Lifestyle

5 Ways To Make The Most Out Of Your Poly Holidays

14 Sep 2017 by Teenage

Do away with the books and bid a hermit life goodbye, the poly holidays are upon us – Ce la vie! For those of you complaining about how there’s nothing to do in Singapore, we’re here to prove you wrong with these tips on how to make the most out of your break.

Be a Local Tourist

If you can’t afford 
to travel to a killer destination, why not be a tourist
 in your own hometown!
 Singapore may be small, but you’d be surprised at how much there is to sightsee, and how little you probably know about our little red dot – discover hidden street art at Jalan Klapa, visit abandoned landmarks like Rochor Centre before they become part of history, or go museum hopping through lesser-known galleries like the Peranakan Museum. Remember to flash your student cards for sweet discounts!

Glamp it Up

Glamping Society
Photo: Glamping Society

The word ‘camping’ might make some shudder knowing that it usually equates to being at the mercy of mosquitos – and we don’t blame you. Opt for a night of ‘glamping’ (short for ‘glamourous camping’) instead, where tents are swapped out for luxurious teepees and BBQ pits are replaced with breakfast baskets. For an additional fee, the good people of local startup Glamping Society can even provide a hammock and an inflatable pool for you and your pals.

Beef Up Your Resume

Why not capitalise on your newfound freedom and earn some side income while picking up valuable work experience? Internships expose you to the real working world and instills discipline and punctuality – think of it as a ‘trial period’ to help you understand if the industry is truly suitable to your liking. Having multiple internships under your belt will make your resumé stand out in the competitive job search and increase the likelihood of landing a full- time gig post-graduation.

Give Back to Society

As much as you enjoy living it up during your break, there’s nothing quite as gratifying as giving back; Volunteer your time at one of the many non-profit organisations around Singapore, whether it’s helping out at an animal shelter, becoming a playmate at a children’s ward or donating blood
at your community blood drive. While you’re at it, make the conscious effort to be nice to people!

Pick Up a New Skill

What if we told you that you could learn how to play the guitar or master the Korean language (oppas, we’re coming!), at absolutely no cost? Online platforms such as Coursera, allow you to learn for free in the comfort of your own home. Be it modules like learning a new language or attaining specialised skills like coding, the options are endless. The bonus? You get a printable certificate after completion – who says you can’t spend productive time on the Internet?

This article was adapted from the September 2017 issue of Teenage

What will you be up to during the short break? Let us know what’s up in the comment section! 

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Surprise! Apple released not one, but three different iPhone handsets! So what’s up with the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8, and what’s the difference between them? We give you the lowdown.  

Check out the infographic below to see the main differences between the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 (that you’ll actually care about):

THIS iPhone8,iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus

What Exactly Is The iPhone X?

Launched to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, the iPhone X features a Super Retina HD display on an all-glass exterior. True to rumours, the iPhone X does not have a bezel and a traditional Home button. So how does one unlock an iPhone X, you ask? It uses Face ID – a 3D facial recognition technology to unlock the phone – this feature can also be used for Apple Pay and other banking apps. We’ll explain more later. 

Display

The premium handset boasts a Super Retina HD Display. This is Apple’s name for the OLED display, which is similar to what Samsung already uses. The benefits for using OLED tech instead of the usual LCD screens used on the iPhone 8 series? True HDR display, higher contrast ratios, the ability to produce much deeper black shades by turning off pixels that are rendered black as compared to LCD screens, which keep the pixels on. This results in an improved battery life. 

Camera 

All three models come with 12MP back cameras and 7MP front cams, but the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus have an additional rear camera sensor (the iPhone X’s sits vertically, while the iPhone 8 Plus has it horizontal). Similar to iPhone 7 Plus, these dual cameras come with wide angle and telephoto. However, the iPhone X offers optical image stabilisation for both its cameras whereas the iPhone 8 Plus only has that feature for its wide-angle camera. Additionally, the iPhone X supposedly has an advantage over the iPhone 8 Plus when it comes to low light and depth of field shots thanks to its f/2.8 aperture telephoto lens (the latter has f/2.4 aperture while the iPhone 8 has only a f/1.8. 

The three handsets boast a Quad-LED True Tone Flash with slow sync, but only the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus has a Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting in beta. Portrait Lighting is said to be able to change lighting effects within a portrait shot. Also, the 7MP front-facing cameras on both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus haven’t seen an upgrade – the iPhone X has a 7MP TrueDepth camera that offers facial recognition, Portrait mode and Animojis (animated emojis). 

Face ID 

As mentioned earlier, the iPhone X’s Face ID replaces the usual fingerprint Touch ID sensors. Using its TrueDepth camera – the system packs a punch with not only a regular front camera but also an infrared camera, a dot projector, a flood illuminator, a proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor – consumers can unlock their phone by simply looking at the gadget and swiping up. According to reports, the Face ID feature is attention aware as well, which means it won’t unlock your screen when you don’t want it to (even though you’re looking right at it), such as when you’re reading new notifications.  

Battery life & Wireless Charging 

In an attempt to do away with wired chargers altogether, the three new iPhone models all have the ability to charge wirelessly – simply rest it on a charging pad and watch your battery fill back right up! As stated in the infographic, the iPhone X lasts up to two hours longer than its predecessor, while the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus lasts about the same as the iPhone 7. For those pressed for time, you can fast-charge all three models via a USB-C power adapter (50% in 30 minutes). 

Storage & Price

Consumers will be able to choose from two storage capacities, 64GB and 128Gb. As stated on Apple Singapore’s website, the iPhone X starts at a whopping $1,648 for 64GB storage capacity. The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8‘s retail prices begin from $1,308 and $1,148 respectively. 

The iPhone X will be available on 3 November 2017. Pre-orders start from 27 October onwards. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be available on 22 September. Pre-orders start from this Friday (15 September)

Will you be getting the iPhone X? What are your thoughts on Apple’s latest releases? Tell us in the comment section! 

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8 Fun Mobile Games You Can Play Without Using Data

11 Sep 2017 by Isabel Pang

We’ve all played that treacherous “will it bust or not?” game with our data cycle. Worse yet, if you’ve gone over the limit well before the cycle reset date – which leaves you with nothing to do during long commutes and other in-between moments. Instead of living like a slave to the wifi zone, try these games that you can play without internet connection.

BB Tan

No Wifi Games Teenage BB Tan

BB Tan is a no-brainer; bounce balls and bust blocks labelled with a number, signifying the number of times it needs to be hit before it bursts into a pixelated firework. You lose when the block touches the bottom of the screen!

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

Triple Town

No Wifi Games Teenage Triple Town
The addictive puzzle game is a unique game play that combines the match-3 concept with city-building elements. Using elements of nature, you can form churches, castles and houses. The aim of Triple Town is to build an established little town on the 6 by 6 grid with strategic planning. Your score is determined by the number of structures you build; the coins you earn can be used to buy special items during the game play!

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

Poppong

No Wifi Games Teenage Popong

Click on the intersections of matching tiles to wipe them off the screen. The level starts off with solid coloured blocks and progresses with more complicated patterns through the levels. Requiring both speed and focus, time will zoom right by!

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

10-10!No Wifi Games Teenage Ten Ten

A relaxed version of the classic Tetris game without the impending doom of raining blocks; 10-10! gives you the freedom to place random shapes anywhere on the grid in your own time. The same rules of Tetris apply, challenge yourself and clear as many lines as possible for a higher score.

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

Pocket MineNo Wifi Games Teenage Pocket Miner

Turn off your thinking caps and dig deep – the game is repetitive and not restricted to the number of lives you have. Playing as a miner, you collect diamonds, gold and interesting treasures the further down you dig. You can also upgrade your pick and buy explosives to aid your underground expedition.

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

Lunar Flowers
No Wifi Games Teenage Lunar Flowers

There are no instructions, so the first level is excruciatingly slow and you’d instinctively want to quit the game that feels beneath your intelligence, but it quickly picks up pace! The night scene, mystical design and the enchanting girl gliding across the screen is extremely soothing in spite of the challenge; play it with the background sound for extra effect. 

Free, only available on Apple iTunes App Store

The roomNo Wifi Games Teenage The Room

Use your detective skills and unravel the mystery; construe riddles and solve puzzles. You are immediately planted in a room with a giant safe that requires inventive thought and keen intelligence to crack open. Beware – you’ll feel stuck in this obscure world even after you’ve closed the app.

Free, available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store with in app purchases

Agent AliensNo Wifi Games Teenage Agent Aliens

You are an alien spy on a mission to rescue your fellow alien friends, armed with your superb jumping skills and a gun that is programmed to shoot automatically in the face of enemies. Upon completing each level, the alien buddy you rescued joins your team and aids in the retrieval of the others.

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

What do you do when you run out of data, share with us in the comments below!

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9 Deals To Score On Shopee's 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day

7 Sep 2017 by Bryan Yeong

Flex those thumbs and charge your smartphone batteries in preparation for Shopee’s second annual Mobile Shopping Day blowout sale on 9th September 2017.

Everyone loves a good shopping spree, and you’ll be in for a treat for 24 hours this Saturday thanks to mobile app Shopee’s massive deals for their 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day. Instead of scrawling through your phone screen in anticipation on the day itself, we suss out 9 bargains amongst many others – from fidget spinners to makeup sets – that you absolutely can’t miss out on. Got your credit card ready yet?

99 Cent Steals

 Tsum Tsum Luggage Tags

Add a dash of cuteness overload to your holiday baggage with a Tsum Tsum luggage tag that comes adorned with your favourite Disney characters reimagined in even more adorable form, from Mickey Mouse to Buzz Lightyear. And at only 99 cents each, they’d also make great matching gifts for your travel squad too!

Fidget Spinner

 

It’s not too late to hop on the fidget spinning bandwagon to relieve stress and exercise your fingers – especially when they’re only going at less than a dollar! The trend is nothing more than a cheap thrill after all, which makes this offering justifiable of its price and too good to resist.

9.9 Flash Deals (Commences 12nn on 9th Sep)

Meixin Marvel Mooncakes

Original Price: $65
Sale Price: $25.99

Mid-Autumn Festival falls on 4th October this year, and with the date looming quickly on the horizon, it’s timely to cop a tin of these mooncakes themed after our classic beloved superheroes Spider-Man and Iron Man, on sale for a super limited time this Saturday. Spidey’s box features custard-filled bite-sized delights with his instantly recognisable web-slinging hand sign while the Iron Man edition is green tea flavoured with the iconic Avengers logo. A must-get for every Marvel fanatic!

 

Original Price: $99
Sale Price: $49.99 

Beauty enthusiasts rejoice! Released earlier this year in lieu of Chinese New Year, this SK-II bundle (that contains a facial treatment mask, clear lotion and essence) is the three-step approach to a healthier and more radiant skin. And with 50% slashed off the original price of this gem, you’ll definitely need to be on standby to pick this up before it’s gone.

Everything Under $9.90 Deals

NASA T-shirt

Price: $6.99

Celebs like Anne Hathaway and Pharrell have been photographed rocking the straightforward NASA logo tee, and you can get your very own geek on in a similar design from Shopee – at the jaw-dropping price of only $6.99. In this age where slogan tee reign supreme (Thrasher anyone?), this #OOTD staple will be a warmly welcomed addition to your wardrobe, whether you really know your astronomy or not. 

Comic Print Pillow Cases

Price: From $5.26

Add a pop of #Boomz to your home decoration with these cheeky comic-inspired cushion cases. The eye-catching art pop aesthetics are on full display with striking words like ‘Zap!’, ‘Pow!’ and ‘Kaboom!’ emblazoned, that will surely spruce up your bedroom or living room. 

9.9 Curated Boxes

Not particular about what to buy but just want to cash in on the deals? Then stay up for 12 midnight on 9th September to score yourself a specially curated box by Shopee themselves at a special price of $59.90 – that comes in three different ranges to suit your preference. For the girls, choose between the Glam Palette and Spa Essentials for your beauty indulgences and for the lads, treat yourself with gadgets galore in the Guy On The Go Box. Sneak a peek at what’s inside the boxes below but you might wanna hurry too – these boxes come in limited quantities!

Shopee - Glam Palette Shopee - Guy On The Go Shopee - Spa Essentials

Featured image: Psst! PH

Join the countdown and learn more about Shopee’s 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day here. Shopee is available for free download on all mobile platforms via Apple App Store and Google Play Store

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These Exciting Events Will Keep You Busy All September

4 Sep 2017 by Germaine Cheah

From attending thought-provoking showcases to shopping for a good cause, to attending the filming of a live show – we’ve got your September plans covered!

Light Within Ink

light within ink

Presenting his first solo exhibition after more than 11 years, acclaimed Singaporean photographer and art gallerist Chua Soo Bin showcases his beautifully intimate portraits of late Chinese painter Wu Guanzhong through his creative travels and artwork.Shown for the first time in Singapore, this comprehensive collection of images will shine a light on Wu’s love for Singapore (he donated many of his paintings to our country back in 2008), as well as the stories behind some of his most significant artworks. 

Date: Now till 18 September
Admission Prices: Free
Location: The Arts House at The Old Parliament, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429

For more information, please click here

25th Israel Film Festival

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The annual Israel Film Festival is back for its 25th edition, along with a host of critically acclaimed films that will provide insightful glimpses of Israeli culture and society – be prepared to have your heartstrings tugged on, ya’ll!

Date: 8 September – 10 September
Admission Prices: From $11.50 onwards
Location:The Arts House at The Old Parliament, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429

For more information, please click here.

Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History

ghosts and spectres

In collaboration with four artists – Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore), Nguyen Trinh Thi (Vietnam), and Park Chan-kyong (South Korea), this exhibition features video installations and films that tackle relatively “taboo” topics like the paranormal, and myths and rituals rooted deep within traditional constructs. Inspired by research from their own cultural and historical backgrounds, each artist created works that combine fact and fiction, raising crucial questions about power and authority, construction of narratives, repression of identities, and collective trauma.

Date: Now till 19 November
Admission Prices: From $35 onwards
Location: NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Block 43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443

For more information, please click here

How To Be Alone

how to be alone

A decade since his graduation from the National University of Singapore, Dance Blast alumni Chen Jiexiao is set to wow audiences once again, taking the stage with a performance that expresses the struggles one faces when in love. Drawing inspiration from how people make decisions based on rationality or impulsion when they’re in a relationship, this dance piece will cast a light onto the importance of approaching such situations with both logical and emotional minds in equal measure. 

Date: 5 September
Admission Prices: Free, registration is required
Location: NUS Dance Studio (Level 1), Stephen Riady Centre, University Town

For more information, please click here.

Vestiges: Tracing urban-nature

zen teh

Take a walk through this solo exhibition by environmental artist and educator Zen Teh, featuring two bodies of work – Garden State Palimpsest and The Imperative Landscape. Garden State Palimpsest explores Singapore’s constantly changing landscape and its residents’ relationship with the land. The Imperative Landscape explores the suffering of Thailand’s forests at the hands of urban development. But at the heart of it all,  Zen’s photographic images seek to trace and achieve a state of wilderness that urban dwellers (may) have never experienced before. 

Date: 7 September – 7 October
Admission Prices: Free
Location: Alliance Française de Singapour, 1 Sarkies Road, Singapore 258130

For more information, please click here.

BooksActually Pyjama Party

books actually

Book lovers out there, it’s time to rejoice! The elves over at our favourite resident independent bookstore have planned a pyjamas party just for you! Simply turn up in your best jammies and you’ll score 20% off your bill for that day. There’s also be cold brewed tea prepared by the good folks over at The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. for all your thirst-quenching needs. And hey, we heard there might be a freebie included in your shopping bag… A specially brewed cuppa, comfy PJs and a good book – is there anything better than this? We’d think not!

Date: 8 September
Admission Prices: Free
Location: BooksActually, 9 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168645

For more information, please click here.

Live To Rise

live to rise

This year, The Fandom Menace is looking to raise awareness regarding the dangers of depression and suicide, and have brought together local bands for this fundraising concert in celebration of the above three musical heroes while also giving attendees a healthy outlet of self-expression. All proceeds gathered will go to a local suicide prevention organisation. 

Date: 8 September
Admission Prices: $5 
Location: Lepark, People’s Park Complex, Singapore 059108

For more information, please click here.

Design Circuit

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oBikes are being put to even more good use this September! Partnering with leading homegrown design and lifestyle retailer Naiise, Design Circuit encompasses a cycling trail that will allow participants to explore Singapore’s most interesting design, lifestyle and heritage spots in the heart of the city. Each of the 10 pit stops have been carefully curated for their strong design influence in one or more of the following fields: retail, architecture, craft, art and food; and participants will be able to learn more about the pit stop partners’ nature of business and the design field they represent. 

Date: 9 September 
Admission Prices: $15
Location: Naiise @ Orchard Gateway

For more information, please click here.

Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention

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Our very own version of Comic-Con is back and there’s plenty to geek out over at this year’s two-day extravaganza. Come dressed in your best cosplay costume, get your game on at the exciting tournaments or simply soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Don’t forget to take home some of the exclusive merchandise – limited edition figurines and even life-sized installations? Just take our money!

Date: 9 September – 10 September
Admission Prices: From $19 onwards
Location: Sands Expo & Convention Center, Level B2, Halls D, E & F. 

For more information, please click here

Music Matters Live

music matters live

For the past 11 years, Music Matters Live has been Asia’s premier independent music festival that helps create musical connections globally. And its 7th installment is taking place back here, showcasing five nights of music discovery. With a plethora of local and international artists showcasing their best work, who will you discover this year? 

Date: 9 September – 12 September
Admission Prices: Free
Location: Main stage at CHIJMES, additional shows at Timbre Music venues, Canvas Club and Hard Rock Cafe Singapore

For more information, please click here.

Captain Khalid’s “I Think I Am Single Lah!” Live Filming

captain khalid

“Have you ever really really wanted to break up with someone, but you cant coz you know you’ll be homeless – so you hang in there?”. Top Berlin comedian Captain Khalid knows exactly how that feels, and after a series of successful shows and a hugely successful world tour with “The FunnyFellas”, the comedian is now heading to Singapore to film his new special, “I Think I Am Single Lah”. Effortlessly funny and so relatable, this live filming will definitely leave you in stitches by the end of the show. 

Date: 12 September
Admission Prices: $25
Location: Blu Jaz Cafe, 11 Bali Lane, Singapore 189848

For more information, please click here.

Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix

singapore grand prix

Image Credit: Singapore GP

Ready your vocal chords for this year’s edition of Singapore Grand Prix, for you’ll be doing a whole lot of cheering throughout the three-day affair – whether you’re witnessing the adrenaline-pumping action of the night race or screaming in support of your favourite musical acts, which includes a star-studded lineup featuring The Chainsmokers, Ariana Grande, OneRepublic, Calvin Harris and more!

Date: 15 September – 17 September
Admission Prices: From $78 onwards
Location: Marina Bay Street Circuit

For more information, please click here

Beyond 2017: “All Art Is Quite Useless?”

beyond 2017

In his 1890 provocative novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, author Oscar Wilde boldly declared in the preface of the novel that “all art is quite useless”. Fast forward to 2017, SMU INDANCITY is offering a response to Oscar’s view on the arts, and has put together a triple bill of performances that explores the role and purpose of the arts in both our personal lives and society today following three different themes – art & beauty, art & society, art & the artist.

Date: 16 September
Admission Prices: From $25 onwards
Location: Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building Level 3

For more information, please click here.

Ice Cream Sundays: Space Disco

space disco

Party collective Ice Cream Sundays is back and they’re taking over DECK’s outdoor courtyard for a space-disco-themed twist on their Sunday party series! Grab your squad and dance the night away with special guest DJs MyHero (Disco de Laurentiis) and Daryl C (Darker Than Wax). Need some refuelling after all that dancing? Take a bite out of the delicious meals served by Sidecar Sausages and Banyan Tamarind, and then cool off with artisanal gelato popsicles from Popbar SG. Intergalactic space adventures, here we come! 

Date: 17 September 2017
Admission Prices: $10
Location: DECK, 120A Prinsep Street, Singapore 187937

For more information, please click here.

International Bazaar 2017

red cross international bazaar

Come lend a helping hand to a good cause this month at the signature Red Cross International Bazaar to raise funds for local humanitarian services that help the disabled, elderly and less fortunate in our community. With 50 stalls encompassing diplomatic missions and local enterprises, savour F&B delights like Brazilian BBQ, Ceylon tea, Swiss raclette cheese and Ukrainian dumplings; while enjoying cultural performances in this carnival extravaganza. 

Date: 23 September 
Admission Prices: $10
Location: Suntec Convention Centre Level 3 Concourse

For more information, please click here.

Grandmother Tongue

grandmother tongue

The sold-out smash hit of the 2016 Singapore Theatre Festival season is back! Come trace the struggle of a young man as he tries to connect with his 84-year-old grandmother who only speaks Teochew. Through various activities the pair partakes in together, the young man finally understands how his grandmother feels living in a linguistic and cultural exile. Get ready for insightful perspectives into the gradual erasure of dialects in Singapore and how it affects the communications and relationships across generations. 

Date: 28 September – 21 October
Admission Prices: From $35 onwards
Location: SOTA Studio Theatre, 1 Zubir Said Drive, Singapore 227968

For more information, please click here. 

SLAM: A One Man Show

slam

After attending his first poetry slam, newcomer Neil Basu tried his hand at delivering his first spoken word poem at an open mic in Cambridge, MA back in 2013. Moving to Singapore in 2016, it was then that he fully embraced poetry slams, after which he decided to take the next step by writing his own long-form show. But the journey was rough, one that left him laden with self-doubt. So just what did he believe in, to make it all the way here?

Date: 30 September – 1 October
Admission Prices
: $10
Location: Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity, 89A Desker Road, Singapore 209611

For more information, please click here.

What else will you be up to this September? Let us know in the comments below!

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