Want to achieve your K-pop bias’ toned physiques without the crazy diet fads that come along with it? That’s where KpopX Fitness comes in. We speak to Maddy Lim, the gorgeous brains behind the new generation workout that combines MV routines for a high intensity exercise!
With experience accumulated over 8 sportswoman awards, Maddy saw the calorie-burning potential in the Korean music her friends were so crazy about. Both brain and brawn behind KpopX Fitness, she manages the business and designs the routines.
A typical KpopX Fitness class goes through a few choreographies accompanied by Kpop tunes. And even though every piece burns and tones the flab, fun remains as the top priority so you won’t be repeating the same old box step or foxtrot in the name of exercise! To come up with her routines, Maddy watches the music videos on repeat so that her choreography would accurately capture the song’s unique swagger and signature moves.
Unlike other aerobic exercises, KpopX Fitness runs on mainly 130 beats per minute (BPM) which is 20 counts slower than the usual 150BPM. The choreography is also catered to dance rookies, so don’t let that missing groovy bone hold you back from hitting the dance floor – according to Maddy, even the most green of beginners would be nailing the moves by the fourth lesson! And don’t expect only female K-pop fans showing up, because KpopX Fitness draws in attendees of all ages and genders.
When we asked about the music we can expect in each class, Maddy claims no bias even though she professes her love for BlackPink’s style and tunes – who doesn’t love the catchy beat of ‘Boombayah’? And while fast-paced K-pop ear worms would be the prime pick for a high intensity aerobic workout, but Maddy still challenges herself with any chart topper, including the ballads. Sweating it out to the beat of ‘Blood Sweat Tears’ by BTS and warming up to the sweet melody of Beautiful by Crush? Sign us up please!
For 3 years running, KpopX Fitness has been involved with Got To Move Singapore 2017. They’ve certainly made a name locally and Maddy says she plans to host a KpopX Fitness Concert one day! You can sign up for their classes here!
From haunted houses to frights for the whole family, here’s 10 Halloween events to check out in the coming months to get into the black and orange spirit!
USS Halloween Horror Nights 7
Now into its seventh edition, the annual horror fest at Universal Studio Singapore boasts 5 haunted houses, 2 scare zones and an all-new zombie laser-tag experience – all linked around a common theme of the ‘seven deadly sins’. Get ready your vocal chords to scream out loud and experience arguably the scariest Halloween fest on our shores.
Where: Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Singapore When: 29 September – 29 October 2017 (selected dates) Price: From $58 Website
Spooky Seas @ S.E.A. Aquarium
Halloween Horror Nights isn’t the only Halloween-themed event happening at RWS. Just a stone’s throw away from USS at the S.E.A Aquarium, there’s a host of family-friendly activities to celebrate the festive spirit too! Join the adventure as an Underwater Ocean Protector to battle against the Sea Witch via fun games, an underwater show and customisable takeaway tote bags!
Where: S.E.A Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa When: 29 September to 29 October 2017 Price: From $18 (Child) and $24 (Adult) Website
Museum of Horrors VII: Vengeance
Make an escape from a vengeful spirit at the most haunted house in the middle of Orchard Road at *SCAPE’s yearly Museum of Horrors event. The horror space will take you through various rooms with different scares, that will guarantee thrills and squeals at every turn. Ticket-holders will also enjoy exclusive deals at *SCAPE and a free movie screening on selected dates But you ought to hurry though – limited redemptions available only!
Where: *SCAPE Singapore, The Ground Theatre When: 18 – 31 October 2017 (selected nights) Price: $9.90 (Until 30 September 2017), $15 Website
Bloody Halloween Party (18+)
For a scarily fun night out, the folks at Korea Monthly are organising a ‘Bloody Halloween Party’ that will get you pumped up with music, drinks and games all night long. Make sure to put on your most creative costume, as there are prizes for the Best Dresser of the night, and a Photo Zone to take home the memories with you. Normal club rules apply, which means this one’s only for those over 18.
Where: PHRESH, 79 Circular Road When: 21 October 2017 Price: $20 until 30 September (Early Bird), $25 (General) Website
Halloween Movie Horror
For a night to simply wind down and enjoy horror movies together, HomeTeam NS is screening a trio of scary flicks this October. Enjoy an acclaimed Malay horror movie Munafik, before the double trouble bill of The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2. You won’t go hungry either – there’s free-flow popcorn and drinks to compliment your night!
This one’s catered more for the kids, but that doesn’t mean you have to be left out of the fun! The Halloween Family Night Out is hosting a string of activities over two weekends; from trick-or-treat experiences to treasure hunts around the venue. Registrations come with a super cool funpack too, that includes a cape for the little ones and a vampire popcorn candy bucket that makes a great carry-on for every future Halloween.
Where: KidZania, 31 Beach View, Sentosa When: 27 and 28 October, 3 – 5 November 2017 Price: $45 (includes a Halloween Fun Pack) Website
ACM After Dark
Photo Credit: Asian Civilisations Museum
Experience Halloween a different way by heading over to the Asian Civilisations Museum after sundown for their annual affair. From 7 to 11pm, the museum will remain open to spook you with horror tales as you make your way around the galleries, get your photo taken at the Halloween-themed photo booth and customise your own Halloween souvenir to bring home. Best part: it’s free!
Where: Asian Civilisations Museum When: 7pm – 11pm, 28 October 2017 Price: Free Admission Website
Halloween Spirits Night
Expect a night of laughs instead of screams at SAFRA’s Halloween Spirits Night affair at Mount Faber. Rather than haunted houses and horror movie marathons, the event will showcase magic performances and stand-up comedy instead – a fresh take on Halloween! Each ticket also lets you have a tarot card reading, which will undoubtedly be a draw for the unacquainted.
Where: SAFRA Mount Faber, Atrium When: 28 October 2017 Price: $20 (SAFRA member), $30 (Guest), $85 (Group of 5, SAFRA members) Website
Singapore Halloween Festival
Head east for the the Singapore Halloween Festival for a host of ghastly and ghoulish haunting activities. Held over two days, the weekend will see you evading hellish creatures around the vicinity and finding your way out with your friends from a zombie maze challenge, before capping off the festivities with an all-ages dance party.
Where: Downtown East When: 4 and 5 November 2017 Price: $30 (child 1 day pass) / $45 (adult 1 day pass) Website
Big Bad Wolf Halloween Music Festival (18+)
Consider this a pre-Zoukout warm-up. Big Bad Wolf Halloween Music Festival carries on the celebratory Halloween spirit right through till November, with an EDM beach party headlined by Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies. He won’t be helming the decks either – local spinners Rave Republic and Tinc will be joining the supporting lineup among others. To cap it off, the night will be held in a medieval theme, and the best dressed party-goers of the night stand to win prizes. Time to get your costume!
Where: Siloso Beach Singapore, Sentosa When: 11 November 2017 Price: From $55 Website
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Which Halloween event will you be hitting up? Let us know in the comments below!
Address: *SCAPE #02-08, Singapore 237978 Opening hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon to Fri), 10.30am – 2pm (Sat) | Closed on Sun Contact: [email protected] | 6383 5030
Operating on the mantra of “making the world a Bettr place, one barista at a time”, Bettr Barista Coffee Academy offers vulnuerable youths and marginalised women – from school dropouts to single mums – a shot at a brighter future. Beyond brewing a simple cup of coffee, trainees also go through physical and emotional training to better equip them for life. They don’t have a brick-and-mortar store, but do stop by and drink up that good karma at their cafe concept corner located at *SCAPE.
Address: GB Point #01-06, Singapore 339351 Opening hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon to Sat) | Closed on Sun Contact: [email protected] | 8228 8300
Don’t let the name of fool you; the Ugly Cake Shop whips up beautiful, whimsical bakes that look as good as they taste, such as the Ombre Cake (from $120) which comes adorned with gorgeous layers of pastel hues and floral swirls. These artisanal creations contain none of the artificial flavours and grainy frostings, instead all lovingly handmade using only natural ingredients. What scored them extra brownie points is that while you’re indulging your sweet tooth, you’re also helping to feed undernourished kids in Timor-Leste with every treat you purchase. Win-win!
Do good while going green at the Edible Garden City, which champions the movement of growing your own food – Open Farm Community, Open Door Policy and Artichoke Cafe are some of the places they’ve sowed seeds at. What’s more, they also work with the Autism Resource Centre and Down Syndrome Association of Singapore to provide employment opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities at their urban farming collective, Citizen Farm. Although it’s not open to the public, they host regular open houses, guided tours and workshops so feel free to come flex your green thumbs!
Address: 6B Mosque Street, Singapore 059486 Opening hours: 10am – 7pm (Tues to Thurs), 11am – 10pm (Fri to Sun) | Closed on Mon Contact: [email protected] | 6220 3835
Don’t dismiss The Company of Cats as just another cat cafe. Apart from giving 10 of their rescued kittens a second home, these good folks also seek to raise awareness for animal welfare in Singapore. Even better, they’ve committed to donating a portion of their profits to Animal Lovers League – so if you’re a cat lover, do your part by hanging out with these adorable furballs at a small fee. They also organise charity bake sales and craft workshops to advocate for the cause, so swing by for some wholesome kitty-lovin’ fun!
Not your ordinary eatery, Crossings Cafe takes pride in serving up good ol’ comfort food at pocket-friendly prices – there’s nothing over 20 bucks on the extensive menu, and you get everything from Western delights to Asian cuisine. On top of channeling all their profits to charitable causes, the Catholic cafe also takes in the socially disadvantaged to help them realise their potential. Currently, they are partnering up with Assumption Pathway School to provide work and internship opportunities for students.
Touted as Asia’s first ever gourmet food truck with a social vision, Kerbside Gourmet rolls out soul food on wheels – think Bak Chor Mee Hotdog, Aussie Beetroot Burger and Cauliflower Fried Rice. Running on a ‘Buy A Meal, Give A Meal’ basis, the nomadic startup teams up with volunteer welfare organisations to deliver food to needy families with every meal purchased. The catch? It’s always on the move, but chances are you might be able to spot Kerby at the latest carnivals or music festivals. If all else fails, track the truck via their socials!
The next time you feel like gorging on junk food, grab some healthy munchies at BoxGreen instead. At just $19.90, this subscription-based platform sends packs of nutritionist-approved treats straight to your doorstep on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis; or you can choose to purchase individual bundles at their online shop. More reason to feel good about snacking? For every box delivered, part of their proceeds goes towards providing meals for the less privileged. Giving back to a cause has never been easier!
This article was adapted from the October 2017 issue of Teenage.
Ditch your go-to flower crown filters and slap on some terrifying lenses for that serious scare factor. Get ‘dolled’ up like Annabelle with the SNOW app or be ‘zombified’ by The Walking Dead’s official app. For the usual suspects of masked murderers and creepy clowns, Halloween Makeup Makeover will also do the trick.
For the horror buffs, these fear-inducing games are also worthy of a download. Destroy zombirds in a classic shooter game, clear levels by crushing pumpkins in Candy Crush fashion, or wander into a dark world of Limbo in search for a lost girl. These will keep you occupied for hours on end, but just make sure you’re not alone in the dark while playing them…
Home alone and stuck with door-answering duties? Scare yourself silly with these oh-so-addictive apps where you’ll be able to kill time by reading up on horror tales, ‘scan’ your surroundings for possible spirits lurking around, or add a chilling effect to your camera roll just for kicks. And hey, even if you can’t find the joy in scaring yourself – at least you’ll have some laughs when you prank your friends with the eerie results!
What better way to get into the black and orange celebratory mood than with some good ol’ Halloween fun? While pumpkin carvings are a rare sight here as compared to our Western counterparts, you’ll be able to carve your very own virtual jack-o’-lantern with Pumpkin Pal. Elsewhere, enjoy warping your voice clips for cheap thrills or glamourise your avatar with Halloween-themed makeup in anticipation for that upcoming party. Happy Halloween!
This article was adapted from the October 2017 issue of Teenage.
Remember the infamous white/gold or black/blue dress that rocked the Internet back in 2015? Get ready for 2017’s version, in the form of these Vans Old Skool sneakers.
First appearing on Facebook, this unassuming photo of a pair of Vans Old Skool shoes came accompanied a mind-boggling question that divided the Internet once more: “Mint and grey or pink and white???”
Needless to say, the baffling photo went viral as netizens debated over the actual colour combination, even bringing out various conspiracy theories and their Photoshop skills – the Teenage team was equally split between both choices as well.
it’s pink and white if you think otherwise i swear i will wrap my hands around your neck