What’s On In Hong Kong – September 2018

It’s “Time” to visit the annual Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair4th-8th September at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center. The fair features world’s remarkable selection of watches and clocks. We love our Horse racing in Hong Kong, so head to Happy Valley Race Course on 5th SeptemberWitness beautiful horses, skilful jockeys,  illuminating skyscrapers over a few beers. Calling all fashionistas as the much awaited four day international fashion trade show Centrestage is here at the  Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5th to 8th September. The event is a platform for international Asian fashion brands and designers. The month of September is dedicated to Mid-Autumn Festival where lanterns, carnivals and festivities run through the month at various places in the island. Secure your spot at Victoria Park on 24th September for fantastic lanterns displays, cultural programmes and fire dragon dance parade.

Enjoy a full family day at the,“YOUNG INDIANS ARTS FESTIVAL”.
Let your kid’s imagination run wild as they participate in the art competition, free workshops, book reading session and many more activities. Goody bags, Certificates & Prizes will be given to the children.

Date: 23rd September 2018, Sunday
Time: 10AM- 5PM
Venue: Estoril Court Clubhouse (55 Garden Road, Mid Levels)

Enjoy Early Bird Registration Fee of HKD 90 per child (before 10th Sept)
(Regular Fee: HKD 115 per child)
Free Entry for adults 

World famous brand Victoria’s Secret opens its flagship store in Causeway Bay. The store is glamorous with stunning mirror facades and brand’s signature pink hues. The store offers wide selection of signature scents, body care collections and assortment of brand’s lingerie collections. If eating healthy is your mantra then head to Stanley street and grab your smoothie bowls at Bear’s Lab. The place offers bowls made from acai, chia seeds, fresh fruit and beverages includes vegan latte. For those who like to enjoy a drink, head down to the newly opened bar The Wise King at Staunton St. Mixology exploration and 13th century opulence is the inspiration behind this amazing bar. For a romantic date night book your table at upscale furniture gallery Timothy Oulton that offers bespoke dinner services by Gough’s on Gough. Enjoy six course meal showcasing modern British cooking with wines and champagne. Californian luxury confectioner Sugarfina opens its Asia’a first store at Harbour City Mall. This ‘candy heaven’ read over 900sqft has a wide selection of of packed confections for every occasion. 

KK: How long have you been living in Hong Kong & how is it different to where you moved from?
KD: I am from India and moved to Hong Kong in 2015 with my husband. Hong Kong is a sophisticated version of Mumbai in terms of speed, vibrancy and style. Hong Kong offers home for different nationalities and embraces them all with love and care.

KK: What inspired you to become an artist? 
KD: My Mom has been my inspiration. I grew up looking at canvases, acrylic colors, oil paints & brushes. My notebooks at school were invariably filled with sketches and paintings. Since early childhood I dreamt with open eyes, started writing, imagining, sketching and illustrating stories. 

KK: What is your opinion about the Arts scene in Hong Kong?
KD: Art is very much nurtured in Hong Kong, I personally feel Hong Kong is the place for artists, art lovers and appreciators.  Even in terms of availability of resources like classes, studios, exhibitions. 

KK: Are there enough avenues for young artists to display their artwork?
KD: I would say through schools there are many art competitions being held which are open to young artists. Other than that there are art competitions organized by government organisation but mostly these are conducted in the native languages therefore expat communities are not much involved. 

KK: What role do you think art plays in development of children? 
KD: Art is definitely important medium of expression.  Art consciously or unconsciously plays a very significant role in an individual’s life. At an early age, it helps children to develop their motor skills, learn to express their ideas in visual form and much more. In later stage in teens it acts as meditation and helps them relieve their daily stress. 

KK: Lastly, what advice would you give to budding artists?
KD: Just express yourself!!!

What’s On In Singapore – July 2018

Started in 1994, Singapore Food Festival is back from 13th – 29th July. Here you can taste a range of Singapore’s favorite dishes as well as a twist on some modern favorites. There are number of top international chefs who come to this event to show their skills. Cooking lessons are also available where you can pick up some cooking tips and tricks. Explore the sacred city of Angkor at Asian Civilizations Museum till 22nd July. See the Khmer sculptures, along with French drawings, photographs, and memorabilia that tell the story of the French encounter with Angkor and its sensational emergence onto the international stage. All the football fans out there catch all the action between Europe’s best teamsArsenal, Atlético de Madrid and Paris Saint Germain at Singapore National Stadium from 26th – 30th July. At International Champions Cup spectators can enjoy the various F&B offerings, live music performances, and photo opportunities with the football legends from all three clubs. Book your tickets for Disney’s musical play The Lion King running all July at MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. The play also features some of the world’s most recognizable music, crafted by Elton John and Tim Rice, including the songs “Circle of Life” and the Oscar-winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”.

Join us on a musical journey with a good cause, on 16th July @ Esplanade Theatre, Vocalist      Tanya Sen & a trio of jazz musicians (Amery Reuben on piano, Leonard Ng on bass & Raf Mahmod        on drums) are performing jazz / jazzy twists of pop songs from Europe, Asia and America. Hosted by the bubbly & super energetic celebrity Emcee Neera Gupta. All proceeds from the show go to Singapore National Stroke Association.

Zee TV’s initiative SHEVentures brought together 20 of the most talented & promising entrepreneurs under one roof to learn from industry leaders to help take their businesses to the next level. Some of the speakers included HubSpot, FaceBook, SP Jain School of Management and the Director of Kit Kat Events & Marketing, Neera Gupta who busted myths about Business Networking and gave tips to overcome inhibitions when meeting new people. 

The newly opened Clan Cafe at Bukit Pasoh road is probably the most beautiful cafe opened this month, with light-filled spaces & Peranakan tiles. The cafe serves some healthful bowls and broths and comforting teas. Netherlands famous Martin Zwerts fries comes to Singapore at Holland Village. They serves authentic golden brown fries with 12 different sauces and the potatoes comes straight from Holland. Unwind yourself by heading to Tipple and Dram located at Ann Siang Road that serves wine and luxurious whiskey. The bar boasts over 100 unique bottles of single malts whiskies and wines from around the world. Situated at the iconic Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall, Sinfonia Ristorante offers a fine dinning concept with majestic space, adorned with elegant decor, impressive high ceilings and Corinthian columns. The menu consist of contemporary Italian dishes with seasonal ingredients.

MindChamps PreSchool @ Concorde gave our Champion Dads the spotlight in celebration of Father’s Day 2018. Along with the theme “Superheroes to the Rescue!”, the Champs’ family members were tasked to role play as superheroes. Come over to check out MindChamps PreSchool @ Concorde Hotel. To book an appointment, call 6235 2358 / 9665 3840 or Email: sg.psconcorde@mindchamps.org

KK: When did you first move to SG and where did you move from?
KS: To be specific – on 7th September 2005, from Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

KK: What was your first impression about SG? Still the same?
KS: A well planned city with very impressive infrastructure and landscape where I didn’t have to lock the front door! SG is getting better, each time in every aspect, hence 13 years in the country!

KK: How did you become involved with running yacht charters? What makes it so much fun?
KS: I was in HR for 13 years. After moving to SG, I headed HR for a start-up. One year into the role, I wanted to take a sabbatical, but I was offered a marketing role for newly arrived trimaran yacht. I found the chartering of yachts very interesting and took up the offer instantly. The best part about being in this industry is the people we meet and the services we offer. Every client is different and so are their requirements, that makes work interesting. The fleet has grown from just one yacht to more than 50 yachts hence our nickname the ‘Grandma’ of the industry.

KK: You have been actively involved with many social causes from wildlife rescue, to dog shelter, running cross city marathons and helping distressed children. What’s the latest project you are helping with?
KS: Currently I am helping an NGO “Sa Ni Sa” that empowers under privileged women by providing them jobs, income and education for the rural children. I am promoting/ selling their food product, a healthy snack that is handmade, in Singapore and Malaysia.

KK: What advice would you give for most of us who struggle with managing time to be able to do so many things like you?
KS: I would like to quote unquote “It’s the Will not the Skill”. Prioritize, make your do-to-lists and get cracking. Magic will unfold and you will realize your dream.

KK: What is the one thing people don’t know about you?
KS: I work like a Captain and Play like a Pirate !! (Laughs)

KK: Are you offering any special promotions for our readers?
KS: Yes absolutely! We would like to offer a SGD100 off for your readers when they book a yacht in their birthday month. They simply have to quote Promo Code: KITKAT.

Happy Sailing!!!!

 

 

 

What’s On In Singapore – June 2018

Singapore’s most anticipated the Great Singapore Sale is starting from 8th June. Shopaholics can buy     high quality major brands at discounted rates. Malls along Orchard road have some exciting offers for    the shoppers. Let your hair down and groove to world’s best electronic music DJs, Ultra Singapore is happening on 15th & 16th June at Bayfront Avenue. The festive area has been three curated stages, each equipped with state-of-the-art interactive technology. The traditional Dragon Boat festival is on 18th June. The Dragon Boat Festival signifies the abundance of Chinese influences rooting back to the ancient history of Singapore. One can witness the race at Bedok Reservoir, the Kallang River and Gardens by the Bay Marina Channel. Take your children to National Heritage Board’s annual Children’s Season happening till 24th June. The season is about art, cultural and heritage experiences that will thrill and provide hours of fun for the whole family. There are some amazing exhibitions for children at National Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum and Mint Museum of Toys.

The winner of Zee TV SaReGaMaPa Hong Kong 2017, Anirudh Trivedi got once in a lifetime chance      to meet the biggest Bollywood Star Mr. Aamir Khan and sing for him. Mr. Aamir Khan’s recent movie “Secret Superstar” is about making a dream come true for a talented singer. And we are glad that we are able to do the same for the Indian Community in Hong Kong.

Mellower Coffee has opened their third outlet at Marina One. Situated in the heartof CBD the place offers classic brew made of blend of Ethiopia and Yunnan coffee beans. They also have small selection of sandwiches & salads. Anotherrestaurant that’s making its mark in CBD area is The Spot. The place offers eclectic menu fusing contemporary European cuisine with South East Asian ingredients. It is an all day dining café, restuarnt, bar and a cigar lounge.They have a selection of ultra-premium wines by the glass and range ofexclusive Macallan bottles. Located at Level 2 Intercontinental, Roberston Quay, Plum & Toro, has some of the best Japense cuisne to offer. The place issuitable for family, large groups, catching up with friends and colleagues. From Ebi to Wagyu, its extensive menu is reflective of the restaurant’s efforts to cater to every palate. Right in the fringe of Club Street is MonteCarlo Boys, that has their very own brand of homemade Monaco Beer and an array of Moenegasque dining delicacies you won’t find anywhere else. Also, in their menu is they have some great cocktails, spirits and bar food options.

⭐WELCOME DAY • SINGAPORE • MAY 26TH to JUNE 30th ⭐
YOU & YOUR LITTLE ONES (18th months to 5yrs) are invited to visit MindChamps PreSchool,        Concorde Hotel (Orchard). Visits strictly by appointment only. So if you are looking to get your little      ones admission in Singapore’s best Preschool, Now Is The Chance!!!
As Mindchamps is celebrating their 10th Anniversary, Enrol your child
during Welcome Day to enjoy perks worth up to $1960.
Call now at +65 83447829 or email us at contactus@kitkateventz.com
to book your SLOT!!!!!
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⭐WEEKEND GOLF • BATAM • NETWORKING • JULY 28TH⭐
A Big Shout-out for Golf Addicts and Avid Players for our upcoming

GFC Champions -Golf Tournament 2018.
Register Now as we have limited slots only.
Complimentary Return Ferry | Green Fee | Buggy | Lunch
Date: 28th July 2018, Saturday
Venue: South Link Batam Golf Course
Attractive Prizes to be won by all winners!!! Don’t miss this opportunity!!!!                  

Boasting the largest fleet of charter yachts in Singapore, Yacht Bookings Singapore is your one-stop-shop for a plethora events at sea for group sizes up to 150 pax. Extensive range of services like renting a yacht for corporate events, private affairs like birthdays, anniversary, bachelor parties to weddings available. Rates start from as low as $599! Plan your next trip out at sea!!

KK: When did you move to SG and from where?
SS: It’s been a good 19 years stint in Singapore. I moved here from Mumbai after getting married.

KK: When you first moved here, what was your impressions about
the country and how has it changed over the years?
SS: Singapore is always on a growth path & is constantly re-inventing itself. When I moved here, Singapore was lesser vibrant & then there
was a sudden burst of cultural show, events, plays, Indian Musicals & Indian Restaurants and lot more.

KK: How did fashion come into your life?
SS: I graduated from IITC (Institute of Fashion Design) India and had
a brief stint in interior designing and architecture before I moved to Singapore.

KK: You run a store called “Jinders”, what’s the story behind it ?
SS: “Jinders” had been a successful & reputed business when I got married into the family. Having a keen interest in fashion & background
in business, it seemed for me the perfect match. “Jinders” gave me an opportunity to indulge in my passion & to grow the label simultaneously.

KK: Your clothes & accessories were recently seen on Zee TV’s Antakshari Hong Kong show, with the host Neera Gupta endorsing them. How has the international exposure helped you out?
SS: I was given the opportunity by Kit Kat Events & Marketing to dress the gorgeous host Neera Gupta for Zee TV’s Antakashari Hong Kong show. Her bubbly & vibrant personality off & on screen added so much flavour to our outfits. We got a great response from Hong Kong audience who reached out on social media to connect, compliment & buy our collections.

KK: Any evergreen fashion tips you can share with us?
SS: Follow your own style sensibilities. Be original & do not follow fads!

 

What’s On In Hong Kong – April 2018

“HK Urban Canvas 2018: Exhibition” returns to Sham Shui Po, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok area.         The programme  provides the unique aspects of local culture by successful creation of shutter art. Along with this there will be art workshops for students. All this artwork will be showcased at Comix Home Base till 17th April. The famous “Kooza – Cirque Du Soleil” starts its brilliant  performances with stunning lighting and costumes from 19th April atThe Central Waterfront. Springtime carnival is back at Hong Kong Disneyland, where Mickey, Minnie and the gang will be sporting theirspring themed outfits. There will be brand new shows with some amazing visual and lights effects. If Ice Hockey is  your game then take part in “Hockey 5’s”, a 12-day tournament with around 80 teams participating at Kowloon Bay. The matches starts from 23rd April. There will be youth division for aged 5 to 16 and an adult division for aged 17 and above.

For the very first time Zee TV brings the favorite Indian musical game show Antakshari to Hong Kong. 32 teams competed with full gusto to get their hands on the prestigious trophy. Watch the original episodes every Sat 7:30 PM, repeat on Sun 6PM & Thurs 11:30PM only on Zee TV.
Click on the link below to catch all the glimpses of the show.

Times of India Property Expo is BACK! Freeze on your dream home from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kerala, Pune, Hyderbad, Gurgaon, Kolkota, Gujarat, Punjab, Mangalore . Meet 25 top Indian builders from across India.  Attractive discounts on bookings during expo. Buy now and pay later schemes. Ready to Move-in properties.

Make your way for the new bar-cafe “The Artist House” at Causeway Bay,where you can personalize your beer with herbs, spices and edible flowers from the in-house hydroponic farm, a hands-on brewing wall. Also they offer a virtual-reality tour of The Artist brewery in Belgium and the opportunity to create bespoke beer bottles. One of city’s favorite Sushi place “Sushi Hiro” at Causeway bay opened it’s new branch at Tsim Sha Tsui. It’s a tiny spot so book your place in advance to taste Chef Hiroi Yoshinobu’s top-notch sushi.

KK: How long have u been living in HK and where did you move from? 

AC: I have been living in HK for last 10 yrs. I relocated here from Singapore.

KK: What are some of the projects you have been working on here? 

AC: I am a qualified film maker and extremely passionate about creative media projects. Recently, I have been a part of the production team for Zee TV Antakshari in Hong Kong. Also last year I was a part of the production team for Zee TV Sa Re Ga Ma, both the projects were produced by Kit Kat Events & Marketing.

KK: How is the work culture different here than the other places you have worked?

AC: Hong Kong has a very strong and professional work culture with utmost importance and emphasis on efficiency and quality.

KK: What are you favorite things to do in HK? 

AC: Vibrant Hong Kong has always kept me on my toes these 10 yrs and it’s been an amazing journey so far. I have enjoyed every bit of it right from the gastronomic paradise to beautiful hiking trails, to dressing up for Rugby Sevens or to partying at LKF. HK never ceases to surprise me with endless opportunities for self discovery and discovering Hong Kong.

What’s On In Hong Kong – March 2018

Put on your green attire and join in the marching bands, bagpipes, kung fu demonstrations and of course lion and dragon dances. As this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade will be bigger and better on 11th March. The parade will start by the Observation Wheel and will march along the waterfront toward Tamar Park where the festivities continue through the day. If you miss the flowers in the towering skyscrapers of the city, then join Flower Show at Victoria Park from 16th to 25th March. This year’s theme is “Blossoms of Love” and the theme flower is the Rose. Witness The Asian Film Awards or The Oscars of Asia on 17th March at Venetian Macau. Catch a glimpse of our favorite stars as they walk down the red carpet. Give your taste buds some love and head to “Taste of Hong Kong”, largest gastronomic festival happening from 22nd to 25th March at Central Water Event Space. Enjoy some Michelin-starred delicacies and new dishes amidst gorgeous waterfront setting and majestic skyline.

If you enjoy seafood, then head to Club Albergue 1601 at Causeway Bay. They have upto 20 varieties of fresh oysters from around the world. Relax at their outdoor sky court and taste some hot dishes such as Sea Urchin Carbonara, Boston lobster, Spanish octopus, New Zealand prince, Tortellini and Chilean sea bass. Check out the new three-storey & 9,170 sq ft Hermès store at the street corner of Landmark Prince’s building. The store draws inspiration from Hong Kong architecture. Soak into some art pieces at H Queen’s, Queen’s Road Central, which is now home to international galleries such as David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, PACE Gallery, Pearl Lam Galleries, Whitestone Gallery, Tang Contemporary Art, Galerie Ora-Ora and auction house Seoul Auction. Relish some expert cocktails and comfort food at PDT(Please Don’t Tell), a New York styled intimate cocktail bar. PDT offers chick interiors and modern class with a telephone booth disguised entrance!

Neera Gupta – Celebrity Host & Emcee

KK: When did you first decide you wanted to be a host/Emcee?

NG: Being on stage is nothing new to me. As a child I was always performing and continued that even in university. And then when I was working in Sydney & Singapore, I was often called upon as a Speaker at conferences and exhibitions being the subject matter expert. It was only when I started my own Events company 4 years ago, I tumbled upon hosting. I have to admit though, it came more as a need at the time.

KK: What has been you most memorable event as an Emcee?

NG: I know it would sound clichéd, but I have enjoyed every time I have been in front of a mic. I won’t say I enjoy listening to my own voices or anything (laughs). But yes each event is different and all audiences are equally different. If I had to pick, then it would be hosting for Zee TV SaReGaMaPa show last year which was my first for TV (as a host) and the Kowloon Cantons Cricket Gala Dinner this year especially since I got to share the stage with such accomplished individuals.

KK: What are some of the challenges of being a host/emcee?

NG: Hosting for TV and Emceeing a live event are very different to each other. For TV, you have these strong lights flashed on your face and you can barely see where the camera is. And there is no audience reaction, so it’s a bit of acting. Advantage is if you make a mistake you can certainly do a retake. For live events, being in front of a huge audience can be very nerve wrecking. The worst thing for any host is when you crack a joke and no one laughs. But as a host you need to know how to get out of that situation and make a joke about yourself instead.

KK: What’s the next big thing on cards? Or shall we say stage?

NG: I’m hosting the Zee TV Antakshari show coming up on the 17th of March. My co-host is Gurpreet Sandhu the RJ from Desi Tadka. We make a hilarious team!

 

 

 

What’s On In Hong Kong: August 2017

What On Hong Kong

August is a busy month for Hong Kong. Musical entertainment is always on the calendar, with award winning pop group  DNCE coming to town and performing August 14. Their debut hit ‘Cake by the Ocean’ wowed audiences worldwide and is sure to get you dancing in your seat. The August 17-21  Hong Kong Food Expo features a multitude of delicious dishes, but that’s not it! It also has cosmetics and hair care products, alongside meat and poultry, sweets and organic food. Who said Hong Kong doesn’t have a water park? Well, a few inflatable slides, the sun-kissed beach, and some rocking music is the recipe for a successful summer extravaganza.  Funtastic Summer runs till August 20 @ Discovery Bay’s Tai Pak Beach. If you are craving for more adventures around the outlying isl ands, you will be happy to celebrate the re-opening of  Ngong Ping cable cars. After 5 months of renovations be sure to catch a ride on August 20th.

Guests from over 80 countries enjoyed a networking session at Singapore’s 1919 Waterboat House with panoramic views of Marina Bay S ands and surrounding area at the colonial heritage building with unique setting.

If we cease to give love, we cease to have love.  Click her e to check out the video.

If you are interested in participating or sponsoring, contact us by email at  contactus@kitkateventz.com or call us at +852 6427 9282

Looking to shake things up this weekend? Get ready to be pampered at  Klassic Bar & Lounge with your favorite cocktails and edgy beats!

K-Pop fans will be delighted by the opening of the first premium K-fashion boutique, K-Style Lab @67 Hollywood Road. Get your h ands on the unique collection from different Koreans designers. New York’s famous bar and restaurant Employee Only has started operating @19 Lan Kwai Fong. French Luxury swimwear and lingerie br and Eres, has opened it’s first boutique store @Ocean Centre, Harbour City. The br and is already popular with celebrities and is looking to make its mark in Hong Kong. Looking for some sophisticated French food? Head to International Commerce Centre and dine at award winning chef, Frédéric Vardon’s Le 39V . Take in the stunning views from the 101st floor, while indulging in some signature Parisian dishes.

Showcase your products and services in 18 countries with 10 million viewers through the biggest Indian TV channel in APAC – Zee TV. Call +852 6427 9282 for more details.

On August 15th, India celebrates 70 years of independence. On this momentous occasion, we wish you a Happy Independence Day and pay tribute to the brave spirits that serve our country and make all Indians proud.

Once you have send a text or email, and set up a meeting, you should book the correct venue for your guest. Make sure the venue is a quiet one and doesn’t offer loud music. As this will defeat the purpose of your meeting. Choose a venue which is at a neutral location for you and your guest. Always arrive before time but not too much. Greet your guest and make a polite conversation before you get into deeper/ meaningful conversation. Be conscious of the time and maintain a balance between talking and listening. For more networking tips  Click Here!

Maitreyi Karanth

Occupat ion:  Actor/Producer/Writer/Comedian

Passion:  Performance… oh wait….Ranveer Singh

KK: How long have you been living in HK & Where did you move from?

MK:13 years 126 days, 42 hours and 27 minutes…not that I am counting! Lived in Bahrain before that, for 8 years!

KK: What prompted you to start a career in acting, after all these years?

MK: Mid Life Crisis or my inner Diva trying to escape. You choose! But seriously, have always been an actress, at 40 I decided to give it another chance and went all out in pursuit of my dreams. So I closed my tutoring business and joined IAFT to kick start my acting career.

KK: How difficult is it to get roles in Hong Kong as a foreigner? Any tips for aspiring actors?

MK:  If you know Cantonese or M andarin, its not difficult. In fact it would make you a very special commodity. Talent plus that extra surprise factor when you open your mouth!
Tips: Learn the local language! And for middle aged people, just do it. Put yourselves out there and enjoy every new experience. It rubs off on people on the other side of the camera or stage!

KK: What’s the latest project you are working on? 

MK: My home production “Death of a Helper”. Its a dark comedy and is now in post production! I am also currently shooting for a Zee TV series called Maitreyi’s Hong Kong. The Hong Kong as I know it and love it!

KK: Tell us a secret most people don’t know about you?

MK: I look like I might have been a bit of a wild child but the reality is I had an arranged marriage, my husb and was my first and I didn’t have my first drink until I turned 28.  Most people are shocked when they hear this (hearty laughter)

KK: Good Luck for your debuting act at Take Out Comedy! Or shall we say “Break a leg”!!!

MK: Thank You! Look forward to seeing all my supporters there (nervous laughter)

What’s On In Singapore: August 2017

August Newsletter

Majulah Singapura! Our beloved Singapore turns 52 this 9th August. Celebrations have already started, with streets adorned with our National Flag and various light and sound shows that are lined up for the National Day. In all for Singaporeans the festive mood is on!! Singapore st ands strongly on the principles of upholding individual rights, opposing racial discrimination, reinforcing rule of law and implementing sound economic management.

Come and Join us to celebrate Singapore National Day on 11th August @Myra’s, Boat Quay. Show your solidarity by wearing NATIONAL COLOURS!!!  This quaint and beautiful restaurant will surprise you with its quality and amazing ambience, delectable food, live music and great bar. So sit back and relax its a BIG FRIDAY!!! For lucky draw prizes we have two FREE tickets for  English Comedy Play -THE RELATIONSHIP AGREEMENT .

Nothing is more romantic than a open air movie night with your loved one. So book your tickets now for Films at  the Fort . There is a daily movie show from 3rd -20th August @Fort Canning Park. Catch the impressive fire works for the 52nd birthday of Singapore, National Day, from the best spots . For the first time, 300 drones will showcase a light show on 9th August. If you enjoy world-class food, wine and spirit then head to  Epicurean Market , happening on 11-13th August @Marina Bay S ands Expo and Convention Centre.The event features master class from famous chefs and also a junior pastry class for your kids. Waiting for October-fest, but still its far, don’t worry, Singapore brings you Beerfest Asia from 17-20 August @Marina Bay Cruise Centre. The event will showcase over 500 variety of beer. Not only this the festival will also have International Tribute Acts, Beer Workshops and Live Music Acts. Get soaked in the Singapore Night Festival from 18-26 August @Bras Basah Precinct. The festival shows amazing light and sound show, with this year theme “Ten Magical Years”. Singapore International Festival of Arts is back with this year theme being “Enchantment”. There will be over 90 events that will be showcased during the whole month of August.

 

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Did you know that Singapore has among the Highest Saving Rates in the world but they lag behind other Asian Markets in Investment. Read more about  TWO BUCKET THEORY as one of the options to invest your Cash Saving.

 

 

Guests from over 80 countries enjoyed a InterNations networking session at the outdoor deck of 1919 Waterboat House with panoramic views of MBS & surrounding area at the colonial heritage building with unique setting. Also, TWO lucky winners won $50 worth dinning vouchers.

Love Chinese food! Then give a try to the newly opened, The Dragon Chamber ”. It is the first speakeasy Chinese restaurant-bar in Singapore, with a secret entrance. Japanese retail, Muji opened its first flagship store in Singapore @Plaza Singapura. The store features products ranging from household goods, apparel and food. US e-commerce giant Amazon , started its services in Singapore this month, with a promise of delivery time being 2 hours. Though still the shopping is only possible through mobile app, as the online site is not yet launched. If you are missing British food retailer Tesco products in Singapore, then there is good news for you. Fair-price Singapore has collaborated with Tesco, and is offering over 400 Tesco products in its 60 stores isl and wide and online.

 


Once you have send a text or email, and set up a meeting, you should book the correct venue for your guest. Make sure the venue is a quiet one and doesn’t offer loud music. As this will defeat the purpose of your meeting. Choose a venue which is at a neutral location for you and your guest. Always arrive before time but not too much. Greet your guest and make a polite conversation before you get into deeper/ meaningful conversation. Be conscious of the time and maintain a balance between talking and listening. For more networking tips Click Here !

Maciej Goncerzewicz
Corporate Finance Director
Enjoys Music, Swimming & Sailing

KK: How long have you been living in SG & Where did you move from?
MG: I only moved to SG very recently, about 3 months ago from Pol and

KK: How are you settling in so far? 
MG: I am loving it. Singapore is great country to live in. It offers good st andard of living, cleanliness, great infrastructure.  The society is open and developed plus people are very friendly. The only thing is miss about Pol and are the cold days from time to time.

KK: In the last couple of months you have been here what are things you have enjoyed ??
MG: There are many opportunities to meet new people, here. I love being part of social groups like InterNations, Meet up for socialising. As one of my interest is music, I enjoy the music festivals in Singapore. In fact thanks to your newsletter, I found out about ULTRA music festival, where Dj’s from all over the world had come here. It was a great event to attend!

KK: Any advise for the newcomers??
MG: The current economic conditions and government policy on recruiting expats is making it difficult to find jobs. So I would recommend them to get jobs before coming to this country, if they haven’t been transferred with one. Also when people coming to Singapore or for that matter any country, it can get lonely after working hours, so would recommend to join social clubs like InterNations to meet people.

 

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HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN SAVE MONEY & PLAN THEIR FUTURE

Children saving money

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The Struggle is Real

As a financial consultant, I’ve had the opportunity to network with a wide demographic. Recently, I hired a university student to be my marketing intern and he has shared some insights with me. Children in Singapore are brought up to believe that getting good grades will l and them a good job. This will help them cope with the rising costs of living in the Garden City. He is an accounting student with decent grades, does a bunch of sports and is reasonably well to do; but where does he st and really?

In order to do his job, my intern had to underst and the business and market of financial consultants which subsequently peaked his interests in financial planning for himself.

As a student, he explained that he had lots of expenses and few avenues of income. He mainly had to spend on:

  1. Food
  2. Transport
  3. University Fees
  4. Insurance
  5. The occasional outing with friends
  6. Extra activities and hobbies
  7. Occasional Purchases (Clothes/Games/Stationery)

His avenues of income are not as comprehensive however:

  1. Father Mother Scholarship (FMS)
  2. Student Loans (Not really income)
  3. Paychecks from part time work

Unless his FMS is sufficient to cover his entire university fee, he would have to take a student loan which will become an expense once he graduates. Thus as a student, the aim of the game is to save enough money to pay off that loan as fast as possible to minimise the interest liability of the loan. But how much do you need to earn from that part time job to save up enough to pay off your loan? Do you want to graduate in debt? If the answer is no, how much should your bank balance read when you graduate?

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Being an intern at a financial consultancy firm really hit him –  financial planning has to start early.

 

What can Children do?

The obvious answer is to do some financial planning and save money, but if it was so obvious why isn’t everyone doing it?

A good goal is a specific goal with a realistic timeline. That’s why simply making saving a “mindset” is not enough. Children need to conjure up a number that they want to see in their banks and break it down into monthly and weekly savings. They also need to budget their expenses and from this, work towards their financial goals.

Children spending

When it comes to grinding out an income, working at an F&B (Food & Beverage) is the most common avenue, but there are other avenues that offer its pros and cons. One way is to give tuition which pays better per hour but gives your fewer hours, another is to do event-based jobs at sales and expos where you can earn a commission for each sale, on top of your base pay.

Thus its is important to underst and your schedule, work style and personal relationship (PR) skills before diving head first into your first part time job.

 

Poor Student, Rich Experiences

Even though the primary role of a student is to get good grades, other key takeaways are to have a rich student experience where you learn life skills, meet new people and explore the world. Financial planning is just a small segment that I encourage all children to explore. After all, financial planning at an early age has never hurt anyone; and might even be able to get them their first car or apartment earlier than that irritating straight “A” student.

To learn more about how to help your children manage their financial needs or how to better plan for their future, please contact Deepak Singh , a qualified MAS registered financial advisor with Global Financial Consultants Pte Ltd

 

☎   +65 9763 7746

✉   deepak.singh@gfcadvice.com

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HOW TO SELECT A FINANCIAL ADVISOR – 6 SIMPLE RULES

When looking for financial advice, it is common for us to be lost amongst the sea of advertisements, numbers and jargon. So what is important is to keep a few rules in mind before starting our hunt for a good investment and a good financial advisor.

Liquidity At Any Time

You need to be flexible with your money. Whether you need to withdraw cash for an emergency or plan ahead to to pay for an expensive university fee. A good investment advisor will cater to both.

Great Returns according to your risk profile

Everyone wants good returns. But nobody likes risk. Underst and how much risk you are willing to take at this point in your life. This means being real about your income, your personality and your goals. Before you invest, underst and the risks involved, so you will not have any unexpected surprises along the way.

Quarterly reviews

People park thous ands of dollars with financial advisors and professionals with promises to grow them. With your money being away for a long time, you want a way to keep an eye on it. A good financial advisor will provide quarterly reviews of your investment portfolio so that you can make well informed decisions about your finances in a timely fashion.

Active Management of Portfolio

Investments are heavily tied to time frames. Short term investments behave differently from long term investments. Typically, a financial advisor will invest in what he thinks is a long term investment. This investment will be left idle for a year as he actively manages short term investments. However, a good financial advisor will continue to review all investments regardless of the time frame. An engaged advisor will ensure better returns and better reactions to market shifts.

Evaluation of existing insurance and investment portfolios

Not everyone is a new investor. Many who are not investors might have a list of insurances that they are paying for. A good financial advisor not only offers new portfolios or creates new portfolios for clients to invest in – they also take in, analyse and give advice on existing portfolios.

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Economical Fee structure

Financial advisors often come with hidden fees’ and commissions. This can be a huge pain, so it is important to be aware of this problem. Actively seek out the fee structures of potential financial advisors so you know what you are paying for. Fee structures should be clear, transparent and competitive to the market rate. There are fee based and commission based charges and it is important to underst and the implications of each before choosing a financial advisor.

With these rules in mind, you will be better able to gauge financial advisors and investments and make well informed decisions.

If you would like to have a chat and see what options are accessible to you, then please feel free to reach out to Deepak Singh, qualified financial advisor with Global Financial Consultants Pte Ltd, for an unbiased and honest advice. He manages the investment portfolios of Singaporeans, Permanent Residents (PR) and expatriates.

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Deepak Singh

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REAL ESTATE GROWTH IN TIER II CITIES – INDIA

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The Real Growth Drivers….

While real estate market in metro cities has been seeing a steady rise. But, the actual growth drivers in the next few years, according to industry insiders will be Tier II cities. Hence, initiatives such as Smart Cities Mission and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation are likely to improve the living st andards and infrastructure of Tier II and Tier III cities.

Tier II Infrastructure

Smart cities programme will provide an impetus to the real estate sector. As a result of a large portion of the 48,000 crore investment that would be put in housing, water, energy, and overall urban development of these cities.

Industrial Corridors…The Answer

So, there was a need for Tier-II cities to step up, since growth in Tier I cities has been exhausted. Population is bursting at its seams in these cities. And to really fuel the growth of the country, Tier II cities are now expected to see increased action. Therefore, the Government has set in motion several initiatives and infrastructure development plans to see this through. One such is the increasing growth of industrial corridors.

Tier II Commercial-property-India

“Industrial corridors have played an important role in sort of breaking the heavy clusters of urbanisation and transporting it to Tier I and Tier II cities,” opines Namrata P ande Srivastava, Managing Director, Evente Clinic, Singapore.

Now, another reason these cities are seeing growth is because multinational companies are setting base here since real estate and talent both come cheaper than Tier-I cities. As a result of increased employment there has been a rise in housing dem and. Tier-II cities are cost-effective and provide better quality of life. These industries have come close to each other in these cities, giving rise to clusters. Specific areas have developed and real estate has grown around them.

Tier II Clusters

 

Tier II Cities to Watch Out!

“Overall, we are expecting growth spurts to be seen in Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Ch andigarh, Bhubaneshwar, Coimbatore, Indore, Nagpur, Vadodara and Visakhapatnam,” says Namrata P ande Srivastava, Managing Director, Evente Clinic, Singapore.

Hence the coming few years should be exciting ones in terms of real estate development for Tier II cities.

If you would like to know more, send an email to  support@eventeclinic.com.sg

 

 

8 STEPS TO GET BACK CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH

Almost everyone, kids & adults are constantly falling sick these days. Be it due to changes in weather, pollution, stress, lack of sleep, infection or other medical and non-medical reasons. The doctors’ office is filled with sick people, often making us even sicker than when we first went there! Lo and behold if anyone sneezes in the lift!

Most of the conditions are related to our lifestyle and our immunity. By lifestyle I mean, the food we consume, the amount of rest we get, what we may be going through at work and at home and certainly all the gadgets we are constantly using. Our immunity is also linked to these issues. We all know that good nutrition means better immunity and that stress lowers our bodies ability to fight infections.

So how do we get back control?

We can do it with a bit of motivation, dedication and discipline. A healthy mind and soul can reside only in a healthy body. And therefore, your health should be your top responsibility.

  1. Physical Health  

When your symptoms are acute like cold, cough fever, pain, etc, it’s important to get them in immediate control through medication. But they often get more chronic, like regular colds, flues,  sneezing every morning or arthritis, diabetes, chronic fatigue, aches. These are due to environmental allergies, inflammations and food intolerances. This is when you need a different approach like BodyTalk.

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BodyTalk is a non invasive technique that helps you strengthen your body’s communication networks to optimize your health and address underlying causative factors. BodyTalk treatments address underlying allergies and intolerances effective by desensitizing your body to allergen frequency by working it through the meridian system.

  1. Quality of Sleep

Several people are affected by sleeping disorders these days.  With our high stress life style insomnia is very common. Some of the symptoms include, difficulty in falling asleep, waking up in middle of nights and difficult to fall back to sleep, sleeping through the night and waking up tired and exhausted as body cannot shift into deeper levels of sleep.

Sleeping disorder can contribute to other diseases and health conditions such as Depression, ADHD, Fibromyalgia, pain, asthma etc. So, it is important to address your sleeping issues.

Here are few simple tips

  • Stick to the same bedtime and wake up time
  • Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual – switch off your gadgets, TV, computer, phones, X box etc one hour before bed time.
  • Avoid bright light to help manage your circadian rhythms
  • Do this corticies technique to help you relax and balance your brain before sleeping – Click here to watch you tube 

 

  1. Diet and Nutrition 

We all know the saying, “You are what you eat”. So, cleaning up your diet will make a big difference to how you feel in your body, your clarity of mind, your energy levels, your mood swings and the way you deal with stress. Food craving are most of the time what your gut microbiome (friendly bacteria) is craving. You can take probiotics to help you with that. 
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Additionally, BodyTalk treatments also work intensively with balancing gut bacteria and microbiome community. It further enhances digestion assimilation of mineral, vitamins and nutrition from food we eat.

  1. Weight Loss

Over weight and not feeling good in your body could be impacting your confidence and how to feel about yourself. Obvious weight loss strategies that you may know are eating whole food, instead of processed food, avoiding high sugar food and carbonated drinks, alcohol etc. Exercise and Fitness is the second rule for weight loss.

 

But many a time people are emotional eaters, stress triggers them into fight and flight mode and there brain simply switches off due to overload of stress). This leads them into self-destructive behavior – overindulging in food, alcohol and comfort food eating.  This is so common in Hong Kong which is high stress and high speed society.

BodyTalk program provides you with simple tools that you can look after your stress levels (preventing your brain from getting into switching mode, despite of high environmental stress)

 

  1. Emotional Health

People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their emotions and their behavior. They are able to h andle life’s challenges, build strong relationships, and recover from setbacks. Emotional health refers to your overall psychological well-being.

People who are emotionally healthy have:

  • A sense of contentment.
  • The ability to deal with stress and bounce back from adversity.
  • The flexibility to learn new things and adapt to change.
  • A balance between work and play, rest and activity, etc.
  • Self-confidence and high self-esteem.

Red flag feeling and behavior’s that may require immediate attention

  • Inability to sleep
  • Feeling down, hopeless or helpless most of the time
  • Concentration problems
  • Using nicotine, food, drugs, or alcohol to cope with difficult emotions
  • Negative or self –destructive thoughts or fear that you cant control
  • Thoughts of death or suicide.

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Whatever internal or external factors have shaped your mental and emotional health, it’s never too late to make changes that will improve your psychological well-being.  BodyTalk treatments work effectively in addressing and releasing all emotional stressors thus balancing mental and emotional health.

 

  1. Stress 

Stress is the most common factor in each ones life. It is the top most underlying factor for all diseases – physical , mental, emotional  and  relationship problems.

Stress could be:

  • environmental stress –  work, studies, performance etc
  • chemical stress – my chemicals, preservant, hormones and sugars and artificial stimulants, etc from our diet as well as medication s
  • stress in relationships
  • stress from disturbance of Electro megnative field, radiations and Wi Fi ‘s in our environment.

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Each one perceives life through there belief systems,  perceptions and therefore each one of us reacts to these stimulus of external stressor with different intensity.

BodyTalk is a consciousness based modality which works effectively with addressing the belief systems, perceptions, past experiences which amplify our reaction to stress.  It helps body to rewire to harmonious balance of getting body out of Sympathic  (fight /flight mechanism ) and restoring Parasympathic (repair and growth ) nervous system.

 

  1. Prioritizing your Life

It is crucial that you set your life priorities  eg with your work – what are goals you what to achieve and what is the price you are willing to pay in terms of effort,  work hours , dedication and discipline.  Similarly in your personal life – what are your priorities –  fitness, social life,  family time, personal growth,  developing your hobbies.
Goal

Arranging your time for these priorities of your life so you can maintain balance of your life and not get side tracked and carried away with less important things in life and time waters such as access of TV or gaming etc.

  1. Nurturing your Soul

Nuturing your soul is crucial as you nurture your body with food each day. This could be any regime that connects you with your soul, gets your grounded, gets you in present moment. It could be achieved by meditation, spending time in nature, spending time to look within  on what is bothering you. Do brief self analysis of your day, every night before sleeping and self analysis and planning every week.

MindScape workshop is the excellent tool enhance your intuition, creativity and mind power to address your conflicts in life, brain storm ideas and strategies, develop your hobbies, strengthen your memory and mind power for best performance at work, studies, sports and all aspects of your life.

 

Author Bio:

Angie Tourani,  BodyTalk Practitioner

Angie Tourani is Hong Kong’s only Advanced Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, BodyTalk Instructor and MindScape Trainer.  She specializes in working with emotional issues, anxiety, depression, insomnia, immune system weaknesses, and sensory integration disorder with both adults and children. She offers both physical treatments and distance (remote) healing sessions.

Angie, mother of 2 children, discovered BodyTalk in her search for safe holistic healthcare for her children in 2005.  She has trained with the Founder of BodyTalk System, Dr. John Veltheim, in this cutting-edge healthcare system. She currently provides BodyTalk treatments from Integrated Medicine Institute (IMI clinic) and Dr. Susan Jamieson Medical Practice

CAPITAL GUARANTEE INVESTMENTS- IS IT THE RIGHT CHOICE?

Investment

Investments that offer a ‘capital guarantee’ or ‘capital protection’ look like a great way to have your cake and eat it too. They claim to give you the ability to enjoy investment returns in the good times. While protecting you from losing your money if it all goes pear-shaped. However, investors need to do their research, as these products may not be the right option for everyone.

How is the guarantee or protection provided?

Let’s look at how a guarantee or protection on your capital is achieved by structuring investments in a variety of ways:
• Some investments provide a guarantee by investing through a life insurance company.
• Others use a portion of the money you invest to buy a bond to provide capital protection and then invest the remainder of the money in options and other derivatives.
• Other ways of delivering a guarantee include combining a guarantee from a bank with hedge fund or derivative investments.
No two capital guaranteed or protected investments are the same, so you need to pay special attention to the structure, investment maturity date and terms and conditions that apply.

      

10 things to consider:

  • Investing in a guaranteed or protected product is not the same as putting money in a bank or building society.
  • The benefits of protection need to be considered against the cost.
  • The guarantee is only as good as the guarantor behind it.
  • Inflation can eat into your capital even if falling investment markets don’t
  • You might not always be able to lock in investment gains when you want to
  • Barrier or knock-out events can reduce or eliminate your investment earnings
  • Check on early redemption
  • Beware of termination clauses.
  • Beware of “gearing the product.
  • Tax considerations should not be the sole driver for investments.

Conclusion :

No investment is 100% secure. In certain extreme circumstances (for example, if the company providing the guarantee or protection goes belly-up), you can still lose your money. Even if you are confident about the security of the guarantee or protection, you need to weigh up the cost of these products with the benefits they can provide.

While these products may well suit some individual investors, studies show most people are far better off with a sensible and balanced portfolio of bonds and equities over time. And therefore one should consider all facts and speak to experts before making any financial decisions.

Author Bio:

Bruce Baron, CEO GFC. Bruce has spent his whole career in financial services. As the CEO, Bruce spearheads the direction of the company. He leads the investment committee to ensure consistent and pertinent advice is given.

LOSE WEIGHT – EXERCISE TO BURN FAT!!!

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Fitness Series Week II

  Congratulations on completing Week 1 of your fitness journey. It is your first milestone, amongst many more to come. Your body is now getting tuned to moderate exercise and better nutritional choices. It is about time to take your fitness to a next level with second part of Fitness Series.

 

A Weighty Issue…

Weight can often be a prickly topic to discuss. At any age, one’s weight is often a sensitive topic and people don’t want to talk about. Good news is that it is easy to maintain your weight at healthy levels with smart food choices and some exercise. The key is to attain the desired goals without compromising on the essential nutrients required by the body.

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Week 2

This week’s focal point is: EXERCISE to burn fat! We will give you 4 simple steps to begin your second week towards ultimate fitness and health.

 

4 SIMPLE STEPS:

 

  1. Measuring and recording your weight:  

    Simply start a healthy and fit life style by measuring and recording your weight today. Check your weight weekly and monitor the progress. It is also important for you to check your BMI ( Body Mass Index ). BMI is a measure of body fat calculated as your weight (in kilograms) over your height squared (in centimetres). It categories an individual as underweight, normal weight and over weight as per the BMI value.

     

     

    bmi

    BMI Categories: 
    Underweight = <18.5
    Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
    Overweight = 25–29.9
    Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

 

  1. Start Your Exercise Regime

  Exercise up to 3-4 times a week. You may substitute the following exercises with fun filled activities like cycling, swimming, jogging on a nature trail. On off days, you may go for 15-20 minutes brisk walking.

 A.  Join a Gym:

Look for a gym which is at a convenient distance from your home. Perhaps, one that offer classes like kick boxing, Zumba, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and Yoga to break monotonicity. The gym should have a pleasant ambience and basic equipment and exercise machines like dumbbells, barbells, foam roller, kettlebells, yoga mats, bench press, treadmills, exercise bicycles, cables, and pulleys.

Approximate time: 35 – 40 minutes

Warm Up:

Warm up is important as it gently prepares body for physical activity. It elevates heart rate and pumps blood to muscles. Do warm up exercises for about 3-4 minutes to loosen joints, stretch muscles and to prevent injury.

Torso Twists 60 seconds

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Jumping Jacks 60 seconds

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High Knees 60 seconds

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Lunges 60 seconds

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Main Exercise:

  1. 3 sets x 10 repetitions Bicep curls (30 second gap between each set)

Bicep Curls with light weights will help tone arms. Approximate time: 3 minutes

  1. 3 sets x 10 repetitions Squats (30 second gap between each set)

Squat

Squats help strengthen and give firm shape to legs. Approximate time: 3 minutes

  1. 3 set x 10 reps Bend over rows (30 second gap between each set)

Bent over rows

Bend Over Rows with light weight will help strengthen lower back, shoulders, and arms. Approximate time: 3 minutes

  1. 3 sets x 20 second planks (30 second gaps between each set)

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Planks strengthen core muscles and give firm abs. Approximate time: 3 minutes

Cardio (Optional)

If you want to lose more weight engage in 20 minutes moderate intensity jog at your own comfortable pace on a treadmill.

Cool Down:

Do some basic stretches. You can even lie down for 5 mins.

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Note: You may choose another set of exercises and vary the sequence as per your preference. But remember to keep gap between each set to about 30 seconds and do cardio only towards the end of workout session for better fat loss.

 

B. Exercise at home:

If you a pressed for time or feel going to gym a hassle you can very well exercise in comfort of your home.

Equipment required: Yoga mat, a pair of dumbbells and skipping rope.

Approximate Time: 30 -35 minute

Warm Up:

Same as above

Main Exercise:

Approximate Time for each exercise: 3 minutes

  1. 3 set X 10 repetitions Bicep Curl (30 seconds gap between each set)

Bicep Curls with light weights will help tone arms

  1. 3 sets X 10 repetitions Diamond Pushups (30 second gap between each set)

Pushups

Diamond Push Up will tone arms, shoulders and strengthen core

  1. 3 sets X 10 repetitions Squats (30 seconds gap between each set)

Squat

Squats help strengthen and give firm shape to legs

  1. 3 sets X 10 repetitions Mountain Climbers (30 seconds gap between each set)

Mountain Climbers

5. Mountain climbers is a full body workout that challenges balance, agility, and muscular coordination.5. 3 sets X 10 repetitions Star Jumps (30 seconds gap between each set)

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Star Jumps is an effective exercise to burn calories in a very short span of time

  1. 3 sets X 20 seconds Plank (30-60 seconds gap between each set)

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Planks strengthen core muscles and give firm abs

Cardio (Optional)

If you want to lose more weight engage in Moderate Intensity Skipping at your own convenient pace for 10 minutes.

Cool Down:

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Do some basic stretches. You can even lie down for 5 mins.

 

  1. Healthy Nutrition Choices

As mentioned in our Fitness Series part I, it’s important for you to eat right along with exercising. Celebrity Fitness Trainer Justin Gelb and, who has trained supermodels like Karlie Kloss, Chrissy Teigen, Irina Shayk, Mir anda Kerr to name a few, advices “No sugar, booze, and only carbs like brown rice, vegetables, Ezekiel breads — Gelb and suggests consuming them only twice a week.”

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Cheat Day: If you have been careful with your nutritional choices and exercising religiously, then you are allowed to have a cheat day once a week. However, it is important to remember not to go overboard with calorie splurging and undoing the good work done in previous 6 days. Some suggestions for cheat days are buffalo chicken wings, chicken tikka masala, vegetable pakoras, potatoes, ice-cream, and cookies.

 

  1. Enough Sleep

Importance of deep sleep for at least 7 hours a day for maintaining a healthy and fit body cannot be emphasized enough. During sleep our body repairs muscle wear and tear, and restores hormonal balance disturbed by hectic work schedule and stress. After a deep sleep, you will wake up fresh and energized to take on the day’s task. Abstaining from using laptop/smart phones and avoiding sugary food and caffeine at night can help in achieving a better-quality sleep.

 

Until next week….

Everyone’s body is different. Keep experimenting with food and portion sizes to figure out what gives you the best results. Try different exercises such as Yoga, cycling, trekking, or a Zumba class at your gym to keep the boredom away. It also helps with challenging yourself and focusing on different parts of the body.

Next week we will explore the topic of building muscle and strength! Until then…..good luck!!!

 

Author Bio

Author Gauri

Gaurangi Verma is a freelance Content Writer residing in Singapore with her husb and. She is an avid reader and a Netflix junkie. Recent events in her life, led her to jump off the couch and take to the streets. Making sure she takes the mantra “Practice what you Preach” very seriously!

2017 BUDGET IMPACT ON REAL ESTATE INDIA

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Finally the News we all have been waiting for…..

For the very first time, the government decided to present the Union Budget on February 1 instead of the last day of the month. There were many positive changes from the new budget and one that affects almost every Indian living in India or abroad, is the impact on real estate.

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The Union Budget 2017 announced several measures which will impact the real estate industry positively . The real estate sector will get an impetus with the much needed policies and steps, declared in the budget.

Here are some of the key areas where the industry will benefit from this budget.

1. Affordable Housing to get a big boost:

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This segment in particular has been the focus of the budget when it comes to real estate. The budget granted the much needed ‘infrastructure’ status to affordable housing. Mr. Jaitley stated during his speech that this would allow the nation to realise the dream of ‘housing for all by 2022’.

Namrata P ande Srivastava, Managing Director, Evente Clinic Singapore agrees, “The biggest momentum has been given to the affordable housing segment. And needs of both developers and buyers have been taken into account. Developers will now have access to capital at lower rates and better tenure terms. Coupled with tax incentives, this benefit will pass on to the buyers.”

With the new rules, bigger unit areas qualify for affordable housing . Therefore more units have become applicable for these benefits. The government has also increased the time of completion of such projects from three to five years. With all these incentives, the government has ensured that more builders will now target this sector to avail the benefits of flexible long term funding at lower costs.

2. Tax unoccupied houses after a year of getting completion certificate:

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This rule will provide breather to builders to liquidate their inventory. For earlier, they were being taxed on property (which was stock-in-trade) immediately after completion certificate. It would also go a long way in reducing speculative investment and would encourage long-term investment. Eventually price volatility would also go down.

3. Holding period for capital gains tax reduced from three years to two years: 

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This translates in to lesser tax for those intending to sell their property in two years as opposed to three years. We might see an increase in secondary sales in the real estate sector. Also, curb in cash transaction above three lakhs would go a long way in helping to control prices in the secondary sales market.

4. National Housing Bank (NHB) to refinance individual housing loans of about INR 200 billion: 

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Demonetisation Drive has resulted in surplus cash with banks. Therefore major banks across the country are now in a position to l ower their lending rates . NHB to refinance housing loans is welcome news. Not just for new buyers but even for those who have already taken a flexible housing loan. This will provide relief to them.

5. Increased spend on infrastructure:

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The Government has announced massive spend on infrastructure which includes Railways, coastal roads, connectivity between ports. The Government is looking at developing Tier II city airports and has also proposed to monetise unused l and assets. Improved infrastructurwill result in more investment and especially more foreign investment in real estate in Tier II cities.

Final Words….

Overall, experts like Namrata P ande Srivastava, Managing Director, Evente Clinic Singapore  and others from the real estate sector feel, the budget will help make the sector more robust and drive growth. Several incentives have been declared keeping in mind both the interests of the developers as well as the buyers.

If you would like to know more, send an email to  support@eventeclinic.com.sg