SINGAPORE (March 20): This week, embark on a culinary adventure with Singapore Restaurant Week, or check out the Asian Civilisations Museum’s newly-opened permanent gallery on the third floor. Or, why not indulge in durian treats from Goodwood Park Hotel’s Durian Fiesta? Here are some ideas on what to do on your week out.

EAT

Singapore Restaurant Week 2020

March 30 – April 19

Various restaurants *Book online: www.restaurantweek.sg

Embark on your culinary adventure across the Lion City as the highly-anticipated Singapore Restaurant Week is back! This dining event has delighted Singaporeans for the past decade, with its straightforward offering of specially-curated threecourse lunch menus (starting from $28++) and three-course dinner menus (starting from $38++) at 100 selected restaurants in Singapore. The concept of ‘Singapore Restaurant Week’ is inspired by ‘New York Restaurant Week’ which started in 1998 by the New York State Division of Tourism to promote their local catering industry to the tourists from all around the world. This concept has since been extended to the major cities in Europe, South America and Asia, and has delighted diners in Singapore since 2012. This edition sees partnerships with Beam Suntory and its brands, Auchentoshan Whisky, Roku Gin, Maker’s Mark Bourbon and Jim Beam Bourbon, which gives guests the chance to experience complimentary alcohol pairing at selected restaurants. New participating restaurants are also being added daily on the website this month, so do keep an eye out for these irresistible and highly affordable deals. Participating restaurants have limited sets for Singapore Restaurant Week, so do make reservations, starting today. 

 

Durian Fiesta with Goodwood Park Hotel

Now until July 26

Goodwood Park Hotel’s highly-acclaimed annual Durian Fiesta is back with a new collection and perennial favourites to entice all durian lovers. The king of fruits takes centre stage with seven allnew durian pastries, in the hotel’s 37th edition of this fiesta. In addition, this year is the hotel’s 120th anniversary, a momentous milestone in the history of the grand dame. The new creations are inspired by the hotel’s illustrious past, a nod to current trends, and anticipation for an exciting future. Each pastry is intricately handcrafted to perfection, flaunting the divine flavours of the king of fruits using the finest D24 and Mao Shan Wang durians. Among the new creations are the D24 Pavlova and D24 Coffee Pavlova, D24 Party Squares which will showcase some of the most popular flavours from the past decade, like cream cheese and pandan coconut, and the firm favourite of the Galaxy Ice Cream Roll. Durian lovers may visit The Deli from 9am to 9pm daily, call +65 6730 1786 or complete the order form online or at the hotel, or email [email protected]

 

EXPLORE

Sentosa for the young and old

March 14 – June 30

Recreate new memories on a Singapore Cable Car ride, and take your family out for a fun-filled day with special deals on the Singapore Cable Car and Sentosa Island Bus Tours. From now to 30 June, One Faber Group is offeringlocal seniors totally free weekday rides on the Singapore Cable Car and Sentosa Island Bus Tour, while children will enjoy half-price tickets to both attractions. In addition, both generations can look forward to up to 50% discounts at the Wings of Time outdoor night show and Arbora hill-top restaurant — so the whole family can jalan jalan and makan together! Start your day trip by soaring above scenic vistas and lush greenery on the cable car from Faber Peak. Refuel at Arbora with one of its lunch set meals, then hop on the Sentosa Island Bus Tour for a comfortable air-conditioned journey around the sights that is suitable for both young and old. Finally, end your day on a high with the Wings of Time outdoor night show. Tickets for Singapore Cable Car, Wings of Time and Sentosa Island Bus Tour can be purchased from One Faber Group’s online store. 

 

ART

Asian Civilisations Museum opens new permanent galleries

From April 4

Asian Civilisations Museum

As Singapore’s national museum of Asian antiquities and decorative arts, the Asian Civilisations Museum celebrates a major milestone with the opening of its new third-floor galleries. Themed collectively as Materials and Design, these galleries mark the completion of the ACM’s multi-year refresh of its permanent galleries. Decorative arts are the focus on Level 3, highlighting a major aspect of ACM’s collection. This affirms the museum’s dedication to the aesthetics and craftsmanship of objects that illuminate global, regional, and local exchanges. One of the highlights is the Jewellery gallery, which displays a dazzling array of predominantly Island Southeast Asian jewellery from the Neolithic period to the 20th century. From life to death, jewellery is present at every stage and shares an intimate relationship with its wearer. Its public display communicates ideas of beauty, rank, and status in vast and unexpected ways. Supported by a generous gift from Edmond Chin in honour of his parents, Mary and Philbert Chin, this gallery adds to the range of treasures on view in the museum. 

(Please note that as a result of measures in place due to the evolving Covid-19 virus situation, the opening of the galleries to the public has been delayed to April 4, 2020.)

 

FILM

Escape from Pretoria

In cinemas March 26

Escape From Pretoria is the true story of Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber), both young, white South Africans branded as “terrorists” and imprisoned in 1978 for working covert operations for Nelson Mandela’s banned African National Congress. Based on the 2003 book Inside Out: Escape from Pretoria Prison by Tim Jenkin, who was incarcerated in Pretoria Maximum Security Prison, this movie is a thrilling will-they-won’t-they escape — and at the heart of it, the story of an oppressed majority’s struggle, and two ordinary men who took on the pursuit of equality for all.