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10 Easy DIY Gifts That Your Cool Mum Will Really Want

11 May 2017 by Johanna Teo

Mother’s Day is just round the corner and if you’re still undecided on a present for the most important lady in your life, why not try these easy (but super impressive) DIYs that’ll take a day, or less, to complete. 

Gemstone Soap 

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Photo: A Beautiful Mess

DIY Difficulty level: 4/5

Hands down the prettiest soaps we’ve ever laid eyes on, we’re sure any mum will appreciate these IG-worthy gems. Don’t be fooled by how complex they look – the hardest part would be assembling everything you need (the main ingredients, melt and pour soap base, a silicon mould, mum’s favourite essential oils and soap colourants, are readily available at local craft stores). Plus, you’ll only need a day to finish this oh-so-pretty DIY project. Check out the guide by A Beautiful Mess and share your results by tagging us on Instagram (@teenagemagazine). 

Rosemary Bath Salts 

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Photo: Homey Oh My

DIY Difficulty level: 1/5

Improve mum’s bath experience with a handy sprinkle of atas bath salts! Head to Homey Oh My for this very simple DIY – all you’ll need is plain bath salt, pink himalayan salt, essential oils, rosemary and pretty containers. 

Minimalist Framed Floating Flowers 

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Photo: Pinterest

DIY Difficulty level: 2/5

A great decor item that’ll perk up any living space (and mum’s mood), this nature-inspired project will have you hunting around for the prettiest tiny blooms to place within your frame. Should mum prefer a greener look, take a leaf outta Alana Jones-Mann’s DIY book and slot in intricate leaves instead. 

Mason Jar String Art 

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Photo: Pinterest

DIY Difficulty level: 3/5

If gifting real flower bouquets are not your thing, try your hand at this mason jar string art. The beauty of this DIY is that you can easily customise your design which ever way your mum would like it, plus it’s relatively low in cost. Head to Dear Paradise for the complete tutorial. 

Finger Knit Rope Trivet

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Photo: Flax & Twine 

DIY Difficulty level: 2/5

Give your fingers a nimble workout with this DIY finger knitted rope trivet. A sure standout amongst mum’s collection, this intricate trivet design takes only about half an hour to make with the simplest tools – twine rope, tape and your fingers. Flax & Twine gives the lowdown. 

Kindle/iPad Cover

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Photo: Sugar & Cloth

DIY Difficulty level: 1/5

Perfect for the iPad/Kindle-loving mum, all you’ll need is a new device casing, contact paper and a pair of scissors. Mix up the colour scheme according to mum’s favourite shades; we’re sure she’ll love this practical yet thoughtful DIY by Sugar & Cloth

Knotted Pillow 

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Photo: Little Inspiration

DIY Difficulty level: 4/5

Add a little quirkiness into mum’s kickback routine with a cute knotted pillow that’ll be sure to bring both comfort and likes on her IG account. The tutorial by Little Inspiration is pretty straightforward, but it might take some trial and error to create the perfect knot. You don’t have to stick to those exact same materials – mix and match ’em according to your house decor!

Constellation Trinket Dishes

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Photo: Inkstruck Studio

DIY Difficulty level: 3/5

For those with a knack for painting, these constellation trinket dishes will be right up your alley. You can also personalise the constellations based on mum’s star sign and score bonus points for that extra sweet gesture. Inkstruck Studio dishes (lol, geddit?) on how to DIY these intergalactically gorgeous pieces.

Leather Tassel Bookmark 

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Photo: Homey Oh My

DIY Difficulty level: 3/5

Chances are your mum will hardly have the time to snuggle up with a good book, but perhaps the combo of this leather tassel bookmark and your offer to do ALL the household chores will free up her schedule. Let Homey Oh My help you cut this DIY down to size. 

Leather Triangle Pouch 

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Photo: Almost Makes Perfect

DIY Difficulty level: 3/5

Give mum an extra space to store her knickknacks by making her this handy (and aesthetically pleasing) leather pouch. You can even gift one to each member of your family so you’ll all have matching pouches. Check out Almost Makes Perfect for this simple tutorial. 

Will you be getting crafty this Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comment section below, or tag us with your DIY projects on Instagram (@Teenagemagazine) 

Teenage Dance Challenge 2017

Wilkie Edge has always been known as “that Kaplan building” but behind its scholastic facade lies a wealth of F&B options, IG-worthy spots and even a dojang. As part a challenge for Teenage Gorgeous You! 2017, we sent our finalists there to find out the fun things one can get up to there. These are what they came up with. 

Get Pampered 

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Had a long day of studying? Head to Wilkie Edge for a pampering session! As Vivien (@veeeyeo) found out, Wilkie Edge is well-equipped for students to do exactly that, with a nail parlor, hair salon and even a traditional massage place to boot! Now you know where to go the next time you’re in need of some TLC. 

Eat Hipster Food 

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Mango floral jelly, kebab platters and cold pressed juice? There’s no doubt Kaplan students are kept well-fed with Wilkie Edge’s many food options. You don’t even have to step out of the building! Don (@donnygao) snagged a spot at Happy Tummy, a cafe that offers both healthy food and sinful fare, and had a whale of a time snapping shots and chowing down. 

Work Out, Taekwondo-style

If you’re tired of heading to the gym for a run-of-the-mill workout, kick your exercise routine into high gear at Hyun Taekwondo Academy. Not only will you get to learn super cool self-defense skills, you’ll also get to do so while looking super fly! Check out Tyler (@tylomere) getting all pumped outside the dojang – needless to say, you’ll have a fun time there! PS: the academy offers a free trial session for first-timers so go sign up to get a feel of what’s in store! 

Print Tumblr-Worthy Stuff

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Students usually head to the printing stores only when they have course materials or assignments to submit, but not Derrick (@drrickjl). We’re pretty impressed with the aesthetically pleasing photo collage that he made at AMAZINE, the friendly printing shop at Wilkie Edge. 

Take IG-Approved Shots 

 

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You’d be surprised at how many Instagrammable nooks and crannies there are at Wilkie Edge. Check out the different OOTD spots that Jessica (@jessicatanx), Chloe (@chhloe_)and Joyce (@jwanting) came up with. And for those architectural/interior design enthusiasts, just take a look at Amyn’s (@amynosaurus) shots of Kaplan decor. #Instaworthymaximum

Getting In Touch With Nature

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Another little known fact about Wilkie Edge: it has 14 sky terraces – three of which you can chill at! Incidentally also a really cool place to take pictures at, these picturesque sky gardens are a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city.  

How did our finalists do? Leave your comments down below! In the meantime, stay tuned for more Teenage Gorgeous You! 2017 challenges, coming your way weekly! 

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6 Atas Hawker Eateries To Visit When You Feel Like Splurging

27 Apr 2017 by Chew Hui Ling

Don’t get us wrong here: we love our traditional hawker fare as much as any other Singaporean foodie, but these atas recreations take our homegrown flavours to the next level – and it doesn’t hurt that they are totally snapshot-worthy. Chicken rice sushi, laksa pasta and chilli crab fries anybody?

Loof

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Loof B.C.M. GRILLED CHEESE

Address: Odeon Towers Rooftop #03-07, Singapore 188720
Opening hours: 5pm-1am (Mon-Thu), 5pm-2am (Fri & Sat) | Closed on Sun
Website: www.loof.com.sg

While Loof – aka the Godfather of rooftop bars – has been around for over a decade, it wasn’t until the Instagram boom that led to its iconic neon signage popping up everywhere on our feeds. Perfect for a late-night table with a bunch of your coolest pals, head over to this chic watering hole and chow down on their kickass Dude-Sin (Dude- Singapore) grub featuring the must-try Chilli Crab Fries ($15), waffle-cut fries doused in housemade chilli sauce and served with blue crab dip; and the B.C.M Grilled Cheese ($18), an indulgent rendition of bak chor mee stuffed with cheese, pork mince and mushrooms. Don’t forget to pop by the freshly-revamped Loof’s Mama Shop and take home an old- school knick-knack or two.

Food Anatomy

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Address: Tanjong pagar Centre #B2-04, Singapore 757492 
Opening hours: 11am-11pm (Mon-Sat) | Closed on Sun
Website: www.foodanatomy.sg

This is not a drill: your favourite local delights are now served in bite-sized versions. Enter Food Anatomy, the brainchild behind these deconstructed novelty treats with a pint-sized 14-seater space to match. At a surprisingly affordable price of $2.50 per cube, they spin homegrown flavours into wacky modular dishes from the likes of nasi lemak, rice dumpling and laksa pasta – each so itty-bitty that you can probably wolf down a dozen without a problem. Plus, it’s Instagram fodder at its finest. We can’t help but admire the artistry that goes into every creation, all meticulously designed down to the very last layer. Our only gripe was that the cubes are pre-made and heated up upon order, but they still tasted fresh when served so that shouldn’t be much of an issue.

ICYMI: We’re giving away food vouchers from Food Anatomy!

Wanton, Seng’s Noodle Bar

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Wanton Seng's Noodle Bar

Address: 52 amoy Street, Singapore 069878
Opening hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm (Mon-Thu), 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm (Fri), 6pm-10pm (Sat) | Closed on Sun
Website: www.wantonsg.com 

Seng’s Wanton Mee is no stranger to every noodle-lovin’ local, having cooked up never-ending queues since its early days at the Dunman Food Centre. From a humble hawker stall to a full-fledged noodle bar, the brand new establishment whips up reimagined bowls of the original Seng’s Wanton Mee. Think Char Siew Mee ($7) featuring Japanese-style slow cooked pork belly; and Xiang Gu Mee ($7) topped with a generous serving of braised shiitake mushrooms. Come nightfall, take your pick from the solid array of premium sides – such as Stir Fried Dry Bak Kut Teh ($16), Salted Duck Egg Chicken Wings ($10) and Batalong Eggs ($10) – to pair with their signature handmade egg noodles. Be warned, their items do get sold out rather quickly so be sure to chope a table early!

Roost

Roost Signature Yin Yang Chicken Rice

Roost Chicken Sushi

Address: The Centrepoint #B1-17/18/19, Singapore 238843
Opening hours: 11am-9pm (Mon-Sun)
Website: www.roost.sg

 It’s no secret that we Singaporeans love our chicken. At Roost, this 60-seater specialty joint dishes up all things chicken with a fresh twist – from sharing plates like Chicken Chawanmushi ($4.90) and Chicken Sushi ($4.90); to their signature Yin Yang Chicken Rice ($8.90), which comes with hearty portions of flavoursome poached chicken and succulent soya sauce chicken. For the fitness-conscious, opt for the healthier versions of their Poached Chicken Rice ($8.50) and Soya Sauce Chicken Rice ($8.90) for a guilt-free indulgence that amounts to less than 500 calories. No doubt a delicious contender that does justice to the national dish, but it’s gonna take more than just variety to match up to your traditional plate of $3 chicken rice. Still, it’s worth a visit for its unique appeal.

Po

Po

Po

Address: 320 Havelock Road, The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore 169628
Opening hours: 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm (Mon-Sun)
Website: www.po.com.sg

Tucked away in the newly-remodelled The Warehouse Hotel, its flagship restaurant Po serves up a nostalgic slice of heritage inspired by our beloved popos’ (grandmothers) secret recipes. Interestingly, the star of the show at Po is its Popiah, which is given a gastronomic update with the Classic Platter ($28), Prawn Platter ($38) and Fresh Flower Crab Platter ($58). Here comes the fun part: you get to experience wrapping it yourself, just like how your granny does it! Another noteworthy highlight is the Carabinero Prawns and Konbu Mee ($32), a modern twist on traditional hokkien mee simmered with charcoal-grilled prawns, pork belly and sakura ebi. This one’s gonna be a pinch on your wallet, but you’re getting serious bang for your buck with Po’s top-notch fare.

Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill

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Violet Oon Satay

Address: 3B River valley Road #01-18, Singapore 179021
Opening hours: 6pm-12am (Mon-Sun)
Website: www.violetoon.com

You can find satay pretty much anywhere on the island, but if you’re craving for a truly carnivorous experience, look no further than Violet Oon’s latest kid on the Clarke Quay block. Sumptuously furnished in an oriental- chic style, this nostalgia-infused haven specialises in five types of satay offerings (from $14), all chargrilled to perfection and accompanied with their signature fiery sauces for that additional oomph. While watching the chefs work their magic over flames in the open grill room, order some Nyonya favourites from the likes of Nasi Goreng ($22), Kueh Pie Tee ($17) and Buah Keluak Otak ($16) to complete your meal. A decadent parade of Peranakan delights? Yes please!

Now that you’ve upped your foodie game on Instagram, don’t forget to tag us at @TeenageMagazine and show us those drool-worthy shots!

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20 Mini Hacks That'll Make Your Life Easier!

26 Apr 2017 by Bryan Yeong

Sometimes, the easy way out is indeed the best way! Level the playing field with these 20 life hacks that will have you saving time and energy to help you achieve the most while doing the least. 

*A version of this story appears in the April 2017 issue of Teenage Magazine

.Photo Credits: Pinterest / SingPost

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Apps That Will Help You Save As You Splurge

20 Apr 2017 by Bryan Yeong

Anything is possible with apps these days, including helping your dollar go the extra mile. Find out exactly how to do so with these 8 money-saving apps!

Shopback

If you think shopping and receiving cash back sounds too good to be true, it’s not. ShopBack is the homegrown platform that is taking the online shopping scene by storm! How it works is as easy as finding your favourite brands, making an online purchase, and redeeming money back once your cashback amount accumulates. Plus, ShopBack also provides coupon deals and voucher codes, which means you’ll save more as you shop!

Free, available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

Perx

Here’s an app that will definitely perk you up. Perx is a rewards app that saves you the trouble of stacking decks of loyalty cards in your wallet, instead conveniently allowing you to redeem points at your favourite merchants with just a tap on your smartphone. That’s not all – link up your EZ-link card to the Perx app to collect points and convert them to redeemable goodies.

Free, available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

RedMart

Forget waiting in line for that one slow person to pay for their groceries at the cashier – RedMart is the answer for all our inner sloths. With this online food store, you’ll be able to stock up on food and other household essentials with just several taps of your finder, and schedule it for delivery at your most convenient timing! Even more exciting are regular discount codes and offers anyone would appreciate. 

Free, available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

The Entertainer

We welcome one-for-one deals any day, but how about everyday? The Entertainer aptly achives to do as its name mplies, with over 1,700 ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offer packages available nationwide which you can use for a year (certain rules do apply) – making this the perfect app to share between you and a partner for long-term savings. While it’s a little pricey as you have to pay $98 or more for a year-long membership, the app does offer a simple-use trial to test it out.

Free to download on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

Ezbuy

We’ve all heard about (or shopped on) Taobao, the China-based online platform where just about anything under the sun can be ordered for shockingly low prices. But what happens if you don’t possess that intense level of Mandarin it takes to navigate the website? Enter Ezbuy, a shopping agent that offers the entire Taobao experience (amongst other sites like ASOS), sans the language barrier. Shop easily though a new world of possibilities, only made better with periodic discount offers within the site. Moreover, check out your cart with a fixed shopping fee of $2.99 flat with prime membership!

Free, available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

Shopee

A Singaporean startup that is striving to give you more bang for your buck is none other than Shopee. Not only will you find yourself scrolling and shopping for hours on end (it’s super addictive!) looking for the best buys, it’ll also help to save on your expenses with their exclusive deals, flash sales and discounts for pre-loved goods from resellers. Don’t be a hoarder – return the favour by listing your own pre-loved items, and earn some dough when you secure a buyer!

Free, available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

Deja

Photo Credit: YouTube

If you always wanted Cher’s (Alicia Silverstone) virtual wardrobe in the teen comedy classic Clueless, here’s the next best thing. With Deja, you can browse through OOTD inspirations, look your best; and even get cash back on your next shopping spree. Specially curated to suit your personal style and preferences, the app will suggest look ideas from today’s fashion-forward stores including Topshop, COS and The Editor’s Market so you can look hella fly on your next day out. Most importantly, make sure to keep your receipts when making your purchases! Scan them via the app and convert rebates to cash, back into your bank account.

Free, available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

Ebates

Another cash back figure in the game is Ebates, which in a similar vein as Shopback, rewards you for shopping. With Ebates, you also have the luxury of shopping US brands that wouldn’t normally shop to Singapore – such as Bed Bath & Beyond. Go via Ebates to the merchant’s website and make purchases, before earning cash back in your account which you can then transfer to your Paypal account or receive via cheque! And no sweat about exorbitant shipping costs either – Ebates offers a solution with comGateway that helps you save on these dreaded costs, ensuring a money-saving experience all around,

Free, available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

Which of these apps do you use, or are most excited to try? Sound off in the comments below!

*A version of this story appears in the April 2017 issue of Teenage Magazine.

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