Compared to mothers, fathers may not be as expressive, and more often than not, they are silent pillars of support in the family. What we know is that we appreciate our dads for the innumerable sacrifices they have made for us and for their indispensable pearls of wisdom. So why not take a cue from your dad’s acts-of-service love language by planning a memorable day out, cooking a meal for him, or doing something unconventional together?
1. Go Biking and Brunching with Dad
How long has it been since you spent some quality time with your dad outdoors, just like old times? With the recent launch of bicycle sharing systems such as oBike, Mobike and Ofo, you can embark on a cycling adventure wherever you want. Start bright and early to beat the sweltering heat and end your trail just in time for brunch. Plan a bike-friendly and scenic route before you start cruising, and remember to park at designated bike parking spots!
If you live in the North-eastern region of Singapore, you should be no stranger to Punggol Waterway Park. As Singapore’s longest man-made waterway, the endless lush and tranquil landscape makes for a perfect respite and a refreshing trail. After a sweaty workout, cool down with a drink and reward yourselves with a scrumptious meal at the nearby Waterway Point. The morning workout would mean you have an appetite for a hearty chow-down, so head over to Daessiksin Korean BBQ Buffet where your dad will be spoilt for choice at the assortment of meats, sauces, and authentic Korean side dishes. Bond over the grill, free flow meat and drinks, and enjoy quality time together.
Daessiksin Korean BBQ is located at Waterway Point, East Wing (#01-33) and is open at 11.30am on weekends.
2. Give Dad a Wellness Boost
Our dads may seem tough on the outside, but they too need a healthy dose of TLC! We’re pretty sure that your dad won’t protest to being pampered once in a while, so why not treat him to a good ol’ massage? Leading wellness centre Chen Kang Wellness offers a range of massage therapies and foot reflexology, so you can pick something best suited for your dad.
The 40-minute Foot Reflexology ($36) will help to ease those sore feet and give him an intensive boost by improving his blood circulation, while the Traditional Body Massage ($63) will immerse him in an hour of complete relaxation so he can get a relief from any bodily tensions and mental stress. Your dad will certainly appreciate some down time from a hectic workweek and be recharged.
3. Get Cultured in an Atas Wine-tasting Session
Does your dad have an acutely discerning palate for a good glass of wine or is he always game for a novel experience? Why not sign him up for a surprise wine-tasting session! It’s not something you get to do every day, so make it real special by taking him to premier wine merchant Crystal Wines at Valley Point where he’ll get to sample the finest vintage wines from acclaimed wineries. In fact, they are hosting two sessions of thematic wine tasting on 17 June, the eve of Father’s Day, featuring select wines from Domaine de La Pousse d’Or at Volnay. So, take this opportunity to treat your dad and RSVP online before heading down to Valley Point!
Crystal Wines (#01-02/03) is open from 11am to 8pm from Mon to Sat. Register for the 12.30pm or 4.00pm wine tasting slot at $55 per pax. Each session lasts for 3 hours.
4. Whip up a Home-cooked Meal to Remember
If you think your dad is up for something more laid back, grab some beer or sparkling juice and whip up a scrumptious dinner at home. This probably requires some team effort, so rope in a sibling to be your sous-chef and get the rest to help out with the dishes! And if you can’t decide on what to cook, we’ve got these perfect recipes to help you out.
Kick off the meal with a healthy portion of Autumn Orchard Salad with Rock Melon, Strawberries and Ham. For the main course, impress Dad with Lamb Chops with Mint Gremolata and Fingerling Potatoes, then top if off with a light cake or ice cream!
Get all your ingredients from Cold Storage (Anchorpoint, Causeway Point, Northpoint and The Centrepoint). Get your desserts from Bengawan Solo (Anchorpoint, Causeway Point); Geláre (Causeway Point, The Centrepoint); Prima Déli (Causeway Point, Northpoint); TCC The Connoisseur Concerto (Anchorpoint); or Twelve Cupcakes (Causeway Point).
5. Get Artsy-Fartsy for a Day
It’s likely that your dad is so busy that he hardly has time to explore the city leisurely, so shake up your dad’s regular weekend routine and get him to be a local tourist with you! Spend the day discovering hidden nooks and crannies or learn new things about old places, and get your adventure all on camera! Find picturesque backdrops and turn him into a hipster for the day by snapping OOTD shots of him.
Start off at culturally rich Chinatown and soak in the bustling streets amidst rows of charming shop houses. Continue strolling to the Singapore River where your dad can marvel at new sights and drink in the lively atmosphere. Wind down from the day’s activities and have a nice meal at Robertson Walk, a tranquil spot which is just a short walk away from the river. Check out this list for dining and chill-out spots at Robertson Walk!
And there you have it – some simple ways to earn some brownie points with your Dad! So gather your siblings and start planning, or get your mum to help you plot that sneaky surprise for Dad – just remember to keep your plans heartfelt and thoughtful, and we’re sure that your dad will feel loved and pampered this Father’s Day.