CUTTING EDGE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IN SINGAPORE INFO PACK #5 (For Other Nationalities)
Dear bros and sisters from other nations,
We are so pleased to know that we have participants from seven (7) other nations on our Cutting-Edge Conference in Singapore. We also celebrate your inclusion to our Access 2 Mission Training in Malaysia. The four Info Packs that we released would be useful as you navigate your way to Singapore for the conference. However, we do recognize that it is lacking in the areas that would suit the needs of this coming from another country. So, we will try to cover those in this Info Pack specially designed for non-Filipino nationals.
Here are some useful info …
A. ENTRY VISAS for Singapore and Malaysia: We leave it up to each foreign nationals to check with the respective Singaporean and Malaysian Embassies on their visa requirements for visiting foreigners. For Filipinos, due to the bilateral agreement entered by our government with those countries under the ASEAN partnership, we are exempted from the visa requirements. Formal invitation documents addressed to the embassy coming from International Teams Phils detailing the event will be sent to you should you request for one. The other documents for immigration purposes that will be supplied to all - Filipinos and other nationalities.
B. LANGUAGE TRANSLATIONS
1. Language: We could only provide English translations of Tagalog (Filipino) messages. The translators will only be able to provide the gist, or the substance /essence of the message being conveyed and not a word for word translation. The translators will not be standing up on the stage with the speakers. They will be at the back portion of the hall and will speak thru a wireless translation equipment to talk to the non- Tagalog/Filipino participants.
2. Translators: We have 4 missionaries who are assigned to take turns in providing the translation service. The lead translator is: Nicole Aguinalde. She will be assisted by the following: Shirley Ramirez, Edith Sison, and Juliet Brines.
3. Designated Area: The last row at the back will seat all foreign nationals who will need translation service, since it will be the closest to the translator and will offer less audio signal distortion. Headphones and receiving devices will be entrusted to each one and must be returned immediately to the translator after use.
C. INVITATIONS & OTHER DOCUMENTS for IMMIGRATION USE:
The conference organizing team have set a Pre-departure briefing on Nov.16 & 17. Our organizing team will handle the meeting to coach you on immigration matters and to discuss and explain the various documents that may be required from you by airport immigration officials. Meeting ID and passcode will be posted on the Group Page. If you are unable to secure the Zoom information , the day before the meeting, please contact Kathy Merencillo for the details.
D. ACCOMODATIONS: The registration fee does not include hotel accommodations. Please read the INFO PACKS for more information on the various accommodation options while in Singapore. Please be sure to have a definite hotel booking upon arrival for a worry-free stay in Singapore.
E. VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS: We have provided a thorough explanation on the most recent Singapore Covid requirements and protocol for travelers to Singapore. Please check Info Pack # 2 on the subject matter. We believe that the same protocols and requirements apply to all nationalities.
F. POST CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES There will be meetings and side huddles on the conference to discuss plans on what to do after the conference. Many will proceed to Malaysia for their Access 2 training. The rest will have an option to go to Malaysia or move around the many beautiful go to places in Singapore. Please feel free to mingle and fellowship with your fellow missionaries and take part in their planned activities. You will always be a welcome addition to any group. We are all brothers and sisters in the faith!
G. CURRENCY EXCHANGE: We advise that you have your local currency changed to Singaporean Dollars (SGD) as soon as you set foot in the Changi Singapore airport. You will be needing the SGD when you travel to your initial destination in Singapore. There are many Currencies Exchange counters all over the airport. Not all of them accept all type of currencies though. They would normally have the list of currencies that they could change to SGD and the prevailing rates as well, on the board facing the travelers. ATM Machines are also everywhere. If your DEBIT cards have the international service providers logo like Mastercard, Plus, Maestro and Cirrus at the back of your card, then most likely you will be able to make withdrawals easily. The ATM machine will bring out SGD equivalent to the money withdrawn.
H. MORE CONFERENCE INFO … please go to the MISSION BLOGS page on our website and look for the Seminars and Conferences section. You will find there all the INFO PACKS (1-4) providing information source on everything related to the conference. read them, print the documents, and bring them with you as your travel reference and guide while in Singapore.
We are looking forward to getting to know you more and serve alongside you in your field of missions. The event would be a wonderful place for us to chat, fellowship, pray and even plan for what could be our future mission ministry.
Looking forward to seeing you in Singapore,
Ptr Gani Sion