On the 20 & 21 October, support local, home-grown social enterprises at the Festival For Good 2018 at Marina One! For those of you clueless about what’s going on, social enterprises are organisations that tackle environmental or social problems through profit or non-profit means.
At the Festival For Good, enjoy live performances, take part in workshops and talks and engage in retail therapy at the 50 booths set up. Additionally, get to know that stories and motivations behind these enterprises and be inspired to help the community/ environment.
Here are my personal favourites at the event!
1. My NoNNa’s (Booth 42)
My NoNNa’s aims to provide employment to individuals with disabilities and special needs. Having opened a cafe next to Upper Changi MRT Station, the folks at My NoNNa’s are at the festival with a pop-up booth. Expect hot and hearty food that are prepared by the chefs, including roast chicken, baked pastas and sausages.
Get to know the members of the team that are incredibly friendly and beaming with happiness. I couldn’t help but smile throughout my short interaction with them.
I got the Italian Roast Chicken on Quinoa ($8.50), and I have to say that the chicken was well-seasoned. On it’s own, the Quinoa was a tad bland, but the acidity and sweetness from the tomatoes really made it pop.
Would have loved to try the Beef Lasagne made with homemade pasta as well but I could only eat so much.
2. The Everyday Revolution (Booth 54)
The Everyday Revolution (TER) helps commission works and designs by special needs young adults to the general public to provide a source of income to these individuals. The booth sells a plethora of items ranging from clothes and cups to artworks.
Get smaller handicrafts like pouches or pencil cases as well that are not only look good but bring about a positive impact to these young adults’ lives.
3. Deaf Artcraftsy (Booth 27)
Deaf Artcraftsy is an avenue to empower individuals with hearing disabilities as well as provide them with a sustainable source of income. Purchase the various artists’ handicrafts which range from paintings to customisable bookmarks that are hand stitched.
Consider getting the mini-easels with inspirational quotes and sayings on them to keep you going in support of the hearing impaired artists. The artist’s biography is placed next to each range of artworks so do find out about their story and maybe get to meet them at the booth itself.
4. Unpackt (Booth @ Forest City)
For those of you who shop at zero-waste stores, Unpackt is a name that you’ve probably heard before. Aimed at reducing wastage and protecting the environment, this booth sells everything under the sun, from cutlery sets and metal straws to Beeswax wraps (as a replacement for cling film).
Since everything is priced affordably, I guarantee you’ll be spoilt for choice at the booth. If their store is a little too far for you, just head down to the festival to pick up some of these reusable items.
Consider getting some snacks as well. (I definitely recommend the Honey Mustard Soy Crisps)
5. Edible Garden City (Booth @ Forest City)
At Edible Garden City, pick up some vegetable packs, including Curly Kale and Pink Oyster Mushrooms. This service is tailored to your needs and delivers a Citizen Box filled with fresh produce right to your doorstep.
The produce are grown locally by urban farmers and are the freshest greens and fruits you’ll be able to source for locally.
6. Terra SG (Booth @ Forest City)
Reduce waste in the environment with Terra SG’s creative and fashionable items. Terra aims to upcycle waste to create products that are functional and stylish.
Buy recycled glass bottles fitted with fairy lights or wallets made with wallpaper or used milk cartons to do your part for the environment. (And look good doing it)
Special Mention: The Given Company (Booth 50)
The Given Company acts as a platform in order for charities to raise funds more effectively and efficiently. Through interactive methods like online raffles and donation draws, The Given Company boosts the visibility of these charities so people are more willing and able to donate.
At the festival, they’ll be giving out FREE shirts. Just partake in their quiz and you’ll be rewarded with a #GIVEN shirt.
Special Mention: Sembcorp
I guess most of you are familiar with Sembcorp. In order to raise awareness for clean energy and recycling, the Sembcorp booth gives out freebies for taking part in the quiz.
Get 6 questions correct and receive a bamboo straw. For the overachievers, a score of 10 and above is needed to get a prize from their lucky dip! Find out more about saving the environment while receiving great prizes.
The festival was fun and engaging and allowed us to meet inspiring individuals doing their part for the community and environment. Do head down to check out what the hype is about, to do your part for the society and enjoy yourself!
Festival For Good 2018:
Marina One, 7 Straits View, S018936
11 am – 7 pm
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
Things to do this weekend in Singapore (14 Sept – 16 Sept)
We all know F1’s going to dominate the Singapore scene this weekend, but if you’re not one for loud zooming cars and screaming fans, here’re some other things to keep you occupied.
1. Create your own yummy layered drinks (15 Sept – 16 Sept)
Ever wondered how those gorgeous sunset-looking drinks are made? Well, you don’t have to get ripped off any longer at art fairs and food expos. Instead of paying $5 for a tiny cup, why not learn how to make it yourself?
Thanks to Teahee Singapore, a bubble tea shop, you’ll be taught how to create your own multi-layered drinks. You even get to make your own unicorn milkshake – a cute Instagrammable deal, perfect for your pastel Instagram feed. How magical.
Address: Teahee SG, 301 Serangoon Avenue 2 ##01-328, Singapore 550301
Time: 4PM – 5.30PM
Ticket pricing: $20.44
2. Between Love and Death: Diary of Nobuyoshi Araki (14 Sept – 16 Sept)
Love, death, loss and remembrance. These are all themes familiar to most of us. For Araki, these 131 photographs delve into the rich, transcendental relationship between himself and his wife, Yoko.
To cope with Yoko’s passing, Araki takes to his balcony as a performative stage, delving into studio portraiture. He seeks to portray an honest representation of the reality, and sometimes mundanity, of life.
Address: DECK 120A Prinsep Street, Singapore 187937
Time: Fri & Sat: 12PM-7PM, Sun:12PM-5PM
Ticket pricing: $15
3. NOON to MOON feat. Fleetmac Wood (US) (16 Sept)
Give the screaming crowds a pass at F1 and groove out to an eclectic mix of disco, techno and house with this rising duo. Fleetmac Wood’s sure to get your feet moving as you party into the sunset, the Singapore skyline illuminating your dance floor.
Address: CÉ LA VI Singapore Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971
4. Sky22’s September Seafood Bonanza (16 Sept)
Got a hot date to impress or a birthday celebration this month? Head over to Sky22, a rooftop restaurant with a cozy wooden interior and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. They’ll be serving a wide range of seafood through September. If you’re a lobster lover, don’t give this buffet a miss.
There’ll be over 17 cook-to-order mains along with grilled lobsters, oyster platters, spaghetti aragosta and even local favourites like laksa with tiger prawns, white clam bee hoon and the quintissential chilli crab with mantou.
Address: Courtyard by Marriott Singapore, 99 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329568
Time: Lunch: 12PM-2:30PM, Dinner: 6PM-10PM
Ticket pricing: Sat & Sun (Lunch): $48++, Fri & Sat (Dinner): $56++
5. Make your own Agar-agar Jelly Mooncakes (16 Sept)
We’ve got the common but delicious lotus seed mooncakes, the softer snow skin mooncakes for the delicate palate and now – agar-agar jelly mooncakes.
At this workshop, you’ll learn how to craft 4 flavours of mooncakes. There’s icy chendol, traditional red bean with jelly yolk, mango cheese strawberry and soya milk grass jelly.
Your money won’t even go to waste since you’ll be taking home two large boxes of this strange delight worth $76, and two mooncake moulds to continue your baking spree. Simply PM The Sweet Room on Facebook to sign up.
Address:Pasir Ris Dr 1
Time: 1PM – 5PM
Ticket pricing: $158
6. Sunday Poolside Movie Nights (16 Sept)
Grub Burger + Noodle Bar is the perfect place to spend your chill Sunday, winding down from the week with a film and getting ready for the inescapable Monday Blues.
Distract yourself from the impending work week with a basket of mentaiko fries. Or grab a delicious har cheong gai burger and slurp down a bowl of kurobuta noodles while you settle in for this week’s screening of Jurassic World.
Address: HomeTeam NS-JOM Balestier Clubhouse, 31 Ah Hood Road, Singapore 329979
Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM