15 weeks of sweating over midterms, the constant hair pulling brought on by that one presentation that was ridiculously worth 40% of your grade, and of course, the immense caffeine guzzling you did that now, on hindsight, seems humanly impossible. A week into the winter holidays and...man does it feel good to be a (temporary) free spirit! In between your countless naps and doing nothingness, here are some neat ideas that the TBNG team has put together to spice up your Christmas vacation!
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We only have your best interests at heart. If you're doing the eat-sleep-eat-sleep cycle, we don't want to displace you too much and have your heart rate anywhere over 70 BPM. So what better way to spend the holidays than to catch up on all the movies that are being released this month? With a bumper crop of new and exciting films poised to be released, we say you're in for a real treat this month!
When it comes to highly anticipated movies, look no further than Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The prequel, that is set to take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, will be about a group of rebels banding together to steal plans for the Death Star (!!!). With an A-List cast and crew, Star Wars fan or not, you will find something to gush about with this action packed, adventure, space opera, science fiction epic. The backstory to the original Star Wars trilogy will be in theatres on Thursday, December 15th.
For more of that sci-fi action, check out Passengers, which literally stars two of the hottest celebrities in Hollywood: Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. The movie tells the story of two people that embark on a 120-year journey to a new planet, only to wake up from hibernation 90 years too soon. Uh, we volunteer as tribute to be passengers on that spaceship with the Star-Lord! This film opens in theatres on Thursday, December 22nd.
And if you’re looking for something a little more down to earth (pun intended), check out movie musical La La Land instead. Although there's no dancing Fred Astaire, the film which opens on Thursday, December 8th, stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, as a musician and an actress who fall in love. We don't know if watching this might actually send us to la la land, but it’s already receiving Oscar buzz, and Rotten Tomatoes' rating is pretty...well, not rotten - so its looking promising!
While rain might be the closest thing we get to snow here in Singapore, get your full dose of the yuletide spirit with a visit to Gardens By The Bay’s Christmas Wonderland. The spectacular Luminarie light sculptures make for the perfect backdrop for that all-important Christmas-themed Instagram post. And if you’ve always wanted to play in the snow, head over to the Ice Palace where you'll actually get the chance to! Go the Snow Playground, try your hand at Ice Skating or even have a go on the Ice Slide - there is sNOw way you're not having fun here. There is also a festive market where you can do all your last-minute Christmas shopping, or indulge in all the yummy Christmas goodies. It's the perfect way to start off a magical Christmas!
BounceOFF! Fiesta 2016
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If Christmas isn’t really your thing, ditch the egg nog and take full advantage of Singapore’s tropical weather to let loose at BounceOFF! Fiesta 2016. As Asia’s largest inflatable play space, the fiesta will host four play zones - Bounce, Slide, Jump, and Feast. The event runs from Friday, 2nd December 2016 to Sunday, 1st January 2017 at four locations across central Singapore. Featuring Singapore’s longest waterslide, Southeast Asia’s tallest blob jump and Southeast Asia’s largest inflatable bouncer, this is definitely one ‘cool’ way to have a fun day out with friends during the break. Get your tickets now; they range from $25 for three rides on the Skyscraper to $128 for a one day unlimited pass to all four zones.
Singapore Biennale: An Atlas of Mirrors
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The Singapore Biennaleis back for its fifth edition and this year’s theme is ‘An Atlas of Mirrors’. The Biennale showcases works from more than 60 artists across Asia, and focuses on different perspectives on Southeast Asia. The exhibition takes place across several venues in Singapore, including the National Museum of Singapore, the Singapore Art Museum and SMU’s very own de Suantio Gallery at the School of Social Sciences. Student tickets are available for just $10 and can be purchased at the respective venues. The Biennale is ongoing and is scheduled to run till 27th of February 2017.
You know its true: no December break would be complete without a party at ZoukOut. Asia’s biggest dance festivals is back for its 16th edition, this time featuring big acts like Martin Garrix, Zedd and Snakehips. Held from 9th-10th December at Siloso Beach, there’s no better way than to celebrate surviving a semester than to go wild at one of the biggest parties of the year. It is the least SMUggers deserve after a long semester of partying it up in the library, right? Tickets range in price from $128 to $218
There is no better month than December that offers the option to be festive and chill! The winter holidays really are the best to unwind after fifteen hectic weeks and recharge for the upcoming term. Whether you’re a party animal, a movie buff, or a Christmas fanatic (maybe even all three), there are plenty of fun things to indulge in when you're not sprawled on the couch flipping aimlessly through Netflix. Happy holidays to one and all!