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8 Beyond Relaxing Instagram Accounts To Follow

22 Sep 2017 by Lynette Goh

Feeling wound up? Check out these super satisfying IG accounts that are bound to turn your frown upside down. 

Irene Kim

 

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With everyday feeling like a whirlwind, Irene’s account will surely calm those nerves. Her profile contains a ton of shadow play, sunlight, gorgeous interior and places that looks so zen you’d wish you were there instead. But fret not, because what better way to see the world then from the device at your fingertips? Her blog, Irenekly, features her everyday life and it is just as aesthetically calming. Not to mention, it is a good read!

Adam Hillman 

 

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Taking aesthetic goals to the next level is visual artist Adam Hillman, who elevates typical household items – think stationary to LEGO bricks to food – into gorgeous work of art. Playing around with colour, contrast and texture, each item takes around two hours to create and a lot longer to conceptualise. But what makes Adam’s feed truly charming is that he also throws in literal puns in his captions, which scores him major points in our book. 

Eric Nathan Landon

 

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Potter and owner of the Tortus Studio in Copenhagen, Eric is a master of the craft. Filled with beautiful imagery and minimalist vibes, Eric showcases “the dance between maker and material” through soothing videos – giving viewers a sneak peek into the arduous hand-crafting process that goes into each ornament. As the Copenhagen artist so eloquently puts it, “pottery is just sexy”, and we can’t help but agree.

Cafe No Ma

 

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Combining food and aesthetics elevates our mood and we are sure it will do the same for you too. Cafe No Ma features what you call #foodporn whilst keeping it minimalistic. Situated in Japan, this profile truly brings out the Zen of its country. Note: we are not responsible for any late night cravings you get while scrolling through this feed! 

Bianca Cash

 

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In need for a quick pick-me-up? Bianca’s quirky profile of little quotes that will lift your spirits. FYI, she handwrites everything you see. If you love her simplistic designs, she has a shop where you can show your support, and her blog where free downloads are available. Enjoy!

Beixin Lee

 

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Local talent alert! Avid IG-users would’ve chanced upon Beixin’s carefully curated account of beautiful colour palettes. Think: hues of blues and greens and pops of orange and yellow mixed with creative angles and sunlight. Philocalists will find her profile especially pleasing to the eyes because her posts are so addictively dreamy.

Lauren Davison

 

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Here is another account for the wanderlust-stricken: industrial designer Lauren Davision’s gorgeous scenic-driven snaps that are bound to take you to another world. Often hiking and visiting beaches, mountains and hills – Lauren’s adventures brings out the best of Mother Earth through her lenses, and brings her followers out for the ride!

Linda Kim

 

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Love those minimalist/monochromatic vibes? Linda’s profile will both please you and soothe those stress levels, stat. Her account is a testament to modern minimalist trends (white walls are a constant in her photographs). Linda is not just aesthetically-inclined, her site features food recipes she loves too – a literal feast for the eyes and for your tummy! 

Featured image: Eric Nathan Landon and Adam Hillman

This article was adapted from the September 2017 issue of Teenage.

What are some of your favourite IG accounts? Let us know in the comment section! 

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Chowing down on salty crisps and sweet chocolates might be a counterproductive method for pulling through the intense study period as these sodium rich foods will cause fatigue and sugar can result in a sudden crash of energy. Entertain your snacking habits with these healthier options that are just as convenient and yummy. 

Tortilla chips
Tortilla Chips Teenage Healthy Snacks

Photo: Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Tortilla chips are the closest potato chip substitute; although they draw overall on nutritious value, your sodium intake is significantly reduced when you choose corn chips over potato. Make it a more wholesome snack with guacamole and salsa! 

Mixed Veggie Chips
Vegetable chips Teenage Healthy Snacks

Photo: Stob_cz

Vegetable chips are proof that vegan- and gluten-free labels do not mean salad and muted flavours – made without preservatives and food colouring, this snack is just as satisfying in taste and satiety as it is in nutrition.

Kale Chips Kale Chips Teenage Healthy Snacks

Photo: We Are Not Martha

A non-carb chip alternative that is crispy and wholesome – packed with anti-oxidants that will help with acne-prone skin during stressful periods, vitamin C to guard your immunity as you trudge through the late nights and a boost of iron in your circulatory system to help you feel fresh and ever ready. Make this at home with fresh kale, olive oil, salt and chili powder if you prefer your snacks with a kick – just season well and bake at 150 degrees.

Unsalted Seaweed
Seaweed Teenage Healthy Snacks

Photo: Personal Trainer Food

As unattractive as an ‘unsalted’ snack sounds, kelp has already been naturally marinated with seawater before it reached our supermarkets – without any additional seasoning as it has a subtle umami flavour. This low calorie snack come in big bundles for an affordable price.

Homemade Popcorn

caramel popcorn in bowl on the table

Photo: Freepik, Natthapon Ngamnithiporn

Whole grained and unprocessed, popcorn provides you with vitamins and a generous serving of fibre which can be good for you as long as you don’t add too much sugar, salt or butter. This super wallet-friendly snack doesn’t require more can a couple of minutes to prepare – simply pop ’em into the microwave and you’ll be good to go in no time!

Apple and Peanut Butter
Apple and Peanut Butter Teenage Healthy Snacks

Photo: Valyas Taste of Home

Dress the iconic doctor-be-gone fruit with a nourishing and savoury punch! Organic peanut butter is energy dense without the unhealthy trans fats; it naturally suppresses your hunger which leads to less overall snacking.

Greek Yogurt Greek Yogurt Teenage Healthy Snacks

Photo: My Fitness Pal

The Mediterranean cousin of the regular yogurt has been a trending health food for good reason – they taste just as yummy with double the protein and half the sugar in a single serving. Add a table spoon of honey, some oats and your favourite fruits for an icy, sweet treat.

Even with the healthier alternatives entailing more nourishing benefits, nothing screams comfort like a bag of salty, processed chips and a rich chocolate bar. If you’re a serial snacker, remember to take everything in moderation. Choose a variety of snacks and remember to indulge in plenty of healthy exercise once your exams are over! 

Featured image: My Evergreen Wellness

What are some of your go-to late night snacks? Share with us in the comments below!

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6 Essential Tips For Surviving The F1 Weekend

14 Sep 2017 by Bryan Yeong

Whether you’re a F1 newbie or seasoned race attendee, don’t neglect these tips to guarantee a fuss-free time amongst the high-octane sets and buzzing action this weekend at the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix!

Pack Light

Worth noting is that there will be bag checks stationed at every entrance of the circuit, so best make sure to speed up the process of getting in by packing only the essentials in a small bag, like a handy fan and tissue packets. You wouldn’t want to regret lugging a bulky backpack around when soaking in all the action!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

To beat the afternoon sun and night humidity, you gotta have your trusty bottle of water to hydrate at all times. Heres the good news: you’re allowed a clear plastic bottle of no more than 600ml (phew!), so make it count by picking one up before heading down. Plus, you can always refill for more inside the venue grounds.

Arrive Early

Wanna get #InstaWorthy photos of Ariana Grande mid-choreography or intending to have a front row view of Calvin Harris helming the decks? Then you’d want to head down early to the Padang Stage to get a prime spot before the swarm of fellow race revellers start packing in right before the performances.

Take Public Transport

Planning to head down via car? Think again. Most roads around the area will be blocked or diverted in lieu of the race, so your safest bet to reaching the gates without a hassle is likely by train. Fingers crossed that there won’t be any breakdowns or delays then…

Dress Appropriately

Unless you enjoy perspiring buckets under the sweltering heat, we advise you to keep your #OOTD to a single layer. Leave your cardigans, jackets and pullovers at home and opt for a comfy tee instead, or simply cop one of the official merchandise at the booths to wear your F1 pride out loud. For shoes? Avoid slippers, or your toes might get trampled on by the overwhelming crowd – especially when heading for the exits after the festivities!

Plug It In

 

Chances are, your eardrums will be having a workout all weekend courtesy of fast cars and faster-paced action at all turns. But you gotta save your hearing for the concert performances that cap off each night, so make a mental note to pick up a free pack of earbuds given outside each entrance gate should you need to give your ears a sense of comfort!

Featured image: Singapore GP

Now you’re all set for three days of racing action! Read more about our cover star Ariana Grande and the rest of this year’s F1 lineup by picking up a copy of our September issue, out on newsstands now!

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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
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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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