Instagram is stepping up their Stories game and further pushing Snapchat out of the playing field. 

From a logo revamp to a user interface colour switch-up, a new app algorithm to the introduction of Gallery posts and Instagram Stories, the IG team has certainly been keeping busy– the latter feature even boldly invades Snapchat’s digital territory with its similar concept. With that being said, the latest Stories update (10.21 version on iOS and Android) that was rolled out on 16 May, might have users quitting Snapchat for good. Here’s why. 

Update #1: Live Face Filters 

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Photo: Instagram

The social media landscape has been altered forever thanks to the introduction of puppy dog ears, hippie flower crowns, rainbow puke amongst other creative filters. Arguably Snapchat’s biggest lure RN (hands up, everyone who goes onto Snapchat just to repost their photos onto IG Stories), Instagram’s latest face filters update means that users will be able to use of a range similar filters like animal ears, flower bands, etc. directly (there are currently 8 different face filters). Simply swipe to camera mode and click the new icon located on the bottom right.

PS: The face filters work with Boomerang too. 
PPS: You can use certain face filters with two people at the same time, so grab a friend and snap away! 

Update #2: Rewind Mode

 Instagram Rewind Mode 2017

It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but we kinda missed being able to use the ‘Rewind’ function to make an otherwise mundane story update stand out. And while the current update only allows it on live-view alongside the Boomerang and Handsfree mode (which means you won’t be able to edit a rewind into your pre-taken video), we’re hopeful IG’s next update will incorporate it as an editable function. 

Update #3: The ‘Erase’ Tool 

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Photo: Instagram

We all know the frustration of trying to draw/write elaborate designs onto our IG story updates, but the process just got way easier thanks to IG’s new ‘erase’ tool. Instead of having to press ‘Undo’ and hope that you don’t run out of undo options, you can now simply erase your ruined scribbles and be done with it. 

Update #4: Story Hashtags

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Photo: Instagram

An integral feature on Instagram has always been hash-tagging – previously only reserved for IG posts, you can now choose or create your own hashtags and use ’em in Stories too. This way, you’ll be able to increase the visibility of your posts and easily discover related photos and videos. 

What are your thoughts on the updates so far, and what features do you think Instagram should include in their next major update? Share your thoughts in the comment section below! 

Teenage Dance Challenge 2017

Think you’re smooth? Think again. For our Teenage Gorgeous You! 2017 challenge 2, our finalists had to tell us their best pickup lines – Chubby Bunny style. Who was the most mesmerising even with their mouths stuffed full of marshmallows, and who had the best liners? Let’s find out! 

Amyn (@Amynosaurus)

Best line: “Do you like egg prata? Because without you I’m kosong.” 

Thanks to Amyn’s penchant for food-related pickup lines, we found ourselves becoming quite hungry after his video ’cause he kept going on about prata, nasi lemak and shengshiong. Props to the dude for wearing a unicorn onesie out in the hot weather though – enough to forgive his uni-corny liners. 

Chloe (@Chhloe_)

Best line: “Are you from Sabah? Cause I tak sabar to see you!”

 For those who don’t speak Malay, “Tak sabar” loosely translates to “Can’t wait”, which when applied to her line means, “I can’t wait to see you”. Points to Chloe ’cause we just learned a new word!

Derrick (@Drrickjl)

Best line: “What do you and Samsung have in common? You’re both so hot you explode!” 

Arguably the least clichéd pickup line on this list, it’s hilarious how Derrick made his lecturer LOL with his explosive liner.

Don Koh (@donnygao)

Best line: “If you were a burger at McDonald’s, you would be McGorgeous!” 

A wild Bennita appeared! The alter-ego of TGY! 2016 finalist, Ben (@benvoda) made a surprise appearance in Donna aka Don’s video and kinda… stole the show? McAwkward! 

Joyce (@Jwanting)

Best line: “Oppa, are you a camera? Because every time I look at you, I smile!” 

One of our favourite submissions, Joyce’s ‘collaboration’ with popular K-drama oppas has us going “Daebak!” at each liner. We especially love Soong Jong Ki’s startled choke reaction– either she’s a serious K-drama junkie to be able to remember that scene, or she really went the extra mile. 

Maya (@Mayatong)

Best line: “Do you have a name? Or can I call you ‘Maya’?” 

It’s not the most original of pickup lines, but Maya totally won us over by including her own name into that line. Coincidence or genius? You be the judge. 

Vivien (@veeeyeo) 

“Let’s play the shoulder counting game. 1,2,3,4!” 

Now we know who’s the smoothest of the crew – try this on your crush the next time and you’d probably succeed in at least getting a chuckle out of ’em. 

What’s your favourite pickup line? Leave a comment to help everyone up their game. Also, check out how the other TGY! 2017 finalists fared in challenge 1 here!

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10 Easy DIY Gifts That Your Cool Mum Will Really Want

11 May 2017 by Johanna Teo

Mother’s Day is just round the corner and if you’re still undecided on a present for the most important lady in your life, why not try these easy (but super impressive) DIYs that’ll take a day, or less, to complete. 

Gemstone Soap 

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Photo: A Beautiful Mess

DIY Difficulty level: 4/5

Hands down the prettiest soaps we’ve ever laid eyes on, we’re sure any mum will appreciate these IG-worthy gems. Don’t be fooled by how complex they look – the hardest part would be assembling everything you need (the main ingredients, melt and pour soap base, a silicon mould, mum’s favourite essential oils and soap colourants, are readily available at local craft stores). Plus, you’ll only need a day to finish this oh-so-pretty DIY project. Check out the guide by A Beautiful Mess and share your results by tagging us on Instagram (@teenagemagazine). 

Rosemary Bath Salts 

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Photo: Homey Oh My

DIY Difficulty level: 1/5

Improve mum’s bath experience with a handy sprinkle of atas bath salts! Head to Homey Oh My for this very simple DIY – all you’ll need is plain bath salt, pink himalayan salt, essential oils, rosemary and pretty containers. 

Minimalist Framed Floating Flowers 

Floating Frame Flowers
Photo: Pinterest

DIY Difficulty level: 2/5

A great decor item that’ll perk up any living space (and mum’s mood), this nature-inspired project will have you hunting around for the prettiest tiny blooms to place within your frame. Should mum prefer a greener look, take a leaf outta Alana Jones-Mann’s DIY book and slot in intricate leaves instead. 

Mason Jar String Art 

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Photo: Pinterest

DIY Difficulty level: 3/5

If gifting real flower bouquets are not your thing, try your hand at this mason jar string art. The beauty of this DIY is that you can easily customise your design which ever way your mum would like it, plus it’s relatively low in cost. Head to Dear Paradise for the complete tutorial. 

Finger Knit Rope Trivet

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Photo: Flax & Twine 

DIY Difficulty level: 2/5

Give your fingers a nimble workout with this DIY finger knitted rope trivet. A sure standout amongst mum’s collection, this intricate trivet design takes only about half an hour to make with the simplest tools – twine rope, tape and your fingers. Flax & Twine gives the lowdown. 

Kindle/iPad Cover

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Photo: Sugar & Cloth

DIY Difficulty level: 1/5

Perfect for the iPad/Kindle-loving mum, all you’ll need is a new device casing, contact paper and a pair of scissors. Mix up the colour scheme according to mum’s favourite shades; we’re sure she’ll love this practical yet thoughtful DIY by Sugar & Cloth

Knotted Pillow 

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Photo: Little Inspiration

DIY Difficulty level: 4/5

Add a little quirkiness into mum’s kickback routine with a cute knotted pillow that’ll be sure to bring both comfort and likes on her IG account. The tutorial by Little Inspiration is pretty straightforward, but it might take some trial and error to create the perfect knot. You don’t have to stick to those exact same materials – mix and match ’em according to your house decor!

Constellation Trinket Dishes

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Photo: Inkstruck Studio

DIY Difficulty level: 3/5

For those with a knack for painting, these constellation trinket dishes will be right up your alley. You can also personalise the constellations based on mum’s star sign and score bonus points for that extra sweet gesture. Inkstruck Studio dishes (lol, geddit?) on how to DIY these intergalactically gorgeous pieces.

Leather Tassel Bookmark 

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Photo: Homey Oh My

DIY Difficulty level: 3/5

Chances are your mum will hardly have the time to snuggle up with a good book, but perhaps the combo of this leather tassel bookmark and your offer to do ALL the household chores will free up her schedule. Let Homey Oh My help you cut this DIY down to size. 

Leather Triangle Pouch 

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Photo: Almost Makes Perfect

DIY Difficulty level: 3/5

Give mum an extra space to store her knickknacks by making her this handy (and aesthetically pleasing) leather pouch. You can even gift one to each member of your family so you’ll all have matching pouches. Check out Almost Makes Perfect for this simple tutorial. 

Will you be getting crafty this Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comment section below, or tag us with your DIY projects on Instagram (@Teenagemagazine) 

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Wilkie Edge has always been known as “that Kaplan building” but behind its scholastic facade lies a wealth of F&B options, IG-worthy spots and even a dojang. As part a challenge for Teenage Gorgeous You! 2017, we sent our finalists there to find out the fun things one can get up to there. These are what they came up with. 

Get Pampered 

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Had a long day of studying? Head to Wilkie Edge for a pampering session! As Vivien (@veeeyeo) found out, Wilkie Edge is well-equipped for students to do exactly that, with a nail parlor, hair salon and even a traditional massage place to boot! Now you know where to go the next time you’re in need of some TLC. 

Eat Hipster Food 

 Don

Mango floral jelly, kebab platters and cold pressed juice? There’s no doubt Kaplan students are kept well-fed with Wilkie Edge’s many food options. You don’t even have to step out of the building! Don (@donnygao) snagged a spot at Happy Tummy, a cafe that offers both healthy food and sinful fare, and had a whale of a time snapping shots and chowing down. 

Work Out, Taekwondo-style

If you’re tired of heading to the gym for a run-of-the-mill workout, kick your exercise routine into high gear at Hyun Taekwondo Academy. Not only will you get to learn super cool self-defense skills, you’ll also get to do so while looking super fly! Check out Tyler (@tylomere) getting all pumped outside the dojang – needless to say, you’ll have a fun time there! PS: the academy offers a free trial session for first-timers so go sign up to get a feel of what’s in store! 

Print Tumblr-Worthy Stuff

 Derrick

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Students usually head to the printing stores only when they have course materials or assignments to submit, but not Derrick (@drrickjl). We’re pretty impressed with the aesthetically pleasing photo collage that he made at AMAZINE, the friendly printing shop at Wilkie Edge. 

Take IG-Approved Shots 

 

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You’d be surprised at how many Instagrammable nooks and crannies there are at Wilkie Edge. Check out the different OOTD spots that Jessica (@jessicatanx), Chloe (@chhloe_)and Joyce (@jwanting) came up with. And for those architectural/interior design enthusiasts, just take a look at Amyn’s (@amynosaurus) shots of Kaplan decor. #Instaworthymaximum

Getting In Touch With Nature

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Another little known fact about Wilkie Edge: it has 14 sky terraces – three of which you can chill at! Incidentally also a really cool place to take pictures at, these picturesque sky gardens are a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city.  

How did our finalists do? Leave your comments down below! In the meantime, stay tuned for more Teenage Gorgeous You! 2017 challenges, coming your way weekly! 

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6 Atas Hawker Eateries To Visit When You Feel Like Splurging

27 Apr 2017 by Chew Hui Ling

Don’t get us wrong here: we love our traditional hawker fare as much as any other Singaporean foodie, but these atas recreations take our homegrown flavours to the next level – and it doesn’t hurt that they are totally snapshot-worthy. Chicken rice sushi, laksa pasta and chilli crab fries anybody?

Loof

Loof 风和日丽

Loof B.C.M. GRILLED CHEESE

Address: Odeon Towers Rooftop #03-07, Singapore 188720
Opening hours: 5pm-1am (Mon-Thu), 5pm-2am (Fri & Sat) | Closed on Sun
Website: www.loof.com.sg

While Loof – aka the Godfather of rooftop bars – has been around for over a decade, it wasn’t until the Instagram boom that led to its iconic neon signage popping up everywhere on our feeds. Perfect for a late-night table with a bunch of your coolest pals, head over to this chic watering hole and chow down on their kickass Dude-Sin (Dude- Singapore) grub featuring the must-try Chilli Crab Fries ($15), waffle-cut fries doused in housemade chilli sauce and served with blue crab dip; and the B.C.M Grilled Cheese ($18), an indulgent rendition of bak chor mee stuffed with cheese, pork mince and mushrooms. Don’t forget to pop by the freshly-revamped Loof’s Mama Shop and take home an old- school knick-knack or two.

Food Anatomy

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Address: Tanjong pagar Centre #B2-04, Singapore 757492 
Opening hours: 11am-11pm (Mon-Sat) | Closed on Sun
Website: www.foodanatomy.sg

This is not a drill: your favourite local delights are now served in bite-sized versions. Enter Food Anatomy, the brainchild behind these deconstructed novelty treats with a pint-sized 14-seater space to match. At a surprisingly affordable price of $2.50 per cube, they spin homegrown flavours into wacky modular dishes from the likes of nasi lemak, rice dumpling and laksa pasta – each so itty-bitty that you can probably wolf down a dozen without a problem. Plus, it’s Instagram fodder at its finest. We can’t help but admire the artistry that goes into every creation, all meticulously designed down to the very last layer. Our only gripe was that the cubes are pre-made and heated up upon order, but they still tasted fresh when served so that shouldn’t be much of an issue.

ICYMI: We’re giving away food vouchers from Food Anatomy!

Wanton, Seng’s Noodle Bar

Wanton Seng's Noodle Bar

Wanton Seng's Noodle Bar

Address: 52 amoy Street, Singapore 069878
Opening hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm (Mon-Thu), 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm (Fri), 6pm-10pm (Sat) | Closed on Sun
Website: www.wantonsg.com 

Seng’s Wanton Mee is no stranger to every noodle-lovin’ local, having cooked up never-ending queues since its early days at the Dunman Food Centre. From a humble hawker stall to a full-fledged noodle bar, the brand new establishment whips up reimagined bowls of the original Seng’s Wanton Mee. Think Char Siew Mee ($7) featuring Japanese-style slow cooked pork belly; and Xiang Gu Mee ($7) topped with a generous serving of braised shiitake mushrooms. Come nightfall, take your pick from the solid array of premium sides – such as Stir Fried Dry Bak Kut Teh ($16), Salted Duck Egg Chicken Wings ($10) and Batalong Eggs ($10) – to pair with their signature handmade egg noodles. Be warned, their items do get sold out rather quickly so be sure to chope a table early!

Roost

Roost Signature Yin Yang Chicken Rice

Roost Chicken Sushi

Address: The Centrepoint #B1-17/18/19, Singapore 238843
Opening hours: 11am-9pm (Mon-Sun)
Website: www.roost.sg

 It’s no secret that we Singaporeans love our chicken. At Roost, this 60-seater specialty joint dishes up all things chicken with a fresh twist – from sharing plates like Chicken Chawanmushi ($4.90) and Chicken Sushi ($4.90); to their signature Yin Yang Chicken Rice ($8.90), which comes with hearty portions of flavoursome poached chicken and succulent soya sauce chicken. For the fitness-conscious, opt for the healthier versions of their Poached Chicken Rice ($8.50) and Soya Sauce Chicken Rice ($8.90) for a guilt-free indulgence that amounts to less than 500 calories. No doubt a delicious contender that does justice to the national dish, but it’s gonna take more than just variety to match up to your traditional plate of $3 chicken rice. Still, it’s worth a visit for its unique appeal.

Po

Po

Po

Address: 320 Havelock Road, The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore 169628
Opening hours: 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm (Mon-Sun)
Website: www.po.com.sg

Tucked away in the newly-remodelled The Warehouse Hotel, its flagship restaurant Po serves up a nostalgic slice of heritage inspired by our beloved popos’ (grandmothers) secret recipes. Interestingly, the star of the show at Po is its Popiah, which is given a gastronomic update with the Classic Platter ($28), Prawn Platter ($38) and Fresh Flower Crab Platter ($58). Here comes the fun part: you get to experience wrapping it yourself, just like how your granny does it! Another noteworthy highlight is the Carabinero Prawns and Konbu Mee ($32), a modern twist on traditional hokkien mee simmered with charcoal-grilled prawns, pork belly and sakura ebi. This one’s gonna be a pinch on your wallet, but you’re getting serious bang for your buck with Po’s top-notch fare.

Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill

Violet Oon

Violet Oon Satay

Address: 3B River valley Road #01-18, Singapore 179021
Opening hours: 6pm-12am (Mon-Sun)
Website: www.violetoon.com

You can find satay pretty much anywhere on the island, but if you’re craving for a truly carnivorous experience, look no further than Violet Oon’s latest kid on the Clarke Quay block. Sumptuously furnished in an oriental- chic style, this nostalgia-infused haven specialises in five types of satay offerings (from $14), all chargrilled to perfection and accompanied with their signature fiery sauces for that additional oomph. While watching the chefs work their magic over flames in the open grill room, order some Nyonya favourites from the likes of Nasi Goreng ($22), Kueh Pie Tee ($17) and Buah Keluak Otak ($16) to complete your meal. A decadent parade of Peranakan delights? Yes please!

Now that you’ve upped your foodie game on Instagram, don’t forget to tag us at @TeenageMagazine and show us those drool-worthy shots!

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