Saturday, June 28, 2014

Find me a match, save a life

My Paper, Friday, June 27, 2014, Page A2, News, Top Stories
From http://epaper.mypaper.sg/emnd/fvxen/fvxp/fvxpress.php?param=2014-06-27
Source Website: http://mypaper.sg/top-stories/find-me-match-save-life-20140627
By Carolyn Khew,  kcarolyn@sph.com.sg, mypaper, Published on Jun 27, 2014
 

SAY 'I DO': Ms Prior (centre) with the NJC students (front row) and volunteers from Republic Polytechnic and Singapore Management University yesterday.
PHOTO: SAY 'I DO': Ms Prior (centre) with the NJC students (front row) and volunteers from Republic Polytechnic and Singapore Management University yesterday.
Their aim was to show how hard it was to find a suitable bone-marrow donor.
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THEY might have received stares from curious onlookers, but four girls dressed in bridal gowns braved the heat to look for that "special someone" at Raffles Place yesterday.

Using this analogy, they were trying to draw attention to a more sobering fact.

With the odds of finding a bone-marrow donor being one in 20,000, it is perhaps more difficult to find a bone-marrow match than to randomly find that "special someone" on the streets of Singapore.

Even after a match is found, some potential donors back out, said Jane Prior, honorary president of the Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP) - Singapore's only registry of bone-marrow donors.

Over here, six Singaporeans are diagnosed each day with a blood disease and many of them will die without a bone-marrow transplant. Leukaemia, or blood cancer, is also a leading cause of death for children.

"Blood cancer is not a lifestyle disease. It can come out of nowhere and can hit anybody at any time," said Ms Prior.

"For patients who don't get a match, it's like starving to death because you can't get inside the supermarket.

We have well-qualified teams to do bone-marrow transplants and the infrastructure is here. It's just that one missing link (the donors)."

Last year, there were 452 search requests - from both local and overseas patients - but only 45 got a transplant.

An 18-year-old boy was keen to donate his bone marrow to a match, but his parents objected.

"His mother felt that it wasn't appropriate for him, given that he was going to start a new job in a few months," said Ms Prior. "I hope that we can find the patient another donor."

Yesterday's event was an effort aimed at raising awareness and donations for the BMDP.

There are 40,000 donors on the register and they hope to get another 4,000 donors on board by December this year.

Under Citi-YMCA Youth For Causes - a community initiative started by Citi and the YMCA of Singapore - a group of National Junior College students adopted BMDP as their choice of charity and took about two months to plan the event.

The team hopes to reach its fund-raising target of $15,000.

Funds raised will go towards paying for the costs of adding new donors to the register.

By Carolyn Khew,  kcarolyn@sph.com.sg, mypaper, Published on Jun 27, 2014



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Top of the class, but so very tired

My Paper, Thursday, June 26, 2014, Page A3, News, Top Stories
From http://epaper.mypaper.sg/emnd/fvxen/fvxp/fvxpress.php?param=2014-06-26
Source Website: http://mypaper.sg/top-stories/top-class-so-very-tired-20140626
By Gurveen Kaur, gurveenk@sph.com.sg, mypaper, Published on Jun 26, 2014


SINGAPORE'S teachers are among the best-trained and hardest-working in the world. But there are 101 things to do, including time-consuming administrative tasks such as attendance taking and running CCAs. Teachers told My Paper that they are very tired.
PHOTO: SINGAPORE'S teachers are among the best-trained and hardest-working in the world. But there are 101 things to do, including time-consuming administrative tasks such as attendance taking and running CCAs. Teachers told My Paper that they are very tired.
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SINGAPORE'S teachers are among the best-trained and hardest-working in the world, according to a global survey conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

But while their dedication has borne fruit - as showcased by the consistently outstanding academic performances of students here - these teachers told My Paper that they are also very tired.

The Teaching and Learning International Survey (Talis) conducted in 34 countries last year showed that teachers in Singapore rated far above their overseas counterparts with regard to how well prepared they are, even before becoming full-fledged teachers.

Ninety-nine per cent of teachers have completed a teacher education programme, compared to the Talis average of 90 per cent.

Singapore also has the highest proportion of seasoned teachers - at 39 per cent - serving as mentors to the less experienced ones, which is nearly thrice more than the 33 other countries that participated in the survey.

Almost all teachers also continue to learn and train throughout their careers. The Ministry of Education completely covers the costs of this lifelong learning, and nine in 10 have benefited from this, compared to two-thirds in other nations.

But teachers here also put in among the longest hours.

The 3,109 lower-secondary teachers from 159 schools who took part in the survey said they worked a total of 48 hours a week on average, 10 hours more than the Talis average.

This includes teaching time, marking students' work, as well as running co-curricular activities (CCAs) and counselling students.

Teachers that My Paper spoke to said this was an underestimation of the time spent working.

Mr Ang, who has been teaching for under a year, says he works 12 hours each work day and this includes taking home assignments to mark.

"There are 101 things to do, including time-consuming administrative tasks such as attendance taking and running CCAs. I just feel overworked," said the 31-year-old.

The survey suggested that teachers here spend 11 per cent of their time on administrative tasks, but teachers said this varied widely across schools.

"Each school has its own system and even within the school, each teacher works differently, depending on their level of experience," said a teacher who wanted to be known as Sofia.

An educator, Mr Tan, pointed out that the administrative tasks cannot be exactly classified as a non-teaching-related activity, as some of the work "does ultimately contribute to improving the student's academic progress".

Some said the long hours mean that work-life balance is difficult to achieve. Others said this was a Singaporean norm, and teachers were not the only ones working so hard.

"My friends who work in other civil service sectors have much less free time than me," said Mr Tan.

What keeps them going?

"I teach because I want my students to succeed. Every time a student thanks me for helping them, I feel that I have done my part and this makes all the hard work worth it," said teacher Fiona, who has toiled for 30 years.
By Gurveen Kaur, gurveenk@sph.com.sg, mypaper, Published on Jun 26, 2014



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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Curry craving? Go Hainanese

My Paper, Tuesday, June 25, 2014, Page A22, Lifestyle, Rediscovering Bukit Timah
From http://epaper.mypaper.sg/emnd/fvxen/fvxp/fvxpress.php?param=2014-06-26
By mypaper, Lee Wan Sim, wslee@sph.com,sg
 

RICH AND SAVOURY
PHOTO: RICH AND SAVOURY, Managed by Fei Siong Group, the Hainanese Curry Rice chain has five outlets islandwide. The chain's curry rice (above) makes far a hearty and convenient meal.
PHOTO: FEI SIONG GROUP
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My Paper, Tuesday, June 25, 2014, Page A22, Lifestyle, Rediscovering Bukit Timah



A NEW sort of curry rice is in town, thanks to the Hainanese Curry Rice chain of food outlets. Managed by Fei Siong Group, this new chain offers diners delicions and affordable meals.

The curry is key to the fragrance, texture and flavour of dishes at Hainanese Curry Rice. It is fragrant and only slightly spicy.

Neither too sweet nor salty, traditional Hainanese curry is rich and savoury, with hints of herbs and spices.

The chain's Hainanese curry rice makes for a hearty and convenient meal. It can be served up quickly, and is ideal for consumption at any time of the day, from breakfast to supper.

You can choose: from six types of meat and seafood: pork chop, chicken wing, fried fish, sambal sotong, sambal prawn and fried prawn.

The: pork chop is a must-try. Marinated with a specially made sauce and coated with crushed Cream crackers, it is fried to crispy perfection.

A sunny-side-up egg, and generous servings of rice and curry complete the meal.

The mouth-watering set meals are priced between $4 and $5. For $1 more, you get a glass of refreshing lime juice.

Hainanese Curry Rice has expanded rapidly since its first outlet opened in January at Causeway Point. It now has five outlets islandwide.

The outlet at The Rail Mall in Upper Bukit Timah Road is great for families or individuals who have just completed trekking at Bukit Timah Hill or exploring the old railway corridor.

Hainanese Curry Rice at the mall is open from 10am to 10pm daily.
By mypaper, Lee Wan Sim, wslee@sph.com,sg
 


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Friday, June 20, 2014

Botanic Gardens is top park in Asia again

My Paper, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Page A4, News, Top Stories
From http://epaper.mypaper.sg/emnd/fvxen/fvxp/fvxpress.php?param=2014-06-18
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http://mypaper.sg/top-stories/botanic-gardens-top-park-asia-again-20140618
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bougainvillea - (Photo's descriptive texts)
http://pentagist.com/5-popular-flowers-field-gardening/ - (Photo's descriptive texts)

By Cheryl Faith Wee, The Straits Times, mypaper, myp@sph.com.sg, Published on Jun 18, 2014


LIVING HERITAGE
PHOTO: LIVING HERITAGE: The Singapore Botanic Gardens beat the likes of Jingshan Park in Beijing and Japan's Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in this year's TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards. Overall, the Singapore Botanic Gardens came in 11th in the world.
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My Paper, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Page A4, News, Top Stories



FOR the second year in a row, the Singapore Botanic Gardens has been ranked the top park in Asia by leading United States travel website TripAdvisor.



Orange Bougainvillea creates the visual impact, with its vines twisting and climbing to display a cascade of showy blossoms.
PHOTO: Orange Bougainvillea creates the visual impact, with its vines twisting and climbing to display a cascade of showy blossoms.
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It beat the likes of Jingshan Park in Beijing and Japan's Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in this year's TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards, which is in its 12th year. The park category was added last year.


Orange and hot pink Bougainvillea like other Bougainvilleas, need heat to bloom.
PHOTO: Orange and hot pink Bougainvillea like other Bougainvilleas, need heat to bloom.
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Overall, the Singapore Botanic Gardens came in 11th in the world, with Stanley Park in Vancouver ranked No. 1.



Hot pink Bougainvillea are plants easily grown but flower best with adequate sunshine, fertilizer and water.
PHOTO: Hot pink Bougainvillea are plants easily grown but flower best with adequate sunshine, fertilizer and water.
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The ranking was determined through an algorithm that considered the number of ratings and the quality of ratings on a scale of one to five, over a year.



Pink Bougainvillea flower giving a cool, tranquil and peaceful environment.
PHOTO: Pink Bougainvillea flower giving a cool, tranquil and peaceful environment.
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"It is difficult not to use words like stunning when talking about the marvellous Botanic Gardens of Singapore," wrote TripAdvisor user Suratrichard from Thailand in December.



Flowering bougainvillea. Bougainvillea is a genus of thorny ornamental vines, bushes, and trees with flower-like spring leaves near its flowers.
PHOTO: Flowering bougainvillea. Bougainvillea is a genus of thorny ornamental vines, bushes, and trees with flower-like spring leaves near its flowers.
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Pink flowering bougainvillea and other green plants. Bougainvillea is a thorny climber, with papery flowers, found in tropical and sub-tropical regions.
PHOTO: Pink flowering bougainvillea and other green plants. Bougainvillea is a thorny climber, with papery flowers, found in tropical and sub-tropical regions.
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"As you walk into the gardens, you keep finding more and more beautiful plants which are nearly all clearly labelled."



Flowering bougainvillea and other green plants.
PHOTO: Flowering bougainvillea and other green plants. It is a perennial plant and is considered to be very popular gardening flower around the world. Bougainvillea is seen wound on arches, boughs and on trees, making the surface colourful and lively.
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In a press statement yesterday, Nigel Taylor, director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, said: "This is an encouragement to us as we continue to work towards conserving the living heritage of the gardens for future generations to enjoy."



Flowering bougainvillea and other green plants.
PHOTO: Flowering bougainvillea and other green plants. It’s relatively pest free and resilient even in extreme climatic conditions. The brightly coloured bracts surrounding the tiny white tubular flowers are often mistaken for petals. The actual petals are the small white tubular structures seen at the centre of bracts.
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TripAdvisor chief marketing officer Barbara Messing said in a press release: "TripAdvisor travellers have helped identify some of the best attractions around the globe.



Flowering bougainvillea and other green plants.
PHOTO: Flowering bougainvillea and other green plants. The papery bracts occur in a multitude of colours like white, yellow, violet, red, pink and orange. The plant needs regular pruning for controlling and regulating the growth. 
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"These award-winning landmarks and parks are an ideal starting point for taking in the world's must-see sights."



Flowering bougainvillea.
PHOTO: Flowering bougainvillea. Bougainvillea also makes for excellent Bonsai plants and in the form of small-sized bushes, bearing vibrant blossoms, they can cheer up any corner. 
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The gardens receive about 4.4 million visits every year, and this figure is expected to rise to six million in 2021.


Flowering bougainvillea.
PHOTO: Flowering bougainvillea. As you walk into the gardens, you keep finding more and more beautiful plants. The vine species grow anywhere from 1 to 12 m (3 to 40 ft.) tall, scrambling over other plants with their spiky thorns. The thorns are tipped with a black, waxy substance. They are evergreen where rainfall occurs all year, or deciduous (falling off at maturity) if there is a dry season.
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By then, the Botanic Gardens MRT station on the Circle Line will be connected to the Downtown Line. Another station will also open near the attraction on the future Thomson Line.



Flowering bougainvillea.
PHOTO: Flowering bougainvillea. The bright colours associated with the plant, including pink, magenta, purple, red, orange, white, or yellow. Bougainvillea glabra is sometimes referred to as "paper flower" because the bracts are thin and papery. The fruit is a narrow five-lobed achene (a type of simple dry fruit).
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The opening of the Botanic Gardens MRT station in 2011 added half a million visits per year.



Foliage Garden - a sunken garden featuring carnivorous plants such as Nepenthes pitcher plants.
PHOTO: Foliage Garden - a sunken garden featuring carnivorous plants such as Nepenthes pitcher plants. An all green foliage garden can have just as much impact and appeal as any other garden. Foliage actually plays an important role within the garden, providing year-round interest, depth and personality. 
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The 155-year-old Singapore Botanic Gardens had submitted its bid to become the country's first Unesco World Heritage Site earlier this year. The results will be revealed next year.



Foliage Garden - Its calming effect is soothing on the eyes.
PHOTO: Foliage Garden - Its calming effect is soothing on the eyes. Yet, when it comes to the garden, this attractive colour is often one that is overlooked.
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Foliage Garden - Designing a garden with foliage plants is not only easy, but when all the elements of foliage are incorporated, it can also be quite impressive.
PHOTO: Foliage Garden - Designing a garden with foliage plants is not only easy, but when all the elements of foliage are incorporated, it can also be quite impressive. So don’t think of all green gardens as dull or unappealing. With or without flowers, a foliage garden can be filled with interesting textures, forms and colours.

 
It is a hit here too. Ms Ryane Wong, 24, said it is the ideal picnic spot.



Singapore Botanic Gardens - It is pretty, sitting next to the water, and you can sometimes see birds. It is a good place to chill and hang out.
PHOTO: Singapore Botanic Gardens - It is pretty, sitting next to the water, and you can sometimes see birds. It is a good place to chill and hang out.
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Singapore Botanic Gardens - Combining the different greens and other foliage colors with varying forms and textures can be just as beautiful and captivating as a garden rich with colorful blooms. PHOTO: Singapore Botanic Gardens - Combining the different greens and other foliage colors with varying forms and textures can be just as beautiful and captivating as a garden rich with colorful blooms. It is a hit here too, it is the ideal picnic spot.
PHOTO: Singapore Botanic Gardens - a planting limited to green palettes fascinates as much. It converts sunlight to life-sustaining sugars. In garden design, leaves assume equally important roles. They prolong a border's attractions through the season, giving it depth, flow, and personality.
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"It is pretty, sitting next to the water, and you can sometimes see birds. It is a good place to chill and hang out," the project executive said.

By Cheryl Faith Wee, The Straits Times, mypaper, myp@sph.com.sg, Published on Jun 18, 2014



Singapore Botanic Gardens -Start of the Swan Lake
PHOTO: Singapore Botanic Gardens -Start of the Swan Lake
The lake's name was inspired by swans populating it. The pair of mute swans was imported from Amsterdam. 
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Singapore Botanic Gardens -The Swan Lake
PHOTO: Singapore Botanic Gardens - The Swan Lake
Added to the gardens in 1866, the lake covers an area of about 15,000 m² (1.5ha). The lake was closed for upgrading in 2003, and it was completed in April 2005 as part of the gardens' Tanglin Core Redevelopment.
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Singapore Botanic Gardens - Vanda Miss Joaquim (National Flower of Singapore)
PHOTO: Singapore Botanic Gardens - Vanda Miss Joaquim (National Flower of Singapore)
This orchid, a hybrid between Vanda hookeriana and Vanda teres, is hardy and free flowering. It is Singapore’s first orchid hybrid and was named by Mr H. N. Ridley, the first director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens in 1893. Ridley named the plant after Agnes Joaquim in whose garden the hybrid originated. In 1981, it was selected to be the National Flower of Singapore for its beauty, resilience and year-round blooming quality.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens - Rain Forest Walking Trail
PHOTO: Singapore Botanic Gardens - Rain Forest Walking Trail
Singapore Botanic Gardes' Rain Forest is one of the oldest remnants of primary rainforests in Singapore.

The 6.2 hectares of rainforest is home to 314 species of flora and gives an indication of the wonderful richness of tropical plants. The Singapore Botanic Gardens' Rain Forest is a national treasure not only for its rich biodiversity, but also because it is part of the original site of the Botanic Gardens founded in 1859.

More than 80% of its plant species are rare or endangered not only in the Gardens but also in Singapore. Hence it is critical that these species are conserved within one of the last remaining primary forests of Singapore.

The rainforest is a multi-layered wonder. There are three layers of trees in a rainforest – the emergents (45m), the canopy tree layer (35m) and the lower tree layer (25m). Then there is the understorey layer that is made of plants able to survive heavy shading imposed by the canopy above. As you discover different species of trees and plants in the rainforest, try to tell which ones belong to which layer.

This is a boardwalk trail and therefore makes for easy walking. Look out for the signs which will point you to paths that are accessible via wheelchairs. It is a trail also suitable for families with young children and seniors.
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Singapore Botanic Gardens - Rainforest Snake
PHOTO: Singapore Botanic Gardens - Rainforest Snake
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Singapore Botanic Gardens - clouded monitor lizard (Varanus bengalensis)
PHOTO: Singapore Botanic Gardens - clouded monitor lizard (Varanus bengalensis)
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Singapore Botanic Gardens - clouded monitor lizard (Varanus bengalensis)
PHOTO: Singapore Botanic Gardens - clouded monitor lizard (Varanus bengalensis)
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Singapore Botanic Gardens - monitor lizard PHOTO: Singapore Botanic Gardens - monitor lizard
Singapore Botanic Gardens - monitor lizard PHOTO: Singapore Botanic Gardens - monitor lizard
Singapore Botanic Gardens - monitor lizard
PHOTO: Singapore Botanic Gardens - monitor lizard
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Singapore Botanic Gardens - monitor lizard PHOTO: Singapore Botanic Gardens - monitor lizard
Singapore Botanic Gardens - Heritage Tree. Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) PHOTO: Singapore Botanic Gardens - Heritage Tree. Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans)
This Tembusu tree is located in Singapore Botanic Gardens, it is best known as The 5-dollars Note Tree.  It is believed that the tree was there well before the Gardens were laid out in 1859.
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Singapore Botanic Gardens - Love and Peace Sculpture Campaign (05 May 2014 - 30 April 2015)
PHOTO: Singapore Botanic Gardens - Love and Peace Sculpture Campaign (05 May 2014 - 30 April 2015)
This “love and Peace” global sculpture campaign is by Ana Tzarev. It was inspired by her belief that art and flowers speak a universal language, one capable of being understood and appreciated by everybody, everywhere. At a time when we are too often defined and divided by our differences, these flowers travel the world as reminders of what brings us together, and of the beauty of the world we all share.

Love & Peace places Tzarev’s large fiberglass sculptures of poppy flowers in public spaces around the world. The flowers have been installed in cities such as London, Rome, Shenzhen, New York, Singapore, and Prague. Visitors of the sculptures can use social media to participate in the Campaign, including a free mobile phone app that allows visitors to post photos of themselves and their friends in front of the sculptures on the Love & Peace website (http://www.lovepeaceflower.com/).

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Flowering bougainvillea.
PHOTO: Flowering bougainvillea. In the landscape, it makes an excellent hot season plant, and its drought tolerance makes it ideal for warm climates year-round.
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Flowering bougainvillea.
PHOTO: Flowering bougainvillea. Bougainvilleas grow best in dry soil in very bright full sun and with frequent fertilization; but they require little water once established, and in fact will not flourish if over-watered. They can be easily propagated via tip cuttings.
Picture is taken on 11 April 2014 at 2:02pm
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