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 or feel free to call at +670-742-0776. Kindly cc your initial expression of interest to Club Vice-President Lau Joon-Nie at 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

Heritage Tour

Join the Heritage Tour on Saturday, 2 October 2010 from 9 am – 1 pm


Registration for the “Can Survive Lah” heritage tour has been extended to this Friday 24 September. Only a few seats are available, so hurry if you are interested!

“Can survive lah!” is what old-timers involved in Singapore’s disappearing traditional trades like to say – somewhat ironically – when asked how business is going. These are the craftsmen involved in cottage industries that were once so prevalent along old Singapore’s five-foot-ways, but are increasingly hard to find in modern Singapore.

Join celebrated veteran heritage guide Geraldene Lowe-Ismail as she takes us from city streets into forgotten alleyways to visit:

* Giant temple joss-stick makers
* Funeral paper house makers
* Chinese opera costumes and musical instruments makers
* Traditional black-and-gold signboard makers, Chinese seal makers and Chinese fan calligrapher.

Date: Saturday, 2 October 2010

Time: 9am – 1pm

Meet at 8.50am at Dempsey bus park (next to durian stall)

Cost: $20 (member) / $28 (guest)

See circular for more details.

Download registration form