If you’re bored of hanging out at shopping malls every weekend, check out our list of undiscovered places in Singapore. Besides, don’t shopping malls start to seem the same after while…?
If you’re tired of Sentosa’s crowded beaches, you might just want to spend an afternoon at Kusu Island instead. The island is also known as ‘Turtle Island’ – we hear it was named after a magical turtle who transformed itself into an island to save two sailors from drowning (what a noble creature!).
Besides its somewhat untouched flora and fauna, Kusu Island also has several small (but quiet) beaches and lagoons perfect for a relaxing picnic by the water. Just be sure to bring your own food and necessities though, as there aren’t any stores on the small island.
There are also several places of worship on the island, such as the Da Bo Gong Chinese temple and three Malay Kramat shrines. Be sure to avoid going to Kusu Island from September to November, as that’s when hundreds of religious devotees make their annual pilgrimage there.
The only way to get to the Islands is to charter a boat from Marina South Pier. Prices are negotiable.
Like Kusu Island, the Sisters’ Islands has their own backstory. Legend has it that a pair of sisters jumped into the sea in an attempt to reunite with each other, after being forcibly separated by pirates. Myths and legends aside, the islands are well-known among avid snorkellers, who are drawn to the abundant marine life and coral reefs. If you’re looking for a tranquil, tropical getaway can also relax with a picnic by blue, sandy beaches. Watch out for the native monkeys though, as they can get a little too close for comfort.
Take Bus 103 from Serangoon MRT station and alight at Church of St.Vincent de Paul (67079). Cross Yio Chu Kang Road and the canal bridge to No 8 Lorong Buangkok.
(Source: Walter Lim)
I know what you’re thinking – a kampong, really? There’s something strangely interesting about stepping back in time though. Tucked away in the north of urban Singapore, Kampong Buangkok is the last kampong settlement on our island. The rural pocket is a remnant from the 1950s, and most of the residents have lived there for almost as long. The place is worth a visit if you have a spare afternoon.
Do remember that the kampong is private property though, so it is best to ask the owners for permission before taking photos. And if they like you, they may share some of their stories with you.
The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #03-51/52, Singapore 059817 (Clarke Quay MRT exit F. 11.30 am to 10.30 pm daily. Visit Lockdown.sg for more details.
Now here’s something we haven’t heard of in Singapore before – a real life simulation of a computer game. If you’ve been playing one too many video games, check out Lockdown.sg instead. Players are locked in a room and must rely on surrounding clues and resources to escape. In order to achieve your goal, you and your team will have to solve a series of riddles and complete various tasks. There are three different rooms – Kidnapped, Top Secret and Bailout – and each features a different theme and role-playing scenario.
Get your friends together and book an available time slot before heading down. Prices range from $19 per person during off-peak hours (weekdays before 7pm) to $22 per person during peak hours (weekdays after 7pm, weekends and public holidays).
67 Sungei Tengah Rd Singapore 699008. Visit their website for more details. Admission is free.
Back in the day, Farmart used to be the place for weekend family trips. While the place may have lost a bit of its lustre, Farmart is still an interesting place to visit if you like animals (and fresh produce). Besides an animal corner where you can feed goats and other animals, there is also a collection of stores selling organic and fresh produce, as well as pets. If you’re getting there via public transport, you can hop onto the Farmart shuttle bus ($1 per trip), which picks up and drops off passengers at the bus stop diagonally across Lot 1 Shopping Mall (under the MRT tracks).