News and Announcements

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:

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.

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

· 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:…/promotions/registrationDetails.aspx…;

· SingaporeConnect members get an additional 2000 redeemable miles (email 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 ( which was quite well-attended. Please see  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.

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


    This is a discussion with parents to understand…

    • 3 people attended

Kopitiam Cafe Promotional Offer: free kopi or teh-tarik with meal

E-mail sent by Singapore, Sunday, October 12th, 2014 @ 8:10am

Kopitiam Cafe free Kopi or Teh-Tarik with Order

Dear members,

SingaporeConnect is always on the look out make your connection to SingaporeConnect beneficial.

In the past we have promoted some businesses and organisations in return for some form of member benefit.

To make these promotions more visible, we have launched a new web page to list these deals.

http ://singaporeconnect . org/pages/promo

We are pleased to announce this new offer exclusively for SingaporeConnect members.

Come by Kopitiam Cafe for a FREE cup of Kopi or Teh-Tarik (Singaporean Coffee/pull tea)

'Even better!' on Saturday or Sunday to check out the weekend special menu Yong Tao Fu (stuffed tofu).

Web site:

About Us

Kopitiam literally means coffee shop or café. It is commonly found all over Singapore and Malaysia. It is a place for people to go, eat, drink, or just gather and chat. 

Origins And Traditions - The first Kopitiam was established in Singapore were by Chinese immigrants during the early 1900s. Kaya toasts, coffee and tea was the signature items in a Kopitiam until late 1990s when local dishes such as Laksa, curry and soft-boiled eggs were added to the menu. Kopitiam is very popular and can be found all over Singapore, Malaysia, and across Asia. We have brought it here to you... 

Free coffee/tea fine print: limit one drink per person with minimum $10.00 purchase on your receipt. Mention over the counter that you are a SGConnect member, and leave your name with email address. Deal ends: December 31, 2014

A limited time promotional offer for flying to Singapore

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 @ 5:26pm

Dear Members,

We have worked out an additional benefit: extra bonus miles. This deal is exclusive to SingaporeConnect.

United Airlines SFO to Singapore

United Airlines will be flying a new route to Singapore via Tokyo Haneda starting Oct 26, 2014. 

As a promotion, if you have a United MileagePlus account, you can earn extra MileagePlus miles via these 3 steps:

  1. Register for the promotion (for between 25% to 100% additional miles earned) via this link (ensure the Promotion Code TB9M78 shows up in the blue box, then enter your United MileagePlus number and click the right arrow):
  2. Book for a round-trip between San Francisco (SFO) and Singapore (SIN) that connects via Tokyo Haneda (HND), between now and Mar 31, 2015 (booking must be completed by Oct 31, 2014 for step 3).
  3. Get your confirmation number from the booking, and email that and your MileagePlus number to <> for an additional 2,000 MileagePlus miles.

Why is this new route unique?

What's unique about this route is the timing and connecting airport. 
You may be familiar with options for a early afternoon departure (12 pm - 1.30 pm) out of SFO, a connection in Tokyo Narita at around 3 pm or Hong Kong at around 7 pm, then a departure 3 hours later to Singapore arriving 12.45 - 1.45 am the next day. On the return, an early 5.45 - 7 am departure out of Singapore with another 3 hour connection in Tokyo Narita or Hong Kong, and finally a morning arrival in SFO at 8.30 - 11 am. 

This new route leaves at 7.15 pm out of SFO, connects in Tokyo-Haneda around midnight (with only a one hour transit), and arrives in Singapore at 6.35 am. It leaves Singapore with two options at 10.50 or 11.50 am, arriving Tokyo Haneda around 6.30-7.30 pm, with a 5-6 hour connection to a 1 am flight to SFO which arrives at 5.10 pm. The difference this flight may make to your schedule, is you can maintain most of a workday in the SF Bay Area before departing, arrive in Singapore at a start of a day, instead of late night, leave Singapore at a more pleasant late morning time, instead of waking up early morning, and have enough time on the Tokyo Haneda connection on the way back to get dinner in Tokyo, as Haneda is near to the city, instead of Narita. You'll also arrive SF in the evening, so you don't have to try stay awake all afternoon. Therefore, there may be some nice advantages to this flight if you want to keep most of your working day both in SF and Singapore available. If you like to stopover in Tokyo for a few days, this option can be added as well.

You may also note that the connecting flight between Singapore and Tokyo-Haneda is on United Airline's joint-venture partner in this routing, All Nippon Airways (ANA), a Japanese carrier. United's flight will be on a Boeing 777 aircraft, while ANA's flight will be on the new Boeing 787 aircraft. On ANA, you can enjoy Japanese hospitality and food whilst on United you can experience the friendliness of their diverse flight crew. We hope this new option makes it easier for you to make those trans-Pacific trips back to Singapore, and please do take advantage of the promotion if you can!

More promos coming!

As a benefit to being a SingaporeConnect member, we can connect you to companies and organisations who may have services of your interest. By identifying as a SingaporeConnect member, they may even extend an extra benefit to you for your patronage. 

If you are representing your business or organisation and would like to get your promo deal listed, please contact us via the link on the navigation bar on top. Thank you.

What parents should know about video gaming.

  • Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 2pm - 3pm
    Location: Connections CEU Institute 405 Alberto Way, Ste A, Los Gatos, CA 95032

    What Parents should know about Video Gaming

Promo web page

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 @ 8:41am

Dear members,

SingaporeConnect is always on the look out make your connection to SingaporeConnect beneficial.
In the past we have promoted some businesses and organisations in return for some form of member benefit.
To make these promotions more visible, we are launching a new web page to list these deals.

We are kicking off this new web page with an award miles bonus offer from United Airlines on their new route to Singapore. Please check it out, especially if you're planning a trip to Singapore between now and the end of the year.

If your business or organisation would like to get listed, feel free to contact us at <>.

Mooncake Festival photos and video

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, September 8th, 2014 @ 10:41pm

Hi all,

The Mooncake Festival was a blast (literally) with lots of great food, friendly get-together, and a time to enjoy the ageless joy of carrying a lantern under a full moon. We wish to thank all our volunteers who helped make this event a success. We need your support to join us in organising future events for the benefit of your community and hope to see you at future events.


Photos: (log in with your Groupspaces account that you created for the SingaporeConnect web page)

Photos and comments on Facebook page (request to be added to the group if you can't view this)

Work in Singapore Session 2014 by Contact Singapore

E-mail sent by jernkuan, Thursday, September 4th, 2014 @ 12:23pm

Dear Members,

Contact Singapore one of our kind sponsors on past events is having an event that might be of interest to people for are keen to know updates in Singapore key industries and career opportunities. Please find details below.

  Join us at our Work in Singapore Session

Contact Singapore brings you our Work in Singapore (WIS) session – a series of information sessions that provides you with updates on Singapore's key industries, its work pass framework and career opportunities. Our Area Director for North America, Ms Kelly Tan, will present the above topics and to address questions that you may have on working in Singapore.

We welcome you to attend the WIS. Details are as follows:

Date: Saturday, 27 September 2014
Time: 2.30pm – 5.00pm (registration starts at 2.00p.m)
Venue: Palo Alto
  To end off the session, there will be a surprise movie screening with popcorns and drinks.

This session is complimentary and registration is compulsory. Places are limited, so register today!

For the latest career opportunities in Singapore, please visit


Contact Singapore is an alliance of the Singapore Economic Development Board and Ministry of Manpower. We engage overseas Singaporeans and global talent to work, invest and live in Singapore.

Contact Singapore actively links Singapore-based employers with professionals to support the growth of our key industries. We work with investors to realise their business and investment interests in Singapore.

For information on working, investing and living in Singapore, please visit or contact our worldwide offices.


In the heart of Asia lies Singapore - a bustling, world-class city state that has made waves around the world for its business excellence, connectivity to the world and its innovation.

Singapore has been consistently acknowledged as a global business hub – one that features developed infrastructure, political stability, open business policies, a skilled workforce, the use of English as the main working language and respect for intellectual property rights. Many multinational companies have chosen to set up their bases in Singapore, next to 154,000 small and medium enterprises. Business owners all over the world regard Singapore as an ideal location to grow their businesses, with many of them using the country as a springboard to tap into other emerging markets in Asia.

Besides being ranked in the World Bank 2013 Report as the world's easiest place to do business (out of 185 countries), Singapore has, among its many accolades, the top ranking in the Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014 by the World Economic Forum as being the most competitive economy in Asia. Singapore was also ranked by the Mercer 2014 Quality of Living Survey as the top Asian country for its quality of life.

Global talent are attracted to Singapore's meritocratic society that embraces diversity, and a high quality of life in a cosmopolitan environment.


Singapore Booth at Silicon Valley Fall Festival

  • Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 10am - 5pm
    Location: Memorial Park, Cupertino (10185 N Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014)

    SingaporeConnect is helping a member, who is in the Rotary Club of Cupertino, to set up a…

A timely reminder about Emergency Preparedness

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, August 25th, 2014 @ 12:23pm

Dear Members,

The recent earthquake must have surprised many of you despite knowing that it can happen any time. Our Consul-General's message at the recent National Day Event was timely:

1) The Singapore Consulate only has four or so staffers. They cannot help all the Singaporeans in the area. Even the local fire and police departments may be swamped. The first responder on the scene will be you. Be prepared. Secure items in your home. Drill into your mind what to do in the event you sense shaking - where is a safe place to get to. Have an emergency kit at home. The simplest thing you can do is to have shoes available next to your bed so if you get up suddenly, you can quickly evacuate without injuring your bare feet on fallen debris. (Note many of the injuries suffered were of the feet, from simply jumping out of bed and landing on broken glass. Once your feet are injured, it will be difficult to move around). 

2) Register with the Singapore Consulate. By providing your contact information, in the event they get a call from your family in Singapore, or if the Singapore Government is prepared to help citizens overseas, they can contact you.
Also, subscribe to electronic alerts as available in your locality. For example:

3) Learn to be a first responder. Take an emergency preparedness class with your local fire and police department or city. Inquire with them on their next class. Volunteer to help them. The more you get to know them, the better you know how you can work together with them to get help when you need it.

We hope that all of you will learn from this incident and can do your best to stay safe.
The following web page has more information on what you should include in an emergency kit:

Ask the Prime Minister

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, August 18th, 2014 @ 8:06am

Dear Members,

We received this email below, which invites you to pose a question to the Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, on video. They will select some for him and present the Q&A on a telecast on Sept 4 in Singapore. 

Interested? See below for more details!


Hi there,

I’m a producer with Channel NewsAsia, and I’m producing a series of short video clips for an upcoming televised forum with PM Lee Hsien Loong. Called “Ask PM Lee”, the show is an opportunity for regular Singaporeans to pose questions to the PM. One way is through video clips.

I’d like to reach out to overseas Singaporeans and invite them to submit questions. Would you be able to help spread the word?

Details below:

The show:

“Ask PM Lee” will be telecast on 4 September, 8pm on Channel NewsAsia.

What kind of questions?

The questions can be related to topics raised in the recent National Day Rally, but members are welcome to pose questions on other issues as well.

For a rundown of the Rally speech:

How to submit?

Please record yourself asking your question, using your smartphone or webcam. You are welcome to submit a maximum of 3 different questions, with one video clip per question.

Questions should be short and sweet.

You can send your videos to: If you’re submitting multiple questions, please collate them into one single email.

Don’t forget to include your name, age, occupation, town/city of residence and phone number. If you’re a student, please state your university and degree course.

Submission deadline?

Please send your videos by Wednesday, 27 August.

Other ways to Ask PM Lee:

Alternatively, if you wish to ask a question but would rather not make a video of it, you can also email OR tweet us using #askPMLee.

Please note that not all questions submitted will be used in the show.



Hoe Yeen Nie

Producer, English Current Affairs

Channel NewsAsia

We're going to kickstart events

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, August 4th, 2014 @ 10:59pm

Dear Members,

Our Facebook group and surveys have been abuzz with suggestions for events.

To help push them a little closer to reality, we've published events that reflect those ideas. These event stubs are not final. They are yours to play with. They are completely "editable", "mashable", and "combinable".

It's now your turn to push them to success.

First, you'll want to sign-up for an event, even though the date, time, location is to be determined (TBD) and maybe you can't be sure of your schedule. Never mind lah, just sign up if you are at least interested. The most disappointing thing is for an organiser to take the time to create an event and have a turn out of zero (which happens sometimes).

Second, if you're already signing up, why not volunteer to organise it? SingaporeConnect can provide advice, ticketing, and publicity.  We can reach out via our mailing list to seek more volunteers who aren't confident to take on the event solo but will be happy to take on pieces of it. We can also help you navigate the funding process from the Overseas Singaporean Unit or Contact Singapore, if the event qualifies. But first and foremost, you're doing it because you owe it to the community of SingaporeConnect members here - that if you want an event, you need to get it started.

Oh .. think of something outside our list of events? Just go ahead, login to, and create them. 

So .. check out the list of events on our web site, or respond to the email invites that are coming your way shortly to indicate your interest.

Let's get kicking. 

Community Service at a Soup Kitchen or 2nd Harvest

  • Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 (all day)
    Location: TBD

    Our recent survey indicated that there was a high level of interest in a community…

    • 1 person attended

Happy Hour

  • Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 7pm - 9pm
    Location: TBD, maybe Kopitiam Cafe? Merlion Restaurant? San Francisco?

    This is a tentative event suggestion. Please sign up to indicate interest and let us know if…

    • 4 people attended


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