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Their vision is to inspire young minds and their success probably has a lot to do with why they're now opening their 4th Brighton Montessori International Childcare / Pre-School in Singapore at Sunset Way. They believe that all children are special and unique in their own ways. The carefully structured programmes aim to recognise the different needs of every child. Children emerge as confident individuals with a strong sense of initiative and self-motivation and most of all, a love of learning.
Why you should enrol your child at Brighton Montessori:
A child’s development is strongly influenced by early experiences. Their programmes give students the opportunity to realise their potential and promote in them: Responsibility for Themselves & Respect for Others, Independence & Self-confidence, Thinking Skills & Concentration, Initiative & Self-motivation, Co-operation with Others, A Love for Learning
Their Goal is to nurture your children to develop: A creative mind, A lively spirit, A healthy body and A loving heart! The Brighton Montessori curriculum covers the whole spectrum of Montessori training and it prepares your child or formal schooling. Thefive Montessori Subjects have their emphasis on learning through hands-on activities. Their strength is in their effective Phonics and reading programme, as well as their progressive teaching from concrete to abstract concepts in the Mathematics programme.
The various Learning Activities are conducted in a creative and fun way that also highlight many enriching and discovery pursuits.
The Kallang Theatre used to be the setting for the Prime Minister's annual National Day Rally speech as well as original local works and world class musicals such as Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.
However, the curtain came down on the 1,800-seat theatre in March 2007, following lower utilisation rates, as new venues such as the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay moved into the spotlight.
Come August, the Kallang Theatre will come back to life alive after a four-year hiatus with the ambitions of becoming a regional arts and culture hub. It will kick off with a 80-minute musical primarily targeted at tourists and foreigners about the Republic's history from Sang Nila Utama days to modern day, titled Singapura - The Lion City Show.
Its operator, Asia Arts & Culture (AAC) will also market its in-house group of performers and shows for external events, both locally and elsewhere in Asia.
The Singapore Land Authority offered the Kallang Theatre building for tender in January. After a successful tender to operate and manage the premise, AAC - a Singapore-China joint-venture with the Yunnan Provincial Performing Arts Group - will be working with the Singapore Tourism Board to turn Kallang Theatre into an "Asian Arts and Culture hub.
The theatre will also have facilities such as dance halls and F&B outlets. Booking slots for the use of Kallang Theatre auditorium and various other facilities will be available from next month.
The Kallang Theatre was built in the 1970s as a cinema but was converted into a performing arts venue in 1986 to replace the National Theatre, which was demolished in the same year. The theatre's then-operator National Arts Council decided to shut it down after its utilisation rate dropped from 80 per cent to only 33 per cent in 2005.
To enable people to have more leisure time amongst greenery and nature, the National Parks Board is adding on to its existing 110 km of Park Connectors Network – an island-wide network of linear open spaces around major residential areas that links parks and nature sites in Singapore.
The new 63 km route is currently in the midst of construction, and locals will be able to enjoy afternoons of cycling, walking or jogging along a hefty 300 km of green corridors around the island when it is completed in 2015. No matter where you live in Singapore, you can begin your outdoor walks or cycling trips at a Park Connector in your area.
Some existing Park Connectors that you can consider as starting points for your activities include the Bedok Park Connector in the east, the Sembawang Park Connector in the north, the Kallang Park Connector in the south, and the Bukit Batok East Park Connector in the west of Singapore.
Come 2012, Singaporeans will have one more new leisure destination to enjoy along the southern waterfront, with the completion of URA’s Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk. For the first time, the walk will open up currently inaccessible mangrove areas and coastal areas at Bukit Chermin, offering a wonderful mix of hills, mangroves and coastlines all in a day.
The 2.1 km Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk is an extension of URA’s award-winning Southern Ridges, linking from Alexandra Road to the waterfront at Bukit Chermin, bringing together nearby attractions, parks and nature areas along the way. The walk is a new gem in Singapore’s leisure offerings, giving Singaporeans a rare experience with nature away from the bustle of the city.
Imagine strolling or cycling through lush greenery along hilly paths, coming up close to one of the last few remaining mangroves in the south, meandering off for coffee at Gillman Village or visiting the latest attractions at the HortPark, and rejoining the walk again to emerge onto a stunning boardwalk, with breathtaking views on all sides. This is what the URA planners have envisaged, as first shared in the 2002 URA Parks and Waterbodies Plan that sought to enhance Singapore’s green spaces and waterbodies.
Work on this three-part themed Coastal Walk started in July 2010 and is expected to be completed by 2012. The first part - the Alexandra Road Garden Trail, spans the eastern bank of Alexandra Road between Depot Road and Telok Blangah Road. Beyond the footpaths and cycling paths set amidst mature trees and rich landscaping, this stretch will also have an elevated open pavilion that doubles up as a rest shelter and a look-out to scenic views of the Forest Walk within the Southern Ridges and Gillman Village. This Garden Trail also connects to other key attractions in the area like the Alexandra Arch and the HortPark.
The second stretch of the Coastal Walk - the Berlayer Creek Mangrove Trail, allows visitors to experience one of the last few remaining mangrove areas in Singapore and the rich biodiversity of the creek. The Mangrove Trail has been planned with the public transit commuter in mind. Its Entrance Plaza will be integrated with the future Labrador MRT station. The Entrance Plaza will serve as a rest shelter and multi-functional space for exhibitions, talks and other educational activities related to the mangrove area. The roof deck of the plaza, accessible via a ramp, enables visitors to savour an unusual ‘tree-top’ view of the Berlayer Creek. Visitors along the trail will be able to better appreciate the flora and fauna in the area with information storyboards located at key points.
The final stretch of the Coastal Walk - the Bukit Chermin Harbour View Walk, is an elevated boardwalk that brings visitors all the way out to sea. It skirts the foothill of Bukit Chermin, connects to Labrador Park westwards and to the future public promenade at the Reflections at Keppel Bay eastwards. Visitors will be able to pause at various rest points to soak up the beautiful waterfront views of Keppel Harbour and Sentosa, particularly during the sunset hours.
This walk is an addition to the many URA infrastructural projects like the Changi coastal boardwalk and Woodlands waterfront promenade that offer more unique and diverse leisure options for Singaporeans to enjoy. Watch this space for more updates on this new latest leisure playground at the southern waterfront!
The lavish $100 million clubhouse renovation is just the start. However, there is now a New Course with a layout which has undergone intensive work in preparation for the Asian Amateur Championship at the end of September. The first nine holes of the course were opened late last year following reclamation and upgrading work.
The greens were rebuilt to USGA specifications using Bermuda Tiff-dwaft grass, presenting the world's best surfaces. The course has also been lengthened to 6,500 metres (almost 7,200 yards) - a key factor for the Asian Amateur tournament which will present the winner with an invitation to the following year's US Masters at Augusta National. Included among the works have been upgrades to the golf course's irrigation system and drainage systems and the construction of high-quality bunkers to help manage the heavy rains, common to Singapore throughout the year.
Renovation work on the back nine holes, which includes the addition of a sand cap between the soil and grass to allow better drainage and growth of the new Zoysia turf grass in the fairways and rough has only just been completed. The New Course will boast a number of 'signature holes' which, along with the stunning view of the reservoir, dramatic elevation changes and the tranquility of the surrounding natural jungle will present a spectacular backdrop for the worldwide television audience, along with visitors and players.
The course will be set up for a dynamic tournament. They are looking forward to seeing fantastic play throughout the 18 holes with a dramatic finish to the AAC event with the drivable par four 17th hole and the challenging par five 18th to finish at their new clubhouse.
The clubhouse itself will be the centre piece of the club's development on the island location. It will feature a built-in area of 160,000 square feet and will offer new dining and banquet facilities. The all-new three-storey clubhouse will include a number of options such as a signature Chinese restaurant, an international restaurant and a cafe. It will also contain a ballroom with a seating capacity of 500, a Heritage walk and Heritage Gallery.
Another prominent feature at the island setting is the A-frame building which currently houses a reception counter, a cafe, golf bag dropoff facilities and management offices. As part of on-going redevelopment and upgrading works, the A -frame building will be converted into a gym and lifestyle centre.
The Singapore Island Country Club dates back to 1963 when it was formed following a merger of the Royal Singapore Golf Club and the Royal Island Club. Royal Singapore was originally known as The Golf Club and was formed in 1891. Members played on the race course owned by the Singapore Sporting Club.
As business grew in the area, the Golf Club moved to a new home at Bukit Timah in 1924. Its name was changed to the Royal Singapore Golf Club on November 12, 1938 when King George VI became its patron.
The complex is now known for its fine courses, which have hosted many prominent tournaments. The club contains four world-class 18-hole championship courses, an executive nine-hole course and putting and chipping greens carved out of natural terrain at both the island and Bukit locations. The latter layout hosted, among other key tournaments, the 1969 World Cup and the 1993 Johnnie Walker Classic.
Residents in Woodlands will soon be able to admire the night sky in the comfort of their neighbourhood Community Club (CC). Slated for completion in the first quarter of 2012, the new Admiral Garden CC will be the first ever CC to house an observatory for residents with a keen interest in astronomy.
The observatory deck at the CC, which will be shaped like a globe, will be an iconic landmark for Woodlands residents. The interior design of the CC also centres on a cosmology theme. Residents can look forward to new facilities such as seminar rooms, a culinary studio, karaoke room, exhibition corners, a rooftop garden and an observatory briefing room.
There are also plans to hold cultural courses such as tea appreciation and wine tasting amidst the lush greenery of the rooftop garden and science and astronomy exhibitions. The new CC will serve as a focal point for residents from all ages and backgrounds to come together, get to know each other and build social bonds within the community.
Harley-Davidson Inc., the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the U.S., opened its first Asian headquarters in Singapore. The maker of Fat Boy and Sportster motorcycles has said it wanted an Asian office, partly to better understand the challenges of doing business in China, India and other fast-growing nations.
International sales, which accounted for 25% of the company’s business four years ago, were 35% in 2010. The company has set a goal of at least 40% by 2014.
While cultivating sales in Asia, Harley-Davidson says for now it doesn’t plan to manufacture bikes there.The nearest it has come to that are operations in India, where American-made Harleys are reassembled from kits to avoid tariffs.
The company is not new to the Asia-Pacific region. Its founders realized the importance of international markets soon after Harley-Davidson began operations in 1903, and archives show sales to Japan as early as 1912.
Harley is recognized in Japan as an American icon, but it hasn’t always been easy to sell heavyweight motorcycles there. Years ago, Japanese motorcyclists were required to pass a special exam if they wanted to ride large touring bikes such as Harleys. One of the tests was to ride across a balance beam. Only about 2% of riders passed the test. In 2005, Japan repealed a law that prohibited motorcyclists from carrying a passenger on major highways. That helped boost Harley sales, according to motorcycle industry analysts.
The key for Harley-Davidson will be creating a culture that views motorcycles as leisure products rather than vehicles used for everyday transportation. Much of the company’s success in the United States has come from riding clubs, called Harley Owner Groups, and from motorcyclists customizing bikes.
Everything that’s essential to supporting a regional market has been included in the new Asian office, including sales, marketing and dealer development.