Nothing gets us more excited than the start of a new month, and this August gets us especially excited!
With National Day just round the corner, there’s a whole slew of fresh activities and yummy new eats that remind us of why we love living in Singapore.
This month’s line-up includes outdoor movie screenings, the hottest Kpop stars on our shores, a coffee festival, and fresh food spots to pamper your tastebuds at. Whether you’re a movie buff, avid concert-goer or full-time foodie, here are some ways to keep having fun the first half of August!
Here’s a calendar of 10 of the newest events and eats to head to this month!
Play & Discover
1. Films At The Fort
If the combination of good films, food and wine sounds like heaven to you, read on.
Films At The Fort by Casillero del Diablo is this years fanciest open-air cinema event![caption id="attachment_28733" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Films At The Fort[/caption]
Catch award-winning new releases, cult classics and documentaries on the big screen, under the stars.
A team from The Providore will be onsite to serve up a freshly prepared menu. There’s dinner, dessert and snacks to keep your tummy happy.
There’s also a bar selling wine, sparkling wine, beer and cider at prices that won’t break the bank.
So spread out your picnic mat, clink glasses, and lay back for a chill evening as the sun sets.
Films At The Fort
Address: Fort Canning Green (Fort Canning Park)
When: 3 – 20 Aug, 5pm till late
2. KBS Music Bank World Tour[caption id="attachment_28738" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Image Credit: Kpop Map[/caption]
Calling all diehard K-Pop fans!
Get ready to sing and dance your heart out at the highly anticipated KBS Music Bank World Tour.
Fans can expect a star-studded lineup, with some of K-pop’s biggest stars taking the stage.
The one-night-only concert’s power lineup includes SHINee, CNBlue, BTS, Red Velvet and Mamamoo.
KBS has been a huge driving force behind the Hallyu wave, from debuting rookies in the K-pop world to charting the leading K-pop hits.
So grab your tickets and be treated to a night of non-stop chart toppers!
KBS Music Bank World Tour
Address: Suntec Convention Centre Hall 601-604, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, Singapore 039593
When: 4 Aug, 7pm – 10pm
Admission: $148 – 288/person
Ba dum tss!
This month’s Singapore Drum Fest is a festival unlike any other music festival you’ve ever experienced.[caption id="attachment_28735" align="aligncenter" width="1089"] Image Credit: Drum Fest brings the world’s best drummers and musicians to our shores for an unforgettable experience.
This year’s killer line-up is sure to attract fans from all over the world.
Those in the circle will know international drumming star Meytal Cohen and her bassist Anel Pedrero Orantes. There’s also Juan Carlito Mendoza, Jost Nickel, Federico Paulovich and Stanley Randolph.
Local talents Benjamin Lim, Anson Koh (Drum Off 2016 Open Category Champion) and his band will also be playing!
Drum Off contestants hail from 9 countries including Japan and USA, and are sure to put on an impressive show.
Singapore Drum Fest: Ultimate Drummers Weekend
Address: Max Atria, Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Singapore 486150
When: 5 – 6 Aug, 10am – 7pm
If you closely follow the Voice of China, now’s your chance to watch one of their most loved contestants IRL!
G.E.M. is coming to our shores with her brand new “Queen of Hearts” World Tour.[caption id="attachment_28736" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Hong Kong’s new reigning Queen of Pop will be rocking it out at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The talented singer will be belting out original songs in Chinese and Cantonese, in conjunction with her latest album, “Heartbeat”.
The last time she was here was in 2015, with her sold out 73-show tour. This year, she promises a bigger, better and more breathtaking show, so make sure you get your tickets for it!
G.E.M. “Queen Of Hearts” World Tour
Address: Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, 397691
When: 13 Aug
Contact no.: 3158 7888
Admission: $128 – S$248
There really isn’t a shortage of international stars on our shores this month.
Our favourite British indie pop act, Bastille, is taking centre stage here too![caption id="attachment_28737" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: Watch lead singer Dan Smith, keyboard player Kyle Simmons, bassist Will Farquarson and drummer Chris ‘Woody’ Wood in the flesh.
You’re probably most familiar with the infectious track ‘Pompeii’ off their 2013 debut album ‘Bad Blood’.
In 2016, Bastille returned with catchy singles ‘Good Grief’ and ‘Send Them Off!’
These are songs that have become the alternative anthems of the last few years.
If you didn’t catch Bastille’s dazzling sold-out show at The Coliseum in 2015 and at the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix in 2016, make sure you don’t miss this one!
Bastille – Live in Singapore
Address: The Star Theatre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #04-01, 138617
When: 14 Aug, 8pm
Contact no.: 6348 5555
6. Epicurean Market
This isn’t your ordinary food and wine fair.
The Epicurean Market gives you three days of direct access to world-class food, wines and spirits, all for a fraction of the usual price!
[caption id="attachment_28739" align="aligncenter" width="4256"] Image Credit: Sample famous signature dishes by celebrity chefs, taste one-of-a-kind cocktails, and take home imported specialties.
There will also be an exciting lineup of masterclasses for you to upgrade your culinary and bartending skills with.
Participating restaurants include the award-winning Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda, and more!
Address: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
When: 11 – 13 Aug
Contact no.: 6688 8826
Imagine having a single voucher you can use at over 50 restaurant brands.
Well, Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS) lets you do just that at the best value festival ever!
[caption id="attachment_28742" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image Credit: You can get $100 worth of vouchers for only $70, to be used across 50 restaurant brands island-wide.
This year’s focus is on the trendy salted egg yolk, homely pandan, and the all-time favourite, chilli crab sauce.
As a tie-in with the Singapore Food Festival, each eatery will also be highlighting a locally inspired dish.
Expect dishes such as chicken rice risotto (Joo Bar), chilli crab (Palm Beach Seafood) and chicken tikka pizza (Cali Café and Bar).
Singapore Restaurant Festival
Address: Various participating restaurants
When: 1 Jul – 30 Sep
8. Singapore Coffee Festival
Calling all cafe hoppers and caffeine addicts!
The Singapore Coffee Festival 2017 is Singapore’s first ever coffee-centric festival.
[caption id="attachment_28734" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: This is showcase of Singapore’s speciality coffee, local kopi and cafe lifestyle.
Be spoiled for choice with over 100 exhibitors from the coffee and café industry.
The festival showcases local craftsmanship in specialty coffee, as well as Singapore’s unique and rich kopi heritage.
Besides being a one-stop shop for those interested in all things coffee, there will also be a wide range of brewed drinks, beans, gadgets and machines available for purchase.
Singapore Coffee Festival
Address: Marina Bay Cruise Centre, 61 Marina Coastal Drive, 018947
When: 3 – 6 Aug
Imagine going shopping and not having to pay for anything.
Well, that’s exactly what the Singapore Really Really Free Market lets you do![caption id="attachment_28741" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Singapore Really Really Free Market[/caption]
The market will showcase all sorts of goods–and services!
Things you can expect to see include second-hand stuff, basic yoga lessons, and even tarot card reading.
There are also sing-alongs and mutual shoulder massages to really foster that community spirit.
So come join in and feel a different, more caring and sharing side to the economy we’re used to!
Singapore Really Really Free Market
Address: Lorong Ah Soo, Blk 138
When: 13 Aug, 2pm
Happy birthday, Singapore!
With National Day just round the corner, enter Singapasar, just one of the many nation-centric events that’ll pop up this month.
[caption id="attachment_28740" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image Credit: Returning for its third year, Singapasar is a wildly popular design-centric pasar malam.
It brings together the best and the newest collections of Singapore, under one roof.
Expect to find locally designed and made products including furniture, food, apparel, bags, beverages, accessories and many more.
All of these items have their own story to tell about our Singaporean identity, history and culture.
This is where you want to shop and soak in some festive cheer this National Day!
Address: National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969
When: 4 – 6 Aug
Sounds like an amazing month, doesn’t it?
We can’t wait to head out and get busy at all these exciting activities this August!
If you’re a normal human being with tastebuds and you love fries, keep reading.
You’ve definitely tried the ever-delicious Truffle Fries, but that has had its day. Now, we’re ready for a new type of fry to take over the spotlight.
Some of these are really sinful, but as the saying goes: don’t count your calories, make your calories count. After all, potatoes are a staple too, right?
Here are 10 places to binge on some of the most unique fries you’ve ever come across!
1. Char Siew Chilli Fries
We Singaporeans really do love our fusion foods.
Here’s where Redpan’s Char Siew Chilli Fries come in; a tasty specimen of east meets west.[caption id="attachment_28550" align="aligncenter" width="1880"] Image Credit: The Ranting Panda[/caption]
The fries are covered in a moist, saucy char siew ragout you won’t be able to stop scooping up!
Think sweet BBQ meat chunks laced with sour cream and jalapeño salsa. Mm mm mm… A step up from your usual fries with meat sauce.
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-03/04 Singapore 039593
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 10pm; Sat, Sun & PH: 11am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6255 5850
You can’t go wrong with falling back on a local favourite.
That’s what Loof has done with its heavenly Chilli Crab Fries![caption id="attachment_28547" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: These fries are drenched in Loof’s signature tangy blue crab dip.
Their waffle-cut shape is perfect for scraping up super big servings of the dip.
Enjoy this with crafted Southeast Asian inspired cocktails for a chill evening at this urban rooftop bar!
Address: 331 North Bridge Road, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, Singapore 188720
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 5pm – 1am; Fri – Sat: 5pm – 2am; Closed on Sun
Contact no.: 6337 9416
McDonald’s may be the original creator of these, but we’ve found a better version.
Everything With Fries’ Curry Fries aren’t just sprinkled with curry powder.[caption id="attachment_28555" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Image Credit: Rather, the fries here are tossed with fried curry leaves, and heavily spiced with a highly addictive curry powder.
An eatery specializing in fries, the fries here definitely do not disappoint.
Order these as a side to their burgers, or have them on their own – we know we would!
Everything With Fries
Address: #04-05, Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria St, Singapore, 188021
Opening Hours: Sun – Mon: 10am – 11pm; Fri – Sat: 10am – 1am
Contact no.: 6463 3741
These fries have to be the most sinful of the lot.
Introducing Duck Fat Fries!
[caption id="attachment_28552" align="aligncenter" width="1698"] Image Credit: TripAdvisor[/caption]
These fries are fried in duck fat two to three times.
The result is a crispy outer layer that’s guilt-inducing, but oh-so-flavourful.
At Les Bouchons, these delicious babies are free flow with every main!
Address: 7 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069689
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 12pm – 3pm, 7pm – 11pm; Fri: 12pm – 3pm, 7pm – 12am; Sat: 7pm – 12am; Closed on Sun
Contact no.: 6423 0737
Fans of all things Korean, listen up!
Here’s where you can get one of the best Kimchi Fries in Singapore.[caption id="attachment_28664" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image Credit: Deliveroo[/caption]
At Don’t Tell Mama, the fries are served with real kimchi; none of that artificial kimchi powder you may get at some other places.
The fries are drizzled with generous amounts of homemade kimchi mayo, with extra jalapenos and onions for that sharp, spicy kick.
There are also chunks of pulled pork hidden within the dish to make it more filling.
It’s definitely something we’d order as a meal instead of just as a snack.
Don’t Tell Mama
Address: 52 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088473
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 5.30pm – 2am; Fri – Sat: 5.30pm – 3am; Closed on Sun
Now, here’s a healthy(ish) option.
House At Dempsey’s Pumpkin Hazelnut Fries are sure to delight with it’s unique mish mash of flavours.[caption id="attachment_28551" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image Credit: Deenise Glitz[/caption]
Sweet, nutty and spicy sensations hit you with each bite you take.
The fries are actually deep fried pumpkin slices, while the hazelnut bits give them the nutty flavour and crunch.
It’s not all sweet though – there’s also chilli powder and paprika in it for that extra kick that makes it so appetizing.
House At Dempsey
Address: 8D Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249672
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 12pm – 11pm; Fri: 12pm – 12am; Sat: 11am – 4pm, 6pm – 12am; Sun: 9am – 4pm, 6pm – 11pm
Contact no.: 64757787
This dish combines two of our favourite things – pizza and fries.
The two flavours are a match made in heaven, and we’re glad they’ve finally gotten together.[caption id="attachment_28549" align="aligncenter" width="1202"] Image Credit: ’s fries are covered with loads of melted cheese, three-cheese sauce and smoky pepperoni slices.
It’s paired with a savoury house-made bacon ketchup.
Is it sinful? Yes. Is it worth it? Definitely
Address: 8 Raffles Avenue #01-13D Singapore 039802
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 11am – 11pm; Eve of PH, Fri, Sat: 11am – 1am
Contact no.: 63279301
Salted egg yolk has made its way into all sorts of foods recently, and Arbite Cafe has hopped onto the bandwagon with its Salted Egg Yolk Fries!
Their crispy fries are coated all over in the all-familiar salted egg yolk sauce!
For less than $10, you’ll get a mean serving of these golden babies, so share away!
That said, we would be more than willing to brave a sore throat to finish a whole plate of this ourselves.
Address: 66 Serangoon Garden Way Singapore 555962
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm; Sat & Sun: 11am – 10.30pm
Contact no.: 6287 0430
9. SPAM Fries
Here’s the ultimate diet-killer.
Spam Fries – or deep fried cuts of luncheon meat – are apparently a thing now.[caption id="attachment_28554" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Imade Credit: serves this in thick cuts and in a large portion.
Scoop up some of the Kaffir lime mayo dip for a flavour combo you’ve probably never tried before!
This is probably the fanciest form good old luncheon meat will ever take.
Address: 35 Kampong Bahru Rd Singapore 169356
Opening Hours: Wed – Mon: 9am – 10pm; Fri & Sat: 09am – 12am
Contact no.: 6222 4869
10. Truffle Taro Fries
Okay, so we cheated and threw in some Truffle Fries.
But these ones are made with Taro, and that makes all the difference.[caption id="attachment_28556" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Burpple Guides[/caption]
House At Dempsey’s shoestring truffle taro fries are a power combination.
Unlike the the rest of its heavier counterparts, these fries are as light as air.
The taro fries are dipped generously in batter and fried to maximum crispiness.
Together with the fragrance of truffle oil, this becomes the ultimate snack for both truffle and taro lovers alike.
House At Dempsey
Address: 8D Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249672
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 12pm – 11pm; Fri: 12pm – 12mn; Sat: 11am – 4pm, 6pm – 12mn; Sun: 9am – 4pm, 6pm – 11pm
Contact no.: 64757787
Are you ready to satis-fry your deepest cravings?
We say, skip the McDonald’s fries and try out one of these out-of-this-world creations on your next cheat day.
We’ve been having a whale of a time the first half of July.
The rest of the month doesn’t disappoint too! There’s a whole host of amazing activities and yummy new eats we can’t wait to try out.
This month’s line-up includes a Disney concert, international football stars on our shores, a dainty tea festival, and new food spots your tastebuds will thank you for. Whether you’re a music fan, party animal, or self-confessed foodie, here are some ways to keep busy the second half of July!
Here’s a calendar of 10 of the freshest events and eats to head to this month!
1. Disney in Concert: A Dream Is A Wish
“A dream is a wish your heart makes”.
So if you’ve been dreaming of reliving your childhood, let Disney In Concert take you back![caption id="attachment_28342" align="aligncenter" width="2780"] Image Credit: This is one magical concert that’ll transport you to the musical world of new and old Disney Animated Feature films.
Join in to awaken a little mermaid who longs to be human, a lion cub who struggles to find his place in the circle of life, two sisters who wish to warm a frozen relationship, and more!
Their stories are told through the talents of four Broadway-caliber singers, original Disney film footage and sweeping orchestral scores performed by Base Philharmonic Orchestra.
Here, the magic of Disney storytelling comes to life once again and reminds us that anything is possible!
Disney in Concert: A Dream is a Wish
Where: Grand Theatre, Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, 018956
When: 14 – 15 Jul | Fri: 8pm; Sat: 2pm & 8pm
Contact no.: 6348 5555
Grab your gear, roll up your cuffs, and gather your troops.
Baybeats is back, and it’s the biggest music festival of its kind in Singapore and the region![caption id="attachment_28334" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Baybeats Festival[/caption]
This year, it presents a fist-pumping line-up of both Singapore and international acts.
The line-up covers genres including folk, pop, metal, post-rock, emo, punk, electro and everything in between.
Baybeats aims to gather the best of our homegrown talent in music-making, while creating a festival village that brings together local indie crafters.
Best of all–it’s free!
So reach out, touch faith and rock on at Singapore’s very own alternative music festival.
Where: The Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
When: 14 – 16 July
Contact no.: 6828 8222
Shout out to all the party people!
The first edition of the Rasa Fiesta Singapura Block Party is just around the corner![caption id="attachment_28336" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: After a week of Rasa Fiesta Singapura Bar Adventures, come to Jiak Chuan street for the hottest party this month.
On the street, you will find dancers, limbo games, beer pong, live DJs and workshops.
Then, duck into participating outlets Lime House and Phat Cat Laundry for a drink, or check out the street booths!
Food vendors from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and the French Carribbean will also be here to satisfy your appetite.
There’s even a special free kids playground area so Mums and Dads can also have a drink!
Rasa Fiesta Singapura Block Party
Where: Jiak Chuan Road / Keong Saik Street
When: 15 Jul, 3pm – 10.30pm
4. TED x Pickering Street
If you spend your time on YouTube binge-watching TED Talks, you’ll wanna check this out.
TED x Pickering Street is a self-organized TED event for our own little community in Singapore.[caption id="attachment_28340" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: TED believes that great ideas and stories are not found only in the movers and shakers of the world, but in the most ordinary everyman.
Great ideas can and should be shared, regardless of language, and TED hopes to achieve this with this bilingual, language-blind TEDx event.
At TED x Pickering Street, live speakers from all backgrounds will spark deep discussions and connections.
Because sometimes, inspiration lives right next door without us even knowing it!
TED x Pickering Street
Where: ArtScience Musuem, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
When: 15 Jul, 1pm – 6pm
The Botanic Gardens is known for its occasional chill, picnic-style concerts.
This month, we have one supported by The Straits Times![caption id="attachment_28335" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image Credit: The Ladies Room[/caption]
Join the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor Jason Lai at the park for an evening of well-loved classics.
The more musically inclined may recognize some pieces from the line-up, which includes “Morning Mood” from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46, Third movement (Poco allegretto) from Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90.
There are also selections from West Side Story, Cinema Paradiso: Theme, First Youth, Love Theme, and “Ritual Fire Dance” from El amor brujo.
What’s best? Admission is free!
So make it a day to remember, and don’t forget your picnic mat!
The Straits Times Concert at Gardens
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
When: 22 Jul, 6pm
Contact no.: 6602 4200
6. The xx: I See You Tour
If indie music is your groove, this indie phenomenon must be a central part of your playlist.
London-based band The xx is landing on our shores this month with their I See You Tour![caption id="attachment_28341" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Image Credit: Following two spectacular headline shows here in 2013, The xx are set to bring the house down in their biggest Singapore show yet.
Formed in 2005, The xx are Romy Madley Croft (vocals, lead guitar), Oliver Sim (vocals, bass guitar), and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler).
The xx reveal that they are exploring a more playful, eclectic and expansive musical direction, winning new and old fans with singles such as ‘On Hold’ and ‘Say Something Loving’.
They’re also travelling with electronic/R&B musician Sampha, one of the UK’s most soulful rising artists!
This one-night-only concert promises to be an unforgettable experience – don’t miss it!
The xx: I See You Tour
Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, 397691
When: 25 Jul, 7pm
Contact no.: 3158 7888
Heads up, football fans!
The 2017 International Champions Cup is set to be held in Singapore this month.[caption id="attachment_28337" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image Credit: The International Champions Cup (ICC) is the world’s premier summer football tournament, bringing the best in football to iconic venues around the globe.
ICC Singapore will feature Chelsea FC, FC Bayern and FC Internazionale in a round-robin three-match tournament.
The fixtures in July will mark the first time these top European teams have played each other in Singapore.
So grab your jerseys and head to the Singapore National Stadium to catch your teams in action!
2017 International Champions Cup
Where: National Stadium, 1 Stadium Dr, 397629
When: 25, 27, 29 Jul, 7.35pm
Contact no.: 3158 7888
8. The O.P.E.N.
Ready to gain new insight into our world?
The O.P.E.N. is a public engagement initiative from the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) that offers just that.
[caption id="attachment_28339" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Image Credit: Singapore International Festival of The Arts[/caption]
A pre-festival of ideas before SIFA, The O.P.E.N. presents 5 weeks of exploration.
It presents a curated selection of events through diverse platforms, including film and creative displays.
You’ll be sure to come across fascinating questions and eye-opening insights about our world and humanity.
The curatorial theme for SIFA 2017 is “Enchantment”, so be prepared to be taken in with the unusual and unexpected of everyday life.
Where: Various Locations
When: 28 Jun – 9 Sep
9. Singapore Tea Festival
If your answer to the standard “coffee or tea” question is always the latter, read on.
The inaugural Singapore Tea Festival (STF) will be making its debut at the upcoming Food Festival![caption id="attachment_28343" align="aligncenter" width="1984"] Image Credit: Singapore Tea Festival[/caption]
Organised by The 1872 Clipper Tea Co., STF celebrates one of the world’s most popular beverages with a showcase of 17 homegrown tea brands.
Whether you’re a tea enthusiasts and just tea-curious, there’s something for you.
The weekend festival will feature new tea collections and signature tea blends, tea-inspired wares and modern tea bites, alongside tea-themed workshops and a tea heritage exhibition.
Adding to the mix are tea-related lifestyle offerings such as tea-pairing literature titles curated by BooksActually, lifestyle products from Naiise, and ceramic wares by Mud Rock.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, be sure to head on down!
Singapore Tea Festival
Where: B4 ION Station, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, 238801
When: 22 – 23 Jul, 10am – 10pm
10. Sunset Social Market
It’s no secret that our biggest national pastimes are eating and shopping.
Well, Open Farm Community (OFC) combines the best of both in its popular Social Market.[caption id="attachment_28338" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Image credit: Expat Living Singapore[/caption]
The market’s tenth edition is extra special.
It’s its first foodie-friendly edition, and also the first time it’s held in the evening instead of during the daytime.
Taking its cue from local foodie culture, the two-day market will bring together some of the island’s best artisanal bakers, gourmet grocers, small-batch producers, and modern-day hawkers.
More than just a day of feasting, the market grounds will also play host to communal activities for all ages.
Think a cocktail masterclass, DIY flower crowns, and leisurely strolls through OFC’s flourishing outdoor farm.
Sunset Social Market
Where: Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
When: 22 – 23 Jul, 3pm – 8pm
Contact no.: 6471 0306
What’re you waiting for?
With so much happening this month, your weekends are bound to be a rollercoaster of fun-filled activities!
The month of June is done and dusted!
At DiscoverSG, we love looking back on and celebrating all the exciting activities our ambassadors dropped in on in the month.
This month’s highlights include plenty of electrifying events and scrummy eats!
If boutique tea houses are your thing, you’ll love this dainty yet unique one.
Arteastiq is a teahouse/restaurant/art jam studio tucked away in Mandarin Gallery.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVY3yIxDyvO/?taken-by=cherzinga[/embed]
That means a full fancy 3-course meal (normally $48) prepared just for us![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVcGV7PFEhU/?taken-by=dianabakar_[/embed]
The brunch menu consists of hearty and healthy dishes, while the dinner menu features creative Asian fusion dishes.
For appetisers, the ambassadors had the signature pan seared duck foie gras.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVcLYc0gy7z/?taken-by=nicholaslgl[/embed]
Next up was the Herb-Crusted Codfish served on a bed of mash potatoes, asparagus, scallops and balsamic reduction sauce – a dish that was crunchy on the surface, while tender underneath.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BU3Fa6xBsbi/?taken-by=rachaelwong[/embed]
Other must tries are the Australian Wagyu ribeye with sweet potato fries, and mango strudel that has actual popping candy in it.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BWFExmXhO6d/?taken-by=vaneszs.h[/embed]
To complete our meal was an exclusive range of teas, brewed pot by pot on the spot with the finest tea leaves and herbs. (Psst! They even have alcoholic ones!)
Address: Mandarin Gallery, #04-14/15 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6235 8370
Whether or not you got the chance to go to Ultra Singapore, it’s hard to miss the hype that took over all our social media platforms.
We sent a whole bunch of our ambassadors down to join in the fun at the hottest party this year![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVZOTtkAu_o/?taken-by=claregwendolyn[/embed]
Just like last year, the 2-day electronic dance music festival in Singapore was ultra wet, ultra muddy, and ultra amazing![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVWwn1BBPF6/?taken-by=dtynx[/embed]
We partied the day and night away to music by headlining DJs, including Hardwell, Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki, Dash Berlin, Steve Angello, Tiësto, and Don Diablo.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVSMesTDQka/?taken-by=gracekowie[/embed]
Other famous names include Dubfire, Martin Solveig, Nic Fanciulli, Sasha & John Digweed and Showtek.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVUKSfegYXu/?taken-by=isapiaoz[/embed]
Not to forgot our local acts on the Live stage: homeboy ShiGGa Shay, DJ Duo Rave Republic, and singer-songwriter Jasmine Sokko.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVRo6nFnIgL/?taken-by=siowjiamin[/embed]
With stunning lights, visuals, sound and special effects, it was easy to stay upbeat and pumped even through the rain.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVKW19whTl_/?taken-by=victoinette[/embed]
You know a party is ultra good when it’s hard to go for one set and not have #FOMO from passing up on the others; that’s exactly how we felt about Ultra Singapore’s crazy line-up this year!
Can’t decide between steamboat and BBQ?
You don’t have to at Hao Lai Wu Steamboat and BBQ, where they let you cook your food both ways at the same table.[caption id="attachment_28052" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] Image Credit: Choose from 5 types of soups: Ma La, Tom Yam, Chicken, Double Boiled Herbal & Tomato, to cook them all in. [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVmWW8_ANco/?taken-by=chel.sea.ang[/embed]
They especially loved – and couldn’t stop eating – the prawns that were super fresh and sweet![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BV_VUEHArQc/?taken-by=nicholaslgl[/embed]
They went for the specialty Ma La broth that added a zing to all the ingredients – perfect for lovers of spicy food.
Why not have your next family dinner here? Its unique steamboat in a crystal pot and smokeless BBQ will not disappoint!
Hao Lai Wu Steamboat and BBQ
Address: 8 Sago Street, Singapore 059012
Open: Daily, 11am – 3am
4. Oo La Lab
“Fragrance is a powerful personal ritual… It is the right to see and to be seen in ways that are not made from words.”
If that speaks to you, or if you’re just a sucker for nice-smelling things, you’ll love Oo La Lab’s sensorial workshop session![caption id="attachment_28047" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: This craft fragrance lab lets you select from the finest raw ingredients to build your very own fragrance.
The perfume ingredients you pick are mixed on site and hand-poured to order.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVt4uXqACEX/?taken-by=chel.sea.ang[/embed]
They had a lot of fun reliving their days of mixing chemicals in science class, and were extremely satisfied with their final product![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVt6heyjJoT/?taken-by=cherzinga[/embed]
Whether you like floral, oriental or sporty scents, Oo La’s mixologists will guide you on how to achieve the perfect mix!
Or you could just go ham and create your own crazy scent that’s sure to be a conversation starter!
Oo La Lab Calling all tempura fans! Kogane Yama is the newest Japanese restaurant in town specializing in premium tendon bowls. Here, you get to choose your tendon toppings, base and spiciness level for a fully customisable tendon, just for you. The 4 flavours are Mixed Bowl ($15.80), Chicken Bowl ($13.80), Prawn Bowl ($13.80) and Vegetable Bowl ($11.80). Our ambassador Rachael headed there for a taste. She tried the Mixed Bowl, which had everything she could’ve asked for. She really loved the prawn tempura, chicken tempura and the green pepper, which were all so juicy under the crisp tempura crust!
Address: Commune Home, 02-51/52/53 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, 039596
Contact no.: 6338 3823
Calling all tempura fans!
Kogane Yama is the newest Japanese restaurant in town specializing in premium tendon bowls.[caption id="attachment_28164" align="alignnone" width="1023"] Kogane Yama[/caption]
Here, you get to choose your tendon toppings, base and spiciness level for a fully customisable tendon, just for you.
The 4 flavours are Mixed Bowl ($15.80), Chicken Bowl ($13.80), Prawn Bowl ($13.80) and Vegetable Bowl ($11.80).[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BV35F5JhTKd/?taken-by=rachaelwong[/embed]
Our ambassador Rachael headed there for a taste.
She tried the Mixed Bowl, which had everything she could’ve asked for. She really loved the prawn tempura, chicken tempura and the green pepper, which were all so juicy under the crisp tempura crust![caption id="attachment_28049" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image Credit: Fussy about what goes into your tendon? Now, you can have it just the way you like!
Address: 200 Victoria Street, #02-50 Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Open: Sun – Thu: 11am – 10pm; Fri & Sat: 11am – 11pm
Ô Batignolles is an open-air concept wine bar that serves up food and wine with authentic French flavours.[caption id="attachment_28051" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: It pays tribute to a stellar range of wines, curated from small batch independent and passionate winemakers throughout France.
The elegant and chic bar also offers a large selection of quality air-flown cheese, and iconic French fare.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BWIED1-A53-/?taken-by=nicholaslgl[/embed]
They discovered that Ô Batignolles had just added a new French Tapas selection to their menu – a new way to enjoy and share their signature French dishes, appetizer-style.[caption id="attachment_28050" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: They’ve also revamped their popular weekend brunch, which now includes free-flow croissants!
That sure sounds like something we’d get out of bed for!
Address: 2 Gemmill Lane 069247 Singapore
Contact no.: 6438 3913
7. The Bridge Bistro & Beacon Bar
Love a relaxing view of the sea while you eat?
The Bridge Bistro & Beacon Bar is a seafront bistro located at RSYC, Asia’s oldest yacht club.[caption id="attachment_28166" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Image Credit: This seafront bistro offers a selection of modern European cuisine with an Asian touch.
Their Signature bar lets you sip away on cocktails while watching the sun set in the horizon.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BV4YFWtB2nl/?taken-by=piinkmasquerade[/embed]
They were spoiled for choice – the newly revamped menu included a more comprehensive selection of yummy mains.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BWPqghlgYuQ/?taken-by=nicholaslgl[/embed]
The beautifully plated dishes also made the whole meal experience a feast for the eyes as much as it was for the belly.
The bar will also be updating their drinks menu really soon, in particular to lower prices.
So come and grab a drink with your friends and family! Here, you won’t have to worry about burning a hole in your pocket!
The Bridge Bistro & Beacon Bar
Address: Level 2, Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, 52 W Coast Ferry Rd, Singapore 126887
Contact no.: 6768 9443
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We’re also on the lookout for more ambassadors who are on a mission to discover the fun and exciting things in Singapore. If you love eating, shopping, and discovering new places in Singapore, drop us an email at [email protected].
If the only curries you’ve tried to date only vary in shades of brown, it’s time to spice things up (pun intended).
Aside from soup curry – a kind of soup-curry hybrid – there is also the unique white curry served at Tengawa Hokkaido White Curry![caption id="attachment_27844" align="aligncenter" width="1365"] Image Credit: Tengawa[/caption]
Tengawa is the newest Japanese enclave to join the line of Japanese restaurants on the second floor of Millenia Walk. Their signature dish is – you guessed it – white curry straight from Hokkaido!
This is the FIRST ever Japanese white curry restaurant in Singapore.
Hokkaido White Curry
Tengawa prides itself in being the first restaurant in Singapore to specialise in Japanese white curry.
Its creamy stew is made from pure and fresh Hokkaido milk.
Wondering what gives this curry its white texture? It’s actually the absence of tumeric, the spice that gives the curries we know and love its usual yellow-brown colour.[caption id="attachment_27842" align="aligncenter" width="1365"] Image Credit: Tengawa[/caption]
On Tengawa’s menu, you’ll find three set dishes.
Firstly, there’s the bestseller – the Crunchy Chicken Katsu White Curry Set ($15.80).[caption id="attachment_27845" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Tengawa[/caption]
The breading is light, crisp and fragrant, while the chicken within is moist and tender.
Next, there’s the Premium Ebi Fry White Curry Set ($16.80).[caption id="attachment_27843" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Tengawa[/caption]
Covered with the same breading as the chicken, opt for this for that light prawn flavour! The prawns are pretty large too, so you don’t have to worry about going hungry!
Lastly, there’s the Juicy Japanese Style Hamburg White Curry Set ($15.80).[caption id="attachment_27840" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Tengawa[/caption]
Its juicy and tender pork patty is nicely battered and well worth a try too!
Each of these sets come with a homely bowl of miso soup and chawanmushi, so you get even more of a mix of flavours and textures in your meal!
What’s On The Side
With just three dishes on the menu, you can be sure that each plate of creamy, curry goodness is made to perfection!
The chawanmushi is smooth and silky, with a lingering truffle taste.[caption id="attachment_27839" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Image Credit: Tengawa[/caption]
The fragrant short grain rice is cooked in small batches too, which means you always get them fresh from the cooker.
For extra authenticity, even the garnishes of yellow petals and perilla leaf are brought in from Japan!
A complete meal with a delicious, unique curry, it’s definite worth checking out the next time you’re not sure what to have for lunch!
Tengawa Hokkaido White Curry
Address: Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #02-16, Singapore 039596
Opening Hours: Daily, 11.30am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6265 1314
(Header Image Source: Tengawa)
There’s no need to mope over the end of the June holidays. This month, there’s still a host of exciting activities and scrummy new eats to dive into!
This month’s line-up includes a trippy circus, an out-of-this-island trip to pulau ubin, interesting art exhibitions, and new food spots to tickle your tastebuds. Whether you’re an adventurer, an art lover, or a die-hard foodie, here are some ways to keep yourself busy for the first half of July!
Here’s a calendar of 10 electrifying events and eats to try out this month!
Play & Discover
1. Singapore International Festival Of Arts
Who says Singapore’s art scene is dead?
The Singapore International Festival of Arts is just one of the many arts events happening this month![caption id="attachment_27802" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Image Credit: Singapore International Festival Of Arts[/caption]
From street performances to public film screenings, to even talks over brunch, everyone’s invited to this celebration of the Arts!
Helming the event are the best of local and international artists.
Maybe you’ll recognize some of the more established names like Robert Wilson, Michael Nyman, London Sinfonietta, and the Berliner Ensemble in the line-up.
This year, there are even some of the newest productions from Korea and the US, such as the award-winning The Chorus, Oedipus, and Robert Move’s Martha.
They’ll be showcasing quality works in theatre, dance, and music you don’t want to miss!
Singapore International Festival Of Arts
Where: Various Locations
When: 28 Jun – 9 Sep
2. Pink Dot
Let your pride shine at the brightest event of the year!
Pink Dot is set to bring together family, friends, and lovers of all kinds at its annual event.[caption id="attachment_27796" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: Hong Lim Park, New Bridge Road, Singapore 059299
When: 1 Jul, 5pm
3. Closing of Sungei Road Thieves Market
Sadly, another remnant of Singapore’s past will soon be no more.
After eight decades of existence, Singapore’s oldest flea market in Sungei Road will be turning its last page.[caption id="attachment_27804" align="aligncenter" width="930"] Image Credit: Sam’s Alfresco Coffee[/caption]
The open-air market was already reduced by half once, to make way for Jalan Besar MRT station.
This time, all of it will be cleared for residential and commercial developments.
Known as the “Thieves Market”, stolen items were once notoriously sold here.
Popular with tourists, foreign workers, and locals, it offers all sorts of nibs and nubs ranging from household items to jewellery and electronic items!
Come down and have a glimpse of this lesser-known bit of history before it’s gone for good!
Sungei Road Thieves Market
Where: Sungei Road
Last day: 10 July
4. Cirque du Soleil – KOOZA
Get ready for some jaw-dropping action.
Cirque Du Soleil is back in Singapore with KOOZA, its most chilling and thrilling show yet![caption id="attachment_27805" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Image Credit: Cirque Du Soleil[/caption]
KOOZA combines acrobatic performance with the art of clowning, while exploring the themes of fear, identity, and power.
Expect breathtaking acts like Hoops Manipulation, with up to 7 spinning hoops at once, as well as the Double Highwire, where the acts skitter and ride bicycles across wires criss-crossed diagonally at up to 25 feet above the stage.
There’s also the Skeleton Dance, a crazy trip to the dark side, and the Wheel of Death, an enormous spinning contraption that can’t be tamed.
Cirque du Soleil has brought so much wonder and delight to more than 300 cities, and it’s landed on our shores once again.
Don’t hold your breath, this is one circus show you’ll want to catch!
Cirque du Soleil – Kooza
Where: Under The Big Top Tent, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
When: 13 Jul – 20 Aug
Contact no.: 6348 5555
5. Gallery Children’s Biennale
No more dragging your children around to boring art exhibitions.
The National Gallery’s newest and most colourful display will have them clamouring to go again and again.[caption id="attachment_27797" align="aligncenter" width="1620"] Image Credit: National Gallery[/caption]
Themed “Dreams & Stories”, the Children’s Biennale invites not just children, but your inner child, to embark on a creative journey.
Exhibitions are interactive, and truly let you delve right into and explore the world through the eyes of different artists.
The Obliteration Room, for example, lets you stick colourful stickers all over the furniture and walls of a completely white room. Watch as the space magically transforms as more and more colourful spots are added to it!
A series of public programmes, film screenings, special family tours, and artist-led workshops for children are also in the line-up.
Here, there’s something for everyone to discover, whether young or young at heart!
Gallery Children’s Biennale
Where: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
When: 20 May – 8 Oct
Contact no.: 6271 7000
6. Pesta Ubin
We’ve all heard of Pulau Ubin, our most happening offshore island.
This July, the yearly Pesta Ubin celebrates all there is to this little island![caption id="attachment_27794" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Pesta Ubin[/caption]
Pesta Ubin is a kampung-style open house, during which people step up to share their special slice of Pulau Ubin with the public.
That means activities are heartfelt, organic, and passionately led by the community.
Expect kampung photo booths, map colouring booths for the kids, and even kayaking with the family.
The event is set to highlight all of Ubin’s unique charms, its culture, kampung life, nature, and wildlife, on both land and sea.
Leave the city attitude behind and get a taste of the kinder, gentler way of life here.
What’s more, most Pesta Ubin activities are free of charge and don’t require registration!
So, simply take a bumboat to Pulau Ubin and join in the fun!
Where: Pulau Ubin
When: 10 May – 16 Jul
7. Imaginarium: To The Ends Of The Earth
How much do you know about the planet we live in?
This nature-focused art exhibition brings you in for a closer look at the environments we reside in.[caption id="attachment_27848" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Image Credit: Time Out Singapore[/caption]
This is Singapore Art Museum’s seventh edition of the family-focused exhibition.
Young and old explorers alike are invited to see how people, flora, and fauna, adapt to their ever changing surroundings.
The lovely exhibits include a giant lizard’s tail, and a magical floating mountain.
There are even real life plants and mushrooms incorporated into the art pieces.
Walking amongst them will surely bring you closer to appreciating Earth’s many marvels.
With such inspiring and engaging artworks, be prepared to see the world that much differently by the end of it!
Imaginarium: To The Ends Of The Earth
Where: Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
When: 6 May – 27 Aug
Contact no.: 65899 580
The mention of curry most often brings to mind a spicy, thick gravy.
Well, Sama Curry & Café throws off all expectations as the first ever Japanese soup curry restaurant in Singapore.[caption id="attachment_26788" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Originating straight from Sapporo Hokkaido, Sama Curry reinvents curry in a delicious soupy bowl.
You’ll first get to take your pick from the Marathon Chicken, Oink Oink Hamburg, Keema Natto, Ocean Trophy or Vegetarian bear.
Then, choose from 30 levels of spiciness for just the right punch.
Lastly, select a soup base from Japanese wafu, Shrimp, Tomato or Coconut–and your perfectly customized curry bowl is done!
Remember to finish off your meal with their specialty Hokkaido Crab Cream Croquette!
Sama Curry & Café
Where: OUE Downtown 2 Gallery Level 2, 6a Shenton Way Singapore 068809
When: Mon – Sat: 11am – 9pm
Contact no.: 6224 0590
9. Gain City Durian Feast
Love it or hate it, durian is here to stay.
Gain City is holding a Gain City Durian Feast for all those who can’t get enough of our national fruit![caption id="attachment_27793" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Image Credit: Held for the third year running, Gain City is bringing durian lovers together for a sumptuous feast.
Get ready to pry open the spiny shell, and delve into the luscious flesh of the fruit you love so much.
You’ll also get to enjoy the cool breeze on the Gain City Megastore rooftop, mixed with the deliciously pungent scent of durian.
Remember to get your tickets online for this finger-licking good event!
Gain City Durian Feast
Where: Gain City Megastore @ Sungei Kadut, 71 Sungei Kadut Drive, Rooftop, Singapore 729577
When: 7 – 9 July
Contact no.: 6333 1212
10. Singapore Food Festival
There’s no question that our Singaporean love for good food runs deep in our blood.
Well, there’s no better time to eat like a local than at the annual Singapore Food Festival!
[caption id="attachment_27799" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Image Credit: Here, local culture, proud tradition, and contemporary dining are served up on a platter.
This is all done through unique culinary experiences, local chef collaborations, and workshops, which showcase Singapore’s rich heritage and culture.
Highlights include pairing traditional kueh with artisanal tea and coffee, learning to take great food photos like a professional, and an immersive food-and-dance experience!
Whether you’re a serious foodie or just a curious, hungry soul, you’ll get to savour a myriad of flavours and hear the stories behind the traditional snacks of Singapore.
So bring your appetite for a feast of the island’s best!
Singapore Food Festival
Address: Various Locations
When: 14 – 30 Jul
This ‘EZ-Link System’ For Beer Lets You Drink To Your Heart’s Content And Pay By The Millilitre
If craft beers are your thing, you’ll love this down-to-earth establishment in eastern Singapore.
Tucked away in the coastal Changi Village is Little Island Brewing Co., a quaint little bar and bistro with much to say for itself.[caption id="attachment_27257" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Be your own bartender with LIBC’s most unique feature–beer you tap yourself.
All you’ve got to do is grab a stored value card, pick your poison, and sample as much as you like! Prices are tagged to the volume of liquid goodness you dispense.[caption id="attachment_27259" align="aligncenter" width="839"] Image Credit: LIBC originals include the refreshing Pale Ale (Whiter Shade of Pale), Golden Ale (Sister Golden Ale), Red Ale (Ruby Tuesday), Singapore Pale Ale (Oh Yeah) and creamy Irish Dry Stout (Black Magic).
Behind the vats is Stephen Spinney, an award-winning British brew master with more than a dozen years of professional brewing experience.[caption id="attachment_27258" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: His craft beers are nothing short of authentic and delicious. Brewed in small batches on site, they’re all unfiltered, unfined and unpasteurised.
What’s best, with affordability at the heart of the business, you’ll only pay about $2 to $3 for 100 millilitres of happy juice.
That’s prices starting at just $10 a pint!
As tempting as it is to fill up on beer, you’ll want to spare some room for the (often beer-infused) food.
The dishes served at LIBC are just as mouth-watering, and are matches made in heaven with the drinks.[caption id="attachment_27260" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Their top-notch slow-cooked meats is the must-try here.
The signature beer belly pork is marinated in coffee, chilli and cumin, while the 15-hour smoked beef brisket comes with Memphis slaw, horseradish dressing and chimichurri sauce.[caption id="attachment_27377" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image Credit: There’s also short rib burger with Monterey jack and air dried Spanish ham, as well as fish ‘n’ chips–beer-battered sea bass fresh from the kelong.
And bite on this: their hearty set lunches go for just $15, while dinner is only $16.
Large tanks of beer equipment, concrete counters and communal wooden tables furnish the 10,000 square foot space.
The whole rustic atmosphere, especially the alfresco area, reminds us of an Australian beer garden.
[caption id="attachment_27261" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image Credit: The fermentation tanks on display and the ’60s psychedelic-inspired beer labels add an unforgettable quirk too.
With views through the trees and the sea just a stroll away, this is one place where your afternoon could easily leak into a chill evening session.
Little Island Brewing Co.
Address: Block 6 Changi Village Road, #01-01/02, Singapore 509907
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 12pm – 11pm; Fri & Sat: 12pm – 12am
Contact no.: 6543 9100
A New Café Gem Has Opened Up On Rangoon Road, And It’s Straight Out Of A Fairy Tale
We’re midway through June, but the holidays are far from over!
The fun this month isn’t stopping anytime soon either! As per usual, there’s a spread of thrilling events to head out to and fresh new dining spots to try out.
Think: a giant, hipster pasar malam, a magical DreamWorks carnival, and food exhibitions where you can stuff yourself silly. Whether you’re an artsy soul, die-hard foodie or music lover, we’ve got some ideas on how you can spend the remainder of June!
Here’s a calendar of 10 amazing activities and foods to delve into to wrap up the month!
Play & Discover
1. Geylang Serai Bazaar
Let the Hari Raya celebrations begin!
The annual Geylang Serai Bazaar is back–and it’s a not your usual pasar malam.[caption id="attachment_27242" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Our Kampung Spirit[/caption]
Expect to see over 1000 stalls, and sample all sorts of traditional Hari Raya goodies as you go along.
We can already taste the Ramly burger, kuih tart, kuih bangkit, otah-otah and other delicious snacks.
Why it beats your neighbourhood pasar malam though, is its selection of super instagrammable foods. Think candyfloss burritos, poke bowls, fried durians, rainbow planet ice-cream buns, unicorn tears and more–not to mention the many, many Thai milk tea stalls.
If you’re wondering how these picture perfect foods fared taste-wise, check out our verdict.
Nosh aside, you’ll enjoy colourful installations, free movie screenings, gigs, a pop-up museum and a heritage race as well!
Geylang Serai Bazaar
Where: Spans Geylang Serai market, Joo Chiat Complex and along Haig Road
When: 25 May – 24 June, 11am
2. 14th Singapore Open Gymnastic Championship
It’s spins, vaults, somersaults and tumbles galore!
That, and a whole lot more, is what you can expect at the riveting 14th Singapore Open Gymnastics Championships.[caption id="attachment_27248" align="aligncenter" width="2500"] Image Credit: Bishan Sports Hall, 5 Bishan Street 14 #02-0, Singapore 579783
When: 3 – 25 June
Admission: FOC – $10
Whether you’re an artsy soul or someone just looking for a photo op, it’s hard not to get excited over this new exhibition.
Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow is the most unique setup at the National Gallery right now![caption id="attachment_27247" align="aligncenter" width="991"] Image Credit: National Gallery[/caption]
One of the world’s most influential artists, Yayoi Kusama plays a crucial role in key art movements of the 20th and 21st centuries.
This exhibition in particular focuses on the immersive and expansive nature of her practice.
Step into her infinity mirror rooms and explore her intricate nets, dots and pumpkin motifs.
What’s more, encounter new paintings that have never been shown before!
It’s the perfect chance to discover her creative vision through paintings, sculptures, videos, and installations from the 1950s to the present. That, and take some pictures for the ‘gram too, of course.
Yayoi Kusama Exhibition
Where: National Gallery, City Hall Wing, Level 3, Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery
When: 9 Jun – 3 Sep
Admission: $15 (Singaporeans/PRs) / $25 (Non-Singaporeans)
4. UFC Fight Night
UFC fans rejoice!
Watch the fighters on your TV screen come to life at UFC Fight Night Singapore![caption id="attachment_27240" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: The Playbook[/caption]
You’ll be catching the sport’s finest athletes from around the globe compete in the world’s most intimidating arena, the Octagon!
There’s even a UFC Fan Experience outside the arena for the more hard core fans.
Challenge yourself at the Striking Challenge, try out the interactive activities at the booths, and don’t miss out on the photo opportunities.
Can’t wait for Fight Night? You can visit a day early to catch the ceremonial weigh-ins and a guest fighter Q&A session on Friday!
UFC Fight Night Singapore
Where: The Octagon, Singapore Indoor Stadium
When: 17 Jun, 4.45pm – 10pm
The local music scene seems to really be flourishing.
This time, local acts are coming together for a good cause at the ADAC Music Concert![caption id="attachment_27246" align="aligncenter" width="744"] Image Credit: CNB[/caption]
That’s ADAC for Anti-Drug Abuse Campaign. Organised by The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and the National Council Against Drug Abuse (NCADA), this FREE music concert will bring together all your favourite local musicians.
There’s Inch Chua, Scarlet Avenue, The Sam Willows, THELIONCITYBOY and Taufik Batisah!
With tunes like “Help Me” (Scarlet Avenue) and “High On Love” (Taufik Batisah), we’ll be singing along, while bearing the all-important anti-drug message in mind.
ADAC Music Concert
Where: Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
When: 16 Jun, 6pm – 10pm
This year, we will see Asia’s first ever DreamWorks Day right here in Singapore!
Take part in the 5km Fun Run, or the 800m Kids Dash and Carnival with your little ones!
You’ll be doing all that alongside your favourite DreamWorks characters from Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon.
Beneficiaries of this event include the Children’s Cancer Foundation, Wishing Well, and Club Rainbow!
This run is truly a great opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends, while doing some good for those in need!
Where: Gardens By The Bay, Bay East Garden
When: 24 Jun, 4pm – 8pm
7. Gardens Turns 5
Let the birthday celebrations begin!
Our favourite futuristic garden, Gardens By The Bay, turns 5 this month, and it’s throwing a big birthday bash to mark the occasion.[caption id="attachment_27245" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: YouTube[/caption]
Expect nothing short of a myriad of festivities that all can enjoy!
There will be a display of blooms in the rarest colour–shades of blue–at the Blue Beauties floral display in the Flower Dome!
Also not to be missed is a special edition of the nightly Garden Rhapsody light and sound show. The experience will be further enhanced with stunning video mapping that tells the story of the Gardens’ journey through the years.
Another highlight is the ‘Wonder Through Your Eyes’ photo exhibition, where your own fondest memories at the Gardens will be featured alongside other unforgettable moments.
So come join in the fun at Gardens, where wonder truly blooms!
Gardens Turns 5
Where: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953
When: Fri, 19 May 2017 – Fri, 30 Jun 2017
Contact no.: 6420 6848
Hit us baby one more time!
We can’t believe Pop Princess Britney Spears is coming to our shores this June![caption id="attachment_27244" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Asia Live 365[/caption]
The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon will be making her 7th stop in Asia here.
With 150 million records sold worldwide, seven Billboard Music Awards and the Billboard’s Millennium Award to her name, you won’t find someone who hasn’t heard of her.
Her catchy songs “Baby One More Time” and “Piece of Me” get everyone singing along when they come on the radio and during Karaoke. Now, you get to catch Britney performing in the flesh!
If you want a piece of that, hurry and grab your tickets!
Britney Spears Concert
Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium
When: 30 June, 8pm
Contact no.: 3158 7888
Price: S$188 – S$568
The Yummy Food Expo 2017 provides the perfect opportunity to stuff your face with all the good food Singapore has to offer!
When: 22 Jun – 25 Jun
This one’s for you avid snackers and junk food lovers! (That’s all of us, to be honest.)
The World Snack Fair 2017 is sure to satisfy all your sweet and salty cravings![caption id="attachment_24343" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: Emaze[/caption]
This yummy exhibition is set to feature hundreds of different snack brands from all around the world.
Popular brands you will be familiar with include Japanese brands Meiji and Calbee. We can hear the crunch of potato chips already!
There will also be Ichiban kuji for the Otakus to get anime merchandise, and international guest cosplayers.
A maid and butler cafe will also be set up on-site for those who enjoy themed cafes!
World Snack Fair
Where: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Level 3, Concourse 1-4, Singapore 039593
When: 30 Jun – 1 Jul, 10am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6560 5424
Well, what are you waiting for?
Don’t let the second half of your June holidays slip away!
We think now’s the best time to get busy, trying out as many fun activities as possible, to give us that boost we need for school/work the rest of the year!
If you love a good maze, or have been told you look at your own reflection too much, you’ll love the newest setup at the Science Centre.
Professor Crackitt’s Light Fantastic! Mirror Maze has to be the most visually pleasing permanent exhibition yet.
But beware–it’s super trippy.[caption id="attachment_27266" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image credit: The psychedelic showcase features 105 mirror cells, and more than 17 interactive exhibits and experiments on light.
There’s also a whole bunch of fake exits and holograms to add to the thrill–or panic–depending on how brave you are.[caption id="attachment_27268" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: The rooms house exhibits like crazy kaleidoscopes and a lightning entrapment apparatus. [caption id="attachment_27267" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: The brains behind the maze is Adrian Fisher Design, the world’s leading creator of mazes and seven time Guinness World Record holder.
Attempting the maze could be a daunting feat for some, but if you feed off a sense of adventure, you’ll enjoy every bit of it.
There’s a story behind the maze too.
Professor Crackitt, an eccentric, fictional scientist has lost his pet parrot Wattnot in his vast laboratory (read: the mirror maze), and you’re supposed to help him find it.
So make sure you look out for this parrot, even as you tinkle with the whimsical experiments along the way.[caption id="attachment_27265" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Image Credit: It is the Science Centre after all, so be prepared to be tossed nuggets of fun facts about light and reflection!
You’ll surely learn a lot as you go through the life-size labyrinth of mirrors.
Will you find your way through the identical looping corridors, or will you run into yourself on your way out?
Professor Crackitts Light Fantastic Mirror Maze
Address: Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
Opening Hours: From 14 June 2017, 10.00 am
Contact no.: 6425 2500
If your idea of paradise is to be surrounded by animals of all kinds, this one’s for you.
We all know the Zoo, the Bird Park, the Night Safari, and the River Safari. Let’s be honest, you can only visit these places so many times before you get bored of it.
Here are 7 lesser-known places in Singapore for you animal lovers to get up close and personal with some cute (and some less cute) critters. From rabbits to goats, to tortoises, you’re sure to find your spirit animal in one of these animal enclaves.
A word of warning though: some of these critters aren’t as cute and fluffy as the ones you may have in mind…
1. The Animal Resort
It seems like gone are the days when animals could run and roam freely around our homes.
The Animal Resort brings a taste of that back with its little zoo with a kampong twist![caption id="attachment_25431" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image Credit: T81 Seletar West Farmway 5, Singapore 798061
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm daily
Contact no.: 64821160 / 91271323
Make friends with goats at Hay Dairies!
Walking down the enclosures, these amicable and curious animals will poke their noses through the bars to nudge your hand, as if to say “hello”.[caption id="attachment_25433" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] Image Credit: No. 3 Lim Chu Kang, Agrotech Park Lane 4, Singapore 718859
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed, Sun: 9am – 4pm; Farm is closed on Tuesdays
Contact no.: 6792 0931
These slow and chill guys are our spirit animal for sure.
The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum lets you enter a rare world of turtles and tortoises.[caption id="attachment_26861" align="alignnone" width="1332"] Image Credit: Wikimedia[/caption]
You’ll be surrounded by 200 turtles and tortoises of more than 60 different species.
Be entertained by the funny antics of the Terrapins and Soft Shells roaming freely through the park. You can also pet and hand feed some of them! If you are in luck, you might even witness eggs hatching.
The founders of this museum rescue and rehabilitate the rarer species. These include “Double Happiness”, a two-headed, six-legged turtle that was nursed back to health after she was found in critical condition.
It is a common Chinese belief that turtles and tortoises represent longevity. So come soak up the good fortune with these zen creatures!
The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum
Address: 1 Chinese Garden Road, Singapore 619795
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm daily
Contact no.: 6268 5363
For a nature paradise and getaway from the hectic city life, try Farmart Centre!
Their simple setup and rest-and-relax activities will give you a glimpse of the kampung spirit.[caption id="attachment_25427" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] Image Credit: Adrian Video Image[/caption]
Its “Weekend Animal Corner” lets everyone interact with the small animals. Experience the feeding of goats, rabbits, bullfrogs, tortoises, and many more.
You can also sign up for one of their interesting and educational farm tours. You’ll be taken around and introduced to all the different farm animals around the Kranji area!
Don’t leave before having a good lunch of Traditional hot wok Zi Char, Hot Grilled BBQ Chicken Wings, Otah Otah and Malay Satay!
Address: 67 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 699008
Opening Hours: Food Outlets: Sun – Thu: 10am – 10pm; Fri, Sun, PH: 10am – 12am
Contact no.: 67670070
If calming sea creatures are more your thing, the endless rows of koi ponds at Mainland Tropical Fish Farm will be a treat.
It’s a great place to indulge in a bit of fishing or fish feeding![caption id="attachment_25423" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: Andrew, Shuhua, Claire[/caption]
Buy a pack of fish food from the shop and watch the pretty koi gather eagerly for a bite. Or try your hand at longkang fishing and prawn fishing.
Dip your feet at the fish spa for a ticklish, yet relaxing experience. Or simply gaze at the scores of ornamental fish on display and admire nature’s handiwork.
Should you decide to take home a finned friend, you’ll find everything you need for its well-being right here!
Mainland Tropical Fish Farm
Address: No.1 Pasir Ris Farmway 1, Singapore 519352
Opening hours: 8.30am – 7pm daily
Contact no.: 62873883, 65843643, 65812550
You’ll hear them before you see them.
These outspoken creatures at Jurong Frog Farm are sure to greet you as you enter their home![caption id="attachment_26862" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Image Credit: 51 (Plot 56) Lim Chu Kang Lane 6 Singapore 718864
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 9am – 6pm (reserved for booked tours and pick up of purchases); Sat, Sun, PH: 9am – 5.30pm
Contact no.: 6791 7229
Don’t forget that insects are animals too!
Butterfly lovers will love Oh’ Farms Butterfly Lodge, a place that houses around 20 local butterfly species.[caption id="attachment_25426" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Image Credit: Butterflies of Singapore[/caption]
This butterfly-friendly flight cage allows visitors to observe and enjoy the butterflies in a landscaped garden environment.
The habitats are carefully designed to allow the butterflies to fly freely and go about their daily business with as little interference as possible. Nectar collecting and flower pollinating is all very important stuff.
You’ll also learn about the ecology and conservation of butterflies, and appreciate the diversity and beauty of Singapore’s butterfly fauna.
Come marvel at the beauty of these flying jewels as they flit just by your ear!
Address: 14A, Bah Soon Pah Road, Singapore 769970
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 8am – 5pm; Closed on Sundays & PH
Contact no.: 67538011
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