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Zoom backgrounds to use if you miss being out in Singapore

Bring your colleagues on a tour around Singapore with these Zoom backgrounds

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Time Out Singapore editors
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Daily Zoom meetings with your colleagues getting a bit stale? Missing the great outdoors and the iconic architecture of Singapore? Why not switch things up by changing your background on Zoom and using your imagination?

Sentosa, the National Heritage Board and us here at Time Out Singapore have created fun backgrounds for you to use during your next conference call. Here's a quick and easy guide on how to do it: download the image, join a Zoom meeting, click on the arrow to the right of the stop/start video button, select 'choose virtual background', click on the + sign on the right to add image or video, select your chosen image from your folders and voila!

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Sentosa

You might not be able to get a tan at Sentosa's Palawan Beach now but that doesn't mean you can't crack open a coconut and put on a pair of sunglasses at home with this background. Check out Sentosa's full list of Zoom backgrounds here.

National Heritage Board
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National Heritage Board

If you're big on nostalgia, then you'll enjoy the National Heritage Board's album of backgrounds featuring the old-school playgrounds of Singapore. Check out the full list here.

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Marina Bay Sands
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Marina Bay Sands

Here at Time Out, we've been having daily meetings too, and one-week into this CB period, it seems like we've gotten pretty productive while working from home. Here are some of the Zoom backgrounds we use that you can have as well.

 

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Built in 1910, the steely exterior of Anderson Bridge looks like something out of a dystopian flick. It has a dark past too – soldiers during the Japanese Occupation would hang the heads of criminals along the bridge as a deterrent.

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Floral Fantasy

Gardens by the Bay Floral Fantasy makes for a pretty backdrop but take it one step further by lighting a scented candle to complete the experience.

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Universal Studios Singapore

Put your hands up in the air and wave them like you just don't care – 'cos let's face it, what else do you have to do these days anyway?

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People's Park Complex

People's Park Complex was built in 1967 and has been an iconic part of Chinatown ever since. Bring this slice of history to your living room with this background.

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Till we can all come together and sit for a meal at the hawker centre again, the next best thing is to gather your colleagues for a team lunch with this background instead.

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Ah, the majestic Merlion against our gorgeous city skyline at dusk. It doesn't get more patriotic than this.

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Haw Par Villa
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Here's a quirky one for all you cool cats and kittens. Show off your quirky side with this background of Haw Par Villa, Singapore's strangest theme park that's filled with over 1,000 statues from Chinese mythology.

Being stuck at home doesn't have to be boring

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