Parliament dissolved; Singaporeans to vote in General Election on Sep 11

SilverHairsClub is a social club; and politics is one of the taboos which is not allowed into discussion in SilverHairsClub.com.  Very soon, Singaporeans will vote in a General Election on Sept 11, 2015.  This is an important day for Singaporeans.

This time, I have decided to open politics for discussion in fast moving social media on Whatsapp GE 2015.  Whatsapp discussion will be open from 26 Aug 2015 and will carry on till 13 Sep 2015.  Please feel free to add your personal comments, comment on all/any of the paarties.  Please do not name call any person.  No not spread rumours. And do not attack any members who participate in this Whatsapp chat.

This whatsapp chat is called GE 2015.  To participate, simply whatsapp to Terence Seah at +65 9489 4360.   And feel free to exit anytime.

Terence Seah

System upgrade on 30 Aug 2015

Hi fellow members,

We will have a system upgrade on Sun 30 Aug 2015.  This upgrade will clear some bugs; and will incorporate new changes.  I am not sure what these changes are; but the improvements have been incorporated from feedback from all over the world.

We should completed the upgrade by 1 Sep 2015.  Look forward to your feedback.

Terence Seah

MONTHLY WALK – SKYLINE OF SINGAPORE

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Date: Saturday, 5 September 2015
Time: 4.30 pm sharp
Meeting Point: City Hall MRT station (Exit B, near Ticket Office)
Duration: Approx. 2 hrs
ECs : Alice Seah and Azhari Cuttilan

The next monthly walk will be to admire the beautiful sky line of Singapore. On one side of the Singapore River are office buildings of various shapes, and on the other side the yet to be completed Civic Centre.

The scene along the Jubilee Bridge is picturesque. The atmosphere is windy and you will see two old buildings which were restored but now occupied by restaurants, wine bars and cafes. We will pass the new Marina Financial District which is occupied by financial institutions and various other companies.

The walk will end at Marina Bay Sands food court where we will have our dinner.

Note: Bring water bottle, caps, umbrella and camera. Do wear comfortable walking shoes.

Our Walk Team ECs: Christina CL Chan, Charles Wee, Mary Tan, Veronica Wong, Serene Low, Alice Seah, Jeffrey Lim, Azhari Cuttilan.

If you can make it please register.

Attendees:
1) Winnie Tan
2) Lilian Teo
3) Gabriella Chua
4) Maureen Lee
5) Daisy Phua
6) Theresa Seow
7) Danny Lye
8) Winnie Lim
9) Grace Wong
10) Karen Phoo
11) Bessie Lam
12) Ann Lim
13) Tony Ang
14) Wendy
15) Judy Lim
16) Angie Ng

Photo Walk – Botanic & Orchid Gardens

This photo walk, we will be going to the Botanic Gardens and the National Orchid Garden.

We will meet at the Bus Stop (13019) in front of Gleneagles Hospital along Napier Road/Holland Road on the day and time stated below. We will start walking to the National Orchid Garden at 3.05PM. Entrance fee to the Orchid Garden is $1.00 for seniors (above 60 yrs) and $5.00 for adults.

How to go to the Bus Stop (13019) in front of Gleneagles Hospital along Napier Road/Holland Road?

Take train to Somerset MRT. Exit A (Bus Stop 3), up escalator and make a turn back to Somerset Road Bus Stop Number 08121. Take Bus Number 7, 77, 106, 123 or 174 to Gleneagles Hospital (about 7 bus stops away). Cross overhead pedestrian bridge to Bus Stop in front of the Hospital along Napier Road/Holland Road.

Date: 19th Sept 2015 (Sat)
Time:  3.00PM
Meeting Place: Bus Stop (13019) in front of Gleneagles Hospital along Napier Road/Holland Road.
Time to Commence Walk from meeting place: 3.05PM (Total walking and picture taking time is about 2½ hours).
Hewlee (EC)

Those registered coming:
1) Registered
2) Registered
3) Registered
4) Registered
5) Winnie Tan
6) Joan Ang
7)

 

 

Welcome New Members – Month May/June 2015

We would like to take a moment in welcoming our new members who joined us in May/June 2015. They are :

  • John How
  • Tara
  • Peter Wong
  • Philip Foo
  • Eve Ong
  • Hazel Lim
  • Susan Sia
  • Adeline Y
  • Lay Chin

We look forward to your participations in this forum and events organised by our members. Or to start, simply write a brief introduction of yourself to this post.

Have fun ……

If you need help with your passwords, please email me at clubadmin@silverhairsclub.com   If you have send in your membership application and your name is not listed in this post, please email to admin@silverhairsclub.com. Thanks again for joining!

Club Admin

Karaoke Singing on Friday 14/8/2015

  • Venue: Kolam Ayer CC 2nd floor Geylang Bahru
  • Date & time:  14/8/2015 6.30 to 10.00 pm
  • Rental: $50.00
  • Refreshment: Tea bags and hot water
  • Use own VCDs or select songs from catalogue
  • Car parking: Free in CC
  • Public transport:   Buses 107 or 107M from Lavender Mrt
  • Remarks: Due to space and time constraints , no. of participants will be limited to 12.
  • Type of event: EC
  • Registration:   1)  Robert Ong  plus 4
  •                         6)  Ron Lee
  •                         7)  Jass Soh
  •                         8)  Peter Tan
  •                         9)  Jessica Tan
  •                        10)  Daniel Chan
  •                        11)   ( Plus one friend)
  •                        12)

Robert Ong (EC)

FaceTime and Skype

IT Event for Month of September

Topic: E-Communication (Learn how to FaceTime with iPhones & iPads and using Skype with android smartphones & tablets)

Date: 12th September 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 3PM to 5PM
Venue: Bukit Merah Library
Admission is Free.

hewlee (EC)
Those registered coming:
1) Joy Chuang
2) Lilian Teo
3) Freda Lim
4) Winnie Tan
5) Pauline Chew
6) Eyvonne Chew
7) Ann Giri
8) Priscilla Wee
9) Daisy Yeo
10) Edward Lim
11) Gingko Tay
12) Joan Ang
13) Peter Loo
14) Jimmy Tsin
15) Theresa Seow
16) Wendy Lum
17)

 

 

It’s National Day!

50 years of independence,

From backwaters to modern metropolis –

Achievement par excellence!

Good governance, supportive citizenry,

And we see ‘a nation built with love by you and me’.

So proud are we of things uniquely Singapore,

We treasure the little red dot ‘right down to the CORE’!

Happy 50th National Day! THREE CHEERS!

dragon215euniquely S’pore!

Monthly walk: August… Update

Note:  This is only an update …

Monthly walk: August 2015

Our walks for 2015 is on the 1st Saturdays/month unless otherwise informed.

For a few years now in the month of August, we have scheduled our annual Xtreme walk.  This year it is scheduled on 22nd August.

Due to unforseen circumstances and in view that this August there are many on-going activities, this walk on 22nd August is cancelled.

Wishing each of you a HAPPY & FUN  SG50!!     

Cheers!… the Walk Team…

Embracing a Digital Lifestyle

I am starting a WhatsApp chat group to allow those interested to share their IT (computer) discoveries with those in the group.
For those interested, we can arrange meetups in foodcourt, cafe, library or even in a volunteer’s home. You can also provide feedback to me as to what computer topic or smart devices (iPhone, smartphone, iPad, tablet) you would like to learn more or have trouble with. I can then consider to include in my monthly free IT (computer) talks in the library or other venues.Currently I am providing an IT (computer) talks on the second Saturday of the month in Bukit Merah Library. Please visit my blog for details.

I am also, if time permits, considering doing another two hours IT (computer) Talk on a rotational monthly basis in various library branches.To keep up with active ageing, I do also organize high tea, photo walks, sculptures hunting and other anniversary type of events like the once a year Christmas Walk.

For those interested, please provide me with your full name and mobile number through email, hewlee@gmail.com. Please do not provide your telephone number in the comments of this post.

hewlee

Chatline for makansutra kakis

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Hi friends makan sutra drooling

 

I would like to set up a chatline for makansutra kakis.  The purpose of this chatline is for friends who enjoy trying out new places which offer good and reasonably cheap food.  Since most of us are retirees or semi-retired, we have loads of time to travel to such eating outlets. The recommended makan places should preferably be near mrt stations for easy accessibility.  Wd appreciate if you could indicate your interest in joining this chatgroup either on this forum page or apps me if you have my hp number.    I’ll be the admin for this chatgroup. You may exit the chatline anytime if you find that it does not serve your interest.  And last, but not least, those who keep silent for a month will be removed from the chatline (no hard feelings about this requisite)…….

Hope that many like-minded people will come together for makan, fellowship and bask in the camaraderie of good friendship.  Let’s make the rest of our life the best in our life!

Cheers,

Gabriella Chua

 

Interested Parties:

  1. Gabriella Chua
  2. Loong Say Meng
  3. Amy Ko
  4. Alice Tan
  5. Charles Wee
  6. Jazz Soh
  7. Daniel  Chan
  8. Susan Chong
  9. Myra Chia
  10. John Chua SC
  11. Richard Kwok
  12. Winnie Tan
  13. Vincent Long
  14. Maria Tan
  15. … I need to verify that those who ask for connection to the chatgroup are shc members.

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Precious collection

This is the heading in today’s Sunday Times about a jewellery shop, in commemoration of SG50, presented a Peranakan-inspired jewellery collection. I looked at the pictures of the jewellery and immediately thought of my own small collection of Peranakan jewellery encrusted with intan (diamond chips).

Under the influence of a good friend years ago, I started buying some pre-owned kerongsang,  earrings,  etc. I liked and still like their intricate designs.  Twice  I thought of selling them and took them out of the safe deposit box, but twice changed my mind when I looked at those exquisite things of beauty!

The jewellery shop chose to promote the Peranakan-inspired jewelley pieces with an updated version. Mine are the old originals.  So happy!

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Coffee meet on Thursday, 16 July

 

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Hi everyone

The next coffee meet is here again.  Details of the next session are as follows:

  • Date:           Thursday, 16 July 2015
  • Time:           2 – 4 pm
  • Venue:         Usual haunt viz: Paya Lebar Singpost food court, B1 (next to Paya Lebar mrt station)
  • Charge:        Nil  – just order your own coffee and snacks and join in the fun ~ Seniors can get special discount for drinks from the Kopitiam stall
  • Topics:         Feel free to discuss on anything under the sun except the SHC taboos ~ otherwise FGM will come with his cane  :-)

Come and join in the fun, laughter and fellowship on a lazy Thursday afternoon.  Friendship is very important at this stage of our life ~ Let’s make this lap of our life the best in our life ya?  I’m sure we just want to be HAPPY ~ we have all the tangibles of life.  Perhaps, we should now focus on such intangibles like happiness, love, kindness, care, concern and contentment.

Always remember, the money isn’t yours until you use it.

Register here if you wish to join in.

Cheers,

Gabriella Chua, EO

 

Registered List:

  1. Gabriella Chua
  2. Loong Say Meng
  3. Jazz Soh (sick)
  4. Daniel Wong
  5. Lim Tiang Soon
  6. Grace Wong
  7. Richard Kwok
  8. Nita Sim
  9. Alice Tan

 

Although we have a small group of 6 today, I’m sure that we’ll still have a great time ~ a cosy table of 6 for warmer and better discussion :-) .. What is important is that we are good friends!

 Quotes on Happiness (main theme for the July coffee meet)

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The man who planted 20000 trees

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll the stories published under ‘Impact Journalism Day’ in the *Straits Times are  inspiring, but the most impactful one for me is “The man who planted 20 000 trees.” I thought this is such a meaningful and good life and wondered how one can live a meaningful life, like Kartik’s , an ex-barber who has planted 20 000 trees and now at 75 years old is still planting trees.

From the story I distilled these pre-requisites:

  1. Serving others is the mission of life.  The ex-barber  would save some money from his earnings to buy the seedlings to plant his trees. He has never collected payment from anyone for his work.
  2. Philosophical belief learnt from  his father who told him: “…If you just plant a tree, that will bring you far more blessings than any pilgrimage…” To me this is equivalent to “faith with work…”

In a materialistic world where consumers are kings, it is not easy to not work for money, but on the road less taken, where money is secondary, where serving others is priority, life can be very meaningful and fulfilling.

*ST Sat 20 June.

 

Let’s organise the year end ball; now called the New-Year Ball

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Let’s start dreaming our year end event of the year.  You can be a part of it; simply by raising your hand and agreeing that you will work with everybody in the team, whoever they are.  This should be the spirit for this and all our events.

What the event will be, it will be up to all of us.  But, it can be a ball, a big ball.  I can make the following guess.  We should aim big, and hit 150 pax.  Music, songs and dancing should be the theme.  Food, well, it is a must; for without it, many members will be unhappy. So, we want to be happy.  Seriously, we should have a balance of the sexes.  Let’s have all ears.  Maybe, if you have a great idea in mind, yes, why not?

Let’s start looking for a band; either a live band or a musician without a good sound system.  We dont need a pro, but someone who can make us feel young again.  Let’s go all way out to look for new bands or musician, that SHC has not used before.  Consider songs and music that we have not heard off for many many years, but were popular during our younger days.  Let’s make a decision by end July 2015.  We should pay for the music.

And, for the venue, why not a nice hotel venue.  This time, it need not be at a country club.  If you have great contacts with the hotels, and if we can have a good package of between $40 and $50 per pax, we can look at it.  Food, cannot be too different, international, Chinese or even simply a 3-course Western.

As for the date, somewhere towards Nov/Dec, it can be fun.  If not, we hold it in Jan. That should work too.

For a change, we can have corporate sponsors.  Probably, a company to sponsor a couple of pairs of airtickets or cruise tickets to Alaska, another company to sponsor the beer and drinks, we can consume.  Other ideas can be a company to sponsor SHC t-shirts for all attending members. , the latest Iphone or the latest smartTV.  Great, let’s see what we can come up with.  We should have other prizes too.

Activities and program for the ball.  How much we will charge is still open.

Hope we can all start the thinking process.  And, I am looking for a committee to handle (1) Venue, Decor and backdrop and F&B (2) Program and activities (3) Prizes (4) tickets and seatings (5) Registration and accounts.  And importantly, a co-EO.

Terence Seah

 

Would you like to go to Delhi and Mumbai this Nov 2015?

I am in Delhi and Mumbai this whole week.  In fact, I have been to these two cities more than 20 times in the last 20 years.  I plan to go again in Nov 2015.  After doing what I am doing, I am able to extend my trip and bring a group to travel Delhi and Mumbai.

Many of us may not know; but Mumbai is the largest city in the world.  It is a very vibrant city, with many historial sights, colourful markets, millions of people and exotic Indian food.

Delhi is the capital city of India.  It’s most well known site is the Taj mahal, which many of us must have known and studied during our school days.

When was the last time you were in India? and what were your feelings and feedback about visiting India.

Terence Seah

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Monthly Walk – Nature in the Garden : A Green Treasure

Date: Saturday, 4 July 2015

Meeting Place: Boon Lay Mrt Station, Exit D facing Jurong Point

Start Time: 4.00pm Sharp, taking bus to walk site

Duration:  about 2 hours.

ECs for this walk:  Veronica Wong & Mary Tan

A nice place to explore.    Climbing 58 steps to the summit lookout for a bird’s eye view of the garden.   An amazing variety of wildlife and nature and is home to so many birds, dragonflies, butterflies and insects.   Go through the freshwater swamp, streams and ponds in the garden.  Try to spot butterflies and dragonflies flying around at the Butterfly Garden.

Venture into the walking trail which is just a path between bushes and trees   The trail is a fairly easy route on an all-flat terrain except at the end where there’s quite a steep slope to go down and it is quite hard to gain a foothold on small slippery pebbles.   This trail will only be available till 2019 so come visit before it disappears.   Do wear comfortable covered walking shoes.

At the end of the walk, those who wish to have dinner can proceed to Jurong Point mall where there’s the Kopitiam and other food outlets.

Our Walk Team ECs: Christina CL Chan, Charles Wee, Mary Tan, Veronica Wong, Serene Low, Alice Seah, Jeffrey Lim, Azhari Cuttilan.

Come join the walk, do register here!

  1. Andrew Yeung
  2. Gabriella Chua
  3. Danny Lye
  4. Peggy Yap
  5. Arthur
  6. Peter Goh
  7. Tony Ang
  8. Lilian Teo
  9. Friend
  10. Grace Kang
  11. Hew Lee
  12. Judy Lim
  13. Steven Chan
  14. Daisy Phua
  15. Shawn Goh
  16. Chwee Yin
  17. Grace Wong
  18. Andrew Koh

 

Monthly cycling-27 June 2015

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IMG-20150620-WA0016Hi all cyclists

We are going island cycling at St John’s Island.

Meet : Marina South Pier,
Time : 8am
No rental bikes nearby. Only folding bikes allowed on ferry.
Ferry : $18 return

Those without bikes are welcome to join.
We will visit St John’s and Larazus island.

Things to bring:
1. Brolly or hat
2. Sun block
3. Packed lunch or some snacks.

Joining
1. Douglas
2. Lily
3. Judy Lim
4. Susan CH Tan
5. Julian Mok
6. Andrew k
7. T.S. Lim
8. Hou Chong
9. Ah Nee
10. LinaN
11. Susan Tan
12. James Tan
13. ChristinA

High Tea (Small Group Gathering)

Over a cup of coffee/tea, drink or with snack, we have two solid hours of networking and getting to know each other better. All are welcomed.

The details:
Date: 18-July-2015 (Saturday)
Time: 3.00PM to 5.00PM
Venue: Swissbake Cafe @ Marina Bay Link Mall
Meeting Place: After coming out of Raffles Place MRT Station, turn left, up escalator and wait nearby Jollibean Stall.
(We will start walking to the cafe at 3.05PM)
[For those who missed us, you can meet us at the cafe itself at 8A, Marina Boulevard,
#B2-47]. For those who still have time to spare, we can have our dinner either at Marina Bay Sands Food Court or Chinatown Complex Foodcourt along Smith Street by New Bridge Road.

To make the gathering effective, we will limit the number of participants to not more than eight.
hewlee (EC)
Those registered coming:
1) Hewlee
2) Joan Ang
3) Gabriella Chua
4) Charles Wee
5) Peter Loo
6) Gingko Tay
7) Registered
8) Registered
Registration is now CLOSED.

IT Talk – Using Facebook

The talk will cover how to make a new post with photos, comment on posts received from friends including recommended settings on Facebook account and the like.

If you have an iPad or any smart devices (tablet, smartphone) please bring along.

Topic: Using Facebook
Date: 11-07-2015 (Saturday)
Time: 3PM to 5PM
Venue: Bukit Merah Library (BML), Level 3
Attendance is free

Hewlee
EC

YAY TEAM SINGAPORE!

We shouted , we chanted, we clapped ,we jumped and then we jogged out to the field and waved to about 55.000 strong audience watching the 28th Sea Game closing ceremony last night!

It was a bit chaotic with only 10min rehearsal but it was fun and exciting!
I am glad to have volunteered for the Sea Game and have a memorable experience. The Game will come back to Singapore again in 22 years time but where will I be then? Only God knows…

By chance I found out another fellow SHCian Shirleen Kao also volunteered, so last night we sticked together chasing all sort of athletes to take picture with. And in the process hit by the big balloons several times ha ha!

Wonder if any other members have volunteered as well? (Either this or other national scale events). Perhaps you would like to share your experience with us too?

Hooray Team Singapore for achieving 84 record Gold Medals!

(PS. I volunteered for youth Olympic too in 2010.another memorable experience dealing with media.officials.athletes and had a close encounter with prince Albert of Monaco)

Golf game at Khao Yai Golf Club, Mon 12 Oct 2015

golf1   golf2  As we will be going to Khai Yai in Oct 2015, I did a recce today with Sompho to Khai Yai National Park, and while looking for a suitable place to pitch our tents on the first night and a resort on the second night, I remembered there is a beautiful golf course in Khai Yai.

Before we go on to organise a golf game, I would like to find out if there are members who are interested  to play golf on the following schedule.

  1. Venue:  Khao Yai Golf Course.
  2. Location:  Khao Yai, one of the most beautiful and stunning thai golf courses, set around the splendour of Khao Yai, with beautiful mountains and large land green pieces.  It is located north east of Bangkok, about 100 km away.
  3. Date Mon 12 Oct 2015.
  4. Number of holes:  18
  5. Par:  72
  6. Yardage: 7058
  7. Booking time:  6 am
  8. Number of persons:  4 per group with some flexibility.
  9. Price:  1500 baht (inclusive of golf cart, caddie fee and green fee).  Approx SGD 63.
  10. Transport, meals, guide and tips not included.
  11. Members who are interested and have connections to get a special price, please let me know.
  12. URL:  http://khaoyaigolfclub.com/home/

For info, this golf game will be on the 3rd day of our Khao Yai trip.  After the golf game, players will join the rest of the Khao Yai group, before heading for Don Muang airport.

Terence Seah

 

 

 

LPA – Some thoughts

A friend passed me some notes and forms on the lasting power of attorney (LPA). Because of the *abuse of the LPA by the China tour guide, I took a closer look at the powers granted to the Donee ( (person appointed by the Donor to make decisions on his behalf) by the Donor ( person who makes the LPA), and felt shaken by the ABSOLUTE power the Donee has over the welfare and assets of the Donor  – shaken in view of the fact that the China tour guide was also the sole beneficiary of the rich widow’s (the Donor’s) will.

Very often the fiduciary role of the Donee is taken for granted and there lies the loophole for abuse. But then the Law will say that onus is on the Donor to appoint someone he can absolutely trust.  I feel this is dangerous for the Donor as it assumes every Donor is wise enough to pick the right Donee. What if the Donor was under duress or undue influence of the Donee to make the LPA (as in the *case of the China tour guide)?  Another case of challenge to the LPA has surfaced.

As the present form of the LPA is not foolproof, I hope the Office of the Public Guardian will refine the LPA and ensure that it is 100% foolproof.

*The China tour guide has not been convicted of the charges brought against him.

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SHC Whatsapp Cooking

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Hi fellow members,

I have been following up on SHC Whatsapp Cruises and Whatsapp Gardening, and I am impressed with the success of the groups discussion and interests. The participants were genuingly interested in cruises and gardening. Those who find the discussions not to their interests can drop out of the group anytime.

So, we move on. Cooking (not baking or making cakes) has been talked about in SilverHairsClub for years. We tried cooking demos, recipes, and classes. Some worked, others didn’t work. But I am only an eater.

Well, guys and gals, if you are truly into cooking ie cooking different dishes, welcome to SHC Whatsapp Cooking. Feel free to drop a note here that you are interested, and I shall contact you to the group.

Please keep strictly to cooking, or the fairy godmother will wake up after years of sleeping. I hope you enjoy yourself.

Cooking brings friends together. Not for those who wish to eat only.

Terence Seah

Those interested:

  1. Terence Seah (administrator of chatline)
  2. Gabriella Chua
  3. Mary Chan
  4. Freda Lim
  5. Patricia Low
  6. Jazz Soh
  7. Malyne Suen aka Catherine Suen
  8. Daisy Yeo
  9. Kristy Quek
  10. Rosalind Lee

 

Coming together for a gathering of online investors,, Thur 25 Jun 2015 evening

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Since the beginning of this year,  we have been talking about organising a gathering for online investors  to meet and share their experience. Finally, with Kenneth Tan’s helping us to book a function room at his condo, we are now able to announce the gathering details.

  1. Venue:  The Milton, Hougang Street 11, Singapore 534079
  2. Date:  Thur 25 June 2015
  3. Time:  6pm
  4. Topic:  Online trading in stocks, shares, options, US or local markets.
  5. Number of participants:  10 members (max)
  6. Cost:  $5 per person
  7. F&B:  Food not included.  Please have your dinner before coming.

If you wish to make a 10 min presentation, please feel free to indicate your topic here.

Thank you Kenneth for making this gathering possible.

Terence Seah

Registration (on a first paid basis).

  1. Kenneth (Moderator)
  2. Bobby Bok
  3. Leon Lau
  4. Ann Giri
  5. Loong Say Meng
  6. Jennifer Wu
  7. Jazz Soh
  8. Robert Kwok
  9. Mega Abdullah
  10. Peter Goh
  11. This gathering is now closed.  Anymore will be put on waiting list.

 

Perth a place for holiday or for retirement. What is your experience?

australia     One of the most sought after activity after retirement is travelling.  Some of us are contented to say in Singapore; while others are forever looking out for near places to live their retirement. In the last two weeks, the Straits Times carried two articles on Perth and Western Australia.

For some members, their children are studying in one of Perth’s universities. For others, it is a golfing outing with friends.  Many just love the open air and wide space. Families may go there to see dolphines and whales.  And for others, a chance to own a 450 sq metre piece of land with a landed property at about AUD 450,000 freehold.

Some years ago, SilverHairsClub organised a homestay among Singaporean homes, enjoyed Fremantle and its wide and beautiful coastline, moved leisurely around Perth city, and mixed with the Singapore community.

Perth is 5 hours from Singapore, same time zone, and with Scoot, jetstar,
Quantas, Singapore airlines and Air Asia, many can buy their air tickets between S250 to 900 return. Hotels starts from AUD100, and rentals of an apartment or house are around AUD 450+ per week..  Car rentals are pretty cheap, and available at around AUD50-70 per day.  Coffee is expensive, at about AUD 4 per cup.  A single dish is big sized, and likely to cost AUD 10 – 18 each.

What are your experiences and considerations when it comes to holiday or retirement in Perth?  Share and discuss.

Terence Seah

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