The last time you indirectly mentioned your father was probably when you decided to kao bei kao bu about something.
Well, now it’s time to address your old man in a more polite manner, since Father’s Day is coming—for those who will only find out when they start seeing tributes to other people’s fathers on Facebook, it’s on the 19th of June, and yes, that’s a Sunday, so you can’t use another late night at the office as an excuse for not celebrating with the man who taught you how to ride a bicycle.
Here are 10 things you can do with your father (or godfather, or sugar daddy) this Fathers’ Day that will cost no more than $100:
For the dad who’s a foodie
While your mum’s cooking might be the best, no man can refuse a good steak. Unfortunately, steak most certainly does not come cheap in Singapore, but there are a few places where you can still enjoy a juicy slab for less than $50 a head.
iSteaks Grillhouse (1 Maju Avenue #02-03/04, my Village / 17A Lor Liput, Holland Village) – A striploin steak and two side dishes goes for a very affordable $17.90.
Les Bouchons (7 Ann Siang Road / 41 Robertson Quay) – Steaks range from $32 to #45.
Mum may be on a diet, but if dad’s got a generous appetite and/or waistline, he’ll love a good buffet. There are quite a few places where you can enjoy a buffet spread for under $50, meaning both you and dad get to bond while stuffing your faces.
Himawari Japanese Restaurant (991B Alexandra Road #01-08) – Their weekend lunch buffet costs just under $50.
The Song of India (33 Scotts Road) – Dads who love a good Indian curry will love the lunch buffet, which is priced at $40+.
Town Restaurant (Level 1, 1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel) – High tea spread that serves up high class versions of local favourites like laksa and chicken rice.
For the atas dad
So your dad’s more likely to be spotted smoking a cigar or chilling out with his friends at the country club than hanging out at the neighbourhood kopitiam. Take him out for whisky at a posh old-man’s bar like The Auld Alliance (9 Bras Basah Road, #02-02A Rendezvous Hotel), where you can feel all grown up amidst the plush sofas and mahogany furniture. This also gives you the chance to imagine your own life as a 60-year-old. And unless you open a bottle, a few whiskeys will probably still be under $100.
Most atas dads adore playing golf, and if your family are members of a country club you can spend a day on the greens with your dad. Otherwise, check into a driving range so you can whack a few balls at an affordable price.
For the dad who’s a kampong boy at heart
Fishing at Pulau Ubin
Most Singaporean dads like to tell nostalgic tales about the good old days when irate primary school teachers would throw exercise books out of the window and kids would go fishing in nearby drains. If your dad’s a salt-of-the-earth kinda guy, go fishing at Pulau Ubin. Ask the guys at the seafood restaurant nearby where all the best spots are.
Family barbecue at East Coast Park
Remember those days back in primary school when your entire family would book into a chalet at East Coast Park? Relive those days with a Father’s Day family barbecue by the sea. Book and pay for your barbecue online, and then let dad show off his grilling skills.
For the dad who’s a history buff
So your dad’s a history buff who just can’t stop sharing his opinions about what things were like in Ancient China / Peninsular Malaysia even if he wasn’t actually there himself, spend a day at the museums with him. If your family is Peranakan, head to the Peranakan Museum and you can be sure dad won’t be able to shut up. Dads who are interested in regional history will love the Asian Civilisations Museum. Otherwise there’s always the good old National Museum, where you can argue about who really founded Singapore.
Meal at Labrador Park
Pioneer generation fathers seem a lot more interested in Singapore’s wartime monuments than their offspring, since WWII is more than just a story in the history textbooks for them. Take a walk around Labrador Park so dad is forced to get some exercise, and check out the war remnants like the machine guns and canons. This might sound boring to younger people but for some reason, many dads seem to love relating their tales of the old days. After your stroll, sit down to a meal at one of the restaurants in the park.
For the dad who’s a classic Singaporean uncle
A day at the races
If you’ve ever spotted a copy of Punters’ Way lying around the house, your dad would probably appreciate a day at the Singapore Turf Club. The first race of the day starts at 6:20pm, and you can be sure dad will be cheering in Hokkien for the horses he’s bet on together with all the other uncles.
Unfortunately, if your dad is Singaporean, it looks like you won’t be able to both go to one of the local casinos for under $100. But you can set sail on gambling cruise ship Aegean Paradise, which is a lot cheaper. You might not relish the thought of being trapped at sea with a bunch of aunties and uncles, but if that’s the sort of thing you dad likes, this is the one day in the year you should force yourself to make a sacrifice.
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