20 Things to Do to Relieve Your Boredom During Chinese New Year in Singapore

Published on Jan 22, 2020

Feel absolutely bored because you're not celebrating CNY or simply because you've done all your house visits?

1. Head to a salon


If you're pretty fed up with how difficult it is to book an appointment during Chinese New Year, why not make an appointment on CNY itself?

Yes, there are actually salons open on 25th and 26th of January 2020 (aka first two day of CNY).

Art Noise Japanese Hair Salon is Open During Chinese New Year

Art Noise Japanese Hair Salon @ Holland Village

Here they are:

2. Sing your hearts out at a KTV


We all love a good karaoke session. Whether you're doing it at a proper KTV place, a bar, or your room, it always feels cathartic to sing (or scream) to your favourite lyrics. It's even better when you're with friends and family because it's a fun time when everyone goes crazy together!

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FYI, our favourite Teo Heng is closed on CNY Day 1 but good news is that it opens on Day 2! 

However, Cash Studio Family KTV is open throughout CNY if the K bug hits you. 

3. Work out at the gym


A healthy way to kill time because you'll sweat out all the sweet and salty delicacies you've been munching prior this CNY!

Plus, the endorphins will definitely make you feel good after it.

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4. Watch a movie


Want to get out of the house but still want to chill?

Go catch a movie in the cinema. We're looking forward to watching Dolittle because we miss Robert Downey Jr.

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For those looking for that CNY vibe, there's always Jackie Chan with Vanguard and the hilarious Detective Chinatown.

5. Experience the festivities at River Hongbao


Explore Clarke Quay with CNY decorations for a Chinatown experience that is cooler and windier. You'll be able to take Instagrammable photos there if you manage to find a spot that isn't too crowded.

For more info: http://riverhongbao.sg

6. Do your grocery shopping


Life goes on for some of us on Mondays... If that's the case for you, you'll be happy to hear the 114 FairPrice stores will still be open on the first day of CNY! (Maybe they're just predicting last-minute reunion dinner shopping.)

123 out of 148 stores will be open until 5pm on the eve of CNY, and 24 stores will be open 24 hours. On the second day of CNY, 147 stores will be open, and on the third day of CNY, all 148 stores will be open as usual.

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For more info on which stores are open: https://www.fairprice.com.sg/events/in-store/cny-hours

7. Go to a charity pool party


Cool off by soaking in the pool!

If you don't have one near you and you don't want to pay for an expensive ticket at Wild Wild Wet or Adventure Cove, check out this charity pool party. You'll be able to relax and have fun while helping a good cause.

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For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2429767957287885

8. Dance the night away


There's no better way to spend CNY than to hit the clubs with your friends!

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Most of Singapore will be preparing to go house visiting so MAYBE this is your chance to get into Marquee without needing to queue too much.

Marquee Nightclub

Of course, there's always trusty Zouk if you're not keen on queuing too long. 

Zouk Nightclub

9. Go to a concert


Lucky for us, there are a number of concerts this year including Steve Aoki (31 Jan), Pentatonix (11 Feb) and Got7 (22 Feb), but Crown The Empire will be here on CNY day 2! If you're free on 26 Jan, you might want to check them out.

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For more info: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/crown-the-empire-live-in-singapore-2020-tickets

10. Celebrate Australia Day


If you don't already know, 26 January is Australia Day! It commemorates the anniversary of the first fleet from Britain landing in Sydney Cove. 

So as you can imagine, there are a number of celebrations right here in Singapore. 

One of which is a pub crawl: for $25, you get to visit five venues with VIP entry, free vodka shots during registration and 1-for-1 drinks. Sounds like a good deal to us!

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For more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/singapore-pub-crawl-australia-day-tickets

11. Participate in a charity walk


Adventurers can test their endurance by going on a 12km hike at Pulau Ubin.

Not only will you be submersing yourself in nature, you'll also be raising money for charity.

For more info: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/pulau-ubin-cny-community-charity-walk-tickets

10. Binge watch a TV show


Thanks to streaming sites like Netflix, you can find a whole season at once without having to wait for new episodes to release every week.

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If you already have a go-to show that always makes you feel good, you can just watch a re-run of it!

11. Visit Sembawang park


People in Singapore always say they're bored and there's nothing new to do in the small island we call home. Well, Sembawang Park's hot spring just opened and it's seriously amazing. Although there has been some bad press about people throwing water around or taking a full-body bath, most of the reviews have been positive.

You don't have to pay for a $40 onsen entry ticket now!

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12. Head to the Arcade


Many restaurants may not be open but our favourite Timezone certainly is. 

It's a great way to expend some energy together as a family while making sure everyone has fun!

Plus, they are having 1+1 promotions on CNY day 2 and 3 so don't forget to top up your Timezone card then. 

CNY Arcade Promotion

13. Make your customised jewellery to prepare for Valentines' Day


Yes, Valentines' Day is coming!

Get your V-day gift out of the way early so you won't have to rush for it in a couple of weeks time.

Customised Jewellery for Valentines

Want to be extra sweet? MAKE the jewellery yourself and personalize it the way you want it at this silversmithing workshop!

Jewellery Making Workshop for Valentines Day

For more info: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/basic-silversmithing

14. Get 2020 all Planned Out


It hasn't even been a full month of the new year but we know that we've been slacking on some New Year's resolutions. During the CNY weekend, why not take the time to plan out your year at a glance? 

Outline your monthly and yearly goals as well as actions to take in order to achieve them. You'll feel more organised and prepared to take on the year when you have your game plan written out clearly.

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15. Go to the temple if your zodiac sign clashes with Tai Sui 


Pray for good fortune and ward away evil if this year isn't the best for your sign. Tai Sui (the Grand Duke Jupiter) is in charge of everyone's fortune in 2020. Chinese zodiac websites state that people born in the year of the Rat, Rabbit, Horse, Sheep and Rooster will face some ups and downs this year. Here's a more detailed look at the dos and don'ts for the signs.

Rat: The year might seem calm, but it's rough upon closer inspection. You'll be fine so don't worry too much - just make sure you're prepared for whatever life will throw at you. 

Rabbit: Watch your mouth because unfavourable speech and working manners might draw disputes or lawsuits your way. Work hard and speak carefully this year. And chin up because your romance for 2020 is looking bright.

Horse: Impulsiveness can cause you stress this year. When involved in a conflict, keep your emotions in check so you don't say or do anything regrettable. When life gets tiring, don't vent your anger on your family, they're the ones who are always there for you at the end of the day.

Sheep: While you might be able to help others in their career, you might get hurt during the process. Be cautious of your actions this year and be super careful if you're taking out loans or making investments.

Rooster: You might face an unexpected destruction of luck this year. Be wary of your health, relationships and work this year to safeguard them from any harm. Speak and act with extra caution this year to avoid additional difficulties.

Fan Tai Sui Unlucky Zodiac Sign in Year 2020

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16. Try your luck at TOTO


After giving away all those red packets, you can try your luck at getting all that money (and more) back.

Singapore Pools Lucky Draw

There will be a record 12 million draw on 7 Feb 2020 so pray to all the deities to give you the inspiration for the lucky 7 numbers!

Do however play responsibly and only within your means!

17. Go for Acro Yoga with your SO


Bring a good pal with you and explore fun poses and test your trust with acro yoga!

Don't worry, it's not an intense workout, but more of a fun partner activity. If you're alone, you can make friends on the spot - it's a lovely experience!

For more info: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/learn-acroyoga-safely-at-whole-yoga-bugis-singapore-tickets

18. Explore VR Games


Call some friends over for some VR games to get a truly out of this world experience. VR games are increasing in popularity - you can find cheap headsets online and games can be played on your phone!

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We hear that it's not cheap but Headrock VR is open on CNY.

19. See How Tiger Beer is Brewed


What better time to grab a beer than during CNY? If your buddies aren't free, you can still have an interesting bar experience by checking out the brewing process at the Tiger brewery!

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For more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tiger-brewery-tour-tickets

20. Head to East Coast Park 


Singapore might not have crystal clear blue sea water to swim in, but there is a clean beach at ECP so you can feel like you're on holiday. Bring a beach towel + a book and you'll be all set to relax all afternoon.

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