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Bryan Choo

Bryan Choo

Bryan loves exploring and sharing the best of Singapore and the best travel ideas with readers. He creates innovative start-ups that he hopes will allow him to live a life doing what he loves. He enjoys photography, film making, coding and writing - and the process of getting better at them. He is trying to learn fashion after someone said he looked like a 40 year old. He is not 40 years old.


He's Editor-in-chief at local lifestyle portal TheSmartLocal.com and regional gaming portal SC2SEA.com where he also runs an events management company. He is co-writer of Korean Travel Guide "Mad for Singapore" by Chosun Media with his wife Chloe Park. He thanks you for reading this and apologises for talking in third person.

So A Website Just Plagiarised Our Article   Update: Wealthmastery has since apologised and admitted to the plagiarism. The curious bit is how they still refuse to take it down. When my colleague first shared this article on wealthmastery.sg with me, I was intrigued. I recently wrote two hotel compilation articles, so I was eager to check out the list they had come up with. The 'luxury staycations' topic title was clever and did the trick in getting me to click on the story. My curiosity soon turned to dismay, when I realised the article written by Zachary Young was strikingly...
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Incredible Hotel Rooms For Staycations   Credit: Tim Chong There are moments in your life worth celebrating. Landing that coveted job you slogged years in school for. Finally tying the knot with your soul mate. That 10th anniversary. Times like these are best remembered with a setting fit for the occasion.  The ambience, atmosphere and surreality of the moment accentuates the greatest moments of your lives. They help build memories that you’ll hold dear forever.  If you can’t head out of Singapore, turn to the next best place to celebrate - a staycation. Here’s a list of 10 incredible rooms of...
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The Best Hotel Swimming Pools in Singapore   This article was created by TheSmartLocal.com. For feature enquires, please contact them here. Sometimes when I go on vacation, all I want to do on is morph into a great big sloth and hibernate. I imagine myself kept in a giant forcefield around the hotel, with its aura rejuvenating my body with each passing second. Recharging my batteries is the only thing on my mind. Of course, if you desire a completely self-contained sabbatical, you can’t just stay in any hotel. It has to have the facilities to make your stay enjoyable and...
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About PARKROYAL on Pickering   Being Chinatown residents, we've watched the development of PARKROYAL on Pickering with curious eyes - from its construction to its opening in 2012. From below, greeneries from their lush 15,000m² sky-gardens dangle over, wrapping the hotel in its beautiful landscaping. It's as if the hotel was built in a gigantic garden, complete with larger than life bird-cages. We've always wanted to have a staycation here to see what it was like on the inside. Designed by internationally acclaimed local architectural firm WOHA, the theme that runs through this 367-room hotel is that of wellness, renewal and...
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About AMOY   I've heard good things about the latest Far East Hospitality hotel, AMOY, but never imagined they would amass such positive reviews in such a short period of time. With a TripAdvisor rank of #2 out of the 293 hotels in Singapore - they are officially the hottest boutique hotel in the country. A meteoric rise in TripAdvisor Singapore rankings like this has never been seen before, so we were stoked to see what all the hype was about. Like most small boutique hotels, the 37-room AMOY doesn't have a swanky swimming pool or a gym that tries too...
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We’ve all heard of SilkAir. Most of us know that they’re under Singapore Airlines. And that they fly to the more exotic destinations in the region like Lombok and Danang. But you may not have heard that they once went by another name. Or that they ordered 68 brand new Boeing Aircraft to boost their fleet two years ago. They have also just launched a new game called All-in Escape starting on the 22nd of September, where you can win prizes daily from complimentary flights to business tickets to their new destinations Hangzhou and Kalibo. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll...
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About Kitchen Table   Kitchen Table is W Singapore's all-day dining restaurant, helmed by Sydney native Matthew Woolford, who's been with Starwood Hotels Since 2003. They usually serve up Western dominated buffets. But on 16 August and 20 September, The Kitchen Table will be hosting a unique social dining experience called “Get Together at The Chef’s Table”. Yes, communal dining has come to W Singapore. And this menu will feature reinterpreted versions of Singaporean favourites for 9 pax only, on the third Saturday of the month - 16 of August and 20 of September.   The Menu At "The Chef's Table"   Priced at $50++ per pax,...
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About Bandung   This week, Christabel and I took a trip to Bandung, a booming metropolis increasingly popular with Singaporeans. Surrounded by volcanic mountains, this city used to be filled with tea plantations established by the Dutch who wanted to capitalise on the region’s fertility. Bandung was also nicknamed the Paris of Java due to the beauty of its natural landscape and the similar atmosphere it shared with European cities. It has since evolved into a sprawling city filled with restaurants, cafes, luxury hotels and the odd Singaporean on the hunt for good bargains. Yes, Bandung is extremely accessible to us!...
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About Makassar   When you think Indonesia, images of Balinese beaches or rice fields probably pop into your head. I’ve been to Bali twice but I’ve never visited any other Indonesian city - simply because I didn’t know what else was out there. And that’s a shame because Indonesia has way more to offer than $10 massages and tourists who have seen “Eat, Pray, Love”. This month, the TSL team went on a mission to explore 5 lesser travelled Indonesian cities. With our “TSL Discovers Indonesia” series, we aimed to come up with a series of guides, to help travellers looking...
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Big Changes Start with Small Choices   I get snail-mailed bank statements every month. I open the letters, take a 5 second look at what I already know, then throw them away. It's a pointless cycle I perpetuate. And it's all because I've been too lazy to go to my bank websites and tick the box that says "have all paper statements delivered to you digitally." I'm sure I've seen the banks prompt me with pop-ups whenever I log into my online account. But my anti-spam reflexs are strong and I click close before I even bother to read a word...
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