There are several perches from which you can admire the city skyline, but most of them require an admission fee – or a costly meal or drink. Except for ION Sky.
Tucked away on the 56th floor of ION Orchard, it brings visitors 218m up from the ground, and offers 360º vistas of the city, all from the comfort of a spacious air-conditioned area.
There are also several telescopes that not only offer a close-up view of the streets and buildings below, but are equipped with augmented reality tech to depict a bygone Singapore.
Crane Dance is a love story that unfolds by the waterfront at Sentosa almost every night. Combining the use of light, sound, fire and water, the show illustrates the courtship ritual of a pair of mechanical cranes (aka our national bird), whose love for each other causes them to transform into real winged creatures.
Admire the twinkling Deepavali lights
The Hindu Festival of Lights isn’t happening until November 10, but the decorative lights are going up this month. Head to the official light-up ceremony at Serangoon Road on September 19, where musicians are also set to perform, or check out the Festival Village at Campbell Lane and Hastings Rd from the 26th.
Various venues around Little India; lights at Selegie Rd, Serangoon Rd & Race Course Rd. See littleindia.com.sg for details.
Get back in shape
Why shell out cash for a snobby gym when you can exercise for free? On the Health Promotion Board’s website, you’ll find activities like Sunrise in the City (for workouts near your workplace), i-Run (weekly running sessions), Sundays @ the Park (for family-friendly fitness), and Mall Aerobics (to indulge in a bout of retail therapy after).
The Sisters’ Island Marine Park is the first of its kind here, with 40 hectares of maritime flora and fauna – and over 250 species of hard corals – that prove the biodiversity found in Singapore is, honestly, pretty staggering. The best way to take in the sights is to hop on the twice-monthly guided tours, organised by the National Parks Board. Register early, too, as only 45 nature lovers tops are allowed on each walk.
You’ll need to travel quite a bit for this one. But if you go on the guided tour, boats from the mainland will be chartered for you at no cost.
Find the will to power
You know that feeling when your phone’s running on 10 percent and there’s a full day ahead? Yeah, it sucks. So thanks to Singapore Power, there are almost 200 charging stations around the island – anywhere from libraries to supermarkets – you can use to juice up your best friend.
Shop sans your wallet
The Singapore Really Really Free Market does exactly what it says on the tin. Held bi-monthly (the next one’s this month), all goods – and even stuff like haircuts – are free. Nada. Zilch. You’re welcome.