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TGIF!: Father’s Day Special

By Kevin HoEvents - 12 June 2013 3:45 PM | Updated 11:51 AM

TGIF!: Father’s Day Special

He held our hands through our first steps, told us to toughen up when we had our first tumble, and raised our spirits in bouts of despair. That’s what dads do. They guide us through life showing us all possibilities and to seize the moments when they’re ripe. So now let us show you how you can repay them! Just follow our advice, and give him a Father’s Day he’ll never forget.

So to help get you in the mood, why not kick off your fatherly bonding with the recently released blockbuster film “After Earth”?  Not only do real-life father and son Will and Jaden Smith co-star in this sci-fi adventure (as father and son no less), theirs tells a heart-clenching story about unwavering trust and mutual respect. Due to a mission malfunction, Daddy Smith gets caught in a pickle and it’s up to Smith Jr. to save the day and rescue him. It prompts a courageous gesture of love which we shouldn’t hesitate to show to our old man right here, right now, and thankfully not in some futuristic savage alien universe.

Father's day chow
Treat your dad to some quality steak

And if all that sitting on the edge of your seat has left you an appetite, that’s the cue to treat Daddy to a lavish meal. After all you know what they say; a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and all Dads are no exception.  Whether you choose to go AquaMarine’sglobal buffet which includes free cake (how thoughtful!), or Morton’s of Chicago’s three-course steak menu, or Cantonese with a modern twist at Peach Blossoms, we’re sure Dad will leave with a satisfied palate and a rounder belly.  For more of our dining recommendations, have a look here.

But of course, your amount of love to give isn’t proportional to the amount you have in your wallet, and sometimes it’s just best and more meaningful to cook up a home-made meal with your Pops. And for those looking for some team-based culinary inspiration, then head down to IKEA’s 25-hour Cook-off which puts like-minded gastronomic duos to the test. We’re sure you’ll be able to spot some fathers and sons partnering to show off their chemistry in the kitchen. Now you can bring your Dad to buy some furniture, and learn a new recipe or two.

Well enough about food, some of us have weights to watch! And if you and your Dad are health-conscious like that, then get an early night’s rest and prepare for the Pocari Sweat Run 2013. In our opinion, there’s nothing more exhilarating than feeling alive and completing a race with someone you hold dear right by your side. And what better than the visual accompaniment of the Marina Bay skyline?  By participating, you even stand a chance to win a travel package to Japan. That’d make a pleasant Father’s Day surprise, wouldn’t you agree?

If your Dad’s the type who likes to pretend he’s Pavarotti and belt loudly in the shower, then throw some clothes on him and drag him to Opera in the Park. Organized by the Singapore Lyric Orchestra, the series’ sixth installment takes the sounds of opera out of the concert halls and into the bare essence of nature. Against the backdrop of the Botanic Gardens, soothe your old man’s ears with beloved tunes from “Barber of Seville”, “Marriage of Figaro” and “Madama Butterfly”. Just don’t blame him if he starts yelling along. Don’t mind the stares. Just smile and wave.

Make a toast to Father's Day at Beerfest 2013

But for some fathers, what would really make them proud and bring sentimental tears to their eyes is hard-knocked proof that you’re man (or woman) enough to hold your liquor. So what better occasion to show that you can match up to your old man than the return of Beerfest Asia? This is the kind of family bonding you couldn’t do before you were 18, so don’t hold back now! And with over 300 varieties of beer to choose from, that’s 300 potential reasons for your Dad to love you even more.  

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.