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Wrapping a Present

Christmas is fast approaching. What better way to celebrate Christmas than giving gifts? It is indeed the time to share and give happiness to many people. You have the perfect gift but do you know how to wrap it? You can simply go to a gift wrapping section or you can wrap the presents personally. If you wrap it personally, the receiver will surely appreciate it more.


Do not think that wrapping a present is hard. It is simple and you can do it on your spare time. To give you a hint, here is a step on how to wrap your present:


  • Take away price tags. It is always basic to take away the price tags. No matter how expensive it is and you want to flaunt it, it is basic courtesy to take away the price tag.
  • Look for a box. If the gift has no box, you should look for a box. Make sure that your gift will fit in the box so the wrapping will be even.
  • Unroll wrapping paper. Choose a wrapping paper that you like (or what the receiver may like). When the wrapping paper is there, you only need to unroll it in a flat surface.


  • Measure the paper needed for the box. Put your box at the center of the paper and measure the paper that is needed. This is important so your wrapping will be neat and easy.
  • Cut the lines and place the box at the centre. Mark the excess paper first and then make sure to cut it. After cutting it, you only need to place the box at the centre of the paper and get ready to wrap it.
  • Fold the paper. Some people consider this challenging but wrapping is easy. You only need to fold one side of the paper at a time. Prepare your tape and use it when you feel like using it. Add the final touch by using a ribbon.

Singapore Focusing on R and D

Singapore is proud of its R and D (Research and Development) when it comes to pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Singapore is encouraging companies to focus on R and D to improve drug discovery and progress. There are many international pharmaceutical brands here in Singapore which includes Novartis, Sanofi, MSD, GlaxoSmithKline and many more.

This proves that Singapore provides world class clinical superiority. Over the years, Singapore has created a strong foundation when it comes to clinical research. Apart from the international brands establishing their research centres here, there are also other biomedical research institutes that take pride in their facilities. Some of biomedical research institutes include:



IBN (Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology) seeks the progress and improvement of biomedical science. The institute is encouraging scientists to develop many technologies that can urge the expansion or increase of industries.


GIS (Genome Institute of Singapore) is a programme that envisions utilizing genome science to enhance community health and affluence.


SICS (Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences) has a task to develop technologies that can be used to effectively and efficiently examine human health and the diseases that comes with it.


BII (Bioinformatics Institute) concentrates on hypothetical approaches which are intended to understanding bio molecular mechanisms.

These institutes house more or less six thousand researchers and clinicians coming from all parts to achieve one common goal – alleviation of human suffering. With their knowledge, expertise and skills, they will together improve the lives of everyone not only Singaporeans but the people around the world. If you want to join the pool of talents, you can join them but first you have to study whatever that needs to be studied.

Wedding Photography and Other Art Forms

Wedding photography stems from our desire to preserve the beautiful moments of one of the most special day of our lives. The materials are shaped or patterned to convey an idea and emotion. Art is universal; it means that all people can appreciate it regardless of their class, ethnicity and religion. You should know that art can refer to visual arts like painting, sculpture, architecture, photography and decorative arts. Art may also refer to performance like dance, drama and music. Lastly, art is used to describe a skill. Regardless of the definition, you should at least know your favourite art form. So, what is your favourite art form?



Painting is the famous art form. It involves pigment (colour) and medium (oil water, etc). There are many types of painting to include watercolour, oil painting, tempera painting, fresco and many more.


Sculptures are three dimensional objects. Sculptors will make something out of clay or wax. Sometimes they carve hard objects like stone, wood and bronze.


Architecture is the art of creation of structures. Architects think of the function of the building, visual appearance, structural integrity and many more.



The modern and sophisticated way of creating images is Photography. Photographers for perfect photography shots from singapore utilize cameras, lenses and its features to create an image and produce multiple copies. To some, photography is the best art form because it perfectly captures the moment you want to relive in the future. For example, wedding photography seeks to capture the happiness of the couple and the people around them. Wedding photography is the closest you can get when you look back on your wedding day.

Decorative arts

Decorative arts refer to textile, furniture, metalwork, ceramics, glass and fashion. These arts add beauty to our living space or adorn our bodies.



Dance refers to the graceful movement of the body to the music. Here in Singapore, there are many dance companies that you can watch out.


Drama refers to plays written for performance on stage, television or radios. You will be happy because here in Singapore, many performances await.


Many people love music because of its pleasing sound. Whether you are a fan of classical music or modern music, there is one for you.

Art is not something that you can learn for a day or two. If you want to appreciate wedding photography better, you should know the basic things about it. You should at least know its purposes and elements so when someone discusses a work of art or your work of art, you will know what to expect and you will know how to answer it. The purpose of art is to record the appearances, delighting and communicating. The elements of art include Composition, Illusionism, Realism, Naturalism, Idealism, Abstraction, Expression, Style and Subject Matter. If you want to know more, you should consider a formal education.

Pursuing and practicing your art form is the best thing that you can give to yourself. Do not hesitate to look for art schools especially if it is for your own good at the end of the day. There are numerous art schools here in Singapore that you can enrol at.

The Changing Platform of Singapore’s Mother Tongue

The century-old academic system of Singapore has dramatically changed throughout the years. Huge number of students speaking English at home is undeniable as it grows faster. There is an estimated 60% Singaporean students were from ‘English-speaking’ families some of whom migrated from nearby cities in Asia and other foreign nations though.


The Rise of English at Home

According to Education Minister Sim Ann, English speaking families defeated Mother Tongue languages’ objective in the entire education system and it was mainly jeopardize by this phenomenon. In the past few years, there is a current “varying levels of proficiencies” in the Mother Tongues as before, the Education Minister explicated at the East Asia Summit Conference on Bilingualism. Meanwhile, Goh Yeng Seng of the National Institute of Education’s (NIE) and Head of Asian Languages & Cultures Academic Group (ALC) recommended utilizing “bilingual textbooks” as medium of supplementary teaching same through with the Mother Tongue lessons.

Bilingualism at Schools

In most occasions according to Seng, bilingual language can be used to explain new vocabulary and to encourage students to ask questions. Ascertain Professor Goh encourages Singaporean schools to use English language as “their first language” as most students were used to communicate in English and to master languages that sets students comfortable in their communication process.

English Improves Performance

In an early stage of students, using bilingual language that includes English shows their active participation in class discussion, Goh added. In fact, the bilingual usage is adapted by only few schools; this will open a great challenge for the academe to train highly-skilled teachers on bilingual principles. Bilingualism among students can be a challenging, interesting, and yet controversial matter in transforming traditional trend of Singapore’s education system, Sim explained.

Mixed Language, Mixed Culture

Minister Sim also noted that the practice of bilingualism is brought by cultural and social factors, and hence, a huge challenge for the academe per se. The entire education system is ready to abreast any changing platform of Singapore’s oldest method of Mother Tongue Languages Proficiency. In this respect, academic and language experts believe in its objective to preserve its regional language today.

NUS Will Offer Free Online Courses

NUS is proud to announce that starting from January 2014, anyone around the world can access NUS’ online courses via Coursera. Coursera is a leading MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) which has connections to more than eighty universities around the world including Yale and Stanford. NUS is the first university here in Singapore that offers free online courses. NUS will begin this by presenting three specialized courses to include:


Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Musical Composition

This course will be presented by Associate Professor Peter Edwards. The course will commence on January 2014; it will last up to six weeks with two to three hours per week. This will introduce ideas to the students particularly in the style of Classical and Romantic European music.

Unpredictable? Randomness, Chance and Free Will

This course will be presented by Professor Valerio Scarani. The course will commence on January 2014; it will last up to eight weeks with two to three hours per week. This will deal with the randomness when it comes to communication, computation, quantum phenomena , etc.

Reason and Persuasion: Thinking Through Three Dialogues by Plato

This course will be presented by Associate Professor John Holbo. The course will commence on February 2014; it will last up to eight weeks with three to four hours per week. This will involve examining three Platonic dialogues and footnotes to Plato.

Bringing Singapore’s best to the world for free is very noble. No matter where you are, you can join in the classes and learn new things. The courses of Coursera are available by subjects and in different languages (like Chinese, Italian, Spanish and French).

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