Sundowners with a Difference – Gear Up and Explore

What’s one to do as the sun sets over the horizon in the central business district of Changi? Plenty, as John Maxwell a Long Stay Guest at Capri by Fraser, Changi City /Singapore will tell you:

“I saw the adverts for ‘Gear up and Explore – the cycling experience’ posted around the hotel. I thought it would be a good way to explore the local area and to get to know my fellow guests and the staff at the hotel. I have not cycled for years but the team at Capri by Fraser made my Changi experience so enjoyable. The pace was just right. The route was safe, scenic and well organised. Safety and comfort was a key concern for the Capri team and that was very reassuring. The break for food and drink was an added bonus. However, it was the warmth, kindness and friendliness of the Capri staff that made it not just a lovely experience but a highlight of my time in Singapore. After the trip I was buzzing, not just from the enjoyable experience but the fact that the acquaintances I had begun the journey with had become my friends.”

From left: Vernon Lee, General Manager with our guests, Rosemarijn Kriek (in yellow top), John Maxwell (in orange top) and Santosh Kumar Podishetti (in chrome orange top), along with our enthusiastic team of cyclists from Front Office

From left: Vernon Lee, General Manager with our guests, Rosemarijn Kriek (in yellow top), John Maxwell (in orange top) and Santosh Kumar Podishetti (in chrome orange top), along with our enthusiastic team of cyclists from Front Office

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Next Stop: Ho Chi Minh City!

Image from wikipedia, credit to calflier001

Image from wikipedia, credit to calflier001

Capri by Fraser has expanded from Singapore to the Vietnamese city, Ho Chi Minh City! In honour of that, today we’ll introduce you to the city and show you the amazing sites you can visit there.

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam, and boasts a population of 9 million citizens. You may also know it by its former (and still commonly used today) name, Saigon. It was officially renamed in 1975, after the communist takeover of South Vietnam. The provisional government named it after Ho Chi Minh, the late Vietnamese revolutionary leader.

If you visit the city, you will find that it is a dynamic urban area, with modern skyscrapers mixed with Chinese-style pagodas and food stalls along its streets.  Indeed, the city’s lifestyle and architecture can be said to be a fusion of Western and Asian influences with Vietnamese traits, and is as historical as it is modern.

And you will find that there are lots of things to do here, with Ho Chi Minh City considered to be the most entertaining place in Vietnam! With amusement parks, historical sites, great food and a booming night life, you will never get bored.

Below are some of Ho Chi Minh City’s tourist spots… Check them out if you can!

 

Reunification Palace

Image from wikipedia, credit to Mahen Bala

Image from wikipedia, credit to Mahen Bala

 

Formerly known as the Independence Palace, it used to be the home of the president of South Vietnam and is a landmark of Ho Chi Minh City today.

The building has a lot of historical sentiment attached to it. It was constructed at the site of the old Norodom Palace which had been witness to two world wars. In 1962, two rebel pilots bombed the palace and destroyed the entire left wing. As it was impossible to restore, the president ordered it demolished and commissioned a new building in its place.

It now functions as a museum where visitors can view important moments of Vietnam’s past.

The Reunification Palace is located at 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street on District 1.

 

Saigon Opera House

Image from wikipedia, credit to Jorge Lascar

Image from wikipedia, credit to Jorge Lascar

The Saigon Opera House (also known as The Municipal Theatre) is an example of Vietnam’s French Colonial architecture. All the furnishings and décor used inside were drawn by a French artist and sent by France.

It was designed by French architect Ferret Eugene and was built in 1897 as a classical opera house to entertain French Colonists. After 1956, the theatre was used as the Lower House Assembly for Southern Vietnam, and was only converted back to its original purpose in 1975.

In 1998, to celebrate the 300th birthday of Saigon, the municipal government invited several famous architects and artists to restore the place.

The Saigon Opera House is located at Le Loi Avenue in District 1.

 

Giác Lâm Pagoda

Image from wikipedia, credit to DoktorMax

Image from wikipedia, credit to DoktorMax

Built in 1744, this Buddhist pagoda is one of the oldest temples in the city, and is an official historical landmark.

Its name came about after the Monk Thich Lam Quang of the Lam Te Zen lineage arrived to become the Abbott of the temple.

Giac Lam Pagoda consists of three buildings – main ceremonial hall, dharma preaching hall and meal hall. Many Buddhas are worshipped here, such as bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, Gautama Buddha and Quan Am. The moment you enter, you will see a big Bodhi tree, which was a gift from the Sri Lankan Great Monk Narada in 1953.

Giac Lam Pagoda is located at 118 Lạc Long Quân Street in the Tan Binh District.

 

If you planning on a holiday to Vietnam, do check out this amazing city!

Book a stay with us at Capri by Fraser, Ho Chi Minh City/Vietnam today!

Name Our Mascot Winner!

Finally… the results are in for the NAME OUR MASCOT contest!

We’ve received some great entries which made our decision tough.. but in the end, we are pleased to announce the winner – Mr. Jon Xiao, with his suggestions of Sophie & Lola!

Jon and Capri's Duty Manager, Farez

Jon and Capri’s Duty Manager, Farez

The names chosen received the highest votes among the Capri staff! Congrats Jon, you’ve won a 2D1N stay at Capri by Fraser!

A big thank you to everyone who participated! Watch this space for more contests to come!

HAIRSPRAY: Premiering in Malaysia & Singapore

 

The eight-time Tony Award-winning musical, HAIRSPRAY, will premiere in Malaysia and Singapore this September!

The musical was inspired by the 1988 film by John Waters of the same name. An American romantic musical comedy, it starred Ricki Lake, Divine, Debbie Harry and Sonny Bono, among others. The film became a cult classic, and in 2002, was adapted into a broadway musical.

In 2007, another film adaptation of Hairspray was released which starred John Travolta, Zac Efron and Nikki Blonsky.

HAIRSPRAY centers around Tracy Turnblad, an overweight teenager who loves dancing and is a fan of the Corny Collins Show. When one of the show’s stars leave, Corny Collins holds an audition, and with the help of her friends, Tracy makes it onto the show. Her dancing skills also attract the attention of Link Larkin, the heartthrob of the show.

However, life is not all roses for Tracy. The Corny Collins Show’s manager, Velma Von Tussle and her scheming daughter, the dance queen Amber, are not happy with the decision to have Tracy on the show. As they plot to destroy Tracy, all hell breaks loose.

HAIRSPRAY is a show that guarantees great entertainment for the whole family, so be sure not to miss it!

It will run from 17-22 September 2013 at the Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia. Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur is proud to be the official hotel of this event. And if you’re planning to catch the musical in KL, good news! Buy 2 tickets at RM980.00nett and enjoy 1 complimentary room night stay inclusive of breakfasts for 2 persons. For more info on this promotion, you can contact sharifah.laila@frasershospitality.com.

From there, the show will move on to Singapore, where it will run from 26 September to 1 October at the Esplanade Theatres. All Frasers Hospitality properties in Singapore, including Capri by Fraser Changi City, are official hospitality sponsors for the musical.

Tickets are on sale now, so hurry and book your tickets today!

Instagram

Have you been keeping up to date with us on Instagram? Follow us here: http://instagram.com/capribyfraser 🙂

In the meantime, here are some of the pics we’ve posted…

 

In clockwise order:

1. Spicy seafood capellini
2. The new spread of delectable desserts at Delite cafe
3. A mixologist making cocktails at the pool party to celebrate our launch
4. The drummer for Dylan Foster & Band playing at our Grand Opening

 

5. Gym with a view
6. Sweet treats
7. Flash mob dancers at our Grand Opening
8. Cool deck chairs by the pool

Food Tasting Sessions

We recently held an in-house food tasting session for the dishes we serve at Capri by Fraser.

Below are some of the dishes we tried:

Chocolate pralines

Duck spaghetti

Hokkien mee

Laksa

Sambal fish (available for Seafoodlicious)

Pork knuckles (available for Meatilicious)

Mini wagyu burgers

 

Name Our Mascot!

2/7 Update: We’ve come to the end of this contest. Thanks to all those who’ve sent in your suggestions. 🙂
The winner will be announced at a later date, so stay tuned!

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Introducing _____ the lamb, our new mascot!
Yes, it doesn’t have a name yet ☹ That’s where you come in!

Here’s your chance to win a 2D1N stay for 2 with Capri by Fraser: Simply send us your suggested names, & the one we pick to use, will be the winner!

To take part, just Like our Facebook Page, Share the post & send in your entries to capricontests@gmail.com. with the heading: Name Our Mascot. Do include your reasoning behind the name as well!

Apart from the 2D1N stay, the winner will also receive a set of mascot plush toys, & the honour of naming our mascot! 

Contest closes on 2nd July 2013. Good luck!

 

Magical Marine World

Image from wikipedia, credit to Smuconlaw

Have you ever wondered what would it feel like to be submerged underwater and to interact with all the amazing marine life? Most people of all ages would love to explore the planet’s diverse variety of marine life but would not really know how..

Well, you don’t have to wonder anymore as to how to discover the mysterious beauty of the spectacular underwater. With the new oceanarium at Resorts World Sentosa, you can discover the awe-inspiring world of life in the ocean!

A far cry to its Underwater World days, the Marine Life Park now contains two world-class attractions: S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark.

S.E.A. Aquarium

Image from wikipedia, credit to Smuconlaw

Filled with more than 800 species of marine life, including eels, fish, sharks and even dolphins, the S.E.A. Aquarium provides an immersive experience of the magical marine world.

The aquarium comprises 49 habitats imitating different areas in Southeast Asia. One can explore the fascinating world beneath the different geographies like Strait of Karimata & Java Sea, Persian Gulf & Arabian Sea, Red Sea, East Africa, with their native plants and animals respectively.

Image from wikipedia, credit to Smuconlaw

Also don’t miss out on touring the underwater reef community as well as seeing the enchanting jellyfish displays and the majestic sharks and synchronized fishes.

Adventure Cove Waterpark

This is a good way to spend a lazy hot afternoon – Just head down to the Adventure Cove Waterpark for a relaxing and full-filled day ahead!

You could choose to jump aboard the many thrilling water slides (there’s even a Duelling Racer station where one can race a friend down a long water slide), or simply enjoy the afternoon floating down the different habitats on the Adventure River… Along the way, you’d even get to experience an underwater tunnel, where marine life just floats around.

Image from wikipedia, credit to Smuconlaw

If you’re craving for more hands-on experience with the marine life, there’s even a Ray Bay where you get to personally interact with dozens of rays in a wading pool, and the Rainbow Reef which allows you access to over 20,000 friendly fish while snorkelling.

If you’re in Singapore, the Marine Life Park will be an amazing experience that’s not to be missed!

Marine Life Park is located at Resorts World Sentosa. Operating hours are from 10AM to 7PM daily.

One day passes for children (under 12 years old) and seniors (60 years old and above) are $20; adult passes are $29. For more info, visit: http://www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-US/Homepage/ThingsToDo/MarineLifePark/SEAAquarium

Getting here from Capri by Fraser

From Changi South Avenue 2, head to New Upper Changi Road East and continue on straight to Kampong Bahru Road. Turn left into Keppel Terminal Avenue, then right to Keppel Road, then slight left to Sentosa Gateway.

If you’re going by public transport, just alight at Harbourfront Station and take the Sentosa Express into Sentosa.

Earth Hour 2013

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Tomorrow, the 23rd of March, Saturday, at 8:30PM – 9:30PM, is Earth Hour.

It is the largest symbolic mass event that was born out of hope for people to take action on climate change. Millions of people around the world will do their part by switching off lights on the hour, as a massive show of concern for the environment.

Capri by Fraser will also be participating in Earth Hour by:

  • Switching off the lights at our water feature wall
  • Switching off the reflective pump
  • Switching off the pump for water fountain light
  • Switching off all building signage
  • Switching off of some lights at Caprilicious
  • Switching off guest corridor cove lights
  • Switching off E- concierge
  • Switching off lobby music
  • Switching off lights at Hotspot
  • Switching off lights at all Spin & Play rooms
  • Switching off Gym lights
  • Switching off all office lights and copiers

We will also be having a special candlelight dinner at Caprilicious during the hour for all guests who wish to join us in taking part in this meaningful cause.

Play your part by switching off your lights during Earth Hour too; together we can make a difference!

March on, March school holidays!

It’s nearing the middle of March, and we all know what that means… yes, the March school holidays are soon to be upon us!

This year, the holidays start on the 16th to the 24th of March.

For the children, of course it’s good news. No school for a week! But for parents of these younger school-going kids, sometimes it can be quite an ardent task, to keep the little ones gainfully occupied and happy.

Although one option is just to let the child stay home  & study/do homework or play (and watch TV), many like to enrol their kids into educational, fun programs and activities. After all, this is a break to refresh the kids, and what better way to rejuvenate than being outside the home, exploring new places and doing different things!

Here, we list out some fun activities suitable for everyone and definitely great for family bonding!

 

Gardeners’ Day Out

Image from Wikipedia, credit to Leighblackall

Image from Wikipedia, credit to Leighblackall

Learn all about gardening and plants! There are plenty of fun activities which the whole family can participate in – from vegetable harvesting, garden tours, and craft workshops to make your own terrarium. Highlights also include a gardening bazaar and the butterfly garden open house.

Where: HortPark

When: 16 March, 9am-6pm

Cost: Free, but for some activities there’s a cost

For more info, visit: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=397

 

Mangrove Boardwalk Walk

Image from Wikipedia, credit to Lip Kee

Image from Wikipedia, credit to Lip Kee

A guided walk by The Naked Hermits exploring the fascinating mangroves in Singapore. Catch sightings of rarely seen creatures like the tree-climbing crab, mudskipper, and the dog-faced water snake!

Where: Pasir Ris Park

When: 23 March, 5pm-630pm

Cost: Free

For more info, visit: http://nakedhermitcrabs.blogspot.sg/2013/02/march-and-april-free-pasir-ris-mangrove.html#.UTlibByLAeo

 

Sentosa KidZ Flea Market

Image from Wikipedia, credit to Sengkang

Image from Wikipedia, credit to Sengkang

Great for honing those entrepreneur skills! Children aged 7-12 can set up little stalls to sell or trade pre-loved toys, books, accessories etc. There will also be funfair games, manicure services and performances such as magic shows and puppet shows to keep everyone entertained.

Where: Beach Station, Sentosa

When: 16-24 March

Cost: Free

For more info, visit: http://www.sentosa.gov.sg/sentosa-kidz-flea-market-is-back-this-march-school-holidays/

 

Staycation

Frasers Hospitality

It might be too late/pricy or too short a duration to bring the whole family on an overseas vacation during this period, so why not treat your kids as well as yourself to a relaxing and family bonding staycation right here in Singapore?

With Capri by Fraser’s full range of facilities like a swimming pool, spa, gym and Spin & Play rooms filled with Wii, Kinect games on every floor, kids and adults alike will be spoilt for choice for entertainment!

Whatever you decide to do, we wish all our readers a fun-filled March!