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A Crab Cioppino event for your information

E-mail sent by Singapore, Thursday, November 14th, 2013 @ 11:06am

The Singapore Club of Northern California (SCNC) is publicising an event by the Portuguese Club IFES

Given this event is in the South Bay Area, Mountain View, it may be of interest to you to meet perhaps a few Singaporeans, and probably many Portuguese and their international friends. Historically, the event has been well attended by members of the SCNC. Plus, of course, have some good crab. Families welcome.

Here is their flyer:

Crab lovers, here’s a feast you shouldn’t miss. Organised by the Portuguese Club IFES, Crab Cioppino features the fresh Crab with the “cioppino” sauce. Not just your typical crab feed, with plain cooked crab, a "cioppino" is a delicious sauce that's almost more popular than the crab itself. Of course you can always bring your own sauce to complement the feast. (Wine, Garlic bread, salad, soft drinks are all included.)

This is no ordinary crab feast. Our jumbo crabs contain plenty of tasty meat so you won't have to dig around in a ton of shells. And our awesome "cioppino" sauce has developed a following all of its own, becoming even more popular than the crab itself. As a matter of fact it is so good that folks make good use of our savory garlic bread to sop up every drop of sauce on their plates!

When: Saturday Dec 7th 2013 Door Opens at 4:30pm but please arrive at 3:50pm there is usually a long line


Costs: $50 per adult (12 and up), $25 per child (ages 6 to 12) and free for children less than 6.

To purchase tickets, please visit:

Singapore Buzz: Mr Dennis Goh, Founder of HungryGoWhere

  • Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 6pm - 9pm
    Location: Merlion Restaurant, 19628 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino

    Here's an OSU event you might not want…

Network Traffic Optimization: Cloud Computing event

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 @ 9:37pm

Click here to register for this event with a NUS graduate.

Network Traffic Optimization: Cloud Computing

Deep-dive into CDN (Content-Delivery Network) and SDN (Software-Defined Network)

Matthew Prince                       Steve Mullaney                    Deepak Jeevan Kumar
  CloudFlare CEO                    Nicira Founding CEO           General Catalyst Partner

November 5th, 2013 (Tuesday)
Dinner & Networking 6 – 7pm (Hilltop C café)
Program 7 – 8:30pm (Hilltop A, Elastic Sky Meeting Room)

VMware Campus
3425 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304

A data network allows computers to exchange data and deliver information to your consumers.  Network congestion occurs when a link or node is carrying so much data that its quality of service deteriorates.  In the world when 2.5 quintillion (2.5 x 10^18) bytes of data is created every day, according to IBM, how do we optimize the data traffic?  How do we protect against malicious activities?

Please join us on November 5th to hear from CEOs and technologists in the Software-Defined Networking and Content-Delivery Networking space and learn how they tackle the network traffic challenges.

Matthew Prince  (Cofounder, CEO) wrote his first computer program when he was 7, and hasn’t been able to shake the bug since.  After attending the University of Chicago Law School, he worked as an attorney for one day before jumping at the opportunity to be a founding member of a tech startup.  He hasn’t looked back.  CloudFlare is Matthew’s third entrepreneurial venture.  On the side, Matthew teaches Internet law as an adjunct professor, is a certified ski instructor, and a regular attendee of the Sundance Film Festival.

Steve Mullaney  (SVP and General Manager, VMware Network and Security Business Unit) has over 25 years of marketing, product management, and engineering experience in network infrastructure and security. Prior to VMware Steve was the founding CEO of Nicira and has held executive positions at Palo Alto Networks, Blue Coat, Force10, Cisco, Growth Networks, ShoreTel, Bay Networks and SynOptics.   Before SynOptics, he was a design engineer at GTE Government Systems. Steve holds a BSEE from University of Rhode Island.

Deepak Jeevan Kumar (Partners @ General Catalyst) focuses on investments in cloud computing, big data, data center infrastructure and clean energy. He has been with General Catalyst Partners since 2010, first in Boston and later in the firm’s Palo Alto office and has been closely involved in our investments in DataGravity, Virtual Instruments and Sunglass. Prior to joining GC, Deepak worked at Sun Microsystems and was an intern at the Yale Investments Office. At Sun, he was involved in designing a few top 10 supercomputers in the industry and led the high performance computing architecture practice in the Asia-Pacific region. Deepak is a graduate of the National University of Singapore, earning a B.Eng. in Computer Engineering; the Singapore-MIT Alliance, earning a S.M. in Computer Science; and the Yale School of Management, earning an M.B.A.

Questions?  contact Ivy Montgomery (

National Day Celebrations: Thank you!

E-mail sent by Singapore, Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 @ 11:00pm

Dear members,

Thank you to all, especially those who participated at our two 48th Singapore National Day Celebratory events.
On Aug 18, we held a potluck that included a novel ping-pong-ball-and-spoon-in-the-mouth game.
On Sep 14, we had a booth with a quiz about Singapore, multimedia tablets, and a chapteh court.

Food abounded, including delicious Kueh and Kacang Puteh from Lali. For those who didn't know, the Kacang Puteh was meant to be a prize for the chapteh game or answering the quiz questions correctly ... we debated whether to "fine" the fascinating few who darted in and out apparently just to sneak out a cone without asking, but figured, wow, that's what makes it feel like Singapore sometimes! 

As you can see in these photos, it was a great turn out:

Thanks to the many volunteers who helped with idea-generation and creation, setup, booth-manning, photo-taking, and clean-up and more. Thanks to those of you who respected the MCs and the speakers at the podium with your quiet attention. We look forward to seeing all of you at future events. They depend on your support, whether in showing up, volunteering your time, ideas, food, or any kind of effort, to see them through.

Tour of a Fire Station

  • Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at 1pm - 4pm
    Location: 3495 Benton St, Santa Clara, CA

    The No 7 Fire Station at Santa Clara is having an Open House on Saturday. Learn about what goes…

Update on preparations for National Day event and a Virtual Career Fair

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 @ 11:26pm

Dear Members,

We'll be having a tele-conference amongst our volunteers to discuss what we can do for the SingaporeConnect table at the National Day tea on Sept 14, tomorrow night (Sept 5, 10 pm). If you are interested in discussing, not necessarily even commiting to volunteering, but at least interested enough to join in on the call, please email for the call-in details.

Also, we have some interest from members in having the Mid-Autumn event. Please email if you are able to help host the event or know of someone or some place that can be suitable.

Finally, something novel, perhaps? As you know, Contact Singapore's mission is to help find jobs for foreigners and Singaporeans alike in Singapore. In particular, they are very keen on overseas Singaporeans who are looking for or even thinking of the possibility of career opportunities back home, and have always been putting in extra effort to help make sure that such opportunities can be made known or any "match-making" assistance given. One such effort is this virtual career fair, apparently quite "exclusive", which is described in their email flyer below. [ do note that it is in the Singapore time zone ]

Virtual Career Fair for Overseas Singaporeans on Oct 23 ‘13


Welcome to the first-ever online career fair that allows you to explore the many career opportunities back home in Singapore. This exclusive online career fair, specially for overseas Singaporeans like you, brings together brand name employers from a gamut of industries offering numerous job openings. You can also interact with these employers during the live chat time slots.

Employers that are hiring include:

·         Singapore EDB

·         Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, IDA

·         P&G

·         ABB Pte Ltd

·         Worley Parsons

·         Standard Chartered

·         UOB

Time:    9am to 9pm (+8 GMT)

Sign up at:



About Contact Singapore

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

For queries, please email


Labor Day weekend update

E-mail sent by Singapore, Sunday, September 1st, 2013 @ 6:27pm

Dear Members,

It is refreshing to be part of so much activity; we have had many new members join this year, bringing the total membership to 258!

SingaporeConnect National Day Celebration Photos

This web page has been updated with links to the photos for our recent events, including the very successful National Day Celebrations last month.

Singapore Consulate-General National Day Celebration Tea

There's another celebration coming up on Sept 14, organised by the Singapore Consulate-General. This event is later in year due to the transition to a new Consulate-General for San Francisco. Please note the RSVP deadline to the Consulate as described on is this Friday (Sept 6).

SingaporeConnect booth at the Celebrations

SingaporeConnect will be having a "table/booth" at the event, to help promote ourselves to the attendees. We have some fun ideas for this table, and we seek creative volunteers to join us in pulling this off. Please email us at for more details.

Mid-Autumn Festival (Sept 19)

Would you be interested to see such an event? It would be around Sept 19, the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. Please email us if you have a venue suggestion that you think would work well for such an event. Perhaps you might know of a park or community area that you have the ability to help book or perhaps you can help host the event in part.

Welcome NTU Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP) students

There are 33 new students in town! They are juniors from NTU and will be attending classes at UC Berkeley for the next year. Unlike the NUSEA student group, these students are not working here, they are more like full-time students. However, part of their mission is to get to know the SF Bay Area and what makes it so successful. Indeed, their have been exhorted not just to learn by studying, but by having fun experiencing the Silicon Valley culture. SingaporeConnect will be a great resource for these students to make contact with Singaporeans living and working here. We will be sure to engage with them. Please share with us your ideas on opportunities for these very fortunate students.

NTU Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP) Mixer (8/24/13)

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 @ 8:06pm

Dear Members, SingaporeConnect would like to share with you this NTU-Alumni Association-West (of USA) event in the Bay Area. Please RSVP per the email flyer below.  

NTU Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP) Mixer

Date: 24th August 2013
Time: 7:15 – 9:15 pm
Venue: Anna Head Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste Street, Berkeley, CA 94720
We would like to invite you to join us in this event to welcome the REP students from NTU. They will be attached to Berkeley for a year starting in August 2013, and therefore to help them integrate into the local environment, we would like to get them connected to you for support.
Please RSVP by email no later than 22nd August, 2013 and let us know how many people will be joining us for the event.
We look forward to seeing you.
Best regards,
For more information on REP,

Singapore Consulate-General in SF National Day Celebrations (9/14/13)

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, August 2nd, 2013 @ 11:44pm

SingaporeConnect is pleased to forward you this message from the Singapore Consulate-General in San Francisco to our Singaporean members.

Dear fellow Singaporeans,

The Singapore Consulate-General in San Francisco sends you advance wishes for a Happy 48th National Day.

The National Day celebrations being organized by the Consulate-General this year will be held as follows:

When: Saturday, Sep 14th, 2013, starting at 3:00pm sharp and ending by 6:00 pm.

Where: Sofitel San Francisco Bay at 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94064.

Come catch up with old friends and make new ones. We will have a new Consul-General in place and he and his wife look forward to meeting you. Further details will be made known in the coming weeks. Please check your email and do SAVE THE DATE!

We look forward to seeing you then.


Singapore Consulate-General

San Francisco

p.s. Please note that our office will be closed on Friday, Aug 9th, 2013 in observance of National Day.

Volunteer for SingaporeConnect's National Day Celebrations

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, August 2nd, 2013 @ 11:42pm


Would you be interested to volunteer your assistance at SingaporeConnect's National Day Celebrations?

We would need help with setup (arranging the tables, tablecloths and chairs, arranging the potluck food brought in, distributing the drinks, utensils, and plates), clean-up, running the swimming competition, and the art competition. 

Please reply to if you can assist. 

Thank you.
The SingaporeConnect Committee

Singapore's 48th National Day Celebrations

  • Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at 3pm - 6pm
    Location: Sofitel San Francisco

    To Singaporean SingaporeConnect members,…

Full Moon Paddle

  • Monday, August 19th, 2013 at 7pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Elkhorn Slough

    This could be an experience of a lifetime. Kayak in the smooth waters of Elkhorn Slough (this…

San Francisco Street Food Festival

  • Saturday, August 17th, 2013 at 11am - 1pm
    Location: San Francisco, CA

    Mark your calendar for the Street Food Festival. Last year we purchased a group package and…

OBS Adventure Challenge South Africa

  • Monday, November 25th, 2013 (all day)
    Location: South Africa
    OBS Adventure Challenge 2013

Cool off with an Hawaiian Shaved Ice

  • Sunday, June 9th, 2013 at 5pm - 7pm
    Location: Kopitiam Cafe


    Summer's here! Cool down and mingle with your fellow SingaporeConnect members…

Camps: Get to know NS, SAR21; spend a day in a Singapore Primary School

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, May 31st, 2013 @ 11:51pm

There will be two events in Singapore in July/August that OSU would like to share with those in Singapore with their kids this summer

Dates: 17 - 19 July 2013 (Wed – Fri)
 and 5 - 7 August  2013 (Mon – Wed) 
Registration for Camp@Home in Singapore has just opened! For the first time, there will be TWO instalments in the July/Aug period to cater to more kids (between 7 to 12 years old) and the differing travel plans of parents from the US and UK. Camp@Home has been organised twice-yearly by OSU since 2011. It is a 3-day non-residential camp created especially for our overseas Singaporean children to start them on a journey in discovering Singapore’s history and her rich culture and heritage. This includes walking trails, games and interactive activities. It will also include a day in a local primary school to give them a taste of life in a Singapore school – definitely a rich experiential learning journey that’s highly interactive, fun and memorable. Plus the kids get to make new friends from all around the world! Further details and online registration at .


Rediscover Home 
Dates: 29 – 30 July 2013 (Mon – Tues)
This two-day non-residential camp for youths (aged 15 to 18 years old) gives them an excellent opportunity to explore the grounds of the Singapore Discovery Centre and Army Museum; and get to know about life as a recruit. This includes the opportunity to try their hands at working the SAR-21 rifle simulators, a taste of combat ration and a tour around SAFTI, home of the future leaders of the army. Participants will also be brought on a guided tour at the ISD Heritage Centre to learn about past operations against security threats facing Singapore such as communism and terrorism, and understand the importance of racial and cultural harmony in Singapore’s plural society. Done through a fun and interactive trail, participants will race against each other to complete the given tasks and learn about the history and heritage of Singapore. Further details and online registration at!%20Home%2029-30%20July .

Please feel free to contact us or OSU with queries about the events. They have also been published to our events calendar.
Also, we do have an OSU representative in town now. His name is  

Stanley Leong | Overseas Singaporean Liaison (USA), Overseas Singaporean Unit | National Population and Talent Division, Prime Minister’s Office

He will help take over the representation to the US West Coast from Alberenee Sim, who had previously been handling all of the US, who will now work with the East Coast.

Some of you may recognise him as the former editor for the OSU TouchPoint newsletter.
We hope to see him at many of our future events!

Rediscover Home

  • Monday, July 29th, 2013 (all day)
    Location: Singapore

    This two-day non-residential camp for youths (aged 15 to 18 years old) gives them an excellent…


  • Monday, August 5th, 2013 (all day)
    Location: Singapore

    Dates: 17 - 19 July 2013 (Wed – Fri) and 5 - 7 August  2013 (Mon – Wed) 
    Registration for…


  • Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 (all day)
    Location: Singapore

    Dates: 17 - 19 July 2013 (Wed – Fri) and 5 - 7 August  2013 (Mon – Wed) 
    Registration for…

"More career opportunities in Singapore"

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, May 17th, 2013 @ 6:14pm


We know most of you are happily in the Bay Area and want to keep in touch with Singaporeans here. But if you are ever considering or interested in opportunities for your next career move in Singapore, Contact Singapore is around for that eventuality.  A short list of employers that they have worked in include:

Employers currently hiring include:

  • Finance          – GIC, HSBC, Stanchart
  • Consulting              - Gallup, McKinsey
  • Electronics              – Qualcomm, Applied Materials, Broadcom
  • Oil & Gas                – Shell
  • Biomedical Sciences      – Lonza, Paraxel
  • IT                       – Accenture, IBM
  • Public Service          - MFA, MTI and more.

Here's an updated brochure that you can find on our web site.
Careers@Home (Apr2013).pdf


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