Who says Singapore is boring? What you can do this week

Who says Singapore is boring? What you can do this week
Mixed martial arts.

SINGAPORE - The things you can do this week. 

Get Grappling
Mixed Martial Arts

It's the coolest thing right now, with Singapore beating our Malaysian opponents at the recent ONE FC's Total Domination event. If even five-year-olds are practising it these days, it can't be that hard right? Wrong.

Although it's a sport which supposedly has no rules, it's not like you can immediately go in and pulverize others. For starters, any gym worth its salt will only let you spar after at least 10 sessions. Learning a few Brazilian jiu-jitsu moves also helps.

When starting out, you can't punch or kick. You're supposed to grapple or hold your opponent into submission. Lock them down with your arms, legs, head - any part of your body, really.

But honestly, it's nowhere as cool as how Donnie Yen does it in his latest movie Special ID. Most of the time, I'm wriggling like a worm. Since you're going to get very close and swap a lot of sweat, I recommend going to an MMA gym with people you like. More than 100 people go for classes every day at Top Gym. One of them, tennis coach Wesley Oh, 25, says: "It teaches me self-defence and is applicable to daily life. Jet Li also makes martial arts look very cool, like in the 2006 movie Fearless."

Yes, I thought that too. But it's going to take a lot of training (and special effects) before I get there.

Where: Top Gym, 50, MacPherson Road, Three Rifles Building, Level 8
When: 12pm to 10pm (Mon - Fri), 10.30am to 1pm (Sat), 10am to 1pm (Sun)
How much: $300 for 10 sessions

Get laughing
Atomic Jaya

What happens when Malaysia decides to build an atomic bomb? That's the premise of this comedy show, a political satire. I'm already laughing.

With actresses Claire Wong and Karen Tan taking on 16 vastly different characters, it should be a hoot and hence gets a recommendation from me.

Where: SOTA Drama Theatre
When: Until Nov 1, 8pm (Tue - Fri), 3pm and 8pm (Sat & Sun), no show on Monday
How much: $40 to $65

Get arty
Singapore Biennale 2013: If The World Changed

Get cultured at Singapore's premier contemporary art exhibition. It opened yesterday and features 82 artists and artist collectives from the region and beyond, including Indonesian artist Toni Kanwa's work (top right).

The theme "If The World Changed" invites artists to reconsider the world and the worlds people want to live in.

Many works are being shown here for the first time. If Singapore has any prestigious global visual-art events, this is it.

When: Until Feb 16, 2014, 10am - 7pm daily
Where: Singapore Art Museum (including SAM at 8Q), National Museum of Singapore, The Peranakan Museum, Fort Canning Park, National Library Building, Waterloo Centre and Our Museum@Taman Jurong
How much: $10

Get rocking
OneRepublic Concert

First and foremost, this band is not to be confused with One Direction - the Frankenstein monster created from a TV talent show - who sound like constipated cats. One Directioners will kill me here, but hey.

Colorado pop-rock band OneRepublic can actually sing in tune. The members can also play instruments and some write their own songs. Secrets, which was even featured on the TV show Gossip Girl, is a knockout. They are also known to sing covers of popular songs while on tour, so that sounds like a good gig.

When: Tuesday
Where: The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa
How much: $128, $148 (event day)


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