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With its clean and user-friendly design, the app provides the best possible experience for users on mobile devices. The app also makes is easy for Guests who are already on the move to locate last-minute deals and special offers and for Hosts to craft special one-on-one offers directly from their phone.
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Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines
Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped across Central Philippines on November 8th, 2013, has affected a total of 9.5 million people across the Philippines. In its aftermath, many are feared dead and thousands of families are left homeless. Haiyan is estimated to have destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of structures in its path as it tore into the coastal provinces of Leyte and Samar with huge waves sweeping away entire coastal villages and devastating the region’s main cities. With thousands rendered homeless, the immediate need is food, clean drinking water, medical aid and temporary shelter.
These breathtaking images appeal to our wanderlust. Don’t they make you want to pack your bags and start exploring the world? World’s best island, Palawan
This island in the western coast of the Philippines has been recently named the best island for travelers in Travel+Leisure magazine’s “2013 World’s Best”. Even though it is popular among foreign and local tourists alike, much of the island is still underdeveloped and underpopulated, which means pristine, crystal-clear beaches without fighting hordes of tourists.
Halloween is next week and in the tradition of sharing ghost and horror stories, let’s sit together by the virtual fireside while we share stories of Asia’s most haunted places.
Old Changi Hospital - Singapore
Built in the 1930s as a small British military hospital, it was occupied by the Japanese during WWII. In 1997, operations at the Changi Hospital were moved to the new Changi General Hospital. The site has been abandoned since. Screams and shadows were reportedly seen and heard at some of the wards which were rumored to have been used as torture chambers by the Japanese.Spook Level:
Lawang Sewu - Semarang, Indonesia
Lawang Sewu was completed in 1907 used by the national railway of the Dutch East Indies. When the Japanese occupied Indonesia in 1942, the Japanese army took over the building. The basement of B building was turned into a prison. Several executions took place on-site. When Semarang was retaken by the Dutch in the Battle of Semarang in October 1945, the Dutch forces used the tunnel leading into A building to sneak into the city. A battle ensued and numerous fighters lost their lives. Today, Lawang Sewu is believed to be haunted with many reports of ghost sightings. Among the ghosts reported to inhabit Lewang Sewu are a Dutchwoman who committed suicide and headless ghouls. The basement of B building is also said to be haunted by a kuntilanak (spirits of women who died while pregnant). The ghosts stories of Lawang Sewu is well-known throughout Indonesia that a horror movie titled Lawa Sewu: Kuntilianak’s Vengeance released in 2007 was based on the ghost sightings in Lewang Sewu.Spook Level:
Corregidor Island - Philippines
Corregidor Island has the grave distinction of being the site of one of the largest mass suicide in history. Because of the island’s location at the entrance of Manila Bay in southwestern part of Luzon Island, about 48 km from the capital, the island served as the first line of defense and prison during the Spanish occupation. Corregidor was then fortified by the Americans and became a military stronghold during WWII. In 1941, after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, they attacked Corregidor in what is known as the “Battle of Corregidor”. Following their defeat, over 3,000 Filipino and American soldiers were held hostage, starved and tortured. But in 1945, the Americans returned and attempted to retake the island. During this bloody war, a staggering 6,650 Japanese soldiers lost their lives. Today, the island is one of the most important historical and tourist site in the country. Because of it’s turbulent history, the island has been rumored to be haunted. There are several reported activities heard by tourists who pass by the hospital ruins of footsteps, rumblings of normal hospital activities, and wails of people. Shouts of people grimacing in pain can be heard around the bunker area. Similar sounds can also be heard inside the Malinta Tunnel where many of the suicides happened.Spook Level:
Himuro Mansion - Japan
According to urban legend, lying just beyond the city of Tokyo is one of the most haunted locations in all of Japan, the Himuro Mansion. The exact location of the mansion is unknown but the legend puts the mansion in a rocky region just beyond the city limits of Tokyo. The mansion is said to be the home of the Himuro family who had participated in a strange, twisted Shinto ritual known as “The Strangling Ritual” in order to seal off bad karma from within the Earth. It is believed that the family was murdered while performing the ritual and that their souls wander the mansion attempting to repeat the failed ritual. Blood splashes on the walls are reportedly seen, as if they were flicked from the blade of a sword that had recently sliced through flesh. Many have reported seeing spirits and apparitions dressed completely in white, rinsing cloths and preparing the grounds for the ritual. The interest in the Himuro Mansion was further flamed by it’s inclusion into the back story of the popular game, Fatal Frame. Spook Level:
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Just the other day, as we were walking down Orchard Rd in Singapore, we were surprised to see that Christmas decorations are already up! Yes, it’s just October but it seems the holidays are fast approaching. If you are planning a getaway - it’s time to start planning. Here are some ideas for your year-end holidays. Colourful floats parade along Singapore’s Orchard Rd on Christmas Day.
Singapore is a great year end holiday destination especially for families travelling with kids. Head to Universal Studios Singapore for the special Christmas programme. The centre of all the holiday activities is in Orchard Rd, Singapore’s favourite shopping district. Watch as the long stretch of this shopping haven dress up in a spectacular display of lights while each mall try to compete for the best and most creative Christmas displays. On Christmas Day, watch out for the colourful parade of Christmas floats, stage performances and Christmas caroling.
In December, you can enjoy long sunny days in beautiful Phuket.
If you prefer a more laid back holiday, then head to beautiful Phuket for a beach getaway. December and January is the best time to hit the island. By this time, the rainy season is over and you can enjoy long, sunny days but still not overrun by crowds. Sunbathe and party away in Patong Beach or head to Surin Beach and enjoy a quiet drink in one of the resorts that line up along the beach. Or enjoy the crystal clear waters and the tranquility of the quieter, Kamala Beach.
Sydney is the perfect combination of urban and coastal lifestyle.
Or, you can enjoy the best of both worlds - a beach and city getaway rolled into one! Christmas is one of the most exciting events in Sydney. The city will be lit up with Christmas lights and decorations, with Sydney’s favorite choirs singing in the City Centre. Each night Sydney Town Hall will transform into a mass of festive color as light projections move about the glorious old building.
Christmas is also summertime in Australia and with Sydney uniquely surrounded by 39 beautiful beaches, you don’t have to travel very far to catch the perfect wave. Head to the world famous and a favourite among locals, Bondi Beach. Or, take the ferry to head to the more laid back and family-friendly, Manly Beach.