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Wondering how to spend your National Day weekend? Here are some nifty ideas

Whether you’re staying in or heading out, here are a few ideas on what to do this weekend.

Wondering how to spend your National Day weekend? Here are some nifty ideas

The facade of the National Gallery lights up in the national colours, along with projections of 60 artworks from local artists. (Photo: National Gallery Singapore)

National Day is just a few days away, and as we gear up to celebrate Singapore's 55th birthday, the excitement for the long weekend is building up. But if you’re still mulling about how to spend your time, we've rounded up a few suggestions below.

DINE AT MBS SIGNATURE RESTAURANTS

RISE's National Day dinner features over 40 local dishes. (Photo: RISE)

When it comes to celebrating National Day, what could be better than eating to your heart’s content? Over at Marina Bay Sands, signature restaurants Black Tap, Mott 32, Bread Street Kitchen and more have launched limited-time National Day menus. Must-tries include RISE’s National Day buffet, featuring local highlights like chilli crab, traditional beef rendang and more. 

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INDULGE IN A 15-COURSE JAPANESE LUNCH

Sushi Kou's head chef Yoshio Sakuta. (Photo: Sushi Kou)

Long weekends are the perfect time to discover the latest offerings on the F&B scene. Check out Sushi Kou, Singapore’s latest eight-seater Omakase restaurant. The restaurant serves only two menus – the Aya Menu (10 pieces of sushi plus three dishes; S$380++) or the Kou Menu (10 pieces of sushi and five dishes; S$450++). Aside from the splendid food, watching chef Yoshio Sakuta’s knife skills in action is an art in itself.

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FEAST ON 28 DIFFERENT TYPES OF OYSTERS

Freshly shucked – 28 different oyster types will be available at Greenwood Fish Market's eighth World Oyster Festival. (Photo: Greenwood Fish Market)

For seafood fans, Greenwood Fish Market’s popular World Oyster Festival is back this month, taking place from Aug 1 to Aug 31. This year, a record feat of 28 oyster types have been flown in to Greenwood’s three restaurants. Diners will also be given an Oyster Journal to note down side-by-side comparisons of the oyster types, akin to a wine tasting experience.

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ORDER-IN FROM GOODWOOD PARK

National Day Celebratory Set Menu. (Photo: Goodwood Park Hotel)

If you’re still a little hesitant about dining out, Goodwood Park Hotel is celebrating National Day with specialty dishes and scrumptious snacks that can be ordered in. There’s the National Day Celebratory Set Menu that features Pork Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken Satay and more. The hotel’s beloved savoury snacks also make a comeback this season.

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INVITE A FEW GUESTS OVER

Socialising and entertaining have taken on a whole new dimension ever since COVID-19 happened. (Photo: Pexels)

Now that we’re well into Phase 2, you can now invite the extended family and friends over. Friendly reminder: Five is still the magic number for any home gatherings. If you’re thinking of entertaining kith and kin at home this weekend, we’ve got some tips from event organisers on how to pull off a safe and successful soiree.

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BOOK A STAYCATION

Garden Suite Patio at The Barracks Hotel Sentosa. (Photo: The Barracks Hotel Sentosa)

You may not be able to fly off to a tropical resort for a much-needed break this weekend, but a staycation will do the trick. From a fun-filled family getaway to a romantic weekend escape, we’ve curated a list of the most enticing hotel deals, according to occasion, hobbies and interests. 

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GAWK AT THE WORLD’S SECOND BIGGEST DIAMOND   

The rough Sewelo diamond, purchased by Louis Vuitton in January, has been travelling to a few selected countries. It is now making its only Southeast Asian stop in Singapore. (Photo: Louis Vuitton)

Jewellery and gem enthusiasts: Louis Vuitton’s Sewelo diamond, the second biggest diamond ever to be discovered, is now in town. Make an appointment and head over to Louis Vuitton's Island Maison at Marina Bay Sands to feast your eyes on this stunning unpolished stone.

And if you missed the house’s Savoir Faire showcase, a number of hard-sided trunks and furniture pieces have also been moved to Island Maison, lining the basement tunnel-walkway that leads to the boutique.

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VISIT THE NATIONAL GALLERY

The facade of the National Gallery lights up in the national colours, along with projections of 60 artworks from local artists. (Photo: National Gallery Singapore)

To commemorate Singapore’s 55th birthday, National Gallery Singapore is gifting all Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PRs) a free one-year Gallery Insider membership, which gives you priority access to all exhibitions. From 7pm onwards, the gallery’s facade will also light up in the national colours of red and white, along with projections of 60 artworks from local artists.  

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PERK UP YOUR LIVING SPACE

A good study area, says Jeremy Tay, Director of Prestige Global, should have a good source of natural light and good air circulation. (Photo: Prestige Global)

Have you been meaning to do a little redecorating at home? The long weekend is the perfect opportunity to start planning a spruce up. To help you get started, design experts share their tips and tricks on how to make your home a great place to live, work and play.

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EMBARK ON A ONE-DAY SILENT RETREAT

As one writer discovers, life under enforced safe distancing is far from relaxing. (Photo: Unsplash)

If you’re thinking of taking it slow this weekend, try embarking on a one-day silent retreat. Without all the distractions of work and social media, this experience helped CNA Luxury’s resident fitness junkie achieve a sense of clear headedness.

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