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In this edition we’ve gone Sport mad! To kick off we have inspirational interviews with Andy Murray, Mo Farah and Frankie Dettori. Nutrition advice from Arsenal’s James Collins and we go behind the microphone with Gabby Logan. We learn what it takes to get to the top from the next generation of sporting super stars. Along with holiday competitions, top beauty picks we have it all. Come and join our FREE club – the one-stop-shop for everything to do with ‘school and parent life’.


TRAVEL MICHELE BLACKWELL/UNSPLASH, ERIK EASTMAN/UNSPASH Postcard from JAPAN The Boyd family from St Mary’s Calne and Tanglin Trust School, Singapore take to the slopes… Where did you go on your family adventure? Last Easter we went skiing and snowboarding in Niseko on Japan’s Northern island, Hokkaido, followed by a few days in central Tokyo where we were lucky enough to catch the cherry blossom in full flow. Why did you choose that particular place? The snow, the food, the culture… Even though the mountains in Japan aren’t as high as those in Europe, the prevailing winds from Siberia carry with it the most incredible powder snow. Plus knowing you can enjoy a bowl of hot ramen noodles on the side of the mountain just seals the deal. What were the trip highlights? We have skied here a few times but this trip we took the time to stop in Tokyo for a few days on our way back which was great fun - especially being greeted by a robot at our hotel check-in. Were there any low points? It’s not the easiest place to get to. You generally have to fly to Tokyo, A bowl of ramen from Boyoso, Grand Hirafu Skiing on Mt Niseko Annupuri JAPAN then take another flight onto Hokkaido and then a bus or car to Niseko but then which mountain in the world is easy to get to?! What was the one essential piece of kit that you wouldn’t travel without? Thermals. Niseko can get extremely cold so thermals mean you can stay out longer and take advantage of the night skiing! Pistes in Niseko are floodlit until about 8.30pm every day. Your advice to others thinking of doing the same? Make sure you visit the Onsens (hot springs with bathing facilities). After a long day of skiing it’s the perfect way to ease tired legs and be ready to go again the next day. Where are you off to on your next big adventure? Staying home in Singapore and braving the Coronavirus! We’ve a long bucket list but the one currently sitting at the top is diving and snorkelling in Raja Ampat in Indonesia. 66 ★ SPRING/SUMMER 20

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