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.
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.
It has come to my attention that a number of members have been invited to private gatherings where the host and friends offer investment schemes to fellow members. Members are advised to be cautious with any investment schemes. And if members choose to go along the schemes, the decision and risks are yours.
These schemes usually attract seniors and retirees who have some sum of money and who wish to maintain or increase their retirement funds.
Members who are aware or have been offered such schemes can contact +65 9489 4360.
In the last 6 months, I have been thinking how I can make myself younger; at least feel younger. Even until today, I enjoy going out for different kinds of late night entertainment, from India to Vietnam to Cambodia, China and Bangladesh. Basically, I cannot sit still. The feeling of going back to the hotel after 1 or 2am with the heart still pumping at 90 beeps per min makes me feel satisfied after a day of dining and meeetings.
Guys and ladies, many of us are retired. Some of us are busy helping our chldren with their kids. Of course, some of us are still working. But, the Club has also numerous members enjoying a good night out dancing and singing.
SilverHairsClub has organised many dance events since 2005. We have our “One night in different cities” each year, and theme events. Very often, we have social dancing, a couple of ballroom dancing and line dancing. I am definitely a non-dancer, but I love a good night out. For many years, I find pleasure in bringing SHC members together. Music makes the world go round. And dancing and music always come together hand in hand.
Unfortunately, I find social dancing too slow for me, maybe too complicated for the body to cordinate with the hands, hips and legs. Sometimes, I get very jealous watching dancers twist and turn. And if I ever try dancing, I finally get myself all tangled up. I appreciate Line dancing; but I have never been able to understand line dancing. But I will still support Line Dancing, as long as someone raises his/her hand to be the EO/EC.
I like something hotter and younger. The above music video clip is just the beginning. If you like it, let me know. We will have a night out together. Let me know your thots and opinion.
1. Date: Fri 31 Aug 2018
2. Time: 1700 – 2000 hrs
3. Place: One Raffles Place @Food Junction at 5 Level. OneRafflesPlace is situated above Raffles Place MRT station and directly connected via Basement 1.
This is a good opportunity to know many new members, and also to catch up with those who are busy on weekends with grandchildren, families and JB trips.
The monthly gathering serves as a platform for SilverHairsClub members to meet. Strictly no discussions on race, religion, sex, politics, direct selling and MLM.
This Sep gathering will focus on travel. If you wish to find fellow travellers, let’s all get together to do some planning.
Table 1: JB is a popular getaway.
Table 2: Cruise to somewhere.
Table 3: Ho Chi Minh
Table 4: For the Nov group Chiangmai. Participation closed.
Table 5: Japan and Korea.
All other activity EOs can form your own table to catch up during this evening.
The Club started having its first Business Round table dinner some 5 years ago. We had identified that not all members joined SilverHairsClub for the purpose of social networking. For this group, their interests was finding business networking partners, identifying business opportunities and keeping up with global business trends. This is how the Business Round table dinners started.
Plse note this business networking group is not for Job seekers. It is intended to bring together those who are currently in business, incorporated in Singapore. Those in business, business development, sales or marketing can also join; subject to approval.
To cater to this business networking group, we shall reorganise ourselves as SHC Business networking group.
To participate, the requirements are:
1. Whatsapp your current business card to +65 9489 4360.
2. Indicate registered name and business.
We should have our first meeting, gathering or dinner in Aug 2018.
Many members love to sing in karaokes, with a live band, in bathrooms, alone or with friends. Members are invited to send in their video clips to participate in “SilverHairsClub has singing talents”.
Again, we keep our rules simple.
1. Duration of singing video: 3.5 to 4.5 mins. Can be full height, waist height or face height.
2. Song can be in any language.
3. Music can be from a Karaoke system, a band or any music system.
4. Can be solo or duet.
5. Maximum singing videos per person: 2.
6. All video clips will be uploaded to Youtube, and published in SilverHairsClub and SilverHairsClub related social media.
7. Prizes are in plan, and will be announced later.
8. There will be members participation.
SilverHairsClub has numerous small groups. When members meet members, and they click, a group is formed. The numbers in the group varies, and this depends on common interests.
SilverHairsClub supports the formation of small groups by Group Leaders GL. Each group has its own outings, its own chatgroup and its own interests. GLs updates their group on the SHC monthly gathering.
As I am unable to chat with members directly, the Group Leaders GL concept works very well for me and the Club. So, if you have a small group formed, plse contact me. Usually, your name will be tagged with the letter GL.
Group leaders GL stand up very well. They keep their group informed of Club activities, gather participation and has direct Whatsapp communication with me. GL do get direct updates from me and usually I do sought their comments and suggestions.
Join the monthly gatherings or interest groups, and you are on the way to becoming a SHC Group Leader GL. Find your interest and join a group,
SilverHairsClub’s objective is to provide a platform for SilverHairs to meet new and more friends.
The 1st Face Mask Singing competition is restarting in a new format. We are keeping the rules simple. Singers are invited to participate. Simply wear a mask (any mask), sing in front of your mobilephone, video yourself 3.5 to 4.5 mins and send the video to +65 9489 4360. Participants must be SilverHairsClub members, and the whatsapp tel number registered with the Club.
All songs can be in any language, can be accompanied by CD music, Karaoke or live band environment. If you wish, you can introduce yourself, but stay anonymous. Videos can be full body height, waist height or full face. All videos will be published in YouTube and SilverHairsClub website. All participants are anonymous. The FIRST 4 Facemask participants with a complete song, gets a prize of SGD 50 shopping voucher. Closing date: 31 July 2018.
The judges will be you, the audience. The FIRST 4 member participants guessing the most correct names get a shopping voucher of SGD 30. To keep your answers to yourself, please submit the 4 Facemask singers’ first and last names between 1 Aug and 7 Aug 2018. Please use this post to submit your entry.
SilverHairsClub and members have organised a series of “One night Dinner and Dancing” with themes set in Taipei, Shanghai and JB. These activities help support a platform for members to get to know more and new friends.
This year, we had planned to hold our Dinner and Dance with the theme “One night in Batam”. We are able to create this event when Christine Teo, a keen dancer, volunteered to co-EO the dancing night, together with two days of sightseeing, lunches, shopping and a dinner at the M1 Hotel.
We will theme our event with Batam Indonesian culture and tradition. Members are encouraged to attire Indonesian style. Your room is just a lift away.
There are plans for music for dancing from disk/USB. We have a VJ in place, not karaoke or live singing.
A team of members BobbyB, ChristineP, DaisyY, YeoES, StellaS joined a recce event on Sun 10 Jun. We review the 10th floor of M1 hotel, surrounded by glass top to bottom, with a breezy view of the nearby area. This venue is bare, and will be redeveloped into a roof top restaurant in July. Christine has arranged for some seating out the glass walls so that a few of us can enjoy some moments of quiet, during dancing and dinner time.
The rooms are new and well set with clean bright bathrooms. The recce group love the M1 hotel.
Venue: M1 Hotel.
Dinner and dance venue: M1 hotel 10 floor
Period: Sat/Sun 30 Jun – 1 Jul 2018
ETD Singapore Harbourfront ferry: 0920 hr. ETA Sekupang.
ETD Batam Centre: 1710 hr.
Package for twin-share:
SGD 138 per pax (SHC members)
SGD 140 per pax (SHC members family and friends). All participants must be 45 or over). Participants need to find their own room mates.
Seating during the dinner will be done in groups of 6. Members may book and register in groups of 6.
Package include ferry tickets, lunches, transfers, sightseeing, room and dinner and dance. Details will be announced as ongoing comments.
Participation limited to 40 pax.
Registration starts now.
Final payment date: 23 Jun 2018.
Payment to POSB Savings 542-10756-1, Treasurer ChristinA Chan.
Committee: Christine Teo (co_EO), Terence Seah (EO), Christina Pan (Desk registration and showing you to your table), Christina ChanCL (Treasurer), Susan Tan (Registration list), Yoon Chin (Creative support), Mega Abudullah (Master of ceronmony 7pm to 7.30pm).
We are moving with progress planning fast as we have 20 days left to the event. If you like to volunteer to help, talk with Christine Teo. You can also contact me at +65 9489-4360.
Next Thur 14 Jun 2018, we are having a birthday dinner celebration for members borned in the month of June.
This will be a Zhe Zhar evening dinner in Chinatown area. The June babies have already organised themselves for this celebration, and we hope to have the same celebration every year. We had done this occasion once before.
June babies who are interested to meet other June babies can contact Sue Chan directly, so that a seat can be allocated.
Strictly for June babes only.
** Those borned on other months are encouraged to team together to have their birthday celebration. This is a great way to meet fellow members to celebrate our birthdays.
About 80% of Singaporeans live in HDB flats on 99 year lease. Many of us fall within this category, and we can read in the media that many Singaporeans and PRs are concerned about the remaining lease years.
Concerns include passing over to the next generation, ability to buy a used HDB flat when the balance lease is 40 – 60 years. Understanding the HDB flat is an asset and what 99 years lease means to retirees downsizing.
Let’s say our HDB flat has 40 years left, what can we do with these 40 years?
Let’s discuss, so that most of us can have a better understanding of this topic and it’s implication.
The Ministry of Health has announced a new long term care insurance to be launched in 2020.
SilverHairsClub has a discussion group starting 26 Feb 2018 for members on CPF life, Medishield and Eldershield. The group discussion is now closed.
The new Whatsapp Careshield discussion starts 15 June 2018. This topic will end 15 Aug 2018. To participate, please register with whatsapp +65 9489 4360 with the msg “Careshield”. Registration closes 12 June 2018.
1. Strictly for SilverHairsClub members only. Participants are required to introduce your name and interest.
2. No URL, video clips, pictures.
3. No copy and paste.
4. Screenshots allowed.
5. No unrelated topic, except eldershield, medishield. A star * will be given for unrelated topic. A second star * means automatic exit.
12 pax have confirmed flights for this trip. Once 20 pax is reached, we will stop. Hotel and transport will be confirmed for 20 pax only. As this is peak season in view of beautiful weather, please whatsapp +65 9489 4360 to participate in discussion.
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This year, Loi Krothong is celebrated on the 23th Nov 2018 which is the full moon of the 12th Thai month.
The travel period will be 10D9N, with Loi Khrothong included. This date is very romantic, and the plan is to celebrate the occasion in Chiangrai. Participants will get to loi a floating Krothong along the river and watching it float away. There will be fire crackers, fireworks, floating upwards lighted lanterns and a Loi Khrothing dinner. I hope members will be able to dress traditional thai costumes during the evening.
Our trip will start from Chiangmai city 1N, then up to Chiangrai, the Golden Triangle, cross the Laos border and back to Chiangmai city. We are planning to go to Doi Angkhang and Doi Mae Salong. An overnight in a tent is also in plan plus a cross over the border to Laos.
The rainy season is over, and weather is cool. Beautiful sceneries, mists and clear skies. This period is the most romantic time of the year in Thailand. Nov is also the beginning of the peak seasons. No school holidays.
Guys and gals are encouraged to come join this trip which also aims to help you evaluate living in Chiangmai, Chiangrai and Northern Thailand.
All participants will buy their own return airtickets. You may arrive on 20 Nov in Chiangmai. We spend the 1st night in Chiangmai. You will book your 1st night.
From 21 Nov, everything else will be booked as a group. We stay in Chiangmai on the 28 Nov and leave CNX on 29 Nov. Those who wish to stay later, fine.
I hope this trip will bring members closer together and getting to know new and more friends. Strictly for SHC members only.
If you are interested to join this trip, please indicate your interest here. There will be an early bird pricing, which will be announced mid Aug. Good to find your room mate now.
To participate, whatsapp SHC Chiangmai Nov to +65 9489 4360.
We can have the May monthly gathering if a member raises his/her hand to be the EO. I won’t be available in May and June 2018.
If you have not been an Event Organiser for the monthly gathering, plse give it a good, as all members are expected to organise at least one event for the club.
One option is SilverHairsClub invites outside organisers to handle the monthly gathering. I would assume there will be an organising fee, if we are unable to organise the event ourselves. I hope members would make effort to be an EO, as the Club has expenses, and this is one way to keep the club going. We would therefore no need to hire external organisers.
The 3rd evaluation trip will be based in Chiangmai city. This trip will focus on moving around CM city, plus an overnight trip to a town, 1 hr from the city.
This trip caters to city dwellers, as is preferred by Singaporeans. CM city has almost all the facilities and entertainmentof a modern city. Participants get to experience local thai transport. For those adverturous, you can team up in groups of 4 to rent a car to drive around, or a scooter in groups of two to venture into the old city.
For common areas where we go togather, we will use public transport. Basically the Song Thaew which is a pick-up with two rows facing one another. Each ride costing 15-20 baht within the city.
Participants will get to book and stay in a hotel. You can choose your own hotel. Ideally in groups of two or four. Participants will have to book their own airtickets.
The first group to form will get to choose the dates, about 7 nights. Scoot and Silkair flies to CM regularly. Plse check for special promotions.
Those who are interested to join this trip, plse whatsapp +65 9489 4360 to join the group discussion.
SilverHairsClub is planning to have a day trip to Batam, followed by an event D&D at a Batam venue, and returning to Singapore the next day.
The event is likely to be on a Sat/Sun, in June 2018. A few members are assisting with the thinking and planning process. If you like to join the committee, plse whatsapp me +65 9489 4360.
We will leave Sat morning from Harbourfront. Have lunch somewhere, enjoy Batam and returning to the overnight venue. Our D&D starts at 6pm, knocking off to bed late into the night, have our breakfast at the hotel, before catching our ferry back to Singapore.
Options are open for now. We can opt for an organised tour which include the hotel stay or our own free and easy.
If you have a firmed suggestion, do let me know. Preference given to suggestions if you have taken the tour and stayed in the hotel. We shall close suggestions on 9 May 2018. Event will be held in June, and confirmed once we have decided options available. Let’s have a non-tradition idea.
Perth is 5 flying hours from Singapore. Time wise, we are in the same time zone, +8 hrs GMT. And One SGD is about one AUD.
Scoot, SIA, Jetstar and Quantas fly regularly to Perth. Perth city is small in size, compared to Singapore.
Like most tourists, Singaporeans can get a 1 year tourist visa, multiple entry and 3-mths at one stay. I hear that we can even get a 3 or 6 year extended visa. Got to check.
Many Singaporeans settle down in Perth, not necessary in the city but in many suburbs south of Perth. Connected by fast timely trains and highways, one gets to travel into the city within 30 mins. Unlikely muti storey shopping centres, Aussie malls are generally ground or low level. Due to space availability, car parks are huge, and very often, one gets to park for free. How much do we have to pay for a car? SGD 4000 for a 2nd hand car or SGD 99,000 for a new car.
How are living prices in Perth? What’s it like to live in a house? Or should one settle for an apartment instead, just like many of us are used to? How much does it cost to buy a house or an apartment? SGD 450K or SGD 1.5 m for a 1,500 sq m space.
Food. How is eating out, or cooked in? What are prices like? Is it easy to get Asian food? What about service charges? How much does pork or chicken cost? What about vegetables, milk, fish, apples and mangoes? Will I feel at home? Afterall, we have live in Singapore for more than 50 years, with Cold Storage, NTU Fairprice, Seng Siong and our local grocery shop.
Friends. Easy to find friends and make friends? Where are they? One can tell how many Singaporeans live in Perth by chatting with the passengers on Scoot or Singapore airlines. We can also tell when there is a Singapore National Day gathering.
Health and Medical. As a citizen or PR, how are medical facilities and health costs? Oops, we are retiring tourist. How long does one have to wait to see a doctor? What is it like to see a doctor, a dentist or a pharmacist? Where are the hospitals? Private and Govt.
Seasons. How are the summers and the winters? How extreme can the weather get? Can we as retirees take the weather? Oh, my bones ache and my joints may go stiff. Or is it always hot, steamy and rainy? Does it snow?
Life must be more interesting. What about entertainment? What time do shops open and close? Do shops open on Sat and Sun? Heard that fishing, crabbing and picking abalones are fun activities. Are there bars, dancing places and restaurants that close at midnight? Or do they close at 6pm only? Anyway to get a massage for SGD 30 per hour? Cinemas, karaoke rooms and bowling alleys, are they easily available? What about open markets and Sunday Fleamarts? Hmm, got Korean or Taiwanese movies, or Singapore Ch 5, 8 or CNA, or not?
Space and fresh air. Australia is big. Australia is not Perth. There is Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania, Adelaide, and many more cities. What’s there to do? Farm stays, passion fruit picking, grapes and vineyards, kangaroos, whales, dolphins and sharks. Can we truly see a million stars at night or is there haze at times? Can we engaged in sports?
Many Singaporean retirees travel to Perth each year. This include a number of SilverHairsClub members who live in Perth. What is it like to live in Perth? Or in any other city. Share your thoughts and comments.
From feedback over the last 12 years in SHC, I would summarised that more than 99% of retirees finally prefer to settle down in Singapore, instead of going to Malaysia, Thailand, China or Indonesia. For many Singapore is home; Family is here, it is a safe country, and we have excellent medical facilities. Going overseas is more a holiday. And we communicate in English and Chinese.
However, there is a 1% that would still consider living overseas, for various reasons.
We started the topic of short term retirement, and I realise that many felt it is not as low cost as some of us would have thought. So, come the next question. If I plan to spend SGD XXX per mth, where do I get the money from? how do I fund my overseas stay.
Yes, for the 1%, you are welcome to join the SHC WhatsApp discussion on “How to fund our retirement overseas?
Simply, WhatsApp to +65 9489 4360 and msg “How to find our retirement?”. Closing date 15 Apr 2018.
We shall start on 17 Apr 2018.
Strict rules apply. no URL, no video. only screen shots allowed. This is discussion and text communication. And no personal attacks on anyone.
The SHC WhatsApp group on CPF Life, MediXXC and health insurance has 49 participants. The top topics are CPF payouts, MediXXX and Health insurance. Other topics are CPF Life payouts, retirement acct and related retirement costs.
As these are important topics for many of us, and I would like to organise a live session for us to share information, ask Questions and hear what other members have to say about these topics.
Plse note this is a member sharing activity. You are advised to contact CPF directly for the information you require.
The WhatsApp discussion is excellent, as it has allowed members to share with one and all. This will continue and you are invited to join. We shall taken in new participants until closing date 15 Apr 2018.
The live discussion will be 3 hrs. One hour for speakers, one hour for Q&A and one hour for group discussions.
The date and time is now fixed as follows:
Date: Sat 28 Apr 2018.
Time: 2.30 – 5.30pm
Venue: 78 Shenton Way, Spore 079120. Behind M Hotel. Nearest MRT Tanjung Pagar. 31st floor. Use of place, complementary from member Raymond Wong.
A security pass will be required to enter the building.
A projector is provided for speakers and USB presentation
No food is provided. Only drinks.
Cost: SGD 4.50. Payment to POSB Savings 542-10756-1, Treasurer Christina Chan.
If you would like to speak on a topic, you have 15 mins. Please contact Terence Seah with topic briefs at WhatsApp +65 94894360.
For those unable to attend this session, feel free to continue to join the Whatsapp discussion which is ongoing.
This event is strictly for SHC members. Closing date for registration: 17 Apr 2018.