Tomorrow, Singapore will celebrate its 54th birthday. With 2019 marking the garden city’s bicentennial, the entire island is abuzz with happenings and specials. If you have yet to make any plans for the long weekend, here are some ideas to think about.
Explore InstaKindness with Singa… and maybe adopt him, too.
If you happen to be in the vicinity of City Hall, check out the InstaKindness with Singa, an interactive event held by the Singapore Kindness Movement to celebrate Singapore’s 54th and the Bicentennial. The event features a series of fun-filled Instagrammable activities for visitors of all ages. Dive into a ball pit, add your personal touch to a special mural, and bring home a mini DIY Singa figure to colour when you post photos of the exhibition with the #BeGreater hashtag.
While you’re there, don’t forget to take a look at the 200 beautifully painted figures of beloved childhood mascot Singa the Lion, located throughout levels 1 and 3 of Raffles City Shopping Centre. These one-of-a-kind painted models are up for adoption from SGD88, so act fast if you see one that catches your eye — all proceeds will go to the President’s Challenge.
See the fireworks in style
National Day Parade tickets are notoriously difficult to obtain, but you can still get great seats in the area to catch the fireworks.
Take in the sights from the 70th floor of Fairmont Singapore and Swissôtel The Stamford at SKAI. Priced at SGD129 per person, the Fireworks Menu complements your uninterrupted view of the festivities with oysters topped with wasabi, prawn sashimi with caviar and soba, quail yakitori, wagyu, and sustainable sable fish.
View of the fireworks from Mr Stork at Andaz Singapore
If you plan to party with friends and prefer to distance yourself a little from the vicinity of the parade itself, however, Mr Stork on the rooftop of Andaz Singapore offers limited VIP standing tables at SGD500++ for up to 10 guests. Watch the fireworks while nibbling on locally inspired bar snacks that include chicken rice risotto balls, salted egg calamari, chilli crab kueh pie tee, chicken satay, and a choice of house spirits, house wines, or champagne.
Check out special National Day design collaborations & exclusives
Plenty of brands are celebrating with us this month, too, as they launch new collaborations with local creatives especially for the occasion. Why not pick out a little something that sparks joy and reminds you of your love for the country?
G-SHOCK has collaborated with Singaporean street artist Sam Lo (aka SKL0/your friendly neighbourhood Sticker Lady) to launch a G-SHOCK x Sam Lo watch. Limited to only 300 pieces and available exclusively in Singapore, the special timepiece – which pays tribute to the Lion City’s rise to independence 54 years ago – retails at SGD299 at all G-SHOCK Boutiques (except IMM).
In partnership with local design studio wheniwasfour, Korean beauty brand Innisfree has created and launched a special selection of collectables inspired by the brand’s signature skincare lines, reimagined to capture the nostalgic childhood memories of a true Singaporean. Receive a complete set of limited-edition collectables comprising a pouch and three specially designed enamel pins when you spend a minimum of SGD68 at Innisfree Singapore stores this month. A pop-up showcase featuring merchandise from wheniwasfour will also be available at Innisfree’s VivoCity store every weekend this month.
If you want to get creative, head down to Uniqlo’s flagship store at Orchard Central to give the newly relaunched UTme! service a whirl. Not only can you put together a one-of-a-kind T- shirt design but you can also give your masterpiece a dash of local flair with special designs created by local lettering artist EJ, inspired by the neighbourhoods of Singapore. UTme! T-shirts are available in adult and children’s sizes at SGD29.90 and SGD24.90 respectively.
Collectors of commemorative keepsakes may also want to check out Goldheart Jewelry’s 999 Gold Notes, retailing for SG38 at all Goldheart boutiques — not only are they adorable to look at, but they also carry investment and sentimental value. The art on each serialized gold note depicts scenes that pay tribute to Singapore’s heritage and unique identity with the famous Marina Bay skyline on the front and the iconic Peranakan shophouses of Joo Chiat on the back, both fronted by a parade of Singaporean icons that include durians, kopi with kaya toast, curry puffs, chilli crab, and our national flower — the Vanda Miss Joaquim.
UK-based multi-brand sports fashion retailer JD Sports has embarked on a National Day collaboration with homegrown creative studio Tell Your Children, to create an exclusive piece of art in homage to our nation and its bicentennial celebrations. All JD store façades will be emblazoned with this illustration that presents the rich tapestry of milestones, landmarks, food, and cultures of Singapore in the brand’s iconic combination of black, white, and yellow. From 7 to 30 August 2019, spend SGD150 nett in a single receipt at any JD store locally to receive an exclusive SG edition pack designed by Tell Your Children that includes a tote bag, EZ-Link card, and sticker set, while stocks last.
Notebook lovers can also look forward to a limited-edition notebook by Collins Debden, produced in collaboration with Singapore Airlines. Inspired by the poetic symbolism of batik and aesthetics reminiscent of The Singapore Girl’s iconic sarong kebaya, the notebook is swatched in delicate batik flourishes of lush leaves and florals imprinted onto the end-paper and copper edging. Priced at SGD29, the SIA Batik Journal By Collins is available for inflight purchase on Singapore Airlines flights, and via e-commerce at the airline’s online store KrisShop.
And of course, #SupportLocal with these new launches and deals
As we look back on our nation’s rich history and remember how Singapore has come a long, long, way from its early days as a fishing village, it is also important for us to also be in the present and recognise the fruits of our very own local talent and businesses, right here in our country. Have you been acquainted with any of them?
Homegrown international luxury hospitality brand Banyan Tree has launched a Coconut & Seaweed Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 PA+++ under its very own Banyan Tree Essentials line of body care products. Made with ethically sourced ingredients that are supposed to be great for skin and even better for the marine environment, this sunscreen has a lightweight texture that glides on skin for healthy, hydrated radiance without causing any harm to the coral reefs.
Look forward to our country’s future with brighter, fresher eyes — local beauty brand ést.lab will be running an online exclusively over the long weekend, from 9 to 12 August. Get a complimentary Intelligent Eye Revitalizer massage device worth SGD86 with every purchase of the recently launched ést.lab OptimaLift A+ Eye Repair Capsules (60 capsules) at SGD156.
Founded by pharmacists with a passion for effective skincare, Singaporean beauty brand TheSkin Pharmacy places a strong emphasis on natural and active ingredients that work. This month, combat pigmentation and get your glow on from within for every purchase of their TSP Luminos or TSP Luminos Plus, receive a complimentary Intensive Whitening Serum worth SGD69.90. Promotion ends on 31 August 2019.
The Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFF) launched Spotlight: Singapore Stories 2019 for
the second time running. This year’s edition saw the launch of a special collection by seven
homegrown fashion designers, inspired by the Singapore Bicentennial, reflecting the country’s rich heritage. Swing by Level 1 of Design Orchard to shop and browse a selection from this showcase, which will remain on display throughout the month of August.