2016 may not have been the best of years for some, but as we reach the end of the year, it’s time to herald the coming of a better and more vibrant (take in all the positive vibes)… 2017. With tons of parties and events to choose from, we take a look at 5 different ways to step into 2017. 1. Embrace the Future By Understanding The Past At Bukit Brown War heroes, opium kings and social rebels – these are some of the most colourful characters during the “black and white” era of Queen Victoria’s reign in the late 19th to the early 20th century. They are now waiting for their stories to be told to a new generation from their final resting place at Bukit Brown. Let Chyen Yee and Fabian take you back in time to see how they overcame the odds, thrived in war and endured ordeals. Some increased their wealth at the expense of others, while a few gave everything to serve the greater good. See how towkays lived and traded, and how Chinese immigrants adapted to a new life here to finally call this place home. Apart from learning about some history and heritage of our country, the guided walk will also serve as a good workout before any sumptuous New Year’s Eve feast. Date: 31 Dec 2016 Time: 5.30pm to 7.00pm Location: Bukit Brown Cemetery, Lorong Halwa Click here for more info. 2. Go Zen and Start Healthy with Yoga Seeds What better way to end the year than to renew your sense of strength, energy, clarity and focus than with Yoga at the Padang. Yoga Seeds has designed a designed 90-min Sunset Yoga Flow to help you let go of the past, ground and motivate you in taking on new challenges physically, mentally and emotionally in 2017. Emerge from the festive slump and let your breath guide this beautiful and smooth Vinyasa Flow that is bound to heighten your sense of awareness, and open up your body and mind to gain new perspectives. Breathe, smile, be free in the open and get closer to your true self in welcoming the new year! Best of all, the event is Free! Date: 31 Dec 2016 Time: 5.30pm to 7.00pm Location: The Padang (SRC side), near City Hall MRT Click here for more info. 3. Make New Friends And Party With The Singapore Pub Crawl Running for 5 years now, party with the Singapore Pub Crawl as they say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017! It’s been a crazy year of smiles and tears and laughs. Now it’s time to jump into 2017 with friends new and old as you drink into the next year with some of the cheapest deals in the country! Tickets are $35 dollars at the door. Crawlers will visit 4 bars and 1 club and get free club entry, free shots at every bar (worth $60), extended happy hour all night long and exclusive drink specials that will get you up to 50% off normal prices! Date: 31 Dec 2016 Time: 7.30pm till late Location: UOB Plaza, 80 Raffles place, near the Fat Pigeon Statue Click here for more info. 4. Hip Hop Into 2017 With Free Flow At Aryaa Already have a group of friends to party with? Down the freeflow non-stop for 2 hours straight till it hits 2017 at the strike of midnight and go crazy as our boys from Bounce Squad, Adonis & Alias take the party a notch higher! An aurally orgasmic variety of hip hop flavours non-stop, witht both new school & old school tunes slammed together with distinct surprise elements. A night filled with sparkling lights and bubblies, a floor that parties throughout the night, this is one party not to miss! Date: 31 Dec 2016 Time: 10.00pm till late Location: 7500E Beach Road, Diner’s Club Building, Aryaa Lounge Click here for more info. 5. Stamp Your Mark On The New Year At The Singapore Philatelic Museum After a night of partying it’s time to detox and (re)charge into the New Year. The Singapore Philatelic Museum opens its doors for a… well, Open House on 1 January with quizzes and events for the whole family to enjoy. Still feeling the Christmas spirit? Be entertained by Capella Martialis as they perform popular yuletide tunes, carols and motets. Date: 1 January 2017 Time: 10.00am to 7.00pm Location: 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore Philatelic Museum, Click here for more info. Regardless how you choose to usher in the new year, here’s wishing you a fantastic 2017!