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Best restaurant survey and SingaporeConnect National Day Celebrations

E-mail sent by Singapore, Sunday, July 19th, 2015 @ 8:29pm

Dear members,

What's the best Singaporean, Malaysian, and Indonesian restaurant in the SF Bay Area? Vote for your favourites at our survey. We will announce the results on Aug 1 at the SingaporeConnect SG50 National Day celebration. As a bonus, we will pick one lucky person who is attending the Aug 1 event and has filled the survey for a mystery prize. (the voting period is between July 19 and July 31).

Aug 1 2015 San Francisco 12 - 3 pm
Come celebrate with your fellow Singaporeans and friends at SingaporeConnect's SG50 National Day Celebrations. This is a community-led and funded event that is open to all, including non-Singaporeans. We will have delicious Singaporean-style food and also invite you to bring an appetiser or dessert to share. Prizes for best potluck item and best dressed. Registration, volunteer opportunities, and other details:

Aug 8 2015 Burlingame 2 - 5 pm
Come celebrate with the large Singaporean community in the SF Bay Area at the SF Consulate-General's SG50 National Day Celebrations. Registration and other details:

SingaporeConnect Celebrates SG50 National Day

  • Saturday, August 1st, 2015 at 12pm - 3pm
    Location: Block 71, 599 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Indoor location)

    Come celebrate Singapore's 50th National Day at the SingaporeConnect SG50 National Day…

Lelong Get Together

  • Saturday, July 11th, 2015 at 3pm - 6pm
    Location: Bitter+Sweet Cafe, 20560 Town Center Lane, Cupertino

    We have 3 reasons for this get-together:

    We haven't had an event in a while (excuses: the…

Singapore Community Day Survey 2015 Detailed Feedback Summary

E-mail sent by Singapore, Saturday, June 27th, 2015 @ 3:39pm

The Singapore Community Day 2015 on Feb 28 was an unprecedented event, and also an unprecedented response. Over 175 of you filled in the post-event survey, giving us a wealth of feedback that we hope will help all future events.

We offered a small token of appreciation, of a $50 Merlion Restaurant voucher and a $50 Apple Store gift card. The winner of this prize was Clarence Chio.

In addition, 23 of the volunteers filled in a detailed post-event survey, giving us further feedback. This new feedback has been summarised in this downloadable PDF:

Detailed Survey Summary Results

For this detailed survey, we are presenting these volunteers with a small thank you:

$25 Bitter+Sweet voucher prize

Quek Shu Yan

Helen Teo

Eva, Kopi and Matcha Comic Book prize (

We came across this Singaporean artist who does a comic book, and thought it would be appropriate to promote her work.

Evangeline Neo is a Singaporean who graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, 2007, and later went to study for MBA at Tokyo. She is now back in Singapore doing comics full-time and self-published her first comic book "Eva, Kopi and Matcha" last year (2014). The comic book shows the cultural differences between Singapore and Japan that anybody who had stayed outside of Singapore can relate to. You can also continue to read her new comic strips on her Facebook page "Evacomics" every Monday night.

Michelle Lee

Florence Ng

We imagine many of you will be interested at taking a look at the feedback. Here is a summary:

We expect most of you will have checked out the photos and videos already. Here is a link to all those we are aware of:

Thanks again, each and everyone of you for participating in the first ever Singapore Community Day in the USA.

Lets Celebrate SG50 together

  • Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: Embassy Suites, 150 Anza Blvd, Burlingame, CA 94010

    Yes, sorry, we were so keen to help you chope your spot at the SG50 Celebration in SF that we…

Contact Singapore Shiok dinner and Dessert making demo event

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, May 29th, 2015 @ 7:18pm

Dear Members,

We know Contact Singapore has an event every now and then to talk about careers in Singapore. If you haven't been to one, you might like to check them out. Even if you aren't thinking of a career for yourself now, perhaps in the future, or someone else you know might be?

The presentation bit from Contact Singapore ought to be short and to the point. Questions welcome. Then, tuck into the delicious Singaporean food from Shiok, coupled with, we hear, very likely, a dessert making demo (bring your cameras, or camera phones!)  

Here's their spiel:

Join us at our Work in Singapore session to find out more about embarking on a career back home, and be treated to some of Singapore’s culinary delights.

Contact Singapore invites you to our Work in Singapore event – an information session that will provide you with updates on Singapore’s key growth industries and career opportunities. Our Area Director for North America, Ms Kelly Tan, will cover these topics and more, and address questions you have on returning to Singapore to pursue your career. As an added treat, we will be serving signature Singapore dishes to remind you of home.

This event is open to all Singaporean working professionals in engineering services, financial services, infocomm, and research and academia. Please register early for this complimentary event. Your space is only confirmed upon receipt of an email notification. Due to space constraint, registration is compulsory and walk-ins will not be accepted. Please email if you have any queries.

Please indicate in your registration form if you intend to bring a guest. The guest should also be a working professional in engineering services, financial services, infocomm or research and academia.One guest per registrant. The space is only confirmed upon receipt of an email notification.

Date                      : June 18, 2015, Thursday

Time                      : 7pm to 9pm (Registration starts from 6.30pm)

Venue                  : Shiok Restaurant, 1137 Chestnut St, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Registration        :


Camp @Home and Contribute to SG50 Book

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, May 22nd, 2015 @ 12:48pm

Dear Members,

We wish to highlight two Singapore-related activities that you may be interested in:

SG50 Book Project by Seattle Singaporeans

Hello fellow Singaporeans,

I am Ai Lin, living in Seattle, WA with my ABC husband, Clement Eng. I’ve lived in the US since 2004. Besides Washington State, we’ve lived in Minnesota and South California. 
I started “collecting” stories from Singaporeans living in the Pacific Northwest area from Year 2012 and compiled them into coffee-table books to present to our guests-of honor when we celebrated National Day in Seattle. Attached is a PDF copy of our Year 2012 book.
This year, as part of SG50 celebration, I wish to invite Singaporeans across the US to participate. Hopefully, we can all help to create this into a meaningful gift for our loved ones in Singapore.
We hope to present the book to Singapore’s Ambassador to the USA, Mr Ashok Mirpuri on Aug 23, 2015 when we celebrate SG50 in Seattle. A copy will also be delivered to PM Lee Hsien Loong. This book will be a compilation of photos and words from Singaporeans across the US paying tribute to Singapore. From prose and poetry, to pictures and photos, your submission can cover topics that might interest readers who are outside the US learning about:
- how we coped with homesickness (if any) from the US, 
- the stinky food stuff we “smuggled” into the US borders from Singapore, 
- the TV programs or fun stuff we miss,
-  the spots or places you spent significant/meaningful seasons of your life living, working, studying and playing in Singapore,
- the sights, sounds or scents specific to these areas that may or may not exist now in Singapore and describe them,
- what you enjoy most now living in the US. 
Please feel free to share personal photos of yourself (be it in your old school uniform,  your times spent in your school’s CCA, as a soldier serving NS or other photos showing your Singapore identity.) 
As a Singaporean, what will you say is your top-most pride and joy about Singapore’s development in the last 50 years? What are your wishes for Singapore?
Please email your contributions to: ailin_lim@hotmail.comIn your email subject, please state your name, city, state. In the email body, please mention briefly what you are currently doing in the US and also share a recent photo of yourself/or one with your family or friends here in the US. 
Contributions should be received by June 5, 2015. This project is neither for profit nor revenue-generation. 
Please help to invite other Singaporeans to contribute to this project. Thank you.
Lim Ai Lin 
Seattle Singaporeans Meetup Group

Stories from Singaporeans in Seattle.pdf

Camp @ Home by the Overseas Singaporean Unit

Email can be read here:

The Gist:

Fireside Chat with Ong Peng Tsin, Monk's Hill Ventures

  • Monday, May 4th, 2015 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: 500 Startups, Mountain Bay Plaza
    Fireside Chat with Peng, T. Ong, Monk’s Hill Ventures

Tech Ventures in ASEAN

  • Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Shiok! Singapore Kitchen 1137 Chestnut Street Menlo Park, CA 94025

Singapore Community Day Survey Feedback Summary

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, April 20th, 2015 @ 12:18am

SingaporeConnect and the Singapore Community Day Organising Committee wish to thank all who participated in the historic Singapore Community Day 2015 on Feb 28.

An unprecedented event, and also an unprecedented response. Over 175 of you filled in the post-event survey, giving us a wealth of feedback that we hope will help all future events.

We offered a prize to a randomly selected survey participant, of a $50 Merlion Restaurant voucher and a $50 Apple Store gift card. The winner of this prize is Clarence Chio.

We imagine many of you will be interested at taking a look at the feedback. Here is a summary:

We expect most of you will have checked out the photos and videos already. Here is a link to all those we are aware of:

Thanks again, each and everyone of you for participating in the first ever Singapore Community Day in the USA.

Fireside Chat with MAS Managing Director

  • Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 6:30pm - 9pm
    Location: The Westin San Francisco Airport (1 Old Bayshore Highway, Millbrae)

    Appropriately right before tax day, which we're sure all of you have taken care of well in…

International Day at the Naval Post-Graduate School

  • Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at 12pm - 4pm
    Location: Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey


    A number of Singaporeans studying at the NPS (Naval Post-Graduate School)…

Extended hours on Saturday (Mar 28) at the Consulate General in SF for LKY Condolence Book

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 @ 11:38pm

Please note that the Singapore’s Consulate-General in San Francisco will be extending the hours that the condolence book will be open to Singaporeans and friends of Singapore at her office (595 Market Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94105) this Sat, 28 Mar through the afternoon as well. The condolence book will now be made available from 10am - 1pm AND from 2pm - 5pm.

Singaporeans may also visit during office hours on weekdays from 10am - 1pm and from 2pm - 5pm to pen your condolences.

 Overseas College office in SF is hosting a memorial service on Thursday 26 Mar, 6 - 9 pm. All are invited. To attend, please RSVP at: Click here to RSVP 

Memorial Service of Late MM Lee Kuan Yew at Block 71 SF

  • Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at 6pm - 9pm
    Location: Block 71 SF, 599 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

    Dear members,

    A memorial service for our founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew,…

Remember LKY

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, March 23rd, 2015 @ 12:13am

Dear Members,

On the passing of Singapore's Founding Prime Minister:

You may pen your message of condolences at the Singapore Consulate-General in San Francisco

595 Market Street, Suite 2450

23 - 27 March (Mon - Fri): 10am - 5pm 
28 March (Sat): 10am - 1pm

You may also post tributes at


Reuse and recycle of Singapore Community Day item

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, March 20th, 2015 @ 8:58am

Dear members,

We have some items from the Singapore Community Day that may find a better home with one of you. 
If you're interested, please review this form, and submit a bid.

1) One bid per form, if you like to bid on more than one item, please submit the form for each.

2) After submission, you'll receive 12 emails confirming your bid. Preferably 1, but 12 are being sent. Kindly delete the 11 duplicates. 

3) Accepted bids will be informed via email. The easiest will probably to pick up the items at their present location, or we can coordinate bringing them to a shared event.

Thank you!

Good 2 Go! Family Fun & Wellness Fair

  • Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 9am - 3pm
    Location: Arundel Elementary School, 200 Arundel Rd San Carlos, CA 94070

    An event perhaps in your neighbourhood, including lots of sports and exercise activity, cooking…

Contact Singapore Event: Work in Singapore: Research & Academia – in partnership with SUTD

  • Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 7pm - 9pm
    Location: University Club of Palo Alto 3277 Miranda Avenue Palo Alto CA 94304

Less than a week to go! Space is filling up fast!

E-mail sent by Singapore, Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 @ 11:29pm

Dear Members,

Enough said. If you haven't registered and are thinking about it, you're probably about a day or two away from the first ever Singapore Community Day in the SF Bay Area being sold out!

The SingaporeConnect organising committee has been so overjoyed to be joined by the breathless enthusiasm of our many member volunteers, students from Stanford, Berkeley, De Anza College, and the NUS Overseas College: numbering over 50! We've been so grateful to our many sponsors, many of them our members as well - small business owners in the SF Bay Area, including Kopitiam Cafe, Shiok Kitchen, Hyper (Sanho), and Love With Food. Large home-grown companies like Singapore Airlines, Razer, Khong Guan, and Prima Taste will also be amongst those sponsoring attractive prizes or merchandise for your takeaway. We're also benefiting from local businesses like the Marriott San Mateo San Francisco Airport Hotel, Blossom Salon, and Houlihan's.

This is history in the making. The first ever live orchestra (BAYMS) playing the National Anthem in the Bay Area. Singapore singer talent Ng Chee Yang performing here in SF with his accomplished pianist Renee Ong. Even a combined Lion and Dragon Dance performance.

You've never seen so many kampong games, recess games in the area. From Chapteh to Zero Point, we'll have it. There will be fun for all ages including our very own "Family Challenge" relay game.

Quite amazingly, we've attracted Singaporeans from not just the SF Bay Area, but from all over California and the US. To let them join in on our event, we've created this publicly-accessible Facebook page:

Thanks for your support. See you there!

PS: Yes, we've even spiffed up our logo for the event. Thank you to Nelson Wei Tan, also design lead for the Singapore Community Day. 

Less than 2 weeks to go! Singapore Community Day 2015

E-mail sent by Singapore, Sunday, February 15th, 2015 @ 11:49pm

Dear members,

Hope you had a good Valentine's Day! Would you believe we originally targeted Feb 14 for the Singapore Community Day? Feedback suggested, maybe not such a good idea.

We still have much work to go but a lot of things are coming together nicely. Registration is at a staggering 542 guests now, and not just your fellow SingaporeConnect members, but Singaporeans from around the USA, including New York, Texas, Las Vegas, and Seattle. 

What's also as heart-warming is the generous support we have received from our volunteers and sponsors. Over 40 from all walks - students, housewives, working professionals are engaged in a myriad range of activities. Our sponsors are also not just from some big names, but also Singaporeans here who are small business owners. We'll update you on the sponsors and prizes over the next fortnight.

By the Community, For the Community.

Photo Submissions:
To volunteer:

Still on the fence?

We've got games to play: over 60 small glass marbles, 25 chaptehs, 200 pieces of Kuti-Kuti's, 50 five-stones, 160 pick-up sticks, 10 spinning tops, bubbles, balloons, 48 erasers (the country flag type), 12 large white marbles, 4 sepak takraw balls, you're in for fun time at our Kampong Games and Recess Time sections!


Here are the main entrées:

Satay (chicken and beef) | Ngo-Hiang (meat) | Roti Prata (veg) | Char Kway Teow (meat) | Dried Mee Siam (veg) | Hainanese Chicken Rice (meat) | Hokkien Prawn Mee (meat) | Nasi Lemak (veg/meat) | and Mee Goreng (veg)

Have a sweet tooth or want a savoury snack? You're covered. Here are the kuehs:

Ang Ku Kueh (Mung Bean and Taro) | Kueh Kosui | Ondeh Ondeh | Kueh Lapis (steamed) | Kueh Ambon | Seri Muka | Pandan Cake | Curry Puff

There will be a free flow of a variety of soft drinks and water, as well as, till it runs out, authentically brewed Teh Tarik and Kopi, all generously sponsored by Kopitiam Cafe!


Celebrate as we welcome in SG50 and the Lunar New Year with:

Lion Dance performance | Bay Area Youth Music Society (BAYMS) orchestra band playing favourite songs you will sing along to | Talented Singaporean singers, including New York-based Ng Chee Yang (champion of Season 1 Campus SuperStar in 2006 and graduate of the Berklee College of Music)

and more. Plus keeping in mind all the food you're getting, we will kick off with the Great Singapore Workout to get you on your feet, if not on the stage.


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