6 awesome things to do in Singapore if you're not celebrating Chinese New Year

You can take up water sports, go to a beach party, stroll around the Istana and much more over this long weekend

PARTY ON FOR AUSTRALIA DAY

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Put on your beach best and party to the beats of DJs Dave Code, Dave Does and Adam Sky at the Tanjong Beach Club. Of course, there's a barbeque (need you ask?) and more Aussie favourites like burgers and chocolate lamingtons to nosh on. Don't forget to bring your beach thongs (the sandal variety, what are you thinking!) for the Thong Throwing Competition. The winner will be rewarded with 2 buckets of beer and one month of unlimited boot camp sessions with Ufit Bootcamps.

29 January, 11am-10pm. Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk. See fb.com/tanjongbeachclub for more details.

WATCH THE MAKING OF A LION DANCE COSTUME

Lion dance costume maker Mr Henry Ng working on his craft in the home on 24 January 2017. He is one of Singapore’s last few full-time lion dance costume makers.Photo: The Straits Times

Mr Henry Ng is the only remaining full-time lion dance costume craftsman, having been in this trade for more than 20 years. He will be sharing his story, as well as demonstrating key processes of costume-making as part of the National Museum's "A Lighter Side of History" programs.

January 30, 11am-noon. The Salon, level 1, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road. Register via eventbrite.sg.

TRY JETBLADING AT OLA BEACH CLUB

This is as close as it gets to making like you're Iron (Wo)Man. Essentially, you'll be strapping your boots onto a hoverboard-like base which has two water jets below to propel you into the sky. Just in case you have grand visions of "flying" freely all around the lagoon, know that you'll still be tethered to a speedboat. That's also to your benefit! Because the instructors on the speedboat will give you instructions (via the earphones in your helmet) on how to work your jetblading.

Watersports are available daily, till 7pm. Ola Beach Club, 46 Siloso Beach Walk. See olabeachclub.com for more details.

CHECK OUT ART INSTALLATIONS AT WATERLOO CENTRE

For the Noise Art Mentorship Showcase, 12 artists will be taking over the pockets of space at Waterloo Centre with art installations. For instance, Fajrina Razak's artwork, Jalan Nan Jauh (Far Distant), drapes batik paintings that visitors can pass under; and artist Cally Tan worked with Waterloo residents to design and create carpets for staircase landings.

Now till January 31, noon-7pm. Waterloo Centre, 262 Waterloo Street. See noisesingapore.com for more details.

WALK THROUGH CHINESE NEW YEAR-INSPIRED FLORAL DISPLAYS

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The Flower Dome gets a Lunar New Year-themed makeover with floral displays of orange and red dahlias, a Chinese Garden-esque pavilion and three-tier pagoda, and even quirky sculptures of roosters.

Now till February 12, 9am-9pm. Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive. See gardensbythebay.com.sg for more details.

VISIT THE ISTANA

The presidential palace is only open to the public on selected holidays, so take advantage of this cool weather for a leisurely stroll around the gardens. Besides free performances by student bands and lion dance troupes, there will also be guided tours ─ for a nominal fee ─ inside the Istana building and around the grounds.

January 29, 8.30am-6pm. Enter via the main gate at Orchard Road, beside Plaza Singapura. See istana.gov.sg for more details.

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