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The Island in the Sky

If you’ve read Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels you’ll be familiar with the island of Laputa. If not, Laputa is an island about 4.5 miles across on which its inhabitants, who are obsessed with all things geometric and mathematical, levitate through a magnetic force in order to maneuver in any direction. At the center of their island are water basins to where rain gravitates and which are regulated by the sun to stop them from overflowing. Unlike other islands, though, Laputa floats high off the ground while Laputans peer down at the land below. That's what it feels like to stand at the top of Marina Bay Sands. You feel like you, the gardens and the 1.5 million liters of water in the infinity pool in front of you are somehow defying gravity.


Events | Q&A with Bryony Whitfield of Dirty Dancing

  By Nithia Devan 23 April, 2013   An interview with Bryony Whitfield, who plays Baby Houseman in the show Dirty Dancing - A Classic Story On Stage.   What do you think about the stage version of Dirty Dancing? Loved the stage version when I saw it in the UK. There is also something so special about it being live. There is this intoxicating energy that you can't get from a film.   Have you seen the original film of Dirty Dancing? Yes! First watched it as a young child and can remember the lift, the music and Baby's curly hair.   Tell us about your role in Dirty Dancing I play Frances 'Baby' Houseman, who is a 17year old naive girl who has come to Kellerman's resort on a family holiday. She is extremely positive and has a fun, …


Career | Job Hunt and Self-Reflection

  By Alka Chandiramani, CRCE Manager11 November, 2012   Looking for a job takes perseverance and self-reflection. It can be like kissing many frogs to find your prince or princess. However, it is not a lackadaisical random attempt but requires hard work and is akin to a full-time job. Imagine this scenario: You have applied for a job. Your résumé has been meticulously prepared and you are waiting for the interview call. It comes and you are hired. Great news! You start work and a few months later realize that perhaps this is not what you really want to pursue.   What happened? Self-assessment tools are also useful to help provide insight into what types of jobs best suit you. Before setting out to look for a job, it is important to conduct a self-assessment. Self-assessment starts with thinking about …


Travel | The Essence of Life

  By Alka Chandiramani, CRCE Manager10 March, 2012   Recently, I visited the city of Pune, India and walked past the rubble of the German Bakery in Koregaon Park. The bomb blast at 7:15 pm on February 13, when the bakery was milling with people, left a 6’ x 4’ hole in the wall. The German Bakery, like Leopold Restaurant in Mumbai, is mentioned in the Lonely Planet tourist guide, and therefore patronized by many backpackers. Among the many victims in the blast were five friends who had gone to the bakery to celebrate a promotion; none of them are alive today.   Another victim, 23-year-old Aditi Jindal, fought for her life for 14 days before succumbing to her injuries. A close friend said, “It is a very sad moment and it is difficult to believe that she is not …


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 …


Career | Trust At First Sight: Making a Lasting Impression

  By Sally Tang  9 March, 2012   Make sure you present and carry yourself the right way to make a winning first impression that lasts! Your image speaks loudly about ‘who you are’ and impacts how you feel about yourself as well as how others perceive you. When you look great, you will feel great about yourself and will react positively and confidently. In turn, other people will react positively towards you, creating more successful opportunities in business and social relationships. Your personal image is a powerful communicator and gives you the extra edge when it matters.   There is nothing more unfortunate than allowing your image to convey the wrong impression, undermine your capabilities and ruin your chances of success. In today’s highly competitive global business arena, it takes more than an academic accomplishment to attain your professional …