For most of us, getting the chance to experience Singapore’s most exciting event of the year, the Singapore Airlines Grand Prix, in person is a enough to satisfy us. But for a select few, just experiencing the race isn’t enough.
In fact, every year, corporations shell out thousands to allow their employees and clients to experience the race in the utmost comfort and luxury. And it doesn’t come cheap.
Stepping into the suites, which include Formula One Paddock Club, Sky Suites, The Green Room, Lounge @ Turn 3 and the newly launched Twenty3, will cost you up to $73,000 in total.
So for the rest of us regular folk who might not ever see the inside of a hospitality concept like this, here are four things you get to experience while inside a $73,000 Singapore GP Suite:
1. Killer Views
Singapore GP will be presenting five different hospitality experiences this year and they are located at the final corner of the street circuit which is also one of the most dangerous turns of the entire track. As you can imagine, that is also the most exciting place to be seated.
Guests will be able to have unobstructed views of the race as well as Singapore’s skyline through full- length windows at the restaurants or outdoor viewing galleries.
Plus, the suites are facing the podium which mean guests are in the best position to watch the podium celebrations and the firework display.
I don’t know about you but that sounds like a whole lot better then trying to catch a glimpse of the race through the barricades or even from the televisions around the track.
2. Michelin Star meals
With the kind of luxury you enjoy at the suites, it’s only natural that one would expect the best foods. Singapore GP does not disappoint with their wide array of Michelin starred chefs and restaurants that will be catering the food.
Guests can choose between modern Chinese cuisines, fusion foods and Italian meals at the three feature restaurants. If you’re in Twenty3, you’re in for a special treat as Australian pastry chef, Andrew Bowden, will be serving up his creations at a 10-metre long dessert bar.
At this epic dessert bar, guests can enjoy their famous “Karl” chocolate cake and even a Glow In The Dark Vanilla Slice!
You can also head over to one of Twenty3’s four bars which will be serving up a wide variety of alcoholic drinks such as champagne, wines and cocktails.
And of course, with big money comes a lot of variety. As a guest at the suites, you will get to enjoy 23 different kinds of scotch whiskies any way you want it. It really does pay to be special!
3. An incredible party
Partying is great but if you’ve ever paid $73,000 to party, you’ll know that this isn’t your typical night out at Zouk .
Twenty3 will feature a two-storey Apex Lounge where guest deejay Gil Glasenberg (DJ Gil Glaze) will be playing some epic tunes for guests to party the night away as the glamorous race goes on below them.
There will be a feature bar with bespoke cocktails too so get ready to really let your hair down with this one.
Plus, since this is a $73,000 affair, it only makes sense that a kinetic light installation will be specially brought in to Singapore from Germany to stun guests. I mean, 300 light spheres hanging overhead is totally necessary to have a good time!
4. Totally customisable options
At this point, you’re probably thinking that there’s nothing more that a person could really need to have a stunning time at the race. However, you will be wrong because the suites provide you with things you couldn’t even imagine wanting let alone having.
Corporations buying out the suites this year have the option of completely customising their suites themselves.
The suite features two decor options which are Classic or Alternative.
In the Classic selection, guests can expect spaces of vibrant colours against a dramatic backdrop.
With the Alternative option, clients will get warmer and more earthy tones.
They can also deck out the space with whatever else they like and can even customise the food that will be served to their guests.
Quite frankly, if I got the chance to watch the race in this much style, I wouldn’t care if the room was totally hot pink or black, blue and orange!
So there you have it! A total behind the scenes look on these luxurious hospitality concepts.
If you’re lucky enough to be invited, enjoy it. If you’re not, take solace in the fact that most people at these events have to socialise and be professional and can’t exactly stumble around with beer on the grass while waiting to catch the incredible concerts.
If you can afford this luxury, you can book these hospitality suites by calling +65 6731 5900 or by emailing email@example.com. For more information, visit www.singaporegp.sg.
Neon Lights festival returns for a three-day celebration of the best indie acts
Singapore’s biggest indie music festival, Neon Lights, is back for a third instalment this November with a stacked line-up spanning three days. The festival returns to Fort Canning Park from November 9 to November 11, complete with headline acts and indie legends from all around the world.
After successful runs in 2015 and 2016, local indie fans were left disappointed when Neon Lights took a break last year. The organisers made a promise the festival would return in full strength in 2018 and that it did. Festival director Declan Forde said they were thrilled to be returning and had put a lot of thought into the line-up to ensure both quality and diversity so everyone could enjoy the festival to the fullest.
Kicking things off on November 9 is Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna who will be serenading the crowd in her first public performance in over a year.
Fans of Interpol are also in luck because the band from New York will be making their Asian debut with a full set on November 10.
Other acts include the likes of Caribou, Riot !n Magenta and Cigarettes After Sex amongst others. For the full line-up, as well as schedules, head on down to the website.
Neon Lights runs November 9 to November 11, 6pm to 1030pm on November 9 and 2pm to 1030pm on November 10 and 11. Individual day tickets start from $99 for adults and $25 for children and can be purchased via the website or SISTIC.
Things to do this weekend in Singapore (21 Sept – 23 Sept)
This week’s an exciting one. We’ve got a 2000-2018 dance party, art exhibitions (some all the way till 3am) and something for all you tea-lovers out there. With these many options on your plate, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
1. Art After Dark x 6th Anniversary Celebrations (21 Sept)
Celebrate Gillman Barracks’ 6th anniversary with another run of their Art After Dark! It’s the perfect way to kick off your weekend – there’ll be live performances, interactive art experiences and delicious food served all the way till 3am.
When you’re done exploring the two new gallery openings presented by Ota Fine Arts and Yavuz Gallery, or traversed through our very own Nguan’s photography, you can rock out to the tunes of Pleasantry and The Pinholes. Definitely grab that late night bite from the likes of Park Bench Deli and Handlebar.
Address: Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937
Time: 7pm onwards
Ticket pricing: Free
2. Singapore Tea Festival 2018 (21 Sept – 23 Sept)
Quench your thirst with this year’s comeback of Singapore Tea Festival. With more than a hundred blends of tea, 30 tea and tea-related brands, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
There’ll even be dialogues and workshops where you’ll about learn skills such as modern kombucha making from industry leaders. To redeem a complimentary Yixing Purple Clay glazed porcelain cup, all you’ve got to do is register at teapasar’s booth!
Address: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Time: Fri: 3PM-10PM, Sat & Sun: 10AM-10PM
Ticket pricing: Free
3. V A N I T A S Group Art Exhibition (21 Sept – 23 Sept)
This brings a group of talented women into the spotlight. Featuring six independent female artists, VANITAS is a group show which explores themes like mortality, the transience of life and the futility of pleasure.
Be wowed by the dark art styles of @sarahthursday, @erikartoon, @mothhead_, @peithedragon, @yelselogy and @sanatoriium. Remember to bring some spare cash to purchase some of their merch!
Address: kult, Block C2-5, Emily Hill, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120
Time: Fri: Opening Night @ 5pm, Sat & Sun: 12PM-8PM
Ticket pricing: Free
4. Xiao Kopitiam #2 (22 Sept)
Pop by this reimagined kopitiam for maybe the chillest weekend you’ve had in a while.
Dig into LAD & DAD’s comfort British fare – think bangers & mash and beef stew (we can attest to the amazingness of this dish), get a intricate henna design from the famous @henn.drawn or just grab a personalised haiku at the typewriter.
Address: 21 Moonstone Lane, Poh Leng Building #09-01, Singapore 328426
Time: Lunch: 3PM-10PM
Ticket pricing: Free
5. The Passion Pop-Up (22 Sept)
Support your local businesses and female entrepreneurship at this pop-up. Try out delicious treats from That Vegan Cake, juicy burgers from Hustle Co and more.
The Passion Panel, filled with names like Isabel Lee of An Acai Affair and Beckie Liu of Haikini,
will delve into how they sparked off their passion for entrepreneurship, developing it into an actual business. It’s not all work, though. Play beer pong or sign up for a HIIT session with Charity Chan, a personal trainer!
Address: 52 Craig Road, Singapore 089690
Time: 11AM – 4PM
Ticket pricing: Free
6. High School Never Ends (22 Sept)
Blast it back to your childhood or travel all the way to the present at HopHeads’ latest escapade, featuring 2000s-2018 electronic dance pop and the hottest radio hits.
Their parties are so popular that all their online tickets have been sold out. Your best bet is to head straight to the door for a ticket, then straight into the most nostalgic night of your life.
Address: 178 Clemenceau Ave, Haw Par Glass Tower B1-00, Singapore 239926
Time: 10PM – 4AM
Ticket pricing: Door tickets $20, inclusive of one drink
Tokidoki x River Safari: A Whale of a Time Awaits
What do you call something that provides comfort, is pleasant to have and is part of a larger establishment? A manatee (amenity)!
Jokes aside, manatees are the co-stars of the event at River Safari this September, as tokidoki’s Mermicorno characters are making a splash at Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park.
Designed by Simone Legno, the characters of the internationally recognised lifestyle brand are featured within the park as 10 life-sized sculptures, including the three newest members Submarino, Jade and Fortuna.
Hop on the Mermicorno x River Safari Trail and win exclusive, limited-edition tokidoki x River Safari enamel pins. All you have to do is answer two questions that are rotated each week. (they’re really easy, but I shan’t reveal them so as to not take away your fun.) Unfortunately, three of the five weeks have passed — but you still have the chance to bring Cerulean (week 4) and Jade (week 5) home. They run out of stock very quickly, so be sure to get there early!
Mermicorno x River Safari Trail
Venue: Around the park
Timings: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Joining Mermicorno and Manatee are mermaids, whose graceful performances and bubbly interactions in the aquarium are not to be missed. Watch as they swim elegantly among the manatees, nature’s very own mermaids of myth.
Venue: Amazon Flooded Forest
Timings: 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm (20 minutes)
Make sure you and your loved ones catch a photo op with Canola, our lovable mascot. Fun fact: Canola, the actual manatee and animal icon of River Safari, just turned four in August!
Meet our Manatee Mascot
Venue: River Safari Entrance
Timings: 10:00am & 4:30am
Other activities include Colour Us Cute at the Mermicorno meets Manatee colouring wall, River Trail Encounters, where the park guides will share stories about the manatees along with their quirks and habits, and Amazing Encounters Await, granting you the opportunity to get up close in behind-the-scenes tours, Manatee Mania and Amazing Amazonia.
Colour Us Cute
Venue: River Safari Entrance:
Timings: 10:00am – 5pm(Weekends only)
River Trail Encounters
Venue: Amazon Flooded Forest
Timings: 12:15pm & 5:30pm (20 minutes)
Amazing Encounters Await*
Venue: River Safari Visitor Services Counter
Timings: Manatee Mania – 9:30am, Amazing Amazonia – 1:30pm (1 hour)
*Additional tour fees apply, and pre-registration is required.
At the end of your enjoyable day out, don’t forget to grab tokidoki collectibles such as plushies, key chains and blindboxes from the River Safari retail store to complete your Mermicorno experience!
There’s also an Instagram contest giveaway — all you have to do is share your most creative posts tagged #tokidoki and #RiverSafari on your public Instagram account for a chance to win a Manatee Mania tour and River Safari admission tickets for 2 adults worth $300.
Water you waiting for? Dive right in!
Activities runs until September 30, 2018, on weekends only, unless otherwise stated. For more information, please visit http://www.riversafari.com.sg/tokidoki.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729726
Opening hours: 10:00am – 7:00pm (last entry at 6:30pm) daily
Ticket prices: Adult – $32, Child – $21