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!

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!

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