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5 Things To Do After Finals!

Congratulations, you’ve survived the semester, Hell Week(s) and all! Or, well, maybe you're still halfway there but already wondering about all the things you should probably do once you leave the examination hall for the last time this semester.

Either way, here’s a list of some things you might want to consider checking out! Once you're done catching up on those much-needed Z's, of course 😉

1. Go Hiking!

Time to do something about all the snacks that you’ve scarfed down while revising for finals! Good thing Singapore has a handful of cool places for you to exercise while enjoying a breath-taking display of flora and fauna, and other wildlife. We’ve compiled a small list of places here—just take your pick!

2. Mood for (Lotsa) Food!

Pretty Singaporean thing to do: Cafe-hopping! If you're planning on indulging in yummy cafe food, we recommend heading down to the Bugis area and starting with the ones at Bali Lane.

One of the cafes along Bali Lane

(Photo Credits: Daniel's Food Diary)

Of course, if you'd rather focus on... well, any kind of food (aka not just cafe food), then you might want to check out this Twitter account for a truckload of restaurants and places for you to visit. The Twitter user even indicates if a place is Halal or Muslim-friendly, making it easier for you to plan a get-together with your Muslim pals! Hashtag racial and religious harmony, yo ;)

3. Free Concerts

Esplanade Outdoor Space

(Photo Credits: Esplanade)

Take a train down to the Esplanade and catch a free concert or two! Click on this link to see what’s on, and be amazed at the breath-taking performances at both the indoor and outdoor theatre.

PS. The Esplanade's Roof Terrace is also perfect for a date ;) It boasts a beautiful view of the skyline too, so it's a great Insta-worthy spot!

Esplanade Roof Terrace

(Photo Credits: Esplanade)

4. Visit NUS Museum!

We know what you’re thinking—sounds pretty boring, or intimidating, even. Trust us, NUS Museum is the place to visit if you haven’t already! For one, there are a couple of exciting exhibitions happening at the moment, namely "Always Moving": The Batik Art of Sarkasi Said, and 17 Volcanoes.

The former features beautiful Batik art by renowned artist Sarkasi Said; his works are steeped in an array of bright colours, making the entire exhibition perfect for Instagram 😉 Just take a look at how beautiful his pieces are!

Snippet of the Sarkasi Said exhibition

(Photo Credits: Hoong Wei Long, for NUS Museum)

17 Volcanoes, on the other hand, deals with – you name it! – seventeen Indonesian volcanoes, presenting a variety of different perspectives towards volcanoes through an interesting blend of the textual, the visual and individual senses. It’s incredibly immersive, and a must-go for anyone who wants to experience something new this holiday.

17 Volcanoes Exhibition Pamphlet

(Photo Credits: Nur Amira bte Roslan)

Both exhibitions run until 31 December 2017.

5. Volunteer!

"Wah, this article sponsored or what sia!" -- we wish. There's just really no doubt that volunteering is a meaningful way to spend one's holiday! To quote RAKtivist, "Kindness is the best feeling in the world." And what better place to start showing kindness than home? There are many avenues to give back to society this holiday!

Clearly, some animals are really in need of your help!

(Photo Credit: Straits Times)

For instance, if you're an animal lover, you can join organizations such as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Singapore (SPCA), the Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter (OSCAS), or even the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Centre (AWRC).

(Photo Credit: ST, Stephanie Yeow)

For those who love playing with little children, you can even head on down to NLB and take part in their kidsREAD Programme, where you'll read stories to underprivileged children.

A kidsREAD session

(Photo Credits: NLB)

These organizations require you to sign up beforehand. Alternatively, you can simply walk in to Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen and start helping out too! Whatever you choose, just know that you're spending (part of) your holiday making a difference--and that's really all that matters.

Inside the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen

(Photo Credits: The Online Citizen)

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