Whether you’re finally over the Pokemon Go craze or if you just happen to be one of the few who adamantly refuses to succumb to its wily charms, there are still plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained while your devoted Pokebuddies are running around fields and dodging moving cars. Here’s a list of suggestions on what you can do when you’re ready to throw in the towel after encountering your 200th Ratata or when your companion has left you behind in pursuit of a Snorlax.
Get your Music On
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From Baybeats to ZoukOut, Singapore is quickly becoming home to a diverse lineup of both homegrown and international music festivals. Throw down your dance moves at the upcoming EDM mecca that is Ultra Music Festival, let loose to an amalgamation of arts and indie music at Neon Lights 2016 in November and if you’re a cold-brew kinda person, tis the time to start dusting off your flower crown for St Jerome’s Laneway Festival that will once again hit our shores come January 2017. For something a little more mellow and laid back, you can always head over to the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre to catch an intimate performance by local emerging talents who take to the stage on weekends.
Pick Up a New Hobby
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It's never too late to discover new hobbies and expand your repertoire of interests and what better time to do it than when you’re being ignored by your Pokemon-obsessed peers. Fulfil your dreams of finally learning how to play the ukulele at Maestro Guitar’s group classes, reconnect with nature by exploring some of Singapore’s trekking trails, pick up horse riding at Gallop Stable or realign your chakras and up your flexibility amidst Mother Nature and her offspring through an outdoor yoga class. Yoga in the Park and Green Yoga are two studios that currently offer this class.
Indulge in Retail Therapy
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A time honoured method of beating the boredom blues, shopping is a fantastic way to kill time and Singapore is a pretty great place to do it. Pick up groceries, knick-knacks, gadgets, beauty products and more at Mustafa Centre - 24-hour shopping mall that is packed to the rafters with eclectic finds. For lovers of bargains and vintage, flea markets are a treasure hunters paradise and thankfully enough, an increasingly common occurrence around Singapore. For the crowd-averse, online shopping is still very much in the picture and with platforms such as Saleduck offering the latest deals and vouchers to your favourite e-tailers, the prospects of saving and scoring awesome bargains while shopping online are even greater. A major plus point is that you don’t risk the chance of being barrelled into by an aspiring trainer who’s eyes are glued to his phone.
Rediscover Old Singapore
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Singapore is still very much a young country but it carries a rich historical heritage that has been beautifully preserved across the years. Go on a mini vacation back in time by reacquainting yourself with some of these spots. Chinatown is a great place to begin your historical tour of Singapore with attractions such as the Heritage Museum and Buddha Tooth Relic temple. Take a guided walking tour or explore it on your own, stumbling across hidden gems as you move along. Kampong Glam is a always fun to visit and we’re constantly in awe of how it perfectly marries the hip and contemporary with old world Singapore.
Get into the Halloween Spirit
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Psyche yourself up for Halloween with an onslaught of mad and macabre events this October. For something quietly creepy, ghost story readings at KPO Cafe Bar on the 29th of October will mesmerise and chill you to the bone with folkloric tales while Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights promises to offer petrifying scares inspired by Singapore’s ghostly history. If you’re not too fond of the idea of having your wits frightened out of you but still want to get in on the fun, Zouk’s Scream Diner Halloween bash will have you dancing away amidst demented decorations as you sip on horror-themed cocktails. Just try to avoid any grinding ghouls hoping to get fresh and you’re golden.