We’re fast approaching the end of 2016. With the holiday season upon us, there’s no shortage of pop-up markets and gift fairs, along with other festivals and activities. Please be reminded that the events mentioned here are just a partial listing, and that there are other free/frugal activities happening elsewhere. Some good places to look for interesting and fun activities include your local library, community centres, museums, and parks.
This Friday is Black Friday, the one day of binge shopping that occurs (ironically) the day after the American holiday, Thanksgiving. But if you decide to celebrate the holidays in a different way this year (and I certainly challenge you to do so), then you might want to check out some of the events listed below instead of trying to find the cheapest freight forwarding service to Singapore. Besides this list, there are two other notable events happening this weekend but they are both ticketed. Neon Lights will be at Fort Canning and Anime Festival Asia (AFA) will be at Suntec. The legendary Sugarhill Gang, the pioneers of hip-hop, will be at Neon Lights, while the PPAP guy, Piko Taro, will be at AFA. And if it were up to me, I’d love to see them in the same venue in an epic song and dance battle.
The school holidays are here again, Orchard Road is beautifully lit, and Thanksgiving (the American holiday) is just around the corner. Many believe that this year, with all its changes and surprises, is one of the worst years in history, but with Thanksgiving coming, I feel there’s always something to be grateful for. You may not feel gratitude fora particular situation – perhaps you lost your job, had a bad breakup, or a health crisis – but you can feel gratitude while in a particular situation. Here’s a list of some good things that actually happened this year.
Heraclitus said that the “only thing that is constant is change”. Donald Trump has won the US presidential election. Meanwhile, the rules for electing our nation’s president will undergo changes in the near future. As President Tony Tan recently commented, the “key to the effective functioning of our system”…”is built on mutual trust and respect.” No matter the outcome of either presidential election, my hope is that the elected leaders will help foster more trust and respect among their people, which hopefully will lead to more stability, graciousness, unity, sustainability, and security.
Are you experiencing US election fatigue? If I was still in the States, there would be a deluge of daily updates on every channel and in every newspaper for the last 644 days! The US elections have cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and it’s no wonder that American politicians spend nearly every day of their political workday fundraising in some way (as opposed to doing actual legislative work). I’m so glad Singapore’s elections are not so obsessed with fundraising or have the tendency to last 21 months. But it’ll all be over on 8 Nov. For those people who do not follow US politics, here are some frugal (and more sane) activities this week. As a reminder, the Frugal Week Planners are just partial listings of free/frugal events; there are many other frugal events at community centres, museums, libraries, and parks that are not listed here.
Deepavali, the Festival of Lights, is once again upon us. As a public holiday, there will be open houses at the Istana and the museums and heritage centres, including the Indian Heritage Centre and the National Gallery. This week also has lots of frugal Halloween-related events (see this post), and the return of Car Free Sunday.
The da:ns festival and Got to Move are coming to a close this week, and with Halloween just around the corner (see this post for frugal Halloween options), there’s plenty more to see, experience, and do.
As mentioned in Parliament earlier this week, Singapore is facing a lot of challenges regarding the global economic slowdown, low job growth, preparing its people for the future, and an ageing population. These are challenges that people in nearly all parts of the world are also experiencing, but fortunately for us, our “government is prepared to consider introducing a range of contingency measures, depending on the nature and severity of the downturn.” In these uncertain times, it becomes more important to adopt frugality, not only to save money for emergencies, but also to learn to find enjoyment in things that don’t require spending a lot of money. You might come to realise that there’s no shortage of things to do in Singapore, and here are some suggestions:
There’s a wonderful mix of activities coming your way, from Oktoberfest, World Space Week, Children’s Day, and Deepavali, to the da:ns festival. It’s also the last week to catch Archifest. Please be reminded that the Frugal Week Planners are just partial listings of upcoming free/frugal events, and there are many other frugal events at community centres, museums, libraries, and parks that are not listed here. And if you know of an event or your organisation wants a shout-out, please comment below.
It’s another special time of year where our multiculturalism really shines through. Chinatown is lit with lanterns from the Mid-Autumn Festival, Little India is dazzling with lights for Deepavali, and the Malay Heritage Centre will soon be holding the Malay CultureFest. Let us be reminded of what makes us great as a nation, and be vigilant of anybody who tries to harm us by dividing us so that we are unable to stand as one people. Download the SGSecure app to get alerts or to report suspicious activity.