It is refreshing to read that some millennials are living without social media* I have always wondered why many adults, young and old, are proud to have hundreds of Facebook friends. I emphasized ‘adults’ as many schoolgirls have been abused by their online friends and we feel that it is because they are still young and gullible and did not realize the dangers of befriending people online. But adults should know better.
What a person says about himself /herself – take it with a big pinch of salt. I had a friend who said if her 10-year-old son strayed off during our holiday trip, she would not go after him. Yet, during the trip, she was always running after her son, leaving me to follow behind!
To know what a person is like we need to see the person and while talking, note his/her body language. Non–verbal language generally tells more accurately than what a person says about himself/herself. As for Facebook friends, many are lying – about their gender, age, occupation..etc.
“There is more to life than Facebook” said one of the millennials featured in the newspaper report*. How true.
Our forum tech guys have looked at reviving live chat. The old chat apps was too cumbersome. Here’s a new one. Tell us what are your travel plans, the when’s, the excitement, the dates, etc. Interested travellers can then come together, agree on a time, and chat here. If you are free, say the date and time, and when everybody comes together, just talkcock.
You can use Talkcock anything on the right column.
Let’s see and have fun. Please respect other members’ views and comments.
A Blog gives you a new way to communicate, to share, to influence, to connect, to outrage, to matter, …
A Blog can be your life journey (A Reflection), your legacy you would like to leave behind. You are the writer, the editor and publisher – all in one. However, whatever you do with your Blog, you are required to conform within the International & Local Laws and Regulations.
If I have interested you, come and see how simple it is to start publishing a Blog in the Internet and it is totally free. No programming or special software required.
All you need is a laptop able to connect to the Internet and some basic knowledge of computing like surfing the Internet and sending/ receiving emails.
Topic: Learn how to Create a Blog (Preview)
Date: 13th August (Saturday)
Time: 3PM to 5PM
Venue: Bukit Merah Public Library
Course fee: Free (no charge)
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.
On 26th to 28th August 2016, I will be cycling a distance of about 250km from Malacca to Singapore to raise fund for a registered charity organization, Sunlove Abode for Intellectually Infirmed Ltd.
This is my first time participating in this particular charity ride. The aim is to provide monthly food rations worth S$70/- or monthly breakfast rations of S$25/- for needy residents living in 1 room flats in Chai Chee, Hougang and Marsiling. 100% of the funds raised will be use to help them as all cost of this event is covered by us, the volunteers.
Please join me in making a difference. No amount is too small. To make a monetary donation, please click on the following link. Donations of S$25/- and above qualifies for tax deduction. To facilitate this, provide your official name, address, tel and tax reference (NRIC/FIN/UEN).
One suggestion that came out from recent brainstorming ideas on “Bringing SHC to the next level” is to have a regular gathering for members who live in West Singapore. Reason given was many of our activities are centred around the city or in the East.
We had a couple of gatherings in the West; but this gatherings did not continue due to a lack of follow-up. Some members would like to continue with Westend gatherings; and I thought we can give this suggestion a kick again.
Past few gatherings were held at JEM or Jurong East, where JE MRT is located. Please recommend a venue. It does not have to be at JE, but as long as it is located where a MRT is, I guess the suggested venue will work.
From experience, it is difficult to mix retirees and part-time working members with full time working members. So, we may need to have two gatherings; one on a weekday for retirees and one on a weekend for working full time members.
Thank you for the members who have met and contributed to this suggestion. Look forward to suggestions of venues and date/time.
I have been told by my software guys that a Whatsapp Button has been installed into our Forum for use by members who are EOs or ECs.
However, I dont see the Whatsapp Button, and these tech guys tell me that only when using the mobile, then one can see the Whatsapp Button. I am also not sure how it works. If you have a chance to try this out, please share what you see and maybe how these works.
Quite a few members have enquired about my next coffee chat. It’s so heartening. Hence, I’ve decided to put up this posting early to keep our kopi kakis informed. Details of the next chat are as follows:
Date: Wed, 3.8.16
Time: 2.15 – 4.15 pm
Venue: Same viz: Raffles City food court, 3rd Level
Cuisine: A wide variety of food, drinks, desserts are available
Topics for chat: Anything under the sun except the shc taboos viz: sex, politics, religion, mlm
Do come and join in an afternoon of chit-chatting, joking, exchanging views over a cuppa. We have so much fun and laughter during all our kopi meets. Socialising and meeting old as well as new friends are enjoyable and drive away depression and dementia.
The AWWA Senior Home community article in the Sunday Times (26/6) is an eye-opener on how it operates. There is a lot of freedom of movement for the residents. I think this is a good model for a retirement village, Sg style.
The studio apartment blocks can easily be adapted to a retirement community by following the AWWA Senior Home model. As the occupants of the studio apartments are owners of the apartments, they would need to pay a fee for the services provided, hence it is important that the retirement community of studio apartments be managed by a govt. department to keep costs affordable for the residents.
Recently I visited a friend who got a studio apartment in Hougang. She told me her neighbouring units are taken but the occupants are seldom at home. This implies that these elderly buyers of the studio apartments have a place to stay but thought it a good measure to buy a studio apartment. These early birds.
Now my friend, flushed with cash by downgrading to a studio apartment, is going on a tour of Europe. Life is good. 🙂
I love Malaysia, especially its beaches. I too love Malaysian food. Although I travel extensively within Asia, it seems I will not have enough of enjoying Malaysia’s countryside, food, beaches and other delights.
I like to give this a try, and that is to go to Desaru beach. I discussed with Sam Goh and he is able to provide transport and bring us around Desaru. He knows enough of Johore to be able to bring participants around.
Trip proper: 2D1N to desaru camping.
Date/time: Not agreed yet, but it will be 2D 1N.
Limited: 6 pax per trip.,
Pickup point: JB Sentral
Return point: JB Sentral
Petrol: Sam tops up to full tank and will top up his tank on return. Participants pay for petrol and toll.
Food: All participants, exceopt driver, share in the food and drinks costs.
Hotel: Estimated at SGD 50 per night. Participants share costs of rooms. Driver does not pay for the hotel room share. He will share with me, if he does not snore.
Service fee: SGD 10 per participant per day. For 2D1N, service fee per person is SGD 20. If we go out for 3D2N, the fee is SGD 30 per pax.
Tent: buy your own tent. It costs around SGD 20, and you can use it when you join me regularly.
Please keep yourself updated here. I shall announce the date soon.
We will keep this list until confirmation. A non-refundable deposit will be required mid July 2016.
Many of us SilverHairs, now in our 50s and 60s, have been associated with Britain ever since we started our early education. We learn English, our laws are based on the English system, we go to London, Scotland for our holidays.Some of us send our kids to study in Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow. In recent years, many SilverHairs have bought properties in Central London, We saw the ups and downs of Britain; and many of us tracked the growth of the English empire, and its association with the European Union.
Yesterday, at noon, the shock came as Britains voted to exit the EU. The financial markets tumbled, governments come out to stabilise their currencies and economies. What’s next? How will this BREXIT affect you? What happens to your properties? Your kid’s education? And how does this affect your business, your equities and your savings?
Let’s discuss and share your thoughts? A turmoil few of us expect.
The next SHC monthly gathering is now set to be held as follows. This is a good opportunity to meet new and old SilverHairs. The old Hans Cafe at Upper pickering Street has been closed; and this is a good time to try the new Hans Cafe.
Date: Tue 26 July 2016
Venue: Hans Cafe, Chinatown Point, 33 New Bridge Road, #B2 – 34 & 36, Chinatown Point, Singapore 05941
Time: 1700 to 2100 hrs
F&B: On your own account.
Menu local: http://www.hans.sg/pages/call/24
Registration: Please register your name here. Bring along your name tag.
Strictly no discussion on sex, race, religion, direct selling and MLM.
Laura Wee – 1 complimentary cloth SHC patch
Stella Sheng – 1 complimentary cloth SHC patch
Sue Chan – 1 complimentary cloth SHC patch
Ronald Lam – 1 complimentary cloth SHC patch
Mary Chan – 1 complimentary cloth SHC patch
Christina Chan – 1 complimentary cloth SHC patch
Theresa Seow – 1 complimentary cloth SHC patch
Daisy Wee – 1 complimentary cloth SHC patch
Bernie Chung – 1 complimentary cloth SHC patch
Shirley Tan *
Teo Chin Hian *
Steven Ang *
Francis Rajaratnan M *
Rose Chuang *
June Ong *
Jenny Liaw *
Estee Oh *
Jothi Dumont *
Jacqueline Lim *
Chris Leow *
Sally Ang *
SS James – One complimentary cloth SHC patch
Andrew Koh – One complimentary cloth SHC patch
Robert Ong – One complimentary cloth SHC patch
Sam Goh (half Johorean) – One Complimentary cloth SHC patch
Hwa Bee Gek – One Complimentary cloth SHC patch
Lam HT – One Complimentary cloth SHC patch
Bobby Bok – One Complimentary cloth SHC patch
Jimmy Tsin – One complimentary cloth SHC patch
Susan Sia – One complimentary cloth SHC patch
Peri Liew – One complimentary cloth SHC patch
Steven Yuen – One complimentary cloth SHC patch (last piece)
Meeting Place: Boon Keng MRT Exit A, wait nearby QQ House Hair Salon
Time: Meet by 5pm sharp
Duration: about 1½ hours
ECs for this walk : Veronica Wong and Mary Tan
Remarkably simple to walk on paved roads along the waterways with not too heavy human traffic. On the way in the older town residential estates, by-passing a few pretty interesting spots………St Michael bus terminal, Masjid Hajah Rahimabi, nice mosque with a tall minaret and Wheeler’s Yard, a bicycle-themed restaurant and shop
At end of walk, there are eateries at Toa Payoh Town for those who wants dinner.
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.
So bring your friends and join us! Do register here
We have gone to facebook as a revamp of our online fleamart. Many members have their own facebook. If you have something to sell, rent, exchange or give away, go into silverhairsclub fleamart. Advertise all you want. Anything except MLM items. Not for announcements of events, gatherings.
I’m having a Karaoke event on stage. Yes, you will get a chance to sing on stage! No prior registrations, hassle free. Just bring along your KCD and go up stage and sing.
Yes, and there will be an audience. This is an EC event, organised by Pasir Ris East CC, and open to members of the public. Tickets are priced at $5 each. For a princely sum of $5, you will get buffet food served as hi-tea, 2 pcs of dumplings, take part in chinese tea appreciation, take part in a game with prizes to be won, a dumpling competition, sing on stage, dance, drama and a lucky draw too.
Date : 19th June 2016 (Sunday)
Time : 2:00pm till 5:00pm
Venue : Pasir Ris East CC, Multi-purpose Hall. Pasir Ris Avenue 1 (pls google for directions there)
Pls let me know if you’re coming. I need to reserve a ticket for you. Let me know too, if you’re singing.
Singaporeans now do not need visa to enter Myanmar. I am very happy with this news; so convenient to me now.
I am now planning to go to Yangon in July. with the new govt, open door policies and fast developments going on, this is a good time to see Yangon.
if you like to visit Yangon on a free & easy trip, you can join me. fly Sin/Ygn/Sin, stay in one of the 3 stars China town hotels, try Myanmese food and see Yangon before it becomes another modern Asean city.
Find your own room-mates, book your own flights, book your own hotels. we will meet one another there. No visa required.
Our PM Lee is in Yangon tomorrow.
let’s me know if you are interested to meet in Yangon.
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.
Time again to arrange the next monthly kopi chat. Details are as follows:
Date: Friday, 17 June 2016
Time: 2.15pm – 4.15 pm
Venue: Raffles City food court, Level 3
Nearest mrt: City Hall mrt station
Cuisine: A wide variety of food, drinks and dessert
Topics: Anything under the sun ~ except MLM, politics, sex and religion (shc taboos)
Come and enjoy an afternoon of chitchatting over a cuppa, fellowshipping and meeting old and new friends.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Those coming (Please register here or apps me):
Friend ~ MH
Friend ~ FL
Loong Say Meng
Lim Tiang Soon
John Chua SC
Lily Boon’s friend
Friend ~ RY
A BIG thank you to all those who attended the coffee meet today. Your support is greatly appreciated. We had a good fun chat, laughter therapy and good fellowship. I’m sure everyone enjoyed the afternoon.
Stay healthy and happy till we meet again next month 🙂
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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