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Singapore School Terms and Holidays for 2009

Singapore School Terms and Holidays for 2009

Ministry of Education

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For Primary and Secondary Schools

School Terms for 2009

Semester 1
Term 1 Friday 2nd January to Friday 13th March
Term 2 Monday 23rd March to Friday 29th May
Semester 2
Term 3 Monday 29th June to Friday 4th September
Term 4 Monday 14th September to Friday 20th November

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School Holidays for 2009

Semester 1
After Term 1 Saturday 14th March to Sunday 22nd March
After Term 2 Saturday 30th May to Sunday 28th June
Semester 2
After Term 3 Saturday 5th September to Sunday 13th September
After Term 4 Saturday 21st November to Thursday 31st December

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For Junior Colleges

School Terms for 2009

Semester 1
? Year 1 Year 2
Term 1 Monday 2nd February to Friday 13th March Monday 12th January to Friday 13th March
Term 2 Monday 23rd March to Friday 29th May
Semester 2
? Year 1 Year 2
Term 3 Monday 29th June to Friday 4th September
Term 4 Monday 14th September to Friday 27th November Monday 14th September to Friday 4th December

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School Holidays for 2009

Semester 1
? Year 1 Year 2
After Term 1 Saturday 14th March to Sunday 22nd March
After Term 2 Saturday 30th May to Sunday 28th June
Semester 2
? Year 1 Year 2
After Term 3 Saturday 5th September to Sunday 13th September
After Term 4 Saturday 28th November to
Sunday 10th January 2010
Saturday 5th December to Thursday 31st December

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For Millennia Institute

School Terms for 2009

Semester 1
? Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Term 1 Monday 2nd February to Friday 13th March Monday 12th January to Friday 13th March
Term 2 Monday 23rd March to Friday 29th May
Semester 2
? Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Term 3 Monday 29th June to Friday 4th September
Term 4 Monday 14th September to Friday 27th November Monday 14th September to Friday 4th December

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School Holidays for 2009

Semester 1
? Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
After Term 1 Saturday 14th March to Sunday 22nd March
After Term 2 Saturday 30th May to Sunday 28th June
Semester 2
? Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
After Term 3 Saturday 5th September to Sunday 13th September
After Term 4 Saturday 28th November to
Sunday 10th January 2010
Saturday 5th December to Thursday 31st December

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Scheduled School Holidays for 2009

Holiday Date
Youth Day Sunday 5th July*
Teachers? Day Tuesday 1st September
Children?s Day Thursday 1st October#

* The following Monday will be a scheduled school holiday.
# For primary schools and primary sections of full schools only

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Public Holidays for 2009

Holiday Date
New Year?s Day Thursday 1st January
Chinese New Year Monday 26th January
Tuesday 27th January
Good Friday Friday 10th April
Labour Day Friday 1st May
Vesak Day Saturday 9th May*#
National Day Sunday 9th August*
Hari Raya Puasa Sunday 20th September*
Deepavali Saturday 17th October
Hari Raya Haji Friday 27th November
Christmas Day Friday 25th December

* The following Monday will be a scheduled school holiday.
# Schools? general offices will remain open on Monday, 11 May 2009.

More Chinese New Year Indulgence

?Lo-Hei, Lo-Hei?
The tossing of Yu Sheng is an important tradition not to be missed during Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year). Yu Sheng meaning ?raw fish? is a Chinese New Year dish, served traditionally on the Seventh Day of the Lunar New Year Calendar, also known as ?Ren Ri” meaning ?Every man?s Birthday?.

It is a salad dish consisting of slivers of raw fish mixed with shredded fresh and preserved vegetables, such as carrots, turnips, pickled ginger, sun-dried orange peel, pomelo and various condiments like: crushed peanuts, sesame seeds, deep-fried flour crisps, cinnamon, pepper and other spices, with a generous addition of plum sauce and cooking oil.

A certain ritual is conducted before one partakes the dish. The ingredients are then mixed with tossing actions by diners. The act of ?tossing? is called ?Lo-Hei? and the term comes from the Cantonese dialect. ?Lo? means ?to toss up? and ?Hei? means ?to rise?, a reference to a thriving business especially with businessmen during the New Year. The origin of the Chinese New Year delicacy can be traced back to a cultural practice held by Guangzhou fishermen in the past, where on the 7th day of the Lunar New Year, raw fish slices were eaten.

In Singapore, it was only in the mid-1960s that 4 Master Chefs, M/s Tham Mui Kai, Hooi Kok Wai, Lau Yoke Pui and Sin Leong, decided to create a unique Chinese New Year dish combining raw fish with a mix of ingredients. Hence ?Yu Sheng? which implies ?abundance of wealth and long life? is a must in any Chinese New Year menu.

Cherry Garden
(Mandarin Oriental Hotel Singapore ? 5th Level)
Toss to a year of good beginnings with special Yu Sheng creations by Executive Chinese Chef Hiew Gun Khong, such as:

? Harmonious Yu Sheng with Fresh Lobster, Hokkagai Surf Clam and Abalone
? Trio Happiness Yu Sheng with Crispy Fish Skin, Salmon, Hokkagai Surf Clam in Plum and Spicy XO Sauce
? Garden of Wealth Yu Sheng with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (Vegetarian Dish)

The Yu Sheng is part of the set menus at the Restaurant with prices ranging from S$88 to S$198 per person.

For reservation at Cherry Garden, please call (65) 6885 3538

(Please note that all prices listed are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes)

Harmonious Yu Sheng with Fresh Lobster, Hokkagai Surf Clam and Abalone

Pine Court Chinese Restaurant
(Meritus Mandarin Singapore ? Grand Tower/35th Level)
Meritus Mandarin Singapore offers an all-new ?Magnificent Yu Sheng? (S$68 ? S$98), a sumptuous melange of flavours and textures which promises to tantalize your taste buds with its alternative ingredients of Crab Claw meat, Korean Snow Pear and fresh Avocado. I find the taste unique and refreshing. It comes in 3 serving sizes: small, medium and large. A must have, should you be dining at Pine Court Chinese Restaurant.

Whether you are gathering with your loved ones for a celebration or tossing Yu Sheng with friends on the 7th day of the Lunar New Year, there are 11 auspicious set menus with different types of Yu Sheng to select from. There are 2 set menus (for a table of 10 persons) that stand out with offerings of special Yu Sheng. They are:

? S$1,888 set menu with ?Deluxe Golden Flakes Yu Sheng? ? Ingredients include Superior Shark?s Fin, Salmon Fish, Bonito Flakes, Golden Mushrooms and Snow Pear among other vegetables
? S$2,988 set menu (8-course) with ?Celestial Golden Flakes Yu Sheng? ? Ingredients include Lobsters, Superior Sark?s Fin and Fresh Roe

For reservation, please call (65) 6831 6262

(Please note that all prices listed are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes)

Hai Tien Lo
(Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel ? Level 37)
At Pan Pacific Singapore?s Hai Tien Lo situated on Level 37, Master Chef Lai Tong Ping has a new Yu Sheng creation named Japanese Sweet Prawn and Norwegian Salmon Yu Sheng, one of the 8 different varieties available ? raw fish and vegetables tossed for auspicious wishes in the New Year. All varieties of Yu Sheng are part of set menus available from S$78 per person. The various Yu Sheng are also available for takeaway.

By the way, have you tried Japanese Yu Sheng? Keyaki Japanese Restaurant on level 4 of Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel presents Wafu Yu Sheng, a pretty creation consisting of generous slices of Tuna, Salmon, Yellowtail Sashimi and Tobiko tossed with Japanese Ponzu Sauce. This refreshing tasty dish is priced at S$95 and serves up to 4 persons.

For orders or dining reservation at either Restaurants, please call (65) 6826 8240 or via e-mail celebrate.sin@panpacific.com

(Please note that all prices listed are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes)

Japanese Sweet Prawn and Norwegian Salmon Yu Sheng (left) and Wafu Yu Sheng (right)
Hua Ting Restaurant
(Orchard Hotel Singapore ? 2nd Level)
Over at Hua Ting Restaurant in Orchard Hotel Singapore, their ?Lo-Hei? comes in the form of the traditional Fresh Salmon Yu Sheng, and is served in either small or large portion with prices at S$52 and S$98 respectively. There is also the ?Live? Lobster, Abalone and Fresh Salmon Yu Sheng priced at S$288 for table of 10 persons.

This year, Master Chef Chan Kok has created a new Yu Sheng with Fresh Hamachi (fish). Serving portion available in either small or large set with pricing at S$68 and S$128 respectively.

For reservation, please call (65) 6739 6666

(Please note that all prices listed are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes)

Traditional Fresh Salmon Yu Sheng
Peach Blossoms
(Marina Mandarin Singapore ? Level 5)
You can also choose to enjoy your ?Lo-Hei? in the dining comfort of Peach Blossoms at Marina Mandarin Singapore in Marina Square. It serves a fruity Mandarin Salmon and Ebi Yu Sheng with Tropical Fruits, paying tribute to our Asian roots. What I find interesting is that it incorporates unconventional ingredients like: Passion Fruits, Chempedak, Mango, Kiwi Fruit and Rambutan into the traditional ?Lo-Hei?. This offering promises a delightful surprise with refreshing ingredients such as Kiwi Fruit and Mango topped with fresh succulent slices of raw Ebi (Japanese Sweet Prawn) and Salmon, served with a fragrant Citrus Sauce. It is available in either small or large servings and priced at S$68 and S$136 respectively.

For reservation, please call (65) 6841 1111

(Please note that all prices listed are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes)

Mandarin Salmon and Ebi Yu Sheng with Tropical Fruits
Golden Peony
(Conrad Centennial Singapore ? 3rd Level)
Sweet Japanese Shrimps are also featured in Conrad Centennial Singapore?s Chinese Restaurant Golden Peony?s Yu Sheng. Executive Chinese Chef Chung Ho Shi adds a whole new dimension of creativity to this auspicious dish by introducing Ama Ebi Yu Sheng and Hoy Sum Lo Hei Yu Sheng, using US Scallop, pan-seared and golden fried to perfection with crunchy Coral Weed. This is accompanied with a choice of traditional Sweet Plum Sauce or Mildly-spiced Sweet Sauce.

For more details or reservations, please call (65) 6432 7482

Looks like Yu Sheng, the pride and joy of the 4 Master Chefs, has come a long way since its initial inception. It has evolved, through constant innovation, into a more elaborate and expensive taste today. And should you ask what the ?Lo-Hei? or ?Toss? is all about? Well! It is about greater success, good fortune, luck, and prosperity for the coming Lunar New Year.

So keep on tossing!!!

Huayi Festival 2009

Huayi Festival 2009http://www.huayifestival.com/

Follow Low Po-Yu in opening your heart and nourishing your soul through music and theatre pieces at the Esplanade.

Design for Living
31 Jan 2009, 8pm

This top billing act for Huayi Festival 2009, a celebration of Chinese arts at Esplanade ? Theatres on the Bay sees screen luminary Sylvia Chang as lead actress and playwright for this production that has sold out in China and will tour the region in these months.

Usually in the film director?s seat, this time, Chang devotes her maiden theatrical script that weaves her keen observations, thoughts and emotions into an intriguing web of office politics and human relationships against the backdrop of financial turmoil.

Themes like the constant conflict between living and surviving, power struggle and harsh realities of the ?corporate zoo? (termed by one of the male Glamorous Office Workers – urbanites decked in smart suits and living it up but leads, David Wang) are well fleshed out by the mostly Taiwanese cast. I like the use of sub-title The when crises hit and the glamour is stripped away, what do you see?

Taiwanese heartthrob Joseph Cheng is surprisingly good in his debut theatrical role as trusting newbie Li Xiang who goes under Chang?s wings. His convincing portrayal of refreshing naivety even manages to steal the thunder from veterans like Chang and Wang at times.

Chang is perfect as the power-hungry, go-getter office matriarch who has an intimate relationship with Wang yet secretly sees him as her biggest office threat. Meanwhile, Wang betrays Chang?s love by hooking up with another rising office star and they both hide a dark secret?with a shocking ending!

Lu Guang Zhong
7 Feb 2009, 3pm

Heard of a folk-pop-rock singer who calls himself Crowd Lu, sports a tousled mushroom crop, black nerd specs, bright tee shirt, navy blue shorts, long white and blue striped socks with matching Adidas pumps?

This Spanish major must be the most popular singing fashion misfit in the Chinese music industry now and the audience at Esplanade?s cosy Recital Studio experienced why. Alternating between his acoustic guitar and chili-red electric guitar, Lu delved right into his first song as he sat on his black swivel stool and sang earnestly into our hearts. Little wonder both his gigs here were sold out despite being only recently discovered.

His tunes like ?I Love You? and ?Don’t Kill Me? were catchy, with feel-good and at times, comical lyrics. Lu quipped he writes about anything, even about getting a bonus hard-boiled egg when he orders rice! ?I guess jacket sales here should be really tough,? as he jibed about our hot weather and had us in guffaws when he candidly sang ?Gong Xi Fa Cai, may we eat breakfast heartily like the cows in the Year of the Ox? during his debut hit ?Good Morning?.

Lu was simply hilarious to watch with his legs kicking to the music and nerd-cool shy demeanour by saying ?yeah? and ?hao? (good) when he didn?t know what else to utter, wiping his face and hands with a towel, then gulping water after every song. Lu surprised with a guitar rendition of Wham?s ?Wake Me Up Before You Go Go? and impressed with his vocals, especially his famous ultra high-pitched dolphin note that got all of us clapping and cheering. My friend and I admit we were not too familiar with his songs before his gig but we left with heads full of his voice and visited a KTV lounge right after, for more!

Food – Glorious Food This Christmas

Caf? 2000 (M Hotel)
It is Christmas time, which means enjoying the goodies, seasonal delights, and festive spreads. And if you are thinking of a place which is not too expensive to treat the family and friends, try Santa?s Sumptuous Spreads at Caf? 2000 of M Hotel on Anson Road.

Their semi-buffet dinner consists of a lavish spread of appetisers, including the freshest seafood selections like Oysters on ice, Yuletide Goodies and Desserts, together with a choice of festive main course. All you have to bring is an appetite and some good company.

Festive semi-buffet dinner available daily in December is priced at:
Sundays to Thursdays
S$38++ per adult
S$19++ per child

Fridays and Saturdays
S$42++ per adult
S$21++ per child

You will love Sliced Turkey Breast with Chestnut stuffing and Cranberry Orange Jelly, Baked-marinated T-bone Lamb with Provencian Potato, Grilled Black Pepper Tuna, Spinach Lasagne and Mango Salsa with Passion Fruit, and Char Rib-eye of Beef with Wild Mushroom Sauce, Aragula and Truffle Mashed Potato.

I have found the menu for their Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Brunch to be enticing too. They include:
? Poached Chicken Breast with Herb in Superior Broth, Braised Baby Cabbage and Mashed Potato
? Glazed Honey-baked Ham and Marinated Cajun Tom Turkey with Warm Pineapple and Raisin Compote
? Garlic Herb-crusted Loin of Lamb with Red Cabbage and Caramelised Figs
? Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Blue Cheese Dressing accompanied with Yorkshire Pudding
? Baked Baby Lobster with Festive Sauce accompanied with Saut?ed XO Sauce Thick Vermicelli
? Pan-fried Salmon with Seasonal Vegetables, Mashed Potato, Lime Vanilla Cream and garnished with Salmon Roe

Both Christmas Eve?s Dinner (6.00pm ? 11.00pm) and Christmas Day?s Brunch (11.30pm ? 3.00pm) are priced only at:
S$68++ per adult
S$34++ per child (5 ? 12 years old)
(All prices are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes and are inclusive of free-flow of champagne, wine, beer and juices)

It is value for money!

For reservation at Caf? 2000, please call: 6500 6112

Glazed Honey-baked Ham and Marinated Cajun Tom Turkey with Warm Pineapple and Raisin Compote (left).
Baked Baby Lobster with Festive Sauce accompanied with Saut?ed XO Sauce Thick Vermicelli(right).

Orchard Caf? (Orchard Hotel)
At Orchard Hotel Singapore, Christmas Eve?s Dinner Buffet and Christmas Day?s Buffet Brunch can be had at Orchard Caf? (Lobby Level).

You can enjoy a lavish selection of appetising salad, soups, seafood, Western and Asian cuisine from favourites like Alaskan Sliced Abalone, Pan-fried Braised Veal Cheek, Pan-seared Duck Breast with Grilled Peaches, and Teriyaki Glazed Fillet of Cod, as well as a Live Cooking Station serving Lobster with Truffle Risotto and Saut?ed Wild Mushroom with Herbs. You can complete this gourmet meal with irresistible festive delights, such as Apple and Rhubarb Crumble, Praline Gateaux, Italian Panettone and a variety of Christmas Log Cakes at the Dessert Station.

The time and prices for Dinner and Brunch are:
Christmas Eve?s Buffet Dinner (6.00pm ? 10.30pm)
S$88++ per adult
S$46++ per child

Christmas Day Buffet Brunch (12.00pm ? 2.30pm)
S$48++ per adult
S$26++ per child
(All prices are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes)

Reservations are recommended. Simply call: 6739 6565

While in the hotel, you will enjoy taking pictures of the splendid 22-feet Nutcracker Dream Castle that is standing in the Hotel Lobby. It is stocked full with mouth-watering Christmas delicacies. The Nutcracker Castle, made from Dark Chocolate and assorted nuts, is a one-stop festive destination for all your desires.

As Christmas is a season of giving, Orchard Hotel will be offering a weekend stay for two (inclusive of breakfast), if you can guess the weight of the chocolate and number of nuts used to create this spectacular castle.

Christmas Sweet Delights (left) and Nutcracker Dream Castle (right).

Marriott Caf? (Marriott Singapore)
Another place along Orchard Road where you can catch up with friends and family this Christmas is the Marriott Caf?, located at Lobby Level of Marriott Singapore.

Here you get to savour delicious Yuletide spreads, such as freshly shucked Oysters, Roast Turkey, Honey-baked Ham, Grilled Lamb with Herbs Provencal, Minced Pie, Christmas Yule Log Cake and Pudding.

Prices for the meals are:
Christmas Eve?s Buffet Dinner (6.30pm ? 11.00pm)
S$95++ per adult
S$48++ per child

Christmas Day?s Buffet Brunch
(12.00pm ? 3.00pm)
S$138++ per adult
S$48++ per child
(All prices are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes)

For reservation, please call: 6831 4605

Marriott Caf? Buffet Spread

Global Kitchen (Pan Pacific Singapore)
Christmas at Pan Pacific Singapore offers yet another tantalising choice where you treat yourself to an all-you-can-eat feast with Crabs, Mussels and Oysters on ice, Christmas-themed Cold-Cut Platters, Smoked Salmon varieties, a-la minute Pastas, Roasted Turkey and Honey-baked Ham. One can conclude the meal with Desserts to warm the heart, including Pumpkin Pie, Mango Strudel with Vanilla Sauce, Salted Caramel Banana and Chocolate Log Cake and Classic Egg Nog. This indulgence extends to include unlimited Veuve Clicquot Champagne, house pour wines and beers.

This Christmas Eve?s Dinner is from 6.30pm ? 10.30pm at Global Kitchen (Level 3) and is priced at S$148++ per person.

But if you are the type who loves ?roasts?. Then there is a splendid festive all-you-can-eat barbeque at Brunch, located on level 4, which serves succulent meats and seafood as well as roasted Turkey and Honey-baked Ham. You can complete the experience with unlimited entrees and classic sweets, such as Stollen, Yule Log, Christmas Pudding and Egg Nog.

The Christmas Eve?s Dinner is priced at S$88++ per person (inclusive of unlimited house pour wines, beers, and soft drinks)

(All prices are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes)

For reservations, please call: 6826 8091

Roast Turkey

MELT ? The World Caf? (Mandarin Oriental Singapore)
Christmas is also a time to celebrate in style, and MELT ? The World Caf? at the Mandarin Oriental Singapore offers a lavish buffet that will impress even the most discerning palates.

Here, you savour the flavour of the season as their show kitchen chefs whip up gourmet gastronomical delights in their award-winning Asian and International cooking theatre. The delicious and extensive buffet spread is a ?must? to try.

The Christmas Eve?s Dinner Buffet is priced at S$168++ per person with free-flow of champagne, wine, beer, martinis, soft drinks and juices. This price is subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes.

For reservations, please call: 6885 3082

Christmas Ham (left), Buche de Snow Flakes (right)

Indeed with every festive season, one is spoilt for choice and the rule is simply to follow your nose!

BON APPETIT!!!

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