27 exciting things to do in Singapore this week (Nov 7-11)

As we get closer to the end of the year, the number of parties and events grow. This week, indulge in slew of film screenings and festivals, exhibitions, or check out some of the new places to eat and drink that have sprung up recently.

Monday, Nov 7

Back for its third edition, Asia’s second largest electronic dance music festival on board the luxurious Royal Caribbean cruise-liner will set sail for its round trip from Singapore to Penang. It’s The Ship will see more than 60 international and local acts like Sander van Doorn, Knife Party, Shigga Shay and more. Through Nov 7



, 27 exciting things to do in Singapore this week (Nov 7-11) Notable local photojournalist Wong Maye-E, who showcased some of her pictures she took in North Korea during her two years she was there, will be exhibiting images of the word “sayang” in Singapore literature. The Shades of Sayang exhibition is part of this year’s Singapore Writers FestivalThrough Nov 13

Learn more about the destinations that have made it to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, which includes the Singapore Botanic Gardens, at the Exploring our World’s Heritage Exhibition. Take a trip around the world the exhibition brings you to nine countries in the span of a day. Through Nov 20

Tuesday, Nov 8

If you’re looking for something more fun and less mundane, this workout incorporates the traditional Polynesian dance, a bit like the Hawaiian Hula, but slightly more energetic. As you strengthen your abs, legs and glutes, you will also get a fun cultural experience. Nov 8

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the famed Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan, you’ll have to be there at 3am or earlier. Or, you can watch documentary Tsukiji Wonderland, go behind the scenes and learn the rich cultural story that has made it the center of Japan’s fish culinary culture. Nov 8

Multi-talented Singaporean writer Verena Tay is launching four new titles at The Arts House this week. Three of them are additions to her popular Balik Kampung series, which will see stories set in various parts of Singapore while the other is her second collection of short stories. Nov 8

Head down to Red Baron at Gillman Barracks and catch a film under the stars. This time, they’ll be commemorating the life and work of Malaysian advertising and filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad by screening the 2004 Malaysian rom-com drama, Sepet. Nov 8

1855 Bottle Shop’s Wine and Whisky Week is back for a second run from Nov 8-13, offering the same one-stop tasting, shopping and education experience as the first. Yes, it’s free admission, with more than 500 labels of wines and spirits to try. Nov 8-13

Wednesday, Nov 9

Singapore’s underground bar on Ann Siang, B28, has invited the lead bartender and bar manager from their outlet in Seoul. Ethan “Mr. Gangnam” Jeong will be behind the bar for one night to present signature drinks using some homegrown ingredients. Nov 9

Hear the stories of ex-detainees who were arrested back in 1987 in an alleged Marxist plot against the government in the documentary 1987: Untracing the Conspiracy by independent filmmaker Jason Soo, followed by a Q&A session with Jason and the ex-detainees themselves. Nov 9

Hard Rock Cafe and Bandwagon have been teaming up for a weekly session that sees local and regional musicians taking the stage at the newly revamped music venue. This week, local band Stopgap will be bringing their infectious sounds to the fore. Nov 9

Party-goers will be pleased to know that the iconic dome along the waters of Marina Bay has come to life with a new establishment, Monti, which now occupies the space that once housed the Spanish restaurant, Catalunya, with its sleek interiors, bronse and copper hues and bar-restaurant offerings. Nov 9

The German Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a selection of heavy films that portray the struggle of its individuals. There are 26 new fiction and animated films and documentaries, along with a six-title retrospective on German fantasy films. Full line-up here. Through Nov 13

The Singapore Biennale is back after three years. This fifth edition of the contemporary art exhibition, titled “Atlas of Mirrors”, will showcase 58 different artwork presentations from 60 artists (10 of which are Singaporean) and three art collectives who were shortlisted based on their past work and art practices by creative director Susie Lingham and a bunch of museum and associate curators. Through Feb 26, 2017

Calling all Harry Potter fans—besides the relatively new Cursed Child book and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them film to look forward to, you can now complete your fandom with a bunch of Harry Potter stamps, prop replicas, toys and other memorabilia from private collectors all around the world that’ll be on display at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Through Jun 30, 2017

Thursday, Nov 10

Bounce all that weight off with this trampoline-centric workout. It is a mixture of fast and slow jumps, with a few sprints and aerobics thrown in. Nov 10

Get a taste of Nordic cuisine at Maggie Joan’s with Finland’s Chef of the Year 2015, chef Ismo Sipelainen aka the Finnish Devil. With Finnish ingredients taking center stage, tuck into is his version of cured salmon and his renowned mushroom porridge. Nov 10

ChateauAsia puts the spotlight on cognac, following the recent 250th anniversary celebrations of Hennessy. Learn more about its origin, history, fascinating methods of preparation and the differences between a VSOP and an XO cognac from special guest (and one of Asia’s top bartenders), Russell Cardoza, who will also be sharing a few cocktails you can prepare yourself at home. Yes, there will be tastings too. Nov 10

German club Katermukke is sending two of their fastest-rising DJs, Niconé & Gunjah to share their love for deep house and techno with Singapore at Headquarters by the Council. Nov 10

This month’s edition of ArtScience Late at ArtScience Museum on Nov 10 packs a special one-two punch, serving as the opening night of the inaugural Singapore Eco Film Festival. The night kicks off with a screening of a documentary about urban gardening in the most notorious neighborhoods in the United States, followed by a performance by local singer-songwriter iNCH. Nov 10

Have a taste of modern French storytelling at the French Film Festival organized by the Institut Français Singapour and the French Embassy where you can catch 20 remarkable French films like  Hothead (Coup de tête), which is the story of a French footballer who’s accused of rape and Monsieur Chocolat (Chocolat), which stars Charlie Chaplin’s grandson, James Thierrée. Nov 10-20

For the second time, Singapore’s center for photography and film Objectifs have turned their cameras to focus on the women who dabble in both these mediums. The Women in Photography exhibition will see the works by 16 women photographers who’ll be displaying compelling visual narratives that chronicle daily struggles, observations, and the universal theme of humanity and empathy. Through Nov 20

Objectifs will also be holding a bunch of screenings at the Women in Film showcase, which will follow the same thread of the photography exhibition. This showcase will highlight the journey of renowned film editor Mary Stephen, along with a good mix of feature and short films by other women filmmakers like Please Remember Me by Zhao Qing and Wild Women – Gentle Beasts by Anka Schmid. Through Nov 17

Friday, Nov 11

TGIF! Celebrate the end of the week by checking out this new laundry-themed bar that has elements like detergent boxes on the wall, washing machines on the premises and a Chinese cat motif (typically seen in Chinese households) welcoming you at the entrance. While Phat Cat Laundry does serve Asian-inspired cocktails and Asian fusion grub, you might wanna swing by during their happy hours (5pm-8pm) to enjoy house pours priced according to the hour (i.e. 5pm = $5). Nov 11

If you want to end the week on a high (without downing an unspeakable number of drinks), get your wetsuit on and head over to the newly reopened (and renamed) Singapore Wake Park where you can wakeboard, kneeboard, cable-ski; basically ride the waves and conquer the various obstacles in the water. Nov 11

If you’re on the lookout to furnish your home and wardrobe with all things vintage, check out the Katong Square’s three-day Lifestyle & Vintage Market, where you can dig around for vinyls, vintage accessories, gramophones and other hidden gems. Nov 11-13

The Singapore Eco Film Festival brings together many environmental organizations of Singapore, along with 22 films selected from around the globe and 27 panelists who will be hosting discussions around climate change, citizen initiatives and related issues. Also interesting is the bike-powered projector which will be used to screen Nature is Speaking, where big-deal actors like Liam Neeson, and Julia Roberts voice the various forces of nature. Nov 11-13