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ITB Asia 2017 - 2019 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

ITB Asia, the ‘Trade Show for the Asian Travel Market’ first signed an agreement with the integrated resort of Marina Bay Sands  as the official venue and official hotel from 2014 - 2016.

It has now announced the extension of its collaboration for another 3 years from 2017 to 2019.

The next 4 editions of ITB Asia at the  Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, will be:-

•  19 - 21 October 2016
•  25 - 27 October 2017
•  17 - 19 October 2018
•  16 - 18 October 2019

Tic for Tac @ New Orleans

Stunning scenes.Via: reddit
Posted by The Daily Star on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Dark Cave

Our driver remarked: "I've never seen tourists stay as long as you guys when visiting the Batu Caves!"

That's because we were totally enraptured by the Dark Cave, a conservation site many visitors overlook on the climb up Batu Caves' tower of 272 steps.

Like many, we were wondering if the entrance fee of RM35 was worth it. The Batu Caves itself wasn't much to crow about (sorry, bats!).  Monkeys were everywhere, and bats were nowhere to be seen.

Undecided, we made our way to the Dark Cave, situated on the left side of the climb up Batu Caves' massive staircase, v.v., on the right side if you are climbing down.

Batu Caves' Tower of Steps

Standing in front of the entrance won't make up your mind.
Hmm. What lies beyond?

Eventually, after some indecisive moments, we waylay two Caucasian tourists on their way out for their opinion.

"Definitely worth a visit!" they chirped.

Like they say, in case of indecision, Just Do It!

Dark Cave Collection Booth & Souvenir Store

Pay, and many doors open.

The Dark Cave of the bats and home to an ancient ecosystem of over 100 million years brings us back to pre-historic times.  In our busy times, we don't know when we will get to experience life this way.  Dark Cave Conservation management really did a good deed when they section off this part of the Batu Caves to protect it from visitors; there were signs of damage inflicted from times when you could access the Dark Cave freely.

From feedback, we came to understand that the Dark Caves has some of the most wonderful guides in the world.  Our guide, the zesty Educational Tour Guide Zarris, transformed the tour into one that opens up vistas of a world we have lost touch of.


At one point of the cave, all will be asked to switch off the torch to witness the pitch black darkness of the cave, amidst the chattering of peeps, squeaks and chirps of the bats.

This is what you see with your eyes wide open..

One of the souvenirs you can pick up as a momento.

Zarris suggests a future visit using the KTM Komuter train near Batu Caves that connects to the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, by LRT to KLCC Station.

After experiencing the Educational Tour, we can highly recommend the Adventure Tour that accesses the wilder section of the cave, the highlight of which is the infamous Crawl Passage. Wild!

The Dark Cave - Malaysia's official site

Hugh Harrison's Song Composition

Singapore National Day of SG50 — Singapore's 50 years of independence — is a good time to acknowledge the contribution of Canadian Hugh Harrison, the composer of National Day Parade classics:

We Are Singapore
Count On Me, Singapore
Stand Up for Singapore

Hugh Harrison in the 80s              Photo credits:

Message from John Chow

Hello from Singapore! We left Kuala Lumpur and have landed safe in sound in the most livable city in Asia.

We're staying at the $8 billion Marina Bay Sands. It has the world's longer elevated swimming pool. It's on the 57th floor! The place is awesome.

Check Out The Photos and Videos.

We're in Singapore until the end of the month, then we fly back to California to relax for a day. Then it's off to New York. Got to love the Dot Com Lifestyle!

John Chow, the internet guru, blogs at

ACRES Wildlife Rescue

Rescued 2 injured birds, requiring treatment.

Rang ACRES Wildlife Rescue's Hotline.
Despite it being midnight, an ACRES personnel drove all the way to pick up the injured.

Impressive, dedicated agents.

Make a Donation

ACRES' Institution of Public Character (IPC) status qualifies donors for 250% tax exemption.
For example, if you donate @100 to ACRES, $250 will be deducted from your taxable income.


ACRES Wildlife Crime/Rescue Hotline Tel: (65) 9783-7782 (24 Hours)

ACRES Office Tel: (65) 6892-9821


Our Man In Seoul

MERS or no MERS, the assignment has to be done.

And Korea is such an attractive destination.
He's In!

World No Tobacco Day

Every year, on 31 May, World Health Organization (WHO) and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.


Naruto Exhibit

The creative artwork of author Masashi Kishimoto, creator of Naruto, is on display at the Naruto Exhibition, a commemoration of the monumental 15-year-long Manga series.

After its April - June run at Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, the exhibition moves on to Osaka.

Mori Art Museum, Roppongi Hills
View from Mori Arts Center Exhibition Floor
Inside the Hall: Exquisite illustrations of famous scenes in painting, chapter slides and scrolls; 3-D re-creations; plus a replica of the desk and window view of author Kishimoto ..
Inside the Hall: Lifesize figurines of Naruto (photography not allowed). 
Can someone pass us a pair of Naruto's shoes?
We desperately need those Ninja shoes after an epic walk-about around Tokyo..

Remembrance: Lee Kuan Yew

March 23, 2015
Wealth of Legacy: Mentor Statesman Lee Kuan Yew passes on

Major events aross Singapore postponed as a nation mourns.

NATAS Fair March 2015

With the pull-out of some agencies who split to form the inaugural Travel Revolution 2015 expo (update: postponed from end March to April 3rd-5th, owing to the nation's bereavement from the loss of their founding father), NATAS 2015's March edition this year was reduced to one hall, from two. 
Although travelers love competition because that tends to benefit customers on the lookout for better deals, this time around, the split posed certain inconveniences.  Instead of having all the deals located at one locality, customers now have to run to various parts of Singapore, especially with individual agencies hosting their own independent fairs in between these dates, either at their offices or at other expo venues.
NATAS 2015's removal of entrance fee and free transport shuttle - aided by their earlier event date advantage - managed to bring in a steady stream of visitors.
Hope the agencies would iron out the kinks and consolidate under one roof again.

International SOS marks 30th Anniversary

In 1985, childhood friends Arnaud Vaissié and Dr Pascal Rey-Herme formed AEA International in Singapore.  The aim was to provide international-standard medical care and emergency medical assistance in South East Asia.

In 1999, AEA International was renamed International SOS.

Now 2015 celebrates 30 years in which the International SOS Group has provided organisations with 24/7 medical and travel security assistance services.

New Logo to mark a refreshed brand.

Arnaud Vaissié, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of International SOS, said:

“We have come a long way since we first started helping international companies and their employees 30 years ago in Asia. We transformed the medical assistance market and have pioneered new services ever since. I am excited to be celebrating International SOS’ 30 years of service and would like to sincerely thank our employees and clients who continuously put their trust in us.

To mark the occasion, our new logo is designed to represent the dynamism and speed of our Worldwide Reach and the protective arm of our Human Touch. It better represents the current breadth of our services to incorporate preventive programmes. I very much look forward to the next chapter in our evolving story.”