Once every 4 years the non-fans of football will see a lot of free time in their hands. Partly because everyone else will be busy chasing the hype and matches of the FIFA World Cup. For myself, I only get “into” the matches after the semi-finals and down to the last few countries still in the running and vying for the World Cup title. For now, we give you a 6-ways guide to survive this football season with other less enthusiastic friends of yours, or maybe when you’re bored and need a breather.
1) Showcase your skills at Orchid Bowl (Downtown East E-Hub)
Orchid Bowl (E-Hub) 1 Pasir Ris Close #01-111 Singapore 519599 +65 65831622
2)Try your hand at Hai Bin Prawning
Late night prawning and eating what you’ve caught is one of the most satisfying experience. Not so for me because I suck at prawning, but if you’re a fan of sitting by the pond in solitude with quiet company then this is perfect for you. Opens 24 Hours Daily $18 for 60 mins
Jurong West 241 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, The Village Singapore 629143 Tel: 6265 2598
Punggol 6 Tebing Lane #01-04 Singapore 828835 Tel: 6447 8693
3) Indulge in the durian season
It’s either you love this fruit to bits or hate this to death – durian season falls between June to August every year. Scout for cheap and tasty durians around Singapore if you are a lover of this King of Fruits! Some places include Geylang (might be a little pricey but altogether a different experience), Balestier or Upper Serangoon Road fruit stalls.
4) Movies (weekends)
Most cinemas only screen late night movies on Fridays and Saturdays. To get your mind off the World Cup fan screams and what not, here are some blockbusters picks in the midst of the football season (12 June – 13 July). Though we have to agree ticket prices are getting more expensive (we do feel the pinch as well), pick your shows (and escape) wisely!
5) Sing your heart out
Sing your heart out with friends at karaokes! One of the more best karaoke (price and experience) has to be Teo Heng, which charges by room per hour regardless of number of people. You are allowed to bring your own food in too.BranchesRendezvous – Grand HotelJunction 10NTU Alumni ClubSembawangKatongOpening HoursMon – Fri1pm – 1amSat / Holiday eve12pm – 2amSun12pm – 1am
6) S H O P P I N G Shopping has been a favourite past time for Singaporeans since we are surrounded by so many malls! But it is tough to look for late night shopping spots in Singapore other than during festive seasons like Chinese New Year and Christmas. Since football season is here, you should ask for compensation for… Retail therapy! The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands open till 12 midnight on Saturdays, perfect for people looking for high-end retails shopping and browsing.
Mustafa , 24 hours shopping haven, is a place of discovery. They sell almost anything – from party needs to sunglasses to household appliances, this is THE spot where you can find a wide variety of bargains and necessities.
Writer: Leong Chee Sheng