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Dragons, Drums and Dumplings

It will come as no surprise to anyone who has spent time in Singapore that the annual Dragon Boat Festival (also known as the Dumpling Festival or Duan Yang, which translates to Upright Sun or Double Fifth) is also a celebration of food. Eating, is of course, something of a national pastime (and one that I was very keen to embrace from the get-go!). But do you know why the Dragon Boat Festival that we celebrate today is so intricately linked to dumplings?


Thaipusam through Expat Eyes

There are some things in life that you simply have to do.  Witnessing Thaipusam first-hand is one of those must-dos. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai, in January or February.  The word is a combination of the name of the month and the name of a star known as Pusam which is at its highest during the festival.  It commemorates when the Hindu goddess of love, Parvati, gave Murugan, the Hindu god of war, a spear so he could vanish an evil demon. Last year, I really wanted to go take a look for myself. I researched where to go, charged my camera and went to bed early. Then I got up, got dressed – and just plain chickened out. I was uncharacteristically nervous and …


Interview with Aimee Barnes

By Laura Coulter 15 December, 2014 Congratulations on your big wins!  Is bodybuilding something that you've always been interested in? Thank you, it was a good first year of flexing! Bodybuilding has been on my radar since I was a kid. My Dad was really into weightlifting and bodybuilding aesthetics for many years and that was a big part of our lifestyle at home—the baggy muscle pants, the raw egg yolk protein shakes he used to have me drink, the muscle magazines, Tiger’s Milk bars, all of that. When I started getting into trouble as a teen, he’d bring me to Gold’s Gym with him and make me work out. I guess the interest was seeded around then, but I never had the discipline to go with it at the time.   I made a halfhearted attempt to become a …


Singapore American School Student Awarded Congressional Bronze Medal

By Maureen Murray 10 December, 2014 Claudia Krogmeier, a senior at Singapore American School, recently received the Congressional Bronze Medal Award. She was commended for “her willingness to give of herself to voluntarily help others in the community and her achievements in personal development, physical fitness and expedition.” I had the opportunity to sit down with Claudia in Thyme Café at the American Club so that I could ask her about her four-year commitment to completing the goals set out by the Congressional Medal Committee. She is a bright, exceptionally focused young woman who shares a story about channeling her energy to maximize her high school experience. Like many truly exceptional students, she helps others along the way. MM: With high school students often juggling busy schedules, what makes pursuing the Congressional Medal worthwhile? CK: The great thing about pursuing …


World Toilet Day Was November 19th. Wow. Be Still, My Beating Heart.

By Melissa Diagana 3 Novermber, 2014   No, please, do NOT try to still your heart!  We should all be truly, madly, and deeply excited by the importance of the toilet. The humble toilet can be the focal point for discussions about safety, education, disease transmission, children’s health, cleanliness, potable water, cultural taboos, gender discrimination and economic development. Really. The world has been celebrating World Toilet Day since 2001, because of the near superhuman efforts of one Jack Sim. This Singaporean came from humble roots, and after achieving great success wanted to give back to society. He decided to raise the standards of public toilets and started the Restroom Association of Singapore in 1998.  A few years later he founded the World Toilet Organization, which established World Toilet Day. In 2013, Singapore’s very first United Nations resolution resulted in World …


The Badi Book Worm

By Angel Corrigan 3 Novermber, 2014   When Asmita enters the modest library at Christian Community School (CCS), she wonders, “What is there to read about today?” Maybe I’ll find out more about France, China or the USA. Maybe I will look at a book that tells me about what life was like for our ancestors or one that focuses on the possibilities of the future.” It is through the pages of books she can control where she goes and whom she meets. Just a short time ago this was not the case.   Eleven-year-old Asmita is a member of the Badi tribe. Currently, she is enrolled at CCS in Kathmandu, Nepal. Before coming to CCS, she lived in her village where schooling was too expensive for her family and as a result her future would most certainly be based …


Is Giving Worth It

By Richard Hartung 3 November, 2014   Is giving worth it? It’s a question you probably ask yourself many times, such as when the school asks for a donation or a non-profit asks you to organize an event. When there’s so much else to do, from finishing projects at work to taking care of the family and even just shopping for groceries, it might seem like it’s not worth it to give up more of your time, talent or treasure to yet another cause.             The academic answer to the question, though, is easy. Plenty of studies show that volunteering increases happiness, improves health and even makes people feel they have more time. Yet even though the academic studies may sound good, it’s perhaps more important to ask people who actually give for their views.   To find out whether …


Innovating for a Good Cause - Social Change in Action

By Prionka Ray 3 November, 2014   Research shows that creativity and logic reside in two different hemispheres of the brain and that’s why some children are more inclined to be creative while others tend to be more logical. Research also indicates that if nurtured early, both sides of the brain can be activated and trained for a holistic approach to an individual. This is where “Design Thinking” comes in.   “Design Thinking” fosters exploration and analysis of relevant information while it allows a creative approach to problem solving. It also accommodates varied interests and abilities through project-based learning and focuses on personal initiatives. “Design Thinking” is the core of the programs developed by the social enterprise, Social Change in Action (SoCh). SoCH aims to sensitize children to various challenges in the community and to ignite their passion to think …


DaySpring Residential Treatment Center

By AAS 3 November, 2014   Vision: “To see every girl and woman, especially those at risk, live a life of purpose and hope, make peace with her past, and find purpose in her present and renewed hope for the future.” I was invited to the annual DaySpring recent fundraising dinner and was truly inspired by the evening. To know their heart wrenching experiences and see their heroic recovery was the highlight of the evening’s celebration. I was able to witness the success of their program’s first graduates. These are inspiring young woman who now want to “pay it forward” and help others who were in their situation through an internship at DaySpring – a place they called home. There are many different types of charity, but supporting this one perpetuates goodness. –Christina Ong (Director, Periplus Publishing Pte Ltd)   …


2014 Annual AAS Membership Survey

Win great prizes! Complete the 2014 Annual AAS Membership Survey and give us your feedback on AAS activities and events. The American Association of Singapore appreciates your feedback. What works well? What could we do better?   Take Survey Now   Complete the survey and you can go into the draw to win these great prizes: 5 x $100 Brewerkz Vouchers 5 x Pete's Place Sunday Brunch Vouchers 5 x $50 Big Bern's American Grill Vouchers 5 x $50 Rochester Market Vouchers 1 x Golf Weekend for 4 at Palm Resort Golf & Country Club (includes 18-hole green fee for four players and one night's stay with breakfast for four people) 1 x 3 nights' stay in a beach villa for 2 people at Telunas Island Resort 1 x Signature cocktails for two at Woobar, W Singapore, Sentosa Cove   …