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Film Screening - Apprentice

  • Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at 8:50pm
    Location: Alamo Drafthouse San Francisco

    We are so excited to Co-Present Apprentice at #CAAMFest35! Purchase tickets and get more info…

Chinese New Year Celebrations in the Bay Area

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, January 20th, 2017 @ 5:41pm

Dear Members,

Hope you all know of SingaporeConnect's Lunar New Year Banquet 2017! If you like to join, please consider doing so soon, as we down to less than three dozen seats available!

Curious where everyone's coming from? This map shows the approximate location of registrants, clumped by area.

So clearly, if you're in the North Bay, it's probably a stretch to come down to San Jose and we understand.
We like to highlight an option for you on Jan 27, just a week from now:

The Berkeley Singapore Students' Association is having a Chinese New Year's Celebration at the Great China Restaurant, 2190 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. They still have spots available, which you are free to register (as a non-member) for. Here's the link:

Another option is the Malaysian Professional Business Association's (MPBA) dinner on Feb 5, at:

Tai Wu Seafood Restaurant - 300 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030, United States

The Singaporean Students at Stanford (S@S) are having a dinner too, information on availability and a link may come later.

Event (NUSEA Presents: Jesse Leimgruber) at Blk 71 SF

E-mail sent by Singapore, Thursday, January 19th, 2017 @ 12:28am

Dear Members,

We're helping promote this event by the National University of Singapore Entrepreneurs' Association (NUSEA):
The NUS Entrepreneurs’ Association (NUSEA) brings you a series of growth dialogues that can be used as a secret weapon to build your next thriving business.

What is it like to boostrap a company to $1M in revenue in high school? Join NUSEA in a conversation with Jesse Leimgruber - Stanford-dropout, Thiel Fellow, and CEO of digital marketing tools company NeoReach.

Jesse started NeoReach as a freshman at Stanford; the company has since raised $3.5 million in funding, made $1M in revenue last year, and every one of Jesse's 22 employees are older than himself.

NeoReach provides influencer intelligence to help companies search, analyze, and leverage the power of the social graph. Some of its prominent customers include NBC, Walmart, Honda, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Free food and drinks will be provided for the early birds. Register ASAP at: to reserve your seat! We look forward to seeing you there. :)

honestbee promo for SingaporeConnect members

E-mail sent by Singapore, Saturday, January 14th, 2017 @ 2:23pm


As a benefit to being a SingaporeConnect member, we can connect you to companies and organisations who may have services of your interest. By identifying as a SingaporeConnect member, they may even extend an extra benefit to you for your patronage. 

Bak Kwa from honestbee

honestbee is a Singapore-based company with a presence around Asia offering concierge services, which you can use to purchase items from your favourite grocery stores to your friends and family.

Specially for SingaporeConnect members (who are overseas Singaporeans), honestbee has provided this discount code
 to use during the Lunar New Year to purchase goodies such as Bak Kwa and more to their loved ones back in Singapore.


See for more promotions.

2017 Lunar New Year Banquet Update

E-mail sent by Singapore, Saturday, January 14th, 2017 @ 1:03pm


The SingaporeConnect 2017 Lunar New Year Banquet is off to a good start. With just slightly less than a month to go, we have over 120 registered to go!

There are only 78 seats left, which we would love to fill, so please if you haven't, do consider joining your friends or family, or come and make new ones! The registration page is:

We are using the Group feature in Eventbrite which lets you specify which group (aka table) you'll like to be in, so you can automatically group yourself with friends, family, or colleagues. This feature is very helpful for us too, and we encourage you to use Eventbrite's interface to add this instead of emailing us directly, especially since we actually can't add you to a group! (yes, Eventbrite support told us we can't, you have to do it).

What we can do is show the groups that have been created:

Group Name

No in Group

More Needed




Huat huat huat












North Bay



Huat Huat Huat 888



Contact Singapore



Gian family









88 Black Sheep



Wong and Lim



Jaik And Huat Ah!






And how many seats left for each group. 86 are in a group, with 36 without. Looks like quite a theme going with Huat!

Here are some useful Eventbrite links:

  • To find and join an existing group (before you've registered)
  • To find and join an existing group (after you've registered)
  • To invite others to join your group (if you're the group captain)
  • To ask those on your group to change to another group (What? You're kicking them out of your table?)
  • To update ticket registration (i.e. name or email address) especially if you did not use individual names and email addresses for each person (required for Singaporeans and PR)
  • To edit and manage your group page

We are also keen to get volunteers, who will receive a gift card in appreciation. Sign up at:

See you there!

Volunteer for the Lunar New Year Banquet!

E-mail sent by Singapore, Saturday, December 31st, 2016 @ 11:39am

Thanks to our dedicated member June Wong for volunteering to organise the SingaporeConnect 2017 Lunar New Year Banquet!

Sign-up at:

Join us help make the event even better!

Volunter sign-ups at:

Is there an early bird discount?

Yes, but only for Singaporeans and Singapore PR. When registering, select "Enter Promo Code", then use the code, "EarlyBird" to get $5 off any Singaporean and Singapore PR tickets. There are a limited number of codes, so register early before they run out!

Enjoy the last day of 2016 and Happy New Year to 2017!

2017 Lunar New Year Banquet

  • Sunday, February 12th, 2017 at 6pm - 10pm
    Location: Dynasty Chinese Seafood Restaurant, 1001 Story Rd, San Jose, CA 95122

December Update

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, December 5th, 2016 @ 10:03am


Hope the end of the year is bringing much good cheer to all, and for those of you lucky to be heading back to Singapore for the holidays, what joy it is to have a choice of two non-stop flights a day!

SEA Connect 2016

An upcoming panel discussion on Dec 13 for those interested in what's happening in the South East Asian tech and entrepreneurship scene. Held at Block 71, by Monk's Hill, with Singaporean CEO Ong Peng Tsin and with several speakers.

Register here:

Are you a startup CEO/Founder?

A journalist writing for a Singapore news magazine has inquired us to hear from you. They like to find out why Singaporeans are doing startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. Why did you come here to chase your dreams? If you like to provide your insights, please reply back as soon as possible. 
Here's an earlier survey of our members with entrepreneurial interests:

Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster) 2017

We're planning to hold a dinner celebration on Sunday, Feb 12, 2017. Would you like to get involved in making this celebration a joyous and homely one? Please email back by January. We can include you in a planning meeting too!

SEA Connect

  • Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 at 6pm - 9pm
    Location: Blk 71, 162 South Park Street San Francisco, CA 94107

    Please join us on Tuesday, Dec 13th at 6pm for…

Meet-up Mixer in Millbrae

  • Friday, October 14th, 2016 at 6pm - 8pm
    Location: 100% Healthy Dessert aka HS Café, 328 Broadway Millbrae, CA 94030

    A member tipped us off to an interesting restaurant:

    What used to be “100%…

    • 6 people attended

September Update

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, September 5th, 2016 @ 1:40pm

Singapore Day 2016:

Pier 70, San Francisco
Sept 24 all-day (Saturday)

Register at
(event includes Sergeant Hainanese Chicken Rice, 328 Katong Laksa, Auntie Mee Pok, Flight Simulators for kids, The Future of Us exhibition, performances by Sam Willows, Hossan Leong, Chua En Lai, much more, check the web site)  
Volunteer at
(volunteering includes free food and other goodies to keep on Sept 23 dinner and 25th brunch).

Stay at Hotel Union Square in San Francisco:
15% discount for Singapore Day attendees

Fly Singapore Airlines to Singapore
Fares as low as $650 round trip for travel between SFO and Singapore with a maximum stay of 1 month, tickets only on sale in September.

Fly United Airlines to San Francisco
2-10% discount for Singapore Day attendees

National Day 2016:

Full-house at Shiok Menlo Park on Aug 9.
Photos now up on our Facebook page:
Or our web page:

Contact Singapore Talk:
Insights@Home: Infocomm & Media

Sept 22 7.00 - 9.30 pm

More details in flyer below.

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Insights@Singapore:Infocomm & Media

Insights@Home: Infocomm & Media 

22 September 2016 
Burlingame, US 


Hot Tech Jobs in Singapore and Who’s in Demand 
Hear from four industry insiders from various segments who will discuss their take on Singapore’s tech scene and upcoming developments 

According to recent reports, technology jobs in cyber security, cloud engineering, data analytics and software development are among the bright sparks in Singapore’s job market and a big contributor is the push for a smart nation. 

This rise in demand is in spite of a slower economy, where employers find difficulty in filling technology positions which sometimes go vacant for months. 

Recruitment firms indicated that there are tech roles, including application developer, user-interface designer and project manager, which have seen demand go up by 50 percent over the past two years. 

Join us at our Insights@Home: Infocomm & Media session to hear from our guest speakers from IBM ResearchStarHubTwitter and EDB as they talk about the tech scene in Singapore, which roles they see high demand hiring, and why you should advance your career back in Singapore. 

Contact Singapore Area Director for North America, Ms Kelly Tan, will host this session and present information about relocating home.

Event Details:




22 September 2016, Thursday 

7.00pm – 9.30pm 
(Registration begins at 6.30pm. Dinner and hosted parking will be provided.) 

SF Airport Marriott Waterfront 
1800 Old Bayshore Highway
Burlingame, CA 94010 

Register NOW at

Contact Singapore is organising another Insights@Singapore: Infocomm & Mediasession on 30 September 2016, Friday, in Boston. 

Joining us at that session is Dr He Ruimin, Adviser to CEO of Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing app and largest transport network. 

Find out more here –


Mr Shantanu Godbole

Dr Shantanu Godbole 
STSM, Research Global Labs Strategy 
IBM Research



About IBM Research

For more than seven decades, IBM Research continues to define the future of information technology with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents. Scientists from IBM Research have produced six Nobel Laureates, 10 U.S. National Medals of Technology, five U.S. National Medals of Science, six Turing Awards, 19 inductees in the National Academy of Sciences and 20 inductees into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame.

IBM Research has recently set up the first IBM Center for Blockchain Innovation in Singapore to advance industry transformations using Blockchain technologies. This center will work actively with clients across industries such as Finance, Trade, and Commerce to explore how Blockchains can transform as well as create new opportunities for them. The center will create new digital platforms and business networks in support of key industry transformations. 

For more information about IBM Research, visit

For more information about IBM Blockchain, visit

Mr Woo Lip Lim

Dr Woo Lip Lim 
Vice President, SmartHub 
StarHub Limited



About StarHub’s Cyber Security Centre of Excellence (CS-COE)

StarHub’s Cyber Security Centre of Excellence (CS-COE) was conceptualized to create a sustainable Cyber Security Ecosystem in Singapore that focuses on 4 key areas, namely Innovation, Partnership, Talent Development and National Cyber Defense. CS-COE will offer a suitable platform to (1) develop novel Telco-centric cyber security solutions that are effective to counter against evolving cyber threats, (2) collaborate with leading companies and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) to co-create the best-of-breed cyber security solutions, (3) build a pool of talent to create a vibrant Cyber Security Industry and meet the local demand for Cyber Security Professionals and (4) work with agencies and other providers to implement a holistic nationwide cyber defense capability. This is an initiative supported by EDB.


Mr Alexander Kleinberg 
Managing Director, Exchange (MoPub), APAC-Japan 



About Twitter

Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) is what's happening in the world right now. From breaking news and entertainment to sports and politics, from big events to everyday interests. If it's happening anywhere, it's happening first on Twitter. Twitter is where the full story unfolds with all the live commentary and where live events come to life unlike anywhere else. Twitter is available in more than 40 languages around the world. The service can be accessed at, on a variety of mobile devices and via SMS. For more information, visit or follow @twitter

Kiren Kumar

Mr Kiren Kumar 
Executive Director, InfoComm & Media 
Singapore Economic Development Board



About the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)

EDB is the lead government agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business centre. We dream, design and deliver solutions that create value for investors and companies in Singapore. Our mission is to create for Singapore, sustainable economic growth with vibrant business and good job opportunities.

For more information on EDB, please visit

Interested in the job opportunities available in Singapore? 
Visit our job portal at


Warmest regards, 
The Contact Singapore Team

About Contact Singapore 

Contact Singapore is an alliance of the Singapore Economic Development Board and Ministry of Manpower. We engage overseas Singaporeans and global talent to work, invest and live in Singapore. 

Contact Singapore actively links Singapore-based employers with professionals to support the growth of our key industries. We work with investors to realise their business and investment interests in Singapore. 

For information on working, investing and living in Singapore, please visit or contact our worldwide offices.

Stay connected with us






Sign up on our job portal 

By signing up on Contact Singapore’s Job and Events Portal, you can apply for jobs, register for events, and receive updates on the latest industry trends and career opportunities. 

Sign up today!

Remember former President S R Nathan

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, August 22nd, 2016 @ 1:51pm

Dear Members,

We are saddened to hear of Mr SR Nathan's passing. 
Please note that a Condolence Book will be open from 8/23 to 8/25 10 - 1 pm and 2 - 5 pm at the SF Consulate-General.

Forwarding the complete statement received from the SF Consulate-General email list:

Mr SR Nathan, former President of the Republic of Singapore, passed away peacefully on 22 August 2016 (Singapore time). He was 92 years.

Mr Nathan was Singapore's 6th President and served two terms from 1999-2011, making him Singapore's longest-serving President. He had also served as Singapore's Ambassador to the United States of America from 1990-1996. Mr Nathan was a dedicated public servant of Singapore, having spent 50years in public service. He discharged his duty in every role he held across the trade unions, foreign policy, security and intelligence, always putting the interests of those who he served above that of himself.  We will continue to seek to uphold the values he held - that of duty before self and caring for one another.

A Condolence Book will be open at the Consulate-General in San Francisco located at 595 Market Street, Suite 2450 CA 94105 during the following period:

Tuesday 23 August 2016 to Thursday 25 August 2016

10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm

Condolence Books are also opened at our Embassy in Washington DC and Permanent Mission in New York.

An official Facebook page ( has also been launched.

Singapore Day 2016!

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 @ 10:39am


Organised and brought to you by the Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU), Singapore Day has seen the keen participation of overseas Singaporeans as volunteers in every city it’s been hosted in since 2007. Singapore Day is an event, by Singaporeans for Singaporeans. As such, we see this as a perfect occasion for Singaporeans, especially those of us here in San Francisco and the Bay Area, to step up and serve our fellow residents and visitors to our host city.

SingaporeConnect is pleased to have jointly organised Singapore Community Day 2015 with OSU, in support of demonstrating that the San Francisco Bay Area would provide the participation needed to make Singapore Day a spectacular event.

OSU is inviting YOU to be a volunteer this year at Singapore Day 2016! Each volunteer will only serve for one shift and will have sufficient time to enjoy other offerings of Singapore Day 2016.

Pre-requisites for Volunteers

  • Must be Singaporean 
  • Must have successfully registered to attend Singapore Day 2016 with a Registration ID
  • Must have a heart to serve and with a pleasant disposition

Perks of being a Volunteer

There are many inherent non-tangible elements that make volunteering a meaningful and worthwhile experience when you give of your time, energy and skills in service and for the benefit of others. So the secondary benefits of being a volunteers would be as follows:

  • New friendships with fellow Singaporeans from other parts of the USA and Canada
  • A limited edition SG Day 2016 polo tee for while one’s on shift
  • A keepsake SG Day 2016 lanyard
  • Invitation to a volunteers’ brunch appreciation in San Francisco on 25 Sept 2016 (Sun)
  • An SG Day 2016 Certificate of Appreciation
  • Most importantly, a sense of self-fulfilment that comes with knowing that you had a part to play in making Singapore Day a memorable and meaningful outing for yourself and fellow Singaporeans

How to Sign Up as a Volunteer?

First, register to attend Singapore Day 2016, then, sign up at:

Once you have submitted the completed form online, you will thereafter be contacted by the organiser’s Volunteer Management team. Please have your Singapore Day Registration ID ready when registering to be a volunteer. All volunteers are also invited to join the Singapore Day 2016 Volunteers Facebook group at for more updates and event photos!


Haven't registered? Come join what is almost certainly likely to be the biggest gathering of Singaporeans in San Francisco, if not the West of the US! It is free and full of great food and activities for all ages. In fact, we even heard that some hawker stalls in Singapore will be closing their stalls in Singapore so they can be sharing their sought after skills in San Francisco! (Or did we even hear about some prizes including return tickets to Singapore?)

If you haven't registered, here's a quick guide to some questions some of you may have had about registration. A full FAQ is available at the registration web site.

You must pre-register. No drop-ins or at-the-entrance registration.

You, and all in your party, must bring a photo-ID (driver's license, Singapore IC, passport, or citizenship certificate) to match against your registration when entering the Singapore Day venue. Plus, keep it safe, please don't bring in weapons, prohibited items nor pets (except service animals).
Singapore Day is for Singaporeans, but non-Singaporeans can attend as friends or family of a Singaporean. A family can be a Singaporean's spouse and kids, or one's parents (and parent-in-law). A family cannot be one's brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, aunties, or other relatives. Those will have to register as their own "family" using their Singaporean member. As for friends (who could also be your non-Singaporean family members), each Singaporean can bring one, just one, very special friend. Here's a diagram if it helps:

Register at:

We recommend you complete this registration on a PC or tablet, especially if you have a family, as you will have to fill in a form with details of each member. It should take you about 5-15 minutes to enter in the information, after which you should get an email that you should print out or have ready on an electronic device to show a barcode that will be scanned at registration. 

Once you register, you can't re-register nor change your registration unless you email OSU directly. Please feel free to share this email with your Singaporean friends, wherever they may be. All Singaporeans regardless of where they live are welcome to come make this a super gathering this September!

For those of you traveling from outside the Bay, in need of a hotel to stay in SF or a flight ticket over to SFO? SingaporeConnect is happy to share with you some deals we have helped worked out with United Airlines and Hotel Union Square. Do check our Promo page for more details.

Singapore Day 2016 Registration Now Open!

E-mail sent by Singapore, Sunday, July 17th, 2016 @ 9:41pm

It was massive.

The food, entertainment, games.

Above all, close to 800 of you showed up to;

Be Singaporean. Be Hungry. Be Together. Be United as One Community.

And now the sequel.

Even bigger.

Registration Link Now Open

Register for Singapore Day 2016 next Monday!

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, July 15th, 2016 @ 10:14am

The wait has been long and registration will open on July 18! That's just next Monday! Sign up using a phone, tablet, or computer!

Join the Overseas Singaporean Unit at what they plan to be the biggest reunion of Singaporeans on the US West Coast at Pier 70, San Francisco, on 24 September 2016. Enjoy hawker delights, home-grown performances and exhibits from home.

The first 1000 registrants will receive 2 digital magazines of your choice, courtesy of SPH Magazines.

Three of the popular local dishes coming to you this Singaporea Day are: Prata, Chicken Rice, and Hokkien Mee.

National Day Celebrations by the SF Consulate

  • Saturday, August 6th, 2016 at 2pm - 4pm
    Location: Embassy Suites, 150 Anza Blvd, Burlingame, CA 94010

    The Singapore Consulate in San Francisco is organising a celebration for Singapore's 51st…

FinTech Fireside Chat with MD of MAS Mr Ravi Menon

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, June 27th, 2016 @ 1:46am

Dear Members,

There is an upcoming event from Contact Singapore you may be interested in. Here is their flyer for your consideration:

Dear fellow Singaporean,

Trust this email finds you well as we usher in summer in San Francisco!

This is to inform you of an upcoming event for Singaporean tech and finance professionals and students pursuing higher education in these fields. It will take place next month in Silicon Valley.

The Fireside Chat will feature the Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Mr Ravi Menon. He will be sharing insights with attendees on Singapore’s FinTech (Financial Technology) initiatives as well as developments in the financial sector in Singapore and Asia. Join us for this insightful discourse which will be followed by dinner.

When: Wed, 13 July 2016
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm (registration begins at 6.15pm)
Where: Crowne Plaza Palo Alto (Cyprus Room – 2nd level)
Address: 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Here’s the link to the online registration page to register your interest to attend: .

As places are limited, a confirmation email will be sent to all successful registrants

Feel free to forward this email to your Singaporean friends and co-workers whom you think would be interested to attend.

Results of Survey on Startup and Research Activities

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, June 27th, 2016 @ 1:21am

Dear Members,

Between Apr and Jun 2016, SingaporeConnect conducted a survey of its members via email and Facebook to get insights from founders of startup and researchers doing interesting things. Here is a summary of the 34 responses, including some rich and meaningful insights.

Flights and Hotels for Singapore Day

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 @ 1:07am

Dear all,

Hope everyone's happily getting started on their summer plans for 2016, and looking forward to Singapore Day 2016 in San Francisco, in just 116 days! Registration for Singapore Day starts in a little over a month, July, but we at SingaporeConnect have already been reaching out to secure some deals. We wish to share with you them, and also thoughts, especially for those of you who may be (or know those who are) coming in from out of town.

Accommodation: Room-sharing
We would like to get help with our Accommodation Team to come up with a system to pair those who would like a place to stay to a place. There is interest amongst some to offer their rooms to Singapore Day attendees only, fundamentally, get the appropriate degree of privacy and security. How do we create a system for pairing this without, say, asking people to list on Airbnb? Can we create this out of existing tools? Join the discussion here (please email if you have not been invited to the group and need an invite code):

Accommodation: Hotels
We have a deal with Hotel Union Square to offer SingaporeConnect attendees 15% off. See our web page for more details:

Interested to help offer more deals? Please contact us.

Travel: Ride-sharing
Just like room-sharing, there is interest to see if we can help pair those who are travelling from similar location to similar destination. For example, if a group would like to car-pool from Sacramento or Monterey to San Francisco, or even take a bus, train, or flight together. Again, there is some interest to coordinate this amongst Singapore Day participants and not asking them to list on a public forum. Join the discussion here (please email if you have not been invited to the group and need an invite code):

Travel: Flights
We have a deal with United Airlines to offer SingaporeConnect attendees up to 10% off. See our web page for more details:

Interested to help offer more deals? Please contact us.

NS Familiarisation Visit

  • Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at 7:30am - 2pm
    Location: Basic Military Training Centre at Pulau Tekong, Singapore

    The Overseas Singapore Unit is organising this event in Singapore for children of Singaporean…


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