OSU has asked if we could help publicise the survey they are holding. It is rather long, but it is pretty well-written having taken into account a lot of the concerns of overseas Singaporeans.
There's always been this underlying talk about whether OSU could bring more events to the SF Bay Area, like help hold a "Singapore Day" type event, or fund more events from clubs such as SingaporeConnect. One issue OSU faces is having an idea of where, how many, and what overseas Singaporeans would like them to do.
We know surveys rarely get a full response from those who are reached out to, for a variety of reasons. This is also a pretty long survey to chug through, 30 minutes is probably optimistic. But we hope you can give it a go, to help support SingaporeConnect's mission in the Bay Area as well.
Here is their message.
Dear fellow Singaporean,
You are utmost in our minds as we seek to serve you better while you’re abroad. The Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) would like to have your views so that we can effectively engage and support you better while you are away from home.
You may have already received your personalised URL link to the Overseas Singaporean Survey from IPSOS, our appointed research consultant.
Please bear with us if you have already received a similar message, we want to ensure that all overseas Singaporeans feel that they have been reached out to.
If you have participated in the survey, we thank you and appreciate your effort in doing so.
If you have not or did not receive the email and would like to participate in the survey, please access this URL - http://overseasvoices-survey.com. This survey, conducted from now until 8 December, would take about 30 minutes to complete.
We would also like to ask for your help in spreading the word to your other overseas Singaporean friends, who may not already be on our mailing list and share this email with them.
All information gathered would be kept strictly confidential and anonymous, and used only for research purposes.
Should you experience any technical difficulties or have queries regarding the survey, we are here to assist you:
· For queries regarding this survey, please contact Ms Stella Koh from OSU at email@example.com.
· For technical-related issues or assistance on using this survey form, please contact Mr Rolando Centeno Chua, Research Manager, IPSOS at email: Ipsosfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your time and Happy Holidays.
Overseas Singaporean Liaison
Overseas Singaporean Unit
Is anyone hosting an event to celebrate Deepavali? We have an offer from OSU to send some items over which can be used to help with the decorations for your event.
(i) Floor decal sticker (adhesive)
(ii) Decorative hanging streamers
(iii) Tattoo stickers
(iv) Origami paper with instruction sheet
(v) Envelope carrier, with flap and strings to hold the items
Please let us know and we'll get back to you to help arrange the delivery. Thanks.
CINA has graciously offered 6 guest tickets to the CINA Winter Conference.
Please. register via the link below, using the prmotional code, singapore-guest.
Registration link: http://cinacon2012.eventbtite.com
CINA Winter Conference
Mobile Opportunity - At the Intersection of Web, Entertainment and Cloud Computing
Venue: Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA
Nov. 9, 2012. Program: 12:00pm - 6:30pm, Reception: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
About the Conference
As Mobile technology evolves, tremendous business opportunities will emerge. The growing consensus is that our current cabled, PC-centric computing will soon be replaced by an untethered world of smart phones and tablets providing computing, on the go. The mobile network we all envision will be much more flexible, powerful and easier to use than today's wired Internet, but with the added benefit that people can use it anywhere, anytime, with much greater variety of devices.
12:00pm – 01:00pm
Registration and Social Networking
01:00pm – 01:05pm
Opening Remarks : Vicki Young , President of CINA; Richard Dasher, PhD, Stanford University
01:05pm – 01:30pm
Opening Keynote: Tom Powledge, Vice President of Product Delivery, SMB and .Cloud, Symantec
01:30pm – 02:15pm
Session: How will Mobile Accelerate Business and Social Media Success?
Scott Chou (Moderator), General Partner, Gabriel Venture Partners and Michigan eLab
Timothy Tuttle, PhD, CEO and Founder, Expect Labs
Stephen Lee, Head of New Ventures at Skype
Andrew Hoag, CEO and Founder, Urbantag
02:15pm – 03:00pm
Session: How will Mobile Gamification and Gaming Encourage User Participation and Engagement?
Margaret Wallace (Moderator), CEO and Co-Founder, Playmatics
Damon Grow, CEO and Co-Founder, CrowdMob Inc.
Ivan Lee, CEO and Co-Founder, Loki Studios
Kai Huang, CEO and Co-Founder, RedOctane; Founder of Guitar Hero
Janos Barnero, Co-Creator, FoldIt Project at the University of Washington
03:00pm – 03:30pm
03:30pm – 04:15pm
Session: Future of Mobile Innovation and Investment Landscaping
Doug Park (Moderator), Partner, Rimon, P.C
Ryan Floyd, Founding General Partner, Storm Ventures
Steve Payne, Founding Partner, Architect Partners
· Jay Eum, Founding Partner, TransLink Capital
Jai Choi, Founding Partner, Tekton Ventures | Venture Partner, Partech Ventures
04:15pm – 05:00pm
Session: Future of Branding -- What it means to Mobile Commerce & Security
Ken Elefant (Moderator), Director, Intel Capital
Justin Yoshimura, CEO and Co-Founder, 500 Friends
· Hemma Prafullchandra, CTO and Senior Vice President, HyTrust
Aseem Asthana, VP of Product Management, Celestix Networks
05:00pm – 05:45pm
Session: Role of Mobile at the Next-Gen of Cloud Innovation
Timothy Chou, PhD, (Moderator), Lecturer, Stanford and Tsinghua University
Laura Yecies, CEO, SugarSync
Vince Vasquez, CEO and Founder, Cloudbook
Greg Chase, Senior Director, Marketing - Cloud Solutions, SAP
Wen Yu, Senior Architecture, Nimble Storage
Rising Star CEOs
Judge: Carol Sands, Managing Member, Angel's Forum
Reception: Top three winners announcement
Who Should Attend?
Business professionals, decision makers from high-tech companies and enterprises, including CEOs, VPs, Directors and Managers of Marketing, Sales and Business Development, Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, Investment Bankers, Entrepreneurs, Lawyers, Engineers, Individuals seeking career change and other Service Providers would find this conference very beneficial.
What Does this Conference Offer?
This conference provides excellent informative discussions on mobile and cloud computing. It is also a great environment for networking among industry leaders, decision makers, corporate executives, and entrepreneurs from both US and China. It will provide insight to future mobile technology developments and business trends. The panel discussions will focus on business ecosystems in the mobile opportunity, cross border business/marketing strategies, as well as the investment landscape both in US and China.
CINA, a prominent non-profit professional organization in Silicon Valley, provides its 20,000+ members high quality seminars, workshops, mentor programs, annual conferences, and networking events. CINA brings together a diverse group of professionals, consisting of not only Chinese but also people from different ethnicities and backgrounds. Our goal is to provide a forum facilitating engineers, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, angel investors and venture capitalists to share innovative ideas, and to connect with opportunities. www.cina.org
To our Singaporean Members,
There is an OSU event on Friday 11/16 at Marriott San Mateo. They are bringing an architect in for a chat and your participation is greatly appreciated. Join us for an enriching evening. If you are interested, please register at OSU's web site:
https://www.overseassingaporean.sg/event/index/details/id/65/d/2012-11-16/t/Singapore (SG) Buzz San Francisco.
Dear Fellow Singaporean,
So what’s the buzz all about? Come and find out for yourself!
Singapore is becoming a global hub for a wide range of industries. Through the Singapore (SG) Buzz series, the Overseas Singaporean Unit brings you luminaries from diverse fields and professions, so that you can stay plugged in to what is happening back home.
Join us for an insightful and inspiring evening in San Francisco with Mr Tai Lee Siang, the Group Managing Director of Ong & Ong Pte Ltd, a multi-discipline consultancy firm that provides 360º solutions encompassing Urban Planning, Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design. Mr Tai is also the Chairman of the Campus Planning Committee for the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
On the sustainability front, Mr Tai was appointed as Chairman of REACH, Environmental Sustainability Committee in 2008 - a committee to provide feedback to the Inter-Ministry Committee on Sustainability Development. In March 2012, he was elected President of the Singapore Green Building Council, a key body for the promotion and advocacy of Green Buildings in Singapore.
This is indeed a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with Mr Tai. Be inspired and hear his personal views and insights. Join us for an evening of networking and reconnecting with fellow Singaporeans.
Dinner will be served at this event. Help us spread the word amongst your Singaporean friends!
Details of event
Date: 16 November 2012, Friday
Time: 6:30pm (Guest registration begins)
Venue: Inspire Room, Mezzanine Floor, Marriott San Mateo Hotel
Address: 1770 South Amphlett Boulevard, San Mateo, CA 94402, USA
For more information and/or to register, please go to https://www.overseassingaporean.sg/event/index/details/id/65/d/2012-11-16/t/Singapore (SG) Buzz San Francisco.
Some of you may have recently received an email like this from the OSU:
We seek your feedback on an important topic that will affect every Singaporean. As you may be aware, Singapore is facing the twin problem of low birth rates and an ageing population. The National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) is examining Singapore's population policies so that we can build a sustainable population that strengthens our social cohesion, while providing a good living environment for our people, and maintaining our economic vitality
There are issues that may resonate with you such as foreign-born spouses, conducive environment for marriage and parenthood, social integration, quality living environment, career opportunities, etc. You may have valuable experiences in your city of residence and could share your views with us.
Please contribute your views at http://www.population.sg/ and play a part in shaping the future of Singapore.
Some of you may have already provided feedback, which is great, but we were wondering if it might be possible to get more feedback to OSU.
So, we were thinking to help provide feedback, we could get together in a makan-feedback session and compose a report for OSU. However, we did not get around to doing so before the Oct 31 deadline for the feedback. So, we are going to give this virtual townhall discussion a try.
One of the reasons for doing so as a group effort was to anonymise the feedback, which we thought might be a bit of a blocker for some of you out there. We thought of eliminating that possible barrier, whilst still confirming to some degree, that they are bona fide.
We would still like to provide you the opportunity to provide your views. In addition, having these views presented on a semi-closed forum (closed to SingaporeConnect members only) gives you a way to see what other people's views are on those questions.
We have created an account on the SingaporeConnect web site, where you can use to log in to the site, to post on the forum part of the site, your views. We will then look at the feedback and present them as from SingaporeConnect members.
Here is a step-by-step guide:
1) Take a look at that http://www.population.sg/ site. There are three main articles:
1.1) Introduction: Building a Good Future for Singaporeans
1.2) Our Demographic Challenges and What These Mean To Us
1.3) A Sustainable Population Vision
2) Then, log in to http://www.singaporeconnect.org/ using these credentials:
Email address: VandaJoaqium@live.com
3) Go to the Forum section:
4) There are three topics already created, that have a post corresponding to the questions listed after the essay on each key issue. Provide feedback on those questions in the forum.
Let's do this by Oct 31 so we can get the feedback consolidated to the OSU.
Why are we doing this?
Well, many of you have asked at various events, "Is SingaporeConnect funded by the Singapore Government?"
The answer is, "No".
The Government, however, has an arm, called the Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU), which seeks to connect with overseas Singaporeans. Through the OSU, we can highlight the large, diverse, and, contributive group of Singaporeans in the SF Bay Area. This can help lead to more events that the OSU organises in the SF Bay Area for the benefit of connecting Singaporeans back to Singapore, such as speaker series by distinguished guests and entertainers, and also, we hope, one day, the framework to help us do a "Singapore Day", or, at least, a "Mini Singapore Day", in the SF Bay Area.
The engagement model we like is not for SingaporeConnect to take money and hold events with free makan. We want such events to be a win-win for both OSU and SingaporeConnect. From their view point, a win-win is when the event helps connect Singaporeans more with Singapore, and even better, demonstrates that overseas Singaporeans are an important demographic of the Singapore population. From our view point, a win-win is when we get more diverse events going, so as to give you appealing opportunities to interact and mingle together.
You may have seen an article that was recently published in The Sunday Times, about overseas Singaporeans.
To quote excerpts those two articles published on Oct 14:
27% rise in number of citizens overseas since 2003, with Australia the top draw
The number of Singaporeans living abroad has risen sharply over the past decade, with Australia, Britain, the United States and China being their main destinations.
There were 200,000 citizens overseas as of June – a 27 per cent increase from 157,100 in 2003.
Most are between 20 and 54 years old, with slightly more women than men, stated the Population in Brief 2012 report published by the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) last month.
Singapore’s leaders have signalled concern about the number of citizens abroad for some time.
In 2008, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong revealed that about one-quarter of top A-level students who go overseas to study or work do not return. This reduces the talent pool for political renewal, he said.
Through the Overseas Singaporean Unit set up in 2006, the Government has engaged overseas citizens to keep them connected.
By the way, SingaporeConnect was mentioned in a related article. Good thing we did a poll just a few months ago. :-)
280 clubs for those overseas
Byline: THERESA TAN
Date: Sunday, 14 October 2012
(C) Singapore Press Holdings Limited
There are 280 Singaporean clubs and student associations in more than 120 cities globally and for many, food plays a key part in bringing Singaporeans together.
Take Singapore Connect, a group of about 200 Singaporeans in California’s San Francisco bay area.
It organises gatherings almost every month which often feature local favourites such as laksa and bak kut teh. Its president Mark Sin, 35, an engineer, said: “It’s easy to socialise and bond with friends with food.”
The group recently did a poll of the best Singaporean, Malaysian and Indonesian restaurants in the area and Shiok! Singapore Kitchen, run by Singaporean Dennis Lim, came up tops.
Singaporean clubs offer networking opportunities and also mutual aid, such as helping newcomers settle in. Most are in Australia, New Zealand, China, Canada, Britain and the United States, but there are also groups in countries across Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
The 300-strong Singapore Malay/Muslim Group in the United Arab Emirates has started doing charity work.
It has built wells in Cambodia and Ghana and given bursaries to poor children in Singapore, Indonesia and other countries, said vice-president Bakhtiar Atan, 52, an engineer who moved to Dubai six years ago.
It is our hope that with SingaporeConnect, you can stay connected as Singaporeans, and connected to Singapore.
We were unable to host an event this October for the feedback, but we hope you can contribute to the forum and let us do our part. Meanwhile, do watch out this November, for a very exciting event which SingaporeConnect will help host, where you can provide your feedback in person.
The SingaporeConnect web site has been updated with a page with the results of our 2012 Best Restaurant (Singaporean/Malaysian/Indonesian) Survey:
2012 Survey on Best Restaurants in the Bay Area
The next event is a member-led hike in Half Moon Bay this coming Saturday.
An easy way to review past event descriptions and photos is at this table. Like to see an event? Review the Wiki for a detailed list of past events and take a look at the event guide on how you can get more with SingaporeConnect.
We have a member who is interested in organising a hike in the Half Moon Bay area, on Sept 22 (Sat), and knows of a good spot which has BBQ pits. We're looking for a member to help co-lead the event with her, in particular someone who can help organise a BBQ to augment the hike. We can do a conference call to discuss details (like a sample shopping list for the BBQ and other utensils to bring). If you're interested, please reply back to email@example.com.
The event plan is likely to be a hike first in the morning followed by a BBQ lunch. The hike will be free while the BBQ will have a fee of around $10 to cover the costs of the ingredients.
We hope you can help make this event a reality and volunteer to help organise it. Thank you!
Friday 8/31: OSU Event with Philip Yeo:
"Dubbed as the man with a vision for the future of Singapore, join us for An Evening With Mr Philip Yeo, Chairman of SPRING Singapore and SingBridge International Pte Ltd, as he shares interesting personal anecdotes and his journey in shaping Singapore’s economic development and nation-building efforts. This is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with Mr Yeo, to hear his take on the trajectory of growth in the biomedical sciences arena and technopreneurship in Singapore. Join us for a pleasant evening and get to meet and mingle with Singaporeans at the event."
Please register at OSU's link.
Sunday 9/2: MPBA Hawker Festival:
Sunnyvale Baylands Park
MPBA has sold out of this event, but we still have 7 tickets at $26 (+credit card handling fee) available. Come for some open-air lunch feasting with a variety of Malaysian cuisine. At least one of our members will be preparing Kueh Lapis and Kueh Bingka at the event! Also... Kopitiam Cafe will be serving their popular Teh Ais (iced milk tea) and Kopi Ais (iced coffee) at no additional charge!
Monday 9/3: SingaporeConnect Hike and Lunch:
San Mateo Crystal Springs
This is an easy (flat) 1.5 hr hike starting where Crystal Springs meets Skyline in San Mateo. At the end of the hike, we'll have a dim sum lunch at the Champagne Seafood Restaurant. You can register for either portion. This event is organised by one of our members. Come join us for some scenery, exercise, food, and maybe even shopping. Photos from the last hike on 8/18 are here.
8/12/12 National Day Celebrations
For those going to tomorrow's National Day event, we look forward to seeing you there to celebrate Singapore's 47th National Day, perhaps dressed in red and white?
A friendly reminder, please be respectful to the Consulate-General when he makes his speech and mind your conversations. Here's a set of photos and a video from last year's event where you can see how hard it was for the MCs to get hall quiet enough.
8/18/12 Little Red Dot at SF Food Festival
Come support one of our members whose company will be at the SF Food Festival. We're running a sign-up for those going so we can buy a group passport for food to get a bulk discount.
8/18/12 Hike and Organ Recital
This event is organised by one of your members, and co-held with the Indonesian Professionals Association, so you'll have a chance to meet more friendly people. Before the hike, consider going to the SF Street Food Festival, but you also have an alternate Dim Sum lunch choice with IPA.
Please sign up at: http://www.singaporeconnect.org/item/310142 for the Food Festival group passport - by Aug 16.
and at: http://www.singaporeconnect.org/item/315871 for the hike.
8/31/12 An Evening with Mr Philip Yeo
The speaker's name should be familiar to most of you. And let's not forget "Buffet dinner will be served". You'll have to sign up on the Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU)'s link, which can be found via our event page at:
9/2/12 Malaysian Hawker Food Festival
More food! Come support our friends across the straits at this Malaysian Professionals Business Association event. There is a big discount you can get by signing up on our page such that we'll buy a "10 tickets for $260" group package, i.e. $26/adult. We have already one group of ten formed! The usual price is $35/adult. Please sign up by Aug 16.
9/3/12 Hike, Eat, and Shop at San Mateo
While it's still summer, how about another hike in the beautiful hills around Crystal Spring and Skyline? This is also a member-led event, so come support her in her quest to get fit after all the good food in the prior events. A Dim Sum lunch follows.
Restaurant Food Survey
And don't forget our "Best Restaurants Survey".
Visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/VTR7GX9 to take the new 2012 survey.
The winner might be the location for our next set of mixers!
In 2009, SingaporeConnect ran a survey of Bay Area Restaurants with a Singaporean, Malaysian, or Indonesian focus. We had 38 responses which were quite revealing indeed.
Let's do a 2012 survey and see how things fare - there have been some new restaurants (and actually, quite a few of the restaurants in the 2009 survey are no longer open).
The survey is at:
So far there have been 31 responses. With a few more, the results should be interesting!
Results from the 2009 survey are at:
We would like to broadcast this message to our Singaporean members and families regarding the National Day Celebration held by the Singapore Consulate-General in San Francisco. Please note the sign-up closes on Monday, Aug 6.
Please send the RSVP's for the National Day Event by the Singapore Consulate-General at San Francisco via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(please note to include the information requested below.)
Please do not send RSVPs to SingaporeConnect.
Dear fellow Singaporean,
The Singapore Consulate-General in San Francisco invites you and your immediate family to join us in celebrating Singapore's 47th National Day over high tea. There will be a special program and activities that are different from last year’s. Come catch up with old friends, meet new ones and win attractive prizes by participating in special activities that we have planned for you.
When: SUNDAY, 12 AUGUST 2012, from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Where: HOTEL SOFITEL, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065
Attire: SMART CASUAL
We look forward to seeing you there and share in the Singapore spirit.
To ensure your space, please RSVP NO LATER THAN MONDAY, 6 AUGUST 2012 with the following information:-
Occupation (Professional / Student / Other)
City & State of residence
Separately, please note that the Singapore Consulate-General in San Francisco will be closed on Thursday, 9th August 2012 in observance of National Day.
Celebrate National Day over Laksa Yong Tau Fu
Open to all SgConnect families and friends of Singapore - a Singapore kopi-tiam-style breakfast experience in Milpitas!
For our next monthly Brunch experience at Kopitiam, we are serving a very special Singapore fare; Laksa Yong Tau Fu with traditional kaya toast and free flow of teh tarik and kopi. Some feedback we have received: "I enjoy meeting so many warm and friendly people", "the food is comfort food and reminds me of Singapore hawker centers", .... So come and join us at the next Brunch and celebrate Singapore's National Day with Singaporean treats and special give-aways.
http ://www . singaporeconnect . org
When: August 4th (Sat), 10am to Noon
Where: Kopitiam Cafe at 1535, Landess Avenue, Milpitas, CA
Brunch Set Menu:
Laksa Yong Tau Fu
Refillable kopi and teh tarik (coffee and tea)