Cooking demo – easy to cook chicken nasi bryani, Wed 13 Dec 2017

hi , i m karen – a old member but suffer a stroke n not active the past 3 years – seeing shc gathering yesterday make me want to go back n meet up with the old members n like b4 chit chat session.

date – 15 dec/2017/(friday)

add – blk 3a geylang serai #17-55 ( 1 bus stop from eunos mrt station


cos – ingredient about $50 n share by all , i will provide coffee n tea with the bryani we prepared for lunch

time – 1pm ( it will take only an hour for the demo – my maid will do the demo on behalf of me for this round

i m never a chef n cooking is never my passion too but i would like to share my ” nasi bryani i learned from a malay lady -i have invited many shc member to my place for this dish n now is my signature dish for all my friend gathering

you dont need to be a chef or able to cook to prepare this ” simple to cook nasi bryani

i have eo an event many year ago tote bag n i assure all that u don need to be able to sew to come t0 my class – trust me – i will lead u

as i m unable to do the demo myself , i will have my maid to demo to all members who r interested

we can have our lunch at the rooftop garden at level 7 in my block too – i will be shifrting out  of this rental flat in january n i want to eo a even n make use of the garden for the get together too

if u r interested , do registered early so i can prepared the ingredient enough for all

these r member in mt class who don even know how to sew n they bring back a very personal bag sewed by themselve

esp the guy – i have forgotten his name

i love to prepared food n share with other n i got very good feedback on this recipe too

i want to get back to my old self n recover soon to get back to join all shc event asap.

Karen Thio








Buffet lunch on Friday, 5.5.17 (EC event)

Hi friends

I am trying to get a few friends together for a buffet lunch this Friday, 5.5.17. A wide array of food and dessert at this restaurant.   Details as follows:

Date:                  Friday, 5.5.17

Time:                 12 noon – 2.30 pm

Venue:               Buffet Town, Raffles City B1

Cost:                  $25 nett for senior citizens above 60 only (to show the Passion card for snr citizens to enjoy the special discounted rate)

The lunch is  confirmed.  My friend and I will be going, but  I am extending this get-together to a small group .. limited vacancies .. first come first serve .. Any takers?

Please register here if you’re coming.  Registration closes on 3.5.17.

Thank you.

Gabriella Chua

Those coming:

  1. Gabriella
  2. Friend (JL)
  3. Richard Kwok
  4. Alan Ang

CLOSED (3.5.17)

NOTE OF THANKS: we had lunch from 12 noon – 3 pm.. time flies by .. before we know it, 3 hours had passed.  There was a wide spread of international seafood ~ we savoured the great variety of food and had good fellowship.  We also discussed about our next Makan gathering in June 2017.

Cheerio ~ till we meet again 🙂

Makan gathering for Retiree Club (East)

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Hi retirees/friends

I would like to arrange a lunch gathering followed by coffee fellowship  next Wednesday, 17 August at the Old Airport hawker centre.  Details are as follows:

  • Date:               Wed, 17.8.16
  • Time:               11.30 am
  • Venue:             Old Airport Road hawker centre – just gather at the hawker centre near the goreng pisang stall (somewhere at the centre of the food place)
  • Food:               One of the best authentic hawker food one can find e.g. char kway teow, wantan noodles, kambing soup, satay, Toa Payoh rojak (to name a few)
  • Nearest mrt:     Dakota mrt station – 5 mins walk to the centre

I would appreciate if you could let me know if you’re  interested to join in this gathering.


Gabriella Chua, EO

Those coming:

  1. Gabriella Chua
  2. Loong Say Meng
  3. Alan Ang
  4. Alan’s friend (Gr…)
  5. Alan’s friend (AC)
  6. Martin Han
  7. David Loh
  8. Jimmy Longpoetiih
  9. Tony Ang
  10. Christina Chan
  11. Silas Yeo
  12. Mega
  13. Wendy Lum
  14. Ronald Lee

As long as there are 3, the gathering will proceed.  Lunch gathering is confirmed since there are more than 3 :-).. Total of 14 came…Good show

thank you makan   Note of Thanks!  I appreciate all yr support for joining our Makan session today..  You’ll agree that there are many stalls selling authentic yummilicious hawker food. See you all again in the next event. Cheers….

Going to Desaru using Sam Goh’s services (Trip cancelled)

desaru beach

I love Malaysia, especially its beaches.  I too love Malaysian food.  Although I travel extensively within Asia, it seems I will not have enough of enjoying Malaysia’s countryside, food, beaches and other delights.

I like to give this a try, and that is to go to Desaru beach.  I discussed with Sam Goh and he is able to provide transport and bring us around Desaru.  He knows enough of Johore to be able to bring participants around.

  • Trip proper:  2D1N to desaru camping.
  • Date/time: Not agreed yet, but it will be 2D 1N.
  • Limited:  6 pax per trip.,
  • Pickup point:  JB Sentral
  • Return point:  JB Sentral
  • Petrol:  Sam tops up to full tank and will top up his tank on return.  Participants pay for petrol and toll.
  • Food:  All participants, exceopt driver, share in the food and drinks costs.
  • Hotel: Estimated at SGD 50 per night. Participants share costs of rooms.  Driver does not pay for the hotel room share.  He will share with me, if he does not snore.
  • Service fee:  SGD 10 per participant per day. For 2D1N, service fee per person is SGD 20.  If we go out for 3D2N, the fee is SGD 30 per pax.
  • Tent:  buy your own tent.  It costs around SGD 20, and you can use it when you join me regularly.

Please keep yourself updated here.  I shall announce the date soon.

Terence Seah


  1. Terence Seah
  2. Susan Tan
  3. James Tan
  4. Daisy Wee
  5. Stella Sheng
  6. Bobby Bok
  7. We will keep this list until confirmation.  A non-refundable deposit will be required mid July 2016.

Retiree Club (East)

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Calling all retirees in the East

I have formed a retiree club in the Kembangan area wherein active retirees can:

  • gather for coffee chats in the nearby coffee shops/joints in the east
  • makan in the hawker centres/markets in Bedok, Paya Lebar and Tampines in the east
  • morning walks at 5.30 am or late evening walks at 6.30 pm when it’s not too hot
  • introduction to ukulele fun
  • yak yak on anything (ranging from current affairs, in-laws, grown-up kids to anything under the sun)
  • help and seeking advice from one another
  • cycling in the parks (I need a trike or tandem rider though)
  • ….. and so on…. the list is by no means exhaustive

The 24-hour sarabat stall at Jalan Lapang (Kembangan) may be a good venue to be considered.  It’s just a stone’s throw from the Kembangan mrt station.  Those staying in this area may be familiar with this eating place.  It’s rustic, nostalgic and gives the ambience of Singapore in the early 60s or a typical Malaysian sarabat stall of today.

These are only ideas on the drawing board and can be finetuned as we gather momentum.  A chatline has been set up for those who have indicated interest so as  to keep everyone in the loop on activities or good sharings.  As we’re retirees, we’ll keep to thrifty thrills/fun…. no lavish spending.

So far, some 20 of my friends (mostly shc) have already indicated their interest in joining this retiree club as and when they’re free.  It’s good to form friendships now before it’s too late.  One’s spouse may not be with you forever and depression may set in (if you’re too close or dependent on your beloved) and especially when you’re already facing the empty nest syndrome.  We must rely on ourselves for our own well-being and happiness.  There’s a saying:

“No one is born happy but every one is born with the Ability to create HAPPINESS”.

Just leave a message here or apps me (if you have my hp number) if you are interested in joining the Retiree Club (East). A very important requirement is no quarrelling, hitting below the belt  or gossips on my chatline (taboos for the retiree club).   We want everyone to be happy and get along well.  Any recalcitrant member will be deleted from my chatline   🙂

Thank you.

Warmest regards,


Those Interested:

  1. 23 members in my Retiree Club  (East)
  2. Just leave your name on this forum page or apps me …. tks

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EC Event ~ Makan Sutra on Wednesday, 6th May 2015

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Some makan sutra kakis are meeting at Old Airport Hawkers Centre for our next gathering.  Details are as follows:

Date:            Wed, 6 May

Venue:          Old Airport Hawkers’ Centre (nearest mrt Dakota)

Time:            11.30 am – 2.30 pm

Prog:             Lunch

Curry chicken, Tiong Bahru lor mee or char kway teow (specially

tailored to suit yr tastebuds… can add sea hum, prawns or sotong

(different pricing of cos)

Chit chat over coffee or sugar cane juice

An informal gathering.  Just come to this hawkers’ centre and meet at those stalls mentioned if you’re interested.  We won’t formally wait for each other.  Just gather there on that date/time.  However, do let me know if you’re coming …


Gabriella, EC

Those coming:

  1. Gabriella
  2. Loong Say Meng
  3. Jazz Soh + friend
  4. Peng Peng
  5. Daniel Chan
  6. Tony Ang
  7. Dan Hwang
  8. Alan Ang



Makan Sutra Kakis Meet on Thursday, 30 April 2015

Aprilbuffet3   Aprilbuffet1   Aprilbuffet2 Hi everyone The next Makan Sutra gathering will be held at the end of April.  Details are as follows:

  • Date:              Thursday, 30 April
  • Time:              12 noon – 3 pm
  • Venue:            Jayleen Hotel, 42 Carpenter Street (facing a big open car park)
  • Food:              Buffet lunch
  • Cost:               $13 nett (to pay on the day itself).. Please let me have the exact amt of $13 per person ~ as I may not have enough change (TQ)
  • Nearest mrt:    Clarke Quay
  • Directions:       After coming out from Clark Quay mrt station, cross the road at the traffic light or overhead bridge.. turn right and you can see Carpenter Street.. walk along Carpenter St and Jayleen Hotel is at the end of this short road.

Delicious home-cooked food: nonya buffet ~rice, chicken, fish, vegetables, popiah, garlic cheese toast, dessert, cold & hot drinks ~ The food may vary every week .. Music is provided too. I’ve reserved 15 seats at the restaurant for this event.  Please register here if you’re interested in joining.

Thank you & warm regards,

Gabriella Chua, EO

Registration List:

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

(All re-confirmed except for Karen Phoo)

Karen – Please reconfirm that you’re coming for the lunch on 30 April.  I wish to wrap up everything by Monday, 27 Apr.   TQ! (taken as confirmed since there’s no further response from you)

 For shc members only.  No politics, sex, race, religion, direct selling and MLM                                               

REGISTRATION CLOSED (15 places booked with hotel ~Cost is $13 nett… no discount for senior citizens (someone brought this up at the last kopi chat) )



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

makan1  makan2  makan3  makan5  Hi SHC friends

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

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

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

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

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

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


Gabriella Chua, EO

Registered List:

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



Sushi Making Class – March 7,2015 (Saturday)

This is an opportunity for those who want to try their hands at making sushi.

Venue: Sushi King KSL City ,  Johore Bahru.

Cost: $20.00 for Bento Lunch and Class fees.

Please make payment to Susan Tan’s account: 102-15222-0 Posb Savings.

Closing date: February 22nd, 2015.


9.00am      Meet at Kranji MRT Station.

10.00am       Sushi Making Class – A competition will be held and prizes to be given.       Attendance certificate will be presented to you. All will receive a goodies bag.

12.00pm       Bento Lunch (Free)

2.00pm       Shopping/Massage at your own cost

4.00pm       Back to Singapore or overnight trip to Desaru.

EO,  Dan.

Those coming:

  1. Dan (Going overnight trip to Desaru)
  2. Alice Yap (paid)
  3. Susan Tan (paid)
  4. Susan SW Tan (paid)
  5. Cat Yeo (not coming)
  6. Yew Kwong?
  7. Grace Kang (paid)
  8. Shawn Soh?
  9. Jane Ong (paid)
  10. Daisy Phua (not coming)
  11. LK Ong (Driver for Desaru trip) – paid.
  12. Tan Poh Heng (joining Desaru trip) -paid.
  13. Ivy Low (paid)
  14. Karen Phoo (paid)
  15. Winnie Tan (paid)



Cooking classes

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For a long time, we have been trying to organise cooking classes.  We love to cook, try new receipes and finally eat, what we cook.  However, it has not been easy to find a cooking place.  Conducting cooking classes in the house or apartment has not been very successful, due to limited space and resources.  Venue has always been hard to find. Schools with cooking facilities are expensive; although they are idea. Some members have their own specialties.  There are Hokkien, Hakka, Beijing, Indian and Indonesia food.  We can also have break making classes, cakes, etc. Last week, I was shown around the cooking training classroom with full kitchen facilities at CSC Tessensohn Road.  I  was impressed. Holding cooking classes at such venues has its advantages, although there is cost, timing, cleaning and effort to go with it.  But, maybe we can now try cooking classes, a great way to meet the club objective of providing a platform for members to meet new friends.  Food through the stomach; and putting members and seniors skill to good value.

  • If you like to try other members’ specialties, please raise your hand. So, we know who you are.  Maybe you like bread, cup cakes, 12 layer something, etc.
  • If you have a couple of specialty food skills, and like to share and teach your delicacies, please raise your hand. We might pick up the idea, and conduct cooking courses.

Terence Seah

Somewhere Over the Rainbow : Jan 4,(Sat) 2014. 6.00-10.00pm

There is in each one of us a wish for a better tomorrow. A hope that life will be smooth sailings with no worry of ailing health or a weak heart. A desire for good companionship and unfailing friendship.

The story of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is the story of mankind struggle for existence. The Scarecrow wish to have a brain, the Tin man for a heart and the Lion for courage. Let’s look forward to the New Year with excitement, meeting and cherishing new friend.

Join us for a time of singing and singalong as we celebrate another year coming to an end. We shall have High Tea, bring snacks to share. After the session we may adjourn for Steamboat Fish Head nearby and a leisurely stroll on Orchard Road. Alas, I wish for red wine but not with High-Tea!

Venue: Kolam Ayer CC, Geylang Bahru, 11 minutes walk from Potong Pasir MRT.
Date: December 28 (Saturday), 2013
Time: 1:00-5:00pm

Cost: $6.00 if we have 10 pax, $3.00 if we achieve 20 pax. Balance of $44 from last gathering will be use to defray snacks or reduce contribution from each of you.

EO, Dan

  1. Dan
  2. Geraldine (Tentative)
  3. Daniel (Tentative)
  4. Lily Ho
  5. Skchua (Tentative)
  6. Lydia Chin
  7. Barbara Ong
  8. Bobby Bok
  9. Anne Chee
  10. Tony Ang
  11. Ronald Lee

A Time for Us – 29 Nov (Fri) 6.15 – 10.00 pm

To everything there is a time and a season under the sun. A time to come together, to cherish one another. A time to hug and to hold and a time to let go. A time to do good and to sow good seeds. A time to play and a time to sing and a time to serenade a loved one. What are the niceties of life, a touch, a smooch, a longing for someone?

I got a place just for you:
Venue: Kolam Ayer CC, Geylang Bahru (11 minutes walk from Potong Pasir MRT)
Date: November 29 Friday, 2013
Time: 6:15pm-10.00pm
Cost: $6.00 if we got 10 pax, $3.00 if we achieve 20 pax.

This is a karaoke lounge with capacity up to 40 pax. You can sing or singalong in a group, you can play board games or just chit chat and enjoy the ambience. Bring your own cd or dvd. Hot water provided, bring your own instant beverages. We shall have potluck here. If you are in the mood for red wine, bring it along and share with your buddies here.
This is an EC event and I may invite another Club members to join us.

EC, Dan

  • Those coming:
  • Dan
  • Daniel?
  • Lily Ho
  • Lydia
  • Irene Poh
  • Lily Lim
  • Bobby Bok and 5 friend.
  • Jeffrey Gan and a friend
  • Patricia Low
  • Susan Tan
  • Theresa


Wine and Song – 19 Oct ( Saturday ) 6.15pm – 10.00pm

It may not be the ideal venue but as a compromise we have place to seat up to 40 pax and at a neat cost. Once again a time to croon and singalong to all our favorite evergreen golden oldies. No worries if you can’t sing alone, we will sing in groups. You are encourage to bring your own cd or dvd.

Our DJ is a very obliging guy. He can sing duet in Chinese or English with anyone. With his great voice he will guide us if we start on the wrong keys. Bring along board games like chess, scrabble or rummikub and look for kakis to play with.

Venue: Kolam Ayer CC/Geylang Bahru/11 minutes walk from Potong Pasir MRT. Those coming bus check with gorgeous Google
Date: October 19, 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 6.15- 10.00pm
Cost: $6.00 each if we have 10 pax and if we have 20 pax each at $3.00 only.

Bring only red wine for our happy hours and foods (Potluck). This will be an EO event, if turnout is slow I will change it to an EC event.

A place and a time to relax and chat and ‘ketchup’ with new and old friend!

EO, Dan

Mid Autumn Kok and High Tea – 29 Sep (Sun) 1 – 5 pm

Mid Autumn festival is traditionally held annually in the month of September and October. The official date for year 2013 is September 19. Moon cakes abounds in shops all over towns and carrying of lanterns lends gaiety to the occasion. What is the significance of this festival and how does it affect the life of each of us? Many folklore are told and it would be good to hear from those who are familiar to share with us here. One fable was those how it came about.

‘The Zhuang people, for example, have an ancient fable saying the sun and moon are a couple and the stars are their children, and when the moon is pregnant, it becomes round, and then becomes crescent after giving birth to a child. These beliefs made it popular among women to worship and give offerings to the moon on this evening’.

Well, that only half of the story. We are here to join in the celebration and I have booked a nice place.

Date: September 29 (Sun) 1.00-5.00pm/Kolam Ayer Community Club, Geylang Bahru/Nearest MRT Potong Pasir (11 minutes walk)

Bring Moon cakes and snacks for High Tea. We shall have singalong and fun. Hot water only provided, bring hot beverage packages.

Cost: If we have 10 pax each at $6.00, if 20 pax $3.00 each. We especially appeal to new members to join us…………

Who coming:

  • 1.Dan
  • 2 Gabriella
  • 3 Lily
  • 4 Caroline
  • 5. Dolly
  • 6. Patricia Low (new member)
  • 7. Lydia Chin
  • 8. Bobby Kok
  • 9. Noelle Tan
  • 10. Barbara Ong
  • 11. Janis Han
  • 12. Christina Pan
  • 13. Anne Chee


Hilarious Hours of Fun and Song – 29 Sep (Sun) 1 – 5 pm

Now that the Mandarin class is under able hands I shall focus on another topic of interest. Book reading seems out of place for us oldies. Back to the drawing board and losing more hair in the process. Singalong session will be encouraged throughout. Everybody will have to sing in groups.
One of my policy from day one was to organize event that can reach to as many member as possible. How else can we get the new member to come forward to become active and to play a greater in adding vibrancy to the Club?
Four hours for singing.  An opportunity to meet new friend here.

Date: September 29 (Sunday)
Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Venue: Kolam Ayer CC, Geylang Bahru (11 minutes walk from Potong Pasir MRT)
Cost: $6.00 if we have 10 pax, $3.00 if we achieve 20 pax or pro-rated.
Hot water provided, bring your own beverage packages and some snacks for High Tea.

Depending on respond, we may have it on monthly. Please indicate whether you are coming for one or both session.

EO, Dan

April 2013 – Food and Makan place review

Each month, we can have a Food and Makan place review.


Many of us love good and good price food.

If you have been to a restaurant, cafe or food court recently, feel free to write about it here.  As this is a review category, feel to express how yummy the food is, how crispy the nuts are, and how well set up the place is.  Of course, if the place is terribble, you can express so.  But make sure you have experience the food or the place personally.

This is a new category focusing on “Food and Makan area review” has just been created.  If you are a food critic, feel free to write regularly, and share your review.  You may get a Food writer of the year award.

This is a column we can look out for venues for some of our Club gatherings.

Terence Seah

New category – “Food and Makan area review”

A new category focusing on “Food and Makan area review” has just been created.   Other than travel and dancing, food is one of the most loved topics among Singaporeans.

If you have patronised a restaurant, cafe or food corner, you can give a food review.  As long as you have tried it recently, you can write a food review.  I have joined a couple of members, and I can see they just love good food.  One day, these members can write for food magazines, and even be a food critic.

Please start a new Post, if you wish to write a food review.


Terence Seah