on the trip, Kukup would fit the bill.

Read more about Kukup at http://www.kukupresort.com/our-resorts.aspx as they provide extensive information on the recommended chalets to book and the activities they have.

We hope this guide comes in handy when you are planning your vacations with friends/family! Continue to push on before the next holiday arrives J

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Rachel Heng
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