Weekend Guide

TGIF!: Your weekend guide (26-28 Jul)

By Kevin HoEvents - 26 July 2013 5:49 PM | Updated 6:29 PM

TGIF!: Your weekend guide (26-28 Jul)

It’s two more weekends to the long National Day weekend! But while you’re anxiously counting down the days and planning your holidays, don’t forget that you can still get your dose of fun every weekend. Not convinced? Just leave it to us to pick the best events out for you.

Singapore’s too tame for a Mardi Gras you say? Well for one night only, the carnival-themed celebrations will be unleashed at The New Paper Mardi Grasat Robertson Walk. If you’re done at work early you can even bring the family along for some pre-event fun starting from 5pm. And at 7pm, that’s when the real party starts judging by their lineup of samba dancers and batacuda drummers, not to mention the eye candy provided by the New Face girls and Manhunt hunks. Phew.

Swoon over the New Face girls at The New Paper Mardi Gras

And if all that samba’s gotten you into a Latin mood, then don’t take off those dancing shoes just yet, and cha-cha-cha your way down to Blu Jaz Café for Latin Fiesta with Latin Affairs. With a seasoned international ensemble of musicians from Cuba, Uruguay, and Norway, Latin Affairs is a band with one common goal, to find that Latin-loving bone in your body and rattle it till the moon goes down. Even if you’ve never heard Latin music before, this rowdy gang will surely convert you.

But for those of you who’d rather have your live music a little less raucous, then slip into the cosy vibes of Femme Clubat The Esplanade. Don’t worry this isn’t a females-only event, everyone’s welcome to soothe themselves with the sounds of The Impatient Sisters from Kuantan, Malaysia, and our homegrown Lily Anna Nuris. Both these acts aren’t strangers to The Esplanade stage, with The Impatient Sisters playing earlier this year at the Mosaic Music Festival. In case you haven’t caught either of them yet, here’s your chance to fall in love with them.

Find comfort with The Impatient Sisters at Femme Club

On a more serious note, what do you do when you’re surrounded by death? Well if you’re critically acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-Duk, you make a film of course. Kim Ki-Duk’s Arirang (2011) was filmed in light of Kim’s hiatus from filmmaking, self-imposed after several of his colleagues had untimely encounters with death. Arirang is presented as a personal documentary where Kim references the Korean folk song in helping him appreciate nature and come to terms with his life, eventually pushing him back onto the right track. Watch if you need some motivation in life.

And if there’s another strong motivating factor you can cling to, love has to be it. So if you’re at that right moment in life, say “I love you” to your soul mate and make plans to get married. Don’t know how? Then walk down the aisle to The Wedding Village 2013. You can find everything related to tying the knot right here, from bridal shops, to wedding photography services, to wedding entertainment, and much more. Now you just need to work on that proposal.

Visit The Wedding Village 2013 to help you create that perfect wedding

But vows and kisses aside, the ultimate way to embrace living is to throw yourself into the great outdoors. And instead of some conventional exercise, what about challenging yourself to the Binjai Night Trek? An obscure trail not known by many, this adventure will take you through long eerie tunnels, calming waterfalls, and rustling foliage till you arduously make your way from the jungles back into civilisation. You most likely won’t get a prize, but you’ll definitely feel more alive after this. Also, prepare to get wet.

And lastly to celebrate your victory, change out of your sweaty trekking gear and into your party suit. While it might still be a while till we get to see electronica duo Daft Punk in the flesh (or shells, since they’re robots), Singapore still has its very own Trouse Brothers who’ll be spinning it at Zouk.  They may have similarly-themed helmets, LED clothes, and anonymity, but they’ve made a sound that’s purely their own, combining trance and house elements to form…you guessed it, “trouse”. Pretty clever if you ask us, and catchy too. Just have a listen!

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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.