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In 1852, a small group of Infant Jesus nuns arrived in Singapore from Europe. They had one mission in hand: to build Catholic schools and homes for girls. Their first school, convent and orphanage was establshed on Victoria Street, which became known as the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus. Over the years, the sisters went on to open schools and centres in many other parts of the island. As the Infant Jesus Sisters celebrate their 150th anniversay in Singapore in 2004, they have six primary schools, four secondary schools, one full school and three homes and centres. Thousands of Singaporean girls have been educated in these schools and hundreds more cared for in their residences, many of whom still maintain close ties to the IJ family. 

 

This book unfolds the history of the Infant Jesus Sisters in Singapore, beginning with how the order was formed in France and it came to Singapore's shores. Each school is given extensive coverage and treated with nostalgic photographs from school archives and personal albums, spanning from the Twenties to the present day. 

The road to the New Downtown began in the 1970s when the Singapore government embarked on a major land reclamation project adjacent to the city's existing business district. This new area went on to become the 360-hectare waterfront precinct, Marina Bay. Two landmark developments, One Raffles Quay and Marina Bay Financial Centre, sit in the heart of Marina Bay. These two developments are the result of 12 years' work and the coming together of three of Asia's leading property developers—Cheung Kong (Holdings), Keppel Land and Hongkong Land—who all share a vision: to make Singapore one of the major financial centres in Asia, with Marina Bay at the centre of it all.

 

This richly illustrated volume depicts the history of the New Downtown, the achievements of this landmark site and the commitment of the joint venture to making these key developments such an integral part of the growth and progress of Singapore.

This book highlights the diverseity that makes up South Africa. The vibrant pulse of Johannesburg and Cape Town provide the backdrop for city hotels which showcase bold styles characterisitc of the new spirit of South Africa. Away from the city, urban cool gives way to rolling expanses of game reserves and lush mountain landscapes, where luxury lodges and comfortable country houses are nestles.

 

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This book brings travellers on a journey to the western edge of the Arab world and the gateway of North Africa. Begin on the beaches of the Atlantic Coast, with their fortified cities and seaside resorts, then scale the snow-capped Atlas Mountains with their rustic Berber villages, and end on camelback in the far reaches of the Merzouga dunes, camping in a nomadic tent beneath the desert sky. In between, lose yourself in the cloistered medieval medinas of Fez and Marrakech, among imperial monuments and intimate riads, where peace can be found amongst the bustle.

 

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A biography of one of Singapore's former senior civil servants, this books charts the life and career of Lim Siam Kim. From his childhood to college, to his start in the administrative service and his rise through various ministries, including the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Home Affairs, culminating in his post as head of the National Heritage Board. It looks at the various major issues and incidents he had to deal with, such as censorship, Singapore's departure from the Malaysia Cup, the Marxist arrests of 1987 and the collapse of Hotel New World.