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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

Singapore's 49th National Day over high tea with the Singapore Consulate General

E-mail sent by jernkuan, Thursday, July 17th, 2014 @ 5:09pm

Dear members

Apologies for this additional email. Just to iterate, please send your respond for RSVP to

Do not respond to this email.

Singapore's 49th National Day over high tea with the Singapore Consulate General

E-mail sent by jernkuan, Thursday, July 17th, 2014 @ 2:56pm

Dear members,

In case you have not registered with the Singapore Consulate General / MFA and have not recieved this email.

Please respond to


Dear fellow Singaporean
The Singapore Consulate-General in San Francisco invites you and your immediate family members to join us in celebrating Singapore's 49th National Day over high tea.
Details as follows:
When: Saturday, 9th August 2014 starting at 2:00pm sharp and ending at 5:00 pm.
Where: Sofitel San Francisco Bay at 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94064.
The large number of Overseas Singaporeans in California and the Bay Area in particular, as well as on the West Coast means that due to space constraints, there is a maximum number we can cater for. Thus, to secure your space on a first-come-first-served basis, R.S.V.P. no later than Monday, 28th July. We seek your understanding for this.
Please include the following information in your email:
- Name 
- NRIC number (if not applicable, state reasons)
- Email and Contact number
- Occupation (eg. Programmer, Educator, Student, Home-maker & etc)
- City & State of residence (eg. San Francisco, CA) 
(We require these details for accounting purposes.)
We look forward to seeing you then.

Singapore Consulate-General in San Francisco

Who you are, and what do you want?

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, July 4th, 2014 @ 2:11pm

Who you are

What do you want

The Freedom to Make an Event

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, July 4th, 2014 @ 1:10pm

Dear Members,

The most common question we get asked is, "When is the next event?"

You hold the power to make that happen.

Share the fun and meet others.

Go ahead and make your own event, right on our web site.

Happy 4th!

SF Bay Area Singapore Tech Mixer

  • Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Coursera 381 E Evelyn Ave Mountain View, CA 94041

AMA Pro Flat Track Racing

  • Saturday, July 26th, 2014 (all day)
    Location: Cal Expo Fair, Sacramento, CA

    For more information, check this website…

Shakespeare In the Park (Cupertino)

  • Saturday, July 19th, 2014 at 6pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Cupertino's Memorial Park Amphitheater

    For more information, check out website



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