Read on for the latest updates for expat families in Singapore…
Amber teething necklaces are a chemical-free, homeopathic way to relieve the drooling and fussiness of teething babies. They release a natural healing chemical, which reduces irritation and pain. Or try the non-toxic, chewable breastfeeding necklaces, worn by mothers while breast- or bottle-feeding to stimulate and distract your baby. Baby can safely chew on them and they look good on Mum too! Free worldwide delivery.
British company iCandy, whose prams are coveted by countless parents, has released a new model, Peach 3. New features include improved height adjustment, so the pram can double as a highchair when out and about. We like the no-puncture tyres and simple one-fold mechanism to take the backache out of assembly. Released in seven snazzy new colours and a new matt black chassis, this is a pram to turn heads. $1,599. 6265 6485
Littleones Photography has won Tatler magazine “Best Family Photographer in Singapore” for the third year running! Kate and Emily are celebrating with a reader offer: 25 percent off photography session fees. They specialise in newborn and children’s photography, and recently branched out into location shoots here and overseas. Offer valid until the end of June. To book a session or find out more, call 6440 7568.
ARE YOU INSURED?
Check out the new international insurance quotation option on Pacific Prime’s website. You can compare plans and prices among the world’s best insurers, select your customised coverage, and then choose the insurer that works best for you.
ECO-FRIENDLY AND FUN
Surely a milkshake made in a bicycle blender tastes better, and the upside is you’ve already burnt the calories before drinking it! Bicycle blenders are something we’d only seen on quirky science TV show Myth Busters, but now they are available in Singapore to either buy or rent.
Bicycle blenders are just one of the eclectic products available from online boutique Repose Rhapsody – you’ll also find cargo bikes, teepees and hammocks. The site’s diverse product range – made mostly from eco-friendly materials – aims to encourage a simpler, slower lifestyle. Hear, hear: a night in a teepee or a couple of hours in a hammock are bound to slow us all down, adults and kids alike.
Best-selling items include the snooze-inducing hammock (from $118) and colourful serapes or Mexican blankets (from $138) made in the Yucatan Valleys of Mexico from hand-woven cotton.
Designed in the US, the step-through Edgerunner bicycle (from $2,259) is perfect for transporting shopping (and kids) home and a great way to avoid the trauma of looking for a spot in a gloomy, multi-storey car park. Drop by the showroom at 33 Ubi Avenue 3, #07-63 Vertex Tower A, call 6634 1033, or order online.
Ploh is thinking ahead. For Father’s Day, celebrated here on 15 June, plush, luxury bedding is an ideal gift that can be purchased easily online. Send in a photo and a message to be written on a special “♥ DAD” complimentary card, which will be included with your order. Made of a sketched impression of the photograph supplied, it’s a special reminder of fond memories. Available online from 16 May to 30 June, with shipping worldwide.
If you’re an art, history and culture enthusiast with some spare time, head along to the Friends of the Museums’ information morning on 22 May. Find out about study, textile and film groups, and brilliant cultural tours. Becoming a member puts you in touch with a vibrant international volunteer organisation with more than 2,000 members and volunteer guiding opportunities at five of Singapore’s world-class museums. 9.30am, Asian Civilisations Museum.
SCHOOLS & MORE
Opening in September, co-educational Epsom College in Malaysia is modelled on the British style of education, offering full and weekly boarding and day tuition for children aged three to 18. The international expansion of the 150-year-old British institution is the vision of Epsom old boy and AirAsia founder Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandez, who joked, “I was sent to Epsom College to be a doctor, but started an airline instead.” The purpose-built campus on the outskirts of KL covers more than 50 acres, giving kids no excuse but to learn, grow and thrive.
SCIENCE AT SMM
Recently renamed, the Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (SMM), (formerly the Manasseh Meyer School) has introduced a state-of-the-art science programme developed at the University of California. It’s designed to prepare kids aged four to 14 with the science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century. SMM is committed to ensuring that its students, both Jewish and non-Jewish, acquire the skills to succeed in a multicultural world.
In celebration of its 15-year anniversary, Kaleidoscope Therapy Centre has moved into a new space at The Grandstand. The multidisciplinary facility is now situated in the kids’ cluster at the northern end. A multinational team of therapists offers occupational, speech, art, social and behavioural therapies and physiotherapy for children and young adults. The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road. 6468 8991
SUMMER HOLIDAYS COMPETITION
Children love and parents trust Camp Asia’s renowned summer camps, and now Expat Living readers have a chance to win a week’s camp worth up to $695. Learn to cook with chef Emmanuel Stroobant, get stuck into sports, or mix it up fabulously with performing arts and sports, for children from two to 11. 16 June to 8 August, Australian International School and Stamford American International School. Head here to enter!