Jewellery History Today

Posted on the 12th October 2012 by Olivia
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In the Mood for Cheongsam in Vogue!

Posted on the 17th September 2012 by Olivia

In the Mood for Cheongsam was featured in Vogue Germany! See their article and the translation below.

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 Translation of the article

The cheongsam dress is part of Chinese heritage. The traditional ankle-length gown featuring a high collar and buttoned shoulder had its own dedicated exhibition this year at The National Museum of Singapore. Editions Didier Millet published an illustrated reference book to accompany the exhibition in mid-August. Designers such as Jason Wu, Ralph Lauren and Marchesa adopted elements of the traditional Far Eastern dress in their 2012 Fall/Winter collections (top, left).

 


How well do you know your Home away from Home?

Posted on the 3rd August 2012 by Olivia

An interesting feature on Malaysia At Random which appeared in the latest issue of The Expat magazine. It is aptly titled “How well do you know your Home away from Home” for the pleasure of the expat community here.

 

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Review of In the Mood for Cheongsam in The New Straits Times

Posted on the 1st August 2012 by Olivia

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Cities in Transformation mentioned in ZB and Shin Min Daily News

Posted on the 24th July 2012 by Olivia

Lianhe Zaobao, 2 July 2012 (Pg 1)

Translated from Chinese (read in Chinese)

Careful planning and implementation needed to create a liveable home

It is not easy to transform into a liveable and sustainable city, and long-term planning and careful implementation is needed. PM Lee said that the government will continue to work hard to make Singapore into the best home. However, besides improving infrastructure and adding more green spaces, Singapore also needs to strengthen its social capital, to make our society more harmonious and united.

Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), World Cities Summit (WCS), and the inaugural CleanEnviro Summit (CES) was held together for the first time in Singapore. PM Lee shared Singapore’s experience of becoming a liveable city at the joint opening of the events.

PM Lee pointed out that liveability and sustainable development have been the main aims of Singapore’s development.

Even though Singapore is just a small island of 700 sq km without any natural resources, Singapore has set up protected nature areas, built gardens and parks, and cleaned up rivers and waterways, to integrate nature into our Garden city.

However PM Lee admitted that it is not easy to transform successfully. He said, “It’s easy to sacrifice long-term objectives, environmental objectives or urban planning objectives, for short-term advantage. And it’s difficult to rally political support for the right choices. Enforcing planning norms is not easy, acting against polluters is equally hard, and pricing resources like water and electricity which affect the lives of millions of people is even harder.”

PM Lee pointed out that the government’s efforts to make Singapore a more liveable city will continue. This is because Singapore’s population is growing, and expectations are higher as the population is more exposed to beautiful cities elsewhere.

“We may be a densely populated city but we’re determined to continue improving Singapore, so that our people live comfortably and pleasantly, and this becomes one of the jewels in the tropics.” PM Lee said that there are ongoing efforts to build new housing estates and upgrade older ones, improve the public transport network, and integrate more green spaces and blue waters into the landscape.

The Gardens by the Bay has just opened, and besides this iconic tourist destination, the government is working hard to make every corner of Singapore better. For example, every neighbourhood will have its own park, every town will have its own Destination Park, providing unique leisure facilities.

“Beyond infrastructure, Singapore is also strengthening its social capital. That means integrating Singaporeans, newly-arrived immigrants and foreign workers, preserving ethnic harmony and building a more compassionate society.”

PM Lee felt that such efforts to make Singapore better will not end, as the country will need to meet the public’s growing expectations.

To provide more avenues for different countries to learn from one another, PM Lee also announced a new book “Cities in Transformation” jointly published by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC). The book chronicles the transformation stories of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize winners and some of the special mentions. 

The CLC will also launch a “Liveability Framework” to help cities set liveability and sustainability targets, and methods to meet these targets.

PM Lee hopes these experiences will be useful for some countries, and hopes to also learn from other countries and cities.

The SIWW, WCS, and CES started yesterday at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre and will be held for the next four to five days. A total of 15,000 government representatives, experts, and academics will be attending.

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Shin Min Daily News, 2 July 2012 (Pg 7)

Translated from Chinese 

PM: The Government will continue to work hard to make Singapore the best home

PM Lee pointed out that the government will continue to work hard to make Singapore the best home, and transform Singapore into a tropical jewel, and this work will never end.

He said it is not easy to transform into a liveable and sustainable city, and long term planning and careful implementation are needed.

PM gave an opening address at the joint opening of World Cities Summit, CleanEnviro Summit and the Singapore International Water Week yesterday. He also pointed out that liveability and sustainable development have been the main aims of Singapore’s development. Even though Singapore is just a small island of 700 sq km without any natural resources, Singapore has set up protected nature areas, built gardens and parks, and cleaned up rivers and waterways, to integrate nature into our Garden city. However PM admitted that it is not easy to transform successfully. He said, “It’s easy to sacrifice long-term objectives, environmental objectives or urban planning objectives, for short-term advantage. And it’s difficult to rally political support for the right choices. Enforcing planning norms is not easy, acting against polluters is equally hard, and pricing resources like water and electricity which affect the lives of millions of people is even harder.”

PM Lee pointed out that the government’s efforts to make Singapore a more liveable city will continue. “We may be a densely populated city but we’re determined to continue improving Singapore, so that our people live comfortably and pleasantly, and this becomes one of the jewels in the tropics.” To provide more avenues for different countries to learn from one another, PM Lee also announced a new book “Cities in Transformation” jointly published by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC). The book chronicles the transformation stories of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize winners and some of the special mentions.


In the Mood for Cheongsam review in The Sun

Posted on the 9th July 2012 by Olivia

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