In 4 days, on August 9th, Singapore will celebrate its 51st year of independence. While some are eager to display their patriotism by attending the National Day Parade, others who are not lucky enough to score tickets, may be wondering how to partake in the celebrations and show appreciation and love for Singapore! Fret not – let us be your guide. Listed below are activities and places we recommend, as well as a National Day Edition style guide.
What To Do
1) National Gallery Singapore
Let’s be honest, most of us visit shopping malls ten times more than art galleries and museums. Isn’t that such a shame? Why not spend Tuesday visiting the National Gallery! Home to a large collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian art, in what used to be two national monuments – the Supreme Court and City Hall. A great place to go especially if you have kids, as the gallery provides special learning activities to spark children’s interest in art history. For those who can’t go without shopping, Gallery & Co. (located at the City Wing of the gallery) offers curated selection of products ranging from children books to tote bags to knick-knacks all representing Singapore. Need another reason to visit the National Gallery? Admissions to all exhibitions are free for both Singaporeans and tourists on the 9th of August.
2) Chinatown – Little India – Kampong Glam
For a holistic experience of the different cultures in Singapore, embark on this 3-stop route.
Start off in Chinatown; home to bright red lanterns, authentic Chinese delicacies, and magnificent temples. The streets are lined with hip cafes amongst family-run goldsmiths and stores selling traditional Chinese medicine. This district is also filled with boutique hotels – so why not book a little staycation while you are at it?
Next stop is Little India. What used to be a racecourse is now one of Singapore’s must-see historical districts. Feast your eyes on colorful flower garlands and sarees, and fill your tummy with flavorful Indian food. When you step into Little India, it would be a sin to not visit Mustafa Centre – a 24-hour shopping heaven – stocking everything you can think of, from groceries to electronics.
Kampong Glam is the last stop on this culturally-rich journey. Once a fishing village, it is now one of the hottest spots for Singapore’s hipsters. Filled with trendy bars, cafes and boutiques carrying indie labels, this is definitely one of the go-to spots. Although smaller than Chinatown and Little India, you will be spoilt for choice when deciding where to eat. There are ample Malay culinary delights, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Swedish and Mexican restaurants.
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3) Gardens By The Bay
Why not take this day off to get in touch with nature, spend time with loved ones, and catch the fireworks? Gather family and friends, pack a picnic basket, pick a shady spot, and enjoy the pyrotechnics at 7pm. If you’re not into picnics and fireworks, Gardens By The Bay is also great for a relaxing evening stroll. Be mesmerized by the beauty and amazing waterfront views.
What To Wear
With a list of places to go, it’s time to plan your outfit. In commemoration of National Day, we have featured a style guide, in line with the red-and-white colour theme.
For a simple, chic outfit, opt for a neutral-toned jumpsuit and pair it with sandals of a similar shade to give an illusion that you have legs that go on for miles. Spice things up, by matching it with a bold fringe bag like our Firenza Fringe Bag in Red. Waterproof mascara is definitely a must if your day will be spent outdoors in the heat.
If you wish to incorporate the red-and-white theme, but afraid of looking like the Singapore flag, here is a more subtle way to wear it. Throw on a white blouse, blue jeans and match it with a chunky black heel. Add personality to the outfit, by accessorizing it with our Ava Mano in White. Complete this look with a bold red lipstick and winged liner (waterproof, of course).
Even if you end up relaxing at home on National Day keep these suggestions and style guide in mind for a fun and fashionable day out in Singapore!