News and Announcements

Singapore's 52nd National Day Celebrations

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

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

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

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

Dear Singaporean Members,

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


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

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

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

Once we receive your details, we will send you a unique weblink to complete the survey questionnaire, which should take you no more than 30 minutes. Upon successful completion of the questionnaire, we will send you a specially-designed EZ-link card with $10 stored value (more details here as a token of our appreciation.

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

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

Thank you very much for your time!

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


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

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

On behalf of the Overseas Singaporean Unit

Dear Singaporean families in Silicon Valley,

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

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

Address: 1505 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95050  

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

To register, each family unit must complete the following fields and email to


First Name

Family Name

Family Relationship (eg. Father, Daughter)

Email Address
(*only applicable to adult registrants)

Age of Child
(please round up to years or months if under a year old)





































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

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

Sharing a peek into Singapore at Blk 71

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

A peek into Singapore

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


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

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

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

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

*Dinner will be provided.

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

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

*Food & drinks will be served. 

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

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

Hope you've got your taxes done ..

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

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

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

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

See a video from last year we shot of the sizable Singapore contingent there!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An April Update

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

Hi Members,

Mother's Day Gifts Promo

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

SEA Connect

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

Join us as we plan our next big event

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

Apprentice @ CAAMFest

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


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

Please find an acknowledgment on our website:



SEA Connect

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

SingaporeConnect Year of the Rooster Lunar Banquet

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

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



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 



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Kiren Kumar

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



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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

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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.

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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.


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