Baby & Kids Fair from 28 to 30 July 2023

Mothercare Singapore sets the stage for its largest-ever Baby & Kids Fair from 28 to 30 July at EXPO HALL 6A. Bringing together more than 200 premium brands, this event promises unmatched deals and discounts on baby and kids' essentials, allowing seasoned parents and soon-to-be mommies and daddies to enjoy unbeatable savings of up to 90%.

Mothercare pulls all stops this year to create an unparalleled shopping experience. As shoppers discover top-tier products from globally renowned brands like Pigeon, Tommee Tippee, Bugaboo, Disney, and Cybex, they can also partake in the bottle trade-ins to reap exclusive deals from quality-assured baby bottle brands at the fair.

In addition, exclusive brands only available at the Mothercare Baby & Kids Fair will be showcased, providing a unique opportunity to access high-quality products not found at other baby fairs. An e-Guidebook featuring value-worthy starbuys, quality brands and staff picks will also be available for shoppers to plan ahead. The physical booklet will also be available at any of the 11 Mothercare retail stores and 6 Kiztopia locations islandwide.

With a minimum spend of S$1,000, you can also stand a chance to win enticing prizes at the spin-to-win pop-up that are worth up to S$599. Plus, keep an eye out for weekly giveaways on their official Instagram account (@mothercare_babykidsfair2023), offering interested parents a chance to bring home up to S$5,000 worth of essential baby and pregnancy products from a plethora of brands.

That’s not all – the first 2,000 signups can snap up a free early bird goodie bag laden with baby products worth up to S$200+. Shoppers can register online for their entrance goodie bag here.

Expertise Meets Entertainment

The fair goes beyond shopping — turning into a hub of learning and fun. Expectant mothers can immerse themselves in enlightening seminars from 12pm to 5pm, facilitated by medical experts and doctors from Mount Alvernia Hospital. The Mommy & Me seminar on pregnancy features hourly sessions that will shed light on various pregnancy topics and early stage planning knowledge, with attendees receiving goodie bags worth up to S$150+. Complementing this enriching experience, an expansive 200m­2 Kiztopia mega indoor playground will feature a bouncy castle that stands ready to thrill toddlers, transforming your shopping experience into a delightful family outing unlike any other.

Partnerships and Sweet Rewards

Elevating the value for every dollar spent, Mothercare has forged a partnership with Shopback. This collaboration allows shoppers to extend their savings with the use of stackable vouchers and cashback offers. Shoppers can pay with ShopBack Pay or PayLater, and stand to win 100% cashback* and up to $15 off^ at the Baby & Kids Fair. Adding to the roster of partnerships, a tie up with Tanamera Coffee & Roastery and Shopback’s app sweetens the deal – the first 300 visitors can enjoy free coffee or tea at EXPO while new Shopback users enjoy S$2 off a minimum spend of S$5 on coffee, tea and juices.

The Baby & Kids Fair 2023 is an embodiment of Mothercare’s steadfast commitment to nurturing young families. This event represents more than just a shopping experience – it's a curated celebration of parenthood where quality, affordability, and family joy converge. Symbolising the brand's promise to continuously innovate and provide only the best, the fair is a testament to the shared journey of parenting, one that Mothercare is proud to support and celebrate.

DirectAsia Simplifies Travel Insurance Coverage for School Holiday Trips

As global travel restrictions lift and holiday plans resume, DirectAsia Singapore responds to the needs of today's travellers with a comprehensive suite of travel insurance plans. These plans are well suited to provide peace of mind for families planning school holiday trips abroad this June, ensuring they are well-protected in a variety of scenarios.

"DirectAsia Singapore acknowledges the evolving requirements of today's travellers," shares Oliver Mallich, Head of Marketing and Partnerships. "Our flexible travel insurance packages are designed to cater to a wide array of situations, ensuring families can travel with freedom from worry during the upcoming school holidays."

DirectAsia Singapore's insurance plans provide a variety of options for coverage:

Equitable Child Cover & Family Travel Insurance: Offering equal protection for children and adults, DirectAsia provides cost-effective, all-inclusive packages that offer coverage for all family members under a single policy.

Inclusive Domestic Helper Coverage: Recognising the integral role of domestic helpers in Singaporean families, DirectAsia ensures they're not left out, extending coverage to include helpers who accompany families on school holiday trips.

Trip Cancellation & Curtailment: Unforeseen circumstances can lead to trip cancellations or shortenings. DirectAsia offers compensation for irretrievable, prepaid transport and accommodation expenses, helping families navigate such disruptions in their school holiday travel plans without financial burden.

Personal Possessions, Money & Travel Documents: School holiday trips should be stress-free. To this end, DirectAsia's insurance shields families from the fallout of theft, loss, or accidental damage to personal belongings, adding an extra layer of assurance.

Medical Expenses: An unexpected medical situation can put a damper on school holiday travels. DirectAsia cushions families from this impact, covering medical treatment costs incurred during an insured overseas trip, as well as related expenses for up to 30 days after returning to Singapore.

Death & Permanent Disability: In the unfortunate event of severe injury during the trip resulting in loss of limbs, sight, permanent total disablement, or death, families can find some solace in DirectAsia's provision for a lump-sum payout, providing a critical financial safety net.

Policy Features

DirectAsia Singapore's travel insurance offers up to S$1,000,000 coverage for medical expenses and assures up to 90 days of coverage per journey. Frequent travellers may find the flexibility of annual plans beneficial. The policy also includes coverage for emergency phone charges, compassionate visits, personal liability, and rental car excess.

Part of the global Hiscox Group, DirectAsia Singapore offers direct-to-consumer insurance services. Their portfolio spans car, motorcycle, and travel insurance packages, all underpinned by a commitment to clarity, simplicity, and innovation.

NFT celebrated Mother's Day in 2023

Mintable, the Singapore-based Non-Fungible Token (NFT) marketplace, invites people everywhere to celebrate International Mother's Day with free personalised NFTs for their mums. Anyone may take advantage of the offer by visiting Mintable is so confident of the ease of use and speed, both to mint an NFT and open a wallet, that it can offer these personalised NFTs for free.

The simple gifting process takes just a few clicks for mothers anywhere to receive an email with a link to their NFT, which will be stored in a managed wallet. Recipients with a Metamask wallet will receive the NFT directly into their wallet.

As the company's Web3 platform is increasingly being used by a wide variety of organisations around the world, Mother's Day is the ideal day to demonstrate how simple NFTs can be. NFTs can last forever once recorded on a blockchain, making them timeless gifts that can be given and received by anyone. Mintable's free and customisable Mother's Day NFTs are minted on the Ethereum blockchain and no prior knowledge of NFTs or crypto wallets is necessary to send or receive them.

Zach Burks, Founder and CEO of Mintable, said: "Web3 and NFTs in particular are fast becoming the new normal for many organisations. We want people everywhere to have the option of sending heartfelt mementos to their mums. The progress we have made with our platform makes creating or receiving an NFT as easy as email. Our goal is to deliver all the benefits of new technologies to our users with none of the usual pains."

The Ethereum blockchain is renowned for its high security and reliability, but it is also known for high transaction fees (known as 'gas fees') and limited scalability. Mintable, however, leverages its proprietary gasless minting technology to mint NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain at scale and for free. A game-changer in the NFT space, Mintable's proprietary technology, which is offered by the company's B2B service, called 'Mintology' by Mintable, allows for frictionless NFT creation to increase accessibility.

PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards call for entries

The PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Singapore) programme is now open for entries for its 13th edition in 2023. Organisers of the 13th annual PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Singapore) now challenge the country's leading and emerging development companies and design practices to compete for recognitions that showcase and provide an international platform for their exemplary, outstanding achievements.

The Singapore property market is off to a promising albeit slower start in 2023. The housing market remains resilient despite uncertain geopolitical and macroeconomic conditions, rising inflation, and increasing interest rates, according to the PropertyGuru Singapore Property Market Report Q1 2023.

Defying economic downside pressures, property prices climbed in 2022, partly due to tight supply, amid declining sales volumes across all property types. Despite the increased cost of acquiring homes, many buyers maintain a positive view of the market's long-term outlook.

Jules Kay, general manager of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards and Events, said: "Singapore developers continue to lead the way with designs and concepts that are not only deserving of international recognition, but also set a high standard for Southeast Asia. We are confident that this year's entries will be just as exemplary, displaying Singaporean prowess in creating sustainable built environments and aspirational developments where people can live, work, and thrive."

Kristin Thorsteins, chairperson of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Singapore) and head of partnership growth for APAC at IWG PLC (Singapore), said: "In recent years, Singapore developers have demonstrated remarkable resilience and flexibility, responding to changes by creating more sustainable spaces and integrating nature into their projects. As we look ahead, we anticipate witnessing further benchmark-setting innovations among our entries this year, as Singapore continues to adapt to post-pandemic societal changes and prepares to face any challenge with unwavering determination and vigour.

"With a robust infrastructure ecosystem and a commitment to green-building technologies, Singapore is at the forefront of sustainable development, leading the way in reducing energy and water consumption, as well as carbon emissions. We are confident that Singapore's developers will continue to drive innovation in the real estate industry, creating spaces that are not only resilient, but also sustainable and in harmony with nature."

The black-tie gala dinner and presentation ceremony of the 13th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Singapore) will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore ballroom on Friday, 27 October 2023.

Key dates for the 2023 edition:

1 September 2023 – Entries Close

11-29 September – Site Inspections

3 October 2023 – Final Judging

27 October 2023 – Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Singapore

8 December 2023 – Regional Grand Final Gala Presentation in Bangkok, Thailand

The public are encouraged to submit their nominations before the deadline of entries on 1 September 2023 here:

Led by Thorsteins, an independent panel of judges, comprising experts in diverse fields such as real estate consultancy, architecture and interior design, and sustainable development, will participate in a rigorous process selecting the award recipients.

The resulting shortlist of nominees will be able to showcase their companies and projects to a wide network of property seekers, real estate agents, banks and valuers, and other enterprises served by PropertyGuru Group (NYSE: PGRU), Southeast Asia's leading property technology company.

Supervised by HLB, the global network of independent advisory and accounting firms, the awards programme makes full use of a professionally run and fully transparent judging system, with an established reputation for fairness, credibility, and integrity.

Excellent Asian companies

Main winners from the 2023 edition of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Singapore) will qualify to compete with other excellent companies across the region for the ‘Best in Asia' honours at the 18th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final in Bangkok, Thailand on 8 December 2023.

Singapore companies scored several regional wins at the 17th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final 2022. GuocoLand was named Best Luxury Developer (Asia) and Best Sustainable Developer (Asia) while UOL Group Limited was named Best Hospitality Developer (Asia).

UOL Group Limited also won Best Hotel Development (Asia) for Pan Pacific Orchard. Park Nova by Shun Tak Holdings gained the Best Condo Architectural Design (Asia) title while Artyzen Singapore by Artyzen Hospitality Group won Best Hospitality Interior Design (Asia).

Established in 2005, the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards continue to reward high-calibre work within the industry, encompassing property development, construction, architecture, interior design, and sustainable building practices. The series initially covered Southeast Asia and has expanded over the years to include the region's dynamic property markets, including Australia, China, Greater Niseko in Japan, and India.

The 13th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Singapore) are supported by official portal partner; official magazine Property Report by PropertyGuru; media partner d+a Magazine; and official supervisor HLB.