Stay at Capri by Fraser, Brisbane!

Is Brisbane on your list of places to travel to this year?

If you’re looking for a place to stay, then look no further! Hint: Capri by Fraser, Brisbane

For our business travellers, we’re centrally located in the city’s business district. As for our leisure travellers, shopohalics included, – good news for you! We’re also within walking distance to Queen Street Mall Shopping, City Botanical Gardens, riverfront dining at Eagle Street Pier and commercial buildings including the landmark Waterfront Place. That’s not all – we’re also near the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Southbank precinct and other riverside attractions (yay).

What to expect?

Not only do our rooms scream space, we also have a range of high-tech services. Yes, we’re talking about the Hotspot station and free high speed wireless internet – no excuse to not get connected!

For our fitness fanatics, our gym runs 24/7! After a long flight or perhaps a long day out, you can spend time in an indoor heated swimming pool, steam and sauna and Spin and Play with games consoles – where you can be entertained with kickboxing and xbox Kinect between spin cycles.

Need we say more? Now you can take a peak at Capri by Fraser, Brisbane!

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Tips for better rest when you travel

Whether you’re traveling for business or for pleasure, getting a good rest can be challenging. We’ve got five tips for you on how to get better rest when you travel!

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Avoid caffeine

If you’re on a daytime flight, you’ll find it much harder to sleep if you have caffeine coursing through your veins. This is especially so when the view out the window can be a distraction too. Skip the temptation to have a cup of coffee or a soda before boarding, and stick to water or juice when the drink cart comes around.

Dress comfortably

If you plan to sleep on the plane, we suggest to dress for the part before departure. Think sweatpants, short sleeves – a tshirt perhaps, and a hoodie or sweatshirt. Comfort over fashion, or even a happy medium of both, is important to ensure that your body is comfortable enough for you to get some shut eye.

Stay hydrated

On the plane, in high altitudes, along with the air purification, our body and skin will likely get dehydrated. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you increase your liquid intake before departure, about a day or two before. Say hydrated throughout your flight as this will prevent grogginess when you awaken from rest on the plane.

Modify your sleep

This one is important! Ensure that you tailor your sleep a couple of days before leaving to prepare yourself for the impact of a new timezone. This includes tailoring your bedtime, a couple of days before departure, to that of your new location. Doing this will shift your eating habits and ensure that once you get to your hotel, you will be ready to tackle the new time. Once there, you will be able to wake up naturally to get yourself adjusted fully with the new timezone.

Free your feet
Some people choose to slip their shoes off as soon as they get on a plane while others wouldn’t think of it – there’s the issue of keeping your circulation flowing; going barefoot permits your feet to swell.

We say – wear shoes you can slip on and off easily. This way you’re not pulling at shoelaces and flinging elbows mid-flight. On overseas flights, some airlines give you socks that will keep you warm and encourage circulation in your feet.

With that, we wish you a pleasant flight! Safe travels!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Gong Xi Fa Cai – Chinese New Year Celebrations Part 2: Food

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Every celebration has three main elements – Food, Fun and People, and Chinese New Year is no different. Food plays an important role in the CNY celebrations and the dishes selected are either on the basis of their appearance or the way they sound. Some foods such as fish, mandarin oranges and nian gao (a type of Chinese cake) are especially popular due to the auspicious significance attached to their name, which sound similar to words meaning luck, wealth, prosperity etc. Some if common dishes include fish (“yu” – abundance), black moss (“fa cai” – wealth), whole chicken (completeness) and long noodles (longevity).

The biggest event of any Chinese New Year’s Eve is the Reunion Dinner or the “tuan yuan fan” on the eve of CNY. Family members get together and have a big feast usually in or near the home of the most senior member of the family. The New Year’s Eve dinner is very large and traditionally includes dishes of meat and fish. The Chinese believe that having plenty of sumptuous food during the reunion dinner represents a good start to the New Year, and each dish symbolises the hopes and wishes that the family members have for each other.  Traditionally fish is included in the meal, but is not eaten completely. The remaining part is stored overnight, as the Chinese phrase “may there be surpluses every year” sounds the same as “let there be fish every year.” The Cantonese word for lettuce sounds like rising fortune, so it is also common to serve lettuce wraps filled with other lucky food.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia, credit to Nathaniel

Image courtesy of Wikipedia, credit to Nathaniel

Another CNY tradition is to have “yusheng”, also known as “lou hei” or prosperity toss. Raw fish slices are served together with carrot and turnip strips, crackers and other ingredients. Each ingredient carries a meaning, for example: fish means “nian nian you yu” – abundance through the year, and crackers represent “man di huang jing” – floor full of gold. Oil and seasonings are poured over the dry ingredients in turn, and the tradition is to say a blessing that correlates to the ingredient that is being added.

Once everything is added, the toss begins! Everyone stands up and tosses the mixture together with chopsticks while saying auspicious wishes to each other. It’s usually an enthusiastic affair as the belief is that the height of the toss correlates to the height of the person’s growth of fortunes.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia, credit to BrokenSphere

Image courtesy of Wikipedia, credit to BrokenSphere

On CNY itself, when families go around visiting friends and relatives, they bring gifts of mandarin and oranges as their Chinese names sound like “gold” and “wealth” representing good fortune. And at home, festive snacks and tidbits are laid out for everyone to enjoy. Treats like bak kwa, pineapple tarts, love letters and prawn rolls are especially popular!

Image courtesy of Wikipedia, credit to Terence Ong

Image courtesy of Wikipedia, credit to Terence Ong

Chinese New Year is no time to be on a diet, with all the good food around! It’s a time for fun, food and meeting friends and family.

In Singapore Chinese New Year is celebrated with as much fervour. The whole city is decked up with lights and red hanging decorations.  Special food and treats for the CNY can be seen being sold all over the city. Buzzing with activity China Town is the not to be missed part of the city state. One can actually soak in the atmosphere here and feel the pulsating excitement of the celebrations.

If you’re planning a trip to Singapore for Chinese New Year, or planning to treat yourself to a relaxing staycation for the holidays, make Capri by Fraser your choice of accommodation!

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For those who are looking for dining options for CNY or Valentine’s Day, why not try our special festive set menus!

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