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.
Jurong Lake has been transformed into a venue for recreation and community bonding, where a stage and viewing promenade provide a scenic location for community events. One of Jurong Lake’s unique sustainable features is the largest man-made floating wetland in Singapore. The floating wetlands not only play a part in maintaining the water quality in the reservoir but also create a natural habitat for the wildlife.
Visitors can take a walk along the boardwalk to enjoy the scenic views of the lake and admire the flora and fauna thriving on the floating wetlands. Water activities such as kayaking and dragon boating can also be enjoyed on the lake through programmes by Passion Wave @ Jurong Lake Gardens operated by People’s Association.
Spanning a whopping 131 metres along Bali Lane and 107 metres along Ophir Road, the five-metre high Hall of Fame is Singapore's largest art outdoor gallery and is also set to become one of the most prominent street art experiences in the region. Originally erected as noise barriers for ongoing construction works, the metal canvases will become an evolving stage for the best muralists from Singapore and eventually, the world.
Led by One Kampong Gelam, the association representing and supporting the interests of stakeholders in the precinct, Hall of Fame @ Kampong Gelam is an initiative that is supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Land Transport Authority, GS Engineering & Construction Corporation and Blu Jaz Cafe.
Home to traditional businesses and the iconic cultural landmarks, Sultan Mosque and the former Sultan’s palace, Kampong Gelam naturally became one of the city state’s arts and cultural hubs. It was gazetted as a conservation area in 1989 and was a popular spot for catching performances like wayang kulit and ketoprak in the past.
Over the decades, artists, musicians, and business owners have maintained an organic growth for the thriving and diverse urban arts hub we know today. Murals and street art sprouted in Kampong Gelam as early as 2010, many of which were commissions pioneered by business owners. The addition of Southeast Asia’s first official graffiti Hall of Fame strengthens Kampong Gelam’s position as Singapore’s leading street art precinct and the country’s largest open-air gallery.
The newest playgarden in Singapore, COMO Adventure Grove is inspired by the distinctive parts of trees found within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and is a modern interpretation on the timeless experience of climbing and playing on trees.
At COMO Adventure Grove, children can swing, slide and climb on structures resembling the aerial roots of the Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina), scramble over the warty surface of a giant Cempedak (Artocarpus integer) or roll and hop around the pod and seeds of a Saga tree (Adenanthera pavonina). These adaptive components will help introduce children to nature through play.
The COMO Adventure Grove is set within nature, so children can connect with nature through play and exploration. It will enable children to choose how and what to play with, thus developing a sense of adventure and discovery, and increasing their independence.
We can all look forward to a new Kallang Tennis Centre (KTC) by the end of 2022!
The KTC will be the showpiece of a vibrant sporting hub, with tennis at its heart, and other facilities for all to enjoy. This includes first class facilities to host future tennis events, and community-oriented features with common spaces for family and friends.
The centre will feature up to 12 outdoor and 7 indoor courts and will integrate green replacements into spaces such as the rooftop, outdoor boulevard and event plaza.
Managed by Camelot Pte Ltd, Lower Seletar Water Sports Centre is located in the heart of Lower Seletar Reservoir. Take a trip down and enjoy the calm and peaceful turqoise waters. Get in touch and connect with nature, spot some of the common wildlife inhabitants such as the White-bellied sea eagle, Peacock bass, Collared Kingfisher and Golden-Apple snails!
Embark on your water sports journey with them! Rent a kayak with them to explore the waters and spot the common wildlife here. If you have a dragonboat team, try out their latest SWIFT Racing IDBF dragonboat with your team today!
Lower Seletar Water Sports Centre is a perfect location to spend quality time with your friends, families and colleagues. Lower Seletar Water Sports Centre offers water enthusiasts a range of activities, from kayak hires to dragonboat training, our watersports centre has something for everyone!
Get in touch with their friendly sales person today for facilities rental or book your slots via their Picktime app!
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.
NParks have a new Therapeutic Garden at Punggol Waterway Park! Bask in the tranquillity of the garden while enjoying a scenic view of the waterway. You can also interact with therapeutic elements that can help improve one’s mental wellbeing, such as the fragrant and brightly-coloured native plants and flowers.
This is the sixth therapeutic garden in Singapore, and the first in the north east! By 2030, this sunny island will have 30 therapeutic gardens that will offer health and wellness benefits through greenery.
Together with therapeutic horticulture programmes involving plants and nature, visitors can experience a range of health benefits such as the relief of mental fatigue, reduced stress and an overall improvement to emotional well-being.
Outside+ is excited to announce their store collaboration with Melissa at ION Orchard!
Outside was launched in 2017 with the purpose of bridging the gap between people and nature. Outside believes that going outdoors is not about reaching the peak of the mountain but about appreciating the beauty of nature in all its wonder. Their vision as an outdoor-lifestyle brand is to be the one-stop shop for nature lovers who don’t conform to the norm. They bring in upscale, contemporary brands from all over the world that believe in the importance of lifelong sustainability and make them locally available.
With stimulating drive to bridge the gap between people and nature is what Outside is all about. A quirky & trendy outdoor-lifestyle concept store, Outside at Marina Square believes that going outdoor is not about reaching the peak of the mountain, it is not about exhaustion or competition. It is about appreciating every little thing of nature's beauty: in other words, going outside is the epitome of pleasure.
Outside is developed to be the first unconventional outdoor and lifestyle store in Singapore to give everyone a friendly access to enjoy outdoor, from climbing the mountains, going to the beach or taking a relaxing stroll in the park.
If you live in or near Bukit Gombak and love gardening, you can apply for 70 allotment gardening plots at the new Bukit Gombak Park which will be opened in early 2020. Applications will be open for online application from 5 January 2020, 10am to 19 January 2020, 10pm. The park is located at Bukit Batok West Avenue 5, opposite Bukit Batok Driving Centre. Plots will be allocated by computerised balloting.
To foster a love for gardening, NParks introduced the Allotment Gardening Scheme as part of their Community in Bloom (CIB) programme. CIB is a nationwide gardening movement which aims to bring together residents, young and old, in creating community gardens. With Allotment Gardens situated near HDB residential estates, these plots are widely accessible to the community. Today, more than 1,000 allotment gardening plots have been introduced in 11 parks islandwide.
At Weber, they pride themselves on two things: making grills that last and providing a lifetime of excellent customer service. Their Weber Asia Customer Service team provides service in 5 languages. Visit the newest Weber Store on Sixth Avenue.
Weber have been celebrating perfect BBQs since 1952 with their superior know-how, unique range of products and our enthusiasm for all things 'Weber'. No other barbecue manufacturer can boast such a wealth of experience and knowledge as Weber. In the same way they invented the kettle barbecue in Chicago from a simple marine buoy, they continue to develop the whole world of barbecuing bit by bit every day.
As one of the world's leading providers with the most comprehensive range of products and services in the industry, today Weber is internationally synonymous with barbecuing innovation, perfect barbecue products and the ultimate barbecue experience. With offices in over 40 countries on all continents, they continue to promote the Weber BBQ culture around the world.
It is located about 10 minutes' walk from Yishun MRT station and it is free for the public and opens daily from 9am to 10pm.
The water park has an area of 5,600 sq m. It consists of three main zones of water play, including a circular 3.5m-tall water curtain and features giant boardgame pieces. The play pool is suitable for children aged two to 12.
Liv Activ is a multi-sport lifestyle retailer for the contemporary athlete. Their brands are carefully hand-picked for the disciplines they primarily focus on. Their products sit at the intersection of performance sports and an active lifestyle, enabling their customers to traverse urban and natural landscapes with ease.
They frequently use and test the gear they sell and they stand behind their products with a 100% quality guarantee. They seek out the right gear for your active lifestyle! Visit their newest outlet at Velocity@Novena Square.
Gardens by the Bay's new outdoor garden attraction, Serene Garden, is a unique horticultural garden inspired by the minimalist concept of Japanese zen gardens. A tranquil 2-hectare space located just a stone’s throw from The Meadow, visitors can get a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of the city life as they enjoy an intimate encounter with nature.
Serene Garden, a calm and peaceful green space is just a short stroll away from the popular Supertree Grove. Taking 3 years to conceptualise and build, the outdoor themed garden offers scenic views of the city's beautiful skyline as its backdrop while bringing visitors closer to nature — truly a uniquely Singaporean experience.
Serene Garden is open daily from 5.00am to 2.00am to the public and admission is free. Read more about Serene Garden here.
Buds by Shangri-La Hotel is an interactive play space for children to sing, bake, perform and party. It has a huge indoor and outdoor playground for kids and it isn’t just for Shangri-La Hotel's hotel guests; it welcomes the public, too.
One of the best ways for children to learn is through play, and the curated play space at Buds by Shangri-La will allow them just that. Not only will they learn in a creative environment, the self-directed and experiential activities offered at Buds will also let them have lots of fun while doing so!
For children 4 years and up, the Explorer Zone is the ultimate indoor playground. The five play areas feature slides, climbing and swinging structures, air blasters for shooting foam balls, a large ball pit, and a sand-play area. As for children under the age of four, the dedicated soft-play Toddler Zone will offer them a safe place to play, keeping them fully engaged with vintage kiddy rides, slides, a ball pit, and even an interactive piano floor.
The three themed activity spaces at Buds offer lots of room for creativity and imagination. The Muddy room is perfect for budding artists who like to make a splash. Here, your children can indulge in painting with glow-in-the-dark paints, with the walls as their canvases.
The Stage room is a music studio for burgeoning performers. The little ones get to choose from a wide selection of songs, complete with the appropriate getup to complement the performance. The friendly staff will also assist with recording your child’s very own music video, and you get to keep the music video as a memento in the form of a thumb drive.
The best way to bond is where you and your child spend time together, and the Bake room provides that and more. Bake is a fully equipped cooking classroom where your and your child can learn to bake together, with classes held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Looking for a space to host a birthday party? The Party Room is perfect for just that. The playful décor and ambient lights illuminate the room, taking your birthday party to the next level!
Buds by Shangri-La has a whole outdoor area dedicated to just that: The Splash Pads at the Outdoor Playground. Aptly located beside the Giant Pirate Ship, the little ones can cool down at the splash pads or the free-form pool nearby after conquering the challenging climbs and slides at the giant pirate ship.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden has doubled in size with a new two-hectare extension that includes new attractions and programmes geared towards youngsters up to 14 years old.
This will allow families with older children to immerse in nature as they explore the different eco-systems simulated in this new extension. It aims to expose children to and help them understand the ecology of plants through nature play and experiential learning. Prior to the extension, the Garden catered to children up to 12 years old.
The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is the first garden in Asia dedicated to children. Its theme of ‘Life on Earth Depends on Plants’ aims to educate and instil a love for nature in children. The Garden is a complete nature-learning environment, where children can delve deeper into the ecology of plants and our environment through discovery and experiential learning.
The Garden offers children a space for exploration, adventure and play, with a farm, an orchard, and a forest with its own stream and ponds. Young adventure seekers can explore the suspension bridge and nature play areas; budding naturalists can walk along the stream and climb into the tree-houses; and all urban gardeners can observe how plants grow and pick up some gardening tips! Be an ‘Adventurer’, ‘Gardener’ or ‘Naturalist’ for a day at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden by following these carefully curated trails.
Located in Woodlands, Admiralty Park is the largest park in the north. It is situated on hilly terrain with Sungei Cina river running through it, and houses the largest nature area within an urban park. The enhanced 7-ha urban area now features 26 slides – the most number of slides in any park in Singapore! The widest slide and the longest slide in a public park can be found here.
The playground capitalises on the undulating terrain to site the three main play areas – Junior Play, Adventure Play and the Family Terracing Play – catering to children of all ages and featuring diverse play equipment that encourage group and multi-generation interactions.
Admiralty Park also features an inclusive playground, as part of an initiative announced by NParks in 2015. Inclusive playgrounds provide the physical structure, or ‘hardware’, that supports play between children with and without special needs.
The 20-ha nature area encompasses a diverse mix of secondary forest, mangrove, riverine and open grassland habitats, and is home to more than 100 species of flora and fauna. With several trails within the 20-hectare nature area, visitors can discover the different species living in the forest, spot hordes of dragonflies and observe monkeys in their natural habitat. Alternatively, emerge from the secondary forest near the car park and admire the butterflies and different species of birds as you walk through the grassland. The walking trail also showcases interesting flora like the Putat Kampung Tree and climbers like Hedgehog Rattan, an increasingly rare plant in Singapore. The nature area will be open to public by December 2017.
Diggersite is a fun destination and has brought its one-of-a-kind edutainment centre indoor with a new branch set up at Suntec City.
Diggersite offers a unique experience for families and kids! It is a one-of-a-kind edutainment centre that provides realistic experience in operating small scale construction machinery. The recreational and educational digger rides will also help children develop skills such as hand-eye coordination, which forms the basic foundation for writing, crafts and other fine motor activities.
You can also visit their recently relocated new outdoor site at 91 Lorong Chencharu in Yishun.
Diggersite will definitely provide unforgettable day of fun-filled activities designed to enhance hand-eye coordination skills and at the same time fostering independence through hands-on experience in operating the machinery.
For three generations Timberland has built a reputation for making rugged outdoor gear. In 1973, they introduced the first Timberland waterproof leather boot, setting new standards for craftsmanship, durability and protection for the outdoors.
Well-crafted, dependable and authentic, it stands as a symbol for everything Timberland makes. Whether it’s for men, women or kids, Timberland gear is built with a passion for the outdoors that’s reflected in our commitment to the environment - to get you outdoors comfortably and confidently.
The North Face, an American outdoor product company specialising from technical climbing gear to outdoor clothing, has recently opened to enhance the offerings at the sports cluster at Paragon.
The North Face provides an extensive line of innovative, high-performance, technically-advanced apparel, footwear, equipment, and accessories for serious outdoor adventurers, global trekkers, and sophisticated urbanites who have one thing in common: they seek out, invest in, use, and wear the best.
Accor will this year open its first ibis Styles hotel in Singapore, called ibis Styles Singapore, where the former Hotel Windsor used to stand at the corner of MacPherson and Aljunied Roads.
ibis Styles is one of Accor's economy brands. The 298-room hotel, with a ship-like exterior, is set to open in Q4 2015.
The hotel will be complemented by MacPherson Mall, which is part of the same complex. The hotel's amenities include a 25-metre free-form swimming pool on the fourth floor, as well as a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, a pool bar, modern gym and a water feature. Its interiors have also all been refurbished with innovative designer furniture.
The Bar & Billiard Room at Raffles Hotel marks a new era with its return to a storied and sophisticated, yet relaxed bar and lounge specialising in whisky, original and imaginative cocktails, craft beers and high quality cigars.
Noted as the oldest existing bar in its original location in Singapore, the Bar & Billiard Room will now present up to 400 curated whiskies alongside an entirely new cocktail list and bar menu.
With a beautiful room and outdoor covered terraces, the unique and historic setting at Bar & Billiard Room naturally lends itself to the new evolution. The Bar & Billiard Room will also serve as an everyday meeting place as well as for special occasions.
Christoph B. Nyfeler shares his 16 years of whisky experience as Raffles Singapore’s Resident Whisky Expert. Of the 400 hand selected whiskies, many are limited editions and directly imported for the bar. The whisky list boasts a strong Scottish presence with a good selection of American bourbons and Japanese whiskies rounding off the collection.
To add special interest, Christoph will host whisky events such as whisky appreciation masterclasses and whisky dinners regularly. He can also create exclusive whisky pairing menus for groups and corporate events of up to 20 people. You can share your individual taste preferences with Christoph who will then customise a dinner menu where courses are paired with different types of single malt whiskies.
Equal attention has been given to the new whisky-led cocktails created by Raffles Singapore Restaurant and Bar Operations Manager Randolph Velasco and his award-winning bartenders. With special skills and knowledge of infused liqueurs and house-made bitters, the team have based the bar’s new concoctions on classic cocktails with a modern twist in Menu highlights include the BBR 1896, a nod to the year the Bar & Billiard Room was established. The complex cocktail is a delight for the senses; the bourbon is first fat-washed in butter for a creamy mouth feel and savoury flavour, mixed with Angostura bitters, smoked with chamomile tea leaves for a subtle, floral aroma and finally garnished with a slice of orange peel.
The Old Nick was a favourite tipple for navy officers who needed some liquid courage before heading out to sea. The Bar & Billiard Room’s version is a combination of Scotch whisky, thyme liqueur, Dom Benedictine, orange and lemon bitters. The comprehensive cocktail menu encompasses other base spirits such as gin, tequila and vodka as well. Look forward to the Miss “H”, Randolph’s take on the ubiquitous martini featuring kiwi, Cointreau, lime, and muddled kiwi fruit.
Bar bites include a selection of sophisticated nibbles and more substantial sharing plates. An array of cold and hot dishes can either be enjoyed as an accompaniment to drinks or as full-fledged meal. Menu highlights include Crabmeat Cigars, shredded fresh crab meat wrapped in vine leaves.
For a sweet finish in keeping with the bar's theme, Chocolate Whisky Stones are available in three different flavours – dark, milk and white chocolate. The chocolate is first melted down and infused with whisky before being placed in moulds to resemble the whisky stones commonly used to chill the spirit without diluting the drink.
The Bar & Billiard Room also houses one of the five original billiard tables from the turn of the century and you are invited to have a game over drinks. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the bar will feature live jazz.
Bottle Tree Park has re-opened as Orto, one of the largest privately-operated leisure parks in Singapore, covering 51,500 sqm of land in the Northern area of the island.
A treasured green lung bearing an interesting collection of tropical greenery, beds of colorful shrubs and boulders with a beautiful, scenic lake. ORTO introduces an eco-learning journey with a rich array of plants and trees. Embark on a learning escapade into nature and retreat into the fauna and flora experience with a botanical stroll.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, relax and unwind under the glorious sunshine and summer breeze. ORTO is easily accessible and conveniently located and extensive recreational and social-friendly activities in the park such as prawning, fishing and futsal makes it an ideal place for family and social gatherings. ORTO also features outdoor event venues such as The Lakehouse and The Promenade for school activities, family functions, wedding receptions, corporate events, product launches, and seminars.
The rustic yet elegant feel of the park presents a unique dining setting in this modern, urban city. Delight your senses with the serene ambience, delectable menus and gracious service in a medley of restaurants and cafes beside the lake. From scrumptious seafood to fusion cuisines, light bites or seated dining, ORTO has it all.
The Napapijri journey starts in 1987 in the shadow of Europe’s highest peak, the Monte Bianco, where an Italian manufacturer of travel bags introduced a new sensibility to outdoor apparel, combining innovative materials with close attention to style.
Today, the premium casual wear brand looks back to the great expeditions of the last century and the intrepid explorers who transformed their lives into unique journeys that inspired mankind. Napapijri is a variation of the Finnish word for the Arctic Circle and the logo, half positive and half negative, expresses the North and South Poles in graphic form. The Norwegian flag is closely linked to the brand's DNA, representing Europe’s northernmost country, the birthplace of some of the great explorers of the 20th century as well as a land of extreme conditions and magnificent landscapes.