By: Katie Roberts
Want a change of scenery, a breath of fresh air and a chance to learn something new? We’ve rounded up a selection of activities with no ongoing commitments, that won’t break the bank, and that offer a chance for you to expand your mind and skill set.
1. Launched last month, Laneway Learning hosts cheap, fun evening classes in anything and everything. It was started in Australia two years ago in the belief that people have a desire to keep learning, but often find traditional courses too expensive, too long, or too much like their day job. Here’s what’s on offer in October:
– “Laugh your worries away”: fun, interactive “laughter yoga” exercises mixed with relaxation, stretching and breathing exercises.
– “Let’s uke”: an introduction to ukulele.
– “Landscape in a bottle”: create and learn the basics of terrariums.
Classes are generally $20 each (plus materials, if applicable). To check dates and register, visit singapore.lanewaylearning.com, or call 8660 8960.
2. The People’s Association is a Singapore institution that offers low-cost community learning across a mind-boggling array of subjects. It’s cheap and easy to join (you’ll also get a PAssion Card) and opens up a whole world of learning at venues across the island. Here’s just one example, from literally hundreds of options:
– Learn how to whip up local hawker favourites. Dishes vary, and can include Hokkien prawn mee, mee siam and chilli crab. 21 October, 7pm to 9.30pm at Tampines West Community Centre. 9 November, 2pm to 5pm at Hougang Community Centre.
For more details and to sign up, visit one.pa.gov.sg or call into your local Community Centre.
3. Hit the streets with Baobab Photography for a photo walk. Get tips on what to shoot and how to get more creative with your photography while exploring Singapore’s diverse neighbourhoods.
– Discover Geylang: 15 October, 9.30am to 11am
– Deepavali in Little India: 21 October, 6.30pm
No experience necessary; just bring a digital camera. $50. Sign up here.
4. Immerse yourself in all things literary at the Singapore Writers Festival. Workshops, author talks and literary walks will be held from 31 October to 9 November. Check out the full programme and buy tickets at singaporewritersfestival.com.
5. The Academy of Literary Arts and Publishing Singapore runs short courses, workshops and master classes in publishing, writing, reading and storytelling. Local and international trainers are established professionals from the literary arts and publishing fields. Upcoming courses include:
– Impressive marketing plans: capture the value of all areas of marketing activity and present it positively and professionally, even with limited resources. 6 November, 9.30am to 5.30pm, $320.
Register at alap.bookcouncil.sg.
6. Always wanted to understand the fancy menu in a French restaurant? French Studio provides interactive French classes for adults and children. Progress quickly during their intensive five-week course, or take your time with a ten-week course!
Head here for more info and to register.
7. Kranji Farmers’ Market is a chance to really go local: find out what food is grown in Singapore, buy freshly harvested veggies, eggs, fruit and herbs, plus handmade crafts. There’s kids activities too. 2pm to 7pm. 4 to 5 October. Nyee Phoe (Gardenasia), 240 Neo Tiew Crescent.
Stay up to date at www.facebook.com/farmersmarketsg.
8. Many country associations offer tours and classes for members and non-members. The Scandinavian Women’s Association is a rallying point for Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish women.
Check out what’s on offer, including a feng shui tour and a spirit medium tour, at swasingapore.com.sg.