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Fun activities to do in Desaru

Exciting news for beach lovers and outdoorsy types! Propping up a Pina Colada at Palawan after working out will not be your only option next month as a brand new ferry service opens on Thursday 7 July to whisk passengers from Singapore to Desaru Coast, Malaysia. Never heard of it? Last year Desaru was touted as one of the World’s Best Places by TIME Magazine (seriously, check it out here), so don’t miss out! 

The new Batam Fast ferry will operate one round trip service of 330-passengers from Singapore  to Desaru Coast from Thursday to Sunday. The journey takes around 90 minutes each way, and the frequency will increase as time goes on. 

Where is Desaru?

It lies on the far southwestern tip of Malaysia, on the last stretch of the country before it submerges into the South China Sea. Desaru, which means ‘village of soft palms’ in Malay, boasts 22 kilometres of powder white beach, rollicking surf and some cute local attractions. It’s idyllic, quiet and stress-free, and was pretty much kept under wraps, until now. The introduction of new upscale resorts, while keeping the natural beauty and authenticity of the area intact, are going to make it a go-to.

Best time to go?

Like all of Malaysia’s east coast, it’s seasonal, with monsoon winds and rains between November and February. There is still plenty of sunshine even during the rainy season, but waves are high and it rains more. The “good” season is April to October, with June to August being the busiest months.

What can I do there?

Still pretty underdeveloped, most people go simply to relax on the white sandy beaches while marvelling over how such a paradise can only be two hours away from Singapore. But, if you’re looking for some more fun activities in Desaru, there’s plenty to keep families and friends occupied. 

  • World-famous cycling routes

ANZA Cycling members already know that Desaru routes were used last month for L’Étape Malaysia. The upcoming 2022 Desaru Coast Multisport Festival (IRONMAN 70.3 Desaru Coast triathlon, 5150 Desaru Coast triathlon, Desaru Coast Sprint triathlon and IRONKIDS Desaru Coast) taking place at the end of July will place it even more firmly on the map as a place to take your two wheels. The pristine coastal route which takes you past small villages, lallang patches, and swaying coconut trees makes a nice change from riding SG’s excellent PCNs. 

Take your water babies to the waterpark
  • Splashy fun at Desaru Coast Adventure Park

If your kids are members of ANZA Nippers, or just water babies at heart, they’ll love Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark. It houses one of the biggest wave pools in the world (it’s almost the size of two football fields and is filled with over four million gallons of water), and plenty of thrilling dry rides if you don’t like getting your hair wet. Faves include Swing Ship (a pirate ship that arches up to 180 degrees), and Surf Wall (surf simulator for catching waves). We won’t judge if you tackle one yourself.

  • Local cuisine & cruising

If you prefer your restaurants to be of the floating variety, look no further. Restoran Terapung Seafood Bujang Fire Fly is super authentic with no airs and graces, but it really takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore. They serve a cracking Udang Goreng Tempung (friend prawns) while you sit back and enjoy the water and nature surrounding you. The restaurant doubles up as the dock for a Firefly Cruise which takes punters down the river to watch the most natural of light shows. The trees actually appear to glow.

Tee off at The Els Club
  • Golf with a view

Spent the past two years teeing off at Mandai Executive Golf Course with ANZA Golf? Get a  change of scene at The Els Club Malaysia. The two world-class golf courses here are designed by four-time Major Champion, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh, with a combined play of 45 holes. With the South China Sea and the lush rainforest providing the backdrop, the golf courses comprise an Ocean Course and Valley Course, and make for enticing panoramas for both pros and amateurs alike. 

  • Croc watch

Desaru’s Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm opened in 1979 and houses around 1000 crocodiles in all shapes and sizes, ranging from newborn crocs babies to ones over one hundred years old. Here you get to see them up close (don’t ask them to smile for pictures) and have the chance to watch the crocodile keeper feeding them. A fun and insightful day trip for families, but please keep your hands to yourself!

  • Fruity happenings

Desaru Fruit Farm boasts around 100 varieties of fruits and herbs; both seasonal and non-season. Play a family game of ‘I Spy’ as you roam amongst tropical fruit trees and get a a brief introduction to pineapple, papaya, durian, mango and more. Stop off at the agriculture gallery, vegetable and herb garden and visit the mini zoo within the farm compound (which is less crocodiley). 

Enjoy the wetlands on a river safari
  • Explore wetlands

The Sedili Kecil Wetland is one of the very few watersheds in Peninsular Malaysia that remains entirely forested from its source to estuary. This rare and unique wetland includes three ecosystems including mangrove forest, nipa forest, and higher upstream a freshwater swamp forest, making it popular for freshwater shrimp fishing and finding rare flora and fauna. It’s a beautiful spot for a river safari, mangrove replanting, or just being with sea-green nature. 

That bed has your name on it at Anantara Desaru Coast

Is it a day or stay kind of place?

It works as a cool day trip from Singapore, but to commemorate the launch of the new service, there are some special packages for its hotel stays and golf play & stay that include return ferry tickets when guests purchase directly from desarucoast.com. We’re big fans of Anantara Desaru Coast, a stylish and tranquil spot to rest your head, enjoy the swimming pool, indulge in Thai and Malaysian fare at restaurant Tumeric, and never want to come back. 

Ferry tickets and service schedules log onto desarucoast.com and batamfast.com from 30 June 2022 (quick!). 

What’s the deal with health insurance in Singapore?

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As an expat, securing good health insurance in Singapore for you and your loved ones offers financial security. However, the cost of health insurance premiums in the Lion City keeps rising yearly because of various reasons such as changing medical trends, post-pandemic health checkups, and more.

Lucky for you, our friends at Pacific Prime Singapore have analysed the different contributing factors that influence the cost of medical insurance in their Cost of International Health Insurance Report. Moreover, the report also covers the overarching global trends and regional nuances. So read on to learn more about the cost of health insurance in the country.

Health insurance in Singapore is important for all the family

The rise in the cost of health insurance

Singapore continues to rank at the top of the charts when it comes to the cost of international private medical insurance (IPMI) premiums around the world. This year it moved up the ranking table to become the world’s third most expensive health insurance premium.

The average cost of individual and family health insurance in Singapore in 2021-2022 is USD $6,265 and USD $17,803, respectively. Let’s take a closer look at the key driving factors that led to the rise of health insurance premiums in the Lion City.

Cost drivers of IPMI premiums

Delayed elective treatments from the Covid-19 pandemic are one of the main reasons for the increase in the utilisation of medical services in Singapore. Moreover, as the Covid-19 cases took over government hospitals, residents sought out private hospitals for medical care, raising the cost of health insurance. The ageing population in Singapore also places a strain on the healthcare systems to treat chronic conditions, in turn, raising the cost of IPMI premiums.

Insurance providers in Singapore are also expecting more services to be done online. In addition, the growing interest in mental health and work-from-home arrangements contributes to the rise in digitalisation of both mental health and telemedicine claims, impacting the IPMI costs.

What is the future of insurance premiums in Singapore?

With Singapore opening up for international travel and rolling back the Covid-19 curbs, the demand for healthcare remains high among expats and residents. Moreover, people now know the importance of securing proper medical insurance in an unexpected event or an emergency. Get in touch with a Pacific Prime Singapore expert today to find out more about health insurance plans and premiums in Singapore.

 

Tuckerbox: Good Mood Food

Local Kuehs
Kueh courtesy Kueh & Mee

APAM BALIK (‘turnover pancake’), a Chinese-style peanut pancake also containing sweetcorn, presented folded over.
BURBUR CHACHA, enjoyed warm or chilled, this colourful Southeast-Asian dessert contains sago pearls, banana, sweet potato and yam with coconut milk, in a porridge-like consistency.
An icy cold Peranakan favourite, CHENDOL is made with pandan-flavoured green noodles, soft red beans, coconut milk, palm sugar and crushed ice.
DURIAN PENGAT, mousse of durian cooked in coconut milk and sugar, with full flavour and aroma.
EGG TART, deliciously classic egg custard encased in round-shape puff pastry Portuguese-style, and presented in diamond-shape short crust pastry, Chinese-style.
Nutritious, uplifting, colourful FRESH FRUIT such as tropical choices mangosteen, guava and rambutan, hit all the right buttons.
GORENG PISANG, or fried banana fritter, is firmly established in Singapore as a crowd-pleaser.
HALWA, a popular Indian Muslim dessert/snack. The orange-colour version typically uses grated carrot, rice flour, brown sugar, ghee and nuts.
ICE KACHANG from Malaysia features ice-shavings drizzled generously with various colourful syrups and condensed milk, accompanied by sweet red beans, golden sweetcorn, palm seeds and jelly cubes, presented as a kaleidoscopic tower.
Malay preserved fruit, JERUK, encompasses sweet and spicy tastes, including apricot, mango and plum.
KUEH are colourful cakes made with rice flour and coconut milk, like ang ku kueh (red turtle cake; steamed, red colour, turtle-shape, peanut-filled cake); kueh lapis (layer cake); and ondeh-ondeh (small, one-bite, sweet potato balls, rolled in shredded coconut, filled with palm sugar syrup).
LADOO, a ball-shaped Indian festive treat made up of chick pea flour, cashews and a sprinkling of raisins.
Chinese steamed glutinous rice balls, or MUAH CHEE, are covered with sesame seeds or peanuts, soft and chewy.
NUTS are highly nutritious. Popular ones here include peanuts, pistachios, gingko and chestnuts.
ORANGE CHIFFON CAKE, circular, statuesque, light and airy, zesty with hints of cardamom.
PAYASAM, from South India, is a creamy milk-based thick pudding made with rice or vermicelli, nuts, sugar and fruit, savoured hot or cold.
Hard-boiled, petite QUAIL EGGS are easy to pop into mouths. My grandchildren’s go-to snack.
RASMALAI, Indian cream-cheese balls, are served with chilled milky syrup.
Always tempting, SUGEE CAKE, the iconic golden-hued Eurasian delight, dense yet light, is made with semolina flour and crushed almonds.
TAU SUAN, a Chinese mung bean syrupy dessert, is especially good with yiu tiao (see below).
URAD APPALAM is a deep-fried, small, round and crunchy Indian snack.
VADAI are savoury, deep-fried, round Indian cakes, contain ground lentils, green chillies and ginger.
Enjoyed with tim sum, steamed jelly-like slices of WATER CHESTNUT CAKE are served warm.
XIGUA, the Chinese name for watermelon; refreshing, red in colour when sliced, and thirst-quenching. Make popsicles with watermelon puree.
YIU TIAO, also called yu char kway, is a deep-fried Chinese cruller, enjoyed dipped in coffee or with tau suan.
Zzzz – sweet dreams.

If you’re suffering from a low mood, ANZA is always ready with a listening ear and strong shoulder, providing encouragement during stressful times.

Hotspots: Nobu Singapore

It’s fair to say that the late 1990s are on trend right now. Bucket hats, slip dresses and Adidas slides are all the range on the young people of Haji Lane. Westlife are headlining at this year’s Formula 1 in Singapore. Last week, a friend’s son asked me if I’d heard of Pulp Fiction. So, it seems fitting that the restaurant of decade, Nobu, opened its doors at the Four Seasons Hotel earlier this month.

The brainchild of Japanese celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Hollywood actor Robert De Niro, Nobu was launched in New York in 1994, then in London in 1997. “If you’re ever lucky enough to have anything be successful … make sure you don’t short change yourself,” De Niro is reported to have said. He stuck to his word. Today there are over 50 Nobu restaurants around the world stretching from Malibu to Ibiza. Nobu Singapore is its 53rd outpost.

Black Cod Miso

Back in the day, Nobu was an iconic part of 90s culture, luring in the glitterati of the time with sultry lighting, sleek decor, a possible sighting of a Spice Girl, and the restaurant’s high-end union of Japanese and Peruvian fare. Their signature dish, Black Cod Miso, was as famous as the destination.

Hooray then that Hideki Maeda, the former Head Chef at Nobu London, helms the Singapore edition. As a protégé of Matsuhisa, he has spent over two decades honing his culinary skills under Matsuhisa’s watchful eye and executes the menu to perfection. We’re excited to see classics such as the Black Cod Miso and Rock Shrimp Tempura available, alongside new innovative creations (with the promise of more to come).

We start with a selection of cold plates and warm appetisers. Standouts include thin slices of Yellowtail Jalapeno comprising pale fish with bright slices of jalapeno on tangy beds of yuzu and soy sauce. The Sashimi Salad offers delicate tuna sashimi with fresh greens tossed in a tart Matsuhisa sauce. The Nobu Tuna Tacos are little wonton shells packed with tuna and lobster, a light ponzu marinade, and a small dollop of Japanese mayo on top.

Beef Toban Yaki arrives topped with fresh asparagus and is tender and succulent, accompanied by a sauce of sake, soy and yuzu. Pan seared wagyu beef and foie gras dumplings were served with karashi miso ponzu sauce. The Anticucho Rib-Eye Steak paired with a hearty, spicy Peruvian-style sauce is one of the few ‘heavier’ dishes on the menu and came a close second for us to the infamous Black Cod Miso. This showstopper arrives glistening and tantalising, gently falling into soy-glazed bites at the touch of a fork. It tasted sweet and melt-in-your-mouth buttery, and needed almost no effort to chew.

Bed of sushi

No Nobu experience is complete without an extensive bed of sushi, and the Singapore menu is no exception. Chutoro Nigiri, Kampachi Nigiri with Dry Miso and Bonito, Kinmedai with Shiso Leaf, and California Maki were all very well prepared in terms of the cuts and temperature of the fish.

The desserts were just as well executed. We end with Nobu Cheesecake with Raspberry Wasabi Sorbet, Japanese Strawberry Cake Vanilla Whipped Cream with Strawberry Gel, and Chocolate Fondant Lava Cake with Matcha Ice Cream – a chocolate soufflé which was warm, solid, packed with subtle sweetness from the dark chocolate, and made for a winning mouthful with the green tea ice-cream.

As we pause for air, we comment on how despite Nobu occupying the floorspace of what used to be two outdoor tennis courts, the restaurant is alive with energy and buzzy chatter. Twenty-five years may have passed, but Nobu certainly hasn’t lost its sparkle. And was that a Spice Girl we spotted in the bathroom …?

VERDICT: While the prices here are undoubtedly high, you could argue that the food is better than ever – a result of years of fine tuning. Perhaps all the proof you need that Nobu continues to be a stellar eatery is to look at their reservations – we’ve heard there’s a waitlist for the next two months.

Nobu Singapore, Four Seasons Hotel, 190 Orchard Blvd, Level 3, Singapore 248646

How to pack jewellery for a house move

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When it comes to a big house move, there are some items that just get bunged in a box at the very last minute. There are others that you worry about packing up safely and securely long before moving date arrives. Precious and sentimental belongings such as jewellery is one thing that gets left until the very end, but there are specific ways to pack pieces such as bracelets, necklaces, rings, and other jewellery to protect them from risk. Read on.

1. Sort it out

It’s time to be ruthless. Sort your jewellery to make sure you’ll be using it after the move. Set aside broken, damaged or inexpensive items that won’t be worth repairs. Also, get rid of things you won’t wear anymore. Plastic clip-on earrings, we mean you.

2. Packing supplies

Your packing supplies matter so that you can pack your pieces of jewellery safely and quickly. Surprisingly, the best items to pack jewellery are the most unusual:

  • Drinking straws: Necklaces get tangled easily, so straws can help you keep them straight and separate
  • Wrapping paper: You can also use plastic, acid-free sealing wraps to secure your necklaces and chains. Avoid using newsprints that might stain your valuables
  • Ziplock bags: Mini ziplock bags can also serve as storage for your necklaces
  • Bubble wraps: Bubble wraps can also help you protect the most delicate items
  • Plastic wraps: You can wrap your earrings in smaller jewellery items
  • Placemats or towels: Use placemats or small napkins to secure large statement pieces
  • Bead storage or pillbox: Use the tiny slots in these mini boxes to store your rings and earrings separately
  • Packing tape: Don’t forget to secure each wrapped up jewellery with packing tape to prevent them from unwrapping during the move. However, ensure you never use packing tape directly on delicate parts of your jewellery as it might leave a residue on them and may cause long-lasting damage
  • Box and pouch: The most delicate ornaments may also require extra protection and stability using a padded box, pouch or both
  • Cardboard cards: You can also store your earrings safely, by making small cardboard cut-out from a discarded moving box. Simply, use a safety pin to poke holes on these cards and place your earrings in these holes. When done, use tapes on the backs of the cards to prevent your earrings from falling out

3. Think inside the box

Of course, jewellery boxes are designed to protect your delicate items. They have soft padding on the inside and are usually sturdy on the inside to protect your breakable ornaments. Consider using these boxes and ensure to keep items in separate storage space. However, you should use jewellery boxes after using the methods above, so you can keep your items away from the box as well to prevent dirt, moisture and dirt on them. As one of the most prominent relocation companies in Singapore, we believe that jewellery boxes are the best way to store your precious ornaments to prevent loss or theft.

 4. Stay in charge

Most moving companies in Singapore will never consent to move your critical valuables or jewellery. There will always be a valuables waiver that you will need to sign prior to the start of your packing and moving. Movers don’t have insurance to cover those items in case of theft or loss. Therefore, you can pack these sentimental pieces separately from every other item you own. You can carry them on you in your essentials bag. If you need to include them in your shipment, please consult your moving professional to discuss the options available.

About SIR MOVE

Established in Singapore in and Malaysia since 2006, SIR Move Services is a Singapore/British brand and it is a moving company that continues to build a business based on integrity and trust. SIR provides Complete Move Solutions for International, Commercial and Domestic Relocations inclusive of storage and insurance. We move pets too. Moove My Box (MMB) is the newest addition to our suite of services allowing customers to ship small shipments faster. Similar to Air Express Delivery with the addition of packing and collection services.  SIR Move is a qualified FIDI/FAIM Quality Mover.

SIR Move Services

Email talk2us@sirmove.com

Visit www.sirmove.com

Call 65 65347345

 

 

 

Avoid rookie travel mistakes this summer

The past few years have left us all a little out of practice when it comes to planning a holiday. Prepping for post-pandemic travel requires a little more than dusting down your suitcase and remembering the Hawaiian Tropic. Should you be taking your vaccine card? Do you need additional travel insurance? To make sure your break remains free of travel mistakes, here are some key travel tips to navigate the new normal and avoid rookie  errors. 

1. Check your passport now

Yes, we know these seems terribly obvious, but hear us out. Many countries require passports to be valid for six months from the date of travel, and considering passport processing times are slower than usual, you may want to get onto it now. What used to be a simple online procedure that takes a few weeks might now involve a long wait and lots of patience. 

2. Research restrictions

It would be lovely to think that the world is entirely ‘back to normal’, but sadly that’s not the case. “The coronavirus continues to be a concern in many destinations, and some countries still have pandemic restrictions and testing requirements such as PCR tests in place,” says Lucy Jackson Walsh, co-founder and director of luxury tour operator Lightfoot Travel. “Be realistic about where you want to go and research thoroughly prior to booking up. Potential travellers should take local and national public health directives  into consideration before planning any trips, and be aware of any changes in regulations.”

3. Get your vaccinations (no, not those ones)

Many countries require you to get vaccinated in order to visit them, and not just with Covid-19. “With opportunities to travel near and far opening up this is the perfect time to consider your family’s vaccination history,” says Dr Jaqueline Dukino of International Medical Clinic. “Are your children up-to-date with childhood immunisations according to the schedule of your home country and for mandatory vaccinations in Singapore? Are there vaccinations that would be important for your next travel adventure – Influenza, Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, a booster for Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis, and for certain places -Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Yellow Fever vaccines? After a few years of no travel at all, it could well be that you need a top up on some of the essentials. Don’t make the post-pandemic travel blunder of forgetting about them!

4. Don’t wait to book

“Some people are making travel mistakes right now by not doing enough planning or booking in advance,” says Jo Hendry-Prior of 360 Private Travel (@jhptravel). “They’re waiting to reserve accommodation or buy flights in the hope that they’ll get a last minute deal, but understandably, travel is in hot demand right now. Many hotels are getting booked up in popular destinations in a way that they weren’t before the pandemic hit. Even if you’re thinking of travelling at the end of the year, you’ll still find high occupancy levels already.”

5. Pre-book your tickets to attractions

Speaking of which, many major attractions in touristy destinations will also be extra busy over the next few months, expecially as children head on school holidays. Try to pre-book attractions online and go for the option to skip the queue if there is one to avoid wasting precious holiday/pool/cocktail time. 

6. Prepare your proof of vaccination

International travellers will almost certainly need proof of vaccination as more countries require it and/or a negative COVID-19 test result to enter or avoid quarantine. Some domestic travellers also need to show they’ve been jabbed depending on where they’re heading.

7. Consider travel insurance carefully

If there’s one year to secure some travel insurance, it’s 2022. Some travel credit cards include it as a benefit, and coverage will come in especially useful if a Covid-19 test comes back positive and you can no longer get away. Do note that disinclination to travel because of Covid-19 isn’t usually a covered reason – that’s when “Cancel For Any Reason” coverage — often offered as an upgrade on some travel insurance plans – comes in handy if you can find one.

8. Don’t ditch the airline emails

Remember to do ‘spot checks’ on your flights, and pay attention to any emails or text messages from your airline. “Flights changing due to the lack of crew, pilots or even seats sold is a real possibility for post-pandemic travel at the moment,” says XXX. 

9. Make extra copies of your passport and important documents

Remember to email copies to yourself too. You never know when you might need to show your vaccination form or have some sort of documentation and you won’t have your original with you. Additionally, keep a copy of your passport.

10. Pack right 

Take a sarong. For some reason you’ll always need one, whether it’s at the beach, as a blanket on a picnic, to help you dry off, or to keep you warm. Don’t wear a bumbag. This is no time to bring out your inner-hipster, and they just scream “I’m a tourist!” And never underestimate the power of a headtorch.

11. Start as you mean to go on

Avoid following families in airport security lines who tend to be slower moving because of the kids, and instead opt for get behind business travellers. They move fast since they are usually in a rush and travel light so you can speed through the line! Just don’t say we told you to do it.

 

ANZA Soccer: Fun, friends, football & sponsors!

ANZA Soccer’s commitment to providing “Fun, Friends, and Football” to a diverse community of families is made possible by our generous and community-minded corporate sponsors.

Our Saturday league and Sunday competition teams rely on our sponsors to help defray our costs and keep our programmes affordable for expat and local families alike. In the current economic environment, we understand that companies must carefully consider whether to make monetary commitments to nonprofit organisations like ANZA, and we are very grateful that these companies support our Fair Play philosophy and see our mission as worthy of backing.

This month – and every month – ANZA Soccer extends a heartfelt thank you to our new and returning sponsors.

  Our Sponsors Speak Out  

Interactive Brokers, sponsoring green and gold competition teams

ANZA Soccer
ANZA Soccer partner for three years

ANZA SoccerWhat they say: “Interactive Brokers recognise the positive impact that competitive sports can have on shaping a child’s life and supports ANZA’s objective of offering affordable youth soccer programmes to the community. Many of our clients are involved with ANZA soccer, which brings our organisation together with clients and members of the community. We enjoy the camaraderie and competitive spirit of the games and hope to see more of it this year! In the meantime, we cheer on our ANZA Soccer teams and support the organisation as a whole.”
What they do: Interactive Brokers is an automated global electronic broker that serves clients from over 200 countries and territories and conducts its broker business in over 135 market destinations worldwide. IBKR provides direct access (“on line”) trade execution and clearing services to institutional and active traders for a variety of electronically traded products including stocks, options, futures, currencies, bonds, gold and funds worldwide.
David Friedland, Managing Director, and Kevin Tan, CEO
interactivebrokers.com

MUFG, sponsoring our youngest five age groups in multiple colours and the G7 to U18 Gunners in grey

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MUFG have partnered ANZA Soccer for three years

What they say: “I’ve seen first-hand the effort put in by ANZA parents, coaches and club reps on a weekly basis – it is grassroots and community focused, a true NGO. We want to give back to the community that supports us by giving organisations like ANZA the peace of mind that cash-flow challenges won’t affect their ability to positively impact kids’ lives. Perhaps the next Messi or Marta is playing on a Saturday morning in Turf City and our sponsorship has helped them a little bit!”
What they do: MUFG provides outsourcing, administration and financing to asset managers and sovereign wealth funds. We build long-term strategic partnerships with clients, often building bespoke solutions to cater for their specific needs. MUFG values community and believe large institutions like ours have an obligation to support organisations like ANZA that are focused on bringing people together, child welfare, and family.
Paddy Kirwan, Managing Director
mufg-investorservices.com

Canadian International School, sponsoring the Gordons in red

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ANZA Soccer partner for four years

What they say: “Enrolling a child in a recreational sport can help develop life-long skills, introduce healthy living at a young age, and hone communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. Getting involved in activities can introduce a whole new environment that will make their learning more engaging, help boost their skills and talents, and encourage them to challenge themselves and push boundaries. On a personal note, my son has been part of the ANZA Soccer family for five years and has benefited enormously, not only from the fitness aspect but also from being part of a team and meeting new friends from other schools.”
What they do: My team organises the Canadian International School’s extracurricular activities and holiday camps. We offer a wide range of activities available including sports, STEAM, arts, enrichment and global languages – children are spoilt for choice these days!
Wendy Nussey, CIS Head of Activities and Camps
For an early bird special offer of 10% off on all CIS summer camps, sign up by 31 May. Learn more at cis.edu.sg

Expat Dental, sponsoring the Matildas girls programme in turquoise

ANZA Mathildas
Expat Dental have supported ANZA Soccer partner for five years

What they say: “We applaud ANZA Soccer and its focus on healthy outdoor fun and sports for people of all ages, nationalities and ability levels. We are very happy to be sponsors of youth sports at ANZA, especially the Matildas soccer teams. We want to be proactive in encouraging girls to keep active which we know is so beneficial socially, physically and mentally.”
What they do: Expat Dental has been providing holistic dental care to expats and Singaporeans since 2013. We have a full range of services for the family, including orthodontics, which I take care of. On a soccer note, I always try to encourage my patients who play soccer to wear a mouthguard for safety, especially if they have braces. Players of any sports where there is contact are good candidates for a proper, custom-fitted mouthguard.
Dr Clara Gibson, Dentist
expatdental.com

Edge Healthcare, sponsoring the Sailors in white

ANZA Soccer
ANZA Soccer partner for two years

What they do: Edge Healthcare has built a reputation as the leading Physiotherapy and Osteopathy group in Singapore and was founded on the vision to change the way Physio and Osteo is delivered in Singapore. We have clinics in Orchard at Forum Mall and in the CBD on Cecil Street, with private treatment rooms and an extensive rehabilitation gym. Our therapists treat all age groups with acute and chronic pain; sports injuries; vertigo and dizziness; post-surgery; pre and post-natal matters; and cardiac, neurological and development issues.
edgehealthcare.com.sg

James Cook University, sponsoring the Flyers in blue

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JCU have been an ANZA Soccer partner for almost a decade

What they say: “Our community-minded values align with ANZA Soccer and we at James Cook University (JCU) in Singapore look forward to further strengthening our long-standing relationship together. Sponsoring ANZA Soccer U8s to U17s is a great way to promote teamwork, resilience, and mutual respect amongst our youth – key attributes to prepare them for a bright future ahead.”
What they do: The Singapore campus of JCU is owned by James Cook University Australia. We offer programmess in business, information technology, psychology, education, science, accounting, arts, aquaculture, environmental science, games design, tourism and hospitality. The university also offers Higher Degree by Research programmes. The Tropical Futures Institute was launched in 2018 to enhance the university’s research capability in Singapore. In 2021, the university established James Cook Academy which in turn acquired Eagle Infotech for Continuing Professional Development in Singapore and the region.
Mr Andrew Chew, Chief Commercial Officer
jcu.edu.sg

Carey Olsen, sponsoring our coaches in red and blue

ANZA Soccer
ANZA Soccer partner for five years

What they say: “The first thing we did upon arrival in Singapore in 2016 was enrol our kids in the ANZA Soccer Saturday Club League. We liked that it was fun, social, and run by volunteer parents. We also appreciated the opportunities for children to develop competitive skills. The kids have thoroughly enjoyed playing in both ANZA Soccer leagues and we’ve made some long-lasting friendships with the coaches, team managers, and AGCs, who work hard to make the ANZA Soccer programme so successful.”
What they do: It is one of our priorities at Carey Olsen to give back to the communities in which we are based, and so we are delighted to offer steady support to ANZA Soccer over the years. ANZA has established a fantastic social community and coaching programme that has become hugely popular with both youth players and their parents in Singapore. We look forward to seeing the ANZA programmes go from strength to strength.”
Anthony McKenzie, Managing Partner
careyolsen.com

The King’s School, sponsoring the Warriors in green

ANZA Soccer
ANZA Soccer partner for four years

What they say: “Our partnership with ANZA Soccer has been very positive, as it extends our involvement within our own community in Singapore and supports them in a very practical way. Singapore’s Australian and New Zealand families often reach out to get to know us, and we are always happy to help those families to consider their educational choices. When visiting our King’s community in Singapore, we’ve seen over the years how important ANZA is to Singapore’s expat community.”
What they do: The King’s School is Australia’s oldest independent school and enjoys a peaceful setting in the heart of Sydney. We offer education to boys from pre-kindergarten through to Year 12. A Christian community, King’s is also proudly one of the largest boarding schools in Australia with unique links to the rural sector, along with a significant enrolment from the city as day boys and weekly boarders.
Michelle Petrovic, Marketing Manager
kings.edu.au

Dallas Bar and Restaurant, sponsoring the Vikings in yellow

ANZA Soocer
Dallas Bar & Restaurants have been an ANZA Soccer partner for one year

We thank new sponsor Dallas Bar and Restaurant for joining the team this season. With restaurants at Boat Quay and Marina Bay Sands, Dallas is a contemporary bar-bistro concept and a popular hangout for Singaporeans, expats and tourists. “Come have a mouthwatering lunch, a delectable dinner, or casual drinks with us. We offer an irresistible variety of culinary delights, a full bar, and a great selection of fine wines.”
Jason Pope, Director
dallas.sg

Where to celebrate Father’s Day 2022 in Singapore

When it comes to any celebration in Singapore, food is the way forward. This Sunday 19 June marks Father’s Day for many countries around the world, and while it may not be the exact date we do it in Australia and New Zealand (that’ll be Sunday 4 September 2022), we’re all for jumping on the party bandwagon. For that reason, here’s our round-up of the best Dad Meals in town. Many of them are happening now and continuing over the weekend. So go on, treat the top man in your life with some dude food to show him just how special he is.

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel

Father’s Day at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel has got it all going on this 19 June. Treat Dad to an all-you-can-eat brunch, special Mighty Meats Platter for sharing, Father’s Day cocktail and complimentary beer. The hotel’s signature restaurant 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung is offering a special Buffet Brunch. Afterwards, head to The Bar at 15 Stamford for a Daddy Day Care cocktail masterclass, where pops will learn to create iconic favourites for the rest of the accompanying family to enjoy. Chances are he may need to take an MC next Monday.

15 Stamford Rd, 178906

Black Tap Burgers & Craft Beer

If your dad loves a burger, look no further than the ultimate boss burger at Black Tap Burgers & Craft Beer. Father’s Day celebrations are happening her enow until 19 June and  include their juicy fat meat stacks and huge selection of craft beers. Other favourite picks from this New York stalwart include the All-American – fluffy brioche, 8oz Prime patty, American cheese, tomato, and a special sauce – and the Cantonese BBQ Burger with bacon, black bean mayo, spicy acar pickles, and sambal BBQ sauce. It’s exclusive to Singapore – a bit like your dad. 

10 Bayfront Ave #L1-80, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave, 018972

Bedrock Bar & Grill

From now until 20 June, take Dad to lunch at award-winning steakhouse Bedrock Bar & Grill at Somerset for some bonding over a juicy steak. The three-course lunch set ($98 per person) highlights a hearty Beef Oscar that is grilled over aromatic apple wood and topped with sweet jumbo crab meat. Also available at Bedrock Origin at Oasia Resort Sentosa if you dad is pining for the laid back beach life of back home.

Locations vary, log on here for more

Sofitel Singapore City Centre

In celebration of Father’s Day, Sofitel Singapore City Centre is putting on the glitz on 19 June. Racines will feature the Semi-Buffet Brunch showcasing highlights including cheese and charcuterie, Escargots and an extensive Seafood Platter. Signature dishes such as the French Chicken, 8-hour Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder and Angus Steak Frites will be hard to resist, but make sure Dad leaves some space for sweet treats crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Sam Leong such as Baba Au Rhum, Crêpes Suzette and the Tiramisu Pot.

9 Wallich St, 078885

Super Loco Chef Randy Torres gets set to celebrate Father’s Day with his family. Photo: Super Loco Group

Super Loco

The Super Loco group are bringing their special Mexican roasts back to the table from 6 – 18 June in celebration of Father’s Day. Raise a roast to your padre with a juicy, messy and dope Mexican roast dinner, seasoned in an eight hour brine and slow cooked on the rotisserie with a special blend of spices. Add margarita’s into the mix and you might just secure your spot as Dad’s favourite child.

Locations islandwide. Log on here for details

LAVO Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar

Have a sky-high celebration with a special Father’s Day 2022 edition of the Sunday Champagne Brunch at LAVO Restaurant & Rooftop Bar. Dive into appetisers like the ultra-cheesy quattro formaggi pizza, white asparagus with maltaise and smoked salmon, and the decadent seared foie gras with brioche and roasted figs agrodolce. Save room for Italian-American dishes like the ultimate mac & cheese and baby back ribs. End with Father’s Day-themed cookie cream doughnuts, red velvet muffins, tiramisu, strawberry profiteroles and cannoli.

10 Bayfront Ave, Tower 1, Level 57, 018956

Level 33

For this weekend only (18 & 19 June), Level 33 are going large for the dad in your life. A specially curated Father’s Day menu presents a juicy Portoro Australian ribeye with rich and intense beefy flavours. Served with sweet and tangy stout balsamic roasted vine cherry tomatoes, crispy roasted potatoes, grilled asparagus, and a range of house-made beer condiments, this is the ultimate way to say thank you. There are also family sharing platters if you want to all get in on the action together.

8 Marina Blvd, #33 – 01, 018981

Shangri-La Singapore

You can count on Shangri-La Singapore to whip up a gastronomical feast for Father’s Day and this year is no exception. From the next level international buffet at The Line, featuring highlights such as Australian Angus Beef Prime Rib, New Zealand Lamb Leg, Krakauer Sausage; to the exclusive set menus at the Michelin-starred Shang Palace; to exquisite afternoon tea at The Rose Veranda; it’s the place to be from 17 – 19 June.

22 Orange Grove Rd, 258350

So France

As Singapore’s favourite French bistro and gourmet store, So France honours all dads this Father’s Day with the addition of a grand Tomahawk Steak on the menu. A seasonal exclusive, this hefty, premium cut of meat is ideal for sharing with the family. Cooked to your preference and served alongside creamy mushroom, mashed potatoes, and fries, with béarnaise and peppercorn sauce, it’ll add a little ooh-la-la to lunch and dinner on 18 and 19 June.

7 Fraser Street Duo Galleria #01-51/56 Bugis MRT, 189356

Seared Steakhouse

Seared Steakhouse has a gorgeous outdoor seating area and serves up grilled steaks, BBQ ribs, burgers, salads and an impressive 1kg Australian Tomahawk for $88. What makes this a winner for Father’s Day is that children can entertain themselves with the on-site bouncy castle, giant trampoline, trikes and spinning buckets. This means Mum and Dad can chill with their drinks. Extra Dad points go to the one who takes on the bouncy castle personally. There’s always one …

Seared, 91 Tanglin Road, #B1-01, Tanglin Place, 247918

9 tax planning tips for the end of the Australian financial year

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While tax planning for the end of the Australian financial year may feel as exciting as getting prospective root canal treatment, it’s important to be mindful of the closing date of 30 June 2022 and to know exactly where you stand when it comes to your finances.

Many expats feel that there’s not much point in doing doing end of Australian financial year tax planning now they’re living overseas, but and even though tax in Australia may not be as much of a concern for those who have left, they could be leaving tax savings on the table and as they say, a penny saved is a penny earned.

Read on for some tax planning tips for the end of the Australian financial year from our friends at Select Investors. If you’re an expat in Singapore especially, read on!

1. Don’t forget superannuation

If you have a positively geared rental property back in Australia, then you are likely paying non-resident tax at 32.5%+ with no tax-free threshold on your net income, which is unpleasant. Accordingly, you can consider making a deductible superannuation contribution of up to A$27,500 before 30 June which can be claimed as a deduction against your rental income in the same year, thus saving you 32.5% tax at the individual level. This does however get taxed at 15% within your superannuation fund on the way in, and 15% annually on its earnings up to retirement, however there is a net saving of 17.5% together with the fact that you are putting some funds towards your retirement. Furthermore, from 1 July 2018, you can carry forward any unused “concessional” contributions year meaning that you could contribute up to $102,500 this year (to 30 June 2022) if you did not make any contributions in the last four years providing your super balance is less than $500k. Superannuation can be complicated and therefore it is important to reach out to a professional like myself to discuss your contributions before you make them.

2. Get a depreciation report

If you have a rental property back home and do not have a depreciation report, it is worth considering this if the property was constructed after 15 September 1987 or had substantial renovations after this time. Depreciation is a deduction for the reduction in value of the construction (not the land!) for up to 40 years of the property together with the plant and equipment, and furniture and fittings. I recommend reaching out to a quantity surveyor such as BMT or Tax Shield to discuss your specific property and determine whether it is worthwhile commissioning a report. Furthermore, the cost of the actual report is deductible so if you pay for this pre 30 June, you may claim a deduction. You can also amend some of your old returns to do a back claim after the report is produced which could potentially pay for the cost of the report in refunds.

3. Give your share portfolio some love

For those expatriates who may have been holding shares when they moved away from Australia and never elected a “deemed sale” for tax purposes in that particular year, these shares will still be taxable in Australia on sale. Accordingly, year end presents opportunity to sell (and buy back) any shares at a loss to crystalise the Australian capital loss (and potential gains against the loss as well). If you buy them back as a non-resident, you then pay no further tax on the gains as a Singapore tax resident until you move back to Australia again.

4. Push back Australian sourced income and bring forward expenses

This is always the fundamental principal of tax planning as you approach 30th of June each year, even as an expatriate. As an Australian non-resident for tax purposes, you are only taxed on your Australian sourced income and assets, which is, for most of us, Australian property, and any shares which we acquired in Australia and were not “deemed” sold when we moved. So, applying this principal to your property, generally you cannot defer rent, but any expenses which you may have to pay, ensure to pay them pre 30th of June including for repairs and maintenance work, and other expenses like land tax and depreciation reports.  Furthermore, Australian based Income Protection Insurance premiums are also deductible against your Australian rental property.

5. Don’t sell your former family home whilst you are offshore

More a point to note however the Capital Gains Tax Principal Place of Residence Exemption was removed from 30 June 2020 for “Foreign Tax Residents”. This means that if you sell your former family home as a non-resident now going forward, you will be taxed on it with no principal place of residence exemption allowed. Important action is to either hold onto it until you return back to Australia as a tax resident again OR sell it in the future but be aware that you will have no tax concessions allowable under this provision. Some exemptions do apply for divorcing couples and other major life events.

6. Lookout – land tax!

It is important to ensure that your property back in Australia is no longer listed as your principal place of residence for land tax purposes, as you will be liable for land tax on this if you are not living in it.

7. Keep your family trust in good order

For those few that may still have an Australian discretionary trust active, ensure that you prepare your trust distribution minutes by the 30 June.

8. Leave in better shape than you arrived

In the event that you are an expatriate and considering a move back to Australia within the next 24 months, it is well worth commencing repatriation planning to ensure you understand the effect of bringing back your assets into a jurisdiction which taxes you on worldwide income and worldwide assets. This would include review of the tax position of each of your assets and income, together with restructuring opportunities, Australian tax residency position, treatment of those assets which will remain offshore and ensuring you have a retirement plan in place as your income in Australia will most likely drop and income tax will increase.

9. Keep an eye on Albo’s future tax changes including Residency

Potential changes to the Australian tax residency rules were announced in the 2021 budget which have currently not progressed to consultation. We expect to see these re-emerge post-election and will be largely tested on the number of days you are in Australia. They could have a sting in their tail so it is important to keep a look out for the changes when they occur.

Please reach out if you would like an obligation free meeting to further discuss any questions you may have via email: Tristan.perry@selectinvestorsaustralia.sg and do watch the recent on demand webinar to learn more about Australian tax planning.

The above information is general in nature and could vary depending on your personal circumstances. Do contact me if you have any questions about any of the above or for an obligation free discussion to talk more specifically about personal circumstances.