The Singapore St Andrew’s Society e-news: November/December 2014

chieftain’s message

Goodness, how time flies. One minute I am welcoming members back after the summer break and the next I am looking at Christmas decorations on Orchard Road. 

It has been a fun-filled couple of months, the highlight of which was our fabulous ceilidh featuring the energetic and chart-topping Whisky Kiss.

Onward and upward, so we look forward to dazzling you with our fabulous Feast of St Andrew’s Saltire Ball at the Shangri-La Hotel on Friday, 28th November.

The band is booked, the menu is set and the tickets are flying off the shelves. But there is still time to gather your friends, come to Thursday night dance practices and book your seats to join in the fun. If working the little grey cells is more your kind of thing, don’t miss out on our fun quiz night on Friday, 7th November at the Tanglin Club.

Look forward to seeing you at one of Society events soon...

Yours Aye
Carole Ann
SSAS Chieftain 2014/2015


brain of st andrew’s quiz
Friday, 7th November

Give your grey matter a stir and come along to compete for the Brain of St Andrew's trophy in the Raffles Room of the Tanglin Club.
The bar opens at 7.00pm and a buffet dinner will be served at 7.30pm before the quiz starts. Make up your own team (eight to 10) or let us know how many are in your group and we will allocate you a table. 
Price is $60 for Society members and $70 for non-members.Drinks can be bought by credit card.
For booking, contact Marion at
Or try out the new registration/payment method at

ball dance practices

Thursday 6th, Thursday 13th, Thursday 20th and Tuesday 25th November
Allow Hazel to expertly guide you through the ball dances at the Curran Hall, Infant Department, Tanglin Trust School on Portsdown Road. It’s $10 on the night (contact Hazel at


ladies night
Wednesday, 5th November, from 6.00pm
Bartini Kitchen, 29 Boon Tat Street (contact Maggie at 

service of remembrance
Sunday, 9th November, from 7.30am
SSAS chieftain will lay a wreath on behalf of the Society, and you are more than welcome to join her at this moving ceremony at Kranji War Cementary


Saturday, 15th November: golf outing to Inda Puri, Batam (contact Duncan at
Saturday, 13th December: golf outing to Bintan Lagoon Resort (contact Duncan at


Social duplicate once a month at the home of Alison Robb. No need to come with a partner (contact Alison at

whisky evening review

There were 14 imbibers and six brave souls (one brave lady) willing to shred their reputations in a blind whisky tasting. Before proceedings commenced, the sober people donated a significant sum to support the breast cancer foundation.  
Six whiskies were tasted and seven possible labels with tasting notes provided. The whiskies came from Scotland, England, Germany and USA. So to say that reputations were at stake is perhaps a stretch since names such as Slyrs and Hicks & Healey don't trip off the tongue. At the other end of the spectrum were Famous Grouse, The Glenlivet and The Macallan, Gentleman Jack and Bowmore (Black Rock).
The palates were "baselined" with a well described Johnnie Walker 12 yo and we were off. Alison provided some cold fayre as well as haggis and champit tatties to help line the stomachs. Paul Gelardi was our clear winner and took home a bottle of Grants "smallest bottle of whisky". Another prize went to Mette Buttar for the best description of one of the whiskies. Most of the descriptions were unprintable. On a side note, each whisky was rated out of 10 and the clear winner (top score and lowest price) was The Famous Grouse.
Yours hic...
Derek Maggs

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