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HELLO “This tragedy has brought into sharp focus what’s important in life – our health, our families, our survival.”


n April, we shuttered the ANZA office and headed home to serve out a month-long circuit breaker, promising to see each other “on the other side”. My office is now our dining table, where I check magazine proofs, while my daughter connects with her classmates and teachers on our couch, and my husband takes work calls in the study. Under extraordinary circumstances, we pushed ahead with our editorial deadlines, hoping to get this magazine out. If you’re reading this, you know we succeeded. Who would’ve thought as we clinked champagne glasses in January, sent our travel magazine to print in February, and looked forward to a jam-packed year of socialising, sports and events, that the year that lay ahead would bring unpredecented isolation and unimaginable human tragedy in a global pandemic? That a virus would bring world leaders to their knees in despair, empty sporting stadiums, postpone the Tokyo Olympics, rock global economies, and shut down entire cities? Each news item is more unfathomable and surreal… the worst of all the growing death toll as hospitals around the world crumble under the pressure of so many sick patients.

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It’s easy to feel helpless and hopeless in the face of such a huge threat. But in the chaos and confusion, there are small joys. In our family bubble, we have learnt to co-exist like never before, experiencing boredom, fear, uncertainty, laughter, and connection in equal measures. We are baking, working, chatting online to relatives and friends, reading, doing living room yoga, and dreaming of a time when masks are not part of our daily wardrobes, and we can hug our loved ones tightly again. This tragedy has brought into sharp focus what’s important in life – our health, our families, our survival. Pip Harry, Editor


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Theresa Evanoff is the founder of Gift-ItForward, an online invitation and gift fund platform with a charitable twist.


Discover more about Treetop Therapy - a speech and language therapy clinic that works with children, families and schools in Singapore.


Tanglin Arts Studio, located inside the Hollandse Club at Camden Park, offers a range of movement and dance classes for kids and adults.



Dr Jane Foley from IMC Camden and Dr Natalie Games from Alliance Counselling offer advice for supporting your teens mental health and wellbeing.


We round up the best ways to treat your mum this Mother’s Day– from beautiful flowers to special gifts.


Singapore-based novelist Tammar Stein and her family fell in love with the gentle elephants of Chiang Mai, Thailand.


We talk to 16-year-old Gelyn Ong, author of Kidz Explore Singapore, a guidebook to the Lion City, written by kids, for kids.



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am incredibly proud to be elected the new ANZA President and to be writing my first President’s message! Where do I start? I landed in Singapore in 2008 with my then girlfriend (now wife, with three young children) barely knowing anyone. While exciting, it was also a little daunting. Two months into moving to our new home we attended an ANZA New Member’s Event. We had an amazing evening and met a bunch of ripping people in a similar position to us – we were now part of the ANZA community and we loved it! I’ve been part of the ANZA Executive Committee since 2010 and served as the Vice President since 2014. During this time, I’ve been so lucky to be involved with our incredible force of passionate volunteers. I’m constantly amazed at the hours and hours of blood, sweat and tears our selfless volunteers put in across our diverse and thriving sub groups; all to make our home-away-from-home more enjoyable. Our members and volunteers should all be very proud to be part of ANZA and our staggering 72-year history in Singapore. My mind boggles when I think of all the amazing memories, bonds and friendships that have been created over this time! I’d like to express an enormous thank you to PJ Roberts, who served as our President for an unbelievable 12 years. PJ’s passionate support of volunteerism, sense of community and leadership throughout this time has been pivotal to ensuring ANZA continued to evolve in this very dynamic landscape. We’ve also become great mates and forged a lifelong bond through ANZA, which is what it’s all about really! In recognition of his huge contribution, PJ was bestowed as an ANZA Honorary Life Member at our recent AGM and will remain active within our community in a newly created ANZA Ambassador role. As I write this message, the COVID-19 virus remains a huge concern in Singapore and around the world. The ANZA team is working incredibly hard to ensure we remain vigilant around the fluctuating requirements for our sub-groups and we look forward to resuming our many activities soon. In the meantime, please heed the call of social distancing so that we can escape our homes for the outside world! I’d also like to strongly appeal to all our members to continue to support ANZA through these challenging times, with membership renewals being key to our Association. Stay well, enjoy our May Kids and Family magazine and I can’t wait to meet more of our members soon!

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President Adam Martin

Vice President Megan Kinder

Executive Secretary Mark Neo

Executive Treasurer Tristan Perry

Membership Secretary Philip Simmonds

Community Services Coordinator Andrew Wratt

Joint Sports Coordinator Marnie Watson

Joint Sports Coordinator Sommer Dunham

Committee Member Don Northey

Committee Member Zenaida Bharucha

Committee Member Sonia Heath

Committee Member Christo Fangupo

Committee Member Megan Scott

Committee Member Maria Taylor

CO-PATRONS His Excellency Bruce Gosper, High Commissioner for Australia | Her Excellency Jo Tyndall, High Commissioner for New Zealand ANZA AMBASSADOR PJ Roberts

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Our community farewelled PJ Roberts with an outpouring of messages on our Facebook page… What an asset PJ Roberts has been to the ANZA Singapore family. Many happy memories of working with you PJ, great work! Continued success to Adam and the ANZA team. - Nicole Koster

What an amazing contribution PJ Roberts! You have inspired such great energy and passion across our amazing community and volunteers; with so many friendships and bonds forged over this time. – Adam Martin

Congratulations on all of your work PJ! You’ve been a tremendous asset to ANZA and the Australian and New Zealand expat community in Singapore.

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Congratulations PJ for a fabulous innings as ANZA President. Your energy and passion for ANZA has been incredible. Amazing to think about all the memories made and expats you’ve helped along the way. So many lives touched in such a positive way. All the very best to you in this next phase. And terrific to welcome Adam to the role!


PJ, you are a legend. Thank you for all you have done for us - 12 years of dedication and hard work for our expat community.

Why is Expat Dental a good fit for ANZA as a partner? ANZA is a wonderful organisation that promotes an active lifestyle and a fun mindset for families here in Singapore. Expat Dental also shares this ethos. ANZA is a home-away-from-home for Aussies and Kiwis and at Expat Dental we hope to be your dental home-awayfrom-home. Some of our staff participate in ANZA groups and activities and we always enjoy ourselves when we attend ANZA events. What’s your favourite ANZA event? We sponsor the ANZA girl’s soccer team, the Matildas and the ANZA Nippers and love attending the end of season awards days. What does Expat Dental offer expats in Singapore? Going to the dentist is daunting, even under the best conditions back at home. Arriving in a new country and then trying to find a dentist you can trust can be stressful. Expat Dental are a one stop shop for the whole family’s dental needs. We have two clinics in convenient locations at Novena and Raffles Place and an emergency number for after hours in case those tooth accidents happen, as they sometimes do on the sporting field!


Sunday 10 May is Mother’s Day in Singapore. A big thank you to all our incredible ANZA Mums, who volunteer their time in so many ways. From coaching, to charity work, organising groups, working in our office, and sitting on our Executive Committee...we couldn’t do it without you!

DID YOU KNOW? Vesak Day, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, is on Thursday, 7 May this year. Celebrations would usually be observed at Phor Kark See Temple, Bright Hill Road, and at the Temple of 1,000 Lights, Race Course Road. – Raelene Tan

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STAFF SPOTLIGHT As we write this, in late March, we are all consumed by the Covid-19 virus. It’s difficult to know what the situation will be in May. But work goes on in other areas as well. This month we would like to celebrate the work of two amazing women at the Australian High Commission. SHARIFAH KHAIRUNNISA

Australian High Commission Singapore 25 Napier Road Singapore, 258507 Tel 6836 4100 Fax 6737 5481

Business Development Manager at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)


harifah identifies and facilitates trade and investment activities between Singapore and Australia, with a specific focus on the Australian education industry. She works with Australian edtech (education technology) start-ups to connect them with schools, universities, government agencies and accelerator programs in Singapore. On the Research and Development front, she works with Singapore-based multinational corporates keen to invest in Australian technologies and start-ups that have spun out of Australian universities, or to undertake research projects/clinical trials in Australia. Enhancing skills development and graduate outcomes in Singapore is a core focus for Austrade. Sharifah also works alongside key government agencies, tertiary institutions and companies to facilitate engagements for internships in Australia, immersion programs, and industry visits for students.

What do you love most about living in Singapore? We take for granted the consistency, stability and safety of Singapore; it’s only when I travel overseas more often that I begin to value how incredibly lucky I am to call Singapore home. As a young girl, growing up in Singapore meant having equal opportunities and access to education and that have led me to now having a career where I can contribute back to society through promoting education to young students.


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iza is responsible for supporting a growing portfolio of science and innovation programs spanning food security, sustainable energy, environment management and data science. Prior to this role Liza was the Executive Manager of Innovation at the CSIRO and founder of the ON Accelerator - Australia’s first national science and technology accelerator supporting publicly funded research to achieve real world impact faster. Liza has extensive experience in innovation and technology as the first employee and CEO of Springboard Enterprises Australia - a venture catalyst for female founded businesses in technology and life sciences and in a number of senior strategy and marketing roles across the ICT sector in Australia, UK and Europe.

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This year we are focusing on our campaign: Sustainability: We Mean Business. What does Sustainability mean to you? We’re living in a time of big global challenges. Loss of biodiversity; food waste; oceans drowning in plastics; people fearful of the impact technology will have on their jobs; the urgent need to transition from carbon intensive industries; supporting those most vulnerable to the devastating impacts of climate change.

At times it can seem overwhelming. However, in the words of Sir David Attenborough; “There has never been a better time to take control… the solutions exist and over time will generate enormous economic benefit”. I see sustainability as a rebalancing between economic, environmental and social agendas.

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This month we offer a message from HE JO TYNDALL, consular advice on COVID-19 and meet Second Lieutenant MAX BEECH.

New Zealand High Commission Singapore One George Street, Level 21-04 Singapore 049145 Tel 6235 9966 Fax 6536 8180

May marks a year since the launch of the Enhanced Partnership (EP), signed by Prime Ministers Ardern and Lee in Singapore last year. The EP spans four broad pillars of cooperation – defence and security, trade and economic, science and technology, and people-topeople links. Over the past year, we have worked hard on our various commitments under the EP to bring tangible benefits to New Zealanders, both here in Singapore and back home; for example, 90 day on-arrival visas have been granted for New Zealanders entering Singapore. Within a few short weeks, though, this year took a very different path and has impacted all of our lives. As I write this, I am aware that our individual and collective focus is now almost exclusively on health and safety concerns in the battle against COVID-19. Amongst the countless cancellations, we were sorry not to be able to hold our moving ANZAC Day dawn service at Kranji this year. It is in these uncertain times that New Zealand’s strong bilateral relationships with countries like Singapore really come into their own. Singapore is a key transit point and gateway for international trade. Faced with an unprecedented global crisis, many of us wondered what we would do if we suddenly run out of essentials like food. To address these concerns, New Zealand’s Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker and Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing made a quick and firm commitment to maintain open and connected supply chains and to remove

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existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies. Following our lead, other Trade Ministers (including Australia’s) have added their names to the SingaporeNew Zealand joint statement. These measures will ensure New Zealand remains connected to the world, and that we will have access to the items we need most. These are tough times, but my team at the High Commission is dedicated to helping you and your whānau in whichever way possible – in the meantime, stay home, stay safe and kia kaha.


On 14 March, Second Lieutenant (2LT) Max Beech, New Zealand Army, graduated from the Singapore Armed Forces Officer Cadet School (SAF OCS) along with 250 Singaporeans and one Filipino Army officer. The graduation parade is the culmination of nine months’ training in Singapore and six months’ initial training in New Zealand for 2LT Beech. Max returns to New Zealand to work as a Supply Officer in the Royal NZ Army Logistics Regiment and looks forward to seeing his Singaporean friends and classmates again in the future and throughout his military career!

2LT Beech with the Reviewing Officer - Minister of the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Masagos Zulkifli

Tips from our Consular Adviser We recommend all offshore New Zealanders register with SafeTravel at register.safetravel. This allows us to relay important information and account for your safety and wellbeing, as part of New Zealand’s consular response to an overseas emergency.

Please be familiar with our 24/7 consular emergency line on 0800 30 10 30 or +64 99 20 20 20. For updated information around travel restrictions and measures implemented in Singapore, please visit or check the New Zealand High Commission’s Facebook page. The New Zealand government has also launched a website with everything you need to know about Covid-19 in one place. Please check out for updated and accurate information on health, travel, education, business and community issues in New Zealand.

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Want to lend a hand to a charity focused on Singapore’s kids and teens? ANZA ACTION has lots of volunteering opportunities with young people.


Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support, or Babes, is a crisis service that reaches out to pregnant teenage girls in need of help and support. They run a 24-hour helpline, outreach programs, case management, and community integration. Babes advocates for a more inclusive society, where Singapore’s young pregnant women do not feel marginalised or estranged. Babes is always on the lookout for volunteers who want to share their skills and resources. From ongoing friendship and support called ‘befriending’, to tutoring, IT, HR, copywriting, or ad-hoc volunteers in activities such as fundraising, outreach, and administrative tasks. If you would like to volunteer please go to and complete their volunteer sign up.

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House (RMH) and Ronald McDonald Family Room (RMFR) provide a place of respite for the families of sick children being treated at NUH. The aim is to provide families with a place to rest and stay close to their hospitalised child, helping them heal faster and cope better. Both RMH/RMFR are staffed 24 hours, seven days a week and they need volunteers to do this. Sign up to be a relief volunteer and assist with admin, front desk and housekeeping duties. You could also organise a birthday party for one of the kids, or be part of our Happy Wheels Cart programme, which delivers snacks and drinks to children and their families at designated areas of the Khoo Teck PuatNational University Children’s Medical Institute. To get involved or find out more email or visit rmhc.

Riding for The Disabled Singapore

RDA Singapore provides regular horse-riding therapy to children and adults. They work with kids with a range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and cognitive or intellectual disabilities such as Down’s syndrome and autism spectrum disorder. RDA Singapore is always ready to welcome new volunteers to help with horseriding therapy sessions. No experience is needed for side walkers as training is provided throughout the year. There are also opportunities to assist with stable work and fundraising. To find out more or apply, email or visit

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Melrose Home

Melrose Home provides a nurturing ‘home away from home’ for vulnerable children and youth (seven to 18 years old) coping with adverse family circumstances, family violence, or child neglect issues. Alongside their Group Care residential facility, Melrose Home offers academic support, holiday programmes, fun and fitness, art and play therapy and casework and counselling. They’re looking for a wide range of volunteers for home improvement projects, recreational outings, skills-based support, enrichment and mentorship programs. For more information go to:

IC2 Prephouse

IC2 Prephouse offers support, rehab and educational programs for children with low or no vision to empower them to live confidently and independently. IC2 Prephouse welcomes volunteers to assist with conversational English, basic literacy, curriculum support and reading to students. On an ad hoc basis they need volunteers for fundraising events and making resources. For more information go to: For more ANZA Action opportunities go to

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It’s the little achievements you notice - like big smiles, laughter, strength in their core muscles, balance, communication, self-control, alertness and enjoyment - that makes it all worthwhile. - KERRIE DAVIS, RDA VOLUNTEER

We often pitch in with working bees at Melrose Home and organise fundraising activities. - ANZA SECRET MEN’S BUSINESS GROUP

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Want to give back to the local community in Singapore? Get involved with our charity arm, ANZA Action. It’s a great way to way to give back to our adopted communities and experience a different side of life in Singapore. It’s always wonderful to be able to share our love of sewing with others and to see the sense of accomplishment that comes with creating a unique handmade piece. - ELIZABETH MANN, STITCHES GROUP

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When it’s safe to get out and about, keep your kids entertained with these active, educational and fun things to do in Singapore.



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1 SUPERPARK #02-477, SUNTEC CITY (NORTH WING), 038989 This enormous indoor activity park will keep most kids entertained for hours. It includes a games arena with baseball nets, basketball courts and a robot goalkeeper to help sharpen soccer skills. A freestyle hall is perfect for tweens and teens, with climbing walls, an obstacle course, trampolines, parkour and a skate park. Little kids can also have a blast with their parents, with an adventure area featuring a flying fox, tube slide, toddler’s gym and a pedal car track.

2 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE 98 STAMFORD ROAD, 178897 Kids will love exploring fascinating exhibitions and galleries featuring the rich history and culture of Singapore. Exhibitions include topics like magic and superstition, colonial times, fashion, pop culture, street art, the war years, HDB flats, and more. Don’t miss the permanent Story of the Forest exhibit, a spectacular digital lightshow.


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SCIENCE CENTRE OBSERVATORY 15 SCIENCE CENTRE ROAD, 609081 There’s nothing quite like stargazing. Introduce your little astronomer to the wonders of the galaxy with a visit to the starry skies at the Science Centre Observatory. Look at stars light years away with a powerful mega-telescope. As Singapore is located so close to the equator, it offers views of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

4 CENTRAL PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 VICTORIA ST, #B1-01 188064 BASEMENT 1 OF NATIONAL LIBRARY BUILDING Is your child a bookworm? Take them directly to the National Library to visit Mr Tree House, the world’s first Green Library for kids. This large, carpeted area has a treehouse for reading, and a fantastic selection of books, ranging from toddler’s board books, picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade bestsellers. They also run literary programmes, including book clubs, lunchtime talks and regular storytelling sessions.

5 JEWEL CANOPY PARK CHANGI AIRPORT Gather the kids for some fun at Jewel Changi Airport’s massive indoor wonderland. Canopy Park, located at the top level (L5), offers an array of exciting play attractions, including a hedge and mirror maze, canopy bridge, high nets, animal topiary, giant slides, bowls of mist, and a floral fantasia. There’s a minimum 110cm height requirement for the slides and nets and kids should wear covered shoes with shorts, leggings or pants.

6 THE RINK 2 JURONG EAST CENTRAL 1, #03-11 JCUBE, 609731 This Olympic-sized rink maintains its frozen temperatures all year round, making it the ideal spot to escape the heat. With a variety of lessons available, aspiring figure skaters, speed skaters and ice hockey players can achieve greatness on the ice. Rank beginners can grab some cute ice-skating aids in the form of penguins, snowmen and seals for an extra confidence boost.

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MARINA BARRAGE 8 MARINA GARDENS DR, 018951 Marina Barrage is a family favourite, thanks to its expanse of grass, spectacular Marina Bay views and occasional sightings of wildlife like otters, monitor lizards and monkeys. It’s also a great place to go fly a kite. Pack a picnic and spend some time gazing skywards as you try to get your colourful craft to take flight. Not as easy as it looks! Nearby Satay by the Bay makes for a great kid-friendly bite after you’ve landed.


PUGGOL WATERWAY PARK ALONG SENTUL CRESCENT ROAD Looking for some fresh air and nature? Punggol Waterway Park is an expansive green haven, perfect for family fun. The park is split into four themes – Nature Cove, Recreation Zone, Heritage Zone and Green Gallery. There’s a lovely waterside boardwalk and hanging bridge for strolling, while the Rec Zone has fantastic activities like water and sand play.

NESTOPIA SILOSO BEACH, SENTOSA rasasentosaresort This high energy outdoor playground is located right on Siloso Beach, next to the kid-focused Trapizza Italian restaurant. Kids can have a treetop adventure on towering climbing structures and high slides – all safely protected by a series of nets. Little ones under seven need an adult to hold their hand (or the other way round!) One adult gets free entry with a child. It’s worth stopping for a kid’s meal, pizza and cool drink at Trapizza before or after your play session.














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10 CYCLIST PARK AREA D, EAST COAST PARK This new cycling destination at East Coast Park is a wonderful pitstop for big and little kids. The hub has two different circuits: one for beginners and another for more advanced riders. The features range from bumpy tracks, to narrow bridges, sand, and zig zag columns. There’s also a small nature play garden for the littlies, with a teepee, small climbing area and stepping logs. Parents can grab a coffee and a bite at P.S Cafe by the Sea, or a cold beer at the nearby high tech 7-11.

11 JURONG LAKE GARDENS Jurong Lake Gardens is Singapore’s latest national garden, spanning a whopping 90-hectares. At the Forest Ramble nature playground kids can take on various obstacle courses, jumping on in-ground trampolines, whizzing through the air on two flying foxes, wobbling across rope bridges, and splashing at waterplay tables. There’s also a large climbing structure with several long slides.

12 ADVENTURE COVE WATERPARK 8 SENTOSA GATEWAY, 098269 Adventure Cove is one of the largest waterparks in Singapore, with a raft of aquatic offerings, including high-speed water slides (try the Pipeline Plunge or the Spiral Washout) as well as waterplay zones and a large lazy river to grab a float and chill out between adrenalin rushes. Expect to spend most of the day there, especially if you hire a private cabana. Besides the adventurous rides, kids can snorkel with over 20,000 tropical fish, wade among rays, and more.

13 JUBILEE PARK FORT CANNING RIVER VALLEY RD 179037 The historic Fort Canning Park got a serious facelift last year, with a brand-new playground. The beautifully landscaped area features winding slides built into the steep slopes of Fort Canning Hill, oversized seesaws, a hammock swing, and inclusive swings for wheelchair users. There’s also a rope climbing structure, wobble board, and plenty of logs for balancing on. Look out for sheltered escalators fitted into the hilly terrain, which are great for tired little legs.

14 HORT PARK NATURE PARK This lovely nature park was designed with pre-schoolers in mind, to encourage kids to get back to nature and spend time outdoors. It’s brilliant for under fives, with teepee-like play structures, sand and gravel pits with child-sized tools supplied, and a musical play area with windchimes and wheels. A series of tunnels and hideouts, log steps, secret dens made from bamboo, and a small water play area make this park ideal for fostering both active and creative play.

15 JACOB BALLAS CHILDREN’S GARDEN SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is the largest children’s garden in Asia, featuring zones and educational programmes which encourage kids to experience and learn about different ecosystems. Adventure seekers can tackle the suspension bridge and nature play areas; budding naturalists can walk along the stream and climb into treehouses; and urban gardeners can observe how plants grow. The Garden’s recently revamped water play and photosynthesis area offers even more play and learning opportunities. Grab a coffee and a snack at the bright, relaxed Food for Tots Café.

16 FOREST ADVENTURE BEDOK RESERVOIR Encourage your kids to fly high at this kidfriendly outdoor obstacle course featuring 22 crossings for five to nine-year-olds, some of which are over water and in the treetops. Your mini adrenaline junkies can take on ladders, swings, nets, zip lines, and tunnels. Kids go through a thorough safety briefing before stepping onto the course. Harnesses and helmets are provided.

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Baba House and Peranakan Lunch

Once the ancestral home of a Peranakan Chinese family, today NUS Baba House is one of Singapore’s most treasured sites. Our tour of this superbly restored Peranakan heritage house will take you on an experiential trip into an early 20th century Peranakan Chinese family home. The tour concludes with lunch at nearby Blue Ginger restaurant to experience delicious Peranakan cuisine. Lunch is included in the tour.

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Pulau Ubin Ride for Charity

DATE: Thursday 14 May TIME: 9.30am – 1.00pm MEETING: 9.20am, Changi Point Ferry Terminal, 51 Lor Bekukong, 499172 GETTING THERE: Bus 2 to Changi Village Hawker Centre COST: Members $35, nonmembers $45

Journey across the seas to Pulau Ubin to see kampong village life and explore the unique nature and history of the island. Ubin’s eastern end was once an airy retreat for expats and is now a marine sanctuary. Keep your eyes peeled – we might spot hornbills, monkeys or wild boar! Cycle along quiet tracks through the jungle, stopping at a spice garden, spectacular reservoir and historic temple. Enjoy refreshments or lunch with new friends, at your own cost. Price includes the bum boat (to and from the island), bicycle hire and a donation to charity.

In the Footsteps of Lee Kuan Yew

DATE: Wednesday 3 June TIME: 9.30am – 1.30pm MEET: 9.20am at 150 North Bridge Road, Raffles City Shopping Centre, in front of Starbucks COST: Members $70, nonmembers $80

Ramadan Ramble

DATE: Tuesday 13 May TIME: 3.30 – 6.00pm MEET: 3.20pm in front of the Hajjah Fatimah Mosque at 4001 Beach Rd, next to the Kampong Glam Community Club COST: Members $40, nonmembers $50

Learn about the traditions and rituals associated with the Muslim festival, Hari Raya Puasa, which celebrates the end of Ramadan. Wander through lesser known paths of Kampong Glam with our guide Charlotte as she regales us with fascinating stories. Stop at an interesting antique shop, exotic perfumeries and craft shops. Experience the festive atmosphere when we break for tea and taste delicious snacks. DRESS CODE: Men are required to wear long pants and short or long-sleeved tops. Women are required to wear long pants or long skirts up to the ankle and long-sleeved tops. Wear easy to remove footwear as we will be going into the Mosque.

Many people know Mr. Lee Kuan Yew as one of the founding fathers of Singapore and a globally respected politician. But who was he? What was he like as a friend, father, brother, son, and husband? We give you a glimpse of the humble man that Mr. Lee really was and how he chose to lead his life away from the cameras and public life. Our journey takes you through Mr. Lee’s early years, family life and the enduring love between Mr. and Mrs. Lee. We also uncover his frugal ways and his vociferous appetite for learning.

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DATE: Saturday 13 June TIME: 10.00am – 1.00pm MEETING POINT: 9:50pm at the ANZA offices 261a Beach Road, Singapore 199541 COST: Members $65, nonmembers $75

Join us for a relaxing and artfilled morning creating Sashiko – a style of Japanese embroidery. Our guide Minyi will show us how to use simple white running stitch on indigo fabrics to create striking geometric pieces which can be turned into tote bags, placemats, coasters or wall art. This class is suitable for beginners, and parents are welcome to bring along children over 14. Participants will take home a lovely tote bag. After the class, join us for lunch in Kampong Glam at your own expense.

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fter 12 years at the helm of ANZA, PJ Roberts gave his final President’s address at ANZA’s Annual General Meeting. PJ reflected on a fantastic year for the organisation, and welcomed Adam Martin to the role of President. Adam is a familiar face in the ANZA community, having served on the ANZA Executive Committee (EC) since 2010, and as Vice President since 2014. Stepping up as Vice President is Megan Kinder, a passionate ANZA member for 16 years, ANZA Cycling President for six years, and a member of the EC for four years. Thank you PJ for your amazing contribution to ANZA over the past 12 years, and best of luck to Adam and Megan as they step into their new roles and steer the organisation through a challenging year ahead.

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THERESA EVANOFF is the founder of Gift-It-Forward, an online invitation and gift fund platform with a charitable twist. “By sending party invitations through Gift-It-Forward, you automatically create a personal gift fund, where a portion goes towards a charity you choose, and the other portion, towards a dream group gift,” explains Theresa. How does Gift-ItForward work? It’s a platform that makes it easy for friends and family to contribute online, instead of bringing individual gifts to your party – no shopping, no guesswork, and most importantly, no waste! After your celebration, Gift-ItForward splits the funds between you and your charity, and your guests can also receive a 250% tax deduction on their charitable contributions.

Where did the idea come from? As a mother of three young boys, birthday parties are a routine part of life. We spend a disproportionate amount of time shopping for birthday presents and receiving generous piles of gifts at our own parties. I wanted to teach my kids that giving is just as important as receiving and help them be more mindful

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Gift-It-Forward has channelled close to from less meaningful gifts to charity partners, including:

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of tuition for lowincome kids about the community and the environment. I envisioned a way that gift giving would be meaningful for the receiver, simple for guests, good for the environment, and beneficial to local charities. Gift-ItForward was born!

How does it teach kids about generosity and gratitude? When planning their birthday party, parents can initiate conversations with their child about charitable causes and what it means to support others in need. The best gifts we can give our kids are empathy and compassion. Children can then choose from our 19 partner charities and decide who they want to share their birthday funds with. By inviting their friends to their party and encouraging them to support their chosen charity, kids can also spread the spirit of generosity. A birthday may seem a counterintuitive time

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How can kids work with their parents to use Gift-It-Forward? Kids and parents should work together on the party planning and celebrating the good deeds. Here are a few tips: EXPLAIN TO THEM HOW IT WORKS. Parents can share the benefits of helping others, and give plenty of encouragement Initially there may be protests, so we advocate for 50% of donations to be put towards a dream gift from their friends, and 50% to be shared with the charity. We aim to build a positive and life-long attitude to philanthropy, and want kids to feel it’s a win-win situation when they give to charity. LISTEN AND HELP KIDS CHOOSE THE CHARITY THEY’D LIKE SUPPORT. Parents can walk them



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through the charity list and give them the opportunity to choose the cause they care most about. Some parents are surprised to learn what causes their children care about! HAVE YOUR CHILD SAY A FEW WORDS ON PARTY DAY about why they chose their charity, and thank guests for their generosity.

Gift-It-Forward also reduces waste? By eliminating gift-wrapping and unwanted gifts, we can reduce waste for the environment and do our part for climate change by changing the way we celebrate.

What local charities do you support?

We have curated 19 different charities that represent a range of social causes in Singapore. Our most popular ones for children are: ACRES advocates for an end to animal cruelty in Asia. They tackle wildlife crime in Singapore in addition to a 24-hour wildlife rescue service. Children’s Wishing Well provides a broad range of services for children and youth from low-income families living Left: Jonah’s Birthday 2019 across any part of Above: Theresa Evanoff & Kids Singapore.


Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore helps to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions between the ages of three and 18 years. Playeum champions children through play and creativity, and is also an advocate and promoter of the voice and rights of children. SPCA is a registered animal welfare charity that runs a 24-hour emergency animal rescue, a shelter for abandoned, unwanted and abused animals, and education and advocacy programs.

What has been the impact of Gift-ItForward? To date, we have created nearly 3000 “micro philanthropists”, (i.e kids and parents, party hosts and party guests), who have made donations to a charity through our platform. By teaching children about social responsibility at an early age, we can help them develop into lifelong givers. We are building the foundation for the next generation of leaders to be kind and generous.

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MELANIE MUTTITT is a therapist for Treetop Therapy - a speech and language therapy clinic that works with children, families and schools in Singapore. “I’ve always wanted to work in a profession helping children and families,” says Melanie. “I’m also passionate about communication - everybody deserves to have a voice.” What type of therapies do you offer kids? We support children with varying needs and difficulties, including dyspraxia, language delays, speech delays, stuttering, children on the autism spectrum, and social communication disorders. We offer school, home, or clinic-based services, and most recently teletherapy.

What are the benefits? Depending on a child’s difficulties, we help develop articulation skills, receptive and expressive language skills, as well as their social communication skills.

What should parents be looking for to recognise a potential speech/language issue? In young children, there are speech and language milestones you can refer to. These

will help you gauge whether your child’s communication skills are developmentally appropriate. In older children, teachers may refer children to us if a child is struggling to follow instructions in the classroom, is having difficulty remembering information, Tell us a special success difficulty understanding more story from Treetop Therapy? complex language such as Just recently we were approached by inferences, or is not able to a welfare organisation to support a lowstructure longer and more income single mother and her son with Down complex sentences. Syndrome. We supported this family as part of our clinic’s Giving Program. We met with the mother and 12-year-old son at their home. We What steps should they were able to provide him with a communication take to find the right device, and teach him and his mother how to use treatment? it. Within the first session the young boy was able Contact a speech and to talk about his favourite TV dramas and even tell language therapist to set up simple jokes. The joy on their faces was magical. an initial consulation. They’ll Like I said before, we all deserve to be given a help you decide what the intial voice and that voice deserves to be heard. steps should be. For example, have your child’s hearing assessed, complete a speech and 26 anza

language assessment, or engage other professionals.

What is the workshop for helpers in July-August? Treetop Therapy will be training helpers on how to use play to facilitate language development. They will also be taught general strategies to use in everyday routine activities, such as bath and dinner time to encourage language development. This workshop will be beneficial to all helpers who are working with families who have young children (0-5 years).

Anything else you’d like to tell us? Go to our Facebook page (facebook. com/TreetopTherapy), website (treetop. and Instagram (instagram. com/treetopsingapore) to get some free resources as well as see what we get up to!

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KATJA PAUS joined Tanglin Arts Studio as a parent in 2010 before taking on an administrative role, and eventually becoming the owner and director. Katja talks to ANZA about her fun, welcoming dance studio, located inside the Hollandse Club at Camden Park, which offers a range of movement and dance classes for kids and adults.

Dancing builds confidence and social skills

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Cologne Germany. I left Germany with my husband and one-year-old daughter 25 years ago to live in Asia. My son was born in India and the youngest in Hong Kong. My two older children now live in Brisbane and Melbourne.

What does Tanglin Arts offer kids? We offer several classes a week in many different styles, including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Acrobatic and Musical Theatre. Our approach is supportive and positive so your child can quickly feel at home and make new friends.

What is the history of the school? It was established in 2007 by former prima ballerina Kathleen Quinn from the Atlanta Ballet. I bought the studio from Kathleen in August 2011, when it was time for her family to leave Singapore

What is the school’s focus? To foster a life-long love of dance and offer a variety of dance lessons for all ages and abilities. When teaching any style or age group, we focus on providing exceptional coaching and leadership to our students, building talent, and developing life skills such as discipline and respect. We believe a person 28 anza

never stops learning, and we work hard to ensure our approach extends to all our students, from children to adults.

Why is it important for children to dance? From balance to stamina, dancing regularly grows their skills and abilities in a whole range of ways. This form of movement also helps build the strength and endurance they need for other sports. Dance classes help with social activities and general

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We provide a welcoming place for expat and local dance students to make wonderful friends and grow their passion for music and movement. - KATJA PUAS

We have 3 teachers at our studio: Miss Rebecca is our artistic director. She has a Bachelor of Creative Industry from QUT in Brisbane and is mainly responsible for all our ballet classes. She loves to teach Ballet and Contemporary Dance but is also able to teach every other style.

Miss Sarah is French but spent most of her adult years in the UK. Before joining us she finished her Master of Education with the Royal Académie of Dance. She is trained in all styles but mostly teaches our younger ones and Babyballet classes. She is a great singer and conducts our Musical Theatre classes.

Miss Ashlee is from the Gold Coast. She was a cheerleader for the Brisbane Bullets and has worked on the Norwegian Cruise Line. She has a Diploma in Commercial Dance and Musical Theatre. She is mainly responsible for our Jazz and Tap classes and she trains our mini and junior Performance teams.

What performances do the kids do? We participate in competitions in Singapore and overseas, and we have an annual show in December.

Do you offer trial classes? Yes, the first class is always a trial class with us. wellbeing. It’s a great way to make connections and keep social interactions up, and all in a friendly and happy environment.

What are some of the benefits of regular dance for children? We have witnessed first-hand how dance can build character, confidence and friendships. This beautiful, enriching sport is an incredible tool to teach body awareness, self-discipline and teamwork. While striving to instil the importance of etiquette and manners, we also focus on good self-esteem and positive body image.

Anything else you’d like us to know? At our studio we provide a welcoming place for expat and local dance students to make wonderful friends and grow their passion for music and movement. Working closely with dancers from around the globe, we understand the unique challenges expat students face and aim to help them thrive in our shared environment. Our motto is: We speak the international language of dance. May/June 2020 anza

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GEORGE GEORGIEVSKI, aka the School Lunchbox Dad, has become a lunchbox legend around the world for his healthy, colourful and creative packed lunch recipes and time saving hacks. George lives in Geelong, Australia with his wife Marina, and daughters, Anela and Kiara. He shares more with ANZA about how he became an expert in creating fun bento lunches for kids. How did you become Australia’s School Lunchbox Dad? It came about organically. One morning I heard a commotion in the kitchen while I was home sick. I used to leave the house before anyone would wake up, so I usually missed out on the commotion. That morning I remember asking my wife, “who got shot? Why the yelling?” My wife and two daughters looked at me and said: “this is what it’s like every day”. That was my cue to step in and help. I officially took over lunches about four years ago. As I progressed, I created new ideas, one thing led to another and the creativity kept on flowing.

their show, and I did a live TV demonstration. After awhile all the other networks were chasing me. I’ve since done over 12 live TV gigs, some from my kitchen at home and in studios across Australia. I even did a 30-minute special in Europe. When I get approached by media I try to involve my girls - it’s become our little adventure together.

How quickly did your Instagram take off, and what impact has it had on your life? To be honest I had no idea what Instagram was when I started making lunches. One day the girls got a note back from either a teacher or a parent saying, “your mum should put these lunches on Instagram”. I downloaded the app and got started. Before I knew it, I had about 5000 followers. It took about a year to get to 10,000, and four years later I have almost 200,000 Instagram and Facebook followers. I got a phone call from a TV network to tell me a video I had posted had over 1.5 million hits in less than a week. I honestly had no idea, so they invited me on

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Has your life changed?

I treat every lunchbox as though it’s my last, so I put a lot of love into them. - GEORGE GEORGIEVSKI

I’m the same dad, I still work full time, and I make lunches and breakfast before work each day. I do school drop off and my wife does pick up. We’re a good team.

We love your book, Lunchbox Express. How did it come about? Initially my idea was to do a recipe book with some fun ideas and dad jokes. However, one day I noticed that Pan Macmillan Publishers started following me on Instagram. I sent them a DM asking, “who can I talk to about a book idea?”. One thing led to another and I found myself in their office discussing a book. The process took about 10 months. The book launch was huge, and I did a week-long tour of Australia doing live TV demonstrations and interviews. I felt like a rock star!

What role have your family played in your lunchbox creations? They eat them! Lol! Honestly, they inspire me. For example, once we went to an

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Italian restaurant and my daughter Kiara ordered ravioli. She ate it all and looked at me and said: “Dad you should make a ravioli lunch for me”. An idea came to me to make ravioli out of bread, now kids are eating them all around the world.

What tips do you have for parents in a lunchbox rut? Fussy eaters are the biggest challenge, along with time constraints. I developed two simple nutritional guides for parents facing these challenges. The first is to think about the number five. When packing a lunch remember to add three veggies and two fruits. Do that and you can be assured your kids are getting the nutritional value they need. Secondly, think about incorporating the colours of the rainbow using fresh produce. That way, you’ll know they’re getting good vitamins. Also, try creating bite-sized fun food. Fussy eaters are more likely to try it and no-one wants a big daunting sandwich.

What are your tips for presenting fruits and veggies in an appealing way? I like to use the bright colours of fruits and veggies, so when my daughters open their lunch boxes, they see a rainbow of delicious options. I use a melon baller to create balls out of watermelon and other melons. I use a halved red pepper as a cup holder that I then pop mini tomatoes into. Be creative!

Any advice for parents stressing over lunchboxes? Stress less! If you have fresh veggies and fruit at home for snacking, and you include them in your dinners, you’re covered. Lead by example - if your kids see you eating healthy foods and enjoying them, they’ll begin to get curious.

Where do your simple, tasty recipe ideas come from? The recipes I create are inspired by adult foods. I look at a complicated adult dish and I figure out a way to simplify it for our kids to enjoy. I get inspired by cultures from all around the world. Sometimes I watch cooking shows and wonder why we complicate dishes? If we use good fresh produce, we don’t need to complicate it. For example, a simple fried rice or Singapore noodles can include lots of fresh veggies that will rock their nutritional requirement.

What’s your ultimate lunchbox mission? To inspire parents and carers all over the world to feed their children better, and to one day be able to do it full time.

Any ideas for delicious lunches in hot climates?

I volunteer my time to promote programmes that help children become self-sufficient with simple recipes. Learning about veggies and fruits is critical and I’m so glad to be a part of it.

If you were to create a ‘Singapore’ lunchbox, what would be in it? Chilli Crab seems to be the national dish of Singapore, so I’d create a mild chilli crab sandwich using mantou steamed buns - bite sized, delicious and perfect for lunchboxes.

What’s next for you? Hopefully a second book! At the end of every year I keep thinking how huge it has been and that it couldn’t be topped, but every year seems to be getting bigger and bigger. When the world recovers, I’d love to be able to travel more and experience food from different cultures globally. To see what children eat in schools around the world so I can be inspired and to also inspire others. Instagram: @schoollunchbox Facebook: @schoollunchboxau

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The bento boxes I use are airtight and I also pop them in a cooler bag with an ice block. This keeps everything cool and fresh and doesn’t restrict what types of food I can put in them.

You’re an ambassador with Jamie Oliver’s Learn Your Fruit and Veg Program? I am! Being a part of a legendary brand like Jamie Oliver is amazing.

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As the world endures uncertain and challenging times, our young people’s mental health and wellbeing has never been more important. Play an active part in your teen’s mental health with these tips from DR JANE FOLEY, IMC Camden and DR NATALIE GAMES, Alliance Counselling.


DR JANE: While occasional bad moods or acting out is part and parcel of the teenage years, rebellious and unhealthy behaviours or attitudes in teens can indicate depression. Depression can cause low energy and concentration difficulties and can trigger and intensify feelings of ugliness, shame, failure, and unworthiness. It can have a bearing on school life as well, leading to poor attendance, a drop in grades and frustration with school work - all feeding into a vicious cycle of negativity. 34 anza

BEHAVIOURS WHICH MAY INDICATE DEPRESSION: Not enjoying, or not wanting to be involved in things they would normally enjoy. Changes in appetite or sleeping patterns. Being easily irritated or angry for no reason. Their performance at school is not what it should be, or once was. Involving themselves in risky behaviour, like taking drugs or drinking too much alcohol.

Difficulty concentrating. Seeming unusually stressed, worried, down or crying for no reason. Expressing negative, distressing, bizarre or unusual thoughts. DR. NATALIE G: If you’re worried that something is wrong, seek an evaluation from a trusted clinician. You can also help by having a conversation with your teenager. The best places for these difficult conversations are in the car with limited eye contact, in the park while kicking a ball, or just before bed when their defensives

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Eating Disorders

HOW TO HELP: Encourage your teen to talk to a parent, teacher, GP, counsellor or psychologist - someone they trust and feel are on the ‘same page’ as them. Teach them the importance of accepting and sharing their feelings. Encourage them not to shut themselves off — it makes depression worse. Get the whole family to adopt healthy habits in exercise, sleep, eating and internet use. Encourage the whole family to adopt fun ways to manage stress and anxiety — even simple things like eating together or playing board games can have a very positive effect on stress levels.

are down. Listen more, talk less, and be your teenager’s biggest supporter. Try to re-engage your teenager in activities that boost their confidence and skills - i.e sports, drama, art or music. Help them find their spark. Discuss positive self-talk while modelling it yourself - resilient teenagers (and adults) talk compassionately and supportively to themselves.

DR JANE: Eating disorders are HOW TO HELP: complex psychological disorders Recovery from an eating disorder that affect every aspect of a often requires both medical and person’s functioning. Generally, psychological help. It is recommended it affects people in the following that people with eating disorders have ways: access to advice from a consultant Behaviour – disordered thought psychiatrist, a psychotherapist and a processes around food, eating and dietitian, as well as a GP, so that all of exercise - often in extreme and their needs can be addressed. destructive ways, i.e restricting food, overeating, purging and overexercising. Thoughts become distorted, irrational and extreme - very ‘all or nothing’ or ‘black and white’. These distorted thoughts and ideas in turn encourage, trigger and influence the disordered behaviours. Emotionally – behaviour and thinking becomes distorted, which causes emotional distress and chaos. In addition to this, eating disorders often develop due to underlying emotional distress or turmoil of some kind. KEEP IN MIND: An eating disorder is primarily not about food – it’s how emotional distress and turmoil manifests itself. An eating disorder is a destructive coping mechanism, so stopping, letting it go, and trying to recover is frightening, difficult and will trigger resistance. People can and do recover from eating disorders. DR. NATALIE G: The most important consideration for parents is to role model exercise within a healthy limit, encourage their children to be active, and emphasise balanced eating, rather than labelling foods as “good or healthy” or “bad or unhealthy”. Describe foods as “anytime foods” or “sometimes foods”. In this way, you are able to educate your child about processed and unprocessed foods. Avoid discussing your own body image problems or obsessing about your weight in front of your child. Parents are encouraged to focus on their teen’s body in terms of what it can do (strong, healthy, etc) and her/his achievements, rather than their appearance. Early intervention for eating disorders is key for successful treatment. Recovery rates for ED’s that persist over a long period of time are alarmingly low. Seek help if you have any cause for concern. No-one should spend their life at odds with their body.

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Self-Harm DR JANE: Self-harm is a symptom of underlying mental or emotional distress. Young people who self-harm mainly do so because they find it helps relieve distressing feelings and cope with problems in their lives. It’s rarely about trying to end their life but it is important to ask about suicidal thoughts in this situation. Very often there are multiple triggers, or daily stressors, rather than one significant change or event. Factors can include: Feeling alone and isolated Academic pressures Suicide or self-harm by someone close to them Family problems, including parental separation or divorce Being bullied Low self-esteem DR. NATALIE G: If your teen is engaging in self-harm behaviours, seek professional help to understand them. They may be relying on self-destructive ways to manage powerful feelings (deep sadness, self-hatred, anger, loneliness, and guilt) and need to learn helpful ways to cope with these feelings. Self-harm behaviours can be very upsetting for parents – you may feel shocked, sad, confused or angry. Do try to stay calm and try not to jump to

HOW TO HELP: There is strong evidence that finding ways to distract from self-harm can be useful for many young people. Distraction techniques include using a red pen to mark rather than cutting, rubbing with ice, hitting a punch bag or flicking elastic bands on the wrist. More important than distraction techniques is seeking professional help to address underlying anxiety, depression, and other psychosocial issues. Developing strategies for management of stressful situations will in turn improve resilience and coping skills.

conclusions or find solutions. Try not to take it personally if your teen doesn’t want to talk to you about the situation. Be understanding - this is a difficult situation for them. Parents could suggest their teen write them a letter or email about their thoughts and feelings, if they don’t want to talk directly, or encourage them to talk to another trusted adult. In the meantime, continue to work on promoting healthy engagement in activities such as drama, music, sport, arts to build self-confidence. Please do not ignore early signs of these selfdestructive behaviours.

Toxic Relationships DR JANE: Adolescence is a time when children are working out who they are. This can lead to changing friendship groups and interpersonal challenges, including toxic relationships. Signs of a toxic relationship are: The other person constantly puts you down and makes you feel bad about yourself You are arguing one day, and things are great the next They often make you feel guilty They are jealous of your other friends You feel like it’s your responsibility to fix things You change yourself to please them You worry about setting them off and feel like you have to watch what you say You feel anxious or unwell when you know you’re going to see them

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Encourage your child to surround themselves with people who make them feel good - DR. NATALIE G

They text and call you constantly You have lost confidence in yourself They break your trust DR. NATALIE G: There are three situations when parents need to worry about their teen’s social life: if your child doesn’t have a social group or ‘tribe’; if your child is a victim of bullying; if your child bullies others. In any of these situations, seek some additional help from a professional or your teen’s school.

HOW TO HELP: Encourage your child to surround themselves with people who make them feel good, and educate them about setting boundaries with the people in their life so that they understand what is appropriate behaviour. It’s important your teenager feels empowered to walk away from unhealthy relationships.

Staying safe online

DR JANE: Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to exploitation on line. This can include exposure to inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and catfishing. WHAT TO DO: Encourage your children to stay safe when setting up a social media profile: Use first names or nicknames when talking online, or when setting up a social profile. Be honest about your age. Keep your account private by choosing a password that others wouldn’t be able to guess and only share your password with your parents or guardians. Set your privacy settings to ‘private’ so only people you are friends with can see your photographs, information and posts. A trusted adult can help you with this. Delete and block unknown contacts. If somebody you don’t know adds you as a friend, you can delete and block their request.

Dr Jane Foley is an Irish trained GP based at IMC Camden. Dr Jane has extensive experience in Obstetrics and Paediatrics and has worked in schools in Australia. To make an appointment please call: 6733 4440

HOW TO HELP: Encourage teens to be open with you about their online activity and start conversations about safe internet use early. Be a good role model and establish rules around internet use, but exercise flexibility in your approach so that your child learns to be responsible for their own safety too.

To stay safe, avoid sharing personal information with someone you don’t know offline. DR. NATALIE G: The teenage brain is under construction and many young people are not able to predict the consequences of their behaviours. It’s imperative for parents to teach their children to be responsible, safe and smart internet users.

Dr. Natalie Games is an Australian trained Clinical Psychologist based at Alliance Counselling. Dr Natalie has worked with children, adolescents and families in public and private settings and has also worked in schools in Australia, UK and Asia. To make an appointment please call: 6466 8120 or visit

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It’s been a tough couple of months – time to show mum some love this Mother’s Day with these pampering gifts.


A bouquet of gorgeous blooms will lift your mum’s spirits. There are lots of posies to choose from at Flower Addict, but we especially like the Pure Delight a festive mix of pink lilies, spray roses, eustoma, alstroemeria and wax flower. From $199,


Does your mum have a sweet tooth? Treat her to the Janice Wong Subscription Box for six months of delicious arrivals. Each month, the surprise box is filled with hands-on activities and sweet treats - from signature products to new and exclusive items not yet available in stores. Think bake at home recipes, frozen delights, and unique chocolate creations. $35.00 every month for six months ($210 total)


Celebrate family this Mother’s Day by engraving the names of your clan on the Personalised Duchess Necklace ($243) from Gifts Less Ordinary. Add up to three different charms, and engrave your mum’s initial on the mini heart disc. Better with the written word? Personalise a Reasons Why I Love You book ($63) to let your mum know all the ways you love her.

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Feeding the elephants, bathing them and the joy of being so close to such a magnificent animal was the highlight of our Thailand trip and an unforgettable experience.

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Singapore-based novelist TAMMAR STEIN and her family fell in love with the gentle elephants of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

A long history

Elephants in Thailand have a long and storied history. They were workers, entertainers, and living forklifts for centuries, even regarded as somewhat supernatural and auspicious. The white elephant is Thailand’s national animal and a symbol of royal power. But the reality is that until 1989, 70% of elephants in Thailand were hardworking labourers in the logging industry. Once Thailand outlawed logging due to deforestation and devastating floods, an unintended consequence was that thousands of elephants were suddenly out of a job. Just as importantly, their mahout, the person who trained and took care of them, was also unemployed yet still responsible for his elephant. An elephant eats 10% of their body weight every day, an exorbitant, impossible cost to provide. The mahouts needed jobs to provide for their families and their elephants. Some mahouts turned to illegal logging, feeding their elephants amphetamine-laced bananas so they could work quicker and longer. Some brought their elephants to Bangkok, to wander the streets, begging and selling treats for tourists to feed them. They were not able to get enough food this way, leaving the elephants stressed and malnourished. Elephant camps designed to entertain tourists were not much better, requiring elephants to perform for tourists all day, every day - unnatural and unsustainable behaviour for these sensitive and intelligent animals.Â

The dark side of elephant tourism

Elephant begging is now illegal in Bangkok, but elephants continue to be a major draw for tourists, because, of course, the chance to see and interact with elephants is an incredible experience. Riding elephants has become a rather controversial topic in Thailand. Proponents say that an elephant can safely carry up to 25% of their body weight on their backs, and tourists adore the thrill of an elephant ride, which provides much needed income to care for the elephants, the mahouts and their dependents. Opponents say the training required to teach an elephant to accept riders and follow commands is brutal and traumatising. Carrying a riding platform causes welts and damages their spine.Â

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Choosing the right camp

It’s important to choose carefully when selecting an elephant camp to visit. Our family chose the pioneering leader in humane elephant keeping, the Elephant Nature Park outside Chiang Mai. The park works with local families and mahouts who are looking for a better way to provide for their elephants. They prioritise the elephants’ well-being and as such, there is no riding the elephants. Feeding the elephants, bathing them and the joy of being so close to such a magnificent animal was the highlight of our Thailand trip and an unforgettable experience.

An elephant experience

They move in incredible silence. That’s the first thing you notice. The six elephants weigh between 317 kilograms (the baby) to over 1225 kilograms (the grandmother and matriarch) but other than the softest rustle as they pass you by, they don’t make a sound. Elephants are big, of course, but there’s a kind of big you understand intellectually when The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai has many options see them in a photo. There’s a kind of big you for day trips and even overnight trips with the elephants. understand when you see them at the zoo, the The fee includes a hotel pick-up and return and a vegetarian two of you separated by glass or a wide ditch lunch. Overnight stays have glamping-style accommodation and a fence. You can see they’re massive, you with cots and shared bathrooms.On their website, each can see their thick droopy skin and understand excursion has icons that let you know what sort of elephant that they are big and you are much smaller and interactions will be available, e.g.: feeding, bathing, jungle more tender than they are. walks and whether it is suitable for all ages. Prices range But it’s a different kind of understanding from $80-$200. intense and humbling - when there’s nothing between you and the elephants. You feel the charismatic pull of their presence, like a dream come to life. You stand close enough for their breath to wash over you in moist, grassy gusts. You can banana, she waited and gave me a look: really she seemed to see how elegantly and thoughtfully they place each dinnersay, just one? Sheepishly, I grabbed a second banana and now plate-sized foot, like a saggy yet graceful ballerina. You can feel she deigned to reach over and take them both. I could have their strength in how effortlessly they snap bamboo poles and sworn that intelligent, eyelash-fringed eye was impishly smiling uproot shrubs, and you know it wouldn’t take ill-will for them at me as she chewed. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how to permanently damage you, it would only take a moment of you are trained by an elephant…. carelessness on their part, or yours. At the camp we had the opportunity to walk with the animals as they foraged for food, keeping an eye out on the wandering Though it’s set in a different country (Myanmar) and a different pachyderms who have a tendency to sneak up silently behind century (1920-46) Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an you. We went into the river with them to help them bathe, and Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in discovered that the baby likes to plunge completely underwater World War II by Vicki Constantine Croke, was the perfect reading and extend her trunk out like the world’s largest, cutest snorkel. companion while visiting with elephants. It tells the story of We also fed them treats… James Williams, aka “Elephant Bill,” a World War II hero and “forest man” for a British teak company. But more than the story of Williams, it is a love letter to the elephants he worked with. My husband eventually grew tired of me exclaiming various An elephant’s trunk starts out wide and thick, a solid, muscular amazing elephant trivia. “Did you know elephants only need thing. It extends out and tapers, until at its very tip is a handy three hours of sleep?” “Did you know elephants have a better little appendage called a finger. The elephant can do more sense of smell than a bloodhound?” As we rode back to our things with that one finger than you can imagine. I held out hotel through the winding roads of Northern Thailand, it was a sugar banana to the elephant, the treat nestled in my puny easy to picture the true hero of the book, Bandoola the elephant, hand, holding my breath as this massive creature - whose leg making his way through the jungles around me, his brown/grey was as thick and tall as me, and whose mass was so solid and hide blending in perfectly with the dappled light that filtered wide it had a gravitational pull - reached out her trunk and through thick canopy of trees. plucked the banana out of my palm with her finger. She curled her trunk around the banana, flashing her small ivory tusks as Tammar Stein’s latest novel, Beni’s War, will be released she brought it to her pink mouth and popped it in as daintily November 2020. as a lady eating a bonbon. When I tried to hand her another


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At just 16 years old, GELYN ONG is a published author, philanthropist, and talented visual artist. Her latest project is Kidz Explore Singapore, a guidebook to the Lion City, written by kids, for kids. Gelyn has pledged to donate 100% of her royalties to the Children For Children (CFC) charity event. ANZA talked to the Raffles Girls’ School student about how the book came about. How long have you been an artist?

How did you get the idea?

I’ve been involved with art since I was five years old. I love it because I feel very happy and free when I draw and paint. To be able to use my artworks to help the less fortunate, especially children, is the icing on the cake. Each time I embark on an art project, I think of the potential impact it may have on someone who doesn’t have the opportunities I do.

The initial spark was in 2015, the year Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, passed away. I was proud of what he’d done to make Singapore an interesting place to grow up, so I wanted to do my little bit for the country. After a few brain storming sessions with my parents, I decided to do a travel book about Singapore for kids, so that more visitors want to bring their kids to visit.

What books have you published? The first book I published and illustrated was The Forest Fable when I was eight. I aimed to teach children about the need to save our ailing planet, and to understand the effects of deforestation. My second book is Kidz Explore Singapore. There are many travel guidebooks written by adults for kids – this one is written by kids, for kids and it features honest reviews of places they’re interested in.

How did you choose the child reviewers? The kids were aged between six and 12, and were a mix of my close friends, classmates, and my two sisters, Giselle and Gelise. The kids could choose the places to visit, based on their individual preferences for outdoor, indoor, adventure, arts, etc.

What was your job as Team Leader? I organised the various teams, liaised with the establishments on the review dates, monitored their review progress, and eventually got the editor to review the articles. I also illustrated the whole book, except the birds for the review of the Jurong Bird Park, which were illustrated by my younger sister Giselle.

How did you find the process of publishing it? It was fun because I got to visit many places of interest with my friends and sisters. However, it was stressful when I had to complete the illustrations while balancing my time for school, studies and other extra-curricular activities.

Tell us about your charity work?

It introduces and recommends various kidI’ve been involved friendly places in Singapore for visitors and with charity work locals. The reviews were all done authentically since I was five. I by kids, in a style that most kids can relate started by donating to. There are also games, useful tips and my artworks to colourful illustrations to make it an charity auctions. The interesting and easy read. full proceeds were then donated to various charities, ll Cavendish Editions) $18.68 usually those for children. Kidz Explore Singapore (Marsha dish .com ven marshallca

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If you are coming from a country with cold and temperate weather, please be prepared for Singapore’s hot and humid weather. Wear light and comfortable clothes. Remember to drink plenty of water while you are here. Plan your trip so that you visit places that are close to each other or at least in the same part of Singapore to save on travel time. Public transport (trains, taxis and buses) is easily accessible and relatively cheap. Don’t hesitate to stop and ask a local for directions. Most Singaporeans are friendly and may give you useful tips, like locally recommended places to have a good meal.

I love to work with Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore. It grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. I was fortunate to be involved in a wish granting team helping to organise an activity for a child beneficiary. It was heart-warming to see her smiles and happiness, despite all the challenges and the pain that she was experiencing from her illness. To-date, from the sale of my artworks and books, I’ve donated more than US$600,000 to various charities.

What are you working on now? This year I’m collaborating with an international brand handbag company to design a range of animal-themed bags. The net sale proceeds will be donated to a charity that supports children from underprivileged families so that they can pursue their interest in arts.

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JAMIE BURGMANN. Private Wealth Manager at Select Investors, answers a reader’s question about the key steps to planning for their family’s future.

When planning for my family’s future, what are some key areas to focus on? JAMIE SAYS: Since becoming a father recently, I’ve come to understand how much our little loved ones depend on us for everything! After finding out we were expecting, I knew it was time to practise what I preach and tackle family planning and life administration tasks head on. This included my wife and I signing our Wills on Valentine’s Day this year - how romantic. This can come as an overwhelming task to a lot of people, and there is a lot to think about. What company should I go with? How much cash buffer do I need? How am I going to be able to support this child for the next 18+ years? Kids are expensive and there are a lot of unknowns. When we undertake family planning with clients, we break it down into three sections.

Financial safeguarding We help ensure clients are protected from unexpected situations such as falling ill, a serious accident, or losing their job. For example: Establish a cash buffer: Generally, 3 - 6 months of household expenses to meet any unexpected or emergency expenses. Even more important in today’s circumstances. Health insurance: A comprehensive international medical plan to cover any accidents on our holidays, but also if you repatriate back home or expatriate to another country, you can have continued

cover with no new waiting periods, exclusions or loadings. Family protection: Your income is the biggest family asset. Aside from income protection, family protection includes a lump sum on death or if you suffer from a critical illness. To determine the sufficient amount, consider repayment of debts, future education costs, and future living expenses.

Building wealth Provide your family with better options for a financially secure future. When putting aside savings and investments, these can cover a variety of different objectives, but are dependent on what you and your family value most and importantly are flexible, and internationally portable. For example: Reducing household debt: Paying off a family home will leave you with financial freedom, and a huge sense of gratification. Education fee planning: There are a number of different options to plan for your child’s education fees and costs, including pre/primary/high school and university funds. Future family fund: To cover family holidays, sporting activities, a home deposit or a lump sum payment for child’s first car. Investment planning for future passive

income or striving for the illusive financial freedom!

Succession Planning Family Trusts, Legal Guardians and Multi-Jurisdictional Wills can be a morbid topic, however it’s important that your assets are passed on in accordance to your wishes and your children are looked after through correct distribution of your wealth. These are only a few key parts when family planning and just like our children these are forever changing and will adapt over time as you and your family grow. Please contact us if you would like more information, or to review your family planning arrangements. This article is purely for informational purpose. It should not be relied upon as financial advice and it does not constitute a recommendation, an offer or solicitation. The value of an investment will be directly linked to the performance of the funds selected and may fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you invested. Advice relating to a will, guardians and trust involves the referral to a service that is separate and distinct to those offered by St. James’s Place.

Jamie Burgmann, Private Wealth Manager at Select Investors, a Division of St. James’s Place (Singapore) Private Limited. The ‘St. James’s Place Partnership’ and the titles ‘Partner’ and ‘Partner Practice’ are marketing terms used to describe St. James’s Place representatives. Members of the St. James’s Place Partnership in Singapore represent St. James’s Place (Singapore) Private Limited, which is part of the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group, and it is regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and is a member of the Investment Management Association of Singapore and Association of Financial Advisers (Singapore). Company Registration No. 200406398R. Capital Markets Services Licence No. CMS100851. St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group Ltd Registered Office: St. James’s Place House, 1 Tetbury Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1FP, United Kingdom. Registered in England Number 02627518.

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SILENT SINGAPORE This month’s Click! theme was open, but many of the photographers focused their lens on Singapore’s eerily quiet buildings, tourist areas and waterways.

MARINA BAY WITHOUT TOURISTS BRENDAN PAGET “I took this shot walking around the Marina Bay Area recently…the walkways have been a little deserted.”

OCEAN FRONT WALK, SENTOSA COVE DREW WRATT “I’ve been testing out the iPhone 11 camera and some of the various shooting modes. Long exposure in this case.”

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RAFFLES HOTEL KATE TAYLOR “This photo was taken during a tour of Raffles Hotel after the extensive renovations. It’s such a beautiful heritage building.”

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TRUDY NEARHOS checks out Zorba, The Greek Taverna, a new arrival to Clarke Quay’s vibrant dining options and takes her kids to try the mega shakes and burgers at Black Tap, Marina Bay.



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ith a relaxing alfresco setting and authentic cuisine, Zorba, The Greek Taverna is a little piece of the Aegean on our Singapore shores. Wine glasses in hand we watched the river boats turn on the water as the appetisers started to arrive; dips platter ($28), Spanakopita ($16), and the cornerstone of many a Greek dining experience, Moussaka ($22). Having made Moussaka many times and eaten it in restaurants in both Greece and Cyprus, I can confirm that Chef Giorgio’s version is delicious. Starters were followed by the Chef’s Salad ($20). A fresh and zesty plate, but a little heavy on the onion for my taste. With palates refreshed, it was time for The Greek’s Mixed Grill Platter ($88), a mountain of meat, with bifteki, gyros, souvlaki, lamb chops and Greek sausage (Loukaniko) set upon a bed of delicious


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ith their infamous OTT CrazyShake milkshakes, Black Tap is a restaurant that has been on my children’s wishlist for some time. We start with Crispy Brussel Sprouts ($14) with sesame-tahini sauce and Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders ($15) with house buttermilk-dill, Korean BBQ Wings ($13) and lime honey mustard dipping sauce. The Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders

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potato chips, tomato, onion and lemon. The generous portion would feed a small army. Meat lovers rejoice! Greek classic, Lamb Kleftiko ($36) was soft and fell from the bone and would have been perfect if served a little warmer. Seafood dishes included the Garides Saganaki ($28), jumbo prawns cooked in olive oil, ouzo, tomato and feta, Tsipoura ($32), grilled sea bream drizzled with lemon, garlic, and olive oil, and slow grilled octopus ($30). For dessert, I really enjoyed the baklava ($12), combined with a traditional Greek digestive, Mastic liqueur on the rocks, it was a very pleasant end to the meal. VERDICT: The produce is fresh, the food authentically Greek and the location is prime waterfront at Clarke Quay with plenty of noise and buzz. A good option for a waterside dining experience.

were a crowd favourite …delicious! The Crispy Brussel Sprouts a close runner up. For mains, the kids dove into The Pizza Burger ($24), with marinara sauce, fried mozzarella and shaved parmesan, served with a side of onion rings. A super cheesy, saucy indulgence. I tried The Impossible All-American ($29), a vegan burger with American cheese and special sauce. An authentic and tasty meat substitute. For dessert, a Cotton Candy CrazyShake ($22) to share. With at least nine CrazyShakes on the menu, they’re an extravagant meal in themselves. We certainly needed a long post meal walk by the water at Marina Bay to digest!

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Meet the

Whisky Maker SCOT SARAH BURGESS has over 20 years experience in the whisky industry. Currently working as Whisky Maker, The Macallan, Sarah talks about growing up surrounded by distilleries, her brilliant career, and favourite whisky-based cocktail. When did you think the whisky industry might be a career?

What’s involved in managing whisky distilleries?

It goes back to being brought up in Speyside (home to most of the distilleries in Scotland). I thought it was normal to be surrounded by distilleries, and that everywhere in the world was like that. It wasn’t until I was a bit older and started to travel that I was like – ‘so where are the distilleries here?’ It was quite a natural thing. If I wanted to leave home, whisky was the best place for me to start working. I realised I had a great passion for it.

There’s a lot involved! Process improvement, health and safety compliance, staff training and education, product development, budgeting, planning for the future, the list is endless. Most distilleries in Scotland have been in operation for a couple of hundred years and you are merely a custodian for a few years to continue the legacy, this really humbles me.

Most distilleries in Scotland have been in operation for a couple of hundred years and you are merely a custodian for a few years to continue the legacy, this really humbles me.

What role do women play in the whisky industry now?

whisky making team at The Macallan is split 50-50, by no means male-dominated!

How have you worked your way up through the industry? I started in the visitor centre and some may say that’s still what I am best at…chatting! I have worked in all aspects of distillation, from health and safety, to distillation and maturation, and ultimately whisky making.

Sarah’s faves: Favourite whisky-based cocktail? Whisky Sour. I make it by adding whisky, lemon, sugar and a dash of egg white into a shaker, and straining it into a glass.

There is a general perception that it’s male dominated industry, when in reality, it’s far from it. Throughout history there have been many pioneering women involved in whisky making. Nowadays, it’s quite balanced. The

When did you join The Macallan and what’s your focus there? I joined The Macallan in April 2017 as the Whisky Maker. I’m a key member of the whisky mastery team, focusing primarily on delivery of all core range vattings and new innovations.

What do you love most about your industry?

Favourite bar? My favourite and most freaquent bar to go to is Copper Dog Craigellachie!

It’s dynamic and fun! Although Scotch whisky has a global reach, the people working in the whisky industry form a close community.

Favourite Singapore dish? I really enjoy the chilli crab in Singapore.

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These yummy little snacks from Lunchbox Express author GEORGE GEORGIEVSKI are sure to put a smile on your child’s face.


Olive oil, for greasing 4 ripe bananas ½ cup selfraising flour 1 egg tbsp honey, plus extra for drizzling 1 cup cornflakes (or oats or other cereal)

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Preheat the oven to 170⁰C. Lightly grease a six-hole muffin tin. In a mixing bowl, use a fork to mash the three whole bananas until fairly smooth (a few lumps are okay).

Try using a handful of blueberries instead of bananas or, even better, try using both!



Add the rest of the ingredients (except the sliced banana) and using the fork, mix everything together until nicely combined. My wife prefers to use a spatula for the mixing, but considering you’ve already dirtied a fork from mashing the bananas, I just use that instead, as it’s less for me to wash up.


Spoon the mixture evenly into the prepared muffin holes until they are threequarters full (remember the self-raising flour will make the muffins rise, so you don’t want to fill them all the way to the top).

Arrange some of the sliced banana on top of the muffin batter. Drizzle some extra honey over the top and pop them in the over for 18-20 minutes. Once cooked, enjoy them warm or put them in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days, or freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, zap them in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Reprinted with permission from Lunchbox Express by George Georgievski, Published by Plum,

I set myself a challenge to make breakfast cool again, but more importantly, I wanted to stop those overripe bananas in the fruit bowl going to waste. Cornflakes are one of the most iconic breakfast cereals, so I thought why not combine bananas and cornflakes in the form of a muffin? Not only do I get to use up those bananas, but I also create a breakfast that can be eaten on the run if need be. Who else can say they had banana and cornflakes in the car on their way to school?

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Have I mentioned how much I love the versatility of puff pastry from the freezer? It’s awesome. With this creation, I wanted to make a tasty no-refined-sugar school lunch box addition. For grown-ups, they’re delightful with a nice latte or double-shot espresso, or even an espresso martini … Cinnamon has fantastic characteristics, the best being that it’s surprisingly sweet. In my little family we treat cinnamon as a sugar alternative, and it rocks! 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed 2 tsp ground cinnamon 3 tbsp honey


Preheat the oven to 180⁰C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut the pastry into six 3cm-wide strips. You don’t need to get the ruler out; it really doesn’t matter if they’re not perfect. Now sprinkle three-quarters of the cinnamon somewhat consistently over the top.


Using the palms of your hands, roll the pastry strips into long snakes, making sure they are nice and tight.


Now coil each pastry snake to create a snail effect or round shape. They should be about 5cm in diameter. Place on the prepared tray and drizzle the honey over the top of the scrolls.


Sprinkle the scrolls with the remaining cinnamon and pop them in the oven for about 20 minutes until puffed up and cooked through. If you don’t eat them straight away, the scrolls will keep in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

Feel free to add more cinnamon or honey for a sweeter scroll. Apart from being delicious, they’re also guilt-free without added refined sugar, but don’t tell your friends (otherwise there won’t be as many left for you).

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LET’S KEEP WELL RAELENE TAN offers the most nutritious food and drink choices for good health and boosted immunity.


aking things for granted is often the way, until something goes awry – including good health. Then, many of us realise the importance of taking care of ourselves and our loved ones, including having regular exercise, sufficient sleep and nutritious eating habits, plus keeping well-hydrated.

NUTRITIOUS CHOICES It is necessary to consume sufficient carbohydrates and proteins for energy, minimise unnecessary fats which slow down digestion, and have adequate vitamins as well as iron. Tuck into pasta with chicken, rice with salmon, salads, fish, eggs and sushi. Broccoli, chickpeas, leafy greens, potatoes and noodles, also. Dates, figs, honey, nuts and raisins are great energy sources. Herbs and spices play an important role, especially in tropical Asian countries, to keep healthy bodies well-balanced, alongside fresh veggies, fruit, grains and seafood. Dating back to Biblical times, turmeric is well-known for being antiinflammatory and an antioxidant; used abundantly in curries. Ginger adds flavour to numerous dishes as well as aiding digestion and settling disgruntled tummies. Cordyceps are believed to help fight infections, and can be found in ready-prepared drinks at traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) shops. Double-boiled soups are a mainstay of many Chinese meals, valued for retaining their nutrition. Sesame oil is thought to strengthen the body’s organs and oxygenate the blood. Braised pigs’ trotters with ginger in black vinegar is well-regarded, found in selected restaurants. Black vinegar is believed to help clean any toxins in the body and purify the blood. For increased strength, cabbage, spinach and white

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fungus are recommended, as well as chestnuts and longans. Sea cucumber (hoi sum) is enjoyed in soups or braised with vegetables, including nutritious soya bean products. Kangkong goreng, a fried green leafy vegetable with chilli, is considered ‘cooling’. Lentils (dhal) are valued for their protein content, especially by vegetarians.

FRUITY GOODNESS Fresh tropical fruit is readily available for snacking or dessert, also in juice form. Guava is rich in vitamin C, yuzu is delightfully refreshing, cooling wintermelon tea is pleasantly sweet, starfruit is juicy, while watermelon in this warm climate is a boon. Jamu (assorted herbs), a warming beverage, has a long history within the Malay community, as does barley-water. Most of these drinks are available in packet form at supermarkets. Singapore’s own Vitagen and Japanese Yakult are tasty cultured milk drinks. Indian lassi (yoghurt) also.

COMFORT FOOD Most of us have our go-to comfort food when feeling ‘under the weather’, such as good old-fashioned chicken soup, an apple-a-day, even doses of cod liver oil, as well as sips of warming brandy. There are also such traditional comfort food items here in our home-away-fromhome. Rice porridge (congee) comes to mind, enjoyed in the various communities for its soft taste and texture. Served in restaurants for breakfast or lunch, often containing bite-size pieces of chicken or fish, garnished with spring onion, finely sliced fresh ginger, a drop of sesame-oil and dash of pepper. Ubiquitous individual bottles of chicken essence also have a large following for revitalising energy, available at TCM shops and supermarkets. Keep well!

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Find Calm In The Storm LEE CARSLEY offers some healing tools to deal with anxiety and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic.


OVID-19 has tested all of us - our moral courage, faith in others, and hygiene practices. I will never look at blowing a candle out on a birthday cake the same way again. This time has also tested our immune system, and not just in the most obvious ways. Anxiety has been hard to avoid. Each day the world has been different. We look forward to a normal, even a ‘new’ planet. Along with anxiety are feelings of empathy for all those people who have lost jobs, homes and loved ones during this COVID-19 era. We are feeling, sometimes too much. These two completely different emotions – anxiety and empathy activate almost exactly the same neural pathways in our brain? Our body’s response to both states is high alert, our adrenals shooting cortisol to our muscles, getting us ready to run from that sabretoothed tiger. We start scanning our environment urgently and begin to find demons at every corner. I have a mantra you might like to follow during any stressful period, particularly this current one. A mantra is a set of

words, accompanied by actions, which keep us focussed on what is important, not urgent.

I HONOUR MY BREATH, AND GIVE THANKS TO MY LUNGS Breath holds us to life, and is one of the most powerful healing agents to which we have instant access. Start the day with 10 deep inhale/exhales, the exhale being a forceful sound (an open mouth). Practice diaphragmatic breathing, (the yogi breath), in and out through the nose all day. It brings the system back to a place of calm. Take a deep breath through the nose as often as you need to.

MY BODY IS MY TEMPLE, MY ASANAS ARE MY PRAYERS There are three poses you can practice, that don’t require you to be pretzel-like. Do them every day. STANDING FORWARD FOLD (uttanasana) A powerful, deliberate pose, meant to extend the spine, compress the vital organs, (wringing them out like a dishrag full of water), good for clearing the mind and developing perspective on life. LEGS UP THE WALL (viparita karani) One of the oldest poses in yoga – known for its relaxation benefits,



especially in the pelvic muscles. This pose also helps with restless legs, and metabolic syndrome. CAMEL POSE (ustrasana) This pose improves spinal flexibility and posture, and is brilliant for the digestive system.


HO’OPONOPONO – I LOVE YOU, I AM SORRY, PLEASE FORGIVE ME, THANK YOU Pronounced ‘ho-oh-pono-pono’ this is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. Saying ‘I’m sorry’ keeps you humble; ‘please forgive me’ acknowledges your imperfections; and ‘thank you’ expresses your gratitude to others. Words do change the way we feel and think, so find a mantra that keeps you positive, and say it several times a day - out loud and in silence. I’ll leave you with a quote from Pema Chodron, to whom I have turned to again and again over many years. “Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen.”

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REDUCING FEAR IN UNCERTAIN TIMES KIM FORRESTER offers advice for dealing with fear and panic during unsteady times.


ear is a very useful emotion when we are in grave danger and need to take action. However, prolonged periods of heightened panic are detrimental to our emotional and physical health and undermines our ability to make rational decisions. When the Singapore government raised the COVID-19 threat alert to Orange, in February, I felt my anxiety levels rising. Even more worrying was the moment New Zealand declared a compulsory 14-day selfquarantine period for incoming travellers - effectively isolating me from my son and loved ones currently living in Aotearoa. Since then, there have been a series of frightening developments around the world, with travel bans, lockdown, closures, isolation and quarantine becoming part of our daily existence. The current COVID-19 pandemic threatens our sense of security, and heightens feelings of helplessness and unease. However, there are steps we can take to ensure caution and concern doesn't escalate into unnecessary (and unhealthy) panic:


Understand your negativity bias. At times like this, it’s wise to acknowledge that your brain has a propensity to overestimate danger and overfocus on perceived threats. This ‘negativity bias’, as it’s known, often compels us to exaggerate perceived danger - to the detriment of reality and our own health and well-being.


Educate yourself on relevant language and concepts. Knowledge is power, and it’s also a great way to feel more in control in times of uncertainty. Research the things that matter. Get the facts from those closest to the research; avoid rumour, opinion and information from questionable sources.


Activate your sense of agency. Look for solutions. How can you minimise the impact, or help contribute positively to the current situation? Empower yourself by taking positive action when, and however, you can.

Kim Forrester is a holistic wellbeing author, consultant and educator.


Be mindful of news sources. Like your own brain, the media also has a distinct inclination toward negativity. Be mindful of sensationalised media stories and filter your information diet carefully; understand that data coming from the Ministry of Health or WHO is likely to be immeasurably more accurate than a random Facebook post.


Become the observer. The Greater Good Science Center offers a simple exercise to gain a healthier perspective in times of fear. Focus on what you are fearful of, and then talk through the experience using the third person (eg. “Kim is feeling fearful because world events seem out of her control. She is looking for greater personal and economic certainty”). This simple practice is an opportunity to reflect on the situation objectively, without being overwhelmed by your emotions.


Finally, be kind to yourself by reducing every day drama and stress. Allow yourself to step away from the barrage of news and social media, or any friendship, workplace or family dramas; keep unnecessary emotional stress to a minimum. Instead, seek out more occasions for mindfulness, self-nurturing and peaceful reflection. This will ensure your baseline stress levels remain as low as possible during this time of inevitable stress and uncertainty. May/June 2020 anza

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AFL Adult men and women of all experience levels who are interested in Aussie Rules Football can get involved with the ANZA Singapore Wombats. Training is on Thursday evenings and Saturdays, with regular social events too.

ATHLETICS A track-and-field programme run by parents for kids 5 - 16, with a focus on fun, fitness and skills.

CRICKET Fields three teams in the Singapore Cricket Association. Training is at Singapore Cricket Club nets from 7pm on Monday evenings.

CYCLING 30km to long distance rides are held every morning to suit all skill levels, embracing road, MTB, triathlon and Audax disciplines.

GOLF / 9 HOLE Aimed at beginners, those seeking a handicap and those with a handicap over 25.

GOLF / LADIES The ladies meet every Wednesday in Singapore.

NETBALL / KIDS Accelerate your netball with ANZA Netball. Classes and competitive opportunities are available to players aged 6 - 16, Saturday mornings at Tanglin Trust School.

NIPPERS Children aged 5 - 14 learn beach and ocean awareness through fun activities, and connect with the great outdoors – meeting on Sunday mornings.

RUNNING Looking to find some running buddies in Singapore for regular casual runs? The ANZA Running Group meets Monday evenings at 7.30pm in the Singapore Botanical Gardens.

SOCCER / KIDS Soccer programmes for children aged 3 - 18, focusing on fair play and community. Matches on Saturday mornings at The Cage Sports Park @ Turf City; training on Thursday evenings.

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ANZA’s men’s soccer team is a group of fun-loving, hard-working, soccer-crazy guys aged from their 30s to 50s. The Lions play mid-week Futsal on the East Coast, and Saturday Over 35s around the island.

TENNIS / CASUAL Social tennis at the Fairmont Hotel, Fridays 9 - 11am. Afterwards, take time out for coffee and a chat.

TENNIS / EXPERIENCED Mens, ladies and mixed doubles for players with reasonable skills. Wed 8 - 10pm, limited to 20 players.

YOGA ANZA Yogis practice a range of yoga styles in the Singapore Botanical Gardens.

INTEREST GROUPS ANZA SCOUTS Open to boys and girls aged 5 - 17, Scouting is about meeting new friends, developing leadership skills and being outdoors. The ANZA Scouts meet Saturdays at AIS from 2 - 4pm.

ANZA ACTION The community affairs arm for ANZA, supporting charities in Singapore through fundraising and volunteering activities. For info on the charities we support visit the ANZA website.

BOOK CLUBS We have a number of social book clubs that meet monthly in the morning or evening. Contact us to be connected with a group that meets at a time that suits you.

Join our Casual Coffee mornings, where you get to meet other members and relax in a comfortable indoor setting. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, first floor of The Centrepoint, on the second Wednesday and last Friday of each month, from 10am - 12pm.

WINE CLUB The ANZA Wine Club aims to entertain and educate your passion for wine, plus fill your cabinets with fine wines from around the world. It’s informal, fun and a great way to meet other wine enthusiasts. Join David Harker and Nicolas Olivry for regular tasting events.

CLICK! PHOTOGRAPHY The group meets regularly to share knowledge and advice in a friendly environment as well as going on photowalks across Singapore. All levels of experience are welcome.

MAHJONG This friendly group meets every week on Thursdays from 10am – 1pm at Boomarang on Robertson Quay.

INVESTORS INTEREST GROUP Meeting monthly to connect and discuss investments and important financial matters for expatriates. Whether just starting out in investing, or a seasoned professional, you can benefit from being part of the group.

STITCHES Interested in needlecraft? All levels are welcome to learn, mentor and sew.


KILL-O-METRES Join ANZA’s walking group each Monday to get together and get moving around some of Singapore’s great parks. Check the website for times and locations.

KNIT FOR LOVE Come along and knit beanies for Singapore Cancer Society chemotherapy patients. New knitters welcome – there will be friendly souls there to help you learn. The group meets on the third Friday of the month in the ANZA office.

A community of fishing enthusiasts who arrange regular boat trips across the Singapore Strait, The Andaman and South China Seas.

SECRET MEN’S BUSINESS Lunch and lager every third Wednesday of the month. Just turn up at The Penny Black, Boat Quay at 12.30pm. The lads also play golf in Singapore each Thursday.


LADIES NIGHT A monthly get-together at different, funky locations. Bring your friends or come alone and meet new members. Ladies Night is just for the girls!

Being a single parent is never easy, and can be even more challenging when away from family and close friends. This group aims to provide support, advice, friendship and fun for single parents in Singapore.

WRITERS’ GROUP This group of new writers and published authors meets monthly to read and discuss their work.

BUSY BEES The Busy Bees get together fortnightly at the ANZA office to craft all the fantastic props that are used for ANZA’s major events. Props are sold at the end of the events to raise funds for charity. If you are crafty, or even if you’re not, this is a great fun group to join. For more details, or to register your interest in this group, please email info@



ANZA.ORG.SG disclaimer ANZA offers many and varied activities and events to benefit its members. Occasionally, and due to circumstances outside of ANZA’s control, activities or events (including sporting competitions and seasons) may be cancelled or subject to date, venue or content changes. Every effort is made to avoid this, but where it does happen, neither membership or ticket fees are refundable. Current and prospective members and guests are encouraged to reference both the constitution and terms and conditions of ticketed events.

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ANZA Book Club

Love a literary meet-up? MEGAN SCOTT reveals more about the ANZA Book Clubbers.

WHO ARE THE ANZA BOOK CLUBS? There are a number of ANZA book groups, this one meets on the last Monday night of each month. WHERE DO YOU MEET? The group members take turns to host. The host usually gets to choose the book and provides the venue for the meeting. We’ve had meetings in lounge rooms, dining rooms, poolside, and in restaurants. WHO CAN JOIN THIS GROUP? Any ANZA member is welcome. Over the years I’ve met people of all ages, backgrounds and book preferences. The best way to connect with us is through our WhatsApp group. If you’re a current ANZA member, message me on 8722 1516 if you would like to be added to the group. WHY JOIN THIS GROUP? Everyone has a different reason for joining. For some it’s to fill the gap left by a book club they’ve moved away from when relocating to Singapore, for others it’s an opportunity to make new friends in a relaxed setting. BEST THING ABOUT THIS GROUP? The variety of books we’ve read. The diversity of the group means I’ve read some books that I might otherwise not have picked up or considered. I haven’t loved them all, but there’s

We’d love the chance to welcome some new members to keep the diversity of people and books alive in the group. - MEGAN SCOTT been a few surprise favourites. And we always have wine! WHAT DOES A TYPICAL MEETING ENTAIL? A glass or two of your favourite beverage, a light supper, and a discussion about the book. Sometimes we also chat about what’s going on in our lives. ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE? When I joined ANZA Book Club seven years ago there was a core group of around 10 members who’d been meeting for years prior to my arrival. Over my time many new members joined, taking a place at the table left vacant when people have leave Singapore. I have made some great friends during this time. More recently though we’ve had more departures than arrivals, so we are down to just four of us. We’d love the chance to welcome some new members to keep the diversity of people and books alive in the group.

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MICHELLE ADAMSON reports on another successful ANZA Netball season done and dusted‌with a few unexpected challenges thrown in.

ANZA Netball is looking forward to getting back on the court


he final weeks were turbulent, but the 2019/2020 ANZA Netball season concluded as planned in late March. The ANZA Netball Committee were kept on their toes, attempting to keep up with the changing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the ANZA Netball Carnival, scheduled for February had to be cancelled. However, the final five sessions of the ANZA Netball season were ultimately moved to Saturday afternoons at the Kallang Netball Centre. Playing at Kallang provided the ANZA Netball girls with a range of new and unexpected conditions. They’ve all now coped with playing outdoors in the steamy late afternoon Singapore heat, facing windy conditions, threatening rain clouds and storms, as well as the odd lightning alarm! In addition, the court surface was not as forgiving as the indoor courts at Tanglin Trust School. The girls had a minimum of one professional coach per court, so were able to learn some new drills and receive excellent coaching tips. Other season highlights included the fantastic performance of the ANZA teams in the Sport Ready Junior League, as well as the ANZA Accelerator Series, which provided match exposure to our developing players not participating in the leagues. We are looking forward to

New skills and drills at Kallang Netball Centre

next season, when we can include entry in the Junior League for the first time for girls born in 2010. Planning for season 2020/2021 is well underway, and registrations are now open! Make sure you enrol early as there are many age groups with existing waitlists.

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The ANZA Singapore Wombats take a break to ensure the safety of their players and families in the face of COVID-19.


The aim of the Wombats in many ways is to provide an outlet - for working professionals or trailing spouses, athletes who love going out for a run, or even just for expats who are homesick and in need of a community.


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s Eddie used to say, what a big week it has been in football. But unfortunately, it’s been more than a week, and it’s much bigger than football. Despite having survived the GFC, SARS, haze and numerous life-threatening hangovers, the Wombats training schedule could not hold up in the face of the very real threat that is the COVID-19 pandemic. We managed to hold a few sessions in early March, but since then have had to very quickly shut things down to minimise risk to any of our members and their families. A tough decision, but the right one, and we greatly thank ANZA for their support and communication during that time. The aim of the Wombats in many ways is to provide an outlet - for working professionals or trailing spouses, athletes who love going out for a run, or even just for expats who are homesick and in need of a community. Through the crisis we have, and will continue to, provide that outlet. Various plans have been put in place to ensure we all still have a way to get fit, enjoy a bit of banter and feel part of something. This has included everything from DIY exercise programs, through to home-delivery of Wombat Survival Kits, thanks to our amazing sponsors and partners. These contain mostly alcohol if we’re honest, but we don’t hear any complaints! At the time of writing we are still unable to train, but the hope is we’ll be back in the park having a kick sooner, rather than later. If you’re unfamiliar with the Bats, we train, play home games and tour on a weekly basis (except when there are long weekends), so check out our upcoming sessions and events. All of our training and tour RSVPs are handled via TeamApp - available for free to download from your app store. Just search for Singapore Wombats once you have the app, and get touring! Of course, these dates are listed with the caveat that the schedule is very much subject to change.

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Diggers Win at Dempsey POLLY NORRIS reports on the latest ANZA Cricket Club’s matches and happenings. First league win at Dempsey

The Diggers celebrate their win. From L to R: Farid Sheikh, Raveen Sivakumaran, David Vu, Tim Loughnane, Dan Mathieson, Graeme Gardiner (Captain), Logu Muthusamy, Ben Frost, Ray Lo, Sadanand Gaichor and Omar Taheri

Interested in ANZA CC? Pop down to nets at SCC on a Monday from 7-9pm. More info at

SCC Youth Development

OTHER MATCH REPORTS: ANZA Champs v SRC Knights Knights 4-174 Nathan and Farid two wickets apiece. Champs 8-145 20 s from Garry Hawker, Mal Jones, Saoib and Logu

ANZA Diggers v Lanka Lions ANZA Diggers 5-117 after 19 overs. Raymond Lo a quick 39. Lost by DL (30 runs) to Lions 234 all out.

ANZA Bushrangers V Hawks CC Bushrangers 7-217 Michael Rooe 54 of 67, Elyas Wahedi 46 of 53, Sandesh Gavade 34 of 16, Paul Stewart 30 of 12. Hawks. 2-220 Chased it down. Paul got 2 wickets. Opener Ray Lo struck a fine 50





Australian Women’s National Team Captain Meg Lanning was born in Singapore in 1992. She became Australia’s youngest international centurion when she hit 103 off 148 balls against England at just 18 years old, beating Ricky Ponting’s previous record aged 21 years, 21 days.


Opening batsman Ray Lo set the tone for the ANZA Cricket Club’s first league win of the season, when the Diggers played MUCC All Stars on 23 March at the Dempsey cricket ground. Ray’s innings featured seven fours, including a notably sweet cover drive and two well-timed sixes, one of which took him to 50 in just 38 balls. Chasing 156/9 off 30 overs, the Diggers reached their target with seven overs to spare and six wickets in hand. Captain Graeme Gardiner (35 off 18) and Vice Captain Dan Mathieson (48 off 33) put on 47 for the final partnership. Gardiner’s quick fired contribution included three sixes and three fours, whilst Mathieson’s classy innings included seven fours and one six. On the bowling front, Farid Sheikh took the wickets of both opposition openers with the economic figures of six overs, one maiden, two wickets for 18. Fine performances were also recorded by Sadanand Gaichor (six overs, one for 17) and Logu Muthusamy (six overs, zero for 17). Ray Lo was playing his first game for the club since returning from Sydney after four years. “It’s great to be back. There are a lot of great guys in the ANZA Cricket Club,” he said.

L to R: Logu Muthusamy, David Vu, Graeme Gardiner and Sadanand Gaichor

Singapore Cricket Club offers a youth development programme for kids aged five to 10. The SCC’s Cricket Academy welcomes all children from 13-16. Interested? Contact Junior Cricket Coordinator David Bennett at

In 1996, Sri Lanka’s legendary Captain, batsman Sanath Jayasuriya made his fastest century when he played on Singapore’s Padang in a tri-series against India and Pakistan. He hit 100 off 48 balls and the most sixes in an ODI.

India’s Sachin Tendulka made 100 against Pakistan the previous day in the tri-series, but it took him 111 balls.

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ANZA Soccer Honours

Pink Matildas

BY TEAM PARENT JANELLE DONG MACBAY AND DEREK MACBAY The Pink Matildas team is ANZA Soccer’s youngest all-female soccer team, playing in the Group 6 age group. A gaggle of seven and eight-year-olds first gathered in August 2019 at The Cage, Turf City. In the hot sticky air, there was shyness mixed with a little apprehension. Most had never played soccer, let alone been on an organised team. Nonetheless, professional and parent coaches, supportive parents, and players enthusiastically formed the Pink Matildas of the 2019–2020 season. Today the team is made up of 19 girls, from 12 schools and nine nations. Twice a week, the players meet on the pitch with excited giggles and colourful water bottles. No loss or unlucky play robs these girls of the positive energy that bonds them. The team spirit and connections they’ve built testify the commitment that genuinely forms when you just have fun… and do these girls have fun! In February, the Pink Matildas were invited to the 2020 Bangkok International Girls Football Festival. We had questions: Are they ready? Can they compete? But when the girls heard about the chance to travel all the way to Thailand, their eyes lit up and lots of jumping and screaming ensued. So, the Pink Matildas became the youngest ANZA team ever to enter the tournament! What happened during the weeks of preparation was even more

inspiring than the life-sized trophy we brought home: a major shift occurred in the girls’ attitude as they became even more determined, driven, and united. Six Pink Matildas travelled to Thailand with their families, joining the more experienced U10, U12, U14 and U16 Matildas. Playing alongside the older girls was a dream, and the weekend turned into one our kids will never forget. Due to the current world situation, we were left with only six girls to play in a 7v7 tournament. Fortunately, we had Risa, an angel on loan from a local team, which

allowed us to play. Our little warriors battled it out in eight matches over two days, achieving a second-place finish against formidable Thai opponents! Our girls played their absolute best with amazing grit and perseverance through injury, heat, humidity and exhaustion. These young athletes had the time of their lives, on and off the field, and we all felt proud and fortunate to experience it together as one ANZA family. Our girls learned that winning isn’t everything; friendship, family, and a love for soccer are more important!

B12 Competition Teams enjoy a great year! BY HEIDI MACCANTI, B12 COMPETITION TEAMS COORDINATOR

Our B12 competition teams enjoyed a great year. In April 2019, our B12 ANZA Socceroos won the B12 Cup in the 2019 JSSL International 7s tournament, the largest youth soccer tournament in the region. Their gold-medal finish also contributed to ANZA Soccer’s top combined score, which earned us the tournament’s Paul Parker Trophy for the first time ever! Following this, the Socceroos then earned top place in the B12 Division 1 in December, after the first half of this season’s JSSL Sunday League. ANZA’s second B12 team, ANZA Gold, is also having a fantastic season. ANZA Gold came top in Division 2 for the first half of the 2019–20 season and therefore earned promotion to Division 1. We are thrilled that of the top six B12 teams in the JSSL Sunday League, two are now ANZA teams. This is the first time we have had two ANZA teams in any JSSL Division 1 group (a result also achieved by the B16s this season), and we are very proud of all the players. To celebrate these impressive 2019 achievements, the 26 B12 players and their parent coaches were presented with specially designed backpacks by our amazing sponsor Accor, each sporting the ANZA Soccer and Accor Live Limitless logos. The presentation took place at the teams training session on 4 March, just days before their first Division 1 match against each other. These teams will use the stylish backpacks at future league matches and tournaments. For the latest updates on ANZA Soccer, go to

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ANZA Soccer’s youngest girls’ team and the B12 competition teams pick up honours and have fun on and off the pitch.

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TOUR DE PHUKET Two ANZA cyclists report on the perennially popular Tour of Phuket…


he fifth edition of the Tour of Phuket managed to go ahead, held on a weekend that was free of impending COVID-19 travel restrictions. The event offered a three-stage tour: a prologue ITT, a classic two-day race over hot, humid and hilly Phuket and Phang Nga, as well as the alternative Gran Fondo options. Two of our members shared their thoughts on the race experience…

Above: Jeremy leading the bunch Below: The Peloton

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Men’s Sport Open

CONTRIBUTED BY JEZ HODGES The 2020 Cycosports Tour of Phuket and Phang Nga had a new development: the Men’s Sport Open category. Nearly 30 cyclists entered the race, with the dominant teams being ANZA and Wombats with 10 riders apiece. The first stage was a gruelling 137km which set out at a sedate pace - no one wanting to show their hand. The first sparks of life came as the peloton arrived at the intermediate sprint. ANZA’s Rob Smith ensured he crossed the line first, scoring 10 points. ANZA also took 2nd with Ben Pryor’s strong finish, 3rd going to the Wombats’ Edward Clarke. If there had been a truce up until then, the attack was delivered at the KOM1, a short, sharp hill that ramps up to 13% at its steepest. Romain Raimbault, (the eventual stage and overall winner), along with Taketoki Isobe (ANZA), Matthieu Bedard (ANZA) 64 anza

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and Romain Chevalier, formed a powerful group who stayed clear of the pack. Although they didn’t stay as a group to the end, Romain, Matthieu and Taketoki were 1, 2, 3 for the stage: each with a sub four-hour time. Setting out on the 101km stage two, everyone was aware that the attack the previous day had happened on KOM1 and were determined it wasn’t going to happen again. Taketoki Isobe was first over, closely followed by Jez Hodges (ANZA), but they weren’t allowed to get away. 20km later, the peloton still held the overall leaders as it approached the intermediate sprint. Jez Hodges attacked on the downhill approach with Rob Smith on his wheel. Rob went through for his second sprint victory and

claimed the green jersey. After KOM2 there seemed to be endless rolling hills to the finish. Romain Raimbault (GOTP) had escaped at KOM2 with Taketoki Isobe in hot pursuit, but Matt Bedard, Romain Chevalier and Jez Hodges formed an organised group, along with two riders from the women’s elite race: Chelsea Tan and Lucy Richardson. Unfortunately for Chevalier, his chain dropped at the foot of a steep roller and he was left by the group, gifting 4th place in the stage and the overall race to Jez Hodges. Romain Rimbault (also King of the Mountain) finished in a well-deserved 1st place 8½ minutes ahead of exceptionally strong rides by ANZA’s Matt Bedard in 2nd and Taketoki Isobe in 3rd.

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I was also very fortunate to meet some lovely new people who I usually don’t have the chance to ride with. - YURI ARIKAWA

Women’s Open

CONTRIBUTED BY YURI ARIKAWA My first race was so much fun - lots of sweat and laughter with great people! Although I was incredibly nervous, I was relieved to see lots of familiar faces in the bunch. Despite some issues (losing all of my water bottles, taking the wrong route etc) my result was all thanks to my teammates selfless help and support. I was also very fortunate to meet some lovely new people who I don’t usually have the chance to ride with. Riding together with all these people was another great part of the race. The entire race experience made me realise once again how grateful I am to be part of such a great club at ANZA Cycling! Huge congratulations to all participants and podium winners over the course of the three-stage event. The glowing reports were testament to the event being an extremely well organised race experience and an excellent weekend away! Special congratulations to the following members and teams on their inspiring performances:

Above: Yuri on the Podium Below: Yuri in game face mode

Stage 1 - Prologue ITT

Elite Open: Rueben Bakker (1st), Pierre-Alain Scherwey (3rd )

Veterans: Peter Missingham (2nd)

Stage 2

Women’s Open: Yuri Arikawa (1st), Laurence Buelens (2nd), Lizzie Hodges (3rd), Stephanie Lim (4th)

Sport Open: Matthieu Bedard (2nd), Taketoki Isobe (3rd)

Stage 3 Veteran: Peter Missingham (2nd)

Women’s Open: Yuri Arikawa (1st)

Sport Open: Taketoki Isobe (2nd), Matthieu Bedard (3rd)

ANZA’s Veterans Team finished up in 1st and ANZA Elite Masters in 2nd position, thanks to strong performances by Jock Hughson, Martin Herbrich, William Patterson, Mick Fantin, Anthony Brown, Oliver Lewis and Janus Dalsgaard (Elite Masters); and Peter Missingham, Peter Williamson, Mike Maxwell, Kip Cole and Francis Higgins (Veterans) Congratulations to those also taking part in the Gran Fondo event, with particular mention of Fergus Lopez, Anne Lageson, Agnes Teh and Steve Bijok, Alan Fischer, Yee Kwok and Shelein Lak!

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ANZA Nipper’s ALISON MAZERY discovers a link to home in Sentosa and reports on the recent Bronze Medallion training.

It’s not about the waves

Our family comes from a small beachside town called Barwon Heads, in Victoria, Australia. One of the summer activities our kids participate in back home, are the Nippers programs. While we love Singapore, we’ve missed the beach terribly and we felt our kids were missing out. That was, until we discovered there was a Singapore Nippers program, held each Sunday morning on Sentosa island - where the water is always warm and the waves are never too big. Our seven-year-old daughter loves the water and was keen to sign up. I informed our friends back home that we’d just joined Nippers in Singapore. ‘Singapore has Nippers? But there are no waves in Singapore!’ were their responses. We’ve learnt from our first few weeks of Nippers, lack of waves certainly doesn’t stop this fantastic group of people from having fun, swimming, using the boards, and learning about vital water and beach safety skills. As a family, we are thoroughly enjoying our Sunday mornings at the beach. Along with socialising, parents are always needed to help in the water, set up beach games, gather boards, or man the BBQ, so there’s always someone to chat to, or something to do. Even our four-year-old (who is too young to participate in Nippers this year), loves playing in the sand and water with the other younger kids.

rescue training. It was a proud moment for all when they received their red and yellow rashie and Bronze Medallions. Jenn, one of the parents and program volunteer, completed her training last year. She gives us an insight into why she signed up and what skills she learnt: “I grew up on the golden beaches of Queensland, Australia and had done my bronze medallion when I was younger, but had let it lapse

To ensure the safety of the kids in the water a ratio of one qualified Bronze Medallion holder to five kids is required.

Bronze Medallion training

To ensure the safety of the kids in the water a ratio of one qualified Bronze Medallion holder to five kids is required. As most of the age groups are currently full, in order to expand the numbers of Nippers kids, there needs to be more qualified “Bronzies”. Each year, trainers from Avalon SLSC in NSW come to Singapore to train up the next group. Last year, 13 participants successfully completed their surf

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over the years of moving abroad. When I realised I had the opportunity to do it again with ANZA Singapore Nippers, and in turn help support the club, I jumped at the chance. I’ll admit the physical side of the course (qualifying swim and a run/swim/run) did make me a little apprehensive initially, but I didn’t allow that to stop me from taking on the challenge. I had hoped to get a little more swim fit, learn skills to be able to rescue people from the water and assist in providing first aid. What I didn’t expect was the friendships I would make along the way. There is something about having your nose very close to someone else’s butt on a board rescue that helps solidify a life long friendship! The trainers who came up from our sister club Avalon’s SLSC had nearly 150 years of surf lifesaving experience between them. They knew their stuff! They were engaging, incredibly knowledgeable, relatable, but most of all fun! Knowing that I have the skills and ability to save someone’s life is something I’m very proud of. I can’t recommend this course highly enough.”

The next Bronze Medallion training session is due to run in August 2020. I’ve wanted to complete it for many years now, so I’ll be signing up myself and my husband. If you’re interested in joining us, please contact Singapore Nippers at sgnippersbm@ Please note that participants must be 15 years of older to gain this qualification. Not interested in getting your bronze? There are many other volunteer positions available and the club welcomes sponsorship. Have a chat to the Nippers crew Sundays at the beach or send an email to singapore. A newly qualified Bronzie!

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