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!
It was time for some Bingo at The Senior Station this week. The game went on to a nail-biting finish, with almost all the numbers drawn, and many a false call for the full house. Eventually Punyakanthie and …… walked away with the two top prizes.
Among our other activities, we also had a sing-a-long this week at The Senior Station. Now that the members are more comfortable with each other, we requested them to individually sing a song of their choice. They confidently took to the floor, and were heartily joined in by their friends. The session started off with Nihal singing ‘……’. He was followed by Swini who sang ‘One Day At A Time’. Soon almost all the members volunteered to sing, including Mary and Husseina who regaled everyone with an old Hindi favourite – ‘Chori Chori.’
We, at The Senior Station, took a pledge to be more environmentally conscious and responsible. We celebrated World Environment Day by making a promise to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle; and to spread that message among our friends and family.
Milundu Tissera of John Keells Holdings is part of the company’s initiative to help reduce the plastic footprint of the country. Milundu made a thought provoking presentation on the hazards of irresponsible use of plastic, and how we could better manage and reduce our waste. The interactive session brought out many interesting observations from our members.
We had several other activities lined up today that was based on the theme which included a quiz that highlighted many startling facts about the environment; and a demonstration in which members learnt how to make carry bags out of newspaper .
Today we also celebrated the birthdays of the month and wish Priyanthie, Asamptha and Nisrin all the very best. We’d also like to thank Sajeda who once again brought cheer to The Senior Station with her energetic exercise routine.
The delicious cake was from The Cake Factory.
Our big challenge for The Senior Station this week was Pictionary – The game of drawing clues so that team mates can guess what the given word is. It took a bit of trial and error before everybody figured out creative ways of drawing and deciphering the clues. Soon the pace of the game picked up and a highly competitive mood set in, with teams racing to guess the answers first.
We also did a bit of lateral thinking with a set of riddles which compelled everyone to read between the lines to find hidden clues. Then there was a variation of Queen of Sheeba which also was a team activity. The consensus is that teams at The Senior Station find it easier to work with each other, as members, over the past four months, have bonded over shared activities and experiences. This is after all, one of the main goals of The Senior Station!
Today’s session at The Senior Station was dedicated to all the wonderful mothers who have touched us with their tender loving care. We started out with recalling our own mothers – a funny incident about them, or cherished memory, perhaps a song they sang or dish that was prepared. It was a happy walk down memory lane for us all.
Among other activities, we also ran a Mother’s Day quiz in which members were asked to identify famous mothers from around the world. That, along with another quiz on the heads of state of different countries showed how in touch with current affairs our seniors are. The final activity for today was a poem writing competition which was conducted in groups. Teams had to craft a poem and the theme again was our mothers. We’ve seen before how creative our seniors are in making things with their hands. Their ability to play with words is outstanding.
It was a touching day indeed, and we ended it by gifting each mother with a card signed by all the organisers and a heart shaped chocolate.
The Senior Station sessions started today after a three week break – And while we all had a great holiday, we were just as eager to regroup. Sajeda Akbarally had everyone in action with her pumped up exercise session.”How about a small break” piped up Claude who is always happy to play truant; but she gave him her inimitable, hard to resist smile and said, “I’m sure we can do one more round.” We all felt nicely worked out after the routine that ended with a loud cheer.
A new innovation at The Senior Station is to encourage members to share their skills with each other. Today Dolly Galely demonstrated the fine art of gift wrapping. She showed us how silver foil, colourful tissue paper and ribbon could be twisted and curled with amazing effect. Dried flowers and other embellishments were creatively used to make a range of interesting packages. Then the members were given empty boxes and a variety of wrapping material to come up with their own wonderful creations. So the next time you receive a gift from a Senior Station member you can be assured it will look good!
Today was also a celebration the birthdays in May – Chandrika and xxxxx cut a delicious chocolate cake from Ambrosia which was really finger licking good. It was lovely to see their happy smiles while all their friends sang and wished them well. Oh it’s so good to be back!!
Suba Aluth Avurudak wewa was the chant on everyone’s lips as we started our special celebration for the Sri Lankan New Year. Two little girls Anasha and Zainab paid tribute to all the elders by greeting them with a bulath leaf. Then Nihal , Shiela , Hatim, and Indrani who have attended almost every session of The Senior Station lit the traditional oil lamp on behalf of all the other members.
Now it was time for the session to begin. Our usual exercise session took an upbeat note with some baila music. Sheila cannot be held back when there is music. She soon took to the floor with her incredible dance steps and had other members shaking a leg too.
We had special Avurudu games lined up for today – A jumble word quiz with a twist, because the answers were names of traditional Avurudu foods. Teams then had to send in their representatives for the bun eating competition and pin the tail to the donkey quest. There were hoots and cheers in the air as the teams battled it out.
There was a challenge from the members for The Senior Station organisers to also play the pin the donkey game. Shahnaz was blind-folded and put to the task. Little did she know that the cheeky members turned the donkey upside down and she ended up pinning the tail to the donkey’s hoof.
The last challenge for the day was a garland making competition; and while the creative hands were at work, Farook, Claude, Raja, Nilhan, Indrani and Shiela made the tables their drums and regaled us with lovely folk songs. In the midst of laughter and song our Avurudu Kumarayas and Kumari paraded the beautifully crafted garlands for all to see.
After all that fun and frolic everyone indulged in kiribath, hakuru, kokis, konda kavum and many other delicious Avurudu treats which were all beautifully laid out. The Senior Station will close till May 8th 2018. But what lovely memories to take with us through the holidays.