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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:
- 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
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Many of you joined us to welcome Anthony Chen, the Director of the award-winning film, ILO to the Bay Area, at a special showing in March.
We know some of you are keen to watch but were not able to attend that event. ILO ILO, being an "art" film, has so far been shown only at film festivals within the US, but the general US distribution is starting right now.
Starting 5/2, the film will be shown at these times at the:
ILO ILO 爸媽不在家 1:30 3:45 6:00 8:00
The 4-Star Theatre
2200 Clement St., San Francisco, CA 94112
We hope all of you who have not watched this film can make a special effort to watch it there! If you are interested in a discount, it is possible if we go there as a group. However, given the event we've had, we're unsure of the interest level. Please email with your interest in watching as a group and what dates and times you can go for. The film will probably on show for a few days, so please indicate your interest quickly.
If you haven't heard:
"Ilo Ilo" is a very touching story based on director Anthony Chen’s childhood memory. It registers as the first Singaporean film to win an award at Cannes film festival, after which it went on to beat out some biggest names in Chinese cinema by bagging Best Picture from Golden Horse awards. Earlier this month, Ilo Ilo opened in the U.S. with a premiere hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars). It was selected by New York Times the week's "Critics' Pick". Los Angeles Times also covered the story behind the film with a full page feature.
Quote from the LA Times article:
The publicity surrounding the film, said the 29-year-old Chen, caught the attention of the Filipino media. Chen was contacted to see if he knew where Aunt Terry was living. "We had lost contact for, like, 16 years," Chen said over the phone from his home in London.
"We had no address or contact number. We couldn't remember her last name. We just could remember her first name was Teresa. I gave them two photographs and literally they looked for her using TV, radio and newspapers. Two weeks later, they found her."
Since leaving the Chen's employment, she had been living and working on the family farm in Iloilo. Last July, Chen went to the rural province to reunite with Aunt Terry.
"It was surreal," said Chen. "I think as a child you sort of immortalize the people around you. When you don't see someone for such a long time and you meet them again, it's just a whole mixed bag of emotions because you don't expect them to grow older. It was a lot of tears."
The following month, Chen brought her to the premiere of "Ilo Ilo" in Singapore, where the film was shot. "We didn't talk much about the film to her [before it started], but she told me: "You make me laugh. You make me cry."'
Link to the cinema: http://www.lntsf.com/4-star-theatre.html
Hope most of you are done with your taxes and have time for some events this April!
1) Dr Tan Lai Yong's visit to the Silicon Valley Bay Area
Up until 2010, Dr Tan had spent 14 years in rural China with his family where he was a medical missionary training farmers in basic medical and dental care and running clinics for villagers. He has been featured in news articles around the world and received numerous awards from the Chinese government.
There are two events where you can catch Dr Tan Lai Yong in person.
The first has already sold out and is over-capacity, so please don't RSVP for it, there will not be standby nor any entry at the door.
The second is still available, but seats are closing fast. It's Nanyang Technological University's event at the Tech Musuem of Innovation, on Apr 26, and you may register for it at: http://www.eventbrite.sg/e/the-third-ntc-silicon-valley-technopreneurship-forum-tickets-11133846635
2) Infocomm Investments position in SF Bay Area
It turns out the Infocomm Investments has a job opening in the SF Bay Area and due to the nature of the job, a Singaporean is preferred. The job description can be viewed via this link: IIPL SF Job Description.pdf
3) Chinese New Year 2014 Event Survey results
Following the CNY event, we emailed a survey out. A useful learning was tying a sneak preview of the event photos to the survey completion, which raised the survey completion rate significantly. Now we know that this sort of incentive has very positive result! For your interest, the survey results have been summarised at:
A CNY 2014 Quiz Results Summary has been posted. Our first-ever online game at an event was a great success and we thank those who participated for helping us achieve a blend of fun and keeping up-to-date with the current affairs in Singapore.
We're going to up the ante for next year's event! Look out for an updated quiz, and upgraded prizes. If you're interested in helping us on it, it's never too early to start and let us know.
Some of you might be interested:
ASVEN is the ASEAN-Silicon Valley Entrepreneurial Network that connects and empowers high-tech start-ups born in Silicon Valley and Southeast Asia, along with China, Japan and Korea. The ASVEN 2014 Forum on Feb 22nd (Saturday) is a joint-effort and brainchild of Professor Wong Poh Kam, the Director of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Entrepreneurship Center and Prof Tom Kosnik, as the lead of Global Entrepreneurial Marketing at Stanford University. Click here for more info http://asven.asia.
The photos for last Saturday's Chinese New Year Celebration event have been posted on the SingaporeConnect web site. You may also view them on the SingaporeConnect Facebook group page. If you wish to print them, attendees would have received an email a few days ago with a survey then a link to a web site that supports ordering prints from the high-resolution (3000x2000 pixel) versions of them.
In part to help make most your ticket prices more affordable, we ran a quiz on Chinese New Year and Singapore trivia, with prizes to give away. The quiz made an assumption that most people at the event had smartphones and were able to check email (or search the web for answers). Over 50 people participated and one person even got all the questions correct! We heard that a number of you who attended did not get a chance to try the quiz, so we're providing the link here:
Everyone is welcome to participate. We'll send a response with a summary of all the answers so you can see which were the more common answers to each question, which is pretty interesting so far. As for them, one of you quoted in a survey that they were, "exponentially harder as they got along", so we'll also share a little insight into how we came up with them.
It looks like there's going to be another SingaporeConnect event in March, so watch your mailboxes for an announcement!
SingaporeConnect's Chinese New Year celebration events have been festive and joyous occasions to usher in the New Year with friends, families, and colleagues in a sumptous setting.
In 2007, SABA and SingaporeConnect jointly hosted the Year of the Pig event at the Dynasty Seafood Restaurant in Cupertino. This was a spectacular and grand event. There was a Lion Dance. A Lucky Draw. It even featured a fashion show where the models were our members, giving it a go on the catwalk!
2009's Year of the Ox Celebration of Spring event at the Merlion Restaurant in Cupertino was graced by Mr Jee See Heng, Singapore Consul General, and his family, and featured a very impressive Kung Fu demonstration from school children and Shao Lin masters. Guests were entertained by Gu-Zheng music and cheerful songs.
In 2010 we roared in the Year of the Tiger at a very packed Mayflower Seafood Restaurant in Milpitas. Dignitaries included representatives from the Californian Government, and the Indonesian Consulate.
In 2011, our year of the Rabbit event at the Mayflower Seafood Restaurant in Milpitas featured a tasty selection of locally-prepared Bak Kua from Singaporean-run Little Red Dot, firecrackers, martial arts demonstrations, live instrumental and vocal performances by NUSEA students, and the ever-popular tossing of the Yu Sheng!
The 2012 Year of the Dragon event gave away memorable prizes including Lee Kuan Yew's latest book, for game and quiz participation, a Bingo game, and of course, the ever-popular Lion Dancers reaching new heights in the aptly named Grand Palace Restaurant at South San Francisco.
In 2013, for the year of the Snake, we found a way for the Merlion to meet not one, but three Lions! The event, though a little lightly attended, had everyone well-fed with a selection of Singaporean favourites in the beautiful Merlion Restaurant.
For 2014, we'll be ushering in the Year of the Horse at Ming's Restaurant in Palo Alto. SingaporeConnect strives to bring Singaporeans together. Whether at small or large events, we know that Singaporeans will gather for good food, good company, and a good cause. We are pleased to be co-hosting the event with the students at Stanford University (S@S) and UC Berkeley (SMSA) for the first time this year. The Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) is sponsoring the event in part for Singaporeans and PRs, making this event one of the most affordable in years.
If you can make it, we'll love to see you on Feb 8, 2014. Please register now, so we can make the appropriate arrangements with the restaurant, to be able to accomodate all who wish to come. We have sold out, and turned away last-minute registrations in the past, but we really want to avoid this with your co-operation.
Purchase your tickets now at http://singaporeconnect.org/item/589914 or, click on the earlier personalised invitation emails you may have received for a faster registration.
Gong Xi Fa Cai! 恭喜发财！