Thursday, February 19, 2009

Singapore Day 2009 - Clarifications with event organizer

From my correspondences and the comments left in my previous post on Singapore Day 2009, I note that there will be quite a few Singaporeans who will be taking flying into London from continental Europe for the event.

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For the uninitiated, Singapore Day, which is essentially a showcase of Singaporean cuisine and culture, was held in New York in 2007 and Melbourne in 2008. This year, it will be held in London's Hampton Court Palace on 25th April. For those of us who are based in Central London, Hampton Court Palace would be a 30 minute train ride from Waterloo train station (£6.50 per person).

In his comment, Ket mentioned that the food served would be free. So expect a stampede on that day - you can take the Singaporean out of Singapore but never the Singapore out of Singaporeans. Heheh.

Not only that, Dim Sum Dollies and Hossan Leong will be coming down to provide us with that bit of Singaporean humour. I was never able to get tickets for their shows back home, so I'm definitely looking forward to this.

Anyway, I understand that some of us may feel like bring our foreign friends along. Understandably, others may be bringing their (non-Singaporean) families as well. So I thought that I should clarify with the organizer of Singapore Day 2009 and here's the correspondence between us.

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Hi there,

Can I confirm whether the event is open only to Singaporeans? Can I bring along non-Singaporean friends as well?

Thanks,
C K

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Dear CK,

Singaporeans are allowed to bring along one friend to the event.

Thanks for enquiring.

Warm regards,

Singapore Day Administrator

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Dear Singapore Day Administrator,

Thanks very much for your prompt reply! Just one more quick query, I know of a family whose mother is a Singaporean but husband and children are Britons, surely the entire family would be able to gain entry to the event, no?

Cheers,
C K

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Dear CK,

Your friend who is a Singaporean (mother) can register up to 4 family members of hers to attend.

Hope this clarifies. Cheers.

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Oh yes, it definitely clears things up quite a bit. See you guys there!

Also...
Singapore Day 2009 - mixed feelings
Singapore Day 2009 - event photos

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13 comments:

drcrab said...

hm... is that me?! :) I've applied for the e-tickets and declared the family as British...and we all got a barcode - so I'm assuming we are all allowed in!? (unless at the gate they make me sign a form to declare G a Singapore citizen so that he can do NS in 18 years...)!!! ahahaha

C K said...

@drcrab,
Spot on! I don't see an issue about this and hope that the organizers aren't too sticky about this.

Then again, I'm sure there are more than happy to have G do NS. We're currently very short of people right now. lol.

Like I said, I await the official reply.

Lucie said...

I think there should be no problem. I registered on the website for the event and there is a field where you declare your nationality, so clearly if they are asking about it then it's not just for Singaporeans ... Well, I hope they will not kick me out. But hey, are they gonna check passports at the entrance or what! And since Singapore is such a multicultural place, they can't just turn around and say "u don't look Singaporean" lol.

C K said...

@Lucie,
Great to know that you'll be there as well! You're right, the registration process doesn't look as if it's restricted to only Singaporeans. Then Ket (who made a comment on the related post) mentioned something about the food being free so I thought I'll just check.

I think the 'Administrator' was just be cautious. I heard that when it was held in New York, the food was basically mopped up way before the end of the event.

Some who actually flew in from California had to return disappointed.

Hmm, I'm assuming you'll be bringing your camera as well? :)

Joerup said...

CK! U v the Singaporean ah! Everything need offical hor? I'm totally surprised that food is free n let's hope there is enough for bites.
If this a a showcase of Singapore, I do hope that r not restrictly to just our own ppl.
Also, they are spamming our emails! As a true Singaporean, I will complain!!! LOL

EastCoastLife said...

Free food!? That's great! Homesick Singaporeans can get a real taste of Singapore local food.

I hope they are not restricting the event to Singaporeans only.

Martin In Bulgaria said...

No discount for Singaporeons? Poo!

drcrab said...

I meant to say that we each got a barcode, so I've got 3 barcodes! well, G will do NS only if we go home permanently..! think it won't make sense for us to live here permanently then at 18 kena a letter to go to his mother's country to serve a military/country he has not much experience of, in a language (malay? hokkien?!) he has no clue about. that might actually be quite hilarious...!

C K said...

@Joerup,



@ECL,
No apparently, as indicated by the organizers, we can bring along a friend or our family who are non-Singaporeans as well.


@Martin,
Discount? I am hoping for free food. Haha...


@drcrab,
No worries there, as mentioned above, we can bring our non-Singaporean family along as well. No need for G to do NS for that. LOL.

Anyway, I would be very surprised if you intend to let G serve NS in S'pore. Anyway, I got a feeling that he'll be very well taken care of if he actually does that, in a good way, that is. I recalled there was a chap who grew up in the States who did NS with me. He was quite popular with the platoon mates with his accent and all. :)

C K said...

@Joerup,



@ECL,
No apparently, as indicated by the organizers, we can bring along a friend or our family who are non-Singaporeans as well.


@Martin,
Discount? I am hoping for free food. Haha...


@drcrab,
No worries there, as mentioned above, we can bring our non-Singaporean family along as well. No need for G to do NS for that. LOL.

Anyway, I would be very surprised if you intend to let G serve NS in S'pore. Anyway, I got a feeling that he'll be very well taken care of if he actually does that, in a good way, that is. I recalled there was a chap who grew up in the States who did NS with me. He was quite popular with the platoon mates with his accent and all. :)

4malmal said...

oh my the chwee kueh is making me salivate!!! I am so tempted to go for this one!

Lucie said...

Now about two months after I registered, I got this "nice and friendly" email from the Singapore Day organizers. Maybe they should have said before I registered that foreigners are not welcome, I wouldn't look like some idiot who is trying to get in somewhere where they are not welcome lol.

Dear Ms J.,

Singapore Day 2009 is organised for Overseas Singaporeans, their family and friends. Due to capacity constraints we are unable to allow for more to attend the event. We thank you all the same for the interest shown.

C K said...

@Lucie,
I am really sorry to hear that. If I am not mistaken there's a Foodie Festival going on at Hampton Court on Sat as well. Wonder whether it'll be held in the same venue. If so, you could just pop by.

Anyway, you wouldn't want to be in the crossfire between Singaporeans and their food. It's going to be real ugly. :)