Before it became an instant rom-com classic on Netflix, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was part of Jenny Han’s bestselling trilogy. As we patiently await for Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky to reunite for the much-anticipated sequel, check out these 10 contemporary YA novels with equally adorable characters that will give you the same OTP feels.

#1 P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han


If you can’t wait for the onscreen sequel, how about reading it instead? Following the events of the first book, the second installment in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy will answer all your burning questions about the elusive John Ambrose McClaren and reveal big secrets about Gen – all while feeding you with more Covey and Peter cuteness.

#2 Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


Who doesn’t love a good ol’ high school romance? Simon Spier is a seemingly ordinary teenager with a big secret. When a fellow classmate unintentionally discovers his email exchange, he is blackmailed into helping this classmate get close to a girl. As his secret about his sexual orientation hangs in the balance, he must find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he compromises his shot at happiness with his adorable crush… whom he’s never met before.

#3 Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett


How would you feel if the one guy you can’t stand is actually the boy of your dreams? Well, that is the case for classic movie fan Bailey who has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she’d met online named Alex. Though they’ve tried to make plans to meet in person, Bailey was never ready to take the next step. When she moves to the same town as her online bae, she decides to keep it a secret. Little does she know that her dreamy love interest turns out to be her IRL archnemesis, the irritating (but super hot) Porter Roth.

#4 When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


Meet Dimple Shah, a determined go-getter who doesn’t conform to the traditions of her Indian culture; and Rishi Patel, a hopeless romantic who believes in traditions. Their paths intentionally cross when Rishi decides to join the same summer program for aspiring web developers in an attempt to woo Dimple. Told from two points of view, this is an unconventional love story where love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

#5 Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Travel with Anna to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, where she meets a gorgeous Brit boy named Etienne. They quickly become best friends, but things get complicated when their platonic friendship starts developing into romance. Just how will they end up together if they both already have someone back home?

#6 I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo


Perfect for all you K-drama lovers, this is a story about Desi Lee who tackles her flirting failures with guidance from Korean dramas that her father obsessively watches. Armed with her ‘K-Drama Steps to True Love’ guide, Desi attempts to go after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos with boat rescues, love triangles and staged car crashes as portrayed in the shows. But when the fun and games turn to true feelings, Desi finds out that real love is way more than just drama.

#7 Geekerella by Ashley Poston


Embrace your inner geek with this fantastic retelling of Cinderella set in the world of pop culture conventions and all things cosplay. Elle is a teenager who adores everything about the classic sci-fi series Starfield. She enters a cosplay contest tied to a promotion of the latest movie in the franchise, and ends up winning an invitation to the ball at ExcelsiCon where she meets the guy playing the prince in the reboot. Chockfull of heart-fluttering moments, this is a modern-day fairytale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

#8 Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by various YA authors


Whether or not you believe in fate, luck or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. In this anthology of original short stories, you will experience 14 diverse love stories from finding love with a missing library book, to a missed connection on a subway. With a variety of different writing styles and relatable characters to immerse yourselves into, this page-turner will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

#9 Love, Life and the List by Kasie West


Follow the story of aspiring artist Abby Turner, whose paintings have been rejected from an art show because her works “had no heart”. Determined not to let another opportunity slip by, she gives herself one month to accomplish 10 things on her list; including confessing her love to her best friend and longtime crush, Cooper.

#10 The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli


Molly is a plus-size girl who has lived through 26 experiences of unrequited love. She often crushes hard in secret (similar to Lara Jean) as she can’t stomach the idea of rejection. Just when she thinks she’s brave enough to get close with one of her sister’s new guy friends, she starts getting friendly with her co-worker, Reid. Though he isn’t the usual kind of guy she’d fall for, there’s just something about this awkward Tolkien superfan that makes her heart skip a beat.

Are you swooning yet? Let us know in the comments section if you have more recommendations! 


Here's How You Can Explore Europe On A Millennial's Budget

10 Sep 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

With the holidays in full swing, you may be in the midst of planning a vacation abroad – whether it’s your long-awaited graduation trip or a spontaneous getaway to satisfy your wanderlust. Amongst the many top tourist destinations, Europe tends to fall under the misconception that it’s an expensive country to travel to. With these money-saving tips, you can easily embark on your dream European holiday without breaking the bank!


Europe transport

Despite Europe’s vast geographical size, getting around on a budget is definitely possible. Here are three recommendations:

1. Bus

By far, the most cost-effective option when travelling around Europe is by bus – other than walking, of course. Check out Interflix by Flix Bus that allows you to discover five cities all across Europe for only €99! Not only is it super affordable, it’s also fuss-free to adjust your bookings in case of itinerary changes. Their fleet of buses always arrive on time so it saves you from unnecessary waiting.

2. Train

Another alternative is to travel by Eurail. Though slightly more expensive than travelling by bus, it allows nine flexible days of travel and access to board multiple trains each day! This is a great option for those who are looking to pack in multiple tourist spots in a day. Prices range from €53 to €169 depending on the routes selected.

3. Car

Grabbing a cab in Europe can be rather hefty, but thanks to BlaBlaCar, travelling by car is now cost-efficient for the everyday student. Similar to the GrabHitch service we have in Singapore, BlaBlaCar functions as a carpool service that fetches passengers who are heading towards the same direction – at a wallet-friendly fare. For instance, a ride from London to Manchester starts from €14. Now you can enjoy a comfortable ride and even make a couple of new friends along the way!

Tip: Check out Changi Recommends’ handy Trip Planner that allows you to see at a glance the best mode of transport to reach your desired destination!


The best thing about ending a day of exploring is being able to crash in a cosy abode. Hotels can be expensive, so we found some budget-friendly options that don’t compromise on comfort.

1. Hostel

Hostels have long been a well-loved form of accomodation for students on a budget or backpackers, so this one’s a no brainer. Hostel World is a handy platform that helps you to find hostels at your desired destinations at your fingertips.

Alternatively, check out a few of these stylish yet affordable hostels in Europe:

Franceso’s in Los, Greece

Franceso’s in Los Greece
Credit: Francesco’s

Kabul in Barcelona, Spain

Kabul in Barcelona, Spain
Credit: Kabul

Hostel Mostel in Bulgaria

Hostel Mostel in Bulgaria
Credit: Hostel Mostel

Tallinn Backpackers in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn Backpackers in Tallinn, Estonia
Credit: Tallinn Backpackers

Hostel stays always spell fun because you will get to meet not only locals but people from all countries and walks of life. Expect late-night gatherings with your newfound friends – that’s where the most interesting and memorable conversations are made.

2. AirBnB

AirBnB offers millions of listings across more than 191 countries, which means you have a wide variety of lodging options to choose from. Booking rates vary depending on accommodation facilities and location – prices can go as low as $26 per night like the Göreme Valley Cave House in Turkey, or even at $22 per night at the Frankovič Bed&Breakfast Apartment in Slovenia.


For those on a shoestring, a good way to manage dining expenses would be to include a mix of cheaper dining options to the typical fine dining restaurants – think local markets, street food and even home-cooked fare!

1. Local markets

Borough Market in London, UK

Find local markets like the widely-known Farmers’ Market, where you can get top-quality eats at cheap prices. The perk is that almost every city has at least one Farmers’ Market, but most markets only open once or twice a week till early afternoon so plan ahead before making your trip down.

Pro-tip: Wait till the market’s closing to get even more discounts off the street snacks!

2. Street food

London Street Food

What better way to get bustling with the crowd and taste authentic local fare than with street food? Each country has their own speciality – visit France for crepes, Berlin for currywurst, Belgium for fries with a large diversity of sauces, Italy for pizzas, UK for fish and chips, just to name a few!

3. Budget-friendly restaurants

Being on a budget doesn’t mean restaurants are completely cancelled out of your list of food places! Here are some tips for you to get the best cheap eats:

  • Keep a lookout for lunch or dinner specials
  • Ask locals for the best cheap eats in town
  • Avoid eating in central areas and head to residential neighbourhoods for the best deals
  • Skip restaurants that have multi-language menus

Tip: When asking for water, request for tap water instead. Else, they will serve you bottled water which is way more expensive.

4. Cook your own meals

Choose from an array of local produce either from the Farmers’ Market or any grocery store you can find nearby and whip up your own meals! By far, this is the cheapest option. You can also get creative with what you cook and control your portion size despite being on a budget. Plus, it makes for a great bonding activity for students travelling in groups!


Europe shopping

The best places to shop at are markets where you can find hidden gems at extremely low prices. Avoid going to tourist hotspots because prices usually get spiked up in those areas. Check out these 10 cities that offer cheap shopping, or bring out the Singaporean in you by trying your luck at haggling.

A few places you can get good bargains are Amsterdam’s Waterlooplein, London’s Portobello Market, Paris’ Puces de St-Ouen, Madrid’s El Rastro and the market of Tangier in Morocco.

Tip: Beware of pickpockets especially at crowded areas such as markets.


Europe is a land filled with thousands of historic sites, from contemporary art museums to old historic sites. Expect tons of sightseeing and long walks! For all the museum lovers, you’re in for a treat. Just in London alone, there are countless free museums for you the visit, such as The British Museum, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern and more.

Tate Modern
Credit: Tate Modern

Other than London, there are also plenty of spectacular museums across Europe waiting for you to discover. One example is the National Museum and Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland for 1 PLW (S$0.36) and 8 ZT (S$5.46) respectively.

For other historic sites or attractions, here’s a tip: check if the country has free walking tours that give you a comprehensive tour of the cities (Belgrade, Serbia and Budapest offer free walking tours).

Tip: Get your attraction tickets here for discounted prices up to 40% cheaper as compared to over-the-counter prices.



Having access to social media is essential for millennials – gotta do it for the ‘gram! Opting for wifi routers is a good option for students travelling in groups. ChangiWifi allows up to six mobile devices to be connected, which makes it perfect for sharing and provides additional cost savings.

It’s now available in 13 new destinations (including Europe) so hop over to their website for more information on router rental services. Be sure to book yours at least two weeks in advance as these babies get snapped up pretty quickly.

Now, who says you can’t explore Europe on a budget? Bon voyage!

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We’re just a few days away from the biggest sale of the year! Come 9 September 2018, you can get your hands on unbeatable deals from over 100,000 sellers and brands, along with supersized daily flash deals (these deals refresh once every hour from 12pm to 11pm so don’t forget to set your alarm) up for grabs. From the latest beauty goodies to the coolest tech gadgets, there’s bound to be something for everyone. We sussed out some of the best lifestyle bargains you need to snag on Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day.

Psst, read till the end for a special promo code!

#1 MAC Matte Lipstick (51.58% off)

MAC Matte Lipstick

MAC lipsticks don’t necessarily come cheap, but starting from midnight, you can grab the best-selling MAC Matte Lipstick (U.P $41.40) at half of its retail price. There’s no better steal than this!

Flash deal starts from 9 September, 12am.

#2 Grab $10 Promo Code (21% off)

Grab Promo Codes

We know how hard it is to get promo codes from Grab now, but thanks to Shopee, you can stock up on your supply of $10 Grab promo codes (U.P $10) at a discounted rate. If you’re new to Shopee, you can also use ‘GRABNEW5’ to get $5 off with a minimum spending of $10.

Flash deal starts from 9 September, 3am.

#3 Apple AirPods (21.98% off)

Apple AirPods

With everyone going wireless these days, it’s about time to add a solid pair of AirPods (U.P $238) to your Apple arsenal. To save you some moolah, the folks at Shopee are slashing off 20% off these expensive babies – warranty of 12 months included. Yay!

Flash deal starts from 9 September, 9am.

#4 Food Capital Buffet For 2 (59.59% off)

Food Capital

Located at Grand Copthorne Waterfood, treat yourself to a 1-For-1 International Buffet Dinner (Fri to Sun, U.P $120.66–$197.74) at the premier dining destination of Food Capital. For under $100, you can relish in the freshest seafood offerings from shucked oysters to sliced sashimi, before indulging in a gourmet spread of hulking beef stripling, slow-cooked veal shank served with a truffle potato mousseline.

Flash deal starts from 9 September, 4am.

#5 Nintendo Switch Console System (9.35% off)

Nintendo Switch

Avid gamers, you might want to camp out for this. For a fraction of the original price, you can bring home your very Nintendo Switch Console System (U.P $428–$438), which contains a Nintendo Switch Console, a Nintendo Switch Dock, a Nintendo Switch Adapter, a HDMI Cable, three Joy-Cons and two straps.

Flash deal starts from 9 September, 12pm.

#6 Coco & Eve Coconut and Fig Hair Masque (38.52% off)

Coco & Eve Coconut and Fig Hair Masque

Pamper your tresses with the Coco & Eve Coconut and Fig Hair Masque (U.P $64.90), which boasts a 5-in-1 formula that 1) revives 2) repairs, 3) restores 4) tames and 5) conditions your mane to its original crowning glory.

Flash deal starts from 9 September, 1pm.

#7 Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute (15.93% off)

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

Mother’s Day may be over, but there’s no reason why you can’t splurge on mummy dearest. Cleaning can be quite a chore, but the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cordfree Vacuum Cleaner (U.P $860) will make it a breeze for your domestic goddess.

Flash deal starts from 9 September, 2pm.

#8 Birkenstock Rio Women Sandals (58.07% off)

Birkenstock Rio Women Sandals

Birkenstock sandals are all the rage recently. We’re loving the Birkenstock Rio Women Sandals in White (U.P $119), which features adjustable straps and a soft suede footbed for maximum comfort without compromising on the style factor.

Flash deal starts from 9 September, 9pm.

Before you go off on your shopping spree, we’ve got an exclusive promo code for our beloved Teenage readers. If you’re a first-time Shopee user, use the promo code TEENAGE99 to get $9 off a minimum spending of $25 (expires on 12 September, 11.59pm). Happy shopping!

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Mention Christmas and the first thing that comes to mind is probably the annual Christmas street light-up that adorn Orchard Road – and this year’s edition is no exception. 

For the first time ever, Orchard Road will be welcoming everyone’s beloved characters from Disney and Pixar to be part of the festivities, including the likes of Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Elsa and Woody. Titled ‘Disney Magical Moments’, the Disney-themed affair is set to dazzle from 10 November 2018 all the way to 1 January 2019.

Disney Magical Moments Overstreet (Disney Princess)

Nearly 3km of the iconic shopping belt will be occupied, featuring four distinct zones that take on varying Disney themes: Disney Princess (Tanglin Mall to Shaw House), Mickey Mouse & Friends (ION Orchard to Mandarin Gallery), Frozen ([email protected] to Orchard Central), and Toy Story (Orchard Central to Plaza Singapura).

Set Piece (Mickey _ Minnie)

While you’re busy exploring the different themed zones, don’t forget to check out the star of the show – a spectacular display of glittery lights that can be seen arching across the Orchard Road-Paterson Road junction. In addition, there will be lots of Instagram-worthy opportunities with life-sized set pieces featuring Disney characters.

The Great Christmas Village returns from 15 November to 26 December 2018 at Ngee Ann City, which features an exciting array of activities such as amusement park rides, pop-up retail stores, a food village and craft beer bar, as well as nightly live performances. What better way to celebrate Christmas?

Disney Magical Moments will take place from 10 November 2018 to 1 January 2019 along Orchard Road.

Dog days getting you down? Don’t let the scorching temperatures dampen your spirits – we’ve got just the spot where you can chill out and cool off away from the sweltering heat. 

With the school holidays in full swing, why not gather your pals for a fun-filled day on ice at Singapore’s first and only Olympic-sized ice skating rink? Enter The Rink at JCube, which not only offers a welcome respite from the current heatwave, but also serves as the perfect hangout place to host after-school gatherings, class outings or even alumni reunions. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s surrounded by plenty of delicious F&B options, so you can grab a bite and soak up the vibes before joining in the action.

The Rink

The Rink provides an extensive variety of classes, events and activities for everyone – whether you’re an ice skating ace or a first-time skater. For the beginners, there are basic Learn-to-Skate lessons ($171.20) available to ensure you get the fundamental techniques covered. If you’re already a veteran in the rink, you can even take your ice skating skills up a notch by signing up for Advance Learn-to-Skate Class ($214), where you can try dabbling in Olympic winter sports such as figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey. These classes are guided by NROC-certified coaches so rest assured you’ll be in the good hands of seasoned professionals.

The Rink

Can’t get enough of ice skating? Here’s a pro tip: get yourself a Skater’s Play Pass ($196 for 20 sessions) to help you save more than 40% when you ice skate at The Rink. Don’t say bo jio!

Now, head out there and skate away!

Admission details:
Adult: $14
Child (Pri 6 and below): $12
Skate Boots Rental: $4
Skating Aid Rental: $11 / $15

This post was brought to you by JCube.

The Rink is located at JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1 #03-11, Singapore 609731. Head over to their public skating calendar to check out the opening hours.

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