Wednesday, March 21, 2018


March 2018…..For the swinging singles and 2-to-go travellers, the Chillax package allows you to get away from the madding crowd with this excellent value for money deal. Bintan Lagoon Resort (BLR) is a short ferry service from Singapore sited on its own private stretch of beach in Bintan Island overlooking the South China Sea. The Chillax package offers great value for those in search of sun, sea, food, golf and 50 plus activities or complete ‘do nothing’ relaxation.
The Chillax package includes return ferry service, deluxe room accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, and plenty of complimentary activities including ATV Tours/Jet Ski, Ninebot Tours, Archery and more as well as stipulated discounts off food & beverage and recreational activities There is never a dull moment at Bintan Lagoon Resort!
Meals are a wide range of Asian from Indonesian to Chinese and Japanese; and Western from sumptuous grills to American bar food. Lively entertainment abounds in Silk nightclub and The Karaoke Lounge. For sheer relaxation, nothing beats time out at the Kedaton Spa with its diverse menu of spa services. Outdoor massage pavilions by the beach and 24-hour in-room massage service are also available.
Package Options:
Solo Weekday Stay – IDR 4,850,000 per person (single occupancy)
Solo Weekend Stay – IDR 5,300,000 per person (single occupancy)
2-to-go Weekend Stay – IDR 3,850,000 per person (twin-share occupancy)
2-to-go Weekend Stay – IDR 4,100,000 per person (twin-share occupancy)
Package Includes:
  • 3D2N stay at Deluxe Room
  • Two – way ferry service from Singapore to Bintan
  • Two-way return land transfer from the ferry terminal to resort OR Bintan Airport to Resort
  • 2 days buffet breakfast at Fiesta
  • 2 days lunch and dinner at a select outlet of your choice
  • 1 x complimentary cocktail drink or mocktail at The Terrace per day (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm)
  • 1 session of ATV Tour or Jetski (15 mins), Ninebot (15 mins), Archery (20 arrows) and Driving Range (20 balls)
  • 10% off all F&B Outlets
  • 20% Off Recreation Activities on weekdays and 10% Off on weekends
  • Complimentary activities including Billiards, Snooker, Basketball, Beach Soccer, Futsal, Table Tennis, Mahjong, Darts, Powerhouse Gym and Board Games
  • Free cover charge to SILK Nightclub
Add-On Options:
  • Additional Night – From IDR 1,450,000 per night/twin-share occupancy (includes stay, buffet breakfast, 1 x lunch & dinner, 1 x complimentary cocktail drink or mocktail at The Terrace)
Terms & Conditions apply.

About Bintan Lagoon Resort
Sprawled over 300 hectares of beachfront gardens in the tropical paradise of Bintan, Bintan Lagoon Resort is the premier lifestyle destination for leisure, golf and corporate meetings & incentives with its own ferry terminal. A 75-minute direct ferry ride from Singapore, Bintan Lagoon Resort boasts 450 contemporary rooms, suites and villas complemented by an impressive range of 14 wining & dining options, nine function rooms and a dedicated MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) Centre. For leisure, there are two world-renowned 18-hole golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Ian Baker-Finch comprising the Bintan Lagoon Golf Club and a slew of over 50 sea sports and land activities including a day spa.
Singapore Corporate Office
Tel: (65) 6750 2280
Fax: (65) 6534 5157
Tel: (62) 770 691 388/ (65) 62233223
Fax: (62) 770 691 300

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Before she became a household name on television when she portrayed Archie Comics character Sabrina the Teenage Witch on the same-titled and long-running ABC (and later The CW) sitcom, Melissa Joan Hart already established a solid TV foundation for her acting career on Nickelodeon where she played the lead on “Clarissa Explains it All” from 1991 to 1994. This sitcom’s main draw was the early-teen main character Clarissa Darling (Hart), who hung lampshades on teenaged life as depicted on the show…by breaking the fourth wall and directly talking to the audience. Twenty-four years later, talks of a reboot have surfaced.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Nickelodeon is looking to do a reboot of sorts for their 90s sitcom “Clarissa Explains It All”, produced by Thunder Pictures and distributed by CBS Television (though the network passed on its pilot leading to its going to Nick). This show, the second sitcom ever aired in the cable network’s early 90s program, starred Melissa Joan Hart on her first major TV role. The big kicker for this news is that Nickelodeon may have gotten Hart to come back as her character Clarissa, now the mother of a family. Fans of the actress can rejoice now.
In addition to her being in the “Clarissa” reboot’s cast, Hart is also serving as co-executive producer of the sitcom through her Hartbreak Films production banner. Her co-exec is the original show’s creator Mitchell Kriegman, now in talks with Nick to also be the writer. Nickelodeon spokespersons note however that this reboot project is still in the earliest stages of development discussion, and the involvement of both Kreigman and Hart, while highly likely, has not been entirely finalized. Still, Nick’s dabbling in a return of “Clarissa” explaining it all is part of the recent trend of multiple TV show reboots.
The original “Clarissa Explains It All” ran 65 episodes across five seasons, chronicling popular middle-schoolgirl Clarissa Darling’s fourth-wall-breaking narrations of her life growing up, messing with her annoying younger brother, and hanging out with her ladder-climbing boy friend (note the space) Sam. After the series run, a pilot was attempted for a sequel with Clarissa in college, and creator Kriegman took the literary approach with a 2015 novel about an adult Clarissa, entitled “Things I Can’t Explain”. The success of the sitcom led to Nickelodeon developing more shows with female leads, and lead star Hart went on to play “Sabrina”.
Aside from “Clarissa”, another reboot that Nick is working on is that of children’s educational show “Blue’s Clues”. These appear to be one of the strategies being employed by the Viacom-owned cable channel to take advantage of a sudden slump in viewer numbers from rival networks like the Disney Channel.
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When it comes to deciding who will represent the Philippines in international beauty pageants, the “Binibining Pilipinas” beauty pageant has been the go-to source. For a time, its winner (and runner-ups) would carry the country for the then-Big Three competitions of Miss Universe (originally the Bb. Pilipinas title-holder), Miss World and Miss International (originally the first and second runners-up, before they became title-holders in their own right). In time, the Miss World candidate branched off with their own pageant, and Bb. Pilipinas selected just two of the now-Big Four. In the latest pageant for 2018 last Sunday, Catriona Gray triumphed.
As ABS-CBN News tells it, the Filipino-Australian model and TV personality is going to be competing for an international beauty pageant title one more time after she was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018 during the 55th Binibining Pilipinas pageant held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum this March 18. Gray has been in this spot before two year ago, when she competed in and was crowned Miss World Philippines 2016, representing the country in the Miss World pageant of that year in the US. She got as far as the Top 5 then, and won three special awards in the contest.
Having been graced with a second opportunity to champion Filipinos in the field of international beauty, the now-24-year-old Gray received the crown from her predecessor Rachel Peters, who in the Miss Universe 2017 pageant only made it to the Top 10. Owing her past experience in one of the Big Four, organizers and fans are hopeful that she will fare better in the next Miss Universe, even going so far as to do what Pia Wurtzbach did in 2015, along with Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran before them. The 2018 Miss Universe pageant will be held in Mongolia this year.
To round out the other winners (and pageant representatives) in the Bb. Pilipinas 2018, Maria Ahtisa Manalo won as Bb. Pilipinas International for the other remaining Big Four in the contest. In addition, Karen Gallman was named Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental, Michele Gumabao as Binibining Pilipinas Globe, Jehza Huelar as Binibining Pilipinas Supranational, and Eva Patalinjug as Binibining Pilipinas Grand International. Getting close but only making the runners-up spots are promising contestant Vickie Rushton on First, and Samantha Bernardo on second.
Catriona Gray is believed to have aced her win as Miss Universe Philippines in the Bb. Pilipinas with her answer to the Q&A round. Her question, asked by US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, was a statement from her addressed to the women of Marawi City, which had been the site of a devastating armed clash between government forces and Islamic State militants for the better part of 2017.
Photo courtesy of PEP