18 Things To Do In November 2020 For Dates With Bae & Outings With Your Friend Squad

18 Things To Do In November 2020 For Dates With Bae & Outings With Your Friend Squad

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By Rachel on 31 Oct 2020
Senior Digital Editor

Though Christmas is still a month away, we’re already getting into that “holiday mood” - especially since we’ve been restless in Singapore for months with no vacation plans in sight. To occupy your time through this last stretch of the year, here’s a list of 18 things to do in November 2020 that will help stave off your boredom even if you have tons of leave to clear.

These include a  Doraemon exhibition, a hidden railway tunnel, and high-octane spin cycle classes at Zouk.

Read on to find out about these things to do in November 2020 in Singapore!

#1: Go on a yacht ride around Sentosa for just $50

Sentosa Singapore $50 yacht cruise Photo from Sentosa

Yacht rides are something many of us can only dream of, as a charter usually costs a couple of hundred, going up to the thousands range. But with Sentosa’s new City Skyline Cruise, you can live the Crazy Rich Asians life for just $50. Staring at ONE°15 Marina, this leisurely 1h 15minute boat ride will take you around Sentosa as you sip on a complimentary mocktail.

Sentosa Singapore $50 yacht cruise Photo from Singapore Yacht Show

If you’re up for a splurge, there’s also a $100 package that includes a 2.5 Southern Islands yacht tour and round trip Cable Car ride.

Date: Until 31 March 2021
Location: ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove
Price: From $50
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#2: Walk into paintings in a VR art experience at Gardens by the Bay

VR art exhibition Virtual Voyage through Masterpieces Gardens by the BayPhoto from Arte

A Virtual Voyage through Masterpieces isn’t your run off the mill art exhibition. Here, you’ll get to “walk into” paintings by famous artists like Edouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, and more - all thanks to special VR technology that will transport you to a colourful cabaret in Paris and a tranquil French garden, among other scenes.

VR art exhibition Virtual Voyage through Masterpieces Gardens by the BayPhoto from ProVideo Coalition

Of note is The Isle of Dead, an ethereal and slightly eerie painting set to an eponymous symphonic poem by Rachmaninov.

Date: 1 and 5 - 8 November 2020
Time: Every 60mins from 2pm. Last entry 7pm.
Location: Waterview Room (Flower Dome), Gardens by the Bay
Price: $10 (admission to Flower Dome not included)
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#3: Explore a hidden train track at Jurong leading to an abandoned tunnel

Jurong railway tunnel abandonedPhoto from Ho Ee Kid via Facebook

You’ve probably already explored the Green Corridor at Bukit Timah and had a mini photoshoot or two along the railway tracks. But we betcha haven’t set foot on the abandoned Jurong Railway Line, which incidentally connects to the one at Bukit Timah.

To get here, you’ll first have to hike towards Jurong Circular Bridge and through Ulu Pandan Park Connector until you hit the highway at Commonwealth Avenue. There will be a slope, where a portion of the tracks can be found semi-buried among fallen leaves and dirt.

Jurong railway tunnel abandonedPhoto from Ho Ee Kid via Facebook

Keep walking along the trail until you reach the bus stop opposite Maju Avenue - there’s a secret railway tunnel hidden down the slope behind it.

More information on the abandoned Jurong Railway Line with detailed directions can be found on Explorer SG.

#4: Time travel in a kawaii Doraemon exhibition

Doraemon exhibition National Museum of SingaporePhoto from National Museum of Singapore

If Doraemon was part of your childhood, you wouldn’t want to miss Doraemon’s Time-Travelling Adventures, an exhibition at the National Museum. The front lawn of the museum has since been taken over by life-sized statues of the adorable robot-cat, and inside, you’ll learn about various tech advancements over the years while uncovering stories about Singapore’s neighbourhoods.

There will also be a chance to win exclusive Doraemon-themed collectibles when you participate in a scavenger hunt.

Read our article on Doraemon's Time-Travelling Adventures here.

#5: Visit SG’s newest attractions including a Winter Shooting Arena & hidden nature spots

New attractions Singapore 2020 2021Photo from @splatpainthouse via Instagram

Unbeknownst to many, there have been plenty of new attractions springing up in our island this year despite the pandemic. So quit sitting around being bored at home while wishing for a holiday overseas - there’s much to entertain yourself with including a new beach club, a secret wetland park, and a 360-degree viewing deck atop Gardens by the Bay’s tallest Supertree.

New attractions Singapore 2020 2021Photo from HomeTeamNS

If you’re into art, pop by Splat Paint House, Singapore’s first paint splatter studio where you can art jam using paint guns and squirt bottles, or visit Cuturi Gallery to check out contemporary paintings and installations.

Read our article on these 15 new attractions in Singapore here.

#6: Catch the Sumikko Gurashi movie in cinemas

Sumikko Gurashi movie SingaporePhoto from Encore Films

In their first-ever movie debut, the adorable Sumikko Gurashi gang get transported into the world of fairytale books and embark on a mission to help the lost Hiyoko find its home. Featuring your favourite rotund characters like Shirokuma, Tokage, Penguin?, Neko, and Tonkatsu, this lighthearted movie with both Japanese and English versions is sure to warm your heart and put a smile on your face.

Watch the movie trailer below:


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Date: From 19 November 2020 onwards
Location: Selected cinemas. More details will be released soon.
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#7: Attend a spin class at Zouk

Zouk Absolute Cycle spin classPhoto from @absolutecyclesingapore via Instagram

Clubs have been closed for months now due to the COVID-19 pickle we’re in. Instead of letting the party die out, Zouk has creatively teamed up with Absolute Cycle to turn their nightclub premises into a spin studio. You get the same thumping beats, strobe lights and excitement, but without the hangover and regret the next day.

Location: Zouk
Price: From $28.50 per class for packages of 20 classes. Get your tickets here.
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#8: Play detective in a Harry Potter-themed outdoor escape game

Harry Potter CluedUpp outdoor escape game SingaporePhoto from Unsplash

Take your escape game escapades to the next level with CluedUpp Games’ new Witchcraft & Wizardry themed outdoor detective escape game. Form a group of 2 to 6, receive hints and clues through your smartphone, and get cracking to solve them as you uncover a thrilling murder mystery.

Harry Potter CluedUpp outdoor escape game SingaporePhoto from @imagineer_cosplay via Instagram

This will be happening on Saturday, 21 November 2020. Read our full article on the Harry Potter outdoor escape game here for more details.

#9: Go on an island picnic with a specially curated snack basket

Picnic Basket St John's Lazarus Island Bearded BellaPhoto from Klook

Though our neighbours like Phuket and Bali are out of bounds at the moment, it’s still possible to have an island getaway close to home - and we’re not just talking about Sentosa. Hop on a mini voyage to the Southern Islands - namely St. John’s, Lazarus, and Kusu Island - for some beachy fun away from the mobs to clear your mind.

Picnic Basket St John's Lazarus Island Bearded BellaPhoto from Klook

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If you’re going to make the trip all the way there, you might as well order a picnic basket for 2 from Bearded Bella filled with teatime treats including:

  • 8 mini quiches (mushroom and bacon)
  • 1 dark chocolate bundt cake
  • 2 chocolate chip cookies
  • 2 drinks

This newly-launched picnic set is inclusive of a blue picnic mat and cutlery, and the basket is yours to keep afterwards. You can also opt to pimp your basket with wet wipes, mini hand sanitiser, and mini insect repellant.

Get yours here for $40 - that’s just $20 per person!

#10: Shop like crazy during Shopee’s 11.11 sale

11/11 sale Singapore 2020Photo from Shopee

Singles’ Day, i.e. 11.11, is one of the best times to shop because that’s when you can score some of the best deals - sometimes even better than what you can find at the Great Singapore Sale.

Mark your calendar for Shopee’s 11.11 Big Sale, happening from now till 11 November 2020 with unreal discounts of up to 98% off for items like skincare, makeup, home appliances, and kids’ essentials. On top of that, there will be $11 beauty boxes worth $60, as well as limited-time $0.11 makeup deals. That’s right ladies, makeup at 11 cents - from legit brands like Canmake, Pony Effect, Wet N Wild and more.

Read our article on the Shopee 11.11 Big Sale here for more details.

#11: Rock out with local artistes at Baybeats 2020

Baybeats 2020 music festival singaporePhoto from @baybeats via Instagram

For the first time ever, Baybeats will be an online affair, where live performances held in Esplanade Concert Hall will be livestreamed for free on Facebook and Instagram over 3 days. The 24 participating acts in this annual alternative music festival include local artistes Astreal, THELIONCITYBOY, M1LDL1FE, and other budding bands. Tune in, and get ready to rock!

Date: 7 - 9 November 2020
Time: 7pm - 12.30am
Price: FREE
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#12: Unwind with 40% off a 5-star Mandarin Oriental staycation

Mandarin Oriental 40% off staycation SingaporePhoto from Mandarin Oriental

Now’s the chance to indulge in a 5-star hotel staycation at heavily slashed prices. Mandarin Oriental Singapore is offering 40% off their rooms in a limited time promotion, with free breakfast, late checkout, and a 3-course dinner thrown in as well! 

Mandarin Oriental 40% off staycation SingaporePhoto from Mandarin Oriental

While you’re there, make sure you go for a dip in their pool which comes with in-water deck chairs for you to chill on.

Read our article on the discounted Mandarin Oriental Singapore staycations here

#13: Be a tai tai for a day with an afternoon tea session

Best afternoon tea SingaporePhoto from Brasserie Les Saveurs

Anyone who’s gone for high tea before would know that it’s not just about the food, but the whole experience. There’s just something about sitting in an ornate tea room while nibbling on tiny sweet and savoury treats - complete with that teacup pinky - that makes one feel instantly posher. It’s also a great way of bonding with your girlfriends as you chat the afternoon away.

Afternoon tea set SingaporePhoto from @53xxf via Instagram

From tea sets served in jewellery boxes to a restaurant-bar with classy Art Deco vibes, there are plenty of afternoon tea experiences you need to experience. Read our article on the 10 best afternoon tea spots in Singapore here to find out more.

#14: Get into the festive spirit with Orchard Road’s Christmas light up

Orchard Road Christmas light up 2020Photo from Orchard Road

Although this year’s festive light up at Orchard Road will be very much scaled down with no Great Christmas Village 2020, that doesn’t mean that we can’t still feel the Christmas spirit in the air. The streets will still be adorned with yuletide decorations, this time taking on a more classic appearance with snowflakes and intertwining holly and mistletoe.

Read our full article on Orchard Road’s Christmas 2020 light up here.

#15: Indulge in a durian buffet at Goodwood Park Hotel

Goodwood Park Hotel durian buffetPhoto from Goodwood Park Hotel

Goodwood Park Hotel’s famous Durian Dessert Buffet is back once more with a slew of mouthwatering Mao Shan Wang and D24 delights including eclairs, mousse cakes, and crepes. Other items on this free-flow menu include fruit cakes and bread pudding, lest all that fragrant durian goodness gets a tad overwhelming.

Read our article on Goodwood Park’s durian buffet here.

#16: Get K-Pop merch at the BTS Map of the Soul pop-up

BTS Map of the Soul pop up store SingaporePhoto from @__mi.moni__ via Instagram

Calling all BTS ARMYs - get ready for the highlight of your year, the BTS Map of the Soul pop-up, the first of its kind in Singapore! Slated to open near MUJI at Plaza Singapura, this exhibition cum store will feature tons of themed photo spots in various experiential zones.

BTS Map of the Soul pop up store SingaporePhoto from @liliana0032 via Instagram

Needless to say, there will also be BTS merchandise up for sale, including posters and figurines of your favourite oppas.

BTS Map of the Soul pop up store SingaporePhoto from @daheyheyhey via Instagram

It is said that you’ll probably need to pre-book your 1-hour time slot in advance. More details will be released in time to come.

Date: 14 November 2020 to 14 February 2021
Time: 10am - 10pm
Location: Plaza Singapura, #01-08/09

#17: Indulge in BBQ fare at Sentosa Grillfest 

Sentosa Grillfest 2020Photo from Sentosa

Sentosa Grillfest is an annual beachside affair with the best of grilled delights but this year, they’re changing it to a Home Edition in line with current safe distancing guidelines. Either dine-in at one of their participating restaurants at Sentosa, or place a delivery order so you can indulge the same hearty feast - but in the safety of your home.

Sentosa Grillfest 2020Photo from Sentosa

Some of the nosh you can look forward to include hearty bourbon ribs and lobster rolls from Angliss, pizza from Trapizza, half shell BBQ scallop with mentaiko from Good Old Days, and more!

Delivery timings: Thursday to Sunday: 5pm - 9.30pm
Dine-in timings: Thursday to Sunday: 4pm - 8pm
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#18: Bike through Jurassic Mile, a dinosaur-themed cycling and jogging path

Jurassic Mile dinosaur path ChangiPhoto from Changi Airport

Cycling and jogging in the East just got a lot more exciting with Jurassic Mile, a new dinosaur-themed path that connects East Coast Park to Changi Airport. As you make your way through, you’ll come face to face with life-sized prehistoric creatures that look super realistic - apart from the fact that they don’t move.

Jurassic Mile dinosaur path ChangiPhoto from Changi Airport

At present, you’ll need a booking in order to access the path in accordance with safe distancing restrictions. If you’d rather not squeeze with the crowds, you can also check out the nearby Hub & Spoke, a gorgeous glasshouse cafe surrounded by nature.

Read our full article on Jurassic Mile here.

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