Having moved to Singapore fairly recently with her husband and two children, interior designer FAITH TOWN is intent on making the family feel right at home in their apartment. She tells us what she likes about living in Newton Circus and shares plenty of recommendations and tips.Tell us a little about yourself.My husband and I met in Melbourne, Australia, which is home for me. Paul is a New Zealander who grew up in Singapore so we’ve always harboured a dream to call this place home at some stage with our own kids. Paul started work as Senior Vice President, Resort Operations at Marina Bay Sands in November 2019.Expat life isn’t a new thing for our family of four; we spent eight years in Macau before returning back “home” to Melbourne with our children, Farrah (10) and Fletcher (7). During this time, I studied full-time for two years and became a qualified interior designer. Where did you first live when you came to Singapore and why?Our much-loved dog Chilli the cavoodle played a big part in our relocation to Singapore. We chose to stay at Fraser Suites initially because it’s pet-friendly and also so we could take our time looking for the style of accommodation and location that suited us best.We live in a world of online everything and the navigation tools are endless but I found that getting a traditional paper map helped me understand my surrounds, the suburbs, one-way streets and proximity to everything a bit better. I was able to get my bearings using this “old school” method as a result.What do you love about living in Newton Circus?We ended up choosing Goodwood Residence, close to Newton MRT, Newton Circus and everything we need. It strikes the balance of being a tranquil setting in the day – until the kids arrive home. After school, it turns into a great hangout on the big grassy lawn for all the kids playing tag, ball and so on.I have an understanding of how much the outdoors influences the interior. Goodwood Residence is like an urban oasis in the trees. The lush green setting really does set the tone for living in the tropics.What were the first things you bought when you got here?Aside from stocking the fridge with food and buying sunscreen and mosquito repellent to last an eternity, I went straight to the Tan Boon Liat Building, which is a one-stop multi-layered shop for decking out your home. Expat Living, Honeycombers and Google were my go-to guides for all new discoveries.After that, I went off to Hock Siong & Co, and Junkies Corner to find myself some pre-loved treasures. Faith’s favourite spots• Mott 32 is one of the newest restaurants in the MBS precinct. The super-glam setting makes for a fab date night.• At Newton Circus, we love to play “hawker roulette” with the kids and each go off to one of the many stalls bringing back food to share.• Duxton Hill is so pretty; it’s a great spot to take out-of-towners too!• Little India has a colourful and eclectic vibe that’s so vibrant and fun – not to mention the food and the musicians that come out at night.• Westlake is set underneath an apartment block in Bukit Timah and has been a Town family favourite for decades. We like to describe it as somewhere between a hawker stall and restaurant dining. My mother-in-law still makes their chicken with dried chilli back home in New Zealand.• Din Tai Fung: our go-to for dumpling cravings – and we crave dumplings often!• As for travel spots, we can’t wait to go further afield but we really haven’t had the chance to do so yet. Rawa Island holds many memories for Paul as a child. We plan on going there with his parents and our kids later this year, which will be great. A curated home is all about balance and layering. Many new pieces that are hardwearing – like the sofa and the dining table – I splashed out on and paid for quality. Other decorative pieces and trinkets that I added were depictive of where we are living. My very first purchase was a brass tiffin box from The Past Perfect Collection. It initially sat on my favourite piece, an old side table that my mother-in-law purchased during her time in Singapore in the early 80s – when Paul was only eight years old!Our bookcase is the heartbeat of our home, displaying books, photos, games and trinkets that we either love or have a practical use for each day. I feel that now our little home is set, we can concentrate on exploring all that Singapore has to offer.I’ve worked with residents in Melbourne to spruce up their homes, layering in new objects and furniture to complement who they are, what they love and how they want to live. My own home was published in Home Beautiful magazine in Australia, as well as being the featured property on the mini-series Bad Mothers. I don’t plan to work in Singapore but I’m just making sure we make the most of it!Faith’s tips for newcomers• Be open to meeting new people and making new friends.• Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eastern and Western influences all make up the cultural melting pot that is Singapore. It’s a truly integrated destination, with influences from all over the world! Join an Indian cooking class, learn to play Mahjong, sweat it out at boot camp or start a book club. There is a class, group or event for pretty much anything you’re interested in here.• I believe your home should tell a story of who you are and what you love. Even if you’re here for only a few years, make your house a home; I promise you won’t regret it. • Stock up on sunscreen and mosquito spray – it’s as essential as milk and bread in this place, the land of the never-ending summer!• Living on the equator has its benefits, such as sunshine and swimming all year round. It also requires … erm … maintenance for many women; in short, find yourself a good wax salon if you need it – try Strip at Great World City.• The heat also requires makeup that has high SPF for sun protection as well as the need for it not to melt off your face! I use Channel CC Cream with SPF 50 every day. Other recommendationsHock Siong & Co hocksiong.com.sgDanish Design danishdesignco.com.sgSecond Charm instagram.com/second.charmJunkies Corner 2 Turf Club RoadFraming Angie framingangie.comEmperor’s Attic emperorsattic.comGoodrich Global goodrichglobal.com/singaporeThe Cinnamon Room cinnamonroom.comHouse of AnLi houseofanli.comThe Past Perfect Collection pastperfect.sgBoulevard Outdoor Furniture boulevardoutdoorfurniture.comThis article first appeared in the June 2020 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!
It’s time to challenge friends or family with Expat Living’s Weekly Quiz. You can get together with a small group, have a glass of wine and try these out – or stick to Zoom, of course! This week, it’s 20 trivia questions on art and artists. #1 Who painted the Mona Lisa?#2 The same artist, according to a popular rumour, spent 12 years just painting Mona Lisa’s lips. That’s not true, but how long did he take to do the whole painting, 48 days, four years or 18 years?#3 What do you call the Indonesian art of decorating cloth with wax and dye?#4 English artist Andy Brown stitched together a thousand used tea bags to create a portrait of which royal figure? #5 Match the cartoonists with their comic strip creations: Charles M Schulz, Gary Larson, Bill Watterson; The Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts.#6 Michelangelo’s statue of David has a disproportionately large what: big toe, belly button or head?#7 What do you call the aesthetically-pleasing out-of-focus blurring of some areas of a photograph: rokeh, nokeh or bokeh? #8 Soup cans are synonymous with which artist?#9 What do you call the wooden board that an artist mixes and arranges paints on? (Half a mark for the word and another half for spelling it correctly)#10 The Kiss is a famous gold-toned painting by Austrian artist Gustav who?#11 Who was the lead male actor in The Thomas Crown Affair, a 1999 romantic thriller about a billionaire who steals a painting from a gallery?#12 Which type of paint dries more quickly, acrylic or oil?#13 Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, better known as Pablo Picasso, was born in which century?#14 Name the anonymous British artist who, in 2017, hid a paper-shredder in a painting frame so that the painting would be shredded after selling at auction. (Hint: He has a one-word name starting with “B”.)#15 What is the word for the Japanese art of paper folding?#16 List the following three art movements or periods in chronological order: Pop Art, Realism, Baroque.#17 What’s the two-word name for a painting or drawing of a group of everyday objects placed together? #18 Match the city with the gallery: Uffizi, Rijksmuseum, Tate; Amsterdam, London, Florence.#19 What does Italian artist Maurizio Savini make sculptures out of: chewing gum, cow manure or chicken gizzards?#20 The four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles take their names from Renaissance painters. Name two of them. BONUSWho am I?(If you can answer correctly after the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require to identify the person.)I was born in 1904 and died in 1989. (10)I believed that I was the reincarnation of my deceased older brother. (9)One of my earliest works is Landscape Near Figueras, which I did at age six, and which hangs in a museum today. (8)I was twice expelled from art school in Spain. (7)I went on to become a key figure in the Surrealist movement. (6)I designed the logo for the Spanish lollipop brand Chupa Chups. (5)I’m perhaps best known for a painting that features melted clocks. (4)I’m also known for my extravagantly long, thin moustache. (3)My first name is Salvador. (2)I am __________. (1) All the answers (no cheating!)#1 Leonardo da Vinci#2 Four years#3 Batik#4 Queen Elizabeth II#5 Charles M Schulz, Peanuts; Gary Larson, The Far Side; Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes#6 Head (it’s thought the artist did this to compensate for the fact that people would be viewing the statue from afar and from below)#7 Bokeh#8 Andy Warhol#9 Palette#10 Klimt#11 Pierce Brosnan#12 Acrylic#13 19th (25 October 1881)#14 Banksy#15 Origami#16 Baroque (1600-1750), Realism (1848-1900), Pop Art (1960s)#17 Still life#18 Uffizi, Florence; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Tate, London#19 Chewing gum#20 Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, RaphaelBONUS: Salvador DaliLooking for something to do? See our What’s On section.
1st July 2020 by Lindsay Yap 3 Min ReadA great benefit of living in Singapore is having access to top-quality medical care. There are many good public and private hospitals available for different healthcare needs, from family medicine and gynaecology to geriatrics and oncology. If you’re planning to start a family or already have kids, it’s handy to know which are the best children’s hospitals in Singapore. Read on to find out where to go for paediatric care and women’s health.Concord International HospitalThe private hospital has three renowned services: comprehensive cancer treatment, minimally invasive surgery and women’s health. They have a Women’s Centre which offers ladies access to all treatments in one place. There is a dedicated team of specialists, including oncology, breast surgery, aesthetic and plastic surgery and gynaecological surgery. They aim to provide patients with personalised service for greater comfort and quality of care.19 Adam Road KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH)Dedicated to women’s and children’s health, this facility is one of the most popular children’s hospitals in Singapore. KKH’s offerings include a breast centre, an endometriosis centre, a gynaecological cancer centre, and a plastic reconstructive and aesthetic surgery centre. Patients will be accompanied in every step, from diagnosis to treatment. Emotional and psychological care are also provided when needed. Check out the hospital’s complete list of services now.100 Bukit Timah RoadMount Elizabeth Novena HospitalMount Elizabeth offers healthcare in a modern facility, with a comforting and stress-relieving environment. In addition to services for women and children, the hospital offers adapted rehabilitation therapy services, ranging from occupational therapy and physiotherapy to speech therapy and immunology.38 Irrawaddy RoadRaffles HospitalRaffles Hospital provides a 24-hour service for emergencies as well as family medicine and multidisciplinary specialist clinics. Its niche lies in strengthening western medicine with the benefits of eastern medicine to deliver the best possible care to patients. They have a specialised centre providing health services for children and infants as well as a fertility and women’s centre.585 North Bridge Road Singapore General Hospital (SGH)SGH sees patients referred by family physicians as well as specialists in both public and private practice. It is more budget-friendly as it is a government-run facility. They offer a comprehensive range of medical specialties and services, including breast surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology and family medicine. To make stays more comfortable, they have bedside iPads for patients to access their individual medical information such as schedules, diagnoses, vital signs and test results. They can also ask questions and put in requests for water, pillows or housekeeping services. Outram RoadThomson Medical CentreThe family-friendly medical facility offers a variety of services, ranging from fertility and maternity to children’s health and Chinese traditional medicine. They also have a dedicated breast centre and a 24-hour family clinic for outpatient consultations.339 Thomson RoadWhere are they located? Want to know more?To find out more about the healthcare facilities in Singapore, check out UEX’s comprehensive list of private and public hospitals.Are you covered by health insurance?To understand how health insurance plans can cover your healthcare costs, approach the friendly UEX team for information and guidance. With UEX, you can obtain a quote for both AXA and APRIL health insurance contracts, customised to your needs and requirements.Written in collaboration with:UEX Global3158 3677 | [email protected] | uexglobal.comRead more in our Health and Fitness section.What vaccinations do my kids need?Is it time to renew your health insurance?
1st July 2020 by Anthia Chng 3 Min ReadStretch marks, cellulite and pigmentation are some of the concerns that come with giving birth. For many ladies, there’s often a pressure to look good during and after pregnancy. But let’s be real: those picture-perfect celeb mums you see on the Internet are often backed by a team of personal trainers and nutritionists who are helping them to maintain their image. Most of us don’t have that! Yearning to go back to your pre-pregnancy state right after giving birth is not only an unrealistic expectation, but also potentially detrimental to your mental health. Progress is a journey that takes time, and there are treatments out there that can help you through it, while giving you a confidence boost. Post-pregnancy aesthetic treatments#1 Stretch Marks TreatmentAfter pregnancy, elastin and collagen fibres that are stretched may not return to a pre-sprung state. The skin may become permanently loose and stretched at the abdomen, the breasts and any other areas where weight gain has taken place. While topical creams may help to reduce the appearance of post-pregnancy stretch marks, without treatment they are often visible. The customised stretch marks treatment at Amaris B Clinic uses a combination of skin dermabrasion with tightening, peeling and collagen-stimulating treatments. There’s no downtime needed, and you may need a series of five, 10 or 15 sessions for full results.#2 PICO Pigmentation LaserHormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. For this, try PICO Pigmentation Laser, an FDA-approved PICOCARE laser treatment that targets pigmentation concerns like dark spots, acne scars, freckles and melasma. PICOCARE uses the principle of Laser Induced Optical Breakdown (LIOB), where the laser energy penetrates deeper into the skin to treat targeted areas without damaging the skin surface.#3 Lymphatic drainageFor fluid retention or cellulite issues, try the non-invasive lymphatic drainage treatment. The comfortable and relaxing procedure involves suiting up in a patented bodysuit with 400 integrated pressure chambers, which stimulate areas on the body. It’s similar to how the Chinese cupping therapy works, and feels almost like a massage. High and low pressure are applied through the chambers, which also results in better blood circulation. This treatment may also help with other chronic issues over time, as it detoxifies the body, gets rid of toxins and improves overall health. Amaris B ClinicWhich aesthetic clinic to go?Dr Ivan Puah, Medical Director at Amaris B Clinic, has over 20 years of clinical practice in medicine. Accredited by the Ministry of Health Singapore to perform liposuction, he is a VASER-certified physician and is also the appointed trainer for PICOCARE in Singapore. Recently, the clinic received recognition as the 2019 Body Sculpting Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific by Global Health and Travel, and the 2020 Best Weight Management award by Tatler Singapore. For more post-pregnancy aesthetic treatments, make an appointment at the clinic.For something a little stronger…#4 VASER LipoPregnancy often causes changes in the body. If you’re looking to target problem areas that are resistant to exercise or diet, VASER Lipo is a less-invasive form of liposuction you can consider. Like liposuction, it eliminates unwanted fat, but does so in a gentler manner. Sound energy is used to liquefy fat cells in targeted areas, leaving the surrounding cells unharmed. Fat cells that are destroyed during the procedure do not grow back, which means fat loss is permanent. However, you’ll need to follow up with a proper exercise regime and healthy eating plan to maintain the results. [embedded content]Written in collaboration with:Amaris B Clinic140 Arab St6536 4211 | amaris-b.comLiked this? Check out more stories on our beauty page!
Here you’ll find the answers to our Puzzle Pages from Expat Living July 2020 issue. If you missed the puzzles or you’d like to make sure you get them in each issue from now, don’t forget to subscribe!Puzzle Page 1Q&A#1 Zero#2 10 points#3 Rice#4 2009#5 Messi 6, Ronaldo 5#6 New Zealand#7 Lowest (or least) common denominator#8 A frog#9 USA (it was invented in San Francisco)#10 AA MilneSUDOKU8 5 7 4 1 3 6 2 96 4 9 5 7 2 1 3 81 3 2 6 9 8 7 4 52 1 6 7 8 5 3 9 43 8 4 1 2 9 5 7 67 9 5 3 6 4 8 1 25 2 1 9 3 6 4 8 74 7 8 2 5 1 9 6 39 6 3 8 4 7 2 5 1WORDWHEELMain word: differentOther possible words:deer, dere, dire, dirt, dree, eire, erin, erne, fere, fern, fire,firn, free, fret, frit, ired, nerd, rede, reed, reef, reft, reif,rein, rend, rent, rete, ride, rife, riff, rift, rind, rite, tern,tier, tire, tree, tref, defer, deter, diner, drift, eider, ender,enter, fifer, finer, fired, freed, fried, inert, infer, inter, niter,nitre, refed, refit, rente, retie, terne, tired, treed, treen,trend, tried, trine, deffer, defier, defter, denier, dieter, differ,entire, fender, ferine, finder, friend, nereid, niffer, redfin,reedit, reffed, refind, refine, reined, rented, retied, retine,rident, riffed, rifted, tender, tiered, tinder, triene, trined,definer, refined, niffered, differentKENKEN3 2 5 1 41 5 4 2 35 3 1 4 22 4 3 5 14 1 2 3 5Puzzle Page 2ART & COLOURMatch the painting with the artist:American Gothic = Grant WoodThe Birth of Venus = Sandro BotticelliGuernica = Pablo PicassoThe Kiss = Gustav KlimtMona Lisa = Leonardo da VinciThe Starry Night = Vincent van GoghMissing vowels:RNG = orangeMGNT = magentaQ = aquaNDG = indigoPCH = peachMRN = maroonMSTRD = mustardVLT = violetZR = azureLV = oliveQUICKIESecret messages:VAD ERS = Space InvadersHIJKLMNO = Water (“H to O”)YOU JUST ME = Just between you and meARTIST & SONGSimon & Garfunkel, “Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again” (“The Sound of Silence”)Miley Cyrus, “We clawed, we chained, our hearts in vain, we jumped, never asking why” (“Wrecking Ball”)Tones and I, “Dance for me, dance for me, dance for me, oh, oh, oh” (“Dance Monkey”)Sinéad O’Connor, “It’s been seven hours and 15 days, since you took your love away” (“Nothing Compares 2 U”)Village People, “Young man, there’s no need to feel down; I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground” (“YMCA”)Guns N’ Roses, “She’s got a smile that it seems to me reminds me of childhood memories” (“Sweet Child O’ Mine”)MC Hammer, “My, my, my my music hits me so hard, makes me say, ‘Oh my Lord!’” (“U Can’t Touch This”)Drake, “You used to call me on my cell phone, late night when you need my love” (“Hotline Bling”)Aretha Franklin, “What you want, baby, I got it; what you need, do you know I got it?” (“Respect”)The Kinks, “I met her in a club down in old Soho, where you drink champagne and it tastes just like Coca Cola” (“Lola”)Liked this? Read on for more fun puzzles and trivia: Saying goodbye to a decade20 quirky facts about SingaporeThe great Travel Guide quiz
22nd June 2020 by Expat Living 3 Min ReadYou’ve probably spent quite a bit of time looking at those white walls in your home lately! If you’ve been wondering what would look great on them, these personalised artworks and paintings tick a lot of boxes.LouiseM is a French artist based in Singapore. She creates personalised art that represents you. So, her paintings reflect a timeline of your life – from special moments with kids to family travels – for you to create your own distinctive space at home.Personalised artHow does it work? After finding inspiration in your story through dialogue and listening, LouiseM applies a little of her magic and renders it into a visual idea. This then becomes a painting. And the options are endless for how you use it. You could have a giant wall mural on a canvas in your living room or master bedroom. Or, give a boost to your kitchen with a backsplash or hood panel, or replace your bedhead – even spruce up your old piano. Everything is doable – so go a little crazy and let your imagination run free! We chatted with the artist about her interesting approach. What’s your own artistic style?I don’t have just one style. Each artwork is unique and created according to the client’s request and the aspects they want to give to their interior. My paintings can be very colourful – in a style that I call “bubblegum”. Like in the backsplash (top right) where the illustration shows the favourite brands of everyone in the family. I can also home in on a particular colour, like the blue of the piano design, which is the favourite colour of the client, Annette. In this case, Annette also wanted a testimony from each of her friends in the painting. I also love to work with black and white shades in a more graphic style – especially to draw cities and their unwavering industrial environments.You can find the whole collection on my website and examples of my projects on Instagram too. What are the different steps in your projects?First of all, it’s important to know the final destination of your painting and its purpose. This will help define its size, the material to be used and also the desired design, depending on your interior décor. I work with pictures of your room to create a demo and to ensure it blends naturally into its new home. Then, through conversations, I’ll uncover specific topics you want to underline in your piece of personalised art. If you want the panel to convey a story about your family’s travels in Asia, for example, I’ll ask you questions about this vacation. Then, as a team, we’ll create a meaningful artwork. My main objective is for you to embrace and love the final painting as you find yourself in it. What brought you to Singapore?We decided last July that we would move here for the beginning of the school year. This was a massive upheaval for our family of seven, now scattered all over the world! I used to have fun and enjoy my workshop in Paris, but this change was an opportunity to revamp my creativity.The new adventure has turned into a beautiful and inspiring one, helping to open my mind to different perceptions and discover new landscapes, new balances to draw and reinvent. My first project orders gave me the chance to add in images that are the “essentials” of Singapore. Also, scenes of the island’s tropical jungle inspire me a lot. There is so much you can do with nature designs in a green city like this.8907 7037 | louisem.fr | @louisem_artiste This article first appeared in the June 2020 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!Read here for more about furniture and home décor in Singapore.
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I find looking for schools tough. As a parent, I have my ideas about how I want to raise my children, so I like the concept of holistic education. I like the idea of setting kids up for personal rather than academic success. That’s why, during the search for my child’s school, I would ask the following questions:“What is the school about?” and “What personal qualities do they foster in their students?”I was pretty impressed with the response of The Grange Institution to these questions because they’re all about creating thoughtful individuals. They have created an avatar – The Grange Kid – and they use this as their focus in designing their curriculum. The Grange Kids are archetypes of the children that the school wishes to develop for the future world.Who is The Grange Kid?According to the school, The Grange Kids are truly global citizens. “As a result, they see the Earth as their home and recognise that they have an active role to play in the community where they live. Being internationally-minded, they embrace similarities and differences between cultures. The Grange Kids have genuine respect for other people, plants and animals, and the environment. They are passionate individuals who understand the meaning in relationships they have with others.”It takes eight to createIn addition to adopting the avatar, the school has connected a philosophy to The Grange Kids notion that ties in with the number eight. “We believe The Grange Kids can be ‘Cre8tors’. We create a learning ecosystem where conditions exist to support the development of The Grange Kid through a unique Cre8tors-in-Action philosophy that focuses on developing eight key competencies and eight key personal attributes” The Grange Kid Cre8tes!Let’s take a look firstly at the eight key competencies that The Grange Kid is expected to develop. What I like about these is that none of them are academic. Instead, they are transferrable skills that are foundational for creating other successes in life:Construction and design: The ability to conceptualise an idea and take it from design to the final product.Respecting the environment: The ability to implement sustainable practices to respect, care for and protect the environment.Entrepreneurial spirit: The ability to identify a niche, then market and deliver an idea for a product or a cause to a target audience.Active citizenship: The ability to take personal, localised or far-reaching action for causes they are passionate about.Teamwork and partnership: The ability to collaborate with different partners and to adopt different roles in a group to achieve a common goal.Original ideas: The ability to challenge their thinking to come up with new and original ideas.Recognising issues: The ability to research and be aware of issues affecting humanity on a personal, community or global basis.Service leadership: The ability and passion to devote time and energy to community causes that they are passionate about. The Grange Kid is curious!Personal goalsThese are eight personal goals that the school wants The Grange Kid to aspire to:Adaptability: “I can cope with unfamiliar situations and approach tasks from different perspectives and explore different strategies.”Communication: “I can use a variety of tools and technologies to communicate my ideas and thoughts in different contexts and for different audiences.”Collaboration: “I can work with different people and adopt different roles depending on the needs of the group and the tasks at hand.”Critical Thinking: “I can identify and think through issues by considering different perspectives and developing my reasoned point of view.”Inquiry: “I can ask and consider searching questions related to my learning and to carry out research and investigations related to those questions.”Integrity: “I am honest. I act appropriately according to my moral standpoint and can explain the reasons for my actions.”Resilience: “I can stick with a task from beginning to end. I can cope with disappointment when I fail. I aim to keep trying and not give up easily.”Respect: “I can maintain self-discipline and show empathy and care for other people, living things and the environment.”These blueprints have children in mind. But it’s worth remembering that these are characteristics that we could all use as a compass, even as adults. These are the ingredients for a truly engaged citizen of the 21st century.Find out moreIf you would like your child to experience this approach that embraces holistic education, The Grange Institution is taking enrolments for Semester 2 of the 2020-2021 academic year. Click here to learn more about the team there!The Grange Institution is at 449 Yio Chu Kang Roadthegrange.edu.sg | 6817 3630Interested in reading more about schools in Singapore? Check out our Schools section, and then read on for more: Keep the kids busy over the holidays at these holiday campsNeed some fresh air? Check out these outdoor gems!
30th June 2020 by Rebecca Bisset 4 Min ReadThe breeding season for sea turtles is between April and October each year, and many of the resort islands around Singapore are focused on making sure that the eggs are protected and the baby turtles make it safely into the sea. The turtle population has been decreasing because the eggs are seen as an expensive delicacy. Apart from humans really not needing to eat more than they already do, all creatures have their role to play and turtles are a very important ‘balancer’ in the sea ecosystem.There are a few things we can do to help them survive in the sea, and we can definitely help keep them safe when on land. We asked the team at Telunas Resorts a few turtle questions and how humans can help. You can also read up on their own turtle protection programme too. What kind of sea turtles can you find around this area?Indonesia: According to profauna.net, in the world, there are seven sea turtle species, six of which live in Indonesia. They are the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), flatback sea turtle (Natator depressus) and loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta).Malaysia: Malaysia is blessed with four marine turtle species out of seven known in the world – the green, hawksbill, olive ridley and leatherback turtles. (WWF)Singapore: The hawksbill and green turtles are the most commonly sighted sea turtles in Singapore. (NParks)These are the species seen most commonly at Telunas as well.Turtle TriviaThey can lay up to 100 and more eggs at a time and pregnant sea turtles will most likely go back to the same beach where they hatched (NOAA).Flatbacks can lay about 50 eggs while hawksbills can lay over 200 eggs at a time. Sea turtles can nest multiple times per season – “an average of between 2 to 8 nests per season.” (conserveturtles.org)What can humans do to help them?From NOAA:Use reusable water bottles, plastic bags, straws, etc. All these things can and will end up in the oceans, often harming sea turtles (they can mistake plastic for food, choking themselves or even getting entangled in plastic).If you fish, be mindful about fishing gear or fishing lines that you leave behind in the ocean. Take your trash and broken gear home with you and dispose of it correctly.Participate in ocean clean-ups. Be mindful of the trash you leave behind when you go to the beach and pick up any trash you see on beaches that could be harmful not just to sea turtles, but other marine animals. Balloons also very often end up in oceans; try avoiding the use of balloons.Fill in holes and knock down sandcastles before you leave the beach – they can become obstacles for sea turtles trying to reach the beach for nesting season. The same goes for any beach equipment: chairs, umbrellas, etc.Keep beaches dark (especially areas you know are prone to be visited by sea turtles). Bright lights are disorienting for sea turtles and they can discourage the turtles from coming to the beach to nest.Keep a safe distance from sea turtles if you meet them (in the sea or on the beach)! Don’t try to touch or feed them ESPECIALLY if they are nesting or hatching!Reduce the amount of harmful chemicals that you use in daily life. Find eco-friendly and biodegradable solutions.Why are turtles important in the sea ecosystem?According to seeturtles.org, sea turtles are a “keystone species,” which means that they play a very important role in influencing their environment and other species. They help keep population numbers in check. For example, leatherbacks eat jellyfish (jellyfish eat larval fish, meaning that there will be less fish that grow into maturity) and hawksbills eat sponges in the coral reefs (sponges can outgrow the corals and eventually kill the reef).Sea turtle nesting seasons themselves are a great source of food and nutrients for the ecosystem and other species: Eggs and hatchlings that don’t survive provide lots of nutrients for surrounding vegetation on the beaches. Birds, fish, mammals like raccoons and others rely on plentiful hatchlings to survive during nesting season.”Sea turtles are grazers, so they feed on the seagrass. Grazing on seagrass keeps the seagrass beds healthy, which also benefits the ecosystem because seagrass stores carbon and produces oxygen. Can visitors see the turtles at Telunas, when and how?Telunas Resorts proudly hosts hawksbill sea turtles. We have built a small make-shift hatchery to make sure a new generation of baby turtles safely reach the oceans every year. Nesting season usually occurs around April to November and we usually invite guests to partake in releasing them into the ocean. Due to the uncertainty of how many nests are successfully laid and how many eggs actually hatch from each batch, we can’t guarantee or schedule when we release the hatchlings.What are the survival rates of baby turtles once they’re in the sea?According to the NOAA: On the beach, hatchlings must escape natural predators like birds, crabs, and monitor lizards to make it to the sea. Once in the water, hatchlings are consumed by seabirds and fish. Few survive to adulthood, with estimates ranging from one in 1,000 to one in 10,000.What other eco-initiatives does Telunas have?As a company, Telunas has worked to become more mindful of our plastic consumption. We have worked to drastically reduce the amount of single-use plastics on our property and have found ways to continue with operations without them. For example, our trash cans have been redesigned so they don’t need plastic liners. We’ve found ways of wrapping and transporting items with reusable bags. We’ve significantly reduced our availability of disposable water bottles on our property. We sweep the beach multiple times each day to collect and extract rubbish from marine ecosystems, and we invite guests to participate in scheduled rubbish clean-up activities. Read our round-up for more information on resorts and short breaks from Singapore.
29th June 2020 by Michaela Bisset 3 Min ReadBaking something for tea, or looking for something fun to do with the kids? We think these cinnamon rolls look pretty yummy and apparently they’re easy to make.“These are delicious and come out perfect every time. The process of making the dough and rolling it is fun to do with my kids. Pro tip: double the icing recipe to make these extra sinful! – Anya Proctor, ReaderServes 9Ingredients for the dough• ¾ cup warm milk (whole milk preferred)• 2¼ teaspoons quick rise or active yeast• ¼ cup granulated sugar• 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature• ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted• 3 cups bread flour• ¾ teaspoon salt Ingredients for the filling• 2 /3 cup light or dark brown sugar• 1½ tablespoons ground cinnamon• ¼ cup unsalted butter, softenedIngredients for the cream cheese frosting• 115 grams cream cheese, softened• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened• ¾ cup powdered sugar• ½ teaspoon vanilla extractDirections1. In an electric stand mixer, mix the milk, yeast, sugar, egg, egg yolk and melted butter.2. Stir in the flour and salt with a wooden spoon until a dough begins to form.3. Change the mixer attachment to a dough hook and knead the dough on medium speed for eight minutes. Alternatively, use your hands to knead the dough for eight to 10 minutes on a well-floured surface. The dough should form into a nice ball and be slightly sticky.4. Transfer the dough ball to a well-oiled bowl, then cover it with plastic wrap and a warm towel. Allow the dough to rise for 1 to 1½ hours, or until it’s doubled in size.5. Transfer the dough to a well-floured surface and roll it out into a 30x20cm rectangle.6. Spread softened butter over the dough, leaving a ¼ inch margin at the far side of the dough.7. Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it over the buttered dough, rubbing it in.8. Tightly roll up the dough, starting from the 20cm side and place it seam side down, making sure to seal the edges of the dough as best you can. 9. Cut into 1-inch sections with a serrated knife or floss. You should get nine large pieces.10. Place the rolls in a greased 20x20cm baking pan or round 20cm cake pan lined with parchment paper.11. Cover it with plastic wrap and a warm towel, and let rise again for 30 to 45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.12. Remove the plastic wrap and towel and bake the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes or until they turn slightly golden brown on the edges. Allow them to cool for five to 10 minutes before frosting.Directions for the frosting1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and fluffy.2. Spread the frosting all over the cinnamon rolls and serve immediately. Enjoy!Send us a recipe! If you have a favourite dish you’d like to submit for an upcoming issue, please send an email titled “Recipe Corner” to [email protected] with your recipe, a photo of yourself, and a few words about your dish.This article first appeared in the June 2020 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!