Christmas Walk (18-12-2015, Friday)

This is a re-post. It serves as a reminder for those who signed up and also for those who may have missed this post. I am also looking for a “younger” member to take over this annual event which I feel is very meaningful. All we ask for is just “give something back” once a year after taking so much from activities in the forum site. This will be my last such EC Christmas Walk event in this forum and make a graceful exit.

Date: 18th Dec 2015 (Friday evening)
Time: 6.30PM to 9.30PM
Meeting Place and Start Point: Tanglin Mall Food Court (junction of Orchard Road & Grange Road). End Point will be at Somerset or Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station.

Program:
1) Dinner before chat: 6.30PM to 7.30PM: for those who can come early, we can have a dinner together in the food court and getting to know each other better.
2) Fellowship: 7.30PM to 8.30PM: Chat at Mall (free n easy – form your own small group on per table basis). Share what you have experienced this year, your reflections, what you can do better, etc. [Always remember a quote from the late George Carlin on Ageing. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.]
3) Start walking: 8.30PM to 9.30PM: Start walking and picture taking.

You can use your smartphone or camera to take some pictures.

Size of Gathering: in order not to make ourselves too obvious and attract unwanted attention, registration will close when 20 are reached.
Hewlee (EC)

Those registered coming:
1) Charles Wee
2) Registered
3) Joy Chuang
4) Registered
5) Judy Lim
6) Priscilla Wee
7) Lydia Chin
8) Frisna Tan
9) Shirleen Kao
10) Mary Chan
11) Grace Wong
12) Peter Loo
13)

Christmas Walk (18-12-2015 – Friday)

It is the time of the year again where we will say goodbye to the Year (2015) and welcoming the New Year (2016). Some of you may be in the middle of a tour overseas having quality time with friends or with family members and others may have no plan this year.

At our twilight (or silver hairs) years, we do not know when we will not be able to or not able to do what we can do best. So, it is timely to count our blessing year by year by meeting with like-minded people to cherish our fellowship and having a simple “Christmas” food court dinner together.

As with any other years, this is a good time and opportunity to stroll, after dinner, along Orchard Road and try your night photography skills with your smartphone and/or camera. For those interested, please see details below.

Date: 18th Dec 2015 (Friday evening)
Time: 6.30PM to 9.30PM
Meeting Place and Start Point: Tanglin Mall Food Court (junction of Orchard Road & Grange Road). End Point will be at Somerset or Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station.

Program:
1) Dinner before chat: 6.30PM to 7.30PM: for those who can come early, we can have a dinner together in the food court and getting to know each other better.
2) Fellowship: 7.30PM to 8.30PM: Chat at Mall (free n easy – form your own small group on per table basis). Share what you have experienced this year, your reflections, what you can do better, etc. [Always remember a quote from the late George Carlin on Ageing. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.]
3) Start walking: 8.30PM to 9.30PM: Start walking and picture taking.

You can use your smartphone or camera to take some pictures.

Size of Gathering: in order not to make ourselves too obvious and attract unwanted attention, registration will close when 20 are reached.
Hewlee (EC)

Those registered coming:
1) Charles Wee
2) Registered
3) Joy Chuang
4) Registered
5) Judy Lim
6)

 

Basic Digital Photography with Photo Editing

Course Title: As above.
Course Description: This course will cover some photography basics including the aspects on composition and photo editing.
Date: 21st October 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 2.30PM to 5.30PM
Venue: Woodlands Regional Library
Charge: $2.00 per seat
Maximum number of participants: ten (this is a hands-on course)
Registration is on First-Come-First Served basis. Through any library outlets or online through NLB’s GoLibrary web site.

NB: For the Photo Editing part, the free AutoDesk Pixlr software will be used.

Registration is now opened. 

hewlee (EC)

Photo Walk – Botanic & Orchid Gardens

This photo walk, we will be going to the Botanic Gardens and the National Orchid Garden.

We will meet at the Bus Stop (13019) in front of Gleneagles Hospital along Napier Road/Holland Road on the day and time stated below. We will start walking to the National Orchid Garden at 3.05PM. Entrance fee to the Orchid Garden is $1.00 for seniors (above 60 yrs) and $5.00 for adults.

How to go to the Bus Stop (13019) in front of Gleneagles Hospital along Napier Road/Holland Road?

Take train to Somerset MRT. Exit A (Bus Stop 3), up escalator and make a turn back to Somerset Road Bus Stop Number 08121. Take Bus Number 7, 77, 106, 123 or 174 to Gleneagles Hospital (about 7 bus stops away). Cross overhead pedestrian bridge to Bus Stop in front of the Hospital along Napier Road/Holland Road.

Date: 19th Sept 2015 (Sat)
Time:  3.00PM
Meeting Place: Bus Stop (13019) in front of Gleneagles Hospital along Napier Road/Holland Road.
Time to Commence Walk from meeting place: 3.05PM (Total walking and picture taking time is about 2½ hours).
Hewlee (EC)

Those registered coming:
1) Registered
2) Registered
3) Registered
4) Registered
5) Winnie Tan
6) Joan Ang
7)

 

 

Embracing a Digital Lifestyle

I am starting a WhatsApp chat group to allow those interested to share their IT (computer) discoveries with those in the group.
For those interested, we can arrange meetups in foodcourt, cafe, library or even in a volunteer’s home. You can also provide feedback to me as to what computer topic or smart devices (iPhone, smartphone, iPad, tablet) you would like to learn more or have trouble with. I can then consider to include in my monthly free IT (computer) talks in the library or other venues.Currently I am providing an IT (computer) talks on the second Saturday of the month in Bukit Merah Library. Please visit my blog for details.

I am also, if time permits, considering doing another two hours IT (computer) Talk on a rotational monthly basis in various library branches.To keep up with active ageing, I do also organize high tea, photo walks, sculptures hunting and other anniversary type of events like the once a year Christmas Walk.

For those interested, please provide me with your full name and mobile number through email, hewlee@gmail.com. Please do not provide your telephone number in the comments of this post.

hewlee

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:
1) Registered
2) Registered
3) Registered
4) Registered
5) Doreen Tay
6) Alice Tan
7) Gabriella Chua
8)

Xmas Walk (19-12-2014, Friday – 6.30PM to 9.30PM)

It is the time of the year again where we will say goodbye to the current Year (2014) and welcoming the New Year (2015).

It is also timely to count our blessing year by year by meeting with like-minded people to cherish our fellowship and having a simple Christmas food court dinner together. As with any other years, this is a good time and opportunity to stroll, after dinner, along Orchard Road and try your night photography skills with your smartphone and/or camera. For those interested, please see details below.

Date: 19th Dec 2014 (Friday evening)
Time: 6.30PM to 9.30PM
Meeting Place and Start Point: Tanglin Mall Food Court (junction of Orchard Road & Grange Road). End Point will be at Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station.
Program:
1) Dinner before chat: 6.30PM to 7.30PM: for those who can come early, we can have a dinner together in the food court and getting to know each other better.
2) Fellowship: 7.30PM to 8.30PM: Chat at Mall (free n easy – form your own small group on per table basis). Share what you have experienced this year, your reflections, what you can do better,
3) Start walking: 8.30PM to 9.30PM: Start walking and picture taking.
4) For those who want to know how they can enhance their computer skills, please come a bit earlier, say 6.00PM or stay back in Plaza Singapura Kopitiem till 10.30PM.
Size of Gathering: Registration will close when 20 is reached. This is an EC (Event Coordinator) event.
Hewlee
SIWA (2013)

Those coming:
1) Charles Wee
2) Gabriella Chua
3) Winnie Tan
4) Maureen Lee
5) Grace Kang
6) Joan Ang
7) Leon Lau
8) Peter Loo
9) Laura Wee
10) Dorothy Low
11) Serene Low
12) Noelle Tan
13) Moon Wong
14) Eyvonne Chew
15) Christina Pan
16) Lily Lim
17) Irene Poh
18) Lina Tian
19) Marg Tian
20) Irene Chua
21) Dorine Tan
Registration is now CLOSED.

 

Familymemory.SG

In our twilight years at 65+, we may have put a comma in our life. But hey, it is not a full stop yet, we still have some petrol left in our tank to move on.Some of us not only have done our national service, but also have raised a family. Some who are singles or living alone may have travelled wide and kept a lot of photo records.Whoever we are, there must be times we bring out our photo albums (Vol. 1, Vol. 2 and so on) and recollect the good times we had. The joy, the satisfaction, the achievement we had done to the nation, the family and with friends etc.In the spirit of sharing, do your children know what you have done, how you or your parents look like when young like your children or among friends how you all look like in your youth.In this digital age, there are better ways to share our memories. We can join all our photos with background music and create a slide show, playable with any IT equipment, DVD player or even with your smartphone. You can also burn your records into DVD disks.Let’s be forewarn, this is A PROJECT. It may take months to complete, depending how much photos you have and what story line (or theme) you have decided. A coffee meet is being organised on 27-09-2014, 3PM to 5PM @ City Hall Food Court. Also, a preliminary course of 3-sessions is being considered sometime in Oct-2014. It will be on three Fridays from 2PM to 5PM. For this preliminary course, a maximum of six participants are invited. Registration for this preliminary course is OPEN now. It will closed when six is reached.
hewlee
The following have indicated interests in this Project:
1) Jassmine Teo
2) Freda Lim
3) Karen Thio
4) Angela Straaten
5) Judy Lim
6) Winnie Tan (registered for course – 1)
7) Joan Wong (withdrawn)
8) Bobby Bok
9) Roland Leow (withdrawn)
10) Caroline Sit (withdrawn)
11) Oi Cheng
12) Cindy Wee
13) Dolly Lim
14) Lilian Teo
15) Pearl Kwan & Simon
16) ChristinaCL Chan
17)

Photo Walk on 28-01-2014 (Tuesday) 7.30pm. Welcoming the Year of the Horse in Chinatown

Chinatown all over the world is normally full of activities for last minute shoppers
welcoming the CNY. This coming CNY is the Year of the Horse. There are 100 horses for Year of the Horse and this coming Year 2014 is the Green Wood Horse.

This kind of atmosphere only happens once a year in Chinatown all over the world. In order to capture our, Singapore, kind of mood, atmosphere and colour, I am going down to Chinatown to see what I can capture with my camera this year.

Fellow SHCians and shutterbugs are welcome to join me. After that, if you are still “ON”, you can made a movie and post it in Youtube to share. This is a good challenging project for IT Interest Group (ITIG) members. The first 20 attending this photo walk will be the FIRST 20 to be invited to the coming Windows Movie Making (WMM) 2-sessions Course, in Leng Kee Community Centre. Date, time and venue to be confirmed at a later date (but not earlier than March 2014). For those who cannot attend the WMM lessons, the places will be given to the next on the waiting list.

After the walk, we can adjourn for supper or just a cup of coffee or tea to discuss about the coming WMM lessons.

A word of caution when walking in crowded areas. Beware of pickpockets. Never give them an opportunity to share some of your belongings or cash.  When taking pictures at night, never use “Flash” if there is other people close by you. It is impolite and may start a quarrel or a fight.

Details of the photo walk is as follows:

Date: 28-01-2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 7.30PM
Meeting Place: Chinese Temple entrance, opposite Maxwell Food Centre.
Time to Commence Walk: 7.35PM
End Point: Chinatown Point Shopping Complex (about 9.00PM)
Fee: Free (no charge)
To bring: Camera, umbrella and bottled water.

Hewlee (EC)
Those registered coming:
1) Gingko Tay
2) Lilian Teo (with friend)
3) Judy Lim
4) Bobby Bok
5) Lin Chuah
6) Edwin Ong
7) Andrew Koh
8) Winnie Tan
9) Ronald Lam
10) OliviaRos
11) Charles Wee
12) Lydia Soh
13) Serene Low
00) Irene Poh (not coming)
14) Kristy Quek
00) Yew Tiong (not coming)
15) Lydia Chin
16) Lee Ah Nee
17) Paul Kong (not taking WMM – helping out)
18) Peggy Kong (not taking WMM)
Note: First 20 eligible* for (Free) WMM lessons in March 2014.
19) Thomas Loh (The following on waiting list for WMM lessons)
00) Barbara Lim (not coming)
21) Aaron How
22) Juliet Ong
00) Ronald Lim HK (not coming)
00) Ronaldlimhk’s friend (not coming)
23) Noelle Tan
00) Peggy Yap (not coming)
00) Arthur Yap (not coming)
24) ChristinA Chan
25) Barbara Ong
26) Kent Chan

The following are not coming for the photo walk but interested in WMM lessons (on waiting list):
32) Jacqueline Wong
33) Fredalim

Note (*): Those attended the photo walk are eligible for the WMM lessons.

Christmas Walk along Orchard Road – 20-12-2013 (Friday) 6.30 – 9.30 pm

It is the time of the year again where we will say goodbye to the current Year (2013) and welcoming the New Year (2014). Some of you may be in the middle of a tour overseas having quality time with friends or with family members and others may have no plan this year.

Similarly it is also time of the year for advertisers, the shop owners and the Singapore Tourism Board to light up Orchard Road with Christmas themes and motifs. As reported, this year will have seven pieces of photographic backdrops, intended as part of this year’s transformation of the shopping belt into a winter wonderland. This year’s light up, back for its 30th year, is called Christmas on A Great Street.

At our twilight (or silver hairs) years, we do not know when we will not be able to or not able to do what we can do best. (For me at 71+, I do not know when will be my last). So, it is timely to count our blessing year by year by meeting with like-minded people to cherish our fellowship and having a simple “Christmas” food court dinner together.

As with any other years, this is a good time and opportunity to stroll, after dinner, along Orchard Road and try your night photography skills with your smartphone and/or camera. For those interested, please see details below.

Date: 20th Dec 2013 (Friday evening)
Time: 6.30PM to 9.30PM
Meeting Place and Start Point: Tanglin Mall Food Court (junction of Orchard Road & Grange Road). End Point will be at Somerset or Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station.

Program:
1) Dinner before chat: 6.30PM to 7.30PM: for those who can come early, we can have a dinner together in the food court and getting to know each other better.
2) Fellowship: 7.30PM to 8.30PM: Chat at Mall (free n easy – form your own small group on per table basis). Share what you have experienced this year, your reflections, what you can do better, etc. [A quote from the late George Carlin on The Paradox of our Time -“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.”].
3) Start walking: 8.30PM to 9.30PM: Start walking and picture taking.

You can use your smartphone or camera to take some pictures.

Size of Gathering: in order not to make ourselves too obvious and attract unwanted attention, registration will close when 20 are reached.

Hewlee (EC)
Those registered coming:
1) Thomas Goh
2) Gabriella Chua
3) Joy Chuang
4) Charles Wee
5) Tan Li Li and friend
6) Yatsing
7) Ann Lim
8) Lee Ah Nee
9) Christina Chan
10) Annie Loh
11) Lydia Chin
12) Zara Lim (Stella)
13) Judy Lim
14) Julian Mok
15) Myra Chia
16) Irene Chua
17) Dorine Tan
18) Yew Tiong
19) Jane Yoh
20) Steven Chan
21) We have reached the Group size of 20. Registration is now CLOSED.

Talk on Photography for the Novice (28-12-2013, Saturday 3 to 5 pm) by Paul Kong

Chinese New Year is just round the corner (after 28th Dec). Are you one of those who are not happy with your present skill of taking good pictures or are desperate to upgrade your current skills and don’t know who to ask? Now you can, ask Paul Kong!

Paul Kong has kindly accepted to conduct a workshop/talk on taking good pictures. He will enlighten most of you on your questions and demonstrate the right and wrong way in going about taking pictures.

Topics of discussion will include the following:

1) Understanding your digital camera, its functions and limitation.
2) How to capture good indoors pictures for family events. How to capture good outdoors pictures while on a tour.
3) Repair jobs i.e. photo editing (basic) for that perfect shot.
4) Storage of your memories. Tips available for novices.

All participants are encouraged to bring your cameras. There will be hands on session (time permitting) for indoor shoot on perspective photography.

Topic: Photography for the Novice
Date: 28-12-2013 (Saturday)
Time: 3PM to 5PM
Venue: Leng Kee Community Club (5-minutes walk from Redhill MRT)
Course fee: Free (no charge)

The classroom can only accommodate 20 persons and registration will close at 20.

Those registered coming:
1) Judy Lim
2) Jassmine Teo
3) Jacqueline Wong
4) Constance Wong (not coming)
5) Pauline Chew
6) Lin Chuah
7) Peggy Yap
8) Arthur Yap
9) Annie Loh
10) Gingko Tay
11) Peh Bee Huah
12) Audrey Wong
13) Maria Tan
14) Nina Choo
15) Peggy Kong
16) Peri Liew (not coming)
17) Ann Lim
18) Jimmy Tsin
19) Eyvonne Chew
20) Cindy Wee
21) We have reached the class size of 20, Registration is now CLOSED.

Picture Manager Urgently Wanted…….

Dear Members,
For couple of months, we are and still hoping that there will be volunteer to come forward to be the Picture Manager.  But till today, we are still hunting up and down for one.

As of now, many beautiful and colourful photos are still waiting for someone to help them to put into the SHC website so that we still can have wonderful memories when we are looking at these photos later on.

For a Picture Manager, is someone has knowledge of uploading photos onto the website. The role would require the Pictures Manager to receive digital photographs from approved Event Organisers, layout the pictures as per current format, auto correct for brightness and finally uploading the photographs to the SHC website. The Pictures Manager has the right to delete and decide if the photographs are suitable material. No editing task will be required in this role. To enable photographs to be published, the rules of SHC will apply. For continuity, and if you feel you have what it takes to be a Picture Manager, do come forward to volunteer your services.

Not sure that if we are able to provide any training for this role as King Seng (our current Picture Manager) had stepped down as he was not feeling too well lately and had requested that he relinquished this duties.

So any interested members and keen to take up this role, we need you…..

Looking forward to hear from you.

Dolly Lim – SHC Committee Member

Photo Walk on 26-10-2013 (Saturday)

This Photo Walk was cancelled owing to the haze in June. Now it should be better to revive this photo field trip. We will start from Raffles Place MRT and walk along Marina Bay to the Merlion Park. Then we cross over to Queen Elizabeth Walk and walk along the Esplanade Park. The walk will end at Marina Center Food Court (The Gallerie). 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 (WMM). Click example to view.

Date:                                    26-10-2013 (Saturday)
Time:                                    3.30PM
Time to Commence Walk:   3.35PM
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:
1) Julian Mok
2) Lee Ah Nee
3) Andrew Koh
4) Abel Tan (pending)
5) Noelle Tan
6) Cindy Wee
7) Tan Li Li
8) Yew Tiong
9)

14 – 17 Nov 2013 – UPDATE from previous post – ECO CYCLING ADVENTURE – Kuching

Date: 14th to 17th November 2013

Are you looking for a cycling adventure with a distinct difference?

Green on Bikes!!! Nothing is quite like touring on bike for an ecological, cultural, culinary and experiential experience!!!!

We synergize with the hotel and a team with the best of local knowledge and an insatiable passion for cycling to envision and provide adventurous experience in SARAWAK.  With moderate, achievable riding on charming small roads through village communities and lots of local interaction, you will have a chance to learn about the country and the people who live here. Food is a highlight.

Fortunately, cycling offers a low-impact form of physical activity that appeal to a wide range of the population. As long as you’re reasonably fit and familiar with your own limits, you’re a good candidate for a cycling adventure.

TENTATIVE PROGRAM*Program subject to change

November 14 2013 [Thursday] DAY 1 Upon immigration and custom clearance will transfer to check-in at Riverside Majestic hotel and prepare bicycle. Freshen up. Subjected to time and circumstances will then experience an evening ride (20km+-) and have dinner (own account).

November 15 2013 [Friday] DAY 2 – B/L/Commence cycling journey firstly to local kopitiam for breakfast. Continue to Fairy Cave (55km +-) Explore the cave and then have ethnic lunch. Rest and relax and continue to Lan-E-Tuyang home stay. (25km +-). Check in, explore the garden for durians. Wash up and then have dinner. Relax and enjoy the environment, culture and ethnic music. Overnight is at home stay.

November 16 2013 [Saturday] DAY 3 – B/D After breakfast at home stay, commence cycling through the village roads to Mt Singai – CMPC is a historical site. Although one needs to walk up the steps for more than 30 minutes, but upon getting to the centre with a chapel, longhouse, and amphitheatre et cetera, the feeling of fresh air and lush, green scenery that surrounds the place greets you with a calm and peaceful feeling. All you hear is the sound of the small jungle creatures that was left to live undisturbed. Perhaps may find durians too. Then continue cycling journey through scenic roads and stop for lunch (own account). After lunch continue cycling to Riverside Majestic hotel (30km +-) check in relax and freshen up and adjourn for seafood dinner.

November 17 2013 [Sunday] DAY – B After breakfast at the hotel, free and easy Check out of hotel and transfer to airport for flight back to Singapore

 Suggested Flight Malaysian Airline

SIN / KCH                 MH0642                    1250 / 1415
KCH/SIN                   MH0643                    1040 / 1205

Please note the luggage allowance is 30 Kgs The air ticket base on group is SGD250.00 and you can purchase through the travel agent Muhibbah Travel –Tel: 62942011, however, you may also check with other travel agents. But most important is to purchase the air ticket immediately if you have decided on participation. Please advice upon booking your flight

Anyway, I have already booked my air ticket online which was relatively cheaper.

 Bike Rental

You may rent bicycles in Kuching at RM70.00 per day. Through our experience we encourage participants to bring their own bike as one will enjoy much better knowing your own bike.

Cost is SGD 295.00 (10 participants & above) SGD 345.00 (6-9 participants) – EXCLUDES AIR TICKET, INSURANCE & personal expenses. Inclusive of 2 nights @ hotel and 1 night home stay; return airport/hotel transfer; marshals; support vehicle; meals as indicated; entrance fees; and activities.

Confirmation is upon payment of SGD295.00 and balance (if any) to be paid on day of departure. Group will be a minimum of six (6) and maximum twenty (20) participants only.The closing date is October 18 2013

Please indicate your interest in this post or email malchen@singnet.com.sg if you require further details.

Are You a Victim of the Digital Divide?

I am one of the recipients of Silver Infocomm Wellness Ambassador (Ref: C3A –Ageing Well) award 2013. Not quite sure what I am supposed to do.

Anyway, for those who have a passion on smart devices, Information Technology (IT) and the like but do not know how to get started or get involved and challenge yourself, you now has a friend (or ambassador) to come to.

Do you know any senior (or PR) over 50 years of age can now go to any public library and make use of the computers there free of charge (I think for the first hour per day. For longer time, there is a nominal charge).

There are three kinds of seniors … those who know IT and enjoy every minute of it. Those who understand what IT are about but do not know the good and bad about IT and the Internet. I call this group as “driving blindly through the Internet” and many have got their fingers burnt. This is the second kind. The third kind of seniors is those who heard about the usefulness of IT and the smart devices (smartphones, tablets), never use the Internet and do not know how or where to start.

Cha bau wo eng (after eating, still have time) – Do you know, on a monthly basis, I do organise an EC event or IT Interest Group (ITIG) gathering where the above-mentioned three groups have a chance to meet, make friends, get involved and challenge yourselves more. As photography is now also IT related, I do also conduct Photo Walks like yearly Christmas Walk along Orchard Road, Sculpture Hunting in Singapore and places of interests. So far, I have captured about 80 odd. View link to see my on-going project. http://ho-emily.com/pages/index-sculpture.html

For those in the first and second groups and would like to learn more about your iPhones, smartphones or IT related topics, you can contact me through my email address hewlee@gmail.com

For those in the third group who don’t even have an email address of your own, you can come to our monthly ITIG gathering and make yourself known. See what we can do for you. As the saying goes …

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. (“?????????”).

Most of us still do not know the usefulness of being connected to the Internet. I only have one comment to these people … As we enter the group we call ourselves silver hairs or white, brown or no hair, we are becoming less mobile, we tend to stay at home more often. Knowing how to surf the Internet, we can still keep ourselves updated, be in touch with our friends and love ones through emails and video conferencing (Skype, Facetime, etc.), see movies, view videos on things some crazy people do, see magic shows; things we think are impossible but proved us wrong right in front of our eyes, etc. Most of these things are FREE.

hewlee

Karaoke Song Creation on 24-08-2013 (Saturday)

Time is from 3PM to 5PM. For those interested, please go to link itforseniors.wordpress.com for more details. The classroom can only accommodate 20 persons and registration will close at 20.

A karaoke song mainly consists of three parts. First are the background images. The second is the song itself. The third is the way the lyrics (English or Chinese) appear on the screen in-sync with the singer. This is the second of a 3-sesions course on Karaoke Song Creation.

If your have Learn iT, you can Apply iT and enjoy Living with iT!

In this 2nd session, we will focus only on Songs and Song Files (English & Chinese).

Those registered coming:
1) Noelle Tan (#)
2) Karen Thio (confirmed)
3) Sally Kang (confirmed)
4) Gingko Tay (confirmed)
5) Andrew Yeung (confirmed)
6) Bobby Bok (confirmed)
7) Annie Loh (#)
8) Christina Chan (confirmed)
9) Judy Lim (confirmed)
10) Agnes Seow (not coming)
11) Richard Wong (confirmed)
12) Daisy Yeo (#)
13) Shirleen Kao (confirmed)
14) Vivian Lai
15) Caroline Gee
16) Helen T Wong
17) John Howe
18) Jazz Soh
19) Myra Chia (not coming)
20) Dan Huang
21) Sally Tan
Registration is now closed.

Note: (#) Based on the fact that some of you have attended the 1st session and/or those informed me through email that you will come for the 2nd onwards sessions – I have put your names as coming. If you are not coming for the 2nd session, please let me know and free the space for others.

Hewlee (EC)

Briefing Session on How to Create a Karaoke Song on 22-06-2013 (Sat)

EVENT CANCELLED – haze problem showing no sign of improvement.

For the next three monthly (2-hourly sessions) ITIG meetings @ Leng Kee Community Club (July/Aug/Sept), we will show you how to create a Karaoke Song of your choice. You need to have the following:

1) A laptop with Microsoft Office installed.
2) About 30-35 images/pictures. It can be your tour/family photos, etc.
3) A song file (English/Chinese) of your choice in wav format (around 3 minutes).
4) Song lyrics.
5) A thumb drive (> 2 GB)
6) For those who do not have a laptop, you can group together to share. You find your own partners

For those who are interested, but do not have or do not know how to meet the above (1 to 4) requirements, you can come to Marina Centre (after our photo walk) to a briefing discussion. For Requirement 2, you can meet it if you join us for the photo walk starting at 3.30PM from Raffles Place MRT.

In order not to create a nuisance in the food court, we have to limit the number of people coming to around 15.  Instead of coming to the briefing, you can also email me.

Details of the briefing session are as follows:
Date: 22-06-2013 (Saturday) (EVENT CANCELLED)
Time: 7.00PM – 8.00PM
Place: Marina Center Food Court (The Gallerie)
Fee for Karaoke Song Creation Course: Free (no charge)

Registration for those coming for the Briefing Session:
1) Gingko Tay
2) Boon Liang
3) Janet Chan
4) Andrew Yeung
5) Karen Thio
6) Annie Loh
7) Richard Wong
8) ChristinaCL (tentative)
9) Bobby Bok
10) Sally Kang
11) Lam Hoy Tzee (not coming)
12) Bee Gek (not coming)
13) Shirleen Kao
14) Audrey Wong (not coming)
15) Helen T Wong
16) Helen Kuek
17) Lily Ho Willocq
18) Registration closed. [I seek your understanding that at Marina SQ food court, we have the photo walking group meeting the briefing group with a total of 28 persons. It is in a public area, I hope we don’t get chase out by the noise we make].
If you are still interested, you can email me or I can email you if you put a comment in this post. I will let you know (through email) what the briefing is all about.

Photo Walk on 22-06-2013 (Saturday)

EVENT CANCELLED – haze problem showing no sign of improvement

For the month of June, we will have a photo field trip; we will start from Raffles Place MRT and walk along Marina Bay to the Merlion Park. Then we cross over to Queen Elizabeth Walk and walk along the Esplanade Park. The walk will end at Marina Center Food Court (The Gallerie). 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 karaoke song from the pictures taken together with a song file. Guidance will be provided in subsequent ITIG gathering.

Date:                                     22-06-2013 (Saturday) (EVENT CANCELLED)
Time:                                     3.30PM
Time to Commence Walk:    3.35PM
Fee: Free (no charge)
(Total walking and picture taking time is about 2 hours).

Meeting Place:  After coming out of Raffles Place MRT, turn left, up escalator and wait nearby Jollibean Stall.

To bring: Camera, umbrella, sunglass/sun shade, bottled water.

NB: This can also be doubled up as Sculpture Hunting, as there are a few new ones along the Esplanade Park.

Also, if you are attending the next three lessons on “How to Create a Karaoke Song” and do not have 30 or so pictures, this is the best opportunity for you to collect the pictures and use them in your karaoke song creation.

Hewlee

Those registered coming:

1) Serene Ho
2) Karen Thio
3) Sally Kang
4) Judy Lim
5) Melissa Khng
6) Noelle Tan
7) Annie Loh
8) Julian Mok
9) Lily Ho
10) Angie Ng
11) Andrew Koh
12) LiLi Tan
13) Registration closed. [I seek your understanding that at Marina SQ food court, we have the photo walking group meeting the briefing group with a total of 28 persons. It is in a public area, I hope we don’t get chase out by the noise we make].

 

Photography Talk – Composition on 18-05-2013 (Saturday)

Photography

The time is from 3PM to 5PM. For those interested, please go to link itforseniors.wordpress.com or meetup.com/itforseniors for more details. The classroom can only accommodate 20 persons and registration will close at 20.

Preamble: Whether you own a point-and-shoot or fully automatic SLR camera, you need to know “Composition” in photography. Yes, you can improve the composition by limited editing. But a lot of time on editing will be saved if you remember a few golden rules on Composition. Be creative, there is no one size fits all in photography. Come and share with us what you have experienced … another  activity for Active Ageing through Lifelong Learning.

hewlee (EC)

About Hewlee …

Those registered coming:
1) LiLi Tan
2) Irene Poh
3) Paul Kong
4) Serene Ho
5) From itforseniors blog.
6) Chuah Lin
7) Peri Liew
8) Thomas Loh
9) Kristin Leong
10) Barbara Lim (not coming)
11) Bobby Bok
12) Tan Boon Liang
13) Myra Chia
14) From meetup.com/itforseniors
15) Richard Wong
16) Sally Kang
17) Dorine Tan
18) Wee Chin
19) Helen T Wong
20) Daisy Yeo
21) Gingko Tay
22) Registration now closed

SUNSET MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013 Tip of Borneo – Kudat, Sabah 28th June to 1st July 2013 (extension stay – optional) Closing Date is April 28 2013 – *Limited Places

CYCLISTS will ride while MUSIC LOVER (Non-Cyclists) will take the coach

DAY 1        Arrive in Kota Kinabalu, relax and cycle around Kota Kinabalu city

DAY 2        Commerce the journey to Kudat stopping along the way. Check in hotel or guesthouse. Freshen up and attend the sunset music festival. Be serenaded with classical favorites and contemporary tunes by the renowned Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra and other artistes as the sun sets in the horizon.

DAY 3        Ride and/or visit Rungus Longhouse and vicinity. Take a coach to Kota Kinabalu, check in hotel, free and easy.

DAY 4        Free & Easy then transfer to airport for return flight to Singapore

Programs offered by license travel agent EXCLUDES AIRFARE

Raise your hands and/or email: malchen@singnet.com.sg

Christmas Walk on Orchard Road (21-12-2012)

So this is Christmas and what have you done?  – (Click link to hear song) It is the time of the year again where we will say goodbye to the current Year (2012) and welcoming the New Year (2013). Some of you may be in the middle of a tour overseas having quality time with friends or with the family and others may have no plan this year.

Similarly it is also time of the year for advertisers, the shop owners and the Singapore Tourism Board to light up Orchard Road with a Christmas theme and motifs. As reported, this year will have three motifs; Tree for Joy at the Tanglin zone, Heart for Love at the Orchard zone and Dove for Peace at the Somerset zone.

As with any other years, this is a good time and opportunity to stroll, after dinner, along Orchard Road and try your night photography skill with your smartphone and/or camera. For those interested, please see details below.

Date: 21st Dec 2012 (Friday evening)

Time: 8.00PM to 10.00PM

Meeting Place and Start Point: Tanglin Mall Food Court (junction of Orchard Road & Grange Road)

End Point: Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station

Program: 8.00PM to 9.00PM: Chat at Mall (free n easy – form your own small group on per table basis). One topic of discussion can be – How different countries celebrate Christmas? How they spend the holidays?

9.00PM to 10.00PM: start walking and picture taking.

Photo taking: You can use your smartphone or camera to take some pictures.

Dinner before chat: for those who can come early, we can have a dinner together in the food court and getting to know each other better. Dinner will start at 6.30 PM sharp.

Size of Gathering: in order not to make ourselves too obvious and attract unwanted attention, registration will close when 20 are reached.

Hewlee
(EC)

Those registered coming:

  1. Linda Chan
  2. Barbara Lim (not coming)
  3. Annie
  4. Johnny Pow
  5. Annie Loh
  6. Frisna Tan
  7. Gabriella Chua
  8. Sock Cheng
  9. Thomas Goh
  10. Alice Seah
  11. Gingko Tay
  12. Daisy Yeo
  13. Linda Chong
  14. Myra Chia
  15. Olivia Ros (not coming)
  16. Aaron How
  17. Juliet
  18. Daisy Phua
  19. Maureen Lee (not coming)
  20. Rosalind Soh

 

Yunnan trip, 18 to 27 Sept 2012

emoticon This is the time of the year for Yunnan trip. The date is from 18 to 27 Sept 2012. I can only take a few this year. Please read the previous years’ trip for details and basic understanding. Those interested please email me or write here immediately. Very limited space. Must confirm as soon as possible. Good for those who has never been to Yunnan, loves nature and culture, has limited Mandarin ability, free and easy and not comfortable with package tours. My email again is ethniceast@gmail.com  

Photography Interest Group – Sculpture Hunting (29-08-2012)

In the first photo walk on Sculpture Hunting, we went to the National Museum,
the Fort Canning Park, the Singapore River Walk and the Civic District. In
total, we captured 42 sculptures. See web link http://acs6163.com/pages/01-sculpture.html for
details.

This month’s photo walk, we will side track a bit to the old business
district (OCBC) and others (if any) before we take MRT to Dhoby Ghaut (the
North/South line). From Dhoby Ghaut, we will walk the whole length of Orchard
Road to Tanglin Mall (Food Court and Shopping Mall).

Date: 17.08.2012 (Friday)   Date changed to 29.08.2012
(Wednesday)

Meeting Place: Hans Cafe (Upper Pickering Street by South Bridge Road)
Area to cover: Old business district & Orchard Road
Time: 3.00 PM to 5.00
PM

Hewlee

Those registered coming:

  1. Hewlee (EC)
  2. Tan Li Li 
  3. Gabriella Chua
  4.   

Photography Interest Group – Sculptures Hunting (20th July 2012)

Fellow SHCians,

If you Google and find the ten most famous sculptures in the world, you may
agree they are. Click link below to view:
A well designed sculpture is one that is professionally designed,
constructed, face the elements and can withstand the passage of time. Put a
comment in this Post if you find any interesting sculpture in Singapore. Give
us the location and/or the Building name.
The Project I am planning to do is to go "Sculptures Hunting" in Singapore.
This project only requires a small group, with like-minded people having the
same interests, with a camera and time to pursue the project and at the same
time, acquire some IT skills. This project is most suited to those who have
semi- or fully retired, having a camera collecting dust somewhere in the house
and may not have hold the camera for quite some time. You must like walking and
a passion to take the challenge.  This project will not earn us any money
or fame but just another retiree (or senior) going around spending quality time
with friends having the same interests. For this project, we have all the time
we wanted; so I am thinking of setting the time frame to one year and the
number of sculptures to capture will be around 100 or more. We can document our
findings and, if possible, give a brief description of the sculptures and the
famous artist that was commissioned to do it. We can also do an Internet Search
to find out more about any famous sculpture documented by others. I have in
mind to put our findings in the Internet, so that everyone can have access to
view. Click link below for an example,
The meeting will be once a month and the starting point (or meeting point)
will, most likely, be a a convenient food court. The date/time to meet and the
area to cover will also be stated in the monthly post.
If you are interested, you will be able to learn the following:
  1. How to take reasonably good pictures.
  2. How to transfer your pictures from the camera (or smartphone) to your
    computer.
  3. How to do simple editing to the digital pictures taken.
  4. How to start a Blog or FaceBook account and have your photos
    published.
First Meeting:
Date: 20th July 2012 (Friday)
Meeting Place: Kopitiam Food Court @ Junction of Bras Basah Road by
Bencoolen Street. Nearest MRT –
Bras Basah (Circle Line).
Time: 3.00PM to 5.00PM
Area to cover: Civic Districts, Singapore River Walk and (it time permits)
along the Marina Bay.
Hewlee

Those registered coming:

  1. Hew Lee (EC)
  2. Tan Li Li
  3. ChristinaCL Chan (tentative)
  4. Alicia Tang
  5. Toon Foong Zhern
  6. Wendy Koh

CLICK here for selected photos

 

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Photography Interest Group – Singapore River Walk (17.03.2012)

For the next photo field trip, we will start from Raffles Place MRT, detour a bit and walk along the underground Marina Bay Link Mall in the vicinity of the "2nd" Financial Centre and coming up The Promontory. Here we have a good view of Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort. 

From here we walk along Marina Bay to the Merlion Park. We pass the historic Fullerton Building (now a high-end Hotel), Cavenagh Bridge, the Fullerton Heritage, Empress Place, Sir Stamford Raffles statue, Victoria Theatre (now under re-construction), Asian Civilization Museum, Parliament House, Elgin & Coleman Bridges, colorful MICA building, Boat and Clark Quay, Read Bridge, before ending the walk in Liang Court shopping mall. 

We will meet at Raffles Place MRT on the date and time stated below.

For those interested in IT, you can continue to make a movie from the pictures taken and publish it in YouTube. Guidance will be provided.

  • Date :  17th March 2012 (Sat)
  • Time :  3.30PM.  Time to commence walk: 3.35PM (Total walking & picture taking time is about 2 hrs).
  • Meeting Place: Come out of Raffles Place MRT, turn left, up escalator & wait nearby Jolibean Stall.
  • To bring :  Camera, umbrella, sunglasses/sun shades, bottled water.

Hewlee

Those registered coming:

  1. Hew Lee
  2. Gabriella Chua
  3. Jane Chua
  4. Judy Lim
  5. Lily Ho
  6. Ann Lim
  7. Oi Cheng
  8. Sockie
  9. Kum Hong
  10. Andrew Koh
  11. Agnes Seow
  12. CJ Ang
  13. Terry Tang
  • Hi All
  • The photos for the above event had been uploaded and a link created.
  • CLICK here to view photos
  • Hew Lee had also created a movie
  • CLICK here to enjoy

New Picture Manager Role wef 01 Jan 2012

We have Sock Cheng (Sockie) as our Picture manager for some time already.  She has done a good job during this time, and has ensured that all EO events pictures are properly uploaded and documented.

She has also been active taken pictures at most events, and a sure prominent person to either be in front of or away from. 

Well time for a change.  Wef 1 Jan 2012, we will have a new Picture Manager to take over this role. This person is none other than Lee King Seng, whom many of you would have known during bowling activities and group events.  King Seng has taken some time to consider, and I am glad he has finally accepted this role.

Thank you King Seng.  And thank you to Sock Cheng, whom I will likely ask to take another role.

Terence Seah

Photography Interest Group – Botanic Gardens (19th Nov 2011)

Photography Interest Group – Botanic Gardens (19th Nov 2011)

 By Hew Lee in Outdoors Activities, Photography

 On 23-7-2011, our first photo field outing to Chinatown, we have received two movie submissions. They are from Danny, via link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLFpMDPugo4&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

and from Jamahameed via link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KTDxkJixHM

 For the next photo field trip, we will be going to the Botanic Gardens and the National Orchid Garden.

 We will meet at the Bus Stop in front of Gleneagles Hospital along Napier Road/Holland Road on the day and time stated below. We will start walking to the National Orchid Garden at 3.05PM. Entrance fee to the Orchid Garden is $1.00 for seniors (above 60 yrs) and $5.00 for adults.

 For those interested in IT, you can continue to make a movie from the pictures taken and publish it in the Youtube. Guidance will be provided.

 How to go to the Bus Stop in front of Gleneagles Hospital along Napier Road/Holland Road?:

 Take train to Somerset MRT. Exit A (Bus Stop 3), up escalator and make a turn back to Somerset Road Bus Stop Number 08121. Take Bus Number 7, 77, 106, 123 or 174 to Gleneagles Hospital (about 7 bus stops away). Cross overhead pedestrian bridge to Bus Stop in front of the Hospital along Napier Road/Holland Road.

Date:                         19th Nov 2011 (Sat)

Time:                        3.00PM
Time to Commence Walk: 3.05PM (Total walking and picture taking time is about 2½ hours).

Meeting Place:      Bus Stop in front of Gleneagles Hospital along Napier Road/Holland Road.

 Hewlee

 Those registered coming:

 1) Hew Lee

 2) Danny Lye

 

Photos by Hew Lee, Danny Lye and Leong Kum Hong

Photography Interest Group, 23 Jul 2011

Calling all SHC members interested in Photography.

I am trying to start a like-minded group of SHC members to visit places of interests in Singapore. What we can do is first to capture as many pictures as possible and later, select about 20 or so, edit them and make a movie out of it. (We can use the Windows Movie Maker available free from your computer operating systems).

For those more adventurous, you can even publish your movie in Youtube. There are lots of examples in Youtube you can view and see how it is done.

I suggest our first place of interest is our Singapore Chinatown. Those who know this place well can suggest the routing. There are some suggestions in the Internet via: http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/singapore/chinatown/401/chinatown_walking_tour_route_1.php

  • First Photography Outing: Date: 23-07-2011
  • Meeting Place: Chinatown Stn – NE Line, Exit E (Chinatown Point – in front of The Coffee Bean)
  • Time to commence walk: 3.00PM (Total walking and picture taking time is about 2-hours)
  • NB: If group is too big (>15), may have to split into 2 groups (assistant tour leader required)
  • Anyone interested to be tour leader/assistant?

Your comments and feedback are welcome. Who is coming?

hewlee      emoticon

Those registered coming :

  1. Hewlee
  2. Jassmine Teo
  3. Mike Tay
  4. Annie Loh
  5. Ng Lai Hock
  6. Lee King Seng
  7. Clara Ho
  8. Jam
  9. Audrey Wong
  10. Fong Cheong Kong
  11. Danny Lye
  12. Judy Lim
  13. Christina CL Chan
  14. Aaron How
  15. Angie Ng

Photos by Danny Lye & Jama

Videos by Danny & Jama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLFpMDPugo4&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KTDxkJixHM