A date with nostalgia

24 hours at Eastern & Oriental

Since the 1800s, the Sarkies Brothers, or some may know them as SB from the insignia imprinted on antiques, have presented to the world the concept of luxury hotels.

Having seen the two World Wars, Eastern & Oriental Penang, previously known as “The Premier Hotel East of Suez”, stood strong against the test of time, boasting a long line of satisfied patrons; list includes visionary entertainer, Charlie Chaplin, Hollywood royalty, Douglas Fairbanks and Nobel Prize winner,  Rudyard Kipling.

A stay in their suite is no ordinary affair; it is a hotel, yet it is familiar, you have to check in, yet it feels like coming back home. Tailored to meet each of its patrons’ needs, the impeccable service rendered feels extensive but not forceful. That delicate care and consideration are what sets this classic establishment apart from its shiny, posh and younger competitors.

As we go along to submit to the new and exciting, we tend to negate our rich past, our colourful history. Take a break, and make a date, with nostalgia.

Making flights pleasant

Making flights pleasant: Changi Airport’s new terminal

Flights can be daunting for some- long queues, stringent checks; not quite something one would look forward to when travelling. Making flights pleasant has always been the aim of Singapore’s Changi Airport, and also the reason why it has won many accolades and awards. The new Terminal 4 is a testament to that strong dedication.

Bold stripes and airy skylights are reminiscent of the previous terminals yet with the new thematic element, it feels contemporary and current. The use of the petal-like shapes complimented with lush greeneries throughout the terminal creates a softer finish, a warm welcome to those eager to embark on their journeys.

Facing the increased complexities of air travel, airports need to be experientially different. With Terminal 4, Changi Airport expresses yet another possibility in making expeditions joyous again. 

 

Checking in

A look inside: The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

From the faint musky scent in the corridors to the strong use of marble on floors, The Majestic Hotel is a classic, an ode to the glorious days of the 1930s. Even with the new Tower Wing on the west side of the establishment, the hotel still holds true to its original character of being a national heritage site.

With cosy rooms such as the Smoke House, the Drawing Room and the Tea Lounge, guests are given the comforts of a home, a communal experience that extends beyond the walls of the suites.

As most establishments race to build the new and innovative, looking back to the past feels like an escape, a luxury in itself, where one can break away and enjoy the difference in pace.

Fully stocked and ready for maximum consumption

What makes a good office?

Closed up, grid offices are a thing of the past, open offices with exciting breakout spaces are the next big thing. With companies now pouring a large portion of their business development budget into office design, it is obvious that culture-oriented company, Facebook, is leading the pack with its 8 storey office, taking up a big chunk of the newly built South Beach Tower. Here is what it takes to keep your employees in the office:

 

1. Micro-kitchens at every level

Fully stocked and ready for maximum consumption

Fully stocked and ready for maximum consumption

2. Natural finishes for comfort

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Despite the posh location, the use of natural materials takes you back to the comfort of a home

3. Large windows with spectacular views

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Invest in a location with good views, it goes a long way in keeping the team looking far ahead

4. Informal gathering spots for casual meetings

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With breakout spaces popping up at every corner, employees are encouraged to work at their own comfort level

5. Meeting rooms with memorable names

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Suddenly it becomes easier to navigate around the office when rooms have names like “Bo Jio” and “Into the Rabbit’s Hole”, as compared to “Room MR01-02”