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The Ultimate Skateboard Guide for Beginners

14 Oct 2016 by Venetia Sng

Want to pick up boarding but never really got the chance to due to school, friends or lack of funds? Stop procrastinating and get those feet moving because boarding isn’t all that difficult or expensive. Read on to find our what nifty beginner tips we have for you!

Get a board that suits your interests

There are lots of styles and brands of boards available for all skill levels and interests. Visit a local skate shop to browse the selection and get advice from more experienced skaters in choosing a skateboard that’s appropriate for your size and desires from your board.

Tip: Do not go to Toys ‘R’ Us or some department store. The boards may look like the real thing, but they are not plus they are usually not well made.

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Longboards are great for cruising and easy for beginners to maneuver. If you’re interested in something that will be easy to hop right on and go, or something to get you from place to place, a longboard is definitely the way to go. They’re not great for tricks, so if you’re interested in popping ollies, it’s not the best option.

Price range is around $150 – 300 for a basic complete set.

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Skateboards are with tapered ends perfect for kicking tricks and jumps, and an easy soft maneuverability, these boards are excellent for skating around at quick speeds, though they’ll take a little more practice to get balanced when you’re first starting out. If you want to eventually drop into a half-pipe (skateboard ramp), this is the board for you.

Price range is around $100 – 150 for a basic complete set.

Parts of a Board

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Deck (+ Grip tape) – The deck is the wooden bit you stand on and the grip tape is the sand papery layer that’s applied to the top of the deck to provide grip for your shoes.

Trucks – These are the parts that attach the deck to the wheels and also allow you to turn. The most important thing when buying a set of trucks is to make sure they are not wider than your deck.

Wheels – Generally speaking, when starting out, opt for 52mm to 55mm diameter wheels. As your skating progresses you will be able to choose a set of wheels better suited to your style of skating.

Bearings – You have probably heard someone talking about his or her bearings which makes their board go faster than anyone else’s in the whole wide world! Don’t be fooled into spending a lot of money on what is essentially a very good marketing campaign.

Tip: Make sure your board is set up correctly for a beginner. You don’t want a super-curved board and loose trucks when you’re first starting out. While those kinds of features might be great for doing tricks, they’re much more difficult to stay balanced while riding upon. You want a relatively flat board with tight trucks to learn on.

Gear for a Smooth Ride

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Get a pair of good skate shoes.

Trying to hop on your board with combat boots or flip-flops is a good way to hurt yourself or twist an ankle. Skate shoes have the right kind of sole to grip the board and ensure both protection and support, making them ideal for learning to skate. Vans and DC’s are signature skate shoes, though plenty of athletic companies now make shoes perfect for skating.

Always wear protective gear and a helmet.

It’s absolutely essential that you get a skating helmet, which features a smooth surface and a snug chin strap to protect your head. It’s likely you’ll fall a lot, so it’s very important that you ensure your safety and wear a helmet.

Additionally, knee pads, wrist guards, and elbow pads are also common protective gear to wear, especially when you’re first getting started. When you get more comfortable on the board, you’ll probably not need to wear all the pads every time you want to skate.

Staying on the Board

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Try standing on the board without falling down.

There’s no right way to stand on the board, so set the board on stable ground, like the grass or even carpet, where it won’t roll easily, and figure out what feels most comfortable for you. Put one foot in front of the other, lined up roughly with the truck screws.

Try to push off.

On some level concrete, stand on the board with your forward foot and use a long, even step with your pushing foot to create momentum.

Shift into the riding position.

When you get moving, you need to shift your riding foot sideways, more like how you were standing when you had the board still on the grass, and bring your pushing foot up to rest lightly on the fishtail at the back of the board. Your knees should be slightly bent, but you should be generally standing upright, with a straight back, to learn to balance correctly.

Learn to turn.

To turn, you’ll shift your weight forward or back from the ankle, depending on your stance and whether or not you want to go right or left. The amount of pressure you’ll use will depend on how tight your trucks are and how far you want to turn. Practice on level surface, getting started, shifting into your riding stance, and then executing a turn safely without falling off.

Try to stop.

There are lots of different ways to stop a skateboard, and many of them are more advanced. For the beginner, the easiest way is usually to either gradually slow down, and stop by putting a foot to the pavement, or to execute a tail stop.

Learn to fall.

No skater has ever not fallen off the board. It can be discouraging, but learning to fall properly can help make sure you don’t seriously hurt yourself. Always wear a helmet, to keep your head safe, and try and use wrist guards, which you can use to take the brunt of most falls and avoid the nasty scrapes that are part of the skating world.

Tip: Watch lots of YouTube videos like this to help yourself get going.

Credits: wikihow & coolerlifesyle

Any other guide for beginners you want to see? Let us know by commenting below!

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5 Budget Date Ideas That Won't Bust Your Pocket

11 Oct 2016 by Venetia Sng

We all know that awesome dates come with a price tag – even if you decide to go Dutch. We’ve compiled a list of budget date ideas that promises great fun even if you’re on a shoestring budget. #WeFeelYou

#1 Explore Nature Together

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It’s time to leave the comforts of being a city kid and venture out into the wild. Head down down to Pulau Ubin for a bike ride or MacRitchie Reservoir Park for a hike. Both don’t cost much and both promote healthy living. This is the perfect way to see some lovely sites together and get those endorphins flowing. Just remember to bring plenty of insect repellant and sunscreen.

#2 Go to a Flea Market

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Both of you can have a great time hunting down bargains and treasures at a flea market. Discovering retro toys and comic books being sold well below their market value is always more enjoyable with someone at your side. Some regular flea markets you can visit are Public Garden, Zouk Flea & Easy and China Square Central.

#3 Do Good Together

Regardless of how poor you are, there’s always going to be somebody worse off than you. So why not try and help others together? It won’t cost you anything other than your time, and it will be a really great chance for you to get to know each other on a new level. Alternatively, you could twist this idea around by volunteering at a festival or convention so you can get in for free. Here’s a list of fun places you can volunteer at!

#4 Pick up Hobbies Together

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There are so many activities to do at home, it’s only a matter of putting in some effort. Cook up a storm by following cool recipes online or try out your grandmother’s recipe. If you wanna do away with the dirty dishes, there are always fun board games to choose from (we recommend 7 Wonders and Cards Against Humanity). Trade games with your friends and/or do a couples board game night to avoid spending good money at board games cafes. 

#5 Visit our local Museums

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Did you know that we just need to flash our pink ICs at the counter and we can have free entry to all the national museums like Asian Civilisations Museum, Peranakan Museum, National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Art Museum? There are so many different galleries to check out and best part is that there are always new exhibitions every few months so you don’t have to worry about seeing the same things every time you visit. 

Share with us some budget dates you do with your partner!

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How to Get that Quality Sleep

7 Oct 2016 by Venetia Sng

Been sleeping at irregular hours or not getting enough snooze lately due to late-night cramming seshs? We have these simple tips that will allow you to have that much needed beauty sleep.

Food for Thought

We’ve all heard of the age-old reasoning of cutting off food three hours before bedtime, but what you might not know is that this has nothing to do with getting fat. Going to bed on a full stomach might trigger indigestion and heartburn, therefore keeping you up at night. If you really have to counter those hunger pangs, stick to a snack rich in protein like a piece of cheese or a cup of yogurt.

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Soak It Up & Stay Cool

Indulge in a nice warm soak before going to bed and keep your bedroom cool for a nice rest. While taking a warm bath increases your temperature, stepping into a cold room causes a dip in temperature. Your body will take it as a signal that you’re ready for slumber. Science!

Electronic Curfew

Exposure to blue light puts you at risk of sleeping disorders, and that includes TVs, computers and your beloved smartphone. A two-hour abstinence before bed is all you need. For desperate measures, turn to a pair of amber-tinted shades – these babies are proven to block the blue light from your screens.

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Nap Right

Avoid long day time naps as they can interfere with night time sleep, especially if you’re struggling with insomnia. If you choose to nap during the day, limit yourself to about 10 to 30 minutes and make it during the mid afternoon. Drinking a cup of coffee before taking a short nap will make you feel more alert when you wake up as well! As caffeine usually takes 20 to 30 minutes to get going, the trick is to consume it then immediately hit the hay. You’ll wake up just in time for the caffeine to kick in, making you extra alert.

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Aroma Therapy

Different scents have varying effects – therapeutic fragrances like lavender, vanilla and camomile have calming properties that lull you to sleep, while sandalwood and ylang ylang flower oils will help sooth the mind. Message some onto your temples or wrists before going to bed. It’s also an excuse to stock up on those scented candles.

Comment below if you have any good tips to share with us!

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Up Your #DeskGame With These Accessories

5 Oct 2016 by Venetia Sng

Sick of looking at that boring study table of yours? Why not do a mini revamp, clean up that desk and get some awesome accessories to make studying more enjoyable? Here are some pretty lit ones we found online and if they’re too expensive, maybe you can subtly hint your friends that you want it as a present next time!

Acrylic Marble and Gold Desk Organiser Set, $250Acrylic Marble and Gold Desk Organiser Set

Strike Gold File Folders (set of 6), $29.90Strike Gold File Folders

Tackle Box, $69.90Tackle Box

Wood Square Desk Organiser, ¥12.90 (approx. $2.64)Wood Square Desk Organiser

Wood Paper Tray, ¥166 (approx. $33.97)Wood Paper Tray

Wood Tray Organiser, ¥65 (approx. $13.28)Wood Tray Organiser

Wood Triangle Stationery Organiser, ¥19.90 (approx. $4.07)Wood Triangle Stationery Organiser

Desk Bonsai, $31.90Desk Bonsai

Miss Wave Concrete Pen Holder, $30Miss Wave Concrete Pen Holder

Pack Sticky Notes, $24.90Pack Sticky Notes

Need some study tips? Check out these effective study tips we gathered for you, start planning and you are on the right track to your As!

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7 Ways You Can Keep Fit For Free

4 Oct 2016 by Venetia Sng

If your resolution is to get that #BeachBody this year, don’t despair if you don’t have extra funds for a gym membership. Here’s how you can get fit without breaking the bank. 

1. Socialise More

Meet with friends and do activities together be it walking, running, hiking or cycling at Bishan Park. If you have lazy friends, join a fitness meet up and grab a friend along! Working out with other people is great for staying motivated and for singles maybe you’ll find your soul mate as well? 

2. Utilise that Commercial Break

Guilty of being a couch potato? Jump rope, roll on a stability ball or give yourself mini challenges by counting how many crunches, sit-ups or squats you can do within a commercial break. Besides, the more intense the show is, the more pumped up you’ll get with the moves.

3. Online Fitness Gurus

Why fork out your hard earned money for an expensive course when you can get the same experience with these workouts online? YouTube is a treasure trove of instructional fitness channels from traditional aerobics all the way to high-intensity interval training routines. For starters, we recommend channels like Fitness Blender, Blogilates and Frugal Fitness.

4. Outdoor Exercise Stations

You can find exercise stations anywhere from public parks at Punggol to right below your house at Jurong. They come fully equipped with balance beams, pull up bars, sit-up benches and everything in-between. Well they are funded by tax payers’ money so might as well make full use of the stations.

5. Student Gyms

Best thing about being a student is that many school have excellent recreation facilities. Since these are typically funded by student fees, you may have an automatic membership once you enroll so take advantage of it!

6. Use Them Legs

Don’t be lazy and start taking the stairs whenever possible, and instead of taking that feeder bus home, try walking home from the train station. It helps you relax and unwind after a day in school or at work plus you can save that extra dollar.

7. Clean Up The House

Sweat it out and clean your place from top to bottom (even the darkest corners) once a week for a vigorous workout. In fact, you can burn 50,000 calories a year – that’s 6.5kg of fat just from cleaning up! 

Ways You Can Keep Fit For Free

Remember that sweat is your fat crying, so get off your ass and make it weep!

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