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A beginner’s guide to ridesharing

Even though ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are now worth over $60 billion combined, many people still haven’t used them. So what do beginner ride sharers need to know?

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Things are changing in the automotive world, big time. Just a few years ago hardly anybody had heard of electric cars, let alone driverless cars, let alone Uber. But just a few years later, here we are on the cusp of what seems like an automotive revolution. And it’s all being driven by a whole new economic paradigm: the sharing economy.

Even though ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are now worth over $60 billion combined, many people still haven’t used them. So what do beginner ride sharers need to know?

What Is Ridesharing?

It used to be the case that if you wanted to get a taxi, you faced a lot of competition. Hailing a taxi in a crowded city like LA or London was tough. You had to hope that you could hail a cab without being pipped at the post by somebody else.

But talented entrepreneurs soon realized that there could be another way. Thanks to the mobile internet and GPS, it might be possible to connect drivers to people wanting lifts over an app. In fact, this is exactly what both Uber and Lyft did back in 2009 and 2012. They realized that they could connect people together using a ridesharing app. And that people could order rides to their destinations over an intelligent system. In this way, they could bypass the old taxi system which limited the number of drivers. Now anybody could give anyone else a lift.

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How Do You Pay?

In the old days, you had to carry around cash in your pocket to pay for a taxi. It was just something that we accepted as a necessary part of life. But then Uber and Lyft showed us that there was another, easier way. Rather than paying by cash, all transactions are carried out through the companion app. And this includes tips. This is super helpful for obvious reasons.

Ridesharing companies have their own unique pricing structures. Both Uber and Lyft charge by the mile, like the traditional taxi industry. And like taxis, they also have minimum fees if you’re just traveling a short distance.

Prices aren’t set in stone, however. As with most services, there are opportunities to get discounts and money off through organizations like Rydely.

What’s Is The Experience Like?

One of the big complaints of the taxi industry is that anybody can drive for Uber and Lyft. They’re upset by this because for decades they’ve tried to restrict the supply of drivers to boost their wages. One of the arguments again ridesharing companies is that they are less regulated, and drivers aren’t vetted. But as with traditional taxi services, violence, and abuse is extremely rare.

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What’s cool about ridesharing services is just how high-tech they are compared to an old-fashioned taxi ride. Users can now track their route on the companion app. This gives people extra peace of mind when traveling with somebody they don’t know.

Users can also expect the price per mile to vary depending on the time of day. Late at night or during the middle of the day, you can expect to pay less. But in the evenings, you may have to pay what Uber calls “surge pricing” when demand is high.

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Singapore Cable Car launches world’s first Skyorb Cabins

Exclusively designed for the Singapore Cable Car, the SkyOrb Cabin is the world’s first chrome-finished spherical cable car cabin. Unlike conventional cabins, the spherical design of the SkyOrb Cabins breaks the boundaries of traditional cable car aesthetics, offering a futuristic and captivating look.

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Mount Faber Leisure Group officially launched the new futuristic SkyOrb Cabins on the Singapore Cable Car – Mount Faber Line. The launch of the SkyOrb Cabins took place at Mount Faber Peak, as part of the Singapore Cable Car’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The event was attended by Bob Tan, Chairman of Sentosa Development Corporation and Thien Kwee Eng, Chief Executive Officer of Sentosa Development Corporation, as well as Michael Syn, Chairman of Mount Faber Leisure Group and Buhdy Bok, Managing Director of Mount Faber Leisure Group.

SkyOrb Cabins – A cabin like no other in the world

Exclusively designed for the Singapore Cable Car, the SkyOrb Cabin is the world’s first chrome-finished spherical cable car cabin. Unlike conventional cabins, the spherical design of the SkyOrb Cabins breaks the boundaries of traditional cable car aesthetics, offering a futuristic and captivating look.

The SkyOrb cabin boasts a spectacular view through its glass-bottomed floor

Fitted with glass-bottomed floors to allow guests to view the scenery below their feet, the new cabins offer guests an elevated journey with a stunning panoramic view of the skyline. As night falls, a captivating ring of lights surrounds the cabin windows, casting an illuminating glow that imparts a distinctly futuristic ambience. 

The SkyOrb Cabins have been thoughtfully designed with double window louvres at the front and triple window louvres at the rear, providing enhanced air ventilation for guests on board. To offer an exclusive experience, only seven SkyOrb Cabins will join the existing fleet, enriching the vibrancy of the Sentosa skyline. 

SkyOrb Cabin on the Mount Faber Line

“Each SkyOrb cabin, a gleaming chrome orb soaring through the sky, embodies modern design. These cabins offer guests a one-of-a-kind experience, taking them on a discovery between Mount Faber Peak and Sentosa, unveiling breathtaking views along the way,” said Mr Buhdy Bok, Managing Director of Mount Faber Leisure Group.

Collaboratively designed between Mount Faber Leisure Group and renowned cable car cabin manufacturer CWA, the SkyOrb Cabins showcase product innovation and commitment to creating new unique experiences for guests. Based in Olten, Switzerland, CWA has enjoyed a long partnership with Mount Faber Leisure Group since the first generation of the Singapore Cable Car cabins was launched in 1974.

The SkyOrb Cabins will be open for guests to experience from 20 March 2024 and tickets will be available for sale at the Singapore Cable Car Mount Faber and Sentosa Station ticketing counters from the same day. Mount Faber Line and Cable Car Sky Pass ticket holders have the privilege of upgrading one-way of their round trip (between Mount Faber and Sentosa Cable Car Stations) to a SkyOrb Cabin experience. This upgrade costs $15 per person on weekdays, and $20 per person on weekends and Public Holidays.

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Tips to prep your motorcycle for safe road trips

Here are key steps to ensure your motorcycle is in top condition and ready for a safe and enjoyable riding season.

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With longer days and sunny weather, the open road beckons to two-wheel owners.  Preparing a motorcycle after it’s been in storage involves several key steps to ensure it’s ready for the road after the winter months. CTEK, the global player in vehicle charging solutions, provides recommendations for riders to prep their vehicles for peak performance and peace of mind on the open road.

“Life on two wheels epitomizes freedom and exhilaration, but unforeseen challenges can arise at any turn,” shared Bobbie DuMelle, President of CTEK North America. ‘With proper preparation, riders can bid farewell to battery woes and enjoy their ride.”

CTEK recommends some key steps to ensure your motorcycle is in top condition and ready for a safe and enjoyable riding season:

Vehicle Inspection

Give the entire motorcycle a thorough visual inspection, checking for any loose bolts, leaks, or damage. Pay attention to areas such as the frame, exhaust system, and bodywork. Do a thorough inspection of your motorcycle including fluids, tires, brakes, lights and electrics, chain and sprockets, fuel system, air filter and suspension.

Battery Test

Ensure the battery terminals are clean and free of corrosion. Charge the battery if it’s been sitting idle. CTEK recommends using the CTEK CS FREE, which features Adaptive Boost technology to ensure precise delivery of power and swiftly charge any 12V lead acid or lithium battery, resurrecting a dormant motorcycle battery within 15 minutes without the need for a power outlet. With intuitive LED indicators, the CS FREE keeps riders informed, signaling when their battery is primed for ignition. Moreover, it offers sustained maintenance charging, whether via conventional grid power, solar panels, or a 12V service battery, effectively extending battery lifespan by up to threefold during idle seasons.

Maintenance Tasks

If the motorcycle has been sitting for an extended period, drain and replace the fuel. Check fuel lines and filters for any signs of damage. Clean and lubricate the chain, and check for proper tension. Inspect sprockets for wear and replace if necessary. Inspect and clean or replace the air filter to ensure optimal engine performance. Check suspension components for any signs of wear or leaks. Inspect fork seals and adjust suspension settings as needed. Test the throttle, clutch, and brakes to ensure they are functioning smoothly. Lubricate cables if necessary.

Test Ride

After completing all maintenance tasks, take the motorcycle for a short test ride to ensure everything is functioning properly. When you’re on the road, take your CTEK CS FREE with you. With a built-in rechargeable battery fueled by rapid USB-C input, the CS FREE retains its charge for up to a year, rendering it a steadfast companion for on-the-go storage. Equipped with versatile USB-A and USB-C ports, it ensures seamless connectivity for charging smartphones, PCs, tablets, cameras, and an array of devices, ensuring uninterrupted adventures.

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Travel tips from Emirates’ multicultural cabin crew

Solo travel has been steadily gaining ground post pandemic. In a 2023 survey conducted by Solo Travel World in the United States, 68% of participants identified themselves as independent travelers.

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For Filipinos who are planning to go on a solo vacation this year, Emirates has curated special tips and tricks to help customers embrace the sheer thrill, freedom, and adventure of traveling alone.

Solo travel has been steadily gaining ground post pandemic. In a 2023 survey conducted by Solo Travel World in the United States, 68% of participants identified themselves as independent travelers.

Even among Filipinos, solo travel continues to grow. A post-pandemic report published by travel accommodation platform Airbnb in August 2023 revealed that solo travel in 2022 grew by 185% year-on-year compared to 2021. The report also revealed that private room bookings in 2022 grew by 200%.

Solo travel offers a unique opportunity to explore the world on your own terms, without having to accommodate the whims and wants of travel companions. Whether you’re a seasoned solo traveler or planning your first independent trip, Emirates’ multicultural cabin crew will transform the way you perceive travel.

On booking hotels…

Alessandra Piper from the UK, who has been flying with Emirates for over nine years shares her hacks: “I make it a point to go on at least two solo trips a year. Always book hotels with a flexible booking policy, as you may decide to stay longer in some places at the spur of the moment. The flexible policy will ensure you do not get stuck with cancellation fees.”

On gastronomy…

Eabha Sloyan from Ireland channeled her inner foodie: “Food markets are absolutely fabulous. In my most recent trip I visited the famous Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. Spending the evening in the market and bingeing on lots of sushi was a culinary adventure I could only dream of. The energy, fresh food and exquisite flavors made it an unforgettable experience. It’s a place I could go back to again and again.”

On safety and local culture…

Shamiso Guvava, from the UK, who has been with Emirates for over a year: “My cabin crew training changed my outlook of a solo trip. It taught me vigilance and attentiveness. Safety is of utmost importance. My training also equipped me with the confidence to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and take guidance from locals and fellow travelers.”

On exploring…

Irfan Huseinovic, a Bosnian, who has been at Emirates for over a year: “My trick is to walk everywhere as it makes it easier to navigate and explore the city at your own pace. My longest solo vacation was in Malta, when I spent 25 days on the beautiful island. It was an incredible trip filled with self-discovery, adventure, and unbelievable experiences. From exploring ancient ruins to soaking up the sun on breath-taking beaches, every moment was magical.”

Micaela Olivieri, an Argentinian cabin crew member with Emirates for over two years, listed her top three must-dos: “First things first, always take care of yourself and your personal belongings. When walking in a crowded area, ensure your bag is in front of you rather than behind. Secondly, be situationally aware of the culture and respect it. Lastly, always trust your intuition and use your past experiences for guidance.”

Alessandra Piper: “The best thing I’ve learned so far: don’t be glued to your phone! Keep it in a secure place so you aren’t tempted to keep checking it. Look around, take in the sights and enjoy the view!”

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has over 21,500 multicultural cabin crew members and flies to over 140 destinations with a fleet of more than 260 aircraft. The airline trains its crew in safety, security, medical emergencies, hospitality, and service to delight customers from over 200 nationalities.

Emirates offers its cabin crew a range of benefits including competitive salary and medical benefits, accommodation, annual leave, annual leave tickets and deeply discounted flight tickets for themselves – to solo travel to their hearts’ content – and for their family and friends so that they can travel together too. For those who want to combine solo travel with flying as a career, Emirates is actively recruiting cabin crew from around the world. Its recruitment team are hosting open days and assessments in more than 460 cities across six continents. Aspiring Emirates cabin crew can check out www.emiratesgroupcareers.com/cabin-crew regularly for more details and open day schedules in their city or country.

Emirates operates 25 weekly flights from Manila, Cebu, and Clark to Dubai, connecting Filipino travelers to over 140 destinations in 76 countries and territories across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific from its global hub in Dubai.

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