Local food stalls dishing out many plates of chilli crabs, sticks of satay and cups of teh tarik saw long lines of Singaporeans queuing up at the stalls for a bite of Singapore's iconic dishes.
This was the heart-warming scene typical of a weekend in Singapore that greeted a huge crowd of some 5,500 Singaporeans at the annual Singapore Day event at Century Park in Shanghai, Pudong.
Further bringing them closer to home was a concert put up by characters from popular Singaporean programmes such as Barbarella from The Noose, and the Tan family from 'Under One Roof' as well as celebrity Singaporean crooners, Kit Chan and Sezairi Sazali.
REACH also joined hands with various government agencies to put up a showcase to keep visitors up to date with the latest developments. This was the third time that REACH was involved in Singapore Day organised by the Overseas Singaporean Unit, following similar events in Melbourne and London.
The REACH booth attracted many visitors who were curious to find out the roles they can play to contribute to the shaping of the national policies. An interactive photo booth, which provided an opportunity for users to snap a photo and pen a message, was a hit with long queues of participants eager to have a go.
Mrs Josephine Teo, Vice-Chairman of the REACH Supervisory Panel, was on site to greet Singaporeans and touch base with the community. Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Wong Kan Seng, the Guest of Honour to the event, also dropped by the REACH showcase and penned a message commending REACH as a good platform for Singaporeans to share their views.
Mrs Teo remarked, "Of the SG Days REACH has been involved with, today's event in Shanghai is by far the most successful. The photo booth was a top draw. More importantly, we had the opportunity to let Singaporeans in Shanghai know that through REACH, they can stay connected and give views on national issues. In doing so, overseas Singaporeans can play a meaningful role in providing policy feedback, and shaping the future of Singapore."