How To Spend Your Good Friday Holiday in Singapore

Make the most of your Good Friday holiday this year with a workout challenge, spring cleaning, or even a quick weekend getaway.

Enya Rodrigues

by Enya Rodrigues on Mar 19, 2024

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Good Friday is quickly approaching, and most Singaporeans will have a long weekend off. While we all want to make the most of our 3 day weekend, how many times have you expected to have a productive holiday and ended up sitting on the couch and spending your long weekend just like any other?

To get the most out of the holiday, you should plan early and prepare to do something different. Here are a few exciting and productive ways to spend your Good Friday holiday.

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Get Organised

You don’t need to spend a lot of money or even leave your home to have a productive long weekend. Take a few hours to do a deep cleaning of every room in your house, clean out your closet, and get rid of any excess food in your refrigerator. You can also go through your closet and donate clothing you don’t wear anymore.

You can even do a spring cleaning of your finances. Do an in-depth review of your spending over the past few months to find a few expenses you can cut out of your budget. Try researching a new cashback credit card or find a brokerage account that will help you achieve your financial goals for the rest of the year. Whether you reorganise your house or establish a new budget, you will feel revitalised after the weekend is over.

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Do a Workout Challenge or Spend Time in Nature

A long weekend is the perfect time to kickstart a fitness plan or try a challenging workout that will whip you back into your exercise routine. If you have been meaning to get in shape before summer but haven’t found the motivation, try going for a run or doing a workout you find online. You don’t need to buy a gym membership to exercise — there are countless free workouts you can do at home before committing to an expensive programme.

Frequent exercisers who feel like they aren’t making any new progress can try an extra challenging workout over the weekend. You can try out rock climbing or go for a long bike ride and spend your extra day resting.

Not into fitness? You can still change up your normal routine with a new excursion. Take a tour of a different part of the city or go for a hike to rejuvenate yourself and experience something new.

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Book a Short Weekend Getaway

There is still some time for you to plan a short weekend trip. Regional destinations like Langkawi or Bali can offer good respite from the hustle and bustle of busy Singapore life and give you the change to recharge during the long weekend.

If you have a rewards credit card, you might be surprised at the opportunities available to redeem points or promotions with your travel bookings. Many credit cards offer rewards when you book your flights and accommodation with third party sites like Expedia and Agoda.  These rewards can greatly subside your weekend getaway and even make it great value for money despite booking last minute.

Credit CardPromotion
UOB Credit CardsUse promo code UOBSG8 to get 8% off hotel bookings with Expedia

Valid for bookings till 31 Dec 2024 and for stays till 30 Jun 2025

Citibank Credit CardsCardholders can get up to S$100 off hotel bookings and S$100 off flight bookings with Trip.com

Promotion is valid until 31 March 2024

OCBC Credit CardsReceive up to 10% Wallet Credits on accommodation bookings for worldwide destination hotels.

The promotion is available to OCBC Cardmembers from book dates 05 March 2024 to 31 March 2026.

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Visit Your Family or See an Old Friend

You may have already been planning on celebrating Easter with your family. If not, consider visiting your relatives and take advantage of the long weekend ahead. You can do a staycation with a family member, or simply invite your parents over and cook them dinner.

Another thoughtful way to spend the weekend can be to reach out to an old classmate or friend and get back in touch. You definitely won’t regret spending a holiday weekend with someone you care about.

One way that you can spend time with family and friends without having to fuss about hosting them in your home is to take advantage of the ongoing Easter dining promotions. Restaurants like Sol & Luna, Lion Brewery Co and Level 33, are offering elegant high teas, decadent brunches and even Easter roasts for the whole family.

If you do decide to eat out with loved ones, make sure to take full advantage of your cahsback and miles credit cards to earn rewards on your dining expenses.

Recommended Credit Cards To Maximise Your Dining Spend

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UOB Lady's Card

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  • Points have a 2 year expiry
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Hopefully, you now feel inspired to have a fruitful break this upcoming Good Friday long weekend. While it is great to try and pack your weekend with activities that you may not have the time to do during a regular weekend, there is no shame in taking a quiet weekend to yourself to organise your life and recharge at home.

If finding a new credit card to maximise rewards has been one of the nagging things on your to-do list, check out our round up of the best cashback credit cards in Singapore to get an idea of what credit cards best suit your spending needs.

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