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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

Mooncake Festival

  • Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 6pm - 10pm
    Location: Clubhouse, The Cypress at North Park Apartments (75 Rio Robles E, San Jose, CA 95134)


    A time to gather, a time to eat, a time to moon gaze and a time…

National Day Celebration by the Consulate-General of San Francisco

  • Saturday, August 9th, 2014 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: Sofitel Hotel, Redwood City

    A joyous event for Singaporeans to celebrate our Nation's 49th Birthday.
    If you're going,…

Talk Tech .. Ideas .. Research .. Anything!

  • Monday, February 1st, 2016 at TBD
    Location: TBD, maybe Kopitiam Cafe? Stanford University campus?

    This is a placeholder date.

    There are a lot of things our community of techies,…

    • 1 person attended

An educational and fun-packed day at The Tech

  • Friday, November 28th, 2014 at 10am - 3pm Sunday, November 30th
    Location: The Tech Museum of Innovation at San Jose, 201 South Market St, San Jose, CA 95113

    SingaporeConnect is having a family event to the Tech Museum of Innovation at San…

Visit the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier Museum

  • Friday, March 18th, 2016 at 10am - 1pm
    Location: 707 W Hornet Ave Alameda, CA 94501

    RSVP for this event to indicate your interest. The date is tentative and pending an…

    • 4 people attended

Author talk: The Intel Trinity

  • Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 at 6:30pm - 9pm
    Location: The Tech Museum of Innovation at San Jose

    The Intel…

Farm adventure for the young to old at Ardenwood Historic Farm

  • Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 at 10:30am - 3:30pm
    Location: Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont

    This is a placeholder event. RSVP to indicate your interest, and contact us if you can help…

    • 4 people attended

Satay Cook-out

  • Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at TBD
    Location: Jasmin's House

    This is a placeholder event with a tentative date - RSVP to indicate interest in attending and…

    • 7 people attended


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