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Interview: ItsRainingRaincoats

Dipa Swaminathan is the founder of ItsRainingRaincoats

Where are you from?
I’m a Singaporean, originally from India. I’ve lived in Singapore for almost 26 years.

You studied law?
Yes, with a degree from Harvard Law School. I’m currently working as Assistant General Counsel, Singtel.

Why did you set up the charity ItsRainingRaincoats?
ItsRainingRaincoats is a ground up initiative for the benefit of migrant workers in Singapore. We aim to improve their lives and build bridges to compassionate connection between residents of Singapore and migrant workers. We do this using imaginative, innovative, authentic and nimble strategies. Our raincoat symbolises the protection we provide them from metaphorical thunderstorms.

What are some of the ways you support foreign workers?
We hold a nationwide potluck every year, organise distribution of data cards and pizzas during Deepavali to enable them to connect with family and celebrate, we do large scale distributions of gifts during Christmas, collect unopened Chinese New Year goodies to distribute during Lunar New Year, and all year round we collect and distribute unsold food from several Starbucks outlets. We also do year-round freecycling of pre-loved men’s clothes and other essential items, and help the families of migrant workers who die in Singapore.

What did ItsRainingRaincoats do during the COVID-19 pandemic for migrant workers?
ItsRainingRaincoats provided support for migrant workers in various ways. Our volunteers worked around the clock to organise deliveries of supplies to workers, including meals and groceries, care packages, toiletries, snacks, games, magazines and books, peanut packets, fruits and drinks, and data card
top ups.

What difference did this make in their lives?
Judging by the thousands of thank you messages we got from the workers; it’s made a big difference to them. No worker who comes to us goes away empty handed or without a solution to his problem. Even if it takes hours of work, we do everything in our power to help when we come across a worker in distress: be it a tooth ache, a salary problem, lack of data top up, or just a desire to have some fruit he can’t afford!

What are the plans for ItsRainingRaincoats?
We have grown organically so far and we hope to continue doing so, to extend our branches where ever the need is.

What is your philosophy in life and your charity work?
You can’t change the world, but you can change the world for one person.

What are your passions aside from ItsRainingRaincoats?
Travel, reading (fiction mainly), and interior design. My other pet cause is animals. I give all my money to animal welfare causes and all my spare time to migrant workers.


In the Kitchen: Sesame Fried Chicken

“This yummy recipe is more delicate than it sounds and keeping the crispy coating intact can be tricky. Paired with thick slices of tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil and white wine vinegar or a light, fresh coleslaw, this is a fantastic summer meal.” – Bea Tollman

Serves 6


1 egg

200g evaporated milk (195 mls)

1.5 kg whole chicken, cut into 8 portions, plus the legs and wings

1 cup oil

1 cup butter


10 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

2 cups flour

1 tsp poultry seasoning

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp ground ginger

4 tsp paprika

2 tsp salt

Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Combine the coating ingredients to make a fine mixture.
  2. Whisk together the whole egg with the milk.
  3. Dip the chicken pieces in the liquid, then shake off excess and roll them in the sesame coating.
  4. Heat the oil and butter together in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat, so that the chicken pieces sit in the pan with the oil mixture covering half the chicken. Start with the drumsticks and thighs first, as they take longer to cook. Try to turn each piece only once, as the coating is very delicate. Fry until golden brown on both sides, about 25–30 minutes total. Serve with a fresh coleslaw or tomato salad. 




ANZA Soccer is a not-for-profit organisation with over 40 years experience in delivering quality soccer programmes to children and young adults aged 3-18 years. Our emphasis is on affordable, fun and competitive soccer. The Saturday Club League is run by volunteer parents, with opportunities for players to develop competitive skills in our Sunday Competition League, led by AFC qualified coaches. Our dynamic Saturday Club League is planned to run from Saturday 29 August 2020 to April 2021 (with school holiday breaks) on three full-sized artificial pitches at The Cage Sports Park, Turf City.

Our youngest players, aged 3-5 years, spend an exciting hour playing with friends each Saturday. Players learn basic kicking, trapping, dribbling, passing, and shooting skills through fun activities and small-sided soccer games that allow each player multiple touches of the ball. Judging by the smiles, laughs, screams and cheers, their soccer careers are off to a great start! Our goal for these young players is to ensure that everyone is involved, makes friends, works on basic soccer skills and, most importantly, has a lot of fun! Professional coaches, trained to manage shorter attention spans, stress fair play and teamwork, while providing clear instructions and encouragement. We look forward to seeing many future stars rise from our youngest ANZA Soccer players! Congratulations to our Little Lions, Bobcats, Tigers, Bears, Lynx, Jaguars, Panthers, Leopards, Cheetahs, and Matildas for a great start to their soccer careers!

We use parent coaches for our Saturday sessions from the G5 level up. ANZA Soccer is a family-driven club, and having Mum or Dad coaching not only gives the children great joy but provides opportunities for parents to engage with their own kids and the team. ANZA Soccer is always looking for parents to volunteer as coaches or assistant coaches. For the junior teams, parents don’t need soccer or coaching experience, as there’s plenty of support available.
Coaches coordinate the players, run simple drills, and ensure the matches go smoothly. Especially at the younger ages, the more coaches the better, as they can cover each other’s absences and ensure that all players are engaged. A great attitude and love of sport are the main qualifications, and our parent coaches are key to reinforcing our ANZA Soccer fair play principles, instilling our code of conduct, and above all making soccer fun!


All 850-plus ANZA Soccer players compete in our Saturday leagues, giving both kids and parents a chance to develop team spirit and celebrate how sport enhances our lives physically, socially, and emotionally.
Our 64 Saturday club teams play hard-fought League and Cup competitions. ANZA Saturday club teams are all-inclusive, and all players are guaranteed play time for at least half the game. Each age group also has a weekly Thursday training session, as well as a designated girls session, run by our professional coaches. On Saturdays, the focus is on fun, fair play, teamwork, and friendship, though of course each team also wants to win or at least put up a good fight! Teams are balanced at the start of each season to keep games competitive.
Congratulations to all our Saturday club players and a huge thank you to our parent coaches, team managers, and age group coordinators! Along with our hard-working organising committee, these parent volunteers are the backbone of our programmes, and we truly appreciate their dedication.

We congratulate all our 2019–20 competition players. Our 286 competition players did us proud this season, displaying focus, passion, and teamwork. Our committed comp players enjoyed their on-pitch challenges in the JSSL and ESPZEN Sunday leagues. Kudos to our B8 Div 2, B12 Div 1, B12 Div 2, G10, and G14 teams, who all earned first place honours in the JSSL Sunday league! With five top finishes, ANZA Soccer tied for the most championships in the league, along with LFA and SSCA soccer organisations. Congratulations to all our dedicated competition players and their parents, and thank you to our parent and professional coaches, team managers, and competition team coordinators, who work so hard each season to make our teams so competitive. Comp team try-outs are scheduled for mid-July, and we’re ready for a great 2020–21 season!

Next season we will have a B18 team playing in the Equatorial Football League, a men’s league that plays on Saturday afternoons! ANZA Soccer had a U18 Young Lions team from 2006 to 2016, when it was disbanded. Now, with quite a few players graduating from our U17 age group and several keen parents willing to organise, a competition team for our oldest players will again become reality this August. Interested ANZA players born in 2002 and 2003 (or earlier), who have aged out of other soccer organisations, are welcome to join. We look forward to seeing our senior players take on new challenges!

The Matildas!

The girls-only Matildas teams participate in all Saturday age groups, fielding strong competition teams in the girls Singapore-wide league. Weekly practice sessions under our dedicated female professional coach are well attended, and their hard work throughout the season has paid off, with competitive results in most ANZA Soccer age group competitions and two first place finishes in the Singapore-JSSL league for our G10 and G14 competition teams.
A highlight for the Matildas this season was the 2020 Girls International Football Tournament in Bangkok in February. We fielded teams in the G8, G10, G12, G14, and G16 age groups, with all teams making the semi-finals or finals with the G10s winning the tournament. Over 50 players and 60 parents spent three days bonding, playing, learning from each other, and having fun, with the younger girls really appreciating the support of the older girls from the sidelines.
The girls, who range from age 6-16, have supported each other and developed their soccer skills, understanding of the game, and team spirit. We are hoping to grow the program from a fantastic base of 100 girls in season 2019/20 into season 2020/21. Beginners or proficient players welcome!

ANZA Soccer runs on the tremendous support of its many parent volunteers. Whether as members of the ANZA Soccer committee, age group and comp team coordinators, coaches and team managers, or organisers of the weekly half-time oranges. Our army of volunteers provide the leadership and support that allows ANZA Soccer to function so successfully. We’re always looking for keen volunteers. Join over 200 parents who volunteer each week to make ANZA Soccer enjoyable, fun, and beneficial.

Our Saturday mixed ability teams play in Singapore’s only in-house league and stay together year-on-year, giving players opportunities to develop friendships and learn about leadership, inclusiveness, and perseverance. Players may also try out for our competition teams, which play against other soccer organisations through external leagues and tournaments. Girls may choose to join our girls-only teams or mixed teams. Registrations for all ANZA Soccer programmes are now open – come and join us!

Registrations open now! anza.org.sg/sports/soccer

Did you know? 33 players turned up to the first ANZA Soccer training in 1976 (then called the International Junior Soccer League) – now we have 850+ players!


HSBC Premier – Unwavering Service and Dedication

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Caring for the community
In partnership with StandUpFor.SG’s ‘Love Letters for Our Healers’ campaign, HSBC Singapore donated care packages filled with refreshments, to be gifted alongside the handwritten notes of encouragement. These notes and care packages were delivered to nurses, receptionists and janitors on Valentine’s Day, bringing them a much-needed morale boost in the battle against COVID-19.

Protecting customers and employees
To better protect their customers and employees, HSBC Singapore was quick to implement in-branch safety measures such as temperature monitoring, issuing of masks and hand sanitisers to all their premises, and more. Key events such as the HSBC Women’s World Championship and the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens were also cancelled or postponed out of concern for public safety. On top of the government’s advisory measures, HSBC also went above and beyond with complimentary COVID-19 coverage benefits for all HSBC Life Insurance policyholders and their immediate families.

HSBC Premier: Here with you, and for you.
HSBC Premier takes pride in their commitment to building banking relationships that go beyond transactional. If you want a bank that will go the extra mile to help you meet your international banking needs even through difficult times such as these, look no further than HSBC Premier.

Making it easy to bank from home
With the Circuit Breaker in full effect, HSBC’s digital banking solutions have allowed their customers to continue meeting their everyday and international banking needs with minimal disruption. As an HSBC customer, you’ll be able to:

  • Open an investment account over the phone, and digitally sign documents with LiveSign to complete trades and transactions.
  • Connect with your Relationship Manager (RM) over Zoom to perform financial planning and enhanced portfolio analysis to help you make informed investment decisions.
  • Monitor the balances of your HSBC accounts worldwide, make fee-free real-time transfers between them, and send money to third party HSBC accounts with no transfer fees via Global View and Global Transfers.
  • Set alerts and auto-conversions at your preferred rates, access your HSBC currency accounts worldwide, get the latest market news, and create and track your watchlist’s performance – all with the HSBC QuickFX mobile app.
  • Get a unified view of all your holdings, dig into in-depth data and research, and track and analyse the performance of your investments with HSBC Wealth Dashboard.

For more information
To talk to friendly HSBC staff about their banking services, or to open an account, send an email to sapsgh@hsbc.com.sg

Dengue – What You Need to Know

Persistent high fever is common in dengue

What is dengue?

Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is characterised by a persistent high fever. Globally there are 4 serotypes of the dengue virus, and it is thought that serotypes 1 and 2 are more common in Singapore, although  serotype 3 (DENV-3) has also been circulating recently.

What is the current situation?

Dengue fever is prevalent in Singapore and this year there were concerns that the dengue outbreak started earlier than expected ahead of the warmer months. Since the start of the year the number of cases have reached an unprecedented number of over 1000 cases a week. See latest NEA figures here.

It is thought that this is due to the warmer temperatures, more rainfall, more cases of serotype 3, and with most people working from home during the Covid-19 circuit breaker the risk of exposure to mosquito bites has increased. Cases are expected to rise further over the coming months. The latest information about active clusters can be found on the NEA (National Environmental Agency) website.

Is dengue contagious?

No. Dengue is not contagious in that there is no direct person to person transmission and an affected person will not automatically pass it on to everyone in their household. Transmission can only occur through a bite from a mosquito who has become infected by biting an already infected person.

What symptoms should you look out for?

  • Sudden onset of persistent high fever – lasting 2-7 days, above 39°C
  • Severe headache characterised by pain behind the eyes
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Skin rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nose bleeds, bleeding gums, easy bruising
  • Blood in the urine or stool, vomiting blood

Make an appointment to see your doctor should you experience persistent high fevers and in the event of bleeding symptoms or severe abdominal pain, medical attention should be sought urgently.

The Mozzie Wipeout is key to reducing infections

What can you do to prevent dengue?

‘The Mozzie Wipeout’ as referred to in government campaigns is key in helping to prevent dengue, by preventing the breeding of the female Aedes mosquito. The aim is to remove all sources of stagnant water around the house that may become a mosquito breeding ground. For example, flower vases should be scrubbed and have their water changed on alternate days, whilst plant pots should have their soil loosened and dishes overturned on alternate days to prevent water collecting. In the bathroom, always empty buckets and cover any rarely used drains or gully traps. In the kitchen, cover any containers storing water and empty water from dish rack trays regularly. Clear leaves from gutters and drains and treat these with insecticide. These small actions should help to keep your house mosquito safe!

The best advice is to avoid getting bitten. Wear insect repellent and try to wear long sleeves (especially in the evening). At IMC we sell RID insect repellent imported from Australia which carries a children and adult range.

Last thoughts

Covid-19 has dominated our thoughts and headlines for the most part of this year so far. However it is important to be aware of other infections such as dengue that are very present in Singapore. Should you experience any symptoms described do not hesitate to call us for an appointment.

Dr Hina Kadwani is a UK trained doctor based at IMC Jelita. Visit imc-healthcare.com

To make an appointment call: 6465 4440 or click here.


ANZA Cycling Kit – the Big Reveal!

ANZA Cycling couple, Tsveti and Gernot Dobida organised a mini model shoot at their condo

Ordinarily, one of the biggest and best attended events of the year, ANZA Cycling’s Kit Launch was due to take place at the beautiful restaurant, The Mason’s Table, run by longterm ANZA Cycling sponsor, Jaxs Bistro in late April. The event usually coincides with members bound for the Tour of Friendship, a popular stage race that takes place in Thailand each May.
As the new kit design was determined and locked-in well in advance with the design team from manufacturer Cuore, the Cycling Committee was satisfied that everything was going swimmingly. Production was scheduled for the Guangzho plant’s re-opening, immediately following the annual Lunar New Year holiday, so everything looked set for a well-oiled, on-time event. Well, we had a slight hiccup, with pretty much the whole world going slightly skewwhiff, right at that moment! Committee discussion turned to whether any product could be manufactured out of that part of China at that time, then to alternate possibilities for a launch, taking into consideration the rapidly changing social distancing requirements and restrictions on gatherings. We even wondered whether anyone would be interested in purchasing the new kit, given the options for outdoor exercise had been severely impacted and were becoming more and more restrictive, almost daily. So many questions and considerations!
But forge ahead, we did! Not being aware of anyone ever having said; “I’ve got far too much stylish cycling kit!”, the team hunkered down to ensure our kit production was booked first in line once the plant was able to re-open. With special thanks to our Cuore Sales Rep, Yann Kai Oh, this happened relatively promptly, and the shipment arrived only a couple of weeks later than it was originally scheduled. Yann Kai even came up with a fabulous custom ANZA face mask that could be included in the order.

With most of the world having turned to an online existence, a virtual launch seemed the only way forward. Fabulous ANZA Cycling couple, Tsveti and Gernot Dobida very generously agreed to organise a mini model shoot at their condo that we scheduled for a ‘live’ kit reveal to our members via Facebook. Not wanting to leave out any of our incredible partners, each day leading up to the live event, we put a spotlight on a different Club Sponsor, starting with Jaxs Bistro, then Dimbulah Coffee, Bart Piestrzynski from St. James’s Place Wealth Management and Platinum Sponsor, Wilhelmsen.
The countdown was on for members to virtually attend the live launch. As we sat down to watch, it became apparent that not only were a good number of our members tuning in, but many of our past members, now living outside of Singapore, were also able to join us online. It was heartwarming to see the comments, likes, and hearts flying in from people in different parts of the world! Judging by the comments and the fact that almost everything sold out within several hours, the launch was a resounding success!

Find out more about ANZA Cycling here

Australian Tax Tips for Repatriation

“After many great years in Singapore, it’s time for our family to go home. What are some tax planning tips which we should be aware of as we prepare to head back down under?”

Repatriation planning is all about positioning yourself for a soft landing back in Australia. Below are a few of the most important considerations.

Residency: An important part of repatriation planning is determining when you change residency. This is the time you must start to declare your worldwide income and worldwide assets to the Australian Tax Office (ATO), which could include residual income from Singapore such as gardening leave, and international investments (shares, managed funds, property). lt’s also when you start to use up any Australian tax losses which you may have generated from negatively geared property.
Finishing up in Singapore: The Singapore tax system is very efficient, especially on exit. Generally your last 1-2 months of salary will be withheld by your employer to put towards your previous year and year-to-date tax bill, so that when you eventually jump on the plane to Australia, your Singapore tax liabilities should be cleared. It’s important to plan for this, as you may be relying on your final month’s salary for repatriation expenses. Employee share scheme shares will also be taxed on exit; however, these could also be taxable in Australia.
Timing: If you have a choice on when to return, there could be benefits to maximising your (apportioned) tax free threshold in Australia by choosing to return in January rather than July. You don’t however get to choose when your tax losses are applied, and a low marginal rate could result in losses wasted on low income. Further, exiting Singapore in January could also mean your pay-out is taxed at the lower marginal tax rates, rather than if you exit later in the year when you have a full year’s income to push your average marginal tax rate up.
Transferring cash: The good news is there’s no Australian tax on capital transfers of cash into Australia.
Shares & managed funds: For those who have built up an investment portfolio while a non-resident, be it directly held shares or managed funds (International, Singapore or even Australian), generally these will take a market to market valuation on the day you return to Australia; and you will be subjected to income tax on the dividends and capital gains on the growth from that point onwards.
Repatriation provides an opportunity to restructure these; such as place them into an Australian discretionary trust, liquidate while a non-resident and use to pay down debt, or simply transfer to your spouse if they will be on a lower income to you in Australia. Another common structure for providing tax benefits within Singapore is the investment bond or foreign life assurance policy structure. This provides wonderful concessions, such as tax deferral in Australia during the first 10 years of being set-up, then tax free withdrawal in Australia post 10 years, subject to certain contribution rules.
Principal Place of Residence: There could be an opportunity to conduct deductible repairs on your main residence to bring it back up to its original condition once your tenants move out, providing this is conducted within the same financial year. Further land tax is an important consideration and you should try to move in before your next land tax date.
Private Health Insurance: Don’t forget that the Medicare levy surcharge is also applicable once your family income is more than $180k in Australia, which can be avoided with an Australian based medical insurance policy.

Tristan Perry, Head of Tax at Select Investors Australia

** Select Investors Australia is an Australian private client tax practice based in Singapore, specialising in tax advisory and compliance obligations for Australian expatriates, foreign investors and intended migrants to Australia.

The information provided in this article is intended for information only and should not be relied upon as a basis for unilateral tax and financial planning action. The rules and bases of taxation are subject to change and the tax principles and rules discussed here have further complexities which need to be taken into account. Please contact us to discuss your specific circumstances on tristan.perry@selectinvestorsaustralia.sg

Freelancing and Self-employment for Singapore Expats

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Photo: Avel Chuklanov on Unsplash

According to the Straits Times, Singapore is the second best place in the world to do business in 2020. This may compel many entrepreneurial expats to explore freelancing and self-employment opportunities in the Lion City. However, expats may find it challenging to begin with. Making plans to work for yourself? Here’s what expats in Singapore need to know about freelancing and self-employment.

Self-employed vs. freelancer: what’s the difference?


If you are a self-employed person, you run your own business. You are not an employee working for the benefit or interest of someone else’s business. This means you could be selling goods or services to others and have multiple clients and buyers. Examples in Singapore include:

  • Property agents
  • Restaurant owners
  • Private-hire drivers


In Singapore, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) considers freelance work as a type of self-employment. But what makes it different from the umbrella term of “self-employed” is that freelancers generally provide services for a living. These include things like:

  • Writing
  • Photography
  • Video editing
  • Music lessons
  • Cleaning

How to become self-employed in Singapore?

Legal self-employment is only possible if you’re a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident. However, as an expat your first option is to set up a local business, with the director being a Singaporean resident. The other option is to apply for an Entrepass. But be aware that you’ll have to raise funding or look for partnerships with approved organisations.

Insurance considerations for self-employed expats

As a self-employed expat, you won’t have access to worker’s compensation insurance, which is a type of employer-provided insurance. But the good news is that you can secure business interruption insurance or a type of income protection to protect yourself instead. Rest assured that you’ll have the income to keep yourself and the business going if you cannot work due to injury or sickness.

Need more information?

Pacific Prime Singapore has over 20 years of experience in helping expats and their families find the best health insurance plan. What’s more, their team of experts is happy to answer any of your insurance-related questions or provide a free plan comparison or quote. Contact them today!


Check Out: ANZA Activities

ANZA Office, 261a Beach Road, 199541
Like to keep busy and have a chat with a group of lovely volunteers? The Busy Bees meet up at the ANZA office in vibrant Kampong Glam on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4pm. The group usually consists of around 5-10 regulars who work on various ad hoc and events-based craft projects. Other groups that meet up at ANZA HQ include the needlecraft groups Stitches (Thursdays 10am-12pm) and Knit for Love (Every third Friday 10am-12pm)

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 176 Orchard Rd, The Centrepoint, #01-33C/D, 238843
Grab a caffeine fix and find out more about life in Singapore at this relaxed social catch up. Casual Coffee meets the second Wednesday and last Friday of each month, at 10am. Drop in whenever, there’s no need to register. The meetings are held at a well-stocked mall, so you can browse the shops afterwards or grab a bite with new friends!

Boomarang, 60 Robertson Quay, #01-15 The Quayside, 238252
Every Thursday from 10am-1pm, the ANZA Mahjong crew gets on the tiles. This popular Chinese game is addictive, and many participants have been coming for years to play a few rounds and have a laugh. There’s always room for newcomers and Boomarang puts on excellent Aussie pub style meals if you’re peckish.

4. GOLF (LADIES 9 & 18 HOLE)
Mandai Executive Golf Course, Upper Seletar Reservoir, Mandai Rd Track 7, 779384
On Tuesday mornings ANZA’s women golfers hit the greens for a relaxed and social nine holes. This beautiful spot is a secluded part of Singapore, and a great way to get some fresh air and exercise away from the crowds. An 18-hole group for more serious golfers plays on Wednesdays at Orchid Golf and Country Club.

5. TENNIS (Casual & Experienced)
Fairmont Hotel, 80 Bras Basah Road, 189560
Fancy a game of social tennis and a chat? Hit the courts with the ANZA casual tennis group. They meet Fridays, 9-11am to work on their swing and get some exercise. Experienced men and women play on Wednesdays from 8-10pm.

Botanic Gardens, East Coast Park, Mount Faber
Every day of the week ANZA cyclists pedal around all corners of this scenic island. The group meet up at the Botanic Gardens (at the Food Canopy) Saturdays at 7am, as well as Rats Corner (Orchard) Mount Faber and the East Coast Park Carpark B1 at various times during the week. From a social spin to elite level racing, they’re the people to meet if bikes are your passion.

Palawan Beach Sentosa, 098498
On Sundays from 8:45-10:30am you’ll spot the colourful caps of our Nippers, as they learn the basics of surf lifesaving – from paddling boards, to sand sprints, rescues, and swimming. There’s also ample opportunity after training for a coffee and breakfast at a beach café!

The Cage, 220 Turf Club Rd, 288001
ANZA’s soccer stars hit the pitch at The Cage on Saturdays from 8am. Expect fancy footwork, golden goals, and lots of cheering as our talented youth teams train and compete in this popular sport.

The Penny Black, 26-27 Boat Quay, 049817
Love sport, beer and lending a hand to charity? Secret Men’s Business is for blokes looking to make friends and make a difference. They catch up for lunch and lager every third Wednesday of the month at Boat Quay and play golf each Tuesday and Thursday. If you’re an ANZA Member, just turn up and say G’day!

…and even more ANZA hangouts!

10. Running
Gardens Gate, next to Botanic gardens MRT

AIS, 1 Lor Chuan, 556818

Centaurs Rugby Pitch, Turf City, 220 Turf Club Rd, 288001

Toa Payoh Stadium, 297 Lorong 6, Toa Payoh, 319389

Singapore Cricket Club, A Connaught Dr, 179681

Tanglin Trust School, 95 Portsdown Rd, 139299

Check out all our interest groups here

And our sports groups here

Hotspot: Cloudstreet

84 Amoy St, Singapore 969903
+65 6513 7868


After his casual bistro CHEEK picked up a coveted Michelin star, Chef Rishi Naleendra’s newest venture, Cloudstreet, is set for similar heights. We visit the classy, contemporary fine diner on a quieter weekday for lunch, drawn by the considerable buzz that surrounds its recent opening. 

We pull up two comfortable leather chairs at the wide chef’s counter. This allows Rishi and his team to interact with us about the menu and wine pairings and we get a front row seat to all the action from the plating section, watching the deft chefs work their magic on a series of thoughtful, carefully presented dishes. 

Diners can choose from five or seven courses at dinner, (with a few special extra bites) and three or five courses during lunch. Keen to take our time and explore the menu, we opt for five courses, which begins with a smooth mussel mousse, served between crackers cleverly made to look like black shells. Next is a perfect Grilled Oyster, drizzled with fresh coconut milk, betal leaf oil and pearls of tart, pink finger lime.  

We nibble on a side plate of Singapore Stout and Liquorice Bread, a dense rye bun, glazed with molasses, spread with lashings of house-whipped French butter and salt. Next is Sicilian Red Prawn, accompanied by salted tomato and olive oil, and a couple of delightful small bites – a ball of Beetroot and Smoked Goats Cheese, with a coating of puffed rice, and a dollop of Goats Milk, floating in fermented watermelon juice. 

The standout dishes are the ones that use Sri Lankan flavours – the crunchy duck roti, and the Sri Lankan Curry of King Crab and Tamarind with a perfect aromatic coconut broth. Grilled Lamb, Young Jackfruit and Mint is a successful interpretation of Rishi’s Sri Lankan and Australian influences, while the final Vegemite on Toast petit four is a lovely nod to the land down under. 

Throughout the meal, Manuela Toniolo, Rishi’s delightful Australian wife and restaurant partner, offers insights into the drink’s menu – which includes 350 natural and classic style wines from around the world. Cloudstreet has a strong focus on wine pairings, and we let Manuela guide us from sparkling to whiles, reds and sweet – every glass the perfect match for Rishi’s incredible food. 

Verdict: Chef Rishi is a hugely talented chef, and this showcase of thoughtful, expressive dishes blend the very best of Australian and Sri Lankan flavours, with creativity, flavour and flair. Service here is immaculate and the overall experience is something very special. 

A note from Cloudstreet:

We are thrilled to announce that Cloudstreet have re-opened for dine-in.
Operation hours, for the time being, are as such:⁣
⁣Dinner only: Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm – 9:30pm⁣. Reservations to be made between 6:30pm – 8pm.

For bookings, feel free to email us at info@cloudstreet.com.sg or book online through Chope. We are looking forward to reconnecting with each and every one of you!