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10 Fun Everyday Ways To Go Green In 2018

24 Mar 2018 by Trixy Aw

It’s time to flick off your lights! With Earth Hour ticking in, we debunk traditional means and pack in ways to go green the fun way! From stay-home activities to everyday habits, here are 10 easy ways to #Connect2Earth in 2018.

#1 Ditch the plastic straws

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Say no to disposable plastic straws (or anything plastic, really – but plastic straws are a good place to start). If you’re not a fan of sipping straight from a cup, get yourself a cute reusable straw that will last you a lifetime. Pop this baby into a glass of lemonade or homemade smoothie, and tuck yourself in for a movie night-in during Earth Hour!

#2 Bring your own bottle

Nearing a project deadline? Exams just right around the corner? While you’re heading out to grab your morning cuppa for a pick-me-up, don’t forget to bring along a mug or tumbler with you. If you’re reading this now, hit up your nearest Starbucks during Earth Hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm with your bottle and get a free tall-sized coffee on the house. Don’t say bojio!

#3 Make smart shopping choices

Start incorporating environmentally-friendly products in your life – this means supporting sustainable, ethical brands that are committed to making a difference. For makeup junkies, here are some eco-friendly beauty brands to consider adding into your collection.

#4 Swap your wardrobe

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We’re all too familiar with the dilemma of having a wardrobe filled with tons of options, but still have nothing to wear. Before you start aimlessly throwing out your clothes, why not set a date with your pals for a big wardrobe swap? This shouts for a fun yet economical way to refresh your wardrobe and change up your style – all while saving the Earth and the dollars in your bank!

Alternatively, you can also donate your old threads to secondhand shops like Refash or charity organisations like The Salvation Army so they can have a new lease of life.

#5 Opt for E-tickets

Why print out something just to toss it out? With the ease of technology and handy access to emails these days, start opting for E-tickets for your next movie date or vacation instead! This saves the hassle of printing and possibly, a couple of trees too.

#6 Seek out a new outdoor activity

There’s a whole world out there for you to explore beyond your pixelated screens. Leave your electronics indoors and head out for a weekend of outdoor fun! Take the opportunity to try out activities outside of your comfort zone – ride the waves at Wavehouse Sentosa, bring out your inner Tarzan at Forest Adventure, or go on a real outdoor rock-climbing adventure at Dairy Farm. Doing your part for Earth Hour while burning the weekend calories? Count us in!

#7 Board games aren’t bored games

For those who prefer staying indoors, don’t just have your eyes glued to your favourite shows all day. When the lights go off, switch up Netflix for some classic board games that will keep you entertained for hours even after Earth Hour. To spice things up, you can even impose fun forfeits and penalties.

#8 DIY your own recycle bin

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Image credit: Brian Kramer

Instead of trashing everything into one bin, we suggest having a recycling bin at home to sort out your recyclables. To make recycling more fun, feel free to personalise and doll up your bins – trusty ol’ Pinterest got your back with a ton of DIY tutorials. Living green doesn’t get any more stylish than this!

#9 Take a cold shower

Before you say “brrr…”, hear us out. Although it’s more tempting to go for a hot shower in the morning, taking a cold shower does wonders for your body and is healthier for the environment too. Not only does it keep you feeling fresh and alert, it’s also proven to improve circulation and aid weight loss! Besides, what better way to depuff your face after a sinful night of supper? 

#10 Keep an eco bag handy

An impromptu grocery or shopping run? Go green by always having a handy, foldable eco bag with you – you’ll always be ready when your inner Rebecca Bloomwood strikes! You can easily get a recyclable bag anywhere, but if you want to score bonus style points, you can choose to customise your tote bag at online stores such as thexstyle.

Every year, people around the world are switching their lights off from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on 24 March. But it’s more than just turning off the lights – follow our tips above to celebrate Earth Hour every day! Are you doing your part to #Connect2Earth?

More related stories: 6 Eco-Friendly Brands To Add To Your Beauty Collection In 201810 Ways To Break That Bad Habit

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You no longer have to fly all the way to the Land of the Rising Sun to catch the cherry blossoms, as you can now get the full hanami viewing experience at our very own Gardens by the Bay from now till 8 April 2018.

As part of the inaugural Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival), the Flower Dome is transformed into a magical sakura forest embraced by a canopy of pink and white blooms. Set against a Japanese-inspired landscape, one can expect plenty of ‘gram-worthy ops – from traditional tea houses, to torii gates, to the lifelike dolls on display. While soaking in the views, don’t forget to immerse yourself in the other Flower Dome programmes such as Japanese tea ceremonies, kimono parades and more. 

Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri

Rounding off the festivities is the Sakura Japan Fair, which will be held over the last week of Sakura Matsuri from 30 March to 8 April. Savour delicious Japanese treats, enjoy cultural performances and participate in the various workshops such as baking, bento making and sake appreciation. But don’t leave without renting a yutaka (rental charge applies), which will make for super pretty #OOTDs – psst, those wearing a yutaka will be given priority to snap a free picture at the photo booth! Check out the Calendar of Events for the complete programme lineup.

Sakura Matsuri is happening from now till 8 April 2018 at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay.

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Millennials vs Parents: Who's The Better Traveller?

16 Mar 2018 by Teenage

Travelling with our clan is an entirely different ball game when compared to going on a trip with our friends – travel habits, itinerary preferences and all. Family dynamics may be hard to navigate, but according to Expedia.com.sg’s Family Travel, 75 percent of teenagers said that their parents are their favourite holiday companions! That’s not all; 6 in 10 respondents also agree that at the end of the day, it’s making memories together with your loved ones that counts. Just ask these three millennials, who took part in the Expedia Singapore Family Showdown in hopes of scoring a dream staycation for their family.

Roping in their folks for the challenge, our friends at Expedia put them to the test to see who knows the other better. It was full of fun and laughter as the families spared no hesitation in spilling hilarious anecdotes about each other’s weird quirks, embarrassing overseas encounters and more! After all, our family knows us best – or do they?

And here’s the fun part: it’s up to YOU to decide which family gets to embark on the getaway of their dreams. Simply watch the videos below and vote for the pair whom you think deserves to win! The video entry with the most amount of votes will win a staycation for their family worth up to $3,000, while the remaining two finalists will each receive an Expedia voucher worth $500. 

Round one: Aisyah vs Mustapah

In the first episode of the Expedia Singapore Family Showdown, watch as Aisyah and her dad, Mustapah, battle it out to see who knows the other better as they talk about their favourite family vacation moments, who’s the more forgetful one in the family, and their wish for a dream family holiday.

Round two: Shirmin vs Vercilia

In the second instalment of the Expedia Singapore Family Showdown, we have Shirmin and her mum, Vercilia, giving us a peek into their embarrassing encounters overseas, and amusing family bickers as they spend time travelling as a family.

Round three: Ruqsaar vs Sarifah

In the last episode of the Expedia Singapore Family Showdown, Ruqsaar and her mum, Sarifah, tease each other on their family vacation quirks and habits to bring the series to a heart-warming close.

Which video is your favourite? Simply fill in your particulars below and start voting! Also, don’t forget to sign up here as an Expedia Rewards member to enjoy exclusive members-only deals.

Terms & conditions

  • Closing date for this contest is 30 March 2018. This contest is open to all residing in Singapore only.
  • Only one submission per person is allowed. Any entrant who enters more than once will be disqualified.
  • The video entry with the most amount of votes will win a staycation for their family worth up to $3,000, while the remaining two finalists will each receive an Expedia voucher worth $500. 
  • All details and particulars submitted must be accurate and complete.
  • Any incorrect or incomplete information found in the entry will result in the disqualification.
  • Media Group reserves the right to suspend or cancel the voting at any time.

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From immersing yourself in light art installations, to swooning over cherry blossoms, to partying it up on the streets, we’ve got your March hit list covered!

“Re-Embrace” Charity Drive Returns

ReEmbrace Charity Drive Returns 2018

International Women’s Day may be over, but there are still other ways you can celebrate womanhood. Following the success of their charity drive last year, homegrown jewellery store Embrace Jewelry once again partners up with the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) to empower and help women in need. And what better way to support a good cause than donating your pre-loved jewellery? Simply drop off your old accessories at the locations below – proceeds will go towards Star Shelter, a crisis shelter for survivors of domestic violence.

Date: 8 March – 8 May
Venues: 
1. Embrace Jewellery, Takashimaya Level 3, Singapore 238873
2. Kai Life, Holland Road Shopping Centre #02-04, Singapore 278967
3. Embrace+, Tanglin Mall #02-27, Singapore 247933 (opens 8 April)
Find out more about Re-Embrace Charity Drive Returns here.

Make The Future Singapore

Make the Future Singapore

Back for its second edition, Make the Future Singapore is a four-day festival packed with tons of exciting activities and interactive games. From showing off your moves on the kinetic dancefloor to building your own mini saltwater cars, you’re in for an electrifying good time. Plus, you get to enjoy live performances by homegrown darlings Gentle Bones, Charlie Lim and Jasmine Sokko. The best part? Tickets are free!

Date: 8 – 11 March
Venue: Changi Exhibition Centre 
Get your tickets to Make The Future Singapore here.

Textures – A Weekend With Words

Textures

Calling all wordsmiths and art geeks – head down to this new literary festival to enjoy a weekend with words at The Arts House. With a myriad of enticing programmes specially curated for you, there’s sure to be something for everyone – think dramatised performances, film screenings and even a workshop that allows you to personalise your own poems!

Date: 9 – 11 March
Venue: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Check out the full programme lineup for Textures – A Weekend with Words here.

i Light Marina Bay

I LIGHT

With its massive lineup of stunning light art installations, one would never have guess that these Instagram-worthy masterpieces are actually made up of used products such as plastic bottles and containers in an effort to promote sustainable living. Apart from the visual treats, there’s also a plethora of food options, music performances and art workshops to check out.

Date: 9 March – 1 April 
Time: 7.30pm – 11pm (Mon to Thurs & Sun), 7.30pm – 12am (Fri and Sat)
Venues: Marina Bay Waterfront, Esplanade Park
Admission is free, find out more about i Light Marina Bay here.

National Addictions Awareness Day

NAMS

In a joint effort to encourage an addiction-free lifestyle, this enriching one-day event features a series of talks, activities and performances – all in the name of raising awareness of the various types of addiction and preventive measures. Local celebrities Irene Ang, Rafaat Hamzah and Nat Ho will also be coming down to share their perspectives on substance abuse and recovery.

Date: 10 March
Time: 9.30am – 3pm
Venue: Our Tampines Hub
RSVP for National Addictions Awareness Day here.

Singapore Improv Festival

SG Improv Fest

If you’re searching for four days of fun-filled, totally unscripted entertainment, the Singapore Improv Festival (SIF) is sure to bring you truckloads of laughter. Now in its second edition, SIF18 features both local and international improv troupes that will bring their unique blend of hard-hitting, show-stopping performances to the stage. For those who are curious about theatre, there will also be workshops to attend if you’re looking to develop some improv skills yourself!

Date: 15 – 18 March
Venue: Aliwal Arts Centre
Find out more about Singapore Improv Festival here.

Urban Ventures 9

Urban Ventures 9

As part of the Singapore Urban Design Festival, Urban Ventures 9 will turn Keong Saik Road into a mega street party featuring the likes of local acts Disco Hue, The Fleurist, Killedbythecircus, Spacedays etc. What’s more, there are artisan pop-up stores, yoga workshops and even a space age augmented reality photobooth that’s sure to give everyone major ‘gram envy – while DJs spin the decks into the night.

Date: 17 & 18 March
Time: 2pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Keong Saik Road
Find out more about Urban Ventures 9 here.

Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri

Why travel to Japan for the sakura blooming season when you can welcome Spring right here in Singapore? For the first time ever, our very own Gardens by the Bay will be holding a Japanese-themed festival to showcase its annual cherry blossom floral display. Aside from the hanami experience, anime enthusiasts can also look forward to a host of activities such as free anisong concerts, appearances by celebrity cosplayers and even a Pikachu dance parade!

Date: 16 March – 8 April
Time: 9am – 9pm
Venue: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Find out more about Sakura Matsuri here.

Talk about March madness! What will you be up to this March? Tell us in the comments below.

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You Can Now Rent An Oppa As Your Tour Guide For A Day!

5 Mar 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

Renting a boyfriend is so 2017 – you can now find an oppa for hire straight out of your K-drama dreams. Yes, you’re reading this right.

Enter Oh My Oppa, a travel platform where you can book your very own oppa (older brother) as your personal tour guide while you’re travelling in Seoul. How does it work? Take your pick from a catalog of Korean dudes on the site, which comes complete with a short biography of his interests, languages he’s fluent in and his available schedule. Each oppa has a specialised itinerary that lets you experience various aspects of Korean culture, from renting hanboks, to visiting traditional food markets, to going on a K-beauty tour. If you’re not a fan of touristy attractions, you can also opt for other activities such as hanging out at cute animal cafes, getting some shopping done at the fashion malls or simply soaking up the youthful vibes along the university streets.

Prices are rather hefty, starting from 40,000KRW for a two-hour tour up to 200,000KRW for a complete 10-hour experience, so be sure to consider your budget before splashing your cash. Do take note however, that the fees don’t include the cost of any other extra expenses including food, transport fares and all. Not gonna lie, we were initially iffy about the entire concept – it’s pretty much a glorified one-day dating site – but we don’t deny that it’d be an interesting way to explore Korea from a local’s perspective and gain a travel new buddy while at it.

Yay or nay? You decide.

Would you rent an oppa for your next Korea trip? Tell us in the comments below!

More related stories: 8 Oppa-Approved Pickup Lines That Will Win Over Your K-Drama Obsessed Sweetheart, This Is Why You Shouldn’t Pull Any Oppa Moves On Your Crush

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