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  • Got To Move 2017   We’re already 10 months into 2017 and I’m not proud to say that I’ve yet to fulfill my New Year’s resolution of shedding some weight.  If you can relate - since mooncake season is in full swing - there’s great news for all of us....
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  • October’s more than just Halloween     Image adapted from: Royal Albatross September went by just as fast as Lewis Hamilton did in the recent F1 race. And now that September’s ended, we hope you’re wide awake because we’ve finally arrived at the last quarter of the year!  October used to be the month for us because of Children’s Day, but even if you’re all grown up, there’s lots be enjoyed this month: -EVENTS-   1. Singapore Wine Fiesta 2017     Image credit: Singapore Wine Fiesta Wine enthusiasts are in for a treat this month - Singapore’s largest outdoor wine festival, Singapore Wine Fiesta 2017, is back for its 10th year, featuring over 300 wines for you to sample! Head down to this 3-day festival if you’re keen on learning more about wine, or if you’re in search of some of the best reds, whites, and pinks to purchase. Note: Entry to the after-hour Wine Party is free. Check timings here. Date: 27 - 29 October 2017Time: Fri: 4PM - 8PM | Sat & Sun: 12PM - 6PMVenue: Clifford Square (Next to Fullerton Bay Hotel)Price: $45 (1 ticket), $99 (3 tickets); check ticket prices here. Visit their website for more details.   2. Urban Ventures Street Party Vol. 7     Image credit: Urban Ventures Join in the fun at Urban Ventures Street Party Vol. 7, and enjoy an event jam-packed with activities celebrating individuality - from an artisan market to a poetry slam, and even free manicures and face painting. Go ahead and lay your yoga mats along the streets of Keong Saik as you meditate while chugging a beer at the same time. And if you’re craving for more booze even after the yoga sesh, head over to any of the pop-up F&B booths as they’ll be serving up tasty treats and alcohol for below $20. Date: 21 October 2017Time: 4PM - 10:30PMVenue: 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109Price: Free admission Visit their website for more details.   3. GIF Fest 2017     Image adapted from: @aikbengchia If you’ve always been curious on how to bring your still photos to life like this one above, you’re in luck this month. Head down to GIF Fest this October to have chance to learn from one of Singapore’s most followed street photographers on Instagram, Aik Beng Chia. Themed “Illusions”, the inaugural GIF festival will be showcasing over 50 shortlisted works, submitted by both amateurs and professionals, out of the 500 which have been submitted through the Open Call held last August. Note: Pre-registration is required for selective workshops. Date: 5 - 11 October 2017Time: 8PMVenue: Blk 7 Gillman BarracksPrice: Free Admission Visit their website for more details.   4. “Let’s go on a Blind Date” by Etch Empathy and A Good Space     Image credit: Smallnhot Walk in the shoes of the visually impaired community this October and have a meal with them in complete darkness in their “Let’s go on a Blind Date” event. Engage in intimate h2h conversations where they’ll be sharing personal stories with you, giving you a different outlook on things. On top of that, you’ll also be giving back to the community as profits from this event will go to iC2 PrepHouse to support their vision rehabilitation program for students from low-income families. Date: 12 October 2017Time: 7:15PM - 9PMVenue: National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre MPH 1 & 2, 6 Eu Tong Sen St, Singapore 059817Price: $60/pax (inclusive of dinner) Visit their website for more details.   5. NParks’ Parks Festival     Image credit: NParks Unplug from your smartphones at NParks’ Parks Festival this October at 5 different parks island-wide. Activities you get to partake in depend on the park you visit - some of them include gardening, art jamming, catching a concert, and there’s even a bike agility course too! Whether you’re all about that #fitspo life, have a green thumb, or simply wanna spend hours splotching blobs of paint on a canvas at a free art jamming sesh - Parks Festival has something for everyone to partake in. Note: Not all the activities are FOC. Click here for more information and reserve a spot for one of the activities! Date: 28 & 29 October 2017Time: Various timings Venue: Various parks island-wide  (Admiralty Park, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Esplanade Park, Jurong Central Park, and Pasir Ris Park)Price: Free admission Visit their website for more details.   6. USS Halloween Horror Nights   By now, we’re all familiar with the highly anticipated spooky affair, Halloween Horror Nights at USS. Back for its 7th time with 4 haunted houses, 2 scare zones and 2 shows, this year’s installment of the event will also feature a brand new Zombie Laser Tag session. If you haven’t gotten tickets to this year’s HHN, you can try your luck at their online games to stand a chance to win 2 pair of tickets weekly. And if you’re lucky enough, you might even take home the grand prize of exclusive media night passes! Note: You’ll have to top up $38 on top of your General Admission ticket to experience the zombie survival horror at Zombie Laser Tag. Date: 29 September - 29 October 2017Time: 7:45PM - 1AMVenue: Universal Studios SingaporePrice: $68 (General Admission), $80 (HHN Express Plus), $60 (HHN Express); check ticket prices here. Visit their website for more details.   7. Thirsty Thursday: The Sentosa Pub Crawl     Image credit: Singapore Pub Crawl If you haven’t had your social life in check for a while now, Sentosa Pub Crawl is something you wouldn’t wanna miss out on. For just $15, you’ll get to enjoy an evening full of complimentary shots, 1-for-1 drink deals and beer pong with your newly found party homies at 4 locations in Siloso Beach Sentosa - Ola Beach Club, Wave House Sentosa, AJ Hackett and Bikini Bar! Tip: Don a swimsuit because you’ll be ending the evening off with a wet and wild pool party! Date: 5 - 26 October 2017 (All Thursdays)Time: 6PM - 10PMVenue: 10 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 098995 Price: $15 Visit their website for more details.   8. Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay     Image credit: Gardens by the Bay Light up your October with  the Mid-Autumn Festival spirit by taking a stroll through Gardens By the Bay. While there, don’t miss the largest lantern display created by the Gardens to date, Waters of Prosperity, where you’ll see a fishing village swarmed with 70 over fish-shaped lanterns.   Image credit: Gardens by The Bay While there, try your hand at designing your own lanterns and oil-paper umbrellas. And of course, you can expect to indulge in a myriad of Asian delights and yummy mooncakes at the Asian Food Street held at the Supertree Grove. Date: 22 September - 8 October 2017Time: 6PM - 11PMVenue: Gardens by the BayPrice: Free Admission Visit their website for more details.   9. Deepavali Festival Village      Image credit: Carrie Sim Soak in the festive mood as you walk through Deepavali Festival Village. At this annual festive market, you’ll find a slew of stalls offering traditional goods - such as the Sari, intricate bangles and delicacies like laddu and murukku too! Of course, don’t leave the market without getting a henna tattoo done by one of the street vendors for as cheap as $5!   Image credit: @fiercely_miss.independent Date: 9 September - 17 October 2017Time: 11AM - 10PMVenue: Campbell Lane and Hastings RoadPrice: Free Admission Visit their website for more details.   10. Got to Move 2017     Image credit: Got to Move Whether you have 2 left feet or already a pro at the Dance Central game, it doesn’t matter because with over 220 free dance activities open to public at Got to Move 2017, there’s no reason for you to not leave your sedentary lifestyle behind this month. So go ahead and reserve your spot at the free dance workshops available - it’s still not too late to fulfill that new year’s resolution of yours of wanting to achieve that #bodygoals which you’ve been putting off since 10 months ago! Date: 13 - 29 October 2017Time: Various timingsVenue: Various locationsPrice: Free Admission Visit their website for more details. -THINGS TO DO-   1. Catch Benjamin Kheng in the LGBT musical, FUN HOME     Image credit: @benjaminkheng Winner of 5 Tony Awards, FUN HOME is a groundbreaking coming-of-age LGBT musical filled with drama and comedy, starring top local artistes Benjamin Kheng, Adrian Pang, and Nikki Muller. Prepare for your heartstrings to get pulled as the musical covers a sensitive and pertinent subject that many young people can identify with. Note: Advisory 18 years and above due to Homosexual content. Date: 29 September - 15 October 2017Time: 3PM & 8PMVenue: Drama Centre TheatrePrice: $30 onwards; check ticket prices here Visit their website for more details.   2. Shop till you drop at Liberty Flea     Some of the things you can expect to cop at the Liberty Flea. Image credit: @joietan If you’re one to go crazy over nifty trinkets, handcrafted accessories and vintage wear, it’s time to mark your calendars for Liberty Flea. Apart from the vendors who’ll be selling their pre-loved items, Artify will also be putting out a Pay-What-You-Wish table, where you can bring home those items at any price you deem fit! Be sure to come early so you can get first dibs on these items before they run out! Date: 22 October 2017Time: 12:30PM - 6:30PMVenue: Artify Studio, 200 Jalan Sultan, #09-03, Textile Centre, Singapore 199018Price: Free admission Visit their website for more details.   3. Grab a meal at Singapore’s most modern Kopitiam     If you haven’t been to Yishun for a while now ever since it gained a reputation or being a ”hood for hooligans”, you might wanna reconsider because of this newly opened Yishun Park Hawker Centre.   Ramen for $3.50 from Yishun Park Hawker Centre  Unlike other hawker centres, this spankin’ new food hub has cool new features like pinball machines and comes with the Tuck Shop Store Credit app which lets you get 10% off ALL items from any store. Check out our article here to know more about the type of dishes they offer there! Yishun Park Hawker Centre Address: 51 Yishun Avenue 11, Singapore 768867Opening hours: 6AM-10PMTelephone: 6338 8277Getting here: take 806 from Yishun Bus Interchange (3 stops)   4. Sing along to popular hits by Bruno Mars and Britney Spears at local jukebox musical, Forever Young     Image credit: Sing’theatre Set in 2067, Forever Young follows the story of our local entertainers like Hossan Leong, Tan Kheng Hua, and Suhami Yusof living together in a nursing home past their glory days. The retired versions of our veteran actors are forced to abide by their no-nonsense caregiver’s rules. But once she leaves the room, you’ll start seeing dentures flying and walking frames being used as stage props as these passionate performers belt out pop classics - determined to prove that they still have it. Date: 11 - 21 October 2017Time: 4PM & 8PMVenue: SOTA Drama TheatrePrice: $45 onwards; check ticket prices here Visit their website for more details.   5. Practice Japanese Yoga and indulge in sushi after     Image credit: Funzing This one’s for all your Japanophiles. Take a break from your daily grind and head down to the Botanic Gardens for a Japanese Yoga & Sushi session in the great outdoors. Though this event will be held outdoors, getting dehydrated should be the least of your worries because you’ll get to enjoy free flow of authentic Japanese green tea throughout this yoga sesh! Date: 8 October 2017Time: 9:30AM - 10:30AMVenue: Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569Price: $18 Visit their website for more details.   6. Go on a staycay at Oakwood Studios with your posse      Image credit: Oakwood Studios Singapore When you can’t get away for a holiday, the next best thing you can do is to go on a staycay. Oakwood Studios Singapore is a chic new serviced apartment located in the heart of town, with highly customisable spaces for small parties and gatherings - making it the perfect staycay spot with your squad. Read our full review here.   7. Ready, set and glow at the Skechers Blacklight Run       Image credit: Blacklight Run If you missed last month's Colour Run Night and are looking to redeem yourself, make the Skechers Blacklight Run a priority visit. As you dash along the 5KM route, you'll be pelted by non-toxic powder - which will glow in brilliant neon once you reach Blacklight zones situated along the path. The fun doesn't stop at the finish line as runners will be treated swag like glow powder and LED-gifts at the after party which they can use to brighten up the arena as they jam to live tunes from DJs. Sign up here and you'll receive: A commerative Skechers Blacklight Run t-shirt A Skechers Blacklight Run race bib Admission to the Skechers Blacklight Run After Party Date: 28 October 2017Time: 4:30PM - 11:30PMVenue: Palawan Green SentosaPrice: From $70 Visit their website for more details.   8. DIY your kicks from scratch     Image credit: @christyngshoes Forget about flying all the way to Bangkok to get your kicks customised for cheap. We managed to suss out a bunch of places where you can pick the design of your shoes from scratch - from choosing the right material, to shoe width, and even the ideal heel height. Read our article here to find out more   9. Chill out at Royal Albatross’ haunted cocktail bar     Image credit: Royal Albatross If you find yourself thinking twice about hopping onto the Halloween bandwagon because of the crowd, this event will be right up your alley. Skip the throng of people heading to Halloween Horror Nights at USS and board the Royal Albatross Tall Ship to experience an eerie 2-hour cruise. While onboard this ghost ship, indulge in some of the Captain’s favourite concoctions, which have been curated specially for this spooky season - like Sleepy Hollow, Dead Man’s Chest, and Cauldron Brew. Also, unlike HHN, don't be afraid to go crazy with your costumes because you might just stand a chance to be crowned best dressed! Note: This event only admits those aged 18 years and above. Date: 28 October 2017 Time: 11:30PM - 1:30AMVenue: Royal Albatross (Docked next to S.E.A Aquarium)Price: $165 (Includes 2 drinks and 2-hour sail) Visit their website for more details.   10. Snag your favourite snacks at World Snack Fair 2017     Image credit: @jonizj Go crazy at World Snack Fair where there’ll be an immeasurable range of international snack brands all in one place - where you can mix and match ANY 3 snacks across all the international brands at a flat rate of $10. Look forward to seeing some familiar treats like Bangkok Cookies, Tokyo Banana, and Matcha Brownies! There also be over 90 types of Japanese cup noodles - so knock yourselves out! Date: 13 - 15 October 2017Time: 11AM - 9PMVenue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard Suntec City, Singapore 039593Price: Free admission Visit their website for more details.   Things to do in October 2017   You’ve conquered 9 months of the year and you’re only 3 months away from the year-end holidays - and that’s a good enough reason to give yourself a lil break. Whether it’s a short staycay with your squad, getting all boozed-up before the week ends or even practicing yoga while stuffing in a mouthful of sushi - there’s lots for everyone to do to keep themselves occupied this month!
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