Avoiding Copyright Infringement

Here in Singapore, there is a possibility to block the websites which deliberately infringe copyright by the end of 2014. Singaporeans should know that there are proposed changes to the already existing Copyright Act. The government is making sure that the right only belongs to those who own it. This is the way of the government to battle piracy.

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There are people who continually infringe copyright. They do not think of the gravity of the situation. Copyright infringement is a serious issue and it should not be ignored. Copyright issues are complicated. If you are an ordinary man who only wants to upload an image or video online, the complications of infringement is hard to understand.

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Here’s how you can avoid copyright infringement:

  • Understand the scope: The first thing that you should understand is copyright infringement’s scope. The law protects films, paintings, drawings, music, lyrics, sculptures and many things. However, it does not include facts and fundamental ideas. 
  • Do not take something that is not yours: If you are serious about avoiding copyright infringement, you should not take something that is not yours in the first place. If it is not your idea, the least thing that you can do is give credit.
  • Be creative: You should be creative enough and not depend on the creativity of another. You have to be sure that the idea is from you and not from another person.  

There are many things that you still need to know but the things mentioned above will do. It can give you a picture of copyright infringement and how to avoid it. You should not confuse yourself with trademarks and forms of intellectual property. They are different.

If you need to know more, you can ask your lawyer and let them explain the implications and the scope of copyright infringement more.

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How to Deal with Antisocial People

If you are the type that does not like to be with other people, you are either an antisocial or a loner. You will be happy to know that there are applications that can help you maintain the solitude that you want. For example, you can install Cloak; Cloak is an app that will alert you when people you do not like come within 3.2 kilometres.

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Apart from Cloak, there is another app called Split. Split will give you directions or escape route if people you do not like come near you. Cloak and Split use geographic data from the social media accounts (Foursquare and Instagram) of people that allow them to pin their locations. These apps are trend setter. They will start a new trend of antisocial media.

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We should respect the privacy of antisocial. If in this case you know someone who is antisocial, you should learn how to deal with them and befriend them if the situation calls for it. If you get them to open up, their lives will be better. You will see. Here are some tips on how to deal with antisocial:

  • Start small: You do not expect an antisocial to open to you right away. Like any other friendship that blossoms through time, you need to start small and work your way up. For example, you can talk to that person. Be the first to engage.
  • Be nice: The best thing that you can do is to be nice to the person. There are people who do not like antisocial because they think that they are weird and criminal. That is the misconception. If you are nice to the person, rest assured you will get the same treatment. 
  • Start hanging out with the person: There is nothing wrong if you hang out with an antisocial. If you find the same interest, everything will fall into its proper place. 
  • Do the things that interest the both of you: Before you start hanging out with an antisocial, you need to discover the things that interest the both of you. You can learn it if you engage in small talks.

The apps (Cloak and Split) are available here in Singapore. Singaporeans can enjoy the apps if they want to. These apps are not that expensive. It may sound weird or uncool to you but many people find this functional and useful. There are others apps worth your time and investment. Just look for it in the market.

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The Basics of Fragrance

For students that are interested in perfumery and cosmetic, Singapore Polytechnic launched S$1 million worth of modern facility on January 7, 2014. The 575 square meters facility can help students develop and formulate products like soaps and scents. The facility is called Perfumery and Cosmetic Science Centre. The facility features 3 sectors for the students to be trained. The sectors include Research & Design, Formulation and Development of the final saleable products.     Carthusia-parfum

The facility is a good start to develop Singapore’s personal care products. In fact here in Singapore, there are at least 5 fragrance brands. According to the figures provided by the Singapore Economic Development Board (SEDB), the fragrance industry will significantly rise here in Asia by 2017. There will be forty per cent rise which will produce S$20 billion. That’s a pretty big market.

If you love perfumes, there are other things that you need to know. The following things can give you more knowledge about perfumes:

  • Definition of Perfume

Perfume refers to the mixture of essential oils and alcohol that can create a fragrance. Essential oils can be natural or synthetic. Natural essential oils are extracted from plants, flowers and many more. Synthetic essential oils are created in laboratories.

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  • Categories of Fragrance

You should know that perfumers have this categorization of fragrance. There categories of fragrance include Floral, Oriental, Chypre, Green and Fougre. The largest category is the floral fragrances. The heaviest is Oriental.

  • Classifications of Fragrance

There are classifications of fragrance. The classification is based on the fragrance’s strength or percentage of the compound used. Classifications of fragrance include Perfume, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Cologne and Splash Cologne.

What are you waiting for? You should visit the new centre and if you like it, enrol yourself. Perfumery is not easy and it needs science, technology and art. The new centre can be of great help.

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The Importance for Patenting Your Ideas and Inventions

If you are an inventor, you will do anything to protect your life’s work. Instead of keeping your ideas and inventions inside the cabinet to be kept for eternity, you need to file for a patent. If you successfully filed the patent, you are given the right under the law to sue any individual or company who attempts to use your ideas and inventions to make money.

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You have to know your government’s patenting processes. No matter how complicated it gets, you need to file your patent immediately to prevent others from using your ideas or inventions (unless you transfer your rights to the individual or company). You should know the importance of patenting your ideas and inventions so you can act immediately. The importance for patenting your ideas and inventions include:

  • Exclusive rights

As mentioned earlier, when you successfully filed your patent, you gain exclusive rights to utilize the idea or invention in any way you think is beneficial. You have to note the number of years you can use your patent exclusively though.

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  • Strengthening position in the market

Patents can be used to strengthen your position in the market. If you have exclusive rights of an idea or invention, you can exploit it and get money from it. Your ideas and inventions will generate more money.

  • Chance of selling or licensing the ideas or invention

If you do not have enough time and resources to make your idea a reality, you can commission other companies to do it. You can sell or license your idea to other individuals or companies that have the power and the capacity to make it a reality. You can earn money from this.

What are you waiting for? If you have an idea or invention that can make the world a better place, you need to file for patent right away so no one can claim your idea or invention. Although filing for a patent can be rejected and it could take years to be granted, it is still worth the try.

Road Safety Measures for Schools

In November 2013, ten primary schools saw the LTA’s (Land Transport Authority) road safety initiatives. The Parliament Secretary for Transport visited the primary schools on January 3, 2014 to see the progress. Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim noted that motorists now are driving cautiously.    guidelines

If you are a motorist, you should know that the cyclists and the pedestrians are the most vulnerable among the road users. You should be familiar with road safety measures especially if you are approaching schools. Here are some road safety measures launched by LTA:

Warning Markings

There are many warning markings or signs when you approach a school zone. For instance, there are markings that warn you to slow down or reduce speed, etc. There is no reason if you get into accidents because you are properly warned.

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Lowering Speed Limits

LTA has changed the speed limits outside the school. LTA implemented 40 km/h speed limit during school hours. This is to minimize speed-related accidents.

Speed Humps

Apart from the warning markings and lowering speed limits, LTA also placed more speed humps. There are people who would call it speed bumps. Speed humps are traffic calming devices designed to reduce the speed of a vehicle to improve safety.

Barriers

There are pedestrian barriers too. These barriers are effective in preventing pedestrians to cross dangerous areas. Barriers are especially put in critical areas.

The safety of the children crossing the streets should be prioritized. LTA is on the right track. Now it is up to the children to follow the measures. Educators and parents should consistently remind the children to watch out when they cross the street and always consider the pedestrian whenever they cross.

Managing Hawker Centres

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If you are thinking of a food business, why not try to be a stallholder in hawker centres? This is a great way to start. You should first go to The National Environment Agency (NEA) and inquire about the processes. To date, NEA regulates and manages about 107 hawker centres here in Singapore. You should know that NEA performs a tender exercise every month.

The tender exercise is done to offer vacant hawker stalls to the general public. It is scheduled every 13th-26th every month. The details are published in different papers here in Singapore. If you seriously consider hawker centres, you need to know hawker’s policies. Here are some rental policies for hawkers:

Subsidized and Non-Subsidized Stalls

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If you are talking about government stalls, it can either be subsidized or non-subsidized. In 1970, the government launched the hardship scheme (discontinued in 1989) which gave subsidized stalls to people who were selling from the streets. The non-subsidized stall refers to tendered and market.

Sold Stalls

You need to be familiar with the Stall Ownership Scheme. Under this scheme, the stalls are sold to the present stallholders under a 20-year leasing agreement.

Food Prices

Hawker centres are appealing because they provide affordable yet tasty meals. The affordability is attributed to the subsidized rentals and lower market rental (in private food courts). The good news is that the government still continues to assist hawkers. For example, rental rebates during the crisis in 2009 were given.

There you go. Hopefully the things mentioned above gave you an idea of how to manage hawker centres. If you are serious about this, you will surely succeed. Do not worry because as long as there are Singaporeans, your business will thrive. Do not forget to give a good food and astounding service.

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Presenting Mercedes-Benz S- Class

When you hear luxury cars equipped with advance technology, limousines come to mind first. Indeed limousines are the epitome of luxury, comfort and advance technology. Riding this kind of car will be a memorable experience let alone owning it. But if limousines are not your type, you do not need to scour the market because you can find the luxury, comfort and advance technology in the new Mercedes- Benz S-Class.     Mercedes-Benz S 350 BlueTec ( W222) 2012

The new Mercedes-Benz will earn your respect. It is special because of the following things:

Assembly

The length and the wheelbase remain the same. Do not worry because the legroom is also the same with its predecessors. The change concentrates on the suspension system and the shell of the body. The suspension system and the shell of the body have more aluminium.

Power Train

The new S-Class will be powered by a 4.7L V-8 twin turbo. The twin turbo offers 20horsepower with a sum of 449. If you are asking of the torque, do not worry because it stays at 516 pound feet. As for the transmission, there will only be a seven speed automatic.

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Interior

The interior of the new S-Class is redefined. It has plush seats that feature well stitched leather and massaging setting. The panel for your HVAC controls are very soft that you are like playing the piano. The rear seats are equipped with pop-up tables. You will also see a perfume atomizer at your glove compartment.

Design

The design of the new S-Class is rather imposing – in a good way. It presents intelligent creases and lines. The tail of the new S-Class gives it commanding shape. The doors and the front corner speaks of elegant design.

You will notice that Mercedes-Benz is the car for dominant and influential people. The new S-Class will surely awe other people. Its elegant design, powerful engine and its luxurious interior will be yours if you give it a chance.

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How to Deal with Internet Trolling

Online anonymity is beneficial for others but they should be aware that there are limits to that. Online anonymity encourages internet trolling. Internet trolling refers to the act of a person creating disagreement and conflict over the internet. This person will post different things to simply upset people and begin an argument. Whether it is intentional or deliberately planned, the government is seeking to curb this practice.

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If you want to join in the discussions and conversations, you need to log in first with your Facebook account. This will discourage trolls and it will encourage accountability. Trolling is a form of online harassment. You can help to stop it. You can do the following things:

1. Identify if it is a troll. You should learn how to identify a troll. Sometimes, there are people who will approach you like a troll but they are only proving a point. If you notice that he/she is consistent in making arguments, disputes, etc. that is definitely a troll.

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2. Ask the troll to stop. When you finally noticed that he/she is a troll, you need to ask him/her to stop what he/she is doing. You have to ask nicely and try to explain that your forum or your discussion board does not want any conflict and arguments.

3. Ignore. If the troll continues making a scene and disagreements, you need to ignore every word. This is hard but sometimes it works. If they see that you are not affected, they will simply abandon you and leave you on your own.

4. Report to the administrator. When all else fails, it is important that you report the troll to the administrator, operator or the owner of the site. The administrator, operator or the owner of the site will know what to do. They will simply ban the troll.

You cannot please all people but the key is to respect each other’s opinions and views. Trolls only challenge you but you hold the power. Do not let trolls spoil your internet experience.

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Why You Should Not Paint Your House Yourself?

If you’re moving and trying to sell your house, or even if you just want to revamp your home for your own satisfaction, then repainting your house is the very best way to do it. Since the walls are the biggest and the most visible surface of the property, this is the best area to use in making great impact to the appearance of the place.

When you go for this house painting project, you will have to choose between these options: to do the project on your own or to hire a professional painting services contractor to do the job for you. By far, the best option to go for is to hire professional painting services.  Why you should not try painting your home yourself? Here are the reasons why.

Lack of Time to Do the Job

First of all, only a few homeowners in Singapore have enough time to do their own home painting tasks, as this project requires considerable amount of time to complete. But if you hire painting services singapore professionals to do the job, it’s their only job for eight hours a day. Therefore, enough attention is given to project and there’s only minimal time where your home looks untidy, uneven or blotchy.

Non-Professional Quality of Finished Product

Since you’re not a professional house painter, the result of your home painting won’t be as good as with that of a professional’s. Singapore professional painting services are trained and well-experienced to execute their job. This is not about discouraging your painting skills, but the fact that professional painters do this on a daily basis gives them more knowledge on how to skillfully execute the task.

Painting walls is harder to do than what you actually think, and doing it on your own without proper training will inevitably end up with air bubbles, streaks, uneven strokes, marks of raindrops and ladder where you leaned it against the wall. If you’re painting your Singapore home for the purpose of selling it, then the unnecessary painting marks will surely affect the salability of the property.

Caution Awareness

Another matter to consider when you choose to paint your home yourself is your safety. If you need to paint, let’s say, the roof, you will have to climb a ladder with a heavy bucket of paint. This could be very dangerous as you could get struck by strong wind that can cause you to fall and become injured. If you let the professional Singapore painting services to do the job, they have the right equipment, knowledge on how to maneuver easily while on the ladder, and there’s someone assigned to climb and someone to hold the ladder. Doing it your way will surely put yourself at serious risk.

More Expenses

Though painting your home by yourself can help you save a lot, you might be astonished how it will eat up all your initial savings because of the frequent maintenance needed along the road. Furthermore, the money you saved from labor fee will still lose on the paints and panting materials you buy, which professional painting services can get at discounted prices. Also, doing the task your way will require you to purchase materials, like ladders, brushes, rollers, roller pole, etc., that will only be used once.

The Clean and Green Campaign

The Prime Minister mentioned reviewing and strengthening the penalties against littering at the 2013 Clean and Green Campaign. PM Lee said that though there are only a small number of Singaporeans who litter, it should be not be overlooked because these small actions can spread and it could be contagious. In the meantime, a person caught littering would pay a fine of S$300.  

The Clean and Green Campaign is part of the bigger plan by the Government, the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint. The plan has many programmes (like reducing carbon emission and hawker friendly centres) that seeks to protect the environment. Reprimanding littering is a start.

Apart from this campaign, there is also a significant movement here in Singapore. The KSCM (Keep Singapore Clean Movement) is a national initiative that encourages all Singaporeans to shift from a “cleaned city” to a “totally clean city”. This movement is directed by the PHC (Public Hygiene Council), KSBM (Keep Singapore Beautiful Movement), SKM (Singapore Kindness Movement) and NEA (National Environment Agency).

The campaign seeks to bring awareness to all Singaporeans. Inculcating the importance of a clean environment is a long journey but it should be carried out. With the partnership of many agencies, Singapore will surely be a “totally clean city”.

Whether you are a citizen, PR or a tourist, you should do your best to support the campaign and other activities because it will benefit you at the end of the day. You can start by following segregation and throwing your garbage in the right place. That is not so hard, right? 

Luxury for Singaporeans: Good Health

According to the study conducted by The Visa Affluent Study 2013, Singaporeans redefined the meaning of luxury. Singaporeans shunned material extravagances and consider good health a luxury. Asia Pacific and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) also perceive the same thing. The Visa Affluent Study 2013 seeks to find out the trends and spending habits of affluent consumers. They found out that modern and affluent people put more priority in keeping fit at the same time achieving work-life balance.

HPB (Health Promotion Board) is surely happy to know that more Singaporeans are eyeing a healthy life. But it should be noted here that health and fitness are not only for affluent Singaporeans. HPB stresses that all health and fitness programmes are for everyone, not only for the rich and the famous. Ordinary people also deserve health and fitness. Here are some things that you should consider to maintain a good health:

Eating Right

You are what you eat. Remember that. Foods are important so the body will function well but you have to make sure that you eat the right kind of food and the right amount. To be safe, you should eat vegetables and fruits. If you want to be sure, you can go to your nutritionist and ask them to design a meal plan for you.

Regular Exercise

All people need about 200 to 300 minutes of exercise every week. If you have all the time in the world, it would be great if you spend an hour or two exercising. If you are too busy, you can still exercise. Brisk walking on your way to work or biking for thirty minutes to one hour will make a difference. Exercise will serve as your protection against chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, high blood cholesterol, etc.  

Mental Wellbeing

When you speak of health, it is not only physical because it transcends more than that. Some scientists believe that mental health or wellbeing should be considered when you are vying for a healthy and fit life. Remember that if you are happy and positive, it radiates to your action. When you are positive about everything, it would be easier to get through exercise and proper diet.

6 Steps to Finding the Right Reception Venue

 When it comes to wedding reception planning, the venue is the most important part of the puzzle. This is the first major decision you have to make in the Singapore planning procedure. Once you have decided your wedding reception location, everything else will follow. To further help, here are the 6 basic steps to finding your reception venue.

1. Determine the Style and Theme of Your Wedding

Today’s weddings are more on creativity and personality, that’s why themed weddings are very much preferred by many nowadays. Consider your personal style and add the glam of your ceremony venue to your reception venue. Choose a venue that best reflects the style and theme of your wedding, or set up the place according to your wedding’s style.

2. The Geographic Location

Do you want to get married in your hometown? In the town with the perfect banquet for couples in Singapore where you’re currently living? How about in the beautiful beaches of Hawaii? With today’s modern and adventurous couples, the possibilities are endless. Make everything memorable by considering unique and unexpected places to be your wedding venue. Afterwards, reward your guests with breath-taking views from your reception venue matched with the locality’s delicacies to satisfy everybody’s palettes.

3. Estimate the Party Size

The space of your reception venue depends on the size of your party, so make sure to get a good estimation of the number of guests. Remember that no matter how lovely your venue can be, if you have 300 guests all crammed up in a 150-seated Singapore venue, you will surely turn a sophisticated and elegant wedding into a horde of irritated and mad guests. Make sure to check personally the place and inquire how many people it can accommodate in a seated setting.

4. Look for Sites

Search as many Singapore wedding reception venues that meet your standards as you can. Search through the internet or ask referrals from friends and family. Call different venues and ask for questions about reception party accommodations. Ask about the date availability, pricing structure, and the type of area that will be offered for your event. Take note of everything for comparisons after you have called a couple of potential venues.

5. Narrow Down The List

After getting all the information needed, sit down with your partner and compare all the information you have gathered from different venues.  Narrow it down to three and plan when to visit the location.

6. Visiting and Booking

Visit your top 3 Singapore venue choices and recheck all the information given to you over the phone. Also, don’t forget to ask again if the venue is available on your Singapore wedding date. Check the area where you would want the reception to take place and ask if they have packages and discounts to offer. If you think everything is set and you’re satisfied with all its amenities, don’t waste time and book the venue right there and then.

Finding the Right Tentage Rental Supplier

Using canopies and tents is something that you don’t do very often. So it’s completely understandable that you’re not very familiar with the things about tentage rental suppliers. If the need for hiring a tent supplier arises, here are some tips to ensure that you get the best tent rental company and make your event a resounding success.

Ask Around

Ask your family and friends if they know someone who can supply you with tents and party materials. Ask if they know a supplier who provides complete tentage event supplies, such as tables and chairs, glassware, decorations, audio system, and marquees. Soliciting ideas and recommendations is a good source of information since many of these people have already experienced the services offered by such companies. After hearing some supplier names, search for their services online or read reviews from their online website.

Allot Plenty of Time

Due to tight schedule, many Singapore party planners make the mistake of leaving too little time for organizing events. Leaving the whole planning with Nanyang Inc tent rental in Singapore until the last minute is the major reason why event planning becomes very stressful. Make sure to start researching well in advance and book your tent rental provider right away after you have decided, especially if your party is planned to take place during peak seasons. Allotting plenty of time for planning gives you the chance to search for sales and gather more options.

Determine Your Budget

If you’re working on a tight budget, keeping a small number of guests is the simplest way to make the biggest savings. Save most of the food for your family and invite friends later in the day, after some of the family have left. Another option is to search online for money-saving tips and ideas about do-it-yourself canopy decorations. The Internet is always a good source of ideas and tutorials that you can use for your own benefit.

On the other hand, look for a tent rental company that offers a party package that includes tents, audio system, and chairs and tables. With this, you get to save a lot by paying for a whole complete package instead of paying each supplier of every material.

Know If There Are Additional Fees

A good tentage rental supplier will voluntarily provide you overall expenses breakdown, which usually includes transport, insurance fee, rental fee, and a lot more. However, many companies do not provide complete specification in their quoted price. Usually, quoted prices are enticingly low just to attract clients. When you ask what comprises the initial quote, you’ll be surprised to know that it’s almost close to nothing. Always ask a company what supplies and services are included in their offered packages. If you’re happy with the services they have suggested and would want to discuss the matter further, meeting them in the event site would be a good idea. Common points that usually affect the service pricing are the evenness of the ground, objects obstructing to have a leveled area (e.g. trees, steps, rocks), and if the tent to be mounted is on a hard stand.

Yoga—an Art of Relaxation

Yoga is an art form wherein the body, mind, and soul are interconnected and act as one. There are many reasons why people practice yoga, but the effect it has on the body, mind, and soul is the same.

There are different types of alternative yoga classes available in Singapore.

SUP Yoga

This is a type of yoga performed on a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board, which is generally longer than the average surfboard. Since it is longer, performing the yoga poses is much easier.

SUP yoga is ideal for all levels, even beginners. If you are looking forward to having a new yoga experience this weekend, you should try this one. You will definitely love the wonderful feeling of doing different poses on water.

Floating Yoga

In this type of yoga, a hammock-like trapeze supports your body while you perform nimble yoga poses. Such innovative contraption relieves compressed joints and alleviates pressure on the back.

Yoga practitioners of all levels can try floating yoga. However, it is recommended that you do exercise for a few weeks before you get yourself into this.

Ganban Yoga

This type of yoga is somewhat similar to most hot yoga sessions. Every session is conducted on a specially manufactured granite slabs, and the room is heated between 39 to 41 degrees.

Ganban yoga is very good for yoga practitioners at the beginners’ level, as well as those who want a slightly less intense workout.

AcroYoga

In AcroYoga, you are like an acrobat performing acrobatics and yoga at the same time. There are three main roles in this type—the base, the flyer, and the spotter.

AcroYoga requires trust, technique, strength, and practice. All yoga practitioners are encouraged to try this type of yoga at least once in their life.

Singapore Sports Hub’s Premium Seats Membership

Good news to those who want a guaranteed spot with the best view available to watch world-class sports events in Singapore!

You may avail yourselves of the Premium Seats Membership at Singapore Sports Hub, which shall be up and running by the first quarter of 2014. This membership program offers sports enthusiasts and fanatics guaranteed seats in a prime location during events that will happen within the venue.

Last year, the launching of Executive Suites was a success. And this time, the Premium Seats Membership is another program that will delight individuals who want an unparalleled sports and entertainment experience. The membership is priced at S$1950 per seat yearly.

The exclusive seats are situated at the center sections of both north and south wings. This strategic location provides members with the best views available. If you are a member of this program, you need not worry about securing your pass ever, even for highly-anticipated events in which tickets are expected to sell out in matter of hours.

You have the privilege of purchasing your ticket ahead of the public, and that should give you a great relief. Aside from that privilege, other benefits include access to the Member’s Club Lounge and entrance to the Private National Stadium.

You will also be watching comfortably on a premium padded seat with armrests. There is a reserved parking area for all members, and concierge services are also included. You can preview the Premium Seats Membership at the National Stadium Club Experience Center.