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CAAMFest 2016: Watch In The Room with us!

  • Saturday, March 12th, 2016 at 7:30pm - 10:30pm
    Location: Roxie Theater - 3117 16th Street San Francisco, CA 94103

Singapore Day 2016

  • Saturday, September 24th, 2016 at 10am - 5pm
    Location: Pier 70, Dogpatch Area, San Francisco, CA

    The Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) will be holding the largest reunion ever of Singaporeans on…

SG Day 2016

  • Saturday, September 24th, 2016 at 10am - 5pm
    Location: Pier 70, Dogpatch Neighbourhood, San Francisco, California, USA
    Be an Ambassador

    It has been confirmed! The biggest reunion of Singaporeans on the West Coast…

S@S/SGC Chinese New Year Dinner 2016

  • Saturday, February 20th, 2016 at 6pm - 9pm
    Location: Fu Lam Mum, Mountain View, CA

    Join the Singaporeans @ Stanford students to usher in the Year of the Monkey at their Chinese…

CNY Year of Monkey Update

E-mail sent by Singapore, Saturday, January 30th, 2016 @ 12:14pm

Update on SingaporeConnect's Chinese New Year 2016 celebrations. We sent a call for volunteers in December and signed up 9 volunteers, in excellent roles such as registration, setup, design, and photography/videography. However, none of these volunteers were in the role of event organiser, food/drink coordinator, and games/entertainment. Practically speaking we would be unable to organise an event. Around the beginning of January, we reached out to the Singaporeans @ Stanford, a Singaporean students' association there, to check if they were organising an event. And yes they are. Would they have some more room for "friends"? Yes, they would be happy to help their fellow Singaporeans! How many? Well, they want to complete registration on their end (their registration deadline was a few days ago) first, then see how much more room they can get out of the restaurant (in Mountain View). They expect to reconcile and get an update on the available spots by this weekend, then we should be able to start doing registrations for the "SingaporeConnect Friends of S@S" at their CNY celebration dinner on Feb 20.

Singapore Family's Ultimate Road Trip in the USA

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 @ 9:58pm

Dear Members,

Thanks to those of you who graciously welcomed the Ong Family on their USA Road Trip last year, especially as they passed through California, sharing with them your food, company, and even tickets to Disneyland! Straits Times Article:

Singapore Family Road Trip Ong Family.png

Singapore Day 2016!

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, January 18th, 2016 @ 8:18pm

Dear members,

We were so cheered by many of you who supported SingaporeConnect, in conjunction with the Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU), in holding the first ever Singapore Community Day in the US, on Feb 28 2015.

So was OSU. They saw that the ground here, is good. It's ready. It's time, for them to bring the much sought after, Singapore Day event, to the San Francisco Bay Area!

Yes, this is official now! Singapore Day 2016 will be held in the SF Bay Area in Fall 2016!

OSU has setup a mailing list for those of you who would like to get the details and registration information right away. 

Please go to:

and sign up now!

If the link doesn't work, please let us know, and then try:

MPBA CNY 2016 event

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 @ 7:08pm


The Malaysian Professional and Business Association (MPBA), is having a Chinese New Year Banquet Dinner event in 2016. We're sharing it to you for your interest. The registration link is here.

Join us at the 2016 MPBA Chinese New Year Banquet Dinner.

Saturday, February 20, 2016
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Zen Peninsula Chinese Restaurant
1180 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

Featuring the auspicious lion dance performance, games with prizes and for the very first time, a dance floor for some dancing fun too! Along with a delicious 10-course dinner, you wouldn't want to miss this hugely popular and entertaining event. 

Dinner Menu
House Special Combination Platter
Honey Walnut Prawn
Stir Fried Steak Cubes with Greens
Dried Scallop & Seafood Soup
Peking Duck
Mixed Mushrooms & Giant Clams with Greens
Crabs with Ginger & Scallions
Steam Sea Bass
Braised E-fu Noodles
Garlic Chicken Fried Rice
Daily Dessert Soup

Early Bird Price (until Jan 20, 2016)
Individual - $48.00
Table of 10 - $460.00

CNY 2016 Event Planning update

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 @ 6:51pm

Dear Members,

We are heartened by your support to help us organise a Chinese New Year event in 2016. Volunteers have signed up for these roles:

(Every 12.5% = 1 volunteer)

Let's not let the momentum dwindle. To have a successful event, we need the top two roles, Event Organiser and Location Coordinator, fulfilled too, and get started on event organising ASAP. We think the best date for CNY is Feb 20/21.

Most of the SingaporeConnect committee members have already been heavily involved in organising past CNY events, or will be in Singapore for CNY. We feel the energy and enthusiasm to do an event will be stronger with those who have not organised a CNY event yet, but have the time to take charge of this in the critical two weeks before the event. Perhaps you want to Yam Seng with your buddies? Or you miss giving your kids a Lion Dance show? Or you're thinking of some sort of mass-participation entertainment? You can make that a reality!

Please sign-up to volunteer here:

We will be contacting everyone who volunteered in January.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Ending Powerlessness, and Changing the World - with Chade Meng Tan

  • Thursday, January 14th, 2016 at 6pm - 8:30pm
    Location: Coursera, 381 East Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View, CA


Calling all armchair data scientists: Surveys

E-mail sent by Singapore, Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 @ 5:56pm

Dear SingaporeConnect Members,

Just in time for the Aug 1 National Day celebration, we compiled the results of an ongoing "Best Restaurant in the Bay Area" survey and presented it so. (The video's on our Youtube channel).

Here's a copy of the slides, as presented on Aug 1, and a new copy, with data compiled fresh as of Dec 15.

These slides are part of a new page to consolidate all the reports for you armchair data scientists out there!

Quizzes for Whizzes

E-mail sent by Singapore, Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 @ 5:46pm


Back in July in the ramp up to the National Day celebrations in Aug, we launched a set of quizzes on our Facebook page, to challenge all Singaporeans (and Singaporeans-at-heart), with a set of questions revolving around Singapore culture.

Want to see if you did better than the average? Here are some statistics:

Avg. Score

Hardest Question

Easiest Question

The Adoi Quiz




The Shiok Quiz


Identify the Laksa

What significant event happened in 1959?

The Cheem Quiz




The Chao Mugger Quiz


F-15SG and Majulah Singapura and Tech

Char Kway Teow and Singapore Flag

The Wa Lau Quiz


World Record

School Uniform

We've consolidated the links and placed them if you're like to give it a go!

Year of the Monkey Chinese New Year Celebrations in 2016?

E-mail sent by Singapore, Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 @ 5:30pm

Dear SingaporeConnect Members,

Would you want to celebrate the Year of the Monkey in 2016 with a party?

Something to invite your friends and family to enjoy together with good food and cheer?

Good events need good help.

We will be happy to guide, but we need more warm-blooded monkeys.

Be a monkey. Come make it happen.

Please volunteer now:

The likelihood of this event happening will depend completely on your enthusiasm and assistance.

Fireside Chat with Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts

  • Friday, December 18th, 2015 at 6:30pm - 9pm
    Location: Block 71, 599 2nd St San Francisco, CA

    Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts is a leading international hospitality operator headquartered…

Fireside Chat with Tri5 Ventures

  • Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 6pm - 9pm
    Location: Block71 San Francisco 599 2nd St, San Francisco, CA

    Events at Block 71 SF are often well-attended by Singapore-affiliated members. Join them at…

Tech Connectivity & Considerations for Singapore & ASEAN

  • Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 6pm - 10pm
    Location: The Woman’s Club of Palo Alto

    The OSU is organising a dinner-talk that you may be interested in. We have posted their…

Two entrepreneurship-related events at Block 71 (SF)

E-mail sent by Singapore, Thursday, November 5th, 2015 @ 1:27am

Dear SingaporeConnect (Tech) Members,

Block 71 is hosting some events which may be of your interest.

1. Crowdfunding Panel and Screening of Fireside Chat with co-founder of Kickstarter on 19th November

Sign up here:

Join us for a panel on crowdfunding,  followed by a video screening of a fireside chat with Charles Adler, co-founder of Kickstarter, which took place in Singapore.

Find out more about launching your products via Crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo from trailblazers who have been there, done that. 

Featured panelist: 

Touchjet - 687% funds raised in Indiegogo campaign

Green Pea Cookie - more than 700% of funds raised in Kickstarter campaign


2. Fireside Chat with Tri5 Ventures

Sign up here:

We are hosting a fireside chat with Christopher Quek, the managing partner of Tri5 (pronounced "thrive") Ventures - a Southeast Asian venture fund backed by Far East Ventures. 

Christopher Quek is an active entrepreneur and investor, with a vision of creating a vibrant startup ecosystem in Singapore and SEA .

 Since 2012, he is also the director of AGA,, which provides free advisory and grants to start-ups.

Desire to connect Singapore with the world? An internship opportunity from MFA

E-mail sent by Singapore, Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 @ 10:11am

Dear Members,

On occasion, we receive requests to broadcast job offers to the community. We typically do not honour these requests, but this one is rather interesting, thus we have elected to send it out. Perhaps some of you will be excited by and suited to the opportunity. Notably, the interviews will be held in the US, including at San Francisco.



Greetings from the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)!  As part of our efforts to reach out to Singapore students studying abroad, we are planning to conduct a recruitment trip to the US in January 2016.   If you are considering a career or an internship with the Ministry, we would love to meet you!

2              With 49 Overseas Missions (OMs) across the globe, the Foreign Service presents infinite opportunities and the unique opportunity to travel the whole world in one career.  From being on the frontline of diplomatic negotiations to assisting distressed Singaporeans abroad, no two days are ever the same.  Your assignments will alternative between the Ministry’s headquarters (HQ) in Singapore and our OMs.  The work environment is dynamic and challenging.  If you are excited about a dynamic and challenging work environment, we urge you to consider joining the Ministry for a career like no other.   

Undergraduate Internship Programme

3              For students in your second or penultimate year, you can apply for an internship to find out if the Foreign Service is the right career choice for you.  We offer 4-week internships in HQ and selected OMs.  For 2016, there will be 2 HQ runs from 16 May to 10 June 2016 and 4 July to 29 July 2016.  OM internships will take place in the period of May to September 2016, subject to the OM’s ability to host interns and the intern’s availability. 


Full-Time Employment


4              For students in your final year of studies, we invite you to apply for the Foreign Service Officer (FSO) position.  Depending on your personal inclinations and strengths, you can choose to develop your career either along the two tracks: Political and Economic or Functional and Corporate.  The selection process would comprise an interview and paper-and-pencil tests, and an Assessment Centre (AC) for shortlisted candidates on the following day. 

Selection Tests in US

5              To facilitate early consideration ahead of your graduation, we are offering an opportunity for you to undergo the selection process for internship or the FSO position on the following dates:


Dates (Tentative)

West Coast

(San Francisco)

23 Jan (Sat) – 25 Jan (Mon)

East Coast

(New York City)

29 Jan (Fri) – 31 Jan (Sun)

6              If you are keen to undergo the internship or FSO selection process, you are strongly encouraged to apply!  Depending on the responses, we may also conduct selections outside of San Francisco and New York.  Further details of the selection tests, including date and venue, and will be made known to shortlisted candidates at a later date.  As we have limited spaces, priority will be given to those who have registered their interest.  Please complete the attached form and send it to Brinda Cheng ( by Saturday, 31 Oct 15.  

7              More details on the internship and FSO position may be found on our website.  Please feel free to contact me should you have any other questions.  We look forward to receiving your applications and meeting you in the US!



The attached form referenced in point 6 can be downloaded via this link.

Great California Shakeout

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 @ 10:09am

Dear Members,

The Great California ShakeOut Drill is tomorrow, Oct 15, 2015. Always be aware that if you're in California, you're in an earthquake-prone area, so be prepared and ready any time in case one happens!

While some areas of California are more likely to have earthquakes than others (see below), all of California is at higher risk compared to the rest of the country. You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school, or even on vacation.

What we do now will determine our quality of life after our next big earthquake. Are you prepared to survive and recover quickly?

The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes: "Drop, Cover and Hold On." The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.

Network with Mr Ong Peng Tsin

  • Friday, October 9th, 2015 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: Block 71, 599 2nd St, San Francisco, CA


     Photos on IPA Facebook Page

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