Four ways to amp up your festive season in Singapore

Break out of your routine with these four out-of-the-box activities before the year comes to an end
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Time Out Singapore in partnership with Mido |

Tis’ the season to feast and shop – or so you think. While everyone is gobbling down heaps of turkey and scratching their heads over gift ideas, we challenge you to think outside of the box. There are plenty of unconventional activities in Singapore to do during this festive season that doesn’t involve shopping or gift wrapping – we take inspiration from the key features of Mido’s Multifort Escape to present you four ways to escape the routine.  

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Go out to sea and explore the deep blue

If there’s a time to splurge and live it up in style, it’s the festive season. Gather your mates and rent a boat for a day (or two) and island hop around Singapore – just don’t forget to pack some cute floats and your swimsuits for a bit of snorkeling to catch a glimpse into the deep blue.

While we wouldn’t recommend diving straight into the waters with the Multifort Escape, Mido’s largest three-hand model, it’s water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar (100m) – which puts it firmly in the snorkeling territory. You can hang out in the water for a while without having to strip down to only the bare essentials.

If you're one for rowdy party boats, go for one of Royal Albatross' cruises. Else, rent a private yacht from Marina at Keppel Bay for a small initimate gathering. 

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Indulge in a stylish New Year’s Eve party

All bars are fun, but some bars are more fun than others – namely rooftop bars on the last day of year for that one last hurrah. Singapore has got some of the highest rooftop bars around, which translates to the best views of the city’s skyline and of course, unparalleled views of the fireworks when the clock strike twelve. 

Let’s not forget the other tradition on NYE – when you lean in for that all-important New Year’s Eve kiss with that special someone. That’s one moment you don’t want to be tardy for and thankfully, with Multifort Escape’s Caliber 80 automatic movement, you’ll always be right on the dot. Also, you can literally see the seconds pass through the watch’s display back – it makes for good conversation starters at parties too.

You can't go wrong with Cé La Vi's fancy rooftop NYE party but if you consider yourself a nightclub party person, head to Lulu's Lounge.  

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Test your senses as you dine in the dark

Take your Christmas feasting up a notch and dine in the dark – we’re talking eating in a pitch black room without a single source of light as you attempt to separate your meats from your veggies.

But if you like seeing things that glow in the dark (let’s be honest, we all do), you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the Multifort Escape strapped on your wrist – the black dial version is equipped with green Super-LumiNova light while the green version comes with white Super-LumiNova light on the numerals and hands giving it a vintage touch and ensuring perfect legibility in any circumstances. You may not know what you’re eating, but you sure know what time it is.

Savour food in a different light (or lack thereof) at NOX, Singapore's only dine in the dark restaurant. 

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Make the city and buildings your personal playground

Why walk when you can climb, swing, jump, balance and negotiate your way through the concrete urban jungle that’s Singapore? Of course, we’re talking about the art of parkour – where ordinary buildings and parks are turned into an obstacle course waiting to be navigated with swift agile movements.

Just like an iconic piece of architecture where functionality meets timeless design – take, for example, the Sydney Harbour Bridge – Mido’s Multifort collection, which first launched in 1934, encapsulates those qualities in its timepieces. The Multifort Escape comes with a gorgeous calfskin black strap decorated with ecru stitching. It also features a robust 44mm stainless steel case stainless steel case with an aged and sandblasted black PVD treatment – a finish which makes each piece unique – along with a black dial with vertical Geneva stripes. This inspired-by-architecture timepiece is the perfect companion as you vault your way into the new year – all you really need is a good instructor coupled with a lot of grit of sweat.

Hone your Tarzan-like skills at qualified parkour gyms in Singapore such as A2 Parkour and Superfly Monkey Dragons

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Mido’s Multifort Escape ($1,380) comes in four variations with either black, green or anthracite dials, including a Horween special edition ($1,620). Check out to browse the full collection and buy yourself a gift, or two.

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