It was a bright Tuesday morning and the air was rife with excitement as The Senior Station members eagerly clambered into the coach that took us to Negambo for our much awaited trip. Dolly and Priyanthi did a quick head count and then with a loud hip hip hooray we set off! Out came the guitar and tambourines, and soon everyone was clapping their hands and swaying to our favourite tunes. A picnic must always begin with something sweet. So first we tucked into delicious milk toffee, then came Priyanthi’s signature brownies, followed by biscuits, sweets, mixtures, chocolates and so much more. You can imagine that we were in really high spirits when we arrived at Camelot Beach Resort. A quick visit to our rooms to refresh ourselves after which, we gathered on the lawns under the shade of a coconut grove for our morning session of fun and games – A lucky draw with grand prizes, a Wrapping The Mummy competition, a Water Relay and the Balloon Dancing Game. It must have been a combination of the cool sea breeze and all the fun activities, because when lunch was announced, we were all starved. And what a spread we were treated to! It was a leisurely lunch with the only concern being what we should choose from the vast buffet counter. We would have loved to linger on a little longer but Claude, who had his eye on the time, had everything arranged for the next round of activities. Soon we all took our seats in the pavilion by the pool, and began chatting and joking when Sheila clutched her stomach and begun moaning uncomfortably. The Senior Station team jumped to their feet. Did we have a crisis on our hands?! ‘’Ooh’’ Sheila squealed, “It’s been such a hard year long pregnancy. I think I am at the end of my last quarter!” That was the prelude to the most hilarious skit scripted and enacted by Sheila along with Claude, Farook and Raja who played the 3 doctors that delivered the ‘bonnie little donkey’. The next item on the agenda was the masquerade competition in which members chose from a range of props and paraded around the pavilion. The winner, hands down, was Chandrika who did a little cameo of a village drunk. Chandrika is always so quiet, and it was wonderful to see her in such great form. There were more games, more pranks, more laughter – but alas all good things must come to an end. So at about 4.00 p.m. tea was served and we prepared to leave. It was 42 happy hearts that boarded the coach back to Colombo. ‘’This has been our best trip ever. We want more!”was the rallying cry. We at The Senior Station couldn’t agree more.
Niro, a radio DJ and quizzer, added a bit of zing to The Senior Station by conducting a super fun version of the quiz show ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’. She renamed her version ‘Who Wants to be a fifty-aire’ – because that was what the grand prize was. The quiz came with all the suspense and drama of the TV game show, along with loads of laughs and hoots as contestants attempted to double their prize money from Rs 10 to Rs 50.
This week we were treated to a lovely surprise from Janaki who is a poet in her own right. She read out a beautiful poem which she had written and dedicated to The Senior Station
We also had something to ponder about as we reconstructed the story of the rescue of the ‘Thai Cave Boys’ with the help of a visual slide show. We talked about the many heroes of the story and discussed how the episode touched millions of hearts and brought together the global community. Indeed, it gave all of us at The Senior Station something inspiring to take home.
The Senior Station will be closed for the next two weeks. On the 4th of September is our Annual Trip for those who have signed up for it. Normal sessions will recommence next on the 11th of September.
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‘Trip Fever’, is hitting a high at The Senior Station. On September 4th we will be going to Camelot Beach Resort for a day long excursion, and the excitement is quite palpable. While The Senior Station has put together all requirements for the trip, it’s the members who are taking the lead in making it a grand event. Kudos to Miriam who has been meticulous about registering the participants. Dolly and Priyanthi are all geared up to ensure that everyone gets on the bus that will take us to Negambo and back. And for the main event, our ’entertainment committee’ promises to make it a super memorable day. Claude, Farook, Raja, Nilhan, Swini, Priyanthi, Chaya, Sriani, and Sheila had an animated discussion this week on all the activities they are planning for the day. We heard some mischievous chuckles from that corner and are rather curious to know what’s cooking. We would like to thank our patron, who wishes to remain anonymous, whose very generous contribution has brought such joy to our members. This is indeed such a big treat for them!
This week we celebrated the birthdays of Chaya and Nihal W., and we wish them all the very best for the year ahead. We’d like to say a big thank you to Sajeda for the revved up exercise session. She has been gradually increasing the intensity of her routine and is impressed by how the members have been keeping up. Nomal Wijeryaratne of Quantum Fitness also visited The Senior Station this week to demonstrate a vibrating exercise machine that is designed largely for seniors, and which improves balance and muscle tone. He explained that both aspects are vital for lasting physical and mental fitness.
This week at The Senior Station we celebrated all the memories and experiences that have made our lives so special. The program this week was conducted by Hasini Haputhanthri, a Museologist, and Malathi de Alwis, an Anthropologist. They, along with Munira Mutaher, a member of the Memory Culture Team at GIZ, are compiling a book entitled The Archive of Memory which will portray a people’s history of the past seven decades post-Independence. The book will be a collection of memories that are connected to personal objects, and which relate to significant events in Sri Lanka.
Hasini, Malathi and Munira kicked off the program by playing old popular hit songs and asking the members to recall the names of the songs, singers and year in which they were released. The three of them were quite bowled over because not only did the members know most of the answers, they even belted out the lyrics. After that foot tapping session came a visual quiz that took members back in time to significant events from Sri Lanka’s history, popular old haunts like Fountain Cafe and brands that were an intrinsic part of life such as Two Elephants Safety Matches.
The members then listened to dramatised readings of stories that are already a part of The Archive of Memory, before they were invited to share their own personal experiences. We’d like to thank Nihal, Sriani, Claude, Priyanthi, Deepthi, Swini, Chandrika and Farook who shared with us such touching tales from their past. It almost felt like they were making us a part of their lives!
We did our usual exercise and now our members are more flexible and can do much more than when we started. Then we did an interesting ‘who am I’ quiz and a find the odd one out quiz. The fun event we all ended up enjoying was when we did various cup games. Stacking and tumbling cups were a challenge but not as much as getting a cup to fall in when a paper was pulled from under. ‘Morning chaos’ was was the topic for our skit competition. Our members acted out some hilarious acts that we couldn’t stop laughing. We ended the session with a mini sing along.
This week at the Senior Station we started with our weekly exercise with Nisrin and then moved on to a very challenging quiz of general knowledge. However, our smart members were able to score well. Next we had all our members enjoying dumb charades, each one taking a turn to act movies from the 70s, 80s and the 90s. This session was filled with lots of laughter. Then we had Professor Piyanjali de Soyza, a clinical psychologist and a professor in clinical psychology at the faculty of medicine at the University of Colombo teaching us what gratitude journaling is and how it helps us to think positive. She made it very interesting and interactive and our members had many questions for Prof. Piyanjali. Thank you Professor De Soyza for taking the time to visit us.
Viva Italia. Our members were treated to all things Italian today. The room was decorated with Italian flags and posters of exotic places in Italy. Allegra Baistrocchi from the Italian Embassy, her mother, Julia and Allegra also from the Embassy delighted us with their presence.
Nisrin’s exercises was done to soothing Italian music which set the ambience for the day. We next had Tony Fernandez teaching our members how to fox trot, cha cha and waltz. The ever-willing volunteer Mary was the first on the floor, with the others quickly joining in and dancing oh so gracefully with decorated masks on. Tony then did a wonderful demonstration of the Tango.
Our fist quiz for the day was a travel board game. Printed on the map of Italy was a start and finish point with questions related to Italy. Players in each team played against each other.
Armchair travel takes people to faraway places without leaving home and this was our next item. The well-known Travel personality Sherebanu Fazleabas from the US did a fabulous video presentation of a travel itinerary to Italy. We travelled to Rome, the picturesque Tuscany, the artistic city of Florence, and Venice, the city of Gondolas. Our Seniors were deeply enthralled in this presentation and had many questions for Allegra and Sherebanu.
Our next quiz was to find out how much they gathered from the presentation. And of course all teams came out with flying colors having scored a full 100 marks.
Our members enjoyed the photo booth where they were able to take photos against posters of different cities in Italy. We like to thank the Italian embassy for the beautiful posters given to us for this purpose.
Satisfying our hunger pangs was next on the agenda. Our very own Asamptha put together an amazing salad drizzled with Italian dressing which was served with lasagna. And to top it off we had Allegra giving us a delicious homemade gourmet Tiramisu for dessert.
Thank you, Allegra, Tony, and Sherebanu for all your efforts and contribution at our Senior Station today.
It was a long day and time for everyone to bid “arrivederci”, good bye until we meet again the next Tuesday.
We would like to thank Munni whose irrepressible energy, heart-warming smile and charm worked like magic at The Senior Station. We played a game of songs today, in which each team had to think of song which they sang as soon as the other team stopped. There was Munni, cheering everyone and prompting the members to get them going. The game got quite challenging as we went along, and underlying all the clapping, cheering and tapping of feet was a strongly competitive edge. Munni, Sheila and Nihal then put up a crazy performance with the song –‘She gave me kisses one, two and three’ which had everyone hooting and cheering wildly.
We’d also like to that Sajeda for her exercise routine which again got everyone feeling nicely stretched and flexed. Thank you Ambrosia for the delicious mocha cake given to us to celebrate the July birthdays.
Mental puzzles and games apart, The Senior Station also announced the upcoming annual trip, for which everyone is really excited!
‘I am feeling just fine’ said a beaming Chaya. The doctor had just given her a thumbs up during a health check conducted at The Senior Station. We would like to thank Dr. Manouri Samarakoon who heads Health Scan, a reputed private clinic, for sending in her team to run a general medical check-up for the members of The Senior Station. Members were given a blood pressure and random blood sugar test. They were also assessed for their Body Mass Index. The doctor then spent time with each member individually, pointing out red flags and talking to them about how they could improve their indicators.
Of course all these conversations about health and well-being, also came with our weekly dose of exercises, puzzles, interactive games and loads and loads of cheers!
Whiffs of fragrant incenses beckoned everyone to The Senior Station as we celebrated the festival of Eid. Everybody got on to the floor wishing each other Eid Mubarak! The simple act of reaching out to each other with a smile and handshake immediately brought on a sense of cheer among the members. Nisrin combined some upbeat tunes to her exercise session and we were now all in the mood for a celebration.
We started the Eid special with traditional almond stuffed dates which were made by Dolly and served up on a tray beautifully decorated by her. Then we listened to Mary recount her childhood memories of Eid and how those celebrations have changed over the years.
There were many surprises in store for the members today – First was a song performance by the organisers; and of course Banin had everyone absolutely mesmerised by her sweet voice. The next surprise was a real treat. Masuma offered to do henna designs for the members. All the ladies excitedly approached her while she created exotic patterns on their hands. Indeed, it was all hands on the table while everyone posed for pictures.
Festivals are always accompanied by shopping sprees. So we played a version of ‘The Price Is Right’ today– There were a range of products up for grabs, and anyone who guessed the price right got the product as a prize! Bids flew wildly across the room, along with loud cheers each time somebody got a prize.
Finally it was time for the grand finale. A mouth-watering meal that included popular Eid treats – Biryani, mango curry, acharu, samosas and crunchy jalebis. We all tucked in amid warm conversations and happy jokes. Another memorable day at The Senior Station!