It’s Singapore’s independence day again this August 9th! Besides being grateful for the extra day of public holiday and perhaps catching up on sleep, it’s also a great time to give yourself some credits for enduring through a really shaky first half of the year. Be it some self pamper session or exploring Singapore, here is a two-days ‘getaway feel’ we’ve put together for you to enjoy your long weekend to the fullest. Travelling may not be currently feasible, but we can always be tourists in our country. Call us your new travel guide or whatever, you’re welcome.
10am - 12pm: Get some fresh air
Prior to the opening of phase 2, we’ve all been staying in a lot, so why not start your long weekend by catching some fresh air and immerse yourself in some good ol’ natural vitamin C? Enjoy a good walk, hike or even cycle (if you’re up for it) at one of the many parks across our island. Here’s a good list we found to get you started. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!
12pm - 2pm: Brunch
After burning some calories, a good brunch makes our day. Depending where you’ve decided to hike or take a walk at, This is a whole list of recommended brunch places you should totally check out. If you’re not into fancy brunch places, go simple with a hearty local lunch at a nearby hawker centre.
2pm - 3pm: Take a rest
3.30pm - 6pm: Visit Museums
Spend your National Day late afternoon by visiting local museums and heritage centers to learn more about Singapore. Whether you’re out and about or staying home, these places have myriad activities in store for you. Try your hand at The Hunt@National Museum of Singapore, a digital scavenger hunt, or explore Asian Civilisations Museum’s (ACM) new permanent gallery, Fashion & Textiles, Jewellery and Ceramics, in the comfort of your home. Plus, scan QR codes around the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) to enjoy curator-led guided tours at your own pace.
For more information about the opening hours of these museums, please visit their websites.
6.30pm - 10pm: Dinner & watch the National Day Parade
Best way to spend an evening - How about a good view, good dinner with good company and watch the fireworks from a rooftop bar? Here’s a list of rooftop bars with delectable bites for you to choose from - from a friends get-together to a cozy date, you’ve got choices. According to Honeycombers, “It’s going to be an intimate one this year as the number of performers has scaled down to include less than 100 Singaporeans and local celebrities. Expect an inspirational show about resilience and hope, with a tribute to frontline workers and the community. The show will end with a bang-on fireworks display across 10 locations.”
11am - 3pm: Visit Gardens by the Bay
Are you really a true blue Singaporean if you’ve never visited the most visited attraction in Singapore? Gardens by the Bay is a great place for a date, or a family day out. Whether or not you’re on a budget, you can immerse yourself in a tranquil experience there. They have free exhibitions while some require tickets. Ticket prices for admission into the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest starts at $8, valid until 31st August 2020. A pretty good deal!
3pm - 5pm: Pamper yourself at Ceramique Aesthetics
Some self-love is what we really need this long weekend. If you’re looking to reward you and your loved one with a self-pampering session, we have just right the deals for you, only valid this month till 31st August.
DEAL A - Enjoy 12 sessions of SHR Underarms for $55 (U.P $720)
Our Super Hair Removal (SHR) treatment is great for ingrown and unwanted hair, as it destroys hair from beneath the skin. There’s no shaving, plucking or waxing involved, so skin will be silky and smooth, with no unsightly or uncomfortable stubble. SHR technology is said to be more effective than traditional IPL technology as it targets a bigger surface area and removes both fine and coarse hairs. The treatment is also non-invasive and painless, and you can enjoy unlimited shots.
DEAL B - Enjoy 2 sessions of Bright + Clear Facial for $55 (U.P. $240)
If you’re struggling with skin concerns such as clogged pores, acne or dull skin, our Bright + Clear Facial is highly effective for you as it cleanses areas that are usually difficult to reach. This treatment focuses on removing dead skin cells and unwanted debris on the surface of the skin and diminishes clogged pores, which helps to liven and brighten up the skin. Expect to wake up from this facial with a fresh, clean canvas, and see the difference in just one session.
This deal is also applicable if you’d want to share this deal with a loved one! Perfect for a day out.
5.30pm - 7.30pm: Order in some delicious dinner
Invite some friends or family over (maximum of 5) for a hearty Singaporean zi char dinner. Zi char is a must-have for every celebratory occasion and it’s almost impossible to go wrong with dishes such as cereal prawns... prawn paste chicken wings... braised tofu... you name it, we’re already salivating. We found this list of top zi char restaurants in Singapore, with islandwide delivery. Enjoy 10% Cashback if you pay with OCBC 365 Credit Card too (not sponsored, just sharing some good deals we found off the web).
8.30pm - 10.30pm: Movie Night
Movie nights are the best nights. Wind down your blinds or curtains, snug up into your comfy sleepwear, and pick a movie to watch. Not sure which movie is good? Here’s a list of feel-good movies you can consider watching on Netflix Singapore, curated by Tatler Singapore. P.S, don’t forget some drinks and popcorn!
Tadaaa, your staycation has come to an end. Whether or not you follow this 2-day guide to your long national day weekend, just remember to have fun, relax and spend quality time with your loved ones and yourself. National Day this year may be a little different, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Just.. don’t forget to be socially responsible and wear your masks.