January has come and is almost gone. It has been quite a flurry of activities, what’s of Christmas, rad New Year’s Eve parties and well-deserved holiday trips. Then there’s the quieting down, flocking back to the city and the slogging. But of course, there’s more to life than work and there’s also a bunch of activities within the CBD. Here are six events to check out around the CBD area for the month of January.
We never want to hear you complain about how there’s nothing to do in Singapore.
Even if your boss is not the best, and your colleagues from another department is trying to teach you how to do your job, live your best life and treat yoself right. Shop spices, essential oils and more come Jan 12-13 at the Well + Good Market. A gathering of brands within the 150,000 square foot expanse of Tanjong Pagar Urban Park, this market wants to bring mindful living to the fore. For eats, there is the An Acai Affair, gourmet bread from The Whole Kitchen. Fret not if you’re on a liquid diet—Ega Juice Clinic, HIC Juices and Yocha will rock up with the beverages. CBD-ers on fanciful exercise passes will delight to find activewear shops like Lyaya, Rangoon active hawking their wear.
Urban park at Tanjong Pagar Centre.
For an hour, join them yogis for a mindful evening practice (6.30pm-7.30pm). Already four years in the running, this is a popular community initiative, catering to both seasoned yogis and even the uninitiated. Wherever you’re at with your practice, there is nothing more empowering than moving as one, with a group of like-minded lethargic and jaded CBD workers like yourself!
MBS Boardwalk, ($8).
Into organic food? Local farmers’ markets? Bookswaps and minimising carbon footprints? Then you’re invited to EarthFest 2019. The fourth edition and EarthFest’s biggest one so far, EarthFest 2019 is a veritable affair of 130 stalls arranged over three floors. Score some of The Hunters’ Kitchenette’s creamy nut butter, shop local produce, try some plat-based ice cream and then get crafty with upcycling merchandise. If you decide to bring your children, you can drop them off at a kid’s corner, where they can get hands on with snack making. With them safely out of the way, make your way to the Waste Land screening, a documentary revolving around six garbage pickers in Rio De Janeiro.
8 Marina Gardens Drive.
So, there’s a really really free market in Singapore, really and situated in the heart of CBD no less. We are shookt. A (decade) long-running affair, this January edition, also their 59th one, marks their 10th anniversary. Borned out of goodwill, this is a give-back opportunity for the community and everything is free, from haircuts to food. Past events have seen free ice-cream, tutu kuehs and CDs.At the heart of this market is sustainability and the opportunity to pass on what you no longer need. The backdrop of our Supertrees representing economic progress couldn’t be more apt.
8 Marina Gardens Drive.
For one day ONLY, Baja is dishing up free burritos, for each person. You have an option of either the Ultimo Chicken or the Ultimo Veg, both veritable crowd-pleasers. The catch though, is the very short two-hour window, from 12pm-2pm only, so expect a hangry crowd. But hey, free burritos are worth it, right?
The Sail @ Marina Bay.
From Jan 28 – Feb 24, Marina Bay District will come to life with unmissable light installations mostly made up of upcycled products. With the “bridges” theme this year, 6 iconic bridges will come to life, with 32 light installations by artists from 14 countries; this edition has expanded to include the Civic district, Raffles Terrace in Fort Canning park and the Singapore River. As each year outdoes the previous year (remember in 2017 when 800 LED turned Marina Bay into a garden?), all exhibits this year delve into the idea of connectivity and progress. Think, a light projection of Singapore’s own heritage as a fishing port juxtaposed against our contemporary skyline today. We hear that there will be a multimedia float show, food stalls, carnival rides and lightshows with kaleidoscopic spaces; so maybe big ideas of “sustainability” need not be all drab and dull.
7.30pm to 11pm on weekdays; 7.30pm to 12am on weekends; free admission