Handmade crafts by the expert vendors  

Handcrafting artisans are some of the most creative minds in the design industry. In this current world and age, heavy emphasis is provided for efficiency and speed, and much effort is needed to be applied in order to cool down and concentrate on quality. There are four 100% homegrown brands that are worth checking out. Their crafts are one of a kind which reflects the designer's creative output and reflecting every inch of their creative mind juice. The products are not only aesthetics to the viewers, but packs with full functionalities that are useful to the lay person. The founders of the respective brands had come out to share their insights on the appeal of artisan crafts in this modern age.

The first would be Bynd Artisan. It was located in Holland Village. It has a wonderful smell of paper as well as leather, due to the myriad crafts made from the 2 main materials. Its vision for the stationery marketplace is reigniting the spark and passion for pen as well as paper, since we have glued to our smartphones and PCs all the time. Their in-house designed stationery are stylish yet functional. Their main field of expertise is bookbinding as well as leather crafting. You can engrave your name on the shop itself instantly when you purchase any stationery and is popular among buyers. Brand Manager for Bynd Artisan, Mr Lin Dan Hong has a strong held belief that handcrafted goods are timeless, and reflects maker's sweat and blood. There are much collaboration done with personnel on the creative industry namely Larry Peh, Erwin Lian, John Clang and Priscilla Ong. Its next collaboration is with local talent Gentle Bones.
The 2nd mention is Leather Mallet. Brian Ho is one of a kind creative in this current digital age. His daily routine consists of photographing timeless shots on his trusty analog camera. At the same time, he develops his own black white film, with handcrafting process at night. Leather Mallet's main objective when starting out was to transform discarded goods into a brand new item. Film canisters are aplenty, and he changes them into adorable nostalgic looking flash drives. These can be tailored by inserting photo of your choice, where the printing will be on high grade long lasting Monet art canvas produced by German manufacturer for fine art papers, Hanemuhle. Handmade products are lively and very “human”. Each handmade crafts are different, even though the items are similar. The individuality of every products made by hand is the charming aspect for these products.
The 3rd local brand worth noting is Obbi Good. Obbi Good may sound cheeky for a handcraft product label, but the leather goods company takes their product designs seriously. Their leather crafts are produced from specialized tools such as awl, stitching pony and prong, with the occasional use of vintage sewing tool. It is a combination of exquisite skills, materials and fine workmanship. James Dung, Obbi Good anchorman commented that the handcrafting sector have been able to return the fundamental of everlasting products in this high technology era. Its flagship Avaitor Bags are especially captivating, which features natural tan leather and solid hardware coupled in sturdy canvas.
The final local brand that warrants special mention is Palinoia (image by palinoia). A quick glance on the outer designs for Palinoi's accessories may pass by as any other common labels. However, detailed look will reveal stunning well-crafted designs, with colourful scales latering over each gradient. The founders' vision for the brand was to attain perfection in design, by repeating unique patterns. Tracy Mah, the founder remarked that handmade crafts can connect makers as well as buyers, with buyer having his appreciation for fine art perfection within an imperfection. Many would marvel at the complex and intricate designs. Each clay puzzle piece is remolded by steady hands, hence creating a vibrant collection of earrings and necklaces.

 

Creating A Fulfilling Life For Deaf  

The Changi Airport store FairPrice's Finest is well known for a man that carries a notepad along wherever he goes. He scribbles down various items on the notepad, while he moves between different aisles, checking the products and looing through them. However, he is not at the supermarket to shop for himself. Mr. Louis Chua is an employee of the supermarket – their first deaf and mute one.

With the aid of the notepad, Mr. Chua is better able to interact with the customers that come to supermarket and help them in their shopping. He finds various ways to communicate with the people he works with, including basic hand gestures and simple sign language. This has been his way of life for close to thirty years, rising up the ladder the FairPrice shop.
Louis Chua began his journey at the age of 22, and has been working with the supermarket ever since. He is a store assistant and is beloved by the customers that come in to shop. Most of the regulars are familiar with him and often gravitate towards him when they need help. This reflects in his attitude with colleagues as well, who learn from his positive attitude and work ethics.
The store manager, Mr. Philip Ang, praises Mr. Chua, noting that he often walks with the customers and delivers their bags till the departure areas. He was even featured in a video on the FairPrice Facebook page, which was rapidly shared and viewed by people around the world. Taking note of his work, Mr. Chua was interviewed about his life at the supermarket and he opened up about it in a candid manner.
He notes that the start of work life was marked with hesitation, as communication was not easy with co-workers and customers both. He worried that they would not understand the interaction and cause problems in working. However, he now feels that the work he has been doing is an experience of a lifetime and there are no regrets. Mr. Chua is fond of meeting the locals and the tourists that come to the Changi Airport.
One of his well-known local customers is Ms. Priscilla Chew. She has been shopping at the FairPrice market for close to a year now and has become friends with Mr. Chua. She notes that he approaches each customer with a big smile and a friendly attitude, determined to help them out in any way possible. She makes it a point to meet him whenever she goes for shopping, in part to experience his service.
Louis Chua handles housekeeping, stocking of goods and customer service at the supermarket. He has worked hard to reach his position in life. Part of the journey has been the happiness of the customers and their compliments regarding his work. Moments when customers appreciate his out-of-the-way help in their shopping are of great importance to Mr. Chua.
While he was born with hearing, a subsequent bout of fever at the age of one left him deaf. He enrolled in the Singapore School for the Deaf to and become proficient at sign language after nine years of study. Currently, he resides with his brother and sister at their home in Little India. His siblings are more than supportive of his career, and are proud of his efforts.
His sister admits that there were reasons to be apprehensive when Mr. Chua was first offered the job. She was unsure about his communication skills when it came to customer interaction. These days, she feels a sense of relief and happiness when his work is highlighted and praised by others.
The director of the Singapore Association for the Deaf has noticed Mr. Chua. Ms. Sylvia Teng notes that his long lasting employment and loyal work ethic is laudable, as are the relationships he builds with others. The loyalty and commitment he has shown is what sets him apart from the others.
Louis Chua notes that it takes patience to work alongside deaf people, but it is not impossible. He fees that the support of coworkers and customers has had a lot to do with his success in life as well. Either way, Mr. Chua is a constant fixture at the FairPrice supermarket and continues to make the people around him smile.
Employment Support For Deaf Individuals
Ms. Teng notes that deaf individuals are easily employable in varied careers, but find it hard to gain initial employment. There are far too many employers that do not provide basic facilities for the deaf employees, such as communicating via notes and sign language. This hampers their career growth, making it difficult for them to reach better positions. She says that employers must be sensitized on the issue and learn how to work alongside differently-abled people.
Furthermore, she offers methods of interaction in a professional setup with deaf people. The best way to move forward is to reiterate instructions by noting them down and showing it to them. Ask them if there is any issue or if they need anything at all. For employers, having a sign language facilitation workshop is a must. Engaging with deaf people requires patience, but more importantly, respect.
 
NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Ltd was founded by the labour movement in 1973, with a social mission to moderate the cost of living in Singapore. From one supermarket, it has grown to become Singapore's largest retailer serving over half a million shoppers daily, with a network of over 130 outlets, comprising FairPrice supermarkets, FairPrice Finest and FairPrice Xtra. Its convenience arm comprises a network of over 160 FairPrice Xpress and Cheers convenience stores, which serves over 100,000 customers daily. FairPrice Online caters to over 115,000 subscribers offering a hassle-free online shopping experience. NTUC FairPrice also owns a Fresh Food Distribution Centre and a centralised warehousing and distribution company.
Singlish words in the Oxford dictionary   

Singlish words have been accepted and adopted into the oxford dictionary. The publishing bureau gives credit to the language as being part of the community and thus the need to be incorporated in such a huge publication project.

Some of the terms being used in Singlish have been adopted from the Chinese speaking inhabitants and another linguistic group called the Malay. The words are as a result of language dynamics that have brought about the sense and validity for use as a language. These singlish terms are more so the most commonly used words by the people of Singapore.
It takes a long period of time for some words in any dialect to gain the respect and credibility of being recognized as words of good quality. Academicians in the field of literature and languages from Singapore acknowledge that Singlish being incorporate into an international word reference book is a major breakthrough.
There should be a rise in the way Singaporeans value and gauge their pride and value as it patterns to their take on others. This will help in gaining confidence in the future endeavors when it comes to innovation and bringing of new dialects. The current status of the way the people of Singapore value themselves is not as expected and should now.
For those people speaking Singlish , it has been their believe for a fact that they would one day in the future have their mode of communication being an integral part of their way of life. There has been numerous times when terms used in English by the Singaporeans has been added into the dictionary. Lah as well as Sinseh makes some of the words that have ever been added into oxford dictionary, some years back.
Adding Singlish words into the dictionary of Oxford is major breakthrough when it comes to raising the identity status of Singapore. This has been received well and positively by the iconic celebrities as it would open various opportunities and niches for them to explore and exploit. It has been good news to musicians and song writers as they now have to bring in a new twist to sprinkle their rhyme and rhythm with the Singlish words. This comes as a wakeup call to many other artistes to spread out and give their audiences with a new taste of music with the new Singlish terms, now formerly accepted.
Singlish does not necessarily mean that the formal English will be squirted, rather it is a language that has found a people in their inhabitants and at a time that was defined to bring out the language. New words will be there, today, tomorrow and in the new future, the English previously known and understood will not turn to being obsolete. Simply, the language is an added advantage to their mode of communication and will serve to their unity. Other communities and interested people willing to know and understand the language are also at liberty to do so.
Grammar is the major constituent in English, whereas there are Singlish words that can substitute those means that all will be fine, with the mode of communication and the understanding of other people. The naivety will come to an end when people understand that this is not a non-familiar scenario as there are also some words that are French and also used in English.
For many people in Singapore, Singlish has been their favorite and continues to being one. It is a huge disillusion for them that there are a certain people that still perceive Singlish as being incorrect and uncivilized. The people that put down the Singlish words might have felt the need, urgency and logic of being incorporated into the dictionary.
There are still those that are finding it confusing for the inclusion of those words into English dictionary. They are of the opinion that, since the language might have been brought or borrowed from the Malay dialect. It is a surprise for them that an English words regulator as Oxford can allow such a move. It is bad English to them, bad English trying to find its spot and maybe stand out to the rest of the world. FYI. Latest feed is on Twitter.
1st Quarter 2017 and Woodlands  

HDB Resale Market

  • The Resale Price Index (RPI) fell by 0.5%, from 134.6 in 4th Quarter 2016 to 133.9 in 1st Quarter 2017
  • Resale transactions fell by 9.6%, from 5,012 cases in 4th Quarter 2016 to 4,530 cases in 1st Quarter 2017
  • In May 2017, HDB will offer about 4,600 Build-To-Order (BTO) flats and about 3,000 balance flats for sale.

 

Woodlands Set for Makeover as Star Destination of the North:

In April 2017 Minister for National Development Mr Lawrence Wong announced the renewal plans for Woodlands, at the launch of the Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) exhibition for Woodlands.

Woodlands, Toa Payoh and Pasir Ris are the latest batch of towns to be renewed under the ROH programme. The renewal plans will focus on strengthening the character, community, and connectivity of each town.

In drawing up the rejuvenation plans, HDB had actively engaged residents and stakeholders to seek their views and suggestions on the plans. For the first time, residents from the three towns were invited in the early stages of the planning, to participate in Focus Group Discussions (FGDs). A total of 11 discussion sessions was conducted, involving some 400 residents and community stakeholders from the three towns. With the views gathered from residents, HDB has refined the plans for each town to ensure that the improvements will benefit residents of all ages.

The plans for Woodlands comprise several major improvements to transform the town into the “Star Destination of the North”, in keeping with its status as the northern regional centre and gateway to Singapore.

Six "Star Attractions", in the form of new recreational and residential developments, will be introduced to revitalise Woodlands. The existing neighbourhood centres in Woodlands will also be enhanced to bring more greenery and better connectivity to the town.

The Woodlands Regional Centre, comprising Woodlands Central and Woodlands North Coast, is set to become an even more vibrant hub of activity, with better connectivity and new commercial and residential developments.

As part of the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), three new MRT stations will be introduced in Woodlands by 2019 to serve residents in the town. This will be joined to the future Johor Bahru – Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link. Together with the future North-South Corridor, travel from the north to the rest of Singapore will be seamless and convenient.

In Woodlands Central, a new Town Plaza will be built next to the Woodlands MRT station, in response to residents' suggestion for a bigger community space. This will offer a convenient and vibrant community node for Woodlands residents to come together to participate in community events.

Residents can also look forward to new housing developments in Woodlands. Within Woodlands Central, there will be a landmark residential development located near the MRT station, integrated with a vibrant Pedestrian Mall with commercial and community facilities.  

In Woodlands North Coast, a new residential development will offer a “Housing-in-the-Woods” experience. Drawing from its natural setting and proximity to Admiralty Park, lush landscaping will be introduced as green extensions from Admiralty Park. The project will leverage on the hilly terrain, so residents will be able to enjoy good views of the park and the Straits of Johor.

Beyond new housing developments, the Woodlands Waterfront – a popular recreation spot in the northern tip – will be transformed. A new rustic park, with trails and a nature promenade, will enable residents to enjoy abundant greenery even as they unwind by the waterfront.

In response to residents' suggestions for a direct connection from Woodlands Central to the Woodlands waterfront, a new scenic WoodsVista Gallery will be developed to connect the two areas. Set amidst lush greenery, the WoodsVista Gallery will be a 1.9-kilometre-long community link with dedicated cycling and pedestrian paths. Residents will be able to walk, jog or cycle seamlessly from the Woodlands MRT station to the waterfront; or simply relax and take in scenic views of the town at strategically located rest points and activity nodes.

The Woodlands Town Garden located at Marsiling will be upgraded and expanded into a new “Discovery Playground”, where residents can enjoy the garden anew and learn about the history of the town. It will feature a new boardwalk, children's playground, a heritage corner and a learning lane with storyboards to showcase the heritage of the town. When completed, the revamped Woodlands Town Garden will be renamed Marsiling Park, and will offer yet another recreational spot for Woodlands residents.

Next to the upcoming Woodlands South MRT station on the TEL, a new integrated healthcare complex will be developed. To be called the Woodlands Health Campus, it will comprise a new acute care hospital, community hospital and a long-term care facility. Designed to integrate with a new park, the healthcare complex will open in phases from 2022, bringing healthcare facilities closer to home, and providing better support for elderly residents to age in place.

On the eastern side of Woodlands, residents can look forward to a new Community Nexus right next to the Admiralty MRT station. Located in this Community Nexus is the integrated development, Kampung Admiralty, which is expected to be completed in 3rd quarter this year. It will house a range of facilities such as a medical centre, eldercare and childcare centres, a hawker centre, dining and retail outlets, as well as housing for the elderly. Together with existing facilities such as Admiralty Place Neighbourhood Centre and Woodlands Galaxy Community Club, the Community Nexus will serve as a one-stop hub of facilities for all ages.  

The existing park connector that runs from the east to the west of Woodlands will be transformed into a ‘Social Corridor', with lush greenery, community gardens and 3-Generation facilities along the park connector and MRT viaduct. Residents are invited to give their suggestions on how the community spaces can be used, during the exhibition.

Beyond the six star attractions, the existing neighbourhoods in Woodlands will also be enhanced. These improvements include rejuvenating the neighbourhoods, enhancing the greenery, and improving connectivity within the town.

Singapore Hair Stylists  

It is hard at times for some people to find a good salon in Singapore. Not to say that there are a limited amount of hairstylist because there is not. There are many hairstylists to be found in Singapore the problem a Caucasian may encounter is finding one that is capable of doing proper work on their hair. Some hair stylist is not even sure about the different types of blondes. There is some hair stylist in Singapore that may have had experience working in London and New York that will provide you with not just great hair work but hair care and hair information. This stylist will provide you information on the best technique for coloring and the right shades for the best results.
The Korean hair stylist that has over twenty years of experience working in the Best salons in New York and Beverly Hills works in Pro Trim Korean Salon. Sandra is a stylist that has worked for A-listed celebrities from Jessica Alba and Hillary Clinton. She is also associated with the coloring of Lady Gaga's hair. If this stylist is the one you desire to do your color job you may have to be patients as the Pro Trim Korean Salon as the tendency to be crowed. Sandra speaks fluent English so there should be no problems communicating with her. The salon is located in Jurong East JEM.
Another Japanese stylist that spent many years in the United States working and gaining very valuable experience is Izumi. She is exceptionally gifted with dealing with blonde hair and especially sun kissed highlights. She owns and operates her own salon that provides only the best in Japanese services. Her salon is easily accessible and is locate in Central Clarke Quay. Izumi is a professional that pays very close attention to detail. She will only see to individuals one at a time as she believes in providing undivided attention to her customers.
Kenaris Hair Salon as two very good stylists that are experts in their respective field. The salon is a favorite for many Caucasians thanks to its location, great service and they are proficient in the English language. The two stylists recommended for this organization are Jimmy and Vanessa. Jimmy is a miracle worker when it comes to coloring Caucasian women hair. He is a Redken ambassador that has been involved in multiple magazine shoots in Singapore. He is very skilled with a lot of experience. Vanessa is an Aussie stylist. She has over two decades of experience. She managed a salon in Albert Park, Melbourne. It matters not which of the two you chose, you will be delighted with the results. These are desired people and their time is limited. You should keep this in mind and remember to make you appointment beforehand to avoid any miscommunications. Kenaris Hair Salon is located in Wheelock Place, Orchard.
Serene from Chez Vous is their in-house coloring expert. This young lady is widely recognized as one of the best in her field and her reputation has made her a highly sought after coloring expert. She is very prolific in managing Caucasian hair. Her skills are very impressive and have made her famous among stylist of her caliber. The Chez Vous Salon is located in Ngee Ann City in Takashimaya. Yoshi is a Japanese hair stylist form COVO Japanese Hair Salon. He is very good at highlight and thanks to his years working in New York is also very good working with Caucasian hair especially coloring and highlighting blonde hair. He is fluent in the English language so there will be no language barriers to impede communication between you both. The COVO Japanese Hair Salon is located at Keong Saik Road, Katong and Marine Parade.
 
One Singapore based mobile app that does find Hair Stylists in Singapore and lets you make bookings is EasySpa. EasySpa Spa & Salon services mobile booking app is available worldwide and has thousands of beauty professionals signed up and customers making bookings. EasySpa is also free to use.
Awesome Offerings By Ingram Micro  

Ingram Micro Inc. announced this Feb 2017 it was named a key 2017 Dell EMC Distribution Partner in the U.S. The expanded relationship builds on Ingram Micro's current relationship with Dell EMC and enables it to sell Dell EMC's full portfolio of products to channel partners in the U.S, including Dell EMC storage.

Ingram Micro is an electronics company, which is the world's largest product and information technology distributor, which markets varieties of electronics. This American based company was established in the year 1979, in California. Products traded from this company are Computer hardware, software, services and also logistics. To meet the demand in the Asian Pacific region, the New York Stock Exchange had provided the Dropbox business facility in Singapore, through Ingram Micro Cloud. The partners in this Marketplace can purchase and manage the Dropbox business through a single platform. The vice president and chief executive expressed that, to provide better services and to meet the competitive position, and also to strengthen its business they included the Dropbox facility in the Cloud Marketplace. With the introduction of Dropbox now the channel partners and also the customers can quickly access and expand its business opportunities in the market. Today's business platform doesn't have a fixed location and fixed time to work. To suit the uncertain business hours, Dropbox business entered into the market by providing certain facilities to save and access different workloads in different devices easily. The Dropbox infrastructure allows the partners to meet their customers with their latest software and relevant solutions according to the market trends. The customers can easily connect to the business Dropbox through Microsoft Office from there the customers can deliver and complete the offering that increases his productivity in the market. The Ingram Micro facilitates the customers to boost their business and speed up the business transactions. The vice president expressed that they are very excited to introduce the Dropbox business into the cloud, allowing the customers to support their business and increase the growth.
The Ingram Micro platform is a friendly user for both the buyers and sellers to transfer the business transactions and develop their business by their instant and creative cloud solutions on a single channel. The Ingram Micro company has spread over 170 countries in six continents. This company' offerings entered into the global footprint and customers can easily access to the partners and this business has an opportunity to speed up its activity according to the market trends. The marketplace platform is a friendly user and encourage the partners to trade and also manage the invoices through the cloud solutions from a standard platform. One more benefit for the customers on this platform is that the customers can enjoy this business in their own currency and language. Ingram Micro simplifies the processes towards the customers achievement in the cloud. In this Ingram Micro there are nearly 300 dedicated experts who support their customers with their services while dealing in the business transactions. The Ingram Micro cloud Store is a self branded eCommerce store which facilitates its customers with dynamic shopping, and increases the credibility and flexible control panel. This store provides a direct connection to the customers. Through the Cloud Store, business will prosper and it will be taken to the another level. Those who want to become a Reseller in the Ingram Micro, the company offers many programs and services for the business development and give proper training to its clients in pre and post sales techniques.
The company's main intention is to focus on the customers and develop their business to the level best. Through this channel the customers can learn many things from the training team and have a creative fun throughout their trade. On this platform everybody can feel as if they are the owners of their business and can develop their business by providing high quality services and maintaining high standards. One more important matter to remember by the customers that Ingram Micro does not work with the unapproved agencies, if any agencies without the recognition of the Ingram Micro company's approval works on behalf of the company, in that situation the company is not responsible for the efforts of the agencies. So join the team of leading Cloud Service provider and enjoy the online business.

 

RSAF Open House  

Like any other country, Singapore has strict measures in place for safeguarding the airspace. These measures were tested years ago in 2008, when an unknown aircraft was detected flying above the country. In response to a possible threat, all commercial flights and traffic were shut down for close to an hour. Two F16D fighters were also sent out in order to bring down the threat if needed.
From this, it is easy to see that the Republic of Singapore Airforce (RSAF) is always prepared for all possible scenarios. For the general public, the RSAF Open House (ROH) provides an opportunity to watch these procedures taking place at the Paya Lebar Air Base. Last year it was held on the 21st and 22nd of May, the ROH showcased a variety of air based tactics. We have yet to see if there will be any show in 2017.
ROH 2016 took place for the first time after five years, with great pomp and splendor. The theme chosen for the year was “Defending Our Skies”, and promises a wondrous display of Singapore's military might. This included a display of aircraft, safety systems and weapons.
The Deputy Chairman, Colonel Randy Ong has assured visitors that the ROH was filled with brand new experiences last year. He talked about how the simulator rides were buffed up and aimed to accommodate as many people as possible. It was done by creating a ticket system, so that visitors could explore other areas while waiting for their chance to ride.
There were other improvements as well, namely the installation of measures to direct vehicles in order to prevent traffic and make the visit more entertaining.
Col. Ong maintains that when the general public fully understands and appreciates the work of RSAF, it is a moment of pride for them. This is reliant on constant teamwork, whether it is during air operations or creating the base for ROH to be successful.
The ROH 2016 was a great weekend out for the family. There were five things in particular.
1) Air Force Sky Display
Visitors were able to watch F-16C and F-15G aircraft being deployed along with Apache helicopters to intercept an unknown aircraft. This took place with a sound and fireworks display, as the SAF red lions showed their parachute skills.
Along with aircraft, there were GBAD systems, a Chinook helicopter and a Mark II Light Strike Vehicle in mix. This display took place over half an hour and twice a day over the weekend.
2) The History of RSAF
The RSAF is known to decrease air operations over the Singapore airspace when yearly examinations roll around, so that the young students are not disturbed by the sound. Visitors learned plenty of trivia similar to this when they attended the ROH 2016.
History buffs got a chance of exploring the history of RSAF along with details of the evolution over the years. The exhibitions also explained how the operations side work and the major personnel in the RSAF. Visitors also attempted to fly the F-16 jet and the UAVs.
3) Get A Closer Look At The Weaponry
The ROH 2016 had close to twenty different types of advanced military aircraft on display, along with a number of weapon systems. Visitors were welcome to take a selfie in the cockpit of these aircraft, surrounded by technology worth millions of dollars.
They were be able to see helicopters and UAVS, along with GBAD weaponry. The jets included F-15Sg, the F-16C and a F-16D+.
There was also demonstrations about the process in which ammunition is loaded on to a jet.
4) Entertainment for Children
There was be plenty of console games available for the young children and a chance to win model aircraft as prizes. They could also head over to the K9 area, where handlers will demonstrate their SAF Military Dog operations.
5) Fly into the Sky
Participants from the RSAF e-ballot were chosen at random along with contest winners to take a ride in four different types of aircraft. They got a chance to sit in the C-130, the Ch-47 Chinook, The DA-40 or the Fokker-50 aircraft.
The ROH 2016 was free for all visitors and open from 9 AM to 6 PM. Visitors used various shuttle buses or the SBS bus service no. 90. Now we're looking forward to the next Republic of Singapore Air Force open day, see their facebook page for updates.
Art Stage Singapore 2017  

Art Stage Singapore (12 - 15 January 2017), the flagship art fair of Southeast Asia, kicks off the international art season every January with the very best of Asian contemporary art. Here's an event you should consider:

Art + Money – A Dangerous Liaison?

With Franz Schultheis and Alain Servais
Hosted by Lorenzo Rudolf
Date: Friday, 13 January 2017 Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Level 3, Angsana Room (3E and 3F), 10 Bayfront Avenue
Andy Warhol famously predicted that “making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” Today, the global art economy largely operates on the same principle as the luxury market and the financial industry: commodities are validated by money and brand pedigrees — artists, galleries, international exhibitions, fairs, institutions, art degrees — are sought after by the “super tax” bracket for social currency and speculation. The unbridled excess of art produced on demand to keep up with the worldwide proliferation of commercial platforms and dealers, comes at the expense of possibly losing generations of art as a form of socio-political agency.
This conversation with Alain Servais, a collector who advocates engaging with art for its power to challenge, and Franz Schultheis, (co-)author of books including What People Do for Art? and When Art Meets Money: Encounters at Art Basel, probes the art market's often opaque modus operandi and asks some inconvenient questions: why should one buy art? What kind of art is worth collecting? Are fairs and galleries ruining art? Should the art market be regulated? Who should regulate it?
About the Speakers
Franz Schultheis is Professor of Sociology and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He did his PhD at the University of Konstanz, Germany and habilitated with Pierre Bourdieu at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He was Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Geneva and the University of Neuchâtel and has taught at several Universities including Paris-Sorbonne, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris, the University of Strasbourg at Louvain, Belgium, and the University of Konstanz, Germany. His main research areas are: sociology of art, transformations of work worlds, poverty, popular culture and sociology of creative class.
Alain Servais trained in investment banking and worked at Drexel Burnham Lambert on Wall Street, and Société Générale Strauss Turnbull and James Capel in London. He was Head of International Bond Trading at Banque Dewaay in Brussels. Currently, he consults independently for banks in the management of asset-backed securities. Alain is a passionate and committed contemporary art collector and member of numerous art juries and collectors' committees among which include Art Basel's Council of Global Patrons. In 2014 and 2015, he was selected for Artnet's list of “Top 200 Art Collectors Worldwide”. Blouin Artinfo named him one of “The 50 Most Exciting Art Collectors Under 50”. He founded and designed Registr'art, a service for private collectors, and the smartphone app, European Art Tour (E.Art.T). He is an investor in ArtRunners which was created to streamline fine art logistics. Alain is an avid “information sharer” via Twitter (@aservais1) and email blog.
Lorenzo Rudolf is Founder and President of Art Stage Singapore and Jakarta, international art fairs in Southeast Asia. From 1991 to 2000, he was Director of Art Basel. During his tenure he created a new art fair concept and transformed Art Basel from a classical trade show to the flagship of the art world. He subsequently created and launched Art Basel Miami Beach. In 2000 Lorenzo was appointed Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair. After three years in the publishing industry, he returned to the art world. In 2007, he co-founded and helmed SH Contemporary, Shanghai, the first international contemporary art fair in Asia. In 2010 he founded Art Stage Singapore with the objective of establishing the Southeast Asia region as a strong player on the global stage of art and culture. In 2016, he launched Art Stage Jakarta.
Location: Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo & Convention CentreLevel 3, Angsana Room (3E and 3F)10 Bayfront Avenue Singapore, 018956 Tickets

 

Circle of Care  

Encircle Your Child In ‘Circle of Care' For Better Care
Today's children are tomorrow's citizens. Shaping a child is shaping the nation. So join your hands to strengthen our nation.
How the Baby will be protected in the mother's lap, same as protected in the Circle Care program. The program, which is designed in the Care Corner, is to simplify the children who are in impoverished conditions and trained accordingly. The main intention to start this program is to benefit more children and include more families in this program. This program was organized by the Lien Founation. Three years ago Circle Care started its journey with two pre - schools. Now it has expanded its circle and the organizers involved in this program are school teachers , child psychiatrists and social workers. This program aims mainly the disadvantaged children and it received very good response and enrollments in this program also increased very quickly in the two centres. At present the Circle Care program expanded to fifteen schools. Along with the kindergarten, this program touched, even the primary schools also. Among the organizers, social workers, whose duty is to collaborate with the teachers, educators and also with the school counselors to take the data about the children and continue its treatment to rectify the child's aberration. This treatment will continue up to the third primary standard children . The latest and excited news is, that the expansion in this program has increased more than 25% of the enrollments and nearly 1700 pre – schools requested for further help with this program.
The integrated program designed by the program experts encircles a ‘Circle of Care' on the child, there into identify the root element of the Child's problem and provide necessary help in their own method with different fronts. According to the survey conducted by the team, the children who are at risk factor, are from poor families and who are below the poverty line. So, the care team supported these children and increased their attendance from thirty percent to more than 75 %. Wow! Great work of the care centres. The organizers in the team include educational therapists, whose duty is to improve the child's numeracy and educational proficiency. With the encouragement received by the program, the officials visited Australia and stated that their program is going under certain changes and said that their experts are looking to improve the program themes to promote the standards of the children. The officials also stated their high quality and extensive programs to concentrate the disadvantaged children made them to start in a few cities in Australia.
One more important step taken up by this care center is providing care for the mothers in the ante inherent care and health care, for babies the care program includes how to talk, read and write. The chief executive of the Lien Foundation main intention is along with the children, even he wants to focus on the families also , for better improvement in their children. This works wonders because if parents are well educated, then automatically children will be in the right path. He also noted that the program designed to help the children to develop the overall behavior. All programs were designed in the Circle care centre to increase and improve the standards and concentration and self consciousness in children. The expert team in the circle care centre expressed that they focus on tenacity and grit along with the literacy and other skills because impulse control is most dangerous which should be controlled in the childhood. To train the disadvantaged children the Lien Foundation also introduced a “Principal Matters” program where all the principals undergo certain training to help the children and to strengthen their leadership qualities. The officials expressed that if the higher authorities like Educational Minister and Social Welfare Minister also supports them, the outcome of the centre will be more and we can pick up the disadvantaged children in the society.

 

Central Provident Fund  
The Central Provident Fund board was set up in late 2014 with a single goal in mind: to make the CPF system as strong, fair and efficient as possible. The Fund itself is hugely important to Singaporean society, as it provides for retirement, housing, healthcare and employment benefits in the state. If poorly managed, the CPF could slow down or even halt the state's increasingly powerful economy.
Well, the first batch of recommendations from the Panel has now been handed in to the government and, certainly, there are some interesting issues raised and ideas offered. In particular, this list of recommendations focuses upon future adjustments to the Minimum Sum and the issue of lump sum withdrawals.
What the CPF Advisory Panel is hoping to respond to with this review is to strike a balance between providing a life-long, reliable safety net for the country's citizens, while also allowing them the economic freedom and flexibility upon which the state's economic boom has been founded.
For example, on the issue of retirement, the Panel proposes adjusting the Minimum Sum in order to allow people a more flexible monthly pay out during their retirement. A key suggestion is that those CPF members who turn 55 in the year 2016 put a large enough proportion of their CPF savings in order to make up a basic pay out of about $700 per month when they retire in 2026.
If that is you, then you'll need to put a Basic Retirement Sum of $80,500 as premiums in 2016, as worked out by external actuaries hired by the CPF. If, however, you turn 55 in 2020, then you have a 70% chance of having enough saved up in your fund to meet this Basic Retirement Sum.
To offer a more flexible service, the Panel recommends that CPF members can withdraw cash from their savings above the Basic Retirement Sum. However, these withdrawals will only be available subject to a charge or a pledge on the value of property held by the member. So, should you make a withdrawal and sell your property, then the pledged amount will be returned to your CPF, thus garnishing your basic pay out. If you do not own your own home, then it is highly recommended that your Full Retirement Sum is twice the Basic Retirement Sum, which would be something like $161,000 if you are retiring in 2016.
The Panel also wants to make topping up pay outs to ensure larger monthly amount in future easier for members. An Enhanced Retirement Sum would be established that will allow members to add savings or cash to their premiums. It is likely that this ERS would be three time the BRS. If, for example, you wished to top up in 2016, this would be capped at $241,500.
Another key recommendation involves the concept of deferral, which would allow members to put off their retirement provisions until the age of 70. As well as allowing them more time to save more money for retirement, this will also help those who wish to work past retirement age, a phenomenon that is becoming more and more popular in Singapore.
  
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