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Celebrating Jubilee Babies

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 | Permalink

Singapore will celebrate its Golden Jubilee next year. Singaporeans are looking forward to the activities and festivities prepared for this special occasion. Have you heard about the commemorative birth certificates? To commemorate the Golden Jubilee, Minister Grace Fu shared about the commemorative birth certificate.

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For mothers who will give birth next year, their child will automatically get the commemorative birth certificate. It does not end there because additional gifts or packages (for the child) will be given. For the past weeks, the public has been encouraged to vote for five (out of the fifteen) items that they like to include in the Jubilee Baby Gift package.

To date, 15,000 votes have been casted. This initiative is steered by National Population and Talent Division. When the division called for gift ideas, they received at least more than 6,000 ideas. The voting will end on May 15, 2014. You should vote now before the time runs out.

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If you are interested to vote, you can go to the official website of the Jubilee Baby Gift package. You have to decide five out of the fifteen shortlisted gifts. The fifteen shortlisted gifts include set of baby clothes, diaper bag, baby sling, wooden toy, hooded towel with bath toy, multi-functional shawl, special medallion/coin, baby feeding set, scrapbook for baby memories, baby rattle, sippy cup, baby book, family photo frame, set of bibs and growth wall chart.

This is indeed a memorable way of celebrating the 50th anniversary. More than any gifts and festivities, we should all commemorate how we gained our independence, our lessons learned and how we can move forward for a better and brighter Singapore.

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Exchange Students: The Drawbacks

Sunday, August 10th, 2014 | Permalink

Homesickness

Part of being an exchange student you must be immune to homesickness. This is actually one of the challenges that you have to take in order for you to keep going for the accomplishment of program.  When you are far away from home, it is normal to miss everything that you are doing with your friends and family. And to make it through, you just have to focus on why you are there and try to get busy by exploring the country and its people.

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Culture shock

If you are in a new country, this will always be expected. Let’s say you are in a University that allows their students to wear anything even bikinis while mingling around with people. Well, if you are from a conservative country this will definitely shock you. Another one is when you are in a country where in they normally eat creepy insects and you are from a country that is known for its sophistication and wealth, this will definitely jolt you.

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Conflict

As an exchange student, conflicts between you and your host family may not be prevented.  These conflicts should be solved immediately or else this may hinder the success of the whole program. These usually resulted from the diverse values and beliefs of both parties. The host family should be the one who will make sure that you are well taken care of while you are in their custody and as a sign of appreciation you need to respect and adapt the way of their living.

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