Outstanding Teammate Spotlight

The People at Synergy are an integral factor to the delivery of our outstanding service. Our experts behind scenes are what makes Synergy not only a corporate housing industry leader but also a fun place to work, with their unique talents and creative minds. We believe it’s important to put a spotlight on the personalities that make Synergy a success.

Meet Sheena Chan, out of our new APAC Global Solutions Center in Singapore.

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What’s your title at Synergy?

Account Executive

How long have you worked at Synergy?

2 months

Describe in 25 words or less what you do.

Work hand in hand with our clients to provide apartment accommodations within APAC, meeting the client’s requirements from request to booking confirmation.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Synergy APAC GSC?

We have such fun and passionate team members.

If you could pick any superhero power, what would it be and why?

Marvel – Blink so that I can teleport myself to the country I want for holiday. 

What is your best travel tip for people traveling to Asia?

Do a little research on the country on the weather and pack clothing accordingly. Always have some medication in case of emergency.

Where is your favorite place to have fun in Singapore?

Hood Bar & Café where there is a live music bar with the epitome blend of local music and Karaoke to sing out my lungs.

What is your favorite quote/motto?

“Where there’s love, there are always miracles.”

For someone that is unfamiliar with Singapore, what would you recommend they do during their stay with Synergy?

The Night Safari and Universal Studios is great for families and kids.

Check out Marina Bay Sands. This building has the city’s biggest casino, a shopping mall with gondola rides, and top restaurants by the likes of Wolfgang Puck. It is hard to miss the three skyscraper building with a unique boat shape perched at the top.  The Sand SkyPark that is located on the 57 floor is where you will have an unforgettable Panorama view of Singapore.

 

Learn More About Synergy 

With a presence in over 40 countries around the globe, Synergy is prepared to accommodate your housing needs worldwide. Our dedicated APAC team is ready to assist with finding perfect accommodations in such markets as Singapore, Sydney, Shanghai, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo to name a few. We invite you to visit our website to search through our various international options nearest your office, campus or project. Visit us at www.synergyhousing.com or contact our APAC expert, Sheena Chan, at schan@synergyhousing.com for reservations.

We’re Baaaack!!

After a brief Winter and Spring hibernation, Synergy is back on the blog and excited to WOW you with our newest innovations, introduce new faces and bring the best of the corporate housing and relocation industry news to our followers. A lot has happened since our last post – opening new global offices, ramping-up our content production department (flying cameras?!), decorating Little Free Libraries and serving our customers in over 40 markets worldwide.

You won’t have to wait very long for our next post – Marketing and Sales Assistant Dolores Estrada is our guest blogger tomorrow and will be introducing one of our newest team members – Sheena Chan. Stay tuned to find out which super hero Sheena wishes she could be and what she recommends not to miss while staying with Synergy in Singapore.

Stay Synsational!

 

Bay Bridge Closure: Your Alternative Transportation Options

BAY BRIDGE NOW CLOSED!

The Bay Bridge — western and eastern spans — is scheduled to close tonight at 8pm Wednesday, August 28th, and reopen to traffic at 5am, Tuesday, September 3rd.

Alternatives 

Bay Area Bridges

The San Mateo-Hayward, Richmond-San Rafael, Golden Gate, and Dumbarton Bridges will all be open. Motorists should allow extra time for travel when using other bridges. You wont be the only one with this alternative idea!

BART Open 24 Hours a Day

BART will be open while the Bay Bridge is closed over Labor Day weekend. BART will run trains on a 24 hour basis beginning the night of Wednesday, August 28th until the night of Monday, September 2nd. BART resumes normal weekday service at about 4 am on Tuesday,  September 3rd.

Bike to BART

Ride your bike to your local BART station and bring your bike with you on the train any time. From July 1, 2013 to December 1, 2013 commute period restrictions will be modified and bikes will be allowed on all trains and in all stations at all times.  During commute hours, bikes are not allowed in the first three cars of any train.

Bike Shuttle Service

During the 2013 Bay Bridge closure, a special Bike Shuttle service will be offered from Thursday, August 29th through Monday, September 2nd. Click here for more details.

Carpooling

Carma helps you do a good deed and share your commute with a coworker. Use the smart phone based program to find a rider. Register and download the app to your phone.

Vanpooling

Share your commute details and help create a new vanpool or join an existing vanpool to work with vRide.  511 Rideshare can also help commuters find or start a carpool or vanpool.  Upon receiving your commute matches, simply contact the people on the list to make your arrangements. You can also call 511 and say “Rideshare” to get set up.

Need additional help planning your commute or arrival? Be sure to visit 511.org or call 511 for real time traffic conditions, detour routes and public transportation alternatives.

Or give Synergy a call at (800) 600-1115 and we will be happy to assist you!

Safe Travels!

Summer is Here! San Jose is Sizzlin’ with Summer Events…

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The Silicon Valley has always been home to the techies and entrepreneurs, but this summer is full of awesome events whether it be a fashion show at Santana Row or the trendiest artist is in town for a summer concert – the Silicon Valley will keep your calendars spontaneous!

Santana Row Summer Fashion Shows – Saturday, June 1st | 3055 Olin Ave, San Jose, CA 95128 | (408) 551-4611

Santana Row’s popular fashion events return with two runway shows featuring the season’s best fashions for women and men. This year, Vernon Davis of the 49ers will make a special appearance on the catwalk as a celebrity model. Shows are scheduled 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and include poolside seating, access to the Beauty Lounge, pre-event champagne, wine and light hors d’oeuvres, a Passion for Fashion shopping card that entitles you to discounts around Santana Row and post-show parties.

Avenue Q – Thursday, May 23rd to Saturday, June 22th | Bus Barn Stage Company | 97 Hillview Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022 | (650) 941-0551

Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book in 2003, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. Recent college grad Princeton rents a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the neighbors are nice, it’s clear this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Avenue Q is a hilarious walk on the wild side!

San Jose Improv – Thursday May 23rd to Saturday, July 27th | 62 S. Second Street, San Jose, CA 95113 | 408-280-7475

Boasting a spectacular summer lineup with headliners like Pablo Francisco (May 23rd-26th), Jo Koy (May 30th-June 8th), Mo’Nique (June 14th-15th ), Workaholics’ Erik Griffin (June 20th-23rd), Joey Diaz (June 26th-29th), Guy Torry (July 5th-7th), and Eddie Griffin (July 26th-27th), the San Jose Improv is the place to be for laughs in the South Bay. Come early for dinner and enjoy the Improv’s delightful dinner and cocktail menu!

Justin Bieber at the HP Pavilion – Wednesday, June 26th | 525 W Santa Clara, San Jose, CA 95113

The Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber returns to the HP Pavilion this June with his international Believe tour! Come experience one of the most successful music tours in the world for yourself. It will definitely be a packed house so make sure you visit the HP Pavilion’s website early to get your tickets!

Bruno Mars at the HP Pavilion – Thursday, July 25th | 525 W Santa Clara, San Jose, CA 95113

With his recently release second album Unorthodox Jukebox burning up album charts worldwide, you can bet that it’s a great time to catch Bruno Mars performing live! The pop-soul singer-songwriter has launched his Moonshine Jungle World Tour, and with opening acts like Fitz and the Trantrums and Ellie Goulding joining him for dates across North America, it’ll be a tour to remember.

San Jose Giants – All Summer | Municipal Stadium, 588 East Alma Avenue, San Jose, CA 95112 | (408) 297-1435

With general admission tickets starting at just $11, there’s never been a better time to check out the San Jose Giants at their home stadium on East Alma Avenue. With a packed summer schedule, it’s the perfect way to catch a little sun with a friend. The team has been affiliated with the San Francisco Giants since 1988 and has boasted one of the best records in the minor leagues after partnering with the big league club.

6th Annual SubZERO Festival – Saturday, June 7th | South First Street, between San Carlos & Reed Streets, San Jose, CA 95113 | (408) 271-5155

Focused on emerging and present subcultures thriving in our region, SubZERO is a diy, artistically bent, hi/lo-techno mashup where street meets geek. Come downtown to San Jose’s SoFA District from 6pm ’til midnight for an inspired evening of arts & culture. In addition to the South FIRST FRIDAYS monthly art walk you’ll find outdoor stages of entertainment plus artists, performers & musicians celebrating the indie creative spirit!

San Jose Juneteenth in the Park – June 15th-16th | Discovery Meadows Park, 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110 | (408) 292-3157

Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. Over the event’s 32-year lifespan, the Bay Area Juneteenth has averaged over 10,000 people with a wide range of local artists from Rap/Hip Hop to R&B, Gospel and Jazz. A wide variety of food, art work, retailers, community services and local business has always been a major drawing card for the event.

Starlight Cinemas FREE Outdoor Movies – Thursdays, June 14th – August 23rd | San Pedro Square, Historic District, SoFA District, Circle of Palms, St. James Park locations

Take advantage of San Jose’s warm, summer nights and enjoy a movie under the star-studded sky with your friends. Pre-show entertainment is often as much fun as the feature! Explore distinct downtown areas and meet the people and businesses that give downtown its character. These events are all FREE! Pre-show fun starts at 7:00PM (except for Zombie-O-Rama, which starts at 4:30pm on August 21st). Movies begin at dusk. Bring your own chair and blanket!

San Jose Farmers’ Market – Every Friday | San Pedro Street, between Santa Clara & St. John Streets, San Jose, CA 95113 | (800) 949-FARM

The cozy outdoor market takes places each Friday from 10:00AM to 2:00PM along a charming block of San Pedro Street. The market, featuring the fresh produce of more than 30 California-based growers, is produced in conjunction with Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association, celebrating its 25th year. This coming celebratory year, PCFMA’s markets will be filled with a variety of exciting events, including a special photo exhibition featuring the farmers who bring you fresh local produce.

Music in the Park with Grammy-winner Ozomatli – Friday, July 19th | St. James Park, North First & St. James Streets, San Jose, CA 95113

Music in the Park in St. James Park has produced 258 free shows featuring acts like Tower of Power, Smash Mouth, and Maroon 5. This year “We’re looking to bring back Music in the Park’s tradition of good times and great music,” said Blage Zelalich, deputy director, San Jose Downtown Association. “Ozomatli is the perfect band to continue this new model.” Ozomatli’s “Embrace the Chaos” won a Grammy Award in 2002 for best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. Get your $10 tickets by visiting the event’s website!

Fountain Blues Festival – Saturday, July 20th | St. James Park, North First & St. James Streets, San Jose, CA 95113

The Fountain Blues Festival started in 1981, boasting a laundry list of incredible acts like Etta James, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, and Canned Heat. This year, join headliner John Mayall, Ruthie Foster, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings, and Girls Got The Blues for this $15 event including food, arts, and business vendors. Get your ticket by visiting the event’s website!

For a guide to San Francisco’s Summer Events – Click Here to be directed to the Blog post.

Invest in the Future…By Choosing the Right Housing Partner Today.

H-1B VisaEach year since the 1990’s over 65,000 H-1B visas are granted by the US government to highly skilled and specialty trade professionals to come work in the US. These individuals are highly sought after and come from countries all over the world. In recent years the imposed 65,000 visa cap has been exhausted within the first few days that applications were accepted. Clearly the need for these specialists as well as the applicant pool is in high demand, therefore increasing the competition in the market place among companies vying for these specialists.

Synergy understands the investment that companies are making in each of their employees including their foreign workers and the value that they give to your organization. Synergy feels the same about each guest we serve and the desire to provide, not just a place to sleep, but a place to live. Our goal is to become an extension of your organization, a part of your team, and to provide comfortable, convenient and welcoming accommodations for your most valuable assets – your people.

As all H-1B visa holders will begin work in the US in the beginning of October, reach out to Synergy now to secure housing for your incoming associates.  Our premier locations throughout the US are close to your offices and public transit. We offer flexible lease terms and an unmatched level of service. Have the peace of mind to entrust your extended stay or temporary housing program to a partner dedicated to deliver a quality experience every time.

Synergy has experience serving all types of temporary housing programs such as interns, relocation, travel, and more. Visit our website for more information on our corporate housing solutions.  

Synergy’s Expanded….to a New Office!

We're Expanding Too...

To better serve the needs of our clients and accommodate the continuing growth of our company, we are pleased to announce that Synergy Corporate Housing has relocated its worldwide headquarters! Our new larger office will provide our talented sales, operations and client services teams with a state-of-the-art facility from which to provide our guests and customers with the highest quality corporate housing experience they’ve come to expect.

Please note our new offices:

Bishop Ranch 8

3000 Executive Parkway, Suite 150

San Ramon, CA. 94596

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Resident Safety Tips for Security in your New Home

Realizing that you are probably in new and unfamiliar surroundings, we suggest that you become comfortably acquainted with your new living environment. The following suggestions will help you take an active role in providing your own safety and security.Safety First!

  1. If you have a life threatening Emergency, call 911 immediately as calling our office first will only delay response time. Also, for precautionary reasons, research the surrounding areas for nearby hospitals or police stations.
  2. Do not answer your front door without verifying who it is first.
  3. When returning to your apartment late in the evening, if possible, always use the main entrance of the property. While on the property and at all times, be observant of your surroundings and people in the area.
  4. Please remember to secure all windows and doors before leaving your apartment or going to bed at night; especially if you are in the ground floor apartment. If any of the locking devices in your apartment are inoperable, please contact the Synergy Corporate Housing Offices immediately at 1-800-600-1115.
  5. If at all possible never travel with, or leave, large amounts of jewelry or cash in your apartments.
  6. Following your move-in, please remover your apartment number from the key tag if it is present.
  7. Do not invite strangers into your apartment!
  8. Automobiles and auto accessories, such as cellular phones and stereos, are a prime target 0f thieves. Never leave valuable items in your car and lock your car at all times.

Synergy at ERC in San Diego

Katie Bahr pictured on right with a client.

Katie Bahr pictured on right with a client.

San Diego’s 2013 National Relocation Conference was a success.   We personally had the opportunity to meet with several key mobility professionals along with industry peers whom we’ve had the pleasure of knowing for many years.   The conference provided a collaborative venue for client meetings to discuss industry updates, partnership updates and to forge new relationships.  We look forward to attending the Global Workforce Symposium in Dallas! “ - Katie Bahr speaking on her behalf and Susan Becker

Keepin’ it Fresh: Food Revolution Week Re-Cap

Food RevolutionOn May 13, 2013 Capital M’s Jamie-Oliver-inspired organic-fest kicked off to bring together foodies all over the world. Few restaurants can wave the organic banner as credibly, or as enthusiastically, as Capital M. They’ve been seeking local, organic food since 1992 and remain a strong figure in a now burgeoning flock of organic/vegan/wholefoods cafes and restaurants across the city. Now, paying homage to food warrior Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day, they are dedicating an entire week to all things organic.

In spirit of Jamie’ Oliver’s Food revolution Day, our employees decided to get creative and host a cooking demo for some of our guests. While the food prepared was not quite organic, we did cover important tips of how to eat healthy while you are on the go. Everyone can relate that when you are traveling, it is SO much easier to go out to eat or order take out, but what happened to that healthy kick you’ve been keeping up lately?  Check out our Traveling Nutrition Tips below and tap into the cooking gallery to see what it’s like to cook with Synergy!

Traveling Nutrition Tips: Smart Travel Reminders

  1. Don’t skip meals! Aim to eat roughly every 3 hours.Pre-Demo 5
  2. Stay hydrated. Drink .5-1.0 oz. per pound of body weight per day. This is especially important with air travel. Aim to drink about 8 ounces of fluid every hour on the plane.
  3. Bring bars. Granola and protein bars are great for snacks and pre- and post-workout nutrition.
  4. Include lean protein at each meal. Choose foods like grilled chicken, fish, and pork (white meat), beef, beans, and legumes. Opt for sandwiches made with turkey, ham, or roast beef.
  5. Eat healthy carbohydrates. Add a baked potato (be careful of toppings), brown rice, whole wheat pasta and bread, beans/legumes, etc.
  6. Add color. Include fresh fruit or vegetable at every meal.\
  7. Search for healthy foods. You can build a great sandwich or salad and find trail mix, nuts, bars, and water at any kiosk or airport store.

Sample Meals and Snacks

  • Turkey Breast and avocado sandwich on whole wheat bread with veggies like tomato, cucumber, lettuce, and sprouts, and onions. Hold the mayo to save 100 or more calories.
  • Whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce, grilled chicken, and a side of vegetable. No whole wheat pasta? Swap extra veggies for half of the regular pasta.
  • A piece of fresh fruit (wash it with water) and nuts – half or whole pack, depending on size.

Build a Super Smoothie

  1. Start with 5-10 cubes of ice.

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Tips for Creating a Delicious Smoothie

Smoothie Sweets

For more delicious smoothies, visit Core Performance to access tasty recipes!