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9 apps and books worth your time while on that business flight

From podcasts to games and good reads, here are nine entertainment options to help fill those pockets of lull time.

Going on vacay is about chilling and soaking in new sights, but what to do when faced with the inevitable queue or commute?

IN A CAFE / BY THE POOL

LISTEN: OVERDUE PODCAST
RECOMMENDED BY: TIME MAGAZINE
Each week, hosts Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting dissect literary works like Flowers in the Attic or The Age of Innocence. Consider this a quick cheat to reading, and a handy tool for picking up conversation starters to use at social gatherings.

READ: GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING BY TRACY CHEVALIER (AVAILABLE AT MAJOR BOOKSTORES)
RECOMMENDED BY: YU YAH-LENG, CO-FOUNDER, FOREIGN POLICY DESIGN GROUP
“I usually read non-fiction history books, but I picked this fictional account to chill out with in Phuket as it is an easy read. The book transported me back to 17th century Delft, Holland; being in a different era always helps me get away from reality and come back with a fresh perspective.”

READ: TRIUMPH OF THE CITY: HOW OUR GREATEST INVENTION MAKES US RICHER, SMARTER, GREENER, HEALTHIER, AND HAPPIER BY EDWARD GLAESER (AVAILABLE ON AMAZON OR AT MAJOR BOOKSTORES)
RECOMMENDED BY: KENNY LECK, FOUNDER, BOOKSACTUALLY
“This book gives useful insight into how the city environment is not an iinert system; it is capable of cultivating a sense of well-being or gloom. For example, walking to an MRT station under a sheltered walkway makes us feel better, instead of having to walk in the sun or rain. Similarly, I’ve learnt to see our bookstore as a ‘city’, so the way we display our merchandise contributes to the well-being of customers. Best read in a local coffee shop to soak up the city’s culture.”

ON THE PLANE

READ: HOW TO RUN A GOVERNMENT: SO THAT CITIZENS BENEFIT AND TAXPAYERS DON’T GO CRAZY BY MICHAEL BARBER (AVAILABLE ON AMAZON OR AT MAJOR BOOKSTORES)
RECOMMENDED BY: KENNY LECK, FOUNDER, BOOKSACTUALLY
“I have always been intrigued by the governance of a nation, especially the economics aspect. Businesses can scale these ideas down to a micro-level and derive lessons to apply to themselves. The content of the book is heavy, so it is best read on a plane when one is shut in with not much else to do.”

LISTEN: CHINESE TALK SHOW HOST YANG LAN’S OFFICIAL CHANNEL PODCAST
RECOMMENDED BY: ANDREW TAN, FOUNDER, ATOMI
“Yang Lan (the Oprah Winfrey of China) is known for interviewing prominent figures like Lee Kuan Yew and Elon Musk. I note how she phrases her questions, and I also pick up key trade and cultural terms, which are useful when I do business in China.”

WATCH: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
RECOMMENDED BY: JAVINY LIM, MANAGING DIRECTOR, QUOTIENT TRAVELPLANNER “The film is a good reminder about service in the hospitality industry. Two things I have learnt: always add a personal touch, and be discreet.”

WHILE WAITING IN LINE / COMMUTING

PLAY: THE SWORDS (AVAILABLE ON IOS AND ANDROID)
RECOMMENDED BY: THE NEW YORK TIMES A gesture-based app game where players “slash” targets on screen to advance to the next level. Perfect for a quick entertainment fix as the game is fast-paced but not frenetic.

LISTEN: MONOCLE RADIO PODCAST
RECOMMENDED BY: CHRISTIAN TAN, CO-OWNER AND DIRECTOR, THE LOCO GROUP “I listen to The Menu (restaurateur interviews) and The Entrepreneurs (interviews with owners of start-ups) daily for industry updates and ideas. These 20-minute episodes are perfect to listen to when on the road.”

PLAY: DREII (AVAILABLE ON IOS AND ANDROID)
RECOMMENDED BY: THE NEW YORK TIMES

A physics-based puzzle game that builds momentum and dexterity by dragging and stacking white building blocks to hit a moving target. Tried and tested to be highly entertaining on inter-city train rides.