Photo Walk on 30-05-2015 (Saturday)

It’s a long time since I last organized a photo walk. I am planning a repeat of one of the past walks. We will start from Raffles Place MRT and walk along Marina Bay to the Merlion Park. Then we walk along Cavenagh Bridge, crossing the Singapore River and walk along Singapore River, passing Raffles landing site and continue to Elgin Bridge. From here, we continue to walk along the Singapore River till we reach Clarke Quay MRT. For those who want to break off from here can do so or they can continue to walk till we reach Liang Court Departmental Store.

We will meet at Raffles Place MRT on the date and time stated below. Come and share with us your photo-taking skills.

For those interested in IT, you can continue to make a short movie with the pictures taken using Microsoft Windows Movie Maker. I can show you how if you are interested.

Date: 30-May-2015 (Saturday)
Time: 3.00PM
Time to Commence Walk: 3.05PM
Fee: Free (no charge)
(Total walking and picture taking time is about 2 hours).

Meeting Place:  After coming out of Raffles Place MRT Station, turn left, up escalator and wait nearby Jollibean Stall.
To bring: Camera, umbrella, sunglass/sun shade, bottled water.
Hewlee (EC)

Those registered coming:
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Introducing a weekend of adventure at Khao Yai National Park, Oct 2015

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Some of you have joined me at Khao Yai National Park. This will be the first event dedicated to SilverHairsClub members and children, aged 26 and above. We intend to hold this exciting event in Oct, from a Friday to a Sunday.

Khao Yai is located some 1.5-2 hours north-east of the old Donmuang airport. It is ideally suitable for young adults, beautiful waterfalls in October, a good place to look out in its natural habitats for wild elephants, deers, junglefowls, Asian bears, and bird watching.

I plan to stay in tents, which we can buy on our own or rent from the National Park. We will arrange a cook to handle our dinners and breakfast. Ideally suited for members and their adult children.

For ourselves, there are grape plantations, where we can enjoy fresh grapes, juices, red and white wines. Also a good local beef steak.

There is adventure land, with horse riding, ATVS, rides. Our adult kids will enjoy time together, and they will find btheir own time to mingle with one another and get to know one another better. Car racing, and other trills which we used to enjoy when we were young. Bring your sons and daughters along. You have to make the effort.

Quietly located, Khao Yai air is fresh, the morning is cool and a good time to spend with family. Important our children can mix with other children.

Golf. Loves, we can play as the famous “Forest hill” golf course, where many tee offs start from a height. It’s easy.

I intend to make it easy, as we will have helpers to make our trip fun, enjoyable and meaningful.

This trip is for you and your adult children. Our plan is to arrive at the airport, and head straight for Khao Yai, 2 hours away.

Confirmed date:  Meet at DonMuang airport on morning of Sat 10 Oct and we arrive back at Don Muang airport on Mon 12 Oct at about 5pm.  Others can proceed to Bangkok for other activities.

More details will come up. Express your interest here.

Terence Seah

Those interested:

  1. Terence Seah
  2. Moon Wong
  3. Helen Wong-Pow
  4. Leon Lau
  5. Gabriella Chua (tentative)
  6. Andrew Yeung
  7. Yatsing
  8. Christina Chan (tentative)
  9. Irene Poh
  10. Marg Tian
  11. Shirleen Kao
  12. Lina Tan
  13. Pow TK
  14. Ronald Lam
  15. Charles Wee
  16. Steven Chan
  17. Bobby Bok
  18. .

Young adult family members:

  1. This list is for young adult family members of SHC members. From 26 years and to below 45.
  2. .


Monthly Cycling -18 April 2015

Hi all cyclists

Monthly Cycling-18 April 2015

Meet : Burger King, ECP
Time : 1600 hrs

We will use the new pcn and cycle to MBS. Rental bikes are available nearby.

Beginners who wish to learn cycling can meet me at 1500hrs, free bike for training will be provided


1. Douglas
2. Lily H
3. Ah Nee
4. Dolly L
5. Caroline G
6. Lina N
7. Judy L
8. Steven Chan
9. Andrew Koh
11.Charles Chua
13.Serene Low
14.John Howe
15.Lilian Teo
16.Grace Kang

Trip to Surat Thani from Bangkok

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This Sat, Thais begin a long water festival holiday called Songkran. It is the Thai New Year. During the festival, adults pour water on the palm or back of their parents, as a mark of respect, while children and adults make the event fun by splashing water on the bodies of one another. It’s fun and thousands of foreigners congregate in Thailand to celebrate this occasion. Many thais start the holiday this Sat and ends next Sun, almost 9 days.

I am in Bangkok, and will drive to Surat Thani, which is in Southern Thailand, and will take me 10 hrs, with a number of stops. For those who went to Samui with me for the Full Moon party, you may remember we stopped at Surath Thani.

Starting from Sat, I shall write about my trip, put up some pictures and hope you will enjoy them. I hope you will join me sometime.

I hope to encourage members to share their holidays too. Keep in touch.

Terence Seah


Makan Sutra Kakis Meet on Thursday, 30 April 2015

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Hi everyone

The next Makan Sutra gathering will be held at the end of April.  Details are as follows:

  • Date:              Thursday, 30 April
  • Time:              12 noon – 3 pm
  • Venue:            Jayleen Hotel, 42 Carpenter Street (facing a big open car park)
  • Food:              Buffet lunch
  • Cost:               $13 nett (to pay on the day itself)
  • Nearest mrt:    Clarke Quay

Delicious home-cooked food: nonya buffet ~rice, chicken, fish, vegetables, popiah, garlic cheese toast, dessert, cold & hot drinks ~ The food may vary every week .. Music is provided too.

I’ve reserved 15 seats at the restaurant for this event.  Please register here if you’re interested in joining.  (Due to good response, I’ll be increasing the number to 20 after confirmation with the hotel.   Stay tuned…)

Number of seats reserved for 30 April lunch has been increased to 20.

Thank you & warm regards,

Gabriella Chua, EO

Registration List:

  1. Gabriella Chua
  2. Jazz Soh
  3. Richard Kwok
  4. Grace Ng
  5. Tony Ang
  6. Loong Say Meng
  7. Ronald Lam
  8. Veronique Lee
  9. Nina Choo
  10. SS James
  11. Susan Chong
  12. Sam Goh (no response inspite of reminders)
  13. Joan Ang
  14. Peter Loo
  15. Winnie Tan
  16. Elaine Ang (Pl note it’s a lunch)
  17. John Chua SC
  18. Mega
  19. Karen Phoo
  20. Ginko Tay
  21. Wendy Lum

(Registration Closed)

Please register your attendance ASAP.  For shc members only.  No politics, sex, race, religion, direct selling and MLM

SHC April Mthly gathering, Thur 23 April 2015

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The April monthly gathering will be held on Thu 23 April 2015. Please pen into your diary.

1. Date: 23 April 2015
2. Time: 1600 – 2000 hrs.
3. Place: Likely The Gallarie at Marina Square, subject to confirmation.  Venue confirmed.

Caroline Sit has provided some help directions info if coming by MRT:

  • If exiting at Promenade Station (Circle/Downtown Line), head for Exit A, go towards Millenia Tower escalator, turn left and head towards Coffee Club, go up the escalator and head towards Marina Square.
  • If exiting at City Hall Station (all other lines), go towards Esplanade and you will see Marina Exchange. That link you to Marina Square.

4. Open to all SilverHairsClub members, retired, semi-retired and still working.
5. Fee – No charge.
6. F&B – on your own.
7. Agenda: getting to meet new and old members. Other agenda will be announced; feel free to initiate your own agenda for members to discuss.

Please register your name here.  Groups can gather to discuss travel trips this year, mobile phone apps, and EO activities.  Speak out, it’s all up to you.

Discussion groups:

  1. Eurail 2016 – Terence Seah, 7pm
  2. Everything about Idiotphone Phuket 2016 and Peranakan culture –  Kenneth Tan
  3. Participating in iShop@SHC – Terence Seah, 6pm

Terence Seah

Registration list:

  1. Terence Seah, EO
  2. Caroline Sit
  3. Karen Phoo
  4. Frisna Tan
  5. Bira L
  6. Theresa Seow
  7. Lilian Teo
  8. Peri Liew
  9. Leon Lau
  10. Ann Lim
  11. Thomas Loh
  12. Ronald Lam
  13. Sam Goh (to be confirmed)
  14. Andrew Yeung
  15. Kenneth Tan
  16. Freda Lim
  17. Gingko Tay
  18. Zara Lim
  19. Daisy Yeo
  20. Bobby Bok
  21. Laura Wee
  22. Christina Chan
  23. Hew Lee
  24. Mary Chan
  25. Kent Chan
  26. Keep your registration coming.  Strictly for registered members.  No politics, sex, race, religion, direct selling and MLM.



Date: Saturday, 11 April 2015

Meeting Place: Changi Village Bus Terminal

Start Time: 4.30pm Sharp

Duration: about 2 hours.

Getting There By Bus:
No 2 from Bedok or Tanah Merah MRT station
No 29 from Tampines MRT Station/Bus Interchange
No 59 from Bishan Bus Interchange
No 109 from Serangoon Central Bus Interchange

For those who are driving, parking is nearby the hawker centre.

ECs for this walk: Veronica Wong & Mary Tan

A walk along the rustic Changi Point coastline is not to be missed!
Changi Point provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

A charming boardwalk takes you through lush greenery and undulating terrain along the rugged
western coastline, while a meandering waterfront walkway along the eastern beachfront creates
an interesting tropical experience of sea and sand. Viewing decks and pavilions along the way
enable you to pause, soak in the sea breeze and enjoy the excellent views out at sea.

The Changi Point Coastal Walk is divided into six segments, each with its unique experience :
– Sunset Walk, has beautiful view of the sunset, hence its name
– Kelong Walk, reminisce the good old kelong days as you tramp on wooden stilts
– Cliff Walk takes you through the rugged western coastline
– Sailing Point Walk, enjoy views of the sailboats and the expanse of the sea
– Beach Walk, a relaxing coastal walk along sandy beaches, along the way pause, soak in the sea breeze and enjoy the views out to sea
– Creek Walk, appreciate the views, sights and sounds of the bumboat activities ferrying the public to and from the offshore islands.

At the end of the walk, those who wish to have dinner, there’s the Changi Village hawker centre where there are various food stalls,

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

To join the walk, do register here!

  1. Gabriella Chua
  2. Danny Lye
  3. Bernie Chung
  4. Judy Lim
  5. Peter Goh
  6. Eyvonne Chew
  7. Julie Guan
  8. Linda Chung
  9. Margaret Soo
  10. Janis Han
  11. Janis’ friend
  12. Alice Seah
  13. Monica Tan
  14. Eddy Lee
  15. Margaret Chua
  16. Christina Chan
  17. Alice Tan
  18. Ronald Lee
  19. Lydia Soh

60th Birthday celebration

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Calling members who would like to celebrate our 60th Birthday this year. Last year, some of us celebrate our June Birthdays together. This year, I am looking at celebrating 60th birthdays together. And in mid June 2015.

We find a place soon. Please indicate your interest.

Terence Seah

Those Interested:

  1. Terence Seah
  2. Caroline Gee
  3. Joan Ang
  4. Wendy Lum (tentative)
  5. Lai Fong (tentative)
  6. Doris Tan


Anniversary Celebration of Badminton at Gombak

Dear All
The badminton kakis at Gombak had existed since 2011.
We played on Thursdays, then shifted to every Tuesdays, 10.00am to 12.00noon at Bukit Gombak Indoor stadium.
We are celebrating our 4th Anniversary on 21 April 2015 (Tuesday) after our regular games.
We accept all players of all skills levels. Just come attired in non-marking shoes and comfortable exercise attire. We provide shuttlecocks and rackets (if you don’t have one).
If you’d like to join us on this day (and all Tuesdays), please indicate your interest here so that we can update you further..

3 recommendations to hold our monthly gatherings

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Three places have been identified as possible venues to hold our regular SHC monthly gathering.  There are:

  1. Lee Kong Chian Food court – Basement 1.
  2. HarbourFront Food court – 4th floor, located at NEL
  3. SMU food court – located at Circle line

Thank you to the members who have suggested these places.  Ideally, we are looking for a place which does not require us to commit to a certain number of pax.  The venue should be located close to a train station.  Food and prices should be varied, so that we can cater to different needs.  The place should be relativelyquiet during the hours of 5pm to 8pm.

We will make the decision based on your comments.

Terence Seah


Farewell to Ex-Prime minister Lee Kuan Yew

lky2    lky3Ex-Prime Minister LKY passed away early this morning.  He had contributed immensely to what Singapore is today; and is indeed the founding father of our island home.  Usually, SilverHairsClub forum does not dwell on political or government issues; but ex-PM Lee passing is a significant and important event in our lives.

Let’s open this post to members to offer their comments, opinion and wishes to the man who made Singapore and  gave us the life we have today.

Farewell ex-PM Lee.

Terence Seah

Learn how to create and use an Email Account

In 1971, the first email was sent. Before that, we write on a piece of paper, put in an envelope with an address, go to the Post Office to buy the stamps and post it. It may take about 2 weeks to reach our friends or love ones.

Though the above is still available, we now has a better and more efficient way to communicate. We call this “E-Communication”.

With E-Communication, we can communicate through emails (and other means) and your friends or love ones will receive your “letter” almost instantly.

If you have never done this before and are interested to learn, continue to read the following …

Topic for the month: E-Communication
Date: 11th April 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 3PM to 5PM
Venue: Bukit Merah Library (Level 3)
Admission is Free

Hewlee (EC)


Makan Sutra Kakis Meet on Thursday, 2 April 2015 at 11.30 am.

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I’m arranging a Makan Sutra kakis meet on Thursday, 2 April for those who are interested in having a makan fellowship together.  Details are as follows:

  • Date:         Thursday, 2nd April
  • Time:         11.30 am – 2.30 pm
  • Place:        The Bryani House, 01-21 Kallang Wave Mall (next to the Stadium mrt station .. 3 mins walk)
  • Cuisine:      Chicken, mutton, fish bryani, prata, murtabak, tissue prata, all types of curry ….. hot and spicy
  • Drinks:        All types ~ tea Tarik, honey lime, syrup limau, bandung etc (plenty of choices)
  • Payment:    Just order whatever you like from the counter and pay individually

I have tried the bryani at this place and its super!  In fact, our PM had hosted a bryani meal for Malaysian PM, Mr Najib at this place.

I have booked 12 seats at this place. I can increase the seating capacity if there’s a better demand ya?  Please register here if you’re interested.  It will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

In view of the good response, I have reserved 16 places now.

Due to overwhelming response, I have opened up another two seats making a total of 18.


Gabriella Chua, EO

Registered List:

  1. Gabriella Chua
  2. Richard Kwok
  3. Daniel Wong
  4. Loong Say Meng
  5. Grace Ng
  6. Mega
  7. Daniel Chan
  8. Kenneth Tan
  9. Jazz Soh
  10. John Chua SC
  11. Dan Huang
  12. Lilian Teo
  13. Veronique Lee
  14. Joe Choo
  15. Roland Tong
  16. Nina Choo
  17. Terence Seah
  18. Tony Ang
  19. Jane Tan



10 Days Guizhou Cultural Tour (Sat 6 – Mon15 Jun)

I am organizing a trip to Guizhou, China. It is a package tour. The details are:

Cost: $1498 (package) + $350 (airport tax) + $50 (tips) = $1898

Flight details: China Southern
CZ 352 06JUN SINCAN 0800/1200 (SIN – Guangzhou)
CZ 3692 06JUN CANKWE 1515/1700 (Guangzhou – Guiyang)
CZ 3691 15JUN KWECAN 1245/1420
CZ 351 15JUN CANSIN 1830/2230

No compulsory shopping trips.

I have picked this package for its comprehensiveness and quality. The cost is slightly higher due to the domestic flights. The tour is conducted in Mandarin. Itinerary in Chinese is available upon request. If you are interested, please register by replying to this post before 31 March if possible. If the itinerary is too small for reading, press the Ctrl key and the + sign key simultaneously to enlarge. To reduce, press the Ctrl key and the – sign key simultaneously.

Moon Wong (EC)

1. Moon Wong
2. Jane Chua

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When the time comes to spend the day at the DayCare centre

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I have always wondered what I will be doing on most days when I have difficulties in walking, when I am lonely and when I grow old.  My time will come.  But, not yet, I can still walk, I can still work, and I like to work for as long as my legs allow me. Of course, soon or later, I cannot work; but I want to keep myself active, and maybe do some volunteer work.  That’s if I have the money to live through my SilverHairs years.

A couple of days ago, I visited a privately-run  daycare centre in Australia. It has a size of about 400 sqm.  It opens Monday to Friday 10.30am to 3.00 pm.  The Daycare is run by some fulltime staff and some volunteers.  It has a good size kitchen that prepares food and drinks for the elderlies that come to the centre.

The Daycare has a program, with different activities each day eg singing, poetry, crafts, games, magic show, indoor golf, …..  The activities are organised by the full time staff.  The elderlies, all of them, require some help in moving around, and thus not bed-ridden.  The daycare accepts elderlies who are not suffering from contagious diseases, dimentia, and mental illnesses.  They live within a certain distance from the day-care and are picked up by a van driver from their residence. They arrive at the daycare at 10.30am each day, in a specially designed van.

The kitchen services the daycare and cooks the meal of the day, as well as prepares hot beverages and biscuits twice a day. The kitchen is run by a full time staff.  Volunteers assist in the kitchen, serves the elderlies and generally clean up the place after lunch.

While at the daycare, elderlies get to play games, learn a craft, enjoy singing, do some gardening and follow the program of the day.  Many elderlies are lonely and they do not want to stay at home.  Their children prefers they go out, keep active and mix with other friends. At the end of the day, the elderlies are happy, and look forward to meeting other elderlies on other days.

I spoke with the staff of the daycare centre.  The daycare employs some full time paid staff who administrates the centre, organises the activities and the daycare operation which includes picking up the elderlies from and to their homes.  The volunteers help with interacting with the elderlies, keeps the place clean and tidy and other odds and ends. The centre is self funded, and it survives based on collections from the elderlies.  At the end of each day, the centre collects between AUD 25 – 30 from the elderlies.  This includes home-daycare centre transfers, a main meal, two tea-breaks, activities and program as per published schedules, plus a healthy day interacting with other elderlies.

I am not sure if the daycare centre is privately owned or rented. But, I see it as located within a quiet residential community. The daycare pays for maintenance, lightings and water tilities and upkeep of the building.

I am not sure how daycare centres are operated in Singapore; but I see some silver linings in a daycare centre.

  1. There are opportunities for seniors and elderlies to use the services of a privately daycare centre.
  2. Full time seniors get to work and get paid in a daycare centre, not a home or a hospital.
  3. Opportunities for seniors to volunteer some time to interact with elderlies who are lonely, chatty, fun and need someone to talk to.

I think each of us has a different vision of what we will do when we have difficulties walking, cannot leave our homes on our own or meet friends without assisted transport or feel lonely while our children are working to earn a living.  Many of our children would hope we can spend some time outside to get some fresh air, meet our regular friends and have our regular lunch.

Will you go to a Daycare centre and join its activities?

Terence Seah

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SHC Monthly walks

Dear All,


If you are not aware,,, for 2015 our monthly walks are on the 1st Saturday/month; unless otherwise advised.

We realized that Good Friday is on 3rd April.  Therefore, for month of April, we will re-scheduled the walk to the following Saturday ie., 11th April. 

Look out for the forthcoming post for the walk soon…………  :)

As this is an EC event, we welcome non-members as well.

Look forward to having you in our walks… ta-ta!

Have a blessed Easter holidays!        :D    :D

ChristinA /the walk team.

Blue Helmet announcements – March 2015

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Some of us are still working in companies that employ us.  We get paid a salary; Very often, we are in the best position to hear of available job opportunities, full time or part-time, in our department or another division in the group.

If your company has a job opportunity and you think that some SilverHairsClub members may be able to apply, feel free to announce the job opportunity here. You may be giving fellow members an opportunity.  Blue Helmet announcements has some simple guidelines.

  1. The job opening should be from your company only.  Positions from other companies are not allowed. This will be treated as paid advertising.
  2. The job should clearly target seniors or is open to seniors over 45.
  3. Feel free to announce the job responsibility, the job location, and any other criteria.
  4. Feel free to put down yours or your company’s email or tel contacts.
  5. Job opportunities relating to politics, sex, race, religion and MLM are not permitted.
  6. Comments or announcements unrelated to Job announcements will be deleted by admin.

So, help your fellow members who are looking for a job.

Terence Seah


Coffee Meet on Thursday, 9th April 2015

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Dear all

Time to arrange our next coffee meet.  The next session will be held on 9 April.   Details are as follows:

  • Date:           Thursday, 9th April
  • Time:           2 – 4 pm
  • Venue:         Usual haunt viz: Singpost Building, Paya Lebar (next to the Paya Lebar mrt station), Basement
  • Cuisine:       Just order your own coffee/beverage and food
  • Agenda:       Nil ~just yakking, fellowshipping among kakis present.. No politics, sex, race, religion, direct selling and MLM allowed (shc taboos)

All shc members are welcome to join in this event.  Come and wild away the time if you are a retiree or semi-retired…. don’t stay at home.   Keeping in touch with friends keep dementia, depression and loneliness at bay.  I’m sure you’ll have fun fellowshipping with other members. As the saying goes “No man is an island.”  SHC is like one big family!

Please indicate your interest ASAP by registering here ya?

Thank you & Warm regards,

Gabriella Chua, EO

Registered List:

  1. Gabriella Chua
  2. Loong Say Meng
  3. Jazz Soh
  4. Charles Cher (apps to inform cant attend)
  5. John Chua SC
  6. Lim Tiang Soon
  7. Daniel Chan
  8. Tony Ang
  9. Alice Seah
  10. Ronald Lam
  11. Mega (apps to inform cant attend)
  12. Hew Lee(messaged to inform  cant attend)
  13. Ann Giri
  14. Roland Tong
  15. Jennifer Wu
  16. Peggy Yap
  17. Arthur Yap
  18. Shawn Soh

thanks1  Thank you v much to all who came to support the event this afternoon.  Many of us stayed on until past 5 pm.  Had a good chitchatting session.

Looking forward to meeting you all again next month :-)


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Launching the “Turtle Soup Group”

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1st and 2nd pic – turtle soup

3rd pic ~crocodile meat satay

AndrewK and myself have been considering setting up an exotic food group for some time. We noticed that so far we had only men participants. So, now, we decide to take the group meeting further. We would like to start a “Men’s group” and we will call this group the “Turtle Soup Group”.

Both Andrew and TerenceS will be the group co-administrators. Turtle Soup Group will be open to all SilverHairsClub men, who have Whatsapp in their mobile application. This group has the objective to hunt for exotic food anywhere, meet when we find an accepted place at an agreed date and time.

We will try not to have many detours in our objectives. Essentially, it will be a men’s group.

To keep the group alive and meaningful, all participants must participate and not remain silent for the whole calendar month. Turtle soup members who are not active will be delisted. Participants can also delist themselves from “Turtle Soup Group” anytime.

Participants who have intentions to sell health products, discuss MLM, political issues, are advised to seek other discussion groups. However during “Turtle Soup Group” outings, we will let our hairs down as long as general participants accept.

To join “Turtle Soup Group”, please whatsapp +65 9489 4360 and type “Turtle Soup Group”. Strictly for SilverHairsClub Men members only. This may sound sexists, but we think this may be one way to bring the men out, up and together, via “Turtle Soup”. Of course, we will go out for Bak Kut Teh, crocodile meat or something exotic across the causeway.

Thank you partner AndrewK. Let’s give this a go. And welcome to the “Turtle Soup Group”

Terence Seah and Andrew Koh


Mother’s Day Lunch Celebration, 10 May 2015 (Sun), 1200 to 1500

Carnations This value-for-money event, Mother’s Day Lunch Celebration, is open to ALL SHC members – male, female, single, married, mother or non-mother.  It is hosted by the Civil Service Club (CSC) and I will be booking 3 tables (30 seats) at member’s guest rate, $368 per table.

  • Date:    10 May 2015 (Sun)           Time:   1200 to 1500
  • Venue:  Qian Xi (Farrer Park) Restaurant @CSC Club
  • Address: 60 Tessensohn Road, Singapore 217664

Nearest MRT: NE line, Farrer Park (Exit B)  About 5-7 minutes’ walk to CSC.  For a clearer view, please click on the map.   jpeg csc_map jpeg


  1. Cold Dish Combination
  2. Crab Meat Fish Maw Soup
  3. Crispy Roasted Chicken
  4. Fried Prawns with salted egg yolks
  5. Nonya Style Steam Sea Bass
  6. Braised Mushrooms with Broccoli
  7. Seafood Fried Noodles
  8. Refreshing Lemon Grass Jelly Dessert


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  • Goodie bag for mothers and
  • A chance to be pampered by a make-up artist, manicurist or hair-stylist for mothers only.  (Pre-registration required. Time slot allocation is subject to availability.)

CLOSING DATE: 31 March 2015, Tue 1000 or whichever comes first.

PAYMENT:  Please transfer funds to POSB Savings A/c:  113-04356-3

RATE $36.80 per person

Seat confirmation is based on payment received.  Mothers, if you like to be pampered at the pre-event segment, please indicate your choice during registration. Will submit only 1 namelist to the organisers as a group.

Event Co-ordinator:  May Woo

REGISTRATIONRegistration is now closed (31 Mar 2015 @1430)

2 seats available as at 13 April 2015  Seats taken 14/4/15

  1. Vacant - Keen to join us?
  2. Vacant - Kindly register and make payment ASAP. Thank you

Susan CH Tan – unable to join (28/3)

  1. Gingko Tay       (Pd – 11/3)
  2. Winnie Tan       (Pd – 12/3)
  3. Eliza Leong      (Pd – 16/3)
  4. Cecilia Yeo       (Pd – 16/3)
  5. Maria Tan         (Pd – 13/3)
  6. Linda Chang     (Pd – 13/3)
  7. Joan Ang           (Pd – 13/3)
  8. Susan SW Tan (Pd – 13/3)
  9. Jane Ong          (Pd – 13/3)
  10. Ivy Low              (Pd – 13/3)
  11. Eyvonne Chew (Pd – 14/3)
  12. Julie Guan         (Pd – 14/3)
  13. Jacqueline Wong (Pd – 31/3)
  14. Veronique Lee   (Pd – 31/3)
  15. Alyn Lee            (Pd – 31/3)
  16. May Woo, EC   (Pd – 31/3)
  17. 4 seats taken May Woo (Pd – 31/3)
  18. May Woo           (Pd – 31/3)
  19. Joan Ang
  20. Joan Ang

21. All new registrations will be put on hold till enough people to form a table.  Too late for new table booking as at 13 April 2015.

Different folks different strokes.

We are the product of the choices we made during our journey through life. Some would have more regrets to share than happiness. We blame our parents, our lack of education or circumstances why we are a failure.

If you have a situation in life where no answer is available , let’s share it here and see if we can get some expert opinions.

Let’s me start by enacting a real life situation. A close friend of mine age 63 met a fair lady from Myanmar, she was 42, divorced and have a 25 years son who is working. She run a beauty saloon with a younger sister and stay in her own 4 storey terrace house.  After a three months whirlwind encounter, she ask him to marry her. My friend was ecstatic, she was sexy and young and this may be a golden opportunity. My advice to him was to be wary, maybe she just using you to get a better life here. You never know that once you sign the dotted line, you will start bleeding and never to recover.

Wat is your take?

Desperate Dan.

RSVP Flag Day 2015

I am participating in the RSVP fundraising event.  RSVP. the Organisation of Senior Volunteers successfully balloted for a fundraising event, Flag Day 2015.

Date: Sat 4 April 2015
Time: 9.30am – 5.30 pm

I am appealing for SHC members to be Flag Day bearers and assist with island-wide street collection. Time -slots and collection centres will be worked out later. Please indicate your interest to help out by writing your name in the list below:

1. Joan Wong (EC)

Joan Wong

March 2015 Online Fleamart

flea3  flea1  flea2This online flea mart site is up again, and available to members with extra items or unwanted stuffs in the house.  Now that CNY is over, maybe we do not have a lot of stuffs at home.  But, if you do, you can sell or give away your stuffs here.


  1. Each advertisement not longer than 10 lines.
  2. Can be stuffs from your wardrobe or your personal skills.  No Corporate items.
  3. MLM and Email address collecting for other purposes not permitted.
  4. If you are looking for something which you think some members may have, please ask for it here.
  5. Pictures of item and services are allowed.  Simply start a comment here, and insert your pictures.  URLs are not permitted.
  6. If unsure, please whatsapp +6594894360 or email

Terence Seah




Venue: Le Danz, 222 Queen Street ( 188550)

Date and Time: 3rd April 2015 ( Friday) from 1 pm to 6 pm

Pricing: Nett $30 per head

Highlights: Biggest ballroom in Singapore, in town

Professional IN House DJ
8 course buffet spread
Free flow of drinks
Door gifts and lucky draws
Round table seatings
Friendly atmosphere.

Le Danz is ideally located in the heart of Singapore.
Bras Basah MRT is just 1 minute away from Le Danz when one exit at A exit
It is next to Oxford Hotel where SHC held quite a few functions there.
Also directly opposite Royal Queens Hotel.
Car park is abundance as seen below.
Royal Queens Hotel, NTUC headquarters, and also an URA public carpark 30 metres away

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2. Irene Lee (x20)Poster - 3 Apr 15

One Year On……

I decided to take a look at the posts I have put up not too long ago. I did this because of Moon’s comments about new clothes for Chinese New Year. I cant believe a year has already gone by so quickly since I posted about my childhood CNY.

I had an enjoyable two-week celebration with my family and friends. More so because my two-year plus grandson can now hold a conversation with grandma. We went to Universal Studio on Sentosa and the Science Centre and the time spent hanging out with him and my family – priceless! I hope everyone had a good one too! I miss my mum’s Ho Gong and Hee How!

I recently got a watsapp message, actually a group chat initiated by one of my secondary school classmates. We are going to have a meet up session this sunday and I am so excited because some of them, I have not seen after finishing my ‘O’ levels exams with them. More than 40 years ago. A photo of me and my 6 classmates was posted and I was told three of them had passed on. Sad to know but this is life. You come and you go anytime. There is no warning. So just live and enjoy in whatever way makes you happy.

I have friends telling me that there are people who said that I am fierce without even having spoken with me before or getting to know me better. Its not fair but who cares? I cant help it if I look fierce. But I am glad that those who know me think I am the “live” wire of parties or the “clown” who enjoys making people laugh. I am actually very approachable. No matter what, I try to be happy and share that with others.

I have not given up on my thoughts about the 60s Talentime, the party by the beach where we each bring a crab to cook in a pot of boiling water……. cos for the first half of the year, I will be busy planning and organising my big bash of the year…!

Almost 60 years old! Not much time left so just be merry. I have had a fulfilling life and met many good people so if tomorrow never comes, I have no regrets and my eyelids will shut tight.

I know my post a bit “luan ji ba zhao” – messy – but I always remember Terence’s words “a bit of chaos makes life more exciting” ….looking forward to having the double “tee” sound when I tap my EZ Link card when I take the bus or train.



March 2015 – Share with us what you have been doing in the last 30 years

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Gatherings are a great way to make friends. We chat with one another, and sometimes we find our old schoolmates, members who had worked in similar industries and someone whom we may be interested to know further.

fun3    I like to introduce another way for all members to meet new and more friends. Each month, we will start a new Post titled “Share with us your last 30 years”. Under this Post, all members can share what you have been doing in the last 30 years. Approx 5-10 paragraphs. You can share your working history, your hobbies, your loves, your overseas postings, your school, college and university life, your promotions, etc.

I am sure other members may be able or want to link up with you.

Political, sexual, religious, racial and MLM content may be moderated.

Let start this activity with a posting for Mar 2015.

Terence Seah

Monthly Walk, Sat 7 Mar – Lower Pierce reservoir Board Walk



Date: Saturday, 7 March 2015
Time: 3.30 pm sharp (be punctual as would be taking a bus to Bishan Park)
Meeting Point: Yio Chu Kang MRT station (Beside POSB ATM)
Duration: Approx. 2-1/2 hrs
ECs : Alice Seah and Serene Low

The hustle and buzzle of Chinese Lunar New Year will end on 5th March. After feasting on all the sumptuous goodies during this festive period, let us all get ready to burn off some excess calories by joining our next monthly nature walk.

The walk will cover the area of Lower Pierce Reservoir, the second oldest reservoir in Singapore. On the boardwalk, we will meander through the matured secondary rain forest where there are numerous rubber trees and oil palms. Apart from the flora and fauna, there are birds, wild boars, monkeys, squirrels, mini monitor lizards, spiders etc.

At the end of the walk, we will aim for the Casuarina Curry Restaurant for the famous crispy roti prata.

Note: Bring water bottle, caps, umbrella and insect repellent. 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.

Please register.

1) Alice Seah
2) Serene Low
3) Gabriella Chua
4) Alice Tan
5) Loong Say Meng
6) Sharon Loong
7) Danny Lye
8) Charles Wee
9) Christina A Chan
10) Susan Tan
11) James Tan
12) Azhari Cuttilan
13) Peng Peng Lee
14) Theresa Seow
15) Vincent Lim
16) Shirley Tan
17) Pauline Chew
18) Lilian Teo
19) Catherine Yeo
20) Lily Lim
21) Jimmy Tsin
22) Richard Wong
23) Moon Wong
24) Tony Ang
25) Vincent Lim
26) Andrew Koh
27) Lawrence Khan

Susan Tan CH takes over the role of Calendar manager

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We have a Calendar which EOs and ECs can use to link their events to.  However, few members use it.  Once in a while, we have members asking where and when are the coming events.

I have asked Susan CH Tan to man the calendar, so that we can keep it updated for use by members.  On your own, EOs and ECs can put in their activities in the Calendar, and link it to the Post;.

Susan has kindly agreed, and she will man the Calendar.  EOs and ECs who do not know, unable to or forgot how to use the calendar can contact Susan for help. As a guide, if your event is NOT LINKED to the calendar within 24 hours, Susan will come in to help, and place the link for the Event organiser EO or Event Cordinator EC.  Ask her, if you want to know more about the Calendar.

Here is our Calendar.

Thank you Susan for helping up in the club.

Terence Seah


Cancer incidence with ageing population . 50% will get cancer.

Our Prime Minister has recently gone for his prostate cancer surgery. He is another example of how the elderly is more easily inflicted with cancer.
If he can get cancer twice in his life time what are our chance ??

I have reviewed and heavily edited a very thorough research paper done in UK to be of interest, relevance and wake up call for us SHC members

One in two people will develop cancer at some point in their lives , according to the latest forecast.

There will “never be one single magic bullet” to cure all cancers and age is the biggest risk factor for most forms of the disease.

The new figure, which replaces the previous of one in three, is the most accurate forecast to date from Cancer Research UK .

Prevention must also play a role in the effort required to reduce the impact of the disease in coming decades, the charity said.

But as more people benefit from improved healthcare and longer life expectancy, the number of cancer cases is expected to rise.

This new research estimating lifetime risk replaces the previous figure, calculated using a different method, which predicted that more than one in three people would develop cancer at some point in their lives.

The charity said age is the biggest risk factor for most cancers, and the increase in lifetime risk is primarily because more people are surviving into old age, when cancer is more common.

The lifetime cancer risk for women (47.55%) is lower than that of men (53.5%), while the combined lifetime risk is 50.5%.

According to the previous method of calculation, i n 1980 the combined risk was 27.2%, in 1990 it was 32.7%, in 2000 it was 37.1% and in 2010 it was 41.8%. The charity believes that the old method of calculation underestimated the risk.

Lifetime cancer risk is also expected to increase further in the future.

While the biggest risk factor is age, other lifestyle factors include smoking, obesity, diet, tanning and sunburn, overdiagnosis, lack of exercise and child-bearing patterns.

Just over a quarter of all deaths are caused by cancer, so while one in two people will develop cancer at some point, it is still believed that around one in four people will die from cancer.

We’re living longer and that means we’re more likely to develop a range of age-related health issues.

How near a cure for cancer is ?, The research said: “There will never be one single magic bullet that treats … cures all cancers. I just don’t … I cannot foresee a time when that’s going to be the case. But already we’re able to cure a number of cancers now.”

There are more than 200 different types of cancers and they are all quite different.

The single biggest thing that affects whether a patient is cured is whether their disease is caught early enough..

Too many cancers are diagnosed very late and once they’re more advanced it becomes much harder to cure. We can treat them, we can extend life but it becomes much harder to cure if we’re catching the cancers very late,”

“Cancer is primarily a disease of old age, with more than 60% of all cases diagnosed in people aged over 65. If people live long enough then most will get cancer at some point.”

Breast cancer is the most common form in women, prostate cancer is the most common form in men, and bowel cancer and lung cancer are common in both sexes.

Cases of cancer are likely to rise with an ageing population – so the focus is on earlier diagnosis, improving care and tackling preventable cancer.

Another separate study said 30% of cancer happen to the most fit and healthy person. This sadly is term “biological badluck” due to healthy cell mutation

Still we should be in control of the 70%. Hope you find this article useful.


Coffee Chat on Thursday, 12 March

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Hello friends

How time flies!  Time to arrange for our next coffee chat.  Details are as follows:

  • Date:          Thursday, 12 March
  • Time:          2 – 4 pm
  • Venue:        Paya Lebar Singpost Building, Food court located at B1 of building (next to the Paya Lebar mrt station)
  • Cuisine:      Just order your own food/coffee/dessert from the Kopitiam (discount given with a Kopitiam card)
  • Agenda:       Nil…. can talk, joke and have fun

This is a monthly gathering and has been going on for more than a year.  Come and wild away the time… fellowship and camaderie among active agers will keep dementia/depression and loneliness at bay ~

I would appreciate if you could reply ASAP.

Cheers and hope to see as many of you as possible.

Gabriella Chua, EO

Registration List:

  1. Gabriella Chua (bringing some signature pineapple bak kwa from the famous shop ~ Kim Peng Hiang)
  2. Kenneth Tan 
  3. Veronique Lee
  4. Joe Choo
  5. Alice Tan
  6. Charles Cher (bringing his signature goreng pisang rajah)
  7. Amy Ko
  8. Charles Wee
  9. Jazz Soh
  10. Jennifer Wu
  11. John Chua S C
  12. Loong Say Meng
  13. Grace Ng
  14. Alice Seah
  15. Catherine Yeo
  16. Peng Peng
  17. Peter Loo
  18. SS James
  19. A Koh
  20. Robert Ong
  21. Roland Tong
  22. Steven Chan
  23. Mega
  24. Gingko
  25. Pat Oei
  26. Richard Kwok
  27. William Wee
  28. Steven Low
  29. Ooi Chong Hock
  30. Tony Ang
  31. Richard Lean
  32. + 1 or 2 non-members  who will be applying for membership soon (One of them, Daniel Wong is now a member of SHC)
Quotable Quotes (click on the pictures for the big view)

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