Dear SWIC ladies and all the mommies in our club,
The month of May represents many holidays for us. Cinco De Mayo, Victoria Day, Memorial Day, May Day is lei day in Hawaii, and the one holiday that is special to all of us, “Mother’s Day”. This is the special day that we can reflect on what it means to be a mom and to have the joy of having a mom.
To be a mom in a foreign country can be challenging. You have the daunting task of creating a nurturing environment where your home customs and culture might be completely opposite. Furthermore, your mom who is your rock when it comes to parenting is miles and miles away and you can connect with her only if the internet is good that day and your VPN is working Nevertheless, you find ways to compromise and improvise to make your home a home and so embrace your mommy skills and tenacity and Happy Mother’s day to all you lovely ladies.
Bonnie Horibata ~ SWIC President
VIVIR LA VIDA – APRIL 24 – A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
Thank you to the SWIC Annual planning team for executing an excellent latin-themed party, “Vivir La Vida” at the Latina Restaurant in Seaworld with 87 SWIC and guest enjoying the buffet, wine and draft beer that were plentiful. The party started at 6:30 with complimentary sparkling wine and ended at 12:30 with Paloma bringing down the house with her sultry salsa and va va voom dance moves. As you can see, the complimentary salsa lessons that Auri gave me really helped!!! SO MUCH FUN!!!
The staff at Latina restaurant were awesome!!!
Thank you very much to Auri Eves and Deb Robinson who led the committee with their marketing and logistic planning that was 2nd to none. Thank you to Jennifer Scoggins and Susanne Salg for your contributions and Tania who helped the team decorate and Yvonne Bracy who found us all this cool stuff that she found in the library while cleaning it out.
SWIC “TUES” Coffee Calendar for the month of May & June
May 5 – Hilton lobby
May 12– Hilton Lobby
May 19 – Marco Polo (Last day for SWIC coffee at the Marco Polo until we return in late August)
May 26 – Hilton lobby
June 2 – Hilton Lobby (Last day for SWIC coffee at the Hilton until we return in late August)
SAVE THE DATE: SWIC FAREWELL LUNCHEON MAY 27 – Wednesday
“There’s a trick to the Graceful Exit. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over – and to let go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its value.” – Ellen Goodman
Where: Westin Hotel (next to Windows of the World amusement park in Nanshan)
Time: 11:00 sparkling wine reception and registration – 11:30 Lunch and Program begins
Cost: 200 RMB only
The SWIC board is subsidizing our lunch which is a full buffet with red and white wines, soft drinks, coffee and tea included and a special gift for each attendee.
You can place your reservation at SWIC coffee beginning tomorrow. This is a popular event with SWIC members and seats are limited; so please make your reservation or ticket purchase early to secure your seat. Preferential treatment is to SWIC members so please show your membership card when making your reservation or purchasing your ticket.
More Information coming to you soon!!!! Check out SWIC facebook, website, and forums to get the latest information.
SWIC goes on Summer Vacation after June 2 coffee at the Hilton; however, don’t despair if you are here for the summer as we have arranged for Tuesday coffee at Hans Mix restaurant in Seaworld. Present your SWIC membership card and you receive 20% discount on all food and drink items. Plus, you get a free muffin or croissant with your coffee or tea every Tuesday morning.
SWIC coffee is about 9:30. I say about because sometimes they open at 9:45. Come and enjoy – you never know who will turn up for coffee and become your new best friend.
DATES FOR SUMMER COFFEE MORNINGS AT HANS MIX
June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7,14, 21, 28
August 4,11, 18,
We will inform you by SWIC forum to confirm that first SWIC coffee of the new year will be on August 25 at the Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai hotel.
YOUNG WRITERS AWARD – A Writing Competition open to Grades 7-8, 9-10
Submission dates: May 1st to May 15th
All winners will be published on ShenzhenStandard.com
Choose from the following topics:
PERSPECTIVE: Write a narrative or discussion paper which demonstrates how events can be seen from different perspectives. or write about an experience or person in life that caused you to see from a different point of view.
PLACE: Write a narrative or discussion paper which gives a strong sense of place and its impact on identity. Explore how environments contribute to who people are.
Make your paper interesting by using descriptions of people and places, dialog, and careful word choices to create word flow in the writing. Your paper can be fictional or based on real events.
Dear SWIC Members; Our good friend Andrew Colquhoun who is the founder of Captivating International sent us this message. I’ve worked with Andrew and his team for several years and they are very honorable in their charity work. www.captivating.org
Dear Captivating Follower,
We have been honoured these past few years to be working in partnership with two wonderful organizations in Nepal rescuing girls from Human Trafficking. Both 3 Angels Nepal (3AN) and Tiny Hands Nepal (THN) are beyond reproach in the way they do business in Nepal working in difficult conditions, and we cannot speak highly enough about their integrity and tenacity to get the job done.
The events since April 25 have been horrendous. You’ve seen the headlines, and the news will continue to get worse. It’s SO IMPORTANT we stand up as a global community and help. NEPAL NEEDS YOUR HELP.
Both 3AN and THN have already marshalled their staff and networks on-the-ground in the affected areas of Nepal, distributing aid in the form of tents, blankets, food and medicine. They are completely overwhelmed, and they need us to support them from where we are.
You can do this by DONATING money right now – money that will keep the essential aid flowing. Please know that the same integrity and confidence with which you regard Captivating flows through these partner organizations. 100% of your donation will be used to buy emergency aid and provisions that will be HAND DELIVERED to desperate people whose lives have completely been devastated since Saturday.
Andrew & Julie Colquhoun
CAPTIVATING INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION LTD