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Time waits for no one, so make the most of today (and please don’t spend it queuing for a watch, as that would be ironic!).

I can’t believe we’re already halfway through 2015 and about halfway through Ramadan. A new school term has begun and next month is our nation’s 50th anniversary. How time flies! I hope you have enjoyed this frugal journey with me, by choosing frugal activities that focus on bonding and creating memorable experiences rather than pure thoughtless consumerism. Thank you for your support! Here are your frugal activities for this week:

Wednesday 1 July

  • Hari Raya Lightup, 18 June through 17 July – For Muslims, the month of Ramadan is devoted to worship, charitable deeds and acts of compassion. At sundown, when Muslims gather to break their fast with evening prayers and meals, the streets of Geylang Serai and Kampong Glam come alive with performances and street bazaars. Starting from June 19, visitors can engage in different cultural activities, such as watching cooking demonstrations of simple Malay dishes and trying on traditional Malay costumes, at the open space adjacent to Eunos Road 5. Activities take place every Friday to Sunday over two sessions, 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Admission is free. Also, don’t miss a chance to ride on the Hippo bus (also free) along a 2.3km stretch along Geylang Road and Sims Avenue.
  • SISTAR Live at Sketchers Flagship Store Opening, 5pm – SISTAR, the four-member Korean girl group will be making an appearance at the Sketchers Flagship Store Opening Ceremony at Takashimaya Shopping Centre #B2-04. An after party will be held at 6pm @ION2 (ION Level 1). (venue: Takashimaya Shopping Centre #B2-04 & ION Level 1)sistar

Friday 3 July

  • OCBC WaterFest, 3 July through 5 July – Enjoy 3 days of free sailing, canoeing, kayaking, pedal boats, and the use of Splash-N-Surf at the OCBC WaterFest. There will be a carnival where fun games and activities await, including a kids corner with bouncy house, water slide, face painting and more. Dance the night away with a K-pop dance party on Friday evening and a music bash with performances by 53A, HubbaBubbas, and Shagies on Saturday evening. You can also challenge yourself and compete in various sports, including beach volleyball and surfing. Admission is free. (venue: Singapore Sports Hub) OCBC waterfest
  • Asia Global Bellydance Competition and Extravaganza Show – As part of the Singapore Street Festival, the Asia Global Bellydance Competition (9am – 5pm) and Bellydance Extravaganza Show (7.30 – 9pm) will feature amateur, professional, and troupe performances. Tickets are $35. (venue: Drama Centre Black Box)

Saturday 4 July

  • Heritage Race, 9am – Jointly organised by the Ramada and Days Hotels Singapore At Zhongshan Park and Web In Travel (WIT), the Balestier Heritage Race is in its second year. The first Balestier Heritage Race saw 147 participants from all walks of life taking part in this race for a good cause, and the proceeds collected were donated to the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home. For this year’s race, food will take the centrestage. Participants will be required to find the 14 designated food stops and complete challenges in order to qualify for the winners’ draw, with attractive cash prizes to be won. Registration is at $38 per person and participants can form teams of 2 to 6 persons each. (venue: Ramada Singapore at Zhongshan Park)heritage race
  • Battle of the Year, 11am – 9pm – As part of the Singapore Street Festival, the Battle of the Year (BOTY) is the biggest b-boying competition in the world, often referred to as the “World Cup of breakdancing”. On this 10th anniversary, for the first time, there will be no showcase element reqired in the BOTY SG Competition. The best crews go through to the final battles, an electrifying unscripted play-off that sees the b-boys battling each other, face-to-face, individually and as a crew, for the grand prize and opportunity to represent Singapore at the BOTY South Asia to be held here in Singapore on 14-16 August 2015. (venue: Far East Plaza Atrium)
  • Ramadan Family Retreat, 4 – 7pm – Two mosques will be holding Family Retreats where there will be interactive family workshops, classroom activities for children, childminding services for younger children, and iftar with your family. You can register at the mosques or online at their website. (venue: Al-Islah Mosque in Punggol & Jamiyah ar-Rabitah Mosque in Tiong Bahru) Ramadan Family Retreat
  • PAssion Fest 2015, 4 July & 5 July, 11am – 9pm – PAssion Card is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and seniors can get their free SG50 Commemorative PAssion Cards at the PAssion Fest, where there will be tryouts for courses, demonstrations and talks by industry professionals, art and cooking workshops, and free evening workouts featuring Piloxing, Bokwa, KpopX Fitness, Masala Bhangra and more. There will also be a PAssion Garden Cosy Corner where Pets & Friends will be holding a special first-ever pets garden cafe in a mall. Enjoy free treats with your PAssion Card. (venue: Bugis+) passion fest
  • Nutella Un-plug to Play, 11am – 9pm – Enjoy an afternoon with your family and not with your smartphone. As part of their Unplug to Play campaign, Nutella is organising a day filled with games, activities, and competitions, which emphasise the importance of play in a child’s development. This is a chance for parents to bond and connect with their children without the distraction of electronic gadgets. Admission is free. Although registration is not required, there will be a lucky draw for those who have pre-registered for the event. (venue: United Square Shopping Mall) nutella unplug to play
  • A Cappella Championships, 10am – 10pm – The A Cappella Society annual A Cappella Championships is back. Tickets start at $20. (venue: ITE College Central illuminITE Theatre) A Cappella Championships
  • Bugis Street Durian Fest, 8.30pm – Durian season is upon us, and you can eat all the durian you want at the Bugis Street Durian Fest for just $20. There will be a huge variety of durians, including Mao Shan Wang, Red Prawn, D24, D10 and more. Entry is free. (venue: Bugis Street) durian fest
  • 8th ASEAN Para Games Unified Table Tennis Tourney, 4 July & 5 July, 12 – 8.30pm – Catch 27 athletes from 6 different countries compete in one tournament, which is the first of three free community events to bring awareness for the upcoming 8th ASEAN Para Games (APG), which will be held in Singapore for the first time. Take a photo in the APG pose to support the athletes and the games, and to raise funds for them. (venue: Marina Square Atrium) para games
  • Pedestrian Night @Orchard, 6.30 – 11pm – After a few months hiatus, Pedestrian Night return with talented street buskers, an album launch, balloon sculpting, a photo contest where you can stand a chance to win a designer chair. Plus, there will be in-mall activities and promotions. (venue: Orchard Road, between Scotts Paterson Junction and Bideford Junction)

Sunday 5 July

  • The Great Singapore Garage Sale #3, 9am – 3pm – On this 3rd edition of the Great Singapore Garage Sale, there will be over 50 stalls with recycled clothing, toys, books, homemade goods, and food. (venue: Goodman Arts Centre Garden)garage sale 3
  • PAYM Loves Red Launch Event, 6 – 10pm – This carnival will have live performances, an under-the-stars screening of “That Girl in a Pinafore”, MP3 Experiment prequel, exciting games booths, free food, and much more. For  tickets, please visit the following CCs (Boon Lay 62617184; Clementi 67762517; Frontier 67958229; West Coast 67791098; Telok Blangah 62719602) or register via this link if you are an NUS student. Ticket holders get a goodie bag. (venue: NUS University Town, Town Green)PAYM loves red

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