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Doing Our Bit

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Singapore of old was humorously observed as the Five Cs: Cash, Car, Credit-Card, Condo, and Country-Club. Times have obviously moved on – hopefully we’re all a little less materialistic and now we’re turning our attentions to another letter in the alphabet, the Five Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot.

Much of the following, you’re undoubtedly already doing – or at least variations of. Many people I’ve spoken to from Australia and New Zealand are more than aware of the benefits of recycling, keeping an eye on their impact on the environment. But we can always do with a little booster lesson and an opportunity to share the info.

You’ve watched Al Gore and Leonardo Decaprio’s climate change documentaries; you’re conscientious  on what you buy and where you buy it; you enjoy the outdoors and want to keep it as pristine as possible. But it’s all about doing our bit and being educated so don’t just recycle, refuse plastic; don’t just re-use your clothes, reduce the fashion you buy. It’s incredible the impact we can have collectively so no change in lifestyle is too small. I’m starting today.

 

REFUSE

Straw Wars

Just say no. Americans use over 500million straws EVERY DAY, and in a world where up to 43% of plastic ends up in a landfill site, these tiny tubes – which, FYI, take 200years to break down – are taking up way too much space. Drink directly from the glass or purchase a metal or bamboo re-usable straw.

 

Plastic Not-So-Fantastic

By 2050, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish at the rate we’re disposing one-use items. Remember your reusable bag when heading to the supermarket and say “No, I do not need three plastic bags to individually wrap my bread rolls.”

 

To Market

Heading to the Tekka or Chinatown wet markets means you’re buying your goods directly and they’re not pre-packaged in a styrofoam tray and enough clingfilm to wrap your first born. Also – although its obviously difficult to avoid in Singapore – you can keep an eye on where your food is flying in from. Buying local produce or picking Asian vegetables over the European counterparts for example reduces the farm-to-table footprint. Tick tick.

 

REDUCE

Takeaway Your Need

Oh the ease of the food delivery app. A quick select ‘n’ click, and food is enroute within 30minutes – along with three bags, a set of plastic cutlery you won’t use and a container for the three leaves of your side salad. What about your daily coffee from the shop to your desk? I am dreadful at this and my over-flowing bin of disposable cups puts me to shame. Essentially here, it’s about trying to use your supper leftovers for lunch the next day and packing them into reusable tupperware. 

 

On Your Bike

In a city as accessible as Singapore, there really is no excuse not to use the MRT or walk – although sometimes getting to meetings a little flushed and flustered isn’t always the impression you want to start with. There are also the great bike initiatives such as oBike, the “stationless bike-sharing platform”. Download the app, locate your nearest oBike, scan the QR code to unlock it and off you go. Your carbon footprint AND your calories go down. Win, win.

 

Why to Buy?

Take a look at the Story of Stuff on YouTube: it tells the story of production from extraction to disposal or the “material’s economy”. I found the psychology behind what and why we buy absolutely fascinating – especially as many of us are part of a generation that has grown up on brilliant marketing and the social media pressure for bigger and better. It’s about 20minutes of easy-to-digest info that gets you thinking about what you really need and what your possessions actually mean to you.

 

Wasted Energy

We’re all concious of turning off the light when we leave a room, but I know I’m still guilty of leaving the TV on standby. I spoke to a firm who look at the energy efficiency of various businesses and advise them on how to reduce costs with the by-product that it is sustainable and good for the envrionment. They drew to my attention that when looking at the business accounts, every last dollar was accounted for but energy isn’t as scrupolously looked at.

Finding out exactly what appliance uses what, could effect your use and in turn, reduce your overall cost.

And it probably goes without saying, but try using a fan instead of your AC blasting out arctic air all day. I don’t want to run the risk of being called an alarmist if I tell you some of the scary figures surrounding AC usage and carbon released into the environment!

 

 

REUSE

Fix it, Don’t Bin It

We live in a world where companies deliberately produce items less durable so we have to buy new things; or the technology is developing so quickly that our products rapidly go out of date. However, check out Repair Kopitiam which runs a repair workshop on the last Sunday of every month – they have a Facebook site to confirm locations, dates and registration.

Also, make a point of trying to buy the best you can, when you can – a higher cost to begin with can prove more energy efficient and durable. But you know that.

 

Upcycle

Recall the Blue Peter programme? What those guys couldn’t make with an old yogurt pot and some sticky back plastic. This is a great aspect of eco-lifestyle that the kids can get involved with. Best advice for some inspiration here is to check out the Festival for Good (see pages 42).

Pass-It-On

With so much disposable fashion, we’re buying and getting rid of more clothing than ever before – and much of it is ending up at landfill. So make sure you donate your second-hand clothes to charities such as the Salvation Army (salvationarmy.org/singapore). Or stores such as H&M have installed recycling bins in their 10 outlets across Singapore to encourage you to drop off unwanted items. Last year, they collected 64 tonnes of second-hand fashion.

 

RECYCLE

Eeek! E-waste

This is the biggie. With new designs and tech companies wanting us to upgrade and repurchase, it’s no wonder that there’s so much getting thrown in the bin. E-waste (phones, computers, kettles) contain harmful chemicals and so we need to get better at managing this aspect of recycling. Watch out for the RENEW bins at 274 locations across the island – head to www.starhub.com/about-us/corporate-sustainability-and-responsibility/recycling-nations-electronic-waste.html for a full list of what you can and cannot dispose of and bin locations. Also take a look at ReCYCLE (www.recycle.sg/), a programme launched this year between Singtel and SingPost. Unwanted devices can be dropped at Singtel stores or mailed so that the components can be recovered and given a new lease of life. Just trashing your e-waste results in incineration – and all of those toxins smoking up into the atmosphere you live in.

 

Battery Operated

Rechargeable batteries are best, but the chemicals in any are harmful to the environment. Traces of mercury are found in these as well as fluorescent lamps so there can’t just be thrown into your regular recycling. Currently there is no official programme for your batteries – only for computer and mobile batteries. Problem. However, if you’re near an IKEA, they do take lamps and batteries for recycling. It may be worth the trip.

 

Where does it go?

So scarily, more than 90% of Singapore waste goes to the incinerator…at this rate the country will need to build a new plant every decade or so and one Sentosa-sized landfill every 35-45 years (thefinder.com). That’s costly and not even sustainable. Make a point to separate your recyclables and drop them in the clearly marked bins at your condo or HDB. Most malls offer a recycling service too, so there’s really

no excuse.

 

ROT

Compost-ition

Over half of your daily waste is food stuffs – it’s the equivalent of each citizen throwing two bowls of rice in the trash every 24hours.  Put another way, cutting food waste by 15% would have the same impact on CO2 emissions as taking 86,000 cars off the road. So how about composting rather than throwing down the chute? Or going one-step further and getting a worm farm? They don’t need much space (you can buy worm farms to fit under the kitchen sink) which is great news in our square-foot-poor city living. I found a great website, www.zerowaste.sg with lots of tips on how to get started.

 

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Midnight Oil

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Midnight Oil talk to ANZA ahead of their stop in Singapore for the Great Circle Tour.

Midnight Oil by Olliver Eclipse

 

Is there a particular song you love to play because it means something to you? Or perhaps it is one that the fans love hearing?
That’s difficult to answer. All the songs are like your kids in one way or the other and none of us like to just play the favourites. Songs like Hercules, Beds are Burning and Blue Sky Mine are the hits which people go pretty apeshit to when we play them. On this tour, we’ve rehearsed more than 170 songs, which we can draw on at anytime. We rehearsed for four months for this tour. It will give a deeper Midnight Oil experience for those that love the older stuff especially, and means we never get bored playing the same set over and over.

What is your favourite aspect of your career?
We’ve always loved the studio and would stay behind watching and learning because the Oils always worked with great producers and engineers. And writing we love too; words, music, arrangements and instrumentation. Touring in the old days was difficult as it was relentless but now it’s easier for some reason - we stay in better hotels perhaps! It’s great to visit our old friends, fans and family that we’ve made over the years out there on the road.

Biggest musical influences at the beginning of your career? Have they changed now?

We don’t think our influences have changed at all, we don’t think anyone’s does, but we try to keep up with the new bands. King Gizzard, Olympia, The Drones, Holly Throsby et al, but also vintage gear like The Beatles, Creedence, The Faces, avantgard stuff like Pierre Henri and Rhys Chatham, and a lot of Canterbury scene people like Soft Machine, Syd Barrett and Robert Wyatt.

Most memorable concert?
The Oils have done a few, but we’d have to honourably mention the protest in 1991 where we set up a stage in front of the Exxon building in New York and stopped the traffic, protesting the oil spill in Alaska. And the Olympics in Sydney in 2000 where we wore the Sorry suits in front of the world to shame John Howard into an apology to the First Nation people in Australia.

What do you think of Australia’s present music industry? What are the biggest differences you see now to when you started out?
There are always great bands in Australia, the sense of isolation from the rest of the world creates unique and interesting art. The trouble is, you find it hard making money if you’re on a major record label or even an independent artist, as the music delivery systems are constantly changing and it’s hard (but possible) to keep tabs on it all. Go Between’s drummer Lindy Morrison is inspiring in her work to help artists find money under the hidden rocks and shoe boxes where it ends up, including radio airplay, film licensing, downloads and streaming through bodies like APRA, AMCOSS, PPCA. It’s changed so much, but in a way live performance is now the best way to earn a crust, a bit like it was in the early 1900’s before records were even invented.

What should ANZA members and Oil fans be looking out for with the Full Circle tour?
A celebration of Aus’ music. It’s a big show production-wise, but still organic and human, no computers or dancers, just flesh and blood. We change the set every night, but it’s always a deep retrospective of our history with all the hits peppered throughout. Hopefully, it will make you think and dance at the same time.

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Climate: When Departure Means Arrival

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Ken Hickson, climate change consultant, advisor and six-time author including The ABC of Carbon and Race for Sustainability looks at Singapore’s place in climate departure.

In travel terms, we know exactly the difference between arrivals and departures. At Changi Airport it’s made very clear where to go for one or the other. But when it comes to “climate departure”, it actually means the point in time when the impact of a warming world “arrives” on the doorsteps of your city or country. Not signed quite so easily.

Not to be alarmist, but a very scientific study by the University of Hawaii published in Nature (October 2013) worked out the point in time when the earth’s climate stops resembling what has come before, and moves into a new state. One where heat records are routinely shattered and, what was once considered extreme, will become the norm. This is the point of no return – in travel talk – when we cannot turn the clock back, ask the pilot to turn around or delay our check-out because we’re having such a good time.

Some of us can be forgiven for thinking that the impact of climate change is something that the human race will likely experience in the distant future going by the inaction – and indifference? – of many Governments and industries. There needs to be a sense of urgency, because climate change is already having an impact.

Temperatures are increasing. Every year is warmer than the last. Sea levels are rising. We are seeing more extreme weather situations around the world than ever before.

Of course, action is being taken in some instances. The Paris Agreement at the end of 2015 means every country in the world is set to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. To turn away from burning fossil fuels and switch to clean renewable energy. But perhaps we’ve left it too late.

Because, going by the climate departure study, we are all in line for the arrival of the impacts of climate change sooner than most of us expected.  If we take action to drastically reduce and stabilise emissions we might be able to delay or lessen the impact. Tropical locations – that’s us! – will feel the effects of this shift first. In the 2020s! Of all places on Earth, Indonesia will face its point-of-no-return first, in 2020. That’s a mere two and a half years’ away.

The researchers have identified a place called Manokwari – capital of the province of West Papua and a tourist area – as first in-line for climate departure. Other South East Asian cities next in-line are Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei) 2027, Singapore in 2028, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur in 2029.

Australia has a little more breathing space. Perhaps surprisingly, Sydney is the first of the Australian cities to be impacted in 2038. Darwin, Brisbane and Perth are expected to see a time of change in 2042.

Of course we should not take this to mean we can just sit around and wait for the worst to come. We can change our ways. We can save water, energy, waste. That will make a difference. We can also – like good boy scouts and girl guides – be prepared. Just like Singapore accepts that sea levels are rising. With 30% of the island state being less than five metres above sea level, protecting the coastline and improving drainage is one of the priorities in dealing with the effects of climate change. To cater for long-term sea level rise, the minimum land reclamation level in Singapore was raised from three metres to four metres above the mean sea level in 2011.

Singapore is doing a lot more to not only mitigate – change our wasteful ways and cut emissions – but also to plan for the future by assessing the risks and adapting to unavoidable changes.

We can all do our bit. Better late than never. But we have to recognise that climate change is for real and it’s coming to a city near you sooner than most of  us expected.

Maybe we can delay the inevitable. Maybe we can prepare for the worst and it won’t be so bad.

But we cannot bury our head in the sand on our tropical island and pretend climate change will go away.

 

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Paradise Not Lost

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Combining exceptional design, the laid-back luxury of a friend’s home and total care for the environment, Cempedak is an example of the future of sustainable tourism as Charley Larcombe discovers.

 

 

A faint tropical shower is dripping into the fresh seawater pool in the early morning light over the South China Seas. The jungle percussion of raindrops on palm fronds is only broken by a lonely fisherman skimming across the Riau Archipelago and the slight whir of the bamboo fans overhead. The toughest decision this early in the morning is whether to step out of the billowy muslin shrouding the bed and pad downstairs to make a coffee, admiring the extraordinary bamboo architecture of the private villa as you go. Stretch and come to life; there are white sands to leave footprints on, elusive pangolin to pray to find, and island tales to hear. Welcome to Cempedak.

Sister property to the well-known Nikoi, the island – so named after a local fruit tree – is the new sustainability haven that is quickly gathering column inches in travel magazines throughout the world. 17hectares of virgin rainforest ringed by talc-soft sand studded with Jurassic-esque granite boulders, this adults-only, private paradise has been years in the making. Painstakingly and meticulously planned so as not to disturb the original inhabitants of sea otters, hornbills, eagles and nesting turtles, this is a place to share with nature.

What makes it so ideal – apart from the fact that it looks like Eden – is that it’s a mere three hours door-to-door from central Singapore. Grab a ferry from the Tanah Merah terminal to Bintan where you’ll be picked up by a smiley face who’ll tell you childhood stories about the island en-route to the private jetty. Having driven for roughly an hour through jungle and ramshackle villages with only bare-chested children and scrappy dogs as residents, you’ll enter the gates of Nikoi and Cempedak’s own pier. Say “yes” to a cup of ginger tea and settle into the island-crafted chairs – so beautiful we wanted one as a souvenir – and wait for the private boat, Mana to come chugging into view. Then it’s just a 15-minute race across the blue, past uninhabited islands until your new home appears on the horizon, a perfect half-moon of verdant greens sitting above an azure ocean.

Barefoot luxury is all about paring things back; reaching for a book, not your email; taking the paddle board out to find an even quieter cove on the island, not because you’re desperately searching for something to do; leaving the strains and the stresses behind and reconnecting. And as soon as you step onto the pontoon here, you instantly feel your knotted and tired muscles release.

This is quickly followed by child-like excitement as you take in the beauty of the surroundings. We arrive at lunchtime and are led along the vaulted walkway – a masterclass in bamboo construction – to the restaurant and down reclaimed teak steps to one of four table ‘pods’ overlooking the sea. A light breeze takes off the heat of the day, butterflies flutter (Cempedak doesn’t use toxic methods to eradicate the mosquitos, instead using a natural and still successful one) and a delightfully chatty waitress talks us through the menu. Delicious prawns, spiced chicken, crisp vegetables and coconut rice sets quite the tone for the rest of our stay and I warn you now, you will find it very difficult to say “no” to the encouragement of “just a little more”. Nearly all of the produce used is grown on the island or purchased from local markets and small traders and you can taste that freshness.

There is no room service as the team encourage you to eat together and there isn’t strictly a menu. Instead, as you leave your meal to meander back to some shaded day-bed or for a massage appointment, you’ll be talked through what’s being prepared later. Personally, I can’t even think about my next meal having just eaten, but really it’s the kitchen’s way of being able to whip-up an alternative should they need to.

It’s these little touches – the invitation for sunset cocktails at the Dodo Bar, the jokes with the staff, the conscientious thinking towards the menu – that create a truly personal feeling on the island. It’s almost like you’re staying with friends at their weekend place – I say almost, as how many of us actually have friends with tropical islands as crash pads? But it’s a really lovely ambience to recreate and one you instantly feel as you check-in.

las are complete and you can choose between ones with little paths straight onto the beach or opt for ones higher up in the canopy. We check into the latter, villa number 9, which is so new you can smell the freshly carpentered wood. The great bowed, alang-alang roof curves into the hill-side and manages to both envelop our private rooms, holding back the forest leaves, whilst also immersing us into the surroundings. Bali-based and New Zealand-born architect, Miles Humphreys and the on-island team created these incredible dwellings specifically to add to the environment, not to jar against it.

And they’ve succeeded. Open plan, large lofty spaces, private plunge pools and naturally cooled using the island breezes, the design is practical as well as aesthetically stunning.

Unsurprisingly, it’s difficult to leave your villa, but when you do, set-up for the day on a lounger with the pool behind you and the sea, sand and view at your feet. We take over a day-bed and taste the refreshing home-made cordials – sipping on Cempedak-hollowed bamboo straws – whilst idly deciding on what will encourage us off the cushions into activity. There are paddle boards and kayaks, a catamaran for sunset sails, excursions to local villages and wind-surfing when the breeze is right. A few hours later as the sun climbs in the sky, we finally head off down the beach to snorkel in the shallows. We spot only brilliantly-coloured fish, but there’s more to see on the dive trips the boat crew can organise nearby to coral reefs and ship wrecks. Coming back to shore, I get into conversation with one of the guys who looks after the nesting turtles and he quietly shows me one such nest that he has carefully protected. It’s like a very glamorous Enid Blyton story where you’re washed ashore to simpler times – but

with fabulous cocktails only an ask away.

You’ll rapidly fall into step with Island Time on Cempedak. You’ll drift between private pool, the beach, looking for the gamboling family of resident otters and sampling yet more delights from the kitchen.

One afternoon, I’m taken on a nature walk by Boyan who has worked first on Nikoi and now on the new development for several years. He, like all but Valentina, the guest co-ordinator, is Indonesian and is a true example of the other socially-responsible aspect of Cempedak.

In 2009, the owners set up The Island Foundation, which works with the local community on Bintan and neighbouring islands in establishing a network of learning centres. Education programmes focussed on honing English and IT skills are an aspect of the responsible tourism the company professes, educating not on sustainability and protecting the environment. It’s clear that all the staff are passionate about where they work, about educating themselves on the island and contributing to the future of the island.

Boyan shows me the “100-use tree” aka the different palms, the Tarzan vines and any number of plants which all have a use on the island. He tells me about the water monitor lizards and its clouded cousin which hang in the trees, and the pythons which keep any rats away. There are ponds of fish fed by the waste management-produced larvae, a kitchen garden blooming with chillies – a personal project by Boyan which means the island is totally self-sufficient in spice – and around every corner there is another story or titbit of information. I take a look at the staff areas built around the trees – one in particular which is said to be home to a female spirit – and marvel at the water systems and the behind-the-scenes eco-ethos which presides here too. Nothing is just for show. Everything and everyone works here to create this oasis. It’s a way of life, rather than a marketing gimmick.

I first met the owner of this perfect drop in the ocean, Australian banker-turned-hotelier, Andrew Dixon for coffee in Singapore pre-trip. In keeping with this issue’s theme of  “being green”, I found it fascinating to discuss essentially ‘Cempedak The Business’; to hear how this private island resort is a pioneer in terms of its bamboo architecture, its low-waste materials and its ethos on the impact of the nature, culture and community. Andrew was measured and almost forensic on explaining the many aspects they implement on the island, combining the economics of the businessman and the passion of the idealist.

And it’s not superficial “Eco-tourism” that Andrew is after; he doesn’t believe in guests paying for the privilege, but more about how sustainability is good for the bottom line too. With an engineer-like analysis of solving problems, the Cempedak team have solutions for most things to make them truly self-sufficient. From the bamboo construction – the incredibly versatile material that regrows so easily, ticks the sustainable-box – to dealing with waste management, things are covered.

Back to the present in paradise, and after my inspiring lesson, I’m on my way back to the villa for a massage. The spa itself is yet to be built (although I confess, I had a sneak peek and it is going to be glorious) so the masseuse sets up on our deck. No whale music, no strongly-scented lotions; just the sound of the surf below, natural oils and a massage which leaves me with jelly-like limbs.

As a pre-evening turn around the island, we take delicious gin and tonics down to the croquet lawn and tennis court with their lovingly cared for real-grass, before walking back along the sands to watch the sunset at the Dodo Bar. The second-story tower offers an uninterrupted view of the sun dipping below Bintan, baskets of very moreish belinjau nut crackers and evening aperitifs under the watchful eye of a taxidermy dodo – a nod to another island resident, the Nicobar pigeon, the closest living relative to the extinct bird. It’s the perfect spot to wind down after a long day of…. Well, as the Italians call it: il dolce far niente.

The true traveller adage is to take only photographs and leave only footprints so you can leave paradise intact for future searchers of pristine beaches. With Cempedak, you really feel that they are actively helping in preserving that ideal.

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Food for Thought

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Remember it’s all about how you feel rather than sticking to the latest paleo-coconut-oil-wheatgrass-shot fad.

Good morning. Have you blitzed your greens and almond milk? Been for your morning run along the Southern Ridges and taken your ‘that’s a happiness glow, not a sweating to exhaustion one’ Instagram shot? Packed your yoga mat for a lunchtime salutation or the circulation-constricting cycling shorts for an intense spin class? You haven’t? What have you been doing before 6am?

It would seem according to social media and the greater press in general, if we’re not sitting in a coffee shop with a soya latte in our Lululemon leggings, sun-kissed and glowing, we’re just not doing ‘Healthy’ properly.

What about all the people trying to get more food into the toddler, than on the floor? What about those juggling their sideline business with the 9-5 grind? What about those of us who can barely lift a smile before 11am coffee let alone a kettle bell? When did the poor old boiled egg get kicked to the curb by the acai berry bowl?

In short, is all of this food dictatorship going a little overboard?

The great benefit of this trend for all things vegan, organic, raw, antioxidant, juice – can anyone actually chew food anymore? – is that we’re all now more clued up on what we’re fuelling our bodies with. It’s not just a matter of calorie counting, it’s about nourishing ourselves; and that’s clearly a great outcome.

Here in Singapore, a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy – I don’t mean because of the countless great restaurants and exceptional cocktail bars on our doorstep – but because of expense. For instance, it’s far cheaper to stop off at a hawker centre than often cook at home.

The release of the budget earlier this year had Health Minister Gan Kim Yong pushing for health over healthcare. One announcement was providing healthier food options – a scheme which comes into effect this month – by providing funds to support food manufacturers in developing products with healthier ingredients.

Singaporeans atypically have struggled with type 2 Diabetes – culminated from poor diet and an historical lack of importance placed on fitness – and the government here have now set up several initiatives to combat this. Some of which are the promotion of sport and investment in facilities to encourage the younger generations to reach for their trainers – and it’s working.

Organisations such as Sport Singapore are not only a platform for professional athletes to have access to exceptional training facilities – the hub at the National Stadium is extraordinary – but also to inspire the spirit of sport. We all know the importance of exercise not only in our well-being but also the impact it has on our professional lives too.

But eating well still has its difficulties in finding its place during our hectic working weeks. Dr Richard Swinbourne, Head Dietician at the Singapore Sports Institute tells me it’s all about getting back to basics. Despite the fads and trends, healthy eating isn’t rocket science and it’s not about bulk-buying the latest superfood. “SERF. Simply Eat Real Food,” Richard explains. “The Mediterraneans have a fantastic way of eating great food like fresh fruit, vegetables and fish – and being present whilst enjoying their meal. In busy lives, it is important to take a break and be conscious of what you’re eating. You may think you don’t have time, and that a shop-bought sandwich thrown down en-route to a meeting will suffice, but really it’s about priorities. And your health should be up there. Simply being present and taking your time, means you listen to your body and won’t be tempted by cravings.”

You might not be able to take an hour lunch break to sit at Dempsey Hill with a delicious salad, but the idea of taking time to eat can only benefit your productivity for the rest of the day - and in the long term.

The biggest trend to take away from all the nourishment noise is really to be mindful. Essentially, it is all about living a healthy and long life and that’s about balance.

Yes, pay attention to eating as many blueberries as you can, but enjoy the fun stuff too like sirloin steaks slathered in garlic butter, juicy chilli prawns from the grill, a slice of birthday cake. Step away from the smoothie and enjoy solid foods. 

 

Ditch the #fitspo

 

Detox

Lightbulb moment, our livers don’t actually need to be detoxed. That’s their job. And they’re great at it. Cutting out the booze, carbs and sugars feel great at the start – because, hey, your body isn’t weighed down by four pints of Heineken – but in the long-run, it’s the all-or-nothing attitude which is more harmful.

 

Kale

And it’s fellow It Crowd of the vegetable world. Spinach is just as good for you. And it doesn’t get caught in your teeth.

 

Juices

You really don’t need to pulverise your veg to pulp to ingest your five-a-day; do it the old fashioned way and include them on your plate.

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Ella at Pesta Raya

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Malaysian Queen of Rock returns to Singapore this weekend for the first time in 20 years to perform as part of Esplanade Presents Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts.

How do you feel about returning to Singapore?

It has been decades since my last solo concert here in the ‘90s so this will be a great time to reacquaint myself with my fans here. I’m looking forward to performing my career-defining hits for them.

 

How important is it to be a part of Pesta Raya?

I would like to applaud Esplanade for their initiative in hosting this festival to celebrate Malay heritage and culture from the Malay Archipelago. As a performer, the opportunity to sing on as prestigious a stage as the Esplanade, and to be part of the region’s finest Malay festival, is definitely an honour. I’m glad that my genre of music has a place in Malay pop culture.

 

Will you have time to enjoy the city too?

I’m looking forward to a taste of sup tulang merah from the Deen restaurant in Jalan Sultan as well as biryani and murtabak from Zam Zam. I hope Esplanade will include that in my menu!

 

What do you love about performing?

The stage is my safe-haven. I love to be on the stage; it’s where I feel the most comfortable and where I can be myself. I love how my fans are moved by what I do on stage, especially when they are singing along with me. The incredible energy that I absorb from the audience is a blissful sensation.

 

What is it about creating music that continues to push you to write, sing and perform after over 30-years in the industry?

Definitely my fans. They are the main reason why I’m still here; their love and adoration is what keeps me going. Their unwavering support makes me want to work hard and deliver only the best for them. As a special treat for my Singaporean fans, I’ll be performing my latest track from my upcoming album in the concert – I hope they’ll love it.

 

What are your passions away from the stage and studio?

Gardening; I love to tend my gardens. Sometimes I even talk to my plants. Watching the bees fly from flower to flower, or fishes swimming in the pond, is very relaxing. That is how I de-stress myself from my busy schedule. It’s like therapy for me.

 

Who do you most admire?

Musically, it would be Michael Jackson. He contributed a lot and changed the world through his music.

 

What are the greatest changes to the music industry for you?

The technology. I started during the cassette era and have witnessed the digital revolution. The rise of the internet and the introduction of MP3 format in the mid-90s had a significant impact, resulting in rampant piracy and illegal downloading. From making music more accessible to the masses, to the technology used in actually producing an album, a great deal has changed. The industry needs to be current and keep up with current needs. I believe the music business will stay resilient and keep on evolving despite the challenges of a changing world.

 

What? Kembara Ratu Rock

When? Saturday 22 July

Where? Esplanade Concert Hall

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Stunt Tricks

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Monday, 17 July 2017
Updated: Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Australian, Rhianna Buchanan will fly to Singapore next month for the Monster Jam as a Blue Thunder Driver - expect thunderous, roaring engines and stunts that defy logic. We caught up with this extraordinary driver - who counts being a body double to Scarlett Johansson on her Hollywood resume - to talk about her career, positive outlooks and keeping safe in a dangerous industry.

 

 

You grew up racing bikes and driving cars on the farm in Queensland; how did this passion start?
I really was born into the industry; cars and bikes were in my blood! Great weekends were always spent with friends and family riding on our properties and testing our skills.
You also did ballet and hip hop and enjoyed performing – is that something that continues to this day?
I still love dancing, although these days it’s reserved for nights out with friends. I do love a spontaneous boogie when a good song comes on though; it always puts you in a great mood!
How did the step to stuntwork in Hollywood come about? What’s the move from Queensland girl balancing tom boy and dance, to working in the movies?
A friend of ours recommended my fiancé, Jack Field, for some work that came up. I was there to liaise on the stunts they wanted and be a mechanic for him, but when they found out I could ride as well, they put me to work! Obviously, my riding and driving skills are utilised but things like timing and choreography are also handy skills which I learnt from dancing.
What do you particularly love about stuntwork? And the driving in particular?
It’s always incredible to be part of creating or working on bringing a movie storyboard to life. I’ve been very lucky in working with some talented and professional crews. It is not as glamorous as it may seem – it’s hard work – but very rewarding as well and definitely a thrill.
Have you found any limitations or sexism in your industry?
I have been fortunate enough to work with so many positive and supportive people but there will always be others with differing opinions. While you can’t necessarily change the views of others, you can focus on what’s important to you and surround yourself with like-minded people. I guess I have maybe changed my outlook on it; instead of thinking someone is sexist, I simply figure they don’t know what I’m capable of and let my actions speak for themselves.
How do you keep yourself fit and safe in this dangerous job?
I train a lot and eat lots of healthy meals! Fitstop Australia will see me at their facility every day of the working week while I’m at home, and when I travel, I take the workouts with me and replicate them in the hotel gym or in a park depending on the exercises. Healthy eating is extremely important in maintaining energy levels, concentration and focus, and eating a good portion of food keeps me happy too!
When did the offer come through to take part in Monster Jam?
In 2015, I got a last-minute call asking if I was available to be a Monster Jam host for the Australian Tour. I said yes in an instant and had a great time getting to know the Monster Jam family and touring around Australia. As soon as the 2015 tour finished, we locked in for hosting in 2016 as well. As Octoberapproached the next year, however, I got another call asking if I was interested in trying out to become a Monster Jam driver! Again, it didn’t take long for my answer to come through the line and next thing Iknew I was off to Paxton, Illinois to attend Monster Jam University. Throughout the 2015 tour, they thought I would be a perfect candidate with my background in motorsports and stunts and my attitude towards achieving anything I put my mind to!
What can people expect to see you doing as a Monster Jam truck driver?
People can expect to be kept on the edge of their seats! I’m looking forward to ripping in and doing it all - big air, wheelies and donuts! It’s all about getting the Monster Jam fans cheering!

 


Are you ever terrified of a stunt in a show or on the silver screen?
Whenever there is risk involved, safety is of course the main priority. Although we are pushing boundaries for both machines and bodies, it is calculated, and with the right training, it can be done safely while being exhilarating, fun and entertaining at the same time.

Away from the day job, are you equally into adrenaline-pumping sports and experiences?
For sure! It’s all about experiencing and testing skills as well as just getting out and being active. From sky-diving to wake surfing and everything in between, I am lucky to have a rad bunch of humans I call friends who are always ready for a new adventure.
How do you relax?
Spending time with family and friends is a great way to unwind. I also love being outdoors and appreciating the natural beauty we have in this world. I am definitely known for spending lots of time appreciating wildlife, especially our Australian wildlife!
Are you familiar with Singapore? What are you looking forward to seeing on any downtime you may have here?
I love Singapore and have been a few times as well as visiting plenty of neighboring countries. The first thing that I fell in love with in Singapore was the use of space and incorporation of green areas throughout the city. The second thing I fell in love was the food!! Singapore is also very clean, which says a lot about the people; they are respectful and proud of their country. Speaking of the people, Singapore definitely has some of the friendliest in the world! I’m looking forward to catching up with lots of friends we have made there, seeing as much of the city as we can and also meeting plenty more new faces who want to come and see what Monster Jam is all about!

 

ANZA teamed up with Monster Jam to offer a fantastic Facebook giveaway to our members. The question was put to you to comment on your favourite road trip journey - and we had some excellent answers which had us reaching for our car keys - and our passports. And the winners are...

Leanne Mills for her recommendation for the California State Route 1 for the amazing towns and coastline.

Sam Atkinson for her "drive" throughthe Moselle Valley, Germany.

Congratulations , you have each won a family bundle of four tickets for Monster Jam, 19 August at SIngapore's National Stadium. Please contact the ANZA office to get your prize on +65 6223 7992

 

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My My Margaret

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Wintertime changes the sun-kissed winegrowing region of Margaret River into a romantic getaway, Gerard Ward says.

 

 

Under a clear, blue sky, the chardonnay looked almost colourless – the faintest of gold glistening through the wine glass as I swirl it around. It may have been the third vineyard in as many hours, but I could’ve sworn that after copious tastes of both red and white wines, I could only now begin to detect citrus elements. This could also be because the winemaker just said ‘look out for the citrus notes in this chardonnay’.

My girlfriend and I are down in Margaret River for a few days for a getaway. (Flights from Singapore to Perth take approx. five hours, plus a further three hours’ drive). Being winter, we bought warm jackets in preparation for anything other than Singapore’s 30 degrees that we’ve grown accustomed to – at this point, seasons now scare us. The weather, while still an incredible change of 10 degrees at night, behaves like springtime instead.

Margaret River is renowned for its optimal soil for grape-growing, but we were also lucky to be given some samples of what to expect for the Cabin Fever event happening 14-23 July. We’ve come down just before all this is to begin, and are able to get a few peeks of what is planned for the festival.

Bushtucker Tours has been around the area for over 20 years, offering day tours for wineries and breweries nearby – one of which we begin our trip with – but it’s the adventure tour we embark on early in the morning that has me more intrigued. Helen, our tour guide, takes my girlfriend and I down to the beach near Prevelly, a coastal town. We’re to embark on a canoe trip around the river that sits by the sea – separated by sand that disappears only when the tide rises high enough.

Helen’s wealth of knowledge on the area and its history comes out in full force, with our walk to the nearby canoes being filled with botanical facts of edible plants. Helen hands over a thick green leaf she plucks from the fauna and asks us to rub it between our fingers, then explaining the smell of spinach. Another plant when digested tastes like a strong mustard. Sliding the four-person canoe into the water, we all hop inside and begin to paddle. Helen begins the story of the Bussell family, who emigrated from England in 1829 to try to make a new life in Western Australia. As the story deepens, we hear of an epic that would match a Netflix mini-series; survival, large families, living in caves, gambling addiction, and women’s resilience. Names of nearby towns like Busselton and Gracetown – and even Margaret River – become obvious when the story continues, with many of the Bussell siblings’ names being ‘town-ed’. Helen shares some fruit leather she made as a sample of bush tucker, and we are back on dry land to continue our day.

 

 

This year holds an important milestone for the Margaret River region. It was 50 years ago that Vasse Felix became the first commercial winery here.

We meet up with senior winemaker Mick right by where the original roots of the first vintage were planted. Mick explains the process which pioneer, Tom Cullity went through to find this particular spot that worked best for wind flow and temperature. We’re told of the challenges a vineyard faces when the grapes begin to grow, and how the biodiversity – neighbouring trees and their blooming flowers for example – play a big part in distracting the birds from the grapes.

Inside we sit for lunch, with myself opting for emu and kangaroo as a decision to experience something new. Mick runs through some of the wines as we chat about the rise of Margaret River’s reputation.

Another winery throwing an event of interest is Howard Park. Fondue by the Fire – held inside the vineyard’s bar and lounge with the original merchandise tables replaced by comfy couches and blankets – is an intimate event that takes locally-made Cambray sheep cheese and melts it down to a fondue. The roasting fire inside completes the scene as a getaway from the chilly outdoors.

Arriving on the estate later than we planned, the sun is just about to hit that golden hour for perfect photos. The estate has a mix of reds and whites, though when trying the Cabernet Sauvignon, I feel this suits the Swiss cheese best.

Margaret River’s focus on wines has surely become a winner for the region, but there are a lot of produce being grown in the area as well. Burnside Organic Farm is a fully organic and biodynamic estate, complete with rental bungalows that have wood pot belly fires and a view where kangaroos hop around at dusk. Around 20 years ago, stock broker-turned-farmer Lara McCall and her husband Jamie decided to change careers to start a farm. Job diversity is always a big decision, and having three sons doesn’t make it any easier, but eventually they were able to live self-sufficiently.  Lara and Jamie expanded the farm to have rentable chalets for visitors, and have earned a reputation for growing some of the best avocadoes and capers in WA. They even make their own wine too, with an old-fashioned lever-and-pulley system to squash the grapes.

Lara explains how the various parts of the farm rely on each other. The geese live among the avocado tree enclosure, fertilising the trees. The bees pass by the avocado trees on the way back to the hive, pollenating the aromatic flowers. The pigs can clear out a harvested vegetable garden by eating what’s left – which in turn lifts and moves the soil. This kind of understanding of the land is fascinating to hear. People who stay at the farm can get involved with the garden too, like plucking vegetables they’d like to eat – Lara mentions that people can only harvest if they’re going to eat it. Being on a farm is a great reminder of the kind of work that goes into growing produce, and that seasons still exist.

 

 

We drive back to our accommodation for the weekend. Riverglen Chalets is a 10-minute walk from town, but still feels like a secluded space, with our home being a two-storey chalet. Surrounded by forest and the sounds of kookaburras and rainbow lorikeets, the atmosphere is incredibly calm.

The Margaret River Distilling Company is located a mere five minutes away from Riverglen. Having distilled everything from single-barrel whiskey and vodka, the label now has taken on gin as their focus. We’re shown the tanks used to distil, and the smaller ones used for the Giniversity class – where over a few hours visitors are taught how to make gin. Running through the different types of botanicals you can infuse in gin, people can then choose which they’d like, and head off to the tanks and create their very own gin – you’ll take away around 500ml of your own brew. Not a bad souvenir.

What makes this trip complete is seeing the autumn-hued leaves that still remain on trees as we walk back to our chalet. Past memories of Margaret River during the summer months are all that I knew until now, but with winter having arrived, there seems to be a good reason to come down for a handful of new ones.

 

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Feeding the Soul

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Wednesday, 5 July 2017

What is good for you is so much more than healthy eating.

 

Living in the epicentre of South East Asian cuisine, we’re more than aware of our foodie credentials here in Singapore. However, there is something far more nutritious than your five a day, more delicious than a Michelen star and far trendier than your acai berry bowl. Feeding our souls will never go out of style, will keep us going in darker times and helps us savour the really great occasions. Charley Larcombe talks to three very different members of the Singapore community on what fulfils them, how their lives feel nourished and what others can draw from their outlook on life.

 

Aleksander Duric by Russell Wong

 

ALEKSANDER DURIC

Alex’s story is one to inspire. From war-torn Yugoslavia, to the Olympics; from refugee camps, to the pitches of Premiership football, Alex is an incredible example of how hard work, determination and discipline can take the most unlikely and hopeless of situations and turn them into the extraordinary.

In 2008, he became the first foreign-born player to captain the Singapore soccer team, and since his retirement from the professional game – at the incredible age of 44 – he has worked with the government in promoting the sport and mentoring children to give back to the country he now calls home.

What do you need in your life to feel fulfilled?

“Family is my priority, my three children. Also keeping a positive mind-set; it has always held me in good stead. Life can be difficult, but I encourage myself and the people around me to be positive. Trying for positivity in every moment, every day helps you to keep going and moving forward.”

Have you received a piece of advice which made a profound difference to you?

“My mum used to say ‘stay humble. Respect and be kind to everyone you meet’. I didn’t really understand it as a kid, but growing up and then travelling the world, you see it isn’t always something to simply expect. I’ve always tried to keep her advice in mind.”

Which milestone has had the greatest effect on you?

“Going to war. Although I appreciated my time in the Army, being sent to fight in the Yugoslav Wars for something I didn’t believe in and which was just so horrendous, was a really bad period in my life. Getting my men and myself out of harm’s way and then subsequently having to leave the country was frightening. Ultimately, it was a turning point that changed my perspective on my future.”

How do you stay healthy in body and mind?

“Sport really teaches you how to live. You need to be mentally strong and focussed to succeed in anything. There does need to be a balance to enjoy a healthy life, and now I have slowed down a little. I still enjoy a long run, going to the gym and playing casual soccer; I also have a Harley Davidson, which I ride in just my shorts and a t-shirt.”

How do you formulate your goals?

“It has always been day-by-day, week-by-week. Striving for the Olympics in ’92 [Alex represented the new Bosnia in canoeing], or moving between soccer teams in Australia, China and then here in Singapore, it was all about the immediate goal – working on the present rather than ‘the bigger picture’. I have always put great pressure on myself – to the point where I’ve totally forgotten myself in the past.”

How do you measure success?

“Fulfilling my dream to compete at the Olympics, playing professional soccer... these have been personal highs, but real success is something bigger. My children are my greatest success and my hard work has always been with the aim to support them. Nothing compares to that.”

 

 

CAT STEPHENS

If any of you have battled through a Functional 45-minute gym class, you’ll recall that paradigm of endorphin-bliss and I-can’t-feel-my-bloody-legs pain. Cat, hailing from Canada, married to an Australian,

set-up her own F45 gym in February last year in Tanjong Katong, with a second location opening later this year. She balances her entrepreneurial streak with looking after her son, Sam and family life with her husband, Tom. Her ethos on fitness is less about how you look, and more about how you feel.

What do you feel nourishes you?

“Lots of things: exercise, meditation, family, friends, music, traveling. I really believe in energies and sometimes we “empty our internal batteries” and we need to recharge whether that’s by being surrounded by the people that you love, going for a fitness class or walk, or just listening to music. Little things can change your mood.”

What do you recommend to people struggling?

“Find a good network of people that you trust and who accept you for your true authentic self. Be honest with yourself. Try to focus on the positive in your life and get rid of the negative to help you find your inner strength.”

Your advice?

“If I’m giving advice on fitness I tell people it’s more than just a ‘look’. It’s about how strong you feel, how energised.”

How do you stay healthy?

“For my body, I do F45 at least 4-5 times a week, and sometimes I will go to a spin class, do yoga, or anything that catches my eye because I like to try new things and mix it up. As for mind, it’s about meditation and gratitude.”

How do you measure success?

“If you are passionate about what you do and if you wake up happy, then I believe that is a successful life.”

How do you formulate your goals?

“When I put my mind to something I never quit until I reach that goal. Failure is just a lesson. I try to drown out fear and look at the positive in every situation.”

How do you relax and recharge?

“I’m actually not good at “relaxing”. I do love going on beach holidays but I’m usually the one wanting to go walk the beach or paddle board. I come from a family that is very active and that’s just what we do. I started meditating again about two years ago and that has definitely helped me recharge.”

Which charities or causes are close to your heart?

“My Dad has beaten cancer twice so we like to donate to charities fighting this disease. We also donate to Willing Hearts which is a great foundation here in Singapore that helps people in need.”

 

 

RAELENE TAN
Known by many an ANZA member, Raelene is the writer, etiquette expert, traveller, volunteer and ball of energy that shows no signs of slowing down. Originally hailing from Australia, she has lived much of her life in South East Asia, and nearly 50 years ago, she met and married her Singaporean husband at a time when cross-cultural family existence was far from the norm. She is a published author of a series of five books, Etiquette – A Matter of Course. Covering Chinese, Malay, Indian, Western and Japanese table ‘dos and don’ts’, her book is a celebration of enjoyable eating and gracious living.

What do you feel nourishes you?

“Love from my family nourishes me and my love for them. Dark chocolate helps, too.”

What do you draw on in darker times?

“My Christian faith gives me strength through any challenges along life’s way.”

What do you recommend to people struggling?

“To stop, keep calm, be still and focus. Even though it is difficult, look for the worst that might happen, think about it, and then look at the best that might happen. Focus on being positive. If one is a religious person, pray for guidance.”

What has made a difference to you?

“Being true to myself in any situation. You must listen to others, but ultimately, one is responsible for one’s decisions. Also, I remember a story when I was in Perth. I found myself standing next to an elderly gentleman at a hotel driveway, waiting for a taxi, after some taxing medical treatment. He smiled and I said, “It’s a nice day today.” His reply was, “My dear, every day is a good day, and some days are better than others.” I mused on this for only a second or two, turned to thank him, and he was not there. There was nowhere he could have gone, as it was a blocked area…!”

Which milestone has had the greatest effect on you?

“Marrying my husband. Against negative advice, we married and are still happily going strong, with our 50th wedding anniversary coming up next year.”

How do you measure success?

“Success, to me, is being happy with my lot in life. It is not about money, fame, possessions or similar, but of feeling content with what I have achieved in life, especially related to family, to friends and to the community in general.”

How do you formulate your goals?

“By looking for contentment of my soul, knowing that my goals are for the betterment of not only myself, but also those closest to me. Sounds corny, but it’s true.”

How do you relax and recharge?

“Not sure that I know how to relax or recharge, but just being around positive people gives a certain oomph to one’s spirit. I also find solace through prayer. Going on a cruise, too, of course! Or enjoying a nice glass of cold bubbly!”

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Cocktails & Wagging Tails

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Wednesday, 28 June 2017

SOSD, the volunteer-run organisation dedicated to rescuing hundreds of Singapore’s street dogs is hosting a charity dinner where you cuddle puppies and drink cocktails.

 

 

The SOSD is leaving their rehabilitation centre for kennels new in Sungei Tengah, but before they leave the volunteers are throwing their annual charity dinner on Saturday 19 August. Held in the Ballroom at the Conrad Hotel, the “Farewell to Our Home” pays tribute to the place where more than a 1,000 lives passed through to gain a second chance. The added benefit of the location is that it has enabled an adoption drive too so the charity invites you to meet some of their furry friends during the evening. What could be better than cocktails, wagging tails and raising money and awareness of a great cause?

Emcees for the Retro Glam-themed evening are Petrina Kow and Denise Keller with guest of honour, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Mr K Shanmugam. As mentioned, there will be a mini adoption drive, plus a fashion show – for pooches or people?! – and over $4,000 worth of lucky draw prizes to be won. Kick-off is with cocktails at 6.30 so grab a group and book a table (1 x seat, $200, 1 x table, $1,800). Register to attend the event at:http://sosd.org.sg/?post_type=dd_events&p=6145

For sponsorship, donations and enquiries for the Gala Dinner, please email charity.dinner@sosd.org.sg

 

What? The SOSD Annual Gala Dinner

When? Saturday 19 August

Where? The Ballroom, Conrad Hotel

What else? Tickets are $200 pp or $1,800 for a table

 

 

More about SOSD

Are you able to adopt a dog, be a dog shelter volunteer, donate to our pet shelter, become a sponsor or even foster parent while our dogs await their forever homes? There are plenty of ways to help support SOSD. Our mission is simply “to eliminate cruelty and abandonment of animals, enhancing their welfare, and improve the lives of animals and humans, through rescue, education and advocacy.” We strive to save our street dogs through 3 key areas of focus:

Advocate & Educate

SOSD actively advocates against the culling of our street dogs as well as for changes to stray management policies and the welfare of strays. Our work is grounded in compassion for our street dogs who often lead very harsh and miserable lives, often as a result of the land on which they live on being taken over for the purposes of construction and due to the callousness of man. Whilst SOSD recognises that not everyone may be an animal lover, this is no excuse for the abuse that our street dogs often suffer, often leaving them dead or severely maimed. We continually advocate against abuse and also educate the public on how not to provoke stray dogs that they may encounter. It is also SOSD’s mission to reach out to the public to correct the common misconception that mongrels are all ferocious, dirty and somehow, second-class dogs compared to pedigree breeds. Mongrels are extremely intelligent and generally tend to be healthier than pure breads given their varied genetic makeup. Street dogs make exceedingly loyal pets, grateful for a home and for the love shown to them.

Rescue & Rehome

SOSD rescues and rehomes as many stray dogs and puppies as our limited resources allow us to. For the ones that are wounded, we do what we can to give them good veterinary care and help nurse them back to health before finding them homes.  Rescue efforts entail an astronomical cost that includes trapping and redemption operations, boarding fees and vet care. We do not own a shelter and are currently renting a few kennels from a commercial entity as a temporary holding area for some of our rescues. But kennel space fills up very quickly and we will have to depend on available fosterers in order to save more dogs as we are unable to undertake a rescue if we have nowhere for the dog to go to. We are constantly finding that there are more dogs and pups to be rescued than there are fosterers. In order to save more lives, it is imperative that we have our very own SOSD shelter. We are working towards building it. But we can’t do it alone. Rehoming street dogs in Singapore is another uphill task but we do our best. SOSD adopts a mandatory screening process for every potential adoption. This is to ensure that our rescued dogs do not fall into the wrong hands, and that all goes well for the dog and family.

Sterilization for Humane Population Control

SOSD believes in sterilisation as a humane method for the control of the stray population. We sterilise our adult dogs before we put them up for adoption and follow-up on our adopted puppies to ensure that they are sterilised when they are old enough. SOSD also advocates that our authorities implement a nationwide sterilisation program for our street dogs.

 

For general information about SOSD (adopting/sponsoring a dog, donations, partnerships, becoming a volunteer) or any other query, please visit our website at www.sosd.org.sg

 

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