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Given the large numbers of foreign professionals working in Singapore, it is no surprise that there is a large number of clubs and associations catering to their social, leisure and entertainment needs. For suggestions on what to do in general in Singapore, refer to the Leisure, Entertainment and Sports section of the Expat Focus Singapore Country Guide.

The PrimeTime Business and Professional Women’s Association (www.primetime.org.sg; Orchard PO Box 619 Singapore 912321; Tel: (+65) 6234 0973 – voice mail only) was established by – and for – international business and professional women working in Singapore. It promotes friendship, networking and offers resources to help expatriate women establish new friendships in Singapore.

International Associations or Clubs in Singapore offer sports facilities for use by their members, and most of them offer term memberships (from 1 to 3 years) to cater to expatriates who intend to work and live in Singapore for a shorter period of time. The clubs listed here are family-oriented, and organize regular exercise classes and social activities. Membership fees apply. The American Club (www.amclub.org.sg) has 3,500 members, of whom half are Americans and 30% are Singaporeans. The Tanglin Club (www.tanglinclub.org.sg) with its current membership of 5,800 is made up of members from more than 70 nationalities. The Hollandse Club (www.hollandseclub.org.sg) was originally set up by a group of Dutchmen, and is today an international club with over 40 nationalities. The Swiss Club (www.swissclub.org.sg) is the oldest club in Singapore.

For golf enthusiasts, there are private and public golf courses in Singapore. If you are keen to tee-off elsewhere, there are regional golf courses in Indonesia that are a ferry ride away, and perfect for the whole family as a weekend getaway. The private golf clubs in Singapore often have other sport facilities such as swimming pools, gyms and exercise classes for the rest of the family.

A growing number of younger Singaporean professionals and expatriates prefer working out in fitness gyms or health clubs. Fitness gyms and centres can be found near workplaces and neighbourhoods, and are usually well-equipped with exercise machines, shower and sauna facilities. They also offer fitness and relaxation classes, such as Pilates and yoga. Click here for a directory of health and fitness clubs in Singapore.

Singapore is a city that never sleeps. The local newspapers usually have a listing of the latest happenings around town for the weekend. Click here for a list of events maintained by the Singapore Tourism Board. IS Magazine, a weekend listing of events in the arts and entertainment scene, is distributed free at newsstands, popular coffee shops and MRT stations.

There are about 11 public holidays in Singapore per calendar year. The website that releases the dates of official public holidays in Singapore is maintained and updated annually by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower.

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