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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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?”

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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

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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

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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

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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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Here's Where You Can Buy Muji-esque Products For Less

23 Aug 2017 by Isabel Pang

If you’re into minimalist, MUJI-esque aesthetics, you’ll definitely enjoy the product offerings from homegrown brand, IUIGA. 

IUIGA is a local brand rooted in the belief that quality does not equate to luxury. Sourced from manufacturers across South East Asia, you will find items from IUIGA similar to those at well-known home and living stores in Singapore at a fraction of a price.

From our sneak preview at the IUIGA launch earlier this week, we’d best describe the brand as a cross between Japan’s MUJI and Miniso – with minimalist aesthetics mirroring the former, and the affordability of the latter. All the better to pretty up your spaces with! 

Here are our top picks off IUIGA’s catalogue: 

#1 Quilt Cover Set
Bedspread Teenage IUIGA affordable Muji

IUIGA 100% Cotton Jersey Quilt Cover Set: $59.90 
MUJI Organic Cotton Jersey Duvet Cover: $89 – $99
*Same manufacturer as MUJI

Nothing is cosier than Cotton Jersey. IUIGA Quilt Cover Set comes with 2 pillow cases so you can envelope yourself in absolute comfort for restful sleep. 

#2 Bean Bag 
Beanbag Teenage IUIGA affordable Muji

IUIGA Canvas Blend Bean Bag Sofa: $129 
MUJI Beads Sofa Body: $169
*Same manufacturer as MUJI

While the IUIGA Bean Bag comes with a free sofa cover in the colour of your choice, the MUJI Bead Sofa covers have to be purchased at an additional cost (ranging from $49 to $79).

#3 Hooded Neck Pillow

Hooded-Neck-Pillow Teenage IUIGA affordable MujiIUIGA Hooded Neck Pillow: $19.80
Muji Neck Cushion with hood: $46

*Same manufacturer as MUJI

Both travel neck pillows are filled with super comfy Japanese micro beads. Sleep like no one’s watching because the hoodie shields you from pesky friends who might try to snap unglam photos of you while you snooze!

#4 Basic Tee
Shirt Teenage IUIGA affordable Muji

IUIGA Basic Tee: $8.80
Muji T-Shirt: $15.90
*Same manufacturer as MUJI

Both IUIGA and Muji T shirts are made of 95% bamboo fibre. IUIGA shirts are of a longer cut but you can expect the same soft touch of fabric.

#5 Pencil Case
Pencil-Box Teenage IUIGA affordable Muji

IUIGA Pencil Case: $3.30
*Same manufacturer as MUJI

Muji fans who were disappointed when they stopped producing their minimalist pencil case can rejoice again! IUIGA produces the same ones at a cheaper price. 

#6 Pastel Oil-Based Pen Set
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IUIGA Pastel Oil-Based Pen Set: $3.70
*Same manufacturer as MUJI

Pick between a range of water- or oil-based stationary. Their super cute pastel hues would probably make you more excited for schoolwork too. 

#7 Japanese Wooden Milk Cup

Wooden-Cup Teenage IUIGA affordable Muji
IUIGA Japanese Wooden Milk Cup: $9.80

Aside from this hipster looking milk cup, most of IUIGA’s elegant glassware and rustic wooden utensils come from the same manufacturer Muji uses. 

#8 Set of 2 Glass Ring Holders

Glass Ring Holders Teenage IUIGA affordable Muji

IUIGA Set of 2 Glass Ring Holders: $8.90
Muji Porcelain Ring Holder: $4.90
*Same manufacturer as MUJI

An elegant organiser to keep your rings in one place, the only downside to this is the lack of colour choices; MUJI has ’em in a variety of cheery colourfuls that’ll spice up your storage space. 

#9 Cosmetic Acrylic Organiser Insert Acrylic Organiser Teenage IUIGA affordable Muji

IUIGA Cosmetic Organiser Insert: $10.90
Acrylic Stand with Partation: $29
*Same manufacturer as MUJI

Clear acrylic organisers truly exudes minimalist vibes. Plus, the dividers on IUIGA’s cosmetic organiser allows you to neatly section out each product instead of leaving ’em in a messy cluster. 

#10 Alloy Frame Luggage
Luggage Teenage IUIGA affordable Muji

IUIGA Alloy Frame Luggage (40L): $84
Samsonite American Tourister (33L): $130
*Same manufacturer as Samsonite

The most coveted item on IUIGA, this hard cased luggage comes from the same manufacturer as Samsonite – a brand known for its stylish yet durable products. And it costs a whopping $46 dollars less!

IUIGA’s catalogue of products are updated every week with new releases. Visit IUIGA.com to find out more. Happy shopping!

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22 August officially marks the start of the Hungry Ghost Festival, a month-long affair that is observed during the 7th month of the Lunar calendar. As Taoists and Buddhists believe, the souls of the deceased are released from Hell to roam freely amongst the living – during this time, you’ll see offerings in the form of food, joss paper and entertainment (getai) for the hungry ghosts. And as most would caution, one should pay extra care during the 7th month lest you cross paths with them or even worse, anger these spirits.

You’d already know the more obvious taboos to stay away from, like not stepping on joss offerings or staying out late at night. But whether you believe in the supernatural or not, we share some lesser-known taboos to help you stay under the ghostly radar. 

#1 Avoid places with bodies of water

It is believed that vengeful spirits of those who have drowned would be looking for a ‘substitute’ to take their place so that they can leave the place and be reincarnated – they would be otherwise stuck there, unable to move on.  The first place we’re avoiding? Bedok Reservoir…

#2 Don’t kill any moths/insects 

One that we’ve heard of since young, is that spirits might be reincarnated or appear in the form of animals and insects, especially moths. In the event you spot any winged pals, don’t kill ’em! Instead, leave them be or gently move them outside your place. 

#3 The front row seats at Getai shows are off limits to the living

The Getai shows held during the Hungry Ghost Festival are specially put on to entertain the otherworldly beings. And while these performances are attended by the living as well, you’d notice that the front row seats are always unoccupied. Don’t take the opportunity to snag these VIP seats though – they’re meant for the true guests (who aren’t the living). 

#4 Don’t hang your clothing out to dry overnight

If you have the habit of doing your laundry at night, avoid putting damp clothes outside to dry as it is believed that it might invite wandering ghosts to try them on and as a result, be brought back into your house when you eventually collect your dry clothes. 

#5 Don’t leave wet umbrellas outside either

With the weather being so unpredictable recently, this rule is kinda tricky. Basically, it’s unadvisable to leave umbrellas open outside at night, as it may attract spirits to take shelter under them. Also, opening up an umbrella inside your house after it was used at night is also considered taboo as you may bring in spirits. Perhaps invest in a raincoat? 

#6 Don’t turn around if someone calls you from behind 

One of the most common signs that something isn’t right in Asian horror flicks, remember not to turn around if you hear someone calling after you, especially if you’re walking in a dark and deserted area! If encountered – *touch wood* – simply keep walking straight and do not acknowledge it. Also, if someone (living or dead) taps you on the shoulder, do not turn your head around to respond as you’ll snuff out the protective flames (one on each shoulder) that human beings are believed to have. Instead, turn your entire body and not just your head to respond. 

#7 Be happy!

Apparently, being in a sad and emotional state weakens you, which might attract spirits to possess and harm you. Thus, avoid getting upset – especially at night.

#8 Say no to selfies 

Forget your selfie game this month. According to traditional beliefs, cameras are able to ‘trap’ spirits and you might even spot ghostly figures in your images. Likewise, do not snap photos of religious ceremonies you chance upon as well, because not only is it rude, you might attract unwanted attention too.

#9 Don’t be greedy

If you spot some coins lying on the ground, it’ll be better luck for you to leave them there and walk on by. During the 7th month, the possibilities are higher that these coins either already belong to ‘someone’ (and taking them will piss the spirits off), or that they may be placed there as a bait to possess the unsuspecting person who picks it up. Either way, it’s not a ‘finders keepers’ kind of situation. 

#10 Stand up properly

We’re all guilty of leaning against the wall when waiting around for our friends outside, but try to avoid doing that during this month. It is believed that spirits prefer to ‘stick’ near the walls and/or dark corners. 

#11 Keep quiet 

Have a penchant for whistling or bursting out into song randomly? It is unadvisable to do that (especially at night) because these noises might attract unwanted attention. 

#12 Avoid red and black 

We aren’t sure what’s the reason behind this belief, but superstition has it that spirits are particularly attracted to red or black clothing. The same goes for dark coloured manicures – having black nails might mislead the ghosts into thinking that you’re part of the gang and they might try to lead you back to their ‘home’ as well. 

#13 Avoid going into the wild


With hiking becoming more popular, you might unknowingly commit the error of going to trek or even camp in the jungles. It is believed that spirits tend to wander around here because the shade provided by the trees makes the ‘yin’ energy strong. 

#14 Ignore strange sounds or smells 

Just like in horror movies, if you see something strange, run! Forget about investigating any strange sounds or even smells – pleasantly sweet scents might be an indication of something paranormal… 

#15 Be mindful of where you place your cutlery 

When dining with chopsticks, avoid stabbing them onto your bowl of food as it will resemble joss stick offerings. Not only does this indicate to the spirits that the bowl of food is theirs, you’re also supposedly indirectly cursing yourself to die. *touch wood again*

#16 Close the doors 

While cracking the main door open at night provides ventilation and the night breeze, it may invite wandering spirits into your place as well. Keep those doors shut! 

#17 Talk to everyone but yourself

If you tend to mumble to yourself offhandedly, try not to do so. It is believed that spirits will be attracted to interact with you (because it’ll seem like you’re talking to thin air). 

#18 Avoid wind chimes

This one might come as a head scratcher, but apparently we should try to stay away from wind chimes as the clanking metal but be interpreted as an invitation and attract spirits…

Featured image: Warren Wong on Unsplash

Believe it or not, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. What are some of the superstitions you’ve heard of? Share them with us in the comment section!

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