Every Lunar New Year, the world sees the largest mass migration on a global scale as the Chinese fly all over the world to meet their relatives. Some of the most defining elements of the 23-day festival include the red packets, reunion dinners, and new year greetings.
Before you can gorge yourself on all the Chinese New Year goodies and receive those angpaos, you have got to come equipped with mandarin oranges and some words of blessings.
For Chinese New Year 2018, Royal Albatross wants to help you out with these idioms and phrases to wish your friends and family the best in different aspects of their lives.
CHINESE NEW YEAR PHRASES FOR THE YEAR OF THE DOG
As 2018 is the Year of the Earth Dog, you might want to spice it up with phrases that are related to this year’s zodiac. For you canine lovers, these will delight you:
旺財旺福 (wàng cái wàng fú)
Looking at great fortune and prosperity
瑞犬迎春 (ruì quǎn yíng chūn)
To welcome the Spring with luck
福祿雙犬 (fú lù shuāng quǎn)
Prosperity and longevity be with you
神犬嘯天 (shén quǎn xiào tiān)
Roaring to the heavens
鷹犬之才 (yīng quǎn zhī cái)
As talented as the eagle and the dog
CHINESE NEW YEAR IDIOMS FOR STUDENTS AND WORKING ADULTS
Besides having phrases appropriate to the year’s zodiac, let us share some common idioms you can use to impress and bless others with words of blessings. These idioms are best used for students and working adults.
For Career and Success
事業發達 (shì yè fā dá)
May your career be successful
升官發財 (shēng guān fā cái)
To promotion and prosperity
生意興隆 (shēng yì xīng lóng)
May your business thrive
學業進步 (xué yè jìn bù)
May your studies improve
步步高陞 (bù bù gāo shēng)
May you ascend with every step
CHINESE NEW YEAR GREETINGS FOR THE SEA
Finally, here at Royal Albatross, we have nautical-themed greetings you can use as well:
福如東海 (fú rú dōng hǎi)
May your fortune be as vast as the Pacific Ocean
順風大吉 (shùn fēng dà jí)
May the favourable winds bring you great auspiciousness
一帆風順 (yì fān fēng shùn)
May everything be smooth sailing
布帆無恙 (bù fān wú yàng)
May your journeys be safe
風生水起 (fēng shēng shuǐ qǐ)
May you make good and quick progress
Ready for Chinese New Year yet?
From all of us here at Royal Albatross, 顺风大吉 (shùn fēng dà jí), may the favourable winds bring you great auspiciousness!
WHERE TO GO FOR YOUR FIRST DATE
Food and romance. Of the hierarchy of needs, are these two basic human needs linked in any way? To some, this link can be surmised in the adage, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”.
There is always that moment when you are planning a special romantic dinner for your partner where you spend a lot of time choosing the menu, ingredients, table settings, and ambience. Beyond logistics, even on Valentine’s Day dinner, couples are always searching for that novel venue with that unique romantic dinner idea.
Imagine two people sharing that moment in time, through good food, dinner conversation, and a great atmosphere to boot. Dopamine is sure to be coursing through their neurons as they enjoy each other’s company.
Indeed, the expectations come higher with special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, or just to celebrate personal achievements. Now, if you are going on your first date, you would want everything to be perfect.
You have asked her out with a clear intention of wooing her. And now this is your stage to set. You might have been friends before and had casual hangouts. But when romance enters into the equation, your friendship has a new dimension, and her expectations will be higher, consciously or not.
This date night is that one day when you can’t be ordering fried rice or take her to your favourite nearby local cuisine, you can always indulge in such activities when your partner is much more comfortable with you perhaps when you have met her on at least 2 or 3 dinner dates before.
A pre-dinner drink is undoubtedly on the cards on the first date, invite her out to an exclusive rooftop restaurant perhaps at sunset and get the ball rolling with a little alcohol in both of your systems to ease those nerves.
Chose a restaurant which is close-by, in case she gets peckish early, avoid messy food items and select something sexy from the menu which is easy on the palette and easy to handle as well. An excellent choice of the restaurant will be a rooftop bar or a floating restaurant where you can get best of both worlds, a lovely sunset drink and a nice romantic dinner in the comfort of its air-conditioned lounge.
Post-dinner does offer to adjourn the dinner date over a cup of coffee or at a dessert place which should be nearby as well but at a separate location. It will also give you more time with her and also for you to get to know one another more, as the ambience in these places is relaxed and informal.
Finally, drive her off in style and drop her home before midnight. Or, at least, you should get her to text you when she is back home.
There are several places in Singapore for that all important first date over a romantic dinner, and one of them, Royal Albatross Sunset Sail, has proved to tick all the boxes which serve as a prerequisite for the first date night. It oozes of Romance, Exclusivity, Luxury, is informal but classy, both at the same time. The sunset sail aboard Singapore’s largest sailing yacht is bound to sweep your partner off her feet and will surely make a place in her memories and heart.
DID SHE SAY YES?: A Guide To Proposal in Singapore
In this blog post, we will take you through some indicators to look out for when searching for that perfect romantic venue to pop the question, and yes these places will suit that romantic dinner after the proposal.
Aesthetics should play a fundamental role in deciding on where you should hold your special occasion. These include the look of the place, the surroundings and ambience, as well as the food.
1. HISTORICAL SITES
Historical sites tend to draw a sense of romance and nostalgia, be it an old European fort or a colonial building converted into a dining venue. Such stately architecture exudes an old world charm which resonates with people from all walks of life. Look for that character and history in the venue, and the chances are that it is going to impress her.
2. SEA VIEW
Photo: Royal Albatross
In case you have not noticed, venues that tend to appeal to the feminine heart are mostly surrounded by lush greenery, stunning grounds, or the serenity of blue waters. There is something about the sea that brings a soothing romantic atmosphere between the two of you; look for a venue by the sea with a romantic dinner, and it will set up a proper prelude for the all-important day in your life.
3. PRIVATE ROOM
Photo: Royal Albatross
Its all about that surprise element which makes the proposal even more impressive, look for that venue which has such a feature so that you can sweep her off her feet when you emerge to ask that all important question. Follow the surprise proposal with a romantic sunset dinner and make sure to get a photographer/videographer to capture these moments. There is nothing more impressive and than to pull out a surprise romantic proposal, as she will speak about it for decades to come and it will make your relationship stronger.
All the above details are if the focus shifts from the moment. Back your proposal up with some lighting to boost the ambience, make sure to have some help at hand to put a bit of a spotlight on your girlfriend, make her feel like a princess and keep the focus on her. Warm and pastel moods create that sense of romance which is also going to look stunning in photos.
5. ROMANTIC MUSIC
Nothing impresses ladies more than remembering their favourite music or earworm at the moment and playing that romantic track in the background just before or after the proposal. Do make sure that the venue has a quality sound system near the proposal area to add that whole dimension to your plan. And the memories you evoke whenever both of you watch the video will be all the more perfect.
Location, location, location. If you have everything; but the venue is just an ordinary restaurant, the chances are it will send the message to your girl that you are not making an effort. Spend some time in researching a combination of the different factors and make sure that the venue is truly unique and exclusive.
7. ROMANTIC DINNER
No proposal is complete without a romantic dinner. Make sure the place that was chosen by you also doubles up as a restaurant and bar for that after party. Try to reserve a couple of tables for the plan, one for yourself and your fiancé (she might need a bit of space after the proposal with you) and the other one for your best friends who have worked hard with you to make the wedding proposal a reality.
If you want a venue with all the elements above, you’ll be pleased to know that one exists right here in Singapore. The Royal Albatross is a unique superyacht that encompasses all the tradition and romance from the golden age of sailing with the modern day era. There is nothing quite as thrilling as standing upon an open deck with the white sails billowing above you and the crisp sea breeze catching in your hair. A romantic proposal followed by a dinner on Royal Albatross is indeed a very memorable event that will leave you and your better half with a once in a lifetime experience.
A VALENTINE’S DAY GUIDE TO THE MEANING OF ROSES BY NUMBERS
No matter where you’re from, receiving a rose will be interpreted as a loving gesture. And the extent of which can arguably be measured by the number of roses presented. Do two roses mean twice the love of one rose or a dozen roses say “I love you”, so where do you stop? More importantly, it is the symbolism in the feelings that you want to convey to your loved one.
If you are going on a Valentine’s Day dinner, roses are inextricably part of the occasion. You don’t want to be giving any odd number of roses for no reason, especially if you are going for anything other than one or a dozen roses. What you want to display is a clear and strong intent.
Now, before you even want to go into all the logistics of finding the best restaurants for Valentine’s Day 2018 and selecting a lovely Valentine’s Day set menu, you ought to figure the gifts side of things first.
To help you to complete what you choose from all the Valentine’s Day events in 2018, we’ve put together our knowledge of the meaning of the number of roses in the following guide to help provide a romance yardstick as to how you would like to declare your love!
A SINGLE ROSE
You are the one for me.
You and I make a pair. Two is the number of interdependence and balance between a duality.
Very simply, ‘I love you’. Thrice the charm, they say – the completion.
Speaks of foundation. The perfect way to make a promise to say ‘nothing will come between us’.
As the number of grace, five roses are a great way to show your love for that special someone. To show how much you care for a friend or partner, five roses perfect.
Signifies ‘I want to be yours’; or the completion of the beginning. If you’re dating someone and wish to take your relationship to the next level, gifting them with six roses is a perfect way express those feelings subtly.
Seven is sacred. There’s something divine about sevenfold. It is telling her you will love her for every single day of the week.
Affection, care, and support; it is the number of plenty and new beginnings; especially good when someone is going through a tough time.
A symbol of eternal love. You would often give this exact number of roses to those you wish to spend the rest of life with. In Chinese, nine is a homonym of long-lasting.
Completeness; a simple yet powerful way to tell a special someone ‘they’re perfect’.
‘you are my treasured one’, or that ‘I’m incomplete without you’.
A perfect dozen
The meaning of roses when presented in the number 13 can either symbolize eternal friendship or a secret admirer.
The completion of an epoch, especially one of two phases. Fourteen roses help you to say that ‘we did it’!
If you’ve done something to upset someone and wish for forgiveness, opt for 15 roses.
Say ‘Bon Voyage’ with 16 roses.
This is the number of roses you would gift your wife, be it on her birthday or another special occasion.
The number of youth and beauty, that your love will stay as passionate as it is in time to come.
The number of roses to give someone you plan to wait for.
symbolic of sincerity and belief.
For your daughter, wife, girlfriend or best friends coming of age
this quantity boasts two meanings – togetherness and wish you the very best of luck.
For the silver anniversary.
For the pearl anniversary.
Signifies the sincerest affection.
For the ruby anniversary. And to show that you are willing to go through or have gone through the lows in life with them.
When you wish to pledge an unchanging and constant love.
For the golden anniversary.
This number in a bouquet simply means ‘love’.
For the diamond anniversary.
For the sapphire anniversary.
This quantity on the other hand suggests ‘my love for you will never change’.
For the platinum anniversary.
For the diamond and gold anniversary.
This number of roses signifies ‘faith’ and that you believe the person you are gifting is your soul mate.
If you owe someone a rather big apology, 88 is the number of stems to choose.
You are the only one for me, and I’ll love you till death do us part.
Roses – I am utterly devoted to you for eternity!
So there you have it – if you’re planning to gift a special someone with roses anytime soon, be sure to get the right number!
All you need now is the perfect platform to present your Rose bouquet, and there’s no better romantic venue than Luxury Tall Ship Royal Albatross – a 47m Superyacht that has fast emerged as Singapore’s premier and only venue for a romantic Sunset Sail dinner cruise.
Among the things to do on Valentine’s Day in Singapore this 2018, Royal Albatross’ very own Valentine’s Day dinner, packed with experience and entertainment, is held on the largest sailing yacht in the region. Royal Albatross makes a candlelight dinner under the stars while cruising along Singapore’s city skyline a new possibility, but don’t forget to order the Roses this Valentine’s of course!
GUYS, HOW TO IMPRESS HER OVERNIGHT!
Romance. Such a key part of relationships wouldn’t you agree? After all, men are supposed to be from Mars and their better halves from Venus. We all have heard that saying which might explain why we break out in a sweat when it comes to setting up a romantic dinner date. How many times have you left it to the last minute, only to find the best romantic restaurants in Singapore are already fully booked?
Women, on the other hand, have all these romantic dinner dates planned six months way in advance. When it comes to romantic deeds, men might seem pretty clueless; but it’s not exactly our fault though, as we have been influenced by all those chick flicks that the only things that matters are the expensive romantic dinners, getaways and turning up at their girlfriend’s office with a ten dozen roses!
In this blog, we talk about some new topics that most women will find very romantic so do try to incorporate these ideas into your next night out with your partner. It is not difficult to search for things to do in Singapore or for romantic dinner places. So listen up, and these are guaranteed to win you brownie points and some extra oomph in your relationship!
There is nothing more romantic than watching a sunset while enjoying your meal. Make sure to know if your partner is an outdoor person or be prepared to find a vantage point in an air-conditioned corner.
2. WOMEN LOVE ROMANCE BY THE SEA
Photo: Royal Albatross
Romance and Sea go hand in hand. Since time immemorial, poets and artists have spun verse and prose of the sea and its natural association with romance. There is something about the sound of waves which calms the mind and infuses passion into the atmosphere. A romantic dinner by the seaside is not a bad idea. Just imagine the sea breeze on a dinner cruise, and better still if you can serenade her with a guitar.
3. WOMEN LOVE LUXURY (well who doesn’t…)
Photo: Royal Albatross
Dress up on your anniversary dinner date, surprise her with that cologne that she gave you on your birthday and picked her up in a classy limousine. And for that night, all will be forgotten in a world of two.
4. WOMEN LOVE ROMANTIC CANDLELIT DINNERS
Photo: Royal Albatross
This is not a secret: simply dim the lights and focus on her, telling her how much you appreciate her company, whisper how you cherish the night you first met her and do note: the more candles, the better.
5. KEEP IT SIMPLE
Above all, it’s the simple things that will impress and win her heart, have a meaningful conversation, give her a handmade gift, offer tons of emotional support, and your romantic dinner date will be an instant success. The great thing is that it doesn’t need to be a birthday dinner or a momentous occasion for you to do it.
REAL LIFE SCENARIO
Consider this, her birthday is just one week away, and you are on another overseas trip, you don’t have any personal time, and your wife is starting to get suspicious that you’ve forgotten to plan for her birthday for the tenth time in your ten years of marriage! Sounds familiar..? Believe me, you are not the only person in the world (not) to do this – 80% of married men in Singapore surveyed face this situation every year!
So where can you find a romantic proposal venue which fulfils what women want and sweeps her off her feet? Luxury Tall Ship Royal Albatross (a 47m Superyacht) is emerging as one such venue, and our Sunset Sail is exclusively designed for that Romantic Dinner Cruise that you have been planning for a while. If you are looking for dinner on a boat in Singapore, the experience and entertainment-packed evening cruise come on the largest sailing yacht in the region has made enjoying a four-course candlelit yacht dinner in Singapore under the stars while cruising along the lion city’s Marina Bay skyline a possibility.
Five Things You Can Do To Up Your Dating Game
We hear about many couples who ran out of ideas when it comes to their next date. After all, on a small island like Singapore, there seem to be only so much a couple can do, repeating a few activities more than twice. Fret not; we found a selection of unique and romantic dating ideas you can choose. Men, this is how you can up your game in the dating arena.
Believe it or not, with only 150 tall ships available in the world, climbing on Singapore’s Luxury Tall Ship is uniquely unnerving but exciting. With four masts to choose from, you and your lover can now scale of the masts and experience the life of a sailor. Imagine yourself as working crew who would clamber up to the crow’s nest to watch for land or other ships or approaching storms. This experience is available when Royal Albatross is during dockside, happening daily from 10.30am onwards. This package sells at only $48 (U.P $58), and it includes the mast climb, digital photo when you reach to the top a certificate of achievement and a $25 F&B voucher.
Mast Climb at the Royal Albatross, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
2. Stargaze at Science Centre, Observatory Deck
Photo: Science Centre Singapore
For the stargazers, this intimate experience is a perfect activity for a quiet night out, followed by a romantic dinner. Get up close to the constellations and peer into the universe when you zoom in through the telescope at the Science Centre Singapore’s Observatory Deck. It can’t get more romantic than this!
Science Centre, Observatory Deck, 15 Science Centre Rd, Singapore 609081.
3. Date Night at Five Star Spa Experience
Photo: Ikeda Spa
“The spa is not for me,” said no woman ever. Upgrade on this experience with a Japanese onsen to boot when you visit the Ikeda Spa. This Japanese inspired spa takes pride in their service. Packages can be customised from signature body treatments to geisha organic facial to zen candle therapy massage. Now you can make her smile with a gift of zen and relaxation. Detox massage starts at $180+.
Ikeda Spa, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Clarke Quay Central #05-22 (Level 5 Carpark) Singapore 059817
4. Scream your head off at G-Max Reverse Bungy Experience
Photo: GMAX GX5
Make sure your date and you decide to experience this bungee only before dinner. This exhilarating experience is available at Clarke Quay located a few meters away from Zouk Club. Perhaps you have heard the screams of other patrons or seen the bungee take off, but this is your time to experience it for yourself. Embark on this crazy experience and get outside your comfort zones together. It will for sure help to spice up your date night.
GMAX GX5, 3E River Valley Road #04-02 Clarke Quay, Singapore 179024
5. Charcoal BBQ on a weekday on Royal Albatross
Sure, you can have your barbeque at any restaurant in Singapore, but how often can you do go on a superyacht? With menus starting from $20++, it’s affordable for a luxury yacht. Enjoy this varied barbeque selection from US sirloin steak to tandoori chicken to barramundi fish, chicken and beef satay as the favourite local delight. With the ambience of a superyacht, it will be a sure hit with your miss or Mrs With the wind blowing in your hair as you relax under the canopy of sail, you can be sure to impress with a delicious meal on this dockside experience. Opens daily from 10.30am.
Royal Albatross, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Top 5 things to do at Christmas in Singapore
Christmas is one of the biggest festivals celebrated around the world. It’s a festival that signifies family and love and also the spirit of kindness and giving. If you love food, it is about chocolate cakes and puddings and giving and receiving wonderful gifts on Christmas. Christmas has a special place in our hearts, and the festival brings happiness and cheer to everyone around the world.
Singapore has a long tradition of celebrating Christmas with great pomp and show with the epicentre in Orchard Road Christmas Light-up 2017 this year. Despite being in an equatorial climate, there is no let up in the festive spirit. If you live in Singapore or are planning to visit Singapore during the holidays, there are many exciting things to do and explore. Here are our top 5 picks of things to do when you are spending Christmas in Singapore:
Treat yourself to a Christmas Buffet
All-you-can-eat buffet-style meals are what Singaporeans love most – and most good hotels will offer one. At Christmas, the buffet tables enter the festive season with a full flourish and are laden with an endless selection of dishes along with scrumptious Christmas delicacies and cakes. Usually, they have an excellent international variety of food and wine which is guaranteed to ensure that you have a good time whether you are celebrating with friends or family.
Popular choices for the Christmas buffet are the Goodwood Park Hotel, Raffles Hotel, and the Ritz Carlton. You can also check out the Marina Mandarin Hotel and its “fusion” Christmas buffet. Many buffets might be booked out early, so do make your reservations before it is too late.
Enjoy a beautiful Christmas cruise aboard the Royal Albatross
If you are looking for a unique experience at Christmas this year, you can also set sail with the luxury superyacht the Royal Albatross. The beautiful ship beautifully combines the comfort and safety of a modern ship with the beauty of the old sailboats and is a marvellous sight to behold.
For Christmas, the Royal Albatross is opening two Christmas Sails (Dec 22 And 23) for a 2.5-hour cruise. Guests can bring their loved ones to partake in Xmas festivities on board the Royal Albatross with a buffet. The cruise will have limited space, so it’s best to book your tickets in advance.
Shop till you drop with Christmas Shopping Madness
Orchard Road is known for its yearly Christmas Light-Up where the facades of all the malls along the world-renowned shopping street are all decked for the season. They have beautiful Christmas trees, festive decorations, carolers, fake snow, and all the elements needed to put you right into the atmosphere! It helps that there is a competition for the annual Best Dressed Building award.
What makes shopping during Christmas in Singapore more exciting are the amazing discounts and the extended shopping hours. If you can bear the crowd, you can explore the stretch of Orchard Road encompassing Ion Orchard, Wisma Atria, Ngee Ann City and Paragon malls. Some of the newer funkier malls are further down like Orchard Central, Mandarin Gallery and 313@Somerset.
Visit a church
And of course, what is Christmas without where it came from – the church. If you would like to attend mass on Christmas and experience Christmas in a church, then Singapore has some beautiful Churches. A lot of them are historically and architecturally significant, and the best part is that they are all located close
to each other.
Close to Orchard Road is Singapore’s largest church – St Andrew’s Cathedral. You can also visit St Joseph’s Church which is famous for its incredible stained glass windows. Another famous landmark is the Armenian Church, it is Singapore’s oldest church and is surrounded by beautiful grounds. Besides the traditional Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox churches, a quick google search will find you modern non-denominational churches if you are looking for something different. Churches like City Harvest Church and New Creation Church are known to have excellent Christmas drama productions complete with theatrical props and original compositions.
Photo: Great Deals SG
Other Christmas Light-Ups
For the month December, every evening the Christmas display outside the Tanglin Mall is showered with foamy soap bubbles. It’s a lot of fun for adults and children alike and is a huge hit. If you want to catch the bubbles you need to be there at 7:30 to 8 pm.
Besides that, there is also places like Gardens by the Bay, Botanic Gardens where you and go with your partner or friends to enjoy a special time walking about and taking photos for your Instagram and social media display pictures.
Top 5 most unique go-to attractions in Sentosa
Singapore has been one of the favourite countries to visit within South East Asia. As a tech and food hub, visitors flock to immerse themselves and be in awe of the colours, sights and sound of what this tiny island has to offer. There is plenty to see for tourists and locals alike.
Singapore’s main island is surrounded by 63 offshore islands. This week, we take a look at Sentosa Island, the go-to place to visit when you are in Singapore. Here are the top 5 most unique attractions in Sentosa you should look out for.
Sentosa FUN Pass partners with Luxury Tall Ship The Royal Albatross
4 Oct 2017
Have you always wanted access to a Superyacht? Starting October 2, Singapore visitors and tourists can purchase Sentosa FUN Pass and enjoy an exclusive walkabout tour on the Royal Albatross among the wide variety of activities available to them.
For two credits’ worth, pass holders will get a chance to step on board the Royal Albatross and the S.E.A aquarium as a bundle. Other rides and attractions that visitors and tourists can purchase with the Sentosa FUN Pass give access to attractions like Madame Tussauds, 4D AdventureLand, KidZania, Mega Adventure Park and much more across the Sentosa island..
For those looking to get more out of their experience onboard Royal Albatross, Sentosa FUN Pass guests will get to enhance their experience onboard the tall ship with a selection of signature cocktails such
as “Moonpool”, “Gollywobbler”, “Spanker” and more, named after its nautical theme. Guests can also receive special rates for Sunset Sails.
Traditional English Cream Tea and Signature Cocktail by Royal Albatross
“We are delighted to work with Sentosa Development Corporation on this FUN Pass product and to offer visitors to Singapore with a unique experience on our luxury tall ship. We look forward to deepening this partnership as we progress,” said Peter Pela, Founder and CEO of Tall Ship Adventures Pte Ltd, the operator of the tall ship, the Royal Albatross.
As for the Sunset Sails, the Royal Albatross offers scheduled sails on weekdays and weekends, for guest to complete their day at, with a view of the sunset at Sentosa, sailing along the southern coast of Singapore. The view of Singapore from a vantage point few get to behold is something visitors will remember on their trip to sunny Singapore.
4 Unique F1 After-Parties You Can Enjoy in Singapore 2017
With the F1 Singapore Grand Prix happening 15 to 17 September, coupled with world-class acts OneRepublic, Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers, and Ariana Grande, there is no lack of entertainment for each day.
And if you are wondering where are the top ultra-luxe after-parties, here is a quick round-up of the premiere places to go.