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10 Things You Can Buy Your Friends For April Fool's Day

31 Mar 2017 by Bryan Yeong

The internet never fails to amaze in quirky, new ways. We share some of the zaniest (and confusing) items we discovered that you can actually purchase online, so your next gift to your BFF doesn’t have to be another shopping voucher. 

1. A life-size gummy serpent

No more carefully weighing out your gummy snacks at the convenience store to hit below your price budget – here’s a life-sized gummy snake to feed you for months (or perhaps even years). Readily available from Amazon, this 12.2kg confectionary invention is great for parties, pranking your friends or just for you to channel Britney Spears’ iconic 2001 MTV Video Music Awards performance.

USD$149.95 from Amazon

2. Unicorn Meat

We all have that one unicorn-obsessed friend who still believes in fairy tales and claims they fart glitters and poop rainbows, which makes canned Unicorn Meat the perfect gift for them. While the packaging does look pretty convincing, it’s actually a dismembered plush toy hiding within. Also available are Dragon and Yeti “meat” variations to tickle your fancy.

USD$24.95 from Amazon

3. “Vintage” Movie Ticket

If you’re still thinking about that one time you watched the movie ‘Minions’ and would love to commemorate that moment, you can do so by purchasing a “vintage” cinema ticket at a higher price than the movie itself, at only $10! We wouldn’t exaggerate and call it “vintage” considering the ticket and movie is merely two years old, but it could certainly be something for keepsake if the likelihood of physical tickets cease to exist in the near future ring true.

SGD$10 from Carousell

4. A Zombie Apocalypse survival kit

Playing too much Left 4 Dead? Binge-watching The Walking Dead? Take it to the next level with your very own survival kit that includes machetes and a hatchet – so you can protect your loved ones against those flesh-eating zombies of course. Although this is not available to Singapore for legal reasons, it doesn’t stop it from being a totally cool arsenal of tools to have. Rick Grimes would approve.

USD$349 from Gerber Gear

5. Bacon Bandages

Who says bandages can’t look cool? These bacon strip plasters will hide and heal your wounds in style, just make sure not to spontaneously bite it when in hunger. Now if only there’s an egg-themed bandage to go alongside these…

USD$19.99 from eBay

6. Chinese Cabbage Cushions

You’ve probably already seen fruit shaped pillows, but don’t forget your vegetables either! In the continuing trend of bizarre food-themed cushions, here’s a healthy, leafy plant for you to rest your head. These Cabbage plushies are not only affordable and adorable, but will be a great companion for your couch or bed as well. 

SGD$4.80 and above, from Shopee

7. Elderly Man Wall Decal

Think you can secretly slack off from studying in your room to watch your favourite drama? Think again. With this life-size decal pasted on your wall staring at you, it’ll definitely give you that motivation (and pressure) to get your grades up like only an Asian parent can. Just maybe take it down before you sleep if you don’t want to get startled in the middle of the night….

USD$30.30 from Amazon

8. Boyfriend Pillow

For all you single ladies out there, who needs a boyfriend when you have the Boyfriend Pillow? Perfect for cuddling up to or watching a movie with, the Boyfriend Pillow will always put his arms around you, allow you to lie on his shoulder and the best part – he won’t answer you so you’ll automatically win every argument!

SGD$7.60 and above, from Shopee

9. A Poop Manual

Going for a poop can be a time-consuming experience, especially when you had too much chili in your last dish. No fret, because this book by Hugh Jassburn will keep you occupied for at least 52 more times on your golden throne so you’ll never be faced with boredom again the next time you’re doing your “business” at the loo.

USD$8.35 from Amazon

10. Nothing

If you insist on getting a friend a gift despite their incessant requests for you to not get anything for their birthday, why not give them nothing? Literally. For less than $10 you can gift “nothing” in a plastic packaging and present it to them since it is what they asked for after all. It’s bound to generate some laughter and strike a conversation among your friends, and your clique can even reuse it as a joke for future birthdays!

USD$6.42 from Amazon

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Which of these items would you actually love as a gift? Tell us in the comments section below!

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Mark Your Calendar With These March 2017 Events!

3 Mar 2017 by Germaine Cheah

Events and activities surrounding local and international arts reign supreme this month, and we take a look at some of the events that will be sure to get you feeling arty farty all through the month. 

Marvel At Sustainable Light Art Installations

i Light Marina Bay

For the first time in it’s five year edition, beyond the light art installations that will illuminate the Marina Bay waterfront, there will also be three themed festival hubs – Art-Zoo, GastroBeats and The Fantastical World of eco.me that will elevate your experiences at the festival all while contributing to community causes. Be sure to fully charge your phones and pack an extra powerbank before heading down, we promise lots of Insta-worthy shots to fill up your feed!

Date & Time: 3 – 26 March 2017, 7:30pm – 11pm
Venue: Marina Bay Waterfront

Free admission, visit www.ilightmarinabay.sg for more info

Make The Future Singapore 2017

Shell Eco-marathon Asia Cars

Making strides to curb climate change, reduce CO2 emissions and work towards an energy-efficient, low-carbon future, Shell is kicking off Make The Future Singapore 2017, a 4 day festival showcasing new ideas and innovations in the world of energy. Marking its Asia debut with a series of exciting activities, from the Shell Eco-marathon Asia, where students compete to build the world’s most energy-efficient cars, to exhibitions and interactive zones where you’ll learn all about renewable energy and the latest technologies, there’ll even be special performances from Pixie Lott, Nathan Hartono, Disco Hue and more! 

Date & Time: 16 – 19 March, 9am – 6pm 
Venue: Changi Exhibition Centre

Free admission (register online  for priority access), visit www.shell.com.sg/makethefuturesg for more info.

Celebrate Our Feline Friends

9 Lives Design Show

See the works of nine designers (and slaves to cats as they like to call themselves) as they tackle and come up with furniture designs for cats staying in compact living spaces. While the exhibition is only on display for three days at the VAC, the works will continue to be shown at both the Cat Cafe Neko No Niwa and at The Company of Cats!

Date & Time: 4 – 6 March 2017, 10am – 9pm
Venue: Visual Arts Centre, 10 Penang Road #01-02, S (238469)

Free admission, visit www.9livesdesignshow.com for more info

Explore The History Of Holland Village

Oh Open House

We all know Holland Village as one of the most popular shopping and dining destinations in Singapore, but do you know the history behind the enclave? Embark on any of these art tours and learn about the people and the stories that make Holland Village what it is today.

Date & Time: 4 – 19 March 2017, 4pm – 6pm
Venue: Various Stops Along Holland Village

Tickets from $27.50, visit www.ohopenhouse.org for more info

Design Your Own Identity

Collograph Printing Workshop

Take a page out of artist and illustrator Mary Bernadette Lee’s book and learn to design your own collograph plate using shapes, textured media and other materials. Remember to be true to your own identity when creating the prints, after all, there is no other person better at being you than you. 

Date & Time: 5 March 2017, 2pm – 5pm
Venue: National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, S (178957)

Tickets from $50, visit www.sistic.com.sg for more info

Live A Life Of Infinite Possibilities

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Ever wondered how different timelines will affect your relationships? Follow Marianne and Roland as they navigate their lives across an infinite number of realities. A sophisticated play that shows us how true love can transcend time and space. 

Date & Time: 8 – 25 March 2017, 8pm
Venue: KC Arts Centre – Home Of SRT

Tickets from $45, visit www.sistic.com.sg for more info

Take A Trip Beyond Reality

Design Night Singapore

With the rising popularity of virtual reality headsets around the world, augmented and virtual reality have been at the forefront of almost every industry you can think of. Now, you can experience for yourself how AR and VR have infused themselves into our analog world – think exploring the Apollo 11 command module that brought Neil Armstrong to the moon and flying around buildings as if you were a drone. Bonus, you’ll get to bring back your very own personalised  VR cardboard viewer!

Date & Time: 9 March 2017, 7pm – 10pm
Venue: MAD Museum, 10 Tanglin Road #02-01, S (247908)

Tickets from $10, visit www.eventbrite.sg for more info

Have You Hipster Yet?

hipster festival 2017

If a name like the ‘Hipster Festival’ (yes they’re hipster like that) doesn’t get your interest piqued, then the fact that they aim to bring the community together to celebrate the best of local food, music, art and businesses should! After all, it never hurts to start #Supportinglocal. 

Date & Time: 10 March 2017, midnight – 12 March 2017, 3am
Venue: The Foothills @ Fort Canning Park, River Valley Road, S (179037)

Free admission, visit www.hipsterfest-sg.com for more info

Mingle With The Write People

All In! Young Writers Festival
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Calling all budding writers between the ages of 13 and 25, come meet and mingle with other young writers and gain insight from established mentors on what it takes to be successful in the industry! With workshops, writing competitions and panel discussions, your writing skills will bound to improve after the three days!

Date & Time: 10 – 12 March 2017, 11am – 6pm
Venue: *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link #04-01 S (237978)

Prices from $50, visit www.all-in.bookcouncil.sg for more info

Munchies And Music

Picnic Into Music

The first ever mass picnic and outdoor concert in Singapore, come join the North-siders for a fun-filled day snacking on sumptuous snacks and listening to great local music! Ticket prices will also entitle you to a picnic snack box filled with awesome goodies, so if you ask us, there’s no better way to enjoy a lazy Saturday out in the sun. 

Date & Time: 11 March 2017, 4:30pm – 7pm
Venue: Grand Lawn, Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park

Tickets from $15, visit www.facebook.com for more info

See Singapore Through Different Eyes

Between Home and Home

Our different life stories mean that we all look at life differently, and this exhibition will allow us to view at life in Singapore through the eyes of 14 young artists through photography and film. From nostalgic urban landscapes to intimate portraits that pierce your soul, follow their journey as they set out on a search for self and belonging.

Date & Time: Till 12 March 2017, 12pm – 7pm
Venue: Visual Arts Centre

Free admission, visit www.objectifs.com.sg for more info 

Go All Out In A Battle

Beatbox Battle Royale 2017

If you think you have some skills with the mic, why not test them out against other beatboxers? Brush up on your methods with either the one day or three days training workshops, and then put it all on the line at the final Battle Royale!

Date & Time: 12 March 2017, 9pm – 15 March 2017, 10pm
Venue: *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link #04-01 S (237978)

Prices from $10, visit www.facebook.com for more info

Get Inspired To Save Endangered Species

Life, Love and Adventure Together

We’ve all seen countless news of endangered animals facing imminent extinction, but Australian contemporary artists Gillie and Marc Schattner have decided to do something about it. Teaming up to create a meaningful exhibition that includes 20 paintings and 15 animal sculptures,  see how the two artists got inspired by their determination to save these animals.

Date & Time: Till 16 March 2017, 11am – 10pm
Venue: Ode To Art Gallery, 252 North Bridge Road #01-36E/F, S (179103)

Free admission, visit www.odetoart.com for more info

Celebrate The Joys Of The Arts

Pressplay

The fourth edition of the annual youth festival that aims to make the arts more accessible to the public, try your hand at a myriad of programmes available and gain a new appreciation for the arts. Make your own desk lamp out of recycled materials, learn how to create a kaleidoscope of colours, jam out to local musicians and get inspired listening to local artisans talking about their works.  

Date & Time: Till 18 March 2017, 11am – 8pm
Venue: Various locations across Singapore

Free admission, but registration is required for some workshops, visit www.nlb.gov.sg for more info

Get Your Fill Of Multi-Sensory Experiences

Garden Beats Festival

Put on your best summer outfits and get ready to dance the night away to the hottest electronic dance tracks out there right now! Expect lots of good food from the hippest restaurants in town, games that will allow you to prove your sporty skills and of course an eclectic line-up of international and local DJs – Autograf, Ava Asante, Tube and Berger, Teenage Mutants and so much more!  

Date & Time: 18 March 2017, 1pm – 10:30pm
Venue: Fort Canning Park, River Valley Road, S (179037)

Tickets from $85, visit www.gardenbeats.com for more info

Trace The Roots Of Singapore’s Theatre Scene

Script and Stage

Our local playwright and theatre scene has been garnering major traction and exposure over the past few years, but the foundation of contemporary theatre can be traced all the way back to the ’50s. Get inspired as you read through the drafts and manuscripts of acclaimed local playwright Kuo Pao Kun – perhaps Singapore’s greatest dramatist and arts activist. 

Date & Time: Till 26 March 2017, 10am – 9pm
Venue: National Library Level 7 & 8, Promenade

Free admission, visit www.nlb.gov.sg for more info

Try Your Hand At Silkscreen Printing

Screen Printing

From clothing to product displays, textiles to posters, silkscreen printing is everywhere, and you can now get the chance to learn the traditional art of this process. Plus, at the end of the workshop, you’ll get to bring back your very own uniquely designed tote bag – wear it with pride!

Date & Time: 26 March 2017, 1pm or 3:30pm (2 sessions available)
Venue: Chong Wen Ge Open Air Pavilion, 168 Telok Ayer Street, S (068619)

Tickets from $65, visit www.facebook.com for more info

See Nature Come To Life

Story Of The Forest

Explore the intriguing relationship between man and nature as you walk through 69 of William Farquhar’s drawings that have been brought to life. PS: remember to download the Story of the Forest app on your phone before heading down to ensure a more engaging experience!

Date & Time: Till 31 March 2017, 10am – 7pm
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, S (178897)

Free admission, visit www.nationalmuseum.sg for more info

Jazz The Night Away

Singapore Jazz Festival

Whether you’ve been a long time jazz aficionado or only got into it after watching La La Land (we’re not judging, we loved the movie too!), get ready to enjoy three exhilarating nights of extraordinary live jazz music from acts like Corinne Bailey Rae, David Foster, Chaka Khan and more!

Date & Time: 31 March 2017, 5pm – 2 April 2017, 10:30pm
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Hall F

Tickets from $108, visit www.sistic.com.sg for more info

Feature image credit: ASM Projection

What will you be up to this March? Tag us in your exciting photos on Instagram (@TeenageMagazine) and you may just be featured! 

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Itinerary Ideas For Your Week-Long Trip (Part 2)

27 Feb 2017 by Bryan Yeong

In Part 2 of our list of travel destination ideas, we explore 3 slower-paced countries and their sweet spots worth checking out. 

1. Brisbane / Gold Coast

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While many would likely favour other busier Aussie cities like Sydney and Melbourne, what stands out about Brisbane for us is its easygoing pace, and proximity to the sandy beaches of Gold Coast – making a week long trip here feel like you’re getting two separate experiences for the price of one. For city kids, you’ll feel right at home in Brisbane, with shopping malls and pop-up flea markets aplenty. Make sure to spend a day cafe-hopping too, with Australia’s cafe culture quickly becoming a mainstay and perfect for your Instagram feed goals. 

 

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Once you’ve had your fill of what Brisbane has to offer and ready to head off for new adventures, drive (or take a bus) approximately two hours south towards Gold Coast’s sun, sea and sand. Soak up an afternoon lazing on the beach to get that Aussie tan or take up the challenge of learning surfing from the best right at Surfers Paradise – the choice is up to you. Not to forget, Gold Coast is also host to FOUR main amusement parks – Movie World, Dream World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild (although we recommend just visiting two) for a fun-filled couple of days laughing and screaming your heart out.

 

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2. Nepal

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If you and your friends want to opt for the road literally less travelled and do some soul-searching, immerse yourself in The Himalayas for a week with an unconventional visit to Nepal. Get away from the fast-paced lifestyle of living in the busy city and free your mind the moment you disembark onto the sacred land. You’ll be greeted with stunning views arriving at Kathmandu, the country’s capital, that will instantly ease your mind from any unwanted troubles. 

 

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Spend a few days to take in the deep history of the many Buddhist and Hindu temples around the Panauti area and the Newari Village, the latter of which is located at the top of a hill. If you’re up for living like a local, spend a day in the life of one at Bungamati and also don’t forget to try a brew at one of the old school coffee shops! With everything Nepal has to offer, chances are you’ll even learn a thing or two you never discovered before about yourself – and that’s the real reward of any trip.

 

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3. Vietnam

Credit: Lonely Planet

Brimming with an undeniable energy and an aura of serenity, Vietnam is fast becoming one of the top destinations for travelers. Book a place to stay near Ben Thanh market, and amid the coffee beans and fruit stalls, you’ll find yourself pleasantly lost in the organised mess. At night, take a walk to Bui Vien – dubbed the “backpacker’s area” – and sit on tiny, roadside stools to have a drink while making friends with the affable locals and fellow tourists.

Tasting local cuisine is a definite must in any country, and there’s no better way in doing so than trying pho at Pho Le restaurant or locally brewed coffee at Ben Coffee House. But perhaps the highlight of where to really let your tastebuds feel at home would be at Cuc Gach Quan Restaurant. After navigating your way through the quirky interior of this eatery, don’t be alarmed if you notice you’re having scrumptious portions of Vietnamese food on chipped plates – it’s all part of the concept. Hey, even Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have dined here and loved it!

 

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 Featured Image: Nepal (via Pinterest)

Check out Part 1 of our list of travel destinations and itinerary ideas here. Where do you plan to venture to for a week-long trip? Or know some of the hidden secrets of the countries we mentioned? Share them with us in the comments below!

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Itinerary Ideas For Your Week-Long Trip (Part 1)

24 Feb 2017 by Bryan Yeong

So you’re finally graduating and one more thing to tick off your bucket list is that grad trip you and your best mates have been talking about non-stop over the past semesters. Here’s Part One in our list of city destination ideas and locations to consider venturing to with your BFFs for a week before you start adulting.

1. Taiwan

Credit: Lonely Planet

Night markets and scenic views await you in the cultural city of Taipei. For the foodie to the outdoor adventurer, there’s truly something special for everyone that’s worth exploring for a good week. Thrill-seekers, you’re in luck. Climb the mountains of Yangmingshan National Park for breathtaking views, hot springs and even see cows in their natural habitat at the peak!

 

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Or take a bus to the famous Jiufen district, where windy and narrow lanes guide you through many teahouses and delectable delicacies – like the drool-worthy Taiwan specialty peanut wrap with ice cream. If food hunts are your thing, you’ll have a blast exploring different markets every other night hunting down a variety of street food and quirky souvenirs.

Reserve a couple of days for winding down to just appreciate art and culture, by paying a visit to the National Palace Museum or the plethora of modern museums like Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Not leaving out animal lovers, check out the Houtong Cat Village for some play time with Taiwan’s friendly felines!

 

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2. Japan


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A beginner’s guide to Japan starts in Tokyo of course, home to world-famous Harajuku and haven to all things oishii. Other than slurping up piping hot bowls of ramen noodles (you must have heard of Ichiran), you can even make your very own cup! At Nissin’s Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama, fun takes form in customising your very own cup of everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure supper – a perfect group activity for your squad. You even get to bring it back home for consumption in the future, perhaps together at a future chalet or sleepover.

 

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Dog cafes? Been there. Cat cafes? *yawn* Dive into different animal-themed cafes with your friends that one can only expect from Japan’s kookiness – like Akiba Fukurou Owl Cafe and the Penguin Bar in Ikebukuro.

 

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Oh, and the shopping? There’s never a dull moment as your inner shopaholic goes wild discovering the quirky, unique and downright strange creations the city has to offer at every street turn. We could never stop sharing more about Japan – and that’s not even touching on the other islands or cities like Hokkaido and Osaka! Spending just a week here may fly by swiftly and seem like a flurry of activities, but it’ll no doubt be one unforgettable graduation trip for the memory diary.

3. South Korea

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Clearly at the top of the list for many K-Pop and K-Drama fans, South Korea is at the forefront of food, fashion and all things fun! But don’t feel left out if you’ve never watched an episode of Goblin or haven’t heard BLACKPINK’s latest single – Korea has much to offer even the most unconvinced, that might leave you a convert.

Besides delicious kimchi and Korean BBQ, get your #ootd shot at the Style Nanda Pink Hotel flagship store and cafe or the iconic blue container at Common Ground, a shopping district littered with locally-designed fashion outlets. If you simply just can’t get enough, trust Korea to have it covered – the malls at Dongdaemun district don’t close till 5am (!!!), ensuring your itinerary to be filled till way past sunset.

 

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Not forgetting your inner culture enthusiast, let the Bukhon Hanok Village sweep you away into the rich history when viewing the traditional Korean houses and shophouses. The country is exploding with activities ’round the clock, which is why we’re obsessed with Korea – and so should you.

 

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Looking to explore something different for more chill vibes? Stay tuned for Part 2!

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