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  • 1. November 2010 www.stayvillage.com Deepavali the Festival of Lights is an important Hindu festival which ushers in the New Year. It is a reflection of the Hindu belief that the lighting of small oil-filled clay lamps (referred to as Diyas) signifies the triumph of good over evil. Allow us this opportunity to tell the tale of Ramayana – a Sanskrit epic that contains the teachings of ancient Hindu sages. In that teaching, Deepavali is a celebration and reminder of how Lord Rama (the incarnation of Vishnu the supreme god) vanquished Ravana (demon king). During which, the entire city of Ayodhya (the ancient city of India) was illuminated by the lighting of earthen lamps all over the city. Singapore is a multicultural society that celebrates racial harmony, and the heart of the Hindu community lies in none other than Little India – located along Serangoon Road. If you can spare just 30 minutes, walk down Serangoon Road in the evening to soak in the bustle, and be enthralled in the streets full of glittering coloured lights. If you have 2 hours, the temples in the area such as the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and the Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple, are adorned with spectacular displays of lights, multicoloured garlands and arches. Whether you’ll make it in time to catch the Deepavali festivities or not, fret not. The ever bustling heart of Little India will be sure to open eyes, into the culture and insights of our Hindu communities. Make Little India a destination on your week’s plans today! To mark the occasion, Albert Court Village Hotel will be giving out complimentary Indian bangles to celebrate and infuse the Deepavali spirit! you Did ow? kn While Deepavali is popularly known Deepavali day rituals start Elaborate floor-paintings called Mango leaves are used to decorate as the “festival of lights”, the most with Hindus getting up early to Kolam are used to decorate the main doors of houses as it is significant spiritual meaning is “the take a ritual oil bath to remove the entrance of all homes or believed that it will attract positive awareness of the inner light”. Central impurities, after which new offices, by using coloured rice energy and chase away evil spirits. to Hindu philosophy is the assertion clothes in bright colours are worn, grains or powdered rice as of the Atman - that there is something to welcome the new year. materials for the art piece. beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal.
  • 2. 4 5 11 NOV NOV Gulab Jamun Tasting Henna Painting Albert Court Village Hotel, Lobby Bar Changi Village Hotel, Vau Wine Bar Thursday, 4 November, 5.30pm – 6.30pm Friday, 5 November, 2.00pm In the spirit of Deepavali festivities, taste the delicious Always wanted to get a tattoo but dreaded its Indian dessert Gulab Jamun. This sweet dish made permanence? Welcome to the world of henna ACTIVITIES from milk powder (also referred to as Mawa) is deep fried till it is a round, golden brown crisp. Served in delectable sugar syrup, its perfect for anyone with a painting, where you can enjoy temporal body art. The dye originates from a flowering plant of the same name, and in historical times, the art of in NOVEMBER sweet tooth. henna was viewed as a bestowed blessing. It was also applied for luck, joy and beauty. 13 NOV 13 NOV 18 NOV Indian Cuisine Delight Cooking Class Series - Nyonya Kueh Tasting Central Square Village Residences, Spice Route Restaurant Saturday, 13 November, 9.30am – 11.30am Indian Vadai Albert Court Village Hotel, Lobby Bar Thursday, 18 November, 5.30pm – 6.30pm Changi Village Hotel, Oval Foyer Always wanted to try to flip an Indian Roti Prata? Saturday, 13 November, 2.00pm Gain an insight into the Peranakan culture of late Now’s your chance at this live demonstration 15th and 16th centuries, when ladies were referred – watch and learn while getting the hands- Join us in learning about this traditional savoury to as Nyonya and gentlemen as Baba. They were on experience of doing so! That’s not all, as South Indian doughnut and pave your way to being predominantly Chinese that lived along the Straits participants will also get to taste Indian food a master chef, as Vadai is a major part in variations of Malacca, and hence much of the Nyonya favourites such as Chicken Tikka, Tosai and within Indian cuisine and festivals! At this class, you cuisine was influenced by Malay cuisine and Teh Tarik. will learn how lentils are churned into a paste which campus. Today, Nyonya Kuehs are much craved- in turn is deep fried into delicious, golden brown for sweet snacks which are usually made from Vadais. Bon Appetit! glutinous rice. 21 NOV 26 NOV 27 NOV Creative Balloon Bobo Cha Cha Cooking Class Series - Sculpting Dessert Tasting Chicken Cordon Bleu Changi Village Hotel, Vau Wine Bar Landmark Village Hotel, Lobby Changi Village Hotel, Oval Foyer Sunday, 21 November, 2.00pm Friday, 26 November, 11.00am – 1.00pm Saturday, 27 November, 2.00pm This is one activity your kids would love to be at! Coconut lovers will be instantly addicted to this local A must-have in every chef’s recipe book, this dessert, which is guaranteed to tantalize your French classic is a chef’s staple that is sure to hit taste buds! home with its savoury bite.
  • 3. 11 NOV COOKI NG DEMONSTRA TION CARROT CAKE BY EXECUTIVE CHEF WILLIAM SOH There is no better person to teach the craft of traditional carrot cake cooking other than our very own Executive Chef William Soh. Coming from a family of chefs famous for their hawker-style carrot cake, the affable chef is enthusiastic in imparting his knowledge and expertise. Bean Curd Tasting Carrot Cake, or Chai Tao Kway as it is known locally, originates from the Albert Court Village Hotel, Lobby Bar Teochew cuisine in Chaoshan, China. It is not to be confused with the western Thursday, 11 November, 5.30pm – 6.30pm dessert cake of the same name, but rather, is a savoury dish that is primarily made of rice flour. This Chinese dessert, also known as Tau Huay, is a silky smooth beancurd custard in syrup. It is usually As the crowd gathered for the demo at Changi Village Hotel on 23rd October, eaten warmed up, and makes a satisfying snack at Chef William warmed up the crowd with informative banter and expressed that any time of the day! he does not withhold any culinary secrets, as he firmly believes in sharing the joy of cooking (and eating!). One of the attendees Mr. Tan, actively asked for pointers and readily absorbed Chef William’s nuggets of wisdom. His wife Mrs. Tan later revealed to us that he was an avid cook himself, thus the attention to detail! 19 NOV By the end of the cooking demonstration, the savoury aroma of Chef William’s Carrot Cake generated a collective “Wow!” and plates of it were snatched up as quickly as they left the pan. It was delicious! Crispy on the outside, yet soft on the inside… no wonder some attendees went for seconds! Honeydew Sago Tasting Chef William’s Carrot Cake Recipe Landmark Village Hotel, Lobby For the benefit of those who did not manage to attend the demonstration, here is Friday, 19 November, 11.00am – 1.00pm the recipe. Do note that next time, you should try to be present because you need to Don’t forget to drop by for your icy dessert fix taste it to believe it! before venturing outdoors. Jelly-like Sago pearls Ingredients: Diced Carrot Cake, Pork Lard Oil, Eggs, Fish Sauce, Pepper, Chopped Garlic, and Honeydew are combined in a sweet fragrant Preserved Radish (also known as Chai Poh) and Spring Onion concoction that is sure to cool you down. Steps: 1. Heat up a flat frying pan with a thin layer e illag of vegetable oil. A V ences 27 NOV id Res ecial Sp 2. Pan-fry the carrot cake with a ladle full of pork lard oil until a light, crispy, golden brown layer forms around it. 3. Dabble a teaspoon of fish sauce into the pan, together with some preserved radish, chopped garlic and a little bit of pepper. 4. As the fragrance of the fish sauce emerges, gently and patiently add ladles of egg layer by layer. 5. Fry-in the spring onion and sprinkle a thin layer of pork lard oil to enhance the crispiness of the carrot cake. Singapore River Cruise 6. Allow the carrot cake to set and flip until there is a light golden brown texture. Clarke Quay Saturday, 27 November, 9.00pm to 10.30pm 7. Dig in! Price: $15 Hop on to the 30 minute Singapore River Cruise for a cohesive insight into our history and heritage! Revel in the evening lights and enjoy the modernity of the Singapore landscape in the unique bum boats that preserve the river heritage of Old Singapore and are only found on the Singapore River Cruise. Please contact your resident managers for sign-up details.
  • 4. Village Hotels & Residences turns ONE Brian Stampe Seow Yen Nee Doreen Lim General Manager, Serviced Residences Resident Manager, Central Square Village Residences Front Office Manager, Albert Court Village Hotel What is Village to you? What is the Village Experience to you? What is the Village Experience to you? It’s a personalized integrated experience, where With Village there is this spirit of camaraderie. When It is about sharing the interesting sights, sounds and emphasis is not just singled out to within the Village my staff shared their home-made rice dumplings at tastes of the Albert Court neighbourhood with our premises, but where the respective vicinities strongly a Village Signature Event during the Rice Dumpling guests. For example, for the local cuisine-related come into play by showcasing Singapore’s Festival (also called Duan Wu Jie), guests who Village Signature Activities held at Albert Court, we local flavour. experienced it were exceptionally intrigued. are sure to make purchases from the nearby Tekka The conversations extended throughout the month Market. These include Kachang Puteh, Nonya Kueh, – discussing the best places to buy them, tips on etc. I feel that the respective vicinities strongly come So if Village is about its vicinity, has the ingredients and methods of preparations, etc. into play to showcase Singapore’s local flavour. brand been working with the community? This form of rapport is representative of the Yes, some outreach efforts include inviting commercial Village brand – which is to emphasize an experience activities in the neighbourhood to become business How are your other front office colleagues where guests are able to relive a home away partners, so as to share their experiences with our involved? from home. guests. For example, when a floral arrangement It must be a different experience – compared to activity was held as part of the Village group of working for other chain hotels. Certainly, everyone is activities, florists in the immediate vicinity were approached and hired. “Everyone seems to involved in providing the Village experience. They are all invited to conduct the local food tasting sessions agree – that there is no themselves, on a rotational basis. This way, everyone gets a go at demonstrating and sharing something What’s in store for 2011? We will continue to cultivate this unique network with other group that offers local that is close to their heart. its strong sense of community. It is crucial that every individual in it plays a pivotal part in forming this an experience quite What’s your most memorable Village experience. Besides operating as a service provider like Village Hotels and Signature Activity? and a unique brand – the Village experience is about Once, we shared a local desert – Tau Huay, an providing an unforgettable and positive experience. Residences.” affordable yet tasty beancurd delicacy. I believe that it was the team’s sincerity in sharing our local culture and heritage. The treats were snatched up in no time! Stay Village. And Discover. Albert Court Village Hotel • Changi Village Hotel • Landmark Village Hotel Central Square Village Residences • Riverside Village Residences • Hougang Village Residences • West Coast Village Residences