From its window dressing, you can tell that Power Up Express is for serious fitness buffs. Performance products such as 2XU compression gear and lightweight hydration packs for triathletes are on display, and if you're looking for muscle conditioning or a speedier recovery after your races, book in for a sports massage or sports taping service, pressed out in a cosy section of the store.
For ladies, Gym Locker is the go-to for ladies' training shoes, comfortable activewear and accessories. This specialty store for the fairer sex is an offshoot of the popular Sportslink chain, so expect brands like adidas, Reebok, Under Armour, Moving Comfort, and more on the shelves.
H&M wouldn’t be your first stop to pick up gym kit, but its store here aims to debunk that. The H&M Sports (#01-74/78) sub-line gets a dedicated section, stocking clothes to sweat in at prices cheaper than performance labels. Similarly, the specialty Forever 21 here (#01-59) stocks an extensive array of sportswear that changes regularly, so you can look good exercising without breaking the bank.
Protect your eyes from the sun and dust with performance eyewear from Sport On Eyewear. It carries two international brands not commonly found in Singapore: Liberty Sport and Rudy Project. The MAXX30 (from $180), Liberty Sport’s unisex protective sports eyewear for basketball, football and racquet sports, is one such offering. For the bespectacled, fret not, they do prescription eyewear, too.
Before you embark on that off-the-beaten-path YOLO trip, drop by a store like Outdoor Sports Travel to get your travel supplies. Some of the stuff we eyed on its shelves include SteriPen’s handheld ultraviolet water purifier for when you find yourself parched in the middle of nowhere, and Recon’s Jet smart eyewear (preorder at $669) from the future. It delivers key performance stats, texts and call notifications, and has an inbuilt point-of-view camera accessible with a double-tap.
It doesn’t matter which football club you’re rooting for – Weston Corp does not discriminate. The brand's grown to seven stores across Singapore, but Kallang Wave Mall houses its biggest, with crowds swarming in ahead of the big European and local matches to snatch up their team's jerseys. Weston Corp also has outlets at Queensway Shopping Centre, Peninsula Shopping Centre, JEM and Tampines Mall.
Court racers will be familiar with Hoops Factory, one of the few dedicated basketball stores in Singapore. It carries a wide selection of jerseys and boots from international brands such as Peak, Li Ning, McDavid and Molten.
You don’t need prior experience to scale the walls at Climb Central, the tallest indoor air-conditioned rock face in Singapore. Advance climbing safety systems are in place to ensure even the most inexperienced of climbers (as long as you’re above the age of five) can clamber to new heights – there are 45 climbing lanes and 4-metre-high bouldering walls – in a safe and controlled environment.
For something closer to ground, try lawn bowling on the artificial turf lawn located on the third level of the mall, adjacent to the Singapore Sports Museum. This community facility is free for all to use and limited sets of lawn bowl balls, jacks and mats are available for loan if you’re keen to try your hand at rolling the bowl balls as close to the jack as possible.
Head up to Kallang Wave Mall's rooftop – and don’t forget your swimsuit and sunblock. While Splash N Surf has a water play area open only to kids, there’s a lazy pool that allows both children and adults to laze in, for a grand sum of two bucks. You and your kiddo can also learn to half-pipe surf at the Stingray and master riding on the boogie board and kneeboard.
The 'WTF?!' find
Here’s a vintage automobile-themed café, designed with a Volkswagen Van serving as a mobile kitchen. Sip on a kopi latte ($2.90), which as the name suggests, is coffee made using beans from local roasters but frothed with milk to rival any Third Wave establishment, and munch on kaya butter croissants ($3.50) while sitting in a room covered in memorabilia from yesteryears.
Shopping is one of Singapore's national pastimes and we've all spent time walking from mall to mall (sometimes to escape the sweltering heat). But do you know which one's the best for camping gear or the best for entertaining your kids? Here we round up the best shopping centres and more, all for your retail therapy. Shop hard.