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January 2014: Singapore company visits; Chinese New Year celebrations

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 @ 1:10am


1) Experience@Singapore programme for overseas students

If you are, or know of a graduating college student / recent graduate, who will be in Singapore next month, Contact Singapore has helped arrange a set of visits to give an exposure to the facilities and an opportunity to talk to representatives of some well-known companies.

The dates are between 8 to 10 January and the registration details are below.

2) Chinese New Year celebrations

SingaporeConnect is working with other organisations to get a Chinese New Year dinner celebration event going for next year. As you may know, the upcoming Chinese New Year is quite earlier next year than on most years, so we have to start the preparation going now, especially with reviewing and booking restaurants, which often fill up on the most desirable days. By participating with other organisations, we can assure enough attendance to book the entire restaurant. We hope to make it a festive and memorable event for all of you, including the organisers.

Please contact us if you would be interested to help out with the event, whether in organising, entertaining, or sponsoring.

----------------------- Edited note from Contact Singapore ------------------------

We hope that everyone had a great semester and is excited to gear up for winter break. We at Contact Singapore are gearing up for an exciting 2014 as well!

To kick the new year off we have an exclusive opportunity for students heading to Singapore during the winter break. Contact Singapore has teamed with our employer partners to bring you a unique opportunity to find out what it would be to work at some of the most in demand companies in the world.  Our Experience@Singapore programme is your chance to see what opportunities are available to you in Singapore after graduation.

Over the course of three days, from 8 to 10 January 2014, you will meet company representatives and hear more about working in prestigious organisations such as Pfizer, Rolls-Royce, Unilever and ExxonMobil and Keppel Offshore & Marine and more while touring their facilities. Don't miss this rare opportunity to visit these top organisations. Choose from any of the company visits listed below. You may select more than one.



Wednesday, 8 January

Thursday, 9 January

Friday, 10 January

Keppel Offshore & Marine
10.00am - 11.30am

9.30am - 10.30am

9.00am - 1.00pm

10.00am - 12.30pm

10.30am - 12.00pm

2.00pm - 4.00pm

1.45pm – 4.30pm

1.30 - 5.00pm


2.00pm - 4.00pm



Pratt & Whitney
2.30pm - 5.00pm






This opportunity is open to students in their final year of study and recent graduates and you must register online by December 13th2013. Space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis, so sign up before ASAP to secure your spot.

Information about registration, programme schedule  and participating companies can be found at the following link :  Please don’t let this chance slip away! If you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact Contact Singapore.


More info about the box donations

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, November 29th, 2013 @ 9:57pm


For those of you who are interested in dropping off donated goods to the Milpitas address in the prior email, here's how you should label the box:

Philippines Red Cross

C/o  Melissa Ann Macarubbo

LBC Hangar General Aviation Center

Domestic Airport Compound

Basay, Philippines

Please note that Philippines is hot like Singapore, so clothes need to be light cotton wear.
You may contact Ray for any questions.

Help victims of Typhoon Haiyan

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, November 29th, 2013 @ 8:06am

It's Black Friday!

As Singaporeans, we expect many of you to be doing some shopping during the many attractive sales.
On behalf of our fellow Southeast Asian compatriots in the Philippines, may we suggest that you take a portion of your budget towards those who have lost much after Typhoon Haiyan?

You can help by:

  • Donating Cash (see list of options below)
  • Donating Goods (perhaps something you see in the shops today?)
  • Volunteer to help organise Holiday and Fund-raising Party in December (reply to this email)

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Donate Goods: Ship Free to the Phillipines

Canned goods, baby clothes, clothes of all kinds, socks, toiletries, towels, light jackets

Pack in a box and label:

Attention: Melissa Ann Macarubbo

LBC Hangar General Aviation Center

Domestic Airport Compound

Drop boxes off in Milpitas - Balikbayan Boxes 20x20

344 So. Main St

Milpitas CA 95035

There are other LBC Locations around the SF Bay Area - 

Email or Call Ray Maglalang 408 262 8425

The boxes will be shipped free of charge to the Phillipines, and the last day to drop items off is tomorrow, Nov 30 2013.

If you have a lot of stuff, LBC will pick up your donations.

Donate Cash

Here are some aid organisations already on the ground; do check if your employer will match donations and note donations may be eligible from tax-exemption: has many options on their home page. Some even do matching airline miles.

World Food Programme 
The UN's hunger-fighting organisation has allocated an immediate $2 million for Haiyan relief, with a greater appeal pending as needs become apparent. The UN organisation is sending 40 metric tons of fortified biscuits in the immediate aftermath, as well as working with the government to restore emergency telecommunications in the area.  Learn more here.

American Red Cross
The humanitarian and disaster relief organisation has sent emergency responders and volunteers to provide meals and relief items. Already, thousands of hot meals have been provided to survivors. Red Cross volunteers and staff also helped deliver preliminary emergency warnings and safety tips. Give by donating online or mailing a check to the local American Red Cross chapter. Learn more here.

The Philippine Red Cross has mobilised its 100 local outposts to help with relief efforts. Learn more here.

The emergency response and global health organisation is sending medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. AmeriCares is also giving funds to local organisations to purchase supplies. Learn more here.

World Vision 
The Christian humanitarian organisation that specifically supports families living in poverty is providing food, water and hygiene kits at the evacuation centers. World Vision was also still actively responding to last month's earthquake in Bohol, which fortunately was not struck by the eye of the storm. Learn more here.

ShelterBox, an emergency relief organisation, provides families with a survival kit that includes a tent and other essential items while they are displaced or homeless.  Learn more here.

Anticipating that children will likely be among the worst affected by the typhoon, UNICEF is working on getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families in the area. Learn more here.

Salvation Army
The Christian hunger and poverty-fighting organisation is allocating 100 percent of all disaster donations for relief efforts "to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors." Text TYPHOON to 80888 to Donate $10 or give online. Learn more here.

Save The Children
The organisation, which prioritises kids' needs, has sent relief kits for children and families, including household cleaning items, temporary school tents and learning materials. Learn more here.

Doctors Without Borders
The international medical humanitarian organisation is sending 200 tons of medical and relief items, including vaccines, tents and hygiene kits. Learn more here.

Operation USA 
The Los Angeles-based non-profit is sending much-needed water purification supplies to victims and seeking corporate partners to help with delivery. Donate $10 by texting AID to 50555 or give online. Learn more here.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 
The humanitarian assistance organisation, which fights global poverty in 70 different countries, is sending disaster and relief development experts to aid in recovery. The organisation is also empowering local partners in their efforts. Learn more here.

The Lutheran World Relief 
LWR, which fights poverty by improving global health and ensuring basic human rights are met, is working with local partners to provide water, shelter, financial resources and recovery efforts. LWR is appealing for $2.5 million for its typhoon relief fund. Learn more here.

Catholic Relief Services 
CRS will provide shelter, water, toilets and more. The charitable arm aims to provide temporary housing for 32,000 families in three areas. Learn more here.

Team Rubicon 
The nonprofit, which galvanises first responders and veterans to help in times of crises, has sent a group of specialists to aid in search-and rescue, medical triage and medical relief. A second team will be deployed Nov. 12 to create a supply chain for field work. Learn more here.

International Medical Corps 
The emergency response team is providing infection control, clean water and food to families in the hardest hit areas. Learn more here.

The International Rescue Committee 
The organisation, which specializes in humanitarian crises, is sending a relief team to help provide water and sanitation systems. Learn more here.

Action Against Hunger
The international poverty-fighting non-profit, which provides sustainable global food and water solutions, is distributing drinking water, buckets, soap and chlorine tablets. It's also providing sanitation equipment to help prevent waterborne diseases. Learn more here.

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

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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

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Cool off with an Hawaiian Shaved Ice

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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

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