13 Fabulous Things To Do In Singapore This February 2019

31 Jan 2019 by Jasmine Ong

We’re into the second month of 2019 and the fun’s just getting started! Aside from the Chinese New Year festivities, get ready to be treated to a spectacular lineup of events that you will not want to miss – from bangin’ concerts to artsy festivals and more!

Now to 24 Feb: iLight Singapore 2019


The annual sustainable light art festival is back again with a special edition held in conjunction with the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration. Featuring a total of 33 locally and internationally designed installations, each creative art piece utilises energy-saving lighting which don’t just look good for Instagram – but it’s also a great way to encourage the uptake of sustainable habits in our daily lives. For a complete guide on what highlights to check out, click here!

Admission is free, visit iLight Singapore for more information.

Now to 24 Feb: Light to Night Festival


Be involved in a multi-sensory experience which features a slew of art programmes, interactive artworks and installations that aim to invoke new outlooks on symbolic moments in Singapore’s history. The Light to Night Festival is held in seven zones within the entire civic district, which also includes the ART X SOCIAL festival food village where you’ll find a wide array of food and craft stalls!

Admission to festival is free unless otherwise stated. Visit Light to Night Festival for more information.

Now to 24 Feb: Lucy Liu and Shubigi Rao – Unhomed Belongings


On top of being a Hollywood superstar, did you know that Lucy Liu is also an artist? In a joint exhibition with Singaporean artist Shubigi Rao, both artists presents a virtual dialogue where visitors are invited to examine seemingly ordinary objects that turn out to possess a few peculiarities when inspected upclose.

Admission is free, visit National Museum Singapore for more information.

Now to 24 Feb: State of Motion 2019 – A Fear of Monsters


Though most of us might be too proud to admit; we are all afraid of things that go bump in the night. From the legendary Pontianak to the Orang Minyak or oily man, all things supernatural have kept us entertained and unified in our fear of the unknown. State of Motion will attempt to push you out of your comfort zone as you learn to develop a deeper understanding of the history and direction that Asian horror has advanced in Southeast Asian art, film and popular culture.

Admission is free unless otherwise stated. Visit State of Motion for more information.

2 Feb: RuPaul’s Drag Race – Werq The World Tour [R18]


The worldwide drag phenomenon is finally here to make their official Singapore debut! Featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 finalists Asia O’Hara, Eureka O’Hara and Kameron Michaels as well as fan favourites from past seasons Detox, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls and Violet Chachki, it’s looking to be a very fierce Saturday night worthy of the Drag Race Hall of Fame!

Tickets from $108, visit Apactix for more information.

3 to 10 Feb: River Hongbao 2019


Soak in the Lunar New Year atmosphere with larger-than-life lanterns that tell intriguing tales inspired by Chinese cultural legends and myths. Besides taking in the mesmerising sights, gear up for a night of fun over at the accompanying carnival which features over 20 thrilling rides and games, and comfort food you can indulge in from more than 40 different vendors!

Admission is free, visit River Hongbao for more information.

15 Feb: Blackpink 2019 World Tour [In Your Area] Singapore


Blinks, are you ready for an unforgettable night with the girls of BLACKPINK? The South Korean quartet is set make concert history in Singapore with a power-packed show that not only showcases their hit discography, but also each member’s dazzling solo stages.

Tickets from $128, visit SportsHub Tix for more information.

16 Feb to 17 Mar: The Future of Our Pasts Festival


In support of the Singapore Bicentennial, take a walk down memory lane and witness the nation’s history coming to life through creative and artistic mediums such as art installations, exhibitions and musical performances. Made possible by local and international tertiary students and recent graduates, come explore various themes through projects that interpret what the past, present and future will mean for our little red dot.

Admission is free unless otherwise stated. Visit The Future of Our Pasts Festival for more information.

18 Feb: Hyukoh Live in Singapore


Having been named one of the international acts to play at the legendary Coachella Music Festival this year, you won’t want to miss your chance to hear these boys live in Singapore! Returning to our shores for their sophomore show, the indie four-piece is back to enthrall us with their infectious melodies and signature sound in yet another night to remember.

Tickets from $88, visit APACTIX for more information.

20 Feb: Nickelback Feed The Machine Tour


Since forming the band almost 23 years ago, Canadian rock juggernaut Nickelback is no stranger to producing iconic singles that still resonate with fans today. Though this will be the first time the guys perform here as part of their Feed The Machine Tour, their seasoned discography of chart-topping smashes will guarantee that you have a rockin’ good time!

Tickets from $128, visit SISTIC for more information.

23 Feb: The Great Seungri Tour 2019 Live in Singapore


Having promised to return with The Great Seungri Tour during a visit to Singapore late last year, catch BIGBANG’s power maknae live as he entertains with his catchy tracks and outgoing personality.

Tickets from $148, visit APACTIX for more information.

25 Feb: Josh Groban Bridges Tour


Be amazed by the legendary vocals of global superstar Josh Groban in his debut concert in Singapore, as he takes you to a symphonic paradise with his renowned tunes accompanied by a full choir and orchestra.

Tickets from $108, visit SISTIC for more information.

27 Feb: Years & Years – The Palo Santo Tour


Let the trio from Years & Years take you on a musical journey in their very first full-length concert in Singapore! Featuring meaningful and well-crafted hits from their recent albums, the boys are ready to show you just how intuitively connected they are to the world of British pop.

Tickets from $88, visit APACTIX for more information.

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It’s stifling hot outside, the crowds seem to be everywhere, and you just can’t seem to hear your own thoughts. If you’re seeking for a slice of quiet when you’re out and about, let it be one with a good book in hand; overpriced coffee and hipster glasses optional. Here are 6 local bookstores to get your dose of literary enjoyment.

Basheer Graphic Books

Basheer Graphic Books

A classic among the OG book nerds, Basheer Graphic Books has been around since 1985; an icon tucked into well-loved Bras Basah Complex. You’ll recognise it for its black-and-white checkered floor tiles, floor-to-ceiling stacks of books, and the steady stream of arts students. Now specialising in a wide selection of design books covering every area you can think of – including Engineering For Cats – it’s the place to be for seeking inspiration for your next project; on whatever scale or interest it may be. Not a design student? Then you’ll take delight in the fact that they still offer SingLit titles, an impressive array of magazines and zines, and even children’s books for the little ones; all available online too.

Address: Bras Basah Complex #04-19, Singapore 180231
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon to Sat), 11am – 6.30pm (Sun)
Tel: 6336 1917



Book lover or not, BooksActually is the quintessential Singapore independent bookstore, thanks to its resident cats, its obscure location in Tiong Bahru, and its in-house publishing arm Math Paper Press, which offers exposure to promising local writers. Specialising in fiction and literature, take your pick from titles old and new – be it Math Paper Press’s freshly-printed new releases, obscure out-of-print titles, or even antique editions for ardent collectors. If reading’s not enough and you want to display your nerd pride loud and proud, look for the little backroom stocked with quaint trinkets; pick up a Birds & Co hand-stitched notebook, or a cute little MeowsActually tote bag to carry your book loot in. Or, you know, shop online and get it all delivered to you.

Address: 9 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168645
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm (Sun & Mon), 10am – 8pm (Tues to Sat)
Tel: 6222 9195

Woods In The Books

Woods In The Books

Just down the street from BooksActually, Woods In the Books nestles a whimsical escape from reality for the little ones and the young at heart. Step right through the turquoise door and enter a world of saturated colours and vivid dreamscapes. Prepare to be enchanted by the curated selection of picture books, or pick up hard-to-find reads like Mao and Me, a hard-hitting tome about political upheaval during the cultural revolution, and an illustrated interpretation of Persian classic The Conference of the Birds.

Address: 3 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168642
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm (Sun & Mon), 10am – 7pm (Tues to Fri), 10am – 8pm (Sat)
Tel: 6222 9980

Littered With Books

Littered With Books

When you think of a classic bookstore, Littered With Books is sure to come to mind. Housed in a conservation shophouse, it’s the rustic daydream of every bibliophile where you can soak yourself in the art of the written word, available to you in all kinds of genres. A quiet gem in the heart of the CBD, it will be your peaceful hideaway from the crowds; and if you ever find yourself holed up here while it’s raining outside, have a chat with the staff. It’s a great place to make friends, chill, and talk shop about your favourite writers.

Address: 20 Duxton Road, Singapore 089486
Opening hours: 12pm – 8pm (Mon to Thurs), 12pm – 9pm (Fri), 11am – 9pm (Sat), 11am – 8pm (Sun)
Tel: 6220 6824

Cat Socrates

Cat Socrates

If you’re a quirky catlady with a taste for literary and philosophical thought, you’ll feel right at home at this cosy nook filled with sweet little trinkets that are sure to evoke nostalgia. You won’t be able to resist the allure of the pretty book covers shelved here, nor the assortment of locally-designed knick-knacks, so let your hands and mind roam free. If you’d much rather shop from the comfort of your bed, their store is online too; though you’d want to personally say hi to their adorable feline furries, Zoo-zoo and Chestnut.

Address: Bras Brasah Complex #02-25, Singapore 180231
Opening hours: 12pm – 8pm (Mon to Sat), 1pm – 7pm (Sun)
Tel: 6333 0870

Gohd Books

Gohd Books

Fancy yourself a highbrow intellectual? Gohd Books is your place to be, with shelves stocked with antiquarian and rare books, leather-bound and pages well-aged. Gently page through books like Da Vinci’s Codex Madrid (a super rare book of his inventions), trace your finger along the ornate gold gilt on the spines of George Eliot’s Romola, and train your eye on rare Japanese reproduction prints. Surrounded by masterpieces probably older than your grandparents, step into this time capsule for an instant blast to the past.

Address: Burlington Square #01-37, Singapore 189659
Opening hours: 1.30pm – 7pm (Fri to Sun); Closed on Mon to Thurs
Tel: 9090 6181

A version of this article first appeared on SG Magazine.

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What’s a trip to Taiwan without visiting the largest and most famous night market in town? But here’s the good news: local foodies don’t have to fly all the way there for a taste of Taiwanese eats, as the iconic Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) will be opening its first concept pop-up market in Singapore this April!

Brought to you by the good people behind Artbox, Singapore’s version of Shilin Night Market will be taking on its romanised form of Shilin Ye Shi and will be held at the Singapore Turf Club across two weekends. But before you get overly excited about the event, one thing to note is that you probably won’t be getting the entirety of the real deal.

Shilin Night Market in Taipei City

In a Facebook post by event planner Invade, it’s said that one can expect a variety of authentic street snacks with a local twist, so there will most likely be a good mix of homegrown crafters alongside Taiwanese vendors. Although there’s no word on the exact F&B list yet, we’re crossing our fingers for at least some good ol’ fried chicken cutlet, oyster mee sua, stinky tofu and of course, everyone’s favourite bubble tea to satisfy our cravings.

Besides the grub, there will also be artisan stores, arcade games and even movie screenings to keep you occupied throughout the whole shindig.

Can our very own Shilin Ye Shi live up to the hype? We’ll just have to wait and find out.

Featured image credits: buncitfoodies, mtjeo and niseno12 on Instagram

Shilin Ye Shi Singapore runs from 19 to 21 April and 26 to 28 April 2019 (3pm to 11pm) at The Grounds @ Kranji, Singapore Turf Club.

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Annual sustainable light art extravaganza, i Light Singapore, is back to illuminate your nights with its special bicentennial edition that runs from 28 January to 24 February 2019.

This year, i Light Singapore seeks to explore the subject of connectivity while reflecting on the country’s evolution through the years with the theme ‘Bridges of Time’. With a total of 33 immersive artworks presented by local and international artists, this edition will also see installations placed in historical locations at the Civic District, Singapore River as well as Fort Canning Park’s Raffles Terrace for the very first time.

From 3D holograms to prismatic rainbow projections, here are 12 visual delights that you can’t miss.

Cenotaph For A Stone
By Bryan Joseph Cadag, Loo Quan Le, Zulkarnain Bin Mohd Zin

Location: Waterboat House Garden

Serving to reinterpret the possibilities of the Singapore Stone, Cenotaph for a Stone aims to retell a mystical folklore in Singapore’s early history. Comprising 51 rock-shaped fragments arranged on steel pedestals, marvel in awe as the perspective shifts to a time-warped explosion as you walk around its perimeter.

City Gazing Singapore
By Mingus Vogel and Justus Bruns

Location: The Lawn @ Marina Bay

Ever wondered what an aerial night view of Singapore would look like? Utilising a special animation to achieve an overview effect, City Gazing Singapore sends you on a virtual journey back in time to witness the country’s development over the past century under the vast inky-black sky.

Cosmic Web
By Foo Hui Wen, Lim Yu Zhi, Yashini D/O Renganathan

Location: Breeze Shelter

Modelled after a spider’s web, Cosmic Web has been assembled with tunnel-like designs that allow visitors to enter within its structure. The idea stems from an aim to develop a person’s brief experience with isolation in a public space, while encouraging them to be curious about their surroundings.

Facey Thing
By Uji Studios

Location: Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade

Taking inspiration from the selfie culture of today’s tech-savvy generation, Facey Thing is a satirical exhibit that uses facial tracking technology to create interactive pieces of art. Simply come into view of the camera and your face will be displayed on the screen upon detection – much like a spy television show!

By Michael Davis

Location: Esplanade Park

Aside from being a stunning visual splendour, this participatory piece also combines the use of audio and movements to create a sonic experience. Using 200 halo-like shapes that form vertical illuminated columns, HALO comes to life through different patterns of sound and light when interacted with.

Keys Of Light
By Mr.Beam

Location: Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park

Encouraging participation from visitors, Keys Of Light features a piano which uses different musical notes to reveal projection art inspired by Singapore’s iconic architecture. As no player’s musical piece is alike, every performance generates a unique visual display that represents the connection between music, animation and architecture.

Reflecting Holons
By Michel Martens and Jetske Visser

Location: Raffles House at Fort Canning Park

Witness the ephemeral combination between light and movement in Reflecting Holons, which uses transparent oil-like foils to reflect light within the space to mimic the shape of water droplets. The tear-shaped foil can be seen reflected on the ground and surrounding walls, making it a visual treat to remember.

Sails Aloft
By Biangle Studio

Location: Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade

Channeling the imagery of a ghost ship, Sails Aloft is a holographic snapshot inspired by the historic sampan panjang of the Orang Laut. Set in a 19th century sailboat race, the illuminated vessel has been designed to look as if it’s caught in the wind. Try catching a glimpse of its race boat counterparts when the hologram expands!

Shades Of Temporality

Location: Marina Bay Link Mall Entrance

Combining video painting technology and relatable digital content, Shades of Temporality allows visitors to leave a mark like a graffiti artist without breaking any laws. With an electronic paint roller in hand, you will be able to create your own personalised moving mural by virtually ‘painting’ videos onto the wall!

By Angus Muir

Location: The Promontory @ Marina Bay

Spanning across the entire space at The Promontory, Squiggle presents you with a fun and interactive experience that reflects the multicultural world we live in. Using little joysticks, you’re given the freedom to digitally control the colour, speed and direction of its 200-metre long fluorescent tubing, resulting in a twisting mass of mesmerising neon lights.

The Rainbow Connection
By Yun

Location: Marina Bay Sands Trellises

Co-created with the community, this upcycled installation is made from reused cookie containers combined with solar lights to showcase a shifting prismatic projection amidst the surrounding darkness – a fantastical portrayal of the deep sea, the woods and the clouds coming together to form a rainbow connection.

With A View
By Superiore Design Associates

Location: River Promenade along Parliament House

As probably one of the most Instagrammable installations, be sure to snap a photo or two in front of this illuminated display of Singapore’s multicultural architecture influences. Made of parallel mirrors fixed together in the shape of nostalgic shophouse windows, With A View generates the illusion of a series of smaller reflections that seem to fade into a limitless distance.

Photo credits: i Light Singapore

i Light Singapore Bicentennial Edition runs from 28 January to 24 February 2019 at Marina Bay, the Civic District, Singapore River and Fort Canning Park’s Raffles Terrace. For more information, head over to

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The moment we heard about the arrival of Baristart Coffee on our sunny shores, we knew we had to talk about it. Hailing from downtown Sapporo, the specialty coffee joint has just opened its doors in the heart of CBD along the bustling Tras Street, and it has already become one of our favourite java spots in town. Here’s a look at some of their noteworthy offerings:


Helmed by global chief barista Yuuki Takechi, the folks at Baristart Coffee are highly trained in their craft so you can definitely trust them to churn out an impeccable cup of joe. Watch as the man expertly works his pour over latte art magic behind the counter, which will make your cuppa look extra Instagramable.

Baristart Coffee

A must-try is the BIEI Jersey Milk Coffee ($7.50), which is made with specially-imported Hokkaido milk for a richer and creamier consistency. For those who prefer a stronger brew, this option might not appeal to the serious caffeine drinkers – but we like that it still comes packed with plenty of aromatic flavour.


For a joint with a strong focus on its coffee, we certainly did not expect to be greeted with a mouth-watering spread of savoury delights. You get the usual fare of avocado salads, pastas and sandwiches – but with a distinctly Japanese twist that makes it all the more authentic.

Obihiro Butadon

Standout dishes include the Hokkaido Carbonara ($17.80), a generous plate of cream spaghetti drenched in Hokkaido rich milk; and Obihiro Butadon ($18.80), a hearty bowl of glazed pork belly slices atop fluffy rice grains.


There’s something for the sweet-tooths too! Exquisitely created by a team of skilled Japanese pastry chefs, they offer an indulgent selection of desserts to end off your meal on a sweet note. If you’re here for the ‘gram, be sure to order the Shiro Kuma Shaved Ice ($9.80).

Shiro Kuma Shaved Ice

Shaped like a bear, this super kawaii treat is served with homemade syrup on the side that you can drizzle all over the brimming bowl. You can either opt for the signature Hokkaido BIEI Jersey Milk, or choose to have coffee, strawberry, mango or green tea to go along.

Just look at how cute it is! We can’t bear to dig in (sorry, we just had to).


Baristart Coffee Singapore Interior

Similar to its Sapporo counterpart, the outlet in Singapore adopts a minimalist design coupled with quirky accents, wood textures and a splash of greenery – reminiscent of interiors that you usually see in modern and traditional Japanese homes. Although the space isn’t as spacious (you might want to come early if you want to avoid the crowd), it has an abundance of natural light which also makes for gorgeous food shots.

With good coffee, a laidback ambience and aesthetics to boot, Baristart Coffee is a clear winner in our books.

Featured image credits: yuki_takeuchi__, iris.nihao, baristartcoffee on Instagram

Baristart Coffee is located at 65 Tras Street, Singapore 079004.

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