All of us are concerned with COVID-19. Our movement and our attitudes have changed. This affects our lives, work, family and friends. What’s next after the virus is over?
This evening 22 Feb 2020, we shall initiate a whatsapp video groupchat for upto 4 members. The topic: “What’s next after the virus is over?” – a look ahead discussion.
To participate: 1. Able to do whatsapp video chat on your mobile. 2. Are connected to WIFI. 3. Willing to share our thoughts and participate in this video conference. 4. Stick closely to the topic. 5. Whatsapp text 9489 4360 to join. Max 4 pax. 6. 21 Feb 2020 Starts: 2100hr. Ends: 2200hr.
I am sure most of you must have been missing the Dinner & Dance which we have in previous years. Yes, they were great fun. Let’s start the year, to plan a Fancy Dress Dinner & Dance. I guess we can identify a suitable ballroom, a date and work on the concept. You can come come in an elephant costume, a sweet kimono dress, a masked Egyptian warrior or in a Trump golf suit.
The first stage is to identify a location. A great place with a band, plus a dinner buffet. Price is always difficult, but I am thinking of a budget of $50 per pax. Once we determine the venue, date and price, we can put things in motionP
Please do not call or WhatsApp me. Send all your thots and suggestions here. You can also discuss with your GL Group leaders, if you are shy. Meantime, please think of the role you like to play in this Fancy Dress Dinner and Dance.
I shall be travelling but will watch out for your input here.
Since SilverHairsClub was first established in 2005, all our activities and venues were centered within the CBD and East Singapore regions.
Although our bus and MRT network have made it easy to meet, there has been a reluctance from members leaving in the West and North to join activities because of distance. Very often, it can take one hour to travel between East and West Singapore, more so if activities are held on weekdays for working members.
We are looking at ways to make it easy for West Singapore members to meet in smaller groups. We reviewed our postal code system, and see that using the 1st 2 digits of our 6-digits as the community group can help members get together more frequently and conveniently.
We shall start with postal codes 1st 2 digits 60, 61, 62, 63 and 64. Mainly in Jurong and Tuas.
If you are living in these postal codes, as per your NRIC, and would like to join this community, please whatsapp text ‘zone 60-64’ to 9489-4360. The Club hopes that this project will help members meet new and more Silverhairs friends.
I guess some of us do not have the time to keep aquarium fishes when we were younger. Maybe because we are busy working or we have not develop the interest.
Today, some of us have the time. We may have grand children to entertain. We may start with a bowl, buy some guppies or some goldfishes. Only to see the lively fishies swimming around the new acquarium and bringjng a whole new world infront of us. A great way to enjoy ageing.
Then, we realise we have to get fish food, what to do when they swim upside down, refuse to talk with us, or refuse to make love and create babies. Sometimes, they grow too big and what do we do with them?
For some of us, we not happy with just guppies. We want to see sword fishes, fighting Siam fishes, Koi’s and $500 Red heads.
We adventure into JB to look for exotic aquarium fishes, find cheaper feed, pumps and filters. And we find friends to go with.
I would like to start a SHC Aquarium fish hobby group for members who have at least one fish in their homes or who have kept an aquarium before, and like to revive this hobby.
This hobby will start as a WhatsApp group for numbers to communicate. Strictly no URLs, no videos, audios, and copy and paste. ONE fish or acquarium accessory picture a day is allowed.
Plse WhatsApp text 9489- 4360 to participate. Strictly SHC members only. Registration closes 25 Oct 019 and participation starts 26 Oct 2019.
* SilverhairsClub will help develop hobbies for members from time to time. Do let your group leader GL know or any senior SHC member know. They will help you get registered too.
Venue: 100 Orchard Rd #01-03 Concorde Hotel (Basement). I think it is called Kim Dae Mum, Korean food. Place has about 200 seats.
Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut or Somerset
For those who have been to this area, this basement was previously a food court. This place was the old Meridian hotel now taken over by a Korean group. Newly aircon and very cosy. Beside a drink counter, coffee shop prices ( $0.90 to $1.30 Milo see). A Korean dish eatery (price range $8.00 onwards).
This year, we celebrate our 15th Anniversary. SilverHairsClub has been established since 2005, and we have been quietly successful through a network of Event Organisers EOs, Event Coordinators and members support who share our culture and traditions.
It’s about time we look again at succession and a new team to take the club forward. At 50, I founded the Club. Next year, I shall be 65, and will get to collect the 1st payment from my CPF. I am running out of ideas. And in reality, I don’t have so much time to spare for the club, as I intend to continue work till I die. On average, I spend about 3 days a mth in Singapore.
Every organisation needs continued succession and we need to review this from time to time.
I am now ready to hand over the club to someone or a team to take over and develop further the SilverHairsClub. My eyes will be focused on someone with SilverHairs at heart. Let’s reopen the discussion.
SHC October monthly gathering now confirmed as follows:
Date: Sat 12 Oct 2019 Time: 2pm to 5pm
Place: Gourmet Paradise foodcourt at basement of HDB Hub, Toa Payoh.
MRT: Toa Payoh
Cost: F&B on your own acct.
Topic: Sharing and using mobile phone apps, eg Bus schedules, SHC on the phone, Facebook and buying airtickets on Trip.com and “Ageing together in JB”.
The Club hopes every member will EO organise at least one event during the lifetime of your membership.
Strictly no discussions relating to politics, race, religion, sex, direct selling and MLM.
1. Terence Seah – EO 2. Sue Chan 3. Charles Wee 4. Mary Quek 5. Jimmy Tsin 6. Catherine Yeo 7. Karen Thio 8. Janie Ng 9. Doreen Ong 10. Pony Teng 11. TK Pow
12. Helen Wong
13. Howard Yong 14. Lim Kim Eng 15. Peggy Ho 16. Agnes Low 17. James Tan 18. Teo Guan Teng 18. Ann Boey 20. Eileen Tan 21. Andrew Koh 22. Tony Ang 24. Juliet Say (unable to come) 25. Diana Ng (unable to come) 26. Roland Leow 27. Kristy Quek & helper (twisted back, cannot come) 28. Agnes Hong 29. Lee Joo Seng 30. Primrose Kok
31. Rosalyn Khoo (unable to come) 32. Margaret Soo 33. Fred Heng 34. Stella Sheng 35. Ong Chew Teck 36. Yap Sew King 37. Janis Han 38. Doreen Chan 39. HC Lee 40. Dolly Lim 41. Lina Ng 42. Ong Lin Khim 42. Peter Goh 43. Thomas Loh 44. Pauline Khoo 45. Bobby Bok 46. Gingko Tay 47.
All of us have seen many National Days. We participate in parades, we contribute to our nation and build Singapore to what it is today. We watch NDP celebrations on TV, at the Padang and National Stadium. We are all proud of Singapore.
On behalf of SHC, on this grand occasion, let’s wish our ourselves and our country, “Happy National Day”.
If you have some items close to your heart which you have kept for many years, but have now found the same items taking up space and looking pretty in a corner or your storeroom, you may like to give them away or sell them off.
Perhaps, some members may like these items. Consider inviting our members to come over at a specific date and time, we can have a look and perhaps take them away or buy them from you.
Simply let me know, a date/time, and we can open the event to members. You can also write a new post to inform the club.
Feel free. This is a great way to know other members, besides keeping your home light and breezy.
Now that we have visited Khao Yai, our next retirement evaluation trip will be to Thailand’s coastal regions, following closely around the gulf of Thailand.
From Suvarnabhumi airport, straight to Chonburi Bangsaen beach, and hugging the coastline to Pattaya, Jomthien, Rayong and Sattahip. We will not enter Bangkok city. Our last stop will be Sattahip, and we will return to Suvarnabhumi airport. Note: I may reverse the direction, so we can end the last day buying seafood and kiam Her.
We can expect seafood for most part of the trip, water, fresh air, no rain as dry season has arrived, fishing villages, seafood markets, beaches, a vibrant night life at Pattaya, relaxing Rayong, turtles, counting ships, swimming and local communities. Expect a rustic slow moving trip to high energy activity at Pattaya. Most important, great company among members.
1. Date: between 15 Oct and 15 Nov 2019. 5D4N. Date now confirmed for 9-14Nov 2019 6D5N.
2. Start point: Suvarnabhumi airport, ETA before 10am 9 Nov 2019.
3. End point: Suvarnabhumi point. ETD after 6pm 14 Nov.
4. Cost: All participants buy their own Sin/BKK/Sin airtickets. As trip is confirmed, groups can now book airtickets.
Food likely will be shared, and in some places on your own.
5. Where we stay: likely 3 or 4 stars. Will advise.
6. Itinery: Suvarnabhumi Airport to Sattahip 1N to Rayong 2N to Pattaya 2N to Suvarnabhumi airport.
Members wishing to participate can register now. You can withdraw at a later date. You can register your name or you can register as a group under your name. We don’t need any more details until we are about to book the hotels. The trip WhatsApp group will start 1 SEP 2019.
7. Transport: based on the numbers to date, we are likely to use a coach to ferry us around, during the trip. We will make this decision on 15 SEP 2019.
Strictly: members only.
1. Terence Seah
2. Howard Yong
3. Stella Sheng
4. Gingko Tay
5. Ong Chew Teck
6. Yap Siew King
7. Cheng Whye Kee
8. Frisna Tan
9. Ann Lim
10. Shirley Wee
11. Bira L.
12. Theresa Seow
13. Pauline Au Yong
14. Pauline Khoo
15. Bobby Bok
16. Mega A.
17. Sherry Wong
18. Jane Tan
19. Nok Seah
20. Dolly Lim
21. Lee HC
21. Michele Sim
23. Lina Ng
25. Louis Siah
26. C H Teo
28. ChristinA Chan
29. Vicky Siong
* This is a list of interested participants. You may withdraw anytime before hotel bookings. Trip limited to 35 pax. After 35 pax, plse join the waiting list.
Besides being a regular monthly gathering, the Aug 2019 event will be a get-together for members who wish to present and demo their craft skills. This will be a great opp SRIVILLE opportunity to pick up a new hobby or craft.
This is a big venue. Come meet new and old friends.
* Event date: Sat 10 Aug 2019 (day after National Day)
* Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Scheduled program as follows
6.00 -7.00pm Craft demonstration
7.00- 8.30pm Line Dances lead by Sockie and listed below are those that she prepared for us to boogie on… If more add on – Another update will be given out soon…
1. Take the first step
2. Electric slide
3. Little thumbs
4. Simply mine
5 wherever you may wander
6 silver threads
7 back track
8 magic cha cha
9 JB Waltz
10 stroll along cha cha
11 rock around the clock
12 waltz across Texas
13 bossa nova
14 sweet joanna
15 hit me
Khao Yai, known globally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is about 2 hours north east of Bangkok.
I am organising a trip to Khao Yai in July 2019. For this trip, I have asked Bernard, a Singaporean, who has retired and settled down in the Khao Yai area with his Thai wife Nicky. The couple owns a fresh corn-on-the-cob business. They enjoy farming, tissue culture and agriculture related activities. Bernard enjoys his retirement at Khao Yai. This is an opportunity to hear from a fellow Singaporean.
Khao Yai is known for it’s greenery, fruits, grapes, wineries, mountains, fresh air, open space, cows, hiking tracks, relaxing country side environment and resorts.
The trip will start from Donmuang or Suvarnabhumi airports and will depart to Khao Yai, approx 2 hours in 9 seater vans. The return leg will be to the same airport. Note: this is raining season and a good time to enjoy being wet.
The trip objective is to evaluate Khao Yai on short term retirement, while for others, a few days of fresh air and friendly company. Both Bernard and Nicky will share with us what life is like at Khao Yai, what it costs to stay here and what activities we can pick up in the part of Thailand.
If you are looking at stay up to 1 year in Thailand, come join the trip.
Interested, please sign your name here. You may withdraw if the final dates are not suitable. Group limited to 30 pax.
1. Date: IN Thur 18 Jul 2019 and OUT SUN 21 Jul 2019.
2. Place of stay: Pakchong area 3* nice hotel.
3. Pickup and return airport: Donmuang or Suvarnabhumi airport.
4. Transport: 7 per van, total cost to be shared by 1-7 pax.
5. Place of stay: at Pakchong and arranged by Barnard, as a group.
6. All participants buy their own airtickets.
1. Terence Seah EO
Trip limited l to 4 vans or 28 pax. Members may withdraw before the hotel is booked.
1) Dolly Lim
2) Lina Ng
3) HC Lee
4) Susan Chang
5) Rene Leong
6) Lee Ah Nee
7) Cindy Wee
1 more seat left
Van 3 ..
2)Yap Siew King
3)Ong Chee Teck
5)Howard self booking
3) Pauline Khoo
5 )Cheng WK
The date for the SHC June 2019 monthly has been decided. I am unable to attend the event in June as my schedules do not permit.
However, if any member wishes to host the June monthly gathering, the Club will help you to inform the members.
1. Venue: Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre, 5 mins walk from Pasir Ris MRT.
2. Date/time: 29 Jun 2019 2pm to 5pm.
3. Cost: free and easy. Buy your own drinks and food
4. Attendance: flexible
We can now confirm the EO Lillian Chua and co-EO Dolly Lim.
Lillian Chua EO
Since the gathering venue is non aircon, I had arranged with the Kopi/Teh (& soft drink) Stall #01-12 at level 1, just beside our siting place, to provide beverage as a treat from my hubby, David Ong. ALCOHOLIC DRINK IS NOT INCLUSIVE.
Just order and tell them under David Ong account will do.
It has always been my hope that Silverhairs members are able to find like-minded friends. Since the club started in 2005, our activities are generally participated by about 80% females and 20% males. However the Club itself has registered about 60% females and 40% males. The question has always been why the inbalance.
As we get older, especially after leaving full time work, our colleagues carry on their lives. Nowadays, many senior club members find that our children are having their own family life. And for some, they leave the nest home. For others, our spouses leave us naturally, either through a divorce or to another world.
At some time, we are all left alone, with an empty apartment, no one to have lunch and dinner with. We have time to travel, but we are unable to find someone with common interest. Obviously, no one to chat, go out with, hold hands together, go to a cinema together or travel to nearby Penang together.
Very often, we then try to keep busy. Spend time with grandchildren. Watch Korean movie or roam Changi Jewel alone. Better still, some find our local kopitiam a place where we can debate the budget or find out more about CPF life from neighbours.
I had hope that SilverHairsClub will be a platform for members to find new friends. Today, I read an article in Channel News Asea on dating apps. I guess the article suits the 25-35 age group. But I believe the dating apps suits single SilverHairsClub members. The Paperclips program is for singles only. Plse read the article below.
I plan to be in Spore in May, and am thinking of having the next monthly gathering with the topic “Dating for SilverHairs”.
This is an old post. As the new year is here, we can revive the SHC best hug again. Let’s give one another the hug after our new year greeting.
In recent days, some members including myself have been doing some bear hugging; and we thought it would be a good idea to develop the SHC Bear Hug. Whenever we meet, we can do the Bear Hug. Here’s how it works.
Both hands forward, right hand slightly higher than left hand.
Smile and walk towards the other person, and give a good hug for 3-5 secs.
Works for both men and women.
You can still operate with the typical hand-shake.
We have now confirmed our CNY gathering as follows:
Date: SUN 10 Feb 2019
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Event: Hi Tea afternoon SilverHairsClub mthly gathering
Price: SGD 25 per head for the 1st 30 paid members.
SGD 30 per head from the 31st paid pax.
*** Payment to our Treasurer Christina Chan via POSB acct: 542 107 561 by 1 Feb 2019.
Dress: as Chinese as you can.
Please register your coming below.
Strictly for SHC members only.
1. Catherine Yip (pd)
2. Maria Chong (pd)
3. Steven Chan (pd)
4. Tony Ang (pd)
5. Gabriella Chua (pd)
6. Stella Sheng (pd)
7. Jenny Lim
8. Karen Thio (pd)
9. Thomas Loh (pd)
10.Alan Ang (pd)
11. Jeffrey Gan (pd)
12. Irene Gan (pd)
13. Sandra Tay (pd)
14. Mega Abdullah (pd)
15. Terence Seah (pd)
16. Sue Chan (pd)
17. Wong Hong Jeng (pd)
18. Frank Kaw (pd)
19. Mary Kwek (pd)
20. Tan Poh Heng (pd)
21. Peter Loo (pd)
The SilverHairsClub name tag has the following specifications. Please design and print your name tag yourself, and put the card into a plastic holder, which can be hung around the neck or pinned on the shirt/dress. There is no need to standardize the design.
Every member makes their own name tag.
Size: 89mm x 51mm (3.5inch x 2inch)
Paper: Can be of any colour or material.
Font size: As bold as possible so that others can see your name from far. Any colour, shape or design.
Content: Your name. Must have the first and last name or first, middle and last name. No abbreviation. Company name not allowed; except when approved as a Corporate member.
Members can choose any background, picture or design.
This name tag should be used at all SilverHairsClub gathering.
A top activity among seniors is travelling. Many of us love to go JB, further to China, and further still on a cruise from HK. Of course, it costs money, but for many we want to see the world at 60, 65 and 70.
Many seniors prefer to go with a friend or a group. So, we join a group, but sometimes, our travel partners become enemies. And the rest of the trip becomes sour, and we never want to see the other person again. Why?
Teenagers, young adults handle social communication better. But seniors and retirees fare badly on many issues when travelling together, despite a good 50 to 60 years living experience on earth.
“I just can’t stand why she spends such a long time making up in the toilet”.
“This lady is a bitch, real bloody bitch. I will never go out with her again.”
“Who does she think she is? She thinks she is still young. I don’t want to be associated with such people”.
“This guy is very stingy. He waits and waits and won’t offer to buy you a drink. So kiam siap. I can pay myself. No need him to pay for me”.
How do we go out travelling together and still come back as friends? Better still as closer friends. Are we the perfect travelling friend?
Let’s chat without hinting at who’s the person. Let’s discuss how we can be better travelling companies.
Let’s beginning the year of the pig with the Jan 2019 mthly. Many members would have celebrated a fun and memorable year end. Before the Lunar New Year festival arrives in early Feb, let’s find sometime together to meet up.
This is a good occasion for members who wish to organise a CNY lunch or dinner, and forming a table or two among friends. Members who are joining the Phuket to Bangkok self drive in April can also get together and meet up. Better still, those who are non drivers and wish to join the trip as passengers can also look to partner willing drivers. Plse read Phuket post for details.
As usual and typical of monthly gatherings, this event is for you to meet new members and catch-up with old ones too. Come along and get to know people whom you can get along with. Get to know someone who will come with you to our monthly gatherings every time. Find travel Kaki’s, mahjong Kaki’s, JB kakies, food lovers, or friends to chat. Cycling, walking or exercise friends.
Next year 2019, I have in plan to organise a “Self drive trip from Phuket to Bangkok” for SilverHairsClub members only.
The period is likely April 2019, and unlikely during the mid April 10-15 Songkhran water festival. Approx 9 days in total.
Starting from Phuket, the drive will take us along beautiful coastal beaches, coconut trees, wooden villages, small seafood stalls, small towns and crossing the narrow land stretch between the Amdaman sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
This trip is for: 1. Drivers only with a valid Singapore licence. 2. Able to read and use Google maps. 3. The cost of car rental, insurance, car parking, petrol and toll will be equally split among all participants. Estimate cost SGD 100 per day, split 4 participants. 4. Each car will be 4 pax only. Each car will require to have two full time drivers. 5. We will not be driving inter-towns after 6pm. However, we will drive at night around the town at night. Therefore, drivers should not have night vision difficulties.
Start and end dates:
The start date will ne decided when all drivers decide, on a majority vote, on 15 Jan 2019. Trip ends 9 days later.
1. Website: https://www.rentalcars.com/
2. Start point: Phuket Airport (HKT). You may chose to start from Phuket Town.
3. End point: Donmuang, Bangkok. You may choose to end anywhere in Bangkok.
4. Budget rental: SGD 30 – 50 per day. Decision to be made by the two drivers of each. For planning, please use SGD 100 per day for 9 days for all driving expenses.
Rooms: 1. Hotel room will be advised for 1st night in Phuket only. Plse wait. 2. All other nights will not be prebooked, and will be decided as we reach each town on a daily basis. 3. Participants should note we will go for 2 or 3 star hotels twin share only, approx SGD 30-45 per room night.
4. Non-driver participants. The front two drivers in each car will decide if and who they would take as non-drivers passengers.
Besides shared car rental, petrol, toll, car park, and insurance, the back two passengers will pay an additional SGD 15 per person per day to a pool fund for dinner, as recommended by the treasurer.
Unlike Chiangmai and North Thailand, this trip will see plenty of flat lands and long stretches of sea. Food wise, we can expect plenty of fresh seafood, southern thai food (spicy), both Chinese and Muslim style.
Plse note ALL participants will have to do some planning and research. We won’t be on a guided tour but our own holiday free and easy drive.
If you are interested, and meet the above requirements, please whatsapp me at +65 9489 4360. I expect to start planning in Jan 2019.
Please indicate if going as driver or passenger. All back seat pessengers are on waiting list, subject to driver approved basis.
This Nov gathering will be held at Kallang Wave. Here’s the first information. The monthly gathering serves as a platform for members to meet new and more SilverHairs friends. More details will be added here.
Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018
Venue: Kallang Wave (NTUC food court)
MRT: Stadium station CC6 Exit A.
Dress: as sporty as you like.
Starting time: 3pm
End time: 6pm
After 6pm (watch for change in time), another activty will commence from Kallang Wave. Those interested in cycling can join DouglasC and AndrewK to rent a bic and cycle to Marina Barrage, a journey which is beautiful, scenic and refreshing.
Those who wish to walk, you can also start from Kallang Wave, after the gathering at 6pm, and walk 3km to Marina Barrage. The tentative end point is Satay by the Bay.
Members attending the gathering, please register here. Strictly members only.