NDP 2021: Ways to Enjoy your National Day Weekend

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This National Day might feel very different for many of us, with the parade being postponed to 21 August in line with the new restrictions, you might be thinking how to spend this long weekend ahead. Whether you’re on the lookout for a space to exercise or hunting for food promos, scroll down and find out ways to enjoy your National Day weekend!

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1. Start on hobbies you’ve been putting off 

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We all have new year’s resolutions left unchecked or something we’ve been putting off at the back of our minds. Whether it’s learning a new skill, starting on a book or getting into the workout regime you’ve set out. All of us start somewhere, and this week could be the week for you. With that, if you’re thinking of being active again, you might love the next activity!

2. Go on hikes 

sungei buloh observation pod

Image Credits to National Parks Board

Kick start your long weekend by taking a breather in nature and getting a light workout in! One of the best ways to do so in Singapore is to go on hikes! There are plenty of different places you could explore such as Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, where you’ll get to immerse yourself in nature and spot some animals such as mudskippers, water snakes and birds! 

chestnut nature park rock

Image Credits to National Parks Board

Chestnut Nature Park might be the nature park you’ll especially love if you’re into mountain biking, with two separate trails, one for mountain biking and another for hiking. Fun Fact: Chestnut Nature Park is also Singapore’s largest nature park! 

lush greeneries by the water

Image Credits to National Parks Board

If you love being by the waters and catching the sunset or sunrise, Lower Pierce Reservoir Park would be the place you want to be! It’s Singapore’s second oldest reservoir and has a hiking trail that is along the waters.  Escape the hustle and bustle of the city in these nature parks this National Day Weekend!

3. Try recreating your favourite Hawker dishes

Up to try cooking something new this weekend? Try recreating these Hawker dishes! Whether it’s Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak, or Roti Prata, we’ve linked the recipes of these favourites among Singaporeans down below for you! 

Recipes: 

chicken rice with chilli

Chicken Rice Recipe 

nasi lemak dish with cucumber rice chilli and egg

Nasi Lemak 

roti prata and curry set on a table

Roti Prata 

4. Indulge and celebrate over food

If cooking isn’t your thing, then head on down to your nearest coffee shop and support local! Or check out SGDabao for a compilation of hawker food all around Singapore! This pandemic situation hasn’t been the easiest for our local hawkers and they need all the support we can give. Plus, there’s no better way to celebrate than over some good food! 

tins of old school biscuits

Image Credits to Good Old Days Biscuit 

Want to relive your childhood days? Then you would love these old school snack shops like The Biscuit Shop, The Biscuit King and Good Old Days Biscuit to name a few! From Ice Gem Biscuits, Lemon Puff to Tapioca Chips. Discover your childhood favourites again this weekend!

Recalling how old Singapore is this year? These food promos say its all! It’s SG56 and these are some of the promotions that are happening this National Day, all enjoy at just $5.60! 

kim bong bong burger set promotion

Image Credit to Kim Bong Bong

Kim Bong Bong is having a National Day set meal where you’ll get to enjoy your choice of Korean Burgers and drink! 

toast box mee pok promotion

Image Credits to Toast Box

Or indulge in Toast Box’s National day special – Spiced Pork Cubes Mee Pok this weekend! 

korean cakes promotion

Image Credits to Korfe Korean Bakery 

Calling all dessert lovers! Try Korfe Korean Bakery’s cakes that are inspired by Korean flavours that are sure to satisfy your cake cravings!

5. Enjoy free local performances online

red dot august esplanade schedule

Image Credits to Esplanade 

If you prefer to take this long weekend to recharge and refresh for the week ahead, you might want to catch these free performances online by Esplanade called Red Dot August  showcasing a lineup of performances from artists such as Lorong Boys, Diverse Abilities Dance Collective (DADC) and many more! These programmes are running all through August, so don’t miss it, see the full list of programmes happening here on Red Dot August

Hope this has helped you get some inspiration on how to spend your National Day weekend! Stay safe everyone!

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