Swimming Paradise this 2022 in Singapore

Swimming Paradise this 2022 in Singapore

Singapore has the third-highest population density in the world, after only Macau and Monaco. Singapore offers an abundance of swimming pools, in addition to fantastic hawker cuisine and towering buildings. With low-cost entrance, public swimming pools in Singapore, some with waterslides and some without, are ideal locations to cool down in the summer and keep the youngsters occupied. Thanks to the Singapore Government, the autonomous island city-state is sprinkled with some amazingly-equipped public swimming pools, so you can have a "splashing-good" time while remaining clear of sand and filth.

Consider some of Singapore's best public swimming pools:

OCBC Aquatic Centre- The OCBC Aquatic Centre is a fantastic indoor public swimming pool that, as a 3000 seat world-class facility, organizes several regional and international championships. If you're searching for a spot in Singapore to perform some lap training, this is the place to go. You can swim in a training pool or a competitive pool; try both. This facility is preferred by recreational swimmers since it allows them to swim in a safe setting. This FINA international standards pool is home to the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) and the location for the 28th South-East Asian Games 2015 and the 5th Fina Juniors Swimming Championships 2015.

Pasir Ris Swimming Complex- This public swimming facility, housed in the relatively new Pasir Ris Sports Centre, offers a wide range of aquatic amenities, including a competitive pool, a smaller teaching pool, a fun pool for youngsters, and even two waterslides for thrill seekers. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, there is a jacuzzi for parents and dads looking to catch their breath and relax in a pleasant setting. This award-winning swimming facility is also designed with ecologically friendly and energy-saving elements including a rainwater-harvesting system to nourish surrounding plants, vertical 'green' walls, landscaping that decreases ambient heat gain, and spectacular solar cells for electricity generation.

Wild Wild Wet- You can expect to enjoy a wet and wild time at Wild Wild Wet by participating in numerous water sports. Wild Wild Wet is Singapore's largest water theme park, located in Pasir Ris in NTUC Downtown East. Four-story slides, high-speed flume rides, ladders, water cannons, fountains, and other attractions are available. This aquatic paradise with everything for everyone will not bore you! The pool is one of the most popular attractions in the area, and it was awarded one of the Top 5 Water Parks in Asia by TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice in 2019 and 2020. It was also a Travellers' Choice Top 10 award winner from 2014 to 2016.

Tampines Swimming Complex- Tampines Swimming Complex rounds off our list of east coast swimming locations. The simpler old-school vibes and open layout of this facility are one of its primary appeals, making it a fantastic location to relax and soak up some sun. The views of the city are another element that sets this place apart from many others. Because of the huge lap pool, you won't have to compete for space or risk accidently kicking someone else while practicing your strokes. There are six pools to pick from, as well as a Jacuzzi and a lovely garden-themed kids wading pool with water fountains, water play tables, water spray guns, and a little waterfall.

SAFRA Yishun- Safra Yishun is a beauty in the North-hidden East, offering family-friendly amenities in a resort-like location. The facility has an unusual pool architecture that allows virtually all of the different water areas to be linked via water linkways. There's no need to wear flip flops to avoid burnt feet or hop over the scorching hot tile floors to the next pool. Splash around with your bestie next to the full-sized lap pool, complete with rock features and built-in slides. The kiddie pool has a pirate motif with a slide for youngsters. It's worth mentioning that you'll need at least one SAFRA member to sign you in as a visitor if you want to soak up the rays in this swimming pool.

Sengkang Swimming Complex- Sengkang Sports Centre, formerly known as Sengkang Sport and Recreation Centre, is a public swimming complex maintained by Sport Singapore, situated at 57 Anchorvale Road. The eight water slides will keep you entertained for the whole of the afternoon. Children, teens, and adults will all adore them. Some wrap around in circles for the adult slide, while others provide a stomach-churning free-fall sensation on the slides for the kids. In addition to the jacuzzi, there are two large Olympic-sized swimming pools. The facility features 5 swimming pools for the entire family's enjoyment, making it one of the most popular destinations to cool off on a hot weekend.

World Kitefoiling Champion Maximilian Maeder

World Kitefoiling Champion Maximilian Maeder

Yeo Hiap Seng (Yeo's) and The Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation (NTFCF) today announced a three-year partnership with Maximilian Maeder, the 15-year-old Singaporean world champion in kitefoiling, and the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF).

By partnering with Max, NTFCF and Yeo's hope to inspire youth in Singapore and Asia to maximise their potential through hard work, goal setting and tenacity.

Separately, the NTFCF will donate $25,000 a year for three years, or $75,000 in total, to the SSF for the coaching, equipment and personal development of kitefoiling sailors in Singapore. The donation will be matched dollar for dollar by the One Team Singapore Fund, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

The sponsorship funds will go towards Max's expenses in his training, coaching, equipment and personal development. The agreement with Max will run from 31 March 2022 to 31 December 2024, with an option to renew for four years.

Max took up kitefoiling at the age of 10, and within five years excelled in a sport that will debut at the 2024 Summer Olympics. This month, he took gold at the Formula Kite Asia Pacific Championships, a victory that followed last year's Formula Kite Youth (U19) World Championships, the European Championships and the World Sailing Youth (Under-19) World Championships in Oman last December.

Mr Daryl Ng, Director of the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation and Chairman of Yeo's, said, "We are delighted to work with Max in pursuing his dream and representing Singapore at the Olympics. Max is an amazing and committed athlete, who has inspired young people and lifted the nation's spirits with his drive, hard work and sportsmanship. By demonstrating the importance of sports as a healthy lifestyle, we can build a better and healthier community."

Mr Samuel Koh, Group Chief Executive Officer of Yeo's, said, "This partnership is built on shared values. Yeo's is a 122-year-old company that has stayed resilient and thrived in the face of unpredictable winds of change."

Mr Koh added that Max is training to compete at the 2024 Summer Olympics for Singapore. "We are committed to working with Max to make that dream come true."

Mr Ng and Mr Koh also thanked Minister Edwin Tong and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth for their unwavering commitment to supporting sports development in Singapore and for putting together this sponsorship and donation.

Max said: "I am deeply honoured to be given this opportunity to work with Yeo's and the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation. The partnership has provided a stable environment for me to pursue my sports to the highest level possible and I am truly grateful. My passion for the sport drives me and I hope to be able to pave the way for other aspiring sportsmen to realise their passion and their potential."

Airbnb Experiences and Singapore Tourism Board

Airbnb Experiences and Singapore Tourism Board

Airbnb Experiences and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) today unveiled a storytelling campaign featuring three generations of women in one of Hollywood's most well-known families – Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne 'Gammy' Banfield-Norris. The series of stories set in Singapore celebrate the beauty and excitement of connecting with different cultures and people around the world.

At the heart of the campaign is a short film featuring Jada, Willow and Gammy learning about Singapore's rich heritage and experiencing the best the country has to offer, including through Airbnb Experiences. In a unique meeting of cultures, the trio meets one of Singapore's top Experiences Hosts and inter-generational family, One Kind House, led by 76-year-old matriarch Mummy Soh. The trio's journey of discovering new cultures, and in doing so, rediscovering themselves and each other, is evocatively captured in the film.

The video, filmed in January 2020, follows the Sohs and Smiths as they explore a local herb garden and cook a classic Singaporean meal of vegetable curry and rice together, over candid and heartfelt conversations about kindness, diversity, and the quintessentially Singaporean kampong (community) spirit. Jada, Willow and Gammy also explore the island's most iconic precincts and landmarks, including Little India, Kampong Gelam, Chinatown, Clarke Quay, and Gardens by the Bay, guided by other top Airbnb Experiences hosts.

The campaign is part of an ongoing Memorandum of Understanding between Singapore Tourism Board and Airbnb Experiences to inspire future travel to Singapore. The first major international destination marketing campaign launched between Singapore Tourism Board and Airbnb Experiences, it represents a key step in strengthening Singapore as a top-of-mind destination and urging travelers to reimagine travel experiences before international borders reopen.

The partnership between Singapore Tourism Board and Airbnb Experiences aims to co-promote and grow a range of Experiences hosted by passionate locals. These experiences will showcase everyday Singaporeans and their unique passions, and create more possibilities for visitors who want to discover different sides of Singapore. Airbnb Experiences allow Singaporeans to turn their passions into opportunities to earn extra income, while promoting local culture and helping to grow tourism that benefits locals and communities. Last October, both parties launched

The partnership also complements Singapore Tourism Board's SingapoReimagine initiative, which includes international marketing campaigns to showcase how Singapore has continued to refresh, rejuvenate and reinvent itself as a safe, innovative and vibrant destination for business and leisure.

Christine Chang, Global Head of Supply, Airbnb Experiences, said: "We know travelers are always seeking unique and authentic things to do when they hit the road - and Airbnb Experiences help them do just that. We are delighted to partner with Singapore Tourism Board, Jada, Willow and Gammy to inspire travelers to explore one of the world's most vibrant destinations. We look forward to continuing to unlock exciting and unique ways to discover Singapore along with its people and passions, whether you're a first-time visitor or call this city home."

Singapore Tourism Board Chief Executive Keith Tan shared, "Our partnership with Airbnb Experiences and the Smith Family dives deep into unique and fascinating aspects of Singapore which no other city can offer. The values that the Smiths believe in – forging human connections through travel, and growing by experiencing different cultures – support Singapore's Passion Made Possible brand, which taps on the voices of everyday Singaporeans to showcase how special Singapore is. We look forward to welcoming visitors soon, and helping them to experience a city that is always on the move, yet deeply rooted to its values and culture."

With Airbnb Experiences, visitors can look forward to unprecedented access to local communities and interests through unique activities run by Hosts across over 1,000 destinations around the world.

About AirbnbAirbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 900 million guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer one-of-a-kind stays and unique Experiences that make it possible for guests to experience the world in a more authentic, connected way.

About the Singapore Tourism BoardThe Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is the lead development agency for tourism, one of Singapore's key economic sectors. Together with industry partners and the community, we shape a dynamic Singapore tourism landscape. We bring the Passion Made Possible brand to life by differentiating Singapore as a vibrant destination that inspires people to share and deepen their passions.

Singapore Permits Switzerland Australia Travel

Singapore Permits Switzerland Australia Travel

Singapore has announced an expansion of quarantine-free travel lane (VTL) to Australia and Switzerland. .Due to previous border restrictions, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore reported that two-way travel was only available to fully vaccinate Australian citizens, permanent residents, and their immediate families in Australia (CAAS). On its part, Australia has also stated that in the future, it intends to reopen its borders to additional visitors. However, prior to departing for Singapore, travelers in the vaccinated travel lane scheme would be required to spend 14 days in one or more of the VTL countries. They must also submit to two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests - one prior to departure and one upon arrival at Changi Airport - and fly into Singapore only on designated flights.

With the exception of South Korea, unvaccinated children aged 12 and under are permitted to travel under the scheme if accompanied by a travel companion who meets the requirements. Singapore has now announced the establishment of vaccinated travel lanes in 13 countries. According to CAAS, the scheme's successful implementation has given the organization the "experience and confidence" to expand it to additional countries. As of Monday, more than 15,000 travelers had been issued passes under the vaccinated travel lane scheme, with approximately 5,000 already entering Singapore.

According to CAAS, the daily quota for those entering Singapore under the scheme will be increased from 3,000 to 4,000 as a result of the scheme's expansion to Australia and Switzerland. According to CAAS, both Australia and Switzerland fall under Category II of the Ministry of Health's border measures, with COVID-19 incidence rates comparable to or lower than those in Singapore and other countries that participate in the vaccinated travel lane scheme. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated last week that Singapore and Australia were nearing the conclusion of negotiations to establish a travel agreement, with an agreement probably expected within the next week.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the program initially targets immunized students and business travelers before expanding to tourists. Australia is one of Singapore's top ten markets for annual passenger arrivals at Changi Airport, accounting for approximately 4% of total arrivals this year, according to CAAS. It stated that over 50,000 Singaporeans call Australia home, while approximately 25,000 Australians call Singapore home. Mr. Morrison's comments that Australia will reopen to more Singaporean travelers prompted CAAS to respond that more information would be released later. Switzerland is one of Singapore's top trading and investment partners, according to CAAS, with approximately 3,000 Swiss expatriates in the city-state.

Further, all Singaporeans are allowed to enter Switzerland and are not required to self-quarantine upon arrival. Singapore opened the first vaccinated travel lanes for Brunei and Germany. It was later extended to Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Beginning November 2021, a vaccinated travel lane would be available between the United States and South Korea. S Iswaran, Minister of Transport, told reporters recently that despite the announcement of 13 vaccinated travel lanes thus far, this represents only a fraction of the 80 countries Changi Airport served prior to the pandemic. "We need to gradually restore safe two-way quarantine-free travel with additional regions in an attempt to rebuild our aviation hub," he said. "We are discussing with other partners, including our regional neighbors, about safe reopening and close connectivity re-establishment," Mr. Iswaran said, adding that Singapore hopes to conclude additional such discussions soon. When asked if any conditions had been established to allow students and eventually all travelers to fly from Singapore to Australia, Mr. Iswaran stated that no "specific threshold number" was established based on infection numbers or other factors.

According to the official, such plans must be developed in light of both Singapore's and its partner countries' developments. Mr. Iswaran was also questioned about the wisdom of expanding the vaccinated travel lane scheme further in light of the current COVID-19 situation. He responded by stating that part of acclimating to the coronavirus was considering how Singapore would open its borders. The Transport Minister cited traveler protections such as vaccination and testing requirements, noting that destinations served by vaccinated travel lanes were "relatively safer." Mr. Iswaran stated that the travel restrictions were eased "prudently and cautiously," noting that many Singaporeans have relatives in these countries. "I believe it comes down to what can make a difference to Singaporeans' lives and livelihoods," he added.