Drink at Long Bar (Feb 7)

Dear Member,

Home of the Singapore Sling, the iconic Long Bar at Raffles Singapore will be undergoing restoration from February 13, with a grand reopening planned for mid-2018.

Raffles Hotel has extended an invitation to Singapore Press Club members to enjoy a special evening at the Long Bar before it closes. Members are invited on Tuesday, February 7, from 5pm to 8pm, when they can enjoy 50% off the Singapore Sling, wines, draft beer selection and food at the Long Bar.

The Press Club management committee has accepted the kind offer and would like members to join them to make a party of it. For those who can make it, please let the Secretariat know so that we can make table bookings. Members need to show their membership card and business card to enjoy this privilege.

Best regards
The Secretariat
Singapore Press Club

Singapore Press Club Google Visit (2 March 2017)

Dear Member

The Singapore Press Club has arranged for a tour of Google’s new Singapore office on March 2, 10.30 am to 12.00, followed by lunch.

The tour will include an overview of the Google News Lab and a discussion on how Google works with publishers featuring APAC News Lab lead Irene Jay Liu, APAC Comms Director Tim Chatwin, and Singapore Comms lead Angeline Leow.

Capacity is limited to 20 members.  Press club members may register by Mon, 6 Feb at secretariat@pressclub.org.sg.

Secretariat
Singapore Press Club

Singapore  Press Club Goodwill Mission to Iran (21 – 30 April 2017)

Dear Member

The Singapore Press Club Goodwill Mission to Iran is back on.  The new dates, for this members only event, are 21-30 April 2017.

Iran is a country steeped in history and culture. We will see and learn of this from our visits to the capital Tehran and the historical cities of Isfahan, Qom, Yazd and Shiraz.  We will also meet the country’s leaders and visit its institutions.

There is no Iranian Embassy in Singapore, so we are working with the country’s non-resident Ambassador to Singapore for this trip.

It is estimated to cost around $3,500 per person on a twin-share basis, and $3,800 per person for single-room stay

We are looking at a 35-member delegation, led by Club President Patrick Daniel and Ambassador Zainul Abidin Rasheed.

If interested, please reply by Sunday 5 February 2017, along with your room preference, to the Secretariat at secretariat@pressclub.org.sg.  This should give us time to submit visa applications and other administrative matters.

Thank you.

Bhagman Singh
Vice-President, Singapore Press Club

Ho Chih Minh and Dalat Golf Trip, 24-27 Feb 2017

Dear Golf League Members,

After much negotiation with the hotels, golf clubs and flight agents, I’m glad to provide the itinerary and costings for our Ho Chi Minh and Dalat Golf Trip that will happen on 24-27 February 2017.

I must first thank the members who have already registered their interest, and hope they will all confirm their participation.

SPC Dalat Itinerary

We’d like everyone to take the early morning (7.35am) TigerAir flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM) on Friday 24th Feb. We will go straight to the new 36-hole Tan Son Nhat Golf Course near the HCM airport for our first round of golf. (This course provides night golfing too, so those who are keen have the option of playing another round at your own cost). We’ll spend one night at the 5-star Park Royal Saigon hotel.

The following morning, on Sat, 25th Feb, we’ll take another early-morning flight to Dalat. We’ll go straight to the golf course, have lunch and play a round of golf in the afternoon. We’ll then check into the 4-star Terracotta hotel in Dalat. On Sunday, 26th Feb, we’ll tee-off in the morning and arrange for a trip to the city in the afternoon. Those who prefer to play a second round can do so (again at their own cost).

Take a look at the pictures in the detailed itinerary attached, we’re sure you’ll all love the “Dalat At 1200” championship course where we can play for two days in the cool (18-28ºC) weather.

Costs:

For golfers joining us on a twin-sharing room basis, the cost (excluding airfare) will be $790. For those going on a single room basis, the cost (excluding airfare) will be $950. (This cost includes 3 nights accommodation, 3 rounds of golf, land transfers, breakfasts and dinners, and a small amount for incidentals.)

In the interest of keeping the cost down, we have decided to travel with the budget airlines – TigerAir and VietJetAir. As such, those going for the trip will have to book your own tickets online, following the flight itinerary below. The total cost of the budget airlines air-tickets for both legs is about S$300. This is substantially lower than the lowest quotation of S$425 we got for a group booking.
TigerAir (Singapore – Ho Chi Minh – Singapore)
TR2322 24Feb SIN/SGN 0735(ETD)/0840 (ETA)
TR2325 27 Feb SGN/SIN 1450 (ETD)/1745(ETA)
S$200 (Current rate and subject to changes)
http://www.tigerair.com/sg/en/

VietJet Air (Ho Chi Minh – Dalat – Ho Chi Minh)
VJ360 25Feb SGN/DLI 1105 (ETD)/1155 (ETA)
VJ361 27Feb DLI/SGN 0940 (ETD)/1030(ETA)
S$100 (Current rate and subject to changes)
http://www.vietjetair.com/Sites/Web/en-US/Home

SPC Dalat_RegistrationForm

We advise that you (a) confirm your participation early by sending us your registration form, and (b) book your tickets early; the airfare of the budget airlines fluctuates and will likely get higher closer to the travelling dates. Please also email your flight details to the secretariat after you have made your bookings.

We will be closing registrations on 9 Feb, so that we can finalise our accommodation bookings, etc. As mentioned earlier, for logistics reasons, we’d like to keep the group to about 20, so do send in your registration form fast to the Press Club Secretariat: secretariat@pressclub.org.sg or ssn@sph.com.sg
Chao, Vietnam!