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Teenage Weekend List

7 May 2015 by Teenage

In case you’re out of ideas on what you can do this weekend, the Teenage team shares what’s on their weekend list this week! 

ARISSA HA, DEPUTY EDITOR

SHOP: ZARA ION Orchard

ZAR

ZARA’s Orchard ION store got a facelift! Although there wasn’t an expansion of store space, the new layout and fixtures made the revamped ZARA ION Orchard store look more spacious. It’s also much easier to look for specific products now that they are categorised according to the look and feel of each collection. 

ZARA Orchard ION is located at 2 Orchard Turn, #B2-03 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801

TRY: philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar

philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar

The cult favourite from philosophy gets a new formula! The Renewed Hope In A Jar ($62) has three different AHAs (mandelic, glycolic and citric acid) to penetrate different layers of the skin for a gentle, yet effective exfoliation. Coupled with the three forms of hyaluronates, skin is hydrated instantly and stays moisturised for a longer period of time. 

VISIT: Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay Tulipmania

I was at the Marina Bay Sand’s infinity pool a few weeks back and it dawned on me that I’ve never visited the Gardens by the Bay. It’s the last week of Tulipmania at the Flower Dome and there are over 40 varieties of tulips on display. If you want to catch these pretty flower up close, it’s your last chance!  

More information at Gardens by the Bay.

VENETIA SNG, SENIOR WRITER 

EAT: High Tea at Miam Miam

Miam Miam High Tea

Planning to celebrate Mother’s Day out? I would definitely recommend heading down to Miam Miam if you have a craving for high tea. Usually only available on weekdays, it’s available and at 30% off this weekend! You get savoury and sweet treats plus 2 beverages from the coffee/tea menu. Pamper your mum, tai tai style!

High tea for 2 is $18.80 (UP$26.90)
Available from 8th to 10th May, 2.30 to 5.30pm

DO: Stargazing at The Observatory

Stargazing The Observatory Singapore

Credit: Going Places Singapore

Our little red dot is located right next to the Equator and that allows us to view constellations in both northern and southern celestial hemispheres! Not a lot of countries have that bragging right. For the month of May, you can spot Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. So give the Science Centre’s Observatory a visit this weekend and gaze at the stars. Psst.. it’s free!

7.50pm – 10.00pm every Friday
More details at Science Centre.

PLAY: Bubble Bump

Bubble Bump Singapore

Gather your friends and get Bubble Bumped together – think soccer with lots of laughter! They provide you with everything, including the inflated bubble suits, facilitators and game equipments. All you need to bring is yourself! Additional services include someone taking photos for you while you play and they will be uploaded onto their Facebook page for free. Time to de-stress and bump away!

Starting from $15/person/hour, student rates are available
Make your booking at their website.

JOHANNA TEO, WRITER

COOK: A nice Mother’s Day steamboat 

steamboat ingredients and soup

Credit: Melissathegreat

Speaking as ‘The Queen of Processed Food’ (not self-titled BTW), a steamboat is the best (and fastest) way to whip up a customised semi-healthy yet tasty meal. And it’s perfect for a sit-down family meal! There are tons of steamboat broth recipes, but I recommend getting chicken stock broth from the supermarkets and just mixing it with boiling water. Other than that, it’s pretty simple – just grab your favourite ingredients (prawns, meat, fish, eggs, golden mushrooms etc.) and add ’em into the ready broth during your meal. Inexpensive yet delicious. 

BUY: BIGBANG [MADE] Concert tour tickets 

BIGBANG MADE CONCERT POSTER TICKETING DETAILS

Credit: ONE Production

In case you don’t already know, BIGBANG 2015 WORLD TOUR [MADE] IN SINGAPORE ticket sales are opening this Saturday (9 May) at 10am! Of course, I’m gonna be one of the VIPs camping for tickets which will definitely be sold out in minutes. Friendly tips for the first-timers:

1) Register an account on www.sportshubtix.sg way before the start time, and make sure you’re logged in properly.

BIGBANG MADE CONCERT seating plan

Credit: ONE Production

2) Know which tickets you’re going for, because there’s not gonna be time for you to choose slowly. Also prepare your payment details, because it’ll suck if you got good seats but your session timed out because you didn’t have your deets ready.

3) Make sure you have good internet connection. It’ll be helpful if you have VIP friends camping for tickets as well – different internet connections plus more computers means better chances of connecting to the site to choose tickets. Also, don’t keep refreshing the page if it loads slowly, because you might’ve gotten in but still need time to load. Refreshing it breaks the connection entirely.

4) When you’ve successfully gotten to the booking webpage and selected your preferred seats, there’s a high chance that those seats are unavailable and the site would’ve automatically offered you other choices. If those are unacceptable to you, choose to either try for other seats while keeping the previous, try for others while releasing your previous choice, or to release those seats entirely. Keep in mind that there’ll be other people releasing their seats by the second, so you can keep trying for new positions. 

May the ticketing battle ever be in your favour. 

CHEW HUI LING, WRITER

LISTEN: In The Mood Of Love – Bangtan Boys

Bangtan Boys BTS In The Mood Of Love I Need U

The past week’s been a lil’ crazy with BIGBANG’s grand return, but let’s not forget about the other awesome comebacks yeah? BTS just dropped their third album In The Mood Of Love and this might just be their most mature and diverse record to date. They’re still the rebellious boys we all love, but with a hidden side of vulnerability on melancholic tracks like ‘I Need U’, ‘Moving On’ and ‘Love Is Not Over’. BTW, they’ll be releasing a 19+ MV of ‘I Need U’ soon, so er, good luck with that ARMYs!

VISIT: Dreams and Confetti

Dreams and Confetti

A lot of my friends are throwing 21st birthday parties, so the opening of Dreams and Confetti at Great World City couldn’t have come at a better timing. This retail concept store offers cake stands, partyware, decorations and baking essentials that would be perfect for a super sweet celebration. If you’re planning to stock up on party supplies, consider making a trip down to this whimsical boutique.

Dreams and Confetti is located at Great World City, #02-20C/D, Singapore 237994.

DIY: Love Notes

 DIY Wooden Pegs Love Notes Polaroids Mother's Day

Credit: Sausage Jar

It’s totally fine to splurge on a lavish bouquet or treat mum to a nice meal this Mother’s Day, but I think she’d appreciate a sweet thought just as much as any materialistic gift. Here’s a simple DIY – station a couple of wooden pegs around the house and clip up cute mushy notes or family polaroids, and wait for her to wake up to the surprise. It’s a small gesture, but she’ll love you more for it.

What’s on your list this week? Let us know in the comment box below! 

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Last-Minute Mother’s Day Budget Gift Ideas

6 May 2015 by Venetia Sng

Still can’t figure out what to get your mum this Sunday even after reading our Mother’s Day Online Budget Guide? Then it’s time for some DIY, we share with you some awesome gifts you can Do-It-Yourself (or rope in your siblings) at home!

Homemade breakfast with flowers

Homemade Brunch

Credit: Williams Sonoma

If you can whip up a decent meal, try making her morning extra special with a homemade breakfast with flowers of course. Here are some simple breakfast recipes!

DIY a card

Happy Mothers Day Card DIY

Credit: HVD

This is a no brainer but mums do love receiving handmade stuff from their kids. Dig out whatever stationery and materials you have, make a card and write something heart warming. Check out some ideas for nice DIY cards here.

Personalised coupon book

Mothers Day Coupons

Credit: Mashable

We believe that mothers should be treated like queens everyday and not just on Mother’s Day. So make a personalised coupon book for her to utilise anytime of the year!

Make a body scrub

DIY Lavender Vanilla Scrub

Credit: Mashable

Harsh rays and sweltering temperatures can harm your mum’s delicate skin. If you can’t afford to get her to the spa, you can still gift your mum homemade body scrubs to pamper her skin a little. Click here for some DIY remedies.

Recreate old family photos

Recreated Childhood and Family Photograph

Credit: StylishEve

If your siblings have no idea on what to get, why not chip in and make a photo album containing recreated childhood and family photographs! We are very sure that everyone will enjoy and have a good laugh over it.

DIY gift basket from Daiso

DIY Gift Basket

Credit: HGTV

This is pretty much the last resort solution for us. Grab a nice looking basket or box and fill it with homeware, baking essentials, beauty products, stationery and whatever else you can find at Daiso. Of course get things that your mum will actually use, decorate it nicely and tadah a one-of-a-kind gift basket.

If you have any good DIY ideas, do share it with us by commenting below!

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Star Wars Day - Easy Party Ideas

4 May 2015 by Venetia Sng

A not so long time ago, in a galaxy not that far away, partying was fun, but a party without a theme is as boring as General Grievous’ spit. It is Star Wars Day and so we scoured the web to find easy ways to incorporate the Star Wars theme into any party. Time to celebrate, Star Wars style!

Star-Wars-Day-Themed Party

Credit: hellomysweet

Carbonite Jelly

Best if you have a Han Solo figurine to spare.

Star Wars Party Carbonite Jelly

Credit: catchmyparty

Fighter Smores

All you need are hexagonal cookies and marshmallows!

Star Wars Party Fighter Smores

Credit: cleanandscentsible

Jabba the Pizza Hutt

Doesn’t have to be from Pizza Hut but you get our drift here.

Star Wars Party Jabba Hutt Pizza

Credit: prettyprovidence

Pocky Light Sabers

These are just pretzel sticks coated with coloured frostings but if you’re lazy just buy Pocky off the shelves.

Star Wars Party Light Saber Pocky

Credit: prettyprovidence

Padawan Popcorn

And in little cups too!

Star Wars Party Padawan Popcorn

Credit: catchmyparty

Princess Leia Chips

The chips has to be Lays, if not it wouldn’t be funny.

Star Wars Party Princess Leia Chips

Credit: catchmyparty

Wookie Cookies

Brown cookies + melted chocolate + white frostings and walah Wookie Cookies.

Star Wars Party Wookie Cookies

Credit: prettyprovidence

Yoda Soda

Mountain dew! Mmm thirsty I am.

Star Wars Party Yoda Soda

Credit: catchmyparty

Use Figurines for Deco

If they are already on display in the house, might as well right?

Star-Wars Party Darth Vadar Deco

Credit: prettyprovidence

Death Star Lanterns

You don’t need to be an art genius to make this. All you need is grey lanterns, grey paper and black duct tape.

Star-Wars Party Death Star Lantern

Credit: prettyprovidence

Pool Noodle Light Sabers

Great for kids (and maybe adults too)! *vvvmmmm vvmmm kschhhhh*

Star Wars Party Light Sabar Pool Noodle

Credit: prettyprovidence

Have any other ideas for a Star Wars themed party? Share it with us! May the Fourth be with you.

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Teenage Weekend List

30 Apr 2015 by Teenage

Rejoice for the extra day off this week! We give you some ideas on what to do during the long weekend. 

ARISSA HA, DEPUTY EDITOR

BUY: Mother’s Day gifts

Laneige K-beauty Makeup Set

Although I’m a beauty junkie, my mom’s the complete opposite – often turning to just a touch of lipstick to brighten the complexion. The Laneige K-beauty Makeup Set ($75) is perfect for both makeup noobs and seasoned makeup gurus, it consists of their best-selling BB Cushion, Serum Intense Lipstick (there’s a choice of Flash Pink or Twinkle Coral available), Lip & Eye Remover Waterproof and the Multi Cleanser so she can get all dolled up for Mother’s Day. 

EAT: Chef Icon

Chef Icon sandwich

We tried out Chef Icon as part of our ‘Eat Clean’ story in the April issue of Teenage where we recommended healthy eateries. I fell in love with the Yakiniku Mushroom Burger ($8.80) which mind you, did not contain any meat at all. The sandwich contained crunchy vegetables and seasoned mushrooms between freshly toasted bread that had me (a meat-lover) hankering for it.

Chef Icon is located at 5 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169341.  

LEARN: Calligraphy

Calligraphy WOrkshop Singapore Bloesem

Credit: Bloesum

My handwriting can be mistaken for an awesome doctor’s, except I’m not one. Having pretty handwriting is one skill I wish I had picked up as a kid, but I guess it’s never too late. There are plenty of calligraphy workshops out there that allows you to improve your penmanship. In this world of emails and text messages, it would be meaningful (not to mention super hipster) to drop someone a nice hand-written note. 

Check out the calligraphy workshops from Bloesum, Katrina Alana, or Craft Varies

VENETIA SNG, SENIOR WRITER 

WATCH: Shakespeare in the Park – The Tempest

Shakespeare in the Park Singapore

Credit: luxesocietyasia

Need a romantic date for the weekend? A highly anticipated annual event, Singapore Repertory Theatre presents The Tempest for this year’s Shakespeare in the Park. I’m going to get my picnic essentials ready, chillax under the stars and immerse myself in a world class outdoor theatre experience.

Running from 29th Apr to 24th May 2015
Student discounts available for School Nights on dates below
30 Apr, 8 May, 15 May & 22 May 2015
More details at Sistic

EAT: Candlenut

Candlenut Chendol

DO: Touch up hair colour @ Hairloom

Purple Hair Venetia Hairloom

My dark hair roots are showing and so it’s time for a touch-up session at Hairloom! I’ve been a purple head for more than 2 years now, anyone who has coloured hair knows that the maintenance is no joke but guess what? I only bleach my hair roots twice a year and touch up the colour once every 2 months (that’s pretty low maintenance btw), and it’s all because they use quality products like Goldwell Elumen.

JOHANNA TEO, WRITER

WATCH: Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

 floyd mayweather-vs- manny pacquiao 2015

Credit: Reuters

For our male readers who love a good boxing match. The latest ‘Fight of The Century’ between undefeated five-division champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr and the only eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao, for the welterweight title unification fight is a match five years in the making. And it’s expected to shatter boxing records by generating revenue exceeding $400m. Needless to say, I’m definitely tuning in this Sunday morning (3 May, 9am) to watch the live telecast from Las Vegas. I’m rooting for Pacquiao although Mayweather’s the crowd favourite – comment below to let us know who you want to win!

Available on StarHub TV SuperSports PPV HD* Ch 218 at $39.90.

LISTEN: BIGBANG Made Series [M]

BIGBANG MADE Series-Loser-Bae Bae

Credit: YG-Life.com

BIGBANG is back with BIGBANG Made Series [M] (the first instalment of their MADE album series) and I can’t stop spazzing about it (True VIP #SorryNotSorry). The only two songs that’ll officially drop this Friday (12am, 1 May), ‘LOSER’ and ‘BAE BAE’, are going to be my soundtrack for this weekend, so watch for it on BIGBANG’s Facebook page. BTW, in case you haven’t heard, BIGBANG’s coming here for a concert! Find out more here.

DO: Mother’s Day Present

M.O.M DIY Tutorial Alphabet Letters

Credit: Pinterest

I thought I’d do something special this year – instead of simply buying a present for mum – by trying my hand at the M.O.M flower letters that we featured in the ‘Nothing Like A Present’ DIY article in our May issue. You’ve to grab that copy to find out the how-tos, but let’s just say that this present ranks high on the expensive-looking-yet-minimal-effort gift list. Plus it’s highly customisable and perfect for decor shots on Instagram. #AmITheFavouriteKidYet ?

CHEW HUI LING, WRITER

EAT: Paddy Hills

Paddy Hills Singapore

Credit: Ian Jeimx

You certainly can’t judge a book by its cover, but Paddy Hills is so drop-dead gorgeous at every corner that I just have to make a trip down again (yes, it’ll be my second visit #SorryNotSorry). Hipster-chic decor and its pun-tastic #OOTD wall aside, this Aussie-inspired newcomer also impresses with its insanely photogenic grub. The star of the breakfast menu is undeniably the Berry Riccota Hotcake ($19), topped with a party of blueberry sugar, forest berries, pine nuts.

Paddy Hills is located at 38 South Buona Vista Road, Singapore 118164.

SHOP: Flea Markets

Flea Markets Singapore

Credit: The Urban Wire

We know how hard it is to hit the streets without splashing out on shopping, but it’s not entirely impossible. Flea markets may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but put aside the stigma and you’ll be sure to walk off with at least one item that tickles your fancy. This week, head down to Sim Lim Square for the Daebak Sale, which will feature pre-loved threads from online labels and influencers such as Bong Qiu Qiu, Sherlyn Chan and Audrey L.

Daebak Sale will be happening at Sim Lim Square on 25 April 2015, from 1pm to 6pm.

READ: Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green

Credit: The Fictionologist

With news of the Paper Towns movie adaptation (starring Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff) making its way to our silver screens this coming July, it’d be wrong not to mug up on the book first. The story centres on a shy dude (Quentin Jacobsen) with a crush on the girl next door (Margo Roth Spiegelman), who turns out not to be the perfect goddess he thought she was…

What’s on your list this weekend? Let us know in the comments! 

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Mother’s Day Gifts Under $50 You Can Buy Online

29 Apr 2015 by Venetia Sng

If you are tight on cash and still have no idea on what to get your mum for Mother’s Day next Sunday. No frets, we are here to save the day with this list of awesome gifts you can purchase online for less than $50! And of course they will be delivered in time.

Kate Spade Laundry Bag Set $49.90
Monoyono delivers in 3-5 working days

Kate Spade Laundry Bag Set $49.90

Time to get your mum to throw away those unsightly plastic bags she uses to sort her lingerie while travelling. Separate her “to wash” from “to wear” lingerie and undergarments with this pair of drawstring travel pouches from Kate Spade New York! This whimsical drawstring travel bag set is cut from lightweight canvas, packs easily in the suitcase and helps keep things clean and tangle free from takeoff to touchdown.

Kate Spade Pen Set Strike Gold $45
Monoyono delivers in 3-5 working days

Kate Spade Pen Set Strike Gold $45

They don’t say women are like magpies for nothing, we’re all strangely attracted to shiny objects. So why not get this Gold Pen Set from Kate Spade New York and brighten her everyday office supplies with a midas touch. May the mix of metallic gold and acrylic bring a luxe twist to even the most mundane of tasks.

Pip’s Classic Towels $13.40
HipVan delivers in 7-10 days
Colours available: Pink, Blue, Khaki, White

Pip’s Classic Towels $13.40

Did you know that towels are to be washed after three uses?! Add floral chic to her bathroom with this flower medallion towel from PiP Studio. Made from wonderfully soft cotton, anyone would feel happy drying themselves with this towel after a nice warm shower .

Chop2Pot by Joseph Joseph $37
HipVan delivers in 2-14 days, depending on colour
Colours available: Black, Red, Pink, Green, White, Blue

Chop2Pot by Joseph Joseph $37

If you cook, you should know the pain of getting the sliced/chopped food into the pots/pans neatly without spilling anything all over. Solve this problem for your mum by getting the Chop2Pot! It is a durable chopping board while laid flat, and when the handle is squeezed, the sides of the board fold up and form a downright chute where the food can be neatly guided. It also features a comfortable soft-grip handle and non-slip feet for extra safety and convenience. 

M-cups – Measuring Matryoshkas by Fred & Friends $29.90
HipVan delivers in 2-3 days

M-cups - Measuring Matryoshkas by Fred & Friends $29.90

Help doll up the kitchen with a little Russian folklore with this Matryoshka doll measuring cups! This set of six cups accurately measure 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 3/4 and 1 full cup, and they’re built from heavy-duty, food-safe, and long-life engineered plastics. Best part is that it’s super easy to store and you don’t have to hide them in the drawers cause they pack neatly inside each other.

Martina Pink Leather Wristlet $49.90
TANGS delivers in 3 working days
Colours available: Black, Off White, Red, Turquoise

Martina Pink Leather Wristlet $49.90

This pouch is great for everyday use! It can easily fit any smart phone along with money, cards, keys, a tissue packet and other essentials. Made of goatskin and available in 4 pretty colours, it makes your mum look chic instead of aunty while grocery shopping. 

Burberry Spring/Summer 2015 Limited Edition Nail Polish $30
TANGS delivers in 3 working days
Colours available: Hydrangea Pink, Bright Coral Red, Imperial Blue, Stone Blue

Burberry Spring/Summer 2015 Limited Edition Nail Polish $30

If your mum is adventurous with her fashion choices and you don’t want to get a boring present either, get her these limited edition nail polishes by Burberry! The shades are inspired by Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2015 Womenswear fabric palette in shades of blues and pinks, and is exclusively available at TANGS only!

CAPSULE Water Carafe 700ml – 1L $29.90 – $49.90
Tinge delivers in 2-4 working days
Colours available: White, Yellow, Stainless Steel

CAPSULE Water Carafe 700ml – 1L $29.90 - $49.90

Change out that old water jug at home with this water carafe. It has a lid that opens automatically when the bottle is tipped, allowing you to pour from the rim in any direction! Ice cubes and fruits won’t escape through the lid, which closes when the bottle is stood vertically. We all know drinking lotsa water is good for health – plus points for reminding her of how thoughtful you are every time she reaches for a drink!

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