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Why Join?. . . ANZA Athletics

What makes ANZA Athletics a fantastic activity for kids? A focus on friendly competition, doing your best, lots of fun, and new friendships . . . all wrapped up in a welcoming, happy community. Register for the new season now!

Anyone can have a go

ANZA Athletics welcomes kids of all abilities, aged from 5-14.  From experienced junior athletes to absolute beginners, everyone gets their chance to have a go on the track or field. Participating in ANZA Athletics helps kids build confidence, develop focus and teaches them to overcome challenges – independently and as a team.

Increased skills and fitness  

Expect your child to come away from the season with a solid mix of skills and increased fitness, agility and strength. At the weekly meet athletes compete in track running, hurdles, discus, shot put, long jump, triple jump and high jump. During a six-week rotating program kids are exposed to all events – so they can learn new skills and build on them over successive weeks and seasons.

Fun and friendships

Joining a sports team gives kids a sense of belonging and the opportunity to make new friends. Kids from many schools across Singapore take part in ANZA Athletics, so new social connections are formed throughout the season. Fun is essential for kids’ sports, and at the track there’s a DJ spinning tunes for the kids to bop along to. Look out for more family fun at the new Toa Payoh stadium this season.

Life skills

Athletics isn’t just about who crosses the line first, jumps the highest or throws the furthest. It gives kids the opportunity to develop personally, socially and physically, and hone essential life skills, such as discipline, hard work, patience and persistence. Kids also learn how to respond positively to setbacks and failure and to respect authority.

Sense of achievement

Weekly ‘PB’ stickers reward improvement and are a chance for athletes to feel personal pride at their own individual efforts. At the end of the season kids are further rewarded with a presentation ceremony where the entire ANZA Athletics community can gather and celebrate the group’s achievements and progress.

Why I love ANZA Athletics:“I like ANZA Athletics because it’s great for my fitness and I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten faster. I love how I win things – especially beating my PBs (Personal Bests).” Xavier Brasher, 10

Registration for the 2018/2019 season is open now– don’t miss out and register early! There is always plenty of room for more wonderful volunteers to join the Committee, so if you are keen, please get in touch at athletics@anza.org.sg

ANZA Athletics caters to kids aged 5-14, with a focus on fun, fitness and skills. Tao Payoh Stadium. All meets will be held on Friday afternoons from 4.30pm to 6.45pm, starting from Friday 24 August 2018.


Gut Instinct

WANDERING YOGI COLUMNIST: Centuries of social etiquette and rules have made us more civil, but we may have sacrificied our ‘gut instinct’ in the process. Here’s how to get it back says Lee Carsley.

ANZA Singapore yoga gut instinct

“I knew there was something wrong!”
Most of us have experienced this sense of ‘knowing’ before we know – you hesitate at a green light and miss getting hit by a speeding truck; on a whim, you break your no-blind-dates policy and meet your life partner.

Our gut instinct is very real, and managed by the most vital cranial nerves in our body – the vagus.

Unlike the other Vegas, what happens in this vagus doesn’t stay there. The vagus nerve is a long meandering bundle of motor and sensory fibres that links the brain stem to the heart, lungs, and gut. It also branches out to touch and interact with the liver, spleen, gallbladder, ureter, female fertility organs, neck, ears, tongue, and kidneys. It powers up our parasympathetic nervous system and controls unconscious body functions, as well as everything from keeping our heart rate constant and aiding food digestion, to breathing and sweating. It plays a major role in fertility issues and orgasms in women. There are two of them; in yoga we tend to focus on the left hand-side vagus nerve.

This vagus is the major emotional highway in our body transporting feelings from our brain to our heart and to our gut via the enteric nervous system (it’s like a major feeder road onto the highway). This ENS is sometimes referred to as our second brain. Western medicine now believes this nerve is an overall indicator of our longevity and quality of life. Traditional Chinese Medicine knew this for centuries. Which is why taking good care of your gut is so important.

Gut problems are epidemic – just check the stats. We know the physical steps we need to be taking for the gut – better diet, drink more water, less alcohol, no sugar. We also need to rid ourselves of those biases and experiences that no longer serve us. That way our instinct will serve us not just as a way to survive, but to thrive.

Just like fixing the set of traffic lights at the feeder road, and not bothering to maintain the highway, unless you get your vagus nerve (and your gut instinct) into shape, emotionally and mentally, you may end up on the road to nowhere.

Here are some simple things you can do to improve your gut instinct:

Compassionate meditation:
Sit silently, think compassionately about others, and repeat positive phrases about friends and family. Shown to increase positive emotions like serenity, joy, and hopes, which improves the vagal function.

Take a cold shower:
Studies show that when your body adjusts to cold, your fight/flight (sympathetic) system declines and your rest and digest (parasympathetic) system increases. Any kind of acute cold exposure including drinking ice-cold water will increase vagus nerve activation.

Another home remedy. Gargling stimulates the muscles of the mouth pallet, which are fired by the vagus nerve. You may tear up a bit which is a good sign and if you don’t, keep doing it until you do. It’s said to improve working memory performance.

Sing that bop-py song out loud:
Humming, mantra chanting, hymn singing, upbeat energetic singing; they all increase heart rate variability, acting like a pump to the vagus nerve.

Foot massage:
Stimulate your vagus nerve by massaging your feet and your neck along the carotid sinus, located along the carotid arteries on either side of your neck. Foot massages lower your heart rate and blood pressure and activate all energy meridians in the body (kind of like servicing for a car).

Do Yoga with the ANZA Wandering Yogis!
It increases vagus nerve activity, tones your parasympathetic system, clears the energy meridians. And it increases GABA, a calming neurotransmitter in brain. Especially helpful for those who struggle with anxiety or depression.

Lee Carsley is the ANZA Wandering Yoga founder teacher, and Yoga Alliance CE trainer. When not teaching yoga to students and other teachers, she also leads meditation workshops and bespoke yoga retreats. Be the light, show the light, and travel light.

A First Try at Tri

ANZA CYCLING: The kids of ANZA Cycling share their triathlon experiences.

ANZA Cycling kids do triathlon in Singapore
Tyra & Allegra showing off their race numbers. Photography by Madeleine Seletto

While over a quarter of our 350-odd members have at least dabbled in a spot of multisport racing during their time, we have also noticed a huge upsurge in members’ families taking part in these events in recent years.

It has been amazing to see the kids of our cycling members really embracing the run-swim, run-bike-run and swim-bike-run races that make up the Metasprint Series, which has been held over subsequent months from February to April. With Metasport’s Bintan Triathlon scheduled for May 18-19, we expect to see even more kids joining their parents on the course, whether competitively or just for the fun of it.

We spoke to some of the kids following the triathlon event in April and here’s what they had to say:

“The Metasprint races were hard and very tiring, but crossing the finish line felt amazing. My favourite race was the Triathlon, because it was all the sports combined into one, it was the last race of the series, and it was an enjoyable and fun challenge. In the swim, I got elbowed and kicked a lot, but that made me kick back, and try harder. I would definitely do more races like that in the future.”
– Allegra White, aged 11

“I like triathlons because it has three of my favourite sports; swimming, biking and running. I want to do another one because they are really fun and exciting. My favourite part was the biking because I’ve been doing lots of riding and I really enjoy it. The worst part was swimming because I thought that there were sharks in the sea. I chose to do a triathlon because I wanted to feel the experience of competing against other people.”
– Kobe Fay, aged 8

“On Sunday 15 April I did my very first ever triathlon. My favourite part was the swimming because it was my best advantage in the triathlon. The swim was 150m, the bike ride was 6kms and the run was 1.5kms.
“It was a really good experience and I am passionate about my next triathlon. What I learnt from it is, you need to pace yourself in every bit – also in the swimming someone told me if someone nudges you, you nudge them back. But the most important bit is to pace yourself in the swimming, running and cycling.”
– Lucas Arena, aged 9

“On the day of the triathlon I was very nervous and that was mostly because of the swim because people were nudging me and kicking me and I didn’t think I was going to finish. But then I said to myself I was going to finish and I did. The reason I wanted to do a triathlon was to have the experience of doing one and to see how it felt so then I could do another triathlon if I wanted.”
– Tyra Fay, aged 10

Interested in coming out for a ride? ANZA Cycling runs a Newcomers’ Ride on the first Saturday of each month. cycling@anza.org.sg

ANZA Cycling kids do triathlon in Singapore
Kobe, Lucas, Tyra Allegra all done & dusted with medals to prove it

Thunder from Down Under

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The photograph of Robert Whittaker, Tai Tuivasa and Megan Anderson taken by The Daily Telegraph before UFC 225 in Chicago was titled “The Takeover.”

They weren’t kidding.

New Zealand-born Aussie Whittaker, now the middleweight champion, is the first fighter from Down Under to hold a UFC crown, after winning an instant classic over Yoel Romero in their main event rematch.

Western Sydney’s Tuivasa, a rising heavyweight star, upped his perfect pro record to 10-0 with a victory over former champion Andrei Arlovski. While Anderson lost her UFC debut to featherweight superstar Holly Holm, the former Invicta FC champion from the Gold Coast is expected to do big things at 145 pounds in the future.

Fighters from Australia and New Zealand have come a long way since Elvis Sinosic, Anthony Perosh and James Te Huna were the only natives representing both nations in the world’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion.

But the Aussies and Kiwis aren’t done yet, as the UFC Fight Night Singapore card on June 23 features four of Australia and New Zealand’s finest competitors.

In the co-main event, light heavyweight contender Tyson Pedro can scale the rankings at 205lbs when he takes on No. 7  Ovince Saint Preux. Pedro has had training camps in Australia, Thailand and the United States. The Sydney native has won and finished seven of his eight pro fights in the first round, and will be hoping for more of the same against the respected OSP.

EDMONTON, AB – SEPTEMBER 09: Ilir Latifi, left, fights Tyson Pedro during UFC 215 at Rogers Place on September 9, 2017 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

Welterweight phenom Jake Matthews has been on the UFC roster since 2014, yet the Victoria product is still only 23 years old. On June 23, he looks to make it three consecutive wins since returning to the 170lbs weight class last year when he battles Japanese veteran Shinsho Anzai in a potential Fight of the Night candidate.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 10: Jake Matthews of Australia poses on the scale during the UFC 221 weigh-in at Perth Arena on February 10, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Now making her home in Las Vegas, the heart of Innisfail’s Jessica-Rose Clark is never far from home, and while she came to the UFC in 2017 with a solid reputation, few expected her to blast her way into the flyweight top ten with back-to-back wins over Bec Rawlings and Paige VanZant. A victory over fellow contender Jessica Eye, could enter Clark into the title picture at 125lbs.

ST. LOUIS, MO – JANUARY 11: Jessica-Rose Clark of Australia poses for a portrait during a UFC photo session on January 11, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Winner of five of his last six bouts, Auckland featherweight Shane Young will be chasing his first Octagon victory when he meets the Philippines’ Rolando Dy. Last November, Young got his call to the big show on short notice and still went three strong rounds with Australia’s Alex Volkanovski before losing a decision. Now the stablemate of middleweight sensation Israel Adesanya is back with a full training camp and the hunger to get his hand raised in Singapore.

The takeover continues.

Full card for UFC® FIGHT NIGHT SINGAPORE: COWBOY VS EDWARDS presented by AirAsia can be found here.

Tickets to UFC® FIGHT NIGHT SINGAPORE: COWBOY VS EDWARDS presented by AirAsia are on sale and will be available for purchase online at www.sportshubtix.sg, the Sports Hub Tix Box Office, Sports Hub Tix Outlets at all SingPost locations, and by calling Sports Hub Tix Hotline at +65 3158 7888.




Football Food

TUCKERBOX COLUMNIST: Raelene Tan takes inspiration from this month’s football World Cup to visit the cuisine of host nation, Russia.

Football food inspiration for the World Cup

Held once every four years since its inception in 1930 (except during World War II), this year’s World Cup will be hosted by Russia from 14 June to 15 July, with Germany being the current champion. Thirty-two qualifying teams are set to thrill more than one million tourists, plus Russians, in 11 host cities.

National Cuisine
Some of us may be among excited fans travelling to watch live matches. What can we expect to eat in the largest country in the world? Bread is a staple, especially dense black varieties, made from rye flour. Pelmeni (dumplings of minced meat or fish in thin dough) also feature, as does borscht soup with its beetroot-red colour, often dressed with smetana (sour-cream) which is widely used in Russian dishes. Plus pancakes blini and blintz; the former made from wheat-flour batter containing yeast, the latter without yeast, with sweet or savoury fillings.

Regional Fare
Capital city Moscow, famed for its architecture, including colourful domes on Saint Basil’s Cathedral, and the Bolshoi Theatre, favours ubiquitous pirog (baked pie) with sweet (fruit, quark) or savoury (mushroom, potato) fillings, as well as Olivier, or Russian, salad with potato, egg, pickles, apple and mayonnaise, plus varenye dessert of cooked fruit in syrup. Saint Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, is regarded as the country’s cultural seat. Golubtsi or stuffed cabbage roll is traditional, also vareniki dumplings, especially containing cherries for dessert.

Pastry dishes take centre-stage in Ekaterinburg, the most eastern of the host cities, in the Ural area. On the Baltic coast, Kaliningrad is known for its beer and vodka production, as well as local fish including sprat and Baltic herring. Pirog smetana (pie with sour cream) appeals in the south-west Tatarstan sports-loving city of Kazan. Helming Russia’s river tourism, Nizhny Novgorod, on the Volga, is known for fish, cabbage soup and popular honey biscuits, pryaniki, containing spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. The southern port city of Rostov-on-Don with its historic Cossack culture highlights classic okroshka soup of raw vegetables, cooked meat and smetana, served chilled.

Saransk in central Russia offers Mordovian blinis (pancakes) with added potato, and fish soup. In Sochi on the Black Sea, the national Georgian dish there is khachapuri, a cheese-filled bread, with brined, sour, sulguni cheese the favourite. In the ancient southern city of Volgograd with its mammoth ‘Motherland Calls’ statue, choices include bread, pancakes and sturgeon shashlik.

Vodka comes to mind, particularly Russian brands Smirnoff and Belenkaya. Russian beer, also. Tea is popular, as well as kvass (made from rye bread, flavoured with fruit or herbs) and mors, a sweet berry drink.

Russia in Singapore
If we are staying put in Singapore, we can still indulge in Russian cuisine, albeit with a more limited choice. Possibly the only Russian restaurant still in operation here is Shashlik, circa 1980s, at 545 Orchard Road, #06-19 Far East Shopping Centre, where blini caviar, borscht, shashlik, oxtail stew and grilled salmon are on the menu in the spacious restaurant with its vivid yellow table linen.

May the best team win!

Born in Adelaide, Raelene Tan is an etiquette consultant and food and travel writer. She has authored five books and has been a regular guest on radio and television.

Family Values

THE WRITE SPIRIT COLUMNIST: Sue Mannering of the ANZA Writer’s Group on keeping in touch with far-flung families.

Communicating with family as an expat in Singapore

So. Children. I’ve got three. They are adults now and the oldest is working in another country herself, an Australian woman in New Zealand.

Our family of five started our overseas life journey thirteen years ago in the Middle East and one by one the children left for university in New South Wales. When we arrived in Singapore it was just the two of us, husband and wife, re-establishing ourselves in a new country with an empty nest and no schools to keep us wildly busy.

I’m not ashamed to say I love it. As parents we move through phases as our children mature and whilst parents of millennials in Australia might still have a full brood, our forced separation is very freeing for us – and for them.

Ok, I admit it. I visit them frequently. Sydney is so close and, after all, two of them still live in the family home and drive the family car. They are “looking after them” for us. Of course, we speak several times a day on various forms of social media. I might ask a question on Facebook Messenger, they’ll answer on WhatsApp. Send a meme on Instagram; refer to it on Snapchat. I keep up to speed with everything they do whether I want to or not. One son keeps sending me pictures of how messy the other son is and exhorting me to do something about it. The messy son calls me urgently on WhatsApp from Woolworths asking me what he should have for dinner. The neat son got messy last Friday night and the next day I woke to hourly early morning updates on his Instagram story from one of Sydney’s finest karaoke bars. At 9am, I wanted to WhatsApp “alive?” but I wrote “awake?” He responded at 11am, which we know is 1pm Sydney time with, “here”.

I accidentally left home without my phone the other day and I had a combined social media total of 98 messages, the most urgent of which was from my 28-year-old daughter. She desperately needed to know if it was ok to substitute arrowroot biscuits for scotch fingers as a base for caramel slice.

As parents, you often wonder if you have instilled life values in your children. Values such as responsibility, taking ownership and problem solving. My husband sent the following list to our WhatsApp family group:

1. Plumber
2. Car repair
3. Please attend to the bottom of the laundry door where your cat, to which your mother and I categorically said no to you bringing to the family home and to which we are both severely allergic, has scratched to transparency.

Our messy son replied with: “ABBA is getting back together!”

I’m hoping that the three points will still be checked off; maybe done so to a soundtrack of Dancing Queen.

The ANZA Writer’s Group meets every second Tuesday of the month, 7pm, ANZA Office, 47A Kampong Bahru Road, 169361

Capital Gains Tax Principal Residence Exemption – Disastrous Changes for Expatriates

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With an established network of offices around the globe, Australasian Taxation Services (ATS), continues to dominate as the leading Australian expatriate and property tax firm, having serviced thousands of international and Australian based clients.

In the May 2017 Budget, the Government announced changes to Capital Gains Tax for the Principal Residence of Foreign Investors.  The announcement was vague and incomplete, however when the draft legislation was released for comment it was diabolical.

Thankfully nothing has yet passed and ATS has once again led the way with a formal submission and petition against the changes.

If successful, the changes would take away any rightful Capital Gains Tax Free status for a family home if sold when living overseas.  For example, if you had lived in your home for 10 years in Australia then moved overseas and sold it 6 months later, then all the profits would be taxable whereas now it would be completely tax free.  Just because you happen to be overseas at the time of sale!

Furthermore, the draft legislation also taxes inheritance on a family home if the beneficiary is overseas at the time.

Both of these matters are a great injustice and we are fighting them vigorously.

If you haven’t already, please review the changes and become a member of APPOLA (Association of Australian Property Owners Living Abroad) by visiting www.aapola.org. APPOLA is a not-for-profit organization aimed at creating a united voice for overseas based Australian landlords. To become a

All APPOLA proceeds will be used to provide a central lobbing activity, information, news, updates and essential representation to Governments to ensure the needs and problems of foreign investors are properly heard and considered. Visit the website to become a member.


Gain a full understanding of your Australian tax obligations and opportunities and book a no cost, no obligation consultation by phoning +65 62933858, emailing ats@smats.net or visiting Smats.net/tax

Pedal to the Metal

TRAVEL: Tatyana Kildisheva takes us on a cycling tour of South Korea.

Travel to South Korea on Cycling Tour for ANZA Singapore
Photography by Tatyana Kildishiva

If you love cycling and crisp autumn air, head to South Korea in October to ride the bike paths winding through the most gorgeous scenery and quirky towns. During that time of
year, weather in the region is generally dry with lots of sunshine and temperatures of 15-20C, which make for very pleasant cycling conditions.

Somewhat overlooked by many tourists heading mostly to Seoul and DMZ, the Four Rivers Cycleway from Seoul to Busan runs southeast for over 600km. Most of the way, it’s a designated, well sign-posted cycling path, equipped with a few tourist information centres and even certification centres, where a cyclist can pick up a special passport to get stamps at booths along the way as proof of completing the route. Afterwards, a special certificate is issued by the authorities and a medal is presented to the finisher. It’s not a race though, so it can be done in any amount of days. You set your pace.

Three of us – my partner John, our friend Denis and I – landed in Seoul on a fresh morning in mid-October and took a train one stop up from the airport. We removed our bikes from their boxes, and after an hour of assembly, we were good to go.

We did not know really what to expect from the path and from cycling in South Korea at all. The only information about the route we had was pretty generic and just taken from the Four Rivers Cycleway official website.

Travel to South Korea on Cycling Tour for ANZA Singapore
Photography by Tatyana Kildishiva

However, seeing South Korea on a bicycle did not disappoint. The cycleway runs from north to south diagonally in the middle of the peninsula, which affords many sightseeing opportunities of cities, smaller towns, villages and the glorious landscape. Due to flooding in the past, many rivers are controlled by dams now, which run across bodies of water and are only accessible to cyclists and pedestrians with no cars allowed. It was such a nice surprise to have such freedom of movement on super wide dams with no motor traffic.

Each dam had a distinct design for its towers; some looked pretty futuristic, but some had funny figurines and bike silhouette engravings. The path itself and the facilities looked sparkling new and very clean with lots of local cyclists around on the weekends but mostly deserted during the week.

Being foreign tourists, we attracted lots of attention. Despite most people speaking little-to-no English, and us lacking in any knowledge of Korean whatsoever, we were still able to communicate in signs and gestures. The great language of travel, right? The locals smiled and expressed their approval of our long cycling journey in their beautiful country. Some were eager to take photos with us, and on many occasions we were given different Korean treats, which was very endearing. A few local cyclists rode along with us making small talk and sharing tips on cycling in the area. They were always welcoming, friendly and helpful.

It was incredible to see the country open up in front of our eyes. We passed by mountains and cycled through canyons, over rivers and alongside reservoirs. While we were traveling, the weather got colder and the leaves started changing colour to the most beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red.

Travel to South Korea on Cycling Tour for ANZA Singapore
Photography by Tatyana Kildishiva

After finishing the cycleway near Busan, we decided to go on and complete the loop by going north on the west coast of the Korean Peninsula, making it a 1,442km cycle route through the stunning country over 18 days.

The geography of the Korean peninsula is quite varied. While the country is very densely populated with many cities, towns and villages, we saw a lot of nature too during our ride. We had a chance to admire local agriculture with endless rice, soybean, cabbage and carrot fields, and the sweet smell of apple orchards and persimmon trees travelled with us along the road. Since it was harvest time, the streets in the villages were partially taken up by long tarpaulins full of rice, left out for drying on the road.

It was amazing to discover that even away from the Four Rivers Cycleway, lots of the towns were equipped with designated bike paths and cycling was quite easy with the roads proving perfectly smooth. When we left the paths, we ventured into the mountains on our bikes and hit a few climbs of over 500m, the most notable of which was Jirisan Mountain. Every view we were treated to was simply breath-taking.

Travel to South Korea on Cycling Tour for ANZA Singapore
Photography by Tatyana Kildishiva

Korean food also deserves a special mention in this article! First of all, we noticed that restaurants can be found everywhere, even in places one would not expect to find eating establishments, like in the middle of nowhere alongside a field. The fare was incredibly varied with different textures and tastes, at times spicy and pungent. The dishes we ate were (mostly) great with lots of fish, different meats and vegetables. We developed a special love for dishes that were tiny in portion size yet large in numbers, which often arrived free of charge with the main meal: all kinds of vegetable pickles, kimchi, potato salad, fermented beans and chestnuts, and even deep fried fish spine! However, we did have a few fiascos ordering: when not being able to read anything on one of the menus, we resorted to pointing to the dishes the local patrons were having. Once, this resulted in ordering a huge dish with raw squid bathed in very spicy ice cold broth. We just couldn’t master eating that one!

At the end of our journey, we rode north from Seoul to the DMZ area, seeing triple barbed wire fences everywhere. We then visited the Unification Museum and gazed through a binocular to the North. The views did not differ much from the peaceful pastoral landscapes of South Korea, but we definitely sensed some Cold War breeze coming our way.

The trip was wonderful and we are planning our return to cycle the west coast of Korea in the future. We suggest you give it a try too.

Travel to South Korea on Cycling Tour for ANZA Singapore
Photography by Tatyana Kildishiva

Kim Choo Kueh Chang

HOTSPOTS: This month, Raelene Tan is delighted by dumplings!

ANZA Singapore restaurant recommendations

Popular throughout the year, Chinese rice dumplings (chang) come into their own during the month of June when the colourful Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated annually (Monday 18 this year) honouring a respected statesman, Qu Yuan, who protested against corruption.

Pyramid shaped steamed glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in leaves and tied securely are exchanged between relatives and friends and given as gifts this month. Popular types include the Hokkien version with a savoury filling of pork and dried prawns, the Nyonya style with its sweetened pork filling (my favourite), and the Cantonese version filled with streaky pork, mushrooms and chestnuts, available all around the island.

Kim Choo Kueh Chang in the East Coast has been around since 1945 and is the go-to place for a variety of deliciously fragrant dumplings and for all things Peranakan. Pop into their traditional shophouses at 109 East Coast Road and 60/62 Joo Chiat Place, where knowledgeable staff will assist with making your choice. Bamboo leaves are mainly utilised, with the Nyonya pork dumpling enclosed in a combination of pandan and bamboo leaves.

Open from 9:00am to 9:00pm, Kim Choo has Nyonya chang and vegetarian chang from $3.50 to $4.00; Cantonese bean chang $5 to $5.50; mini X.O. chang $2.50 to $3; and mini chilli prawn chang $1.80 to $2, among other varieties.

More delights include a range of biscuits and kueh (Nyonya cakes) such as pineapple tarts and kueh lapis; curry powder; achar (pickles); and belacan chilli, a spicy condiment which I enjoy for its piquant taste.


AIS Student Tops the World in IGCSE Economics

IS Student Jonathon achieves Top in the World Economics result!

The Australian International School is delighted to announce that Year 11 student, Jonathon Ooi has been awarded the ‘Top in the World’ Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award for IGCSE Economics. Jonathon is an exceptional AIS student who first joined the school in Prep and has made himself known as an extremely hardworking individual who is always willing to seize new opportunities and immerse himself in school life. This is the 7th ‘Top in the World’ IGCSE Award that an AIS student has won since the school first entered into the IGCSE program in 2014.

Jonathan has had the full benefit of an AIS education, having been a student there for more than 11 years. “At its core, AIS is about the community,” says Jonathon. “I feel so lucky to be part of a school where you are exposed to such diverse opinions and perspectives, and to have so many opportunities for education outside of the classroom. AIS teachers are very good at setting goals, supporting you to reach them and then celebrating excellence when it is achieved.

“Economics has always been a subject that I’ve been passionate about – from my very first lesson I have enjoyed it because the teacher was so engaging and I found the concepts discussed to be so interesting. When it came closer to the exams, the whole class worked together and helped each other to ensure that we would all succeed.”

The IGCSE is one of the world’s most popular qualifications for 14 to 16 year olds. It is a two-year international program which is studied in 120 countries worldwide. It was chosen by AIS as it provides valuable and thorough preparation for the rigours of the NSW Higher School Certificate or the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme (both are offered at Year 11-12 at AIS).

Being on a southern-hemisphere calendar, AIS students participate in the November round of examinations, which would also have been sat by students at a number of schools from Singapore and the wider region.

Following the outstanding IB and HSC results achieved by the Year 12 graduating cohort in January, Jonathon’s results have been yet another highlight for the academic team at AIS. Principal of the School, Dr. Edward Groughan, shared his excitement at this latest achievement:

“Jonathon is truly an inspiring young man and we are extremely proud as a school of what he has achieved. It would be remiss of me if I did not also mention the teachers who supported Jonathan through his IGCSEs – the passionate and dedicated educators we have at AIS nurture the talents of the students in their care and provide them with an environment in which they are able to consistently achieve and grow.

I will be urging all our Secondary School students to take inspiration from Jonathan – of course from his academic achievements, but also from his attitude towards education and his determination to ‘get involved’. Congratulations again to him for this amazing achievement.”