ALT GUIDE: LOCAL WEEKENDS
Singapore may be tiny, tipping just over 700km² but there is certainly more to the little red dot than just shopping sprees on Orchard Road and ticking eateries off your long list of must-tries.
Besides the same old groove leaving you ridiculously bored, it’s likely you’ll find your bank account bled dry from it all, and who really wants that? As much as you’re drawn to the many sales and brunches in quaint cafes, it is time to try something spanking new and break free from those chains that keeps your weekends… mediocre at best.
Luckily for you, I’ve got some tips to share on making the best of your 48-hour weekends – and I can almost guarantee that it’s going to be fun for just about everyone!
- PAINTBALL AWAY!
Paintball is authentically American (thank you, Hollywood) but it’s been available in Singapore for some years. Whether you enjoy getting down and dirty or realizing your James Bond fantasies one game at a time, Red Dynasty Paintball Park leads the pack with five stores all over Singapore – promising great fun without having to break the bank. Prices begin from $10.70 (including GST) with over eight different packages to choose from.
A word of caution? Participants have to be at least 14 years old to play, and do bring a set of spare of clothes . You’re most definitely going to need a change.
- CALLING ON SPIDERMAN…
Hanging off the sheer face of a rock even if it’s a man-made one is completely exhilarating. Your adrenaline level will rise with your ascent, and that view when you’ve reached the top? Mind blowing.
Check out a few rock climbing gyms e.g. Climb Central, Onsight, and Kinetics Climbing. Located at Guillemard Road and occupying some 10,000 square feet of space, Onsight is Singapore’s biggest indoor rock climbing gym. The facility boasts over 2000 square feet of bouldering surfaces, 43 lanes with over 100 routes, and even a 15-metre speed-climbing wall. Prices start at $38.
- NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED
Indoor adventure games are all the rage now. Imagine being locked in a room with a bunch of other people – whom you may or may not know – and being forced to work together to successfully escape the terrors within in less than 60 minutes! Breathe deeply and don’t panic!
sg, Xcape Singapore, Lost SG and Exit Plan #1 are some of the popular game centres. Patrons are offered a range of difficulty and/or horror levels with prices beginning at $19 up.
Be prepared to have your wit, problem-solving skills and patience tested terribly.
- SOME TLC FROM MOTHER NATURE
Mother Nature is wonderful, and Singapore has no dearth of spectacular greenery. We’re proud to be known as the City in a Garden.
Soak up some sun at Changi Point Boardwalk to witness beautiful purple-hued skies at sunset as planes from near and far descend into Changi Airport. Make a trip to the Southern Ridges and experience the Henderson Waves. Prepares to be awed by its magnificent architecture and starry night skies.
If old-school is more up your alley, travel to the far end of Singapore to Lim Chu Kang Jetty and immerse yourself in a slice of old Singapore – from sampans and wooden jetties to the newly restored Cashin House.
The best part of all? It’s completely free.