Food and Shopping in Melbourne That’s Worth Checking Out!

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5D/4N Media Trip to Melbourne:
Australia’s rising food scene has attracted international attention in recent years, and it is no surprise that Melbourne has claimed its spot as Australia’s Food Capital. Other than Australian wildlife, the Land Down Under is famous for its luscious food and wine.

Whether it is a casual foodie experience in trendy cafes, or modern dining overlooking the river waterfront, this multicultural city showcases a diverse food scene offering of a good mix of Asian and Western cuisines.

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Of course, your holiday in this cosmopolitan city will not be complete without some bargain hunting for Australian souvenirs and good buys, so let’s get into the action!
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EZ-Link’s TRUST Programme for Customers in the Spa & Wellness Industry

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EZ-Link Pte Ltd, Singapore’s contactless payment pioneer, announced the launch of a new digital platform for the TRUST Programme, comprising a Customer App, a Merchant App and a Merchant Administration Portal for a seamless, holistic approach. The move away from a card-based system aims to widen the adoption of TRUST and allow more consumers to be protected for their purchases of spa and wellness prepaid packages.

Since its launch in 2015, TRUST has provided assurance and security to customers across more than 48 spa and wellness operators of the refund of unutilised value in their packages, should these merchants cease operations. The programme is managed and powered by EZ-Link that acts as the custodian of funds through its bank partner.

With the new TRUST Customer App, customers of participating TRUST merchants can track their packages and transactions, contact their merchants and edit their contact details on the go. They also no longer have to present a card for package redemption.
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Puffing Billy Tour with Healesville Sanctuary and Fergusson Winery

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Photo Credit: Gray Line Australia
5D4N Media Trip to Melbourne:
Fancy riding on a century-old steam train travelling through the lovely Blue Dandenong Ranges? This pristine countryside getaway, about an hour east of Melbourne, is an ideal place to find relaxation bliss during your stay in Melbourne. Enjoy old-world charm by going back in time on Australia’s premier preserved steam railway as you ride in its heritage carriages.

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Thanks to Gray Line Australia, hubby and I got to embark on a scenic adventure with the Puffing Billy Railway. The highlights of the Puffing Billy with Australian Wildlife tour includes a trip to the Sherbrooke Forest with opportunities to feed some Australian native birds, followed with a ride aboard the Puffing Billy steam train. The full-day tour also covers lunch at a winery and chocolate tasting, before ending the journey with a visit to the Healesville Sanctuary offering lots of wildlife photo opportunities.
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Strawberry and Celery Smoothie with Chia Seeds, So Full of Goodness!

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Are you into Juicing? For those who do not like eating fresh fruits and vegetables, juicing is a great alternative to boost your immune system and at the same time aid removing toxins from your body.

Although juicing can help your body absorb the nutrients better, beware of that additional sugar as these extra calories can lead to weight gain.

Well, here is a fibre-rich, no-sugar-added Smoothie that is so full of goodness! The downside with juicing is that you don't get the healthy fibre that is in whole fruits and vegetables. Hence, I prefer to blend my fruits and vegetables to make smoothies instead. This way, I can retain the goodness of the fibre needed in a healthy diet and besides, fibre can help me feel full.

Using Magnolia Milk with Oats for a fuller stomach, and adding the Superfood Chia Seeds which is known to lower cholesterol levels, let’s check out how to make this Delicious Strawberry and Celery Smoothie!
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11 Insta-Worthy Places in Melbourne Plus Eccentric Street Art

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5D4N Media Trip to Melbourne:
If you have not been to Melbourne, this municipality is incredibly picturesque with its distinctive architectures and whimsical street art, presenting an artistic canvas for its visitors as well as those living there.

From towering skyscrapers to quaint back alleys, the colourful urbane city is full of surprises. Melbourne’s enchanting historical buildings and even its secret laneways provide a captivating backdrop for instagrammers out there.

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Join me as I take you around Melbourne to uncover Insta-Worthy Places in the capital city of Victoria. I found these 11 places most charming and visually aesthetic, and there will be lots of photo opportunities, so get your selfie stick and camera ready!
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Melia Ho Tram Beach Resort Opens in Southern Vietnam

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Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort, a 152-room and 61-villa five-star property poised on a beach within easy reach of Ho Chi Minh City, will celebrate its grand opening in April.

Heralding a new era for Meliá Hotels International, the resort is the first property to open in southern Vietnam under the Meliá Hotels and Resorts brand and the fourth for Vietnam.

Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort joins Meliá Hanoi, Meliá Danang and Meliá Ba Vi Mountain Retreat as part of the Spanish company’s burgeoning portfolio. Plans call for Meliá Cam Ranh Bay and Meliá Saigon Central to open in 2020.

With a design that pays tribute to contemporary aesthetics and traditional Vietnamese touches, the resort is blazing new ground in Ho Tram, a two-hour drive from Vietnam’s largest metropolis.
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Travel Planner: How to Spend 5 Days in Melbourne, Victoria

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5D4N Media Trip to Melbourne:
Australia is an extremely popular holiday destination for travellers from all walks of life. When people visit the Land Down Under, they generally think of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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Australia has always been one of the top travel choices for Singapore holidaymakers. The destination has become even more attractive with the Australian dollar's (AUD) recent dive against the Singapore dollar (SGD).

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This time, hubby and I spent almost 2 weeks in Australia; 5 days media trip in Melbourne and thereafter, another week in Sydney on our own. In this post, we have mapped out an exciting 5-Day Itinerary in Melbourne for you along with suggested places to go in Victoria. Included is also a video of our adventures!

With a plethora of FREE Entries and Tram Services to many tourist attractions such as museums, art galleries and the State Library, this cosmopolitan capital city of Victoria is a dream come true especially for the frugal travellers.
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The Trusted Flower Delivery in Singapore For Mother’s Day

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No matter what the occasion is, flowers are one of those classic gifts that you really can’t go wrong with. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or grand opening, flowers can express feelings and emotions without having to say a single word.

Although the lifespan of flowers may not last long, the feeling of receiving them will be remembered for a lifetime; getting that warm fuzzy feeling of happiness is a treasure. To add, it also brings delight to the person sending the flowers as one of the simplest joys in life is being a reason someone smiles, especially those who are important to us. One of those people that we hold dearly in our hearts are our mothers.
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Travel Revolution 2019 - Extraordinary Journeys, Exceptional Deals!

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Say no to the ordinary and travel the extraordinary, revolutionary holidays start right in the heart of the city! From Friday to Sunday, 29 to 31 March, 11am to 9pm daily, head down to Marina Bay Sands basement 2 Expo Halls D and E for Travel Revolution 2019 - The Event, organised by Singapore Outbound Travel Agents Association (SOTAA) and supported by official card American Express and official travel insurer AIG. Admission is free.

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The bi-annual travel fair offers a plethora of extraordinary journeys. Bona fide travel junkies can check off their ultimate bucket list destinations from South America, Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Iran, Israel, Jordan to Central Asia. Those seeking authentic unique experiences can look forward to Antarctica and Arctic expedition cruises, organised tours hunting for Aurora Australis or Southern Lights, the quieter sister of the famous Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights that can only be found in the Southern Hemisphere, once-in-a lifetime trips accompanied by professional photographers, campervan or self-drive convoys and other thematic tours such as glamping, wildebeest migration and stargazing.
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Success by Hochste Timepiece Giveaway Winners at Luxury Haven!

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With a brown dial, the Fire element in this timeless classic symbolizes SUCCESS and evinces the significance of drive in achieving personal ambitions and successes in goals that one sets out to achieve.

Now, 3 followers of Luxury Haven will be receiving this Feng Shui watch worth SGD 185 each, thanks to Hochste Timepiece! If your name is not in the winning list, you can still get an attractive 20% off with Promo Code: LUXHAVEN20 just for followers of Luxury Haven, + FREE Shipping Worldwide!

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With a 2-year warranty and up to 4 years battery lifespan, shoppers have a total of 5 Unisex Collection to choose from!

Are you ready for the Giveaway result, and be the lucky 3 to walk away with Erfolg ~ Success?
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Asia’s New Iconic Promenade – the Avenue of Stars

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The Avenue of Stars ( AoS ), one of the most visited tourist destinations in Hong Kong has announced its reopening recently after three years of construction. The new design offers a revitalised urban space that allows visitors to experience the transcendence of Hong Kong's busiest and most exciting cultural waterfront. Funded by New World Development's AOS Management Company Limited, the AoS features the work of renowned New York High Line architect James Corner and other famed designers, who have injected vitality, aesthetics and practicality into the space.

The 457-metre-long promenade first opened in 1982, and in 2004, it was named the AoS and modelled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The revitalised AoS continues to offer spectacular views of the skyline and Victoria Harbour with new highlights:

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  • There has been a complete redesign of the AoS by James Corner Field Operations, involving extensive planting, generous shade and seating, and an accessible undulating sculptural edge. The design creates a spectacular waterfront promenade that enhances connections and sociability.
  • A special lighting system by Speirs & Majors is concealed inside the cladding, illuminating the water flowing beneath the pedestrian deck after dark.
  • Inspired by Hong Kong's market stalls, Harbour Kiosk, designed by LAAB, automatically transforms its "gate" into an "awning" during the day and returns to its compact shape at night.
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