Long gone are the days when navy sailors are made up of men in uniform. Today, a rising crop of fearless female warriors are taking the seas by storm and dispelling masculine stereotypes along the way.

Over the years, more and more women have stepped up to challenge traditional perceptions on the military frontline. Not afraid to prove their capabilities, these inspiring naval leaders are taking on responsibilities and roles that are of equal importance as their male counterparts. Think you have the grit and determination to make it in this dynamic field? Don’t let self-doubt hold you back from taking the plunge into unknown waters – we debunk common misconceptions about women serving in the Navy.

Myth #1 Women lack the skills to be in the military

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It’s a man’s thing, says the myth. But who’s to say that females aren’t qualified enough to make it in the military? To equip them with the necessary skillsets, officers and engineers are groomed at the Officer Cadet School, while experts are required to go through the Naval Military Expert Institute. This means each individual, whether male or female, has to undergo rigorous military training, often working under tight pressure to push themselves beyond their mental and physical limits. Everyone’s here for one purpose: to serve and defend our maritime nation.

Myth #2 Women aren’t down to do the dirty work

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While girls are often assumed to be more suited for lighter tasks, women in the military are expected to take charge on the front lines and be just as hands-on as their male counterparts. Life in the Navy can be unpredictable – one day you might be coming up with strategic plans at the headquarters, other times you could be found braving the choppy seas for a mission on board a warship. Whatever it is, it’s an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and experience the adventure of a lifetime.

Myth #3 There are fewer opportunities for women 


Regardless of your gender, there are no lack of opportunities here in the Navy. If you possess good leadership and management skills, the role of a Naval Officer might be up your alley as you’re expected to take charge of all aspects of the organisation, from operations to planning and training. Keen on growing your engineering expertise? As a Naval Warfare System Engineer, you get the opportunity to work on advanced naval technology on board warships, submarines and naval aircraft. Or you can choose to be a Naval Warfare System Expert – a vital role in ensuring that the ships are always ready for combat by keeping key military systems in top condition. The possibilities are endless!

Head over to www.navycareers.gov.sg for more information.

Myth #4 Women can’t balance work and family

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In this day and age, it’s totally possible to have a fulfilling career while excelling at parenting. If you’re worried that starting a family may end up derailing your career ambitions, fret not – although you’ll need to be prepared to make sacrifices while in the Navy, you don’t have to give up on family commitments to be a competent working mum. In case you’re thinking of settling down after completing your trainee and cadet phase, you have the option of being assigned to a shore posting and returning to the ship once you’re ready for combat. Now, who says women can’t be successful on both fronts?

At the end of the day, it’s all about being willing to try, knowing and proving your worth, and most importantly, not being afraid of failure. Now you’re all ready to set sail!

This post is brought to you by the Republic of Singapore Navy.

Interested in coming on board the Navy family? Head down to the Navy Women’s Career Seminar on 1 June 2019 at the Suntec City Convention & Exhibition Centre from 12.30pm to 3.30pm to explore a career with the Navy. Register your interest here!

Nestled away in a little corner of the bustling streets, a familiar tune fills the air as throngs of curious spectators began to gather along the sidewalk – some prefer to admire from afar, while others would stop for a moment to listen.

That’s just a day in the life of 22-year-old busker Lee Yee Kien, who not only performs on the streets but is also equally talented in beatboxing and has even bagged a couple of awards from local and regional competitions. A Mathematics and Economics student by day and street musician by night, Yee Kien is part of a small, emerging group of passionate individuals who aren’t afraid to challenge the conventional in this highly sterile society. To them, the city is their stage.

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“I like the freedom that the streets give. I can play music when I want without having to answer to anybody or live up to any expectations,” he shares. “I don’t have to be famous or have musical qualifications to be qualified enough to share my voice. Just like any average 22-year-old out there, I have an equal voice as others and I’m happy to be able to show myself to the world on a more humble stage.”

And now, Yee Kien is given the opportunity to bring his unique brand of ‘mouth music’ into the world of theatre. As part of Toy Factory’s outreach programme for inclusive theatrical sharing, the talented lad will be performing a curated set while retelling personal stories that are close to his heart. Ahead of his show this weekend, we caught up with Yee Kien where he shared with us about his love for music, experiences as a street musician and more.

Hi Yee Kien! When did you first discover your passion for music?

I first discovered my passion for singing when I was in primary school. It was a pretty peculiar story – my mother used to teach mother tongue in my primary school and she had high expectations for my oral exams, so she would get us to record ourselves practicing for it on an audio recorder. However, I recorded myself singing instead and that was when I realised I wasn’t that bad of a singer (laughs).

What kind of music did you grow up listening to?

I grew up listening to many different genres of music – classic music from Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli, Mandarin pop songs from JJ Lin and Jay Chou, and acapella tunes from Pentatonix and Home Free, EDM tracks from Zedd and Avicii… the list goes on. I wouldn’t say I have a single artiste who influenced my style of music, but being exposed to all these genres helped me to figure out my music tastes along the way.

So how would you describe your personal musical style?

My personal style in music is pretty niche; even though it covers a wide range of genres, my style of delivery is all through my vocal chords. Beats, you got it. Guitar, coming right up. Er-hu? Violins? Electric guitar? All me! I use this arsenal of sounds I’ve picked up over the years, input it into my looper and fit it into the songs I sing. I’m essentially a one-man acapella band!

What are some of your favourite songs to perform?

I usually like to perform groovier songs like ‘Billie Jean’ by Michael Jackson and ‘Red Bone’ by Childish Gambino because I like the influence the groove brings to the audience when I hit the set. You start to see everyone’s heads bobbing along and that’s the kind of good vibes I like to bring to the world.

What was the most interesting audience interaction you’ve ever had during your performances?

There was once I was busking in Punggol, and a young girl approached me asking if I knew the song ‘甜蜜蜜’. Usually, I would reject impromptu requests because of the nature of the looper, but she was holding a $1 coin ready to slot it into my box while giving me the puppy-eye look, so I looped a beat and sang it. She instantly flashed a megawatt smile, and I overheard her telling her mother that she wanted to sing when she grew up. My heart melted!

Another time, I was busking near the residential area and I think someone complained so two police officers came down to investigate. I thought my busking license was going to be revoked, but to my surprise, the police officer gave me a pat on the back and said, “Bro, you were awesome man! Keep doing what you do.” Those words of encouragement really meant a lot to me and it inspired me to keep going.

What’s the most important life lesson you’ve learned from being a street musician?

I’ve learned that passion is what makes the world go around. Buskers may be on the streets for different reasons, but they are all there with one common purpose: to spread their passion to the world. When you actually stop and listen to a busker, you can most definitely feel their passion, and that drive is what makes people do what they do. 

What’s a piece of advice you would like to give to youths who want to try busking but never have the courage to do so?

It sounds cliche, but I would say: just do it. It gets easier after you sing the first song, so take the courage to make the first step. If you’re hungry and you wanted food from the coffee shop across the road, but you chose not to because of the fear of getting run over by a car, you’ll never get your food. Remember, there will always be people stopping to watch you perform and that’s all that matters.

This story is part of a brand new series in #TEENAGEPORTFOLIO where we spotlight youths taking on unconventional hustles. For more inspirational stories, be sure to pick up a copy of our latest issue!

Interested in watching him play? Catch Yee Kien at A Slient Hour: Buskers of Singapore on 5 and 6 April 2019 at [email protected]! Tickets are available here – head down to show your support!

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You know what’s better than studying overseas? Being able to attend a prestigious university in London for close to a semester and scoring an internship stint at the U.S. Embassy – all while pursuing a top-notch international degree in Singapore. Local student, Marcella Tang, did just that.

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Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics and Management at SIM-University of London (UOL), Marcella’s academic journey is anything but boring. Not one to be confined within the classrooms, she seized the opportunity to take part in a study abroad programme at the LSE Summer School in London, which prides itself on a “a globally relevant curriculum with students from all over the world”.

So she packed her bags and flew halfway across the globe to embark on her new adventure – here’s what she had to say about it.


Having to experience student life at the LSE Summer School is a whole new ballgame, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that Marcella would probably never trade for anything else. Not only is it a great opportunity to experience a foreign education system, it also allows you to get out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in a culture that’s different from home.

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“It was a new horizon for me as I was placed in an insightful academic environment and being exposed to international perspectives that I otherwise wouldn’t get in our tiny island,” shares Marcella,  “It was truly life-changing.”


It’s not everyday you get to rub shoulders with the elusive Donald Trump, but Marcella was one of the few people who got to meet him during the Trump-Kim Summit.

This was taken at the Trump-Kim Summit right before President Trump came out!

This was taken at the Trump-Kim Summit right before President Trump came out!

Through SIM’s career development programme which provides students with career guidance and internship opportunities, she managed to land a coveted gig at the U.S. Embassy as an economic and political intern, where she participated in the planning of the historical event. But who would’ve imagined that her internship experience would bring her face-to-face with the POTUS himself?

“It was beyond my wildest expectations,” she exclaims.

Well, we’ll just leave this GIF here.

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Apart from her overseas stint, her time in SIM is also nothing short of amazing. The best part? Upon graduation, she would soon be able to attain an internationally-awarded degree at UOL which is examined by the London School of Economics and Political Science – this means you get to secure a globally-recognised certification without having to incur the hefty costs of studying abroad. How’s that for a win-win situation?

If you’re worried about degree credibility, rest assured that academic standards are never compromised at SIM-UOL. To ensure that the same quality of education is met, these esteemed colleges develop the syllabus and are responsible for the assessment of students so your UOL qualification is just as relevant and recognised.


The possibilities are endless! SIM’s well-rounded curriculum has equipped Marcella with essential skillsets that aim to enhance her employability, which will help to open doors to an exciting host of career prospects that await her upon graduation.

At SIM, Marcella is also part of SIM’s career chapter as the Vice President of Banking and Finance (BFCC), which has helped to hone her leadership abilities and develop a competitive edge over her peers – all while forming a network of professional connections that would definitely come in handy when she enters the workforce.

At this career chapter networking event, DBS staff were invited to share professional know-hows on how students can better prepare for their interviews and what they can expect in the banking sector.

At this career chapter networking event, DBS staff were invited to share professional know-hows on how students can better prepare for their interviews and what they can expect in the banking sector.

More impressively, this ambitious trailblazer has already landed a job offer in the banking sector before even completing her studies, which gives her a headstart in her career. In the ever-competitive job market where graduate unemployment is still high, it’s all the more important to get ahead of the game. So if you’re looking for an academic route that will set you up for career success, SIM is a good place to get started.


At the end of the day, the world is your oyster and there are plenty of exciting opportunities waiting for you. If you aspire to be like Marcella and are interested in exploring your degree options at SIM-UOL, head down to the SIM-UOL Education Fair on 6 April 2019, 10am at SIM HQ to find out more about the study opportunities available. Got a question? There will also be SIM staff and representatives from London (LSE and Goldsmiths) onsite to answer any queries you may have, whether it’s about scholarships, overseas exchange or even the campus culture – they will be more than happy to help. Register here!

Can’t make it for the SIM-UOL Edu Fair? You may want to consider going for the SIM Education Fair on 13 April 2019 instead. This one-day event will be held at Suntec City Convention Centre from 10am all the way to 8pm, so there’s more than enough time for you to check out all the programme offerings at SIM.

This post is brought to you by SIM. 

Congratulations to everyone who has successfully completed your tertiary education! For those who are fresh out of polytechnic/JC, you might be busy figuring out what would be your next step in life upon graduation: should you prepare to enter the workforce, take a gap year to explore your interests, or further your studies at a local/private university?

If you’ve chosen the latter, you’re at the right place. To find out which institution offers you the best possible university experience, it’s important to get a feel of what you can expect at each campus so you can make a more informed decision. We’ve compiled a list of upcoming university open houses that you should attend to learn about the educational pathways available – mark down these dates!

Note: SUSS and SUTD open houses have already taken place at time of publishing. 

Nanyang Technological University

NTU Open House
Date: 2 Mar 2019 (Sat)
Time: 9.30am – 6.30pm
Address: 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

What to check out:

  • NTU is named as one of the world’s top 15 most beautiful campuses for good reason. Besides the campus tours, don’t forget to drop off for a tour at the Hall of Residence to get a glimpse of hall life in NTU.
  • Participate in stage games at The QUAD and stand a chance to take home attractive prizes such as a pair of Beats headphones, a programmable drone and even your very own iPad!

Click here for more information. 

Singapore Management University

SMU Open House
Date: 2 & 3 Mar 2019 (Sat & Sun)
Time: 10am – 6.30pm
Address: 81 Victoria Street, Singapore 188065

What to check out:

  • Hop on an open top bus tour around the sprawling city campus, or join an interactive walking tour conducted by SMU ambassadors who will be able to guide you through the various facilities they offer.
  • Soak in the vibrant festivities at Viva O Samba 2019 where you’ll be treated to a plethora of exhilarating performances accompanied by lots of great food, fun and games!

Click here to find out more.

Singapore Institute of Management

SIM Global Education Open House
Date: 8 & 9 March (Sat & Sun)
Time: 10am – 5pm
Address: 461 Clementi Road, Singapore 599491

What to check out:

  • For those looking to get a headstart on your career, there will be a series of seminars and talks where you can get insights from industry speakers. Sign up here.
  • Meet up with SIM alumni at Blk A, Atrium where you can get a second opinion on your course of interest and clarify any doubts you may have about its campus culture. They’ll be more than happy to help!

Click here for more information.

Singapore Institute of Technology

SIT Discovery Day
Date: 9 March 2019 (Sat)
Time: 10am – 6pm
Address: 10 Dover Drive, Singapore 138683

What to check out:

  • Unsure which degree programme best fits your academic interests? Pop in to one of the many talks conducted throughout the day, where you can find out more about its partner universities and the learning opportunities available.
  • There will also be shuttle buses to take you to and fro the designated pick-up points at MRT stations so you don’t have to worry about transportation. Here’s the full shuttle bus schedule.

Click here for more information.

National University of Singapore

NUS Open House
Date: 9 March 2019 (Sat)
Time: 9am – 6pm
Address: 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119077

What to check out:

  • Experience what it’s like to be an NUS student for a day by taking part in the special classes conducted by the different faculties, where you’ll get to cover topics such as ‘Crime and Deviance’, ‘The Professor’s Travelling Suitcase of Science Wonders’ and more.
  • Swing by Student Village 1 at Town Plaza or Student Village 2 near the Dover entrance to discover the wide array of clubs and societies on campus, while enjoying performances put up by student talents.

Click here for more information.

Management Development Institute of Singapore

MDIS Open House
Date: 9 March 2019 (Sat)
Time: 10am – 5pm
Address: 501 Stirling Road, Singapore 148951 

What to check out:

  • If you’re interested in being part of MDIS, sign up on this day and you’ll get to enjoy exclusive study rebates up to $3,000. Head over to the SAMTAS Hall (Block B, Level 2) to register!
  • Don’t miss the exciting lineup of workshops organised for you – from equipping yourself with cybersecurity know-hows to learning how to make a pizza, there’s a little something for everyone.

Click here for more information.

PSB Academy

PSB Academy Open House
Date: 6 April 2019 (Sat)
Time: 11am – 5pm
Address: 6 Raffles Blvd #03-200, Singapore 039594

What to check out:

  • At PSB Academy, you get access to a diverse range of degree programme options from renowned UK and Australia institutions such as Coventry University, Edinburgh Napier University and The University of Newcastle.
  • The best part? You can attain a degree in 12 to 48 months – perfect for those who are seeking a fast-track programme.

Click here for more information.

The application process can get a little overwhelming, but bear in mind not to rush into a decision. Take the time to explore your options and select the university that can best meet your academic goals. All the best!

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As the annual Open House season rolls around, prepare yourself for a whirlwind of festivities happening at the various polytechnics. Here’s your step-by-step guide to conquering #OH19!


#1 Do your research. Hit up the respective websites to find out what courses each school offers, then shortlisting some options you might be interested in pursuing. Search up on the different topics in the syllabus, as well as the credit weightage for each module so you can be better prepared for what’s expected of you.

#2 Get a second opinion. Before rushing into a decision, it’s a good idea to consult your teachers, school seniors or family members for suggestions on your next step. Although the final decision ultimately lies with you, it wouldn’t hurt to get additional input to help you make a more informed choice. Because who better to seek advice from than the ones who know your academic journey best?

#3 Plan your route. Bear in mind that the five polytechnics are by no means near each other, so don’t make the rookie mistake of aiming to cover everything within a day. To ensure a smoother journey, take into account the travel duration between the various campuses and map out your schedule accordingly to efficiently maximise your time. Besides, there are multiple days to visit so there’s no need to rush through it!


#4 First things first, goodie bags! Like every other kiasu Singaporean, snagging yourself an awesome swag bag at the Open House should always be at the top of your checklist. We’re expecting these babies to be snapped up real quick, so grab one before going on to explore the rest of the campus.

#5 Look out for the course booths. Make a beeline for the course booths so you can get the important things out of the way first. Come prepped with a list of questions you’d like to enquire about your desired course, be it the campus culture, internship opportunities or career prospects. There will be course counsellors, lecturers and facilitating students present to help you out, so don’t be afraid to ask away!

#6 Check out the facilities available. There are many factors to take into consideration when it comes to selecting a preferred institution, but it’s important to find out what kind of amenities they offer that can help to enrich your learning experience. If you’re looking to venture into design, you need a space that can inspire and spark ideas. If you’re keen on taking up a science- related course, make sure the labs are safe and properly equipped.

#7 Don’t forget about the CCAs. Amidst the flurry of activities taking place, we wouldn’t be surprised if the topic of CCAs slipped off your mind, seeing as most people tend to prioritise the guided tours, seminars and workshops. However, one should never underestimate the importance of having a CCA. Not only is it a great opportunity to pick up a new hobby, it also makes for a worthy addition to your resume, so find time to pop by the CCA booths to take a look at the interest groups and student clubs available.


#8 Review the information. As you make your way around the campus, you’re likely to receive a stash of brochures but don’t throw them away – keep these handouts for your reference after. With all the information within your grasp, sit down with a clear head after the Open House madness to go through the materials gathered to help you decide your next course of action.

#9 Double-check your qualifications. It’s easy to be caught up in the moment and forget about the most crucial portion: eligibility. Before submitting your Joint Admission Exercise (JAE) application, make sure your O’Level scores meet the minimum entry requirements needed for your preferred courses – you don’t want to waste any of your 12 choices during JAE! Take the time to choose wisely as your decision will determine where you will spend the next three years at.

#10 Try to have fun! Take the chance to immerse yourself into the vibrant campus life and make new friends. After all, the Open House is the first glimpse into your polytechnic life – live it to the fullest!

From campus tours to booth activities, don’t miss out on these exciting highlights!

Nanyang Polytechnic

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NYP Open House
Date: 10 – 12 January 2019
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: 180 Ang Mo Kio Ave

NYP Night Open House
Date: 11 January 2019
Time: 6pm – 11pm

  • Dubbed as a “Teaching and Learning City”, NYP has no shortage of specialised facilities to cater for students’ needs. This includes high- tech laboratories, a fully computerised library as well as recreational zones for gaming and karaoke enthusiasts to wind down after classes.
  • Besides the much-anticipated finals of the NYP Jam! Singing Competition, show your support for the talented dance crews that will be battling it out for the crowning glory at the NYP Groove! Street Dance Competition. We can’t wait to see which team will emerge victorious!
  • Lots of fun-filled activities await at the NYP Night Open House on 11 January! At 6pm, head down to the Atrium (Blk A, Central Level 1) to witness pulsating dance performances by Foreign Bodies, long with a special appearance by Tosh Zhang of Ah Boys to Men fame.

For more information, head over to www.nyp.edu.sg/openhouse

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

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NP Open House
Date: 10 – 12 January 2019
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: 525 Clementi Road

  • Want to experience what it’s like to be an NP student? Let the NP ambassadors take you on a customised tour to explore the hottest hangouts on campus (yes, including the #OOTD spots). You’ll also get the chance to check out Makers’ Academy, a creative space where students can build prototypes; as well as Studio27, which houses jamming and gaming studios.
  • If you’re still undecided about which NP course to choose, sign up for the Find Your Dream Course Workshop from 7 to 9 January to help narrow down your career interests and seek out the best course that aligns with your aspirations. Spots are limited so be sure to head down early!
  • Thinking of venturing into entrepreneurship? NP provides you with all the essential tools and funds you need to take your idea off the ground. Not only do they have a dedicated Entrepreneurship Programme elective, they also offer immersion trips, overseas innovation challenges and global internships to broaden your network.

For more information, head over to openhouse.np.edu.sg

Republic Polytechnic 

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RP Open House
10 – 12 January 2019
10am – 6pm
9 Woodlands Ave 9

  • There’s never a dull moment at RP with the plethora of exciting booth activities happening on campus! From going on a virtual reality walkthrough at the School of Engineering booth, to learning how to create sound effects for blockbuster movies at the School of Technology For The Arts, you’re sure to have a blast.
  • Try spotting NAO at the School of Infocomm booth, where artificial intelligence comes to life in the form of a humanoid robot designed to be an interactive companion. Gotta love technology!
  • Fun fact: RP’s School of Sports, Health and Leisure is the only polytechnic institution in Singapore that offers courses across a comprehensive range of sports skills! They’ve got diplomas in Sport Coaching, Health Services Management, Outdoor and Adventure Learning, just to name a few.

For more information, head over to https://www.rp.edu.sg/discover/openhouse.html

Singapore Polytechnic

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SP Open House
Date: 10 – 12 January 2019
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: 500 Dover Road

  • Explore the various academic schools when you go on the SP walking tours! For those who are interested in pursuing an education in computing, drop by the School of Computing where you can check out top-notch facilities such as the Cyber Wargame Centre and Aperture Science Lab. While you’re there, look out for Directie – a mobile app that helps visitors to navigate around SP.
  • Be treated to a thrilling lineup of performances by student clubs spanning dance, mixed martial arts and more. If you’re interested in being part of the fam, head over to the CCA booths and say hi!
  • Feeling peckish? Fuel up at one of the many F&B outlets dotting the 38-hectares campus such as McDonalds, Starbucks and Subway. For a wider variety of options, there are a total of six food courts where you can head to for delectable grub at wallet-friendly prices!

For more information, head over to openhouse.sp.edu.sg

Temasek Polytechnic

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TP Open House
Date: 10 – 12 January 2019
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: 21 Tampines Ave 1

  • TP introduces a slew of new diploma programmes across all disciplines for JAE 2019, including Medical Biotechnology, Logistics and Operations Management, Big Data and Analytics etc.
  • Have yet to figure out which diploma best suits you? Register for TP’s Beyond ‘O’ Level Seminar, where you can get your questions on admissions, scholarships, further education and career opportunities all answered. Admission is free!
  • TP is home to an extensive range of state-of-the-art sports facilities, from fully-equipped gymnasiums to dance studios to tennis courts. That’s not all; there’s also an adventure learning course, a three- dimensional rock climbing wall and even an Olympic-sized swimming pool for all your outdoor needs.

For more information, head over to www.tp.edu.sg/openhouse

P/S: Do swing by the Teenage booth if you’re heading down to the Open Houses! There will be awesome games to play and cool freebies to be won throughout all three days – come and say hi!

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