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!

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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

 

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!

 

Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd Set to Further Grow Capri by Fraser Brand [Press Release]

Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd Set to Further Grow
Capri by Fraser Brand
Successful Singapore Launch Spurs Strong Growth Plan

Frasers Hospitality

Singapore, 25 January 2013 – Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd (Frasers), a premier leader in serviced residences, marked the Grand Opening of its first hotel residence Capri by Fraser, Changi City/Singapore yesterday with the unveiling of plans to take the Capri by Fraser brand into the global marketplace, following its successful brand launch in May 2012. This includes the opening of two more Capri by Fraser properties this year, the 126-apartment Capri by Fraser, Ho Chi Minh City in March 2013 and the 240-apartment Capri by Fraser, Kuala Lumpur in November 2013. The Group is also in the process of finalising plans for more Capri by Fraser properties in Asia Pacific and Europe.

Created by Frasers to meet the evolving needs of e-generation business travellers, the new urban-inspired hotel residence brand concept Capri by Fraser, is attracting strong market interest with its first property in Singapore enjoying a steady average occupancy of more than 80 per cent since it soft opened in September 2012.

Bolstered by its strategic location in one of Singapore’s robust business districts, within close proximity to the Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre, Capri by Fraser, Changi City/Singapore has been attracting strong corporate and MICE clientele from surrounding companies ranging from financial, logistics, information technology, telecommunication, FMCG to airline industries. Stays have averaged between three to five nights, with long stay bookings of over several weeks. Capri by Fraser Changi City/Singapore also scored an early coup of becoming the official hotel of the inaugural Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) tournament in Singapore, within only two months of its soft opening.

Speaking at the Grand Opening of Capri by Fraser, Changi City/Singapore, Mr Choe Peng Sum, Chief Executive Officer of Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd, said: “The positive international response that Capri by Fraser has generated within a relatively short span of time is a strong indication that there is a demand for a hotel residence brand that is well positioned to meet the 24×7 work-life balance needs of the rapidly growing e-generation market sector. We are very excited with this response and it is very much our plan to explore the growth potential of this brand internationally throughout Asia and beyond.”

 The Capri by Fraser hotel residence concept cuts through the conformity of typical hotels by offering residents an extensive range of facilities and customisable services together with the comfort and convenience of a full serviced residence. E-efficiencies such as iPad-activated checkins, e-Concierge and e-Print facilities are available to complement the always-on lifestyles of business travellers. Seamless complimentary high-speed Wi Fi Internet connectivity is provided to help residents stay constantly connected throughout the property – in the rooms and all public spaces.

In line with its high-tech vibe, meeting and conference facilities are equipped with the latest audio-visual capabilities including interactive touch-screen panels and integrated whiteboard-projector features. A choice of food and beverage and leisure options, complemented by fully equipped kitchenettes and Spin & Play integrated launderettes, provide residents with the flexibility to choose how they want to work, stay and play.

Capri by Fraser, Changi City/Singapore is part of the Changi City integrated development consisting of the retail mall, Changi City Point and business tower, ONE@Changi City jointly developed by Frasers Centrepoint and Ascendas. Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd’s current portfolio, including those in the pipeline, stands at 76 properties in 41 key gateway cities and more than 12,300 apartments worldwide.

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Media Contact
Ms Jastina Balen
Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd
T: 65 6415 0323
F: 65 6415 0519
E: jastina.balen@frasershospitality.com

About Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd 

Frasers Hospitality, the hospitality arm of Frasers Centrepoint Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fraser and Neave, Limited, is a global serviced residence owner and management company with Gold-Standard residences across Europe, North Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East and Australia.

Frasers Hospitality commits to “meeting the unique needs of executive travellers through continuous innovation”, and providing its customers with the space, family and community away from home. Conceived with the lifestyle preferences of today’s discerning extended stay executive travellers in mind, Frasers Hospitality has three brand offerings – Fraser Suites, Fraser Place and Fraser Residence, a second brand, Modena which was established under the Frasers Hospitality umbrella in July 2009 and Capri by Fraser in May 2012. For more information on Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd, please visit http://www.frasershospitality.com

About Frasers Centrepoint Limited
Frasers Centrepoint Limited (FCL), the wholly-owned property arm of Singapore-listed consumer group Fraser and Neave, Limited, is one of Singapore’s top property companies, with total assets of S$10.36 billion. From owning just a single shopping mall in 1983, Frasers Centrepoint has since grown to become an integrated real estate company with a portfolio of residential, commercial and serviced residences spanning 20 countries across
Asia, Australasia, Europe and the Middle-East. Its serviced residences management company, Frasers Hospitality, has award-winning gold-standard serviced residences in 31 gateway cities. Frasers Property, FCL’s international property arm, develops world-class projects in UK, Australia, New Zealand, China, Thailand and Vietnam. FCL also manages Frasers Centrepoint Trust (FCT, a Singapore-listed retail trust), and Frasers Commercial Trust (FCOT, a Singapore-listed office/business space trust). As a testament to its excellent service standards, best practices and support of the environment, the company is the proud recipient of numerous awards and accolades both locally and abroad.
Website : http://www.fraserscentrepoint.com

About Fraser and Neave, Limited
Established in 1883, Fraser and Neave, Limited (F&NL) is a leading Asia Pacific Consumer Group with expertise and prominent standing in the Food & Beverage, Property and Publishing & Printing industries. Leveraging its strengths in marketing and distribution; research and development; brands and financial management; as well as years of acquisition experience, F&NL provides key resources and sets strategic directions for its
subsidiary companies across all three industries. Listed on the Singapore stock exchange, F&NL ranks as one of the most established and successful companies in the region with an impressive array of renowned brands that enjoy strong market leadership. It has shareholders’ funds and total assets employed of over S$8 billion and S$14 billion, respectively. F&NL is present in over 20 countries spanning Asia Pacific, Europe and the USA, and employs over 10,000 people worldwide.

For more information on F&NL, please visit http://www.fraserandneave.com

Awards & Accolades

Certificate of Excellence 2013 by Trip Advisor
Fraser Residence Budapest
Travellers’ Choice Award 2013 by Trip Advisor
Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur
Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka
World’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand by World Travel Award 2012
Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd
Indonesia’s Leading Serviced Apartment and Suite by Indonesia Travel Tourism Awards 2012/2013
Fraser Residence Sudirman, Jakarta
Best Serviced Residence 2012 by Business Traveller China
Fraser Suites Nanjing
Corporate Housing Provider of the Year 2012 by Asian Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards
Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd
Excellent Service Award, by SPRING Singapore
Fraser Suites River Valley, Singapore
Fraser Place Robertson Walk, Singapore
Capri by Fraser, Changi City / Singapore
Best Service Award by City Weekend
Fraser Suites Top Glory, Shanghai
Certificate of Quality Selection 2012 by Holidaycheck.com
Fraser Suites Harmonie, Paris La Defense
Winner of Best Serviced Apartment Company By Business Traveller Awards
Fraser Suites Dubai
Best Interior Decoration Award by City Weekend
Modena Putuo, Shanghai
Most Favourite Apartment Services by Golden Dragon Awards 2008-2012 By Vietnam Economic Times
Fraser Suites Hanoi
Top Ranked Seoul Hotel 2012 by Booking.com
Fraser Suites Insadong, Seoul
Excellent Performance in Hospitality by Guide Awards 2008-2012, The Guide Magazine
Fraser Suites Hanoi
The Best Serviced Residence Excellence Award 2012 by Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine
Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur
Serviced Apartment Property of the Year by HM Awards for Hotel & Accommodation Excellence 2012
Fraser Suites Sydney
Winner of Investors in People Award 2012 by Trip Advisor
Fraser Suites Glasgow
Ranked 10th in Top 20 Accommodations by Trip Advisor
Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka
Outstanding Accommodation Partner Award 2012 by Booking.com
Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka
Certificate of Excellence 2012 by Trip Advisor
Fraser Residence Budapest
Fraser Suites Seef, Bahrain
Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Élysées, Paris
Fraser Suites Harmonie, Paris La Défense
Fraser Suites Sukhumvit
Fraser Suites Insadong, Seoul
Travellers’ Choice Award 2012 by Trip Advisor
Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur
Modena Putuo, Shanghai
Best Serviced Apartment Company/Group 2012 by Business Traveller Middle East
Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd

& more…

For more information on our Awards and Accolades, please visit http://www.frasershospitality.com