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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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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Itinerary Ideas For Your Week-Long Trip (Part 1)

24 Feb 2017 by Bryan Yeong

So you’re finally graduating and one more thing to tick off your bucket list is that grad trip you and your best mates have been talking about non-stop over the past semesters. Here’s Part One in our list of city destination ideas and locations to consider venturing to with your BFFs for a week before you start adulting.

1. Taiwan

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Night markets and scenic views await you in the cultural city of Taipei. For the foodie to the outdoor adventurer, there’s truly something special for everyone that’s worth exploring for a good week. Thrill-seekers, you’re in luck. Climb the mountains of Yangmingshan National Park for breathtaking views, hot springs and even see cows in their natural habitat at the peak!

 

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Or take a bus to the famous Jiufen district, where windy and narrow lanes guide you through many teahouses and delectable delicacies – like the drool-worthy Taiwan specialty peanut wrap with ice cream. If food hunts are your thing, you’ll have a blast exploring different markets every other night hunting down a variety of street food and quirky souvenirs.

Reserve a couple of days for winding down to just appreciate art and culture, by paying a visit to the National Palace Museum or the plethora of modern museums like Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Not leaving out animal lovers, check out the Houtong Cat Village for some play time with Taiwan’s friendly felines!

 

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2. Japan


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A beginner’s guide to Japan starts in Tokyo of course, home to world-famous Harajuku and haven to all things oishii. Other than slurping up piping hot bowls of ramen noodles (you must have heard of Ichiran), you can even make your very own cup! At Nissin’s Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama, fun takes form in customising your very own cup of everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure supper – a perfect group activity for your squad. You even get to bring it back home for consumption in the future, perhaps together at a future chalet or sleepover.

 

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Dog cafes? Been there. Cat cafes? *yawn* Dive into different animal-themed cafes with your friends that one can only expect from Japan’s kookiness – like Akiba Fukurou Owl Cafe and the Penguin Bar in Ikebukuro.

 

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Oh, and the shopping? There’s never a dull moment as your inner shopaholic goes wild discovering the quirky, unique and downright strange creations the city has to offer at every street turn. We could never stop sharing more about Japan – and that’s not even touching on the other islands or cities like Hokkaido and Osaka! Spending just a week here may fly by swiftly and seem like a flurry of activities, but it’ll no doubt be one unforgettable graduation trip for the memory diary.

3. South Korea

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Clearly at the top of the list for many K-Pop and K-Drama fans, South Korea is at the forefront of food, fashion and all things fun! But don’t feel left out if you’ve never watched an episode of Goblin or haven’t heard BLACKPINK’s latest single – Korea has much to offer even the most unconvinced, that might leave you a convert.

Besides delicious kimchi and Korean BBQ, get your #ootd shot at the Style Nanda Pink Hotel flagship store and cafe or the iconic blue container at Common Ground, a shopping district littered with locally-designed fashion outlets. If you simply just can’t get enough, trust Korea to have it covered – the malls at Dongdaemun district don’t close till 5am (!!!), ensuring your itinerary to be filled till way past sunset.

 

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Not forgetting your inner culture enthusiast, let the Bukhon Hanok Village sweep you away into the rich history when viewing the traditional Korean houses and shophouses. The country is exploding with activities ’round the clock, which is why we’re obsessed with Korea – and so should you.

 

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Looking to explore something different for more chill vibes? Stay tuned for Part 2!

Awkward social gatherings – been there, done that. Be it for that class gathering or a double-date plan, here are our top picks of multiplayer game apps to break the ice.

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EK

$2.98, Available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store

The app-adaptation of the popular Kickstarter card game, Exploding Kittens is the feline equivalent of Russian roulette; where players are immediately ‘killed’ upon drawing the Exploding Kitten card, unless they possess a Defuse card to deactivate said bomb. Of course, there are other hilarious cards in the deck to help you avoid and sabo opponents, like ‘nothing but cat butt’ which temporarily blinds other players by turning their cards around, and the ‘diarrhea’ card that freezes your opponents’ cards. Detonating furballs might sound offensive to feline kindreds, but this kitty- powered version may just be one of the most novel and purr-fect gaming experiences that you’ll encounter!

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Who Lurks

Free, Available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store

Mystery meets sci-fi in Who Lurks – an action-packed app perfect for parties of three to six people. Players assume the role of stranded crew members working to get to a new planet, while one stays undercover as an alien saboteur set on eradicating human life. While the crew can save themselves by completing missions to keep their spaceship running, or identifying and killing the alien, there’s a twist: it has the ability to secretly infect anyone and turn them into another alien conspirator, so watch out! The title may sound creepy, but we promise this unique multiplayer game will keep you on the edge of your seats.

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2-Player Reactor

Free, Available on Google Play Store

This game is essentially a battle of the quickest reflexes. Two players share one device, and are challenged to rack up points by “finding the sad face in a group of smiley faces”, or to “hit when the screen turns white”, amongst other mini games. While some tests require pure motor dexterity, fret not for others include puzzle solving skills and general knowledge. The entertaining game gives rise to uninhibited interaction, making it the perfect icebreaker that is bound to get you and your partner engaged in frantic screen jabbing amidst fits of laughter. Just be careful not to drop your phone!

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Fun Run 2

Free, Available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store

You’ll love Fun Run 2 if cute animals, friendly competition and Happy Tree Friends-esque scenarios are your gory cup of tea. Face off with your friends in real-time and prove that you’re the best racer of all by speeding through booby traps and sabotaging other players with power-ups like rolling metal gears, bear traps and giant magnets, all while watching as their characters explode into bloody smithereens. With a plethora of themes and furry forest characters to choose from, take your pick and race away.

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Trivia Crack

Free, Available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store

Unleash your inner trivia geek with Trivia Crack, the digital equivalent of board game classic, Trivial Pursuit. Whether you’re a history buff, science maniac or pop culture wunderkind, there’s something for everyone – there’s more to the game than answering trivia questions, but you basically have to accumulate all six game characters (which represent different categories) by spinning the wheel and answering questions. If you and your friends enjoy intellectual conversations, this game is definitely up your alley as it requires tons of brainpower.

For more recommendations on multiplayer apps, do check out our Tech section in the latest February 2017 issue, out on newsstands now!

The perfect present encompasses the following traits: aesthetically-pleasing, thoughtful, affordable and practical  – at least in our books. Ahead, we share a list of unisex, Instagram-worthy gift ideas that your date will love (and you can share)! 

3-in-1 LED Light Mirror Digital Clock

Reflective Mirror Clock

Price: $21.78 | Ezbuy
A mirror, LED alarm clock, night light and thermometer all rolled into one, this hexagonal beauty polishes up any table end while shining brightness into even the  darkest of corners. 

Shaped Metal Dishes 

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Price: $17.94 | kikki.K
Class up your flat lay game with these metal trinket trays. #Flatlay #Minimalist #Interior #Anyhowalsolookgood 

Anti-gravity Phone CaseAnti-gravity casing

Price: From $8.50 | Shopee

Recommended for those who have to bring their phone everywhere and anywhere. No more dropping your phone in the toilet! 

Meykrs Block BottleBLOCKS WATER BOTTLE  Meykrs 

Price: $12.90 | Naiise  
Keep semi-hydrated with this rectangular chunk of a water bottle – who needs an easy grip when you can be stylish? 

Adjustable Selfie Ring Light

Selfie Ring Light

Price: $6.90 | Shopee
Taking loved-up selfies in pitch dark environments has never been so easy. Why deal with unflattering flashes when you can bask in the warm glow of this selfie ring light? 

 Xiaomi Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Xiaomi Speaker

Price: $29.90 | Shopee
The party goes wherever you do with this bluetooth speaker. 

Portable Lightroom Box 

Lightroom Box

Price: $24.90 | Shopee
This gem of a light box drastically reduces the need for someone else to help you hold a flashlight/block shadows when you’re trying to take product shots. #TheStruggleIsStillReal

Watermelon Tiffin Set

Watermelon Tinkat

Price: From $45 | Megafash
Bentos are so 2016 – apparently tingkat‘s (tiffin sets) are in now? And it’s way easier to prep than the intricate Japanese sets; if you don’t cook, just go to the kopitiam and tapao lah

Air Lounger 

Air Bag

Price: $19.90 | Shopee
Rock any outdoors music festival in style with your very own inflatable lounger. And you don’t even need a pump to fill it up. Simply hold one end and drag it through the air till its entirely inflated. While it’s not as easy as it looks, it’s still worth the effort.

Concrete Phone Charging Dock 

Concrete Phone Charging Dock

Price: $19.78 | Ezbuy
#IndustrialGoals will be met with this concrete phone charging dock. We literally don’t know anyone who’s using one, so it’s pretty hipster too. 

Check out our February 2017 issue (out on newsstands now) for more cool Valentine’s Day gift ideas!  

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