We continue to expand our blog writers. In the photo, Jeff Birchmeier is… not the pretty lady or the chaps on stilts. With horn in hand, he’s going to help keep us informed about what’s happening at our properties in Vegas. By way of introduction, I asked Jeff to tell us a bit about himself:
I was born and raised in the Detroit area and attended Michigan State University where I earned my degree in Sociology. I am a die-hard Michigan State Spartan and Detroit Lions fan, even cheering for the Lions when they were 0-16. I moved to Las Vegas almost 10 years ago. I have been working as a trainer for 13 years mostly in the software industry. I joined the Venetian/Palazzo team this past summer as a training specialist in the Human Resources department and have truly fallen in love with where I work. I will be focusing on what happens in the lives of the Team Members of The Venetian and The Palazzo and give a behind the scenes look at life here on property!
By coincidence, last week my wife and I watched this sweet movie about one of our our favorite authors.
Then this weekend I learned Lewis’s most famous work—The Chronicles of Narnia–was on exhibit at Marina Bay Sands. Authentic sets, costumes, and interactive props from the recent films offer the visitor a sensory experience of the literary world of Narnia. No doubt, C.S. Lewis would’ve been happy to know that all proceeds from the ticket sales will go to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. Click here for some photos of the magical exhibit. Definitely worth taking the kids during the holiday season.
Bacchus has found a home at Marina Bay Sands. Our resort’s house blend of Cabernet Petit Verdot 2007 won silver at The International Wine Challenge 2011, a prestigious contest held in London. The exclusive wine–a blend of Australian Pirramimma estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot–was created by our food and beverage team in Singapore. AsiaOne reviewed the wine, describing it thus: “Giving a lush mouthfeel, the dark red blend boasts an outstanding depth and a long finish with velvety tannins. It also seduces the nose with aromas of black currant, violets and dark berries.” Australila’s leading wine critic, James Halliday, rated it 94 out of 100, calling it: “a very powerful and complex full-bodied wine”. [Read More]
Who can forget pop diva, Katy Perry’s candy colored, wet and wild media conference at the SkyPark infinity pool soon after the opening of Marina Bay Sands! Although I was not a part of that once-in-a-lifetime pop culture fiesta, in the last year I have been fortunate to come face-to-face with some of the most talented artistes and sportsmen. Below are some pictures and behind-the-scenes commentary about our famous guests. [Read More]
Meet the always-lively Bhavna Moolani. The latest blogger to join Sands Confidential. She is a member of Marina Bay Sands’ social media team. With her trusty iPad in hand, she focuses on Retail and Entertainment activities in and around the property and has a keen interest in sharing the latest happenings and unique capabilities of social media. In her first blog post, she gives us a behind-the-scenes look at some of the celebrities who’ve recently visited the Marina Bay Sands.
Last month, I joined a group of 33 Marina Bay Sands team member volunteers to tweet “live” updates during the Children’s Day celebrations at Metta School, one of the educational arms of the Metta Welfare Association, a Buddhist charity providing quality health care and welfare services for the needy and less fortunate, regardless of race or religion.
It was my first outing in one of our many Team Member Community Outreach initiatives and a meaningful afternoon for me. [Read More]
Big changes at this site, friends. Happy to report that we’re in the process of expanding Sands Confidential into a “group blog,” with authors from each of our locations around the world. I’ll still be around (writing and editing the site). But now we’ll have writers “on the ground” in Vegas, Macao, Bethlehem, and Singapore. Curious about what’s happening in these places? Our team of bloggers will help keep you up-to-date.
The first blogger to join the Sands Confidential team is Philicia Tan. She is a social media officer from the communications department at Marina Bay Sands. Observing creative inspirations drawn from people and things around her, she is eager to share with you her experiences in Singapore. Her first blog post tells of her experience when she and other team members volunteered at a local charitable school. Read it here.