2013 has been a big year for Singapore. We’ve seen festivals bringing the community together, parties lighting up the night scene, and a host of new bars and restaurants popping up.
Singapore gets more vibrant and more unique each year, as a diverse melting pot of people and cultures come together from around the world. We’ve compiled the top 10 Singapore highlights from 2013, to recap on the year that was, and get excited for what 2014 has in store.
Here are the top 10 Singapore highlights of 2013:
Amber Lounge was the hottest and most exclusive party of Grand Prix 2013.
The Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix gets bigger and better each year. We saw an action packed agenda of glamorous parties, international acts and high-octane entertainment with headliners like Rihanna, The Killers and Justin Bieber to Singapore’s. After-parties like Podium Lounge and Amber Lounge kept race drivers, models and celebrity guests partying long into the night.
The theme of Grand Prix 2013 was “Live Louder Than Life” and Singapore-wide we enjoyed everything from 50s style Miami beach parties at Tanjong Beach Club, to themed restaurant menus, to pop-up private art museums showing works from Rembrandt, Modigliani and Picasso. Track side, the race culminated in a win by Sebastian Vettel who held on to his Formula 1 title with his third straight victory.
Get your tickets early for Grand Prix Season 2014 here.
Szechuan Court served up a delicious Chinese New Year menu in 2013 featuring traditional Green Tea Nian Gao.
Chinese New Year is the most eagerly anticipated and significant occasion in the Chinese calendar, and it is actively celebrated by Singaporeans every year. In 2013 the streets came alive with traditional Chinese music, colourful lanterns and delicious festive menus. Chinatown was the focal point for celebrations with night markets, decorations, and performances by lion dancers and fire eaters.
The Chingay Parade is a centerpiece of the Chinese New Year festivities, a street parade with sparkling floats, magicians and dance acts. The annual Huayi Festival is another focus of the celebrations and showcases traditional and modern Chinese arts like opera, theatre and music. Chinese New Year is a great way to better understand Chinese traditions and begin your year with luck and prosperity.
Changi Airport caters to millions of Singaporean and international travelers every year. (Photo credit: Flickr user Lip Jin Lee).
Singapore Changi Airport has been given the honour of being named World’s Best Airport at the 2013 World Airport Awards. The awards surveyed over 12 million airport customers from around the world judging their experiences of efficiency, safety and leisure at global airports.
This is the fourth time Changi airport has been awarded the title of World’s Best Airport. The achievement reflects Changi’s innovation in the airport arena and the commitment to customer satisfaction from the 32,000 Changi airport staff.
The mixologists from 28 Hong Kong Street create innovative American style cocktail flavours. (Photo credit: Flickr user Kenn Wilson).
Singapore bars 28 Hong Kong Street and Tippling Club have been given the prestigious honour of ranking in the World’s 50 Best Bars 2013. 28 Hong Kong Street, coming in at number 10, is a bar that focuses on small-batch spirits and American style cocktails, a unique new taste offering for Singapore. From the plain exterior you could walk past the bar without realising it was there, but once inside you’ll find dark decor, wide seats, and a contemporary whisky saloon feel.
Related articles: In high spirits: Cocktails with tales to tellAnd the Top 5 The Miele Guide Restaurants in Singapore are… Tippling Club is an innovative food and drink experience, which makes the list at number 45. Described as ‘industrial chic’ Tippling Club is a large open space with bright windows that allow in the dappled light from it’s lush Dempsey surrounds. The drinks menu showcases a mix of classic cocktails, modern twists and Tippling’s own creations. All drinks are interestingly categorised into where they sit on the dry, sweet, sour and spicy scale.
Deepavali festivities light up Little India every year. (Photo credit: Flickr user Choo Yut Shing).
Every year Singaporeans revel in Deepavali celebrations, also known as ‘the festival of lights’. Deepavali is the most significant occasion in the Hindu calendar and historically celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. This year we saw lights lit to thank the gods for health and happiness, and a wide variety of sweet and savory food and drinks were enjoyed. Deepavali is a community festival, enjoyed by Hindus, Singaporeans and expats alike.
All the Deepavali details for 2014 can be found on the Your Singapore website.
Ah Boys to Men was filmed as part of the 45th anniversary celebrations of Singapore’s National Service. (Photo credit: Flickr user Choo Yut Shing).
“Ah Boys to Men” is a Singaporean-Malaysian comedy film that in 2013 became the highest grossing Singaporean film of all time. The story centers around Singaporean army recruits and was created as part of the 45th anniversary celebrations of Singapore’s National Service. “Ah Boys to Men” was produced, directed and written by Jack Neo, and stars Wang Wei Liang, Noah Yap, Joshua Tan and Maxi Lim. Since it’s 2012 release date the film has earned over four times its S$3 million budget.
Singapore’s ultra-wealthy are visible in their luxury sports cars. (Photo credit: Flickr user Choo Yut Shing).
According to Boston Consulting Group, Singapore officially has the highest percentage of millionaires in the world. We’ve held this title since 2010, but by 2013 the number of millionaires has grown by nearly 15 percent.
One in every six Singapore households now has a disposable private wealth of over US$1 million, excluding houses, luxury items and business assets. Our percentage of ultra-wealthy in Singapore has also grown, with 10 in every 100,000 households owning more than US$100 million in private assets. These are sure signs that the Singapore economy is still booming!
Related article: Singapore’s elite: The top 10 billionaires in the country
The patriotism is visible with many Singaporeans wearing red and carrying flags to celebrate Singapore National Day. (Photo credit: Flickr user linkway88).
The Singapore National Day 2013 celebrations commemorated Singapore’s 48th year of independence. For the sixth year in a row the parade was held at The Float at Marina Bay Sands and the theme this year was “Many stories… One Singapore”. Singaporeans were encouraged to share their personal stories and reconnect with what it means to be from Singapore. The parade featured stunts, dances, fireworks and cinematic storytelling depicting the history of Singapore.
To get involved with Singapore National Day 2014 keep up to date with the details on the Your Singapore website.
The PARKROYAL on Pickering won the 2013 Design of the Year prize.
2013 saw the opening of PARKROYAL on Pickering, which redefined the Singapore CBD skyline. This unique hotel features 15,000 square metres of beautiful sky gardens with hanging baskets, and an exclusive rooftop club lounge featuring panoramic views of the city skyline.
PARKROYAL on Pickering is essentially a ‘hotel-in-a-garden’ has been awarded the Design of the Year prize in The President’s Design Awards 2013, one of Singapore’s most prestigious design award ceremonies. The PARKROYAL on Pickering has become a unique CBD fixture in Singapore, an eye-catching and beautiful building in the heart of Chinatown and Raffles Place.
For more details on PARKROYAL on Pickering, check out their website.
Consumers voted Singapore Airlines the best airline in Asia. (Photo credit: Flickr user John).
Singapore Airlines was named Best Airline in Asia at the 2013 World Airline Awards. The Airline Awards analyse passenger satisfaction levels on everything from check-in and boarding to seat comfort, inflight entertainment and staff service. Passengers are anonymously surveyed from all seat classes – economy, business and first – to get an accurate representation of how an airline performs across all levels. The surveys covered more than 200 airlines across the world and it was an achievement for Singapore Airlines to win Best Airline in Asia.