As the Jubilee Weekend (7-10 August) draws near, there will be a myriad of activities and events happening all across Singapore.
We list out the different ways people are “So Singaporean” with the best things to do. Let us know if you scored a full 8/8 for being one.
Photo: Maxwell Food Centre | Singapore Tourism Board
1.We love our food, period
Proudly helmed as a “national” past-time, Singaporeans sure love our food. We are constantly hunting for the latest place for good nosh, meeting up with friends at dining spots – even travelling abroad for food! We have a good reason to be so: Singapore is host to an array of delicious food from around the world. But there is nothing quite like our much-loved local cuisines with delectable treats from the many cultures that make up our cosmopolitan city.
Be part of #SgEatWithUs, a movement that celebrates the heritage behind our local home-cooked food. Head down to the Waterfront Promenade Open Space on the 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 August from noon to 10pm and be treated to a pop-up food carnival with all the home-cooked delicacies your heart can desire.
Alternatively, find a mega fun fair for the community at the Sports Hub with local games, music and snacks from the past 50 years on 8 and 9 August. Hashtag your meals over #JubileeWeekend with #SgEatWithUs to show what nosh you are tucking into with friends and families!
2. Scoring deals is a must
You should be privy to a variety of SG50-related deals from both local and international brands around Singapore. Judging from the way we queue for GSS sales or McDonald’s limited edition Hello Kitty, it is clear we love a good deal.
Be stoked to discover more deals you can enjoy in honour of the nation’s birthday over #JubileeWeekend with the Official ‘Celebrate SG50!’ app (iOS, Android), enjoy a trip to Jurong Bird Park at 50 per cent off in the month of August plus a free SG50 animal-themed woven tote bag for visits over the weekend.
Over the weekend, you also enjoy 50 per cent off admission fee toMint Museum of Toys, 4D Simulator Ride at Singapore Discovery Centre, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay (respective terms and conditions apply).
For the foodies, you can also find special discounts off selected items in the app from Sakae Sushi, KOI, Toastbox and even $25++ buffet at York Hotel. The shopaholics can shop their way through the weekend with deals from Uniqlo, Yves Saint Laurent Beaute, Parker and more.
3. Anything free is even better
You are not in Singapore until you have seen the quick response when it comes to free things. We are good at getting the best economical value for ourselves. From food samples to bottled water to newspapers, Singaporeans are always quick to catch a freebie.
Make a trip out of your usual hangouts and make the best of this skill with an array of attractions and facilities that have free admission over the Jubilee Weekend.
Stake out pieces of history at the National Museum of Singapore or the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands with your special other; learn some science tips at the Science Centre Singapore or Marina Barrage Sustainable Singapore Gallery with your children; or plan a sunny beach gathering with your best buddies to Sentosa with free Island admission and other perks.
Some of the places offering free entry includes ActiveSG swimming pools and gyms while exhibitions are ongoing at the Singapore Civil Defence Heritage Gallery, Heritage at the Bay. While you are sussing out the list of events ongoing for Jubilee Weekend on the ‘Celebrate SG50!’, you can also easily “jio a friend” to join you in the activities!
Photo: National Day Celebrations | MINDEF
4. On the flip side, we are pretty cultured
The burgeoning arts scene is heartening to witness in Singapore with more spaces for visual and performing arts to strut their stuff. We now have three art schools, plenty of arts and film festival going on in our city and many local talents paving their own routes in the local and international scene that we should be proud of.
In celebration for #SG50, connect with your artistic side with the spread of free programmes like talks, workshops, art installations at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. You can also sit back and enjoy dance and music performances by our home-grown talents within the Esplanade Concert Hall.
Those who love their classical music can head to Singapore Botanical Gardens for SG50 Concert Series in the Park that brings nostalgic melodies to the park with a mixture of jazz, classical, evergreen classics and local favourites or SCO Concert by the Bay If you’re a fan of Chinese Orchestra.You can sing along with special guests, MICappella, to a medley of local compositions before ending the night on a high with an arrangement of Stand Up For Singapore, complete with synchronised fireworks!
If you want to bring a piece of local crafts home, there will a bazaar featuring local entrepreneurs at Esplanade or you can head down to VivoCity to check out the pop-up Independent Market which showcases a wide spectrum of locally-produced goods that range from clever to creative.
Photo: Families For Life
5. Sports is always talk of the town
If our social media feeds are anything to judge with, sports is another hobby that many Singaporeans are into.
From marathons trainings to the trendy Yoga or even to catching late-night soccer matches, we keep up with sports in our own ways despite our busy lifestyles. Hands up if you have been trying to finally start using your gym membership!
Get active and pumped up for SG50 with ActiveSG at ActiveSG Sports Centres islandwide! With over 50 sports activities to be conducted in various formats, you can take part in challenges at your favourite sports or just try out a new one.
You might just meet some of our Team Singapore athletes who will also be celebrating with the community! You can also opt to head over to the Singapore Sports Hub on 8 or 9 August for a kampong-style carnival with sports try-outs with a twist.
There will also be stage games, entertainment, bouncy castles, treasure hunts and a mass workout! End the day with friends and family through a movie screening together on 8 August or a ‘LIVE’ telecast of the National Day Parade on 9 August.
6. You are not unfamiliar to “live singing” in the Heartlands
Because a large majority of us live in HDB flats, this means that we often have the joy of listening in to our neighbour’s singing sessions every morning and we are quite the fans of singing our hearts out too.
Come weekends, there is always the chance that one of your Malay neighbours is hosting a wedding at the void deck, complete with rambunctious singing and wafts of delectable food.
100+50 festivalat Bedok Reservoir is a three-week extravaganza that will let you rock out with 150 bands, electronic acts and DJs right within your neighbourhood.
You can also choose to have the Time of Your Life at The Promontory @ Marina Bay with ‘LIVE’ band performance by one of Singapore’s most versatile pop groups from the 60’s – The Silver Strings. Local household names, Housewife Rosie Phua (Irene Ang) and Moe Alkalf, will also be there to keep you engaged throughout the event.
7. We are real techie geeks
At any point in the public transport, you can people-watch and realize that 90 per cent of the people are looking down on their handphones. We are constantly connected to technology in Singapore, from the laptops at work to our mobiles on-the-go. Even the children are “in-training” now with many parents brandishing iPads for them to watch cartoons while having their meals!
Let technology bring to you a different way to connect to people through The MP3 Experiment. With a pair of headphones on, you will be brought on a unique trip around Singapore with a pair of headphones on.
Activities can include a flash mob, cheering people on the streets or joining into someone’s photos. By attempting different things that you usually will not do, you will find yourself laughing at the fun the experience is bringing with your new friends.
Photo: SG50 Theatres on the Bay | Esplanade
8. You always watch the National Day Parade (NDP) with pride
Let’s just put it this way: Singaporeans are really vocal and varied, online at least, when it comes to their views on bits and parcel of their lives.
Yet, whatever the comments may be or virtual tiffs you may have with your fellow compatriots, we cannot help but look forward to August every year.
The outpouring of red and whites, the fireworks right down to the colourful showcase of the Singapore Story, our hearts swell with pride at how far our little nation has gone.
This year, NDP2015’s theme is the symbolic 'Majulah Singapura' with a return to a historic venue, the Padang, in celebration of our country’s Golden Jubilee. For starters, you can feel a part of our history when you tune into radio or TV at 9am on National Day to listen to the proclamation of Independence as made by the late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
When the parade starts, look out for The Vintage Parade which gives a nostalgic twist to the marching contingent that starts the celebrations every year.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force will also salute the nation with a unique “50” formation whileSingapore Armed Forces, the Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Civil Defence Force will work together to construct a Mobile Column. In addition, the NDP will be “extended” to various sites through “live” streaming on LED screens and extra 25,000 seats at The Float@Marina Bay, allowing more people to be part of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee.
For something nearer to home, you can keep an eye out for islandwide community events helmed by your local community leaders that brings the celebrations to you.
To be part of #SG50 celebrations, download the official ‘Celebrate SG50!’ App (iOS, Android) that contains a list of events plus deals for you and your loved ones to enjoy. For more info on the #JubileeWeekend activities please visit: https://www.singapore50.sg/en/WhatsOn/2015/GJW/Jubilee%20Weekend.aspx
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