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Millennials Play VR Games For The First Time

5 Jul 2017 by Bryan Yeong

It’s important to dream big, but also not to lose touch of reality – especially virtual ones. And our TGY! 2017 finalists learnt this no better than during their icebreaking session at V-Room . To have an idea of what could go down when experiencing it for yourself – we summarised it in GIF form. You’ll likely…

…get nervous

One of the many instructors will brief you before you venture into virtual world, and the thought of entering a new reality might get you understandably apprehensive. But just like Chloe and Vivien, laugh it off, hold back your nerves and expect the unexpected. You’ve got this!

…Get Scared

From zombie shooters to out-of-this-world space adventures, your gaming possibilities are endless at V-Room. And don’t be alarmed assuming you won’t be able to choose your own experience like Syahira was pranked into thinking – all game options are open for your freedom of choice! Although watching your fearful friends fend off the flesh-eating walking dead would definitely be a sight to behold

…Look Silly

Once you’ve donned the VR goggles and gotten ahold of a suitable controller, get ready to have your senses fully immersed into a brand new world – just like Maya did… albeit a little too much. Be cautioned that VR games will promptly dive your conscious right into a new state of environment and make you oblivious to your actual surroundings, which could result in you being an unpredictable hazard. Try to avoid walking into a wall or hitting your unsuspecting friends!

…Get The Hang Of It

After a couple of unsuccessful attempts, chances are you’ll slowly get accustomed to the game controls and familiarising yourself with the hand-eye coordination needed to ace the VR game. Take a cue from Don and remember to keep your patience and maintain your composure to master the art of racking up the perfect score. #NailedIt! 

…Get Secretly Teased

Like Joanna, there’s a strong chance of becoming the unknowing victim of your friends’ playful teasing and taunting while having your turn at the VR game. Being unaware of what’s going on around you in the real world works to your disadvantage, but it’s sure to incite shared laughter when you realise your friends’ antics. Otherwise, be the jokester like Derrick and take revenge on them during their round!

For more information on having your own virtual experience fun, check out V-Room!

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5 Types Of Kuih Raya You'll See At A Hari Raya Open House

24 Jun 2017 by khairulnizam

You’ve got to admit that food makes up a huge part of our identity as Singaporeans. Be it Chinese New Year, Deepavali, or even Christmas, the arrival of these special celebrations brings about a plethora of yummy delicacies. Similarly, Hari Raya Aidilfitri also comes with its own special set of treats and goodies that you can find when you visit friends and family members at their ‘open house’. The treats that you usually find inside of jars or served on a tray in the living room are called ‘kuih raya’! Below is a guide to five of the most common kinds of kuih raya you’ll encounter at a typical Hari Raya open house.

Kek Lapis

Image Credit: The Kitchen Guardian

Image Credit: The Kitchen Guardian

The Kek Lapis happens to be one of the most common kuih of all, and you can usually find it at most of the open houses you attend. Its name literally translates to ‘layer cake’! This particular kuih also comes in alternate but equally delicious forms such as lapis prune, lapis durian and even lapis oreo!

Tapak Kuda

Image Credit: Gulezky

Image Credit: Gulezky

The Malay word ‘Tapak Kuda’ translates to ‘horse foot’ and we can totally see why! This hooved-shaped delicacy is made up of a chocolate filling surrounded by a spongey vanilla-flavoured exterior. Another mouth-watering variation includes a chocolate filling made entirely out of Nutella!

Kuih Makmur

Image Credit: Food To Love

Image Credit: Food To Love

This sugary treat comes in various colors like white, yellow and even green at times! Butter, ghee and flour are combined to create the shell-like outer layer while the inside of the kuih is filled with coarsely chopped peanuts. To top it all off, the Kuih Makmur is then coated with a layer of icing sugar. Did someone say sugar rush?!

Kuih Tart

Image Credit: Aku Bukan Bidadari

Image Credit: Aku Bukan Bidadari

The Kuih Tart is no stranger to the average Singaporean as these goodies pop up during Chinese New Year and Deepavali as well! The copious pineapple filling is surrounded by a sweet doughy crust that simply melts in your mouth when you bite into it. Yum!

Honey Cornflakes

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Image Credit: WarpPortal

These little golden baskets of goodness are a hit among adults and children alike. It’s astounding how such a basic kuih made from basic ingredients can taste so good! Combine sugar, honey, butter with a bowl of cornflakes and voila! Don’t forget to leave some for the other guests!

Things to keep in mind: 

  • Avoid wearing too revealing or tight-fitting clothes when you visit Muslim friends for their Hari Raya open houses. Instead, wear something modest and comfortable as a form of respect to your host and the culture. Or even better, try out the baju kurung look for the day!
  • Avoid using your smartphones to surf the net or the various social media sites. Instead, socialize with your host and friends! Take this opportunity to mingle with new friends and catch up with old ones over good food and drink. We’re sure scrolling through Facebook can wait till later.
  • Feel free to indulge in the food and drink provided by the host! As the hosts of the open house, it is their duty to ensure that your belly is filled before leaving. Hence, declining to partake in the lovely spread may hurt the host’s feelings. Have a small bite at least, otherwise enjoy the kuih raya provided!
  • Because Hari Raya is known as a day of giving, the host may sometimes hand out little green packets filled with small amounts of money called duit zakat (think angpows). Always remember to say thank you and open them only once you have left!

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6 Types of Millennials You'll Spot At A Cafe

22 Jun 2017 by Bryan Yeong

Don’t deny it – we are all guilty of certain behaviours at a cafe or restaurant. We recently sent our TGY! 2017 finalists to Food Anatomy and Dal.Komm Coffee, where they not only enjoyed lending their tastebuds to all treats sweet and savoury, but also effortlessly exemplified the different types of patrons we all (secretly) are, or could be.

The Sharers

Whether you’re visiting a new cafe with your partner or a newfound BFF (like Joanna and Derrick), sharing your grub with someone else truly shows your affection for them. After all, food = love, doesn’t it? Feelings aside, it’s also a practical way to get more bang for your buck, since it allows you to let your palette sample different kinds of menu options while only paying for your share. Win-win!

The Food-stagrammers

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An easy one to spot; just a quick scan around your food haunt will likely help you realise that you’re not the only one with your phone whipped out, ready for that #InstaFood shot. Digging in can wait – taking food shots serve as a great way to document memories and places you’d want to make a return to in the future, or recommending them to fellow cafe-devotees with photographic proof. But that’s not to say getting the right angle is always straightforward – just look at Chloe‘s intense concentration!

The People-Watcher 

For lazy days, take a cue from Vivien and ‘chill’ at your favourite cafe, sipping a delicious brew as you watch the world go by. You don’t even need a companion  – just a cuppa goodness, a good read and the surroundings would be enough to keep you occupied. Plus, there’s no harm in checking out anyone that catches your eye as they walk past… 

The Merch Enthusiasts

Not everyone prioritises food destinations just for the meals! For fans of themed cafes, the merchandise and ambience are also important factors to immerse yourself in the whole experience. Joyce knows what we’re talking about, immediately making a beeline to the familiar character plush toys seen in Descendants of the Sun for a quick squeeze! 

The Food Dissectors

 
It’s hard not to critique what we get served, since discovering new tantalising delights is Singaporeans’ #1 favourite pastime after all. Let’s be honest: most of us can’t help but chime in with our opinions on our orders – from the texture to the plating, the taste to the Instagrammable factor etc. Donny and Tyler sure had more than a few compliments about their delicious cube bites from Food Anatomy!

The Connectors

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Then there are ‘The Connectors’, that commit to the challenging task of putting away their phones for the duration of the meal and indulge not just in gastronomic fare, but in heart-to-heart conversation as well. Jessica, Maya and Syahira evidently bonded over a game of cards and hearty laughs at their cafe trail! After all, isn’t growing closer to those around you the whole point of meeting up in the first place?  

Which type of cafe/restaurant person are you guilty of being? Let us know in the comments below!

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Beat The Summer Heat With These Frozen Treats!

21 Jun 2017 by Germaine Cheah

The notorious Singapore heat has been relentless in recent days, with temperatures holding steady within the 30ºC – 35ºC range during the mornings. Luckily for us, there are a host of frozen treats available that we can sink our teeth into whenever we want a respite from the scorching heat – here are our top picks!

Kanemochi

 

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Soft, pillowy mochi loaded with some of our favourite ice cream flavours? Yes please! A frequent standout at events like Artbox Singapore and iLight Marina Bay’s Gastrobeats, this Bangkok-based establishment – Kanemochi – features classic flavours like Mint Chip and Korean Banana Milk ($2.30), to the premium Cookies & Cream and Thai Iced Tea ($2.60). While it’s good enough on its own, you can also choose to complete your mochi ice cream with one of their dessert sets, whether you prefer it served with Belgium waffles ($9.80) or fancy an extra dose of fondue goodness ($10.80). But our favourite combo has got to be the Waffles Fondue Set ($18.80), because why not have the best of both worlds?

Address: Kanemochi is located at Bugis+ #02-50, Singapore 188067

Patbingsoo Korean Dining House

From Nunsongyee to Bing Jo Gung, there are no lack of Korean dessert houses in Singapore. But when it comes to the variety of bingsoo (shaved ice) options available, Patbingsoo Korean Dining House is hard to beat. Named after Seoul’s metro stations, innovative flavours include the Sinsa Patbingsoo ($14.90),served in half a rockmelon and accompanied with a delightful medley of red beans, nata de coco and corn flakes. But the ultimate show-stopper of a dessert has got to be the Bibim Patbingsoo ($11.90),a sweet take on the traditional dish topped with a sunny side-up cleverly replicated with a peach for the yolk and vanilla ice cream for the white. Not in the mood for some bingsoo? The eatery also offers a wide selection of savoury items such as their signature Rolling Cheese Pork Ribs ($38.90), featuring juicy pork ribs coated in grilled cheddar and mozzarella cheese. 

Address: Patbingsoo Korean Dining House is located at Plaza Singapura #B2-47, Singapore 238839

Creamery

Move over, lava cakes. It’s time for molten lava cookies to take the centre stage, and shine under the spotlight they do. Touted as the original brainchild of the lava cookie, Bangkok-based dessert chain Creamery has finally made its way to our craze-lovin’ city. Made fresh from scratch daily, these avalanches of gooey goodness – Choc-a-lot, Monster Matcha and Red Devil ($8.90) – ooze your choice of chocolate, matcha or cream cheese lava when topped with a scoop of ice cream. But if you’re just in the mood for some ice cream, you can sink your teeth into their equally intriguing selection of flavours – think Piko Piko (a creamy tiramisu concoction of mascarpone cheese, chocolate fudge and kopiko coffee candy) and Counter Strike (a pistachio-inspired combo of caramel and chocolate fudge). 

Address: Creamery is located at 130 Tyrwhitt Road #01-03, Singapore 207557

The Sng Bao Society

Oh the memories of heading over to the neighbourhood mama shop to grab these 10-cent ice lollies after school… Bringing nostalgia back in the coolest form, local startup The Sng Bao Society gives a hipster remake to our favourite retro popsicles – complete with a modern uplift and updated flavours (from $3) such as Thai milk tea, stylo milo, lychee mint and solero lime. While these frozen gems can only be found at pop-up markets and various public events for now, we heard that they’ll be stocking up at Naiise outlets soon so keep a lookout on their social media platforms for updates!

How To Order: Call 9855 8970 or e-mail [email protected]

Lab Made Singapore

 

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In theory, liquid nitrogen and ice cream sounds like an experiment waiting to go wrong. In reality, it’s frozen delight in every mouthful – and Lab Made Singapore has the science perfected to a craft. This is how it works: instead of the commercial method of freezing ice cream, the popular Hong Kong laboratory blasts cold liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze their ice-cream mixture, resulting in a smoother and creamier texture. Plus they change up the flavours every few weeks so you’ll be in for a sweet surprise with every visit – all the better for your Instagram pics! Bestsellers include the Crunchy Sea Salt Caramel, HK French Toast, Beancurd Dessert and the highly-raved Liu Sha Bao.

Address: Lab Made Singapore is located at Westgate L2-K3, Singapore 608532

Birds Of Paradise

 

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Artisanal gelato parlour or whimsical flower shop? Birds of Paradise looks to be a combination of both and we love it either way. Decked out in delicate blooms and filled with the aroma of fresh herbs and spices, this aptly-named piece of paradise creates botanical magic out of natural ingredients to concoct flora-infused flavours such as spiced pear, white chrysanthemum and strawberry basil ($4.70 for single scoop, $7.70 for double scoop). The 600 sqft space caters mainly for takeaways, but you can stand along the leaf-shaped counter table to savour your treat while snapping away at the pastel-perfect surrounds – ideal for that perfect Instagram shot!

Address: Birds of Paradise is located at 63 East Coast Road #01-05, Singapore 428776

Geometry

 

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If ice cream on waffles ain’t hipster enough for all you cafe-hopping fiends, check out Geometry where they serve up rich, creamy gelato on their signature French Tart ($9.90). Buttery on the outside and chewy on the inside, these handcrafted tarts come with a decadent almond filling and a towering dollop of salted caramel floss atop your choice of ice cream. Don’t expect the typical vanilla and chocolate suspects either – these guys dream up quirky flavours from the likes of Lovepotion Sorbet (white peach, lychee, strawberry and raspberry) and Sunset Kiss (mango and strawberry). What’s perfect for Instagram: the Bing Bong (yes, it’s a homage to the fluffy pink elephant in Pixar’s Inside Out) reminiscent of the ‘paddle pop’ ice cream of our childhood. 

Address: Geometry is located at 2 Jalan Bukit Merah #01-5142, Singapore 150002

This story is an adaptation of “Ice Ice Baby”, originally published in Teenage June 2017 Issue 342, out on newsstands now.

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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

Philips-Hue-Go

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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