From June 12 to July 13, 2014, Brazil will host the 64 matches of the FIFA World Cup 2014. Straight through the championship match in the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, over 600,000 international visitors are expected to make the journey for the event where they will cheer, chant, and do whatever it takes to spur their national teams to victory.

If you are planning to catch the FIFA World Cup 2014 in person at Brazil, you should start planning now as World Cup tickets (available through the FIFA website or through travel agencies) and accommodation are expected to be all snapped up soon.

There is a few ways you can get to be in Brazil for the FIFA World Cup 2014 without the hassle of arranging your trip and even having it all expense-paid for you and your trip companion! Visa is currently running lucky draw campaigns with Changi Airport til 30 April 2014 where 3 Grand Prizes offering trips to the Brazil FIFA World Cup 2014 are on offer!

Spend Visa Changi Airport Win FIFA 2014 Brazil Tickets

Shop with Visa at Changi Airport and win a trip to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™

Spend a minimum of S$60 with Visa from now til 30 April to get Visa FIFA World Cup themed premiums (while stocks last) and stand a chance to win exclusive trips to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™! Click here for terms and conditions.

Besides a shot at the 3 Grand Prizes (see more details below), you also get a chance at an Instant Game to win the following World Cup collectibles.


Location and Opening Hours of Redemption Booth:

Transit (24 hours) Public (7am – 11pm)
• T1: Beside Bakerzin • T3: Opposite Kopitiam
• T2: Beside Cedele
• T3: Beside DFS Liquor & Tabacco

The Three Grand Prizes for the Shop with Visa at Changi Airport campaign are as follows:

(a)          Two Grand Prizes, each comprising travel packages for two (2) to the Round of 16 Matches, which include:

•              Flight tickets up to the value of USD8,000

•              Meet-and-greet service upon arrival at airport in Belo Horizonte

•              Four (4) days, three (3) nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel based on double occupancy

•              Daily breakfast

•              A group activity or tour on Day 3 of Program

•              An off-site dinner on Day 3 of Program

•              One (1) Visa prepaid money card valued at US$300

•              Two (2) Category 2 tickets to see a 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ match

•              Pre-match hospitality at venue en-route to stadium

•              Scheduled ground transportation

•              Visa FIFA-themed merchandise

•              Visa event team support staff

One of these two Grand Prizes to Round of 16 Matches  will include a backstage experience for two (2), where the winner of this Grand Prize and his/her companion will get access to restricted areas of the stadium including:

•              Players’ tunnel

•              Pitch where you can take a photo on the team bench and another photo behind VISA LED board

•              Press conference room and (where time permits) media tribune

•              Mixed Zone

•              Stadium Media Center

(b)          One (1) final Grand Prize, comprising a travel package for two (2) to the Final World Cup Match which include:

•              Flight tickets up to the value of USD8,000

•              Meet-and-greet service upon arrival at airport in Rio de Janeiro

•              Five (5) day, four (4) nights accommodation on cruise ship MSC Divina based on double occupancy, including an overnight cruise on 11 July 2014

•              All food and non-alcoholic beverages while on-board ship

•              A group activity or tour on 12 July 2014

•              One (1) Visa prepaid money card valued at US$400

•              Two (2) Category 2 tickets to see a 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ match

•              Pre-match hospitality at venue en-route to stadium

•              Scheduled ground transportation

•              Visa FIFA-themed merchandise

•              Visa event team support staff

Wave and Win a trip to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™

Even if you are not shopping at Changi Airport with your Visa credit card, you can still stand a chance to win that trip to the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

Just use your Visa payWave Credit or Debit card from now til 30 April 2014 at any Visa payWave merchant and you could win a trip for two to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil.

Terms and conditions apply. Minimum spend S$5.  Click here for the list of Visa payWave merchants.



Besides chilling out by the beach at Tanjong Jara Resort, there are many other activities you can participate in as a guest of Tanjong Jara Resort.  Right at the resort lobby, you will find a board listing all the activities available for the day; it is conveniently located near Di Atas Sungei restaurant so on your way to breakfast at the restaurant, you will see it.  Or just call the front desk to find out. :-)

These activities range from Batik Painting to more adventurous tours like taking a hike amongst dense rainforest with Tanjong Jara Resort’s in house naturalist Captain Mokt or going for a day trip to dive or snorkel at Tenggol Island during dive season (March to October each year). There are also activities like “Cinema under the stars” where you can browse the movie collection available at Tanjong Jara Resort and request for the resort staff to set up a projector and screen at an outdoor garden and watch your movie!


Dungun Night Market Tour

On our first day of arrival at the resort, we took the Dungun night market tour.  Dungun is a small town in the state of Terengganu and every Thursday evening, there is a bustling night market with lots of local wares and clothings being sold along a long street which leads to a busy food market where you can get various snacks e.g. murtabak, roti canai and other dried foodstuff.  It is a typical pasar malam – the ones we typically see here in Singapore.  You won’t find touristy stuff e.g. magnets, souvenirs as this market caters mainly to locals.  The weekend in the state of Terengganu starts on Friday so Thursday is like the Friday here in Singapore where locals will typically stay out longer the night before the weekend.  Thus, this Dungun night market is quite busy.


Tanjong Jara Resort Kampung Life

Tanjong Jara Resort’s tagline ‘Unmistakably Malay’ is brought out even more by its planned activities around the resort i.e. Kampung Life.  Kampung Life (also known as Kampong Sucimurni) is held every Saturday at the beachfront of Anjung Garden and it is free for all resort guests to participate in.  Here you will find activities that are popular with inhabitants of local villages including games like congkak and sepak takraw (a form of volleyball using the feet only).  You also get to interact with the locals when you learn from them how to play a game of congkak or create some music with the kompang.  Fitness enthusiasts will revel in attempting to master Silat, a traditional martial art, practiced and taught by local masters.


The centre of attraction during Kampung Life had to be Jara – the macaque who can scale coconut trees and identify and pluck ripe coconuts to be enjoyed by guests.  As seen in the picture below, Jara himself seemed to be enjoying some of the coconuts too. :-)


Besides fresh coconut juice, guests are also treated to all of Terengganu’s famous culinary delights.  Tanjong Jara Resort guests can enjoy local delights such as Keropok Lekor (fish ground to a paste and deep fried sausage style), Satar (fish smoked in banana leaf), Lemang (glutinous rice baked in bamboo), Kopi Kampong and Otak-Otak (chargrillled fish satay in coconut milk and spices).  And yes all these for free and as much as you need!

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