Author: Chris Singh

Chris Singh is an Editor-At-Large at the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.

Win a BookArc Flex Vertical Laptop Stand so you can tidy up your workspace

Ergonomics still counts for a lot when it comes to working. Your desk is your sanctuary when you’re working, and decluttering is one of the top productivity hacks that is consistent throughout contexts. A messy desk is a chaotic mind, and a chaotic mind is one with endless distractions. That’s why it always pays to…

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Sydney’s historic Sheraton Grand makes major play for diners with swanky Sydney Common

In some of the world’s greatest cities, such as New York and Tokyo, locals heading to hotels to eat and drink well is a thing. It’s a big thing. From Dowling’s in The Carlyle (NYC) to Nadaman in Shangri-La (Tokyo), some of the best meals I’ve had overseas have been in hotels. Sydney has always…

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3 great books to buy if you need some motivation right now

It’s not weak to admit that you lack motivation right now. Yes, sure, social media and toxic positivity have made it so we feel instantly ashamed and overwhelmed when we aren’t operating at our peak. But that’s largely bullshit. Identifying that you need a push, and then seeking that push – even if it takes…

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You can now get Sydney’s famous Gidley burger at The Rover in Surry Hills

Sydneysiders, I know what’s on your mind when you book into The Gidley’s moody bar area. You want that superlative signature burger. You know, the one with such a strong cult following that the popular steakhouse sells around 500 of them each week. That winning combination hasn’t changed over the years. A classic bun with…

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Qantas double status credits offer is back for 2024

Qantas has launched its popular double status credits offer today so you can each elite status much quicker in 2024. The promotion is the airline’s most popular year-on-year with many Qantas Frequent Flyers waiting patiently for the airline to launch the generous offer before they start planning their travel. It’s a smart way to fly…

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Koala Beauty Sofa Bed Review: Mattress brand perfects the art of the hybrid

While Koala are still renowned for being the mattress-in-a-box brand in Australia, many still forget that the business is steadily growing into a bit of a one-stop-shop for simple, neutral furniture that straddles the line between affordability and quality. Much has been said about Koala’s exceptional service, transparent delivery and quality builds. And since we’ve…

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cafes sydney

The 3 best cafes in Sydney right now (February 2024 Edition)

Remember when Devon Cafe and Three William Street were helping Sydney compete quite fiercely with Melbourne’s famously progressive cafe scene? All of the sudden laneway bars started to pop up over the city to take care of the night owls (at least until the lockout-law-mandated-cessation-of-service). But by day, these increasingly creative cities were taken good…

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The four best things to do with just 72 hours in Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart is the most underrated capital city in Australia. There’s no question. Direct access to some of the country’s finest produce has given the city’s dining scene a standard to rival the world’s greatest food cities. It’s small, walkable and incredibly relaxing. And Hobart also plays host to some of the most interesting and exciting…

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Your foolproof last minute Valentine’s Day gift guide for 2024

February 14th is steaming towards you and you only have a few days to buy a gift for your loved one. And while we’re not pressuring anyone into celebrating one of the most commercialised days of the year, it’s still a nice gesture to acknowledge your partner on a day someone somewhere once decided was…

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Etihad

PSA: Etihad has posted a nice little Business Class sale for Valentine’s Day

Etihad Airways has been going hard on sales and promotions lately. At the start of the year, the Gulf carrier started a big sale with very affordable international fares. Then the airline announced a Status Match program for Gold and Silver tiers. Now, Etihad has decided to throw a bit of bone to point-end travellers…

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Etihad

Etihad Guest announces a 2024 status match for Australian passengers

Every now and again, a major airline loyalty programs will announce a status match. This basically means that frequent flyers with elite status on any rival programs are able to gain complimentary (and instant) elite status with the airline offering the status match. Basically, it’s a play for loyalty. And it seems Etihad Airways have…

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Philips 7000 Series Combi XXXL Air Fryer Review: have we reached the peak?

I remember a few years ago going hands-on with the Philips XXL Air Fryer and instantly warming up to the trend. It was during lockdown, when people really started to look at things like airfryers not only as healthier and faster ways to cook, but ways to distract themselves. The Philips 7000 Series Combi XXXL…

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Flight Facilities, Dom Dolla and more Aussies to join No Doubt at Coachella 2024

Another year, another bonkers Coachella lineup. And for 2024, the USA’s most famous music festival is most certainly bringing the goods. The headline is that legendary ska-pop band No Doubt will be the special guests across Coachella’s two weekends in April, boosting a lineup that already includes headliners Lana Del Rey, Tyler, the Creator and…

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The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters and Neil Young to headline New Orleans Jazz Fest 2024

Across eight days in April and May, the historic New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will pull off what is perhaps one of the greatest line-ups I’ve seen in…ever. The 2024 leg of the massive music festival, which turns New Orleans into an even bigger party than it already is, will be headlined by The…

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Fiji Airways flight sale

PSA: Fiji Airways has launched a massive flight sale so you can slip, slop, slap for cheap

Is 2024 your year of travel? Well, some of the world’s best airlines are certainly helping you navigate your goals despite the rising cost of living. We’ve already seen very tempting sales from Virgin Australia and Etihad; now it’s time to turn our attention towards Fiji Airways. The highly-rated airline has announced an exclusive flight…

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QT Hotels is giving away an entire room worth of goodies (even the bed) for Valentine’s Day

One of Australia’s foremost luxury hotel brands, QT Hotels & Resorts, has built quite the reputation for doing things differently. And this is one of their most out-there offerings to date, celebrating Valentine’s Day by taking the phrase “get a room” quite literally. Throughout February, guests booking in for a romantic staycay at any of…

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6 international acts you need to see over the next few weeks: January & February 2024

2023 started with a bang when it came to big international acts touring Australia. Arctic Monkeys, Elton John, Fred Again…, Sting. It was wild. And 2024 is only getting better, with the next few weeks set to bring some big internationals down to our shores. Every few months, we’re going to be taking stock of…

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Juicy Fest hits Sydney with nostalgia and a mixed bag of hip hop and R&B performances

T.I., Ashanti, T-Pain. The three headliners for Juicy Fest 2024, the second iteration of what is – I’m guessing – now the signature hip hop festival for Australia and New Zealand. Signature because all these other attempts at building a stable hip hop and R&B festival for Australia and New Zealand have largely fallen flat…

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PSA: Etihad just launched a massive international flight sale (and fares to London are cheap as chips)

For its massive (and massively generous) New Year’s Resolution sale, gulf carrier Etihad Airways has just dropped a massive international flight for Australian travellers. Running from now until January 18th, the popular airline has slashed fares to mostly European hotspots like Athens, Dublin, London and Paris, as well as to Cairo in Egypt. This includes…

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Virgin Australai flight sale 2024

PSA: You can fly return to Tokyo from Australia for less than $1,000 right now

Virgin Australia has started the year off with a nice little mega sale for those looking to fly both domestically and internationally in the coming months. Note that all sale fares, however, are based on Economy Lite and include return flights. The Virgin flight sale includes a return fare from Cairns and Tokyo (Haneda –…

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Eric Andre is bringing his wild live show to Australia in February

One of the wildest comedians of our time and a master of absurdity, Eric Andre, returns to Australia for The Eric Andre Show Live tour in February and March. Touring the major capitals (yes, including Perth), the funny man will be… well, it’s hard to say. He is so ridiculously unpredictable that we don’t actually…

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Brent Faiyaz is the R&B star of the moment, and we’re all here for it

A silky smooth hook on GoldLink’s 2017 hit “Crew” was all it really took for Brent Faiyaz to become one of the brightest R&B stars of the past decade. The earnestness in his soft, vulnerable vocals can carry any message and deliver it with sweet, sharp and precise tones. Back that with deep, bass-driven beats…

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Hotel Indigo properties in Australia are basically giving away pantry staples right now

Hotel Indigo has always been a brand deeply rooted in the local community, and so the collection’s latest initiative shouldn’t come as a surprise. After holding their own research and finding that 71% of Australians think it’s important to feel connected to their neighbourhood, Hotel Indigo has decided to extend a helping hand these holidays…

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QT Hotels famous Christmas boxes are back for another year of decadent dining

For the past few years, the fine folk behind QT Hotels have been posting up a bit of a Christmas day for families and friends who want to eat and drink very, very well. A taste of absolute decadence is packed into the group’s QT At Home boxes, gifting merry-makers a one-stop-shop of deliciousness so…

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Ooni Volt Review: A game changer for backyard parties this summer

In the past year or two, pizza ovens have eclipsed air fryers as the must-buy kitchen appliance. Where you might use an air fryer every day, a pizza oven is more specific and occasion based. You might break it out when you have mates over for a pizza party, or at the most use it…

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Juicy Fest 2024 set to start the New Year with a bang for hip hop fans

Despite having a deep love for hip hop and R&B, I hate most “urban music” festivals that come to Australia. The only one that has really won me in the past decade was Soulfest 2014, which was co-headlined by Maxwell and D’Angelo with the likes of Angie Stone, Anthony Hamilton, and Common in tow. It…

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You can now order boxes of fried chicken and Champagne to your room at QT Hotels

The age-old art of room service is one of the last aspects to hotel living that hasn’t changed one bit. You open the menu and you’d reasonably expect to see dishes from all over the world, designed to cater to a great variety of guests with the usual burgers, pastas and curries just one call…

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The AU Review’s Ultimate Christmas Guide For 2023: Gifts For All Budgets

The AU Review is back with its annual Christmas gift guide to help guide you to the gadgets, gifts and products that anyone would love to find under the Christmas tree. There’s no denying that everyone needs Christmas this year, or at least the family and friend aspect that comes out of the day. Of…

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Live Review: Even a chaotic storm couldn’t stop Post Malone from dominating Sydney

In a year where big, paradigm-shifting concerts for megastars like Taylor Swift and Beyonce have made headlines, it’s hard to remember that there are other big names in the world of music. Although, I wouldn’t exactly say Post Malone has been overshadowed. The man’s latest tour has been selling out across the world, and Australia’s…

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You’ve only a few days left to try a Green Ant Gin martini in Sydney

You can find martinis everywhere in Sydney. The colder the better. And yet, this classic cocktail needed a bit of spicing up earlier this month for Australian Gin Week. Luckily, the locally grown Seven Seasons label stepped up to the plate. Earlier this month, the Australian gin brand teamed up with Barangaroo House’s music loving…

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