The Singapore Flyer: Taking QUT to New Heights!

As another successful day of exploring drew to a close, the QUT study crew took to the skies to experience Singapore from the top.

Located next to the Marina Bay, the Singapore Flyer offers panoramic views of the city skyline and other iconic ‘must-see’ locations including Gardens by the Bay.

I was excited to experience the Flyer after our presentation from Sarah Diedro at Havas about how it was used in the launch of Air France’s first class cabin (which you can check out here).

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This Little Piggy Went to the Market…

Being lucky enough to say I have already visited Hong Kong twice before, I like to think I know exactly what to expect no matter what I may face in the bustling city. Whether it is the never-ending wave of people and cars, yelling and beeping at each other or the amazing lights, food and culture. I thought I had seen everything Hong Kong had to offer.

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Singapore, Smart, Sustainable

Waterfalls, jungle-like structures and century old trees isn’t something you usually hear of in a major city like Singapore. The Gardens By The Bay showed off an amazing array of colorful flowers, waterfalls and even some traditional masks from my home Papua New Guinea! If you are touring Singapore, I would highly recommend you visit the beautiful Gardens by the Bay. Our exploration in the human built garden enclosure was filled with “wow”, “amazing” and “beautiful” remarks, however appearances were not the only part that I found interesting. In particular, the sustainable practices that were implemented into this ecosystem was impressive. Water irrigation systems and energy saving practices were just two of the many practices I encountered on my tour.

Sustainability has been an interest of mine since the day I started watching Nat Geo so I am writing with a passion to someday implement sustainable practices in my home country Papua New Guinea.

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Smart Cities & Temples: the Real-World Experience in China

 

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A city made to make the world turn faster, the roads lined with cars powered by thunder. Thousands of startups work around the clock, more than in Silicon Valley. Shenzhen is the tech capital of Asia, situated in China along the Hong Kong border.

The QUT alumni we met spoke of Shenzhen in awe, vast factories churning out the latest drones and greatest gadgets, while the entire “smart city” was saturated in all kinds of new-generation technology. Australia, our home, seemed totally backward in comparison.

I wanted to see the brighter future before it hit us.

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Jordan’s trip to Jordan Brand. Oh, and there were monkeys!

The ‘Vegas of Asia’, the point where old Portugal meets new China, and when in Hong Kong, a not-so far away island full of glitz, glamour and gold. This is the description any tour guide will give you when talking about the Macau. The majesty and mystery that surrounds Macau is still very much a mystery to me. With good intentions to travel to Macau, our study tour group was instead lost in the lesser known streets of Kowloon City, as we struggled with directions and bearings one too many times with missed buses, ferries and MTRs. With a lot of help from friendly locals, we eventually arrived at the ferry stop to Macau, just in time. Just in time to find it was sold out.

But have no fear, this blog promised monkeys and monkeys there will be, but first there was the walk.

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Can I fake it until I make it?

Chanel. Temple Street Markets. Louis Vuitton. Granville Road Markets. Gucci. Cheung Sha Wan Markets.

Chanel, LV and Gucci are all brands synonymous with a world of luxury, indulgence, and an air of eminence carried with the ownership of one of their goods. The high class shopping precinct of Causeway Bay, lined with the glass revolving doors into Chanel and Coach, is a shimmering blur of high end designer brands fuelled by consumerism.

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Hong Kong high end shopping – image from www.discoverhongkong.com

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Adventures in Hong Kong on Establishment Day

We were lucky enough to spend Establishment Day in Hong Kong during our study tour. July 1st is a special day for Hong Kong. This day represents Establishment Day which signifies the transfer of the sovereignty of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China. Talisa, Bella and I set off to explore the hidden activities of Hong Kong and explore the zoos, gardens and Hard Rock Cafe.

You can see some of our adventures on our vlog >>

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That Jen Feeling

Returning back to our old friend, Hotel Jen, for an industry visit was a great way to finish the Hong Kong leg of our QUT advertising and public relations study tour. Marisa Aranha, Vice President Sales and Marketing for Hotel Jen, provided a detailed insight into the creative branding of Hotel Jen (a rebrand for many of the Traders hotels) in 2014, and the subsequent launch of the new brand into the global market.

IMG_8717After experiencing #thatjenfeeling during the beginning days of our study tour, we were able to view the key objectives set out for Hotel Jen’s brand through our own experience. The objectives of the brand were met, and exceeded all our expectations spectacularly.

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