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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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There are plenty of reasons why people around the world are so obsessed with all things Korean: the oppas, the shopping, and of course, the plethora of lip-smacking food options. Although street food’s a must in kimchi land, the millennial in us just can’t resist checking out all the aesthetically-pleasing cafes. Cafe culture is huge in South Korea, and it has even made its way onto our shores.

Enter Two Hana, a brand new cafe concept by F&B giant Seoul Garden Group. Located at the freshly-refurbished Century Square Mall, this contemporary establishment is a mishmash of Western and Korean influences, evidenced by its minimalistic theme of light-coloured stone walls, geometric lines and pops of pastel hues. For those with a penchant for covetable social media fodder (and good food, of course), this is the place to be.

Two Hana Kimchi Mac & Cheese Bites

The menu is every bit as Insta-ready as its decor, which offers a novel take on classic Korean dishes with a fusion twist. Some of its signature offerings include the Kimchi Mac and Cheese ($9), which comes served in bite-sized chunks that are deep-fried to golden perfection; and the vegetarian-friendly Korean Cauliflower Fritters ($8), featuring crispy cauliflower tempura glazed with house-made sweet and spicy sauce. Bear in mind that Koreans are big on heavy flavours, so for those with a lighter palate, you may want to order a few dishes for sharing as the portions can be rather substantial.

Two Hana Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte

Also not to be missed is their selection of desserts, such as the Strawberry Crispy Waffles with Honey Citron Ice Cream ($9) and the Doenjang Caramel Apple Waffles ($9). But if you’re here for the ‘gram, we recommend going for the matcha beverages; in particular, the Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte ($7) would look perfect against the gorgeous backdrop.

The best part? Prices aren’t that bad – light bites and drinks are all under $10, while mains range from $12 to $24 (the steepest item on the menu being the Gochujang Braised Lamb Shank, which is good for two). Two Hana, you’re doing things right.

Photo credits: daphotographer/Two Hana

Two Hana is located at 2 Tampines Central 5, Century Square #01-21, Singapore 529509.

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These days, it’s all about going wireless. Ditch the cords and go hands-free with these new wireless gadgets in the market.

Fitbit Versa

Just when we thought the Ionic is good enough, they rolled out the Fitbit Versa ($318) – touted as an “all-day health and fitness watch”. As a smartwatch, it ticks all the right boxes: activity tracking, smart notifications, personalised stats etc. For a truly wireless experience, it also comes with a built-in NFC chip that lets you use credit cards right from your wrist.

Garmin vivofit 4

An activity tracker that you can wear all year round without charging even once? Enter the Garmin vivofit 4 ($129), which is designed for 24/7 wearability with a whopping one-year battery life. It’s incredibly hassle-free to use – just set it up, slap it on and wear it out. Besides the usual tracking smarts, it can also be paired with your smartphone for additional features such as sleep insights, intensity minutes and more.

Audio-Technica ATH-WS660BT

If you’re on the lookout for a solid pair of wireless headphones, the Audio-Technica ATH-WS660BT ($218) is definitely worth abandoning the jacks for. Don’t be fooled by the compact factor – it packs a powerful punch in terms of bass quality. While most portable headphones tend to run out of battery quickly, this one unleashes up to 40 hours of epic, unbeatable audio on wireless mode.

JBL T110BT

There are tons of in-ear wireless headphones out there, but if you’re looking for an affordable option that doesn’t compromise on the audio quality, the JBL T110BT ($59.90) will do the trick. Great for those constantly on the move, it features fuss-free controls that enable you to adjust music and take calls with ease. We love that the neckband is designed for an ergonofit fit, making it an absolute pleasure to wear.

Bose SoundSport Free

Listening to music on the go just got a whole lot easier with the Bose SoundSport Free ($319). No more fumbling over tangled cords on your morning commute – all you need are just two rugged earbuds that feel great and sound even better. Rugged and built to last, these miniature buds are water- and sweat- resistant so you don’t have to worry about them slipping off mid-sprint.

Sony SRS-XB41

When you’re at a party, the last thing you want is to trip over messy wires on the dancefloor. With the Sony SRS-XB41 (available in Q2 2018), all you have to think about is to have a good time. Lauded as the perfect party speaker, this wireless powerhouse features a live sound mode that ‘transports’ you to the middle of a live gig. Even better, you can connect up to 100 different speakers to fill the room with bass- heavy sound. Complete with multi-colour line lights and flashing strobe lights, it’s as if stepping into an EDM rave!

This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 2, out on newsstands now.

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