Five things to do this weekend (Oct 13-15)

Look no further, for this weekend is packed with activities.

Janella Ching

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Published: 13 October 2023, 5:58 PM

Gear up for an exciting weekend of arts and crafts, travelling and the great outdoors!

Here are five things to do this weekend (Oct 13-15):

1. Celebrate all things Japan at the Japan Rail Fair

Happening at Guoco Tower from Oct 13 to 15, the fourth annual instalment of the Japan Rail Fair will feature 23 booths offering a variety of food and beverage, lifestyle and culture items, and even passes for train trips.

Foodies can look out for an ice cream menu only available during October, as well as watermelon and mango parfaits exclusive to the Fair. 

Another highlight of the Rail Fair is the Train Simulator Experience. Visitors can go through a live simulation of TrainGo, the technology used to prepare Japanese train drivers for actual train trips.


Japan Rail’s simulators mimic the experience of driving a train on one of Japan Rail’s lines. PHOTO CREDIT: AUTOMATON WEST


Lasting three days, the stamp rally from previous editions will make a comeback. Participants who successfully collect stamps from all Rail Fair booths can enter the lucky draw, and stand a chance to win travel opportunities to Tokyo.

More information on specific event timings are available on Japan Rail Times’ website.

2. Design postcards at STPI Arty Afternoon

Those looking to partake in arts and crafts can visit the Postcard Monotypes programme from STPI Arty Afternoon, happening Sunday (Oct 15) from 11am to 4pm.


The event will take place at STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery. PHOTO CREDIT: KLOOK


Attendees can unleash their creativity and craft personalised, tactile artworks using just a stylus and brayer.

Registration is not required as it is a drop-in event.

3. Get travel tips and exclusive deals at Klook Travel Fest 2023

Happening on Oct 14 and 15 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, the Klook Travel Fest 2023 is back and bigger than ever. 

Signature highlights include the Ask Klook booth, which offers travel consultation from Klook travel coaches. There will also be the return of onstage one-for-one flash deals for activities in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Australia.


Brands including Decathlon, Uniqlo and iShopChangi will offer dedicated booths with winter and hiking apparel, online coupons and exclusive beauty travel kits respectively. PHOTO CREDIT: KLOOK


Additional highlights include an exclusive zone dedicated to Klook Gold members, a bouncy zone from Kiztopia, and a new F&B zone with OATSIDE. The F&B zone allows visitors first dibs on its new peanut butter ice cream before it hits supermarket shelves.

Interested participants can register for a free entrance pass at Klook’s website.

4. Create fake food using felt at a Vivifriends Meet&Make class

Vivita Singapore will hold a Fake Food Felting class at Heartbeat@Bedok on Saturday. Participants will be taught how to make all kinds of fake food, through needle felting or hand sewing felt.

They will also learn how to convert these fake foods into wearable accessories.


Though samples will be provided for reference, participants are encouraged to think about what they would like to create before coming to class. PHOTO CREDIT: VIVITA SINGAPORE


The class will be held from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Registration for the free class can be made now at Eventbrite.

5. Take a breather at Yishun Pond Park’s new therapeutic garden

End the weekend off on a slow, tranquil note before the busy work week arrives.

NParks unveiled three new therapeutic gardens at Yishun Pond Park, Sembawang Park and Sun Plaza Park on Wednesday (Oct 11).

The garden at Yishun Pond Park features a three-generational fitness corner, offering innovative equipment with eight adjustable levels of resistance.


Users can choose from resistance levels ranging from one to eight, by rotating a resistance selector knob. PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL PARKS BOARD, YOUTHOPIA/JANELLA CHING


Besides getting their workout in, visitors can take a walk along the sensory trail that stretches through the garden.


The sensory walk engages visitors’ senses of sight, smell, touch and hearing, creating an all-rounded therapeutic experience, says NParks. PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL PARKS BOARD


The garden also offers facilities like an exercise bridge, gardening space and activity shelter.

More information about NParks’ therapeutic gardens can be found on their website.

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