Wine lovers take note of these numbers: 15 award-winning restaurants, 40 specialist wine events and 500 wine varieties, over a 32-day calendar. Running from 10 August to 10 September 2018, the second edition and largest island-wide wine event, Wine Lust will have special programmes to keep both connoisseurs and casual drinkers interested and happy.
On the calendar: “Wine Lust Journeys”, a series of dining experiences such as champagne dinners and jazz brunches; casual “Easy Like Sunday Morning” activities such as poolside barbecues and afternoon brunches; and “First Things First, Drinks” where wine lovers can enjoy their fave tipples at some of SG’s iconic locations. Sober up to the full schedule here.
10 August to 10 September 2018, multiple timings
(image: Courtesy of Ben Daure)
The Singapore Night Festival (SNF) returns to light up the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct from 17 to 25 August 2018, with more of the same riveting performances and provocative installations that have enthralled the public throughout the years. For its 11th edition, the Festival’s theme Bring on the Night, will be showcasing people from different disciplines and backgrounds – including those outside the arts sectors – who are coming together to create and collaborate.
The “highlight”? Night Lights, featuring 16 mesmerising light installations by local and international artists, sited at unique pockets of spaces within Singapore’s arts and heritage district. And while you are viewing so and need to rest, head to CHIJMES for its many varied restos (plus it will be hosting one such installation on its grounds). Festival attendees will also get treated to some 27 performances, an eclectic array of F&B options and artisanal craft wares.
17-25 August 2018, 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m.
Multiple locations within the Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct
Not sure where you can have your tot taken care of, taught and play at? Try heading to Gymboree Play & Music Singapore’s Openhouse to see what it can offer. Immerse in a full-day of play, music and creativity — for your kid and you! Plus: there’s a free trial for 1st time families, along with other special promotions for new enrollments as well as re-enrollments. Look up the open house details here.
17 August 2018, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; 19 August 2018, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
19 Tanglin Rd, Tanglin Shopping Centre, #04-20, 247909
You can cut & sew your own purse or wallet at this basic leather-crafting class, tailor-made for those with little experience in working with leather. In this 2 to 2.5 hour workshop, you will be taught cutting, hand or saddle stitching, the different types of finishing, techniques of leather-crafting and how to use various leather crafting tools to make and refine your very own product.
All tools and materials are provided to make your own leather product which you get to bring home – the class is suitable even for kids from 12 to 17 years of age so you and your teen can attend can make gifts for each other! Sign up for the workshop here (upon which the exact address will be revealed).
18 August 2018, 1:30-4 p.m.
Joo Chiat Pl, 427783
In SG, the Mid-Autumn Festival is traditionally a time for reunion – symbolised by the full moon that will light up the night sky on 24 September 2018 – and the enjoyment of mooncakes. This year, Goodwood Park Hotel is presenting, as part of its snowskin collection, a brand new Blue Pea Flower with White Lotus Seed Paste and Melon Seeds, a gorgeously-hued masterpiece.
Also, back by popular demand and sporting a new “skin” is the Almond Beancurd with Longan (a tropical soapberry fruit), last introduced in 2010 as part of the hotel’s 110th year anniversary celebration, and Soursop with Calamansi, an inspired local take on a similar version that was created in 2009. Or, you can just opt for the evergreen D24 and “Mao Shan Wang” durian snowskin mooncakes, alongside other traditional baked favourites, all freshly made with no preservatives. Check out the full offerings at the hotel’s promotions site.
18 August-24 September 2018
22 Scotts Rd, Goodwood Park Hotel, 228221
Want to centre your day in a surprising day? Try doing different forms of yoga in different spots around SG. Started in 2013 by yogi Kathy Gabriel, Pop Up Yoga is a leading community initiative where a team of trained yoga teachers help create a unique and fun atmosphere for everyone — even newbies— to enjoy doing yoga outside of the typical studio (think river boardwalks and parks).
Each session costs an affordable $8 (some are priced differently to support local charities and drive social causes), with the teachers and locations switched up regularly. This weekend is supposed to be held at Singapore Botanic Gardens but check up the details here for the latest updates.
18 & 19 August 2018, 8-9 a.m.
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Rd, 259569
Runners, this one’s for you. Join this year’s Shape Run and race in the 5-kilometre or 10-kilometre competitive race categories. Or, sign up with two of your besties for the Squad Relay (3 runners x 5 kilometres). It might be a fun event for the whole family, too, since there’s the 1.8 kilometre Family Fun Run (but you do need to have at least one member of the family be 13 years of age or below by the race date). Tickets start from $53. For more information, visit here.
19 August 2018, 6:45-9:30 a.m.
Gardens By The Bay East, 11 Rhu Cross, 437440
Organised by homegrown apothecary spa Spa Esprit, the Farmers And Healers event features workshops, such as Sonic Flow yoga with musician, DJ and yoga teacher Amanda Ling (pictured), who’ll lead you through a series of dynamic and yin stretches. Or try a Tibetan singing bowl workshop, hosted by the Shima Healing Institute, where you can learn how to clear the energy of your living space through the use of sound.
Veggie lovers and urban farmers can try a paid workshop ($60 per person) by Edible Garden City, where you’ll get hands-on experience in creating your own edible garden, whether you’re sowing from seeds, or propagating plants from stem cuttings. Registration is required. For more information, and for a finalised full line-up of activities, follow @spaesprit and @openfarmcommunity, or, visit the Facebook page here.
19 August 2018, 10 a.m-6 p.m.
Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Rd, 248819
By Chris Ong, 14 August 2018.
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