11 things to do from now till August if you’re looking to dodge the crowds

Gone are the days where we could attend world-tour concerts of our favourite artistes and have gatherings (of more than five!) with old classmates. As the second phase of post-circuit breaker measures kicks in, we might all be getting a little bored of our regular safe after-work activities!

AVENUE ONE has rounded up some fresh ideas – that aren’t just board games or typical movie-dates – to keep you looking forward to the weekend, and hopefully drive these Monday-blues away!

Read on to explore some meaningful indoor entertainment for you homebodies reluctant to step out of your cosy cocoons! As well as some (non-crowded) activities that you can now enjoy outside!

1. Let’s Get This Bread

Ever since these cute little loafs took the internet by storm back in 2016, it seems we’ve never been able to settle for anything less.

If you weren’t part of the gang of circuit bakers when most of Singapore was in quarantine, it’s not too late to start now!

Tokyo-based food artist, Ran, is the brilliant creator behind these ingenious designs you’ve been seeing all over Instagram, with her most recent ventures being these pull-apart creations.

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Termed “Muscle Rabbit Bread” by the artiste herself, these adorable baked goods could make the sweetest treat for your afternoon tea, and as its name suggests, will most definitely pack a punch (of fun) too!

These fluffy buns have been trending all over on Instagram and it’s not hard to tell why! With just six basic ingredients needed for the dough, we’d bet they’ll be a great way to spend your weekend!

Here’s a step-by-step guide on recreating them.

While you’re at that, check out Ran’s very own tutorial on these illusive rice cakes. Or peek these other ways to create hearty carb-laden bites.

2. Learn from Michelin Starred Chefs – at home!

Kronenbourg 1664 has kickstarted an online series #CulinaryMomentswith1664, taking audiences on a culinary journey with 1664 as the accompaniment, and is inviting all home cooks to tune in to learn how to incorporate the fruity French beer into culinary creations!

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Elevate your home cooking with Chef Christophe Lerouy of one Michelin-starred restaurant Lerouy and Chef-Restaurateur Beppe De Vito of one Michelin-starred restaurant Braci as they share exclusive tips via Facebook. Sessions will be held 12 August 2020, 5pm, and 24 August 2020, 5pm respectively.

Cook up a feast and stand a chance to win specially curated 1664 Blanc Goodie Bag, which includes 1664 Blanc and exclusive 1664 glassware, all worth over S$100! Check out the full details for this giveaway here.

3. More Than Just a Meal with Sakae

While the Covid-19 outbreak might have us feeling isolated indoors, many of us are in a position of privilege.

In working with Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities in reaching out to the communities that might be needing a little more help, local restaurant chain, Sakae, has launched the new “Gift a Meal” initiative in collaboration with Shopee Singapore, their exclusive platform partner.

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In just a few easy steps, you can help provide meal assistance to seniors or low-income families/individuals to help eradicate food insecurity, all while tucking in to a delicious meal yourself! Simply purchase a “Gift a Meal” e-voucher through Shopee Singapore or Sakae Sushi to redeem a Terriyaki Chicken Donburi/Salad for your own consumption. With each meal purchased, Sakae will be gifting a meal to another individual from THK Family Service Centre.

Participating Outlets (for redemption of e-voucher):

  • Bishan Junction 8
  • Compass One
  • Woodlands Civic Centre
  • Heartland Mall
  • TradeHub21

Why not enjoy a hearty meal and do good at the same time!

4. Alert! Wannabe Mukbang Vloggers!

Whether you find it satisfying or irking, Mukbang has been all over the internet for years – and there seems to be no signs of it stopping. If you’re looking to enjoy your favourite seafood or star in a YouTube vlog, here’s a chance for you to fulfill both dreams!

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1st Salmon Sashimi Noodles in SG! New Launch ONLINE EXCLUSIVE on runrunsushi.com⠀ ⠀ ? Sashimi Noodles Mukbang Set – The best and most delicious way to enjoy your Salmon Sashimi⠀ ⠀ ? What is Sashimi Noodles?⠀ It is the newest and most delicious way to enjoy your Salmon Sashimi! Enjoy and slurp on your Salmon Sashimi as though you are slurping on noodles. Savour the perfectly chilled and freshest Salmon Sashimi in noodles, served with our in-house Special Sauce for that perfect blend of sweet and savoury!⠀ ⠀ It is a whole new experience of enjoying Salmon Sashimi like you never had before.⠀ ⠀ ? What is Mukbang? ⠀ Mukbang is eating a very large quantity of food that first started in South Korea. Bring your love for Salmon Sashimi to the next level by challenging yourself to finish our Sashimi Noodles Mukbang Set all by yourself! 2 sizes available, Beginner or Expert. ⠀ ⠀ ?‍?‍?‍? Great for Sharing⠀ Be the first to experience Sashimi Noodles with your friends and family!⠀ ⠀ ? Order now exclusively on runrunsushi.com, Limited Stock daily! (Link in bio)⠀ ⠀ #runrunsushi #runrunsushiSashimiNoodles

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Run Run Sushi has just launched the online exclusive Sashimi Noodles Mukbang Set and we can’t wait to try it. Available in three sizes, Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert, the sushi takeaway kiosk is the first in Singapore to serve Salmon Sashimi in this unique form.

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? Sashimi Noodles Mukbang Set⠀ [Surprise NEW Challenge Level exclusive on our website for the Strongest Sashimi Addicts!]⠀ How far can you go for Salmon Sashimi? ⠀ ⠀ ? How to enjoy Sashimi Noodles?⠀ 1. Slurp your Sashimi Noodle Strand in 1 bite and enjoy its original Freshness⠀ 2. Dip Sashimi Noodle in our in-house Special Sauce and slurp Noodle drenched in sauce⠀ 3. Spread some Wasabi on Sashimi Noodle for that extra kick⠀ 4. Experts Only Mukbang Style: Slurp multiple pieces of Sashimi Noodles and finish everything in 1 bite. (Not recommended for beginners)⠀ ⠀ ? Sashimi Noodles Mukbang Set⠀ Great as a meal or sharing as a side! Our recommended pax portions are based on sharing as a side as you enjoy our Sushi and Bowls.⠀ ⠀ ? Strong Challengers and Sashimi Addicts are recommended to complete your own Mukbang Set! ⠀ ⠀ ❗️Order now exclusively on runrunsushi.com, Air-Flown Sashimi Limited Portions daily! (Link in bio)⠀ ⠀ #runrunsushi #runrunsushisashiminoodles

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Paired with their Special Sauce made in-house and air-flown sashimi, it’s no wonder these run out as soon as they’re made available! Why not give these a slurp this August!

5. The Umbrella Academy 2

While you’ve called in some scrumptious delivery, here’s a binge-worthy series to obsess over.

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hungry, hungry hitmen.

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If you’ve not caught the first season of this Emmy-nominated series, do catch it on Netflix before the extraordinary humans of The Umbrella Academy return on 31 July 2020.

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they look so friendly tho…

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Produced by lead-singer of American rock band, My Chemical Romance, this 10-episode superhero web television series revolves around a dysfunctional family of adopted siblings and this time they’re back to save the world (once again) from an impending apocalypse.

Apart from all the suspense and sci-fi action, this teen-friendly TV-14 series has tons of memeable moments that are sure to get the entire family laughing along. Check out the trailer for The Umbrella Academy Season 2 here!

Head over to Netflix for more details.

6. Get Crafty with Singapore ArtScience Museum

Did you know? The Singapore ArtScience Museum has their very own YouTube channel delivering intriguing content ranging from intellectual discussions by prominent thought leaders to tutorials on how to DIY your own reusable bag!

In a newly launched #ASMMakeYourOwn workshop series, you can put your dexterity to test while learning a myriad of ways to reduce your carbon footprint!

With new episodes every fortnight on Friday, tune in to their YouTube channel to catch innovative tutorials on how to upcycle items we probably already have in our own homes!

7. Malone Souliers Exclusive Made-to-order Service

What’s a weekend without a little retail therapy? Head on down to On Pedder on Scotts Singapore’s pop-up store to experience an exclusive Made-to-order service by luxury British footwear brand, Malone Souliers.

With their exquisite designs done up in London and crafted in Italy using the finest quality materials, hand finished by expert artisans, it’s no surprise this brand appeals to both men and women alike all around the world.

Until 31 December 2020, Malone Souliers is offering an opportunity for you to unleash your creativity through the novel experience of customising your very own pair of heels!

From choosing your ideal shape and heel height, to selecting from a rainbow assortment of swatches, polished leathers, rich textured suedes, glossy patents and metallic threads, here’s your chance at designing your next favourite pair of shoes!

Whether you’re in search of a new pair of summery mules or comfy heels you can wear out to your next ladies’ night, you’re sure to find something just for you!

Experience this exclusive design service only at On Pedder on Scotts Singapore.

8. SKECHERS Walk & Win

Speaking of shoes, Skechers is back again this year with the SKECHERS Friendship Walk, held in virtual format this year!

Although we’re unable to walk with our friends and loved ones along the picturesque city skyline and riverscape at the MBS Events Square this year, you can do so all-the-same around the city, at the park or even in the comforts of your own home on the treadmill!

And here’s the catch: the yearly tradition of a lucky winner walking away with one year’s supply of Skechers footwear still stands! Simply sign up for your chosen distance (3km, 5km or 10km) and just finish it!

Multiple race submissions are allowed within the period of 7 to 20 September 2020, via mobile app or weblink provided. Receive a ‘Buy 1 Get 1 Free’ voucher upon completion.

Did we mention that a 30% voucher for signature SKECHERS GOwalk footwear could be yours with every registration of the SKECHERS Friendship Walk?

Constructed with ultra-lightweight, responsive cushioning and high-rebound Comfort Pillar Technology outsole, SKECHER’s latest launch is the go-to shoe for ultimate comfort!

Registration is free and now open! More details can be found on the registration site.

9. ’80s Workout Session

Gyms and most sports centers may have resumed operations earlier this month but really, who needs yet another ordinary sweat session! Kick it up a notch with retro-themed concept bar NINETEEN80’s recently rolled out exercise series, the Let’s Get Physical programme.

Dress code: spandex and sweatbands, anything and everything bright and neon

Whip up your summer body from the comforts of your own home by bopping to 45 whole minutes worth of heart-pumping fun with your personal coach and HIIT instructor, Samantha D’Cruz, on 23 July 2020 via zoom.

Mark your calendars and register now for only S$15.

10. Party Under Your Very Own Roof

Still can’t get enough of the ’80s vibes? Need a little more boogie to shake off the stress from the week? Burn up the dance floor with NINETEEN80’s Together Forever Twitch party hosted by the club’s resident DJs.

Groove to your favourite 80s-00s soundtracks with NINETEEN80 via livestream on Fridays, 24 and 31 July 2020, 10pm – 12am. No entry requirement needed!

If you’re more of a Dr. Dre or Kanye guy, NINETEEN80’s sister club, Pinball Wizard, will have you bouncing to hip hop golds all night. With the club’s very own DJ Ollie’Des playing only the best beats at the SUPERDUPERFLY: The Stay Home Bounce Twitch party, you’ll have the time of your life while keeping your social distance this Saturday, 25 July 2020, 10pm – 12am.

Check out the I-MISS-YOU-NINETEEN Alcohol Delivery where you can order NINETEEN80’s signature cocktails before dancing the night away.

NINETEEN80’s Blue Balls cocktail, now available for delivery
NINETEEN80’s signature Poison Ivy cocktail, now available for delivery

Full details here.

11. Singapore’s Sole Indie Cinema

Queer movies? Beanbags as chairs? Glasses of wine available at the counter? The Projector has resumed operations with tons of safety measures in check! So sit back with ease and enjoy the latest french exclusives and indie films that just aren’t available in mainstream cinemas.

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MORE ELECTION GOODIES…⁣⁣ YES, WE ARE BACK – ON 15TH JULY!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The wait is over, your happy place is opening soon!⁣⁣ Food, drinks, films, big screens and booming audio (sometimes from another film) – immerse in the cinematic world again!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The world has changed and we must too.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ As we ease back into the physical space, our NEW opening hours are: ⁣⁣ WED – SUN (closed on Mon and Tues)⁣⁣ 4pm to 830pm on weekdays ⁣⁣ 1pm – 830pm on weekends.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ @intermissionbarsg is already open so you can come and celebrate now!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ For information on safety measures, merchandise collection and others, visit here⁣⁣ https://theprojector.sg/faq (link in bio)⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Stay tuned for more updates, and see you soon FOR REAL THIS TIME! #theprojectorsg #cinemasg

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Catch returns of Oscar-nominated movie, Lady Bird, and The Projector exclusives like the romantic drama, Queen & Slim, amongst the many unique films shown at this independent theatre!

Or if you’re up for a new experience but still want to catch the latest long awaited sequel, Peninsula, book your tickets while they’re still available!

This retro movie theatre also hosts live bands on weekends and is located at 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower, 199589.

Whatever the plan might be, remember to keep your mask on and adhere to safe distancing measures while you enjoy your weekend!