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Monday with the Editor: Hello Singapore

Hallo everyone
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas over the weekend. It's the last week of the year. School will be opening next Monday. This is the time to take stock of our progress over the year and put forward our resolutions for 2005.
For Getforme Singapore, 2004 has been a watershed year. For the first time, we have become profitable. Our efforts over the past four years have not been in vain.
However, we have not succeeded in some places. Our Singapore Alumni section has been empty of participation since it commenced. Our Singapore Forums has yet to find its way ahead although it has about 40-plus users now. We had a community section for Singaporeans based overseas some time back. It failed to garner support and we had to place it on the backburner.
But, this time around, we think it is timely to resurrect the idea of a community for Singaporeans based overseas. I think any Web site focussing on Singapore should indeed have such a section, without which things would not be complete.
So, we have come up with Hello Singapore - Overseas Singaporeans. Those of you who are staying overseas are encouraged to join this new forum-based section. We have no plans to lay rules to restrict you chaps. It's meant to be a place for you to mingle and share news - good or bad - and also announce events and happenings in your very own community overseas, be it in Australia or Canada.
It may take some time for the idea to work. This time, we will keep the section online even though it may remain empty of participation. Online access is expected to increase dramatically over the next five years, and we want to be ready for the next wave when it arrives.
Hello Singapore has been categorised into countries. These countries are where Singaporeans are staying currently or have settled down in. If you are in a country not yet listed in the forum, tell us and we will include it.
For now, we have opened only one sub-section, General, in each of the countries featured in Hello Singapore for forum users to post happenings, events and incidents. In time, we hope to be able to open more sub-sections such as Employment or Getting Around.
Feel free to come in and look around. If you wish to participate, simply register in the section for a free user account and post your message.
To add the minimum protection for the new forum, we require new users to register using a valid email address. Users can commence posting messages as soon as they have activated the confirmation link in the Welcome email sent to the email address used in the registration process. There are no other checks. We also do not sell email addresses maintained in our databases. In fact, we do not divulge any information to anyone.
We do not aim for Hello Singapore to be the No. 1 overseas Singaporean community forum in the world. That is not our intention for setting up this new section. We just wish for it to come alive with your participation, for Hello Singapore has been set up with you in mind, not any selfish commercial interest.
And, if you run into any problems, just email me at Also, if you have any suggestions for the forum, please let me know.
To visit Hello Singapore, click the logo below:

It's quite easy to find this logo because we have placed it in the main sections of our Web site.
Happy New Year 2005!


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