Like many holidays and special moments in 2020, Singapore’s National Day looks a little different this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, large scale gatherings won’t be possible – meaning the typical celebrations will be a bit more spread out this year, available both in person and through live broadcasts over TV and online. While...
Like many holidays and special moments in 2020, Singapore’s National Day looks a little different this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, large scale gatherings won’t be possible – meaning the typical celebrations will be a bit more spread out this year, available both in person and through live broadcasts over TV and online. While the National Day Parade will be a different experience, we still can find ways to celebrate and show our pride for Singapore on its 55th birthday, with a theme of “Together, A Stronger Singapore”.
In our own tribute to Singapore for National Day 2020, we’ve rounded up input from the team on their favorite things to do in Singapore – whether it’s a top outdoor activity, a tourist destination we would typically show off to visitors, or a secret hidden gem. We may not be traveling any time soon, but there’s still a lot to see and do in our little red dot – and hopefully this post gives a bit of inspiration.
“The boys and I like to take a ferry from Changi Point Ferry Terminal across to Pulau Ubin, we normally rent a couple of bikes and some kayaks and explore the area. We usually take a picnic and let the kids decide where to stop for it. It’s one of the most unique cultural experiences you can enjoy beyond the city and there’s plenty of nature to see, which the kids love.” – Alexandra Plowman, Talent Client Lead
“What has become a recent tradition the past National Day is taking a day trip to Bollywood Veggies, an organic farm occupying 10-acres of land located in the Kranji district. We’d arrive just in time for lunch at the Poison Ivy Bistro, savouring unique Indian cuisine, some made with ingredients grown on the farm. We’d stroll around the plantation and talk about the wide-range of edibles we see – from locally grown fruits, vegetables to herbs and more. There’s even a small playing area for us to take shots at basketball. After that, we’ll work out enough of a sweat and finally head home to catch the parade on TV. Happy birthday Singapore!” – Christine Lim, Senior Account Executive
“Singapore is such a diverse city with so much to offer, one of my favorite things is the variety of food. I love taking visitors to a local hawker center so that they are able to get a taste of the wide variety of flavors, smells and textures.” – Daniella Miller, Talent Associate
“There are so many things I love to do in Singapore that it depends on the mood I’m in. One of my all-time top five items is a long walk around Marina Bay. Singapore has one of the most stunning skylines in the world (IMHO), and there is nothing like an up-close experience with the Merlion!” – Erin Padilla, CEO & Co-Founder
“One of my favorite places to eat in Singapore is iO Italian Osteria – it’s located in Hillv2 which is pretty far to the west and out of the usual hotspot zone for this type of restaurant. The ambiance and food are lovely – be sure to make a booking as it’s extremely popular on the weekends.” – Francesca Shippey, Corporate Secretary Lead
“Now that travel is off the cards for the foreseeable future, a group of friends and I have recently taken up sailing as something to do to fill our weekends. It’s a great way to “escape” for a while, and the sailing club (Constant Wind) is a great spot to sit and enjoy a beer and it really feels like you are on holiday!” – Jen Stewart, PR Senior Account Manager
“Something I’ve become especially grateful for in Singapore the last few months has been the abundance of parks and walking trails. I’ve recently moved to the east and have been spending my weekends biking and exploring around the neighborhood – a new favorite activity is meeting friends for a bike ride along East Coast Park up to the Bedok Jetty, and stopping on the way back for a bite at the East Coast Lagoon Food Village. The satay is some of the best we’ve had!” – Jess Slevin, PR Senior Account Director
“Personally, I always bring my tourist friends to the Marina Bay Sands/Gardens by the Bay area in the evening. Just outside the MBS mall, you can catch a light & water show ‘Spectra’, which runs daily – hourly at 8pm & 9pm, with an extra show at 10pm on Friday and Saturdays. Before and after Spectra, Gardens by the Bay have a music & light show called ‘Garden Rhapsody’ which also runs daily at 7.45pm and 8.45pm. It might be a bit early to start planning, but Gardens by the Bay’s ticketed Christmas Wonderland would be great to catch at night, with lights, sound, ‘snow’ (and overpriced beer, haha!). The shows may be suspended due to COVID-19 though, so I’d suggest checking the schedule before heading there.
I also do like going to Mustafa Centre, they have all sorts of products squeezed into one mega-supermarket and the goods are super affordable, although I wouldn’t recommend anyone going there anytime soon due to social distancing measures. On a good day, you can grab a vegetarian meal at Komala’s Restaurant and walk through the hustle and bustle of Little India, passing by temples and shops selling clothing, flowers and gadgets, before reaching Mustafa. They even have a café right outside their door so if anyone’s parched after a tour of Mustafa, look no further!” – Lydia Lee, Senior HR Administrator
“My current favorite outdoor activity for the weekends is hiking. Since we can’t travel right now, I’ve been on hiking adventures exploring the wildlife at different nature trails in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, MacRitchie Nature Trail & Reservoir Park, with Mount Faber Park next on my radar!”- Thong Weng Tai, PR Account Coordinator