They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Every Chinese New Year, families around the world travel the distance to commemorate the jubilant festival over a traditional reunion dinner. Apart from bringing loved ones together, this holiday season also celebrates the joy of giving and receiving where red packets of crisp dollar bills are given in exchange for mandarin oranges. Wondering how to put that money into good use? Read on to get some suggestions!
1) Catch the world’s most popular musical: The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom Of The Opera is a production you do not want to miss. Known for being the longest running show in Broadway history, this musical has many twists and turns without losing its course.
It tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talents and beauty of a young soprano – Christine, the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, the Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide.
The Phantom of the Opera
Date: 24 April to 26 May 2019
Time: 8:00pm (Tuesday to Fridays), 2:00pm/8:00pm (Saturday) & 1:00pm/6:00pm (Sunday)
Venue: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands
Price: S$75-225 per ticket
Musical theatre enthusiasts are in for a treat. Here is a lineup of upcoming musicals in Singapore that will be sure to blow you off your seat with good acting, great vocals and theatrical sets!
2) Dine in at Southeast Asia’s only underwater aquarium restaurant
Everyone should try fine-dining at least once in their lifetime, especially at a restaurant with incredible views into surrounding aquarium tanks which holds over 50,000 marine fishes. At Ocean Restaurant, their 6-course meal comes with a myriad of pairing options for you to think about, and if you are feeling baller, an additional S$50 will get you another main course and dessert. Either way, you will definitely walk away with a satisfied stomach and a memorable gourmet experience.
Also, Resorts World Sentosa is currently having a Birthday Promotion! Enter promo code ‘RWSBDP’ during your online booking to enjoy 25% off your total bill.
Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
Date: Open Daily
Time: 11:30am – 2:30pm (Lunch), 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Dinner)
Venue: S.E.A. Aquarium, Level B1M, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269
Price: S$182 for a 6-course dinner
Since you are already at Sentosa, how about checking out these attractions around the island after your dinner?
3) Experience traditional living in a 1920s Heritage Shophouse
In dire need of an idyllic weekend getaway to rejuvenate yourself? Treat yo’self to a staycation and experience the eclectic charm of living in a beautifully authentic and unique heritage shophouse today! This modern colonial loft tucked quietly on Petain Road in the hip Jalan Besar neighbourhood is the perfect place to wind-down with zero distractions. For first-time reservations, get up to S$62 off your booking fee when you register here.
Airbnb Singapore 1920s Heritage Shophouses
Date: Open Daily
Time: Check-in is anytime after 2:00pm and check out by 11:00am
Venue: 38 Petain Road Singapore 208103
Price: S$134 to S$220 per night
4) Light up your life at the AIA Glow Festival 2019
Taking a holistic approach to health, the AIA Glow Festival presents the first ever health and wellness event to be held in Singapore. An all-day pass will grant you access to a 5K charity fun run, admission to all yoga workshops as well as an eclectic lineup of international and local acts. To sweeten the deal, AIA will throw in an exclusive glow water bag and bandana along with a $10 feast credit to spend as you wish in their marketplace! However, if you just want to watch the live performances, a music pass is available too.
AIA Glow Festival 2019
Date: 25 May 2019
Time: 7:00am – 11:00pm
Venue: Sentosa Island
Price: All-Day Pass – S$109 (Early bird promotion till 16 March)
Music always sounds better live. Here is a lineup of upcoming concerts in Singapore so you will not miss out on your favourite singers and bands!
5) Master the fine art of brewing Chinese Tea
Interested in better understanding the rich history of Chinese Tea culture, or just keen to cultivate a new skill for personal growth? Then look no further. Discover the proper tea etiquette along with how to prepare it professionally over at the Chinese Tea Art Course. Broken down into 4 lessons, you will be acquainted with a comprehensive selection of teas, the styles of appreciation and the tea-creation process itself. Upon completion of this course, you will be rewarded with a lifetime VIP membership card!
Tea Chapter: Chinese Tea Art Course
Date: Open Daily
Time: 11:00am – 9:00pm (Sunday to Thursday), 11:00am – 10:30pm (Friday & Saturday)
Venue: 9 Neil Road Singapore 088808
Price: $380 per person (Minimum 2 pax)
Get more hands-on action at these workshops in Singapore to enrich your cultural knowledge!
6) Pamper yourself to a luxurious spa treatment at Aramsa
There is nothing a massage can’t fix. Winner of Singapore Tourist Board ‘06’s “Best Spa Experience” award, Aramsa is a hidden gem that offers nature based treatments, botanical ingredients and lush garden facilities away from the madding crowd.
Aramsa Garden Spa
Date: Open Daily
Time: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Monday to Thursday), 10:00am – 10:30pm (Friday to Saturday)
Venue: Bishan Park II, 1382 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 Singapore 569931
Price: Body Spa – S$148 to S$248 per person
Treating yourself to a spa session is also one of our top date ideas in Singapore!
7) Sign up for The Yoga Collective All Access Membership
Went on a few binge-eating episodes during the Chinese New Year visitations and still feel guilty for blowing off your diet? Whip yourself back into shape at The Yoga Collective, Singapore’s first home-concept studio where everyone is welcome to practice yoga. Their core classes are specifically designed to strengthen the mid section of the body which includes the abdomen, back, buttocks and obliques. But, if you are unsure whether you are ready to commit to a lifestyle change, you can start with their 7-day free trial when you register here.
P.S. You might even get to rub shoulders with one of the members from local band The Sam Willows, Sandra Riley Tang, who co-founded the studio!
The Yoga Collective
Date: Open Daily
Time: 7:00am – 9:00pm (Weekdays), 11:00am – 6:00pm (Saturday) & 9:00am – 6:00pm (Sunday)
Venue: 723A North Bridge Road Singapore 198691
Price: S$220 per month
Looking for alternative high-intensity exercises to burn off those calories? Here are ten workshops and activities you can join to lose that CNY weight!
8) Stitch your own espadrilles shoes with Lisa Teng
How many people can proudly say that they made the shoes on their feet? At Lisa Teng’s workshop, beginners are taught how to cut, sew and stitch their very own handmade leather espadrilles by none other than the industry expert herself. All materials will be provided, just come with an open mind and willingness to learn the trade!
Lisa Teng Espadrille Making Workshop
Date: By Appointment Only
Time: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Venue: Oxley Rise
Price: S$69 per person
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