Cherry Blossom in Singapore

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Cherry Blossom in Singapore

Because travelling to Japan just for it is too mainstream

It is the Spring season and that can only mean one thing – Cherry Blossom! Over the past few weeks, you would have seen your social media feed flooded with pictures of the Sakura flowers bloom or you might have even visited Japan or Korea yourself.

But for those who haven’t had the opportunity, fret not! For our Singaporean users, you can indulge in the Sakura season, right from the comfort of your own home.

 
A 'full-bloom' along the Esplanade Bridge
A ‘full-bloom’ along the Esplanade Bridge
 

Where to see Cherry Blossom in Singapore?

According to Nparks, these cherry blossom look-alike blooms are induced by the recent dry and rainy spells. These tropical sakura have been spotted all over Singapore, including Punggol, Bedok, Buona Vista and even along the shopping district of Orchard Road.

One of such examples would be the Bougainvillea, which is a common sight along the bridges and roads in Singapore.

Fancy a short staycation or a quick day trip to catch the bloom? Here’s a quick, budget guide just for you!

The 2019 Cherry Blossom Trail

 
A 1.7km long Cherry Blossom trail around the Marina Area
A 1.7km long Cherry Blossom trail around the Marina Area
 

1. Marina Bay Sands

 
Photo Credit: Japan Guide
Photo Credit: Japan Guide
 

Thanks to the parallel rows of palm trees along the MBS waterfront edge, this photo spot bears an uncanny resemblance to the famous Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto.

Nearest scooter station: MBS Station 1 (Next to Marina Bay South Entrance)

2. Marina Boulevard

 
Photo Credit: Indiway Travel Blog
Photo Credit: Indiway Travel Blog
 

For about Nami Island, Marina Boulevard is the place to go. Get a spot along the stretch of canopy for that picture-perfect pose.

Nearest scooter station: MBFC (Tower 1 & 2)

3. 70 Collyer Quay

 
Photo Credit: ABS-CBN
Photo Credit: ABS-CBN
 

Soak in a sea of pink and white at the waterfront area along Collyer Quay.

Nearest Station: MBFC (Tower 1 & 2)

4. Clifford Square

Photo Credit: Flickr
Photo Credit: Flickr

Relive those classic K-Drama moment, on wheels.

Nearest Station: MBFC (Tower 1 & 2)

5. Esplanade Bridge

 
Photo Credit: Hokkaido Explorer
Photo Credit: Hokkaido Explorer
 

The classic “If it isn’t on Insta, it didn’t happen!”.

The best spot to capture that insta-worthy shot for the gram. The stretch across Esplanade Bridge is currently in full bloom and is probably the closest experience you can get to hanami.

Nearest Station: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

 
Esplanade Bridge
Esplanade Bridge

Keen to explore? Simply use the promo code and get a FREE* 15 minutes ride with Neuron! Day and Weekly passes are also available from S$12.

*T&Cs apply

  • Promo is only limited to first 100 redemptions
  • Promotional period: 1 – 30 April 2019
  • Value of 15 minutes is equivalent to $3 SGD

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The Festival Guide to Celebrating Songkran Locally, and Abroad

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The Festival Guide to Celebrating Songkran Locally, and Abroad

The Songkran Festival will be happening all weekend long, from 13-15 April 2019! Songkran celebrates the Thai New Year, ushering in the year 2562 of the Thai calendar this weekend.

Locals and tourists alike celebrate the holiday with exciting water festivals, where people head to the streets to cool off the Thai weather with buckets of water thrown over their head. Throwing water symbolises good fortune and respect, while also washing away bad luck.

Whether this is an annual event or the first-time you’re celebrating Songkran, this guide will bring you through when, where and how to celebrate Songkran!

The water festival celebrates the Thai New Year, lasting all weekend long.
The water festival celebrates the Thai New Year, lasting all weekend long. Source: The Lonely Planet)

 

Where is Songkran?

The biggest events celebrating in Bangkok this year will be in Khao San and Silom Road. In preparation of the King’s coronation happening in May, celebrations in Bangkok’s Khao San will be minimised to allow preparation. However, if you’d like to head to a bigger party, Silom Road is just 26 minutes south of Khao San!

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Chiang Mai also sees one of the biggest Songkran festivals, with locals and tourists pouring in around Tha Pae Gate to celebrate the new year.

Pro-Tips for Songkran

It’s easy to be carried away with water splashing from every direction. However, it’s important to stay mindful of these tips while celebrating Songkran:

Pack light

Unless there’s a locker nearby, only bring your essentials with you! Keep them in a waterproof bag so water won’t seep through easily.

Plan your transport arrangements in time

Roads in Bangkok and Chiang Mai may be closed to allow the festival to run, so plan ahead! Take one of our Neuron scooters and scoot your way to the festival early to avoid getting splashed in the middle of your journey!

 
We'll be waiting for you!
We’ll be waiting for you!

 

Our scooters will be stationed at Lumphini Park in Bangkok and Thapae GateOld Town Areaand MAYA Shopping Mall in Chiang Mai. Catch us around as we’ll be giving away some attractive freebies!

Be aware of your surroundings

Whether you’re celebrating in Chiang Mai or Bangkok, it’s important to be aware of what is being thrown around you and where you’re standing. The ground becomes slippery and it can pull an unfortunate end to a joyous occasion.

Be careful of who you’re throwing water at

Avoid throwing water at the elderly, young children and those riding on motorcycles. These situations can end up in unnecessary injuries.

 
Source: akyra
Source: akyra

 

Away from Thailand? You won’t miss out Songkran in Singapore! Singapore is hosting its first-ever Songkran Music Festival at Wild Wild Wet! The event runs for one night only, on 13 April 2019 from 5pm-11pm. For more information about the event, you can visit their website here.

 
The inaugural event will see for 6 hours of a splashing good time this Saturday, at the Wild Wild Wet @ Downtown East.
The inaugural event will see for 6 hours of a splashing good time this Saturday, at the Wild Wild Wet @ Downtown East. (Source: Wild Wild Wet)
 

In big festivals like these, it’s important to lookout for your own safety and those around you. Sawadee Pee Mai!

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7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Hour

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7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Hour

Climate change is real and the need to protect our environment has never been greater. Over the last few years, organisations and individuals have all been playing their part as they lobby for more attention and support for such issues; Earth Hour is one of these examples.

Eiffel Tower, Paris (Source: Her World)
Eiffel Tower, Paris (Source: Her World)
 

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement initiated by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). This annual event is the biggest switch-off event as millions of people from across the world switch off their lights for an hour and organise events within their own homes and communities.

Over the years, various cities have also shown their support for the cause by turning off their lights across major landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Buckingham Palace, the Eiffel Tower and more.

Keen to be part of this movement but not sure how? Here are 7 simple ways to do so:

1. Be at an Earth Hour event

Some of Bangkok’s biggest landmarks such as the Grand Palace and Rama IX Bridge will beturning their lights off for an hour. There will also be festivals and events organized throughout the weekend of Earth Hour!

In Singapore, a Festival For Nature will be held at Marina Bay Sands (MBS), Event Plaza where visitors can expect an exciting lineup of music, art, food and lifestyle. Similar events are also organized in PenangKedah and Bangkok (CentralWorld Square) too.

There’s no better way to participate than to immerse yourself in one of these events!

Earth Hour event in Singapore (Source: WWF Singapore Facebook)
Earth Hour event in Singapore (Source: WWF Singapore Facebook)
 

2. Travel lite

If you are already heading out with your loved ones for the weekend, why not opt for a greener mode of transport? Reduce your carbon footprint by considering other alternatives to driving such as walking, riding a bicycle or an electric-scooter – which produces zero carbon emission.

By doing so, you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in traffic – which would also generate lots of unnecessary carbon dioxide in the process. You will get to save time and save the environment at the same time! How cool is that?

Explore the Marina Bay area on wheels
Explore the Marina Bay area on wheels
 

Pro-Tip: If you are planning to attend the Earth Hour event at MBS (Singapore),do check out Neuron’s scooters which are located at various parking stations within the area. It is definitely the easier way of travelling around.

3. Off your lights

It might be one of those lazier kind of weekends, and the great thing about Earth Hour is that you can be a part of it from the comfort of your own home! Simply switch off your lights within your household to show your support.

4. Go green

Did you know that meat consumption also has a negative impact on our environment? Livestock farming contributes to 18% of human produced greenhouse gas emissions worldwide (Source)and that is more than the total from the transport sector!

We don’t have to turn vegan overnight, but we can definitely play our part by reducing our consumption by eating less meat, for instance by having a #MeatlessMonday weekly. Might not seem much to begin with, but the impact can be substantial if everyone chips in.

5. Sustainable living

‘Single-use’ was termed the word of the year in 2018 by Collins Dictionary, and they commonly refer to products which are made from plastic to be used only once, before getting thrown away.

A reusable metal straw (Source: The Sustainability Project)
A reusable metal straw (Source: The Sustainability Project)
 

In the past year, international brands have also showed their support for the cause by banning single-use plastic straws. You can start making your lifestyle more sustainabe by getting your own metal straw and reusable cutleries too. Remember – refuse first, before considering reducing, reusing and recycling. Check out online shops such as The Sustainability Project and Seastainable Co. as they provide international shipping.

6. Spread the word

“Instagram it, or it didn’t happen!” Spread the love on social media, tell all your friends, family about Earth Hour – how did it happen? What did you do? The most effective means of communication is probably through word of mouth and it is important that we get these messages out to a bigger audience!

#Connect2Earth

7. Take action

So what’s next? The fight for our environment doesn’t end here. Take a look at environmental petitions which you can sign online, let your voices be heard.

Environmental-friendly efforts shouldn’t just be constrained to a single day. Start making small changes to your life today, for a better tomorrow.

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How to Use Neuron App

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How to Use Neuron App

Seen our orange scooters around but not too sure how to start? Fret not, here's a quick guide for you to follow.

Step 1: Download the app

Team Android or Team iPhone? Regardless which camp you are in, we got you covered! To begin, simply download the free, Neuron Share app from your app store.

Step 2: Scan QR code

After installing and registering for an account, you can start unlocking the scooter by launching the app and scanning the QR code label on it. If you are not in the vicinity of any scooter, simply use the map on our app to locate one! They are represented by the bright, orange scooter icon.

Step 3: Start scooting

Once you have unlocked your scooter, you are good to go! It’s really easy to ride it, but if it’s your first time trying, do look out for some of these basic safety tips. For more information, do refer to our user guide.

 

Step 4: Return to station and end trip in-app

Once you have completed your journey, you are reminded to return the scooter to a parking station and end your trip in-app! Parking stations are represented by the giant orange ‘P’ symbol on the map and there are plenty of them within our zone of operations. A convenience fee may be charged according to the respective city regulations if the scooters are not returned to the designated zones.

And you are done! It’s that simple.

Till your next ride, see you soon!

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5 safety tips for your next electric scooter ride

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5 safety tips for your next electric scooter ride

Get familiar with these tips for a #SaferRide

The use of Personal Mobility Devices (PMD), such as electric scooters has been growing in popularity across the world. Whether is it for daily commutes or delivery of goods, they have changed the way we live and travel. At Neuron, safety is our top priority.

To ensure better public safety and minimise the risk of accidents happening, here are 5 simple tips which you can follow for a #SaferRide.

1. One rider per scooter

The more the merrier, but not on a scooter! The current Neuron scooters are designed for individual use. When the weight is overloaded, it might cause the scooter to go off-balance, making it more prone to accidents. So remember – one at a time!

#SaferRide tips - One rider at a time
It’s always fun to scoot in a group, but remember – one rider per scooter


2. Obey all laws

Regardless whether we are crossing the street as a pedestrian or driving on the roads, we need to abide by the traffic laws and it’s the same for scooter riders! With the increasing use of such PMDs, different cities have adapted different forms of regulations. As members of the public, it is our duty to obey such laws for a safer community.

#SaferRide tips - Obey all laws
In Singapore, the speed limit permitted on footpaths are capped at 10km/h (Source: LTA)


3. Pay attention to your surroundings

Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings while riding! The rule of thumb is to ditch any form of distractions. Any activities that impede your hearing or sight, could increase the risk of overlooking potential hazard. Such examples include wearing headphones or taking a call, while on the road.

#SaferRide tips - Pay attention to surroundings
Be a responsible rider by paying attention to your surroundings


4. Lookout for uneven, protruding and wet surfaces

Uneven surfaces such as potholes and bumps could be a potential hazard for riders, especially for those who are going on a higher speed. Be sure to keep a lookout for such road hurdles and slow down your speed or stop when necessary. Wet surfaces after a rainy day might also cause roads to be extra slippery, so be aware!

#SaferRide tips - Lookout for uneven, protruding and wet surfaces
Slow and steady! Always keep an eye out for uneven surfaces


5. Park at preferred parking stations

End the trip responsibly by parking your scooter at a preferred parking station! It is never a nice sight to have bikes or scooters lying around and obstructing the way. Besides, these stations can be easily spotted and located within the app. So let’s do our part for a more pleasant and safer travel journey for all. #SaferRide

#SaferRide tips - Park at preferred parking stations
E-scooter parking zones in Bangkok


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Facebook and Instagram at @neuron_mobility!

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