It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It can also be a huge headache! When feeding the 5,000 over the festive period there is, more often than not, a myriad of things to factor in, usually surrounding timing, preparation and kitchen space. So, here are a few hacks to keep your cool while catering for the masses.
For some, Christmas is all about a little indulgence, spoiling yourself and your family with all sorts of delicious food. If you’re looking to really go all out this year, get yourself some sturgeon caviar. Atop party canapés, or as a starter this season before festive feast, caviar is a luxury that never goes out of fashion. While the finest stuff originally came from the Caspian a
Relocating and starting a new chapter in another country can be an exciting and fulfilling experience. As expatriates, we recognize the opportunity and enrichment that living abroad may bring, but with any significant change or transition comes loss. As an educational psychologist working in the international context, I am often asked why relocating can be an anti-climax; why family life can suddenly transform from a household of calm and contentment, to one of tears and tantrums.
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before,” wrote Dr. Seuss. “What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
December is here and with it the time of the year you might know to be cold and comfy. I, for my part, can’t help thinking of white landscapes completely covered in snow, children building snowmen and cozy evenings before the fire with a cup of hot chocolate to warm my hands. In Singapore, with an average temperature of 27 degrees and humidity of 80%, a tropical island completely covered by what seems to be a sea of apartment blocks and skyscrapers, this mental image appears to be entirely out of place. However, against all expectations, it is possible to experience winter in and around Singapore. So, all of you who miss the cold temperatures and the fun winter sports just as much as I do, here you will find some things to do that will give you a little …
Lapland’s attraction is undisputable; it is a place of magical, even otherworldly images – white landscapes of frosted forests and iced lakes. In this region of Finland, one of the coldest parts of Europe, the realms of fantasy often turn out to be more reliable than reality. Around 160,000 tourists travel to Lapland every year hoping to see the elusive northern lights, but the Finns have set up a sure thing: Santa Claus. Come cloud or snow, he’ll be on duty in Santa Claus Village with a warm smile and a beard fluffier than Rudolph’s tail.
Believe it or not, it’s a great time to start a business and especially in Singapore, which has been ranked second in the world for being the most ‘pro-business country’ after New Zealand. With overnight sensations being created on YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram and Udemy, there are no limits on who can launch a successful endeavor. These ‘new-age’ jobs don’t even necessarily require you to have a degree, or gazillions in the bank to bring your ideas to market.
If the thought of scouring Singapore to source a traditional feast to serve up at home brings you out in a cold sweat, although we’re half way around the world, there are plenty of establishments offering Thanksgiving themed dining. So, instead of making dinner this November 22, make a reservation.
This year, November 11 marks exactly 100 years after World War I ended on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”. Germany announced its surrender to the allies after realizing its hopeless military situation and facing internal revolts. Kaiser Wilhelm had abdicated and fled to the Netherlands two days earlier. This became known as Armistice Day, the previous name of what we now call Veterans Day. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which occurs during the last Monday in May and remembers those who died in our conflicts, Veterans Day honors those who have served in the US Armed Forces, whether in wartime or only in times of peace.
Since its advent in the late 1800s in Singapore, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has been coming to the aide of sick, injured or badly treated animals. Its early cases were of cruelty to hack ponies, ill-treated oxen or birds shot by blowguns, for which the penalty would be minimal, if anything at all, and animals were visited rather than given shelter. It wasn’t until after World War II that the first boarding house for unwanted or stray animals was established.