Best outdoor activities in Singapore
Take advantage of our city's year-long summer and head to the great outdoors with our list of the best things to do, including water sports, free walking trails, group activities and more. RECOMMENDED: Roam the city and hunt for the seven 'official' Merlions
5 reasons why the movies still have some magic about them
Sure, cosying up in bed with a video on your laptop sounds tempting. But nothing beats watching films the way they were meant to be watched: in a cinema, with surround sound and all. Here’s why you should head to Cathay Cineplexes to catch the next big blockbuster. To stay spoiler-free Spoiler alert: They brought Matt Damon home. Snape killed Dumbledore. Han Solo is dead. Dodging spoilers is hard work – we’ve all been there, frantically scrolling past the fiends on our Twitter feeds who’ve already seen the movie and won’t quit yabbering about it. Catch all the latest films when they hit the big screens at Cathay Cineplexes to get the upper hand. That way, you’re part of every pop culture conversation, too. The cinema’s right next door Catching a movie at the theatre is super easy with the many Cathay Cineplexes island-wide. Pick from any of Cathay Cineplexes’ seven locations, many of which are in the heartlands and residential neighbourhoods such as AMK Hub and Causeway Point. And if you live near one of its movie theatres, no one’s stopping you from heading to a midnight movie in your pyjama pants, either. Cosy up in the Platinum Movie Suites’ recliner seats To lounge in luxury Cathay Cineplexes has brought luxury to the silver screens with its Platinum Movie Suites (tickets at $28 on weekdays, $38 on weekends). Think leather recliner seats, free food platters, in-seat dining, bar services and lounges. Cathay Cineplexes Platinum Movie Suites offer privacy, comfort
ACM Secret Party
Scooch a little closer while we whisper this in your ear: a (not-so) secret party’s landing within the Asian Civilisations Museum, and you’re invited. Join in the theatrical feast as you travel through Asia’s port cities of past, with cocktails served by geishas from Nagasaki and mains from 17th century Guangzhou.
The Broadway musical makes a triumphant return to Singapore’s shores. The BAFTA and Tony Award-winning performance tells the story of murder, corruption, adultery and greed with the 1920s Chicago nightclub scene as its iconic backdrop. Don’t miss out on your chance to watch Broadway’s second-longest running show, with celebrated tunes like ‘All That Jazz’ and ‘Cell Block Tango’.
Swedish Film Festival
This year's edition of the Swedish Film Festival spotlights on acclaimed director Roy Andersson and five of his works, such as A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, A Swedish Love Story and You, the Living. Other screenings at the film fest include the Singapore premiere of Nice People, a documentary that tackles immigrant and refugees issues, and musical dramedy We Are the Best!, which tells the tale of a group of rebellious teens teaming up to form an all-girl punk band.
Choking Hazard: An Exhibition about Toys
Expect a showcase of the works of 30 artists and toymakers from all over the world, including Singapore, Korea, America and Spain. The toys have been dismantled and recreated into artworks that were inspired by waste of mass production and consumerism. You can even get down and dirty – there'll be an assortment of pre-loved toys available for you to dismantle and have fun with.
Which choices make or break our lives? Theatre company young and W!LD presents its debut performance, a play that’s equal parts bold, dark and funny. Follow a series of characters whose lives have hit critical crossroads, and the roads to self-discovery (or self-destruction) that’ll set them free… or not.
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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.
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
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.
Free things to do in Singapore
If there’s one word we Singaporeans love more than ‘discount’, it’s ‘free’. And despite Singapore being among the top in various ‘most expensive city’ lists, there are plenty of free things to do around the island. Now we're adding one more to the list of free things in Singapore: every first Tuesday of the month, Time Out Singapore is distributed free in the evenings at MRT stations around the CBD. We also regularly have giveaways on our contest page where you can win staycations, dining vouchers and more. Here, we list the best free things you can do around the city.
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.
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).