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In the 2017 statistics of the Singapore Kennel Club, there are approximately 62,000 dogs in Singapore. As the country’s dog population continues to rise, there is also an increase in pet-friendly places around Singapore. Pet cats and dogs are social creatures and they thrive when they are able to spend time bonding and interacting with their pet owners regularly. Unfortunately, today’s busy lifestyles often make it a challenge to spend time with pets. In order to meet this basic need, pet parents should find ways to spend quality time with their pets. Luckily, there are now many pet-friendly establishments ranging from cafes to malls and even parks that are easily accessible.

Proper planning is the key for a hassle-free day out with your pet. You need to pick out a good collar and leash, and a great outfit to boot! And don’t forget your responsibility in cleaning up after your pet. Arm yourself with pet wipes and poop bags so you can dispose of waste properly.

Here are some of the best pet-friendly places in Singapore:

Tiong Bahru Bakery @ Eng Hoon Street

Address: 56 Eng Hoon Street #01-70 Singapore 160056
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 am – 08:00 pm

Tiong Bahru Bakery has an outdoor seating area that is perfect for owners to go on a date with their pets. They also have signature pastries that your canine buddy will surely love.


Happenstance Café (Our Personal Favourite!)

Address: 35 Opal Crescent, Singapore 328425
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 12pm – 9pm | Sat & Sun: 11am – 9pm

The café allows pets indoors and they have a “create your own fur kid pasta menu”. You also have the choice to customise your menu from a wide variety of choices. The place is spacious and has a big space just for pets to mingle and interact with one another.


Happy Daze

Address: 11 Maju Avenue, Singapore 760849
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sun: 15:00 – 01:00

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

This is a 3-in-1 pet-friendly bistro –they are a deli, board game café, and a sports bar. Aside from mouth-watering Asian and Western cuisine, they also serve healthy doggie meals that your pooch will surely enjoy.


Bishan Park

Address: 453 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569972
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

There are several wonderful reasons why you should visit Bishan Park’s Dog Run with your pooch. It has a fenced dog run where your pet can go off leash and play with other dogs in the park. If you don’t have time for a park excursion during the day, you can always schedule it at night because the park is open 24 hours! Spending time at the dog park is a great way to enhance your pet’s social skills while getting that much needed exercise.


Punggol Waterway Park

Address: Sentul Cres, Singapore 821313
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

Punggol Waterway Park is another pet-friendly place that is open 24 hours. Enjoy the great outdoors and breathe in the fresh air as you and your pet dog take a walk around the park. Isn’t this a great way to workout with your pet?


Nex

Address: 23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10:30 – 22:30 

This is the only mall in Singapore that allows pet owners to bring along their pets when they go shopping. In fact, it is often known as the first pet-friendly mall in Singapore! Pets and their owners pass through specially designated lifts and escalators as they enter the mall. There is a K9 Park at the mall’s rooftop, which is the first dog park in Singapore that is built within the premises of a mall. The DoggieStyle café at the rooftop is a spot where dog owners can enjoy a cup of their favorite brew with their pooches.


The Garden Slug

Address: 55 Lor L Telok Kurau, Singapore 425500
Opening hours: Mon, Tue 6pm-10pm  |  Wed, Thu, Fri 11am-10pm  |  Sat, Sun, Public Holiday 9am-10pm

The Garden Slug is a café that doubles up as a workspace. What’s great about the establishment is that they have a menu for pets so you can choose from a wide array of mouth-watering treats that are perfect for your date.


There are many other pet-friendly places in Singapore where you can enjoy quality time with your canine buddy. As the number of responsible pet owners and pets increase in number, more and more establishments are now opening their doors and creating facilities for pets and their owners. Wherever you may choose to spend the day, always remember that adequate preparation and planning are essential to a hassle-free excursion with your pet.

Thanks to the kind folks at Filmgarde Cineplexes, we were privileged to have been invited to the Singapore Gala Premiere of Fagara and truly, we had such an enjoyable and emotional experience at the theatre that we just have to share our personal view and opinion of the movie.

Fagara, co-produced by Ann Hui and Julia Chu, is the screen adaptation of Amy Cheung’s novel “My Spicy Love.” The movie is written and directed by Heiward Mak and stars Hong Kong’s Sammi Cheng, Megan Lai from Taiwan, Li Xiaofeng from mainland China, and a guest appearance by Andy Lau.

Fagara will be released in the theatres on 12 September 2019.


Our Personal View & Opinion of Fagara

After the movie, we asked ourselves this question, “Would we have spent the money to watch this movie if we haven’t been invited?” Our honest answer would be, “No” and it’s not because the movie isn’t great. We swear the movie is really excellent but because there hasn’t been much attention given to films like these; we would have instantly overlooked it and gone for the usual blockbusters instead (think Disney, Marvel, DreamWorks, Universal, Warner Bros).

Hence, Fagara is like a hidden gem that’s competing for the world’s attention alongside the big industry players and we feel compelled to share about this movie because there are just so many valuable lessons within the short time span of close to 2 hours. If Fagara was available on mid to long haul flights and accompanied with a brief write-up on the in-flight magazine, I’m pretty sure I would have watched it. In fact, if Fagara was available on Netflix or the likes, its reach might be even greater.

For us, we personally like the movie because of its heartwarming and candid storytelling approach. We were fully engaged throughout and it was one hell of an emotional rollercoaster ride that left tears rolling down our cheeks. Though the movie is mainly in Cantonese and Mandarin, English subtitles are available.

Our Personal Rating

4.5/5

Movie Trailer

Movie Synopsis

After her father died, a Hong Kong girl discovers she has two hitherto unknown sisters, one in Taiwan and one in China. To settle her father’s debt, she must reunite with them to run the family’s hot pot restaurant. While the androgynous Taiwan sister is plagued by her toxic relationship with her mother, the fashionista sister from China is trying to fend off her grandmother’s pressure to get married. Meanwhile, she is striving to unshackle herself from her ex-boyfriend in order to start a new relationship.

Sweep the clouds away with sunny days ahead with the world’s first Sesame Street Run Tour making its stop in Singapore as part of its Southeast Asia tour following a successful run in the Philippines earlier this month.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Sesame Street Run will make its debut on our sunny island on 17 November 2019 at Our Tampines Hub (OTH).

Tickets go on sale from now till 30 September 2019 via sesamestreetrun.com.

Fans of the popular American children’s television show can relive their childhood memories by meeting their beloved Sesame Street characters up close without having to make a trip to the US. The 50th anniversary celebrations doesn’t just stop in Singapore. More joy will be spread across to other neighbouring countries such Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia when they host their respective Sesame Street Run events in 2020 next year.

In contrast to other running events, the Sesame Street Run promises a fun-packed day with loads of activities for the whole family! The five kilometre family run caters to all ages, from first timers to experienced runners.

Witness the star studded line up of your favourite Sesame Street characters such as Bert and Ernie, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover and many more!

For families with younger children and grandparents in tow, the run will also have separate three and one kilometre leisure walks so everyone can cross the finishing line together!

The 50th year run will have all participants witness a giant birthday cake blowout and be flagged-off with a countdown by Sesame Street’s very own Count Von Count.

Additionally, guests signing up will also get to experience fun activities and themed Sesame Street carnival games and quizzes as well as photo opportunities with their favourite Sesame Street characters.

TICKETING DETAILS

The five kilometre Sesame Street run offers attractive merchandise with different ticket categories that will have you spoilt for choice.

With categories ranging from $42 to $126, each ticket category will come with a myriad of colourful items that will have you squealing with delight such as a dri-fit Sesame Street t-shirt, a Sunny Day’s medal, a smart scarf, a pair of socks, a sweatband and more.

An e-certificate will also be sent upon completion of the run.



Triathlons, as a sport, are growing in popularity, as evidenced by the increasing number of big competitions held all over the world. Not everyone who joins these events aims to win, but everyone does make it a goal to finish the race. For beginners, training for a triathlon is a step-by-step process that starts with a visit to the doctor for a health check.

If you’ve recently found yourself interested in training for a triathlon, be armed with some basic knowledge below.

The Gear

After getting a clean bill of health from the doctor, you’ll need to get some basic equipment to start training for your first triathlon. It might be a good idea to borrow some of these equipment for your first few training sessions so that you will have some time to shop around as they tend to be rather pricey.

Essentially, you’ll need the following:

  • Swimsuit, training goggles, a swim cap if you have long hair
  • Cycling shorts or chamois if you have it
  • Running shoes that fit (cycling shoes are optional)
  • A bicycle that suits your preference
  • A water bottle for long bike rides

You will also need access to a swimming pool or at least an open body of water to train for the swimming part of the competition. Look for a pool that’s closest to your home and is open for your preferred hours of training. If you plan to train in open waters, be sure to have someone with you in case of any emergency situations and remember to apply some sunscreen!

The Run

Running can be done practically anywhere, but as always, be sure to stay on the safe side of the road or pathway in order to avoid any unintended injuries. Wear reflective gear when running on the road. The goal of training is to work on your endurance and gradually increase the distance (and time) that you’re able to run comfortably.

In the beginning, start with a full minute of walking followed by a full minute of running. Increase your runs by a minute every week while keeping the same minute of walking breaks in between. You should be able to run at a pace that allows for conversation to be maintained without exerting too much effort.

The Swim

Out of the three sports in the triathlon, the swimming portion requires the most technique. Getting the strokes right from the start will help you swim efficiently and not waste energy; hence, consider hiring a swim coach to help you out. When you’re in the water, find your center, or what is commonly known among swimmers as the “sweet spot.” Once you’ve found it, you can then begin to build your endurance comfortably.

Start with a two-hundred-meter training distance, broken down into four-by-fifty-meter laps with short rests in between. As you start improving your technique, slowly work toward being able to swim the whole distance comfortably without stopping for rest in between each fifty-meter lap. As the race date draws nearer, make time to practice open-water swimming.

The Bike

Before you start cycling, take some time to have your bike checked out so that you can be sure that it operates properly, allows you to get a comfortable position, and has all the safety features you’ll need. Wear a helmet that fits you and sunglasses to keep the glare of the sun out of your eyes. Master some bike-maintenance skills like making minor adjustments or changing a flat tire so that you won’t have to deal with the possibility of being stranded during a race.

During training, focus on your cadence and try to keep it between 80 to 100 comfortably. Choose a route that offers some hills in order to give some intensity to your cycling practice and don’t forget to warm up before hitting the trails.

Recovery Is Important

Recovery periods are as important as the triathlon training itself and it involves more than simply taking time off to lie on the couch. It consists of in-between days of lower-intensity workouts, lifestyle amendments to include a healthier diet and high-quality sleep, and time for massage, stretching, and compression sessions. During recovery, your body is working on rejuvenation to prepare for more intense training sessions.

Training for a triathlon requires plenty of preparation and a good deal of perseverance. Find a coach or training partner to help you train the right way and keep things fun. More importantly, keep a positive attitude! Every great athlete started somewhere, and you’re only just beginning to work on your fitness potential!

A combination of beauty, power and a touch of the old school is every car-owners dream. The Dodge Charger SRT comes with a lot more than that. It is the ultimate machine that can take you anywhere, from picking your kids from school to a drive on rough terrain. However, it does not come cheap. Apart from the vehicle history, you should know exactly what you are bargaining for before heading to the dealership.

One of the World’s Most Powerful of its Kind

True, the Charger is a sedan after all is said and done. However, it is not your ordinary sedan, it is one of the most powerful and fastest. One of the attributes that place it far ahead of the pack is its top speed that can go up to 204mph.

A Superb Fuel Saver

Muscle car and fuel-saving do not go hand-in-hand but still, it is good to know that the Charger SRT will be a big help to your pocket when it comes to fuel consumption. In other words, what you spent at the car dealership may very well be replaced at the pump – at least part of it. 

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A  Safe Driving Experience

The Charger features a back-up camera and rear parking sensors.  Furthermore, it offers detection for cross-traffic at the rear and has the capacity to prevent forward-collision, courtesy of the brake assist and advance alert and as well as active braking. The four-wheel-drive option also gives you a touch of confidence when cruising in unfavourable weather.

Top of the Range Infotainment

The Dodge Charger SRT is a mobile house of entertainment. The car is fitted with six speakers with SiriusXM, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. It also features a 7-inch touchscreen that allows you to control the infotainment system.

Full Comfort for the Driver and Passengers

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The fact that the SRT steering wheel and seats are made of Nappa speaks a lot about the level of comfort the designers had in mind. The seats also come with a heating element and air ventilation. There are ample leg and shoulder room for the driver and as well as the passengers. Even though the trunk is already big enough, the rear seats are foldable, thus adding more trunk space which will come in handy for a long road trip.

Everything Where it Ought to be

Many vehicle manufacturers and designers make the mistake of complicating everything for drivers who are completely new to their latest models. Thankfully, you can get behind the wheel of the SRT and feel like you have been driving it for years. The switchgear process works as it has always done. You will find every gear where you expect it to be. Other functions such as releasing the trunk and hood are as easy as they should have been simply because you would find them exactly where you should. Talk about saving time.

A Unique and Stylish Exterior

Tokeo la picha la Dodge Charger SXT

The designers of the Dodge Charger SRT obviously spent a lot of time in their trade. The result was a unique style that is a reminder of car generations gone by but with a completely different style from what the past had to offer. The colour options in which the model comes in leaves the buyer a lot of choices. You can also go for the package that offers a blacktop.

Conclusion

The Dodge Charger SRT is a car to be proud of if you ever wanted to own a sedan that has the power of a horse. The ease of driving, the comfort of the interior, and safety of the drive make it something to wish for. We’re pretty sure the outer appearance of the machine will undoubtedly turn heads.

Artificial intelligence is gaining rapid attention because it eliminates the necessity for us humans to carry out routine and mundane tasks that cost us time, money, and effort. With artificial intelligence, resource such as time and money can be freed up and allocated to more pressing needs.

What if you could harness the power of artificial intelligence and use it right in your home where you can enjoy personalised comfort, savings on energy usage, and a smart home experience?

With Ambi Climate, you can now enjoy 24/7 seamless thermal comfort right in your cosy home because it upgrades your existing remote-controlled air conditioner with Artificial Intelligence and it does so by controlling your air-conditioner remotely.

How does Ambi Climate work?

Ambi Climate will learn from the feedback that you input via the Ambi Climate app and at the same time, the Ambi Climate Sensor will analyse how the changing ambient conditions affect your comfort. Thereafter, Ambi Climate will then auto-adjust your air conditioner accordingly. But of course, this is not to say that Ambi Climate is entirely accurate because it is only as accurate as the number of feedback that you provide to it.

Traditional air conditioning remotes are based on straightforward temperature settings—but this one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t consider the whole picture because factors such as humidity, weather, sunlight, and time of day can have a noticeable impact on how you experience hot or cold.

With Ambi Climate, there’s no need to reach for your existing remote when you feel hot or cold because it gets to know how different factors affect you and it will continuously auto-adjust your air conditioner to match your comfort level. The Ambi Climate app gathers your comfort feedback – hot, cold or comfortable and its smart sensors measure indoor conditions and even your air conditioner’s performance. Combining online data (time of day and local weather information), Ambi Climate can create your personal comfort profile and auto-adjust your air conditioner with changing conditions.

There are a couple of modes and functions available on the Ambi Climate. To activate the Comfort Mode, simply give feedback on your comfort level – hot, cold or comfortable and from the 3rd feedback onward, Ambi Climate starts learning your comfort level and does the auto-adjusting for you. You can always let Ambi Climate know if your comfort differs from what it estimates for you because the more feedback you give, the better it is able to adjust your air-conditioner/heat pump to match your personal preference.

In the Away Mode, you can set temperature and humidity thresholds so that your plants, pets and clothes are protected from unwanted moisture and extreme temperatures. This mode is perfect for users who work long hours or travel a lot and need a convenient but hassle-free control of the ambient conditions at home.

In the Temperature Mode, you can select a pre-determined temperature and Ambi Climate will maintain your set temperature by either lowering or raising your air conditioner’s temperature. In this mode, Ambi Climate also takes into consideration your room’s ambient conditions and the performance of your air conditioner. This mode is perfect for users who already know which temperature condition is the best for them.

In the Manual Mode, you can control your air-conditioner through the Ambi Climate app without having to use your old-fashioned remote or necessarily being next to the air-conditioner or even have to be at home. This mode is perfect for users who simply want to control their air-conditioner while on-the-go. What’s more, you can even enjoy easy hassle-free automation by setting your preferred radius and allowing Ambi Climate to control your air conditioner based on your location i.e. turn on the air-conditioner when you are arriving and off when you leave.

In Singapore, we have a tropical weather and unlike countries where they have four seasons, our comfort level here is typically influenced by factors such as humidity, warm weather and the monsoon season that brings with it strong winds and heavy showers. As air conditioner consumes large amount of electricity, Ambi Climate effectively minimises overcooling and overheating, saving you up to 30% on energy.

Just so you know, Ambi Climate is compatible with over 50 brands and 1,200 models of LCD-screen remotes. In short, it works with any types of air conditioner with a LCD-screen remote controller.

The Ambi Climate retails for 129 USD and if you would like more information, you can check it out here!

The Broadway sensation Aladdin will make its Singapore premiere at Marina Bay Sands, with performances that begin from July 21, 2019. This English-language production will play its first and only Asian stop at Sands Theatre and tickets are available via Marina Bay Sands ticketing and SISTIC.

Boasting the most lavish sets and spectacular costumes ever to be seen on the Sands Theatre stage, this production is certainly not to be missed. Just so you know, this spectacular production boasts a cast of 34 and a staggering 337 glittering costumes, which feature 1,225 different fabrics, 712 different styles of beads and almost 500,000 Swarovski crystals!

40 tonnes of exotic flying scenery and 60 tonnes of automation and staging have also been transferred to Singapore in more than 30, 40’ sea containers to recreate the fantasy city of Agrabah including the colourful marketplace, the lush palace of the Sultan and his princess daughter Jasmine, and the legendary Cave of Wonders.

The talented principal cast features Gareth Jacobs in the role of the Genie, Graeme Isaako as Aladdin and Shubshri Kandiah as Jasmine.

Here are some fun facts about Aladdin the Musical that you probably might not know about!

  • Agrabah is a mythical city.
  • The musical includes new characters: Jafar’s lackey Iago and Aladdin’s friends and fellow thieves (Babkak, Omar and Kassim).
  • There are 4 touring musicians and 10 local musicians in this production.
  • 120 pieces of gold come together to form the Cave of Wonders in this production.

This production of Disney’s Aladdin opened in Sydney in 2016 and has travelled to Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland and Adelaide before making its way to Singapore.

& Because Disney’s Aladdin will play in Singapore as the only and final stop in Asia, this is truly a musical not to be missed!

We are almost certain the tickets will be sold out pretty fast so get your tickets here today!

The chances are high that you use a smartphone on a daily basis to speak with friends, to look at the weather forecast and to access your email. You could very well be employing this very same device to purchase products and services throughout the online community. The rise of digital sales has become one of the most important industry trends throughout Singapore and this movement is expected to gain pace in the coming years. This brings up an interesting question. Might there come a day when physical retail outlets are no longer viable options for the average consumer? What does this mean for the entire marketplace and how might this impact your finances? These are all very important questions that deserve a bit more clarity.

Let’s take a look at what some of the experts have to say.

The Rise of the Digital Sales Experience

There is no doubt that virtual sales solutions are on the rise. It is now possible for you to purchase a product with a swipe of your finger. Transactions take place within seconds and the presence of massive online shipping services such as Amazon ensure door-to-door deliveries within a timely fashion.

Of course, all of these trends are very attractive to the average consumer. There are two main reasons for this observation. The first involves an undeniable sense of convenience; especially for those who lead busy lives. The second is associated with cost benefits. As the amount of online competition continues to grow, the average retail seller will be forced to cut prices in order to retain his or her client base. These very same entrepreneurs will employ modern e-commerce platforms such as Shopify Singapore to create a seamless consumer experience. This is why customers are taking advantage of what the online community has in store.

Getting Back Down to Reality

All of the observations mentioned above are quite compelling for those who believe that brick-and-mortar sales may soon go the way of the dinosaur. However, this hardly signifies that such establishments will disappear overnight. The fact of the matter is that countless consumers still prefer a hands-on experience when purchasing a product or committing to a service. This is why we are likely to witness another interesting trend.

Traditional retail establishments will be looking to bridge the proverbial gap between a digital presence and their physical outlet. In other words, they will take advantage of online promotional tools in an effort to entice clients to visit their store. This double-pronged approach should produce stellar results and many owners will be able to vastly increase their existing client base. The Internet is not nearly as much of a threat as some of us have been led to believe.

We are nonetheless living in extremely interesting times. The notion of virtual sales was fictional only 20 years ago. This is why it is rather difficult to predict what the future may have in store. Either way, those who are able to stay ahead of the curve should enjoy success.

Hi there! How are you doing? Today, I thought about doing some throwback on my recent trip, but then I realised I’ve already done that. I wanted to do some review on some island in the Philippines, but then I was not in the zone yet to cover that story. So, while I was going through a mini writer’s block, I went online and saw some news on Jetstar.

Suddenly, it clicked!

I haven’t been doing airline reviews for quite a while, so, why not spice it up a bit right? So, come with me on this journey to discover the Jetstar flight experience up close and personal. Okay, maybe not too up close and personal because I can’t get you on the plane now. Just use your imagination for now!

Where Can I Find Jetstar Flight?

That’s a good question! Nowadays, you can easily find best Jetstar flights online because as technology advances and develops, so does the opportunity for businesses that are connected to an online system. There are two places you can get cheap flight booking online for Jetstar – the airline’s official website, OR the various online travel companies, which there are plenty to choose from.

What Does Jetstar Offer?

A LOT.

Okay, bear in mind that Jetstar is a low-cost budget carrier; hence, don’t expect to be served a bottle of fine champagne when you’re on board. Heck, I would be the first in line to go for that if it’s available.

My first Jetstar flight experience in 2006 (13 years ago)!

Comfort Packs

I don’t care if it’s a short-haul or a long haul flight because all I really want is to stay comfortable throughout the journey. So, Jetstar has this wonderful idea of assembling what they call “Comfort Packs” where inside, you will find all the necessary travel essentials that will keep you extremely comfortable throughout the flight. Now, these packs do vary between flights but you might more or less have the things listed below:

  • An inflatable neck support pillow
  • Lip balm and hand cream from Zenology cosmetics
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Earplugs
  • Socks
  • Eye mask (gift from heaven!)
  • Jetstar pen
  • Take-home blanket (another gift from heaven!)

Oh, the list is courtesy from Jetstar’s official website, so don’t call me out for plagiarising.

Entertainment

Apart from reading a book or heading to sleep, Jetstar has got a large collection of entertainment to keep you company.

The in-flight entertainment includes children shows (a big help for those travelling with children), games, music library, plus the latest movies from all over the world. So, you wanna know what’s currently in the movies department? Well, they have Aquaman, Captain Marvel, The Lego Movie 2, and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – good fun for the kids!

Lounges

For passengers who are in Economy Starter Max or are members of the Qantas Club, travelling will always be comfortable for you even if your flight gets delayed for several hours. Why? Because you get to cosy up in the lounges, of course! But of course, if you have deadlines to meet and got delayed; yeah, I don’t think a first-class lounge will help cool down those frustrations.

Anyways, here in the lounge, you’ll be able to enjoy the unlimited food and drinks, the bar service, free Internet access and many more. If you are rolling with the Business Class, then, I bet you will get access to the highs and ups. Does anyone remember that fine champagne which I mentioned earlier? Maybe wishes can come true after all.

Frequent Flyer

I think this is not something that you will find surprising. If you are a frequent flyer, you will get the VIP treatment that you want. The good thing is, Jetstar’s loyalty programme allows you to benefit from travelling frequently. With Jetstar, you will find varieties of flyer partners like the Qantas Frequent Flyer, Emirates Skywards, JAL Mileage Bank and Lotusmiles.

With quite a big net to collect and spend your points whenever you need it, I must say that this is quite a good reason to take Jetstar.

Alrighty then, I think I am at my wits end with this one and I’m already tired haha but that doesn’t mean you won’t be hearing from me any time soon. I have plenty of other adventures coming in the future and I cannot wait to share my experience so that YOU could pack your stuff and go experience it for yourself.

Until next time, bye-bye!

A decade ago, I used to fancy Hatchbacks because they are small, practical, and rather efficient. As I move on later in life, Hatchbacks are no longer practical because they just can’t fit everybody inside. While Sedans are more spacious and have a bigger boot space, they too can only accommodate a maximum of 4 passengers and 1 driver.

This is where MPVs (Multi-Purpose Vehicles) / 7-seater cars have an edge in the automotive scene.

In recent times, It seems to me that there is a surge of people driving MPVs (Multi-Purpose Vehicles) / 7-seater cars and very often, I ask myself this rhetorical question, “How often do all these seats get occupied?”. When an airline opens a new route or operates an existing flight, every seat is measured in dollars and cents. Similarly, I often wonder what is the benefit-cost ratio of driving a 7-seater and what I should be looking out for if I were to buy one.

I have driven and sat in a couple of 7-seaters and they include the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, Volvo XC40, Toyota Vellfire, Kia Carnival, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienta, and more recently, the Renault Grand Scenic (Bose Edition). Now, all of them have got its own set of pros and cons and in this article, I will be sharing about my driving experience with the Renault Grand Scenic (Bose Edition) and what I think about it.

Design

Traditionally, MPVs/7-seater tend to be rather boxy in shape but in recent times, they have become rounder and more curvy. Even then, if you were to compare the designs of the different MPVs/7-seater in the market, you would notice that the continental ones tend to be more stylish and tastefully designed. However, preferences for style and design can be rather subjective because it depends very much on the individual.

Is the Renault Grand Scenic (Bose Edition) a head-turner? Probably yes but in fact, most MPVs aren’t; at least unlike the coupes, convertibles and SUVs. However, the Renault Grand Scenic (Bose Edition) does make the driver feel good because of its big profile and it’s distinct badge at the front.

Stylishly designed and sporting a bold and dynamic appeal with its sculpted lines, striking dual-tone paintwork, sculpted C-shaped LED daytime-running lights and hallmark rear 3D LED Edge Lights, the design of the Renault Grand Scenic (Bose Edition) is definitely one of its kind.

Comfort & Convenience

The Renault Grand Scenic (Bose Edition) has a couple of features that would make the driving experience very comfortable and convenient.

Some of the features include the handsfree key card with walk-away auto lock, the BOSE premium sound system, the ample number of storage compartments, and the front-row electric memory seats with massage function.

Now, what I really like about the Renault Grand Scenic (Bose Edition) would be the BOSE premium sound system because it just makes the driving experience feel more upbeat when I leave home to work and vice-versa. Having said that, I personally feel that the massage function on the electric memory seats is quite an overkill unless you have to drive for long hours/long distances to Malaysia on a regular basis.

From a passenger’s perspective, one thing that I dislike about the Renault Grand Scenic (Bose Edition) in terms of comfort would be the last row of seats. They are pretty tight and cram and would probably be more comfortable and suitable for children than adults.

Safety

The Renault Grand Scenic (Bose Edition) is packed with lots of safety features and that includes the Blind Spot Monitoring System Electronic Stability Control, Anti-Slip Regulation Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, 6 airbags (front, side and curtain), and Isofix child seat and anchorage points.

Though Handsfree Auto-Park Assist (perpendicular, parallel and diagonal park assist modes) is also available, I prefer to trust my own judgement (pretty much the same reason why pilots do take-offs and landings manually) than to rely on the Handsfree Auto-Park Assist.

Driving Performance

The Renault Grand Scenic (Bose Edition) is mated to a 1.5L turbo diesel engine with 260Nm of torque and a 7-speed Efficient Dual Clutch gearbox. Because of the diesel-powered engine, running costs would definitely be way cheaper than a petrol-powered car. Speed pick-up from standstill is a breeze but not so at the higher speed range; hence overtaking and cornering at the start would be more ideal.

Features

One feature of Renault Grand Scenic (Bose Edition) that I also like is the retractable full-colour heads up display that displays all the relevant information that I need to know; including current speed, navigation commands, and driving aid instructions. These information are displayed comfortably within my line of sight and can be adjusted higher or lower as required.

What I Wish The Renault Grand Scenic (Bose Edition) Would Have

While the Renault Grand Scenic (Bose Edition) packs a bunch of features such as a smart sliding centre console, a premium BOSE sound system which consist of 11 speakers and subwoofer, electric front seats with massage functions, and many more; I really do wish that the 7-seater would have other wonderful features such as an automatic power sliding door for the passengers and an automatic open/close car boot/trunk system. After all, most MPVs in the market have this added feature.

Overall

The MPV/7-seater market is a very competitive one and where the Renault Grand Scenic (Bose Edition) would stand out is its design and extra mileage per dollar. If design and lower operating costs are at the top of your list, the Renault Grand Scenic (Bose Edition) is a perfect choice.