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CONTE NTS

GENERAL INFORMATION

Foreword 4

Club Opening Hours

Sunday - Thursday: 7am - 12am Friday - Saturday: 7am - 1am

New Members’ Evening

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WorkSpot

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Over a Century Strong

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House with a History

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Monday - Friday: 9am - 6pm Tel: 6464 5225 (Reception) www.hollandseclub.org.sg

Our Homes, Our Stories

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Reception: 7am - 11pm

NCA Celebrates 50 Years

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Lost & Found Items

Meet One of Our Oldest Members

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Kids’ Coloring Contest 20

General Office Hours

Contact the Reception

Kids’ Activity Corner 21

F&B OUTLETS

Events Calendar 2 2

Terrace (Jaxs’ Bistro)

Congratulations Mr Wee

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Swimming 28 FitMantras 29 Tanglin Arts Studio 30

Daily: 8am - closing Last food order for the kitchen: 9.45pm (Mon - Thurs) 10.15pm (Fri - Sun) Beverages are available until closing

Refer-a-Friend 31

SPORTS & RECREATION

Tennis 32

Swimming Pool

Davis Cup 33 April Tennis Camps 34 Adult Club Tennis Championships

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Egg-Citing Recipes 37 Hot Cross Buns 38 Bitterballen Scotch Eggs

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The Perfect Way to Cook a Lamb Leg

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Greek Chicken Skewers

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Veggie Bake 42 Jaxs’ Bistro - Easter Sunday Buffet

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Jaxs’ Bistro - Mother’s Day

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Pool Table 45 Social Membership 46 Smile Focus 47

Monday - Friday: 7am - 10pm

Tennis Courts

Daily: 7am - 11pm Booking is required via Reception at 6464 5225 or reception@hollandseclub.org.sg

Gymnasium

Daily: 7am - 10pm

Squash Courts

Daily: 7am - 11pm Booking is required via Reception at 6464 5225 or reception@hollandseclub.org.sg

Multi-Purpose Court

Daily: 7am - 10pm Please check availability with Reception first before using

Kids’ Room

Monday - Friday: 12pm - 8pm Saturday: 9am - 8pm Sunday & PH: 10am - 8pm 2 - 11 years

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CLUB

MANAGEMENT

FO R E WO R D MAIN COMMITTEE

President

Daniel Gelinas

Vice President Rein Graat

Treasurer

Stuart Crow

Secretary

Steffen Pedersen

Membership

Esther Veltman

Commercial Affairs Karen Bart

Sports & Recreation Dean Roberts

Facilities & Maintenance Andrew McDonald

Ordinary Member

Steven Mulder, Pieter Idenburg

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COMMITTEE MEMBERS Finance Committee

Sjoerd van Miltenburg, Andrew Rothary, Morten Strange, Matthew Waters

Marketing Committee

Karen Bart, Pooja Arora, Rob Garrett

Magazine Committee

Nina Gunasingham, Karien van Ditzhuijzen, Inge Kuipers, Terri-Anne Leske, Annabelle Lim, Ben Draycott - Jones

Tennis Committee

Tara Hassett, Jules Perkins, Karaline Loiterton

Hockey Committee

Youth: Willemijn Dorrepaal Men: Olaf Kwakman Ladies: Laurence Pouw & Claire Nemchik

Squash Committee

Daniel Gelinas, Colin Bullock, James Spalding, Fred Saarloos, Ross Stokes

Swimming Convenor Sophie March

Dear Members, It is with great pleasure that I’m addressing you for the first time as the President of the Club. I would be remised if my first thought wasn’t to say thank you to both Main Committee (MC) Members that have left their functions due to relocation. Marte Van Der Hoeven (ex-President) and Cecile Sturm (ex- Honorary Treasurer) were pillars in the MC and their presence, energy and knowledge of the Club will be missed. We wish you success and thank you for all your hard work. We are just fresh out of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Members that was held on March 20th 2018. This year again, the AGM was focused on the Club Revisited Delivery Strategy and the financial position of the Club. In order to support this delivery, we have implemented in 2017 a new Strategy Committee which provided directions to the MC ensuring that we action the Strategy in accordance to your expectations. The recommendations of the Strategy were sent to all Members as part of the AGM material. This leads me to the introduction of your new MC Members elected at the AGM. New Members to the MC include Esther Veltman, Steven Mulder, Dean Roberts, Steffen Pedersen and Pieter Idenburg. Familiar faces re-elected were Rein Graat, Stuart Crow, Karen Bart, Andrew McDonald and the undersigned. The new MC will be composed of 10 Members. As presented at the AGM, this year we are revamping our Committee structure and the portfolio assignments at the MC. I will provide more information on this in future communications as we also make changes to the operational structure of the Club. I am very proud of the international character of the MC with 6 different nationalities as well as with its breadth of experience. We look forward to hearing your comments, suggestions and inputs in order to help us better deliver the Club Revisited Strategy. Now to the fun part of this foreword. 2018 will be a year of celebrations at the Club. We have many milestones to celebrate with The Club celebrating its 110th birthday, our beloved Mr. Wee celebrating 40 years of association with the tennis section of the Club and last but not least the Netherlands Charity Organization celebrating its 50th anniversary. This issue of the Magazine is primarily dedicated to those celebrations where you will find more details on each of them. Enjoy the Celebration Magazine! With warm regards, Daniel Gelinas President


CLUB

MANAGEMENT

CLUB SECRETARIAT General Manager

Annemiek Kuijsten gm@hollandseclub.org.sg

Assistant General Manager Martijn Boersma agm@hollandseclub.org.sg

Finance

Aditya Mishra fin.mgr@hollandseclub.org.sg

Membership

Petra Hemmes info@hollandseclub.org.sg

Business Development

Jill Agnew bd@hollandseclub.org.sg

Marketing

Aidil Teper marcom@hollandseclub.org.sg

Membership Executive

Rex Gillera membership@hollandseclub.org.sg

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O U T D O O R L O U N G E | ( T M & M ) O N LY Brings all our new members together under one roof to socialize over drinks and snacks. Please be sure to bring the whole family along!

Sports & Events

Abdul Hafiz events@hollandseclub.org.sg

Director of Tennis

Scott Johnston tennis@hollandseclub.org.sg

Tennis Coaches

Aymeric Petit, Mike Bromley

EDITORIAL TEAM Aidil Teper

Proofreader

Annabelle Lim PLEASE RSVP TO EVENTS@HOLLANDSECLUB.ORG.SG

Writers

Nina Gunasingham, Karien van Ditzhuijzen, Terri-Anne Leske, Annabelle Lim

Photographers

WE LCOM E TO TH E CLU B !

Inge Kuipers, Ben Draycott-Jones

Mandeep Singh & Helen Tahim | Erwin De Villeneuve & Leonie Persant Snoep | Douglas Morrow & Elizabeth Tiffany Biggs | Andy Sceats | Cameron James Vine & Melanie Wallace | Susan Mary Johnson & Kieran Matthew Ryan | Nicholas James & Nicole Louise Roberts | Felicity Laura & Nicholas Tubb | Jessica & Jonathon Watson Broughton | James Tunney & Felicity Laura Tubb | Krzysztof & Beatrice Zielinski | Tom Damek & Blaise Trigg-Smith | Milou Meijer & Abdallah Zouiteni | Marc Reid Buchli & Minja Miroslava Schenkelberg | Cristina & Bogdan Marian Nita | William & Sarah Carnwath | Fintan Michael & Toshiko Smyth | Kelly Loh & Koh Wee Lih | Claudia Fuchs-Klepek & Matthias Fuchs | Ulf Mats Erik Segolsson & Vaidehi Soman | Steve William Potter & Maryann Puthussery | Joanne Whitfield & Andrew James Lowe | Peter Rodney Morris | Jessica Jane Wootton & Stuart John King | Andrew David Eaton & Emily Sheffield | Roy Ten Broeke & Yuko Iju | Tom Spooner & Faith Studd | Stewart & Diana Munro | Javier Redondo & Paula Llamas | Graham Scott & Marjorie Graaven | Flavia & Rafael Azevedo | Ian & Lindsay Pearman | Dick & Mijke Richelle | Kheng Leng Chua & Hwee Boon Lui | Adam & Josephine Bryant | Richard & Rebecca Sinclair | Nicholas & Alison Muntz | Paul Mah | Oliver & Claudia Buecker. Along with 72 little Monsters!

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The WorkSpot is our newly-launched innovative collaboration space, set within the lush green surroundings of the Hollandse Club. This unbeatable co-working space is the perfect solution for those who believe in living the 360 lifestyle of work while you play or play while you work! The WorkSpot is designed to be as dynamic as the people who use them. Whether you are a Small Business Owner, Entrepreneur or looking to grow your business, the WorkSpot has flexible desk options to suit your needs.

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HERE ARE FIVE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD USE THE WORKSPOT.

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KEEPING YOUR EXPENSES LOW

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FLEXIBILITY TO GROW

You can tailor your contract to suit your business as it grows. The WorkSpot offers flexibility that you won’t see in a conventional office, with fixed and flexible desk rentable per day, week or monthly from 7 am to 11 pm. Decide whether to put in a day’s work or take a break in the middle of the day to use our Club’s sports facilities.

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IMPR ESSING YOUR CLIENTS

Meeting your clients at the WorkSpot will improve your credibility and professionalism. Impress them further by having your meetings at Jaxs’ Bistro, while admiring our pristine swimming pool. The WorkSpot is also centrally located, within minutes of Farrer Road and Botanic Gardens MRT. You can even take the public buses or ride a taxi straight to our doorstep.

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B E PA R T O F A V I B R A N T COM M U N IT Y O F

CO LL A B O R ATO R S

Feel part of a vibrant community of collaborators at the WorkSpot, who are passionate about their work. By helping each other, it helps to make your business identity stronger, fostering learning and sustainability for everyone. This is a big reason why you should be working in a co-working space.

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PROMOTING THE

360

LIFESTYLE

What makes us different is that we offer a 360 work/ life balance with access to the pool, tennis and squash courts, a fully equipped gym, an international restaurant and many social events every week. Making it easy to combine work with exercise and meeting business partners or friends for an after-work drink by the pool all at one location! Have we peaked your curiosity? The WorkSpot is available for the Hollandse Club Members only and we have made it very easy to join our international community. There’s no joining fee, only a monthly contribution of $150/month for single members or $225/month for families to become a member. Depending on the desk you choose, the WorkSpot could be as little as $12 additionally per day. For a tour or to find the plan that works best for you, contact Jill bd@hollandseclub.org.sg or see her when you’re next at the Hollandse Club.


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CLUB

LOVE WHERE YOU WORK Our WorkSpot offers you the flexibility to work while you play, or

play while you work. With flexible plans starting from as little as $12/day, we have something for all budding entrepreneurs. For a tour or to find the plan that works best for you, contact Jill or come see her when you're next at the Club.

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CLUB

OV E R A CE N T U RY S TR O N G

Since our history in 1908, when J.C. Koopman, the

By the 1950’s, and after several changes of

Dutch entrepreneur and global nomad founded

venue, we established the Club at its current

the Hollandse Club, our space has been a haven

location off Adam Road, in a beautiful black

for Dutch and International members who wanted

and white property set amongst lush jungle.

to be part of a vibrant, dynamic and welcoming

We remain true to our founding principles of

community. Originally an intimate clubhouse

diversity, friendship and fun and continue to

based off Cairnhill Road, we quickly became one

welcome new International members to our ever-

of the most fashionable and talked about Club’s in

growing community.

Singapore – known for its informal vibe for good times and great activities.

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1908 The Hollandse Club originated from a soccer team of 11 players that also wanted to get together for other sports, tennis in particular. Due to the increasing number of Dutch in Singapore from 1900 onwards, they managed to get together thanks to the founding father and driving force behind the development of the Club: Jacob Christian Koopman.

Mr. Koopman made of his house the first Club. Though it was a normal residence, the members were now able to socialise and party on a regular basis and after constructing a tennis court, play their first home matches.

1911 Being all businessmen, Mr. Koopman and 9 others had greater things in mind and moved on with their ideas of owning a clubhouse. And so, 3 years later they collectively purchased a piece of land at 30 Cairnhill Road for Straits Dollars 11.000.


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1900'S

1920

1940

With the increasing amount of Dutch in Singapore, the need to provide schooling for Dutch children grew. Although the students were few in the beginning, classes were conducted at the Club at first until in 1928 the Hollandse School opened its own premises at Orange Grove Road.

When World War 2 broke out, the Dutch gathered at the Club during the Queensday celebration to listen to a speech from the Consul General Mr. Fein, who addressed the 1500 strong crowd by expressing solidarity to the homeland which was recently invaded.

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During the invasion in Singapore, Club life came to an abrupt halt and only resumed when a few energetic businessmen from the Nederlandsche Handels Maatschappij, bought a plot of land at Camden Park for 31k Straits Dollars.The new Clubhouse came with dance floor, stage, bar billiard room, a library and of course tennis courts.

Sponsors have always played a major part in the club’s history. From airlines to automobiles, they were all there.

1959 The Club was until then mostly managed by its members and a small number of staff. With the increase of activities and expansion of food and beverage services, the first General Manager was employed in 1959, Mr. van Reeken. Not all the General Managers that followed were Dutch, in fact most of them were either Singaporean or British.

1959 The Club Magazine is one of the most important ways to promote the Club in Singapore and for communication to members. There is no proof of any publication before 1940. The first booklet was published in 1959 in A5 format. In 1996, it became an A4 size format and from 2003 it received its name: “The Magazine”.


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CLUB

1900'S

1965

1970

Entertainment in Singapore was scarce, which resulted in more and more events organised at the Club. Carnaval was introduced in 1965. As the transport to and from Asia was getting easier, famous artists from Holland would visit the Club to perform.

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There was one thing the Club never had; a swimming pool. Members would go to other clubs such as the Singapore Swimming Club to relax by the pool. In the late sixties, it was suggested to convert one tennis court into a swimming pool during an AGM. Tennis being the oldest sport played at the Club, there was quite some uproar. However, members were convinced and 1 tennis court converted into a pool.

1980

The Club professionalised in food and beverage service which would start to become an increasingly important element of Club life. With the arrival of Bert Bronsveld as President, the swimming pool was rebuilt, a new tennis pavilion was opened and additional tennis courts were available. New sports became popular such as squash, snooker, golf, yoga, ballet and fitness.

1993

December Magazine

Swimming at the Club was a great success. The umbrellas back then were made of straw!


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CLUB

1900'S

1994

1994 Hockey became very popular too and soon the members would have their own Hollandse Club team and organise join competitions such as ZOAT.

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2016 2016 Being member of a Club wasn’t as cool as it used to be. Young families would live more and more in condos, expat packages were changing and networking and activities could be enjoyed everywhere. It was decided that it was time for a drastic turnaround. The joining fee was waived and the social membership launched. The Club was fully rebranded and received a new logo and brand. It would start to look like a Bali Beach resort, with fresh colours and fun quotes.

One of the first Davis Cup’s took place.

2018

Today the Club is an international, family friendly community. Our focus it to be warm welcoming to nationalities from all over the world. We take play seriously and organise many events and activities. We have over 1500 adult members who love being members of the club and create memorable moments with family and friends.


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A HOUSE WITH A H IS TO RY B Y K A R I E N VA N D I T Z H U I J Z E N

I love old things, things that are cracked or chipped

feel like you are shedding a century. Walking away

on the edges. Those chips tell a story; a history.

from the noise of the road, up the small cul-de-sacs

Shining marble, or slabs of steel and concrete do

lined by palm trees, every step forward feels like a

not excite me much. Our current house has plenty

step back. It is not hard to image the memsahibs on

of cracks: Plants grow between the tiles on the

the verandahs, sipping tea, while their Cantonese

roof, termites gnaw on wooden beams, and the

amahs in matching black-and-white outfits minded

wooden windowpanes crumble to touch. Yes, the

the children. But it has not always been this

drains get clogged and the snake-infested bushes

peaceful here.

will overgrow any planted flowers if not trimmed back weekly, but who can withstand the charm of a

The Adam Park houses were built during the last

Singapore black-and-white house?

golden age of colonial Singapore; the roaring ‘20s. Nobody would have predicted the tumultuous

Just across from the Hollandse Club, on the other

events these houses would witness. In 1942, the

side of Adam Road, lies Adam Park, an area of

area was the scene of a real battle – using a metal

beautiful mock-Tudor buildings with more history

detector you can still find bullets in the gardens.

than even I would bargain for. When you turn left

During the four-day long Battle of Adam Park,

off the main road, you feel like you leave not just the

British and Australian troops barricaded themselves

bustle, sounds and smells of the city behind, you

in the houses, trying to stop the Japanese


FE AT U R E S

advancing towards the city. The shooting damaged the houses badly, yet not much later they were used to house again British and Australian soldiers – now as prisoners of war. Sitting here, looking over at my lush and peaceful garden, where the most violent outbreak is a fight amongst my offspring, it is difficult to imagine that 200 soldiers would have been interned inside this very house. It brings some perspective to my children’s complaints about not wanting to share a bedroom. But the house has ample space if you look – we converted one of the verandas into the third child’s room. Some of the prisoners would have slept in the open space between the pillars underneath the building. When the prisoners of war were shipped to Thailand to build the infamous Burma Death Railway, the Adam Park houses were done up and made available to rich Japanese merchants, until the end of the war when the British returned to reclaim them. Rumour has it that at independence in 1965, all

to the new Singapore government for a symbolic single dollar. Whether this price is true or not, they are still owned and maintained by the current government, that thankfully realises their value and conserves them – at least for now. We are lucky to live in our amazing house, crumbling windowpanes and all, it is a living museum and a testament to the rich and complicated history of this city-state. I guess the remaining question is: What will the future hold?

of Singapore’s black-and-white houses were sold

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Further reading on the history of Adam Park: Website: www.adamparkproject.com Book: ‘Tigers in the Park’ by Jon Cooper

Photo Credits: Lina Meisen Photography


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O U R H OM E S , O U R S TOR I E S: VOI CE S OF M I G R A NT D OM E S TI C WO R K E R S I N S I N GA P O R E

B Y K A R I E N VA N D I T Z H U I J Z E N

the book were given to the domestic worker

March 11 saw the launch of a special book by HOME,

the audience could pick up their copy to read the

at the Asia 1 Room of the Hollandse Club.

stories for themselves.

The book contains 28 real-life stories written

Would you like to know what it’s like to be a

by migrant domestic workers in Singapore. The

domestic worker in Singapore? The book is for sale

women write frankly about sacrifice, broken trust,

at the reception of the Hollandse Club for only $15.

exploitation, lack of food, and salary deductions.

All proceeds of the book go to HOME, a registered

But there are also tales to lift the heart, of

charity dedicated to supporting, empowering

supportive employers, the love they have for the

and upholding the rights of migrant workers in

families they take care of, and how they use their

Singapore. The writers of the book have either been

time in Singapore to realise their dreams for the

residents of HOME’s women’s shelter, or volunteers

future. “Our Homes, Our Stories” offers a unique

with the HOME community.

writers who were present. After that the rest of

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way to learn about what it is like to be a domestic worker in Singapore. The Hollandse Club generously offered the Asia 1 Room for the launch event. After being welcomed by a traditional Indonesian dance performed by one of the writers and her group, the guests were treated to the first viewing of the video to promote this book. Several of the writers read from their own stories, to give the audience a taste of what to expect. Not all writers were able to attend (as some are no longer in Singapore), but the first copies of For more information on the book visit the MyVoice Blog: www.myvoiceathome.org/our-homes-our-stories/ Or follow the writers on: www.facebook.com/ourhomesourstories/


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N C A C E L E B R AT E S 50 Y E A R S O F G IVI N G BACK TO SINGAPORE B Y A N TO I N E T T E VA N D E N B E R G

Beneath all the wealth and prosperity Singapore, there are still people who fall between the cracks of society: women and children fleeing abuse and violence; people who cannot afford a meal a day; vulnerable elderly and domestic workers suffering from abuse.

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Already since 1968 NCA (Netherlands Charity Association) has been giving back to Singapore by supporting these people. We do this through creating awareness, giving support in actions and by raising funds for carefully selected local projects and initiatives. With our foundations in the expat community we bridge the gap between the expat community and those in need in Singapore For many years NCA supports several families through the Breadline Group, a service group that cares for the welfare of the old and underprivileged in Singapore. The families are visited every month by a volunteer to find out how they fare. During such a visit the volunteer can provide food provisions and/ or extra funds in addition to any public assistance they may be receiving. The need for such help comes from the fast pace of development in Singapore. Due to rapid urbanisation and industrialisation of Singapore, shifting social changes have increased the struggle of making a living for the elderly and the poor. They just cannot keep up with the pace of the nation’s development. Especially for those who, for whatever reason, are not living in welfare or in special homes. Most of the social welfare assistance they receive goes to rent and public utilities, leaving them with very little to live on. Like Mdm Yang, an elderly Malaysian woman. Her Singaporean husband recently passed away and his Public Assistance of SG$450 per month was

(PICTURE IS NOT A PICTURE OF MDM YANG, BUT ONE OF THE OTHER FAMILIES)

terminated so she has no other source of income, except for about SG$70 per month she gets collecting used cardboards. She also looks after her teenaged grandson as her daughter lives in Malaysia. The SG$500 a month that she gets from Breadline (VIA NCA) covers her daily expenses and pays partly for her grandson’s schooling expenses. For more information about our projects and the other organizations that we currently support, please visit our website: www.nca.org.sg In NCA’s Golden Anniversary year, we will honour all our beneficiaries, supporters, members, donors and partners who supported NCA since 1968, in 50 events organized throughout the year. Later in the year we support a selected charity with an additional donation of S$5,050.50. We invite everyone in 2018 to contribute, help out, share ideas or organize events to join us in making a real difference in the lives of women, children and elderly in Singapore. Get in touch with us through info@nca.org.sg In close collaboration with valued partners like the Hollandse Club, we will make 2018 a spectacular year!

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MEET ONE OF OUR OLDEST MEMBERS BY AIDIL TEPER

As we approach closer to the Club’s 110th Anniversary, we want to highlight our amazing members who have faithfully been with us for over 15 years. For those of you who don’t know Mr. Patrick Tan, he has been a Club member since 1973! We would like to thank him for showing his continued support,

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enthusiasm, dedication and passion for our Club. Here’s to creating many more fun and happy memories. How does it feel to be one of the oldest members of the Hollandse Club? Being one of the oldest members of the Hollandse Club is a great feeling. I joined the club back in 1973 when I was working

I enjoy being part of the environment at the Hollandse Club.

as an Accountant. I even have the original

Everyone here is very friendly and we say hello whenever

membership card until today.

we see each other. It’s truly a family club! When I bring my family here, they will swim in the pool and we will sit down

Why did you join the Hollandse Club?

together for a meal after that.

I have a lot of fond memories of the Club. Back then, it was commonly known as the

Later on, I served as a Food-and-Beverage (F&B)

Dutch Club. A good friend of mine was

Committee Member of the club to share my knowledge and

doing business with a Dutch businessman.

expertise. I had given up Accounting and went into the F&B

I got to know more about the club through

business in 1979.

our casual conversation. He introduced me to this Dutchman, a club member, and

Describe to us what was the Hollandse Club like back

convinced me to sign up the membership

when you first joined?

form. I am staying at Upper Thomson Road,

Back when I first joined the Hollandse Club, I had just

which is 10 minutes away from the club and

gotten married and wanted my family to use the excellent

it’s very convenient for me to come here.

facilities. I spent a lot of time at the bar, which was different


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back then. There were jackpot machines and a snooker table. Actually, the bar was smaller compared to now, about half the size of the current Tradewinds Bar and it was closer to the Reception. One of my fondest memories of the bar was during the 1974 World Cup Finals between the Netherlands and West Germany. During that time, there were not many television sets in Singapore that displayed colour and the Dutch Club had the privilege of being one of the clubs that provided that. Black-and-white television sets were mainly sold in Singapore, so it was impressive to watch the World Cup Finals in colour for the first time. Needless to say, the bar was packed to the brim

I am a very sociable person and I tend to talk to

because everyone wanted to be part of this

everyone in the club. Even if I didn’t know all the

experience. It was a great atmosphere to be a

members’ names in the club, I would still recognise their

part of. Despite the fact that the Netherlands

faces. I will normally smile and wave at them. Sometimes

lost the match 2-1 to West Germany, everyone

I would bring my guests to the bar to socialise and they

still enjoyed watching the World Cup Finals on

too would become friends with the other club members.

a colour television.

It’s very easy for everyone to make friends here and I quite enjoy it.

Tell us about the many friends that you have made at the Hollandse Club.

How has the Hollandse Club grown over the years?

I have made many friends during my time at

The Hollandse Club has expanded so much since the

the Hollandse Club. I know some of them even

time I joined. It was much smaller back then, but now

before they became members. When I first

so many things have changed. The club used to have

joined, the members were mostly Dutch, but

a fine-dining restaurant called Juliana’s. I used to

other nationalities from Europe and Australia

patronise it very often when I had meetings with my

started joining later on.

business associates. Other changes include the squash courts which was added later on. I quite like the hospitality rooms that the Hollandse Club has, which is a great addition. These rooms help to cater to the large number of members who are expatriates, especially when they have family and friends coming over to visit. Of course, it brings in revenue for the club as well. Looking back, did you ever imagine that you would become one of the oldest member of the Hollandse Club? To be one of the oldest member in the Hollandse Club is truly an honour. I am one of those people who faithfully commit to everything that I do. I really love this club and am proud to be its member. Seeing it grow into what it has become today is all part of the changing times.

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APRIL SWIM CAMPS

Sunday | 10am - 12pm Africa Room | (M) $10

9am - 12noon/3pm Tennis Courts | (M) Only

(Excludes Weekend) 9am-12noon | Pool (M) Only $65/Day

EVERY T H U R S DAY

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MUSIC BY THE POOL

8pm | Jaxs’ Bistro

Sunday | 2pm - 5pm Pool | (M) Only

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M OV I E N I G H T: THE SECRET GARDEN

SCUBA TRY DIVES

K I N G S DAY

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B O U N C Y S U N DAY S

K I N G S DAY FLEA MARKET

QUIZ NIGHTS

Sunday | 2pm - 5pm Pool | (M) Only

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Saturday | 7pm Main Hall (M) Free | (NM) $10

Sunday | 2pm-5pm Multi-Purpose Court (M) Only

Sunday | 1pm -5.30pm Pool | (M) $42

Sunday | 9am - 12noon Asia 1 | (M) $10 | (NM)$20

Friday | Save The Date!


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HOLLANDSE CLUB

MUSIC BY THE POOL

TENNIS JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

110TH ANNIVERSARY

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M OT H E R ’ S DAY:

NEW MEMBER’S EVENING

Friday | From 4pm Saturday | From 12pm Tennis Courts | (M) $20

MUSIC BY THE POOL/ HENNNA/ BRUNCH/ MANICURE

Sunday | 2pm-5pm (M) Free

Saturday | Save The Date!

Sunday | 2pm - 5pm Pool | (M) Free

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Thursday | 7pm - 8.30pm Outdoor Lounge (Tm & M) Only

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A D U LT C LU B T E N N I S CHAMPIONSHIP

Friday | 7pm - 10pm Saturday | From 8am Sunday | From 8am Tennis Courts | (M) $30 for 1 Event | (M) $30 for 2 Events

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LIVE SCREENING OF TH E R OYA L W E D D I N G HARRY & MEGAN

M OV I E N I G H T: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN (1960)

S P I N N I N G S U N DAY S

Saturday | 8am | Terrace

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Sunday | 2pm - 5pm Multi Purpose Court | (M) Only

Sunday | 2pm - 5pm Pool | (M) Only

Saturday | 7pm | Indoor Lounge (M) Free | (NM) $10

EVENTS CANCELLATION For fee-based events, cancellation (and refund) will be accepted up to maximum 48 hours in advance. Any cancellation request received after the deadline will not be entitled to a refund and your account will be charged.

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B E L LY D A N C E F I T N E S S

TRIAL CLASS:

19 A P R | 9 A M - 9.45 A M

M O N DAY

AUSTRALIA ROOM

TRIAL CLASS:

23 A P R | 9 A M - 9.45 A M

AUSTRALIA ROOM ACTUAL CLASS:

ACTUAL CLASS:

M O N DAY S |

T H U R S DAY S |

9 A M - 10 A M

9 A M - 10 A M A U S T R A L I A R O O M | ( M ) $ 25 / C L A S S

A U S T R A L I A R O O M | ( M ) $ 25 / C L A S S

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M OV I E N I G H T:

THE SECRET GARDEN S AT 21 A P R | 7 P M | A S I A 1 ( M ) F R E E | ( N M ) $ 10

B O O K YO U R B E A N B A G TO DAY A N D E M A I L E V E N T S @H O L L A N D S E C LU B . O R G . S G

K I N G ’ S D AY FRI

A F T E R PA R T Y

27 A P R | 9. 30 P M O N W A R D S SAV E TH E DATE !

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M OT H E R ’ S D AY

MUSIC BY THE POOL/ HENNNA/ BRUNCH/ MANICURE SUN

13 M A Y | 2 P M - 5 P M | ( M ) FREE

FOR MORE INFO, PLEASE EMAIL EVENTS@HOLLANDSECLUB.ORG.SG

LIVE SCREENING O F T H E R OYA L W E D D I N G - HARRY & MEGAN

S A T 19 M A Y | 8 A M

| TERRACE

F O R M O R E I N F O , P L E A S E C O N TA C T I N F O @J A X S B I S T R O . C O M

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M OV I E N I G H T:

THE ADVENTURES OF H U C K L E B E R R Y F I N N ( 1960 ) S AT 19 M A Y | 7 P M | I N D O O R L O U N G E ( M ) F R E E | ( N M ) $ 10

B O O K YO U R B E A N B A G TO DAY A N D E M A I L E V E N T S @H O L L A N D S E C LU B . O R G . S G

SPINNING

S U N DAY S 20 M A Y | 2 P M - 5 P M P O O L | ( M ) O N LY

SUN

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C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S MR. WEE!

C E L E B R AT I N G

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Y E A R S AT T H E H O L L A N D S E C L U B !

BY NINA GUNASINGHAM On Friday 23rd February the Club hosted a lunch for Mr. Wee Choon Hee, the tennis pro who has been a familiar figure around the Club for the past forty years. You’ve all seen this weather beaten, energetic man who always stops to say hello and offer you one of his ever-present stock of bananas. I caught up with him to reminisce about how tennis at the Hollandse Club has evolved over time. Mr. Wee’s father came from China as a sixteen year old and later returned to China to bring his bride back to Singapore where Mr. Wee was born. Mr. Wee senior worked at the Civil Service Club in Tessensohn Road, off Balestier Road, and Mr. Wee junior also worked there as a ball boy as well as clearing and setting up tables for mahjong games, surviving on four hours sleep a night even though he was still going to school. He learned tennis by observing the members play and occasionally was

able to borrow their racquets for a few hits while they took a break. Although he joined the Hollandse Club forty years ago in February 1978, he also coached tennis at other institutions; for instance at the Singapore Island Club until he resigned, along with other members of his family, because SICC coaches were not happy. He coached at the Hollandse Club along with his cousin, who has since retired. Now, apart from teaching individual lessons, he helps Scott, Mike and Aymeric out. Mr. Wee married in 1975. His wife, who is Singaporean, was a hairdresser but now works at Isetan. He has three children; Liang Ping, his daughter, is a music instructor in Singapore, Liang Meng has a PhD in bioscience and works at the University of Berkeley and Liang Boon, also in


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Singapore, supplies vending machines to businesses and is also a part-time tennis coach. Mr. Wee has remained at the Hollandse Club for forty years because he likes it so much; it’s his family, his home. His first manager was Phillip Sim when the Tennis Convenor was Mr. Hopman and Mr. Bruinsma. Mr. Wee coached the Bruinsma sons, Frank and Robert; Frank is the owner of Savitar and has been the Club’s partner in tennis till the end of 2017. In 1978 the Club had two red gravel tennis courts which had lots of fruit trees growing around them. Mr. Wee coached Irene Bronsveld, wife of then President Bert Bronsveld. One of the two courts was reserved for the committee to play on. This was when the Club had only 700-800 members. Membership at the Hollandse Club rose to around 3,000 but then many members left to join the British Club when it opened in the late 1980s. About ten years later the Club gained two more courts and all the courts were surfaced in Matéflex. However, this was changed to artificial grass when players complained because it was very slippery, they got cut easily when they fell and in hot weather the friction created a lot of static electricity.

There was also the Club Championship - for members only - played by the same format, a Parent-Child tournament and the Tom Okker Family Championship – Tom Okker was a very good doubles player. Now there is the Singapore Lawn Tennis Association (SLTA) Interclub League with men’s A, B and C teams and ladies only have one team and play for the Martha Young Challenge Trophy. Martha Young was a member of the Hollandse Club, amongst others, and the owner of Robertson Wilson, a company which made racquet products but no longer exists. In 1995, Monica Bosma, started the Monday morning Ladies’ Social as well as the Saturday morning Junior Social for which she called all the parents to exhort them to bring their children to play. It took four courts and played from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Mr. Wee remembers that as well as tennis there was hockey and football at the Club (played off premises). The Queen’s birthday was celebrated at the end of April with live music from Holland for which Members could invite their friends. Once it was held in a tent in the car park. Every Friday night was music night with the music played by a Members band with two female singers. In the time before the Terrace was roofed over, Bert Bronsveld, then Club President, had a special seat under a tree

In the 1980s the Club used to hold the ITF (International Tennis Federation) Tournament, for which players earned ranking points. Players came from all over; New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan and sometimes Japan. There were some big-name players including Davis Cup coaches and Ian Barclay (who coached Pat Cash). They played men’s singles up to 45 years old, up to 55 years and up to 65 years as well as ladies’ singles up to 40 years and up to 50 years. The Committee helped with the tournament which was was sponsored by Philips Singapore for the first ten years, Panasonic for three years and by DHL for three years. The champion got $2,000, the runner up got $1,000 and the semi-finalists got $500. Mr. Wee played, but was knocked out in the third round, as a quarter-finalist. The Club Davis Cup was introduced in 1983 and sponsored by Philips Singapore and Wilson, who supplied equipment like tennis racquets and balls. It was played over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of two weekends with the format of a men’s singles, a ladies’ singles, a men’s doubles, a ladies’ doubles and a mixed doubles. At that time there was a lot of support for the teams which created a great atmosphere, but now Mr. Wee feels that the atmosphere and the challenge has been lost.

where he would sit every Thursday night. He would clap his hands twice to call the attention of staff and if they didn’t come, he would complain to the Captain. But Mr. Wee remembers that he was a nice man. We wish Mr. Wee many more years of wonderful memories at the Hollandse Club to come.

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SWIMMING B Y DAV I D V E R L I N D E

organising the different triathlons and biathlons

Dear Members,

The month of March was a super busy swim month full of tournaments and other activities. Dutch Dolphins in-house competition We have completed the first two rounds of the inhouse competition. The aim is for the Dutch Dolphins to try to swim their best times during the time trials at the Club. The faster they swim, the more points they can collect per event. The swimmer with the most points in June will be the age group’s champion. Club Championship On Sunday, March 4, we held the Club Championship. About 170 Members took part to tryto get the gold medal in their age categories or beat club records. Many almost succeeded. In a couple of instances, the swimmers only came 0.2 seconds short. Great job every one!

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Neptune League On March 23, we competed in the Neptune League at Tanglin Club. The pool there is 33m long, so instead of 25m and 50m, the races became 33m and 66m. A lot of kids moved up in their age group, and when combined with the extra length of the pool, it was tough going, but the Dolphins did fantastic work and we got a lot of first places. Great job, Dolphins! ABC Swimming Awards On March 25, we held the ABC swimming awards. (a national swimming programme from the Netherlands Almost 50 kids came along to the pool and showed their best swimming skills to get their awards. Great job, everyone! Triathlon Our adults’ group for triathlon training is doing well. Swim captain Sophie March is doing a great job

for our club members. Training times are: Morning: Monday 8am, Tuesday and Thursday 9am Evening: Monday and Wednesday 8pm Parent and child/baby lesson. Babies are no strangers to water as they’ve spent nine months submerged in the womb. Our infant classes are a great way to reintroduce your little one to an aquatic environment. This is a parent-accompanied programme that also fosters parent and child bonding. Children have lots of fun building their water confidence through songs and games in this programme. Submersion and personal survival skills are also practised when your child displays his or her readiness. The main aim of this programme is for infants to be happy, “free” and safe in the water. Special promotion: Parent and child sessions on weekday mornings for $10 a class

Water polo for teenagers Come join the water polo on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm, where we are train for waterloo games. Water polo is the perfect ball sport to play in this climate and to meet other teens at the Club. Come join the fun.

UPCOMING EVENTS

DATE

Swim camp

Apr 2 - 13

Neptune League at British Club

Apr 27

Round 3 of time trials (Dutch Dolphins)

May 7 - 13

Swimming with clothes (Learn to swim)

May 14 - 27

Neptune League at British Club

May 20

Award swimming

Jun 8

Diploma swimming

Jun 11

Final round of time trials

Jun 14

Swim camp

Jun 25 - Jul 13

Term 2 (13 weeks)

Apr 16 - Jul 15

Term break (no lesson)

Jul 16 - 29


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EXERCISE TIPS THROUGH THE AGES B Y C OAC H VA N A N

Staying fit is big business. Industries are thriving on providing the latest to keep individuals at their fittest and best. State-of-the-art gyms with the latest technology, nutritionists dishing us food that will build strength and stamina, to therapists who will take care of our physical well-being. Ever wondered what people did in the olden days to stay fit? Let’s look at the history and evolution of exercising and keeping fit.

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HUNT OR BE

HUNTED

During the time when men lived in caves, the sole purpose of humans was to stay alive. Hunting and gathering food kept humans going. They had no choice but to learn from a very young age about the dangers from animals around them and at the same time, how to hunt the animals for food. They had to run at high speed, be able to jump from different heights, throw spears and carry heavy loads from a distance back to their shelters. It was a way of life that kept them fit and sharp.

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FA R M I N G FO R

LIFE

Man started farming around 12,000 BC. It was a way to get a steady supply of food without having to travel far. Farming was back-breaking work. Working from dawn to dusk, humans had to sow, cultivate and harvest food and crops. They had to walk long distances, carry, lift, pull and push heavy loads on a daily basis, unlike an hour in the gym. Again, the daily activities and routine movement using existing equipment kept people fit and strong ­– food for thought.

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B R E D FO R WA R

As civilisations started to rise, war seemed to be the primary occupation of humans. To be a war hero was something many craved to be. Nations fought each other for dominance and riches. The Romans and Greeks trained young men for battle, putting them through tough routines to build physical and mental strength. They had to have the body and agility to carry heavy armour and fight with speed. Physical training for war gave way to competitive sports. This culminated in the Olympic Games in Greece and the gruesome Roman gladiator games.

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INDUSTRIAL

REVOLUTION

The Industrial Revolution in the 1700s required humans to exert less effort as the machinery did the heavy lifting. Machine-based production systems and manufacturing processes vastly changed the lifestyle of humans. As people used less and less human effort to move, lift and do other physical activities, they became sedentary. A sedentary lifestyle brought its own set of problems and people realised the importance of fitness and started to put aside time for exercise and physical training. That brings us to modern day physical and wellness needs. There are plenty of lessons we can learn from our forefathers. Using everyday habits and taking advantage of our surroundings and nature will help us to stay fit and healthy. Keep moving, people! For personal training enquiries, do call Vans at FitMantras at 98525309.

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By mum Karen Morement Saffron 15 and Olivia 11

         Early days …  I first heard about Tanglin Arts Studio when the original teacher and founder Kathleen Quinn started at the American Club in 2006. We joined when Tanglin Arts Studio moved in to Loewen Gardens in August 2007 and the first show was on a tiny stage in the open air with very simple costumes and probably less than a hundred students! I say "We" as it was always and still is a very family orientated studio where parents have great contact with the teacher.           Growing the school ... With the move to Turf City in May 2009 the studio flourished and my youngest daughter, at the tiny age of 3, also began to dance.            Years of change…  In August 2011, Kathleeen departed Singapore and after years of experience within, Katja continued the dancing legacy taking over the Studio.  The concept of the school expanded to encompass ATOD exam classes and shows. It allowed the children to concentrate on both technique and almost academic achievement whilst the annual show allows more expression and builds confidence. With the competition team the children also have opportunities to travel and experience competition in different countries.

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        WOW moments...  My daughter was selected to be in the competition team and they performed a beautiful contemporary number to The Secret Garden. It all looked very traditional until the music took a sinister turn and the dancing escalated into some amazing contemporary choreography! The team won that day and earned a place in the competition gala.            Our Happy Place...  It's been great for me to watch as the studio has developed over the past 10 years and my daughters have been a part of it. Whilst my oldest daughter no longer dances at Tanglin Arts Studio she always comes back to help with shows and is always welcomed back to be a part of the Tanglin Arts Studio crew. My youngest daughter who is now 11 continues to grow in something she loves. The bright new studios at the Hollandse Club have given the dancers much needed space and the facilities are the best yet! As for the dancers... it's still lovely to see the little ones coming and going into lessons and reminiscing whilst watching the older girls stream by too, juggling their studies with their love of dance; all nurturing their talent with their inspiring, creative teachers under the watchful guidance of business owner Katja."

www.tanglinartsdancestudio.com +65 81236770


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TENNIS JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

04 - 05 M A Y | T E N N I S C O U R T S | ( M ) $ 20 UNDER 6 U N D E R 12

F R I 04 M A Y | F R O M 4 P M

| UNDER 8

| U N D E R 14

| U N D E R 10 B O Y S & G I R L S S I N G L E S

S A T 05 M A Y | F R O M 12 P M

| O P E N J U N I O R U N D E R 18 B O Y S & G I R L S S I N G L E S

Registration deadline 27th April. First match schedule available from 30th April.

S I G N U P TO DAY A N D E M A I L S COT T AT T E N N I S@H O L L A N D S E C LU B . O R G . S G

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DATE

Junior Tennis Camp (For Ages 5 To 14)

Apr 2 - 5

Junior Tennis Camp (For Ages 5 To 14)

Apr 9 - 12

Term 2 Kids Junior Tennis Programme First Week

Apr 16

Junior Club Tennis Championships

May 4 - 5

Adult Club Tennis Championships

May 18 - 20

Term 2 Kids Junior Tennis Program Final Week

Jun 18

Junior Tennis Camp (For Ages 5 To 14)

Jun 25 - 28

ADULT CLASSES

Want to learn tennis? Haven’t played for years and want to get back in practise? Then adult group coaching is for you! Our Adult Group Coaching sessions are a great way for adult players to learn and continue their tennis progression in a social and friendly coaching environment. We have a maximum of six players in a group per coach. Contact the Tennis Director to book a trial lesson at tennis@hollandseclub.org.sg Classes run Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8pm to 9pm

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EASTER TENNIS CAMPS

Hollandse Club tennis camps are a great way for players to learn new skills, play lots of tennis, have fun and meet new friends. The camps run for four days from Monday to Thursday. We have half-day sessions that run from 9am to 12pm, or full-day options from 9am to 3pm. A snack and lunch is provided for full-day players with every player collecting a participation certificate and prize. For players aged five to 14 years. Camp Dates 1. April 2-5 2. April 9-12 Costs: Option A: 4 half days, 9am to 12pm, $295.00 + GST Option B: 4 full days, 9am to 3pm, $515.00 + GST For more information or to register for any of the events mentioned here, go to the “Tennis” section at www.hollandseclub.org.sg


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D AV I S CUP

B Y S C OT T J O H N S TO N

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matches played by the late afternoon. The Round Robin format ensured everyone played many competitive matches and having fun on the court.

The Davis Cup weekend started with seven teams made up of over 60 members representing countries

At the conclusion, team BLT won this year’s Davis

from all over the world. Players were not deterred by

Cup, winning all their ties with the other teams. The

a little rain on Friday night, with only a small delay

Odd Balls finished a close second as runners-up with

before the matches started, letting players show

just a few matches difference, winning five of their

their best serve and volley, smash prowess and deft

six ties.

touch around the net. A big “thank you”, to all the players who participated. Saturday welcomed players on Day 2 with sunny

Itt really was an enjoyable weekend and here’s looking

weather all throughout the day with the last of 62

forward to next year!

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TENNIS CAMPS

C A M P 1 | 02 - 05 A P R | H A L F D A Y I N C L U D I N G S N A C K

9 A M - 12 NO O N | ( M ) $ 295 ( E X C L U D E S G S T )

C A M P 2 | 09 - 12 A P R | F U L L D A Y I N C L U D I N G S N A C K & L U N C H

9 A M - 3 P M | ( M ) $ 515 ( E X C L U D E S G S T )

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A D U LT C L U B T E N N I S CHAMPIONSHIPS 18 - 20 M A Y

( M ) $ 20 F O R 1 E V E N T | ( M ) $ 30 F O R 2 E V E N T S O P E N C ATEGO RY Mens & Ladies Singles Mens & Ladies Doubles Mixed Doubles

A G R A D E C ATEGO RY Mens & Ladies Singles Mens & Ladies Doubles Mixed Doubles

B G R A D E C ATEGO RY Mens & Ladies Singles Mens & Ladies Doubles

Registration deadline 11th May. First match schedule available from 14th May.

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APRIL

SWIM CAMPS

02 - 13 A P R ( E X C L W E E K E N D S ) | 9 A M - 12 NO O N P O O L | ( M ) O N L Y $ 65 / D A Y

What better way to enjoy the holidays than spending your days in the pool and learning some new skills? We organise half day swim camps from 2 - 13 April (excluding the weekend). S I G N U P V I A DAV I D@AQ UA D U C KS .CO M . S G


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EGG-CITING RECIPES BY TIM ONG

It’s impossible to think about Easter, without conjuring images of Easter egg hunts,

indulging in chocolates, the fun of colouring hard boiled eggs, last but not least, the opportunity to share a long meal with family and friends. Traditional Easter meals are steeped in century old traditions, and symbolize rebirth and spring. Decorating hard-boiled eggs and hunting for hidden chocolate eggs are a symbol of rebirth and fertility. Lamb and Easter go hand in hand, as the Christians refer to Jesus as the “lamb of god.” A mainly English tradition of hot cross buns, goes back as far as the 12th century, when an Anglican monk baked the buns and marked them with a cross in honor of Good Friday.

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H OT CR OSS BUNS

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You’ve got to try making your own hot cross buns this Easter! The smell of freshly baked goods wafting through the kitchen is intoxicating!

INGREDIENTS DOUGH

METHOD - THE DOUGH

· 240g raisins

· 375ml milk

· 440g bread flour · 200g plain flour · 100g caster sugar

· Pinch of salt · 7g dried yeast

· 2 tsp mixed spice · 2 tsp ground cinnamon

· 50g melted unsalted butter

Bring milk and raisins to a boil in a pot, remove from the heat and leave to infuse. In the bowl of a mixer weigh both flours, sugar, pinch of salt, yeast, mixed spice and ground cinnamon and rub the yeast into the flour with your finger tips or with the dough hook attachment of the mixer. Add the melted butter and egg, mix while the machine is on the lowest speed. Add the milk and sultanas, continue mixing until the a dough is formed. Knead the dough for 8 minutes. Cover the dough, let it double in size. Once the dough has doubled in size, gently turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface and divide the dough into 12 even size balls. Roll each ball till smooth and place the ball into the greased baking trays. Cover with clean dry tea towels and leave to prove until double in size.

· 1 medium free-range egg

CROSS PASTE

METHOD - THE CROSS PASTE

38 · 75g plain flour

· 80ml cold water

GLAZE · 60g honey

METHOD – THE GLAZE •

· 1 sheet of gelatin · 100ml cold water · Juice of 1/2 lemon

Mix the flour and water till a smooth paste and transfer to a piping bag, pipe thin lines of crosses on top of each bun.

Weigh the honey, water, and juice of 1/2 lemon into a small saucepan and bring to the boil, simmer for one minute. Add the soaked gelatin leaf, stir and leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Pass the glaze through a fine sieve and let the mixture cool until just before the gelatin sets.

To bake the buns • Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F and grease a baking tray. • Bake the buns in the preheated oven for 30 -35 minutes. • Let them cool in the tray for a few minutes, turn them out and leave to cool on a cooling rack until completely cooled. • Return the buns to the baking trays to apply the glaze. Brush the glaze over the cooled Let the glaze set and serve.


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BITTERBALLEN S COTCH EGGS My very own variation on a Jaxs Bistro staple, the bitterballen Scotch eggs.

INGREDIENTS • 10 quail eggs • 225g “Jaxs” bitterballen mixture or good quality sausage mince • Salt and black pepper • Plain flour • 50g whole milk • 2 eggs • 125g breadcrumbs • Groundnut oil, for deep-frying

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• 20g French yellow mustard • 40g Japanese mayonnaise

METHOD - SCOTCH EGGS

Put the breadcrumbs into a third bowl.

Blanch the quail eggs for 2 minutes.

Refresh in ice water to stop the cooking process.

Peel the quail eggs.

Divide the bitterballen mixture into 10 balls.

Roll each coated egg in the flour, gently tapping off any excess, then dip it in the beaten egg. Finally, roll it in the breadcrumbs, making sure that all sides are coated.

Flatten each portion of mixture between two sheets of cling film.

Place the eggs in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Remove the top layer of cling film, place an egg in the centre of each mixture circle. Wrap the mixture around the egg.

Heat a deep fat fryer to 190ºC or place a deep saucepan of oil over a high heat until it reaches this temperature.

Fry the eggs two at a time for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and place on a cooling rack over a baking tray.

Mix the mustard and mayonnaise together to make a sauce.

Press the edges to seal but don’t press too hard. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes.

SET UP A BREADING STATION •

Plain flour into a small bowl and season it with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Beat the eggs in a second small bowl and stir in the milk.


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THE PERFECT WAY T O CO O K A LAMB LEG

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There are two types of cuts in this world, in chef

helping break down those tough meat fibres.

terms, what we call primary cuts and secondary cuts. Otherwise known as tender or tough when

Marinate your lamb leg with lots of aromatics such

cooked fast, primary cuts of meat are easy to

as garlic, rosemary, lemon zest, or whatever else you

cook, generally are leaner and tender when not

have floating around the kitchen. Even a good tin of

overcooked. So think of your tenderloin, striploin,

anchovies works, giving a nice salty flavour! Finish

ribeye basically are cuts where the muscles don’t do

with a good splash of olive oil and season with salt

a lot of work! Secondary cuts are parts of the animal

and freshly cracked black pepper. Pop the lamb into

that have a bit more of a workout, think shoulders,

the oven and cook till the thickest part of the meat

leg, rump, shin, shanks, tail.. you get my drift! These

reads 55C with your meat thermometer (we call this

cuts of meat are lovely to work with as they are full

the internal temperature). Take it out of the oven to

of flavour and connectivity tissue, that if cooked

rest while you heat up your oven to the maximum

properly can melt in your mouth! A bit of care and

temperature it can go! Be careful as the oven will

attention is needed to cook leg and when it comes

now be super-hot, once heated place the lamb back

to these cuts of meat, slower is better! Having a

into the oven till it becomes golden brown and the

meat thermometer is always handy to get great

fat starts to turn crispy! Remove from oven carefully

results consistently. Starting with an oven around

and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before carving!

140C gives a gentle roast to the leg while also


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GREEK CHICKEN SKEWERS BY T E R R I -A N N E L E S K E

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INGREDIENTS Makes 6 skewers

METHOD

4 chicken breasts cubed

1. In a glass jar combine lemon juice, crushed

Juice 1 lemon 2 cloves crushed garlic

garlic, yoghurt, herbs, oil, salt and pepper. Shake until fully combined. 2. Pour sauce over cubed chicken in a small

1/2 cup Greek yoghurt

mixing bowl and marinate in the fridge for at

1 tbsp dried oregano

least 4 hours.

1 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley 1 tbsp olive oil Sea salt and cracked pepper 1 large zucchini

3. When ready to cook cut zucchini into 2cm pieces. Skewer the chicken pieces alternating with zucchini. 4. Grill skewers in a hot grill pan or BBQ until browned and cooked through. Approximately 15 minutes, turn every few minutes.


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VEGGIE BAKE BY T E R R I -A N N E L E S K E

INGREDIENTS Serves 4 - 6 1 red onion 4 cloves garlic Extra virgin olive oil

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8 baby washed potatoes 1 large eggplant 2 zucchinis 4 truss tomatoes 1/2 cup white quinoa 2 cups pasata 2 cups vegetable broth 10 cherry tomatoes 1 tbsp dried oregano 20 basil leaves Sea salt and cracked pepper Baby spinach to serve

METHOD 1. Pre-heat the oven to 220ºC 2. Sauté sliced red onion and crushed garlic with some extra virgin olive oil in a pan until onion is soft. 3. Add onion mix to a large baking dish with halved potatoes, sliced eggplant, zuchinni, tomatoes, quinoa, pasata, vegetable broth,

cherry tomatoes, oregano, half of the torn basil leaves and a generous amount of salt and pepper and mix until everything is combined. 4. Place in the oven for 15 minutes then reduce to 200ºC for a further 45 minutes until veggies are cooked through and top layer is crunchy. 5. Serve on baby spinach leaves with the remainder of the torn basil on top.


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EASTER SUNDAY BUFFET | 1 1 . 3 0A M - 3 P M JAXS' BISTRO

01 APR

$ 55 P E R H E A D ( M ) | $ 25 P E R H E A D ( K I D S ) STARTERS

Deviled Eggs • Asparagus and Quails Egg Salad • Smoked Salmon Platter

• Selection Cold Cuts • Quinoa Avocado Salad

MAINS

Lamb Carving Station (and Sides) • Spinach Ricotta Lasagna

• Meat Loaf • Fisherman Pie

DESSERTS

(ANGELINA ON ICE CREAM STATION)

Selection of Ice Cream and Sorbet • Assorted Cupcakes • Hot Cross Buns

• Carrot Cake, lemon frosting • Lemon Tart • Popcorn F O R M O R E I N F O O R T O B O O K Y O U R T A B L E : INFO @J A X S B I S T R O . C O M O R 6468 2021

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MOTHER’S DAY 11 – 13

MAY

| JAXS' BISTRO

STARTERS Heirloom Tomato Tart – $18 Asparagus and Smoked Salmon salad, Poached Egg – $16

MAINS Halibut Papillote, tomato, fennel, ratte potato – $30 Beef Tenderloin, Hand cut Chips, Watercress Salad, Pepper Sauce – $40

DESSERTS

Cranberry Cake – $12

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P O O L TA B L E T I M E TO B R U S H U P O N YO U R P O O L S K I L L S

$ 2 P E R G A M E | 2 X $1 C O I N Jaxs’ Bistro has a brand new pool table. So gather your family and friends at the Tradewinds Bar to pit your skills against one another in some friendly competition.

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1. When can tooth decay start?

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Thorough tooth brushing is essential in the morning and before bed at night. The parent plays a significant role in cleaning their child’s teeth until the child has developed enough manual dexterity to clean properly by themselves, which may be even up to the age of 10 years. Use of plaque disclosing dyes is a fun way to show up areas that have been missed by changing white plaque to bright purple! Most young children are not very good at flossing however a primary site for decay is between “baby” molars. Parents need to help the child floss between all baby teeth that contact tightly together. If you can’t manage to floss every night try at least once or twice a week- it’s better than not at all.

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