What’s New In August

Life doesn’t have to stop during the return to tighter measures. Here’s how to remain sane during this uncertain period.

By Amanda Tan        3 August 2021

As Singapore returns to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) from July 22 to August 18, we will have to revert to having social gatherings in twos and dining at home again.

All is not lost, however. After all, being able to hang out in groups of two is still better than none, right? 

This month, invite a friend or family member to join you in checking out the latest activities. Think a Japanese-inspired cruise trip, virtual cooking classes, a virtual gallery of art pieces, and more!

Things To Do

SAFRA Punggol Foodtastic Travels: England And Korea

Satisfy your English and Korean food cravings by learning how to cook from the best. During this online cooking class, you will learn how to cook traditional English and Korean dishes from Chef Kang Hao from Social Food Cooking and Chef Suh from Chelabela.kfoods.

Fans of the English Sunday roast dish won’t want to miss Chef Kang’s version of the dish, Yorkshire pudding included, while Chef Suh will show K-foodies how to create Kimchi fried rice, Kimchi pancake and fried fish cake.

Sounds yum already!

Bonus: Five lucky SAFRA members may get to win an E!GHT Korean BBQ gift voucher worth $20 when they attend Chef Suh’s Korean cooking class, while five more SAFRA members may win a Jack’s Place voucher worth $20 when they take part in the contest after attending Chef Kang’s English cooking lesson!

Aug 10 (Korean); more info at https://www.safra.sg/whats-on/foodtastictravels-korea
Aug 24 (English); more info at https://www.safra.sg/whats-on/foodtastictravels-england

Wonders Of Japan

If youve missed Japan all year, satisfy your wanderlust at Dream Cruiseslatest country-themed sailing experience, Wonders of Japan.

The country-themed cruise to nowhere will transport you straight to the Land of the Rising Sun – from the iconic Torii gates surrounded by pink sakura trees reminiscent of the sights in Kyoto, to the aromatic lavender fields in Hokkaido.

While youre on board, dont forget to snap a photo with one of the passing geishas for a lovely souvenir.

Other activities to consider during your time on the cruise include a relaxing lavender spa session, craft-making sessions, as well as mouth-watering Japanese dishes such as Okinawa wagyu beef and other delicacies.

Available till Sept 18; more info at www.dreamcruiseline.com/en-sg/cruise-offers

DANCE: A Tribute To Rudolf Nureyev

Even if you can’t travel to France this August, you can immerse yourself in the French culture with a series of exhibitions, film screenings and dance workshops held at the Alliance Francaise de Singapour.

Here, ballet lovers are in for a treat as the French language school unveils a tribute to Nureyev, a Soviet-born dancer and choreographer, who is widely known as the greatest dancer of his generation.

On display for the very first time are also 14 striking costumes from the famed dancer’s signature ballets such as Swan Lake, La Bayadere, and more.

Till Sept 15; more info at alliancefrancaise.org.sg/dance

The Rhythm Of Us

A night at the theatre, with a performance between the Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is just what you might need to take your mind off these uncertain times.

In this cross-disciplinary concert, the audience will find themselves transported on a journey with three works – including a meditative cello number – that culminate in an appreciation for music and dance.

All patrons will have to either undergo an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) at the venue, or receive their second vaccination dose 14 days before the date of the performance with proof of vaccination.

Aug 7 & 8; more info at sifa.sg/programmes/music/the-rhythm-of-us

VR Gallery At The ArtScience Museum

Treat yourself to a multi-sensory experience at the ArtScience Museums new virtual reality (VR) gallery, where you get to appreciate VR artworks by some of the worlds best-known contemporary artists Olafur Eliasson, Marina Abramovic, and Anish Kapoor.

Within the exhibition, named Hyperrealities, the trio dive into topics such as nature, climate change, and the human body.

More info at www.marinabaysands.com/museum/exhibitions/hyperrealities.html


G-Shock National Day Watch 2021

For a pop of colour on your wrist – and more importantly – to commemorate Singapores 56th birthday, dont miss G-Shocks latest National Day Watch designed by local artist Toby (a.k.a. Tobyato).

Designed on the AW-500BB-4EDR, a revival of the first analog G-Shock AW-500, the design focuses on the colours of red and white – the same colours that make up the Singapore flag. On the red band, Toby has designed a powerful white lion that covers the entire band, interspersed with his logo. The watch comes in a specially-designed box printed with Tobys lion design.

On the theme, Toby credits Singapore as being more than just a home” to him. He adds that he will always be grateful for this place I call home” and that the design shows his gratitude to this tough, small resilient island home”.

Available from 1 Aug at all G-Shock stores, as well as a special installation at G-Shock MBS Premium

Garmin Forerunner 55

Track your fitness levels with Garmins latest offering, the Forerunner 55. The smartwatch offers a variety of tools to help runners of all levels achieve their fitness goals.

This includes an easy-to-use GPS, which tracks how far and fast, as well as where a user runs. The watch also comes with a wrist-based heart rate data tracking system, a counter for steps, calories, sleeping patterns, daily suggested workouts, training plans from Garmin Coach, as well as safety features that let runners send a message with their location to loved ones.

For runners seeking to take it to the next level, the watch lets athletes select a run distance and view their estimated finish time, as well as built-in recovery time which lets athletes know how long they should rest before their next big workout.

$299, available on Lazada, Shopee, Krisshop.com, and store.convergent.com.sg.


Subways Rendang Sub and Pandan Cookie

Spice up meal times with Subways limited-time-only rendang-flavoured sub and pandan cookie.

The aromatic dish, a familiar hit with Singaporeans, is available in both chicken and beef. Recommended greens and ingredients include mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber, mixed pepper, onions and Old English Cheddar cheese.

Available at Subway stores islandwide and on GrabFood, FoodPanda and Deliveroo from 21 July, Subway will match the first 10,000 rendang subs purchased to distribute to staff and volunteers at vaccination centres, testing centres and the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). The subs will be served to staff and volunteers at these centres in light of the no dine-in measures.

SAFRA members enjoy 10% discount at Subway for 6” sandwiches, salads and wraps (excluding on-going promotions).

Chicken rendang starts from $7.30 for a six-inch sub, while beef rendang starts from $7.90 for a six-inch sub. Till 28 Sept.