Singapore 101 Group photo

Singapore 101

Singapore 101 aims to facilitate swifter and smoother integration into Singapore’s society for all people. Invigorate interaction between people of different races, and to allow all to appreciate the riches that Singapore’s multicultural magnificence has to offer.

Date: 7 Dec 2019, Time: 9.30am-5.00pm

Venue: PSB Academy City Campus, Marina Square, Lecture Theatre 4


1. DR. WILLIAM WAN (General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement).

2. DR. TAN MEI LING (Senior Research Scientist of the Centre for Leadership and Cultural Intelligence (CLCI) Nanyang Business School).

3. MS. JENNY WEE (PBM, Entrepreneur, Winner of The Xtraordinary Women Award).

4. MR. JERRY WONG (Secretary and Co-founder of Diverse Origins, Lawyer-in-Practice).

Our Event Partners: PSB Academy & Singapore Kindness Movement

Singapore 101 Panelist Photo
Singapore 101
Singapore 101 Event Photo

Is your workplace ready to embrace diversity?

We’re quickly approaching a time where the workplace is made up of up to 5 generations of employees, plenty of career-women and employees from all over the world. The dynamics are shifting and it means that the inability to embrace diversity could limit professional growth at every level.

While you may think that the young newbie knows nuts and can’t be trusted to take work seriously, he may be a resilient individual who has the potential to achieve so much if he’s only given the chance.

That senior executive in his sixties might be stubborn, but he has a wealth of knowledge, tips and insight that could even cut your work processes down by half, if you’d only ask for his opinion.

How about the members of staff who are female then? Don’t even get us started on how that story usually goes in some organisations.

These aren’t even enough to cover the countless encounters in the workplace that deals with obvious discrimination, and we haven’t even gotten to cultural differences from other parts of the world.

So how can you start embracing diversity and the rich lessons and experiences that it can bring into your organisation? Here’s an article that might help you to get started.

Article: How to prepare for workplace diversity
Author: Matthieu Imbert-Bouchard

Resilience through Diversity

There is strength in diversity, and while it is still not perfect, it is this very trait that allows us to immediately pick up on the differences and similarities between people of different backgrounds.

It allows us to be open and more accepting of differences, and use similarities to strengthen bonds, integrate with and live harmoniously with others.

Article: Singapore’s diversity is its strength, President Halimah Yacob tells conference on cooperation
Author: Danson Cheong

Becoming a citizen of another country does not mean abandoning your roots

While a country may have its unique culture, practices and idiosyncrasies, and the desire to fit in with her society as a new citizen may be strong, that’s no reason for you to be throwing away what your homeland had first taught you as you were growing up.

This applies to anybody who has ever had the privilege to be granted a citizenship in another country, but in Singapore, this notion hits harder due to the make-up of our culturally diverse society.

Read more about why this is so.

Article: Cultural diversity key to strong national fabric
Author: Lily Ong

Have you got what it takes to be a Global Citizen?

When faced with an individual who is from another country (and thus is of a different culture), what flashes through your mind?

Do you think, “Oh man, another foreigner to deal with”, or does your interest pique as you think of all the questions you could possibly ask him or her, so that your knowledge and understanding of their country and culture increases and enriches?

If you are the latter, you’re just about ready to take on the world as a Global Citizen, and this is an article that shares about what it takes to be one.

Article: Getting Singaporeans to be more culturally intelligent
Author: Ameen Talib

Cultural Intelligence for Leaders

Expanding a business beyond local shores requires leaders to also expand their knowledge beyond localised business practices and strategies. What’s most critical before the business strategies start bouncing off the meeting room walls is to gain the respect and understanding from the brand new team of employees who are culturally different from you. Get them on your side, and they will run the business for you.

Article: Cultural intelligence – a skill critical for SME leaders
Authors: Paul Heng, Keng Keng Tan

The Importance of Cultural Intelligence (CQ)

Cultural Diversity is now apparent everywhere you go. Gone are the days when it was normal and acceptable for people to think of the “newcomer from X country” as an alien, and openly make them feel like an animal at the zoo. Try doing that now, and you’d be criticised for being discriminatory.

The workplace (and everywhere, really) is filled with people who have come from various parts of the world. Being able to get along with them requires one to develop an understanding for the way different people think and speak, which stems from their unique cultures. Developing this understanding is a part of Cultural Intelligence, or CQ, and it applies to every aspect of your life – at work or in personal relationships.

Here’s an insightful opinion piece on the topic, which we hope would help you to understand how CQ plays a part in enriching your life, broadening your mind and helping you to navigate through unfamiliar environments, just by being a little more culturally sensitive to the people around you.

Article: What Singaporeans need to know about Cultural Intelligence
Author: Mr Ronald Lee

Singlish 101

Singlish 101

Come join and learn Singlish. Don’t say we bo jio you! Not an official language, but you could get lost without it! Almost all Singaporeans understand English. They do, however, have an adorable tendency to insert some Chinese and Malay words into their string of sentences, so you’ll need to watch out for the slang.
But that’s not all. They also add ‘words’ like lah, leh, ah, meh and mah, to name just a few, at the end of sentences to give emphasis to statements (and to differentiate themselves from their colonial masters).

This is what Singaporeans proudly call “Singlish”, our informal tool for social communication. There’s an entire vocabulary list of “Singlish” words.

Event Outline

1. Introduction

2. Singlish 101: Singlish words you need to know to survive

3. Co-sharing session (1 local & 1 foreginer)

4. Singlish Card Game

Venue: Crossing Cafe

Crossing Cafe is a social enterprise serving delicious western style food at affordable prices. All profits go to charity. For more info, kindly visit

Ticket Fees: $3*

*Admission tickets exclude food & drinks . Kindly puchase them at the cafe to support them directly.

Event Tickets

Kindly purchase your tickets via the link provided

Cancellation Period & Refund Policy:

In the event that participants are unable to turn up for the event, they may opt for a refund with a minimum of 5 days’ notice in advance. To ensure that the facilitators and other participants are not affected by others pulling out and funds to run the workshop, our refunds are as follows:

5 days prior to event: 100% Refund*

3 days prior to event: 0% Refund*

*EventBrite fees are non-refundable

Contact Details

For enquiries, feel free to email us at

手巻きTemaki Sushi Making

Japanese cuisine is known around the world as being fresh, healthy and full of flavour. Why not try your hand at making some maki-sushi?
About this Event

What we’ll do

Roll your own maki-sushi, Salmon Maki , Uramaki, and more! Learn the technique to rolling your own sushi in this hands-on class!


About Your Host

D.O (Diverse Origins) engages people of all ages to experience diverse cultures and to improve their well-being through innovative, high quality and interactive programs and events tailored to the multicultural community in Singapore.

In Singapore, cultural diversity is encountered not just among workplace but also among circle of friends. We offer events, workshops and seminars for people of all ages and experience levels to help them able to skillfully communicate and relate to other cultures so as to be ready a globalised society.

JPassport is an exclusive site that recommends premium Japanese services and products (Japanese restaurants, beauty and services, all in one page) in Singapore, delivering our members a truly authentic Japanese experience.Enjoy and discover the wonder of Japan with J Passport.

Megumi is a Japanese specialist certainly knows how to whip up some seriously delicious fare. This Katong venue, located just along Joo Chiat Road has locals buzzing over its extensive menu and premium quality sashimi, delicious noodle dishes and tasty rice options.

Date: 21 Sep 2019, 2.30pm

Fees: $29.90 (Early Bird) 2-13 Sept 2019

$39.90 (General Admission) 14-21 Sept 2019

Capacity: 20 pax

Things to bring: Apron (optional)

Application Period: 2nd Sept starts

Cancellation Period & Refund Policy:

In the event that participants are unable to turn up for the event, they may opt for a refund with a minimum of 7 days’ notice in advance. To ensure that the facilitators and other participants are not affected by others pulling out and funds to run the workshop, our refunds are as follows:

7days prior to event: 100% Refund

5 days prior to event: 0% Refund

Japan Workplace Culture Event

Exploring Japanese Workplace Culture 日本ビジネスカルチャーの紹介


“A traveler without observation,” said Persian poet Saadi, “is a bird without wings.” The same can be said of a foreign traveler doing business or working in a foreign country. Observing another culture’s etiquette opens doors to more successful communications. This is of particular importance when doing business or working in Japan, where cultural elements can have a profound impact on decision-making and, ultimately, on the effectiveness of a business or working relationship.

Japan’s business culture has to be one of the most unique in the entire world. So you’re thinking of working for a Japanese firm. You might be wondering whether what you’ve heard about working in Japan is true. Or, if you’re already working there, you may wonder if what you’re experiencing is typical.

Our event hope to show you a glimpse of the Japanese working culture and how you can better prepare yourself for the cultural differences. So, before packing your briefcase to travel to Japan, it pays to spend some time to acquaint yourself with the values and accepted behavior patterns of Japanese workplace culture through this event.

Agenda of the activities in Aug 17, 2019

1. Welcome Video on Japanese workplace culture

2. Common Japanese work culture etiquette 

    • Timeliness

    • Staying late vs leaving on time

    • Exchanging business name cards

    • Seating Arrangement

3.  Common words used in workplace

    • Self-Introduction 自己紹介 /  Greetings 挨拶

    • Hajimemashite はじめまして

    • Yoroshiku onegaishimasu よろしくおねがいします

    • Osaki ni shitsureishimasu お先に失礼します

    • Otsukaresama deshita お疲れ様 でした

 4. Networking session

Event Etiquette:
To ensure that all participants will have an enjoyable experience, we will appreciate that the community observes the following rules:
Please be respectful to others as you would treat yourself. Should participants experience harassment from any parties, please inform the organizer/event host immediately. * The organising community reserves the right to ban members from attending future events