10 Fresh Events And Food Spots That Have Just Popped Up In The Second Half Of July [16-31 July]

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!

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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

2. Baybeats

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

The O.P.E.N.
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!

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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.

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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!

Also read Ambassador Highlights #11 – High Tea, Custom Tendon, DIY Perfume & More!

10 Must-Try Events And Eats For An Out Of This World May [1-15 May]

It’s the start of a new month!

That means a whole new wave of fresh events, food havens and shopping spots to drop in on.

There are rad runs for the fitness junkies, movies by the beach for those who just want to chill, and affordable new restaurants that have sprung up to excite the foodie in all of us.

Here’s a checklist of 10 fun, exciting activities for a marvelous start to May!

Play & Discover

1. Star Wars Festival

Star Wars fans rejoice!

Come May the 4th, Gardens by the Bay will come alive with Star Wars themed highlights, transporting you to a galaxy far, far away.

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Chewbacca, one of the heroes of the Rebellion, and Kylo Ren, dark warrior from the First Order, will also be in town for the festival!

Star Wars Festival
Where: Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953
When: 4 May – 6 May
Time: 3.00pm – 11.00pm
Contact no.: 6420 6848
“The Dark side, and the Light. Choose Your Side. Run. It is your Destiny.”

Another event happening in conjunction with Star Wars Day is the intense and epic Star Wars Run!

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The race pack itself is pretty sick, including a themed drawstring bag, t-shirt, towel, and Yoda or Darth Vader plush toy, depending on which side you’ve pledged your allegiance to.

Join the ever first Star Wars Run in Singapore with fellow fans and family, and look forward to a night dedicated to all things Star Wars.

Whichever side you’re on… May the Force be with you!

Star Wars Run
Where: Bayfront Event Space (Open tarmac space beside Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre), 12A Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018940
When: 6 May
Time: 10km Competitive Run at 7pm; 4.5km Non-Competitive Run at 8pm
Contact no.: 9773 7734
Sunset Cinema

Celebrate the best things about living in the tropics at Sunset Cinema, the newest open-air cinema event at Singapore’s beautiful Tanjong beach.

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Think award-winning new film releases, tropical beach sunsets, DJs, bars, food stalls, and deck chairs. Knockout film features include ‘Jackie’, starring Natalie Portman, and ‘Lion’, a movie starring Dev Patel that’s based on true events.

Head over for the perfect way to relax with friends, and experience the beautiful tropical evenings of Singapore like you’ve never done before.

Many of the tickets have already been snapped up, so gather your friends now and get your tickets ASAP!

Sunset Cinema by Peroni
Where: 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Singapore 098942
When: 5 May – 14 May

4. The Music Run

Come May, AIA will be bringing the beat to Singapore with The Music Run, the world’s loudest 5km running course.

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When: 6 May
Time: 5.00pm
Singapore Heritage Festival

This is something a true, blue Singaporean won’t want to miss.

Explore the nooks and crannies of our island home at Singapore Heritage Festival 2017!

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You’ll also get the rare opportunity to check out normally inaccessible places, such as Bukit Pasoh.

So come on down and uncover the untold stories of Singapore’s shared spaces and way of life!

Singapore Heritage Festival
Where: All around Singapore
When: 28 April – 14 May
Contact no.: 6701 1232
Heads up, Mother’s Day is just around the corner.

And what better way to celebrate the most important woman in your life than by attending a lovely outdoor concert together?

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‘s Mother’s Day Concert will be held among the lush greenery of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

If you have fond memories of going on picnics with Mum as a child, this is the perfect way to relive those memories.

The delightful repertoire includes excerpts from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Sixth Symphonies, and Massenet’s beautiful “Méditation” from Thaïs.

A limited number of Mother’s Day gifts will also be given out, so drop by the SSO booth with Mum to get your hands on it!

SSO Mother’s Day Concert
Where: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road Singapore 259569
When: 14 May
Time: 6.00pm
Admission: Free


7. Brine

If you’ve been to The Laneway Market, you’ll be excited to know that its sister restaurant has just opened!

Brine aims to deliver unique restaurant-level fare at down to earth prices.

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You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find different flavour pairings in all the dishes at this chill, casual eatery.

Quirky creations include The Crunch, a dish with soft-poached egg, puffed rice, marble potatoes, truffle mushroom pate, and ebiko, as well as the battered John Dory burger with homemade tartar and tomato basil concasse.

We know where we’ll be booking our next lunch appointment!

Where: 775 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198743
Opening Hours: Everyday except Monday. Lunch: 12.00pm – 3.00pm, Dinner: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Contact no.: 8748 0788

8. The Masses

“Contemporary, happy food” is what this resto serves.

The Masses stays true to its word by using fresh, seasonal produce and allowing recipes to be simple, yet dynamic.

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If you’re familiar with the affordable French food chain, Saveur, you’ll be delighted to know that The Masses is opened by the same owner!

You’ll find familiar dishes on the menu, such as the crab and caviar angel hair pasta. Must-tries are the deep fried camembert dessert, 12-hour braised short ribs, and The Egg–a silky egg custard served with spoonfuls of salmon roe and flying fish roe, alongside crispy house chips and hazelnut butter.

Most of the dishes are priced below $20, making it truly quality restaurant fare at affordable prices.

The Masses
Where: 85 Beach Rd, Singapore 189694
Opening  Hours: Mon, Tues & Thurs 12.00pm – 9.30pm; Wed, Fri & Sat 12.00pm – 12.00am; Sun 12.00pm – 9:00pm
Contact no.: 6266 0061

9. Salmon Samurai

Salmon lovers rejoice!

Newly opened Salmon Samurai is set to serve salmon in all its delicious forms.

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Maki, sashimi, donburi… the list goes on.

If salmon dishes are your go-to, you must pay a visit to this salmon specialist.

The casual eatery offers a host of salmon-centric dishes, including the omega donburi, salmon mentaiko udon, and the hearty garlic shoyu salmon with runny onsen egg.

Salmon Samurai
Where: 100 Tras Street, Singapore 079027
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11.00am – 8.00pm; Weekends: 12.00pm – 6.00pm
Contact no.: 6543 6823


10. Makers Fashion Bazaar

Makers Singapore isn’t just any ordinary arts retail store.

What’s unique about it is it features handmade and designed goods that you can’t find anywhere else.

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With a focus on fashion entrepreneurship and arts & crafts, you’ll find products made through hours of love and effort.

Some of the unique wares you can expect at this bazaar include pet products, journals made from vintage children’s books, fudge, handmade baby quilts, cool garments, flavored handcrafted soap, all kinds of jewelry, and many many more.

Come on down to show your support for a generation of local creative talents!

Makers Fashion Bazaar
Where: 18 Tai Seng Shopping Mall
When: 1 May – 7 May
Time: 11.00am to 8.00pm
Contact no.: 8828 1989

We can’t wait to drop in on these exciting events, and chow down at these delicious food spots!

With Mother’s Day falling on 14 May, why not take the chance to spend some quality time with Mother dearest at these events?

Also, read 2017 Is The Year Of Star Wars – Singapore Has Its First Star Wars Festival And Everyone Is Invited

12 Valentine’s Day Date Experiences That Don’t Involve Dinners And Movies

Don’t get us wrong, the dinner and movie date will always be a classic. But if you’ve been together for a while now, you must be a little bored by this date combination.

This special occasion, Valentine’s Day, is when couples should spend time together doing something more memorable. Shake things up by taking your pick amongst these fun, relaxing and romantic activities guaranteed to give both of you quality time. You’ll make memories to keep for a lifetime.

Make this Valentine’s Day an extra special one, with these 12 date experiences you won’t forget!

1. Live Music at the Botanic Gardens

If the standard picnic isn’t quite special enough for you, try one where you and your date are serenaded by incredible live music, against the backdrop of a moonlit sky.

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The Singapore Botanic Gardens Bandstand will be showcasing a series of melodic live acts the weekend before Valentine’s Day. So grab your sweetheart and a picnic mat for two unforgettable nights of soul soothing indie pop in the middle of a natural scenic setting.

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with good music, lush greenery and a sky full of stars? Head down with your loved one early enough to grab a good spot and catch the sunset together before a relaxing night.

Valentine’s Day 2017 @ Botanic Gardens
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Bandstand
Date: 10-12 Feb 2017
Time: 6pm to 10pm
Price: Free

2. Marina Bay Sands Light & Water Show

If you haven’t seen the Wonder Full Light and Water Spectacular at Marina Bay Sands yet, this is something uniquely Singaporean that you and your loved one have to experience together at least once. This is one majestic water-fire-light show that’ll take your breath away.

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The show begins with a single drop of water, signifying the beginning of life, and matures into a vibrant extravaganza–so much like your ever growing love. Fall in love again amidst the amazing convergence of light, music and sound, with the stunning cityscape of Singapore lit up in the backdrop.

If you’re enjoying a post dinner stroll along the Marina Bay, be sure not to miss this majestic show that will add that spark to complete your romantic and breezy evening at the waterfront.

Wonder Full Light and Water Show
Where: Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza at the Promenade
When: Sunday-Thursday 8pm, 9:30pm; Friday-Saturday: 8pm, 9:30pm, 11pm
Price: Free
Tel: 6688 8868
Don’t just promise your beloved the moon and the stars–show it to them! If there’s a most stereotypical romantic nighttime date, stargazing has to be it. And yes, you can do that right here in Singapore.

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For one night each week, the Science Centre Observatory offers free star-gazing sessions. Peer at the surrounding constellations in both the northern and southern celestial hemispheres through their super telescopes, and perhaps catch a meteoroid shower while you are it. Andromeda is also a lesser-known observatory where you catch glimpses of star clusters in the Andromeda Galaxy.

For a little more privacy, you can also try West Coast Park, Fort Canning Hill, (or any secluded spot far from the city lights, really!) in the evenings to immerse yourselves in the celestial spectacle.

Science Centre Observatory
Where: Singapore Science Centre Omnitheatre, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road
When: Every Friday, 7.30pm to 10pm
Price: Free

Andromeda Observatory
Where: Woodlands Galaxy Community Club, 31 Woodlands Avenue 6
When: Every Friday and Saturday, 7.30PM-9.30PM
Price: $1 per visit

4. Couple Spa

Noticed that work has been taking a toll on your loved one? Stress can take away the sweet moments you’re supposed to be spending together, so take this Valentine’s Day to relax and pamper yourselves at with a couple spa package!

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We recommend Auriga Spa specially for this V-day. Chill in one of its four couple spa suites that come with their private garden. Their PS I Love You head-to-toe treatment starts with a relaxing foot massage with rose scrub, followed by a indulgent full body massage.

A candlelit bath–yes, with rose petals and the lot–and two glasses of champagne round off your intimate session.

Auriga Spa
Address: Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Singapore 098297
Open: Daily 10am-10pm
Tel: 6591 5023
Price: PS I Love You Treatment $688 for two/165 minutes

Also, read Nothing Above $60 – Indulge In An Affordable Full Body Massage

5. Perfume Workshop

Embrace your chance to create a custom fragrance with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. At Je T’aime Perfumery’s couples perfume workshop, you’ll be able to design the perfect blend of unique ingredients based on you and your partner’s traits and preferences.

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For starters, you’ll be given a perfume personality questionnaire. Shake things up by filling it in for each other, and you may be surprised by the results! You can then use that as a guide to match the oils in olfactory families and create the formula for a signature scent only you two will have. #couplegoals

Je T’aime Couples Perfume Workshop
Where: 90 Good Man Road, Block O, #01-57 Singapore 439053
When: Monday & Tuesday 10am to 4pm; Wednesday-Sunday 10am to 8pm
Price: $250
Tel: (65) 91814871
Email: [email protected]

6. Island Hopping

Thinking of a short getaway with your sweetie?

Spend the day on one of Singapore’s scenic Southern islands, or explore the lot of them! Singapore Island Cruises runs daily ferrying services to Singapore’s many secretive islands off the coast.

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Kusu Island boasts Malay shrines, a Chinese temple, tortoises and beautiful beaches, while Sisters’ Island allows for camping and snorkeling. St. John’s Island has great trekking, swimming and fishing, while Lazarus Island is perfect for suntanning and picnicking.

No matter where you go, you’re bound to feel like you’re on vacation.

Try island hopping to create an exclusive and memorable Valentine’s Day for you and your beloved!

Singapore Island Cruise
Where: #01-04 Marina South Pier, 31 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018988
When: See site for individual ferry schedules
Price: $18 per two-way ticket
Tel: 6534 9339
Here Are 6 Singapore Offshore Islands You Can Visit To Get Away From The Crowd!

7. Say It With Love

Celebrate Cupid’s season with your loved one by heading down to The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay for Say it with Love–an assortment of activities to enjoy with your partner, and even friends and family.

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Create a field aglow with dreams by penning your wishes for each other on a glow-in-the-dark windmill to plant on an expanse of green.

You can also art jam with artists from Band of Doodlers, buy a unique handcrafted item for a good cause, or create a gift for that special someone at fun workshops. The highlights of the event are the cosy evening picnic and movie under the stars.

Pack your own picnic or get a couple’s picnic bag ($60-$65), which comes with a mat, snacks and a choice of either wine, a platter of finger food or a box of sandwiches.

Say It With Love
Venue: The Meadows, Gardens By The Bay
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
When: Friday 24 Feb 2017  Saturday 25 Feb 2017
Price: Free

8. Dance Classes

Venture out of your comfort zone and learn something new together this Valentine’s Day by signing up for a couple dance class! John & Josephine Dance Creative offers Latin, Waltz, Cha Cha and many other styles for you to Tango the night away.

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Partner dances are beautiful, intimate, and require much communication and coordination. That should pretty much strengthen your relationship, and we promise that you will have a ball of a time!

Ballroom dancing may be a good one to start with, since you’ll have to learn to do it at your wedding anyway. Hint hint.

John & Josephine Dance Creative
Where: John & Josephine Dance Creative, 1 Sophia Road, #06-27/28, Peace Centre, Singapore 228149
Open: Monday-Friday 12 noon to 10pm, Saturday-Sunday 12 noon to 6pm
Price: $100 per Lesson (per couple), $350 for 4 Lessons
Tel: 6334 6230
Email: [email protected]

9. Pasta Making Workshop

The couple that cooks together, stays together.

That’s why Plentyfull has put together a pasta-making workshop specially for the month of February. You and your partner will follow Head Chef Victor Loy in learning how to make gnocchi from scratch!

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Each of the three workshops showcases something different: Russet Potato Gnocchi with Mushroom & Spinach (14 Feb), Pumpkin Gnocchi with Kale & Pecorino (21 Feb), and Gratinated Gluten Free Gnocchi with Anchovies & Capers (28 Feb).

Drop by to pick up a new recipe for a hearty, wholesome, home-cooked meal you can make together for dinner!

Plentyfull Pasta Making Workshop
Where: 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-79/80 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
When: 14, 21 & 28 February 2017
Price: $38 per person
Tel: 6493 2997
Email: [email protected]

10. Walk in Nature

With so many green spaces in Singapore, a leisurely stroll amongst our ample greenery makes for a great date idea. You can share a peaceful day in your own world, traipsing through leafy shrubs under the shade of the towering trees.

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Take your pick from the many walking guides provided by NParks.

Take your love to new heights at the MacRitchie TreeTop Walk, relive history amongst the Changi Heritage Trees or Fort Canning Park, or go completely off the beaten track at Pulau Ubin.

Hike hand in hand through these walking trails and reconnect in the wilderness this Valentine’s Day!

NParks Walking Guides

11. Cosmic Bowling

Remember the good old days dating at the bowling alley? How about some late night, glow-in-the-dark bowling this Valentine’s Day?

It’s as cool as it sounds. Luminous balls and pins, blasting dance music and disco lighting will surely make for a date night to remember.

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Choose amongst Rock, Retro, Kpop and R&B themes on separate nights, and head to your favourite. Get pumped up be prepared to bowl your partner over with your moves both on the alley and the dance floor!

Orchid Bowl Cosmic Bowling
SAFRA Yishun,  60 Yishun Avenue 4 Singapore 769027
The Chevrons, 48 Boon Lay Way, Singapore 609961
E!hub, Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Cl, Singapore 519599
When: Saturdays; individual dates listed on website
Price: $24.50 (SAFRA members), $30 (non-members)
Tel: 6752 6219
Email: [email protected]

12. AcroYoga Classes

Yes, you too can be one of those cool couples on Instagram who are always trying fun new things.

This Valentine’s Day, take an Acroyoga class with your loved one! The dynamic aerial postures not only increase core strength and flexibility, but more importantly unites your mind, body and spirit.

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This zen sport calms you down, reduces stress and anxiety, and puts you in a better mood. Partner yoga in particular deepens the practice by including your lover in postures where breathing and moving together is key.

At the end of it, expect improved levels of communication, deeper expressions of postures and higher levels of trust.

Acroyoga Jam Singapore
Where: Raffles Place on the outdoor grass lawn in front of The Providore, Raffles MRT
When: Every Thursday 8pm to 10pm, Sunday 4pm to 6pm

Shelve your dinner and movie plans, have them another day instead. This Valentine’s Day, we’ve suggested special date night (and day) plans for you already.

Take this chance to spend some good old quality time bonding with your special someone, with some of these memorable activities you can experience as a couple. All you’ve got to do is grab your sweetheart and head to these romantic events happening all throughout the sweetest month of the year!

Also, read 8 Awesome Valentine’s Day Dinner And Gift Ideas For A Truly Special Date

8 Unmissable And Fun Events To Attend So You Can End Your Year With A Bang! [16-31 Dec]

We’re in the final weeks of 2016! What better way to end this year than to head down to these Singapore events!

Christmas Events Aren’t Over Just Yet!

1. Trees Of The World @ Botanic Gardens

If you’re keen to get away from the Christmas crowd yet still want to feel the Christmas spirit, head down to the Botanic Gardens.

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1 Cluny Road, S259569
Opening Hours: 5am – 12am

2. Christmas @ Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station will be bidding us farewell with an all day Christmas carnival.

The national monument, which will be making way for the Cantonment MRT station on the Circle Line, will be holding its last open house on 25 Dec. Featuring a Christmas market selling Christmas treats, visitors will also be able to enjoy live jazz performances along the tracks of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
30 Keppel Road, S089059
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm

Play & Discover

3. Cirque Adrenaline

From the producers behind acclaimed shows, The Illusionists and Le Noir, Cirque Adrenaline is in Singapore this December!

Head down to MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay for a heart pounding show that is guaranteed to keep you at the edge of your seat. Featuring over 30 performers carrying out death defying acts such as the Wheel of Death and the Sphere of Fear, Cirque Adrenaline will be a circus like no other you’ve witnessed!

Ticket prices start from $38.50.

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There’s the Bounce area which allows both the young and old to conquer 15 inflatable obstacles. Slide, which features a wet adventure segment (perfect for the humid Singapore weather)! Jump is Southeast Asia’s Tallest Blob Jump sponsored by DBS. Of course, there’ll be Feast, where you can savour a wide array of international and local fare.

Conveniently located in the CBD, blow off some steam after work at BounceOff! Fiesta!

BounceOFF! Fiesta
Bayfront Event Space
2 Dec – 1 Jan
Opening Hours: Weekdays 5pm – 11pm; Weekends 2pm – 11pm

5. The Local People Market @ CHIJMES

Keen to pick up some last minute Christmas presents without the crowd?

The Local People, in partnership with CHIJMES, will be throwing their own Xmas In The Tropics party.

Booths offering up handmade jewellery, knick knacks, pieces of art and food (of course) will be filling CHIJMES. Best part? They’re still on the look out for booths. So if you’re a looking to sell your handmade creations or if you’re shopper keen to pick up Christmas gifts, head on down to CHIJMES!


For one, this race takes place when the sun goes down. Second, the neon glow water you will be splashed with will light participants up like the Christmas lights along Orchard Road. With different themed music zones and a huge party at the finish line, you’re bound for a ‘colourful’ time at Illumi Run 2016!

Illumi Run 2016
Palawan Green, Sentosa
17 Dec, 7pm

7. Mulan The Musical

Arriving after its hit premiere in Taiwan, this Chinese romantic-comedy musical presents its own unique take on the popular legend of Hua Mulan.

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Ticket prices start from $68

Mulan The Musical
Resorts World Theatre
Resort World Sentosa
8 Sentosa Gateway S098269
16 Dec – 5 Feb


8. Yogurtland

American froyo brand Yogurtland has opened its doors at Suntec City.

The popular frozen yoghurt brand boasts an array of over 200 different and customised flavours.

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Yogurtland not only carries the freshest and best ingredients, but there’s also a colourful topping bar filled with both healthy and indulgent options.

The Yogurtland outlet in Suntec City will also see a rotating list of flavours changing every three weeks such as Salted Caramel Pecan and Dragon Passion Tart.

They are currently running an Instagram contest where you can stand a chance to win an Apple Watch!

First, snap a picture of your best fro-yo creation either at the Photo Booth provided at Yogurtland or with your own backdrop. Next, post it on Instagram with hashtags #YogurtlandSingapore and #WatchMyYogurtland to stand a chance to win the Apple Watch!

Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard S038983

From musicals to outdoor festivals, December is bound to be an exciting month. Drop us a comment and let us know which ones you’ll be checking out!

Also, read Fit For A King: You’ll Need These Delectable Desserts To Complete Your Christmas Feast!

Check Out These 4 Crazy Big Houses Where The REAL Crazy Rich Asians Live

They say home is where the heart is. If this is true, then these gorgeous and opulent homes (or rather, super huge bungalows) in Singapore will absolutely steal your heart away.

Set amidst lush gardens and away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, it seems as if these grand mansions are in an entire world of their own!

Here are some of the few unbelievably grand and opulent homes you can find in our little Singapore island.

1. The Willow House by Guz Architects

This impressive-looking house is truly a garden house.

It is designed to take advantage of its hilltop position, by creating a open-concept to make the most of the prevailing breezes.

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This impressive bungalow was designed to accommodate a multi-generational family. There are more than sufficient rooms for future additions should the children marry.

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With its terrace roof garden seemingly forming an amphitheatre around the house, this is truly being right in the heart of nature.

3. The Fish House by Guz Architects

The Fish House is undoubtedly one of the most impressive waterfront homes in Singapore.

The iconic feature of this stunning house is its show-stopping swimming pool area. The pool costs more than $2 million to build and holds 66,000 gallons of saltwater!

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20 Wildly Fun Outing Activities In Singapore Under S$19 – Most Are Free!

Singapore is a small country, and it’s certainly not boring. It just means that you have to look harder. More often than not, it’s about entertaining yourself in the place you live in. If you prefer not to spend too much money to travel across another continent, Discover SG’s got you covered.

1. Go hiking at The Southern Ridges

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Free admission

Ditch your pumps and Birkenstock, and opt for a pair of sensible footwear to have a stab at hiking down The Southern Ridges. At 10km long, it’s the hot new favourite place for history aficionados, nature lovers and selfie buffs.

2. Volunteer at SPCA

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Free admission

SPCA is always on the lookout for helpers and dog walkers to advocate their animal welfare cause. If you’re an animal lover, consider volunteering at the shelter to make a pup’s day. You’re going to go home with a sense of accomplishment.

3. Marvel at the flowers in Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Free admission

Here’s something you probably haven’t heard of: picnics are back in fashion. They’re so popular that there are companies here selling packed baskets! If your money is a wee tight, treat it as a DIY project. Set a time, pick a shady spot and I guarantee you’ll have butt-loads of fun.

4. Window-shop at Haji Lane

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Free admission

There’s something about Haji Lane. The quirky knick-knacks, the timeless fashion apparels, the aesthetically pleasing little shops. It’s a must-visit for every Singaporean (and tourist). Get a sneak peek at the charming town and its must-visit stores here.

5. Make googly eyes at the fishes at Qian Hu Fish Farm

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Free admission

If you don’t know who Kenny Yap is, I, well, let’s leave it at that. Qian Hu, famous for its Dragon fishes, has been around the block since the late nineties. The fish farm may not be as glitzy as Orchard Road, but it still has its own rustic charm.

6. Watch a free movie outdoors

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Free admission

A free outdoors drive-in movie screening? It certainly beats shivering uncontrollably in the cinema. Movie Mob was launched in 2009 and seven years later, it’s still going strong. Join their mailing list to get the first deets.

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We’ve oohed and ahhed while we were in the Singapore Flyer capsule, but how many of us have actually experienced the Tiger Sky Tower? Not many of us, I’d presume. It’s not too late to have a go. Tickets cost S$18 for adults and S$10 for children.

8. Forget hipster cafes, dine at hawker centres instead

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Estimated cost: >S$4.50

Ice-cream waffles? Nah, I’ll take unconventional local cuisine any day. Here are some recommendations to get you started on your foodie trip:

  • Seletar Nam Hoe’s Bak Kut Teh at the Hainanese Village Food Centre
  • Guang Liang Cooked Food’s Kway Chap at Bedok Reservoir Road Market & Food Centre
  • Soup Kambing Haji M. Abdul Razak’s Mutton Soup at Upper Boon Keng Road Market and Food Centre

9. Test your endurance at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

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Free admission

Get away from the hustle and bustle, and escape to Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park to rewind. The rich biodiversity is something to behold. I wouldn’t be surprised if you stop to smell the flowers. Oh yeah, that Komodo dragon that’s staring at you like food? Don’t worry, it won’t kill you. It’s a water monitor lizard.

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Free admission (duh)

Say whatever you want about Stephenie Meyer (Twilight series), but you’ve got to admit it, she’s made reading cool again. If you’re looking for quality me-time, get on the bus and head to the library. Design fanatics can’t go wrong with Library@Orchard or Jurong Regional Library, and YA (young adult fiction) buffs should not miss Queenstown Public Library for its impressive collection.

11. Admire the greenery at Gardens by the Bay

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You don’t have to spend a bomb at Gardens by the Bay. You can enjoy free admission for most of the sights. Take The World of Plants, Dragonfly and Kingfishers Lakes, Heritage Gardens and Sun Pavilion for instance. They’re enough to keep you entertained.

12. Rub shoulders with animals at Farmart Centre

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Free admission

If you appreciate casual dining and low-maintenance relaxation, look no further than Farmart Centre. You can have a prawning contest with your mates or feed the farm animals. Price: free, unless you end up going home with a puppy.

13. Attempt the humongous climbing structure at Woodlands Waterfront Park

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Free admission

Any children — or adult — will want to try this out. If playgrounds aren’t your cup of tea, grab your bikes, skateboards or fishing rods. What’s interesting about Woodlands Waterfront Park is that there’s a restaurant located at the jetty. Who knew?

14. Turn back the hands of time at Creative Art Corner (or Timezone)

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Cost: >S$8

Create art with a cotton swab and toothpick! An activity like this will hit you with the nostalgia bomb. If you can’t stand art, grab your pals and head down to the arcade (price varies). It’s much more satisfying than being cooped up alone in home playing Call Of Duty on your Xbox 360.

15. Dance with coconuts at Bollywood Veggies

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Well, I don’t know if there are coconuts at the farm, but the name ‘Bollywood’ certainly brings the fruit to mind. The lush greenery is a marvel and reminds us to take a step back from our fast-paced, urban lifestyle. Entrance fee costs S$2. Admission is free for kids under 12 and seniors over 60.

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Free admission

Alexandra Canal Linear Park is like a pearl oyster. At first glance, there’s not much to look at. Look further and you’d feel like you’ve been had. If you spend ample time at the park, you’d see that there’s a rope playground and a scaled-down skate park for skateboarding enthusiasts.

17. Feed the animals at The Animal Resort

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Free admission

The Animal Resort is another lesser-known place in Singapore. Think of it as a mini zoo. You get to feed the animals, see what it’s like for a pet to get a haircut, and witness a dog training ground.

18. Sneak into The Library & have a drink

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Not much is known about The Library, except that it’s as secretive as hosting an underground supper club. What makes the bar so intriguing is that it’s by appointment only and guarded by a secret pass code. One writer at Popspoken recommends the Wonky Donkey ($17).

19. Get over your fear of heights at the Treetop Walk

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Free admission

To any acrophobic, attempting the Treetop Walk is as frightening as walking down the Yuntaishan glass walkway. Think carefully before you embark on this exhilarating mission. Get a friend you trust to come along with you and whatever you do, don’t look down!

20. Or better yet, go Sparta! with Running Man

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Cost: varies, depends on your resourcefulness

Here are some ideas to get you started. You could play dodgeball at the basketball field. You could create your own name tag from scratch. Notice the acupuncture stones you often see at your HDB block? Use it. Skip on it. Run on it. Just make sure it’s not occupied by some elderly.

Please, only proceed if you don’t mind getting weird looks.

With these 20 wildly fun activities to do in Singapore for the cheap, we hope you’ll never complain of being bored! Adventure belongs to those to seek it. So go forth and have an adventure!

Note: Price does not include parking fees and transport fares.
Featured image credit: Gardens by the Bay YouTube screen grab