News and Announcements

Singapore's 53rd National Day Celebration

E-mail sent by Singapore, Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 @ 7:31am

Dear Singaporean members,

We are pleased to inform you of this invitation (below) from the Singapore Consulate-General in San Francisco. Please also note that you can receive these and other such invitations directly from them, by doing an "MFA eRegister" (type that into a search engine to find the link) with the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Hope to see many of you there to celebrate Singapore's 53rd National Day over a tea reception!

On behalf of your
SingaporeConnect Committee

Dear fellow Singaporeans, 

Greetings from the Singapore Consulate-General in San Francisco!

You and your immediate family members are cordially invited to join us in celebrating Singapore’s 53rd National Day over a tea reception.

Date: Saturday 11 August 2018

Time: Beginning at 2pm sharp and ending at 4pm

Venue: Embassy Suites (150 Anza Boulevard, Burlingame, CA 94010)

We seek your understanding that due to space constraints, there is a maximum number of guests that we can accommodate. Thus, to secure your attendance on a first-come-first-served basis, kindly RSVP to no later than Friday 27 July 2018. Please include the following information when you RSVP (as we require the information for accounting purposes):


NRIC (or birth certificate/citizenship certificate) number:

Email address:

Occupation (e.g. professional, student, homemaker, etc):

City/State of residence (e.g. San Francisco, California):

If you register your attendance with your family members, please provide their details as well.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

Best regards,

Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in San Francisco 

Overseas Singaporean Unit's Summer Programs in Singapore for kids/youth

E-mail sent by jernkuan, Friday, May 4th, 2018 @ 11:44am

Dear members

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 @

- Rediscover Home (3rd Aug 2018) for Singaporean youth 15 to 18 years old
More info and registration details @

- 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 @

Have a great summer everyone!


E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, April 27th, 2018 @ 10:41am

Dear members,

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: or call (415) 552-5580. Movie trailer:


“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.


Block71 * SEA Connect Present: The Battleground in Southeast Asia

E-mail sent by Singapore, Saturday, April 21st, 2018 @ 12:51pm

Dear Members,

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.


E-mail sent by Singapore, Saturday, April 21st, 2018 @ 12:32pm

Dear Members,

Summer plans for your kids?

OSU Logo alt_text
Date: 23 - 26 July 2018
Age Group: 7 - 14
Criteria: Campers have to hold Singapore citizenship or whose parents are both Singapore citizens
Register now

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 if you have any location you can provide.


United fare sale to Singapore

E-mail sent by Singapore, Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 @ 11:14pm


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:


Singapore Tech Forum 2018 (in Menlo Park, CA)

E-mail sent by Singapore, Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 @ 10:56pm

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

Gong Xi Fai Cai ~ Happy Lunar New Year!

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, February 16th, 2018 @ 10:10pm

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

We like to thank our generous sponsors:

1. Hyper 

2. Khong Guan

3. LoveWithFood

4. NonaLim

5. Shiok Kitchen

6. Blossom Spa & Salon

7. Drip line restaurant

8. Pamela

9. CK 

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 @

Your stage, Your community

E-mail sent by Singapore, Sunday, February 4th, 2018 @ 6:43am

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  @

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!

Join us to celebrate the Lunar New Year 2018

E-mail sent by Singapore, Thursday, February 1st, 2018 @ 1:05pm

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


Lunar New Year Celebration 2018

  • Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at 5pm - 9pm
    Location: Zen Peninsula (View) 1180 El Camino Real Millbrae, CA 94030


    Tickets on sale…

Year of the Dog CNY Celebration 2018 Save The Date!

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, January 19th, 2018 @ 3:01am

Hi everyone,

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.

Year of the Dog CNY Celebration 2018 Poll

E-mail sent by Singapore, Sunday, December 17th, 2017 @ 6:44pm

Hi everyone,

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.

Thank you!

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 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 <>

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:


Follow us!


IG: @kidzfest

Twitter: @kidzfest

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.


Leyla Kose 

Stage Manager for the 9th International Children's Festival

(408) 724-71-04


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:

From SingaporeConnect:

SG Cares!


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


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


1. Minette Navarette, President of Kickstart Ventures:

2. Marcus Tan, Co-founder & President of Carousell:

3. Vu Van, Co-founder & CEO of ELSA: 

4. Niki Luhur, Chairman of Kartuku & Indonesia Fintech Association:


Peng T. Ong, Managing Partner of Monk's Hill Ventures:


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!


San Francisco

Los Angeles





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


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:

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 (, 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.

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 
( 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

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


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



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