National Day falls on Wednesday and that only means two things: 1) No hump day woes; 2) It’s time for weeklong celebrations because, frankly, where got mood to work?
#1: Watch one of the most successful made-in-Singapore musicals.
Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress opens Aug 8 for its fourth run (the first was in 2002), with original national treasure Kit Chan reprising her role as the Empress Dowager in the critically acclaimed musical for the fourth and — reportedly — final time. So you know what you have to do.
From Aug 8 to 27 at The Esplanade. Tix from Sistic.
#2: Dance the night away, uniquely Singapore style.
What better way to usher in National Day than at every Singaporean’s favourite coming-of-age party, Mambo Jambo. Fall in love in the first degree once more when the legendary retrolicious night makes its return at Zouk. We’d tell you to practice those synchronised moves, but you probably already know it by heart. Go on, stand up for Singapore…on the dancefloor.
Aug 8 at Zouk. For more info, go to zoukclub.com.
#3: Bid a temporary farewell to a historical icon.
The Raffles Hotel is set to undergo the second phase of its restoration, but you can still have one chance to marvel at and delve deep into the history of the 130-year-old landmark. A Last, Lingering Look at an Icon is a tour and exhibition that will take you through the hallways of the hotels, and includes a re-creation of the accommodation of Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling’s accommodation back when he visited in 1889. Tickets are priced at $12 and spaces are limited to 12 per tour.
Until Aug 12 at Raffles Hotel. For more info, go to http://www.rafflessingapore.com/celebrations/raffles-walk-of-fame.
#4: Watch a seminal local film.
It used to be the film to tell chicks that you’ve watched if you wanted to seem cool. That was 20 (!) years ago, when Eric Khoo’s 12 Storeys first hit the big screens. Now watch the movie like it’s 1997 again at the old-school chic The Projector cinema...just like your parents used to.
Aug 9, 4.40pm, at The Projector.
One people, one nation, one Singa-buy! If you’re itching to shop online while watching the National Day Parade on TV, go the whole nine yards and shop local designs. We’ve got some tips.