Swiss Club Magazine - January 2022

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SWISS CLUB – HOME FOR ALL NATIONALITIES

SWISS CLU B JANUARY - JUNE 2022

PHASE 2 RENOVATIONS: A PREVIEW 6 MONTHS OF DELICIOUS DINING PROMOTIONS MEET YOUR NEW COMMITTEE CHRISTMAS AT THE CLUB, REVISITED 6 COMMON KIDS’ HEALTH CONCERNS, ADDRESSED 10 QUESTIONS WITH THE DENKS


A ROARRRING START TO THE YEAR OF THE TIGER

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner Monday, 31 January 2022, 6pm to 9pm Arbenz and Rifle Lounge $48 per Adult $24 per Child (aged 5 to 12 years old) Enjoy a sumptuous steamboat dinner with succulent seafood, premium meats and vegetables. For reservations and enquiries, call 6591 9420 or email recept@swissclub.org.sg by 24 January 2022. Book early to avoid disappointment! Nett prices indicated are valid for payment via Swiss Club membership card only. A 15% surcharge will be levied for payment via credit cards.

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Saturday, 12 February 2022, 7pm to 10pm, By the Pool $199 per couple Includes a complimentary bottle of premium house pour wine or prosecco. For reservations and enquiries, call 6591 9420 or email recept@swissclub.org.sg by 5 February 2022. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Guesthouse Staycation Pay an additional $100 and stay overnight at the Guesthouse, including breakfast and late checkout at 3pm. Nett prices indicated are valid for payment via Swiss Club membership card only. A 15% surcharge will be levied for payment via credit cards.

ANNUAL LION DANCE AT THE SWISS CLUB

6 Feb 2022, 10am Look out for details in our e-newsletter, and on our WhatsApp and Telegram channels.


A Note from the Editor

Inside this Issue General

Dear Members and readers, Welcome to your new-look, new-name magazine. Formerly ‘Relax’, ‘Swiss Club’ speaks volumes and says it all. Unlike your previous magazine, a quarterly, ‘Swiss Club’ is a biannual publication that doubles as a physical souvenir of Members’ happy times at the Club. Please read it, enjoy it, and keep it for future reminiscing. What a year 2021 was. What a year 2022 is turning out to be. When COVID-19 first reared its spiky head, many expected it to blow over within months. Few predicted that it would become the ongoing, life-changing, world-transforming event of the century that it has proven itself to be. I am personally embarrassed by how casually, almost blithely I dismissed it. That said, this pandemic has not been all bad. Personally, I think it has brought out the best in many people, and served to remind us of what’s truly important in the world. Health, family, friends, freedom – and really, not much else matters. Of course, true freedom requires financial security; freedom from stress and the limitations that a lack of income imposes. I hope that your physical and financial health have not been seriously affected by the coronavirus. If they have, may you recover and rebound quickly. I leave you with a toast that a dear friend sent me in one of those viral videos that spread like wildfire on the Internet: To staying positive, and testing negative... Cheers! And one more: Some ships are wooden ships but those ships may sink. The best ships are friendships and to those ships we drink... Happy New Year!

Suzanne Lauridsen Editor, Swiss Club

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A Note from the Editor Club Management, Staff and Reservations Committee Members and Responsibilities Welcome (New Members) A New Year’s Message from the Swiss Ambassador A Message from the President A Message from the General Manager Opening Hours All Caught Up Meet the Committee Phase 2 Club Renovations Begin

Dining

16 On the Menu 18 On the Wine List

Events

20 Calendar of Events Jan – Mar 2022 22 Ghouls and Guys Come Out to Play 24 The Club Lights Up! 25 Season’s Eatings 27 Christmas Made Meaningful

Sports

28 A Smashing New Year 30 A Splashing New Year 32 Staying Strong 34 Not Your Average Joe 35 Vivo-Kids Are World-ready Kids 36 Yoga for You 37 Salute the Sun

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38 News from the Swiss Embassy • Swiss FinTech in Singapore • Swiss Weeks 39 • Holiday in Switzerland! 40 New from the Swiss School • News for the School Year 2022/2023 41 • Learning in the Green: Diversity and Friendship at SSiS 42 6 Insights into Your Children’s Health by Dr Peter Chiu 44 Asia Society Switzerland Series Meet My Country (Bhutan) 45 The Mindful Camp 46 10 Questions with the Denk Family 48 Programme of Sports Activities for January to June 2022 50 Attention Budding Artists: Draw the Clubhouse and WIN a Gift Hamper!

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Club Management, Staff and Reservations CLUB Aaron Lim, General Manager E aaron.lim@swissclub.org.sg DID 6591 9457

MARKETING/EVENTS & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Riza Mazlan, Marketing & Events Manager E riza.mazlan@swissclub.org.sg DID 6591 9436

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

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

ADMIN & HR

SPORTS & RECREATION

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

Elvis Tan, Assistant Manager, Sports and Recreation E elvis.tan@swissclub.org.sg DID 6591 9438

FINANCE

FACILITIES & MAINTENANCE

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

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

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

COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Thomas von Rueti President E president@swissclub.org.sg or Thomas.vonrueti@swissclub.org.sg

Caroline Steger Deputy President, Marketing & Membership Subcommittee E deputypres@swissclub.org.sg or Caroline.steger@swissclub.org.sg

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Dominic Schacher Treasurer E treasurer@swissclub.org.sg or Dominic.schacher@swissclub.org.sg

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

Adrian Jacklowsky HR Subcommittee E Adrian.jacklowsky@swissclub.org.sg Adrian Luedi Sports Subcommittee E Adrian.luedi@swissclub.org.sg Geraldine Ernst Sports Subcommittee E Geraldine.ernst@swissclub.org.sg Pooja Agarwal F&B Subcommittee E Pooja.agarwal@swissclub.org.sg Robbie Hills Marketing & Membership Subcommittee E Robbie.hills@swissclub.org.sg William Forwood Property Subcommittee E William.forwood@swissclub.org.sg Valerie Conxicoeur F&B Subcommittee E Valerie.conxicoeur@swissclub.org.sg


Welcome PLEASE JOIN US IN EXTENDING A WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEW SWISS CLUB MEMBERS.

Rebecca Jane Hallett & James Robert Horne Maximilian & Johanna Hoenigsmann Jessamine Ihrcke & Torrey Dorsey

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George & Renee Irwin Vanessa & Sven Israel Andreas Gerhard Janz & Chai Foong Leng Rena Alexander & Sarah Kayser Bernard Kranen & Chai Ee Juang Eileen Michaelle Kubwimana & Francesco Ntibarikure Francois & Mylene Locatelli Simon & Shane Miller Charles & Victoria Mansour Benjamin & Elizabeth Marlow David & Katherine Martin Ian Mathie & Delphine Rethoret-Mathie Bjarke Mikkelsen & Christina Poulsen-Mikkelsen Emmanuel & Severine Montet Ng Ling Ling Rosalind & Robert Owen Leonard Dewesselow Thierry Nguyen & Catherine Sylvain-Nguyen Richard Nilsson & Pricillia Imbar-Nilsson Stefan Oechsner & Samantha Leese Veronique & Stephane Pelliet Jason & Mindy Pilger Agnes Lagrange-Pingat & Eric Pingat Ben & Lucie Powell Jacob & Honey Puthenparambil MaryAnn Puthussery Shirley Qi & Yu Bin Brian Quinn & Michiko Kinoshita-Quinn Giovanni Retana & Sandra Perez Brice Richard & Sejal Mistry-Richard David Marshall & Darah Ann Roslyn Jens Rzesacz & Lau Wei Ling Vanessa Hendrik & Barbara Schulte-Wess Hayley Sharratt & James Macarthur William & Susanne Shaw William & Alexandra Skinner Tan Ching Lien Margaret Tan Yau Boon Barrie & Tan Le Peng Teh Su Mei & David Kristian Paul Soares Mostapha Tahiri & Stephanie Glas-Tahiri Tan Ai Rin & Benjamin W J Poole William & Clara Vanderpump Francois & Anne Sophie Vervial Virgile Viasnoff & Beatrice Lehman-Viasnoff Irene Wamakau & Stanley Mumo Nimrod Wei & Jennifer Lewin Alexander Wiseman & Stephanie Wilson-Wiseman Kieran & Tamara White Christopher D Wright & Katharina Wright Xiao Geraldine & Huang Minquan Eden Belma & Kader Yebka Neil Brookes & Emma Anderson Brookes Mok Leon Samuel & Mok-Tong Branda Raphael & Elenkova Irene Cheminat Ryan & Juliet Harper Jean Claude & Sandra Hariri Touboul Cherie Ananda Jerome & Marta Bigio Pierre & Violaine Chanteclair Sabine D'Angely-Lavail Howard De Podesta & Rachel Applegarth-De Podesta Nikhil & Vesselina Daswani Alexis & Daniel Dubois Leia & Nicholas Kehoe Katherine Munsey Jonathan Patterson & Charlotte Gregory Sean Spencer & Wong Christine Wong Debbie Frances & Wesley Lance Gladwin Johnston

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Patrick Michael Blust & Blust-Fung Sze Kiu Cynthia Katja Fink Steeve Jerome & Lucia Montandon Varoda Murielle Quenzer Michael David Braendle & Saskia Quante David Herensperger & Yang Juan Alexandre Maret & Jill Carpenter-Maret Thomas Nauer & Man Cao-Nauer Christophe Neuerberg & Rattanamon Saisangjan Philipp Oilver & Vicki Piaz Thomas Rindlisbacher & Khoo Yah Ee Ariyal Christian Rothenbuehler & Rothenbuehler-Chiam Ee Leng Kriss Bruno & Maria Tomasina Joachim Zagrosek & Veovongsy Veopraseut Andres Acosta & Ursula Restrepo Betancur-Acosta Stephane Alex & Marine Diederichs-Alex Jonathan Asvestis & Nakamura Eri Jasmine Bahen & Mohan Fasee Bailey Nicholas & Bailey Juliane Marcus & Anke Balzereit Elise Roume-Becker & Mark Christian Becker Mario & Ellen Becker Nicholas & Catherine Bevington Arnaud Bickert & Florence Berge-Bickert Bertrand & Caroline Billon Edouard & Amrita Bourdon Antoine Jean-Michael Bracq & Laurine De Montmarin-Bracq Darrin & Abigail Browne Andrew Brueckner & Aurelie Grijol Federico Burgoni & Valentina Biavati-Burgoni Cathryn Carlson Chew Wee Kee & Hor Ping Yi Tiffany Chia Ee Ming Kenneth & Tan Yan Nee Choi Seung Ki Tommy & Yook In Kyung Choy Wen Han & Paschina Giovanna Glenn Clarke & Sharda Sanyogta Persaud-Clarke Rhian Lorl & James Oilver Clayton-Payne Thomas & Laura Cooke Lindsay Cooper & Avtar Kaur Bilan Roland Coppens & Mariola Wolters-Coppens Luis Coronado & Coronado-Kim Nari Uzoma & Iracema Correia Karl & Irene Daruwalla Roelof Willem Otto De Jager & Vu Thu Minh Suraen Dushan De Silva & Janet Widjaja Mark & Miren De Venecia Leopold Frans Joseph & Tricolici Mariana De Win Jan Philip Dirkmann & Piyawadee Tansutat-Dirkmann Graeme Dowsett Florian Dumas & Dumas-Lim Jeong-Ja Veronica Marie Ee Antoine & Johanna El Iman Laurence Feijt & Arjen Hendrikse Ashley Wayne & Bianca Feuerheerdt Fong Rebecca & Liu Brandon Neil & Alexandra Forrest Gertraud Gallecker & Tilo Bischoff-Gallecker Armin Geltinger & Cynthia Paul-Geltinger Filippo Gotti & Smeralda Mazzei-Gotti Tobias & Philippa Gresham Martin & Eniy Sugianti Groth Shilpa Pahlaj Gulrajani & Sarkar Saikat Gwak Yun Seok Aaron & Yoon Jung Jue Paul & Elizabeth Haenle

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A New Year’s Message from the Swiss Ambassador

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GENERAL

THE EMBASSY LOOKS FORWARD TO CONTINUING A CLOSE AND SUSTAINABLE PARTNERSHIP, CELEBRATING SWISS TRADITIONS AND CULTURE TOGETHER.

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Dear Members of the Swiss Club, I hope you had a happy Christmas holiday and have started the new year with lots of joy. 2021 was another challenging year for the Swiss community in Singapore. Many were separated from their loved ones back home, experienced illness in their families and felt the impact of social distancing regulations. I am all the more grateful that the Vaccinated Travel Lane between Singapore and Switzerland has enabled families to be reunited again, ending the year on a positive note. With Singapore gradually opening its borders, we are hopeful that cross-border movement and connections will help us heal as a society, as one community and as an economy. Staying connected is the only way for Switzerland and Singapore to overcome the many challenges that still lie ahead. 2021 was a very special year for the Swiss Club as it celebrated its 150th anniversary in Singapore. We are proud that it is one of the most historic clubs in Singapore, providing a home away from home to the Swiss and international community. The recently renovated historic Clubhouse, surrounded by lush greenery, is truly a little oasis for families in Singapore. Despite the many challenges of social distancing, the Swiss Club managed to celebrate its anniversary with various Swiss traditions and events. The Swiss Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer, who visited the FinTech Festival in Singapore with a delegation of high-ranking representatives from the Swiss financial centre in November, held his welcome brief in the beautiful and historical Rifle Lounge! I would like to thank Rolf Gerber for his tireless commitment, all his work and the close collaboration with the Swiss Embassy and Swiss pillars during his time as President at the Swiss Club. He will be missed, but I am sure that he will

maintain close contacts with all of us. I take this opportunity to congratulate the new President Thomas von Rueti, already well known in the community, and wish him all the best of success in his new role. The embassy looks forward to continuing a close and sustainable partnership, celebrating Swiss traditions and culture together. To kick-start the new year with positive energy, I am happy to announce that the embassy has an exciting programme lined up for spring 2022: The Swiss Weeks. We will be screening family-friendly films at Gardens By the Bay and present culinary events and highlights in collaboration with our Swiss food and beverage partners and EHL Campus (Singapore). We will be presenting TechArt and Swiss Cleantech solutions at the Singapore Sustainable Gallery. Other events include an embroidery workshop, an exhibition in the context of the renovation of the Swiss Embassy, a concert with Swiss-Singapore Artist Tabitha Nauser, an open day at the Swiss School, and many more events. Last but not least, we will be presenting +Pavilion, a pop-up installation developed with Swiss and local partners. Please find more information about the Swiss Weeks by following our Facebook page (@SwissEmbassySingapore) and my Twitter account (@SwissAmbSGP). On behalf of our team, I wish you a very Happy New Year filled with joy and peace. With warm greetings,

F. Filliez

Fabrice Filliez Ambassador of Switzerland


A Message from the President I want to take this opportunity to thank our Members for their tremendous support during the year. Our F&B offering is a good example, which Members enjoyed despite everchanging restrictions – from takeaway only to dining for five, to dining for eight, and back to dining for two.

The start of a new year is always a great moment to reflect a little on the past year and, more importantly, to look forward to a new year full of opportunities.

Many thanks to Aaron, Adrian and their team for the great job they’ve done during this incredibly challenging year. They have continually had to adapt to new rules, redesigning or even postponing events, whilst always finding new ways to maintain the appeal of the Club.

The year 2021 marked the 150th anniversary of our Club, and we had grand plans to celebrate this memorable event. Needless to say, the pandemicrelated restrictions made most of them impossible. Still, we provided the Club and the Members with a beautiful birthday gift in the form of our newly renovated Clubhouse. The Committee and the Management will continue to identify and implement initiatives to enhance our offering and services for our Members. The largest project scheduled in 2022 is the renovation of our Pavilion. This initiative will offer Members a fantastic gym and studio with a view to the jungle as well as new function rooms for your private and company events.

Let’s all hope that the new year will be less dominated by the pandemic, offering us some greater normality again. Based on recent developments, this looks reasonably promising.

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I hope you and your families enjoyed the festive season. Some of you may have taken advantage of the new Vaccinated Travel Lanes and travelled to see loved ones after a long time apart. Others stayed back in Singapore and enjoyed the fantastic weather and some quality time at the Club.

On behalf of my fellow Committee members, the Management team and all our staff, I wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year in 2022.

T. von Rueti

Thomas von Rueti President, Swiss Club

Swiss Club – Home for all Nationalities

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THE START OF A NEW YEAR IS ALWAYS A GREAT MOMENT TO REFLECT A LITTLE ON THE PAST YEAR AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, TO LOOK FORWARD TO A NEW YEAR FULL OF OPPORTUNITIES.

Dear Members,


A Message from the General Manager

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HOPEFULLY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR I’LL BE TELLING A DIFFERENT STORY, FINGERS CROSSED, AND THERE WILL BE NOT ONLY LIGHT ON THE HORIZON BUT DATES ON OUR CALENDAR FOR THE BIGGEST BASH OF THE SUMMER AND THE BIGGEST, BEERIEST PARTY OF THE YEAR!

Dear Members, I hope you all enjoyed a heartwarming festive season with loved ones, either in Singapore or in your respective home countries. For many of you, it would have been your first trip home in two years. I can only imagine the joyous reunions! I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome back our existing Members and welcome our new ones. I am pleased to share that 250 new Members joined our community in 2021, which is quite a feat in these uncertain times. Thank you for choosing us over other Clubs. I am confident that you won’t be disappointed. While our events have been unavoidably scaled down due to COVID-19, we are working hard to reinstate many of the celebrations and activities that the Club staged and hosted prior to the pandemic. Already, many of the smaller celebrations have returned – including our annual Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner, our Easter Brunch and our Mother’s Day Brunch. Please book early to avoid disappointment, as these are normally fully booked days if not weeks in advance. Needless to say, our epic events, namely Summerfest and Oktoberfest, are unlikely to occur in the foreseeable future. Hopefully this time next year I’ll be telling a different story, fingers crossed, and there will be not only light on the horizon but dates on our calendar for the biggest bash of the summer and the biggest, beeriest party of the year! Change is the only constant, as the saying goes. While it’s something of a cliché, it’s certainly never been more applicable than it is today. In response to these fast-changing times, we’ve been working on a few changes of our

own. Please look out for new systems, new menus, some new Club furniture, and new RFID membership cards in the months to come. We’ve also recruited some new staff members, so look out for a few new faces around the Club. Rest assured that we are constantly striving to improve the Swiss Club experience. I take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for patiently and graciously accepting the necessary inconveniences of COVID-19. Please do continue to observe all necessary protocols on Safe Management Measures (SMM) and VaccinationDifferentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS), and remind your Guests to do likewise. Meanwhile, enjoy your recently renovated Clubhouse and restaurants, and look forward to the completion of Phase 2 of the renovation plans, now in progress. Finally, on behalf of the Management and staff, I wish you and your families a Happy, Healthy New Year! Let’s hope that the good far outweighs the bad, and that all future surprises will be pleasant ones. Yours sincerely,

A. Lim

Aaron Lim General Manager, Swiss Club Swiss Club – Home for all Nationalities


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

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

Term Membership (12 months) $2,400 nett per Member $4,700 nett per Family

Dining Outlets

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.

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

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

Opening Hours

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 Daily: 7am – 12mn

JUNGLE COVE

ARBENZ RESTAURANT

Mon – Fri: 11am – 10.30pm (Last beverage order 10pm)

Wed – Sun: 11.30am – 3pm (Last food order 2.15pm) & 6pm – 11pm (Last food order 9.30pm, last beverage order 10.30pm)

The Guesthouse/Reception

Dinner reservations only Dress code: Casual

Lunch and dinner reservations are recommended Dress code (lunch and dinner): Smart casual (no shorts, slippers and singlets)

E theguesthouse@swissclub.org.sg T 6591 9420

PERGOLA

ARBENZ LOUNGE TERRACE

Mon – Thu: 8am – 10.30pm (Last beverage order 10pm)

Mon & Tue: Closed

(Last food order 9.30pm)

Sat & Eve of PH: 10am – 11pm (Last beverage order 10.30pm) Sun: 10am – 10.30pm (Last beverage order 10pm)

(Last food order 9.30pm)

Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: 8am – 11pm (Last beverage order 10.30pm) Sun: 8am – 10.30pm (Last beverage order 10pm) Breakfast daily: 8am – 11am Dinner reservations only Dress code: Casual (no bath towels)

Mon & Tue: Closed

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

Room Reservations:

Sports Facilities

(Drinks only, no dining)

Wed – Sun: 11.30am – 3pm & 5.30pm – 11pm (Last beverage order 10.30pm) Due to safe distancing measures, only Members/ guests with allocated seats will be allowed. Dress code (lunch and dinner): Smart casual (no shorts, slippers and singlets)

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.

DINING RESERVATIONS

Daily: 9am – 8pm

BANQUET RESERVATIONS E fabian.tan@swissclub.org.sg T 6591 9430

Daily Tennis/Padel Court Football Field Gym Multicourt Leisure Pool Mon – Fri Lap Pool Sports Hall**

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

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.

For restaurant reservations, please call 6591 9420, from 10am – 7pm. After office hours, please call 6591 9431. Outlet opening hours are subject to changes.

*Can be booked for exclusive usage.

**Fees apply for usage of Sports Hall.


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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.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THESE NEW NORMS AND CLUB MATTERS.

PARK THOUGHTFULLY Please park your vehicle within a demarcated parking lot.

VEHICLE NO.

CAR DECAL EXCHANGE Remember to exchange your old car deal for a new one at Swiss Club Reception between 9am and 7pm, by 31 March 2022.

NEW WAYS TO KEEP IN TOUCH Follow the Swiss Club’s WhatsApp and Telegram accounts for real-time updates and news of upcoming events and activities.

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.

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COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT SIGNED We’re pleased to share that the Swiss Club recently signed a collective agreement (CA) with the Attractions, Resorts & Entertainment Union (AREU). This CA ensures that the Swiss Club meets industry standards in extending staff benefits and looking after the welfare of our staff. It also enhances the social and recreational benefits of staff and creates an additional platform to forward constructive labour-management relations. Formed in 2010, the AREU is an affiliate of NTUC and represents employees in the attractions, entertainment and lifestyle services, arts and cultural activities, wildlife and resorts industry.


HAPPENING THIS MARCH 2022

FISHING & PRAWNING CLINIC 2022 Missed our 2021 edition of prawning at the Club and fishing clinic at Orto? Due to popular demand, we are bringing it back in 2022! Look out for more info on how to register via our regular Club communication channels.

LOCATION: Fishing Paradise @ ORTO 81 Lorong Chencharu, 769198

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Look out for more info via our weekly e-newsletter and Whatsapp / Telegram channels!

-b u n n y’s I n v it e d!

Easter Sunday Brunch Sunday, 17 April 2022, 11am - 2pm Arbenz

$75 per Adult $25 per Child (aged 5 to 12 years old) Add $55 for free flow premium house pour wines, prosecco and beer Add $75 for free flow premium house pour wines, champagne and beer This fun family affair includes a semi-buffet brunch, complete with our ever-popular chocolate fountain, an Easter egg hunt for the kids, face painting and more! For reservations and enquiries, call 6591 9420 or email recept@swissclub.org.sg by 10 April 2022. Book early to avoid disappointment! Nett prices indicated are valid for payment via Swiss Club membership card only. A 15% surcharge will be levied for payment via credit cards.


Meet the Committee THOMAS VON RUETI President

OUR CURRENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS SHARE THEIR MOTIVATION FOR STEPPING UP AND GETTING INVOLVED.

“The Swiss Club has a beautiful history. I would love to contribute to this legacy by leveraging my knowledge and skills to support the Management and their team and make it an even more wonderful place for Members.”

Impossible to single out one dish – too many great options!

DOMINIC SCHACHER Treasurer

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Roesti

“It is a great honour to be part of a club that has been around for over 150 years. I hope by being part of the Committee I can help to continually improve the Swiss Club for its Members.”

CAROLINE STEGER Deputy President Marketing & Membership Subcommittee “I want to take an active part in the future development of the Club and its refurbishment and renewal, as it has great potential to be one of the best recreational clubs in Singapore.”

Sustainable Barramundi Fillet

MICHAEL BELL Secretary

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“I aim to help the Club through the redevelopment project in a timely and cost-effective manner.”

Dahl Tadka

Dining recommendation

Flammkuchen and Cold Platter ADRIAN JACKLOWSKY HR Subcommittee “The Club has an amazing past, and it’s one of the most beautiful spots in Singapore. I hope to help shape the future of the Club, making the necessary adaptations while preserving its legacy. It’s satisfying to have the opportunity to engage with the Members, Management and the Committee and work towards a common goal.”


GERALDINE ERNST Sports Subcommittee

Rangers Valley Ribeye ADRIAN LUEDI Sports Subcommittee

“The Swiss Club became a ‘home away from home’ when I moved to Singapore and now I want to give back and contribute to make the Club the best it can be.” Thai Beef Salad

Indian Tandoori

Yellow Dhal Tadka with crisp Garlic Naan POOJA AGARWAL F&B Subcommittee “I hope to contribute ideas and skills to enhance the viability of the Club’s functioning for its diverse Members. It’s my way of giving back to the Club, which we greatly enjoy visiting as a family and for entertaining guests.”

Tandoori Fish Tikka with extra Mango Chutney

ROBBIE HILLS Marketing & Membership Subcommittee “I want to help drive positive change and improvements to all aspects of the Club, from sports, food and facilities to areas behind the scenes like marketing and membership.”

WILLIAM FORWOOD Property Subcommittee “As I am from a projects and property background, I was invited onto the Committee to support the Club’s major refurbishment, for which planning started in 2017. It’s been a great way to help the Club in its constant journey to become a place for Members to enjoy.”

VALERIE CONXICOEUR F&B Subcommittee “I hope to help the Club become the go-to destination for great food in a unique atmosphere in Singapore, and improve the already fantastic offerings based on Members’ feedback!”

Dining recommendation

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Kung Pao Chicken

GENERAL

“I hope to actively participate in maintaining and further developing the sports offering of the Club and contribute to the general Club atmosphere.”


Phase 2 Club Renovations Begin

GENERAL

WE TRUST THAT YOU ARE ENJOYING YOUR RENOVATED CLUBHOUSE AND ENJOYING THE REFRESHED DÉCOR OF OUR F&B VENUES. HERE’S A PREVIEW OF WHAT YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO AS WE EMBARK ON PHASE 2 OF OUR PLANNED RENOVATION.

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WHAT’S NEXT The Pavilion, conference/ function room and gym are set to undergo a radical makeover, and a yoga, Pilates and fitness studio for group classes will be added. These 3D renderings have been reproduced with kind permission of our appointed architect and project manager, Facility Asia. PAVILION AT A GLANCE • Cascading green walls • Split levels with contrasting flooring • Extensive use of timber • Clusters of staggered rattan lights • Casual seating including benches and ottomans

All images are artist’s impressions, based on the current renovation plans. Plans are subject to changes, and final details may differ.


GYM AT A GLANCE • Floor-to-ceiling glazed windows • Roof glass panels admit natural light • Natural timber flooring • Pendant lights YOGA AND FITNESS STUDIO AT A GLANCE • Floor-to-ceiling windows • Extensive use of natural timber and soft hues • Mirrored wall

All images are artist’s impressions, based on the current renovation plans. Plans are subject to changes, and final details may differ.

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GENERAL

CONFERENCE/ FUNCTION ROOMS AT A GLANCE • Open ceiling, track lighting system and operable wall system for optimal flexibility • Slatted timber panelling wraps around wall and ceiling • Unique organic carpet brings the outdoors in


On the Menu

January to June 2022 JANUARY PROMOTION 5 - 9 January

The Best of Swiss Rösti

12 - 16 January

The Best of Tartar

22 - 23 January

Australia Day Celebration

26 January

Ladies’ Night

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JC

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P

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(Champagne, Prosecco, House Pour Wines 1-for-1)

31 January

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner

31 January

Chinese New Year Specials

JC

P

JC

RL

DINING

P

A

FEBRUARY PROMOTION 1 - 6 February

Chinese New Year Specials

12 February

Valentine’s Day Dinner

15 - 20 February

The Best of Vegan Cuisine

17 - 27 February

Tapas Nights

20 February

Semi-brunch

A

23 February

Ladies’ Luncheon

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Arbenz Lounge Terrace

P

JC

A

(Champagne, Prosecco, House Pour Wines 1-for-1)

26 February

Arbenz

P

Pergola

Mardi Gras

P

Jungle Cove

Lawn

JC

Poolside

Rifle Lounge

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-newsletter for further details and updates.


MARCH PROMOTION 4 March

Guest Chef

12 March

Kids’ Snake Bread and Sausage Grilling L

13 March

Swiss Z’morgen

16 - 20 March

Dining Under the Stars

19 - 20 March

St Patrick’s Day Celebration

24 March

Wine Dinner RL

30 March

Ladies’ Night

A

P

P

JC

A

DINING

(Champagne, Prosecco, House Pour Wines 1-for-1)

APRIL PROMOTION 6 - 10 April

The Best of Tandoori Kitchen

9 April

Kids’ Cupcake Decoration Class

20 - 24 April

The Best of Switzerland

17 April

Easter Brunch A

27 April

Ladies’ Luncheon A

TBC

JC

Whiskey Dinner RL

Pergola

Jungle Cove

Lawn

Poolside

Rifle Lounge

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-newsletter for further details and updates.

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Arbenz Lounge Terrace

JC

(Champagne, Prosecco, House Pour Wines 1-for-1)

28 April

Arbenz

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P


MAY PROMOTION 1 - 2 May

Hari Raya Specials

1 - 31 May

White Asparagus Special

8 May

Mother’s Day Brunch A

14 May

Kids’ Pizza Baking Workshop

20 May

Guest Chef A

25 May

Ladies’ Night

P

JC A

P

JC

TBC

A

(Champagne, Prosecco, House Pour Wines 1-for-1)

JUNE PROMOTION

Kids’ and Parents’ Soccer

4 June

DINING

Tournament & BBQ

8 - 12 June

Dining Under the Stars

7 - 12 June

The Best of Open Face Sandwiches

16 June

Wine Dinner RL

18 - 19 June

Street Food Festival L

29 June

Ladies’ Luncheon

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Arbenz

TBC

Arbenz Lounge Terrace

P

JC

A

(Champagne, Prosecco, House Pour Wines 1-for-1)

Pergola

Jungle Cove

Lawn

Poolside

Rifle Lounge

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-newsletter for further details and updates.


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CALENDAR OF E VENTS JAN – MAR 2022 JANUARY 5–9

12 – 16

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Amazing Race The Best of Swiss Rösti at Pergola & Jungle Cove

22-23

The Best of Tartar at Arbenz

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Australia Day Celebration at Pergola & Jungle Cove

31

Chinese New Year Specials at Pergola & Jungle Cove

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner at Arbenz & Rifle Lounge

Ladies’ Night at Arbenz

FEBRUARY 5

EVENTS

1–6

6

Chinese New Year Flea Market

12

Lion Dance

Art Workshop

Chinese New Year Specials at Pergola & Jungle Cove 19

20

ACRES Trip

21 -22

Semi-brunch at Arbenz The Best of Vegan Cuisine at Pergola & Jungle Cove

Valentine’s Day Dinner by the Pool 23

15-20

The Best of Vegan Cuisine at Pergola & Jungle Cove

24 -25

Ladies’ Luncheon at Arbenz

17-27

18

Tapas Nights at Arbenz Lounge Terrace

26

Mardi Gras at Pergola & Jungle Cove

27

Tapas Nights at Arbenz Lounge Terrace

MARCH

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4

Guest Chef at Arbenz 19 – 20

St Patrick’s Day Celebration at Pergola & Jungle Cove

5

Fishing/Prawning Clinic

12

Kids’ Snake Bread and Sausage Grilling at Lawn 24

Wine Dinner at Rifle Lounge

13

Swiss Z’morgen at Pergola 30

Ladies’ Night at Arbenz

All events and promotions are subject to changes or cancellation due to changes to COVID-19 management measures, and other unforeseen circumstances. Please check the Club’s e-newsletter for further details and updates.


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EVENTS

RAIN DID NOTHING TO DAMPEN THE SPIRITS OF THE 100-PLUS FUN-SEEKERS AND HELL-RAISERS WHO TURNED UP TO CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN 2021 AT THE SWISS CLUB.

AWESOME ACTIVITIES GALORE Harking back to our origins as the Swiss Rifle Shooting Club, the Candy Shootout in the Edelweiss Room unearthed some impressive sharp-shooters among our younger Members. Contestants wielded nerf guns and hit tiny targets with surprising accuracy for prizes of candy.

get their hands on in 20 seconds of pitch darkness. Meanwhile, the Haunted House from Halloweens past made a triumphant comeback in the Alpenrose.

The Treats Hunt in the Enzian Room was a frantic grab-and-gobble affair, with kids seizing as much candy as they could

Thank you to all our sporting Members who came in costume and supported this annual Club event. Enjoy the BOO-tiful photos!


Guesthouse EVENTS

PROMOTIONS

Valentine's Day

"Stay away from home" Special

Easter Week Promo

Anniversary Package

Summer Holiday Special

Birthday Staycay!

For more details, check our weekly newsletter or scan this QR code Swiss Club, Singapore | 36 Swiss Club Rd, Singapore 288139 | 6591 9420

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Look out for these upcoming promotions in 2022


The Club Lights Up! ON SATURDAY, 4 DECEMBER 2021 AT 7PM, THE SWISS CLUB WAS ILLUMINATED WITH TWINKLING LIGHTS AND THE BRIGHT EYES OF THE CHILDREN IN ATTENDANCE AT OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT-UP.

EVENTS

LIGHTS, MUSIC, SNOWFALL! A healthy crowd of around 60 Members of all ages turned up at the roundabout for that much-anticipated magical moment when it finally feels like Christmas. After a light-hearted speech by our GM Aaron, the countdown to the light-up began... and the Club was aglow! After the light-up, a snow machine performed the ‘Christmas miracle’ of delivering snow to tropical Singapore. The night was set to Christmas carols, and young and old hit the grass-cushioned dancefloor.

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As you can see from these photos, a wonderful time was had by all.


Season’s Eatings

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EVENTS

THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH AT THE SWISS CLUB WAS A FESTIVE AFFAIR WITH MORE THAN 100 GUESTS GATHERING TO EAT, DRINK AND MAKE MERRY AT ARBENZ AND PERGOLA.


OH WHAT A FEAST! Adrian and his merry band of culinary elves dished up a fine feast of traditional, multicultural and fusion dishes that saw a steady stream of diners visiting the live serving stations from 11am through to mid-afternoon.

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The menu included indulgent delicacies such as smoked Norwegian salmon, pan-seared foie gras, kingfish and tuna sashimi, and grass-fed Australian Angus ribeye served with truffle potato puree, ratatouille and jus. (Is your mouth watering yet?)

Of course the traditional turkey with roast chestnuts and succulent glazed ham made their obligatory appearance – alongside exotic offerings from the tandoori kitchen, including cauliflower masala, butter chicken and assorted naan. The sweet finale – macaroons, log cakes, assorted patisserie, Christmas cookies and a fruit platter.

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As you can see, good food, good company and a jolly good time were enjoyed by all.


Christmas Made Meaningful

EVENTS

OUR BIG-HEARTED MEMBERS RALLIED TO DONATE $5,000 IN TOTAL TO THE CLUB’S RAY OF HOPE CHARITY DRIVE, ENSURING THAT EIGHT LESS FORTUNATE FAMILIES GOT TO RECEIVE EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFTS LAST YEAR.

Image by Ray of Hope, https://rayofhope.sg

THANK YOU FOR THE FUNDS AND THE FOOTWORK Gifts for the beneficiaries from the eight families, comprising 16 adults and 21 children, were purchased with the proceeds. The children each received school essentials, NTUC and Popular vouchers, while the adults received NTUC vouchers and hampers worth $200 each.

Moritz Denk, Dominic Schacher and Park Ki Un, together with Management and staff Aaron, Elvis and Riza, who distributed the gifts over Friday, 10 and Saturday, 11 December 2021. As these photos clearly show, the joy of giving is a gift in itself.

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Sincere thanks to the 37 Swiss Club Members who donated funds; and special thanks to Swiss Club volunteers Diana and


A Smashing New Year ON BEHALF OF THE 40XV TEAM, HERE’S WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR. WITH NEW COACHES AND NEW EVENTS, IT’S SHAPING UP TO BE A YEAR OF GREAT TENNIS AND GOOD TIMES. LET’S PLAY! I am sure I speak for all of you, if not the entire world, when I say that I hope that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. We are looking forward to competing in tournaments and resuming tennis camps and social events in 2022. Since many of us have taken hits on multiple fronts, now it’s time to have a hit on court. Focusing on your game is a great form of stress relief and an enjoyable way to get fit. So, let’s play! WEEKDAY EVENTS Why wait for the weekend to have some fun? Do join us at our new weekday evening events for adults: Tuesday and Thursday, 10am – 11.30am Wednesday, 7pm – 8.30pm

Tennis Cardio Training Apero Tennis Social

SPORTS

Both these events are mixed and open to players of all levels. Please register through the links on the Swiss Club website under ‘Sports’ and ‘Our partner’. MEET YOUR NEW COACHES We would like to warmly welcome four ‘new’ coaches. Though they have been on the courts for a couple of months now, they may be new to you.

Coach Juan is in charge of our junior players. If you have any questions about our Junior Programme, camps, tournaments and junior teams, please do not hesitate to contact him.

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Pierre Capdeville

COACH JUAN Juan Ortiz is a Paraguayan American USPTA tennis professional with 15 years of coaching experience in the US. He spent the last five years as a tennis director at the prestigious Executive Health & Sports Center in New Hampshire. His playing experience includes playing #1 singles and doubles at the NCAA 3 level in Massachusetts (US), competing in Junior ITF tournaments (COSAT), and achieving #1 U16 national ranking in Paraguay. As Co-director, Coach Juan is in charge of our junior players. If you have any questions about our Junior Programme, camps, tournaments and junior teams, please do not hesitate to contact him.


COACH JOY Joy is an avid tennis fan who picked up the sport at the age of seven. She achieved the #1 junior rank in Singapore for U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16 and the #1 rank in Singapore at 15, when she won the Women’s Singles and Doubles Open tournament. Before the age of 16, Joy had already represented her country, Singapore, in World Juniors, Junior Fed Cup and Fed Cup. She also received the NCAA Div 1 scholarship to play for Texas State University in the United States. Joy loves to share her knowledge with fellow tennis lovers and help them be the best tennis players they can be.

SPORTS

COACH NASH A local Singaporean, Nash is both USPTR- and ITF-certified and has more than 20 years of coaching experience. He has shared his boundless enthusiasm for tennis and coaching expertise with players at the American Club, Swissotel, Swiss Club, Laguna Golf Club, SAS, UWC and many other prestigious organisations and institutions. He is also a former tennis director with Savitar Tennis, and a former SRC A tennis player. Nash is cheerful, patient, and great with kids. He looks forward to helping you lift your game.

COACH DANIEL After obtaining his USPTA Professional certification in 2012, Singaporean Daniel Lim has been coaching part-time at leading clubs such as Tanglin Club and NSRCC. He was the captain of NSRCC tennis team from 2008 to 2012, and the assistant captain of Staffordshire University tennis team in his university days. Daniel enjoys playing competitively and coaching players of all ages, and looks forward to sharing his passion for tennis with you. Of course, Coach Asher and myself are still here at the Swiss Club. We look forward to welcoming familiar faces and new ones.

INTERESTED IN TAKING TENNIS LESSONS OR JOINING A SWISS CLUB TEAM? For more information, email: E swissclub@forty-fifteen.com Article and photos courtesy of Pierre Capdeville, Tennis Director

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Happy New Year!


A Splashing New Year

SPORTS

ON BEHALF OF THE AQUADUCKS TEAM, HERE’S WISHING YOU A NEW YEAR FILLED WITH GOOD TIMES AND GREAT SWIMS AT THE SWISS CLUB.

WORLD-CLASS SWIMMING PROGRAMME The aquaDucks programme is an exclusive world-class swimming programme for students of all ages. It is a smart blend of the best American, European and Australian teaching techniques. We aim to provide each of our students with an exceptional swim journey, and teach them the best lifesaving and swimming techniques for life.

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Our team consists of passionate professionals who share the belief that our students’ individual needs and water safety are fundamental in their swimming journey. They are the most vibrant, energetic and fun coaches you will ever have! SWIMMING LESSONS FOR ALL AGES AND LEVELS We offer the following programmes at the Swiss Club: • Babies and Toddlers (6-30 months old) • Preschoolers (3-4 years old) • Learn to Swim (5-8 years and onwards) • Stroke Development (8 years and onwards) • Competitive (8 years and onwards) • Adults’ Core Development • Adults’ Masters training

WHAT OUR STUDENTS AND PARENTS SAY

Our three children have been swimming with aquaDucks for years. The coaches are amazing and really build skills. The new coach, Andrii, is both inspiring and supportive, and pushes the students out of their comfort zones.”

Cornelia Dahinten

For almost five years I have been doing my swimming training several times a week with aquaDucks at the Swiss Club. I enjoy the supportive, demanding and yet fun atmosphere very much. I voluntarily go even when it rains. I learn a lot from Coaches Tiara and Andrii, who both used to compete at the highest level. Thanks to them, my swimming technique has improved significantly and I have become faster. They motivate me and strengthen my confidence in my abilities. During the holidays I like to join the ‘swim and gym’ camp. Hopefully the competitions will be back soon!”

Moritz Denk, 11 years old


SPORTS

Eliza (aged 11), Nellie (aged 9), Bea (aged 7) and Tessie (aged 4) have been taking swimming lessons at the Swiss Club with Coach Tiara, Coach Andrii and Coach Danny for a number of years now and I simply can’t recommend them enough. It is thanks to aquaDucks that all of our children are super-confident and capable in the water. My kids still look forward to their weekly swimming lessons even after all this time. Thank you, Team aquaDucks, for all you do for our children!”

aquaDucks at the Swiss Club are a major drawcard for us. We have two young boys and believe swimming is an essential life skill for safety and well-being. Our boys adore their coaches who make swimming fun and keep them motivated to always improve. Adult private coaching sessions have also helped with my fitness and technique too.”

Jenny Wilhelm

Annie

Belinda Cabanes

INTERESTED IN A FREE TRIAL SWIMMING LESSON WITH AQUADUCKS AT THE SWISS CLUB? For more information, email aquaDucks at: E swiss@aquaducks.com.sg Article and photos courtesy of Koen Verhoef, Founder and Managing Director, aquaDucks

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Aggie has been swimming with aquaDucks for over a year, and she thoroughly enjoys her lessons. They are the highlight of her week! We have been swimming with Coach Tiara, who makes every lesson fun and engaging. Aggie is fast becoming a safe, competent little swimmer who loves the water.”


Staying Strong

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SPORTS

THE LAST TWO YEARS HAVE BEEN AN INTERESTING JOURNEY FOR ALL OF US. THE TEAM AT ACTIVE FITNESS CONTINUES TO CONSTANTLY SEEK WAYS TO HELP SWISS CLUB MEMBERS STAY MENTALLY FIT AND IN GOOD HEALTH.

THE RENEWED IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH COVID-19 has changed our lives in so many different ways, increasing our reliance on technology, causing us to postpone our travel plans, and forcing us to spend more time with ourselves. Since we can no longer just board a flight and leave our issues behind, the importance of mental and physical health has come to the forefront of our consciousness.

health and helps all of us get through this tumultuous period.

Here at the Swiss Club, the Active Fitness team has been hard at work, constantly finding solutions to minimise your downtime. We know the importance of being able to move into a different space to work out and to be able to move your body, strengthen your muscles, breathe harder, stretch and have some laughs in between. It improves both physical and mental

A NEW SPACE FOR YOUR WORKOUTS As we enter a new phase of this post-COVID world, we are incredibly excited to have a new training space at the Swiss Club, where Members can come in to train with new equipment and beautiful views. The new setup also contains an additional studio for group classes.

Throughout the various lockdowns, our industrious team created outdoor training stations so that you were able to keep those workouts going and stay in shape. Keeping morale high and Members motivated continues to be one of our key goals. We will continue to work hand in hand with you to keep you physically fit and mentally strong.

We intend to do all that we can to keep your workouts happening and your motivation levels high. While we cannot predict the future, we can promise you that we will remain committed to your journey.

INTERESTED IN PERSONAL TRAINING OR JOINING A GROUP CLASS? For more information, contact Jason at: M 9026 3452 E getactive@activefitness.com.sg Article and photos courtesy of Timothy Felix, Active Fitness


SPORTS

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Not Your Average Joe

SPORTS

SOMA SPORTS SINGAPORE’S CHAMPIONSHIP-WINNING COACH JOE FISH SHARES TIPS ON HOW STUDENT ATHLETES CAN ACHIEVE THEIR FITNESS GOALS AND EXCEL AT SPORT AND IN LIFE.

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REMEMBER – EVERY EXPERT WAS ONCE A BEGINNER The hardest part in achieving anything is getting started. SoMa embraces beginners with a growth mindset.

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# COMMITMENT – GIVE YOUR 100%! Go hard or go home as the saying goes. SoMa prioritises effort and sportsmanship over winning. The only mandatory requirement is that you give your best effort on and off the court.

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LOVE WHAT YOU DO, NOW AND ALWAYS Be present, respectful and grateful for all that you have. There will probably come a time when you wish you could go back to do what you love without being bogged down by adult responsibilities. So for now, enjoy every moment!

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WIDEN YOUR HORIZONS Sport develops both physical and mental strength. An open and positive mindset makes a massive difference

to performance. Participating in a team sport also provides opportunities to celebrate important milestones individually, socially and as a team.

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BIGGER THAN THE GAME Sport helps student athletes develop manners, social skills and acceptance, helping them become better people, children and siblings. The SoMa team find joy in interacting with student athletes – enriching their lives one high-five and laugh at a time! SOMA AT THE SWISS CLUB Since 2020, SoMa has conducted after-school basketball programmes and holiday camps for children aged 6 to 12 years, and 13 to 18 years. Our structured basketball training sessions cover Fitness Conditioning, Stretching Exercises, Ball Handling, Dribbling, Shooting Drills and Gameplay Competition. It’s a great way for student athletes to meet new friends, stay active and have fun!

Come join us for a brand new season of basketball from January to March. We’ve also lined up a calendar of awesome holiday camps as follows: 31 Jan – 2 Feb 2022 28 Mar – 8 April 2022 2 – 3 May 2022 20 – 29 July 2022 Have an excellent year!

INTERESTED IN TAKING BASKETBALL LESSONS OR JOINING A SWISS CLUB TEAM? For more information, contact Kevin at: M 9765 2997 E somasportssingapore@gmail.com Article and photos courtesy of Kevin, SoMa Sports Singapore


Vivo Kids Are World-ready Kids VIVO KIDS OFFERS A FUN-FILLED PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES WITH A MULTI-SPORTS FOCUS THAT EQUIPS KIDS FROM 20 MONTHS TO SIX YEARS OF AGE WITH VALUABLE LIFE SKILLS.

NEW VIVO KICKS ACADEMY Vivo Kids has recently launched a soccer academy for kids aged six and above, called Vivo Kicks Academy. Here, kids can develop soccer-specific skills in a nurturing, fun and empowering environment.

Toddler Classes, for children aged 20 to 36 months, start with parentaccompanied sessions. A wide variety of fun activities involve fundamental movement skills like running, jumping, balancing, throwing and kicking, enhanced with music and loads of high fives. When kids turn three, they get introduced to six different sports, focusing on one sport per month with

three weeks of skills acquisition and one week of skills revision and games. Each session includes 45 to 60 minutes of active time with specialised age-appropriate sports equipment. It’s a great antidote to the sedentary screen-obsessed world! PERSONALISED ATTENTION A team of coaches with multi-sport backgrounds go all out to create a secure and loving environment in which every child can progress at their own pace. The low coach-to-student ratio of 1:5 ensures that every Vivo Kid gets optimal attention and engagement.

HOLIDAY CAMPS Vivo Kids offers a range of camps during school holiday periods. Open to children aged between three and a half and 12 years of age, the camps fuse multi-sports with team-building games, robotics, arts and crafts, in small, expert-led groups. All Vivo Kids/Kicks get to wear their own Vivo kit, made from breathable and dry-fit material. It cultivates a sense of camaraderie and belonging – and takes the hassle out of getting ready!

INTERESTED IN ENROLLING YOUR CHILD IN VIVO KIDS? To find out more or join, please contact Vivian Eng at: M 9060 6227 E enquiry@vivokinetics.com

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are structured to encourage the development of soft skill. While learning through play, kids also build their numeracy and literacy skills, including basic shapes recognition, counting and colour concepts.

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PHYSICAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT Vivo Kids fosters a can-do attitude and helps children develop social-emotional skills as they work with their peers beyond a classroom setting. While sport is the beating heart of this centre, activities


Yoga for You TAKE TIME OUT TO PRACTISE SELF-CARE THROUGH YOGA WITH NADJA AT THE SWISS CLUB. MOVE YOUR BODY MINDFULLY, STRENGTHEN AND STRETCH YOUR MUSCLES, AND STOCKPILE ENERGY FOR THE DAY AHEAD. MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR, NADJA Nadja, our Club instructor, comes from an alignment-based approach to yoga. Over the years, she has attended and completed several courses in multiple styles of yoga. She offers a fusion of different styles and approaches to suit a wide range of students. Classes take place in the beautiful environment of the Swiss Club, and are open to students of all levels. WHAT NADJA’S STUDENTS SAY

SPORTS

Nadja has long been my favourite yoga teacher, so I was delighted to discover her teaching here at the Swiss Club. Her style of hatha combined with mindfulness and restorative yoga is perfect for those with busy lives. It’s great exercise too!”

Josi, Swiss Club Member

I would recommend Nadja without a second thought. I have come back week after week since my first yin yoga session more than three years ago in 2018. I have now found a magic and unique combination of rejuvenation, mindfulness and power in her hatha class. Just what we need now!”

Do yourself a favour – align your body and mind with Nadja, surounded by beautiful trees at the Swiss Club.”

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Francoise

Nadja’s classes provide the perfect opportunity to put the world aside for an hour to allow your mind and body to come together in a way that will inspire you for the day ahead. She is knowledgeable, motivating, always offers options for yogis of all levels, and makes each person feel welcome on the mat.”

Nadja has a calming and encouraging presence, such that by the end of the session I feel physically stronger and mentally ready for whatever comes next.”

Christin, Swiss Club Member

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Laura

INTERESTED IN YOGA CLASSES WITH NADYA? For more information, contact Nadja at: M 9145 4408 E yogawithnadja@gmail.com


Salute the Sun

SPORTS

THE SUN SALUTATION IS ONE OF THE MOST WIDELY KNOWN AND IMPORTANT YOGA PRACTICES. HERE’S WHY IT’S AN INTEGRAL PART OF NATHALIE’S YOGA CLASSES AT THE SWISS CLUB.

Regular practice of Surya Namaskar can strengthen the back and muscles and help reduce blood sugar levels. It can also help improve metabolism and blood circulation, boost skin radiance and balance hormones. In addition, it increases the heart rate and helps regulate the entire circulatory system, thus helping to eliminate toxins.

MIND, BODY, SPIRIT The Sun Salutation neatly combines asanas, breathing and chakras stimulation, all of which contribute to heightened physical health, mental clarity, emotional stability and overall vitality. Nathalie looks forward to saluting the sun with you soon in her yoga classes at the Swiss Club.

INTERESTED IN YOGA CLASSES WITH NATHALIE? For more information, contact Nathalie, Yoga Library Pte Ltd, at: M 8260 4049 E sofia.nathalie@gmail.com

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MULTIPLE BENEFITS The Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskar (Surya meaning ‘sun’ and Namaskar meaning ‘salutation’ in Sanskrit) can be practised as a warmup exercise or on its own.

Since this sequence moves the body in all directions, it helps to clear the energy pathways and create balance. Each movement activates most of the chakras, helping to invigorate the body while creating space. Yogis feel energised, balanced and radiant after going through the motions of the sun salutation.


Swiss FinTech in Singapore ON 7 AND 8 NOVEMBER 2021, FEDERAL COUNCILLOR UELI MAURER VISITED SINGAPORE WITH A DELEGATION FROM THE SWISS FINANCIAL SECTOR.

Recent Event

7 - 8 November 2021 SINGAPORE FINTECH FESTIVAL Federal Councillor Maurer, his team and a delegation from the private sector attended the Singapore FinTech Festival, the world’s largest event for technology and financial services that takes place every year in November. The delegation was welcomed at a briefing session at the Swiss Club.

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At the opening of the FinTech Festival, Ueli Maurer highlighted Switzerland’s advantages as a location for digital financial services. During his visit, he met with Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, Singapore’s Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong, as well as Senior Minister and Monetary Authority of Singapore Chairman Tharman Shanmugaratnam. The exchange focused on enhanced cooperation between our two countries both in the area of digital and sustainable financial services and in international financial and tax bodies.

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Moreover, Federal Councillor Maurer opened the Switzerland-Singapore FinTech Evening on 7 November, where he emphasised that Switzerland will continue to promote FinTech and help building a bridge between Asia and Europe. During the evening, Singapore and Swiss experts also gave insights into key trends of sustainable and digital finance.

Swiss Weeks

March - April 2022

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Upcoming PUTTING A Event SPOTLIGHT ON THE SWISS PRESENCE IN SINGAPORE, THE SWISS WEEKS WILL CELEBRATE SWISS SUSTAINABILITY, INNOVATION AND CULTURE IN SPRING 2022. ALL ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY Don’t miss out on our Swiss Sustainability Exhibition at the Singapore Sustainable Gallery. Showcasing Swiss Cleantech solutions and TechArt developed by the international fellowship program BeFantastic Together, the exhibition focuses on climate change, animal extinction and biodiversity. Visit ‘+ Pavilion’, a pop-up installation showcasing innovative and sustainable

design, materials and solutions. Open to the public, it will provide resting space and education on sustainability to all generations. Developed in collaboration with Häring Timber Technology, Deloitte Centre for the Edge, Studio SKLIM, Affordable Abodes, Hilti and EHL Campus (Singapore), it gives rise to important discussions on how we can push boundaries towards a more sustainable and circular economy.

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We are also organising Swiss film screenings at Gardens by the Bay, and many more culinary and cultural activities. Follow our social media channels on Facebook (@SwissEmbassySingapore), Twitter (@SwissAmbSGP) and on Linkedin for updates on the upcoming Swiss Weeks! Articles and photos courtesy of Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore


NEWS FROM THE SWISS EMBASSY

Holiday in Switzerland!

EVENTS

WITH THE VACCINATED TRAVEL LANE IN PLACE BETWEEN SWITZERLAND AND SINGAPORE, YOU CAN ONCE AGAIN ENJOY HOLIDAYS IN THE LITTLE COUNTRY FAMOUS FOR ITS CHEESE AND MOUNTAINS.

GRAND TRAIN TOUR OF SWITZERLAND The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland merges the most beautiful panoramic lines into one unique journey of 1,280 kilometres. There is no prescribed direction or duration – you can hop on and off wherever you please. Whether at Zermatt or St. Moritz, in the Canton of Ticino or the Lavaux, at the Rhine Falls or Lake Lucerne, The Grand Train Tour is the perfect starting point for excursions. THE SWISS TRAVEL PASS The Swiss Travel Pass lets you travel throughout Switzerland by train, bus, boat, and mountain railway – all with a

single ticket. It also covers the premium panoramic trains, and pass holders receive a 50% discount on most mountain railways. Excursions to Rigi, Stanserhorn, Schilthorn and Stoos, along with public transport in more than 90 Swiss towns and cities, are also included. FAMILY-FRIENDLY TRAVEL The Swiss Travel System allows children below 16 years of age to travel free of charge on public transport when accompanied by at least one parent holding a Swiss Travel System pass or ticket. The complimentary Swiss Family Card is available on request from all Swiss Travel System points-of-sale worldwide and within Switzerland. For bookings and enquiries, contact Dynasty Travel (6536 4966), Platform 9 (6317 2111) or visit myswitzerland.com/rail.

GRAND TRAIN TOUR OF SWITZERLAND APP • Your personal ‘tour guide’ for the must-sees along the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland • Push notifications for upcoming sights • Collecting and sharing of stamps and awards • Unique gifts and great discounts with digital coupons • Fascinating fun facts along the way • Tracking of visited locations thanks to an integrated “been there function” Article courtesy of Melanie Brunner, Swiss Travel System Photos courtesy of Swiss Travel System, Switzerland Tourism

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GREAT PUBLIC TRANSPORT Upon arrival in Switzerland, getting around is a breeze. Some 29,000 kilometres of interwoven railways, roads and waterways cover the length and breadth of the country. Connections are comfortable and punctual, even as high up as 3,800 metres above sea level!


News for the School Year 2022/2023

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WE ARE DELIGHTED TO BE ADDING AN ADDITIONAL PRIMARY 1/2 CLASS TO OUR FRENCH STREAM FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR 2022/2023 AT THE SWISS SCHOOL.

MORE CLASSES, MORE CHOICES Following the successful introduction of the Kindergarten class and Primary 3, 4 and 5 classes, we are expanding our French Stream with the opening of a new Primary 6 class.

In addition, we will extend the Germanspeaking Kindergarten to two years. We will offer a Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2 class in the German Stream – similar to the setting in the

French Stream. For the next school year, parents can decide whether they will send their children to the second Playgroup or the first Kindergarten of the Germanspeaking section.


NEWS FROM THE SWISS SCHOOL

Learning in the Green: Diversity and Friendship at SSiS

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THE MOTTO FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR AT THE SWISS SCHOOL IS – LEARNING IN THE GREEN: FRIENDSHIP AND DIVERSITY.

message our students take away from this part of the school motto is that everyone is special in their own individual way, and that friendship is a wonderful thing that needs to be nurtured by both sides.

At the beginning of the school year, the students were introduced to their first project inspired by the new school motto. Each class planted their own class garden, leaving the method entirely up to the individual classes. During the first semester of the school year, beautiful and sustainable gardens were created.

We are looking forward to many more creative projects aligned with and in support of our school motto.

DIVERSITY AND FRIENDSHIP The values of our school are rooted in tolerance towards other opinions and lifestyles, and we encourage a genuine awareness of diversity in our school community. In discussing this topic, students have learned the value of being different and unique. The most important

INTERESTED IN THE SWISS SCHOOL IN SINGAPORE (SSiS)? To find out more about our community or book a school tour, contact us at: T 6468 2117 E info@swiss-school.edu.sg Article courtesy of Prisca Reitz, Marketing & Communications Representative, SSiS Photos courtesy of Camilla Businger and staff of SSiS

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A SCHOOL TRADITION, A MEANINGFUL MOTTO Every school year, we adopt a school motto that touches on valuable topics that are relevant to students’ daily school life. Here is an explanation of the thinking behind our latest motto.

LEARNING IN THE GREEN Surrounded by the Singapore jungle and located in the green heart of Singapore, the Swiss School in Singapore is ideally suited to experience the learning in the green.


6 Insights into Your Children’s Health by Dr Peter Chiu

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AS PARENTS, OUR CHILDREN’S HEALTH IS A TOP PRIORITY. HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SIX COMMON CHILDREN’S HEALTH ISSUES, COURTESY OF DR PETER CHIU FROM OSLER HEALTH INTERNATIONAL.

1. WORMS Intestinal worms are a common issue worldwide, and we frequently see children with them in Singapore. The good news is that they are very unlikely to be harmful and are normally easy to deal with once we have diagnosed the problem. Threadworms are the most common and look like tiny white threads around one centimetre long. If your child complains about an itchy bottom, this may be the cause. The problem tends to be exacerbated at night. To kill the worms which are already inside the body we use anthelmintic (anti-worm) medication. This is available in tablet and liquid form and I recommend treating the whole household at the same time, even those without symptoms. The medication is generally harmless and easy to take. I also recommend cutting fingernails short

to stop itching and a thorough clean of bedsheets. If your little one is complaining of itchiness, please see a doctor.

T-shirts and swimming costumes, apply high UV sun-screen, and avoid being in direct sun during midday UV peaks.

2. SKIN PROTECTION Over 80% of skin cancer is considered preventable by reducing UV radiation exposure. Melanoma is related to intermittent, intense sun exposure – particularly in childhood. The UV Index is an international standard of measurement of the level of UV radiation. It ranges from 0 to 11+. In Singapore we average around 6 to 9 on the UV Index (sometimes it goes into an ‘extreme’ of 15). Skin cancer risks are determined by your skin type (the fairer you are, the higher the risk), family history, the number of moles you have (unfortunately the higher the risk) and the degree of sun exposure throughout your life. Protect your children by ensuring that they wear UV

3. WATER WARTS Molluscum contagiosum, also known as water warts, is a mild viral infection of the skin that causes raised spots or warts to appear on your child’s skin. It often affects young children, particularly between the ages of one and five. It is usually harmless, and will probably get better on its own within about 18 months. You are most likely to notice these on your child’s face, chest, tummy, back, armpits, behind his knees or even nappy area, though they can appear anywhere on the body. They usually go away on their own or you can come to the clinic and we can offer treatments such as freezing the warts (cryotherapy).


Symptoms include: • Low to high grade fever, possibly as high as 40ºC • Body aches, pain in muscles and bones • Severe headaches • Rash over the body • Mild bleeding from nose or gums • Abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting • Easy bruising • Change in behaviour or irritability If you think your child may have dengue fever, please contact a doctor immediately.

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6. MENTAL HEALTH IN TWEENS AND TEENS Adolescence is a time of many changes and can be a trying period for teenagers. While it is normal for teens to be moody and unmotivated at times, it is essential to note the tell-tale signs of mental health issues. It is important to state that teen moods are normal (!) and not all behavioural changes in teens indicate a mental health concern. If you notice the following signs in your child for more than a few weeks, it may be worth seeking external support. • Social withdrawal • Change in appetite • Change in sleep • Change in behaviour • Low mood, or an inability to take pleasure in things • Physical signs of self-harm/injury The team at Osler provide a safe space for teens with mental health issues. Come in and we can help.

Dr Peter Chiu is a German-speaking family physician based at Osler Health International (Raffles Hotel Arcade clinic). Dr Peter is also the official consulting physician for the German, Austrian and Swiss Embassies. Known for his kind and friendly attitude to everyone, Dr Peter is a trusted doctor to many families in Singapore. T 6332 2727 W osler-health.com

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4. DENGUE FEVER Many children with dengue fever have mild symptoms that appear anywhere from day 4 to 2 weeks after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Symptoms are generally mild in younger children and those who are infected with the disease for the first time. Older children, adults and those who have had a previous infection may have moderate to severe symptoms, and may develop a serious life-threatening illness called Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF). Most cases resolve within a week or two and won’t cause any lasting problems. However, if symptoms get worse, seek immediate medical care.

5. HPV VACCINE The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination is now given routinely to children in many countries. Though many parents I speak to still consider HPV vaccines to be something new, the vaccine was actually approved for use more than 15 years ago. The most commonly used vaccine is called Gardasil 9 which protects against nine different strains of HPV. HPV infection of the cervix is responsible for practically all cases of cervical cancer. This can be a devastating disease and tends to affect younger women. Although boys can’t get cervical cancer themselves, they can develop other HPV-related cancers, as well as genital warts. By vaccinating boys, we are also offering added protection to their future partners. HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys around 10 to 14 years old.


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Meet My Country

IN THIS ONLINE EPISODE AND THE ACCOMPANYING PODCAST OF ‘MEET MY COUNTRY’, JOURNALIST AND MUSICIAN KUNGA TENZIN DORJI, KNOWN AS SUPE, TALKS ABOUT HIS HOMELAND BHUTAN – THE LANDLOCKED COUNTRY LOCATED IN THE EASTERN HIMALAYAS. A LITTLE DOT WITH A DIFFERENCE After a crash course in the geography, history and economy of Bhutan, focusing on its geo-political significance and the preservation of its unique national identity, Supe was asked how Bhutan compares with its larger neighbours such as India and China. “Economically and technologically, we are far behind. But socially, we’re more equitable and a lot more secure,” said Supe. Somewhat like Singapore, though for very different reasons, Bhutan is a small country with a unique place on the world map. “We are a small little dot, wedged between the world’s two most populous countries – China to the north and India to the south... In a sense, we are overwhelmed. We have no military power. We have no economic power... The only way we could ensure our survival as a sovereign nation is to be different,” said Supe. “Culture was one of the key elements for our survival.”

Economically and technologically, we are far behind. But socially, we’re more equitable and a lot more secure.

Supe shared that changes that took place over hundreds of years in Europe took place “in a flash” in Bhutan. Radio broadcasting began in 1972, followed by television and the Internet in 1999. How is Bhutan dealing with these waves of change? What role does the media play in this process of development? How did the people of Bhutan rally to contain the COVID-19 pandemic? To find out the answers to these questions and more, catch the full episode at https://asiasociety.org/switzerland/ meet-my-country-bhutan-kunga-tenzin-dorji-supe or look for Asia Society Switzerland on your podcast app.

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The Mindful Camp SINGAPORE’S MOST TRUSTED AND WELL-LOVED HOLIDAY CAMP, THE MINDFUL CAMP IS A 5-DAY PROGRAMME DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR CHILDREN AGED 5 TO 12. THERE ARE THREE FUN THEMED CAMPS TO CHOOSE FROM.

Dawn had witnessed the transformative power of camps in moulding a child’s character, fostering independence, and building a strong sense of self after volunteering in camps at the Omega Institute (US), a non-profit educational and wellness retreat, and seeing her own child go through yearly camps at Plum Village (France). With this, she set out to create a programme that helps children develop soft skills and equips them with the right tools to blossom into confident, caring and well-adjusted individuals.

THE MINDFUL CAMP PROGRAMMES • Camp River (ages 5 to 7 years old) • Camp Mountain (ages 8 to 12 years old) • Camp Mountain with 1-Night Staycation @The Guesthouse (ages 8 to 12 years old) • Camp Tree (ages 5 to 12 years old) A CAMP FOR EVERY AGE GROUP Camp River (ages 5 to 7 years old), Camp Mountain (ages 8 to 12 years old) and Camp Tree (ages 5 to 12 years old) are age-specific camps featuring activities tailored to children’s age-specific development needs. Each camp is built around the four pillars of mindfulness and social-emotional skills, arts, nature, and play. Together they nurture the heart, mind, and body of each child.

We are pleased to share that the Mindful Camp has received a 5-star rating on Google and a slew of great parent reviews.

Camp Fees: • 5-Day Camps are at $680 • 5-Day + 1-Night Staycation Camps at $850 • Lunch & Snacks are included • Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.30pm (Earliest: 8.30am, Latest 5.30pm) To enrol your child in the Mindful Camp, please email info@themindfulcamp.com or scan to visit the website:

MEET THE FOUNDER Dawn Sim, a Swiss Cub Member, founded the camp back in 2013. A practising psychotherapist and mindfulness practitioner, and a mother herself, she saw a gap in the camps available for kids in Singapore, which were largely academically and skillsfocused.

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Kids are kept engaged by a good balance of both indoor and outdoor activities, which include mindfulness-based lessons, craft-making, team sports, outdoor cooking and nature exploration. In addition, the kids go on a field trip and enjoy at least one animal interaction during their time at The Mindful Camp.

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Building a freer and more compassionate world starts with our children, today.


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WE CHATTED WITH SELF-DESCRIBED “TRAVEL-AVID EXPAT NOMADS” AND SWISS CLUB MEMBERS SINCE DECEMBER 2016, DIANA, CHRISTOPH AND MORITZ DENK. LOVE THIS FAMILY’S POSITIVITY!

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work-related reasons, we lived in the Caribbean.

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During our stint in the British Virgin Islands, we were Members of the Swiss Club in Puerto Rico. It was clear to us that we wanted to remain an active part of this international community.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT THE SWISS CLUB? Thanks to its unique location, you feel “ like you’re entering a resort as soon as you set foot inside the Club. It feels like you’re on holiday, with everything your heart desires on offer.

The low staff turnover fosters a loyalty that goes beyond a pure customer relationship. This contributes a lot to the friendly and familiar atmosphere. We also love the food inspired from all over the world, especially the tandoori.


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Moritz has swimming lessons in the sports pool three times a week. But if you are looking for the whole Denk family, you will find us in one of the cosy restaurants!

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CAN YOU SHARE SOME MEMORIES OF SPECIAL TIMES SPENT AT THE SWISS CLUB?

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT THE RENOVATED CLUBHOUSE?

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HOW HAS THE SWISS CLUB HELPED YOUR FAMILY THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC?

The renovated Swiss Club shines loftily on the little “ hill, like a newly crowned king on his throne!

Fortunately, the quality has not changed, be it the extremely courteous staff – from the gardener to the Management, or the excellent culinary delights.

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in the Guesthouse for the first week. It felt like home. Somehow, we put down roots there. Every year we celebrate our wedding anniversary at Arbenz, which is always made unforgettable by the staff!

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We like the new air-conditioned, modern coworking space and lounge, which has an open feel thanks to the glass doors. The new library in particular delights us bookworms. Pergola’s facelift has awakened the once Sleeping Beauty from its slumber. Without a doubt, Arbenz went through the most enchanting metamorphosis. We love having a glass of wine at the new terrace.

When we moved to “ Singapore, we stayed

It has been a lifeline! The food delivery service and “ takeaway offered unequalled opportunities for enjoying the food we’ve come to love. Thankfully, due to the tight Management, the Club has remained open for Members to enjoy as much as possible.

The fishing experience at Orto was definitely unforgettable. On 11 December 2021, “ Moritz and I volunteered for the Swiss Club charity event Ray of Hope. It was such a

rewarding experience to pack the gifts, write the cards and see the people’s happy faces.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE TO FELLOW MEMBERS, OLD AND NEW, WITH REGARDS TO GETTING THE MOST OUT OF THE SWISS CLUB?

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WHAT ARE YOUR WISHES THE WORLD IN 2022?

Get involved! Forget the stress of everyday life “ and let yourself be pampered at the Club. Be it through sporting activities, a relaxing stay at the pool, a visit to the hairdresser or dining at one of the excellent restaurants, there is something for everyone.

Wishes are rooted in dreams. We wish Singapore and the world a peaceful and healthy 2022. When everyone contributes a little, dreams can come true.

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Programme of Sports Activities for January to June 2022

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

FOOTBALL SOCIAL FOOTBALL Mon 8pm – 10pm (Sports Field)

YOGA HATHA FLOW YOGA Fri 8.30am – 9.30am (Aerobics Studio)

LADIES’ TEAM TRAINING Courts 4 and 5

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.

HATHA YOGA Sat 9am – 10am (Aerobics Studio)

Mon 9am – 11am (WITS Team) Tue 10am – 12pm (WITS Team) Fri​8am – 9.30am (STA Team) ​ 10am – 12pm (Ladies’ Group Training)

YIN YANG YOGA Mon 8.30am – 9.30am (Aerobics Studio)

For times and dates, please see the 40XV display at the tennis courts.

GERMAN-SWISS ALL STARS COSMO LEAGUE Tue 7pm – 9pm (Sports Field)

Please contact Nathalie Sofia (Yoga Library Pte Ltd) at E Sofia.nathalie@gmail.com or T 8260 4049 for more details

APERO TENNIS MIXED SOCIAL Thu 7pm – 8.30pm

CASUAL KICK Tue 9pm – 10.30pm (Sports Field)

ALIGNMENT-BASED HATHA YOGA Thu 8.30am – 9.30am (Aerobics Studio)

MIXED CARDIO TRAINING Tue & Thu 10am – 11.30am

Please contact Urs Brutsch at E Urs.Brutsch@hpwm.sg (German All Stars)

Please contact Nadja Pizzo at E yogawithnadja@gmail.com or T 9145 4408 for more details

Please check the tennis noticeboard for courts allocation for coaching and social tennis.

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

GOLF German-Swiss Golf Club Please contact Adrian Luedi at E germanswissgolfclub@gmail.com or T 9081 8506

Please contact Pierre Capdeville at T ​ 6591 9438 or E ​pierre@forty-fifteen.com

ADULTS' TRAINING Tue 7.15pm Wed 2pm

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

SOCIAL TREKKING Time and dates to be advised.

LOVE-MATCH FIND A PARTNER LIST Register on Swiss Club web under 40XV

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A D U L T S

MAHJONG Wed 7.30pm – 10.30pm (Board Room One) Please contact Jill Boschung at E jillbos@yahoo.com or T 9022 4605

Please contact Samir or Sven at T 8189 1234 (SAMIR) 9806 8513 (SVEN)


PROFESSIONAL FITNESS SERVICES AQUA BIKING Sat 9am – 9.50am (Note: Pre-register to secure a bike for class)

(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 SALON SERVICES OM SALON By appointment only

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FOOTBALL TRAINING FOR KIDS – COSMO UNITED FOOTBALL ACADEMY Training on Saturday 10.30am – 12pm (Indoor Sports Hall)

SWIMMING BABIES' AND TODDLERS' LESSONS (6-36 MONTHS) Tue – Fri 3pm – 5pm Sat 8.30am – 12pm

Open to all players born between 1 Jan 2012 and 31 Dec 2015

PRESCHOOL SWIMMING LESSONS (3-4 YEARS OLD) Tue – Fri 3pm – 5pm Sat 8.30am – 12pm

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

Please contact us at T 8374 4351

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)

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INDOOR CYCLING Sat 11am – 11.45am (Aerobics Studio)

KARATE KYOKUSHIN 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 or T 9191 7475

GOT A SUGGESTION? If you would like to suggest a new activity, please contact Elvis Tan, Assistant Manager, Sports and Recreation at: E elvis.tan@swissclub.org.sg

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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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TAEKWONDO LESSONS Sat 9.50am – 11.00am Please contact Master Richard at E coach.tkd.richard@gmail.com


Attention Budding Artists:

Draw the Clubhouse and WIN a Gift Hamper!

To enter:

1. Cut out this page and draw or paint the Swiss Club’s newly renovated Clubhouse inside the blank canvas above. 2. Take a photo of your artwork, upload it to Facebook and tag SwissClubSingapore.

KIDS AGED 12 AND UNDER ARE INVITED TO ENTER OUR KIDS’ ART CONTEST.

3. The best artwork wins a gift hamper worth $50!

The winner will be announced in our next issue of Swiss Club (July – Dec 2022).

Terms and conditions apply.


C E L E B R A T I N G 1 5 0 Y E A R S

2022 Marred by the pandemic and frequent changes to the safe management measures, we are continuing our 150th celebrations in 2022! Look out for announcements on our events and activities on our website and Whatsapp / Telegram channels.

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OUR CELEBRATION CONTINUES..



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