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Looking for kids who can perform a uniquely Singaporean dance, play a Singaporean-oriented instrument, or sing a traditional Singaporean song

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, November 10th, 2017 @ 8:03am

Dear Members,

SingaporeConnect recently received this email from the organisers of the 9th International Children's Festival. It appears to be an exciting and interesting opportunity, and a few of us in the committee thought, perhaps there are parents with school age kids who are into performing arts, musical instruments, etc, that can form a small group with a song-and-dance that's uniquely Singapore?

Or perhaps there would be some folks who would like to put together and host a SIngapore booth? All interest is welcome - email back to singaporeconnect@gmail.com and we'll organise the responses, if any, and see if we can come back to the organisers with a proposal.

____________
On behalf of the
SingaporeConnect Committee

From: Leyla Kose <leylaboun@gmail.com>

Subject: Invitation to the 9th International Children's Festival, April 21st, 2018, San Jose - Singapore

Date: November 7, 2017 at 12:00:13 PM GMT+8

To: singaporeconnect@gmail.com


Hi, 


I am reaching out to you for  the 9th International Children's Festival that will be held on April 21st, 2018, at Discovery Meadow Park in San Jose. In this festival, children of the Bay Area come together and enjoy the traditional foods, fun activities and the dance performances of kids who come from a diversity of cultures. I am in charge of the stage show, and looking for children's dance groups (or individuals) from various cultures.  


I wonder if you have a kids group that can perform the traditional Singapore dance, and/or play a cultural instrument, and/or sing a traditional song  at the festival, and if so, we will be very glad to host you at 9th International Children's Festival. 

Participation in the festival will be a great contribution to the integrity of the cultures in the Bay Area, and a great experience for the performers. The performers will receive participation certificates, free food tickets and surprise gifts at the festival. 8000+ people visited the festival last year.


We are also asking different cultures to host a booth to offer information, cultural exhibits, show-and-tell items, games etc.

By hosting a cultural booth at this annual event, you will have the opportunity to introduce your culture to the 8000+ visitors. You will be provided a 10x10' booth space and a tent for free, subject to some restrictions. The volunteers will be offered free lunch at the event. Let me know if somebody could do this, I am sure it will be very interesting to learn about the your culture for the visitors.


You can find the flyer and invitation letter attached.


Please watch the videos introducing the festival below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrzUu9SUHt8 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwECaBEPR18



Please let me know if there are any people I can contact to reach children performers from different cultures.



For more info:

Website: http://childrensfest.org/


Follow us!

FB: https://www.facebook.com/kidzfest/

IG: @kidzfest

Twitter: @kidzfest


Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best,


Leyla Kose 

Stage Manager for the 9th International Children's Festival


(408) 724-71-04


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SG Cares: Donation to United Way of the Wine Country

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, October 27th, 2017 @ 10:44pm

Dear Members,

We're pleased to inform you that today, Stanley Leong from OSU and Kristin Lim from SingaporeConnect, also chair of the Singapore Sports & Family Day 2017 event, made a trip up to United Way of the Wine Country in Santa Rosa.

They presented a check of $3,561.08, collected from registration fees to the Singapore Sports & Family Day event, to Mr Mike Kallhoff (President of the United Way of the Wine Country) and, spread some Singaporean love in the form of cupcakes and Gryphon tea to the staff there. 

In this photo from left to right are: Ms Dominique Flores (Resource Development & Marketing Coordinator at United Way of the Wine Country), Kristin, Mr Mike Kallhoff (President of United Way of the Wine Country), and Stanley.

On behalf of the organising committee, thank you all participants for your support and generosity.

It was a fun and memorable day. Photos and videos of the event have been posted by on Facebook (no login required):

From OSU:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/osl.unitedstates/photos/?tab=album&album_id=879507352200120

https://www.facebook.com/osl.unitedstates/videos/880029452147910/

From SingaporeConnect:

https://www.facebook.com/singaporeconnect

https://www.facebook.com/pg/singaporeconnect/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2021697068051416

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PFOoPNvuhI&feature=youtu.be

SG Cares!

SEA CONNECT: SOUTHEAST ASIA STARTUP INVESTMENT OUTLOOK 2018

E-mail sent by Singapore, Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 @ 10:33pm

Hi,

Some of you may be interested at this event on Oct 25:

It's an opportunity to gain insights on Southeast Asia's startup investment landscape in 2017 & outlook for 2018 from Kickstart Ventures & top entrepreneurs with startups in FinTech, EdTech & eCommerce

Speakers:

1. Minette Navarette, President of Kickstart Ventures: https://www.linkedin.com/in/minettenavarrete/

2. Marcus Tan, Co-founder & President of Carousell: https://www.linkedin.com/in/curiousmarcus/

3. Vu Van, Co-founder & CEO of ELSA: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hongvuvan142/ 

4. Niki Luhur, Chairman of Kartuku & Indonesia Fintech Association: https://www.linkedin.com/in/niki-luhur-1053481/

Moderator:

Peng T. Ong, Managing Partner of Monk's Hill Ventures: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pengtong/

Registration:

https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/sea-connect-southeast-asia-startup-investment-outlook-2018-tickets-38663767369

We did it!

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 @ 6:50am

We are fit —

We did it!

Team with spirit,

Heart and merit,

Clockwork it ran.

United we can!



From the team that brought you the Singapore Community Day 2015 and the Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion 2012, our most recent event, the Singapore Sports & Family Day 2017, was a rousing success! A collaborative effort between the Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) and SingaporeConnect, we did it!
 
With over 15 volunteers, bringing together almost 300 attendees, and raising $3561.08 for fire relief, we showed how we can get together for fun and to share. The ticket sales from the event will be donated to the United Way of Wine Country on behalf of the local Singapore community.

The fires and resulting haze, bringing memories of N95 masks, nearly curtailed the event. Our team planned for the worst and hoped for the best. We couldn't be prouder of the dedication of our volunteers and thank them so much.

Photos and videos are being shared on our Facebook group now, with more to come. We hope they bring you much joy to see the action and jubilation of all those who were there. 

Our events are only possible with our volunteers. Help us make more SingaporeConnect events you'll want to come to. Join us to plan the next event. You can do it!

 

OSU Presents: SG Buzz with Mr Edward Chia

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 @ 5:28am

It's back! The SG Buzz series of events OSU has held have included luminaries from the "art" side of Singapore, from food blogger Leslie Tay to film maker Kelvin Tong. In bringing them from Singapore to the Singaporean community in the US, they get a chance to meet the vibrant community here and for us to keep up with the pulse of trends in Singapore.

Do check out their upcoming event: you even have a choice of three cities and dates! Tip: it can be fun to coordinate a trip and meet the Singaporean community there as well!

Seattle

San Francisco

Los Angeles

SINGAPORE (SG) BUZZ SERIES 

https://overseassingaporean.sg/en/Event/SG-Buzz


FEATURING MR EDWARD CHIA 

CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR

TIMBRE GROUP PTE LTD

Be inspired by Mr Edward Chia, whose brainchild Timbre, is one of Singapore’s most popular music restaurant-bars. Join Edward as he shares his social mission of promoting local music and musicians. Feel the 2016 ASEAN Youth Award recipient’s passion in engineering social change and how he uses technology to do so. Hear him candidly share how he juggles more than 10 business ventures, alongside his family commitment and various appointments in the youth sector.

Register at https://overseassingaporean.sg/en/Event/SG-Buzz

 

An Update regarding the Singapore Sports & Family Day 2017

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, October 13th, 2017 @ 1:36pm

Dear Members,

We just sent an update (below) to those who have registered for the Singapore Sports & Family Day 2017.

The update describes the health concern for all participants due to air quality conditions, and how the event will be held depending on these conditions tomorrow.

Essentially the sports and games portions may be curtailed however we will still hold the event at the same venue, have food, goodie bags, and conduct the raffle, where the top prize is a return air ticket to Singapore courtesy of United Airlines, plus prizes from all our other sponsors: Razer, Orchard Hotel, Kong Guan, Yeo's, The Golden Duck Co, All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting, OOWA by DynaOptics, KopiTiam Café, Shiok, Vegan Burg, Health Promotion Board, Crystal Jade and Aina! Excited?.

The event is still open for registration at:

http://www.singaporeconnect.org/item/1133480

Note the proceeds from your registration fees will be channeled to the United Way of Wine Country instead of the Community Chest of Singapore.

More details can be read in this full update to registrants below:

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Dear Registrant of Singapore Sports & Family Day 2017,

Thank you for registering to join us at tomorrow’s event.

We know you have been looking forward to having a fun day out with fellow Singaporeans and friends. The organising committee has been working hard to plan for our first ever sports and games day, and most recently had to huddle to discuss contingency plans.

As you are aware, we in the Bay Area have not been spared the effects of the devastating wild fires in the Napa and Sonoma counties these past few days. The smoke and haze have been persisting, sometimes lifting and sometimes thickening based on wind direction.

Based on reports from the Environmental Agency Protection website (www.airnow.gov), the current Air Quality Index (AQI) over Stanford is in the USG range (i.e. unhealthy for sensitive groups) of 101-150. The forecast is for air quality to worsen and return to the Unhealthy range of 151-200 later today. Based on the past few days and the forecast for tomorrow, we can expect tomorrow’s AQI to straddle between the USG and Unhealthy levels.

Here are how the categories are described:

Air Quality Index Levels of Health Concern Numerical Value Meaning
Good 0 to 50 Air quality is considered satisfactory and air pollution poses little or no risk.
Moderate 51 to 100 Air quality is acceptable, however for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
USG 101 to 150 Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.
Unhealthy 151 to 200 Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects
Very Unhealthy 201 to 300 Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.
Hazardous 301 to 500 Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.


Expect a Modified/Shortened Programme
As your health and well-being and that of your family and friends is paramount, the organising committee is prepared to scale back and/or modify the programme for tomorrow’s event. This could involve the cancellation of more strenuous sports like soccer, captain’s ball and ultimate frisbee, a reduction of the game time and/or reduction of the play area. This would be wholly dependent on tomorrow’s conditions should air quality not be ideal for outdoor activities. The committee is also prepared to cancel all sports and games should the pollution intensify. 

Health Advisory
Santa Clara County has advised children, seniors and those with respiratory problems to stay indoors as much as possible. Stanford University will be proceeding with its reunion/homecoming event tomorrow despite the haze. It has however advised people to limit strenuous outdoor activity, particularly for those who are sensitive to air pollution. 

As such, the organising committee is following their lead and would like to urge that young children, the elderly and those who are sensitive to air pollutants or with existing respiratory conditions take the necessary precautions. For those who will be attending, you may wish to pack along a mask. Masks will not be distributed at the event.

Donation
Given the devastation by the wild fires in wine country and the plight of the victims and those who’ve been affected whether through loss of dear ones, livelihoods and property, the organising committee has unanimously decided to re-direct the collection (your donation through your registration), initially earmarked for the Community Chest of Singapore, to a relief fund to help those affected by the fires. We have identified the United Way Relief Fund.

The United Way of the Wine Country 
(www.unitedwaywinecountry.org) is a local organization dedicated to improving lives locally since incorporation on February 26, 1968. Their mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of their community through leadership, community engagement and effective investment. They envision an educated community where all people live healthy, productive lives and can contribute to the well-being of their communities. All contributions to United Way stays in Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.

The organising committee will make a donation on behalf of all registrants of the Singapore Sports & Family Day 2017, being representatives of the Singaporean community here in Northern California.If you have concerns about the selected beneficiary, please contact the organisers at singaporeconnect@gmail.com

Schedule
Singapore Sports & Family Day 2017 will take place tomorrow, but we seek your understanding to expect a scaled-down/modified/shortened programme in the interest of all participants’ health and well-being.

Event registration and goodie bag collection begins at 1pm. Food service is expected to begin at 3pm, but may be brought forward in the event that we have a shortened and modified programme in order to limit our time outdoors. The Raffle draw may also be brought forward to an earlier time.

We will have an email update for you again tomorrow morning.

Take care and see you tomorrow!

Best regards,

The Organising Committee
Singapore Sports & Family Day 2017

Play | Eat | Win !

E-mail sent by Singapore, Saturday, October 7th, 2017 @ 8:00am

PLAY

Indulge your inner athleticism and bring out that sportsperson this Fall! Pit yourself against fellow Singaporeans in the seven-a-side street soccer showdown. If you are more adept with your hands, represent your House in the crowd-pleasing and fast-paced Captain's Ball. Or, if you feel up to it, step up to the sport that depicts the epitome of sportsmanship - Ultimate Frisbee.
 

A sports event in the Bay Area won’t be complete without a face-off between the Stanford and Berkeley students who hail from our tiny isle. What better way to resolve this than a Captain's Ball challenge? Who will come up on top? Cheer on your favourite team in the big game!
 

Step up to work the abs and biceps at our IPPT sit-up and push-up stations and stand to win bragging rights and prizes for the most repetitions in a minute.
 

Finally, we have the telematches, where fond games we used to play like ping-pong balancing, gunny sack hopping, and three-legged racing level the playing field for the whole family. To round it all up is the heart thumping Tug-of-War. No one knows, until the last second, which team will win the day. You might just tilt the balance to score top honours for your team!

EAT

Curry puff, ondeh ondeh, ambon, angku, bah kwa, chicken wings, Khong Guan's biscuits, Yeo's drinks, chicken wings, egg rolls, just the sort of Singapore-themed refreshments waiting for you after some sports and fun at the first ever Singapore Sports and Family Day 2017! 


WIN

You might be off to Singapore non-stop from San Francisco thanks to one of our wonderful sponsors: United Airlines! Or win many other attractive prizes in the raffle, thanks to our great sponsors: Razer, Orchard Hotel, Kong Guan, Yeo's, The Golden Duck Co, All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting, OOWA by DynaOptics, KopiTiam Café, Shiok, Vegan Burg, Health Promotion Board, Crystal Jade and Aina! Excited? We're just less than 10 days to go to the first ever Singapore Sports and Family Day 2017 at Roble Field, Stanford.

 

Even if you’re not into sports, bring the Singapore spirit because there’ll be lots to cheer about at Singapore Sports And Family Day 2017!

Oh, and let's not forgot those less fortunate from our community back in Singapore. All proceeds from ticket sales other than the service fees will be donated to the Community Chest of Singapore. Come join us, for a fun day, give back to society and meet new folks!

Sign up now at http://singaporeconnect.org/item/1133480

 

Singapore Sports and Family Day: What are Telematches?

E-mail sent by Singapore, Saturday, October 7th, 2017 @ 7:26am

What are 'Telematches'? Think back to your childhood days where VR and AR were nowhere, and we enjoyed classic games played after school or during recess.

What if you could re-visit those games and have a go at them once more with your friends? If you are so blessed to be nurturing a child, how about helping him or her disconnect, from perhaps the tablet for an afternoon and engage in some oft-wished healthy outdoor activities. Family bonding and team spirit - ya.

HOP IN and hop on to the finish line in the Gunny Sack Race that pits your team against three other teams! Did you know that the word ‘gunny’ is derived from a language spoken in Mangalore, India that means ‘thread’ or ‘fibre’? Gunny sacks typically hold about 45kg and were commonly used in Singapore in the old days to store and transport rice. The Americans call it the burlap sack and instead of rice, they used it to carry potatoes.

Get TIED UP with your child or a friend in the Three-Legged Race where the winning strategy is all about great partnership and coordination. A mad dash to the end could trip you up. Remember the fable of the tortoise and the hare? Slow and steady might just win you the race.

GRAB & GO isn’t just a catchphrase reserved for fast food. It can also describe the adrenalin-pumping game of Dog and Bone – a game where you race up to a bean bag and try to snatch it back to your team while avoiding getting tagged by a member of the opposing team. This game tests your agility, speed and reflexes to scurry away with the bean bag and valuable points for your team.

All soccer greats had early beginnings. So if you’ve got a kid who’s 12 years old and below with a penchant for kicking a ball around, have him or her LACE UP for Mini Soccer! The kids have a chance to score for their team in a friendly competition with other children. Will your kid be the Fandi Ahmad of tomorrow? Take aim and shoot for a goal!

We’ll also be putting your sense of balance and dexterity to the test with ping pong balls, spoons, rubber band and straws. KEEP CALM and play on in these Team Relays that will be a whole lot of fun for everyone in the family.

Should you pride yourself as having the physical strength to pull through any situation, flex those biceps and HOLD ON tight till your knuckles turn white for the pull of your life – the Tug-Of-War challenge!

If your heart’s beating and your palms are getting clammy, it’s clearly a sign that you’re in desperate need for some fresh air and friendly competition! So let your fingers make an entry at http://www.singaporeconnect.org/item/1133480 for charity and BRACE YOURSELF for all the fun you can expect at Singapore Sports & Family Day 2017 on 14th Oct 2017, 1pm @ Stanford University!

Singapore Sports and Family Day

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, September 15th, 2017 @ 10:28pm

Singapore Connect is pleased to stage the first-ever Singapore Sports And Family (SAF) Day 2017 here in the San Francisco Bay Area this Fall.

Register Now

Registration page at http://www.singaporeconnect.org/item/1133480

Why come?

Come join hundreds of fellow Singaporeans in Silicon Valley at the inaugural Singapore SAF Day 2017! It’s your chance to come out with your family and friends and bond with other Singaporeans over some fun, food and friendly rivalry. This family-friendly event promises something for everyone young and old, from team games and relays for the little ones, team ‘telematches’, to soccer, captain’s ball and ultimate frisbee for our college students and adults.

What's special?

As this year marks NS50 (50 years of National Service in Singapore), we’re also giving you and your children a chance to set an IPPT record in sit-ups and push-ups, with prizes awaiting the fittest among us.

Also come cheer on your favourite team as the Singapore Students Associations of Stanford and UC Berkeley face-off in a Captain’s Ball finale challenge. 

There’ll be goodie bags for everyone, thanks to the kind sponsorship of Khong Guan, Yeo’s, The Golden Duck Co. and the Overseas Singaporean Unit.

There are also attractive prizes to be won for sporting excellence and in the Raffle draw! We’re delighted to acknowledge the corporate support of United Airlines, Orchard Hotel, Razer, All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting, OOWA by DynaOptics, KopiTiam Café, Shiok, Crystal Jade and Aina.

When?

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017
1.00 pm: Registration/check-in
1.30 pm: Welcome & Event Kick-Off

Where?

Stanford University
Roble Field
351 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305

Got food?

Refreshments will be provided.

Who's who?

The Singapore Sports And Family (SAF) Day 2017 is organised by SingaporeConnect, with the involvement of Singaporeans@Stanford and UC Berkeley Singapore Students Association and supported by the Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU).

SG Cares

Why your registration isn’t “just for fun” but for a more meaningful purpose?

The Singapore SAF Day is not just a day for “fun”, but our way to be part of Singapore Cares (SG Cares) - a national movement to build a more caring and inclusive society. Your donations will be channeled 100% (excluding the service fees which we have kept to the minimum) to the Community Chest of Singapore. The Community Chest of Singapore was established in 1983 with a vital mission of raising funds to support about 80 social service organisations in Singapore. Be pleased that 100% of your event registration fee (excluding the token service fee) will go towards helping the following groups in Singapore: 

  • Adults with disabilities to integrate into society
  • Children with special needs and youth-at-risk to reach their full potential
  • Families in difficulty to stay resilient
  • Persons with mental health issues to integrate into society
  • Seniors in need to age gracefully in the community

Why pay?

Your registration fee is in fact the amount that you will be donating to charity. The suggested minimum registration/donation amount is $10 for adults and college students, but you are encouraged to donate more ($20, $50 and $99) where you feel adequate and moved to do so with. There’s also a bonus to donating more because you have a higher chance of winning attractive prizes in the Raffle draw! The registration/donation amount is $5 for children and students from 6 to 18 years old. There is no charge for children five and below.

Let's Play and Share!

So let’s come together as the larger Singaporean family here in Northern California to show that overseas Singaporeans care for our fellow Singaporeans in need back home.

SIF Connects! Event on 9/27/17

E-mail sent by Singapore, Thursday, September 7th, 2017 @ 11:36am

Dear Members,

Saw this email from SIF regarding a special event they are holding in Washington DC. Singaporean cuisine will be served!

You’re invited

SIF Connects! Washington DC 2017


7 September 2017


Dear Friends,

We have the pleasure of inviting you, your friends and colleagues to SIF Connects! Washington DC on Wednesday, 27 September 2017, from 4.30pm on Capitol Hill. SIF Connects! is our way of keeping in touch, and where we bring together Singaporeans and Friends of Singapore (FOS) in the United States to meet, rekindle ties and deepen friendships.

For the second year in a row, the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and the US-Asia Institute are jointly organising a panel discussion to build cultural understanding and nurture stronger friendships between Singapore and global communities. This year’s dialogue is dedicated to the special occasions of ASEAN’s 50th anniversary as well as 40 years of US-ASEAN relations. This dialogue moves away from the hard policy and economic perspectives that frequently dominate discourse on ASEAN, and hopes to take a look at the softer but no less important aspects of people relations between the United States and ASEAN. Themed “Strengthening meaningful connections between the US and ASEAN”, the dialogue will delve into what our communities can initiate at the people-to-people level to uplift communities and bring peoples closer.

Key questions that will be asked of the panel include:

•             How should ASEAN’s strategy evolve to build capacity at the people/community level?
•             What kind of initiatives can deepen integration and cultivate shared values among US and ASEANcommunities?

Current panellists include SIF Chairman Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, a representative from the US-Asia Institute (TBC), former United States Ambassador to Singapore David Adelman and Singapore Institute of International Affairs Chairman Associate Professor Simon Tay.

We warmly invite you to join us in conversation at SIF Connects! Washington DC on 27 September, as Singaporean and American panellists exchange insights and share ideas on how we may build more inclusive and resilient societies, for a better world.


 
SIF Connects! Washington DC


Wednesday, 27 September 2017


4.30pm to 6.30pm


 
Rayburn House Office Building,


Rooms 2043 to 2045


Washington, DC 20515 (map)


 

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Please note that registration begins at 4pm
A dinner reception featuring Singapore cuisine will be served after the dialogue.

Please register your attendance here

Or by emailing your details to: sifconnects@sif.org.sg or singapore@usasiainstitute.org

We look forward to seeing you in Washington DC in September!

Your friend,
Singapore International Foundation

Singapore Sports & Family Day 2017

  • Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at 1pm - 5pm
    Location: Roble Field (351 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305)


    Singapore Connect is pleased to stage the first-ever Singapore Sports And Family (SAF)…

SEAConnect Event (11 July 2017)

E-mail sent by Singapore, Thursday, July 6th, 2017 @ 12:57am

SEA Connect - Entrepreneurs Sharing Session

Monk's Hill Ventures invites you to our quarterly SEA Connect event series, co-hosted by our friends at Block71SF. Join our entrepreneurs sharing session as they share some success stories & challenges from their startup journey and gain insights from their experience! Stay for the networking session that takes place afterwards and connect with fellow tech enthusiasts in the area.

DATE AND TIME:
Tue 11 July 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT


VENUE:
BLOCK71 SF
164 South Park St, San Francisco, CA 94107

 

AGENDA:
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arrival & Registration
6:30pm - 7:30pm: Entrepreneurs sharing session: Starting up in SEA - Success stories and challenges
7:30pm - 8:00pm: Q&A session
8:00pm - 9:00pm: Networking session over light bites & refreshments

SPEAKERS:
Kuo-Yi Lim (Managing Partner of Monk's Hill Ventures)
Thuc Vu (Co-founder & CEO of OhmniLabs)
Vincent Lau ( Co-founder & CEO of Maria Health)

MODERATOR:
Richard Dasher (Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University)

Register Now

Singapore's 52nd National Day Celebrations

E-mail sent by Singapore, Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 @ 8:41pm

Heads up! The Consulate-General of San Francisco has just sent email invitations for Singapore's 52nd National Day Celebrations. Invites are sent to those who have registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You may do so at: https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/.

Survey of Overseas Singaporeans from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 @ 4:42pm

Dear Singaporean Members,

Please find attached an invitation from the Institute of Policy Studies at NUS to participate in their study on overseas Singaporeans.

____________

 
Take part in the IPS Social Lab’s Survey on Overseas Singaporeans!

For every 15 Singaporeans in Singapore, one more citizen lives abroad. The IPS Social Lab, a survey research unit at the National University of Singapore, wants to understand the motivations and experiences of Overseas Singaporeans. We are currently conducting an online survey till 30 September 2017.

If you are a Singapore citizen aged between 18 and 64 (both ages inclusive), have been living overseas for at least six months as of 12 May 2017, and are not currently a government employee or on a government scholarship, please sign up to take part in the survey here:

https://mysurvey.nus.edu.sg/EFM/se/543BE5C245666F9C

Once we receive your details, we will send you a unique weblink to complete the survey questionnaire, which should take you no more than 30 minutes. Upon successful completion of the questionnaire, we will send you a specially-designed EZ-link card with $10 stored value (more details here http://lkyspp.nus.edu.sg/ips/uncategorized/state-of-the-overseas-singaporeans-study) as a token of our appreciation.

This project is supported by the Overseas Singaporean Unit, a division of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. Your responses are important as survey findings will provide policymakers with relevant and useful insights about our growing Singaporean diaspora. We intend to share the main conclusions of our findings publicly as well and hope that this will contribute to discourse on how Singapore can better support our overseas Singaporeans and maintain our links with them even while they’re away. Read more about our survey in a Straits Times article from 16/5/17: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/study-to-find-out-mindsets-of-overseas-singaporeans

Know other overseas Singaporeans? Please do forward this e-mail to them.

Thank you very much for your time!

Warm regards,
LEONG Chan-Hoong (Dr.)
Principal Investigator
Head, IPS Social Lab

 
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Invitation to "A Slice of Singapore with Gwen Lee" (13 May 2017)

E-mail sent by jernkuan, Friday, April 28th, 2017 @ 10:37am

On behalf of the Overseas Singaporean Unit

Dear Singaporean families in Silicon Valley,

If you have children below the age of 12, come join us for an afternoon of delightful storytelling, sing-along and craft with Singaporean writer Gwen Lee. It will be a splendid opportunity for your children to get (re)acquainted with Singaporean culture, food and heritage. Follow Gwen as she takes your children through her collection of Singapore Nursery Rhymes and a very special book to celebrate Mother's Day. They will be regaled by stories of colourful pasar malams to the charm of kampong living while making new friends with children of fellow Singaporeans here in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’ll cap the event with a  spread of Singaporean kuehs and afternoon delights that will conjure special memories of home for you. So bundle your kids up in your SUV and join us in Santa Clara for a Saturday afternoon down memory lane! Another occasion to meet fellow Singaporean families here in the Bay Area.

A Slice of Singapore with Gwen Lee
Date: 13 May 2017 (Sat)
Time: 3pm – 5pm (check-in @ 2.45pm)
Venue: Jamison-Brown House (behind the Triton Museum of Art)

Address: 1505 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95050  



About Gwen Lee
Gwen Lee (www.gwen-lee.com) currently lives with her family in San Jose. She is the author of six books, including There Was a Peranakan Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, The Adventure of Greco and Beco, and Little Cloud Wants Snow! A recommended book for the Read! Singapore Festival 2014, Little Cloud Wants Snow! has been translated to Korean and Mandarin, and is being used by schools in Texas, USA, to educate children about weather science. 
 

 
To register, each family unit must complete the following fields and email to Stanley_Leong@mccy.gov.sg:


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All successful registrants will receive an email confirmation that your place has been reserved. To allow more children to attend the event, priority will be given to children and their parents. Grandparents and nannies/helpers will only be admitted subject to availability of places closer to the event.

~ Another event proudly brought to you by the Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) ~

Sharing a peek into Singapore at Blk 71

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, April 17th, 2017 @ 10:42am

A peek into Singapore

Our Singaporean entrepreneurs are here to share a slice of their insights from the hottest entrepreneurship scene in Asia!

 

1) NUSEA Presents: The Singapore Start-Up Journey by Siu Rui, Cofounder of Carousell

Date: Apr 17th, 730pm-9pm
Venue: Block71SF @ 164 South Park St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Join us for a casual evening and spend time with a successful Singaporean start-up co-founder!

We're excited to have co-founder of Carousell, Quek Siu Rei with us for a casual and intimate sharing session as he looks back on his start-up experience; What were some of his biggest regrets? What would he have done differently? What advice would he give to his former self? How exactly did he embark on a new venture?

*Dinner will be provided.

2) Bay Area New Economic Thinking Meetup
Date: Apr 27th, 630pm-830pm
Venue: Block71SF @ 164 South Park St, San Francisco, CA 94107

What if we lived in world where the goal of national governments, economies and business was to promote the whole person flourishing of each human being? What if our economic system strives to protect community and ecological well-being rather than merely maximize shareholder returns? Join us for a discussion on what it is to be human, and what are our relationship and connection is with fellow humans, non-human life, and our ecology.

*Food & drinks will be served. 

3) IP-business protection and commercialisation workshop by IPOS
Date: May 15th-16th,
- Workshop at 630pm-730pm
- Free individual consultations by appointment
Venue: Block71SF @ 164 South Park St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Join IP Management Consultant, Norman Ng, and Senior Legal Counsel, Dixon Soh, as they shares business insights on how today’s businesses can protect and commercialise their intangible assets through practical IP strategies. Register here.

Hope you've got your taxes done ..

E-mail sent by Singapore, Saturday, April 15th, 2017 @ 11:50pm

.. then you can participate in these upcoming events next weekend!

Saturday:International Day at Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Monterey

You may know that the US Navy has been offering postgraduate courses to staffers from the military and governmental institutions of over thirty countries at the Naval Postgraduate School for several decades. Every year, they and their families host an International Day, a festival celebrating the unique people, food and culture of their respectives countries. It will be enjoyable for the whole family, with lots of delicious food, information and fun performances. We highly encourage all of you to attend - carpool if you can to Monterey, CA.

See a video from last year we shot of the sizable Singapore contingent there! 
https://youtu.be/s_pe7lOQe8o





 


Invitation by the OSU to Sunday Tea for Singaporean business owners/entrepreneurs (23 Apr 2017)

We have a rich, vibrant and growing pool of Singaporean business owners here in the San Francisco Bay Area. It goes without saying that Silicon Valley births many tech start-ups, but you’d be surprised that we also have Singaporeans among us who aren’t in the pure tech space. Some own cafes/restaurants or businesses centred on food, some work professionally with lenses (both in front of and behind), a couple run legal practices, one owns and operates a commercial farm, some are more artistic and others altruistic. And there are many more businesses owned by Singaporeans here that we don’t know about!

Time to bring Singaporean business owners and entrepreneurs together for tea! There is incredible value in Singaporeans businessowners/entrepreneurs from across industries/sectors coming together to discuss the potential and capacities such a collective might bring to not just yourselves and your businesses, but the Singaporean community here, as well as fellow Singaporeans with aspirations of setting up business here in Silicon Valley.

The afternoon tea event organised by the Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) will be held at Singaporean-operated café, Drip Line Coffee. The menu is designed by Singaporean chef Nora Haron and will feature Singaporean flavours with Californian produce. 

This event is strictly for Singaporean business owners/entrepreneurs in the SF Bay Area. If you’re a Singaporean business owners, don’t miss this get-together and RSVP early to avoid disappointment.

Date: 23 April 2017 (Sun)
Time: 3pm – 5pm (registration starts @ 2.45pm)
Venue: Drip Line Coffee (1940 Union Street, #21, Oakland, CA 94607)

To RSVP, please email the following information to stanley_leong@mccy.gov.sg
- Name
- Cell phone Number
- Name of Business
- Business Website Address
- Designation
- Industry
- Years in Operation
- City that your business is based In

An April Update

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, April 3rd, 2017 @ 10:56am

Hi Members,

Mother's Day Gifts Promo

Thinking of something special for Mother's Day? Wood Flower Cottage in Siglap Rd has a catalogue of fresh and sweet items to surprise your Mom with. They also have a 10% discount for SingaporeConnect members with code SINGSOC. Check http://singaporeconnect.org/pages/promo for details.

SEA Connect

Like to network and meet up plus soak in the wisdom from a panelists of tech professionals? Monk's Hill Ventures is holding an event in San Francisco. Check http://singaporeconnect.org/item/1114072 for details.

Join us as we plan our next big event

SingaporeConnect and OSU are working together to kick up this summer with a sporty event for the community. Join us to discuss how and what we can make everyone come together for some exciting activities! Email singaporeconnect@gmail.com to let us know and we'll invite you to a planning meeting.

Apprentice @ CAAMFest

Hope you enjoyed the Singapore film, Apprentice, shown at CAAMFest! Here's a thank you acknowledgment from CAAM:

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Thank you for helping us promote CAAMFest35 screenings and events to your networks and audiences. Our collaborations with organizations like Singapore Connect help make our festival a success.  We greatly appreciate your partnership! 

Please find an acknowledgment on our website:

http://caamedia.org/blog/2017/03/23/thank-you-caamfest35-co-presenters/

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SEA Connect

  • Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 at 6pm - 9pm
    Location: Udemy 600 Harrison St. (3rd floor) San Francisco, California 94107

SingaporeConnect Year of the Rooster Lunar Banquet

E-mail sent by Singapore, Sunday, February 26th, 2017 @ 5:14pm

On Feb 12, 2017, SingaporeConnect held our largest ever Lunar New Year banquet, with a Lion Dance, several games and performances, and thanks to our sponsors, a very generous lucky draw. With many of you there we celebrated! Enjoy these photos and videos and relive the joyous event!

Video:

https://youtu.be/YZP3_6vnWOc

Photos:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/singaporeconnect/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1909303755957415

https://www.facebook.com/pg/singaporeconnect/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1907587836129007

https://www.facebook.com/pg/singaporeconnect/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1907148566172934

https://www.facebook.com/pg/singaporeconnect/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1906764359544688


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