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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

HALO
By Michael Davis

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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

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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

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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

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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
By SWEATSHOPPE

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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!

Squiggle
By Angus Muir

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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

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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

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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 www.ilightsingapore.sg

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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:

THE COFFEE

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.

THE FOOD

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.

THE SWEETS

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).

THE INTERIOR

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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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Still cracking your brains for the perfect team-bonding activity to do with your classmates? Ditch your after-school plans for these freshly-minted hangout spots that are sure to make your friends say, “Bojio!”.

Holey Moley

 
 
 
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For a game of golf with a playful twist: Regular golf is overrated; enter Holey Moley, a mini golf club and bar that turns a traditional game of putt-putt into a labyrinth of holes you can play across two floors. Located in the heart of Clarke Quay, this spacious joint pays homage to a variety of pop culture themes – think familiar scenes that look straight out of Game of Thrones, The Simpsons and even E.T. After getting your Holey Moley fix, gather your mates and chow down on the delectable range of classic American delights available, such as the giant three-pound Monster Burger and meter-long pizzas that are perfect for sharing. Live DJs will also be onsite to spin tunes all night long, just in case you feel like busting a move or two.

Address: 3B River Valley Road #01-01, Singapore 179021
Opening hours: 12pm – 1am (Mon to Wed), 12pm – 2am (Thurs & Fri), 10am – 2am (Sat & Sun)
Tel: 800-492-2410

King and the Pawn

 
 
 
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For a good ol’ board game sesh: Fancy going retro? For those with a penchant for nostalgia, hit up this one- of-a-kind board game bar and cafe along Purvis Street for some old-fashioned fun. From the solid menu of hearty grub and locally-roasted coffee, to the quirky decor and laidback ambience, everything about this 55-seater space makes you feel right at home. But what we’re here for is its winsome selection of over 300 board games to choose from, including crowd-favourites like Riff Raff, Cards Against Humanity and more. The best part? There’s no imposition of a time limit; all they ask for is a cover charge of $8 (Tuesday to Thursday) or $13 (Friday to Sunday) per person, and you can geek out for hours on end with your buds!

Address: 24 Purvis Street Level 2, Singapore 188601
Opening hours: 5.30pm – 11.30pm (Tues to Thurs), 5.30pm – 2am (Fri), 11am – 2am (Sat), 11am – 10pm (Sun)
Tel: 6259 1913

Virtual Room

 
 
 
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For unstoppable virtual reality fun: Virtual reality is all the rage recently, but what sets Virtual Room apart is that it offers a collaborative experience where you work together with several people as a team, as opposed to other VR places that usually only cater for one player. You also get your own dedicated room – that can host up to 22 players at a time – where you’ll be transported to the future to save the world from destruction alongside your Omega teammates. A slot here will set you back a hefty $44 to $49 per person, but you get 45 minutes of extensive gameplay so you actually wind up getting more bang for your buck.

Address: Lucky Chinatown B3, Singapore 059432
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)
Tel: 6966 8060

SuperPark

 
 
 
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For a team-bonding indoor adventure: You don’t have to head to the great outdoors to taste an adventure. At SuperPark, thrill seekers can get your dose of adrenaline rush through a smorgasbord of all-new experiences at this 40,000 sq ft playground. Hailing from Finland, the indoor activity park houses over 20 activities ranging from the usual suspects of zip wires and tube slides, to a fully- equipped game arena where you can challenge your friends to a game of golf, baseball or street basketball. The folks at SuperPark sure ain’t kidding when they say there’s something for everyone!

Address: Suntec City Mall #02-477, Singapore 038983
Opening hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon to Fri), 9am – 9pm (Sat & Sun)

K.Star

 
 
 
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For a belt-worthy good time: When all else fails, there’s nothing that a karaoke session with the BFFs can’t fix. Sing your hearts out at K.Star, a first-of-its-kind karaoke bar with 25 uniquely themed rooms to fulfill your K-star fantasies. Feeling funky? Book a Panorama Room that comes with dynamic backdrops for a funky disco vibe. In the mood for something romantic? Snuggle up in one of the Mini Rooms filled with adorable plushies and decked out in fun wallpaper. Each room can easily fit six, with the largest VIP room able to host a party of 35. Prices are surprisingly affordable as they charge per room/hourly. For instance, a room for six costs $20++ per hour during Happy Hour – hit the max pax and you’ll be shelling out less than 5 bucks per person!

Address: Orchard Central #05-01, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: 12pm – 3am (Sun to Thurs), 12pm – 6am (Fri & Sat)
Tel: 6634 2801

This article was adapted from Teenage Passport To Your Future 2019.

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Having made its debut to much fanfare at the Bayfront Event Space last December, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival has successfully played host to a 1.4 million-strong crowd of adrenaline seekers across the four-month extravaganza. Back for its sophomore run from now till 24 March 2019, this year’s edition boasts 50 thrilling rides and attractions spanning over 23,000 square metres (that’s the size of four football fields), alongside a refreshed lineup of festival grub, fun workshops, music performances and more! If you’re heading down this weekend, here’s what you can expect.

Three new rides

Wave Swinger

Besides the classic mainstays of rollercoasters and vikings, there are also three spanking new rides in addition to its lineup: Wave Swinger, Freak Out and Jumper Jumper. The highlight attraction is no doubt the Wave Swinger, a swing carousel that is decorated with mural paintings of iconic landmarks such as Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands – which makes for a super photogenic backdrop if you’re here for the ‘gram.

Freak Out

The other two attractions are just as thrilling, but Freak Out takes the cake when it comes to upping the scream factor. As its name suggests, try not to freak out as this gut-wrenching ride sends you spinning in all directions (not for the faint-hearted).

Jumper Jumper

For a more family-friendly option, hop on the Jumper Jumper – the carnival equivalent of a fidget spinner that takes you round and round on a whirlwind adventure.

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Aside from the solid repertoire of rides available, you can also look forward to an array of fun-filled programmes to keep you entertained throughout – think food challenges, themed dress contests (more on that later), open mic sessions, interactive workshops for all ages and more. While you’re there, don’t forget to keep an eye out for a Chewbacca Santa roving the festival grounds!

Come dressed to win

Although admission is free, you’d still require a good amount of credits for the rides and games. Well, here’s an easy way for you to score more perks: simply come decked out according to the theme of the month, and the first 150 visitors donning the craziest outfits will walk away with bonus credits. Not only will you be the coolest kid at the carnival, you’ll also get more bang for your buck!

Enjoy live performances

What’s a carnival without a good soundtrack? Be treated to stunning live performances by homegrown music acts such as Among Four, Daniel Sid and DJ Gainzter, who are set to bring the house down with their addictive tunes. How’s that for supporting local?

Feast to your heart’s content

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival F&B

Feeling peckish after the rides? Pop by the F&B tent where you can indulge in a variety of lip-smacking fare – from hipster-approved meatballs served in a bucket at Sofnade, to classic All-American burgers found at Burg Nerds. With action-packed thrills, delicious grub and all-around good vibes, there’s plenty to play, eat and do at Prudential Marina Bay Carnival!

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival runs from 22 December 2018 to 24 March 2019, 4pm to 11pm daily (extended hours till 2am on New Year’s Eve). For more information, head over to www.marinabaycarnival.sg

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What a year 2018 has been! From all-night partying to explosive firework displays, end off the year on a high note at these celebratory New Year’s Eve countdown parties.

Bang Bang Club NYE Special: Future Shock

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Get the party started at Bang Bang Club’s NYE Special, along with Californian DJ J.Espinosa who will be spinning the decks with his high-energy EDM mixes – all the way into the first hours of 2019. Come dressed in your best futuristic glam get-up as you gather and countdown to the club’s very own version of the Times Square ball drop!

Tickets from $35, visit Peatix for more information.

Coastes New Year’s Eve Beach BBQ Countdown Party

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What better way to ring in the new year than an indulgent buffet as you dance the night away by the beach? Hosted by the good folks at Coastes, enjoy a rustic beach barbecue party that features a scrumptious spread of freshly-grilled seafood, hearty mains and sweet treats alongside live performances by music mastros Stephen Francis and Lily Anna Nuris.

Tickets from $75, visit Coastes for more information.

Esplanade New Year’s Eve Countdown

Esplanade New Year’s Eve Countdown

Join celebrity host Timothy Nga and local talents Nick Zavior, Amni Musfirah & The Hustlers, NovoBloco and Bloco Singapura for six hours of non-stop entertainment as you come together with your loved ones for a melodious end to 2018 at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre.

Admission is free, visit Esplanade Theatres for more information.

Lulu Presents: Winter’s Garden

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Who says we can’t have a white Christmas in Singapore? Step into a winter wonderland and immerse yourself in the dazzling display of flamboyant performances at the transformed LuLu’s Lounge – think stilt walkers, jugglers and live musicians with a cheeky circus twist.

Tickets from $30, visit Peatix for more information.

Marina Bay: Food Truck Fest

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Eat your way to 2019 at the Food Truck Fest with a lip-smacking lineup of local delights! Located right at the promenade of Marina Bay Sands, you are in for a culinary adventure as you tuck into a truckload of gastronomic treats like the signature USDA Black Angus ‘Choice’ Ribeye with ‘Heart Attack’ Fried Rice from New Ubin Seafood, to the famous Salted Egg Burger from The Quarters.

Admission is free, visit Food Truck Fest for more information.

Siloso Beach Party 2018

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Countdown in style at Siloso Beach Party, where you’re set for a bangin’ night of spectacular fireworks and electrifying tunes from Asia’s finest DJs including Tomorrowland alum, Jay Hardway. For a more exclusive experience, treat yourself to some VIP tickets to enjoy the best views of the grand fireworks finale at the stroke of midnight!

Tickets from $48, visit Sentosa for more information.

Star Island Singapore Countdown Edition

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End your 2018 with a bang as you immerse yourself in a multi-sensory fireworks musical coupled with larger-than-life pyrotechnics and synchronised light shows. Bringing the futuristic beauty of hanabi to our shores, don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind theatrical extravaganza along with a variety of fringe activities, including roving performances and a DJ party!

Tickets from $38, visit Star Island Singapore for more information.

Let’s Celebrate 2019

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Celebrate the start of 2019 with your favourite local celebs at Let’s Celebrate 2019 organised by MediaCorp. Aside from the exciting display of technicolour fireworks, you’ll also get to enjoy thrilling performances by notable homegrown acts like Taufik Batisah, Gentle Bones, Joanna Dong and more.

Admission is free, visit Let’s Celebrate 2019 for more information.

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