Singapore, 16 April 2011 – ST701, Singapore’s leading e-marketplace for jobs, cars, property and products & services, held its Nurture Your Child’s Potential event at Suntec Singapore on 16 April 2011 for the second year running.
The event attracted a sizeable number of visitors who participated in seminars and browsed an assortment of products and services from 19 exhibition booths. The event space was abuzz with activities such as stage performances, trial classes (named ‘Activity Area’) and the popular ‘My Kid’s Got Talent!’ contest.
Exhibitor-goers visited booths that offered academic resources and enrichment activities ranging from the targeted crowd included Funovator, Smart Alley LLP, CampMagic, DDreamz Ballet & Dance, Genius R Us, Happy Train, Raffles Gymnastics Academy, A-Star Interactive and Thinking Techniques.
Over at the seminar rooms, parents and children were receptive audiences in ticketed seminars titled “Help Your Child Succeed!” and “Study Smart!” respectively. Parents learnt effective tips on being the guiding beacons for their children, while students acquired lifelong lessons on setting goals and tapping on their learning power.
Miss Wong Mei Ling, who attended the parenting seminar gave positive reviews: “The speakers know their topics well. Their engaging style and constructive advice is useful in helping our children get a head start in life. I am glad that I attended the seminar!”
The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the ‘My Kid’s Got Talent!’ contest where 26 kids vied for the coveted title of ‘Most Talented Kid’ and attractive cash and hamper prizes.
This year’s contest featured a widely varied group of talent including Taekwondo, Wushu, Ukulele strumming, Er Hu and Bollywood dancing. Cross-cultural talents of special mention were Tabitha (eight years old), an Indian girl who amazed the audience with her fluent Mandarin singing and two Chinese contestants whose Bollywood dance moves awed the crowd.
And unique diverse talent was what the judges were looking for. Tabitha came in third for her talent in singing in a language that she just picked up in school. Koh Hai Xuan, an eight-year-old loveable ‘Wushu’ enthusiast emerged the winner in the below nine years old category. Hai Xuan cut an imposing figure on stage despite his small stature. His specially-sewed costume was made just before contest day, a gesture from his supportive mum who wanted to give him more stage exposure.
Miguel Antonio walked away with the first prize in the 9-12 years old category. Touted the ‘Justin Bieber’ of the next generation, his angelic rendition of “I dreamed a dream” blew the judges and audiences away. Born of Filipino and Indian heritage, Miguel embodies the ‘small person, big voice’ description and is already a star in his own right in his primary school, and with performances at fund-raising events with Members of the Parliament in the audience.
Tan Su-Lin, Head of CATS Classified and one of the three judges, was inspired by the talents on display: “We had a good mix of talent on stage today and it was difficult to make the final decision. It is indeed heartening to see parents giving their children more opportunities to explore their untapped potential in areas other than their studies."
She continued: “After the event, parents who are looking to find a host of child-related products and services can go to ST701 Shops, our online classified platform that offers what they need to make better and informed decisions.”
To see behind-the-scenes photos and videos of the event as well as winning performances from the contest, please visit parenting.st701.com. Parents can also find a repository of articles and parenting resources in the Parent’s Guide on the website.
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First launched on March 24, 2006 as a job portal, ST701 carries the initials of The Straits Times, Singapore Press Holdings’ flagship newspaper and Singapore´s national English broadsheet. The numbers “701” convey what the user will experience: 7 days a week search at the 01 place that matters.
In 2007, ST701 expanded its scope to include motoring, property and general classifieds. Now, ST701 comprises four verticals, namely: ST701 Jobs; ST701 Cars; ST701 Property; and ST701 Shops. Collectively, the four verticals make up Singapore’s leading online marketplace for classified advertisements.
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In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 77 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.
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Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 263 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; Stomp, omy.sg, and The Straits Times RazorTV.
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SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.
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