27 Aug

Welcome to Shenzhen Passport Event from Love Shenzhen

Saturday 29 August 2015, 10am-4pm
Various locations around Shekou and Houhai

On Saturday Love Shenzhen will be holding a Welcome to Shenzhen Passport event to introduce Shenzhen newbies (and oldies) to a range of local businesses and services from doctors and veterinarians to restaurants, schools, clubs and much more.

SWIC will be there from 10am-12pm at the SIS Bayside Campus to introduce the club to newcomers so why not join in too!

The passport event is do-it-yourself: you just pick up a passport then walk around to the various venues and collect stamps, then bring your stamped passport back to collect a gift bag.

You can pick up your passport at one of the start points:
10am-12pm at SIS Bayside Campus or all day at HH Gourmet, both located at Coastal Rose Garden 2, Wanghai Road, Shekou.

Then start collecting your stamps at event partners around Shekou and Houhai.  If you collect stamps from at least 12 partners you can claim a special gift bag!

For more information visit: http://www.lovesz.net/2015/08/welcome-to-shenzhen-pop-up-events/

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19 May

SWIC Coffee Mornings – Summer dates


The last SWIC Coffee Morning at the Hilton will be on Tuesday June 9th.  SWIC Coffee will return to the Hilton at the end of the Summer on Tuesday August 25th.    The cost to attend SWIC Coffee Mornings at the Hilton is 50 RMB for members and 75 RMB for non members.  A wide selection of tea, coffee, pastries, savouries and fruits will be available.

Over the course of the Summer months SWIC will hold our regular Tuesday Coffee Mornings at Hans Mix restaurant in Sea World.

June 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18


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12 May

Visit to Zhuhai Furniture Market – Thursday 14th May

Join us for a visit to Zhuhai Furniture Market

Thursday 14th May 2015

Looking for some interesting furniture for your home? Then why not join us for this weeks SWIC activity and come and see all the different kinds of “ancient” furniture, wood carvings, lamps, etc that China has to offer all in one place.  To get there we will take a two and a half hour bus ride through the industrial and farming part of the Pearl River Delta.  The storage room under the bus can be shared for some of your furniture purchases on the return journey, but some larger pieces may have to be shipped, so don’t forget to bring your address in Chinese.
DEPART:  Thursday 14th May 2015, 8AM from Sea World McDonald’s
RETURN: Thursday 14th May 2015, 5-6PM depending on traffic. Return drop offs: between CRG3 and Peninsula, CRG2, CRG1, Mount Orchid, Jing shan and Sea World.
COST: the cost of the bus will be about 150 RMB per person but could be less if more people sign up.
ORGANISER: This visit will be led by Elaine Campbell.
HOW TO SIGN UP: Contact Elaine if you would like to join the visit (please include “Zhuhai Furniture Market Visit” in the subject line).
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07 May

SWIC Farewell Luncheon – May 27

Please join us for a fabulously planned FAREWELL LUNCHEON.  The Welcome Breakfast and the Farewell Luncheon is specially prepared for you. We previously announced that the luncheon would be on May 25 – Monday; however, we have changed the date to:

(next to Windows of the World in Nanshan and the Venice Hotel)
11:00  Reception and Registration
11:30  Program and Lunch

We will have photo slide presentation of this years activities, games, and gifts. Please reserve or purchase your ticket as soon as possible.  Currently, we have a room that seats 100 comfortably; however, if we have an overwhelming response for tickets we can negotiate to expand the room space.  The earlier we know the easier it will be to accommodate you. The Westin is creating a beautiful setting for our luncheon, complete with a full buffet that looks scrumptious.  And we will have soft drinks, coffee, tea, red & white wine, and sparkling wine.  SWIC is pleased to be subsidizing the luncheon so that you can all come.  Ticket price is only 200 rmb

Tickets on sale at SWIC weekly coffee mornings.  200 RMB

If you cannot make it to the weekly coffee morning you can purchase tickets from Tania Hartland in Shekou or  Sofia Cueva in Futian.  Contact Tania or Sofia here (please include the name of the person you would like to contact in the subject line).

SWIC Farewell Luncheon

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04 May

President’s May message to members

Happy Mothers Day

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

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 Theme Party Organisers

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)


“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.

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.

$8 buys a blanket
$25 buys a tent
$50 feeds a family for a week
$100 supplies critical medicines and surgical kit.
FROM AUSTRALIA:      www.asianaid.org.au
FROM EVERYWHERE ELSE:  go to www.captivating.org/region/donate  (please record your donation is for NEPAL RELIEF)
Tax deductible receipts will be issued for Australian, Hong Kong, and USA donations.
STAY UPDATED on our relief efforts in Nepal – like us on our Facebook Page 
Thanks in advance for your urgent help.

Andrew ​& Julie ​Colquhoun

Shekou Fellowship Womens Ministry

Shenzhen Bienvenue – Cafe Crea

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30 Mar

Vivir La Vida!

You are invited to the SWIC Theme Party “Vivir La Vida!”
Friday April, 24 at Latina Grill Restaurant, Shekou – Tickets on Sale Now !!

Please pick-up your SWIC Theme Party Tickets at SWIC Weekly Coffee.
6:30-7:00 / Sparkling Wine Reception and Brazilian Appetizers
7:15 / Table Carved Argentinian Beef, Salad, Side Dishes and Dessert Buffet
7:00- 10:00 / Free Flow Red & White Wine, Draft Beer and Sodas
7:00 – 12:00 / 2 LIVE LATIN BANDS – dance music
Live Samba Dance Performance, Themed Decorations and More !
Dress : Latin /Casual 

Only 300 RMB per ticket, all inclusive, until April 7
SWIC Member Priority / Must show membership card when buying tickets. SWIC spouses included in member price. 

After April 7, 350 RMB per ticket – SWIC member priority. Tickets are limited – Buy early to avoid disappointment.

If you cannot attend SWIC weekly coffee, you can purchase tickets from one of the following members:

Mont Orchid Apartments in Shekou:  Deb Robinson
Fraser Place Apartments in Shekou:  Auri Eves
Coastal Rose Two Apmts in Shekou:  Tania Hartland
Futian in Shenzhen:  Sophia Cueva
To contact one of these members please click here.
(In the subject line of the contact form please include ‘SWIC Theme Party’ and the name of the above member that you would like to contact to purchase your ticket).
Hope to see you there!!
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19 Mar

Diamond Talk and Lunch

They say ‘diamonds are a girls best friend’ so why not join your SWIC friends over lunch for a talk about diamonds.

SWIC member Sue Birmele will host the Diamond Talk and Lunch on Tuesday 24 March at 11:30 (straight after SWIC Coffee morning) at Baia Restaurant and Grill in Seaworld, Shekou.

The talk will be facilitated by a professional Hong Kong Jeweler.  Lunch will follow in the restaurant afterwards at a special price of 138 rmb per person. You can still sign up at the SWIC weekly coffee Tuesday at Hilton Shekou.

To find out more or to sign up contact us.

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13 Mar

Shenzhen Museum Visit for SWIC Members

Join us after SWIC coffee at Marco Polo on Tuesday 17 March for a trip to Shenzhen Museum and Shenzhen Library.

We will go for lunch at Little India in Coco Park first (45 RMB set lunch with drink available) or meet outside Coco Park Starbucks at 1:30.  We will take the Metro to Civic Center, from there it is a five minute walk to the museum.  The museum and route to get there are stroller friendly.

This museum gives a great overview of both ancient and modern Shenzhen.  Its an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.  Admission is free.

After the museum we will walk to the Shenzhen library nearby, if there is time and interest. You can take the Metro back to Shekou, Civic Center station is on the Shekou Line, approx. 40 minutes to Sea World.

This event is organised by Joanna.  Please contact us for more information.

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11 Mar

OCT Loft and Contemporary Art Center Tour

Join us for a tour of OCT Loft and contemporary art centre on Thursday 12 March.  

Tour this prototype of sustainable urban renovation architecture, centered around contemporary art.  Peruse boutique galleries and art exhibitions.  Join us for lunch and then head home. A great place to bring friends in the day or evening. 

Thursday, March 12th
Meet at Sea World Starbucks at 10AM or OCT Loft Starbucks at 10:45AM
Take metro to OCT Loft and OCT Contemporary Art Center

This tour is a SWIC trip organized by Elaine Campbell and Lydia Yu. Contact us for more information.

Don’t forget to check out our Activities page for other interesting tours, activities and special interest groups that you can join.

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06 Mar

Presidents March message to members

Happy International Women’s day all you beautiful vibrant and resilient women.  This year’s theme is “Make it Happen”.  This year’s theme is to encourage women to take on more leadership roles in business, government and non-profit.  I also believe it pertains to us as expat women.

    • Make it happen to enjoy the best family life here in Shenzhen when your family support is in your home country.
    • Make it happen to support your spouse when he has to be the expert in his field and he has to deal with cultural and business differences.
    • Make it happen to create a striving educational environment for your children.
    • Make it happen to be innovative in the kitchen when you can’t find the ingredients you grew up with.
    • And make it happen to get out of the house on a Tuesday morning and visit with friends and introduce your self to someone new.

International Women’s day is also a time to reflect on the plight of women who are still suppressed and are not allowed the freedom that we all enjoy. Fight for women who are still sold into slavery from their families who are too poor to keep them home safe.  Fight for the women who are afraid and frightened in abusive relationships both mentally and physically. to find the courage to leave. And pray for women who cannot pray for themselves.

I love being a women and I love being a part of your life.  Celebrate with me as we celebrate women all over the world.

Bonnie Horibata ~ SWIC President


Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai Hotel
March 8, 2015 – Sunday
Special Promotions for Women’s Day!

With our best wishes for Women’s Day, we hope every woman will blossom like flowers!
On March 8, please come to our hotel to enjoy our special care and love for you!
OPEN Buffet 
Buy Two get the Third One free!
Sunday Brunch: RMB 338/person
Dinner Buffet: RMB 288/person

Sui Xuan
Every lady will get a gift dessert Papaya stew Snow Clam

Lobby Lounge
Western and Chinese Fusion Afternoon Tea
Time: 15:00 – 17:30
RMB 198/set  and suitable for two


SWIC “TUES”  Coffee Calendar for the month of March

March 3 –  Hilton lobby

March 10- Hilton Lobby

March 17 – Marco Polo

March 24 – Hilton lobby

March 31 – Hilton Lobby



Bring your spouse and/or significant other and enjoy drinks and canapes with SWIC@Nite.  SWIC@Nite was designed to engage our spouses to enjoy time wiht our SWIC buddies and for SWIC’ers who work during the day.  Please come and enjoy!

Latina Restaurant in Seaworld
Details to be announced soon.

Details to be announced soon


SWIC Activity this week – OCT Loft walking tour

OCT Loft and Contemporary Art Center

Thursday, March 12th

Meet at Sea World Starbucks at 10AM or OCT Loft Starbucks at 10:45AM.
Take metro to OCT Loft and OCT Contemporary Art Center
Tour this prototype of sustainable urban renovation architecture, centered around contemporary art.  Peruse boutique galleries and art exhibitions.  Join us for lunch and then head home. A great place to bring friends in the day or evening.
A SWIC trip organized by Elaine Campbell and Lydia Yu

If you have an interesting experience or activity that you would like to share with fellow SWIC’ers; put pen to paper or fingers to computer keys and get going.  Don’t be shy if you feel your English is not perfect or your grammar is challenged – the communication team is here to help you.  

Perhaps you child is a budding artist or poet – You can submit their work too for consideration.

And lastly, if you are a business owner or budding entrepeneur – why not advertise in the SWIC magazine?  
Full-page 1350
Half-page  800

Contact Harmony – SWIC editor with questions or to submit stories

if you need to promote your activity or want to post photos of your last SWIC event – send to Susanne salg who manages our SWIC Facebook

MARCH 4 – SILK MARKET (done)  Thank you Gina
MARCH – Walking Tour of  OCT Loft (volunteer needed)
MARCH 17 – Fun in Futian – Silk garden and Qipao Museum  – Joanne Jing
MARCH 26 – Walking Tour of Hong Kong Central and the Peak  – Sue Birmele
APRIL 1 – Dafen Artist Village – Sue Cruz
APRIL 9 – Hakka House and Museum  – Elaine Campbell
APRIL 15 – Macau Walking Tour – Dianna Levi
APRIL 21 – Fun in Futian – Yvette Taylor & Lotte Duffy
APRIL 27 – ZUHAI Furniture market – Sue Cruz
Visit the SWIC Activities page for more information.
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