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Apps That Will Help You Save As You Splurge

20 Apr 2017 by Bryan Yeong

Anything is possible with apps these days, including helping your dollar go the extra mile. Find out exactly how to do so with these 8 money-saving apps!

Shopback

If you think shopping and receiving cash back sounds too good to be true, it’s not. ShopBack is the homegrown platform that is taking the online shopping scene by storm! How it works is as easy as finding your favourite brands, making an online purchase, and redeeming money back once your cashback amount accumulates. Plus, ShopBack also provides coupon deals and voucher codes, which means you’ll save more as you shop!

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

Perx

Here’s an app that will definitely perk you up. Perx is a rewards app that saves you the trouble of stacking decks of loyalty cards in your wallet, instead conveniently allowing you to redeem points at your favourite merchants with just a tap on your smartphone. That’s not all – link up your EZ-link card to the Perx app to collect points and convert them to redeemable goodies.

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

RedMart

Forget waiting in line for that one slow person to pay for their groceries at the cashier – RedMart is the answer for all our inner sloths. With this online food store, you’ll be able to stock up on food and other household essentials with just several taps of your finder, and schedule it for delivery at your most convenient timing! Even more exciting are regular discount codes and offers anyone would appreciate. 

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

The Entertainer

We welcome one-for-one deals any day, but how about everyday? The Entertainer aptly achives to do as its name mplies, with over 1,700 ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offer packages available nationwide which you can use for a year (certain rules do apply) – making this the perfect app to share between you and a partner for long-term savings. While it’s a little pricey as you have to pay $98 or more for a year-long membership, the app does offer a simple-use trial to test it out.

Free to download on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

Ezbuy

We’ve all heard about (or shopped on) Taobao, the China-based online platform where just about anything under the sun can be ordered for shockingly low prices. But what happens if you don’t possess that intense level of Mandarin it takes to navigate the website? Enter Ezbuy, a shopping agent that offers the entire Taobao experience (amongst other sites like ASOS), sans the language barrier. Shop easily though a new world of possibilities, only made better with periodic discount offers within the site. Moreover, check out your cart with a fixed shopping fee of $2.99 flat with prime membership!

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

Shopee

A Singaporean startup that is striving to give you more bang for your buck is none other than Shopee. Not only will you find yourself scrolling and shopping for hours on end (it’s super addictive!) looking for the best buys, it’ll also help to save on your expenses with their exclusive deals, flash sales and discounts for pre-loved goods from resellers. Don’t be a hoarder – return the favour by listing your own pre-loved items, and earn some dough when you secure a buyer!

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

Deja

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If you always wanted Cher’s (Alicia Silverstone) virtual wardrobe in the teen comedy classic Clueless, here’s the next best thing. With Deja, you can browse through OOTD inspirations, look your best; and even get cash back on your next shopping spree. Specially curated to suit your personal style and preferences, the app will suggest look ideas from today’s fashion-forward stores including Topshop, COS and The Editor’s Market so you can look hella fly on your next day out. Most importantly, make sure to keep your receipts when making your purchases! Scan them via the app and convert rebates to cash, back into your bank account.

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

Ebates

Another cash back figure in the game is Ebates, which in a similar vein as Shopback, rewards you for shopping. With Ebates, you also have the luxury of shopping US brands that wouldn’t normally shop to Singapore – such as Bed Bath & Beyond. Go via Ebates to the merchant’s website and make purchases, before earning cash back in your account which you can then transfer to your Paypal account or receive via cheque! And no sweat about exorbitant shipping costs either – Ebates offers a solution with comGateway that helps you save on these dreaded costs, ensuring a money-saving experience all around,

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

Which of these apps do you use, or are most excited to try? Sound off in the comments below!

*A version of this story appears in the April 2017 issue of Teenage Magazine.

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10 Things You Can Buy Your Friends For April Fool's Day

31 Mar 2017 by Bryan Yeong

The internet never fails to amaze in quirky, new ways. We share some of the zaniest (and confusing) items we discovered that you can actually purchase online, so your next gift to your BFF doesn’t have to be another shopping voucher. 

1. A life-size gummy serpent

No more carefully weighing out your gummy snacks at the convenience store to hit below your price budget – here’s a life-sized gummy snake to feed you for months (or perhaps even years). Readily available from Amazon, this 12.2kg confectionary invention is great for parties, pranking your friends or just for you to channel Britney Spears’ iconic 2001 MTV Video Music Awards performance.

USD$149.95 from Amazon

2. Unicorn Meat

We all have that one unicorn-obsessed friend who still believes in fairy tales and claims they fart glitters and poop rainbows, which makes canned Unicorn Meat the perfect gift for them. While the packaging does look pretty convincing, it’s actually a dismembered plush toy hiding within. Also available are Dragon and Yeti “meat” variations to tickle your fancy.

USD$24.95 from Amazon

3. “Vintage” Movie Ticket

If you’re still thinking about that one time you watched the movie ‘Minions’ and would love to commemorate that moment, you can do so by purchasing a “vintage” cinema ticket at a higher price than the movie itself, at only $10! We wouldn’t exaggerate and call it “vintage” considering the ticket and movie is merely two years old, but it could certainly be something for keepsake if the likelihood of physical tickets cease to exist in the near future ring true.

SGD$10 from Carousell

4. A Zombie Apocalypse survival kit

Playing too much Left 4 Dead? Binge-watching The Walking Dead? Take it to the next level with your very own survival kit that includes machetes and a hatchet – so you can protect your loved ones against those flesh-eating zombies of course. Although this is not available to Singapore for legal reasons, it doesn’t stop it from being a totally cool arsenal of tools to have. Rick Grimes would approve.

USD$349 from Gerber Gear

5. Bacon Bandages

Who says bandages can’t look cool? These bacon strip plasters will hide and heal your wounds in style, just make sure not to spontaneously bite it when in hunger. Now if only there’s an egg-themed bandage to go alongside these…

USD$19.99 from eBay

6. Chinese Cabbage Cushions

You’ve probably already seen fruit shaped pillows, but don’t forget your vegetables either! In the continuing trend of bizarre food-themed cushions, here’s a healthy, leafy plant for you to rest your head. These Cabbage plushies are not only affordable and adorable, but will be a great companion for your couch or bed as well. 

SGD$4.80 and above, from Shopee

7. Elderly Man Wall Decal

Think you can secretly slack off from studying in your room to watch your favourite drama? Think again. With this life-size decal pasted on your wall staring at you, it’ll definitely give you that motivation (and pressure) to get your grades up like only an Asian parent can. Just maybe take it down before you sleep if you don’t want to get startled in the middle of the night….

USD$30.30 from Amazon

8. Boyfriend Pillow

For all you single ladies out there, who needs a boyfriend when you have the Boyfriend Pillow? Perfect for cuddling up to or watching a movie with, the Boyfriend Pillow will always put his arms around you, allow you to lie on his shoulder and the best part – he won’t answer you so you’ll automatically win every argument!

SGD$7.60 and above, from Shopee

9. A Poop Manual

Going for a poop can be a time-consuming experience, especially when you had too much chili in your last dish. No fret, because this book by Hugh Jassburn will keep you occupied for at least 52 more times on your golden throne so you’ll never be faced with boredom again the next time you’re doing your “business” at the loo.

USD$8.35 from Amazon

10. Nothing

If you insist on getting a friend a gift despite their incessant requests for you to not get anything for their birthday, why not give them nothing? Literally. For less than $10 you can gift “nothing” in a plastic packaging and present it to them since it is what they asked for after all. It’s bound to generate some laughter and strike a conversation among your friends, and your clique can even reuse it as a joke for future birthdays!

USD$6.42 from Amazon

Featured image credit: www.vat19.com

Which of these items would you actually love as a gift? Tell us in the comments section below!

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Mark Your Calendar With These March 2017 Events!

3 Mar 2017 by Germaine Cheah

Events and activities surrounding local and international arts reign supreme this month, and we take a look at some of the events that will be sure to get you feeling arty farty all through the month. 

Marvel At Sustainable Light Art Installations

i Light Marina Bay

For the first time in it’s five year edition, beyond the light art installations that will illuminate the Marina Bay waterfront, there will also be three themed festival hubs – Art-Zoo, GastroBeats and The Fantastical World of eco.me that will elevate your experiences at the festival all while contributing to community causes. Be sure to fully charge your phones and pack an extra powerbank before heading down, we promise lots of Insta-worthy shots to fill up your feed!

Date & Time: 3 – 26 March 2017, 7:30pm – 11pm
Venue: Marina Bay Waterfront

Free admission, visit www.ilightmarinabay.sg for more info

Make The Future Singapore 2017

Shell Eco-marathon Asia Cars

Making strides to curb climate change, reduce CO2 emissions and work towards an energy-efficient, low-carbon future, Shell is kicking off Make The Future Singapore 2017, a 4 day festival showcasing new ideas and innovations in the world of energy. Marking its Asia debut with a series of exciting activities, from the Shell Eco-marathon Asia, where students compete to build the world’s most energy-efficient cars, to exhibitions and interactive zones where you’ll learn all about renewable energy and the latest technologies, there’ll even be special performances from Pixie Lott, Nathan Hartono, Disco Hue and more! 

Date & Time: 16 – 19 March, 9am – 6pm 
Venue: Changi Exhibition Centre

Free admission (register online  for priority access), visit www.shell.com.sg/makethefuturesg for more info.

Celebrate Our Feline Friends

9 Lives Design Show

See the works of nine designers (and slaves to cats as they like to call themselves) as they tackle and come up with furniture designs for cats staying in compact living spaces. While the exhibition is only on display for three days at the VAC, the works will continue to be shown at both the Cat Cafe Neko No Niwa and at The Company of Cats!

Date & Time: 4 – 6 March 2017, 10am – 9pm
Venue: Visual Arts Centre, 10 Penang Road #01-02, S (238469)

Free admission, visit www.9livesdesignshow.com for more info

Explore The History Of Holland Village

Oh Open House

We all know Holland Village as one of the most popular shopping and dining destinations in Singapore, but do you know the history behind the enclave? Embark on any of these art tours and learn about the people and the stories that make Holland Village what it is today.

Date & Time: 4 – 19 March 2017, 4pm – 6pm
Venue: Various Stops Along Holland Village

Tickets from $27.50, visit www.ohopenhouse.org for more info

Design Your Own Identity

Collograph Printing Workshop

Take a page out of artist and illustrator Mary Bernadette Lee’s book and learn to design your own collograph plate using shapes, textured media and other materials. Remember to be true to your own identity when creating the prints, after all, there is no other person better at being you than you. 

Date & Time: 5 March 2017, 2pm – 5pm
Venue: National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, S (178957)

Tickets from $50, visit www.sistic.com.sg for more info

Live A Life Of Infinite Possibilities

constellations

Ever wondered how different timelines will affect your relationships? Follow Marianne and Roland as they navigate their lives across an infinite number of realities. A sophisticated play that shows us how true love can transcend time and space. 

Date & Time: 8 – 25 March 2017, 8pm
Venue: KC Arts Centre – Home Of SRT

Tickets from $45, visit www.sistic.com.sg for more info

Take A Trip Beyond Reality

Design Night Singapore

With the rising popularity of virtual reality headsets around the world, augmented and virtual reality have been at the forefront of almost every industry you can think of. Now, you can experience for yourself how AR and VR have infused themselves into our analog world – think exploring the Apollo 11 command module that brought Neil Armstrong to the moon and flying around buildings as if you were a drone. Bonus, you’ll get to bring back your very own personalised  VR cardboard viewer!

Date & Time: 9 March 2017, 7pm – 10pm
Venue: MAD Museum, 10 Tanglin Road #02-01, S (247908)

Tickets from $10, visit www.eventbrite.sg for more info

Have You Hipster Yet?

hipster festival 2017

If a name like the ‘Hipster Festival’ (yes they’re hipster like that) doesn’t get your interest piqued, then the fact that they aim to bring the community together to celebrate the best of local food, music, art and businesses should! After all, it never hurts to start #Supportinglocal. 

Date & Time: 10 March 2017, midnight – 12 March 2017, 3am
Venue: The Foothills @ Fort Canning Park, River Valley Road, S (179037)

Free admission, visit www.hipsterfest-sg.com for more info

Mingle With The Write People

All In! Young Writers Festival
Image credit: all-in.bookcouncil

Calling all budding writers between the ages of 13 and 25, come meet and mingle with other young writers and gain insight from established mentors on what it takes to be successful in the industry! With workshops, writing competitions and panel discussions, your writing skills will bound to improve after the three days!

Date & Time: 10 – 12 March 2017, 11am – 6pm
Venue: *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link #04-01 S (237978)

Prices from $50, visit www.all-in.bookcouncil.sg for more info

Munchies And Music

Picnic Into Music

The first ever mass picnic and outdoor concert in Singapore, come join the North-siders for a fun-filled day snacking on sumptuous snacks and listening to great local music! Ticket prices will also entitle you to a picnic snack box filled with awesome goodies, so if you ask us, there’s no better way to enjoy a lazy Saturday out in the sun. 

Date & Time: 11 March 2017, 4:30pm – 7pm
Venue: Grand Lawn, Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park

Tickets from $15, visit www.facebook.com for more info

See Singapore Through Different Eyes

Between Home and Home

Our different life stories mean that we all look at life differently, and this exhibition will allow us to view at life in Singapore through the eyes of 14 young artists through photography and film. From nostalgic urban landscapes to intimate portraits that pierce your soul, follow their journey as they set out on a search for self and belonging.

Date & Time: Till 12 March 2017, 12pm – 7pm
Venue: Visual Arts Centre

Free admission, visit www.objectifs.com.sg for more info 

Go All Out In A Battle

Beatbox Battle Royale 2017

If you think you have some skills with the mic, why not test them out against other beatboxers? Brush up on your methods with either the one day or three days training workshops, and then put it all on the line at the final Battle Royale!

Date & Time: 12 March 2017, 9pm – 15 March 2017, 10pm
Venue: *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link #04-01 S (237978)

Prices from $10, visit www.facebook.com for more info

Get Inspired To Save Endangered Species

Life, Love and Adventure Together

We’ve all seen countless news of endangered animals facing imminent extinction, but Australian contemporary artists Gillie and Marc Schattner have decided to do something about it. Teaming up to create a meaningful exhibition that includes 20 paintings and 15 animal sculptures,  see how the two artists got inspired by their determination to save these animals.

Date & Time: Till 16 March 2017, 11am – 10pm
Venue: Ode To Art Gallery, 252 North Bridge Road #01-36E/F, S (179103)

Free admission, visit www.odetoart.com for more info

Celebrate The Joys Of The Arts

Pressplay

The fourth edition of the annual youth festival that aims to make the arts more accessible to the public, try your hand at a myriad of programmes available and gain a new appreciation for the arts. Make your own desk lamp out of recycled materials, learn how to create a kaleidoscope of colours, jam out to local musicians and get inspired listening to local artisans talking about their works.  

Date & Time: Till 18 March 2017, 11am – 8pm
Venue: Various locations across Singapore

Free admission, but registration is required for some workshops, visit www.nlb.gov.sg for more info

Get Your Fill Of Multi-Sensory Experiences

Garden Beats Festival

Put on your best summer outfits and get ready to dance the night away to the hottest electronic dance tracks out there right now! Expect lots of good food from the hippest restaurants in town, games that will allow you to prove your sporty skills and of course an eclectic line-up of international and local DJs – Autograf, Ava Asante, Tube and Berger, Teenage Mutants and so much more!  

Date & Time: 18 March 2017, 1pm – 10:30pm
Venue: Fort Canning Park, River Valley Road, S (179037)

Tickets from $85, visit www.gardenbeats.com for more info

Trace The Roots Of Singapore’s Theatre Scene

Script and Stage

Our local playwright and theatre scene has been garnering major traction and exposure over the past few years, but the foundation of contemporary theatre can be traced all the way back to the ’50s. Get inspired as you read through the drafts and manuscripts of acclaimed local playwright Kuo Pao Kun – perhaps Singapore’s greatest dramatist and arts activist. 

Date & Time: Till 26 March 2017, 10am – 9pm
Venue: National Library Level 7 & 8, Promenade

Free admission, visit www.nlb.gov.sg for more info

Try Your Hand At Silkscreen Printing

Screen Printing

From clothing to product displays, textiles to posters, silkscreen printing is everywhere, and you can now get the chance to learn the traditional art of this process. Plus, at the end of the workshop, you’ll get to bring back your very own uniquely designed tote bag – wear it with pride!

Date & Time: 26 March 2017, 1pm or 3:30pm (2 sessions available)
Venue: Chong Wen Ge Open Air Pavilion, 168 Telok Ayer Street, S (068619)

Tickets from $65, visit www.facebook.com for more info

See Nature Come To Life

Story Of The Forest

Explore the intriguing relationship between man and nature as you walk through 69 of William Farquhar’s drawings that have been brought to life. PS: remember to download the Story of the Forest app on your phone before heading down to ensure a more engaging experience!

Date & Time: Till 31 March 2017, 10am – 7pm
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, S (178897)

Free admission, visit www.nationalmuseum.sg for more info

Jazz The Night Away

Singapore Jazz Festival

Whether you’ve been a long time jazz aficionado or only got into it after watching La La Land (we’re not judging, we loved the movie too!), get ready to enjoy three exhilarating nights of extraordinary live jazz music from acts like Corinne Bailey Rae, David Foster, Chaka Khan and more!

Date & Time: 31 March 2017, 5pm – 2 April 2017, 10:30pm
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Hall F

Tickets from $108, visit www.sistic.com.sg for more info

Feature image credit: ASM Projection

What will you be up to this March? Tag us in your exciting photos on Instagram (@TeenageMagazine) and you may just be featured! 

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Itinerary Ideas For Your Week-Long Trip (Part 2)

27 Feb 2017 by Bryan Yeong

In Part 2 of our list of travel destination ideas, we explore 3 slower-paced countries and their sweet spots worth checking out. 

1. Brisbane / Gold Coast

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While many would likely favour other busier Aussie cities like Sydney and Melbourne, what stands out about Brisbane for us is its easygoing pace, and proximity to the sandy beaches of Gold Coast – making a week long trip here feel like you’re getting two separate experiences for the price of one. For city kids, you’ll feel right at home in Brisbane, with shopping malls and pop-up flea markets aplenty. Make sure to spend a day cafe-hopping too, with Australia’s cafe culture quickly becoming a mainstay and perfect for your Instagram feed goals. 

 

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Once you’ve had your fill of what Brisbane has to offer and ready to head off for new adventures, drive (or take a bus) approximately two hours south towards Gold Coast’s sun, sea and sand. Soak up an afternoon lazing on the beach to get that Aussie tan or take up the challenge of learning surfing from the best right at Surfers Paradise – the choice is up to you. Not to forget, Gold Coast is also host to FOUR main amusement parks – Movie World, Dream World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild (although we recommend just visiting two) for a fun-filled couple of days laughing and screaming your heart out.

 

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2. Nepal

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If you and your friends want to opt for the road literally less travelled and do some soul-searching, immerse yourself in The Himalayas for a week with an unconventional visit to Nepal. Get away from the fast-paced lifestyle of living in the busy city and free your mind the moment you disembark onto the sacred land. You’ll be greeted with stunning views arriving at Kathmandu, the country’s capital, that will instantly ease your mind from any unwanted troubles. 

 

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Spend a few days to take in the deep history of the many Buddhist and Hindu temples around the Panauti area and the Newari Village, the latter of which is located at the top of a hill. If you’re up for living like a local, spend a day in the life of one at Bungamati and also don’t forget to try a brew at one of the old school coffee shops! With everything Nepal has to offer, chances are you’ll even learn a thing or two you never discovered before about yourself – and that’s the real reward of any trip.

 

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3. Vietnam

Credit: Lonely Planet

Brimming with an undeniable energy and an aura of serenity, Vietnam is fast becoming one of the top destinations for travelers. Book a place to stay near Ben Thanh market, and amid the coffee beans and fruit stalls, you’ll find yourself pleasantly lost in the organised mess. At night, take a walk to Bui Vien – dubbed the “backpacker’s area” – and sit on tiny, roadside stools to have a drink while making friends with the affable locals and fellow tourists.

Tasting local cuisine is a definite must in any country, and there’s no better way in doing so than trying pho at Pho Le restaurant or locally brewed coffee at Ben Coffee House. But perhaps the highlight of where to really let your tastebuds feel at home would be at Cuc Gach Quan Restaurant. After navigating your way through the quirky interior of this eatery, don’t be alarmed if you notice you’re having scrumptious portions of Vietnamese food on chipped plates – it’s all part of the concept. Hey, even Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have dined here and loved it!

 

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 Featured Image: Nepal (via Pinterest)

Check out Part 1 of our list of travel destinations and itinerary ideas here. Where do you plan to venture to for a week-long trip? Or know some of the hidden secrets of the countries we mentioned? Share them with us in the comments below!

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