The Singapore Grand Prix is back, which means round-the-clock, unadulterated fun for motorsports addicts and full-time boozers, but excruciating pain for the quiet-loving wallflower or the noise-intolerant individual.
Don’t fret, there are loads of activities happening that are completely unrelated to the races (and a good distance away from the F1 track too).
From movies to music, to sports, to culture, to just good ol' downtime on your lonesome, here are some of the events that will jazz up your weekend.
(Photo/THIS Buddhist Film Festival 2014)
Catch "the happiest man in the world" on screens this weekend at the Thus Have I Seen (THIS) Buddhist Film Festival. "On The Path To Compassion" features French Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, who forsook his Ph.D degree in molecular genetics to devote his entire life to Tibetan Buddhism. The film explores the depth of compassion in the human mind, as told by the man himself. Quite the opposite of the bustling crowds and loud roars of the F1 race, sit back, relax and reap some spiritual development with this tranquil film. Watch the trailer here
20 September, 7pm at Lido Theatre 1 (350 Orchard Road, 6738 0555).$12 from Sistic
Why miss out on sports just because you won't be at the F1 race? An even "cooler" option for you is the Ice Challenge at JCube's The Rink. To set the ball rolling this weekend, "It's Broomball Time!" will host teams of six in an arctic ball game similar to ice hockey and floorball. If you aren't an ice skating pro, don't sweat it, as no skate boots are required.
19-21 September, 12.45pm-5pm (Day 1), 5.15pm-9.30pm (Day 2), 3pm-7.15pm (Day 3), at The Rink, JCube (2 Jurong East Central 1, #03-11 JCube, 6684 2374/5). $38-45 from therink.sg
Stress at work eating away at you? Suffering writer's block or having trouble generating a big idea? Fed up with muscle knots seizing every inch of your body? Floatation therapy at Palm Ave Float Club takes meditation to a whole new level with their isolation tank, containing 10" of skin-temperature water and 500kg of Epsom salts, which contain minerals important for our body. As its lid closes, shut away all the hustle and bustle, and let your mind drift to your happy place.
10am-10pm at Palm Ave Float Club (20 Waringin Park, 9151 6004). $70 per float. Book at palmavefloatclub.com
(Photo/Chinatown Heritage Centre)
If you have never gotten round to visiting the 12-year-old Chinatown Heritage Centre, now's your chance to do so free-of-charge before it closes for renovation works. Found along pastel-coloured shophouses, don't let its minimalistic outerior fool you, as this museum relives the wholesome 1950s experience in pictures, sound and quaint souvenirs. It encapsulates Singapore's history and development - depicting the hardships and achievements of its locals and immigrants back in the day - over three storeys.
9am-8pm at Chinatown Heritage Centre (48 Pagoda Street, 6325 2878). Free
Set forth on this scenic journey from The Rail Mall to the Bukit Timah Train Station, otherwise known as the Bukit Timah Greenway, as you enter the heart of nature behind the teeming city and hectic streets of Singapore. Three kilometres, two large railway bridges, and an abundance of flora and fauna later, your camera will be filled to the brim with picturesque photographs that will have your Instagram followers jealous. View the map here
From The Rail Mall (380 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, 678040) to Bukit Timah Railway Station. Free
The seaweed is always greener on the other side, and by that, we mean beneath the waves. Get up close and personal with a mighty family of sharks at Underwater World Singapore, as you dive into the deep blue waters to greet the pool of sea creatures. Don't be too startled if an eagle ray brushes past you or when a shark nudges you with its snout – this activity is not for the faint-hearted, and it will get your heart thundering faster than a 300km/h F1 car.
Various timings at Underwater World Singapore (80 Siloso Road, 6275 0030). $120 per person. Book at UnderWaterWorld.com.sg
Yoga Lessons at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape
(Photo/COMO Shambhala Urban Escape)
It's the weekend, afterall, so it's time to "put your feet up" and harvest all the benefits of yoga – physical, mental and spiritual – with the wide range of classes offered at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape. While some yoga can be quite strenous, it helps you unwind both your body and mind after a long week. COMO Shambhala has beginner to advanced classes suitable for anyone and everyone, including pregnant women and young children, which are led by their experienced and internationally accredited instructors.
9am-5pm on Saturday & Sunday at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape (402 Orchard Road, 6304 3552). $40 per adult. Register at comoshambhala.com
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Rory Stenning, who goes by Raus, will be in town for his debut album launch of "LP" tonight at Blu Jaz Cafe. This marks the groovy electronic artist's fourth gig on his Asia-Australia tour, along with other artistes like Singapore's very own Fauxe and Michaele Therese. Celebrated for its strong songwriting and beat scene influences, you can count on "LP" to showcase its quality of punchy edits, analog melodies and sampled sounds. The party is on till 3am.
19 September, 7.30pm-3am at Blu Jaz Cafe (11 Bali Ln, 6292 3800). Free
For more ideas on more things to do this weekend, don’t forget to check out our comprehensive events calendar. Have a great weekend everyone and see you back here next week.