It’s no secret that SG is the best place to be if you’re an expat looking to experience all things Asian.
If you’re new to SG and can’t quite figure out where to go for fun festivals and unique diversions, start with Far East Hospitality’s Village brand of serviced residences.
There are four Village properties – Clarke Quay, Hougang, Robertson Quay and West Coast – and each one reflects the uniqueness of the urban neighbourhood where the property is located. In fact, the brand aims to “deliver memorable experiences that enable urban explorers to truly live like a local,” says Mr. Arthur Kiong, CEO of Far East Hospitality.
The residences’ calendar of cultural get-togethers begins with a Chinese New Year Lo Hei dinner, followed by a Hari Raya buffet dinner in the middle of the year – filled with a selection of Malay dishes such as ketupat (rice cakes wrapped in woven coconut leaves), rendang (meat in spicy gravy) and other traditional cakes and cookies.
Ring in September with colourful lantern processions to celebrate the Mooncake Festival. You’ll get to sample delish mooncakes, too! Closer to the end of the year, Far East Hospitality ushers in Deepavali, also known as Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, with authentic Indian cuisine and a live prata (fried flatbread) station. Bonus: Each festive celebration also features vibrant cultural performances.
The Village Residences also offer plenty of activities for you to bond with your neighbours. For example, guests can sign up for a Treetop Walk at the MacRitchie Reservoir or participate in its Cycling and Picnic event. Or sip on free-flow beer and to-die-for barbecue at the barbecue party, which features specially prepared, handmade ice lollies and kachang puteh (mixed nuts). Far East Hospitality also organises a trip to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with spectacular tropical flora.
And be sure to sign up for movie night, so you can catch the latest blockbuster in local cinemas with your neighbours. Still craving adventure? Ask the front desk staff for the Village passport. Filled with trustworthy recommendations for places to eat at, play at and explore on your own, there’s also a handy Singlish language guide to help you adjust well to life in SG.
Far East Hospitality
Tel: 6428 8600
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