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Things to do | Exercising, Playing, Socialising at Dawson Place

By Magalí Murià 11 March, 2013 Sometimes my son and I like to walk our dog around Dawson Place, a public housing area across the street from our condo. Dawson’s buildings are lined up right next to the Alexandra Canal, the upstream end of the Singapore River that was recently turned into a green corridor in the heart of the city. It has open gyms for outdoor exercise, trails for biking and jogging, and covered areas where groups gather for tai chi in the early hours.  People are cordial and usually stop and talk with each other.  In fact, after 8 months of living here, it is nice to see how some familiar faces have gradually turned into friendly constants during my morning walks.   Healthy and Free Attraction Every building has a playground right between the living areas and …


Charity | Cooking Up Blessings with Willing Hearts

By Angel Corrigan 17 February, 2013   On any morning after 6:00am, 365 days a year, you can walk in to the Willing Hearts central kitchen at 50 Genting Lane, in the Ciderco Building, ask for Uncle Tony and he will put you to work chopping, seasoning, cooking, cleaning or helping to deliver some of the approximately 3,000 meals they prepare each day to feed the needy in Singapore.  You can come for an hour or you can stay all day.  You can come on a weekly, monthly or one time basis. All help is needed and appreciated.  This volunteer organization gathers food donations and creates a gift of hope for those in need.    Charity Work and New Friends My friend Leo Willems connected me with this organization. He is a single expat who works as a Database Administrator …


Food | Cafe Review: The Fabulous Baker Boy – Cakes, pies, coffees and teas

By Jyoti Angresh 14 December, 2012   Baker boy Baker boy; bake me a cake,The best I can taste; don’t do it in hasteBaker boy Baker boy; put in some layers And make it just right for me… And he does! At the foot of a hill, amidst open lawns, in the heart of the city alongside an art gallery, Singaporean theatre performer Juwanda Hassim bakes exquisite cake creations and sells them with gourmet coffees and artisanal teas. Creatively and rather appropriately named The Fabulous Baker Boy, his café serves cakes and pies baked to perfection and decorated with care.   The Location The wares are displayed in a simple, warm and welcoming manner. It adds to the charm of the café; as does the open space and green lawns that surround it at the foothill of Fort Canning Park. …


Art | Poems on the Coffee Scene

By Dan Tan 13 December, 2012     Latte Art Enter the cafe of quaint and cozy coffee. Some black-clothed crew at the counter, uddering coffee machines the look of time capsules. Invite yourself down upon a wooden chair, dim lighting -- listen to the slow and altzing music. Let it permeate soul. You're one of the few reserved patrons. The matron of the cafe's a cup of coffee of your pick and choice, served by smiling hands that's sketched a mural upon the coffee-face. A simple rosetta or leaf means the staff's busy. A peacock or winking bear implies the artist's a little cheesy with the moment. That's nothing to do with the toast of sincerity.Designs are merely cream that layer brown soul,the sip of which rejuvenates your tired one.   In an Empty Seaside Cafe Here, to the treble surf in letting go, blue …


Career | Trailing Talent Talks

  By Heidi Bakker Kingman9 March, 2012   'Tapping into a Unique Source of Local International Talent' was the recent subject of a presentation given at the American Chamber's sub-committee for Human Resources. We discussed the concept of international talent in the Singapore work place and traditional ways of recruiting resources, the successes and challenges of expatriation and the additional source of talent that is an under-appreciated and often unrecognized 'add on' to sourcing foreign talent from abroad. Yes, we began talking 'trailing spouses,' but by the end, everyone was talking 'trailing talent.'...   CRCE represents a new way of thinking about how networks can generate an innovative source of talent for the work force.   We will let our recent demographic study of the Career Resource Center candidate pool speak for itself: 40% have attained a BA or equivalent …