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Mapped Out in the Kitchen

ATLAS Chef LokiOriginally hailing from Coff’s Harbour on the north coast of New South Wales, these days you can find Lachlan ‘Loki’ Lynch cooking up lobster rolls, steak frites or refined afternoon tea sets at ATLAS, Singapore’s coolest bar, or perhaps cruising East Coast Park on his long skateboard. 

Loki spent most of his professional career in Sydney before moving to Singapore in 2018 to join ATLAS as Head Chef. He started early in the kitchen, assisting chefs during his spare time in high school and deciding at 16 he wanted to make cooking his career. “I used to help mum in the kitchen when I was younger,” says Loki. “When I was 14, I got a job in one of the resorts in Coffs Harbour where we were living. I fell in love with the pace and atmosphere of the kitchen.”

ATLAS Afternoon Tea

After graduating from The Hotel School – Sydney, Loki began his career working for Chef George Diamond at The Keystone Group. Starting as Chef de Partie, Loki eventually rose through the ranks to run multiple venues across Sydney with the hospitality group. Most recently, he worked as Head Chef of The Coogee Pavilion with Merivale for four years, before making a move to Singapore to pursue his role with ATLAS. “We relocated to Singapore in December 2018, because of the food culture and quality of restaurants and it being a great hub to access South East Asian countries,” says Loki. “I was impressed by the culture and ethos of the ATLAS team, as well as it being one of the world’s most iconic bars.” 

When crafting a new menu for the bar, Loki was looking to bring a sense of fun and familiarity to his plates. “The brief for coming on board was to write a menu that was high quality, yet approachable food. So, items like my lobster roll and sausage roll fitted straight into the menu. So far, the lobster roll has been a fan favourite and so has the banana cream pie. But the streak frites will most likely be a main stay of the ATLAS menu.”

ATLAS Steak FritesAtlas has a focus on drinks, with over 1000 varieties of gin and an impressive cocktail list, however Loki’s European- influenced menu provides the perfect balance. “The food compliments the drinks, but the plates aren’t complicated so they can pair easily,” says Loki. “The afternoon tea is the perfect way for non-drinkers to enjoy ATLAS with friends.”

The laidback Sydneysider is supported in the kitchen by a crack culinary team. “Fara, my sous chef, is my go-to when I need to get things done,” says Loki. “Being local she’s a very big help with sourcing different suppliers of food and knowing what’s available.”

ATLAS_Lobster Roll mini with caviar

Loki’s favourite thing about cooking is expanding his knowledge of flavours and techniques and he draws inspiration from reading, eating and using seasonal produce. Lately he’s been experimenting with fermentation and teaching himself about the process through The Noma Guide to Fermentation by Chef René Redzepi. “I also really like Mediterranean food – from Spanish and Italian through to Lebanese, Greek and Turkish,” says Loki. “One of my favourite snacks is gozleme, which is a Turkish pastry filled with spinach and white salty cheese, then grilled on hot plate. I haven’t found it in Singapore yet, but we make it at home all the time.”

The restrictions and shutdowns of Covid have impacted ATLAS, but they’ve been luckier than most F&B venues in Singapore, with patrons wanting to escape to its refined, elegant Art Deco space. “Lockdown periods are hard on everyone in hospitality, but with most people not able to travel we have found ATLAS super busy,” says Loki. “Our afternoon tea has been very popular.” 

Loki was last in Australia in October 2018, and he misses loved ones and fishing on Sydney Harbour. The first thing he would eat back in Australia is a family favourite around a relaxed dinner table. “I’d eat my mum’s lamb roast; she always cooks one when I come home.” 

Loki’s Likes
Favourite hawker dish?
BBQ sambal stingray

Local drink?
Mr Coconut

Local breakfast?
Marsala tosai

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Spotlight On: ANZA 9 Hole 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! 

Join ANZA 9 Hole Golf here

Makan Oz Style & the Aussie Avo Challenge!

AustCham Singapore President, Chris CoburnAustCham Singapore President, Chris Coburn, enjoying a drop in the #MakanOzStyle challenge

Thank you to everyone who took up High Commissioner Will Hodgman’s #MakanOzStyle challenge this year by ordering great Australian food and drinks to enjoy at home. While all sectors of the economy have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the hospitality industry has been particularly hard-hit. One way to support our Australian restaurants, chefs and grocers in Singapore has been to continue to order meals and produce from them when dining-in was not possible.

Tiong Bahru Community Centre Chairman, Kenneth SeetTiong Bahru Community Centre Chairman, Kenneth Seet, ordering in for the #MakanOzStyle challenge

Team Australia in Singapore certainly rose to the challenge! Our social media channels were buzzing with messages and photos of your meals using the #MakanOzStyle hashtag. Please continue to support our Australian restaurants, chefs and grocers here by ordering in, checking out their amazing products online or in store, and dining-in when possible. We will continue to #MakanOzStyle wherever we can to support the Aussie food and beverage industry and increase demand for Australian produce here in Singapore.

BHP Chief Commercial Officer, Vandita Pant
BHP Chief Commercial Officer, Vandita Pant, taking part in our #MakanOzStyle challenge

We’re so fortunate to have fresh Australian produce on Singapore supermarket shelves, supported by the Australian Government’s International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM). Australian agri-businesses were also given a boost to expand their export markets in 2021 as part of the Australian Government’s Agri-Business Expansion Initiative (ABEI).

Australia’s Trade Minister Dan Tehan MP and Singapore’s Sustainability and the Environment Minister Grace FuAustralia’s Trade Minister Dan Tehan MP meeting with Singapore’s Sustainability and the Environment Minister Grace Fu in Singapore in July 2021

Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, The Hon Dan Tehan MP, visited Singapore in July 2021. Minister Tehan had fantastic meetings with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and several Singaporean Government Ministers to discuss our food security partnership, agrifood trade and how a new Green Economy Agreement between our countries will support sustainability goals. Two-way open travel with Singapore was high on the agenda – both countries remain committed to this, when the COVID situation allows. The Minister wanted very much to meet more of our Aussie expats, but COVID restrictions made this difficult.  He did get to speak to business leaders at an AustCham Singapore event.

DID YOU KNOW…
…the word ‘makan’ is a Malay term for ‘eat’ and is a commonly used word in Singapore? Food is an activity so close to the heart in Singapore that “have you eaten?” is a common heartfelt greeting.  

Avocado

Go green with Australian avocados in Singapore!
Avocados are just one example of Australian produce arriving in Singapore this year with support from the Australian Government’s IFAM. To celebrate these delicious green beauties, we invite you to take up Taste Australia’s #AussieAvoChallenge, by buying some Australian-grown avocados and trying out some of the incredible avocado-based recipes at australianavocados.com.au. If you’re feeling creative, come up with your own creation!

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Hotspot: Swatow Seafood Restaurant

Swatow Seafood Restaurant

Toa Payoh, Serangoon Gardens Country Club, HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok
swatow.com.sg/

Swatow Seafood Restaurant has gained a loyal following for its traditional Teochew cuisine and handmade Hong Kong dim sum. The restaurant’s energy was palpable the moment we stepped into the buzzing dining hall. The wait staff were in constant motion, delivering food to customers anticipating their favourite dishes. Even with today’s social distancing and limitation in numbers (strictly followed), Swatow was a hive of activity and energy that made for fun dining.

We started with an intriguing plate of Deep-fried Snow Gyoza and Deep-fried Xiao Long Bao. Both dishes were a fantastic way to start this local food adventure. A plate of warm, buttery Hong Kong Polo Bun soon followed. These were a favourite of the table for their flaky crust, combined with a tender, juicy pork filling.

Next up was the Teochew Siew Bee (steamed prawn dumpling) and Teochew Kai Lan Fried Kuay Teow with preserved radish; both dishes were fantastic. These dim sum dishes are served with a variety of sauces that match each bite. The chilli sauce is made inhouse daily and it adds the perfect spicy kick.

Authentic Teochew Braised Duck

One of the restaurant’s most popular specialities, and our final savoury course was the Teochew Braised Sliced Duck. Unlike the most common roasted version, this authentic Teochew dish offers juicy, delicious slices of meat that simply melt in the mouth.

Purple Potato Cream & Golden Salted Egg Toasts

It’s Mooncake season and for dessert we were treated to the Crispy Mini Orh Nee – a yam paste mooncake, and Mixed Nut mooncake – a perfect sweet treat, enjoyed with refreshing Chinese tea.

VERDICT: Swatow Seafood restaurant offers authentic Teochew cuisine and excellent dim sum. If you’re craving memorable local food, head over to wallet-friendly Swatow for a fun atmosphere and satisfying meal.

Anniversary offer:

Swatow is running a special anniversary offer which includes the Afternoon Tea Dim Sum Buffet, priced at $25.80++ per adult and $16.80++ per child on weekdays, and $28.80++ per adult and $19.80++ per child on weekends. The buffet is available daily at the Toa Payoh outlet, and on weekends and public holidays at the Serangoon Gardens and Bukit Batok Home TeamNS outlets.
Roasted Duck with Black Truffle

From now till the 27th of October, Swatow Seafood Restaurant is offering HBL Bundle Deals for only $60! (UP $75). The HBL bundle deals include a 6-course set meal for 2 adults with 2 kids bento. Diners can add-on the kids bento at $12.80 each. These bundle deals are available daily, for both self-pickup and island-wide delivery through Oddle. Let’s stay strong and get through these tough times together!

Online Order though Oddle:
Swatow Seafood

Swatow City

Swatow Garden Seafood

 

Dress for Success Singapore

choosing workwearWhen and why was Image Mission set up?Li Kin
I started Image Mission in 2015 to manage the Dress for Success Singapore affiliate, which is part of an international network of 150+ affiliates. I come from a humble background, my mother had to single-handedly raise eight children and I believe that employment is the solution to overcoming poverty. 

Since then, Image Mission has served more than 780 clients through its two programmes – Dress for Success Singapore and IM Ready – with 30 percent of participants securing employment. We managed this without staff in the first five years, using a pool of dedicated volunteers from both the local and expat communities. In fact, ANZA Action was one of the first organisations I approached for support, and we are very grateful to have had many regular ANZA volunteers.

What do you do for women?
Many of the women we serve come from low-income households or disadvantaged backgrounds. They’ve been out of the workforce for a long time and often have low self-esteem. Our programmes are designed to cover every facet of our client’s journey, from job search to employment and beyond.

The Dress for Success programme provides interview and career coaching as well as professional attire for job interviews and employment. Our boutique has workwear, shoes and accessories that we give to women who have secured a job interview or employment. Clients are referred by community partners, who make an appointment for a styling or coaching session. 

Dress for Success SingaporeLi Kin conducting an interview skills session

How do the coaching sessions work?
At a coaching session, a volunteer coach provides one-to-one interview or resume preparation coaching. At an interview or employment styling session, the client is fitted by a volunteer stylist who shares dressing tips and selects an appropriate outfit for the interview, adding a finishing touch of professional make-up. Once employed, the client returns to receive a set of workwear to start off their new job.

Do you provide other training?
The IM Ready programme is a structured 4-6 weekly programme to equip clients with the skills, resources, and knowledge to become workforce ready. We now offer this programme one-to-one as well as in a workshop format.

IM Ready begins with a competencies diagnostics assessment so clients can discover their strengths and skills and better align their job search to match these. We then help clients to create a job search action plan, which will also track their progress. Other services include resume crafting/review, interview techniques and image styling.

Both programmes help them improve their confidence – to believe in themselves, their abilities, skills and experience, the way they look. This newfound confidence is most apparent after a makeover session or when they complete an assignment. 

This confidence empowers them to present themselves well at the job interview because they are dressed professionally and have prepared for the interview questions. Getting the job, in turn, boosts their sense of self-worth and gives them the means to work towards achieving financial independence and creating a brighter future for themselves and their family. For many of our clients, this newfound confidence also helps them in other areas of their lives – they are more confident dealing with their children for example.

Dress for Success SingaporeDFS Kathmandu founder with Li Kin (centre) and Elizabeth (right) in 2018

How can ANZA members support Dress for Success?
We are very grateful to the many ANZA members who have supported us over the past six years as coaches and stylists. ANZA members also gave strong support at our fundraising events, especially in our start-up years. 

We’re also always in need of volunteers who can help in ad-hoc event management. Whether you can commit to a regular schedule or on a project basis, we’d love to have you. Do subscribe to our mailing list at imagemission.org/contact-us so you’ll be updated on volunteering opportunities.

Alternatively, you could champion our cause by adopting us as a charity of your choice for your birthday or celebration!

Dress for Success SingaporeAn IM Ready workshop

How has Covid affected women in the work force?
The onset of COVID-19 and the circuit breaker in April 2020 had a great impact on our clients as they are among the most economically vulnerable in Singapore – being disproportionately represented in the retail, F&B and hospitality sectors. 

With kids at home and unable to go to school, women were often the ones who had to sacrifice their jobs for child care, especially single mums. Many of those in contract or part-time roles lost their jobs or had their jobs suspended. 

For Image Mission, we had to quickly move our services online to meet our clients pressing needs for employment support. We redesigned our programmes to suit an online format and trained our career coaches and stylists to facilitate virtual coaching and styling sessions.

This worked out well and the move to virtual allowed us to serve women in need of support, which we continued even after physical sessions resumed. In all, we managed to conduct more than 400 sessions last year, about the same as pre-Covid in 2019.

Any future plans?
We aim to serve 2025 women by the year 2025. One of our new programme initiatives is to engage employment partners who can offer expertise in areas relevant to our clients (e.g. recruitment or insights on the types of jobs/careers available in their industry) or who have job opportunities for our clients. 

Hotspot: Meet The Bartender at Mo Bar

Tell us about the latest cocktail list at MO BAR?
MO BAR’s current Volume Three cocktail menu is inspired by our latest travels and virtual collaborations around the region, focusing on using indigenous ingredients, local spirits, traditional techniques, and modern equipment.

SARIMANOKWhat’s one drink visitors must order at MO BAR?
“SARIMANOK”, inspired by the mythical creature from the southern part of the Philippines that looks after the region, bringing fortune and good favours. It’s made with croissant fat-washed rum, jasmine green tea kombucha, mango and peaches, and finished with edible rice paper printed with edible ink featuring the beautiful colours of the Sarimanok and the Philippines.

cocktail White Rabbit“WHITE RABBIT” is a clarified kimchi Bloody Mary. The Korean-inspired cocktail is made with poblano infused tequila, fresh tomatoes, kimchi, Korean black garlic, spices, and finished with a tomato crisp from the clarification method, topped with black garlic cream and micro shiso leaf.

Mo Bar SnacksWhat’s special about MO BAR and why should people visit?
Inspired by the Pacific Ocean, the rich culture of Asia’s ports and the travellers who journey between them, MO BAR has designed a series of cocktail menus for guests to experience the rich culture and history of the region. 

We aim to give each guest a unique experience with a full menu explanation and storytelling of the nomadic journey of MO BAR’s menu. Our team shares knowledge and expertise with our guests and takes them on a “Behind the Bar” tour, showing all the indigenous ingredients, unique (even hand-made by the team) vessels and modern equipment.

It’s all about recognising each guest and personalising each visit. We do this by sharing small tasters of upcoming menu experiments and other sorts of fun treats and shenanigans. Once we know that guests are celebrating special occasions, the team pulls out all the special tricks… if you want to know more, come and experience it for yourself! 

Cocktail MikywayHow hard has Covid been on the team?
As soon as Singapore went into the Circuit Breaker, the team and I explored opportunities immediately and were able to launch the first bottled cocktails in Singapore on our website, within 36hrs of the start of the lockdown. The positive feedback of our guests and the collaboration with our local community, such as the taxi drivers, gave us the energy to continue develop this further and we came up with a full range of MO BAR Signature and Classic cocktails. 

Besides the takeaway cocktails, we also engaged with our regular guests and clients to organise virtual cocktail classes and tastings. After the reopening of F&B in Singapore, we started with virtual bar takeovers where we featured bartenders from around the region by preparing their signature cocktails at MO BAR and vice versa.

After the launch of the new Volume Three menu, we quickly noticed that a Virtual Menu would be useful to be able to give guests an enhanced experience at MO BAR, while also showcasing our team and concept to a wider audience, outside of Singapore. 

During difficult times right now, our message is to be strong and don’t give up. Keep pushing boundaries and find new opportunities that times like these provide too. It’s a time to engage with the community more than ever, either physically or virtually, we all need each other. 

Adrian’s Faves 

  • Favourite cocktail?
    Smoked Boulevardier
  • Bar snack?
    Wasabi chips
  • Singapore bar?
    Jigger and Pony
  • World bar?
    Bamboo Bar, Bangkok
  • One person you’d like to share a cocktail with?
    Italian conductor Michele Mariotti 

How to Find Your Ideal Property in Sydney

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Defining the brief
To secure the right property, clearly define your specific needs. Not sure what you want? The Brady Marcs team can work with you to determine a clear brief from the outset and are experienced in asking questions that give you a clear and complete picture. Expats should consider the usual property considerations – personal style or taste, location, local amenities, the flow of the floorplan, and the presence of natural light – but also additional needs such as having a strong rental profile to maximise rental yield, scope to renovations, and value for money.

Unique and timely opportunities
One of the key strengths in using the services of a Buyer’s Advisor is access to properties you usually wouldn’t get. Our team have established relationships with a wide network of selling agents across Sydney, allowing direct access to off-market properties and direct lines of communication. We take a thorough and proactive approach for clients, delivering exceptional results that would not otherwise have been possible.

Choosing an area
The most fundamental question when buying property from overseas is knowing where in Sydney to live or invest. Personal factors must be considered, including being close to friends and family, or wanting to explore an entirely new region. In either context, current knowledge and research of neighbourhoods and suburbs becomes essential. The depth of local knowledge held by the Brady Marcs team is invaluable.

Knowing the schools, transport and amenities
Knowing the location of international and private schools can be particularly relevant for expats and is just one of the many areas of expertise that our team can assist with. A good understanding of transport routes and how they align to family needs is a huge factor in decision-making, such as proximity to schools, the CBD, local parks, and family.

Inspections and auctions
Not being able to physically visit an open house or auction can be limiting for expats. Our team members will visit opens on your behalf and provide detailed video walk-throughs, photos, and live video calls.

Bidding at auction
One of the most valuable services we offer is bidding at an auction on behalf of clients. The Brady Marcs team removes emotion from an often highly stressful situation and brings experience in forming a key bidding strategy. Whether in person at a physical auction or online, our team have the expertise to ensure the best outcome while ensuring clear boundaries are established before an auction.

Due diligence
Our team can manage and coordinate all required due diligence on a property, including pest reports, researching local development applications, and accessing Strata reports. We act as a single point of contact for all external professionals during this process.

Facilitating time differences
The Brady Marcs team pride themselves on offering exceptional customer service and always going the extra mile to deliver great results. The team strives to balance the challenges of different time zones and busy work schedules for their clients when communicating.

A smooth transition period
One of the biggest unknowns during an international relocation is the overlap in time between arriving in Australia and being able to move into a home. Even if settlement is fast and the property becomes physically available, furniture can take months to arrive. Our team are experienced in organising short-term accommodation in a similar area. They’ve even arranged for a complete furniture fit-out, ready for clients to move into as soon as they arrive in Sydney. The key is in pre-empting each step of the process with helpful tips, tricks, and professional connections.

Negotiating the contract
Our team are very experienced in successfully negotiating on price and amendments to a sales contract, and managing the process between vendors, selling agents and solicitors. Even if a property is going to auction, terms can be agreed prior to auction should the client be the successful bidder. Brady Marcs helps manage the process to run as smoothly as possible while ensuring the best outcome for clients.

Understanding tax implications
There are many tax considerations for expats, and it’s best to enlist professional help. Brady Marcs can make recommendations of professional accountants and financial advisors who can help demystify any issues. As an independent advisory, our team can offer objective advice and recommendations for choosing professionals unique to your circumstances.

Property management
For any investment property, ensuring trusted Property Management is in place is essential. We offer a range of Property Management solutions to ensure a complete service for our clients.

At the end of the day, buying property from overseas doesn’t need to be stressful. What’s required is a trusted partner and clear, meaningful communication. Brady Marcs Buyers Advisory has an exemplary track record in delivering exceptional results for clients.

If you are an expat returning home, or you are keen to explore investment opportunities while overseas, Brady Marcs is here to help.

For more information, including case studies and resources, or to book an obligation-free video consultation with a member of the Brady Marcs Buyers Advisory team, email lucy@bradymarcs.com.au or visit bradymarcs.com.au/expats.  

North London Collegiate School (Singapore) Celebrates its Founding Year

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North London Collegiate School (Singapore)

Launching a new international school in Singapore during recent global events has been an unforgettable and truly remarkable journey, demonstrating the resilience, grit and innovation of teachers and students alike. The positivity of our community shone through during our tenure in our temporary campus at the beginning of the academic year and the move to our state of the art, purpose-built home on Depot Road in January 2021. As the year progressed, and all schools were required to move to Home Based Learning, our ability to support each other and adapt to the ever-changing landscape was demonstrated once again.

Founding Principal, Paul Friend, reflects on the year; “It’s been about growth, development, and broadening horizons. It’s been about building character and resilience, about supporting each other and, above all, making the most of what’s before us. As Principal, I quite literally couldn’t be prouder.”

A rich history and tradition
NLCS (Singapore) takes pride in being the fourth school in the prestigious NLCS network, drawing on the rich history and tradition of the founding school in the UK. Our aim is to provide our students with an inspirational and life changing educational experience that will ensure they become successful, well rounded and compassionate human beings. NLCS (Singapore) produces scholars and critical thinkers, individuals who have the ability and drive to bring positive change to the world around them.

Our first-class education is delivered by a team of passionate teachers who are all subject specialists and experts in their field. We empower our teachers to inspire a love for their subjects and deliver a broad and flexible curriculum that goes beyond the syllabus. With a focus on academic rigour, we build on students’ confidence to aim high and fulfil their potential and ambition. This paves the way for a “floors, not ceilings approach” and inspires life-long learning.

North London Collegiate School (Singapore) A supportive environment
A focus on outstanding pastoral care ensures we meet the needs of the individual, not just the needs of the cohort. We recognise that each and every classroom is filled with unique individuals who have different interests, skills, talents, experiences and world views. We create a caring and supportive environment both in and out of the classroom, fostering a community built on positive relationships between staff and students and between students themselves. 

Our Senior School team explains; “The heartbeat of any successful school is its students and, despite the restrictions on movement, interaction and performance, ours have comfortably exceeded even the most optimistic expectations that we had of them. They have truly embraced the NLCS ethos, facing academic challenges head-on as well as setting up academic societies, committing to genuine community service programmes and taking part in myriad co-curricular activities.” 

A spirit of scholarship also enables all students to recognise excellence and realise that it is attainable no matter where they come from. This stems from the school’s core belief in the transformative power of academic engagement, and that a culture of scholarship should extend beyond the classroom and permeate the wider life of our schools. 

To further our students’ understanding, we deliver a series of ‘McCabe Lectures’, named after former NLCS (UK) Headmistress Bernice McCabe OBE, providing opportunities for students to hear from industry experts, exposing them to high-level academic discourse. 

Enrichment is another essential element of our educational programme and serves to support and enhance each student’s academic development, as well as helping to shape their character and personality. We offer a rich and vibrant co-curricular provision across academic subjects, music, drama, sports, the creative arts and beyond.

North London Collegiate School (Singapore) Our location and campus
Located centrally, the NLCS (Singapore) school campus on Depot Road has a built-up area of approximately 300,000 sq ft, with modern and impressive facilities to support students’ learning. 

These include, but are not limited to, a 50-metre Olympic sized swimming pool, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, sports field, fully equipped gymnasium, tennis courts, fitness studio, dance studio, purpose built performing arts centre, 700 seat auditorium, lecture theatre, music technology suite and recording studio.

Our sports provision offers opportunities for students who would not only like to participate in the recreational CCA programme, but also in school representative sports teams as well as elite coaching. We are also a full member of the Athletic Conference of Singapore International Schools (ACSIS) which allows our students to compete in a wide range of sports with other international schools across Singapore.

As we look forward to August 2021 and welcome our first cohort of Sixth Form students, we are incredibly excited by the prospect of what they will achieve in the years ahead.  NLCS (UK) has maintained its record of being the most successful IB School in the UK since first offering the IB Diploma Programme fifteen years ago. 

NLCS (Singapore) offers an exceptional British education for students aged 3 – 18. Enrollment is open throughout the year. For more information on availability, the admissions process or to book a tour, please contact our Admissions team on +65 6989 3000 or email enquiries@nlcssingapore.sg and we will be very happy to support you.

North London Collegiate School (Singapore)

130 Depot Road, Singapore 109708

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How should I structure my investment property for tax purposes? 

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investment and house

With all the hype in Australia now on the very hot property market, this is an extremely common question, so below I have set out some of the factors which should be considered.

Finance: This can largely dictate your structuring options and with interest rates at record lows, this can be attractive (however make sure you run your numbers if there is a rate rise). As an expat, any tax loss that your property makes, if not utilised that year, will continue to roll forward forever, until used against future Australian sourced income such as positive rental income, capital gains or salary and wages. This can have quite an accumulative effect over several years and can result in a lovely bonus when you eventually return to Australia and can enjoy some tax-free income. Importantly, you should always start with a mortgage broker to check your borrowing capacity, structure options and obtain a pre-approval before you make an offer.

Individual or Joint Ownership: This is generally the easiest option to secure a loan and the benefits can include access to an apportioned 50% capital gains tax discount upon sale, access to the losses which the property derives (as the losses stay aligned to the ownership) and access to the principal place of residence exemption should you decide to move into the property in the future. On death, the property will also transfer stamp duty free in accordance with your Will, however the capital gains tax cost base will be retained.

Discretionary Trust: Lending can be a little tricky through a trust, and the trust also cannot distribute a tax loss. However, if the property is positively geared, the trust can distribute the income over several different resident beneficiaries such as children (up to $416 each), adult children (18 or older and adult marginal tax rates apply), non-working spouses and parents (watch Centrelink Pension benefits). Land Tax can be higher in a trust, and there are additional compliance costs to keep the accounts and file a trust tax return. The trust can also run for 70 years so good for asset succession planning.

Australian Company: Lending can also be tricky through a company and the company cannot distribute a loss. You can claim travel to inspect your property if owned through a company, however you miss out on access to the 50% CGT discount. Further,  a company will generally tax the profits at 30%, then it can pay a dividend to a non-resident shareholder without any top up tax.

SMSF: Acquiring a property in a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) is sadly not an option for an expat so you will have to wait until you return to Australia before considering this.

Other Considerations: 

  •  Land Tax can be a nasty surprise if you have multiple properties in the one state, a part foreign ownership or large land holdings. 
  •  Stamp Duty cannot be avoided however some concessions are available if you plan to move into the property within 6-12 months. 
  •  Most importantly, the above is very general and each person’s circumstances are unique so we highly recommend contacting us for an obligation free consultation so we can tailor the right advice for you.  

Tristan Perry

Contact Tristan on  Tristan.perry@selectinvestorsaustralia.sg /
+65 9108 6398 (WhatsApp/Call)


The levels and bases of taxation, and relief from taxation, can change at any time. The value of any tax relief depends on individual circumstances.

Meet the Kill-O-Metres walking group!

We talk to the ANZA Kill-O-Metres walking group founder Louise Jones about what makes stomping around Singapore so addictive (and fun!).

ANZA Walking group 2021Who are they? The Kill-O-Metres walking group get together in groups of five (group sizes change in accordance to COVID restrictions) to enjoy the great outdoors and experience moving in a fun, social environment. The walks are organised by ANZA group members on various day of the week throughout the year, including evenings when the air is cooler. The objective is for walkers to explore a different side of Singapore, with walking trails that take participants to undiscovered parts of the island while also highlighting all of the rich biodiversity that Singapore has to offer.”

ANZA Walking Group 2021Where do they walk? The Kill-O-Metres have hiked all over Singapore, exploring MacRitchie Reservoir, Bukit Timah, the Southern Ridges and many other lesser-known routes that you can only truly experience on foot.
How far are the walks? They tend to average between 6-13km. Due to the unique nature of the walks being chosen hosted by the group members, there’s one for every level of participant from the super-speedy, to moderate and breezy, to slow and steady as you amble scenic landscapes. “Everyone is welcome and the pace varies to accommodate all involved,” explains Louise. “Our focus is fitness, no-cost therapy support, stretching, advice and best of all friendship – we are a social, fun gang, and you get all the amazing physical and mental health benefits of regular walking as you go!”
How do I join? To join the walkers, you must be a current, registered ANZA member. “It’s free, there’s no commitment required, and it’s an activity which helps you settle into Singapore while discovering more about this beautiful island,” says Louise.
Best thing about the group? “Definitely the therapy of fitness and friendships.”

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Find out more about upcoming walks and how to join the Kill-O-Metres at anza.org.sg/groups/walking

 

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