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5 ways to have a super romantic K-drama date in Singapore

11 Feb 2016 by Johanna Teo

With only three days left to Valentine’s Day, we take our cues from classic K-dramas to recreate romantic dating ideas in Singapore! 

 

Inspiration: She Was Pretty 

She Was Pretty Picnic

It was nice to see Sung Joon and Hye Jin taking a break from all that drama to enjoy a picturesque picnic and leisurely stroll by the riverside. There are tons of places to recreate this lovey dovey scene, but we’d recommend visiting Punggol Waterway Park. It not only stretches out for miles and miles (4.2 km, to be exact) – the park is free from the usual hustle and bustle of Singapore, and allows for jogging and cycling as well! It may be a little far out for those who don’t live in the Punggol/ Sengkang areas, but it’s totally worth the extra effort. Prep your own finger food, a picnic mat, some sunscreen and bug spray (plus brollies in case of wet weather), and off you go!

Inspiration: My Love from the Star

My Love from the StarPhoto: fanpop.com

Remember when Do Min Joon took Cheon Songyi to N Seoul Tower for some grub at the revolving restaurant at Namsan Tower/N Seoul Tower and to put a love lock on the fence there? You can do exactly these two activities by visiting either Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant or Tóng Lè Private Dining for a romantic (albeit expensive) meal, followed by a short trip to Clarke Quay to attach some love locks! 

Locks of Love is located at 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817

Inspiration: Boys Over Flowers

Boys over flowers

This drama is super old, but we can’t leave it off this list! Especially the hilarious scene where Gu Jun Pyo and Geum Jan Di had their disastrous first date, where they were stranded overnight on a cable car in the middle of winter. We highly doubt you’d get stranded on one anytime soon, so hop on a cable car with your beau to explore the Singapore Cable Car Sky Network – in case you missed it, there are now two cable car lines as of last year. Not only will you be able to view the scenic route on the Mount Faber line, you’ll also be able to journey on the new Sentosa line, which’ll bring you all over Sentosa Island.  

Prices start from $17 for the Mount Faber line, and $9 for the Sentosa line. More info here

Inspiration: Cheese in the Trap 

Cheese In The Trap

Scene: For the students on a shoestring budget, lets not forget the simple but fun date Hong Seol and Yoo Jung had in Cheese in the Trap. They spent time together at the arcade and watching a movie, the perfect activities for new couples who are still in the stages of getting to know each other. Stir up some friendly competition with light-hearted, competitive games like Bishi-Bashi or arcade basketball, or bond over defeating enemies in light shooting arcade games – either way, you’ll get to bond and see how the other reacts in different situations! 

Inspiration: Kill Me, Heal Me

Kill Me, Heal Me

Scene: In Kill Me, Heal Me, Cha Do Hyun and Oh Ri Jin took a long ride on the Snowflake train. Along the way, they hung memory notes, rode a rail car and went to the beach (in winter, no less). We don’t have a Snowflake train in Singapore, but we do have the MRT! In this case, we suggest actually going to every place on the MRT map to explore what each stop has to offer. Do your research on each area beforehand to keep a lookout for interesting cafes/landmarks to visit while you’re there. Our lil’ red dot may be tiny in comparison to other countries, but we do have tons of cool stuff to discover as well. And the good thing about this is that because it’s physically impossible to complete everything within a day, you could spread it out over the course of a few months while keeping a mini-travelogue of sorts to document your journey. 

There are tons of other date ideas from K-dramas, so let us know in the comments box below if you’d like more, and feel free to share any date ideas you might have as well! Alternatively, tell us what you’d like to see in upcoming articles, and we’ll try our best to make that happen.  

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Weekend List - Happy CNY!

5 Feb 2016 by Teenage

This weekend marks the days before Chinese New Year, and the Teenage team is swept up in the busy preparations for the festivities! Whether it’s getting our outfits sorted (at the last minute), beautifying ourselves, or even watching a movie or two, there’s sure to be something to inspire your weekend activities! 

Johanna Teo, Writer

WATCH:  Long Long Time Ago

Local director Jack Neo is back with yet another Chinese New Year blockbuster, following his very successful Ah Boys To Men franchise. This time, Neo brings us back to the ’60s, showing us how life was like in the kampongs! It’ll be interesting to see how Singapore was back in those times, as well as watch Neo’s recreation of pivotal events in local history, like the huge flood back in 1969. The film centres around Zhao Di (Aileen Tan) and her family as they struggle through adversity, but we’ll also get glimpses of Singapore’s racial diversity through loads of hilarious scenes. 

DO: DIY Manicure

White Striped Nails

Alright, I know it’s CNY and all that, but the whole ‘wear red’ thing isn’t something I practice. And this goes for my nails – I’ll go for this minimal stripe design that’ll complement almost anything I decide to wear. It’s very simple to do too! Simply apply a base coat and use a white nail art striper to draw the lines on. Tip: hold your brush still and rotate your nail from side to side instead of moving the brush around, to achieve pin-straight stripes. I’ll be using a matte top coat for a more subtle look. Alternatively, you could use the method in the above nail tutorial to achieve the look as well! 

DO: Dye hair 

 

A photo posted by Johanna Etjy (@johannaxetjy) on

My journey with coloured hair hasn’t always been an easy one. Honestly, I love having blue hair but it’s really a hassle at times to get it looking fabulous (my hair usually looks super ratchet. Oops). And because we all wanna look pretty for CNY, I’m heading to the salon this weekend to get it touched up! Here’s a tip for those who want coloured hair but are also on a budget (like me): I bleach my hair at the salon, but I’ll do touch ups at home by myself when the colour inevitably fades, and I buy my own hair dye (La Riche Directions is awesome), which you can get either online or at the malls pretty easily. We have tons more tips for having coloured/dyed hair, so let us know in the comment section below if you guys have any questions!

Chew Hui Ling, Writer

EAT: Yu Sheng

Fruity Lo Hei w Bacon & White Truffle Oil

What’s Chinese New Year without tossing some mandatory Lo Hei? Usher in good fortune with Goodwood Park’s new Yu Sheng platters: the Crispy Salmon Skin Lo Hei ($118) is a glorious melange of fresh veggies such as sweet romaine hearts, yellow frisee and wil arugula, while the Fruity Lo Hei with Bacon and White Truffle Oil (from $78) is a delightful fruit salad of julienne slices of mango, rock melon, Japanese cucumber and strawberries.

Available at Min Jiang and Min Jiang at One-North.

WISH: [email protected] Virtual Sky Lantern

Lanterns at 313@Somerset

I’ve always loved the idea of lighting up the sky with lanterns that carry the wishes of people, which is a common ritual in Taiwan – which is why we couldn’t be happier about the fact that we can now have a chance to fill the sky with wishes too! From today onwards, head down to [email protected]’s Level 1 Atrium to create a wish on a virtual sky lantern (yeah it’s not the real thing, but better than nothing!) and watch it soar up to the digital sky on the giant LED screen. Better yet, you could even win a $20 voucher for your shopping pleasures at [email protected]

DOWNLOAD: Apps for company

Monument Valley

Because all of us need an app or two to tide us through the lengthy reunion gatherings. Johanna recommends apps each month in every issue, and some of my favourites games for killing time are Monument Valley, Star Wars: Uprising and Piano Tiles 2 (P/S: you can read more about ’em in our latest Feb issue!). These nifty apps will keep you entertained for hours on end – perfect for those who’re not so much of a people person. But if you still wanna keep your friends updated on your whereabouts, there’s Periscope that allows you to shoot live streams of your CNY shenanigans.

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29 Jan 2016 by Teenage

We recommend a healthy dose of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2016 this weekend, followed by other activities that’ll get you hyped up with the Lunar New Year festivities. 

Johanna Teo, Writer

ATTEND: St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore 2016

Laneway Festival Singapore 2016

I had a blast during last year’s St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, and I’ll bet 2016’s edition will not disappoint. I’m looking forward to catching international acts like CHVRCHES, The 1975, Flume, Grimes and more, as well as exploring the different stalls the festival has to offer. Stay updated on what’s going down by following our Instagram and Twitter feeds on Saturday (30 January)! 

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2016 will be held on 30 January at The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay. More info here

SHOP: Chinese New Year Clothes

OhvolaPhoto: OhVola

If you haven’t gotten all your clothes prepped for the CNY festivities and you aren’t willing to brave the crowds in order to get ’em, I’d suggest shopping online. You’d be cutting it really close, but you’ll probably be able to your outfits in time if you order by this weekend, and choose express/next-day-deliveries or self-pickup. We have an awesome guide to our favourite local web stores (with info on delivery options), where you’ll definitely find something perfect. 

Check out: 18 Online Stores To Shop At For CNY Clothes

EAT: PastaMania CNY Ravioli Set

PastaMania Ravioli Set

Usher in even more luck this Lunar New Year with PastaMania’s CNY ravioli set ($12.80)! The dish is chockfull of auspicious vibes, even down to its deliciously plump ravioli, which represents ‘fullness of fortune’. There are three scrumptious flavours to choose from, Porcini Mushroom, Salmon, and Ricotta & Spinach, which is making me hungry even just thinking about it. 

The CNY ravioli set is only available from 18 Jan to 22 Feb at all PastaMania outlets except Far East Plaza.

Chew Hui Ling, Writer

SHOP & EAT: Gallery & Co.

Gallery & Co

Gallery & Co

If you’ve read our Weekend List on the first week of Jan, you’d probably have seen my recommendation on the new National Gallery Singapore. But besides being all artsy fartsy, there’s also a dreamy retail cum F&B space called Gallery & Co., where you can get your hands on minimalist designs, nosh on Southeast Asian flavours at the Cafeteria and have a cuppa or two at the Gallery Cafe. Just try not to be carried away with spamming OOTD shots because this entire place is basically an photogenic haven begging to be snapped at every turn. Really.

Gallery & Co. is located at National Gallery Singapore, City Hall Wing, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #01-05, Singapore 178957.

CNY PREP: In Good Company

In Good Company

In Good Company

Here’s another option for you if you still haven’t done your CNY shopping. IN GOOD COMPANY just launched its latest additions to Capsule 7 and we’re totes lovin’ the vibrant palette that goes beyond reds and pinks. You’ll find loads of chic wearables and colourful accessories that you can mix and match. They’ve also got avant-garde versions of CNY goodies like Bak Kwa Cookies, Black Sesame Cookes and Pineapple Tarts up for sale, courtesy of Cafe Plain Vanilla. Psst… you can also get a set of 6 ombré red packets with every $250 spent at IN GOOD COMPANY’s E-store, ION Orchard, or TANGS. 

IN GOOD COMPANY’s flagship store is located at ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #B1-06, Singapore 238801. Or you can shop online at their E-Store here.

LISTEN: 35xxxv – ONE OK ROCK

Yeah, so I’m well aware that I’m supposed to be preparing myself for Laneway, but part of me is still in a delirious state of withdrawals from ONE OK ROCK’s concert last week (check out: 5 Things That Only Happen At An ONE OK ROCK Concert). It’s seriously the best gig I’ve ever attended in awhile. If you’re a fan of hardcore, heavy-hitting rock, you should totally listen to their latest 35xxxv album because it’s truly a work of art – no exaggeration. For starters, try ‘Mighty Long Fall’, ‘The Way Back’ and ‘Memories’.

ONE OK ROCK’s 35xxxv (Deluxe Edition) is available to stream on Spotify.

What’s on your list this weekend? Share your ideas with us in the comments box below. 

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15 Jan 2016 by Teenage

There’s something for everyone this week, from movie marathons, to cafe-hopping to meet and greets. Here’s what the Teenage team will be up to this weekend. 

Arissa Ha, Deputy Editor

DO: Mourn Alan Rickman

This has been a rough week in entertainment especially with Alan Rickman lost to cancer (seriously 2016, we’re only two weeks in. Be nice). We love him for his works, but how do you even mourn someone you’ve never met? The world has taken to social media to express their grieve, and for some others have decided to set up a little memorial for Alan Rickman at King’s Cross Station and Universal Studios Orlando. For us, we’ll celebrate the legacy that he has left behind – watching all the films and interviews will remind us of what an awesome actor and person he was. We leave you with this. 

 SHOP: Fashion Bunker

We’re not here to advocate reckless spending but with our great exchange rate against Australian dollar, it’s time to shop online! We love Fashion Bunker for its collection of contemporary Australian designers at high-street prices. They might be a tad expensive compared to brands like Forever 21 and H&M but the quality and timeless designs are well worth it. Perhaps it’s also time to splurge a little on CNY clothes? 

fashionbunker

Johanna Teo, Writer

RE-WATCH: Harry Potter 

severus-snape-hermione-granger-ron-weasley-harry-potterCredit: iDigitalTimes

severus-snape-always

This week, the world lost Alan Rickman, a great actor and director. He has had many superb works, but the one I’ll remember him the most fondly for, will be his perfection of Severus Snape from Harry Potter. My first introduction to the series was thankfully through the book first, and Snape is the perfect antagonist, even more so than Lord Voldermort. After catching the film subsequently, I was convinced that there’s no one else in the world who could play the dark bat-like half-blood prince as well as Alan Rickman could. Thank you, for bringing Severus Snape to life and being such a huge part of creating the wondrous wizarding world that brought me much happiness, even till today. There have been many many tributes from Alan Rickman’s family, friends and fans, but this weekend, I’ll toast him by rewatching the entire Harry Potter series, where Alan brought Snape through a journey, from the most-hated professor at Hogwarts, into the most beloved in the wizarding world and beyond. 

ATTEND: BubzBeauty Meet-And-Greet (16 January)

Beauty guru and YouTuber BubzBeauty is back in Singapore courtesy of Skin Inc, and she’s holding a meet and greet this Saturday (16 January), where you’ll be able to meet her (duh) as well as learn a beauty tip or two from the girl herself. We met her for a quick chat earlier on, where we had an interesting chat with Bubz – watch our space for the interview real soon.

Meet BubzBeauty on 16 January from 4-5pm at Scotts Square @ Skin Inc B1.  

Chew Hui Ling, Writer

IMMERSE: Singapore Art Week 2016

Singapore Art Week 2016
Freely, Freely by Jane Lee

A bus tour traversing the horizons? Graffiti masterpieces on canvas? A realm where light and shadow collides? These are just a few of the many offerings at the fourth edition of Singapore Art Week. From 16 to 24 January, explore the world of visual arts with the diverse range of programmes taking place around the art precincts around Singapore. Look forward to unique tours, film screenings, gallery openings, hands-on workshops, art fairs and more.

Singapore Art Week 2016 is held from 16 to 24 January. Visit www.artweek.sg for the full programme line-up and a handy survival guide.

EAT: Fresh Fruits Lab

Fresh Fruits LabCredit: Justin Loh / Shining Head Media

One of my New year resolutions is to embrace a healthy lifestyle, and since I’m not a big fan of greens (don’t learn from me, kids!), I figure a good place to get my dose of fibre would be Fresh Fruits Lab. This whimsical cafe does experiential cold-pressed juices and fruit-infused sodas, served in quirky lab apparatus for us to channel our inner scientist. But if you’re not in the mood to eat clean, they’ve got a substantial brunch menu of pancakes, burgers and pastas that are all equally delish too. P/S: We’re giving away $20 vouchers from Fresh Fruits Lab! Here’s how you can win.

Fresh Fruits Lab is located at 351 Changi Road, Singapore 419818.

WATCH: Digimon Adventure Tri: Reunion

Digimon Adventure Tri
Credit: tanteichigo @ Tumblr

When Digimon first announced that they’ll be celebrating its 15th anniversary with a special film series (and it’s not just one film, but a six-part film series!!!) based off the very first Digimon Adventure, I could just swear my heart did a gazillion of somersaults upon hearing the news. I recently just finished watching the first part, Reunion, where Taichi and friends have grown up to be dashingly fine dudes and gorgeous babes, and they now have to deal with the new uncertainties of life. What’s more feels-inducing than seeing Agumon to the rescue, the gang showing up in full force with their Digi partners, and most importantly, the familiar angst-ridden bromance between Taichi and Yamato? #ICannotEven

The second film, Determination, will be released on 12 March!

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9 Jan 2016 by Teenage

We’re into the second week of 2016! School/work has commenced (urgh) and we’re totally looking forward to relaxing our butts off this weekend. Check out our recommendations! 

Arissa Ha, Deputy Editor 

DO: Yoga at The Yoga Co’s new studio

 theyoco-sandrarileytang

Image credit: @theyogaco / Sandra Riley Tang

It’s been a while since I’ve attended a yoga class, but I’m really looking forward to visiting The Yoga’s Co’s new studio at Pahang Street (near Bugis). Drop in lessons are only $50 if you come with a buddy, so book your mats now! 

The Yoga Co. is located at 10A Pahang Street, Singapore 198611.

SHOP: Comme Home

Comme-home-marble

Image credit: @commehome

Guess who’s still not over the marble trend? As a #flatlay aficionado, I love the use of marble slabs, trays and bowls in my styling. Comme Home has some pieces starting from $49 – totes affordable considering how good they look. 

READ: Nimona

nimona

Set in the medieval times, Nimona is a graphic novel which follows the adventures of a young shapeshifter who applied to be the sidekick of a knight-turned-supervillian-scientist, Lord Ballister Blackheart. We promise you that this fantasty/sci-fi will have you in stitches. Check out the first three chapters online if you don’t believe us. 

Johanna Teo, Writer

ATTEND: aMEI | AMIT UTOPIA World Tour 

aMEI | AMIT UTOPIA World Tour
Image credit: Sportshub

Mandopop queen a MEI was the true queen of breakup songs eons before Adele appeared on the musical horizon, and her songs still do a number on me no matter how many times I’ve listened to her classics. She’ll be coming to Singapore for her show this weekend and I’ll bet everything I own that her concert is going to be fantastic. 

 aMEI | AMIT UTOPIA World Tour will be held on 8 January at the National Stadium. Tickets from $68, more info here

SHOP: The Tinsel Rack Sale Bonanza (9-10 January)

Tinsel Rack Sale Bonanza

I never turn down an opportunity to shop, especially when there’re awesome bargains involved. That’s why I’m headed down to The Tinsel Rack’s Sale Bonanza, where there’ll be clothing, shoes, jewellery, watches, phone casings and more for sale at up to 80 per cent off! Also, there’s gonna be eye-candy present while you shop, with the likes of social media influencers like Ding Xuan (@twiggtwiggz) and Valerie Wang (@valeriewang) having a booth selling their pre-loved stuff there as well. Happy shopping! 

The Tinsel Rack Sale Bonanza will be held from 9 to 10 January, at PoMo. More info here

 DIY: Nails

Nails

There’s a lot going on this weekend, so I probably wouldn’t have much time to fashion a full-scale manicure design. But this minimalistic nail design is very easy to achieve: simply glob on clear base polish, wait for it to dry before taping off each portion accordingly (or freehand it if you have steady hands), and paint away! Plus, this design goes with almost every outfit, so that’ll be very handy (pun fully intended). 

Chew Hui Ling, Writer 

ATTEND: EXO PLANET #2 The EXO’luXion in Singapore

EXO PLANET #2 The EXO’luXion in Singapore

By now, every hardcore EXO-L would know that the charming lads are gonna perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium this weekend, and we’re guessing you’re probably obsessively looping their tracks, memorising the fan chants, deciding what rad outfit to wear, or all of the above. You’re not alone; we’re just as excited as you are! BTW, tickets are still available at Sportshub if you wanna grab some last-minute tics.

P/S: We’ll be live tweeting/updating throughout, so be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter!

VISIT: Polytechnic Open Houses

We’re having our Teenage Campus Run at Singapore Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic, and if you haven’t already checked out the various diploma offerings, tomorrow’s the last day. While you’re at it, don’t forget to pop by the Teenage booths because there’ll be awesome goodie bags to take home and loads of fun activities to do. Psst, if you’re visiting the SP Open House, you might even spot a wild Iron Man dolling himself up at the free makeup trial provided by Etude House.

APPRECIATE: National Gallery Singapore

 

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We apologise for not talking about the new National Gallery Singapore earlier. From the majestic facade which features a gorgeous roof canopy down to the awe-inspiring artworks that send us back to the early days of Singapore, this is seriously one architectural eye candy not to be missed. The place’s pretty big, so make sure you do your homework before heading down. For the uninitiated, here’s a handy itinerary of what you should do there. You’re welcome!

What’s on your list this weekend? Share you ideas with us! 

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