CROSSINGS – A New Play presented by young & W!LD

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-11-03-43-amThe new young & W!LD cohort will be staging its first public performance in February this year. The world premiere of Crossings, a brand-new double-bill of original plays about the choices that make or break our lives, will be staged for seven performances only at Centre 42’s Black Box from 15 to 19 February 2017.

Bold, dark and funny, the two plays in Crossings follow characters who have arrived at a critical crossroads in their lives. The choices they make will change their journeys forever: setting them on the road to self-discovery – or self-destruction.

The eight members of young & W!LD, from the ages of 19 to 24, came up with the stories, characters and themes that will feature in Crossings via improvisations and devising workshops. With their help, Rodney Oliveiro, their programme co-director, put together the final scripts of both plays.

“Just like these troubled characters, we all have to live with the decisions we make and their consequences,” explains Oliveiro. “I chose the main title of Crossings because it speaks to me of human wills and desires and ambitions – how we always bravely chug along, how we’re always busy with a new endeavour, even as we occasionally miss the subtle signs pointing towards our doom.”

The current cohort of young & W!LD embarked on their 18-month training programme in February last year. Since then, they have gained valuable experience in devising and performing their own original work. Following months of intensive workshops, they presented When S#!T Hits The Fam, an experimental piece that explored the trials and tribulations of family life, in May 2016.

“Over the past year, I’ve been most impressed by their openness, their willingness to try new things and their support for one another,” says Serena Ho, co-director of young & W!LD and Crossings. “I hope they will trust their voices and never stop surprising themselves.”

“It’s wonderful to be a part of young & W!LD,” adds Jasmine Blundell, 24. “There’s never a dull day because everyone brings their own brand of energy and ideas, and the perspectives are always so varied.”

The young & W!LD programme reflects W!LD RICE’s commitment to developing and nurturing the next generation of Singapore’s theatre-makers.

It’s been so rewarding to watch these young theatre-makers grow in confidence and ambition over the past few months,” says Ivan Heng, Artistic Director of W!LD RICE. “To see them challenging themselves and tackling difficult questions with Crossings reminds us of the power of theatre to educate, engage and empower our youth.”

Crossings runs from 15 to 19 February 2017 at Centre 42’s Black Box (42 Waterloo Street, S187951).

Tickets go on sale from 11 January 2017 on Peatix.

Dine Inn’s First Community Event Presented a Galore of Home-cooked Goodness

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On 7 Jan 2017, Dine Inn welcomed the new year with their first community event at Ci Yuan Community Club! With 20 Dine Inn Hosts participating at this event to share their specialty dishes, this communal gathering brought together neighbours and food lovers living in the Hougang estate! Besides sampling scrumptious home cooked modern cuisines, family recipes, snacks and desserts, guests also took part in cupcake decoration and kay making workshops, as well as pick up tips from various cooking demonstrations.

Launching in end January, Dine Inn (www.dineinn.com) is an online platform dedicated to bring together the makers and lovers of food.  This project is the brainchild of Mr. Luke Lee and Chef Eric Teo, who believe that Singapore’s best kept secrets are hidden in plain sight.  Dine Inn is poised to open up a new horizon for consumers who crave for the sincerity and affection of home-cooked meals.

With 200 Hosts offering a variety of home-cooked cuisines from appetisers, entrees to desserts, guests have the option to dine in, have it delivered, self-collect or even have the Host cook at their place.

The Dine Inn website is scheduled to launch in end-January 2017 and the app in first quarter of 2017 on App Store and Google Play.

 

 

3 Ways Telecommuting Leads to Happier Employees

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3 Ways Telecommuting Leads to Happier Employees

If you’ve ever struggled through a long commute or had to manage a last minute workplace crisis due to an absent employee, you probably have thought about the benefits of working at home. You’re not alone, says The Washington Post, since there are approximately 139 million people who commute every day who may have shared the same idea. Technological advances are making it easier than ever to remotely connect to your office and work from home. One solution that many businesses are exploring is telecommuting via video conferencing, and often in groups. Studies have been conducted that prove the effectiveness of reducing commutes resulting in higher worker productivity and morale, lowering travel costs and employee absenteeism and even allowing employees to be more engaged citizens. Exploring telecommuting can also save your business money by reducing maintenance costs and aid in the hiring process.

  1. Higher Productivity with Fewer Distractions

During a typical workday, there are any number of distractions that can derail a productive employee. No matter how tight a ship you run, there is always ways that time can be wasted, intentionally or otherwise. Telecommuting using a corporate video communications service like BlueJeans can increase the productivity of your employees. Busywork and distractions such as idle chit-chat with colleagues, checking personal email and social media sites or a few stolen extra minutes at lunch all can be eliminated with telecommuting and relocating your workplace into the virtual meeting room. Attending meetings or working on project management through video conferencing from home allows employees to have contact with coworkers while still maintaining the autonomy of working from home. Time wasting diversions are lessened because the worker can complete personal tasks at home while still putting in the time at work. This inevitably results in higher job satisfaction and lowered work-related stress. Happier and more gratified employees can lead to lower turnover rates and better overall morale, in or out of the office. The beauty of today’s video conferencing system, though, is that it’s possible to unite all your telecommuters into one room. Whether you’re offering a general information session, or it’s a smaller team meeting, the ability to bring more than just one or two remote workers into a meeting is possible.

  1. Decreasing Stress Levels

Commuting is stressful, no one will argue with that. Whether driving or taking public transportation, there are potential risks and pitfalls for commutes. Weather conditions can significantly affect commutes by causing traffic delays and rail closures. Driving in unsafe conditions or tackling delays on public transportation to make it to the office can be a major cause of distress and anxiety. Telecommuting can alleviate the pressure of the daily commute and can help employees use their time more effectively. For example, video conferencing can be a vital aid to working parents, those with chronic health conditions and to connect remotely with other offices. Additionally, video conferencing can replace the anxiety caused by work-related long distance traveling with the added benefit of saving on travel expenditures. Given that stress is one of the most counterproductive forces to innovation and creative thinking, taking reasonable measure to combat it only makes sense. Instead of expecting your employees to make it in during a snow storm of for an important meeting, ditch the meeting altogether and have them tune in via video as a group.

  1. Benefit Your Business, Benefit Society

Can telecommuting through video conferencing and other technology lead to a better world? Reducing commutes mean that people can become more involved in society through higher voter engagement, have a greater chance of escaping poverty, and even raise more emotionally stable children. While not all businesses can cut out their employees’ commutes entirely, offering the option of part-time or occasional telecommuting can be a step in the right direction. There are benefits for your company as well. For employers who offer compensation for travel or commuting expenses, it can be a simple way to cut costs. Human resource managers can connect to a whole new market of employees all over the world and tap into the potential of a diversified workforce. Candidates looking to relocate can be interviewed with ease over video conference, saving your company time and money in the hiring process. In reducing the number of employees in the office, businesses can also reduce the costs incurred by having a larger physical space, such as square footage, furniture, energy bills, and other costs, according to Entrepreneur. In addition to saving your business money, telecommuting also cuts down on fuel costs and emissions from vehicles. If you want to sell this point, you can offer large-scale video conference meetings as a so-called green initiative also makes your company ethics look good to both employees and also clients.

It’s easy to see how telecommuting through video conferencing can improve your business. Your employees can connect remotely via smartphones and other Internet-enabled devices, making video conferencing a simple solution to many workplace dilemmas. Offering telecommuting options to your workers gives you an advantage in the job market and makes you more appealing both to your current employees and to future hires.

 

 

While She Sleeps joins Bring Me the Horizon as Special Guests

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LAMC Productions is thrilled to announce that English Metalcore band, WHILE SHE SLEEPS will be joining BRING ME THE HORIZON as special guests for the show on February 2, 2017 at D’Marquee, Downtown East!

While She Sleeps is a melodic hardcore / metalcore band formed in Sheffield in 2006. The band consists of Lawrence Taylor on Vocals, Mat Welsh on Guitar/Backing Vocals, Sean Long on Guitar/Piano, Aaran McKenzie on Bass and Adam Savage on Drums/Percussion.

While She Sleeps play a unique mix of melodic hardcore with strong metal influences. They have released two studio album and are working on their third album, You Are We, which is set to  release on April 2017.

In their early years, While She Sleeps played close to 300 shows across the UK and mainland Europe. Their debut album “The North Stands For Nothing” received critical acclaim from European music publications like Kerrang and Metal Hammer. Their songs and videos also started getting highly sought after spins and views on major European media outlets like XFM Total Rock, Scuzz, and Kerrang TV in the U.K. Through this they began to make a name for themselves and the opportunities being presented grew bigger accordingly.

Brainwashed, the band’s second studio album, is the culmination of what the band’s five members went through in order to make it, a physical manifestation of pure triumph in the face of adversity. It’s an album that got made both in spite of and because of the things that threatened to prevent that happening – serious trouble with Taylor’s vocal chords that required two bouts of surgery and which essentially delayed the making of the record by a whole year.

The album’s eleven songs are a terrifying force to be reckoned with; from the anthemic chug of “These Four Walls” to the powerfully unrelenting and irascible “Trophies Of Violence.

Korean Superfood KOKOPANDA opens its first outlet in Singapore!

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This December, KoKoPanda, a new ‘Superfood’ focused, Korean soft serve and beverage concept is arriving in Singapore! It will officially launch on 16 December 2016 at Plaza Singapura #B2-60.

KoKoPanda provides health-conscious individuals with soft serve & beverage choices that offers a guilt-free indulgence. Their three unique soft serves include Black Yogo (frozen yogurt), White Cremo (Korean soft serve ice-cream), and the signature KoKo Twisto ( a combination of half black yogo and half white cremo).

The Seoulistic softserve also comes with options of adding superfood toppings such as the KoKoCrunch granola; a mix of rice puffs and dried fruits, and a wide range of premium dried Korean superfruits including Jeju Tangerine, Strawberries and Apples. Softserves come at a price of $4.90 per cup with one free topping or $5.90 per cup with a choice of three toppings (one premium and two normal toppings).

KoKoPanda’s exciting super beverage menu offers a variety of drink choices. A must-try signature drink is their Jeju Green Tea Latte. Other options include the ChiaChaCha, a refreshing combination of 100% coconut water with Chia seeds, fruit vinegar ciders, and fruit enzyme drinks. Prices for drinks range from $2.90 to $4.20.

If you are looking for a dessert and beverage alternative which combines deliciousness with nutrition, this new addition to the dessert scene is a must-try!