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Hike Some of the World's Most Dramatic Coastal-Cliff Landscapes on Aurora Expeditions' New Voyage Along the West Coast of Ireland


Aurora Expeditions, Australia's leading expedition cruising company, has announced its first ever voyage to Ireland on board the new ship, the Greg Mortimer.

Sailing from Dublin in 2021, this one of a kind 13-day itinerary features some of the country's most spectacular coastal highlights, including Donegal, Clare Island, Connemara National Park and The Skelligs.

Perched on the edge of the Atlantic, Ireland's west coast is characterised by soaring cliffs, dramatic peninsulas with medieval ruins and enchanting castles steeped in history. This breathtaking scenery will be revealed during expert-led wildlife walks, nature hikes and coastal kayaking tours. Daily trips by Zodiac will showcase breeding seabirds such as puffins, fulmars, guillemots, storm petrels and shearwaters.

Scattered along the west coast and carved out in the harsh Atlantic Ocean are a series of remote and private islands which hold the ghosts of a life, long lost. Hidden away and exclusively available on this voyage, these isles of savage beauty, forgotten in time, hold the archaeological gems of iron and bronze age sites, and early Christian monasteries dating back to 500-600 AD. Some isles were formerly home to pirates who ruled the seas, now they are peacefully occupied by birdlife nesting on the cliffs that dramatically rise from the seas.

Aurora Expeditions Historian and British Isle expert notes, “As an archaeologist and expedition guide, I find the remote corners of the west of Ireland constantly surprising and inspiring. Here we encounter a stunning combination of spectacular Atlantic scenery, wildlife, fantastic ancient sites, and a unique living cultural heritage. What a rare opportunity to explore these little-known treasures.”

ibis Styles Launches New Weekend Beach Getaway in Vung Tau

Accor unveils the second ibis Styles in Vietnam, bringing the brand's vibrancy to the heart of Vung Tau with the opening of ibis Styles Vung Tau.

Overlooking Vung Tau's long sandy Back Beach, just a two-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City, the hotel shines with stylish guest rooms offering a comfortable base to explore the closest beach destination from the economic capital of the country.

“Vietnam is blessed with over 3,200 kilometres of coastline, including the beautiful beaches of Vung Tau, located just two hours from Ho Chi Minh City. The opening of ibis Styles Vung Tau offers an attractive coastal getaway for guests looking to get out of the city yet delivers on budget-friendly and contemporary comforts,” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of Accor, Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives.

ibis Styles Vung Tau is the embodiment of fun style and creative energy, boasting a gallery of potential backdrops for Instagrammers at every turn. The design of the hotel is inspired by the sea. Its clean and modern aesthetics are enlivened with dynamic colour accents, providing an alluring contrast to the palette of tropical greens and blues outside the oversized windows.

For more information, please email, or contact +84 (0)254 352 6008 for general enquiries and reservations.

Senoko Energy's Power Gig - online music festival by local artistes to raise funds for Community Chest’s The Invictus Fund 

This initiative is in partnership with GERMS and supported by official radio station, Mediacorp YES 933

This had taken place on the weekend of 1 May 2020 to 3 May 2020. 

Senoko Energy, one of Singapore's most established and largest energy companies, in partnership with independent creative agency, GERMS, has presented a weekend-long online music festival titled "Power Gig" to raise funds for Community Chest's newly established The Invictus Fund which will help deliver critical services to vulnerable communities affected by COVID-19.


The music festival kicked off Friday, 1 May from 4-6pm with a Facebook livestream performance and radio broadcast on YES 933, Singapore's number one hit music station. Hosted by station DJs Kenneth Chung (Zhong Kunhua) and Chua Weibin, the online festival featured a strong line-up of talented local artistes who were put together by YES 933.


The 4 headline acts:


  • Jocie Guo Mei Mei, whose claim to fame is the song "Mouse Loves Rice" (老鼠爱大米),  which broke album sales record in 2006.
  • Derrick Hoh (He Wei Jian), a singer-songwriter and music producer who was the first Singaporean artiste to achieve #1 spot on the Singapore iTunes Store with his own composition.
  • Kenny Khoo (Qiu Feng Ze), a Mandopop singer-songwriter based in Taiwan whose first solo concert, "The Prophet", sold out within seconds of launch
  • Benjamin Kheng, a multi-talented artiste and lead singer of popular local band, The Sam Willows.



Other singers include Boon Hui Lu (Wen Hui Ru), Serene Koong, Gao Mei Gui, Sara Wee and Inch Chua.

The festival continued with more home-based solo gigs by several local artistes put together by GERMS such as Miss Lou, Abby Simone, Haneri Milliona, and Dru Chen, with performances on their Instagram channels over the long weekend till Sunday, 3 May 2020.


The public can find out more information on the initiative and make an online donation of any amount through To support the community, Senoko Energy will match public donations dollar-for-dollar, up to S$30,000.


Mr James Chong, Head of Commercial of Senoko Energy, said, "As a company, we recognise that we can make a positive impact on the communities we serve, and are committed to supporting fellow Singaporeans during these challenging times. Through this initiative, we hope to assist those in need while helping to spread positive energy to all who are doing their part and staying home."    


Echoing the sentiment, Mr James Chua, founder and Managing Director of GERMS, added, "As a Singapore-founded agency, we are committed to ensuring the positive well-being of Singaporeans, and cannot stress enough the importance for each of us to tap on our capabilities and competencies, and come together in aid of the most vulnerable in our community."


"Sometimes, all it takes is connecting through music to lift our spirits and this is what we hope to achieve through this partnership with Senoko Energy and GERMS. Even though the community is not able to gather physically on the Labour Day public holiday for a concert, we want to still be able to bring cheer to people at home and unite them through music and technology. With a generous matching from Senoko Energy and the support from kind artistes giving back through their talents, we want to uplift the community and enable them to play a part in giving back to those in need," said Mr Phillip Tan, Chairman of Community Chest.  


The Invictus Fund, set up by the National Council of Social Service, supports about 80 social service agencies in Singapore that deliver critical services to vulnerable seniors, families in need, persons with disabilities, children with special needs, youth-at-risk and persons with mental health conditions. As such, there is an urgent need to garner donations and support for these non-profit organisations to ensure that they can continue operations during this period.   The donation link had opened from 1 May and will be available till 1 June 2020 and the final amount collected from this event will be published and announced on 2 June 2020 on the social pages of Senoko Energy.
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