Here are three upcoming events organised by the Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) that will be happening in Singapore during the summer holidays.
These events will be apt for families with children aged 7 – 18 who plan to visit Singapore this July and Aug during their summer vacations.
Registration is now open for the following programmes:
- Camp@Home (23 – 26 July 2018) for Singapore children 7 to 14 years old
More info and registration details @ http://bit.ly/campathome-2018
- Rediscover Home (3rd Aug 2018) for Singaporean youth 15 to 18 years old
More info and registration details @ http://bit.ly/rediscoverhome-2018
- NS Familiarisation Visit (4th Aug 2018) for Singaporean males 15 to 18 years old and up to 4 adult family members
More info and registration details @ http://bit.ly/nsfam-2018
Have a great summer everyone!
You may be interested in this Singapore-made film shot in Okinawa and Singapore which premieres in San Francisco on May 11 and 12, as part of the CAAMFest film festival. By the way, SingaporeConnect has in the past been a co-host for CAAMFest (which gave us a small discount on tickets) - which has shown one to two Singaporean films each year over the past five years. Due to time commitments, we aren't able to this year, so please buy your tickets directly from the link below.
Here's their flyer.
Award-winning Singapore/Okinawa food romance film set for San Francisco premiere May 11th and 12th
If you love romance and food, bring your appetite to the San Francisco Premiere of “Jimami Tofu” at the 36th CAAMFest, on May 11th 5:10pm at the New People Cinema,1746 Post St, San Francisco and on May 12th, 12:30pm AMC Kabuki 8, 1881 Post St, San Francisco.
The film was executive produced by Singapore's own BananaMana Films and shot in Okinawa and Singapore. Intertwining romance, food and the theme of homecoming, the film is an homage to Okinawa – in particular the rustic, village life and its traditional Ryukyu cuisine.
Ryan (Jason Chan) is an ambitious Singaporean chef working in Tokyo. When his food critic girlfriend Yuki (Mari Yamamoto) suddenly disappears, it leaves him reeling. In an effort to find her, he sets off to her hometown in Okinawa searching for clues. While Yuki is nowhere in sight, he discovers flavors beyond his imagination at her father’s restaurant. With the help of Yuki’s childhood friend Nami (Rino Nakasone), Ryan decides he must convince Yuki’s father to teach him his secret recipes. At first incredibly reluctant, her father finally relents to teaching him. Though Ryan’s Tokyo-style cooking won’t fly in this kitchen. But when Yuki’s father suddenly falls ill, will Ryan have what it takes to take over the family business? And will he win back Yuki along the way?” (Synopsis by Anderson Le, Hawaii International Film Festival)
Co-Writers/Co-Directors Jason Chan and Christian Lee who star in the film will be in attendance at both screenings all the way from Singapore. Tickets on sale from April 16: $14 General Admission, $13 Students/Seniors, $12 CAAM Members. Purchase Tickets: bit.ly/JimamiSF or call (415) 552-5580. Movie trailer: bit.ly/JimamiSFTrailer
“Jimami Tofu” sold out its World Premiere at the 37th Hawaii International Film Festival back in November 2017, winning the coveted Audience Choice Award at the conclusion of the festival. Following the L.A. premiere, the film will have its San Francisco premiere on May 11th as part of CAAMFest. It will then be released theatrically in Taiwan, Singapore, Okinawa and online in China.
This event to be held at Block 71 may be of interest to those who would like to hear personal stories of entrepreneurs and investors from the region and why they think Southeast Asia is the next growth frontier.
Summer plans for your kids?
||23 - 26 July 2018
||7 - 14
||Campers have to hold Singapore citizenship or whose parents are both Singapore citizens
Our ever-popular Camp@Home programme makes its return in July 2018!
Our young overseas Singaporean campers will embark on a series of mini expeditions to rediscover Singapore’s unique and colourful heritage. Learn all about Singapore’s journey to independence, soak in our ethnic vibrancy, and tantalise the taste buds with local delights!
Through specially designed and hands-on activities, our campers will come to better appreciate our homeland’s history and cultural richness. Campers will also spend a day in a local school and make new friends from home.
Like to appreciate your Mom on Mother's Day?
Wood Flower Cottage is a Singapore home grown flower shop dedicated towards creating beautiful fresh blooms and gifts for every need and occasion.
They have an early bird promo code “MDAYEARLYBIRD” where SingaporeConnect members can get 15% off all Mother’s Day orders made before 30 April on their website.
Their Mother’s Day specials will close on 6 May. For 2018, Mother’s Day is on 13 May, Sunday.
In a mixed nationality family? What to know?
SGConnect is planning to host an Educational Event on Financial Planning for Mixed Nationality Families. The event is a two-hours Q&A session with a Certified Public Accountant who specialized in this topic. Subject will cover following topics:
1. Estate Planning for Mixed Nationality Families to avoid Probate Court
2. If I return to my home country, what do I need to know
3. How to avoid Foreign National Inheritance Tax
We are soliciting a location that can house 20-30 people for above event, somewhere around Redwood City. If anyone can provide such location around late May, it would be greatly appreciated. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any location you can provide.
As United has been a sponsor in the past, we are pleased to share with our members relevant updates from them:
Right now, United is having a fare sale where a round-trip Economy fare of from SFO-SIN is $565 and from LAX-SIN, $515. For more details:
Learn about job opportunities in SIngapore at the upcoming Singapore Tech Forum.
Smart Nation Singapore is partnering with Facebook to host a gathering of Singaporean tech professionals spanning the Silicon Valley and Singapore.
Top tech executives from Grab, RedMart, Singtel, Govtech Singapore and Facebook are coming to share about opportunities for growth in Singapore and Asia.
Join us for an afternoon of exciting panel discussions and networking. We’ve put together an outstanding lineup of panelists from the private and public sectors who will arm you with new insights on Asia's tech scene.
Facebook HQ: 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park
Saturday, March 17
11:30AM - 4:00PM PDT
Registration is free. Limited seats available. Singaporean-fare lunch is provided. Details and sign up at bit.ly/sgtechforum
Dear SingaporeConnect Members
Wishing all a very happy and prosperous Lunar New Year!
Our Banquet Celebration is in just over two weeks, on March 3. The early bird discount ends this weekend, on Feb 18. Get your friends & family together to make a joyous table. Registration at https://sgconnect.brownpapertickets.com
We like to thank our generous sponsors:
2. Khong Guan
5. Shiok Kitchen
6. Blossom Spa & Salon
7. Drip line restaurant
A Lion Dance and Wushu performance, plus a Chinese singer awaits - but we're still looking for a Singaporean performer and MC- would you or your kids be up to entertain your community? Email us please!
Register @ https://sgconnect.brownpapertickets.com
Calling all talented Singaporeans! Would you like to perform at the 2018 Lunar Year banquet? SingaporeConnect needs you! Interested please contact us!!
Banquet details and registration @ https://sgconnect.brownpapertickets.com
Respond to this email - you can also nominate those you know whom you'll like to see perform and we'll reach out to them too!
That was fast, all early bird tickets have sold out!
We are now selling regular and last-minute tickets for the Year of the Dog Lunar New Year Celebration 2018!
Register at https://sgconnect.brownpapertickets.com/
SingaporeConnect is delighted to invite you to our Year of the Dog CNY celebration!
March 3, 2018 (Saturday) 5 - 9 pm
Event registration starts Jan 24, 2018 (Wednesday) 12 pm
- Festive décor
- Selfie and Groupie Backdrop
- 11-Course Chinese Seafood Dinner
- Lion Dance Performance
- Lucky Draw Prizes
Do save the date and watch your email for another update prior to 1/24 with the event registration link and more details.
Would you like to go for a Year of the Dog CNY celebration?
If so, you really must give us your preference for the event. Please! We have choices to make and we want to know what you'll like for the event.
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 email@example.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
From: Leyla Kose <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
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.
Please let me know if there are any people I can contact to reach children performers from different cultures.
For more info:
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Stage Manager for the 9th International Children's Festival
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):
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!
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!
SINGAPORE (SG) BUZZ SERIES
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
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:
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:
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
||0 to 50
||Air quality is considered satisfactory and air pollution poses little or no risk.
||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.
||101 to 150
||Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.
||151 to 200
||Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects
||201 to 300
||Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.
||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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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!
The Organising Committee
Singapore Sports & Family Day 2017
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!
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!
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
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!