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Home Style: Birds, Bees and Botanicals

Andaman free-form dinner plates, KRA SanctuaryWhen we were able to freely travel, I would discover ceramics of all kinds in every corner of the globe – from the blue and white Delftware I found in Holland, the Azulejo in Portugal, to the colourful Majolica ceramics spilling out of the stores in Positano, Italy.  Equally, I was drawn to fine bone china mugs from Harrods in London or Beatrix Potter collectibles, which line the shelves of Duty Free shops throughout the UK. There’s nothing prettier than eggs served in dainty Polish egg cups, tea in fine china cups, or rich coffee in large mugs. There’s nothing better than a long alfresco lunch, with food served on a complete set of Mediterranean tableware.

Confined to the shops of Singapore, where do we find similar items to serve as a reminder of exotic places we may have explored this past summer and those familiar spots we miss visiting?

Sophie Auport bird series mug

Sophie Auport (www.sophieallport.com) mugs in her bird series available at Culina.

Sophie Auport (sophieallport.com) has a stunning collection of fine bone china mugs made in the UK – a perfect gift for every family member. They’re available online or at Culina Dempsey (culina.com.sg).  They go quickly so snap them up when you see them in store.  For animal or garden lovers, Sophie’s whole collection is heavenly. There’s also a sports series!

Melamine plate from Iggy’s Crafts

Melamine plate from Iggy’s Crafts

Recently I stumbled across Iggy’s Crafts pop up at Cluny Court (facebook.com/iggyscrafts.sg) and discovered a colourful collection of melamine plates and tableware that are the exact replicas of those found in Spain and Morocco. They come in all shapes and sizes and are perfect to use poolside, but the oversized platters are the winners. If the Med vibe isn’t what you are looking for, there is a tropical range with green leafy platters and coastal colours. For more melamine copies of the ceramic originals from Positano, Italy, go to Smallable online (smallable.com/en). Lighter than hauling a set home from Europe and delivery is free with larger orders! 

After a mid-afternoon siesta in Spain, tapas and sangria are usually on the agenda before transitioning to the evening meal a few hours later. Invest in a dozen or so small tapas plates, buy some good olives, octopus and manchego cheese and you have what it takes to get you through to dinner at 11pm. 

Daiso (daisosingapore.com.sg) often has a very good selection of small plates in black and white that look like handmade pottery with rough edges.  

At $2 a piece they are a steal and wash very well in the dishwasher. For a more sophisticated look, Bowerbird (bowerbird.com.sg) has dainty little tapas plates with brass edges in leafy patterns and various colours.

Karst dinnerwear set, KRA Sanctuary

Karst dinnerwear set, KRA Sanctuary

Closer to home, you can purchase incredible stoneware inspired by the limestone karsts of Southern Thailand at KRA Sanctuary (krasanctuary.com). The Karst or Andaman collections are an indulgent expense you won’t regret. Set the table with a collection of 4, 6 or 8. 

Napkins from Island Living

Napkins from Island Living

Style tips:

  • Pondering your table setting? Make a mood board and play around with colour, kitchen items, flowers and leaves. 
  • Currently organic shapes in ceramics, and wooden or brass utensils are on-trend. 
  • Use colours that represent nature in cool sage green and florals. Go either light or very bright but don’t mix the two!
  • Kitchen tiles set the scene, with stoneware dinner plates and napkins with raw edges from Island Living (islandliving.sg) inspired by eucalyptus leaves, another reminder of home.

5 tips for a long-distance relationship

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Long Distance RelationshipThe pandemic has forced many couples apart and created a change in relationship dynamics. The good news is that if you’re in a long-distance relationship, or contemplating one, technology has made them easier than ever—indeed, some couples are starting to realise the benefits of spending time apart. However, long-distance dating requires effort, understanding, and not to mention a strong wifi connection! Our friends from Pacific Prime Singapore provide five tips for keeping the spark alive despite the distance.

1. Respect one other’s schedule

Phone calls, text messages, and emails help couples in long-distance relationships to communicate. But just because it’s easy to keep in touch doesn’t mean you should always be available. Knowing your partner’s availability prevents you from disturbing them and helps ease worries when you can’t contact them.

2. Pay attention

Long-distance partners usually don’t get to see each other very often. Being present when talking to one another helps keep the connection and shows you care. Let your loved one know that you’re there and find ways to stay close. Getting rid of distractions in the background so you can give them your undivided attention when on a video or phone call will help to strengthen your bond. So, Netflix off!

3. Don’t put life on hold

Just because you’re in a long-distance relationship doesn’t mean you can’t have fun without your partner’s presence. Some couples make the mistake of sitting by the phone and focusing all their free time on being apart. Remember that a healthy partnership is made up of two independent individuals who consciously grow together. Plus, continuing to enjoy your life gives you things to discuss when you do reconnect.

4. Keep messages short and sweet

Thanks to modern technology, you can send a message to your other half at any time. If you’re on different time zones or schedules, good morning and good night messages can be lovely to receive. Random notes to let them know you’re thinking about them—in the queue at Cold Storage, while brushing your teeth or grabbing a coffee—are great too. Keep them short so you have plenty to talk about later.

5. Think beyond text messages

WhatsApp, voice notes and video calls may be convenient, but try not to rely solely on technology. Maintaining a physical connection is crucial albeit difficult when you’re not in the same place. Handwritten letters and personalised care packages are a good alternative since they take a little more time and effort.

We hope the tips above help keep your relationship strong and healthy until you can be together again.

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Team Tasting – Barossa Steak & Grill!

Overlooking the calm waters of Sentosa Island, the revamped Barossa Steak & Grill enters the Singapore’s steak house landscape showcasing some superb Australian beef cuts, a Josper oven-grill, and its own Dry Ager® specialty fridge.

Beyond the great steaks, this Aussie inspired restaurant features terrific lamb, poultry, pastas, pizzas, and seafood dishes. Each dish is meticulously prepared with the freshest and highest-quality ingredients, thanks to Barossa’s philosophy of sourcing locally and engaging with responsible beef producers in Australia.

Barossa’s beef selection hails from four down under brands with strong socially responsible credentials. The Bass Strait – antibiotic/hormone-free fed on rye grass and clover, Wanderer – free-range and fed on barley, Josdale – antibiotic/hormone-free grass-fed Angus, and Carrara – award winning wagyu traced from birth to ensure biosecurity and animal welfare.

We begin with four seafood-themed starters; Japan Sakoshi Bay Oysters ($60), a dozen oysters served in a half shell with seaweed granita, lemon wedges and Mignonette sauce – fleshy, silky, and creamy; no wonder they are nicknamed “milk of the sea”.

Barossaa StartersThis is followed by Tasmanian Salmon Rillete Cornet ($13), three delicious cones per plate filled with salmon rillette and topped with salmon roe, sour cream, and chives – the plate was clean almost as soon as they arrived. Next, a Chicken Chicharron with Avruga Caviar ($16). Perfectly crispy chicken skin topped with pickled onion, sour cream, and chives. A great fusion of textures and flavours made this dish a table favourite!

Our last starter was the Hokkaido Scallop Tartare with Squid Ink Cracker ($16), pieces of scallop drizzled with truffle wafu, uni cream, ebiko, and chives – a dish seriously loaded with delicate flavours for the tartare enthusiast.

After the wonderful starters, we were ready for the main dishes.  First, the Locally Farmed Barramundi Fish “En Papillote” ($28). This dish arrives in a little pocket where the fish has been slowly baking with aromatic vegetables and potato; served with a sauce Vierge. It takes approximately 20 minutes to prepare, but it is worth the wait.

Next was the New Zealand Lamb Rack with Moroccan Spice ($48), perfectly cooked juicy lamb served with grilled chunky U.S. asparagus and a cumin brown sauce.

Of course, we had to try one of the specialty steaks. We went with the Australia Premium 50-Day Dry Aged Porterhouse – 600g ($138) – the star of the show, a flavourful, juicy, and tender cut with the perfect texture and a golden-brown crust. Of course, no grilled steak is complete without side dishes, we tried the fresh Grilled Broccolini and Garlic Sauce ($14), the sinfully creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Bacon ($14), and delicious truffle fries with parmesan cheese ($12). To the steak, we added a trio of sauces ($5/each): whisky double mustard sauce, tarragon bearnaise sauce and a cumin brown sauce.

To finish this amazing meal, a couple of desserts; Bombe Alaska Citron ($21); a beautiful dessert of cheesecake, yuzu sorbet, Meyer lemon curd mousse, and limoncello; and one of the chef’s signature desserts, the Honey Fig Mochi Cake ($19), consisting of Ume white chocolate, passionfruit gel, yuzu jelly, and honey fig mochi cake.

VERDICT: Barossa Steak and Grill new iteration delivers a beautiful location perfect for relaxed and casual gatherings either dinning al fresco or in a “outback-chic” styled interior. Steak lovers will find Barossa a new wonderful option along the HarbourFront Walk, but rest assured, there is always something equally delicious for the non-meat eaters.  The staff’s warm hospitality, together with amazing food makes Barossa Steak & Grill a deserving destination.

Diplomatic Taste Buds

HC Jo TyndallHer Excellency Jo Tyndall, New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore, has lived in Singapore for two years, since February 2019. The High Commissioner’s husband Chris and two adult sons, Rafe and Sebastian, all live in New Zealand, with Rafe being custodian of his mum’s 17-year-old Cairn terrier, Satchel. From Wellington, Jo previously served in Geneva, plus spent eight years as New Zealand’s Climate Change Ambassador, visiting “just about every continent on the globe, other than Antarctica”.

The High Commissioner enjoys walking every day and also loves cooking, horse-riding, skiing, cryptic crosswords and Killer Sudoku, with her real addiction being completing mega jigsaw puzzles.

The Bluff oyster season is eagerly anticipated – those Bluffies are the best in the world by a comfortable margin. Vogel’s bread with Vegemite and avocado is the best way to start a day. I love one-pot meals and lots of comfort food. 

We’re all cooks in the family: Chris is a master pasta maker, using the broom handle to hang tagliatelle noodles. Rafe makes brilliant hand-pulled noodles. Sebastian has perfected macarons and soufflés. I love making desserts – chocolate fondant, lemon tarts, cheesecakes and crème brulee.

We are so fortunate in New Zealand – from the biggest cities to the smallest towns, you can be pretty sure of getting barista-quality coffee. In Wellington, Prefab Café is practically next door to my home, and great restaurants (Capitol and Ortega Fish Shack) are within easy walking distance. So is The Chippery (when the craving for fish and chips becomes too strong to resist). There’s something very special about eateries that welcome you as friends/regulars.

Ant dip in Mexico City and Guinea pig in Lima are at the more adventurous end. It would be hard to forget my first ever “3-star” meal at Georges Blanc’s La Mere Blanc in the village of Vonnas, France; an epic dinner. And, my stepmother Julie’s Christmas present to me last year – a gourmet picnic which we consumed in the beautiful Ohinetahi gardens at Governor’s Bay, near Christchurch. I’ve never felt so spoiled!

Violet Oon Dry Laksa

I can’t go past Nerissa’s cooking! She’s been our chef at the Official Residence for many years, and turns out meal after beautiful meal for our guests. Morsels, at 25 Dempsey Road, was a great find with its creative fusion dishes and does a lot of its own pickling and preserving. Culina Bistro’s mac and cheese, sold as a side, is a worthy main course in its own right, at 15 Dempsey Road. I love the Peranakan flavours at National Kitchen by Violet Oon at the National Gallery Singapore, and the oversized cake slices at PS Cafe.

These days, I’m eating much more vegetarian food, and curry dishes give me an excuse to indulge in paratha. My first dinner out in Singapore was at Samy’s Curry Restaurant, 25 Dempsey Road. I also enjoyed a fabulous Cantonese/Sichuan feast at Min Jiang, 7A Dempsey Road.

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.


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.