Singapore may be a tiny sunny island, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have island getaways of our own. And if there’s any one spot which offers a quick change of scenery for us locals, that’d have to be Sentosa.
In celebration of our country’s upcoming National Day, the landscape of Sentosa will be transformed into a lively hub of events and exhibits, a collective representation of what we love best about our Singaporean culture.
If you’ve a light-hearted sense of humour and believe that Singlish is Singapore’s true native language, then you’ll definitely have something to chuckle about at The People’s Republic,a cheeky and witty stretch of street signs strategically erected along Siloso Beach.
Despite their sense of humour, these are signs that will make you think twice
Officially open for public viewing from August, The People’s Republic is the brainchild of local street artist Samantha Lo, whose tendency for honest expression knows no bounds.
And when you’re done laughing yourself into stitches with this culturally colourful stroll, Sentosa’s got the perfect place for you to take a break and “relac one corner”.
Also created by Samantha Lo, the Lepak Corner (to lepak means to chill) at Beach Plaza will be accessible for just one month, from 1 to 31 August. Come here and cosy up with your friends, or as how Singaporeans would put it, to “shake leg” and “talk cock”.
Samantha Lo created this space for all your lepak needs
The island-wide celebration also aims to be an all-rounded event for the entire family, and with their Yesteryears Once More exhibition, this will be an experience that will even make your parents feel like teenagers.
With a theme taking the form of a walk down memory lane from the 1960s to the 1980s, this exhibition at Palawan Beach will provide interactive photo points including a private collection of vintage cars, and even a re-enacted kampong setting. These photo-ops will be available from 8 to 10 August.
But if cars and kampongs don’t get you going, then perhaps their old school playground will. When was the last time you laid eyes on those tiled playground pieces with watermelon, pelican, and dragon designs? If this brings a nostalgic shiver down your spine, then slide down for a visit from August onwards.
And lastly, nothing’s more patriotic than having a hearty meal beneath our national icon, The Merlion. At the Chill and Grill located at Merlion Plaza, get ready to stuff those stomachs with a generous spread of grilled goodies.
How's this for dining with a view?
To further add to the Singaporean swing of things, your culinary soundtrack will be provided by a talented ensemble of live musical acts dishing out sounds from pop, to ethnic, to jazz, to even our National Day theme songs.
From 4.30-9.30pm daily, you’ll be able to catch Eileen Chai and M.I.G. on 8 August, Jeremy Monteiro’s Organ Trio on 9 August, and Ukulele Groove on 10 August where you can even learn how to turn yourself into a ukulele pro.
So if you’re looking for a way to spend your long National Day weekend, look no further! Rekindle that Singaporean spirit with Sentosa.
Sentosa Celebrates, the Singapore way | Date: From Aug 2013 onwards | Time: Various timings | Venue: Various venues in Sentosa | Tickets: Free