Free trails in Singapore
Here are different kinds of free trails for you to start your adventures on
Best outdoor activities in Singapore
Ditch the air-conditioning and get your dose of Vitamin D with these outdoor activities
Best places to fly kites in Singapore
Head outdoors and take a spot at these windy places that are perfect for kite flying, says Jeslynn Ong
Guide to WTA Finals
Brace yourselves for the one of the most prestigious competitions in tennis. From October 23 to 30, the world’s best female tennis players are set to compete in the WTA Finals in Singapore. Here’s our guide to all the action – on the court, and off.
Diwali at Tandoor
Celebrate the Festival of Lights at Holiday Inn’s Tandoor. Try the Diwali set menu ($58/person), a ten-course meal which includes crab masala, Methi Makai Malai (sweet corn and fresh fenugreek leaves in garlic and ginger) alongside rose and cardamom panna cotta. If you prefer choosing from a spread, head down for the one-day-only Diwali Mela buffet on October 30 ($48/adult, $27/child). The buffet comes with free flow ananas ka panna (smoked pineapple juice), live chaat and dosai stations, and a whole slew of dishes such as puri bhaji, which is a serving of potato curry with deep-fried Indian bread, and saag gosht, a plate of lamb cubes covered with pureed spinach and spices.
Singapore Biennale 2016
After a three-year hiatus, the Singapore Biennale, established as a platform for contemporary art, is back this year for its fifth outing. Bearing the theme 'An Atlas of Mirrors', the biennale explores the idea of using artwork to find different perspectives of the world around us. The exhibition features over 50 regional artists, including Indonesia’s Ade Darmawan, Sakarin Krue-On from Thailand and Singapore’s Melissa Tan and Vertical Submarine.
Perspectives Film Festival
The ninth edition of the student-led festival brings seven films revolving around the theme of surrealism, exploring the blurred line between reality and fantasy.
Part of a series of celebrations commemorating 50 years of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Japan, SJ50 Matsuri will feature 34 performing arts groups over two days, and of course, Japanese nosh. And if you’re a huge fan of Domo-kun, you'd want to make your way down for a photo op with the popular brown monster. Also happening are BMX action shows, appearances by adored cartoon bear Kumamon, and an Awa Odori dance performance.
Now in its third edition, immerse yourself in four nights of magic, illusion and technology based on the theme ‘Phantasmagoria’ . There’s a Noh play – an age-old Japanese theatre form – paired with a 3D projection, plus an interactive art and dance piece presented in a collaboration between American dance company Pilobolus and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Distributed Robotics Laboratory. Then pop over to Soundscape: The River for a musical artwork performed across three stages.
Pokémon Research Exhibition
Aspiring Pokémon trainers, don your lab coats for the Pokémon Research Exhibition, the region’s first outside Japan. Choose your Poké Ball based on how well you know your Pokémon – there’s Regular (easy), Great Ball (difficult) and Ultra Ball (extra difficult) – then collect your observation notebook and meander the eight stations, such as the Silhouette Shooter, Face Magnifier, Cry Checker and Appearance Analyzer. Your mission: to guess which Pokémon’s contained in your Poké Ball, based on clues collected from any four machines at the various stations. Also, don't miss your chance to take pictures with the Pikachu mascot at select timings, and check out the Pokédex wall that features more than 700 of the creatures.
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.
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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Arts and Culture
The top arts and culture experiences in the city