#SaturdaySessions: Escape plan

Far from the madding crowd

#SaturdaySessions: Escape plan
Looking for a quite place to relax this long weekend? Good luck finding it!

Yes, we love this four-day weekend as much as the next person, but amidst the flurry of SG50 and National Day-related activities, it can be hard to find a quiet space to unwind. We all know the places to avoid: Ikea, Resorts World Sentosa and the general vicinity of the Padang. But where are the hiddens spots to head to as your misanthropy kicks into high gear? Buro has these humble suggestions, but do remember to keep these well to yourself. (P.S: We'll meet you there).

Hit an indie bookstore
Support your local bricks-and-mortar bookstores like Littered with Books (below) or Books Actually. Head there early, spend quality time browsing, and grab a couple of good reads — from award-winning local fiction to Marisha Pessl's Night Film — before heading home. Yes, home. Where you can alternate between curling up with your latest buy and channel surfing the free cable offerings, while eating an entire tub of (locally-made) ice-cream. Or you can just catch up on your beauty sleep.

Littered with Books Singapore

Commune with nature
We could be wrong, but come National Day the monkey population might seriously outnumber the humans at MacRitchie Reservoir. If that doesn't float your boat, go bicycling at Bishan Park, birdwatching at Sungei Buloh or get 'horticultural' at Hort Park. The point? If the crowds at the Orchard Road shopping malls, noisy millenials cackling in the cinemas and crazy queues at Four Fingers are likely to drive you mad, don't even start that conversation and avoid these spots altogether.

macritchie reservoir

Head to a quiet coffee house
You may need to travel a bit further than your usual joints, but now is the perfect time to try a slightly out-of-the-way spot like Jubilee Coffee House & Bar (below) which is located in Changi. Amidst the verdant greenery and über-chilled surroundings, small reminders of life in the past will bring about a wave of nostalgia. From a hopscotch patch out back to old-fashioned cream cakes to local favourites like hor fun on the menu, some have remarked that this is just like hanging out in their grandma's old bungalow...but you know, hipper.

Jubilee Coffee House & Bar

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Text: Renée Batchelor

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