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Moving to a new normal

Phase 2 of reopening: How to balance the 'new normal' while keeping COVID-19 in check.

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In this edition of yTech, we compare the pros and cons of the original Oculus Quest vs the new Oculus Quest 2, and if there are other suitable VR headset alternatives.
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    The lockdown is (almost) over, so what do we do now?

    Transitioning back to work and working out how to navigate ongoing distancing rules while trying to be social again, will take some getting used to, so here are some tips.

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    COVID-19 closures: Six Senses Hotels & Resorts exit Singapore

    Six Senses Hotels & Resorts and the hotel owners of Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell in Singapore, will no longer manage the properties effective from 31 May 2020.

  • Yahoo Lifestyle SEA

    INTERVIEW: Zander Ng from #KindCooks by GoodHood.SG - “Cooking is the ultimate expression of love”

    MasterChef Singapore, Zander Ng lent his culinary expertise in creating Buah Keluak Pasta for applicants on the GoodHood.SG app. He was joined by other home cooks who had committed to cooking 200 meals for their neighbours, in a community involvement effort anchored by oscar@sg fund by Temasek Trust.

  • The Telegraph

    Airlines are ditching first class – will Covid-19 kill the front cabin?

    Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa have all scratched the offering There have been plenty of casualties in the travel industry thus far as a result of the planet-wide lockdown, with many more to come. And another could be first class flying. Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa are among the carriers to have temporarily scratched their very front cabins – and for good reason. Not only is virtually all long-haul travel either on hold or drastically reduced, those who are flying in premium classes are having to do with a very pared back service. Some airlines, Virgin Atlantic included, won’t serve alcohol in Upper Class currently, and many carriers aren’t even providing hot meals. Qantas, which has spent millions revamping the first class cabins on its 12 A380s, grounded all them last week “for the foreseeable future” and even hinted that they may never return to service, since the planes will be out of action for “a significant percentage of their remaining useful life”. Singapore Airlines, which grounded more than 95 per cent of its capacity in March, won’t sell tickets for its lavish 50-sq-ft first class cabins until at least November across any of its key services between Asia, London, the US and Australia. Lufthansa, which only a year ago said it was committed to keeping its first class offering, has removed the option across almost its entire fleet; its A380s will be grounded at least until 2021. Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar al-Baker, meanwhile, told Executive Traveler that it would be parking its ten A380s, and the flashy front cabins with them, for at least a year, and maybe forever. Qatar’s rival Emirates is still offering first class, but has closed the onboard shower rooms and bars. British Airways is among the airlines still selling first class tickets on its reduced fleet, and it’s the only cabin where you’ll be served hot food. Air China, Cathay Pacific and ANA haven’t axed theirs either. So what of the future for the priciest of aircraft seats? Long before the pandemic tore in to speed up the demise of certain travel experiences, there has been increased pressure on airlines to maximise profits on every single passenger; which is much harder to do if you’ve got too much empty space at the front of the plane. Experts have for years been predicting that first class flying will eventually become reserved for a minority of high-value routes (think Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha). Not least because of the blurred lines between first and the ever-improving business class. “Business class now is as good as first class was five years ago,” points out Arthur Wu, formally a creative director at aviation consultants Teague. Travel expert Gilbert Ott, founder of God Save The Points, doesn’t think first class will die out completely, even as a result of the pandemic. “The thing about first class is that it's not just about comfort, but opulence,” he tells us. “Whereas business class is mostly about the comfy bed, first class is about the caviar, the fine champagne and the 1:1 style of service. With the current Covid-19 limitations, there's just no way to ensure that luxury travellers are at the pointiest end of happy right now, so while it won't kill first class off forever, it will certainly give it hell for another six months to a year.” He adds: “It's better not to offer something than offer a half-baked version that will alienate loyal customers. Once some version of new normal emerges, first class could come back strong among the elite; many of whom will be seeking seclusion from others more than ever. But ultimately, the biggest risk to first class may be private jets, not disease or the economy." Will private jets become the new normal in luxury travel?

  • Yahoo Lifestyle SEA

    Practical tips to keep your webcams safe during this WFH season

    The increased use of video-conferencing apps such as Zoom, Google Meet and Skype during this COVID-19 pandemic also means that we’re using more of the webcam on our PC or that selfie camera on our smartphone or tablet.

  • Yahoo Lifestyle SEA

    COVID-19 closures: 4 lifestyle brands on shutting down, shifting operations

    Amid the struggles and uncertainties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, retailers and brands across the globe suffer extensively from the social distancing and travel restrictions put in place to curb the virus. 

  • Fatherly

    No, face masks won't poison you

    This is just trolling bullsh*t

  • USA TODAY

    5 ways to reward employees working from home: Ask HR

    The pandemic has brought about changes for businesses, but it’s also provided opportunities for employees to step up. 5 ways to reward good work.

  • People

    How to stay safe and reduce your coronavirus risk while flying, according to an expert

    If you do plan to board a plane in the near future, here are six steps to take.

  • PureWow

    Can working too much ruin a relationship? We asked an expert to weigh in

    Sure, work/life balance is the ultimate goal, but can working too much ruin a relationship? In a household where one partner has a job that’s more labor-intensive or high pressure than the other, it’s common...

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