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What’s On This Weekend In Singapore: 15 – 17 October 2021

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1. Singapore Games Week 2021

Held in conjunction with gamescom asia, Singapore Games Week 2021 (SGW 2021) is an annual showcase and celebration of the vibrant Singapore Games Industry and its communities to both the public and the international gaming community. Running through this Sunday, SGW 2021 features a number of activities including a SGW Virtual Village exhibition, industry networking opportunities and more!

Singapore Games Week 2021
Address: Online event
Date and time: 11 to 17 October; various times (see website)
Admission: Free, though registration required for some activities (see website)

2. The Gift

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What is in a gift? The answer to that innocuous question may not be quite as straightforward as you think. “From social act to cultural performance or philosophical concept, the apparently ordinary act of gifting is in fact ambivalent and paradoxical, and consequently a source of fascination, vexation and debate,” or so contends the exhibition, The Gift, is part of a broader project titled 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘌𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘌𝘮𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘏𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 that is developed as a dialogue between collections of four museums.

At the National Gallery Singapore until 7 November, the conversations aim to extend into four related exhibitions that include artwork exchanges. This exploration of collections also uncovers histories of collecting – of gifts received, rare discoveries unearthed, and acknowledgements of significance.

The Gift
Address: City Hall Wing, Level B1, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Rd., #01 – 01, 178957
Date and time: Ongoing through 7 November, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission: Free for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents

3. Yoga for a Change at Fort Canning Green

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With a cap of 20 students each class, Yoga for a Change is a weekly charity yoga class at Fort Canning Green, every Saturday morning. If you can’t make it this week, buy tickets ahead for a future class! According to the organisers and instructors, Laura and Jason, 100 percent of the proceeds go to support Yoga for a Change x LOVE, NILS – a charity that helps children with cancer.

Yoga for a Change at Fort Canning Green
Address: Fort Canning Green, Canning Rise (on the big flat area made of AstroTurf right in the middle a large open space to the side of the National Museum)
Date and time: 16 October; 8 a.m.
Admission: $17.84; purchase tickets here.

4. Geylang Adventures 2021 (Weekend)

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Just in case you didn’t know, Geylang is the only legalised red-light district in Singapore. From its fabled food to its notorious vice, the neighbourhood has had its own share of adventures. On this walking tour – led by residents of Geylang – you can discuss and witness first-hand these things and other issues and their resultant social and environmental impacts.

Some practical tips: Travel light and bring a water bottle and umbrella. Tours proceed rain or shine, though the route may be adjusted to maximize shelter!

Geylang Adventures 2021
Address: Meet at Aljunied MRT, Exit A (next to the POSB ATM)
Date and time: 16 October, 3 p.m.

Admission: $48.22; purchase tickets here.

5. World Animal Day – Pets In Pandemic

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Thinking of getting a pet or just got a new pet to keep you company as you work from home? Lucky you (and not just because you’ve become a paw-rent)! It’s also because – as an extension of World Animal Welfare Day this past 4 October – you can join this free online event on Saturdays all this month to learn tips from vets and speakers across five different organisations about how to provide the best care for our fur-mily.

Miss this Saturday’s session? There will be two more, in which the experts will be covering a variety of topics ranging from the more common companion animals – dogs and cats – to the exotics such as reptiles and birds.

If you’d like to learn more about how to adopt a pet in Singapore, read our comprehensive story on The Finder.

World Animal Day – Pets In Pandemic
Address: Online event
Date and time: 16 October; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free

6. Crystal Appreciation Workshop by The Gem Museum

If you are fascinated by crystals – whether because of their unique beauty or because they take billions of years to form beneath the earth (or both!) – this is a must-go workshop.

You’ll learn about the seven crystal systems and appreciate the optical properties related to their chemical composition and structure. And beside the science-y stuff, you’ll get to see and touch many precious crystal gemstones. Cool! The Gem Museum’s gemmologists, who will lead the fun workshop, will impart technical knowledge and over 10 years of practical trade experiences.

Crystal Appreciation Workshop by The Gem Museum
Address: The Gem Museum, 26 Kandahar St., Level 2, 198888
Date and time: 16 October, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Admission: $24.12
; purchase tickets here.

7. Sound Bath Singing Bowl Meditation by Christina

Looking for rejuvenating experience? A way to fully relax? Check out this event at The Singing Bowl Gallery this Saturday, and let the sound and resonance of the Singing Bowl collections help to bring you peace and harmony. A quintessential aid to meditation, the sounds produced by the bowls evoke a deep sense of relaxation, allowing the body, mind and spirit to melt away the stress of day-to-day life.

And just in case you’re worried (or simply curious), the gallery’s meditation session is not related to any religions or mystical beliefs.

Sound Bath Singing Bowl Meditation by Christina
Address: The Wellness Studio by The Singing Bowl Gallery, 160 Robinson Rd., #04-12, 068914
Date and time: 16 October, 5:30 p.m.

Admission: $36; purchase tickets here.

8. Unlocking ADHD Adult-2-Adult: Adulting & Careers

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How did you realise you have ADHD? How has post-diagnosis life been? How does ADHD affect your professional and personal life? At this free online event, you can listen to five ADHD adults – from a full-time working mum to a career warrior whose friends call him “laser” (for his “piercing insights about human behaviour’) – answer these questions and more as they share about their ADHD journey and how to cope amidst constant changes!

Unlocking ADHD Adult-2-Adult: Adulting & Careers
Address: Online event
Date and time: 16 October, 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

By Sara Lyle Bow

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