Sunday, April 15, 2012

Singapore Day in New York

NEW YORK: What do you do if thousands of Singaporeans living abroad are too busy to go home? Well, you bring Singapore to them.

And that's the mission of Singapore Day, an event organised by the Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) featuring the latest developments in the various aspects of life in Singapore and to celebrate all things Singaporean.

Inaugurated in 2007, the first edition of Singapore Day was held in the Big Apple. Since then, this event has gone to Melbourne, London and Shanghai.



On Saturday, Singapore Day visited New York again, bringing Singapore to Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

The culture-cum-cuisine based event saw Singaporean comedian Hossan Leong as well as Singaporean hawkers flying 15,000 kilometres to Prospect Park to entertain the crowd and cook the dishes respectively.

"I travelled about 4 hours from Boston and we're here to have 'char kway teow' (and) all the other great food that Singapore has," said a participant.

"It doesn't feel like New York...all the stalls that are set up (here)...the food, the familiar faces, very Singaporean faces, it feels a lot like home," said another participant.

The sights and sounds at the event struck a chord that is uniquely Singaporean. The real star of the show, however, was the food.

Mr KF Seetoh, a food consultant, said: "When it comes to food... Singaporeans, certain flavours just resonate...the sound of, say 'laksa', just tingles...the thought of this guy making this hand-made fishballs, doing a Peranakan sambal with vinegar..."

Mr Teo Chee Hean, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister who is in the US on an official visit, flew into New York for the event.

Mr Teo, who is also the Coordinating Minister for National Security as well as Home Affairs Minister, took the chance to reconnect with fellow Singaporeans.

He told them to "enjoy yourself, enjoy the music, finish up all the food, don't leave anything behind, and have a great time."

For overseas Singaporeans who couldn't make the trip to the event on Saturday, the good news is that next year's party could be held at a venue closer to them.

- CNA/ir

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Source From Channel News Asia

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