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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:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CNY2016

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

    Survey…

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.
http://www.singaporeconnect.org/pages/2015-survey-on-best-restaurants-in-the-bay-area

These slides are part of a new page to consolidate all the reports for you armchair data scientists out there!
http://www.singaporeconnect.org/pages/survey

Quizzes for Whizzes

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

Hi,

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

59%

Acronyms

Ministers

The Shiok Quiz

68%

Identify the Laksa

What significant event happened in 1959?

The Cheem Quiz

74%

Campaign

Roti?

The Chao Mugger Quiz

75%

F-15SG and Majulah Singapura and Tech

Char Kway Teow and Singapore Flag

The Wa Lau Quiz

52%

World Record

School Uniform

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

http://singaporeconnect.org/pages/quiz


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: 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CNY2016

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: http://www.meetup.com/Block-71-SF-Meetup/events/226545512/


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

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2. Fireside Chat with Tri5 Ventures


Sign up here: http://www.meetup.com/Block-71-SF-Meetup/events/226544510/


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, angelsgateadvisory.sg, 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.

_______________________________________________________________________________________


Hi,

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 (brinda_cheng@mfa.gov.sg) 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!

Regards,

Brinda 



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

     Photos on IPA Facebook Page

    Join us for…

Lend your voice to a recording of HOME

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, September 21st, 2015 @ 1:30pm

Dear Members,
 

Alvin Tan (Director of the LKY Musical) is reaching out to Singaporeans overseas for the creation of a Digital Time Capsule. The aim is achieve the largest compilation of writings, video and photos that embodies what Home. ‪#‎OneSongOneSg‬ is a showcase of personal interpretations or renditions of the theme song HOME, a song close to our hearts.
 

SingaporeConnect is enthusiastically supporting Alvin's efforts by recording HOME from various communities in the US. Here are recordings from:

Seattle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puxSWvXGoo8

https://www.facebook.com/singaporeconnect/videos/1696734310547695

Monterey:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTdj4NJuDUU

https://www.facebook.com/singaporeconnect/videos/1699157600305366

For higher quality, click the HD button in Facebook, or use Youtube on Chrome and select 1080p60.

We would love to have more recordings. Would you be interested? Please get back to us to see how we can coordinate another recording. To practice, here are some videos:

All 4 voices singing: https://youtu.be/dT4kmZ2A-ks

Male 1: https://youtu.be/XOe9M5hLY-o

Male 2: https://youtu.be/KVB2RXItB5Y

Female1:https://youtu.be/VWC_xKxZofA

Female 2: https://youtu.be/kDP-rZs27f0

Minus one (music only): https://youtu.be/ZkBKN0AYP9o

You may download the music score here: Score

https://youtu.be/Y84_OgxII4U

· ShiGGA Shay, Charlie Lim, Benjamin Kheng, Joanna Dong, Jimmy Ye:https://youtu.be/ar_MbB5ZfUU

· School: https://youtu.be/41Ds8ZDoxMg

· #OneSongOneSg- singing Home:

o https://youtu.be/mZPIZUi36ic

o https://youtu.be/8_9oTCl9__Y

· People on the streets:

o https://youtu.be/sjQvgwqPvUs

o https://youtu.be/NAKFoCcojHc

o https://youtu.be/_vU_-adxTgI

The Moon Festival Celebration Event is Full

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 @ 10:34pm

We have reached the capacity limit of the venue.
Kristin would sincerely like to apologise for any disappointment caused.

Volunteer to help host a tech networking event

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 @ 10:33pm

Hi,

We are looking for volunteers to help us host a networking event with a well-known Singapore tech entrepreneur who will be visiting the SF Bay Area.

The event date is Oct 9 evening. The other details like food, location, format, are all open for your contribution. We will be jointly hosting the event with at least two other South-East Asian related associations in the area and looking for more.

We would be delighted if you would like to help us. Member ideas can make the event more interesting and unique for everyone attending. Please reply by email if you like to help or know someone who can help - it can be in terms of time to organise, location, suggestion for food, contacts in other South-East Asian associations you like to introduce to us, and so on.

Thank you!
Mark

San Francisco iSEA (International South East Asian) Film Festival

  • Saturday, November 21st, 2015 at 6pm - 8pm Sunday, November 22nd
    Location: New People Cinema, San Francisco

    Dear members,

    Here's an event you may be interested. It is also a good opportunity…

Moon Festival Celebration

  • Saturday, September 26th, 2015 at 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Santa Clara, CA

    Photos 

    Video

    The event is full.

    Which festival is your…

Volunteer to help host a tech networking event

E-mail sent by Singapore, Saturday, September 12th, 2015 @ 12:24pm

Hi,

You're receiving this because your introduction message said you were interested in networking.

We are looking for volunteers to help us host a networking event with a well-known Singapore tech entrepreneur who will be visiting the SF Bay Area.

The event date is Oct 9 evening. The other details like food, location, format, are all open for your contribution. We will be jointly hosting the event with at least two other South-East Asian related associations in the area and looking for more.

We would be delighted if you would like to help us. Member ideas can make the event more interesting and unique for everyone attending. Please reply by email if you like to help or know someone who can help - it can be in terms of time to organise, location, suggestion for food, contacts in other South-East Asian associations you like to introduce to us, and so on.

Thank you!
Mark

Labor Day & Merdeka Dinner

  • Saturday, September 5th, 2015 at 6pm - 9pm
    Location: Vara, 250 E Java Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
    The MPBA (Malaysian Professional Business Association) is hosting an event to celebrate Malaysia's…

SingaporeConnect SG50 Shirts and Mugs

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, August 17th, 2015 @ 6:57pm

Hi,

Thank you all who celebrated Singapore's 50th Birthday at Block 71 with SingaporeConnect! The event was a great success:

Picked up on Happy TV:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbeyfKuhp1c&feature=youtu.be&list=PL7z62Iufro9T1PTbnXt2yNjyA2qie_13I

Channel News Asia:
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/mobile/singapore/singaporeans-around-the/2042046.html

More photos and videos can be viewed as they are posted on our Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/17969603517/
(in due course, photos will be posted to our web site, accessed via the event page).

For our recent SingaporeConnect National Day Celebration on Aug 1, we made some commemorative T-shirts and mugs featuring the SG50 logo and a special SF-motif, designed by our very own member Joan Ang.

You can help support our mission to bring events that bring the community together, by purchasing these T-shirts and mugs. We are also offering a hoodie and polo shirt version - please indicate your interest in them and we will use this to gauge whether to proceed with an order for these.

Shop here:
http://singaporeconnect.org/public/pay/shop/
 


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