Chinese New Year is just around the corner and we want to spread a little festive cheer. Are you alone in Singapore during Chinese New Year? Too short a break? Too broke to go home? Have work or school commitments?
Second year in the running, Just An Extra Chair is something that we want to do for you. We want to connect people who have nowhere to go during Chinese New Year with people who have an extra place (or maybe five) at their dining table.
The festive season can be a lonely time for city dwellers, but it does not have to be.
If you have space at the table this reunion dinner (or any one of the many great meals you’re gonna have), please be in touch. If you are spending CNY alone and would like company, please be in touch too. It’s the best way to learn about another culture. We will match you up with someone and get you acquainted so you will have a great time together.
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Why is SKM doing this?
An artifact of our hurried city life is that people don’t usually get a chance to stop and look at someone in the eyes, let alone have a proper conversation. We want to spread some cheers and create real, meaningful connection among people.
How does Just An Extra Chair work?
People who know they will be spending the festive occasion alone can sign up as guests. We will match you up with people who have offered to share a meal. When you fill up the form, tell us a little about yourself and the dinner party (for hosts) so we can find you a good match.
We know that people in Singapore are naturally reserved and shy, so if you think you’d prefer to invite a friend along, we have included that as an option in the form. Similarly for hosts, if you think having a stranger at your dining table is awkward, host two! Simply indicate it on your form.
For a match to happen, a number of factors are considered, including date/time available, number of guests, dietary preferences, interests and more. Please don’t be discouraged if we aren’t able to find you a match. We will do our best to make sure everyone has someone.
What are the dates available?
27th to 29th January (Chu Xi to Chu Er), lunch or dinner.
I’m not sure if I am ready to meet a stranger.
Hosts who are opening up their homes may be concerned about safety. Vice versa, guests will also wonder if it is safe to step into someone’s home. Well, it’s definitely not a good idea to invite a random guy off the street, so use caution on that one.
What we do is that we will look through our participants’ details, get to know you and also get you acquainted with each other before your party.
You can get creative in the way you host! Besides inviting guests to your house, you can also host them at a public eating place. What about a picnic in the park?
You can also consider reaching out to known neighbours or students in your area!
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