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JEL Bowling Championship 2016

JEL Bowling Championship 2016


Event Date: 
27 May 2016
Event Name:
 “JEL Bowling Championship 2016″


Once again, it’s time for the Annual JEL Bowling Championship. This year, the event was held on 27 May 2016 at the Civil Service Club, Bukit Batok. Sixty participants were divided into teams of 4 players per team. The evening started off with a generous buffet spread of International Cuisine for both our enthusiastic bowlers and their band of supporters. It was the intent of the championship that no “strong or favoured team(s)” would be intentionally formed. As a rule, except the seeded men and ladies in each team, all other team members were selected by way of drawing lots.

 The competition was a close and evenly matched battle from the start. The bowlers struggled to give their best effort, despite the lack of practice, to excel in the competition. The fervent supporters were, on the other hand, relentlessly motivating, encouraging and noisily cheering their teams to do their best, to the point of becoming hoarse.

One thing is for certain though, everyone was really enjoying themselves—laughing, jeering and cheering whenever the teams got ‘strikes’ or ‘picked up spares’! With so much excitement in the air, no one felt bored and the adrenaline kept pumping. Laughter erupted throughout the whole evening and there was never a dull moment. Eventually, the competition came to a close with Mr Alan Phang, GM of Human Resources & Administration Division, and Mr Jeffrey Tan, HOD of HSE Department, giving away prizes to the top 4 winners of the Individual Men and Ladies title, top 4 teams and 4 consolation teams (via Lucky Draw). To put the icing on the cake, our CEO & MD, Mr Hiroshi Ide, contributed additional prizes to all the Champions.

Everyone went home a “Winner” as they had either received valuable prizes, or enjoyed the sumptuous food served, or simply had a jolly good time enjoying the excitement. It was a truly extraordinary team bonding event. As the saying goes, “laughter is the best medicine!”

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Nature Walk

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Nature Walk


Event Date: 
02 April 2016
Event Name:
 “Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Nature Walk”


On the sunny Saturday morning of 2 April 2016, over 20 staff gave up the sweet comfort of their beds and turned up for a walk at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Organised by the SRC, the walk aimed to promote a healthy lifestyle and a deeper appreciation of Singapore’s natural heritage.

The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve consists of 202 hectares of mangroves, mudflats, ponds and secondary forest. It is an oasis rich in biodiversity, and is home to many unique plants and animals as well as a wintering ground for migratory birds, some flying all the way here from Russia! It certainly did not disappoint, as participants spotted crocodiles, mud skippers, some really REALLY big spiders, different types of birds, including egrets and herons, and even a monitor lizard!

Furthermore, it was the first time the ladies were so excited and happy to see a buaya! (A “buaya” literally means “crocodile” in the Malay language, but also used to connote a lothario, womaniser or flirt.)



It was amazing that the National Parks Board took such care to ensure that the man-made structures blended in with the surroundings. The trip had certainly been a rare experience for urban city dwellers, as the participants did not expect such ‘nature’ to exist in Singapore. It was like stepping into another world. You could even see Johor Bahru across the Straits of Johor. A big thank you to the SRC for organising this interesting and fun activity, and Mr Samsul for taking all these wonderful photographs. As the saying goes, “Health is Wealth”. So, join us for the next SRC walk and let’s get “rich” together!

JEL’s Annual Staff Party 2016

JEL’s Annual Staff Party 2016


Event Date: 
26 February 2016
Event Name:
 “JEL’s Annual Staff Party 2016″
Theme: 
“Rock and Roll Night”


This year’s staff party was held on 26 February 2016 at the Pan Pacific Hotel. This time round, the theme for the event was “Rock and Roll Night”. Many of our staff came dressed to the theme as rock stars from different eras. Even our Managing Director’s wife sportingly dressed for the occasion as a pretty and cool rock star! Prior to the commencement of the dinner, we had pre-activities set up at the foyer for our guests and staff to enjoy. There was an instant photo booth with props, temporary tattoo counter, and light sticks for guests and staff to play with.

Our Managing Director and CEO, Mr Hiroshi Ide, made his speech before dinner commenced with Lou Hei—with everyone joining in unison to wish for luck and prosperity for the new year. Mr Hiroshi Ide then proceeded to present the Excellent Safety Performance Awards for the year 2015 to the following projects— Az-Zour North, Kuwait; GSK Singapore; North Bangkok Combined Cycle Power Plant Project; and Manjung Track 3A and BLNG Cogen II Project.

The top honour, however, went to the BLNG Cogen II Project, which won the “Champion of Champions” title for having the best Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) performance amongst all the JEL work sites in 2015. A live band kept the guests and staff entertained during the dinner with many familiar and catchy rock songs, much to the delight of the audience. In addition, we also had a Karaoke Competition for our staff. Eight finalists showed off their singing and dancing talents on stage.

Eventually, Mr. Taishi Sumida won the judges over with his entertaining and humorous performance. All in all, it was a wonderful night where everyone got to relax, have fun and got to know each other better!

Lion Dance Performance to Usher in Luck and Prosperity in the Year of the Monkey

Lion Dance Performance to Usher in Luck and Prosperity in the Year of the Monkey

Event Date: 18 February 2016
Event Name:
 “Lion Dance Performance to Usher in Luck and Prosperity in the Year of the Monkey”


Lion Dance is a traditional art form that incorporates physical training commonly associated with martial arts and esthetic expressions. The lion dance is an excellent example of Chinese folk culture, which has spread across the world with Chinese immigration. Overseas Chinese in Europe, America, etc., have established many lion dance clubs, performing on Chinese festivals or big occasions, particularly Chinese New Year for good luck, as it is believed that the lion is an auspicious animal. Performed in a resplendent lion costume, accompanied by the beating of drums, clashing of cymbals and resounding gongs, the dance imitates a lion’s movements and agility.

At the invitation of our recreation club, the dragon and lions from a Lion Dance Troupe took centre stage at the stroke of 11.00am on 18 February 2016, to usher in good luck and fortune in the Year of the Monkey—much to the delight of the Management and staff, who were present to revel in the lunar new year celebratory mood.

The lions danced to the beat of the drums and gongs. The eyelids of the lions twinkled with bobbing head movements supposedly to enhance their vitality and longevity. Close to a hundred JEL staffs gathered at the JEL compound near the lobby, enthralled and entertained by the acrobatic moves of the two lions.

Performed by a dozen dancers, the dragon made wave-like movements in chase of a pearl, symbolising the pursuit of wisdom. This was followed by the lions performing the traditional custom of “cai qing” or “picking of greens”. The dance routine involved the picking of auspicious vegetables which were hung high up—a symbolic act which signified abundance for the year. The lions were then rewarded with mandarin oranges; after which, they spat out the orange skin and pith, representing good luck. The fruits were arranged into auspicious words and numbers before being presented to our MD & CEO, Mr Hiroshi Ide, with wishes for a year of stability and prosperity.

After the dance performance, staff crowded round the display of mandarin oranges in an attempt to figure out the combination of numbers to try their lottery luck. Perhaps, there were a few lucky winners amongst us?