Awkward social gatherings – been there, done that. Be it for that class gathering or a double-date plan, here are our top picks of multiplayer game apps to break the ice.

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EK

$2.98, Available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store

The app-adaptation of the popular Kickstarter card game, Exploding Kittens is the feline equivalent of Russian roulette; where players are immediately ‘killed’ upon drawing the Exploding Kitten card, unless they possess a Defuse card to deactivate said bomb. Of course, there are other hilarious cards in the deck to help you avoid and sabo opponents, like ‘nothing but cat butt’ which temporarily blinds other players by turning their cards around, and the ‘diarrhea’ card that freezes your opponents’ cards. Detonating furballs might sound offensive to feline kindreds, but this kitty- powered version may just be one of the most novel and purr-fect gaming experiences that you’ll encounter!

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Who Lurks

Free, Available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store

Mystery meets sci-fi in Who Lurks – an action-packed app perfect for parties of three to six people. Players assume the role of stranded crew members working to get to a new planet, while one stays undercover as an alien saboteur set on eradicating human life. While the crew can save themselves by completing missions to keep their spaceship running, or identifying and killing the alien, there’s a twist: it has the ability to secretly infect anyone and turn them into another alien conspirator, so watch out! The title may sound creepy, but we promise this unique multiplayer game will keep you on the edge of your seats.

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2-Player Reactor

Free, Available on Google Play Store

This game is essentially a battle of the quickest reflexes. Two players share one device, and are challenged to rack up points by “finding the sad face in a group of smiley faces”, or to “hit when the screen turns white”, amongst other mini games. While some tests require pure motor dexterity, fret not for others include puzzle solving skills and general knowledge. The entertaining game gives rise to uninhibited interaction, making it the perfect icebreaker that is bound to get you and your partner engaged in frantic screen jabbing amidst fits of laughter. Just be careful not to drop your phone!

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Fun Run 2

Free, Available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store

You’ll love Fun Run 2 if cute animals, friendly competition and Happy Tree Friends-esque scenarios are your gory cup of tea. Face off with your friends in real-time and prove that you’re the best racer of all by speeding through booby traps and sabotaging other players with power-ups like rolling metal gears, bear traps and giant magnets, all while watching as their characters explode into bloody smithereens. With a plethora of themes and furry forest characters to choose from, take your pick and race away.

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Trivia Crack

Free, Available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store

Unleash your inner trivia geek with Trivia Crack, the digital equivalent of board game classic, Trivial Pursuit. Whether you’re a history buff, science maniac or pop culture wunderkind, there’s something for everyone – there’s more to the game than answering trivia questions, but you basically have to accumulate all six game characters (which represent different categories) by spinning the wheel and answering questions. If you and your friends enjoy intellectual conversations, this game is definitely up your alley as it requires tons of brainpower.

For more recommendations on multiplayer apps, do check out our Tech section in the latest February 2017 issue, out on newsstands now!

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The perfect present encompasses the following traits: aesthetically-pleasing, thoughtful, affordable and practical  – at least in our books. Ahead, we share a list of unisex, Instagram-worthy gift ideas that your date will love (and you can share)! 

3-in-1 LED Light Mirror Digital Clock

Reflective Mirror Clock

Price: $21.78 | Ezbuy
A mirror, LED alarm clock, night light and thermometer all rolled into one, this hexagonal beauty polishes up any table end while shining brightness into even the  darkest of corners. 

Shaped Metal Dishes 

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Price: $17.94 | kikki.K
Class up your flat lay game with these metal trinket trays. #Flatlay #Minimalist #Interior #Anyhowalsolookgood 

Anti-gravity Phone CaseAnti-gravity casing

Price: From $8.50 | Shopee

Recommended for those who have to bring their phone everywhere and anywhere. No more dropping your phone in the toilet! 

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Price: $12.90 | Naiise  
Keep semi-hydrated with this rectangular chunk of a water bottle – who needs an easy grip when you can be stylish? 

Adjustable Selfie Ring Light

Selfie Ring Light

Price: $6.90 | Shopee
Taking loved-up selfies in pitch dark environments has never been so easy. Why deal with unflattering flashes when you can bask in the warm glow of this selfie ring light? 

 Xiaomi Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Xiaomi Speaker

Price: $29.90 | Shopee
The party goes wherever you do with this bluetooth speaker. 

Portable Lightroom Box 

Lightroom Box

Price: $24.90 | Shopee
This gem of a light box drastically reduces the need for someone else to help you hold a flashlight/block shadows when you’re trying to take product shots. #TheStruggleIsStillReal

Watermelon Tiffin Set

Watermelon Tinkat

Price: From $45 | Megafash
Bentos are so 2016 – apparently tingkat‘s (tiffin sets) are in now? And it’s way easier to prep than the intricate Japanese sets; if you don’t cook, just go to the kopitiam and tapao lah

Air Lounger 

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Price: $19.90 | Shopee
Rock any outdoors music festival in style with your very own inflatable lounger. And you don’t even need a pump to fill it up. Simply hold one end and drag it through the air till its entirely inflated. While it’s not as easy as it looks, it’s still worth the effort.

Concrete Phone Charging Dock 

Concrete Phone Charging Dock

Price: $19.78 | Ezbuy
#IndustrialGoals will be met with this concrete phone charging dock. We literally don’t know anyone who’s using one, so it’s pretty hipster too. 

Check out our February 2017 issue (out on newsstands now) for more cool Valentine’s Day gift ideas!  

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Forget #RelationshipGoals – hit up these communal dining spots for a lip-smacking good time with your fellow singles this Valentine’s Day!

Lepark

 

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Address: 1 Park Road, People’s Park Complex #06-00, Singapore 059108
Opening hours: 4pm – 11pm (Tues to Thurs), 4pm – 12am (Fri), 12pm – 12am (Sat), 12pm – 11pm (Sun) | Closed on Mon
Tel: 6908 5809 

Wonder where all the millennials have been lepaking at? Enter Lepark – this secluded hip haunt is always chock-full of artsy fartsy youngsters, either lounging alfresco at the rooftop enclave while soaking in the eclectic tunes served up during live gigs; or unwinding in big social groups inside its 63,000 square feet space lined with long communal tables. From the kitschy graffiti artworks on the walls to the mod-sin delights on the menu, everything about this spot makes you feel right at home. They dish up a winsome feast of local-inspired tapas bites like Poached Chicken Sushi ($8) and Otah Bomb ($8), but if you’re spoilt for choice, order the Lepark Platter ($18) which comes with a bit of everything so there’s more than enough to go around.

Pacamara 


 

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Address: 185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333
Opening hours: 9am – 11pm (Mon to Sun)

Set up by the folks behind Oz Speciality Coffee, Pacamara takes a minimalist approach of stark white walls, an abundance of wooden tables and plenty of natural light for that perfect Instagram shot – the ideal setting to indulge in lazy brunches with your clique. If good coffee is what you’re after, we recommend starting the AM with a Barista Breakfast ($12), which consists of an espresso, a 5oz white and the brew of the day. Their day menu is just as spectacular, featuring a party of sweet and savoury fare from Sticky Date Pancakes ($17.90) served with salted caramel ice cream, to the morning classic of Crab Benedict ($19.90) topped with two perfectly poached eggs.

Alter Ego

 

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Address: 8 Raffles Avenue #01-13D, Singapore 039802
Opening hours: 11am – 1am (Mon to Thurs), 11am – 2am (Fri), 10am – 2am (Sat), 10am – 1am (Sun)
Tel: 6327 9301

From the good people at A Poke Theory, comes their “recklessly indulgent” split personality by the name of Alter Ego – this industrial-chic establishment’s all about eating clean with their healthy selection of famed poke and smoothie bowls by day; but by nightfall, round up your buddies and indulge dirty over finger-lickingly good grub. Think tater tots coated with spicy jalapeño cheese sauce ($13), pork ribs doused in salted yolk sauce ($16) and pizza fries with an overload of cheesy goodness ($14). The best part? Alter Ego only closes their doors after midnight so all you chit-chatty night owls can hang out till wee hours.

Noshery by Nosh

 

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Address: 9 Rochester Park, Singapore 139220
Opening hours: 11.30am – 4pm (Tues to Fri), 10.30am – 6pm (Sat & Sun)
Tel: 9755 5015

Housed in a colonial bungalow, Noshery by Nosh feels almost like a rural paradise amidst the wilderness: palm leaves outfit the walls, farmhouse furniture fill the area, and there’s even a herb garden where you can bust out your green thumb. Those who prefer dining in the breeze can choose to grab a seat at the patio and indulge in a hearty Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($11) on weekdays, or huddle around the long communal table and feast on their specialty Devil’s Breakfast ($20) on weekends. By night, this idyllic spot transforms into a laidback bar serving kimchi fries and fish tacos, making it the perfect setting for both mid-day catch-ups and late-night wind downs.

Kilo Kallang

 

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Address: 66 Kampong Bugis, Level M, Singapore 338987
Opening hours: 6pm – 12am (Mon to Sat)
Tel: 6467 3987

For the hipster singletons, Kilo Kallang is your ultimate happy place to escape from all the Valentine’s Day hoopla. A hidden gem tucked away in an old storage warehouse, this off-the-grid hideout is a tough one to find – but the chilled-out ambience, semi open-air vibes and quality fusion cuisine make it worth the trip. Everything from the barren walls to the exposed concrete floors is stripped to the minimum, but if there’s one thing they pull out all the stops for, it’s the food. Setting themselves apart with the most unexpected of flavours, Kilo dishes up palate-pleasing small plates from the likes of Wasabi Tuna Tartare ($28), Beef Tongue Tacos ($24) and Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi ($26). Great for sharing!

Curious Palette

 

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Address: 64 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188667
Opening hours: Wednesday 9AM–10PM (Mon to Thurs, Sun), 9am – 12am (Fri & Sat)
Tel: 6238 1068

Another popular hangout nestled within Prinsep, Curious Palette draws throngs of cafe-hopping fiends for its Kinfolk-esque ambience, spacious seating area and Instagram-worthy fare. They’ve got an awesome menu of all-day brekkie quintessentials like the Curious Breakfast ($19.80) and Curious Croque Madamme ($17.90), along with decadent mains such as the Soft Shell Crab Burger ($19.80) and Espresso Stewed Beef ($19.80). But don’t leave without trying its signature Berry Ricotta Hotcake ($14.90) – you may have to wait up to half an hour for ’em to whip up this baby, but we promise it’s good stuff.

In the mood for love? We’ve got you lovebirds covered with a list of Valentine’s-friendly dining spots in the Tuckshop section (p.10 – 15) of Teenage’s February 2017 issue! Out on newsstands now.

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Racking your brains for date activities that are out of the box and easy on the wallet? We’ve got you covered with our list of unconventional date ideas for $30 or less!

Enjoy A Day Out On The Water 

If you love being out on the water, then pedal biking / boating is something you definitely have to try. Explore the Kallang Basin and race against each other through a 500m Regatta course. Otherwise, you can opt for a tandem bike and have a relaxing cruise on the waters with your partner. 

Address: Water Sports Centre, 8 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397699
Operating Hours: 07:00 – 20:00 (Mondays to Sundays)
Rates: $6.40 – $18

For more information, visit www.sportshub.com.sg

Embark On A Foodie Adventure

Hawker Food In Singapore

Who needs cafe-hopping when you can hawker-hop? Set aside a $30 budget and head out to the various hawker centres (preferably one neither of you have been before) to get your fill of Singapore’s best local grub. You can even do a review of the foods you’ve tried if you don’t find yourself in a food coma afterwards.

Engage In Volunteer Work

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Instead of indulging in the same old activities, why not spend some time doing volunteer work instead? It might not be the usual date activity, but it’ll no doubt be more meaningful and memorable. Take your pick from helping out at an animal shelter, spending the day with the elderly or collecting funds for the less fortunate.

Explore A Different Part Of Singapore

Go On Random Bus Rides

If you’ve always wanted to explore a different neighbourhood but unsure where to start, why not try hopping on a random bus and alighting wherever you fancy? From hidden gems to unexplored back alleys, who knows what you might find? Keep your eyes peeled, and your EZ-Links topped up! 

Unleash Your Inner Speed Demon

If you or your partner have an insatiable need for speed, or are harbouring dreams of becoming the next great F1 driver, then get behind the wheel and try your hand at Go-Karting! Drive up to 50kph on the 960m course that’s been laid out like a typical race track, Vroom-vroom indeed!

Address: KF1 Karting, 1 Turf Club Ave, Singapore 738078
Operating Hours: 15:00 – 22:00 (Mondays & Tuesdays), 13:00 – 22:00 (Wednesdays to Fridays), 09:00 – 22:00 (Saturdays, Sundays and PH)
Rates: $18 – $22 (depending on skill level and time of session)

For more information, visit www.kf1karting.com

Learn How To Cook Together

Learn To Cook Together

A way to a man’s (and woman’s) heart is through the stomach. So instead of going out to a fancy restaurant for dinner, why not learn to cook each other’s favourite meal together? Print out the recipe off the internet, shop for the ingredients and get cooking. Not only will you get to enjoy each other’s company, you’ll also be prepared the next time you want to surprise them with a home cooked meal!  

Hit Some Balls In The Dark

Amazonia Fun

A different take on the mini-golf experience, you now get to play 9 holes in an indoor putting course, surrounded by glow in the dark artwork and motion props. It’s guaranteed (no pun intended) fun, even if you’re both terrible at it.  

Address: Amazonia Singapore, 1 Kim Seng Promenade #03-08, Singapore 237994
Operating Hours: 10:00 – 21:30 (Mondays to Sundays)
Rates: $8.60/person for 9 balls

For more information, visit www.amazoniafun.com

Get Your Adrenaline Pumping

Who said trampolines were only for kids? The adults are here to jump off walls and fly through the air! Hop from trampoline to trampoline and be amazed at how sweaty you’ll become in less than 10 minutes. 

Address: Bounce Singapore, 8 Grange Road #09-01, Singapore 239695
Operating Hours: 10:00 – 22:00 (Mondays to Thursdays), 10:00 – 23:00 (Fridays), 09:00 – 23:00 (Saturdays), 09:00 – 22:00 (Sundays)
Rates: $19 – $24 per pax for the first hour

For more information, visit www.bounceinc.com.sg

Go “Pew Pew Pew” With Laser Tag

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With a total of three high intensity missions, rack up as many points as you can by shooting your opponents and protecting your base! You can even make a bet out of it – whoever scores the least points will have to buy dinner! This one’s best if you don’t mind including other people in your Valentine’s Day plans. But if it’s just the two of you, the LaserOps team will gladly loan you their staff to make up the numbers. So it’s a win either way! 

Address: LaserOPS, 60A Orchard Road #B1-04/05/06, Singapore 238890
Operating Hours: 12:00 – 21:00 (Sundays to Thursdays), 11:00 – 23:00 (Fridays & Saturdays)
Rates: $15/person (1 mission, off peak), $30/person (3 missions, off peak)

For more information, visit www.laserops.com.sg

Live Out Your GI Joe Fantasies

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There’s nothing like an adrenaline-pumping paintball session to make your romance more interesting. It’s a group activity, so round up your friends – it could be a Guys vs Girls thing. Either way, make a ‘no breaking up’ pact with your boy/girlfriend beforehand to ensure you’ll still be together even after relentlessly firing paintballs at each other. 

Address: Red Dynasty PaintBall Park, 220 Turf Club, Singapore 288001
Operating Hours: 09:00 – 23:00 (Mondays to Sundays)
Rates: $29.90/100 paintballs

For more information, visit www.weplaypaintball.com

For more quirky couple to-dos, check out our Dating Checklist in the February issue of Teenage Magazine, out on newsstands now! Happy Valentine’s Day! 

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Skip the couple T-shirts and store-bought chocolates; get your Valentine a personalised gift at one of these online stores instead. It’s a thoughtful gesture that will easily leave an impression on your date – and all it takes is a few minutes of your time and an extra dollar bill or two during checkout!

Luxemono

Luxemono

Whether it’s a sleek card sleeve for the well-groomed jetsetter or an elegant cosmetics pouch for the makeup junkie in your life, you can’t go wrong with Luxemono’s range of monogrammed leather accessories. Add a personal touch to your gift by finishing it off with your sweetheart’s initials, which are carefully machine-stamped in gold or silver foil before making its way to you.

Price range: $20 – $79.90 (choose up to 4 complimentary monogram characters, additional characters at $5 per character)

Shipping & delivery: Free standard shipping in Singapore. Delivery for local orders takes 5 to 7 workings days (inclusive of at least 1 to 2 working days for personalisation lead time).

Modern Minimalist Co

Modern Minimalist Co

Treat your significant other with the gift of personalised bling that she can keep close to her heart (and be reminded of you every time she wears it out). Specialising in crafting simple yet timeless bespoke jewellery, Modern Minimalist Co gives you the option of customising your wordings, even down to your desired font type and symbols. And it doesn’t cost anything more than a hundred bucks so you don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket!

Price range: $34 – $78

Shipping & delivery: Free standard shipping for order value below $80 in Singapore. Delivery for local orders takes 7 working days.

Snupped

Snupped

Sick of those same ol’ tacky designs and dubious wholesale knockoffs? At Snupped, you get to flex your creative muscles by designing your own laptop sleeves, tote bags and phone cases from scratch. The process is simple: starting with a blank canvas, you can either select a preset artwork or upload a photo from your own library as the background. Top it off with some snazzy wordings and you’ll have yourself a totally unique gift your bae’s sure to love!

Price range: $12 – $76.80

Shipping & delivery: Free shipping for order value above $30 in Singapore. Delivery for local orders takes 1 to 2 weeks.

Nail Deck Lacquer Bar

Nail Deck Laquer Bar

Us girls love decorating our digits, but even more so when we have a one-of-a-kind nail polish to call our own. Enter the Nail Deck app, which allows you to choose any colour from its extensive palette catalog and virtually make adjustments until you achieve the perfect shade – and off it goes to your doorstep. You can even name it after your lady love to score extra brownie points! Alternatively, you can also head down to its pop-up Lacquer Bar (book an appointment here) at Capitol Piazza #01-62 or Vivocity #02-227 for a more in-depth consultation.

Price range: $11 for a 5ml bottle, $16 for a 10ml bottle

Shipping & delivery: Free shipping with a minimum order of $20 in Singapore. Delivery for local orders takes 2 to 3 working days.

Mossimoto

Mossimoto

Sure, you can easily delight any green thumb with your typical terrarium, but where’s the fun in that? Let Mossimoto bring your imaginations to life with these mini self-sustaining landscapes in a jar. Instead of stuffing in mere green leaves and fluorescent-red veins, these folks put a creative spin by playing around with figurines – think cute pups running up the hill, people chilling out a picnic mat beneath a tree etc. Simply fill in this form telling them the theme of your mossarium and they will build you one based on your preferences.

Price range: $200 – $300

Shipping & delivery: Free shipping in Singapore. Delivery for local orders takes 1 to 2 weeks.

Caricaturist

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For the anti-Valentine who hates all things soppy and slushy, humour is the foolproof way to go. Instead of some ho-hum card from the grocery store, make ’em laugh with a silly caricature! Helmed by a bunch of friendly neighbourhood caricaturists, Caricaturist creates quirky masterpieces which you can choose to either receive in print or digital copy. Go for the cartoon caricatures if you want something straight-up #JustForLaughs, or stick to the safer route of portrait artworks for the more serious lovebirds – all you’ve to do is to email over your desired photo and let these guys work their magic.

Price range: $35 – $65 (complete price list here)

Shipping & delivery: Delivery optional. Collection for local orders takes 7 working days.

Gifts Less Ordinary

Gifts Less Ordinary

Pretty much a Pinterest marketplace of all the coolest treats under one roof, there’s bound to be something that tickles your other half’s fancy at Gifts Less Ordinary. Look forward to a rotating selection of unique finds from cute trinkets to stylish threads, home accessories to authentic wall art – plus an entire section dedicated to Valentine’s Day ideas. Not only are you able to personalise your gift, it will also come lovingly wrapped to add to that special touch. 

Price range: $21 – $1,500

Shipping & delivery: Free shipping in Singapore. Delivery for local orders takes up to 2 weeks (varies per product).

kikki.K

kikki.K

Similar to Luxemono, the Swedish lifestyle brand now offers monogramming services online and exclusively at kikki.K Raffles City – along with a limited edition collection of leather notebooks, planners and pencil cases all decked out in gorgeous pastel hues and metallic accent highlights. There are four monogram styles to choose from: gold, silver, rose gold and blind emboss. You can either feature their initials, or emblazon a special message to make for a truly meaningful keepsake.

Price range: $22.90 – $99.90 (choose 3 letters for $19.90, more than 3 letters at $24.90)

Shipping & delivery: Free standard shipping for order value above $150 in Singapore. Delivery for local orders takes 5 to 10 working days.

Now that you’ve settled on a Valentine’s Day gift, it’s time to plan out the perfect date. Pick up a copy of our latest February 2017 issue, which comes chock-full of dining spots, beauty looks and even a dating checklist to impress your special someone! Out on newsstands now.

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