We are just getting back to the rhythm of things after several long holiday weekends and it’s definitely taking some adjusting to settle back into work. But 2021 appears to hold exciting developments in the world of gaming, tech, and even travel, and we want to keep the positive vibes going!
In this weekend’s list of fun things to do, treat yourself to an adventure in horror and mystery, take a nostalgic blast to the past, or belt out a song or two — whatever you choose to do, it’s sure to cure your back-to-work blues.
1. Candy K Karaoke Bar
Entertainment businesses were badly hit when circuit breaker was announced, and karaoke lounges were no exception. These businesses have had to pivot their business and find other revenue streams – for example, HaveFun Karaoke began running an online alcohol store while providing a unique karaoke delivery service where customers can rent their portable KBar System and wireless microphones to sing at home.
For candy-themed karaoke outlet, Candy K Karaoke Bar, promotions are the way to go to retain avid karaoke fans. Located in 111 Somerset, the KTV is running a New Year special of free private rooms, for small and medium rooms, with no time limit. In order to qualify for the promotion, simply order an item off their menu, which includes fried chicken with waffles among other mains, bar snacks, platters, and desserts. You can also top up booze at $69.80 for a Soju bucket of 5, $45 for a beer tower (before 7pm) and $68 (after 7pm), and $35 for wine.
To secure a booking, message Candy K on Facebook, or call +65 6970 8186. They are open daily from 2.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Address: 111 Somerset, #02-07/08/09, 111 Somerset Road, Singapore 238164
2. Murder at Mandai Camp: The Case Reopens
If you haven’t tried Murder at Mandai Camp, you’re in luck! The virtual horror mystery game created by local theatre company Sight Lines Entertainment and touted as Asia’s first escape room with live-action gameplay has been extended until Saturday, 16 Jan 2021.
Revolving around a murder case of a National Service recruit, a local cast injects a theatrical experience into video game — performances by Irsyad Dawood (recruit) and Benjamimn Kheng (CID Officer Lemuel Ng who revives the case) to name a few, brings participants on a realistic journey in solving this murder mystery that takes place entirely online. First produced as a Zoom initiative in June, this edition allows 90 minutes of gameplay as participant search for clues and evidences to uncover whodunnit.
Get ready to be fully spooked with the addition of a 360-degree virtual-reality video and surround sound. For bookings, visit SISTIC and participants can then log on anytime from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. on the day of the ticket booking to enjoy the game. Tickets costs $20 each.
3. Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay
One of the perks of Singapore entering Phase 3 is our iconic spaces coming back to life. At Gardens by the Bay, the beautiful Garden Rhapsody show was put on hold during the circuit breaker and later took on a different format — with soft lighting and background music — in September last year.
Starting today, the light and sound display returns with full effect, taking over the Supertree Grove for a spectacular 15-minute run. At two timings, 7.45pm and 8.45pm, 12 Supertrees will light up and dance in various colours along to music from composers such as Frederic Chopin’s Grande Valse Brillante and Emile Waldteufel’s Skaters’ Waltz — this will be January’s edition and there will be a total of 10 shows planned for 2021, showcasing various light and sound combinations. Admission is free.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
4. The Wizard’s Den
Fans of Harry Potter and Sabrina, this one’s for you! Held in a secret location within Singapore, enter The Wizard’s Den where you’ll transform into a wizard or witch for a magical potion-brewing experience no muggle has ever had.
A pop-up bar concept originally from Australia and not associated to the Warner Brothers franchise, each ticket brings participants into a world of riddles and puzzles that allows you to create your own magical concoction! This 90-minute experience serves a tasty mead or mulled wine and two alcoholic potions brewed with the help of a potion master. Complete the transformation with a witch or wizard outfit and wand as you enter the hidden lair. Although ticket sales are not live yet, registration just opened yesterday so do indicate your registration to ensure you’re first in line once tickets are available.
The Wizard’s Den runs till 29 April 2021.
5. Erasure: The World Tournament
Take a walk down memory lane as we revisit the good ol’ days of eraser battles. 80s and 90s kids will be familiar with the collection of flag erasers that were used in wrestling matches played in school, testing a competitor’s finger flick and wrist positions to successfully topple over an opponent’s rubber.
Printed with different flags, this eraser tournament is part of “we are not going back, we are coming around”, The Substation’s programme for Proposals for Novel Ways of Being. Created by actor and director, Shaiful Risan from The Substation’s Associate Artist Programme, the tournament hints at the larger question of the geographical and political conflicts that are taking place in the world today.
While contestant registrations are now closed, viewers are welcomed to watch the battles happening on 8 January, 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Substation Theatre. Admission is $8 and tickets can be purchased at this link.