International Women’s Day rolls around again on March 8. The global event is aimed at highlighting the achievements of women around the world and a catalyst towards greater equality.
And this year, despite the pandemic, there are still ways to celebrate the momentous occasion. Whether it’s with your mentor, your best friend, or even your mom, here are eight ways you can celebrate their achievements this International Women’s Day.
After an immense year of challenges, there’s no better time to treat yourself to a luxurious stay just like this soul-satisfying feminine awakening retreat by Capella Singapore. In partnership with homegrown wellness studio Space2B, this holistic three-day ladies-only retreat introduces guests to the importance of self-awareness and a well-rounded experience that focuses on movement, meditation and sound healing. Featuring a two-nights accommodation at Capelle Singapore’s Premier Seaview Room, guests will be treated to a curated afternoon tea session at the resort’s Mediterranean restaurant, The Knolls, alongside other wellness programmes planned by Space2B. This includes a Yoga Nidra (Tantric Meditation), Goddess Flow Yoga and Cacao Ceremony, as well as a private Aura Soma® therapy session.
Dates: 1o – 12 March 2021
Venue: Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, 098297
Happening at the Drama Centre Black box, Sharul Channa will be hosting her very own one-woman stand-up comedy show this March. The full-time female stand-up comedian has been thriving in the comedy scene here in Singapore for the past 10 years and has been seen on Channel News Asia, Comedy Central Asia, Channel 5 and even on TikTok! This IWD, the wisecracker will be bringing her bag of jokes ranging from pre-Covid times, to lockdown stories, to the secret behind the title ‘Cleavage-Murukku-Crusher’ — and chances are you’ll be in for a good laugh.
Dates: 17th , 18th , 19th , 20th , 21st March 2021
Time: 8pm to 9.15pm
Venue: Drama Centre Black Box (National LibraryBuilding Level 5) 100 Victoria St., Singapore 188064
Highlighting three remarkable women and their work, Executive Chef ArChan shares a dish very special to her and her mother from her roots: the Braised Lamb Ribs In Curry Spices — the very first dish she has ever cooked for her family which led her to pursue her dreams as a chef. In partnership with Brass Lion Distillery, founded and helmed by female F&B entrepreneur Jamie Koh, the restaurant will also be offering fancy tipples to start or end your night with, which includes a classic gin & tonic made with the LeVeL33 Hopped Dry Gin, as well as Moordoouc Estate ‘The Moorooduc’ — a premium Australian Chardonnay from an estate led by the Southern Hemisphere’s first female Master of Wine Kate McIntyre. What better way to celebrate the occasion than with a good meal and a few drinks while basking in the beautiful cityscape views.
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10.30pm (daily)
Venue: LeVel 33, 8 Marina Blvd, #33 – 01, Singapore 018981
Ahead of all the shopping and facials, you’ll be pampering yourself this International Women’s Day, don’t forget to indulge in some afternoon high tea with your mother, sister or your girlfriends. Here, at The Marmalade Pantry, be wowed by their wide assortment of treats that’s both a feast for the eyes and the palate. Choose from a selection of buttery scones served with rich clotted cream and fruit jams over at their outlet in ION Orchard, or satisfy your sweet tooth with their wide array of delightfully sweet and savoury treats at The Marmalade Pantry’s Oasia Hotel Downtown and Novena outlets over on the weekends.
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (ION Orchard), 11.30am – 10.30pm (Novena and Downtown)(daily)
Venue: ION Orchard – 2 Orchard Turn, #04-11A ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Novena – 8 Sinaran Dr, #01-02/04 Oasia Hotel, Singapore 307470
Downtown – 100 Peck Seah St, #01-01 Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore 079333
With a family synonymous with Catalan cuisine for 150 years, Núria Gibert, director of Restaurant Gaig, followed in her father’s footsteps, the celebrated chef, Carles Gaig. Having led the team that set up Restaurant Gaig in Singapore since 2017, the restaurant is the first international outpost of the Michelin-starred restaurant in Barcelona by chef Carles.
In celebration of IWD, on March 8, Restaurant Gaig will be treating all female diners with a complimentary bag of bombóns or chocolate truffles, specially prepared by head chef Martí.
Opening Hours: 12–2pm, 6–10pm (Monday to Saturday)
Venue: Restaurant Gaig, 16 Stanley St, Singapore 068735
Sit back, relax and enjoy some afternoon tea time this International Women’s Day at L’Espresso. Offering a bevvy of alluring English Afternoon Tea treats, L’Espresso also has attractive and alluring offers for all the ladies out there. On Tuesdays, from 2 March to 25 May 2021, the third accompanying lady (adult or child) will enjoy a free dining experience with every two paying ladies (adults) for the English Afternoon Tea buffet. On top of that, on 8 March 2021, ladies dining on the English Afternoon Tea buffet will also get to enjoy a complimentary glass of house red/white wine or mocktail. Also, ladies with Citi or DBS/POSB credit & debit cards will enjoy a special price of $38++ per person (usual price $45++). It’s perfect if you’re looking to spend an afternoon tête-à-tête with your girlfriends.
Opening Hours: 10am -12am (daily)
Venue: Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Rd, Orchard, Singapore 228221
What better way to celebrate IWD than with some retail therapy. This year, Shopee’s 3.8 Women’s Festival will be held from 4th to 8th March, featuring over 30,000 local women’s businesses of which you can enjoy 25 per cent cashback. Whether you’re looking for pieces to update your wardrobe with or even skincare and makeup must-haves for your beauty arsenal, the options are aplenty. Not to mention, you’ll also get to enjoy 35% off on brow and eye products from new and upcoming K-beauty brands like rom&nd’s new HAN ALL line — which was recently launched on Shopee, as well as discounts on brands like Aland, Zalora, Iora, and more.
Have a toast to the achievements and milestones of the women this IWD at Zeffarano’s Terrace Lounge. Known for its beautiful panoramic views of the city, the alfresco lounge will be offering an assortment of savoury canapes and sweets, accompanied by two glasses of sparkling wine, white or red wine, or beer ($78++ per person) on March 8. Some of these indulgent, savoury canapes include the wagyu beef tartare served with confit quail egg and sumac, as well as a luscious foie gras sandwich with marsala gel that presents a marriage of umami flavours. To end your meal, be sure to try their yuzu and rich dark chocolate bon bon and Amalfi lemon and raspberry pavlova.
Throughout the week, from 8 to 15 March (6pm to 10.30pm), guests will also be treated to a complimentary pizza worth $25++ with every bottle of wine purchased.
Opening Hours: 12–3pm, 6–11pm (daily)
Venue: Zafferano’s Terrace Lounge, 10 Collyer Quay, Level 43 Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315