Rain, and the wave of cool air it brings, is always welcome in Singapore. However, if it starts to rain as often as it has these past few weeks, people can start to get a little frustrated and bored of the indoors. If you’re one of them, don’t fret – we’ve compiled a list of six things you can do when it begins to pour in Singapore. So bring your brollies out, embrace the rain and explore a side of Singapore you never knew.
1. Check Out A Museum
Singapore has some of the region’s finest museums, so why not spend a day in the rain feeding your cultural soul? If you’re feeling artsy, explore the art museum (Singapore Art Museum), where you will be wowed by modern contemporary art by some of Asia’s finest artists. The museum is housed in one of the city’s oldest buildings; a former school built in the 1800s by the British. Right across the street is the National Museum of Singapore, which delves into the country’s history culture and often has special exhibitions. It recently displayed works from the House of Liechtenstein, in an exhibition aptly titled ‘Princely Treasures’.
2. Shopping At Orchard Road
Orchard Road, Singapore’s answer to Paris’ Champ Elysees is any shopaholic’s paradise. The best part about it is its maze of underground tunnels, which means you can hop from mall to mall, store to store, without ever having to step out in the rain.
3. Ice Skate
It might be raining outside, but in some parts of Singapore, it snows inside. Why not head to J Cube Mall in Jurong to try your hand at ice-skating? A 15-minute introductory lesson costs $27, while a two hour skating session starts at $22.
4. Catch An Arthouse Film
The rain sounds like a perfect setting for an indie, arthouse (preferably foreign) film to indulge your inner hipster and make you question the meaning of life. The Picturehouse, by Cathay Films, is perfect for this and offers international and regional films. Check out its website for a list of films on display.
5. Go Under The Sea
The last thing you might want to be in the rain is wet, but a trip to Resort World Sentosa’s S.E.A Aquarium, home to at least 800 different marine creatures. Come face to face with stingrays, sharks, eels and sea anemone, and be treated to a hands-on experience, literally, at the Discovery Touch Pool. Tickets begin at $38 for adults to visit this world’s largest aquarium.
6. Have A Cup Of Tea
Perhaps the nicest thing to do on a cold, rainy day is to have a warm cup of tea with a book or a great friend. There’s no place better to do this than Jones the Grocer at ION Orchard. Pick a table that faces the balcony, and be calmed by the pitter-patter of raindrops while drinking its signature Japanese Genmaicha green tea.
Another gorgeous place to have a high tea is The Tiffin Room at the Raffles Hotel. If you’re alone, the thoughtful staff will graciously place a magazine at your table. High tea is served at two sittings, one just after 1pm and the other at 3pm. The spread, served in a buffet style, is a delightful of Western classics (think scones, cakes, tarts and pastries) and Asian specialities such as dim sum. There are few varieties of tea here, but a glass of champagne might make you forget all that. Prices begin at $50 (exclusive of champagne), and be sure to dress appropriately (smart casual will do).