What’s New In September

This September, cheer on as babies race, play a round of cartoon-inspired mini-golf, and buy cakes from a vending machine!

By Diana Najm      9 September 2022

With every new month comes the need to discover new things to do, restaurants and bakeries to try, and new product releases to satisfy your need for retail therapy. What’s more, the September holidays are here, which means more bonding time for the fam. 

From swimming challenges for a good cause to mini-golf inspired by Pixar movies, these are the best new happenings in Singapore this September 2022.

Things To Do

SAFRA @ 29 Carpenter Street

There’s a new place in town where you can meet and chill out with friends and family. At SAFRA @ 29 Carpenter Street, can look forward to fun arcade-style games for all ages, state-of-the-art LAN gaming rooms, and private rooms that you can book for events and gatherings. And of course, there’s always food: Black Fairy Sushi & Grill serves up bountiful communal plates for sharing and a variety of tipples to ease you into the evening. SAFRA members enjoy exclusive discounts as well. Come down for the opening event on 10 Sep from 11am and be among the first to discover this hangout!

More info at safra.sg/clubs/safra-29-carpenter-street
For Black Fairy Sushi & Grill reservations, go to inline.app/booking/blackfairy/sushigrill

Swim For Hope 2022 

“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming,” is a line fans of the Finding Nemo movie would be familiar with. With SAFRA’s annual Swim For Hope returning this September, you can do that and for a good cause too. 

The event has now expanded to all five swimming pools at the SAFRA clubs and you can set a target for your fundraising amount, which will go towards charity. This year, the swim marathon will adopt a hybrid format, where you choose to either swim virtually at your preferred time and place, or select a physical swim slot at a preferred SAFRA Club to complete your last 1km of swim. All you have to do is register and clock the laps with your friends and family.

You can also show your support by taking part in “More Than A Box”, where you can purchase a box of goodies with the proceeds going to the beneficiaries, or by making an online donation through your participating friends and family members.

Registration is open from now till 30 September 2022. 

Swim period (virtual): Till 30 Oct 2022; Swim period (physical): Selected weekends in Oct 2022
More info at safras4h.sg

SAFRA Diaper Dash 

Want to check out the cutest race of them all? Head down to the finals of SAFRA Diaper Dash from 10 to 11 September at SAFRA Punggol, and watch the little ones, as young as 6 months old, dash their way to victory. Check out the race schedule here and don’t miss the exciting final races at 10.30am and 12.30pm on both days. 

At the same time, the whole family can enjoy the fun arts activities held in conjunction with Diaper Dash – Jazz for Bubs, where Hummingbird Music retells English and Chinese nursery rhymes with jazz and world music to encourage musical curiosity in children, and the Rolypoly Family Dance Party, a fun-filled afternoon of family dancing and bonding.

Even if you’re not taking part in SAFRA Diaper Dash, you can still do your part by making a donation. All proceeds will go to the President’s Challenge and SAF Care Fund to support lower-income families and servicemen disabled due to service.

Finals on 10-11 September; more info at safra.sg/whats-on/safra-diaper-dash-2022

EnergyOne NS55 Promotion

Have you always wanted to kickstart your fitness journey at the gym? Now’s a good time – use your NS55 credits at SAFRA’s EnergyOne gyms and get up to 50% more value on membership sign-ups. Sign up for any Silver or Term plan and get 3 extra months at no additional cost, with minimum use of $50 NS55 credits. The promotion ends 30 Sep, so don’t delay – EnergyOne’s friendly trainers are waiting to guide you on the path to fitness!

More info at safra.sg/energyone-gym/promotions

New SAFRA app

Want to have the world of SAFRA right at your fingertips? Download the new SAFRA app, which connects you to a world of benefits in Food & Entertainment, Fitness & Adventure and Family & Enrichment.

The app now features a freshly revamped interface, so you can experience an enhanced and more user-friendly navigation around the app. Your experience will be hassle-free with these newly integrated features:

  • Enhanced navigation tabs/bars and profile management
  • Usage of Singpass for simpler account creation
  • Biometrics-enabled login for more convenient access
  • PayNow for instant and secure cashless payments, including usage of NS55 credits
  • Recommended reads for the latest and most relevant lifestyle trends
  • Upcoming bookings/My Activities to provide an overview of your upcoming events and bonding moments with family and friends
  • Push notifications so that you don’t miss out on important updates
  • Enhancements to existing functionalities such as Featured Deals, Nearby Benefits and SAFRAPOINTS.

The app is available on both the Apple store and Google Play.

More info at safra.sg/our-services/safra-mobile-app

Pixar Putt 

This is one for Disney and Pixar fans. Pixar Putt, a mini-golf experience with beloved characters such as Buzz Lightyear and Wall-E, has arrived on our shores, just in time for the September holidays.

With over 18 Pixar-themed holes to run around in, you’ll have some outdoor fun with your group of friends or the whole family. Get ready to putt-putt your way to infinity and beyond. The experience starts from $28 for Mondays to Thursdays, and $30 from Fridays to Saturdays.

Waterfront Promenade, Marina Bay Sands; tickets and more info here.

X-Scap8 at Orchard Central

You’re probably wondering how to pronounce X-Scap8. Well, it’s ‘escapade’, and it’s the largest integrated indoor “funground” on Orchard Road. It spans a whole 6,000 sq ft, and has five specially curated zones.

Thrill-seekers will love the adrenaline-pumping Infinity & Beyond 10m High Element Course, thrilling X-Warrior Challenge Obstacle Course, high-tech Balls & Birdies Golf Simulator and irresistible Smash Lab if you need to destress after a long week at the office.

Feeling peckish after a whole day of fun? Grab a bite at the ‘Eat-Play-Laugh’ RestoBar with a patio that offers views of the Singapore skyline and Orchard Road. Tuck into dishes like Laksa Aglio Olio with Prawns, and Fresh Seabass Fish and Chips.

Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, #07-02, Singapore 238896; tickets and more info here.


New route to Kota Kinabalu

Looking for a weekend getaway destination that’s both scenic and affordable? Then head on to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, where you can choose to either go island hopping or head inland to Kundasang. 

It’s more accessible now more than ever with Malaysia Airlines’ new direct flights now available three times a week. You can choose to fly either on Mondays, Thursdays, or Saturdays. Fare start from MYR 391 (S$121.38) on Economy Basic or MYR 1,653 ($513.15) on Business Class. 

More info at www.malaysiaairlines.com


Logitech Pop Keys

It’s time to amp up your WFH set-up with Logitech’s new Pop Keys mechanical keyboard, which you can customise with your favourite emojis to express your personality. There are three colourways to choose from: Blast (a black and yellow combo), Daydream (pastel-coloured mixture), and Heartbreaker (which reminds you of pink bubblegum). The keyboard also comes with a matching Pop Mouse, which makes your WFH setup truly aesthetic.

More info at www.logitech.com


Keng Eng Kee Seafood (KEK) @ SAFRA Tampines

Loyal customers of Keng Eng Kee Seafood (KEK) at Alexandra Village will be thrilled to know that the popular tze char eatery has a new branch in the east at SAFRA Tampines. Make a beeline for its signature dishes such as Wok-tossed Moonlight Hor Fun, Coffee Pork Ribs and Handmade Hei-Chor. Look out for the 50% off weekly opening specials like Salted Egg Fish Skin, Spinach with Ikan Bilis and White Pepper Crab as well!

SAFRA members enjoy 15% discount; more info at safra.sg/amenities-offerings/kek-seafood

SAFRA Tampines, 1/A Tampines Street 92, Singapore 528882; Tel: 6979 3668

Olsen Bakehouse 

You’ve probably tried or have heard of the popular ondeh ondeh cakes from Olsen Bakehouse. Now you can visit the family-run bakery in their new digs in the cool Joo Chiat neighbourhood. Taking over a heritage shophouse, Olsen Bakehouse is now neighbours with Dickson Nasi Lemak and Da Dong Prawn Noodles.

Not a fan of ondeh ondeh? Try their orh nee or pulut hitam cakes inspired by uniquely Singaporean flavours. Whole cakes here start from $56 for a 5.5-inch cake. While they’re not halal-certified, most ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers, so everyone can enjoy their decadent bakes. 

301 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427552; Tel: 8891 5819

Okashi Gaku 

Who says premium dessert can’t come out of vending machines? With the famous Japanese brand Okashi Gaku bringing their soda can cakes and desserts (aka Fuwa Cans) to Singapore, you might just change your mind. 

From 16 September onwards, the vending machines will be available at Suntec City, on level 3 of the mall’s North Wing. What more, it’ll be open 24/7 – so you’ll know where to go if you have a sweet craving in the middle of the night. 

Some flavours to try are their famous Strawberry Shortcake Can ($11.80) and Mango Passionfruit ($9.80). There’ll also be three Singapore exclusives, namely Matcha ($8.80), Mango Chocolate ($9.80), and Tiramisu ($8.80).

3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-306/307, Suntec City North Wing, Singapore 038983

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