It feels like 2024 just started and before you know it, it’s already February. After trying to hit our New Year resolutions in January, we all deserve to relax and treat ourselves. This month, there are Lunar New Year celebrations popping up all around town, new restaurants for Valentine’s Day, and new retail drops.
Things To Do
Total Defence @ SAFRA 2024
If there’s one thing we can all collectively agree about Singapore, it’s that our national defence strategies are top notch. From 15 to 29 February, join us in commemorating 40 years of Total Defence in Singapore this year across all SAFRA clubs. Look forward to activities at all the SAFRA clubs such as Evacuation and Disruption Simulation Exercises and CPR demonstrations, a NEWater Facility Tour at SAFRA Jurong, a Foam Blasters challenge at SAFRA Choa Chu Kang, a carnival games fair at SAFRA Toa Payoh and more.
Plus, you can get to collect a limited edition TD40 tote bag upon completion of the Emergency Ready Bag game with a minimum score of 6 out of 8 (limited to the first 200 participants at each club).
For more information, visit safra.sg/whats-on/total-defence-@-safra-2024-ready-in-unity
SAFRA Creator Of The Year
SAFRA Creator of the Year 2024 (CTY 2024) is back this year. This time, the dynamic 1-day competition will be taking place at SAFRA Punggol on 9 March. Unlike previous editions, CTY 2024 opens to a wider range of content creators, including an additional exciting videography category.
Participants will discover three mystery themes on the competition day, vying for attractive prizes worth up to $4,398, such as a Nikon Z 6II kit and Leofoto tripod for the Photography category, as well as a Nikon Z f kit for the Videography category. Registration closes on 3 March, and fees are $5 for SAFRA Content Creator Club (SCCC) members, $10 for SAFRA members, and $20 for guests. SCCC members and SAFRA members will get a $10 SAFRA Rewards Voucher upon sign-up. Plus, the first 100 registrants will receive a special gift!
Find out more at safra.sg/whats-on/safra-creator-of-the-year-2024
Harry Potter: Forbidden Forest Experience
Potterheads, prepare your wands. The magical world of Harry Potter is about to cast its spell on Sentosa, with Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience that’s coming to Asia for the first time. The Coastal Trail in Sentosa will be transformed into a whimsical wonderland come 3 February.
This enchanting outdoor trail, inspired by the iconic Forbidden Forest, will have lights illuminating the landscape, bringing to life creatures straight out of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series. Get ready to encounter Hippogriffs, Unicorns, and mischievous Nifflers as you embark on a spellbinding journey through the Coastal Trail.
There’s also a gift shop where you can sip on a Butterbeer and shop for exclusive merchandise. Tickets start at $44 for adults and $39 for the young wizards and witches (age 4-12).
For more information, visit hpforbiddenforestexperience.com/singapore
Those hoping to find something exciting for their young ones this February, check out Chaos Lab. Opened in November 2023, it features 11 interactive activity stations centered on science themes. Let your kids dive into creativity and chaos as they step into the shoes of an ‘intern’ to Dr Splat, Chaos Lab’s resident ‘mad scientist’. Dr Splat guides visitors through the experience, encouraging them to create, discover, and play in the fun-filled rooms and stations.
Highlights include the Gravity Wall, where they’ll delve into the laws of gravity, and the AR Sand, allowing them to build illuminated sand sculptures with motion sensor projectors. As Dr Splat’s interns, they’ll also craft their own slime at the Slime Station before taking part in some shoe-free fun at the Bubbling Ball Pit.
Each session will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete, with ticket prices starting at $25 for children (age 3-10 years) and $9 for adults (age 11 and above).
Changi Airport Terminal 2, Level 3 (near the link bridge to Jewel Changi)
USS Lunar New Year celebrations
This Lunar New Year, Universal Studios Singapore is treating us to an abundance of festive delights and all-new springtime experiences. Encounter Illumination’s Minions donned in New Year attire and marvel at lanterns inspired by DreamWorks Animation films, including the upcoming Kung Fu Panda 4 hitting theatres on 7 March.
Join the lively Dragon of Destiny dance alongside beloved characters such as Po and Tigress from Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, Princess Fiona, and characters from Madagascar, among others. The characters will also be doing a meet-and-greet. Step into the enchanting DreamWorks Lunar Light Up, where lanterns inspired by Kung Fu Panda 4, How To Train Your Dragon and more create an Insta-worthy illuminated world. Tickets start from $78 per child and $98 per adult
Till 25 February at Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Creative Intersections: Traces of Dragons
If you’re shopping around the City Hall area this February, check out Creative Intersections: Traces of Dragons, the fourth installment of Funan’s mall-wide art activation. The month-long exhibition is aligned with Singapore Art Week 2024 and runs from now till 25 February.
This Year of the Dragon, the exhibition brings the mythical creature to life, exploring its multicultural, symbolic, and aesthetic significance. Shoppers and art enthusiasts can uncover the elusive nature of this mythical creature through 16 collaborations with artists and brands like Barehands, CHOKMAH, Ray-Ban, and more. Expect cutting-edge AR animations, artisan crafts, and dragon-themed artwork.
Before you go, don’t forget to take an OOTD with Dance Of The Dragon, an animated light art installation at the Level 1 Atrium. Besides it being a good photo spot, the installation also transforms into a 10-minute light show that activates every 30 minutes.
Till 25 February at Funan, 107 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179105
Casio’s G-Shock Master of G Rangeman
Shopping for a new watch this February? Adventurous types will love the rugged charm of the latest addition to the G-Shock Master of G series, the new Rangeman GPR-H1000. Built for extreme conditions, this durable series is a top pick for adventurers seeking a reliable wearable for intense activities.
Engineered with legendary G-SHOCK toughness, the Rangeman GPR-H1000 can handle shocks and impacts effortlessly. Think Mud Resist buttons, metal side guards, and a textured outer surface that ensure durability in challenging conditions. It also has six built-in sensors to track heart rate, movements, and environmental changes. Stay connected seamlessly with Bluetooth linking capabilities, allowing you to track data, monitor activity, and receive notifications on your wrist.
The Rangeman GPR-H1000 is priced at $649 and is available at G-Shock retailers and online.
Onitsuka Tiger Lunar New Year Collection
If you need new kicks for Lunar New Year visiting, Onitsuka Tiger’s limited edition collection may be just what you’re looking for. The collection features the brand’s iconic Mexico 66 and Dentigre LS, a sweat top, cap, and middle socks.
But here’s the twist — these limited edition models are in red and white and have special Chinese characters woven in the heel flap of the Mexico 66 ($220) and sock liner of the Dentigre LS ($300). With red signifying abundance and prosperity, we hope your year will be filled with lots of huat.
The collection is available at Onitsuka Tiger Takashimaya S.C., Raffles City, Jewel, Suntec City, and online.
Ready for a slice of Korea right here in Singapore? Mega pizza chain, Eat Pizza, has made its Singapore debut at Paya Lebar Quarter (PLQ). With over 100 outlets back in Korea, they’re famous for their hot pies and wallet-friendly prices — or as they say, “pija meokda”, which means “eat pizza”.
This outlet is a takeaway-only kiosk, but fear not — there are a few alfresco tables, so you can enjoy those scrumptious pizzas fresh outta the oven. Try the Sweet Potato pizza for $6.50, a cheesy delight with sweet potato paste, corn, and white sauce. Craving something classic? Go for the Pepperoni ($6.90) instead.
10 Paya Lebar Road, #01-K5 PLQ Mall, Singapore 409057
Moss Cross Tokyo
If you miss Tokyo’s culinary scene, we come bearing good news: Moss Cross Tokyo has brought its signature omakase experience to Singapore. Located on the second floor of Capri by Fraser China Square, this 40-seat eatery offers an affordable omakase, with lunch starting at $69++.
Indulge in the Wakon-Yosai seven-course experience at $150++; or opt for a five-course option at $128++ or a similar lunch menu for $82++, inclusive of the Shokado-9 box. But the most affordable option is the three-course lunch menu at just $69++.
Every meal here starts with the Shokado-9. Drawing inspiration from the traditional Japanese-style bento box commonly seen in kaiseki meals, this rendition is divided into nine sections. The “omakase” element ensures that each box is unique, but you can anticipate unexpected flavour pairings such as octopus, mango, and gochujang; and roasted wagyu, seaweed sauce, and avocado.
181 South Bridge Road, #02-01 Capri by Fraser China Square, Singapore 058743
Here’s a new lunch spot for all you CBD folks. Newly opened at Marina Bay Financial Centre is Market Bistro, a cosy joint inspired by New York’s bustling food scene. Imagine a chic space in black, white, and dark wood, perfect for those quick bites or laid-back unwinding sessions. But the highlight here is the ASAP Lunch menu, starting at $69++, where you can pick from options like Battered Cod ($17), Scandinavian Salmon ($15), Grass-fed Steak ($18), or 40 Garlic Roasted Chicken ($14).
There are vegetarian options too, such as the Big A** Falafel ($10) and Jackfruit Shish Kebab ($12). Add sides like Madras Cauliflower or Sprout & Apple Slaw, both at $4 each. Tip: add a magic touch with their Mojo Verde or Elixir’s Chilli Crunch sauces for a $3 top up.
12 Marina Boulevard #01-03, Tower 3 Marina Bay Financial Centre, Singapore 018982
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