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May / June 2013

TheMagazine A bi-monthly publication by the Hollandse Club

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Jan Jaap van der Wal

Black & White Ladies Only Fashion Show

Kheam Hock Community in Action

Go Green

events & Activities Kids’ Summer Camp Numama Choir Performances May Fair

F&B New Vietnamese & Vegetarian Food Promotions


Contents President’s Message

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GM’s Message

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Facility Information

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Event Highlights & Calender

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Library

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Featured

Are you in?

Have you noticed this Magazine is somewhat improved? Let’s make it better and for that we need you! The Magazine is for members made by members to ensure it will be filled with stories that will interest you. A team is being put together with members who like to (proof) read, write, edit, do graphic design or submit photographs. For this team I have volunteered already during the Annual General Meeting. I went to the meeting, I volunteered and here I am, on page 3, addressing you. You can be a feature on page 3 too. Please come and join the Magazine team with your handson mentality and good ideas, your sense of humor and your precious time. Give us your photos and articles: they could be published on Hollandse Club Facebook page or in the Magazine.

Kheam Hock Community in Action

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City Gardening In The Sun

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HSL Goes Green

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Expansion of The Rooms

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Events Jan Jaap van der Wal

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Ladies Only Fashion Show

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Numama Choir

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Great Wall Charity Challenge

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Colouring Contest

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Easter Bunnies & Kids

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Members In Focus

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Members

Food & Beverage

We offer you a workspace with a pool, great lunch facilities (at own expense), an inside look at the Club, and international colleagues (F/M).

Food & Beverage Newsflash

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Food & Beverage Promotions

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Are you in? Just say so to General Manager Elmer van Loon or to me, and mail at gm@hollandseclub.org.sg. Thanks. See you soon.

Sports & Recreation

Best regards, Eva Stein-Veeneman

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Hockey

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Swimming

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Tennis

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Activities Contacts

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Squash

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Classes

The Hollandse Club Magazine is published bi-monthly and distributed free to members of the Club. For advertising enquiries, email marcom@hollandseclub.org.sg Views and opinions expressed may not necessarily reflect those of the Club, its committee or editorial staff. © All Rights reserved. MICA (P) 156/04/2009.

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President’s Message Dear Fellow Members, It was very rewarding to see so many of you joining the 2013 Annual General Meeting of Members, either in person or by handing in your proxy vote. It shows the increased level of engagement of our Members with the direction and strategy of our Club. The Main Committee was very pleased with the good discussions that took place at the meeting, as well as with overwhelming support for our proposals and for our Committee, and we look forward to another great year at the Hollandse Club. The topic that sparked the most debate among the Members was the removal of our bowling alley to build 7 additional Club Rooms. The occupancy of the bowling alley as well as the maintenance costs no longer justify to keep this facility running, and given the financial situation of the Club we felt we needed to make this difficult decision. The addition of the additional Club Rooms will provide a significant new revenue stream for our Club, which we will invest in upgrading and maintenance of our existing facilities. Also, 80% of the guests from our current Club Rooms are either Members or Members’ guests, so besides a financial benefit these rooms also provide a facility to our Members. Some more background on the Club Room expansion project can be read in this magazine.

I would like to welcome a new Member to the Main Committee: Nienke Nauta-Kuipers has joined our team, and she will be focusing her time and efforts on our Food & Beverage improvement program. Together with Jean Paul Deslypere and many new members in our Food & Beverage Committee, she will be looking at improving the quality of our food offerings, and the service levels on our terrace and other areas of the Club. Please feel free to approach us with any suggestions you may have. And finally, I’m happy to let you know that Elmer van Loon has been appointed as General Manager of the Hollandse Club per 1 May 2013. After the departure of Rene Verhulst in November last year, Elmer took on the role of interim GM, and he has done a tremendous job in this interim period. I’m very confident that with his skill set and enthusiasm, Elmer and his management team will lead the Club successfully into the future. We have a full agenda of activities ahead of us with many Movie Nights, Workshops, as well as the famous annual Fashion Show. We will also welcome Jan Jaap van der Wal, a famous Dutch comedian to the Club on 8 June. And after the success of last year, we will be organizing 3 Kids’ Summer Camps again at our Club in June, July and August. I look forward to seeing you at one of these events.

On behalf of the Main Committee, Robert Gorter President

Committee Members MAIN COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

President: Robert Gorter president@hollandseclub.org.sg

Festivities Committee Chairperson: Vacant Members: Vacant

Vice-President: Jacqueline Lemmens vicepresident@hollandseclub.org.sg First Secretary: David Liem firstsecretary@hollandseclub.org.sg Second Secretary: Kristel Flinzner secondsecretary@hollandseclub.org.sg Honorary Treasurer: Wietske Helle treasurer@hollandseclub.org.sg Members for Food & Beverage: Jean-Paul Deslypere fnbmember@hollandseclub.org.sg Member for Sports: Guido Nieuwenhuijzen sportsmember@hollandseclub.org.sg Member for Commercial Affairs: Bas Winkel commercial@hollandseclub.org.sg Ordinary Member: Alex Lambeek & Nienke Nauta-Kuipers

Kids Committee Chairperson: Eva Bell 9298 5924 Members: Vacant Sports Committee Chairperson: Guido Nieuwenhuijzen Library Committee Convenor: Hian Tan 6468 4004 Members: Liesbeth van der Hulst, Cora Smouter, Joossien Dessing, Angela Bowskill, George Thia, Helmy Faber, Susanne Westerbeek Finance Committee Chairperson: Bas Winkel Members: Then Wee Lin, Wietske Helle F&B Committee Chairperson: Jean-Paul Deslypere 9826 2598 Members: Sytske Rijkens, Azaa Undeejav Jargalma, Nienke Nauta-Kuipers Magazine Committee Chairperson: Eva Stein-Veeneman pr@hollandseclub.org.sg Members: Vacant

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GM’s Message Dear Members, With one of my daughters born in Singapore and the other one only being six month old when she moved here, I nervously realised I am one of those fathers explaining his daughters that fresh milk is not coming from the Cold Storage. Inspired by City in a Garden the Club is going green as well; would it be possible to grow our own herbs?

With the start of the enthusiastic new Magazine Committee chaired by Eva Stein-Veeneman (we need you as a writer or photographer!) you will find a magazine with a members column, more for members by members stories, and more event photo’s. I hope you like it and wish you lots of reading pleasure.

Butterfly highway

As many of you are planning ahead for the long summer holidays I’d like to make you aware of the Hollandse Club Kids Summercamps. After the success of last year we have planned three Camps at the Club this year. A great way to involve your children in all the activities the Club has to offer.

Hollandse Club together with the Kheam Hock neighbourhood is an important green bridge between the jungle area surrounding the MacRitchie reservoir and Singapore Botanical Garden. By maintaining our greens and by planting the right trees and plants we are becoming part of the birds and butterflies highway between MacRitchie and the Botanical Garden. This is the May - June “GO Green” Magazine with articles on the Kheam Hock project, visits to the Botanical Garden nursery, Bollywood Veggies and the Hay Diaries Goat Farm. We have arranged free entrance for the first 100 members showing up in Dutch Traditional Costume during Mothers Day weekend at the Flower Dome of Gardens by the Bay. Do bring your membership card to receive 15% discount on entrance fees.

Soon you will be presented with the new Terrace menu with a number of exciting new dishes and a menu with a new look. Some of the old time favorites are still on the menu. Bon appétit!

Summer

Looking forward to greet you all at the best International Family Club in Singapore, see you all at the Hollandse Club.

Elmer van Loon General Manager PS: please be aware that on Monday 6 May the Club is closed for the Annual Staff day. It will be a wonderful day for all of us.

New Arrivals

Exciting months ahead with the arrival of two inflatables for children. A bouncing castle for younger kids and a challenging obstacle course for older kids and their fathers. Keep an eye out for our new birthday packages!

Club Management General Manager: Elmer van Loon 6461 1103 gm@hollandseclub.org.sg

Events Executive: Marjon Gijsman 6461 1110 events@hollandseclub.org.sg

Banquet Operations Manager: Tan Boon Phang 6461 1137 banqmgr@hollandseclub.org.sg

Executive Sous Chef: Remco van der Meer 6461 1118 chef@hollandseclub.org.sg

Banquet Executive: Mariah Said 6461 1112 banquet@hollandseclub.org.sg

Sports & Recreation Team: Youri Kruse 6461 1127 sports.exec@hollandseclub.org.sg

Head of Membership & Marketing: Evan Quek 6461 1139 sales@hollandseclub.org.sg Membership Executive: Darma Jahari 6461 1111 membership@hollandseclub.org.sg Marketing & Communications Executive: Geoffrey Chia 6461 1117 marcom@hollandseclub.org.sg Operations Executive: Jeeta Kaur 6461 1104 members@hollandseclub.org.sg

Skye Yeo 6461 1151 sportsrec@hollandseclub.org.sg

Finance Manager: Vangel Neo 6461 1108 finmgr@hollandseclub.org.sg Accountant: Zoey Lee 6461 1106 a.r@hollandseclub.org.sg Administrative Assistant: Regina Sim 6461 1160 adminasst@hollandseclub.org.sg Guest Writer: Karien van Ditzhuijzen www.hollandseclub.org.sg Hollandse Club 5


FACILITY INFORMATION Club Opening Hours

Sunday - Thursday: 7.00am - 11.00pm Friday - Saturday: 7.00am - 1.00am

General Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 6.00pm Tel: 6464 5225 (Reception) Fax: 6468 6272

Lost & Found Items

Please contact the Housekeeper at 6461 1114 or Reception at 6464 5225

Sports & Recreation Facilities Gymnasium

Monday - Sunday: 7.00am - 10.00pm

Library

Tuesday - Saturday Facility information for the library will be different every week.

Multi-purpose Sports Court

Monday - Sunday: 8.00am - 10.00pm Please check availability with reception before using.

Squash Courts

Monday - Sunday: 7.00am - 11.00pm Court Bookings: reception@hollandseclub.org.sg

Swimming Pool

Monday - Sunday: 8.00am - 10.00pm NB: Closure times for competitive swimming: Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday 5.00pm - 7.30pm (Two lanes will remain open) Last Friday each month: 5.00pm - 7.00pm *At least two lanes will remain open on School Holidays between Monday to Friday.

Tennis Courts Food & Beverage Outlets The Lounge

Monday - Sunday: 9.00am - Closing (Last order 9.45pm) For reservations, please call Reception at 6464 5225 or email rm@hollandseclub.org.sg

Serambi Bar

Wednesday - Sunday: 6.00pm - 11.00pm

Terrace

Monday - Sunday: 8.00am - 11.00pm (Last order 10.00pm) Beverages available until closing

Belgium Beer Bar

Monday to Friday: 8.00am - 12.00pm 6.00pm - 10.00pm Saturday, Sunday & PH: 8.00am - 12.00pm 4.00pm - 11.00pm For special opening hours for events, please ask at reception. During opening hours a limited menu is served.

Monday - Sunday: 7.00am - 11.00pm Booking is required. For court bookings, email reception@hollandseclub.org.sg

Child Minding Service

Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 12.00pm For children aged from 1 to 6 years. Tel: 6461 1150

Mums & Tots Group

Tuesday: 10.00am - 11.30am Newborn to 4 years at Rotterdam Room

The Puppy Club

Monday - Thursday: 12.00pm - 8.00pm Friday: 12.00pm - 10.00pm Saturday & PH: 10.00am - 10.00pm Sunday: 10.00am - 8.00pm For children aged from 1 to 6 years.

Juniors Room

Sunday - Thursday: 11.00am - 11.00pm Friday - Saturday: 11.00am - 1.00am Eve of PH & PH: 11.00am - 1.00am

Monday - Thursday: 12.00pm - 8.00pm Friday: 12.00pm - 10.00pm Saturday & PH: 10.00am -10.00pm Sunday: 10.00am - 8.00pm For children aged 7 years and above.

Pool Bar

The Chillout Room

Tradewinds Bar

Monday - Thursday: 10.00am - 6.00pm Friday - Sunday & PH: 9.00am - 7.00pm

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Monday - Sunday: 10.00am - 9.00pm For children aged 12 years and above.


Dutch Comedy Night

Jan Jaap van der Wal This June, Dutch stand up comedian Jan Jaap van der Wal will fly in from the Netherlands to entertain the Dutch community at our own Hollandse Club. Famous Netherlander

Many of you, that is, the ones who have actually lived in the Netherlands over the past ten years, will already know Jan Jaap. He has been a ‘BN-er’ (or ‘Famous Netherlander’) for some time now, as his face with the trademark harelip is seen regularly on television. Jan Jaap himself claims, he is not one of those that is only famous on the screen for winning secondrate tv-shows, but actually for being team captain in ‘Dit was het nieuws’, a local comedy show similar to the popular British ‘Mock the Week.’ Whilst working on his fame on the screen, in theatres Jan Jaap has been making a serious name for himself as a stand-up comedian. From 2001 onwards he steadily worked his way into people’s hearts and laughs with an increasing number of solo shows. He does not stop there; he has made radio shows, television series, and even runs his own production company with which he introduced and presented a Dutch version of America’s ‘The Daily Show’

High Expectations

This will be Jan Jaap’s first visit to Singapore and his expectations are high. He expects a clean city, with an open attitude to comedians. He hopes to find gadgets that he cannot buy anywhere else in the world. Not to actually buy them, but to boast about them to his friends back home.

Jan Jaap van der Wal has played in Oman, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and New York, but reckons his Singaporean performance will become the highlight of his career. Of us poor expats, he thinks we are starving and tired and desperate for news from the home country and a lick of Dutch peanut butter. Possibly a tour to the German Market Store on Bukit Timah road is in order. Jan Jaap himself already acknowledges that there is a small possibility we will actually be a well-tanned and happy crowd.

Gossip

He will update the deprived Dutch community of Singapore on gossip about Dutch politics, and enlighten us on us the fact that we will have a new king by then. He is hoping the ambassador will join us too. If he gets the chance to collect them, Jan Jaap will share with us stories of the incredible Singaporean nightlife he is looking forward to experience (suggestions of where he should go for the best stories are welcome, Hollandse Club event manager Marjon is happy to pass them on). And spectators be warned: Jan Jaap improvises a lot and spares nobody. It will be a great evening, that’s a promise. We hope to see you all at the Club on Saturday 8th of June for the Dutch spoken performance of Jan Jaap van der Wal.

Event Information

Saturday, 8 June 2013 at 8.00pm, Main Hall Members: $40-, Non-Members: $50Dutch Spoken Event Tickets can be bought at the reception or email events@hollandseclub.org.sg

Tulipmania at Gardens by the Bay

Free admission to the Flower Dome for the first 100 who are dressed in the Dutch national costume (Headgear, Apron and Clogs) on 11 and 12 May 2013. This special admission is only extended to Hollandse Club and Hollandse School. Should anyone prefer not turn up in the Dutch traditional costume, they can still enjoy the Mother’s Day promotion. This would be 15% discount for tickets to the two conservatories (Flower Dome and Cloud Forest), up to 4 tickets per transaction. www.hollandseclub.org.sg Hollandse Club 7


Black & White

ladies only Fashion show Proceeds lucky draw to H.O.M.E

Get ready for the 4th Ladies only Fashion Show at the Hollandse Club! Come and enjoy a wonderful evening with delicious food, gorgeous fashion and win amazing prizes from our sponsors and boutiques in the lucky draw. All proceeds from the lucky draw will go to H.O.M.E (The Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics)

Event Information

Friday, 17 May 2013 at 8.00pm, Main Hall Members: $65-, Non-Members: $75-, Full Table: $600Tickets can be bought at the reception.

Showcase Boutiques:

Anna Rainn

Joanna and Grāinne have been in Singapore for many years and have over the course of those years found that it can be difficult to find a dress that fits ‘real women’ well. After deciding they were done complaining about it, they sat together and designed the wrap dress we now see here in many different prints and adaptations. Anna Rainn dresses fit most women and are a great addition to every wardrobe. Easy care, easy wear make these dresses the ideal travel companion. They’ll take you from day to evening simply by adding some heels and accessories.

Change

Beautifully designed lingerie, sleepwear and swimwear in a wide range of styles and sizes to fit your unique curves. At Change, we respect your natural beauty. That’s why our lingerie doesn’t dictate how your body should look or promise a whole new you. What it will do is give you a variety of styles in a fit that feels just right. It’s all about feeling beautiful. So feel free to express yourself. To explore the different facets of your femininity. And the woman within. At our Singapore store, we aim to provide superb service - to measure a woman and guide her to find the perfect bra that accentuates her in the best possible way. You. Only Better.

Essensuals

Think professional hairstyling and you’ll associate it with Essensuals. As the next generation of award-winning salons from the TONI&GUY Empire, Essensuals is one of the most distinguished names in the international hairstyling industry. TONI&GUY Hairdressing was founded in London over 40 years ago by Toni and Guy Mascolo. Over the years, TONI&GUY has grown from a single salon into a worldwide concept with over 400 salons. The only hairdressing company to be awarded ‘SuperBrand’and ‘CoolBrand’status with excess of 47 awards (eg. ‘Best Artistic Team’a record of 11 times. ‘British Hairdresser of the year’for 3 years). Hairstyling is not just about following trends blindly. Essensuals knows that well. That’s why it dedicates itself to interpreting catwalk-inspired trends into wearable and desirable styles according to your personality and lifestyle. Committed to providing each client with personalized service at an affordable price, it’s no wonder Essensuals is so popular with today’s women and men. Style your hair in the hands of the experts at 181 Orchard Road, # 03-09, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896.

White Ginger

Based in Singapore, White Ginger is a unique clothing boutique dedicated to feminine designs for stylish, summer living. From sophisticated signature dresses to striking separates, discover chic styles to suit every occasion. The White Ginger label embodies versatility and style. “The key to everyday dressing is practicality without sacrificing chic and vice versa.” After all, the ordinary moments that mark our daily lives (the school run, the supermarket shop...) don’t have to look ordinary. Whilst constantly adding to the range, White Ginger always stays true to its philosophy; appreciating what women want with creations that flatter and look stylish wherever they are going, season after season.

H.O.M.E : We are one family!

The Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (H.O.M.E.) is a non-governmental organization and registered charity which is dedicated to serving the needs of the migrant worker community in Singapore. H.O.M.E.’s aims are to provide direct services to migrant workers who are in need of assistance as well as to carry out research projects and campaigns to document and advocate for better treatment and better legal protection for migrant workers and for a more effective framework to combat trafficking in persons. H.O.M.E. was established in 2004 and has since provided services to thousands of migrant workers in need through its provision of shelters, legal assistance, training and rehabilitative services. 8 The Hollandse Club www.hollandseclub.org.sg


A night of feel-good songs

from around the World with nůmama choir

On Thursday 13th June, the nůmama choir will host a night of feel-good songs from around the World at the Hollandse Club. Join us for an evening of toe-tapping tunes and beautiful ballads sung by the fabulous nůmama choir (a non-profit daytime community choir for mums, babies and children). The programme also features the all-female ukulele singing group, Ukuladies, who are sure to put a smile on your face with their uplifting vocals and infectious energy. Ticket sales will raise money for two worthwhile charities: The Little Arts Academy which provides an arts curriculum for children from low-income families in Singapore; and The River Kids Choir in Cambodia (part of River Kids Project), which helps Cambodian children and families in danger of child abuse and trafficking.

About nůmama

nůmama was conceived back in the summer of 2009 by two young and displaced British mums in Singapore who discovered they shared something in common beyond a dislike of dirty nappies and sleepless nights...a love of singing. They went on to create nůmama choir: an inexpensive mother and baby singing group which provides a fun, warm environment for beginners to listen, learn and experiment, for novices to build on their experience and to give Beyonce wannabes a platform on which to showcase their under-utilised talent. The choir now boasts over 40 members and is growing from strength to strength. nůmama meets on Tuesday mornings 9.30 – 10.30am and 10.45 – 11.45am at PoMo (near Plaza Singapura). To find out more about joining, contact numamasingapore@gmail.com. There are strictly no auditions to join and kids of all ages are welcome.

Key information

Thursday 13 June from 7.00pm, singing starts at 8.00pm, Main Hall Members: $20-. All proceeds go to charity. A night of feel-good songs from around the World. Food and drink available to purchase. To find out more about the nůmama choir go to www.numamachoir.com or email numamasingapore@gmail.com.

new exposition in Tradeswinds bar! Kasia Pawlak is a self-taught artist based in Singapore. She grew up in Warsaw and lived in Tokyo and Paris before moving to Singapore 3 years ago. Soon after moving here, she felt the urge to paint and to express herself through her heart, her hands, canvas and paint. This is what Kasia says about her art: “The way I paint is a way of exploring myself. What appears on canvas is spontaneous, comes from the present moment and has a meaning. The colours I choose show my feelings at the moment, the texture I choose expresses my individuality, even the size of canvas, my signature, all have a meaning and is in the process of evolving. Therefore all of my paintings reflect my path and who I am at the very moment of its creation. I also paint with intention of spreading a positive energy to those who view my paintings. I believe all of my paintings have their owners.” www.paintingsmyart.weebly.com Kasia Pawlak E: kasia.pawlak@ymail.com M: +65 8113 2890 W: http://paintingsmyart.weebly.com 10 The Hollandse Club www.hollandseclub.org.sg


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Kheam Hock

Community in Action A City in a Garden

Everyone living on this small yet lush island will at some point have noticed Singapore’s continuing efforts to make the city more pleasant and green to life in. Singapore’s greening initiative ‘City in a Garden’ is all around us, and about to get even closer, as we are asking for help to get the Hollandse Club involved too. What does it mean for us, to become a ‘Club in a Garden’?

Quality of living

Fifty years ago, then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew planted a Mempat tree at Farrer Circus, kicking off a long series of projects aimed at making this little island-state more green and attractive, and to enhance the quality of living for its people. These days, Singapore is full of beautiful parks, majestic trees and colourful flowers. Still, more can be done, as Singapore continues to urbanise, it seeks to preserve its green and vibrant atmosphere. It’s aim? To be a city nestled within a thriving garden. To really get the city to become a garden, everyone in Singapore needs to get involved, including our Hollandse Club and it’s members. This year, to commemorate 50 years of greening Singapore, the National Parks Board (NParks) is organising various activities for the community to become part of its ‘City in a Garden’ vision.

Kheam Hock in action

Community in Action for Kheam Hock, is a long-term, community-led initiative, involving NParks, Nature Society Singapore (NSS), community gardening volunteers and the Kheam Hock community. For the first time, the community is coming together to grow bird and butterfly attracting plants at homes, along roads and within buildings. Doing this will help create a Nature Way for birds, butterflies and other small animals to travel between the different green areas of Singapore, and bring biodiversity closer to the neighbourhood. Kheam Hock Road is key in Singapore’s greening initiative, as this largely residential neighbourhood connects two of Singapore’s largest green areas: the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Three other Nature Ways will be created at Admiralty, Tampines and Yishun. Every Singaporean, whether permanent or temporary resident, whether living in one of the designated community areas or not, is invited to join in and do their share in making Singapore more green, and further shape the ‘City in a Garden’ vision. 12 The Hollandse Club www.hollandseclub.org.sg

Create a ‘Club in a Garden’

Kheam Hock refers to the area of largely residential land between the Pan Island Expressway in the north, Dunearn Road in the south, Adam Road to the west and Whitley Road to the east, including the Hollandse Club within its borders. Naturally, we want to do our share. To learn more about what the Kheam Hock Project is about, and to involve both club staff and members in this worthwhile community project, we have organised a special project day.

Project day and walk

The Kheam Hock project day is planned for Saturday the 18th of May, starting at 9.30am and involves a lecture by NParks at the Lounge, followed by a walk to the Botanic Gardens, including a special ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the nursery. A large part of our members live in the Kheam Hock area, and we hope many of you will come by and join in to see how we can contribute to increasing Singapore’s biodiversity, at the Club and at home. People living outside the Kheam Hock area are encouraged to come as well, as greening Singapore is not contained within the area’s borders.


Vegetable and herb garden

Other plans for creating our own ‘Club in a Garden’ include transforming part of the area behind the tennis field into a vegetable garden. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to join in, and help in planning, building, sowing, and taking care of this garden. Please contact Elmer at gm@hollandseclub.org. sg if you are interested to help. And who knows, maybe in the not too far future we will be serving our own very locally produced veggies and herbs at the Terrace! Please contact Marjon at events@hollandseclub.org.sg to enlist for the Kheam Hock project day on the 18th May, or if you like to be involved in any other way.

What you can do at home

Greening Singapore does not stop at the park or the Club. There are many things you can do at home to enrich biodiversity in your own surroundings. Even if you just have a tiny balcony, planting wildlife-attracting plants is a small, yet important, step towards achieving a greener Singapore and the creation of Nature Ways. Not only that, creating your own green garden at home, however small or large, could enhance your quality of living, as you will start to enjoy the pleasures it brings. Keep you eyes open for yellow-vented bulbuls feeding in your rhododendrons, sunbirds sipping nectar from your heliconia flowers, and

different species of butterflies fluttering round, laying eggs. Try not to get too annoyed with caterpillars munching through the foliage either. Panama Rose, Ixona, Singapore Rhododendron, Heliconia and Red Tree Vine are all beautiful flowering plants that attract butterflies and sunbirds. If you have more space to spare, why not plant trees, like Batoko Plum, Golden Myrtle, or Yellow Cow Wood. A full list of plants, trees, flowers and shrubs recommended for attraction of wildlife are available through NParks. For more information on NParks ‘City in a Garden’ vision please visit: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/ciag/ Alternatively, for further questions call NParks helpline at 18004717300 or email them at: nparks_mailbox@nparks.gov.sg

Event Information: “Enhancing Biodiversity in Kheam Hock” with N-Parks

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City gardening in the sun

by Karien van Ditzhuijzen

Budding writer members be alerted: In Hollandse Club’s the Magazine we are going to feature a column! Each issue, one of our members or staff will entertain you with 500 words on their life in Singapore. In ‘Go Green’ Karien van Ditzhuijzen kicks off by writing about her experiences of tropical gardening at a height. We miss our garden. When we moved to Singapore we exchanged views of green beech hedges with that of a row of half-finished concrete towers. Instead of twittering birds, rustling leaves and the neighbour mowing his lawn on a Sunday morning, we now hear motorcars and building noises. But who says you need a garden to garden? We have two balconies. And a roof terrace.

Herbs

So we head off to the garden centre. First we hide the concrete with green palms and pink bougainvillea. A row of orchids tries to cheer up the childproof fence. Then I start my herb garden. Rosemary and thyme sit brotherly next to pandan, kaffir lime, lemon grass, laksa leaf, ginger and Thai basil. But not for long. The thyme’s leafs start to wilt. The rosemary’s needles droop. Too hot? Too wet? I am not sure, but in thyme’s empty pot we sow chillies. Every day the children bend their noses over the sandy soil. The Singapore monsoon inundates the seeds. On dry days, the kids pour watering can after watering can, and the balcony floods again. Soon tiny green leaves unfold. The chillies thrive in the tropical sun, and

flowers and fruit appear. The two year old has her pick and, before I can interfere, a taste. She coughs and splutters, tears spill from her eyes. We quench the fire with lime juice, made from limes we picked from our new calamansi tree. We put the remaining chillies in a bowl, for tonight, when we cook dinner for the grownups. It does not take long before the lime tree’s branches are picked bare.

Wildlife

The balconies and roof get greener. Aubergine plants arrive, and a papaya tree. Jasmine vines crawl through the bougainvillea. Wildlife is starting to find our balcony. Pretty butterflies, tiny yellow-green birds. The birds try to nest on the roof terrace, but the spot they pick is fatally close to the swing. The butterflies lay their eggs on the jasmine bush, and their hungry offspring nibbles a trail of holes through its leaves. We let the caterpillars be, but other visitors are less welcome. Whitefly infests the papaya, aubergine and ginger, a nasty pest that makes leafs crinkle and fall. The poison I spray kills the flies. But as the piercing sun boils the poison, the leaves too turn brown and die. Our papaya tree becomes a long, scarred pole.

Lessons

We learn our lessons. We learn we cannot spray poison in the Singapore sun. We learn which plants can survive on our hot roof. We learn which ones need shade, and protection from the beating rain. Some plants come and go, others stay and thrive. With the greenery on our balcony our own lives adapt to living in this beautiful yet demanding city. Our food gets more oriental, and we no longer miss the European herbs. We have given up on daisies and fall in love with the orchids that bloom again and again. Our English garden, with its lawn, vegetable plot and beeches, is all but forgotten. Because there is one thing Singapore has that our old garden didn’t: plenty of sunshine. Because of sunshine, we can never have enough!

Are you inspired and interested to contribute? The July/ August issue’s theme will be, off course, the summer holidays. Do you have exciting plans, or have you made a journey you would like to write about? Drop an email to pr@hollandseclub.org and maybe we will see you soon, on this page! www.hollandseclub.org.sg Hollandse Club 15


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Top: Anneloes van Haaren, Nienke Kuipers, Peronne Archard and Joyce Coenraad Bottom: Jolanda Hakvoort, Saskia Huntjens, Judith Otterman and Jetteke Hesselink

Great Wall Charity Challenge

Run for Rett On May 18th 2013, Nienke, Jetteke, Anneloes, Jolanda, Judith, Saskia, Peronne and Joyce will be running the full, half and quarter marathon on the Great Wall of China. A physical challenge for all of us.

Amazing results have been achieved already. Rett syndrome has been proven reversible in the lab. Funding research for Rett will also provide us with invaluable information about more common disorders like autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis, which could be helping millions of sufferers all over the world. All funds raised by us go directly to RSRT, as the running team covers it’s own expenses.

We started training together in August last year, just for fun, because we wanted to enter the Run for Hope (3,5 or 10 km) in November. Some of us had never ran before, most of us had a little or more experience.

On the 10th of May the Hollandse Club hosts its annual May fair. Our team will be there, running a ‘May-Fair-TreadmillMarathon’. We will start running as soon as the fair starts and only stop when the last visitor has gone.

We discovered not only that running was good exercise, it also was ‘gezellig’ (that weird Dutch word for ‘fun’) to train together. To give us goal to run for, we decided to go to Beijing for the Great Wall marathon. We did not exactly know what we were getting ourselves into. The Great Wall Run does not only mean running a long distance, it also means climbing approximately 2600 steps. For Anneloes, the only one who is doing the full marathon, it means climbing almost 5200 steps!

And we need your support! Not only do we appreciate cheering us on, there is also the possibility to donate money for research on Rett Syndrome, to help girls like Chelsea.

This means we need two kinds of training: Running and climbing steps. On Monday nights we run in the Botanic Gardens, and on Friday mornings we practice climbing steps. We go to Kent Ridge Park, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Labrador Park, Mount Faber Park, or just go to a high building to run up the staircase. Is that fun? Not always, it is hard work and it can be boring. But putting on some music whilst working out, doing it together with friends, and having a goal to work towards really helps. Your body needs quite a lot of training to get used to running long distances, and if you keep going and build it up carefully, you will find you can do so much more than you thought. Next to the physical challenge, our run has a purpose attached to it: we intend to raise a vast amount of money for little girls with Rett Syndrome. Joyce, one of the runners, has a niece, Chelsea (16 years old), with Rett Syndrome. Rett Syndrome is a rare but devastating neurological syndrome that strikes at random in early childhood, primarily affecting girls. The symptoms of Rett are severe, including autism, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, epilepsy and anxiety disorders... all that in one little girl. Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT) funds research to find a cure for Rett.

We are proud that Nike will sponsor our shirts, and that we have found companies that are supporting us (like Flow traders, Finder Financials, Van Chelsea, Joyce Coenraads’ niece (16) Oordt, and more to follow). The Chinese press is being contacted to cover this run for promotion and awareness campaigns on Rett Syndrome. If you would like to donate directly to our cause, please visit: www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/joycecoenraads/ may182013greatwallmarathon Alternatively, you can donate the money on RSRT’s website https://secure.rsrt.org by referring to ‘China marathon’ under the heading ‘dedication’. Please note that payments can be made in US dollars only. For more information about Rett Syndrome and the work of RSRT, please visit www.rsrt.org We hope to see you at the May fair! In support for:

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Kid’s Events at Hollandse Club

HSL goes green The Hollandse School went Green over the last few months, as they completed the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) unit ‘Flowers and plants’. The children learned many things about nature. They visited a garden centre, the Botanical Gardens, they sowed seeds, measured flowers and did many things more to increase their knowledge and understanding of everything green. Children of group 1 told us about the things they learned and enjoyed: ‘I found it really special you can colour white flowers with ordinary ink’ ‘I enjoyed making the miniature vegetable garden. First the plan, than the garden with sand, shells, moss, petals and wood chips.’ ‘We sowed beans, and then a stalk grew, and then the plants,’ ‘It was so much fun going to the garden centre, where you can see many different types of flowers and plants.’ ‘We were given a bouquet of flowers and I painted the red ginger flower.’ ‘Sowing garden cress was my favourite, it grows so fast, and then you can eat it!’ ‘Miss, what a shame the unit is already over…’ As you can see these children have green fingers already, and appreciate and enjoy all that is nature around them. A green Singapore, for them, is one big adventurous exploration! Photo’s by HSL Children’s quotes collected by Barbara van de Beek (HSL) 18 The Hollandse Club www.hollandseclub.org.sg


Winners

of March / April Issue Colouring Contest For Kids

Coming of the Royal Month Kids have done a great job in adding colours to their own Kings and Queens. Here are the top 3 winners!

Liek B849

Anna Wage W458

Sanne V334

Congratulations to the 3 winners of the colouring contest. Prizes can be collected at the reception. Take part in our upcoming colouring contest. So for all kids out there, do your best and you may be the next lucky winner.

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Like to draw?

When you like to draw a comic for teens, show us what you make! It might be published in the Magazine, the next issue is about summer vacations and your comic has to be in by the beginning of June. Does this give you inspiration? Annabelle Reavley got inspired by butterflies in Singapore. She’s 14 and going to Marlborough College in Malaysia. Thanks Annabelle! You can submit your artworks through Reception for the attention of Eva Steins.

Easter Bunnies & Kids

The Easter Brunch held on 31st March was also an afternoon of Easter bunnies, balloon sculpture, colouring and kids enjoying their time in the playground.

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Club Event Highlights: May 8 May - Movie Night: Earth

10 May - May Fair

Wednesday, 7.30pm, The Lounge Member: $18.50 Non-Member: $22.50 Price includes 2 course dinner.

Friday, 10.00am - 7.00pm, Main Hall

17 May - Black & White: Ladies Only Fashion Show supporting H.O.M.E Friday, 7.00pm, Main Hall Member: $65.00 Non-Member: $75.00 Full Table (10 Persons): $600.00 Price includes 2 bottles of wine per table.

18 May - Enhancing Biodiversity in Kheam Hock Saturday, 10.00am - 12.45pm, Main Hall & Botanic Gardens Member: $5.00 Non-Member: $10.00

19 May - Kite Making Workshop Kids Event

Sunday, 2.30pm, The Lounge Member: $12.50 Non-Member: $17.50

22 May - Movie Night: Into The Wild Wednesday, 7.30pm, The Lounge Member: $18.50 Non-Member: $22.50 Price includes 2 course dinner.

23 May - Kitchen Hygiene Class for Helpers Thursday, 10.00am - 12.00pm, The Lounge Member: $35.00 Non-Member: $45.00

25 May - Bollywood Veggies Farm Visit and Guided Tour Kids Event

Saturday, 9.30am, Bollywood Veggies Farm Member: $10.00 Non-Member: $15.00

31 May - Friday Night Art Jamming

Friday, 7.30pm - 9.00pm, The Lounge Member: $40.00 / $65.00 (Couple) Non-Member: $50.00 / $70.00 (Couple)

Club Event Highlights: June 5 June - Movie Night: Argo

Wednesday, 7.30pm, The Lounge Member: $18.50 Non-Member: $22.50 Price includes 2 course dinner.

8 June - An Evening with Dutch Comedian Jan Jaap van der Wal (Dutch Spoken) Saturday, 8.30pm - 10.00pm, Main Hall Member: $40.00 Non-Member: $50.00

13 June - Numama Summer Concert Thursday, 8.00pm, Main Hall $20.00 per ticket

16 June - Visit to the Goat Farm Sunday, 9.00am, Hay Dairies Goat Farm Member: $10.00 Non-Member: $15.00

19 June - Helpers Cooking Class

Wednesday, 10.00am - 1.00pm, The Lounge Member: $65.00 Non-Member: $75.00

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• National Squash League

• Movie Night: Into The Wild

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• May Fair • National Squash League

• Kitchen Hygiene Class for Helpers

• Club Swim Nights Round 3 • Black & White: Ladies Only Fashion Show • National Squash League

• National Squash League

• Tennis Club Championships Doubles • Enhancing Biodiversity in Kheam Hock

• Bollywood Veggies Farm Visit & Guided Tour

• Friday Night Art Jamming

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• Helpers Cooking Class • Movie Night: The 11th Hour

• Numama Summer Concert

• Dutch Comedian Jan Jaap van der Wal

• Comedy Night

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Extending a warm welcome to our

New Club Members • Philip A. & Sharon Brooks • Darren Keith Bellerby & Kathryn Theresa Horne • Hans Diederen & Nadine Bailey • Robert Driver & Isabelle Claisse • Stefano Demichelis & Yvette Ingwersen • Gijs van Elst & Lottie van Stijn

• Didier Verhoeven & Greet Gheeraert • Adam Zecha & Lian Hwa Wong • Ian & Annalisa Cromie • Paolo Crudele & Sara Crudele Fernandez • Ajit C. & Boon E. Prabhu • Philip & Nathalie Ramirez • Jimmy Tiong • Perry van Echtelt & Inge Weenink • Simon Twitt & Kathryn Claire Tingate • John & Diana Elkovich • Craig & Susan Mary Burgess • Gregory & Bronwyn Jane Scully • Jonathan D. Crossen & Fiona J. McGregor • Ranesh Verma & Jinny Kaur

Long Service Award Sous Chef Joseph Lee and Administrative Assistant Regina Sim were presented with the Long Service Award. In recognition and appreciation of their dedication to the Club, both of them will receive a cash reward.

Event executive

Marjon Gijsman Some of you might already know me, for those who don’t; I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself in a bit more detail. My name is Marjon and I started my new job as the Event Executive at the Club in January. With all the activities around the Club and so many more that I am planning to initiate it’s probably the most fun job around the club, and it basically revolves around entertaining YOU! So please feel free to contact me, or approach me at the Club to share your ideas and give input in what you would like to see organized. I’m always on the lookout for volunteer, so if you enjoy helping out with for instance kids events, or help organize a great idea you have for an event, contact me at events@hollandseclub. org.sg For some more background info on me, here are some random facts...

Marion Gijsman:

• 34 years old (and in denial of this fact) • The youngest child of three (so the spoiled one, according to her parents) • Qualified hair stylist, with 15 years experience • Experience in working in customer service and social media web care for almost three years • Moved to Singapore to live with her Dutch boyfriend, who has a Belgian passport, which she met in Australia • The biggest Michael Jackson fan • Someone who lists eating and drinking as hobbies • In her 3rd condo after 16 months in Singapore • Never happier than when someone tells her she doesn’t have a South Dutch accent • Is not the type to be homesick until someone starts talking about Amsterdam • Is a fairly upbeat person unless she hasn’t had coffee, is hungry, or something disturbs her sleep, like the alarm clock … Well, if you like to know more, you know where to find me! 24 The Hollandse Club www.hollandseclub.org.sg


MEMBERS IN FOCUS

Bellerby Family Hi, I’m Darren Bellerby, with Kathryn, my wife, and Mason, our 16-month-old son. We’re originally from England but have been living in Asia for the last five years. I work for BASF out of the Suntec City office. Most of our time is spent watching our gorgeous little boy grow, but in between we like to watch the latest blockbuster movies on DVD with a nice glass of red wine. Whenever possible I enjoy wild bird photography. Technically this is our second time living in Singapore. We were first here from 2008 to 2009, before moving to Hong Kong. Moving back to Singapore in February of this year has been a really easy move for us and we’ve settled into a lovely house off of Farrer Road. Singapore is a great place to live and a fantastic place to bring up a young child. There is so much space to live in, with a really good infrastructure and no language barriers. We looked at various clubs when we arrived this year, but settled on the Hollandse Club due to it’s convenient location, it’s more informal feel and it’s great facilities. Already we love to make use of the pool facilities and Puppy Room - there are few things more relaxing than spending an afternoon on The Terrace with a cold drink whilst enjoying the great selection of food. Mason loves being part of the Mum’s & Toddlers group and we’re looking forward to enrolling him in swimming lessons. We should make more use of other facilities, such as the library, gym and bowling alley, we’d even like to take up squash... If only we could drag ourselves away from the pool and bar.

Demichelis Family Hi there, we are the Demichelis family. Yvette is from the Netherlands, Stefano is from Italy, and our children Elisabeth and Edgar are 3 and 1 years old. We moved to Singapore at the beginning of March from a very cold London, and have since hidden our winter clothes deep into our cupboards. Stefano is a forensic accountant and Yvette is a solicitor, and slowly, slowly we are all finding our feet here and getting to know our new home. We lived in London before this and were there for 7 years. We were fortunate enough to experience the Olympics there last summer and the whole build-up to it. Immediate impressions of Singapore (through the eyes of our daughter): the taxis are actually yellow here (London cabs are just black); there are “moving stairs” all over the place; and when you “huff & puff” at glass doors, they actually open automatically, to daily amazement! We were looking for a club with activities for the whole family, and definitely found it. In a way history is repeating itself, as Yvette also moved to Singapore with her parents when she was 3, and her family were members of this club then too. Even today, some of the faces around the club are still the same! The children absolutely love swimming so we definitely expect the swimming pool to be very popular. But apart from that we hope to start tennis again too, and to explore the many other activities the club has to offer.

An Office at the Club At the Tradewinds Bar, Gijs van Elst (32) is spotted, working a laptop at the smallest part of the bar. Why? “Well, for one, it is too hot outside” he grins. “Furthermore, we have recently become members, a month ago and I like to come here. I am looking for workspace for my company Meelunie or Trading house food commodities.” He continues with an even wider grin: “We moved into our home, no internet yet, so working here is very convenient. Besides my wife and I have three young children and our fourth is on its way, so to have some peace and quiet, I’ll go to my office at the Club a couple of times a week.” In the meantime, Jack was born, the fourth son. Congratulations! Meelunie Trading House Food Commodities SEA and Pacific is awaiting five to six people coming over to work in Singapore before the summer. www.hollandseclub.org.sg Hollandse Club 25


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Expansion of The Rooms

During the AGM you, the members, have voted to add 7 Club (hotel) rooms in favor of the bowling alley, as per the proposal of the Main Committee. We thank you for your support. The lively discussions during the AGM are proof that this topic is at the heart of the members. The MC is taking this opportunity to explain the reasons and financial background, address some of the concerns and show you what the rooms will look like. Financial background

The club is, financially, in dire straits. Twelve years of continuous losses have diminished the Club’s reserves. We currently still have enough reserves to make the investment. We are seeing a choice: either add a revenue generating facility like the Club rooms or increase the monthly membership fees with an additional amount of 15-20 SGD per month per membership. The problem with simply increasing the fees is that we’ll end up being the most expensive club, without the facilities and location to match. Of course the Club’s management and the MC is looking at many other measures to make the club profitable again and to start adding to our reserves rather than dipping in. But now is the time to make the investments, otherwise it is simply too little too late.

The fear of losing the Club’s identity with hotel guests wondering around on our premises was also hotly debated at the AGM. Here the MC likes to point at the high rate of members’ guest. In practice, it turns out that the vast majority (80%) of the guests are friends and family of our members. This actually enhances the identity as these members and their guests use our F&B facilities during the off-peak hours. The feedback we receive from the guests is, without exception, very positive.

What will the rooms cost?

The total investment is 610k SGD based on firm quotes. The additional income generated by the 7 rooms is between 100k and 150k SGD per year. This very conservative estimate means the Club rooms will almost close the current gap between revenues and expenses.

Key issues

During the AGM three key issues were discussed; the loss of a members’ facility, the cost of operating the bowling alley and the loss of the Club’s identity or fear of becoming a hotel. The loss of a key facility is undeniable. Although the bowling alley isn’t used a lot and caters mainly for children’s birthday parties, it is a unique facility. The MC has reserved some funds to add or upgrade a facility to make up for the loss of the bowling alley. We are looking forward to suggestions from the members. In the meantime the Club has procured an inflatable assault course and a bouncy castle to be used for children’s parties and other events at the multi-purpose court. Another issue the Club faces with the bowling is that it isn’t a full sized alley and it can’t be used for competitions. Servicing and maintenance is becoming quite difficult. The facility was bought from a Chinese manufacturer that does not make this type anymore and now spare parts are difficult to obtain. Operating the alley has its own challenges as there is a demand only in the afternoons or weekends, with peaks that are not easy to manage staff-wise. For the avoidance of doubt: the bowling alley is operated at a loss.

What will the rooms look like?

The new rooms will be side-by-side and accessible via a corridor between the Gym and the rooms. Each room will be bigger than the existing rooms and with plenty of daylight coming through the windows facing the main club building. The interior will be similar to that of the existing rooms; basic, elegant, contemporary and of good quality. Construction is expected to take 3 months. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Club’s management or any of the MC members. The Main Committee. www.hollandseclub.org.sg Hollandse Club 27


Food & Beverage Newsflash New Menu

Very soon you will find the new menu on your tables at the terrace. In this new menu we have made several changes to improve the quality of the dishes we serve. The menu has become a little bit smaller, but several quality new dishes have been added. For instance, you can now find stir-fried mussels and a grilled vegetable sandwich on the menu. Bread has always been a hot topic at the club and we are pleased to let you know that we have found a baker who will provide us with daily fresh baked breads. On the new menu you will also find symbols to let you know if a dish is gluten free, vegetarian or spicy. We understand that with change, there can also be some disappointment. Why did we take out your favourite dish? We have had to make choices on what to keep on the menu and what to change, and have done so by looking at what dishes where most popular. If your favourite is taken of for now, please feel free to let us know and we can try to bring it back as a special!

‘Go Green’ in the kitchen

For this month’s ‘Go Green’ issue, we take the time in our Food & Beverage Newsflash to look at how we can contribute to a greener and cleaner planet. The choice which food we will eat has a large impact on our ecological footprint. When we ‘go green’ in the kitchen, we keep an eye on the season we are in, and what is available in our close surroundings. Products that are not in season have to be flown in from other countries, resulting in high CO2 emissions. In Holland, and most of Europe, in winter, we eat winter vegetables, cabbages like Brussels sprouts, Dutch ‘boerenkool’ (curly kale) or other vegetables that do not mind the cold, like leeks and parsnips. These vegetables grow well in a cold climate; boerenkool even tastes better after a spell of frost. When we talk about meat or fish we also look at our own region, everything we buy from nearby producers does not have to travel far to get to us. For fish, again, it’s very important that we look at what is in season. Fish needs time to give life to new fish and if we take it out of the oceans before it has had the chance to do so, the amount of fish will drop rapidly. Some fish species are already endangered (sturgeon, stingray) and if we keep fishing them, there is a serious chance that they will become extinct. We have chosen not to feature these fish on the Hollandse Club menu.

Thuy Nguyen

Going green in Singapore can sometimes be a more difficult story. Singapore has very few own resources, and therefore is forced to import most of its food. At the Hollandse Club we try to source local, that is from Singapore’s neighbouring countries, as much as we can.

For Thuy, working only with the best products is extremely important. She imports ingredients for the Vietnamese specialty dishes she prepares at the Hollandse Club, like the spring roll sheets, the rice flour for the Vietnamese pancakes, and several sauces, directly to the club from Vietnam.

If you want to do your share in ‘going green’ a little bit more, why not try to eat vegetarian every now and then? Vegetables and eggs are products that are being grown not too far away, and their production costs much less CO2, water and energy than that of meat and fish. To make it easier for you we have two very tasty vegetarian promotions the next few months. Because who says you cannot enjoy going green?

Thuy has been at the club from 2008, and now back after a short break, to run the specialty Vietnamese kitchen. In her spare time you can often find her at the East Coast where she rides her mountain bike for many kilometres.

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Our Vietnamese chef Thuy Nguyen was born in 1983, at what was then still the countryside of Hanoi. Thuy always has loved cooking, and while living in Vietnam she worked in several Vietnamese and also some Chinese restaurants.

Don’t forget to try some of Thuy’s delicious fresh Vietnamese dishes, which will now be featured on the new menu!


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Vietnamese Special

Bun Bo Hue Set

Beef, pork, noodle, Vietnamese spices and 1 spring roll of your choice.

$15.50

Vegetarian Promotion

New Menu

Green asparagus, white asparagus and cream soup.

Black mussels, veggies, garlic, chili, sour crème. Served with Belgian fries and salad.

Cream of Asparagus Soup $6.50

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Stir Fried Mussels $25.50


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Vietnamese Special

Com Ca Kho To

Stewed Fish, stewed pork, Vietnamese gravy, white rice and baby kailan

$15.50

Vegetarian Promotion

Fennel and Fruit Salad

Fennel, grapefruit, avocado and mint.

$9.00

New Menu

Italian Tosti

Parma ham, mozzarella, tomato, basil and pesto on two slices of grilled bread.

$10.50

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Martial Arts

For Children Aged 5 years and above, teens & Adults

Classes are pro-rated from time of joining. Register your interest via Reception. For new courses, you will receive a confirmation email three days before class starts to confirm the course is commencing. If you have specific questions about the class, please contact the respective instructor listed in the Activities Contacts page.

ZDK ELITE KICKBOXING By Sensei Peter A. Roberston

Zen Do Ka Elite Kickboxing is a mix of Muay Thai, Japanese and Freestyle Western Kickboxing techniques. It improves reflexes and body conditioning with repetitive drills, pad work and simulated sparring with focus pads (actual sparring is a choice, not a prerequisite). Elite Kickboxing classes are the perfect cardio workout for those who want to stay fit and those who want to learn REAL effective fighting and selfdefence techniques. Kindly note this is not a kickboxing Aerobics class!

Tuesday (Teens above 13 and Adults Mixed Classes) Class Time: 7.30pm - 8.30pm End Date: 18 June 2013 Member: $30.00 x number of sessions Guest: $35 x number of sessions

JUDO

By Gerard Lim / Joanna de Castro Monday (Children Beginners) Class Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm End Date: 10 June 2013 Member: $32.50 x number of sessions Guest: $39.50 x number of sessions Wednesday Class Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm (Children Beginners) 5.00pm – 6.00pm (Children Intermediate) End Date: 12 June 2013 Member: $32.50 x number of sessions Guest: $39.50 x number of sessions Friday (Children Intermediate) Class Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm End Date: 14 June 2013 Member: $32.50 x number of sessions Guest $39.50 x number of sessions Saturday Class Time: 9.30am – 10.30am (Judo U7 years) 10.30am – 11.30am (Judo U10 years) 11.30am – 12.30pm (Judo O10 years) End Date: 15 June 2013 Member: $32.50 x number of sessions Guest: $39.50 x number of sessions

Women Personal Protection & Combat Tone

Wednesday (Kickboxing Ladies) Class Time: 10.30am – 11.30am End Date: 19 June 2013 Member: $30.00 x number of sessions Guest: $35.00 x number of sessions

ZDK Karate Kidz & Adults By Sensei Peter A. Roberston

Zen Do Ka Freestyle Karate is a modern mix of Karate, Kung Fu, Kickboxing and other Martial Arts styles. Karate Kidz have fun learning practical selfdefence techniques while developing fitness, physical skills, coordination, confidence, self esteem and discipline – thus improving performance in other sports. Participants learn through games and fun competitions, exciting tricks, spinning kicks, and punches by hitting pads, NOT each other. Parents are welcome to sign up and train alongside their children. All ages from 5 to 105 years!

Sunday Class Time: 4.30pm – 5.30pm End Date: 16 June 2013 Member: $30.00 x number of sessions Guest: $35.00 x number of sessions

TAEKWANDO By Raymond Chin

By Sulaiman

Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind.

Thursday Class Time: 9.30am – 11.00am End Date: 13 June 2013 Member: $32.50 x number of sessions Guest: $39.50 x number of sessions

Saturday Class Time: 3.00pm – 4.00pm End Date: 29 June 2013 Member: $21.50 x number of sessions Guest: $24.00 x number of sessions

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Classes

BODY WORKOUT With Ann Yang CARDIO SCULPT Combining cardiovascular and muscle sculpting exercises, it is a great class to attend if weight loss is an objective. This activity increases fatburning while the strength training increases muscle mass, which in turn increases the body’s metabolism.

Monday Class Time: 9.00am -10.00am End Date: 24 June 2013 Member: $18.50 x number of sessions Guest: $23.50 x number of sessions Friday Class Time: 9.00am - 10.00am End Date: 28 June 2013 Member: $18.50 x number of sessions Guest: $23.50 x number of sessions

PILATES Pilates is a body conditioning routine that seeks to build flexibility, strength, endurance, and coordination without adding muscle bulk. It uses controlled movements in the form of mat exercises or equipment to tone and strengthen the body.

Preregistration Required – One week before term starts. Sunday Class Time: 10.00am – 11.00am Basketball Beginners I (7 to 10 years old) End Date: 16th June 2013 Term Fees: Member $25.00 x number of sessions Guest $30.00 x number of sessions

Tuesday Class Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm End Date: 25 June 2013 Member: $18.50 x number of sessions Guest: $23.50 x number of sessions Thursday Class Time: 8.00pm – 9.00pm End Date: 27 June 2013 Member: $18.50 x number of sessions Guest: $23.50 x number of sessions

STEP AEROBICS Step Aerobics is distinguished from other forms of aerobic exercise by its use of an elevated platform. The height can be tailored to individual needs by inserting risers under the step. Step aerobics classes are offered at many gyms and fitness centers which have a group exercise program.

Wednesday Class Time: 9.00am – 10.00am End Date: 26 June 2013 Member: $18.50 x number of sessions Guest: $23.50 x number of sessions

Classes are pro-rated from time of joining. Register your interest via Reception. For new courses, you will receive a confirmation email three days before class starts to confirm the course is commencing. If you have specific questions about the class, please contact the respective instructor listed in the Activities Contacts page. www.hollandseclub.org.sg Hollandse Club 33


Hockey News SCC Sixes – Men bring home gold medal

A men’s and a women’s team of the Hollandse Club participated in The Singapore Cricket Club International Hockey Sixes 2013, held on 1- 3 March on the Padang, in the centre of the business district. It was the 19th year of the tournament and featured 60 teams, from Singapore, Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, Germany, England, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Japan. The tournament started with a welcome reception at the SCC on Friday, offering all participants a chance to catch up or meet new people. On Saturday, the men’s team was off to a flying start with 3 wins in a row before play was halted due to rain. The men’s team representative secured the win at the “rain break platform diving tournament” with a peerless swan dive in the 3 by 3 meters swimming pool. For some reason, the results were less positive after the rain break of more than 2 hours. The men’s team secured a place in the poule directly below the highest poule (and, truth must be told, one above the lowest poule). Notice

The Saturday night banquet and party was organised around the theme “Gods and goddesses at the SCColosseum”. The women’s team, as always, came beautifully dressed up. The men’s team showed up as “The hand of God” (Argentinean soccer shirt, Maradona hair style and the typical other Maradona features). On Sunday, the women’s team, in the spirit of the night before, fought like Trojans and lived up to their reputation. The men’s team, thanks to a superb playing goalie Michiel Muller, won all matches on Sunday, resulting in the gold medal in the so-called Plate poule. In the final the men’s team faced the Royal Thai Air Force, or, as the Thai saw it, the Royal Thai Air Force faced The Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM is shirt sponsor of the Dutch Hockey teams). After an exciting final the teams were matched 2-2 and penalties ensued. Michiel stopped all penalty shoot outs, leaving the spectators in awe and the men’s team with the first gold medal at the SCC Sixes since 2003. . With this successful first dress rehearsal for the Philips ZOAT 2013, expectations for a home-country victory in October are high.

Hollandse Club Hockey Teams

The Hollandse Club has its very own group of men and women hockey players that gather for regular trainings and take part in various levels of competition. 2 women’s teams (training Wednesday 8-9pm) and 3 men’s teams (training Wednesday 9-10pm). If you would like to be part of our teams or training, please contact the hockey convenors: Egbert Abrahams (men) at egbertabrahams@hotmail.com, Clara Nieuwenhuijzen and Eveline van Allir (women) at dutchhockeyladies@hotmail.com

The ZOAT 2013

Finally, the ZOAT (Zuid Oost Azië Toernooi) will be held in Singapore this year. In October 2013, approx. 400 Dutch professionals will gather in Singapore for the Philips ZOAT 2013, to play two days of hockey, one day of golf and catch up during various social events. Any companies interested in partnering with the Hollandse Club for this event can contact Rik Zwinkels at rik.z@hallin.com.sg 34 The Hollandse Club www.hollandseclub.org.sg


Swimming News Events coming up

Race: • Hollandse Club Championship - Sunday 12 May • Club Nights (swim trials for the swim team) Round 3 - Friday 17 May • Triton League Round 3 (off-site) - Friday 31 May • Neptune League Round 3 (off-site) - Sunday 2 June ABC Swimming Awards 2013: • Round 2 - Sunday 16 June (9.00am-12.00pm) Best regards,

Club night

Thank you all for coming during the club night’s on 15 Feb and 12 April a big thank you for all the parents helping hand. For the club night all children are welcome (5 yr.’s and Above) to put down their timings. Keep an eye on the calendar as the fastest children can go to the races (Neptune and Triton League) representing the club.

Aquaducks team. Hollandse Club Classes

Triton League

On Friday 1 March we had the first race at SJIS for the triton league. The race where 25 meters (7&u and 9&u) and 50 meters (11&u and 13 &u) freestyle and backstroke.

Neptune League.

On Sunday 3 March the Swim team has gone to a new location in the league. Southern Cross Dragons has left the league and we have welcomed the Tanglin Club in the league with their swim team. It was a beautiful day and there was a lot of progression in the team. Good job every one.

Swim camps

During the holiday in April there where 2 swim camps at the club. The kids had a morning full of play with the big mats and games. Hope to see you all in the next holiday.

Water polo.

The water polo team on Thursday is growing and we are getting good teams. We are playing every Thursday water polo from 6-7pm for kids 8 years and above. Come join the fun.

ABC Swimming awards

On Sunday 24 March, we did the 1st round of the ABC swimming awards of the year and we had 12 beautiful swimmers with beautiful strokes. ABC swimming awards are the basic swimming awards in the Netherlands that gives the basic breaststroke and free style. The awards are very important in the Netherlands to swim in the public pools.

Summer holidays

As July is coming soon some members will leave Singapore or will go for a long deserved holiday. To cancel the swimming classes please fill in the cancelation form on time at the reception. Please note that there is a one-month cancelation notice.

Aqua Spinning At the Swimming Pool

Friday Class Time: 9.00am – 10.00am & 10.00am - 11.00am End Date: 28 June 2013 Member: $37.00 x number of sessions Guest: $42.00 x number of sessions Minimum pax to start: 4 www.hollandseclub.org.sg Hollandse Club 35


Tennis News Tennis Socials For tennis lovers there are opportunities to play at different levels at different times. Contact the people listed below and hit the court!

Monday

Ladies’ Social

9.00am – 12.00pm

Court 1-4

Maja Duyverman: 9750 7124

Wednesday

Mixed Socials

7.00pm – 9.00pm

Court 3

Valdo David: 9109 2856

Friday

Internal Ladies’ Competition

9.00am – 12.00pm

Court 2-4

Natalie Grob: 9272 0170

Saturday

Mens’ Socials

2.00pm – 5.00pm

Court 1-3

Patrice Plet: 9833 4038

Sunday

Family Courts

9.00am – 12.00pm

Court 1-2

Book a court via Club’s Reception 64645225

Sunday

Mixed Socials

4.00pm – 6.00pm

Court 1-2

Valdo David: 9109 2856

Please contact the respective Coordinator if you would like to participate! If you would like to keep posted on our Tennis events, please register your interest with our Tennis Committee: tenniscommittee@hollandseclub.org.sg

Upcoming Events

• Club Championships Singles - 4 May • Club Championships Doubles - 18 May • Junior Club Championships - 1-2 June • Davis Cup - 20 - 22 September • Mixed Doubles - 15-16 November

Tennis Committee

Patrice Plet (Convener) Natalie Grob Mireille Kodden Pauline Welten 36 The Hollandse Club www.hollandseclub.org.sg

9833 4038 9272 0170 9800 2435 8168 2084


The Server: If you are serving, the first word that should come to mind is “consistency”. You should try to achieve a high percentage of your first serves in to prevent your opponent from attacking the second serve. Think placement, not power so that you are in control of the point from the start. The next time you practice your serve, place the ball to the corners of the service box. As much as possible, serve and volley. The Receiver: The return of serve for doubles is as important as the serve. First of all recognize whether the server is coming in for the volley or stays back. The safest return is cross-court, low if possible, without a lot of pace. This will make it difficult for the incoming server to volley. If the server decides to stay back, you should take the opportunity to chip and charge… which means come to the net using your return as an approach shot. If you notice the server’s partner is asleep at the net, nail one down the line to get a free point.

Matchpoint Tennis Tips Part One: Doubles Positions

When playing against a hard server and you are having a tough time hitting an effective return, lob. A good offensive or defensive lob neutralizes the opponent’s attack.

The Server and the Receiver

Look out for the next issue of RELAX for part two. For more tips don’t hesitate to contact any of the Savitar Coaches

As most players at the club play doubles, it is very important you understand the basic “job duties“ of each player based on their position. This Tennis tip will come in two parts.

Good Luck.

Wilson Tennis Racquet Demo Day Looking for a new racquet? Want to try before you buy? We have the perfect solution!

On 22 May from 7.00pm to 9.00pm we will have a range of Wilson tennis racquets for members to try at the Club tennis courts. Savitar tennis coaches will be available to offer professional advice regarding the right racquet that suits you.

Event

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Hollandse Club Activities Contacts DAY

TIME

VENUE

INSTRUCTOR

CONTACT

A Aerobics (Step)

Wednesday

0900 - 1000

Rotterdam

Ann Yang

9815 0239

Aqua Aerobics

Wednesday

1100 - 1200

Swimming pool

David Verlinde

Aqua Spin

Friday

0900 - 1000

Swimming pool

AquaSpin

9321 6200

Friday

1000 - 1100

Swimming pool

AquaSpin

9321 6200

B Basketball (7 – 10 years)

Sunday

1000 - 1100

Multi Purpose Court

Bernard Williams

9437 6252

Bridge (Duplicate)

Tuesday

1930 - 2300

Amsterdam

Franciska Ho

6259 3864

Friday

0900 - 1230

Amsterdam

Franciska Ho

6259 3864

C Cardio Sculpt

Mon/Fri

0900 - 1000

Rotterdam

Ann Yang

9815 0239

H Hockey (Ladies)

Wednesday

2000 - 2100

CCAB

Clara Nieuwenhuijzen

8200 4783

Eveline van Aller

9146 5686

Hockey (Men)

Wednesday

2100 - 2200

CCAB

Egbert Abrahams

9235 4449

Hockey (Youth)

Tuesday

1900 - 2000

CCAB

Caroline Abrahams

9002 3632

Sunday

0900 - 1100

CCAB

Caroline Abrahams

9002 3632

J Judo (Children Beginners)

Monday

1600 - 1700

Rotterdam

Gerard Lim

9750 6305

Wednesday

1600 - 1700

Rotterdam

Gerard Lim

9750 6305

Wednesday

1700 - 1800

Rotterdam

Gerard Lim

9750 6305

Friday

1700 Youri- 1800

Rotterdam

Gerard Lim

9750 6305

Judo (7 years & under)

Saturday

0930 - 1030

Rotterdam

Gerard Lim

9750 6305

Judo (10 years & under)

Saturday

1030 - 1130

Rotterdam

Gerard Lim

9750 6305

Judo (10 years & above)

Saturday

1130 – 1230

Rotterdam

Gerard Lim

9750 6305

K Karate

Sunday

1630 - 1730

Rotterdam

Peter Robertson

9681 1927

Kickboxing (Mixed)

Tuesday

1930 - 2030

Rotterdam

Peter Robertson

9681 1927

Kickboxing (Ladies)

Wednesday

1030 - 1130

Rotterdam

Peter Robertson

9681 1927

Tuesday

1000 - 1130

Rotterdam

Sports & Recreation

6461 1151

CLASS

Judo (Children Intermediate)

M Moms & Tots

6461 1159 9225 7310

P Personal Training

By Appointment -

Gym

Youri Kruse

9739 7610

Pilates

Tuesday

1200 - 1300

Rotterdam

Ann Yang

9815 0239

Thursday

2000 - 2100

Rotterdam

Ann Yang

9815 0239

S Squash (Junior Training)

Saturday

1200 - 1400

Squash court

Yeo Kiang Bee

8147 8059

Squash (Training)

Tuesday

1900 - 2100

Squash court

Daniel Gelinas

9725 4198

Squash (Ladies Social)

Wednesday

1900 - 2100

Squash court

Daniel Gelinas

9725 4198

Squash (Social)

Thursday

1900 - 2200

Squash court

Daniel Gelinas

9725 4198

Saturday

1400 - 1700

Squash court

Daniel Gelinas

9725 4198

Mon-Sat

Various

Swimming pool David Verlinde

6461 1159 9225 7310

T Taekwondo

Saturday

1500 - 1600

Rotterdam

Raymond Chin

9181 0827

Tennis (Ladies Social)

Monday

0900 - 1200

Tennis court

Maja

9750 7124

Tennis (Mixed Social)

Wednesday

1900 – 2100

Tennis court

Valdo David

9109 2856

Sunday

1600 – 1800

Tennis court

Valdo David

9109 2856

Tennis (Ladies Competition)

Friday

0900 - 1200

Tennis court

Natalie Grob

9272 0170

Tennis (Men’s Social)

Saturday

1400 - 1700

Tennis court

Patrice Plet

9833 4038

Tennis (Free Family Courts)

Sunday

0900 - 1200

Tennis court

Reception

6464 5225

Tennis Lessons (Savitar)

Mon-Sat

Various

Tennis court

Scott Johnston

9038 9348

Tennis Lessons (Mr Wee)

Mon-Sat

Various

Tennis court

Mr Wee

9673 4851

Swimming Lessons/Competition

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SQUASH News Squash Report April Addition

The National Squashy League is well under way and the Hollandse Club results are thus far a mixed bag. Starting off at the top we have the Veterans One who seem to be doing all the right things. The small but impressive team have had a terrific season thus far and are in the running for being champions. The team has a truly international feel to it with Dutch, Canadian, German, Singaporean, a Kiwi and even a Tasmanian (apparently not Australian) which goes to show that we are spread across the globe when it comes to pooling our talent. They currently stand joint 1st with the New Pioneers with four games to go. March provided only one blip on their crusade against the police which they lost 1-3. The match would have been a more even affair had our Robson not been abused by their French ringer Hervé both physically and mentally. They made amends by thrashing poor Estella Gardens the following week 4-0. Alas the same rich vein of form has not been instilled in the Vets II team. Every now and then we think we have turned the corner, only for it to prove a false dawn. It seems however that the single biggest challenge for the Vets II team is to actually turn up to any match at anything close to a reasonable hour. In hindsight, holding matches on a Friday evening at 19.00 is asking for trouble given the joys of Singapore traffic and heaven forbid it rains…So March gave us one win and two losses. The results are a tribute to the general lack of available headcount that the Vets II can call upon because despite a healthy squad of 15 players, it is rare that we can muster up the four required on a weekly basis. Never the less – The Vets are enjoying their matches when they do turn up and the whole NSL Veterans process is a joy to play in.

I am not too sure the same can be said for the F Team. Alas our opponents in the section are not restricted to folk of similar ilk and age. In fact the F division is primarily made up of the younger generation who still have to play as early as possible so that they can go home and do their homework. Most of them do not have the daily chore of having to shave and most of them have no idea of the concept of ‘hitting the wall’. It is at times painful to watch as these spritely souls run us older and wiser fools ragged round the court. These children are far better than the F grade they are put into because their coaches see it as a morale booster. We see it as carnage. Subsequently the F team have tried valiantly but thus far failed to win a match. The E team have had roughly the same level of success as the F’s in similar circumstances so it seems apparent that we boost our younger player squad, agree that these ‘junior’ leagues are not for us or change our tactics and go for shock and awe and intimidation to overcome these pesky kids. Looking ahead, we have our squash tour at the end of May to Manila and we might be creating a round robin tournament with our friends in Manila and the American Club here in Singapore. We will also be arranging the Hollandse Club Internal Squash Competition at some stage during the next few months so your participation in that would be excellent. Other than that, we are always keen to see new faces and additions to the squash section. We have open sessions every Saturday afternoon after 14.00 so if you want to get fit, get very hot and meet some rather eclectic folk from the four corners of the globe then please feel free to come down. If you would like to join our vibrant Squash community, please contact one of our Squash Committee members: Daniel Gelinas 9725 4198 Paul Roberts 8428 1793 Fred Saarloos 9615 1144 www.hollandseclub.org.sg Hollandse Club 39


Library BOOKSHELF May / jun 2013 English Books

Dutch Books

“Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchel A story about six interlocking lives-one amazing adventure.in a narrative that circles the globe and reaches from the 19th century to a post apoocalyptic future,David Mittchel erases the boundaries of time,genre and language to offer an entralling vision of humanity’s to power ,and where it will lead us.

“Zeesla en de lepels van Alice” by K. Abdolah Een reis door de geest van Nederlandse ondernemers en uitvinders. Hun persoonlijke drijfveren en diepste dromen. Of ze nu akker op zee aanleggen, bestek voor dementerenden ontwerpen of robots willen ontwikkelen die poezie kunnen begrijpen.

“The Gift of Rain” & “The Garden of Evening Mist” by Tan Twan Eng Both books were nominated for the Man Booker Prize.

“De lessen van mevrouw Lohmark” by J. Schalansky Met veel vaart en humor worden de wedervaardigheden van Inge Lohmark in haar laatste jaren als docent geschetst. Fijntjes komen de barstjes in haar zo zorgvuldig gecultiveerde ijzeren uitstraling naar boven.

“A Suitable Vengeance” & “The Edge of Nowhere” by Elizabeth George Famed for her books about the inspector Lynnley novels. The Edge of nowhere is her first book for Young Adult Series.

“De wilden” by M. Pauw Nani leidde een volmaakt leven, maar een faux pas heft alles op scherp gezet. Ze boekt een reis naar Panama, en daar, diep in de jungle, neemt ze een tweede verkeerde beslissing…

“The Lost Files, The Legacies” by Pittacus Lore Continuing the story begun in ”I am Number Four”.

“Easy” by Tammara Webber A story about a secret and trusting a stranger.

“The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year” by Sue Townsend

The day her gifted twins leave home for university, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. For seventeen years she’s wanted to yell at the world, ‘Stop! I want to get off’. Finally, this is her chance. Perhaps she will be able to think. The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year is a funny and touching novel about what happens when someone stops being the person everyone wants them to be. Sue Townsend, Britain’s funniest writer for over three decades, has written a brilliant novel that eviscerates modern family life.

Dutch Books “De Koran” by Kader Abdolah

De Koran is het heilige boek van de islam. Het geldt als het woord van God, zoals dat is doorgegeven door de engel Gabriël aan Mohammed, de profeet van de islam. Voor miljoenen mensen wereldwijd is dit boek een inspiratiebron, een baken, een verwoording van normen en waarden of een tekst om troost bij te vinden, maar bovenal de belangrijkste pijler van hun godsdienst. Deze vertaling van prof. Dr. J.H. Kramers maakt deze aloude Arabische tekst toegankelijk, zodat iedereen kennis kan nemen van het boek dat aan de basis ligt van de op één na grootste religieuze traditie ter wereld.

“Hoe overleef ik als keukenprins(es)?” by F. Oomen

Lijkt het je leuk om je familie, je vrienden (en jezelf!) te verbluffen met een heerlijke appeltaart, de lekkerst-opgepimpte pizza aller tijden, of een zuperzalig toetje? Wil je wel eens wat anders mee naar school dan een kleffe boterham met pindakaas? Ben je dol op smoothies, maar weet je niet hoe je ze moet maken? Zou je graag wat minder vlees eten (of een complete vegaknakker worden) maar zien je ouders dat niet zitten? Zou je stiekem best een keukenprins(es) willen zijn, maar kun je nog niet eens een eitje bakken? Dan is dit hét kookboek voor jou! Met de lievelingsrecepten van Rosa en haar vrienden en familie, handige eet-weetjes, en natuurlijk veel survivaltips voor in de keuken.

“In dienst van de dictator” by I. Steiner

Afgezien van het fascinerende levensverhaal van Kim Jong Ryul tekenen de auteurs ook de veelbewogen geschiedenis van Noord-Korea op, openbaren de spilzieke en decadente leefstijl van de dictators, terwijl de bevolking honger lijdt en onderdrukt wordt. Ze schetsen tevens een weinig verheffend beeld van Europese bedrijven die zich onbekommerd verrijken met illegale handel. Een fascinerend boek over de geschiedenis van een verscheurd land en de manipulaties van zijn leiders.

“Moederziel” by M. Boersma Psychologische thriller. Myrna lijdt aan MS. Dochter Josje trekt bij Myrna in, om voor haar te zorgen. Al snel neemt ze het hele huishouden over. Dan wordt er in de tuin een dode vrouw gevonden…

“Verloren grond” by M. Isik Nederlandse literatuur. Een ontroerende familiegeschiedenis over een trotse vader, die de mooiste verhalen kan vertellen, maar zijn gezin in grote problemen brengt. “Het zevende kind” by E. Valeur De grote Deense roman van 2013. In 1961 worden zeven kinderen geboren in een ziekenhuis in Kopenhagen. Ze worden allen ter adoptie afgestaan en alle kinderen krijgen niwue ouders. Jaren later blijkt via een anonieme brief dat een van de kinderen een geheim met zich meedraagt, dat terugvoert naar hun geboorte en hun biologische ouders… 40 The Hollandse Club www.hollandseclub.org.sg

“Het chalet” by S. Vermeer Het weerzien van twee Nederlandse vriendinnen op Ijsland eindigt onverwacht in een drama…

“De gelukvinder” by E. van de Vendel Hij zit naast je in de klas. Gewoon, een leuke jongen. Maar hij is ooit uit Afghanistan gevlucht. In dit boek lees je zijn hele verhaal. Van binnenuit.

“Het leven van een loser; geen paniek!” by J. Kinney December is verschrikkelijk! Als je in díé maand een fout maakt kost het je cadeaus. Bram zit in de penarie. De school is beklad met groene smurrie en hij is verdachte nummer 1. Terwijl Bram er helemaal NIETS mee te maken heeft. Nou ja, een soort van niets dan... “Mijn bijzonder rare week met Tess” by A. Woltz Op de eerste dag van de vakantie brak mijn broer zijn been. Dat was jammer voor hem, maar eigenlijk wel leuk voor mij, want bij de dokter kwam ik Tess tegen. Ze kende haar eigen vader niet, zei nooit sorry en was nogal bazig. Dit is het begin van Samuels onvergetelijke vakantie. Tess heeft een plan bedacht om haar vader te leren kennen. Daar heeft ze één week de tijd voor. En Samuel moet haar helpen. “Hoera voor Floor” & “Floor schrijft” by M. Hoffman Waarom moet je vijftig landen uit je hoofd leren? Waarom mogen ouders wel liegen tegen de juf en jij niet? Wat moet je doen als je beste vriendin overal het beste in is en als diezelfde vriendin je laat zitten voor een andere, rijkere Floor? Kortom genoeg om over na te denken, ook al ben je nog maar 9 jaar. “Gevecht om de cup” & “Clubliefde” by G. van Gemert

Stijn en Storm zijn twee goede vrienden. Samen spelen ze bij Rapitas in het tweede d-elftal. Vooral Stijn heeft ontzettend veel talent en is een fanatieke voetballer. Veel strijd is er altijd tussen de Rapitanen en hun grote rivalen: de Stieren. Door een van de Rapitanen wordt er ook een andere strijd gestreden. Mike heeft kanker en het gaat niet goed met hem. Vlot lezende boeken die iedereen die van voetbal houdt zal verslinden. Voetbal, vriendschap, spanning, avontuur en liefde in één boek: het kan!

“Lang leve de leeuwenkuil” by P. van Loon De dierentuin bestaat honderd jaar en er komt een echte prinses op bezoek! Maar dan gaat alles fout. Daniël ziet een boef, Suzina wordt ontvoerd, een neushoorn breekt los. De feestdag lijkt een rampdag te worden... “Spekkie en Sproet; raadsels op het cruise-schip” by V. den Hollander De speurders Spekkie, die dol is op spekkies, en Sproet, haar maatje vol sproeten, zijn uitgenodigd op een bruiloft. Die wordt gevierd aan boord van het cruiseschip Rotterdam. De spanning wordt opgebouwd, en ja hoor, halverwege het boek is de kostbare tiara van de bruid verdwenen. The Library is very happy with all the bookdonations and magazines we receive from our members.


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