Advantages of a Chauffeur Driven Vehicle when traveling

Many people tend to avoid, or don’t think about hiring a chauffeur driven car,  because they think it is expensive and usually for VIPs, celebrities and high flyers. In the past this could be true, but with the introduction of ride  sharing apps like Uber/Lyft and Grab in Asia, it has opened the doors for normal cars to come in and cater to the budget traveler.

We all travel at some point in our daily lives, obviously some more than others.  When traveling abroad, whether this is the small businessman on his once a year holiday, or the businessman who is in a different city twice a week, the problems of traveling in unknown places are the same…they need to take a taxi. Now if they were to travel to a place where taxis do not frequent, their return trip might be a problem.

With a hired chauffeured service, the problem is removed. Immediately you have at your disposal a safe and experienced driver with an excellent knowledge of the local area. Arrive at the airport, be picked up by the chauffeur and he will whisk you on to our hotel, via an excellent local restaurant if that is what you wish.

The point being that you have at your service a local tour guide, who knows were your hotel is, knows the good restaurants and will be able to deliver you promptly to your business meeting when needed, or perhaps take you onwards to the best beach in the area, if you are on holiday.

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How to Choose the Best Digital Camera for First-Timers

Plan Ahead

The most common mistake made when people bought their digital cameras for the first time is to go directly to a local camera shop or visit an online shop and purchasing their camera without doing a research first. If you do so, most likely you will make the wrong decision buying a product that has too many features that you may never need. Never buy a product just because of the promising ads that attract you. Don’t just select the newest product, because newer doesn’t always mean better. Higher megapixel or longer zoom are not a guarantee that a product is better for you to choose because all of it doesn’t necessarily fit your needs.

Decide what you want from a digital camera.

There are so many choices of digital cameras on the market, and none of them is an all in one device that can be suitable for all kind of purposes. Each camera has its pros and cons on their own. By answering a few questions below, you will be able to focus on a fewer number of cameras that are appropriate to your needs:

-What do you need the camera for?

-Do you need a camera for daily use or do you plan to pursue photography more seriously?

-Which type of photography will you be doing more often (sports-photography, portraits, landscapes, or macro-photography)?

-In which condition will you be using your camera most (normal, extreme, indoor, outdoor, low light or bright light)?

-Do you prefer to carry a small and light camera or is it alright for you to carry a big and bulky digital camera as long as it is packed with lots of features?

-What kind of additional or special features do you need from a camera?

By answering the questions above, you can determine whether you need a point-and-shoot digital camera, a super-zoom camera, a micro four thirds camera or a digital SLR camera.

Set your maximum budget.

Maybe money is not a problem for some people. But most people will surely have a maximum limit to spend for a digital camera. Set your maximum budget and focus your choice on the cameras that fit your budget. Don’t forget to provide a reserve fund for camera accessories you might need such as lenses, external flash, camera bag, tripod, additional memory cards, spare batteries, etc.

Do your own research.

Of course it would be easier to go directly to your local camera shop and meet a salesperson to help you there. But it would be better if you previously do your own research by reading the reviews in some digital camera magazines.Youtube is a good place to search for reviews and demos which could help in making that decision.

You can also visit some good digital camera websites to find expert reviews there. Never trust a single source only, but compare a variety of reviews from various sources. You need to look for unbiased reviews that are truly neutral and honest because there are some reviewers that are paid by particular camera manufacturers to recommend their products. After you finish your research, you can specify 2 or 3 cameras of your choice and start comparing prices. Compare several online stores because the price difference between one and the other online store could be significant sometimes.

Get a feel of the chosen device

Once you narrowed down your choice to 2 or 3 cameras and completed your own research, go to some local camera shops to see, hold and try operating the cameras of your choice. Let the salesperson help you and provide you with additional product information. After deciding the camera that you want to purchase, try to negotiate the price and compare it with the lowest price that you can get from online stores. Do not rush, take your time to compare prices at several camera shops and purchase the camera of your choice at a local camera shop or an online store that can offer you the lowest price. Finally, you should not rush to buy all sorts of camera accessories that you think you would need. Get used to use your new digital camera for a while firstHealth Fitness Articles, after that you can decide which camera accessories you really need.

Compact Cameras

Compact cameras are good if you are looking for a simple one to take general photos and videos. It is usually light weight and small. If you have no experience in photography, this is a good place to start.

Budget from $100 upwards

DSLR Cameras

DSLR cameras produce better images and have tons of features. It also costs more as the camera body and lenses are 2 separate items. You might also start adding lenses and other accessories and this could add up quickly.  In order to make the most out of your camera, you have to learn how to shoot in manual.

Where To Get The Cheapest Airplane Tickets in Asia

Traveling within Asia is a very dynamic and interesting journey.  There are so many countries to see and experience in Asia. Therefore if you plan on visiting Asia for a tour, then it is best to know how to get the cheapest airline tickets in Asia. Because of the huge market in Asia, there is a large market for low cost budget airlines. These budget airline carriers are in a constant price war. Therefore by taking advantage of these budget airline companies, you will save a huge amount of money on your travels in Asia. The more money you save on your plane tickets, the more you can spend your money on other things on your vacation! Here are a few of the most popular budget airlines in Asia.

Air Asia

Air Asia is headquartered in Malaysia, and is probably the biggest budget airline company in the Southeast Asia Region. Its flagship air terminal is located in the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. They offer numerous flights within the region, to places such as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Thailand. They also now expanded their routes, to long haul flights to places such as Australia, and even to England!

Tiger Airways

Tiger Airways is one of the main competitors to Air Asia. They are affiliated with Singapore Airlines. They offer similar routes as Air Asia, with the exception of long haul flights. They also have flight routes from certain cities in China to Singapore. Their prices often can be found lower than Air Asia, however the interior of the plane is slightly older. Either way, the prices offered are quite competitive, and therefore you cannot rule them out as an option.

Jetstar Asia

Jetstar Asia is a raising competitor in the budget airline industry in Asia. Jetstar Asia is affiliated with Quantas Airways. Their focus is mainly the Asia Pacific Region, including countries in South East Asia, to Australia, China, and Japan. Their airplane’s are quite well equipped and new, therefore travelling with Jetstar Asia is very good value for money.

There are definitely more budget airlines in Asia that were not mentioned in this article. However the three mentioned here are the most reliable and popular ones. You can search up their names in google to visit their websitesComputer Technology Articles, and just simply select the destinations you wish to go to compare the prices. These are just one of the many simple strategies on how to get the cheapest airplane tickets in Asia.

 

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Why Riders Should Appreciate Uber In Singapore

Taken from Uber Trooper

Despite all the angst, rantings and complains on social media by riders, I feel that many of us have forgotten what it was like less than 3 to 5 years ago. Although private hire cars such as Uber is the new normal in Singapore now, in the not too distant past, things was not that rosy for passengers.

Waiting & Calling Frustration

Most of you would remember how difficult to get a taxi in the morning and evening peak periods last time. You would be standing on the streets and jostling with other people for “prime” spots to get a taxi. If you decide to make a phone booking, you would be lucky if your call was connected and you were not put on hold. (COMFORT did improve their system by having a a booking app. However, I had to try booking many times as there were no drivers available).

It the late afternoon, often we had to haggle with taxi drivers because most of them are changing shift.  In the bewitching hours between 11 pm to 12 midnight, count yourself lucky if you can get a cab on the road. Most taxi drivers are either waiting for call bookings or waiting for the midnight charge to start.

At Your Doorstep

Now, you can literally get a ride within minutes at your doorstep. The average arrival time is about 5 minutes. Maximum 10 minutes tops. Your booking is done through the app and completed in less than 1 minute.

Affordable fares

With the ongoing various options,  competition and increased supply in the market, this has resulted in lower fares generally. What you were paying $20 back then, would cost you about $15 now. For those taking rides from the airport or after midnight, you save on the airport and midnight surcharges. Double joy for those who book an Uber at the airport after midnight!

Still there are passengers who complain about the high fares during surge pricing. Remember, out of 10 rides that you made, you would have probably saved quite a bit for 7 rides as compared to taking normal taxis. You would have probably enjoyed perks such as promo codes. So stop whining if you have to pay a bit more for the 3 rides!

Multiple Destinations

Unlike its competitor, Uber does not charge an additional fee for multiple stops. You are only charged for the additional distance travelled for the stops. You don’t have to argue with the driver whether the additional stop is along the way, within 5km or more than 5km from your drop-off point. (Do note that Uber drivers are not obliged to agree to multiple stops. It helps if you ask nicely and let them know early.)

Every Booking Is A Surprise To Drivers

When  a booking comes in, an Uber driver cannot see the destination of the booking. The driver can only see the name, ratings and pick-up location. We do not know the fare and the drop-off location.  The driver will only know the drop-off destination once the trip is started. This system benefits the passengers as drivers cannot cherry pick passengers. For Uber’s competitor, the drivers can see the fare and the drop-off location.  Do you think they are more likely to reject bookings that are for short distance or to remote areas?

Uber Started The Evolution

With Uber’s brand recognition and presence overseas, this has helped the authorities and the public to accept the concept of private hire car community in Singapore. With such a big brand making headlines abroad, Singapore as a modern city, cannot be seem to be afraid of the new tech economy. This caused  seismic change in the whole transportation landscape where you as consumers benefit.

So before you rant any further on Facebook, Stomp, ASS about your Uber ride, please imagine if Uber did not exist.

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The abuse of GrabShare and GrabHitch and who is paying for it

GrabShare is the same thing as UberPool. In Singapore, there is another service called GrabHitch. For details on any of these services, please Google them.

GrabShare is 30% cheaper than GrabCar charges. But the app provider which in this case is the Grab Company, still charges 20% for providing the service through their app.

The service provider which is the driver! who accepts the share trip, will be earning 30% less if there are no other passengers to share the ride. But if there are other passengers, the commission payable to the App provider is now 40%.

Let’s break it down to 2 things. Service Provider and App Provider.

App Provider like Uber and Grab control the prices charged for services provided by Service Providers who they call Partners.

Service Provider are all those who use their own cars or rent a car to provide the service, based on the Terms and Conditions set by the App Provider. The App Provider also has the power to terminate service providers at will.

The abuse starts when the App Provider has the ability to control the prices for providing the service.

 

Uber in Singapore

While the Uber service has come under fire in most countries with taxi drivers attacking both Uber drivers and its passengers, the service operates peacefully together with its rival Grab, which is backed by the Government.

In order to level the playing field so as to maintain the peace between Private Cars used as Taxis and Taxis, new rules and regulations were put in place.  In addition to that, additional requirements for child seats! were placed on cars doing Uber and Grab services. See “Private Hire Cars not exempt from child seat requirement, But Taxis are.

Then there are the additional services like GrabHitch which is unique to the GRAB ecosystem. This falls under the real car pooling system where a private car owner can select and pick up a rider traveling his way.

This has been abused by some retards! who found that it is cheaper to travel by GrabHitch! than the Public Bus or MRT system! when you have a group of 3 or more passengers.

Reason is, Under the Public Transport system, fare is based on the number of passengers. Under GrabHitch, fare is based on the distance.

While the authorities in Singapore have successfully managed to allow Uber, Grab and Taxis to coexist in the environment, something must be done to the misers who exploit the system for their benefit and use public resources for it.

My suggestion is for GrabHitch pricing to be charged by the number of passengers! and not by distance!

This is required in order to protect the public transport charging system.

In the mean time, kudos to the Singapore Government for being the first in successfully having UBER operate peacefully together with Taxis! even though UBER claims to just be the technology partner and not a Taxi operator and the ones who are bearing the brunt of all this are the Uber Drivers.

UBER Cheap Rides

Uber! The service which uses private cars to double up as taxis has enforced the saying “shooting yourself in the foot”, in every country they start operations in.

The start off low key with advertising just by word of mouth, in a new country.   With false advertising, they are able to convince car owners to literally trust Uber! to decide the cost of providing a service, which costs Uber nothing, while Uber charges a commission rate to car owners for providing the service. All due to false advertising.

Problem starts when Uber gets greedy and starts to lower fares through the app. As long as the fares are not lower than taxis, they are ok. But once they become lower than taxis!  they attract attention.

Uber says lower fares are good for consumers. True.
Uber says lower fares means more business for its drivers. Not True.  It is more money for Uber as Uber collects a percentage of the price it quotes.

Consumers love cheaper fares and will always support Uber and the saying is true in any country.  Taxis are always more expensive than Uber! in most parts of the world. That I feel is because that in every country, the Taxi Industry and Tourism Industry is controlled by the Government of that country.

But then why is Uber seen in negative light all around the world? Is the Taxi and Tourism industry so tightly linked with the Government worldwide?

Are Taxi prices dependent on what the Government sets! Is UBER trying to be a World Government! for Taxis!

 

How I quit smoking within two months

I used to smoke for more that 30 years. During this period, I tried to quit a few times but failed. Longest period I managed to stop smoking for was a good whole 3 weeks. Always got drawn back to the habit when chilling out with friends who were smokers. I tried various methods to quit from nicotine patches to gum and what not but nothing worked.

I was introduced to e-cig by a friend. I then went on to research more into it and was shocked on finding out the difference between vaping vs smoking and how the tobacco and medical industry were actually bed partners. I also read many stories of how others managed to kick the smoking habit for good through vaping. With all the benefits of vaping, it was a surprise to learn that it was banned in a few countries due to some myths about vaping.

All this info just increased my determination to give vaping a shot. Managed to order a kit online and waited for it to arrive. It contained a 3-month supply of juices. Price paid for it was well worth it considering the amount I would have spent on cigarettes.

I all honesty, vaping is truly an alternative for real smoking. Whenever I felt the need to smoke, I would just take a few vapes and it felt like as though I just had a few puffs. The best part is that the juices I got were nicotine free. This means that it is not the nicotine that keeps smokers addicted, but the sight of the smoke together with the feeling in the throat knows as throat hit.

I still hung out with my friends who were smokers, but things were different now. When they smoked, I vaped and the urge to actually smoke was not present.

This went on for a couple of months and the frequency of vapes I did started reducing. This was not because I was controlling it but it was because I just started losing the desire to vape. Slightly after a couple of months, I stopped vaping altogether because the urges were totally gone. It has been over two years now and I have not had a vape nor a smoke since.

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