This year, Hari Raya Puasa is on Wed 6 July 2016. It is a public holiday, and is celebrated at the end of the Ramadan month of fasting. It is also known as the festival of Eid or as Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Hari Raya means the ‘grand day of rejoicing’ and, in Singapore, it is a big Muslim festival that recognises the demonstration of self-restraint during Ramadan, and symbolises purification and renewal. It is a time of forgiveness and children often visit their parents. From the 20th day of Ramadan, oil lamps are lit in homes until the end of the festival. For Hari Raya Puasa, people decorate their homes and put on new clothes. The men wear Baju Melayu (a loose shirt with trousers) with kain samping (a short sarong), while the Baju Kurung is often worn by women. Early in the day on Hari Raya Puasa, Muslims go to the mosques for prayers. During the afternoon, families and close friends gather together for a thanksgiving feast where forgiveness and blessing is sought from one another. Duit raya, green envelopes containing gifts of money, are often given to children and the elderly then everyone enjoys the food specialties such as beef rendang, satay, ketupat and lontong followed by cookies, cakes, biscuits, sweets and pineapple tarts. The customary greeting is ‘Selamat Hari Raya’, and celebrations of Hari Raya Puasa extends for three days, up to a month.
We have not had a Hari Raya Puasa celebration and gathering before, and I am thinking this year, we shall hold one event during the month of July.
Let’s open to members for ideas. We shall firm our ideas by 30 Jun 2016.
Do you think the Straits Times (ST) newspaper is worth $1.10 and $1.20 for Saturday’s copy?
For me, I find the quality of ST as a respected newspaper for current affairs local and global has declined drastically. Nowadays, I find very few newsworthy reports and articles to read. Domestic news is important but there is not enough of it. Instead there are pages and pages of sports news.
The ST pads up the daily newspaper by having sections and supplements like property, motoring, recruit , scholarships …etc catering to sectors of society but we seniors must also pay for them.
Last Wednesday (May 25) there was a supplement entitled “The doctor is in”. I read the articles on the various afflictions and their cure including beauty treatment before realizing the write-ups were supporting the advertisements of products and services appearing on the same pages. I felt cheated by ST.
If not for the obituary pages, I would have given up buying the ST last year.
Just in case you are not aware, Singaporeans and Permanent Residents can start applying for tickets to this year’s National Day Parade and its two previews via this link:
This year’s festivities will mark the celebration’s return to National Stadium after 10 years. Previously, it was held at Marina Bay’s floating platform and at the Padang after the former National Stadium was slated for demolition.
The parade this year promises highlights such as the use of unmanned technologies, aerial displays involving props and performers, and indoor fireworks.
Previews will be held on July 23 and 30, while the official parade will be on Aug 9, Singapore’s national day.
Hurry! Application ends this Sunday – 22 May 2016.
The Bay City Rollers are a Scottish pop band whose popularity was highest in the mid 1970s. They were worldwide teen idols.
In 1973, “Saturday Night” was produced for the band. By early 1975, The Baycity Rollers saw a successful UK tour, which prompted newspaper headlines about the rise “Rollermania”. Bay City Roller fans had a distinctive style of dress,comprising calf-length tartan trousers and tartan scarves. In 1976, the group released “I Only Want to Be with You” which I am sure many Silverhairs have heard and danced to.
Where were you then? In school, just finishing your National Service, dating your first love or feeling sweet 16. Let’s bring back memories of the mid 70s. English songs, pop music, London, Edinburgh, top UK charts, SATURDAY night and I only wanna be with you.
Yes, we should have a band and teeny idol singers to match. And an English setting at the British Club to bring back the atmosphere. And, our guests will be anybody and everybody over 45.
This is still a dream. And if you share in the same dream, please share your thoughts.
I was then 15 years old. After my L.C.E. ( Lower Certificate of Education) Exam, while hanging around my school tuck-shop, talking to some trainee teachers, an idea of Hitch Hiking was introduced. A group of us were caught interested and we seek helps to organize . The teachers Training Centre was 150 meters from our school. It took us 1 solid week to gather contacts with Trainee Teachers ( from different parts of Malaya).
My dad/uncles were supportive and provided crucial meeting points whereby we can get free transportation back home. My dad operated a factory in Johor Bahru and distributed goods along the west coast up to North Malaya. Any one of us felt tired and like to return home can approach distribution warehouse in Muar, Malacca, Seremban, K.L, Ipoh, Butterworth/Penang for free transportation by Goods Lorries. These centers also provided temp Jobs for 1.80/2.00 ringgits with free meals/accommodation- sleeping on foldable canvas beds or empty goods racks.
I am now itch to organize “ A Pay-hike by bus on 25th – 30th June 2016. Please read the following brief and decide whether you are game to participate.
1. Group in 8 or 12 ( Ideal for Round-table Meals and Taxis )
2. You travel very light – Bring only 1 or 2 underwear/Inner wears with a foldable shopping bag, rain-cloth in haversack.
3. We shall meet at Kranji MRT between 8.00-8.30 am on 25th June, where we shall board 170 bus to Larkin Bus Terminal in JB. Familiar yourselves around this terminal and have breakfast here. We shall take a Direct Bus to Malacca Bus Terminal.
4. Stay in Malacca for 1 or 2 nights to replenish your clothing needs. Explore Malacca as much as we can .Will provide tourist must visit sites.
5. 28th June we take a direct coach to K.L/Genting.
We park ourselves here for 2 nights. We can shuttle ourselves to KL for shopping/makans.
6. We will take a direct Coach to Singapore on 30th. Coach normally leave at 12.00 noon or 2.00 pm. You can also fly back at 20.00 hr from KLIA 2 .
Estimate budgetary Coast:
1. Transportation S$ 100-120
2. Hotel Malacca S$ 30-45 per night/pax Hotel Genting – Maxium S$ 100 per night/pax; Resort Hotel S$ 50-60 per night/pax; First World Std Room S$ 25 per night/pax
3. Meals will be at cost
You can What’s App me on 90891348 OR email: email@example.com. If you need further information
i am planning of going up 2 bentong next middle of d june ,
as durains season will just kick off on it top peak ya..actual date i am a okay for d majority
to choose from any five buddies to respond ,secure it place ya .beside d durains farm ,bentong is oso famous on it ginger ya…hahahahahaha , we may plan as we go along on it stay ya… please take note ,this is a EC event ya…hohohohohoho hahahahaha
It’s been sometime since we have the monthly gathering. We had Hans Cafe, but that place was gone long ago.
Date: Tues 14 Jun 2016 (confirmed)
Time: 1730 – 2030 hrs (confirmed)
Venue: You make a suggestion on this forum; and we will choose from one of the recommendations. close to MRT. Available F&B. Can be a Food court, a huge KOK room, need not have tables, standing room is ok, a rooftop, a BBQ area. Members’ call.
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All of us are in the seniors group. Some of us need to work, while others can manage through. I thought that some of the current schemes are interesting and I would like to hear if you have other views or options besides putting retirees through training programmes.
The brighter side reports solar power companies and IT giants may be able to offer up to 30,000 jobs by 2020. And the Career support program for PMETs retrenched.
Personally, I do not support retrenchment insurance. We hear of the need for companies to be more creative and be the disruptor In recent years, new business models have disrupted existing ones and improved the lives of consumers.
This Post is intended to hear your views and hopefully some of your ideas will be picked up by fellow readers. As I said, some of us need to work, others don’t.
Please do not finger point any person or political party or Govt body. Stick strictly to ideas and suggestions.
I have formed a retiree club in the Kembangan area wherein active retirees can:
gather for coffee chats in the nearby coffee shops/joints in the east
makan in the hawker centres/markets in Bedok, Paya Lebar and Tampines in the east
morning walks at 5.30 am or late evening walks at 6.30 pm when it’s not too hot
introduction to ukulele fun
yak yak on anything (ranging from current affairs, in-laws, grown-up kids to anything under the sun)
help and seeking advice from one another
cycling in the parks (I need a trike or tandem rider though)
….. and so on…. the list is by no means exhaustive
The 24-hour sarabat stall at Jalan Lapang (Kembangan) may be a good venue to be considered. It’s just a stone’s throw from the Kembangan mrt station. Those staying in this area may be familiar with this eating place. It’s rustic, nostalgic and gives the ambience of Singapore in the early 60s or a typical Malaysian sarabat stall of today.
These are only ideas on the drawing board and can be finetuned as we gather momentum. A chatline has been set up for those who have indicated interest so as to keep everyone in the loop on activities or good sharings. As we’re retirees, we’ll keep to thrifty thrills/fun…. no lavish spending.
So far, some 20 of my friends (mostly shc) have already indicated their interest in joining this retiree club as and when they’re free. It’s good to form friendships now before it’s too late. One’s spouse may not be with you forever and depression may set in (if you’re too close or dependent on your beloved) and especially when you’re already facing the empty nest syndrome. We must rely on ourselves for our own well-being and happiness. There’s a saying:
“No one is born happy but every one is born with the Ability to create HAPPINESS”.
Just leave a message here or apps me (if you have my hp number) if you are interested in joining the Retiree Club (East). A very important requirement is no quarrelling, hitting below the belt or gossips on my chatline (taboos for the retiree club). We want everyone to be happy and get along well. Any recalcitrant member will be deleted from my chatline 🙂
23 members in my Retiree Club (East)
Just leave your name on this forum page or apps me …. tks
this is the first time I leave the massage in this board and for sure this is not the last time.
Some of you may know me when we travelled together in Thailand. We went together to many places like Chiangmai, Pai, full moon party, Laos and so on. Last trip happened last October at Khao yai natiol park, the world heritage.
Now I already passed the training course for tour guide. So, more fun is coming.
I’m thinking about Ayudhya historical park trip. Just one hour from Bangkok, you will see the glory of the former capital of Thailand.
The high light of Ayudhya is not only an ancient city. It was found in 1350 and had been the capital of Thailnd ofor 417 years until the second dowf fall in 1767. It was announced to be a world heritage in 1991.
Meeting Place: Bishan MRT Exit A, wait nearby Pastamania
Time: meet by 4.30pm sharp
Duration: about 1½ hours
ECs for this walk : Veronica Wong and Mary Tan
Take a walk down memory lane! The route a straight leisurely walk is easy and basically on level ground. For some stretches, due to construction works, we go on the pavement for just a bit. It takes you through mature residential estates in Bishan and Potong Pasir meaning “cut sand” in Malay. Spend some time admiring the scenery and the bridges. At mid walk, we give time to enjoy obstacles to revive younger days memories and expend your energy. Also an opportunity for walkists for socializing . Continue to catch up on your “chit chat” at dinner. Many choices for dinner at Potong Pasir.
Bring water, cap, umbrella and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Our Walk Team ECs: Christina CL Chan, Charles Wee, Veronica Wong, Mary Tan, Serene Low, Alice Seah and Azhari Cuttilan.
Mahjong helps to exercise the mind, like Sudoku, Scrabble, Chess etc.
I am not a good or regular mahjong player.
My aim is to have a non gambling game, that is, chips will be used. The idea is to learn to build on the doubles, not just to game small. To exercise the mind and also to socialise.
I would like to start with a small group of 4.
You may be a beginner, a regular or someone who has not played the game before.
I have a mahjong set and table at my place, which is in Pasir Ris.
I’m willing to teach the game if you are a beginner.
If there are people who wish to add some excitement to the game and not use chips only, I’m not averse to it but I play very small.
Do let me know your preference and I can have a separate group for that.
Just email me at email@example.com .
I got an accomplished photographer and friend keen on conducting smartphone photography workshop to interested parties. Handphone photography is becoming very popular and you’d be surprise at the possibilities and capabilities with simple handphone photography.
Will be grateful if fellow members can share their views or inputs, even suggest course content and suitable pricing, including overseas hp photography course in Bangkok? – he has contacts in Bangkok and is keen on running a course there.
Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you!
Just helping another photographer friend gather some insights
Our next coffee meet will be held on 4th May. Details are as follows:
Date: Wed, 4th May 2016
Time: 2.15 pm – 4.15 pm
Venue: Raffles City Food Court, 3rd Level (Long table near the window)
Cuisines: All types of food, beverages and desserts
Topics: Anything under the sun except politics, religion, sex, MLM (shc taboos)
Come and join in an afternoon of makan, coffee drinking, fun and laughter. Maybe, I can throw in a uke sing-along for two songs only (as we do not want to be too boisterous since it’s a public area). The coffee chat provides good fellowship and camaraderie among active aging pals 🙂 .. Keeping dementia and depression at bay. Do not stay at home alone (empty nest syndrome) ~ come and spend an afternoon here.
Hope to see as many of you as possible.
Lily Boon (will attend if free)
John Chua SC
Richard Tan TT
Lim Yoon Chin
A gentle reminder that the Kopi chat on 4.5.16 is on … See you all at Raffles City foodcourt at 2.15 pm
Thanks to all who turned up today. We had a great time. There are also plus points in having a smaller group. We could mingle and communicate better. Looking forward to meeting up in June 2016. Cheers 🙂
Ho ho Hahaha buddies of SHC, Any four or five buddies like to visit JB, you will all experience the local eateries like bak kut teh, bar ber que hot Coconut,. Many sporean hit near jb check point for the eateries, food there re just average & much expensive.. You may drop a note here or email me at gohchinhuat @gmail.com please take note, there re few dates I am not available will see our timing if match ya… Hoho haha Cheers
I had no clear idea when people talked about integrated shield plans (IP) until recently when I had to give advice to a relative who was wondering whether he should downgrade to the new standard IP which will come into effect in May.
I went to read up about medisave, medishield, integrated shields etc… and I realized having MediShield Life is enough health coverage with affordable premiums paid from Medisave if we do not mind being in class B2 or Class C wards.
I asked my relative ( an ordinary employee) why he had bought the IP and he said his insurance agent told him it was good to have that and that the premium would be paid from medisave which savings he could not touch anyway. (A little knowledge is indeed dangerous).
My conclusions – IPs are for :
People who want to be warded in B1 or class A ward. They can choose their doctors.
People who want to be treated in private hospitals.
Interesting info from MediShield Life website:
“60% of Singaporeans have integrated shield plans but many end up not staying in the ward their coverage entitles them to.” No reason given but I thought it was strange.
ECs for this walk: Serene Low and Christina Chan
Date: Saturday, 2 April 2016
Start Time: 5pm sharp
Duration of walk: approx 2 hrs
Meeting Place: Kembangan MRT, Void facing canal
As current weather is pretty warm, we shall start walk at 5 pm. The route is not exactly new but hopefully for those who have been to this part will still appreciate the matured trees, cool breeze and scenic view.
From the park connector, we head towards the beach where we then explore a lake, part of the woods, ski park before ending the walk at East Coast Lagoon Food Village for dinner. From here, you can have a great variety of hawker fare – rojak, duck porridge, satay, char kway teow etc etc.
So do dress comfortably with hats, umbrella, drinking water, camera, sun block and comfortable walking shoes.
Walk Team ECs: Christina CL Chan, Charles Wee, Veronica Wong, Mary Tan, Alice Seah, Azhari Cuttlian, Serene Low.
1). Gabriella Chua (withdraw)
2). Tony Ang
3). Jimmy Longpoetih
4). David Low
5). Bernie Chung
6). Bobby Bok
7). Judy Lim
8). Christina CL Chan
9). Serene Low
10) Veronica Wong
11) Janis Han
12) Margaret Soo
13) Ronald Lee
14) Lydia Chin
15) Irene Chua
16) Evelyn Ong
17) Andrew Koh
18) Monica Tan
19) Henry See
We have now almost completed our target of 80 pax for our D&D Cabaret Night 3 on 23 Apr 2016.
Hotel room bookings are now open. Closing date and payment: 30 Mar 2016. All bookings with KSL hotel will be handled by SS James who is our liaison man with KSL hotel. Our corporate rates are:
Room category OPTION 1: Superior (Double/twin) RM 258 Nett per room, per night (with 2 breakfast)
OPTION 2: Superior (Double/twin) RM 208 Nett per room per night (without breakfast)
* Room guests have free access to dinosaur water theme park.
* Members may stay in any other hotels of their choice. Members can also book through any other channels.
* If booking through SHC, payment will be in cash and in RM only.
Bookings and payments closed on 30 Mar 2016.
SS James 6 + 1 rooms (all without breakfast)
Andrew Koh 1 room (without breakfast) (Paid deposit of SGD50)
Terence Seah 1 room (without breakfast)
Judy Lim 3+1 rooms (without breakfast) (Paid deposit of SGD200)
Ann Lim 2 rooms (without breakfast) (Paid deposit of SGD100)
Daniel Chan 1 room (without breakfast) (Paid deposit of SGD50)
Rose White 1 room (without breakfast) (Paid deposit of SGD50)
Cecilia Lim 1 room (without breakfast) (Paid deposit of SGD50)
Lydia Chin 2 rooms (without breakfast) (Will pay in cash to Terence)
Bobby Bok 1 room (without breakfast) (Paid deposit of SGD50)
May Woo 2 rooms (without breakfast) (Paid deposit of SGD100)
. 23 rooms todate.
Please hurry to do your hotel rooms booking now. If you are lookiing for a partner, please make your reqest here. A number of members will be staying 3 pax per room, altho the hotel will only provide for 2 pax only.
Entrance to Dinosaur theme water park is free, for hotel guest.
The next kopi chat will be held on 6th April 2016. Details as follows:
Date: 6th April (Wednesday)
Time: 2 – 4 pm
Venue: Raffles City food court, L. 3
Nearest mrt: City Hall mrt station (next door)
Topics: Anything under the sun except MLM, sex, politics, religion (shc taboos)
Do come and join in an afternoon of fun, laughter and fellowship. Friendship is critical at this stage of our life. It keeps dementia and depression at bay. Leave the empty nest and join us on 6th April. Be lonely no more! 🙂
Loong Say Meng
Dave Chong (if work schedule permits…+ Fida)
Philip Chia’s wife
Lim Tiang Soon (+ 1 friend PL)
Sam Goh Huat Ah
Lim Yoon Chin
Ooh la la ~ Total of 25 (9 ladies, 16 men) attended ….Ah ha ~ Terence will be glad to know that the number of men have exceeded the number of women in his shc event!
Thank you to all supporters of the coffee chat today. A whopping 25 turned up for an afternoon of laughter, yakking, drinking and FUN! As ‘promised’, it was an afternoon well-spent with senior active pals. See you all again at the May coffee chat!
To understand family budget, we need first to understand what is quality family life.
What kind of Quality Family Life we want for the family. Everyone has a role to play in the family. Be it working smart to earn enough for the family, taking care of the children, spending quality time with the children and also know how to spend wisely. Make provisions for rainy days and save enough for the children’s future education.
There is no such thing as no time to learn something new to understand how “cash flow” can affect the quality of family life. It is just our priority has excluded that event. Sometimes, it is due to poor time management.
With some basic Microsoft Excel skills, we can share with you how a simple Family Budget spreadsheet can be created. If you have a laptop computer complete with the Microsoft Office application program, you can bring along to the class. Details of the session is as follows:
Date: 9th April 2016
Time: 3PM to 5PM
Venue: Bukit Merah Public Library
Direction: Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru, exit and turn right, up escalator and take bus number 5 or 16 or 815 to end (Bukit Merah Bus Interchange). About 5 minutes walk to library.
Admission is free.
Ho ho Hahaha buddies of SHC, II like to appeal If you ve extra or no longer use but still in working condition house phones. We need about four to five land lines phone for d underprivileged centre in johor.. Please drop your message here or email me at gohchinhuat @gmail.com.. Life is short so stay happy be happy hoho haha. A India trained LAUGHTER YOGA TEACHER… CHEERS bro Sam Goh
Sam Goh has always been supporting and helping out at Charity homes in Johore Bahru. The children comes from orphanage and handicap homes.
He has requested the Club to sponsor a table of 10 for these children to attend the early part of our Cabaret function. The children will also be giving a performance during registration time. And they will also be joining us for dinner. But will leave our ballroom when dancing proper starts. Sam will organise all the logistics to bring the children to and fro the homes.
SHC invites members to sponsor each child at SGD 50 each. Besides the dinner, we shall also give the children a gift.
Partaicipants as well as non-participants are invited to sponsor these children to our D&D. We also look forward to their performance. Thank you Sam for arranging this activity.
To kickstart the sponsorship for the handicap and disabled children, we have our first sponsor Peggy and Arther Yap.
Kindly register here. An account will be set up, please let us have your transfer reference Thank you,.
Peggy and Arthur Yap – 1 child, SGD 50. (paid)
Anonymous LY – 1 child, SGD 50 (paid)
Anonymous LB – 1 child, SGD 50 (paid)
Bobby Bok – 1 child, SGD 50 (Paid)
Charles Wee – 1 child, SGD 50 (Paid)
Yoon Chin – 1 child, SGD 50 (Paid)
Anonymous LB – 1 child, SGD 50 (Paid)
Holly Lim – 1 child, SGD 50 (Paid)
Frisna Tan – 1 child, SGD 50 (Paid)
Vander Straaten Angela – 1 child, SGD 50 (Paid)
Max sponsorship for 10 pax from the handicap and orphanage. This sponsorship is now closed. Thank you for your support.
When asked when he was going to retire, 75 y.o. Tom Jones replied: Yeah, to what? (S.T. March 4 )
There are many elderly who do not want to retire because they do not know what to do if they retire. If you enjoy your work, like Jones, do not retire but if you do not enjoy your work (or more likely your job) but are hanging on to it for the money or the fear of not knowing what to do after retirement, then work, work, work till your health takes a heavy toll.
Retirement is the time when one enjoys a slower pace of life and has the opportunity to engage in work that one likes or even enjoy a second wind where one is one’s own boss!