A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... (flickr photo by Scott Smith)
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… the force came to Singapore. (flickr photo by Scott Smith)

It’s that time of year again when school is almost out, and the winter holidays are just around the corner (along with all sorts of holiday activities happening at malls and other public places). It’s also the time to look back and realise once again just how fast the year has gone by. But the year isn’t over yet, and with this being a historical year, there are still more SG50 celebrations to come, along with other amazing frugal activities to make this year the most memorable year yet. Here are my frugal picks for the week.

Continued from Previous Week

  • Star Wars Display, 12 Nov through 5 Jan – Get up close to a life-size replica of the X-Wing and TIE fighter at Changi Airport Terminal 3 and Terminal 2, respectively. You can even step into the cockpit for a photo op. There will also be character appearances on designated Saturdays at 4pm, a BB-8 droid obstacle course, a talking C-3PO that speaks 10 languages, and an interactive wall display where you can discover fun facts about the upcoming movie and watch a preview. (venue: Changi Airport)star wars changi
  • Bookings for Future of Us Exhibition – Concluding the SG50 celebrations this year is the Future of Us Exhibition, which will take place starting on 1 Dec through 8 March, 2016. The public can book tickets online for this free exhibition, which is said to be an immersive and multi-sensory experience that offers a glimpse into the possibilities of how Singaporeans can live, work, play, care and learn in the future. With 6 zones, including an indoor theatre with one of the largest LED screens ever built in Singapore, this exhibit is suitable for all ages and is wheelchair accessible. (venue: 30 Marina Boulevard, near Bayfront MRT Station)
  • Registration for Help Your Child to Win in 2016 – This content-rich, action-oriented and fun-filled workshop is based on over 20 years of scientific research in Neuroscience, Gender Science and Optimal Learning. It will arm you with the proven strategies to boost your child’s confidence, spark their motivation, and help them to excel in 2016 and beyond. This workshop takes place on 29 Nov at the NTUC Centre. The cost is $2 for NTUC members. Please register via the above link, as seats are filling up fast. The first 100 parents who sign up will get a free bonus gift. This event is part of the NTUC Family Fair (fair admission is free). ntuc famiy fair

 

Thursday 19 Nov

  • NCA Charity Christmas Fair, 10am- 5pm – The Netherlands Charity Association (NCA) is an independent, non-profit organization established in 1968 that raises funds to support local charities, projects and initiatives. They are organising the biggest charity fair in Singapore to help you get your Christmas shopping done. You can also participate in a lucky draw to win tickets to Amsterdam. (venue: Hollandse Club, 22 Camden Park)

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Friday 20 Nov

  • Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts, 20 Nov through 29 Nov – Kalaa Utsavam is an annual festival that celebrates Indian arts during the festive period of Deepavali. Since its inception in 2002, it has grown into a 10-day festival that presents an exciting selection of classical to contemporary performances by acclaimed Indian artists from Singapore and beyond. This festival has a mix of free and ticketed events. There will also be fringe activities such as playing Indian board games, film screenings, talks and workshops, and a Kalaa bazaar. (venue: the Esplanade)

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  • Heart Mind Body Festival, 20 Nov through 22 Nov – Fulfill your heart, master your mind, and rejuvenate your body at the Heart Mind Body Festival. This  biannual health and wellbeing fair will have free mini-workshops and an extensive showcase of vendors specializing in holistic, alternative, complementary, and traditional health practices, therapies, supplements, and devices. Admission is free. Registration is not required; seats for the workshops are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. (venue: Suntec Convention Centre)hmbfestival-logo
  • Asian Pacific Food Expo, 20 Nov through 23 Nov – Every November, this expo brings together over 400,000 food enthusiasts where they can enjoy 4 days of sampling an array of tasty dishes from hundreds of food stalls, including premium wine. There will be fantastic deals for shoppers as well as entertainment, performances, stage games, and cooking demos.  (venue: Singapore Expo)
  • Bank Art Fair, 20 Nov through 22 Nov, 1 – 8pm – The Bank Art Fair is in its 3rd edition this year. Check out the amazing works showcased in 56 galleries from 15 countries. What makes this exhibit unique is that each participating gallery will occupy one hotel room where they will display the various art pieces. (venue: Pan Pacific Levels 7 & 8, 7 Raffles Boulevard)bank art fair

Saturday 21 Nov

  • Singapore Media Academy – Open House for Kids, 10am – 4pm – Encouraging learning through “edutainment”, the Singapore Media Academy will have an open house where kids can join trial classes and participate in fun activities, while parents can attend talks on learning through play. Admission is free but pre-registration is required. (venue: Singapore Media Academy, Riverside Point #04-13)SMA open house kids
  • National Kidney Foundation Flag Day, 8am – 6pm – NKF will be holding its flag day to raise funds for needy kidney patients. You can join them in fundraising efforts as a tin bearer. As a donor, you can also pledge online for a small amount each month, or make a one-time donation. (venue: various)

Sunday 22 Nov

  • National Addiction Awareness Day (NAAD), 10am – 3pm – Jointly organised by National Addiction Management Service (NAMS) and the North West Community Development Council, this year’s NAAD will have a variety of breakout sessions for the public to learn about various addiction and treatment options as well as community resources. There will also be talks on related issues, such as debt management, conducted in both English and Mandarin. (venue: Khoo Teck Puat Hospital)

Tuesday 24 Nov

  • National Gallery Opening Celebrations, 24 Nov through 6 Dec – After 10 years in the making, the National Gallery Singapore will have its official opening to the public through a 2-week long celebration, where you can enjoy free entry (tickets are required for entry, please visit their website to book tickets; some onsite tickets will also be available). There will also be an Art Carnival at the Padang, live performances, film screenings, and the Share the Hope Façade Show, a stunning display of light, sound and visuals. (venue: The National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Rd) national gallery

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