Feb 14, 2020

Paul Immigrations Reviews: Increase your Chances of becoming a Singapore PR!

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Singapore has been my home for more than 40 years (yes, I'm that old!) and frankly, if I have the choice to choose my country of birth all over again, I will choose this country in a hearbeat... well, even though I wish for cooler temperatures at times! 😆

Because what is there not to love about Singapore? Of course, I wouldn't go as far to say it is the best country to live in the whole wide world but it sure offers the complete package when deciding on a place to call home. It is safe, clean, has excellent medical and transport infrastructure and most importantly, a great place to raise kids.


So if you are a foreigner reading my blog (hello!) and thinking of relocating to Singapore and applying to be a Permanent Resident (PR), this guide is for you!

Firstly, what are the benefits of becoming a Singapore PR?

Singapore PRs hold the key to benefits that are inaccessible to non-citizens.

Visa Flexibility
Once you become a PR, you can enter and exit the country without the need to apply for separate visas for work and travel purposes.

Education Priority
I think everyone knows about the strengths of a Singapore education so if you have kids, they are will be next in line on the priority list - behind citizens - to enter government schools.

Family Proximity
Keep your family unit close together with you as you will be able to apply for long-term visit passes for your parents.

More Job Opportunities
Increasingly, more companies here are committed to hiring only citizens and PRs. In addition, you can switch to a new job without the hassle of applying for a new work permit every single time.

CPF Benefits
PRs get to enjoy benefits of an account under the Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme. Under the scheme, you and your employer will contribute a fixed monthly amount to your CPF retirement fund. These funds can also be used for buying a home in Singapore as well as healthcare and investment.

Property Ownership Perks
PRs can enjoy higher priority when taking housing loans to purchase property. Additionally, although only citizens are eligible to buy new HDB flats, PRs are eligible to buy second-hand HDB flats, which are still cheaper than the average private property here.

Singapore Citizenship
If you wish to own the red passport, you can be eligible to apply for citizenship in Singapore after a number of years of having PR status.

Great, so what is the process for PR application?

Submitting an application is super easy. They are managed by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) within the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). So all you have to do is to submit it via the e-service website.

Ok, so that is the easy part. The not-so-easy part comes BEFORE the submission. The part when you have to put together the documents required and basically, market yourself favorably so that your chances of securing a PR is high.

And that is what usually trips up first-time applicants.

For starters, the tedious paperwork coupled with a strict submission time frame is a huge obstacle. And for first-timers, they are usually unfamiliar with the process and may not be fully aware of all criteria required by ICA. But most importantly, they lack the critical knowledge on how to make their application stand out.

Even for re-applicants who have faced multiple times of rejection, the same problems remain. And to make matters worse, they are usually unaware of the reasons for their previous PR rejection!

How can I make the application process smoother and increase my chances?

Engage a reputable immigration consultancy firm to help fufill your dream.

Or specifically, Paul Immigrations.


Established in 2016, Paul Immigrations is an immigration consultancy firm based in Singapore with over 100 employees.  It specializes in the application of Singapore PR and thanks to the expertise and comprehensive knowledge of its consultants, they have maintained a high success rate over the years... boasting over 15,000 satisfied clients!


Paul Immigrations Reviews: The Process

I headed down to its office at Suntec City and the first thing that struck me was how huge the office is! And it was super bustling, with all of its consultation rooms filled with clients.


But more importantly, I got a better understanding about the PR Application Process:

Step 1: Interview via Telephone Call
A consultant will conduct the first round of interviews with the prospective client to ascertain if they are eligible to apply for Permanent Resident (PR) status via a telephone call.

At this stage, the consultant will conduct an interview to find out your:
● Type of work pass (i.e. S Pass, Employment Pass, Personalized Employment
Pass)
● Family ties with any S’pore Citizens or Permanent Residents
● Pending applications with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority
(ICA)

Thereafter, the consultant will conduct a profile assessment, based on a number of factors, including:
● Age
● Length of stay in S'pore
● Salary

Step 2: In-Person Appointment
After the first round of interview, the consultant will schedule an in-person appointment with them to confirm that they are holding the correct work pass, as stated during the telephone interview (The physical work pass is required for verification during the appointment).

After that, the consultant will proceed to review your profile, based on the profile assessment conducted by phone. This is to gauge your likelihood of a successful PR application. Based on the profile, they will go through with you the factors that will affect their PR approval. These factors include:
● Your profile assessment like education qualifications, industries you work in,
and if you have admirable merits and more.
● How difficult it is to attain approval when applying for PR

Upon which, you can decide if you will like to engage their service to improve their chances of getting an approval.

Step 3: Request for Documents from You
After reviewing your eligibility, you will be requested to submit their documents to the immigration specialist. After compiling the documents, they will advise you if your documents satisfy the listed PR criteria and requirements as stated by ICA.


Step 4: Completing the Rest of the Paperwork 
The specialist will complete the form based on the information extracted from your documents. In addition, their in-house writer will craft a personalized cover letter based on the questionnaire that was previously given to you as well as the application form. The purpose of the cover letter is to emphasize your commitment to the local community and the Singaporean society as a whole.

Step 5: Submitting the PR Application
After every aspect of your PR application is completed, the specialist will proceed with the online submission of the application.

Step 6: Outcome
ICA takes about four to six months to assess each PR application. Depending on the outcome of
your application (i.e. whether it is approved or rejected), the specialist will guide them on the next best course of action to take.


Truly a fuss-free and throughout the application process, you can be assured to be guided every step of the way.

But don't just take it from me... read these testimonials of these individuals who were successful in their PR application!


Arumugam S, 48, India, Quality Assurance Manager:
"Paul Immigrations has professional experience in guiding families for successful Singapore PR applications. I did try several times in the last 10 years but was not successful. I went to Paul Immigrations last time and me & my family get PR application approved. Thank you very much to Paul Immigrations for the professional service."


Zhang Hao, 43, China, Researcher:
"Thank you, Paul Immigrations, for helping my family to have successfully obtain our Singapore PR approval the first time we apply. The staff at Paul Immigrations has a very good attitude and ardently help us in PR application process preparation. The staff patiently help us to solve the problems we face; thus, our whole family is grateful that our PR got approved within 6 months. With the approval, it solved the problem of our child’s education issue and enable our family to live in Singapore more conveniently."

So how can I contact Paul Immigrations?

GREAT NEWS! You can assess your Singapore PR eligibility on its website now - it's FREE and totally NON-OBLIGATORY. Click HERE to see if you are eligible!

Or you can give them a call at +65 6206 6390 or visit its office at Suntec Tower Two, 9 Temasek Boulevard, #13-01/02/03, S(038989) between 9am and 6pm from Mondays to Fridays. Do note that it is strictly by appointment only.




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Feb 13, 2020

Viral Skullbreaker Challenge among Teens is so Dangerous it can break skulls & spines

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Parents, take heed - there's a new trend going viral on TikTok and it is extremely dangerous and potentially lethal! Named the 'Skullbreaker Challenge', the consequence is exactly as the name implies... you may end up with a broken skull or spine.


What is the Skullbreaker Challenge?

Also known as the "jump trip prank," the challenge involves three persons who stand in a line and jump. When the middle person's feet leave the ground, the people on the side kick their feet out from under them, often leading to the middle person falling backward and possibly smacking their back and/or head on the ground.

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It possibly originated from South America

The Skullbreaker challenge appears to have originated in South America, possibly Venezuela, and has since made its way to USA. There are no official numbers of kids who have gotten hurt but there have been news reports about teens getting seriously hurt.

It's dangerous and people have been getting hurt

Actually, one doesn't need official numbers to see how dangerous the act can be. A parent in Arizona shared a public Facebook post warning that her son had been injured when doing the challenge.



And more parents are posting warnings about the challenge online.


One school in USA has already issued a warning

A School in Missouri has also posting a warning regarding the challenge.



Are kids in Singapore doing it?

I'm not sure if it has arrived in Singapore yet so I'm doing this post to create awareness among the parents here. 

Do share it with fellow parents and especially your kids. Let them know how extremely dangerous AND potentially fatal the challenge can be. One can hit the tailbone and be paralysed for life... or worse, hit the head and die.

To put it simply, this is just plain dumb on so many levels because people could hurt themselves really bad. And that's not funny at all.

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UPDATE: TOUCH Cyber Wellness has shared some pretty good tips on how parents should engage their kids about this challenge:


You can read the orignal post HERE.



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Feb 3, 2020

Explore Secret Bunkers & Discover Singapore's WWII History at Battle for Singapore 2020

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8 February 1942 nightfall marked the moment when Japanese forces began the invasion of Singapore. By 15 February, it was all over when the British officially surrendered Singapore to the Japanese.

This year, Singapore will mark 78 years since its fall to the Japanese and as part of National Heritage Board’s (NHB) annual Battle for Singapore programme, members of the public will have the exclusive chance to explore lesser known sites and structures around Singapore that have links with the war.


From 8 to 29 February 2020, you can participate in a wide variety of WWII-related programmes. These include 74 guided tours offered by NHB comprising crowd-favourite tours to two lesser known WWII-related sites (i.e. Former Admiralty House and Former View Road Hospital), soapbox tours at National Museum of Singapore, and more.  You can also look forward to public talks on topics such as Prisoner-of-War art, the Nanyang Mechanics, as well as other offerings at participating MR museums such as tours at Former Ford Factory and in Sentosa, and storytelling sessions by wartime survivors and their relatives at Eurasian Heritage Gallery.

To sign up for Battle for Singapore 2020 programmes, visit www.museums.com.sg. Registration commences 3 February 2020, Monday, at 12 noon, and slots on the programmes will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

And trust me when I say that these tours will get snapped up VERY QUICKLY!

Here are some of the tours that I highly recommend:

Former View Road Hospital
Date: 8*, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 February 2020
Time: 10am to 11.30am, 2pm to 3.30pm (*10am only)
Note: Tours are only open to participants 18 years old and above.


Construction of the main building and annex can be dated back to 1941. It started out as an unfinished building before the war and a completed one by 1945, research into the structures suggest that construction was started by the British before WWII, but subsequently completed and used by the Japanese as a naval base during the Japanese Occupation.




Thereafter, the State property at 10 View Road served as accommodation for the Naval Base Police Force from the 1950s to the early 1970. It was also known for its time as View Road Hospital, a branch of Woodbridge Hospital (now the Institute of Mental Health) until the early 2000s. In 2008, the building was converted into a foreign workers’ dormitory and renamed View Road Lodge. View Road Lodge ceased operations in 2011.



This tour of Former View Road Hospital will unveil more about what is thought of the building’s past dating to WWII and the Japanese defence of Singapore during the Japanese Occupation. And get this, you will get a chance to head down to a bunker too!


Apart from having thickened walls, there is little information available about the bomb-proof office though. But the bunker is HUGE!



You will also get a chance to climb to the fifth storey of the main building and visit the watchtower.


While little is known about the watchtower, it was likely used as a lookout point for occupants of the building during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, given that it would have offered a commanding view of the northern parts of the island, including the former Singapore Naval Base and the Causeway.


The watchtower would have been useful given that the Japanese anticipated the British would attempt to recapture Singapore from the north (from Malaya) and the watchtower would have given them a vantage point to spot enemy movement coming from the north, and to direct artillery fire in the event of a British attempt to cross the Causeway into Singapore.


Transport will be provided for all participants to and from the Former View Road Hospital.


Former Admiralty House & Bunker
Date: 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 February 2020
Time: 10am to 11.30am, 2pm to 3.30pm
Note: Tours are only open to participants who are 18 years old and above.


Surrounded by several ancillary buildings and facilities on a sprawling estate, the Former Admiralty House (now Canberra House) used to accommodate key military commanders based in Singapore. A house on a hill, Former Admiralty House follows a medieval tradition where the most important building is located on the highest elevated ground for defensive purposes and to overlook its surroundings as a reminder to others that they are being supervised. It bears testimony to the former Singapore Naval Base that was part of Britain’s attempt to fortify Singapore in preparation of a Japanese offensive in WWII.

The tour of Former Admiralty House and its surrounding features will reveal more about Singapore’s strategic position in WWII and the stories behind the building. Tour participants will even get to enter an underground bunker that dates back to WWII!


The underground bunker was discovered in 1990 by Mr Tan Seng Heng, the General Manager of Yishun Country Club. He discovered it when a wheel from an excavator suddenly sank into a cavity in the ground during the construction of a landscape garden in the area in front of the bunker.


The floor area of the underground bunker is about 30sqm and while there is limited information available on the use of the underground bunker, it was likely constructed and fitted for use by Japanese ranking officers stationed at Former Admiralty House during the Japanese Occupation.


There is a concrete squat toilet constructed in the underground bunker. During that period, such toilets were seldom built for British Naval officers and it was more likely constructed for use by the Japanese.


Transport will be provided from an MRT station located nearby to the Former Admiralty House and back.

WWII Japanese Administration in Singapore
Date: 16, 29 February 2020
Time: 4pm to 5pm

Have you ever wondered what life in the heart of the city was like during the Japanese Occupation? Join this tour to find out the WWII history of some of our beloved buildings in the Civic District and the different nodes of the Japanese administration that was set up in Singapore under the Japanese Occupation.

During this hour-long walk you will also be introduced to some of the figures who shaped the lives of Singaporeans during the war and learn how the Japanese planned to transform the city into a “nerve centre” of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.

The tour will start at Raffles Place MRT (Exit A), Ground Level (gathering point) and end at
the Civilian War Memorial.

Former Command House
Date: 8, 16 February 2020
Time: 1pm to 2pm

Hidden on a hill, this stately building is an important part of Singapore’s military history. Discover the stories behind the building, and the people who lived there through the different stages of Singapore’s history. Explore the unique architecture of this “Arts and Crafts” building and more on this exclusive tour to the Former Command House.

The tour will start at the Main Entrance of Former Command House, 17 Kheam Hock Road.


Tour of Changi Prison Entrance Gate, Wall and Turrets
Date: 15 February 2020
Time: 9am to 9.45am, 10am to 10.45am

The Changi Prison Entrance Gate, Wall and Turrets are an enduring symbol of the suffering and hardship felt by Prisoners-of-War during the Japanese Occupation. Hear stories of Singapore’s war-time experience and gain exclusive access to this monument on this special tour!

The tour will start at the main entrance of the Changi Prison Complex, 990 Upper Changi Road North.

Lest We Forget
Date: 22, 23 February 2020
Time: 4pm to 5.30pm

Throughout history, people have erected statues and sculptures in honour of men and women of valour, courage and sacrifice. Tall, impressive and often austere – what do these memorials stand for? Who, or what, are we meant to remember? Discover the symbolism in each memorial’s design as well as the hidden stories behind each sculpture and engraving. More importantly, learn about the heroes who sacrificed themselves for Singapore, lest we forget.

The tour will start at the Civilian War Memorial and end at the Lim Bo Seng War Memorial.

WWII Legacy Trail (Bukit Timah)
Date: 9, 23 February 2020
Time: 10.30am to 12pm

During WWII, Bukit Timah was a key target for the Japanese as the British supply depots, reservoirs and the strategic Bukit Timah Hill were all located in the area. This trail explores WWII-related sites and places that carry the memories and legacies of the Japanese Occupation in Bukit Timah. Stops include the Cheong Chin Nam Road Shophouses, Former Beauty World and the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

The tour will start at Beauty World MRT Station (gathering point) and end at Former Ford Factory. 

WWII in Orchard
Date: 15, 29 February 2020
Time: 2pm to 4.30pm 

Have you ever wondered what Orchard Road looked like in times of war and conflict? This trail will take you to sites in Orchard Road that saw action both during the dark days of WWII and the turbulent decades after. This trail will allow you to discover the lesser-known face of Orchard Road by exploring how the legacies of Singapore’s most tumultuous years have been inscribed on sites including the grand MacDonald House and the iconic Cathay Building.

The tour will start at YMCA (gathering point) and end at the former Singapore Chinese Girls’ School campus on Emerald Hill.

“Discovering Singapore’s Best Kept Secrets” Battle for Singapore 2020 Edition
Date: 15, 22 February 2020
Time: 10am to 11.30am
Note: Tours are only open to participants 18 years old and above. 

Discover the history of the pavilion-style wards of the Former Communicable Disease Centre. Previously known as the Infectious Diseases Hospital and Middleton Hospital, the centre played a key role in the containment of highly contagious diseases. During the Japanese Occupation, the site was known as Densen Byoin, where sick people with infectious diseases such as typhoid were treated.

The tour will be at the Former Communicable Disease Centre, 72 Moulmein Road.

Botanic Gardens to Bukit Brown
Date: 15, 16 February 2020
Time: 8am to 11.30am

Participants will be taken on a walk through the heritage corridor from the Botanic Gardens to Bukit Brown cemetery. During the tour, the guides will share stories of WWII heroes and prominent personalities at heritage landmarks, including the Jacob Ballas Garden and old Raffles College. Participants will also get to explore the remnants and stories of the ‘kampong’ life that was once at Bukit Brown cemetery, and make a stopover at Former Command House along the route.

The tour will start at Botanic Gardens MRT Station, Ground Level and end at Bukit Brown.

Bukit Brown (Hills 1 and 3)
Date: 15 February 2020
Time: 9am to 11.30am

Bukit Brown remains the largest in situ grave site for WWII casualties in Singapore. This walk will cover the graves of community leader Lim Chong Pang and the harrowing sea journey undertaken to evacuate his family at the start of the War. It will also cover war heroes, such as Wong Chin Yoke and Tan Ean Kiam, who paid a heavy price for their resistance.

Bukit Brown (Hills 2 and 5)
Date: 16 February 2020
Time: 9am to 11.30am

Bukit Brown remains the largest in situ grave site for WWII casualties in Singapore. This walk will cover the graves of ordinary people and provide a glimpse of their stories. The tour will draw on stories from a book compiled and written by the community and will feature a stopover at the grave of war hero, Tay Koh Yat, who was instrumental in setting up a people’s voluntary civil defence force before the war and who was a key figure in gathering evidence for the war tribunal conducted after the war.

Adam Road
Date: 23 February 2020
Time: 9am to 11.30am

Venture into the exciting world of battlefield archaeology and learn more about the WWII Battle at Adam Park. Adam Park was the site of the last battle for Singapore and the place where the British succeeded in holding the line against the Japanese right up to the time of the surrender on 15 February 1942. After the surrender, the site was used as a Prisonersof-War camp.

Battle of Singapore Tours at Sentosa
Date: 8, 15 February 2020
Time: 3pm to 4.30pm
Venue: Fort Siloso (Meeting Point: Fort Siloso Skywalk Lift Lobby)

Date: 22 February 2020
Time: 10am to 11.30am
Venue: Fort Serapong (Meeting Point: Sentosa Cove Village Bus Stop)

Date: 22 February 2020
Time: 3pm to 4.30pm
Venue: Mount Imbiah Battery (Meeting Point: Imbiah Lookout Bus Stop)

Join Fort Siloso in a series of Battle for Singapore Tours at Sentosa. Sentosa played a vital role in the defense of Singapore and the tours will cover the strategies, plots, and follies that led to the Fall of Singapore in WWII. The tours will explore the remains of the 19th century British coastal artillery and fortifications and participants will be taken through the tunnels at Fort Siloso to the Surrender Chambers to witness the two surrender signings in the form of iconic waxworks. Visit HERE to register.


Visit www.museums.com.sg for more information and to register for all tours.


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Jan 22, 2020

NEW & FREE! Interact with light art on the sand & watch light projections at Sentosa's Magical Shores show!

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There's a new night attraction in town, and it's FREE for all!


Magical Shores at Sentosa is a multi-sensory experience that transforms Siloso Beach into an interactive light and sound spectacle come nightfall.


Starting from 23 Jan 2020, Magical Shores is Singapore's first interactive beach light art attraction and spans 400m across Siloso Beach.


From 7.30pm to 10.30pm every night, the showcase comes on in 15-minute cycles and features vivid light, sound and must effects.


Comprising of four acts, the show will bring two islets to life, which will be bathed in lights, dreamy fog and tranquil music. The trees on the islets will also come "alive" as a relaxing light and symphony completr the magical experience.


And remember I said it will be interactive too? Everyone can interact with light art on the sands, which are inspired by diverse elements ranging from water flow to marine creatures. Expect this to be a hit with the kids!


The four acts include:

NOCTURNAL AWAKENING


Experience the awakening of Siloso Beach with magical movements on the sand. Interactive art will be projected onto the beach at two areas where people will be able to interact with them.



ISLET WHISPERS


Marvel as a mysterious cloud of fog and lights emerge from the two islets, flowing over the waters and merging with the projections on the beach.

FORCE OF NATURE


Look to the islets as the trees come alive with a relaxing light and symphony accompaniment. Incredibly, the lights from the islets will change colours and intensity, as they track movements on the beach and reflect off the waters!

NEW PEAKS


In a spell-binding flourish of colour, multi-coloured projections will light up the night sky. New Peaks lasts three minutes, and take place every 15 minutes.


Do note that there are TWO main areas of Magical Shores along Siloso Beach - one is just in front of Ola Beach Bar and the other is near to the former Wave House Sentosa. In my opinion, the latter works better because the area is darker so the light projections stand out more.

Personally I love the location of the interactive light show - the beach is a nice place to head out to at night with the balmy winds.... plus it's a great place for the kids to run amok! 😂 AND IT'S FREE!


Useful Information

Magical Shores at Siloso
Siloso Beach, Sentosa
7.30pm - 10.30pm daily
FREE Admission (Island admission applies)
Website



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Jan 20, 2020

Chinese New Year 2020 in Singapore: 32 Activities for Kids over the CNY Long Weekend

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The Chinese New Year long weekend is upon us and as usual, there are plenty of fun kid-friendly CNY events in Singapore! From the annual Chinatown light-up, to carnivals and fireworks, to open houses at the museums, take your pick from the many activities happening during this weekend... and the next too.

Oh and in case you didn't know, 28 Jan is a SCHOOL HOLIDAY which means the kids get a 4-day break! Those lucky buggers.


So get the kiddos decked out in their new clothes and join in the CNY fun.. because with this list, it's gonna be a
é¼ -per CNY(Sorry, couldn't resist making at lease one rat pun in the Year of the Rat 😂)


Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2020
Now until 22 Feb 2020
Chinatown
FREE


Street Light-Up
Date: Now until 22 February 2020
Time: 7.00pm – 12.00mn (Daily)
7.00pm – 6.00am (Chinese New Year Eve)
Venue: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge

Festive Street Bazaar
Date : Now until 24 January 2020
Time : 6.00pm – 10.30pm (Daily)
6.00pm – 1.00am (Chinese New Year’s Eve)
Venue : Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street

Nightly Stage Shows
Date : Now until 24 January 2020
Time : 8.00pm – 10.30pm
Venue : Kreta Ayer Square

Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party
Date: 24 January 2020
Time: 9.30pm – 12.30am
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Chingay 2020 @ Chinatown
Date: 2 February 2020
Time: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

The Chingay parade, the annual largest street performance and float parade in Asia, will make an appearance in Chinatown this year to bring the celebrations to a great height but also marking the end of the Chinese New Year Celebrations. Join us with your family and friends for a vibrant night that include special performances by local and overseas performers and not forgetting the nine (9) beautifully decorated and lighted float.

Dahlia Dreams
Now until 23 Feb 2020; 9am - 9pm
Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome
Admission charges apply


Get caught up in the tale of the heavenly race and feast your eyes on Dahlia Dreams – The Heavenly Race, the first-ever collaboration with Beijing Florascape Co., Ltd. in Southeast Asia. Gracing the Flower Field with their famed Mosaiculture, the horticultural art of creating giant topiary-like sculptures with the use of bedding plants to carpet metal frames, the display also features an abundance of more than 70 Dahlia cultivars, and other festive plants commonly associated with the season such as Narcissus, Azalea and Celosia.

Usher in good luck this Chinese New Year with a spectacular Fu medallion at the entrance of Flower Dome. Then stroll past a landscape akin to a Chinese painting, dotted with peach blossoms, red-crowned cranes and a pavilion. Finally, make a grand entrance through the magnificent archway placed front and centre, and catch up with the rat, the first to reach the Jade Emperor by outwitting the other 11 zodiac animals.

River Hongbao 2020
23 Jan - 1 Feb 2020; 2pm - 11pm daily (Extended till 1am on CNY Eve)
The Float @ Marina Bay
FREE Admission


Fireworks Spectacular! With a Local Twist
Fireworks Spectacular! With a Local Twist is a series of magnificent fireworks choreographed by local fireworks artist set to send the echoes of celebration across Singapore's most iconic Marina Bay skyline.

Daily Fireworks Timing:
23 Jan: 9.00pm
24 Jan: 12:00am
25-28 Jan: 9.00pm
29 & 30 Jan: 10.00pm
31 Jan & 1 Feb: 9.30pm

Dazzling Lanterns
Lanterns have been one of River Hongbao's key attractions year after year. They are an integral piece in Chinese cultural celebrations because they symbolize wishes for a brighter future. Create the perfect photo opportunity with more than 20 dazzling lantern pieces at River Hongbao 2020, with the largest lantern set stretching over 50m long, and the tallest lantern up to 18m high.

Carnival & Food Street
Enjoy over 20 thrilling rides and games with yummy street bites just a stone's throw away from the carnival rides. Be sure to try out the authentic taste of local traditional bites from different major dialect groups in Singapore.

Saturdays@ACM: Rat Race
25 Jan 2020; 1pm - 5pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
FREE


Race into the Year of the Rat with a special Chinese New Year celebration at ACM, and get blessings from a lion dance performance! Create your own blessing scroll and visit the Living with Ink exhibition at a discount to see scrolls by master painters. Discover how the rat fared in the animal race in the interactive drama performance or join a complimentary guided tour of the galleries.

Jurong Lake Gardens - Ant Play
25 Jan 2020; 9am - 12pm
Jurong Lake Gardens, Forest Ramble - Play Pavilion
FREE


Build your fortress, have fun interacting with new friends made as children learn how ants build homes as they get the opportunity to mimic ants and play with huge blocks bigger than regular blocks.

CNY 2020 @ Wildlife Reserves Singapore Parks
25 Jan - 8 Feb 2020
Singapore Zoo | River Safari | Jurong Bird Park | Night Safari
Admission charges apply


Oh Rats! It's 2020. Time to usher in the new year with these auspicious activities! Meet the adorable rats and discover the heroic and helpful side of these animals with edu-taining activities, upcycling crafts and more! Don’t miss out on our popular lion dance performance, mascots and Zoo-diac Predictions for the Year of the Rat. Local Residents enjoy up to 20% savings online! Visit HERE for programme details and activities at the individual parks.

Istana Open House
26 Jan 2020; 8.30am - 6pm
Istana (Entrance to the Istana grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road)
FREE for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents. 
Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per person.

There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House. For an entrance fee of $2, visitors could tour selected function rooms in the Istana building and view a special display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister. There are also guided tours of the Istana building, conducted by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) volunteers. Istana souvenirs are also sold at the Open House. All proceeds from the sale of the souvenirs and the entrance fees collected are donated to charity.

Lunar New Year Celebrations at NMS
27 Jan 2020; 11am - 5pm
National Museum Singapore
FREE


Celebrate the year of the Rat with your friends and family at the National Museum! Enjoy a lion dance performance, or learn about the different or similar practices celebrated by other visitors during Chinese New Year. You can also create a special festive keepsake at our drop-in craft stations, and enjoy a live music performance of Lunar New Year tunes. For details on activities, visit HERE.

Chingay 2020
31 Jan - 1 Feb 2020; 8pm - 9.45pm
F1 Pit Building
31 Jan: $28.50, $40 & $50 | 1 Feb: $28.50, $50 & $60
*20% discount for PAssion Card holders


Chingay 2020 brings to you “Colours in Harmony”, a dynamic showcase of our multiculturalism and diversity. About 6,000 volunteer performers will be involved in co-presenting this People’s Parade that also marks PA’s 60 years of community building with our people. Highlights include:

- Electrifying Opening with release of 200-m long firecrackers
- The World’s Biggest and Longest Flying Dragon
- Highly skilled Stilt walkers vs Sky Runners - Traditional Art vs Contemporary Displays
- Multi-ethnic cultural performances by local talents and international acts
- Stunning display of lights, lasers, pyrotechnic and fireworks!

For tickets, visit HERE.

Chinese New Year at Sentosa
Now until 7 Feb 2020
Beach Station & Beach Plaza, Sentosa
FREE (Island admission applies)


Leap right into a prosperous year and celebrate spring with exciting festive performances and activities!

PROSPERITY FRIENDS MEET & GREET
25 - 27 Jan
11.30am -12pm | 12.30pm -1pm | 1.30pm - 2pm | 3pm - 3.30pm | 4.30pm - 5pm | 6.30pm -7pm
Beach Station

SOUTHERN MEET NORTHERN LION DANCE
25 - 27 Jan
4pm - 4.30pm | 5.30pm - 6pm
Beach Plaza (Roundabout Area)

LED DRAGON DANCE
25 - 27 Jan
7pm - 7.30pm | 8pm - 8.30pm
Beach Plaza (Roundabout Area)

MICKEY AND MINNIE PHOTOPOINTS
Now until 8 Feb
Beach Plaza

Huat Huat Land
Now until 8 Feb 2020; 9am - 11pm
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
FREE


Roll into prosperity with larger-than-life pineapples, sit on a pile of gold and shuffle gigantic mahjong tiles at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre as it transforms its Roof Garden to usher in a prosperous Chinese New Year with Huat Huat Land. One can also step into familiar scenes of Chinese New Year celebrations in the heartlands with a series of murals designed by award-winning local illustrator Lee Xin Li, and learn more about how Chinese New Year is celebrated in Singapore.

Chinese New Year 2020 at Universal Studios Singapore
Now until 9 Feb 2020
10am - 7pm (24 Jan 0 2 Feb - 10am - 9pm)
Universal Studios Singapore
Admission charges apply


Celebrate Chinese New Year at Universal Studios Singapore with a lineup of auspicious activities. Start the year with prosperity and fortune as you follow a mystical dragon dance on an exciting park-wide trail, and join in a reunion with all your favourite characters, dressed in their New Year best. Plus, enjoy the many thrilling rides, shows and attractions as you celebrate the brand new season of good fortune with family and friends.

Abundance in the Sea
Now until 9 Feb 2020; 10am – 7pm
S.E.A. Aquarium
Admission charges apply



This new year, get up close to our living auspicious symbols of wealth! Be surrounded by water as you visit animals like the Mouse Grouper and the Pineapple Fish. Enliven your selfies with festive décor and photo props. Don’t miss our underwater dragon dance!

Spring Surprise
27 Jan - 9 Feb 2020
Various programmes & timings
Gardens by the Bay
FREE (except Flower Dome & Cloud Forest)


Usher in the Year of Metal Rat with a variety of festive programmes and activities this Lunar New Year. Watch The Story of Nian unfold through music, puppetry, and drama, and don’t miss out the spark-tacular Golden Pyro Dragon Dance making its first appearance in Singapore. Visitors can also look forward to thrilling acrobatic stunts by a lion dance troupe, music performances by local ensembles, shadow puppet shows telling the story of the Chinese zodiac, meet-and-greet sessions with the God of Fortune, and a festive bazaar! Highlights include:

Lion Dance
Mon, 27 Jan | Fri, 31 Jan - Sun, 2 Feb | 6pm | Supertree Grove | FREE
The Rat zodiac symbolizes strong vitality in the chinese culture and display both agility and alertness. Usher in the Lunar New Year with thrilling lion dance performances by an award-winning local lion dance troupe! Try not to hold your breath as the lion leaps from pole to pole and performs difficult stunts.

Golden Pyro Dragon Dance
Fri, 31 Jan - Sun, 2 Feb | 9.10pm | Supertree Grove | FREE
Usher in the year of the Metal Rat and be the first in Singapore to catch the sparktacular Golden Pyro Dragon Dance under a shower of firework-like sparkles achieved through the use of special metal granules to create these pyrotechnic displays!

The Story of Nian
Sat, 1 Feb - Sun, 2 Feb (5.00pm, 6.15pm & 9.30pm) | Fri, 7 Feb - Sun, 9 Feb (7.00pm, 8.00pm, 9.00pm) | Supertree Grove | FREE
The Story of Nian comes to life with the use of puppetry, music and drama. A village finds itself under threat from a terrifying monster, the Nian, who descends upon them from the mountain every year. Little do they know that it is actually the discord and squabbling amongst them that draws the monster to the village every year. A wise old man holds the key to repelling the Nian, and reminds them of the importance of the village's history and traditions. But will the villagers be able to learn from his wisdom and experience, and to put aside their differences to unite and fight the beast together?

Festive Bazaar
Mon, 27 Jan - Sun, 9 Feb | 12pm - 5pm | Flower Dome
Stock up on Chinese New Year goodies such as homemade snacks to DIY crafts from our festive lineup of stalls!

Visit HERE for more activities.

LEGO Lunar New Year @ JEM
Now until 9 Feb 2019
Retail: 10.30am-9.30pm | Activities 11am-9pm
JEM Atrium


Redeem exclusive gifts and promotional items/bundles, take part in building competitions, add your wishes to the Wishing Tree, insta yourself at the life sized LEGO set sculptures,  beat your drum to waken the lion, create your own puppet shows and find Kai to get your ang pao. Visit HERE for more information.

Festive Celebrations at City Square Mall
Now until 9 Feb 2020
City Square Mall


Asian Night Market: Taiwan Food Festival featuring Ningxia Night Market
Now until 9 Feb 2020 (Closed on 20 - 22 Jan 2020)
5pm - 10.30pm
Siloso Beach, Sentosa
FREE (Island admission applies)


From 16 Jan to 9 Feb 2020, the critically acclaimed Taiwan Food Festival (士林嘉年华), will make Sentosa home. Spanning from Siloso Point to Siloso Beach, Asian Night Market: Taiwan Food Festival will recreate a mini Ningxia Night Market (宁夏夜市 ) with more than 30 food vendors direct from the popular night market.

You can savour popular dishes such as Flaming Beef Cubes (火焰骨子牛肉), Taiwanese Oyster Omelette (蚵仔煎), Egg-bombed Scallion Pancake (鸡蛋葱油饼), Fried Chicken Cutlet and Crispy Salted Chicken (炸鸡排, 咸酥鸡), Grilled King Oyster Mushroom (烤杏苞菇), Tian Bu La (Taiwanese oden) (甜不辣), and many more. If you’re a fan of Beef Noodles (牛肉面), be sure to check out the yummy dish served up by award-winning Taiwanese chef and entrepreneur, Cheng Cheng Chung! Visit HERE for more details.

Rainforest Lumina: Season 2
Now until 9 Feb 2020
7.30pm - 12am daily
Singapore Zoo
Adult $18 | Child & Senior Citizen $14
*Get 10% discount for online bookings


At night fall, after the animals have drifted off to sleep, the 8 Creature Crew set off on a mission to take you on this enchanted night walk. From creativity to courage, every member of the Creature Crew has a special virtue to strengthen the unity among humans, animals and nature. Consisting of 11 zones - of which 3 are interactive and will prove extremely popular with kids (& adults) - the trail will allow visitors to meet the Creature Crew, a group of unlikely animals heroes who will take visitors on a whimsical adventure along the paths of their enchanted world. Visit HERE for tickets.

Lunar New Year @ LEGOLAND Malaysia
Now until 9 Feb 2020
LEGOLAND Malaysia
Admission charges apply


Welcome the year of the Rat with loads of Brick-sperity fun! LEGOLAND Malaysia welcomes a brand new Lunar New Year with fabulous exclusive activities, festive shows and games for the whole family. Come and join us to experience brick-sperity at its full glory! For details on activities, visit HERE.

Meow! Where’s the Cat?
24 Jan - 9 Feb 2020; All Day
Esplanade Festival Corner, Esplanade
FREE


Have you ever wondered why the cat is not one of the 12 zodiac animals? Unravel this mystery through a colourful and whimsical installation at the Esplanade Festival Corner!

An Intergalactic Odyssey
Now until 16 Feb 2020
10am - 7pm
ArtScience Museum
$7 per pax


Take an out-of-this-world voyage to the edge of the galaxy and beyond! This multi-media fully immersive experience will take your breath away with stunning interstellar scenes and a flying saucer ball pit. Strike a pose in space and twinkle brightly against the night sky as part of An Intergalactic Odyssey.

MOVIES GALORE!


Dolittle - Now showing
A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon - Now showing
Bernie The Dolphin 2 - Now showing
Playing With Fire - Now showing

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2020
1 & 2 Feb 2020; 10am - 9pm
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
FREE


Usher in the Year of the Rat at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Lunar New Year celebrations! Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2020 presents an exciting line-up of festive offerings suitable for all ages, including auspicious lion and dragon dance performances, Chinese painting and drumming workshops, heritage tours and trails, and craft activities for the little ones. Join the Memorial Hall’s signature mass lohei and toss to bountiful luck and prosperity, get your zodiac predictions for the new year, enjoy an evening concert of contemporary and traditional performing arts, and more. For more details, visit HERE.

Chingay @ Heartlands
Various dates and timings
Various locations
FREE


To enable more Singaporeans and tourists to enjoy the parade, Chingay celebrations will continue at the following venues:

Chingay 2020 @ Chinatown Festival
Sun, 2 Feb 2020 | 7pm
Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road

Chingay Colors in Harmony @ North
Sat, 8 Feb 2020 | 6pm
9 Woodlands Avenue 9 @ Republic Polytechnic, Woodlands Ave 6 (near Vista Park Sport Hub), Woodlands Ave 7 opposite Admiralty MRT, Sembawang Drive opposite Blk 319 and 320 Hard Court, Canberra Walk in front of Open Field

Chingay Heartland @ Tampines GRC 2020
Sun, 9 Feb 2020 | 6pm
Our Tampines Hub

Ang Mo Kio GRC & Sengkang West SMC Chingay 2020 @ Heartlands
Sat, 15 Feb 2020 | 6pm
Teck Ghee Square near Blk 409 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Outside Jubilee Square (61 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8), Blk 525 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Buangkok Square Park beside Buangkok Square Mall (Blk 991 Buangkok Link), Hougang Ave 9 (Opposite Cui Yuan CC), Sengkang East Way (in front of Blk 351A and 351B Anchorvale Road), in front of Blk 443C along Sengkang West Avenue

Chingay @ Heartlands 2020 - Colors in Keat Hong
Sun, 16 Feb 2020 | 6pm
Keat Hong CC

Chingay 2020, Colors in Harmony
Sat, 22 Feb 2020 | 4.30pm
Cambridge Road, Holland Ave near Bus Stop 11409, Dawson Road near Skyville @ Dawson, Tiong Bahru Road near Tiong Bahru Park, Cantonment Road near Pinnacle @ Duxton

Colours of the East Chingay 2020
Sun, 23 Feb 2020 | 6pm
Simei Street 1 (open field beside Eastpoint Mall), Bedok South Avenue 3 near Siglap CC, 208C New Upper Changi Road near Bedok Town Square, Bedok North Road (in front of Fengshan Greenville Estate, 186 Bedok North Street 4), Bedok South Road (Open Space between Blk 19 & 20)

West Coast GRC & Pioneer Constituency Chingay @ Heartlands 2020
Sat, 29 Feb 2020 | 5.30pm
Jurong West Street 63, Boon Lay Place in front of Blk 207 Boon Lay Place, Open field opposite Blk 41 Teban Gardens Road, Blk 78B Telok Blangah Drive, Clementi West Street 2 from West Coast CC

Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC Chingay @ Heartlands 2020
Sun, 1 Mar 2020 | 5.30pm
Bishan Street 13 in front of Bishan Community Club, Bishan Street 22 (in front of Bishan North Shopping Mall), Sin Ming Ave in front of Blk 454, Lorong 1A Toa Payoh in front of Blk 127 Market, Apex and Blk 29 Toa Payoh Lorong 5, in front of Toa Payoh Library next to Blk 179, Toa Payoh Central

Chingay Heartland @ Marsiling - Yew Tee GRC
Sat, 7 Mar 2020 | 5pm
Open field between Woodlands Ave 5 and North Woodlands Link

#FUTURETOGETHER
Now until 15 Mar 2020
OUTDOOR EXHIBITS: 7pm - 12am | Dragonfly Lake & Bayfront Plaza | FREE
INDOOR EXHIBITS: 9am - 9pm | Bayfront Pavilion (Bayfront Plaza) | FREE for Singaporeans & $10 for others
Gardens by the Bay


Come experience the interactive art that art collective teamLab is renowned for! Take a peek into the #futuretogether – an immersive art exhibition jointly presented by Gardens by the Bay and GIC, with art by art collective teamLab, in support of the Singapore Bicentennial. Featuring seven digital art installations spanning across both the indoor and outdoor spaces of Bayfront Plaza, these exhibits encompass three themes – Aspirations, Connectivity, and Possibilities. Head HERE for more information and tickets.

Total Defence Special Exhibition 2020
Now until 22 Mar 2020
9am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays except Public & School Term Holidays)
Singapore Discovery Centre
FREE for Singaporeans & PRs


What can we as Singaporeans do to defend against evolving threats? Head to Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC) to explore how you can be better prepared to deal with these challenges to contribute to the whole-of-nation effort in ensuring Singapore’s survival. Curated by SDC in commemoration of Total Defence Day 2020, the Special Exhibition “Will You Do You?” is set against the current geopolitical backdrop and casts a spotlight on issues like digital threats, climate changes and trade wars that bear an impact on Singapore.

Living Worlds: An Animal Planet Exhibition
16 Nov 2019 - 22 Mar 2020
Annexe Hall, Science Centre Singapore
Adult $23 | Child $18 | Family (2A&2C) $66


Living Worlds: An Animal Planet Experience is the world’s first travelling wildlife and exploration exhibition created and produced by Kingsmen. Made in collaboration with Discovery Inc. and Science Centre Singapore, it is a first-of-its-kind edutainment exhibition that explores the interdependent relationship between animals and the environments they inhabit through bespoke multimedia interactives and never-seen-before footage to narrate stories of the natural world. The exhibition also leverages on the latest technology to captivate visitors with unique immersive experiences and interactive play elements, while fostering environmental consciousness. For more information and tickets. visit HERE.

Busking@Sentosa
Every Saturday & Sunday (Now until 29 Mar 2020)
Imbiah Lookout: 5pm - 7pm | Beach Station: 6pm - 8pm
Sentosa
FREE (Island admission applies)


Circus In Motion presents a series of contemporary circus acts Islandwide! The use of inventive live performances and geometrical shapes will enthral you in various ways. From the walking mirror man, roaming Monowheel LED twirler, magicians and more, one can never be prepared enough to be blown away!

Disney: Magic of Animation
Now until 29 Mar 2020
10am - 7pm
ArtScience Museum
Local Adult $15 | Local Concession $11 | Local 2A & 2C $41
Adult $18 | Concession $15 | Local 2A & 2C $50


Fall in love again with your favourite films and stories from Walt Disney Animation Studios! From Mickey Mouse to Anna and Elsa, uncover the magic behind almost a century of artistry and technological innovations that has brought to life our most beloved animated characters. Disney: Magic of Animation at ArtScience Museum also debuts original artworks from the highly anticipated Frozen 2, which will be on display before the release of the animated film in Singapore.

In keeping with ArtScience Museum’s ethos of presenting captivating interactive exhibitions, the show also includes projections, audio-visual displays and alluring exhibits that transport visitors into the world of Disney’s films using hands-on educational activities. Go behind-the-scenes at the Walt Disney Animation Studios and delve into a world of art and technology developed by the talented artists and production teams behind the films. For more information and tickets, visit HERE.

2219: Futures Imagined
Now until 5 Apr 2020; 10am - 7pm
ArtScience Museum
Singapore Residents: Adult: $16, Child: $12
Tourists: Adult: $19, Child: $14


Discover the possible futures of Singapore 200 years from now through a series of immersive installations, meditative spaces, films, paintings and sculptures. Inspired by the work of Singaporean writer and poet Alvin Pang, 2219: Futures Imagined marks this year’s Singapore Bicentennial by looking two centuries into the future.

While we cannot be entirely sure what is to come, each section of this exhibition hinges on the scientific certainty that changes in our climate will require us all to adapt. This massive global transformation will act as a backdrop, upon which Singapore’s daily life, communities, cultures and traditions will evolve and change.

I-Opener by Playeum
Now until 26 Apr 2020
Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays)
Playeum
$22 per child (1-12) | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10


I-Opener features the aesthetic and sensory play-worlds co-created by individuals with various disabilities, and also without. It invites kids aged 1 to 12 to explore their senses through play and the arts.


As we all know, the senses - sight, touch and hearing all play an important role in a child’s discovery of the world as well as their social-emotional development. But more than that, this exhibition DIFFERS from Playeum's previous exhibitions in that instead of just introducing the art of play to kids, it allows kids to step into the world of those with special needs and experience the way how they interact, play and sense the world around them. Read my review HERE.

200: A Natural History
4 Jun 2019 - Jun 2020
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Admission charges apply


As part of Singapore’s Bicentennial, LKCNHM reflects upon 200 significant natural history events in the island’s past. These interweaving, and sometimes quirky, threads of animals, plants, events, places and people have played an important role in shaping the country’s natural heritage. For more information, visit HERE.







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