Plane Crash Prediction at Changi Airport

Earlier this year, there was a prediction of a plane crash in Singapore that was supposed to happen yesterday. Specifically, the flight number, departure and arrival timings were mentioned. This flight SQ 879 is a daily flight coming in from Taipei to Singapore.

Predicted Airasia Transasia future SQ Flight at Changi Airport

Apparently, this guy Jucelino Nobrega da Luz from Brazil had accurately predicted the fate of AirAsia QZ8501 and TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 that crashed previously.

Coincidentally, the flight SQ 879 was cancelled yesterday. This led some to speculate whether Singapore Airlines was taking his prediction seriously.

Changi Airport Cancelled SQ879

Actually, Typhoon Megi was sweeping through Taiwan to China yesterday causing death and injuries across its path of destruction.

Typhoon Megi Kills one in China after Taiwan Destruction

So Singapore Airlines was unlikely paying heed to his prediction. In fact, many other flights were cancelled as well.

Singapore Airlines Media Centre News Alert on Typhoon Megi

Flights Cancelled, Schools Shut, Fishing Boats Recalled as deadly Typhoon Megi hits China

Which reputable airline would take unscientific predictions to operate their flights? Thus it was a peaceful evening at Changi Airport yesterday.

The worst thing that happened on this island nation yesterday was a hijack situation which was as rare as a plane crash. The situation had since been resolved with the hijacker arrested and the hostage freed.

Sembawang Stand-Off Resolved

Had Jucelino Nobrega da Luz predicted this incident, this crime might have been prevented. So take whatever prediction with a big bowl of salt.

Continue to travel and of course purchase travel insurance to hedge against any untoward incident which could happen anywhere in the world.

Robbed while on Vacation

Going on a vacation is a happy occasion but the happiness index could quickly head south when holiday goers fall prey to crime. Many years back, I had my wallet stolen while in Paris and another time I lost my wallet while shopping in Medan.

The experience was anything but pleasant. It would be a hectic realignment of itinerary and frantic phone calls to settle the serious matter at hand to add to the loss of personal items. This is definitely an unwanted distraction.

But falling prey to some other crimes could be much worse. We are not talking petty crimes like pickpockets or about carelessly leaving our wallet and mobile phone on the table in a café or a restaurant creating our own crime. There are crimes that are so serious that will not only cut short travel plans but terminate them.

We should be conscious of the fact that there are criminal elements every where in the world that specifically target tourists to rob them or even kill them during such attempts. Such calculations should be factored into out travel planning and do proper research about the destination where we wish to visit and the accommodation where we wish to stay.

Recently, a group of female tourists from Taiwan were robbed while they slept in their villa in Pattaya. The news report gave the impression that it might be an insider job. From the way they were checked into their accommodation till the time when they reported their loss to their hotel where help wasn’t given to report the matter to the police, this just doesn’t smell good.

Taiwanese Tourists Robbed of $2,700 in ‘Strange’ Pattaya Hotel

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Overstaying in Changi Airport

Singapore Changi Airport has been voted among the top three airports in the world over many years. Indeed Changi Airport is exceptional and anyone who has been to Changi Airport would agree that the service and facilities in the airport is top-notch. It is like roaming in a shopping mall within an airport where comfort and luxury are extended to visitors ensuring a great experience for visitors to have a lasting impression of the country.

It is such a great airport that one passenger who overslept and missed his flight made it a point to stay behind in the airport for 18 days until he was finally arrested. This is not a movie but an actual incident that happened recently. Strange but true and the way he went about surviving in the airport indulging in the comfort and luxury the airport provided is surely a case in point concerning the reputation of Changi Airport. Continue reading Overstaying in Changi Airport

Buying iPhone at Changi Airport

The iPhone craze happens every few months when the latest iPhone model hits the market. As expected, iPhone lovers can’t resist the urge to be among the first to lay hands on the latest model of the much sought after iPhone. Queues would be formed overnight outside the stores of the official retailers.

Among those in the queues were young and old who were not buying the iPhones for themselves but for someone else. This somewhat validates the often joke about queuing as the national pastime of residents in Singapore.

Overnight Queues for New iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

However, not everyone seems to be a fan of this queuing game as a national sports event that happens from time to time. One couple planned to beat the game by buying iPhones at Changi Airport. This landed them in trouble and they were arrested. Continue reading Buying iPhone at Changi Airport

Genting Highlands Bus Accident

Genting Highlands is a popular tourists destination. Every day, many tour buses from Singapore bring visitors to the highlands playground where the casino is located long before Singapore has its own casinos In Marina Bay Sands and Sentosa Island. I used to drive up to Genting Highlands years ago when the children were young but haven’t visited this destination for quite a number of years now.

Genting Highlands

Getting stuck behind slower tour buses up the mountain at certain stretches of the mountain road is quite common but the road is wide enough for safe overtaking when oncoming traffic is clear. Coming down the mountain requires the use of low gear to engage engine braking in order not to burn out the brake pads of the car.

Bus accidents on the mountain coming down from Genting Highlands happened quite a few times over the years. The recent bus accident that took place on the Karak Highway after descending from Genting Highlands was rather unusual. Continue reading Genting Highlands Bus Accident

French Hitchhiker Arrested in New Zealand

Depending on one’s objective and idea of a vacation, hitchhiking is one of the most economical means of travelling to experience the place and culture of the host country. However, it does come with a wide range of risk and uncertainty. It is not advisable for females to go hitchhiking alone taking for granted personal safety is a given. Even for males to hitchhike alone can be risky in certain places too.

Recently, a French hitchhiker got into trouble with the law in New Zealand. He couldn’t hitch a ride for four days and reportedly had gone without food for two days. This probably drove him up the wall as he went into a rampage and was arrested to be charged. Continue reading French Hitchhiker Arrested in New Zealand

3 Days 2 Nights Malacca – Day 3 (September 2016)

Day 3 – Malacca to Singapore

We woke up to a beautiful Saturday morning. The sea view from our room windows was very nice, a cloudless day. This would be a great day to venture out for more sight-seeing but we would be taking a bus back to Singapore at 1.30 pm, so this would be out of the question. We still had the entire morning to do more shopping and enjoy this nice hotel before we head back to Hatten Hotel to take our bus ride home. We had requested for late check out at 1 pm when we checked in which wasn’t a problem.

We won’t be having breakfast at the hotel which we didn’t include in our hotel reservation. However, the breakfast cost RM40 per person but could be purchased at front desk upon check in at RM60 for 2 persons. Anyway, we are Accor Plus members where we enjoy 50% dining discount which means RM40 for 2 persons should we choose to eat breakfast in the hotel. We had decided not to dine in as hotel breakfast would be pretty much quite standard and we didn’t wish to overeat as well.

So we left the hotel around 8.45 am and walked towards the main road along Jalan Merdeka to head to Dataran Pahlawan Mall again. In the lift, we met a wedding couple having their auspicious occasion held at the hotel. At the front entrance, a wedding car was already parked there all decked up for this new couple. The hotel was going to be crowded this weekend.

We reached the road junction and we went into Starbucks Coffee for a quick look. They didn’t serve breakfast sets and only a la carte items so we moved on. Our choice was left with the McDonalds at the corner of Dataran Pahlawan Mall. This morning, McDonalds had become quite crowded being a Saturday morning. Young people were out and about with their activities, some in school uniforms and another student was wearing his Scout’s uniform. Continue reading 3 Days 2 Nights Malacca – Day 3 (September 2016)

Mid Autumn Festival at Chinatown (September 2016)

Other than Chinese New Year, another good time to visit Chinatown is during the period of Mid Autumn Festival. Right now, Chinatown has been dressed up for the occasion with lanterns and decorations hanging all over town. Of course, this whole area of Chinatown would become very lovely at night, much like Hoi An in Vietnam, albeit, a much more modern version of a similar attraction with plenty of Chinese old buildings, shops and cultural activities.

Unlike Hoi An, the surrounding area of Chinatown is fenced up with skyscrapers. Old and new shopping malls and hotels are sitting around the area. The central business district is just next to Chinatown at the Raffles Place and Shenton Way area. From Upper Cross Street, one could walk all the way into the busy business district.

Besides many bus services, Chinatown can be reached easily via the MRT Station from the North-East and Downtown Line. Different exits would provide visitors access to different parts of Chinatown without having to expose much to the external elements, especially during a hot and humid day or a raining day. Continue reading Mid Autumn Festival at Chinatown (September 2016)

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