President’s Award for Teachers’ nominations have started in Singapore

People in Singapore can now nominate for the teachers, who have performed very well, for President’s Award for Teachers.

The Education Ministry claimed that the prize will be given at the Istana by the President on 5th September when the Teacher’s Day is celebrated.

This is the 15th year of the celebration of the President’s Award for Teachers. This award was introduced in 1998 and the motive to introduce this award was to recognize the teachers who have contributed in imparting the education and who are dedicated and hard working in their profession of making the future of young children.Till now , 50 teachers have received this award.

Point to note that the teachers who are nominated for this award must be dedicated towards their job and support learning,caring etc. of children and hence make the future if children bright in every aspect.

Also the teachers must be able to make an image of themselves that the students consider them as their role model.

One can get the nomination form from all the primary and secondary schools, junior colleges, centralized institute and MOE’s Customer Service Centre at 1 North Buona Vista Drive.

Other way to nominate for the teachers for the President’s Award for Teachers’ is by downloading the form from the website of Academy of Singapore Teachers.

The last date for the nominations id 24 th February 2012 so HURRY and vote for the best teachers.

PM of Singapore expects more babies in this Year of Dragon

Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, expects Singaporeans to increase the birth rate and hence allow Singapore to maintain its national identity.

As Lee Hsien Loong himself has 4 children and urged Singaporean families to grow as Singapore needs more local born babies.

He hoped that 2012 will be year for many babies. Singapore does not want to depend itself on immigration and also not want to decrease its population on a yearly basis.

As we know that the year of Dragon is very special and crucial to have a baby as only Dragon appears among the 12 animals in the Chinese Cosmic Cycle.

According to the sources, Chinese believe that babies born in the Year of Dragon, Dragon being the symbol of Ancient Emperors, will have more courage and wisdom and hence will be lucky for their families.

Also it has been seen decrease in the TFR i.e Total Fertility Rate from 1.60 babies per female in 2000 to 1.20 in 2011. The current population of Singapore is 5.2 million and out of which foreigners occupy the quarter share.

About Singapore Medical Council (SMC)

The Singapore Medical Council (SMC) is the statutory board that is responsible for keeping the healthcare system operative and effective in the state. It is a department under the Ministry of Health that maintains and regulates registration of medical professionals and the compulsory continuing medical education (CME) program. It’s the governing body that administers professional ethics and conducts of the medical practitioners in Singapore.

SMC offers the following services:

Becoming a registered doctor: It offers information and services to help medical professionals enroll and obtain licenses to become registered doctors in Singapore. It helps doctors in obtaining practicing certificates as mandated by the state law to practice as doctors. It is also the authoritative body that resolves appeals and disputes if a person is denied registration by the Medical Council..

Information for registered doctors: SMC operates as the one-stop destination for information required by medical practitioners regarding:

  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Restoration to the Register
  • Renewal of Practicing Certificates
  • Removal of Names from Register
  • Display of Qualifications
  • Supervisory Framework
  • Titles Approved for Use

Information for public and patients: SMC deals with the complaints registered by patients under the amended Medical Registration Act of December 2010. It receives complaints which are then reviewed and resolved by a Complaint Committee containing ten or more members. Each of such committee contains the following members to ensure proper representation of each party involved:

  • One chairman
  • One medical practitioner
  • One member of the society from non-medical background

Information for CME Providers: One can get all the necessary information regarding Continuing Medical Education from SMC. One needs to create an online account with SMC for registering for CME events and submitting attendance records. Services offered under this section are as follows:

  • Hospitals and other Healthcare Institutions information
  • Medical Societies/VWOs for CME programs
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Application for Accreditation of Local Events
  • Submission of Attendance Records


More about Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore

The Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore offers enormous facilities for the visitors and hence make their stay in the hotel comfortable and memorable.

Following are some of the facilities offered:


  • Courts for playing at nights
  • Complimentary racquets
  • Indoor courts
  • Ball machine
  • Outdoor surfaces
  • Restringing services
  • Indoor surfaces


  • Sentosa Golf Club
  • Laguna National Golf and Country Club

Facilities for younger guests

  • Children’s amenities such as welcome amenity, complimentary children’s and baby’s toiletries, child-size bathrobes and special menu for kids
  • Complimentary on-site activities such as DVDs, video games and swimming pool on 20th floor
  • Babysitting services
  • Tours
  • Family-oriented activities

Business services

  • Round the clock business services
  • Interpretation and translation service
  • Audiovisual equipment
  • Wireless or wired internet access
  • Secretarial service
  • Wireless or wired internet access at meeting rooms
  • Presentation supplies like transparencies, televisions, dry erase boards and VCRs.

Gift Ideas

  • Breakfast-in-bed retreats
  • Massages and spa treatments
  • Personalized family getaways
  • Sports or cultural weekends
  • Romantic dinners

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore also offers transportation services in the following vehicles for airport transfers:

  • Mercedes Benz E200
  • Toyota Hiace
  • Mercedes Benz S350
  • 19-seater buses
  • Mercedes Vito

Contact Details

190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646
Telephone number: (65) 6734-1110
Fax: (65) 6733-0682

SOTC packages of Singapore

SOTC is a premier outbound tour operator of India. They organize tour packages to different itineraries across the globe and is estimated to have offered their services to 300,000 travelers so far. SOTC has been offering tailor-made tour packages to different destinations of Europe, Australia, the US, Britain, Africa, New Zealand, Mauritius, South Asia and Far East countries for over 50 years now. They have tour packages to fit every budget size. Whether you are looking for a luxurious trip or a budget one, SOTC has a suitable package tour for everyone.

Singapore has grown to become a thriving tourist destination in the world. The state is full of exciting tourist sights and shopping malls. The shopping festivals and discount sales attract a large number of shopping enthusiasts from across the world. During this time, SOTC organizes several tour packages that include Singapore in their itinerary lists. Following is a list of SOTC packages to Singapore:

I. Oriental Voyage
Duration: 9 Days
Itineraries: Singapore, Malaysia, SuperStar Libra, Penang, Phuket, and Krabi
Starting Price: INR 41,556 and an additional $499 per person
Starting place: Mumbai
Singapore highlights of the package:
Two days tour of Singapore which includes visit to the Sentosa Island where you can enjoy Underwater World and Songs of the Sea.
You’ll reach at Singapore on Day 01. The next day is preserved for a guided tour of the city. Visit the famous Chinatown and Little India and shop for keepsakes.

II. Winter Cost Saver Thailand Malaysia and Singapore
Duration: 11 Days
Itineraries: Bangkok, Pattaya, Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands, Singapore
Starting Price: INR 22,825 and an additional USD 1,569 per person
Starting place: Mumbai
Singapore highlights of the package:
Guided tour of the city and Sentosa Island and a chance to witness Underwater World and Songs of the Sea.
Accommodation will be arranged at Hotel Windsor or a similar one in Singapore

III. Winter Magical Hong Kong with Macau
Duration: 6 Days
Itineraries: Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands, Singapore.
Starting Price: INR 21,675 plus USD 1159
Starting place: Mumbai
Singapore highlights of the package:
You’ll be taken around the city on a guided tour.
Your stay here will also cover Sentosa Island where you can enjoy Underwater World and ‘Songs of the Sea’.

IV. Winter All of Far East
Duration: 13 days
Itineraries: Bangkok, Pattaya, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands, Singapore
Starting Price: INR 21,999 plus US$ 1179 per person
Starting place: Mumbai
Singapore highlights of the package:
City tour and visit to Sentosa Island that will cover trips to Universal Studios at Resorts World Sentosa, Underwater World and ‘Songs of the Sea’.

V. Winter Malaysian Mystique
Duration: 10 days
Itineraries: Bangkok, Pattaya, Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands, Singapore
Starting Price: INR 8999 plus US$ 859 per person
Starting place: Mumbai
Singapore highlights of the package:
Guided tour of Singapore city
Visits to Sentosa Island which will also include tourist attractions like Universal Studios at Resorts World Sentosa, Underwater World and ‘Songs of the Sea’ Show in Singapore

VI. Winter Malaysia with Singapore
Duration: 6 days
Itineraries: Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands, Singapore
Starting Price: INR 8,979 plus US$ 629 per person
Starting place: Mumbai
Singapore highlights of the package:
Guided city tour of Singapore
Visits to Universal Studios at Resorts World Sentosa, Underwater World and ‘Songs of the Sea’ Show in Singapore

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

Located right at Singapore’s heart, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is a few minutes away from the Orchard Road and the shopping and entertainment hot spots. The financial district of Singapore is a few minutes from this well-known luxury hotel.

Room Facilities

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore offers the following rooms and suites for its guests:

  • Four Seasons Executive Suite
  • Presidential Suite
  • Premier Room
  • Royal One-Bedroom Suite
  • Boulevard Room
  • Ambassador One-Bedroom Suite
  • Deluxe Room
  • Governor One-Bedroom Suite
  • Superior Room
  • One-Bedroom Suite

The following amenities and services are available at these rooms and suites:

  • Cable network with every news channel
  • In-room safes
  • CD players
  • Multi-line telephones with conference call capability
  • Clock radios
  • Multi-line telephones with voicemail
  • Cordless telephones
  • Orthopedic pillows on request
  • Down pillows
  • Refrigerated private bars
  • DVD players
  • Tea and coffee makers
  • Fax machines on request
  • Thick terry bathrobes
  • Hair dryers
  • Daily housekeeping service twice a day
  • Hypo-allergenic pillows on request
  • Wired or wireless Internet


Celebration of Chinese New Year in Singapore

The Chinese represent the largest section of Singaporean population and so, a strong cultural influence of China can be seen in the various celebrations of the country. Observing the Chinese New Year is one of the most important events of Singapore. The day of the Chinese New Year is decided based on the Chinese lunar calendar.

The celebration of the Chinese New Year follows Chinese traditions. During this time roads and areas are decorated with bright colored flags and festoons. Lights are hung and markets are decorated in vibrant colors. The entire city transforms itself into a bright dreamscape. It is the time for the Chinese people to enjoy festivity and reuniting with friends and families.

Chun Jie is the most important tradition of the New Year. It is a tradition to bury old despairs and worries and welcome hope for the coming days. The preparation for Chun Jie starts one month before the actual celebration of New Year. The event is earmarked with buying gifts, clothes, household items, flowers, toys etc. for loved ones. The Chinese also buy a plum tree as it symbolizes new beginning and is an important part of the New Year celebration. Grand feasts, dance performances, theaters etc. are organized across Singapore during this time.

The Chinese New Year celebration is also known as the Spring Festival as it ushers the season of spring in the region. A world-class flower show is organized in Sentosa by the name of Sentosa Flowers.

The Chinese New Year is also a great time to shop in Singapore as the shops and shopping malls offer great deals during this time. If you are considering enjoying some great shopping deals in Singapore, it is the ideal time.

The Marina Bay in Singapore organizes the biggest parties for the New Year. People normally queue in front of the finest restaurants to enjoy dinner in the New Year. If you have planned to visit Singapore during the Chinese New Year time, don’t miss the Chingay Parade, which is an extravagant and dramatic event. In addition, you can participate in the Huayi Festival which is an exhibition of Chinese art and handicrafts.

Singapore and its economy

The Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong claimed that the economy of Singapore did very well in 2011 and expanded by 4.8 percent.

Lee Hsien Loong claimed that the external environment is uncertain and hence nothing can be made sure about the future growth and plans. Also Singapore will decrease employing the foreigners to work in Singapore.

Singapore expects a slow growth in 2012 and that too of 1 to 3 percent. One reason might be that as they will disallow the people from outside Singapore to work in Singapore and hence will lose many business opportunities.

According to sources,the population of Singapore is 5.2 million and around 3.3 million people are citizens, 1.4 million are non-resident foreigners and the rest of the people are permanent residents.

It has been known that because of foreigners, there has been rise in the cost,buses and other transportation are crowded,there is competition in schools,colleges.

Primary Care Partnership Scheme is on demand in Singapore!!!

The people of Singapore are applying for the Primary Care Partnership  Scheme in great number.

What is Primary Care Partnership  Scheme ?

With the help of this scheme, the elder people as well as the low income people in Singapore, will be able to take the advantage of the subsidized care at the private General Practitioner and the dental clinics.

In order to check the functioning of this scheme, the Minister of State for Health, Amy Khor, visited many residents and distributed the pamphlets about this scheme in order to propagate about this scheme.

According to the sources, around 2000 people have applied for this scheme and that too every month starting from August 2011.

The range of the income was doubled to S$1500 for each person in the house and the minimum age decreased to 40 from 65. These changes will take place from 15th January 2012.

The clinics that are participating in this Primary Care Partnership  Scheme, have raised by 10 percent since August 2011. In total, there are 440 GP clinics and 210 dental clinics which is a very good number.

Plans are under construction in order to seek methods so GPs get access to drugs that are inexpensive and hence the savings can be used for the patients.

Singapore will contribute for the people in Philippines…Kind Singapore!!!

Due to the unexpected tragedy that took place in Philippines and has affected many people, the Rahmatan Lil Alamin Mosque Committee and the Malay Muslim Community in Singapore came together and are working for the people affected by the floods in Philippines. This has again proved that Singapore is really benevolent.

This incident in Philippines, took the death of 1000 people and some are missing in places like Iligan and Cagayan in Philippines.

According to the sources, it has been found that mostly women and children were drowned in flash floods.

But how these mosques in Singapore are contributing for the people in Philippines?

Well the donation boxes will be kept from 30th December 2011 to 5th January 2012 at all the 69 mosques. Hopes are that there is huge collection on 30th December 2011 as people come in large number for the Friday Prayers.

For more information, the boxes will have the mark of “”Singapore Muslim Community’s Special Collection For Humanitarian Relief Effort in Southern Philippines”.

The collected amount will be sent to Mercy Relief which is responsible for providing help to the sufferers in Philippines.

Special note for Singaporeans that if they wish to contribute for this noble charity, they can do so in the form of cash or cheques and give the same to MUIS.