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Hotspots: Marrakech at SO/

From 16 to 30 September, SO/Singapore’s Xperience restaurant offers a glimpse of the kaleidoscopic beauty of Morocco. Its inviting dining area is filled with traditional colours, wares, goods, and the wonderful scents of Morocco’s vibrant cuisine; there are two set-menus available: lunch (58++) and dinner (78++).

We previewed the dinner set-menu, enjoying a delicious assortment of dishes expertly highlighting the use of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean herbs and spices.

The meal started with the traditional Moroccan Salad, not a salad in the traditional sense, but a spread of small sharing dishes. Chef Sefia presented Taktouta – a delicious combination of bell peppers and tomatoes, slowly cooked with spices and herbs; Zaalouk, a bold dish of eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and more wonderful spices; Foul Mcharmel, a tasty and spicy dish of fava beans; Barba Mcharmela, a zesty combination of beetroot and spices; Moroccan marinated olives – meaty olives spiced with harissa and a plate of fluffy Khobz, the staple flat bread of Morocco.

These scrumptious starters were followed by a bowl of Harira, a traditional soup prepared with lamb, chickpeas, lentils, and fresh herbs. Harira is an icon of Moroccan cuisine and is eaten all year around, especially during the holy month of Ramadan. Everyone at the table agreed this version was an all-around winner.

With the feast of flavours and aromas in full swing, we were served three different tajines, each one rich and distinct. Tajine Alhudar – perfectly cooked marinated Moroccan vegetables. Alhut Mcharmel – a delicious seabass and vegetable stew. Aldajaj Mqali – wonderfully aromatic chicken slowly braised with preserved lemons, spices and olives. And Allahm Bel Barquo – buttery tender lamb shank, simmered “long and slow” and combined with spices, prunes, apricots, almonds, and walnuts. This iconic sweet-savoury tajine is the quintessential example of the vibrancy and sophistication of Moroccan gastronomy.

We finished this delicious meal with a round of traditional Moroccan sweets. Kaab Ghzal – a crescent shape biscuit filled with almond paste, Ghoribat al jawz – a rich and chewy walnut biscuit, and Halwat Al Fustuq – a buttery pistachio biscuit.

This fun dining experience had our tastebuds dancing with the fragrant flavours that Moroccan cuisine is famous for.

VERDICT: In food-obsessed Singapore, chef Safia Aboutikab and Chef Hong Ding Zhao have put together a gastronomical experience reminiscent of a Moroccan “diffa”– feast. At a time when our passports are collecting dust, this collaboration takes diners around the world to honour Morocco’s vibrant, exotic and sophisticated flavours.

Spotlight On: ANZA Golf

ANZA GolfWhat does ANZA Golf offer?
Obviously, our group is all about golf and our love of this completely addictive game! We meet every Tuesday morning between 7.20 – 8.20am at Mandai Executive Golf Course. 

ANZA Golf ANZA GolfAre you just for seasoned golfers?
We encourage all levels of golfers to join us, from the absolute beginners to the seasoned player. For newbies we recommend where to get tuition. For the intermediates, one of our members  recently organised official handicap tests which enables access to the CHS for handicap maintenance. Our more experienced players can also improve their game. Although Mandai is a small, tight course it offers the opportunity to perfect the short game, which is always challenging. 

ANZA GolfWhat other things do you offer?
Earlier this year, another of our enthusiastic members organised 3-day golf camps for intermediate and experienced golfers with a PGA professional who has taught the Singapore national team. This was very exciting and beneficial. Once or twice a month we try and put out golfing tips and rules on our group chats. Having said all this, it’s not all about golf! We aim to have a group lunch the last Friday of every month. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions, this has proved a bit challenging.

ANZA Golf ANZA GolfBest thing about your group?
The best thing about our group is the camaraderie. It’s great to see all the players improving and meeting likeminded people who share the same passion. Rose (my partner in crime) and myself are golf nutters and we try to infect the rest of the group with our enthusiasm, which I think may be happening! 


There are always smiles on the beach at Nippers!

Thanks to the hard work and team spirit of the ANZA Singapore Nippers Committee, the 2021 season 2 started with a mighty splash on Sunday 10 September. The Nippers were back on Palawan Beach learning valuable surf lifesaving skills, having a blast in the water and forging new friendships.

ANZA Singapore Nippers is for kids aged between 5-13 and it’s aimed at teaching water safety, beach awareness, and fitness through fun beach games and activities. Sessions are held each Sunday at Sentosa Beach and are run by a wonderful group of parent volunteers, who all enjoy this activity as much as the kids. Sessions include board paddles, swims, wades, flags, relays, and beach games. Nippers also aims to teach participants about beach and ocean awareness, first aid/CPR, and rescue practices.
We also offer parent social nights, fun events, group day trips, and a special end of year Presentation Day where the Nippers are awarded their certificates of accomplishment and the best of each discipline get presented a medal. It’s rewarding to see what we have achieved over the year, how the kids have grown in stature and confidence, and the new friendships they have found.

ANZA Singapore Nippers started about five years ago, through the inspiration and dedication of our founder Skye Wellington (herself a former Nipper) and a small enthusiastic team who were able to establish the group and bring it to life at Sentosa.

We meet on Palawan Beach Sentosa (near FOC) at the eastern end of the beach. Sessions run on Sunday mornings at 8:45am for a 9:00am start. We finish by 10:30am. We have two seasons: March to June, and September to December each year.

Nippers is popular each year and many of our age groups have waiting lists, so it’s good to get in early and register well ahead of the season. For further information please visit anza.org.sg/sports/nippers or email us at info@anza.org.sg

We can’t survive without volunteers, and there are many roles to play to make Nippers happen; whether that’s helping carry equipment, water safety, age managers and assistants, events, uniforms. Nippers is not a drop off activity and parents are required to help out where possible – on and off the beach.
We provide the opportunity and encourage parents and others to train to be a qualified lifesaver and obtain their Surf Life Saving Australia Bronze Medallion, Age Manager, or First Aid certificates. It is a requirement for safety in the water that we have one qualified person for every five kids. So, it’s important to always have more parents getting their qualifications, so we can perform and grow as a club.

Our coaches come from all walks of life. Some have extensive surf life saving experience, others have learned the basics from being around Nippers, want to assist and go on to complete an Age Managers Certificate qualification. All have a passion for teaching and training the kids.

Club Championship day is always exciting; everyone enjoys the anticipation of competition and to see who comes out on top. The Nippers put in their best efforts but it’s the parents who are the most vocal – their cheering on the sidelines gives it a special atmosphere.

Sign up now at anza.org.sg/sports/nippers


Georgina (U8)
“I love going to the beach and the coaches make the sessions lots of fun. It is a good way of making new friends.”

Trinity (U12)
“I love the adventure I have at Nippers and that it’s fun and games while we are learning lifesaving skills. I also love that my parents are running it and it’s easy to make friends.”

John (U12 co-age manager)
“I’ve always liked leading sports groups. At Nippers, I get the chance to positively encourage and motivate the U12’s to give it their best during activities, whilst learning techniques and lifesaving skills.”

Silvia (U12 co-age manager)
“I love my group of kids; they are just simply awesome and always ready to go. I love watching their progress, improving their lifesaving skills, and best of all the camaraderie as they build friendship amongst themselves and with us as coaches.”

David Howard (Age Manager Coordinator and Under 9 Age Manager)
“I found out about ANZA Singapore Nippers and wanted to get my daughter involved. Naturally it wasn’t long before I was involved as well. The best thing about Nippers is seeing the kids make new friends, learn new skills and have fun. It’s quality time at the beach.”

Words: David Howard

Top 3 Things to Do Before The Movers Arrive

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1.    Trash items you won’t need

There’s no need to move items you don’t need to your new home. Be diligent in getting rid of excess items before the movers arrive to reduce the amount of belongings shipped to your new home. Consider separating these items into piles to recycle, sell or donate. There are other items you need to remove that most people don’t think about, including anything that’s hazardous, corrosive, flammable, or combustible. Ensure that you place the dangerous items into a ‘no-pack’ section or room before the movers arrive.

This area can also have items such as your moving essentials, which would move with you.  During COVID-19, bear in mind that you must launder and disinfect all items you wish to donate.

2.    Make a moving inventory checklist

Whether you choose to use a full-service or not, keep an itemised checklist of all your belongings; this helps to track everything you pack and unpack. Besides your checklist, take snapshots of the interior of your boxes before taping them off.

Both tools will help you quickly recognise if your belongings have been tampered with or if anything is lost or damaged. Visual evidence will also help if you need to file a claim about damaged items.

3.    Pack your moving essentials bag

Ensure you’ve packed your essentials bag. This should contain items  ranging from bathroom and kitchen essentials, to a first-aid kit, two sets of clothes, cash, documents, and COVID-19 supplies such as masks and hand sanitiser. We also recommend that you pack up your jewelry and heirlooms in your essentials bag to avoid losing any treasured item.


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Discover Singapore’s Street Art

Anthony ChongOne of Singapore pioneer street artists, Anthony Chong, aka ANTZ, lent his distinctive take on classical Asian myths and culture to the colourful artwork, “Constant Elevation”, currently displayed on a 230-metre stretch along Bali Lane and Ophir Road at Kampong Gelam, the site of Southeast Asia’s first official graffiti Hall of Fame. A ‘Hall of Fame’ is a popular street art term that refers to a place with several walls that artists can paint freely. We talked to the 39-year-old artist about co-founding street art collective RSCLS with fellow artist ZERO, and his unique designs, which have drawn a large following and notable clientele, including Rimowa, G.O.D. and Facebook. 

How did you get involved in street art in Singapore?
I’ve been painting for over a decade. Back in design school, I majored in 2D animation. It didn’t take long to realise that I wasn’t reaching out to the kind of public audience that I wanted with my art. Plus, a single animation project can take months, or even years to complete. As a designer, we research and are in touch with many different types of art forms – street art and graffiti caught my eye when I was looking to take my art to a different medium. I met street artist ZERO at a conference and picked up graffiti painting from him. He threw me a couple of spray cans in the street and the rest is history.

Bali Lane Sei10 Tamotori HimeWhere can we see your art?
I recently painted two pieces for the Hall of Fame at Kampong Gelam. My style is influenced by classical Asian myths and vernacular stories, such as the Chinese zodiac. “Yi Shu” (art in Mandarin) on Bali Lane features the monkey – composed of several smaller monkeys – playing amidst the shrubs for a piece that’s family friendly and Instagrammable. I worked with two other pioneer graffiti artists, Didier ‘Jaba’ Mathieu and Hegira on “Constant Elevation” on Ophir Road – a piece reimagining a Kampong Gelam of the future. My art can also be found at Aliwal Arts Centre – currently there’s a sidewall of murals that many of us have collaborated on. It’s also posted regularly on my Instagram (@ANTZ_RSCLS) and Facebook (@antzrscls) pages.

What is the Hall of Fame and why Kampong Gelam?
A graffiti Hall of Fame is a place where the walls can be painted on legally and having one in Singapore is great. My crew (RSCLS) and I have done a fair bit of public education on street art and graffiti. A Hall of Fame is a prime example that explains the skills involved – yes, it’s handpainted, not printed! And it’s a statement that local artists are talented enough to produce graffiti of the global standard. Kampong Gelam was where most of us street artists grew up, learnt, and became comfortable with the craft. Kampong Gelam has everything we need; it’s my spot – our spot.

Noez23 paintingHow has Kampong Gelam changed the public perception of street art here?
Melbourne has Hosier Lane and Singapore has Kampong Gelam. I think the street art in the neighbourhood has helped the public understand the difference between vandalism and graffiti art. It’s also impacted the perception that the international audience has of Singapore. Over the few years, I’ve also seen more young artists experimenting with the art form – rising stars include SONG, Slopyone and Boon Baked!

How have surrounding businesses supported them, making it a hub for art?
The Kampong Gelam business that really started the hype was Blu Jaz. The owner, Aileen, engaged Jaba to paint on the facade of the establishment; he roped us in and we started working together on more commissions in the ‘hood. Once the rest of the surrounding businesses saw the increase in footfall that the street art brought in, they became more open and accepting of us and our art. It became a lot easier to approach them in asking for permission to paint the walls.

Ophir Road Slacsatu Sidecar HighlightsWhat are some defining street art moments?
Back when Haji Lane was being developed and undergoing a gentrification process, a few street wear retail shops hosted many hip hop parties. The business owners started engaging street artists to paint live commissions. It was a kind of performance and that was a defining moment for me.

Favourite street art in the area?
At the risk of sounding cliche – since it’s one of the most photographed murals in Singapore – my favourite is ‘El Lio’ (The Clash) by Jaba on the side wall of Piedra Negra restaurant.

Ophir RoadANTZ-Jaba-HegiraConstant Elevation

What is Constant Elevation?
A collaborative mural between myself, Jaba and Hegira, Constant Elevation is a fictional, futuristic piece that gives a glimpse of what might lie ahead for Kampong Gelam. This piece combines Jaba’s signature flying cities, with Hegira’s signature Arabic calli-graffiti, and my stone cats.

Personally, the inspiration came from the cats and their admirers that are a constant fixture in the neighbourhood. Interpreting this love for cats in my style, I painted stone cats that draw from stone lions (a traditional Chinese architectural ornament) and fortune cats that will hopefully bring wealth and good luck to Kampong Gelam.

ZERO painting

How can inspiring artists get involved in street art?
First, know the history of street art in Singapore. Then, look for proper guidance. The Blackbook Studio at Sultan Gate and Aliwal Arts Centre (RSCLS’ home base) – both in Kampong Gelam – are good places to start. Crews at both places would be happy to guide and point aspiring artists in the right direction.

How can visitors fully experience HOF?
The art is best experienced in person. To get a full sense of the scale, strokes and diversity of styles, I recommend taking a walk or cycling around the area. You might even see some artists painting at times because the idea is that the Hall of Fame is always evolving. Once Covid restrictions are eased off, the artists have planned other activities in the pipeline, such as spray painting or stencilling workshops. Right now, to learn about each artist’s motivation, you can visit the HOF webpage (hof.visitkamponggelam.com.sg) and keep it open as you explore the artwork. Start from Ophir Road, closer to Beach Road – that’s where ‘Constant Elevation’ is located. Maybe cross the road to get a full view. Then walk towards North Bridge Road and cross over to Bali Lane for the full loop of works.  


Nippers Eco Project Update

ANZA Singapore NippersA Singaporean Social Enterprise, Java Eco Project works on sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility projects to support the education of trash-picker children in Cireundeu West Java, Indonesia. To do this, they specialise in upcycling corporate refuse, such as billboard banners, plastic packaging, upholstery, and other waste such as uniforms. 

The Founder and CEO of Java Eco Project is Australian expat Rinka Perez, an ANZA Singapore Nippers parent and committee member. Rinka helped design the new range of Nippers products to be sold for club fundraising. Old and bashed-up rash tops from the 2019 season were upcycled into unique swim pouches. These proved to be popular with club members leaving Singapore, who wanted a piece of Nippers to take back home. 

ANZA NippersChildren’s swim caps, scribbled with their names in permanent markers, were dissembled and patched up again to form brightly coloured toiletries pouches. Four swim caps were repurposed into one pouch, distinctively featuring member’s names to add charm. Parents recognise their children’s names on the pouches and children can keep their swim cap as a new sunscreen or goggle holder for their next season on the beach. 

Each product is made in a fair wages workshop, run by the charity group XSProject, located in West Java. To date, Java Eco Project’s charity partner has employed over 200 workers, reduced landfill waste by 50 tonnes and funded the education of over 100 trash children. Their program helps to break the cycle of poverty experienced by trash picker children living in Indonesia by sponsoring their health and education programs. Java Eco Project seeks to gain more childhood education sponsorships from Singapore donors as part of their Social Enterprise goals.   

This eco-friendly initiative with ANZA Nippers has saved over 200 pieces of clothing and a handful of beach flags, otherwise destined for the garbage tip. Nippers Eco Project is also a good example of how the group is engaging its young  participants on the significance of circular economies and how small initiatives can lead to greater things, such as helping a child in need. 

Nippers Branded Merchandise
In addition to the uniform upcycle, Nippers has also released its own exclusive range of branded merchandise from the Java Eco Project range. Featured on jepsg.com, members and the wider public can now purchase ANZA Singapore Nippers branded Eskies, Wine Bags and Lunch Cooler Bags. All made from upcycled billboard banners sourced in Indonesia, this new range helps divert the banners from ending up as trash and also allows everyone to take a piece of Nippers home! 

The profits from these products are all for the purpose of fundraising. ANZA Singapore Nippers is a not-for-profit sports group with all coaches, committee members and other critical staff volunteering their time to keep the club running. Help to support and keep this quintessential lifesaving club going by purchasing from their new upcycled range. 

ANZA Singapore Nippers and Java Eco ProjectPurchase your Nippers Eco Project upcycled product today at jepsg.com. Items are limited edition, and all funds go back to ANZA Singapore Nippers and Java Eco Project to support both communities in their endeavours to UPLIFT & UPCYCLE. 

Stay up to date with ANZA Singapore Nippers news by following their Instagram @sgnippers, Facebook @SingaporeNippers or at anza.org.sg/sports/nippers

What is purposeful play and why is it important in a child’s education?

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CIS Students learning through play
CIS students learning through purposeful play

Purposeful play and inquiry-based learning engages a child’s curiosity, encourages critical thinking and equips them with the necessary skills to succeed in an ever-changing world. Tonia Whyte Potter-Mal, primary vice-principal and PYP coordinator at Canadian International School, explains the benefits of this approach and what it looks like in CIS kindergarten classrooms

Why do children learn best through purposeful play?

Purposeful play is important because it offers children the opportunity to experiment and learn at their own pace, with a range of choices based on their individual needs and interests. In the early years programme, these play experiences involve exploration, self-discovery and inquiry into natural and human-made environments.

How does purposeful play support a child’s development?

Children learn to make sense of the world by engaging their senses, asking questions, interacting with others and connecting with their environment. Flexible and extended play encourages children to develop increased stamina and focus which allows them to concentrate for longer periods of time. Purposeful play also supports higher levels of sustained motivation and confidence as children develop their fine motor skills and gross motor skills. These two sets of skills support academic skills, social skills and self-care.

What are the key goals of CIS’ kindergarten programme?

We want to grow each child’s potential, and develop their curiosity and excitement in learning. For them to succeed beyond their school life in an ever-changing world, they’ll need the necessary physical, emotional and intellectual skills. Our kindergarten programme is based on the IB PYP framework and combines a range of subjects such as STEAM (science, technology, environment studies, arts, math), outdoor learning experiences and a world-class literacy, math and languages programme. We offer daily language acquisition classes as well as our pioneering Chinese-English and French-English bilingual programmes. No matter a child’s strengths and interest, we focus on the individual and support them in reaching their full potential.

What does this type of learning look like in your classrooms?

Our kindergarten students put on their “detective hats” in an outdoor ‘community market’ activity. With teacher guidance and through trial and error, students excitedly set up the community market with different textured materials such as seeds, sticks, rocks, shells, leaves, blades of grass and other materials. They have flexible opportunities to observe, touch, smell, borrow and exchange items at the market by counting, sorting and grouping different materials. The teacher facilitates an extension to subject based learning by encouraging students to use different social skills (taking turns, discussion, negotiation, listening, role play) as they investigate the texture, shape, size, weight and other features of these items. The teacher then asks the students to make connections of these observations to their lives outside of school. It’s a great example of how the remarkable benefits of play-based learning establishes an excellent foundation for personal awareness, social development and academic growth.

Join the CIS Kindergarten Open House

Find out more about the benefits of purposeful play at the Canadian International School (CIS) Kindergarten Open House. Held on 1 and 7 October at Tanjong Katong and Lakeside from 9-10am, parents will enjoy a morning where they’ll learn about CIS’s inquiry-based approach as they meet principals and engage in teacher-led educational activities with their child.

Visit this website to sign up for the CIS Kindergarten Open House.


Career Tips for Life Back in Australia and NZ

Job interviewMargot AndersenMargot Andersen has been working to support Aussie repats for a number of years. She founded Insync Network Group, a community designed to connect and support returning expats, both professionally and personally. She’s also the host of the podcast Boomeranging: Expat to Repat, interviews with Australians who have navigated career and life back home after years overseas.

Margot reveals that it’s not always easy to find new work roles down under after a stint in Singapore. “On the podcast we’ve had a lot of conversations with recent repats and Aussies based in Singapore at the moment. Feedback from our network is that many Australians struggle to find roles in Australia after working overseas.” 

This is reflected in the research that Advance, an Australian organisation that helps Aussies move and work overseas conducted in 2019 and in late 2020. It found that 85% of Australians are struggling with the job market back home and experienced barriers finding work back in Australia. 

“If your career has met the challenge of living and working in Singapore, then you might think coming home will be easy,” says Margot. “In Singapore, chances are you have achieved amazing things you never thought you would – in both work and life. Read any current job ad and it seems every Australian employer is looking for agility, innovation and an ability to work in diverse teams; all expat traits. What Australian company wouldn’t want someone with Asian experience? But you might be shocked by the reality.”

Some expats are surprised to find their international experience isn’t seen as valuable by local recruiters. “As someone who works with returned expats, being told international experience is ‘not relevant’ is common feedback,” says Margo. “Research found two thirds of recruiters feel this way and that four in five recruiters feel reluctant or are cautious to recommend returned expats for Australian-based roles.”

Says Michael, a Regional Sales Director; “I have been told my eight years of international experience, half in Singapore, is difficult to translate because I’ve been out of the local market and can’t talk to local challenges.” 

Getting prepared
Australia is a much smaller market than a global hub like Singapore, says Margot, and that makes a difference. “The focus is local and often very parochial, and many recruiters do not have an understanding of international job markets. The trick for expats is to be aware and to prepare accordingly, starting before you leave the Little Red Dot.” 

It also pays to look further afield and be ready for an industry change when you land back home. “Despite two decades of leading card technology for global banks in Asia, Europe and the US, the big four Aussie banks didn’t seem to want to know me when I got home,” says Jan, GM and Board Director. “Eventually through my networks, I found my home and my people in the start-up sector.” 

Research your market
That old adage, it’s who you know, will stand you in good stead during repatriation. “According to Advance research, 49% of expats eventually found a role through a connection, so start by identifying who you already know,” says Margot. “Who can help you understand the market? Who can introduce you to local recruiters and potential hiring managers?”

Before you fly out, update your networks in both Asia and Australia on what you’ve been up to. “If you haven’t kept in regular contact with your networks, ensure you educate them on your recent career moves,” advises Margot. “Australian journalist Bryce Corbett spent 10 years living in Paris working for the International Chamber of Commerce, yet when he came home, one person in his network referred to him as ‘the gossip columnist’, a role and life he had 15 years ago prior to life overseas.” 

Localise your story
1 It pays to localise your business background and career achievements to cater to the Australian market. “Draw out universal proof points of your experience, including problems you solved, financial metrics you achieved, and teams that you managed, rather than focusing on countries you might have conquered,” advises Margot.  

2 Be clear about your skill set. “Recruiters tend to look at your skills in isolation, rather than your combined skill set, so don’t assume they’ll automatically know what you can do based on your previous job title alone.” 

3 Jump online and research local lingo in the job market. “When talking job titles, use an equivalent Australian title,” says Margot. “This ensures you’re on the same page as the recruiter and demonstrates you know how the local market works. If the brand you worked for in Singapore doesn’t exist in Australia, find an equivalent brand in the market so you can compare your experiences.”

Zoom PresentationContribute before you leave
Investment professional Shane Masters tried three times to return home to Australia to a job after fifteen years overseas, finally cracking the code after he started to contribute to his industry from overseas by speaking at Australian conferences and contributing to trade articles. “Like Shane, it’s important to try and provide value back to your industry and get your name out there before you return home,” says Margot. “What insight or knowledge from Singapore could be useful to a similar organisation in Australia? Do you have a contact in Singapore that could help a local Australian business you might like to work for in the future?”

Connect with returned expats
There’s no better time to connect with fellow repats than when you’re re-entering the local job market. “Other Australian repatriates will understand your experience and the challenge of finding a job in the local market,” says Margot. “Seek them out to help with your education, potential job opportunities and importantly, for support.” 

Having mates who understand what you’re going through will help you settle back into life in your home country. “Support is vital because chances are your job search is going to coincide with a giant dose of ‘reverse culture shock’,” says Margot. “The first weeks coming home are often a blur of logistics, re-establishing a home life, potentially settling kids into school. However, after a few months many former expats are hit with the full impact of reverse culture shock and this is where other repats become invaluable.”

Fellow expats also make great hirers. Chief People Officer and repat Jane Hollman says she now actively looks for Aussie expats to include in recruitment processes. “Having been an expat, I know expats are measured risk-takers, problem solvers and people who are experienced working with diverse teams. They can make great hires for dynamic organisations!” 


Singapore’s Best Set Lunches

Artemis Grill

Artemis Grill

Artemis Grill, a contemporary Mediterranean-inspired rooftop restaurant and sky bar in the CBD, offers 40th floor panoramic views of the iconic Singapore Marina Bay skyline and a very reasonable CBD set lunch menu. Opt for the 2 course ($47++) or 3 course ($55++) and choose from dishes like Freekeh and Cherry Salad, Roasted Salmon, and Dark Chocolate and Caramel Torte. *Mon-Fri from 11:30am – 2:30pm.

Bistecca pasta dish


Looking for a weekend set lunch with excellent cuts of meat? Located in Mohamed Sultan Road and set in a picturesque traditional shophouse Bistecca’s iconic award-winning steak is served Tuesday – Sunday in a set lunch.  The meal boasts a 150g pasture-fed Striploin, available as a two course ($45++) or three course ($55++). Vegetarian choices available on request. *Tuesday – Sunday: 12pm – 2:30pm.

Marrakech at SO/

SO/ Singapore & Walima Marrakech at SO/

Head down to SO/ Singapore Xperience restaurant during September for a celebration of Moroccan cuisine created by Walima’s talented Safia Aboutikab and SO/ Singapore Executive Culinary Designer Hong Ding Zhao. Reminiscent of the Moroccan “diffa” feast, expect hearty tagines, fluffy couscous, exotic spices, and traditional desserts, paired with Moroccan cocktails or traditional mint tea. Available daily from 16-30 September 2021. Lunch at $58++ per person, Dinner at $78++ per person. *Lunch Seating at 11:30am or 1:15pm.   https://www.so-singapore.com/wine-dine/xperience-restaurant/



Skai has one of the best set lunches on the island. For $45 for two courses or $55 for three, you score million dollars views of Marina Bay, plus impeccable service and a serene atmosphere. For starters, try duck rillettes, potato soup or smoked eel (oysters or foie gras will set you back an extra $12) then choose from mains of seared tuna, chicken thigh or crisp tofu (steak is an extra $20) with a choice of eight tempting sides. For dessert, linger over elegant plates of Coffee Iced Jelly or Hojicha Cream Tea. Add a cocktail or a glass of wine for $17.



Lunch at Zafferano is dished up with a spectacular view, with a prime location on the 43rd floor of the Ocean Financial Centre. Helmed by head chef Andrea De Paola this contemporary Italian restaurant offers set lunches for $48++ (two-course) or $58++ (three-course, with coffee or tea). Try starters such as the Porcini Mushroom Soup or Hokkaido Scallops (+$6), and mains such as Braised Short Ribs Ravioli, New Zealand Lamb Loin or Roasted Halibut.



This microbrewery-restaurant boasts water views from Marina Bay Financial Centre’s 33rd level and offers a wallet friendly Executive Lunch Set from $42++. Take a set in the buzzy dining room or enjoy the views from the outdoor patio. Start with a selection of appetisers from the Raw Bar then choose from dishes like the Classic Brewery Burger and Fries, Fish and Chips, Steak, Confit Salmon, Pan Seared Pork Belly or Eggplant Parma, followed by fruits and cheeses. Pair your lunch with one of their house-brewed craft beers.

Join the ANZA Set Lunch Group!

The ANZA Set Lunch group meets up each month, to enjoy great value set lunch deals around Singapore in group outings. Discover new restaurants and cafes, meet new friends, and explore Singapore’s diverse and delicious food scene. Sign up for one of the organised lunch outings or post your own set lunch find for others to join.

Bombe Alaska Citron

Italian Meringue

  • 200gm Sugar
  • 125ml Water
  • 100gm Egg Whites

Boil sugar syrup to 121c, pour into the egg white mixture and continue to whisk until peaks form.

Limoncello Cream Cheese Mix

  • 250ml Cream
  • 200gm Cream Cheese
  • 75gm Sugar
  • 10gm Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 50ml Limoncello Liquor

Whip using paddle until soft peaks form, (keep an eye because it can spilt easily).

Lemon Curd

  • 4 Eggs
  • 4gm Lemon Zest
  • 200ml Lemon Juice
  • 240gm Sugar
  • 80gm Butter
  1. Zest the lemon before juicing it
  2. Mix eggs, sugar, lemon juice
  3. Heat to 82c using bain-marie.
  4. Strain and cool to 45c-50c on an ice bath
  5. Add in the butter and zest
  6. Chill for 6 hours
  7. Smooth the mixture using a spatula before use

Yuzu Sorbet

  • 300ml Unsalted Yuzu Juice
  • 700ml Water
  • 320gm Trimoline
  • 8gm Super Neutrose
  1. Blend the mixture until well dissolved
  2. Heat up to 85c
  3. Chill the mixture for a day
  4. Churn the mixture using a spatula

Note: Can substitute this component with store bought sorbet.

Nutella Feuilletine Disk

  • 250gm Feuilletine
  • 100gm White Chocolate
  • 125gm Nutella
  1. Melt White Chocolate & Nutella
  2. Fold in Feuilletine
  3. Using round mould, mould a flat disk


  1. Spray canola oil on a dome shape silicone mold and freeze it.
  2. Pipe a layer of Limoncello Cream Cheese Mix to the frozen mold, form a cup (do not leave any empty holes) and freeze it.
  3. Fill the mold with 1 tbsp of Yuzu Sorbet and tap the mold to distribute evenly and freeze.
  4. Fill the mold with another layer of Lemon Curd, leaving around 1.5cm empty and freeze.
  5. Fill the empty space with remaining Limoncello Cream Cheese Mix. Freeze for a day.
  6. Plate the Nutella Feuilletine Disk followed by the Frozen Dome. Pipe the Italian Meringue around the dome.
  7. Warm 80ml Triple Sec liquor, flame it and gently pour around the Meringue to caramelise it.
  8. Enjoy!