SAFRA Mount Faber reopened its doors over the weekend of 24-25 Aug as an executive lifestyle club for NSmen. The out-of-office open house event was graced by guest of honour Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, senior minister of state for defence and president of SAFRA, who unveiled an art installation created by two NSmen featuring the letters NS to symbolise the importance of national service.
The “Positive Transformations” talk by inspirational speaker Dr William Tan saw a turnout of over 600 participants. It is part of the newly introduced SAFRA Executive Learning Series, where NSmen are encouraged to pick up new lifestyle and business skills. Other workshops held included lantern making, 3D artwork, as well as a student entrepreneurship challenge. Health and fitness buffs were also kept busy by the various activities lined up such as bollydancing, lindy hop, lyrical jazz, pop pilates and zumba.
The open house also saw families snap up $1 food and snack deals, and enjoying hours of free movie screenings. Live performances by Singapore Idol finalist Mathilda D’Silva and Sing Singapore runner-up Imelda Teo kept the ambience upbeat. A promotional SAFRA membership package was also launched, giving participants a 50 per cent cut and free NTUC vouchers worth up to $20.
Indeed, the promotional deal was what caught the eye of long-time member Christopher Tan, a regular at the club’s swimming pool. “My membership expires in three years, but I’m seriously considering renewing it in advance because of this,” he quipped.
Belle Ho, a dependent member for the past five years, praised the lifestyle concept of the club. She said the main draws are the new food and beverage attractions. “I believe F&B is important in attracting people. Based on what I’ve seen, the new choices are great. Not only food reasonably priced at the ‘middle class’ food court, it is a perfect place to come and chill out,” she said enthusiastically. The ‘middle class’ food court is the first urban food hall at a SAFRA club.