We’ve got a new coastal arboretum at Pulau Ubin! The Coastal Arboretum @ Pulau Ubin houses about 500 trees from over 70 native coastal species and acts as a nursery for these plant species that will be re-introduced later to Pulau Ubin’s coasts as part of habitat enhancement efforts.
The coastal arboretum will also complement the existing mangrove arboretum at Ubin Living Lab, and serve as a resource for students and researchers studying Pulau Ubin’s rich and varied biodiversity.
Away from the city, Bedrock Origin settles in at its new home on an island in the sun at Oasia Resort Sentosa. Embracing a lighter, brighter, and fresher take on the Bedrock classics, the location is the perfect getaway for social corporate lunches, romantic dinners, and weekend soirees with family and friends.
In keeping with Bedrock tradition, the finest steaks are dry-aged in-house and cooked on the bone with classic cooking techniques to introduce a greater depth of flavour. These classics are served alongside new seafood selections on the grill and in the raw bar, specially prepared by their chefs for a sumptuous taste of the oceans.
Visit Singapore Chocolate at Quayside Isle early if you would like to have one of their scrumptious hand-made Pain Au Chocolates. They get sold out at approximately 10am on weekdays and 9:30am on weekends!
Singapore Chocolate's Pan Au Chocolates take three days to make and are paired with their fresh made-on-Sentosa 68% dark chocolate with notes of dark cacao.
The 3.9-hectare Bendera Bay is nestled within St John’s Island, and comprises a lagoon with a variety of mangrove, coral, seagrass, sandy shore and rocky shore habitats. This variety of habitats thus provides unique opportunities for outreach and research. “Bendera Bay” was named as such by the Friends of the Marine Park (FMP), as the indigenous Malay name for St John’s Island is Pulau Sekijang Bendera.
Since securing Bendera Bay for outreach and education activities in late 2019, the Friends of the Marine Park (FMP) community, which includes kayakers, anglers, divers, boaters, and researchers, has been discussing ways to activate the area through education, outreach and research activities.
With the support of NParks, the FMP community will spearhead efforts to balance the different uses of the area, and scheduling the programmes that will take place there, to be planned around four domains – Research, Recreation, Heritage, and Education.
Currently, the area is not open for public access as it is closed for conservation and research. The FMP aims to carry out activities for the public from early 2021, subject to COVID-19 restrictions.
Whether it’s the fresh morning breeze blowing in off the sea, the enticing warmth of the midday sun, or the romance of star-filled skies and moonlight in the evenings, no matter what time of day or night it is, there is something undeniably delicious about dining outside. At its new outlet in Siloso Sentosa, Baristart Coffee is embracing the outdoors with a refreshing alfresco concept. It’s time to add Baristart Coffee to your repertoire of alfresco dining spots to check out in the garden city of Singapore.
The popular Hokkaido café, best known for its offering of Hokkaido BIEI Jersey Milk with an exceptional milk quality, is also launching a hit parade of store-exclusive dishes at this new outlet from 29 February onwards. The exciting line-up includes fluffy Japanese soufflé pancakes and a special handcrafted beat-the-heat coffee granita – all prepared with the same rich full cream Hokkaido BIEI Jersey Milk.
Rumours Beach Club in Sentosa is the only beach club in Singapore to have three swimming pools, with different pockets of spaces such as the VIP Area, Cabana Area, Beachfront Area, Indoor Area, Outdoor Area and Alfresco Area which can be sectioned off to cater for events of all sizes.
From private romantic dinners to full-fledged wild parties for party-goers, Rumours Beach Club brings in a whole new beach experience perfect for any type of get-togethers. All you gotta do is turn up, tune out, lounge on and #getbeachy.
You don't have to take a flight out because Rumours Beach Club will whisk you to Bali right here in Singapore.
Need something to share the love with? Featuring a sumptuous crustacean delicacy, Rumours' Seafood Platter from the Jimbaran grill perfect for sharing. Indulge as their platter comes with fresh Jumbo Prawns, 500g Bamboo Lobster, whole Red Snapper and whole Grade A Squid.
An establishment steeped in culinary history, the 1-Group introduces Zorba, The Greek Taverna – a unique Greek experience that brings authentic dishes with age-old traditions from the azure Mediterranean Sea to sunny Singapore. Sitting along the waterfront of the Singapore River in Clarke Quay, Zorba aims to transport guests to a Greek isle with nourishing simplicity set along the picturesque riverbank.
Taking pride in their culinary traditions, Zorba presents a selection of crowd-pleasing dishes from appetisers, pristine seafood and meats, and tempting desserts. Rooted in Greek heritage and culture, Zorba sources its traditional ingredients direct from Greek suppliers.
A signature option at Zorba is the extensive selection of Greek’s Mixed Grill Platter ($88). This hearty sharing platter includes cheese-stuffed bifteki, pork gyros, chicken and beef souvlaki, lamb chops and Loukaniko. Perfect for sharing with friends and family of two to three, this platter, and served with a side of fried potatoes, salad, and tzatziki. Another substantial dish is the classic grilled platter of Souvlaki ($20) that showcases juicy grilled meat skewers served with chips and tzatziki salad. Zorba's version features the traditional Greek selection; Argentinean air-flown Black Angus striploin, Iberico pork, and Brazilian chicken breast. The meats are marinated for 48 hours in a proprietary blend of spices before being grilled to perfection, making for a full-flavoured and tender bite.
An all-time favourite, the Htapothi Sti Skhara ($30) features a heritage recipe from the isles of Greece. The octopus is first tenderised by hand as the chef beats it with a smooth rock, after which it is sprinkled with salt water and rubbed with the same rock in a circular motion until the tentacles curl up. The octopus is then slow grilled atop a low-burning charcoal fire with sea-salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, for a delicate smoky char.
Other noteworthy grilled items include Tsipoura ($32), which utilises sea bream flown in from Greece. The ancient Greeks held the sea bream or 'Orata' (Italian for 'golden') in high regard due to the golden flecks in its eyes, and it was frequently offered to the goddess Aphrodite for its attractiveness and meaty flesh. Keeping the seasoning light and clean, the fish is drizzled with lemon, garlic and olive oil and grilled on a plancha for a meal worthy of a deity.
Aside from pristine seafood and quality cuts of meat, the Greeks are equally known for their saccharine desserts. Fit for any sweet-tooth, Greek Baklava ($12) presents a rich sweet flaky pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and held together with honey. Another dessert staple includes Yiaourti Me Meli ($8) - Greek yoghurt with lashes of honey and crunchy walnuts.
Along with the great tasting food, Zorba also serves Katogi Averoff wines from Metsovo by the bottle to further enhance the Mediterranean experience.
Grand and majestic, Royal Taj at The Barracks Hotel Singapore presents the sumptuous regal feast prepared with age-old recipes. Where the authentic flavours from the kitchens of different states in India will be a delight for everyone in the family.
Savour the finest Indian and International cuisines in a spacious and family-friendly ambience with an à la carte lunch fare and a generous dinner buffet.
Dine like royalty as you appreciate Indian culinary flavours endowed with a contemporary twist.
From vegetarian to non-vegetarian kebabs cooked to perfection in the traditional clay tandoor, Indian curries & bread and the all-time favourites ‘Butter Chicken’ and ‘Mutton Rogan Josh’, our menu caters to the palettes of everyone in the family.
Experience the elegant indoor dining experience with a warm attentive service as you immerse in the gourmet journey of the Royal Taj.
Live the high life at 1-V:U, Southeast Asia’s Latest Rooftop Lifestyle Destination
Soak up the sun and celebrate every one of life’s moment at Sentosa island’s latest rooftop lifestyle destination, 1-V:U. Perched atop the roof of The Outpost Hotel, the premier day-to-night beachfront playground features a coastal-luxe Day Club and a smart-casual progressive Asian Restaurant helmed by Chef Ace Tan.
1-V:U leads the progression of South-East Asian beach club culture by being the first of many of its kind: It is the country’s first Day Club concept to occupy the entire rooftop of a luxury hotel property, as well as being Sentosa Island’s first and only rooftop vibe dining destination. Overlooking the Palawan Beach and stunning views of the Singapore Straits, 1-V:U elevates island party life from day to night with its exciting entertainment line-up of international and local DJs, creative culinary artistry and world-class bar program.
It is truly the perfect oasis for all sun-seekers and epicureans seeking an escape from the city.
Reinvigorate at their adult-exclusive Day Club, where vibrant entertainment and sleek dance sound meet breathtaking views.
1-V:U is an exquisite oasis for sun-seekers seeking an escape from the city bustle. With daily DJ sessions on deck bringing Deep House and Soulful beats all the way from day to night, 1-V:U is where it’s at for the endless summer vibes. Cool off with their signature cocktails in hand, dig into their dayclub bites and groove to poolside beats as you take in the unparalleled panorama of the island.
The Barracks Hotel Sentosa is now open to greet and host guests from Singapore and all around the world. Once an old artillery barrack, now refurbished as a hotel. While The Barracks Hotel Sentosa may be rich in history, but the stories of tomorrow are yours to write.
Once a military outpost in 1904, this heritage building has been meticulously restored as The Barracks Hotel Sentosa. The Barracks Hotel Sentosa takes guests back to a cherished time of romance and charm, offering exquisite service with attention to every detail, and an overall timeless experience. Luxury of space is evident in its 40 well-designed guestrooms and suites. The décor is sophisticated and elegant, befitting of the hotel’s colonial past.
Set amidst the tranquillity and privacy of the heritage buildings, an exclusive pool provides the idyllic setting for guests to take a dip or lounge with a classic cocktail. The rooms on the ground level have direct access to the pool and semi-private jacuzzi at The Barracks Hotel Sentosa.
Viva Pilates Sentosa is an independently-owned and managed boutique Pilates Studio at Quayside Isle, Sentosa Island.
The only Reformer Pilates studio on Sentosa Island, Viva Pilates Sentosa's light-filled, exclusively custom-designed space is fitted with Pilates Reformers and Stability chairs and they run classes daily from 6am to 10pm.
Viva Pilates offer Group, Private, Pre-Natal, Athletic Conditioning for men and Pilates for Golfers Reformer Classes. Designed to tone and challenge your body, strengthen your core muscle groups, improve your posture, increase your flexibility and overall body efficiency.
Their studio is proudly home to a team of Fully Certified Instructors educated by the renowned Merrithew Organization in the Anatomy based STOTT PILATES® method.
Their team is qualified to design programs to best help you attain wellness through the Meaningful and empowering movement Pilates provides, each programme is tailored to meet your individual needs to maximise your progress. Find out more about their packages / classes here.
Located within the newly-opened Village Hotel at Sentosa, Native Kitchen takes diners on a culinary adventure with an island-inspired menu featuring the best of land and sea, prepared with a tropical twist. Celebrate the lifestyle of Asian and Polynesian islands with Native Kitchen's take on a number of culinary favourites, while embracing the culture of togetherness with communal dining options.
Native Kitchen appeals to guests and diners from all around the world - travellers, families, locals, business executives and leisure-seekers - looking to soak in the easy tropical vibe and savour a truly delectable experience.
Guests can tuck into the best of land and sea with a tropical twist. From the land, key signatures include a hearty Big Kahuna Burger, a savoury Mojo Pork Cubano Sandwich and comforting Bebek Goreng. From the sea, the refreshing island ceviche, Misoyaki Butterfish and Steamed Barramundi are not to be missed. Guests looking for Singaporean flavours are also treated to local staples such as Native Kitchen's Nasi Lemak, Hainan Island Chicken Rice and Singapura Laksa. Also available are a selection of Grilled Meats, Fish & Seafood, great for sharing.
Diners can round off their tropical feast with refreshing Native Rejuvenators and Smoothies or refreshing desserts such as the Ginger Zinger Juice Rejuvenator, Mango Lassi Smoothie, Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Hula Pie. Those looking for a good time will also be able to choose from a selection of Cocktails, Mocktails, Spirits, Beers, Wines, and other refreshing beverages.
Singapore's first ever full-scale virtual reality theme park has landed on Sentosa Island! With different themes and 11 extreme attractions to choose from, a thrilling adventure awaits you at HeadRock VR.
Have you ever imagined yourself rafting across extremely strong currents, firing at enemies while precariously balancing off the edge of a high-rise building and bracing yourself against a stormy blizzard that threatens to blow you away?
Opening for the first time ever in Singapore is one of the biggest virtual reality theme parks in Southeast Asia - HeadRock VR promises to bring out the adventurer in you with an unforgettable, larger-than-life experience.
Once a military outpost in 1904, this heritage building has been meticulously restored as The Barracks Hotel. The Barracks Hotel at Sentosa takes guests back to a cherished time of romance and charm, offering exquisite service with attention to every detail, and an overall timeless experience. Luxury of space is evident in its 40 well-designed guestrooms and suites. The décor is sophisticated and elegant, befitting of the hotel’s colonial past.
Set amidst the tranquillity and privacy of the heritage buildings, an exclusive pool provides the idyllic setting for guests to take a dip or lounge with a classic cocktail. The suites on the ground level have direct access to the pool and private jacuzzi at The Barracks Hotel.
Opening soon in April 2019, Village Hotel at Sentosa is the newest addition to the Village brand by Far East Hospitality.
It is also one of the three hotels with a combined 839 rooms which are expected to open in Sentosa mid next year, aiming mostly to serve the mid-tier market and attract local staycation enthusiasts.
Village Hotel at Sentosa delivers a unique experience for families, as well as leisure and meeting groups, providing opportunities to discover the rich culture and heritage of its surroundings. The cosy 606-room hotel is decorated in sun-washed hues of nature by the sea. From design, ambience to the choice of furnishings, Village Hotel at Sentosa delivers a unique offering on the island with brand new amenities and activities.
Surrounded by exciting retail and dining options at the Mess Hall, the adjacent Events Centre also offers over 800 square metres of flexible meeting space, making it a choice for corporate retreats, meetings and social events.
Three hotels with a combined 839 rooms are expected to open in Sentosa in 2019, aiming mostly to serve the mid-tier market and drawing more local staycation enthusiasts. Far East Hospitality is the operator of these three new properties.
The hotels, found in the Palawan area of Sentosa, will be located just a stone's throw away from the Imbiah monorail station and across the road from Universal Studios Singapore. They span about 45,000 sqm - or the size of 4.5 football fields.
The Outpost Hotel at Sentosa presents a trendy island getaway for adults and couples. Inspired by Sentosa's Heritage as a colonial military base, The Outpost Hotel transports guests back to a time of exploration and discovery. The 193 guestrooms are a stylish interpretation of colonial black and white design, with crisp lines and a sharply contrasting palette. With its own rooftop pool and bar, The Outpost Hotel offers a picturesque backdrop for evening cocktails, candlelit dinners and intimate celebrations.
The restaurant on the hotel's rooftop allows a panoramic view as you bask in the beautiful sunset and enjoy the daily firework displays from Wings of Time. Surrounded by exciting retail and dining options at the Mess Hall, the adjacent Events Centre also offers over 800 square metres of flexible meeting space, making it a choice for corporate retreats, meetings and social events.
The National Parks Board (NParks) launched Singapore’s first turtle hatchery at the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park in end-September. The hatchery is strategically located on Small Sister’s Island, a protected area zoned for conservation and research. There are two species of turtles that are native to Singapore – the Hawksbill Turtle and Green Sea Turtle – both of which are critically endangered.
Supported by HSBC’s 150th anniversary Community Fund through the Garden City Fund, the hatchery will also provide research opportunities for scientists to study local sea turtle populations. Outreach and education programmes will also be organised at the hatchery.
The turtle hatchery consists of two sections: A turtle field station and an incubation sand pit area. The turtle field station is a hub for hatchery-related activities, volunteer training, as well as curated educational and research programmes. The incubation sand pit area comprises three non-magnetic metal cages, where the turtle eggs will be kept. The cages will be partially buried in the sand and will protect the incubating eggs against predators, such as monitor lizards.
After a 6-month transformation, the revamped eatery presents a revitalized dining experience for diners of all ages – with a bigger dining space inclusive of a water play area and a bolder menu with authentic, hearty Italian fare and creative reinterpretations of classic cocktails.
Long-time fans of Trapizza can also look forward to its signature wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas, pastas and desserts.
The National Parks Board (NParks) and JTC Corporation are working on the undersea housing for marine life project at the Sisters' Islands Marine Park, which will see 10m high structures placed in the waters by the end of the year. They will be made from concrete and recycled rocks from JTC's other projects. The marine park will get an additional 500 sq m of reef area to support existing habitat enhancement and reef restoration efforts to conserve marine biodiversity.
The idea is to transform bare seabed into a thriving marine ecosystem by giving corals a place to take root, and in turn attract fish and other sea life.
Singapore is home to more than 250 species of hard corals, about one-third of the worldwide diversity.
Panamericana is a casual bar-grill concept that celebrates the rich cultures and cuisines of the 14 countries along the sprawling Pan-American Highway stretching through the North, Central and South Americas. The 6,000 square feet destination within the Sentosa Golf Club is set against a panoramic view of the Singapore Straits.
With the asador at its heart, the menu specialises in “farm-to-fire” cuisine–offering succulent grilled whole meats, alongside fresh seafood and regional street food. The Panamericana experience includes a standout beverage programme that focuses on signature and classic cocktails from across the Americas, as well as fuss-free booze-and-juice options and large-format “explosion serves”; along with an extensive range of wines, beers and spirits. The extensive list is a 21st century reflection of North American and Latin American drinking cultures curated for Singapore.
Sip away with their special brew, the Panamericana beer, which is a cross between a Summer Ale and Pilsener or try their "Grown-Up Fanta".... Let's just say it will be hard to go without alcohol at this new joint.
Panamericana will be open for Brunch every Saturday and Sunday between 9am to 3pm.
Subway® Fresh Forward Restaurant has landed in Singapore. The new restaurant design includes a modern layout, new technology features and menu innovations.
The new Subway® Fresh Forward design is currently in 157 locations across 15 countries around the world. There are currently 90 locations in various stages of construction and 166 restaurants in the design phase. With this Subway Fresh Forward design, the Subway® team has improved each aspect of the customer experience. The outlet at The Clementi Mall is the first Subway® Fresh Forward restaurant in Singapore. Customers can enjoy the enhanced features of the Fresh Forward design in 20 Subway® Singapore restaurants by end of this year.
The Subway® Fresh Forward design welcomes a distinctive “S” Choice Mark, easily identified at a glance, alongside fun interpretations of the brand’s quality ingredients playfully captured in wall art pieces in store. The restaurant is designed to offer guests an enhanced Subway® experience, delivering a vibrant color palette, with a dynamic digital menu, and a flexible, comfortable environment for dine in or on the go.
Each aspect of customer experience was improved to exceed guest expectations. Specifically, the Subway® Fresh Forward restaurants will sport a brand-new Choice Mark dining area, state-of-the-art equipment with modern food displays for cookies, fresh baked bread and crisp vegetables, prepared by their Sandwich Artists™. Besides a personalized experience with Subway® Radio and the restaurant’s advanced freestyle drink dispensing machine, customers will also be able to enjoy added convenience with cashless payment options, including Apple and Samsung Pay, complimentary Wi-Fi and multiple charging sockets available in stores.
The Subway® Fresh Forward design also incorporates eco-friendly initiatives. Beyond energy-efficient LED lighting and water-saving appliances, the refreshed wall coverings and moulding are made with 34 per cent recycled content and water-based inks, and 90 per cent recycled materials respectively.
With its elegant yet chic setting, The Cliff dishes out an extensive selection of homemade pastas, starters, handmade desserts as well as gourmet pizzas, baked to perfection in a wood-smoked oven, all delicately paired with the finest selection of premium world’s wines.
Through tasty plates paired with classic Italian hospitality, The Cliff embodies the essence of heartwarming flavors and alluring service, a breathtaking experience and idyllic time by the sea – or as the Italian adage goes – il dolce far niente.
Get ready for an exciting voyage on the turbulent high seas and sail off on an explorer adventure at the newly-unveiled Maritime Experiential Museum on Sentosa Island.
After nine months of extensive overhaul, the Maritime Experiential Museum is the only one of its kind in Singapore reconceptualisation, this is the newest attraction on Sentosa Island and dedicated to the exploration of the iconic Maritime Silk Route.
Housing a total of 15 unique galleries including five brand new zones featuring never-before-seen content and installations, the revamped attraction will engage the senses of guests through a combination of state-of-the-art visual projections, multimedia shows, interactive hands-on exhibits, olfactory experiences and plenty of stunning Instagram-worthy displays.
Greeted by the four world-famous seafarers with holographic effect in the Briefing Room, guests will embark on the maritime adventure through the eyes of Marco Polo, the merchant from Venice; Sang Nila Utama, Palembang prince and founder of Singapura; Ibn Battuta, Moroccan scholar and explorer; and Zheng He, Chinese admiral and fleet commander.
After a glimpse into how maritime trade and cross-cultural exchanges contribute to the progress of civilisation and shape the world today, guests enter the immersive Learning To Navigate chamber – an all-new interactive gallery designed like a lower deck of a ship. Guests can try their hand at reading nautical charts, navigate a mariner’s compass or learn more about the ancient art of celestial navigation. Replicas and projections of early trading vessels that ply the Maritime Silk Route, such as the Chinese Junk, Javanese Jong and Borobudur Ship, offer awe-inspiring 360-degree views and fascinating details on the construction of these sturdy ships.
Next, a vibrant marketplace at The Flavours of Maritime Silk Route depicts how precious merchandise such as silk, spices and gemstones were so highly sought after that traders were willing to risk their lives for them.
Guests can continue their journey and marvel at the Jewel of Muscat – designed like a 9th century Arabian Dhow – which made a tumultuous 138-day voyage from Oman to Singapore in 2010 using ancient navigational methods with a crew of 15. The immersive Typhoon Theater, a must-see anchor attraction, simulates a sinking ship in a treacherous storm, letting guests face the wrath of the sea before descending into the depths of the ocean.
Spanish frozen yogurt chain llaollao with a 4-year presence in Singapore, has closed down here and made way for Yolé, another European froyo brand.
D+1 Holding, the company that is the master franchisee of llaollao in Singapore, has terminated the master franchise of Singapore with llaollao Spain and ceased the operations of llaollao in Singapore. It has since acquired the rights to Yolé and converted all 29 llaollao outlets islandwide to the new brand last month.
Yolé embodies youthfulness, fun and dynamism. The brand’s core foundation lies strongly in the creative innovation of 4 fundamental product lines; mainly original frozen yogurt, multi-flavoured yogurt and soft ice cream, blended smoothies, and specialty desserts.
At Yolé , they give you the ultimate control to have it your way and customize your own dessert so they taste as good as they are for you. Choose between their original or flavoured frozen yogurt and top off your delectable dessert with fruits, all-time snack favourites and well-known sauces from Spain.
Be excited about what’s coming next as they combine the dual concept of traditional and natural ways of creating tastes with the innovation of flavours.
The West Java Tourism Promotion Board (WJTPB) which previously had a representative office in Kuala Lumpur, has now relocated with a representative office in Singapore so to attract more arrivals to Bandung and surrounding areas.
Whether your interests include history, culture, arts, nature, adventure or relaxing on a sandy beach. From natural wonders to spectacular attractions and world-class services, you will find all this and more in West Java!
WJTPB's objective is to promote West Java as an outstanding tourist destination. They aim to showcase West Java's unique wonders, attractions and cultures; develop domestic tourism and enhance West Java's share of the market for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE). Their ultimate goal is to increase the number of foreign tourists to West Java, extend the average length of their stay and so increase West Java's tourism revenue.
Among the new exhibits visitors can explore is an immersive 3D virtual reality dive experience along the coral reefs at the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park. They can also observe life between the tides through a mangrove mesocosm, likely one of the first of its kind in the region, where mangroves are planted under controlled conditions to mirror the natural environment as closely as possible. Besides providing an opportunity for visitors to learn more about mangrove habitats, the mesocosm will also allow researchers or schools to conduct observations or simple experiments.
Another new exhibit is a viewing pool where visitors can study sea anemones, sea cucumbers, feather stars and other intertidal organisms up close. The Public Gallery will also feature aquariums for visitors to admire coral reef organisms such as sea fans, sponges and reef fish, and learn about NParks’ coral conservation efforts.
Singapore’s first Marine Park spans about 40 hectares, encompassing Sisters’ Islands and the western reefs of both St John’s Island and Pulau Tekukor. The Sisters’ Islands Marine Park serves as a platform for outreach, educational, conservation and research activities related to our native marine biodiversity. The location was chosen due to its variety of habitats including coral reefs, sandy shores and seagrass areas.
NParks developed and curated the St John’s Island Trail to encourage public appreciation for its rich biodiversity and the history of St John’s Island and Sisters’ Islands Marine Park. The trail is part of NParks’ outreach initiatives on marine biodiversity under NParks’ Nature Conservation Masterplan, which consolidates Singapore’s biodiversity conservation efforts to help achieve Singapore’s City in a Garden vision.
The 2.8 km St John’s Island Trail comprises 15 stations marked with signboards that serve as both station markers and educational resources, highlighting the diversity of flora and fauna as well as the island’s colourful history.
St John’s Island is rich in local history. Since 1604, the island was marked on explorers’ maps. The island was planted extensively with crops in the mid-19th century, before it became a quarantine centre. In 1948, parts of the island were converted into a detention centre for political prisoners such as C. V. Devan Nair, who later became Singapore’s third President. From the 1970s onwards, the island has been mainly used for recreation and is popular with beach-goers and picnickers. Today, it serves as a base for marine research.
When you are on the island, try spotting Singapore’s tallest bird (1.15 m), the Great-billed Heron. It uses its dagger-like bill to spear large fish. This species is locally critically-endangered due to habitat loss.
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) officially opened The Island Defence Training Institute, a new training institute at Clementi Camp on 31st July where up to 18,000 active soldiers and national servicemen (NSmen) will be trained in counter-terrorism and homeland security.
A further 15,000 personnel every year will undergo training for other island defence roles.
The training will focus on further developing individual skill sets acquired from the SAF's current urban operations training, and adapting them to homeland security operations. The training will cover: (i) scenario-based simulation and live-firing for homeland security operations; (ii) search and arrest procedures to be undertaken by SAF personnel; (iii) knowledge of legal powers and rights of private defence; and (iv) retractable truncheon drills. NS units will undergo refresher training during their In-Camp Training (ICT) so that their skills are kept current and they can be readily deployed for operations.
To ensure that training is realistic and effective, the IDTI will leverage training technology such as Judgmental Video Simulation Training at the Infantry Gunnery and Tactical Simulator, which has been updated to include multiple homeland security operations scenarios. Conducted in 50m ranges, this training puts soldiers through simulated homeland security operations scenarios, and exercises their ability to decide to shoot or not depending on whether the target is friend or foe. This increases operational readiness by allowing soldiers to exercise their thinking and decision-making processes in a highly immersive environment, and better prepares them to manage complex homeland security operations.
Located off Venus Drive at the Upper Thomson area, the 75-hectare Windsor Nature Park is a green buffer for the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
Visitors can explore new trails including the specially curated Hanguana Trail and the Drongo Trail. The Hanguana Trail is lined with rare native plants, some of which are named after Singapore. The Drongo Trail features a sub-canopy walk where visitors can catch a glimpse of the fauna that are found under the canopy level, in addition to examining the understorey of the regenerating secondary forest.
Discover other highlights of Windsor Nature Park such as a marsh habitat and several freshwater streams by hiking on the restored trails and new boardwalks. Visitors can also join workshops to learn about Singapore’s natural heritage and ongoing biodiversity conservation efforts at the visitor pavilion.
Singapore's first 50m-tall bungy tower on Siloso Beach Sentosa will be opening soon. The new attraction is AJ Hackett Sentosa, a 2,500 sq m adventure playground with various features that meet different appetites for thrills.
AJ Hackett Sentosa will also be their first site globally to offer a full-time commercial vertical skywalk, which will allow visitors to walk vertically 44m down the centre shaft of the tower while supported by static ropes. This is similar to systems used by military and uniformed forces for training. The structure has other exciting components like the 47-meter high Double Bungy jump decks, Duo Giant Swings from a height of 40 meters and at a speed of over 100km/h or take in a panaoramic view of Siloso beach from their Skybridge which is 40 meters long and 50 metres above ground.