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  • Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 7pm - 9pm
    Location: University Club of Palo Alto 3277 Miranda Avenue Palo Alto CA 94304
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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: https://www.facebook.com/events/638107396317630/

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.

Registration: http://sg-community-day.eventbrite.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1575740582637479/
Photo Submissions: singaporeconnector@gmail.com
To volunteer: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HSH3HTP

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!

Hungry?

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!
 

Entertainment

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.

Entertainment at the Singapore Community Day 2015

E-mail sent by Singapore, Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 @ 9:52pm



Do you know him? We can't wait to hear his 'angelic voice' waft over the hills of Saratoga Springs! Singapore's first Campus Superstar and a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Cheeyang is an artiste based in New York City. U.S. reviewers have raved about his performance in musicals across the country, including his 'angelic voice' in Godspell, 'protean versatility' and 'winning personality' in Working and 'sharp comic timing' in Thoroughly Modern Millie. He also manages his YouTube channel (zhiyang89) where Broadway meets pop music, and where important topics are being discussed. Cheeyang is really excited to be giving back to Singapore during the first Community Day being held in San Francisco celebrating Singapore's 50th birthday and cannot wait to be singing with fellow Singaporeans in the Bay Area. 
http://www.cheeyang.com

I've heard (and sung) this song every day! How can you not get emotional? Hearing it performed live with a string and wood-wind orchestra? We are delighted that the Bay Area Youth Music Society (BAYMS) will be performing selected Singapore favourites, specially arranged for us. The Bay Area Youth Music Society is a non-profit organization, 501(c)(3) Public Charity EIN# 74-3247617, dedicated to developing and sponsoring children’s musical talents through active involvement in community services. By engaging our young musicians in these community services, we aim to foster our children’s recognition and acceptance of such common social values as sharing, teamwork, and striving for excellence.http://www.bayms.org

Can you hear me? What? Can you hear them? Where? Look! Out from all corners will be not just one, or even two, but three Lion Dancers and ... a special bonus to those of you who wished for it, a Dragon Dance as well! See them and more, at the first ever Singapore Community Day in the SF Bay Area on Feb 28 2015.

Sign up now: http://sg-community-day.eventbrite.com

Singapore Community Day Activities Update

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, January 30th, 2015 @ 12:07pm

Dear Members,

Here is an update from the 53 responses, and what you'll be likely to see at the first-ever Singapore Community Day in the Bay Area!

Q1

Since Lion Dance > Dragon Dance, instead of doing both, we will have a longer Lion Dance, and we're working on at least one band/singer. You WILL hear Singapore songs performed LIVE! One of you had a grandoise idea on your desired singer per the comments:

  1. mahjong games, funny hong kong gambling movies screened all the time during CNY
  2. Acknowledge those who were born in 1965 at the event! (I have already made all my suggestions, just forgot to add this one...)
  3. Comedy contest under 5 mins for each group, over 5 mins disqualify. Audience with the word 'Judge' under their seat are selected to be judges, if a child is on that seat, the adult next to the child will be the judge.
  4. Line dancing
  5. Kit chan

Kit Chan - like we wish. :) But, we're seriously working on a good singer. What we REALLY would like help on are people who have score sheets for Singapore songs.. Also, do we have more who can perform on stage? Comedians, Rappers, those who know your Singlish inside-out? Who knows, maybe your next stop is Singapore Idol!

Q2


It looks like the Cooking Demo is the most desired choice, followed by a tie with Exhibits of Singapore and the Photo Booth.

We actually weren't planning on a cooking demo originally, but given this response ... so what we need are some more ideas on what that booth is. How about that chap who was revealed at Dr Leslie Tay's talk to have watched his Youtube videos overnight and learned how to make Roti Prata? If someone can find him and convince him to talk to us, that would be awesome! Startup Promo sounded like a good idea and we see enthusiastic response, but we haven't gotten any volunteers who say they can own that booth. The Cooking Demo is going away unless you show up to help make it happen. Help save it if you want it!

For Photo Booth, what we really need help with are props. If you can loan items (with some caveat that they will be handled), please let us know (via the links below).

For Exhibits, same thing, if you can volunteer some photos, please let us know.
Here were the comments:

  1. games or nostalgic SG video booth for people to relax and watch
  2. Food booths that we can eat local food!
  3. Nyonya Kueh baking / Singapore Food contest
  4. Snacks and swag
  5. Traditional childhood toys like jatei (feathered thing tossed in the air and catch with sid of foot), yeh-yeh (stringed-up rubber bands), spin tops, marbles etc....... I can bring my ()dragon boat festival) lanterns to share.

No 1: There will be games, see Q4. We'll be planning for photo exhibits - the call out for photo contributions is there. Not sure about video - every bit of extra "IT" and "AV" stuff is more complication with setup, power, and such. If we have enough volunteer engagement we can do that (have to find the video, compile it, create that said booth with some sort of screen), but right now given our resources it's not on the cards. Do volunteer!

OK: to number 2 definitely! This is a Singaporean event, after all! There will be numerous food booths. We don't want to reveal everything yet, but this has been a month plus of negotiations with numerous vendors. Let's just say, up to 6 kinds of kueh/sweets, up to 12 kinds of main courses, snacks, and beverages. (update: we will give you a teaser of the food choices on Feb 1) So hope you're excited!

But please note, we cannot just be holding a Community Day event that is only about food. The reasons are a few, but how about this one. The organisers who have volunteered their own time and energy to organise this, need more than an event that is just going to be seen as a Food Festival. We want to bring our community together to recreate a slice of Singapore, and come on, there's more than food! So please help us with our goal and volunteer generously to help make the other aspects of the event work and don't worry, we will take care of plenty of good food for you!

The baking contest is interesting but there are concerns because there will be many people (hopefully) there and we want to have a little more control over the food sources. If you want this to happen, please use our Volunteer survey to indicate you will participate in such a food contest. If we see a lot of interest, why not?

No 4. We're working on a "swag" bag, but at this stage, more "stuff" to put in it will help. If you know of sponsors, or can sponsor, please let us know.

No 5. Yes! Will address this in Q4.


Q3




We will have the Photo Booth (which can double-up as a Video Booth), Mass Wishes, and Face-Painting. 

And the comments:

  1. nostalgic SG video screening
  2. games for kids
  3. Children may vandalize any 'mass painting or writing inappropriately' - just a thought
  4. Group photo of mass crowd from time to time

Point 1: true. It could be part of the photo exhibits if we have resources, see answer above.
Point 2: will address in Q4.
Point 3: That's a good point - so we will have a giant banner that stretches from ceiling to roof - it will be tall enough for both kids and adults to enjoy. We will have volunteers to "man" this at all times, to watch on the children with a firm touch towards doing only good drawings.
Point 4: That's a very interesting idea, and completely do-able. We'll add it to the "Photographer's" list of must-have shots to setup.

Q4


Checkboxes show the games and activities that we're planning on having! It ought to be quite a scene!

Alright, to those asking for games like Chapteh/Jatei/Chaptek, yes, we heard you loud and clear. There will be Chapteh, Five Stones, Pick-up Sticks. Plenty of it. Rejoice! Parents, get ready to show your kids that you know your stuff!

Hopscotch was surprising but nice to see as a favourite. We'll earmark some space for it too. Let us know in your feedback what sort of "markers" you'll like - we may not have enough for everyone so maybe bring your own (or use your wallets?)

Eraser wars/Kuti Kuti are ON too. 

And... just to make things more interesting. We are in talks with some sponsors for some pretty attractive prizes. You can win them. Just a hint you may want to starting practicing ..

  1. zero point, digimon games
  2. For the bubble blowing, can we get those old school kind where you can blow the plastic looking thingy into a ball and we can play along with it.
  3. Zero-point (made with rubber bands)
  4. Marbles
  5. Sepak takaw
  6. Ping Pong ball on spoon game, teams, running from one end to pass to the other team members. Best to have games that promote 'Team Spirit'

For 1. We tried our best, and brought some rubber bands from Singapore. We are seeking volunteers who know how to tie them, and those who know how to write instructions in a poster form so we can have them handy. digimon: are you able to loan them? 

For 2. We aren't buying these from Singapore though, there was thought that Oriental Trading would have some, can you please let us know some links where we can get the kind you are thinking of? 

For 3. Hmm.. can you help identify yourself and volunteer to help do this? Because, embarassingly, I don't know if anyone in the organising committee knows how to do this. 

For 4. Yes, we've got marbles too. The small glassy kind with colours and the large white stone ones. We'll be using the Bocce Ball area to play - that's a more Singaporean activity than Bocce, eh? Both Strike on!

For 5. We have 4 Sepak Takraw balls, and we'll try do sign-ups for a team there. Any "Team Captains" like to volunteer now to help organise a game?

For 6. This will be actively discussed at the meet-ups. If you are available, drop on and let's brainstorm how to make a good "team/family challenge" game.

Q5

The Comments:

  1. Sepak takaw
  2. Ping Pong ball on spoon game, teams, running from one end to pass to the other team members. Best to have games that promote 'Team Spirit'

SOC / Obstacle course is highly rated but it is sort of pricey and space-intensive. Also, it requires multiple power outlets for the multiple pumps that keep it inflated. We will be having a smaller inflatable obstacle course as well as a "Bouncy House". But...

We'll be coming up with a more "Singaporean-style"/home-grown obstacle course.
We agree that games that promote a "Team Spirit" are good. 

IPPT: What? Not much interest? But we're going for it because the space works well for it. We will be doing this competitively - you can win prizes for doing the most sit-ups, push-ups, ...

3-legged race: We like to do this, but we can't find a suitable material/rope to tie legs together in an ergonormic (was this a concern back in Primary school?) fashion that yet seems robust enough (to not fall apart mid-way). Please let us know if you have ideas.

Sepak Takaw: Yes, we will have it too. 

Alright! We hope giving you some responses and being transparent about our intents will help pique your interest more in the first-ever Singapore Community Day event in the Bay Area. 

Links:

Community Day: http://singaporeconnect.org/pages/communityday
Survey on Activities: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HWM6HBD 
Volunteer yourself/loan items/provide feedback etc. : https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HSH3HTP

Thanks, and again, it's Feb 28, 2015. Hope you to see you all there!

Meet-up at Bitter+Sweet Cafe

  • Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Location: Bitter+Sweet Cafe, 20560 Town Center Lane, Cupertino, CA

    Bitter + Sweet is a Modern looking cafe supplying treats, local ice cream & specialty…

Meet-up at Kopitiam Cafe

  • Saturday, January 24th, 2015 at 10am - 1pm
    Location: Kopitiam Cafe, 1535 Landess Ave, #147, Milpitas

    Hope you all are settling in well to the New Year of 2015.

    How's a Saturday brunch…

Responses to your survey feedback

E-mail sent by Singapore, Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 @ 10:36pm

Dear Members,

Thank you, especially to the 39 of you who responded to our survey. This feedback is extraordinarily valuable. Here's a snapshot and responses to your feedback:

Q1

We will have a Lion Dance, very likely a Dragon Dance, and we're working on the band/singer piece. One of you had a grandoise idea on your desired singer per the comments:

  1. Acknowledge those who were born in 1965 at the event! (I have already made all my suggestions, just forgot to add this one...)
  2. Comedy contest under 5 mins for each group, over 5 mins disqualify. Audience with the word 'Judge' under their seat are selected to be judges, if a child is on that seat, the adult next to the child will be the judge.
  3. Line dancing
  4. Kit chan

Kit Chan - like we wish. :) But, we're seriously working on a good singer. What we REALLY would like help on are some more musicians. We have someone who plays the guitar. Do we have more who can perform on stage? Who knows, maybe your next stop is Singapore Idol!

Q2


It looks like the Cooking Demo is the most desired choice, followed by a tie with Exhibits of Singapore and the Photo Booth.

We actually weren't planning on a cooking demo originally, but given this response ... so what we need are some more ideas on what that booth is. How about that chap who was revealed at Dr Leslie Tay's talk to have watched his Youtube videos overnight and learned how to make Roti Prata? If someone can find him and convince him to talk to us, that would be awesome!

For Photo Booth, what we really need help with are props. If you can loan items (with some caveat that they will be handled), please let us know (via the links below).

For Exhibits, same thing, if you can volunteer some photos, please let us know.
Here were the comments:

  1. Food booths that we can eat local food!
  2. Nyonya Kueh baking / Singapore Food contest
  3. Snacks and swag
  4. Traditional childhood toys like jatei (feathered thing tossed in the air and catch with sid of foot), yeh-yeh (stringed-up rubber bands), spin tops, marbles etc....... I can bring my ()dragon boat festival) lanterns to share.
     

OK: to number 1 definitely! This is a Singaporean event, after all! There will be numerous food booths. We don't want to reveal everything yet, but this has been a month plus of negotiations with numerous vendors. Let's just say, up to 6 kinds of kueh/sweets, up to 12 kinds of main courses, snacks, and beverages. So hope you're excited!

But please note, we cannot just be holding a Community Day event that is only about food. The reasons are a few, but how about this one. The organisers who have volunteered their own time and energy to organise this, need more than an event that is just going to be seen as a Food Festival. We want to bring our community together to recreate a slice of Singapore, and come on, there's more than food! So please help us with our goal and volunteer generously to help make the other aspects of the event work and don't worry, we will take care of plenty of good food for you!

The baking contest is interesting but there are concerns because there will be many people (hopefully) there and we want to have a little more control over the food sources. If you want this to happen, please use our Volunteer survey to indicate you will participate in such a food contest. If we see a lot of interest, why not?

No 3. We're working on a "swag" bag, but at this stage, more "stuff" to put in it will help. If you know of sponsors, or can sponsor, please let us know.

No 4. Yes! Will address this in Q4.


Q3

And the comments:

  1. games for kids
  2. Children may vandalize any 'mass painting or writing inappropriately' - just a thought
  3. Group photo of mass crowd from time to time

Point 1: will address in Q4.
Point 2: That's a good point - if we get enough volunteers, we can have this be a bit managed. One thought might be to have two banners, one for children and one for adults. The one for children can be set at their height level (say 0.2 to 0.8 m) and the one for adults can be set higher (say 1.2 - 1.8 m). The children's greetings may be more in the form of drawings while the adults may be more in the form of words.
Point 3: That's a very interesting idea, and completely do-able. We'll add it to the "Photographer's" list of must-have shots to setup.

Q4


Alright, to those asking for games like Chapteh/Jatei/Chaptek, yes, we heard you loud and clear. There will be Chapteh, Five Stones, Pick-up Sticks. Plenty of it. Rejoice! Parents, get ready to show your kids that you know your stuff!

Hopscotch was surprising but nice to see as a favourite. We'll earmark some space for it too. Let us know in your feedback what sort of "markers" you'll like - we may not have enough for everyone so maybe bring your own (or use your wallets?)

Eraser wars/Kuti Kuti are ON too. 

And... just to make things more interesting. We are in talks with some sponsors for some pretty attractive prizes. You can win them. Just a hint you may want to starting practicing ..

  1. For the bubble blowing, can we get those old school kind where you can blow the plastic looking thingy into a ball and we can play along with it.
  2. Zero-point (made with rubber bands)
  3. Marbles

For 1. If you know of where to buy that, please feedback to us. Either give an address of a shop in Singapore, or well, an Amazon link works.

For 2. Hmm.. can you help identify yourself and volunteer to help do this? Because, embarassingly, I don't know if anyone in the organising committee knows how to do this. 

For 3. Yes, we've got marbles too. Strike on!

Q5

The Comments:

  1. Sepak takaw
  2. Ping Pong ball on spoon game, teams, running from one end to pass to the other team members. Best to have games that promote 'Team Spirit'

SOC / Obstacle course is highly rated but it is sort of pricey and space-intensive. But as we note, it's popular. So we're working on it. If you know of a vendor for this, please let us know.

If not, we'll come up with a cheaper version of the "Family Challenge", more of a home-grown obstacle course.
We agree that games that promote a "Team Spirit" are good. 

Sepak Takaw: Yes, we will have it too. 

Alright! We hope giving you some responses and being transparent about our intents will help pique your interest more in the first-ever Singapore Community Day event in the Bay Area. 

Links:

Community Day: http://singaporeconnect.org/pages/communityday
Survey on Activities: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HWM6HBD 
Volunteer yourself/loan items/provide feedback etc. : https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HSH3HTP

Thanks, and again, it's Feb 28, 2015. Hope you to see you all there!

Community Day - Tell us what most recreates the Singapore atmosphere

E-mail sent by Singapore, Sunday, January 18th, 2015 @ 3:22pm

Hi,

The core team of SingaporeConnect organisers and OSU have been ramping up the Community Day event planning this week. What would really help us are nudges towards the kind of entertainment/activities/booths that will really resonate with you. We are planning a potential turnout of around 700 and we really like to cater to the popular and must-have items.

Tell us via the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HWM6HBD 

Getting these responses over this week will make a big difference, so please give it some time.

Here are responses so far:



We have added some new suggestions to the list of activities - these show up with no responses but put in yours and we will see the average.

The scale is:
4 - Must Have
3 - Great to have
2 - Would like to have
1 - Can do without

(i.e. the higher the score the more desirable)
If you're giving your responses, feel free to use the full scale, assign some "1"s and "4"s, so you can really make your preferences known and affect the overall average.

Thank you and have a good week ahead!

 

Can you wear red or white?

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, January 16th, 2015 @ 6:05pm

Our SGC/OSU SF Bay Area Community Day event is just the start of many celebrations around the world to commemorate SG50. Here's a message from Lavina in Seattle who would like to create a collage! Don't wait for the Community Day, get started any time you're wearing red or white against ah.. white or red! 

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Dear Singaporeans,

We need your help to create a collage for our SG50 project! We are looking for Singaporeans who are currently residing in the US to contribute pictures of themselves wearing red, or white, against the respective colour background. If you are interested, send the following to lavina_tang@hotmail.com:

-A square picture of yourself against a white/red background with the same colour shirt

-Your name, the current state your are residing in, and your e-mail address

Also, it would be great if you could forward this to your fellow Singaporeans as we would love to have as many Singaporeans as possible be a part of this wonderful project.

Do lend us a helping hand and make this project successful! 

Cheers,

Lavina Tang

Singapore Community Day 2015

  • Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at 11am - 4pm
    Location: Saratoga Springs

    Click here to view the Singapore Community Day 2015 Page

    Register now at…

MPBA Chinese New Year Dinner 2015

  • Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at 5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: Hong Kong Flower Lounge 51 Millbrae Ave, Millbrae, CA

Temasek Holdings Meet-up on 1/9/15

E-mail sent by Singapore, Thursday, January 1st, 2015 @ 8:21am

Dear SingaporeConnect Tech Members,

The Bay Area Singaporeans group (BATS) is excited to host an exclusive evening with senior leadership from Temasek Holdings on Friday, Jan 9.

Come learn about Temasek's growing activities in the Bay Area and their interest in connecting with Bay Area tech Singaporeans.

Space is limited so RSVP promptly:

https://bats-temasek.eventbrite.com

Happy New Year!

Bay Area Tech Singaporeans Christmas Party

E-mail sent by Singapore, Sunday, December 14th, 2014 @ 2:32pm

Hi SingaporeConnect Tech Members,

We wish to share this "A Very Singaporean Christmas Party" by IDA and the Bay Area Tech Singaporeans (BATS) group with you.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-very-singaporean-christmas-party-tickets-8935585577?ref=esfb

On a rainy day, it feels like Singapore

E-mail sent by Singapore, Thursday, December 11th, 2014 @ 8:17pm

Dear members,

We hope you are staying safe during today's rain storm. How does the rain fall compare to Singaporean standards, you might ask? Actually, it's pretty up there: 5 inches of rain would be 127 mm, nothing which compares with Singapore's 24-hour record of 512 mm in 1978, but more recently, the 2013 record was 129 mm and Singapore has had 80 mm over a 4-hour downpour. Most of the Bay has gotten 3-8 inches of rain where anything > 5 is on par with heavy rain in Singapore.

Well, the rain is good, though we certainly hope we don't get rained out when we have our outdoor events. Talking of them, here's a set of photos and videos from a sunnier day this year, when SingaporeConnect set up a Singapore Booth at the Silicon Valley Fall Festival in Cupertino. Please enjoy:

SingaporeConnect in conjunction with the OSU will be hosting a much larger scale version of such an event, for Singaporeans, next year. We are actively planning for a nice green location, food, games, entertainment, and good weather. Events such as these are "by the community, for the community", and we highly appreciate your active participation. Do you want to help make a difference for your fellow Singaporeans? Then join us to help organise the event. Reply to this email if you, for example:

  • Interested to set up a Minecraft tournament and server
  • Know someone who is good at cooking, or can prepare food and drink
  • Like to set up a band to play music, or you can DJ, MC, or perhaps enthrall with your rendition of local jokes
  • Have first aid or nursing proficiency
  • Excited to set up some obstacle-course type games or sporty activities
  • Have contacts with sponsors who may be of interest to the community 

and we'll be happy to take you in. 

As a bonus, we have two tickets for this Saturday's DVAN event. It's this Saturday from 6 pm - 11 pm in SF. The first two who can offer to help, and make use of those tickets, will have them as our thanks for your support! 

Diasporic Vietnamese Artist Network (DVAN) 2014 Annual Holiday Party

  • Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 6pm - 11pm
    Location: Intersection for the Arts 925 Mission Street, Suite 109 San Francisco

    SingaporeConnect is delighted to inform you of an event by a fellow Southeast Asian community…

Holiday Mix and Mingle with IPA and MPBA

  • Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 4pm - 6:30pm
    Location: Mixx, 420 Castro St, Mountain View

    Come share the holiday mood with our compatriots from the Indonesian Professional Association…

Get ready for Thanksgiving

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, November 17th, 2014 @ 11:33am

Fly to Singapore for Thanksgiving

United Airlines has a promo for SingaporeConnect members - good for a trip home during Thanksgiving perhaps!: 

· Fly to Singapore via Tokyo/Haneda from SFO, fares start from $880 (all in one fare; Economy) - book on http://www.united.com

· Ticket by Nov 20, 2014; Outbound travel from now to Dec 9, 2014

· Advance purchase and Min stay rules required

· Subject to “K” class of service

· Add a United MileagePlus frequent flier number

· Bonus mile offer on SFO-Haneda flight (25% extra miles)

· Sign up here: http://www.united.com/…/promotions/registrationDetails.aspx…;

· SingaporeConnect members get an additional 2000 redeemable miles (email nelson.sum@united.com with your confirmation number after booking and state it's related to SingaporeConnect)

Share your Thanksgiving Dinner (in 1 week)

We have a host who at her discretion can host students (i.e. college students here from Singapore, away from their home families) this Thanksgiving at her place for dinner. Contact us if you are interested.

Visit to the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose

This event is coming up end-November (probably November 28). More details to follow. It is a family-friendly event to visit the museum and tour the exhibits.

2015 Community Day and Call for Volunteers (next year Feb/Mar)

The committee, Stanley, and two members had an exciting 2 hour meeting last Friday to discuss preparations for a Community Day event next year. This event will want to be big! We haven't heard from anyone else, so we're going to follow up by contacting you personally to ask for your support to help host the event. Of course you are most welcome to contact us directly and let us know how you can help. We would like volunteers to help in organising games and activities, preferably those that evoke your memories of Singapore; entertainers, MCs, and folks who can help others have fun. Think of it as a mini "Singapore Day"!

Event Updates

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 @ 10:42pm

Dear Members,

Roundtable on Parenting (this weekend)

Sunday, November 16th, 2014 at 4pm - 5:30pm

Location: 15951 Los Gatos Blvd, Suite 14 (2nd Floor), Los Gatos, CA 95032

This is a discussion with parents to understand your challenges in raising kids in the Bay Area, facilited by fellow member Lily Lu. It's a follow-up to an earlier event on What parents should know about video gaming (http://www.singaporeconnect.org/item/725734) which was quite well-attended. Please see   http://www.singaporeconnect.org/item/737192  for more information.

Share your Thanksgiving Dinner (in 2 weeks)

Our perception is that most of you, including students here, have Thanksgiving plans that involve a bit of personal time off and perhaps travel. We are hearing whispers though of some students whose plans over the Thanksgiving period aren't as farout, and will be interested to celebrate with 'family' in the area. We don't think there is enough demand to make an event out of this, like a potluck or a shared gathering. However, we are interested in feedback. If you're a student and would like to get hosted, or if you have some gathering and don't mind hosting a student, please get back to us. We'll see if we can pair you up with interested hosts and get to 'connect' with other SingaporeConnect members.

2015 Community Day and Call for Volunteers (next year Feb)

At last week's SG Buzz event with Dr Leslie Tay, our OSU Liason Stanley Leong let known that we're working on a Community Day event for Feb 2015. Unlike some other events that you may have been to, this one really needs a lot of community engagement to help make it a fun event for all of you, meaning, substantial long-term preparation and planning. We know you have the ability, are you willing to step up? Think of it as a chance to plan and hold a large party for as many Singaporeans as we can gather in the Bay Area, with all funds provided.

How can you help? Please volunteer, to cook/procure the food, to prepare/lead the games, and overall to put up a cool event for all Singaporeans in the Bay Area. The event date will be around Feb 2015. Reply back if you can help, or know someone who can. We will let you in on the planning web page where you can see the list of tasks earmarked and pick something to help in on. By the way, next year is also going to be SingaporeConnect's 10th year anniversary and SG50's!

Did you know that close to 300 Singaporeans gathered recently and it wasn't for National Day?

That same SG Buzz event, about food, a topic that is obviously close to heart for many, garnered a large audience that hung on to every word from food blogger Dr Leslie Tay. The Q&A session was also particularly delightful. Here are some photos from the event. 
 
http://www.singaporeconnect.org/photos/album/56911
https://www.facebook.com/osl.unitedstates
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10152828957898518&type=1

Parents Only: Roundtable on Parenting

  • Sunday, November 16th, 2014 at 4pm - 5:30pm
    Location: 15951 Los Gatos Blvd, Suite 14 (2nd Floor), Los Gatos, CA 95032

      Summary: 

    This is a discussion with parents to understand…

    • 3 people attended

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