An insight into How Ng’s garden, Sat 4 Apr 2020, 3-4pm

The Gardening group has been very active, focusing on fruits trees, in door gardens and the occasional trips to nurseries.

Look into How's garden

How Ng is one of the group’s members with keen interest on gardening. On one of SHC Zoom’s groups, I had the privilege to see his garden live streamed from his mobile. Truly beautiful, well organised and ideally suited to the home gardener. I encourage you to join the SHC garden group.

On Sat 4 Apr 2020, starting at 3pm, ending 4pm, How will offer an insight into his home garden via SHC zoom.

If you like to know How better, and get an insight into home gardens, join us just before 3pm. Just click on https://zoom.us/j/4178525736.

Approx 20 mins presentation and 40 mins Q&A.

Terence Seah

SHC Zoom ‘It’s lunch time” Mon-Fri 1300 – 1400 hrs

Every day Monday to Friday 1.00pm to 2.00pm while Singapore is still not free from COVID-19 and we are required to social distance, we will organise a lunch time event, titled “Yeah! it’s lunch time”. Members from year 2005 and 2006 are invited.

Let’s meet face to face on SHC Zoom at 1pm today. From your mobile or desktop, come learn how we can say hello to one another and share our day.

Today’s topics: How is Covid-19 affecting your life and work? What are your stock picks in today’s market.

I am stucked in Bangkok, with 2 cancelled flights and now undecided if I should come here or extend my stay for another month. I will enjoy meeting you. See you later today.

Click here to start. No password.

https://zoom.us/j/4178525736

Terence Seah

SHC Zoom practice, by Howard Yong this week lunch time

Howard Yong, easily recognised at Club Events, by his silver hairs, has volunteered to host Zoom practice sessions for members daily from today to Fri 20 Mar 2020. Time: 12nn to 1pm.

Simply click below before the session from your mobile. No password.

https://zoom.us/j/4178525736.

Thank you Howard.

Terence Seah

“How to buy & Sell online via e-commerce websites”, a discussion led by Dolly Lim, Tue 31 Apr 2020 7pm

Zoom Video discussion on 31 March 2020 @ 7pm...

Buying goods online has become very popular, from local or overseas stores. Selling online has also been equally easy, especially with easy payment systems. Of course there are pitfalls, but selling online enables us to reach the outside world, reach directly the buyer and benefit from the e-commerce website marketing.

Dolly Lim has offered to moderate this topic LIVE on SHC Zoom. We get to share our selling and buying experience. Learn about potential risks but also how to go about using sites like Taobao, Wish and other sites to sell.

If you have a selling website, come discuss with the group.

The session will be one hour, and we will determine if we will do this activity on a regular basis, after the first one. Session will be conducted over SHC Zoom. Simply click here 5 mins before the date and time. No password.

https://zoom.us/j/4178525736

Interested? Plse register here or contact Dolly Lim.

Terence Seah

GE 2020/21 discussion – members only

In the last general election, we had a WhatsApp discussion group. More than 100 members participated. I remembered the discussion was hot, furious, and personal. As a rule, SHC discussions do not allow politics but I had allowed it at the last GE as it was considered an issue of major impact to all of us.

This time, COVID-19 has become a new barrier to gatherings. To enable us to discuss the issues and keep ourselves updated, I shall open a SHC Zoom discussion on our coming GE2020 or 2021 very soon.

This will be a video conference, LIVE. You can participate from your mobile, IPAD, tablet or desktop. Simply click on the link at the scheduled times.

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/4178525736

There will be no recording. Do not bring in fake news or make personal attacks on any participant or parties. I shall try not to, but will exercise discretion to hold or remove participants if personal attacks persist. Plse dress properly. And ensure your video and microphone are working.

More updates here soon.

Suggestions on how to organise this activity appreciated.

To participate, WhatsApp ‘Yes GE” to 9489-4360. You will be advised of this SHC Zoom event.

Terence Seah

Talk by Sam Goh on “Living in JB during retirement” via SHC Zoom, Sat 14 Mar 2020 1900 – 2100hrs.

Sam Goh, also know as Ah Huat or the laughter yoga teacher, joined SHC in Jan 2006. Well known as our contact guy in JB, Sam just crossed 60, and has always been involved in recycling and charity activities in JB. In the club, Sam had participated in different roles, one as a bouncer in SHC Dinner & Dance “One night in Taipei” and as a young school boy in SHC Prom night.

Sam is street smart. He speaks Bahasa Malay and Mandarin fluently. Having lived in JB for more than 20 years, he knows many nooks and corners, including good food, karaoke and special buys. He also knows many naughty places.

We have invited Sam Goh to give a talk on “Living in JB during retirement”. He is ideally suited to offer his views and recommendations on JB.

The talk will be presented over SHC Zoom. Date and time not fixed yet. This will last about 30 mins, followed by Q&A and discussion. You are welcome to participate.

We will have more SHC Zoom talks and discussions. To prepare your self, please click to join in at the designated time. No password required.

https://zoom.us/j/4178525736.

Terence Seah

Ageing stages 3 and 4 in Singapore or elsewhere – Whatsapp discussion and sharing

Earlier groups on “Ageing together in JB” discussed the topic last 3 mths. Most of the discussions centered around where to stay, costs, knowing more about JB, convenience, interesting areas, moving around, transportion and risks staying in JB. Most participants are healthy, vibrant, hot, shoppers, looking fot best buys, eager to enjoy life, and always looking for company to go JB. I see many are in stages 1 and 2 of the ageing process, meaning got money, still working, healthy, can walk, very busy, full of vibrance and essentially mobile and not bed ridden. This brings us to the next discussion. Stage 3 and 4.

What do we do when we reach Stages 3 and 4? We cannot walk and maybe bedridden. And we cannot bathe ourselves, cannot eat our meals and medicine.

At stages 3 and 4, we may have to decide having a maid or move to a nursing home. Maybe someone will decide for us, where we stay. Which nursing home to go to?

Worse still, when there is insufficient medisave and savings run low. If we have filial children or family, they may only see us once a week.

How to afford the next medical appointment and medicine? Where to get a wheelchair? Where to get assistance?

When we decide to stay at home, and no one around, what to do? Youtube movies, maybe. And wait until the daughter-in-law or son comes home with some food.

Getting a maid is an idea, but what does it cost to have a maid at home? Or should we be moved to a nursing home? How affordable is this? In Singapore, JB or Batam?

Many of us dont think of stages 3 and 4. Wait until then, the situation will take care of itself. Maybe, we just gong suddenly and go to heaven.

We shall dedicate the next 3 mths on this topic. For those who are in Stages 3 or 4, not mobile and bedridden, come share with us your experience. It will be truly valuable.

Nothing shy and nothing to show off. Our time will come.

Registration to participate close 15 March 2020.

Terence Seah

Discussion on how to learn and share the use of smartphones for seniors

Many Singaporeans know how to use WhatsApp. We use it to send messages and pictures to friends and family.

But, not all of us know how to use it to chat with a group of 5-8 friends. Few know we can comfortably see one another on the phone screen.

Singaporeans can easily make and change polyclinic appointments from the mobile phone. Travellers use Google maps to get from one place to another anywhere in the world. We can also check when the next bus arrives at our bus stop. it is also easy to book and pay for a Scoot flight from Singapore to Beijing. We can order our favourite pizza online.

We fumble and cannot find where to press. So, we rather go to the postoffice and queue. The phone can help us. Phone is not cheap.

As we age, the time will come when we are quarantined or we cannot move. Have to lie on the bed the whole day. The phone will be our friend.

Many members are equally familiar with these phone uses. We can share and learn. Lets learn from the guys and gals. Lets discuss how to go about “how to learn and share the use of smartphones for seniors”.

Terence Seah

Global consumption has dropped. Demand is not there yet. Is this the right time to buy the dip? And when is the right time?

Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the current world situation? Govts, WHO and businesses are taking precautions to prevent a pandemic. Others are preparing for a rebound with a vengeance.

Many markets have dropped since end of 2019. Is this the right time to buy the dip?

We cannot meet face to face. But let’s share your thoughts and hear from other members.

Suggestions appreciated.

Terence Seah

SHC Zoom – “Late Birds”. When you cannot sleep early.

A song before you sleep.

Many members are feeling all couped up in their homes. Concerned about going out to meet friends, don’t have mask and feeling lethargic. No dancing and no karaoke. Bored with watching movies and TV.

A few members are excited about using Zoom to meet friends. A suggestion for ‘Late Birds”.

Use your mobile. Zoom is a connecting app with video and screen sharing. We can meet face-to-face.

To participate, go to Playstore and install “Zoom Cloud meetings” app.

1. Topic: For late birds. Self introduction. When u cannot sleep early?

2. Venue: Anywhere from your home, WIFI.

3. Date/Time: Fri 28 Feb, 2230 – 2359 hrs

4. Strictly for SHC members only.

5. Video and audio recording of SHC Zoom sessions strictly not allowed.

6. Dress appropriately at the top, as you are on video.

** Meeting ID: 417-852-5736.

No password for late birds.

Terence Seah

“Zoom” Cloud meetings – a new concept in SHC monthly gathering

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COVID-19 has forced us to find new ways to gather together.

From your mobile phone, Zoom is a high definition meeting app with video and screen sharing. Zoom enables us to connect together with crystal-clear, face-to-face video, high quality screen sharing, and instant messaging.

I have been recommended to use “Zoom” for some monthly gatherings. I tested it recently and it worked well for up to 100 attendees. There is a cost to rent this app from the US software provider. We would also require support personnel to handle registration, and manage and cordinate the meeting.

For a start, we will take a free trial. I dont have a name for this event yet. Likely we will call this “SHC Zoom”. To participate, go to Playstore and install “Zoom Cloud meetings” app.

The first SHC Zoom meeting.

1. Topic: free and easy, self introduction.

2. Venue: Anywhere in the world, as long as u have WIFI.

3. Date/Time: Mon 24 Feb 1830 hrs, ends 2000hr.

4. Strictly for SHC members only.

5. Dress: Appropriately as you are on video.

** Meeting ID: 417-852-5736.

Terence Seah

How are you managing with the COVID-19 situation? And what are you thinking of doing for the rest of 2020?

To participate, plse note strictly no URL, copy & paste, videos, audio, and any unverified news. 1 topic-related picture a day allowed.

All of us are very conscious of COVID-19. We have taken steps to avoid being infected with the virus, not only for ourselves but also our families. As seniors, we are prone to virus.

We are a living community, and we need to interact with other human beings. We need to go to the supermarkets, see our polyclinic doctors, bring our grandchildren to schools, take buses/mrt to work and eat at the nearby foodcourt. We need to continue going with our daily exercises, our weekly dancing classes and our regular karaoke.

We can delay our holiday travels, cancel our cruise trip and our weekly trip to JB.

But, we cannot don’t do anything. Can we close our main door, stay at home to watch Korean dramas? Or just chat the whole day on whatsapp?

Have you taken up a new hobby? Gardening, cooking, baking, Origami, Chinese chess, English chess or aquarium fish. How about more sleeping time in bed and watching more Youtube videos?

Get ideas from other SHC members. Start some farm work in Batam. Explore where you will spend some of your retirement days, in Batam, in JB, in Chiangmai or in Perth.

Plan with friends and look out for cheap airfare options when COVID-19 is over. Airlines and hotels are promoting their offers now. This may be a bad year for tourism, but a good time if you are yearning to travel kater part of this year.

The SHC CPF whatapp chat has been very successful. Time to find out what is your payout at 65. It is running well, join them to hear what other members are talkkng about before they go to the CPF offices.

How are you managing the current situation? And what do you plan to do from now to the rest of the year. Share your thoughts with the rest of us. What you are doing and thinking may be out of the box.

And if you still dont have a password to participate in our forum, talk with Dolly Lim or Yoon Chin.

Terence Seah

SHC West gathering Thur 5 Mar 2020

For members staying in Jurong/West Singapore, we shall have a get together in March.

Date: Thur 5 Mar 2020

Time: 1600 – 1900 hrs.

Venue: Food Republic, Westgate Shopping mall, Basement 1. (3 Gateway Drive S608532).

Transport: MRT Jurong East.

We hope this location will be easier for members to meet up and get to know one another better. More activities can be organised in this part of Singapore, as we move along.

Plse register your coming here.

Terence Seah

SHC Jan 2020 monthly gathering Thur 9 Jan 2020

Hi everybody

To start our new year 2020, we shall have our Jan monthly gathering, details as follows:

Date: Thur 9 Jan 2020

Place: City Square Mall, Food Republic, #04-31, 180 Kitchener Road, Spore 208539

Time: 5pm to 8pm

MRT: Farrer Park, Exit I to city square mall

Come join us if u have some time to kick start the new year.

Plse register here.

Terence Seah

1. Terence Seah ( EO )

2. Dolly Lim

3. Caroline Gee

4. Stella Sheng

5. Lilian

6. David ONG

7. Gingko Tay

8. Lee Ah Nee

9. Pauline Khoo

10. Pony Teng

11. Sally Ang

12. Howard Yong

13. Ann Giri

14. Winnie Tan

15 Malyne Suen

16. Kamala Roberts

17. Richard Wong

18. Julie

19. Bob Mong

20. Michelle SIM

21. Judy Chia

22. Karen THIO

23. Alan Ang

24. Doreen Ong

25. Patricia SIN

26. Kim Eng

27. Ong Chew Teck

28.  Yap Sew King

29. Jimmy Tsin

30. Daisy Phua

31. Peter Goh

32 Irene Yap

33. Bobby Bok

34. Susan Chang

35. Kwai Keng

36. Henry See

37. Yoon Chin

38. Daisy Wee

39. John Lim

40. Steven Chan

41. Andrew Koh

42. Catherine Yeo

43. Cat Yeo

44. ChristinA

F&E trip to Europe on the Eurail network 15 Sep – 15 Oct 2020

This year 2020, I am going to Europe for 2 weeks on the Eurail pass during 15 Sep to 15 Oct 2020. This is end of peak season and beginning of Oct Fest.

Concept:

1. East and west Europe via rail and ferry. Start city: can be any European city, except London. Those thinking of London, can do so prior the trip or after the end of trip.

2. No fixed program, no fixed hotels and places of interests. Very F&E trip. Plenty of sightseeing.

3. Exact start date decided once group is formed.

4. Most nights are spent sleeping on the train from about 10pm to 7am. Luggages are always kept at train stations.

5. Participants should be fit to walk, able to live on a western diet, sociable, love to talk to strangers, bathe at train stations and tolerant to rain, cold and snow and very independent.

6. Ideally, participants should have internet access, able to use google map. Have a euro acct or youtrip card.

7. We will buy airtickets and Eurail tickets around 15 Jul 2020.

Rail details: https://www.eurail.com/en/eurail-passes/bestseller?gclsrc=aw.ds&ds_rl=1269535&ds_rl=1270793&gclid=CjwKCAiA9JbwBRAAEiwAnWa4Q9jZbPb9AuTX23HULKt29dUOKHHIGhpJwoePxcej9tc4TTx2PSYbuhoCqvwQAvD_BwE

8. Participants can join or break off at any point, as long as you are aware of the locations of other participants at any time.

9. To register your interests, please indicate here, or whatsapp me. We will also discuss during SHC monthly gatherings.

Members who have been on the Eurail pass can also join the chatgroup to share their experience.

Time to start planning now.

Terence Seah

4 Short F&E trip to Thailand 2020

In 2020, I plan to do 4 F&E trips to Thailand to explore the country.. The broad details are:

1. Each trip will last at least 7D 6N. Start and end dates will be announced at least one 1 month ahead. Every body buys own airtickets.

2. Starting city: A major city eg Phuket, Bangkok, Chiangmai, Udonthani or Hatyai.

3. Ending trip: Another major city or same originating city.

4. Format: Drivers only. We drive where the heart takes us.

5. Accommodation: budget 500 baht a room night (tenting included). Usually no warm water, no breakfast, no room accessories. No prebooking, as we check in when like the place.

6. Itinery: no program, plan on a next day by day basis. No shopping in plan.

7. F&B: very Thai and local. Only strong stomachs can participate. High veg diet. Local markets.

8. Suitable for retirees or would be retirees

Interested, plse register here. We will get in touch with you.

Terence Seah

Nok, my wife and the person behind the workings of Silverhairsclub

Nok is the name of my wife. She is Thai. When SilverHairsClub started in 2005, she was 39, and therefore could not join as a member. She knew I was always pursuing my interest in bringing Singaporean seniors over 45 together. And, she was very supportive in Silverhairsclub because she knew someday all of us will grow old and will need the support of one another. She engages in many ideas to help achieve our club objective. She joins us on Thai trips to show us the sights of Thailand . Some of you have met her.

During the last 8 years, when she was in Perth while my son studies to be a commercial pilot, she took the option to volunteer to work in an age-care home. She hope to contribute her experience and knowledge serving the Australian aged community, and at a later date to the Silverhairsclub community when she returned to Thailand 2 years ago.

My wife suffers from colon cancer some 3 years ago. She fought cancer and underwent various rounds of chemotherapy and surgery of abnormen. She suffered tremendous fatique and pain, every few hours a day. Last week, I and my son spoke with her oncologist, and the recommendation was increased morphine dosage and sleeping drugs. The doc told her to expect last days.

We are now back at her hometown in Korat, spending time to keep her company.

I know many of you question why I organise activities and fail to turn up last minute. I hope you understand.

As of now, I only wish to spend time with my wife. Meantime, please continue to take care of your health.

Terence Seah