Remembering Vietnam War – Fund Raising Talk (23 Mar)

Dear Member

The Photographic Society of Singapore (PSS) is staging an exhibition of Judd Kinne’s collection of images of the Vietnam War at the Loke Wan Tho Gallery in Selegie Art Centre from March 22 to April 10, 2019.

Tim Page, the British photographer who made his name during the Vietnam War by bringing moving images of the conflict to the world, will speak at the official opening of the exhibition at 6.30pm on March 22 (Friday).

He will also deliver a fund-raising photo talk entitled “Remembering Vietnam War” on March 23 (Saturday) from 3pm-5pm at Vatos Urban Tacos, a Korean-Mexican restaurant (36 Beach Rd, Singapore 189766.)

He will recount his experiences shooting the Vietnam War with his portfolio of images and those of his fellow photojournalists who were killed during the conflict.  According to him, three Singapore photographers were also killed during the conflict.

PSS is inviting members of the Singapore Press Club to attend this fund-raising photo talk which will be moderated by Patrick Daniel, President, Singapore Press Club. Cost: $100 per person for the pre-talk lunch at 1.30pm and $75 per person for only the talk at 3pm.

Proceeds from the sale of tickets will go towards funding PSS Spark non-profit photography programme for street youths held in collaboration with Fei Yue Community Services.

Those attending the fund-raising talk will also be invited to a special private preview of the Vietnam War exhibition at 6pm on March 21 (Thursday). Tim and Judd will attend this special preview. You can register for the talk at support@pss1950.org

Only three spots are open to Singapore Press Club members. Provide the following details:
Name:
Contact number:
Email:
Dietary restrictions/allergies:

Best regards

The Secretariat
Singapore Press Club

10% discount for tickets to FAUST (21 to 24 Mar)

Dear Member

Enjoy a 10% discount for tickets to FAUST/US, a new production by Nine Years Theatre offering audiences a bold exploration of an acclaimed German classic.
FAUST/US is performed in Mandarin, with English and Chinese surtitles, including closed captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. This is the first time a Nine Years Theatre’s production is directed by Cherilyn Woo who re-imagines a female Faust in this famous classic tale.

Faust a timeless story of drama and intrigue
A brilliant but frustrated academic, Faust has achieved all that she can with her knowledge. Dissatisfied with what she has, she yearns for more in her life. One day she is visited by an unexpected visitor, Mephistopheles, who is full of surprises. Mephistopheles makes a deal with her; spend the rest of her life with him, as he shows her a lifetime of everything she desires, in exchange for her soul in the beyond. Driven by the freedom that awaits her outside of her dusty study, she agrees to the deal and is whisked away into a supernatural life of magic, thrill and adventure. After journeying through a lifetime chasing after ambition, love and desire, will she ever find what she is looking for?

Performance Dates and Times:
Where:  Drama Centre Black Box, 100 Victoria Street Level 5, National Library Building, Singapore 188064
When:  21 (Thu) – 24 (Sun) March 2019
Times: Thursday to Saturday: 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 3 pm
Ticket Price: $38
SISTIC: Quote “SPC10faust” (case-sensitive) to purchase the tickets with a 10% discount.  https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cfaust0319
Courtesy of Nine Years Theatre

Warm regards

Sally J. Clarke
Management Committee Member
Singapore Press Club

The Straits Times Media Analysis Course (Mar 27)

Dear Member

You can attend The Straits Times Media Analysis Course, which is meant for professionals who deal with or disseminate information at work.

Participants will be equipped with skills to spot fake news and analyse arguments in the media.

In this course, participants will learn
* The various types of fake news used to confuse people
* Formal and informal reasoning
* How to evaluate reasoning in the media
* Ways to assess media content

The trainers are veteran media professional Geoffrey Pereira and Straits Times senior journalist Shefali Rekhi.

Date: March 27, 2019
Time: 10am to 6pm (includes lunch and tea breaks)
Venue: Level 8 Tower Block, SPH News Centre, 1000 Toa Payoh North
Fee: $648 a participant
More details: 63195076/STmasterclass@sph.com.sg
Sign up at stskills.sg

Singapore Press Club members who sign up get a $100 discount in the form of ST Press books.

Please register and pay $648.  After you are done, send an e-mail with the confirmation to Sharon Lim at limls@sph.com.sg

On the day of the class, you can choose $100 worth of books during a special sale.  Alternatively, you can go to stbooks.sg and choose the books you want. You can then e-mail your selection to Sharon. The books will be delivered to you during the class.

Best regards

The Secretariat
Singapore Press Club

Annual Press Club Golf Trip (23 to 28 April)

Dear Golf  members

Gentle reminder…

Singapore Press Club has put together our first overseas golf trip for members in 2019.

This golf trip is to Kunming, China, at the request of various golfing members.  It will be a 6-day/5-night trip from Tues, 23 April to Sunday,28 April 2019 [April is the best season in China, cool with lots of springtime flowers blooming, and we also avoid the crowded April 5th week – Qing Ming Jie (Tomb Sweeping Day)].

The cost (not including air tickets) are:
Twin-sharing: $1,200 per person
Single room: $1,700 per person
The additional air-fare is either $429 (Thai Air via Bangkok, 6-7 hours) or $925 (SilkAir direct to Kunming, 4 hours). We will poll those who sign up before deciding which airline to take.

We need a minimum 12 players to proceed with the trip.  Max number is 28 pax (7 golf flights).

Details of the trip are given below.  Please RSVP your interest to go by 20 February 2019 to janetwee@sph.com.sg and copy our secretariat Sri at sripc1010@gmail.com

Here’s the trip cost and itinerary for your reference.

6D/5N Kunming, China Golf Trip
23 to 28 April 2019, Tuesday to Sunday

Itinerary
Day 1 SINGAPORE – KUNMING (-/-/D) 
Upon arrival at Kunming Changshui International Airport, welcome by local representative from Spring City Golf Resort. Proceed directly to Spring City. Journey time: 1 hr 30 mins. Room check-in. Leisure time before Welcome dinner @ Spring City

Day 2 KUNMING (B/-/-) 
After breakfast at resort, the group tee-off for 1st round of golf game at Spring City Mountain Course.  Lunch at clubhouse.  After lunch, continue with 2nd round of golf game at Spring City Golf Lake Course.  Dinner at resort.

Day 3 KUNMING (B/-/-) 
After breakfast at resort, the group tee-off for 3rd round of golf game at either Spring City Mountain Course or Lake Course.  Lunch at clubhouse. After lunch, check-out from resort and proceed to Grand Park Kunming Hotel for check-in.  At own leisure.  Dinner at own expense.

Day 4 KUNMING (B/-/-) 
After breakfast at hotel, the group set off for 4th round of golf game at Sunshine Golf Club Journey time: 1 hr Local guide will assist on golf game registration. Lunch at clubhouse.  After lunch back to Hotel.  Leisure time before Dinner at Park Palace restaurant at Hotel (Yunnan cuisine).

Day 5 KUNMING (B/L /-)
After breakfast at hotel, proceed to Local City tour and to Stone Forest Tour and Western Hill Tour with local English-speaking guide.  Lunch at own expense.  After tour, back to hotel. Dinner at own arrangement and expense.

Day 6 KUNMING – SINGAPORE 
After breakfast at hotel, at own leisure /check-out for trip home to Singapore.

Price:
Twin-sharing: $1,200 per person
Single room: $1,700 per person

Price is inclusive of

  • 5 Nights stay (2 nights in SpringCity resort and 3 nights stay in Grand Park Kunming Hotel Deluxe room)
  • Airport transfers (unless your arrival timings are not same as the group)
  • Transportation for sight-seeing tour
  • 4 (or 5) games (one day in Spring City is 36 holes) : 3 games in Spring City, 1 (or 2) game in Sunshine Golf Club (covers twin sharing buggies, caddy and golf fees). Final game at own expense.
  • English speaking guide for one full day City-tour and sightseeing entry tickets to Stone forest and Western Hills.
  • 3 Lunches & 3 Dinners
  • One box of Singapore Press Club golf balls (worth $21.50).
  • Prizes for top 3 players during the trip league game.

The Price stated above excludes air-ticket, tips for caddy, driver and guide.

We suggest all fly by Thai Airways or SilkAir (flight cost estimates below)

Thai Airways: about $429 return
Tues, 23 April 2019 – TG402 0740 Singapore(SIN) 0900 BKK; TG612: 1045 (BKK)14:00 Kunming(KMG). Total duration: 06h20m, 1 stop in BKK
Sun, 28 Apr 2019 – TG613 1520 Kunming(KMG) 1630 BKK; TG401 1940 (BKK) 22:55 Singapore(SIN).  Total duration 07h35m,1 stop in BKK

SilkAir (only 4 hrs direct to Kunming): about $925 per pax return
Tues 23 Apr 2019 – SQ5116 1415hrs (leave Changi Airport Terminal 2) and arrive Kunming (KMG) 1815hrs
Sun 28 Apr 2019 – SQ5113 1310hrs Kunming (KMG) 1715 SIN

Spring City Golf And Lake Resort Situated in Yiliang, Spring City Golf And Lake Resort is the perfect place to experience Kunming and its surroundings. The excitement of the city center is only 55 km away. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations. 400 rooms spread over 4 floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. Modern comforts such as television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless (complimentary), air conditioning, wake-up service, desk can be found in selected rooms. The complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including fitness center, golf course (on site), outdoor pool, massage, karaoke. Spring City Golf And Lake Resort is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Kunming.

Grand Park Kunming Hotel : Located at Wuhua, Kunming, China, 650221 8-minutes walk from the landmark, 17th-century Cui Hu Park, this upscale hotel, in a modern building with an undulating facade, is 2 km from the Buddhist Yuantong Temple.

Kunming Sunshine Golf Club : Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr Holes / Par / Yardage: 36 holes / Par 72 / 7217 yards The diversity of the site terrain creates a truly unique and traditional golf course, which meanders through two separate and distinctly different valleys that possess a variety of native vegetation .The golf course will provide a test of golf that is challenging and enjoyable for all the different golfer`s abilities.

Stone Forest Tour: Must-visit site in Kunming. Stone Forest is a well-known World Heritage site. The climate created this natural magnificent landscape. Greater Stone Forest, Minor Stone Forest and Naigu Stone Forest, all of which feature stones in various formations.

Western Hills Tour: Western Hills has always been reputed as the “top scenery in central Yunnan”. Western Hills is a forest park, a beautiful place with fabulous views. You can overlook the Dian Lake on the Western Hill, and there are also wonderful temples. The best attraction is the Dragon Gate on the top of Western Hill.

I hope you will join us in this interesting trip and a challenging golf league competition with prizes for daily winners and overall winner for all 4 golf games.  Please RSVP by 20 Feb 2019. See you soon.

Best Regards

Janet Wee-Ng  
Golf Convenor
Singapore Press Club

Talk on Data Journalism (Feb 19)

Dear Member

You are invited to attend the talk Promoting Open Data & Data Journalism in Myanmar (+Data Journalism Awards intro), hosted by Rebecca Pazos, at The Straits Times Recreation Room.

More details are available at this registration link:

https://www.meetup.com/Hacks-Hackers-Singapore/events/258858568/

Please also take a few minutes to do this survey, if you have not already done so.

We are planning to do a radical re-positioning of the Singapore Press Club and want your valuable feedback.

The Press Club will be marking its 50th anniversary in two years’ time.

As part of our ongoing efforts to better engage and cater to the wide range of interests of our members, our management committee is embarking on a review of our activities in the coming months.

We have prepared a short survey to find out what you value about the club, what activities you would like to see more of, and how you feel the Club should evolve to stay abreast of the rapidly changing media landscape.

Should we open up membership to digital news media and social media influencers? Should we consider a name change to better reflect the times?

We hope to get your views on these issues – and that you can spare us 5 minutes of your time to fill out this questionnaire.

– Survey for current members of SPC – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCRNKTW

Best regards
The Secretariat
Singapore Press Club

Learning from the Past or Repeating Mistakes?

Dear Member,

Learning from the Past or Repeating Mistakes?

You are invited to attend a lecture by Dr. Andrew Blick, Director, History and Policy think tank, Director for Centre of British Politics and Government, King’s College London and member of UK Prime Minister’s History Steering Group.

About this lecture organised by Nanyang Technological University, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and the British Council

The idea that we must ‘learn the lessons of history’ is a powerful idea in the contemporary world. The fact that it is a cliché does not diminish its power. Political leaders have always looked to history to inform and help them to explain their decisions.

Looking back at a range of political crises in recent British history from Suez to Brexit, Dr. Andrew Blick examines the use and abuse of historical analogies by political leaders. He considers potential pitfalls, including selection bias and the choice of inappropriate analogies, to the difficulty in applying historical understandings even when the correct analogies are identified.

Dr. Blick will argue that to be useful in politics and policy making historical analogies have to be carefully separated from popular myths, and must not be used to give cover to wishful political thinking. Historical research has a vital role to play in highlighting a wider matrix of ‘deep’ social, organisational and geopolitical interrelationships that political decision makers downplay or are liable to overlook.

Timings and Location:
When:  Tuesday, 19 February, 2019
Time:  Registration opens at 6.00 p.m. for a prompt 6.30 p.m. start.
Where:  The Pod, Level 16, National Library, 100 Victoria Street; Singapore 188064.
Dress code:  Business attire
Refreshments will be provided.

Please note that pre-booking is essential and places are limited.
To register for the event click here: https://learningfromthepastlecture.peatix.com/
Regards,

Sally J. Clarke
Management Committee Member

Singapore Press Club survey

Dear member (and friends) of the Singapore Press Club,

The press club will be marking its 50th anniversary in two years’ time.

As part of our ongoing efforts to better engage and cater to the wide range of interests of our members, our management committee is embarking on a review of our activities in the coming months.

We have prepared a short survey – to members as well as potential members and non-members – to find out what they value about the club, what activities they would like to see more of, and how they feel the club should evolve to stay abreast of the rapidly changing media landscape.

Should we open up membership to digital news media and social media influencers? Should we consider a name change to better reflect the times?

We hope to get your views on these issues – and that you can spare us 5 minutes of your time to fill out this questionnaire.

– Survey for current members of SPC – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCRNKTW

– Survey for non-members of SPC – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SW69F3K

Best regards

The Secretariat

Singapore Press Club

Annual Press Club Golf Trip (23 to 28 April)

Dear Golf  members

Gong Xi Fa Cai.

Singapore Press Club has put together our first overseas golf trip for members in 2019.

This golf trip is to Kunming, China, at the request of various golfing members.  It will be a 6-day/5-night trip from Tues, 23 April to Sunday,28 April 2019 [April is the best season in China, cool with lots of springtime flowers blooming, and we also avoid the crowded April 5th week – Qing Ming Jie (Tomb Sweeping Day)].

The cost (not including air tickets) are:
Twin-sharing: $1,200 per person
Single room: $1,700 per person
The additional air-fare is either $429 (Thai Air via Bangkok, 6-7 hours) or $925 (SilkAir direct to Kunming, 4 hours). We will poll those who sign up before deciding which airline to take.

We need a minimum 12 players to proceed with the trip.  Max number is 28 pax (7 golf flights).

Details of the trip are given below.  Please RSVP your interest to go by 20 February 2019 to janetwee@sph.com.sg and copy our secretariat Sri at sripc1010@gmail.com

Here’s the trip cost and itinerary for your reference.

6D/5N Kunming, China Golf Trip
23 to 28 April 2019, Tuesday to Sunday

Itinerary
Day 1 SINGAPORE – KUNMING (-/-/D) 
Upon arrival at Kunming Changshui International Airport, welcome by local representative from Spring City Golf Resort. Proceed directly to Spring City. Journey time: 1 hr 30 mins. Room check-in. Leisure time before Welcome dinner @ Spring City

Day 2 KUNMING (B/-/-) 
After breakfast at resort, the group tee-off for 1st round of golf game at Spring City Mountain Course.  Lunch at clubhouse.  After lunch, continue with 2nd round of golf game at Spring City Golf Lake Course.  Dinner at resort.

Day 3 KUNMING (B/-/-) 
After breakfast at resort, the group tee-off for 3rd round of golf game at either Spring City Mountain Course or Lake Course.  Lunch at clubhouse. After lunch, check-out from resort and proceed to Grand Park Kunming Hotel for check-in.  At own leisure.  Dinner at own expense.

Day 4 KUNMING (B/-/-) 
After breakfast at hotel, the group set off for 4th round of golf game at Sunshine Golf Club Journey time: 1 hr Local guide will assist on golf game registration. Lunch at clubhouse.  After lunch back to Hotel.  Leisure time before Dinner at Park Palace restaurant at Hotel (Yunnan cuisine).

Day 5 KUNMING (B/L /-) 
After breakfast at hotel, proceed to Local City tour and to Stone Forest Tour and Western Hill Tour with local English-speaking guide.  Lunch at own expense.  After tour, back to hotel. Dinner at own arrangement and expense.

Day 6 KUNMING – SINGAPORE 
After breakfast at hotel, at own leisure /check-out for trip home to Singapore.

Price: 
Twin-sharing: $1,200 per person
Single room: $1,700 per person

Price is inclusive of

  • 5 Nights stay (2 nights in SpringCity resort and 3 nights stay in Grand Park Kunming Hotel Deluxe room)
  • Airport transfers (unless your arrival timings are not same as the group)
  • Transportation for sight-seeing tour
  • 4 (or 5) games (one day in Spring City is 36 holes) : 3 games in Spring City, 1 (or 2) game in Sunshine Golf Club (covers twin sharing buggies, caddy and golf fees). Final game at own expense.
  • English speaking guide for one full day City-tour and sightseeing entry tickets to Stone forest and Western Hills.
  • 3 Lunches & 3 Dinners
  • One box of Singapore Press Club golf balls (worth $21.50).
  • Prizes for top 3 players during the trip league game.

The Price stated above excludes air-ticket, tips for caddy, driver and guide.

We suggest all fly by Thai Airways or SilkAir (flight cost estimates below)

Thai Airways: about $429 return
Tues, 23 April 2019 – TG402 0740 Singapore(SIN) 0900 BKK; TG612: 1045 (BKK)14:00 Kunming(KMG). Total duration: 06h20m, 1 stop in BKK
Sun, 28 Apr 2019 – TG613 1520 Kunming(KMG) 1630 BKK; TG401 1940 (BKK) 22:55 Singapore(SIN).  Total duration 07h35m,1 stop in BKK

SilkAir (only 4 hrs direct to Kunming): about $925 per pax return
Tues 23 Apr 2019 – SQ5116 1415hrs (leave Changi Airport Terminal 2) and arrive Kunming (KMG) 1815hrs
Sun 28 Apr 2019 – SQ5113 1310hrs Kunming (KMG) 1715 SIN

Spring City Golf And Lake Resort Situated in Yiliang, Spring City Golf And Lake Resort is the perfect place to experience Kunming and its surroundings. The excitement of the city center is only 55 km away. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations. 400 rooms spread over 4 floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. Modern comforts such as television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless (complimentary), air conditioning, wake-up service, desk can be found in selected rooms. The complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including fitness center, golf course (on site), outdoor pool, massage, karaoke. Spring City Golf And Lake Resort is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Kunming.

Grand Park Kunming Hotel : Located at Wuhua, Kunming, China, 650221 8-minutes walk from the landmark, 17th-century Cui Hu Park, this upscale hotel, in a modern building with an undulating facade, is 2 km from the Buddhist Yuantong Temple.

Kunming Sunshine Golf Club : Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr Holes / Par / Yardage: 36 holes / Par 72 / 7217 yards The diversity of the site terrain creates a truly unique and traditional golf course, which meanders through two separate and distinctly different valleys that possess a variety of native vegetation .The golf course will provide a test of golf that is challenging and enjoyable for all the different golfer`s abilities.

Stone Forest Tour: Must-visit site in Kunming. Stone Forest is a well-known World Heritage site. The climate created this natural magnificent landscape. Greater Stone Forest, Minor Stone Forest and Naigu Stone Forest, all of which feature stones in various formations.

Western Hills Tour: Western Hills has always been reputed as the “top scenery in central Yunnan”. Western Hills is a forest park, a beautiful place with fabulous views. You can overlook the Dian Lake on the Western Hill, and there are also wonderful temples. The best attraction is the Dragon Gate on the top of Western Hill.

I hope you will join us in this interesting trip and a challenging golf league competition with prizes for daily winners and overall winner for all 4 golf games.  Please RSVP by 20 Feb 2019. See you soon.

Best Regards

Janet Wee-Ng  
Golf Convenor
Singapore Press Club

Chinese New Year Lunch @ NUSS Suntec on February 12

Dear Member

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

The Singapore Press Club has arranged a Chinese New Year lunch for our members and their guests at  NUSS Suntec City Guild House.

When:  February 12 (Tuesday)
Time:  12.15pm to 2.30pm
Address:  3 Temasek Blvd, #02- 401/402 Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983

(parking directions are attached)

Menu:
Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng Braised Seafood Thick Soup with Crabmeat Steamed Seabass in Hong Kong Style Braised Fish Maw, Black Mushroom,, Bailing Mushroom with Vegetables Roasted Crispy Chicken Braised Ee Fu Noodle with Straw mushroom Chilled Peach Resin with Lotus, Longan & Red Date Chinese Tea

Cost: $40 (member); $50 (guest)

Please register with an e-mail to secretariat@pressclub.org.sg by February 5. Indicate the number of guests you are bringing.

Also mail your cheque marked “Singapore Press Club” to:

Attn Sri

Singapore Press Club

C/O SPH New Centre

1000 Toa Payoh North
Singapore 318994.
Best regards

The Secretariat

Singapore Press Club