Things to do this long weekend to break the circuit of monotony

A collage of things you can do without leaving home. Images: Clockwise from top left, Music Matters Live, Airbnb, MICapella, NParks, Esplanade Offstage.
A collage of things you can do without leaving home. Images: Clockwise from top left, Music Matters Live, Airbnb, MICapella, NParks, Esplanade Offstage.

Attend concerts and observe the wild all from the relative safety of your living room this weekend to ease the boredom of the stay-home life.

Here’s a list of things you can do that can kill this four-day, Good Friday weekend, including exclusive streaming music, virtual travel experiences and wildlife viewing. 

For animal lovers and enthusiasts:

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

If you’re sick of looking at your cat or family, why not explore the abundant wildlife we have in Singapore? Back in 2013, the National Parks Board of Singapore installed live cameras at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve to bring nature closer to Singaporeans. The three cameras are in three different parts of the park – the main hide, the main bridge and the pond. Any one of which, if you’re lucky, might feature wild animals such otters, grey herons, giant mudskippers, civet cats, stork-billed kingfishers or yellow bitterns strolling along at any time.

The quality on the cameras is much better than you might think, coming in at a decent 480p. Our advice is to leave it running in the background while doing other things. You never know what you might see at any time of the day, but we definitely know its better to catch them minding their own business live instead of a mindless viral video.

For those travel-deprived: 

Here’s a solution that might help you feel as if you have traveled to a different continent.

Airbnb Online Experiences

Now that traveling is heavily discouraged and frowned upon, Airbnb is giving opportunities to travel virtually. Airbnb Online Experiences are in-person experiences available online through Zoom. The new initiative lets you connect with people all over the world and immerse yourself in one-of-a-kind experiences without actually going there. From learning about the abandoned dogs of Chernobyl to making the perfect Chinese steamed bun, they offer many familiar and new experiences for stay-at-homers.

Choose from 50 virtual Airbnb Experiences, with many more expected to come in the following months. You can book the online experiences now directly from their website.

Concerts in bed

Esplanade Offstage

Esplanade Offstage will shift its content online to give home audiences access to videos, podcasts, and stories via its website. The free online all-access backstage pass lets viewers watch exclusive broadcasts of past performances from Singaporean legends like The Flybaits, StellaVee and Guitar Prasanna Trio.

So spend this long weekend browsing Esplanade’s vast library to continue supporting local artists and cultural sector workers from home!

Music Matters Live From Home

Music Matters Live, Asia’s premier independent music festival, is inviting artists from Singapore and around the world to perform live to stream online. Past sessions have included Singapore’s Inch, Estelle Fly and Sezairi, which are still available for viewing via its Instagram account. There, find each new session available to watch every Tuesday and Thursday. 

Tonight’s 9pm session will feature I Wear* Experiment, and Estonian nordic electro band. And next week, Japanese band Czecho No Republic will perform, followed on Thursday by Australian singer Calan Mai.

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram where they will reveal each week’s lineup.

MICapella

Famed Singaporean a cappella group MICapella is treating viewers to live concerts via Facebook and Instagram every Tuesday and Thursday from 9pm-9:30pm for three weeks. Streamers are able to dedicate songs and participate in a Q&A session.

On top of the session tonight, one-third of the band, Kexin and Peter, will be guest performing on “Reach Live!” at 8pm which will also feature a live chat with Baey Yam Keng, senior parliamentary secretary for the transport and culture ministries.

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