Singapore Day in NYC

the entrance to Singapore Day in Prospect Park

This weekend I’m in NYC for the NY Division Women’s Club Waterpolo Championships which I mentioned in a previous post.  The Saturday also happened to be Singapore Day.  One of my friends, Yiwen, on the waterpolo team is from Singapore and invited me to come with her in between games (which wasn’t the best idea since we were on the upper west side at Columbia and the event was in Prospect Park in Brooklyn…).

delicious spicy coconut noodles with shirmp Singaporean dish

Singapore is a small island-nation in SE Asia at the tip of the Malay Peninsula surrounded by Indonesia.  The government sponsored the first Singapore Day in 2007 in NYC and has held it in Melbourne, London, and Shanghai before coming back to NYC this year.  The purpose of Singapore Day is to keep Singaporeans abroad connected to home.  They fly over food ‘hawkers’ or vendors and set up exhibitions on various topics such as the national service and jobs back in Singapore.  We only had a short time there, but we got cute “I ❤ SG” totes, some food, and the company of many Singaporeans.  Yiwen saw friends from home who were abroad all over the US and they all said it made them want to go back home.

me and Yiwen with the “Clean Water Campaign” in Singapore mascot
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