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Responses to your survey feedback

E-mail sent by Singapore, Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 @ 10:36pm

Dear Members,

Thank you, especially to the 39 of you who responded to our survey. This feedback is extraordinarily valuable. Here's a snapshot and responses to your feedback:


We will have a Lion Dance, very likely a Dragon Dance, and we're working on the band/singer piece. One of you had a grandoise idea on your desired singer per the comments:

  1. Acknowledge those who were born in 1965 at the event! (I have already made all my suggestions, just forgot to add this one...)
  2. Comedy contest under 5 mins for each group, over 5 mins disqualify. Audience with the word 'Judge' under their seat are selected to be judges, if a child is on that seat, the adult next to the child will be the judge.
  3. Line dancing
  4. Kit chan

Kit Chan - like we wish. :) But, we're seriously working on a good singer. What we REALLY would like help on are some more musicians. We have someone who plays the guitar. Do we have more who can perform on stage? Who knows, maybe your next stop is Singapore Idol!


It looks like the Cooking Demo is the most desired choice, followed by a tie with Exhibits of Singapore and the Photo Booth.

We actually weren't planning on a cooking demo originally, but given this response ... so what we need are some more ideas on what that booth is. How about that chap who was revealed at Dr Leslie Tay's talk to have watched his Youtube videos overnight and learned how to make Roti Prata? If someone can find him and convince him to talk to us, that would be awesome!

For Photo Booth, what we really need help with are props. If you can loan items (with some caveat that they will be handled), please let us know (via the links below).

For Exhibits, same thing, if you can volunteer some photos, please let us know.
Here were the comments:

  1. Food booths that we can eat local food!
  2. Nyonya Kueh baking / Singapore Food contest
  3. Snacks and swag
  4. Traditional childhood toys like jatei (feathered thing tossed in the air and catch with sid of foot), yeh-yeh (stringed-up rubber bands), spin tops, marbles etc....... I can bring my ()dragon boat festival) lanterns to share.

OK: to number 1 definitely! This is a Singaporean event, after all! There will be numerous food booths. We don't want to reveal everything yet, but this has been a month plus of negotiations with numerous vendors. Let's just say, up to 6 kinds of kueh/sweets, up to 12 kinds of main courses, snacks, and beverages. So hope you're excited!

But please note, we cannot just be holding a Community Day event that is only about food. The reasons are a few, but how about this one. The organisers who have volunteered their own time and energy to organise this, need more than an event that is just going to be seen as a Food Festival. We want to bring our community together to recreate a slice of Singapore, and come on, there's more than food! So please help us with our goal and volunteer generously to help make the other aspects of the event work and don't worry, we will take care of plenty of good food for you!

The baking contest is interesting but there are concerns because there will be many people (hopefully) there and we want to have a little more control over the food sources. If you want this to happen, please use our Volunteer survey to indicate you will participate in such a food contest. If we see a lot of interest, why not?

No 3. We're working on a "swag" bag, but at this stage, more "stuff" to put in it will help. If you know of sponsors, or can sponsor, please let us know.

No 4. Yes! Will address this in Q4.


And the comments:

  1. games for kids
  2. Children may vandalize any 'mass painting or writing inappropriately' - just a thought
  3. Group photo of mass crowd from time to time

Point 1: will address in Q4.
Point 2: That's a good point - if we get enough volunteers, we can have this be a bit managed. One thought might be to have two banners, one for children and one for adults. The one for children can be set at their height level (say 0.2 to 0.8 m) and the one for adults can be set higher (say 1.2 - 1.8 m). The children's greetings may be more in the form of drawings while the adults may be more in the form of words.
Point 3: That's a very interesting idea, and completely do-able. We'll add it to the "Photographer's" list of must-have shots to setup.


Alright, to those asking for games like Chapteh/Jatei/Chaptek, yes, we heard you loud and clear. There will be Chapteh, Five Stones, Pick-up Sticks. Plenty of it. Rejoice! Parents, get ready to show your kids that you know your stuff!

Hopscotch was surprising but nice to see as a favourite. We'll earmark some space for it too. Let us know in your feedback what sort of "markers" you'll like - we may not have enough for everyone so maybe bring your own (or use your wallets?)

Eraser wars/Kuti Kuti are ON too. 

And... just to make things more interesting. We are in talks with some sponsors for some pretty attractive prizes. You can win them. Just a hint you may want to starting practicing ..

  1. For the bubble blowing, can we get those old school kind where you can blow the plastic looking thingy into a ball and we can play along with it.
  2. Zero-point (made with rubber bands)
  3. Marbles

For 1. If you know of where to buy that, please feedback to us. Either give an address of a shop in Singapore, or well, an Amazon link works.

For 2. Hmm.. can you help identify yourself and volunteer to help do this? Because, embarassingly, I don't know if anyone in the organising committee knows how to do this. 

For 3. Yes, we've got marbles too. Strike on!


The Comments:

  1. Sepak takaw
  2. Ping Pong ball on spoon game, teams, running from one end to pass to the other team members. Best to have games that promote 'Team Spirit'

SOC / Obstacle course is highly rated but it is sort of pricey and space-intensive. But as we note, it's popular. So we're working on it. If you know of a vendor for this, please let us know.

If not, we'll come up with a cheaper version of the "Family Challenge", more of a home-grown obstacle course.
We agree that games that promote a "Team Spirit" are good. 

Sepak Takaw: Yes, we will have it too. 

Alright! We hope giving you some responses and being transparent about our intents will help pique your interest more in the first-ever Singapore Community Day event in the Bay Area. 


Community Day:
Survey on Activities: 
Volunteer yourself/loan items/provide feedback etc. :

Thanks, and again, it's Feb 28, 2015. Hope you to see you all there!

Community Day - Tell us what most recreates the Singapore atmosphere

E-mail sent by Singapore, Sunday, January 18th, 2015 @ 3:22pm


The core team of SingaporeConnect organisers and OSU have been ramping up the Community Day event planning this week. What would really help us are nudges towards the kind of entertainment/activities/booths that will really resonate with you. We are planning a potential turnout of around 700 and we really like to cater to the popular and must-have items.

Tell us via the survey: 

Getting these responses over this week will make a big difference, so please give it some time.

Here are responses so far:

We have added some new suggestions to the list of activities - these show up with no responses but put in yours and we will see the average.

The scale is:
4 - Must Have
3 - Great to have
2 - Would like to have
1 - Can do without

(i.e. the higher the score the more desirable)
If you're giving your responses, feel free to use the full scale, assign some "1"s and "4"s, so you can really make your preferences known and affect the overall average.

Thank you and have a good week ahead!


Can you wear red or white?

E-mail sent by Singapore, Friday, January 16th, 2015 @ 6:05pm

Our SGC/OSU SF Bay Area Community Day event is just the start of many celebrations around the world to commemorate SG50. Here's a message from Lavina in Seattle who would like to create a collage! Don't wait for the Community Day, get started any time you're wearing red or white against ah.. white or red! 


Dear Singaporeans,

We need your help to create a collage for our SG50 project! We are looking for Singaporeans who are currently residing in the US to contribute pictures of themselves wearing red, or white, against the respective colour background. If you are interested, send the following to

-A square picture of yourself against a white/red background with the same colour shirt

-Your name, the current state your are residing in, and your e-mail address

Also, it would be great if you could forward this to your fellow Singaporeans as we would love to have as many Singaporeans as possible be a part of this wonderful project.

Do lend us a helping hand and make this project successful! 


Lavina Tang

Singapore Community Day 2015

  • Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at 11am - 4pm
    Location: Saratoga Springs

    Click here to view the Singapore Community Day 2015 Page

    Register now at…

MPBA Chinese New Year Dinner 2015

  • Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at 5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: Hong Kong Flower Lounge 51 Millbrae Ave, Millbrae, CA

Temasek Holdings Meet-up on 1/9/15

E-mail sent by Singapore, Thursday, January 1st, 2015 @ 8:21am

Dear SingaporeConnect Tech Members,

The Bay Area Singaporeans group (BATS) is excited to host an exclusive evening with senior leadership from Temasek Holdings on Friday, Jan 9.

Come learn about Temasek's growing activities in the Bay Area and their interest in connecting with Bay Area tech Singaporeans.

Space is limited so RSVP promptly:

Happy New Year!

Bay Area Tech Singaporeans Christmas Party

E-mail sent by Singapore, Sunday, December 14th, 2014 @ 2:32pm

Hi SingaporeConnect Tech Members,

We wish to share this "A Very Singaporean Christmas Party" by IDA and the Bay Area Tech Singaporeans (BATS) group with you.

On a rainy day, it feels like Singapore

E-mail sent by Singapore, Thursday, December 11th, 2014 @ 8:17pm

Dear members,

We hope you are staying safe during today's rain storm. How does the rain fall compare to Singaporean standards, you might ask? Actually, it's pretty up there: 5 inches of rain would be 127 mm, nothing which compares with Singapore's 24-hour record of 512 mm in 1978, but more recently, the 2013 record was 129 mm and Singapore has had 80 mm over a 4-hour downpour. Most of the Bay has gotten 3-8 inches of rain where anything > 5 is on par with heavy rain in Singapore.

Well, the rain is good, though we certainly hope we don't get rained out when we have our outdoor events. Talking of them, here's a set of photos and videos from a sunnier day this year, when SingaporeConnect set up a Singapore Booth at the Silicon Valley Fall Festival in Cupertino. Please enjoy:

SingaporeConnect in conjunction with the OSU will be hosting a much larger scale version of such an event, for Singaporeans, next year. We are actively planning for a nice green location, food, games, entertainment, and good weather. Events such as these are "by the community, for the community", and we highly appreciate your active participation. Do you want to help make a difference for your fellow Singaporeans? Then join us to help organise the event. Reply to this email if you, for example:

  • Interested to set up a Minecraft tournament and server
  • Know someone who is good at cooking, or can prepare food and drink
  • Like to set up a band to play music, or you can DJ, MC, or perhaps enthrall with your rendition of local jokes
  • Have first aid or nursing proficiency
  • Excited to set up some obstacle-course type games or sporty activities
  • Have contacts with sponsors who may be of interest to the community 

and we'll be happy to take you in. 

As a bonus, we have two tickets for this Saturday's DVAN event. It's this Saturday from 6 pm - 11 pm in SF. The first two who can offer to help, and make use of those tickets, will have them as our thanks for your support! 

Diasporic Vietnamese Artist Network (DVAN) 2014 Annual Holiday Party

  • Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 6pm - 11pm
    Location: Intersection for the Arts 925 Mission Street, Suite 109 San Francisco

    SingaporeConnect is delighted to inform you of an event by a fellow Southeast Asian community…

Holiday Mix and Mingle with IPA and MPBA

  • Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 4pm - 6:30pm
    Location: Mixx, 420 Castro St, Mountain View

    Come share the holiday mood with our compatriots from the Indonesian Professional Association…

Get ready for Thanksgiving

E-mail sent by Singapore, Monday, November 17th, 2014 @ 11:33am

Fly to Singapore for Thanksgiving

United Airlines has a promo for SingaporeConnect members - good for a trip home during Thanksgiving perhaps!: 

· Fly to Singapore via Tokyo/Haneda from SFO, fares start from $880 (all in one fare; Economy) - book on

· Ticket by Nov 20, 2014; Outbound travel from now to Dec 9, 2014

· Advance purchase and Min stay rules required

· Subject to “K” class of service

· Add a United MileagePlus frequent flier number

· Bonus mile offer on SFO-Haneda flight (25% extra miles)

· Sign up here:…/promotions/registrationDetails.aspx…;

· SingaporeConnect members get an additional 2000 redeemable miles (email with your confirmation number after booking and state it's related to SingaporeConnect)

Share your Thanksgiving Dinner (in 1 week)

We have a host who at her discretion can host students (i.e. college students here from Singapore, away from their home families) this Thanksgiving at her place for dinner. Contact us if you are interested.

Visit to the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose

This event is coming up end-November (probably November 28). More details to follow. It is a family-friendly event to visit the museum and tour the exhibits.

2015 Community Day and Call for Volunteers (next year Feb/Mar)

The committee, Stanley, and two members had an exciting 2 hour meeting last Friday to discuss preparations for a Community Day event next year. This event will want to be big! We haven't heard from anyone else, so we're going to follow up by contacting you personally to ask for your support to help host the event. Of course you are most welcome to contact us directly and let us know how you can help. We would like volunteers to help in organising games and activities, preferably those that evoke your memories of Singapore; entertainers, MCs, and folks who can help others have fun. Think of it as a mini "Singapore Day"!

Event Updates

E-mail sent by Singapore, Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 @ 10:42pm

Dear Members,

Roundtable on Parenting (this weekend)

Sunday, November 16th, 2014 at 4pm - 5:30pm

Location: 15951 Los Gatos Blvd, Suite 14 (2nd Floor), Los Gatos, CA 95032

This is a discussion with parents to understand your challenges in raising kids in the Bay Area, facilited by fellow member Lily Lu. It's a follow-up to an earlier event on What parents should know about video gaming ( which was quite well-attended. Please see  for more information.

Share your Thanksgiving Dinner (in 2 weeks)

Our perception is that most of you, including students here, have Thanksgiving plans that involve a bit of personal time off and perhaps travel. We are hearing whispers though of some students whose plans over the Thanksgiving period aren't as farout, and will be interested to celebrate with 'family' in the area. We don't think there is enough demand to make an event out of this, like a potluck or a shared gathering. However, we are interested in feedback. If you're a student and would like to get hosted, or if you have some gathering and don't mind hosting a student, please get back to us. We'll see if we can pair you up with interested hosts and get to 'connect' with other SingaporeConnect members.

2015 Community Day and Call for Volunteers (next year Feb)

At last week's SG Buzz event with Dr Leslie Tay, our OSU Liason Stanley Leong let known that we're working on a Community Day event for Feb 2015. Unlike some other events that you may have been to, this one really needs a lot of community engagement to help make it a fun event for all of you, meaning, substantial long-term preparation and planning. We know you have the ability, are you willing to step up? Think of it as a chance to plan and hold a large party for as many Singaporeans as we can gather in the Bay Area, with all funds provided.

How can you help? Please volunteer, to cook/procure the food, to prepare/lead the games, and overall to put up a cool event for all Singaporeans in the Bay Area. The event date will be around Feb 2015. Reply back if you can help, or know someone who can. We will let you in on the planning web page where you can see the list of tasks earmarked and pick something to help in on. By the way, next year is also going to be SingaporeConnect's 10th year anniversary and SG50's!

Did you know that close to 300 Singaporeans gathered recently and it wasn't for National Day?

That same SG Buzz event, about food, a topic that is obviously close to heart for many, garnered a large audience that hung on to every word from food blogger Dr Leslie Tay. The Q&A session was also particularly delightful. Here are some photos from the event.

Parents Only: Roundtable on Parenting

  • Sunday, November 16th, 2014 at 4pm - 5:30pm
    Location: 15951 Los Gatos Blvd, Suite 14 (2nd Floor), Los Gatos, CA 95032


    This is a discussion with parents to understand…

    • 3 people attended

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.


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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…


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