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Cool Gifts For Dad That He'll Actually Appreciate

15 Jun 2017 by Germaine Cheah

Still haven’t picked out a gift for the raddest dude in your life? Fret not ’cause we’ve got you covered with a list of cool gift ideas that you can buy in a snap! 

mophie juice pack Battery Case for iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus, $149

mophie juice pack Battery Case for iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus, $149

Providing premium edge-to-edge protection while delivering up to 60% extra battery, the mophie juice pack Battery Case for iPhone is an essential item for all dads looking to power up their phone whenever necessary. Additional rubberised support points and an impact isolation system will also help protect his phone from whatever the day brings. You can even recharge both devices and sync your iPhone while connected to the juice pack by using the included micro USB cable. 

Available for purchase at Mophie.com and Apple

Nintendo NES Classic Edition, $299

Nintendo NES Classic Edition, $299

The Nintendo games might be synonymous with our generation, but we’re pretty sure our dads had their fair share of playing on this much loved gaming device. This Father’s Day, bring dad back into the wonderful world of 8-bit games by gifting him the Nintendo NES Classic Edition: Official Retro Mini Console that comes pre-loaded with 30 games!

Available for purchase at Lazada

Nikon D5600, $1,249

Nikon D5600, $1,299

While the picture quality from our phone cameras have improved a lot since the grainy two-megapixel shots from yesteryear, getting your dad the newly released Nikon D5600 will allow him greater control and flexibility over his photographs, especially if he wants to pursue photography as a serious hobby. Featuring a 24.2 megapixel sensor, fold-out touchscreen and an ISO range of 100-25600, pictures and videos captured are all in Full HD vibrant imagery. What’s more, the SnapBridge application uses Bluetooth to allow the automatic transfer of images to your smart device, meaning dads can share their snaps with the family instantaneously!

Available in major electronic stores and Lazada

Playstation VR + Camera, $649

Playstation VR + Camera, $649

Give your dad a break from the real world by letting him delve into a virtual reality one with the Playstation VR set – get everyone in the family involved – it’ll make for some great laughs for sure! Current available games include Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, Rez Infinite and Batman: Arkham VR, and we believe it’s only a matter of time before a fuller selection of games will hit the shelves. 

Available at selected SONY Centres and Lazada

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Philips Avance Collection Cooking Blender, $399

Cooking up a meal for the family has never been this easy. With the Philips Avance Collection Cooking Blender, dads will be able to whip up mouth-watering soups, smoothies and delectable sauces to accompany any meal. Built with a Problend 6 star blade, it can make quick work of blending fruits, chopping up vegetables or even crushing ice – saving the amount of time needed for food prep. In addition to the handy appliance, a Homemade Inspiration recipe calendar will also be included in the set, inspiring dads to try their hand at new delicious dishes for the next family meal! 

Available for purchase at Philips Online and Best Denki

Anova Precision Cooker, $139

Anova Precision Cooker, $139

With new technology that always reinvents kitchen equipment, a chef’s kit is never complete. But you can help take it one step closer with a sous vide cooker. The Anova Precision Cooker clamps down easily on any pot, so all your dad will have to do is to just set the temperature and time, place the food in a resealable bag and clip it in. Say bye to overdone meat, ’cause you’ll always get perfectly seared medium-rare steaks every time. 

Funny Cooking Kitchen Apron Superman, $4.95

Funny Cooking Kitchen Apron Superman, $4.95

Your dad might be in charge of doling out the dishes for everyone in the family, but you can be in charge of making him look good whilst he’s prancing around the kitchen with this Superman Apron! And if you’re feeling a lil’ cheeky, you can always go ahead and get dad a Wonder Woman apron – after all, who wouldn’t want to celebrate the Amazonian Princess after seeing the critically acclaimed Wonder Woman movie?

Cultural Cooking Class by Food Playground, $113

Cultural Cooking Class by Food Playground, $113

Cooking’s a great way to bond and have fun, so why not sign dad and yourself up for a cooking class? For example, the Cultural Cooking Class by Food Playground will give attendees a deeper insight and appreciation into the colourful and multi-cultural heritage of Singapore whilst preparing some of its most iconic dishes (Laksa, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Satay, anyone?). With easy to follow recipes, this class is ideal for everyone – beginners or seasoned chefs alike. 

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Philips S9751 Shaver Series 9000 Wet and Dry Electric Shaver, $599

Help dad keep his whiskers in check with the Philips Shaver Series 9000. It features a unique contour detect technology that when combined with its V-track system, guides hairs into the optimal cutting position, thus ensuring the smoothest shave ever. Additionally, the SmartClean PLUS accessory helps to clean, lubricate, dry and charge the shaver at the simple touch of a button, so it’ll always be fully charged and ready to be utilised every morning.

Available for purchase at major electronic stores and Tangs 

American Crew Grooming Essentials

American Crew Package Shave Duo, $60

It’s important to keep one’s face well moisturised post-shave to prevent skin irritation, so help dad do just that with the American Crew Package Shave Duo. It features a herbal-infused Moisturising Shave Cream that’s rich in minerals and will feel smooth on normal or coarse hair. Afterwards, soothe any prickly or irritated skin with a Post-Shave Cooling Lotion that will help to calm irritation and restore skin’s natural balance. 

Available for purchase at Sephora

Mr. Burberry EDT, $102

Mr. Burberry EDT, $102 (50ml)

Inspired by the iconic black Burberry trench coat, the relatively new-to-the-market Mr. Burberry EDT fragrance features subtle top notes of crisp zesty grapefruit with a seductive base of earthy vetiver and smokey guaiac wood – a perfect scent for dad that isn’t too strong nor too light. The fragrance also comes in various sizes – 30ml (travel spray), 50ml, 100ml and 150ml – so dads will have a bottle for every occasion they find themselves in!

Aviva Massage + Complimentary Calming Therapy, $185

Aviva Massage + Complimentary Calming Therapy, $185

For all of you looking to pamper dad with a little luxury this Father’s Day, look no further than ESTHEVA’s Spa Treats – you can also add in a personalised message to your dad with every gift purchase! Check out the ever-popular Aviva Massage, using a special blend of aroma oil that will detoxify and soothe and muscle tension and aches, leaving dad in state of pure bliss! Additionally, a complimentary 15-minute Calming Therapy will also be added to spa treatment, making the 105-minute long spa a truly indulgent experience. 

DrGL Sun Protection Mist

DrGL Sun Protection Mist, $88

Our dads are all superheroes in their own right, but no one is immune to the negative effects of the sun. This Father’s Day, gift dad the solution to harmful UV rays with DrGL’s Sun Protection Mist. A quick-drying formula that takes seconds to apply, the spray dispenser allows for convenient application and re-application even on hard-to-reach areas. With ingredients that help fight cell-damaging free radicals and is one ideal for oily acne-prone skin, this Sun Protection Mist will ensure your dad is well protected no matter what he might find himself doing under the sun!

Available for purchase at Sephora

FitbitBlaze

Fitbit Blaze, $318

It’s all well and good being active and getting our daily dose of exercise, but finding out more insights on your physical activities can help improve your routine tremendously. Enter the stylish Fitbit Blaze, a fitness smartwatch that will allow dad to track his heart rate, cardio fitness level and even sleep quality. There are even on-screen workouts available, allowing dad to get a Fitstar workout with step by step instructions and coaching right from your wrist – now how’s that for a all-in-one fitness device!

Available for purchase from major electronic stores, Lazada and Zalora

Micro Kickboard Monster, $440

Micro Kickboard Monster, $440

Be it making dad’s daily commute to and from work a bit more fun or letting him show off his skills on the road, the Big Daddy of the Kickboard Family – The Micro Kickboard Monster – will allow him to be the king of the sidewalk. Stylish and study, the combination of a Kickboard Original deck and super sized wheels from the Micro Rocket will promise dads one hell of a Monster ride every time they get on the scooter.

Available for pickup at Siglap/Dover, more info at Microscooters.sg

Bose Wireless Speaker

Bose Wireless Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II, $289

Dads won’t have to leave their music behind when they venture on their outdoor activities anymore! Weighing in at just 0.68 kilograms, the Bose Wireless Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II is small and light enough to tuck into their backpacks, and with up to 10 hours of battery life, the playlist can keep going on all afternoon! What’s more, the speaker also features a built-in microphone for taking calls and making easy wireless connections anytime, anywhere – he’ll always be only one call away! 

Available for purchase at major electronic stores and Atlas

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Philips Hue Go, $109

A versatile portable lamp that works just as well indoors and out, dad will be able to create his own lighted atmosphere whether he’s lepaking by the beach or hosting a BBQ party. And its small size and lack of external wires makes it easy to tote around – simply unplug it and it’s good to go for up to 3 hours! 

Available for purchase at major electronic stores and Lazada

Dry Erase Surface

Post-it Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface, $55.95.

For dads who are always on the go, present them with a nifty workspace that’ll take literally seconds to set up! The Post-it Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface is a flexible whiteboard of sorts that easily sticks to flat surfaces, allowing for a collaborative space for ’em to churn out their best ideas! 

Available for purchase at selected Popular bookstores, Qoo10 and Lazada

For more gifting ideas, check out our Father’s Day Gift Guide (p.18 – p.21) in our June issue, out on newsstands now! 

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We’ve already listed upcoming events to consider doing this month, but if you’re looking for activities that are more student budget-friendly, look no further. Here are 8 activities to get busy with, at (almost) no cost at all! 

Explore wall art


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Exhausted typical influencer hotspots for your Instagram? Then spend a day out and about, discovering new hidden wall gems to appreciate and perhaps pose as your next #OOTD background, such as Ernest Zacharevic‘s ‘Jousting Painters’ above,  found in the heart of the Joo Chiat district along Everitt Road. There’s plenty more in areas such as Tiong Bahru and Buona Vista so gather your buds and start discovering them all.

Get a snack from food samples


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It’s hard to say no to food, especially when it’s free. So if you’ve got an appetite for a quick bite, you could head over to the nearest supermarket and nom on the food offerings at the random sample booths. Not only will you be able to delight your tastebuds FOC, you might even find a new favourite snack! 

Catch a free movie


Credit: MovieMob

Pack a picnic mat along with you the next time you head out just in case you’d want to catch a movie under the stars – at no cost. MovieMob extends monthly opportunities to catch up on films you might have missed in cinemas, such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them or Ah Boys To Men 3, all while snacking on free candy floss and popcorn while sitting on lush green fields. Moviemob changes its screening venue regularly, so do check out the new locations on their Facebook page! For other movie options, visit the new Our Tampines Hub for daily screenings of family-friendly flicks or Artscience Musuem’s ‘ArtScience on Screen‘ series for hipster short films, anime and documentary fare.

Become an artist

 
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Getting your creative juices flowing at art studios might cause a dent in your wallet, but who’s to say you can’t DIY your own art project? Grab your art supplies (and maybe an easel if you’re really feeling it) and set up your own low-cost ‘studio’ outdoors! Places like the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay will be great for a start, but feel free to head out to any place that’ll get you inspired, and start working on that masterpiece. 

Peddle through Singapore

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With the arrival of Ofo, Mobike and other multiple shared bike options rolling their way into Singapore, seize the opportunity their low costs (from $0.50 a trip) offer and go peddle to the metal. Once you’ve locked down a bike, zip through the streets or take your cycling to designated tracks and breeze through the sights and sounds of the city. And with so many new developed bicycle routes around Singapore, there really isn’t an excuse to not explore the great outdoors.  

Watch cool stuff in Sentosa


Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

Besides scenic boardwalks and historical landmarks, Sentosa plays host to lesser-known free shows that you can enjoy once the sun has set. Akin to multimedia shows of the past like Songs of the Sea, Resorts World Sentosa has since taken over with nightly shows to overload one’s senses – the Crane Dance (8PM) and Lake of Dreams (11PM). Both water shows don’t last very long, but they will surely end off your day on a magical note. 

Try on costumes


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Halloween might still be four months away, but that is no excuse to start planning your show-stopping outfit early. A quick search on Google will spring up a list of different costume stores around our island – situated anywhere from Far East Plaza to Toa Payoh. Grab your friends to have a laugh while trying on outrageous ensembles and mascot getups, just to see how ridiculous you would look. And when the time comes, you’ll be totally prepared!

Feed animals

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We tend to stuff ourselves with café grub and street food so often, that we forget the importance of feeding others – animals, that is. Make a date to visit places like The Animal Resort Singapore, a zoo-alternative home to animals ranging from peacocks to horses. While admission is free, a pack of feed goes for only $1 and three packs at $2, making it a fun and affordable activity that will warm your hearts at the same time. There’s nothing like showing adorable animals some TLC!

What affordable or free activities do you have to recommend? Let us know in the comments below!

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Get Fit And Fab With These YouTube Channels

13 Jun 2017 by Teenage

With a plethora of fitness videos across the workout spectrum, we rounded up seven of the best fitness health gurus on YouTube to subscribe to for your daily dose of #Getsweat motivation.

Joanna Soh 

Having just been named the Top Health & Fitness Influencer at the Influence Asia 2017 awards, it’s safe to say Joanna Soh is at the top of her fitness game. Even more impressive, this certified personal trainer is a one-man team when it comes to her YouTube channel which is filled with fitness tips, nutritional advice and workout tutorials that she shares with over 850,000 subscribers (and growing!) weekly. To think it all started simply because she noticed a lack in fitness-related content tailored for Asian lifestyles, and took it upon herself to get the ball rolling. Just goes to show what you can achieve if you simply start moving it.

Chris Heria 

The creator behind Miami’s Calisthenics Academy, Chris Heria adapts the balance, strength and control used in gymnastics to help his followers develop all round physical fitness. While most of his videos appear to be targeted at more advanced fitness buffs, the athlete has begun a “How To Start Calisthenics” series on his channel, allowing newbies to get into the game. Don’t fret if you can’t master it on the first few tries – Chris advocates taking things slow and steady. After all, it’s better to be a person who celebrates little achievements than one who takes a big leap (literally) and falls over and over again.

Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn 

Working out is always better with a friend, and that community vibe is what these BFFs, Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn, aim to achieve with Tone It Up. Apart from pushing you through their killer workouts with boundless enthusiasm, these ladies serve to inspire and educate their viewers with fitness and nutrition plans, and lifestyle tips! Using their social media influence for good, they also started #TIUGirls on Instagram, building a platform for women to support each other through their fitness journeys. Way to spread female empowerment!

Linora Low

Known for being the bubbly radio jock on MIX FM, Linora Low is also slowly but surely cementing herself as another force to be reckoned within the regional fitness scene. While the Under Armour ambassador admits to struggling with her fitness journey in the beginning, she credits perseverance and unfailing support from people around her that helped her to where she is today. Coupling workout videos with fun vlogs on other aspects of her life, the spunky redhead feels more like a BFF than a fitness trainer –making exercising all the more enjoyable!

 Jordan Yeoh

With a workout plan that transformed him from flabby to fit. Jordan Yeoh now wants to share his calorie-burning tips and tricks with anyone who wants to listen. No time to hit the gym? Then check out his popular “No Gym Full Body Workout” video – a four and a half minute routine you can do anywhere, which will have you working all the core aspects of your body. Bonus: the hunky 29-year-old also has his own fitness app, JY Fitness Timer , that will help you keep tabs on your fitness goals.

Cassey Ho

Best known for her pop Pilates videos and infectiously peppy demeanour, exercise guru Cassey Ho’s videos – which also include HIIT and dance workouts – will test your limits in the best way possible. If you are new to Cassey’s channel, check out her ‘Beginner Workout’ series where you’ll learn to perfect the basics before moving on to more advanced routines. Feeling hungry after your workout? Cassey’s ‘Cheap, Clean Eats’ playlist which features affordable and guilt-free recipes will have you sorted.

Tony Do

After watching Taylor Lautner rip it up in The Twilight Saga: New Moon with his phenomenal physique, Tony Do was inspired to get abs of his own. After mismatched workout routines that were useful but not effective, the 24-year-old soon found the solution in lifting – where he managed to obtain the solid lean frame he’d always wanted. And he’s now committed to helping others achieve their ideal physique – though you’ll have to hit your nearby gym regularly if you follow his programme because those weights are no joke!

Featured Image Credit: Pexels. This is an adaptation of an article published in the May 2017 issue of Teenage. 

More related stories: 8 Fitness Apps To Download For Fitness Noobs, Easy 5-Minute Workouts To Get Rid Of Your Post-Holiday Food Baby

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Popular Books To Binge-read Your Way Through June

8 Jun 2017 by Germaine Cheah

The month-long school holidays is not only good for catching up on sleep and hanging out with your friends, it also presents an opportunity to delve into reading something other than your textbooks. Ahead, we list some must-reads that will have you well occupied in the days to come. 

For The Fantasy Enthusiasts

#1 The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles

With references to classics like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White, follow the journey of Linh Cinder (a cyborg mechanic) and the unlikely friends and allies she makes along the way as they embark on a mission to save the citizens of Earth from a plague, and the planet as a whole from being taken over by Lunar Queen, Levana Blackburn.

Available for purchase from: Kinokuniya, Book Depository, Kindle

#2 The Throne Of Glass Series – Sarah J. Maas

Throne Of Glass Series

18-year-old Celaena Sardothien is a trained assassin who has been imprisoned by the King of Adarlan. Spending a year as a slave in the salt mines, she is offered a precious chance at freedom – become the king’s champion and be granted freedom after 4 years – by Dorian, her captor’s son and Alarlan’s Crown Prince. The catch? She has to compete against ruthless assassins and thieves in order to gain the coveted position. As she sets forth in her fight to be free, Celaena soon gets entangled with a dangerous conspiracy and is lead to discoveries between the kingdom and her true destiny that will test her in ways she never imagined possible. 

Available for purchase from: Kinokuniya, Book Depository, Kindle 

#3 The Young Elites Series – Marie Lu

The Young Elites

A survivor of the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed most of the infected and marked the survivors forever, Adelina Amouteru discovers that she has a strange and powerful gift, the power to create illusions, and a raging thirst for vengeance and destruction. And she is not alone, for some the fever’s survivors – now known as the Young Elites – have too gained mysterious powers, and are hunted down by the Inquisition Axis. Will Adelina’s extraordinary gift turn out to be the reason for her destruction? 

Available to purchase from: Kinokuniya, Book Depository, Kindle

For The Chick Lit Fans

#1 The Billy and Me Series – Giovanna Fletcher

Billy and Me Series

Sophie May is content with her simple life in a quaint English village, but when famous actor Billy Buskin comes into town for a movie shoot, Sophie finds herself the only object of his affection – and him, hers. After years of staying out of the spotlight, Sophie wants to take a chance on love, but will she be able to handle the constant scrutiny that comes with dating a celebrity?

Available for purchase from: Kinokuniya, Book Depository, Kindle

#2 Geekerella – Ashley Poston

Ashley Poston - Geekerella

Elle Wittimer loves all things related to the sci-fi series Starfield, so when she sees a cosplay contest that will score her an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, she’s determined to win. Playing the Federation Prince Carmindor from Starfield is all teen actor Darien Freeman’s ever wanted, but with the Starfield fandom writing him off as just another pretty face, he can’t help feeling more and more like a fake. A modern re-telling of the classic Cinderella story, this charming tale is one you’ll want to complete in a single sitting.

Available for purchase from: Kinokuniya, Book Depository, Kindle

#3 I Heart Series – Lindsey Kelk

I Heart Series - Lindsey Kelk

Fleeing a cheating boyfriend in her crumpled bridesmaids dress, Angela Clark jumps on a plane and heads straight for New York City, hoping to start her life over. Now, she has an incredible job at a publication firm that brings her all over the world, a fabulous BFF that’s got her back and an amazing boyfriend on her arm – but will the sudden changes in her new life be too much for this British gal to handle?

Available for purchase from: Kinokuniya, Book Depository, Kindle

For The Sci-Fi Buffs

#1 Carve The Mark – Veronica Roth

Carve The Mark - Veronica Roth

After her best-selling Divergent series, Veronica Roth is back with a stunning new sci-fi series set in another galaxy where every being develops a “gift” that helps them shape the future. But there are some gifts, like those belonging to Akos and Cyra, that are so powerful that their bearers become vulnerable to exploitation by even the closest people around them. When a twist of fate throws Akos and Cyra together, unexpected allies are created in the face of seemingly unsurmountable odds. Will they be able to escape the dire paths set out for them? 

Available for purchase from: Kinokuniya, Book Depository, Kindle

#2 The Binti Series – Nnedi Okorafor

The Binti Series - Nnedi Okorafor

The first of her people to be offered a place at Oomza University, Binti’s educational journey will bring her within the deadly reach of the Meduse, an alien race the stuff of nightmares that the people of Oomza University have wronged. Headed straight into the heart of the war, Binti is determined to survive, but she’ll need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University – but even if she succeeds, will human and alien ever learn to truly live in harmony?

Available for purchase from: Kinokuniya, Book Depository, Kindle

#3 The Stars Are Legion – Kameron Hurley

The Stars Are Legion - Kameron Hurley

As far as memory serves, a war for control over a fleet of worldships – known as the Legion – have been waged with no clear resolution. Enter Zan, a prisoner who wakes up without memories around a group of people who say they’re her family – so why in the world would they say that she’s the only salvation to the war? As she tries to make sense of her surroundings, but when Zan realises she must choose sides in this genocidal campaign, will she choose destruction or salvation?

Available for purchase from: Kinokuniya, Book Depository, Kindle

For The Thriller-seekers

#1 City of Saints & Thieves – Natalie C. Anderson

City of Saints & Thieves - Natalie C Anderson

Fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina ends up in Kenya with her mother, who starts working as a maid for one of the most prominent families in the city – the Greyhills. In a tragic turn of events, her mum gets brutally shot dead. Believing that the patriarch of the family, Mr. Greyhill is behind her mother’s murder, Tina survives the street on her own, becoming a hardened street thief with vengeance constantly on her mind. 4 years on, her chance for vengeance comes when she lands a ‘job’ back at the Greyhill estate. But as she gets overwhelmed by painful memories and past friendships, Tina soon realises that the truth behind her mother’s murder is only one of many dangerous secrets that will change her life forever. 

Available for purchase from: Kinokuniya, Book Depository, Kindle 

#2 Camp So-and-So – Mary McCoy

Camp So and So - Mary McCoy

What would you do if you received an invitation to spend a week at a lakeside retreat that promised volleyball, rock-climbing, and Shakespeare under the stars? For 25 girls, whose RSVPs were  signed, sealed and delivered to a P.O. Box in an obscure Appalachian town, they soon find out that this luxurious camp does not exist. So where exactly are the girls going, and just what is waiting for them beneath the Starveling Mountains?

Available for purchase from: Kinokuniya, Book Depository, Kindle

#3 The Butterfly Garden – Dot Hutchison

The Butterfly Garden - Dot Hutchinson

In this garden full of luscious flowers and shady trees lies a savage secret – the “butterflies” in it are actually young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. When the garden is discovered by the FBI, agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with questioning a survivor (Maya) to help piece the case together. But with every detail uncovered, Maya proves to be a puzzle herself, and the agents are left with more questions than answers. 

Available for purchase from: Kinokuniya, Book Depository, Kindle

For The Contemporary Lovers

#1 The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited - Becky Albertalli

Molly Peskin-Suso’s the expert on unrequited love, after all, she’s lived through it twenty-six times. But it’s not like everyone’s rejecting her – Molly just can’t stomach the idea of rejection, so she’s careful. But when she meets funny and flirtatious Will, Molly has hopes that she’ll be able to get her first kiss if she can win him over. But there’s another ‘problem’: Molly’s coworker Reid – an awkward Tolkien superfan who may or may not have a crush on her. But there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him, right?

Available for purchase from: Kinokuniya, Book Depository, Kindle

#2 Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner 

Goodbye Days - Jeff Zentner

After sending a text that resulted in the death of his three best friends – Eli, Mars and Blake – Carver finds himself more alone than ever when everyone at school freezes him out. Wracked with guilt and fearing prison, Carver finds solace with Blake’s grandmother with a Goodbye Day, allowing them to share their memories and say a proper goodbye to his friend. Soon, the other families are asking for Goodbye Days of their own – but are they really trying to make peace with their losses, or are they just trying to find a way to land Carver in prison?

Available for purchase from: Kinokuniya, Book Depository, Kindle

#3 North Of Happy – Adi Alsaid

North of Happy - Adi Alsaid

Living a privileged and sheltered life since birth, Carlos Portillo has always been more than happy to follow the path laid out for him by his parents. But when his older brother is tragically killed, Carlos decides to push back against his parents and runs away to the US to work for his favourite celebrity chef, and pursue his love for cooking that his parents always saw as a mere hobby. But when a burgeoning romance between him and his boss’s daughter threatens to have him fired, Carlos finds himself caught between two impossible choices – love and independence. 

Available for purchase from: Kinokuniya, Book Depository, Kindle

What are some other books you’ll be reading during the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!

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8 Fitness Apps To Download For Workout Noobs

2 Jun 2017 by Charis Chiang

Whether you’re having trouble keeping up a solid exercise routine, or if you’re a beginner looking to get fit and healthy, you’ll have no excuse not to squeeze in a workout with these app recommendations! 

Fitocracy

Free, Available on Apple Itunes App Store and Google Play store

Some people exercise better in groups and Fitocracy totally understands that. Apart from basic workout regimes, this app encourages users to join health groups and gives you the chance to expand your social circle to meet like-minded folks who share similar fitness objectives. Having a support system to encourage your goals is just as important as committing yourself to physical training, which makes Fitocracy a must-have on your app shelf. 

Yonder

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Free, Available on Apple Itunes App Store and Google Play store

If you’re tired of having your lane blocked by other runners at stadium tracks, or having to wait for the gym junkie to be done at the machines, Yonder is a solution for an alternative workout at new places. Venture off the beaten track and discover new locations for activities like hiking, kayaking or rock climbing! The app also allows you to directly share photos or videos of your adventures, so your #Fitspo posts will literally be just a click away.

Strava

Free, Available on Apple Itunes App Store and Google Play store

Your next workout could be made better with the Strava app. Other than acting as a GPS tracker for your runs or cycles, the app will also prompt you to constantly strive for your personal best – with varying monthly challenges to give you that added burn. Make the upgrade to premium from $8.98 for the option of having live feedback on your performance, so you’ll be able to adjust your workout on the move! 

Pocket Yoga

Pocket Yoga App

 S4.48, Available on Apple Itunes App Store and Google Play store

Bring peace and serenity anywhere with you by simply downloading the Pocket Yoga App – and be spoiled by the countless features it offers. You have the freedom of choice from 27 various yoga sessions to get into your Zen mode, each with contrasting durations, poses and difficulty. Why not have an educational journey as you attempt them too, as you uncover the benefits of the different stances. Namaste, indeed!

Map My Run

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Free, Available on Apple Itunes App Store and Google Play store

Mankind’s most basic form of exercise, running/jogging can do wonders for not only your health, but your stress levels as well. With Map My Run, you can mow chart your favourite routes for future jogging sessions, and analyse your performance with post-run statistics providing an in-depth view on aspects like calories burned and your heart rate. Pace your way to #Fitnessgoals in no time!

Sworkit

Sworkit-lite

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Free, Available on Apple Itunes App Store and Google Play store

There’s no excuse not to ditch your couch potato junk food eating ways! Get inspired to achieve a fit bod with the Sworkit app – not only does it help you work up a sweat without being daunting for beginners, you’re also able to choose from three main body goals for the course of six weeks: ‘Leaner’, ‘Fitter’ and ‘Stronger’, and from varying difficulty levels, to get the right routine for yourself. If that isn’t enough, the app’s bevy of body weight exercises gives you zero reasons to not attempt them. You want a fit body? You better Sworkit!

Seven

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Free, Available on Apple Itunes App Store and Google Play store

Getting caught up with school, assignments and social activities inadvertently leads us to neglect our fitness. Enter Seven, the all-in-one exercise app that only requires seven minutes of your day to help you stay in shape. Just grab an available chair and you’re all set – from customised workouts for different muscle groups, to multiple circuits for when you want to keep going. It’s challenging to stay motivated, so you also have the option of setting up daily reminders and even a voice command trainer to help spur you forward! 

Aaptiv

Free, Available on Apple Itunes App Store and Google Play store

If you’re the sort that needs distractions to keep you driven while doing your cardio, Aaptiv offers an optimal audio experience for you to crush your sweat session. In addition to featuring motivational words, the app also syncs a specially curated playlist of songs according to the type of workout you select, making each time you exercise slightly different and more exciting. If you need an added boost, in-app purchases (from $14.98 a month) offer unlimited access to all classes.

 This post was adapted from an article published in the May #341 issue of Teenage

What fitness apps do you use to work out? Share your recommendations in the comments below! 

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