Even on the first day of the week, everyone is thinking of the weekends. The dread of school floods everyone’s mind, especially since most people would still be in their “holidays mood”, still trying to get out of their comfort zones to start the long school year.
By Friday, many would cheer, “TGIF! (Thank Goodness It’s Friday)”, trying their best to end the day on a happy note. However, when evening strikes and it’s time to go home, you sigh with disappointment. It is not because of the tuitions that you are attending during the weekend nor the loneliness as your friends aren’t free to hang out with you. But it was because of the fact that the weekends are only two days, which meant that it wouldn’t be possible for you to bring back your “holiday mood”.
Furthermore, it is often for some odd reason that it feels as though your 48 hours of each weekend fly faster than your 1 hour of Math lesson. This causes you to dread, even more, feeling more “dead” each day and finding yourself ending with your head resting on the table and your brain shutting down on its own.
What comes to a surprise is that weekends are supposed to help us, not make us feel even more tired than before. Weekends are for a short mental break, like a 15-minute coffee break. During the weekends, we find ourselves having a busy schedule, especially since we are students. Hence, when weekends come, how do we manage our time?
Here are 6 activities which you can go through on a weekend to ensure that our weekends are spent wisely.
#1: Tuition, tuition and tuition
It is not an uncommon situation to have multiple tuitions, groaning as you start your 2-hour long tuition on a weekend. This excludes the stressful amount of homework given at the end of the lesson, and the nagging of the teachers the entire day. Such a trouble, isn’t it? Making the environment just like a school day, what difference is there between a weekday and a weekend?
Of course, there is a difference!
Tuition is of extra help that schools don’t always provide! There is no dress code! *Hip Hip Hurray*
However, with your parents paying hundreds for the fees every year, it is important to take tuition as an opportunity to push your passing grade to an ‘A’, and learn more things that are impossible to be taught in a class of 40 students.
Treasure the opportunity to be at your tuition lessons. Besides, you get to make friends from other schools, and gain more exposure!
#2: Get out of the house
I’m sure some of you may have your mothers nag at you, telling you to get out of the house, or even do some exercise to keep fit. You roll your eyes, annoyed by their constant nag because nothing beats resting and doing nothing.
However, you do know that doing outdoors is actually good for you, whether it is just a picnic or just chilling at the beach. During the afternoons and mornings, it may get really glaring, so possibly just getting some exposure to nature would be good during the evenings or nights.
Imagine with me on this scene: “You are walking alongside at the beach after a nice full dinner, feeling the cool breeze that brushes on your face while watching the sunset.” Nice, isn’t it?
Or you have no clue what to do during your holidays why not try these following activities:
Singapore has many bowling arenas that are not only fun for even those without any experience but also affordable for students with each game being a max of $5 per pax. Bring your own socks to save up the additional $1.50 to $2.
Ice skating, there is nothing better than sliding around on ice surrounded by your friends in the rink, it’s a chilling experience 😉
Bounce away at a trampoline park, no instructions needed just get ready to tire out.
Who doesn’t like splashing around in the water on a hot day, it’s also a great form of exercise.
Credit: Forest Adventure
Located at Bedok Reservoir Park, a fun obstacle course to get some exercise done once schools over.
Address: Carpark A situated on Bedok Reservoir Road
For general information and individual bookings
Telephone: +65 8100 7420
For enquiries on corporate and school groups
Telephone: +65 8100 7421
#3: Family and Friends
Hanging out is very important, even if it means of spending for a short time. Treasure each moment, whether it is spending a minute together in the lift or being in the car together. Put down those headphones and talk to your friends and family. Even if it was just a friendly word of ‘Hi’, sometimes they can do a great impact!
Try asking friends to have a lunch or dinner out, or maybe even ask your parents to play a game of cards with you. Who knows, maybe you might find your annoying little sibling adorable for once! *wink*
Here are some different activities which you might want to consider to hang out with your family and friends:
Free movies under the stars and clouds
Everyone loves to go to the cinema to watch the latest movies but why not grab a few friends and make your way to these place for a free and open-air movie experience. The island of Sentosa organises free weekly outdoor cinema screening via Popcorn Movie Nights at Sentosa. This means popcorn, food, drinks, music and fun for everyone
MovieMob is a roving cinema that pops up regularly across Singapore which screens mostly commercial blockbusters. More information can be found on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/apemoviemob/ follow them to be updated on where and when the next screening will take place.
Staying in the East, I discovered that Our Tampines Hub is another great place to hang out with family and friends.
Cosy up with family-friendly movies on a large screen in a neighhourhood location, you might want to look out for their movie marathons over holiday seasons, that feature back to back screening.
#4: Work, work and work
While having fun is important, studying and completing our homework is unavoidable for discipline brings about consistent effort to do well. Hence, why not try hanging out in a few new conducive places to wreck your brain together with your friends to do your revision and complete your work.
Other than doing your work at this spacious study areas, one can found yourself attracted to the aesthetic arrangement of the book of shelves which will might you to take out your phone to take an instagrammable photo for your feed as well.
Address: 277 Orchard Road, #03-12 / #04-11, orchardgateway, Singapore 238858
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 11:00 AM – 09:00 PM, closed at 5.00pm on eves of Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year. Closed on Public Holidays
Tel: 6332 3133
National Library / Lee Kong Chian Reference Library
If you want to find a quiet place to study, National Library is the place to be! One can find many well-equipped facilities of the National Library with powerpoint socket for you to charge your phone and laptop while studying.
National Library / Lee Kong Chian Reference Library
Address:100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10:00 AM – 09:00 PM, closed at 5.00pm on eves of Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year. Closed on Public Holidays
Tel: 6332 3255
Coffeebeans and Starbucks are the favourites to-go-to study area whenever we run out of fast food places or the libraries. A cup of beverage guarantees you a seat for a good few hours as you focus on your energy on studying, ignoring the hustling movement by the customers.
Other than Coffeebean and Starbucks, you may consider visiting a cafe with your friends to do your work too. Most important, find those cafes which has free WIFI for access to do your work. Here is one of the cafes that Esther, one of the SNCF staff who oversees our internship will frequent if she is unable to find places at cheaper alternatives. Best thing is, FREE WIFI!
Avenue Cafe provides a good insight where customers get to experience the different renovation materials, typology and terminology all over a cup of coffee and a slice of cake.
Address: 454 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427667
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm
Tel: 6348 9803
For many of us, we lack sleep due to this simple reason — work. Many times during the weekdays, we find ourselves lacking sleep. the amount of hours we sleep is often less than 7 hours. As we all know, the adequate amount of sleep is 8 hours, which makes us in need of catching up during the weekends. Because of this, we need to ensure that we have to catch up on our sleep during the weekends. Try sleeping early from Friday to Sunday and sleeping in the next day (other than Sunday of course). If not, take a nap in the afternoon. Sleep is important, and it isn’t just for the weak! Did you know that sleeping is good for your complexion, to grow taller and even allows you to focus better? In fact, it has been scientifically proven and even evident in many successful people that sleep is highly important, which is why it is worth 1/3 of our lives.
Learn something new other than the textbook! Whether it is a skill or knowledge, take it as an opportunity to learn in a fun way. Be open-minded, and look up for things. Let your creativity shows!
Singapore has many wondrous sights just waiting to be explored. Use different angles to showcase different perspectives of one location so get your phones out bring along your friends and get ready to take pictures till your memory runs out.
These are just a few suggestions you could try out for your weekends so that it will not be blues when Monday comes. However, remember that Singapore has so much more to offer. Take time off your electronics and spend 2019 making wonderful new memories with your family and friends!
This article was brought to you by Tay Wan En Linette and Mariya Yusuf Shahiwala. Currently, Secondary Four students who are pursuing their secondary school education at CHIJ Katong Convent. Both of them were student intern in SNCF, Campus and Youth team from 12 November to 16 November 2018.