Celebrate National Day at home!

30th July 2020 by Lindsay Yap 4 Min ReadNational Day may be a little different this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun! If you’re on the hunt for things to do, take part in Onward 55 Singapore by Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES, a virtual event featuring National Day dining deals, online shopping, performances, games and uplifting stories. Happening from 31 July to 16 August, it’ll give you the chance to explore five virtual locations at Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES from home. Here’s what to expect!#1 Shop till you dropWhat better time to support local businesses? Head to the “Outdoor Plaza” and browse fashion, crafts, drinks and snacks from over 40 local entrepreneurs. Retailers on the online marketplace include popular brands such as Yeo Mama Batik, which carries stunning traditional batik outfits with a modern twist. And there’s good news for those wanting to stock up on reusable masks; homegrown tailor CYC Made to Measure will be selling their stylish cotton fabric masks for both adults and kids! CYC Made To Measure cotton mask Cardigan from Yeo Mama BatikIf you’re looking for gifts and handicrafts, make a beeline for Made by Buhni, ARCH and Craft Room – you can also personalise frames, mugs, polaroids and portraits! Foodies will also enjoy checking out local snacks and treats. For starters, there’s locally inspired cocktails by Hopscotch, cereal prawn chips from WOKWOK and baked sushi rolls from Sushi Pinch.#2 Order in – wherever you areTake advantage of islandwide delivery at “Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski” – there’s loads to choose from and deals to enjoy! Opt for brunch from The Glasshouse, bento sets from TONKATSU by Ma Maison, and top it off with sweet treats from NOW Bakery ($5 off delivery for orders above $50). Durian lovers will also love seasonal treats from Flor Patisserie – durian millefeuille, anyone? La Scala RistoranteTo celebrate the occasion, both La Scala Ristorante and Chalerm Thai are offering special $55 National Day three-course set menus, with unique locally inspired desserts. At La Scala Ristorante, enjoy homely Italian fare such as crab squid ink linguine and pork cutlet, while at Chalerm Thai, you can expect flavourful Thai dishes such as papaya salad and yellow curry.#3 Catch shows and talksTune in to a variety of virtual performances by local artistes at “Capitol Theatre”. On 8 and 9 August (9pm), groove along to popular National Day tunes with the resident band of Tin Box The Live House. Band members include Sherman Zhuo, Wilson Huang, Gen Seah and Relyne Ban. Homegrown music company Royal Entertainment will also be having performances titled “Colour Your Life”. They’ll take you on a journey down memory lane with familiar NDP and local drama songs. The dates to look out for are 31 July and 16 August (8pm and 9pm), 1 August and 2 August (9pm), and 9 August (8pm). Tin Box The Live House’s resident bandLove to sing? Join SingNation!, a virtual National Day singalong happening on 1 and 8 August (8pm to 8.45pm). Hosted by local award-winning conductor and composer Darius Lim, the event allows you to belt out National Day classics with hundreds of other singing enthusiasts across the country. To take part, sign up here.And finally, on 15 August (8pm to 9.30pm), watch Voices of Singapore Festival – Singaporean Inspirations, which will showcase amazing stories of everyday individuals accompanied by a series of special songs that respond to them.#4 Snag some cool prizesDrop by the “CHIJMES Lawn” and take part in a fun virtual game where you can win some awesome prizes. Items up for grabs include a perm at Black Hair Salon (worth up to $400), a facial from Simply Aesthetics ($400), Chalerm Thai National Day set menu for two ($110), Snowise Brightening Kit from Sulwhasoo ($80), Harry’s dining vouchers ($30) and more!#5 Be inspiredDuring the virtual celebrations, head to the “CHIJMES Hall” to read uplifting personal stories of strength and resilience submitted by the public. You’ll be able to view encouraging short stories, photos and videos, plus vote for your favourites! Chilli Soft Shell Crab Burger from Broadway American DinerThere’s more!Want to head down instead? You can enjoy one-for-one deals and other great promotions when you dine or shop at Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES in July and August. From 31 July to 30 August, get a $5 Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES voucher when you spend a minimum of $100 at Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES, or either location. DBS cardmembers will only need to spend a minimum of $80 to qualify for this!Enjoy one-for-one deals at outlets such as The Winery Tapas | Bar, Anglo Indian Café & Bar and Famous Treasure from 31 July until 16 August.Various restaurants at Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski (Capitol Singapore, Level 1) are also offering special dishes and deals. Dig into a Chilli Soft Shell Crab Burger and Chendol Ice Cream at Broadway American Diner and enjoy $24 three-course lunch sets at Frieda, La Scala Ristorante, Chalerm Thai and El Teatro Tapas (top up $5.50 for two glasses of beer!). Valid from 31 July to 16 August.Find out more about the event now!Written in collaboration with:Capitol Singapore: 13 Stamford Road | capitolsingapore.comCHIJMES: 30 Victoria Street | chijmes.com.sgLiked this? Check out more on our things to do section.What to watch – or listen to…Best parks for picnics in Singapore