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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 : https://cs.amris.com/wizards_v2/cs/eventView.php?requirementId=MTgxMDc=
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: email@example.com. In 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:
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.
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.
The NUS 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
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
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
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!
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:
- mahjong games, funny hong kong gambling movies screened all the time during CNY
- Acknowledge those who were born in 1965 at the event! (I have already made all my suggestions, just forgot to add this one...)
- 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.
- Line dancing
- 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!
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:
- games or nostalgic SG video booth for people to relax and watch
- Food booths that we can eat local food!
- Nyonya Kueh baking / Singapore Food contest
- Snacks and swag
- 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.
We will have the Photo Booth (which can double-up as a Video Booth), Mass Wishes, and Face-Painting.
And the comments:
- nostalgic SG video screening
- games for kids
- Children may vandalize any 'mass painting or writing inappropriately' - just a thought
- 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.
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 ..
- zero point, digimon games
- 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.
- Zero-point (made with rubber bands)
- Sepak takaw
- 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.
- Sepak takaw
- 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.
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!