The weekend’s here! From a new supermarket with exciting, never-seen-before features to a global fanmeet on TikTok — we round up top picks on how to make the best out of your upcoming weekend.
1. NTUC FairPrice Xtra
A hypermart may not be what you had in mind for a weekend activity but you’ll want to check NTUC FairPrice’s new Xtra outlet which just opened their doors earlier this week. Located on the third level of Parkway Parade, this supermarket is the first in Singapore to have a cocktail bar! Handcrafted and brewed locally, Trouble Brewing Sg located at The Bar serves beer so you can have a drink after you’re done grocery-shopping.
In addition, the outlet also has a line of eateries within the store like Tiong Hoe Coffee, House of Bakers, Alfero Gelato, Sushi, and Ban Tong Seafood that allows you to dine in. Some products served at Alfero Artisan Gelato include gelato cakes and gelato flavours like ondeh ondeh and smoked Italian scamorza cheese.
Drop your kids off at the play area too so that you can do your rounds at the mart — there are opening promotions on selected items from now until 27 January, so don’t miss out!
2. Match Online, Meet Offline
Pet-lovers rejoice! If you’re a fan of the furry animals, here’s your chance to meet fellow animal enthusiasts and their pets at SPCA’s virtual walk event. Match Online, Meet Offline is dating with a twist — singles (or whoever’s ready to mingle!) are invited to be paired up, and at the same time, support SPCA. S$7 from each sale of SPCA T-shirts will go towards supporting the “Be Kind to Animals” movement by SPCA. The virtual walk then allows you to complete the walk of 2 km, 5 km or 10km alone or with your selected teammate.
Organised by local dating agency Table for Two, the event is free of charge and will run next week from 21 to 31 January, but signs up are open from now until 18 January. Don’t have pet of your own? Not to worry, all interested participants can welcome.
3. TikTok fanmeet with K-drama star Kim Seonho
Fans of the recent Korean drama, Start-up, will be happy to know that they have a chance to meet their favourite oppa online! The drama which recently aired on Netflix was ranked number 1 for many weeks on the platform and has boosted the popularity of actor Kim Seonho.
The TikTok Stage Connect event will allow fans to interact with the actor through games and special behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the drama. Kim Seonho will be conducting his first ever global fanmeet on TikTok this Sunday, 17 January, 7 p.m. Singapore time via the TikTok Stage page (English version) or the actor’s TikTok channel (Korean version).
4. ArtScience on Screen: Micro-Commissions
Spend the weekend watching films made specially for the smallest screens by established four local filmmakers. These unique short films which are part of Micro-Commissions, a series by the ArtScience Museum in support of local art, capture the questions and contemplations of loss, hope, resilience and change that arose during the global pandemic.
Running from 11 to 31 January 2021 at the ArtScience Museum’s Expression Gallery, the films will be screened back-to-back daily on the hour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (till 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays). For more details on the showtimes, visit their Facebook event page. Admission is free with online pre-booking and walk-ins accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to venue capacity.
5. Yayoi Kusama: Recent Paintings
The works of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama hits our shores again — this time, a solo exhibition featuring 15 monochrome paintings from the artist’s My Eternal Soul series made in 2019-2020, and CLOUDS (2019), a sculpture installation consisting pieces of mirror-finished stainless steel forms.
Presented by Ota Fine Arts Singapore, the exhibition starts tomorrow, 16 January and ends on 6 March 2021. Admission is free and visitors can visit Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.