Instead of the usual weekly post of frugal activities, I decided to just have a post on New Year’s Eve celebrations taking place throughout Singapore. And to be honest, there’s not much going on during the first week of the new year anyway (at least not much in the way of frugal activities and events). Next year is our nation’s Golden Jubilee Year, and I feel so honoured and privileged to be a part of it. Though every nation has problems and challenges, let’s not forget the things that make this nation great and let’s continue efforts to help make this nation better. Though we have a lot more room for improvement, let’s appreciate and celebrate how far we’ve come. (more…)
I recently had dinner with two security uncles who work at a nearby condo. Upon finishing our dinner, one of the uncles, who was the more quiet and reserved one, was in such a hurry to return home. I thought it was because he was tired and wanted to get enough sleep before having to wake up at 5.30am for his next shift. After some prodding, he finally confessed that he didn’t want to miss an episode of his favourite Korean drama! If he were using RecordTV, a web-based free application, to record the episode, he wouldn’t have had to rush home (or confess to being a Korean drama junkie). (more…)
The National Museum of Singapore recently opened a new exhibit called “Singapura: 700 Years”. This exhibit takes you on a journey through Singapore’s history beginning from the 14th century, when it was a humble fishing village, to being an independent, first-world nation today. Entry is free for Singaporeans and PRs. There are also free guided tours conducted in various languages (English, Mandarin, Japanese, and French). (more…)
Deepavali, or Diwali, is one of the most important religious festivals for Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains. It is celebrated as a triumph of good over evil, and of light over darkness; hence, it is called the Festival of Lights. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five day period, but in Singapore, we are blessed to have the celebrations last for more than a month! This year’s theme is “The Goddess of Furtune: Mahalakshmi”. Here are some (free) things you can do to get into the festive spirit. (more…)
Ben & Jerry’s ChunkFest, the largest ice-cream festival, returns for the seventh year to Singapore on Saturday, 4 Oct. This year, it will be held at The Meadows at Gardens by the Bay from 2-10pm. Admission is free. Fans will get to try 20 flavours ($6 per scoop; $11 for two), including new and exclusive flavours that are typically only available in the US. There will also be carnival activities, performances, and a free evening movie screening of Divergent at 7:30pm.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make lasting, meaningful and valuable memories during the school holidays. As part of the Families for Life Celebrations, you and your family can bond and make new memories while enjoying free Segway® rides, indoor rock climbing, kayaking, and a Despicable Me marathon screening at the newly opened Singapore Sports Hub on 13 – 14 Sept from 3-9.30pm.
Have you ever wondered why Chinatown is referred to as Ox-Car-Water (Niu Che Shui)? You’ll find out if you join the Kreta Ayer – Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee’s second annual Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Walking Trail. The trail hits many highlights of Chinatown, from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple to the Sri Mariamman Temple and the Jamae Mosque (only in Singapore will you find such religious harmony – a Buddhist Temple, a Hindu Temple, and a Islamic Mosque in close proximity and all in Chinatown). You’ll also learn about Chinatown’s rich history, from the time of the British and the Japanese occupation, to the Samsui women and the clansmen who ran the secret societies along “death street”. (more…)
In its 13th year, Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts returns to the Esplanade for four days (28 – 31 Aug) to celebrate the Malay arts and culture through dance, music, and theatre performances. In addition to ticketed shows, there are plenty of free events and opportunities to take part in the celebrations at the end of the Hari Raya Puasa period and to gain a deeper understanding of the culture.
One of the reasons why I absolutely love living here is that there is always something fun, inspirational, or entertaining to do or see that is free! This year, the Bras Basah and Bugis precincts will once again be transformed into a nocturnal showcase of arts, heritage and culture filled with dazzling displays and unexpected surprises for the next two weekends. The Singapore Night Festival is in its 7th year, and begins tonight. This year’s theme is “Bold and Beautiful” and we can expect it to be “louder, edgier, and wilder”, according to Festival Director Angelita Teo.
Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, but to the secular community, it is a celebration of spring, of new beginnings, and of hope, peace and harmony. Earth Day is a day meant to promote awareness for conservation, sustainability, and environmental protection. Both are days to honour and respect the creator and/or the creation, and both can be great opportunities to educate and inspire the next generation. Here are some free(!!!) events happening around Singapore celebrating these two important days.