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Lessons & Values of Yesteryears

An inspiring talk by our Honorary Member Peter Chen

Countdown 2011 It was a Rockin’ Wild Wild West Night

39Togetherness years of

Career Outlook 2011 - A FengShui Perspective

Read on to find out how the Year of the Rabbit will affect you, Career wise

Alumni Gatherings If you are planning to have one, call us & tell us all about it!

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MAR 2011 - MAY 2011

02 Change of F&B Operating Hours on 1 Apr 03 A Great Start to the Lunar New Year 04 Thank You For Giving in the Spirit of Christmas 05 SPGG Embarks on Productivity Improvement Drive 06 2 New Faces – Membership Sales & Marketing

Editor B. Kula Writer Roopinder Kaur


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Networking 07 Hopping into the Year of the Rabbit 08 Alumni Gatherings

Activities 15 Christmas Specials 16 It was a Rockin’ Wild Wild West Night Countdown 2011 17 Chill Out with DMAT 17 Fire Prevention Talk

Features 10 Lessons and Values of Yesteryears 12 Career Outlook in 2011 A FengShui Perspective 14 3 Eye-Opening Talks On Business Efficiencies


Wild Wild West Night Entertainment


Lessons and Values of Yesteryears

18 Taiwanese Porridge Promotion 19 Delectable Nonya Delights 20 We Have Your Preferred Celebration Package!


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STAFF DIRECTORY Loon Yeong Tai General Manager Stella Tan Finance Manager Ong Chin Seong Asst. Finance Manager Fiona Low Acting Head, Membership Services Charlie Lee F&B Manager Shasa Chang Banquet Sales Executive Kristine Chelladurai Banquet Sales Coordinator B. Kula Marcom Manager Eugene Quah Information Technology Executive Roopinder Kaur Public Relations Executive

Change of F&B Operating Hours on 1 Apr Friday, 1 April The Restaurant: Closes at 2.30pm PEL: Opens from 10.30pm only Bingo Nite: There will be no Bingo Session on this day. Alternative Carpark Arrangement We regret to inform that you may experience inconvenience when parking your car at the Guild on Fri, 1 Apr as some carpark lots will be closed. Alternative arrangement has been made for you to park your car at Singapore Polytechnic’s Carpark Lot P, situated beside the SP Staff Centre at Gate 3. Parking wardens will be deployed to control all traffic for the day. Please also note that parking along the SPGG driveway will not be permitted. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Maintenance of Facilities Wellness Centres & Gym Kindly take note that on every 1st Sunday of the Month, both the Male and Female Wellness Centres and the Gym will be closed for Maintenance from 8pm to closing time. Towel Counter will issue last towel at 7.30pm. Scheduled dates for the next 3 sessions are as follows: 3 Apr, 1 May & 5 June.

Spa Pools & Swimming Pool Regular cleaning works will also be carried out at the Spa Pools and Swimming Pool by our vendor on every Tue, Thu and Sat from 7.30am to 10.00am. However, the rest of the facilities of the Wellness Centres will continue to be in operation.

Revised Booking Rules for Mahjong

Elaine Lim Senior Membership Sales Executive

From 1 March, the following rules have been implemented for the booking and usage of the Mahjong Room: •

Member is to adhere to his/her booking time.

Ann Ani Acting Head, Lifestyle, Sports & Wellness

A 15-minute grace period shall be given to the Member after the start of the booking time and the Mahjong Room can be released to other Members thereafter if the member fails to turn-up.

An admin fee shall be levied for every mahjong session played beyond the booking time: - Within 30 mins: Hourly Booking Rate x 1.5 - More than 30 mins: Hourly Booking Rate x 2.0

In the event of no show by Member, he/she shall be liable for the booking time charges.

No refund or carrying forward of booking time is allowed for any unused or cancelled booking.

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A Great Start to the Lunar New Year! Singapore Polytechnic Graduates’ Guild

President’s Thoughts Dear Fellow Member, I am delighted to announce that Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong will be at SPGG as our Guest of Honour on Fri, 1 Apr at 7.30pm for our SPGG Dialogue on ‘What is Singapore’s Future?’.

Patron Mr. Chan Soo Sen

This is a rare opportunity to meet up close with SM Goh at SPGG and have an interactive and stimulating dialogue with him, so don’t miss it! Seats are limited, hurry and reserve them before they are fully booked! Remember, reservations are on a first-come-first-served basis. I must say that the new Lunar Year – the Year of the Rabbit – has taken off on a promising note and we can all expect more good things to come this new year at SPGG! For a start, we had a memorable Lo Hei Luncheon at the Carnation Room on the auspicious 7th day of the Lunar New Year – on 9th Feb. I wish to thank our Guest of Honour and Patron of SPGG Chan Soo Sen for gracing the occasion, and all our distinguished guests, in particular the Deputy Chairman of the Singapore Polytechnic Board of Governors Bill Chang York Chye, and SP Principal Tan Hang Cheong for joining us in this yearly, traditional celebration. On the 18th of Feb, we had the privilege of our Honorary Member Peter Chen delivering a talk on the ‘Lessons & Values of Yesteryears’. The sharing was so touching that it moved some of our audience to tears at some point in time. He drew from his two books on his late father’s literary works to highlight the lessons and traditional values that stood out from the writings, and these are as applicable today in modern Singapore, as they were a generation ago during the era of social and political changes in “Nanyang”. Rest assured, my fellow Executive Committee Members and I, together with the Management and staff will continue in our efforts to spice up the activities at the Guild and work towards our Vision of making SPGG ‘A Club of Distinction’. In our endeavour to make SPGG a better place for all, we have recently invited Mr Alex Neo Teck Kwee, Mr Chow Wai Weng, Mr Gerald Ng Ti Lui and Ms Lily He Su Ling to sit in the EXCO as Co-Opted Members. I wish to thank them for accepting our invitation and now look forward to their contributions in helping SPGG further fulfill our revitalised Vision and Mission statements. And now just before I sign off, I wish to let you know that SPGG turns 40 on 9 June, and the Guild is planning to celebrate it grandly later this year! We will keep you posted on the details when finalised.

Honorary Members Mr. Lim Chin Aik Mr. Peter Chen Dr. Khoo Kay Chai

The Executive Committee President Mr. Jimmy Lim 1st Vice-President Mr. Hoe Lye Soon 2nd Vice-President Chairman, Corporate Communication & Marketing Mr. Ng Hoo Yin Hon Gen Secretary Mr. Tong Kok Yeo Hon Treasurer Mr. Chee Kim Wui Hon Asst Gen Secretary Chairman, Member & Student Welfare Mr. Vincent Lim Honorary Assistant Treasurer Mr. Christopher Soh Chairman, Lifestyle, Sports & Wellness Mr. James Chua Chairman, Membership Strategic Planning Mr. Lawrence Kim Chairman, Membership Services Mr. Henry Yeo Chairman, Food & Beverage Mr. Willy Wong Chairman, Facilities Management Mr. Wong Kian Keong

Co-Opted Members Mr Alex Neo Teck Kwee Mr Chow Wai Weng Mr Gerald Ng Ti Lui

Till you hear from me again, have a great year ahead! May it be a healthy, happy and prosperous one for you and your family! Cheers!

Jimmy Lim

Ms Lily He Su Ling

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Thank You For Giving in the Spirit of Christmas

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Our Christmas charity programs, “SPGG Christmas Charity Box” and “SPGG Gives Back” have once again reminded us of the generosity and thoughtfulness of our Members. The Executive Committee and staff of SPGG would like to take this opportunity to express our sincerest appreciation for your kind contributions to our Christmas Charity Box for St Joseph’s Home and Hospice (SJHH) & SPGG Gives Back for Life Community Services Society (LCSS). It is through the support of Members like you that we are able to strengthen our social responsibility role. In this New Year, with your continuous support, SPGG will continue to take part in such meaningful projects to serve our community. Once again, thank you for making the 2010 Christmas Charity Missions a success!

SPGG, SJHH & LCSS are deeply grateful for your Generosity

What it should have been We would like to apologise for a misprint in our last issue, Fission (Dec’10Feb’11) – It was our Celebration of the Decade, pg 13. Under “Special day for 3 Members”, it should be, “Mr & Mrs Teoh and Mr & Mrs Kan celebrated their 12th and 18th Wedding Anniversary respectively” instead of “Mr & Mrs Tan and Mr & Mrs Kan celebrated their 12th & 18th Wedding Anniversary respectively”.

Mr & Mrs Teoh with their children.

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Here’s your chance to enjoy special privileges at one of Singapore’s best Latin restaurants in the heart of the City. Lunch: 11:30am – 2.00pm - 15% off a la carte Menu - 10% off Set Lunch Menu Happy Hours: 5.00 – 8.00pm - Extension of Happy Hour Prices throughout the night - 1 for 1 Drinks for Ladies on Thursday Evenings (from 5.00 till 8.00pm) Dinner: 6:00 - 10:00pm - Buy 3 get 1 free (Lowest Priced Food Item) or 10% off total bill for a table of less than 4 people Catering Service / Group Bookings - Get 10% off total bill when ordering inoffice catering services or group booking for more than 35 people.

As part of its overall efforts and strategies to improve its service levels to Members, SPGG has recently embarked on a productivity drive among its staff. Many may question its relevance to an organisation like SPGG. This is where the difference lies. SPGG is a membership-based organisation. As such, it provides a good range of membership products and services. In the commercial world, it would not be far from wrong to classify it under the service industry or at least one of its sub-sets. Herein lies immense potential for productivity improvements and growth. We not only want growth, we want to sustain growth as well. This cannot be achieved without the ability to optimise labour, capital, work practices and innovation to achieve greater output. This is what productivity improvements and growth is all about. This is the first time that such a productivity improvement drive among staff has been initiated. It would not be easy as we need to allay staff concerns and fears that it is a drive to make them work harder. Productivity improvements and growth is the basis for sustainable growth for the economic well-being of SPGG. It would enhance organisation effectiveness which will translate into sustainable enhancements of membership services and staff well-being as well in the long run. Line Managers and Supervisors have been briefed and challenged to rally their staff behind this productivity improvement drive - Never underestimate the positive impact of staff suggestions and ideas for productivity improvements, no matter how small they may be. To quote Marianne Williamson in her book - A Return to Love, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure… We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” Having embarked on it, this productivity drive will not be a one-time effort or exercise. It will be a continuous one with the aim of making productivity improvements second nature in our work-life habits.

Camping outdoors just gets more fun with Big Bear Camping! Members can now enjoy a $15 discount on any booking except on the eve of a Public Holiday and Public Holidays. (This offer is not valid with other promotions)

Tong Kok Yeo Honorary General Secretary

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2 New Faces Membership Sales & Marketing

Elaine Lim, o ur new Sales E Senior xecutiv Memb e, bring experie ership s with nce in h er 5 ye Memb ars of ership Sales. Priscilla , Mem bership Officer, Sales & is a ne Marketi wbie w Sales. ng hen it c Comin o g m fr es to d om a te she fin oing ds her aching new jo backgro b, “fun u nd, and ch allengin g.”

The two young ladies’ goal now is to create greater awareness of SPGG and to recruit more Members. As Elaine puts it, “SPGG is a beautiful place, and it’s a Super Value for Money Buy at $750 Entrance Fee for those who had graduated with a diploma / degree from the Year 2000 onwards! “Even at the usual $2,000 Entrance Fee for the older graduates, it is a buy not to be missed! Especially since the Member will be getting back $900 of credit to offset his subscription payment and food and beverage spending at the Guild within a period of 12 months”.

From left: Priscilla & Elaine

The ladies would also like to encourage Members to introduce their friends as Ordinary / Associate Members to enjoy the Introduction Benefit of $500 credit to them for every successful sign up at the $2,000 Entrance Fee. For successful introductions under the new millennium scheme where the Entrance Fee is tagged at $750, an Introduction Benefit of $100 of credit will be given out to the Introducer.

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Hopping into the Year of the Rabbit

Seated from left: Hon Member Lim Chin Aik, Hon Member Khoo Kay Chai, Patron Chan Soo Sen & President Jimmy Lim. Standing from left: Deputy Chairman of SP Board of Governors Bill Chang, Hon Member Peter Chen, Past Immediate President Lim Boh Soon, SP Principal Tan Hang Cheong, NUSS President Johnny Tan & NAA President Anthony Loke. From left: SP Industry & Entrepreneurship Manager Annie Sung, Hon Member Khoo Kay Chai, President Jimmy Lim, Chairman of Facilities Wong Kiang Keong, Hon Member Lim Chin Aik & Former EXCO Member Koh Wee Keng.

Lo Hei Luncheon Dressed in their festive best, more than 80 guests from our alma mater, Singapore Polytechnic, reciprocal clubs and close associates, joined our Members in our Lo Hei Celebration at SPGG on Wed, 9 Feb. Guest of Honour on this auspicious 7th Day of the Lunar New Year was our Patron Chan Soo Sen. Just as Mr Chan stepped into the Guild at 12 noon, the lion dance troupe from our alma mater took centre stage at the Front Lobby, lending a truly celebrative air to the occasion as the ‘lions’ pranced about nimbly to ground-shaking drumbeats and clashing cymbals. Among the many significant tasks performed, definitely the greatest crowd-pleaser was when the ‘lions’ transformed the neatly arranged mandarin oranges and vegetables (cai qing) into an auspicious Chinese character made of orange slices. Inside the Carnation Room, President Jimmy Lim delivered an encouraging speech. Mr Lim thanked everyone for their constant support, particularly our alma mater, SP for “lending us a hand in our concerted efforts to make SPGG a home for all our undergraduates and graduates”. Soon, everyone was joyously participating in the lo hei, after the emcee had declared auspicious good tidings with each ingredient that was poured onto the Fa Cai Yu Sheng dish. A breathtaking 45-minute Gu Zheng performance by New Town Secondary School followed and it kept the guests entertained while they were being served a 5-course lunch. Revelry continued when Mr Choy from Choy Brothers Opera Troupe gave an exhilarating performance as he changed many faces in split seconds that left many of us in awe! Face Changing Performer Mr Choy

The Lion Rises

Gu Zheng performers



Alumni Gatherings Reunions are a special time to come back to campus and reconnect with old friends, hear what’s hot & happening & just have some fun! If you had recently organised an alumni reunion, we would love to hear all about it! Send in your photos and a short description of the event to & we’ll feature it in our next issue! Featured here are some of the recent reunions!

C77 Former SPGG 1st Vice President, Mr Koh Wee Keng, had a reunion with his cohort from Singapore Polytechnic’s Electrical Engineering, C77 on 22 November 2010! A small cosy group of some 28 friends had a rolling good time after ages!

Group pic

Say Cheese


Diploma in Business and Information Technology’s Homecoming Group pic

Friends posing for a picture

DBIT celebrated its 10th Anniversary at Singapore Polytechnic on 3 December 2010! Over 100 students attended the joyous occasion and caught up with many of their lecturers and former coursemates.

It’s Game Time!



SP Chinese Music & Culture Club : Former Chinese Language Society (CLS) Over 120 members from the SP Chinese Music & Culture Club gathered for their reunion at Singapore Polytechnic (SP) on 5 December 2010! It was a time of absolute networking, casual chats, lots of food & fun!

An amazing group pic

Happy Moments

One pose for the foodies please

Happy Happy Group



Lessons & Values of Yesteryears

Our Honorary Member Peter Chen captivated us with his late father’s Words of Wisdom in his inspiring talk at SPGG recently SPGG was honoured to have our Honorary Member Peter Chen share with us an inspiring and enriching talk on ‘The Lessons and Values of Yesteryears’, relating to his late father’s literary works from his two books, ‘A Scholar’s Path’ and ‘Lychee Fragrance’ on Fri, 18 Feb at the Grand Ballroom. The former Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Patron of the Guild from 1997-2009, had in fact his audience practically glued to their seats throughout the evening with his heart-warming stories which even made tears roll down for some. In a nutshell, he categorised the teachings from the poems into five sections namely Familial Love, Care, Concern, Friendship & Reflections – each representing a set of emotions that most sojourners harboured and would have articulated if they could.

“We may forget the words but lessons and values remain for today.”

Mr Chen also shared with us a number of meaningful and sentimental values that were captured in these two books and how these lessons and values could be applied in today’s modernised world.

Reminiscing his school days, Mr Chen remembered his father telling him not to forget his mother tongue and the only way to stay rooted to his mother tongue was to constantly chat up his friends in Chinese. With his room mate being Malay, the Elder Mr Chen advised Mr Chen to always pursue other learning opportunities. In this sense, learn Malay as it would come in handy in the future. Every parent wishes his/her daughter to be of equal status as their other half. In ‘A Scholar’s Path’, Mr Chen shared a beautiful poem titled, “Wedding Poem Admonition to Mei Yu” that his father wrote to his daughter, teaching values that she can bring along to her marital home and do her parents proud. Here’s a touching excerpt from the ‘Wedding Counsel’.

President Jimmy Lim (right) and 1st t Vice President Hoe Lye Soon (centre), the host of the evening, presenting a token of appreciation to Mr Chen (left).



(11) Wedding poem admonition to Mei Yu (1957) lines 13-20

“Although we come from a poor family We do not seek either work or glory. If my daughter is not a lady of leisure, That’ll be an honour of great measure. You’re born with a pair of hands and a brain. How could you and a man be not the same? There’s no gender difference in the workplace Inferiority complex you should all erase.” Mr Peter Chen with his wife

While Mr Chen was overseas studying, his mother would constantly wonder if he was doing alright. In the letter written by his father, ‘ Mother’s Love’ – he shared with Mr Chen the enormity of a mother’s love. What triggers off this emotional and touching sentiment of a mother’s love? Allow me to highlight a small excerpt from the letter. “In order to develop, it is inevitable for a young man to travel afar. On his own, he can look after himself better than under the protection for his parents. But your Mother could not but imagine herself to be omnipotent and worries about everything for you. Only now do I know is the essence of a Mother’s Love!” In a short poem on Friendship, “ We’ve known each other more than twenty years. A lofty rank and lowly position are never barriers. I suddenly hear you’re soon moving on promotion; I’m upset we’ll part but happy on your elevation” – we understand the valuable lesson that friendship disregards rank. It does not matter if one’s rich and the other, poor.

us by Mr Chen, one may ponder, where have all these values gone to in this generation? Children these days are more rebellious, stubborn, and do not heed their parents’s teachings. We encourage everyone to read these two books. It can be used as a valuable teaching tool to the children of today. For those who are well versed in the Chinese Language, “Lychee Fragrance” would be more enjoyable as it allows readers to better understand the author’s intentions and savour the essence of his emotions. And to those who may not be well-versed in the Chinese Language, the collection of poems in ‘A Scholar’s Path’ explains the allusions and their sources, allowing more readers to enjoy the beauty of the Chinese language and literature. Both books reflect much of Mr Peter Chen’s father’s literary passion, his relationship with his family and friends, his philosophy of life and not to mention his unattained ideals and ambitions. More importantly, they show his pure and irresponsible joy when indulging in Chinese poetry.

Through all these lessons and values of yesteryears that were generously shared with

Want a Copy of ‘A Scholar’s Path’? Limited copies are still available. Please call Stella or Fiona at 6796 9988 for more information



Career Outlook in 2011 a FENG SHUI Perspective The Metal Rabbit has just hopped upon our lives in 2011 and how would it affect us? From a FENG SHUI angle, one must understand that with each year, comes a set of energies that will act and interact with our personal attributes. This is taken from the year of birth one is born and following the system of multi-layering wisdom of Chinese Metaphysics, the interaction between the current year’s energies will tell a lot about how they are going to affect you on first impression, namely your social impact with the world at large and the people you will meet. While this forms about a quarter of the full picture when compared to a full charting analysis of your Four Pillars (popularly known as Eight Characters Reading in Chinese), it nevertheless will offer you great guidance in many areas of the opportunities or lack of them when you are counting on the best steps to take in your quest for jobs, career, relationships and wealth. This is a general guide towards a successful 2011 and for more details on how you may improve on it, look us up at For this issue, let’s touch on your area of work.


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Remember that this year is a legal trap. Whatever you sign or put your name to, do not go alone. Additionally, do not get carried away with flattery because they are more the way that you perceived them. Travel and do not mediate in any conflicts or disagreement. Tigers are not likely to get the fair recognition for their work, so please moderate your expectations.


It does not look like a joy ride. For those already working, there may be meddlesome colleagues to add to your woes. The trick is to stick to rules and regulations. Your bosses and direct superiors are not helping too. So, go get someone you can trust and ask for help and advice. If you are working in front-line and dealing with clients, keep your cool and watch your speech.


While it is not going to be extremely fortunate for you, there are reasons to celebrate as 2011 may bring about some promotions and reward s. Watch out for siniste r plans hatched by jealous com petitors and partners wh o may back-stab you. Als o, it is wise to safe-guar d your creations and ide as as it is almost probab le that someone is going to hija ck them for their own merits. They include your sup eriors.



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Your Peach Blossom Star, responsible for raising your likeability factor with the opposite sex, is shining bright. Just manage it properly because you are likely to confuse a twitch in the eye for a wink. If you are in charge, do not allow emotions to mar your professional decision or you may suffer dire consequences. Overall, it looks like a good time to promote yourself and push your ideas.

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Superior interaction with the Rabbit year gets you what you desire. Money seems to roll and your popularity soars. You may attract more people and with it, comes more troubles. Make full use of your natural talents to draw others to your skills and abilities. Showcase your work and brand your ideas because this is your year of reckoning. Save some energy for your loved ones too.


Be mobile as much as possible, even if you are desk bound. The more you travel, the better the opportunities and the weaker the threats of disharmony at work. Interact more and make an effort to look above board as you are easily misunderstood in 2011. Focus on the key personnel such as your head of department and the bosses. Project a good image and things will smoothen by themselves.


Moderate your tempe rament and do not allow outbursts to overshadow your arguments. You are oft en kept at arm’s length because people will take that as an excuse to keep you ou t of the loop. Knowing that, you should mellow and get into the good books of people who care and are in influence. If you can keep your domestic affairs clean from work, your cha nces of sailing through will be good.


2011 is tougher than you think. There are obstacles and friends may look distant. Colleagues pile you up with unnecessary work, which are not yours. Then the boss may start questioning your integrity and worth. Do not quit. You will need to micromanage your time. Take frequent breaks and short intermission at work. Take care of personal documents and avoid that late night out if possible.


Watch and think before you shoot. Your insecurity is self-made and imaginary and the best way to get eone around successfully is to get som r, it will not be of eve How . you se advi wise enough to d guidance or turn any good if you do not follow goo first quarter is critical every prospect into a suspect. The d is to work hard and in setting the pace so all you nee h. remain focused on a goal to reac

Article contributed by: Mr Ken Koh Chief Consultant & Founder of House of Feng Shui (HOFS)



3 Eye-Opening Mr Clayton Miller giving an overview on energy efficiency strategies Dr Kang Kok Hin sharing insights on Facilities Management

SPGG kicked off the year with an eyeopening and informative Networking Nite, featuring 3 speakers on Fri, 14 Jan, to the applause of some 80 participants. Jointly organised with the Singapore Chapter of ASHRAE (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers) – the 6th Networking Nite was themed to suit the trending Green Efficiencies. The night started out with Dr Kang Kok Hin, Guest Lecturer at various higherlearning institutes like NUS, NTU and BCA Academy, sharing his vast experience in Facilities Management.

Talks On Business Efficiencies 6th SPGG/ASHRAE NETWORKING NITE

He first introduced the concepts of Facilities Management to the floor and then the strategies for sustainability. The art of Sustainable Facilities Management lies in balancing People, the Environment and Cost. Dr Kang left us with the quote “The freedom of use is not the license to abuse”. Mr Winson Wee, our very own SP Graduate, Vice President of Client Engagement & Projects of his company – Reachfield IT Solutions – introduced his company and the solutions they provide for businesses. Mr Wee also spoke about Entrepreneurship, where Passion, Perseverance and Patience were 3 of the many key takeaways for those toying with the idea of delving into start-ups. Mr Clayton Miller tied both ends together as he was both an Entrepreneur and also an ASHRAE Member! He shared the ways that ASHRAE was able to help Engineers. Members can attend seminars, attend e-learning classes, publish research or gain certifications thru ASHRAE to advance HVAC&R and Building Energy Research to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

Mr Winson Wee talking about effective IT Business Solutions

The bustling night ended with 5 lucky winners returning home that night with prizes from SPGG and ASHRAE! Mr Nazir (Tan) Amir, Mr Ananthan, Mr Toe Oo Zaw, Mr Norman Ng and Ms Florence Chan walked away with SPGG F&B Vouchers and Swiss Army Knives!

The event would not have been successful without the participation of IET – the Institute for Engineers and Technologists; we send our thanks to them. We hope that all participants managed to expand their contacts, and join us for the many more networking nights to come!

7th SPGG-IET Networking Nite The next networking night will be on Fri, 15 April and we welcome anyone who would like to share their views or even present a presentation to join us by contacting Ms Roopy at

Engaging conversations

Soothing music Activities by SP String Ensemble 15


s l a i c e p S s a Christm It was a Christmas celebratory mood for SPGG members and their families when they participated in the SPGG Christmas Light-Up on 18 December last year. Our Christmas tree was decked up with vibrant ornaments and tags that were wishes from the youth at Life Community Services Society (LCSS).

Christmas Tree Light Up Ceremony & Official Opening of Wellness Centres

Hon Assistant General Secretary Vincent Lim with the Bursary Recipients

SPGG President Jimmy Lim kicked off the programme with his welcome speech following which the Christmas carol strollers stole the limelight and filled the happy atmosphere. 18 December also marked the Official Opening day of our newly renovated Wellness Centres which underwent a half-a-million-dollar renovation from 23 Aug to 12 Nov.

Bursary Awards 2011 This year’s Christmas Special was exceptionally sweet for 28 bursary recipients. Honorary Assistant General Secretary, Vincent Lim, who is the Chairman of Student & Member Welfare, handed out a total bursary value of $10,300 to 5 SPGG Members’ children and 23 students from our alma mater, Singapore Polytechnic after offering his well wishes and words of encouragement on their studies.

Santa, could you pls sculpt a balloon for me too?

Meticulously orchestrated by the SP String Ensemble, their enchanting music pieces and the Christmas carols sung by the 2-piece strollers kept everyone in high spirits throughout the evening. Professor Messy, a science magician, thrilled the children with various experiments and tricks while a roving Santa Claus gave out sculpted balloons and little treats to the children who squealed and crowded around him. As far as the little ones were concerned, it may have been mid December but Christmas had arrived! gleefully posing with Santa

Happy New Year!!!



It was a Rockin’ Wild Wild West Night

Countdown 2011

It was a night of pure fun and entertainment at our Countdown 2011 party, themed, “ Wild Wild West” . To add colour to the night, 4 of our Executive Committee Members, came sportingly dressed in colourful costumes with President Jimmy Lim as the Head Sheriff, 2nd Vice President Ng Hoo Yin as a Red Indian Chief, Honorary Assistant General Secretary Vincent Lim and Honorary Assistant Treasurer Christopher Soh as cowboys!

President Jimmy Lim delivering his welcome speech

Some of the participants too arrived in their wild west outfits, all ready to saddle up and ride their way into 2011. Kick-starting the programme was President Jimmy Lim’s ‘Welcome Speech’, which was quickly followed by the serving of a sumptuous 8-course dinner. Our lively and quick witted emcee, Shak, kept the energy level high throughout the night with sporting Members and Guests gamely participating in the games he orchestrated. Live band performance by the Matthew & the Mandarins carried off soon after and saw a couple of guests swooning to the tunes on the dance floor.

From left: Cowboys Mr Soh & Mr Lim, Head Sheriff President Jimmy Lim and Red Indian Chief, 2nd Vice President Mr Ng

Fabulous Norris from the Tiffany’s Show entertained the crazy crowd with some jokes and games. In another exciting game, “So You Think You Can Line Dance”, 3 groups were blindfolded and were challenged to dance in synchronized steps to win! Popular Korean Song “Nobody Nobody” saw a group of Korean guests rush to the dance floor to groove to their favourite song. Much less aware that they were doing a co-ordinated dance, many thought it was one of the performances for the night! Sooner than we thought, everyone else was getting into the mood to welcome the new year with lots of enthusiasm. Lucky winners also walked away with lucky draw prizes.

Cowboy Shootout Challenge

Fabulous Norris from the Tiffany’s Show entertaining the crazy crowd

The Countdown began with the usual Auld Lang Syne; Members and guests dancing the night away to some Disco. Limbo Rock and the latest Hip Hop hits. Matthew & the Mandarins continued to perform their last set after the countdown to end the rocking night!



Chill Out with DMAT!

Tennis Fun Doubles Sun, 20 Mar 9am-7pm Member: $20+ Guest: $24+



Sat, 2 & Sun,3 Apr From 1pm onwards Member: $15+ Guest: $20+

Presented by Diploma in Music & Audio Technology

Game enough? Join us in this exhilarating yet fun competition to determine how good you are! Live Music @ Piano Lounge 7.00-7.45pm - Fortnightly

8 (Fri), 9 (Sat), 22 (Fri), 23 (Sat) APRIL 6 (Fri), 7 (Sat), 20 (Fri) 21 (Sat)

Highlights - Players will rotate partners to gain points - Prizes for the top 3 pairs - Have a smashing time!

Get ready your cues and head down to battle the pool of competitors!


Fire Prevention Workshop

Fri, 8 Apr: 7-9pm Member: $3+ Guest: $5+

Easter Party Sat, 23 Apr Time: 2-5pm Member Child: $14+ Guest: $16+ Refreshments provided

Highlights - Learn the realities of Fire hazards

Join us!!

- Learn the major causes of Fire - Preventive measures - Understand the basic firefighting equipments - Learn the self rescue & survival techniques through case studies.

Make Up Police Professional Workshop Fri, 20 May 7-9pm Member: $18+ Guest: $20+ Highlights - Choosing the Right Foundation - Eye, cheeks and lip makeup application techniques - Common makeup mistakes - Quick and effective change from day to night makeup - Latest makeup trends!

Highlights -

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Fun & Games Magic Show Goodie bags

For details, Pls call 6796 9988 or e-mail to



The Restaurant’s Promotions MARCH-APRIL

More F&B Perks! @ The Restaurant (Mar-May) A Receive a complimentary deep-

Taiwan Porridge Promotion

fried Garoupa on weekdays when you spend a minimum of $80

Pick your choice from the 37 varieties of dishes on the a la carte menu! (Prices range from $2.00 to $7.50 per dish). Served with piping hot plain or sweet potato porridge.

*Voucher can be redeemed for the Deep Fried Garoupa on next visit at The Restaurant.

Sat, Sun, PH & 1 May Lunch/Dinner

May-June A Enjoy further 10% discount on weekdays with minimum spending of $50!

@ Poolside Café (March) A 10% discount with minimum spending of $30

Apr-May A Receive a complimentary dish (of your choice from the menu) worth $6 with minimum spending of $30.

A What are ya’ll waiting for? Get down to SPGG with your family and friends to enjoy these little extra perks!


The Prince Edward Lounge 2 bottles of Johnny Walker Black Label @ $178 Nett 2 bottles of Chivas Regal 12yrs @ $198 Nett 3 Jugs of Tiger Draft @ $50 Nett Buy 1 bottle Remy X.O. @ $388 & Get 1 free mahjong set

All Prices are subject to 7% GST. The 15% F&B Discount is Not Applicable for these Promotions

Price Adjustment on Hard Liquor Bottles With effect from 1 Mar, hard liquor bottle prices have been raised between 3-5% due to an increase in the cost price. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.




Delectable Nonya Delights ner: Lunch & Din H Sat, Sun & P


ersons) p (2 + 0 .8 6 $2 persons) $48.80+ (4 ersons) p (6 + 0 .8 2 $7


Ngohiang Babi Sliced pork mixed with 5 spice powders, rolled in bean curd skin

Ayam Buah Keluak Chicken pieces cooked with stuffed black nut and prawn

Babi Pontey Pork stew with salted bean paste and Chinese mushrooms

Nonya Chap Chye Braised cabbage with Chinese mushrooms, dried prawns, bean sticks, Lily flowers, black fungus and tang hoon in salted bean paste

Ikan Panggang Daun Pisang Spicy fish fillet baked in banana leaf

Udang Kuah Pedas Nanas Wok-fried spicy prawn with onions in pineapple sauce

All Prices are subject to 7% GST. The 15% F&B Discount is Not Applicable for these Promotions



We Have Your Preferred Celebration Package! Whether it’s a Corporate Event, Birthday Bash, Wedding Anniversary or your Solemnisation, our Banquet Team is ready to make it a memorable occasion for you and your loved ones!

Get Rewarded with a $200 F&B Voucher for Dining at The Restaurant when you spend a minimum of $4,000 at any of your functions here!

Wedding Package

Anniversary Package



+ + + + + + + +

Buffet line Setup @ $50++ per person or Chinese Sit-down dinner @ $500++ per table of 10. Usage of Function Room (4 hrs) One Wedding Arch with Artificial Flowers Red Carpet for March-in One Champagne Fountain for toasting session with two bottles of Sparkling Wine Fresh Flower as centre piece for each table 6 x Fresh Flower stand along the Aisle Packages only applicable for minimum of 100 persons Free flow of soft drinks

+ + + + +

Asian & International Buffet line Setup from $42++ per person. Usage of Function Room (4 hours) Fresh Flower as centre piece for each table Anniversary Celebration Cake (5 kg) Packages only applicable for minimum of 100 persons Free flow of soft drinks

& much more!

& much more!

Birthday Party Package + + + + + +

Asian & International Buffet line Setup from $42++ per person. Usage of Function Room (4 hours) Fresh Flower as centre piece for each table Birthday Cake (5kg) Packages only applicable for minimum of 100 persons Free flow of soft drinks

& much more!

Corporate Event Package + + + + + +

Buffet line Setup from $38++ per person. Usage of Function Room (4 hours) Fresh Flower as centre piece for each table Event Cake (5kg) Packages only applicable for minimum of 100 persons Free flow of soft drinks

& much more!

Call Banquet at 6796 9988 or e-mail



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