We’re sure you’ll agree with us that there’s no better way to kickstart the new year than to revel in the new activities across Singapore this January.
Take a look at our round-up for the things you can do so that you can start the year right and have a fun-filled January!
1. Wave Hello
For all of you who love taking photos, you can head down to the Wave Hello pop-up exhibition located in Downtown East for a fun day of photo-taking.
This space is a collaboration between local art collective Space Objekt and artist Aeropalmics, and it features soft waves in various pastel colours meant to incite curiosity and the exploration of uncharted spaces.
In the day, this pastel installation makes for the perfect backdrop for you to take all of your OOTD shots that will bring out your soft and sweet side.
You can take a seat in some of the cutouts and spend your time channelling your inner model to pose in your best angles. Due to the way the installation is structured, every angle offers a different look and feel, offering versatility for your shots.
It will be cute to also take photos with your kids here during the day!
As the night draws in, the space is lit up by neon lights, and the photos taken during this timing will give off a cooler vibe.
This timing would be perfect if you’re looking to take individual shots, or snaps with your friends and your partner.
This installation is free for you to enter at any time of the day, so if you would like to avoid the crowds and take your time posing for shots, we’d recommend going later in the night for those perfectly edgy shots!
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Level 1, Downtown East, Open Plaza, Singapore 519599
Available from: Now till 3 January 2022, open 24 hours
2. Pop-up dining event
There will be two new restaurant concepts opening under Hilton Singapore Orchard that will officially launch on 1 March 2022, a modern all-day dining buffet restaurant called Estate and a floral-inspired lounge and bar called Ginger Lily.
Yes, we know that it’s still two months away but Hilton Singapore Orchard is giving us an exclusive sneak peek into the two restaurants by doing a two-day pop-up dining event this January!
At this dining event, you can treat yourself to either a four-course set lunch or a six-course set dinner along with a complimentary pairing of a welcome mocktail, as well as coffee and tea.
If you’re in the mood for some tipples, you can top up S$38++ during the set lunch for a cocktail and two glasses of wine, and S$48++ during the set dinner for a cocktail and three glasses of wine.
Some of the things you can expect are the Gochujjang Chicken Tacos, Singapore-style Popiah with Soft Shell Crab, Black Truffle Roasted Duck, Squid Ink Tagliatelle with Octopus Confit, and a decadent dessert of Black Tea Roll, Williams Pear and Peach Compote, with a side of Homemade Ginger Lily Jam.
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to try out the meals prepared by Hilton Singapore Orchard’s Director of Culinary, Vijayakant Shanmugam, and Executive Pastry Chef, Cindy Khoo, ahead of the restaurants’ launch!
Address: 8D Dempsey Road, #01-01A, Eat At My Kitchen, Singapore 249672
Available: 21 and 22 January 2022 only | Lunch: 12pm to 2.30pm | Dinner: 6.30pm to 10pm
Price: Four-Course Lunch Tasting Menu from S$58++ per person | Six-Course Dinner Tasting Menu from S$98++ per person
3. Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark (TPD)
It’s often easy to get caught up with work, so much so that we forget to take the time to appreciate our surroundings.
To help us carve out time to admire the art around us as we navigate our busy lives, the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is launching a new contemporary art space on 14 January 2022 which will be located at Tanjong Pagar Distripark (TPD).
This is part of SAM’s bid to introduce more art in unexpected spaces in Singapore by collaborating more with the various communities and partners.
This January, you can look forward to REFUSE, an immersive world that draws inspiration from the creators’ influences both in the past and present. This piece brought about by The Observatory will focus on their methodologies, the communities around them, as well as their position in our local music scene.
You can also look forward to Korakrit Arunanondchai: A Machine Boosting Energy Into the Universe, which is an interactive exhibition that features a post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with used electronics, auto parts, and clothing that have been refashioned into cyborgian figures.
This exhibition is presented by artist Korakrit, who wants us to explore our communication with not just humans, but with machines and spirits as well. This will be a good chance to not only admire his artwork but also learn more about ourselves through the exhibition.
There will also be other events such as the Gan Siong King: My Video Making Practice and Present Realms.
These events will be available from 14 January 2022 and will only be available for a limited period of time, so do check them out if you’re free!
Address: 39 Keppel Road, #01-02, Singapore 089065
Available from: 14 January 2022
4. SG Forest and Rail Track Hike
New year, new you! If your New Year’s resolution is to be more adventurous and active to keep fit, you can consider starting your active journey with the SG Forest and Rail Track Hike.
You’ll be able to capture lots of photo memories along the old Railway Bridge, experience trekking in Clementi Forest, and explore the old abandoned Railway track.
You’ll be walking on muddy terrain and uncleared paths, so get ready to get down and dirty as you venture into another part of Singapore.
The entire walk will be approximately eight to 10km, so this is recommended for those aged between 12 and 75 years old as you would have to be prepared to walk a lot.
If you intend to go on this five-hour tour, remember to bring along 1.5 litres of water, a cap or a hat to shield you from the sweltering heat, an umbrella just in case the weather turns bad, sunblock, insect repellent, some snacks, and earphones if you would like to listen to music while hiking.
You should also wear a good and comfortable pair of walking shoes to make sure that you don’t get injured from walking for a prolonged period of time – we all know how ill-fitting shoes can easily give you blisters!
If you haven’t redeemed your SingapoRediscover Vouchers (SRV), you can use them for this activity.
Meeting point: 2 Blackmore Drive, King Albert Park MRT Station, Singapore 599987
Available: 2.30pm to 7.30pm (Wednesday) and 8.30am to 1.30pm (Saturday) only
Price: S$50 (SRV eligible)
5. Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa Wetlands Tour
Escape the city life for half a day and go back in time by visiting Pulau Ubin, one of the last villages in Singapore. Here, you’ll be able to get a glimpse of what Singapore looked like back in the 1960s.
Bicycles are available on the island for rent if you would like to explore the area on wheels.
Alternatively, you can take it slow and enjoy a leisurely stroll around with a guide to find out more about the heritage of the island.
Be sure to visit the Chek Jawa Wetlands to meet wildlife and also capture photo memories with your loved ones. There are lots of scenic spots around the island, so take your time to explore and admire the nature around you.
After all, it’s not often that we get to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the peace and quiet that nature offers.
Make use of this chance to redeem your SRV and go on a Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa Wetlands Tour!
Meeting point: 51 Lorong Bekukong, Changi Point Ferry Terminal, Singapore 499172
Available from: 8am – 1pm (Mon to Sun)
Price: S$60 (SRV eligible)
6. Brompton Bicycle Cycling Tour
Instead of cycling around your neighbourhood parks, gather a couple of your friends and go on the Brompton Bicycle Cycling Tour for a refreshing change.
This tour will bring you to explore the less-known park connectors around Singapore and admire the hidden flora and fauna in our little red dot.
For the uninitiated, the Brompton Bicycle is one of the world’s smallest folding bicycles that is designed for city cycling.
Set out on an adventure with this tour where you’ll get to ride on a Brompton Bicycle for over 18km and burn over 500 active calories.
This is a sport like no other, and you will be guaranteed a great time. You might even purchase your own Brompton Bicycle after this experience, so take this as a test drive.
Don’t worry if you’re unsure of how to use the bicycle or where to go, because cycling facilitators will be there to guide you every step of the way.
They will even act as your photographers at key checkpoints so that you can look back on the photos and videos in the future to commemorate this day.
Book your experience by 31 December 2021 and you’ll be able to go on the tour in January 2022!
Meeting point: 652 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, General Magnetics Building, Singapore 319519
Available from: 31 December 2021
Price: Adult: S$85.60 | Child: S$64.20 (SRV eligible)
7. Outdoor Adventures Sentosa Stand-Up Paddling
If you’re looking for another type of adventure where water is involved, you can try out stand-up paddling with Outdoor Adventures at Sentosa.
In this seven-hour programme, you’ll receive training on how to do stand-up paddling from professional instructors.
Once you’ve gone through the training session, you’ll proceed to do it on your own to get a one-star stand-up paddling certification.
This activity requires the participation of a minimum of five people for the training session to begin, so either gather your friends to learn together, or form a group with others.
Soak in the sun and leave all your worries at bay as you just focus on having fun!
Meeting point: 112 Tanjong Beach Walk, FOCUS Adventure Learning Facility, Singapore 098945
Available from: 9am – 4pm (Sat & Sun)
Price: S$100 (SRV eligible)
8. Kayak Fishing Guided Tour
Now, we’re sure you’ve heard of kayaking, and we’re definitely sure you’ve heard of fishing.
In fact, you’ve probably even tried these activities once or twice before. But have you ever tried kayak fishing?
That’s right, kayak fishing combines the two sports together where you’ll speed through the water on a specialised leg-powered Hobie kayak with your fishing rod secure in your hands.
This is essentially the most thrilling way to catch fish, and it’ll be an interesting experience that you will not get elsewhere.
You will even get to see a different side of Singapore as you kayak through Sentosa or East Coast.
Say goodbye to fishing while on land or while on a yacht, and say hello to kayak fishing by booking this experience by 31 December 2021!
Meeting point: To be confirmed depending on the weather
Available from: 31 December 2021
Price: From S$138.03 (SRV eligible)
9. Mega Adventure
Calling all adrenaline junkies!
This January, make use of your SRV before they expire in March 2022 by taking on the MegaZip at Mega Adventure and zipping through the air at 60km per hour.
The 450m zipline trail will allow you to zip over the jungle, Siloso Beach, and the sea of Sentosa, and you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the entire area.
It’ll be really fast, but many people have said that once you get over the initial fear, this activity is really fun.
Experience something similar to bungee jumping with MegaJump, a 15m free fall simulator, or challenge yourself to a 36-obstacle adventure ropes course at MegaClimb.
You can also bounce on the bungy trampolines on Siloso beach and reach up to 8m high!
This is perfect for thrillseekers, both young and old!
Address: 10A Siloso Beach Walk, Mega Adventure, Singapore 099008
Available from: 31 December 2021
Price: From S$20 (SRV eligible)
10. Make Sweet Potato Wannabe
Whether you’re an avid baker or an aspiring chef, you can consider going for ABC Cooking Studio’s latest seasonal trial session where you get to learn how to make Sweet Potato Wannabe.
This dish is moulded to look exactly like sweet potatoes, but it’s actually soft mochi bread stuffed with honey-sweet potato filling and dusted all over with sweet potato powder.
In this workshop, you’ll learn to make two original pieces and two pieces with added cheese inside.
This is a trial lesson and will take approximately two hours to complete. All ingredients will be provided, but do bring along your own apron and carrier.
This will be a good experience to learn from experts how to make the mochi bread and impress your guests the next time they come over to your place for a gathering.
We also think that it’ll be a great bonding session for you and your partner, friends, or even parents!
Address: 391A Orchard Road, #03-12, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238873 |
107 North Bridge Road, #02-29, Funan, Singapore 179105 |
3 Gateway Drive, #03-01, Westgate, Singapore 608532
Available from: 4 January to 6 February 2022 | 10.15am to 12.15pm | 2pm to 4pm | 4.30pm to 6.30pm | 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Price: From S$28
11. Art x Cocktails tour
Looking to enjoy some art and subsequently have a glass of tipple? Head on down to National Gallery Singapore where you can sign up for the Art x Cocktails tour, a special collaboration between the gallery and Smoke & Mirrors, the rooftop bar located on the sixth floor of the building.
Enjoy the 60-minute tour and learn more about the history and evolution of cocktails. You’ll also get to view the different artworks within the gallery that inspired the specially-crafted cocktails at Smoke & Mirrors.
Once you’re done with the tour, head on up to the bar and get yourself a complimentary glass of cocktail from The Real Art of Drinking menu as part of your tour package. Try and see if you have a similar artistic interpretation of the artworks as Smoke & Mirrors’ Edu Zamora!
Non-alcoholic drinks are also available upon request.
Do note that this tour is not suitable for those under the age of 18, and individuals who are under 18 would not be able to enter the bar after 7pm.
Address: 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Available from: 15 to 30 January 2022 | 2.30pm or 4pm (Sat) | 2.30pm or 6pm (Sun)
Price: S$35 per person