We live for fun and seeking new experiences. You know what they say, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy (girl in our case). Are you craving a break from your daily grind? Up for some cool new activities to fill up your time after hours or during the weekends? Our solution: go back to school. Forget tests and daunting textbook syllabus, because we’ve found 10 awesome classes in Singers for you to work those nimble hands, get in shape, or learn a rad new skill. Who knows? You might just find your new calling.
Grow Some Fins
Time to fess up: You’ve always wanted to be a sea princess during your younger days, just like Ariel the Mermaid right? Well now you can! Syrena, the mermaid alter-ego of Cara Nicole Neo has opened Singapore’s first mermaid school where students will undergo a four-level course structure and learn more about the mythology behind mermaids as well as learn exercises that will ensure a stronger core while swimming with a tail (yes!) affixed to their lower bodies. There’s no age restrictions to the course so what are you waiting for? Go forth and fulfil your lifelong Little Mermaid fantasies!
Syrena – Singapore’s First Mermaid, find out more about their classes here
Roast Your Own Coffee
You can’t buy happiness, but you sure can make your own cup of happy with coffee. Learn to roast your own cup of Joe in the comforts of your own home by signing up for Papa Palheta’s Espresso Redefined Level 1 course. It will give you a solid foundation on the proper techniques of Espresso extraction and Milk texturing via a three hour session, inclusive of a practical segment where you’ll get to operate on the commercial Synesso and pro-sumer Giotto machine. Come here with the girls over the weekend or attend the class alone for some serious quality me-time. Other classes includes brewing methods, roasting tours and even barista skills.
SUP It Up
By far the most coolest name for a sport, Stand Up Paddling (SUP), incorporates surfing and paddling while standing up (duh!). Paddleboarding is an amazing full body workout that will improve your core strength, cardio fitness, balance and flexibility with virtually no impact. Plus, you’ll get to be out on the water and enjoy nature. For beginners, join the Level 1 stage and learn how to balance, steer, apply proper paddling form and more. We even heard that people get proficient in this sport in a short amount of time! So pile on that sunblock, pack a towel and bottle of water and you’re ready to paddle.
Jump, Leap and Climb Over Every Obstacle
Parkour is pretty much a physical art form that might require the athleticism of a gymnast, gracefulness of a dancer and Spiderman’s acute mobile senses when it comes to scaling and leaping across obstacles. At Superfly Monkey Dragons, you will develop your mind, body and spirit through the basics of the sport from the team of traceurs. Classes are design to accommodate people of all ages, fitness levels and experience and are split into four categories namely conditioning, technique, manoeuvring and family – all conducted outdoors so you’ll get the real full experience of parkour.
Give It A Spin
Always wanted spin on the decks at the hottest parties around? Try your hand at being a DJ at E-tracX! If you’re a newbie, sign up for the basic Club Mixing DJ workshop, where you’ll learn all the introductions to DJ equipment, music genres, and get acquainted with beat matching, barring, and mixing. This class acts as the launching pad for you to eventually work and practice your way up to a Solange or Mark Ronson. In a few years, of course!
Make Your Own Patterns and Prints
If you’re looking to learn a new decorative type of skill that will help you spruce up your home, the head over straight to the many printing workshops conducted by our local fave duo, Fictive Fingers. Sisters, Hani and Aisah Dalduri are dead passionate about creating products that can be appreciated for its beauty and functionality and by combining their love for textiles and traditional printing methods, their brand was born. Known for their distinctive hand drawn patterns (which we heard our Editor is a sucker for), Hani and Aisah regularly hold workshops to introduce people to the wonder of silk-screen and even have starter kits for you to try out printing on your own at home. We hear their classes always fill up fast, so be sure you’re always checking on their latest updates!
Try Your Hand (Or Body) at Aerial Yoga
Bored of your old exercise routine and game for trying something new? We feel you. How about swinging on a hoop or trapeze? We say, just do it! Simply Yoga offers specialised yoga and aerial arts classes for people of all ages. Through these classes, you can strengthen your core, increase flexibility and upper-body strength, and give you a greater body awareness too. Think of yourself as a graceful circus performer and everything else will fall into place.
Build Your Own Lamps
There’s something refreshing about DIY projects: We think that there’s a certain magic about the creative thought process and personal touch and care that’s given to creating something. If you’re looking to add something new to your humble abode, why not learn how to make an industrial looking copper lamp at Make Your Own? All the materials will be provided and at the class, you’ll pick up tips on how to use power tools for cutting wood, electrical wiring, and bending metal pipes.
Create Your Own Scent
Everyone loves scents and smelling good! So why not create your own signature whiff? Attend a variety of classes at Je t’aime Singapore and take your pick on coming here alone, with your girlfriends, or even your significant other. By mixing up essential oils and fragrant aroma chemicals, you’ll be able to concoct your own scent that’s uniquely you!
Learn Some Magic
Now this is a skill that will impress many at a party! Forget the props, smoke and mirrors and charm everyone with a deck of cards and some objects instead. At the Magic for Beginners class, you’ll be sworn in into the Magician’s Oath of Secrecy (we knew such a thing existed!) and learn methods on finding Aces in a deck of cards and become versed in making future predictions. The best part of all? All the magic effect involves no sleight of hand at all. So it’s all you, and your magic.