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E-Mails, SMSes And Filling Each Session

Mon 5 January 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

You may have noticed that since the start of December 2008, the regular e-mail Updates have become much shorter then they were before.

The regular Wednesday Update had been abandoned early in November, leaving only the Monday and Friday Updates, and the occasional Extra.

Since 1 December 2008, the Monday and Friday Updates have primarily dealt with the number of places left in upcoming sessions.  This will be the primary purpose of the Updates from now on.  The Updates may also be sent out any day of the week, usually on Mondays and  Fridays as before, but if there is no need for an Update on any given Monday or Friday, I may skip the Update on that day.

It would be ideal if everyone checked the blog regularly, and saw for themselves from the Current Schedule page which sessions were full, and which sessions still had places left, but I accept that not all of you do that, either because you’re busy with other stuff, or the blog is blocked at work, or you do not have internet access at home.

The other stuff on the blog is for you to read if you’re interested and have the time.  The Extras may be used from time to time to let you know what else is new on or about the blog.

I have also been using SMSes a lot since early in December to fill up each session.  With several of our regulars injured,  away, resting, or unavailable due to seasonal commitments at the end of the year, it was hard to have a sense of how many participants wanted to play each week, and accordingly, how many sessions we needed to have each week.  We got by alright with 3 or 4 sessions per week for most of December, with 2 sessions in the last week of December.

I aim to maintain at least 4 regular sessions a week (Monday to Thursday) for the foreseeable future.  The idea is that for any working day (other than Friday), if you really want to play, there is a session somewhere in Singapore you can join after work, provided you confirm early enough.

I will continue to use SMSes from time to time if a session needs more players in order to go on.  If you receive an SMS from me, there is no need to reply.  If you can play, just confirm on the blog as usual.  If you can’t access the blog, then of course, you can SMS me to ask me to add your name on the blog.

If you do reply to me by SMS, I may not acknowledge.  I hope you understand.

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  1. Gilbert
    Mon 5 January 2009 at 4:04 pm


    Just a note of heartfelt thanks for a sterling job of organising these sessions and keeping FIOFAFI in good shape. It is not an easy job looking after all of us and making sure that we get our weekly football fix. Largely to your efforts, this group has transformed from a small bunch of weekend warriors to a social network where we can all share our passion for the game, on and off the pitch. Let us continue to enjoy the game and fellowship amid the bleak outlook in 2009.

  2. Yuchi
    Wed 7 January 2009 at 1:04 am


    First, Wishing You a Great Year in 2009 !
    For all the hardwork you have put into the blog, and countless emails and calls to us to fill up the sessions. You Deserve A Standing Ovation !!!

    Second, A Big Thank You for your invitation to join FIOFAFI. Social football is a great platform for us to play, break a sweat, network after games and over drinks and collect scars and cuts along the way.

    Lastly, since i started work @ SAFRA Tampines, I’m extending the Futsal Pitches and 11-a-side Pitch to the FIOFAFI group. Pls contact me if there’s the possibility to have sessions at SAFRA Tampines as well. Also, I happen to have a discount for Adidas products. If we are considering getting jerseys, i believe we could get a good deal.

    Cheero !!

  3. rajiv
    Wed 7 January 2009 at 10:08 am

    Thanks Gilbert and Yuchi, and thanks Yuchi for the offer. The T-shirt thing is a bit in the air at the moment, but I’ll definitely come back to it.

  4. rajiv
    Wed 18 February 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I wasn’t planning to do an “Extra” today, but with so much going on, I’ve have to.

    After I did away with the Wednesday Updates in November 2008, there were Extras on Wednesday 12 Nov 2008, Wednesday 19 Nov 2008, Tuesday 9 Dec 2008 (instead of an Update on 8 Dec 2008, the Hari Raya Haji public holiday) and Wednesday 17 Dec 2008.

    Since Christmas, Extras have been only for special occasions and events:

    • Christmas Extra on Wednesday, 24 Dec 2008.
    • Mixed Session Extra on Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009.
    • Gong Xi Fa Cai Extra on Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009.
    • Polls Extra on Wednesday, 4 Feb 2009.
    • Double Bill Extra on Wednesday, 11 Feb 2009.

    There was also no Update on 26 Jan 2009, which was the first day of the two-day Chinese New Year public holidays.

    Today’s was the Geylang United, FIOFAFI Jersey & 11-A-Side On Saturday Extra.

  5. rajiv
    Wed 25 February 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Again, I wasn’t planning to do an Extra today, but with tomorrow’s session developing into an impromptu mini-tournament, I felt it deserved an Extra.

  6. rajiv
    Wed 4 March 2009 at 10:34 am

    We’ve been having lots of “Extra”s since the start of the year – today’s was the Split Bill Extra.

  7. rajiv
    Tue 10 March 2009 at 6:00 pm

    We had an “Extra” today, a Tuesday, for a change, covering:

    • The possibility of having two sessions either tomorrow or Thursday.

    • The resumption of Tom’s Meet The Player, Meet The Man.

    • Final orders for FIOFAFI jerseys and T-shirts.

  8. rajiv
    Thu 26 March 2009 at 9:44 am

    To cut down the work I have to do, I’m doing away with the Friday Updates with immediate effect.

    I’ll stick with the Monday Updates, and use “Extras” as and when necessary on other days of the week (Tuesdays to Fridays).

    • Yaseen
      Thu 26 March 2009 at 10:27 am

      No problem Rajiv.. You have been doing an excellent job!! Not sure if anyone else would be able to handle organizing games after games week in week out…

      • rajiv
        Thu 26 March 2009 at 11:56 am

        The aim is also to get people to use the blog more, and rely less on e-mails (and SMSs). 🙂

  9. rajiv
    Thu 26 March 2009 at 10:55 am

    We had a “Split Bill” Tonight & Saturday Afternoon 7-A-Side Extra this morning.

  10. rajiv
    Mon 30 March 2009 at 11:52 am

    I’ve revamped the appearance of the Updates. A Web version of today’s update can be found here. A PDF version can be downloaded here.

  11. rajiv
    Thu 2 April 2009 at 12:45 pm

    We’ve had a “Re-Starting Monday Nights At Turf City” Extra today.

    A Web version can be found here. A PDF version can be downloaded here.

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