Tired of the usual café hopping, shopping trips or visits to tourist attractions? If you’re always scratching your head wondering where to go in Singapore, here are six unique ideas to get your mind off work! By Jagdish Singh
1. Laugh your heart out
The stand-up comedy scene in Singapore is growing, with more comedy nights springing up in recent years. Comedy Masala is probably the most popular amongst the people here, with their weekly shows on Tuesday at 8.30pm. Tickets are reasonably priced at $15 inclusive of a free drink, and only $10 for students. Those who are more adventurous can consider going for The Comedy Club Asia’s Talk Cock Comedy, held every Wednesday at 8.30pm. Their open mic night lets you jump up on stage for 5 minutes to tell jokes to strangers. Who knows, you may just be the next big comedian in Singapore!
Bonus: Perfect for anyone, really. You could bring friends, loved ones, colleagues and just laugh your night away after a long day at work.
Find out more about Comedy Club Asia here.
2. Bake your stress away
We all know that stressed spelled backwards is desserts. What better way to unwind than to go for a baking class, or even learn how to make your own ice cream? BakinCalf is a hands-on baking class programme where you can learn how to make brownies, cakes, tarts, or macaroons. Classes are usually priced at upwards of $80/pax per course, but do be sure to check out their website for course schedules and occasional promotion prices! Ice cream lovers will be excited to know that Udders runs an ice cream making workshop that includes an all-you-can-eat ice cream buffet! Designed for adults, the workshop is 2 hours long and priced at $45/pax.
Bonus: This could be a unique and great date idea with your loved one. You could even drag your buddies along, because surely they can’t say no to dessert, right?
To sign up for a BakinCalf workshop, click here.
3. Pick up a new sport
Tchoukball is a relatively unknown sport amongst Singaporeans. Originating from Switzerland, it is a team sport in which points are scored by taking fancy shots at a mini-trampoline. As it is somewhat similar to handball, it’s a great test of your ball-handling skills, and also a test of your reflexes. The Tchoukball Association of Singapore (TBAS) conducts introductory workshops for those interested to pick up the sport, and they run coaching courses as well for those who wish to further excel in the game.
Bonus: As tchoukball is a team event, it requires a sizeable group to form teams for a game. This is a wonderful opportunity to get your friends, family or colleagues to pick up a new sport with you!
To sign up for tchoukball memberships with the Tchoukball Association of Singapore, visit their website here.
4. Pump up your adrenaline
A really fun way to release your stress and frustration from work or school would be to load up a gun with pallets and shoot at your opponents in a fun game of paintball. Crossfire paintball and Red Dynasty paintball are two well-known paintball arenas in Singapore. For those looking to take advantage of the exchange rates, you could consider AOV Paintball or Dynamic Paintball in Johor.
Alternatively, you could consider spending your weekend cable-skiing in Batam. Located in Waterfront City, Batam, the Batam Cable Ski Park offers visitors various packages and services. The place is great for those who would want to try cable-skiing for fun. Be sure to end the day with a nice massage and a BBQ dinner to reward yourself!
Bonus: Perfect opportunity to give yourself an excuse to make a weekend trip to either JB or Batam, and spend a night there while you’re at it!
Crossfire Paintball is located at Singapore Discovery Centre, 510 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638365.
Find out more about Red Dynasty Paintball Park here.
5. Head out to sea
There’s nothing like the calm blue waters of the sea to relieve stress. Signing up for a Power Pleasure Craft Driving Licence (PPCDL) will allow you to captain an engine powered/jet- propelled pleasure craft below 24 metres, within Singapore port limits. Attend the PPCDL course at centres such as the SAF Yacht Club, Water-Venture Changi, Raffles Marina or Changi Sailing Club, to learn the basics of boating before taking the theory and practical test. Once you pass these tests and earn your licence, you could rent small boats to bring family or friends out for an afternoon at sea while you have a nice meal on board, or even catch your own food.
Bonus: Not many people can say they have a boating license, so having one allows you to go on a truly unique adventure!
Find out more about the PPCDL requirements here.
6. Art therapy
Arteastiq is a boutique tea house oasis that provides a respite from the daily stress. This art jam studio offers a therapeutic painting experience while sipping on tea. A perfect opportunity to uncover your untapped creativity as you paint on either a 50×50 or 60×80 canvas sheet with unlimited acrylic paints, sponges, brushes and a paint palette! Sessions are $48 each, including a free beverage.
For those who are in need of some extra guidance, feel free to join their painting sessions, where you’ll be guided from start to end. End your painting session with a meal at Arteastiq as they serve all day breakfast sets and brunch dishes as well.
Bonus: Great for everyone regardless of your art ability. Those with experience could unleash their creativity, whilst those wanting to learn could attend guided sessions. After all you can bring home your art piece and display it for everyone to see!
Arteastiq is located at 333A Orchard Road, #04-14/15, Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238867.