National Day is shaping up to look a little different this year given the situation with the current pandemic. Maybe you had the joy of physically attending NDP last year like singer-songwriter Yokez did, but with social distancing there won't be any grand parade at the floating platform this year 😢
But hey there's still lots to celebrate. As Yokez commented, "It doesn’t really matter where the celebration is as long as we are with our loved ones! I’ll probably be spending quality time at home with my family 💕”
It's been a rough a year and if you're looking to unwind and hit reset alone or with the fam, here's the top things to do over the National Day long weekend.
Spend a day Rediscovering Singapore
In line with the Singapore Tourism Board's SingapoRediscovers campaign, there's plenty of exciting things for you to do on our sunny island.
Fun in the sun @ Sentosa
Soak up the sun, surf and sea with Sentosa's free Fun Pass which gives you 20 tokens to use at several attractions including the Cablecar and S.E.A Aquarium.
Flower Power at Gardens by the Bay
If you booked in advance maybe you're headed off to a fancy staycation like Terence did in his latest blog post. Either way, you can enjoy the gorgeous botany of the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay as much as you want for just $20. Their National Day offer provides you unlimited entry to both domes for the next 6 months at the price of a regular ticket.
Let your heart take flight at Aeroviation
If you're missing that feeling of having your head in the clouds, jet-setting off to your holiday adventures, our friend Seraphina Genesis recommended just the thing.
Together with @TheGenesisFamily, they went to @aeroviationsg to try out flight stimulation for the first time and the children loved it! The parents were excited to experience what it's like behind the cockpit but were slightly giddy from the motion. Regardless, they had so much fun they're going back again this weekend!
You too can have a go behind the wheel of a virtual aircraft at just $120 for 60 mins or upgrade to a VIP Flight experience complete with chocolates and drinks over London's skies for an extra $50. Click here to book your virtual getaway.
Binge watch some local classics
If you're afraid of the crowds or have an aching for some nostalgia, retreat into some iconic local series thought to be the best in Singapore, JB and some say Batam. Netflix recently updated its line-up with over 100 Singapore shows so here's our top picks.
I Not Stupid
Released in 2o02, I Not Stupid follows the story of 3 young EM3 students and their struggles at home and in school. It's in a different league than the recent Ah Boys to Men franchise but that's a good thing. The education has come a long way since then with streaming being abolished but the same familiar struggles remain.
The movie also features iconic scenes from Liu Qianyi, Singapore's most TokGong Limpeh so it's definitely worth a watch in my book.
Under One Roof
Under One Roof might be the most celebrated Singaporean show yet, being televised all over the world from Australia to Canada. It was the first TV show I remember that featured a racially diverse cast from the lovable Chinese store owner Ah Teck (Moses Lim), to their Indian neighbours Daisy and Michael and of course the most lovable Malay couple, Rosnah and Yusof.
Google says that 91% of users like this TV show and it's a pure joy to watch even today. With 137 episodes this series is definitely #bingeworthy.
If you don't have Netflix, you can also catch it for free on MeWatch.
The Noose is what I would consider a modern cult classic in local television. It shines the spotlight on veteran actors like Michelle Chong and Suhaimi Yusof as they bring to life some of the most robust interpretations of local stereotypes like Leticia Bongnino (who is a maid) and Jojo Joget (no affiliation to the Jojo anime unfortunately).
Dig in to some glorious food
If you're anything like Min Er, National Day means 2 things: Family gatherings + great food. "Whether it’s a Barbecue, steamboat or even pizza delivery, it was always nice to be with family and spend time with my cousins and relatives.", she commented.
While we might not be able to meet with our wider families this year, there's still plenty of good food to indulge in with our immediate fam bam. Here's some great offers you can dig into right now:
KFC - 2 for 5.50 Cheese Fries & Zinger Burgers
Any KFC aficionado will tell you that the best way to enjoy any meal from KFC is by upgrading one of your sides to Cheese Fries. To celebrate our nations 55th birthday you can now order 2 sets of Cheese fries (or 2 Zinger burgers) for just $5.50 from KFC delivery.
Find this offer under the Hot Deals section when you click here to make your order.
Old Chang Kee - $2 Chilli Crab'O
As a serial snacker, Old Chang Kee has saved my life many times when my mouth was just lonely and hungry for a bite. I have a deep love for their puff series and when word came out about a Chilli Crab variant I HAD TO GET A TASTE 🦀
And lemme tell you it was worth it! The crab taste is 100% authentic and if you eat it while it's hot the filling literally just melts in your mouth to give you that rich chilli flavour. All that for just $2 leh.
Hurry down to the nearest outlet to try yours today before it's replaced on 9 August with their next signature, the Rendang Chicken’O.
LiHO 1-For-1 Dalgona Coffee
It seems that LiHo has also spent its time during Circuit Breaker perfecting the art that is Dalgona coffee. From now till 9 August, simply download the free Capitastar app and flash it at any of these 9 locations to enjoy a 1-for-1 offer on these delicious creations 😋
Let PartyDiva.Co bring the party to you
Bring in that festive NDP spirit without even leaving the house! Catherine gave us a head's up on this amazing service provided by @partydivaco that assembles a tasteful selection of themed foods including a Nasi Lemak Cake from @nasilemakindulgence, seasonal Nana Sling cocktails from @threewisemensg and loads more!
Click here to start building your NDP party from just $37.50 👍
Enjoy the Parade from Home
You can tune in to the parade live on TV at 7pm come Sunday or watch the livestream from the NDPeeps Facebook page. It'll be the first time a majority of the parade is held indoors at The Star Performing Arts Centre and will feature 31 stories charting the growth of Singapore including it's response to the current pandemic.
Also watch out for our flag that might be flying right your window from 10:30am on Sunday as seen from the route above. It's also not National Day without fireworks right 🎆 and now you can watch them right in your neighbourhood with displays happening across the island.
Last but not least, you can take part in the pledge moment at 8.20pm and join the light up moment right after as a show of solidarity for our Little Red Dot.
Regardless of what you decide to do this National Day, we hope you stay safe and remember that we are a Singapore that's stronger together ❤️.
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