Author: Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy Editor of the AU review and a freelance travel writer. You can reach him on Instagram by following @chrisdsingh.

Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch Review: Nostalgia, that is all

January 27, 2020

Nintendo has leaned heavily on nostalgia to make the Switch one of their most successful systems to date. There’s nothing wrong with that, and for the most part it has worked remarkably well. Ports and remakes have been leading the pack, tiding us over while new IP is few and far between. Yes, it can […]

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Famed New York cocktail bar Death & Co. is coming to Australia

January 27, 2020

Influential New York cocktail bar Death & Co. is the latest institution from the states to plan an Aussie visit, announcing a pop-up tour that will leap across late January and early February at some of the country’s best bars. Brought down in partnership with Australian Venue Co. and Aviation Gin, the pioneering speakeasy-style bar […]

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Australia to L.A. return flights are going for as low as $765 right now

January 24, 2020

Travellers keeping a key eye on cheap flights from Australian the to U.S. today might have noticed a particularly exciting pop-up over at trusty deal-slinger iknowthepilot.com.au. The bargain tracker regularly comes with the goods, but this one seems almost too good to be true. A return flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles on Air Canada […]

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Why Chicago International Film Festival is worth travelling for in 2020

January 23, 2020

In its 55th year of competition, the Chicago International Film Festival – the longest-running of its kind in the USA – once again acted as a beacon for cinephiles the world over, showcasing meaningful works across various genres and countries. Film festivals have long been considered some of the greatest and most impactful destination events […]

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Best hostels in the world named at the 17th annual HOSCAR awards

January 23, 2020

Dubbed the “HOSCARS”, HostelWorld’s annual crowd-voted round-up of the world’s best hotels has been released. Once again, it’s a deep-drive into hostels around the world that are a cut above the average, named across various categories which give budget-conscious travellers greater insight into the quality and reliability of properties. The awards are based on more […]

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Lonely Planet launches 300 tours worldwide focusing on sustainable travel

January 23, 2020

The shift towards travelling more responsibility has been gaining steady traction over the past few years, but never has it felt more pervasive. It’s now common knowledge that socially conscious travel trends resonate with a wider number of people, especially younger generations who have come into a world ravaged by overtourism and careless daily practices. […]

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How to spend the perfect weekend in New Caledonia

January 23, 2020

Designated an official Overseas French Territory, New Caledonia is the closest slice of that delicious European lifestyle for Australian travellers looking to escape. The unique blend of its unmistakable South Pacific vibes and prevalent French influences make this major scuba diving and gourmand destination one of the most essential getaways for Aussies who have limited […]

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The best ways to spend 24 Hours in Jasper, Alberta

January 21, 2020

The great Canadian Rockies are, rightfully, always found near the very top when adventurous travellers reveal their bucket list. Why? Well, exploring this immense and memorable part of the world is not just a true journey into powerful natural landscapes, but a path that might just redefine the way you think about travel and its […]

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Azerai Can Tho Resort Review: Wellness and relaxation on the Mekong Delta

January 21, 2020

It’d be tough being the very first Azerai property, being that it’s a brand started by famed hotelier Adrian Zecha and operating under the inevitably high expectations that come with the territory. The award-winning Indonesian stalwart is most famed as the founder of the super luxurious Aman hotel brand, which now boasts acclaimed properties everywhere […]

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The ultimate guide to Phuket, for people who can’t stand Patong

January 21, 2020

If you’ve cringed at the thought of making your way to Thailand’s tourism hotspot of Phuket, then Patong is probably to blame. The island’s resort town and party centre is a constant reference for bad impressions. Although, this garish, hyper-boganised side of Phuket is a far cry from the rest of the island, with many […]

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Cruising the Mekong: Best things to do in Can Tho, Vietnam

January 21, 2020

Can Tho, Vietnam may not be the first city on everyone’s bucket list, but don’t mistake it’s relative obscurity for anything but a lack of exposure. As the biggest city along the famed Mekong Delta, it is now enjoying a swift boost in interest from those looking to explore the diverse country, thanks to greater […]

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Everything you should do at Cape Town’s bustling V&A Waterfront

January 20, 2020

The historic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is an essential part of any Cape Town itinerary. Shadowed by heaving Table Mountain and populated with restaurants, bars, shops and museums, the port is one of the most visually stunning precincts in the world. From what was once built as a refreshing station in at The Cape of […]

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Why Santa Rosa is one of the best weekends away from San Francisco

January 20, 2020

People talk of some kind of imagined competition between Sonoma and Napa, both highly touted regions of California Wine Country; the reality is that both regions are as the strong as each other. Sure, Napa may just have a prestigious edge to its international reputation, but the much larger Sonoma County, with its 13 AVA’s […]

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The Astro Motel Review: Big on personality in Santa Rosa, California

January 20, 2020

Making the short 2 hour drive from San Francisco to Santa Rosa is always a popular way to start any California Wine Country adventure. After all, the Sonoma County city is one of the best located destinations for anyone wanting to get away to the country side and really dig into some of the most […]

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Flight Review: Business Class from Noumea to Sydney with Aircalin

January 20, 2020

New Caledonia’s flagship carrier Aircalin now have the distinction of being the first ever airline to bring the new-age A330neo aircraft to Asia-Pacific. And of course they’ve used that considerable boost in capacity to enhance their Business Class services between Noumea and Sydney, making the journey for Aussies looking to explore New Caledonia not just […]

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Film Review: Bad Boys for Life makes an old franchise feel vital

January 16, 2020

Bold, brash, and – dare I say – breathtaking, Bad Boys for Life may go down as one of 2020’s biggest surprises. Being squashed into the oft ignored mid-Jan release cycle with reviews embargoed until the 11th hour is not a good sign for any film really, but the long-gestating third outing for 90’s born […]

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Telluride Film Festival 2020

Five U.S. film festivals that are worth the trip in 2020

January 16, 2020

Travelling for arts festivals is one of the most enriching experiences an intrepid adventurer can have. Not only are you able to explore a destination as you normally would, and take in the many sights, sounds and experiences on offer, you also have access to a curated program brimming with creativity. Whether that means you’ve […]

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Qatar Airways confirm May launch date for new Dubrovnik flights

January 15, 2020

As if one of the most popular destinations in Europe wasn’t accessible enough already, Qatar Airways have confirmed 18th May 2020 as the official launch date for a new three-times weekly service to Dubrovnik. Operated with an Airbus A320, the route will join Zagreb to become Qatar Airways’ second destination in Croatia. The service will […]

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Merivale have now opened Bar Totti’s in the ivy precinct

January 14, 2020

Fast becoming an institution in Bondi, Totti’s is clearly one of Sydney’s most in-demand Italian eateries and continues to build a cult following thanks to the fresh ideas of chefs Mike Eggert and Jake Ahrens. Now an energetic spin-off has opened, and this time it’s much closer to the CBD. Taking up residence at ivy, […]

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Queen will headline Celeste Barber-hosted “Fire Fight Australia” benefit concert

January 13, 2020

Taking place at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Sunday 16th February, “Fire Fight Australia” is yet another massive concert aimed at raising necessary funds to help the country recover from the ongoing bushfires. Announced today, the first batch of artists helping make this a monumental event include Queen, K.d Lang, Alice Cooper and Olivia Newton-John. The […]

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Flight Review: Premium Economy from Sydney to Noumea with Aircalin

January 13, 2020

New Caledonia’s flagship carrier Aircalin now have the distinction of being the first ever airline to bring the new-age A330neo aircraft to Asia-Pacific. And of course they’ve used that considerable boost in capacity to enhance their Sydney to Noumea service, making the journey for Aussies looking to explore New Caledonia not just more accessible, but […]

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Here’s the full list of Oscar nominations 2020: Joker in the lead

January 13, 2020

With the Critic’s Choice Awards and the Golden Globes now done and dusted for another year, it’s time to look toward the Oscars – up next in an unusually speedy awards season. The list of nominees is always a great way to shape up your viewing to-do list before the early February ceremony, and reflect […]

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Here are all the Bushfire Relief food and drink initiatives in Australia

January 12, 2020

The bushfire crisis in Australia is ongoing, ferocious and will require a long-term strategy of growth and support for those effected. This past week many celebrities around the world have come out and pledged substantial amounts to help with various bushfire appeal funds aimed at supporting a wide range of people and animals who have […]

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Mac DeMarco will host a Bushfire Relief BBQ picnic in Melbourne this weekend

January 10, 2020

Mac DeMarco, down under for a national tour kicking off today, will be hosting a Bushfire Relief BBQ this weekend in Abbotsford. Titled “Grill for Good”, the Canadian artist will be inviting a boatload of talented friends for an all-day, all-ages made up of an old school sausage sizzle with live music, chefs, DJs and […]

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Five of the most exciting devices announced at CES 2020 so far

January 9, 2020

The biggest event in the consumer tech industry is going down right now in Las Vegas, as it does every year. Sticking true to its prescient reputation, CES will once again be the incubator for 2020’s biggest tech trends. While an incredible amount of devices, gadgets, and more have already been announced, we’ve gone through […]

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Top Sydney chefs will team up this Sunday in support of Australia’s bushfire crisis

January 8, 2020

On Sunday 12th January, some of Sydney’s most highly regarded hospitality heavyweights will collaborate for a #cookforthebush event in support of the country’s ongoing bushfire crisis. Spearheaded by the team at NOMAD, the supergroup will be staging three culinary events through the day, including a rooftop lunch, a good old fashioned bake sale, and a […]

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Here are all the Bushfire Appeal concerts happening in Australia

January 8, 2020

While Australia continues to deal with the alarming bushfire crisis across the country, and the world begins to take notice (and, for some, action), the local music industry is coming together to raise necessary funds to help. We’ve rounded up all the bushfire appeal concerts we could so you can try attend as much as […]

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Live Review: Sir Elton John pledges $1m to Australian bushfire relief fund at joyous Sydney concert

January 8, 2020

An emotional Sir Elton John addressed a packed out Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney last night, expressing his admiration for the firefighters battling Australia’s current bushfire crisis and pledging $1 million dollars to the relief fund. It was but one of many moments of sincere and heartfelt speeches from the legendary artist during his first […]

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Four epic immersive installations have taken over Carriageworks in Sydney

January 7, 2020

Four large-scale artworks are setting off the 2020 arts program at Sydney’s iconic Carriageworks. Presented free to the public, they will remain in the venue for quite some time, highlighting new works by leading Australia artists. These four, described below, all make use of light as a medium by which to explore our basic interconnectivity […]

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Live Review: Jon Hopkins’ sophisticated rave at the Sydney Opera House

January 7, 2020

Much like 2018’s widely acclaimed Singularity, a Jon Hopkins live show is defined by the tense relationship between order and chaos. Not chaos in the random sense, but a tightly controlled and wildly frenetic disruption to fundamental sonic throughlines, steered by the gifted musician to transcend the typical IDM experience. If anyone had their doubts […]

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