Guide to Singapore's offshore islands
Lush flora and diverse fauna beckon from Singapore’s offshore islands – we heed the call and check them out
Singapore events in October
Here's our guide to what's happening throughout October 2016 in Singapore
Best Halloween events in Singapore 2016
From parties to haunted houses to scarily delicious meals, we round up the best Halloween-themed events that go bump in the night
WTA Finals Singapore event guide
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Time Out has always celebrated the magic of cities – and now we want to work out how that magic happens. We know that urban life can be as infuriating as it is exhilarating. One moment you’re feeling like you’ve got the keys to the city, the next that you’re stuck in the rat race. So we’re investigating what city living is really like in 2016. We want to discover what makes cities great, from Seoul to Singapore. Where can you dance all night? Find great food on every corner? Or make a new friend on your journey home? And where – if anywhere – can you still have a good time without breaking the bank? Help us find out by taking just a few minutes to complete our City Index survey. And at the end, we’ll reveal how you really feel about life in Singapore.
Guide to Ann Siang
Your cheatsheet to all the best restaurants, shops and things to do in the main areas of the city centre including Ann Siang Road, Club Street, Gemmill Lane, Telok Ayer Street and Amoy Street.
Five dance activities to sign up for at Got to Move 2016
It’s time to get off that couch. From October 7 to 23, Got to Move is dropping the beat island-wide with a colossal selection of workshops, performances, exhibitions and more. From bouncing on trampolines to moving like a puppet, even the most uncoordinated of us can learn a thing or two about dance. Here are five programmes to look out for. (And grab a slot quick – they get snapped up fast.)
Didn’t manage to catch Wicked the last time it was in Singapore? Fret not, the award-winning Broadway and West End musical is back to cast its magical spell on us again for a short run as part of a major international tour. Wicked follows two unlikely friends as they journey across a colourful world of wizards, witches and magic.
Paper – Sight
STPI presents a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake, whose residency in the workshop and gallery has resulted in large-scale paper pulp paintings and experimental print methods featuring motifs of nature and everyday life. Expect pops of neon, anti-symmetry and layered images that bring to mind Ohtake’s famed series, Scrapbooks.
OFC Social Market #6
Spend your weekend at Open Farm Community's Social Market, now in its sixth edition. In addition to shops hawking local and artisanal produce and handicrafts, there's also workshops for both adults and the little ones. This time round, munch on pastries from local bakers JustJulia, buy fresh produce from local farmers Green Circle and Susineer Agriculture, and attend a terrarium workshop conducted by Isle of Ease.
Halloween Horror Nights 6
Every year, USS Halloween Horror Nights draws hordes of thrill seekers. And this year's no different. There are two scare zones and five haunted houses – Old Changi Hospital, Hawker Centre Massacre, Salem Witch House, Hu Li's Inn and Bodies of Work – to frighten yourself silly. To top it off, there's an action-packed live show, March of the Dead, inspired by the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) that features this year's icon: Lady Death. If the adrenaline rush isn’t enough, get your heart pumping on roller coaster rides such as the Battlestar Galactica and Revenge of the Mummy, which are open throughout the event. Book your tickets soon – early bird prices are only available 'til August 28.
Artist Talk with Stephanie Burt: Home Grown Singapore
As part of her first solo exhibition, O Dear What Can The Matter Be, local artist Stephanie Burt takes part in an open discussion on the elements of her art. Burt uses different materials when creating her pieces, including text, film, metals, ribbons and others. Joined by curator Anca Rujoiu, Burt unveils the messages behind her pieces and how they were created.
Local Michelin Chef Showcase
To bring to light the achievements of Singaporean chefs whose restaurants have won Michelin stars, Robert Parker Wine Advocate will be hosting a string of four showcases to celebrate local talents. The showcase will start with Chef Mural Manjunath of one-Michelin-starred The Song of India, the only Indian restaurant in South-East Asia to win such an achievement. Chef Manjunath will be presenting eight recipes, all based off different royal households in India. Chef Haikal Johari of Alma by Juan Amador will be presenting his dishes in October, while Candlenut's Malcolm Lee does his showcase in November, and in December, Jaan's Kirk Westaway will be the featured chef.
Explore Singapore's best
Best farms in Singapore
Farms? What farms? The Little Red Dot is as famous for its agriculture industry as Jamaica is for bobsledding. But even though less than 1 percent of our land area is dedicated to farming activities, there’s an impressive variety of farms in Singapore. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly activity on the weekend or a getaway from the hustle and bustle, pick any of these for a breath of fresh air.
Where to go for quiz nights in Singapore
We put our useless trivia skills to the test at these pub quizzes in the city
Best KTV places in Singapore
We test out the best karaoke venues in town where you can get a private room for your party
Best museums in Singapore
There’s a lot more diversity than you’d reckon when it comes to museums in Singapore. Besides the usual arts-focused spaces, we’ve rounded up a broad spectrum of other funky collections: toys, optical illusions and more
Best hotels with hourly rates
We all know it can be hard to get some privacy at home, particularly if you've got helicopter parents who insist on open doors whenever your significant other is around. Even behind closed doors, you might have a squeaky mattress that gives you away, or perhaps you just want a change of scenery. Whatever the reason (we're not judging), your neighbourhood Hotel 81 or Fragrance Hotel is the place to go if you need a room for a few hours without burning a hole in your wallet. And with nearly 44 branches combined, there is indeed one in almost every neighbourhood in Singapore (though, of course, you'll find the largest concentration of them around Geylang). Here we check in to a few branches to see how they stack up.
Ten Instagram-worthy places to snap that perfect #ootd
If you didn't take a picture, did it even really happen? Don't waste that good outfit and your perfect brow day, here are the top spots in Singapore to take an OOTD picture, with tips curated from the best photographers and style bloggers on Instagram
City stories: Rochor Centre
Goodbye, yellow-bricked HDB flat. Come September, the iconic Rochor Centre – in red, blue and green stripes, too – will be the latest casualty claimed in the name of development. From its ashes will rise the North-South Corridor, a 21.5-kilometre expressway slated for construction in 2017 that will have a dedicated lane for express buses as well as pedestrian and cycling paths. Touché, LTA. Built in 1977, Rochor Centre was originally white with red bricks – it was painted over during upgrading works in the early ’90s – and comprises both residential and commercial properties. Apartments stack atop three storeys of kopitiams, offices and heartland-esque stores that hawk hardware, handphone accessories and traditional confectionary. And in a rare feature in today’s HDB estates, Rochor Centre’s ‘void deck’ can be found on the fourth level, similar to the one in Bras Basah Complex. Before Rochor Centre breathes its last, head over to capture these vibrant blocks on camera. Go late in the afternoon for the best light – and set aside a few minutes to grab a bench on the ground floor to watch residents bustling around. If you’re keen to explore deeper into the estate, make your way to the void deck at Block 4. There, you can view Community Quilts, a photography project by Ivan Tan, Juliana Tan and Samuel He. It’s a series of eight vertical panels, each a superimposition of three to four photographs, depicting various neighbourhoods and everyday scenes of city life. RIP, Ro
City stories: Jurong Fishery Port
It's one in the morning, and the air hangs with a dank stench. Men clad in rubber boots (and not much else) are hurriedly dragging pomfret, squid, lobster and other types of seafood around a warehouse-like space. At this ungodly hour, Jurong Fishery Port is just starting to get busy. The Port opened in 1969 as a docking base for foreign fishing vessels, as well as a huge wholesale fish market (about 20 basketball courts huge) that houses more than 100 lots for the trawls to be auctioned off. The Port is open all day and night – except Mondays between 2 to 6am – but the action peaks at around 3am. That's when the boats are unloading their catch and throngs of hawkers, chefs and wet market stall owners are buying in bulk. Yes, you can pick up a red snapper or two, some still flapping in their styrofoam boxes, for dinner. But even if you don't intend to, there's plenty of sights and sounds – not to mention smells – to check out, too. Jurong Fishery Port is at Fishery Port Rd.
City stories: Singapore at dusk
There’s an old-timey rule in photography – if you can accept rules in photography – that says the best time to roam the streets for photographs is in the ‘Golden Hour’: an hour after sunrise or before sunset. Hefting the iPhone 6 Plus, whose size demands two hands to take a photograph, I went around my neighbourhood in Kembangan, scouting out Singaporeans during this so-called golden hour. After a few days spent revisiting the same areas (MRT station, park connectors, small parks), dawn and dusk seem less like twins and more like funhouse mirrors. Same light, completely different moods. The early morning is crowded yet silent. But an hour to sunset, grown-up feet shuffling home from work are joined by the smaller feet of children – wantonly zooming down park trails on tiny scooters or pounding hard concrete to chase after a football. For the adults (and one particular feline I chanced upon) who’ve had a hard day’s work, they can finally put up their feet up and snooze on a park bench as the sun fades under the horizon.
Singapore’s best parks for picnics
After spending many a sweaty hour trekking around various parks, here's our list of the best spots to picnic at in Singapore. These places don't require you to travel to the middle of nowhere, they're scenic, they have some shade and decent patches of grass, and most importantly, they're located near the toilets (but not too near). So pack your basket, pick up your mat, and head to these parks for some fun in the sun.
Top five things to do in Kranji Marshes
Metal cranes are a dime a dozen in Singapore, but it’s always good to seek out some of their feathery counterparts out in the wild – and get a few deep breaths of fresh air while you’re at it. MacRitchie Reservoir and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve are (literally) evergreen favourites, and the newest kid to join the green club is Kranji Marshes, which, at a sprawling 57 hectares, is our island’s largest freshwater farmland. It was cultivated since the ’70s, when the Kranji reservoir was dammed, forming a wild diversity of terrains such as marshland, grassland and secondary forests. We wade through the green and suss out five unique things you can do in this slice of paradise.
Things to do in Singapore at 3am
Besides supper and bar-hopping, there’s plenty to do in the wee hours here, from shopping for flowers to practising your dribble. Move aside, New York – we’re a city that doesn’t sleep, too
The best spas in Singapore
Your ultimate guide to the swankiest spas in Singapore – all tried and tested by Time Out Singapore
Best free water parks in Singapore
Singapore's weather can get quite hot, so cool down with the whole family at these aqua playgrounds around the island. We've checked out where to go for the best sprinklers, bubblers and water fountains that are great for kids, and adults, too. Best of all, as they are in public spaces, they come free of charge (no admission fees).
Guide to Pulau Ubin
It may not have the white sandy beaches you’d expect of an island, but the eccentricity and charm of Pulau Ubin makes it a magical place to travel to. One of the two remaining kampongs in Singapore (the other being Kampong Buangkok in Yio Chu Kang), this island is just a 15-minute boat ride away from the mainland. Whether you’re a nature lover or a thrill seeker, here’s how you can soak in the tranquillity and discover a myriad of hidden treasures on the island.
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