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SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

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A Special General Meeting will be convened on the 14 of January. Four Resolutions will be discussed at the General Meeting.

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A PERANAKAN AFFAIR

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This year, celebrate the Chinese New Year, Peranakan-style with a repertoire of evergreen songs and skits.

BALLROOM DANCING: SHANGHAI NIGHT Come and enjoy an evening of dance on a large mobile dance floor at the Churchill Room! PG35

JANUARY 2013


CONTENTS

Waltzing down the Danube BY SHYAMALA KANAGASUNDRAM

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General Committee 2012/13 PRESIDENT VICE-PRESIDENT HONORARY TREASURER DEVELOPMENT & PROPERTY CONVENOR ENTERTAINMENT CONVENOR FOOD & BEVERAGE CONVENOR HUMAN RESOURCE CONVENOR LIBRARY CONVENOR MAGAZINE & WEBSITE CONVENOR MEMBERSHIP & RULES CONVENOR PLANNING CONVENOR SPORTS & RECREATION CONVENOR TENDERS & PURCHASING CONVENOR

GENERAL MANAGER FINANCIAL CONTROLLER EXECUTIVE CHEF EVENTS MANAGER FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGER MEMBERSHIP MANAGER SPORTS & RECREATION MANAGER EDITOR DESIGNER ASSISTANT DESIGNER FOR ADVERTISING DEADLINE FOR MATERIAL SUBMISSION

Sim Yong Chan Robert Wiener Zoeb Sadiq Dr Richard Tan Judy Ip-Harris Robert Wiener Lim Kian Kok Peter Koh Nan Sandford Sim Yong Chan David Palmer Patrick Kwek Frank Newman

President’s Message

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General Manager’s Message

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Reciprocal Clubs

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Special General Meeting / Editor’s Note

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Books & DVDs

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Recent Events: Christmas Tree Lighting

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Feature: Vietnam

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Recent Events: Christmas Pantomime

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Feature: Waltzing Down The Blue Danube

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A Peranakan Evening

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Events & Entertainment

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Food & Beverage

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Lunar New Year Feast

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Calendar of Events

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Balut

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Bridge

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Billiards

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Darts / Squash

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Fitness

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Golf

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Lawn Bowls

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Dancing

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Tennis

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Wellness

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Cinema

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Roy Higgs roy.higgs@tanglin-club.org.sg Clara Tan clara.tan@tanglin-club.org.sg Louis Tay louis.tay@tanglin-club.org.sg Tina Supri tina.supri@tanglin-club.org.sg Zaini Rahamat zaini.rahamat@tanglin-club.org.sg Laura Monteiro laura.monteiro@tanglin-club.org.sg Dean Chee dean.chee@tanglin-club.org.sg Nan Sandford Alvin Teu alvin.teu@tanglin-club.org.sg Jolene Toh jolene.toh@tanglin-club.org.sg Habib Mansoor habib.mansoor@tanglin-club.org.sg • 6622 0533 5th of every month for the following issue

5 Stevens Road, Singapore 257814 Tel: 66220555 Fax: 67332391 www.tanglinclub.org.sg Opinions expressed in The Tanglin Club Magazine are solely those of the writers and do not necessarily represent those of The Tanglin Club. The Magazine welcomes articles and other contributions from Members. However, the Magazine & Website Sub-Committee reserves the right to edit all materials, select photographs to be used, or decline publication. MICA (P) 132/05/2012. Published by The Tanglin Club. Printed by PhotoPlatters Pte Ltd.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

My Fellow Members Older Members would remember Ram Surat Rai, our Jaga Number One. According to Forty Good Men, The Story of The Tanglin Club In the Island of Singapore 1865 – 1990, Ram came to Singapore from Calcutta to join his brother who was a jaga at the Club. He remembered vividly the day of his arrival in Singapore in 1935: his ship docked at 10.30 am; by 8 pm he was at work, appointed night jaga at the Club with a salary of $18 monthly and wearing a khaki uniform with a green stripe. 1939 was a proud year for Ram. His elder brother (who retired in 1960) went on six months’ home leave, and Ram replaced him at the front entrance as jaga of the Club for the first time. Ram remained at the Club until his death in 1981. A brass plaque in his memory was installed on one of the balustrade pillars at the main entrance. Unfortunately, the plaque went missing during the recent renovations and the Club has ordered a replacement. With the end of the Second World War, a committee was set up in May 1946 to re-instate the Club. The committee made claims of $48k for denial of liquor stocks to the enemy and a further $50k for damage to property. In 1953, the amount was finally settled at $53,599. Despite the difficulties faced, the Club re-opened informally on Sunday, 1/9/46, with 182 Ordinary Members, including 127 pre-war registered Members and 23 Lady Members and provision for up to 300 service members. Compiling the membership list was no mean task as it appeared that all records had disappeared during the war, but chief clerk Siam Siang Eng was “never fooled into giving rights to imposters”, according to Arnold Thorne, a pre-war committee member and Club president in 1950 and 1953. When it came to reregistering someone as a member it was necessary to confirm his pre-war membership. Many who had not been members attempted to qualify. Two tests were devised. First, Curreem (club steward since the 1930’s) had

to see the person. He knew many by sight but was not infallible. Second, the applicant was asked to furnish a copy of his signature, ostensibly for registration purposes, but in fact to show it to the clerk who was in charge of sorting out the bar chits each day; one glance at the signature was enough to prove membership or otherwise. On one occasion, Curreem recognised Cohen of the Harbour Board as a pre-war member. But he had appeared under a different name and had a different signature, which was not accepted. As it turned out, he had changed his name during the war, and the clerk recognised a copy of his pre-war signature. The Club has been fortunate in having many generations of loyal, dedicated and long-serving employees. Ram, Curreem and Siang Eng (and many others) have made significant contributions to the Club. We honour their memories and give thanks for their service, dedication and labours. We are grateful (to name a few), to people like Zaini, Alice, Razali, Salim, Eddy, Laura, Kumar, Betty, Mr Seng, Agnes, Raj, Mary, Sudin, Belinda, Kok Wu, Seng Ann, Assa, Nancy, Jefri, Osman, Adnan and Susan who unfailingly and cheerfully make us, our family members and guests feel comfortable, familiar and special at the Club. I would like to thank Mary Shotam, who retired a few years ago, for her loyal service. She was a pillar of the Club. There are, among the names mentioned, a core group of men and women whom I would identify as the “spine” of the Club. Without that “spine” we would be a different club; a lesser club. Zaini, our F&B Manager, joined us 38 years ago, as a young man of twenty. He started as an assistant waiter. Through hard work, perseverance and application, he rose through the ranks. He is reputed to know every Member by sight. Shades of Curreem! Members will agree with me that the labour market, especially in the hospitality industry has changed dramatically. There is intense competition for the same group of people from clubs, hotels,

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restaurants, IRs, night clubs and other entertainment outlets. In today’s setting it would be more difficult to find a young Zaini to join us as he would have more opportunities and outlets for his talents and energies. The shortage of Singaporeans and Malaysians to fill the positions has attracted candidates from around the region, China, India and Europe. Given the fierce competition for workers, wages are likely to rise. The new measures on foreign labour announced recently by the government may even shrink the available pool of candidates, and further increase the pressure on wages. To consolidate our status as a premier social club, we must continue to attract a new generation of men and women and groom them to be part of the “spine” of the Club. How do we do that? At the same time, and in the process, how do we ensure that we maintain and affirm our service and quality standards? That is the challenge for the GC and Management. Sim Yong Chan President The Tanglin Club


GENERAL MANAGER’S MESSAGE

Dear Members, December was a busy month at the Club and our members enjoyed the merrymaking over the Christmas season and the fantastic New Year’s Eve Ball. A large turnout of members and their guests kept the staff busy, the food and drinks flowing, and the entertainment neverending, as 2012 drew to a close with a bang, while ushering in the New Year in style. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members a Happy New Year. 2013 promises to be a momentous year for the Club, as members decide on a

number of critical issues that have been put forth by the General Committee. I would urge all members to give these initiatives serious attention, so that the best decisions are reached for the longterm sustainability of the Club. For more details on the Special General Meeting on 14 January, at 6pm in the Churchill Room, please view the Members’ Notice Boards at the lobby of the main Clubhouse. Cheers to a New Year! Roy Higgs General Manager The Tanglin Club

DO YOU KNOW? Members with foreign-registered vehicles without In-Vehicle Units (IUs) are advised to register a cash card of their choice with the Membership Department, to enable their registered vehicles entry to the Club’s Car Parks. Guests with foreign-registered vehicles without IUs will need to use cash cards to gain entry into the Car Parks, from which the prevailing parking charges will be deducted upon exit.

PARKING RATES:

Before 5pm $2.50 for first hour $1.50 for subequent half hour

GUESTS TO PAY FOR PARKING As a means to defray increasing maintenance costs for the Club’s Multi-Storey Car Parks, and also due to limited parking lots, the Club implemented guest parking charges in mid-December 2012. Guest vehicles are still required to be registered with the Club, prior to their entry, and can only be parked at the top-most deck of the Main Clubhouse Car Park, and in the Sports & Recreation Complex on weekdays only.

From 5pm to Club closure $3.50 per entry.

STAFF LEARNING CIRCLE

STAFF TABLE TENNIS

Alvin Teu, from the Marketing Communications recently conducted a Learning Circle for a number of staff. Having attended the Copywriting Essentials course from the British Council, he imparted knowledge of avoiding common copywriting cliches and conceptualisation techniques.

The staff of The Tanglin Club enjoyed a friendly game of table tennis at the newly-renovated Multi-purpose Hall.

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134 RECIPROCAL CLUBS AUSTRALIA ADELAIDE

• The Adelaide Club BRISBANE • Tattersall’s Club • The Brisbane Club • United Services Club CANBERRA • The Commonwealth Club MELBOURNE • Melbourne Club • Royal Automobile Club of Victoria • Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club • The Alexandra Club • The Athenaeum Club • The Australian Club NEWCASTLE • Newcastle Club PERTH • The Weld Club • Western Australian Club SYDNEY • Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron • Tattersall’s Club • Union, University & Schools Club TASMANIA • The Tasmanian Club

BANGLADESH DHAKA • Dhaka Club

CANADA

CALGARY • Glencoe Club • The Ranchmen’s Club TORONTO • Granite Club • The National Club • The Toronto Lawn Tennis Club • University Club of Toronto VANCOUVER • Arbutus Club • Vancouver Club VICTORIA • The Union Club of British Columbia

CHINA

BEIJING • Beijing American Club

FRANCE

PARIS • Cercle de L’Union Interalliée

GERMANY

HAMBURG • Der Ubersee Club BERLIN • International Club of Berlin

HONG KONG • American Club • Hong Kong Club • Hong Kong Football Club • Ladies’ Recreation Club

INDIA

BANGALORE • Bangalore Club CALCUTTA • The Bengal Club • Tollygunge Club MADRAS • Madras Cricket Club MUMBAI • Bombay Gymkhana • Willingdon Sports Club NEW DELHI • Delhi Gymkhana RAJASTHAN • Emerald Garden Club

INDONESIA

BALI • Canggu Club JAKARTA • International Sports Club of Indonesia

IRELAND

DUBLIN • Kildare Street & University Club

ITALY

ROME • Circolo del Ministero Degli Affari Esteri

JAPAN

KOBE • Kobe Regatta & Athletic Club TOKYO • Tokyo American Club YOKOHAMA • Yokohama Country & Athletic Club

KENYA

NAIROBI • Muthaiga Club

KOREA

SEOUL • Seoul Club

MALAYSIA

IPOH • Kelab Diraja Ipoh – Royal Ipoh Club KUALA LUMPUR • Kelab Taman Perdana – Royal Lake Club • Royal Selangor Club • The Raintree Club of Kuala Lumpur

KUCHING, SARAWAK • Sarawak Club NEGRI SEMBILAN • Royal Port Dickson Yacht Club • Royal Sungei Ujong Club PENANG • Penang Club • Penang Sports Club • Penang Swimming Club

MONACO

MONTE CARLO • Yacht Club de Monaco

NEW ZEALAND AUCKLAND • The Northern Club CHRISTCHURCH • The Christchurch Club

DUNEDIN

• The Dunedin Club NAPIER • Hawke’s Bay Club

PAKISTAN

LAHORE • The Lahore Gymkhana • The Punjab Club Lahore

PHILIPPINES

BAGUIO • Baguio Country Club MAKATI • Manila Club • Manila Polo Club

SPAIN

BARCELONA • Circulo Ecuestre

SRI LANKA

COLOMBO • Colombo Club • Colombo Swimming Club NURWARA ELIYA • The Hill Club

SOUTH AFRICA CAPE TOWN • Kelvin Grove Club DURBAN • Durban Club JOHANNESBURG • The Country Club Johannesburg SANDTON • Inanda Club

SWEDEN

STOCKHOLM • Sallskapet

GOTEBORG • The Royal Bachelors Club

TAIWAN

TAIPEI • American Club in China

THAILAND

BANGKOK • The Bangkok Club • The British Club • The Royal Bangkok Sports Club

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ABU DHABI • The Club

UNITED KINGDOM

ABERDEEN • Royal Northern & University Club EDINBURGH • The New Club • The Royal Overseas League • The Royal Scots Club GLASGOW • The Western Club LIVERPOOL • The Athenaeum LONDON • Army & Navy Club • Carlton Club • East India Club • Naval & Military Club • Oriental Club • The Royal Air Force Club • The Athenaeum • The Caledonian Club • The Calvary & Guards Club • The Hurlingham Club • The Lansdowne Club • The Naval Club • The New Cavendish Club • The Reform Club • The Royal Automobile Club • The Royal Overseas League • The Sloane Club • Oxford & Cambridge Club NORWICH • The Norfolk Club OXFORDSHIRE • Phyllis Court Club, Henley-on-Thames

UNITED STATES

BOSTON • Harvard Club of Boston • Union Club of Boston

CHICAGO • The University Club CLEVELAND • The Union Club HONOLULU • The Pacific Club NEW HAVEN • The Graduate Club NEW YORK CITY • The Harvard Club of New York City • The Princeton Club of New York • The Union League Club • The Yale Club of New York City PHILADELPHIA • The Racquet Club PITTSBURGH • The University Club SAN FRANCISCO • The Metropolitan Club • Olympic Club SEATTLE • The Rainier Club • Washington Athletic Club WASHINGTON DC • Cosmos Club • The Georgetown Club • The University Club

VIETNAM

HANOI • The Hanoi Club


EDITOR’S NOTE A very Happy New Year to all our members! The year 2012 ended with a bang at the Club with our traditional Christmas celebrations and parties. The Cinderella Pantomime by the Stage Club was excellent, with a packed Theatrette of children and their parents thoroughly enjoying themselves. Many thanks of appreciation go to David Hickman and his fellow volunteers at the Stage Club for another sold-out performance. The Ladies Christmas Lunch on 6 December had a smaller

turn-out than usual, but the attendees were immensely entertained by fine food and music, which included a fashion show featuring our own ladies as models! The Bridge Section hosted another very successful party, and the food was excellent, as usual. Our long-standing members would agree with me, that being members for so long, we have many fond memories of great fun with friends and family, which fostered relationships so strong that being miles apart and time spent away did nothing to diminish that

camaraderie that we always had. Having said that, I urge our longstanding members to welcome our newer ones into our family, and pass down the tradition of fostering friendship that is unique to our Club. With that, I wish all our Members, old and new, a Happy 2013! Nan Sandford Editor, The Tanglin Club magazine

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING Monday, 14 January at 6pm

A Special General Meeting of the Members of The Tanglin Club will be held at the Club on Monday, 14 January 2013 at 6pm. Registration desks will be opened at 5 pm for Members to register and collect their ballot papers and voting cards for the Meeting. Please bring along your Club card when registering. By Order of the General Committee

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BOOKS ADULT FICTION The Guilty One Lisa Ballantyne The Devil’s Bounty Sean Black Assasins Creed: Brotherhood Oliver Bowden Assasins Creed: Revelations Oliver Bowden Absence of the Hero Charles Bukowski 1356 Bernard Cornwell Bared To You Sylvia Day A Dark and Broken Heart R.J. Ellory Green is the Colour Lloyd Fernando Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder Shamini Flint Inspector Singh Investigates: A Curious Indian Cadaver Shamini Flint Coronation Paul Gallico The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken Tarquin Hall Brothers Yu Hua The Woman In the Fifth Douglas Kennedy A Special Relationship Douglas Kennedy State Of The Union Douglas Kennedy The Moor: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Laurie R. King A Monstrous Regiment of Women: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Laurie R. King Live By Night Dennis Lehane Ricky Star Lim Thean Soo How It All Began Penelope Lively Learning To Talk Hilary Mantel

The Giant, O’Brien Hilary Mantel The Blackhouse Peter May Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder Catriona McPherson Spider Boys Ming Cher The Roundabout Man Clare Morrall Silent House Orhan Pamuk Bones Are Forever Kathy Reichs Delusion In Death J.D. Robb Honour Elif Shafak Ten Weeks In Africa J.M. Shaw Burnt Shadows Kamila Shamsie The Black Monastery Stav Sherez The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds Alexander McCall Smith Dead Point Peter Temple The Kashmir Shawl Rosie Thomas Sanctus Simon Toyne The Quality of Mercy Barry Unsworth The Potter’s Hand A.N. Wilson

ADULT NON-FICTION The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild Lawrence Anthony White Fever: A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia Jacek Hugo Bader The Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett Samuel Beckett The Second World War Anthony Beevor OB Markers: My Straits Times Story Cheong Yip Seng

BOOK REVIEW

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by Bernard Cornwell Thomas of Hookton, a veteran of Crecy and many other battles, is the leader of a mercenary company of bowmen and men-at-arms who ravage the countryside east of Gascony. Edward, Prince of Wales, later to be known as the Black Prince, is assembling an army to fight the French once more, but before Thomas can join, he must fulfill an urgent task. A fascinating hero and the pursuit of a sword with mythical power, thought to be concealed somewhere near Poitiers. Go with God and fight like the Devil….in 1356.

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My 1,000 Days Ordeal Cheing Ching The Roots of Obama’s Rage Dinesh D’Souza The General: Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved Jonathan Fenby Fatal Self-Deception: Slaveholding Paternalism in the Old South Eugene D. Genovese and Elizabeth FoxGenovese Wild Coasts: Travels on South America’s Untamed Edge John Gimlette Easy Bill Granger Things I Didn’t Know Robert Hughes Return To a Sexy Island Neil Humphrey Telling It Straight Mahathir Marino Giving Up the Ghost Hilary Mantel Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle In Your Mind Joyce Meyer Chasing the Dragon: One Woman’s Struggle Against the Darkness of Hong Kong’s Drug Dens Jackie Pullinger Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future Robert B. Reich Indonesia Rising: The Repositioning of Asia’s Third Giant Anthony J S Reid Chinese Characters: Profiles of FastChanging Lives In a Fast-Changing Land Angeline Shah and Jeffrey Wasserstorm Chinese Heritage Cooking Christopher Tan Eat To Live Sylvia Tan To a Mountain In Tibet Colin Thubron How To Avoid Falling In Love With A Jerk John Van Epp Anthony Reid and the Study of the Southeast Asian Past Geoff Wade and Tana Li The Price of Politics Bob Woodward


DVDS

DVD REVIEW

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman (Bale) assumes responsibility for Dent’s crimes in order to protect Dent’s reputation and is hunted as a fugitive by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, Gotham has recovered from the Joker’s killing spree, and is experiencing a time of piece. A warning from the enigmatic Selina Kyle (Hathaway) foreshadows a coming cataclysm, prompting the Dark Knight to rise and to return to the city where must stop the villain Bane (Hardy) and his plans to destroy Gotham.

ACTION & ADVENTURE • • • • • • • •

The Amazing Spiderman (2012) The Bourne Legacy (2012) The Bullet Vanishes (2012) The Dark Knight Rises (2012) The Expendables 2 (2012) Total Recall (2012) Tracker (2010) Serenity (2005)

DRAMA • • • • • • •

Dangerous Liasons (2012) Hannibal Rising (2012) Imperfect (2012) Lan Kwai Fong (2012) Step Up: Revolution (2012) The Assassins (2012) The Raven (2012)

COMEDY

• Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) • The Campaign (2012)

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Life Happens (2011) Red Light Revolution (2010) You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961)

FOR KIDS

• Arthur Christmas (2012) • Brave (2012) • Secret of the Wings: A Tinker Bell Movie (2012) • The Swan Princess Christmas (2012)

TV SERIES

• Glee: Season 3 (2011) • Grey’s Anatomy: Season 8 (2011)

DOCUMENTARY • • • •

Delphi Center of the World (2011) Explore The World (2011) Fairways to Heaven (2011) Military Secrets & Scandals of the 29th Century (2011) • Moscow and the Golden Ring (2011)

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Stonehenge and Megalithic Cultures (2011) Teotihuacan: City of the Gods (2011) The President’s Book Of Secrets (2011) Wainwright Walks - Lake District (2011) Orchid Island (2010) The Story of Science (2010) The Enchanted Pacific to the Max (2007) The Great Southwest (2005) Francesco’s Venice (2004) The Incredible Human Body (2002) Railways (2001) Lewis Hamilton: Unauthorized/Complete Story

BLU-RAY • • • • • • •

The Amazing Spiderman (2012) The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventure (1981) The Gladiator (2000) The Bourne Identity (2002) The Bourne Supremacy (2004) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)


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FEATURE

VIET NAM If in your travel dreams there exists no Vietnam, then you’ve driven out the glory of ancient An Nam and the flurry of newfangled Republican Việt Nam. From ancient ruins to remote sand dunes; From cascading falls to mountains tall; From Buddhist temples to French architectural marvels; From Ho Chi Minh City most hot to temperate Dalat Resort; From narrow guerilla tunnels to constricted traffic funnels; From motorcycles in profusion causing even more confusion; From the longish dragon fruit to even longer bananas; From glassy Viet Bánh (noodles) to springy summer rolls; From oh-so-cut-rate cashews to oh-so-cutthroat cashiers; From the mighty Mekong to its tiny nipa-treed sông*; From war relics on location and in museum preservation; From rigid “langue française” to dynamic “langue anglaise”*; From in-flowing money to eager-to-please market economy; From retail shops to sweatshops to workshops; From factories to laboratories to galleries; From Việt Minh to Việt Cộng to Việt NOW; Vietnam has the vim & verve for a Việt WAVE. *sông = river *langue française = French; langue anglaise = English

by TEO BENG E teobenge@hotmail.com Long Live the B

ananass.

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RECENT EVENTS

THE TANGLIN CLUB’S

CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME

CINDERELLA 24 & 25 NOVEMBER

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FEATURE

Waltzing down the Danube

BY SHYAMALA KANAGASUNDRAM

The city of Regensburg any damage during ng WWII, there was no reason to rebuild after the he war. On our first night in Prague, we had dinner at the Castle the dd h Lovkovitz k l where h h present owner resides and was our host while we listened to a superb baroque sextet. We also toured the Jewish quarter where there is a poignant memorial to the Jews who lived there. The memorial was a restored building with the names of the victims painted on the walls.

My husband and I decided to take a cruise down the historic Danube to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We knew that the Danube flowed through some of the most historic and beautiful parts of Europe. We were not wrong. This was one of the best decisions we ever took and one of the most enjoyable and instructive experiences we ever had. We spent 10 days on the river in autumn with beautiful cool weather and very soon got into a routine. We would sail from dusk to dawn and land at a historic town. After breakfast, we would visit the historic and artistic sights of the town guided by knowledgeable local guides in small groups. Lunch would be on shore and after an afternoon of leisurely sight seeing, we would return to the boat and set sail. There were two other ladies who were bridge fanatics and we would play on the deck while we sailed thru beautiful valleys and woods. After a sumptuous dinner, we would be treated to a really good classical concert with local musicians and on one night, to a hilarious comedy review by the crew.

Prague Castle – the biggest castle in the world

The old town square at Prague Castle

The next day we took the coach to Regensburg in Bavaria and the start of our Danube tour. The beautiful blue Danube, extolled by writers and composers, is an extraordinary river. It passes through eight countries and four capital cities have been built on its banks. The Danube flows from Bavaria to the Black Sea. The first thing that strikes one is its cleanliness, although it is not blue but brown. If Johann Strauss had named his famous composition ‘The Brown Danube” I don’t think it would have had the same appeal! Water quality is measured in five grades from one- portable to five- polluted. The Danube throughout its length is ranked at two- almost drinkable! Imagine the amount of investment and co-ordination to treat water inflow between eight countries and what an example for the filthy and polluted rivers in Asia to emulate! We started our tour in Prague although it is not on the Danube. What is it about Prague that attracts travellers? Is it the proliferation of Gothic spindles and spires? Or the romantic mist rising from the Vltara River? For these reasons and more, millions of travelers arrive annually in the Czech capital with high expectations. Prague was the second city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and is now the capital of the modern Czech Republic. It is a beautiful and historic city with the architecture of all ages- medieval, renaissance, baroque and neogothic- all harmoniously blending side by side. As Prague was spared

At one stop, we were taken to a vineyard which has its own winery. Here we tasted samples of their excellent wine and after tasting so many different types of wine, everyone was in high spirits! All of the Czech lagers are wonderful, especially next to a blazing fire and sitting on wooden benches. However, I would give the ‘king of Beers’ award to the dark Czech larger Kozel. The food on board was sumptuous and besides the main dining

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FEATURE hall, there was also a fine dining restaurant where one could make bookings.

over the town. Our next stop was Vienna, the magnificent capital of the AustroHungarian Empire. We could easily have spent a week there The Spanish Riding School as there was so much to see. We in Vienna visited the Shonbrun Castle where, after climbing a short hill, the sun suddenly spotlights a turreted castle clinging to a wooded hillside. We watched a rehearsal of the famous Lipinzanner horses and had dinner at a renaissance Palace. But Vienna is not all about history and tradition: many new sleek cafes and bars have opened up, adding a new dimension to a city that until not long ago was in a post-World War II slumber. Now it is a vibrant European Union capital. We tasted the famous Sacher Torte and Apple Strudel for which Vienna is famous.

The second day, we reached Passau, situated at the junction of the Danube and its two tributaries, one of which comes from the Swiss Alps and carries a larger amount of water than the Danube. We sailed thru beautiful scenery consisting of farmland and forest and were told there were many deer, wild boar and even the occasional bear. We were next in Linz in Austria. Linz straddles the Danube on both sides and is located at one of its most scenic spots. It is a simple and attractive town with a very cultured and civilized way of life and interestingly, it was Hitler’s birthplace! We listened that night to a concert by the riverside. The next day we were in Salzburg, a beautiful baroque city and the Hohensalzburg Castle atop Festungsberg Mountain in Salzburg

We then sailed to Budapest which was the 3rd city of the AustroHungarian Empire and built on a grand scale. Budapest is one of the world's most beautiful cities and is known as the "Pearl of the Danube". We enjoyed a natural hot water spa and had dinner at the Academy of Sciences. Hungary has had 14 Nobel prize winners in Science, on a per capita basis, the most in the world. Cruising down the beautiful Danube, dining at a palace hosted by the prince, enjoying Kleiner Brauner (a small coffee with milk) and Sacher torte at a sleek café, visiting castles that rivaled with Versailles for opulence, soaking in the breath taking scenery of alpine peaks, lakes and enchanting valleys, seeing white Lipizzaner horses move to the tunes of classical music, listening to The Vienna Boys Choir pledge their innocence to the heavens above... how could one possibly ask for more!

birthplace of Mozart where the genius lived, loved and composed. Mozart, a child prodigy, had the gift of perfect pitch and an unrivalled memory. He achieved musical perfection with his operas The marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. His unfinished Requiem is shrouded in mystery as he died while he was still working on it. Some say that he was writing his own requiem. We visited a baroque church where Mozart was the resident organist, a medieval castle and the house of Mozart. The residents of Salzburg are immensely proud of their most famous son and there are numerous memorials to him all Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna

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This year, celebrate the Chinese New Year in the Churchill Room, Peranakan-style. A repertoire of evergreen songs; traditional “dondang sayang, pantun and ronggeng� and a not-to-be missed skit that will leave you bursting in laughter! A non-stop entertainment-filled evening that you have to sign up for! Price: $85 (Member) & $95 (Guest)

FOR ENQUIRIES Please contact Events Department at 66220437/0438. FOR RESERVATIONS Email tina.supri@tanglin-club.org.sg or vanitar.sindaya@tanglin-club.org.sg


EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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CIRCLE OF LOVE: DADS AND DAUGHTERS VALENTINE DANCE

SATURDAY, 9 FEBRUARY, 5.30PM TO 7.30PM AT THE RAFFLES ROOM Have your little Valentine put on her best dress and get ready with dad where she’ll dance and have fun with other dads and daughters. We are celebrating the special bond between fathers and daughters. (That said, don’t feel left out mums: you’re invited too!) Dress up and hit the dance floor, where professional dance instructors will teach families how to dance. Entertainment includes a ‘live’ music with DJ, daddy-daughter and mummy-son photo-taking session, a complimentary corsage, card and flower for each daughter. Price: $25 per pair (adult and child), $10 per additional child or adult. Price includes refreshments. Please book early.

ADULT CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING CLASS EVERY WEDNESDAY (START DATE TO BE ADVISED) 3.30PM TO 5.30PM

Awed by the intricate artwork and deft skills in the art of Chinese Brush Painting? Why not learn the know how’s with our very own instructor Mr Yap Sin Guan? We are looking to form a group (minimum 8 persons) to start. Price: $250 per month (charged to member’s account) *Additional $100 to be paid to instructor for the art materials

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Have you heard? We are now officially a Section recognised by the Club! The Tanglin Club Choir invites new faces and voices to join us in unison in our performances in various events. Rehearsals will be held on Monday, 28 January, at 11am to 12pm, 3pm to 4pm and 8pm to 9pm at the Churchill Room. For enquiries and registration, please email vanitar.sindaya@tanglin-club.org.sg

EVENT DISCLAIMER

Please note that reservations for all Club events must be in written form and submitted to the Events Department prior to the date of the cancellation period. There is no guarantee of placement or seats for walk-ins on the day of event. The organisers, sponsors, management and staff will not be held liable for late cancellation, overbooking, force majeure or any other situation beyond their control. Cancellation Policy – Unless otherwise stated, cancellation period is two weeks before the date of event. Full charges apply for any cancellation done after. All cancellation has to be in written form.

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EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

ÅGE ALEKSANDERSEN IN CONCERT “LIVE” IN THE TANGLIN CLUB FRIDAY, 15 MARCH, 7.30PM AT THE THEATRETTE

Åge Aleksandersen is Norway’s most famous singer/songwriter, and is well known for songs like “Lys og Varme” (Light and Warmth), “Fire Pils og en Pizza” (Four Pilseners and a Pizza) and “Rosalita”. He also wrote and performed the official song of the 1997 Nordic skiing World Championship called “Snørosa” (The Snowrose). Åge has sold almost 1.5 million copies of his many albums in Norway alone. Hailed as the Norwegian answer to Bruce Springsteen. he has won countless awards, including the Spellemannprisen awards (the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammys) in 1980, 1981, 1984, and 2006. Get ready to rock, Norwegian-style with Åge Aleksandersen, ‘live’ at The Tanglin Club! Price: $85 (Member) & $125 (Guest).

SIBERIAN TOUR TALK BY PAVEWAY EXPLORERS HOLIDAYS

INSPIRING JOURNEYS, SPIRIT OF TRAVEL.

THURSDAY, 31 JANUARY, 6.30PM TO 8PM AT THE THEATRETTE Planning for a holiday? Presenting guest speakers from Colombia, United States and Singapore. They will share with you insights on some beautiful untouched places, breath-taking sights and experience for a truly inspiring journey. Paveway Explorer Holidays will be presenting a talk on “New Journeys” involving rail, sea and land. The presentation encompasses informative talks on the Trans Siberian Railway, River Cruises, and South America’s up and coming destination: Colombia.” Price: $15 per person. Price includes coffee, tea and light snacks.

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SATURDAY, 26 JANUARY, 10AM TO 12.30PM AT MAIN CLUBHOUSE Discover how the Club works to accomplish its goals of first-class dining, sporting and recreational facilities. You will explore rarelyseen locations like the back-of-the-house, kitchen areas & bars, front office operation and security. This tour is filled with experiences and stories you couldn’t get anywhere else. Suitable for Children aged 7 years and above. Price: $10 (includes refreshments)

FOR ENQUIRIES Please contact Events Department at 66220437/0438. FOR RESERVATIONS Email tina.supri@tanglin-club.org.sg or vanitar.sindaya@tanglin-club.org.sg

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FOOD & BEVERAGE

THE TANGLIN CLUB PRESENTS:

A SPECIAL

Valentine’s Day DINNER THURSDAY, 14 FEBRUARY, 7PM AT THE CHURCHILL ROOM Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day at The Churchill Room. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two specially prepared by our esteemed chefs.

Price: $98 per person. Price includes one bottle of Prosecco Sparkling Wine per couple.

MONTES WINES Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 It has an intense ruby colour, with hints of red fruits and evocations of blackcurrant, chocolate and a cigar box, and is in balance with wellintegrated oak (French Alliers fine grained oak). Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2010 Its intense golden colour with green hues shows a clean and brilliant wine. ANY 6 BOTTLES FOR $270 Available for purchase at the Deli Lounge

CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH

SUNDAY, 27 JANUARY, 11.30AM TO 2.30PM AT THE CHURCHILL ROOM Thank goodness for Sundays, when you can find the time to rest and relax with friends and family. If you have had a tough and hectic week, some good food and good company will most surely rejuvenate you for the week ahead!

Purchase a minimum of six bottles (worth $270) and you’ll receive six Schott Zwiesel wine glasses and a wine decanter (worth a total of $100) for

Price: $85 (Adult with champagne), $45 (Adult without champagne) & $22.50 (Children below age 12).

FREE. While stocks last!

Free-flow of champagne, beer and wine. Last day for cancellation: 21 January

THE CHURCHILL ROOM The Churchill Room will be closed for dinner on 1, 14, 18, 25 & 26 January, and for lunch on 27 January

FOR ENQUIRIES Please contact the F&B Department at 66220432 or email rozita.ab@tanglin-club.org.sg

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FOOD & BEVERAGE

Lunar New Year Feast 28 January to 24 February Usher in the Year of the Snake with our Lunar New Year specials!

Yu Sheng Promotion 28 January to 24 February

Salmon Yu Sheng Superior Salmon Yu Sheng: $31.80 (serves 4 to 6 person). Deluxe Salmon Yu Sheng: $42.80 (serves 6 to 10 person). Hamachi Yu Sheng Superior Hamachi Yu Sheng: $36.80 (serves 4 to 6 person). Deluxe Hamachi Yu Sheng: $46.80 (serves 6 to 10 person)

Prosperity Fatt Chye Claypot $198 (serves 4 to 6 person) $388.80 (serves 10 or more person)

Tanglin Club Specialty Roast Duck $48 (Takeaway only).


The Churchill Room Presents: Every Friday & Saturday*


BALUT

November was high in spirits (in all possible connotations) when eight players from the Club winged their way to Kota Kinabalu in idyllic Sabah for the 32nd STC Interport Balut Competition hosted by the Kinanbalu Yacht Club, last year’s champions. KYC were amazingly good hosts and the 180 guests from the region were well watered and fed through the 2 days of the official programme. The cultural shows were entertaining and Captain Sapinah did the head hunter pack proud by popping the sacrificial balloon with one dart from the blow-pipe. Vikram kept the TC flag flying by coming 5th among 180 participants. Congratulations! For the record, KYC retained the inter-port bragging rights, but, gracefully acceded to the request from the Philippines to host next year’s event in Manila. Thank you Kinabalu Yacht Club for a fantastic show.

said ‘’enough is enough” and went for the lowest session score of 42. 647 points won Min Song the highest session score in the monthly game. Game over, prizes given, and the players settled down to a well-deserved repast which continued, as usual, much later than expected. Yes, another good night. For the statistically minded, final scores of leaderboard 2012 are: • Sapnah Hughes 3669 • Sethuraman G 3603 • Fatema Sadiq 3549

Amid all the huffing and puffing during the year, Sapinah came in 2nd in the overall score standings in the Inter-Club games in Singapore. Kudos to Sapinah!

Hot off the press is that the Section has a new Trophy, donated by Sapinah, and, known as “Sapinah’s Flop”. Yes, there is actually a reason for this, but, you have to be there at the final game and a tight finish on the leader board. So, join up to find out. Come on it’s Balut - loud, noisy and we make no pretense of being genteel! The Balut Section wishes all Club members Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year. Read this space in 2013 for a $1,000 dollar challenge. If you can’t wait, collar someone from the Section and ask... till next year then!

The Section loped towards end-November with the final game of the year, and with it the crowning of the Balut champion. The Occasional Acapella Kelong Choir was all ready to burst into a full-throated rendition, but remained unemployed when Sapinah bested all others to become the Balut Champion 2012. Convenor Sethuraman was the runner-up and was all praise for the champion’s consistency through the year. Highest session score of 680 by Deepa Gupta was hardly challenged and a well-deserved trophy to Deepa. The highest game score of 150, clocked in January by Raj Sundarason, held steadfast till this game when Nan Sanford flicked her wrist in a leisurely fashion and recorded 157. Undeterred, Raj

Vikram Raman Balut Committee Member

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BRIDGE

Ist place winners Tay Lian Pheck and Betsy Mainwaring

Winners of the P a Trevor Li and N irs Club Cham pionship ancy Yu ng.

DIWALI BRIDGE GAME AND HIGH TEA The 5 Day Festival of Deepavali is one of the most important Hindu festivals of the year. The name “Diwali” or “Divali” is a contraction of “Deepavali” which means “row of lamps” and Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and the house is cleaned from top to bottom in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends. The Tanglin Club Bridge Section continued many of these traditions during their annual Diwali Bridge Game and High Tea on Monday November 11th by decorating the Raffles Room with flickering tea lights and swathes of traditional Jasmine garlands, strands of which were also tied around the wrists of each guest as they entered the room. They were also presented with a Bindi, a bright red drop or spot to wear on their foreheads, and many guests wore their most colourful and beautiful sarees or Salwar Kameez for the occasion. Finally, and only after many photographs had been taken of everyone in their finery, the Bridge Game commenced. Play stopped to give everyone a chance to enjoy a traditional High Tea and after the second half of the game the winners were announced. First place went to partners Tay Lian Pheck and Betsy Mainwaring, with Sindu Kuruville and Greta Chai in second place and Rohini Arya and

Grace Yeh in third position. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all who made it such a colourful and exciting occasion. The Pairs Club Championship was held on Saturday November 17th in the card room with the worthy winners being Trevor Li and Nancy Yung, closely followed by Grace Yeh and Sui Sim Chang and Anjna Beri and Sherna Danani.

SAVE THE DATE HONG BAO LUNCH/GAME Date: Monday, 28 January Venue: Raffles & Claymore Room Time:12.30pm to 5.30pm “OUT OF THE HAT” (Members Only) Date: Tuesday, 22 January Venue: Wine Bar Time: 6.00pm – 10.30pm More details to follow, watch out for sign up sheets in the Card Room. Susan McDonnell

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BILLIARDS

November 2012 was certainly a month to remember in our calendar. In the run up to the holiday season, our Billiards Section visited Hong Kong on the 16th and 17th of November 2012 to continue the established tradition of reciprocal friendly games with the Hong Kong Club and the Kowloon Cricket Club. The Tanglin Club was represented by Mr. Cheung Yew Tak, Mr. Paul Wong, Dr. Ng Boon Keng, Mr. Andrew Lim, Mr. Neville Tindale, Mr. Kevin Chen, Mr. Alex Yew and Mr. Arshad Bhojani. The Hong Kong Club (HKC) experience was a very good one with many of us stepping into their new club building for the first time. HKC were the perfect host in ensuring that our glasses were constantly filled (to even the playing field no doubt!). To add to everyone’s enjoyment, the overall score was a very favourable one – no one came in second place – HKC and TC tied! Of the ten games played, 7 were singles where HKC led 4-3 against TC and 3 doubles where TC prevailed with a good 2-1 win giving an overall score of 5-5. After the customary photo-taking and plague exchange, we were treated to a sumptuous dinner that was something our stomachs

would not forget for some time to come. The next afternoon was an equally enjoyable experience with the Kowloon Cricket Club (KCC) hosting us in their “cave” which all of us felt had the character and feel of what a real billiards room should be like! We were shown some antique collectables for billiards memorabilia that KCC had amassed over the years that prompted a few of the TC players to comment that we should also put together something like that! The TC team put up a strong fight but we were no match for the high level of snooker that was played against us. The score is something best left unreported to say the least. We were treated to a wonderful dinner which was followed up with more friendly games given that we had an earlier start with KCC. We ended the evening with the exchange of tokens of appreciation and photo-taking. We look forward to hosting both HKC and KCC in the near future – we will keep Section members advised on the visit dates so that we can also host the clubs with the warmth and camaraderie that they have shown us. On the home front, we had our usual section night on 22nd November, with

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Dr. Ng Boon Keng capturing the night with his skill and finesse from years of exacting practice! Congratulations on the win! We are also pleased to report that The Tanglin Club was represented in this year’s Lagoon National Snooker Ranking 2012 Tournament by Mr. Arshad Bhojani, who won the first round of the competition held on 24th November 2012 by taking the match 3-2. The second round was an extremely tough match against a seeded player and lost 2-3. We would like to thank Mr. Bhojani for representing our Club and we welcome more Section members to take part in more national level games. Our annual Christmas Snooker Marathon cum Christmas Dinner was planned for 29th December 2012 and we will bring you the highlights in next month’s magazine. Happy New Year to everyone and we look forward to a more activity-filled 2013! Billiards Section


DARTS

YEAR-END MESSAGE TO DARTS SECTION MEMBERS The Darts Section committee members take this opportunity to wish everybody a happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. We are very proud to announce that now the membership has risen to over one hundred. The Darts committee members sincerely request all members to make time and join in the fun every Saturday from 3 to 6pm at the Tangles. There are multiple reasons to join in the activity for both young and old.

THE DARTS SECTION ACTIVITIES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

• Darts is an excellent pastime for developing eye/hand coordination and concentration, and as a game of numbers it offers a world of experience for the inexperienced.

• Once in eight weeks on a Saturday, join the ‘free’ dinner at the Tangles at 7pm

• Every Saturday afternoon, enjoy tea and tasty food from 3pm to 6pm in the company of Darts players at the Tangles. • The Tanglin Club vouchers are given away to spend as you please. • Novice players are welcome.

• All Darts members are cordially invited.

• Opportunity for interaction • There are few limitations and prerequisites to becoming one of the best in a sport that recognized its best by the ability to continually exhibit mental and mechanical expertise while surviving the rollercoaster of emotions encountered in endless rounds of competition.

Don’t miss the Chinese New Year Dinner on 16 February 2013. Win goodies and hampers! Sepalika Kumarasinghe Darts Section Committee Member

• A definition that could be used for life itself is a ‘lifelong game’.

SQUASH

Happy New Year from The Tanglin Club Squash Section. With Santa having come and gone, we now get ready for 2013 and the biggest event on our calendar, the President's Cup, the international jumbo doubles tournament to be hosted at the Club over the weekend of January 25 to 27. Look for a very active 2013 from the Squash Section! Field Pickering Squash Section Convenor

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FITNESS

GOLF: CORRECTING COMMON SWING FAULT According to the Titleist Performance Institute, about one third of all amateur golfers possess one or both of the following swing faults, namely sliding or swaying. A sway is any excessive lateral slide of hips away from the target during backswing, while a slide is any excessive lateral slide of hips towards the target during downswing. A part from not having a sound fundamental technique of the swing there maybe a few other cause of the above swing faults. All rotational sports requires the player to have adequate hip internal rotation to allow proper weight shift and transference of force from the ground up. Not having adequate hip internal rotation prevents

ARM DROPS

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loading of the hips thus causing a lost of power there. Secondly inability to have good upper and lower body separation will prevent player to achieve a full shoulder turn again compromising power development. Lastly the lower body need to be able to stabilize itself in the frontal plane during both the backswing and downswing. Not being able to do that will cause not only "power leakage" but greatly diminished accuracy like trying to fire a cannon off a canoe. The following exercises help to address the above mentioned issue give them a try and see how it work out for you.

Lying flat on your back with your knees bent and your arms extended out in front of you, lower your knees to your right side keeping your shoulder blades in contact with the ground. Once you can't rotate your knees any farther, drop your left arm down to the left, keeping your elbow flexed. Hold and repeat to the other side.

Internal Rotation: Lie on your back with both legs at 90 degree angles in the air. Place both fists between the knees. Squeeze your knees into your fists and, while flexing your feet, push lower legs and feet outward. Repeat in 3 sets of 20 reps. You will feel a deep tingle/muscle burn in your side gluteal and hip area.

SIDE PLANKS

Start by lying on your left side with your feet on top of each other and your left elbow directly under your left shoulder. From here, slowly lift your hips off the ground until your spine makes a straight plank. Make sure you elevate high enough to get your calves off the ground. Hold for 30 to 45 seconds return to the ground. Repeat on other side.

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FITNESS

Fresh from the holiday festivities? The party's not over yet, as we welcome you back to your favourite Gym with a "Red Lantern" Party. Join us for another round of great food, drinks and music. It won't be your average get-together, as there'll be lots of prizes to give away in our lucky draw, and plenty of games to keep the party rocking. Get Red! Price: $30 (Member) & $45 (Guest) (Price inclusive of dinner) FOR BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES For more information, kindly contact Arziz at 6622 0593 or aziz.kamsani@tanglin-club.org.sg

Aqua Spin is a water biking class which combines the soothing qualities of water with the calorie burning efficiency of stationary biking (Spinning). The fact that these bikes are placed in the water provides many benefits, the most important of which is the zero impact of the sport. It provides a safe way to build strength in our ligaments and joints for all, and especially those who have undergone surgeries (knee or hip), suffer from arthritis, or any other illness which inhibits land based exercise. Exercise in the water is also proven to increase our cardiovascular endurance and health at a faster pace than land based exercise; decreases their resting heart rate, and increases caloric burn by a factor of 1.5 to 2! What does this all mean? Aqua Spin is a fun, safe and refreshing form of exercise which can help you attain your personal goals faster than any other form of exercise! Be it getting fitter, losing weight, getting stronger, we can do it all in the pool while you feel refreshed and, most of all, while you enjoy the experience! Come join us for a free trial! You can contact the Gym at 6622 0575, Yannick at 9321620 or email Yannick@aquaspin.sg.

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GOLF 16 Tanglin Club golfers enjoyed a leisure game on 16 November at the newly renovated Jurong Country Club (JCC). All had a great time at the course and enjoyed the 4 Ball Best Ball matchplay format.

Congratulations to the 4 winning teams, they are: 1. Mr. Ranjan Ramchandani / Mr. John Scott 2. Mr. Paul Graham Hulme / Mr. Patrick Kwek 3. Mr. Lim Khoon Hin / Mr. Eddy Kong 4. Ms. June Seegers / Mr. Norman Walford

We closed the year with our Annual Christmas Bash at the Tanah Merah Country Club (TMCC) Tampines Course on 6 December. TMCC played a perfect host by welcoming our 44 members with great breakfast, Christmas gifts and a sumptuous buffet lunch after the game. Our very own beautiful

Santarina from The Tanglin Club pampered the golfers with ginger bread and mulled wine. Our heartiest congratulations to all winners: Alban Kang, Ranjan Ramchandani, Paul Graham Hulme, Siegfried Beil, Peter Tan, Chia Hwee Siang, Anthony Teo, Robert Fu and Glenis Lee.

2013 CALENDAR

The Committee is busy drawing up 2013 events for our 333 Golf Section members. Events in the first half of 2013 you can look forward to include: 1. January 25: Annual Captain’s Cup at SICC New Course and dinner at Churchill Room. 2. February 22: Chinese New Year ‘Ang Pow’ Golf at SICC Sime Course and ‘Loh Hei’ dinner at Bukit Room. 3. March 15: 1st Leg of Inter-Social Clubs Golf Tournament (ISCGT) followed by dinner at Sembawang Golf Club. 4. March 23 to 24: (Date and venue TBC): TANS Golf Game 5. April 2 to 6: Oversea Golf Trip to China Hainan Island. 6. May (Date TBC): 2nd Leg of ISCGT at Ria Bintan Indonesia. 7. June (Date and venue TBC): Colonial Cup (Tanglin, American and British) As we bid 2012 farewell, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and blessed 2013. Someone once said, “Golf is not just an exercise; it’s an adventure, a romance… a Shakespeare play in which disaster and comedy are intertwined.” I welcome all golfing members to join us on this adventure in 2013 ! ST Yeo Golf Convenor

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MONDAY TO FRIDAY, 2 TO 6 APRIL 2013

Tour includes: • 4 nights’ accommodation with breakfast • 4 rounds of 18-hole golf game with green, caddy, twin share buggy and locker • All ground private transport till 9pm (except Day 5) • Transport to airport on Day 5 • 1 tour guide • 2 bottles of mineral water per pax daily

FOR BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES For more information, kindly contact Lay Chi at 6622 0577 or lay.chi@tanglin-club.org.sg


LAWN BOWLS

The Tanglin Club lawn bowlers send New Year greetings to all Tanglin Club members, their families and friends, wherever they may be and wish everyone a peaceful, healthy and prosperous year ahead.

CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS 2012 Steve Wright Trophy Singles Winner Rodger Kimpton Runner up Virginia Longfellow

Open Pairs Winners John Child and Lim Peck Tee Runners up Rodger Kimpton and Ted Hartland Drawn Pairs Winners Rodger Kimpton and Lee Ping Runners up Zoher Motiwalla and Peter Allen Singles Plate Winner Lee Wah Runner up Ganesan Sethuramen Drawn Pairs Plate Winners Lee Wah and Anthony Rawlinson Runners up Brendan Quirke and Bob Gunning The 773 tournament and the Novices competition, at the time of writing, remain to be completed. Subject to weather conditions the final rounds should occur before the year end.

THE KINABALU CUP

At the invitation of the President of Bowls Sabah, Tanglin Club sent a team of bowlers to take part in the inaugural mixed triples tournament for the Kinabalu Cup. A total of 55 teams from 10 countries took part and the competition was strong. After the round robin section of the tournament the Tanglin team of Virginia Longfellow, Peck Tee and Rodger Kimpton was in the top eight, but were unfortunate in the next round to meet and lose, by a very small margin, to the team from the Philippines who eventually emerged as tournament winners. The exposure to international competition and the hospitality of the organisers resulted in a bowling experience of very high quality for our players. As a result of our performance and wholehearted involvement in the cultural entertainment which took place following the celebration dinner Tanglin Club has been invited to send two teams when it is held again in May 2013.

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LAWN BOWLS

OPEN PAIRS FINAL

On Sunday 2nd December the long delayed final, due to adverse weather conditions, was played in a comfortably balmy environment between Rodger Kimpton and Ted Hartland, the holders, and John Child and Lim Peck Tee, the contenders. Prior to the game some would have said that John and Peck Tee, although worthy finalists, would be hard pressed to beat Rodger and Ted but such is the fascination of sport that John and Peck Tee dictated the play from start to finish. Having won the first end they were never other than front runners throughout the game although the last end was rather tense for the players and the gallery. Seventeen ends played resulting in a slender lead of 14-13 meant that a tie breaker might

have been required. However that possibility fell away because with one bowl to be delivered the champions were holding two shots meaning that they were ahead by 15-14. Unperplexed and responding to his partner’s entreaties to follow the right line John eventually sent down the be all or end all bowl which somehow threaded its way through the opposition’s barrier of bowls to finish a few inches from the Jack in prime position. Cries of “Who loves ya baby?” echoed all around the green. Congratulations to Peck Tee and John on their win. Just goes to show that it isn’t over until the fat lady sings!

FORTHCOMING EVENTS On 27 January, we shall be hosting a team from Queensland known as the Robina Rebels introduced by former Tanglin Club President George Sandosham. If you would like to play please register with S&R. On Friday, 18 January, we shall be holding the Section Annual Dinner and Awards ceremony. All club members, especially lawn bowls section members are invited to attend. The function will commence at 7pm with pre-dinner drinks and a fun-filled evening will follow. Price: $20 (Section Member) $40. (Non-Section Member & Guest( Please register as soon as possible. John Child Lawn Bowls Section Secretary

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Ballroom Dancing Technique Lessons AT MULTI-PURPOSE HALL

BEGINNER WALTZ TECHNIQUE CLASS

Every Thursday from 17 January onwards

7pm to 8pm

BEGINNER CHA CHA TECHNIQUE CLASS

Every Thursday from 17 January onwards

8.15pm to 9.15pm

INTERMEDIATE RUMBA TECHNIQUE CLASS

Every Tuesday from 15 January onwards

7pm to 8pm

INTERMEDIATE WALTZ TECHNIQUE CLASS

Every Tuesday from 15 January onwards

8.15pm to 9.15pm

FEE: $107 (Member) & $128.40 (Guest) DURATION OF CLASS: 8 sessions per class INSTRUCTOR: Andrey Gurbunov

FOR BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES Please contact Ilsa at 6622 0571 or email ilsa.taip@tanglin-club.org.sg


Ballroom Dancing Shanghai Night Saturday, 23 February 7pm at the Churchill Room The Dance Section presents “Shanghai Night” on the 14th day of Chinese New Year. Come and enjoy an evening of dance on a large mobile dance floor at the Churchill Room and Chinese New Year cuisine with a glass of complimentary wine. Participate in a mass “Lo-Hei” with your friends, members and guests. Come in your best Chinese attire (preferred) or jacket and tie for men and evening wear for ladies to an evening of oriental splendor. There will be prizes for the best dressed Chinese wear.

Price: $40 (Section Member), $60 (Member) & $80 (Guest) Date of Cancellation: 14 February 2013 FOR BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES Please contact Ilsa at 6622 0571 or email ilsa.taip@tanglin-club.org.sg


TENNIS

WINNING THE BATTLE OF WITS

Going into the last match of the WITS autumn season, the Tanglin Tigers were guaranteed 3rd position in Beta division but we did feel confident we could secure 2nd. To everyone’s astonishment and delight, we actually won by a comfortable 4-point margin. Under the able captaincy of Noni Heritage, the rest of the team comprised Helen Crewdson, Aisha Elliott, Isabellita Figgins, Rochelle Gray, Ling Chiam Quee, Esther Ling, Lata Marsh, Jane Rogers, Radiah Steinbock, Janet Stride and Marion White. We now face the daunting task of moving up to B division next season but we are all looking forward to the challenge. Once more, we would like to thank the Club for all their help in providing courts and snacks for our home games. Marion White

LADIES CHRISTMAS BASH The 2012 Ladies’ Morning Tennis Christmas event was held on Monday, 26 November and we had a truly impressive turnout with some 40 ladies playing. The Reds, Blues, Yellows and Greens made for a colorful sight on court and play lasted around 3 ½ hours from 8am with 20-minute rotations. This gave everyone the chance to play five or six matches with different partners. It was a great opportunity to meet other Section members and enjoy some competitive tennis. The Yellows won the Blues in second. After an energetic morning of play, a traditional Christmas buffet of turkey and ham was served at Tangles. I am sure it will be the first of many such meals as we enter the festive season. June Seegers, The Tanglin Club Ladies’ Tennis Captain, presented all four team captains with a small gift and Team Yellow received some vouchers for their hard-fought win. Well done to all! A special thanks to Esther Ling who organised the event and to Cielito Visitacion, who works tirelessly behind the scenes to make the Tennis Section events so successful. As another year draws to an end, I would like to wish everyone Merryy Christmas and a healthy and happy 2013! Bianca Ng

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TENNIS

RYDER CUP The Tanglin Club’s Team “Europe” hosted the inaugural “Ryder Cup” match versus Team USA from the American Club. After splitting the morning “fourball” doubles 2-2, Team Europe sped ahead with a singles win by Alex Greaves, Craig Doel and Justin Crane to lead 5-3 at the halfway mark. Team USA showed their battling spirit by claiming 3 of the 4 afternoon “foursome” doubles to leave the overall score at 6-6. In the final round, Andrew Longfellow and Roland Tan scored tough singles wins but Cillian Leow lost 6-4 to leave Miles Fenley to secure overall victory. Having held double break points at 4-5, 15-40, Miles could not convert and Team USA forced an 8-8 draw. Under official Ryder Cup rules, Tanglin Club’s pseudo-“Team Europe” “retains” the Cup. We look forward to the return match at American Club next year.

YEAR END BASH

The Tanglin Club’s tennis fraternity celebrated its annual end of season bash on Sunday, 2 December. As is tradition, it was a very good night, and the committee welcomes the support from our growing tennis community. We thank Club president Sim Yong Chan and GC member Patrick Kwek for their support that night, and for participating, too! One of the games was a “guess the leg” competition. We had lucky draw prizes comprising free tennis lessons, Spa Botanica vouchers, Prince tennis paraphernalia, and from our own Pro Shop. The scavenger hunt had all tables scrambling to find the youngest staff member, Christmas decoration, and the lady wearing the most red (thanks Patrica), among others. It was a night of merriment, and we ended it on the floor to the music of DJ Armstrong. Here’s to 2013! Virginia Longfellow Tennis Convenor

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WELLNESS

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f you (and that includes men) have not tried a facial, you must! It’s one of the most relaxing beauty treatments on earth; what’s more it benefits your skin. A facial at its most basic deep-cleanses the skin but this is not your everyday wash with cleanser and water. The nature of a facial with its gentle and sometimes firm movements ensures that your surface dead skin cells are exfoliated, or to put it simply, rubbed off. Without regular exfoliation, your skin tends to be dull, much like an overcast sky. If you wish – and this is strictly optional – you may have your blackheads removed during the facial. Open pores that have been clogged by dirt, blackheads get in the way of a smooth skin. Almost always you need intervention, namely extraction with a proper hygienic tool, to get rid of them. This can be painful. Steaming is sometimes preferred, but with such wonderful products these days, it may not be necessary. Deep cleansing and extraction are your first steps towards making your skin a clean canvas, now to add the benefits. Facials these days do more than tone and moisturise. Special wonder creams used during facials can whiten and lighten the complexion. These creams have extra ingredients such as licorice to suppress the formation of melanin, which can cause dark spots. However, if your dark spots are the result of chloasma (discolorations caused by hormones), we suggest you see a specialist. During facials, too, fine lines can be plumped up so your complexion looks fresher, less tired. Ask your therapist about active ingredients such as retinol, hydroxy acids, copper peptides, kinetin, tea extracts and coenzyme Q10 (short form CoQ10). Vitamin A derivatives (they go under different brand names) work by promoting skin renewal, and eliminating wrinkles and sagging. It also smoothes and softens your overall complexion. Going several notches up the regular facials are antioxidant facials and gold facials. Antioxidant facials use creams that contain antioxidants (chemicals that counter damage by external factors such as the sun and pollution) and are enriched with vitamin A, C and E, along with beta-carotene. Gold facials tap on 24-carat pure gold, said to have a powerful effect on lymphatic drainage, facilitating the removal of toxins and wastes. This accelerates the regeneration of new cells. Then there are the facials that use micro-currents to boost circulation and stimulate the skin tissues. Included in this range are galvanic facials, which increase moisture retention and are great for dry skin. All these options may seem rather overwhelming to a facial novice. Our advice is to visit a good salon with trained therapists who use high-quality products. Spa Botanica products with 100 per cent natural source ingredients and natural preservatives have a combination of ingredients for different purposes. Every complexion has to be treated differently – a facial can do this better than any generic product.

Facial Facts

It does your skin a world of good and makes you feel great! What’s not to love about facials?

Article contributed by Spa Botanica Tanglin Club, Level 5 Sports & Recreation Centre.

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CINEMA

ANNOUNCEMENT Due to the upcoming digital conversion, please find below the titles for our January screening. The February movies will be announced via email blasts. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

4, 5 & 6 January • PG • Animation (107 minutes) Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig Director: Steven Spielberg Intrepid reporter Tintin sets off on a adventure beyond his wildest dreams with his trusty sidekick Snowy, after buying an innocuous model ship called the Unicorn. With the help of Scotland Yard detectives Thompson and Thomson, Tintin travels the globe in search of the ship’s secrets, while being hunted by the mysterious Mr. Sakharine. His efforts pay off when he meets Captain Haddock, the last descendant of the captain of the Unicorn, Sir Francis Haddock, and together they solve the mystery with heartstopping action and non-stop excitement. Adapted from the beloved comics of Belgian artist Hergé from the stories The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure, this modern digital adaptation will delight both the adults and children.

MAN ON A LEDGE

11, 12 & 13 January • PG • Action (102 minutes) Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell and Ed Harris Director: Asger Leth Ex-cop Nick Cassidy (Worthington), escapes from prison to plan the ultimate heist: steal a $40 million diamond from cutthroat businessman David Englander (Harris), and in the process prove his own innocence in a crime he did not commit. From the ledge of the famous Roosevelt Hotel with the whole world watching, Cassidy plays a clever game of cat and mouse with the New York Police Department while his dutiful brother Joey (Bell) races against the clock to extract the diamond and clear his brother’s name.

50/50

18, 19 & 20 January • PG • Drama (100 minutes) Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Angelica Houston Director: Jonathan Levine Adam (Gordon-Levitt) is a 27 year-old writer of radio programs and is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. Adam navigates the road to recovery with the sometimes overbearing support of his crude best friend (Rogen), his smothering mother (Houston), and an inexperienced therapist (Kendrick). Inspired by a true story, 50/50 is an honest yet hysterically funny account of a young man’s journey toward healing.

CHRONICLE

25, 26 & 27 January • PG • Action (84 minutes) Starring: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan and Michael Kelly Director: Josh Trank Andrew is a troubled by creative teenager with a keen visual eye and a highquality high-definition camera. Along with his friends Matt and Steve, they make an extraordinary discovery: they acquire amazing abilities beyond their understanding. But as their powers develop, so do their darker sides. Fun and harmless pranks soon lead to much riskier activities as the boys’ ‘gifts’ and their lives spin dangerously out of control.

PLEASE NOTE THAT NO FOOD AND DRINKS ARE ALLOWED IN THE THEATRETTE. SHOWTIMES Friday, 8pm • Saturday, 6pm & 9pm • Sunday, 2.30pm and 8pm FILM RATINGS G – General viewing • PG – Parental guidance required • NC16 – No children below 16 years M18 – For viewers age 18 and above • R21 – For adults age 21 and above FOR ENQUIRIES Please call Reception at 66220555 or visit the website for more information. Moviegoers are to be seated 15 minutes before showtime. Movie details subject to changes.

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IT PAYS TO BE A MEMBER Enjoy the benefits of gaming in a private room, with personalised service by our friendly staff, and be treated to complimentary finger food and drinks. Invite a guest or two to share the fun, in your very own exclusive Club.



The Tanglin Club Magazine: January 2013