By: Edmund Wang
For hardworking office drones out there, the hours spent relentlessly grinding data and mechanically replying countless emails require some sort of diversion.
After all, substantial research and studies have been carried out to support the seemingly counter-intuitive notion that short breaks increase workers’ productivity, which can and should be given the stamp of approval by your superiors!
Instead of staring idly into your smartphone trying to conquer the next level of Candy Crush or tinkering with your fantasy football team, here are some great websites to unwind with during your precious downtime.
Get ready for a whole weekend of shopping!
95.8FM Garage Sale
Date: 19 September 2009 (Saturday)
Time: 10am – 8pm
Venue: Downtown East, D’Marquee
Are you the kind to keep ancient pieces of clothes from eons ago in hopes that you’ll find a productive use for it? Or maybe your house is littered with the trinkets of seemingly pointless décor items that you can’t bear to throw away? This is your chance to get rid of the paraphernalia of nostalgia: the 95.8FM garage sale is taking place on Saturday, and you’ll be able to earn a little bit of pocket money along the way. Sell your goods (and make sure they’re still ‘good’ – no one would want a broken teacup), or even look at the other stalls for some gems. After all, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Rent a stall at $30, admission to public is free of charge. Check out the website for more details.
Branded Outlet Sales @ Changi Airport
Date: 18 September 2009 (Fri)
Time: 10am – 11pm
Venue: Changi Airport Terminal 3
The multitude of designer goods at Changi Airport’s Terminal 3 might overwhelm those with tightened purse strings. But with the exclusive sale going on, you’ll finally be able to splurge all you want, and not have to suffer the grief your credit card bill would eventually give you. Held at 3-Top (#03-27 and #03-30), you’ll finally find only the best brands available, with a price tag so light, you might have to do a double take. Grab them before they’re all gone!
There's plenty of events happening this weekend to give you a good excuse to get out of the house!
Lifestyle Value 2009
Date: 24 Jul – 26 Jul
Time: 11am – 9pm
Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 4
You probably can’t say ‘no’ to this one – the Lifestyle Value exhibition is catered for everyone, with mega sales, bargains and savings from every lifestyle industry. Electronics, food, beauty, apparel, sports, bridal – you name it, they most probably have it. For future brides out there, bridal specialists from the region have been flown in for personal consultation on the biggest day of your life. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.imgworld.com or www.lifestyle-value.com
Singapore HeritageFest 2009
Date: 15 Jul – 26 Jul
Time: Varies for events
Venue: Various venues
The Singapore HeritageFest invites everyone from all walks of life to explore and celebrate the cosmopolitan society of our nation. The festival will involve various cultural performances, participation by schools and outreach programmes as well as music and food events. Admission is free for the Suntec venue. For more information and details on ticketing, visit www.heritagefest.sg.
Singapore Food Festival 2009
Date: 18 - 26 July 2009
Time: Fri, 10am/2.30am - Sat, 10am/2.30pm/5.30pm – Sun, 10am
Venue: Peranakan Museum, Singapore River Cruise Boarding Point (Clarke Quay), Restaurant Association of Singapore, Katong Antique House, Singapore Tourism Board Auditorium, Live Kitchen by Mayer
Singapore isn’t known for listing ‘eating’ as a national hobby for no reason. The nation’s Food Festival is coming to a close, but not before you arm yourselves with those oriental chopsticks and ladles for a full-on Peranakan fest. Head down to the various venues and train to be a culinary expert this weekend – who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Admission prices range from $60 to $150. Click here for more details on the programme line-up.
Liverpool Football Club Tour to Singapore
Date: 26 Jul 2009 (Sunday)
Time: 7pm (2 hours)
Venue: National Stadium
Football fans, this one’s for you. The Liverpool Football Club will be making their way down to Singapore to play against our very own National Team as part of the Liverpool Football Club Asian Tour on Sunday. Tickets range from $88 to $388, but this one’s worth the hefty price-tag. For more information, visit www.profitablegroup.com
Ever heard the phrase “there’s always room for dessert”? Whether you’re bursting at the seams from dinner or just craving a small midday snack, a little ice cream or chocolatey sweetness will almost always hit the spot. Here are two great options for filling that dessert-shaped hole in your stomach – an ice cream parlour for those with smaller budgets, and a dessert bar for those with bigger wallets.
Pukka Ice Cream
Location: 6 Clementi Road (near Fong Seng at West Coast); 19 Aroozoo Avenue (near Kovan MRT)
Best known for: Mixing ice cream on a cold slab (ala Cold Rock Ice Creamery) but at lower prices
Location: 21A Lorong Liput, Holland Village
Best known for: Desserts such as tiramisu, warm chocolate tart with blood orange sorbet, toffee pudding, and more – all of which come with recommendations on the best accompanying wines
This might not be the last Friday of the month, but late-night shopping is still an option for those who don’t mind taking their sprees off the pavements of Orchard Road. Take your pick from either of these...
Date: 10-11 July 2009 (Fri-Sat)
Time: 7pm to 2am
Venue: Singapore Art Museum Courtyard
Featuring: Locally-designed crafts, pre-loved clothing and accessories, vintage items, and more
Night Festival 2009 Bazaar
Date: 10-11 July 2009 (Fri-Sat)
Time: 6pm to 2am
Venue: SMU Green & National Museum Garden
Featuring: A branded warehouse sale, outdoor movie screening, ‘live’ performances in dance and music, and more
IKEA Annual Clearance Sale
IKEA friends Sale Preview: 3 July 2009, 8am-10am (By Invitation Only)
Official sale period: 3-26 July 2009
Get ready for great deals and bargain steals at IKEA's anual sale, happening in the month of July! From now till 26 July, both IKEA outlets will be extending their opening hours to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Besides receiving an invitation to the sale preview, friends of IKEA will also enjoy exclusive offers during this period.
Hair For Hope 2009 - A Project by Children's Cancer Foundation
Date: 5 July 2009
Time: 12pm to 7pm
Venue: Velocity, Novena Square
Come Sunday, a total of 691 people with a heart for cancer-stricken children will be shaving their heads to raise funds for the Children's Cancer Foundation. To date, $332,455.70 has been raised through online pledges for these shavees, comprising 538 males and 153 females. Head down to Velocity to watch (and perhaps throw in a donation of any amount) as they get their locks chopped for a noble cause!
With the Great Singapore Sale (GSS) just round the corner (29 May to 26 July), now’s the time to hone your bargain-finding, elbow-jostling skills by going for these weekend sales. However, remember to keep a tight rein on your purse strings... The last thing you want is to expend your shopping budget even before the launch of GSS!
Crocs Sale at Expo
Date: 22-24 May 09
Venue: Hall 4A, Singapore Expo
Philips Carnival Sale 2009
Date: 23-24 May 09
Venue: Philips Electronics Singapore, 620A Lorong 1 Toa Payoh
Did you know? Labour Day originated as a holiday to commemorate the economic and social contributions of blue-collared workers.
Here are some things you can do to unwind over this long weekend!
Udders Ice Cream Café
155 Thomson Road
Opening Hours: 12 noon to 11pm (Sun to Thu); 12 noon to midnight (Fri, Sat and eve of Public Holidays)
Make your child’s day with a delightful ice cream treat at Udders! Lovingly created by the "artists" at Udders, each ice-cream flavour promises an unmistakable sensation of sweetness.
Kid Safe Flavours: Cookies and Cream, VaMilla (Vanilla ice-cream with almonds and marzipan)
Flavours to make grandma happy: Gula Meleka, Durian, and Hazel Nut
Signature alcohol ice-cream: Lychee Martini, and the all new Choya Lime
Get your dollar’s worth
Address: Page One Singapore Private Limited
20 Kaki Bukit View, Kaki Bukit Techpark 2 Singapore 415956
Nearest MRT: Eunos
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (30 April to 2 May)
10am – 7pm (Sunday, 3rd May)
If you intend to spend a quiet weekend reading a good book, the Page One warehouse sale will make you reconsider your weekend plans. With discounts up to 70% off art and design, lifestyle, and children’s books, and up to 12,000 titles available, you’re sure to find what you want. The sale begins today!
Address: 1 Esplanade Drive
Time: 6pm – 8.15pm
Venue: The Concourse
Soak in the soothing sounds of Japanese, Thai, and Indian Music at the Esplanade concourse. Performance times range from 6pm to 8.15pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the musical pieces put up by Shakuhachi Master Hideyuki UENO (Japan) and the Chulalongkorn University Thai Music Ensemble (Thailand), and sway with the piano-accompanied choir voices of Zhouqian and Friends.
Click here for more details.
Food & Entertainment
World Gourmet Summit 2009
Date: 19 April 09 to 2 May 09
Gourmands, chefs, and aspiring chefs can look forward to two weeks of divine immersion in all things culinary. True to its name, this gastronomic extravaganza features enticing events such as wine and culinary master classes, workshops by world-renowned industry professionals, dinners graced with the work of Michelin-star chefs, and more. But hurry, tickets are running out fast. Visit www.worldgourmetsummit.com for details.
Light Years Ahead! – The Zouk 18th Anniversary
Date: 18 April 09 (Sat)
Time: Doors open 10am; showtime 11pm
Admission: (For non-members, inc. two drinks) $18 before 10pm, $25/$30 after 10pm
Join the epitome in “nightlife” as it celebrates its 18th anniversary with a bang! After close to two decades, Zouk continues to unite people through music, create a culture of its own, and bring life to the night. A “dance-umentary” of the event will be filmed, so remember to abide by the dress code – shiny, shimmery, splendid!
Date: 27 March 09, Friday
Time:7pm to 2am
Venue: Singapore Art Museum
Beat the recession woes with some late-night retail therapy at Flea-tique! This flea market promises tons of great deals and steals for items ranging from second-hand merchandise to handmade wares by local designers. Shoppers can also expect to enjoy DJ performances and various showcases within SAM.
Robinsons Expo '09
Date: 19 to 29 March 09
Time: 10.30am to 10pm
Venue: Singapore Expo, Hall 4
Check out the huge discounts on an extensive range of brands at this Robinsons sale before it officially ends on Sunday! Admission is free.