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InterContinental to open first onsen resort in Beppu

InterContinental Hotels will open its first onsen resort in the Japanese city of Beppu in 2019. The city of Beppu, on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, has long been a favourite with locals as an onsen retreat. The InterContinental Hotels & Resorts’ first onsen resort will feature a unique experience including a public onsen bath, spa and pool, as well as a fitness centre, restaurants & bars and Club InterContinental lounge. Each of the 89 luxury guest rooms will also feature both common and private onsen supplied with water from a local hot spring. Scheduled to open in 2019, this...

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Prada’s S$256 paper clip and 7 other unique designer products

It’s not just a paper clip, it’s a paper clip from the luxury French label Prada. It’s not priced affordably under S$3 for a box of hundred paperclips at a local bookstore. The Prada paperclip-shaped money clip retails at US$185 (S$256) on Barney’s New York website and is the latest unique item to join the list of extravagant things which makes you go – HUH. The Prada’s paper clip-shaped money clip is made in Italy, of polished sterling silver measuring 6.25cm long and 2.25cm wide. Of course, it has the Italian luxury name – Prada – embossed on one side....

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Parents agree they should play primary role in inculcating moral values in children but say lack of time: Study

Parents agree they should play the main role in educating their children about moral values, according to a survey. But they also added that the lack of time with their children poses a challenge. This is according to the latest Graciousness Survey commissioned by the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM), which tracks experiences and perceptions of kindness and graciousness. The study polled 3,066 respondents via face-to-face interviews over two waves – from July to August 2016 and from December 2016 to January 2017. Those polled also recognised the need to work together with schools and student care facilities, so that there is...

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Bawah Island offers eco-friendly luxury escape, just 3 hours from Singapore

Bawah Island in Indonesia is calling for guests to be the first to step onto the untouched archipelago. From 31 July, Bawah is inviting its first explorers to discover the rare ecosystem at this ‘naturally lux’ retreat in the heart of the Indonesian Anambas. The ultimate hideaway, Bawah Island is just three hours from Singapore and accessible only via a short ferry ride from Batam and a 75-minute private seaplane. Previously uninhabited, Bawah is a marine conservation area where ‘nature provides its true luxury’ across five pristine islands, three crystal clear lagoons and 13 beaches. Bawah allows a maximum of...

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Dyson V8 Fluffy: A family friendly vacuum cleaner

Two decades. That’s how long our vacuum cleaner has been sleeping in a box, kept away in the storeroom. Looking like a ladybird – red and black but without the small black spots –  the 10-kilogram heavy noisy machine sucks dirt and has a very long wire to lug it around. It also never saw the daylight because the cleaner head could cause scratches on marble flooring. But over the years household cleaning equipment have evolved and a certain cleaning stick and wet wipes, and mop have served our cleaning needs well. That is until Dyson’s V8 Fluffy entered our household. The British...

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