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Peter Chen Contributes In Memory of His Late Wife

Your Zodiac Forecast for 2013


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Soup Homemade Cream of Mushroom

Soup Homemade Cream of Mushroom

Traditional Favourites Roast Christmas Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing, Baked Salmon Teriyaki, Honey Baked Boneless Ham with Pineapple Sauce, Roast Potatoes with Mixed Herbs, Buttered Brussels Sprout, Deep-fried Breaded Prawns Tartar Sauce and Spaghetti with Chicken Bolognese Sauce

Traditional Favourites Sirloin of Beef with Red Wine Sauce, Baked Salmon Teriyaki, Honey Baked Boneless Ham with Pineapple Sauce, Roast Potatoes with Mixed Herbs, Buttered Cauliflower & Broccoli, Deep-fried Breaded Prawns Tartar Sauce, Spaghetti with Chicken Bolognese Sauce

Desserts Christmas Log Cake, English Fruit Cake, Fresh Fruit Platter

Desserts English Fruit Cake, Chocolate Brownie, Fresh Fruit Platter

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Editor B. Kula l Writer Roopinder Kaur



Main Line: 6796 9988 Fax: 6796 9989

Bowling Alley Tel: 6796 9964 Daily 10.00am – 11.00pm Spa Wellness Centre Daily 7.30am – 10.30pm

Get Connected, Stay Connected DECEMBER 2012 – FEBRUARY 2013

[Closed every Tue, Thu and Sat for regular cleaning of Spa Pools from 7.30 – 10am] [Closed every 1st Sun of the month at 8pm for routine maintenance works]

Swimming Pool Daily 7.30am – 10.00pm [Closed every Tue, Thu and Sat for regular cleaning from 7.30 – 10am]

Gymnasium Daily 7.30am – 9.30pm [Closed every 1st Sun of the month from 8pm onwards for routine maintenance works]


Tennis Courts Daily 8.00am – 10.00pm Pool Room Mon – Sat : 10.00am – 10.00pm Sun : Closed

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES Jackpot Room Tel: 6796 9967 Daily 10.00am – 12.00 midnight Karaoke Hall Mon – Thu : 4.00pm – 1.00am Fri – Sat : 4.00pm – 2.00am Sun : 6.00pm – 1.00am

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Loyalty benefits for you

Thirty-two bursary awards to be given out this year


SPGG 33rd Annual General Meeting


President’s Thoughts


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Lustre Lounge Mon – Thu : 4.00pm – 1.00am Fri – Sat : 4.00pm – 2.00am Sun : 6.00pm – 1.00am

20 Feng Shui for your home

Poolside Café Daily & PH: 11.00am – 10.00pm

20 IPPFA Economic outlook 2013

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New management staff at SPGG SP Principal declares SPGG signage open A brand new Front Lobby to welcome you with pride

Features 12 Peter Chen contributes in memory

21 Countdown 2013 – Oppan Gangnam Nite

Wine & Dine 22 Join us in our Festive Celebrations 24 Enjoy our Singapore Favourites

of his late wife

14 Your zodiac forecast for 2013 16 Mid-Autumn fun at SPGG

Past Events 17 The art of face reading 18 Jin Yong was our ninja warrior in

Sasuke Singapore

19 Walking down memory lane

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Nesh Selvaraj General Manager Stella Tan Finance Manager Charlie Lee F&B Manager Priscilla Tan Sales & Marketing Manager B. Kula Marcom Manager Fiona Low Membership Services Manager Shyam Rambini Asst Operations Manager Ann Ani Acting Head, Lifestyle, Sports & Wellness Priscilla Sanaseei Senior Membership Sales & Marketing Officer Mohd Rudiawan Banquet Sales Manager Kristine Chelladurai Banquet Sales Executive Roopinder Kaur Public Relations Executive Eugene Quah Information Technology Executive


Guild News


Loyalty Benefit Voucher For You

As a token of our appreciation to our members for SPGG’s better than expected surplus of $1.063 million in FiscalYear 2012, we have recently mailed out a $10 Loyalty Benefit Voucher to every active member who had joined us by 31 July this year. If you are eligible (all Ordinary, Life and Associate members) and have yet to receive the Voucher, please call Membership Services now at 6796 9988. Please note that the Voucher can only be utilised at either the Poolside Café or The Restaurant from 1 November 2012 to 30 April 2013. We wish to once again thank you for your continuing support.

Festive Operating Hours Please take note of the following operating hours during the festive period: • Monday, 24 December 2012 (Christmas Eve) All outlets will be in operation as usual except the Admin Office which will close at 1.00pm. • Tuesday, 25 December 2012 (Christmas Day/PH) All outlets will be in operation as usual except the Admin Office. • Monday, 31 December 2012 (New Year’s Eve) All outlets will be in operation as usual except the Admin Office & Poolside Cafe which will operate till lunch only. • Tuesday, 1 January 2013 (New Year’s Day/PH) All outlets will be in operation as usual except the Admin Office. •

Saturday, 9 February 2013 (CNY Eve) The Admin Office, Jackpot Room & Lustre Lounge will be closed. The Front Office, Poolside Cafe & Bowling Centre will operate till 2pm. The Restaurant will be only be operating from 6.00pm for Dinner.

• Sunday, 10 February 2013 (CNY 1st Day/ PH) All outlets will be closed. • Monday, 11 February 2013 (CNY 2nd Day/ PH) All outlets will be in operation as usual except the Admin Office, The Restaurant & Lustre Lounge. • Tuesday, 12 February 2013 (CNY 3rd Day/ PH) All outlets will be in operation as usual except the Admin Office.  

Enjoy a game of Pool on any Sat

at a Hefty Discount Member: Guest:

Mon-Fri Sat $6.00+ $4.50+ $9.00+ $5.50+

Lustre Lounge invites you to have a jolly good time!

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President’s THOUGHTS

Singapore Polytechnic Graduates’ Guild

The Re-branding of SPGG has Begun Patron Mr. Chan Soo Sen

Dear Fellow Member,

Honorary Members

Our heartfelt thanks to you for attending and supporting the 33 Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 20 October at the Grand Ballroom. rd

Your endorsement of our financial statements for the last Fiscal Year (FY) and our plans for the ongoing FY are most appreciated and we will do our utmost to serve you well till we meet again at the next AGM. Rest assured, our re-branding plans are already underway, with the 3rd phase of our renovation to begin shortly. In just a matter of 2 months, you will witness a new, warm and inviting Front Lobby with a face-lifted front desk, coffee bar and jackpot and study rooms. New Management Staff Members And now with the club having a full complement of staff - Sales and Marketing Manager Priscilla to look into re-branding and revenue matters, Banquet Sales Manager Rudi to beef up banquet sales and Assistant Operations Manager Shyam to oversee the operational needs of the club - we are equipped with the key software to work towards our goal of making SPGG a ‘Club of Distinction with activities of diversity’! SPGG Endowment Fund & Bursary 2013 We would now like to extend a special thank you to Mr Peter Chen, our Honorary Member, who is contributing $40,000 to our soon-to-be launched SPGG Endowment Fund. We are most grateful to him and to all who have generously contributed to this good cause to give a gift of education to needy SP students. So far we have already raised $200,800! Still on the subject of bursary, we wish to share another piece of good news with you! We will be giving out bursaries worth $400 each on 8 Dec to 32 SP students whose families are facing financial difficulties. Official Opening Ceremony of SPGG Signage Now it gives me great pleasure to announce that we had an official opening ceremony for the brand new SPGG Signage at Gate 4 on 6 November, with SP Principal Tan Hang Cheong as the Guest of Honour. We just wish to say once again ‘Thank You SP’ for sponsoring the signage, which we are all proud of! Activities Aplenty How time flies! December is already here, and as usual the Club has lined up a string of activities for you to participate in. Do take part in them, especially in our Countdown 2013 party on 31 December, themed ‘Oppan Gangnam Nite!’.

Mr. Lim Chin Aik Mr. Peter Chen Dr. Khoo Kay Chai Mr. Low Wong Fook Mr. Tan Hang Cheong

The Executive Committee President Mr. Vincent Lim 1st Vice President Chairman, Corp Comm & Marketing Mr. Ng Hoo Yin 2nd Vice President Chairman, Member & Student Welfare Mr. Tay Choon Mong Honorary General Secretary Mr. Jimmy Lim Honorary Treasurer Chairman, Special Facilities Projects Mr. Wong Kian Keong Honorary Assistant General Secretary Chairman, Lifestyle & Wellness Mr. Raymond Tay Honorary Assistant Treasurer Mr. Henry Yeo Chairman, Sports Mr. Victor Lye Chairman, Membership Strategic Planning Mr. Gerald Ng Chairman, Membership Services Ms. Cindy Ang Chairman, Food & Beverage Mr. Willy Wong Chairman, Operations Facilities Management Mr. Tham Choon Kin

Till you hear from me again, we wish you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! And to those who will be celebrating the Lunar New Year in Feb, Gong Xi Fa Cai! Cheers! Vincent Lim President

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Guild News

Thirty-two SPGG Bursary Awards to be given out this year Thirty-two students from our alma mater, Singapore Polytechnic, will be receiving bursaries worth $400 each at the SPGG Bursary Awards 2013 luncheon on Saturday, 8 December at the Aster Room. With none of our SPGG membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; children applying for a bursary this year, all our resources totalling $12,800 will be given out to SP students, who are facing difficulties in continuing with their SP education due to the financial hardship of their families. The Bursary selection was done on 23 October by the SPGG Bursary Award panel consisting of SPGG Member Mr Lim Wei Cai, Chairman of Member and Student Welfare Tay Choon Mong, Assistant Honorary Treasurer Henry Yeo, SP Alumni Relations Manager Rachel Lou and Director of SP Alumni Relations Office and Industry Services Song Nay Hay.

New Look for Mahjong Rooms The Mahjong Rooms have been given a new lease of life with a fresh coat of paint and new furniture to enhance your gaming pleasure. Enjoy it, and please play by the Rules and Regulations of the Mahjong Rooms for the benefit of all!

Designated Smoking Areas in SPGG Please be informed that with immediate effect, there will be only two designated smoking areas in the premises â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Piano Lounge at the Front Lobby and the corner outside the Pool and Darts Room.

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Your Family Members Can Enjoy SPGG Membership Privileges Too For just an additional $10 subscription per month, your spouse and your children between the ages of 16 and 21 years can enjoy SPGG club membership privileges as a supplementary cardholder. Sign up your immediate family members now under the Family Privilege scheme! Kindly call 6796 9988 or e-mail for details.

The 33rd Annual General Meeting SPGG held its 33rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, 20 October at the Grand Ballroom with a turnout of 74 members comprising 28 Life, 42 Ordinary and 4 Associate members. President Vincent Lim called the meeting to order at 1.30pm and proceeded to give an overview of the Guild’s past year achievements, events held, and issues and challenges faced before confirming the Minutes of the 32nd AGM, held on 28 Oct 2011. President Lim was pleased to announce that besides achieving a record cash balance of about $2.73 million in the last Fiscal Year (FY), our Food & Beverage operations had also seen a profit for the first time in the history of SPGG! What’s more, our Jackpot takings had increased by 25% when compared to the previous FY. Mr Lim was extremely grateful to Singapore Polytechnic as he shared the good news with members that SP would forego the cumulative interest of $1.05 million owing to them. This would thereby reduce the outstanding principal sum to $2.175 million and would allow SPGG to settle the dues by 2018! Several achievements over the last FY included the completion of the renovation of the Poolside Café and Lustre Lounge (formerly known as the Prince Edward Lounge), the successful mass media membership recruitment campaign, the introductions of many new members’ benefits, the forming of 5 interest groups, the setting up of the SPGG Endowment Fund and also our reciprocal and affiliate tie-ups with local and overseas clubs. On the membership front, we had seen a record high recruitment of 385 new members – an increase of 56% from the previous FY. SPGG also welcomed three new Corporate Members in FY 12, namely the Marketing Institute of Singapore (MIS), Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD). Mr Lim also emphasised that SPGG would continue to strengthen its ties with our alma mater, the Singapore Polytechnic, and other alumni groups in Singapore such as NUSS and NAA, and also other local social clubs such as

President Lim (centre) addressing the members with Hon Gen Sec Jimmy Lim (left) and Hon Treasurer KK Wong (right)

On the membership front, we had seen a record high recruitment of 385 new members – an increase of 56% from the previous FY.

Hon Gen Sec Jimmy Lim (extreme right) with members at the Buffet Lunch

Member Lim Meng Tong posing a question to the President

SIA Group Sports Club and Hollandse Club. He spoke at length on the future plans including the upcoming renovation of the Front Lobby, Jackpot Room, Study Room and Business Centre. He said that this would be followed by a next phase of renovation to The Restaurant, enhancements of Spa facilities, and also the re-branding SPGG to realise our Vision, and more! With no further matters to discuss, the AGM came to an early end at 3.20pm. DEC 2012 - FEB 2013




Guild News

New Management Staff at SPGG

Priscilla Tan Sales & Marketing Manager Ms Priscilla Tan came on board SPGG on 22 October as a Sales and Marketing Manager. In her new post, Priscilla will oversee all sales and marketing efforts, drive more membership sales with interesting marketing programs, elevate the SPGG brand with more social and corporate tie ups for greater brand visibility in the marketplace, and engage the youth segment through social media and relevant events to build brand interaction and sustainable membership growth. Priscilla brings with her over 10 years of sales and marketing experience in various establishments namely Shangri-la hotel and resort, Mediacorp and latest being LG Electronics where she handled the marketing for the Home Entertainment range of products. Her Message to members: “We will continue to make SPGG a member-centric club. Look forward to seeing all of you at our year end Countdown Party!

Mohd Rudiawan Banquet Sales Manager Rudiawan joined us as Banquet Sales Manager in August. A graduate from SHATEC in culinary skills and also a Business Management graduate from MDIS, he has been in the banquet industry for 14 years. He started off his career in the kitchen for 7 years and slowly made his way out into the service aspects of the Food and Beverage industry. Rudiawan spent the next 7 years in events catering and management. His achievements include the National Day Parade 2012; rehearsal and actual for over 14,000 participants, execution of wedding events, product launches and cocktail parties for corporate clients like BMW, Orange Tee and National Kidney Foundation. He was also instrumental in the planning and the running of the 25th year anniversary of the PAP PCF Group.  At SPGG, Rudiawan hopes to excel in his position as a Banquet Sales Manager and bring new sales revenue for the banquet department. He also wishes to foster a great sense of camaraderie and build a positive and cheery bond between SPGG members and Staff.

Mark Chan Executive Sous Chef Mark Chan joined SPGG in June as an Executive Sous Chef and is overseeing the Poolside Café kitchen and also assisting the Executive Chef in the kitchen operations of the Restaurant in his absence. A foodie himself, Mark started off his career as a steward in the kitchen doing dishes and slowly developed his passion for cooking. An opportunity arose for him in his hometown, Klang in Kuala Lumpur where he worked in a 3-star hotel before getting his first real break at Renaissance Hotel in KL where he worked for a year. Moving on, he spent 10 years in Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, rising proudly from a Cook to a Chef De Partie. Prior to joining SPGG, he held positions as a Sous Chef at a buffet restaurant ‘Kaleidescope ‘ in Atlantis The Palms, Dubai; Head Chef in SevenAteNine restaurant from the Soul Out Group, Kuala Lumpur, and the last was as the Head Chef of Tapas Wine Bar at Holland Village. His goal is to ensure that he can put a smile on every customer’s face and fill their tummies with delicious, clean and fun-filling food. As Mark puts it “Simplicity is the best way to go, Bon appétit!” 6 < DEC 2012 - FEB 2013

SP Principal declares SPGG Signage Open Guest of Honour and Principal of Singapore Polytechnic, Tan Hang Cheong, officially declared open the SPGG Signage at the main entrance of the club on Tuesday, 6 November.

Our GOH did it in style by cutting a red ribbon to set free into the sky a whole lot of red and gold balloons that were covering the SPGG signage after a roaring welcome from SP’s very own lion dancers. Witness to this Official Opening Ceremony were SP’s key management staff and our Executive Committee members, who were first treated to a cocktail reception at the Piano Lounge before proceeding to the Carnation Room for a sumptuous lunch. There, our SPGG President Vincent Lim thanked SP and its Principal for sponsoring the signage and setting the path for a new era of co-operation between SPGG and SP, our alma mater. As a token of our appreciation, President Lim then presented a small replica of the signage to Singapore Polytechnic and Mr Tan. And with live music flowing from the students of the School of Diploma of Music and Audio Technology (DMAT), everyone enjoyed the 8-course sit down lunch that followed until it was time to say goodbye at 2.00pm.

taxi taxi It was all ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ on 25 July as Director Kelvin Sng, cast and crew of upcoming movie Taxi! Taxi! were seen shooting a scene at the drop off area at SPGG! Members and staff of SPGG were star struck as they saw their favourite actor, Gurmit Singh up close and personal. Taxi! Taxi! (starring Mark Lee, Gurmit Singh, Jazreel Low, Gan MeiYan, Lai Meng, Chua Jin Sen and Roysten Ong) is a social comedy set in the metropolitan citystate of Singapore, told through the encounters of two characters who are in what is widely perceived as the most sociable profession on the island – taxi drivers. Inspired by famed blogger Dr Cai Mingjie’s real life accounts as a taxi driver in his bestseller “Diary of a Taxi Driver: True Stories From Singapore’s Most Educated Cabdriver”, the movie follows the trials and tribulations of a retrenched microbiology scientist, Professor Chua, as he turns to taxi driving after several failed job attempts. Catch Taxi! Taxi! at cinemas near you on 3 January 2013!

SPGG staff with Director Kelvin Sng (centre with a cap) and actors Paul Foster (extreme left at the back) and Gurmit Singh (centre back).

Actors Gurmit Singh (left as the taxi driver) and passenger Paul Foster (right) at a scene for their upcoming movie. DEC 2012 - FEB 2013




Guild News


A Brand New Front Lobby to Welcome You with Pride

A transformation awaits to excite your visits, inspire your stay and renew your passion and pride for your Graduates’ Guild! In our continuous efforts to achieve the Club’s Vision and Mission, a new chapter is about to begin at SPGG where you can expect to be rejuvenated after each visit and be inspired to return for more! The catalyst to this entire transformation will start with the renovation of the Front Lobby area, scheduled to commence shortly. And with the upgrading works expected to complete by the dawn of the Lunar New Year, you can look forward to a warm and inviting ambience with spruced up facilities to welcome you! The extensive renovation will add a new dimension to the club’s illustrious history, boasting an open and contemporary décor with new concepts being applied to the Lobby area, Coffee Bar, Front Desk, and study and jackpot rooms.

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9 A total of 17 vendors visited the Club during the Request for Proposal site briefing on 5 September. Seven keen vendors submitted their proposals on tender closing dateline. After an intensive review of all proposals by the Task Force, it was decided to award the contract to X-Treme Design & Associates for its concept and design that closely matched the Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vision and Mission. The new lobby will feature a brand new SPGG history wall, a new display of the Vision and Mission statements, and two specially installed LED panels to keep members updated on happenings, ongoing promotions, functions and activities at the Club.

Front Office The Lobby with enhanced features and an enclosed front desk will create a distinctive Club experience for members and their guests that we all can be proud of.

Study Room A modern and contemporary study room with increased capacity for members will sit nicely behind the waiting lounge at the lobby area, next to the new reception. Brightly designed with refreshing dĂŠcor, it will give an energised feel and inspire your creative juices.

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Coffee Bar A new concept Coffer Bar will emerge from the existing Study Room with al fresco seating and indoor comfort for a relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee and tea, a variety of espresso drinks and a wide range of tempting, mouth-watering light snacks. Just a perfect setting for business and relaxation!

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Jackpot Room Be enamoured by the new ambience and atmosphere, boasting richly designed carpet and lightings for visual feast and comfort feet while enjoying casino-type fruit machines.

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Peter Chen Contributes In Memory of His Late Wife

Endowment Fund

Interview with Mr Peter Chen, our Honorary Member Mr Peter Chen, who was the former Senior Minister of State for Education, has just contributed $40,000 to the soon-to-be launched SPGG Endowment Fund. Fission caught up with him recently to find out about what had motivated him to support this cause.

Fission (F)

Peter Chen (PC)

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F: What prompted you to donate to the SPGG Endowment Fund? PC: My association with SPGG goes back to the beginning of 1997 when I assumed the office of Senior Minister of State for Education. Ever since my retirement in late 2001, I have maintained contact with you and was honoured with an Honorary Membership. I first heard about the idea of SPGG starting an Endowment Fund for SP students from Mr Jimmy Lim, who was then the SPGG President, almost two years ago. Quite fittingly, he is now the Chairman of the SPGG Endowment Fund. The initiative coming from SPGG is a really meaningful act of kindness, care and compassion, but more than that! It is a touching expression of gratitude, appreciation and thanks for what the alma mater SP and what Society have done for all of you. There is a well worn Chinese expression 饮水思源 (“When you drink, you always remember the

source of the water”). However hackneyed the expression may have become, there is no better way to symbolise how SPGG feels about the Endowment Fund. This prompted me to recall what a small group of former students of my late wife did in 2007. They were from the Class of 1977’s E/6 of New Town Secondary School (NTSS), 30 years before. This small group are no longer students! They are today successful professionals in various fields: University Professor, Anesthesiologist, a Group Director in URA, Human Resource Consultant. Unknown to me, they organised their fellow class mates of 30 years ago and started an award for the students of NTSS in memory of my late wife Mrs Chen Hup Ee. Coincidentally the NTSS today is just next door to SPGG. In her speech at the first award ceremony, the former student Ms Fun Siew Leng, now Group Director of Director Urban Planning and Design of URA, said, “Most of us came from low to middle-income families … It was the teachers who made the difference. They gave so much in making our lessons interesting, pushing and challenging us so that we were inspired to make the grade… It is one of these teachers whom I would like to single out for mention … Our form teacher, the late Mrs Chen Hup Ee, took us for Secondary 3 and insisted with the Principal then, that she be assigned us through Secondary 4 as well. She built confidence and selfesteem in us. She was perceptive and could spot students facing problems either at school or home and went about helping us. Never in an obtrusive way – she was always subtle. Never pushy – she just showed that she cared ... Even today, I remember some of her lessons vividly. I remember her feisty spirit and her love for life and teaching.”

PC: The cause of SPGG’s Endowment has been very well expressed, i.e., to ensure that “needy SP students who are experiencing financial hardship are able to get a bursary – even though they are not academically outstanding.” I was very happy to hear the Principal of SP, Mr Tan Hang Cheong explain to me the selection criteria for recipients of the bursaries that will be given under the SPGG Endowment and some other similar Endowment funds in SP. There is no shortage of financial help for those who perform brilliantly in their academic results. The academically brilliant will be channeled into the numerous scholarships available to them. But what about the less brilliant? They too deserve a chance and it is for them that we can “make a difference” with the financial help they need and the encouragement for them to make the effort to do even better.

F: What do you hope to achieve with your contribution? PC: Each individual’s contribution is but a drop in the ocean, but collectively I hope that it swells into the “mighty ocean” of compassion of care for others and becomes the catalyst that will push and challenge everyone to do better and achieve his full potential. F: Is there anything else SPGG should do to promote this cause? PC: To reach out to more of the SP alumni. Find a way to group smaller donors, if possible. F: Are you looking forward to meeting the beneficiaries of your contribution?

It is my late wife’s life-long pursuit as a teacher, in wanting to “make a difference” in her students and “she just showed that she cared” that have prompted me to make this donation in her memory.

PC: Occasionally, so that I can get a sense of whether the Endowment is achieving its objectives.

F: What do you Endowment cause?

PC: Tell them about the care and encouragement of the donors for the recipients. And the hope of the donors that the recipients too would, one day, stretch out their hand – to give!





“ To give a gift of education to the needy SP students who have fallen through the cracks of existing bursary schemes and are unable to get any other funding”

F: What would you like to say to the bursary recipients of this Endowment Fund?

For more information on the SPGG Endowment Fund, please contact: Mr Jimmy Lim Chairman, SPGG Endowment Fund

Mr Nesh Selvaraj General Manager

HP : 9788 0246 E-mail :

SPGG Tel : 6796 9988 E-mail :

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Your Zodiac Forecast for

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Empower yourself with insightful forecasts of your health, wealth, career, romance and overall fortune in the upcoming Year of the Water Snake!

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Past Events

Mid-Autumn Fun at SPGG

Our Guild was buzzing with Mid-Autumn Celebration activities on Saturday, 22 September. There was a mini bazaar, great music by the Singapore Polytechnic students of Diploma in Music and Audio Technology (DMAT) and most important of all – great company! The mini bazaar started off the celebrations at 4pm with booths dealing with clothes, IT accessories, face-painting, aura reading and manicure and pedicure. DMAT students filled the air with evergreen mandarin and English tunes while the gorgeous Chang Er met and greeted everyone who attended the party. An entertaining Puppeteer Show by Mascots & Puppets Specialists, Streets of Singapore, wowed everyone present . Games were also not left out of the celebration! The children’s lantern making competition was particularly a hit, with the kids coming up with many creative designs. The little ones all went home happy as each and everyone of them were rewarded with at least a consolation prize. The adults had their share of the fun too, participating in a Pomelo Peeling competition! The fastest pomelo peeler was timed under a minute and he walked away with a bottle of wine as the top prize. The celebration came to an end with a lantern walk around the SP Sports Complex. With the children lighting up the traditional lanterns provided in their goodie bags and walking together as one big SPGG family, SPGG achieved its aim of reminding the young of the importance of celebrating such festivities.

Happy Children’s Day It was all grins at this year’s Children’s Day weekend from 5-7 October at SPGG! Our Events team went up to all the children that were in the premises to present them with balloons and goodie bags to make their day!

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The Art of

Face Reading Master Emily from New Trend Lifestyle shared her knowledge about Facial Analysis – The Art of Face Reading – with 33 participants at the Aster Room on Tuesday, 25 September.

Eyebrows shaped like willow leaves * She has a heart of gold and is kind-hearted.

Defining face reading as “what’s hidden in you can be shown on your face”, she spoke on how one can judge a person’s character, thoughts, and good or bad intentions just by looking at a person. According to Emily, an important tool to face reading is “Wu Guan” or facial features. She gave insights on how one is able to foretell a person’s fortune just based on the following features:

thoughts. They are cheerful and nothing seems to worry them. Such ladies always face the world with optimism.

• Eye-brow: corresponds to health and social status. • Eye: corresponds to a person’s will power, good or bad personality. • Nose: corresponds to a person’s wealth and health. • Mouth: corresponds to a person’s luck and chances of meeting a benefactor. • Ear: corresponds to one’s life span and karma. The Master went on to say that our face has three sections which depict our fate at a certain age frame. For example, the upper section (from the forehead to the eye-brow), it governs the fate from age 15 to 30 while the middle section (eye-brow to the nose) reveals our fate from age 31 to 50 and lastly, the lower section (nose to the chin) tells about the fate from age 51 and beyond! She ended the evening with tips on how single men and women can look out for suitors based on their facial features. Some of the great illustrations were:

Good Wife Features

* A face shaped like the character“田”

She is meticulous, open-minded and popular. She likes to make friends and help others and if her friends are in trouble, she will do all she can to help them.

Here’s how you can analyse a person’s face with the help of this diagram >>

Clear eyes * Ladies with such eyes are usually innocent with pure untainted

Red lips and white teeth * Such ladies do not throw tantrums and prefer a more stable

lifestyle. All she enjoys is a peaceful life. She takes care of her husband and has the strength to keep the family together.

Good Husband Features High and broad forehead * The forehead indicates a person’s career fortune. A high, broad and full forehead indicates a smooth career. Not only will you have good fortune but it will also benefit your loved ones.

Upright gaze with eyes that are full of life * The eyes are the window to the soul. If the heart is righteous, the eyes will be upright. Those with an upright and commanding gaze, with a good contrast in the eyes, are usually kind-hearted.

Flat and full temples, without wrinkles and spots * For gentlemen, the area at the temples is referred to as the

Wife’s Palace, and represents marriage. Flat and full temples are favourable for the wife, while sunken temples are bad for marriage.

* Round and fleshy nose, with eyebrows that extend to the side of the eyes A fleshly nose means one is generous, forgiving, kind and trustworthy. For men, the nose is a part that supports the Wife’s Palace.

The ”12 Palaces” in Face Reading

Do visit for more daily tips on Feng Shui!

DEC 2012 - FEB 2013




Past Events

Jin Yong our Ninja Warrior in Sasuke Singapore SPGG member Chan Jin Yong recently participated in the much talked about Sasuke Singapore. Fission caught up with him to hear all about his experiences.

Jin Yong trying to clear the obstacle

Fission: Give us a recount of your experience in Sasuke Singapore – describe the fun, challenges you faced.

Jin Yong: There were three (3) rounds of competition in the Sasuke Singapore. • Qualifying Round 1: It was more of a physical

endurance test to see who were the fastest few to grab the flag.

• Round 2: We had to clear Obstacles which required special techniques and strength within two minutes. • Round 3: We had to scale a 20-metre

tall Tower. It required very good arm strength to scale all the way up. With a time limit of just one minute, only the fastest participant was given the honour to represent Singapore in Japan. Round 2 was essentially the essence of Sasuke Singapore. It was very challenging as it required both techniques and physical strength to get through. As I had experience with the trampoline during my secondary school days, this gave me the advantage over the many other competitors who failed at this obstacle. The main challenges I faced was the Wrap Wall and the Tower. I was not able to find the right time to jump and ended up sliding down twice, but still managed to get up with my third try. However, during the scaling of the Tower, I climbed up in a spiral movement which caused my safety rope to entangle with the climbing rope and when the safety rope was pulled to tension; my climbing rope got pulled up as well. When my arms got tired, I wanted to use my legs to help, but by then, I had no ropes beneath to support me. During this struggle, I exceeded the time limit of 1 minute. There were only two finalists who didn’t complete this rope within the time limit and I was actually the worst!

Fission: Did you complete the obstacle to go to the next round? What was your timing & how far did you complete?

Jin Yong: I went all the way to the last round, but failed to complete it within time limit. The Qualifying round was carried out in batches of 8 and I was the first to grab the flag. During Round 2, my timing was 1 min 25 sec, together with 3 others. The main objective was to complete it so as to proceed to the Tower challenge, so timing wasn’t our main concern. But there were confident people who dashed through the obstacles and completed it faster than us. Fission: What did you learn from all this?

Jin Yong: Being physically ready and confident to complete the course is not enough! There are always stronger and faster competitors around. I did not expect the Tower to be so taxing on the hands and arms. 18 < DEC 2012 - FEB 2013

Jin Yong (in black, 3rd from left) with his supporters

Walking down Memory Lane at Fort Canning Park

With yet another bus load of 40 participants on Sunday, 4 November, we set off to Fort Canning Park for a brisk walking session with our humorous guide Steven from Summer Foot Prints! Our first stop was The Fort Canning Centre which interestingly was the barracks of the British army before, but it has now been converted into a visitor centre, retaining most of its exterior design. At our second stop - Trees of the Fort, Steven explained that Fort Canning Hill was the first Botanic Gardens in Singapore before the current one was built! Moving on, we headed off to the Fort Wall – where an entrance was built on each side of The Fort Wall so that thorough checks could be carried out within behind the doors before the people were allowed to enter into Fort Canning Hill. We later stopped by the replica of Raffles’ House, where Sir Stamford Raffles stayed when he resided in Singapore as it gave him a bird’s eye view of the harbour. Our knowledgeable guide went on to explain that during those days, trading was the main source of income for Singapore and this had allowed Raffles to keep an eye on the ships coming in and out of the harbour. The same lighthouse and flag pole can still be found on Fort Canning Hill. We ended off the historical trail with a photo taking session in front of The Fort Gate and The Fort Canning Centre with big smiles!

Bowling Friendly with Singapore Swimming Club Fifteen enthusiastic bowlers from Singapore Swimming Club (SSC) and SPGG came together on Saturday, 6 October to pit their skills against each other in a friendly game at SPGG’s Bowling Alley. A very close match followed, with SPGG emerging 13-12 victors! The Bowling Section is actively planning a series of such friendlies to foster interaction with other clubs in Singapore. SPGG bowlers can look forward to more matches next year.

DEC 2012 - FEB 2013




What’s Coming


Meet the Members’ Session

Feng Shui for Your Home

The 12 Chinese Horoscopes

Presented by New Trend Lifestyle Join us to learn all there is about FengShui for your Home! Be guided by great tips, do’s and don’ts and how to build or renovate your homes to bring in all the positivity in life! Date: Tue, 18 Dec Time: 7:30 – 9:30pm Venue: Bluebell Room Charges: $7 Member / $9 Guest Highlights: • What is the meaning of Good Feng Shui? • Which are the 4 flying stars in Feng Shui? • Where are the 4 flying stars situated in 2013? • What are the significance of the stars and what you can do to overcome the negative energy.

Presented by New Trend Lifestyle Come, find out your fortune for the Year of the Snake! Join us for the next “Meet the Members’ Session” to discuss the third phase of renovations & future plans of SPGG! Date: Fri, 18 Jan ’13 Time: 7.00 – 9.00pm Venue: Aster & Bluebell Free Admission

To register, call Ms Liezzle now at 6796 9988 or e-mail to membership@

Date: Tue, 29 Jan Time: 7:30 – 9:30pm Venue: Carnation Room Charges: $7 Member / $9 Guest Highlights: What is your animal sign? What personality does it represent? What to look out for in the year 2013? Your health, wealth, career, romance in the new year

IPPFA Economic Outlook 2013 Workshops IPP Financial Advisers Pte Ltd (IPPFA) will be kick-starting a series of financial workshops with SPGG on every 3rd Friday of the month.

18 Jan

15 Feb

15 Mar

19 Apr

Beyond Kids’ Educational Planning

CPF Finances for Working Adults

CPF Finances for those nearing 55

Complete Wealth Protection Planning

Explore the various plans in the market most parents buy for their kids and find out which one best suits your very own precious ones.

Explore how to maximise your CPF monies through various Upgrades available!

Learn to compute how much you can cash out at 55, appreciate nation-wide plans like MediShield, ElderShield & CPF Life, and more!

17 May

19 July

16 Aug

Retirement Planning

Wealth Accumulation Technique

Wealth Enhancement Technique

Discover how much you really need for retirement, enquire about the critical factors to plan & explore various exciting financial instruments.

Learn the needs involved in Wealth Accumulation & the latest tools available to address Wealth Accumulation needs.

Learn the issues involved in Wealth Enhancement, Risk Reduction Techniques & the latest tools available to address Wealth Enhancement Needs.

Learn the issues involved in Wealth Protection & the latest tools available to address Wealth Protections Needs.

13 Sept

Will Writing Gain insights on Wills and Estate Matters, advantages of making a Will & Rules of Intestacy.

To register for the above events, please call 6796 9988 or e-mail to ! Like our new facebook page at!

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What’s Coming


In Collaboration with Boys Brigade

BENEFICIARIES • Christian Outreach To The Handicapped • LCSS-Latch Key Kids Centre • MINDS- Fernvale Gardens School There are 3 ways to contribute to this meaningful cause: • Grant a wish for those with special needs • Donation of food hampers • Purchase a SPGG Christmas Card DIY Pack


We need food hampers! Help Us Feed Them! • Rice (5kg) • 1 Litre Cooking Oil • 5 types of Can Food (Halal) • 1 tin of Milo • 3-in-1 Cereal • 1 Tin of Biscuits • 2x instant noodles (5 in a pack) • Choice of 2 seasonings (e.g. Salt, Sugar or Soya Sauce)

For more information, please visit our booth on Level 1 from 19 Nov – 21 Dec 2012 !

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Experience the first ever Oppan Gangnam Nite in town & party away!

Charges: Member: $82 / Guest: $90 Children below 12: $30 Early bird special: $750 for a table of 10 persons (book by 15 December) From 16 December: $800

KEY ATTRACTIONS: • Lucky Draw • 8-Course Chinese Dinner • Countdown to Usher • Games & Entertainment in the New Year For details, call Ann or Yuki at 6796 9988 or e-mail to

DEC 2012 - FEB 2013




Wine & Dine

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Join Us in Our Festive Celebrations We are ready to tempt you with an irresistible spread of good tidings and feasting. Bring your family and friends and jingle your way into the New Year with us!

5-Course X’mas Lunch & Dinner Menu

5-Course X’mas Eve Dinner Adult - $30.80+ / Child $16.80+ Cold Appetiser

Lunch (Adult) $21.80+ (Child) $13.80 Dinner (Adult) $23.80+ (Child) $14.80+


Avocado Crab Meat with Honey Yogurt Dressing

Lime Sherbet

Cream of Mushroom

Main Course

Lime Sherbet

Scallop & Salmon Rose with Gazpacho Vinaigrette

Cold Appetiser

Chicken Consomme with Shark’s Fin Dumpling Soup


Roast Traditional Turkey with Mushroom Stuffing

Main Course

Served with Croquette Potato, Brussel Sprout & Cranberry Sauce

Turkey Cordon Blue

Or Fillet of Pork Burgerstock

Deep fried Golden Stuffed Turkey Roll with Ham, Cheese & Mushroom Served with Roast Potato, Brussel Sprout & Cranberry Jus

Pan fried Pork Fillet with Tomato Coulis, Basil Leave & White Wine topped with Mozzarella

Or Roast Leg of Lamb with Sweet Garlic

Served with Green Tea Noodles

Served with Roast Potato, Brussel Sprout & Rosemary Sauce



Traditional Christmas Log Cake

Traditional Christmas Log Cake

Coffee or Tea

Coffee or Tea

6-Course New Year’s Eve Set Dinner 31 Dec Dinner only: $32.80+ (Adult) / $16.80+ (Child) Cold Appetiser

Mediterranean Seafood with Olive Pesto


Cream of Pumpkin with Smoked Chicken

Orange Sherbet Hot Appetizer

Loempia Indonesian Chicken & Vegetable Spring Roll

Main Course

Medallion of Beef with Lobster Mousse Served with Baked Potato, Green Vegetables & Pommery Mustard Cream Sauce

Or Pink & White Fish Fillet with Cream Miso Wasabi Pan fried Salmon & White Pomfret Served with Baked Potato & Green Vegetables

Dessert Tiramisu

Coffee or Tea

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Happy Lunar New Year!

Fa Cai Salmon Yu Sheng Small - $18.80 Medium - $28.80 Large - $38.80

Welcome the Year of the Snake with our Sumptuous Delights Chinese New Year’s Eve Reunion Dinner 9 February 2013

8-Course + Salmon Yu Sheng $488++ per table of 10 persons

Chinese New Year Family Set A

Fa Cai Salmon Yu Sheng

7-Course + Yu Sheng at $338+ for 10 persons

Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Crabmeat & Dried Scallop

Prosperity Steamed Seabass, Hong Kong Style

Fa Cai Salmon Yu Sheng Braised Shark’s Fin Soup

Wealthy Golden Roast Crispy Honey Chicken

with Crabmeat & Dried Scallop

Wisdom Stir-fried Prawn Meat

Prosperity Steamed Seabass in Light Soy Sauce

with Gingko Nut, Wolfberry in XO Sauce

Traditional Teochew Style Braised Duck with Beancurd Healthy Stewed Tianjin Cabbage with Fatt Chye and Dried Oyster Fragrant Rice with Eight Treasures in Lotus Leaf

Wealthy Braised Chicken with Rose Wine, Black Fungus & Lily Flower

Black Pepper Pork Rib with Sweet Red Onion Healthy Braised Chinese Mushroom, Sea Cucumber with Spinach Leave Longevity Ee-fu Noodles

Lucky Chilled Melon Sago with Pomelo & Red Ruby in Coconut Cream

with Prawn Meat & Yellow Chives

Chinese Tea

Lucky Yam Paste with Sweet Potato & Gingko Nut Chinese Tea

Chinese New Year Family Set B 6-Course + Yu Sheng at $238+ for 6 persons Fa Cai Salmon Yu Sheng Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Crabmeat & Dried Scallop

Chinese New Year Family Set C 5-Course + Yu Sheng at $168+ for 4 persons Fa Cai Salmon Yu Sheng Braised Shark’s Fin Soup

Prosperity Steamed Seabass in Light Soy Sauce

with Crabmeat & Dried Scallop

Wealthy Braised Chicken

Prosperity Steamed Seabass in Light Soy Sauce

with Rose Wine, Black Fungus & Lily Flower

Healthy Braised Chinese Mushroom, Sea Cucumber with Spinach Leave Longevity Ee-fu Noodles with Prawn Meat & Yellow Chives

Lucky Yam Paste with Sweet Potato & Gingko Nut Chinese Tea

Healthy Braised Chinese Mushroom, Sea Cucumber with Spinach Leave Longevity Ee-fu Noodles with Prawn Meat & Yellow Chives

Lucky Yam Paste with Sweet Potato & Gingko Nut Chinese Tea

DEC 2012 - FEB 2013




Wine & Dine The

Enjoy Our Singapore Favourites 21 New Dishes to Excite Your Taste buds

Surf & Turf

The Restaurant has revamped its menu with an array of 21 delightful new dishes to offer you a wide variety of over 50 items! Some of the new lip-smacking dishes include Surf &Turf with Roasted Chicken, Prawn and Bacon Roll, served with Green Vegetables, Grilled Tomato, Baked Potato and Cranberry Sauce; Stir-fried Toman Fillet with Ginger and Spring Onion; Canton Style Deep Fried Bean Curd with Chicken Cubes, Prawns and Water Chestnuts, and Wok-fried Chicken with Dried Chilli and Cashew Nuts - Chilli lovers will definitely find this irresistible!

Deep-fried Baby Garoupa

The Restaurant is also introducing two new pasta – Chicken Tom Yam Lasagne - in which Spicy Minced Chicken topped with Mozzarella Cheese is baked in oven with tom yam flavour and for Ginger Bud Flower Spaghetti, the Prawn, Salmon, Crayfish and Green Mussel are tossed in Ginger Bud Flower Curry Sauce. Diners who love both salmon and fish will find these most mouth-watering – Deep-fried Baby Garoupa with Zhen Jiang Vinegar, Thai Chilli or Light Soy Sauce, and Wok-fried Salmon Belly cooked with Rose Wine and Braised Spicy Song Fish Head cooked in delicious gravy. Dessert lovers are in for a treat too! The restaurant has launched the magical ‘SPGG Ice Cream Delight’ to make all wishes come true!

Hainanese Pork Chop

Whichever age-group you belong to, The Restaurant has something to excite your taste buds! Visit it and allow our Executive Chef Bob to take you on a Singaporean gastronomic adventure. Ginger Bud Flower Spaghetti Marinara 24 < DEC 2012 - FEB 2013

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From January 2013 Available on Weekends (Saturday & Sunday) only For barbeque lovers, a delectable spread of tantalising seafood and surf & turf platters await you at the Poolside Café from January next year! Gather your loved ones and watch chefs live at barbeque stations offering a gourmet selection of meats, sausages, Satay and more!

Seafood Platter

Surf & Turf Platter

$19.80+ per pax

$22.80+ per pax

Tiger Prawns, Norwegian Green Mussel, Grilled Snakehead Fish Fillet, Tamarind Squid, Baked Nyonya Sambal Fish and Local Otah, served with Jacket Potato, Grilled Herb Tomato, Garlic Butter Broccoli and Corn On the Cob, a choice of your sauce - Black pepper sauce, Mushroom sauce or Chef’s barbeque sauce.

Char Siew Beef Fillet, Mixed Herbs Boneless Chicken Leg, ½ dozen Chicken Satay or Beef Satay, Cheese Chicken Hot Dog, Tiger Prawns, Norwegian Green Mussels, Grilled Snakehead Fish Fillet, served with Jacket Potato, Grilled Herb Tomato, Garlic Butter Broccoli and Corn On The Cob, a choice of your sauce - Black pepper sauce, Mushroom sauce or Chef’s barbeque sauce.

For enquiries, please call our friendly F&B Team at 6796 9988 / 9425 9061 or e-mail to

DEC 2012 - FEB 2013




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