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SWISS CLUB – HOME FOR ALL NATIONALITIES

SWISS CLU B AUGUST - DECEMBER 2021 YOUR ‘NEW’ CLUBHOUSE Renovations Unveiled

PRE-TRAVEL TO-DO LIST Expert Input from Osler Health International

FRENCH FOR LITTLE ONES French Stream Expands at SSiS

DOUBLE CELEBRATION National Day Dining and Fun Contests for Kids

NEW MEMBERS’ PRIVILEGES Singapore Distillery, swissmade.direct and Asia Society


A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

INSIDE THIS ISSUE SWISS CLUB

Dear Members, You would have noticed that the title of this magazine has changed from ‘Relax’ to ‘Swiss Club’. I applaud the change. Your Club’s name speaks for itself, after all. Along with the change of name comes a change of frequency. From now on, ‘Swiss Club’ will be a bi-annual publication that will serve as a memento of your happy times at the Club. With Swiss National Day and Singapore National Day falling within days of each other, August is a great month for celebrating. Let’s drink to two mighty little nations and gratefully acknowledge our good fortune in having ties to both. On that note, do check out the amazing artisanal gins of our new partner merchant, Singapore Distillery. (Coconut Pandan Gin sounds like the perfect tropical tipple.) If you’re craving something decidedly Swiss, visit swissmade.direct, a climate-neutral company that sells genuine Swiss-made products to the world, and another new partner merchant of the Swiss Club. And if you have an unquenchable thirst to learn more about this dynamic part of the world we’re in, tune in to the fascinating original digital content of Asia Society, a non-profit organisation that has forged a new partnership with the Swiss Club. I greatly look forward to experiencing the Clubhouse in all of its post-renovation splendour, emerging from the shadow of the ongoing pandemic, and continuing to be a part of the beautiful, historical, inimitable Swiss Club. Thank you for the privilege. Yours,

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A Note from the Editor Club Management, Staff and Reservations Committee, Members and Responsibilities Opening Hours A Word from the Committee A Message from the General Manager Welcomes and Farewells Worth the Wait… Your New Clubhouse Health and Safety News All Caught Up

DINING 14 16 16 18

On the Menu: July and August Double Celebration Swiss/Singapore National Day Specials On the Wine List: July and August 8 Things You Probably Never Knew About Gin

EVENTS

20 Events and Activities at a Glance: August 2021

SPORTS

22 … And the Teams Played On 23 Let’s Hear it for the Ladies 24 Meet the aquaDucks Team at the Swiss Club

INTEREST 25 26 27 28 30 31 32 34

Suzanne Lauridsen Editor, Relax P.S. Hey, kids – do enter our Swiss and Singapore National Daythemed contests on Page 34 of this issue. They’re easy (but not too easy) and fun!

Wine Masterclass: Swiss Wine & Women in Wine A New Full Day of French for Our Little Ones Asia Society Switzerland Podcast: ‘China and the World’ Planning to Fly? What You Need to Know about Pre-Departure Tests Missing Your Favourite Swiss Products? Meet a Staffer: After Work, It’s Fishing and Family for Fabian Fitness with Friends: Programme of Sports Activities in July and August 2021 Word Search: Eat Singapore and Switzerland! Flower Trail: Count the Orchids and Edelweiss

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Worth the Wait… Your New Clubhouse

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Double Celebration Swiss/Singapore National Day Specials

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Word Search: Eat Singapore and Switzerland! Flower Trail: Count the Orchids and Edelweiss

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CLUB MANAGEMENT, STAFF AND RESERVATIONS Club

Food, Beverage & Events

Aaron Lim, General Manager E: aaron.lim@swissclub.org.sg DID: 6591 9457

Raymond Ho, Restaurant Manager E: raymond.ho@swissclub.org.sg DID: 6591 9434

Adrian Vogt, Deputy General Manager & F&B Manager E: adrian.vogt@swissclub.org.sg DID: 6591 9428

Marketing/Events & Business Development

Admin & HR

Fabian Tan, Business Development Manager E: fabian.tan@swissclub.org.sg DID: 6591 9430

Apple Chew, Administration & Human Resources Manager E: chinphing.chew@swissclub.org.sg DID: 6591 9422

Riza Mazlan, Marketing & Events Manager E: riza.mazlan@swissclub.org.sg DID: 6591 9436

Finance

Sports & Recreation

Lydia Zhai, Chief Accountant E: lydia.zhai@swissclub.org.sg DID: 6591 9450

Elvis Tan, Sports & Recreation Executive E: elvis.tan@swissclub.org.sg DID: 6591 9438

Membership

Facilities & Maintenance

Serene Yee, Member Relations Manager E: serene.yee@swissclub.org.sg DID: 6591 9426

Kumar Samy, Facilities Manager E: samy.kumar@swissclub.org.sg DID: 6591 9451

THE GUESTHOUSE ROOM RESERVATIONS E: theguesthouse@swissclub.org.sg T: 6591 9420

DINING RESERVATIONS W: www.swissclub.org.sg/restaurants T: 6591 9420 F: 6591 9452

COMMITTEE

BANQUET RESERVATIONS E: adrian.vogt@swissclub.org.sg T: 6591 9428

MEMBERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Rolf Gerber President E: president@swissclub.org.sg or rolf.gerber@swissclub.org.sg

Adrian Jacklowsky Deputy President E: deputypres@swissclub.org.sg or adrian.jacklowsky@swissclub.org.sg

Thomas Vonrueti Treasurer E: treasurer@swissclub.org.sg or thomas.vonrueti@swissclub.org.sg

Michael Bell Secretary E: secretary@swissclub.org.sg or michael.bell@swissclub.org.sg

Caroline Steger F&B, Guesthouse E: caroline.steger@swissclub.org.sg Riccarda Zuellig F&B, Guesthouse E: riccarda.zuellig@swissclub.org.sg Pooja Agarwal Marketing/Members Relations E: pooja.agarwal@swissclub.org.sg Robbie Hills Marketing/Members Relations E: robbie.hills@swissclub.org.sg William Forwood Property & Masterplan E: william.forwood@swissclub.org.sg

Adrian Luedi Sports E: adrian.luedi@swissclub.org.sg Gemma Colls Sports E: gemma.colls@swissclub.org.sg


Visit www.swissclub.org.sg/member to check out our Swiss National Day Membership promotions, valid till 15 Aug 2021!

Join the

Swiss Club Imagine always having the perfect place to go – for celebrations, for business meetings, for family fun, for romantic dates, for catchups with friends, for working out and chilling out. That place is the Swiss Club, 150 years old and newly renovated. Joining is more affordable than you’d think.

Ordinary Membership (Swiss citizens)

Associate Membership (other nationalities)

Lifetime Membership

Lifetime Membership $7,500 nett per Member $11,800 nett per Family

$6,500 nett per Member $9,700 nett per Family

Term Membership (12 months)

Term Membership (12 months) $2,800 nett per Member $5,600 nett per Family

$2,400 nett per Member $4,700 nett per Family

OPENING HOURS DINING OUTLETS

1. Ordinary Membership is a life Membership and open to Swiss nationals only, while Associate Membership is open to other nationalities. 2. An Ordinary/Associate Member pays a one-time Entrance Fee, Refundable Deposit and Monthly Subscription Fee. 3. Family Membership includes spouse and dependants below the age of 25. 4. Mode of payment for all Club’s expenses is by GIRO. 5. An Ordinary/Associate Member may register for Absent Membership when they leave Singapore and their Membership can be activated again when they return to Singapore in the future. Once the Membership is reactivated, the Monthly Subscription Fee will commence.

CLUB PREMISES

THE GUESTHOUSE/RECEPTION

Daily: 7am – 12mn

Daily: 9am – 8pm T: 6591 9420

JUNGLE COVE (Last food order 9.30pm) Mon – Thu: 11am – 10.30pm (Last beverage order 10pm) Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: 10am – 11pm (Last beverage order 10.30pm) Sun: 10am – 10.30pm (Last beverage order 10pm) Dinner reservations only

To find out more about becoming a Member of the Swiss Club and/or arrange a complimentary Club tour, call 6591 9420, email membership@swissclub.org.sg or visit www.swissclub.org.sg today.

Dress code: Casual

ARBENZ RESTAURANT Mon & Tue: Closed Wed – Sun: 11.30am – 3pm (Last food order 2.15pm) & 6pm – 11pm (Last food order 9.30pm, last beverage order 10.30pm) Lunch and dinner reservations are recommended Dress code: No shorts, no slippers, no singlets Dress code applies Wednesday to Saturday; casual dress code (no swimwear) applies on Sunday

PERGOLA (Last food order 9.30pm) Mon – Thu: 8am – 10.30pm (Last beverage order 10pm) Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: 8am – 11pm (Last beverage order 10.30pm) Sun: 8am – 10.30pm (Last beverage order 10pm)

ARBENZ LOUNGE TERRACE (Drinks only, no dining) Mon & Tue: Closed Wed – Sun: 11.30am – 3pm & 5.30pm – 11pm (Last beverage order 10.30pm)

Breakfast daily: 8am – 11am

Due to safe distancing measures, only Members/guests with allocated seats will be allowed. Dress code: No shorts, no slippers, no singlets Dress code applies Wednesday to Saturday; casual dress code (no swimwear) applies on Sunday

Dinner reservations only

Dress code: Casual (no bath towels)

Last serving of alcoholic beverages in all outlets is at 10pm. Our friendly service staff will clear all alcoholic beverages by 10.25pm latest. We seek your kind cooperation to adhere to the government rules.

For restaurant reservations, please call 6591 9420, from 10am – 7pm.

After office hours, please call 6591 9431.

SPORTS FACILITIES Daily Tennis/Padel Court Football Field Gym Multicourt Leisure Pool

7am – 10pm 7am – 10pm* 7am – 9pm 7am – 10pm* 7am – 10pm

Mon – Fri Lap Pool Sports Hall**

6pm – 10pm Available for exclusive bookings. Please approach Reception for more information.

Weekends, Public and Chatsworth School Holidays Lap Pool 7am – 10pm Sports Hall** Available for exclusive bookings. Please approach Reception for more information.

Outlet opening hours are subject to changes.

*Can be booked for exclusive usage.

**Fees apply for usage of Sports Hall.


A WORD FROM THE

COMMITTEE Dear Members, Dear Friends,

On 1 August Switzerland celebrates its National Day of 730 years whilst on 9 August Singapore celebrates its 56 years of independence. I wish both nations a Happy National Day with continuous peace and prosperity.

At the time of writing these lines the renovation of the Clubhouse is nearing its end and we are awaiting the final TOP approval by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA). By the time you read these lines, you will hopefully have experienced the refurbished Clubouse in its full splendor. Thank you for your patience and for putting up with the many inconveniences while the swimming pool, the Jungle Cove and the Clubhouse were undergoing a much needed facelift. The renovated Cluhouse is a fitting gift for the Club’s 150th anniversary this year. I hope you enjoy the Pergola with its show-kitchen, the refurbished Rifle Lounge, the Arbenz fine-dining restaurant with its new veranda, and the new co-working space and coffee lounge for Members. Please bear with us during the first couple of months while we experiment with the use of the various areas to gauge Members’ preferences whilst also having to take regulatory building and usage restrictions into account. The Jungle Cove, for example, will have to convert to a self-ordering and self-serving zone due to imposed building restrictions by the authorities. I am, however, confident we will be able to offer all Members a refreshing and unique Club and dining experience in our refurbished restaurants with new and frequently changing menu items. The current pandemic-related restrictions on the number of diners at one table, the number of participants at events, and the possibility of even holding an event, make planning of celebratory events for the Club’s 150th anniversary almost impossible. At this point in time there is a chance that this uncertainty may stretch well into 2022. We are therefore focusing on smaller, more targeted events. Announcements of such events may also be at shorter notice when it becomes possible to gauge what is permitted and what is not. Hence, we appreciate your understanding and support. It is certainly not what we had in mind two years ago, nor how we wanted to celebrate the Club’s venerable anniversary. It is also the second year that we are unable to hold big events such as the Swiss National Day and the Oktoberfest. Slowly the somber possibility that we

may never be able to hold such big events anymore, in the same format with the same huge crowd, sinks in. This will inevitably create a big hole in the Club’s finances. In fact, the second regulatory closure of our dine-in facilities as well as the inability to organise larger events has already caused deep red numbers in the Club’s finances. We will therefore have to overhaul the Club’s business model, find new revenue sources and trim costs wherever possible without infringing on Members’ Club experience. One of such cost factors is this magazine. Social media has more and more taken center stage and has made a printed and online magazine redundant. The recent Members’ survey revealed that only very few Members still read and treasure a printed magazine. The committee has therefore decided to reduce the current bi-monthly printed magazine to a bi-annual publication with a June and December edition. The two editions will primarily focus on past Club events and will be a useful tool to showcase the Club to potential new members. Club and event promotions will henceforth be communicated via social media and a newly created Swiss Club WhatsApp channel to which you can subscribe. The current magazine will therefore be the last edition until the next one in December 2021. It is a decision we have not taken lightly, but we trust you appreciate that changing times and Members’ preferences also require an occasional adaption of past traditions. On 1 August Switzerland celebrates its National Day of 730 years whilst on 9 August Singapore celebrates its 56 years of independence. I wish both nations a Happy National Day with continuous peace and prosperity. A big Thank You – also on behalf of my committee colleagues – goes to you, our Members, for your unwavering support over the last couple of years. We certainly look forward to seeing you at the Club even more often, enjoying our new facilities.

Rolf Gerber President “Swiss Club – Home for all Nationalities”

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A MESSAGE FROM THE

GENERAL MANAGER

At last, the wait is over. The tables are set, the glassware is polished, and the champagne is chilling. The Clubhouse is finally ready to open after almost two years.

Dear Members, At last, the wait is over. The tables are set, the glassware is polished, and the champagne is chilling. The Clubhouse is finally ready to open after almost two years. Obviously, the pandemic threw a massive spanner in the works. Kudos to our architects, Zarch Collaboratives, for working around the challenges. I think you’ll agree, the finished product meets all expectations. It has managed to retain everything we love about the original Clubhouse while injecting a new vibrancy and a great deal more functionality. Ever-changing regulations permitting, do come and christen your new Clubhouse and enjoy everything it has to offer. I personally love the newly created veranda adjoining Arbenz – it is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner aperitif or a nightcap. Needless to say, should we fall short in any way during the first few weeks of resuming Clubhouse operations, please forgive us. It is early days, and no doubt we will encounter some teething problems. Hopefully, they will be minor and short-lived. On the downside, due to Singapore’s current Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) status, we are unable to host an official opening for our newly renovated Clubhouse. We sincerely apologise for the lack of festivities that would otherwise have occurred, especially in view of the fact that this year also marks our 150th Anniversary. Please consider it a raincheck, not a cancellation. On a related note, I regret that the Club will be unable to hold our two major annual events this year – the Swiss National Day celebration, and Oktoberfest. These two events are traditionally open to the public, and

very lucrative streams of revenue as well as amazing experiences that put our name on the ‘party map’ of Singapore and indeed all of Southeast Asia. Given the need to scrutinise our expenditure, we have decided to convert the Club’s bi-monthly magazine to a bi-annual one. This issue is in fact the first of the new generation. To stop the gap in the frequency of our communications, we will be relying more heavily on our digital and social media platforms. Stay tuned for the launch of our exciting new Telegram and WhatsApp accounts, both of which can be accessed on desktop and mobile devices. Finally, I wish to ask all of you to continue to uphold the spirit of cooperation that has seen the Club remain open throughout almost all of the pandemic. Your compliance with safe distancing, group gathering limitations and mask-wearing is much appreciated. It is likely that we will be subject to ongoing spot checks by the authorities. I thank you in advance for your vigilance. Happy Swiss National Day! Happy Singapore National Day! And here's to many happy, healthy days ahead!

Yours sincerely,

A. Lim Aaron Lim General Manager

“Swiss Club – Home for all Nationalities”

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WELCOMES AND FAREWELLS THE SWISS CLUB WELCOMES

THE SWISS CLUB WELCOMES BACK

Name

Type of Membership

Name

Type of Membership

Huynh Dat Tuan & Barbara Huynh

Ordinary

Michael Gibb

Associate

Gregory Maximilien Marchand

Ordinary

Maclean Charles

Associate

Stefan & Nicole Plesko

Ordinary

Claudia Von Wattenwyl

Ordinary

Philipp & Tiffany Sze Yan Blaser

Ordinary/Associate

Joel & Andrea Liebi

Ordinary/Associate

Rino & Anna Binder

Ordinary

Claudio Sandri & Eunice Chua-Sandri

Ordinary/Associate

Stefan & Vanessa Koller

Ordinary

Cyril Annarella & Emilie Borrel-Annarella

Associate

Monica Schick

Ordinary

Michael Nathaniel Burgess & Burgess-Woon Xue Ning Melissa

Associate

Jonathan Selvadoray & Christine Cappi-Selvadoray

Ordinary

Jan Dahinten & Cornelia Guenzel-Dahinten Associate

Bernhard & Ineke Weber

Ordinary

Mathavan Devadas

Associate

Kerstin Bernasconi

Ordinary Transferable

David Dunoye & Paik Song Yee

Associate

Paul Bernard & Shirley Fung

Associate

Anthony W Cripps & Annie Vee Aclan

Associate

Benjamin Freischmidt & Anna Louise Sandberg-Freischmidt

Associate

Cornelia & Heiko Kreikenbohm

Associate

Brandon Anthony & Jocelyn Rae Froehnelt Associate

THE SWISS CLUB FAREWELLS

Eleanor Hughes & Tomas Furlong

Associate

David & Marisa Knibbs

Associate

Liew Geok Cheng & Yeo Seng Beng

Associate

Loke Kian Yong Varian

Associate

Ifan Michaud

Associate

Gael McLennan & Paul Drakeford

Associate

Lars & Doramontie Nelleman

Associate

Mark Pointer

Associate

Timothy Daniel Rowell

Associate

Janette Pope Menken

Associate

Christian Thomas & Gitte Noerby-Thomas

Associate

Patrick Seil & Tiraporn Chobset-Seil

Associate

Kristen & Suvir Varma

Associate

Silke Wolter

Associate

Sophie & Adam Murray

Associate Transferable

Isabelle & Leo Wyndham

Associate

Vyas Prasad & Rebecca Heywood

Associate Transferable

Erik & Chole Barreto

Term

Xu Fuyuan

Associate Transferable

Victoria Claverie & Paul Hare

Term

Claudio Bernd & Nadia Ederer

Term

Oene Joost Marseille & Saramie J De Beaufort

Term

Cesare Mosca & Valentina La Volpe-Mosca

Term

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Worth the Wait… A

Your New Clubhouse

t last, the newly renovated Clubhouse is set to open its doors and welcome Members. The architects behind the renovation, Zarch Collaboratives Pte Ltd, shared some insights into the thinking behind the design.

BEFORE

A NEW FAÇADE AND BACKDROP FOR THE POOL

The premise of the Clubhouse design stemmed from the peculiarity of the site being a building with no distinct ‘back of house'. Now Pergola sports a stunning new façade, which draws the eye upwards to encompass a view of the new veranda, al fresco seating area and expanded kitchen adjoining Arbenz.

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BEFORE

MERGER OF OLD AND NEW

In addition, the toilet layout was extensively remodelled in compliance with new Building and Construction Authority (BCA) code standards, accommodating more cubicles and a nursing room.

BEFORE

An overarching objective that shaped the renovation was the seamless merging of the heritage-rich 90-year-old Clubhouse with the 30-year-old Arbenz and the new architecture. The design of the new took subtle hints from the old, including the rhythm of the aluminium feature that artfully screens off part of the kitchen while allowing daylight into the workspace. It also referenced the rhythm of fenestrations from the 90-year-old Clubhouse. Paying homage to the previous Pergola timber structure, the new design features a unique method of imprinting timber onto off-form concrete. Materials congruent with Swiss landscapes such as gabion walls (stacked stones encaged in wire framework) and tiered planting were also used to enhance the surrounding terrain.

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FEATURE WALLS AS FOCAL POINTS

To refresh our two anchor restaurants, Zarch Collaboratives created a new wine feature wall in Arbenz and a new bar in the Rifle Lounge. In Arbenz, the roof pitch accommodates a spectacular light box of empty wine bottles, which had been painstakingly collected by staff after being emptied and enjoyed by Members. The result is a bespoke installation art piece that artfully conceals the exhaust and mechanical and electrical ducts.

A talking point on the Pergola veranda is the Swiss flag-inspired framework. Clusters of four thin 75x75mm columns subtly reference the Swiss Cross without obstructing the flow of natural light. CHRISTEN YOUR NEW CLUBHOUSE

Why not plan to host your Swiss and Singapore National Day celebrations, or your next gathering of family and friends, at Arbenz and Pergola? Look out in the Club’s e-newsletters for updates on official opening dates and changes to opening hours in view of the fluid COVID-19 situation. All photos by Finbarr Fallon, except for photos of wine bottle light box and curved staircase by SPEcial Pte Ltd.

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HEALTH AND SAFETY NEWS

Safety: A Constant Priority Amid Changing Conditions

T

he Multi Ministry Taskforce has announced the second part of Phase 3 (Heightened Alert). We are essentially reverting back to Phase 2 of last year, with the exception of dining in, which is restricted to two people dining together. Social gatherings remain limited to five people.

DETAILS ON DINING IN For dining in, a family can dine in together but must be split into groups of two per table. However, a group of four or five friends will not be able to split into groups of two and dine together. While we understand that this may be frustrating for some, we seek your understanding and compliance with this set of mandatory measures. On behalf of the management and staff of the Swiss Club, I hope that everyone stays safe and continues to keep up the good work that we have seen throughout this challenging and ever-changing period.

ALL CAUGHT

UP

Please take note of these ‘new norms’ and Club matters.

Mural Painting by The Mindful Camp

On Saturday 17 April, the Mural Painting Event was held in conjunction with The Mindful Camp team as a complimentary family event for our community of past campers and their families. The painting project was completed over two sessions on the Multi-purpose Sports Hall wall, and the exuberant artwork was gifted to the Club as a gesture of goodwill from our partners to commemorate our 150th Anniversary.

STAY INFORMED Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any enquiries on safety management within the Club. Also, given the unpredictability and fluidity of the situation, please make it a point to frequently check the Club’s website and e-newsletters for updates. On a positive note, Happy Summer Holidays! DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES? For clarification or information, please email our Safety Management Officers Elvis Tan or Adrian Vogt at: E elvis.tan@swissclub.org.sg adrian.vogt@swissclub.org.sg  Article courtesy of Elvis Tan, Safety Management Officer

Return Your Towels

Our pool towels are now fitted with new and improved RFID tags to help us replenish stocks more efficiently. Please return all towels that have been touched, including unutilised clean towels, into the ‘used bin collector’. Limit your usage to a maximum of two towels per Member and return them immediately after use, or the next day at the latest, to avoid a charge of $16.05 (including GST) per unreturned pool towel.

Lap Pool Opening Hours Please note that the lap pool is open for Members’ use at the following times: During Chatsworth School Term • 6pm to 10pm (weekdays) • 7am to 10pm (weekends)

During Chatsworth School Holidays (18 June to 1 August) • 7am to 10pm (daily)

Events and Restaurants

Please note that all scheduled events, restaurant opening hours and F&B promotions are subject to changes beyond our control. Please check the Club’s website and e-newsletters for updates. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

New Ways to Keep in Touch Look out for the Swiss Club’s new Telegram and WhatsApp accounts, coming soon!

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D I N I N G

On the Menu JULY AND AUGUST

Club-wide Promotions at Pergola, Jungle Cove and Arbenz

JULY Mondays

Enjoy 10% OFF Pizzas

Wednesdays

Bring Your Own Bottle (no corkage fee)

Fridays

Enjoy 10% OFF Draft Beers

Sundays

Enjoy 15% OFF Kids’ Meals with Every Adult Main Course

AUGUST Tuesdays

Enjoy 15% OFF All Desserts (except ice cream)

Thursdays

Enjoy 10% OFF House-pour Wine by the Glass

Saturdays

Enjoy 15% OFF Kids’ Meals with Every Adult Main Course

Arbenz

JULY

Promotions

Tapas Fiesta 1 to 15 July

Glazed Lamb Shoulder (120g), Pedro Ximenez, Dates Labneh and Dukkah

$16

Vegetarian Arancini Balls with Chipotle Aioli (3pcs)

$12

Brioche, Figs, Foie Gras and Balsamic (3pcs)

$15

Crispy Pork Belly (120g), Soubise, Cinnamon Glaze

$14

Truffle Burrata Cream, Lavosh and Tomato Jam (3pcs)

$15

Fermented Beans, Spiced Carrots Purée, Charred Fennel (plant-based and gluten-free) (3pcs)

$13

VEGETARIAN

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All prices indicated are NETT. Pictures are for illustration purposes only. All events and promotions are subject to changes or cancellation due to changes to COVID-19 management measures, and other unforeseen circumstances. Additional terms and conditions apply. Please check the Club’s e-newsletters for more further details and updates.


D I N I N G

Pergola Promotions

JULY AND AUGUST Flammkuchen Fling 1 to 15 July

Classic Flammkuchen with Sour Cream, Onion and Bacon 4 Cheese Flammkuchen

$15 $17

Flammkuchen with Tandoori Chicken and Mint Yoghurt

$18

Flavours of Asia 16 to 31 July

Vietnamese Beef Pho Thai-style Crab and Green Mango Salad

$16

Sweet and Sour Vegan Tofu with Steamed Rice

$16 $16

Savouring Switzerland 31 July to 31 August

Cheese Fondue with Morel Mushroom

$44 per pot

Cheese Fondue with Blue Cheese and Potatoes

$40 per pot

Cheese Fondue with Truffle Paste

$42 per pot

Älplermagronen – Swiss Alpine Pasta, Cheese Sauce, Potatoes, Roasted Onions, Apple Sauce

$14

Rösti with sliced Rib Eye and Side Salad

$24

Swiss Cervelat and Gruyere Cheese Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette and Home-made Sourdough Bread

$15

VEGETARIAN All prices indicated are NETT. Pictures are for illustration purposes only. All events and promotions are subject to changes or cancellation due to changes to COVID-19 management measures, and other unforeseen circumstances. Additional terms and conditions apply. Please check the Club’s e-newsletters for more further details and updates. 15

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DD OO UU BB LL EE CC EE D I N I N G

SWISS NATIONAL DAY SPECIALS Traditional Swiss Dishes @ Arbenz

Thursday 29 July to Sunday 1 August, 12pm to 2.30pm & 6pm to 9.30pm ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Home-made Capuns with Morel Mushroom, Swiss Farmer Bacon and White Wine Sauce

$18/$34 $28

Papet Vaudois – Boiled Saucisson Sausage, Creamy Potato Leek Stew

$24

$22 Vegetarian Blätterteig Pastetli – Puff Pastry Shell, Mushroom Ragout, Herbs, Green Peas and Carrots

Mini Zuger Kirschtorte

Saturday 31 July, 6pm to 9.30pm Sunday 1 August, 12pm to 3pm & 6pm to 9.30pm +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Featuring:

$18

• Swiss Mushroom Risotto

Suure Mocke – Traditional Braised Beef, Marinated for One Week in Red Wine, Spices and Root Vegetables, Served with Home-made Mashed Potato

Home-made Swiss Meringue Loaded with Double Cream and Fresh Raspberries

Live Stations @ Pergola and Jungle Cove

$16 $16

• Traditional Swiss Raclette $16 per serving Cheese with Condiments • Cervelat OR Veal Sausage with Potato Salad, House-made Sourdough Breads and Mustard

$15

• Home-made Crèmeschnitten

$7

Kids’ and Parents’ Snake Bread ‘n’ Sausage Grilling @ Lawn

Saturday 31 July, 4pm +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ $15 per parent-and-child team

Note: Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Limited slots are available due to safe distancing measures. VEGETARIAN All events and promotions are subject to changes or cancellation due to changes to COVID-19 management measures, and other unforeseen circumstances. Additional terms and conditions

On the Wine List JULY

Clos des Fees – "Les Sorcieres" Côtes du Roussillon (White) 2019 Origin: France

Clos des Fees – "Les Sorcieres" Côtes du Roussillon (Red) 2019 Origin: France

$65 per bottle $14 per 150ml glass

$65 per bottle $14 per 150ml glass

A vibrant and fresh blend of 50% Vermentino, 30% Grenache Blanc, 10% Macabeu and 10% Roussanne, this medium-bodied, round and zesty white has scents of passion fruit, pear and muskmelon. Medium bodied, round and zesty in the mouth. A great Mediterranean-style white for the hot summer months!

This unoaked blend of 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 10% Carignan grapes is a wonderfully round and fruit-driven medium-bodied red. Dry and silky on the palate, it is the perfect wine to enjoy on a balmy summer evening with sizzling hamburgers on the grill.

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Clos des Fees – "Les Sorcieres" Côtes du Roussillon (White) 2019

Clos des Fees – "Les Sorcieres" Côtes du Roussillon (Red) 2019

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6 bottles @ $288 $48 per bottle

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SINGAPORE NATIONAL DAY SPECIALS Makan @ Pergola

Thursday 5 August to Sunday 15 August Mains: Vegan Citrus ‘Rojak’ – Singapore Salad House-made Prawn Laksa with Assorted Condiments Hawker-style Chicken Chop, Shoestring Fries, Purple Slaw, Baked Beans and Chicken Demi Glaze Oyster Omelette with Scallions, Shallot Crisps and Sambal Vegetarian Lontong and Sayur Lodeh

Sambal Stingray on a Banana Leaf with Thai Fragrant Rice

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Desserts: Durian Tarts Egg Tarts

Ma Kuo Kueh (4pcs) Singapore Chendol

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VEGETARIAN apply. Please check the Club’s e-newsletters for more further details and updates.

AUGUST André Roduit & Fils, ‘Les Follaterres’ Fendant de Fully AOC Valais 2017 Origin: Switzerland

Tamborini, ‘Runchet’ Rosso Merlot del Ticino DOC 2016 Origin: Switzerland

$65 per bottle $14 per 150ml glass

$65 per bottle $14 per 150ml glass

This Fendant (100% Chasselas) from the canton of Valais displays aromas of white flowers on the nose, with notes of honey and white peach, complemented by beeswax and an exotic note of tangerine in the background. Dry and refreshing, it is a great aperitif wine that pairs well with charcuterie and cheese, white fish and shellfish.

This juicy, fruity Merlot from Ticino seduces with its aromas of plums, black cherries, blackberries and hints of sweet spice, balanced by oak notes and velvety tannins. With its elegant structure and long finish, it pairs well with cold cuts and cheeses, and lighter vegetable and meat dishes across both western and Asian cuisines.

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André Roduit & Fils, ‘Les Follaterres’ Fendant de Fully AOC Valais 2017

Tamborini, ‘Runchet’ Rosso Merlot del Ticino DOC 2016

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6 bottles @ $270 $45 per bottle

6 bottles @ $288 $48 per bottle

3 bottles of white & 3 bottles of red @ $279

All prices indicated are NETT.

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THINGS YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW ABOUT GIN

The global ‘ginaissance’ may have plateaued, but it has converted many of us into dedicated drinkers of that quintessentially British drink, the gin and tonic (G&T). But is it truly British? Here are some little known facts that may surprise you.

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It actually originated in Holland. The British ‘discovered’ gin during the Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century, when they saw Dutch soldiers drinking ‘genever’ to boost their morale before heading into battle. Hence the term ‘Dutch courage’.

GIN IS THE MOST MIXED SPIRIT.

Gin forms the basis of more cocktails than any other spirit. Think the Martini, the Negroni, the Gimlet...

THERE’S GIN IN SINGAPORE’S ‘NATIONAL DRINK’.

The iconic Singapore Sling was created by Mr Ngiam Tong Boon at Raffles Hotel in the early 20th Century. The famous cocktail has even inspired a gin of its own. Singapore Distillery’s Singapore Sling Gin is distilled with all the ingredients of the gin-and-juice-based tipple, including pineapples, oranges, angelica and cherries.

GIN WAS FIRST ADDED TO TONIC WATER TO STAVE OFF MALARIA.

The French Foreign Legion in North Africa drank tonic water for its quinine, to protect them against malaria. They added gin to mask the bitterness and voilà – the G&T. The Brits did much the same in India.

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THE NUMBER ONE GIN DRINKING NATION IS…

The Philippines accounts for well over 40% of the global gin market. The vast majority of gin drunk by Filipinos is the locally made Ginebra San Miguel.

THE THING THAT MAKES GIN ‘GIN’ IS JUNIPER.

According to EU law, gin must predominantly contain juniper to be called gin. But other than juniper, gin can be infused with almost anything. For example, inspired by the local pink drink known as bandung, Singapore Distillery’s Stolen Roses gin is distilled with fresh rose petals.

LONDON DRY GIN ISN’T NECESSARILY MADE IN LONDON.

The expression refers to gins that are made in a single distillation, where all the botanicals are added in one go. It’s challenging to make, as you have to get the balance right before you even taste it. Singapore Distillery’s Merlion Gin, Lime Garden Gin, Coconut Pandan Gin, Kyuri Gin and Orange Grove Gin are all examples of painstakingly made London Dry Gins.

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Gin was dispensed to the British Royal Navy with lime cordial to prevent scurvy. (Hence the slang term ‘limeys’ for British sailors.) Clearly, the taste caught on. Singapore Distillery’s stunning Lime Garden Gin is distilled with three local limes, Limau Nipis, Limau Kalamansi, and Limau Purut.


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EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE AUGUST

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Swiss National Day Special: Live Stations at Pergola and Jungle Cove (12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 9.30pm)

Every Saturday: 15% OFF Kids’ Meals with Every Adult Main Course Club-wide

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Every Saturday: 15% OFF Kids’ Meals with Every Adult Main Course Club-wide

Every Tuesday: 15% OFF Desserts Club-wide

Every Tuesday: 15% OFF Desserts Club-wide 31 July to 31 August: Savouring Switzerland at Pergola

All events are subject to changes or cancellation due to inclement weather, changes to COVID-19 management measures, and other unforeseen circumstances.


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… And The Teams Played On T

hough COVID-19 has certainly put obstacles in our way, we have nonetheless managed to enjoy some great moments on court.

A GOOD FINISH As May marked the end of all team leagues, I would like sincerely thank all players for their participation and dedication in representing the Swiss Club. A big bravo to our Ladies WITS C team, led by Captain Thayna, for finishing in second place. This is a great result! Our A team have also been putting in a lot of effort in improving their game. However, unfortunately the results did not reflect their hard work. Keep up the good work – better days will come. Our STA men’s team, led by Captain Naveen, also battled hard across Singapore. They almost (but not quite) made it to the semifinal. Bad luck, guys – next season you will make it, for sure. THREE CHEERS FOR THE CHAMPIONS And saving the best till last, the STA women’s team, led by Captain Corinna, won the B League! In particular, congratulations to Corinna, Gabriela, Anette, Carola, Hiroko, Roberta, Victoria, Alexia, Tracy, Nathalie, Marika and Malou.

BRAKES ON REGULAR TOURNAMENTS Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we have been unable to play our regular Swiss Club tournaments. Hopefully that will change soon. I hope you find ways to work on your fitness at home, or surrounded by nature. Stay safe. Article and photos courtesy of Pierre Capdeville, Swiss Club Tennis Director

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S P O R T S

Let’s Hear it for the Ladies T he ladies from the A and C division have been training and playing hard on weekdays in the recent Women’s International Tennis Singapore (WITS) tournament.

NOTE: This photo was taken during Phase 3 when 8 visitors were allowed into homes.

HOT WORK

In view of the recent searing heat, on-court conditions were gruelling. Hats off to the ladies involved for their hard work and cool composure under the hot sun. The teams that represented the Swiss Club are: • Swiss Club Dare Doubles (2nd place-getters) • Swiss Club Smashers SPECIAL THANKS

Special thanks to the captain Thayna Schlatter, vice-captain Bolor Choijmants Lorinet and the coaches from the 40XV team. It was a great season! Article courtesy of Elvis Tan and photos courtesy of SC Dare Doubles

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S P O R T S

Meet the aquaDucks Team at the Swiss Club

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or those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of swimming with us, our four coaches take this opportunity to introduce themselves.

COACH HANNAH

“As an ex-national swimmer, I would like to share my experience to help swimmers improve their strokes and times. It gives me great satisfaction when my swimmers achieve their goals in this sport.”

COACH TIARA (HEAD COACH)

“aquaDucks is like an extended family and it is an honour to be part of the team. I have had the privilege to work with children for the past 10 years. As a former aquaDucks student and competitive swimmer, I can ensure that children are getting top quality swimming lessons and training. Teaching and training swimming is a passion of mine. I feel grateful to be able to pass on the knowledge with a fun learning approach.”

COACH DANNY

“My passion is teaching swimming with the aim that students will love it as much as I do, and be successful in their swimming goals.”

COACH ANDRIL (COMPETITIVE COACH)

“I was an elite swimmer and now, as a coach, I want to share my experience and knowledge with children. I look forward to teaching them the best swimming techniques in all strokes in a fun and exciting manner so that they can swim at their full potential!” Andril’s accomplishments include: • World Junior Champion • World Junior Record Holder (50 Fly) • World Champion Finalist (2017)

aquaDucks Lessons We offer swimming lessons for the whole family, including: Babies and Toddlers (6-30 months old) Preschool (3-4 years old) Learn to swim (5-8 years onwards) Stroke Development (8 years onwards) Competitive (8 years onwards) Adults Stroke Development Adults Masters Training Swimming Camps 5-16 years old during school holidays

INTERESTED IN SWIMMING? To book a FREE TRIAL lesson or join our classes, please contact aquaDucks at: E swiss@aquaducks.com.sg Article courtesy of Koen Verhoef, Founder and Managing Director, aquaDucks

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Wine Masterclass: Swiss Wine & Women in Wine

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n a wine masterclass organised together with EHL Campus (Singapore) and Robert Parker Wine Advocate, wine lovers learned about organic wines made in sustainable and biodynamic vineyards by Swiss women winemakers.

VIRTUAL ENCOUNTERS OF THE WINE KIND The participants met trailblazing winemakers Marie-Thérèse Chappaz, Laura Paccot and Anne-Claire Schott, who were live-streamed from the EHL Campus in Lausanne and their homes into the class at the new EHL campus in Singapore. SWISS WOMEN IN WINE Though the wine industry is traditionally a male-dominated domain, the masterclass confirmed that it is slowly but surely changing. After Jenny Ang, Managing Director EHL Campus (Singapore), Ambassador Fabrice Filliez, and Oliver Mumenthaler (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) welcomed the class, we handed the microphone to Switzerland, where moderator Johanna Dayer introduced Swiss winemakers Marie-Thérèse Chappaz, Laura Paccot and Anne-Claire Schott. One by one, the winemakers guided the audience through a selection of three white and three red wines. Moderated by Claudio Salgado, the participants addressed their questions directly to the wine makers. "What grapes does this one contain?" they asked. "The grape composition actually doesn’t matter much in this situation. What determines this wine’s character is the holistic approach to how it is made," Anne-Claire emphasised. SUSTAINABLE AND BIODYNAMIC VITICULTURE All the featured wines were certified by Demeter, one of the strictest certifications for organic and sustainable agriculture in Europe. Their makers do not use chemical pesticides and artificial fertilisers, and respect the ecological diversity in the vineyard. To

preserve the natural quality of the biodynamic grapes, minimal or no technology, auxiliary materials and additives are used throughout the wine-making process. FASCINATING FOOD FOR THOUGHT Among the many things we learned during the masterclass was that the phases of the moon help determine when to prune, harvest and bottle wine. Biodynamic farmers go beyond organics and strive to grow their vines in sync with natural rhythms. The evening served up much food for thought as well as a stellar Swiss wine to drink. A most enjoyable time was had by all. "We don’t have winemakers in Singapore. It is such a unique experience to be able to directly talk to them," said participant Adela Tan. "And to see pictures of the agricultural landscape helped a lot with grasping their unique approaches on making natural wine." RELIVE THE EVENING, RELISH THE HIGHLIGHTS A short video showing highlights of the evening is available on our Facebook page and Ambassador Filliez’s Twitter The wine masterclass was jointly organised by the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore, EHL Campus (Singapore), Robert Parker Wine Advocate:

IN SUPPORT OF A GOOD CAUSE The Embassy donated S$7.50 from every bottle used at the event to the organic label Demeter Switzerland, in support of their project on soil fertility and Swiss sustainability in agriculture. Article and photos courtesy of Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore

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A New Full Day of French for Our Little Ones

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ollowing the successful expansion of our French Stream last summer, we are excited to introduce an optional Full Day Offer in French for our 2- to 3-year-old children in the next school year 2021/2022.

LEARN THROUGH PLAY We welcome children aged 2 to 4 years to our Early Childhood Programme, where they have the opportunity to learn through play about the environment, their relationship to the world around them, and themselves. Primarily, our students are taught in English. German and French are gradually introduced through interactive lessons such as singing, crafts, playing together and listening to stories. We also offer an optional daily Full Day Offer for children aged 2 to 3 years until 3.20pm in German. Likewise, 4-year-olds can take advantage of the Full Day Offer on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In addition, our students have the choice of various Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs) after school hours. We are very pleased to offer Chinese Language as a new ECA for our Playgroup II through Grade 6, commencing August 2021. IT’S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL All the students of the Swiss School in Singapore are encouraged to become true citizens of the world – whether they speak English, German, French and/or Chinese!

INTERESTED IN A PERSONALISED SCHOOL TOUR OR AN INFORMAL CHAT? Please contact us at: T 6468 2117 E info@swiss-school.edu.sg Article courtesy of Prisca Reitz, Marketing & Communications Representative, SSiS and photo courtesy of Camilla Businger

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Asia Society Switzerland Podcast ‘China and the World’

Episode #1: Indonesia and Malaysia’s Surge of Investment and Autonomy

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he first of many fascinating episodes focuses on China’s involvement with our close Southeast Asian neighbours, Indonesia and Malaysia.

MARITIME SOUTHEAST ASIA: CHINA’S GATEWAY FOR OIL AND TRADE Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore for that matter border important maritime trade routes for China. Ben Bland, Director of the Southeast Asia Programme at the Lowy Institute in Australia, sheds light on how each country is managing its relationship with China – or not. “There’s probably only a few countries in Southeast Asia who have a strategy for managing China. There’s Vietnam – which obviously has a long and painful experience with China, war with the west, and playing off great powers against each other, and probably Singapore as well,” says Ben. So, how do our Indonesian neighbours balance economic opportunity with political risk? Is it possible to remain ‘equidistant’ with China and the U.S.? And what do the people want?

There’s probably only a few countries in Southeast Asia who have a strategy for managing China. There’s Vietnam – which obviously has a long and painful experience with China... and probably Singapore as well.

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Planning to Fly? What You Need to Know About Pre-Departure Tests by Dr Valerie Druon

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ith summer, the long school holidays (made even longer with recent circuit breaker measures) and the vaccination roll-out, many of us may be considering flying to Europe and beyond for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. Dr Valerie Druon from Osler Health International answers your questions about the pre-departure requirements for a smooth departure to Europe – and a smooth return to Singapore!

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Q. HOW LONG BEFORE I FLY DO I NEED TO GET THE TESTS DONE? Most European countries have stipulated that the COVID-19 test be taken within 72 hours from the scheduled departure time. Recent changes by some countries like Germany, Austria, Croatia, Denmark and Sweden require the pre-departure COVID-19 test to be done within 48 hours of arrival. The Netherlands and Norway require the testing to be done at most 24 hours before departure.

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Q. WHAT IS THE CURRENT PRE-DEPARTURE TESTING (PDT) PROCESS? Travellers from Singapore entering European countries are required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline at the time of check-in and at immigration upon arrival at most destinations. You will need to undergo Pre-Departure Testing (PDT), usually in the form of a swab test, within a specific time frame from the departure to or arrival into your destination country. The result of your negative COVID-19 test will be available to you within a short period of time in the form of a digitalised health certificate. You will need to check with your embassy for other mandatory travel declarations, valid visas and permission to visit.

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MINIMUM AGE From 12 years of age FOR PDT Self-declaration form OTHER REQUIREMENTS if unable to get test at departure country – subject to COVID-19 test upon arrival

The above table provides information on pre-departure requirements for travellers from Singapore to some common European destinations. This information is accurate as of 17 May 2021. Please check the latest government guidelines for updates on the country you are travelling to in order to determine the type of testing required and how soon before departure the test has to be undertaken.

Q. HOW DO I SHARE MY COVID-19 TEST RESULTS WITH AUTHORITIES? All departing travellers having their Pre-Departure Testing (PDT) in Singapore will receive a digital health certificate if their test is negative. PCR digital certificates will need to be authenticated and endorsed via https://www.notarise.gov.sg before travel. This ensures that the result and certificate are issued and authenticated by a Ministry of Health approved clinic/test laboratory and have not been tampered with. At Osler Health, the notarisation process has been incorporated in all digital PCR Fit-to-Fly health certificates that we issue. Q. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PCR TEST AND AN ART? The PCR test is the gold standard test for COVID-19 and is recognised internationally. Done by Ministry of Health-approved laboratories, it is used to diagnose a COVID-19 infection and for pre-departure testing. Osler Health will provide a digital Fit-to-Fly certificate for all PDTs. The turnaround time is 24 hours, and there is a faster option for same-day results. The Antigen Rapid Test (ART) is a nasal swab with a 30 minutes turnaround time. It can also be used for pre-event testing and back-to-work clearance. Some countries are approving its use for Pre-Departure Testing (Germany, USA and some European countries). More and more countries are now accepting the ART for pre-departure testing, especially those that have stipulated testing to be done 24 hours before departure (such as Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland). Q. DO I STILL NEED TO UNDERTAKE A PDT IF I AM VACCINATED? Yes, for most countries you will still need a PDT. You will still need a PDT. This is because whilst there is evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing symptomatic disease, the vaccinations are not 100% foolproof and the extent of their ability in preventing transmission of the infection to others is still being studied.

Q. WHAT SAFETY MEASURES WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FOR THE AIRPORT AND PLANE? Masks must be worn at all times at airports, on all international flights and any domestic connections. Safe distancing must be observed as much as possible especially when boarding aircraft, within the plane, at immigration points and baggage claims. Avoid unnecessary movements during the flight and congregating around toilets. Practise regular and frequent hand sanitising and hand washing with soap and water. Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, particularly after contact with commonly shared surfaces. Q. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR RETURNING TO SINGAPORE? All returning travellers from Europe will require the 21-day Stay-Home-Notice (SHN) in government-approved facilities such as designated hotels. Mandatory PCR tests are done on day 14 and day 21 of SHN. As the requirements are frequently changing, please check www.safetravel.ica.gov.sg/ for the latest update. The information above is correct as of 17 May 2021. Please note that the global travel ecosystem is fluid. Call us at Osler Health International and we can explain what test you need, when and for which destination. Dr Valerie Druon is a French-speaking Australian GP doctor, based at Osler Health at Star Vista. T 6339 2727 W www.osler-health.com

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BRINGING YOU 'HOME' Established in 2004, swissmade.direct brings the best of genuine Swiss-made products to customers in more than 110 countries. We are proud to enter into an exclusive partnership with the Swiss Club Singapore during its 150th Anniversary year.

Swiss Club Members enjoy an exclusive 15% OFF purchases from swissmade.direct. Look out for the promo code in the Club's e-newsletter. Flat rate for shipping parcels: 500g-2kg & 2.01kg- 5kg

All shipments originate from Switzerland and are insured against loss or damage

Missing your favourite Swiss products?

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o bring you more of the comforts of 'home', the Swiss Club has entered into an exclusive agreement with the original e-commerce platform specialising in Swiss-made products: swissmade.direct.

FINDING COMFORT IN FOND, FAMILIAR THINGS Amid the ongoing upheavals of the pandemic, familiar things bring a sense of stability. While Singapore offers all the delightful discoveries of living in a first-world multicultural nation, it can be difficult to locate Swiss products. The newly forged partnership between the Swiss Club Singapore and swissmade.direct will now make it easier and more affordable for our Members to ‘shop Switzerland’.

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STRENGTHENING THE SINGAPORESWITZERLAND CONNECTION “Switzerland and Singapore are often compared to each other for reasons ranging from our small size to our excellent infrastructure,” said Yves Beljean, CEO and Founder of swissmade.direct. “I am so happy to be playing a part in bringing our nations even closer together, in a sense.” CONSCIOUS COMMERCE Since the Swiss government tightly controls the use of the ‘Swiss made’ mark, you can rest assured that products you purchase from swissmade.direct are all-Swiss. The online catalogue gathers together the cream of Swiss brands, from luxury watches and pens to food items, personal care and beauty products. In line with Switzerland’s long-term climate strategy, swissmade.direct is opposed to ‘free shipping’, which dangles carrots in front of consumers without sparing a thought for the carbon footprint

Since the Swiss government tightly controls the use of the 'Swiss made' mark, you can rest assured that products you purchase from swissmade.direct are all-Swiss.

it leaves behind. Instead, it has negotiated a ‘flat rate service’ with DHL, which allows customers to consolidate purchases of multiple items into one parcel for a fixed fee. This collaboration with swissmade.direct is one of the many ways in which the Swiss Club is striving to add value to our Members’ lives. Look out for more details in your Club magazine and e-newsletters.


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After Work, It’s Fishing and Family for Fabian

ur youthful-looking Business Development Manager Fabian is actually a married 41-year-old father of three. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and music. PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE “Fishing is my favourite hobby. It cultivates patience and requires perseverance in reeling in the catch,” said Fabian. It occurred to us that fishing is not unlike cultivating a business relationship or closing a sale, especially during the pandemic slowdown. Prior to joining the Swiss Club, Fabian filled a similar role at the Orchid Country Club. Though he joined us on the cusp of

arguably the most difficult time in history, membership numbers have remained steady and even slightly increased. Fabian is always on the lookout, too, for new partnerships that will add value to membership. A JOB WITH A VIEW Despite the challenging times, Fabian loves working at the Swiss Club. He enjoys the lush natural surroundings and the friendly and motivating workplace culture. “With the pandemic situation, all operations are being affected. It is very heartwarming to see all of my fellow colleagues putting in their best effort to support each department amicably. And Members have shown great understanding,” said Fabian.

With the pandemic situation, all operations are being affected. It is very heartwarming to see all of my fellow colleagues putting in their best effort to support each department amicably. And Members have shown great understanding.

Fabian acknowledged F&B as a strong drawcard for Members, and highly recommends the Swiss cuisine in particular. Though Fabian’s job requires him to constantly interact with people, he claims that he has a quiet and reserved personality. So do say hi to this self-confessed shy guy!

If you are a business owner, a marketing decision-maker or a freelancer, consider advertising right here in 'Swiss Club' magazine, the biannual publication of the Swiss Club, Singapore. A presence in these pages will connect you and your business with more than 1,300 Swiss Club Members and their families. They are well-connected, well-travelled professionals who value quality, individuality and authenticity.

Does that sound like your kind of customer? We thought so. For more information, a media kit or a customised advertising package, please email marketing@swissclub.org.sg

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Programme of Sports Activities in July and August 2021

F O R TENNIS SOCIAL (MEN’S/LADIES’) Sat 3pm – 6pm (Courts 2, 3 and 4)

PADEL APERO PADEL SOCIAL Wed 7.30pm - 9pm

LADIES’ TEAM TRAINING Courts 4 and 5

For Padel enquiries, contact Pierre Capdeville at E ​ pierre@forty-fifteen.com or ​ swissclub@forty-fifteen.com

Mon 9am – 11am (WITS Team) Tue 10am – 12pm (WITS Team) Fri​8am – 9.30am (STA Team) ​ 10am – 12pm (Ladies’ Group Training) For times and dates, please see the 40XV display at the tennis courts. APERO TENNIS MIXED SOCIAL Thu 7pm – 8.30pm LADIES’ CARDIO TENNIS TRAINING Fri 10am – 11.30am LOVE-MATCH FIND A PARTNER LIST Register on Swiss Club web under 40XV Please check the tennis noticeboard for courts allocation for coaching and social tennis. Please contact Pierre Capdeville at T ​ 6591 9438 or E ​pierre@forty-fifteen.com

FOOTBALL SOCIAL FOOTBALL Mon 8pm – 10pm (Sports Field) Andreas Kalkum E andreas.kalkum@gmail.com to join our mailing list. An email is sent to Swiss Club Members every Friday to get players registered for football on Monday. GERMAN-SWISS ALL STARS COSMO LEAGUE Tue 7pm – 9pm (Sports Field) CASUAL KICK Tue 9pm – 10.30pm (Sports Field) Please contact Urs Brutsch at E Urs.Brutsch@hpwm.sg (German All Stars)

LADIES’ TENNIS LADDER Please contact Corinna Gorriz at E corinna@gorriz.de or T ​ 8725 6761

SWIMMING Please contact aquaDucks at E swiss@aquaducks.com.sg or ​ David at david@aquaducks.com.sg T 8260 9032 (weather update only)

MAHJONG Wed 7.30pm – 10.30pm (Board Room One)

ADULTS' TRAINING Tue 7.15pm Wed 2pm

Please contact Jill Boschung at E jillbos@yahoo.com or T 9022 4605

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A D U L T S SOCIAL TREKKING Time and dates to be advised. Please contact Samir or Sven at T 8189 1234 (SAMIR) 9806 8513 (SVEN) YOGA HATHA FLOW YOGA Fri 8.30am – 9.30am (Aerobics Studio) HATHA YOGA Sat 9am – 10am (Aerobics Studio) YIN YANG YOGA Mon 8.30am – 9.30am (Aerobics Studio) Please contact Nathalie Sofia (Yoga Library Pte Ltd) at E Sofia.nathalie@gmail.com or T 8260 4049 for more details ALIGNMENT-BASED HATHA YOGA Thu 8.30am – 9.30am (Aerobics Studio) YOGA MEDITATION Tue 9.30am – 10.45am (Aerobics Studio) Please contact Nadja Pizzo at E yogawithnadja@gmail.com or T 9145 4408 for more details GOLF German-Swiss Golf Club Please contact Adrian Luedi at E germanswissgolfclub@gmail.com or T 9081 8506


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JASS 21 Aug, 2 Oct, 13 Nov, 10 Dec *Venue to be advised Please contact Nadine Breitenmoser at E nadine.breitenmoser@gmail.com PROFESSIONAL FITNESS SERVICES AQUA BIKING Sat 9am – 9.50am (Note: Pre-register to secure a bike for class) INDOOR CYCLING Sat 11am – 11.45am (Aerobics Studio) (Note: Pre-register to secure a bike for class) BOOT CAMP Mon 6pm – 6.45pm Thu 8.30am – 9.15am (Sports Field/Outdoor Multi-Court) PILATES Wed 8am – 9am (Outdoor area near Sports Hall) Sat 10am – 11am (Edelweiss Room) VINYASA YOGA Tue 8.30am – 9.30am (Aerobics Studio) STRONG BY ZUMBA Mon 8.30am – 9.30am (Aerobics Studio) SPINNING Thu 7pm – 8pm (Aerobics Studio) Sat 11am – 12pm (Aerobics Studio) TRX SUSPENSION TRAINING Fri 8.30am – 9.30am (Outdoor Fitness Corner) Please contact Jason Stanley 24 hours before class at E getactive@activefitness.com.sg or T 9026 3452 PERSONAL TRAINING Please contact Timothy Felix at E getactive@activefitness.com.sg or T 9191 7475

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FOOTBALL TRAINING FOR KIDS – COSMO UNITED FOOTBALL ACADEMY Training on Saturday 10.30am – 12pm (Indoor Sports Hall) Open to all players born between: 1 Jan 2012 and 31 Dec 2015 Open to Swiss Club Members and Non-Members. Please contact Olliver Marx at E ​ info@cufa.com.sg W ​ w ww.cufa.com.sg T ​ 9821 3869 JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAMME Mon – Fri 4pm – 7.30pm Sat 8.30am – 12pm • Parent/child and tiny tots programme •​ Junior introductory/ ​ development programme •​ Junior intermediate/advanced programme For times and dates, please see the 40XV display at the tennis courts. Please contact Pierre Capdeville at T 6591 9438 or E pierre@forty-fifteen.com BASKETBALL (SOMA SPORTS SINGAPORE) Age Groups: 3-5, 6-12, 13-18 years old Mon 4.45pm – 5.45pm

BABIES' AND TODDLERS' SWIMMING LESSON (6-36 MONTHS) Tue – Fri 3pm – 5pm Sat 8.30am – 12pm PRESCHOOL SWIMMING LESSON (3-4 YEARS OLD) Tue – Fri 3pm – 5pm Sat 8.30am – 12pm LEARN TO SWIM (5-8 YEARS OLD) Tue – Fri 3pm – 5pm Sat 8.30am – 12pm STROKE AND DEVELOPMENT (CD 1-4) Tue – Fri 5pm, 6pm Sat 8.30am, 9.40am, 2pm, 4.45pm Please contact aquaDucks at E swiss@aquaducks.com.sg or ​ David at david@aquaducks.com.sg T 8260 9032 (weather update only) KARATE KYOKUSHIN KARATE Thu 5pm – 6pm 4 years and above Parents are welcome to join class (Aerobics Studio) Please contact the instructor, Sensei Lai at E ekl@caa.columbia.edu or T 9185 0900 PERSONAL TRAINING Please contact Timothy Felix at E getactive@activefitness.com.sg T 9191 7475

SALON SERVICES OM SALON By appointment only Please contact us at T 8374 4351

GOT A SUGGESTION? If you would like to suggest a new activity, please contact Elvis Tan, Sports & Recreation Executive at: E elvis.tan@swissclub.org.sg T 6591 9438

All classes are subject to prevailing Safe Management Measures set out by the Government. Please refer to the weekly newsletter or contact the relevant vendors for more information.

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Count the Orchids and Edelweiss

We have planted the national flowers of Singapore and Switzerland throughout the pages of this magazine, including the two on this page.

How many can you find? I can find

Vanda Miss Joaquim orchids. I can find

The Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid, also known as the Singapore orchid, was named after a Singaporean-Armenian lady who first grew the flower in her garden in Tanjong Pagar by cross-breeding two other types of orchid in 1893. It was Singapore’s first hybrid orchid and the first hybrid orchid bred by a woman.

Edelweiss. Edelweiss, the national flower of Switzerland, grows in alpine regions and is believed to have medicinal and even magical qualities. For example, in the 1970 classic ‘Asterix in Switzerland’, Asterix and Obelix are sent on a search to find edelweiss, or ‘silver star’, as an antidote to a poison!

Email a screen shot of this completed page to marketing@swissclub.org.sg with the subject ‘Singapore and Switzerland’, along with your name, Membership number and contact telephone number. The first 3 correct entries received will each WIN a Swiss Club kids' fun pack worth $50. Winners will be notified by email. 34


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