18 Dec 2018

Community - Events

The 12 Days of Christmas… in Singapore!

Back for Christmas? We wrote our own Singaporean version of ‘12 Days of Christmas’ of the things you can do when you are home. PS: This does not need to be sung to the tune of its namesake song. Also, partridge and pear tree not included.


It’s the end of the year again and you’re looking forward to coming home to see your loved ones and indulge in our summer-y festive holiday. What else can you look forward to during your time home this season? Here’s our take on some ways you can spend your ‘12 Days’ while back in our little red dot!


PS: This does not need to be sung to the tune of its namesake song. Also, partridge and pear tree not included.


On my first day in Singapore, my parents brought me
to queue for my favourite wanton mee (among other dishes)!

Because there’s nothing like fulfilling your long-time craving for hawker food after touching down on home soil! Our hawker culture has certainly been gaining more attention and support this year, particularly with more stalls being awarded Bib Gourmand status by Michelin Guide Singapore, and of course – our bid for it to be listed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Be sure to pledge your support at http://bit.ly/OSHawkerSupport after you’ve had your local food fix!

On my second night in Singapore, we put on our shopping mode,
and saw the Christmas lights at Orchard Road.

Per tradition, our shopping street is all decked (the halls) for Christmas in the tropics! This year’s light-up at Orchard Road brings together familiar characters from Disney favourites – both past and present – for a season of Magical Moments. Read more about it (and other things you can do this end-of-year) in our biannual events listing.



On my third day in Singapore, I drove out to explore
some of our ‘hidden gems’ right here in Singapore!

Whether it’s visiting Singapore’s last-standing Kampong, scaling a 10.65m tall lookout tower at our very own bird-watching haven, or stepping back in time to the Japanese Occupation at the revamped Former Ford Factory, there are many hidden gems to be discovered on our little red dot. Thankfully, we’ve uncovered some of them here, together with a printable map!



On my fourth day in Singapore, my mom woke me up early
and said, “Let’s go get fit with ActiveSG!”

Did you know that you can receive $100 of ActiveSG credits
for the booking of sports facilities and programmes, and also be eligible for Singapore citizen rates and priority booking of sports facilities, when you sign up for a free membership? Trendy classes include Masala Bhangra workout, piloxing, KpopX Fitness and Bokwa (we are equally confused and excited!). There’s no better way to kickstart (or continue) your fitness regime while back home!


On my fifth night in Singapore, we went to Marina Bay Carnival

and won our first game at a festival!

Back again, the Marina Bay Carnival promises more than 40 rides and games from around the world! Apart from the family-friendly game booths and kiddy rides (which do look quite fun even for adults), there are also serious rides for the thrill seekers such as the MACH 5 and Starflyer. Remember to strap up your mobile phones and cameras so that you can capture the neon memories #forthegram. The carnival will run from 22 December 2018 to 24 March 2019.



On my sixth day in Singapore, I headed to Bishan
to witness my first ‘otter run’!

Singapore’s smooth-coated otter families has quite a following, even being ‘otterly’ involved in special occasions like wedding proposals and photoshoots! If you’re keen to spot them when you’re back home, check out OtterWatch, a community Facebook page run by local otter enthusiasts. P.S. the return of otters to our waterways after decades of absence gives testament to the success of Singapore’s cleaning and greening efforts. Kudos to us!



On my seventh night in Singapore, I tried my hand at cooking
but I gave up and made a food delivery booking!

Of course, food deliveries aren’t anything new, but nothing beats the convenience of having food delivered at the touch of a button! This is something you might have missed while being away from home, especially if such food delivery options aren’t available in the city you’re in. And yes, they do include your favourite hawker fare such as Hokkien Mee, Satay, and Roti Prata (… we cannot list them all)!



On my eighth day in Singapore, I went out to volunteer

to give back and make people happier!

There are also many opportunities for you to do your part for the community while you’re home. Check out giving.sg for various volunteering opportunities that you can participate in! These include day events or longer-term commitments with both seniors and children. Love books? If you are back for more than six months, you can also join the National Library Board’s KidsREAD programme, where you empower children from underprivileged families with the gift of literacy.



On my ninth night in Singapore, I just took it easy
and watched a local film on TV.

Lights. Camera. Singapore. – this is the name of a new initiative that brings local films to the spotlight. From award winning local movies like Ilo Illo and POP AYE to newer ones like Wonder Boy, these films are aired every Tuesday on MediaCorp Channel 5, and are also available on Toggle. Find out more here.



On my tenth day in Singapore, my buddy invited me to MBS

and we took pool selfies with our champagne glass!

Nothing screams the high life more than relaxing at the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool and gazing down on our city skyline, even if it’s just for one afternoon. Why not pamper your family with a staycation there! If staycations are not your thing, you can also catch the same bird’s-eye view of our cityscape —  from Marina South Pier all the way to Singapore’s history-rich Civic District — by visiting the restaurants or the observation deck.



On my eleventh night in Singapore, my family went to the museums,

because… free entry for all Singaporeans!

Did someone say free? Singaporeans and permanent residents enjoy free admission to all national museums and heritage institutions all year round. If you are looking for a slightly different experience, selected institutions such as the National Gallery Singapore, the Peranakan Museum and the Asian Civilisation Museum extend their opening hours till 9pm on Friday nights (time to live out the ‘Night at the Museum’ fantasy). Check out the full listing of museums you can visit here. Just remember to bring your pink card to enjoy!



On my twelfth day in Singapore – my last :( – I went to stock enough

of all of my favourite ‘makan’ stuff!

Premixes, condiments, snacks… enough to last till you’re next back on our sunny shores! While there are many different brands and dishes to choose from, they all can act as our emergency packages we burst open when we miss home too much. Shiok!


No matter how long you’re back for, we hope that you have a wonderful time back home, and enjoy this precious time with your loved ones. From all of us at OSU, wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Ho-Ho-Hosay 2019!


Click here to download a printable version of The 12 Days of Christmas… in Singapore!



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