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march/april 2014

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In BLOOM

events & Activities

Dutch Comedian Kristel Zweers ‘Ladies Only’ Fashion Show Cake Decorating Workshop

Aquaducks’ Leading Lady: Loulou

food & Beverage Easter Brunch Monthly Specials How to make Bitterballen Our New Cakes

Judo at the SEA Games Interview with Dutch Ambassador Jacques Werner www.hollandseclub.org.sg Hollandse Club 1


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Contents Feature:

Cover Picture by: Bernhard Wamelink

08 A City in Bloom: In Search of Spring in Singapore

24 Mrs Franciska Ho 25 The Italian Club 26 The Mahieddine Family 26 The Boot Family 26 Holiday in New Zealand 27 Easter Egg Extravaganza 28 Dutch Ambassador

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President’s Message

Kids / Teens

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GM’s Message

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Facility Information

29 Upcoming Events 30 Teenage Talk 31Movie at the Pool 32 Puzzles /Colouring Contest

Calender Activities Contacts Library

Food & Beverage Upcoming Events

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Ladies Only Fashion Show

Event Reports

16 New Years Eve Buffet & Cruise 17 Lion Dance Performance The Club

18 Loulou 19 Judo: The Hollandse Club Way 20 Wall of Thanks 22 New F&B Manager

34 Food Promotions 36 Take Away Wines 36 New Cakes 37 Bitterballen Sports & Recreation

38 Muscle Building/Toning 39 Swimming Updates 42 Tennis Updates 45 Squash Updates 48 Classes

EDITOR’S MESSAGE During Science Camp, I was having lunch at the Club when children came running to the Terrace with small parachutes. They were thrown up and swirled down like flower petals. Yes, this issue is about bloom; full bloom, flowers, spring, trees and bees. Please read all the stories; there is something on Bridge and how the Club has come to full bloom during the 50year membership of our highly esteemed member, Mrs Ho. Of course, periods of monsoon and drought were there too, though she has her own ideas on things. Karien writes about the Rain Trees in Singapore and other familiar trees. And also about bunnies and hares coming over for Easter. Budding teenagers like the Club because their friends are there for a swim and a bite. Can they solve a puzzle? Steven has found even more Apps, Webs and Blogs, in particular, some on public transportation. Did you know we have very athletic people giving training classes at the Club? One of them is Loulou from Aquaducks and, surprisingly enough, she’s even better at another sport. And there are Timothy/Gary/Gabriel from Judo class who performed so well at the SEA Games in Myanmar. There are some new members introducing themselves, people leaving, and staff performing fantastically, because when the parachute/flower petal got stuck, who got it out by climbing on a ladder? Our friendly staff! And finally: Tulipmania is back in town! We even have some flowers at the reception! Come and look for yourself, it’s like spring time! See you at the Club! Eva Stein

Members

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22 Camden Park, Singapore 299814 | Tel: 6464 5225 | Fax: 6468 6272 | www.hollandseclub.org.sg Email: info@hollandseclub.org.sg | Court Bookings: reception@hollandseclub.org.sg

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President’s Message Committee Members MAIN COMMITTEE President: Robert Gorter president@hollandseclub.org.sg 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 Chairperson for Food & Beverage: Nienke Nauta-Kuipers fnbmember@hollandseclub.org.sg Chairperson for Sports: Guido Nieuwenhuijzen sportsmember@hollandseclub.org.sg Commercial Affairs: Bas Winkel commercial@hollandseclub.org.sg Ordinary Member: Alex Lambeek & Jean-Paul Deslypere COMMITTEE MEMBERS Kids Committee Chairperson: Evelien Stoel Members: Maria van Dort Sports Committee Chairperson: Guido Nieuwenhuijzen Library Committee Convenor: Hian Tan 6468 4004 Members: Liesbeth van der Hulst, Cora Smouter, Joossien Dessing, Angela Bowskill, Susanne Westerbeek, Nina, Hian Finance Committee Chairperson: Wietske Helle 8399 5729 Members: Then Wee Lin, Edwin Jager Bas Winkel, Anneloes van Haaren, Pierre Stevens F&B Committee Chairperson: Nienke Nauta-Kuipers 8161 7626 Members: Tony Moes Magazine Committee Chairperson: Eva Stein-Veeneman 9668 4879 Members: Nedda Chaplin, Steven Groeneveld, Karien van Ditzhuijzen, Bernhard Wamelink (Photographer)

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Dear Fellow Members, This will be my last message as president of the Hollandse Club. At the AGM on 27 March, I will hand over my responsibilities to a new President, as my family and I will be moving to Sydney in the next few months. I am leaving the Club with a mix of emotions: obviously I am very excited about our new upcoming adventure in Australia, but at the same time I’m a little sad to leave Singapore and the Club behind. I will definitely miss going to the pool on Sunday afternoons with the kids; playing tennis with friends on Thursday evenings, followed by a few drinks in the Serambi bar; attending the comedy and quiz nights at the Main Hall on Saturday evenings, etc. A long list of great memories and friends to look back on. Besides excited and sad, I also feel very proud of what has been achieved at the Hollandse Club in the past three years. One of the main objectives for the Main Committee was to improve the financial situation at the Club. I’m very happy to report that we have achieved our goal and that we can show a surplus in our operational result for 2013. Some significant – and sometimes difficult – decisions with regards to our facilities and our staff were necessary to achieve this result, and I’m grateful for the support we received from both members and staff to implement these decisions. Not only did we achieve a positive result over 2013, the changes that were implemented are structural improvements in our operations, and will result in more positive results in future years, allowing the Club to increase its level of investment in the maintenance and upgrading of our facilities. Most importantly, these changes were made without any compromises with regards to our service levels, and member satisfaction at the Club is still very high. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our General Manager, Elmer van Loon, and his wonderful staff at the Hollandse Club for implementing and leading the organizational changes in a very professional manner. And I’d like to thank my fellow Committee members for a great three years. Not only did we achieve a lot, we also had a lot of fun doing it. I’m very glad that there’s a new, very capable Main Committee ready to take over at the upcoming AGM, and I wish them all the best in leading this beautiful Club into the future. See you soon at the Club! On behalf of the Main Committee, Robert Gorter President


GM’s Message Club Management

Dear Members, The festive season has passed and I hope you all tossed the greens high for good health and prosperity in the Year of the Horse. For the Club, the year started well. Mid-January saw the opening of the new women’s pool changing room. New tiles, new fixtures, a new lighting plan and a new lay-out make it a very comfortable changing room. Our housekeeping staff will do their utmost to keep your changing room clean and fresh. If you find any irregularities, please report them at the reception. For all the disappointed men, I hope we can surprise you with a new changing room by the end of the year. Besides the new changing room, we welcomed the arrival of our new pool towels on the 1st January 2014. With the support of our loyal sponsor, Van Oord, we were able to replace the used grey towels. I would like to thank our sponsor, Van Oord, for sponsoring these high quality pool towels. Since we are on the subject of towels… Did you know that: - We wash an average of 250 towels per day - The loss of towels has been reduced to less than 10 per month - One of our chefs makes 500 “bitterballen” per week - Kids hotdogs and nasi goreng are the two highest-selling food items at the terrace - Our kitchen prepares 120 liters of erwten (pea) soup per month Events During the months of March and April, we have some exciting events coming up. In March we welcome Dutch comedian, Kristel Zweers, for an evening of Dutch comedy. We also start a course “spoken Chinese for beginners”, we see the return of the Ladies Only Annual Fashion Show Dinner, and on 22 March you can join us for the always-exciting visit to the Singapore Central Fire Station. Upon return from the fire station, there is a special performance at the Terrace from the world famous Dutch football juggler, Erik Borgman. What an exciting month it is going to be! April will bring us the first ever “Teens Behind the Scenes” tour of the Club. All teens will need to sign a non-disclosure agreement before joining this tour. Furthermore, we are planning a fun-filled Easter Brunch again, and a Kids Flea Market during the King’s Day weekend. The exact date of our famous Orange Ball will be communicated to you very soon. More information on the various events can be found in this magazine. A shop at the Club? There are rumours about a shop at the Hollandse Club. I am talking Speculoos, Roosvicee, hagelslag and a range of Australian and South African products. Will keep you posted on! Club Noodles Back by popular demand! Mid-February, Chef Raymond and the F&B committee presented the new menu for the Terrace. Some great new dishes combined with golden oldies. No more excuses to go home for dinner or lunch! You should definitely try the Banh Mi, the traditional Vietnamese Beef sandwich. Looking forward to welcoming you at the Club. Have fun, be active and relax! Elmer van Loon General Manager Hollandse Club

General Manager: Elmer van Loon 6461 1103 gm@hollandseclub.org.sg Banquet Operations Manager: Tan Boon Phang 6461 1137 banqmgr@hollandseclub.org.sg Banquet Executive: Mariah Said 6461 1112 banquet@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: Oreal Goh 6461 1117 marcom@hollandseclub.org.sg Member Relations Officer: Jeeta Kaur 6461 1104 members@hollandseclub.org.sg Events Executive: Marjon Gijsman 6461 1110 events@hollandseclub.org.sg Sports & Events Executive Robbie Lyons 64611151 sportsrec@hollandseclub.org.sg Sports & Events Executive: Yurni Hikmah 6461 1127 sports.exec@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

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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

Food & Beverage Outlets

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.

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

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

Serambi Bar Wednesday - Sunday: 6.00pm - 11.00pm

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

Terrace Monday - Sunday: 8.00am - 11.00pm (Last order 9.45pm) Beverages available until closing Tennis Pavillion Mon - Fri: 8.00am - 12.00pm 6.00pm - 10.00pm Tues & Thur: 4.00pm - 10.00pm Sat, Sun & PH: 8.00am - 12.00pm 4.00pm - 11.00pm For special opening hours for events, please ask reception. During opening hours a limited menu is served. Tradewinds Bar Sunday - Thursday: 11.00am - 11.00pm Friday - Saturday: 11.00am - 1.00am Eve of PH & PH: 11.00am - 1.00am Pool Bar Monday - Friday: 10.00am - 7.00pm Saturday: 8.00am - 7.00pm Sunday & PH: 8.00am - 6.00pm

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


In World Business Class we’ll tune into your rhythm You may cross one or more time zones during your journey. Whatever rhythm your body and mind are in, we accommodate our service to your sense of time. When do you want to sleep? When and what do you want to eat from our menu? Other wishes? We’ll get it just right for you. Visit klm.sg for more information.

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A City in Bloom

In Search of Spring in Singapore By Karien van Ditzhuijzen

Northern Europe in January. For me, it does not get more depressing. When I lived there, I did not notice it so much, but when I am over for a brief visit, fresh out of Singapore’s lush greenery, the whole landscape seems barren. The trees look dead. The grass sullen. The atmosphere grey. After a long winter like that, it is not surprising that spring is considered a special time. Little green shoots will magic their way up through the earth, budding into small flowers, tulips and daffodils throwing patches of red, purple and yellow. Leaves appear, bringing seemingly lifeless sticks back to life. Everything becomes vivacious and cheerful. Spring is a happy, optimistic time. Many expats miss the change in seasons. Some even miss the cold and darkness of winter, or the chilly autumn storms, but what season do people miss most? I guess spring. In Singapore, which is located less than a hundred miles north of the equator, it is humid and hot year round. There isn’t officially such a thing as spring. Or autumn, for that matter. Yet, if you look closely, you will see tiny sparks of spring everywhere. Spring and autumn are happening all year round. Tree cycles I always assumed tropical trees drop some leaves now and again, randomly, thus renewing all their leaves gradually. In fact, many trees in the tropics do have annual cycles. In my garden I have started to notice that some trees break out in bloom unexpectedly, flowering abundantly for a few weeks. Others will lose half their leaves in one go, littering the grass with piles as high as in 8 The Hollandse Club www.hollandseclub.org.sg

a temperate autumn. Tropical trees seem to work in mysterious ways. What causes this? The Rain Tree is a common sight in Singapore, lining parks and roads with its impressive bulk. On our own drive, a humongous tree spreads over our garden, and that of two of our neighbours. Our Rain Tree drops all of its leaves every February, standing naked for a short while before growing new leaves. The tree is around 25 meters tall, and much wider, looking like a giant, unfolded umbrella. When it rains the leaves fold, allowing the rain to drizzle, or beat, through the canopy. If you seek shelter under this particular umbrella you will get soaked. Unfortunately leaves are not all this tree drops. Once in a while, chunks of its long, thick branches will drop, shattering all in their wake. How monsoons reign In tropical climates, annual cycles are not dictated by temperature, like they are in temperate climes. The temperature is pretty much constant all year round, so any seasonal differences are caused by rainfall patterns. Rainfalls patterns are in their turn caused by the monsoon winds. What we call monsoons are in fact seasonal changes in wind direction. Between December and early March the climate in Singapore is influenced by the Northeast Monsoon, that brings cooler, wet air from the sea. The weather in this period is generally more overcast, and afternoon showers are frequent. The Southeast Monsoon occurs from June to September, bringing warmer air from the south, causing weather that is often less wet and unstable than that caused by its northern counterpart. Periods between monsoons are generally more


temperate and dry, as in these periods an offshore airflow dominates. The change in direction of these two Asian monsoons is due to the difference in the way water and land heat. Mass flowering So now that we have established what seasonality means in Singapore, we can start looking for other examples of how seasons influence other trees and plants. Many tropical trees synchronise their annual cycles of flowering to seasonal changes. The Sea Apple Tree, a wild relative of the edible water apple, called jambu air laut in Malay, is one of these. All the trees will flower simultaneously in the drier season between the two monsoons, often around October. The large pompom-like flowers last for four to five days, and have a sickly sweet fragrance. The mass flowering of the Sea Apple Tree is quite striking, with the crowns of the trees fluffy like they are heaped with snow. Many Singaporean naturalists will go around the island spotting the phenomenon. The flowers will attract birds and insects, so when a mass flowering event occurs, naturalists will bring out binoculars, cameras and notebooks, and take their places by the trees.

“After a long winter like that, it is not surprising that spring is considered a special time.” Mysterious cycles The bougainvillea is a plant whose cycle baffles me. Normally, in a wet climate like Singapore’s, it is an evergreen plant. In climates with a distinctive wet and dry season, it is deciduous, shedding leaves when it gets too dry. The bougainvillea in my garden seems to be on a more mysterious cycle. It sometimes randomly drops all its leaves, and then starts flowering, not starting new leaves until all flowers have finished. Yet on Singapore’s fly-overs it seems to flower abundantly all year round. If, like me, you have trouble growing bougainvillea, remember it likes lots of sunshine and a moderate amount of water. Just like on top of a fly-over. This bright pink and purple bush is a very popular ornamental plant in Singapore, which can be seen adding bright streaks of colour to parks, roads and the flyovers I mentioned before. Another interesting fact about this plant is that the flowers of the bougainvillea are actually tiny and white. The brightly coloured leaves that many people mistake for its flowers are called bracts, specialised leaves that serve to attract insects to the inconspicuous flowers. Eternal spring One of the most striking trees in Singapore is the Flame of the Forest. When you look out over stretches of what first seems like plain green bush, you will notice sudden patches of vibrant orange. These are the flowers of the Flame of the Forest tree. In India, where this tree is common as well, these flowers are strongly associated with spring, just like tulips and daffodils are in Europe. The tree will drop all its leaves in December and January, turning its braches into sticks as barren as our northern winter trees. After January, it will break out in an abundant riot of orange and vermilion flowers on the still barren branches, covering the entire crown like a forest fire. When they see this orange abundance, people in India know that spring has arrived. In Singapore, the Flame of the Forest flowers all year round. Not as abundantly, and because flowers and leaves occur at the same time, maybe a bit less impressive. Still, seeing these splashes of orange amidst tropical jungle foliage is a beautiful sight. The Flame of the Forest reminds us where to find spring in Singapore. Spring happens gradually, all year round. We have eternal spring. Aren’t we lucky? www.hollandseclub.org.sg Hollandse Club 9


Upcoming Events

March

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A Night of Dutch Carnaval

Saturday, 8:30pm - Late Members: $15 | Non Members: $20 Dress up and join us for a costume party, Dutch Carnaval style! Real Dutch Carnaval music! DJ! First beer is on us! Heineken at $6 only!

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Kids Carnival

Sunday, 3pm - 4:30pm Members: $15 | Non Members: $20 Come dressed up and join our superhero hosts for a fun afternoon filled with music and games. For ages 4 - 8.

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March

Kids Cake Decorating Workshop

Sunday, 2pm - 5pm (Workshop approx 1.5h) Members: $50 | Non Members: $60 An amazing cake decorating workshop for kids age 8 till 12. A movie will be screened after the decorating session. Maximum of 8 participants, so sign up quick!

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March

Spoken Chinese for Beginners Course

Disco Carnaval Sunday, 6pm - 7:30pm (Kids 9-12) 8pm - 9:30pm (Teens 13 & up) Members: $10 | Non Members: $ 15 Come dressed up and join our guest DJ on the dance floor!

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Tuesdays, 9am - 11am (8 week course) Members: $385 | Non Members: $425 Learn to speak Mandarin Chinese. The course will be conducted by native, experienced teacher from beijing.

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‘Ladies Only’ Fashion Show

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Dutch Comedian: Kristel Zweers

Friday, 8:30pm - 10pm (Main Hall) Members: $40 | Non Members: $50 A night to sit back, relax and have a good laugh from Dutch Comedian, Kristel Zweers.

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March

Makeup Workshop II

Sunday, 1pm - 3pm Members: $35 | Non Members: $45 Learn advanced techniques of make up and how to achieve flawless skin & prevent dark circles. Theme: Microdermabrasion, eye spa & Smokey Eyes.

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Friday, 6:30pm Members: $65 | Non-members: $80 Full table: $600 Come and enjoy this yearly glamourous evening with delicious food and fashion up-close. Also, stand a chance to win amazing prizes. Proceeds of the lucky draw go to the ‘Lets Care’ Foundation.

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March

Dutch Football Juggler Performance

Saturday, 11:45am Free of charge | Any donations go to charity A very special visit from Dutch Football juggler Erik Borgman! If you bring a football along, he might share with you some tips and tricks after his performance.

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March

The ‘Executive Homes’ Black & White Tour

Wednesday, 9:30am - 1pm Members: $35 | Non Members: $40 The tour will take us, amongst others, to the beautiful black and white mansions in Mount Pleasant Park, Alexandra Park and Ridley Park. All ticket proceeds go to The Netherlands Charity Association. The ticket price includes coffee and Dutch apple pie at the Hollandse Club.

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Saturday, 10am - 11am Members: $5 | Non Members: $10 Visit the central Fire Station in Singapore. Bus service provided. Bus leaves at 9:30am sharp! Hurry! Limited spots available.

Friday, 7pm Members: $7.50 | Non Members: $10 Hang out with other teenagers and enjoy a drink and snack while watching the movie ‘Easy A’

March

Firestation Visit

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Teens Movie Night: Easy A


Upcoming Events

April

CALENDER Events not to be missed in

the month of March and April. Come and join us for these exciting events. Please remember to register early to avoid disappointment!

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April

Aquaducks Swim Camp

Wednesday, 9am - 12pm Members: $75 | Non Member: $90 Have a splashing good time playing games and doing pool activities with out friends from Aquaducks. Price includes lunch.

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April

Art Jamming

Friday, 7:30pm Members: $30 | Non Members: $40 Are you feeling creative? Join us! We will supply all the materials, you let your inner Van Gogh!

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April

Kids Craft (Painting) and Movie

Sunday, 3pm Members: $12:50 | Non Members: $15 Come and join us in some colourful fun! And enjoy a movie with your friends after.

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April

Teens Behind the Scenes

Saturday, 3pm (Age 10 and up) Members only | Free of Charge Always wondered what goes on behind the scenes of Hollandse Club? Come with us on this special tour to find out!

Easter Brunch

Sunday, 11am - 2pm Members: $35 | Non Members: $50 Members: $15| Non Members: $20 (Kids) On top of the awesome Easter Brunch, kids can enjoy activities such as egg hunting and they can also meet our giant Easter bunny.

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April

Teens Movie Night: The Bling Ring

Friday, 7pm Members: $7.50 | Non Members: $10 Hang out with other teenagers and enjoy a drink and snack while watching the movie ‘The Bling Ring’.

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Kids Kings Day Fleamarket

Sunday, 3pm - 5pm (set up at 2:30pm) Free of Charge Do you have old toys to sell or any idea to make some extra pocket money? Free popcorn! Free cotton candy! Face painter! NCA old Dutch games corner!

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Ladies Only Fashion Show G

et ready for the 2014 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 the ‘Let’s Care Foundation’. Let’s Care Foundation, Philippines The Let’s Care Foundation was set up in January 2008 to realize projects with the objective to create a new, more beautiful world for everybody. This means carrying out projects related to maltreated, abused and underprivileged children, education to underprivileged children and families, and nature conservation and local environmental projects in developing countries. Arnout Mostert, who initiated Project Panay, works with the Let’s Care Foundation in supporting the rebuild after Typhoon Haiyan. The following boutiques will show their latest fashion: 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 etc) 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.

find something in larger sizes in the mainstream stores, specialised boutiques are hard to find or just don’t offer anything fashionable.

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. Stones that Rock Stones that Rock is a designer range of fun fashion jewellery. It offers a mix of both contemporary and classic pieces that are designed to enhance an outfit and raise the spirit. Co-owners and designers, Leah Lambert and Annie Tsinonis, believe strongly that beautiful, quality pieces do not need to come with a big price tag. Their range of handmade jewellery using fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones and crystals, reflects this philosophy. Materials are personally chosen by Leah and Annie and then hand crafted by skilled artisans. Emphasis is given to quality craftsmanship at an affordable price. The designers are always looking to expand and broaden their range. This year they have introduced a new limited run concept of pieces that will adjunct each new Collection. ‘The China Collection’ reflects their love of Shanghai and all things oriental. Lovely Curves We are Sandra, Veronique and Eva, three “Curvy Ladies” living in Singapore.

Change Beautifully designed lingerie, sleepwear and swimwear in a wide range of styles and sizes to fit your unique curves.

From our own experience we know how difficult it is to find something nice to wear when you have “Lovely Curves”.

At Change, we respect your natural beauty. That’s why our lingerie doesn’t dictate

In Singapore, it is almost impossible to

Online ordering from mail-order catalogues is possible, but you never know what you are going to get and most of them don’t deliver overseas. So until now the only option was to hop on a plane and go to Europe, Australia or the US to shop and bring everything back. Not anymore. Now it is possible to get affordable modern fashion in Singapore in our new boutique. The Shoemaker’s Elf The Shoemaker’s Elf is a novel bespoke shoe service in Singapore that gives shoe fiends a chance to play designer of their pair of shoes. No longer do women have to depend on Prince Charming for a glass slipper, instead, she can design one herself. Choose from a wide array of shoe types, ranging from ballerinas to pumps, strappy heels and even wedges. Pick your desired fabric and finish it off with a bow! All shoes are lovingly handcrafted by skilled artisans. Sizes range from 32-44, so there’s something for everyone. Hair by 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 with over 400 salons. The only hairdressing company to be awarded ‘SuperBrand’ and ‘CoolBrand’ status with excess of 47 awards. Essensuals 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. www.hollandseclub.org.sg Hollandse Club 15


eVENT REPORTS

NEW YEARS EVE BUFFET AND CRUISE

Report by Marjon Gijsman, Events Executive What started with the idea of renting a boat for a New Year’s Eve river cruise ended up with 3 boats and 135 Hollandse Club members and friends who came prepared with coolboxes full of champagne, snacks, oliebollen and apple beignets to enjoy a relaxing ride on the Singapore River which ended with the best views of Marina Bay Sands and an amazing fireworks show. What a great way to end 2013 and bring in 2014! Thank you all for coming along , 4 boats this year?

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LION DANCE PERFORMANCE

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by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Council of Asia. Did you realise that such a hotshot is teaching your kids how to swim?

By Karien van Ditzhuijzen

It was football that brought Loulou to Singapore for the first time, when in 1995 she played against Singapore’s national team. And won. Several clubs noticed her skills, and she was invited to come and play with one professionally for a month in 1996. After that, she returned to the Philippines to teach at university, of course never stopping playing her favourite sport.

Leading Lady: Loulou

Hard work pays off I ask Loulou how one reaches the top like this? She answers it is a matter of pride. ‘I want to be in the top. I have to be there.’ Loulou tells me how, when she was training at university, she would not just stick to the two sessions a week that were organised for the ladies team. ‘I trained with the men’s team as well, doing around six training sessions a week.’

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veryone knows Loulou. In fact, her full name is Marilou Bautista Rubio. Loulou can be seen poolside almost every afternoon, and did you know that teaching our members and their kids swimming is not all this athletic lady does? On a sunny afternoon, at a table by the pool, I spoke with her to learn more about herself and her other activities. Loulou’s story turned out to be an impressive one. Marilou Bautista Rubio was born and raised in Manila, and was sporty from an early age. In secondary school she enjoyed playing softball and football, and excelled especially in the martial arts. Holding a black belt in karate, she competed in the school’s varsity team at the Philippines National Open.

When Loulou played in Singapore, many clubs urged her to go and find a job in Singapore so she could come and play for them. It was not until 2009 that a friend alerted her to a vacancy at Aquaducks. Loulou has worked as a swim coach at the Hollandse Club ever since. She likes living in Singapore, as it is not too far from the Philippines, enabling her to go home regularly, and for family and friends to visit her as well. She is not only about sports; she loves cooking as well, especially Philippines food and pasta, and to share this with others.

Stepping stone After secondary school, Loulou wanted to pursue a degree in Mass Communication, but as this was a very popular course, not enough slots were available. She did not want to waste time, and since she was good at sports, it was suggested that she could start a course in Physical Education (PE). She started the course initially just as a stepping-stone. Then, she started to like it. Football (or soccer) is a major sport in the Philippines, and is played by many girls as well as boys. At university, Loulou started playing seriously and was soon captain of her team. In this capacity she was spotted, and asked to play for the Philippines national team. This became a very exciting period for Loulou, where she travelled a lot, competing in matches across Asia. She played in tournaments organised by AFC, the Asian Football Confederation, the most populous of FIFA’s six confederations, representing over half of the world’s football. A football star Loulou also competed in the SEA games, a biennial multi-sport event with participants from 11 Southeast Asian countries, organized by the Southeast Asian Games Federation with supervision 18 The Hollandse Club www.hollandseclub.org.sg

The fun of teaching swimming Loulou tells me she enjoys teaching at the Club very much. When I ask her whom she prefers to teach, the kids, or their parents, Loulou laughs. ‘Communication is easier with the parents, but teaching the kids is more fun, as they can be very stubborn. That is challenging, and I like a challenge. Actually, with the younger kids it is easier to overcome it when they are scared. For adults, this can take very long.’ If there were one thing Loulou could choose to improve at the Hollandse Club, it would be the sports pitch above the swimming pool. ‘If it was in a better state we could use it more, and we would be able to invite other teams over for matches.’ Even though Loulou thoroughly enjoys swimming as a sport, as well as teaching it, she never gave up on her old love and favourite sport: football. She plays in the Singapore FAS Women’s Premier League with the Police Sports Association Team, as one of the maximum of four foreigners that are allowed. The team is very diverse, made up of Malay, Chinese, and even Korean women. Did you know that Loulou teaches football to young boys and girls at the Hollandse Club? Bring by your sons and daughters, and maybe some of Loulou’s talent will rub off!


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e are indebted to the club, parent members and children of the club judo programme, for our success at the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar. The Hollandse Club has long been an integral part of our judo journey as part of our training requirement was to mentor and assist our coach with the children’s class. We learnt so much from the exposure (with the added bonus of making some pocket money!) This tradition continues today with our junior athletes, who serve as role models and trainers for the judo programme.

Judo: The Hollandse Club Way Our SEA Games story!

By The Jagsport Team: Gabriel Yang, Gary Chow & Timothy Loh

Working with the children over the years has inspired Gabriel to pursue teaching as a career, sharing lessons and values learnt from mentoring the children and receiving advice, and support from the parents. We are also grateful to the management for allowing our entire national team to use the gym facilities in the months leading to the SEA Games, and to the members for their patience and understanding. Every hard fought encounter was driven by thoughts of the children and the wonderful parents and management who believe in us. Come join us on the mats at the club, as we journey onwards to the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. Thank you for believing in us.

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inds kort is het niet meer mogelijk voor Nederlanders in het buitenland om zich te registreren bij de ambassade. In plaats daarvan kunnen Nederlanders zich registreren bij een wereldwijd online crisis-contactsysteem “Kompas”. Aanmelden is kosteloos en vrijblijvend. De door u opgegeven gegevens worden uitsluitend gebruikt om contact met u op te nemen in geval van nood. U kunt zich aanmelden via www.kompas.buzaservices.nl/registration of via de link op de site van de ambassade (www.mfa.nl/sin - zie “Registratie bij verblijf in het buitenland”). Uw eerdere registratie bij de ambassade is vervallen. Gegevens die eerder aan de ambassade zijn doorgegeven zijn - ter bescherming van uw privacy - vernietigd. Nieuwsbrief

The Long Service Award: Zoey Lee Accountant Zoey Lee was presented with the Long Service Award. In recognition and appreciation of her dedication to the club, she will recieve a cash reward.

De ambassade stuurt met enige regelmaat nieuwsbrieven uit met relevante informatie voor de Nederlanders in Singapore. Indien u zich hiervoor heeft aangemeld, hoeft u zich niet opnieuw aan te melden. Deze aanmelding staat los van bovengenoemde registratie in Kompas. Wilt u de nieuwsbrief te ontvangen, of wilt u zich afmelden, dan kunt u een bericht sturen naar sin@minbuza.nl onder vermelding van “aanmelding/afmelding nieuwsbrief”.

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Introducing our new

F&B Manager: Tony Pang

An interview with our latest key staff member

Hi Tony, tell us a bit more about yourself. I have over 20 years of experience in the F&B service industry. I started work in 5 star hotels, including Raffles Hotel and the former Westin Stamford/Plaza Hotel, and also premium social and golf clubs like Singapore Island Country Club, Raffles Country Club and Singapore Recreation Club. I graduated from SHATEC in F&B Management and have undergone various specialty courses in my field over the years. I go jogging and cycling at East Coast Parkway, and sometimes meet up with friends for karaoke sessions or dining at good restaurants. You have had a lot of experience in Clubs all over Singapore before coming to the Hollandse Club. What do you find is the most unique thing about the Hollandse Club and its members? Although I have worked at various local Clubs, I find that the Hollandse Club has its unique characteristics, with totally different culture, a unique member profile and a different environment. It’s a family Club for members and their kids. As the new Food & Beverage Manager of the Hollandse Club, you have a big task of running the daily operations and managing a group of dedicated Terrace staff. What are some improvements and objectives you would like to have for the New Year? My main task is to motivate the F&B staff to work as a happy team, setting up standard operating procedures and staff training, so as to be able to meet members expectations and most importantly, to stay variable in the daily F&B operations. I will also look into introducing F&B events, F&B promotions and adding some interesting indoor games at the F&B outlets. I look forward to the cooperation and support from the Members, the Management and staff for the fulfillment of the tasks ahead. Have you noticed any trends with the Hollandse Club members? The trend I noticed was the off peak period during the Christmas and New Year seasons and the patronage was back to normal during the Lunar New Year festive period. What is your favourite choice on the menu, if you had to choose? My favourite choice on the menu is the Tenderloin Steak and the Seafood Hor Fun. I also found the Dutch Bitterballen and Zuurkool a tasty choice.

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Apps and Websites With Tips, Trips and More: Making the Most

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ere are some new, interesting and handy apps and websites for you! Singapore is one of the most online cities in the world. Wherever you go, you will see people using their smart phones, tablets and notebooks. And, knowing Singapore, of course there is a lot of digital information to make living and getting around in Singapore even easier and more enjoyable. Apps

@SGsnakes Yes, snakes! Don’t worry, this free app (for Apple and Android) is not designed to scare you. Snakes are quite common in Singapore and, as this app states, not dangerous unless agitated. With the app you can identify snakes and learn more about these special animals.

education@zoo More animals, but not just the scary ones. This award-winning app is both fun and informative. It completes your visit to the Singapore Zoo with loads of content about all the animals; it has an interactive map of the Zoo, with Augmented Reality (AR), and you can test your knowledge. This app is for iPhone & iPad. SGBasicTheoryTest The (in)famous BTT, or Basic Theory Test, is compulsory if you want to drive in Singapore. Many say passing it is easy, but you better prepare well. No worries, this app will help you a lot and paying S$2.99 for it will be a good investment for sure. For Apple and Android. Popcorn: SG Movie Showtimes You probably already knew that Singapore has some great cinemas. And you can watch a good movie almost any time of day. But where and when exactly? This app (for Apple and Android) gives you all the information you need. So, enjoy the movie. And the popcorn! Websites www.nvpc.org The full name of this website is National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre. It’s about giving to the community, be it time or money. Want to volunteer for or donate to a worthy cause? Here you can find all the information. All organisations and initiatives are officially checked and approved of, so you know your time and/or money will be well spent. www.funbridge.com Did you read the interview with the Bridge Club in this magazine issue? Feel like playing? This website will feed your appetite for a good game of bridge. You can join tournaments and training sessions online. And, of course, by using this website you can improve your game and surprise your friends! www.bloesem.blogs.com The theme of this magazine is ‘in bloom’. Well, this blog sure is about blooming and brings ‘the most desirable interior design and craft news.’ Dutch founder and editor, Irene Hoofs, has travelled the world and now lives in Singapore. With an international focus she gathers trendy tips and tempting information for your home, shopping, workshops and more. www.onemotoring.com.sg Everything you can possibly think of when it comes to buying, selling or driving a car (or a motorbike) in Singapore; this is the place to find all the answers. The website also contains some interesting statistics about Singaporean traffic. Do you have your own favourite apps or websites that you want to share with your fellow members? Then send your tips to pr@ hollandseclub.org.sg and you might find your tip in one of the next issues. Thanks!

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Who is… Long Time Member Franciska Ho? By Eva Stein

Mrs Ho on the big change The big change was the swimming pool, and the children came to the Club for lessons during daytime. Even now she sees children whose mummies are having coffee and chitchat and are not noticing their offspring.

‘‘What exactly do you want to know from me?” is what Mrs Ho says when she resolutely walks towards me. It appears she can still speak Dutch.

vaart Maatschappij (Royal Packet Navigation Company) and went with colleagues to the Hollandse Club, when one of them asked me if I wanted to become a member there. Back then, you needed a sponsor and seconder. And that’s how it started.’ Later when she met her husband, he joined the Club as well, for only one year. ‘He was working for Shell and was encouraged to join the Island Club to play golf; good for business.’ She preferred to stay a member of the Hollandse Club so she visits both, though not to play golf. She preferred tennis and came for a swim sometimes, with the children. Mrs Ho on the Club ‘The Club was like a business club, not a family club. There were no children; they’d only come on Sunday afternoons to watch movies downstairs, have their dinner at 5:30pm and go home.’

Mrs Ho on her history She was born a Dutch national in what was the Dutch Indies (Indonesia) in Jakarta. She also lived in Cirebon. When the government changed, she became Indonesian. When she was 14 years old she left for Singapore where her father lived. Being an only child, she had a very protective father who suggested she handed in her British passport when she turned 21. And so she did; she has since then had a red Singapore passport. She married a Singaporean and has two children. She has been a member of the Hollandse Club for over 50 years. Mrs Ho on how it started ‘I worked for KPM – Koninklijke Pakket24 The Hollandse Club www.hollandseclub.org.sg

Mrs Ho on activities being organised at the Club ‘They used to have music nights in the bar and people would come over to listen. We could even hear it on the Terrace.’ The quiz nights were very popular, as they are still now. There were tennis tournaments with other Clubs. ‘Once we had a car rally, and we won the prize for the last position. My husband and I didn’t speak to each other, because we were fighting about a left turn he had missed.’ The rally went through Singapore, and they placed obstacles at the beer brewery car park. ‘The driver had to be blind folded and the passenger had to navigate him around the obstacles. It was great fun!’ Mrs Ho on Food & Beverage It used to be ‘fine dining with wine and what have you not’. Now she also likes the snacks; the ‘bitter balls and sandwiches. Bridge players like to have bitter balls, the traditional ones. The kroket should have its own taste and flavour, not be a “long bitter ball”’. Food is big competition in Singapore, so the Club ‘has to make sure that you can eat things here that you can’t get anywhere else.’ On Sundays there used to be a ‘Rijsttafel’, a Dutch style Indonesian dish of rice with many vegetables, meats and condiments. ‘Ask Boon and Edmund, they know all about it.’ Something to introduce again?

The swimming pool used to be the tennis court, and on the playground was the house of the General Manager who lived there. There was a miniature golf course on the green area between the hotel rooms and the Rotterdam Room. The Tennis Pavilion (now hotel & gymnasium) changing rooms were only a small building and the ‘kegelbanen’ or Dutch bowling was there. ‘Women didn’t join their business men in the bowling alley where they were telling jokes to each other.’ The Terrace was open-air and had two large Bougainvilleas. There were garden tables and chairs with an umbrella for some shade. The children’s room was a bar, the present Club Bar was the reading room. The Lounge was Juliana’s, a dining area without aircon, open old style. In the corner was the Amsterdam Room for fine dining, where ‘definitely no children were allowed. Men wore ties, perhaps no jacket, and the women were all done up.’

Mrs Ho on the Bridge Club ‘Bridge didn’t start until 20, 25 years ago when the players were Members only, and with eight tables.’ Now on Tuesday nights there may be about four tables, of which three people are Members. ‘It used to be only at the American and Hollandse Club, and NUS, but now people have a choice and can play everywhere, they do not need to come over.’


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‘How it began? At the end of 1999, one after another left for their homeland and after my husband died I was asked to run the Bridge Club. I shouldn’t have said yes, I’m stuck with it now. I hope Members will come to play. It’s really something you should learn properly.’ Mrs Ho on playing Bridge ‘Why play Bridge? It’s a challenging game that activates and stimulates the memory and reasoning power. You have to analyze it before making your moves and choices.’ At our Club, they play on Tuesday evenings with men and women and on Friday mornings it’s women only. It appears there is social Bridge and duplicate (competitive) Bridge. A social game could last from one hour to two or three, or the whole day if you wish. A duplicate game takes two to three hours.

You’ll need eight people to begin, learn the rules and start to play. It would be great if someone were able and willing to play and teach. It takes a minimum of six games to become a beginner, but then experienced people don’t want to play with beginners because they are slow at times. In Holland playing Bridge is hip again. And what about Mahjong? There used to be a group too. Mrs Ho’s advice The Club is a very nice place to go to, the staff is very helpful. ‘I would advise to tidy it up a bit, and build proper cabinets for storage.’ She likes to see people properly dressed at the Bar. So no sweaty sports wear. And finally, organise some more music nights and encourage members to come and socialise together. The Bridge Room

The Italian Community in Singapore and The New Italian Club Our Italian Ambassador, Member Simone Centola The Italian community in Singapore is represented by His Excellency Paolo Crudele, the current Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to Singapore.

There are approximately 2700 Italians registered in Singapore, of which a significant proportion work in financial services, oil and gas, shipping and trading, consumer goods and F&B.

The Italian Club (www.italianclub.org.sg), recently approved by Register of Societies of Singapore, aims to bring together all Italians, as well as Italophiles of all nationalities, in Singapore, by offering an informal and social service to cater for the ever-growing interest in and demand for all things Italian. The Italian Club will, through its website, act as a meeting point for the Italian community. It will also organise events and activities, as well co-operate with other local groups and associations, to offer its

members a wide-ranging selection of events relating to Italian food and wine, sports, cars, music, the arts and fashion, to name but a few. The membership fee will be approximately SGD80, and membership will be open to all residents of Singapore. Simone Centola, an Italian national and an English lawyer at Wikborg Rein (a member of the Hollandse Club since 2011), is a founding member. Andrea Constantini is the Secretary General and can be contacted for further info at: info@italianclub. org.sg The Hollandse Club hopes to organise a joint event with the Italian Club in the near future. Details will follow! www.hollandseclub.org.sg Hollandse Club 25


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Members in Focus:

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The Boot Family

The Mahieddine Family We welcome the French!

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e’d like to hear where you are from, how long you have been in Singapore, your names, kids’ ages, schools, work, or other interesting things about you.

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hank you very much for your warm welcome and offer to be part of the magazine. Here is some information about our family: We are a French family of five, including three teenagers. Valerie, Yacin, Paul (age 13), Anna (age 14) and Lisa (age 15). Although we lived in London, New York and Chicago for many years during the 90s and early 00s, we spent the last 11 years in Paris, France, living close to Versailles. We arrived in Singapore last August. Yacin is a Partner at Deloitte Consulting - running the financial services practice in SEA. Our children, aged 13, 14 and 15 (yes, the age of turbulence!) go to the LFS and they enjoy living in Singapore. Valerie manages so many and diverse family matters. Our lovely neighbour, Michelle Lee Farlow, introduced us to the Hollandse Club. Our son plays tennis, Valerie aqua spins and Yacin plays squash at the Club. We also enjoy relaxing around the pool and having lunch or dinner there. We particularly enjoy some of the Vietnamese dishes. We like the relaxed and family friendly atmosphere at the Hollandse Club. We also notice that everyone keeps a good smile on their face.

We are the Boot family: Joanna, Aernout, Pippa (8) and Marili (6). I work for VTTI, which is a JV between Vitol and MISC that is active in oil terminals. The kids go to the Dutch school. We moved to Singapore in October last year, so we’ve been here for almost four months. Before that we lived in The Hague for 3 years and before that in Dubai for quite a while. We think Singapore is great: it’s green, tidy and has lots of nationalities in the same place. We love the food and our daughters already have a list of their favorite hawkers around town. Joanna says she doesn’t like snakes, although she hasn’t encountered any yet. What made you choose to join the Hollandse Club? What attracted you to it? Our life in Dubai revolved around the “beach club”, so we knew that it would be a good idea to find something similar here. Being Dutch, the Hollandse Club seemed like a logical choice. We were mainly drawn by the swimming pool and the Bitterballs. What facilities and classes are you expecting to use a lot, or do already? As said, we’re keen users of the swimming pool and Joanna likes to play tennis and use the gym. We enjoyed the pub quiz, but unfortunately our team stumbled on the “difficult words” questions!

My Holiday in New Zealand By Sam Chaplin, age 9

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t Christmas time, I went on a holiday to New Zealand with my family. We spent the first day in Auckland, where my dad grew up and went to school. The next morning, we got in the car for a 2-hour drive to Mangawhai. We stayed at a bach (a house by the beach) and had Christmas with all the family there. We had a big BBQ with around twenty family members – it was loads of fun. The best thing was body boarding at the surf beach and skim-boarding at the estuary with family and friends.

Once, my cousin Ethan and I jumped off the wharf and dived to the bottom to collect starfish - we put them back in the ocean though. I had a few sleepovers with my cousins and they were really fun because we made each other laugh by making silly noises. When we got home my dad said, “Who likes NZ?” and we all screamed MEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to go back again.

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Easter Egg Extravaganza Column on expat life in Singapore By Karien van Ditzhuijzen ‘Painting eggs?’ my British friend asks, amazed. ‘What do you mean?’ ‘Well,’ I explain, ‘you boil the eggs first. And then you paint them. With paint, or felt-tip pens. Of you can use stickers.’ ‘And what do you do with these eggs?’ ‘On Easter Sunday the Easter Bunny will come. Or actually, we call him the Easter Hare. It is very exciting. In the morning, when you come downstairs, all the eggs will have disappeared. The Easter Bunny has hidden them, and the children need to go and find them. If the weather is good, they will be in the garden.’ My friend nods. An Easter egg hunt, that sounds familiar. But in her country, Easter eggs are made of chocolate. Not of egg. ‘And afterwards, what do you do with the eggs?’ ‘Well, you eat them, of course.’ ‘Cold, painted eggs that have been hidden in the garden?’ She shakes her head, incredulous. ‘You eat those?’ ‘Sure. For breakfast. Or as a snack. For tea. Before dinner. After. Whenever you feel like one. The best ones are the ones you eat after a long walk on Sunday afternoon. We will all run for the eggs when we get home. You eat them from your fist, with a pinch of salt.’ ‘All hard-boiled?’ ‘Hard or soft. You can buy tablets to colour the eggs while they boil. My mother would always colour code the eggs whilst cooking, and keep a list. Yellow means soft, blue is hard, orange half hard, red half soft. And so on.’ My friend looks at me in shock. ‘How many do you eat?’ I ponder before I answer.

‘Well. Ehm, we would paint at least a hundred eggs. More. Between the five of us, we would finish most of them by Easter Monday.’ She stares at me, eyes wide open, dumbfounded. ‘It wasn’t just us,’ I hurry to add, ‘we had visitors too. Grandparents, cousins. But we never had enough. We always fought over the last few eggs. And over that one, most beautiful egg you made an extra effort on, and that your brother would always eat first.’ ‘Wow. Amazing.’ My friend is suitably impressed. I nod, and I hesitate. Shall I admit my family is a bit eccentric? That not all Dutch families paint a hundred eggs for Easter? ‘To be honest,’ I start. Then a riot breaks out a bit further on, when my son shoves her daughter and we rush over to break them up. When we return to our cups of tea, we laugh and shrug. ‘What were we talking about?’ she asks. ‘Easter,’ I respond. ‘Ah yes. Easter. That reminds me, I need to finish the Easter Bonnets for the kids’ school parade.’ Now it is my turn to ask the questions. What on earth is an Easter Bonnet? Want to read more about Karien and her Singapore expat adventures? Check out her blog at www.bedu-mama.com

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Dutch Ambassador, Jacques Werner: Singapore is bursting with opportunities By Steven Groeneveld

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acques Werner and his wife Soraya arrived in Singapore six months ago, where he was appointed as the new ambassador for the Netherlands. “Officially I started work here on the 1st September last year,” Mr Werner explains, “and I can only say that both my wife and I are very happy to be here.” Recently, Mr and Mrs Werner joined the Hollandse Club and they both visited Camden Park on several occasions. “Last week I was at the Club twice,” Mr Werner tells. “On one of those nights I was very fortunate to watch the Winter Olympics, speed skating of course, and with all the medals for Holland I can say that the atmosphere was pretty cheerful! The other occasion was a more formal one, listening in a meeting of DutchCham and the ADB. The Club appears to be very well equipped for those sorts of meetings as well. And as we speak, I think my wife is at the Club right now.” Challenging opportunities After studying International Law in Leiden and one year post graduate in Geneva, Mr Werner applied for diplomatic service. Over the years, his diplomatic career took him to several European cities, such as Brussels and Bucharest. Before going to Singapore, he was director Europe at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Office in The Hague. Singapore is the first country outside Europe where he has been stationed. So going to Asia must be quite a change of scenery? Mr Werner smiles and explains: “Living and working in Europe was very good and we would not have missed it for the world. But you know, we have both been wanting to get to know Asia for some time. So going to Singapore, which was on top of our list of Asian countries, means a whole lot to us.”

important issue. The same goes for personal productivity. From our, the Dutch, point of view this can and should be improved. I know that this is also a major concern for the government.” Important role for the Dutch embassy Mr Werner points out that the Dutch embassy, and therefore he himself, has an important role when it comes to the economical representation of the Netherlands. “Singapore and our country have a lot of great options to work together, especially with regard to innovation and creativity. With the Dutch knowledge of water management, food and nutrition, logistics and high tech solutions we have a lot to offer.

“There seem to be so many challenging opportunities here! Forward thinking, that sure is a highlight. When I look at the opportunities regarding innovation, creativity, sustainability, there is a lot happening.” And there is more at stake than we think. For instance, the Dutch embassy also houses the NFIA, which is short for Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency. This bureau helps Singaporean companies with investments and developments in the Netherlands. For a lot of Singaporean entrepreneurs, the Netherlands can be an interesting market and hub for Europe. When Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister and chairman of the Euro-group, visited Singapore earlier this year, he made a very clear statement. He said: “We did not waste the crisis. The Euro stood the test and things are going forward again.” This does not only mean that Dutch companies can and should focus on growth again, but also that we have a market to offer to Singapore.

After these first months, can he already mention some highlights? “Of course I haven’t seen everything yet, but I think Singapore has a lot to offer. I am very impressed by the economical developments. In that respect, good governance seems to have worked here. Highlights? There seem to be so many challenging opportunities here! Forward thinking, that sure is a highlight. When I look at the opportunities regarding innovation, creativity, sustainability etc, there is a lot happening. Singapore has great universities and academies, and I think that there are fantastic opportunities for Singapore and the Netherlands when it comes to cooperation, combining our knowledge and using each other’s development power. I like the attitude of ‘can do’ in Singapore, for instance, when you look at modern architecture. I see so many impressive buildings, and I feel proud that some are designed by famous Dutch architects, such as Ben van Berkel and OMA, the world renowned bureau of Rem Koolhaas.”

“I think we have a lot of options to see more and closer cooperation between our countries. In that respect I am, for instance, looking forward to visiting the Asia Pacific Maritime exhibition in March. That is a big thing. There will be a big Dutch pavilion with more than twenty Dutch maritime companies. I can’t wait to go there!”

When asked if he also sees things that can be improved in Singapore, Mr Werner is realistic: “I know that one of the main worries for entrepreneurs, and of course also for the Dutch ones, is how to find and keep employees that add value to the company. People seem to switch jobs easily, which can be frustrating when you need qualified employees. The Dutch embassy of course informs the Singaporean government about our worries regarding this

After being informed that the Magazine would like to hear his suggestion on which ambassador of one of the competing countries we should interview for the next Magazine, Mr Werner says: “I think my Belgian colleague, Gerard Cockx, will be a very good candidate for that.”

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And how about football this summer? As he pointed out at the beginning of the interview, Mr Werner likes to watch sports, especially when there is something to win for the Dutch. When asked if he will come to the Hollandse Club to watch the Dutch games during the football world championships this summer, he hopes that he can be there. “They play in Brazil, so I am very curious at what time the matches will start,” Mr Werner says. “But we will be in Singapore in June, and I must be able to see at least some matches.”

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Teenage Talk:

Oran van Dort & Veerle Gijrath By Evelien Stoel & Maria van Dort

Oran. “This is because my weekends are full with football. But when I do go, I really have a good time. I enjoy the film evenings there with my friends. And at the moment, I enjoy watching The Olympics, especially the speed skating with my family and friends. It was great to see Sven Kramer win a gold medal.” Oran has been living in Singapore for exactly three years and goes to The Overseas Family School. He previously lived in Russia, Papua New Guinea, China and The Netherlands. Veerle has been living here for almost 7 years, having moved when she was 7 years old from The Netherlands. She attends The United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) on Dover Road. Both are in Grade 8 and are 14 years old.

“My weekends are full with football. But when I do go, I really have a good time.” So tell me, what do you do besides going to school and studying? “I have a few hobbies I like to do as an after school activity or in my free time. I play tennis which I really enjoy,” says Veerle. “I take tennis lessons at the Dutch Club and as an after school activity at my school. I also like doing art, such as drawing, sketching, or painting. At the weekends or in my free time I usually hang out with my friends and go to the movies, for example.” “As for me,” says Oran, “I love playing football on Saturdays at The Turf Club with ANZA, and on Sundays I play competition with JSSL League. I also take judo lessons with JAG Sport on Tuesdays, which I really enjoy. And if I have any spare time, I enjoy cooking and photography.” What brings you to the Club? “I usually go to the Club every Friday with my friends,” says Veerle. “I go to swim, play some sports, hang out, and to eat dinner. There is also a Teenage Room, which I go to with my friends as well. On Saturdays, I go to the Club for my tennis lessons. There is also a gym above the tennis courts where you can go whenever you feel like it to do some exercising, which I think is good. I think the Club has some really good activities, sports and lessons that you can do there as well.” “I do not get to go to the Club as much as I would like,” says 30 The Hollandse Club www.hollandseclub.org.sg

What should the Club do to make you go there more often? Veerle thinks the Club is really good and fun. “Maybe it would be even better if the food menu wasn’t changed so much, because the food you can get there is different every time you change the menu,” she says. Oran would like the Club to organise a football event for teenagers, maybe once or twice a year. He feels this would be a great way to meet other teenagers at the Club. What is the best thing you have experienced at the Club? “I really like the swimming pool. It is big, simple and the mini slide in the mini pool is very fun and suitable for small children. Another thing I really like and that attracts teenagers is the movie nights they sometimes have there for entertainment,” says Veerle. Oran agrees with Veerle about the pool. “I think it is a great pool; big and deep and I really enjoy hanging out and swimming there with my friends and siblings.”

“I think the Club has some really good activities, sports and lessons that you can do there as well.” Do you have ideas for the Club? Veerle noticed that in the Teenage Chill Out Room, you have to pay to use the pool table. She feels it should be cheaper because no one plays the game if it costs that much. She enjoys everything else. Oran would like the Internet reception to be enhanced throughout the Club so that he could game on his computer everywhere. At the moment, the best reception is at the Terrace restaurant. What was your best holiday ever and why? “I always like the summer holiday, not because it is the longest,


Kids & Teens but because I go to the Netherlands every summer and I get to see my family and everything in my home country. I also really enjoyed this last Christmas holiday because we went to Bali, which was very entertaining as there were many activities and sports to do,” says Veerle.

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“I do not really have a best holiday,” says Oran. And he went on to say how much he enjoys the long summer holidays in Ireland and The Netherlands with family and friends. “I did go skiing in Spain this year and had a terrific time.”

“I usually go to the Club every Friday with my friends. I go to swim, play some sports, hang out, and to eat dinner.” You probably spend a lot of time on your computer and phone. Fill us in, what are your most popular apps and games? Top 3 apps: Veerle: I am not really much of game or computer person but when I am bored I sometimes play Zynga Poker. I also like Photoshop, Garageband or Logic Pro (must be installed). But I love to watch movies on this website called Megashare and to go on Facebook to chat with my friends. Oran: Snapchat, Facebook, 9gag. Best Game: Veerle: Call of Duty Black Ops. Oran: GTA 5 Best way to communicate with friends? “The best way to communicate with my friends is through Skype. You can easily chat with each other and you can video chat as well, which makes it even easier to communicate. Also Facebook is a good way to talk with each other through chat if that person is online, and of course FaceTime or Tumblr.”

Movie at the Pool you ask a teenager what he or she likes to do best, nine When out of ten will tell you that they love to chill. That’s how the idea of a ‘movie by the pool’ came to life. On a Friday night in January, a group of teenagers were hanging around, amongst some inflatables, in the Hollandse Club pool. What to do better as a teenager, after a week of hard work at school? At first, the group was fooling around in the water, but after a while they were triggered by the movie and started watching. As time went by, chill became chilly for these tropical young adults and some of them got out of the pool to sit on chairs to warm up. Next time it might be an idea to serve hot cocoa...look out for the next date of the movie at the pool. All teenagers are welcome. upcoming event

Again, Oran agrees with Veerle when it comes to communicating with his friends. “Skype is the best,” he says. “Snapchat and Facebook are also great. He always checks his phone before going to bed to see who is online.” Is there something you would like to add to this interview? Veerle has nothing more to say except that she thinks the Dutch Club is really great and there is so much to do there. She recommends that everyone go there at least once while living in Singapore. Oran is happy with the Club and enjoys himself when he is there.

ABOUT MARIA VAN DORT I have been an expat for the past 20+ years, living in various countries around the world. I have lived in China, Vietnam, Saint Lucia, Russia and many more, Singapore been one of them. I have been living here for the last 3 years with my 5 children, Oran, Kealan, Darren, Tara and Ciara, and my lovely husband Hein. Aside from being a busy mother of 5, I love to be active and enjoy going to the gym, playing tennis, jogging and once in a while I play squash; I do this so I can stay fit. I also enjoy photography and learning new languages such as Spanish, which I started two years ago.

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Puzzled Teenagers or Puzzling Teenagers

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Name: Age: Account number HC: Mobile number: Solve the puzzle, fill in your information (see above), cut out this part of the page and give this form to the Hollandse Club reception before April 20th, 2014. You will be notified before April 25th if you are the winner.

Across 3 get 6 tackles 4 often played by smart people 6 I’m very strong 7 I can kick and punch 8 I have to get wet in this sport 9 I use a compass and have good general outdoor knowledge 10 I’m good at wrestling and holding other players 11 played a lot and very well in China 15 team of 15 players

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Down 1 often played by kids with chalk 2 I prefer not to tackle in this game 5 the ball is oblong shaped 12 sometimes my nose bleeds 13 I’m serving first 14 I like to kick goals

Solve the puzzle and win a Ben & Jerry’s or Magnum ice cream! This crossword is designed for teenagers and this month’s theme is Sports. Identify the different sports.

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Behind the Scenes: Bitterballen

Ever wondered how our signature Dutch snack is made?

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f there is one item every member at the Hollandse Club has tried at least once, it has got to be the Bitterballen. These typically Dutch snacks are a smaller, rounder version of the sausage-shaped Croquette containing meat ragout. These deep-fried delicacies are often served as a snack in Dutch bars and cafés, and may also form part of a selection of fried finger foods, called ‘bittergarnituur’. We’ve been making them at the Club for years with the recipe hardly changing over time. It has been on the menu for eons, giving the Dutch in Singapore a little something to remind them of home. Our resident main kitchen cook, Lim Eng Ho, has been making our Bitterballen for more than 15 years and is glad to walk us through the process from scratch. Step 1: First of all, the beef is carefully selected from lean striploin before it is slow cooked, almost to a stew to ensure it is tender and flaky. Once cooked, the tender beef is broken down into tiny flakes by hand. A very important ingredient that is kept from the boiling of the meat is the soupy broth it creates after boiling for hours. This is kept for later on, where it is used to bring the flour together. Step 2: The ingredients. Butter, flour, ‘magic’ spices (pepper, nutmeg, salt), fresh parsley, finely chopped onions, gelatin, fine and coarse breadcrumbs. Step 3: Melt the butter, yup, a lot of it!

‘machine’ he has. This dedicated machine (actually a sausage processor) is used exclusively to turn the paste into little balls. Step 11: Once in balls, they are each rolled into 2 different coatings of breadcrumbs. The first round of breadcrumbs is very fine to evenly coat them. The second round is much more coarse, which gives the Bitterballen a nice crispy outer once fried. Step 12: The Bitterballen are ready to be cooked now. They are transferred from the main kitchen to the sub-kitchen (where most of the Terrace food is cooked) where they are put in the chiller, ready to be deep-fried. Step 13: They are deep-fried for 8 minutes into a nice deep golden brown. Sous Chef, John Tan from the sub-kitchen knows what perfect temperature they should be at. He gives them a quick check. Step 14: Tada! Ready to be eaten!

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Step 4: Once the butter is melted, in goes the flour.

Some interesting number over the season

Step 5: Mix the flour in with the butter.

The festive season of Christmas and New Year’s Eve is long over and the year of the Horse is in full swing. Here are some interesting random facts in numbers from last December.

Step 6: Add in the beef broth to turn the mix into a paste. Step 7: Add all the spices, and mix together. Step 8: The gelatin strips are dissolved and added into the mix, this will make the insides of the Bitterballen nice and gooey. Step 9: The beef is the last ingredient to be added. It is mixed in well and the whole paste is left to set overnight.

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Step 10: 24 hours later – the mix has been left to set overnight in large trays. Mr. Lim gets them ready to be put into the special

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Muscle Building/Toning Interview with Ashraf, Personal Trainer

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t is a well-known fact; the majority of people would like to possess that muscular physique or a flat stomach that they see in a lot of popular magazines. Many people spend hours in the gym without seeing the expected results that they desire. Luckily, we have Ashraf, personal trainer and ex-Singapore Bodybuilder who has been working at the Club gym for almost a decade, on hand to give you some tips and advice to help you meet your training goals. What are the basic principles of building/toning muscle and developing core strength? To begin with, we need to understand that building and toning are both different concepts. For building muscle, the concept evolves around isolating specific muscle groups and training them to a certain level until it achieves a hypertrophy state by engaging and executing it properly without the help from other parts of the body. Toning is normally achieved working with higher reps and lighter weights. Core strength is fundamental to maintaining a well-balanced and healthy body, but is something that needs a consistent focus. It is always best to do it slow and concentrate on technique with the ability to engage our abdominal muscles to execute the workout and not by using our lower back or neck as this can cause imbalance and stress through these parts. It is quite common that some over-train in order to try and achieve quick results – is this healthy for your body and what is generally speaking the recommended number of sessions per week? The phrases ‘over-training’ and ‘working-out-daily’ are always being mixed up. Over-trained muscles may lead to serious injury and can also results in abnormal shapes of the muscle or a weakening or damaging of the muscle to a stage of beyond repair. It is always best to rest the muscle for at least 24 hours before embarking on our next workout, as this will help the muscle to recover and repair itself. For serious body-builders, it is always best to stick to a single major muscle workout a day. For general fitness, we can do it at least 3 to 5 times a week and look to combine all muscle groups in addition to a regular cardio workout. What level of intensity and how long should each workout be? The level of intensity varies from one person to another, from general fitness to a competitive level. For general fitness it is good to workout between 45 minutes and one hour, 3 to 5 times a week without exhausting ourselves. At competitive level, we may be looking at an hour or more, 4 to 6 times a week to break through the barrier of fatigue in order to be able to achieve the desired goals.

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How often should one be looking to change their workout? We have to change our workout routines every 4 – 8 weeks, to keep things fresh and not allow our muscles to endure the same training routine, because eventually progress will plateau as a result. What percentage cardio to weights should one be doing if the main goal is to build/tone muscle? To build and tone it is best to keep a ratio of 30% cardio and 70% weights training. The cardio workout is best kept between 55% and 70% of our maximum heart rate, as this will help us to burn our body fat and not lose our muscle mass. Which is better for weight training and building/toning muscle: free weights or resistance machines? Both can be good and bad. Free weights will be the best option for muscle building because we are able to isolates our movements and work equally on both sides without the needs to compensate the workout more to our stronger side. However, it is very important to ensure the exercises are being executed properly otherwise the risk of getting injured is very high. Resistance machines can also be very beneficial if we are able to isolate the muscle needed to be trained, and the benefit is the risk of getting injured is relative low. But if not carefully done, we will compensate the workout to our stronger side which will lead to over-usage of muscles on one side, which will cause and unevenness in muscle growth or even physical shape. Give me an example of an ideal programme for losing fat and building/toning muscle? From research, interval workouts are proven to be the most effective in order to lose fat and tone the muscle. Interval workouts may vary from time-sequence to sets. However, a good example might be 3 minutes of weights followed by 1 minute of cardio to be repeated between 6 and 10 times. Another decent example might be 3 sets of lower body and 3 sets of upper body weights followed by 3-minute sets of cardio (treadmill, bike or rowing) at 80% to 90% of our maximum heart rate. How much does diet play a role in achieving your fitness objectives? To put in simple words, without a proper diet we can forget about achieving our goals. A good diet will help to sustain the needs of the body, while a bad diet will fail our body in getting what is necessary for the muscle to grow. Are protein supplements necessary if you are training regularly? It is best to stick with natural food for our protein, even when we are training regularly. However, it might be the case that some individuals might need additional protein to stimulate muscle growth over a consistent level.


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Happy New Year to all Members! By David Verlinde (Aquaducks) Development Squad (The Dutch Dolphins) Placement in this class requires that children reach certain criteria, and focuses on perfecting techniques of all four strokes: freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly, as well as proper racing starts, turns and finishes. Children also train to swim longer distances; there are also many swimming competitions throughout the year with The Dutch Dolphins competing in the Neptune League and Triton League races. Adults programme Whether you are an adult beginner or a competent swimmer looking to improve your stroke technique or personal best, or if you are a triathlete or you want to do an Iron Man, then this class is for you. Our coaches will work with you to achieve your personal goals. Dear Members, Swimming is an important lifesaving skill that everyone should possess. Swimming is also healthy for your body and lots of fun. It’s very important for everybody to master these skills and to maintain them, especially for children. Everything that a child learns before they turn 9 years old can be lost if the strokes are not maintained and settled into the muscle memory. We (Aquaducks) are firm believers of fun lessons. We will always try to teach in the most fun and professional way possible. We have taught over 10,000 kids at the Hollandse Club since 1989. Parent and Child Level 1 to 6 (age 6-48 months) Babies are not strangers to water, as they have spent 9 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 practiced when your child displays his/her readiness. The main aim of this programme is for infants to be happy, ‘free’ and safe in the water.

Pre-natal Swimming. A perfect and safe way to relax your body and mind, and maintain your body condition until the day you give birth. Swimming for domestic helpers Apart from learning to swim, the domestic helpers will learn about safety and supervision around the pool and will learn what to do in an emergency. Aqua Aerobics Our coaches will prepare fun training for each level. We will help you to train your body in the water, with music. Water Polo. (the Dutch Merlions) This class will teach the children the game of Water Polo, learning the rules and have fun playing the game. Our coaches will help the kids by giving more technique and tactics correction, with friendly competition against other teams.

Pre-school Level 1 to 6 (age 3-5 years) Personal safety is key to this programme. Our programme is child-centred and we believe in children learning at their own pace with lots of encouragement and fun. Children will develop water confidence, breath control and stamina through games, repetitions and positive reinforcement. Children will also learn basic survival strokes such as the breaststroke and freestyle, gradually increasing in distance and techniques. Learn to Swim (LTS) Level 1 to 5 (age 5 and above) In the Learn to Swim programme, we focus on refining all four stroke techniques: freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. Water Safety, stamina building and excellent stroke technique stands paramount in this programme. This programme enables Dutch children to get their ABC diploma as well. Fun class This class is for children who have already completed their Dutch C Award or Proficiency 4 Award. After receiving these awards, it is important to keep the children swimming to maintain good stroke technique (for long term muscle memory to set in) and build more stamina and good health. During this class, kids will be taught a combination of swimming technique, survival training, junior lifeguard and water polo subjects. Dutch children will be able to get the Zwemvaardigheid/survival/water polo 1,2,3.

Events coming up • Swim camp: Wednesday 2 and 9 April, swim camp for kids aged 4-12 years. • Hollandse Club Championships: 23 March • Club Night: (swim trials for the swim team) Monday 14 April • Neptune League: Round 1 @ Tanglin Club, 2 March • Neptune League: Round 2 @ British Club, 11 May • ABC – Swimming Awards 2014: Round 1, Sunday 16 March Best regards, Aquaducks team. Hollandse Club

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SWIMMING On the evening of 11th February 2014 we held the first round of Club Night Swimming. During the club night all kids are invited to come down to the Club to test their best times against each other in a friendly semi-competitive setting. It’s a fun night to see what kind of progress on timings we have all made from training. The kids with the best timing will be chosen to represent the club for Neptune league throughout the year. It’s also a motivation for all kids to see their progression they made. A total of 45 kids from different age groups joined in this evening. We had a great time and set some great times.

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TENNIS

Coaches Corner

Running Around the Backhand Report by Patrice Plet

JUNIOR PLAYER AWARD! We would like to congratulate Sebastiaan Djisslehoff on receiving the Hollandse Club Junior Player Award for February 2014. This special award will be presented every two months to a junior tennis player who has
 excelled on the court during that month. Effort, Commitment, Skill, Sportsmanship, Dedication and Motivation are some of the main criteria used when determining the Player Award. The Hollandse Club Tennis Professionals collectively vote on the recipient of this award. Name: Sebastiaan Djisslehoff Age: 8 Age started playing: 6 Favourite shot: Topspin Forehand Favourite player: Roger Federer On behalf of the Hollandse Club Tennis Coaching Team - Congratulations to Sebastiaan!

Unfortunately the Junior Pepernoten Tournament got cancelled on a wet and windy day in November, but as you can see the kids thoroughly enjoyed the day anyway judging by these photo’s .

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hich is stronger, your forehand or backhand? If you have a stronger forehand than backhand it is usually because more forehands are hit than backhands and therefore it becomes the more comfortable side. The backhand, to be hit well, involves a grip change and superb positioning, which for most club players are difficult to master. Therefore, I suggest you use your stronger shot, forehand whenever possible. This will then involve running around your backhand. In order to do this you will need to choose the right shot and understand your positioning on the court.

KLM JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS LEAGUE The Hollandse Club has over 22 juniors participating in the 2014 competition starting 15th of February. It’s really great to see young players taking the next step from coaching lessons into competition. The KLM Junior Team Tennis League (KLM JTTL) is a tennis team competition for junior tennis players. It provides valuable match play opportunities and promotes the development of tennis in Singapore. The league is an excellent way to challenge and motivate juniors to play competitive tennis in a fun and supervised environment. The KLM JTTL is sanctioned and jointly organized by the Singapore Tennis Association (STA), the national governing body for tennis in Singapore, and managed by Savitar Tennis. This season there are 81 teams (500+ players) from all over Singapore competing. Players entered vary from under 10s to under 16s. Good luck this season!

The following visualization exercise will help with this: Divide the court lengthwise into four sections, 1-4, from the left of the court (for right handers), with the centerline dividing sections 2 and 3. You should try to hit forehands off balls landing in sections 2, 3 and 4. To do this, you need to decide early that you will have time to more over into section 2 so that you can hit the forehand, moving as fast as possible with side stepping footwork. Once you are in position, which takes that little extra effort, you should hit your forehand shot back across the court… aiming for your opponent’s sections 1 or 2. Do not hit down the line, for this will open up your own court and put you in trouble. Then get back into the center for the next shot. When hitting this “off forehand” you should try to remain in an open stance position with your feet. Run around that weaker backhand and hit away with the stronger forehand to win more Match Points. Good luck! 42 The Hollandse Club www.hollandseclub.org.sg


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Squash Report Report by Paul Roberts

Bill won 3-1 in what was a thoroughly entertaining encounter and should be a lesson to us all in how to play the beautiful game. Well done and thank you to everyone for participating in the event.

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fter a protracted Christmas break our erstwhile squash team returned to the courts slightly heavier and considerably less fit with determination to get back to where we once belonged. To keep us focused, the Hollandse Club hosted our annual Veteran’s Competition and after some considerable cajoling and a fair amount of threats, we managed to get some 35 players to show their talents on the weekend of the 25th January. The competition was split into +40s and +50s, with each age group having 3 levels based on competitors performance in their early round. Eugene decided that his best option was the Plate event and he navigated his way out of the Main event and Shield with consummate ease to ensure that one again he was crowned champion by beating a very game Roy Devlan in the final. In the +50s shield, the final pitted two old war horses against each other with Harvey Glick finally overcoming our friend Nick Cochrane from SICC. The main +50s event saw our own Fred Saarloos taking on a very youthful Colin Robertson of no fixed abode. Despite numerous requests for Colin to produce proof of age, he stoutly declined and beat a very resolute Fred in an interesting final. For the +40s, the Hollandse Club proved once again that our strength lies in our large number of participants with Robson beating Alan in the final of the Plate. In the shield, there was an excellent match between Sandip Talukar and Kelvin Wong. Sandip was two games down and headed for the door when, divine intervention occurred and he fought back to win 3-2. An amazing game of determination, and someone we are looking to add to our books to boost our team (poaching isn’t for everyone but it’s what we do best at the Hollandse Squash Club). Finally, we had the main draw between last year’s winner, Bill Hickling of the British Club against Marc Nicholson of the Tanglin Club. Similar in frame but very different styles of play, with Bill preferring the softer approach, as opposed to Marc’s more aggressive style.

So, where next? Well, we have the National Squash League starting in February and our Vets I will make every effort to reclaim their crown as national champions. Our Vets II and enigmatic E teams will make every effort to improve on last year’s standing (which shouldn’t be too difficult) and have a decent run in both competitions. We have new blood in all teams and so we are hoping (perhaps somewhat naively) for great things this season. We are also going to be organising an internal squash competition which will be played over several months and handicapped, so if there are any budding players out there then please get in touch with Robbie at the Club or any of the people listed below. We also run our internal box games which certainly prove the undoing of some, including yours truly who seems to sink faster than the England cricket team to the depths of the divisions. Otherwise, we hold drill nights on Tuesday where Daniel will put you through your paces and do his best to embarrass you with some very strange excercises. Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons are socials, so if you have any interest then pop down to the squash courts and experience the Club’s steam room experience without the actual steam room. Paul Roberts: 84281793 roberts@alcotra.ch Daniel Gelinas: 97254198 daniel.gelinas@sc.com Fred Saarloos: 96151144 fredsaarloos@yahoo.com Roos Stokes: 97526040 mail@rossstokes.com

Day: Mondays Time: 10am - 11am Location: Rotterdam Room Members: $18/session Non Members: $23/session Term Start: 10 March Term Ends: 26 May

NEW YOGA INSTRUCTOR: CRYSTAL LI

Crystal found yoga by accident in 2011 when she moved from New York City to Singapore. She first turned to yoga as way to exercise and de-stress, but her first yoga class sparked a lifelong journey to learn more about her body and mind. She is certified by Yoga Alliance and completed her 200-hour teacher training in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains, at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram, in Rishikesh, India, in 2013. She also completed teacher training with Rainbow Kids Yoga to advance her desire to share yoga with kids of all ages.

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Sports & Recreation

Club Activities Contacts

CLASS

DAY

TIME

VENUE

INSTRUCTOR

CONTACT

A Aerobics (Step)

Wednesday

0900 - 1000

Rotterdam

Ann Yang

Aqua Aerobics

Monday

1100 - 1200

Swimming pool

Marina

Aqua Spin

Friday

0900 - 1000

Swimming pool

AquaSpin

9815 0239 6461 1159 9225 7310 9321 6200

Friday

1000 - 1100

Swimming pool

AquaSpin

9321 6200

B Basketball (7 – 10 years)

Sunday

1000 - 1100

Multi Purpose

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

D Domestic Helper Swimming

Tuesday

1100 - 1200

Swimming Pool Mauro Hernandez

9725 4198

H Hockey (Ladies)

Wednesday

2000 - 2100

CCAB

Clara Nieuwenhuijzen

8200 4783

Caroline Hagenouw

8522 5090

Hockey (Men)

Wednesday

2100 - 2200

CCAB

Egbert Abrahams

9235 4449

Hockey (Youth)

Tuesday Sunday

1900 - 2000 0900 - 1100

CCAB CCAB

Vivian van der Loo Vivian van der Loo

9002 3632 9002 3632

J Judo (Children Beginners)

Monday

1600 - 1700

Rotterdam

Gerard Lim

9750 6305

Wednesday

1600 - 1700

Rotterdam

Gerard Lim

9750 6305

Wednesday

Rotterdam

Gerard Lim

9750 6305

Rotterdam

Gerard Lim

9750 6305

Judo (Children Intermediate)

Friday

1700 - 1800 Youri- 1800 1700

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

2000 - 2100

Rotterdam

Peter Robertson

9681 1927

Kickboxing (Ladies)

Wednesday

1030 - 1130

Rotterdam

Peter Robertson

9681 1927

Tuesday

1000 - 1130

Rotterdam

Sports & Recreation

6461 1151

Gym

Ashraf

8180 6610

M Moms & Tots

P Personal Training

By Appointment

Youri Kruse

9739 7610

Pilates

Tuesday

1200 - 1300

Rotterdam

Ann Yang

9815 0239

Thursday

2000 - 2100

Rotterdam

Ann Yang

9815 0239

Prenatal Swimming

Monday

1200 - 1300

Swimming Pool

Marina Stuppacher

9725 4198

S Soccer/Voetbal

Monday

1830 - 1900

Multi Purpose

Marilou Rubio

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

Saturday

1400 - 1700

Squash court

Daniel Gelinas

Various

Swimming pool

David Verlinde

9725 4198 6461 1159 9225 7310 9856 5090

Swimming Lessons/Competition Mon-Sat

T Taekwondo

Thursday

1700 – 1800

Rotterdam

Raymond Chin

9181 0827

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

Annelous

9109 2856

Sunday

1600 – 1800

Tennis court

Annelous

9109 2856

Tennis (Ladies Competition)

Friday

0900 - 1200

Tennis court

Pauline

8168 2084

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)

Tennis court

Mr Wee

9673 4851

Swimming Pool

David Verlinde

9856 5090

W Water Polo (8 - 16yrs)

Mon-Sat

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Thursdays

Various 1800 - 1900


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Sports & Recreation

Classes: Children Beginners & Children Intermediate Term Start Date: 6th January Term End Date: 16th April

Term Start Date: 11th January Term End Date: 29th March

Term Start Date: 8th January Term End Date: 26th March

Classes: Ladies & Teens above 13 + Mixed Adults Term Start Date: 14th January Term End Date: 26th March

Start Date: 19th January End Date: 30th March

Classes: Ladies & Teens above 13 + Mixed Adults Term Start Date: 6th January Term End Date: 28th March

Term Start Date: 7th January Term End Date: 27th March

Classes: Ladies & Teens above 13 + Mixed Adults Term Start Date: 22nd January Term End Date: 26th March

Classes: Age 7 - 10 & Age 11 - 13 Term Start Date: 12 January Term End Date: 13th April

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.

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Library

Featured Books Featured new books for the months of March and April.

“In January we had to say goodbye to one of our volunteers Mrs.Joossien Dessing.We thank her for all the work she did for the Library and we wish her and her family all the best in New Zealand.”

The Library Team: Hian Tan, Liesbeth van der Hulst, Cora Smouter, Angela Bowskill, Susanne Westerbeek, Nina Gunasingham Pillai, Ellen Goense.

De Bibliothecaresse van Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe In concentratiekamp Auschwitz verbergt de 14 jarige Dita onder haar jurk de kleinste en meest clandestiene bibliotheek die ooit heeft bestaan. Een ontroerend en waargebeurd verhaal over de moed van een jong meisje en de kracht van boeken in de verschrikkelijkste omstandigheden.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Choskby Is a deeply coming of age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poiganant roller coaster days known as growing up.

Toen Ik Je Zag

Hemelvaart by Judith Koelemeijer Zomer 1985. 6 meiden vieren vakantie op de Griekse eilanden. 5 meiden en een doodskist keren terug. 25 jaar later ontrafelt Judith dit drama. Wat was de invloed van het overlijden van Annette op het leven van de betrokkenen? Enwaarom lopen hun herinneringen aan die fatale nacht zo uiteen?

by Isa Hoes dit boek vertelt Isa over het leven met haar grote liefde Antonie, vanaf het moment dat ze elkaar leren kennen tot de periode na zijn dood. Een indrukwekkend en aangrijpend relaas over het leven met een partner die manisch-depressief is.

Ventoux by Bert Wagendorp In 1982 verongelukt de jonge, veelbelo ende dichter Peter op de Mont Ventoux. 30 jaar later gaan zijn 5 beste vrienden, 4 mannen en 1 vrouw, terug naar de Provence.

Butcher’s Crossing by John Williams In 1873 neemt Will deel aan een van de laatste grote jachten op de bizons. Terwijl hij als een bezetenen in de weer is om elke nog levende bizon te doden, worden de mannen in het nauw gedreven door de snel invallende winter en leert Will meer van zijn land dan hij ooit had kunnen voorzien.

De spelregels van Floor by Marjon Hoffman De spelregels van Floor (8 - 10 jaar) Regel 1. Als oudere kinderen je iets vragen, moet je altijd heel goed nadenken voor je antwoord geeft. (en nog 13 praktische regels van Floor)

Heifetz as I knew him The 2 private by Ayke Agusinvestigators have their The aged Heifetz,the violinist of the century,had much to tell and Ayke Agus absorbed it all.For the last fifteen years of Jascha Heifetz’s life,Ayke Agus was his closest companion.She came to him as a violin student in his master class at the University of Soutern Calofornia, but he singled her out when he heard her play the piano. She became his private accompanist and ultimately his assistant and confidante.She fulfills his wish,to write a book about him after his death,with this astounding pottrait,drawn with honesty,understanding,humor,and devotion.

Pensionado’s by Van Sambeek Een heerlijk zomers boek over ouder worden en jong blijven, over de waarde van vriendschap en de vergankelijkheid van het leven.

De dikke Lena Lijstje by Francine Oomen

De dikke Lena Lijstje (8 - 10 jaar) Alle 4 de delen bij elkaar (meer dan 500 pagina’s).Heb je niet zo snel uit dus! En... je krijgt er spierballen van.

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Hollandse Club Magazine: March/April 2014