Pearl Hill / Tiong Bahru Trail


ECs for this walk: Serene Low and Christina Chan
Date: Saturday, 1 October 2016
Start Time: 4.30pm sharp
Duration of walk: approx 3 hrs
Meeting Place: Outram Road MRT, Ground level above Green line outside Ananas Cafe.

At Pearl Hilltop, we would experience light breeze, lots of shade under tall trees and a forestry park of many species of foliage.

Thereafter we shall proceed to Tiong Bahru, one of the oldest public housing estate in Singapore developed in the 1930s by the then Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT now known as HDB). The surrounding area of low rise walk up apartments were a stark contrast to the high rise HDB flats we see today.

Added to the charm of this area lies the rich heritage, unique and one of a kind murals, chic cafes and restaurants that have sprouted up in the last couple of years.

Don’t miss this experience to come together for a walk with friends old and new.

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.


Time of Your Life (1st Oct – Saturday)

Come this 1st Oct (Saturday) NLB is holding “Time of Your Life” Expo in the open space in front of the Central Library at 100 Victoria Street. I am manning a booth catering to seniors interested in digital devices like the smartphones, the Apps, etc. The Expo is from 9AM to 4PM.

During this Expo time, I will be sharing with you six of the more popular mobile Apps (for seniors) and they are:

  • SG Radio
  • Youtube
  • Google Maps
  • WhatsApp
  • SG Buses
  • NLB Mobile & OverDrive

Come and see what the library has rolled out for you in time of our lives as seniors.

Some people slow down at 60 but not me …

hew lee (EC)

AIC (Agency For Integrated Care)

Hi everyone, it had been very long time since I last written post here.  So now, I am writing and hope this article will be of some help to others too as these had helped me.

When my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer during Oct ‘2013 and we were totally clueless as to what were the grants that we can apply to ease our burden.  Eventhough during that period of time, many emphasizes were on Pioneer generation but unfortunately, was time was not on my dad’s favor.  Well, that was history now.. so we will  skip this part.

My dad passed on Oct 2014 and shortly after that my mum’s health deteriorated and from then till now, she had been through 1 stroke and 3 seizures attacks which lead to totally bedridden now.  But this time, we were much well informed thru news, community centres and hospital on the AIC grants.

Through all these info given, we are told that we can apply for the following grants

  1. PioneerDAS : For Pioneer born before Year 1950 -$100/mth till as long as alive
  2. Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) grant – Cash assistance of $120/mth for family who hires a FDW to care for patient
  3. FDW levy concessions for persons with disabilities (PWD) – Lower monthly concessionary FDW levy of $60 instead of $250
  4. Interim disability assistance programme for the Elderly (IDAPE) – Cash assistance of $250 or $150/mth for up to 72mths for disabled elderly

More information can be found at, and  related to all these grants.  FYI, we applied and we got approved for these grants.

AIG also provide

  1. Care at home : Eldersitter Service, Home care and Senior home car – As we did not used these services, I am not sure and cant provide much info too.
  2. Centre-based care : Day rehabilitation, day care and dementia day care : We tried a few times but my mum was not so cooperative with the social worker and she prefered to stay at home hence, we also dropped out 2mths later.
  3. Caregiver Training Grant allows we to tap on an annual $200 subsidy to attend approved training course for better : This was very good as we send our domestic help to attend on managing an elderly’s day-to-day and preventing falls and home safety.  Both my sister and our helper had benefited from this training to be able to attend to my mum’s daily needs.
  4. There are some basic necessities, such as wheelchairs, air mattress, commode, walking sticks – All can be purchased at 10-50% discounts depending on feedback from the medical social worker assigned to access the patient’s condition – For my mum’s condition, we only paid 10% of the total cost.  Diapers also can be purchased at their designated stores.
  5. Even patient with permanent catheter, they even assigned qualified nurse from SNF to attend at patient’s home every 2 to 3mth interval at subsidised rate.  Cant remembered how much we paid but I am sure it was less than $30.
  6. Given my mum’s condition, we also applied for home medical care which mean that we can request the Doctor to attend my mum at our home once her medication is below 2 weeks’ usage at $25/trip except for CT and MRI  as these need to be performed at site.

I am sure that there are other services that AIC provided – but just that, we only took these options so I can only share these info.  Our encounters (my family members and me) with AIC had been a very fruitful as we had some financial help and other services/training given to 3 of us, i.e. my sister, me and our helper.

Hope some will find this useful when needed.

Regards… Dolly


Using Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System

Microsoft Windows 10 is the latest Microsoft operating system for all Windows based smartphones, tablet, laptop and PCs.

If you are caught with this Windows 10 operating system after purchasing a tablet or laptop or desktop PC, this is the opportunity for you to learn some tricks to tame the OS.

Topic: Using Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System
Date: 8th October 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 3.00PM to 5.00PM
Course Fee: Free (no charge)
Venue: Bukit Merah Library

Direction: Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru, exit and turn right, up escalator and take bus number 5 or 16 or 851 to end (Bukit Merah Bus Interchange). About 5 minutes walk to library.

For those who have the laptop or tablet installed with Windows 8 or 10 Operating System, please bring along to the class. Please fully charge your devices.

hew lee (EC)

Kopi Kakis meet on Wed, 5 Oct 2016

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Dear kopi kakis

Our next meet will be held on 5th Oct.  Details are as follows:

Date:                            Wednesday, 5th Oct 2016

Time:                            2.15 – 4.15 pm

Venue:                          Raffles City Food Court

Nearest mrt:                 City Hall mrt station

Topics:                          Anything of common interest to chatterers

Food & Beverage:         All types of drinks and food available at this food court

Come and enjoy an afternoon of yakking, fellowshipping, fun and laughter.  We are a bunch of happy-go-lucky people who just wanna take care of ourselves and be happy!

Please indicate your interest by registering here.

Cheers 🙂

Gabriella Chua

Those coming:

  1. Gabriella
  2. Friend (MH)
  3. Alan Ang
  4. John Chua SC
  5. Friend (FL)
  6. Veronica Wong
  7. Lily Boon
  8. Michael Yeo
  9. Lim Tiang Soon
  10. Terence Seah
  11. Ron Lai
  12. Alice Lai
  13. Friend (JL)
  14. David Low
  15. Jimmy Longpoetih
  16. Joan Ang
  17. ?


Monthly Cycling on Sat, 17 Sep 2016

Hello hello

Location : ECP, East Coast Park
Start Time : 4.30 pm
Distance : 2 choices –
1. Burger King to Bedok Jetty (short distance)
2. Burger King to Fort Road (long distance)

Meetup time : 4.00 pm at Burger (for chatting)
Bike collection time : 4.15 pm (from adjourning kiosk)

Things to bring :
1. Helmet (or hats) & gloves
2. Sunblock, arm sleeves, shades and raincoat
3. S 11

Location map of East Coast Park –,103.8647196,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xaffda4da354a96fa!8m2!3d1.3007842!4d103.9121866

Rain or Shine, we wait for U

Who is who coming –
Yew Kwong
Susan CH Tan
Lily Ho
Judy Lim
Rina Tan
Pauline Chew

PS : Pokémon Go fans pls come early to catch rare pokemon at ECP and share tips on how to improve your game levels.

One night in JB

We had a Dinner and Dance at KSL resort, JB some months ago.  The feedback was generally good, and this time again, towards the year-end, we shall have another event in JB, over a Sat/Sun.

Feedback from members suggested that transport from Singapore to the event is an important consideration for many members.

Feedback from dancers suggested that the dance floor needs to be big enough and suitable for dancing.

We had good feedback on the food, the rooms and the event proper, although some fine tuning is required to make the event more fun and enjoyable.

Feedback also indicated we can consider a venue change.  Besides KSL, we may consider the Double Tree Hilton hotel.

Again,”One night in JB” promises lots of dancing, singing, good food and good companionship. This time around, the Club will target 200 participants.  We shall leak out more details as we form the committee.

You are invited to contribute your ideas and suggestions. The date has not been set but it will be Nov or Dec 2016. Transport from Singapore will be included, though optional.

If you like to join the club committee for this event, plse WhatsApp me at 9489-4360.

Terence Seah

The zika threat

As if there are not enough problems in Singapore,

The zika came suddenly and added one more!

Amid intense fogging,

The zika keeps surfacing!

It is near impossible to zap mosquitoes;

A fact that adds to our woes.

Though mild the zika disease can be very dangerous;

The virus causes neurological damage to the foetus.

Expectant women are all on tenterhooks,

Fearing their new-born would get the small-head looks.

The latest news: The zika is here to stay!

Now must we triple our effort to keep it at bay.mosquito




September Gathering

My proposal is that our monthly gatherings be EOless. No need for one single person to try and make everybody happy. No need for one person to be compulsorily there and be the first to arrive and last to go. No need for a person to take the rap when any individual is unhappy with the proceedings.

Put it another way, every participant is an organiser.

Knowing the place, date and time, just walk in and look around. If you are the first to be there, “chope” a seat and buy a drink. We can arrange among ourselves to go as a group.

“ Lai ah…lim kopi leow ! ”

Treat the place like a clubhouse, except that because of the scheduled date, we expect many friends to be there.

People who enjoy talking with anybody and everybody will look forward to the meeting.

Next gathering is 28 Sept. Call me ER (event reminder).

Weekly Dance Session

Hi to all Shcians,

With effect from September 2016, all SHC members are welcome to join our Social Dance Session on every Tuesday except on Public Holidays at Changi Simei CC from 2.00 to 4.00 pm. Such sessions are FREE of charge. CC Dance Studio 01-04, see you all and cheers!

Re: Lawrence Khan

Dear friends of Lawrence Khan,

Lawrence was called back to be with the Lord this morning. The wake will be held at the Pearl Room, Singapore Caskets (131 Lavender St, S338737) from today till Wednesday.

The service will be held on Tue night, 8pm. The hearse will depart 7.30am on Wednesday for cremation at 8.45am at Mandai Crematorium Hall 1. Ruth

Coffee Chat – 17th Sept (Saturday)

This coffee chat is for those who believe in lifelong learning. Do you know no one is excluded in this “Digital Inclusion” – An Initiative by IDA. All you need is your mindset that You can do IT (Information Technology). The rest will be taken care of if you qualify for the “Home Access” programme.

Free lessons are always available. One such venue is in Bukit Merah Library (lessons conducted by me). Details of coffee chat are as follows:

Date: 17th Sept (Saturday)
Time: 6PM to 8PM
Venue: 313 @ Somerset (Food Court at Level 5)

Do drop by if you have the time.

hew lee (EC)



Monthly walk: a Forest trail

Date: 3rd September 2016, Saturday

Time: 4.15pm SHARP

Duration: approx 2hours

Meeting Place: Marymount MRT, Passenger Service/Control Station (use the facility here, else hold till we reach the end of walk).

ECs: Alice Seah and ChristinA Chan

Note: Be punctual! from Marymount we will commute by bus to the “Start point”
and also need to be out of the forest before dark.

We will take an unpaved, gravel trail (dirt track) that we, the walk team have never embarked on getting into MacRitchie Reservoir.
Trail is shady due to the towering trees and rather thick foliage.
Terrain is easy to moderate.
Expect occasional very gradual uphill slopes and downhilling that might give your calf muscle a good stretch at the end of the walk.

One might tread on small ditches, so do not come in a new pair of shoes or your Sunday best.

Covered walking shoes, hand-held or battery operated fan, an umbrella instead of raincoat as can be humid in the forest of trees; insect repellent and drinking water.

We shall end our walk at the Mushroom café. Last order for dinner is 8.30pm.

the Walk Team: Charles Wee, Veronica Wong, Mary Tan, Serene Low, Alice Seah,
Azhari Cuttilan and I, ChristinA Chan.

This is an EC activity. Bring your adult friends who are over 45!

Interested to venture into the forest? Register soonest!         😀

A “divine discontent”

In his NDR  speech PM said someone asked him if God were to offer him three wishes for Sg, what would he wish for Sgpreans. He said he wished for us to have a “divine discontent”.  I find this phrase intriguing and wonder why no journalist has commented on it.

PM explained that he wanted Sgpreans to always be not quite satisfied with what we have and to be driven to do better. But why did he use this phrase (divine discontent)? It is not easy to relate to.

PM’s  speech is very inspiring and patriotic, but when he spoke about  his succession plans – I hope he would lead Sg for another  ten years at least.  Meanwhile the emphasis on entrepreneurship – that is the way for Sg to go

The other wish of PM’s was for us to be able to “count our blessings”. Spot on!appreciationWe are blessed.

Back to “divine discontent” – reminds me of “the winter of discontent” (Richard III)





August Gathering

Mark this on your diary, memo, calendar, scheduler, alarm or whatever.

Otherwise, put a string around your little finger to be reminded:

31st August 2016 Wednesday

1700 hrs or 5 pm

Han’s Café at Basement 2, Chinatown Point.

No registration required. No excuse for saying, “You come I come or you come I no come”. We are all friends, aren’t we? Anyway, I don’t remember having to register in advance when I visit any of my club houses.

Seats are on a first come first served basis. But as with many eating places, you may put a pack of tissue paper to reserve a seat for your friend.

I was only joking about the “eavesdropping” on your conversation. No such thing….it is socially unacceptable. Just talk lah.

I will be there, as early as 4 pm, talking with my Chinatown kakis. If you see a gathering of old men speaking loudly in Cantonese, I am likely to be among them.

Hope to see you there.


~ New Members ~


Ms Betty Ang G L
Ms Susan Lee K M
Mr Calvin Low M C
Mr Koh Y H  
Mr Mitchell Lim


Say Hi and connect here !
We look forward to your participations in this Forum and
events organised by our members.



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All about Mobile Apps

What is a mobile App?
A mobile App is a small program to perform a specific task in your smartphone. All mobile phones come with a standard set of Apps provided by the phone manufacturer. However, there are a lot more that are downloadable (free) from the Internet.

Topic: All about Mobile Apps
Date: 10th Sept (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 851 to end (Bukit Merah Bus Interchange). About 5 minutes walk to library.

hew lee (EC)

SHC Monthly Cycling, Sat, 17 Sep 2016

SHC monthly cycling will take place as usual :
Day – 3rd Sat of the month
Location – East Coast Park (in short ECP)
Assemble at – Bicycle Kiosk besides Burger King at 4.15 p.m. (if free, meetup early at Burger King to chit chat)
Activity time – 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm
Distance – flexible enough 

Dining in the dark

Hello members,

Many of us might be wondering how those having lifetime visual impaired live thruout their life and how affects their routines as a person.

I was really impressed after attending a gathering which was arranged by my family’s member. The memorable experience dining totally in the dark that prompt me to organise a gathering in Sept 2016 to acquire skills for them to be employable, earn their own living, gain self-reliance and independent and live with dignity.

Details are as fellows:

Date : 24 Sept 2016

Time: 12.00pm to 14.00pm. I have negotiated with the organiser till 15.00hrs to let member mingle around with each others.

Venue: 47 Toa Payoh Rise, S’pore 298104

Cost: S$30 per pax except for the main course “F” for S$37

Main course as below:

A).Grilled Chicken Chop Spaghetti (JK, Lily, Karen, Ian Goh)
B).Black Peper Chicken Spaghetti (PK)
C).Grilled Fish Cutlet (ST, PK friend,Teresa, AK, JL)
D).Spaghetti Beef Ball
E).Vegetarian Spaghetti
F). Mixed Grill5 (Lamb & Beef)

The above are come with starter,Dessert and Hot Drink)

Kindly register early if you are keen to suport for these peopls who are in need as I have made reservation for 20 pax due to high demand of their reservation.
Pl register early and experience a new concept of dining and at the same time doing our part for charity
Those indicated coming:
1 Judy L (Paid)
2 Susan CH Tan (Paid)
3 Karen Thio (Paid)
4 Pauline Khoo (Paid)
5 June Koh (Paid)
6 Lily Ho (Paid)
7 Teresa (Paid)
8 Pauline friend (Paid)
9 A K (Paid)
10 Ian Goh (Paid)

Direction to visit Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH)


Thank you


Makan gathering for Retiree Club (East)

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Hi retirees/friends

I would like to arrange a lunch gathering followed by coffee fellowship  next Wednesday, 17 August at the Old Airport hawker centre.  Details are as follows:

  • Date:               Wed, 17.8.16
  • Time:               11.30 am
  • Venue:             Old Airport Road hawker centre – just gather at the hawker centre near the goreng pisang stall (somewhere at the centre of the food place)
  • Food:               One of the best authentic hawker food one can find e.g. char kway teow, wantan noodles, kambing soup, satay, Toa Payoh rojak (to name a few)
  • Nearest mrt:     Dakota mrt station – 5 mins walk to the centre

I would appreciate if you could let me know if you’re  interested to join in this gathering.


Gabriella Chua, EO

Those coming:

  1. Gabriella Chua
  2. Loong Say Meng
  3. Alan Ang
  4. Alan’s friend (Gr…)
  5. Alan’s friend (AC)
  6. Martin Han
  7. David Loh
  8. Jimmy Longpoetiih
  9. Tony Ang
  10. Christina Chan
  11. Silas Yeo
  12. Mega
  13. Wendy Lum
  14. Ronald Lee

As long as there are 3, the gathering will proceed.  Lunch gathering is confirmed since there are more than 3 :-).. Total of 14 came…Good show

thank you makan   Note of Thanks!  I appreciate all yr support for joining our Makan session today..  You’ll agree that there are many stalls selling authentic yummilicious hawker food. See you all again in the next event. Cheers….

Let’s give our best wishes on Singapore’s National Day

All SilverHairsClub members are more than 45 years, and we remembered Singapore since our independence day.
Today, our country has prospered; our kids have grown up and many of us are either nearing our retirement or have retired’

Every National Day, we bring back memories of National Day Parades, fireworks, the Padang and now Marina Bay. Today, we have songs to energise our younger generation and draw Singaporeans together.

Let’s wish Singapore “Happy Birthday”. Share your thoughts of your past \national Days and what you will be doing this National Day.

And here’s a song for everybody.

Terence Seah

Next Coffee Chat ~ Friday, 2.9.16

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Hihi kopi kakis

Our next kopi chat will be held on Friday, 2.9.16. Details are as follows:

Date:                    Friday, 2 Sep 2016

Time:                   2.15 – 4.15 pm

Venue:                 Raffles City food court, Level 3

Nearest mrt:         City Hall mrt station

Topics:                  Anything under the sun except sensitive subjects viz: sex, religion, MLM, politics (SHC taboos)

Cuisine:                All types of food, drinks and dessert (just order for yourself)

I’m glad that our kopi chat gathering is still going ‘strong’ and that many of you are now my regulars 🙂    I’m giving ample notice for our next event and I hope that those interested will register asap.   It’s an opportunity to meet up with old friends as well as making new ones.  We need friendship at this stage of our life ~ most of us are facing the ’empty nest syndrome’.  We should be very happy that we’ve raised a new generation for Singapore.  Now is the time to enjoy our life since we’re free of the burden of looking after our children .. This is the stage wherein we can enjoy without feeling guilty of neglecting the family.  Ya?  haha.  Such events will help us keep in touch with friends of our age, and keep depression and dementia at bay.  We should also not impose too much  on our children and infringe on their privacy, since most of them have set up their own homes with their spouses/children.  It’s time to cut off the apron strings and not to ‘destroy’ the marriages of our children with too much interference into their way of life ~ I’ve seen with my own eyes of some (esp mothers) who never let go of their sons after marriage!

“When you hold the bird too tightly, you will smother it and it will die, hold it too loosely, it will fly away but if you hold it just right, it will thrive”.

We must keep ourselves busy with our own activities with friends.


Gabriella Chua

Those coming:

  1. Gabriella Chua
  2. Loong Say Meng
  3. Friend (MH)
  4. John Chua SC
  5. Richard Kwok
  6. Veronica Wong
  7. Alice Cheong (did not turn up)
  8. Lim Tiang Soon
  9. Michael Yeo
  10. Friend (JL) (sick)
  11. Ron Lai
  12. Alice Lai
  13. David Loh
  14. Lily Boon (sick)


Note of thanks! Tks to all who came today. It was indeed a good gathering .. Small cosy group of  11 .. Cheers ..see you all next month !


come to JB for dinner & dance @ RM 98.00 .

hohohohoho hahahaha brothers & sisters ,

First time helping a good buddy to this EC event .

date 31 August 2016



VENUE Marina Seafood Restaurant .

1D jln skudai ,80200 JB JOHOR

SAM Goh 0107666056

THERE will also be lucky draw ya….

first five buddies to confirm ,i can give a lift from JB SENTRAL ..2 ways ya…

AND if these five re keen we can hit desaru ..shall discuss this when five interested buddies raise your hands ya….

if any car owners like 2 form your own buddies ,by all means ya …tickets is fast running out ya …i can lead de way to the venue ker !!!

cheers bro sam goh hohohohoho hahahaha

August Monthly Walk

AUGUST MONTHLY WALK – Geylang Canal/River Walk

Date: Saturday 6th August 2016

Meeting Place : Paya Lebar mrt (mrt exit near control station)

Time: :   4.30pm sharp

Duration:  2.15 hours

Distance: 4.5 km flat terrain

ECs for this walk :  Alice Seah and Charles Wee

A leisurely walk alongside the Geylang River waterways on paved park connectors.

The Walk ends at Kallang Sports Stadium where there are eateries at the adjoining Kallang Wave Mall. Stadium MRT is just next door making it very convenient for transportation back to home.

Bring water, cap, umbrellas and wear comfortable walking shoes.

This is an excellent opportunity for new members to meet up with existing members to interact and know each other better.

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

Learn how to Create a Blog (Hands-on)

For those who has a laptop computer and preferably with a smartphone & data plan, wish to learn how to create a blog account and go about publishing topics of your choice, an opportunity has arrived!

A two-days (3-hours each) Creating a Blog Course (hands-on) is organised. Details as follows:

Dates: 23th & 24th of August 2016
Time: 2PM to 5PM
Venue: Bukit Merah Library
Course fee: free (no charge)
Direction: Nearest MRT Station: Tiong Bahru. Exit and turn right, up escalator and take bus number 5 or 16 or 851 to end (Bukit Merah Bus Interchange). About 5 minutes walk to library. Ask for direction if necessary.

hew lee (EC)


Life without social media

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.  Nonverbal 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.

  • Sunday Times, Pg. C3, 17 July.