Neighbourly Notes – 8 April 2021

LASTING LOVE: Two much-loved residents of ACVV Diaz Home in Alexandria celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on March 24. Staff and management extended warm wishes to Oom Ben and Tannie Rona Allison. Oom Ben also celebrated his 92nd birthday on the same day. Double celebrations were the order of the day. HAVING passed the year…Continue Reading

All aboard as local tours resume for Mother’s Day

Travel agencies in Hong Kong are marking Mother’s Day weekend by offering their first local tours since December, as they take advantage of a relaxation in social distancing measures under the government’s vaccine bubble plan. Families and friends joining a tour that set off from Tsim Sha Tsui on Saturday were visibly happy as they…Continue Reading

NZ-Sydney travel bubble to resume 10pm tonight

Most Viewed1China confirms where space junk will land2Gold Coast man linked to major drug trafficking operation3Gross footage of client’s ‘cheese’ feet4What will happen to quarantine hotels?5Revealed: Real reason Coast picked trams over buses6Lesson for Coast: ‘Don’t let the roller skaters follow the elephants’7Gold Coast suburbs where house prices are soaring8I held my sister’s hand as…Continue Reading

What Luxury Brands Can Learn from Lanvin’s Blind Boxes

Key Takeaways:For Chinese Valentine’s Day, Lanvin launched a blind box lottery on its WeChat Mini Program. For $77 (500 yuan), consumers could enter a drawing and redeem prizes at offline vending machines to receive vouchers for silk scarves, sneakers, and even handbags.The Mob Research Institute’s 2020 Blind Box Economic Insight Report forecasts that the market…Continue Reading

Move Over, Zoom, Holograms Are Next

COVID-19 obliterated business travel. Some companies are partially replacing it with holograms.Any Star Trek fan knows what a hologram is, but that science fiction is still years ahead of science fact. Still, holograms already exist. They provide yet another way for people to communicate, collaborate and otherwise interact with virtually anyone from anywhere, assuming the…Continue Reading

City & State New York Names Sean Patrick Maloney this Week’s Biggest Loser

A New York political magazine this week named Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), one of its “biggest losers” of the week on Thursday after financial disclosures revealed the congressman had spent thousands in campaign funds on travel expenses while telling his constituents to stay home. City & State,…Continue Reading

Covid-19: Travel firms’ green list concerns, and Chinese vaccine approved

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Saturday. We’ll have another update for you tomorrow morning.1. Green list is overly cautious, say travel firmsTravel companies are disappointed there are just 12 destinations on the government’s “green list” for international travel, with some describing the number as “overly cautious”. Those…Continue Reading

COVID-19: UK Eases Foreign Travel Restrictions

File photo: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a virtual press conference inside 10 Downing Street in central London on December 19, 2020. TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFPBritain on Friday announced it was lifting a coronavirus ban on people in England going on holiday to Portugal and Israel due to their low infection and…Continue Reading