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Mediacorp wins GOLD at The Loyalty & Engagement Awards 2022

12 August 2022, Singapore – Mediacorp was announced the GOLD winner in the ‘Best Use of Mobile’ category, as well as the BRONZE winner in the 'Best Use of Gamification' category at the tenth annual edition of the Loyalty & Engagement  Awards. The win is for the much-loved Lunar New Year campaign ‘Hu Tiger Prosperity Dash’, held from January to March this year.Our two shiny trophiesOrganised by MARKETING-INTERACTIVE, Asia’s leading source of advertising, marketing and media intelligence, The Loyalty & Engagement Awards recognise and honour the best loyalty marketing strategies and campaigns in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the ANZ region. The show is the first of its kind to recognise marketing works as well as celebrate the best loyalty and engagement campaigns designed to attract, retain, and appreciate an organisation’s biggest advocates – their customers.The award categories covered the full spectrum of the loyalty and engagement cycle. All entries were evaluated and judged by a panel of experienced loyalty, engagement and relationship marketers and industry experts.We would like to take this opportunity to thank our users for their incredible support and love for meREWARDS. The team will strive to bring more exciting deals and features to the meREWARDS platform, befitting our status as one of the leading rewards platform in Singapore.Stay tuned for what is to come!Powered by Froala Editor

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A Local's Guide to the Best Relaxation Spots in Jeju Island

제주도에 가카마시? (che-ju-do-eh ga-ka-ma-shi, or "Shall we go to Jeju Island" in Jeju dialect)For those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the major cities, Jeju Island, known as one of the most relaxing spots in the whole of South Korea, provides the perfect escape with its stunning nature and picturesque landscapes. Formed by the eruption of an underwater volcano millions of years ago, it is also home to not one but three UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes, Halla Mountain and Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak.There is a reason why over 3.45 million people (according to Jeju Tourism Association) have visited Jeju Island from January to April this year - other than its idyllic scenery, it represents the perfect healing spot for many South Koreans yearning to escape the pandemic fatigue, as well as to restore some semblance of normalcy back to their lives.Singaporeans looking forward to the same escape can now do so, as Scoot has recently announced their new non-stop flights from Singapore to Jeju Island - a first for both countries. Looking to get away from your monotonous daily routines and explore this island that is known for its natural wonders, good food and amazing hospitality? Look no further as we present you a local's guide to the best relaxation spots in Jeju Island. Ga ja! (Korean for "let's go")1. Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak)Long considered one of South Korea's top scenic locations and one of Jeju Island's three UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites, Seongsan Ilchulbong is known to be the only hydromagmatic volcano in the world with a well-preserved tuff (ash that has weathered into rock) cone and diverse internal structures along a sea cliff. Hikers to the peak will be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view of the ocean, Udo Island, Halla Mountain, and the volcanic landscape of eastern Jeju Island.Catch the haenyeo, or female divers, in action as they dive 10m under the sea for a minute to gather sea produce such as shellfish and sea urchin, all without an oxygen tank. The culture of Jeju haenyeo has been inscribed in 2016 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Believe it or not, some of these divers are aged in their 80s and yet they still go diving on a daily basis!2. Hallasan (Halla Mountain)Not only is Hallasan the tallest peak in the whole of South Korea (and the second highest on the Korean peninsula, after Paektu Mountain of North Korea), it is also one of three sacred mountains in Korea where spiritual immortals were said to reside. Well-loved and respected by the people of Jeju Island, Hallasan is seen as a great pride and the spiritual home of the locals. In addition to being designated a National Park, it also carries titles such as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, South Korea's first UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site as well as being recognised as a Global Geopark. Quite the overachiever isn't it?3. Seopjikoji Coastal WalkLocated on the eastern end of Jeju Island, Seopjikoji is a combination of "narrow land" and "promontory" in Jeju dialect. What makes it different from the other coastal walks is that it is made up of a red volcanic ash called "scoria". During low tide, you can also see strange yet spectacular rock formations littered along the coast line. Come during spring and you can expect to see vast lands filled with canola flowers. Grab a selfie in the flower fields with the magnificent Seongsan Ilchulbong in the background - you won't get a better background in Jeju Island than this.4. Manjanggul (Manjang Lava Tube)The Manjang lava tube was formed thousands of years ago and remains in a very well-preserved state, making it a rarity in the world of lava tubes. Expect to see stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, lava tubes, lava shelves, and lava rafts as you move along the cave formations. The highlight at Manjang Lava Tube is the 7.6m high lava column at the end of the tourist zone, which also happens to be the world's highest lava column.5. Udo (Cow Island)Literally translating to "Cow Island", Udo is named as such because the locals thought it looked like a cow lying down. Udo is a lava plateau formed by basaltic lava and as such has fertile lands where some of Jeju Island's most famous exports like sweet potatoes, garlic and peanuts are produced. To get to Udo, you will need to take a ferry from Jeju Island's Jongdal or Seongsan Port, with the latter being the more widely used port.Udo is also one of the most visited spots in Jeju Island thanks to its beautiful scenery. To get around Udo, make use of the shuttle buses which will bring you to most of the attractions scattered around the island.6. Jeju Dongmun Traditional MarketNo visit to Jeju Island is complete without a visit to Dongmun Traditional Market, Jeju Island's largest and oldest traditional market. This is the place to go to if you are looking for local delicacies, produce and cute souvenirs. One item which tourists do not leave the place without is the Hallabong tangerine - probably the most famous type of Korean tangerine in the world. Resembling a gourd with its protruding stem, this oddly shaped tangerine contains crunchy pulp and is rich with sweet juice. Expect to find all kinds of food products with the Hallabong tangerine added to them. Some common ones include Hallabong tangerine flavoured chocolates, biscuits, coffee, Korean rice wine, the list is endless. 7. Jeongbang FallsJeongbang Waterfalls is one of the top three waterfalls in Jeju Island alongside Cheonjiyeon Falls and Cheonjeyeon Falls. What is special about it however, is that it is the only waterfall in South Korea where the water flows directly into the sea. This 23m waterfall is a sight to behold, with its steep cliffs and old pine trees lining the fall. Look for the ajummas (Korean for middle-aged lady) selling fresh seafood in their tents. Savour the freshness of these sashimi dishes while you take in the unspeakable beauty of the waterfall. There is a reason why Jeongbang Falls has been called one of the most beautiful spots in Jeju Island.8. Jeju Folk VillageOne of Jeju Island's main attractions, this is the place to go if you want to learn about Jeju folk village culture and the history of the island. The Jeju Folk Village showcases over 100 carefully-preserved houses and facilities that were once used by generations of people. When you are there, take part in activities such as traditional games, making of traditional crafts such as pottery and wood carving, or even horse-riding!9. O'sulloc Green Tea FieldIf you have not heard of O'sulloc by now, you may have to get out and explore your neighbourhood supermarkets just a little bit more. O’sulloc is the largest producer of tea in South Korea, and all their four tea gardens are located on Jeju Island (due to its subtropical climate). As you might have already read by now, Jeju Island was formed as a result of a volcanic eruption, and the island's volcanic soil has a special texture that filters underground water tremendously well. Coupled with the ideal climate and sufficient rainfall, these resulted in cleaner tea leaves which are well-loved by tea connoisseurs from all around the world.There is also a O’sulloc Tea Museum & Tea Roastery where you can learn about the history of tea drinking in Korea or shop from the mind-blowing wide range of green tea products such as premium loose-leaf teas, blended teas, herb teas, tea lattes, tea cocktails, soft serve and other souvenirs. 10. Jeju LovelandRemember, this is NOT A THEME PARK FOR THE KIDS. According to their own words, this sex-themed sculpture park is "where eroticism and sexuality join together". Be prepared to be greeted by countless sculptures in all kinds of imaginable love-making positions, phallic sculptures in more shapes and sizes than you can imagine, and sexual artwork decorating every crook and cranny. It is also one of the few theme parks where admission is till midnight. Do note that there is an admission fee of KRW12,000, or roughly $13.50.Whether or not this location can help with your relaxation, we shall leave that up to you.Looking for more travel guides? Check out our section on Travel Stories here for all exciting places to check out from around the world!This is an independent article brought to you by meREWARDS.Powered by Froala Editor

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Most Instagrammable Cafes & Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur You Should Check Out

We all love our coffee freshly brewed, accompanied by a plate of delicious eggs benedict or pancakes and waffles. Coupled with an aesthetically pleasing café interior, there is no other place we would rather be when on a holiday in Kuala Lumpur, capital city of Malaysia.Here we round down the 9 most Instagrammable Cafes in Kuala Lumpur. Go on an escapade, and explore cafes beyond our shores!1. Botanica + CoNestled in Alila Bangsar, a luxury hotel located in the precinct, Botanica + Co, is a must visit cafe in KL. The ambience at the café boasts warm shades of brown furniture with lush greeneries – a definite tropical retreat in urban KL city. The café makes everything from scratch, so you’ll be assured quality in every bite.Be blown away and order a bowl of Moroccan Lamb Salad, tender lamb chops accompanied with caramelised onions, chickpeas, couscous and a Moroccan vinaigrette. Also try the King Prawn Roll, a buttery and soft brioche bun that holds chunky lobster meat, tossed in aioli, honey and dill.Read: 4-day itinerary to Kuala Lumpur2. Pokok KLNew kid on the block – Pokok KL, is situated in Petaling Jaya. A visually stunning café that’s located in a glasshouse, it’ll leave you speechless with its flair for design and delicious food. Order their speciality pink latte (with rose petal garnishes), Chilli Padi Pesto Pasta and Portobello Mushroom Melt Sandwich to satiate your bellies. Snap a shot of your dishes (along with you of course) and you’ll have the perfect Instagram shot, with natural light shining through.3. Breakfast ThievesExuding similar vibes to cafes in Melbourne, Breakfast Thieves will steal more than just your breakfast, but also your hearts, for their praiseworthy service and sublime food. The café is housed in an old commercial printing factory, in APW Bangsar, a stylish dining and entertainment hub. Indulge in their signature Mr Terry Benedict that comprises of 24-hours braised beef cheeks in peppercorn, charred cauliflowers, potatoes and two poached eggs, blanketed with Hollandaise on toast.Make room for dessert and try My French Lady, the café’s rendition of French Toast served with strawberries, sinful dark chocolate, raspberry cream and lemon curd. The texture of each ingredient complements each other, which will have you leaving the plate spotless.4.  Urban DaybreakAfter its successful launch in Penang, Urban Daybreak opened its KL outlet in 2019 and it’s still the talk of the town for foodies. Serving a bevy of unique Australian-inspired breakfast such as the famous Stout Pulled Pork with Poached Egg, which is a must try at the café. Their other signature, the Ultimate Steak Sandwich should not be judged for being plain, because the flavour did more than that! Devour slices of juicy ribeye steak, paired with chilli relish, grain mustard and Swiss cheese – match made in heaven.5.  Lim Kee CaféTake a break from western breakfast dishes, and find comfort in good ol’ kaya toasts and soft boiled eggs. Step back into history at Lim Kee Café, and be transported to the past. Situated in Tian Jing Hotel, the café is furnished with rattan blinds and chairs with vintage picture frames hanging on the walls. Order the Roti Kahwin with Soft Boiled Eggs and Coffee, the traditional breakfast we’re all familiar with. Besides coffee, try the rejuvenating Blood Moon drink, a smooth blend of espresso and grapefruit juice that packs a punch.Read: 5 amazing places that'll make you want to visit Malaysia6. PODGY KurauUsed to be called Podgy and The Banker which was in Sri Hartamas precinct, PODGY Kurau is now located in Lorong Kurau, Bangsar. The interior boasts a clever combination of monochrome tiles, wooden furnishings, potted plants and gold trimmings. Serving no frills breakfast dishes from Avocado Toast and Pesto Chicken Spaghetti, PODGY Kurau hits all the right spot, when paired with their potent coffees. Who said good food has to be complex?7.  Chocha FoodstoreThe café prides itself in using only local ingredients and self-grown herbs. Don’t we all love a sustainable café? Chocha Foodstore, is located at Petaling Street, a famous street in KL that sells imitation goods. Chocha, means ‘sit and drink’ in Hakka dialect, and the café serves as an ideal respite from the city’s heat. Upon entering the café, you’ll be amazed by the rustic and historical look with old wooden tables and exposed light bulbs.Order their signature Chinese Pesto Flat Noodle, comprised of ulam (salad) pesto with charred capsicums, crunchy peanuts, sesame seeds and semi-fried tomatoes. Known for its contemporary Asian twist, try the Duck Rendang Hummus, an interesting fusion of Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine. The tender shredded duck rendang sits atop creamy hummus, served with eggplants – this dish is an explosion of flavour waiting to be devoured.8. KettlebellDecked out in pastel pink and neon lights, Kettlebell is situated in Plaza Mont Kiara, a perfect cafe for health enthusiasts. The interior will up your Instagram game with its brass chairs, pink plates and gold cutleries. Be in the pink of health and try the Fuel Protein Bowl, a colourful mix of tempeh, egg, spinach, chickpeas, roasted pumpkins, soy vinaigrette over brown rice and served in a coconut shell. A+ for the presentation effort!9. Lisette’s Café & BakeryBangsar is home to a slew of bakeries and cafes, but one that you must check out is Lisette’s Café & Bakery. The cafe may be challenging to find, due to the obscure entrance, but look out for a charming alfresco dining and you’ll find this hidden gem. Enter the café and look up, and be enamoured by the intricate patterns emblazoned on the ceilings. Plenty of Instagram spots in this café!The cafe has buffet options which are available every Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays and public holidays. You’ll get to indulge on cuisines that spans from Malaysia to Middle East and India. Be sure to leave some room for the freshly baked breads and pastries.Heading to the Hawaii of Asia - Jeju Island in South Korea instead? Check out our story on A Local's Guide to The Best Relaxation Spots in Jeju Island!Powered by Froala Editor

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Revel in the Party Atmosphere This NDP With These Items

It is the time of the year again, when students belt out one patriotic song after another during assembly sessions, and adults savour the additional day of rest. More importantly, National Day is a day for all Singaporeans to come together and be reminded of what it means to be a Singaporean. After all, this island nation overcome all odds to become an independent nation 57 years ago, and we remain the only country in the world to have gained independence despite not wanting one. Planning to head out during the somewhat long weekend to indulge in the festivities? Why not consider getting some of these National Day-inspired products to revel in the party atmosphere? We round up some of the more interesting products that will let people identify you as a Singaporean faster than all the lahs, mehs and lors could.1. Win All Day T-Shirt (Kids and Adults Sizes), $31.90 - WheniwasfourProud to be a Singaporean? Tell (or show) it to the world with this Win All Day T-Shirt from Wheniwasfour. We all know how obsessed Singaporeans are with luck and winning, and wearing this t-shirt serves as the perfect reminder of that. Wheniwasfour is a Singapore-based design studio and label that creates local-flavoured lifestyle products. They carry an extensive range of creative and interesting products, so be sure to check them out!Get an additional 10% off with an exclusive meREWARDS promo code here.2. National Day Foldable Tote Bag, $2.26 - OneDollarOnly.com.sgWho doesn't love these multi-use tote bags? We use them when we go shopping, to work or even as a fashion accessory - the possibilities are endless. With this bright red tote bag from OneDollarOnly.com.sg, we are sure you can be easily spotted from the crowd no matter where you'll be on National Day. Get this tote bag here.3. SG Merlion Sticker, $2.14 - DaisoName one phenomenon that can be witnessed across the globe, transcending culture and age. I'll go first - the pasting of stickers on laptops. We have all seen people working on their laptops decked out in more stickers than a sticker book at cafes and libraries. You can now join in this trend with these cute and affordable stickers from Daiso.Grab them from your nearest Daiso outlet or via their online shop here.4. Singapore Flag Singapore National Day Gift for Proud Singaporean Socks, $18.93 - RedbubbleWhat is a National Day outfit without completing the look with matching socks? These super soft and stretchy knit crew socks from Redbubble shows that not only can you wear your heart on your sleeves, but on your socks as well. They are also knitted with reinforced toe and heel and extra cushioning in the sole.Get these socks from Redbubble here.5. Two Lions Illustrated Art Print, $16.92 - mrphyThis surreal art work by mrphy contemplates the meeting of two iconic Singapore lions using a fusion of contemporary and classic techniques. Suitable for many décor styles, we are sure this art work will be a conversation starter in any household.Get this illustrated art print here.6. Partyforte National Day I Love Singapore LED Head Band, $8.90 - FairPriceAttending the NDP celebration at the floating platform this year and wishing you would be captured by the cameramen? What better way to catch their attention than with this LED head band from Partyforte? Just be sure not to block the view of the people sitting behind you because we all want to be considerate citizens, don't we?Grab them from your nearest FairPrice supermarket, or via FairPrice Online here.7. NDP National Day Tattoo, $1.90 - ShopeeIf decking yourself out in red and white from top to toe is not enough, you can consider getting these temporary tattoo stickers to showcase your fervent patriotism. These temporary tattoos are shipped out from a local seller and takes 2-3 days to arrive, according to their page. Make sure to order yours early to avoid disappointment!Get them here.Stay tuned to our page as we bring you more exclusive promotions this coming National Day. Above all, we would like to wish all our members a very Happy National Day! Majulah Singapura!Want to read more about Singapore-based label Wheniwasfour? Check out Wheniwasfour: Quirky and Novelty Gift Shop to Check Out in Singapore.Photo by Rogan Yeoh on UnsplashPowered by Froala Editor

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Mediacorp wins GOLD at The Loyalty & Engagement Awards 2022

12 August 2022, Singapore – Mediacorp was announced the GOLD winner in the ‘Best Use of Mobile’ category, as well as the BRONZE winner in the 'Best Use of Gamification' category at the tenth annual edition of the Loyalty & Engagement  Awards. The win is for the much-loved Lunar New Year campaign ‘Hu Tiger Prosperity Dash’, held from January to March this year.Our two shiny trophiesOrganised by MARKETING-INTERACTIVE, Asia’s leading source of advertising, marketing and media intelligence, The Loyalty & Engagement Awards recognise and honour the best loyalty marketing strategies and campaigns in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the ANZ region. The show is the first of its kind to recognise marketing works as well as celebrate the best loyalty and engagement campaigns designed to attract, retain, and appreciate an organisation’s biggest advocates – their customers.The award categories covered the full spectrum of the loyalty and engagement cycle. All entries were evaluated and judged by a panel of experienced loyalty, engagement and relationship marketers and industry experts.We would like to take this opportunity to thank our users for their incredible support and love for meREWARDS. The team will strive to bring more exciting deals and features to the meREWARDS platform, befitting our status as one of the leading rewards platform in Singapore.Stay tuned for what is to come!Powered by Froala Editor

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