An annual highlight for local creatures of the night, the Singapore Night Festival is back for its 11th edition. Come 17 to 25 August, watch as the city comes alive after dark with immersive works of wonder that adorn the arts and heritage district of Bras Basah.Bugis. While you’re getting your ‘gram on at the various light installations, don’t be surprised if you happen to bump into a wild horse on the streets – this is just one of the many “unexpected encounters” you can expect on the festival grounds. With a total of 16 light installations and 27 performances to revel in, we picked out the top attractions of #SGNightFest you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

#1 Set fire to the rain

Singapore Night Festival Ember Rain

Channel your inner Adele by setting fire to the rain at Ember Rain. Taking the form of a 5-metre pagoda tower, get on a bike and pedal away to conjure a downpour of sparkling flames.

Ember Rain by Starlight Alchemy
Cathay Green
17  to 25 August | 7.30pm – 12am

#2 Wander into an underwater forest

Singapore Night Festival Aquatic Dream

Delve into the deep depths of a mystical underwater world located at the lawn at the National Museum of Singapore – an aquatic wonderland where you’ll be greeted with an abundance of golden koi fishes, glowing jellyfish and corals glittering in the light.

Aquatic Dream by Lekker Design and Auditoire
National Museum of Singapore Lawn
17 to 25 August | 7.30pm – 12am

#3 Geek out over words

Singapore Night Festival Before The Word

Inspired by the philosophical concepts of language, the creative geniuses behind this unconventional structure are clearly not sorry about the word vomit. Juxtaposed against the backdrop of Singapore, it’s made out of a mishmash of alphabets that light up via motion sensors that detect your presence. Perfect IG fodder for the fellow wordsmiths!

Before The Word by Pierre Ranzini and Cristina Di Pasqual
CHIJMES
17 to 25 August | 7.30pm – 12am

#4 Learn how to manipulate light waves

Singapore Night Festival Light Waves

Suspended on the Reflection Pool above Bras Brasah MRT, this interactive light installation is a stunning sight to behold. You can control the mechanism that triggers wave motions from one end of the installation, which then sends out colourful waves of lighting that flow across the tranquil water surface.

Light Wave by Max Lab Pte Ltd
Reflection Pool above Bras Basah MRT
17 to 25 August 2018 | 7.30pm – 12am

#5 Giant horses on the loose

Singapore Night Festival FierS à Cheval

Presented by French outdoor theatre troupe Company Quidams, step into a dreamlike spectacle where larger-than-life luminous horses come to life and science-fiction Venetians lead festival-goers around the precinct in this mesmerising roving act.

FierS à Cheval by Compagnie des Quidams
National Museum of Singapore to Campus Green
23 to 25 August | 7.45pm – 11pm

#6 Engage in a lightning duel

Singapore Night Festival The Duel

If you want to experience how it’s like living as our resident norse god, this supercharged duel is the closest you’ll ever get. In this spellbinding masterpiece of electrical wizardry, witness a titanic battle unfold with searing shards of lightning blazing across Cathay Green. Thor approves!

The Duel by Lords of Lightning
Cathay Green
23 – 25 August 2018 | 7.45pm – 10.36pm

Image credits: Singapore Night Festival

Singapore Night Festival 2018 runs from 17 to 25 August 2018 at the Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct. To check out the full programme lineup, head over to www.nightfestival.sg for more information.

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 To help you figure out the best option for your needs, here are the latest mobile devices in the market – from nostalgic throwbacks to AI powerhouses.

LG G7+ ThinQ

LG G7+ ThinQ

The latest flagship phone from LG has much to shout about: artificial intelligence (AI) camera, large 6.1-inch screen, and ‘boombox’ speakers. But none will stand out more than the familiar faces of K-pop boy band BTS, who are the ambassadors of the LG G7+ ThinQ ($1,198). Seven handsome reasons aside, this ‘personalised AI smartphone’ is made for all your entertainment needs. Capture crisp images with its dual rear 16-megapixel cameras that function well even in lowlight situations (handy for concerts!), or jam out to BTS hits with speakers that deliver resonant sounds with powerful basses.

Psst, here’s a deal you don’t want to miss: you can get a free 32-inch LG Smart LED TV 1 worth $599 with every purchase of the LG G7+ ThinQ! Available to the first 400 eligible customers from now till 15 August.

Huawei Honor 10

Huawei Honor 10

The Huawei Honor 10 ($579) makes its Southeast Asia debut. Its humble size of a 5.84-inch display comes loaded with features that make the phone punch well above its weight. Like most smartphones, it comes with an AI camera that automatically adjusts to the optimal setting, making photo-taking that much easier. Performance is fast, complemented with an impressive hardware wrapped in an iridescent glass design. For what the brand lacks in popularity, it certainly makes up for in its specifications.

Vivo X21

Vivo X21

The Vivo X21 ($799) introduces a few proud features: in-screen fingerprint sensor, stunningly vivid screen display, and local heartthrob Nathan Hartono as its music ambassador. But what really steals the show is its 12-megapixel camera that will bring your selfie game to the next level with the AI Face Beauty function, which effectively detects skin tones and ambient light conditions.

Nokia 8810

Nokia 8810

‘90s kids who remember the 8-bit snake game of yesteryears will appreciate the iconic Nokia 8110 ($109). Tapping into their archives, the Matrix-inspired slider phone will make a comeback – this time with updated features. Available in black and yellow, it comes with 4G connectivity complete with an app store to access all your usual smartphone essentials. And befitting of all Nokia phones, this trooper also boasts incredible battery life (up to 25 days of standby time), and a sliding tactile mechanic that allows users to end or pick up a call. That’s not forgetting a revamped version of our favourite snake game.

Nokia 7 Plus

Nokia 7 Plus

For a mid-range phone that isn’t mediocre, the Nokia 7 Plus ($599) comes decently balanced in price, style and hardware. Designed for creating picture-perfect content, it has a 16-megapixel front camera, rear-dual cameras, and Dual- Sight technology that captures a #Bothie using the front and rear camera simultaneously. The enhanced processor also comes hidden in a cool ceramic-like coating with a two-day battery life. The only downside? It’ll make putting down the phone that much harder now.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo

Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo

Those looking for an affordable introduction into Samsung’s smartphone family should consider the Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo ($348). Within its thin and sleek frame comes a 5.5- inch Super AMOLED display providing clear, crisp imagery. Its function extends to its dual- rear camera (13-megapixel at its highest) and 8-megapixel front camera, with dual SIM capabilities and the option of expandable memory. At a surprisingly affordable price point of $348, it’s a wallet-friendly option from a widely popular brand worth converting for.

OPPO R15

Oppo R15

Combining both looks and function is the OPPO R15 ($749). On the exterior, the glass design creates a lustrous surface for colours like Nebula Purple and Rouge Red to dazzle in the light. Plus, it comes with a bezel-less 6.28-inch display that covers 90 per cent of the front body. Inside, you get an AI camera with intelligent scene recognition and technology that tackles backlit selfies. Other notable features include near-field communication and a roomy 128GB internal storage.

This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 3, out on newsstands now!

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Just in time for National Day, the first ever Tokidoki-themed river cruise has finally hit our shores. Launched by Water B, this collaboration features five Singapore-inspired characters created specially by the creative brainchild of the iconic lifestyle brand, Simone Legno.

Tokidoki River Cruise 2

From 2 August onwards, fans of Tokidoki can embark on this once-in-a-lifetime voyage along Singapore River, which is home to many of our historical landmarks such as the Merlion Park, The Arts House and Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. If you can tear your eyes away from the scenic landscape, the boat itself is every bit as photo-worthy as well – all decked out in quirky motifs of several larger-than-life characters from the Tokidoki realm.

Tokidoki River Cruise 1

Not only will you get to enjoy an immersive 40-minute cruise, you will also receive a box of exclusive Tokidoki merchandise including a pouch, lanyard and stickers. One session on the Tokidoki boat costs $58, and will be held daily at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm. Bookings can be made on the Water B website up to three months in advance. But here’s a sweet deal: you can get 10% off all river cruise bookings made in the month of August, as part of the National Day festivities!

What more can we ask for?

The Water B Tokidoki River Cruise sets sail from 2 August 2018 onwards at the Water B Fort Canning Jetty.

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If you thought last year’s instalment of Universal Studio Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights was scary AF, wait till you step foot into Resorts World Sentosa this year.

From 27 September to 31 October, brace yourself for “infinite fear” at the eighth edition of the annual spook fest. With five haunted houses, three live shows and two scare zones, you’ll be treated to an endless cycle of horrifying thrills revolving around Asian and Western folklores. Here’s what you can expect at #HHN8.

#1 Channel your inner Eleven at the Stranger Things House

Stranger Things

Watching Stranger Things through the screen is creepy enough, imagine wandering through the eerie surrounds of the Upside Down woods or getting chased by the Demagorgon monster. Bringing the fictional town of Hawkins to life, the thematic haunted house will feature a total of 12 artfully recreated scenes and storylines that will make you feel as if you’re Eleven herself.

#2 Escape from vampires in the world of Killuminati

Killuminati

This ain’t no Twilight story – you’re entering the Chinese secret society where bloodthirsty vampires existed for centuries, and it’s not gonna be an easy ride. This highly interactive battlefield will be packed with so many terrifying twists, turns and mysterious secret rooms that even the bravest souls will have a hard time sleeping at night…

#3 Visit Pontianak in her very own lair

Pontianak

If there’s an Asian folklore that accompanied us growing up, it’s the legend of the Pontianak. You’ll be setting foot into the hometown of the infamous vampiric ghost where you will watch the all-too-familiar scenes of the Pontianak unfold before your eyes – from the banana trees where she resides, to the laundry area where she sniffs out her next victim. Not for the faint-hearted!

#4 Get transported back in time to the Edo-era

The Haunting Of Oiwa

Go back in time to the Edo period of Japan in The Haunting of Oiwa haunted house. Dedicated to the classic Japanese ghost story of Yotsuya, you will come face-to-face with a wrathful Lady Oiwa who returns from the dead seeking revenge after being poisoned by her unfaithful husband.

#5 Make it out of a zombie apocalypse 

Because what better way to spend Halloween than killing hoards of the undead, amirite? Back by popular demand, the Zombie Laser Tag makes its comeback with an arena double the size – which means more zombies to fend off and greater obstacles to overcome. Do you have what it takes to get out alive? Guess you’ll just have to experience it to find out!

Note: The Zombie Laser Tag experience is available at an additional $38 per participant.

Other noteworthy highlights include a scare zone filled with ancient man-hunters, a Chinese-themed pagoda trapped with demonic creatures and floating spirits, as well as a series of original horror flims leading up to the nighttime event.

Early bird ticket sales will run from now till 12 August at $55 (non-peak) and $65 (peak), while standard event tickets are available at $58 (non-peak) and $68 (peak) each. Tickets can be purchased from the RWS website and/or at Universal Studios Singapore ticket booths.

Photo credits: Resorts World Sentosa

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After several months of evaluation, we’re finally ready to unveil the big winner of the Expedia Singapore Family Showdown! Three finalists – Aisyah, Shirmin and Ruqsaar – were selected to star in the Expedia web series with their folks, which saw them gamely divulging their deepest family secrets and travel quirks in a bid to garner votes. Which family managed to win over the hearts of the viewers and walk away with a $3,000 staycation? Let’s find out, in GIF style.

According to her mum, she’s a “vain lady”.

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But it turns out… like mother, like daughter!

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And even though they annoy each other sometimes…

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They’re still as close as ever.

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Huge congratulations to Ruqsaar for winning a dream staycation for her family worth up to $3,000!

The remaining two finalists will also receive an Expedia voucher worth $500 each. Thanks for voting, everybody!

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Watch the full episode of Ruqsaar and her mum, Sarifah, here.

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