5 Things You Should Know This Week: 24 July 2017

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Updated on August 08, 2017 9:08 am

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trends and happenings in Singapore

1. Singtel TV celebrates 10th anniversary with 10 days of free previews from 4–13 August.

Singtel TV customers can expect an exciting line-up of free previews, exclusive limited offers, and attractive prizes as it celebrates 10 years of great entertainment. The anniversary celebrations will coincide with Singapore’s National Day holidays when Singtel TV customers will be able to enjoy 10 days of free previews of over 150 channels on Singtel TV from 4 to 13 August. Singtel TV customers can watch the latest blockbusters like Doctor Strange, Moana and The Monkey King 2; popular dramas and live sporting action on channels such as AXN, Disney Channel, FOX Movies, Jia Le Channel, and more. The free previews will also be available on Singtel TV GO, allowing customers to catch their favourite programmes on the go.

In addition, from 14 August onwards, Singtel TV customers can look forward to winning 10 prizes to commemorate this milestone. These prizes include an exhilarating hands-on experience driving a Formula 1 car at the world-renowned Monza circuit in Italy, tickets to the 2017 Emmy Awards to honour the best in television, and VIP visits to Cartoon Network Studios in California with sneak peeks of production behind-the-scenes. Also, Singtel has rewarded its 10 longest-tenured customers who subscribed to Singtel TV since it began, with a complimentary Samsung 55-inch UHD Smart TV and two years’ free DVR set-top box rental.

Singtel TV

Mrs Chan Siew Hwa and her daughter Ms Claire Tan, with their new Samsung 55-inch UHD Smart TV

2. Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface Pro Signature Type Cover now available for pre-order in Singapore.

Unveiled earlier in May, the new Surface Pro has been redesigned from the inside out to give people more performance with improved battery life. Everything has been streamlined and refined—from softer, rounded edges to cameras built to fade into the bezel. At just 8.5mm thin and starting at 767 grams, the new Surface Pro packs the power of a 7th generation Intel® CoreTM processor into a new fanless, 2 whisper-quiet design. Want one? The new Surface Pro and Surface Pro Signature Type Cover are now available for pre-order in Singapore starting 20 July from the Microsoft Store, as well as authorised retailers including Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman, and Newstead.Pre-order for commercial customers is also available via Authorised Device Resellers including AsiaPac Distribution Pte Ltd, Insight Technology Solutions Pte Ltd, JK Technology Pte Ltd, SoftwareOne Pte Ltd and UIC Asian Computer Services Pte Ltd. Starting from $1,188, the new Surface Pro will officially launch in market on 15 August 2017. For more information, visit www.surface.com.

Microsoft Surface Pro

3. Robinsons celebrates 12 years of Bedshop.

Robinsons Bedshop is celebrating its 12th anniversary with enticing promotions until 20 August 2017, including up to $1,200 off, GST-absroption, free trade up from queen size mattress to king size mattress, and purchase-with-purchase promotions. Boosting over six brands of mattresses (DPM, King Koil, Sealy, Serta, Simmons, and Tempur), and a wide variety of pillows and bed accessories, Robinsons Bedshop covers nearly half of the entire floor space at Level 5 of its flagship store at Robinsons The Heeren. Into its 12th year now, Bedshop has sold over 100,000 mattresses. Robinsons Bedshop, Singapore’s premier bedding department by Robinsons, aims to help shoppers find the perfect mattress with their range of super quality mattresses and dedicated team of more than 20 bed experts.

King Koil mattress at Robinsons

King Koil

DPM mattress at Robinsons


Sealy mattress at Robinsons


4. AkzoNobel signed an agreement with the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).

The partnership is to further the goal of providing more ground-up push for Green Buildings in Asia Pacific. The two organisations will be exploring more opportunities to promote awareness of the significance of Green Buildings and sustainability, by organising and supporting more private and public sector symposiums. Mr Tai Lee Siang, Chairperson of the WorldGBC, said: “We need to empower our community to drive change, and in order to achieve better results, there needs to be more industry involvement and adoption of sustainable practices in every aspect of design, development, operations and more importantly, behavioural change, across entire regions.”

Mr Jeremy Rowe, Managing Director at AkzoNobel Decorative Paints, South East & South Asia, Middle East, added: “We’re committed to developing a more sustainable business and creating more value from fewer resources. We are taking on a ground-up approach by encouraging a continuous regional dialogue through the ‘Human Cities’ series of symposiums in several cities including Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia. These are held in Asia where government and private sector will jointly sit together.”

AkzoNobel Decorative Paints

Mr Jeremy Rowe, Managing Director, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints, South East & South Asia, Middle East (left) and Mr Tai Lee Siang, Chairperson, World Green Building Council (right), at the signing ceremony for the partnership to further the Green Building Agenda in Asia Pacific

5. Strong turnout at preview of Le Quest.

Le Quest opened the doors of its sales gallery on 22 July 2017, drawing overwhelming response from the public on the first weekend of preview. Le Quest by Qingjian Realty (South Pacific) Group Pte Ltd (Qingjian Realty) is the first mixed-use development in Bukit Batok.

Le Quest is located in the west of Singapore, which will soon see new and exciting developments such as the upcoming Jurong Innovation District, and Singapore’s upcoming second CBD, Jurong Lake District. Le Quest is also in close proximity to the upcoming Tengah Forest Town. The Sales Gallery and show units at Bukit Batok West Avenue 8 are now open daily from 10am to 7pm. Bookings commence on 5 August 2017, Saturday. The development is expected to receive Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) by end-2021.

Le Quest Condo in Singapore

Artist’s impression of Qingjian Realty’s first mixed-use development, Le Quest, which will house a smart food court run by Koufu Pte Ltd and an NTUC Fairprice Finest.

Visitors throng the sales gallery of Le Quest by Qingjian Realty (South Pacific) Group Pte Ltd (Qingjian Realty) on 22 July 2017, the first day the sales gallery was open for preview. Photos courtesy of Qingjian Realty

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