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What To Do This Weekend

Food

Relish
501 Bukit Timah Road
#02-01 Cluny Court
Singapore 259760
Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: Noon - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm
Weekends: Noon - 11pm
Tel: 67631547

This Father’s day, take your Dad out to feast on a burger at Relish. The most reviewed and talked about burger is the mouth-watering Wild Rocket burger that comes with a thick and juicy beef patty. All the burgers at Relish are paired up with specially selected beers and come with crispy fries to make for a truly ‘happy meal’.

If beef does not satiate the appetite, perhaps your Dad will enjoy the Seafood Burger with fresh tangy of lemon mayonnaise. The burger boasts a unique seafood patty of crab, squid, fish and prawn.

Entertainment

A River Romance: The Dance Musical
UOB Promenade
Dates: 19, 20, 21, 26 & 27 June 2009
Time: 8.30pm to 9.30pm
Free Admission

The Singapore River Festival runs for its second year from 19 to 27 June, with host of exciting lifestyle and entertainment events on and along the river for a wonderful nightlife experience.

This year’s festival boasts a delightful musical by the river. Discover the romance of the Singapore River, as the musical brings you a beautiful love story set amidst the hustle and bustle of Singapore River’s flourishing trading port in its heyday. A grand visual spectacle not to be missed. Visit www.singaporeriverfestival.com for more details.

Jazz by the River: An Evening of Cuban Jazz
Asian Civilisations Museum Green
Date: 19 June 2009
Time: 9.30pm to 11.30pm
Free Admission

If dance is not your thing, be serenaded by the sexy and soulful sounds of Cuban Jazz at this sundown jazz session by the river featuring Fabiola Zuniga and her Cuban band.

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Keeping secrets within the trade

When it comes to cyber security, companies today not only have to worry about conventional hackers obtaining sensitive information. According to experts, disgruntled employees are now an additional threat to companies when it comes to leaking out confidential company information.

In a poll of 600 workers in Europe, a third had no qualms selling out company secrets for the right price. In addition, nine in 10 said they had access to confidential information and two-thirds believed they would have no problem smuggling data out.

Such ‘inside jobs’ have become more rampant in a gloomy economy amassed in retrenchments and pay cuts. For example, seven former Citibank private banking staff were charged with stealing confidential information about the bank's top customers before they left to join another bank.

But there are steps that employers can take to prevent such incidents. For example, software systems can be employed to monitor all outbound information that is sensitive. Information such as staff lists and client information should be secured with passwords and only be available to relevant personnel. Develop a traffic-inspection policy and implement it fairly across the company, top management included. However, note that over-stringent measures can cause distress among employees.

According to McGregor’s Theory Y, employees ought to be trusted because they can accept responsibility and exercise self-control. Nonetheless, companies should be safe than sorry in such tough times, when there is temptation for employees to make a quick buck by selling sensitive company information.

What To Do This Weekend

Food

Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant
Far East Shopping Centre, #03-11
Tel: 6737 0757
Closed on Sundays

Blk 10 Dempsey Road, #01-22
Tel: 6474 2143
Closed on Mondays

Lunch is the best time to visit this little hideout, especially when specially crafted set menus come nicely priced at $23.60.

Plus, word has it that two chefs who used to work in Kuriya Japanese Restaurant (a leading restaurant for Japanese cuisine in Singapore) now labour in Rakuichi's kitchen. Thus you would be in for a gastronomic experience here too!

There are three different lunch set meals to choose from. A basic set offers you quite a spread with fresh sashimi, grilled salmon, sesame tofu, soft shell crab, miso soup and rice. A bowl of salad is served to whet your appetite before the main course.

For sesame lovers out there, do not miss out on the winning sesame tofu which is distinctively infused with sesame flavours. To end off a nice meal, black sesame ice cream is served for dessert to top it all off!

Service at Rakuichi is prompt, although most seats are filled during lunch time. Rakuichi will be the perfect place to rest your feet and fill your belly as you head to town this weekend for the Great Singapore Sale.

Entertainment

Green Generation Concert
Date: 5 June 2009
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens (Symphony Stage, Palm Valley)
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Free Admission

The youth community today is bustling with energy, ideas and a heart for saving the earth. To mark World Environment Day, the Green Generation Concert aims to raise public awareness for conservation among youths. A mix of performances from secondary schools and other local talents will be presented, with the central message of conserving the environment. Look out for the renowned dance and theatre group, STOMP, who will put up a resounding performance using recycled materials.

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What To Do This Weekend

It’s the weekend to usher in the June school holidays! Weekends are meant for sleeping-in but maybe just once, wake up early to a traditional breakfast. Why not surprise your parents bright and early on Saturday morning with a breakfast treat, or take the kids out (they’ll be too excited to sleep-in anyway).

Food

Chin Mei Chin Confectionery
204 East Coast Road
Opens: 8.30am - 5pm; closed on Mondays

Situated along Upper East Coast Road, Chin Mei Chin Confectionary boasts an old-world charm of mosaic floor tiles from the 1950s, set to the aroma of baked pastries and freshly brewed coffee. Brighten your day with kaya toast and a cup of coffee or tea. If that isn’t filling enough, there’s still a selection of home-made swiss rolls, cream puffs and egg tarts.

Travel

Take a little trip around Singapore town : underground! Cover up to 5.7 kilometres across the 5 newly opened circle line stations by SMRT. The first five of the 29 Circle Line stations are Bartley, Serangoon, Lorong Chuan, Bishan and Marymount stations. The new rail network will nicely link up with the North-East Line and North-South Line.

Don’t rush to board the train which currently has only three cabins! Take a look around the different stations and try to spot art pieces by 22 commissioned artists and six competition-winning artworks.

Entertainment

Much Ado About Nothing
Fort Canning Park
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Price: $33-$83

Now That traveling to town will be such a breeze, why not head down to Fort Canning Park for a family picnic or friendly gathering? While you are there, you can catch the Shakespeare play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ with a twist of hilarious moments that will delight anyone.

Staged by the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT), the play has it all – love, laughter, conspiracy and drama. What’s interesting also, is the set – a circular outdoor stage that features a small swimming pool and even a Mini Cooper, all of which will be utilised at some point in the drama. This is the last weekend the play is running! Get your tickets from Sistic now!

Calls for more jobs to be given to Singaporeans

Opposition leader Low Thia Khiang has requested the Government to take steps to set aside skilled jobs for locals. Citing the construction industry which is heavily saturated by foreign workers, Mr. Low suggested that jobs like safety managers, crane operators and tractor drivers can still be given to Singaporeans.

Likewise, Mr. Yeo Guat Kwang from Aljunied GRC advised bosses in the services sector to continue hiring Singaporeans, especially older retrenched workers who have gone through retraining.

Most foreigners are employed in the services and construction sectors which Singaporeans tend to shun, but Labour MP Halimah Yacob of Jurong GRC warned that if foreign workers crowded out Singaporeans in any sector, Singaporeans may lose the skills to work in that sector.

In an uncertain time when local workers are pit against their foreign counterparts for employment, Mr. Low urged the Government to assure Singaporeans that the Government will guard the interests of Singaporean workers.

Yet on the other hand, MP Sam Tan from Tanjong Pagar GRC, feels that Singaporeans rely too heavily on the Government.

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Will you ditch your career to follow your heart?


Thousands of fresh graduates compete for the best jobs every year, often in reputed government agencies or Fortune 500 companies. 24-year-old Celestine Chua has been there and done that, but her story comes with an inspiring twist.

In October last year, she resigned from Procter & Gamble, leaving behind a well-paying job that saw her managing multi-million-dollar brands for two years.

People around her were taken aback by her decision, but the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business graduate knew that she wanted more than just a job at a prestigious company. She wanted a sense of deep-seated passion for her work.

“It was in 2006 where I finally discovered my passion in personal growth and helping others to grow. Whenever I looked around me, I saw people sleepwalking through their lives. People running fervently in the rat race, denying themselves of what they really wanted on the inside,” says Celestine.

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