Your Weekly Guide to Asia

Asia remains a buzzing, exciting continent with so much to do and see. Here’s what to expect this weekend and beyond.

Bangkok

“The Beach” by Snarkitecture

Sink into a million recyclable balls in Bangkok. Photo courtesy of the venue,

Sink into a million recyclable balls in Bangkok. Photo courtesy of the venue.

If you want to go to a tropical paradise but are averse to sunburn, head over to Central Embassy in Ploenchit and discover an innovative, man-made “beach,” aptly called “The Beach.” You can jump in, “swim,” and relax while nestled by more than one million recyclable, plastic balls. New York-based design studio Snarkitecture created the installation, which was previously shown in Tampa and Sydney. Soak it up until July 2.

“Journey Through Alternate Realities-Cross Boarder Phenomena”

Bangkok’s art scene is flourishing with new exhibits happening almost every week. This week it’s “Journey Through Alternate Realities-Cross Boarder Phenomena,” featuring local artists Hannah Theodorou and Rachelle Stylo. See their psychedelic works until June 11 at Jam Café on Soi Rong Nam Kang.

Hong Kong

West Side Story

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Troop to the Lyric Theatre at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to watch one of the biggest musicals of all time. Photo courtesy of Sistic.

A Broadway musical is in town! Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Westside Story tells of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria, teenagers caught between two warring gangs in the Upper West Side (thus the title). Enjoy a night full of music and dancing at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where the show will regale audiences until June 18.

IRIS: Your Escape

Fitness buffs will have an adrenaline-pumping weekend as the country’s biggest wellness festival, IRIS: Your Escape, returns—and it’s bigger than ever. Look forward to indulging in an array of fun activities such as silent yoga, Piloxing, and Zumba. Join the festival this Saturday and Sunday at Nursery Park,West Kowloon.

Kuala Lumpur

The Big Bad Wolf Box Sale

The all-you-can-read buffet hall is OPEN TODAY!! For all you Malaysians hungry for books, the wait is finally over – the Big Bad Wolf Box Sale has returned at last! .. Satisfy those reading cravings at Hall A, MIECC @ The Mines from today until 4 June 2017! We open from 11 am – 10 pm every day…so come early, stay late and feed your inner bookworm >) .. STEP 1: Pay for your box Small Box: RM79.90 Big Box: RM99.90 Family Tapau Pack: 1x Small + 1x Big = RM160 only STEP 2: Fill it with books STEP 3: Close it flat STEP 4: Check out (NO HIDDEN CHARGES!) .. More hot event info at the link in my bio! .. * Title stocks may be limited. Available on first-come, first-served basis. Payment methods accepted: cash, credit card (Visa/MasterCard) and KADS1M. #bigbadboxsale #bbwb2017

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Touted as the world’s biggest book sale, the Big Bad Wolf Box Sale will fly off the shelves until June 4. Pile as many books as you can inside your preferred tapau box, available in small, big, and family sizes. Happening at MINES International Exhibition and Convention Centre in Seri Kembangan, the sale will have a limitless selection of titles, such as children’s and reference books.

Singapore

DBS Marina Regatta

 

Paddles up for one of the biggest sports event in Singapore this year. Photo courtesy of DBS.

Paddles up for one of the biggest sports events in Singapore this year. Photo courtesy of DBS.

For a small country, it’s amazing how Singapore has so many dragonboat teams. There are expat teams (there are the British, American, and Japanese teams, to name a few) and many estates have several groups of paddlers.

Dragonboating is such a big part of the Lion City’s culture that one of its most anticipated events is the DBS Marina Regatta, which will create waves on June 1 to 4. The competition will have as many as 80 local and overseas teams competing against each other.

Non-paddlers can still enjoy the event by teaming up with their friends and conquering Battle Bay, the country’s largest inflatable obstacle course. Other events include yoga classes and ULTRA countdown parties. Join the festivities at the Promontory at Marina Bay.

Geylang Serai Bazaar

One of the most crowded food events is the Geylang Serai Bazaar, which happens during the Ramadan season. After successfully reinventing itself by hosting stalls with Instagram-friendly bites (think rainbow-colored bagels and fried Oreos), the event has attracted a younger, more hip crowd. This year’s market will have a thousand stores, movie screenings, musical performances, and a pop-up museum. Open to the public until June 24, the food and cultural mania will be at Geylang Serai Wet Market, Joo Chiat Complex, and on Haig Road.

Rainbow bagel! #geylangseraibazaar2016 #foodforfoodies #nicebutexpensive

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