Come along with us as we delve into the best activities to partake in during July 2023, carefully selected to ensure you don’t overlook the most thrilling events taking place in Singapore. Prepare yourself for indulging in delectable cuisine, savouring refreshing drinks, revelling in vibrant celebrations, and crafting memories that will transform this July into an unforgettable chapter of your extraordinary journey.
1. Laugh out loud at the Kumar Guilty show
Kumar, a well-known local comedian and icon, needs no introduction. With his upcoming comedy show ‘Kumar Guilty [ADVISORY16],’ he guarantees an uproarious performance that will leave you in stitches this July.
Prepare to be captivated by side-splittingly funny performances. With his direct and unapologetic approach, Kumar fearlessly uncovers the hidden truths and longings that surround you, leaving you eager to discover what lies beneath the surface! I’ve got my tickets… have you got yours?
2. Give in to your wanderlust & escape to Desaru
Nestled conveniently between Singapore and Johor Bahru, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas offers an exquisite retreat with its selection of five 5- and 4-bedroom Beach Residences, located on a sprawling sanctuary along the pristine beachfront of the South China Sea.
Additionally, there are generously-sized lagoon pool villas available in various configurations. Whether it’s a cosy 1-bedroom villa or a grand ocean-front mansion, all residences provide captivating views of well-maintained gardens, serene lagoons, or the beach.
At this resort, guests are spoilt for choice with an array of exciting activities to indulge in during their stay. For water enthusiasts, a variety of thrilling water sports are available, including jet skiing, kayaking, and paddle-boarding.
My favourite activity offered at the resort was the captivating Mangrove Eco Tour. Led by experienced (and extremely fun!) guides, this excursion provides an opportunity to explore and learn about the rich biodiversity of the surrounding mangrove forests.
The tour begins with a scenic boat ride, navigating through the winding waterways that weave through the dense mangrove forest. As you venture deeper into this natural sanctuary, the knowledgeable guides share fascinating insights about the ecological importance of mangroves and their role in supporting various species of plants and wildlife.
During the tour, you may spot various bird species gracefully gliding through the air or perched among the branches. Marvel at the impressive adaptability of animals like mudskippers, which navigate the muddy terrain with ease. You might even catch a glimpse of the elusive resident wildlife, such as monitor lizards or even playful otters.
Now, let’s turn our attention to the food. The Sunday Brunch at Sea.Fire.Salt is not just a meal; it is a celebration of flavours and a moment to savour. From succulent oysters to plump prawns, indulge in the finest treasures from the sea. Immerse yourself in the tastes of the ocean as you relish the catch of the day.
It doesn’t stop at seafood alone. Explore a wide range of international culinary delights, featuring a plethora of appetisers, salads, and artisanal cheeses. Discover a variety of succulent grilled meats and exquisite dishes from around the world, each prepared with meticulous attention to detail.
Just a hop and a skip away from Singapore, Desaru is an absolute must-visit destination this summer.
How to get there:
By car: The drive from Singapore to Desaru takes about 2 hours. You can take the Causeway or the Tuas Second Link to Johor Bahru, and then follow the signs to Desaru.
By ferry: There is a ferry service that departs from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. The journey takes about 90 minutes.
3. Fight millions to grab your Taylor Swift tickets
Swifties, it’s time to put your luck and nimble fingers (and of course, patience) to the test. I’ve made a note on my calendar… have you done the same?
Extending her Singapore tour early next year, American pop idol Taylor Swift has announced an additional 3 nights, aligning with British rockers Coldplay, who are scheduled to perform six shows in January. Singapore is one of two Asian stops on her The Eras Tour, aside from Japan. She performs on: 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 & 9 Mar 2024. The shows in Singapore will take place at Singapore National Stadium.
Starting from 12pm Singapore time on 23 June 2023, fan registration for the general on-sale has commenced and will continue until 12 pm on 28 June 2023.
Presales for UOB cardmembers will begin on 5 July 2023 at 12pm and conclude on 7 July at 9am. The general on-sale will then commence on 7 July at 12pm through online platforms, hotlines, and SingPost outlets.
Are you readyyyy?
Book your tickets here.
4. Have a pool party on a rooftop at 1-Altitude Coast
Perched atop the roof of The Outpost Hotel in Sentosa, 1-Altitude Coast offers a vibrant atmosphere during the weekends, buzzing with exciting sundown pool parties.
Prepare to beat the tropical heat and immerse yourself in a series of exhilarating weekend pool parties set against a panoramic coastal rooftop backdrop. Get ready to groove to the infectious beats spun by guest DJs and collaborative party collectives as you soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
On 22 July, join forces with Heineken for an unforgettable, booze-filled extravaganza, while on 29 July, local events partner Manifest will take the reins, offering a deep house and techno-themed pool escapade curated by their resident DJs. As July draws to a thrilling conclusion, mark your calendars for the ultimate summer pool party at 1-Altitude Coast on 30 July.
Indulge in sunset art jamming, cool down with refreshing frozen cocktail slushies, and savour mouthwatering seafood specials. From 4pm onwards, be part of the unforgettable experience that will leave you buzzing with excitement.
Fuel up on food and booze:
- Seafood Platter (S$60++) for wood-fired Red Sea prawns, Gilmar octopus, Norwegian salmon, grilled asparagus broccolini, and fennel with chimichurri and béarnaise.
- Grilled Surf & Turf Platter (S$98++) with BBQ Pork Ribs, Sirloin Steak, Crispy Soft-Shell Crab, Gratinated Red Sea Prawns with Cured Fish Roe and more.
- Shot trays of 12 (S$70++) of either Sex on the Beach, Pornstar or Tequila Sunrise.
- Campaign cocktails including White Summer (S$18++) with vodka, elderflower liqueur, lychee, mirin and lemon topped with cream cheese and the Chandon Garden Spritz (S$18++/80++) with options of adding a fruity popsicle (S$22++) to beat the heat.Dates: 22, 29 & 30 Jul 2023
Time: 4pm onwards
Make reservations here.
5. Book a staycation at the luxurious Conrad Centennial Singapore
Embarking on a staycation at Conrad Centennial Singapore is an invitation to luxuriate in an unrivalled experience that combines opulence, convenience, and world-class hospitality.
What makes this hotel so interesting is that it proudly showcases an extensive art collection comprising more than 3,400 original artworks, sculptures, and paintings created by renowned local and international artists, all thoughtfully curated with an unmistakable Asian theme.
Here, guests can fully immerse themselves in the captivating artistic expressions that draw inspiration from Asia. Spanning a diverse compilation of paintings, photography, sculptures, and ceramics, these artworks are thoughtfully placed throughout public spaces and within the rooms. Each piece serves as a window into a unique facet of Asian culture, offering a glimpse into the rich heritage not only of Asia but also of Singapore itself.
The Deluxe Rooms are spacious and elegantly appointed, featuring contemporary furnishings and a neutral colour palette that exudes a sense of tranquility. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the cityscape or the picturesque Marina Bay from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The rooms are equipped with plush bedding, ensuring a restful night’s sleep, and the en-suite marble bathrooms feature indulgent amenities and a separate bathtub and rain shower.
Dining at Conrad is a gastronomic journey with a variety of exceptional options. Embark on a culinary journey and uncover the hidden gem of Chinese cuisine at Golden Peony, guided by the expertise of Executive Chinese Chef Ku Keung hailing from Hong Kong.
Every dish that graces the table at Golden Peony is a masterpiece, skilfully prepared with meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to sourcing only the freshest and most exceptional ingredients. Indulge in the tantalising flavours of our signature London Duck, savour the comforting richness of heritage-style claypot creations, and relish in the nourishing essence of their double-boiled soups.
Delight in a vibrant dining experience at Oscar’s, where a delectable array of local and international cuisine awaits. Whether you prefer the convenience of a buffet or the personalised touch of à la carte dining, the restaurant offers a diverse culinary journey for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So…. this July, get away from your routine, and indulge in a lavish weekend getaway at Conrad Centennial Singapore.
Book your staycay here.
6. Dig into exclusive dishes at the 1st family-centric outlet by Waa Cow!
Waa Cow! opens its flagship and first family-centric outlet at VivoCity, offering an exclusive menu available only at this location. This special menu features an exciting array of new dons, tantalising small plates, and, of course, delightful kid’s meals that will satisfy the entire family’s cravings.
Must-try makis and appetisers include Dragon Prawn Maki (S$19.90) (crispy deep fried tiger prawn, drizzled with Waa Cow!’s special house-made chilli oil and signature mentai sauce), Crispy Unagi Maki (S$19.90) (grilled unagi, shisho, and house-made sweet sauce topped with ikura, crispy tempura bits and house made-mayo sauce finished with a dash of sansho and ume powder).
Waa Cow! enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn that 3 beloved seasonal dons have found a permanent place on the menu, now with an elevated premium twist. These additions include the popular Medley of The Sea (S$36.90), featuring an enticing combination of unagi, anago, scallops, and ikura atop a bed of expertly seasoned sushi rice. For the meat lovers, there’s the Meat Lovers Chirashi (S$35.90), which showcases the finest cuts of meat including premium wagyu slices, succulent iberico pork jowl, tender-grilled teriyaki chicken, and delectable foie gras.
And last but certainly not least, the Truffle Royale (S$36.90) presents a house-made truffle-infused rice crowned with premium wagyu slices, caviar, ikura, summer asparagus, and a touch of indulgent foie gras. These elevated creations are sure to delight the palates of discerning diners.
To cater to the little ones, they have a delightful kids menu featuring mouthwatering mild Japanese curry and perfectly cooked sides, prepared by their in-house chef, Chef Ben. Children can look forward to the Wagyu Beef Curry Kids Meal (S$16.90), Ebi Curry Kids Meal (S$14.90), or the Chef Ben’s Kids Meal (S$15.90) which presents the mild Japanese curry with Chef Ben’s flavourful Japanese meatballs, cheesy crab dumplings, Japanese arabiki sausage, tamago, and seasonal vegetables. Wow!
7. Celebrate the diversity of Filipino flavours at Kubô
Kubô, named after the charming thatched huts found in the Philippine countryside, is a restaurant that showcases the flavours of various Filipino cuisines in carefully curated indoor and outdoor settings. With a focus on wood-fire cooking, it reinvents both familiar and lesser-known dishes from the northern to the southern regions of the Philippines, catering to diverse palates.
Central to the culinary experience at Kubô is the traditional brick oven, known as the pugon, reminiscent of Chef Kurt’s grandmother’s own. This unique element imparts a distinct and captivating touch to every dish. Positioned in the middle of the kitchen, Kubô’s pugon takes centre stage, allowing diners to witness the artistry as their meals are expertly smoked, steamed, and grilled to perfection.
Indulge in satisfying dishes that highlight the smoky flavours of the pugon, such as the beloved signatures: Inasal Mid-Wings (S$12), Sisig (S$25), and House-Aged Duck (S$42). These hearty delights continue to captivate with their delightful smokiness.
For seafood enthusiasts, the tender smoked Octopus (S$16) in squid ink, adobo, and white bean purée, as well as the Prawns (S$24) with coconut sauce, bird’s eye chili, and kaffir lime, offer a tantalising taste of the sea.
Exciting new additions to the menu, like the Filipino classic Pork Longganissa (S$20) and the fragrant Turmeric Banana Leaf Rice (S$12), delight with their masarap flavour profiles, evoking the comforting essence of Filipino households, enjoyed from breakfast till dinner.
8. Immerse yourself in the delightful tastes of the Caribbean at the Singapore Rum Festival 2023
Get ready, rum lovers! The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore will launch its first ever Singapore Rum Festival on the 8 & 9 July 2023.
Featuring a lineup of more than 20 esteemed rum brands, the festival showcases the very best in the industry. From renowned names like Bacardi, Mount Gay, and Doorly’s to exceptional distilleries such as Hampden, Neisson, Black Tot, Renegade, TCRL, Black Tears, and La Progresiva, the event leaves no stone unturned.
In addition to these global favourites, the inaugural Singapore Rum Festival also highlights the vibrant regional Southeast Asian rum scene. Delve into the captivating flavours of Cambodia with Samai and embark on a journey through the Thai rum landscape with Phraya and Chalong Bay. Prepare to embark on a sensory adventure that unravels the diverse and captivating world of rum.
Alongside tasting experiences, the 2-day event will feature curated masterclasses by Mark Lionel Tay, Appointed Rum Ambassador in 2021 by Dictador, on 8 July (4pm – 6pm), and 9 July (4pm – 6pm). There will also be servings of yummy cocktails and food at the festival.
Standard tickets are priced at S$68++. Tickets will include complimentary tastings of all rums on display.
Location: The Atelier, Level 4, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore
Address: 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
Dates: Saturday to Sunday, 8 to 9 July 2023
Time: 12pm to 7pm
Get your tickets here.
9. Indulge in a limited-time offering of Texas Chicken’s Soy Garlic range
Unleash your taste buds with the latest limited-time delight from Texas Chicken, the irresistible Soy Garlic range that celebrates the vibrant flavours of Korea. From now till 26 July 2023, savour the addictive essence of tender chicken immersed in an authentic Korean soy garlic sauce, skilfully crafted by a talented Korean Chef.
Prepare to be enchanted as each succulent piece of chicken is enveloped in a symphony of sweet, salty, and savoury notes, resulting in a culinary masterpiece that mesmerises your senses.
Delve into the diverse offerings of the Soy Garlic range, from the expertly fried Soy Garlic Chicken to the enticing Soy Garlic Burger and the flavourful Soy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, all lavishly drenched in a delectable sticky soy garlic sauce. For an even more satisfying experience, explore the enticing bundles designed to be shared and enjoyed with loved ones.
To cater to various appetites, Texas Chicken offers a range of value-packed sets. The 2pc Chicken Combo (S$13.90) features 2 Soy Garlic Chicken pieces, regular sized mashed potato, a biscuit, and a refreshing regular SJORA. If the Soy Garlic Burger has caught your attention, the Soy Garlic Burger Combo (S$11.90) includes the burger itself, alongside the same wonderful sides and a regular SJORA.
So, chicken enthusiasts… seize this limited-time opportunity and make your way to the nearest Texas Chicken outlet before 26 July, and immerse yourself in the perfect fusion of flavours that will leave you craving for more!