Learning a new skill or simply taking the time to unwind after the hectic school semester is a great way to recharge for the term ahead. Now that the June school holidays are in full swing, gather your friends and set out on an enriching yet fun adventure with these unique activities in Singapore!

#1 Go wild like hulk at The Fragment Room

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Done with your exams but still feeling a little strung out from the stress? Get some stress relief at The Fragment Room, the first-ever rage room to set up shop here in Singapore. Good for both individuals and groups, this unconventional venue provides you a safe space to let loose and cause as much destruction without any worry. Once you’re decked in the full-body protective gear, get ready to spend up to an hour smashing all kinds of breakable items such as plates, glasses, vases and electronic appliances alongside your own ragin’ playlist.

#2 Drift away at the Palm Ave Float Club

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When your brain has been on overdrive, nothing sounds better than an hour free from distraction. At the Palm Ave Float Club, get set up in a private room with a float pod filled with Epsom salt water and let your sensory deprivation experience begin. This one-on-one personal time is not only beneficial for your mind, body and overall wellbeing, but it’s also a rapid stress reliever that promotes muscle repair, speeds up healing, and lowers your cortisol levels and blood pressure.

#3 Spend a day amidst nature with Kayak Asia

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Take a break from city life and enjoy a quiet day with like-minded people on a kayak adventure. Instead of exploring other islands around Singapore, follow a friendly, professional guide from Kayak Asia as they lead you to lesser-known rivers and seas through waterways, lagoons and tunnels, all quietly hidden away from sight by the concrete jungle we live in.

#4 Engage in a galactic workout at SaberFit

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If you’re a Star Wars fan, here’s your opportunity to get in a good workout all while unleashing your inner Jedi. SaberFit combines physical combat with saber striking techniques and fitness exercise to bring you a sweat-inducing mix of cardio, calisthenics and conditioning routines. The result: a full-body toning experience that’s also perfect for those who are looking to explore a fun way to exercise.

#5 Try your hand at pottery at Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle

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Discover beauty in its simplest state at one of the oldest surviving brick-built kilns in Singapore. Built in the 1940s, Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle is a dragon kiln known for wood-firing their pottery wares. During this process, the items are engulfed in a river of fire where its remaining ashes will react with the glaze to produce unique colours and textures. Through their two-hour pottery workshops, you’ll be able to challenge your craft skills while cultivating a deeper appreciation for this disappearing art form. 

#6 Defy gravity at Starz Aerial Dance School

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Unlike your usual style of dance, Starz Aerial Dance School is home to instructors well-versed in Aerial Arts – a dance form that uses silks, hoops, static trapeze and hammock in the practice of flying with strength, endurance and grace. Besides being able to remain above ground, you’ll also learn to build a strong foundation in upper body and core strength as well as challenge your fears and develop your creativity.

#7 Put your F1 skills to the test at The Karting Arena

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Though you may or may not have your driving license yet, it’s not too early to start practicing. Featuring a combination of hairpins, long sweepers, tight corners, a chicane and ninety-degree turns, The Karting Arena presents you with an opportunity to conquer the driving track like a race car driver. Designed with important safety pre-cautions, this fun go-karting track is Singapore’s first electric go-kart track that enables better handling of the electric-powered karts. You’re in for an exhilarating ride!

#8 Experience Polynesian culture with ‘Ori Tahiti Singapore Dance School

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Immerse in the tradition and passion of Polynesian culture through dance. More than just any ordinary hula dance, ‘Ori Tahiti Singapore Dance School is all about embodying the Polynesian spirit through beautiful dance moves that seem to move in sync with the energetic drumbeats and toe-tapping songs. If you’re unsure but interested in checking it out, you could sign up for a free trial to experience the wonders of Tahitian dance.

#9 Learn the art of modern calligraphy at The Workroom SG

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With bullet journaling being all the rage now, the art of typography has been something that many have tried to master in an effort to create aesthetically-pleasing pages. One popular technique is modern calligraphy, which is not just great for journals but also for penning messages on cards, invitations and notes. The Workroom SG will introduce you to the tools as you systematically learn how to artistically compose your favourite quote as your ‘graduating piece’.

What are your plans for the June holidays? Tell us in the comments below!

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First-year diploma student Wu Zi Liang may be young, but the aspiring business mogul’s certainly got the entrepreneurial drive to succeed.

Building a successful business is what this young enterprising guru set out to do – all he needed was a push in the right direction. And that’s where East Asia Institute of Management (EASB) comes into play, which provides students with resources that can bring their ideas to life and prepare them for a myriad of careers after graduation.

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A first-year student who’s currently pursuing a Diploma in Business Management, Wu Zi Liang is one of the many business-minded individuals who are hoping to turn their entrepreneurial dreams into reality at EASB. “I hope to take over the family business with my brother in the future when I graduate,” said Zi Liang, whose family runs a company that specialises in audio products and sound systems.

Zi Liang credits his time at EASB for helping to sharpen his business and computing skills across all spectrums, from learning how to analyse statistical data to understanding the concepts of digital marketing. And while the folks here take academics very seriously, it doesn’t have to be a boring affair.

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At EASB, classes aren’t restricted to just numbers and stats – students get to take up interesting modules such as artificial intelligence which equips them with relevant AI knowledge; and management information systems which teaches them how to utilise current FinTech applications in a real-world setting. Zi Liang’s favourite class? International Business Environment, which seeks to provide him with a solid foundation in all aspects of international business.

Although there’s still some time left till his graduation, Zi Liang plans to make the most out of his years at EASB by further honing his craft while being involved in extracurricular activities, such as joining the basketball club. Upon graduation, he has also expressed his desire to expand his family business by introducing new headphone technologies into their product range. One thing’s for sure: he has a bright future ahead!

This post is brought to you by East Asia Institute of Management.

More related stories: How This SIM-UOL Student Met Donald Trump At The Trump-Kim Summit During Her InternshipHow One Student Sailed Around The World On A Year-Long Internship

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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 

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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!

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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.

ON SPENDING A SUMMER IN LONDON

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.”

ON MEETING DONALD TRUMP IRL

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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ON HER UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE

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.

ON WHAT HER FUTURE HOLDS

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.

READY TO SEE THE WORLD?

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. 

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