Exclusive Press Club Guided Art Tour

TransCool TOKYO

Date: Monday, 20 December 2010

Time: 7-8.15 pm (Exclusive Guided Curator’s Tour followed by Refreshments)

Place: SAM at 8Q, No. 8 Queen Street

Dear members,

You are invited to an exhibition highlighting groundbreaking Japanese art. Since the mid-1990s, artists from the Land of Cherry Blossoms have established their own creative identities within the context of global pop culture. Working across all mediums, from painting and sculpture to performance, photography and video, the featured artists have responded to the onset of the information age and the greater freedoms and uncertainties of contemporary society.

Trans-Cool TOKYO is co-organised by Singapore Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. The guided tour is free and your guests are welcome. To register, please email: secretariat@pressclub.org.sg by Friday, 17 December 2010 giving your name, membership number, validity of membership and current occupation. For queries on the collection, you may contact Ms Ida Betryl Cecil, Manager (Marcoms) @ DID 63323217 or email Ida_Betryl_CECIL@nhb.gov.sg

On the day itself, should you be held up on your way to the venue, please call Press Club MC member Carol Foo @ 81137055. See you there!

End of Year Social at St James Wine Bar & Bistro, St James Power Station

Co-sponsored by
St James Power Station and Asia Pacific Breweries

Venue: St James Wine Bar & Bistro
Date: Thursday Dec 16, 2010
Time: 7pm to 10pm

It’s time for our traditional end of year get-together. This year we have tied up with St
James Power Station to help rev things up a little. Come and join in the revelry on
Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 at St James Wine Bar & Bistro, St James Power Station
(next to VivoCity) from 7pm to 10pm. There will be entertainment and a sumptuous
dinner spread. All drinks are on the house till 10pm, after which the management of
The Wine Bar has agreed to extend a special discount for all drinks and food
purchased. And the fun goes on at St James till 3am for those who want to party on
at Singapore’s all-in-one clubbing destination.

Members who wish to attend must register in advance and pay a nominal $10 per
person. As we expect a good turnout, registration will be on a first-come, first-served
basis and will close at 5pm on Dec 14. To give members priority and as the club’s
capacity is limited, we cannot take in guests. This is a members-only event.

Season’s greetings and all good wishes for a happy and peaceful 2011.

East-West Center Senior Journalists Seminar

Dear East-West Center Alumni, Journalists, Friends and Supporters,

This is a reminder that the deadline to apply for the Senior Journalists Seminar is Wednesday, December 1.

We also want to let you know that the dates for the program have been changed to April 30-May 21 due to unexpected scheduling conflicts. I apologize for this change.

Again, please share this program information with journalists and newsrooms and encourage media professionals to apply.

Thank you very much for your continued support!


Susan Kreifels
East-West Center Media Programs Coordinator

The East-West Center is Now Accepting Applications2011 Senior Journalists Seminar

The Senior Journalists Seminar is a dialogue-and-travel program for journalists from the United States and from Asian countries with substantial Muslim populations. The seminar offers an opportunity for senior journalists to engage their peers on issues in the relationships between these Asian countries and the United States. Participants will meet with government and business officials, community and religious leaders, educators and students, local journalists and others to gain insights on the many diverse perspectives among Americans and Asian Muslims.

Theme: Bridging Gaps Between Americans and Asian Muslims

Dates: April 30 – May 21, 2011 (NOTE: Program dates have been changed from previous announcement)

Study Tour for Asian Journalists: Washington, DC; New York City, New York; Colorado Springs/Denver, Colorado

Study Tour for American Journalists: Dhaka, Bangladesh; Manila, Philippines; Mindanao, Philippines

The program opens and concludes with dialogue among all the participants at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Who Can Apply: Working print, broadcast, journal and online journalists from the United States and Asian countries with substantial Muslim populations, specifically Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand with a minimum of ten years of experience.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Funding: Roundtrip airfare for the study tour travel, lodging and per diem costs are provided by the East-West Center. Selected participants are responsible for their own visa fees and roundtrip airfare from their home city to Honolulu, where the study tour opens and concludes. A limited number of travel stipends will be available, however selected participants should expect some cost-sharing.

For more information and applications:

Website: www.eastwestcenter.org/journalismfellowships and click on Senior Journalists Seminar

Email: sjs@eastwestcenter.org

Phone: 1-808-944-7682

Apply Now! Deadline: December 1, 2010

The East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, is a public, nonprofit institution that promotes better relations and understanding between the United States and the nations of the Asia Pacific region through cooperative research, education and professional development programs.

Tour of Malaysia’s Iskandar Development Region

The Club is organising a tour of Malaysia’s foremost emerging economic zone, Iskandar Malaysia, on Saturday 4 December. Just across the Second Link from Singapore in Johor, the development area will have five flagship zones where living, entertainment, environment and business seamlessly converge. A major undertaking by the Malaysian government, it marks yet another aspect of Malaysia’s drive for sustained economic growth.

The catalyst of change in this economic zone is Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB), which was set up to drive the projects that will be set up in the zone, through strategic investments and partnerships, contribution of land or granting of concessions and development rights.

With help from the CEO of Iskandar Investments’ Singapore office, Dato N. Parameswaran, IIB has organised a very interesting one-day programme for the Club, including a dialogue with Iskandar Investments new President and CEO Datuk Syed Mohamed Ibrahim.

Find out first hand what Malaysia’s Iskandar Region Development is all about, how its progressing and how Singapore can benefit from this ambitious economic and social project of our closest neighbour.

The programme is as follows:

0900 hrs Depart by coach from Singapore via Second Link
Exit 312C (third exit) – [meeting place to be notified]
1000 hrs Arrive at Seri Medini (IIB’s office in Nusajaya)
Light refreshments
Presentation on Iskandar Malaysia by IIB President & CEO
Dialogue with IIB President & CEO
1120 hrs Site visits to:

1. EDUCITY (drive by)
2. Medini (drive by)
3. Kota Iskandar (the Johor State Government’s new
administrative capital)
4. Puteri Harbour
5. East Ledang (high-end residential)

1230 hrs Lunch hosted by IIB President & CEO Datuk Syed Mohamed
Ibrahim at Horizon Hills Golf Club House
1400 hrs Golfers to tee off
Non-Golfers to go shopping (JUSCO, Bukit Indah ) –
[golfers need to find their own way back to Singapore]
1600 hrs return to Singapore via Second Link

The programme is being finalised and subject to change.

Members who wish to participate in this trip need to indicate their interest soonest by downloading the registration form and emailing it to the secretariat. Spouses/adult family members are welcome, if space is available after members have registered. A nominal cost of $10 per person will be charged.

Please state your full name, designation and membership number when you reply. Also indicate if you wish to go golfing at Horizon Hills (at your own cost), and if you prefer to use your own transport.

We will close registration at 5pm on Monday 29 November 2010.
Registration is now closed.

Artistic Delights: Exclusive Press Club Guided Tour

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Natee Utarit: After Painting (South-East Asian Art)
Date: Thursday, 4th November 2010
Time: 7-8 pm
Place: Singapore Art Museum
Natee Utarit, Tales of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
2009, oil on linen, 240 x 200 cm, Singapore Art Museum collection

You may be familiar with the works of the Great Masters, and more recently, pieces by Chinese artists, but what about closer to home? Talented Southeast Asians have been expressing themselves artistically, with unique aesthetic sensibilities. So head to the Singapore Art Museum and be introduced to Thai artist Natee Utarit. An exceptional painter whose career spans over two decades, Natee’s stunningly vivid paintings have been a series of dialogues and debates on established Western painting traditions, with the ultimate aim of developing new possibilities for painting. His latest creations have increasingly been commentaries on Thai society and identity. This exhibition features more than 70 of the artist’s paintings drawn from SAM, the Bangkok University, the Queensland Art Gallery and private collections worldwide.

To register, pls email secretariat@pressclub.org.sg by Wednesday 3rd November giving your name, membership number and validity of membership.
Your guests are welcome but kindly register in advance. (NB: It’s a Public Holiday on Friday so take time off to enjoy a feast for the eyes!)
Queries? Contact Press Club MC member Carol Foo @ 81137055 or Ms Ida Betryl Cecil, Manager (Marcoms), Singapore Art Museum @ 6332 3217

Note these dates!

4 Dec
One day visit to Iskandar Development Region and southern Johor – including golf and shopping (optional)

7 Dec
Eminent Speaker Series at Raffles with British High Commissioner Paul Madden

16 Dec
Party time! End of year social.

Meditation class at SPH

Date: 9 Oct – 4 Dec 2010
Location: SPH, Tower Block, Level 7, aerobics room

Singapore Press Club is starting a non-religious meditation class next month. Mr K C Onn, a meditation instructor who has been teaching at the Singapore Civil Service Association and MOE since 1995, will teach us the techniques of coping with the stress of working in a fast-paced work environment, by introducing contemplation and balance into our daily life.

To facilitate learning, class size is limited to 10 participants only, so register early.

See circular for more details.

Eminent Speaker Series: “Reflections and lessons from the Blair years”

Friday 24 September 2010 at Raffles Ballroom, Raffles Hotel @ 12.00 pm

British Labour politician and one of Tony Blair’s closest confidantes, Peter Mandelson, is the latest Guest Speaker in our Eminent Speaker series. The luncheon talk, co-sponsored by Raffles Hotel is being held in conjunction with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Foreign Correspondents Association. Lord Mandelson is also the author of The Third Man: Life at the Heart of New Labour, and copies of his book will be available at the luncheon.

Catch this master politician and Labour spinmaster addressing a media gathering for the first time in Singapore on Friday 24th September.

Please register early as this is expected to be a “soldout event”.

Volunteer stint for journalists in East Timor

Looking for adventure and an opportunity to help fellow journalists? Consider Timor-Leste. The International Center for Journalists is looking for experienced journalists to volunteer their time to teach their Timorese colleagues the basics of journalism. Ideally, the volunteer would conduct trainings for at least two weeks. The volunteer would cover their own costs; however, ICFJ will cover the cost of transport to and from its regional media houses – where the trainings would occur – and ICFJ will cover the cost of meals and accommodations in the districts, but not in Dili. There are five regional media houses – located in Baucau, Suai, Oecusse, Ermera and Maubisse. A sixth media house is located in Dili.

While in Dili, the volunteer would cover their own costs as well as airfare to and from Dili. ICFJ can help arrange low-cost accommodation with a Timorese family – approximately 250-300 USD per month. This is a great opportunity for a journalist who wants to experience Timor-Leste, get to know the culture and its people and do something to help Timorese journalists.

ICFJ is looking for print, radio, online and television journalists. ICFJ is also looking for volunteers with experience in fundraising and online advertising. If interested, please contact Charles Rice at crice@icfj.org or feel free to call at +670-742-0776. Kindly cc your initial expression of interest to Club Vice-President Lau Joon-Nie at jnlau@ntu.edu.sg who is coordinating this initiative with ICFJ. For personal insights by young Singapore journalists-in-training who recently spent three weeks reporting in Timor-Leste, visit http://gofar.journalism.sg.