What’s New In January

Things to do and food and shopping picks to kick off the new year!

By Diana Najm        7 January 2022

After yet another challenging year, 2022 is finally upon us. With restrictions being eased all across Singapore and travel plans back on our horizon, things are looking extremely exciting. This January, there’s a plethora of things to dive into – from new restaurants and bar menus, to art festivals, a secret tour of Haw Par Villa, new store openings and more. Not forgetting new gym openings to hit your new year fitness goals at. 

We’re welcoming the new year with open arms, full speed ahead. Here are all the coolest new happenings in Singapore this January 2022. 

Things To Do

SAFRA Celebrates Chinese New Year

Find out what the new lunar year has in store for the 12 zodiac signs and get tips for 2022 from Feng Shui Master Lynn Yap. SAFRA members are invited to attend the live session with Master Yap at SAFRA Mount Faber on 15 Jan at 2pm, or you can also tune in to the session via the SAFRA Clubs’ Facebook pages at the same time.

SAFRA Mount Faber, 15 Jan, 2pm. Registration is required and limited seats available. Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. More info at www.safra.sg/whats-on/CNY2022

Be one of the first 88 SAFRA members to spend $10 nett in a same-day single receipt at any outlet at the six SAFRA clubhouses, and get to pick your favourite Ang Bao number from the Prosperity Wall. Prizes including $20 SAFRA Rewards vouchers could be yours!

All SAFRA clubs, 15 Jan-14 Feb. Limited to first 88 redemptions at each club and each member can only make one redemption per club. More info at www.safra.sg/whats-on/CNY2022

Singapore Art Week

Singapore’s visual arts calendar pinnacle is back in 2022 – bigger and better than ever. This year, it takes over unconventional spots in Tanjong Pagar. Look forward to over 130 programmes across physical and digital platforms, featuring more than 35 Singapore-based projects from its open call, and offerings from close to 600 artists and creatives, curators and partners from Singapore and countries such as Bangkok, China, Australia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the US. Keep your eyes peeled as your favourite precincts and neighbourhoods come alive with new launches and expanded programmes. 

From 14-23 January; more info at www.artweek.sg

The Secret Life Of Haw Par Villa

Explore Haw Par Villa like never before with Strawberries Inc. The Secret Life of Haw Par Villa is an interactive, walking tour-performance taking place in the eclectic theme park. Join the Tiger Balm King on an after-hours private tour and wander around the refurbished 10 Courts of Hell. Meet the park’s iconic characters, and play games centred on topics of morality. Ready for an adventure? Put on your walking shoes, grab a flashlight and dust off that thinking cap – a secret life awaits you. 

Tickets from $59; more info at hawparvilla.sg/tours-trails


Global hotel daytime booking platform Dayuse is now available in Singapore. Boasting a portfolio of more than 100 hotels from luxury hotel groups to chic boutique hotels, Dayuse aims to reimagine and create new ways for travel-starved locals to enjoy the hotel experience, normalising ‘daycations’. You can book a room for a span of a few hours from 6am to 11pm, and pay upon check in at hotels like The Fullerton Hotel, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, The Scarlet Singapore, Naumi Hotel Singapore, Sofitel Sentosa Resort & Spa and more. Dayuse also offers unparalleled flexibility, as users can book without a credit card, pay upon check in, and cancel for free up to the very last minute – all on top of access to a medley of upscale and restorative amenities. 

More info at www.dayuse.sg


Jumping® Fitness at SAFRA Punggol

Photo: Jumping Singapore Facebook

Jumping® Fitness is a high-intensity, low-impact fitness programme carried out on specially designed Jumping® PROFI trampolines. A fun and revitalising workout that combines traditional aerobic steps, dynamic sprints and “power sports” elements, Jumping® Fitness classes help to tone and strengthen the whole body.

Now you can try it out for yourself at SAFRA Punggol’s GetFit Studio. Sign up now and start jumping your way to a fitter you in 2022!

More info on schedules and fees at www.safra.sg/whats-on/jumping-fitness


Moleskine’s first flagship store in Singapore

Italian luxury notebooks and stationery products company Moleskine has finally launched their flagship store here! It’s located in the heart of Orchard Road at Paragon Shopping Centre, marking the first Moleskin store in Southeast Asia. The opening will also coincide with the release of several limited-edition collections in partnership with Kaweco, Pontoglio, Missoni and illustrator Lok Ng for a special 2022 Year of the Tiger edition.

The new Moleskin store takes over a 500 sq ft space on the second floor of Paragon Shopping Centre. Aside from a varied collection of Moleskine products, including journals, diaries, bags, writing accessories and digitally connected notebooks, there will be an experience table that will allow you to try the different products and use interactive customisation tools to personalise your purchases.

290 Orchard Road #02-20, Paragon Shopping Centre; more info at www.paragon.com.sg/stores/moleskine

Singapore Airlines’ sustainability initiative with 15 retail brands

A sustainability champion who also loves travelling? This one’s for you. Singapore Airlines (SIA) is working with 15 Singapore-based retail brands to come up with a wide range of unique products made from upcycled aircraft parts and materials, which have been sourced from retired SIA passenger aircrafts. This will mark the first initiative of its kind in the world. 

Shop pouches, wallets and wristlet clutches made from life vests, from fashion label Tocco Toscano via its own online and physical outlets, as well as on KrisShop.com; or join a workshop at Supermama’s flagship store at the National Museum of Singapore to customise your own tableware using SIA serviceware, which includes aviation-inspired decals designed by Supermama. Sale of their upcycled retail collection of tableware will commence this month.

More info at krisshop.com

Skechers All-New Varsity Pack Collection

Need brand new kicks to start the year? Skechers has just launched its new Varsity Pack collection, inspired by popular collegiate colour block accents of yellow, red, blue and green. The collection is featured on the D’Lites series (the brand’s best-selling sneaker style since its debut in the 2000s), as well as the lightweight and comfortable Stamina V2 series. All the sneakers also come in the brand’s signature Air Cooled Memory Foam cushioned insoles for all-day and easy-to-wear comfort in our sunny weather. 

Bubble tea lovers should also look out for the exclusive collaboration with Taiwanese bubble tea brand, Milksha. You’ll receive a free Skechers x Milksha Multi-Purpose Mini Sling Bag with every purchase of a pair of Varsity sneakers. 

More info at www.skechers.com.sg


MO Bar’s new menu

Fresh off its recent accolade as #36 in World’s 50 Best Bars 2021, MO BAR at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore introduces its newest creative cocktail menu. Watch out for a completely new design approach for Volume Four, continuing the nomadic journey through the Asia Pacific seen in the first three volumes.

The new volume invites you to legendary destinations across the Pacific Ocean, discovering new flavours with curated cocktails like Lakeside from Sri Lanka, a Kombucha based beverage with fragrant lemongrass and spices served in a ceramic mug ($14/$24 with rum); the Taiwanese-inspired Formosan, a rich mix of coffee and coconut cream served hot and cold on a coaster made from recycled grounded coffee beans ($16/$26 with whiskey); and Ube from the Philippines, a soothing medley of purple yam, jackfruit and ice cream ($16/$26 with whisky).

5 Raffles Ave; more info at www.mandarinoriental.com/singapore/marina-bay/fine-dining/bars/mo-bar

House of WÈI, Fairmont Singapore

This brand new modern Chinese restaurant concept at Fairmont Singapore heralds a new chapter in a space that was home to the former Szechuan Court. Inspired by Master Chinese Chef Mok Wan Lok’s 42-year rich culinary journey, the restaurant presents a thoughtful curation of signature culinary masterpieces reinterpreted through both contemporary and time-honoured Chinese cooking techniques.

Savour inspiring contemporary creations like the Mok-Style Shanghainese Braised Lion Head and Crispy Pork Rib Espresso Kahlua. Additionally, in preparation for the Lunar New Year, House of WÈI will also present specially curated festive set menus starting from the 8-course Auspicious Set Menu ($118 per person; minimum 2 persons), featuring a sumptuous repertoire of dishes to ring in the auspicious Year of the Tiger.

80 Bras Basah Rd, Fairmont Singapore; more info at www.fairmont.com/singapore/dining/house-of-wei/

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