Been counting down the days to the next public holiday but planning on staying on the island? We’ve got you covered! With the 9th of August fast approaching, we’ve put together a list of cool things to do in Singapore on your spare day – from tasting foods from around Asia to getting your steps in with a walking or running event.
Bond with the family
Set up in order to bring together different generations, Run Majulah is a great event that allows grandparents, parents and children to meet and interact while keeping fit. There three categories: Family (3.8km), Social (6.8km) and Competitive (8.8km).
Register for the event now.
9 August (7am to 12pm)
Start: Choa Chu Kang Stadium (1 Choa Chu Kang Street 53)
End: Gain City Megastore at Sungei Kadut (71 Sungei Jadut Drive)
Go to a concert
If you’re a music lover, don’t miss the SSO National Day Concert on 11 August. Conducted by Darrell Ang, the programme features an extensive list of artists including soloist Kam Ning, and home-grown composers Leong Yoon Pine and Phoon Yew Tien, to name a few.
Book your tickets for the showcase here.
Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive
Visit an art gallery
Witness Singapore’s evolution through the eyes of Lim Cheng Hoe, whose accumulated collection of 60 different paintings varies from portraits to still life. From kampongs to boat traffic, the subjects flow across a timeline beginning in the 1930s and ending in the 1970s.
National Gallery, 1 St Andrew’s Road
Specially curated menus and drinks
Spend the island’s upcoming birthday doing what Singaporeans do best: eating! We have a list of restaurants with special menus and drinks made to commemorate National Day.
Enjoy food from all over Asia
Munch on some of the region’s most popular street foods at RWS Street Eats, which runs from 9 to 19 August at Malaysian Food Street. The event will bring together famous eats from across Southeast Asia, including Penang popiah and Bangkok’s best Pad Thai. Grab some while you can!
Resorts World Sentosa
Edge – Pan Pacific Singapore
Does waiting for the parade have you feeling peckish? Grab a few friends and head to Edge’s Makan Makan lunch buffet. Complete with 12 live Asian Heritage Stations, including seasonal oysters and other seafood on ice displays, you’ll be in for a treat, with a host of Singapore’s favourite dishes on offer: traditional kaya toast, laksa with prawns and quail eggs, assorted satay, and fish head curry, to name a few.
How much? The buffet is $78 for adults and $39 for children six to 12 years of age. This includes unlimited teh tarik, orange juice, ice lemon tea, coffee and tea. It runs from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
1919 Waterboat House
Every Saturday in the lead-up to the holiday, enjoy two hours of bottomless drinks on selected wines, beers, soft drinks and juices, during the Saturday Free Pour. Pair your drinks with a speciality birthday menu of locally inspired bites such as chicken satay, spring rolls, squid balls and chilli crab pizza. And, on 9 August itself, enjoy a three-hour bottomless alfresco dinner inspired by European cuisine, with fresh seafood, an assortment of canapés, French-inspired mains and classic desserts.
How much? The “Saturday Free Pour” costs from $53 for free-flow beverages and a birthday platter. The birthday alfresco dinner package (food and drink) is priced from $130 for an early-bird tickets ($150 regular). The food-only package is from $88 for early-bird ($108 regular).
Mr Stork – Andaz Singapore
With an amazing view from the 39th floor, plus live music and free-flowing alcoholic beverages, it would be hard to find a better place to be this National Day than Mr Stork on the top floor of Andaz Singapore. Open from 6pm to 1am, it’s a great place to catch the fireworks.
How much? From $168 (adults only) including free-flowing alcoholic beverages and bar food.
Melt Café – Mandarin Oriental
Taste the flavours of Singapore at all-day dining restaurant Melt Café. Unlimited fresh seafood is available including king prawn laksa, kueh pie tee and roasted suckling pig stuffed with aromatic six treasures rice. The alfresco garden offers a durian and fruit corner with Mao Shan Wang durians.
How much? From 3 to 8 August, the buffet is priced at $88 per person, while from 9 to 12 August it costs $108 per person (inclusive of free-flow juices).
Porta – Park Hotel Clarke Quay
Porta has designed a two-day only (15 and 16 August) exclusive menu to showcase Singapore’s locally sourced seafood. The six-course Marine Treasures Menu offers a mix of European culinary techniques coupled with local herbs and spices.
How much? The menu is priced from $72 per adult and from $36 per child (ages five to 11). Children below five can enjoy a complimentary kids’ dish of the day.
VeganBurg’s Chilli Krab Burg has returned! Enjoy it alongside curry fries, ginger lemonade and a new dessert. Available exclusively for only two months, this twist on the classic chilli crab dish is crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, and topped with a sweet and tangy Chilli Krab sauce made from a secret blend. Also, don’t miss the restaurant’s new refreshing and citrusy coconut pineapple ice cream.
How much? The burger is $11.90 and the ice cream is $4.90. A meal of a burger, curry fries and ginger lemonade costs $17.80.
44 Jalan Eunos
Celebrate Singapore’s 53rd birthday at The Spot. Chef Lee Boon Seng and mixologist Drazen Alingasa play with textures, colours and flavours to create twists on traditional hawker favourites. The Kopiko ($16) is an espresso-based presentation inspired by Singapore’s favourite breakfast of kopi and kaya toast. Spice-infused dark beer is added to the espresso base and the drink is topped off with honey beer foam, and served with a side of house-made kaya toast. If you’re not in the mood for coffee, try the Gulamerah Sling ($16). A take on the local favourite bandung, the traditional sweet drink is taken to a different level with the addition of gin, Cherry Heering and Cointreau, and freshly squeezed lime for added freshness.
The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.
Singapore’s hometown heritage tea brand The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. has released an exclusive National Day 2018 collection. It consists of three different blends of tea: Butterfly Pea, Nyonya Kaya and Gula Melaka. The tins come in a gift box shaped like an iconic Peranakan shophouse and cost $15 each.
By Kenisha Ganesh
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